Charles Huerta: “I Have Never Been This Excited Before A Fight!”

February 6th, 2019

By William Trillo

As part of a huge Golden Boy promoted card this Saturday night in Indio California, Charles Huerta will step back into the ring to take on JoJo Diaz in a battle not only for Southern California bragging rights but with a win it’s a huge step in the right direction for a world title fight in 2019.

For Huerta this fight could be the most important of his career for so many reasons. First, Huerta is coming off not one but two pretty serious injuries that have kept him on the shelf for 17 months. Second, a victory over a fighter like Diaz would surely launch him into title contention.

Those who have followed Huerta’s career know Charles has earned everything the hard way; he has taken no shortcuts on his path and anytime he was counted out Huerta has always found a way to prove the critics wrong and has remained a viable contender in the featherweight ranks.

Unlike Huerta, JoJo’s career has been a bit more along the lines of being fed with a silver spoon. His flashy hands and charming smile are a promoters dream and he always seemed to get a bit more of the spotlight because of that. Take nothing away from Diaz though; he put together 27 victories before suffering his first loss to Champion Gary Russell.

The cross town rivalry has a lot of intrigue. This is a fight that may end up stealing the show even though it is playing third fiddle to the two championship fights that will follow.

“I got the call to fight JoJo right before the end of last year” said Huerta. “It was from that point on we started the negotiations. Ideally we would have loved a tune-up fight but this great opportunity came up to fight JoJo Diaz and we jumped on it.”

Huerta’s Father and Trainer Mando agreed with his son saying, “My initial reaction was; “What happened to our tune-up fight?” It’s not about the fight being hard or anything like that but it would have good to see how Charles looked with the injuries he has had. But once we started talking and negotiating we started getting excited about the fight, this is a real good fight for us.”

The hard working Huerta has no hesitation or apprehension when it comes to taking on a fighter the likes of JoJo Diaz. “My plan is to go in there and spoil their plans,” stated Huerta.”I could have taken a regular fight but that would have left me in the same spot I am in now. Winning a fight like this will get me back up there and show that I belong on the world championship level.”

Two championship bouts in the main event or not, it is very likely the bulk of the tickets will be purchased by local fans who will be there to cheer on their respective hometown fighters. “When I took the fight I thought JoJo and I would be the main event just because of the Southern California rivalry. Me and Jojo could sell the place out on our own. But once I heard Machado and Vargas were also on the card I realized this was a very big card to be a part of,” noted Huerta.

When asked about what the fans can expect to see that night Huerta said, “I’m coming strong and ready to win this fight. Win, lose or draw, I’m always in a great fight. I always give a good fight for the fans, and I’m going to come and bring it. I’m going to give everybody an exciting show that night. Everything is going just as we planned right now, my weight is on track and I feel great. I can’t remember a time that I was this excited before a fight.”

As always Huerta has worked hard for this battle and his fans can rest assured he will give every ounce of himself inside the ring to earn the victory, just as he always does. There are really no shortcuts in boxing and to get to the top hard work is the essential trademark. Make no mistake about it, Charles Huerta is cut out of that mold. On Saturday night he is confident that his nose to the grindstone work ethic will get his hand raised in victory after the final bell rings.

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Kovalev Recaptures Belt
On Action Packed Card

February 4th, 2019

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams – Top Rank

If you are one of the stubborn boxing fans who have not embraced the new era of boxing broadcasting and jumped into the stream of things you missed a very good night of boxing a la ESPN+. From the fights to the production quality this Top Ranked promoted card was a doozy.

In the main event Sergey Kovalev got his chance for redemption as he faced the man who took his title last year, Eleider Alvarez. Most boxing experts didn’t give Kovalev much of a chance and the thinking was this could be his last hurrah. Little did anyone know or think that Kovalev could reinvent himself, with the help of Buddy McGirt, and pretty much pitch a shutout over a hapless Alvarez who seemed sluggish and tentative all night. But that is exactly what happened.

Kovalev fought a controlled and smart tactical fight over the course of the 12 round battle. He pressed the action all night but didn’t seem to be looking for his trademark Krusher KO. He stayed within himself and never seemed to lose focus.

Alvarez on the other hand was a mess. It looked like he had the same exact game plan that produced a KO victory for him over Kovalev last year but when that wasn’t working apparently he had no Plan B. A boxing insider who also was a top contender himself said of Alvarez’s performance, “He did not fight like a champion at all against Kovalev. A champion needs to defend his belt better than that; he did nothing to keep his title.”

That being said, let’s take nothing away from Kovalev who had more than his share of distractions coming into this fight. Even the ESPN crew speculated before the fight that maybe Sergey was done. But after the fight was over the very same crew praised Kovalev for overcoming physical and mental adversity while reclaiming his place at the top of the Light Heavyweight division.

