Sanctioning Bodies Feeble. Rankings Should Be Removed from Mandate.

Liam Smith is ranked higher by the IBF at junior middleweight than Floyd Mayweather Junior as of Monday 12th of May 2014. As is Lenny BottaiIshe SmithCornelius Bundrage.

Those same IBF rankings show Lucas Browne & Bryant Jennings above Bermane Stiverne.

The IBF would have us believe Pawel Kolodziej is the #2 contender for the cruiserweight title in the world. Mirko Larghetti is ranked at #3 – now bare in mind we’re asked to believe both men are above Marco Huck perhaps the greatest cruiserweight since Evander Holyfield.

Sanctioning bodies should sanction fights – there is clearly a need for independent ranking processes to be conducted by a single, independent entity outside the immediate remit of any one sanctioning body.

 

 

Mares Agbeko Weigh-In

Abner Mares vs Joseph Agbeko

After weighing 118.4 pounds on his first try and then, immediately thereafter, 118.2 (fully stripped with Ghanaian flag in front of him), Joseph King Kong Agbeko returned to the digital scale (with shirt on) approximately 45 minutes later and made 118 for his IBF title defense tomorrow/Saturday, Aug. 13, against undefeated Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME®(10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Mares vs Agbeko Today

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
003: Mares, whose WBC Silver belt will also be on the line in what will be an action-packed 12-round fight at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, weighed 117 1/2 pounds on his first attempt Friday at The Hard Rock.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $150, are available at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone (800) 745-3000.

Remembering Da La Hoya vs Trinidad

Fight of the Millennium: De La Hoya vs Trinidad

A curious chapter in the long, rich & omnifarious history of Mexican-Puerto Rican fistic rivalries 

Oscar De la Hoya’s first loss inside a professional boxing ring was a defeat on multiple levels – a loss, to be sure, of that most treasured “0” but perhaps of far more long term consequence to his image within the sport was the loss of the unquestioning respect of those hardcore fans not sufficiently devoted to the memory of Julio Cesar Chavez’s greatness to have already begrudged the new incumbent his time at the top of boxing’s food-chain.

Defeat in boxing, perhaps unlike a loss in much of other professional sports can take on undertones of honor and dignified righteousness or, alternatively, ones of shame & disgrace. Tyson’s disqualification loss to Evander Holyfield an example of the latter; Chris Arreloa’s give-it-all defeat at the hands of Vitali Klitschko a case of the former. To lose is one thing – to lose in a manner not befitting the title of champion is quite another. There was something patently unMexican about the way De La Hoya sought to run down the clock by evading an opponent who was there to fight not flea.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMgl1l4WFVk

 

Oscar entered the ring with a record that stood at 31-0 with 25 wins coming by way of knockout. It is somewhat challenging to realign in one’s mind the world of boxing as it was back in the late 1990’s; so to recalibrate somewhat here’s how The Ring Magazine’s Pound For Pound List looked in 1998, the year before this match up:

1. Oscar De La Hoya
2. Roy Jones Jr.
3. Evander Holyfield
4. Felix Trinidad
5. Mark Johnson
6. Shane Mosley
7. Ricardo Lopez
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
9. Naseem Hamed
10. Johnny Tapia

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PdJpwViLxU

This was a true Pound For Pound clash of the highest order imaginable & with the added marketability of the Golden Boy’s box office appeal & the Mexico-Puerto Rico pugilistic heritage all combining into one night that certainly promised a great deal.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTquDAnlyvU

Action, Laurels & Relinquishing the Right To Appeal or even Complain

De La Hoya was dominant in the early rounds, accumulating a comfortable lead on most ringside observer’s scorecards, though it would transpire somewhat less so on the judge’s official scorecards. The Associated Press called it 115-113 for De La Hoya with HBO’s Harold Lederman having it all square at 114-114. Oscar chose to disengage in the latter rounds believing, falsely as it turned out, his lead was unassailable and all that was required was for him to stay on his feet to claim victory and unify his WBC title with Trinidad’s IBF strap. This strategy lost him both the fight & a certain amount of respect within the sport. After 12 rounds of action the ringside judges had it as follows:

Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113
Judge Bob Logist had it 115-114
And Judge Glen Hamada scores the contest 114-114

The winner and still undefeated WBC & IBF champion of the world… Felix “Tito” Trinidad!

Reaction to Hypemaker vs. Klitschko & Toegate

Matt Hamilton reporting.

After another night to forget for the heavyweight division we did a whip round the internet to gauge reaction to what was tragically and laughably the biggest heavyweight showdown in years:

Former Mr. Universe & current ESPN boxing columnist Dan Rafael calls David Haye, “one of the biggest heavyweight frauds of all time”.

BBC Radio 5’s Steve Bunce was ringside and felt it was Klitschko’s performance that merited focus.

“This has been one of the best performances from Klitschko,” according to Bunce.

“Haye will be crushed, he was chasing in the last round, it’s a form of consolation, Haye’s camp came up with a plan but by round four they worked out that there was nothing they can do. They found the Klitschko curse he was too big and just had too much for Haye.”

Wladimir Klitschko himself was unimpressed with Haye’s performance on the night, saying:

“I’ve been criticised by David Haye after the Ibragimov fight and it was the same with him after three rounds, he gave up on offence. Instead he was fighting like all of my opponents. I would have loved to make him my 50th knockout. I wish I could prove I was the better man with a knockout out of David Haye. His behaviour before the fight was disgraceful to the sport of boxing.”

Hype David Haye

The Hypemaker in all his glory. Sadly, there was no substance to any of his claims to greatness. He becomes just another embarrassing episode in the history of the near comatose heavyweight division.

Quote of the evening though has got to belong to the Haymaker, “I’ve got a lot of respect for Wladimir and he’s a great fighter.” I guess respect comes in all shapes and sizes – much like heavyweight eras seem to arrive.

The judges had the fight scored at 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110; noting that Klitschko had one point deducted during the contest this implies David Haye won only 6 rounds from all three judges combined (2, 1 and 3) or an average of 2 rounds per judge (noting the scored knockdown – on a night David Haye visited the floor more than your local breakdancer). Hardly the “most brutal execution of a boxer ever witnessed” or some such non-sense I don’t even have the patience to look up the Hypemaker was rambling on about to get his reported $15 million pay day.

Haye Broken Toe

Fortunately the digital camera was on hand to save the Hypemaker's reputation.

Robert Garcia: From The Projects To Beverly Hills

 

All of his life former world champion Robert Garcia used to get haircuts from his dad, the Big-G. However, when he turned pro and signed with Top Rank Promotions he was in for a surprise. Check out this EsNewsReporting video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pEmmOG-Dg8[/youtube]

 

 

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