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Golden Boy Fight Week Interview Part 1:
Blair “The Flair” Cobbs

Monday, March 14th, 2022

By William Trillo


This Saturday at The Galen Center in Los Angeles, welterweights Blair Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KO’s) and Alexis Rocha (18-1, 12 KO’s) will square off in the Semi-Main event that is sure to be a fan pleasing affair. The fight that will also be streamed on DAZN is one battle that should not be missed.

After botching the logistics of my scheduled Zoom Teleconference, we took a more traditional approach and I got to speak with Cobbs on the phone about this very interesting matchup of Golden Boy fighters.

Pound4Pound: Well, Blair, you probably can tell by that little incident that I’m old school, okay?

Blair Cobbs: That’s okay.

P4P: Do you know what I liked about old school boxing?

BC: No, tell me, what did you like about it?

Pound4Pound: It’s that fighters back in the day, even if they were under the same promoter, would get together in the ring in spite of coming from the same “stable”, and they would do it often. That made for some great local battles. That stopped happening as the years went by and it happened rarely if at all recently in the pre-pandemic days. But truthfully, I think the pandemic forced open some doors that had been shut for years. Fighters who have been idle need to get back in the ring. That is making for some very good matchups now. Case in point; Blair Cobbs vs. Alexis Rocha

BC: Absolutely, absolutely. I look forward to claiming dominance and supremacy in my weight class and in my promotional company (Golden Boy) and also in the networks, like DAZN.

P4P: Taking nothing away from the Vergil Ortiz and the Main Event, when I saw the initial press release, I thought you and Rocha were just fighting different opponents on the same card. But when I realized you were fighting each other, it was the Wow Factor. I was calling my hardcore boxing fan buddies telling them, “You got to watch to this fight.” This is like a “let the rubber meet the road” point in your careers. You guys have similar records, similar number of fights in the same venues, a couple of Southpaws. This fight has the makings of a Barn Burner.

BC: Absolutely, absolutely. And I look forward to making sure all the people all around the world know that this is the main event. This is the main attraction. This is what you, the fans need to see. This is a big fight against two top contenders. And we’re going to go at it in the peak of shape at the peak of our careers. This is what boxing needs.

P4P: I agree 100%. Anybody who’s reading this needs to make sure to be in front of the TV when the bell rings for this one, and they need to tell their friends. Tell me how do you see this playing out?

BC: Oh, I see a great fight. I see something happening that’s going to spark the imagination of people. And it’s going to be very interesting how I shut it down. You know, because the thing is, you can’t just pity pat touch and move, touch and move. I can do that all day. But “Blair the Flair” does not to just win the fight. “Blair The Flair” wants to thrive in the fight and claim dominance in the fight. “Blair The Flair” is always going to be looking for knockouts and looking for the world to be impressed by what he does in the ring.


P4P: Again, going back to that Old School, I like my fighters to show me they are fighters. Don’t just try to impress me only with sticking and moving and nothing more. What do fighters have when the heat is on and they are faced with some serious drama? I have seen you face adversity a couple of times. You struggled for a moment but then you kicked in another gear and got yourself back into the fight. That’s something you can’t teach in the gym. That comes from inside, and I give you a lot of credit for that.

BC: Absolutely, and that’s what it’s about. Too many boxing people are getting too caught up with statistics and ratings and trying to make boxing more business than what it really is, an entertainment sport. And it’s time to turn boxing back to where it used to be. Making boxing great again. And that’s just really what it’s about.

It’s been so boring and so bad because a lot of these top fighters are not great fighters. They’re good fighters but they’re not great fighters. Terrence Crawford is not a great fighter. He’s a good fighter at best. He’s not doing the best that he can do inside and outside the ring. He’s not sparking any kind of real interest with the people.

A lot of people may know nothing about boxing, but they come to see a fight. They want to be dazzled. You know they want? They want to be amazed. And you have a lot of fighters out here right now today that are boxing and they’re really good athletes, but you have to be a bigger than that. You have to be an entertainer. People want to see action; people want to see what happens when your back is up against the rope. So yeah, “Blair The Flair” takes a lot of big fights that I might not be the favorite, I might not even be the favorite in this fight. But against all, “Blair The Flair” is going to show you what it means to be great.

P4P: I let my real boxing fans know about this fight I’ll make sure that the casual fan knows to watch this fight too. I really appreciate your time.

BC: Thank you very much.

P4P: I’ll see you next week.

BC: Thanks, Take care.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25 not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.galencenter.org or www.goldenboypromotions.com.

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Pure Chocolatito & More

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

By William Trillo


Whether Julio Cesar Martinez coming into the title fight overweight was a calculated risk (see Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomachenko) or just an irresponsible blunder, the fact of the matter is, it didn’t distract Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in any way, shape or form.

