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Hef’s Playboy Pugilism

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

By William Trillo
Photo: Bret “The Threat” Newton

On the passing of Hugh Hefner, Pound4Pound will always remember the times we were invited to his private party in Holmsby Hills that was centered around a good night of boxing. Among the contestants were Sergey Kovalev, Andre Dirrell, Julio Diaz and Tony Thompson, just to name a few.

We always had a fun time at The Mansion and send condolences to the Hefner family and friends.

Click Here For Playboy Mansion Feb. 16, 2007 Photo Gallery

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Supremacy: Black & White

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

By William Trillo

Before the GGG vs. Canelo fight and the ensuing debate becomes yesterdays news I thought we here at Pound4Pound would take one more last look at the proceedings from a slightly different perspective both literally and figuratively.

Before I made the roadie to Las Vegas for the big showdown I packed my old school film camera along with a roll of Kodak Black and White.

For all the positives of Digital Photography there is just something about the Gray Scale that gives the clarity to the atmosphere and attitude of the event that tends to get lost in the rapid fire “Spray & Pray” technique that has turned seemingly everyone into pugilistic personal photographers.

Looking back at these shots you may see the personalities of both camps just a bit more clearly. I know I do.

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From turning your back on the crowd at the weigh-in or saluting the fans it’s not difficult to separate those who have earned their way to the top from those who feel just a bit too self entitled for their own good.

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On fight night I snapped a shot milliseconds after the opening bell rang to start the battle that captures the moment everyone had been waiting for. You can almost hear the crowd screaming.

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I took one shot during the action and then a couple when the final bell rang. Certainly no one is suggesting these are Fight Of The Year photos but they do give you another view of the night, albeit a Bird’s Eye View.

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Lastly, considering the outcome of the fight the post fight press conference was a can’t miss event. Again the Black and White perspective seems to hold the personalities of both camps under a microscope and give us a view some might not have wanted to be seen.

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For Camp Golovkin it was all about smiles and gracious farewells.

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But on the side of Camp Canelo there were plenty of grimaces and frowns for every question thrown at them.

Yet seconds after the press conference was over the main players from Golden Boy got together and for the first time their true feelings were there for all to see, (remember that microscope?).

Please tell me what these guys found so amusing.

Now, I believe in miracles
And a miracle has happened tonight…

But, if you’re thinking about my baby
It don’t matter if you’re black or white….

They print my message in the Saturday sun
I had to tell them I ain’t second to none…
And it’s true, either you’re wrong or you’re right….

But, if you’re thinking about my baby
It don’t matter if you’re black or white….

I am tired of this business
So when the going gets rough….

…Don’t tell me you agree with me
(Line sung by Adelaide Byrd) When I saw you kicking dirt in my eye …..

It’s black, it’s white
It’s tough for you to get by
It’s black, it’s white

Black Or White – Michael Jackson

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Knob Knocker: Farewell Ward

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

By William Trillo

As defined by Urbandictionary.com:
knob: An obnoxious person

He is leaving the sport an undefeated champion; he was the winner of the highly publicized Super Six Super Middleweight tournament. He jumped up from Super Middleweight Champion to light heavyweight and not only took the belts away from Sergey Kovalev but in the rematch he manhandled and KO’d Kovalev and successfully defended those crowns.

But, for all those accomplishments when someone mentions Andre Ward the first thing that will come to my mind is the ingrate who tried to get out a promotional contract he agreed to and signed with Dan Goossen, (twice), and when he did not get his way he feigned injury and for what seemed to be an eternity, Ward stonewalled.

Two times in arbitration the California Athletic Commission sided in favor of Goossen and told Ward he must honor the contract he signed. Click here to see order.

It was only after the untimely death of Dan Goossen that Ward basically danced on the deceased promoter’s grave and weaseled his way out of the contract. Although exact details of how Ward exited Goossen Tutor were never released Tom Brown of TGB Promotions was unhappy with the result saying, “That chapter is closed, I have moved on.”

