A Little Mistake? “Weight” A Minute!

August 13th, 2018

By William Trillo

After JoJo Diaz defeated Jesus Rojas in a fight that had literally not one ounce of significance whatsoever Diaz let this little pearl of wisdom fly out of his pie hole, “It was just one little mistake that we didn’t make the weight, it was just one little crucial mistake.”

Where do I begin?

JoJo, a little mistake would be that you forgot to pack your mouthpiece in your bag on fight night.

Not making weight for a world title fight is a huge mistake, make no doubt about that.

What makes it an even bigger mistake is that you were given this undeserved title opportunity after getting schooled by Gary Russell in your first attempt at a world title. You didn’t have to fight your way back to title contention but instead were spoon fed this title shot that quite frankly you did not earn or deserve.

As to your statement, “…it was just one little crucial mistake”, it was either a crucial mistake or a little mistake, it can’t be both. Those two words should never be used in the same sentence. For instance one would never use the words Champion and Journeyman to describe a fighter, either he has the goods or he doesn’t! Am I clear?

I have had to address this same situation in boxing too many times recently. That being fighters who get themselves into the position to fight for a title and then show up overweight at the weigh-in and lose any chance at winning a title on the scale.

It’s pathetic and extremely disrespectful to everyone involved including your promoter and more importantly your fans. There are thousands of fighters with half the talent of Diaz who would do whatever it takes to make weight if they were given a chance to fight for championship belt. It’s a smack in the face to those Ham and Eggers as well.

If it were up to me, if a fighter showed up to the weigh-in for a world title fight overweight he would have one chance to re-weigh and if he didn’t make it he would be heavily fined, with most of the money going to the other fighter, and he would not be allowed to fight the next night for any reason.

Allowing these guys to fight and then pretend like everything is just fine afterwards is 100% horse dung and should not be tolerated on any level.

Solution or Problem For Ryan Garcia?

On Friday night after covering the show at The Belasco Theatre in Los Angles it was brought to my attention the Ryan Garcia’s next fight would take place September 1st at Fantasy Springs Casino against Carlos “The Solution” Morales.

The next night at The Avalon Theatre I ran into “The Solution” himself. I couldn’t help but ask him about his upcoming battle with “KingRy”. Flashing his biggest smile Morales confidentially said, “I am going to give that little boy a beating!”

Let the fireworks begin!

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Trainer Marc Ramsay Talks About His New Champion Alvarez: Game Plan Worked To Perfection

August 7th, 2018

By William Trillo

Don’t look now but Montreal, Canada has become the hotbed for Light Heavyweight World Champions. Three of the four major 175 pound titles in boxing reside in Quebec’s Metropolis. Even more remarkable is the fact that one trainer has tutored two of those champs to the very top. That trainer would be Marc Ramsay. That’s quite an accomplishment for Ramsay who has been working with fighters since 1995.

With the dust having settled after Saturday night’s stunning upset of Sergey Kovalev, Pound4Pound had a chance to speak with Ramsay about the special evening. The first thing I wanted to know is what he thought of the scores of the fight at the time of the stoppage. Personally I thought the scores were a bit wide but Ramsay not only agreed with the judges but revealed it was the way he drew it up on the chalkboard. “I think the scores were okay,” stated Ramsay, “In my corner we had Kovalev ahead 4-2, but we were ready to lose some rounds early to get him into later rounds of the fight. I was expecting that Kovalev would lose more energy in the first six rounds and by round seven we could start putting pressure to target a late stoppage or a decision. But as we put more pressure on Kovalev it was too much for him and the fight was over.”

Because Alvarez wasn’t necessarily known as a big puncher it was all the more shocking to see him demolish Kovalev with what was essentially one huge punch. In the aftermath experts and fans have wondered aloud if this was just a fluke or if Alvarez will carry the kind of power with him as he defends his titles. Ramsay confidently stated, “I think anybody who does not respect Alvarez’s power will go down!”

Lastly I couldn’t help but ask Ramsay what was next for his new Champion Alvarez. Would he battle Montreal’s other 175 pound champs, Beterbiev or Stevenson? Ramsay openly and candidly replied, “Beterbiev and Alvarez will never fight, I am the coach of both of them, maybe a fight with Stevenson. But first we need to respect our contract and give Kovalev his rematch.”

