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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.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Kovalev are on sale and are priced at $1,754, $1,254, $854, $654, $404 and $204, not including applicable service charges and taxes. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at

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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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Rockin’ & Rollin’ at Fantasy Springs

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By William Trillo

On back to back nights in Indio last week Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino let it all hang out with an exciting boxing show followed by an evening of music with Boz Scaggs.

In his second show at the casino in less than a year Scaggs dug down deep and not only pulled out the standard classics like “Lowdown” but he also went into his blues roots as well. If you have never heard the Scaggs tune “Loan Me A Dime” I highly suggest you check it out. The 1969 album with Duane Allman featured on the track is a hidden gem of a tune that blew the roof of the arena on Friday night.

With his near perfect vocals and a backing band second to none and his fantastic knack for song writing Scaggs proved why he has been a headliner for decades. Without a doubt Boz is must see and hear entertainment.

With upcoming events like Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and The Zombies performing September 1st Fantasy Springs is the place to be for all your entertainment needs. To check out all their upcoming events go to

Vergil Ortiz Jr.: True Gold Fears No Fire

Monday, August 12th, 2019

By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos – Golden Boy Promotions

When Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KO’s) blew through the seasoned veteran Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KO’s) in six impressive rounds he not only took another step up the ladder but in so doing proved he is ready to face any and all challenges put in front of him. No matter how high the heat has been turned up, Ortiz always comes out of the fire more refined and ready for the next challenge.

Facing his toughest test on Saturday night Ortiz, who was fighting in front of his hometown fans, came out like gangbusters and had Orozco stumbling right away. If it were not for the fact that Orozco is a fighter of some repute himself this might have been and early night. But Orozco weathered the storm and over the course of the next 4 rounds Orozco gave Ortiz a very stiff challenge.

But looking like a fighter with a lot more than 13 fights Ortiz took it up a notch and began to put some real hurt on Orozco. By round six Ortiz was in complete command and in surgical fashion he had Orozco reeling, the round would not come to its conclusion. Ortiz kept his 100% KO ratio alive.

In a world full of fighters who are more interested in adding Instagram followers than they are taking on a real challenge, Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a breath of fresh air. Just take a look at his young career, three fights in 2016, five fights in 2017, three more fights in 2018 and in 2019 he just had his fourth fight. What’s more impressive is his opposition has gotten tougher with each and every fight, as it should be.

It’s a shame that outside of hard core boxing fans Ortiz is still flying somewhat under the radar. It’s about time Vergil starts getting maximum exposure on some high profile cards. And before you tell me he only has 14 fights it’s not his time yet, allow me to remind you he was just put in the ring with a very formidable challenge in Orozco and passed that test with flying colors.

Since Oscar De La Hoya retired there has always been the search for the next “Golden Boy”. Fighters have been groomed and/or coddled to become the next glittering star but time and time again they have fallen short.

In Ortiz you have a fighter who doesn’t need any pampering or grooming. This young man already has everything it takes to become a real Super Star in the sport. It’s time to give this kid a lot more exposure under the spotlight!

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Pop Quiz: Autographed S.O.G. Glove Up For Grabs

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

By William Trillo

If ever there was a microcosm for boxing the last few weeks for The Manly Art of Self Defense would be it. As history tells us boxing can be a topsy turvy world, anything that can happen will. It was literally a “Soup to Nuts” July that has drifted into August now. Any sane boxing aficionado would agree we have a lot more questions than answers right now. That being said I have to wonder what the average boxing fan has to say all this.

With that thought in mind I have put together this surprise little Pop Quiz for y’all to ponder. There is no right or wrong answer so feel free to let your gut feelings be heard. As an added incentive to reply we are randomly selecting one person to win a glove autographed by Andre Ward for answering all the questions.

Simple enough right? So here we go.

Question # 1

Chris Arreola just put on as fine a performance as we have seen from him in the past few years, albeit in defeat to Kownacki. Now Chris is going to take some time to think about whether or not it’s time to hang ‘em up. Taking his last performance into consideration do you think “The Nightmare” should:

A: Retire. He fought for the title multiple times and gave his fans many thrilling nights. There is no embarrassment in the performance in his last fight and now is a good time to walk away.

