Champions On Different Roads!
Will The Thrill Trillo
Photos by Bret "The Threat" Newton
reports from this weekend are in and it is clear that Showtime put
on a heck of an entertaining broadcast this past Saturday night.
Both televised fights were entertaining and anyone who missed them
should try to catch the rebroadcasts this week.
What sticks out most in my mind as I reflect back, is how
different both Champions looked in victory, and how each ones chosen
path appears to be headed down two completely separate roads.
Jose Luis Castillo TKO 10 Julio Diaz
For Castillo, what I saw was a truly outstanding and
dominating performance. His technical skills and pugilistic
talents were without flaw. Sure, he got hit some, he even
gave away the first round in my opinion. But he was just
watching what Diaz was going to do in the beginning and in
the 3 minutes it took for him to get a bead on his foe he
came to the conclusion that Diaz did not have the power or
skill to hurt him in any way.
From that point on Castillo just moved in, blocking
and parrying punches, seemingly at will, while he
countered with sweet punches that left Diaz a mess
by the end of the brutal attack. Diaz thought
he would change things up a bit as he switched back
and forth from orthodox to southpaw stances, but
every time he went lefty, Castillo found a home for
vicious straight right hands, and before The Kid
could blink, he found himself to be a one eyed
wasn't already a Julio Chavez Jr., I would say that Castillo
looked like Julio Chavez Jr. himself, this was a classic
exhibition of boxing, much like we used to see in the days
of his fellow Mexican predecessor, J.C. Chavez Sr.
Looking ahead to his fight with Corrales, one now has to
assume that Castillo is going to be a difficult task for
Chico, much more difficult than he might have expected, it
looks to me as if Castillo has used these last 2 fights to
hone his skills and now he is as sharp as he has ever been,
maybe Corrales in now regretting not fighting him last year
when he was supposed to, time will tell!
Jeff Lacy TKO 7 Rubin Williams
On the other side of the coin we have Jeff Lacy. Is he
dominant? Yes! Can he hit like a ton of bricks? Of course!
Does he get hit too much? Definitely! Will that concrete jaw
ever be truly put to the test? We shall soon find out!
To me, Lacy is about as imposing looking fighter that we
have seen in the ring in a very long time, his chiseled body
spells doom for whoever is standing in front of him. Heck,
one fighter quit at the weigh-in when Jeff took off his
shirt, and I don't blame him! Dude is cut! I can't deny that
he was landing some serious leather on Rubin Williams this
I also can tell you that Williams was landing some
hard shots of his own, and often. Lacy and his whole
team are putting a lot of stock in Jeff's whiskers
and I think that is a dangerous investment to rely
on. This is the Super Middleweight division and
there are a few guys, who given the right opening,
can put an end to anyone's night with one punch.
doubt Lacy will always be in some great and
entertaining wars, but after this fight, and the one
we saw a few months ago with Omar Sheika, I think it
is clear that Jeff is willing to trade blows with
anyone and somewhere down the line I think this is
going to put him in a place he never expected to be,
on the canvas with the referee counting to 10 right
above him! I think Jeff is a great fighter, I wish
him no ill will, but I can't help but think that
sooner, rather than later, he is going to regret his
lack of defensive skills.
On a side note,
the talk amongst ringside reporters is that
Steve Luevano needs to step up the competition, at 27-0 it's time
for his people to cut the cord and let this kid show us what he has
got, his spoon fed line of stiffs needs to come to an end and Steve
needs to get in there with some real competition!
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Will "The Thrill" Trillo
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Bret "The Threat" Newton