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The Heavyweight Mail Pouch

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

By William Trillo

As far as heavyweight title fights go in this day and age, the battle of Goliath’s in England is the most exciting thing to come around the turnpike since the days of Ali, Forman, Frazier and Norton. Don’t come to me with your opinion on what is going on Stateside. Deontay Wider is single handedly dragging the heavyweight division down here in the USA. That is a fact and it is indisputable. Yet, across the pond we should be treated to a very compelling title fight. For Wladimir Klitschko, this is his last hurrah, look for him to go out in a blaze of glory. For the Champion Anthony Joshua, a victory will truly signify the changing of the guard and set him atop the heavyweight ranks.

Personally, I see Wlad giving us the best we have seen from him in quite some time. That being said, I doubt it will be enough and I expect him to be stopped somewhere around 6 or 7.

Although it looks like McGarry and I expect the same outcome there is little else we agree on regarding this battle.

Let’s see which one of us ends up looking like the proverbial blind squirrel in the forest.

Dear Mr. Trillo,

On Saturday night, 90,000 people are going to cram into London’s Wembley Stadium. They have bought tickets to a boxing extravaganza, billed as the biggest heavyweight fight of the decade. Those 90,000 people have all been conned. They have paid extortionate prices – thanks in part to the promoter’s indecently close relationship with ticket re-seller Stubhub – for a dreadful mismatch as the main event, and a couple of so-so world title eliminators on the undercard. A few promising novices will also get a chance to fight in a half-empty. huge venue.

That main event consists of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defending his title against Wladimir Klitschko. Somehow, the WBA has been persuaded to allow the pair to also fight for their “super” version of the world title.

Joshua has knocked out every one of his 18 opponents since turning pro, and the only opponent to give him any trouble was an out-of-shape Dillian Whyte, who managed to make things interesting for a couple of rounds. Since then, the IBF champion has shown he can take a more patient approach against better opposition if he feels the other guy needs to be broken down before getting knocked out. What makes him such a formidable fighter is his ability to walk through almost anything his opponents have thrown at him and then deliver devastating punches with either hand.

There’s still quite a lot we don’t know about how Anthony Joshua would react to being in a competitive contest that lasted more than seven or eight rounds, but there are only a handful of boxers right now who might have a chance of lasting that long.

In the other corner is Wladimir Klitschko – the closest there has ever been to a world champion who is also a coward. The Ukrainian has size, strength, punching power and technical skills to rival almost any heavyweight in history, but he has no courage whatsoever. In short, he’s a highly accomplished bully who has been rather fortunate to ply his trade at a time when big, skillful heavyweights were extremely rare. In his most recent bout nearly 18 months ago, Klitschko surrendered his titles while barely throwing a meaningful punch over the course of 12 rounds against Tyson Fury. Now, instead of having his licence revoked for contravening the Trades Descriptions Act, he gets a shot at regaining a couple of his titles and a multi million pound payday.

If Klitschko were to win on Saturday night, we face the prospect of a “unification” fight against Fres Oquendo, followed by defences against the likes of Christian Hammer and Robert Helenius. In other words, Klitschko will line up bums that even Deontay Wilder would be too embarrassed to allow as challengers to his version of the world title. This could go on for years, just like it did before Tyson Fury got half the job done a year and a half ago.

On the undercard, 2012 Olympic lightweight champion Luke Campbell will face Darleys Perez in a WBC eliminator and Scott Quigg steps in against Viorel Simion in an IBF featherweight title eliminator.

My prediction:

Joshua brutalises Klitschko in a couple of rounds and that’s the last time anyone ever mentions the name Klitschko in connection with boxing. As this contest is between two very big, strong men, there’s always a possibility that the Ukrainian lands a bomb first and Joshua unravels before our very eyes. This prospect is to awful to contemplate as Klitschko will strangle the life out of boxing for another five years if he does land that lucky punch. Fortunately, I suspect his plan is to wait until the second half of the fight in the hope the younger man gets tired and demoralised. That will allow Joshua several rounds of target practice against a big lump who hasn’t won a fight in over two years.

On the undercard, Campbell should beat Perez, probably by stoppage in the second half of his bout. Perez was knocked out by Anthony Crolla and Campbell is much better and a harder puncher. Whether he has what it takes to beat Mikey Garcia remains to be seen.

