PUERTO RICO DEFENDS AGAINST MEXICO SATURDAY
– This Saturday, the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas will play host to the last big fight of 2015 as linear World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Miguel Cotto
(40-4, 33 KOs) will meet jr. middleweight (154) champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) at a “catch weight” fight at 155 lbs. Championship aside, this clash between Puerto Rico and Mexico, a rivalry that has brought fans epic encounters for decades.
COTTO LOSS TO MARGARITO “VERY SUSPICIOUS”
Miguel Cotto already had lost to a Mexican in Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs ) in a welterweight (147) contest back in 2008 at the MGM Grand. Cotto was the WBA welterweight champion while Margarito held the IBF diadem. In a fight that makes people think the Mexican was cheating with “loaded” gloves, after looking good early, the tide turned against Cotto in an instant resulting in a TKO 11. But due to the circumstances surrounding Margarito’s next fight (January 2009) in Los Angeles vs Shane Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs) where he was caught trying to put plaster blocks in his wraps along with trainer Javier Capetillo. Cotto got his revenge in 2011 when he defeated Margarito by stoppage in the ninth round in NY. Due to the shady circumstances, I won’t judge that fight among the best in the rivalry.
BEST PUERTO RICO VS. MEXICO MATCH
I personally believe it was in 1978 when Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez (44-3-1, 42 KOs) super bantamweight champion at the time KO’d undefeated Mexican bantamweight (118) champion Carlos Zarate (66-4, 63 KOs) in San Juan PR. For a while Gomez had the nick name the (Verdugo de los Mexicanos) or “Mexican Killer” which lasted until the late featherweight (126) king Salvador Sanchez took away the unbeatable aura from Gomez in 1981 when he broke Gomez’ orbital bone in the opening round before winning via TKO 8.
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EMILE GRIFFITH ON GAY & KILLING BENNY PARET
Orlando Cruz & Jose Manuel Are Engaged
Orlando, FL– “I kill a man,” former world champion Emile Griffith said, “and most people understand and forgive me. I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin.” In some ways that’s how Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) must have felt after he was assailed in the Puerto Rican media just days prior to the fight due to a picture of his Saturday night fighting attire against Orlando Salido.
A LOT OF HUMANS HATE GAY HUMANS
Then the US media piled on. This was highlighted when HBO’s Jim Lampley popped off about the way Cruz looking up at the heavens as some sign of weakness when Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) did it throughout his career, paying homage to a mother who died of cancer. At the end of the day, the people who defended him know history and Civil Rights. Look, we got flags with weed on the jersey of some sports teams. All the fighter was trying to say is that, “I’m proud of who I am and my nationality.” Again, at the end of the day what in the hell is wrong with that?
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“MAD MANNY” & NUEVA COSA
Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez
Orlando, FL– La cartelera de miguel Cotto y Delvin Rodriguez rompieron una sequía de 25 años cuando la promoción de Top Rank “Reloaded” terminó siendo un rugiendo éxito en el Amway Arena de Orlando Florida, No a habido un evento de tal clase desde Febrero 1989 cuando Grande George Foreman noquea a Manuel Almeida dentro de tres asaltos de una pelea pautada a 10 asaltos. Este KO era el número 16 en línea era parte de su regreso al cuadrilátero que lo llevó al destronamiento de Michael Moorer por el título pesado en 1995.
ESTE FUE EL SHOW DE MIGUEL COTTO
El gancho al hígado el golpe clave del multi campeón puertorriqueño es como Cotto hizo una noche rápida cuando conecto el golpe que destrozó a Rodríguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) a los 18 segundo del 3er asalto. Luego de la pelea Cotto le dice a la prensa “yo sabía que fue un buen golpe porque sentí el poder correr por todo mi brazo“. El nuevo entrenador de Cotto Freddie Roach seguía repitiéndose como una cotorra que no había nada malo con Cotto solo abandono lo que lo llevó al tope eso es todo. Cotto ganador de títulos en las 140, 147 & 154 lb, ahora tiene record 38-4, 31 KOs.
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PUERTO RICAN FIGHTERS PREVAIL IN ORLANDO
Ft. Lauderdale, FL– The Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez card broke the 25 years drought as the Top Rank promotion “Reloaded” turned out to be a roaring success at the for the Amway Arena in Orlando, FL. There has not been a major event here since February 1989 when “Big George” Foreman took out Manuel de Alameda inside of three heats of a scheduled 10 rounder. This was Foreman’s 16th KO in a row, part of his come back that led him to drilling Michael Moorer for the title in 1995.