This is from a fighter who calls himself S.O.G. (Son Of God). It’s Christian’s like Ward that will continually have those in the world looking at them as nothing more than hypocrites because of their witness.

Sorry I can’t get all choked up and slobber all over Ward after his unexpected retirement announcement like the rest of the reports I am seeing today. But for whatever he did inside the ring I will never see Andre Ward as anything other than a Knob for the way he handled his business with the late Dan Goossen.

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Who’s Shortsighted?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

By William Trillo
Photos by Al Applerose

Golden Boy brass admonished the media in attendance at the GGG vs Canelo post fight press telling them that if they didn’t write about the excellent performances of both fighters but instead only focused on the abysmal score rendered, it would be very shortsighted.

Unfortunately for the promoter by the time he uttered those words the internet was ablaze with negative reaction to not only that horrific score but social media was inundated with boxing fan commentary that made it clear they thought Gennady Golovkin was the victim of Las Vegas robbery at its best. In the eyes of the majority of the fans Golovkin won that battle hands down.

So to somehow point fingers at the media, trying to lay an early blanket of blame for the injustice that took place and the negative fallout that was sure to follow is simply laughable at best.

No one can question the gutty performances by both men.

Canelo showed great head movement and countered well. Gennady was masterful at cutting off the ring forcing Canelo to fight in retreat almost the entire night.

Both men showed they have tremendous chins as each one tasted some huge doses of heavy leather but never went down.

Canelo started out nice early but GGG owned the middle rounds. Round five had the house rocking.

To his credit Canelo sucked it up and closed the show well. Round 10 was a barn burner.

For the record I scored the fight like Dave Moretti, 115-113 Golovkin.

A close round here and there and the 114-114 score is more than acceptable.

But 118-110 Canelo?

When it comes to being accused of being shortsighted the only person one can point the Fickle Finger of Fate at is none other than Adelaide Byrd.

It would be one thing if this was an isolated incident. But Byrd has been at the forefront of some very major scoring botch jobs during her career. It’s time someone step up and relieve her of her duties.

Shortsightedness can also be defined as being Near Sighted. Meaning that if an object is not right in front of your nose it becomes blurry and hard to make out. It’s pretty clear Byrd could not see or make out what was in front of her on Saturday night.

The clinical term for being shortsighted is Myopia.

A myopic person is unable to see things as they truly are.

Do with that definition as you will.

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Pound4Pound sends congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Golovkin on the birth of their baby girl on September 8th.

Supremacy Thoughts
For What It’s Worth

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez

The time is finally here. It’s the biggest fight to come around the bend in many moons. No doubt it’s going to live up to the hype. With fighters the likes of GGG and Canelo it’s a given, this one will be spectacular. You can take that to the bank.

From arm chair boxing fan to seasoned journalists the common theme all along seems to center on GGG’s last two fights and the fact that maybe Golovkin has peaked and is now on the downside of his illustrious career. The speculation on that topic has gone so far as to suggest that this so called erosion is the only reason Canelo finally took the fight. Of course that would suggest that his promoter Golden Boy has bought into the Golovkin demise themselves.

Gosh, if only Golovkin had somewhat recently fought and easily beat a similar version of Canelo. You know, someone who comes forward and wants to engage. Some young gun with a sledgehammer punch who incapacitates his foes with one blow. Maybe if GGG had a virtuoso performance against a guy like that then people would be singing a different tune.

Oh wait a minute. He did, and in dominant and epic fashion. That fighter was Montreal’s David Lemieux. GGG systematically dismantled Lemieux with a powerful jab and thunderous bodywork that stopped the young fighter from Canada in the 8th round. The performance by Golovkin was easily one of his shining moments on his 20+ fights KO streak.

If you’re looking for comparisons I think you would be better suited to look at this fight instead of the Brook fight or the last outing by GGG against a very large Danny Jacobs.

