Weekly Review and News Roundup 3/4 to 3/10
BY KID HERSH
- Mikey Garcia is elite, as anyone in the know - knew. You can see that his invincibility with punching power and resistance will wear off at 140lbs and above though due to just as he himself and Robert Garcia said: he is fighting naturally larger men.
- Oscar Valdez really put on a performance against Scott Quigg. I have seen Valdez breathing very heavy too many times for me to be comfortable with his conditioning in a dog fight against a world class fighter but he proved that not only can he dig deep for that stamina but he also can do it while swallowing blood.
- Regis Prograis burst onto the scene with a dominating performance against Indongo. Indongo to me is exactly like Eudy Bernardo: they don't belong anywhere near world class fighters.
- Andy Vences vs Erick De Leon was an excellent high-level chess match. One that I am shocked the announcers and more people do not think Vences won. I had him clearly winning the fight as he was the ring general for the entire fight, fighting from the center of the ring and turning De Leon constantly so he could not get an effective offense mounted. Vences took this one, clearly.
- Ronny Rios fought the wrong game plan against Hovhannisyan. He plowed forward and got into a dog fight with a heavy handed, rugged, tough guy. I think this is a case where Rios is the better boxer and could beat Hovhannisyan more often than not - but not with a bad game plan like what we saw on Friday.
- Alejandro Luna vs Richard Commey turned out exactly like I thought it would. Luna is not very rugged for the style he employs. It also seemed like the announcing team either had not watched his tape or could not piece together all of his fights, because one minute they would call him a slick boxer and then the next minute a hyper aggressive pressure fighter. That was exactly why I picked Commey to upset him; Luna has never been able to employ a game plan effectively for an entire fight. It's as if he cannot figure out what style of fighter he is, let alone the viewing audience.
- Brian Castano is a name that the American audience should get used to and start watching. He just defended his belt in France (on the road in enemy territory for the second time) and dominated the tough and rugged Cedric Vitu, stopping him in the twelfth and final round. Brian has a very extensive amateur pedigree with wins over names such as Errol Spence Jr and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
- Canelo testing positive for clenbuterol has nearly broke the internet. No one will ever know what the real deal is so the emotional outbursts from fighters and fans is absolutely hilarious to me. People throwing things out that get likes for surface value such as "just test everyone year round" is simply comical. It's not like that has never been thought of before - the question is how to do it with no overseeing commission (it must be a global standard) and then the questions of who is paying for it, what testing agency, what are they testing for, what is the PR work back to the public to educate fighters and fans on what is being tested and why and to what level/degree, etc etc etc. What I dislike in boxing is the laziness - don't just toss things around and expect everyone else to do the work. If you want reform then spend the time and effort to put something together. It's like tweeting "Solve world peace." and getting a million likes. Yeh, ok, one sentence of effort sure does the trick...
- People seem to have a big problem with Wilder getting looked at (getting extra time) by the New York commission. Wake up people - this is nothing new in New York. They look fighters over all the time when they are on wobbly legs for an extended period of time. In fact, I think they interrupt fights far too often because their criteria is not clearly defined well enough. This is simply a case of someone trying to do their job to the best of their abilities while not being a boxing head. If you have a problem - take it up with the commission. How is it any fighters fault for being stopped and doing what he was told by the overseeing commission? Hopefully this helps fans understand the bigger picture.
- It's funny how Dmitry Bivol in only his twelfth fight does not completely steam roll a highly skilled world class fighter and HBO starts heavily criticizing him. Look - this is boxing, not the UFC, fighters need more fights to gain more experience while climbing the big event ladder. No matter how amazing great a fighter seems it takes time and seasoning to bring them up to a truly elite fighter.
- Luis Nery is banned for life from fighting in Japan. No thought on that currently; I doubt it affects him at all.
- It's amusing how bags and jewelry gets nearly as many headlines some weeks as actual fights and fighters in boxing. I could care less about the former.