CANELO ALVAREZ BEATS MIGUEL COTTO NOTES

CANELO-COTTO CLOSES OUT 2015 BOXING

Canelo Hooking Cotto

Canelo Hooking Cotto


San Francisco, CACanelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) further cemented his role as Mexico’s #1 prizefighter with a decent workmanlike performance against defending linear middleweight (160 lb.) champion Miguel Cotto. And while the scores of 119-109, 118-110 & 117-111 may have seemed wide to some, the match went according to script as Alvarez was bigger, younger and stronger.

PUERTO RICAN “NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE”

And while Cotto is a great talent, I don’t think we should mention he and Roberto Duran in the same breath, even though they both won titles in four different weight classes. If I sound like I’m writing what amounts to the pugilistic obituary of (40-5, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, I do so for two reasons, his health and family. Miguel is set financially and there is no need for him to put another round on his body.

COTTO CARRIED LAND OF BORICUA POST TRINIDAD

A Puerto Rican of iconic status on the island, Cotto falls behind fellow Puerto Rican’s Wilfredo Gomez and Tito Trinidad in popularity. The name missing from thE great Boricua boxing cast is Wilfredo Benitez. He is so damaged by boxing that brushing his teeth has for years been challenging. Cotto was obviously disturbed when discussing Benitez’s health.

Wilfredo Benitez

Wilfredo Benitez


HANGIN’ IN THE BIG APPLE CIRCA 2004

When I interviewed Cotto in New York City in the early days, his English wasn’t great, I asked him about his being so relaxed in the ring, like a Bill Cosby date. His response, “I try not to get too excited.” When we talked retirement in Colombia some years ago, this after the Manny Pacquiao loss and prior to the Martinez win, Cotto kept it real. “I love my family too much, I do this for them.” He admitted in Cartagena that he wasn’t looking to engage in anything remotely like the “tainted” loss to Antonio Margarito, and the equally punishing Manny Pacquiao encounter.

RIGHT MOVES BY COTTO OF LATE

That being said, the Canelo fight was the right choice. Better to lose a rout on scorecards against Alvarez, then risking all your marbles with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. If Cotto retires, or if he continues, there will always be that HUGE Yankee Stadium (see death) match with Gennady should greed in time trump common sense.

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MIGUEL COTTO-CANELO ALVAREZ PPV GOLD

COTTO VS. CANELO “EASY” TO GET UP FOR

Cotto-Alvarez

Cotto-Alvarez


San Francisco, CA– Having been held HOSTAGE for months, guess what boxing fans, the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez is a great fight sans any need for Cialis. Everybody I know is “juiced” about the fight, with one exception. That being the World Boxing Council and it’s leader by inheritance Mauricio Sulaiman. Seems Cotto backed out of a supposedly agreed upon sanctioning fee for his wearing the “green” belt.

MARTINEZ WAS SUPPOSED TO LICK COTTO

Before we go any further, reports have it the WBC wants Cotto, a surprising middleweight (160 lb.) champion who hels titles at 140, 147 & 154 lbs. Surprising because undSergio Martinez was supposed to beat him. Instead Sergio entered the ring wearing two “steel” knee braces. Had you bet any money on the Argentine, you knew you were screwed. ON unsteady pins, (legs) Martinez should have been on crutches.

COTTO HAS IMPROVED SOME WITH ROACH

Trainer Freddie Roach and Cotto have “molded” together well, this was illustrated in his resounding win over Daniel Geale last time out. A genius at taking guys to “another” level, Roach should be respected for his tenure and success. Although his real accomplishments are at lower weights, Cotto was hammered into submission by Manny “Flinstone Vitamins” Pacquiao and Antonio Marga-Cheato, although we can toss out the Margarito setback seeing he was caught loading his gloves with “plaster blocks” in his wraps before his NEXT fight with Shane Mosley.

