Golovkin Rubio Donaire Walters October 18

Another great fight coming up with Golovkin vs Rubio (trained by Robert Garcia) and Donaire vs Walters, promising a scintillating fight night in the always-game venue and audience of the Stubhub Center in Carson, California.

These two fights are interesting in that the there’s an obvious favorite by boxing pundits, and a recognizable name in the boxing mindshare. Golovkin is a rising star and is being groomed to be called upon on bigger and bigger fights. He’s a fan favorite, disseminating his last 17 opponents by KO, albeit there has been lots of criticism in the quality of opponents. Rubio is being personified as the sturdy, experienced veteran that Golovkin really has to overwhelmingly overcome if he really is to be the heir of future PPV blockbusters. I believe Rubio gave trouble to JCC Jr. but Golovkin is really a star, and we have really yet to see him struggle in any of his fights to reveal his champion spirit. I doubt Rubio is going to expose that kind of character from Golovkin, but maybe we’ll see some frustration if he isn’t able to hurt Rubio in the opening rounds.

Donaire is as big a name to fight fans as well, who was able to step away from the shadow of Pacquiao as a legitimate all-around threat, complete with talents of speed, combinations, and heart. Though Walters is a talent that’s rising with power that makes any potential matchup shake in their boots. I picked Donaire for this fight especially because of that, because although Donaire was schooled by El Chacal, and almost lost in a battle of attrition with a guy he easily disposed of before (Darchinyan) I believe Donaire is putting himself in a position to test his own will and confidence. I believe Walters is talented, but a motivated Donaire has no limits, I believe.

Let’s have fun this weekend’s fights!

Orlando Salido: Winner of Wars [Video]

By Rudy Mondragon

What else is new? Orlando Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) steps into the ring and wins in exciting fashion. The man with the short end of the stick last night was worthy contender, Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs) from Thailand. Both came out swinging in the first round and Terdsak was able to earn the first knockdown. Orland was also awarded with a knockdown, but he earned it via a low blow on Terdsak.

The two fighters combined for a total of 6 knockdowns. Orlando was able to land the knockout in the 11th round after many rounds of brawling from both fighters. The pace of the fight and punishment was too much for Terdsak. Orlando was able to land a hard right and left combination on Terdsak and he was down and out for the count.

The fight could have ended earlier. Referee, Eddie Claudio, made a huge mistake in the sixth round. Orlando was pressing and hurting his man and the referee stepped in to stop the round as he confused the 10 second warning for the end of the round bell. This helped Terdsak recover and last through 10 complete rounds, eventually being stopped in the 11th.

Is Salido back? Can he land a big fight now? Well, Orlando has been in many wars. He is, in my opinion, responsible for taking out all of the fight in JuanMa. Although Salido won both of those fights, he absorbed so much punishment. Not to mention the one sided fight he lost to Mikey Garcia. He lost the fight on a technicality, but nonetheless Salido took home too many punches. All this ring wear makes Salido a risky fighter. It is a given that he is dangerous, but what I am talking about is Salido getting old in his next fight. At age 33, he has made his career out of his brawling, move forward style. In boxing however, that style makes you pay in the long run.

In conclusion, this was a great match up. These two fighters gave each other hell and in the end, it was a battle of who could stay on their feet. These are the fights that happen when you forget about the Reebook and Under Armor sponsorships or who is the A Side and B Side here. Fight fans are provided with an all out exciting fight where pride and the hunt of winning and moving up is at stake. Sure these two are fighting for money, but the winnings are much more than just the CREAM (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).

Mayweather-Maidana II BMB Predictions


Floyd “Money” Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) will take on “El Chino” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) for a second time in Las Vegas Nevada. In their first match, El Chino came out strong, but a little to fast. He burned out, gaining early success, until Mayweather dominated the second half of the fight, ultimately winning via majority decision. This is how the BMB team see’s tomorrow night’s fight. 