The fight was pure “Chocolatito” through and through. Any concerns that the fighter from Nicaragua is on the downward side of his career were laid to rest in San Diego. The future looks good for Gonzalez as big fights loom. When asked what might be next, Gonzalez deferred to the man he called his boss, that being Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn. It’s hard to imagine that Hearn is not going to take another crack at getting that Juan Francisco Estrada trilogy fired up once again. Fight fans are clamoring for that “Rubber Match” to happen, and if we are learning anything about Hearn, it is that he is getting a knack for giving the people what they want.



Speaking of giving the people what they want…how about Canelo being in the house to cheer on his countryman? I gotta be honest with you here, I wasn’t sure what to make of Canelo prior to him speaking English. But now that he “Habla Ingles” I must say he has a pretty sharp sense of humor, and I like it. There are a lot of fighters that need to be put in check, and he has no problem doing it. Let the good times roll.



Ring announcer David Diamante made his return to the squared circle in San Diego. It was great to see him back in action. The outpouring of love from the fans, fighters and media in attendance was impressive to say the least, he was definitely getting the love. He was truly missed after his motorcycle accident. It’s good to have him back and more importantly, it’s good to see him healthy.



Do with this information as you will; Featherweight Mauricio Lara is must see TV. His demolition of Emilio Sanchez inside of three rounds was about as entertaining as it gets. Don’t go to the kitchen for pizza when this guy gets in the ring, he is all action all the time. Chances are his fights will end sooner rather than later. I have no problem saying he would dethrone any of the current 126 pound champs. Store that for future information.

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Back To The Bulls

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

By William Trillo


Taking a break from the action in the squared circle I ventured out on a chilly Tuesday night in Los Angeles to take in the action on The Professional Bull Riders tour. Needless to say, it was a great nonstop thrill ride that pleased everyone in attendance.

By taking the event buckle at the one-night PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast (UTB) midweek stop in Los Angeles tonight, Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) has won two premier series events in the past four days, rocketing to the world No. 1 position.


And if that’s not enough of a rare distinction in America’s original extreme sport, Swearingen won these events after a bull smashed in his helmet and he was knocked out cold and backboarded from the arena in Oklahoma City on Friday, Feb. 11.

Swearingen began the rare Tuesday night PBR event as the No. 2 cowboy in the world standings and delivered a perfect 2-for-2 performance in Los Angeles, winning the PBR Pluto TV Invitational on Tuesday night and launching to the top of the PBR’s world standings.


Just one week after collecting his first event win of the 2022 UTB season in St. Louis, the 22-year-old New Yorker was still on fire as he blasted from the chutes in Round 1 aboard Lights Out (Diamond Bar Cattle/ Premier Ag) for 89.25 points.

After securing his spot in the championship round, Swearingen selected Nasty Wishes (Culp Bucking Bulls/ Diamond J) as his matchup in the final round.


As the second-to-last rider of the night, Swearingen had the crowd inside CRYPTO.com Arena at full volume as he was in complete control.

His 91.25-point score, the highest of the event, unleashed a deafening roar from fans and his fellow opponents alike as he clinched the win.


To check out all the latest news on the PBR and to find out when the tour is coming to your area log on to Professional Bull Riders (pbr.com)

Lightweight William “Camaron” Zepeda
Co-Featured On DAZN

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

By William Trillo
Photo: Marlene Marquez



Not to be missed on The Golden Boy promoted card in Tijuana this Saturday is lightweight KO artist William Zepeda (24-0, 22 KO’s). Zepeda will be taking on Luis Viedas (29-11-1, 10 KOs) in the co-main event of the card that features Jaime Munguia vs. D’Mitrus Ballard in a Middleweight title Main Event that will stream on DAZN.

The first time I saw Zepeda was at The Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. On that night Zepeda dismantled an at the time undefeated Hector Tanajara. Over the course of six brutal rounds the southpaw Zepeda bludgeoned Tanajara. It was then that the corner halted the bout. It was an impressive display by the somewhat under the radar fighter from Mexico.

Four months later I was in attendance to Zepeda’s next bout in Anaheim, California. Once again, I was more than impressed with the way Zepeda conducted his business. In this bout, the fighter they call “Camaron” stopped John Moralde inside of four rounds. If you like fighters that fight then you need to catch Zepeda’s show this weekend. He is must see TV.

I was fortunate to get a chance to speak with Zepeda only days before his upcoming bout. I am sure you will enjoy what the humble warrior has to say.

Pound4Pound: I appreciate so much that you have given me time to speak with you because I know how it is for you guys on fight week.

William Zepeda: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.

P4P: Okay, let’s do it. All due respect to the fighters in the main event this weekend, but in my opinion you and Vergil Ortiz are on the top tier of fighters in the Golden Boy stable.