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COTTO-ALVAREZ FIGHT ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cotto-Canelo

Cotto-Canelo


Las Vegas, NV– (HBO PPV) World linear middleweight (160 lb.) Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33KOs) vs Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32KOs) Catchweight @ 155 lbs. Odds/Prediction: Canelo 9-5. Favorite las LEAD feet. Unless he can pin Cotto on the ropes and keep him there, it’s a good fight, one that Cotto could win. That being said, “PASS” on pick.

Champion Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22KOs) vs Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16KOs) (WBC 130 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Vargas 13-5. Miura can fight, but they (promoters) aren’t bringing him to Vegas to win.

Champion Lee Haskins (32-3, 14KOs) vs Randy Caballero (22-0, 3KOs) (IBF 118 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Randy 9-5. California kid (house fighter) poised to grab title from gritty Brit.

Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10KOs) vs Drian Francisco (28-3-1, 22KOs) (122 lbs.) Odds/Prediction: Rigondeaux 3-1. Cuban National needs “work” fight to make 126 lb. clash with WBO 126 lb. guy Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1) in a clash of Olympic champions.

Lancashire, UKAnthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11KOs) vs Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20KOs) (WBA 135 lb. title)

Niedersachsen, Germany– Champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29KOs) vs Martin Murray (31-2, 1D 14KOs) (WBO 168 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: AA 12-5. Murray is NO BUM and this is a toss up with AA getting home court advantage and size.

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BOXER YUSAF MACK PUNKED IN MOVIE DEBUT

“FIANCEE” CALLS OFF WEDDING!

Yusef Mack (Pre Hollywood)

Yusef Mack (Pre Porn)


San Francisco, CA- If I told you that professional boxer Yusaf Mack’s life of late involved some “Hard Times” on film, don’t think of the 1970’s boxing cinema classic of that title starring Charles Bronson. For the record, Mack, 35, a father of ten and a one time IBF middleweight (160 lb.) and light heavyweight (175) title challenger, has lost four straight. As a pro, Mack is 31-8-2, 17 KOs. Off 13 months, Yusaf was thought to be all but retired from boxing, so it was no surprise when the Philly fighter made a career change.

“TOUGHER ON SET” THAN IN RING FOR MACK?

What did set people back a bit was that Mack chose the world of Adult Entertainment. If that wasn’t enough to shake the average Evangelical Christian in Iowa to their knees, Mack was featured in a Gay pornographic film with two other men. Without going into detail, this sexual threesome can be likened to two slices of wheat and…the hell with it, it was a sandwich comprised of all dark meat.

WORSE DECISION THAN A DRUNKEN TATTOO

Getting a tattoo after drinking a bottle of Jack Daniels is akin to taking your clothes off for money. In other words, it’s sure to be something you’ll end up being sorry, oh, so sorry you did. Last week, Mack went on the offense after being besieged by people in his Philly hood who had seen his starring role in the DawgPoundUsa.com three-way sex movie.

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CAUSE OF BOXING NEAR DEATH NO NETWORK TV

“WAKE UP EVERYBODY NO MORE SLEEPIN’ IN BED”

Teddy Pendergrass Addresses "Boxing Establishment"

Teddy Pendergrass Addresses “Boxing Establishment”


San Francisco, CA“Wake up everybody no more sleepin’ in bed. No more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead. The (boxing) world has changed so very much from what it used to be, but there’s still so much hatred, war an’ poverty.” 

BEFORE NEAR MAINSTREAM DEATH OF BOXING

When the late Teddy Pendergrass laid those lyrics to vinyl in 1975, boxing was enjoying the last run of Muhammad Ali, fights were on Network TV (ABC, CBS, NBC) and even the most avid and diehard boxing fan might only pay once or twice a year to watch boxing via Closed Circuit TV on big screens in theaters and sports bars. 

