Archive for October, 2010

Here is a rundown of the biggest fights of the weekend.

Friday, October 15th

Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma (Showtime) 

Heavyweights  – Former Light heavyweight Champion of the World, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver won a 10 round unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera with all three judges agreeing on 98-92 scorecards.

Tarver, who was coming off a 17 month layoff and fighting as a heavyweight for the first time in his career, had no trouble with the limited Aguilera.  He will continue to campaign at heavyweight and improved his record to 28-6.    

  • Aguilera has now dropped three of his last four, as his record fell to 16-5.
  • Tarver may be able to beat limited heavyweights, but I find it hard to believe he will be able to compete with the top guys in the division, even though the division is limited.

 

Welterweights  – Cleveland/Akron Welterweight prospect “Showtime” Shawn Porter put a beating on Hector Muñoz, forcing his corner to convince referee in charge Gary Ritter to call a halt to the bout at 2:05 of the 9th round.

  • Porter didn’t score any knockdowns in the fight, but he was able to hit Muñoz with anything, at anytime during the fight.  He improved to 17-0, 13 KO’s.
  • Muñoz didn’t appear to be hurt during the fight, but did suffer to cuts due to accidental head butts that affected his vision as the blood was going into his eyes.  He’s winless in his last four fights and dropped to 18-4-1 overall.

  • I said going in that this fight was a mismatch, and clearly it was.  Muñoz would be better off getting more horrible looking prison tattoos than being a prizefighter, unless he’s just going into fights to collect a check and take beatings.    

 

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California (Telefutura)

Super Featherweights  – Eloy “The Prince” Perez won a hard fought majority decision over Dominic Salcido by the scores of 96-94 twice, and 95-95.

  • Perez used his jab to control the fight early on, and then was able to outbox Salcido late to win a fight that didn’t appear to be as close as the scored indicated.  He improved to 19-0-2.
  • Salcido didn’t do much at all early in the fight and when he started to engage with Perez, it was too little too late.  He’s dropped three of five and is now 18-3 overall.
  • Overall the fight was a dud, as the crowd booed throughout the fight.  Perez is lining himself up for a shot with Ring Magazine #2 rated Super Featherweight Ricky Burns.  There is no legit Super Featherweight World Champion.

 

Welterweights – Frankie Gomez won a six round unanimous decision over Ramon Montano by the scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.

  • Gomez didn’t score any knockdowns in the fight, and went the distance for the first time in his career.  He upped his record to 7-0.
  • Montano has lost four of six, but has never been stopped in his career.  He serves as a good opponent for prospects that need to get rounds under their belt.  He is now 17-8-2.
  • Gomez is one of the bright young prospects in all of boxing, at just 18 years of age.  He’s already fought seven times, since turning pro seven months ago.

 

Bell Center, Montreal, Canada (ESPN3.com and ESPN)

Super Middleweights  – Ring Magazine #1 Super Middleweight Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute knocked out Jesse Brinkley at 2:48 of the ninth round.

  • Bute scored three knockdowns, all via the uppercut.  The last one forced Binkley to concede that he had had enough.  It was the fourth straight knockout for Bute, who improved to 27-0, 22 KO’s.
  • Brinkley fared better than most thought he would, but still didn’t have the skill set to seriously compete with the #1 Super Middleweight in the World.  His nine fight winning streak ended as he fell to 35-6 overall.
  • With a fight between Bute and #2 rated Andre Ward still a while away, fans may have to settle for a fight between Bute and former World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik, which is an excellent matchup.

 

Light Heavyweights  – Ring Magazine #6 Light Heavyweight Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu scored a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika by the scores of 98-91, 98-92, and 97-92.

