Vergil Ortiz Jr.: True Gold Fears No Fire

August 12th, 2019

By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos – Golden Boy Promotions

When Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KO’s) blew through the seasoned veteran Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KO’s) in six impressive rounds he not only took another step up the ladder but in so doing proved he is ready to face any and all challenges put in front of him. No matter how high the heat has been turned up, Ortiz always comes out of the fire more refined and ready for the next challenge.

Facing his toughest test on Saturday night Ortiz, who was fighting in front of his hometown fans, came out like gangbusters and had Orozco stumbling right away. If it were not for the fact that Orozco is a fighter of some repute himself this might have been and early night. But Orozco weathered the storm and over the course of the next 4 rounds Orozco gave Ortiz a very stiff challenge.

But looking like a fighter with a lot more than 13 fights Ortiz took it up a notch and began to put some real hurt on Orozco. By round six Ortiz was in complete command and in surgical fashion he had Orozco reeling, the round would not come to its conclusion. Ortiz kept his 100% KO ratio alive.

In a world full of fighters who are more interested in adding Instagram followers than they are taking on a real challenge, Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a breath of fresh air. Just take a look at his young career, three fights in 2016, five fights in 2017, three more fights in 2018 and in 2019 he just had his fourth fight. What’s more impressive is his opposition has gotten tougher with each and every fight, as it should be.

It’s a shame that outside of hard core boxing fans Ortiz is still flying somewhat under the radar. It’s about time Vergil starts getting maximum exposure on some high profile cards. And before you tell me he only has 14 fights it’s not his time yet, allow me to remind you he was just put in the ring with a very formidable challenge in Orozco and passed that test with flying colors.

Since Oscar De La Hoya retired there has always been the search for the next “Golden Boy”. Fighters have been groomed and/or coddled to become the next glittering star but time and time again they have fallen short.

In Ortiz you have a fighter who doesn’t need any pampering or grooming. This young man already has everything it takes to become a real Super Star in the sport. It’s time to give this kid a lot more exposure under the spotlight!

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Pop Quiz: Autographed S.O.G. Glove Up For Grabs

August 10th, 2019

By William Trillo

If ever there was a microcosm for boxing the last few weeks for The Manly Art of Self Defense would be it. As history tells us boxing can be a topsy turvy world, anything that can happen will. It was literally a “Soup to Nuts” July that has drifted into August now. Any sane boxing aficionado would agree we have a lot more questions than answers right now. That being said I have to wonder what the average boxing fan has to say all this.

With that thought in mind I have put together this surprise little Pop Quiz for y’all to ponder. There is no right or wrong answer so feel free to let your gut feelings be heard. As an added incentive to reply we are randomly selecting one person to win a glove autographed by Andre Ward for answering all the questions.

Simple enough right? So here we go.

Question # 1

Chris Arreola just put on as fine a performance as we have seen from him in the past few years, albeit in defeat to Kownacki. Now Chris is going to take some time to think about whether or not it’s time to hang ‘em up. Taking his last performance into consideration do you think “The Nightmare” should:

A: Retire. He fought for the title multiple times and gave his fans many thrilling nights. There is no embarrassment in the performance in his last fight and now is a good time to walk away.

B: Chris looked like he is back on the right track under Joe Goossen’s wing. He should let Joe have a couple more fights with him to see if he can bring him back into one more championship challenge.

Question # 2

The recent deaths in the ring in boxing have once again brought attention to how dangerous this sport can be and that every man literally puts his life on the line every time he sets foot in the ring. There are always calls for something more needing to be done. What is your opinion on what can be done?

A: More precautions should take place. Refs should have a shorter leash on fighters who are hurt and should step in sooner. Once a fighter goes down the Doctor should check him in between each and every round thereafter for any signs of problems, even if that means extending time in between round to make sure a fighter is not in any physical danger.