Of the two possibilities I think it’s a lot more likely to see the rematch with Kovalev long before we see Adonis step up to the plate to take on Alvarez. The so-called “Superman” has been ducking him for years; there is no reason to believe he will be changing that tune anytime soon.

In the meantime Ramsay will be taking his charges on a wild ride through a Light Heavyweight division stocked full of world class talent. Look for him and his fighters to produce some memorable battles in the coming year.

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Krushed By Storm In Atlantic City

August 6th, 2018

By William Trillo
Photos: “Sugar” Ray Bailey

Not since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shores has such a devastating Storm hit the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. With one Krushing right hand in round seven Eleider Alvarez took Kovalev out into the deep water and left him there to try to swim out of danger. With no life preserver in sight Kovalev struggled to stay afloat but he was no match for the weight of Alvarez’s barrage of punches. Less than a minute later Kovalev sank to the canvas as a jubilant Alvarez celebrated his championship winning performance.

Honestly I was surprised to find out that at the time of the stoppage Kovalev was comfortably ahead on all scorecards. In my mind the fight was close and after a slow start Kovalev may have started taking command.

But let’s go ahead and take the scores for what they were and give the Champ his just due, fair enough. I can do that. But if you didn’t see Alvarez snapping Kovalevs head back early in the fight with crisp jabs, and if you didn’t see a more than concerned look on Kovalev’s face right away then either you weren’t paying attention or your loyalties to Sergey have skewed your vision.

The ebb and flow of this battle made this a very intriguing fight to witness. In the third and fourth rounds Kovalev began to show the form that made him the dominant force at 175 pounds for so many years. He started laying the leather to Alvarez and was rocking the challenger with his own thunderous barrage. But Alvarez weathered that storm; he did not crumble as so many of Kovalev’s past foes had done. Outside of the fight ending right hand that may have been the biggest blow Kovalev suffered all night.

Whether he was gassed from the swarm of punches he threw in the previous rounds, or was unable to comprehend how Alvarez was still there in round seven, Kovalev seemed to have slowed down more than a bit.

Seizing the moment Alvarez unleashed a thunderous right hand that staggered Kovalev and then put him on the seat of his pants. That one punch was the fight ender. Kovalev rose to his feet but for all intents and purposes the title had already changed hands.

It’s probably not the result they were expecting but after a 4 year hiatus from boxing on The Boardwalk it turned out to be a pretty memorable night in Atlantic City. It’s likely we will be seeing a lot more fights coming back to The Boardwalk.

With a rematch clause in place it could be Alvarez and Kovalev would return to Atlantic City, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath. Sergey will be taking a mandatory 90 day vacation due to the KO loss and now that Alvarez threw a monkey wrench into a possible Bivol vs. Kovalev battle it’s anyone’s guess what is next.

But with a 175 pound division chock full of young stars it’s bound to be a wild ride at 175 pounds over the coming year or two.

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It’s Just A Fig Newton Of Your Imagination!

July 23rd, 2018

By William Trillo

Let’s be perfectly clear: I am well aware I rub many of you the wrong way. Of course there is another handful of people or more who believe I have no idea what I am talking about. And truthfully, I’m pretty sure the majority think both statements are true.

I can live with that, and in turn you have no choice but to live with this;

As much as my opinions may make you want to scream, keep in mind that I am not some journalist, (photo or otherwise), who attaches himself to fighters like a blood sucking Leach looking for a small piece of the purse and a tiny portion of the fame.

Also bear in mind I am not employed to or financially tied to any broadcast network and thus I have no need to shill for a particular fighter in the hopes of stuffing a few more dollars in my pockets.

With those notes in mind allow me to pontificate on the fight proceedings that took place this weekend, and a bit more.

I have no idea what Murat Gassiev was thinking, but when he decided to do his best Arthur Abraham Turtle Shell impersonation he made the normally plodding and Two Left Footed Aleksandr Usyk look like an in his prime Cassius Clay. I understand this fight was for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy, but really Murat, the idea was not to try to make your opponent look like the awards namesake.