When I asked K2 Promotions managing Director Tom Loeffler about this he said, “I don’t know why people don’t want to give more credit to Gennady for beating Lemieux. He was a world champion. David proved with his KO of Curtis Stevens and others that he has tremendous punching power. Yes Lemieux lost to Rubio and Alcine but sometimes fighters have bad nights and David admitted he didn’t train as seriously as he could have for those fights. But when Lemieux is on he is one of the most dangerous middleweights in the world. The way Gennady was able to so thoroughly dominate another champion was a huge statement for GGG. Now, Canelo has a similar size and style to Lemieux and I think Gennady will be able to dominate Canelo in similar fashion.”

When I put the same question to Abel Sanchez he quipped, “People only mention those Brook and Jacobs fights because they think there is a story there, it’s all about selling a story.”

And Golovkin was short on words just stating, “Every fight is different, very different. Right now it’s time for a new story.”

So yeah, if you are asking me how I see it, look to the Lemieux fight as a blueprint for what you will see tonight. I expect GGG to work behind a strong jab that will thoroughly frustrate Canelo. That will lead to the Mexican taking some desperate risks and it is then that Golovkin will lay some serious leather on Canelo who will be stopped inside of 10.

How bad will that beating be?

That remains to be seen.

But when I asked Loeffler if he thinks Canelo will reconsider asking for an immediate rematch if he suffers a crushing KO at the hands of GGG tonight. Loeffler smiled and answered, “It depends on how the victory goes. Abel thinks that Gennady is going to hit Canelo so hard they might not want a rematch. I know this fight has all the ingredients and will live up to the hype. The two styles fit perfect. Gennady is never in a boring fight. Canelo does counterpunch but he doesn’t run away. So this will be a tremendous fight and if it lives up to what we all expect I think this could be not just one fight, but two or three fights.”

I asked Loeffler if Abel was saying that tongue in cheek or does he really think Gennady is so powerful that no one from the other side will want to fight him again? “He really thinks Gennady has the ability to hurt Canelo,” said Loeffler, “ He doesn’t think Canelo can go 12 rounds with GGG.”

I must admit that I am thinking Abel may be making a very good point.

For what it’s worth.

We better stop,
Now, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down!

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Fortune Telling Elvis Says…
Age Before Beauty!

Friday, September 15th, 2017

By William Trillo

With the biggest fight weekend of 2017 upon us I felt it was my duty to get to the boxing Capital of the world, Las Vegas, as early in the week as possible.

OK…….truth be told I just wanted to get the heck out of dodge, and the sooner the better. So with a hearty Hi Ho I jumped in my ride and hit Interstate 15 and set the GPS for Sin City.

As per usual I made my usual midpoint stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo and along with a fountain shop made Cherry Coke there was the obligatory check in with Elvis The Soothsayer. Could the King have some insight on this weekends huge 160 pound Championship battle?

Over the past few big fights Elvis has been unclear and seemed to be speaking another language. In the end his predictions came up hollow.

Elvis was as clear as his Crystal Ball when he addressed this fight saying, “A man that is young in years may be old in hours.”

Simple!

Canelo is going to come into the ring looking like the next new young super star but after a few rounds of GGG’s punishment Alvarez will become the same old story for Golovkin’s opponents and when he leaves the ring the only thing around his waist will be the band of his heavily worn trunks.

Yes, I know, The King is a dismal 0-3 in his past years predictions but on this one it’s hard not to consider what he has to say.

Viva Las Vegas!

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Perceived Decline May Lead to Fall of Golden Empire

Monday, September 11th, 2017

By William Trillo

Let’s make no mistake about it. The reason that it took over two years to make the GGG vs. Canelo fight a reality is the fact that “someone” at Golden Boy was not going to put his Meal Ticket on the line until he believed that Gennady Golovkin has peaked and is now on the downside of his career. After performances against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs that had many so called experts speculating that GGG is not the same fighter anymore…well…the fight coincidentally got made.

