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Al Bernstein Interview: Discussing His Unplugged Show With Christy Martin & More

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

By William Trillo

It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk with one of boxing’s all-time best commentators, Al Bernstein. Anyone who follows boxing is keenly aware Bernstein’s insight on the Manly Art of Self Defense is second to none. When I heard that Al’s next Unplugged episode would be with Boxing Hall of Famer and former World Champion Christy Martin, I knew this was something I wanted to speak to him about and to let our readers know to check this one out. It’s a can’t miss interview.

Martin’s career and life are nothing short of astonishing if not harrowing. Without giving too much away, Bernstein gave a glimpse of the interview. “Christy’s life reads like a book,” said Al, “From the beginning of her career when she couldn’t believe promoter Don King wanted her, to her fights inside the ring, her personal secrets and the turmoil outside the ring with her husband who always said he was going to kill her, Christy’s life is as complex and interesting as anyone could imagine.”

Now a promoter, Martin is looking for big things with her promotions in 2021. Says Bernstein, “Christy has given so much to the sport and is a true Hall of Famer. We are truly hoping for her to have all the success as a promoter that she earned as a fighter both inside and outside the ring”

“Christy’s life is very compelling”, stated Bernstein, “even people who are very in tune with boxing are going to be surprised when they check out this interview. Christy is a pioneer in so many different areas of her life, not just boxing. I am certain this interview will be of interest to both boxing fans and non-boxing fans alike.”

Here are the links for the show :

YouTube ep36:
TV 201:

Switching gears, I couldn’t help but ask Bernstein about the inside the ring statements recently made by lightweights, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia. There is already rumblings of a “Four Kings” type of era like we saw back in the 80’s when Duran, Leonard, Hagler and Hearns were taking cracks at each other.

“Let’s not forget about Devin Haney as well”, noted Bernstein, “but the climate is different now and there are so many different promoters in the mix here. It’s not going to be as easy as it was back in the 80’s when Bob Arum really took charge and made those great fights happen. That being said, I am hopefully optimistic that these guys are going to start facing each other. They know that’s where the big money is and to get the big bucks they are going to have to make these fights happen. Like I said, I am hopefully optimistic 2021 is going to be bringing us these fights.”

Reflecting on those days in the 80’s Bernstein shared a conversation he had with the legendary Gil Clancy at lunch during the height of the 1980’s boxing scene. Bernstein asked Clancy, “Has there ever been a better era in boxing than the one we are living in right now?” Bernstein said Clancy looked at him as he stated, “No, and it will be very hard to ever beat.”

Lastly we wanted to talk to Al about the fights he will be covering that are coming up on Showtime January 23rd when in the long-awaited battle between undefeated rising junior featherweight stars, WBO 122-pound World Champion Angelo Leo meets Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr., in the main event.

“This is a fantastic match-up of two great styles that is sure to be a particularly good fight. This fight was supposed to take place before the Pandemic appeared and now it is finally going to happen. A battle of undefeated fighters for a world title. It’s sure to be an exceptionally good battle.”

Bernstein then made sure to state, “And the undercard here is not to be missed. Ra’eese Aleem is a world class fighter in his own right. In fact, he could hold his own very well with either fighter in the main event. He is not to be overlooked. And Victor Pasillas is a formidable foe, a southpaw with a huge heart. This is a fight I am looking forward to with great anticipation as well.”

We are looking forward to checking back in with Al after the first quarter of the year. Bernstein and I agree that 2021 has the prospect to be a great breakout year for boxing. I can not wait to speak to him again as the year progresses.

Al Bernstein Unplugged is available on all major podcast platforms and can be seen on Youtube. The television version of the show is available on a number of networks seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is available on Directv on Channel 623, Fios on Verizon Channel 597 and AT&T U-verse Channel 1665. Check local listings for day and times.

Golovkin Discovers The Fountain Of Youth

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

By William Trillo
Photos: Melina Pizano/Matchroom & Michael Owens/Matchroom

As the story goes, it was in the 16th century that Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon went to Florida in search of “The Fountain Of Youth”. His search came up empty. But…some 500 years later while on his travels to Florida it appears Gennady Golovkin has not only found, but drank from the elusive regenerating fountain.

