December 14th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
RING MAGAZINE PULLS A GAFF! BRONER RANKED #5 POUND FOR POUND?
Los Angeles, CA-The outrage continues against the well documented and somewhat tarnished Ring magazine and or Ringtv.com. Ratings chairman, former judge Chuck Giampa appears to be the fall guy here as no one seems to want to take responsibility for the rankings. I thought the magazine’s rankings were advised by a panel of writers. Now it appears to be a dictatorship. While the rankings are mythical, when a magazine is owned by Oscar De La Hoya, and the WBC lightweight (135lb) champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
is promoted by his company GoldenBoy Promotions, this is where things get a bit fishy. Ringtv.com rating Broner at #5 in their mythical pound for pound rankings doesn’t look good. While Broner is an amazing talent, the selection is not credible and without logic based on quality of opposition. Broner has only beaten two world class level fighters in Antonio De Marco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) and Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs). The win against De Marco was impressive but the victory over De Leon was a suspect close unanimous verdict that many thought was a gift in his first HBO appearance. By no means am I saying Giampa or his colleagues are being influenced by their boss, but when one person (Giampa) can have so much influence over their rankings, a ranking that many fans used to view with merit, should fans even be able to take the so-called experts who write for the magazine seriously? The biggest problem with pound for pound rankings however is that theres no set criteria. So in defense of the magazine I will try to give them the benefit of the doubt. Fans however seem incensed. Also some of the actions of the magazine and its owners within the last year or so have to be called into question. Who’s at fault and who’s has the authority over there is also a mystery. In my opinion the most credible rankings are the boxrec.com computerized rankings. A computer can have no bias, and as far as the divisional and pound for pound rankings they get as close to impartiality as it gets.
POONSAWAT FAILS MEDICAL, FIGHT VS RIGONDEAUX CANCELLED!
It’s been reported that former 122 lb. champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (44-2, 33 KOs) failed 3 pre-fight blood tests thus the scheduled bout versus WBA 122lb champion and Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) is scratched from Saturdays HBO After Dark card featuring Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) defending his WBO super bantamweight (122lb) crown against face first brawler, Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs). Donaire, a Filipino fighting out of San Leandro, CA is expected to steamroll Arce who’s past his prime and can be one dimensional. The card was designed to give more exposure to Rigondeaux, a two time Olympic Gold medalist and build toward a potential super fight with the Filipino star. Those plans unfortunately will be put on hold. Kratingdaenggym apparently has a serious medical condition that has yet to be officially confirmed. We wish him the best.
IS JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ FIGHTER OF THE YEAR? PARTICIPATE IN OUR POLL!
Coming off his stunning one punch shotgun like knockout of Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38 KOs), is Marquez (55-6, 40 KOs) fighter of the year? It’s quite possible that Marquez can win boxing’s version of the triple crown; fighter of the year, KO of the year and fight of the year. I can’t remember the last time thats been done in boxing history. Congratulations to Marquez if he can pull off the feat!