  • Diaconu survived a second round knockdown in his first fight in ten months.  He improved to 27-2 overall.    
  • Sheika gave a valiant effort and it’s because of fights like this, which was an absolute war, that he is closer to 43 in terms of boxing age, then his true age of 33. 
  • What a fight.  Incredible action throughout, with Skeika providing a much better showing that I expected.  Diaconu looked rusty, and he needs to continue to get in the ring, but he will need a little time off after this one.  Let’s just hope it’s not another ten month layoff.

 

Saturday, October 16th

02 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany (ESPN3.com and ESPN)

Heavyweights  – Ring Magazine #1 Heavyweight Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko easily dominated Shannon Briggs en route to a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 120-107 twice, and 120-105.

  • Klitschko was dominant again, this time against the tough as nails Briggs.  He Improved to 41-2.
  • Briggs showed a granite chin and a huge heart as he refused to go down, despite taking an enormous beating.  His record is now 51-6-1.
  • I can’t believe this one didn’t end early, as the referee and corner for Briggs both acted carelessly as they let Briggs suffer way too many shots, which led to him having to be observed in a German hospital after the fight.  It’s really too bad that Vitali and Wladimir won’t fight each other.

 

Cruiserweights  – Ring Magazine #9 Cruiserweight Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi won a ten round unanimous decision over Sandro Siproshvili by the scores of 100-90, 98-92, 97-93.

  • Afolabi had been out of action for ten months and it showed.  He improved to 15-2-3.
  • Siproshvili had a good showing despite the loss.  He fell to 24-7.
  • Afolabi needed a fight and he got one.  He’s scheduled to return to action in December in Germany against an opponent to be determined.

 

Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida (PPV)

Jr. Featherweights  – Ring Magazine #9 Jr. Featherweight Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. stopped Ivan “Choko” Hernandez at :50 of the 11th round.

  • Vazquez Jr. put on a good performance and jumped on a still hurt Hernandez at the start of the 11th round forcing referee in charge Telis Assimenios to stop the bout.  It was the fifth straight knockout for Vazquez Jr., who improved to 20-0-1, 17 KO’s.
  • Hernandez was game in defeat, as he appeared to hurt Vazquez in the seventh round.  His record fell to 28-5-1.
  • Vazquez Jr. continues to impress, something that is hard to do as a son of an all time great.  He will have to go to Asia more than likely though, if he wants to become the legit World Champion of the division.

 

Estadio De Beisbol, Monterrey, Mexico (Fox Sports en Espanol)

Flyweights  – Ring Magazine #8 Flyweight Julio Cesar Miranda destroyed Michael Arango, knocking him out at 1:30 of the second round.

  • Over his last five wins, Miranda has scored five knockouts.  He improved his record to 34-5-1, 27 KO’s.
  • Arango was knocked out for the third time in his last five bouts.  He’s now 31-10-3.
  • This was just a stay busy fight for Miranda, who is looking to stay in the ratings and get another crack at Flyweight World Champion and pound for pound elite Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, whom he lost a decision to last April.

 

Olympic Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia (No U.S. TV)

Heavyweights  – Ring Magazine #3 Heavyweight Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin knocked out Teke Oruh at 2:57 of the fifth round.

  • The knockout blow was a right hand from Povetkin, who scored his third straight knockout victory and improved to 20-0, 15 KO’s.
  • Oruh, who hasn’t won a fight since 2007, fell to 14-3-1.
  • Before this fight I didn’t understand what this type of fight would help Povetkin and his trainer, Teddy Atlas with, in terms of experience.  This was a joke of fight for someone with the elite skill set as Povetkin.
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There is no shortage of great boxers in action this weekend.  While the matchups could be better, it’s great to see these guys in the ring again.  Here are my breakdowns of the notable fights!

Friday, October 15th

Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma (Showtime) 

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (10 Rounds) – Former Light heavyweight Champion of the World, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-6, 19 KO’s) will take on Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KO’s)

  • Tarver is coming off a 12 round decision loss to Chad Dawson last May.  His last win was in 2008. 
  • Aguilera is coming off a 12 round decision loss to Maurice Harris in August.  He’s 2-2 in his last four fights.
  • Tarver is campaigning as a heavyweight for the first time in his career for this fight.  He’s picked the right kind of opponent to debut against as a heavyweight and shouldn’t have a problem.

