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Saturday, August 26, 2023

Collazo defends mini flyweight title, retires Diagan in Round 6

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (August 26, 2023) – In a history-making performance in front of a massive showing of thousands of Puerto Ricans in attendance at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oscar "El Pupilo" Collazo (8-0, 6 KOs) kept his coveted WBO Mini Flyweight World Championship Title in his homeland. Garen "Hellboy" Diagan (10-4, 5 KOs) retired in his corner stool at the conclusion of the sixth round, handing Collazo the technical knockout victory.
“I want to thank God, my team, Miguel Cotto Promotions, Golden Boy, DAZN, and all of Puerto Rico for the support to get to this victory. I knew he was going to break down eventually. We had the strong jab, and the physical, and the mental pressure that got us the victory. Puerto Ricans know how to celebrate, and we will do a lot of it tonight,” said Oscar Collazo.

In a spectacular co-main event, Juan Carlos "El Indio" Camacho Jr. (18-1, 7 KOs) defeated Jorge Luis Orozco (17-4-2, 11 KOs) with a jaw-dropping, first-round knockout. Camacho took home the NABF super flyweight title.

Former world champion Angel 'Tito' Acosta (24-4, 22 KOs) defeated former world title contender Carlos 'El Chocorroncito' Buitrago (37-10-1, 21 KOs) via unanimous decision in a 10-round flyweight fight. The judges scored the bout 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.

Yan Carlos Santana (9-0, 9 KOs) of La Romana, The Dominican Republic stopped Jostin Ortiz (4-1, 3 KOs) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico at 1:11 in the first round of a scheduled six-round super featherweight fight.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Spence vs Crawford: Views and Opinions

I was not able to watch boxing fights on screen as frequently as before. It's difficult to watch boxing when you are in a place where Friday is a holiday or rest day. Out here, Sunday is the first day of a work week. Friday and Saturday is the weekend. Boxing fights usually happen every Saturday night, and that's early Sunday morning here (7 hours ahead). That's when I'm preparing my ass off for work. I'm usually at my work desk when the main event started.

However, for the Spence-Crawford fight, I made sure I'm able to watch it live. I came to work late. I didn't care much that day.

I wanted to write a prediction about this fight but I'm afraid I will not give a thoughtful piece. I wasn't able to follow the careers of both boxers. So, I opted not to and instead, I wanted just to sit back, relax and watch the fight.

I had some expectations prior to the fight though. I thought the fight should be competitive. A chess match where both operators carefully push their wits against each other. But man, I was wrong! As early as Round 2, when Crawford scored a knockdown from a jab, I thought the fight is over.

In Round 1, Crawford (40-0-0, 31 KOs) was accurate with his loaded and committed jab. In Round 2, Crawford scored the first knockdown of the fight with a right jab. It was Errol's first knockdown in his career. 
Spence and Crawford posed for photographs during the weigh-in.
In Round 7, Crawford scored two knockdowns. At this point, he got Spence completely figured out. Spence's face was a mess and must have tried every trick on his sleeves but none of it was working. 

In the same round, Spence (28-1-0, 22 KOs) landed a hard overhand left that could inflict a staggering impact yet it was he who visited the canvas after being hit with a counter right uppercut from Crawford. Two things: 1. Crawford hits harder and 2. Is physically stronger than Spence. In an interview with Joe Rogan, Crawford said that "big don't mean stronger." 
He might be bigger than me,” Crawford said of Spence, “but big don’t mean stronger.” Not that everyone felt that Spence was going to win. “I was favored in Vegas,” Crawford said, “so Vegas must have had it right.
Well, if that was the case, which obviously was, what else Spence could do. Crawford's punches had a devastating impact whereas Spence's hardest shots were absorbed or stifled with well-placed counters. Crawford outclassed and outfoxed Spence, a one-sided beatdown.

Crawford scored a total of three knockdowns; one in Round 2 and twice in Round 7. Going into Round 8, and way behind in the scorecards. The urgency was massive for Errol to score a knockout but instead, he was technically knockout in Round 9 trying.

With the win, Crawford has indicated that he's willing to honor the rematch clause even at a higher weight class. But the question is: Is there a point in a rematch? Well, I expected the same outcome of the rematch if it happens. If it happens. Your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Naoya Inoue knocks out Stephen Fulton in Round 8

Naoya Inoue continued his winning streak knocking out previously undefeated Stephen Fulton to capture another weight class, on Tuesday night at the Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan for the junior featherweight championship. Naoya is now a champion in four weight divisions.

