Archive for February, 2016

This Bud’s For You

Monday, February 29th, 2016

By William Trillo

Hank Lundy thought he had the heart and courage to go the distance with the champ but after getting clubbed upside the head by Terrence Crawford…well Hank, as the commercial said, “This Bud’s For You!” What made the cocky Lundy think he stood a chance against Crawford is beyond me.

In systematic fashion “Bud” measured and tracked down Lundy with precision. That left that dropped off Lundy’s head was not a lucky shot but rather a calculated blow that was set up by a master technician over the previous four rounds. Upon rising to his feet Lundy became little more than clean up detail for Crawford and the fight was stopped promptly thereafter.

I’d like to know what Crawford said to Lundy when the ref stopped the fight. Crawford said he was just showing him respect but something tells me it may have had a little “in yo face” splashed in the statement for effect. The only person who may know what Crawford said to Lundy is the referee Steve Willis. As much as I would like to ask the ref what was said I know I’d never get past all the facial expressions this guy makes and I would never hear a thing.

Crawford is a true force at 140 pounds.

CORRECTION: Crawford is THEE force at 140 pounds….period, end of discussion.

Yes, I know there is a plethora of talent in that division right now but at the present time I think Crawford whips ’em all. The good news is a good portion of the other talented 140 pounders do not live in that Alternate Universe of boxing so the chances of seeing some quality Jr. Welterweight challenges for Crawford’s crown are very good.

Next up? According to Kellerman on Saturday night it’s Ruslan Provodnikov. Not bad I guess, look for Crawford to stop the tough Russian before the seventh.

Another feather in “Bud’s” cap is that outside the ring this young man is a very humble warrior. I met Crawford last year in Las Vegas at a Top Rank show and was very impressed with the way he carried himself. Equally impressive was the small group of friends who were with him. We need more Champions like Terrence Crawford in boxing. He is a breath of fresh air in a world full of……..well…you know…..

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The Mail Pouch

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

By William Trillo

There is plenty of boxing action this weekend for the fans and our most loyal fan David McGarry wanted to chime in with his thoughts on the battles. He writes:

“There are a few world title fights this weekend. You know Terence Crawford is going to handle Hank Lundy quite easily. You also know Leo Santa Cruz is going to beat Kiko Martinez, although it might be entertaining while it lasts. The best match up by far is Scott Quigg against Carl Frampton in Manchester. Frampton is a very slight favourite, but I think Quigg will win -either on points or by late stoppage. The only thing that makes me slightly doubt my prediction is Quigg looked rather gaunt at the weigh in. His body language was much more positive, though. If you get a chance, watch this fight.”

This is pretty keen insight that I agree with. Quigg vs. Frampton could be the fight of the weekend but don’t count out Crawford vs. Lundy as must see TV. Tune in early for this one, Felix Verdejo is a Puerto Rican fighter with major upside.

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2nd Verse Same As 1st & Boxing Jeopardy

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

By William Trillo

Due to circumstances beyond our control Billy’s Boxing Blog bit the dust sometime at the end of last year and it’s taken a while to put all the pieces back together again. During my hiatus I was able to recharge my batteries while keeping a keen eye on the boxing landscape. There were some newsworthy highlights that I would like to touch on in my return.

Sergey Kovalev’s domination over Jean Pascal was as impressive as it was scary. Kovalev taught Pascal a lesson he will never forget. It’s doubtful anyone will disparage Kovalev with any ill advised pre-fight hyperbole again.

Of course the hope of every boxing fan this year is that Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will face off in a middleweight title unifying barnburner. Those hopes are not dashed but the fighters have both chosen other fights to start off their 2016 campaigns.

If you were expecting me to come out guns a blazing in my return you would be slightly mistaken.

On April 23rd “GGG” will take on Dominic Wade at The Forum in Los Angeles. For those of you crying, “Dominic who?” please calm down. It’s simple. As we all know Gennady’s mission is to capture each and every 160 pound belt on the planet and to do so he is going to have to meet his mandatory defense requirements. As Golovkin said at the Los Angeles press conference, “You ask me why Wade? He’s undefeated and IBF mandatory challenger,” That’s good enough for me….no sour grapes here.

Now on to Canelo……

As soon as it was announced that Canelo would be taking on Amir Khan in Las Vegas on May 7th the boxing chatrooms went wild calling this 155 catchweight title fight a complete sham. There are not many at all, if any, who like this fight. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not in love with the fight but I think it has potential to be a good time while it lasts. Trust me, I am certain Khan will end up in the prone position before the night is over but this fight actually could be a fan pleaser. The icing on the cake here is we will have a Cinco De Mayo weekend in Las Vegas without having to deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr…..nutin’ could be finer.

Boxing Blog Jeopardy

I am not Alex Trebek but for the sake of argument let’s pretend I am for this thought. You know the Jeopardy rules, right? I am going to give you the answers below and it’s up to you to phrase your answer to it in the form of a question. A $15 Starbucks gift card goes first person to correctly answer this one.


And the Boxing Blog Jeopardy Answer is:

Charles Martin, Amir Khan and Dominic Wade

Good luck.

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