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– 2/2 James Kirkland suffered a broken nose forcing the cancellation of his fight against Ring Mag #4 Jr Middleweight Miguel Cotto. The fight was scheduled to take place on Feb 25th at the Force Center at the Star in Frisco, Tx. The entire card was cancelled, also resulting in the cancellation of Ring Mag #7 lb for lb, #1 Jr featherweight & WBA champ Guillermo Rigondeaux making the 8th defense of his title against #6 rated Moises Flores.

– Ring mag #8 lightweight Felix Verdejo won a tougher than expected 10 rd UD over unrated Oliver Flores on Feb 3rd at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, in San Juan PR. Verdejo started strong, but couldn’t finish off Flores, who was stopped in 3 rds by Ring Mag #7 Jr Lightweight Takashi Uchiyama last Dec in his last fight. Flores was the stronger fighter down the stretch as Verdejo appeared to fade badly. This was Verdejo’s 1st fight since his serious motorcycle accident last Aug that left him hospitalized for 5 days. He’s not been taken the distance in 4 of his last 6 fights. Next up is supposedly a clash with Ring Mag #2 & WBO Lightweight champ Terry Flanagan in June.

– Ring mag #6 Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr went up to Super Middleweight & stopped unrated Renold Quinlan at 2:07 of the 10th rd on Feb 4th at Olympia in Kensington, London. Quinlan took many hard shots as the referee waved off the bout. Eubank trained himself for the fight & since his lone loss in Nov. ’14, has now won 6 straight, all by stoppage.

– Ring Mag #10 Flyweight Daigo Higa stopped unrated Diomel Diocos at 2:29 of the 3rd rd on Feb 4th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Higa was never in trouble & dominated the action. He remained undefeated in 12 fights with all his wins coming by way of knockout.

– Ring Mag #9 Jr Flyweight Hekkie Budler won by 8th rd TKO over unrated Straweight Joey Canoy on Feb 4th at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, when Canoy remained on his stool at the start of the round. Budler has now won 2 straight since his 1st loss when he lost the WBA Straweight Title by 12 rd UD vs Byron Rojas last March.

– 2/7 Opening statements for the civil trial brought on by Ring Mag #2 Heavyweight & WBC Champ Deontay Wilder against Alexander Povetkin began today. The suit stems from Povetkin failing a WADA administered drug test, cancelling their fight six days before it was to take place, which was scheduled for May 21st in Moscow. Wilder is seeking $5M in damages for the lost fight.

– Ring Mag #3 Lightweight & IBF Champ Robert Easter successfully defended his title for the 1st time with a 12 rd UD over unrated Luis Cruz on Feb 10th at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Oh. Easter scored knockdowns in the 10th, 11th & 12th rounds as he was in control throughout. He’s now gone the distance in B2B fights after 5 str KO’s. Cruz was totally undeserving of a title shot as he hadn’t beaten an opponent with less than 15 losses since 2011! Totally undeserving title shot.

Photo by Sumio Yamada

Photo by Sumio Yamada

– On the undercard of Easter/Cruz, unrated Zhanat Zhakiyanov won a 12 rd SD over Ring Mag #2 Bantamweight & WBA Champ Rau’Shee Warren by the scores of 116-110, 115-111 & 111-115. Warren was making the 1st defense of his title that he won last June and scored 2 knockdowns in the opening round. Zhakiyanov appeared to score a knockdown in the 3rd round, but ref Gary Rosato ruled a slip. Zhakiyanov controlled the fight the remainder of the way. This was his 1st fight in over a year & he’s won 22 str since his lone loss in ’08. Warren, a 4.5:1 fav, has now lost 2 of 3.

 

– Ring Mag #6 Jr Welterweight Regis “Rougarou” Prograis scored a 1st rd TKO over unrated Wilfrido Buelvas on Feb 11th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Prograis has stopped 12 of his last 13 foes, including 4 straight. Buelvas came in 7 pounds overweight for the fight.