In Round 8, Inoue landed a two-punch combination, a stiff jab to the body followed by a crushing right straight to the head that hurt Fulton, then followed up by a left hook that sent him to canvas. Fulton (21-1-0, 8KOs) was able to get up and continued to fight. Naoya looking at his hurt prey unleashed power punches that prompted the referee to stop the fight.

From the get-go, it was obvious that the speed and power of Inoue (25-0-0, 22KOs) dictated the fight and it was indeed what was happening in the duration of the fight.

Inoue is now 10-0 against world champions and still undefeated in his fourth weight class. He's champion at 108, 115, 118 (undisputed), and now at the 122-pound division.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. official for July 29

The matchup boxing fans have been waiting for is finally official. The Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. is finally official on Saturday, 29 July 2023 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Showtime pay-per-view.  
This fight will be for the undisputed welterweight champion. The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board rated Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford as the top number 1 and 2 respectively. 

So far in 2023 boxing fans were in for a treat as the fights we've been craving have been happening. First, we had Garcia vs. Davis and then we had Haney vs. Lomachenko last week. 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko: Fight Highlights

Devin Haney routed Vasiliy Lomachenko to scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 over 12 rounds of boxing masterclass chess match. It's a highly competitive close fight--each fighter could make a good case argument for winning. However, the three judges look to Haney's direction.
Enjoy the below highlights from Top Rank.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ramirez vs. Padilla | Media Workout Quotes

INDIO, CA (February 21, 2023) - With his highly anticipated Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN main event approaching quickly, one of boxing’s most energetic and fan-friendly fighters, NABA Super Flyweight Titleholder John “Scrappy” Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles hosted a media workout at the Joel Diaz Training Camp in Indio. He will be fighting for the vacant WBA Continental Americas Super Flyweight Title against Luis “Callado” Padilla (15-3-2, 2 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. The event will take place on Thursday, February 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET.

The first Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN show of the year will also feature a special co-main event as Coachella Valley’s beloved, undefeated local fighter Manuel “Gucci” Flores (14-0, 11 KOs) will measure up against Franklin “El Abuelo” Gonzalez of Los Teques, Venezuela (25-1, 25 KOs). The eight-round bantamweight fight will be guaranteed action, as both fighters have a string of knockout performances.

Also on the card, Lorraine Villalobos (5-4, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles will participate in a six-round minimumweight fight against Katherine Lindenmuth (2-1) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In another female bout, Stefani “Stefi” Cohen (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Miami, Florida will fight in a four-round bantamweight fight against Leanne Calderon (1-2-1) of Austin, Texas. Opening the DAZN broadcast with a four-round heavyweight match, Zachary Spiller (2-0, 2 KOs) of Houston, Texas will battle Kaleel Carter (3-3, 3 KOs) of Bellflower.

Opening the night, Grant Flores, cousin of Manny “Gucci” Flores and who trains with famed trainer Joel Diaz, will make his pro-debut in a four-round super welterweight fight against Jorge Lopez (0-1) of Queretaro, Mexico.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say from their media workout:

"There are people out there doubting that I can do it. I love it; I love the haters because they give me more motivation to prove them wrong.

"Fans can expect a great show on DAZN from me. I'm on my way up proving that I'm someone to watch."

"On fight night, we are going to come with a bang, baby! We're coming with fireworks, with explosiveness, something you guys haven't seen for a long time. We have a good opponent in front of us, so we're going to show you guys what we can do.

"My opponent is a wild guy - he likes to throw a lot of crazy punches. The first round, we're going to see what he does; if he is going to come forward with that aggressiveness or go backwards."

"It's a great privilege to make my debut on a Golden Boy card, in my hometown, in front of my friends, family and supporters. Fans can expect me to show up and bring fireworks.

"I've been waiting for this opportunity to come - to be able to display my talent and my quality skills that I've been working hard on in the gym. I had a really great and extensive amateur career and the next stop is to become a world champion."

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Ryan Garcia's speed, stiff stance

Ryan Garcia demolished Javier Fortuna with ease at the Arena, LA on Saturday night. Fortuna was perceived to be the toughest test of his career at least on paper. However, Garcia handled the task easily by stopping Fortuna in Round 6. Garcia scored a knockdown in Rounds 4 and 5.

Garcia (23-0-0, 19 KOs) may not be your fighter who has the fancy feet. He will be standing stiff upright in front of his opponent, but the kid has the hand speed. The thing why he's so upright, so tight, so stiff maybe, but it's complementing his height advantage. Garcia is tall most of the boxers at 135 lbs. Maybe not at 140 but, he belongs to the taller side of the pack of superlightweight fighters past and present for sure.

