“Round Zero”, Boxing & The Coronavirus

March 16th, 2020

By William Trillo


The first time I heard of The Corona Virus was back at the tail end of January 2020 when Top Rank Boxing decided to cancel and reschedule Jose Ramirez’s junior welterweight title defense against Viktor Postol. The fight was set to take place Feb. 1 at Mission Hills Haikou resort in Haikou, China. As the story goes, Coronavirus concerns in China led to the rescheduling. At the time I thought to myself, “That’s a great idea, let’s nip this crap in the bud now before it gets out of control.”

I don’t need to tell you how that worked out. It was a nice thought but……..

Let’s go ahead and dub that ill-fated Ramirez/Postol fight “Round Zero” for professional boxing.

Over the course of the next month plenty of boxing matches took place but as the virus spread and fear began to take over it wasn’t long before The Manly Art of Self Defense was shut down. Boxing rings around the world are empty. Like the rest of the world boxing has no choice but to hunker down and wait this thing out.

In the interim let’s hope the powers that be take this opportunity to take a deep collective breath, (face mask optional), and make the decision to come back stronger than ever to close out the year.

This will be easier to do than most may assume.

Boxing fans will be chomping at the bit when the sport is allowed to continue. If ever there was a time to put the best against the best, this will be it. The end result would put boxing right back on the map.

My suggestion would be for promoters to temporarily bury the proverbial hatchet and make the big fights happen before 2020 grinds to a halt. I’m talking Spence vs. Crawford, Fury vs. Joshua, Canelo vs. Charlo (A or B), or Berterbiev vs Bivol. I’m sure there are other high-profile matchups I am leaving out but whatever the case may be…Let’s Get It On!

Yeah Yeah, I know fights like these might cross the promotional boundaries line, but these are the match-ups the fans wanna see. Promoters, Advisors, Managers and the like need to do the right thing now and stop all the bickering and backbiting. Show the fans you care about them, now is your chance.

Coming back with a bang will cure what ails you, so to speak.

And oh by the way, that Ramirez vs. Postol fight was rescheduled for May and set to take place in Fresno. I am counting on this situation to be over by then.

Fresno or Bust!

Last but not least… It’s become a ritual of mine to always purchase an L.A. Street Dog after covering the fights. Right now I am 50/50 on continuing that tradition. ☹


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Loss, Blame & Excuses Give Deontay Wilder Attention He Never Achieved As Champion

March 2nd, 2020

By William Trillo


Just before Fury and Wilder took center stage in Las Vegas last week the in-house MGM Grand Arena Twitter feed flashed results of one of their polls on the big screen over the ring. The poll question was easy; Who are you here to support tonight in tonight’s main event Heavyweight Championship bout? Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury?

Simple enough.

The result was a whopping 78% of the 15,000+ crowd were there to cheer on Fury. That left a paltry 22% of the crowd rooting for Wilder. Considering Wilder was fighting on his home turf that was a pretty pathetic but not surprising number.

Yes, the Brit boxing fans are ravenous and they came over in droves to support Fury, but for Wilder that lack of home court advantage had to smart a little. Truth be told, as American Heavyweight Champs go, Wilder just never became a household name.

That poll was proof of that. So is this little diddy I am about to share with you.

Let’s step into “The Wayback Machine” and allow me to enlighten you. It was very early in 2018 and I was covering fights in Las Vegas. To put things into perspective for you; two months earlier Wilder had just successfully defended his Heavyweight Title for the sixth time.

As I took my media seat before the very first fight of the day a former world contender got my attention and I went over to sit with him next to his second-row ringside seat. As we were talking, fans directly in front of us, (4 or 5 of them), couldn’t help but turn around to meet the fighter whom they easily recognized. They were great knowledgeable boxing fans. It was a pleasure to chew the fat with them for a while. After the opening bout came to its conclusion one of them, knowing I was a boxing writer, turned around and asked me what happened to boxing? Why wasn’t it as popular as it used to be?

As if I was E.F Hutton, all the guys he was with turned in my direction as I answered his question with a question of my own.

I replied, “You guys are here for the very first fight of the night and shelled out some serious coin for those front row ringside seats. It’s obvious you all are very astute boxing fans. You want me to tell you what is wrong with boxing?”

They all shook their head in unison saying yes!

I asked, “OK…Who is the current Heavyweight Champion of The World?”

They all had blank stares on their grills while shrugging their shoulders! I might as well have asked them to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

They were without a clue.