After a fourteen-month absence from the ring the big question to be answered was whether or not “Father Time” had finally caught up up with GGG. Maybe he was now only a shell of his former self.

That notion was laid to rest on Friday night as Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KO’s) looked to be in the best physical condition of his life as he took on the mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta (21-1-1, 5 KO’s) in defense of GGG’s IBO and IBF middleweight belts.

Looking like a man on a mission Golovkin opened the show working behind a stiff left jab that opened the door for unrelenting punishment that he would hand to Szeremeta all night. Before the round would come to its conclusion a left hand delivered by GGG sent Szeremeta crashing to the canvas. He arose to finish the round but it would be far from the last time Szeremeta would kiss the mat again.

In round two Golovkin stayed the course using that stunning jab once again as he was making easy work of the overmatched Szeremeta. With 30 seconds left in the round GGG uncorked a right hand that sent Szeremeta down. The tough fighter would again get to his feet and finish the round.

A left hand uppercut did the huge damage for Golovkin in round four. Szeremeta never saw it coming and again he was getting acquainted with the canvas.

Golovkin appeared to take his foot off the pedal for a round. For what it’s worth it gave Szeremeta a chance to save face, but with no power in his punches to get the attention of GGG his minimal efforts went all for naught.

To put an exclamation on the night as round seven was just one-minute old Golovkin used one of those piston-like jabs to set Szeremeta down on the seat of his pants once again. Over the course of the remaining two minutes of the round GGG was dominant. He battered his foe from pillar to post. To his credit a tough Szeremeta was able to weather the storm and he survived another round.

With discretion now being the better part of valor the corner of Szeremeta said their fighter had enough. With that the ref waved the fight of in between rounds seven and eight.

With the victory Golovkin had now defended his title for the 21st time but more importantly he catapulted himself into some very high-profile fights for 2021. DAZN was already laying bait for a Cinco De Mayo bout against Canelo Alvarez, who by the way is conveniently fighting 24 hours after Golovkin proved he is still a very worthy and credible foe.

When Golovkin was asked about his performance after the fight he stated, “This was a great show! A great event! I am still a very smart fighter. I was very comfortable in the ring. I did good smart work tonight.”

When asked what is next for him GGG smiled and said, “I am open for anybody! And trust me it will be the best fight next time!”

The boxing world can only speculate as to what Golovkin means when he says “best fight.”

Over the next few days it’s a sure bet armchair cornermen and naysayers will question the worthiness of Golovkin’s opposition in Szeremeta. Was he strong enough? Was he talented enough? But the fact will remain that Szeremeta was the mandatory challenger for GGG and the Champion did what he had to in order to defend his crown.

Over the last year Golovkin was flying well below the radar, a blip on the screen so to speak. But after one drink from that mythical fountain Golovkin’s impressive performance has reminded us all that he still is one of the top fighters in the world and well worth the price of admission.

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Spence vs. Crawford 2021 Is A No-Brainer
No Excuses Will Be Tolerated
And Best Of All, I’m Gonna Tell Ya How

Monday, December 7th, 2020

By William Trillo

As defined by
No-brainer: Something, especially a choice or decision, that is so obvious or easy as to require little or no thought.

As the WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. was dismantling Danny Garcia on Saturday night the PPV broadcast cut away to a shot of probably the most interested customer in the house, that being WBO Welterweight Champion Terrance Crawford. Like an angler baiting the hook with a juicy worm, the powers that be at PBC just cast their line in the hopes of landing a whopper. Let’s hope they don’t let the big one get away.

As the camera zoomed in on “Bud” in between rounds he was leaning over talking to his posse. With a confident smile on his face, you just knew Crawford was pontificating about how he would handle and dominate Spence.

As we know, Spence went on to defeat Garcia to retain his titles giving boxing fans the hopes that somehow, someway a Spence vs. Crawford Super Fight is looming on the horizon. Like back in the day when boxing gave us fights like Leonard-Hearns, Duran-Leonard, Hagler-Hearns and Leonard-Hagler the matchup between Spence and Crawford must be made.