Former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg is up against someone I’ve never heard of. All I can assume is promoter Eddie Hearn knows what he’s doing and this will be another routine win for Quigg.

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The Mail Pouch: McGarry’s Fight Day Report

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Here’s a late submission from our reader and contributor David McGarry. You can check if he hits the nail on the head by watching on Klowdtv.:

Dear Mr. Trillo,

This weekend, a super lightweight unification bout is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. WBA champion Ricky Burns faces Namibia’s IBF champion Julius Indongo. Both boxers are 34 – it was Burns’ birthday two days before the fight. Not much is known about the African fighter, partly because most of his fights have taken place at the Windhoek Country Club against modest opposition. In his previous bout, he travelled to Moscow and stopped previously unbeaten WBA champ Eduard Troyanovsky. His record of 21-0 (11) suggests he can go the distance without too much trouble.

Ricky Burns is Scotland’s first three-weight world champion and has shared a ring with Roman Martinez, Michael Katsidis and Terence Crawford. He has overcome several serious setbacks in and out of the ring and is enjoying a late revival in fortunes. With a record of 41-5-1 (16), the Scot is not considered a hard puncher, although half of his wins at world title level have come early. His main attributes are an excellent left jab and world class stamina.

My prediction: it’s very hard to tell how good an unbeaten world champion really is at the best of times. When that boxer has spent most of his career in obscure venues against very mixed opposition the task is almost impossible. We know he can knock out an unbeaten champion in his back yard and we know he can go 12 rounds against fairly limited opposition. We also know he’s 34 and has never experienced an opponent’s home crowd quite like the one at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow tonight.

If Indongo is going to win, he has to take control from the first bell and hurt Burns early. A much more likely outcome is that after some early rounds are shared, the Burns jab starts to dominate and his excellent stamina allows the WBA champion to dominate the second half of the fight. Ricky Burns to win on points and set up a payday against Adrien Broner.

The undercard features a couple of well matched British title fights plus a second outing for Lawrence Okolie. He’s currently fighting as a cruiserweight, but look for Okolie to become a force in the heavyweight division.

David,

I will be watching on Klowdtv.

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Sullivan Barrera Q & A

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

By William Trillo

The first time I met light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera, (18-1, 13 KO’s), I was on assignment in Big Bear to interview a triple initialed middleweight of some repute. During my time with the team I couldn’t help but notice the charismatic Barrera as he quietly made his presence known. I asked him his name and told him I was going to be keeping an eye on him and that I expected him to become a popular fighter.

After our brief meeting Barrera went on to face the likes of Jeff Lacy to Andre Ward. I was fortunate enough to be ringside for his fights against Hakim Zoulikha and Karo Murat. Apart from the decision loss to Ward, Barrera KO’d the rest of his opposition in slick fashion.

In his “what have you done for me lately” fight Barrera took on the highly touted and undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy who sported 14 KO’s in his 17 fight career. In a fight of the year type battle Barrera and Shabranskyy both hit the deck before Barrera put the beat down on Shabranskyy stopping him inside of 7.

After a myriad of problems and finally a cancellation of a huge fight with Artur Beterbiev we will see Barrera step into the ring this weekend on HBO Latino against Paul “Pay-Per-View” Parker, (8 -1,4 KO’s), in a scheduled 10 round affair.

I recently spoke to Sullivan about all the afore mentioned topics in an exclusive interview this week.

Pound4Pound: Let’s start with the basics, tell us about your training camp and preparation.

Sullivan Barrera: It’s been a long training camp. We were supposed to fight someone else, (Artur Beterbiev), and now we got Paul Parker. I have made the necessary changes and am ready to give the fans a good show on April 15th.

P4P: How did you prepare yourself mentally after the Beterbiev fiasco?

SB: I feel fine. I adapted to the situation and have put in the proper work for my new opponent. I am just glad to be getting back into the ring. I understand the boxing business so I am prepared in my mind for these situations. And as I said… at the end of the day I am just happy to get back to taking care of my business in the ring.

P4P: A couple of these guys who want no part of you now reside in Montreal and are promoted up there, that being Beterbiev and Jean Pascal. Can we assume that is just a coincidence?