I told them that’s your problem with boxing, no one knows who the champ is. I then revealed the Champion was Deontay Wilder. One of them said, and I quote, “Oh yeah…I think I’ve heard of him.” Somehow, I doubt that statement was ever uttered when the names Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson were mentioned.

Spin it any way you want, Wilder just wasn’t a popular Heavyweight Champ. That’s the fact.

That being said, and I am sure he didn’t plan it this way but…taking that beating from Fury last week and his subsequent laundry list of excuses and blame have become the best career move Deontay has ever made. Dude has been trending on every social media platform on the internet this past week like never before. At the crux of his new found popularity is that 70 pound costume excuse that will go down in history as an all-timer.

According to reports this weekend, Wilder has triggered the rematch clause. That is the only thing he has done this past week that makes any sense at all. He may never be as popular as he is right now, waiting or taking a pass could be very costly in the long run.

Of course, with the trilogy fight only months away it’s doubtful Wilder can learn anything new or break any of his old habits that have been engrained in him over the years. At the end of the day he will still be the same flawed fighter who carries a huge eraser in his right hand. Outside of landing that one huge punch it is likely Wilder will come up on the short end of the stick once again.

If Deontay didn’t have the “It Factor” when he was Champion, it’s safe to assume losing to Fury a second time won’t do his popularity (or lack thereof) any favors at all.

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Random Thoughts On The Las Vegas Weekend

February 25th, 2020

By William Trillo


As per usual post fight quotes were sent to the media after the Fury vs Wilder 2 Heavyweight battle. Here are some excerpts from Wilder;

“…my corner threw in the towel… I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight….”

“I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications.”

Hmmm?

Within 48 hours of the fights end Wilder gave an interview to Yahoo Sports where he stated, “the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me, I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight.”

Hmmm again!

Speaking of that uniform…I’m told that ghastly thing cost Wilder some $70,000. That seems like a pretty penny to pay for that ball and chain of a costume. Tell ya what Deontay, the next time you fight you might wanna go to the local Halloween Costume shop. Not only will you spend a fraction of the price, but you will still look just as ridiculous as you did on Saturday night. The inexpensive costume most certainly won’t weigh you down as you make your ring walk the next time, unless of course you need a built-in excuse in case you get thoroughly dominated once again.
https://www.halloweencostumes.com/mens-royal-knight-costume.html

So, I am sure the reports I am reading about Wilder’s team are incorrect. I’m guessing the reports meant to read that Wilder is considering firing all of his team except for Mark Breland who was the only one who was concerned about the health and welfare of his fighter…..right? Only a fool would do things the other way around.

On that subject, I knew trouble was afoot at the post fight press conference when a question about the towel getting thrown in was directed at Team Wilder. No sooner than the question was asked did co-trainer Jay Deas blurt out, “Mark did it.”
Good grief Deas, feel free not to waste any time throwing your team member directly under the bus.

Boy… it was considerably quiet in the MGM Grand Casino on Saturday night after the fight. Where were all the tools that were walking around the casino all week-long yelling, “Bomb Squad! Bomb Squad!” every two minutes? I can’t help but think of the phrase, Rats Jumping Off A Sinking Ship!

Hey rats, here’s a thought for you while you’re jumping……Remember all those faces you looked at and snubbed on your way up? And do ya remember that some of those faces were people who thought you were friends with. Newsflash rats….Now you gotta look at those very same faces on your way down.

Was I the only one who groaned a bit when Fury hit the scales on Friday tipping the Toledo at a whopping 273 pounds never removing his shirt. Speaking for myself I thought maybe Fury didn’t train hard enough, maybe he took things for granted a la Andy Ruiz? Well don’t say you heard it from me but…. someone might wanna go all forensic scientist on the weigh in photos. A little bird told me Fury might have been wearing 10-pound ankle weights under those sweat pants.

Crazy, I’m crazy for feeling so lonely
I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue….

….Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wondering, what in the world did I do?…

….I’m crazy for trying and crazy for crying
And I’m crazy for loving you…

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Elvis Makes Heavy Prediction

February 22nd, 2020

By William Trillo

It was time to make the obligatory stop to visit Fortune Telling Elvis. His track record is not good to say the least but it’s always fun to chat with the King. No one ever said Elvis was a boxing genius but it was worth it to get his on point Pearl of Wisdom.

This one is a video prediction so you will have to click the video to get your inside info. It’s about time Elvis gets one right…ya think?