Of course, there will be hurdles to clear but don’t tell me it can’t be done. Any excuse will be pure horse hockey. Do not tell me that the respective promoters, that being PBC’s Al Haymon and Top Ranks Bob Arum can not do business together. That too in manure.

If the two can put their disdain for each other aside to facilitate Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder there is no reason they can’t do the same for Spence/Crawford. PERIOD. End of discussion.

Logistically, the fight might be a bit more difficult to put together because of the pandemic, but at the end of the day it can be done.

Now let me tell you how.

First of all, you do everything in Texas. From the World Series to Championship boxing The Lone Star State has shown they are ready, willing and able to hold major sporting events with fans in attendance. And yes, I know Texas is the home state of Spence, but I am very sure Crawford would be more than willing to face Errol in his backyard, in fact I think he would relish the idea.

Next, this is going to take a lead up to the big event. So somewhere around May, heck even a Cinco De Mayo battle featuring both fighters in separate bouts in Texas would start the promotion rolling. Don’t worry that you might be stepping on the toes of the usual Cinco De Mayo fight day promoter. With his mainstay long gone what is he going to do? Try to entice you with Ryan Garcia? (Insert LOL emoji here).

I can even give you their opponents.

For Spence it’s easy. Josesito Lopez looked pretty darn good on Saturday night and earned a shot at a title. There is your Main Event.

For Crawford, it would be nice to see how he looks in the ring against a southpaw. I’m sure that would be a test the fans would like to see since Spence is a lefty. Enter the # 6 WBO undefeated contender Michael McKinson (19-0, 2 KO’s). And yes, I know, not exactly a household name, but he is ranked in the Top 10, undefeated and a Southpaw. There’s your Semi-Main.

You build a Spring card around that and make it clear the winners of the Main Events will face off in a Texas summertime spectacular. Of course, you have all parties concerned contractually obligated to this and then you let the fisticuffs begin.

You can promote both dates at the same time. Call the tandem fight cards, “The Texas Two-Step”…not bad, huh?

Assuming Spence and Crawford both get by their Cinco De Mayo opponents, the interest generated around this showdown would be off the charts. A summertime battle in Texas would have the Fight of the Decade written all over it.

Navigating through the World Wide Web the day after Spence/Garcia it’s pretty clear that every boxing scribe on the planet will take nothing less than a 147 pound title unifier before the end of 2021. Any excuses or BS will be met with well-deserved harsh criticism that will be pointed directly at the promoters.

Boxing needs this match-up more than any other fight on the horizon. Boxing fans not only deserve this fight but will be looking for blood if it doesn’t happen. And who could blame them.

Make this happen Mr. Haymon and Mr. Arum or there is going to be hell to pay.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

Monday, November 30th, 2020

By William Trillo

By now you have probably taken in more Thanksgiving weekend fight reports than you can stomach. You have sliced it, diced it and digested more than a mouth full. And now that you have had more than your fill it’s my turn to give you one more helping, because… hey, that’s what I do.

Before I recap the fights, I have to come clean and apologize to everyone for my less than spot on predictions on how the weekend would go. Not only did I say Danny Jacobs (37-3,30 KO’s) vs. Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KO’s) promised to be a fan friendly war but I also stated that Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones was nothing more than a farce.

I stand corrected.

Jacobs vs. Rosado was as dull a fight as I have seen in quite some time. This was not the way a couple of heated rivals from east coast neighborhoods should have handled their business. Fans who were expecting fireworks got nothing more than a dud.

For Jacobs this was problematic on so many levels. He needed to shine in this one as big money fights were there for the taking if he performed well. But alas, he did not.

For Rosado, the uglier the fight the better it was for him. Trust me, this fight was as ugly as could be. But that was just fine for Rosado whose confidence grew with each and every round.

For what it’s worth, when the final bell rang Jacob’s body language was that of a loser while Rosado had the look of a man who pulled off the upset. And yes, it was that close. Personally, I thought Rosado did enough to get the victory.