THIS WAS THE “MIGUEL COTTO” SHOW!
A beautiful left hook to the body, the bread and butter punch of the multi-division champion from Puerto Rico is how Cotto made it a quick night when he cracked Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) with the debilitating punch 18 seconds into round three. Said Cotto post fight, “I knew it was a good shot because I felt the power go through my arm.” Newly installed trainer Freddie Roach Cotto like a parrot kept saying that, “There’s nothing wrong with Cotto, he just abandoned what got him to the top that’s all.” Cotto, a titleholder at 140,147 & 154 lbs. is now 38-4 with 31 KOs.
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World Champion Danny Garcia
TOUGH MONTH FOR ARGENTINA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL- I know there must be a lot of Argentines eating crow on the their holiday dedicated to to Argentina’s boxers. In September 1923 the first Latino to fight for the world heavyweight title was their own Luis Firpo (31-4-2, 26 KOs) against champion Jack Dempsey (65-6-11-1, 51 KOs).
RECORDS WERE BROKEN & DEMPSEY HAD HELP?
It was an historical bout as almost 80,000 people paid to see it live as this is where Dempsey is knocked by Firpo through the ropes, and legend has it baseball legend Babe Ruth helped Dempsey get back in the ring. Although Firpo lost by KO 2, they dedicated September 14 as a holiday honoring boxing.
DANNY GARRCIA HAD “NO FAN BASE” BEFORE MATTHYSSE
I think the only people rooting for World 140 lb. king Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) were the die hard Puerto Rican fans and family as not many people gave him a chance as nearly every comment I read was how Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) was going to destroy him. But Garcia showed us what he was made of by defying the odds, taking the heavy punches and then spanking Lucas, this in my mind is a real champion!
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Sanchez-Gomez #1 In Rivalry
MEXICO VS. PUERTO RICO “MUCHO MAS”
San Juan, Puerto Rico– There must be a thousand articles about this boxing rivalry and it still will never get old because when the most popular division in boxing, the heavyweights are not producing great fights, the small guys always stand up for the sport. But what I am talking about today is “Latino vs. Latino” boxing and three upcoming bouts involving this rivalry, three fights that in their own way have some history behind them.
RIVALRY RESUMES SATURDAY NIGHT
Jonathan Gonzales (13-0, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico meets vs. Mexican Giovani Segura (29-3-1, 25 KOs) this weekend. Three years ago Segura came to Puerto Rico to challenge Ivan Calderon (35-3-1, 6 KOs) for his 105 lb. WBO belt. A heavy underdog, Segura KO’d Calderon in eight rounds and ended Calderon’s seven year reign as champ. In a rematch one year later, Segura stopped Ivan in three rounds.
SEGURA THOUGHT TO BE LESS THAN BEFORE
Although Segura been in some battles after that, leading some to think he’s not what he us to be, the Mexican warrior has experience and good power. His return to the Island is to take the undefeated record away from a Gonzales, who has developed into quite a young prospect. Giovani will be Gonzales’ biggest and toughest challenge to date. As a side note, Calderon has been going to the gym with Gonzales hoping to share some of his knowledge, all the while Gonzales is hoping to get revenge for Calderon.
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MIGUEL COTTO WON’T “GO AWAY”
San Juan, Puerto Rico– After not adhering to the advice of thousands of fans who when asked if ex-champ Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) should retire, almost everybody agreed, everybody but Cotto! The one-time upper echelon boxer will be fighting with a new trainer Freddie Roach working his corner after months of negotiations with Showtime who wanted nothing to do with a Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs) fight. So he went back to Top Rank and HBO will put him and Rodriquez in the NBA Orlando Magic’s home, the Amway Arena in Orlando FL on October 5.