The Co-Feature:

Welterweights (10 Rounds) – Cleveland Welterweight prospect “Showtime” Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KO’s) will go up against Hector “The Hurricane” Muñoz (18-3-1, 11 KO’s)

  • Porter is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision over Ray Robinson in July.  His only two scheduled 10 round fights have gone the distance.
  • Muñoz is coming off a fifth round knockout loss to Mike Jones in April.  He’s been stopped early in back to back fights and hasn’t won since 2008.
  • This fight is a major mismatch.  Of Muñoz’s 18 wins, four have come against guys with a winning record.  Porter is going to smoke this cat, who shouldn’t even be in the same ring. 

 

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California (Telefutura)

The Main Event:

Super Featherweights (10 rounds) – Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KO’s) will fight Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KO’s)

  • Perez is coming off a fifth round knockout over Derrick Campos in August.  He’s won 10 straight. 
  • Salcido is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez in May.  He’s 2-2 over his last four bouts. 
  • Perez is a great boxer-puncher and will utilize those skills to get by Salcido, who will put up a valiant effort.

The Co-Feature:

Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will battle Derrick “D-Train” Brown (13-5-3, 11 KO’s)

  • Mitchell is coming off a first round stoppage over Derek Bryant in July.  Five of his last six bouts have ended inside the distance, including three straight.
  • Brown is coming off a second round knockout loss to Jeremiah Graziano in March.  He hasn’t won a fight since 2006, a span of five fights.
  • Golden Boy Promotions is being cautious while they bring up Mitchell, who only started boxing in 2006.  He was a legitimate linebacker in college for the Michigan State Spartans before several knee injuries derailed his football career.

 

Bell Center, Montreal, Canada (ESPN3.com live, delayed on ESPN on Sunday)

The Main Event:

Super Middleweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Super Middleweight Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute (26-0, 21 KO’s) takes on Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22 KO’s)

  • Bute is coming off a third round technical knockout over Edison Miranda in April.  Five of his last six fights have been stopped inside the distance, including three straight.
  • Brinkley is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision over Curtis Stevens in January.  He’s won nine straight.
  • Bute is arguably the best super middle in the world right now, along with Andre Ward.  That is the real fight in the division, but until the Super Six Tournament is over, Bute will have to continue to dispatch overmatched opponents like Brinkley.

The Co-Feature:

Light Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #6 Light Heavyweight Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-2, 15 KO’s) goes up against Omar Sheika (30-9, 21 KO’s)

  • Diaconu is coming off back to back decision losses against the Jean Pascal, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. 
  • Sheika is coming off a third round technical knockout over Jim Strohl in June.  He’s won three straight and four of his last five, albeit against extremely weak opposition. 
  • With Diaconu’s only losses coming to Pascal, his resume looks even better.  The 33 year old Sheika has been in so many ring wars, his boxing age is closer to 43.  He’s well past his prime.

 

Saturday, October 16th

02 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany (ESPN3.com live, delayed on ESPN on Sunday)

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Heavyweight Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (40-2, 38 KO’s) fights Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KO’s)

  • Klitschko is coming off a tenth round knockout over Albert Sosnowski in May.  He’s won eight in a row, seven by knockout.
  • Briggs is coming off a first round stoppage over Rob Calloway in May.  He’s won three straight, all by first round knockout.
  • These two combine for an incredible 84% knockout percentage.  Someone is getting stopped.  Unfortunately for American fight fans, it’s going to be Briggs, who starts huffing and puffing usually after two or three rounds.