– 2/13 Ring Mag #2 Heavyweight & WBC Champion Deontay Wilder won an approximate $5.5 Million dollar lawsuit over Alexander Povetkin. The suit stems from Povetkin failing a WADA administered drug test, cancelling their fight six days before it was to take place, which was scheduled for May 21st 2015 in Moscow. Wilder & his promoter Lou Dibella filed the suit seeking lost damages.

– 2/16 Ring Mag #2 Jr Middleweight & IBF Champion Jermall Charlo has vacated his IBF title as he is moving up to the Middleweight division.

– Adrien Broner won a 10 rd SD over Ring Mag #4 Jr Welterweight Adrian Granados on Feb 18th in Cincinnati, Oh. The fight featured a lot of clenching and holding and neither fighter was knocked down or seriously hurt. Broner has now won six of seven including three straight. The fight was assumed to be fought at 140 pounds, but then it was reported the fight would be at 142 pounds. A week before the contest, however, it was announced that Broner needed the weight to be increased to 147 pounds, which Granados agreed to because he didn’t want to miss the opportunity for the fight. Broner was rated by the Ring Mag as the #2 Jr Welterweight when the fight was announced, but come fight time, had been dropped in the ratings.

– Ring Mag #4 Light Heavyweight Eleider Alvarez stopped unrated Lucian Bute at 2:22 of the 5th rd on Feb 24th at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec Canada. Bute was in control early, but two right crosses to the head by Alvarez dropped Bute for the count. This was Alvarez’s first stoppage win in 5 fights. He’s now the mandatory challenger for Ring Mag #3 & WBC Champ Adonis Stevenson.

– Ring Mag #2 & WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder successfully defended his title for the 5th time when he stopped unrated Gerald Washington at 1:45 of the 5th rd. Washington controlled the fight early, but there was little action as Wilder offered little offense. A short right cross dropped Washington in the 5th and after rising Wilder threw several haymakers, none landing solidly, however the referee stepped between the two and called off the fight. Washington was on unsteady legs when the ref intervened. Wilder has now stopped 5 straight opponents. This was Washington’s first defeat. Originally Wilder was set to defend against unrated & 60:1 ‘dog Andrzej Wawrzyk, until he tested positive for steroids in Jan.

– On the undercard of Wilder/Washington Ring Mag #9 Jr Middleweight Jarrett Hurd won the vacant IBF Title after stopping unrated Tony Harrison at 2:24 of the 9th rd. Harrison controlled the fight early with Hurd’s aggressive style beginning to take over in the middle rounds. A right hand upstairs dropped Harrison and after rising before the count, he spit out his mouthpiece indicating he wanted no more. Hurd has now stopped 8 of his last 9 foes including 6 straight.

– Ring Mag #4 Jr Featherweight Rey Vargas won the vacant WBC title after winning a 12 rd majority decision over unrated Gavin McDonnell on Feb 25th at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, England. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 & the lone British judge turned in an eyebrow raising 114-114 card. The undefeated Vargas is now a World Champion for the 1st time. It was the 1st loss for McDonnell.

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Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

Two of the top ten Jr Middleweights (154 lbs) in the world will square off at the Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight. Miguel “Junito” Cotto (37-3, 30 ko’s), ranked #2 by Ring Magazine, takes on undefeated Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 ko’s,) ranked #9 by Ring Magazine. The fight will be shown on Showtime and they will battle for a world title belt that shall remain nameless, as I don’t give credence to any of the corrupt sanctioning organizations.

Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

While Trout is known in the boxing community, he is not well-known to the general public. The fact is he is an excellent boxer-puncher, a southpaw, and is a live dog tonight. Fighting in Cotto’s home away from home will not pose any kind of threat either. Trout has fought in hostile territory before, going on the road to Panama and Mexico and winning decisions. To win decisions in an opponents home country should tell you what kind of boxing lesson he had to display.

If Trout goes on to win the fight, it will be by decision yet again. Only once has “No Doubt” scored a knockout in his last eight fights, a span of over three years.

