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Common Sense Takes A Back Seat To Greed

Monday, September 14th, 2020

By William Trillo


As defined by www.phrases.org:
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.”?

HECK NO THEY DIDN’T.

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?

No?

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!

Check the fights tonight on ESPN and as always check out www.Pound4Pound.com for all the latest boxing news.

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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The Comeback Of The Golden Boy;
I Am Surprised It Took So Long

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

By William Trillo
Photo: Bret Newton



The last time we saw Oscar De La Hoya “gloved up” in the ring he was staring hopelessly across the “Squared Circle” as the decision was made that he could not go out for another round against Manny Pacquiao. After taking a pretty good beating it was the right decision to make. Officially the record book will tell you Oscar lost when he retired after round eight. Unofficially, when most boxing fans discuss that fight they will use one of the cruelest terms in boxing, “He quit on his stool.”

Truthfully, De La Hoya’s accomplishments in the ring are legendary. There is no way that ill-advised fight and how it concluded will be what we remember of The Golden Boy. His Olympic Gold Medal and those 11 World titles will trump that final awful moment in the ring vs. Pacquiao, and rightfully so.

That being said, there isn’t a fighter on the planet from World Champion to Ham-n-Egger who doesn’t want to go out with their hand raised in victory. Oscar is no different. Even after all his accolades there is no way he can live with himself leaving the game the way he did. That is why I am surprised this comeback took so long. I figured Oscar would have made his comeback years ago.

But so be it, he has made his decision to fight again, and you know what? I am all for it.

My reasons for being on board with De La Hoya’s return are pretty much the same as his. In the news breaker posted on ESPN and penned by Steve Kim, De La Hoya said, “All these fighters are not of the level that was 15, 20 years [ago], all these fighters are demanding so much money, all these fighters are demanding the moon…These guys are in it just for the money — that’ll be the big difference. I will fight for the glory, and these guys only fight for the money. And guess what? The glory will always win.”

Can’t imagine whom The Golden Boy chief might be referring to here…can you? In this day and age of Instagram Superstars I am pretty sure I know exactly the motivation.

As to whom Oscar steps back into the ring with, that’s anyone’s guess, But if you are asking me what would be a mega fight all on it’s own, no titles or made up belts needed…drum roll please…..how about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

SkreeeecH…KABOOM!

Now wait a minute, before you say I don’t know what the heck I am talking about please hear me out. And yes, I know they are not currently walking around anywhere near the same weight, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone came up with a creative catchweight bout. If they wanted to, they could get it done.

I am here to tell you that if they could put this together and bill at as the son seeking to exact revenge for his Father, whom De La Hoya beat twice, the intrigue would be off the charts. They would fill The Coliseum, if fans were allowed in attendance, and PPV would be huge. Trust me on this. If those two untalented Youtube stars, (I couldn’t tell you their names if you threatened me with bodily harm), can pack the Staple Center, Oscar vs. Jr. is a sure-fire blockbuster hit.

Maybe a tune up bout to make sure The Golden Boy is firing on at least seven of his eight cylinders and then a Cinco De Mayo battle in 2021.

Whad’Ya think?

Either that or Oscar can fight Ryan Garcia and give him the beating you know De La Hoya desperately wants to apply on the young Prima Donna.

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La Habra Boxing Club Closing It’s Doors

Monday, August 17th, 2020

By William Trillo


It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this article to inform the boxing community that The La Habra Boxing Clubs Founder, Trainer and Cut Man David Martinez has made the difficult decision to permanently close the doors after nearly 40 years of service to the young boys and men who stepped into his gymnasium.

As cliché as it might sound by now; 2020 has reared its ugly head again. Like all the other gyms across the country the boxing club was forced to shut down in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the course of the following months Martinez was informed there would be new rules to follow to open back up and that would be a costly task. After thinking long and hard about the situation, and as difficult as it was for him to do, Martinez made the decision it was time to move on.


It was back in 1981 that the Vietnam War Veteran and Hero Martinez along with his cousin Ray Molina opened the doors at The Old Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra to give troubled youths in the area a chance to get out of the gang life. Before that Martinez was helping those kids out in his garage gym, but when the city council in La Habra gave Martinez the keys to the abandoned church that was built in 1947, it opened a door to world I am sure Martinez himself could have never imagined.


