HBO “Old Yeller’s” WCB

December 10th, 2018

By William Trillo

As defined by : Old Yeller
To put something out of its misery. As in the ending of the Disney film Old Yeller, where the young boy puts a bullet between the eyes of his beloved pooch who’s gone rabid or old or something.

On a cold and dreary evening in Carson, California HBO unmercifully brought a grinding halt to its World Championship Boxing series. The venue was as empty as I have ever seen it and the few fans that were in attendance groaned, cat called and booed throughout the entire show. Whoever the dude was that was doing the Donkey in distress impersonation should be commended for his efforts. He alone kept the crowd entertained.

Sadly, that was not the sendoff HBO WCB deserved.

The boxing series began in 1973 with George Foreman’s two round destruction of Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica and over the course of some 40 plus years HBO WCB brought us extravaganzas like Ali vs. Foreman, Holmes vs. Cooney, Pryor vs. Arguello, Hagler vs. Hearns and the list goes on and on and on.

From Watergate to Russiagate HBO WCB had been there to help us get away from the world’s problems. Even if it was only a couple of hours a month of viewing time boxing fans across the nation relished every moment. Like the hound dog sitting next to us as we reclined, HBO WCB became boxing fans best friend.

In 1996 HBO premiered Boxing After Dark (BAD). The first fight that aired was Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Kennedy McKinney. The fight was a barnburner and from that point on HBO BAD became a staple for boxing fans who wanted to see the new up and comers. It was all but a guarantee these fights were going to be thrillers.

Coincidentally HBO’s last show was Boxing After Dark, but unlike its reputation, this show failed to live up to the standard, in fact it didn’t come close.

The triple header featured two women’s fights along with a battle of the little men. In each and every case it was a contest of World Class talent vs. Ham-n-Eggers. It was not a good night of entertainment to say the very least.

To quickly recap the fights went as follows:

Cecilia Braekhus (35-0, 9 KO’s) decisioned Aleksandra-Madgziak-Lopes, (18-5-3, 1 KO)over 10 rounds. Scores 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

Juan Francisco Estrada, (38-3-0, 26 KO’s) made Victor Mendez, (28-4-2, 20 KOs) quit on his stool in 7.

Claressa Shields, (8-0, 2 KO’s) decisioned Femke Hermans, (9-2, 3 KO’s) over 10 rounds.
Scores were 100-90 on all three scorecards.

I’d like to give you the highlights, but there were none.

Look, I understand that boxing has gone through a rough patch in recent times and I am also aware that at times the HBO broadcasts were lacking. It’s also no secret that the new regimes over at the network are not that fond of boxing. It was just as clear they were not interested in trying to fix or revamp the product that had gone rabid or old or something, but instead they seemed content to take the old dog out back and put a slug in it.

Personally I find it appalling that anyone at HBO could stand by and watch the child they once nurtured and became proud of get so embarrassingly and unceremoniously euthanized.

The arena was empty, it was cold and lifeless and most fans in the house had no clue who the fighters were.

Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Larry Merchant, Roy Jones, Harold Lederman along with others gave their “Heart and Soul” to the fans and the sport. They all deserved to be treated better in the end.

“Heart and Soul”

Hey HBO… do you remember that used to be your slogan for HBO WCB?

Apparently not!

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Wilder/Fury 3rd Man In The Ring: Jack Reiss Discusses 12th Round Knockdown & More

December 3rd, 2018

By William Trillo
Photos by Al Applerose & German Villasenor

On Saturday night in Los Angeles the heavyweight championship was on the line when Deontay Wider and Tyson Fury squared off to see who the dominant big man in the business was. The man put in charge to make sure The Marques of Queensbury rules were enforced was Jack Reiss. By now most boxing fans are familiar with Reiss as he has been the referee for many of boxing’s biggest recent battles.

Reiss, who is no stranger to handling the heavyweights, had his hands full over the course of the first 11 rounds and he was doing his usual exemplary job. But it was in the 12th round that the ref showed his experience and composure. That was when Wilder unleashed a wicked one two combination that put Fury flat on his back. Most in the house including Wilder thought this one was over.

Pound4Pound spoke to Reiss on Sunday afternoon and asked him what was going through his mind at that moment and how he handled the situation.

