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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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Ruiz Disgraceful In Defeat

Monday, December 9th, 2019

By William Trillo

It was no sooner than Andy Ruiz rudely interrupted the newly crowned Champion Anthony Joshua’s post fight interview and started laying bait for a third fight that I knew all my suspicions about him were becoming fact. Ruiz, the fighter who had shocked the boxing world a few months earlier when he upset Joshua took everything that he worked to attain for granted.

In an admitted blunder of epic proportions Ruiz revealed his six-month title reign was nothing more than a big party. Statements like, “The partying got the best of me”, and “I didn’t prepare like I should have,” are all this writer needs to hear.

Ruiz is an embarrassment to the sport of boxing. In essence what he did was scam the boxing public, got them to shell out a huge chunk of change by talking a big game prior to the rematch only to give us a pathetic performance in his first title defense.

It’s laughable to me that he is already clamoring for a third fight and now promises this time he will be in shape!

Hey Andy, trust me no one wants to see #3.

You made a mockery of The Heavyweight Championship of The World, the most coveted prize in boxing.

Just to clarify, the age-old adage is, “The Heavyweight Champion is the baddest man on the planet”, not the “fattest man” on the planet.

Go away Andy, take your money, your Snickers bars and your plodding stuck in the mud feet and just go away. No one is going to buy into your bloated act again.

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“The Solution” & Charles Huerta Round Out Throwback Card In Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

By William Trillo

Real boxing fans should be able to flush out any lingering memories of this past weekend’s circus sideshow as Golden Boy Promotions is throwing an old school fight card at The Belasco Theatre that harkens back to the days of the old Olympic Auditorium. On Thursday night two local favorites will be taking on some stiff competition on this very fan friendly fight card.

In the Main Event Carlos “The Solution” Morales (19-4, 8 KO’s) will be facing a seasoned Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KO’s) in a Lightweight battle that is sure to be a barnburner. With championship fight experience under his belt Gesta will prove to be a very experienced and tough customer. Adding to Gesta’s motivation is the fact he is coming off a disappointing and unexpected loss in his last fight. No doubt he wants to get back on track by defeating Morales impressively.

Morales is well aware of these facts but is sure he will come out victorious over Mercito. “I have some surprises planned for Gesta for this fight,” stated a confident Morales, “that boy better get ready for a beating!”

In the Semi-Main event Charles Huerta (21-6, 12 KO’s) will take on the hard-nosed Puerto Rican fighter Jonathon Oquendo (30-6, 19 KO’s) in a battle for the vacant WBO Latino Super Featherweight title. This one is sure to be pedal to the metal from the opening bell. Oquendo is a seasoned world class fighter who came up short in his last fight and would like to get the victory and the belt on Thursday night.

Huerta knows exactly the kind of fighter he will be facing in Oquendo and is confident he has put in the work to come out on top on Thursday night. “We have had a very strong training camp here at The Maywood Club. There are a lot of us here with fights around the same time, so the atmosphere has been all business,” Huerta shared, “We know Oquendo is a big challenge, but like I said, training has been excellent. I feel strong and am expecting to do very well and get that win.”

Fight fans who got shortchanged over the weekend are advised to head downtown on Thursday night and get ready for some good old-fashioned boxing with real fighters.

Morales vs. Gesta and Hurta vs. Oquendo is presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fights will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live on DAZN, and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area click here.

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Canelo, Kovalev, Elvis &
The Worst Case Scenario

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

By William Trillo

His track record on picking the big fights is far from stellar but I once again found the need to stop at my favorite diner on the way to Las Vegas to find out what “The King” thought about this weekend’s big event.

Cutting to the chase I simply asked Elvis to give me his insight on the Canelo vs. Kovalev Light Heavyweight title fight. For the cost of a couple of quarters Elvis gave me his two cents worth.

Presley said, and I quote, “He who laughs last, thinks worst!”

Honestly I had not a clue what that meant. I left the diner scratching my head as I pondered just what the heck that statement could mean.

It wasn’t until midway through the weigh in that things started to become clear to me. Suddenly I recalled the post fight press conference at the first Canelo vs. GGG bout. As I mentioned in my report that night Golden Boy brass appeared very stoic as they addressed the media but as soon as the show was over and the lights went low they all huddled and laughed uncontrollably. That soured me quite a bit. In my article I used that age old line, “He who laughs last….etc etc.”

I believe The King was trying to remind me of what I stated that night and what was in store for the coming weekend.

But what about that “thinks worst” line?

What did that mean?

Insert Light Bulb here.

