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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nonito Donaire wins controversial technical decision after Round 4

[caption id="attachment_2832" align="alignnone" width="689"]Nonito Donaire wins contoversial technical decision after Round 4 Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank[/caption]

Nonito Donaire gets another championship in his fourth weight class tonight at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China. But it didn't happen without any controversy. It is what it is, because this is boxing. But the commission there should do some investigation.

The bout was stop after four rounds of bizarre, frustrating but entertaining action. It is bizarre, because the score they announced was 49-46. How the hell was that?  After four rounds! Maybe the officials thought the fight went Round 5, or Contreras wrongly read it. It is entertaining because we saw knockdown and blood. It was indeed a fight.  But it was frustrating also because we want some more.

This is how it happened; Donaire (33-2, 21 KO's) got cut above the left eye before the end of the first round. In the replay you can't determine whether it is from clashes of head or from a punch. Donaire complained about the cut. But what adds the confusion is that the referee didn’t rule anything out.

In the second round, everybody assumed that the cut is coming from a punch. Should the doctor advised the referee to stop the fight---Vetyeka should win by TKO. Donaire again complain during the course of action in the ring due to clashes of head. But still there's no word from the referee. It's either Mr. Pabon should acknowledge or warns Donaire for turning his back away from the champion.

In third round Donaire comes out smoking, and I believed he still assumed that the cut he suffered in the first round is ruled out coming from a punch. There's a sense of urgency from Donaire as he pressed forward towards Vetyeka.

In Round 4, Vetyeka  (26-3, 16 KO) has Donaire's back towards the rope as he fights back the challenger. But Donaire countered with a hard left hook---Donaire's money punch---that landed clean on Vetyeka. Vetyeka went hard to the floor! But he manages to get up and finished the round.

However, to everyone's surprise, the fight was stopped after referee Pabon consulted ringside officials. And again everyone got another surprise---when the absurd score announced.

In the interview right after the fight Donaire's tone was apologetic and says "I'm sorry" to the fans. He knows he has been given some favor here. Although, he's not the one to blame here if there is any, it’s the officials.

"You seemed to be blaming yourself for winning the fight", asks veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant. "The thing is like I said, I just want to give Simpiwe the biggest respect because it was a great fight, and he was a great champion. It's unfinished business. I want to finish it." exclaimed Donaire.

When Merchant turned to Vetyeka for an interview, I'm confused again; I thought Vetyeka speaks in English because Merchant didn't ask the interpreter regarding Vetyeka's answers on the first question. But when he asks the interpreter after his second question my mind was blown away.

What a confusing main event. Really!

Anyway, would you mind to see a rematch? I think Vetyeka is a victim of bad officiating here. Put your answers and opinion in the comment section.

HBO Boxing Results: Walters KO5 Darhinyan, Gradovich UD12 Miskirtchian

[caption id="attachment_2839" align="alignnone" width="792"]HBO Boxing Results: Walters KO5 Darhinyan, Gradovich UD12 Miskirtchian Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank[/caption]

On the Donaire vs Vetyeka undercard results, Nicholas Walters retains title wrecking Vic Darchinyan in Round 5.  Evgeny Gradovich wins by a unanimous decision after going to the floor against Alexander Miskirtchian.

Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) retains title and remains undefeated after he knockout the former 112-pound king Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs) in Round 5. Early in Round 2 Walters caught Darchinyan with a short right upper cut that knocks down the challenger.

Prior to the second round knockdown, Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KO's 28) was taunting Walters to open up, as Walters cover up high with both gloves. But then Darchinyan falls on a trap: a hard uppercut that caught him square up! Darchinyan's legs went up in the air with that uppercut.

The start of an end came in Round 5; Walters lands a left hook that wobble Darchinyan. Walters followed up with another left hook to the body and head that sends Darchinyan to the floor again! Darchinyan bit the mandatory eight count but still too shaky.

Nicholas Walters won (24-0, 20 KO's) sensing his man is ready for picking, rushes towards Darchinyan and finished the job. Darchinyan stayed down for a couple of minutes and help rushed in the ring.

I think that was it for the terrific career of Darchinyan who has had excellent run in the lighter division---especially the 112-pound weight class.

Evgeny Gradovich UD12 Alexander Miskirtchian

Evgeny Gradovich (19-0, 9 KO’s) retains his IBF featherweight title in chess-match with Alexander Miskirtchian (24-3-1, 9 KO’s). But Gradovich is always one move ahead in every maneuver Miskirtchian applied in the ring. The champion was able to out-fox and outwitted the challenger round after round.  In Round 3, Miskirtchian was cut caused by a head butt.

