Q & A With Gabriel Rosado

April 4th, 2022

By William Trillo
Photo: Marlene Marquez

This Saturday April 9 from The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on The Golden Boy card streamed on DAZN, Super Middleweight Gabriel Rosado (26-14-1, 15 KO’s) will face Shane Mosley Jr. (17-4, 10 KO’s). Riding on a wave of exciting performances Rosado is ready to prove he is still a viable contender. Recently Rosado has been in a Fight of the Year type fight versus Jaime Munguia as well as a KO of the Year performance against the then undefeated Bektemir Melikuziev. We had a chance to speak with Rosado about his upcoming fights as well as his plans for the future. Check out what Gabe had to say.

Pound4Pound: Hey, what’s going on Gabe? Thanks so much for taking my call today.

Gabriel Rosado: You’re welcome. How you doing? Good?

P4P: I’m great. I’m thrilled to be speaking with you. First of all, I just got to tell you that as far as my mental list of fighters go, I can tell you this…when Gabriel Rosado is fighting, I got to be in front of the TV. It’s guaranteed action! I know you’re gonna bring it and I don’t have to worry about sleeping through a fight.

GR: No doubt, man. Thanks

P4P: Yeah, you’re no ordinary fighter.

GR: I appreciate that.

P4P: So, when I got the initial press release, telling everybody that you are going to be fighting Shane Mosley Jr., well, I’m kind of a knee jerk reaction kind of guy. And I thought, okay, wait a minute. Shane’s got a great pedigree, no doubt. But really, his list of accomplishments is The Contender and I guess he looked okay in his last fight. Now I look at Gabe Rosado. You’ve literally got twice the fights under your belt and you have fought everybody from Danny Jacobs to Gennady Golovkin. And you know, that list goes on and on. Personally, I would say that Shane may have bitten off a little bit more than he can chew on this one. Would you agree with me on that?

GR: Yeah, well, you know, one thing’s for sure is that I’m not gonna take Shane lightly. I’ve had a great, great training camp. But I didn’t have a great training camp because I feel that he’s a threat. I had a great training camp because I want to make a statement. I feel like it’s important that I not only win this fight, but win it in a spectacular fashion. I want to make the statement that Gabriel Rosado definitely has more in the tank. And at 168 pounds he’s a problem and he’s dangerous. I’m chasing a world title in the division.

P4P: That was going to be my next question. Obviously, with the statement you’re looking for bigger and better things. And that would be that that belt.

GR: Absolutely. You know, that’s what keeps me in the game. People have their reasons to talk, they say, “Why is Gabe still fighting?” But look, when I’m putting on performances, like knocking out Bektimir and that Fight of the Year with Munguia. Well… there’s it is, I got a lot left in me, and like I said, the goal is a world title. The money’s good, but, you know, for me, it’s really about putting my name in the history books. And then with that, then comes more money. But that’s definitely what keeps me hungry and keeps me going.

P4P: Right, I think about that question, “Why is his Gabe still fighting?” My answer…All you got to do is turn on the TV and go check out Rosado’s recent fights. That man is going to give you great performances fight after fight. You know he is going to give everything he has! He made that a war with Munguia, there’s nothing to be ashamed of with that fight. So, there’s your answer.

GR: You know, you have you have certain fighters that will fight past their prime and look really bad, but for me, I feel healthy, I feel great. I’m blessed to think God to still be doing this. I am waking up in the mornings and really feeling great and feeling happy about what I’m doing. So, the passion, the hunger and the drive is all there. But most importantly, I’m healthy. I feel I’m doing it all for the right reasons.

P4P: I would never suggest that you look past a fighter or take a fighter for granted. So, forgive me for this next question, but… Did you pay attention to the last fight Bektemir had? I think the first thing he did after that body shot knockout was to call you out. Did you see that and what are your thoughts?

GR: Yes I saw it. You know, that’s a personal issue within him. He’s not in my radar anymore. I did what I had to do in that fight. Of course he’s gonna feel that way. I can ask for a rematch with the guys that I fell short to as well. But you know what? You have got to have like a short-term memory in this sport. And you got to keep moving. I can easily say I want to rematch from Munguia. But look, we did what we did. And one thing’s for sure, I’m not going back down to 160. So Munguia, he did his thing and now I’m going back up to 168. So, for Bektemir, and me winning the fight, that’s something he has to deal with. Because, like I said, there’s nothing in it for me. How can I top that knockout? It’s gonna be really hard to top that. So, I’m good.