Jose Hernandez

Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face off against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana for the second time on September 13th 2014. This will be Floyd’s only second rematch in his illustrious career (the previous being against Castillo over 11 years ago!). In my eyes there can only be three possible outcomes, a) Mayweather picks up where he left off in the later rounds of their first match (dominating most of the action and taking advantage of Maidana’s aggressiveness). b) Maidana comes in, in the best shape of his life and maintains a relentless pressure for most of the fight. He also increases his accuracy and wins a close decision (similar to Bradley Vs Pacman I) hurting Mayweather along the way. c) We witness something that only happens once every couple of boxing generations, Maidana hurts Mayweather early and awakens the dragon, seemingly cementing himself at the helm of boxing immortality. As a fan I want to option c to happen, we’ve seen a glimpse of this a couple years back against Mosley, and the stage is set for perhaps one of the most exiting fights, if not in the history of boxing, at least in the career of Floyd. Maidana is Floyd’s antithesis, he embodies his greatest fear, someone that is not attracted to boxing for the glory (and the material things that you can gain from it) and thus is not phased by Floyd’s masterful mind games (Ariza at his gym, the PR train that comes with the promotion, etc.). Maidana is a man who, “fears no living man on this earth”, and he’s going to bring it on Saturday, Floyd better be ready.

Prediction: A combo of a+b Floyd Money Mayweather by decision (not decisive)

Jarrett Bato

There’s an underlying tension between the rematch thats becoming more palpable as we reach fight night. The rematch is has no allure of, say, a rematch between Leonard and Hearns, or Arguello vs Pryor, where the fans were left with unanswered questions. This time a fan backing a particular side is pretty confident of the outcome, he/she is just hoping to convince the enemy that indeed the winner was Chino/Mayweather.

This rematch is all about emotion and legacy, and i think each side has a lot of stake. I think El Chino is prepared to stay underwater for 12 rounds and thats what I’m excited for. I think Mayweather isn’t prepared for more than his regular but will be exciting to see who shows up to fight. I believe it will go all 12, SD Chino.

Prediction: El Chino by Split Decision

Ms. LadyJustice (Julie Alarcon)

Ok, so we are all tired of the same show: Mayweather dominating every opponent he comes across, no boxer having a real chance at dethroning Money May – The Best Ever, and Mayweather walking away with over 25 Mil for a light day of work. Nevertheless, I ask you to take a step back. Look at this rematch with more observant eyes and I dare you to say, “Well, maybe.”

What do we know about Maidana? He looked good last time. Sure, you’re thinking good isn’t good enough for Mayweather and it really isn’t, let’s be honest. However, let us take a deeper look. Maidana’s camp said he was only able to train 5 out of the 8 weeks last time because he was expecting a new born. This time, he has 8 full weeks and a new strength and conditioning coach. The two new developments will enable Maidana to take full advantage of his brawler style. He will pressure Mayweather, a situation Mayweather runs from.

Also, let’s talk about the insistent request of padded gloves? Do not even say that gloves don’t make a difference or say Mayweather would have won regardless (unless of course, you have been in the ring and have been hit with 8 oz. gloves). The glove specification will not change this fight but it does indicate Mayweather was concerned, or at the minimum took note, of Maidana’s punching power. Maidana is aware of this and will have to translate it into 12 rounds.

Maidana may have found the key not only to beat Mayweather in this rematch but also give Mayweather something great. If Mayweather loses, it may increase his marketability. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, his remaining fights under his Showtime contract will get the attention of boxing fans who will want to see how he responds after his first defeat. Also, people who are tired of seeing the same show will be on the edge of their seats for the next contender to blotch Mayweather’s record and put his arrogant persona in check. TBE may lose to Maidana but stands to win much more in the long run. It may sound ludicrous but it just a thought.

Ultimately, Maidana is the only fighter that has had a chance at winning. He is going to have to come much stronger than 4-6 rounds. He is going to have to leave his soul in the ring in order to dethrone Money May, the undefeated Champ, but I have a weird inclination that he might just do that.