WZ: I appreciate your point of view. You know, Golden Boy has a lot of strong fighters that have great characteristics and great abilities. Then, they have other fighters that maybe get distracted. I see that Vergil is very similar in the way we approach a fight. We train 100%. Vergil is very strong and like myself, he likes to show his abilities in the ring. Something that we both share is that we commit 100% into our fights. I really appreciate your point of view.

P4P: Awesome. Your record is spectacular, 24 wins with 22 knockouts. Are you aware that the last time somebody went the distance with you was some five years ago?

WZ: I always prepare to go the distance. But boxing is so unpredictable, it could take one shot, and that’s all it takes. I like to take it slow; I like to have patience because you know one day there’s going to be that fighter that can go the distance and I can’t rely on trying to make it end early. I go into the ring and do my job. If the knockout comes, then it comes. If there is an opportunity for me to see the weaknesses in my opponent and to be able to systematically break him down early, then of course I will take that opportunity. But I am not going in there mentally looking for the knockout. I want to make sure that I am patient and that I do my job. And then, if the knockout comes it comes.

P4P: As it turns out you had a change in opponents and now will be taking on Luis Viedas. How long have he had to prepare for this opponent?

WZ : Well, I was preparing to fight Yerel Siezar but the fighter was changed and with that I changed a little bit of my strategy. I have always trained for extreme pressure. I always intend to pressure the opponent. I practice my boxing skills and focus on applying pressure to the body to the other fighter. I also have to be prepared to protect myself and never underestimate the new opponent because in this case this fighter does have a lot of experience. But you know, I prepare 100% for every fight. I am ready to put on a good fight on Saturday night.

P4P: I have one last question. You own the WBA Continental Title. You are ranked number seven in the WBA. If everything goes well on Saturday, what will be your career goals for this coming year?

WZ: After this fight on Saturday, and God lets me win, I will be in a really good position to take on another fight this year and then go to the drawing board and talk to Roberto Diaz to find a good fight to advance and get the experience I need and just keep getting better.

P4P: Okay, great. Thank you so much. Seriously, you are one of my favorite fighters. I like fighters that fight and you are definitely on that list. I’m really looking forward to seeing you fight Saturday and I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to chat. Good luck this weekend.

WZ: Thank you so much for your time. I want to thank my “Tocayo” (namesake) for the interview and for the good vibes and for you the great things that you have said about me as a fighter. I really appreciate it.

P4P: You’re welcome.

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IBF & Group Yvon Michel
Flirting With Disaster Again

Monday, December 20th, 2021

By William Trillo
Photo: Bernard Brault – GYM



Just a little over three months ago a female fighter by the name of Jeanette Zacarias Zapata from Mexico died five days after being KO’d inside of a boxing ring in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The 18-year-old was seriously overmatched. It’s not to say the outcome was inevitable but…….

This past Saturday night in the very same Montreal city and with the very same Montreal promoter, Yvon Michel from GYM, it was Marie-Eve Dicaire in a vacant World title fight against…you guessed it…a ridiculously overmatched girl from Mexico by the name of Cynthia Lozano. It was clear after the first fifteen seconds of round one that Lozano possessed little if any boxing skills whatsoever.

Taking the facts I just laid out into consideration I’d like to ask a few somewhat rhetorical questions.

Is Michel’s memory that short? Did he not remember what happened on a card of his in September of this year?

Can someone explain to me how Lozano was in line to fight for the then vacant IBF Female Super Welterweight title?

Is the quality of fighters in female boxing so pathetic that a full time Mother of three and very part time fighter from Nuevo Leon, Mexico can be sanctioned by the IBF to fight for the title?

How is it that a fighter, a former champion who lives and breathes boxing unable to quickly dispatch of this hand-picked opponent with inferior skills? Furthermore, how was said Champions face so lumped up after taking on a fighter she should have outclassed and steamrolled?

I’d love to hear your answers to all of these questions.

This is why I personally have a hard time giving women’s boxing the time of day. The talent pool amongst the ladies is very shallow. No Life Jackets needed shallow. It’s hard to get excited about fights like the one we saw on Saturday night. But due to the lack of quality in the female ranks, it is more often than not what we get.

As far as that Dicaire vs. Lozano fight goes… Shame on you Yvon Michel. Did you not learn anything after the recent tragedy? I know the hometown TV announcers were trying to bail you out by quoting some reassuring statement you made about the mismatch, but honestly, it all sounded like Charlie Browns teacher to me, “Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah.”

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Taking A Look At The 2021 Year End Slate With Showtime’s Al Bernstein

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

By William Trillo


Boxing is in the home stretch for 2021 and as we look at the finish line we can see a number of good fights coming our way. I can’t think of a better person to give us some insight on the upcoming fights than Showtime’s announcer Al Bernstein. Check out this interview out as Al gives us a heads-up on the fights fans need keep an eye on. We also speak to Bernstein about the great charity work he is involved with. 

