Archive for December, 2018

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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