December 8th, 2013 By John Signorella

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year?

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year

New York, NY- After over 70 plus rounds of combined coverage between two networks (HBO & Showtime) that pitted 14 fighters standing opposite of each other in seven separate bouts, some changes and new evaluations have manifested in the sport of boxing, let’s take a look:


Atlantic City, NJ- While (to me) the HBO card seemed weaker (on paper) then Showtime’s offering, the co-featured bout on their (HBO’s) air saw streaky middleweight (154) James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) against promising up and coming scrapper Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) go to Hell and back in amazing war of attrition. Despite being rocked early, Kirkland did what he does best and threw a huge volume of power shots to stop the very battered and beaten warrior Glen Tapia in an amazing contest which is (IMO) a leading candidate for “Fight of the Year“. (W Kirkland, TKO 6).


Super Bantamweight (122) champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) easily defended his WBO & WBA belts via a points nod victory over a very limited representation of Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOS). Opening the show, scrappy middleweight (160) tough guy Mathew Macklin showed he still has some life in his very talent rich division by out working the game, but limited pug Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KOs) over 12 rounds to a decision victory.


Brooklyn, NY- Combining for a whopping total of 48 rounds (in rare form) Showtimes’ card failed to excite. Below are the particulars:
In a descent encounter of solid craft and sloppy wailing, Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) and Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) battled to an uneventful draw. Afterwards, newly rewarded WBA super middleweight (154) champ Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs)  outclassed an oddly disinterested version of a once potentially promising future star in Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOS).


As the night progressed, the co-feature witnessed former welterweight (147) belt holder Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs) become further exposed as a fighter that’s in decline against newly crowed strap carrier Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs). In the main event; Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) displayed youthful activity to command a unanimous decision over a very seemingly faded shop worn Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs). For more in depth coverage of these fights, listen to this past Sunday’s show where I appeared as guest breaking down all the action. The link can be found right here at Ring Talk on our home page.


Editor’s note: John Signorella can “talk the talk” as he appeared on the Ring Talk Boxing Replay that shall be up shortly on the HOME page of in both an article post and a Podcast.

John Signorella



  1. I totally agree with you. Kirkland-Tapia was perhaps one of the most interesting fights I’ve seen all year. That bout saved my Saturday night. I was so excited that there were so many fights that night coming from both HBO and Showtime, but honestly was disappointed as most of the fights dragged on. In my opinion Rigondeaux shouldn’t have been HBO’s main event. If you noticed everyone in Boardwalk Hall that night left during his title defense. He’s a great boxer and I understand that he is up and coming and has a great amateur resume, but I don’t think HBO should televise his fights until he becomes a more crowd-pleasing fighter. Don’t get me wrong– he’s a phenomenal boxing-technician, but in the entertainment industry, he needs to please the crowd and HBO needs to please the crowd watching their cards. I’m hoping that he matches with Donaire again, but make it a more interesting fight for the crowd. In my opinion, Rigo is nothing more but an undercard fighter– not a main event fighter. Other than that, great article!

    EJ Uy on December 8th, 2013 at 10:37 PM
  2. Great fight between Kirkland and Tapia! I had a feeling it would be a war but man oh man! That’s the kind of fight you want to see during a fight party. Where both guys have to dig in DEEP! FOTY…man that’s a tough call…I’d have to say Bradley vs Providnokov takes the honors! Nevertheless, great scrap!

    Can’t wait for Broner vs Maidana next week!

    1200 Techs on December 9th, 2013 at 1:24 AM
  3. I think Tapia’s corner should have stopped the fight and provide an honorable exit to their fighter as referee was stopping it. Good bout for the fans for watch future Tapia fights. Lets hope he doesn’t goes the route of Fernando Vargas and David Reid after their hard losses against Tito Trinidad.

    Mr Class on December 9th, 2013 at 3:21 AM
  4. Sorry it should read: *as referee wasn’t stopping it**

    Mr Class on December 9th, 2013 at 4:32 AM

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