What I observe also while he's standing tall facing his opponent, Ryan is difficult to counter especially those shorter opponents because he's not swinging wild to the left of the right or over-extending his arms when throwing a punch or even if he missed hitting. His punches were like rubber bands that will go back in place in a straight line. Not with his left hoo, off course, which will travel at an angle.

The crazy thing also is that these punches that look uncommitted travel so fast. Most of his opponents were not able to anticipate worse won't see it. Another thing also is that since he's not telegraphing it by moving his body or hips to create more power and leverage for his punches still it has decent power that knocks the opponent down.

Because of Garcia's too upright stance in fighting. I do not see him more often in a close-quarter battle. he loves to fight from the outside. He loves to fight at a distance which makes sense to me because as I said he's a tall fighter in the weight class he's in. Hence, I can conclude that since he's fighting his fight. He still has yet to face an opponent that will not let him fight his fight. I want someone like a Shawn Porter style for Garcia. It could be Tank Davis.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Knockout Reel: Davis stops Romero in Round 6

Gervonta Davis knocks out Rolando Romero in round 6 with a left hand on Saturday night for their world lightweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Davis remained undefeated and improved his record to 27-0-0, with 25 KO's.
GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN 😴@Gervontaa KOs Romero in round 6 with a POWER left hand 😳#DavisRomero

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Thurman vs Barrios Preview

Keith Thurman will return to the ring against Mario Barrios in a welterweight match at the Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday, on FOX Pay-Per-veiw.

Thurman (29-1-0, 22 KOs) has been inactive for two and half years. He lost to Manny Pacquiao via split decision in 2019. Although, I was rooting for Pacquiao at that time, but I was really thinking Thurman could pull a win. He was younger, taller fighter and a natural welter. 

This time it will be the other way around. Thurman is the older guy and with his elbow injury keep troubling him in the past fights, I don't know really where he is at physically right now. Both men came from losses. So, it's really bad to get two losses in a row. It is important to each fighter to get a win here if they want to stay relevant at the welterweight division. 

So, I think, this is a very interesting fight. We will be able to know if Thurman can still be consider up there at the level where his name at before the Pacquiao fight. He was rated number 6 (below Spence Jr., Crawford, Pacquiao, Porter and Ugas) at the welterweight division by the TBRB in March 2021. and was removed due to inactivity. I supposed. With the Pacquiao he was not to get back to the welterweight. Questions will be answered on Saturday night. 

Barrios (26-1-0, 17 KOs) will move up in weight against Thurman. I don't know if he has trouble making weight at 140 lbs. But I don't know if it is the right thing to do --- to move up in weight. He's coming from a loss against a much smaller Davis at 140 and now will face a full-time welter. He was stopped against Davis at 140. 

Well, all these questions will be answered on Saturday night. If indeed Barrios will be more comfortable banging at 147 lbs. and Thurman becomes old instead of showing the Thurman version of 2017, I think Barrios could win a split decision in a fight that could go either way.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Casimero vs Butler rescheduled for April 23

The John Riel Casimero vs Paul Butler Bantamweight weight fight was rescheduled for April 23 in Liverpool according to the WBO. 

So, this is a good development for Casimero. I thought that he will continue to fight against YouTubers. 

According to the WBO, "Casimero has not discharged a mandatory title defense since winning the title against Zolani Tete."

Casimero-Butler was scheduled in Dubai but Casimero pulled out of the fight due to gastritis. There's report saying that he had weight issues at that time. His camp denied about it and showed the cause of why he's not able to depend his title. 

Then few weeks after the Dubai card, I was surprised when Casimero was featured in bout against a YouTuber. I was wondering if how that one was even possible. Anyway, below is the Casimero vs Labrador fight.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Who's next for Mark Magsayo?

Mark Magsayo defeated Garry Russel Jr. via majority decision upset for their featherweight showdown in Atlantic City on Saturday. The 26 years old Filipino rising star remains undefeated and said he's "willing to fight anybody" as he's now the champion.

With that being said by Magsayo (24-0-0, 16 KOs) let's take a look at his possible next opponents. 

One of the potential opponents for his next fight would be against another undefeated fighter---Rey Vargas. The WBC is set to order for this fight. It seemed that Magsayo would not have a chance to get an optional fight as he contracted the obligations of the previous champion (Russel Jr.), who had already been notified to face Vargas as explained by the WBC. So, it is most certainly that Vargas would be next.

