Ask The “Expert”?

June 13th, 2019

By William Trillo

You know that newly crowned heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has really shook up the world when thriving internet websites like www.melmagazine.com reach out to yours truly to explain one of the biggest upsets in the heavyweight division since Tyson vs. Douglas.

All kidding aside we have made good friends with the guys over at Melmagazine and we are happy to give our two cents even though there are more than a few who think we are pretty clueless. Whatever!

Coming off his visit with the El Presidente in Mexico, ( I guess that answers Iole’s thoughtless question), this seems like the perfect time to share the interesting article.

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Callum Smith: Lost In The Shuffle; & Ruiz’s Biggest Fan In Mexico

June 6th, 2019

By William Trillo

When the Heavyweight Champion of the World loses his title to an unknown underdog in the fashion that the disgraced Anthony Joshua did on Saturday night it’s a pretty safe assumption that any other boxing news and results from the weekend are going to fall off the radar screen. Such is the case for the WBA Super 168 pound champion Callum Smith (26-0, 19 KO’s) who on the same night on the same broadcast obliterated Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam inside of three rounds.

Smith’s destruction of N’Dam was surgical. By sending his foe down three times with precision punches Smith looked like a beast. Had it been any other fighter the fight could have very well ended in the first round but if you know the track record of N’Dam then you know there is no quit in the man. Thankfully the ref had seen enough after the third knockdown and saved N’Dam from further abuse at the hands of Smith.

On any other night that would have been the hot topic in barber shops the following week but with the major upset in the Main Event Smith’s performance can’t get a sniff. It’s almost as if the fight didn’t exist.

Smith saw this fight as his audition for Canelo in September or May but because of all the bruha surrounding Andy Ruiz his performance most likely will get lost in the shuffle.

Ruiz’s Biggest Mexican Fan


One would think that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would want all the spotlights in boxing to shine on him but trust me when I say that no one has become a bigger fan of Andy Ruiz than Canelo himself. From Mexico City to Mexicali there is no one cheering louder for Ruiz.

If you are asking why then you didn’t read the above Callum Smith article.

Smith looked like a destroyer on Saturday night and it’s pretty unlikely Canelo is going to want to take a stab at his 168 pound title until the tail end of his multi-fight deal at DAZN. No need suffering the same fate as Joshua.

Spare me the argument that Canelo has already beat a 168 pound champion. That was WBA Regular Champ Rocky Fielding. I still have no idea what a regular champ is. Callum Smith is the reigning Super Super Middleweight Champion. If that sounds redundant don’t blame me. The fact is Smith is the real 168 pound champion for the WBA. No one with an ounce of boxing knowledge will dispute that.

But…because of the upset in the Main Event on Saturday night most casual boxing fans don’t even know Smith fought and for Canelo I am sure that’s just fine. The less we talk about this guy the less Canelo will have to hear about getting in the ring with Callum.

Trust me, no one was cheering louder for Ruiz than Canelo.

In fact, I might be mistaken but I am sure that was a Red Head I saw driving the Andy Ruiz Band Wagon.

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If Anyone Can, A Mexican

June 5th, 2019

By William Trillo

When Andy Ruiz shellacked heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to become the first Mexican Heavyweight of the World it seemingly opened the door to some of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard. Now remember, I live in the world of boxing where stupid statements are par for the course, so to speak. So when I say these were some of the most ridiculous statements….well, you get the picture.

For instance, “He isn’t the first Mexican Heavyweight Champ. What about John Ruiz?”

Hey Copernicus, “John Ruiz is Puerto Rican!”

Then there was the not very astute observation, “Andy Ruiz is not Mexican, he was born in California.”

Not Mexican ‘cuz he was born in California. Hmm…ya might wanna check that theory out with ancestry.com

But the topper comes from boxing hack Kevin Iole. In what can only be described as an extremely insensitive comment after the fight this weekend Iole tweeted, “Andy was born in the U.S. What is all this doing for Mexico.

After getting lamb-basted across social media Iole scrambled and said he could have worded that statement better.

Sorry but Iole does not get a pass here. Had he blurted out that statement in a post fight interview you might let the blurb slide for not thinking before he spoke. That happens.

But Iole was at his keyboard when he let that blast fly. Dude is a professional writer. Are you telling me he couldn’t proof read that slam before he hit send?