Pound4Pound: Needless to say that was a very crucial point in time of the fight when Fury went down in the 12th. Can you tell me how you process what is going on in only a few seconds and then how you make the decision on whether or not the fight should go on? And let me say that everyone to a man agrees you did make the right decision.

Jack Reiss: Thank you! First of all let me say there are a lot of things that go on in the background before something like that. I was taught whenever you can always count a champion out! When you wave it off it’s controversial. We are talking about seven or eight seconds you are saving, it’s not going to make a difference. You always count a champion out, he gets KO’d rather than waved off. If he pops up two seconds later everybody is going to be hollering, “What did you stop the fight for?” The champion deserves to get the count.

Now, in addition to that, the fight was in the 12th round, he was in the fight or winning the fight, so I do not want controversy, I wanted to make sure I let the two guys settle it between themselves and the best was to count to ten or let him get up and stagger across the ring and show everybody he is out of it and then I could wave it off. If I let him get up and he staggers then I wave it, no controversy there. But in this case he got up he didn’t stagger, in fact he was ready to go. In fact, within ten or fifteen seconds after they started to go back at it Fury was taking over the round!

So my goal is to always let the fight go to its natural conclusion if I can, without ever violating safety. That’s all I was trying to do.

When he went down I turned and picked up the count. Then I got over to him and scooted right over his face so he could hear me and he could see clearly my hands. He was cringing with his eyes like he was either in pain or unconscious; I don’t know what it was but obviously he was in pain. As soon as I counted 5 he heard me and opened his eyes, kind of like when you wake up a drunk, you know how there eyes get wide open. Well, he opened his eyes wide open and he took a breath and rolled over. When he got up on his feet he was talking to me. He said “I am alright ref,” and he even put his hands on my shoulders. I had to push his hands off my shoulders and I made him walk, and the rest is history.

You know Bill, I don’t want to stop a fight in the twelfth round of a competitive fight of a heavyweight world championship. I will count ‘em out, or I will let them get knocked out or just let them finish the fight, that is the best way to go.

P4P: That’s a lot of information to retain and apply along with the fact that we are all human too. So along with all that do you also have in your mind, “Those were some vicious punches he just took, there is no way this guy can get up?” Or because you are so well trained and experienced could it be these questions do not cross your mind?

JR: Yes, that does go through my mind. I did not think he was getting up from this. Fury has unbelievable heart! There are two things I learned last night from Tyson Fury; I gained a total amount of respect and admiration for him. 1, he has heart. 2, he can box. He is a 6 ft. 9 inch 256 pound monster that was bobbing and weaving and slipping punches all night. And he did it for twelve full rounds. This is a big guy doing that, not a 130 pounder!

P4P: This is a big guy moving like that in the ring. To be there in the ring with him must be shocking to witness.

JR: Like I said, it gave me a lot of admiration for him. He really was not the awkward and jerky guy I thought he was from watching him on TV. In the ring he is smooth and fluid, he really impressed me. I was pleasantly surprised.

P4P: Because of all your experience I am sure you knew that this was a pretty close fight going into that last round.

JR: I felt that it was a close fight, yes.

P4P: How was it to be in their working with two men of that size?

JR: I have done this before with Wilder against pretty big guys so I already had that experience. I was ready for it.

P4P: As far as heavyweight fights go I am sure you will agree that was a darn good fight.

JR: That was a great fight! I respect both of these guys, they really gave it their all. You can’t take anything away from them. They both gave it everything they had last night. They didn’t leave anything on the table. They did everything they could to compete and beat the other guy and win. What more could you ask for? Was it a great fight? Hell yeah. It had unbelievable and exciting moments. In the end I have no problem with it ending in a draw.

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A “Stream” Of Consciousness

November 5th, 2018

By William Trillo

This weekend I jumped feet first into the deep end of the new era in boxing and I am happy to report that I was more than pleasantly surprised. With multiple fights being streamed all over the internet it was time to check it out. The first thing I was going to have to do was get my Smart TV to grab the various streams and update my Surface Pro to get the latest and most efficient browser. Truthfully I can’t believe I am saying this, but it was a breeze. With all my devices locked and loaded I was set for a big evening of boxing and I wasn’t disappointed. It turned out to be a pretty good evening of fisticuffs. The highlights of the night go as follows:

Berchelt vs. Roman on ESPN+

In what turned out to be the best fight of the night, Miguel Berchelt and Mickey Roman went to war in a battle that will be added to the long list of Mexican grudge matches along the lines of Barrera vs. Morales and the like.