SB: I don’t know what’s happening, but it’s weird. So I’m just ready to move on.

P4P: Tell me what you know about Paul Parker.

SB: I have seen a few of his fights, the most recent being the fight against Thompson. He is a tall guy with good range and skill. I have worked on some things I can bring into the ring to defeat him. I respect all fighters who step into the ring but come April 15th I am going to show that I am ready for bigger and better things.

P4P: You both have a like opponent in Shabranskyy. I knew Shabranskyy had no chance against you and we saw what you did to him with that big victory. On the flip-side, Parker was KO’d by Shabranskyy. Can we take anything from those very different results as we look to this fight?

SB: With me, Shabranskyy came out way too confident and he took me lightly. It’s my experience that when you step into the ring with anyone with two hands it’s a huge mistake to take them lightly. My experience showed all my hard work in the gym paid off that night.

P4P: What are your goals in 2017? What direction are you going to take with your career and when do expect to get another shot at a title?

SB: You know that right now all my focus is on this fight against Parker on April 15th. But I am looking at my next hurdle to be Joe Smith Jr. I must defeat Paul Parker, then we can talk about Joe Smith Jr.

P4P: Do you look at the Kovalev vs. Ward rematch and hope you might get the winner of that fight sometime in the future?

SB: Yes of course. I would love to get a rematch with Ward and obviously, I would want to have a fight in the future with Kovalev.

P4P: You have been in the news quite a lot as of late. First there was the great victory over Shabransky and then the ugly situation with the Beterbiev mess. A lot of us don’t have a grasp on what transpired in that situation other than the fight fell out. That being said, outside of what has been written, what do you want the boxing fans to know about Sullivan Barrera that we don’t know yet?

SB: Ever since I fought Karo Murat I maintained my goal of what I wanted when I came to America, and that is to remain on my path to get to a world title. I am ready to fight anyone. I had no fear when the Andre Ward fight presented itself and I took it. Likewise, when the opportunity came to fight Shabranskyy I took it without a problem. You know Shabranskyy was supposed to be the next “Kovalev” but I was never afraid of him, or anyone. Unfortunately, with the whole Beterbiev situation…well it was a big fight but the way some of the things was presented to me, the contracts etc. was weird. You know with these fights a proper training camp needs to be set up. But there were three different dates at one point, then there were contracts submitted that if the investors backed out then the dates and/or venues could change. It was like they were purposely doing everything they could to get me to say no to the fight. But, at the end of the day I am ready and willing to fight anybody! Anything that is going to help me advance to a title in my career, I am willing to do it.

P4P: Last but not least, would you like to make a prediction or let the fans know what they can expect to see from you against Parker this weekend?

SB: One of the biggest things I have learned, and I learned this in the Andre Ward fight, that with a knockout you have to be patient and let it come. I was so anxious to get ahold of Ward that night and my game plan just went out the window. My main objective in this fight is to execute the things we have worked on in the gym and give the fans in attendance and the TV audience a performance that will make them want to see me in the ring again.

Sullivan Barrera vs. Paul Parker is a 10-round light heavyweight bout presented by Main Events and Mohegan Sun as part of the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) with a ten-round middleweight match-up between Arif “The Predator” Magomedov and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas. Tickets, which are priced at $50 and $75, are available now through Ticketmaster, the Mohegan Sun box office or the Main Events’ office. The card is presented by Main Events in association with Shamo Boxing and A&T Events and Promotions.

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Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

Monday, April 10th, 2017

By William Trillo

Yeah, it’s a corny line out of an old Meatloaf song but if you are boxing manager Egis Klimis you might want to add this tune to your car Karaoke repertoire. After watching HBO Boxing’s Saturday night show featuring three of his fighters it’s clear to me Klimis has two firecrackers and a big dud. Now if you are a handicapper going to Las Vegas for some Boxing Betting action going 2 for 3 is pretty darn good, so it’s not a loss for Klimis, but if you are looking to hit the Trifecta…. Think again.

WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko is without a doubt boxings Pound-4-Pound king right now. His victory over Jason Sosa was once again nothing short of spectacular. This guy is in a league all his own. It’s very hard for me to imagine that anyone in his division stands a chance to defeat him. That being said I still have to chuckle when I think about Orlando Salido using that Smoke and Mirror trick at the scales to his advantage and handing Lomachenko his first and only loss.