Everyone at Golden Boy will adamantly deny there was any such plan on their part. There is no way they can openly admit to the fact that they were playing a waiting game before putting their Golden Egg laying Goose on the line against Golovkin.

In fact, in a recently published interview on Boxingscene Canelo himself states, “We basically had a deal done before the (Jacobs) fight…He just had to be victorious and I had to win my fight, so no, it had nothing to do with it.”

Doing a little fact touching I reached out to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler in regard to that statement. The Managing Director of K2 Promotions said, “No, the deal was night finalized until fight week of the Chavez, (vs. Canelo), fight.”

So, you have to ask yourself, why would Canelo make that false statement?

I will let my readers come to that conclusion on their own.

Coincidentally, on the day of the GGG/Canelo Los Angeles open workout I briefly touched on the subject with Loeffler himself. The following is a transcript of that interview:

Pound4Pound: There are those who say that they, Golden Boy, finally believe that Gennady has peaked and is now on his downside of his career, how do you answer that?

Tom Loeffler: There is only one way to find out and that will be on September 16th. I know there have been critics of Triple G pointing to the fights with Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs but the true test will be how he looks September 16th. I think Gennady will put on the best performance of his career. The motivation I have seen from him and the sparkle in his eye when he is in training camp or talking Abel about the strategy for the fight, or with me in regard to the marketing of the fight, he, (GGG), is on another level. Even though it’s a different person in the ring with him, the platform he is on and the international attention this fight is getting…it’s just on a completely different level.

P4P: Do you give any credence or do you give any validity to that theory that the reason the other side finally took the fight is because they think they see a decline in Gennady’s abilities?

TL: Look, if people think GGG is slipping that’s going to make my job easier to get people actually in the ring to fight him. It was impossible the last couple of years to get any other champion to risk their title to get in the ring with him. So, we will see on September 16th. And if Gennady wins a lot of doors are going to open for him and we will see how it goes with the fighters who weren’t interested in fighting him before.

P4P: Would you care to comment on Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach saying after their victory a couple of weeks ago that they would love to fight GGG for Cotto’s farewell fight?

TL: We have respect for Miguel and what he has accomplished in the ring and we have a ton of respect for Freddie as well. It would be an honor for Gennady, if he beats Canelo, to fight a legend like Miguel Cotto. He has been involved in some of the biggest fights in the sport of boxing against some of boxings biggest names. If GGG is successful against Canelo and has an opportunity to fight Cotto that would be an event that our side would be very interested in.

Personally, I think we have every reason to believe this was a calculated maneuver on the part of Golden Boy. They wanted to put their top money making fighter in the right position to come out on top on September 16th. The perceived decline of Golovkin’s skills helped them sit down at the negotiating table and led them to sign the contract to make this highly anticipated fight official.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the main event this weekend that was also promoted by K2. Srisaket Rungvisai’s obliteration of Roman Gonzalez was not only stunning but sad.

In his victory Rungvisai was masterful and deserves to be applauded.

For Gonzalez, who was considered one of the top fighters in boxing, this was heart wrenching. To see him lying on the canvas was a blow to fight fans around the globe. We all wish him the best whether or not he chooses to ever step in the ring again. He too deserves to be applauded.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Monday, August 28th, 2017

By William Trillo

Like Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey, the circus that passed through “Sin City” this weekend has folded up its tent and life under the Big Top is over. No more Carnival Barkers, no more Clowns, no more Bearded Lady. The boxing paparazzi that chose to forgoe a great night of televised HBO boxing from Carson, California in order to be a part of “The Greatest Show On Earth” will forever carry the taint of being just another shill who bought into the hype and sold themselves out to be a part of that charade. If the hair on the back of your neck is standing on end right now go ahead and assume I am directing that venom at you.

