December 6th, 2013 By John Signorella
HBO BATTLES SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
New York, NY- A multitude of scraps are on the horizon this Saturday evening when rival networks HBO & Showtime go toe to toe offering stacked shows of intrigue. In other words fight fans: Let’s get readdddyyy to set your DVVVRRRRRRRSSSSSS! Due to enormity of “misunderstandings” about to transpire, below is my “Reader’s Digest” type (quick look) at what’s about to go down.
AS OFTEN THE CASE, SHOWTIME APPEARS TO HAVE THE BETTER CARD
The “suits” at Showtime have lined up a nice looking night at the fights with a solid quadruple header. The main event will showcase a turf war between welterweight (147) Brooklynites and former champions Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round crossroads showdown for a last shot at the big dance. In the co feature, welterweight IBF belt holder Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to defend his trophy against talented, but untested pug Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound. The broadcast will also pit former light middleweight (154) champ Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) opposite of one time title challenger Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12 or less round contest for the vacant WBA strap. In the curtain raiser, we’ll see recently crowned WBC super middleweight (168) strap carrier Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) throwing hands with hard hitting first time title challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of combat. The Party starts from Barclay Center, in Brooklyn, New York at 9:45 PM ET on Showtime.
Malignaggi v Judah: Both have faced the best of the best in the biz at their respective weights. I feel Paulie is the fresher of the two… and man!!! If only this guy (Paulie) had a punch, if he did; I feel he’d be one of the best in the world. For those that don’t know; Malignaggi is as tough as they come and is a solid craftsman at his game. All due respect to Zab for his excellent ability: a fierce passion of savagery which was on full display when he spanked Floyd Mayweather for a solid six rounds better then anyone had (or still has) to this point before ultimately tiring and losing down the stretch (L UD 12). Having said all that, I got Paulie on points in a nice looking battle between two awesome pros.
Alexander v Porter: I was starting to lose so faith in Devon before his last fight but much like what Timothy Bradley has done of late, Alexander has shown me a different look and has become more ascetically pleasing to watch instead of being a listless bore. Porter is a descent “poor mans” version of a young Shane Mosley and for whatever reason, he oddly has taken his time to get into a “big time” type fight. In consideration of all this, I’m calling for a poised boxing exhibition in a closely contested affair with a slight lean toward Devon over 12 rounds.
Trout v Lara: I like this fight, a lot. Both guys can punch and both guys have world class attributes. Trout’s coming off a lackluster performance against Saul Alvarez (L UD 12) and will definitely be gunning to gut the once beaten Lara. However, Erislandy has been one tough customer since that setback and has shown some newly discovered power in his already cemented repertoire. I like Lara by stoppage in this one, after 9.
Bika v Dirrell: I’m feeling Bika is really just holding the belt on loan and has seen better days. I expect Dirrell to quite frankly beat the hell out of him and win via KO under 6 frames.
HBO’s FINAL CARD TELECAST OF THE YEAR GOES THRICE BILLING
Considered by most to be a top ten “pound for pound” guy, WBO and WBA super bantamweight (122) kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) typifies HBO’s offering of fistic warfare against former bantamweight (118) champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder. The co feature will have entertaining light middleweights (154) Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) and James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) grinding it out in a possible 10 rounds of action. Kicking off the action, rugged middleweights (160) Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) and Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KOs) will engage in a scheduled 10 round tiff. Coverage begins from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.
Rigendaux v Agbeko: Should be an easy one for Rig’s. Don’t get me wrong, Agbeko is a season veteran of the game but is moving up in weight and has shown signs of being shop worn so this might be more about a pay day for him then actual career advancement as a boxer. I got Rigondeaux besting Joseph under 9 via TKO.
Tapia v Kirkland: Should be a good one. Looking to see what the streaky Kirkland has to offer and how Tapia deals with the step up in class. Most importantly, this fight could be very indicative to finding out if Kirkland is just another W.O.T. (waste of talent) on the block. Honestly, I think he is and I got Glen finishing him brutally early.
Macklin v Russ: Could be a fun encounter between two tough guy type middleweights. I’m thinking Macklin’s better experience leads him to a very fun to watch win…that is if the previous beating he just took from GGG didn’t ruin him permanently. Either way, don’t blink; this one has knockout written all over it.