B: Chris looked like he is back on the right track under Joe Goossen’s wing. He should let Joe have a couple more fights with him to see if he can bring him back into one more championship challenge.

Question # 2

The recent deaths in the ring in boxing have once again brought attention to how dangerous this sport can be and that every man literally puts his life on the line every time he sets foot in the ring. There are always calls for something more needing to be done. What is your opinion on what can be done?

A: More precautions should take place. Refs should have a shorter leash on fighters who are hurt and should step in sooner. Once a fighter goes down the Doctor should check him in between each and every round thereafter for any signs of problems, even if that means extending time in between round to make sure a fighter is not in any physical danger.

B: Boxing is a rugged and brutal sport. It always has been and always will be. Boxing commissions have taken many necessary precautions and do the best they can for the safety of the fighters.

Question # 3

Performance enhancing drugs have no place in boxing. The sport is dangerous enough as it is without fighters cheating to get the edge with super human strength. The latest incident with Dillian Whyte is proof in and of itself that a fighter can enter the ring all “roided” up and can put some serious hurt on his foe before the tainted drug test comes to the surface. This is unacceptable on every level. What kind of penalty should be handed out to these PED cheaters?

A: Boxing is handling the situation well right now. Of course a boxer should be suspended and fined but he should be allowed to earn a living in the ring after he has served his suspension and paid his fines.

B: There is no excuse for using PED’s in any sport, especially boxing. If after a thorough investigation it is proven that a fighter entered the ring knowingly after using PED’s he should be banned permanently from the sport with no chance for reinstatement ever.

Question # 4

We all know the plight of Saul “Canelo Alvarez and him being stripped of his Middleweight title. If you are not familiar with the posturing by both he and his promoter, Golden Boy, then you either have your head buried in the sand or are not really that big of a boxing fan. If you are aware of the shenanigans I would like to know which scenario you would prefer to see.

A: Before a sanctioning body strips a fighter of their championship belt the final step in that process should be talking directly with the fighter himself to make sure he is 100% aware his title is in jeopardy. If anyone should have the final word in having his title stripped it is the fighter, not his promoter, not his manager, not his advisor, not his trainer, not his cut man, not the dude that holds the spit bucket, not one of his 2 bazillion instagram followers etc. etc. etc.

B: Let the champion’s promoter take all the necessary steps and speak on behalf of the champion when dealing with the sanctioning bodies prior to a fighter getting stripped of his belt. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the promoter always acts in the best interest of his fighter.

Question # 5

On June 1st Andy Ruiz pounded Anthony Joshua into submission and snagged the Brit’s World Heavyweight title in the process. Since then there has been nothing but bickering from both sides in regard to the rematch. Where and when Joshua would get a chance for redemption was up in the air. But if reports surfacing are true then on Monday it will be announced that the rematch will take place on December 7th in Saudi Arabia. That came as a pretty big surprise to almost everyone. What are your thoughts on the coming announcement?

A: Fighting at a neural site seems to be the most fair thing to do. Neither fighter should have any type of edge in The Saudi desert. Who knows? Maybe fighting in Saudi Arabia will become the new trend.

B: This decision is baffling if not downright laughable. Why in the world would you drag this fight to Saudi Arabia? The only people who will be able to afford the price of admission at the venue will be the rich. The likelihood anyone in the stadium will be real fight fans in minimal at best. That will equate to one of the worst atmospheres ever in a World Heavyweight title fight. Saudi Arabia? What’s the matter? Negotiations with The Sudan break down? Couldn’t come to an agreement on site fees with Tanzania?

Question # 6

The fine art of Matchmaking in boxing has been a topic of conversation over the past days and weeks. It is true good Match Makers can make or break a fighters and/or promoters careers. What isn’t so clear is what exactly his priorities are? From the outside looking in what do you believe the Match Makers main duties are?

A: He should do everything he has to in order to make the very best fights possible. A fighters competition should get better and better with each fight as he attempts to climb to the top. He should do whatever it takes to see to it his Champions make all mandatory title defenses happen with no exceptions. The best should fight the best because that’s what boxing fans deserve.