Everything was going well for Gradovich but all of the sudden in Round 6; Mirskitchian dropped him with a left jab that came in at the right moment and landed at the right place. Gradovich caught in the chin with his feet so squared up to sustain the impact. But the knockdown didn’t have enough damage.

Gradovich continued to cruise to victory in the succeeding rounds and won on the scores of 117-110, 117-110 and 118-110.

Rex Tso UD10 Ratchasak Kokietgym

Rex Tso (10-0-2, 6 KO's) survived after floored twice in the third round by his opponent from Thailand Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-3-1, 10 KO's). Tso went down with a left hand and then again by a right hand from Kokietgym. Tso went back into serious business in the succeeding rounds and won by unanimous decision.

Ik Yang KO1 Geisler Ap

Ik Yang (14-0, 9 KO's) made a quick work for his Indonesian opponent knocking out Geisler Ap (3-2, 2 KOs) in the very first round and the Cotai Arena crowd went wild. Explosive performance from Yang from a highly over-match opponent.

Chris Avalos TKO8 Yasutaka Ishimoto

Chris Avalos, now improved his record to 24-2, 18 KO's was well ahead on the scorecards: 70-62, 68-64, 70-62, when he knocked out Yasutaka Ishimoto, now dropped 24-7, 7 KO's in round 8 of their - IBF junior featherweight eliminator. The official time of the stoppage 44 seconds of round 8.

Dolton injured, Centeno will face Ibarra






INDIO, Calif., (May 30, 2014) - Undefeated Domonique Dolton suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his fight with Hugo "The Boss" Centeno Jr. nextFriday, June 6, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Undefeated Houston, Texas' Gerardo Ibarra to take Dolton's place.

Gerardo "Tin Tin" Ibarra (14-0, 8 KOs), 5-foot-9, 23-year-old boxer-puncher, is taking a huge leap in class for this, his first major opportunity as a professional. He is coming off a shutout, eight-round decision victory over William Johnson last Feb. 15.

Before turning pro in July 2008, Ibarra was a solid amateur, going 120-23, while winning and competing in tournaments in America and abroad. He won in the 2005 National Junior Olympic tournament, defeating undefeated pro Gary Russell Jr. along the way.

"To put it simply, I love fighting,'' the confident, determined Ibarra said. "Boxing is about opportunities and this is a great platform to showcase my talent on a national network and I promise that after the fight everyone will know who "TinTin" is."

In the ShoBox co-feature, New York City phenom Eddie "E Boy" Gomez (16-0, 10 KOs) faces Francisco Santana (19-3-1, 7 KOs) of Santa Barbara, Calif., in a 10-round junior middleweight match. The streaking Santana has won seven in a row.

Tickets, priced at $45, $35, $25 are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at

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Friday, May 30, 2014

SPB coverage: Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch

SPB fight coverage - Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch

It’s Froch vs. Groves rematch fight-week, fight-fans!

Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch is dubbed as the biggest boxing event in the United Kingdom. Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO's) of Nottingham, once again locks horn with George Groves (19-1, 15 KO's) of Hammersmith, in a rematch scheduled on 31 May, at the Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London.

[Read Also: SPB Coverage: Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka]

This rematch was build-up by the controversy and drama during the first fight that happened at the Phones 4u Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), in Manchester on 23rd November 2013. The controversial stoppage in round 9, in favor of Froch, produced massive clamor from boxing fans---especially the UK boxing fans---to set-up for a rematch. And both men adhere to what the fans want.

Groves floored Froch in the first round by a huge right hand to the head. Froch although survived the round, but his legs were still to wobbly going into the second round. From there, Groves won most of the rounds. But in round 9, as Groves reeled a bit while Froch threw in foray of punches, but surprisingly, referee Howard John Foster absurdly stepped in and stopped the fight.

The crowd booed profusely during an interview with Froch after the stoppage, as Froch defended Foster’s decision halting the fight.

Fast forward---six months after that awful night for Groves---he has the chance to correct what he believed, and what the boxing fans believed Foster did wrong. And for Froch to prove that there's nothing wrong with the stoppage.

From this post until fight night; I'll be posting updates pertaining to this fight---as much as I can---to keep you updated. Below are video highlight reels, both fighter's previous fights and the full fight video of the controversial first match, to boost up your already overflowing excitement for this rematch.

Who are you picking? Leave your pick in the comment section.