December 5th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
SHOWTIME MAIN EVENT CARD FEATURES BROOKLYNITES PAST THEIR PEAK!Las, Vegas, NV- Zab Judah(42-0, 28 KOs) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).Odds: Judah 9-5 favorite. I slightly lean towards Judah even though at 36 he is three years older. Judah does however possesses better speed and more power. Gave a good account of himself against 140 lb, champ Danny Garcia earlier this year. Judah has a suspect chin, but Paulie can’t punch. Zab is the safe bet on points. $50 dollars to win $90.
STRONG & PACKED UNDERCARD FEATURES HARD LUCK CUBAN
Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) vs Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs). Odds: Even. Toss-up on paper. Slight edge goes to Lara. Both guys were dropped in their last bouts for the first time in their careers. Trout can’t punch, and Lara has more pop and sits down on his punches a bit. Both can box, but got to go with the Cuban Lara who has the better amateur pedigree. Wouldn’t bet money on it though.
ALEXANDER FACES QUESTION MARK IN PORTER
Devon Alexander(25-1, 14 KOS) vs Shawn Porter (22-0, 14 KOs). Odds:Alexander 3-1. Porter a live underdog here. Not sure which guy will show up. Not all that impressed by either guy, but Porter has some ability. Too many intangibles here. Pass on the bet. I expect Alexander to win a decision.If you can find odds, $20 clams on Porter to win $60 seems a fair risk.
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November 12th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young
Los Angeles, CA- Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) kept his career afloat for the moment with a 9th round TKO over Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), a guy he had previously stopped in five rounds back on July 7, 2007. Despite earning the W over Vic, this was not an impressive performance by Nonito by any stretch.
ONCE SUPERSTAR NOW A QUESTION MARK
Once considered a top five ‘pound-for-pound’ talent by many in the boxing community, Donaire always looked quite limited in my opinion. Yes, he has good power. Yes, he does have some ability. Yes, he has carried these things with him as he has traversed weight classes, but “The Filipino Flash” has also carried his limitations. He has been overrated, which is something I know all about after putting Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) in my pound-for-pound top five shortly before he was starched in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO) this August.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Corpus Christi, TX- (HBO) Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) KO 8 Roman Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOS) (Wins WBO 130 lb. title) Martinez stunned everybody by dropping Mikey in the second, but that appeared to be his zenith as Garcia fought his way back and never let go until the end that was the result of a body shot from Garcia at the :57 second mark. Mikey shined, good mettle, but I wonder about that chin as the light punching Puerto Rican dropped him with a counter right.
TENTATIVE NONITO KO’S DARCHINYAN
Former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) TKO 9 Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) (126) Twas’ a rematch of July 7, 2007 KO win for Nonito, who looked uneasy and was losing on points before dropping Darchinyan with a left hook, this after he himself had eaten a Darchinyan uppercut. Up and wobbling, Darchinyan was getting battered about the ring until the referee had seen enough. Donaire has peaked and need be careful in selecting foes as he is ready for the taking. Time was 2:06.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There were a few good fights that over the weekend, topped by the come from behind KO win for Nonito Donaire over Vic Darchinyan. Coming off a decisive points loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux six months ago that was followed by shoulder surgery, I thought it might have..well you can listen. With the win, the “Filipino Flash” didn’t flash much and an argument is made as for why? Mikey Garcia, psssst, are there whisker problems with the WBO champ? Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios come up as I give you a little history lesson nightlife on Macau.
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November 9th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- After Nonito Donaire nearly decapitated Fernando Montiel back in 2011 in the second greatest performance of his career, HBO began to showcase him as the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao; a multi-dimensional superstar with speed, intelligence, and two fisted power. Donaire ran through his opponents in dominant fashion but there was one problem: he was boring. The executives at HBO quickly found out that the “Filipino Flash” was more boxer than puncher and unless his opponents were coming straight at him as Montiel, Jorge Arce, or Vic Darchinyan, whom Donaire rematches this evening, his bouts were more likely to put viewers to sleep rather than his opponents.