If you so-called boxing fans did likewise and purchased and watched that PPV Sideshow instead of watching real World Championship boxing on HBO then you too are a target of my poisonous sting as well.

Meanwhile…as you are reading this article I and a good number of my truly esteemed peers, (those who did cover the Cotto vs. Kamegai fight), are now either on way to or are already deeply entrenched in covering something completely different. That would be the open media workout for the true Biggest Fight of 2017 tabbed “Supremacy”. That would feature Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez in a Middleweight Championship showdown that has “Barnburner” written all over it.

Here we have an undefeated multi title holding Champion taking on a young once beaten Champion who lays claim to the 160 pound Lineal Championship as well as The Ring championship. This one sells itself and for good reason, it’s the real thing. No foul mouthed named calling press conferences will be needed to help sell tickets here. The fact is they are already gone, there will not be an empty, (or papered), seat in the house.

In regard to this past Saturday night on HBO, boxing fans were introduced to a relatively unknown Champion in Rey Vargas who put on a performance that already has us asking for more. His opponent, Ronny Rios, was as tough as nails in defeat. Vargas had his number on this night but these are two fighters everyone will want to see again.

On the main stage Miguel Cotto put on a performance that makes him worthy to be in a block buster at the end of the year in his farewell to boxing fight. And what can you say about Yoshihiro Kamegai? Time and time again he has proven himself to be a very entertaining warrior in victory or defeat.

It was either that or a Clown and a Bearded Lady. The choice was yours.

If you chose to cover or watch the latter not the former… well that’s on you and your conscience.

I know there are plenty of you wishing I would dig my talons a lot deeper into “The Circus”, but what were you expecting, a Spanish Inquisition?

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This Bud’s For You – Part 2;
Pay Attention This Time

Monday, August 21st, 2017

By William Trillo

Flashback to Billy’s Boxing Blog circa February 2016; Terrance Crawford just manhandled Hank Lundy by dispatching him with a 5th round TKO. After previously going through the likes of Yuriorkas Gamboa and Ray Beltran it wasn’t like I was going out on a shaky limb but in my post fight blog, I predicted “Bud” would clean out the 140 pound division with ease.
(http://www.pound4pound.com/BillysBoxingBlog/2016/02/29/this-buds-for-you/)

Over his next fights Crawford defeated Viktor Postol, John Molina Jr. and Felix Diaz. These victories paved the way for Saturday night’s title unifier with Indongo.

Mission Accomplished.

With his devastating destruction of the previously unbeaten and dual belt holder Julius Indongo, Crawford, who owns two belts himself, gathered up Indogo’s straps and became the first unified title holder since 2004. That is an accomplishment that should not and cannot be taken lightly.

This last time I wrote about Crawford he wasn’t exactly a household name and although he went on to go through everyone placed in front of him after that, he remained relatively off the radar.

Allow me to make another prediction.

When you factor in the exposure he got on ESPN this weekend and multiply that by 4, (as in all the belts he just won), the name Terrance “Bud” Crawford will soon be on the tips of everyone’s tongues. That is a lock.

As I tried to tell you before, Crawford is the complete package. He can box but he would rather fight. He can switch from orthodox to southpaw in the blink of an eye and he is a destroyer from either side. Inside the ring he has a mean streak a mile long. He is a fierce competitor, he wants to beat you, and he wants to beat you so you remember. Outside the ring he is well spoken and confident. Unlike many of his peers “Bud” let’s most of his talking get done in the ring. But at the same time he has no problems telling you where he stands. His post fight comment to Andre Ward was perfect. “Bud” told Ward when asked about his place on the Pound4Pound list, “I got one up on you Andre.” That was a comment Ward could not argue.

If the rumors are true about Crawford struggling to make the 140 pound limit this weekend there is a good chance we will see him move up to the 147 pound division. It should be a smooth transition and I predict he will do just as well as a welterweight.