In the end the judges saw fit to give Jacobs a merciful razor thin split decision win. Whether or not Jacobs hurt his future purses with this poor performance is anyone’s guess. For Rosado this one had to sting a lot. That said, I am willing to bet we see this consummate warrior in the ring long before Jacobs can figure out exactly what it is he wants to do, if anything at all.

Regarding Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones, I will make it short and sweet.

Look, no one is ever going to mistake their performances as anything other than an exhibition. That being said, for these two mid-fifty year old fighters to go out their and give us eight rounds (2 minutes each) of boxing is to be respected. Anyone who has ever gloved ‘em up and jumped into the ring for even three minutes knows it is no small feat.

Truthfully, Mike looked pretty good, moved well and put together some pretty nice body work. Roy on the other hand looked like he was in survival mode before the opening bell rang. But give him credit to know what to do to last the eight rounds in front of him.

Tyson and Jones was a nice holiday treat that gave hungry boxing fans a glimpse of those glory days that have long gone by.

As soon as Ru Paul steps up and fights a legitimate boxer he is going to get his head handed to him in quick fashion. I am hopeful this will happen sooner rather than later.

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Trending: Refusing To
Concede When Defeated

Monday, November 16th, 2020

By William Trillo
Photo: Mike Williams – Top Rank

No, conspiracy theorists, I am not going down “that” road. Instead allow me to take you down another rocky path. That being the one that ran through “The Bubble” in Las Vegas in the semi-main event on Saturday night.

Allow me to cut to the chase. Super Flyweight Andrew Moloney was unceremoniously screwed out of not only revenge but regaining his WBA World Super Flyweight Title when referee Russell Mora and The Nevada State Boxing Commission blundered. By not reversing the ruling by Mora that Moloney unintentionally headbutted Franco, causing immediate blinding swelling to his eye, they allowed Franco to keep his title by declaring a No Contest. As Bob Arum shouted from the rooftops after the fight, “This is an absolute disgrace.”

Just as disgraceful was the act displayed by Team Franco after the fight. As ESPN was getting ready to interview a visibly shaken Moloney the camera clearly caught a classless Team Franco taunting Moloney as they hightailed it out of the arena. If anyone on that team had any amount of decency, they would have quietly left the building and be glad they basically got away with highway robbery. I’d like to say I am surprised at the actions of Team Franco but the truth is this is not the first time I have seen less than a sportsmanlike attitude coming out of that stable.

As I am writing this article I have not seen Franco or anyone from his team apologize for their behavior or at the very least say they honor the difficult decision made by The Nevada Commission. That they abide by the ruling and are willing to give Moloney an immediate rematch as soon as Franco heals.

I won’t be holding my breath waiting for either one of those things to happen.

The fact of the matter is Moloney was handing Franco his head on a platter. In less than one round Moloney had marked up Franco’s face pretty good. All, I repeat ALL the damage was done by pinpoint jabs that were splitting the guard of Franco over and over again. There was no headbutt or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Meanwhile Franco was doing literally nothing. Unless his game plan was to stand there and take a beating, it appears any work he did in the gym went all for naught.

On a side note; if you are wondering how or why Russell Mora called an unintentional headbutt or how after 30 minutes of reviewing the video the Nevada State Boxing Commission didn’t have the wherewithal to reverse that decision, you are not alone. Their non-decision screwed Moloney out of a deserved victory and World Title.

Covering fights almost exclusively in the Southern California area I have watched Franco grow up in the ring. He always had the reputation for being a very stand up young man who gave his very best in the ring. I am not sure what happened to him on Saturday night, but I have my suspicions. From his performance falling flat in the ring to his act after the fight, Franco leaves many questions unanswered. I’d love to see him make some kind of face-saving statement soon, but….

What have I done to deserve such a fate?
I realize I have left it too late,
And so it’s true pride comes before a fall,
I’m telling you so that you won’t lose all…
…I’m a loser, and I’m not what I appear to be – Lennon/McCartney

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Publicist Ricardo Jimenez Passes

Monday, October 12th, 2020

By William Trillo

It came as sudden and shocking news that long time publicist Ricardo Jimenez had passed away. Jimenez who spent years with Top Rank was truly one of boxings best friends. He will be greatly missed. Jimenez was instrumental with working with Latino fighters in his years. We could always count on Ricardo to help set up and interpret interviews from the likes of Erik Morales to Miguel Cotto, and so many more. His tireless efforts were greatly appreciated by all in the boxing community. We all will miss his charm and professionalism. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace good friend.