Pound4Pound: I really appreciate you giving me the time to speak with you Al. You know they call James Brown the hardest working man in show business, I think you’re the hardest working man in boxing.

Al Bernstein: It’s been a little busy, and boy it’s going to get busier when we hit the end of October into November. We’ve got a full slate of boxing on Showtime and Showtime Pay-Per-View and I’ll be running around all over the place. Although some of those are home games for me because several of them are in Las Vegas.

P4P: Which ones are standing out in your mind right now Al? What are the Showtime fights that are brimming with sure fire excitement?

AB: Well, obviously I’m looking forward to seeing Jaron Boots Ennis, on October 30th. He’s fighting Thomas Dulorme in what should be an action fight. Dulorme has given a bunch of top welterweights including Ugas, very difficult fights and has made them really exciting. So, we’ll see how Ennis stacks up against those other top welterweights and Boots Ennis is potentially quite a star in the welterweight division. We’ll have to see how it plays out, but he certainly has an amazing offensive skill set.

And of course, Caleb Plant taking on Canelo Alvarez is going to be a major fight in boxing. Canelo, anytime he fights it’s a major event and this would be the unification of the 168-pound championship. We know that there are high emotions already involved with that one, as evidenced by their skirmish at the weigh in.

One of the fights that really might be the topper of everything, even though maybe not at the top of the minds of every boxing fan, is that 122 pound division, which I think is one of the best of the best in boxing, and that’s Steven Fulton and Brandon Figueroa in a title unification match. That’s going to be on the 27th of November and that’s here in Las Vegas. I think that is going to be a spectacular fight. All the best fighters have been fighting each other in that weight division and this one’s kind of a culmination of a lot of those fights and I think this going to be terrific.

P4P: I agree. That’s one that I definitely have earmarked and I’m going to be in Vegas for that. I am looking forward to it. I covered a prelude to that awhile back when Figueroa KO’d Nery and Fulton was an interested ringside observer. On an action fight and a skill fight, I am really looking forward to that. Hopefully it won’t be flying under the radar on that Thanksgiving weekend and boxing fans will get a chance to take a real good look at these guys because they are a spectacular.

AB: Yes, it’s a wonderful division and I hope fans will take notice of it because these 122 pounders that are all fighting each other, which is what we want to see in boxing. It seems like there’s a couple of divisions in boxing where the top fighters seem more likely to fight each other, I don’t know why that is. But 122 is an example, 154, 118, where we see more of fighters actually engaging each other, although you can say that about the heavyweight division as well, can’t you? If you’re objective about it, many people in the top 10 and all the champions have been fighting each other, so that’s good too.

P4P: Boxing is coming around and we are getting these types of fights where top fighters are engaging. We just saw that with Fury and Wilder. The other fight that I think is flying a little bit under the radar, even the fighter himself, is Boots Ennis. I don’t know that boxing fans are aware of this guy’s potential. And that’s another one that I’m really hoping fans will tune in and pay attention to.

AB: Offensively, he’s as gifted as any fighter I’ve seen in years. He switches his righty to lefty, he has power from both stances and he’s got amazing hand speed. As an offensive fighter, I don’t know what more you would want from him. He’s also a good defensive fighter, but because he’s so aggressive he will sometimes get hit, but has not been hurt, but he hasn’t faced a big puncher. Really the only thing that we’re waiting to see from Boots Ennis, is if a powerful welterweight hits him with something square. I mean that is really the only question because he’s checked every other box at this point and I think he’s ready. If he beats Dulorme there’s no nothing, no reason why he shouldn’t fight any of the top welterweights in the world.

P4P: Something I’ve noticed regarding fighters in the top 10, fighters that we want to see fight, finally getting together. It looks like promoters are finally burying the hatchet a little bit and more willing to work with each other. Are you noticing that yourself?

AB: Yes, yes. I think there’s a slow eroding of the barriers that seem to have been erected for big fights. We also see it with the Boxing organizations, which while we criticize and rightfully so and the sanctioning bodies. Sometimes they end up being a force for good, because as in the Porter vs. Crawford fight, they get involved and they order certain fights and then promoters’ kind of, if people want to keep their titles, they have to acquiesce. And Porter vs. Crawford kind of example of that.
We saw with Fury vs. Wilder where two different promoters and two different networks all got on board. We’re seeing a little bit more of that and we need to see it more because it’s just good for the sport. I know there have been a number of things in the year 2021 that people would point to and be critical of but at the end of the day, the actual product that boxing has put out there in 2021 is the best it’s had in the last six or seven or eight years in my opinion.