MATCHMAKER NIGHTMARE IS TWO COUNTERPUNCHERS!
The best example of this came a little over a year ago, during Donaire’s bout against Japanese legend, Toshiaki Nishioka. Both men are counterpunchers by nature who wait for their foe to take the initiative before striking. Their reluctance to engage one another resulted in a staring match between the two fighters, drawing boos and catcalls from the fans at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. What made their dance with one another even more agonizing to watch was that they were following a Fight of the Year candidate in Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado 1, a barnburner that saw neither men shy away from war.
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November 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
HISTORIAN LIKES WHAT HE SEES IN MIKEY
According to historian Ron Marshall of Alameda, CA, Mikey is just a couple of fights away from being a boxing superstar. “I think eventually he will be supreme at 135 and possibly 140,” said Marshall who has a good point when he says that the Mexican-American fighting out of Oxnard, CA, has gotten better each time out. Across the ring Saturday night will be Roman Martinez, Puerto Rico’s only titleholder of significance, the WBO 130 belt bearer. Nobody gives the Puerto Rican (27-1-2, 17 KOs) a shot here as I was on the phone all week asking who wins, Garcia or Martinez and nobody was taking the Boricua born champion to retain.
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October 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Las Vegas, NV- Everybody knew that two-time Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko could fight. After a 395-1 record, multiple world titles, “playing pro” in the World Series of Boxing, those 5 x 3 minute rounds sans boxing helmets (headgear), all that and some didn’t believe it when he turned professional Saturday night in a scheduled 10 rounder against WBO International champ Jose Ramirez who came in at 25-3 with 15 early wins.
GOOD TECHNICAL FIGHTER, DECENT POWER & IMAGINATION
If the opening round is an indication of what is to come, Vasyl landed a beautiful right hand to the left side of Ramirez’s body from the southpaw stance and dropped the Mexican. Up in time to continue, Jose survived that opening round and was “owned” until another body shot ended matters at 2:59 of round four. Right hooks, straight lefts, left leads, combinations, smooth footwork, it was like watching a boxing scientist toy with a novice.
WORLD TITLE SHOT NEXT……YES & SALIDO WILL BE TOAST!
Although Martinez was 25-3, his claim to fame is a Split Decision 12 over favored Rey Bautista in the Philippines. If you take the Bautista fight out of the mix, Martinez faced a lot of guys whom you will never, ever, hear of! Let’s leave it at that, but to want to fight WBO 126 lb. champ Orlando Salido next, I say Vasyl devours Salido with ease like he did Martinez.
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August 1st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
WHAT CONSTITUTES A BORING PRIZEFIGHT?
Los Angeles, CA- Much controversy has been made due to HBO’s apparent ban of fights involving WBO and WBA junior featherweight (122 lb.) champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs).
Rigondeaux, a former two-time Olympic gold medalist who defected from his homeland of Cuba in 2007, dismantled and decisively beat pound for pound talent Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) in a unification tilt in April of this year.
SOME LOVED RIGO, OTHERS DID NOT
It was a scintillating performance for some viewers to watch the mastery of the “sweet science” by the Cuban. For him to reduce Donaire, a Filipino American, to what amounts to a novice, was intriguing to watch for some. For many others, some who are members of the boxing media, the fight to say it mildly, was a “bore”. The differences in opinion here are vast, because to some, what constitutes a good fight is two guys who just close their eyes and throw caution to the wind and soak up loads of punishment for our entertainment. For others like myself, I can truly appreciate two guys who don’t throw a 100 punches a round, but have more of an economical approach to boxing. They may not throw a lot of punches, but like Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and the aforementioned Cuban, each punch has a purpose, and there is a certain appreciation for many viewers to that style of boxing.
PERCEPTION OF “EXCITING” REAL ARGUMENT HERE
I would never be one to say that Rigondeaux is at the level of an Arturo Gatti in terms of entertainment value. However, it normally is the pairing and not necessarily the particular fighter that can make a bout exciting. Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), a product of the renowned Cuban amateur system that teaches boxing rather than brawling, was in a back and forth battle against Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs), in which he came back from two knockdowns to stop the rugged Mexican in the 10th round of a 154lb WBA interim title fight in June. Lara and most Cuban fighters are typically counter punchers and stylists, who wait on their opponents for an opening. It doesn’t always make for the most fan friendly fights, but with the right opponents in front of them, it can typically create the drama that fight fans crave.