The Co-Feature:

Cruiserweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #9 Cruiserweight Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-2-3, 6 KO’s) battles Sandro Siproshvili (24-6, 11 KO’s)

  • Afolabi is coming off a close 12 round decision loss to #2 Cruiserweight Marco Huck last December.  He had been unbeaten in 14 straight fights before that setback.
  • Siproshvili is coming off a first round knockout over Siarhei Voron in July.  He’s won nine of his last ten.
  • Don’t let Siproshvili’s record fool you, as only four of his twenty-four wins have come against opponents with winning records.  Afolabi simply needs to get in the ring and fight, and that’s what this fight is for. 

 

Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida (PPV)

The Main Event:

Jr. Featherweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #9 Jr. Featherweight Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KO’s) will take on Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-4-1, 17 KO’s)

  • Vazquez Jr. is coming off a tenth round stoppage over previously undefeated Zsolt Bedak in May.  He’s scored knockouts in four straight fights, and six of his last seven.
  • Hernandez is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Lizandro De Los Santos in May.  He’s won five of six.
  • Out of all the sons trying to emulate their world class fathers, Vazquez Jr. is the leader of the pack.  He is a legit boxer, despite taking up the sport at a late age.  He won’t have any issues with Hernandez as he looks to climb up the Jr. Featherweight ladder, where there isn’t a legit World Champion.

 

Estadio De Beisbol, Monterrey, Mexico (Fox Sports en Espanol)

The Main Event:

Flyweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #8 Flyweight Julio Cesar Miranda (33-5-1, 26 KO’s) will go up against Michael Arango (31-9-3, 25 KO’s)

  • Miranda is coming off an eight round stoppage over Ronald Ramos last month.  He’s won four of his last five, all by knockout.
  • Arango is coming off a second round knockout over Nestor Arroyo last month.  He’s 2-2-1 over his last five bouts.
  • Miranda is looking to stay in the ratings and get another crack at Flyweight World Champion and pound for pound elite Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, whom he lost a decision to last April.

 

Olympic Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #3 Heavyweight Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (19-0, 14 KO’s) will fight Teke Oruh (14-2-1, 6 KO’s)

  • Povetkin is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Javier Mora in March.  Three of his last four fights have ended inside the distance.
  • Oruh is coming off a 10 round decision loss to Manuel Quezada in 2008!  He hasn’t won a fight since 2007!
  • Povetkins trainer, Teddy Atlas, pulled Povetkin out of a scheduled fight with World Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year citing Povetkin not being ready for that type of fight in his career.  I don’t see how fighting a guy that hasn’t been in the ring since 2008 can get Povetkin ready.  I call BS.

Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren said before the season that he preferred his rookie quarterback, Colt McCoy, to sit and learn during his first year in the NFL.  Two ankle injuries to starter Jake Delhomme and one to backup Seneca Wallace have put those plans on hold as it appears that McCoy will be the starter under center when the Browns travel to Pittsburgh to take on the arch rival Steelers on Sunday. 

Having a rookie third round quarterback make his first start against the number four ranked defense in the NFL isn’t the ideal situation, but it’s the correct one to make, based on the current status of the Browns other quarterback options.

Brett Ratliff, who was with the Browns as a backup in 2009 and through the preseason this year, was signed off of the New England Patriots practice squad to add some depth to the position and serve as the backup to McCoy.  He has never taken a snap in an NFL regular season game.

The Steelers are often referred to as “blitzburgh,” because of the extraordinary amount of blitzes they utilize during game days.  They will enter Sunday’s contest against the Browns ranking number one against the rush, and twentieth against the pass.  They are also number one in scoring defense, giving up only 12.5 points/game.

So why start McCoy, who owns more wins as a starting NCAA quarterback than anyone else in the history of college football?  Well obviously it’s out of necessity, but also because it’s time to see how much grit the former Texas Longhorn has.  While McCoy is undersized for a prototype NFL quarterback at 6’1, he more than makes up for it in heart and skill.  While a Longhorn, McCoy was consistently mentioned as one of the best QB’s in the nation, even as a freshman when he had a 29-7 touchdown to interception ratio.  The Browns will keep the playbook simple and will utilize McCoy’s accuracy, by far his biggest strength.  He holds the NCAA record for highest completion percentage in a season with a mark of 76.7%.  His career completion percentage was 70.2%.   