Meanwhile, if Magsayo had to choose as to whom he will fight next, he said that he wanted to fight Leo Santa Cruz and Luis Nery. 

"I will fight anyone but in my division. I would like to fight Leo Santa and Luis Nery," Magsayo said. "

So there you go, those are the potential next opponents for Mark Magsayo. We have Vargas, Santa Cruz and Nery. But we don't know the preference of the promoters. That still remains to be seen.

As a boxing fan, If I were to choose, I would choose the potential opponents of Mark Magsayo from the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) featherweight rankings. 

Below is the current TBRB featherweight rankings as of this writing:

As you can see above, Santa Cruz and Nery are not listed. So, I like to see Magsayo fight either Mauricio Lara, ranked no. 1 or Emmanuel Navarette, ranked no. 2. If I'm not mistaken, the TBRB rules will crown a champion if the top three ranked fighters in a particular division will fight. So, Magsayo has the chance to be crowned as the new lineal featherweight champion of the world. A throne abdicated by no less than his "idol" and promoter Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

You, as a boxing fan, who do you want Magsayo to fight next?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Bornea vs Obbadi Preview


Undefeated Filipino boxing prospect Jade Bornea will be put to a test as he faces Italy's Mohammed Obbadi for the Junior Bantamweight division title eliminator in Mexico on Friday.

Bornea (16-0-0, 10 KOs) yet to be tested, but I believed that this fighter from General Santos City was so much underrated. Let's discuss more about that later. Although Bornea and Obbadi were currently not ranked by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) at the 115-pound division, this fight was sanctioned as a title eliminator for Jerwin Ancajas IBF Junior Bantamweight title. 

Forgive me if I keep on referring to the rankings of TBRB. Why? Because for me, this is a solid and reliable ranking. Take a look at TBRB's current Junior Bantamweight rankings.

Tell me in the comments below if the above rankings were a piece of shit.

Sitting at the top of the Junior Bantamweight division is Juan Francisco Estrada. The top four contenders includes, Rungvisai, Gonzalez, Ioka, Ancajas. Donnie Nietes was ranked number 9 and Kosie Tanaka at number 10.

Why I considered Bornea so much underrated? As you can see at the above rankings, it is only Bornea who fought and defeated a ranked fighter. He defeated ranked number 10 Kosie Tanaka by points in the 2013 Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championship. If you look at the resume of Ancajas, he has not yet fought any of the above ranked fighters.

Obbadi (22-1-0, 13 KOs) is the experienced fighter coming into the fight. As far as my readings is concerned, it seemed that this fight will be his first outside Italy. He fought for a Flyweight world title once but was defeated by Cristofer Rosales.

What's at stake?

Both men has the chance to showcase their talent and skills in the international stage. The outcome of this fight will set the tone of their respective careers.

“With Probellum and Sanman Boxing, I look forward to my upcoming IBF World Title Eliminator as just the start, with my ultimate goal to win the world title in 2022,” said Bornea.

The best man of this fight will have the chance to fight Ancajas' IBF title. Although a fight with Ancajas' is what Bornea less keen to do if he wins against Obaddi to avoid an all-Filipino clash, but he's ready to go if it is to be decided.

Obbadi on the other hand wanted to be back at championship mix as he failed to do it once at the Flyweight division.


By looking at the physical measurements of both men, Obaddi has the height and reach advantage who stands at 5'6" and has 5cm reach advantage. The conventional wisdom is that smaller fighter needs to close in and manage the gap, and the taller fighter has to use those height and reach by keeping the distance.

By looking at the resume of both men, obviously Obbadi has the experience. In the power category, it tells us that Bornea has more pop on his fists having a higher KO percentage.

Well, I think Bornea will not have so much problem bringing the rains of fire to Obbadi as this is his fighting style. Monikered as the hurricane, I think Bornea will bring the fight to Obbadi and it seemed to me that Obaddi instead of keeping the distance would trade rains of fire power with fire to tamed the hurricane. With this happening, I see Bornea's power would dominate Obbadi. Bornea wins by TKO in Round 7 or less with body punch.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Ortiz vs Martin: Review

Luis Ortiz was down twice but able to get back up on both instances and knockout Charles Martin in Round 6. Ortiz was down once in Round 1 and then again in Round 4. 

