PREDICTABLE HBO BOXING RESULTS & NBC SPORTS UPSET!

January 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Sergio "The Beast" Kovalev

UPSET OF 2013 ALREADY TOOK PLACE ON NBC?

It was another Saturday in which NBC Sports blessed us with what was the most conclusive ending of any fight this weekend. The main event featured Gabriel CampIllo, recognized by some boxing fans as he uncrowned light heavyweight world champion, this after he beat the snot of Tavoris Cloud in 2012, had his head handed to him by unbeaten Sergio Kovalev. Dropping Gabriel the first time with the right hand, Sergio followed that up with body shot knockdown. A left hook sealed the deal with Gabriel dropped a third and final time as referee Michael Ortega had seen enough.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU GET SCREWED?

I can remember when Jeff Fenech had a gun put to his head and was robbed in Las Vegas with Azumah Nelson. The Australian was never the same from the psychological damage incurred in his getting “jobbed.” Jeff pretty much told me that. Gabriel was far better than Cloud and should be defending an alphabet title belt (IBF) on HBO for big money. Not this Friday on NBC is anything to be ashamed of, it’s just that Campillo should’ve got a rematch with the cowardly Cloud.

I TOO THINK SERGIO KOVALEV IS FRIGHTENING!

Once again I polled historian Ron Marshall who said that Kovalev is a monster. Now 20-0-1, 17 whacks, I agree as I could not imagine Cloud being able to deal with his power in both hands. Is he still a little big green? Yeah, but I think there’s a lot of upside here and Sergio has the look of a future champion. Gabriel drops to 21-5-1, 7 KOs.

MIKEY GARCIA THROTTLES ORLANDO SALIDO


San Francisco, CA- For the masses, this weekend was all about the NFL. But this also was the start of the boxing season as HBO Boxing returned to the Big Apple, the Mecca of boxing and Madison Square Garden, albeit sans Larry Merchant. It was of a coming out party for the Oxnard, CA resident Mikey Garcia. The brother of Robert Garcia, a former IBF title holder, Garcia entered Saturday’s bout with Orlando Salido a decisive favorite and his performance was indicative of why.

MEXICAN FIGHTER ACTED LIKE ELEVATOR

In the opening stanza the Mexican champion whose unimpressive record sort of setting all, Orlando was dropped twice. He was horizontal again in the 3rd, ditto for the 4th round. Garcia showed a wide array of punches as it was him throwing and Orlando catching. Salido’s claim to fame is stopping Juan Manuel Lopez on a pair of occasions. Outside of that, the now 39 and 12 record (two draws, 27 KOs) indicates either Lopez wasn’t that good or the Mexican mauler has his number.

SALIDO JUST NO MATCH FOR GARCIA

Now 31-0, 26 stoppages, Garcia rode Salido like he was a rented horse. Then in the 8th round Salido unintentionally head butted Mikey and broke his nose. Not the ending people were expecting as it went to the scorecards. 2 judges had a 79-70, the third 79-69. With that Garcia takes home the WBO 126 lb. title Salido had taken from “Juan Ma” who has a fight of his own February 2 in Puerto Rico.

GOLOVKIN ROLLS GAME OVERMATCHED FOE

Gennady Golovkin was again impressive in a WBA middleweight (160) title defense. “Triple G” as he likes to call himself, now 25-0, 22 KOs, throttled a game but outclassed Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) before stopping him (TKO 7) when the Rosado corner stopped the thrashing by throwing in the towel.

DID BURGOS DESERVE THE NOD?

WBO 130 lb. champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and top-rated contender Juan Carlos Burgos engaged in a 12 rounder that look like it belonged to Burgos after 36 minutes. But the judges were split with Martinez getting the call 116-112, Burgos had a 117-111 card and the third judge had it even at 114-114. Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) and Burgos (30-1-1, 29 KOs) will just have to do it again.

GARCIA WAS LIVING UP TO THE HYPE!

Before he was fouled, Mikey Garcia was stealing the show. The abrupt ending took away the opportunity for Mikey to close the book on the Mexican fighter. Historian Ronald Marshall thinks Garcia is the real deal.

WILDER KNOCKS OVER ANOTHER “BOWLING PIN” TYPE?

America’s lone heavyweight hopeDeontay Wilder steamrolled another overmatched opponent Saturday night when he crossed the border and fought Matt Greer (15-9, 13 KOs) in Mexico. Now 27-0, all KOs, Wilder needs to make that step up in class as a 2008 Olympian has had enough “walkover” type fights period!

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. The Martinez-Burgos decision was a pure heist. When it seemed to take time to read the scorecards I said “OH<OH" here we go again. I had it 117-111 for Burgos. This isn't amateur boxing where they don't count body shots. Burgos pounded the daylight out of Martinez' body and only one judge had it right. Max Kellerman should not be doing post fight interviews, period. During the Salido fight he actually said he thought the butt was intentional. Please come back, Larry Merchant. Garcia won going away but, when do they stop gights for a broken nose. Salido actually won the last round before the stoppage and hit Garcia some shots. I think that's what propted Robert Garcia to call the doctor over. Sergio Martinez had a broken nose in the second round of the Darren Barker fight and fought and won the rest of the fight.Kelly Pavlik had a broken nose in his loss to Martinez and went the distance. Boxing is a hurt business and to stop a championship fight that you winning big is not Kosher in my opinion….

    Dick"The Mick" on January 21st, 2013 at 8:01 AM
  2. I agree, if a fighters nose is broken and he can’t continue he loses by TKO. The referee even said the butt was unintentional, and it didn’t appear Mikeys nose was broken. I saw no blood whatsoever. It appeared that although Salido was losing, he was taking him into deep water. Garcia had never been 12 and anything can happen with three to four rounds to go. I think a rematch is in order, although I see the same result. I see Garcia as very effective at what he does, but needs to learn to finish guys. Way too patient to a fault.

    KP on January 22nd, 2013 at 11:05 AM
  3. Campillo going thru the ‘David Tibieri experience’.I hope he is ok,and challenges for another title.Kovalev has nice style,accurate punching,power punching not flashy but effiecient.A new star is born.Broken nose ha ha….won fight by broken nose thats funny!

    one eye on January 22nd, 2013 at 3:47 PM
  4. Garcia’s nose looked pretty damn broken to me. It was leaning to the side. I don’t blame him for not continuing. What Salido did was bullshit. that was definitely intentional, and Garcia should not be forced to continue after that foul. Salido grabbed him and threw his head into his nose. He was getting dominated and was looknig for a way out. Reminded me of Mayweather-Ortiz, but even worse.

    Zak on January 22nd, 2013 at 5:43 PM
  5. Garcia is good but definitely showed no killing instinct when he had Salido hurt multiple times. That might cost him dearly down the road.

    The_Bronx_Bomber on January 23rd, 2013 at 12:59 AM
  6. Good analysis…

    Pedro Fernandez on January 23rd, 2013 at 1:11 AM
  7. Defintely tainted the ending imo…Didnt salido have a broken nose too supposedly?? Makes u appreciate what these guys go through…not gonna blast garcia cause its not like he wanted to quit…but if the fight were to continue, I’d have to agree with KP’s take on it…Garcia, although not flashy, is like the terminator!..Roberts got 3 of the hottest fighters right now…

    1200 Techs on January 24th, 2013 at 11:49 PM

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