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July 6th, 2013 By RingTalk
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May 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
DISRESPECTED BECAUSE HE’S GOOD!
San Francisco, CA- How would you like to win a pair of Olympic Gold medals, go unbeaten in an abreviated professional career, handilly beat one of the elite top three ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world in Nonito Donaire, and yet still be raked over the coals by the ex-HBO Godfather Larry Merchant and others?
RIGO TRULY DESERVED OLYMPIC GOLD TWICE!
Oh, and unlike the Chinese two-time Olympic champion, Zou Shiming, whom the Godfather recently covered in Macau, Rigondeaux was not benifited by near-criminal scoring. Truth be told, Larry is not alone in his dissing of Guillermo Rigondeaux, as the Cuban has drawn a lot of heat for his April 13th WBO 122 lb. title win over the now 31-2 Donaire at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
HATERS HAVE NEVER TAKEN INCOMING MISSLES!
The detractors are for the most part are people who have endurred a threshold of pain equivalent to getting hit across the backside by a parent.
RIGO IS BOXING “POETRY IN MOTION”
Some of us that have boxed found Rigondeaux’s “hit and not get hit” style masterful! I mean, how else would one be able to beat the hardest one-punch knockout artist in the game today? With corpses like Vic Darchinyan, Fernado Montiel and s number of lesser names either horizontal or unconsious, engaging with Donaire would be akin to jumping off a 30- story building in real life or in other words, commiting boxing suicide!
April 17th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
WEBSITE AND MAGAZINE CONTINUE TO LOSE CREDIBILITY
Los Angeles, CA- What I read this morning had to be one of the most ridiculous stories of the year. Ring magazine and or Ringtv.com, whatever title you want to give them, once a respected publication and considered “The Bible of Boxing” continues to lose
credibility in my mind and in the mind of most of the boxing community. The publication has made many errors in judgement within the last year and ever since their purchase by former world champion Oscar De La Hoya. My intention is never to throw dirt on anyone or the publication, and I understand pound for pound is a mythical ranking. However fans look up to the rankings of a publication of their magnitude. They also tend to blind the masses with what in this case is “BS” favoritism that isn’t based on logic. For some unknown reason, their panel of experts, or so called panel in my opinion, have Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) who just got schooled for 12 rounds by Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs), ranked at #10 pound for pound. Where is the Cuban standout ranked? He didn’t qualify in their rankings. I understand keeping Donaire in the rankings, as he has been on quite a run, and even though I don’t sign up to the “because A beats B, then B beats C” theory, you have to come to the conclusion that based on the skillset and that he just dominated the best fighter in his division he deserves a ranking. While Tim Bradley deserves a ranking, Robert Guerrero? He never unified titles in any division and has yet to beat an elite fighter, unless you consider Andre Berto to be at that level. Too much emphasis is put on fighters jumping up in weight, and multiple titles.
BRONER IN BUT RIGO OUT?
Regardless of Rigo only having 12 fights, he beat a top 5 pound for pound fighter in Donaire and has the amateur pedigree to go along with it. Adrien Broner however is ranked #6 when his best victory was over Antonio De Marco, a fighter not ranked anywhere near anyones pound for pound list. If you beat one of the best fighters out there doesn’t that count for something? I have a feeling that drama like this is the reason many panel members left and created the “Transnational Boxing Rankings Board”. Now I rarely agree with anything from the mouth of ESPN’s boxing writer Dan Rafael, but in this case I have to agree that at this this point Ringmagazine/Ringtv.com’s rankings have become a complete joke.
April 15th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
FEELS GOOD TO BE RIGHT!
Los Angeles, CA- Unfortunately I was away for the weekend in Las Vegas for some personal business, so I actually did not get an opportunity to watch the fight until 2am this morning. What I saw was pretty much the fight I envisioned. Nonito Doniare (31-2, 20 KOs) stalking forward ineffectively and Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) picking him off with laser like shots from the outside.