This one started out looking like it was going to be a give and take bout throughout as both men exchanged ferocious blows in the early stages. Roman was landing a beautiful counter right hand seemingly at will. One of those punches buckled Berchelt for a moment but he quickly recovered.

As the rounds ensued it was becoming clear that Berchelt was breaking down Roman quickly. Body shots followed by sharp blows to the chin put Roman down but he was able to rise and fight on in true Mexican warrior fashion.

Things did not get better for Roman and his corner was becoming very concerned suggesting they were getting ready to stop the bout. But how could they stop a fight when their fighter kept throwing punches and making a case to stay in there with Berchelt?

That decision would not be there’s to make in round nine. Berchelt went on a murderous tear dropping Roman again. But like before Roman somehow got to his feet only to be met by an onslaught of punches that led the referee to jump in and stop the carnage before the round was over.

With the victory Berchelt kept his WBC Super Featherweight title and looks to numerous big money fights in the near future.

Barrera vs. Monaghan on Facebook

I am going to be honest here and tell you of the three streams I was set to watch on Saturday night I wasn’t very confident of the quality I was going to get on Facebook. Earlier attempts in the month were spotty at best. But, as I mentioned above, I downloaded the latest browser and BINGO, it was a great feed that didn’t let me down.

In the Main Event Light Heavyweights Sullivan Barrera and Sean Monaghan went toe to toe in the hard fought battle everyone expected it would be. With eyes on a title shot looming on the horizon both men gave it their best. In the end though, it was Sullivan who had the superior strength and skill. “Sully” was awarded the clear cut unanimous decision for his efforts.

Burnett vs. Donaire on DAZN

Ryan Burnett lost his WBA Bantamweight title to Nonito Donaire when he threw an errant punch that hit nothing but air forcing him to over reach and wrench his back leaving him helpless for the remainder of round four. Burnett could not move out of his corner and the fight was stopped as he could not get off his stool to resume the fight in round five.

The fight started off pretty evenly and both men were landing well. It’s really a shame this one had to end like this. This one looked like it was going to be a barn burner.

For Burnett who lost his undefeated record and title belt, this will be a tough one to swallow.

For Donaire, this is certainly not the way anyone wants to win a title but things don’t always go as planned or expected. Donaire grabs the title and will move on in the World Boxing Super Series.

In closing I can say unequivocally that this past weekend’s streaming went without a hitch and I am ready to embrace boxing’s new era with open arms.

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Lemieux Trainer Marc Ramsay Says Risk & Danger May Explain Canelo’s Surprise Opponent

October 6th, 2018

By William Trillo

The newly crowned Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez caught the boxing world by surprise on Friday when via Twitter he announced his December fight at MSG would be against WBA 168 pound champion Rocky Fielding. Many insiders assumed Canelo’s next challenge would be Montreal’s David Lemieux.

Fighting on the undercard of Canelo vs. GGG 2 the Montrealer crushed Spike O’Sullivan in less than one round. With Canelo’s victory in the main event that night a fight featuring the two seemed like a perfect fit. Canelo was cleared to fight in December and New York’s Madison Square Garden looked to be the venue if choice. The speculation on date and venue were spot on but the opponent came as a shock to almost everyone.

One of those who was caught off guard was Montreal trainer Marc Ramsay. Pound4Pound spoke to Ramsay hours after the news was confirmed to get his reaction in this short Q and A.

Pound4Pound: Marc, today Canelo announced that his next fight will be in December at MSG, but in a surprise he revealed that he would be facing WBA Super Middleweight Champion Rocky Fielding with that 168 pound belt on the line. It was assumed by most that Canelo’s next fight would be against your fighter David Lemieux. How disappointed were you when you heard this announcement and how did David take the news?

Marc Ramsay: It very disappointing for the entire team. Canelo was the name that David wanted and as a coach I saw that fight as a really good challenge.

P4P: Why do you think Canelo chose to go this direction?