B: Boxing is a rugged and brutal sport. It always has been and always will be. Boxing commissions have taken many necessary precautions and do the best they can for the safety of the fighters.

Question # 3

Performance enhancing drugs have no place in boxing. The sport is dangerous enough as it is without fighters cheating to get the edge with super human strength. The latest incident with Dillian Whyte is proof in and of itself that a fighter can enter the ring all “roided” up and can put some serious hurt on his foe before the tainted drug test comes to the surface. This is unacceptable on every level. What kind of penalty should be handed out to these PED cheaters?

A: Boxing is handling the situation well right now. Of course a boxer should be suspended and fined but he should be allowed to earn a living in the ring after he has served his suspension and paid his fines.

B: There is no excuse for using PED’s in any sport, especially boxing. If after a thorough investigation it is proven that a fighter entered the ring knowingly after using PED’s he should be banned permanently from the sport with no chance for reinstatement ever.

Question # 4

We all know the plight of Saul “Canelo Alvarez and him being stripped of his Middleweight title. If you are not familiar with the posturing by both he and his promoter, Golden Boy, then you either have your head buried in the sand or are not really that big of a boxing fan. If you are aware of the shenanigans I would like to know which scenario you would prefer to see.

A: Before a sanctioning body strips a fighter of their championship belt the final step in that process should be talking directly with the fighter himself to make sure he is 100% aware his title is in jeopardy. If anyone should have the final word in having his title stripped it is the fighter, not his promoter, not his manager, not his advisor, not his trainer, not his cut man, not the dude that holds the spit bucket, not one of his 2 bazillion instagram followers etc. etc. etc.

B: Let the champion’s promoter take all the necessary steps and speak on behalf of the champion when dealing with the sanctioning bodies prior to a fighter getting stripped of his belt. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the promoter always acts in the best interest of his fighter.

Question # 5

On June 1st Andy Ruiz pounded Anthony Joshua into submission and snagged the Brit’s World Heavyweight title in the process. Since then there has been nothing but bickering from both sides in regard to the rematch. Where and when Joshua would get a chance for redemption was up in the air. But if reports surfacing are true then on Monday it will be announced that the rematch will take place on December 7th in Saudi Arabia. That came as a pretty big surprise to almost everyone. What are your thoughts on the coming announcement?

A: Fighting at a neural site seems to be the most fair thing to do. Neither fighter should have any type of edge in The Saudi desert. Who knows? Maybe fighting in Saudi Arabia will become the new trend.

B: This decision is baffling if not downright laughable. Why in the world would you drag this fight to Saudi Arabia? The only people who will be able to afford the price of admission at the venue will be the rich. The likelihood anyone in the stadium will be real fight fans in minimal at best. That will equate to one of the worst atmospheres ever in a World Heavyweight title fight. Saudi Arabia? What’s the matter? Negotiations with The Sudan break down? Couldn’t come to an agreement on site fees with Tanzania?

Question # 6

The fine art of Matchmaking in boxing has been a topic of conversation over the past days and weeks. It is true good Match Makers can make or break a fighters and/or promoters careers. What isn’t so clear is what exactly his priorities are? From the outside looking in what do you believe the Match Makers main duties are?

A: He should do everything he has to in order to make the very best fights possible. A fighters competition should get better and better with each fight as he attempts to climb to the top. He should do whatever it takes to see to it his Champions make all mandatory title defenses happen with no exceptions. The best should fight the best because that’s what boxing fans deserve.

B: A Match Makers allegiance is to his promoter and he needs to do whatever it takes to make sure the promoter holds on to his top fighters at all costs. Fighters should fight a string of Bums and Tomato Cans in order to pad his record until it gets him into title contention. If the fighter should win a title it is up to the Match Maker to line up a plethora of “Has Been’” and “Never Were’” opponents in order for the fighter, and more importantly the promoter, to hold on to those belts and the cash that goes along with them for as long as possible. These “Bum of The Month” type fights should be standard until they wring every nickel out of their Paper Champion. The Match Maker is at his promoter’s beckoned call. It is not his job to keep the fans happy and he should not concern himself with giving the fans the fights they truly want to see.