It’s always been my contention that for Golden Boy and Canelo this is a no lose situation and that’s why they took the fight. If Canelo comes out victorious it would be the greatest feat in boxing in many years.

But what if he loses?

He still holds all the belts at 160 pound and there will be no shame in attempting this unheard of challenge.

In other words….

Worst Case Scenario, Canelo loses but still holds multiple prestigious World Title belts.

In even considering the worst for a moment I believe Golden Boy has opened a small crack in the door that a fighter like Kovalev will exploit as he blows that door wide open. Krusher will use an impressive piston like jab and utilize boxing skills many don’t realize he possesses. In the process he will dominate Canelo and take a clear unanimous decision. There is no way Kovalev will KO Canelo, Alvarez is just too young and strong. But in an upset Segey Kovalev will surprise the masses and defeat Canelo Alvarez.

“He who laughs last, thinks worst!”

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Trainer Marc Ramsay Breaks Down Beterbiev Victory

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

By William Trillo
Photo: “Sugar” Ray Bailey

Last weekend in Philadelphia IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KO’s) solidified his dominance in the 175 pound division with an impressive overpowering victory over WBC Champ Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KO’s). Once again the man directing Beterbiev to victory was Montreal trainer Marc Ramsay. In a battle of undefeated champions having a trainer with Ramsay’s experience can be the X-Factor, and on this night it was.

Almost immediately Ramsay saw that Gvozdyk’s early plan was to circle to his right trying to avoid Beterbiev’s vaunted power. After the first round Ramsay instructed Artur to cut off the ring to keep Gvozdyk from moving to his right. I asked Ramsay if that early tweak led to Beterbiev’s dominance. “A little bit,” stated Ramsay, “We had to adjust very fast on that one but it still took a couple of rounds for Artur to be able to start hurting him as he got closer.”

Once Beterbiev got closer he began to throw some wicked body shots that made a quick impact on Gvozdyk. He was visibly shaken, Arturs body work was fantastic. Although Beterbiev is a huge puncher and everything that lands is dangerous, I mentioned to Ramsay that I didn’t recall a night that he focused so clearly on the body. Ramsay revealed, “Actually we worked on this (the body attack) to make sure we had more than one option to put in play against them. And yes, that was one aspect we wanted to apply.”

As anyone who watched the fight saw, that body attack was the beginning of the end for Gvozdyk as he absorbed an inordinate amount of accurate body blows that were key in Beterbiev’s KO victory.

Looking at the judges’ scorecards after the fight many were more than surprised to find that Gvozdyk was actually ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards. I had to ask Ramsay if he was as surprised as I was when he saw those scores after the fight was stopped. “Yes and No”, Ramsay said, “The fight was close and as a trainer you have to manage those kinds of situations like your little bit behind. But when I watched the replay I saw Artur winning the majority of rounds.”

Last but certainly not least I had to ask Ramsay if he believes Artur can capture all the belts and are they looking to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion? Without hesitation Ramsay answered, “Yes I do…this is our target!”

With names like Champions Dmitry Bivol, Sergey Kovalev not to mention the recently retired Andre Ward who was sitting ringside for the fight the 175 pound ranks has the potential to be of boxings most exciting divisions. Whether or not anyone will want to face that human wrecking ball we saw unify the titles you can rest assured that Marc Ramsay will be there to draw up a game plan and direct his charge when the bell rings.

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McGirt Reveals Kovalev’s Secret Game Plan

Friday, October 18th, 2019

William Trillo

It’s not often that a boxer or his trainer will show their hand before a big fight, but on a recent conference call with Sergey Kovalev his trainer Buddy McGirt let the proverbial cat out of the bag when discussing how they will deal with the expected body attack from Canelo Alvarez.

To everyone’s surprise McGirt stated, “I mean, it’s obvious that’s his (Canelo’s) game plan, because that’s one of his biggest tools, is body punching. And for the record, nobody likes to get hit in the body. I don’t give a shit who you are. What we did was we ordered these XXXL shorts for Sergey and we are going to pull the shorts up to his chest and then we’ll be okay.”

Everyone on the call got a good chuckle out of that with the exception of the rotund journalist who was trying to make a point that is really no big secret. Buddy then quipped, “The question is what’s going to happen when Canelo gets hit to the body?”

After the obviously tongue in cheek answer McGirt took on a serious demeanor when he remarked, “The main thing is to avoid those type of instances where we get in there and let Canelo feel comfortable. No matter what he tries to do, the key is to make him uncomfortable in anything that he tries to do. That only happened to him one time, and that was in the Mayweather fight. Mayweather made him uncomfortable and he really couldn’t get in his groove. After that, he became a better fighter and he was able to dominate everybody.”