P4P: I agree. And whether or not it’s cause and effect of the pandemic and the situation we went through and that type of situation, it has in my opinion helped. And we haven’t even mentioned Canelo and Plant. You know right there that one going to break records. The intrigue and the possibility there thanks to the press conference scuffle is fantastic.

AB: Yes, I think you’re right. Promoters bought themselves the collective urgency to make sure after the down period of the pandemic that when it came back, it came back strong. I thought it came back very well. Many of the sports came back well, better than people anticipated , although we’re still in the pandemic, but things calmed down enough to have sports and boxing did do a good job of it last year and has done an excellent job of it this year. So I think there’s been a conscious effort whether it was collective or just individually driven for people in the sport to know that it was vitally important, that sport provide a product for people that they’re going to want to see.

P4P: Let’s just hope that we can keep on that pace and go from there.

I’d like to ask you about your work with the House of Boxing Champions….

AB: Yes, thanks for asking. Let me tell you about it. I’m working with them as supreme ambassador for them. I’m helping them at events, I’m helping to fundraise and helping them spread the word about the work they are doing. And when they do an event with a gym it’s part fundraiser, and it’s part them providing safety equipment and checks for fighters to have travel funds, to go to different regional and national events. And the first event I participated in was at the Tony Harrison’s Gym in Detroit. They provided a lot of safety equipment, headgear, wrappings, mouth guards, and all those things for the amateur boxers there. They’ll soon be announcing future dates with other gyms around the United States. They’ve already going to a number of gyms and I got on board with them for the last one, but people could go find out about them at www.houseofboxingchampions.com I’m just very excited to be involved with them because amateur boxing is a lifeblood, not only of the sport of boxing, it’s a way in the community that young men and women can change their lives.

And I don’t think anything about amateur boxing, how many gold medals you win, how many international championships are won means half as much as what goes on a day-to-day basis inside boxing gyms all around the United States, in which young people’s lives are changed. And that’s the kind of thing that I’m interested in. And that’s what House of Boxing Champions does. And that’s why they’re a very worthwhile organization to contribute to. They’re also worthwhile organization to work with for all the boxing people that can help provide things. And I am happy to spend my time helping them, not only spread the word, but also help them fundraise and help them have these events that are so important.

P4P: I have to agree with you wholeheartedly. I was involved with a boxing club here in Southern California for years and years, and yeah, a few champions went through those doors or top contenders, but at the end of the day, seeing these kids from the community coming in and playing pool or foosball and that type of thing, well that was what it was all about. And then maybe one of them will try to hit the bag or whatever, and who knows? But the outreach, it was for at risk youths. It helped turn some kids that maybe would have gone another direction down a better more positive path. So, I know firsthand what you’re doing is so beneficial for these young men.

AB: Yes. These gyms around the United States, change lives and these youngsters deserves to have the right safety equipment to make sure that they’re involved in a safe endeavor and I’m totally committed to it. And I’m very anxious to see them be able to reach out to as many amateur gyms as humanly possible in the United States and provide this equipment and to do that, of course they need help. They need funding and the cooperation of those involved in the world of boxing.

P4P: I can’t think of a better ambassador than Al Bernstein for these young men. And I’ll thank you for them, for taking part.

AB: Thank You. You know what, I appreciate that Bill, you try to give back to a sport that has given so much. Boxing has given me so much, in the last 40 years that when I’ve had the opportunity, I’ve tried to do things to give back to it, both on the amateur and professional basis. And I kind of consolidated a lot of my charitable efforts into this organization because I thought it made the most sense for me because of the mission statement it had.

P4P: We wish you the best with your endeavor. And, we wish you the best on keeping your energy, because you’re going to have a busy end of the year, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes out. Then we can speak at the beginning of 2022 to see how everything came down in the world of boxing.

AB: It’s going to be a fun last quarter of the year. We have already seen evidence of that. The Fury vs. Wilder fight wasone of the most exciting heavyweight championship fights ever. And there’s so many other fights dotting the landscape. We mentioned Crawford vs Porter, we mentioned some of the Showtime fights, Chocolatito and Estrada fighting each other, the list goes on and on.

I mean there’s so many great fights. Plant vs. Canelo and you just go on and on. There are several great looking fights in the last quarter. So I think it’s going to be very exciting. And I think boxing fans, when they look back on this year are going to say to themselves, ” okay this was fun, we had so many good fights”. And not just the main fights, a lot of the under card fights have been very, very exciting. I look back on a lot of these Pay-Per-View cards and of course the regular cards that were on different platforms and a lot of times the second and third fight were wildly exciting. And so I think that’s something that boxing has done better this year as well. And hopefully it’ll continue.

There is going to be a lot to talk about and I’m always available to you Bill, for whatever you need.