Prediction: Maidana by split decision

Rudy Mondragon

This is Mayweathers second rematch in his undefeated career. This will be the first one for Maidana. Historically, we can see that a rematch would benefit Mayweather. He lost to Castillo in a close decision and in their rematch, Mayweather acclimated and made the adjustments to win more comfortably. If history can teach us something, it is that Mayweather is a creative genius when it comes to making adjustments during a fight, let alone for a rematch. Maidana however, is a cold blooded fighter. No mental games will get to him. He can ignore everything and stick to his game plan. His game plan needs to change for this one if he wants to come out on top. He cannot come out like a sprinter. He will need to come out like a marathon runner and find a pace to fight a complete 12 round fight. If he can do that, he will overwhelm Mayweather and if he works on some accuracy, he will score points on the judges cards.

History tells us a lot about Mayweather’s success, but it also tells us about previous greats who have suffered their first defeats. Tomorrow will be one of those nights. Mayweather will be dethroned and history will be made. Maidana will cut the ring and out work Mayweather. He won’t get tired as he will fight a complete 12 round fight, pacing himself and not burning himself out.

Prediction: Maidana by split decision

Juan M Lopez: That’s a Wrap!


By Rudy Mondragon

Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) was brutally knocked out in the second round by Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Lopez looked like damaged goods. He is a fighter who has not recovered from the beatings he received from Orlando Salido, Francisco Vargas, and Mikey Garcia.

Jesus Cuellar did what he needed to do. He won by KO and entertained the fans in attendance. It is a win that puts his name in the mix of the featherweights. It is also a win for Robert Garcia, who will be in Marcos Maidana’s corner on Saturday night as they take on the best ever, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Juan Manuel Lopez will no longer be a top contender in boxing. Should he continue to fight? Based on last night’s performance, it might be in his best interest to walk away from the game that does not forgive a fighters health if they are not careful.

See fight below.

Showtime Boxing Recap

Broner Matt.

By Rudy Mondragon

Berto Comeback 

Andre Berto made his way back to the ring after a year of inactivity and two loses (Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero). Two things were learned from this fight. 1) Andre Berto appears to be the same as before and has not shown much improvement since working with Virgil Hunter. 2) Fighting Steve Chambers was a warm up fight for his next warm up fight. Andre was able to win 80-90% of the fight, 8 or 9 rounds out of 10.

Nothing impressive to a critical eyes that know boxing and can easily say that this fight was nothing but a match up to put Andre’s name back in the mix. The road will only get rockier for him.

Lucas Matthysee: Sick Body Shot

Lucas Matthysee came out tonight with a second round knockout victory over Robert Ortiz. It was indeed a nasty body shot, but two things went down before the contest was over. Robert Ortiz appeared to be okay after the body shot. Okay enough to continue in the fight, but he did not look interested in continuing the fight nor was he upset that the referee stopped it. Secondly, Benjy Esteves Jr.’s count was off and he stopped the bout prematurely.

Either way, Lucas appeared to be in control and on his way to victory. Will this set up a rematch with Danny Garcia? Or will this set up a new match-up against Andrien Broner?

Adrien Broner Good, Not Great 

Adrien Broner and Emmanuel Taylor put on an exciting technical fight. It is not everyday you can say that a technical fight was exciting, but this one sure did deliver. This was Broner’s opportunity to make a statement and let the world know that he is elite. He came up short in making that statement. The statement he did make was that he is a good fighter when entering the ring against B level fighters. Emmanuel Taylor put on a great performance, but the reality is that Taylor is not Marcos Maidana or Lucas Matthysee or Danny Garcia or [Insert A Level Fighter Here]. What Broner can do against lesser opponents cannot be assumed that an A side fighter will forgive Adrien Broner.

