Archive for January, 2020

The Mail Pouch

Monday, 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,

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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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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