On the ESPN+ undercard Teofimo Lopez brutally beat down veteran Diego Magdaleno in a performance that may have caught a lot of attention but for all the wrong reasons. Yes, Lopez’s demolition of Magdaleno was eye opening but his act immediately after dropping his foe was appalling at best.

To add insult to injury Teofimo stated he knows people are either going to love him or hate him, but he is going to do what he is going to do. Personally I think Lopez will become a villain in the eyes of most boxing fans. He is most likely going to put asses in the seats but that is because people are going to pay to see him get beat when he steps up against the big boys.

As part of the ESPN show the network teased the fans with a cable broadcast of the big fight night in Frisco, Texas. No doubt the appetizer helped sell a few spots on the soon to be aired ESPN+ stream.

In the main event of that show the undefeated WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez made his awaited return to the ring after suffering a broken jaw in his title defense over Scott Quigg. Valdez took to the ring against a tough and undefeated Carmine Tommasone.

After shaking off some cobwebs Valdez made easy work of Tommsone and in impressive fashion he stopped the Italian fighter in the seventh round. For Valdez this was a great way for him to get past the broken jaw whoa’s and seal his spot as one of the best featherweights in boxing.

In the semi main the African fighter Richard Commey captured the vacant IBF World lightweight title with an exciting KO performance over Isa Chaniev. Commey caught the attention of many with the 2nd round KO victory and put himself in place to take on Vasiliy Lomachenko in a title unifier later this year in Los Angeles.

Again, this was a very good night of boxing that is a prelude to what may very well be a great year for a sport that has been taking a beating over the past few years. Boxing is back. Once the mainstream boxing fans can latch onto the new era of broadcasting I predict the sport will have the resurgence we all have been waiting for.

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Abner Mares Has A Message For Gervonta Davis

January 25th, 2019

By William Trillo

While discussing his upcoming battle with WBA Super Featherweight champ Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s) Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KO’s) said, “I would like to make this statement: Gervonta Davis has been saying he sees this fight as a Floyd Mayweather vs. Aruro Gatti type of fight. He says this is when Mayweather graduated on that night by beating Gatti. He did get one thing right, I do have the Gatti heart , but he is no Floyd Mayweather, that’s all I have to say!

Not a bad way to fuel the fire for the upcoming February 9th grudge battle that will take place in Carson CA. Mares exudes the type of confidence that comes from a seasoned veteran who has held multiple world titles and fought the best out there. Make no mistake about it; this is a fight Mares feels he can use to prove the naysayers wrong.

When asked how he felt when he heard the fight was a go Mares stated, “Honestly I wasn’t surprised or shocked and the reason was simple…I asked for this fight, I was pushing for it, so when I got the call saying I got what I wanted I said “OK, good”. This is a fight where I am going to do a lot, meaning not just fight but provoke, and really enjoy myself.”

As to why Mares was adamant about this fight and was pressing to make it happen he said, “It was a challenge that I set for myself as an individual and an athlete. It’s a risky fight which will be so much more to savor. I look at it as a challenge. It’s a very big fight that I am going to get so much credit for taking. This is the kind of fight that I need to challenge myself with. It’s the kind of fight that will leave a legacy for my name. I could have taken an easier fight but right now those fights won’t present the type of challenge I am looking for at this stage of my career. I am extremely excited to have this fight in front of me.”

I felt it was only right to remind Mares that as far as his legacy goes that with fights with the likes of Yhonny Perez, Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko (twice) Daniel Ponce De Leon, just to name a few, that his legacy as a top performer was already sealed. Mares quipped, “Thank you that means a lot to me. Maybe it’s because I can do more as an athlete. I need to prove to myself and to the world what I am capable of doing. I still have only shown some of my boxing abilities and it’s a huge motivation for me and my coach to go out there and surprise the world by showing I can beat a faster younger fighter, because I have the tools. Some of my fights have not worked because of style matchups. This fight might give me some problems at the beginning but at the end of the day I will figure this guy out.”

I asked Mares if maybe Davis was buying into the hype and may be in for a surprise when he meets him in the ring. “Most definitely, said Mares, “ Once he steps into that ring he will see there is no time to play and that he is not in there with some C-level fighter, he will realize that real quick. Honestly, I love the fact he has the big hype and all the people around him right now claiming he is the next big star. I like that! It will be much more satisfying for me to show him that it’s going to take a lot more than quick hands to beat me. I am all about heart and hard work and I have been able to show that in all my fights.”

The fight will be held in Abner’s back yard and he understands the place will be filled with his fans to cheer him on that night. Mares noted “The building has sold out and they are adding more seats to the arena. I am just really happy to be performing amongst my people and my fans. And you know me, I always give a show. This will be another night that I am going to be able to please the crowd and give them great memories to talk about for years to come. I am that type of fighter that you will always remember as an exciting fighter.”