BS!

Iole said what he meant and meant what he said. His back-pedal job is not accepted.

In regards to his question, “What does that do for Mexico?” Allow me to help ol’ Tubby out.

Andy’s parents immigrated here from Mexico and he was born in Imperial, California. His Father came to this country and worked hard and started his own business from scratch, nothing was handed to him. Andy started boxing at a boxing gym his grandfather opened in Mexicali when he was seven. As we know Andy followed his dream and became the heavyweight champion of the world.

So when Iole asks what did that do for Mexico, the answer is pretty clear. Contrary to what Ioles President says all Mexicans do not come to America to rape, plunder and pillage.

It really pisses me off that Iole would dare cast aspersions on an entire race of people. It’s almost as if he would be happier if Ruiz was dealing drugs and stealing cars. Then he could say, “You see, my President is right, all Mexicans are crooks and thieves.”

What did it do for Mexico?

It gave a lot of people both north and south of the border hope. It showed that with hard work and vision anyone can climb to the top………Even Mexicans.

The great thing about the internet is once it’s out…it’s out there. You can’t un-ring that bell.

You might consider yourself God’s gift to boxing journalism but when you let fly with racially insensitive statements like that you have to own it. No amount of back-pedaling can save you.

What does that do for Mexico?

Really?

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Who’s Sorry Now?

June 3rd, 2019

By William Trillo


You had your way,
Now you must pay,
I’m glad that you’re sorry now….

It was no sooner than soon to be ex-Heavyweight champ spit his mouthpiece to the deck and then have the referee wave off the fight giving huge (no pun intended) underdog Andy Ruiz the victory that I could hear Connie Francis singing her classic tune, “Who’s Sorry Now?” I know it’s hard to believe but that’s just the way my brain works…everything gets a soundtrack.

In this case the tune wasn’t rattling around in my head because of Ruiz’s unexpected KO over Anthony Joshua. For that matter it wasn’t for poor Joshua either. But as I saw Joshua standing there in the corner with his arms stretched across the ropes there were quite a few folks in boxing that came to mind as I heard Connie croon away. I wondered to myself how sorry they must be.

Those in question would be:

Chris Arreola: It was always assumed that Arreola was going to be the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion of the World. This should have been Arreola’s night. Chris should have been the first Mexican to buckle that Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist. But due to an admitted weakness for Burritos and Beer Arreola’s waist line ballooned and there wasn’t a belt on the planet that would fit. The truth is it’s really a shame. But as I have stated in the past, The pain of regret lasts a lot longer than the pain of discipline.

Dominic Breazeale: In late July of 2018 I went on assignment to The Legends Boxing Club in Norwalk, California to watch an open workout of an up and coming fighter. Working out in another ring that day were top heavyweight contenders Andy Ruiz and Dominic Breazeale. They were both under the tutelage of Manny Robles who is becoming one of the go to trainers in Southern California. I find it somewhat of a coincidence that they both ended up fighting for a version of The Heavyweight titles just days apart. The difference here was that for whatever reason Breazeale packed his bags and headed north to work with Virgil Hunter. Ruiz stayed with Robles. Breazeale had no gameplan and was embarrassed inside of one round by a thunderous Deontay Wilder. Ruiz, as we know, dropped Joshua four times and took the title. Do with that information as you will.

Eddie Hearn/Matchroom: Moments after Anthony Joshua’s shocking loss at the hands of newly crowned Champion Andy Ruiz Hearn said, “AJ will be back” over and over again. Hearn was obviously stunned and at a loss for words. What else could he say? Hearn made it clear there was a rematch clause in place and was already announcing that fight would take place in the U.K. sooner rather than later. Later that evening at the post fight press conference Hearn sounded a bit more realistic about his fighter when he said, “This will eat him up bad. Some fighters lose and fight back; some never come back the same.” Hearn might want to get a bit more realistic when talking about an immediate rematch. With Al Haymon controlling not only Ruiz but the entire heavyweight division it won’t be all that surprising to see Haymon stonewall Hearn and put that rematch off until somewhere around the twelfth of never.

