WEIGHTS, HONESTY, BOXING 2015, AL HAYMON

DECLINE IN PPV BOXING GOOD OR BAD?

Roy Jones Again KO'd Brutally

Roy Jones Again KO’d Brutally


San Francisco, CA– Throughout the decades of prizefighting since the the Marquess of Queensbury rules were applied, because of the various weight limits, boxing was obviously one of the fairest of competitions. But when the “house” fighter shows up 11 lbs., yes Omar Figueroa was 11 lbs. over at the weigh in for Antonio DeMarco, you knew this could only be boxing in Texas, where there really are no rules.

ALL THREE 2015 BOXING PPV BROADCASTS….SUCKED..

The three big Pay Per Vier offerings of the year were the anti-climactic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao encounter, that Mayweather-Andre Berto yawn and the pedestrian Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto match. There were no knockdowns, nobody got staggered, these 36 stanzas were so lacking that not one round could be used as a “Trailer” to entice people/boxing fans in the same manner movies are introduced.

“KEEPIN’ IT REAL” WITH HAYMON

In his first full year, Al Haymon has put PBC cards on NBC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, BOUNCE TV, TRU TV, el al, and never once asked the fan to pay cash money to view boxing. If you watched the Haymon productions thus far, you could see he’s trying to get boxing back on the minds and in the mouths of Americans queer to the game. But it appears that Al has instead of cultivating new backers, he’s brought boxing fans (who hadn’t watched boxing in years) BACK into the fold by giving them TV on Network and various Cable Networks.

GONNA SINGLE OUT PBC “MATCHMAKING”

There were only two upsets of note in But thus far, it has been “Quantity over Quality” and his matchmaking, that is Al’s most glaring deficiency. I’m not implying he’s matching his “A” guys vs. “B” guys, but whomever is making the matches can’t seem to make “exciting” fights. Most of the time the records are close and rarely does an A fighter meet C- or D class opposition. But the excitement, where is the excitement?

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WALTERS CHOPS DOWN DONAIRE

NICHOLAS WALTERS STOPS NONITO DONAIRE IN SIX

A new star is born in the 126lb division. Jamaica’s Nicholas “Axe man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) looks like the man to beat at featherweight after completely dominating and then knocking out then WBA featherweight king Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) last night from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA. The Filipino stunned the Jamaican at the end of round 2. Walters dropped Donaire in round 3. In the waning seconds of the sixth, a counter right hand dropped Nonito the final time and the bout was stopped. Walters is a TV action fighter that is a breath of fresh air to the sport of boxing. In the main event of the HBO card Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0 28 KOs) stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in 2 rounds to bring his knockout streak to 18.

SIGNORELLA ON SUPER SATURDAY FIGHTS!

HBO BATTLES SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi

Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi

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.

SIG’s PICKS

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.

SIG’s PICKS

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.

John Signorella

 

 

 

 

BIG BOXING WEEKEND ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

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Zab Judah should be favored over Malignaggi

Zab Judah should be favored over Malignaggi

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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BORING FIGHTERS: PERCEPTION-REALITY & VIDEOS

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).

Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux

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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WORLD CHAMP GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX ABUSED BY ESTABLISHMENT


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!

NONITO DONAIRE STILL TOP 10 P4P BY RINGTV.COM: GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX OMITTED

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

Has the "Ring" lost it's credibility?

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.

-Kevin Perry

 

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