Boxing & Tacos In Las Vegas

February 19th, 2020

By William Trillo


With the Heavyweight Championship of World upon us people from the far corners of the world are heading to Las Vegas to see Wilder and Fury go at it again. No doubt on the to-do list for foreigners will be to find the best Mexican food in town, specifically Taco’s.

It is my sworn duty to tell one and all that if you want tacos and other Mexican grub that is second to none then you need to try out Trillo Street Tacos while you are in Sin City.

Do not judge this book by it’s cover. The eatery is in a local gas station so it may not catch your eye at first. But I promise whatever you order will please your palette! This is authentic Mexican food at it’s best. From the tacos to the street corn you will savor every bite. You blokes from across The Pond will love their fish tacos.

Yes, they have the same last name as yours truly but as of yet we have not determined if we are related. Yet I can tell you we share the same affinity for South of The Border cuisine.

Enjoy the fights and the tacos this weekend.

Trillo Street Taco is located at:
4371 N Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
(702) 898-8707

You can find their Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/Trillo-Street-Taco-1276733222425581/

Tell ‘em William sent you.

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Lost In The Shuffle Of “The Hustle”;
Ace Prospect Evan Anthony Sanchez

February 18th, 2020

By William Trillo


That KO in the main event Friday night at the Honda Center does not have Knockout of the Year written all over it as some have concluded. For that matter it wasn’t even the Knockout of the Night. That distinction goes to Evan Anthony Sanchez who steamrolled Daniel Evangelista Jr. in two short and very impressive rounds.

Unfortunately, many did not see the performance because it was unceremoniously buried on the back end of the card that was built around boxing’s undisputed leader in Instagram followers.

In his 4 minutes and 52 seconds of work Sanchez displayed all the skills of seasoned veteran. Great jab, nice footwork, sharp accurate punches to both the body and head…and oh that left hook. This is the kid to keep an eye on.

The first time I saw Sanchez was at The Belasco theater `in November of 2019. Here’s what we wrote about his fight that night:

Welterweight Evan Anthony Sanchez (6-0, 5 KO’s) opened the show with an eye-catching KO over Hector Hernandez (2-2, 1 KO). Sanchez wasted no time as he jumped on his foe immediately with powerful blows. The shellacking took a mere 29 seconds before Sanchez dropped Hernandez forcing the ref to bring a rapid halt to the action. Boxing fans might want to keep an eye on the southpaw Sanchez, he looks to have a promising career.

Obviously, we here at Pound4Pound think Sanchez is an Ace.

We are looking forward to seeing more of him in the future and we highly recommend boxing fans do the same.

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“Castles Made Of Sand, Fall In The Sea Eventually”

February 17th, 2020

By William Trillo


My thoughts on Ryan Garcia vs. Francisco go as follows:

This is far from the first time a fighter has been built up to Super Stardom by fighting a laundry list of Ham-n-Eggers, Tomato Cans, Palookas and Bums. But in this particular case with the advent of the internet and Social Media Ryan Garcia has become a pseudo-celebrity of epic proportions. Whether or not that equates to him becoming a world class and legitimate Champion remains to be seen.

Garcia’s managers and promoters want us to believe that he is the second coming of Oscar De La Hoya, but anyone with any kind of boxing wisdom is skeptical at best. Oh sure, there are a ton of Instagrammers and Youtubers that salivate over Garcia, but the last time I checked those shouldn’t qualify you to be put into any sanctioning body rankings.

They shouldn’t, but in this day and age apparently they do.

Somehow, someway, while fighting literally no one of consequence Garcia has found his way to the top ten in three of the four major sanctioning body Lightweight rankings. The lone holdout is the IBF. Currently their Champion is Teofimo Lopez.

I’d love nothing more than to wake up tomorrow morning and see Garcia ranked #1 in the IBF to become Teofimo’s mandatory defense.

What are the chances Team Garcia would nibble on that bait?

How about Slim and None!

If anyone knows the reality of where Ryan is in this stage of his career it’s Oscar De La Hoya himself. At the same point in The Golden Boy’s career he had already faced and defeated world champs the likes of Jorge Paez, John John Molina, Rafael Ruelas, Genaro Hernandez, Jesse James Leija and was one more fight away from ruining Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Ryan hasn’t come close to fighting anyone on that level. That’s the reality of the situation.

Boxing will always have its Primo Carnera’s coming along, that’s just the way the sport is. Someone sees a Goose That Lays Golden Eggs and suddenly the way is paved for the Goose to rise to the top and everyone involved is stuffing money into their pockets hand over fist.