MR: 168 pounds will be easy for him to make, that will be no work for Canelo. Plus, with a title on the line I can understand their decision. They are coming off two wars in a row and David represents a risk for all boxers.

P4P: Do you think there is some apprehension by Canelo to fight David because he is such a big puncher?

MR: I think that was one piece of the puzzle. Like a said, David represents a big danger to everybody.

P4P: Does David want to fight before this year is over and what direction will you take now that the Canelo fight is not a reality at the present time?

MR: Yes we expect to fight in December. Now we will sit down with the team and target a new challenge.

Pound4Pound thanks Ramsay and wishes he and his team the best for the remainder of 2018.

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It Is Time For You To Stop All Of Your Sobbing

September 24th, 2018

By William Trillo

The replay of The Canelo vs. GGG 2 bout took place this weekend and I made it a point to stay as far away from it as humanly possible. I saw it live a week ago and I know what I saw. I did not need Harold and his band of Merry Men trying to get me to second guess what I know I saw last week, that being a razor close victory for Canelo. Yes that is how I scored it, the same as the two official judges in the house that night.

I wasn’t sitting with all the A-list journalists on media row that night, but to tell you the truth, I think my seat gave me a much better vantage point than most of the guys 17 rows back on the floor that night, (see photo for my view of the fight above). I had a perfect and unobstructed view and with the state of the art binoculars I had that night, (thanks Augie), I was literally on top of all the action. I will stand by my score as I saw it until the end of time.

Unfortunately there is an inordinate amount of fans, media and boxing insiders that just won’t let it go. Among those is Team Golovkin who are on a mission to make sure everyone knows that straw polls taken around the globe apparently have crowned GGG “The People’s Champ.” Just looking around the horn on Social media I have no doubt everything Team GGG is stating is true…but….the fact of the matter is Canelo won a very close and yes, controversial decision. He is the Champion and it’s time to let it go. Move on, regroup, go back to the drawing board and figure out how you are going to recapture your belts. In the immortal words of The Pretenders, “it’s time to stop all of your sobbing.”

Allow me to share an email I received from one of my peers this week. Actually to call him a peer gives me way too much credit. These thoughts were penned by a seasoned sports journalist who still writes for one of the biggest boxing platforms on the internet. My friend who shall remain anonymous said;

“I totally agree with you on GGG. A Twitter scribe is going all-in on writers saying he was robbed. Total bullsh*t. I had it slightly for Canelo. Every round was so close. Except for 2-3 rounds I thought it was very hard to call them either way. One reason is both fighters IMO didn’t let it air out and take risks. And I didn’t think, as these guys did, that it was a great fight. A good fight, not great. Not enough balls to the wall fight to qualify as great. You want great middleweight fights think of Hagler with Leonard or Hearns. This was two guys fighting in close quarters, being way more conservative than they should have been. Scored either way would’ve been fine with me. Robbery? Hell no.”

Throw in the thoughts I got from Larry Merchant less than 48 hours after the fight concluded,, and it’s clear to me the decision rendered was very close but acceptable.

Quoting a line that Golovkin himself used many times, “This is boxing, this is sport,” I think it’s time to set aside the sour grapes, and like a true sportsman, accept the loss and do whatever it takes to re-stake your claim as best at 160 pounds.

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Larry Merchant Breaks Down Canelo vs. GGG 2

September 18th, 2018

By William Trillo

In the aftermath of Canelo Alvarez defeating Gennady Golovkin by a razor thin margin on Saturday night chatter has been blowing up from social media to the water cooler. Everyone has an opinion and although I respect the thoughts of most of the fans and pundits there comes a time when I need to get to the bottom of things and speak to an expert.

Enter Larry Merchant. If there has been one voice of reason in boxing for me it has always been the commentary Merchant offers.

In the wake of yet another controversial Canelo/GGG affair I was thrilled to be able to reach out to Larry to hear him breakdown the rematch.

Pound4Pound: Hello Larry, I’m going to assume you are just getting back from a weekend in Las Vegas.

Larry Merchant: I got back yesterday afternoon after a really good weekend and an outstanding fight.

P4P: The last time we spoke the Canelo drug test controversy had reared its head but you expected things to get worked out and a fight in September would take place. We saw that come to fruition this weekend. You also said back then that you were really looking forward to round 13. Apparently you were not let down at all.

