The Best Laid Plans…& More

By William Trillo

“Final 1” was supposed to be Bernard Hopkins Swan Song. Golden Boy Promotions put all the right pieces in place so B-Hop could ride off into the sunset like The Lone Ranger but no one was chanting “Hi Ho Silver…Away” when the fight came to a crashing end. At the post fight press conference Hopkins was already softening his stance on the claim he was shoved out of the ring. Apparently he watched the video of the KO while he was having his “injured” ankle wrapped and realized he was on the receiving end of a career ending three punch KO combination.

Speaking of the post fight press conference, I could be wrong but it looked to me like Joe Smith Jr. was more excited about that autographed glove he got from Bernard than he was about that belt he just won when he defeated Hopkins.

Alexander Povetkin is an embarrassment to the sport of boxing. He should be permanently banned.

I told anyone who would listen that Vyacheslav Shabranskyy had zero chance against Sullivan Barrera.

Oleksandr Usyk looked less than pedestrian on Saturday night. He has a very short shelf life.

So GGG and Danny Jacobs will meet next year. If Dmitry Pirog is a poor mans version of Golovkin, and he went through Jacobs like a hot knife through butter…how long will it take for GGG to dispatch Jacobs? I am proposing this fight will be shorter than the Jacobs vs Quillin match up. People….Sergio “Manos De Marshmallows” Mora put Jacobs down in their first fight!! My over/under on this one is the 1:30 mark of round one.

Juan Manuel Marquez makes a very good point with this question; “Canelo can fight Chavez Jr. at 165 but he refuses to fight Golovkin at 160?”

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5 Responses to “The Best Laid Plans…& More”

  1. Mark says:

    Bill, Usyk is MUCH better than the Mchunu fight. Saw him pick apart Krystof Glowacki and with ease. Mchunu is just a pain in the ass to fight as he is a 5’7 fire hydrant who has that James Toney defense and has made alot of good fighters look bad. Usyk was also fighting literally 90 days after his title win. This was a nice showcase fight.

    Povetkin needs to be banned for life and if the WBC has any pride or sense they will do it. Feel bad for Wilder as that moron screwed up not only a big pay day but has held that damn division hostage thanks to his promoter.

    Canelo is fast becoming a joke and for people to say he is the next star of boxing as some reporters say, its a farce.

    Glad to see Smith Jr win as he has had a FOTY type year so far and also works a full time job.

  2. William says:

    The feet alone on Usyk are horrific….a lot of poor excuses…he blows.

    Ditto Povetkin

    The Red Head is Oscar’s Meal Ticket…

    Joe is a good dude. Not sure about that alphabet thing you mention….but worthy of note….

  3. David McGarry says:

    To put things in perspective about Usyk, current WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew thinks he would be his toughest opponent in the division by a very wide margin.

    Jacobs fought Pirog around the time he was being treated for life-threatening cancer. He’s won every fight since, so he could be a decent challenge for GGG.

    All Russians should be banned from all international sport and should not be allowed to travel outside the countries that once formed the USSR.

    Is Canelo behind this latest farce or Oscar De La Hoya?

  4. William says:

    Usyk is suck spelled sideways…sort of.

    Benefit of the doubt for Jacobs.


    It takes two to tango.

  5. David McGarry says:

    Yes, all. Have you ever encountered Russian tourists?