Boxing Fans Get Kicked To The Curb Again

Friday, October 9th, 2020

By William Trillo

As defined by
Kick (someone or something) to the curb: To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted.

I’m going to make this short and not too sweet.

Thursday morning I received an email press release from Golden Boy Promotions announcing the Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell Interim title fight. It would be streamed live on DAZN on December 5th.

Three hours later it was reported that the Danny Garcia vs. Erroll Spence PPV bout was being moved from it’s original November 21st date.

Do you want to guess the date?

Bingo! December 5th.

Promoters can try to spin this any way they want but the truth is when the decision was being made to hold both fights on the same night the cares and concerns of boxing fans did not come into play.

Yes, I know the move of the Spence/Garcia fight will allow some fans to be in attendance live but that is still forcing them to have to choose one fight or the other. Fans across the globe are already deciding which one they are going to watch at home.

Speaking for boxing fans, because I am a boxing fan, this is a tired scenario, and it needs to stop.

I don’t want to hear the rhetoric from promoters that there are only so many available dates and so many available venues, blah blah blah…. There are 365 days in a year that give you 52 weekends to promote your shows without having to hold your cards on the same darn evening.

If one didn’t know better you would almost have come to the conclusion that you are doing this on purpose. But you wouldn’t do that…would you? Noooooooo!!

Lest you forgot, this has been a difficult year for everyone, boxing fans included. We are starved for good events. Throwing your shows on the same night is just bad business, I don’t care how you slice it.

It’s time to put your petty differences aside and for once do the right thing for the fans.

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Common Sense Takes A Back Seat To Greed

Monday, September 14th, 2020

By William Trillo

As defined by
To ‘take a back seat’ is take a subordinate or reclusive position.

By now, anyone who pays even the slightest amount of attention to boxing news is well aware that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has filed a law suit against his promoter Oscar De La Hoya from Golden Boy Promotions and the broadcast partner DAZN for breach of contract to the tune of some $280 million dollars. The 11-fight deal that was drawn up between Alvarez, Golden Boy and DAZN is unraveling quickly.

No kidding?

Before you read on further let me warn you this article is not going to go over how the lawsuit reads or what the significant players are saying or not saying. If you want to get those facts, there are numerous articles out there for you to review.

Instead I am going to take you back to the days just after this huge $365 million eleven fight deal was proudly announced by the major players. You could not have puffed up their chests any further. All, I repeat ALL parties involved were strutting around with some pretty pompous looks on their faces as they felt they had become God’s Gift to Boxing.

Immediately DAZN started shilling their platform expecting fans to start paying a monthly fee for their services that would give them access to all Canelo fights. Originally the price for the service was $9.99 per month. Since then they have tried $19.99 per month and/or $99 per year as they scramble to attract subscribers.

I’m sorry but no matter how hard I tried to crunch those numbers it seemed virtually impossible for anyone to expect they were going to attract enough subscribers to cover even a tiny portion of that $365 million. And yes, I know there are sponsorships involved here but as far as my arithmetic would take me, I smelled Baloney.

In an article I penned shortly after all this went down, I asked a very seasoned and well respected boxing journalist about my concern that this was a lot of smoke and mirrors, to which he replied, “ Yeah, there’s a bit of Fools Gold at play here.”

Another boxing journalist who also moonlights as a Forensic Accountant said this looked like a Pyramid Scheme to him.

I had to agree with both, this looked like a Ponzi Scheme of epic proportions to me as well.

So, this begs to ask, didn’t this thought cross anyone’s mind when DAZN threw that $365 million contract under their noses? I mean really, didn’t it seem just a tad ridiculous to go into a contract like this with a company who was barely just cutting their teeth in the boxing world? No one thought to themselves, “Hmmm, they are in their infancy stages, maybe we should be realistic and lower expectations for everyone here.”?


