What was believed to be the most anticipated fight of the year turned out to be a one-sided affair between Vasyl Lomanchenko (10-1, 8 Kos) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11Kos, 1NC).
I know that anything can happen in a boxing ring but real talk, when you have two 2 Time Olympic Champions going at it inside that squared circle you expect firework! No Mas was not what I expected from Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Vasyl brought his “A” game last night but to say that Rigondeaux did the same is an understatement. The first two rounds started out like a chess match where both fighters were testing each other unsure of their next move, but from the 3rd round to the 6th round things didn’t look right for Rigondeaux. Vasyl started having his way being the aggressor with Rigondeaux without any real resistance from him. Now both fighters are supposed to be warriors with exceptional skills set to go toe-to-toe with anybody, no excuses! I was baffled when Rigondeaux decided to retire on his stool after the 6th rounds. Speechless! All that trash talking with all that hype only to have the bout end in a technical knockout due to an alleged injury suffered to Rigondeaux.
With that being said, history was still made last night at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Lomanchenko walked it like he talked it and retained his WBO Super Featherweight Title and won the first ever-professional bout between a pair of Two-Time Olympic gold medalists.
Congratulations are in order to the superior Olympian Vasyl Lomanchenko.
Your thoughts on this one?
IBF Super Middleweight Championship
Wow!!! When cherry picking goes wrong??? Tonight at the Copper Box Arena in London, England, a battered and bruised DeGale (23-2-1, 14Kos) got his butt handed to him in front of his home crowd. REAL TALK! What was supposed to be a tune-up fight in his first fight back in 11 months after shoulder surgery, turned out to be a hell of a dogfight for James DeGale.
I think that DeGale and his team dropped the ball when they chose #15 IBF Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 Kos) as an assumed easy mark for his comeback fight.
Caleb studied the game plan on how to beat DeGale and executed it to a “T” tonight. Caleb’s non-stop pressure and busy hands were troubling DeGale all night with no answer to his aggressive style. To me DaGale looked shaky and unsure in that squared circle. Caleb did a great job at cutting the ring off and controlling every round. I have to tip my “B” hat to Caleb for stepping up to the challenge at hand and outclassing James DeGale on his home soil by snatching the IBF Belt and becoming the New Super Middleweight Champion.
Tonight the odds were against you and you defied them all and came out on top.
Congratulations Champ on a win well deserved.
WBO Super Welterweight Championship
Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 Kos) promised the fans a surprise last night in his farewell final bout into retirement at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Instead, it was an early Christmas gift to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 Kos) in the form of the now new WBO Super Welterweight Champion.
Miguel Cotto ended his soon to be Hall of Fame 16 year career last night with a close 12 round unanimous decision loss to an underdog in Sadam Ali. Many thought this was going to be an overmatched type bout for Cotto to finish up his career but lets be real this is boxing anything can happen in that squared circle and Sadam made sure to silence the critics and seize the opportunity with an iron fist.
Cotto came out to give his loyal fans a good show. He looked good out there. He fought a competitive fight but I gotta tip my “B” hat to Sadam for never backing down or feeling overwhelmed by the amount of love that was in the air that night for Cotto.
Sadam stepped his game up last night and performed in an impressive manner. He looked strong, comfortable and smart within that squared circle. He had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He just defeated a living legend in Miguel Cotto in his first time out in the Super Welterweight Division. Your stock has just risen overnight. That’s something to be proud of Champ.
Win or lose Miguel Cotto was a warrior through thick and thin who had an amazing career. Retirement is just another chapter in your life; enjoy your family along with the fruits of your labor.
The NBA-Who’s On Top?
We are at the Quarter mark for this year NBA Season and in a surprising fashion The Boston Celtics are the ones sitting at the top for the moment with a 20-4 record. Now considering losing Gordon Haywood to a frightening fracture of his left knee, I personally thought this season was going to be a wrap but Damn was I wrong cause them kats over there are balling out of their minds. Cleveland has regrouped as of late and has gotten back on track by winning 11 games in row to bring them back up to a respective 16-7 record. It’s still very early in the season but I’m enjoying how the rest of the Eastern Conference is actually competing right now. Teams are definitely battling it out with no clear cut easy marks.
