November 17th’s Random Boxing Rants

Tevin Farmer is a man of his word

The WBA makes me sick:

https://www.boxingscene.com/cancio-santa-cruz-sordid-wba-130-pound-title-history–144241?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

The WBC is even worse currently due to their franchise champion nonsense (which will surely only worsen as time goes on) and their clearing of Julio Cesar Martinez, Rey Vargas & Avni Yildirim after failed drug tests without a second thought.

 

The latest in Eddie Hearn hypocrisy, drug test evasion and the fractured (non-)regulation of the sport:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/thomas-hauser-for-boxingscene-matchroom-chavez-jr-the-nsac-and-vada/

 

September 27th’s Random Boxing Rants

 

A reminder of this gem:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/video-youth-hostelling-with-chris-eubank/

July 24th’s Random Boxing Rants

Amir Khan-Billy Dib Saudi show thoughts:

  • This must have been one of the worst televised cards in modern British boxing history.
  • It’s highly amusing to me to see Khan make multiple 7 figures for fighting a recently retired career featherweight at a week’s notice.
  • Hughie Fury proved he is the world’s most boring heavyweight.
  • 2019 Sam Peter is thicc.

 

Dubois-Gorman and Joyce-Jennings thoughts:

  • Dubois was genuinely impressive, showcasing a jab and patience to go along with his bludgeoning power.
  • Gorman was badly out of his depth. I’d gone in thinking his perceived edge in boxing IQ might allow him to confuse Dubois — dead wrong.
  • Tough to assess Joyce to be honest. On one hand, it’s impressive to clearly outpoint a boxer as accomplished as Jennings in your tenth pro fight. On the other hand, his flaws of being too hittable, very slow and perhaps having a lack of great upside at age 33 all stood out again. Still, it will take a good heavyweight to beat him.

 

Leeside Revolution thoughts:

  • This was an enjoyable show overall at Cork’s Neptune Stadium last Saturday, the first pro show in Cork in 9 years. I also attended the last one held there, which was headlined back in the day by Mike Perez.
  • The opening 8 Muay-Thai kickboxing fights (main evented by a WBC title fight — yes, they get their pound of fle$h from the kickboxers too) were better than the 12 boxing bouts that followed, which I was not expecting going in. I think I saw some of the best rounds and knockouts I’ve seen live during this portion of the show. Part of this was certainly down to the even and all-Irish matchmaking which was the case in most of the contests.
  • The Noely Murphy main event vs. a late notice foreign import (the planned Irish title fight fell through) was dire, despite the raucous crowd.
  • The highlights for me were Siobhan O’Leary’s stoppage win, Eddie Treacy’s electric two round stoppage of Owen Duffy, Graham McCormack’s stoppage of a tougher-than-expected Reyhan Todorov and, best of all, a fantastic four-round battle between Cork debutants Staz Tomasevski and Oisin O’Donovan.

 

Pacquiao-Thurman thoughts: 

  • This was the best win by an over-40 boxer in years, at least since the late-career triumphs of B-Hop.
  • Pacman showed his chin and his underrated boxing IQ in spades.
  • Thurman isn’t the fighter he was 3 or 4 years ago. The Josesito Lopez fight wasn’t a mirage. That said, he’s still got plenty in the tank if he wishes to get active again and fight the other top PBC welterweights.
  • Yes, it is concerning that there was no VADA testing for this fight and details remain wilfully sketchy around any extra testing that may or may not have taken place instead.
  • Errol Spence still massacres Pacquiao, and, no, I don’t think a Mayweather rematch materialises, nor should it.
  • Guess what? 2015 Pacquiao wasn’t finished and it shows how good Mayweather was at that late stage of his own career that he outboxed him so easily.

 

Dillian Whyte testing positive, again, is all kinds of hilarious — https://www.boxingscene.com/dillian-whyte-tests-positive-banned-substance–141178

Without knowing much detail at this stage, my initial reaction is that it’s laughable that UKAD (who already showed their ineptitude in mishandling the Fury test failures several years ago) allowed the fight to go ahead knowing about the failure, as well as Rivas’ camp seemingly not being informed about it until the news leaked tonight.

It’s also amusing now to look at Eddie Hearn casting aspersions about Pacquiao’s performance at the weekend, given that he knew his own boxer Whyte had just failed for something.

July 10th’s Random Boxing Rants

A classic slew of Latvian sham bouts (one featuring Prince Patel) via Corey Erdman on Twitter:

Click into the tweet to view the full thread of videos.