B: A Match Makers allegiance is to his promoter and he needs to do whatever it takes to make sure the promoter holds on to his top fighters at all costs. Fighters should fight a string of Bums and Tomato Cans in order to pad his record until it gets him into title contention. If the fighter should win a title it is up to the Match Maker to line up a plethora of “Has Been’” and “Never Were’” opponents in order for the fighter, and more importantly the promoter, to hold on to those belts and the cash that goes along with them for as long as possible. These “Bum of The Month” type fights should be standard until they wring every nickel out of their Paper Champion. The Match Maker is at his promoter’s beckoned call. It is not his job to keep the fans happy and he should not concern himself with giving the fans the fights they truly want to see.

Question # 7

I have stated this in the past but it bears repeating now more than ever. I am far from a numbers guy but no matter how hard I try I just cannot make the numbers that DAZN is throwing out add up. I just don’t see how they are going to pay these fighters they have signed to multi-million dollar contracts based on the cost of a subscription for viewers. Boxing experts in Los Angeles have agreed with my stance stating DAZN appears to be playing with Fools Gold. One expert went so far as to suggest DAZN is running some sort of half baked Ponzi scheme. What do you believe to be true about DAZN?

A: DAZN wouldn’t have offered these huge contracts to these fighters if they didn’t project to have the money to cover the bill. Sponsorships and commercial advertising will more than foot the bill.

B: One of their champions just got crushed and another doesn’t seem to be fighting anytime soon. DAZN is going to implode and file for bankruptcy sooner rather than later.

C: I have no intention on buying a subscription to DAZN. I really don’t care.

D: What’s DAZN?

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Charles Huerta Fighter-Mentor-Father

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

By William Trillo

There are days that you can walk into a boxing gym and as soon as you step in you realize the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Other days you know from the moment you step in that the atmosphere is relaxed and everyone is enjoying the work they are putting in. Such was the case at The Maywood Boxing club as I ventured in to take a look at and speak with one of my personal favorite fighters from Southern California, that being Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KO’s). The gym welcomed me with open arms and it was a perfect day to get some inside pre-fight talk.

Huerta will step back into the ring this Thursday July 18th at Fantasy Springs Resort as he takes one the always rough Recky Dulay (11-5, 8 KO’s). I spoke with Huerta about the upcoming fight and what might be in store for him this year. Check out my interview:

Pound4Pound: When did you become aware that Dulay was going to be your next opponent?

Charles Huerta: We found out we were going to fight Dulay about 3-4 weeks ago. We were already in camp because they had already given me the date; it was just a matter of finding out whom the opponent would be.

P4P: Dulay is a Golden Boy staple opponent for a reason. This guy will make you work, I am sure you are aware of that?

CH: We are real familiar with him. He has come here to Maywood to spar a few times so my Dad knows what he brings to the table.

P4P: That being said I am sure you are not taking him for granted and are preparing yourself accordingly.

CH: Of course! I do not take any opponent lightly. I know he is dangerous and real strong, fast and explosive. So I know I gotta be on my toes. If I don’t get past this fight I can’t look to any other fights. I am ready.

P4P: This is your first fight back since your loss to Jo Jo Diaz. Coincidentally it is at the same venue. What are your thoughts about going back to Fantasy Springs?

CH: I am happy it is back at Fantasy Springs, I want to go back and redeem myself after the fight with Jo Jo. I am excited and glad to be back and active again.

P4P: The last time I was here at the gym was before the Diaz fight. The atmosphere was a lot more subdued that week as you were preparing for a big fight. In hindsight what did you take from that fight?

CH: The fight with Jo Jo was a big fight and a big one for my career. I had that long 18 month layoff and a lot of people at first did not want me to take the fight because it was Jo Jo, a world class fighter. But I wanted to show everyone I could compete at that level. That night did not go our way but I did make it competitive. Jo Jo was the better man that night but I think everyone here knows I can hold my own at that level now. We now are on the verge of getting another big fight.

P4P: There is a relaxed and confident feel in the gym now. It looks like everyone is having a great time perfecting their respective crafts. Do you feel that?

CH: Everyone is excited for this fight. I got these young guys here who keep pushing me. They all have fight dates coming up to so we are all in serious fight camp training right now. It’s helping us to motivate each other as we look forward to our fights.

P4P: In regard to the “young guys” as you call them, it looks like they are all looking to you for guidance and tips on everything from making weight to fight strategy. How does it feel to all of a sudden be basically the “elder statesman” at the gym?