When the club began it was a place for the neighborhood kids to come into a safe environment, play some foosball, shoot some pool and if they dared, lace up the gloves and step into the squared circle. It’s a tough neighborhood and many of them did. It wasn’t long before some of those kids in the neighborhood showed some promise and began their boxing careers. Most notably would be the late Julio Gonzalez who went on to become the first Mexican Light Heavyweight Champion of the world. And of course, the very popular brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas, who both fought for world titles numerous times. The talented brothers called the La Habra Boxing Club their home. With the help of Martinez those three fighters helped put the La Habra Boxing club firmly on the map.


As the years ensued, Martinez gained notoriety as a trainer and cut man and it wasn’t long before world class fighters were coming to the La Habra Club to get in some good old fashioned and no-nonsense work and sparring. The list is seemingly endless; Shane Mosley, Mike Weaver, Jorge Paez, Carlos Palomino, Tyrell Biggs, Danny Green, Mikkel Kessler, Cobrita Gonzalez, Edwin Valero, Alfonso Gomez, Sergio Mora, not too mention so many other professional fighters who walked through the doors of that humble church building.


From reaching out and helping so many at risk youths to being the springboard for world champions The La Habra Boxing Club along with Martinez have been a staple in the community. They will be sorely missed.

It was last week that Librado Andrade gave me a call and told me that he and his brother Nestor would be at the club on Saturday to break down the ring and move it to a new location. He told me his other brother Enrique Ornelas would also be there along with David Martinez. Librado invited me to come to the club to join them and I jumped at that offer.


By the time I got there the ring was already broken down, there were no heavy bags to punch, no mirrors to shadow box in front of, just the scattered remnants of a once thriving gym. Having been a member of that club for quite a long time and having left my share of blood, sweat and tears inside that building it was not easy to face the reality in front of me.

Over the next few hours we reminisced about everything that took place inside those walls over the years. We laughed and shook our heads over what a great time we all truly had. No one cried but every once in a while after someone told a story there would be a silence and we would all just kind of stare off into the distance visualizing those days gone by.


Those were the good ol’ days. Days I will never forget.

It was a special time for all of us and nothing will ever be able to take those moments away.

Thank you David Martinez for your support and friendship, you are the best!


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RIP Flattop

Friday, July 24th, 2020

By William Trillo

Yesterday morning I got a text that told me Fightnews.com’s Flattop had passed away. It came as unexpected and honestly incredibly sad news. Upon confirming the news, I reached out to my associate here at Pound4Pound, Bret Newton, to let him know.

Flattop gave us both our break into boxing journalism in 2002 and for that we both will be forever grateful to him. Flattop and his associate Karl Frietag have been staples in the boxing community for over two decades now and it deeply saddens us to hear of Flattops passing.

We just wanted to send our condolences and more importantly we want to say thank you to Flattop.

Farewell to you Flattop.

Or maybe it’s better to use your greeting line and bid you… “Good Day!”

Thank You Flattop & Fightnews

By Bret Newton

I was saddened to hear the news yesterday when William called me to inform me of Flattop’s passing. Flattop gave me my start as a boxing photographer at Fightnews back in 2002. Nearly 20 years ago. I hadn’t really thought about how long ago that was until just then. I wouldn’t have accomplished what I did without that and I will never forget it.

Fightnews is also where Will and I met and would eventually team-up to create Pound4Pound.com. Flattop is a big result of that.

Thank you Flattop and Karl for giving me the opportunity. Many great memories that will never be forgotten.

RIP

Tureano Johnson: “I Got An Offer To Fight Canelo”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

By William Trillo


Over this past weekend there were some not too quiet rumblings that Canelo’s next opponent could be middleweight Jason Quigley. Having been ringside when Quigley was soundly defeated by Tureano Johson (21-2-1, 15 KO’s), that news didn’t sit well with me. I reached out to a few insiders but wasn’t satisfied with what I was hearing. I decided the best thing to do was reach out to Tureano to get his point of view on the situation. I am sure you will find what he had to say to be very interesting. Check it out.