P4P: I think that was the reaction on Media row that night. When Bektemir said he wanted a rematch with you everybody kinda looked at each other and shrugged. It was like like, why? We all saw it. We saw the outcome. What’s the purpose?

But listen, before we go, I just wanted to touch on your broadcasting career a little bit, if you don’t mind. You’re doing a great job. Are you planning on transitioning over to that once you feel that it’s time to hang up the gloves?

GR: Yes, absolutely. The commentating, it’s something that I enjoy doing now. And, you know, after boxing, once I’m done fighting if I can do it a lot more I would love to. I enjoy calling the fights. I like seeing new talent. I feel like I bring something different to commentating as far as giving the fans a better insight of the mental aspect of what’s going on in the ring. I can paint a better picture of what’s happening in there. It gives the fan at home a better insight of the action.

P4P: A fresh voice on the box is always nice when you are watching a fight and you’ve added a lot. Of course, I want to see you fight again so I don’t mind waiting , but I look forward to also seeing you behind the mic in the future.

GR: Thank you. I appreciate it.

P4P: You have a great day, and I’ll be in front of the TV, watching Saturday night.

GR: No doubt. Thank you, man. Have a good one.

P4P: Take it easy. Okay, thank you so much.

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In Front Of His Hometown Fans, Mikael Zewski Fights For A Title

March 22nd, 2022

By William Trillo

It was almost exactly twelve years ago that I first saw Mikael Zewski (35-2, 23 KO’s) in the ring. The Canadian from Trois-Rivières, Quebec beat his unsuspecting foe into submission by round three. It was Mikael’s second professional fight. It was an impressive victory for the young fighter.

Having already traveled to Quebec twice to cover fights I kept a watchful eye on Zewski. As my good fortune would have it, I was able to cover the fighter live multiple times in both Montreal and Las Vegas. Over the years Zewski has become a formidable fighter, a top contender and a friend.

After 37 fights Zewski will be fighting in front of his hometown fans in Trois-Rivières as he takes on Carlos Ocampo Manriquez (32-1, 20, KO’s) with the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Welter Title up for grabs. Zewski was originally scheduled to fight Serhii Bohachuk but the fighter from The Ukraine has chosen to take up the cause for his country. With maybe the biggest fight of his life ahead of Mikael, we had a chance to get some quick thoughts from the always gracious Zewski.

Pound4Pound: You must be extremely excited to be fighting in your home hometown fans this weekend.

Mikael Zewski: I wanted to fight here in Trois-Rivieres for the past 10 years, so yes, it’s awesome and I am excited. I did not just want a fight in my home, I wanted a real fight here. Ocampo is ranked 8th in the WBO so beating him would put me right back in the title fight mix.

P4P: Is it hard to separate the excitement of this fight from the excitement of fighting in your home for the first time?

MZ: Its all one, this whole thing is exciting. It’s going to be a great fight for the fans and a great experience for me. The crowd will be going nuts and I will get all the energy from them. I’m excited for all my fights, but this one is special for sure.

P4P: Your first opponent, Bohachuk, fell out. I am sure you understand his reasons for having to drop out.

MZ: Of course I do, and I would have done the same thing in his place. I totally understand and wish him and his family to stay safe. Maybe our paths will cross later this year who knows.

P4P: Your new opponent Carlos Manriquez is a fighter you must take seriously; he is no slouch. I am sure even though he is a late fill in you are not taking him lightly.

MZ: I’m not, he has the same style and intensity as Bohachuk and he’s ranked 8th in the world. He is no walk in the park. He’s coming to fight and to get a win on the road, but I’m so well prepared, this will be a good one.

P4P: Mikael, as you know I have been following your career since 2010. I have always enjoyed your style in the ring. You also have carried yourself well outside the ring as well. I will be pulling for you in this fight and look forward to when they raise your hand and say, “And the new World Boxing Council Continental Americas Super Welter Champion. Mikael Zewski.” Best of luck to you my friend.

MZ: Thank you so much Bill, you are great!