Carl Froch highlights

Carl Froch vs George I Groves full fight  

Froch vs Groves II: The Gloves are off

Carl Froch Nottingham Media Workout

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Here are the Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results at the Wembley Stadium for the most anticipated rematch between Carl Froch of Nothingham and George Groves of Hammersmith.

Super Middleweights
Carl Froch - 167.9 lbs vs. George Groves - 166.4 lbs

Please get ready your converter guys for the below weight units.

Super Middleweights
James DeGale - 11st 13lbs 7oz) vs. Brandon Gonzales - 11st 13lbs 9oz

Jamie McDonnell - 8st 5lbs 10oz vs. Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat - 8st 5lb 1oz

Kevin Mitchell - 9st 8lbs 9oz vs. Ghislain Maduma - 9st 8lbs 12oz

Anthony Joshua - 16st 12lbs vs. Matt Legg - 16st 12lbs

Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) with super world featherweight title fight between Simpiwe Vetyeka vs. Nonito Donaire from Macau. The main event of the day live at 4:45 p.m. (ET/PT) features a highly anticipated 12-round title rematch between super middleweight title-holder Carl Froch and top contender and arch-rival George Groves.

Don't forget to check back SPB tomorrow for the fight results.

Weigh in Photos:

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

Carl Froch vs George Groves weigh in results

[Video] The weigh in that happen moments ago at Wembley Stadium

Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka weigh in results

[caption id="attachment_2810" align="alignnone" width="710"]Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka weigh in results Photo Credit: Dong Secuya/Philboxing[/caption]

Here's the Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka weigh in results at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China for the Top Rank boxing card dubbed "Featherweight Fury" featuring "The Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire taking on South African featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka.

[Read Also: SPB Coverage: Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka

Simpiwe Vetyeka - 125.5 lbs vs. Nonito Donaire - 126 lbs
Nicholas Walters - 125.5 lbs vs. Vic Darchinyan - 125.8 lbs
Evgeny Gradovich - 125.5 lbs vs. Alexander Miskirtchian - 125.5 lbs

Super Bantamweight
Chris Avalos - 121.5lbs vs. Yasutaka Ishimoto - 121.8 lbs

Jr. Bantamweight
Rex Tso - 116.5 vs. Ratchasak Kokietgym - 115 lbs

Jr. Welterweight
Ik Yang - 137.5 lbs vs. Geisler AP - 138.5 lbs

Super Middleweight
Esquiva Falcao - 161.5 lbs vs. Eunchang Lee - 162 lbs

Super welterweight
Kuok Kun Ng - 152 lbs vs. Indonesia’s Muhammad Imam - 147 lbs

Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch weigh in live streaming

The Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch weigh in is the final formality this Friday afternoon starting 2PM (UK time) before the fight at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. You can watch the Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch weigh in live streaming on the above embedded video.

Carl Froch vs George Groves preview and prediction

Carl Froch vs George Groves preview and prediction

It's Carl Froch vs George Groves preview and prediction fight fans!

The most anticipated Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch will finally happen on Saturday, 31 May, at the Wembley Stadium. The controversy that surrounds the first encounter will finally be settled inside the ring. Referee Foster's absurd stoppage of the first fight in favor of Froch gain so much of controversy and criticism from the ringside fans and the boxing fans in general. As a result, fans demand for a rematch. And both men adhere.

Prior to the first match Groves is undefeated in 19 fights while Froch is a veteran of 30 fights. Froch belittle Groves in the first fight thinking that the challenger from Hammersmith not deserved to be in same ring with him.

On the program "The Gloves Are Off" for this rematch, Froch denied respect for the 23 year old kid that floored him in the first round. Froch, 37, is a proud champion who has already place among the British boxing greats. He had epic fights from who's who in his boxing division. This made Groves so motivated in the rematch.

During the final press conference Groves is so confident of winning on Saturday night. We’ve been working on left hooks–it will be the left hook which finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night." Groves said confidently.

However, Froch simply answered Groves' statement and said, If that’s the case, I better pick my right hand up!, I’m 36 but I’ve still got what it takes. It’s a cliché, but it’s just a number."

The weaknesses I saw on both fighters:


  1. He has limited in-fighting skills, but he compensate in by going to the defensive by doubling up while crouching or smothering Froch counters and simply holding, so that the referee will reset.

  2. He's prone to uppercuts when he doubles up while crouching during close encounters. But Froch didn't throw as much uppercuts during the first fight.

  3. He tends to wear and tire in late rounds.


  1. During exchanges, he has the tendency to position his feet---too square enough---to easily go down if hit with flush counters.