Cotto will bring the experience edge into this fight and has clearly fought much tougher opposition. Even though “Junito” has taken much more punishment over his career, he is still incredibly sharp, evidenced by his last fight when he gave Floyd Mayweather a much tougher fight than expected in a 12 round decision loss. While Cotto comes into the fight with three losses, his losses are to Pacquiao, Mayweather, and Margarito (most likey with loaded gloves). Trout is not in the same hemisphere as those guys. Not yet at least. Also Cotto has done well against southpaws. “Chop Chop” Corley, Carlos Quintana, and Zab Judah are a few of the notable names that he has not only defeated, but knocked out.

If Cotto wins tonight, it will most likely be by knockout. In his last 6 wins covering over 4 years, 5 have come inside the distance. Joshua Clottey, who has never been ko’d in 40 career fights was the only boxer to go the distance in that time frame.

The winner of this fight would be in prime condition to take on Floyd Mayweather for what would likely be the true Jr Middleweight Championship of the World. That likely won’t happen as Mayweather appears headed for a Welterweight showdown with Robert Guerrero however. Cotto meanwhile has been linked for a showdown with #3 rated Jr Middleweight contender Saul Alvarez. Another fighter that could emerge for the winner is #4 rated contender Erislandy Lara.

I feel Cotto is just too strong and experienced for Trout in this one. I do like that Trout will travel wherever he needs to get a fight, a characteristic that doesn’t go unnoticed. Trout has never faced the caliber of opponent that he’ll see in Cotto. The early rounds may be split, but Cotto’s power shots will eventually wear down Trout as I see Cotto getting another knockout. Cotto KO 9.

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1.  I’m getting tired of every so called “expert” talk about second half adjustments and play calling every time the Cleveland Browns lose a game.  I’ve got an idea, how about the other team just made more plays at more crucial moments? 

2.  If no one showed up to the Q to witness “Quitness” on Thursday, wouldn’t that be the ultimate bitch slap back?  I mean, I don’t want to be anywhere near that Arena during the game.  If everyone followed suit, LePrick would notice just how important he really is.

3.  There isn’t a classier boxer in the world than Ring Magazine number 1 ranked Super Middleweight and former USA Olympic Gold Medal winner Andre Ward.  He wore trunks dedicated to Showtime blow-by-blow announcer Nick Charles as he battled cancer earlier this year, and after his hard fought decision over Sakio Bika on Saturday, he gave a shout out to North East Ohio Native Kelly Pavlik to let him know that he was in Ward’s prayers as the former Middleweight Champion is undergoing alcohol rehabilitation.   

4.  Certain things in life are undeniable.  Death.  Taxes.  And of course The Ohio State University Buckeyes beating Michigan while winning another Big Ten Championship and securing another BCS Bowl bid.

5.  The best basketball in the City continues to be played by the Cleveland State Vikings and it’s not even close.  They are off to the best start in School history at 8-0, and begin Horizon League play this week.  I’m shocked that the Wolstein Center crowds have been non-exhistant.  Truly embarrassing if you ask me.

6.  I’m dropping down $25 to play in the snow at Progressive Field.  There will be more sounds of joy this winter in that ballpark then what was heard all year during the baseball season.   Damn you Larry Dolan.  Damn you.

7.  Jared Sullinger has continued to impress me despite being double and triple teamed continuously down on the block.  He has three double-doubles already, which is the second most by a Freshman behind UK’s Terrence Jones.  Can I get a Buckeye versus Wildcat matchup in the tourney this year??

8.  It’s simply not worth staking out overnight to get Black Friday deals.  Wait it out and you will find deals that are just as good on Cyber Monday from the comforts of your own home. 

9.  Jake Delhomme should put the football down and pick the clipboard back up.  As much of a veteran as he is, I’m still astonished at the decision he makes with the football.  INT after INT.  He’s like a poor man’s JaMarcus Russell.

10.  Kelly Pavlik was reportedly in rehab ten days before his fight with Sergio Mora.  Ten days.  Pavlik was winning the fight before suffering his second cut over his eye and therefore, unable to see punch’s coming his way.  This is astonishing given how much Martinez’s stock has risen.  Had Pavlik been on the straight and narrow, he would have destroyed Martinez and would be on everyone’s pound for pound list.  Sad story about Pavlik.  Knowing him personally makes it even more difficult for me.  I wish him the best and hope he comes back. 