It’s true Mares has given us spectacular nights in both victory and defeat. His battle with Gervonta next month should prove to be another barnburner. And lest we forget, according to Mares he has the heart of “Thunder” Gatti and Davis is no “Pretty Boy Floyd”.

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AB Stands For “About Bankrupt”, Morally Speaking

January 21st, 2019

By William Trillo

As defined by
Morally Bankrupt: Morally bankrupt is how you define a person or a group of people that have shown a regular history of making choices that are devoid of ethics and/or morals.

I’m going to be brief and to the point here as I direct this blog to the management and/or promoters of one Adrien “The Problem” Broner. The question for you is why are you still promoting this disrespectful bum allowing him to stuff his pockets full of undeserved dollars?

Let me be clear here, Broner made a mockery of your promotion and the system last week with his foul disrespectful mouth. On top of that he went into the ring Saturday night with no intention on winning. That was a pathetic performance at best.

Of course Adrien thinks he won. His plan worked to perfection. Go in there and stay away from any real battle for 12 rounds and collect a check. Trust me, go look at his chalkboard. You want find any plans drawn up on how to defeat Pacquiao and win the title on it.

But why would you expect anything different? In his last 7 fights he is 3-3-1. That is hardly the record of a fighter that should be collecting purses in PPV fights, yet you keep greasing his palms with sacks full of loot.

Both Al Bernstein and Jim Grey are well respected industry standards. They did not deserve the verbal venom that Broner spewed in their direction.

Broner’s entire act last week was embarrassing, disrespectful and without an ounce of dignity. By supporting him in any way you are no better than him. In fact, it makes you worse.

Answer me this. Why do you keep supporting fighters like this? Why don’t you put some sort of ethics clause in their contracts that would help deter this undignified behavior?

Better yet…do you think he is funny? Do you think he is right?

He isn’t and never well be.

Anything short of cutting this guy loose so we never have to see him grace another boxing card again is inexcusable.

Y’all parade yourselves around as if you are God’s gift to boxing yet you let dung like this permeate the sport with their foul mouthed rhetoric. It happens over and over again and 99% of the time there you are right smack dab in the middle of it supporting this very tired act.

It was clear from the day you started promoting that it was your intention to take over boxing. If taking over the sport means that you are going to allow fighters like Broner to run slipshod over an entire promotion then your idea of taking over is akin to flushing it down the toilet.

To put it simply, by allowing trash talking fighters to run amuck it is not Broner but rather you that is “The Problem”.

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Canelo vs. Jacobs Makes Dollars & $ense

January 18th, 2019

By William Trillo

If you came here looking for me to rip the freshly announced Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs title fight that will take place on Cinco de Mayo weekend you are in for a huge let down. Personally I think this is great news for boxing fans, it’s just what the doctored ordered.

The fact of the matter is the writing was clearly on the wall when Canelo stepped up in weight to challenge Rocky Fielding for his soon to be lost 168 pound title. No doubt Canelo’s promoter Golden Boy wanted to see how their top star would handle a much bigger man. As we know Canelo plowed through Fielding with the greatest of ease. No doubt as soon as Canelo passed this Litmus Test the powers that be started drawing up the plans for the announced Cinco De Mayo promotion.

In Jacobs, Canelo will be facing a fighter who not only gave Gennady Golovkin a run for his money before dropping a very close decision but was in the winning corner taking a hard fought Split Decision over a then undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Jacobs in no run of the mill contender and should prove to be a formidable challenge for Golden Boy’s superstar.

As far as Canelo goes, he is boxing’s undisputed top dog and will remain so until further notice.

In a world full of big mouth fighters whose words speak louder that their actions, it’s extremely refreshing to see fighters and their promoters step up to the plate to make the big fights happen. Hat’s off to Golden Boy and Matchroom for giving the fans a fight they have been clamoring for.

A fight of this magnitude should sell out in hours, assume tickets will be at a premium. Sponsors will be upping the ante for spots and PPV numbers should be off the charts. The money generated for this battle will be astronomical…like I said, Dollars & $ense!

I suppose the only question now is where the fight will take place. If you’re gonna put money on it the smart bet would be to lay it down on Las Vegas but with the success Canelo had with his Madison Square Garden debut and the fact that Jacobs is a New York native it wouldn’t come as a major shock to see the mega fight end up at MSG.

Whatever the case may be the fight is going to garner a huge amount of attention and rightly so. Canelo vs. Jacobs will be well worth the price of admission and will live up to all the hype coming our way. You can bank on that.