And to set the record straight, I saw Usyk live, up close and personal about a year ago. That performance did not impress me in the least. I watched a C+ fighter in Thabiso Mchunu give Usyk fits with his movement until he gassed out after 4 rounds. Still it took Usyk five more rounds to put him away. It was a mediocre performance at best.

Now…I’d like to warn my faithful readers, (all three of you), to sit down because my next statement is going to floor you. I have been told that Andre Ward is considering a comeback in the cruiserweight division and is looking for an immediate title shot against Dr. Clubfoot. Not only do I implore Ward to come out of retirement but I am here to tell you he will dismantle the Kiev Klutz inside of eight rounds.

Bet you never saw that one coming….huh?

Now onto the HBO broadcast on Saturday night from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

Look, I understand networks are there to be shills for the house fighter, that is the A-side of the bout that belongs to the promoter, in this case Golden Boy. But on this night the team and more importantly Jim Lampley went well above and beyond the call of duty.

Jaime Munguia is a good young scrappy fighter with a lot of flaws that need to be corrected, I am sure there is not a person on the planet who would disagree with that statement.

Well maybe there is one. Or at least one who is willing to become a carnival barker for his master.

On Saturday night Liam Smith started out the night pretty well and may have won the first round. But over the next couple of rounds Muguia started finding the mark and feeling pretty good about himself. After a heated exchange Munguia started bouncing around which inspired Lampley to state that Munguia looked like a “young and in his prime Oscar De La Hoya”.

Insert foot in mouth here. It appears Lamps may be drinking just a tad too much of the Golden Kool-Aid.

The only similarity between a young De La Hoya and Munguia is trainer Robert Alcazar. The next likeness to Oscar will come when Munguia fires Alcazar. And I would expect that to happen soon. The lack of head movement and the wild and wide punches along with the willingness to trade at all costs are huge deficiencies. It’s going to take a trainer with a lot more discipline to instill skillful qualities in the Wild Horse Munguia. If Alcazar couldn’t tame De La Hoya there is no way he can break Munguia.

Looking ahead, has anyone taken a look at the fight card at Staples Center this coming weekend?

There are 15 fights on the card.

That’s right….FIFTEEN.

If you want to see all the fights you might wanna show up to Staples around 10:30am

This is the cause and effect of the Advisor…errr…Manager…errr…Promoter…ummm….trying to suck up and rule the industry by signing every fighter on the planet, (some 200 or more by all accounts), and then having no place to put them and having no choice but to shove them all deep on the ass end of a card that is snoozeville outside of the main event.

Point fingers, try to shift the blame or ignore the problem all together and pretend it doesn’t exist. The fact of the matter is you created this mess due to an insatiable greed. Good luck trying to fix it now. The wheels are coming off the bus and you’re headed over a cliff.

Nice job…?

Finally, Manny Machado is my new favorite baseball player! Welcome back MannyWood.

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You Talkin’ To Me?

June 30th, 2018

By William Trillo

As I opened my email on Monday morning I weeded through various press releases, notices that I had just inherited $50 million and proposals of marriage from 20 year old Russian women. As I sifted through the mess there was an interesting correspondence, the subject of which read; Interview Request MEL Magazine.

In the body of the email was a request to interview yours truly about the business side of boxing. The writer, Andrew Fiouzi, was writing an article for melmagazine.com and was looking for an “expert” to direct him accordingly. How he ended up on my doorstep is anyone’s guess but I was more than happy to oblige.

What’s the worst I could do? Stick my foot in my mouth? It wouldn’t be the first time….right?

After a couple of phone calls the interview with Fiouzi was “in the can” and all I could do now was wait for the article to post later in the week. I was hopeful the interview was helpful and that the article would be an interesting read… and it was. I think you will agree that the article is informative as well as interesting. Outside of a few bits the wound up on the cutting room floor Fiouzi made good use of the quotes I gave him.

Those bit’s you ask?

Oh you know, just the usual….for instance; How local promoters screw the beejeebers out of young up and comers by forcing them to sell tickets to the events, (upwards of 60 tix per promotion at $50 a pop), and then maybe paying the kid a paltry $1000, (do the math), and threatening not to pay the fighter if he doesn’t sell all the tickets. The last promoter who tried that crap damn near lost his license until he compensated the fighter for his night of work.