FIGHT TO HELP LOCAL ORLANDO ECONOMY
At a recent press conference in Orlando, Cotto said this fight will help the city’s economy and that there hasn’t been professional prizefighting in town in decades. Rodriquez, a Dominican said, “I‘m going to give my people a good show” in what he admits is a “Do or die opportunity for me, because if I beat Cotto I will get the recognition.“
TWO HISPANICS GOING IN HEAVY HISPANIC AREA
A huge part of the local population, Hispanics abound in Orlando especially Puerto Ricans. In the neighbor city of Kissimmee, the Civic Center Arena has been a venue professional boxing has been going on for a while . Combining those groups spread over two cities, and you would expect a good turnout, except for the fact it is live on HBO.
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JUAN MA LATEST PUERTO RICAN FLOP!
San Juan, PR– With the devestating performance that propelled Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) to a TKO 4 victory over Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) in Dallas, TX and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) losing by Majority Decision to Yasutaka Ishimoto (22-6, 5 KOs) on an April card in China, this essentially closed the book on the careers of fighters that were thought to be heirs to the Puerto Rican pugilistic throne once held by the likes of Felix Trinidad, Wilfredo Gomez, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., Edwin Rosario and Wilfred Benitez.
Wilfredo Gomez-Carlos Zarate
PUERTO RICAN BOXERS VICTIMIZIED BY WITCHCRAFT?
The island’s prospects have been falling one by one, especially to their fistic arch rivals Mexico. It’s gotten so bad that the boxing aficionados started laying blame. First it was the matchmaking, next they were being rushed into deep water before they could swim. Another debate put the onus on the trainers, while another said it was witchcraft. Enough already, both Orlandito del Valle (17-1, 12 KOs) and Jason Velez(20-0, 15 KOs) left their trainer and went off the island as Del Valle is now being trained by Nacho Beristain and Velez with Abel Sanchez.
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RIGONDEAUX LATEST CUBAN TO SHINE IN RING!
Rigondeaux Stuns Donaire
San Juan, PR– A tad more than two months ago, Cuban two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) gave the performance of his life on HBO and in front of a New York City Radio City Music Hall crowd when he bested ‘pound for pound’ rated Nonito Donaire to add the WBO 122 lb. title to his WBA diadem. Considered one of the top three on the ‘pound for pound’ list, with a record of 31-1, 20 KOs going in, people were shocked to see the Filipino get taught such a boxing lesson by a master technician.
CUBAN BOXING IS CUBAN BRAWLING!
The Cuban style of brawling have been overlooked for a long time. Rigo showed the world something that other greats have been criticized for. Look, people get so got up on the “violence” of boxing that they forget this is an art, not a street fight or bar skirmish, it’s what “The Sweet Science” is all about, “Hit and Don’t Be Hit.” A good comparison is the matador being ever so artful when fighting a bull. If done right, we know what happens to the bull. But if you make a mistake, that’s your ass.
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LUCAS MATTHYSSE HAS BOXING WORLD TALKING!
Miami, FL– After the devastating KO 3 of Lamont Peterson, you heard, “I don’t know what he said, but it sounds good“ said Lucas Matthysse, when asked if he understood Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Shaffer declaring that the Argentine is the new Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs). In reality, Lucas is more like Puerto Rican Felix “Tito” Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs).
DANNY GARCIA IN TROUBLE COME SEPTEMBER?
With the performance Lucas put forth, he’s been the talk in the boxing world, making the 140 lb. division even more exciting with fighters like World & WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs), Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs), all of whom have a style fight fans love, as any fight involving this group has a shot at “fight of the year.”
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PUERTO RICO BOXING LOOKS TO 2013
Austin Trout Handles Miguel Cotto
San Juan, Puerto Rico– There are two boxing questions going around the island of Puerto Rico. The first is should Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) retire? With the performance he put forth in losing decisively (UD 12) to Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) in New York’s Madison Square Garden late in 2012, I feel he certainly should. I think my countryman stopped trying to win along time ago. Cotto’s more like a guy ready to start the next chapter of his life. In his own words, “I’m ready to be a full time father to my kids.”
WHO IS THE NEXT BORIGUA CHAMPION?
The other question nagging Borigua boxing fans is who is going to follow Cotto to the upper echelon of professional boxing. Cotto took the mantle from Felix Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) as the island’s premier prize fighter. Who will take over for Cotto and how many good prospects does Puerto Rico have? At the present time Puerto Rico only has two champions led by WBC/WBA 140 lb. champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs), and Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) the WBO 130 lb. champion.