PPV MEANS TAX FREE MONEY FOR PROMOTERS

Then for some inexplicable reason, the “Boxing Establishment” seemingly allowed Network TV to get away. Why? As it turned out, the “Establishment” saw that with even small Pay Per View productions, there were piles of incoming cash and in this world, the boxing world, money seemingly trumps all. For example, a minuscule 20,000 PPV buys at $50 per means $1,000,000 for the promotion to split with the TV provider.

RAY LEONARD-TOMMY HEARNS I “FIRST” HOME PPV

By 1990, or nine years after Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns topped the first ever residential Pay Per View, the “Boxing Establishment,” after having ridiculed the late PPV pioneer Dan Duva by saying, “PPV would kill the boxing business,” these same entities did a 180′ degree turn and have since made millions of shekels forcing sometimes multiple monthly PPV cards on fans.

TV KO STARTED MONTHLY MONEY THEFT FROM FIGHT FANS

Now 25 years after the incarnation of a then monthly Pay Per View series known as TV KO (now HBO PPV) kicked the series off I believe with middleweight king Michael Nunn being throttled by James Toney in what was more than a “mild” upset that went for $19.95. While this form of boxing marketing was profitable, little by little, the average sports fan lost “touch” (outa’ sight, outa’ mind) with boxing sans any free exposure on Network TV. 

AL HAYMON BOXING IS “ELEPHANT” IN THE ROOM

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


Now in 2015 the “Boxing Establishment” watches as an “Elephant” that’s actually not in their room, is bringing boxing to various Networks, some major, some start ups. But having had eight TV dates in September on Network & non-paying Cable TV channels, how can this be construed as nothing but

WBO Prez Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel

a God send for both the fans and fighters?

HAYMON & WBO SHOULD TRY TO “WORK IT OUT”

The only transparent sanctioning body in boxing is the World Boxing Organization. Outgoing Assn. of Boxing Commissions chieftain Tim Lueckenhoff stated just that anytime the subject was broached. I think Premier Boxing Champions’ czar Al Haymon should realize such and recognize that he needs to surround himself with an organization led by a man with the stellar stature of Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.

AT THE END OF THE DAY FIGHT FANS…

No Network TV Meant Zaillions for Bob Arum

No Network TV Meant Zillions for Bob Arum

The bottom line is the once brilliant minds that encompass the “Boxing Establishment,” milked fans dry for decades and in the minds of many are only getting their comeuppance. And instead of these multi-millionaires bitching and moaning about the “Elephant” Al Haymon squeezing them out, Bob Arum, et al, should instead take parts of the “Elephant” methodology and work equally hard to air their boxing on Network/Cable TV and not Pay Per View.

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Adrien "Still Got Problems" Broner

Adrien “Still Got Problems” Broner


San Francisco, CA– Today’s delusional fan would like you to believe that Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Adrian Broner, are on an even keel seing they all snagged gold rings in four different boxing weight divisions. To suggest that (31-2, 23 KOs) Broner, who stopped Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-2, 9 KOs) in round 12 of a WBA 140 lb. title tiff Saturday night on Showtime, be put in the same postal code as the aforementioned gladiators, is an indictment of the boxing game in 2015.

KHAN HAS PHYSICAL ADVANTAGES, MAYBE NOT MENTAL WITH MANNY

The talk of a Amir Khan-Manny Pacquiao bout is interesting in that it would pit rival promotional entities Top Rank (Team Pac) and Premier Boxing Champions (Team Khan). These two parties are at each other’s throat as Bob Arum and his Boxing Establishment are under siege as Haymon continues to stockpile talent.

TEENAGE PRODIGY KHAN HAS GREAT ABILITIES

Unfortunately Amir Khan, the great fistic technician that he is, the perception is he “cannot catch well.” That’s because Khan was KOd by Colombian banger Breidis Prescott and then World champion Danny Garcia. Truth be told, Khan was pushing his luck by straining to make 140 lbs., thus he was “never right” at jr. welterweight. Now as a welter (147), Amir has a chance to fight sans having to cut muscle to make weight.