11.  The biggest pet peeve in the world is getting ready to park in a parking space at the grocery store and when you’re just about to pull in, there’s a empty shopping cart in the way.  SMDH.

12.  Manny Pacquiao isn’t fighting Juan Manuel Marquez again.  At least not next.  The reason?  Marquez will beat him.

13.  Despite not scoring a goal in Barcelona’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid, my boy Lio Messi set up David Villa for two perfect goals and was the Man of the Match, drawing six fouls and controlling the middle of the pitch

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Castro’s pick for the Featured Fight of the Week

Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

The Middleweight Championship of the World is on the line as Champion and Ring Magazine #6 pound for pound boxer in the World Sergio Martinez defends against Ring Magazine’s #5 ranked Pound for Pound boxer Paul Williams.

Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez                                                      Paul “The Punisher” Williams

45-2-2, 24 KO’s                                                  VS.                             39-1, 27 KO’s

5’10, 157 ½ pounds, 35 yrs. old                                                     6’1, 156 pounds, 29 yrs. old

Buenos Aires, Argentina                                                                     Aiken, South Carolina

 Strengths:                                                                                           Strengths:

Boxing Skills                                                                                        Height

Defense                                                                                               One punch power

Southpaw Style                                                                                  Southpaw style           

Weaknesses:                                                                                     Weaknesses:

Takes rounds off                                                                              Inactivity             

Lack of one punch KO power                                                      Can be outboxed

  •  Martinez is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik in April in which he won the Middleweight Championship of the World.   That was his only fight since his loss to Williams last December. 
  • Williams is coming off a four round technical decision over Kermit Cintron in May.  He’s won six straight and avenged his only loss, therefore beaten every man he’s been in the ring with.

This is a rematch from last December in which Paul Williams was awarded with a majority decision after twelve rounds.  It was a close fight, one that could have gone either way, and a rematch is well justified.  Both fighters came off the canvas in that fight. 

These two are about as evenly matched as you will find in the sport.  Each has a style that gives opposing fighters fits, and is why it is hard to find opponents at the top level to go up against.  Both fight from the southpaw stance as well, although Martinez is right handed. 

 There have been reports that Martinez had to drop a lot of weight in a short amount of time in order to make the catch weight limit of 158 pounds.  That will benefit Williams, if indeed, that is true. 

I see this fight going much like the first, tactical, but still exciting.  This is a fight that hardcore fans have wanted to see since they fought each other last December.  I see this fight going the distance.  No way do I see either guy getting stopped early.  Martinez is too tough, and Williams can withstand anything that Martinez has for him.  This fight will go back and forth, with many close rounds, but I think Williams is the hungrier and more determined fighter at this point and I see Williams winning by close, but clear unanimous decision.

Ring Ratings Update: Pacquiao moves to No. 1 in welterweight rankings.

Ring Magazine #1 Pound for Pound boxer Manny Pacquiao will battle as Antonio Margarito at a catch weight in the Jr. middleweight division

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao                                                       Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito

51-3-2, 38 KO’s                                                  VS.                               38-6, 27 KO’s
5’6 ½, 144 ½ pounds, 31 yrs. old                                                    5’11, 150 pounds, 32 yrs. old
General Santos City, Philippines                                                       Tijuana, Mexico

Strengths:                                                                                                Strengths:

Southpaw Style                                                                                          Aggressive style
Speed                                                                                                             Chin
Two handed power                                                                                  Hunger/Desire

Weaknesses:                                                                                          Weaknesses:

Can be outboxed                                                                                      Defense              
Outside distractions                                                                               Inactivity

  • Pacquiao is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey in March.  He has won 12 fights in a row, dating back to 2005.
  • Margarito is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision over Roberto Garcia in May.  Before that he was knocked out by Shane Mosley in which it was discovered before the fight that his gloves had been inserted with illegal knuckle pads. 

This fight came together after the biggest fight in boxing, Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fell through for a second time.  Antonio Margarito, who is promoted by the same promoter as Pacquiao, Top Rank, was an easy choice as a replacement for the company. 