LM: No, I wasn’t let down. I think it was great fight. I don’t think there was any seconds when one of them wasn’t going after the other. And there were many seconds when both were going after each other.

P4P: In regard to the torrid pace of the fight and the tactical strategies of both sides, and considering both men predicted a KO, were you surprised that the fight went the distance?

LM: I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. Neither man showed they could put that kind of hurt on each other in the first fight. I think the main thing is that they were both highly motivated. Whether it was because of the first fight and its aftermath I think that Canelo was inspired in the way that this could redeem him for both what had happened earlier during the drug test and because so much has been expected of him since he was a teenager. I think he showed that the fans who spotted him early and thought he could be the next great Mexican warrior finally have it. For those who were skeptical, I get it. He was a star outside the ring before he was a star inside the ring, sometimes that happens. Some performers just have that certain personality and charisma and body language that puts them out there. Those that hung in there with him are happy and those who were skeptical might have been turned around.

P4P: Were you OK with the final outcome of the fight?

LM: Yes I was. A draw again would have been perfectly acceptable in terms of what went on in the ring, but I thought in the end that Canelo was rewarded for his very excellent body punching. And once again Golovkin did not do much damage to the body. Golovkin was just unable to beat Canelo down to the body. I thought the difference in the body punching was the slight difference in the fight.

P4P: Abel stated after the fight they did plan on working the body but once the fight started that changed. What was it do you think that had Golovkin abandon the body attack?

LM: Well he landed only 8 punches to the body in the first fight. I just think that Canelo had an advantage in his quickness as a counterpuncher and that discourages a guy from going to the body. And Canelo, given his background as a Mexican fighter, going to the body is a priority. That’s something he probably has worked on since he has been in the gym with his brothers from the age of 3 years old. When Canelo went to the body it was with authority and crispness. It was all a part of his varied attack.

P4P: I had jotted down in my notes around round 5 and 6 that Gennady seemed to be laboring. I wondered to myself if maybe he had over-trained and left the fight in the gym, or worst case scenario, he was getting old before our eyes. Do you see any validity to any of those thoughts at all?

LM: Well I do think once he did seem to be out of air, but to his credit he did have another gear and he came back and fought as hard as he could. The intensity was reflection of how hard they trained and the fact that they both could go at that pace for 12 rounds is something we don’t often see. If we have all exalted Golovkin for being one of the best of the best middleweights, which I agree with, then we have to give him credit for his effort and be reminded that Canelo is a world class and top class prize fighter.

P4P: Before the fight Golovkin was begging Canelo to stand in front of him and fight and if he did he would KO Canelo. A lot was made of Canelo “running” in the first fight. Judges are human and if they were privy to Golvokins request do you think it may have swayed them a bit once Canelo did stand in front of him and Golvkin could not produce the KO?

LM: I don’t think so. I think they are aware of the atmospheric background of the fight and they are human. But they have jobs to do and they are pretty darn good at it. The fight was a hairline difference between them. If it had gone either way nobody could have complained. But yes, I do think sometimes the stars are aligned that could influence a few very close rounds. The emotion of the event, the sound of the event, what side of ring they happen to be on, whether they could see the body punches landing. Very often we have seen that fighters have gotten credit for their body punching. It’s all in the mix, they are human not machines, just like the fighters

P4P: Are you ready for round 25?

LM: No I am not.

P4P: Do you think we should get a round 25?

LM: I think they should go out and fight a fight or two. There are some good fighters in the middleweight division. The can both make a lot of money relative to their earning power. And then in a year or so, if they are still the class of the division and the fans want to see it again…then okay. I don’t particularly want to see it in their next fight. I have seen them fight, and I know it’s going to be a good close fight, but I want to see them fight someone else.

P4P: I couldn’t agree with you more. I mentioned that myself. Shoot, the promoters have it set up perfectly. One of you fight Munguia and the other fight Lemieux. Draw straws and let the chips fall where they may and let the winners square off next Cinco De Mayo, no matter who that is.

LM: Yes, but you and I and everyone else knows that Canelo can now call all the shots. He generates the most interest, the most money. If Lemieux has the choice of who he is going to fight we know who he is going to fight, especially since they are both Golden Boy fighters. There are a few others around, Danny Jacobs for instance. Why wouldn’t we want to see a rematch of Jacobs vs. Golovkin? Jermall Charlo is another name out there. It’s not like there are not challengers out there who can make a case for themselves.