McCoy is also holding a roster spot.  If the team didn’t believe in his skills, they could have cut him after the preseason.  He is on the team as the third string quarterback in case injuries would force the top two out of action.  That has happened, so now it is McCoy’s chance to get some real game time.  He will have had a full week of practice and despite inconsistencies in the offensive line, the line is still better than what the team has had in years. 

Those who oppose McCoy starting against the stingy Steelers defense bring up former Browns quarterback Tim Couch and the beatings he took during his time with the club.  Many attribute those beatings as to why Couch struggled during his NFL career.  The real reason why Couch struggled was because he simply wasn’t smart enough to read a defense and get a grasp on any of the offensive philosophies thrown his way. 

Lastly, have you gotten a glimpse of McCoy’s wife? 

She is the real deal, and very easy on the eyes.  As much as the scoreboard might be ugly for Browns fans, the chance that the CBS camera crew will get some shots of Mrs. McCoy in the crowd make it reason enough to give the kid some reps.

Who knows, maybe after Sunday, we will all wish we were Colt McCoy….

Cleveland based Lightweight Yaundale “Moneyshot” Evans improved to 9-0, 6 KO’s with a first round knockout over John DeJean on Oct. 7th.

Friday, October 8th

South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pa. (Telefutura) 

Welterweights  – Danny “Swift” Garcia faced his most experienced opponent to date in a fight that was supposed to give him some rounds, but that wasn’t the case as he knocked out “Unmighty” Mike Arnaoutis at 1:05 of the fourth round.

Photo courtesy of Ray Bailey

  • Garcia knocked Arnaoutis down twice, the first coming at the end of the third round from a left hook, and again in the fourth from a combination. 
  • Arnaoutis has lost four in a row and five of his last six.  His record fell to 22-7-2. 
  • Garcia, who improved to 19-0, 13 KO’s, is just 22 years young and has a bright future in the boxing game.

 

Muang, Thailand (No U.S. TV)

Flyweights  – Ring Magazine Flyweight Champion of the World Pongsaklek Wonjongkam remained champion with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Suriyan Por Chokchai by the scores of 115-114, 114-113, and 115-112. 

Photo courtesy of Siamsport

  • Wonjongkam relied on his experience to outwork Chokchai, who wasn’t expected to put up much of a challenge.  Wonjongkam is unbeaten in thirteen straight fights and improved to 77-3-1.
  • Por Chokchai has nothing to be ashamed of.  He just opened up a lot of eyes in the flyweight division based on his performance.  His record is now 14-5-1.
  • Wonjongkam is lucky to have come away with a win here.  If it wasn’t for an idiotic wbc rule that takes a point away from the fighter that doesn’t get cut from an accidental clash of heads, the fight would have ended in a draw, as he was cut that way in the eighth round.  I believe a rematch should be ordered immediately. 

 

Saturday, October 9th   

Centro De Convenciones, Mexico (No U.S. TV)

Jr Bantamweights  – Ring Magazine #2 Jr. Bantamweight Hugo “El Increible” Cazares dropped Alberto Rossel twice en route to stopping him at :31 of the ninth round.

  • Cazares was in command the entire bout and he scored a knockdown in the fourth round and again in the ninth.  He is one of the top boxers in the game and is unbeaten over his last seven bouts.  Overall he improved his record to 33-6-2, 24 KO’s. 
  • Rossel was clearly outclassed in this one, despite coming into the fight having won six in a row.  His record dropped to 24-8.
  • I said leading into this fight that the matchup that needs to be made in the division is Cazares against fellow Mexican contender Tomas Rojas, and I still believe that to be true. 