Ortiz (33-2-0, 28 KOs) has been inactive for more than one year. His last fight was in November 2020. He looked a tad slower in this fight against a much younger Martin. Ortiz was 42 years old coming into this fight. The first knockdown was a right hand from Martin as Ortiz tries to get in. Martin caught him and landed on the side of the head of Ortiz. The second knockdown was more of a stiff jab as both men came forward. I was surprised to see Ortiz go down from that punch. It is rare to see someone goes down from a jab.

With two knockdowns early in the fight, Martin's (28-3-1, 25 KOs) confidence was high. He continued to push Ortiz backwards, and he stood his ground. After he scored a knockdown in Round 4, Martin raised his hand not in celebration though, but It seemed to me that he was very confident that it is his night. Martin was confident but still very focused on the fight. He did not show any signs of overconfidence, his eyes were laser focus on the job. He can not afford to blink with two eyes as he knows very well that Ortiz still packed tremendous power on both hands. 

Obviously behind the scorecards, Ortiz's corner advised him to throw more jabs and don't go for the home-run. His corner wanted Ortiz to focus more on his jab maybe to take time to recover from those two knockdowns. Ortiz knees buckled on those knockdown. It looked like age is catching him. He can take the punch but his legs betrayed him. He was not hurt on both knockdowns. He got up with a smile on his face on both instance. 

At ring side, Ortiz's family was emotional at what they were watching so far. His daughter was in tears watching his father went a trip to the canvas twice already. All these, turned around later on.

In Round 6, Ortiz caught Martin with a left hand to the head that stuns and buckles Martin's legs. Martin was in a very dangerous situation as he looked disoriented. His guard were down and his still on his feet. Ortiz sensing the opportunity jumped right on and swarmed Martin with shots after shots. Martin's left hand surprisingly got entangled between the top rope and next rope below as he went down. The referee helped him to untangled his hand. 

The precious seconds bought to remove his hand was not enough to recover from the barrage of punches Ortiz unleashed. The referee let the fight continue. Ortiz obviously smelled blood, blitzed Martin and Martin went down for the second time. The referee took the count. Martin was able to get back up but obviously on shaky legs. The referee had seen enough and waved the fight. The time of the stoppage 1:37 remaining in Round 6.

Martin protested the stoppage but for me it was the right call to save Martin from unnecessary damage.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

World Cup Boxing Series Announces “4-Man Lightweight Tournament”

LOS ANGELES (December 22, 2021) -- World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS), co-founded by CEO Terry Hollan and matchmaker Guy Taylor, today formally announced its “4-Man Lightweight Tournament,” commencing with the February 24th semifinals in Mexico.

The venue, competing boxers, and streaming details will soon be announced.

“We’re so happy to see this tournament finally become a reality,” WCBS/matchmaker Guy Taylor said. “It was a lot harder than we had anticipated due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions. It seemed like once one country’s ban was lifted, two others were banned. After talking with the CEO, we decided to do an All-Mexico Lightweight Tournament featuring the top available prospects.

“I have always been infatuated with tournament elements. When we started the World Cup Boxing Series, we wanted to give boxing fans an opportunity to enjoy the same excitement that other sports fans get to enjoy with tournaments and playoffs.”

The “World Cup Boxing Series 4-Man Tournament” will begin Feb. 24th with the semifinals, contested in 8-round matches, and conclude with the 10-round championship final on June 2nd.

Several locations are being strongly considered for the semifinals as San Carlos, Los Mochis and Obregon are all actively pursuing the opportunity to host the first Mexican-based boxing tournament in many years.

“We haven’t made up our mind yet on the exact location,” Taylor added, “but I do know which city we are looking at closely. Wherever we end up going, it will be the hottest ticket in town.”

Although names of the competing fighters haven’t officially been announced, several reports have mentioned one of the top contenders is Mexico’s No. 1 lightweight prospect, undefeated Luis “Koreano” Torres (14-0, 10 KOs), the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Lightweight Champion.

“Knowing Taylor’s aggressive matchmaking style,” WCBS CEO Hollan noted, “his bouts are nothing short of electric and entertaining, and he may even pick it up a notch or two for this tournament.”

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Jake Paul knocks out cold Tyron Woodley with 1-punch in Round 6

Internet sensation turn boxer Jake Paul knocked out cold former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in Round 6 of their boxing rematch at the Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL on Saturday night.