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PROMOTERS GETIING BEHIND PUERTO RICAN BOXING
San Juan, Puerto Rico– Team Puerto Rico goes on the attack again in the month of August. As a unit, Team P.R. is composed of some of the best young talent the island has to offer and their goal is to find the island’s next star. The fighters of Team P.R are Cesar “Junito” Seda Jr., Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, Thomas Dulorme and include Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle, Hector’ El Flaco’ Sanchez, Kenny “Battle Star” Galarza, and Jorge “Machito” Maysonet and Eliezer “Waa” Gonzalez. This joint venyure of promoters Lou Di Bella, Gary Shaw, Universal, Miguel Cotto and the World Boxing Organization is to keep the young talent busy.
COTTO & THE WBO GIVING THE DEAD SOME RESPECT
Cotto’s promotional team and the WBO honored a young hot prospect that died because of street violence, Juan “El Puma” Gonzalez during the fight card called Electrizante that was held June 15 in Catano, P.R, where we had a chance to see one of Cotto’s top prospects Jayson “Maravilla” Velez go ten hard rounds vs. Carlos Valcarcel, a fight where Velez got the deserved decision.
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LATINO & HISPANIC BOXING DOMINATE “RING” LIST
Miami, FL– If we look at Ring Magazine’s “Fights of The Year” from 1990 to 2010, Hispanic or Latino fighters have been involved in 14 of the 20. Some of these fights are consider the best in history. In each instance, both fighters left a little of themselves the ring.
1990 – Julio César Chávez (107-6-2, 86 KOs) KO 12 Meldrick Taylor (38-8-1, 20 KOs) I
1991 – Robert Quiroga (20-2, 11 KOs) W 12 Akeem Anifowoshe (23-1, 18 KOs) Note: Both men are dead, Akeem from ring injuries and died years later. Quiroga was killed by a Gang member in Texas, who is serving a life sentence for stabbing him 34 times!
1992 – Riddick Bowe (43-1, 33 KOs) W 12 Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) I
1993 – Michael Carbajal KO 7 Humberto González. Dropped like he had been shot with a cannon, Carbajal staged one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history to win.
1994 – Jorge Castro (130-11-3,90 KOs) KO 9 John David Jackson (36-4, 20 KOs) In total control, Jackson lapsed when it came to concentration and Castro put his lights out with one left hook. Read more
MICKY WARD DIDN’T FIGHT THE EUROPEAN STYLE!
Mickey Ward Fought The "Hispanic" Style
San Francisco, CA– “It’s ugly, but I don’t mind,” said referee Steve Smoger after checking Pavel Wolak’s grotesque swollen eye a fortnight ago. “We are all ways trying to protect a fighter, but this is part of the game” said the MD that allowed the fight to continue. Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) and Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) really earned their pay checks that night on ESPN2 when they gave us fans an unbridled war that ended in a draw. People liked the fight so much that ESPN2 scheduled replays. Coming into the fight, fans new it had the potential of being a good one, much the same as the fight between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon. And one of the reasons the purists knew it was because of their styles, and we all know styles makes fights.
THIS FOURSOME FOUGHT LIKE GLADIATORS
The four fighters mentioned above have a mode of fighting I like to call a Hispanic style of pugilism, which I’ll explain below. I’m not trying to sound macabre but we all know the dangers we’re getting in when we box, and in no way I would want to see an athlete get seriously hurt or die. All I’m saying is that I admire and respect fighters with the “macho” mentality and style of fighting. Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs) vs. Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) proved that as they gave us the best three rounds of the year 2011. Last weekend, the heavyweight division was on display with Wlad Klitschko and David Haye, and like they have been doing for the last 15 years or so, the big boys failed to deliver!
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BOXING FANS FLEECED OF THEIR CASH AGAIN!
Zab "Bozo The Clown" Judah
Miami, FL– Boxing aficionados were again robbed of a fight Saturday night as all we got was an act of cowardice. Should of followed my instinct, instead of my heart. That being said, “a clown is always a clown,” that’s what I think of Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs). I have come to believe that when giving people second chances, the problem is useless unless they believe in themselves.
KELLER-BOY FINALLY GOT ONE RIGHT!
And also in giving credit were credit is due. I don’t agree very often with Max Kellerman, but it’s true that Scotty Pippen practicing all the time with Michael Jordan made Pippen game better. This relates to Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) getting better after working with Manny Pacquiao (53-3 -2, 38 KOs) .
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