Friday, October 8th

South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pa. (Telefutura) 

The Main Event:

Welterweights (10 Rounds) – Danny “Swift” Garcia (18-0, 12 KO’s) will take on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-6-2, 10 KO’s).

  • Garcia is coming off a ninth round stoppage over Jorge Romero in July.  Five of his last six bouts have been stoppage victories. 
  • Arnaoutis is coming off a ten round unanimous decision loss to Demetrius Hopkins in July.  He’s lost three straight and four of his last five.
  • The 22 year old Garcia will have the hometown advantage, and he may need it.  Despite these fighters going in opposite directions, Arnaoutis should put up a challenge for Garcia, as he will be his most accomplished opponent to date.  Garcia should prevail, but don’t count out “Mighty” Mike.

 

Muang, Thailand (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Flyweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine Flyweight Champion of the World Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (76-3-1, 40 KO’s) will go up against Suriyan Por Chokchai (14-4-1, 4 KO’s).

  • Wonjongkam is coming off a first round knockout over Rey Megrino in July.  He’s unbeaten in his last twelve fights.
  • Por Chokchai is coming off a first round knockout over Decky Putra in July.  He’s won six in a row, with four of those wins coming by way of knockout.
  • Wonjongkam is truly a wonder.   He has fought nearly everyone out there in his weight class.  As a 33 year old flyweight with 80 fights under his belt, one has to wonder how much gas is left in his tank.  There will be enough to get by Por Chokchai, who just isn’t close to the same class of fighter.

 

Saturday, October 9th   

Centro De Convenciones, Mexico (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Jr Bantamweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #2 Jr. Bantamweight Hugo “El Increible” Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KO’s) will fight Alberto Rossel (24-7, 11 KO’s).

  • Cazares is coming off a seventh round stoppage over Everado Morales in July.  He’s unbeaten in his last six fights and the only two fights he’s lost since 2000 were against former pound for pound elite Ivan Calderon.
  • Rossel is coming off an eleven round majority decision over Luis Singo in July.  He’s won six in a row.
  • Cazares is a terrific fighter that won’t have a problem getting by Rossel.  A great future matchup for him would be a showdown with fellow Jr Bantamweight top 5 contender Tomas Rojas.

Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

Welterweights – Jesse Vargas annihilated Pablo Sarmiento, stopping him at 1:31 of the first round.  A right cross followed by a left hook did the damage.

  • It was the fourth straight knockout victory for Vargas, who improved to 12-0, 7 KO’s.
  • It was the first time in his career that Sarmiento, whose record fell to 34-14-2, had been stopped in the first round.
  • I said going into the fight that it was going to be a mismatch, and indeed it was. 

 

Welterweights – A left hook to the body was all that was needed for Anthony Martinez to get rid of Ronnie Peterson.  Official time was :52 of the first round.

  • Martinez will look to start another knockout streak, as his record improved to 6-0, 5 KO’s.
  • Peterson was stopped for the fourth time in row and his record is now 3-4.
  • Another fight that I predicted would be non-competitive, as Peterson proved to be the bum that I said he was before the fight.

 

Welterweights – Jamie Kavanagh won a four round unanimous decision over Ricardo Malfavon, 40-36 on all three judge’s scorecards.

  • Kavanagh simply outboxed Malfavon to improve to 3-0, 1 KO.
  • It was a victory of sorts for Malfavon, who despite losing again, made it the distance for the first time in his professional career.  His record fell to 0-3.
  • It’s pretty safe to say that Kavanagh isn’t going to be a power puncher, but he does work out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym, so he will get plenty of good training to utilize his boxing skills.

 

Why do all of these Golden Boy Promoted Fight Night Club shows involve mismatches?  The prospects on these cards learn nothing, and when they do step up in class, they get exposed.  I believe Jesse Vargas and Anthony Martinez are future prospects to keep an eye on, but, really, is this the best opposition that they can find for these guys?  And they show this garbage on TV?  Horrendous job of matchmaking here.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

Jr. Welterweights – In what was thought to be a competitive fight coming in, Tim Coleman stopped Patrick Lopez at 2:13 of the third round.