  2. Tends to be too open for counters once mounting own attacks.

My Prediction:

Groves has mental toughness to deal with Froch mind games. So, this rematch boils down to who really prepared physically and trained for the right game plan. And in the actual fight---who can adjust to counter every effective game plan against each other. Who can exploit and improve on the above aforementioned weaknesses. And I think Groves did his homework. George Groves TKO8.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka preview and picks

Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka preview and picks

Two years ago, "The Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire was on top of the world. He was the 2012 "Fighter of the Year". He defeated champions and former champions in the super bantamweight division, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Jeffrey Mathebula, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce in the same year.

[Read Also: SPB coverage: Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch]

Donaire (32-2, 21 KO's) was set to begin 2013 with a big bang. He took on Cuban Olympic medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux. But Donaire was schooled by the technically superb fighter---although he scored a knockdown. The status earned for the hard work that Donaire put together in 2012 slipped from his hands. And so with Rigondeaux as HBO network blamed him for being a "boring" fighter.

Donaire moved on and took old rival Vic Darchinyan in a rematch. Donaire was struggling throughout the fight until his power took over in the ninth round. What really happened to Donaire in 2013 he surely knows.

On Saturday, 31 May 2014, Donaire will move to 126-pound division and will face featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO's) for the WBA title at the Cotai Arena, in Macau.

"I re-evaluated everything. I moved my training camp to the Philippines to take advantage of the heat and humidity and to eliminate the distractions I had in Las Vegas. It was a great move. I let a lot of things I worked hard to achieve slip through my fingers last year. I want to return to where I was in 2012 and go beyond that for the reminder of my boxing career."

In an interview with ABS-CBN in Macau, Vetyeka, who trains for three months in South Africa, told that he's excited with his first title defense and he choose to fight Donaire himself because he wants his name to become bigger in boxing. He added also that his killer punch is ready for Donaire. Vetyeka's name came in from nowhere when he upset former undefeated Chris John of Indonesia.

Trainer Robert Garcia also told ABS-CBN that, "If Nonito doesn't fight smart, then he could be in trouble. But Nonito is a very smart fighter."

My pick

Donaire is more experience and skilled than Vetyeka. Although Vetyeka stopped highly skilled and undefeated Chris John; that because John is no longer in his prime and don't have enough power to give Vetyeka hesitation to attack. Against Donaire---once Vetyeka tasted Donaire's power left hook---he will think twice before lunging his attacks. Nonito needs only to fight smart, make Vetyeka miss and let him pay with precise power counters.

Donaire TKO 10.

Share your prediction in the comment below.

Groves: The left hook which finishes Carl Froch

Groves: "The left hook which finishes Carl Froch"

During the final press conference of the most anticipated and perhaps the biggest boxing event in the British history: The Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch. Groves is so confident and says that it's the left hook that will finished Carl Froch on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium.

"We've been working on left hooks--it will be the left hook which finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night," Groves said confidently.

But Carl Froch seemed not intimidated with the young challenger's statement. "If that's the case, I better pick my right hand up!, I'm 36 but I've still got what it takes. It's a cliche, but it's just a number."

Groves came in looking extremely elegant wearing tuxedo---dress to death---is how we call it in the Philippines to someone extremely formal, I thought he was Max Kellerman shaving his beard. While Carl Froch came in a sporty look. Froch had his two championship belts hanging on his shoulders during the snap shots.

During the interview with Sky Sports news Groves showed again confidence---and I like that confidence he has. I'm still undecided though who to pick on my preview and prediction piece for this fight. And looks like I'm picking him now.

"It couldn't have gone any better. I couldn't have asked for more. After I beat Carl on Saturday, I'll be able to put it to bed. I'm still sore. Fortunately through my hard work I've been able to get the rematch." said Groves.

Asks about a prediction for this fight, Groves said, "We're not preparing for a three-round fight. But I don't think Carl Froch will be able to get through three rounds. He's probably banking on a 12-round fight where I'll fade. But I'll get stronger round-by-round. We've got everything covered."

With those words from Groves... hell yeah! it made me more excited for Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, will be the official weigh in. This is where I expect some sort of drama, as the final presser seems too civilized.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Photos] Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka: Grand Arrivals

The Filipino "Flash" Nonito Donaire and South African Simpiwe Vetyeka arrived at the venue of their anticipated featherweight fight in Cotai Arena, Macau, China. Below are the photos by Chris Farina of Top Rank.