AS PAC RUNS FOR SENATE, BOXING TO BE PHASED OUT

With Manny Pacquiao making more money than he can ever spend in the Floyd Mayweather loss, Pac is set. Once the fiercest flame in the boxing world, Manny’s heights have been reached and the flame has been reduced to a “pilot” light. His zenith was a period of time when people like Paulie Malignaggi labeled him a “cheat” and a user of Performance Enhancing Drugs. Regardless of Paulie’s claims, that peak, whether artificial or not, was better than three long years ago.

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AL HAYMON HAS BRONER IN SHOWTIME MAIN EVENT

Adrian "The Problem" Broner

Adrian “The Problem” Broner


San Francisco, CA- According to people in close, ex-lightweight (135 lb.) & welterweight (147) belt-bearer Adrian Broner is matched “tough” with southpaw Хабиб Мевлидинович Аллахвердиев, also known as Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) in a Showtime televised WBA 140 lb. title tilt.

IS THIS WATERLOO FOR CINCINNATI’S BRONER?

Fighting at home in Cincinnati, OH, Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) is probably fighting at his best weight of 140 lbs., this after success at 130, 135 & 147, is coming off a 12 round loss to Sean Porter (26-1-1, 17 KOs) in which Broner dropped the ex-IBF 147 lb. guy in round 12. Should Broner lose a second fight in succession, he might fall out of favor with Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions.

KHABIB COMING OFF LOSS TO VARGAS

Coming into Broner-ville to face the hometown guy, Allakhverdiev is good at a number of things, but not great at any one thing in particular. Good hands, pop on his punches, well conditioned and a good chin means he isn’t coming to lose. With Adrian losing to Porter and Khabib dropping a 12 round close nod to Jessie Vargas (26-1, 19 KOs) last time out in April 2014, both men have something to prove.

SOUTHPAW KHABIB HAS HEIGHT & REACH, BRONER SPEED & POWER

While Khabib Allakhverdiev is the bigger man, “speed kills” in boxing and Adrian is by far the faster of the pair. The problem with “The Problem” Broner is that he has mental lapses and doesn’t fight enough of a round, preferring to try and imitate Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs). Going with Broner here, a slight lean because of Khabib’s 17 months of inactivity and having had but four fights in five years is daunting.

SHOWTIME CO-FEATURE PITS VETERAN VS. “GREEN” GUY

Edner Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs) will meet IBF 130 lb. king Jose Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs). Cherry’s tree has been picked clean, expect unbeaten Pedraza to prevail.

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TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS CONCEPT EXCELLENT & PROVEN

Javier Fortuna

Javier Fortuna


San Francisco, CA– The Tuesday Night Fights on Fox Sports 1 put together by Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions, this production might be the hidden jewell of Al’s Cable TV takeover. People are at home, they’re not having to fork out money, it’s a live show starting at 6 in El Lay and 9 PM in the Big Apple. In the old days of USA’s Tuesday Night Fights, California got the fights on a three hour delay, but in 2015 the Internet takes the luster off that option.

HAYMON PITTING “ONE ISLAND COUNTRY VS. ANOTHER”

Unbeaten Dominican Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) and Puerto Rican Carlos Velasquez (19-1, 13 KOs) will go for 12 rounds or less at 130 lbs. I stress “less” here as the Velasquez on paper appears to be no match for Fortuna, who is held in “high” regards by those who are supposed to know. That being said, the last time the Dominican Republic had a solid fighter was when Joan Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) looked like the next “Sugar Ray” Leonard until MONEY brought about a lack of discipline that grounded the then streaking rocket. That being said, Fortuna is a 6-1 favorite in this WBA title tiff.

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DOES DEONTAY WILDER HAVE “FRANCHISE” FIGHTER LOOKS?
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San Francisco, CA– Although I will get deep into whether or not Al Haymon Boxing can make it with their current lineup of headliners, mid-carders and opponents in a special next week, the real money and hope for Premier Boxing Champions is on unbeaten American heavyweight and WBC belt bearer Deontay Wilder.