Question # 7

I have stated this in the past but it bears repeating now more than ever. I am far from a numbers guy but no matter how hard I try I just cannot make the numbers that DAZN is throwing out add up. I just don’t see how they are going to pay these fighters they have signed to multi-million dollar contracts based on the cost of a subscription for viewers. Boxing experts in Los Angeles have agreed with my stance stating DAZN appears to be playing with Fools Gold. One expert went so far as to suggest DAZN is running some sort of half baked Ponzi scheme. What do you believe to be true about DAZN?

A: DAZN wouldn’t have offered these huge contracts to these fighters if they didn’t project to have the money to cover the bill. Sponsorships and commercial advertising will more than foot the bill.

B: One of their champions just got crushed and another doesn’t seem to be fighting anytime soon. DAZN is going to implode and file for bankruptcy sooner rather than later.

C: I have no intention on buying a subscription to DAZN. I really don’t care.

D: What’s DAZN?

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Charles Huerta Fighter-Mentor-Father

July 17th, 2019

By William Trillo

There are days that you can walk into a boxing gym and as soon as you step in you realize the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Other days you know from the moment you step in that the atmosphere is relaxed and everyone is enjoying the work they are putting in. Such was the case at The Maywood Boxing club as I ventured in to take a look at and speak with one of my personal favorite fighters from Southern California, that being Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KO’s). The gym welcomed me with open arms and it was a perfect day to get some inside pre-fight talk.

Huerta will step back into the ring this Thursday July 18th at Fantasy Springs Resort as he takes one the always rough Recky Dulay (11-5, 8 KO’s). I spoke with Huerta about the upcoming fight and what might be in store for him this year. Check out my interview:

Pound4Pound: When did you become aware that Dulay was going to be your next opponent?

Charles Huerta: We found out we were going to fight Dulay about 3-4 weeks ago. We were already in camp because they had already given me the date; it was just a matter of finding out whom the opponent would be.

P4P: Dulay is a Golden Boy staple opponent for a reason. This guy will make you work, I am sure you are aware of that?

CH: We are real familiar with him. He has come here to Maywood to spar a few times so my Dad knows what he brings to the table.

P4P: That being said I am sure you are not taking him for granted and are preparing yourself accordingly.

CH: Of course! I do not take any opponent lightly. I know he is dangerous and real strong, fast and explosive. So I know I gotta be on my toes. If I don’t get past this fight I can’t look to any other fights. I am ready.

P4P: This is your first fight back since your loss to Jo Jo Diaz. Coincidentally it is at the same venue. What are your thoughts about going back to Fantasy Springs?

CH: I am happy it is back at Fantasy Springs, I want to go back and redeem myself after the fight with Jo Jo. I am excited and glad to be back and active again.

P4P: The last time I was here at the gym was before the Diaz fight. The atmosphere was a lot more subdued that week as you were preparing for a big fight. In hindsight what did you take from that fight?

CH: The fight with Jo Jo was a big fight and a big one for my career. I had that long 18 month layoff and a lot of people at first did not want me to take the fight because it was Jo Jo, a world class fighter. But I wanted to show everyone I could compete at that level. That night did not go our way but I did make it competitive. Jo Jo was the better man that night but I think everyone here knows I can hold my own at that level now. We now are on the verge of getting another big fight.

P4P: There is a relaxed and confident feel in the gym now. It looks like everyone is having a great time perfecting their respective crafts. Do you feel that?

CH: Everyone is excited for this fight. I got these young guys here who keep pushing me. They all have fight dates coming up to so we are all in serious fight camp training right now. It’s helping us to motivate each other as we look forward to our fights.