P4P: That my friend is nothing short of awesome. Thank You. Hey, listen Al, you have a great end of the year. I know you’re going to stay busy, so be safe out there and be well.

AB: All right, thanks Bill.

P4P: Have a great day. Bye-bye!

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Deontay The One Trick Pony;
Fury Exposes More Than Wilder’s Lack Of Talent

Monday, October 11th, 2021

By William Trillo
Photo: Al Applerose



As defined by www.merriam-webster.com
One Trick Pony: one that is skilled in only one area: one that has success only once

I’m pretty sure that anyone with even the slightest bit of boxing acumen knew Deontay Wilder was a “One Trick Pony” long before Tyson Fury put the finishing touches on the near three fight beatdown he delivered to “The Bronze Bomber”.

Outside of that long powerful right hand, some called “The Eraser”, there was little or no evidence that Wilder, who was spoon fed a string of second-rate bums over most of his lone title reign, had any real Champion caliber talent at all.

After the second Fury fight it was apparent Wilder’s skills were subpar at best. Casting a ton of blame on everyone and everything but himself, Wilder fired his trainer Mark Breland and brought in Malik Scott to smooth out the rough edges. As you saw Saturday night Wilder’s skills didn’t look any better at all, in fact they looked worse. Let’s face it, at 35 years old it was highly unlikely Malik was going to teach an old dog any new tricks.

You saw the result. In a crowd-pleasing battle that saw both men go down multiple times, Wilder who showed moments of his own resilience, finally succumbed to a pretty good beating. It was over in eleven.

After exposing the limitations of Wilders skills Fury unknowingly was about to expose another trait of Deontay that had been questioned in the past. After going to his fallen foes corner in a show of respect Fury emphatically stated, “I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect…he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem….”

It’s a huge problem.

This is the same guy who before the fight accused Fury of cheating in the last fight. This is the same guy who told Fury at the pre-fight press conference that Tyson did not possess Knockout power. This is the same guy who runs with a posse that has no problem running, “You gonna get yo’ ass kicked White Boy” smack anytime they crossed paths with team Fury during fight week.

Make no mistake about it, had Fury’s team run some of that racist smack back at “The Bomb Squad” there would have been Hell to pay in this bass-ackwards society we live in. Like it or not, you know that fact to be true.

So, after a fight that was a third in a Trilogy, a fight that saw these two leave a part of themselves permanently in the ring, you are telling me Wilder didn’t have the dignity or humility to show Fury some respect?

No, he did not.

As Fury would later say, “That is the true heart of a cowardly man.”

One of the things that I love so much about the sport of boxing is the fact that after brutal wars and epic trilogies fighters have the respect for their foes with handshake, hugs and sometimes even deep friendships. Think Gatti-Ward, Pacquiao-Marquez and the like.

Instead, Wilder chooses to swallow a jagged and bitter pill while spouting excuses for his losses and blames everyone but himself. And in case you haven’t heard, the excuse train for this last fight with Fury is already gaining steam and should be heading your way soon. A busted finger, busted knuckle, broken hand, and a busted lip are all loaded up on the locomotive and getting ready for delivery. Consider yourselves warned!

Prior to the fight Wilder was already hinting at retirement. In a perfect world he does just that, it’s time for him to go away.

No one likes a sore (three time) loser….NO ONE!

And that includes yours truly.

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Canelo vs. Plant: The Heat Is On

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

By William Trillo


If you have seen the movie Beverly Hills Cop you know things aren’t always Bentley’s and Diamonds in the 90210. Such was the case Tuesday afternoon as the press conference to announce the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant title unifier quickly erupted into a donnybrook when the fighters’ exchanged blows during the face off.

Really, the November 6th fight in Las Vegas didn’t need much in the way of hype. Canelo, who is the biggest star in boxing right now is a 168-pound division Champion. Actually, he owns all the belts…except for one, and that is the belt that Plant has around his waist. There has never been a true undisputed champ at 168, but when the night comes to an end on that November date in Sin City, one man will reign supreme.


There is already an inordinate amount of interest in this fight, but what the heck, if you want to sell a few more tickets and PPV’s then go ahead, let the fists fly. Even better…let’s see some blood!

Fans got all that and more.


To quote the Glenn Frey song that opened that Beverly Hills Cop movie;
You can make a break, you can win or lose,
That’s a chance you take, when the heat’s on you,…The Heat Is On!

“You can say whatever to me, but not to my mom,” said and irate Canelo. “I’m going to fight anyone who says something about my mom. And he swung first. I just pushed him. He swung first, and I do what I do. He crossed the line.”


In a subdued response Plant said, “We just had some normal back-and-forth banter up there and then whatever happened, happened. It’s none of my concern though. I’m focused and locked in on November 6.”