WILDER FIGHTS AGAIN ON NBC FOR FREE

Now 33 & 0 with 32 whacks, at 6’7 the 2008 Bronze medal winner has had but one modest test in Bermaine Stiverne (W UD 12). Outside of that, Wilder has lived on soft touches who were “certifiable” losers with little or NO chance of prevailing. Now the Alabama native trained by 1984 Olympic king Mark Breland is set to dine on another mackerel when he meets Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20KOs) of France Saturday on NBC.
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AL HAYMON DOING IT LIKE THE JAPANESE
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San Francisco, CA– As comedian Bobby Slayton points out, “The Japanese really didn’t invent anything…they just made it better.” He was comparing the life expectancy of a Honda Accord to that of a Chevy Cavalier, TV’s, electronics, Japan didn’t invent these things, they just made them better.

BOXING ON CABLE “DONE RIGHT” MEANS RATINGS

So, Al Haymon didn’t invent a Tuesday night crowd on Cable TV, it was an already proven success as USA’s Tuesday Night Fights prospered until the network hired a female chief executive and axed the series in 1998. USA aired what they say is officially the world’s quickest knockout as heavyweights Jimmy Thunder and Crawford Grimsley lasted 1.5 seconds (:13 on BoxRec) as Thunder clipped Crawford with a right.

NO LACK OF SPONSORS, SITES OR VIEWERS

That was the real hard thing about losing Tuesday Night Fights, they were a “roaring” success and the way the dollars were divvied up, everybody, promoters, fighters and fans, including Brad Jacobs, long considered the USA Tuesday night boxing boss. The only people bitching were promoters who could not get dates.

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ODDS ON FLOYD MAYWEATHER BOXING AGAIN!

WHEN WILL MAYWEATHER ANNOUNCE THE UN-RETIREMENT?

Floyd "Money" Mayweather

Floyd “Money” Mayweather


San Francisco, CA– While some felt that the retirement speel of Floyd Mayweather was “sincere.” Others were of the opinion that Floyd after making a fortune many times over, enough cash for tens of Mayweather generations to live incredibly well into the 23rd century, that, “enough is enough” and that Floyd will walk away.

FLOYD “USED” THE MEDIA AS A TOOL

The majority of pundits, most of us, including myself, some unwittingly, some not, have been used by Mayweather, because whether you like him or not, Floyd is the “ultimate” shot caller in the fight game. Having used Muhammad Ali-like antics at times, Floyd has done a few Mike Tyson impressions as well during his 18 year tenure in the professional fight game.

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FLOYD PROMISED TO QUIT AFTER #49…BUT…

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao


San Francisco, CA– If Saturday actually was to be the end of the Floyd Mayweather era, it might be worth watching and or celebrating. Fresh off a record payday and his 12-round May spanking of Manny Pacquiao, the 48-0 champion has for the longest said he was getting out after #49. That appears not to be the case as Mayweather is looking at complete “free agency” as the Showtime/CBS deal comes to an end.

MADE SHOWTIME/CBS LOTSA’ MONEY

Initially, Mayweather’s boxing might have been a “loss leader” for the Showtime PPV folks. But the money made on the Mayweather-Pacquiao mismatch was beyond profound, so they are looking at the Mayweather time with them as plus and would love to resign him. HBO PPV, they too, if Floyd is a free agent would probably be interested. And there is the possibility that Floyd going all by himself (Mayweather Promotions) with advisor Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

BERTO “BIGGER UNDERDOG” THAN BUSTER DOUGLAS

When this match was first announced, the Las Vegas MGM Grand, site of Floyd’s last 12 fights, put Mayweather up at 40-1 over Berto. That means, you bet $4,000 in order to win $100. In the biggest upset in the history of boxing, Mike Tyson was a 38-1 favorite of James “Buster” Douglas. Currently, the Floyd number has dropped to 30-1 and if you want to go with Berto, I’ve seen odds anywhere between 15 & 19-1.

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