P4P: In regard to the “young guys” as you call them, it looks like they are all looking to you for guidance and tips on everything from making weight to fight strategy. How does it feel to all of a sudden be basically the “elder statesman” at the gym?

CH: It feels great that these guys are looking up to me and the experience and knowledge I have. I look at these guys like my little brothers. I put these guys under my wing as they come to me and ask for advice. They see me, a Golden Boy fighter, a guy who has been in big fights, and they want to get there too. They ask me questions and if there is any way I can help them I will because there was a day when I used to ask guys like Israel Vasquez, Urbano Antillon, Giovanni Segura and Martin Castillo for advice and they were always there to help me.

P4P: Two things stand out for me as we talk. One, you have become a mentor of sorts for a lot of these young fighters here at Maywood. And two, you still have a career that you are very serious about and are still looking for the big fights. How are you able to keep all that into proper perspective?

CH: All this motivates so much more, along with helping these young guys I know that I still have so much more left in my career and I have a lot to prove. I feel good! My body still feels great. I will turn 33 next month but I feel I still have a lot to show. I am not looking past July 18th but if everything goes according to plan we should be getting some big fights on some high profile cards in the near future.

P4P: I know it goes without saying that I wish you the best of luck in your next fight and I am hopeful you land some big fights sooner rather than later. Is there anything you would like to say in closing?

CH: Yes…Lastly I want to make sure everyone knows that the day I fight July 18th is my first born baby Charlene’s birthday. She will be turning 12 that very day. When she turned 1 year old I fought here in Maywood and now when she turns 12 I will be in the ring again.

One of the best things about being a boxing scribe in Southern California for some 20 years now is being able to literally watch fighters like Huerta throughout their careers. As you watch and pay attention to fighters grow up both inside and outside the ring you learn what truly motivates the man. Huerta is a good hard working nose to the grindstone type of fighter who is loyal to both his family and friends. Those young guys at Maywood couldn’t pick a better guy to emulate.

Tickets ($25, $35, and $45) are on sale at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or online at The event will be streamed live on DAZN. The fights will also be streamed live on and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

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Sweet Pea

July 16th, 2019

By William Trillo

It’s hard to put into words how I felt when I heard about the tragic and untimely passing of the great champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. For years I followed his storied career and was always amazed at how he so gracefully performed in the ring. Without question he is one the all time best.

I was fortunate enough to have met Pernell a few years back at a Main Events promoted show. My lasting impression of that night was how he casually walked around the event seemingly unaware that everyone was in awe of his presence. He was humble almost to the point of appearing timid as those in attendance clamored to meet the champ.

His accomplishments in the ring speak for themselves. From his Olympic Gold Medal performance through his outstanding career “Sweet Pea” always carried himself with an unmatched dignity that spoke volumes for who this man was.

We here at Pound4Pound send out our heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

Too Old To Rock N Roll, Too Young To Die

July 7th, 2019

By William Trillo

It was only moments after The Fantasy Springs Casino Showroom shook from the 7.1 magnitude temblor that Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull belted out their classic tune, “Too Old To Rock N Roll, Too Young To Die”. It couldn’t have been a more fitting song as the sexagenarian crowd didn’t think about leaving the shaking arena as Tull played on without missing a beat. It was Rock N Roll (take term literally) at its finest.

Earthquake aside it was another great evening of music at the Indio Resort and Casino. With his trusty Flute by his side the spry Anderson broke out a bevy of deep tracks and classics that made Jethro Tull an industry standard back in the day.

On this, his 50th anniversary tour, Anderson led Tull through some oldies like “A Song For Jeffrey” and “Heavy Horses” all the way through his signature song “Aqualung” and the rousing encore song “Locomotive Breath”. Earthquake withstanding it was a night the Palm Desert crowd will not soon forget.

Along with some great concerts Fantasy Springs is also the home for World Class Championship boxing promoted by Golden Boy. For more on these great events log on to

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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 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

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?


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?


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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.


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