When someone asks me what kind of fighter do I like to watch the most I will direct them to video of NABF Light Heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk decimating Yunieski Gonzalez inside of three rounds. My expectation is that Gvozdyk will soon be taking the 175 division by storm. I’d like to see him head to Montreal and take on whichever light heavy dares to step into the ring with him. Beterbiev, Pascal and Adonis would have their respective hands full with this contender. On second thought…take the name of Adonis off the list. “Superman” would rather take his chances with a dose of Kryptonite than face this beast.

The first time I saw WBO Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk was in Los Angeles last year at The Fabulous Forum. To say I was less than impressed would be an understatement. In fact, here are but a few snippet highlights of my thoughts after that fight:

…he showed less than world class talent…
…awkward if not downright clumsy…
… looked less than pedestrian….
…He has a very short shelf life….

After his decision victory over Michael Hunter this past weekend I haven’t changed my tune one bit. The big southpaw with two left feet is a true specimen of health but once he gets into the ring with someone who can crack his career will end abruptly.

Now don’t be sad.

Why?

‘Cuz two out of three ain’t bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4cb9BHpdhE

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The Mail Pouch: McGarry’s Manchester Minute

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By William Trillo

You must hand it to McGarry. His continued support and thoughts on upcoming fights are appreciated and welcome. Check out what he has to say about Linares vs. Crolla.

Dear Mr. Trillo,

Today, the biggest fight is in Manchester – WBA Lightweight champion puts his belt on the line against Anthony Crolla. This is a rematch of their fight in the same arena last September. In that fight, Linares won a close decision and went 12 rounds for the first time. The fact that the defending champion has agreed to go back to the same arena in Crolla’s home town for the rematch says a lot about the Venezuelan’s self-confidence. His Mancunian opponent has also made it clear he believes he can do better than in their first fight. His record in rematches suggests Crolla does improve the second time around. Crolla’s first world title shot Darly Perez – another Venezuelan – ended in a draw, and Perez was knocked out by vicious body shot in the rematch four months later.

The weigh in yesterday was like a reunion between two old friends. Both looked in peak condition, and there was genuine respect between the two fighters.

This time around, Linares goes into the fight knowing he can beat Crolla and can go the full 12 rounds if needed. Crolla knows he has to avoid big punches from this opponent, like the huge right hand he took in the sixth round of their first meeting that left him feeling dazed for several rounds, and he knows he has to start quickly and maintain the pressure for as long as the fight lasts.

My prediction: this will be a very entertaining fight and it will go the distance. While Linares deserves to be the slight favorite, I believe the sheer intensity of Crolla’s attack will just about edge a war of attrition. This could well be a fight of the year candidate, and the advantage could switch more than once before the final bell. Will this set up a trilogy between these two exciting lightweights?

McGarry,
I too look forward to this fight coming from across the pond. It’s going to be a nip & tuck battle worthy of watching.

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Jason Quigley St. Paddy’s Day Q & A

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

By William Trillo

With his fight coming up on Thursday, March 23, there was no way I was going to let St. Patrick’s Day slip by without having a chat Irish middleweight contender Jason “El Animal” Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs). On a big ESPN show promoted by Golden Boy Quigley will take on the rugged Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round main event battle for the vacant NABF middleweight title. This is the perfect platform for Quigley to spring himself into the spotlight. With a win over Tapia the fighter from Ireland could be well on his way to 160 stardom.

That being said, Tapia is no slouch. We spoke to Quigley about this moment and his opponent. As you will read, Quigley is ready for the task at hand.

Pound4Pound: Hey Jason, thanks for speaking with us today. How are you feeling less than a week out from your fight?

Jason Quigley: I’m all good, everything is good, I can’t complain. I have had a great training camp and just finished my session today. After a nap I might go out for a bit, just depends on how I am feeling.

P4P: Ah yes, this is St. Paddy’s day. Tell me…How does a real Irishman celebrate the holiday?