Pound4Pound: The reason I am contacting you is because of all the noise I have been hearing about Jason Quigley being a possible opponent for Canelo. In my mind if anyone should jump to the forefront here as an opponent for Canelo it should be Tureano Johnson. I mean, you took care of Quigley pretty handily as I recall.

Tureano Johnson: Wow, You’re really be keeping up! You are the only person who called me out on that one. When Quigley was mentioned (for Canelo) I didn’t want to say anything. I just wanted to let the fans speak, and you sure did it…Thanks.


P4P: No worries. I was there that night, I saw how you completely dominated Quigley and forced him to quit. It was such an impressive performance. But here we are a year later, this virus has everything sideways and somehow you got lost in the shuffle. So, when I hear about Quigley getting offered the Canelo fight my first thought is, “What about Tureano, what’s going on here? Why isn’t anybody mentioning him?” Do you have any thoughts on that? And what’s been going on with you the last year.

TJ: Well, first of all, I got to give the almighty God thanks. I went back home to The Bahamas and I’ve been back and forth. I have been in Cuba and then to New York with my coach Andre Rozier who used to train Daniel Jacobs. I’ve been training on an ongoing basis and never stopped because boxing is a lifestyle, it is not a sport for me. We have been trying to make things happen for more fights, but things didn’t go through. We were scheduled to fight for the WBA number one contender to against Magomed Madiev. That fight was scheduled to be in February and April but unfortunately this virus cancelled that opportunity.

I did get an offer to fight Canelo. Of course, immediately I took that opportunity and I said yes. I would to fight Canelo. Any fighter would love to fight Canelo. Most guys look at the financial aspect of it. But me understanding the situation that’s going on with the world today in the pandemic, I’m very reasonable to understand that the finances are not going to be the greatest, but that was not my intention to solely fight for money. Of course, I am a prize fighter, right? I do fight for money. My intention still is to become a world champion. Ain’t no better way than beating the best fighter Pound4Pound in the world in the name of Canelo Alvarez. If you beat Canelo now you will see your entire life turn around when it comes to finances. So that is my aim. And my objective is to win the fight against Canelo. You can shock the world by beating Canelo. You can make a bigger statement than Andy Ruiz did, but he was a one-shot wonder. But me, I’m not a one-shot wonder. I’m here to stay. I want to shock the world.

P4P: Let me make sure I understand. There is an offer on the table for you to fight Canelo? Is this just a matter of somebody accepting?

TJ: Well, yes. It’s just a matter of Canelo agreeing. The ball is in his court. It is completely up to him to fight whomever he wishes to fight.

P4P: Did Golden Boy contact your management team?

TJ: I got word, but nothing is concrete. Nothing is certain. I have been told by my people Golden Boy is interested.

P4P: Who’s your manager?

TJ: My advisor is James Thomas. He was the advisor for Evander Holyfield.

P4P: When were you given notice that there is an interest from Golden Boy for you?

TJ: It’s been almost two weeks now.

P4P: Well the fact that they came to you makes sense.

TJ: It is still questionable because nothing was brought back to me after that. But I want you to please notice: I haven’t just been interested in Canelo. No, I’m interested in fighting. And that’s what I want to do. I’m interested in fighting and I wouldn’t mind getting it on with any of the best of Golden Boys camp or any camp out there. Give me Jermall Charlo or even a rematch with Sergiy Derevyanchenko I would love. I really feel as though my redemption would come with a rematch with Sergiy Derevyanchenko. I was asked if I would fight Quigley again. Why would I fight Quigley again? I have done a lot of damage to him in. On the second fight with him I would win no doubt. It would hurt him for the rest of his life.

P4P: Two thoughts here. #1 you proved your point in the first fight. #2 Quigley don’t want no part of you again in my opinion?

TJ: 100%. And he said that. I read an article that he stated that he doesn’t mind taking a chance of fighting Canelo Alvarez. Wait, how you could take a chance of fighting the Pound4Pound best fighter in the world but you’re not going to take a chance of redeeming yourself from your only soul loss. It is as if somebody has raised the the white flag and given up and just wants to fight for the money. He knows he’s going to be destroyed and obliterated by Canelo but the money would be good. I think that’s his only interest is to fight for the money.