There was good action from both fighters tonight. Taylor landed some good rights, was able to push Broner back on his heels and force him to fight while retreating. Adrien showed his quickness and accuracy, but was not busy enough. Going into the 7th round, the fight was even on most unofficial cards. Broner was able to collect points from round 7-10 as Taylor appeared to take a break, as if he was saving himself for the championship rounds.

Rounds 11 and 12 were exciting. Taylor was looking good in the final round until Broner was able to land a solid left hook that floored Taylor. Taylor finished the fight, but Broner was able to collect enough points to win the match.

judge: Scott Maddox 116-111 | judge: Gary Merritt 115-112 | judge: Robert Pope 116-111

Time will tell to see what is next. Broner welcomes the idea of fighting Lucas Matthysee. Lucas Matthysee wants a rematch with Danny Garcia but is also open to a fight with Broner. Matthysee poses another dangerous threat for Broner. A power punch thrown by Matthysee on Broner will do damage.  Broner does not have the same boxing ability or defense as Danny Garcia. Having said that, Matthysee is not the right move for Broner if they (as in Golden Boy and Al Haymon) want to keep Adrien’s winning streak alive.

Styles ARE Fights


What’s up BMB Fam! This post is dedicated to the upset this past weekend that still had me deep in thought about matchups and what makes a match so exciting. I’m definitely new to the Kell Brook bandwagon but was thoroughly impressed by the Sheffield Steel he unsheathed upon the game Shawn Porter.

I was leaning heavily on Porter’s side because I liked his tenacity and explosiveness, and just his overall attitude about the sport. He’s a humble kid that is a student of the game, and it’s unfortunate that losses sometimes pulls a veil on the loser’s development during the fight, but Shawn exhibited great maturity and patience despite the matchup evidently favoring Ezekiel’s deep experience, focus, endurance, and accuracy. As some fans astutely mentioned, Shawn was summoning shadows of Mike Tyson, and Joe Frazier in adopting every technique in history for a shorter, smaller guy to try to get inside and get his rhythm going. However, Kell masterfully remained focused despite the early onslaught and continued to lay thick discouraging hard jabs and right hands with patience and persistence. “Special K”‘s eyes were on the prize, and he did not avert his gaze until his hands were raised.

This was such an exciting fight and I hope more exciting matchups can be made. Stay tuned, because BMB has some new tricks up its sleeve this coming end of year fights and how matchups might pan out for the rest of the year.


And The Winner GBP! Post Canelo vs. Lara

By Rudy Mondragon

In a close fight on Saturday July 12, 2014, Erislandy Lara took on the young Saul Canelo Alvarez. In a fight where many boxing heads knew Canelo had the political power and the backing of a power house promotion company,  the edge would no doubt favor the Mexican fighter.

When the scores were read and the winner was announced, Jimmy Lennon Jr. misread the script.  It wasn’t Canelo who won the fight, it was Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) who in reality won on this night. Continuing to milk their cash cow, GBP rely on Canelo to bring them big bucks, especially in light of recent struggles after having lost their effective CEO, Richard Schaffer.

Do not get me wrong, there were things that Canelo did well on this night. He was aggressive, he did not allow Lara to counter effectively as he is used to, and his stamina and energy looked better than usual. Canelo however, was also ineffective in his aggression as many of his power shots missed wildly and the power shots connected lacked accuracy or were blocked by Lara. His most effective punch was the uppercut that drew a cut in Lara.

When asked about the fight, Canelo stated that Lara was running and that he should have ran a marathon. In the background, you see Oscar De La Hoya smiling and laughing. Ask Oscar however, if he felt like he was ‘running’ the night he was robbed against Tito Trinidad.

Lara on the other hand controlled the ring (ring generalship), drew Canelo into a chasing match, dictated the tempo, connect cleaner punches, and executed better defense. Had Lara  been busier, Dave Moretti probably would have also given Lara the decision. At this point disregard Levi Martinez (117-111 for Canelo) as either Golden Boy Promotions were in his pockets, he didn’t pay attention to the fight, he had made up his mind before the fight started, or all of the above.