And in the ultimate “Counting Your Chickens Before They Are Hatched” blunder, the major players all signed on the dotted line.

That my friends is how Common Sense was relegated to the backseat and Greed took over the wheel.

Now everyone is pointing fingers and laying blame. But none of them are cashing any checks, ‘cuz there ain’t no money to go around.

So whose fault is that?

DAZN says it could not pay Canelo for challengers they did not approve of. Considering they approved of Canelo’s first fight of their contract to be against Rocky Fielding that is a laughable notion at best.

And now?

Well Canelo’s not fighting anytime soon so the likelihood of DAZN’s subscribership going anywhere but down, way down, is the reality. I mean seriously, is there any other reason to throw your money in their direction right now?

Probably not.

Had enough?


Well how about we throw in The Pandemic to this equation?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that no one is going to be sympathetic to Canelo’s or Golden Boy’s cause right now. Businesses are shutting down; people have lost their jobs and there is no end in sight. Expecting anyone to be sympathetic to your cause smacks of arrogance.

If ever there was a time to humble yourselves a bit and take a huge cut in pay, this would be it. Trust me on this, that would go a long way and the boxing public would remember that. You could do yourselves a huge favor here, but that does not appear to be your intentions. My guess is this litigation is going to lock Canelo up for a long time and in the end, everyone will lose.

It’s a shame no one had the foresight to look at that original deal two years ago and realize this was just too good to be true. It’s a shame someone didn’t pull Oscar aside and warn him this was more likely to blow up in his face than not. The truth is it was extremely easy to see.

It’s also a shame someone didn’t take DAZN brass to a chalkboard and show them no matter how hard you try there are not going to be enough paying viewers to make $9.99 per month go into $365 million. Not now, not ever. Do your Guzintas Jethro, it doesn’t work.

And lastly, it’s a shame Canelo has made it perfectly clear he wants all his money and he doesn’t care about the pandemic, his promoter or the fans.

Yes, it is a shame, but greed is a funny thing, “…it is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom

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Zewski Looking to Hook & Reel In A Big One

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

By William Trillo

The first time I saw Mikael Zewski, (34-1, 23 KO’s), in action was in March of 2010 at a small casino in Southern California, it was his second pro fight. I noticed right away Zewski was from Quebec. The reason that caught my eye is that a few months prior to that I made my first trip to Montreal, and as my readers, (all 5 of them), know I fell in love with the city and the people of Montreal. The fact of the matter is I hold all of Quebec near and dear to my heart.

That first night I saw Zewski I was impressed how he quickly dispatched of a foe who had no idea what hit him. I thought to myself, I am going to need to keep an eye on this kid, he has legit skills.” As it turns out I have been fortunate enough to see Zewski fight in the cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Indio California and multiple times in Las Vegas Nevada. Watching Zewski as I have it became clear to me that the skills he displayed the first time I saw him were not a fluke, he is without question a top world class fighter.

Tonight in Las Vegas Zewski will be in arguably the biggest fight of his career when he takes on Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-1-1, 17 KO’s) in a battle that will have major title implications. Not only will the fighters be fighting for both the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welter Title and WBO Organization NABO Welter Title, but a victory will most likely give the winner a world title shot.

I got a chance to speak to Mikael when he got into The Las Vegas Bubble to get his thoughts on this major opportunity. Check out this exclusive interview:

Pound4Pound: Can you believe it has been 10 years since the first time I saw you fight at that show in Los Angeles California? Where does the time go?

Mikael Zewski: Its crazy man, I began to realize how fast time goes since I have my son, seems like he was born last week, but he began preschool last week! A boxing career is such a journey, things rarely go how you expect them to go, but I’m getting there.

P4P: I have to ask, how is the fishing going. When I see those photos of you it looks great. Are those competitions and have you won any of those?

MZ: This year was slow because of the Covid. I do bass fishing tournaments. I won some but its pretty hard to win, you have to spend a lot of time on the water. I love the competition and I like to try to control the uncontrollable.

P4P: You are looking to reel in a big one this weekend when you face Kavaliauskas. Tell me how you feel going into this one.