P4P: When you talk about fighting for the money and that I think you know, heck we all know that we’re in a different time right now, we’re in a different situation. Maybe there was this multi bazillion dollar huge fight last year, but right now everybody has to readjust and retool and refocus their priorities. I hear you saying priority for you is that world title. Now of course you’re a prize fighter and you fight to make the money, but you know that with getting that title the money comes along with it. It’s not the other way around. And and a lot of times fighters who have huge Facebook followings, or Instagram followers, well, they see the world the other way around. They think, “No, you’re going to pay me a whole bunch of money now. And then I’ll worry about a world title tomorrow.” And I say, no, no, no.

TJ: 100%. It is so sad that is how the platform of boxing has become. I believe boxing has become so commercialized and so sad that now you don’t even have to be a well decorated fighter. You don’t have to be a well accomplished fighter. You don’t have to be a talented boxer to go in there and fight and make it as the main event and make good money. All you gotta do is be a YouTube superstar then you can make a champion boxers salary.

P4P: It’s just a different climate right now and everyone has to adjust accordingly. I tip my hat to fighters fighting every other month in “The Bubble” in Las Vegas right now for short money. Likewise, I give my props to fighters like you who are willing to take on these chances because the money will come. I give all you guys all the credit in the world.

TJ: Yeah, man. I’m a boxing fan. And so that makes a great difference. So, I understand it from that point of view. I love boxing in the purest form of boxing and it is sad how they are commercializing it now using this YouTube or on Instagram and Facebook and on Twitter. I understand that that is how they think, that they are gonna make their money and promoting these fights. But oh, come on. Let’s be real. Do you really think the Ryan Garcia followers or hundreds and thousands of followers are going to actually come out to his boxing match and watch a fight, or even buy a DAZN subscription? I doubt it. I believe it’s only a fraction of them might just do that. They believe social media is a big thing, but I don’t think it’s going to be profitable in the future.

P4P: I’m going to wrap this up. I want to clarify, since the Quigley fight, you’ve had an opportunity to fight, but it fell out because of the situation with the virus. So it wasn’t that you weren’t training, and it wasn’t that you weren’t ready to fight, just circumstances being as they are.

TJ: Oh, definitely. I’ve been going into camps over and over and over and nothing’s happening yet. So, it wasn’t a matter of me not wanting to fight or me, not being prepared to fight. Circumstances like the virus that came up. And also, I had an incident late in the year where I had a hamstring string injury while training we had a bout due the end of the year but the injury stopped that.

P4P: And the proposed Canelo date is in September. Is that kind of the date they floated at you?

TJ: Yes. September 12th. Yeah. There’s been no follow up, but my team and I are working on it. And if we don’t get the Canelo fight then let’s get the Jaime Munguia fight. No doubt, I believe I’m well deserving of the Canelo showdown . I mean, I’m not ashamed: to say that I am not one of the big time fighters, but dare not insult me and say that I’m on the level of John Ryder. I am better fighter than John Ryder. Maybe Callum Smith is a decorated champion, but I know I can outclass him when I fight him. There are fighters out there who are not being reasonable. I believe I’m being reasonable, not to say that I’m a cheap guy, but I know what it takes to be a champion. And I want to be given that opportunity to give me that opportunity. I would take that title and I know the money will come after. I feel like now I am not strapping with the funds. I’m reasonable. Let’s make this fight happen

P4P: I know I said I was going to wrap it up but… when you mentioned Munguia, I was like, “Ooh, that’s a good fight”.

TJ: It’s a damn good fight.

P4P: Wow. Has that ever come up or was it just something to say… Hey, if I can’t have Canelo, give me a Munguia.

TJ: Oh my God. I’ve been calling them out for months and I want a good clash with Munguia. I am not turning down an opportunity with Canelo. I know for sure, David Lemieux will not give Canelo, the kind of excitement and fight like Tureano. I am coming to fight. John Ryder, he is not coming to bring it. He’s just going to be there, and Canelo is going to tear him apart. And don’t even mention Jason Quigley, he shouldn’t even have been mentioned in the first place.