Although the Golden State Warriors are the Defending Champs and still the team to beat, the number one spot in the West at the moment belongs to the Houston Rockets with a 17-4 record over the Golden State’s 17-6 record. It’s a very close margin that Houston is hoping to maintain for as long as possible but real talk Warriors have yet to turn on the “Heat” and when they do the Western Conference might be in for a hell of a treat. Houston is balling and Harden is playing at another MVP type year once again. They are definitely looking like a team that could give the Warriors some problems along with the steady play of the Spurs 15-7 record as usual but only time will tell cause there are still lots of ball games to be played.
Injuries to various teams have hit the Western Conference in a big way, slightly changing the landscape over there. Definitely making things interesting so stay tuned in to all the action going around.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
IBF Welterweight Championship
Undefeated and newly appointed IBF Welterweight Title holder, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 Kos) will be making his first Title defense vs former Two-Division Champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 Kos) on Saturday January 20, 2018 live on SHOWTIME at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York.
Peeps in the boxing community are already predicting the year 2018 will be Errol Spence’s coming out party to the rest of the 147-pound Division. As it stands right now Errol is one of the most avoided fighters in the Division period. This young blood is ready, loaded and hungry to unify the Welterweight Division but the other champions aren’t too keen to step up to the plate and answer that call.
The only gamer to do so, so far, is Lamont Peterson, a well-respected fighter with the heart and skills to go toe-to toe with just about anybody in the Division. Lamont has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds. He just recently renounced his own WBA 147-pound Belt to have a chance to challenge Errol. This Kat is no slouch in that squared circle. Lamont is a proven veteran who’s been on that big stage before and handled himself pretty well so I’m personally expecting a competitive bout come January 20, 2018.
With that being said Errol Spence Jr. is “The Truth” REAL TALK! The Kat is nice with his hands and his body shots are legit. The Boy knows how to take kats out in that squared circle-hands down. Iron sharpens Iron and you can clearly see that his growth and development as a boxer have improved dramatically from bout to bout.
Spence is heavily touted as being that Dude to take over the Division but before all is said and done he needs to handle his business at hand in Lamont Peterson. Let’s see who bodys who, come Saturday night January 20, 2018 at the Barclays.
Who you got?
WBO Light Heavyweight Championship
After suffering two humiliating defeats to now-retired Andre Ward, a determined and now refocused Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev is on a mission to regain the top position in the Light Heavyweight Division once again.
Last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 Kos) had the opportunity to regain his first title he ever won, the WBO Light Heavyweight Belt back once again by defeating Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 Kos).
On paper Shabranskyy looked like a formidable opponent to challenge and test Kovalev but to our surprise Shabranskyy found out the hard way that the so-called “Krusher” was not done yet. I’ve said this before and I’m gonna keep on saying it, there are levels to this Boxing Game and last night Shabranskyy was soundly out boxed and outclassed simply by a more seasoned and proven veteran fighter, hands down.
Sergey seemed to have gotten his swagger back by dismantling his opponent in less than six minutes. He knocked down Shabranskyy three times in the first round before the referee stopped the bout in the second round.
This was just what Kovalev needed, an impressive comeback fight with the WBO Light-Heavyweight Belt back under his waist. Congratulations on your emphatic win Sergey.
The road back to the top of the Division will not be an easy one. Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA Belt, Artur Beterbiev holds the IBF Belt and our Canadian Champion Adonis Stevenson has held the WBC Belt since 2013. The challenges are there and none of those Kats are easy marks but who will want to attempt at unifying the Division? All these Kats are talking a good game about it but who will actually do it?
Your thoughts on this one?
IBF Light Heavyweight World Title
There is a new player in the Light Heavyweight Division ready to shake things up. With Andre “SOG” Ward now retired the IBF Light Heavyweight World Title was up for grabs last night at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
Undefeated #2 IBF two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 Kos) and Enrico Koelling (23-2, 6 Kos) were the two fighters enlisted to take part for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Title.
Beterbiev has won on every level he has competed at to date and this opportunity wasn’t about to be any different. His dream of becoming a World Champion was his for the taking by any means necessary.