I didn’t expect a slugfest, and I didn’t expect Donaire, a native of the Philippines fighting out of Northern California, to be relentless in his attack because of the Cubans accurracy. In reading predictions from other boxing writers, many who consider themselves experts, or are perceived as such be way off the mark in their pre-fight assessment. I have come to the conclusion that the majority of so-called boxing experts put too much emphasis on power in regards to who they believe will win big fights. Boxing in many ways mirrors other sports in that in a close toss up fight, a championship level basketball game or the Super Bowl, the superior defender or defensive team wins the majority of the time. What difference does it make if you have a lot of power if you can’t hit your foe with anything of substance or consistency? This aspect if way too often overlooked in breaking down a prizefight. Myself, Pedro Fernandez and writer Zack Young were in agreement that the Cuban was going to win and do so decisively due so some of the aforementioned factors.
A CLINIC THAT HAD MOMENTS OF ACTION
Maybe I am alone here, but considering I didn’t expect the action to be anywhere near or as sustained as the fights from previous weeks with Mike Alvarado’s gutsy win over Brandon Rios and the war between Tim Bradley and Ruslan Providnikov last month, I viewed this as a good fight considering the styles of the combatants. Two counterpunchers facing each other rarely makes for a bout where you see a lot of punches thrown and landed. However for the most part the Cuban landed the majority of the clean blows with Donaire rarely landing more than one punch at a time. He appeared to be a fighter who suffered because the majority of opponents he’s been facing are lacking defensively so hasn’t had much need to make adjustments in a fight. Part of the reason Donaire lost his composure and limited his chance for victory was because he fought the Cubans fight the whole time. I do believe early on he tried to get Rigondeaux to lead, however when they fought at close range he still wound up on the end of some truly telling blows.
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April 11th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
TWO BEST 122 LB. FIGHTERS FACE OFF SATURDAY NIGHT
Los Angeles, CA- WBO super bantamweight (122 lb.) champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs), a native of the Philippines, residing now in San Leandro, CA, faces a “Catch 22″ situation Saturday night in HBO’s main event when he faces decorated Cuban amateur and WBA 122 lb. counterpart Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs).
“FILIPINO FLASH” & “COMPLETE CUBAN”
If he defeats the former two-time Olympic Gold medalist its possible he won’t get the credit he deserves due to Rigondeaux’s lack of professional experience, limited profile and minuscule fan base. If he loses, future fights become less lucrative and detractors who believe Donaire has been fighting handpicked opponents will be vindicated. The biggest problem here is that Rigondeaux has a style that most likely can make Donaire look bad, be it winning or losing.
CAN FIGHT LIVE UP TO HYPE?
Hardcore boxing fans have been looking forward to this bout for the last year. It appears to be a toss up, at least on paper. The Filipino looked stellar in 2012, winning four times, beating some of the top guys at 122; Wilfredo Vasquez Jr.(22-3-1, 19 KOs), Jeffrey Mathebula (27-4-2,14 KOs), Toshiaki Nishioka (39-5-3, 24 KOs) and Jorge Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs). However Saturday for quite possibly the first time in his career, Donaire’s facing a fighter with comparable hand speed and power. Rigondeaux, who won reportedly near 400 amateur bouts has arguably better footwork and superior defense. READ MORE…
April 11th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young
122 LB. CHAMPS CLASH FOR UNIVERSAL SUPREMACY
Sacramento, CA- After months of back-and-forth social media insults and accusations of “ducking,” Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) have finally agreed to face each other at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The two super bantamweight (122 lbs.) titleholders will compete for super bantamweight supremacy on April 13th, 2013. One man will end up with his hand raised at the end of the night, but which man will that be?
DONAIRE BACKERS CLAIM RIGO DOESN’T TAKE WELL!
Donaire supporters say that Rigondeaux is not seasoned enough as a professional to compete with the “Filipino Flash.” They also point to Rigo’s apparent lack of punch resistance after being wobbled multiple times by Robert Marroquin (22-2, 15 KO) in his last fight. Specifically, they point to the punch that rocked Guillermo; the left hook.
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