[caption id="attachment_2763" align="alignnone" width="720"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2764" align="alignnone" width="909"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2765" align="alignnone" width="907"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2766" align="alignnone" width="937"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2767" align="alignnone" width="916"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2769" align="alignnone" width="878"]Donaire vs Vetyeka Grand Arrivals Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank[/caption]

Nonito Donaire greatest hits

Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka: Donaire's greatest hits. Donaire (32-2, 21 KO's) fought four times in 2012 and won all of them making him earned the 2012 "Fighter of the Year" award by most boxing media. He won by SD against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., UD12--Jeffrey Mathebula, TKO9--Toshiaki Nishioka and KO3--Jorge Arce. Can Donaire carry his power at the featherweight division? We will find out Saturday, 31 May at the Cotai Arena, Macau, China. Can be seen on HBO delayed telecast.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SPB Coverage: Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka

SPB Coverage Nonito Donaire vs Vetyeka

Nonito Donaire was the 2012 "Fighter of the Year" on most boxing media outlets. He won all four championship fights against top caliber opponents in the same year. He defeated former world champions Jorge Arce by KO3, Toshiaki Nishioka TKO9, Jeffrey Mathebula UD12 and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. SD12.

[Read Also: SPB coverage: Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch]

Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO's) was all set to enter big time payday in 2013. But Olympian Guillermo Rigondeux took Donaire to a boxing clinic in April 2013. Donaire was outclassed and outwitted by the Cuban ring tactician in over 12 rounds of highly tactical fight. Donaire rebounded in the same year; knocking out former foe, Vic Darchinyan in round 9.

On Saturday, Donaire, now 31 years old, will face South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA super world featherweight title in Cotai, Arena in Macau, China.

Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO's) retired and handed Chris John his first career defeat---after 15 years undefeated as a professional prize fighter in December in Australia. Vetyeka 33, is looking for recognition in the world stage---fighting almost entirely in South Africa---fought only once in the US. A win over Donaire is one big leap.

Donaire is looking for a second push of his career---reuniting with his father, which is now his trainer. Bob Arum of Top Rank, Donaire's promoter, said in an interview with ABS-CBN that he will line-up Donaire's opponent after he passed Vetyeka.

HBO will air the Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka fight on tape delay in the afternoon to give way Froch-Groves fight from London, which HBO has live. However, BoxNation will air this card live at 9:00 ETD.

I'll be posting more update from this fight until fight night and I'll provide links to those posts below. I'll be posting my preview and prediction on Thursday. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rocky Juarez: "Definitely a-must-win situation", against Alvarado

[caption id="attachment_2699" align="alignnone" width="863"]Rocky Juarez definitely in a must win situation Rocky Juarez (left) connects during a fight with Chris John in 2009.[/caption]

Rocky Juarez is in a must win situation after semi-retired for two years. He's scheduled to face Rene Alvarado (20-2, 14 KO's) of Managua, Nicaragua on Monday at the Fort Bliss--Stout Physical Fitness Center, El Paso, Texas for the WBC silver featherweight title for Golden Boy Live! show Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes on a Memorial Day celebration.

Rocky Juarez (29-10-1, 21 KO's) a two-time featherweight world title challenger, and medalists for 2000 Olympic Games is looking forward to duplicate his knockout victory against Antonio Escalante two years ago. He's hoping for a rebound after suffering from six straight losses.

"This is definitely a must-win situation. This is a fight where I have already said that if I happen to lose this fight, then that will be it. I'll hang 'em up and just call it quits," Juarez told

During the weigh in at the Woodlands Ballroom, Airway Boulevard Alvarado and Juarez both looked fit and ready to rumble. Both came in under the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. Alvarado weighed 125.6 pounds, while Juarez weighed 125.2.

On another note, Hall of Fame WWE Commentator Jim Ross will be making his boxing commentary debut.

What you need to know about this fight:

Monday, May 26
5:00 p.m. Ft. Bliss - Stout Physical Fitness Center Doors Open
Location: Ft. Bliss - Stout Physical Fitness Center
Cassidy Road, Building 2930
Fort Bliss, TX 79916

5:30 p.m. First fight begins

7:00 p.m. Fox Sports 1 & Fox Deportes Golden Boy Live! Telecast Begins

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stevenson beats Fonfara, retains title

Stevenson beats Fonfara, retains title

Canadian Adonis "Superman" Stevenson beats Andrzej Fonfara of Chicago, and retains his WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight title in over 12 rounds of action against an exceedingly tough challenger. It’s never a walk in the park for Stevenson as the fight previews suggests, as both men tasted what’s it’s like to be in the canvas. Although the scorecards were one-sided in favor of the reigning champion who earned the unanimous decision.