Or the one about the new breed of boxing Advisor/Manager who seems to be a nice guy by only charging 10% for his services. But the fact is said Advisor/Manager has a string of Puppet Promoters scattered across North America who act as promoters for him because it’s illegal to both manage fighters and promote them at the same time. The Adviser/Manager is well aware his team of Carnival Barker promoters he uses like to be the center of attention and are willing to sell their souls for peanuts just to get a little taste of the limelight. That normally leaves upwards of 20% or more of the purse for the “nice guy” Advisor/Manager to shove into his already overstuffed pockets. Again I implore you to do the math and then start humming a few bars of Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”

But I digress.

Although I was a bit surprised Fiouzi wanted to talk to me, of all people, I was thrilled to give him the inside dope on the bizness of boxing…as I know it.

Please check out this link for the interview;
https://melmagazine.com/the-economic-breakdown-of-a-boxing-purse-who-gets-what-87d956d8ddaf

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GGG Receives Ring Magazine Pound For Pound Belt; Canelo’s Duck & Cover Press Events Plan Revealed

June 19th, 2018

By William Trillo

On any other day the media in attendance would be congratulating GGG for this truly prestigious honor. As Ring Magazine Editor In Chief Doug Fisher noted, it had been several decades since they bestowed this honor on a Fighter. That was 1993 when Pernell Whitaker was given the P4P belt. As a proud Golovkin received his award names like Hagler, Hopkins and Monzon were mentioned. Putting the Golovkin name in the same sentence with any of those greats spoke volumes; GGG is truly in an elite class.

But as 360 Promotions Chief Tom Loeffler said, “This is a media lunch to recognize Gennady as the Ring Magazine middleweight champion. It just happens to be that last week we made the deal to fight Canelo Alvarez.”

A truer statement could not be uttered. The packed room was happy to see GGG get that belt but more than that they wanted to hear what Golovkin had to say about the consummated deal that will put him back in the ring with Canelo this coming September.

Loeffler threw out a quick jab at Team Canelo when he noted, “We are having clenbuterol-free, VADA-approved steaks for this press conference.” In fact, the fare that was served to the media was all clearly labeled including the Filet Mignon Medallions.

The animosity is building early for this battle and by fight week the tension will be thick enough to cut it with a knife, count on that.

Not to go unnoticed during the day was confirming a rumor I stumbled upon that suggested Canelo has made it clear he does not want to share the same space with GGG during any of the upcoming press events. When I asked Loeffler about this he stated, “They won’t be in the same room at the same time leading up to it. During fight week, who knows? If we do a press conference that week, or when you do the weigh-in, however we do it these guys… (Shrugs his shoulders). I don’t know if it’s animosity but Triple G feels that Canelo has a lack of respect for what happened and Canelo doesn’t seem happy about what has happened and it has taken on a completely different tone for this promotion.”

So when Golovkin noted during the press conference, “I don’t think he (Canelo) can look me into the eyes”, not only should we take that literally but it appears Canelo has made sure that won’t happen.

Considering what transpired before the May 5th fight and the Canelo tests that came up dirty, costing everyone a whole lot of money, I was curious if Team GGG has anything in place in the contract that would protect them financially in case Canelo should happen to accidentally woof down another plateful of Clenbuterol laced Burritos forcing another unexpected suspension and end to the September rematch. Loeffler answered, “We haven’t even gotten that far yet, but I am sure there will be something in place because like Abel said, we were ready for May 5 for Canelo and now we are hoping everything works out so we can get these guys in the ring on September 15th. It’s not unreasonable to put something like that in the contract, of course it would have to be for both sides, but the burden is clearly on Canelo to make sure he is clean and eligible to fight on September 15th.

Going back to the first fight and everything that was said in the aftermath fans seem split down the middle as to whether or not Canelo was fighting dirty that night. I asked Loeffler if in hindsight Team Golovkin thought maybe Canelo may have been under the effects of something illegal that night. “I think there are a lot of suspicions,” quipped Loeffler, “not only on our team but in general. But we had to go by what the Nevada Commission investigation came up with. This time he is doing a lot of testing just like Triple G will be doing throughout their entire training camps.’