Woodley brutally hit and went down face-first to the canvas. It was a hard overhand right that landed on Woodley's face. Paul really has some serious power with his right hand.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Watch: Paul-Woodley II Open Workout

Jake Paul, Tyron Woodley and the rest of the card will face the media and fans for their open workout. Paul-Woodley II will be on Saturday, at 9PM ET/6PM PT On SHOWTIME PPV.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Donaire stops Gaballo with signature left hook in round 4

Donaire's campaign to become the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world continues as he stopped Gaballo with his signature left hook in Round 4 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California on Saturday night. Stay tuned for the review and observation of this fight. 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Watch: Donaire vs Gaballo weigh-in

Nonito Donaire and Reymart Gaballo Official weights.

Both men weighed below the bantamweight limit, Donaire weighed 117.2 lbs. and Gaballo weighed 117 lbs. 

Both men look in excellent physical shape. Both were very cordial and respecting each other throughout out the build up of this fight. Both were looking to let their fists do the talking in the ring.

Donaire vs Gaballo Preview and Prediction

Veteran Nonito Donaire will take on undefeated challenger and kababayan Reymart Gaballo for Donaire's WBC bantamweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California on Saturday night.

Looking back at Donaire's (41-6-0, 27 KOs) spectacular performance against Naoya Inoue in November 2019 and his strong come back against Nordine Oubaali in May this year, I think this fight will be good only till Gaballo last. 

Donaire, now 39 years old, definitely not at his best but the vast experience and with that still potent left hook intact, I think Donaire still has that edge over the younger, less-experienced Gaballo. Donaire's experience extends not only inside the ring but also how to handle pressure from big events. To be in a huge crowd could bring too much pressure to a fighter not getting used to it. 

Donaire was ask about how he will handle Gaballo's power --- he referred to his experience. 

"The thing about being experienced is we have no fear of it, (referring to Gaballo's power) I believed that we are only as strong as our mind and so I know that I am 100% because I have a purpose. And that purpose is to becoming the undisputed champion of the world," said Donaire. 

I'm not totally writing-off Gaballo, (24-0, 20 KO) here because any fighter having at the same age as Donaire, I think it is just a matter of one night in the ring to look old. If father time shows up on Saturday night on Donaire's corner, well we might see a passing of torch here.

However, If Donaire will show up on Saturday night with the same level of performance when he faced Inoue, I've got Donaire to win, KO Round 7. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Pinheiro prepares to make waves in 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 8, 2021) – Undefeated Polish cruiserweight prospect Adrian “Pretty Boy” Pinheiro (6-0, 6 KOs) recently closed out his first year as a prizefighter in Nashville, knocking out veteran Eric Abraham (6-11, 3 KOs) in the opening round via the 3-knockdown rule.

Pinheiro first dropped Abraham a minute into the fight with a right hook, followed that with a straight right, and finished the fight with a vicious right hook to the body with only one second remaining in round one.

“I could feel the punch in my knuckles on the first knockdown,” Pinheiro remembered. “I new I had hurt him, but I didn’t want to rush and get caught with a punch. I picked him apart and was surprised he got up after the second knockdown. He’s a tough guy. Everybody is a headhunter. I knew that he had been hurt in the head and was covering up, so I saw a body opening and took it.

“I went into the fight with a plan and flowed it. I was happy with my performance, but there’s always something we see that needs improvement for the next fight.”

Born in Poland, raised in Brazil, and now living and training in Orlando, the 24-year-old Pinheiro, was active this year, making his pro debut May 8th and fought five additional times in 2021, winning all by stoppage.

Standing 6’ 4” and cut, Pinheiro is a huge country music fan who looked forward to fighting in Nashville for the first time.

“We went to Broadway and all those bars with live music,” Pinheiro added. “We stopped by the Music Museum too. We were only there for a few days, and I was fighting. I do plan to go back and seem the real Nashville.”

Back home for the holidays and training at the Orlando Boxing Club, Pinheiro plans to make waves on higher platforms in 2022.

“I was very busy in 2021 and didn’t start until May,” Pinheiro concluded. “I hope to be as busy or busier in 2022. My goal is to fight on television and win a title or two. I’d really like to get a fight in Chicago to fight in front of a large Polish crown. I love my people!”

“I’m so happy for him because he works so hard,” Pinheiro’s manager/head trainer Tony Blanco commented. “I believe in building fighters accordingly and for his sixth pro fight, I got him an experienced opponent who I thought would give Adrian some good rounds. Adrian just crushed him. I’m so proud of him. He wants it so bad. He is young and hungry. He does well sparring bigger guys with good names. I’m excited to be working with him.

“In 2022, I’ll work to get him a TV fight. He’s very popular on Tic Tik and Instagram, even before he started boxing. We’re also looking forward to him fighting in a city with a large Polish community. Adrian Pinheiro is a star in the making!”