Bob Arum/Top Rank: Whether it was a lack of commitment at a certain stage of his career or not Ruiz has always displayed the talent and skill to perform on a world class level. Bob Arum knew that and that is why he signed him back in the day. How and why Arum let Ruiz go to his arch nemesis Al Haymon is anyone’s guess but you have to imagine there was a little bit of egg on Bob’s face when he woke up Sunday morning.

DAZN: I must admit I don’t know a lot about the finances involved in boxing promotion but no matter how hard I try I can’t figure out how DAZN is going to pay these huge contracts fighters like Joshua and Canelo have in place with them. Whether it’s $9.99 per month or $99 per year for a subscription it seems the broadcast company is going to fall way short on funds. Especially now since their second biggest attraction has pulled up lame at the post. When I ran that thought by a respected boxing journalist he said, “Yeah, there is a bit of fools gold in play.” I also inquired with a part time boxing journalist and full time CPA, (he calls himself a Forensics Accountant). He said it smells of a Ponzi Scheme to him.

Yes, Ruiz shook up the boxing world this weekend and left many thinking about would should have or could have been.

The others are left wondering “what now?”

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Doing What You Are Supposed To Do, It’s Not That Impressive

May 20th, 2019

By William Trillo

My initial reaction to the announcement the Deontay Wilder would be defending his title against Dominic Breazeale was laughing out loud while trying to utter the words, “You gotta be kiddin’ me…right?” I mean seriously, after all the bloviating Wilder had been doing you would think he could chose a better and more viable opponent than that.

Now before you start saying to yourselves, “There he goes again hating on another fighter,” know this…100% of the people who I spoke to about this had exactly the same thought. Those people would be other boxing journalists, boxers and their trainers and hard core boxing fans. Every single one of the to a man found Wilder picking Breazeale for his next test comical if not ridiculous.

Anyone who saw that fight this past Saturday night now knows why this fight was not embraced in most boxing circles.

Oh sure, Wilder clubbed Breazeale with a thunderous right hand in round one, but what were you expecting? If there was someone out there who gave poor Dominic a snowballs chance in hell he didn’t speak up prior to the fight and he certainly ain’t gonna raise his hand now.

This was not Mike Tyson destroying Michael Spinks.

This was not Cassius Clay demoralizing Sonny Liston.

It’s a pretty cliché statement in boxing, but as far as Wilder’s performance goes, “he did what he what supposed to do.”

I’d like to apologize for not slobbering all over myself like many have been doing since Breazeale’s head hit the back of the canvas but I do not have any misguided agenda to support nor am I kissing anyone’s hind end.

The outcome of this one was easy to see. No one with an ounce of pugilistic gray matter should be surprised or in awe here.

Now that being said, that right hand of Wilder’s is thunder, pure and simple. That cannot be denied.

Wilder is now being quoted saying he is the man and he is willing to fight anyone at anytime. That would be great if we could believe him. But he has said that before only to give us what we saw on Saturday night. That being a lot of pomp and circumstance with a smoke and mirror prelude that could never generate a PPV audience.

Please!

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Thinking Out Loud

May 15th, 2019

By William Trillo


As I finished watching Part 1 of HBO’s Muhammad Ali Documentary, “What’s My Name”, I couldn’t stop wondering why it was that everything Ali did was so polarizing and why all his actions both inside and outside the ring would influence and affect me in such a way that I couldn’t help but stand in awe of the man. Ali truly made a lasting impression on my life It also had me wondering why so many of today’s fighters who try to imitate “The Greatest”, (Mayweather Jr., Wilder, Classless Claressa, et. al.), make me wanna vomit.

Sorry, but I am not one to mince words.

While Ali stood his ground for a noble cause and was a strong voice for his generation, many of today’s fighters are nothing more than self-entitled brats whose only concern is themselves and their pocket books.

There was only one Ali. Out of respect can all you posers please stop trying to imitate him?

If you didn’t see Parts 1 & 2 of “What’s My Name” I highly recommend it on every level. Not only does it capture the career of one of the greatest of all times but the documentary is a beautiful time capsule that captures the heart and soul of probably the greatest and most profound times in American history. It is must see TV.

Speaking of heavyweight champions… I can’t help but think that Anthony Joshua had better not take his next fight too lightly. Late substitute Andy Ruiz is a very live dog. Right now the blubbery Mexican is a 5 to 1 underdog and I think dropping a sawbuck or two on Ruiz may be a worthwhile venture. Don’t let the less than toned midsection fool ya….Ruiz may just very well be keeping that Champions belt from making its way back across The Pond.