Switching back to the reason we were there, and that was Golovkin getting that Pound For Pound belt Loeffler proudly said, “It’s a great honor and that is why we are here. It’s a great turnout from the media. This is one of the biggest honors you can get in the sport of boxing. There’s a lot of politics involved in boxing with all the titles and all the sanctioning bodies, to get the Pound For Pound title from Ring Magazine is a huge honor for Triple G.”

It seems like less than two weeks ago Golovkin was getting stripped of one of his hard earned titles and was playing second fiddle to Golden Boy and their “put up or shut up” demands. Suddenly here we are less than 14 days later and not only does Golovkin have a brand new shiny and prestigious belt to wrap around his waist but he got the split he was looking for in a fight that is sure to be the blockbuster event of the year.

I’m not sure if Golovkin has time to hit the tables when he is in Las Vegas but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is one heck of a Poker player. Not only will he stand firm on his hand and not fold, but he has the guts to call your bluff while doing so. If he beats Canelo in September we might have to start calling him Gennady “Royal Flush” Golovkin.

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Ready, Willing & “Abel”,
GGG Trainer Sanchez Talks Canelo & More

June 14th, 2018

By William Trillo

As reported by Pound4Pound.com only moments after it became official, Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez will meet on September 15th at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a rematch of their controversial draw that left boxing fans wanting more.

The fight should prove to be a dramatic event for all parties concerned including the trainer of GGG, Abel Sanchez, whom we had a chance to speak to in regard to all things GGG.

Last week was a bit of a roller coaster for Team Golovkin. First the IBF stripped GGG of his title and soon thereafter GGG softened his stance on his money demands to fight Canelo. My knee jerk reaction was that it was a cause and effect situation but Sanchez said no. “The reason Gennady pulled back on his demands was the same reason that he agreed to fight Canelo on May 5th, “said Sanchez, “Gennady feels he owes it to his fans to be in the ring, he owes it to his fans to try to do as much as possible without hurting himself to make sure the fight goes off. He is trying to get himself in the ring as much as he can so the fans can enjoy him before he retires, he is 36 years old, it’s only three or four more years and them his time is finished.”

While all the posturing was going on Golden Boy was throwing out the name of Danny Jacobs as Canelo’s next dance partner, but I knew that was just the promoter playing poker. Everyone including Sanchez was calling that bluff. “They were just throwing the Jacobs name out there to feel the public out and get an idea of how the situation might play out,” exclaimed Sanchez. “They found out the fight the fans want to see is Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo. Gennady was always willing to try to do as much as he could without hurting himself to make this happen. But there comes a point when you have to have pride in what you do and not be pushed around. Gennady felt like he was being pushed around, being made the second banana. Gennady is the champion; he is the guy who fights clean, he is the man who beat this guy last time. A lot of the things are being said by some of the other organizations, and then there is some of the things that Canelo has not done to comply with them, things that everybody else does, that other fighters do…Golovkin takes this to heart basically saying, “Why are we all doing it and that Diva is not?”

Whatever the case may be, and whatever the final purse split is for the fighters, it’s a done deal now and in a few months boxing fans will get to watch these two settle the score. It appeared hopeless earlier in the day on Wednesday but as Sanchez noted,” As long as they were talking there was always hope. Now they have come to terms and the fans will get the fight they want and Golovkin can knock Canelo out once and for all or dominate him even more and they can put last September to rest.”

In regard to the IBF stripping his fighter Sanchez didn’t pull any punches. “It unfortunate these organizations have these agendas,” noted Sanchez. “Here we have a young man who is doing something that rarely is done, and that is being a unified champion. Terrance was one of them, Bernard Hopkins was another. I think they need to take things like this into consideration before stripping someone who is on a quest to be a unified champi9on like Gennady. It’s an unfortunate thing, they have a mandatory with a guy who has 12 fights. In his last fight he fought in an eight round fight off TV against a guy who was 22-23. It took him 6 rounds to knock this guy out! That you are stripping one of the greatest fighters of this era for a mandatory like that just does not make any sense to me. I wasn’t surprised they did this at all, they have agendas. It’s the pressure the get from other managers and other promoters to do an unthinkable thing like that. They are shortsighted.”

IBF belt or not, GGG vs. Golvkin will be the boxing event of the year, count on that. There is going to be a lot of talking going on between now and then. It’s safe to say feathers will get ruffled and feelings will get hurt before the September date, but when the bell rings for round 13 the only thing that will matter is who will be left standing when the dust settles.