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PBC Continues To Handle Their Fighters With Kid Gloves

January 7th, 2019

By William Trillo

As defined by Handle with kid gloves
To handle with very gentle care, often to the point of coddling.

This weekend as I was going over the 2019 boxing schedule to get an idea of the fights we would be covering this year I came across a very disturbing development that so far is flying under the radar. Next month on the undercard of the Gervonta Davis vs Abner Mares title bout the promoter/ advisor or whatever the hell they are will be spotlighting their somewhat promising prospect Erickson Lubin. The opponent in the Semi-main event will be Ishe Smith.

Ishe Smith?

What…Jesse Brinkley wasn’t available? Have Joey Gilbert, Miguel Espino and Anthony Bonsante retired?

In Smith PBC is feeding Lubin a guy who has lost 5 of his last 9 fights and hasn’t chalked up a W since 2016. Not only is that pretty unimpressive but it once again shows this promoter is trying to pull another smoke and mirror job on the boxing public.

Not on my watch!

Look…long before Charlo exposed Lubin we told you he was far from the cream of the crop. That was back in July of 2016: “What Have We Learned?” By William Trillo

Now he is getting spoon fed a has been in the hopes of rehabilitating his tainted career. Good luck with that.

At best Smith was the fourth runner up in a TV boxing reality show that has long since been forgotten. Should Lubin beat him no one will really care if they notice at all.

My wish for 2019 was that promoters would finally pull their collective heads out and give us some decent fights this year. I guess some of them weren’t listening!

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The Mail Pouch: New Year’s Edition

January 1st, 2019

By William Trillo

Happy 2019 to all our faithful readers! No lists or Best of the year here. Just a response to our good friend Nick as we follow up on my Charlo thoughts. With that in mind Pound4Pound is hopeful that 2019 will bring us the fights that real fight fans want to see. Let’s see what Nick has to say:

Hi Billy,

You’re too funny, thanks so much for your words and I couldn’t agree with you more. I would like to see for 2019 Jermall vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko, (and I thought Greeks had long last names). Jacobs barely squeaked though that fight but credit to both fighters for a great show. If someone is willing to put on a good show I think many fans would like to see that fight.


All my best to you and everyone in Montreal in 2019 Nick. You make a very good point. I’d love to see Charlo follow Jacobs lead and put it on the line against Derevyanchenko. But due to circumstances beyond our control we can pretty much assume the powers that be won’t let that fight come to fruition. After the Charlo (either one) performance at the end of 2018 it’s more likely that they will do a lot of gum bumping before stepping into the ring with yet another unworthy foe.

In a boxing world full of world class talent it’s a shame these guys just won’t step up and earn their shot at the big money fights. If we can hope for anything in 2019 it would be for ALL the top talent to square off against each other instead of floundering around taking on has beens and never were’s.

Let’s hope that boxing promoters around the globe have made it their New Year’s Resolution to make the big fights happen in 2019. It’s what the boxing fans deserve!

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The Mail Pouch: Good Cheer & Bad Charlo’s To You

December 24th, 2018

By William Trillo

I can’t think of a better way to ring in the holiday spirit than with a letter from one of our many, (3 the last time I counted), loyal readers. Our good friend Nick from Montreal chimed in with some love for Pound4Pound and then asked what we thought about the two lumps of coal in the stocking known as the Charlo brothers. Check out Nick’s letter along with our candid response:

Hi Billy,

Thank you for entertaining me during the year with your commentary, I love your point of view.

I watched the Charlo fights this weekend and was awaiting your comments on these fights; please let us know what you thoughts are.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

EOM and Regards; Nick P. Karabineris

First let me wish you and your family a Merry Christmas as well. May all of Montreal have the best New Year ever! Without a doubt your city is one of the best fight towns in North America. I look forward to visiting again in the near future.

As to the Charlo’s, I am glad you asked. In all honesty I was going to keep my thoughts to myself because I would just be labeled a hater, but since you asked…

Whether or not you think Charlo A or Charlo B won or lost the fact of the matter is they were both exposed as B level fighters at best. Outside of their big mouths I do not see anything in their repertoire that deems them worthy of performing on the big stage.

With their respective defeat and victory aside both struggled with less than World Class talent. I am sure both Canelo and GGG had a good laugh watching these two on Saturday night. Go ahead and assume the Charlo’s took a big hit when it comes to their next payday and at the present time I don’t see any way they can handle the cream of the crop, that being Alvarez and Golovkin.

I’ve been tired of these brothers’ antics both inside and outside of the ring since they made their presence known. Personally I think they are bad for boxing and I am hopeful this is the start of a downward spiral for both of them.

There are plenty of good, talented and respectable young fighters out there whom I would rather see get a shot at the top.

If I could give the Charlo’s any advice it would be; Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Thanks again Nick! I hope I answered your question.

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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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