Another thought rattling around in my dome is that I find it pretty comical that Deontay Wilder has dubbed his next foe Dominic Breazeale with the moniker “Basic Cable” Breazeale.

Hey Deontay….if Dominic is such a bum, how and better yet why did you end up choosing him as your next opponent? Think before you speak! You’re an embarrassment to the legacy that Muhammad Ali created.

Editor’s Note: Shortly after posting this article Wilder attempted to defend his recent comment where he stated, “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time,” said Wilder. “It’s legal.”

That statement in and of itself puts an exclamation point on my article/blog. Wilder is a despicable champion at best. Trying to justify statements about killing a man is appalling.

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Jacobs Is To Canelo
As Salido Was To Lomachenko

May 4th, 2019

By William Trillo

By coming in some three and a half pounds overweight at the day after weigh-in this morning Danny Jacobs has made it clear he wants to beat Canelo at all costs. At a price of some $250,000 per pound, (or more by some accounts), Jacobs has sacrificed a huge chunk of his purse in order to not only unify the 160 pound titles, but more importantly, beat Canelo.

After hearing about Jacobs tipping the scales over the limit Canelo basically said, “I don’t care what he weighs; I am going to kick his ass.”

Many still think that even with the huge weight discrepancy that Canelo will prevail and defeat Jacobs by late KO. Considering Canelo is in the prime of his career that is a safe assumption.

But….Lets never forget how Orlando Salido hustled and beat Vasyl Lomachenko with the same type of pre-fight weight snafu. In that fight for the Lightweight strap Salido came in well over the limit and refused to even attempt to make weight. Loma stood firm and went ahead and fought on even though Salido gave up the title chance at the scale.

That decision was disastrous for Loma. In his only loss he was defeated by decision by the sly Salido.

So you have to ask yourself…what are the chances of that scenario playing out again tonight?

Another question that has to be on the minds of Canelo’s team is how much will Jacobs weigh when he steps into the ring tonight?

180 pounds?

More?

It would not surprise me to see Jacobs closer to 185 pounds tonight. That’s damn near a cruiserweight. That will be a tall order for Canelo, prime of his career or not.

Things just got very interesting in Las Vegas on this Cinco De Mayo party.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go find the biggest burrito in town…no weight restrictions here 🙂

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Was Virgil Hunter Looking For The DQ?

April 22nd, 2019

By William Trillo
Photo: Mikey Williams -Top Rank


The look of confusion on Amir Khan’s face as he tried to recuperate from a powerful low blow seemed to tell a story that I believe many missed or dare not mention. Yes the blow delivered by Terrance Crawford was way south of the border, Khan had every reason to need some time to collect himself.

To me it looked as though Khan was trying to walk it off when suddenly as he got to the corner he had a look of confusion on his face. He did not comprehend what was being told to him from his corner. The advice coming from Virgil Hunter was for Khan not to proceed with the fight. Obviously Khan did not understand why and the look on his face spoke volumes.

Say what you will about Amir Khan, but he has never shown the attributes of a quitter. He might not have the heartiest whiskers on the planet but his heart should not come into question. It’s just not in Khan’s character to throw in the towel. His mind doesn’t work that way.

Had Hunter not given the advice I believe Khan would have fought on.

Hunter will never admit it but I firmly believe he was hopeful the errant blow thrown by Crawford would be deemed a foul, thus giving Khan the victory via disqualification.

Outside of Andre Ward, Hunter’s track record with other fighters in Championship bouts is far from stellar. Getting his fighter a victory on paper would if nothing else look good on his resume a year or two down the road.

Personally, I don’t think this thought is that farfetched, but as I said, getting Virgil to admit that ain’t gonna happen.

Look, Khan was most likely not going to win that fight but he got up off the deck after a brutal knockdown in round 1 and although it is unlikely he was winning any rounds he did land more than his share of flush shots to Crawford’s chin. In fact I can’t recall a time when Crawford was getting caught like that in any of his previous fights.

If nothing else Khan still had a punchers chance. He should have been the one to decide if he was going to fight on or not.