That being said, in a not so exciting bout Beterbiev quietly dismantled Koelling by dropping him two times in the 12th round when the referee decided enough was enough and halted the bout. The fans in attendance weren’t too impressed with Artur’s performance on that night but having seen first hand how Beterbiev usually handles his opponents, I wouldn’t stress this one too tough cuz your Boy Artur can crack with extreme power and box very well. I personally would worry about the next Dude to duke it out with him because the Light Heavyweight Division is in trouble once this Dude gets it going. REAL TALK!
Congratulations “King Artur” on becoming the New IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.
World Championship Boxing
School was in session last night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. In his first fight back since losing a controversial 12 round decision to Middleweight Kingpin Champion Gennady Golovkin last March, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2, 29 Kos) returned to the squared circle and convincingly won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Luis Arias (18-1, 9 Kos).
There are levels to this Boxing Game and last night was mainly about that. Luis Arias is a tight boxer with exceptional skills but fell short in getting outclassed in that squared circle by a more seasoned and proven boxer. Your Boy Jacobs is the truth REAL TALK! His Boxing Game is legit and this bout was just what Jacobs needed to get back to his winning ways come 2018.
Peeps can talk that sh*t about Jacobs all they want but this Boy is still a major player in the Middleweight Division hands down. He’s hungry and determined to regain a title belt once again by any means necessary.
As of right now Jacobs is targeting the winner of the Sauders vs Lemieux bout on December 16, 2017 for the WBO Middleweight Championship in Montreal. It will be interesting to see if either of them accepts his challenge when it’s all said and done.
Until then, congratulations on your win Daniel.
WBC Heavyweight Title Challenge
Due to Luis Ortiz recent failed drug test, Deontay’s challenger on Saturday night November 4, 2017 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn New York, became none other than his original mandatory in Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1 21Kos).
With the disappointment of the highly anticipated fight between Luis Ortiz and Wilder (39-0 38Kos) being cancelled, Deontay wanted to take his ever-growing frustration out on Stiverne and make a statement in the Division.
Now keep in mind that this fight was a rematch of their 2015 meeting, when Wilder first captured the WBC Title from Stiverne with a twelve round unanimous decision. At the time Stiverne was the only opponent to date who hadn’t been knocked out by Wilder.
Both fighters had something to prove. Stiverne wanted to avenge his loss and recapture his WBC Belt while Wilder wanted to finish the job in an even more convincing manner then the previous time.
Now with that being said Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC Heavyweight Title by dropping Bermane Stiverne three times in a dramatically vicious fashion, which prompted the referee to intercede with only seconds left in the first round. Unbelievable!! Personally I thought that Stiverne would have learned something from the 12 previous rounds with Wilder but damnnnn three knockdowns in the first round is a hell of an assertion.
This Kat Deontay is the truth in that squared circle hands down. He walks it like he talks it and keeps on chopping all his opponents down like trees. REAL TALK! I can’t front it would have been nice to see how he would have fared with the likes of “King Kong” Luis Ortiz.
With his mandatory out the way now his main focus is unifying the Heavyweight Division. He’s calling out Anthony Joshua for all them Belts. The question remains, will AJ answer that call and take the challenge?
Congratulations Champ, way to finish the year 2017 “Bomb Squad”.
IBF, IBO, WBA Heavyweight Championship
Due to Kubrat Pulev’s injury sustained two weeks or so before the fight a mandatory late replacement was found in the shape and form of # 3 IBF Carlos Takam (35-4-1, 27 Kos). The Frenchman stepped in to become Joshua’s worthy challenger at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Saturday night October 28, 2017.
Having seen how tough and durable Takam is, tonight he did not disappoint me despite the referee stopping the bout in the 10th round. Going toe-to-toe with AJ is not an easy task to do and Takam showed heart and courage tonight but just didn’t have enough in the form of power or proper game plan to put AJ out.
Tonight, AJ performed beautifully by winning every round and never losing control inside that squared circle. Although AJ scored a knockdown in the fourth round, the boxing fans at ringside booed the stoppage of round 10, as they felt that AJ should have been allowed to try and finish Takam, who was still on his feet at the time but in the referee’s opinion was taking too much punishment.
I personally think it was a great fight. AJ needs rounds like these to help him build and improve on his boxing skills as a fighter. With that being said AJ successfully defended his IBF, IBO and WBA Heavyweight Titles and kept his flawless knockout record intact (20-0, 20Kos).
Congratulations Champ now on to 2018!