JQ: I can’t celebrate like a real Irishmen now because we are so close to the fight. But…a real Irishman would go out and hit the pubs, have a good drink and a good sing song and maybe a dance later in the night, like that. But for me right now, I must keep it all calm and relaxed and stay focused for my fight. Everything is all about sacrifice now. I got 4 full days until the weigh-in so I will be keeping an eye on everything that I am eating and putting into my body. Right now it’s all about staying 100% focused for fight night. That’s what it is all about. I can’t wait and I am looking forward to it.

P4P: This is a pretty special night you are fighting on as Golden Boy makes it’s return to ESPN. It must have come as a big honor to be chosen for the Main Event on this breakout televised c ard.

JQ: It’s a great opportunity for me. I am very blessed. It’s a privilege for me to be chosen to be the main event. Golden Boy put their faith and trust in me to put me on their show. It’s my responsibility to shine now. ESPN and boxing fans will be looking at this show to see what kind of young talent and prospects Golden Boy has. That is exactly what I plan on doing on March 23rd. I plan on getting out there and putting on a show and shining in front of those bright lights.

P4P: You are 12-0 now with 10 knockouts and you are rightly given this chance to show what you are made of. Regarding the timing of this fight, did it feel like a long time coming or does it seem to have come pretty quickly?

JQ: The timing is perfect. Everything seems to be falling into place nicely coming into this fight. I have had two big steps up in competition in my last two fights and I overcame them comfortably. I plan on doing the same on fight night. This is another step up for me against an opponent with a good record. I am sure he is going to come out there 110% and I am expecting the very best Glen Tapia come fight night. So, for me, I am looking for the best he has got. I have prepared well and I am going to give him one helluva fight. For that matter I know I am going to give any man in the middleweight division one helluva a night when we meet because I am always fully prepared, like I will be against Tapia.

P4P: You are considered to be the favorite here and on paper most experts agree Tapia is in too deep with a fighter of your skills. But, to me Tapia is like that injured bear in the forest right now and he is desperate, and that makes him very dangerous. The reason he is fighting in desperation is he has had a couple stumbles and now he needs a victory to stay relevant, no matter the cost. Is that how you see Tapia?

JQ: Yes, he has had a few stumbles. But…You have to look at who he stumbled against. These were top of the class fighters he had those stumbles against. People are not looking at me as a top class fighter yet because I haven’t had those kind of opponents, but those are the kind of fights I am looking to get now. I know Glen Tapia is going to be ready and I am looking to up against the best Tapia can give me. But I know it doesn’t matter how good he is that night, I am ready and I am going to shine come fight night. I am not going to let him get in the way of the dreams and goals I have set for myself.

P4P: So, with a big victory here you are sure to get a jumpstart into the spotlight. Have you had time to think about that and put it into perspective?

JQ: With me, what you see is what you get. I am a straight shooter. There is no BS with me. I get in there and I do what I gotta do. This is my career, this is what pays the bills for me, it can give me a good life. Coming from a small town like Donegal in Ireland I plan on making a great life for myself and my family. There is going to be no man out there who comes those ropes who can stop me. I never look over any opponent. People are asking me what’s next after Tapia but I do not think about what is after Tapia. He is my only focus right now. I do not care about what is after. I need to get over Tapia and I need to eliminate him and then we can talk about the future and what is next.

P4P: Great answer Jason. Before we wrap it up I got some good news for you. I don’t know if you know it or not but the day you fight is National Tamale Day. Now I know you can’t enjoy St. Patrick’s Day like you normally would but don’t fret. I am going to be bringing some of my World Famous Trillo Home Made Tamales to the fight for you and after the fight I will make sure you get them delivered to your locker room so you can enjoy that holiday. How does that sound?

JQ: That sounds Amazing! After my win, I am going to sit down with that victory and my belt and those Tamales and I am going to enjoy them all so much. Thank you.

Never let it be said that I am not looking out for these fighter’s best interest!

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MSG Fight Night Thoughts

Monday, March 20th, 2017

By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan – K2 Promotions

I am not outraged by the decision in the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Roman Gonzalez title fight. It was a great scrap and the Thai fighter showed he is far from a no named fluke. Gonzalez was tough and had a good night but he seems to be a shell of his former self now that he has stepped up in weight. This was far from a robbery.