Let’s be clear here: It’s a greedfest like no other.

But sooner or later there will come a time when there is no choice but to have the Goose, Garcia in this case, take on a legitimate test. History tells us that’s a test the Goose normally fails miserably.

And that’s the wonderful thing about boxing. A fighter of questionable talent can get pretty far with a savvy management team making fights he is sure to win. But sooner or later that guy is going to get cut loose from safety net and have to step in with someone the likes of which he has never seen.

Without any real tests or experience under his belt to fall back on…well…like the song says:

“Castles made of sand,
Fall in the sea eventually”
Jimi Hendrix

Influencers Influenza

Moments before the Ryan Garcia vs. Francisco Fonseca main event a rumbling began moving toward the ringside seats. As the stir passed media row many of my “peers” grabbed their video recording devices and scampered toward the buzz.

Who could it be I wondered? Was Canelo in the house? Maybe Manny Pacquiao was in attendance!

Wrong!! That electricity was because Logan Paul was making his way to his seat.

Really? Are we at professional boxing event or some Social Media watch party?

I’m still not sure myself.

And as far as the boxing media who scampered toward the melee like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert: Shame on you! How long before you’re gonna be throwing your underwear at him? Go ahead and assume I lost respect for a lot of you Friday night.

As credentialed boxing media we are there to cover the fights from top to bottom and report on them accordingly, and promptly. The reason we get a media table is to set up or laptops and chronicle the events that transpire in the ring.

Taking up space so you can sit there and do nothing but discuss how much you admire Kylie Jenner, stuff your face full of Nachos and wait until after the fights to get footage of fighters and promoters arguing is borderline useless.

Likewise, if you show up 2 fights into the televised main events and then stumble around media row looking for your spot and getting in the way of writers trying to watch and report on the fights, go ahead and assume you are a pain in the ass. Asking people to move their gear so you can see if they’re sitting in your assigned spot is about as arrogant and pompous as one can get. Truth be told if you are just there to video yourself talking to fighters after the fight you don’t need a seat, go stand in the tunnel and get over yourselves. You know who you are.

Real reporters like ESPN’s Steve Kim, Albert Baker from Under The Hand Wraps and others including www.Pound4Pound.com were in their seats from the opening bell of the first fight of the night all the way through the main event. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

I’m not impressed by your Youtube hits and neither are real boxing fans. I am there to report the fights and results for the fans to read. Please stop spreading your germs and stay out of my way.

Last but not least, my sincere apology one more time to Ed Keenan. My brain flatulence outside the arena before the fight will go down as an all-time blunder. I certainly have taken one too many shots to the head.

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The Mail Pouch

January 20th, 2020

By William Trillo

There’s nothing better than opening my email and finding correspondence from one of our ardent fans. I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2020 than to answer a letter from one of our faithful readers. Even better the letter comes from our good friend Nick who lives in my favorite city on the face of the planet, Montreal. Check out what Nick had to say:
Hi Billy,

Can you do us a favor and get up earlier so that us easterners can read your comments sooner? LOL! I am sure I speak for all of us when I say we prefer your take on the fights. It’s rare that I disagree with your point of view. Do you think Williams can come back? Very few fighters know when to take a knee or hold properly after being hurt.

Warm Regards,
Nick

Hey Nick, it’s great to hear from you. Of all the fights that happened this weekend you happened to pick one that I didn’t watch. If it’s any consolation the reason I didn’t watch it was because I was fixated on The Habs game vs. The Golden Knights. That is 100% truth. But thanks to the advent of Youtube I was able to watch the replay of Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario specifically to address your question.


It’s pretty clear to me that Williams nickname, “The Rock”, has little or nothing to do with his chin. Julian is a very good fighter who suffers from the same plague as some of his Promotional Stable Mates, those being Marcus Browne and Badou Jack. All of them are talented guys who make ill-advised if not downright stupid mistakes in their fights and suffer the consequences accordingly. In this case all Julian had to do was avoid getting into a heated exchange with Rosario. For the most part Williams showed he could control the action in the ring but for whatever reason he decided to go toe to toe with Rosario. That opened the door for Rosario to capitalize on that error in judgement and you see the result. Like Browne and Jack, the reason Williams didn’t feel the need to clinch is because they think they are bad enough to weather the storm. They are not and their losses in the big fights prove that.