 

A 2019 Saudi Arabia show featuring Amir Khan vs. Billy Dib and Hughie Fury vs. Sam Peter makes me laugh my ass off.

 

Who could possibly want to see Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia? 

DAZN need to demand the best fight for September and nix this suggestion.

July 6th’s Random Boxing Rants

 

 

Some recent Thomas Hauser articles, from The Sweet Science site, worth reading:

The Hauser Report: Folly at the New York State Athletic Commission

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/57871-what-the-f-is-paulie-malignaggi-thinking

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/57098-the-hauser-report-jarrell-miller-peds-and-boxing

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/54479-the-hauser-report-usada-vada-and-the-state-athletic-commissions

 

And what is up with the Pacquiao-Thurman drug testing protocol?

https://www.boxingscene.com/pacquiao-thurman-event-now-carry-true-random-drug-testing–140350

“All parties involved remain intentionally cryptic in providing any details—including confirmation of the new development” — huh? And when did this supposed stringent testing even begin?

Talk about cause for scepticism.

 

June 10th’s Random Boxing Rants

Belated thoughts on Ruiz-Joshua and the undercard: 

  • Spare me the tinfoil hat conspiracy theories please. Joshua was beaten by the better man.
  • Worrying lack of snap on Joshua’s jab from the first bell. He allowed a slow footed Ruiz to get inside his reach with no resistance.
  • Joshua needs to use his physical advantages, perhaps incorporating some ugly jab and grab tactics a la big Wlad, to negate Ruiz in a rematch.
  • It will be the most fascinating return fight in years, with so much on the line politically as well as in terms of legacy. A Ruiz win gives Haymon near total control of the division and would be a blow to DAZN too.
  • Ruiz provided what will surely be the most memorable moment in boxing in 2019. #snickers. What a man.
  • Josh Kelly had some weaknesses exposed by a perpetually underrated Ray Robinson (no, not that one) on the undercard, but, for his tenth fight, I applaud the ballsy matchmaking.
  • I loved Katie Taylor vs. Persoon and scored it a draw. It was ridiculous to suggest a robbery and a rematch would be most welcome.

 

Golovkin is probably more faded than we even know.

A highlight reel knockout covers up the cracks superficially, but, to my eyes, it doesn’t look like he has much left at the very elite level.

His defence is still so leaky. At 37, after a long amateur and pro career, this leopard can’t change his spots.

May 9th’s Random Boxing Rants

Credit to Nonito Donaire for rejuvenating his career with a bantamweight Indian summer.

I remember Donaire stewing in a boiling hot bath on an HBO preview show 7 years ago prior to his 122lb debut, struggling badly to make the weight.

It’s hard to believe he’s still making 118lbs. and boxing so well there in 2019.

 

I’m looking forward to Daniel Dubois-Nathan Gorman in July, and fancying Gorman to pull off an upset.

April 26th’s Random Boxing Rants

This is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/full-fight-video-patryk-szymanski-vs-robert-talarek-fight-of-the-decade/

 

Joe Tessitore on ESPN commentary – I used to enjoy him as a foil to a cynical Teddy Atlas in the Friday Night Fights days.

Left to his own devices as an unfettered Top Rank and sanctioning body hype man, he’s hard to endure.

 

Pleased Marcos Maidana has chosen to stay retired.

 

It would be a very pleasant surprise to see a Joe Joyce-Daniel Dubois fight materialize. 

April 3rd’s Random Boxing Rants

I recommend Losers on Netflix for its compelling opening episode, profiling forgotten heavyweight titlist Michael Bentt.

 

The full broadcast (minus 2 or 3 pre-stream bouts) of the Clash of the Titans card on TG4 from last Saturday, for those interested:

The opening fight is the pro debut of Kerry light heavyweight Kevin Cronin.

 

Is anyone confident that Sergey Kovalev-Anthony “A side” Yarde will happen next?

February 24th’s Random Boxing Rants

Full TG4 broadcast of the IABA Men’s & Women’s Senior Elite Championship Finals 2019, for those interested:

 

Same old Eubank Jr. last night, but it was more than enough to beat a faded James DeGale, who surely needs to retire now after a very successful career.

Despite his chronic limitations, I’d favour Eubank Jr. to beat an average beltholder in Anthony Dirrell.

I’d stay away from Caleb Plant, or any of the non-Haymon 168lbers.

 

Joe Joyce vs. Manny Charr isn’t a bad next step for the heavyweight prospect, but the fact that a WBA ‘regular’ bauble would be at stake is vomit-inducing.