Stevenson (24-1, 20 KO) started the first round cautious and tried to box, move around while the 26 year old challenger stalked him. Stevenson landed a text book 1-2 combination that sent Fonfara on the floor. I thought that was it! Fonfara showed toughness absorbing some and defending barrage of punches thrown to him after the mandatory count. He survived the bumpy first round!

From that point onwards, although, Fonfara (25-3, 15 KO’s) is stalking the hometown champion---Stevenson is sweeping rounds until round eight. Stevenson landed crisp combination to the head and body and smothering Fonfara’s counters.

In the 5th round, again Stevenson floored Fonfara with a shot to the mid section. But Fonfara's extreme tolerance with pain stood instantly and continued the fight gallantly.

It seemed to me that Fonfara’s best chance is when Stevenson slows down in the latter rounds. But that if he has the energy to do so, after absorbing power-zapping body blows from Stevenson.

The ecstatic crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal was silenced in round 9, as Fonfara floored Stevenson with a left hook followed by a right hand that landed flush on the chin---that was intense! Fonfara showed some patience and didn’t rush things up to finish the job. Stevenson survived.

Fonfara told Jim Gray after the fight, "In the ninth round, I got him right on the chin. I didn't want to go crazy, because maybe he'd counter me. But he survived. He got knocked down, but he came back. I got knocked down, I came back. It was a good fight."

Stevenson showed the human side of a “superman” tonight and that a fighter that hits hard can shoots down a flying “superman”.

But Stevenson showed also a Rocky Balboa heart and comeback strong in the 10th frame attacking Fonfara with real bad intention. He engaged Fonfara in the championship round although it is safe to fight cautiously as he is ahead on points. The official scorecard reads 115-110, 115-110, and 116-109.

"And you know, who doesn't get knocked down? Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones, all the best go down. But I came back strong. I still came back strong, because I'm a true champion." said Stevenson when Grey asked about the ninth round knockdown.

Are you tired in the ninth round? asked Grey. "No… no I’m not tired… but he got me real good so I came back strong. I was off-balance and he catch me.

Fonfara on the other hand told Grey "I survived because I have the heart to fight, you know? Every time he hit me, I felt his punch. He's a great fighter. I think it was a great fight, and the fans liked it. Tonight, Stevenson was better. But I'm still young. I'm just 26 years old. I'll train hard, and one day I'll be world champion."

With Fonfara’s performance tonight, I could not disagree with him.

What’s next for Stevenson?

Ask about who he will be fighting next. Stevenson told Grey thatBernard can be next. I'll let Al Haymon negotiate for that," Stevenson said.

"All my fans, do you want Bernard Hopkin?" (That is without s) ask Stevenson to the crowd.

As for a fight with Sergey Kovalev, Stevenson replied that: "No problem with Kovalev. If I fight him, I fight him. Al Haymon's going to negotiate that, with Yvon Michel. I'm the true champion. Superman baby!"

Who do you want Stevenson to fight next?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pacquiao next fight could be in Dubai against Khan

Pacquiao next fight could be in Dubai against Khan

In report from Yahoo Maktoob via Associated Press written by Tim Dahlberg Manny Pacquiao next fight could be in Dubai against Khan

"Arum said Tuesday that Juan Manuel Marquez is his first choice for Pacquiao's next fight, but other fighters — including Amir Khan — could be in the mix."

Although, I already heard this statement before from Arum and still didn't happen. But I think staging a fight here in the Middle East could be big success especially if its in Dubai. Filipinos around the Middle East, especially the GCC, area for sure will troop to Dubai who allow visa upon arrival to Filipinos.

Below is a breakdown of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) population working or having temporary residency in four leading countries in the Middle East according to Wikipedia.

  • Saudi Arabia - 1,267,658

  • UAE - 931,562

  • Qatar - 200,016

  • Kuwait - 213,638

Amir Khan apart from a solid British fan base in UK has also huge following in Dubai from British expatriate. In UAE there are 240,000 Britons. He has also huge following from Pakistan Nationals in the Emirates being of a Pakistani descent. Pakistanis are the second largest ethnic group in the UAE, constituting 21%, which is over 1.2 million, of the country's total population.

[caption id="attachment_2658" align="alignright" width="300"]Jam-packed Quadsia Stadium during the Kuwait vs Philippines Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Jam-packed Quadsia Stadium during the Kuwait vs Philippines Fifa World Cup Qualifiers[/caption]

I remember how the OFW's in Kuwait supported Azkals (Philippine National Soccer Team) during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2011 held  Kuwait The Filipinos outnumbered the locals and jam-packed the 22,000 capacity Quadsia Stadium.