Do I think he can come back? Yes. The ref Benji Esteves is as good as they come, he stopped the fight precisely at the right time saving Williams from undue harm thus allowing him to fight another day. Williams was a highly touted budding star earmarked for Championships but between that chin and questionable ring smarts I am not sure he is going to become a real factor anytime soon…if ever. The talent pool hovering around at his weight class is very deep. If he can’t get by Rosario…..etc. etc.

In regard to our posting articles…we are spoiled West Coast boys and sometimes you easterners have to wait a bit to get our point of view. I am sorry about that but rest assured at some point you will get coverage of the big fights.

Thanks for the kind words.

Speaking of Montreal, that haymaker Eleider Alvarez dropped on Michael Seals was sweet. Marc Ramsay has got Alvarez looking sharp again. Unfortunately for Alvarez, Ramsay also trains Light Heavy Champ Artur Beterbiev and Ramsay has told me because of that the two would never fight. In my opinion that’s a good thing for Alvarez. Beterbiev is a destroyer, plain and simple.

By the way, did you see that Habs vs. Vegas hockey game Saturday night? That Golden Knight player taking that puck to the chops at point blank range was about as gruesome as it gets. Him on his hands and knees picking his teeth (plural) from a puddle of his own blood on the ice was must see TV.

And then you have Chavez Jr. quitting on his stool because he hurt his poor little nose and Jacobs rabbit punched him. That entitled brat wouldn’t last 30 seconds on the ice.

Anyways, I digress. It’s great to hear from you Nick. I can’t wait to get back up to Montreal soon.

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More Or Less

January 13th, 2020

By William Trillo


My lone takeaway from the boxing broadcasts this weekend is as follows:

Is it really necessary to have umpteen announcers chiming in during the broadcast?

Answer: NO

The number of so-called experts trying to get in their two cents worth during the fights is way out of control. I’m sorry but the broadcasts are watered down so much these days it has become simply unbearable to listen to. If one of the announcers is concise and calling a good fight it is impossible to know because all the other mouths are busy trying to make their point and/or argue with one of his or her colleagues.

Pick any network, pick any fight. It doesn’t matter they are all the same.

Quite frankly and for lack of a better term it’s become a big circle jerk. It’s awful to watch and everyone is guilty.

I am pretty sure I speak for most boxing fans when I say all we need is one guy calling the action and maybe a color man/expert to fill in the gaps…THAT’S IT!

Less = More

Trust me on this!

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2019 Random Thoughts

January 1st, 2020

By William Trillo

With 2020 officially on the clock I decided to give 2019 one last run through the memory bank. No “Best Of” or Top Ten list here. I’m sure you are as sick of them as I am….

So in no particular order here are some things that stick out in my mind as 2019 boxing notable news.

Tank Davis did himself literally no favors with his entire act. From coming in overweight to not being able to dispatch a one-legged glass chinned senior citizen, the Gervonta stock has dropped dramatically.

To everyone who went over and above the call of duty to see to it that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would be allowed to fight after not submitting to a drug test or making the contracted weight…You got exactly what you deserved, I’m sure you are all very proud of yourselves. I’m curious if you felt guilty at all while you were stuffing that undeserved profit you made from that sham promotion into your pockets.

In lieu of losing some pretty hefty sponsorship’s I fully expect DAZN to line up a string of bums for Anthony Joshua that will be compared to the Joe Louis Bum Of The Month Club. Without Joshua DAZN may have trouble paying the rent.

If you must make your monotonous Pound for Pound lists please keep the name Deontay Wilder out yo mouth. Yes, dude carries an eraser in that right hand but his penchant for taking on inferior competition speaks volumes.

Speaking of Pound for Pound lists… If I were to scratch one together, I can assure you both Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Teofimo Lopez would be on it. In fact one of them could crack into the top five.

Say what you will about Jean Pascal, dude will capitalize on stupid mistakes on his way to championship victories. (See Marcus Browne and Badou Jack).

I’ve been hard on Nonito Donaire over the years but in a loss his gutty performance against “Monster” Inoue changed my tune. Two thumbs up to you Nonitio!

Josesito Lopez exposed Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao pulled the covers clean off.

I don’t know about you but GGG’s fall from grace caught me way off guard. I didn’t see that coming.

Haven’t heard much from the Gvozdyk honks since Artur Beterbiev pounded “The Nail” into oblivion.

If Chris Arreola had Joe Goossen in his corner over the last decade he would have become World Champion.

Last but not least, like it or not it’s Canelo’s World and we all live in it.

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