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Your Other Left!

June 11th, 2018

By William Trillo

As defined by Urbandictionary.com: your other left
Phrase meaning “right” for dumbasses that can’t tell the difference between left and right.

Once again the ineptitude of my peers reared its ugly head at the Crawford/Horn post fight press conference on Saturday night. During the Q & A with Crawford two of my esteemed colleagues made it pretty clear they haven’t the slightest clue when a fighter is fighting from the orthodox stance or attacking his foe as a southpaw.

The first question came from a relative unknown who asked why when Crawford’s trainer asked him to switch stances that he didn’t comply by switching from orthodox to southpaw. Crawford chuckled and then corrected the directionally challenged telling him it was the other way around.

A few moments later a similar question came from someone who thinks he is God’s gift to boxing journalism, that being Fat Dan Rafael. That’s right boys and girls, Mr. ESPN boxing himself doesn’t know left from right. When he made basically the same error as the other journalist Crawford smiled and corrected the misguided question. Rafael tried to get more from Crawford on his Southpaw vs. Orthodox strategy but it was pretty clear Crawford was just toying with Dan and not answering his questions. Heck, even Bob Arum joined in the fun as they made light of the situation. If Dan didn’t see he was getting mocked by Crawford and Arum…..well….he doesn’t know his right from his left…need I say more?

So, here we are with ESPN launching their new platform and their lead boxing journalist clearly has not a clue what he is talking about. Was it not for being spoon fed scoops because of that chair he plops himself down in Bristol, it’s doubtful this guy would get any run at all in the boxing world.

Moving on…. Haters already be hating on Crawford because of the inferior competition he took on Saturday night. And yes, Horn had no business being in the ring with Crawford with the simple exception that the man held a World Title Belt at 147 pounds and was the defacto reigning champion. It’s hard to blame Crawford or Bob Arum for that matter as “Bud” stepped up to 147 pounds and immediately made himself credible by dethroning Horn and staking claim to a 147 pound title. The mere fact that he holds one of those belts now instantly made him a very viable commodity in the welterweight division. Get over yourselves haters; Crawford is here to make some noise.

Something else Horn had no business doing was entering the ring to the same music that Gennady Golovkin has all but branded as his own. Hearing Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes as Horn walked out to battle rang very hollow, especially since most of us knew his performance was destined to be anything but Triple G-esque. In light of the events that transpired I think Horn would have been better served coming out to the Aussie classic Waltzing Matilda.

And last but not least, what was the story with security at The MGM on Friday before the weigh-in? I’m not sure what the Barney Fife dude at the door was all agro about but I was pretty sure he was getting ready to mace me down before I could get in the door to do my job. Really dude, I’m sorry you couldn’t pass the test to become a real police officer but I am pretty sure you could have found someone a little more dangerous than me to roust. Seriously…I was sure I was going to spend the weekend in the Las Vegas hoosegow. No doubt that would have pleased many of you…especially those of you that are 3 donuts short of 400 pounds.

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With The Draw, Adonis Can
Keep Milking The System

May 22nd, 2018

By William Trillo

As defined by UrbanDictionary.com
Milking The System: thinking that life owes you a free ride…
using every excuse in the book to get what you want…

Like most of the boxing community, including the majority of his hometown fans in Montreal, I was hopeful that Badou Jack would be the “Kryponite” that would rid us all of the blight that has become Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Outside of GYM promoter Yvon Michel and maybe, and I do mean MAYBE, his manager/advisor at PBC, it’s doubtful anyone would miss the often inactive Light Heavyweight Champion.

Just check out this text message conversation I had shortly after the fight from a very connected to boxing friend who was looking for the result of the fight:

Boxing Friend: Hello Bill, did Jack win already?

Me: It’s freekin’ close, scores are coming.

BF: Really? Did he (Jack) look good?

Me: Here it comes…Majority Draw.

BF: WOW!!

Me: Yup. Stupid Adonis keeps his belt.

BF: Sh*t

Me: Jack had him and blew it…but in the 8th or 9th round Adonis hit Jack with a freaking hard body shot and after that Jack was not as aggressive…it really hurt him.

BF: I bet it did…well it will be another big payday for these guys.