As Merchant stated in closing, “It was a good weekend for the old gang”. Hopefully boxing will take note of this past weekend and capitalize on a chock full 160 pound division. They sky is the limit right now in the Middleweight division. Hopefully the powers that be will use this as a springboard for fights at 160 pounds that will harken back to the days of old.

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Decisions, Decisions

September 17th, 2018

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez

The decision rendered in the Canelo vs. GGG rematch wasn’t a robbery nor was it a travesty of justice. It was an extremely close fight that could have gone either way. For the record I scored the fight 115-113 Canelo. I had an excellent view of the fight from my press box perch and without the distractions of the PPV talking heads commentating on the fight I was able to come to my own unbiased opinion. It’s how I saw the fight.

That being said, in the press box I was flanked on either side by journalists from Mexico. Sharing almost exactly the same perspective as I had it came as more than a surprise to me that less than a minute after the final bell rang both said they gave the fight to GGG.

And so it goes. Looking at the social media reaction today and taking some very unofficial polls into consideration it looks like 2/3 of boxing fans think Golovkin won the fight.

It was far from controversial but this decision will be argued for the rest of the year, or longer.

In a nutshell here is what I saw on fight night; Canelo honored GGG’s pre-fight request not to run. It was a close nip and tuck battle but with Canelo being the aggressor it was hard not to give him rounds that were almost too close to call. It could be the judges felt the same.

Looking over my notes, I wrote down in between rounds 5 and 6 that Golovkin looked to be breathing inordinately heavily which made me wonder if he had over-trained, i.e. left the fight in the gym. I still have reason to believe that may have very well been the case.

Whatever the case may be Canelo was given 4 of the next 5 rounds by the judges and I too had it identically scored.

Showing he has the heart of a champion Golovkin made quite a charge in the final four rounds splitting the tally on two judge’s cards while winning all rounds 9-12 on the card that eventually gave him the draw.

Again, like the two judges who scored it for Canelo, I gave him the last round which was the one that secured his victory.

The fight was close and truly could have gone either way. But with a house full of Mexican boxing fans cheering on every punch thrown by Canelo, even if they didn’t land, and a fighter in Golovkin who appeared to be laboring at times, I can understand how Canelo was given the close Majority Decision nod.

Yes it was a good fight, quite possibly better than the first fight, but let’s get real for a moment here, you guys both promised KO’s but like the first fight you let this one go to the scorecards.…this was far from Hagler/Hearns or even Leonard/Hagler.

Do we want to see it again? I think you can justify a Trilogy, but I do have some requests.

First, can we build some anticipation here before you battle it out again?

Suggestion…on the same night in a venue anywhere but Las Vegas why not have Canelo defend his title against Jaime Munguia and on the undercard let David Lemieux get another crack at Triple G? Let the chips fall where they may and guarantee the winners and the fans a date on Cinco De Mayo for all the marbles.

I’m sure most odds makers would agree that Canelo and Triple G will prevail in those bouts. Personally I think that would create quite a buzz surrounding fight # 3. Sounds like a darn good idea to me.

To recap, I think Canelo won the tightly contested battle and I understand there are those of you who think GGG deserved the victory. But the fact of the matter is Canelo left the building with all the belts and until further notice he is the man at 160 pounds. That fact is indisputable and undeniable.

Manufacturing Munguia Mania

Look, I have zero problems with Munguia. He is a hard working big kid with a fan friendly style that could take him into some big money fights sooner rather than later. But the hype job that’s surrounding the kid is way over the top. I mean c’mon…Brendon Cook is far from a world beater. Let’s not get overly excited. Munguia did what he was supposed to do with an opponent like this. Let the good times roll and throw him in there with Canelo. It’s a can’t lose situation for everyone.

Lemieux Spikes O’Sullivan

David Lemieux drilled Spike O’Sullivan into the canvas in prompt fashion. Talk about making someone eat their words. And speaking of eating, what did the meal consist of that had Lemieux balloon up to almost 180 pounds on fight night.Just the day before David weighed in at under 160 pounds. Good golly David is a huge Middleweight. He seems pretty confident right now…go ahead and give him that rematch with GGG.