Margarito was known as one of the most feared men in boxing until his unforgettable night against Mosley.  He was in everyone’s pound for pound list, and was coming off a huge knockout win over previous unbeaten Miguel Cotto.  The hand wrap scandal has put a huge question on Margarito’s past.  How long has he been fighting with illegal hand wraps?  That question will probably never be known, but Margarito can silence his critics with a win against Pacquiao. 

Pacquiao is known as the “Mexican killer,” due to his tendency for knocking off Mexican fighters such as Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera.  Margarito will be the biggest Mexican that the Filipino has entered the ring against. 

Despite the size advantage for Margarito, who weighed in six pounds heavier, and could be fifteen pounds heavier on fight night, I don’t see Pacquiao having much trouble with him.  Margarito is an aggressive, come forward fighter, which plays right into the hands of Pacquiao.  Add to that the propensity to get hit and the speed at which Pacquiao’s shots will come, I see Margarito folding as he did against Mosley.  Margarito simply hasn’t been active enough, and hasn’t seen the speed of someone like Pacquiao.  This is going to give him fits.  I see Pacquiao stopping Margarito in the tenth round.  After which, he and trainer Freddie Roach will again call out Floyd Mayweather, and hopefully, for boxing’s sake, that mega fight will happen.

Ring Rating Update: Johnson earns super middleweight rating.

Two of the top ten featherweights will battle as Ring Magazine #2 rated Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez goes up against Ring Magazine #9 rated Rafael Marquez

Juan Manuel Lopez                                                                                        Rafael Marquez

29-0, 26 KO’s                                                                      VS.                              39-5, 35 KO’s

5’7, 125 ½ pounds, 27 yrs. old                                                                        5’5, 125 ½ pounds, 35 yrs. old

Caguas, Puerto Rico                                                                                               Mexico City, Mexico

Strengths:                                                                                                               Strengths:

Southpaw Style                                                                                                         Counterpunching ability

Aggressiveness                                                                                                         Punching power

One punch punching power                                                                                 Experience

Weaknesses:                                                                                                           Weaknesses:

Suspect chin                                                                                                                Age       

Stamina                                                                                                                          Been in ring wars

  • Lopez is coming off a 2nd round Knockout over Bernabe Concepcion in July.  16 of his last 17 fights have ended early.
  • Marquez is coming off a 3rd round knockout over Israel Vazquez in May.  That was the fourth and most likely last fight between those two warriors.

This fight has been talked about since it was agreed upon.  Lopez, who moved up from Jr. Featherweight two fights ago, is a bona fide star on the rise in the sport.  The main knock on Lopez is his chin, which has been questioned in his recent fights, but despite the knockdowns, he has shown the ability to get up from the canvas and finish strong, like his idol and fellow Puerto Rican great, Felix “Tito” Trinidad.  Lopez’s biggest scare came against Rogers Mtagwa last October, when he was in grave danger late in the fight.  It’s safe to say that if the days of 15 round fights were still here, Lopez would not have an unblemished record.  Marquez is an all time great warrior that proved he still had some gas left in his tank after his destruction of rival Israel Vazquez.  Before the first of his epic four fight showdown with Vazquez, he had gone over seven years without a loss and was among the pound for pound elite.  At 35 years old, Vazquez isn’t as fast, furious, and good as he once was, but he still has the experience and has been in against the best. 

Despite both guys being in the top 10, I feel they are going in opposite directions.  Lopez up, Marquez down.  Lopez is the younger, stronger, and at this point hungrier fighter.  The ring wars that Marquez was in with Vazquez and his end result will suit him fine against opponents like Jose Mendoza, but when going up against a featherweight in the prime of his career, like Lopez, I don’t think it’s a good thing.  Fights like those shorten careers, and I’m not sure how much longer Marquez will be in the elite level that he has been for so long.  I think Marquez’s counterpunch ability will fluster Lopez a little in the beginning, but after the first three rounds, I think Lopez will begin to take over convincingly.  I see Lopez stopping Marquez in six rounds, setting up a huge showdown with Ring Magazine #3 featherweight and fellow unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa.

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.

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.