The only problem there is the fact that a good number of the upper tier at that weight belong to The PBC and we know how that organization treats outsiders, especially ones better than them. They bury their heads in the sand like a frightened Ostrich until the problem goes away. You can also assume that Al Haymon and Bob Arum are not likely to come to terms on any fight involving Crawford vs. Thurman, Porter or Spence. At best look for Haymon to throw Broner into a collision course with Crawford just to buy himself sometime.

The simple solution for Arum is to bypass the PBC BS and have “Bud” face the winner of the Top Rank promoted Jeff Horn vs. Pacquiao rematch. We know Arum has wanted to put Crawford in with Manny for a while now. That was until Horn threw a monkey wrench into that idea.

But if Manny beats Horn in the rematch, and he should…I predict we see Crawford vs. Pacquiao on PPV in early 2018. If Horn should somehow beat Manny again I can see Horn vs. Crawford before the end of this calendar year on ESPN. (That is assuming Horn doesn’t look like Manny went at him with a meat cleaver and a hammer as he did after their last fight).

(LATE ADDENDUM TO BLOG: Looks like Paq vs. Horn is slated for November of this year. Obviously any fight that would take place with Crawford vs. the winner would be in 2018. I stand by the rest of my comments in regards to everything else. Hammer, meat cleaver et al.)

Crawford himself has hinted he would like the winner of Horn vs. Pacquiao 2 as well.

It’s the fight that makes the most dollars and the most “sense.”

Whoever it is, put your money on “Bud” by KO.

This guy is on a roll!

Hear what I say and keep your eyes on Terrance “Bud” Crawford.

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Broner Is As Broner Does
& Other Barclay Thoughts

Monday, July 31st, 2017

By William Trillo

Sorry, but the talk that Adrien Broner still looked like a world class talent in defeat is pure horse manure in my opinion. If Broner was as talented as all that he would have dug down deep and went to the trenches with Mikey Garcia, but that would have put that suspect jaw on the line and Broner was not going to gamble like that with Garcia. Instead what we got was 12 rounds of Broner back pedaling his way to a lopsided loss. Oh sure, he had the occasional landed punch, but mostly he was shaking his head after getting tagged over and over again… far from world class.

In defeat Broner proved to be about as annoying as one could get, first thanking God and then going on an embarrassing F-Bomb laced tirade that put an exclamation point on his soon to be over disappointing career. Adrien, if you really think you’re tired wanna be Floyd act is still gonna put asses in the seats…well…you’re in for a rude awakening.

At one point in time Broner was tabbed by his management team to be the next Mayweather. But after suffering his 3rd loss it’s safe to say he is one of the biggest wastes of talent in boxing. With his fat Daddy combing his hair before the fight and his management team flashing their pre-fight toothy grins it was all fun and games as usual for the A.B. honks.

I didn’t see those pearly white management smiles after the fight nor did I see Fat Daddy Broner grooming his son’s hair.

Maybe that’s because they are all well aware A.B. now stands for “About Bankrupt”.

Did You Hear The One About The One Legged Man At A Butt Kicking Contest?

It seems to me that the worst time to compare yourself to Hall Of Famers Tommy Hearns, Vernon Forrest and Sugar Ray Leonard is right after you kicked the crap out of a one legged man. But holding true to his post fight diarrhea of the mouth form, that’s exactly what the lesser Charlo, Jermall did. Dude then went on to throw his hat into the 160 pound division.

Hey Jermall, let me help you out here.

It just took you 4 rounds to KO a guy who damn near came into the ring on crutches. You might wanna think twice before putting your name alongside a guy known as “The Hit Man” and you definitely want to think thrice about wanting to face guys like Canelo and GGG.

But…I hear Peg Leg Bates is thinking about a career in boxing. Maybe you should try him out first. Seems like more your speed.

Allow me to reiterate: Never, I repeat NEVER, sing your own praises after taking on a one legged man in a butt kicking contest.

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