Yes, that was a devastating KO by Gonzalez on Saturday night but that was a shell of the fighter who once was 46-0 and was considered the Pound4Pound best in the biz. Credit to Roman for going over to his fallen foe and praying for him while he was unconscious. If anyone knows how scary that can be it’s Chocolatito who suffered the same fate a few fights back. Let’s hope he puts all that into perspective as he considers his next career move.

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Fortune Telling Elvis Chides Canelo

September 15th, 2018

By William Trillo

No trip to the fights in Las Vegas would be complete without a stop at my favorite watering hole in Yermo followed by a visit with Elvis to get his prediction on the big fight. With GGG vs. Canelo looming Elvis let fly with this little gem that is certainly a warning to Alvarez and quite possibly a hint that Alvarez past indiscretions may come back to haunt him when he faces Golovkin.

Elvis states, “Live it up today, ‘cuz you never know when you’re gonna go…but…watch out for those pills…you know what I mean?”

Seems to me “The King” has been paying close attention to all the news surrounding this rematch and believes there may have been some foul play afoot.

Do what you will with that, “watch out for those pills” blast, but it seems pretty clear to me Elvis is taking a shot at Canelo and leaning heavily to the side of GGG coming out on top.

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Loeffler and Sanchez Hold Court

September 10th, 2018

By William Trillo

Fight week is finally upon. That’s right! After a year of let downs and posturing Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are less than one week away from settling the score that left everyone wanting more after their controversial draw last year. After the 360 Promotions show this past Saturday night, Golovkins promoter Tom Loeffler and his trainer Abel Sanchez held an impromptu press conference for the media in attendance at Super Fly 3. Pound4Pound was on hand and spoke to both men about events leading up to this highly anticipated grudge match. Check out what we spoke to them about:

Pound4Pound: In the first fight everyone on both sides worked hand in hand and it seemed all went pretty smooth leading up to the that fight. But in this promotion for the rematch it’s clear nothing has gone particularly smooth. What can you tell us about that and the ensuing war of words we have seen and heard as the fight draws near.

Tom Loeffler: One thing Gennady has made a point of is that even though he has been very critical of Canelo it was about the positive drug testing and the excuses Canelo has made. GGG has never said anything personally negative about Canelo. It is Gennady’s belief that Canelo tested positive but these things said about the National Anthems and that GGG is not Patriotic, well that was a little bit of a stretch. I don’t know where they came up with that one because the Anthems are going to be played. It’s just that HBO feels, especially when there are three anthems, that’s 20 minutes, that it is a huge speed bump between the Co-Feature and the Main Event. It is no disrespect to the anthems at all, but they are going to be played before the HBO PPV so everyone on the free stream will see the anthems on the preview show as well as everyone in the sold out arena who will see and hear the all the anthems as well. The HBO PPV will start after that, just like it was done here tonight for HBO’s broadcast of Super Fly 3.

Abel Sanchez: I think the insults and that…what did Eric (Gomez) call me? A Crack Head? Really?

TL: I didn’t hear that one.

AS: Oh yeah! And then Chepo calling me Pendejo!

TL: Chepo called you a donkey.

AS: It’s the same damn thing! ….But anyways….if someone can point something out that we have said in that realm I’d welcome it and admit to it…but they can’t! All we are trying to say is the truth and tell what has happened. If it’s a lie then please show us and tell us where it’s a lie….please show us.

TL: We are protecting Triple G’s position! It wasn’t Abel who protested about the gloves even though he got blamed for it, he hasn’t even had a chance to look at them yet.

P4P: Do we have a resolution on the gloves yet at all?

TL: The Nevada State Athletic Commission said that those gloves they want to use, (No Boxing No Life brand), are not going to be allowed in this fight! They submitted to The California Commission as we understand and they won’t approve those gloves for any fight. So it’s not just Nevada. It is things like this that get stretched out and all we want is to have focus in the ring. We don’t want any controversies outside the ring, we just want focus inside the ring as well as a level playing field between these two great warriors.

P4P: So we don’t have to worry about any glove issues next week.

TL: No, not a glove issue, there might be other issues, but there will not be a glove issue!