P4P: Any last words for the fans?

TJ: I am gunning for the Canelo opportunity. I am here, I’m willing and I am able to give him more than any other fighter can. Thank You.

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Instant Replay Needs Review

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

By William Trillo

Last night in “The Bubble” in Las Vegas during the main event of the Top Rank Show, Mikkel LesPierre dropped Jose Pedraza in round five. Truthfully the knockdown was questionable as the fighters feet locked up, but Pedraza did go down from a punch.

After the round, and more importantly after the sixty second break, officials decided they needed to go to the instant reply to verify if the knockdown was legitimate. Some two minutes later they decided it was not a knockdown.

As I stated, it could have gone either way and I have no problem with their decision. But I do have a huge problem with their instant replay rule in it’s current format and I have a few questions and a suggestion.

Can the official in charge of the instant replay look at the replay in the minute in between rounds and make a decision?

Do you really think it’s wise to have the fighters who have been engaged in heated battle just stand there for almost another round while a decision is being made?

How long do you think it will be before this same scenario plays out in a crucial high profile fight changing the flow, the course and the outcome of the fight and having everyone and their brother screaming FIX?

I have no problem if the replay rule is instituted in boxing but it has to be a lot more well thought out than the current “disaster waiting to happen” format we saw last night.

I have a simple and easy solution that you can use, free of charge, take it with my blessings….please!

If during a round a questionable knockdown occurs the knockdown will be under review in between rounds. If the official sitting ringside can’t make a decision after viewing the replay during the sixty seconds in between rounds and come to a conclusion one way or the other then the call inside the ring during that round will stand and can not be over-ruled.

Pretty simple huh?

You can thank me later for the amount of grief you save yourselves once you implement my rule.

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Pawn Ry

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

By William Trillo


As defined by dictionary.com
Pawn: a chess piece of the smallest size and value,
a person used by others for their own purposes

On Monday afternoon Golden Boy Promotions sent out not one but two press releases announcing they will be once again promoting shows for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown. Notable fighters on the two summer cards include Jorge Linares, Javier Fortuna and Hector Tanajara.

Quick quiz: What is the common denominator of those three fighters?

Answer: All three names were mentioned to be opponents for Ryan Garcia before they were unceremoniously scrapped for reasons unclear and/or unexplained.

In a recent article on Boxingscene penned by Manouk Akopyan it was revealed that the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya, had apprehensions about putting Garcia in the ring with Linares after viewing some recent training footage of “El Niño De Oro”. Exclaimed De La Hoya, “He looks like a machine.”

I have no reason to question the validity of that article but let’s be clear, this is not the first time Oscar has second guessed putting Linares and Garcia in the same ring anytime soon. One only needs to look back at the post fight interview of Linares after he dismantled Carlos “The Solution” Morales inside of four rounds. During that interview it was revealed that plans were in the works for Linares to face Garcia in July. With Oscar De La Hoya in full view of the camera Linares was asked if he was ready for the challenge. Of course, he was. But the look on De La Hoya’s face said it all. That blank deer in the headlights stare told me everything I needed to know. Oscar was already thinking how he was going to get out of this mess.

Talk about a blessing in disguise; the world was shut down in March saving Golden Boy the embarrassment of having to come up with some lame excuse why Linares vs. Garcia would never, I repeat, never happen.

During the interim Garcia was on a social media blitz calling out everyone from “Tank” Davis to Muhammad Ali and all points in between. That was all well and good and real cute in some Social Media world I am sure, but when he was given the proposal to fight Javier Fortuna, suddenly Team Garcia had a case of Laryngitis.

I took the time to reach out to Fortuna’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to get him to confirm that fight was on the table. Economics aside Lewkowicz told me, “Javier Fortuna agreed to face Ryan García, then GBP informed us that García did not accept the challenge.”

Do with that information as you will.