MZ: I’m super excited yet I’m calm because I know what I need to do to win. He’s a big challenge, I’m the “b side” and there is a lot to win for me in this fight compared to the usual when I have a lot to lose. I’m anxious cause I want to perform and show everyone what I’m capable of, but I feel like I absolutely belong here.

P4P: A victory here puts you in a good place to get a shot at a world title. Your motivation to be your best must be extremely high.

MZ: Oh yes, I’m motivated. When I got the fight offer, I thought to myself “that’s exactly the fight I need”. There is a lot on the table. A win would make me legitimate to fight any of the champions.

P4P: I have been watching all the fights in the Las Vegas Bubble. The one thing I have noticed is that some of the fighters are really struggling with the empty arena and have not performed well. Have you prepared yourself mentally for this hugely different atmosphere?

MZ: I don’t think that it’s going to play a role. I think most of the fighters who blamed the lack of the public might have taken a fight on short notice. We spar all the time without any public, we’re used to that. The atmosphere will be different that’s for sure and I’d rather have the public, but that’s how it is and I will deliver anyways.

P4P: Both you and Kavaliauskas have only suffered one loss each. I genuinely believe this may be the best fight of the night. As you know Pound4Pound is a big follower of Quebec boxing and we are wishing you the absolute best in this bout.

MZ: Well, his loss came in a world title fight against the top fighter in the world, mine was against a guy that I should never have lost to. But I’m a big boxing fan and as a fan I’m excited for this fight because I think it’s a good matchup, styles match, we both have power and speed, and we both badly need a win.

P4P: Lastly, do you have any words for your friends and fans back in Quebec?

MZ: There is no hockey and not much going on right now in Quebec so I’m sure everyone will be tuned in and watching. I want to make everybody proud; it’s going to be a good one so don’t miss it!

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Jose Ramirez & The Armchair Cornermen

Monday, August 31st, 2020

By William Trillo

Most of us have heard the term “Armchair Quarterback” before. Basically, it’s a term meant for someone who doesn’t participate in an action but still makes judgments about it. That is what I was thinking about as I sat in on the Zoom post fight press conference Saturday night. I was thinking it even more as I read a few Ramirez vs. Postol fight reports on Sunday morning.

Call me crazy but I think what Ramirez did on Saturday night was pretty darn impressive. Am I saying it was a hall of fame performance? Absolutely not! Am I saying that Ramirez did what champions do and that is to find a way to win no matter the circumstances? Heck yeah! That is exactly what I am saying.

I am normally not one to direct anyone to my reports, but go ahead and take a peek at my Ramirez vs. Postol fight report that I wrote prior to the post fight press conference. You won’t find me second guessing what Ramirez was or wasn’t doing and you surely won’t see me already speculating that coming off this performance he cannot beat Josh Taylor.

Look, Viktor Postol is about a difficult opponent as there is out there. Trying to look impressive against him, even in victory, is next to impossible to do.

Don’t believe me? Go ask Josh Taylor or Terrance Crawford about that. If that’s not enough talk to Lucas Matthysse. The Postol fight was the beginning of the end for “La Maquina”.

But given the task at hand and taking into consideration the multitude of setbacks this fight had to overcome before becoming a reality, I give both men a lot of credit for performing as well as they did. Asking questions to an exhausted Champion Ramirez like, “Why couldn’t you this…” or “Why didn’t you that…”, seemed extremely shortsighted at best. Questioning whether or not he can beat Josh Tylor now is pretty much a slap in the face to Ramirez. We have all seen him when he is on his game. Of course he can beat Taylor.

Bob Arum himself stated after the fight, “It was a good fight, but both men were impacted by going through three training camps and the whole situation with COVID 19.”

With no fans in the house to cheer him on, a staple for Ramirez cards, the champion found a way to retain his titles even though the circumstances where far from ideal. I personally think that is the story here. It’s not about what he didn’t do, what he couldn’t do or what he won’t be able to do in the future.

It’s about what he did. And that was retain his title and set up an opportunity for himself to become the first Mexican fighter to become undisputed champion of the world.

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