  • Coleman dropped Lopez with a right hand in the second round, then finished him off with an uppercut in the third round.  Coleman has now won four straight, and improved to 18-1-1, 5 KO’s.
  • Lopez, who came in having won five straight, including a scintillating third round stoppage over Cleveland prospect Prenice Brewer in his last fight, was stopped for the first time in his career.  His record is now 20-3.
  • Coming into this fight I predicted the winner would get closer to a legit top ten ranking, and I still believe that.  Coleman looked tremendous, and working with Roger Mayweather, appears to have him moving in the right direction.  I can’t wait to see him in the ring again. 

 

Lightweights – In an all action fight, Archie Ray Marquez stopped Juan Santiago at :11 of the third round.

  • Marquez overcame a point deduction for a low blow in the second round to drop Santiago at the end of the same round.  He then jumped all over Santiago at the start of the third to force referee Ray Corona to call a halt to the bout.  His record improved to 11-0, 8 KO’s.
  • Santiago was game, but simply didn’t have the firepower to match Marquez.  His record fell to 13-5-1.
  • I said coming into this fight that Marquez hadn’t fought anyone and this fight would help determine if he was a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.  I think there’s no question about it now, as Marquez is an exciting fighter that warrants being paid attention to among the prospects.  How about a date with Cleveland based lightweight prospect Yuandale Evans?

 

This card was the perfect example of making the fights in the ring.  Coming into the night, both of the fights were “pick’em” style fights.  No clear-cut winner on paper.  Both looked like perfect candidates for fights that go the distance.  Well that’s why they fight.  Great matchmaking, and even better results.

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

Lightweights – Jorge Barrios returned from nearly a year off with a ten round unanimous decision over Wilson Alcorro by the scores of 100-95, 100-92, and 99.5-93.5.

  • Barrios was never in trouble during this bout and has now won three straight.  He upped his record to 50-4-1.
  • Alcorro continued his ways away from his native Colombia, as he has now lost six of his last seven fights away from home.  His record dropped to 28-13-3.
  • Alcorro was a late replacement for this fight and it showed.  Barrios has some legal problems stemming from an auto accident earlier this year that he still needs to take care of, and if he does, he can still be a player at lightweight.

Welterweights – Hector Saldivia crushed Jailton De Jesus Souza, stopping him in the third round.

  • Saldiva was never in jeopardy in this mismatch, and has won fourteen of his last fifteen fights.  His record is 35-2, 28 KO’s.
  • De Jesus Souza came into the bout having defeated only one fighter with a winning record.  His record is very misleading.  It is now 12-2.
  • I would like to see Saldivia get another crack at a U.S. fight.

 

Another Golden Boy promoted event, another night full of mismatches.  Coming into these fights, Barrios and Saldivia were HEAVY favorites, and after watching the fights happen, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth.

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

Jr. Featherweights – Ryol Li Lee pulled off one of, if the not the biggest upsets of the year as he shocked the Ring Magazine #1 ranked Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym by twelve round unanimous decision.   Official scores were 118-110, 115-113, and 115-114.

  • Lee, a relative unkown, even in Aaia, effectively countered the champion all night to turn in the performance of his career.  He’s won eleven in a row and will now be ranked in the top five in the Jr. Featherweight division.  His record is 17-1-1, 8 KO’s.
  • Kratingdaenggym, who came into the fight with seventeen straight wins, was cut twice and despite being the aggressor, couldn’t catch the challenger.
  • This fight has re-match written all over it.

Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

The Main Event:

Welterweights (8 Rounds) – Jesse Vargas (11-0, 6 KO’s) will take on Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KO’s).