Whatever the case may be, both men where bleeding after the skirmish. Let the proverbial chips fall where they may.


If you are asking Canelo, he plans on cashing in those Las Vegas chips early, “It will be over in eight rounds or less. I’m going to knock out this guy. Easy.”

On the other hand, Plant is looking to beat all the odds, “I know that people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m winning on November 6…. Those people who doubt me are the very reason that I’m here.”


Now we got a fight!

Oh sure, Canelo is sure to be the odds on favorite, but after this “Dust Up” in Beverly Hills even the most casual boxing fan is going to want to see what goes down when these two step into the ring in November.


Tickets for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com. The event is promoted by Canelo Promotions and TGB Promotions and sponsored by Hennessy and Value.


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Oscar & Oscar –
I’m Going To The Window Again!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

By William Trillo


Over the past week a couple of Oscar’s, Valdez and De La Hoya respectively, have made some pretty loud noise in the boxing world and the news wasn’t necessarily pretty. Try as I might to stuff it and pretend the problems didn’t exist, I made every effort to keep my big mouth shut. But…in lieu of either having a complete nervous breakdown or suffering from a duodenal ulcer I thought it best to let off some steam.

Big surprise, huh?

Let’s start with Valdez, as we all know the undefeated WBC Super Featherweight Champ tested dirty for a banned performance enhancing substance. Both his A and B samples turned up tainted prior to his title defense that is set to take place this weekend.

The obvious question is why is he still fighting this weekend to defend his title? In fact, why is he still fighting at all? How is it that other fighters caught in the same situation were banned from boxing for a determined amount of time, but Valdez is seemingly walking away with nary a slap on the wrist?

At the very least Valdez should have been stripped of his title, fined and MAYBE allowed to fight but unable to regain his title with a victory. Should he lose, the title should have been given to his opponent Robson Conceicao. Along with that, Valdez should have not been ranked anywhere in the Top 10 in his weight and forced to fight his way back in.

But that is not the case.

The WBC in their “infinite wisdom” are allowing the title fight to take place as scheduled and said they will keep an eye on Valdez over the coming year to make sure he doesn’t violate the PED rules again.

Horse Hockey!

The WBC has long been suspected of some less than underhanded shenanigans when conducting their so-called business. With this decision in the Valdez situation, we no longer have to “suspect” anything. President Sulaiman and his entire organization are guilty as charged.

Furthermore, if you don’t think this taints the Valdez victory over Miguel Berchelt then you might want to be remember that Sulaiman likes fabric Softener when you are rinsing his Chonies.

No one on the planet thought Valdez had a real chance against the beast Berchelt. Let’s be real here, two fights ago Valdez was sent to the deck by last minute substitute Adam Lopez, who isn’t considered a KO artist at all. How could Valdez now summon up the power to steamroll a destroyer like Berchelt?

I will let you answer that one for yourself.

And now the other Oscar, De La Hoya.

Look, I may not have the College Degree that many of my peers have but when it comes to dysfunctional behavior and the issues that cause it, I have a Masters Degree. I am not proud to reveal that but with my experiences, which have included some 20 years as a counselor, I am pretty good at picking up the warning signs of someone heading down a pretty rocky path.

Let’s be honest, the atmosphere surrounding this “Most Anticipated” comeback appeared more like a circus than it did a professional prize fight. Something just seemed askew from the get-go.

Photos circulating of Oscar working the mitts at his open workout were less than flattering. Video interviews with The Golden Boy were uncomfortable to watch.

Honestly, it came as no surprise to me that Oscar pulled out of the fight a week before it was scheduled. I expected that all along. The video he posted on social media announcing he had Covid was odd. Amongst my peers it garnered skepticism. In fact, the next person that says they believe Oscar has Covid will be the first.

24 hours later Oscar revealed he was raped when he was 13 years old. The timing of this revelation is troubling at best.

Listen, I am not saying Oscar does not have Covid. I am not saying he wasn’t sexually molested as a pre-teen. What I am saying is all these things being announced at the same time by one person sends up a lot of red flags.

Mix in that abysmal appearance on that Triller card a while back when he was obviously intoxicated and what we have here is all the signs of a powder keg that is ready to blow.

Now, I could be completely wrong about my suspicions and totally out of line here, but if I was someone close to him, I would express deep concern and do whatever it takes to help stop this apparent downward spiral.

He is The Golden Boy for “Chrissakes.” If even a smidgen of what I believe is taking place, then someone needs to step in and save him from himself before something very bad happens….

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On His Fight With Kavaliauskas
Vergil Ortiz Makes It Clear;
“This Is The Fight Everyone Must Watch!”