Respect for Canelo. No doubt about. He is 23 years old, already has multiple PPV events, and he comports himself very professionally. Shame on Golden Boy Promotions for putting him in their with the wolves early in his career and selling a false narrative that Canelo in the present is elite. He is not. For starters, this fighter is not even listed in the top ten P4P lists. He is a good fighter who still has a long way to go.

What is the point of putting Canelo in there against a wise, skillful, and athletic elite boxer in Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. The answer is simple: MONEY. Did Canelo learn much from that fight. Not so much, at least it didn’t show on July 12. What is the point of putting Canelo in there with a good boxer in Lara? This question depends on the actions that Canelo and his team make from this point on. From this fight, to me two things are clear: 1) Canelo is a one dimensional fighter who needs to get rid of the bad habit of swinging for the fences and 2) something that the BMB team has discussed for years now, Canelo needs to drop his training staff and move on with a new team.

My suggestion, hire Robert Garcia! Robert is a training who adapts to his individual fighters and can meet his fighters where they are. He is a trainer who lets you know of your bad habits and can help you heal from them. Look at the work he has done with Mikey Garcia and Marcos Maidana. Robert know’s he can’t change a fighter, but he can provide additional tools for them. At Canelo’s young age, working with Robert presents more learning opportunities than dead ends his current team offers.

Since money and false stories are created in boxing by power house promotional companies, it is important to raise these question: Has Canelo peaked? We need to look at this question and be honest. Has Canelo learned all he can from the sport or does he have intellectual room to grow? Can he add to his boxing repertoire or is this all Canelo brings to the ring?

When asked if he was outgrowing the 154lbs limit, Canelo said he intended to stay put. Smart move by a man who knows that the 160lbs is a danger zone that he intends to stay away from. Evidence like this and the fact that Saturday’s fight was at a catch-weight of 155lbs informs me that Canelo is struggling to make 154lbs and that he wants to stay in this weight class for as long as he can because he knows very well that every time he steps into the ring, he will be the bigger and stronger man.

In the end, Lara deserves a rematch that he will never get. He will continue to look for a big pay day that might come his way, but not any time soon. Canelo will go on to most likely face Cotto. With two fighters who each consider themselves the A Side, it will be interesting to see how the negotiation process goes down. Will it be in New York? Las Vegas? Will there be a catch-weight? Who will be announced first? Will they honor the fact that Miguel Cotto is the current WBC Middleweight champion? Time will tell.

*NOTE: For those who want to rewatch the fight, make sure you watch it in mute, so that all the cheers for all the Canelo misses do not influence your take on the July 12th 2014 winner.

Lara vs Canelo: BMB Predictions

Canelo Lara

This is a fight that many of us have been waiting to see. I’d like to give a shout to both fighters – Lara for calling out Canelo at his own press conference and Canelo for stepping up like a young G despite his advisors discouraging him to take the fight.

Now, then, it’s important to remember a few things about this bout.

First, this fight is not for a belt. So, the traditional thoughts about the champ having the upper hand don’t really fly here. In fact, many consider Lara, who currently holds the interim WBA light middleweight title, to be the underdog in this bout given the fan base and hoopla behind the GoldenBoy-backed Cinnamon Man himself.

Second, the bout is being held at a catchweight of 155lbs, one pound over the official light-middleweight limit. While one pound may not seem like much, it can make the world of a difference when trying to drop several pounds from your normal body weight for the weigh-in, simply to blow back up to the 170lb+ range (hint: think Canelo). So, again, some believe this gives Canelo an advantage, which is probably why his camp asked for the catchweight in the first place.

Mateo Banegas

On to the keys to victory and prediction.

Canelo is a young, strong fighter who has demonstrated improvement with every fight, even considering his lopsided loss to Mayweather. For him to be successful, he’s going to have to land shots to the body of Lara, in hopes of slowing his opponent down in the later rounds. Canelo also needs to cut off the ring, limiting Lara’s movement, and use his weight/strength advantage to push and keep Lara against the ropes so that he can land punches on the inside. It will also be essential for Canelo to stay busy and keep throwing punches. As long as Canelo can land hits, they will add up and wear down Lara, little by little. Lastly, he’ll need use good head movement and watch out for that killer left of Lara.

