WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD?

OTHER SPORTS FLAT OUT “KICKED ASS”

Steph Curry

Steph Curry

San Francisco, CA- Having watched Tom Brady take the Patriots to another Superbowl, forget Deflate-gate, the dominance of New England is obvious. Those Golden State Warriors, they beat up Labron James, this before going on a tear and breaking the most games won at the start (16-0) of a season. The World Series romp by Kansas City, clearly proved the Royals are the best team in baseball.

$64,000 QUESTION TO FIGHT FANS

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

That being said boxing fans, what was the “high” point of the 2015 boxing season. Where was the “orgasmic” moment in 2015 boxing? Truth be told, it didn’t exist. Floyd Mayweather pushed his log to 49-0 with points wins over Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto. If a Martian or somebody from another planet that had never seen a fight, sneaked into see the Mayweather-Pacquiao event, he probably would not have came back for the Berto affair.

POWER BROKERS & EGOS “HOLDING” BOXING BACK

There are enough exciting boxers today to put forth a successful program consisting of boxing’s many ethnic groups that could catch on mainstream to an extent. But fans, that means warring factions must come together to make the best fights. Right now, Premier Boxing Champions czar Al Heyman has a good number of fighters under contract. But will his upcoming battles in court with promoters Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya, will that “short circuit” Heyman’s power grab?

LARRY MERCHANT WEIGHS IN ON AL HEYMAN

But as Larry Merchant alludes to, “Heyman doesn’t have the guys I want to see. I like Canelo Alvarez, Terence Crawford, Sergey Kovalev, these are guys, Gennady Golovkin is another one, these are all guys not with Heyman.”

BACK TO “GRADING” BOXING 2015

Gennady Golovkin Scored ALL KOs in 2015

Gennady Golovkin Scored ALL KOs in 2015


All in all, this was an unimpressive year for boxing in that three big Pay Per View fights, Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto included, they all under-fulfilled expectations. There WAS NOT one knockdown, not in what was supposed to be the 36 most significant rounds of the boxing year. Nor was there anybody on the verge of doing anything exceptionally exciting. Ladies, gents, it was a year of prizefighting best described as “pedestrian.”

GOLOVKIN-CANELO & KOVALEV-WARD WILL DELIVER!

If Canelo Alvarez is willing to fight Gennady Golovkin, then it will happen. Time for the Mexican to swim in shark infested waters. If Alvarez starts screaming about weight, or lining up to face guys like Jarrod the Subway sandwich pedofile, then you know his stones are the size of a hamster and not a Mexican bull. As for unbeaten WBO guy Sergey Kovalev, after a January 31 “jaunt” with Jean Pascal of Canada on HBO, it was supposed to be he and undefeated 168 lb. champ Andre Ward.

WARD’S KNEE “SWELLED UP” NIXED TUNE UP

But Ward got hurt and his November 21 “get ready” fight under Alvarez-Cotto was scrapped. Good spot for Andre would be to either fight around the Kovalev date OR appear on the undercard.

RUSSIAN TYPES NOW THE GUYS PEOPLE WANNA’ SEE

So as we look towards 2016, the two hottest fights with the best chance of happening, Golovkin-Canelo and Kovalev-Ward, involve two fighters from the former Soviet Bloc, one Mexican and a Black American. That scenario was not possible 25 years ago. With the US having just 1/4 (Ward) of this boxing pie, this is also an illustration that America just isn’t producing boxing talent on a wide scale anymore.

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman, licensed California Private Investigator and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD

4 comments

  • There’s no doubt that the US is producing fewer elite fighters and more importantly fewer quality fighters overall. There was also a slump in American world champions & P4P listers in the mid-to-late 70’s which was somewhat remedied by the graduates of the ’76 Olympics and those inspired by them in subsequent years. There hasn’t been anything like that the last 20 years nor is it on the horizon.

    Some of that is just the opportunity of fighters from Cuba & Eastern Europe to compete, they surely would have been a factor to some degree had they been present in the 70’s & 80’s.

    It’s great that we’ve had the opportunity to be reminded that excellent champions can come from different schools, cultures and athletic types. But those should be the exception, not the nor,. The decline of North American boxing has definitely contributed to the current balance of power.

    It only takes a glimpse of scenes from the original “Rocky” to note how even THE EXTRA’S IN THE GYM SCENES throw their jabs & move their feet & heads with better technique than 60% of todays world ranked pros and you can make the same conclusion from just about any movie (or gym footage) shot in the 70’s or earlier.

  • Rob, your disappointment has everything to do with the way Alvarez is over-sold by GBP & Top Rank and the way his cult of followers buys into it. But Canelo himself was pretty much consistent. He didn’t really stuff the faded Mosley down the cute either.

    His pressure is a slow, measured & steady one. He’s just never had the pace, volume & urgency to to force overwhelming outcomes unless confronted with a wild swinging aggressor who’s willing to take all the risks for him (Kirkland, Angulo).

    So unless moving up in weight reveals some higher gears and liberates him from obsessing over his fuel economy in the ring, this is basically what you have – a 25 year old who aside from a few high-risk lead uppercuts basically grinds it out in the manner of a 40-ish Glen Johnson.

  • “All in all, this was an unimpressive year for boxing in that three big Pay Per View fights, Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto included, they all under-fulfilled expectations. There WAS NOT one knockdown, not in what was supposed to be the 36 most significant rounds of the boxing year.”

    I expected Cotto 2 lose however I expected the bigger, younger and much stronger fighter to press his advantages.

    Alvarez proved to be anything but a bull as he couldn’t, or wouldn’t exchange with the much smaller man….A man that was stopped B4 and staggered by other fighters on multiple occasions.

    So sad when I hear ESPN commentators proclaiming Alvarez to B the next ‘thing’ in boxing. Just another example of how far boxing has fallen when a guy fighting as a junior or so middleweight can comes into the ring as a light heavyweight and fights men much smaller than himself ( A club fighter at best ) can B recognized as the # 1 guy in the sport.

  • This Warriors team starting to remind of 80’s Niners teams in terms of gloss and polish.

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