The next time I see Amir, whether that be next week or next year, the first thing I am going to ask him is if it was his decision or Virgil’s. If he tells me it was Virgil’s decision I will inquire about the motivation.

I have a sneaking suspicion I already know the answer to that question.

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Claressa Shields Fantasyland

April 19th, 2019

By William Trillo


It was late Saturday evening as I was driving down the 5 freeway when I got the little alert on my phone telling me I just received an email. The email turned out to be a press release sent out after Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) defeated Christina Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision to unify the women’s middleweight titles.

In her post fight quote Shields stated, “I am the greatest woman of all time.”

That was a pretty bold statement but Claressa just won a World title on national TV so I figured she was still high on the Adrenaline of the moment. My knee jerk reaction was to call her out for that statement but I gave her a pass and let her lofty self assessment slide.

I would have left well enough alone but Shields let fly with some pretty absurd statements this week that need to be addressed.

According to Shields, and I quote, “I think I can beat up Keith Thurman … I really do.” Welterweight Champ Thurman’s record is 29-0-1 with 22 via KO.

Claressa then went on to say, “…I could give GGG a run for his money.” Golovkin’s record is 38-1-1 with 34 KO’s.

Did Shields pass the drug test after her fight this weekend? Girl might be on some mighty strong hallucinogens. Either that or she has a huge misconception of how talented she actually is.

Claressa…please!

I realize that in this day and age of the “Me Too” movement you want to be given your just due. But seriously, this is not a game of one on one basketball we are talking about here. You just called out two of the hardest hitters in men’s professional prize fighting. The idea is ludicrous at best.

One of my esteemed colleagues read your statement and sent me this text message: “What the ????. Has she lost her mind? She is so full of herself!”

Enough said. Your statement has made you the laughing stock of boxing.

And although I was going to reserve my comments on your claim to being the best woman fighter of all time, I can’t help but give you my thoughts now.

Frankly speaking Claressa, you would be hard pressed to crack the Top Ten women of all time. Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Laila Ali, Anne Wolf, Holly Holm and yes even Mia St. John would beat you in their prime.

You might be the best in women’s boxing right now but the talent pool is about as deep as the kiddie pool in my neighbor’s backyard and it is half empty. You might wanna rethink that best of all time statement.

You are 9-0 with a mere 2 KO’s. Now is not the time to be staking your claim as best of the best.

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No Fooling,
Pound4Pound.com Is Now
Lb4Lb.com too!

April 1st, 2019

By William Trillo

It is with great pleasure that I want to let all my faithful readers, (3 at last count), know that you can also find your favorite boxing website at www.Lb4Lb.com as well as www.Pound4Pound.com

Nothing else will change. You will still get our 24/7 boxing coverage that includes fight coverage with photos of all the major events, exclusive interviews and videos as well as my blog which can go anywhere from hard hitting editorials to speaking the truth or having a good laugh, which sometimes go hand in hand. No holds barred here, Lb4Lb.com will give you all the latest news and truth as it always has.

So for those of you hate punching in those ridiculous long boxing domain names, (mybadboxingfightnewspage.com), only to get to a site full of press releases and softball interviews and reports, look no further…just go to Lb4Lb.com ….you won’t regret it.

Speaking of boxing truth…was anyone paying attention to the crickets chirping after the Ryan Garcia fight Saturday night? Why did the media in attendance look like they were covering a funeral after the fight?

Let me give you a hint.

After the night was over I was waiting for my car in the valet area and was chatting with some Ryan Garcia fans that made the trek all the way from Victorville to see their hometown boy. I asked her, “So tell me what you thought of the fight?”

The fans husband immediately turned around and walked away leaving his wife to field the question. She looked at me and said “It was just….just…just…”

“JUST WHAT,” I said.

“Just… (shrugs her shoulders).”

That honest answer in and of itself was more than refreshing to me. What it tells me is not everyone is chugging down the Kool-Aid the Garcia spin machine is trying to serve up to his fans.

When one hometown fan walks away when asked about King-Ry and all the other one can do is shrug her shoulders… that pretty much tells me everything I need to know.

It should tell a lot of other people too but their minds are clouded with finding the next Oscar and the $$$ that come along the way.

“Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid. Taste great. Wish we had some. Can’t wait…”

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