CH: It feels great that these guys are looking up to me and the experience and knowledge I have. I look at these guys like my little brothers. I put these guys under my wing as they come to me and ask for advice. They see me, a Golden Boy fighter, a guy who has been in big fights, and they want to get there too. They ask me questions and if there is any way I can help them I will because there was a day when I used to ask guys like Israel Vasquez, Urbano Antillon, Giovanni Segura and Martin Castillo for advice and they were always there to help me.

P4P: Two things stand out for me as we talk. One, you have become a mentor of sorts for a lot of these young fighters here at Maywood. And two, you still have a career that you are very serious about and are still looking for the big fights. How are you able to keep all that into proper perspective?

CH: All this motivates so much more, along with helping these young guys I know that I still have so much more left in my career and I have a lot to prove. I feel good! My body still feels great. I will turn 33 next month but I feel I still have a lot to show. I am not looking past July 18th but if everything goes according to plan we should be getting some big fights on some high profile cards in the near future.

P4P: I know it goes without saying that I wish you the best of luck in your next fight and I am hopeful you land some big fights sooner rather than later. Is there anything you would like to say in closing?

CH: Yes…Lastly I want to make sure everyone knows that the day I fight July 18th is my first born baby Charlene’s birthday. She will be turning 12 that very day. When she turned 1 year old I fought here in Maywood and now when she turns 12 I will be in the ring again.

One of the best things about being a boxing scribe in Southern California for some 20 years now is being able to literally watch fighters like Huerta throughout their careers. As you watch and pay attention to fighters grow up both inside and outside the ring you learn what truly motivates the man. Huerta is a good hard working nose to the grindstone type of fighter who is loyal to both his family and friends. Those young guys at Maywood couldn’t pick a better guy to emulate.

Tickets ($25, $35, and $45) are on sale at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or online at The event will be streamed live on DAZN. The fights will also be streamed live on and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

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Sweet Pea

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

By William Trillo

It’s hard to put into words how I felt when I heard about the tragic and untimely passing of the great champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. For years I followed his storied career and was always amazed at how he so gracefully performed in the ring. Without question he is one the all time best.

I was fortunate enough to have met Pernell a few years back at a Main Events promoted show. My lasting impression of that night was how he casually walked around the event seemingly unaware that everyone was in awe of his presence. He was humble almost to the point of appearing timid as those in attendance clamored to meet the champ.

His accomplishments in the ring speak for themselves. From his Olympic Gold Medal performance through his outstanding career “Sweet Pea” always carried himself with an unmatched dignity that spoke volumes for who this man was.

We here at Pound4Pound send out our heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

Too Old To Rock N Roll, Too Young To Die

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

By William Trillo

It was only moments after The Fantasy Springs Casino Showroom shook from the 7.1 magnitude temblor that Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull belted out their classic tune, “Too Old To Rock N Roll, Too Young To Die”. It couldn’t have been a more fitting song as the sexagenarian crowd didn’t think about leaving the shaking arena as Tull played on without missing a beat. It was Rock N Roll (take term literally) at its finest.

Earthquake aside it was another great evening of music at the Indio Resort and Casino. With his trusty Flute by his side the spry Anderson broke out a bevy of deep tracks and classics that made Jethro Tull an industry standard back in the day.

On this, his 50th anniversary tour, Anderson led Tull through some oldies like “A Song For Jeffrey” and “Heavy Horses” all the way through his signature song “Aqualung” and the rousing encore song “Locomotive Breath”. Earthquake withstanding it was a night the Palm Desert crowd will not soon forget.

Along with some great concerts Fantasy Springs is also the home for World Class Championship boxing promoted by Golden Boy. For more on these great events log on to

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Ask The “Expert”?

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By William Trillo

You know that newly crowned heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has really shook up the world when thriving internet websites like reach out to yours truly to explain one of the biggest upsets in the heavyweight division since Tyson vs. Douglas.

All kidding aside we have made good friends with the guys over at Melmagazine and we are happy to give our two cents even though there are more than a few who think we are pretty clueless. Whatever!

Coming off his visit with the El Presidente in Mexico, ( I guess that answers Iole’s thoughtless question), this seems like the perfect time to share the interesting article.

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