The ticket that I have that time was useless as Kuwaiti Police Officers didn't allow fans to come in because the Stadium is totally full. Honestly, the match already started but I'm still outside the stadium, finding my way in as the gate was already closed. I jumped from the fence just to get in.

I can't imagine how huge the support would be from Filipinos alone, if Pacquaio-Khan will ever happen in Dubai who has more Filipino and Pakistani population.

There is no problem also in distributing PPV as every Filipino in the Middles east is powered by TFC or The Filipino Channel owned by ABS-CBN channel 2 in the Philippines. The biggest TV network in the Philippines.

Bring Pacquiao-Khan in Dubai!

[Update]Adrien Broner "good Samaritan" act on cam

Adrien Broner “good Samaritan” act on cam

Update: The "homeless guy" that Adrien Broner gave away $1000 to him, was robbed and beaten on the same night. In a video interview from worldstar hip hop  with the same guy, he said that he was robbed and beaten. The guy is wearing a big black eye.

Broner's "act of kindness"---if not recorded on cam and uploaded online---could have made a little difference for the poor guy's life. But that $1000 made him more miserable now. Money no-more and a black eye is what he got. I feel guilty also for posting that video here. It might be that the guy who robbed him might have seen the video here in this tiny blog---who knows?---this made me a feel guilty.

I hope Broner felt the way I do for this guy and do something without recording and uploading a video online.

After the WBC suspended Adrien "The Problem" Broner for a somewhat racist comment he made after defeating Carlos Molina during the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana on May 3 in Las Vegas; Broner did some "good boy" publicity act on cam, giving away $1000 to a "homeless" guy. I can say it's a publicity because why they record it. To somehow ease up the bad boy persona Broner use to portray in boxing.

In the video uploaded by a YouTube channel named Adrien Broner, you can see him giving the amount to a guy. The guy was extremely surprise and he can't convince himself whether Broner was just joking.

Check this video out [warning obscene language used]:

Pacquiao signs 2-year extension pact with Top Rank


According to a report from ESPN, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao stays with Top Rank. Pacquiao signs two year contract extension that will end on 31 December 2016.

We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao through the end of 2016,” Arum said. “The partnership among Manny, Top Rank, MP Promotions and HBO has been a wonderful one for all parties and for the public and it’s great that it will continue for the years to come.

So, those boxing fans that are still hoping for a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown — that includes me — has another reason to stop hoping. But “hope” is the only thing that keeps me believing that this fight will happen. Pacquiao signing extension with Bob Arum took that “hope”.

In the past, negotiation between Mayweather and Pacquiao camps fall out because of drug testing and purse issues. Later on Mayweather added another condition before he will fight Pacquiao. And that: he will he will fight Pacquiao, only if he (Pacquiao) stays away from the promotional claws of Bob Arum.

The knockout loss of Pacquiao in the hands of his long-time rival, Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez buried the possibility of the most debated match-up since half a decade ago.

However, Pacquiao’s dominating performances against Brandon Rios in Macau and rematch with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, and Mayweather’s struggle early in the fight against Marcos Maidana; the debate of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight comes back to life.

Boxing fans had Mayweather’s latest demand in mind, before fighting Pacquaio. They are hopeful as Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank ends on December 2014. They expect a fight in early 2015. But we are still in May; Pacquiao buried that hope when he put ink on that paper.

But is it fair to say that Pacquiao is to blame why this fight won't happen by signing two years extension with Top Rank?

With or without Arum do you think Mayweather will fight Pacquiao?

I think even without Arum, Mayweather will have more demands for Pacquiao. Maybe he will bully more Pacquiao as he has no promotional backing.

Maybe Floyd will let OSADA draw one gallon of blood (for drug testing) from Pacquaio before he will let him climb the ring.

Maybe he will let Pacquiao used pillows instead of his favorite Cleto Reyes gloves.

Mayweather being in the position to call the shots and has more leverage during negotiations then what we expect from him. More demands.

But with both men has declined PPV buys based on their previous bouts. I think they need each other more than ever. I think the playing field is a little bit even on that term.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

At age 40, Marquez dominates Alvarado

Marquez dominates Alvarado

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.Sophia Loren

The number 40 is just a number attached to Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez’s age. On Saturday night at the Forum, Inglewood, California Marquez get his hands raise against Mike “Mile High” Alvarado, who is seven years his junior.

Marquez, despite the older man — started strong and finished strong — in over 12 rounds of welterweight action.

The Mexican warrior is like wine; the more he aged in the squared circle, the more exhilarating he become.