Me: Yup

BF: Was it a good fight?

Me: It started pretty lousy but got good in the end.

BF: Oh man, well that means they will get another day in a rematch. Who do you think has the advantage based on this fight?

Me: If Jack would have started earlier he would have beat Adonis. He waited too long and gave away a lot of early rounds.

BF: OK…yeah…it might be because he was cautious with Stevensons power…but finding a way to neutralize the power could help win early rounds.

Me: Yes…that is what it was…he was waiting for Adomis to get tired. It almost worked, but he waited too long….and then that one body shot…

BF: And that’s all it is? After all this time and drama with Stevenson and he is still the champ…SH*T!

Me: Tell me about it…I KNOW!!

BF: Now Adonis will talk like he is the greatest fighter and not fight for another year!

ME: Yup

BF: And now he will be the longest reigning champion! Hahahaha! You know he is second right behind GGG for longest reigning champ?

ME: Yup

BF: This sucks!

Me: Yup…it sure does.

My well connected friend hit the nail on the head. Adonis will milk the system for another year or more and spew some unintelligible rant about how he is the greatest fighter in the Light Heavy Division. In the meantime he is already using this draw as his open door to duck the winner of Kovalev vs. Alvarez as he will try to sell the rematch with Jack as the “Real” title fight at 175.

That’s BS and everyone in boxing knows it, but thanks to a pathetic game plan by Jack we are going to have to somehow swallow the inevitable rematch.

And yes…I put the onus of the blame on Badou. Reports coming out of Montreal early this month had Adonis barely training at all. Stevenson himself admitted after the fight he only had a three week training camp. If Jack can’t beat a guy with less than a month in the gym then he might want to reconsider taking another fight at 175.

For that matter, the best punch Jack landed all night was flush on the chin of an unsuspecting referee and the ref shook off that blow without so much as a wobble. If Jack can’t drop the ref with his best shot to the jaw, how in the world does he expect to put a dent in anyone at 175 pounds?

So…every time you hear Adonis opening his pie hole over the course of the coming year, (if not longer), remember to save a good portion of your angst for Jack who is just as responsible for this mess as anyone.

For the record, in my “always humble” opinion, I believe the judges got this one right as neither guy did enough to win. Unfortunately for us, that means Stevenson gets to keep his clutches on the strap.

The truth is….given this outcome of a draw, I would have rather had Adonis win the fight and then be forced to fight the winner of Kovalev vs. Alvarez or go away, with the latter being the preferred choice.

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StubHub Hubbub

May 8th, 2018

By William Trillo

As defined by Dictinary.com
Hubbub: a loud, confused noise, as of many voices: tumult; uproar.

On any other Cinco De Mayo post fight report I would be commenting on the boxing festivities that took place in Las Vegas. As we know those plans were scrapped along with a gnawed on T-Bone (allegedly). Trutfully speaking although the shows lack of enormity had most boxing fans seeing Red, I was happy to hit the comfort of my own bed when the proceedings came to a grinding halt.

In the aftermath I am already tired of hearing that Triple G proved nothing by demolishing an inferior opponent. Given the situation I applaud him for going on with the Mexican Holiday show and giving the fans another look at his dominance at 160 pounds. Haters need not respond, I will hear none of it.

As it turned out we had back to back boxing from California that combined to put some 13,000 butts in the seats. There were no fights of the year on either card, but we did learn a few things.

In no particular order here is what this weekend taught us:

Vanes Matirosyan has nothing to be ashamed of.

Ryan Garcia is far from ready to display his wares in a world title fight.

Jayson Velez looked like he was there to perform but not there to win.

With his victory Spike O’Sullivan is the odds on favorite to get the next shot at the idle Canelo.

Cecilia Braekhus was less than impressive in her stateside and HBO debut.

Ryan Martin is far from a Blue Chip.

Max Kellerman can ask some really stupid questions.

The Canelo clone is good for a laugh.

Cyborg is frightening.

The “Me Too” movement is embarrassed by woman’s boxing.

The fans at StubHub are a tough crowd and will let the boo’s fly if they disapprove. (See Garcia, Braekhus and Kellerman).

I should have eaten two of those bacon wrapped hot dogs those cart vendors sell after the show.

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