  • Vargas is coming off a sixth round knockout over Ernesto Zavala in June.  He’s scored knockout victories in four of his last five fights, including three straight.
  • Sarmiento is coming off a twelve round split decision loss to Colin Lyles in 2004!  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 1999!
  • Vargas, who is just 21 years young, is one of Golden Boy Promotions top up and coming prospects.  Don’t expect Sarmiento, who’s been out of the ring for six years, to put up much of a challenge.

The Co-Featured bout:

Welterweights (4 Rounds) – Anthony Martinez (5-0, 4 KO’s) will go up against Ronnie Peterson (3-3, 3 KO’s).

  • Martinez is coming off a four round split decision over Cristian Favela last month.  This will be his third fight in 2010, after having only three fights total his first three years as a professional.
  • Peterson is coming off a first round knockout loss to Frankie Gomez in July.  He’s been stopped in his last three fights.
  • Peterson enters this fight as a lame duck.  Martinez will have no problems dismantling this bumb.

Opening TV bout:

Welterweights (4 rounds) – Jamie Kavanagh (2-0, 1 KO) will battle Ricardo Malfavon (0-2).

  • Kavanagh is coming off a four round unanimous decision over Luis Sanchez in June.
  • Malfavon is coming off a second round stoppage loss to Frankie Gomez in April.
  • If Kavanagh cannot get by Malfavon, who has been stopped the only two times he’s entered the prize ring, he needs to find a new profession.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

The Main Event:

Jr Welterweights (12 rounds) – Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KO’s) takes on Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KO’s).

  • Lopez is coming off a third round stoppage over previously unbeaten Cleveland boxer Prenice Brewer last month.  He’s won five straight.
  • Coleman is coming off a 12 round split decision over Mike Arnaoutis last December.  He’s won three straight.
  • This is a nice little main event for Showtime’s Shobox series.  The winner will look to get closer to a legit top ten ranking.

Co-Featured bout:

Lightweights (8 rounds) – Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KO’s) goes up against Juan Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Marquez is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Derrick Campos in January.  He’s had back-to-back decision wins.
  • Santiago is coming off a tenth round knockout over previously undefeated Donaldo Holguin in June.  Of his four losses, only one comes from a fighter who wasn’t undefeated.
  • Great step up fight for Marquez, who has fought absolutely no one.  Santiago has been in with the tougher opposition.  This fight will tell us if Marquez is truly a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.

 

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

The Main Event:

Lightweights (10 rounds) – Jorge Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KO’s) battles Wilson Alcorro (28-12-3, 18 KO’s).

  • Barrios is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Michael Lozada last November.  He’s won back-to-back fights and hasn’t lost in Argentina since 1997!
  • Alcorro is coming off a third round knockout over Elfran Arroyo in July.  He’s won back-to-back fights in his native Colombia after having lost five of his last six away from home.
  • Barrios should continue his winning streak here, as Alcorro rarely wins a step up fight.

The co-feature:

Welterweights (10 rounds) – Hector Saldivia (34-2, 27 KO’s) will take on Jailton De Jesus Souza (12-1, 10 KO’s)

  • Saldivia is coming off a third round stoppage over Diego Alzugaray last month.  He’s won thirteen of his last fourteen fights.
  • De Jesus Souza is coming off a six round unanimous decision over William Santos in July.  That was his first fight since his first loss as a professional.
  • Saldivia will wipe the floor with De Jesus Souza, who has beaten only one fighter with a winning record.

 

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Jr Featherweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KO’s) will go up against Ryol Li Lee (16-1-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Kratingdaenggym is coming off a fourth round knockout over Shoji Kimura in May.  He’s won seventeen straight fights, dating back to 2006.
  • Lee is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Hisashi Amagasa in June.  He’s won ten in a row.
  • Kratingdaenggym has way too much experience for Lee.  The real matchup in this division, one that will crown a legitimate champion, will be a matchup between Kratingdaenggym and Toshiaki Nishioka.