When the subject of Kovalev’s piston like jab came up, and how much emphasis would be placed on it during training camp McGirt quipped, “Funny thing is since the Alvarez rematch I’ve never had to remind Sergey again about the jab.”

McGirt went on to explain that on occasion it is actually Kovalev himself who comes up with different strategies and brilliant new ideas. Buddy noted, “Sometimes when we’re in the gym Sergey comes to me with ideas, and they make sense. Like Sergey has said, he got away from what he did best in the amateurs. He showed me a video of the amateurs and I’m like, ‘What happened to this guy?’ He goes, ‘Well, when I started knocking people, I got away from it.’ I’m like, ‘We’ve got to get back to this.’ He goes, ‘But I’m the Krusher.’ I said, ‘Well, now you’re going to be Smart Krusher! That’s what I say, people underestimate his boxing IQ because he’s always knocked everybody out. He’s smarter than people give him credit for.”

“The camp is great because everybody gets along. Everybody trusts everybody. We have a relaxed mood and we know what we have to do, so it makes for a good camp”, stated McGirt. “As far as if we win, the statement should be when we win, because I believe in my heart that Sergey is going to win this. It’s not going to be as hard as people think. As far as myself, it’s not about me right now. It’s about Sergey making history. It’s not about me. It’s about Sergey.”

In wrapping things up the newly inducted Hall of Famer exudes a confidence that comes not only from his years of experience in the ring but also from someone who has been one of the staples in boxing corners for many years. McGirt didn’t hesitate when he announced, “Listen, I’m excited about the fight. I just think that they picked the wrong veteran to mess with when they picked Sergey. They should have found somebody else. The world will see on November 2nd that Sergey Kovalev is the real deal.”

Make no mistake about it, Buddy McGirt is brimming with confidence and likes Kovalev’s chances in this interesting challenge that Canelo has presented. This is one of the most intriguing fights to come to Las Vegas in quite some time.

Can Canelo overcome the size difference Kovalev will pose? Can Kovalev survive the expected vicious body attack? Will Sergey be wearing those XXXL Shorts? The answer to these and many more questions will be answered when the calendar turns its page to November.

Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. The title clash is one of several highlights this fight season on DAZN – an entire fall featuring boxing’s biggest matchups in one of the best schedules in boxing history.

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Hindsight Is 20/20

Monday, September 16th, 2019

By William Trillo

The overwhelming mantra of the media in attendance in Carson, California Saturday night which included yours truly went as follows, and I quote, “I wish I would have gone to Las Vegas.”

The reason was simple. The entire card in Carson basically fell apart at the seams days before the scheduled event. The fights that were salvaged were far from stellar. In the meantime the “Sin City” card was full of thrills and spills o’plenty.

You have to wonder if Ryan Garcia is regretting not taking the last minute replacement fight with Romero Duno now. Duno was far from the fighter who destroyed “Chimpa” a while back. Had Garcia taken on the Duno we saw Saturday night he might have had a chance to eek out a victory. But as we know Garcia didn’t want to risk it. That may have been a poor decision on his, or someone’s part.

That being said, that shirt Duno was sporting after the fight was pretty darn sweet. I need to find out how to order a couple of those.

On the undercard Maricela Cornejo got her rematch against Franchon Crews Dezurn. The question here is, why?

Jaime Munguia beat some guy who had no business being in the ring.

I repeat, “I wish I would have gone to Las Vegas.”

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Ryan Garcia Turns Down Another Replacement Fight

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

By William Trillo

Spin it any way your little Instagram follower heart desires, Ryan Garcia is not ready for a challenge of any kind. After his fight with the never before heard of Avery (Hits Like A) Sparrow fell apart Garcia was offered up Romero Duno. Garcia has been barking how badly he wants that fight but quickly took a pass on the fight that could have easily been made.

In a last minute attempt to salvage the card that is falling apart at the seams Garcia was offered up another quality fighter in Petr Petrov. It should come as a shock to no one that Garcia quickly turned down that fight as well.

In a world full of Social Media Superstars Ryan Garcia is an undisputed Champion. Inside the ring Garcia is nothing more than an over protected wanna be. In Ryan’s world he belongs to be billed alongside real boxing champions and claims he is holding out to be a part of the huge Canelo vs. Kovalev card next month. That’s hysterical.

It’s this reporters opinion that up until now Garcia has not proved he is a worthy contender.

A boxing insider and industry source said of Garcia after hearing the latest news stated, ” I have zero respect for this kid, it wouldn’t surprise me if his November fight does not happen as well!”

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