Lara is a tremendous technical boxer from the Cuban school of boxing. He has great movement and footwork, which should benefit him as he tries to stay away from Canelo’s punches. It may also tire out Canelo, if he decides to try and chase Lara around the ring hoping to engage him in a firefight. Lara will need to use his angles and land calculated shots, which he did very effectively against Trout and even Angulo to some extent. The left hand of Lara is devastating and his most powerful weapon, if he employs his jab to set up this shot, just as he has done so well in the past, all should be good. Even though Lara was able to pull out the win against Angulo, he didn’t look so well at times. Angulo was able to land some great uppercuts and catch Lara on his chin with nice counterpunches, leading to two knockdowns. This is super important with an opponent like Canelo, so Lara will have to be stay away from too many close exchanges and keep his hands up as he moves out.

Lara should outbox Canelo, as he is the better, more sound boxer, and be able to land effectively against Canelo. If Lara isn’t able to get a knockout (and I don’t think he will), he’ll have to put on a masterclass show against Canelo – putting him well ahead in points by the end of the fight to get a win by decision. Canelo’s advantages make him a dangerous opponent that could end the fight for Lara at any moment or steal the win by decision in close fought bout. In the end, Lara wins a great fight, while Canelo shows enough to maintain his worldwide fan base.

Jeff Schimmel

I’ve been pondering this one for a long time. So many thoughts. Perhaps one of the toughest fights to pick with any confidence. I don’t think anyone will look foolish for backing either one of these guys.

I’ve never been too impressed with Alvarez. He’s got a lot of gifts, but he doesn’t always fight smart. He hits hard, but so what? It’s boxing. You’re going to get hit.

Lara is tricky and fast and a lefty. He could present all kinds of problems. In my opinion, he got robbed in the Williams fight, so maybe judges don’t like his style or they don’t like his promoters.

Also, Lara went down twice against Angulo, and he was gassed midway through the fight. Luckily, Angulo had a hard time catching him. I doubt Alvarez will apply less pressure than Angulo, so if Lara isn’t in the best shape of his life, he’ll fade and get KO’d. I’d hate to see that.

I feel that Lara has to either hurt or at least cut up Alvarez early to back him off a bit and make him think. If Lara can do that, he can win a decision.

I don’t see Alvarez winning a decision. He either pounds Lara into submission and wins by KO, or Lara wins by decision. So hard to guess.

In my heart, I’d LOVE to see Lara make Alvarez quit and win by TKO.

Jarrett Bato

I’m very excited for the first round because of all the intangibles each fighter has. Lara has to demonstrate confident speed and skill that looks like it will not fade to win. Otherwise, Canelo’s confidence, power, and improving consistency will take it. Canelo seems very motivated to beat him while it seems Lara is looking past him already which I hope isn’t true. In any case I think Canelo wants to prove to the world that he’s a talent beyond talents and give him props for selecting worthy opponents this time. I think Canelo should take this one but damn if Lara boxes beautifully tomorrow it will be a masterpiece exhibition.

Rudy Mondragon

This is an exciting fight based on the two names. However, this fight is one that puts an amazing boxer versus a decent boxer with power. I am leaning towards Lara in this fight as he is the more athletic and skilled fighter. In looking at the weight in, it appears that Lara is in good shape while Canelo looked dry and dehydrated. It is no mystery as to why the fight is taking place at a catch weight of 155lbs.  This surely helps Canelo, who looks to be either outgrowing this weight class or not eating his vegetables. Heavier Canelo for tomorrow nights fight versus a very fit and quick Lara. Lara’s speed will allow him to outbox Canelo early. Once the later rounds come, based on Canelo’s history, the young Mexican fighter will fade and he will lead his attack by throwing single power punches. Lara, by boxing and controlling the tempo, will be able to counter punch the one punch efforts of Canelo. Lara will collect points, execute a boxing style of swimming without getting wet, and will weather early storms towards a unanimous decision win. Canelo will be okay with the defeat. At his young age and with his marketability, Golden Boy Promotions will continue to find ways to squeeze all the dollars out of him.