The difference in the GGG vs. Jacobs fight was the knockdown. The blown up Miracle Man put on his best performance but it didn’t appear GGG had any problems with the much bigger man. Showing he has what it takes to take it to the bigger man should lay to rest any notion that Ward would demolish GGG should the two ever meet. There was no controversy here. Golovkin was rightfully awarded the decision.

The lack of any visible presence by PBC in Jacobs corner is worthy of note.

Carlos Cuadras looked pedestrian in his victory.

All in all it was a good night of boxing at MSG this weekend.

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The Mail Pouch: McGarry Weighs In On GGG vs. Jacobs

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

By William Trillo

As always, we appreciate when our faithful reader David McGarry chimes in with his thoughts about the big fights, but on this one it’s hard to agree with his insight. Although his thoughts are concise it seems his prediction on the eventual outcome is way off.

Dear Mr. Trillo,

On March 18, there will be plenty of people in New York with sore heads because they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a little too hard. Later that day, it’s the turn of the world’s two best middleweight boxers to inflict headaches on each other when they meet at Madison Square Gardens. Gennady Golovkin puts his titles on the line against mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs. Both have won nearly all their fights by knockout, so it has been easy to sell this fight as a shootout along the lines of Hagler v Hearns.

The Kazakh champion starts as a fairly heavy favorite mainly because of the single blemish on his challenger’s record. In 2010, Jacobs was stopped in the fifth round by Dmitry Pirog when fighting for the vacant WBO middleweight title. A few months (and two routine wins against journeymen) later, Jacobs was diagnosed with bone cancer, and at one point it seemed unlikely he would ever walk again. Under the circumstances, a loss for a world title seems perfectly understandable – he was almost certainly suffering from that cancer at the time. He took over a year off to recover, and since then Jacobs has knocked out all of his opponents.

Jacobs has two knockout wins against the fairly light hitting Sergio Mora, but in their first meeting both fighters were knocked down in the first round. This led to renewed questions about Jacobs’ chin. No one disputes his punching power – it’s his capacity to absorb punishment that is in doubt.

Meanwhile, GGG has been out of the ring since last September, and his last outing – against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook – left many observers wondering if he was just starting to decline. In that fight, Brook landed some impressive combinations that were not quite powerful enough to inflict lasting damage on the bigger man. The champion won a war of attrition, breaking Brook’s eye socket early on, and the injury seriously hampered his opponent’s vision.

That fight was the first time any opponent has made Golovkin look even slightly vulnerable. It was a brief moment, so how relevant will it be on March 18?

My prediction: this is the first time GGG has faced an opponent with similar power and superior hand speed. As usual, he has a huge advantage in experience and technical skills – when he can be bothered to use them. His other main advantage – the ability to intimidate an opponent into giving up before the first bell rings – won’t be a feature on the night. Any fighter who can overcome bone cancer is not going to be afraid of a smaller man throwing punches. It is likely Jacobs believes winning this fight, and the titles on offer, is his destiny. That makes him very dangerous.

Both fighters are likely to start off as quickly as possible, with very little feeling out. My guess is the challenger’s hand speed will be the crucial difference when they start to trade heavy shots. GGG may fight like a man much younger than his 25 years, but absorbing a few heavy punches from a world class middleweight might make him age before our eyes.

Both fighters will probably hurt each other in the early exchanges, but I think the (relative) youth and hunger will give Jacobs enough of an edge to prevail by knockout in four or five rounds.

McGarry,

As you state, Jacobs was crumbled in the first round by Sergio Mora. The last time I checked Mora has a hard time crumbling Blue Cheese onto his salad.
That in and of itself tells me everything I need to know.

I don’t see Jacobs lasting more than 9 minutes tonight against GGG.

Look for Golvokin to end the big drama show in round 3.

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The Mail Pouch: McGarry Breaks Down Haye vs. Bellew & Thurman vs. Garcia

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

It’s a big weekend from sea to shining sea this weekend, From the big boys to the Mid-sized we should have some good action. Let’s take a look at what our faithful reader David McGarry has to say:


Dear Mr. Trillo,

This is a big weekend for boxing, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the fights for March 4.