There is no doubt there is going to be some eleventh hour negotiating before the fighters enter the ring. Whatever the sides agree to, or not, it’s time to step into the ring for round # 13. Only time will tell who comes out on top both outside and more importantly inside the ring.

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GGG & Canelo Display Their Wares

August 28th, 2018

By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos By Marlene Marquez

With their much ballyhooed rematch less than one month away Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez put some 4,000 rabid fans in the seats at The Banc of California Stadium as the two gave us a sneak preview of the coming attraction in Las Vegas on September 15th.

Just looking at the reaction of the fans at the event it’s pretty clear that anticipation is high to see these two settle the score from the draw that left everyone wanting more after their first battle in Las Vegas last year.

When Golovkin was asked about all the talk about Canelo saying he is going to knock him out GGG said, “Everybody wants the knockout! People from his side want him to knock me out. People from my side want me to knock him out. This is boxing! This is sport!”

Not surprisingly, the majority of the house was filled with Mexican fans. What may have surprised people though is the fact that it seemed most of those fans were supporting Golovkin as opposed to their countryman Canelo. “Of course a big thank you to all my Mexican fans to support me on this big day for Mexican people,” said GGG. “I am going to give them a big gift on this day. My talk is the truth, I bring a true style. I do not have problems. This guy Canelo, he has problems because he put himself in a terrible situation. People who know the truth support me, people who like fake guys support him…that’s it! Remember this…I am still the Champion, I have all my belts!”

As noted, Canelo made no bones about it, he plans on taking care of business in a big way come fight night. “Three weeks to go and I am ready! I feel very good and am working very hard, I am close to weight and will make it,” stated Canelo. “I feel I can knock out Golovkin and I am ready to do it. I am going to take advantage of the mistakes he makes and I will knock him out.”

During the interim I was able to talk with GGG’s long time promoter Tom Loeffler about this fight. I mentioned to Loeffler this fight promotion had a completely different feel than their first fight. Loeffler agreed saying,“The feel of the build up to this one is much angrier than the first fight between these two. You’re right! GGG thought he won the first fight. But he didn’t get the decision, he got a draw. But, he is still the champion and he is going for a record number of title defenses. But with all the controversies, the suspension…I think it’s really motivated Gennady to be even more aggressive the second time around. Canelo is predicting a knockout now. Apparently he didn’t like some of the things that GGG said about his suspension and the drug tests. The first fight was a great fight and I think you will see both guys be much more aggressive in the second fight because of all this. I have never seen this rage. GGG is always 100% focused and always trains hard, the hardest training athlete that I have seen, but I see a little extra spark in his eyes. A little extra spark and motivation that he really wants to go in and hurt Canelo in this fight and not leave it into the judge’s hands.”

During the runway interviews I was able to catch this sound bite from Oscar De La Hoya who has more than a vested interest in Canelo. “Canelo is training angry which I love,” said De La Hoya, “He is sparring more rounds, and he is hitting the bag harder than ever before. He knows how to keep his composure but he knows he has to attack! He wants to knock out GGG. To me, that’s music to my ears. Golovkin and his people have been talking so much crap that Canelo may not come out swinging for the fences but he will be more aggressive. He will push back Golovkin, and I know for a fact Golovkin cannot fight going backwards. I just want Canelo to knock him out…that’s it!”

It should be duly noted that Golovkin took the majority of the cheers from the boxing fans in attendance while his nemesis Canelo collected an overwhelming amount of jeers.

It was also pretty clear Canelo was a lot trimmer than he was during the open work out for fight # 1 last year. It is also worthy to note that last year Alvarez could not wait to take his shirt off to show off his chiseled physique but this year he chose to keep the shirt on while working out. You can do with that information as you will.

The anticipation is officially building for this one. Both men look focused and in top shape. With just three weeks to go it’s time to hunker down and get in some final fine tuning for the biggest fight of their respective careers.

Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Munguia vs. Cook is a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round middleweight clash presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with Murphy’s Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

“24/7 Canelo/GGG 2” premieres Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11:30 pm (ET/PT) on HBO. Canelo’s fifth “24/7” appearance and Golovkin’s third, “24/7 CANELO/GGG 2” is the latest installment of the acclaimed franchise that began in 2007.

Limited tickets for Canelo vs. GGG 2 are still available, and are priced at

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