To purchase tickets for the fight that takes place Friday March 25 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec go to:
Zewski – Manriquez Le Retour Du Fils De La Mauricie Tickets Mar 25, 2022 Trois-Rivières, QC | Ticketmaster

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Golden Boy Fight Week Interview Part 2:
Alexis “Lex” Rocha

March 15th, 2022

By William Trillo

It’s the Semi-Main event on the big Golden Boy card this Saturday in Los Angeles but Alexis Rocha (18-1, 12 KO’s) vs. Blair Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KO’s) might end up being the fight of the night. The two warriors will collide on DAZN in a matchup that has Donnybrook written all over it. We spoke to Rocha about the big night and got his thoughts as the big fight night approaches.

Pound4Pound: Hey, Alexis, I really appreciate you taking time to do interviews. I know that this is a really busy week for you guys. So, I’m going to just jump right into it. Okay?

Alexsis Rocha: I appreciate you. Well first off, thank you so much for interviewing me. Thank you for taking your time too. It means the world to me.

P4P: You’re welcome. I couldn’t miss out on speaking to you. Tell me, when you very first heard about the opportunity to fight Blair Cobbs, what was your immediate reaction?

AR: You know, I was excited. I was very excited to fight someone like Blair cobbs. I said yes without hesitation. I’m looking forward to our fight March 19.

P4P: Me too. I’ve been fortunate here as a Southern California boxing reporter. I feel like I’ve watched you grew up in the ring. I’ve seen you fight at Belasco, I’ve seen you fight in Indio and all points in between. I’ve really had a good chance to see you literally grow up in the ring and I’ve always felt that you were one of the top fighters there at Golden Boy and in your division. In my opinion you are a top up and comer. An opportunity like this, when it presents itself, can really open the doors for you as far as championship aspirations and moving forward. Are you looking at it in that fashion?

AR: Oh, definitely. I know with a victory over Blair Cobbs it is going to open up a lot of doors. People are going to be viewing this card live and on DAZN. Many eyes are gonna be on me that night. That’s what I want essentially in the sport. I want exposure and I want to climb up the rankings and win.

P4P: You guys are similar in so many ways. Your records are similar, your amount of fights, you’re both southpaws. The one thing is not similar is personality. Blair is a little more flamboyant. And you’ve always been the type of guy that seems quiet and reserved and just lets his talking get done in the ring. Is that a fair assessment?

AR: Yeah, that’s a very fair assessment. You know, the way I was raised was obviously different than him. I was raised with a humble mother that told me to be respectful, to always carry a conversation with anyone and that’s just the way I’ve been raised. And yes, I let my talking get done in the ring. But I understand Blair’s point of view to be out there, to be selling the fight the way he is., We are simply two different people.

P4P: Right, and that’ where the intrigue for the fans is really going to bring not only people into the arena, but that night on DAZN. When you get two guys that are similar, yet different it creates a built in rivalry. You’re gonna have half the fans on one side and half the fans on the other, all cheering for their fighter. This is almost the main event itself, so to speak. I think you might agree.

AR: I definitely agree. I don’t take anything away from Vergil. He is a hell of a fighter and he’s earned his credit to be the main event. But yeah, definitely, this fight has a lot of magnitude in it. It’s a very big fight.

P4P: Let me ask you about you being from basically a fighting family. When flights like this come along, for either Ronny or you, what is the atmosphere around the family and your close peers? I know you guys get very serious and take this as a true business.

AR: Yeah, we’re very serious at what we do. But we joke around and we have fun with what we do. Because if you’re not enjoying what you do, then why do it? You should be relaxed at all times enjoying the whole process. Even when there’s ups and downs in this sport, just enjoy the whole ride because the more you enjoy it, the more you believe in yourself, the more confident you’re going to get and it’s just a smoother ride like that.

But definitely, Ronny has been through it all. From fighting family like you said, Ronny has been through it all. He’s been through the hard fights, he’s been through the losses. He’s been through fighting for a world championship and on the verge of fighting for another World Championship. So, he gives me tons of advice.

P4P: That’s a great answer, Thank you. Look, I know your time is valuable right now so I want to just cut it short and ask you just what we can expect from you next Saturday night in USC.

AR: You can expect the great night. People, tune in March 19. You guys are gonna find out who Alexis Rocha is.

P4P: I’m gonna make sure everybody knows about this fight, trust me. Like you said, no disrespect to Vergill because he’s his own guy. But when I heard about this fight, I wanted to make sure everybody tunes in and is in front of their TV for this. I wish you the best of luck.

AR: Yes, sir. I appreciate that so much. Thank you.

P4P: Alright, have a great day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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