At the weigh in yesterday, David Haye looked like a guy who had done some weightlifting and cut a lot of corners in training. He really did look like someone who had trained on a yacht and enjoyed a few cocktails in the jacuzzi after each training session. I doubt he did much roadwork – if any – in preparation. The fact that his trainer, Shane McGuigan, has been quoted in the past as not believing running is much use to a boxer also makes it likely David Haye is relying on weight training and pad work to get the job done.

I suspect Haye’s visit to Germany a couple of days ago was part of a plan to find a way around drugs detection when his blood and urine are tested post fight. Haye’s behaviour – his mood swings and constantly scratching himself during interviews – are clear signs something is not right.

Bellew looked pretty much the same as for his previous two world title fights at cruiserweight. In other words, his physique is nothing to write home about

As for the fight itself, I think Bellew will look to jab and run and hope Haye tires himself out after a couple of rounds. Haye will stalk his opponent and will throw an looping overhand right at every opportunity. If Haye is able to connect cleanly in the first three rounds, he will win by knockout. If Bellew is able to avoid his punches and make Haye work then he will start to wear the heavier man down. That could lead to a stoppage around the 7th or 8th round. Either way, I predict Haye will fail a drug test and receive a lengthy ban. If that does happen, perhaps McGauigan will also get punished in some way. If Haye won the fight then he’ll get sued by everyone.

If he has any ambition to fight at world level, O’Hara Davies should make short work of Derry Matthews. Matthews was brutally knocked out by Like Campbell in his previous outing, and stepping up to light welterweight means he will be facing an opponent who punches even harder.

Sam Eggington should beat Paulie Malignaggi convincingly if he wants to progress to the next level in the welterweight division. The American might teach Eggington a few things in the process.

Heavyweight Dave Allen will earn some more beer money. but otherwise prove nothing. Luis Ortiz was much too good an opponent for Allen late last year, but fighting “a poor man’s David Price” (Allen’s words) in David Howe is going too far in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, in America, Keith Thurman faces Danny Garcia in a welterweight unification fight. Thurman is naturally the bigger man with the higher knockout ratio, but he hasn’t won a fight by knockout for a long time. He should start as the favourite in a fight that is expected to go the distance. Garcia is also used to winning title fights on points, so a knockout seems unlikely. Danny Garcia has enjoyed a lot of luck in his boxing career and maybe his streak will continue. This is contest between two very fit and evenly matched boxers in their prime. Hopefully, the winner will face the victor in the Brook – Spence fight and we will finally see who is the world’s best welterweight.

On the undercard, Andrzej Fonfara will probably beat a faded Chad Dawson. His work rate will probably be too much for the former champion. I predict either a wide points win or late knockout. A decisive loss could persuade Dawson it’s time to find another career.

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Around The Boxing Horn

Monday, February 27th, 2017

By William Trillo

As weekends in the world of pugilism go, this past one had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing.

Allow me to explain.

Canelo Alvarez and Chavez Jr. wrapped up their press tour on Friday in Los Angeles in front of throngs of Mexican boxing fans. The fight that takes place in Las Vegas on Cinco De Mayo weekend will most certainly see Canelo as the odds on favorite to win. But if the crowd support I saw on Friday is any indication of whom the Mexican fans support, then right now that would go to Chavez Jr. Whether or not the sentimental support is due to his legendary father Chavez Sr. the fact remains that Julio Jr. appears to have an edge in the hearts of Mexican boxing fans.

Lucian Bute was handling his business in the ring against Eleider Alvarez through 4 rounds and was most likely ahead on the cards. But two right hands in the 5th round landed flush on Bute’s chin and that was all she wrote. Bute went down and in the Light Heavyweight battle for a shot at Adonis went to Alvarez in spectacular fashion. It’s now time for Lucian to decide if it’s time to hang up the gloves for good. I am told that Bute may very well keep on fighting citing his good performance in the first 4 rounds.

Saul Rodriguez’s coming out party on Showtime was unimpressive at best and many experts felt he was given a gift after going down against the tough Oscar Bravo. If Saul’s choice in promoter was all about star power he “May” soon find out that all that glitters is not gold.

The look on former Heavyweight Champ Larry Holmes face as he sat ringside watching Deontay Wilder successfully defend his Heavyweight title had, “This guy couldn’t hold my jockstrap,” written all over it.

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