Full Fight Video, Guerrero-Kamegai: XFit vs. Bushido Spirit



Guerrero Kamegai


What a night of boxing! I am seriously kicking myself for always procrastinating on Carson City’s Stubhub Home Depot Center boxing events, open-air boxing venues are the shit! That venue almost always brings in real hungry fighters in it to win it and also put on a good show!

Robert Guerrero and Yoshihiro Kamegai was the headliner of the night and rightly so. I was amazed at the preparation both fighters exhibited, and just the amazing true grit that really reflects what makes boxing such a great sport. What I mean by this is that it’s true that great fighters are sometimes exalted because of their superhuman talents, skill, athleticism, and intelligence. However, what is great about the sport is that it also attracts unique individuals that aren’t in it to show off, but are in it to go to war, fight honorably, and emerge truly victorious against a rival, proving beyond the judges’ cards who really wants it more. Everyone at StubHub stood witness last night to Guerrero’s performance and his well-deserved win, and Kamegai can similarly walk out of there with his head high because he also won over many fans, including myself, all looking forward to his return to the ring.

What is seriously infuriating about last night event is again, the media commentary. Pre-fight storylines were continued over the course of 12 scintillating rounds talking about CrossFit, the commentator’s disappointment that Robert didn’t stick to boxing, and overall disappointment about what Robert did or did not learn from his 14-month layoff from his last fight with “Money” Mayweather. Extremely sparse comments about the technical in-fight between Robert and Kamegai, the creation and destruction of space inside the “phone booth”, and the superhuman show of endurance that both fighters excellently prepared for.

Guerrero started very fast with a blistering first round, wailing thudding combinations on a shelled-up Kamegai still priming his engines. Guerrero was moving laterally while Kamegai slowly stalked through his guard, with a glimmer of a right hook that was finding its home on Guerrero’s left eye and left side of his body.  I witnessed Kamegai’s deft yet rough transitions between a peek-a-boo and a cross-arm block, with torso rotations, and then using hooks to the body or the head followed up with pawing jabs to repeat his recipe. It was really awesome to watch, and I found myself cheering on Kamegai to turn the tides despite Robert’s very impressive combinations and heat-seeking punches that were being felt through Kamegai’s guard, knocking his head back, and undoubtedly winning points inside those exchanges. In contrast, Guererro’s defense was one dimensional, and Kamegai took advantage with hooks and uppercuts that looked to hurt Guerrero definitely much more than he was ever hurt in his fights. Guerrero also found himself forgetting to use his feet, as the lateral movement from his first round was mysteriously gone in the later rounds. However, what Guerrero was really prepared for was explosive spurts of combinations, as he turned it to high gear on crucial rounds to consume Kamegai’s rising efforts to win the fight on the inside while also maintaining enough distance to keep him at bay. Despite the commentating, Guerrero fought a smart fight that took advantage of all his strengths: inside fighting, explosiveness, and endurance. I don’t know why CrossFit had to be the center of discussion on speaking about Robert’s boxing, but whatever he did in training certainly helped him maintain an extremely high pace of his style of fighting while executing explosiveness on crucial rounds to discourage Kamegai, which brutally painful consequences as Guerrero certainly paid the price but should be a lesson towards other fighters that benefit from a brawling, in-fighting style. (ehem Provodnikov ehem) You must train for endurance, explosiveness, while keeping the mind sharp and eyes open on all 12 rounds.


