Thanksgiving Leftovers

By William Trillo

By now you have probably taken in more Thanksgiving weekend fight reports than you can stomach. You have sliced it, diced it and digested more than a mouth full. And now that you have had more than your fill it’s my turn to give you one more helping, because… hey, that’s what I do.

Before I recap the fights, I have to come clean and apologize to everyone for my less than spot on predictions on how the weekend would go. Not only did I say Danny Jacobs (37-3,30 KO’s) vs. Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KO’s) promised to be a fan friendly war but I also stated that Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones was nothing more than a farce.

I stand corrected.

Jacobs vs. Rosado was as dull a fight as I have seen in quite some time. This was not the way a couple of heated rivals from east coast neighborhoods should have handled their business. Fans who were expecting fireworks got nothing more than a dud.

For Jacobs this was problematic on so many levels. He needed to shine in this one as big money fights were there for the taking if he performed well. But alas, he did not.

For Rosado, the uglier the fight the better it was for him. Trust me, this fight was as ugly as could be. But that was just fine for Rosado whose confidence grew with each and every round.

For what it’s worth, when the final bell rang Jacob’s body language was that of a loser while Rosado had the look of a man who pulled off the upset. And yes, it was that close. Personally, I thought Rosado did enough to get the victory.

In the end the judges saw fit to give Jacobs a merciful razor thin split decision win. Whether or not Jacobs hurt his future purses with this poor performance is anyone’s guess. For Rosado this one had to sting a lot. That said, I am willing to bet we see this consummate warrior in the ring long before Jacobs can figure out exactly what it is he wants to do, if anything at all.

Regarding Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones, I will make it short and sweet.

Look, no one is ever going to mistake their performances as anything other than an exhibition. That being said, for these two mid-fifty year old fighters to go out their and give us eight rounds (2 minutes each) of boxing is to be respected. Anyone who has ever gloved ‘em up and jumped into the ring for even three minutes knows it is no small feat.

Truthfully, Mike looked pretty good, moved well and put together some pretty nice body work. Roy on the other hand looked like he was in survival mode before the opening bell rang. But give him credit to know what to do to last the eight rounds in front of him.

Tyson and Jones was a nice holiday treat that gave hungry boxing fans a glimpse of those glory days that have long gone by.

As soon as Ru Paul steps up and fights a legitimate boxer he is going to get his head handed to him in quick fashion. I am hopeful this will happen sooner rather than later.

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