Monday, August 9th, 2021

By William Trillo


Having been ringside to watch Vergil Ortiz (17-0, 17 KO’s) live nine times in his career, I feel as qualified as anyone to speak to the young fighters World Class skills. From being there when he made his pro debut in Indio, California and all the way up to his dismantling of Mauricio Herrera in Las Vegas, Nevada, I have witnessed all the impressive tools Ortiz has in his arsenal. I have become a firm believer that Ortiz is one of the top young fighters in the world. I will take that a step further when I say without hesitation that Vergil Ortiz is the best fighter in The Golden Boy stable. Again, I say that without hesitation.

This Saturday August 14th in Frisco, Texas Ortiz will take on a huge challenge when he puts his newly acquired WBO International 147-pound belt on the line against the battle tested Egidijus Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KO’s). This fight, broadcast by DAZN, has all the makings of a Fight Of The Year type war.

I had a chance to speak with Ortiz at the end of his final week of sparring. From his last fight with Maurice Hooker and his thoughts on his upcoming battle, Ortiz was gracious to give us his insight. Check out the interview:

Pound4Pound: Thank you so much for giving me a moment of your time Vergil, I know you’re at the end of your big week of training and I appreciate your time.

Vergil Ortiz: No, thank you. And thanks for having me.

P4P: Good, good…Hey, you’re fighting next week in Frisco, Texas. Again, basically in your hometown. That’s got to be great to go back to back in your home state.

VO: Oh yeah, definitely. It feels great fighting back at home. Back-to-back! I love fighting at home. I’ve got a loving atmosphere.

P4P: Frisco’s pretty close to your home, isn’t it about 30 to 40 minutes away? So, you’re probably going to have a lot of people there and rooting you on.

VO: Oh yeah, of course. I’m looking forward to it.

P4P: I consider myself fortunate in that you’ve had a lot of fights down here in my Los Angeles area and also Las Vegas. I’ve been able to see you very often and I’ve come to appreciate your skills so much. My personal feeling is you are the cream of the crop with the Golden Boy stable. It must be nice to be getting that publicity and getting the Main Even fights on DAZN. I believe you are right on the verge of hitting the big stage very soon.

VO: I definitely feel the love from Golden Boy. I’m grateful to be with them. I said it from the beginning, I love being with them. They’re awesome. I’m not just trying to be a suck up or anything. They’re actually really good to me.

P4P: That’s great. In your last fight, I kind of want to call it your “breakout” fight, everybody was really looking forward to how you would do with Hooker. I think you made a big statement there stopping him in seven, you were ahead on all the cards at the time. I don’t think there’s anybody that should question what you did and what you proved that night.

VO: Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of people say that, “Oh, Vergil got touched up” or whatever. I’ve always been the type to get marks on my face. If people were really watching the fight, I was blocking most of those shots. I got hit maybe with two or three clean shots, those shots aren’t going to leave the marks like I had. The gloves were rubbing on my face or whatever, but it’s all good. I felt like I was in control the entire time.

P4P: As to your opponent, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, I’ve been watching him as well. Not as much as I’ve watched you, but quite frankly, I did watch his last fight with Zewski . And Kavaliauskas had some trouble in there. Had he had not knocked Zewski out he was actually behind on the scorecards. Do you look at things like that when you go into your fight? Where that fight was at that time, even though he did stop Zewski, there was a little bit of a problem for him. Did you see it like that?

VO: I don’t know. I did see the fight. I saw the whole fight. I think that he was doing okay. He was doing enough to not make the other guy look really good. At the same time, he wasn’t doing too much himself, but at the same time sometimes styles make fights. You just never know, but for this upcoming fight we got two fighters that love to fight, that love to be in those exciting fights. So I don’t think this fight is going to be like that.

P4P: So, you prepare yourselves accordingly then. It could end up being a good hard fight. I’m feeling this fight’s going to go about the same as the other two, seventh or eighth round knockout. And you’re going to be on top and then going on your merry way to bigger and better things.

VO: I mean, that’s the plan. Hopefully that’s the way it goes.

P4P: Okay, good. Just quickly….Everything’s going well, as far as camp, weight, nobody’s got any COVID or whatever else at all?

VO: Nope, no, no, not this time. No we’re good. We’re healthy over here. And I’m grateful for that. I feel great for this camp.

P4P: Any last words for fans and people getting ready to watch next week?

VO: Just make sure you tune in, this is going to be a fight. If you ever had to watch one fight, including my future ones, I would say this is the fight that everyone would love to watch. It’s going to be an exciting fight. I can’t wait to watch the fight after I fight.

P4P: Vergil, it’s been a real pleasure watching you fight. I’ve been so fortunate to see so many of your fights up close and I’m really thrilled that Cecilia at Golden Boy gave me this opportunity to speak to you. Good luck next week.

VO: Thank you. Thank you.

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