Kamegai on the other hand was so impressive to watch, and I was satisfied insofar as to see more power come from a Japanese fighter. Kamegai’s form on inside hooks and uppercuts were beautiful, he utilized such a minimum amount of space to gain a high amount of torque for stinging hooks to the face and whipping blows to the body. It was awesome, and I look forward to Kamegai hopefully improving his power and speed, because combined with that form he could be a force to be reckoned with. As a fan of the recent wave of Japanese boxers such as Ishida, Arakawa, Nishioka and now Kamegai, they all exhibit such a great fighting spirit that was briefly mentioned by Showtime commentators by way of the “Bushido Code”. Why, if every boxer had a Bushido Code in addition to CrossFit, drinking piss, or whatever American boxers want to incorporate to their training to gain a competitive edge, I really wouldn’t have a problem with American boxing anymore. Every fight would have honor (not money) on the line, and every fighter would be a winner despite one being crowned a belt and the other going home. Losers wouldn’t be forgotten on the wayside of boxing history, and would be celebrated as champions on their own right, exhibiting a level of honor that would protect the sport from skilled-yet-unmotivated boxers seeking only fame and money with the sport. Boxing in Japan must be so different from boxing here, where everyone probably leaves the stadium with a smile on their face. I digress, I invite you to check out Hajime No Ippo for more about Japanese boxing lore.

In the end, Guerrero certainly walked through a 12-round ring of fire last night and deserved the win over a hungry fighter that also deservedly held his head high after the fight. Guerrero would do well to internalize and burn this struggle in his memory and carry an inherited Japanese Bushido Spirit to his next fight, and if he does he will certainly walk over most other challengers in the welterweight division, and he might emerge as a champion again, or at the very least make in-fighting fashionable once again.

Slow Your Roll, Bro

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The Provodnikov vs. Algieri fight on Saturday night at New York’s Barclay center ended in a split decision, with the decision leaning towards the hometown and former kickboxing champion Chris Algieri. Although I personally am disappointed at the result, and the overall uphill climb Provodnikov seemingly has to traverse after impressively fighting really good fighters all the way from Siberia, Chris Algieri pulled the rug from underneath Ruslan while simultaneously putting his name in the hat with other big names of the lightweight/welterweight division. Chalking it up to really good conditioning, good eyes, and ring awareness (Yes, ring awareness, not ring generalship) Algieri stuck to boxing, with pretty much 11 rounds of that slick boxing coming from only having one eye. The most impressive part of Algieri’s performance was that he never lost composure, which was to me a refreshing change given how fighters in recent years (cough Broner cough Berto cough Ortiz) love  to act it up WWF style in the boxing ring.

On the other hand, Provodnikov had some really nice moments, where his left and right hooks look much faster and he did seem to have improved head movement. Unfortunately that was overshadowed with Algieri’s preparation. It was like Chris was even prepared to get hit, how he acted like such a professional starting from the second round, after being knocked down twice in the first round. Provodnikov said he was willing to die in the ring, but Algieri instead more convincingly proved that he wasn’t willing to stay down, which got him the win.

However, this article shouldn’t have been about how the fight turned out, for the most part we left that up to the rest of the boxing pundits this past weekend. This article is about responding to the incessant chatter now trying to play matchmaker with the winners and losers of this event. While it can be certainly fun to speculate of the future roadmaps of Provodnikov and Algieri, is it necessary to throw Pacquiao’s name in the hat? Why not Marquez? Why not Danny Garcia, Bradley, and anyone else in the huge list of people who weigh around 140 to 154 pounds? Seriously, it’s annoying that people are looking at names rather than the divisional champions. Algieri got his shot by putting in time, we should look towards similar fighters to fold into the talent pool rather than going for the biggest fish to get the biggest draw, yet again. Goes to show how much the weight divisions matter anymore, and seems like the list being passed around after any fight in the lightweight or welterweight division is sorted on “PPV Buys” from top to bottom.

Other than that, it was great watching Algieri teach some boxing lessons, and Provodnikov showing some improvement in the right direction. Here’s to more fights like this to be made soon.