Also mentioned in the possible Garcia opponent mix was the young Hector Tanajara. Please hear me loud and clear when I say that the undefeated Tanajara is a promising young fighter, but he would have had the lowest KO ratio of any of Garcia’s handpicked opponents. It would have been a bad fight for Tanajara to take at this stage of his career and I am glad it’s off the table for now.

So what is the real story here?

Is Garcia asking for way too much money to fight the likes of Tanajara?

Is Golden Boy afraid to throw Garcia in with a fighter the caliber of Fortuna?

Did anyone other than Garcia himself think he had a snowballs chance in hell to defeat Jorge Linares?

And why did DAZN, who was blowing the Garcia horn from the rooftops suddenly back pedal when Garcia was demanding more money by suggesting, “It’s the promoter that is responsible for and pays the fighters purse, not the network.” ?

These two current press releases from Golden Boy were a loud and clear chess play from the promoter.

The Bishop just took the Knight and his troops are beginning to dwindle.

Garcia only has a move or maybe two left in his arsenal.

Anything short of taking on a viable opponent and accepting the purse of a fighter who really hasn’t proved anything other than he is a Social Media star will be the wrong play.

After that you know what comes next….

Checkmate!

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Top Rank Boxing Is Back On ESPN; It Is Must See TV, And Here’s Why

Monday, June 8th, 2020

By William Trillo


This Tuesday night on ESPN boxing will be back as Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions will be bringing us fights twice this week from The MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The last time Arum promoted a card was at the Fury/Wilder title fight on February 22nd. The dreaded Coronavirus then appeared on the scene and took out everything in its path. Only now are we starting to see light at the end of the tunnel as things are finally opening up….sort of.

ESPN will be broadcasting the fisticuffs as usual but there will be no fans in attendance, which is not usual at all. No one can say for certain how things are going to go that night, but I would advise boxing fans to pay attention to all the cards that are going to be aired minus the fans. We are all going to see and hear things like never before and along the way I am expecting high drama the likes of which not only have we never seen before, but we may never them see again.

Here’s why:

Without the roar of the crowd and the cheering on from fans, fighters will not get that extra adrenaline rush that comes from the electricity of the arena. While some fighters feed off that buzz others can tune all that out and focus completely on the task at hand. How many fights have we seen turn another direction based solely on the rush the fighter gets from the crowd? More than a few. Fighters who are going in as favorites may find themselves on the wrong end of some big upsets if they are expecting the fans to pump them up in the latter rounds. Count on it.

Cornermen are going to play a huge role during the course of fight. Without the noise of the fans cornermen are going to be able to talk with their fighters during the action and give them advice easily. No longer will a fighter have to wait until in between rounds to get direction. It’s going to be real time. Trainers who can see and speak to the events as they are happening are going to become more instrumental than ever before. Others who need to process information and think about it for a bit are going to be three steps behind. And if a translator is needed to relay directions from the trainer …forget about it….too late. Am I saying it’s possible a lesser fighter can beat a more gifted fighter based on the fact his corner will be better able to relay directions during those precious three minutes? That is exactly what I am saying.

Judges scorecards are going to be extremely interesting and I can hardly wait to see them. Why you ask? How many times do you think a judge has scored a close round for one fighter over another based solely on whose punches received more reaction from the crowd? I am not suggesting anything other than the fact that judges are human and it’s difficult not to be influenced by the momentum of the crowd. Now they will be sitting on that chair ringside left to their own devices. It’s going to be interesting to say the least.

Expect upsets! Expect some trainer to become the new Flavor of the Month! Expect wild decisions! Expect unheralded fighters to become stars overnight! It’s gonna be a short and wild ride.

Boxing is back and I am excited as anyone about that fact. Yes, I would rather be at the arena covering the show but in the interim I am going to soak in every bit of it that I can. Over the summer, or however long it takes, boxing is going to take on a new personality and I choose to embrace it with open arms. Things are going to happen that we all will be talking about for years to come. We will argue whether a particular fighter would have won the fight if fans were in attendance. We will second guess corners instructions if our fighter loses. Judges scorecards are going to be scrutinized like never before.

It’s time boxing fans. Order a pizza, pour yourself a drink and get ready to enjoy. We are back in business.

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