I’m really amazed; as Marquez gets older he turns into an extremely exciting aggressive counterpuncher. What made Marquez extremely exciting is that he’s more dangerous when he’s in trouble — you ask Manny Pacquiao.

Although, there’s not much activity during the first seven rounds, as the used to be all-out-brawler, Alvarado chose to box from outside. Marquez is harvesting points in those rounds. Alvarado gave up so many rounds, thinking he could outbox Marquez.

You can only do that unless you’re a boxer named Floyd Mayweather Jr. — you ask Marquez this time.

After six rounds, I thought, Alvarado should start thinking his plan B, if there is any.

The fight becomes interesting starting round 8 as Alvarado floored Marquez during the exchanges. But “Dinamita” exploded in round 9, dropping Alvarado with precise combination to the head.

In round 12 Marquez made the final push, landing precise combinations, peppering Alvarado. After the final bell, the scores were 117-109, 117-109, and 119-108 all for Marquez.

Marquez could face Manny Pacquiao again, if he wants, as this fight is for WBO title eliminator. Pacquiao is currently the WBO champion.

HBO’s Max Kellerman asks Marquez his willingness to fight Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time; I feel Marquez’s hesitation from his answers.

So you wanna fight Pacquiao again yes or no? asked Kellerman. We will relax, I don’t know for the moment, but any decisions that I will take will be good for me, my family and all the Mexican fans replied Marquez with uncertainty.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cleverly vs Corbin Results: Cleverly destroys Corbin in round 2

Nathan Cleverly destroys Corbin

Nathan Cleverly is back!

Welshman Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO) stops Shawn Corbin (17-5, 12 KO's) in just two rounds in his cruiserweight debut in front of lively crowd at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Cleverly started strong in the second round after feeling the first round being a cruiserweight. He tagged Corbin with left and right combination that forced Corbin back to the ropes. Cleverly then landed a vicious uppercut that obviously hurt Corbin. Cleverly followed up with barrage of unanswered punches that forced the referee to step in and halt the fight. The official time of the stoppage: 2:19 second round.

With this win, Cleverly captured the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title.

Cleverly is now back in the winning column nine months after the devastating knockout defeat he suffered from the hands of the then emerging heavy handed Sergey Kovalev. He was knockout in the fourth round in the same arena after being floored twice in the third round, and lost his WBO light heavyweight title. The big win will certainly Cleverly's confidence booster and will help get rid that loss in his head and move forward in his new division.

Gavin Rees SD12 Gary Buckland

Gavin Rees (38-4-1, 18 KO's) quality punches and ring generalship carried the day as he won via split decision against Gary Buckland 28-,4 9 KO's) of Cardiff in over 12 rounds of entertaining action.

I can't believe both men survive 12 rounds of brutal back and forth action. Both men traded hard blow like there is no tomorrow. The ecstatic crowd in Motorpoint Arena did standing ovation for the fighters after the fight.

Rees was the better boxer and landed cleaner punches. Buckland was the more active fighter: marching forward all night. For me, It was a close fight. But the scorecards didn't reveal how close the fight was on two judges, although one judge had it for Buckland. The judges' score cards were: 117-113 for Rees, 116-113 for Buckland and 117-112 for Rees.

Callum Smith KO2 Tobias Webb

Callum Smith (11-0, 9 KO's) destroyed Tobias Webb (14-2-1, 2 KO's) in just two rounds. Smith showed tremendous body work, dropping Webb three times with hooks to the body.

In the first round Webb fought well and I thought this could be a long night for the undefeated prospect from Liverpool. But in the second round Smith unleashed a ripping left hook to the liver that dropped Webb like a dog -- knees and both gloves -- hit the floor.

That was extremely painful shot but the gallant Webb got up and continued fighting. This time Smith fired another brutal body shot, now utilizing his right hand and the same result: Webb went down in déjà vu of the first knockdown but Webb got up again, only to visit the floor for the third time.

I thought the third knockdown could be the end but again he rose to his feet and beat the count. But in the fourth knockdown, Webb was not able to beat the count the referee stopped the fight. The official time: 2:50 in the second round.

With the win Smith named the WBC International super middleweight champion.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Manny Pacquiao and basketball

Manny Pacquiao and basketball

I'm astonished the first time I read an article that says Manny Pacquiao is playing basketball in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). I said what? And not just a player, but he will be a "playing coach". Pacquiao reportedly reached agreement with KIA Motors as playing coach for their team that will debut on October 21 in the PBA.

Well, because Pacquiao is popular -- he can do whatever he likes. But it doesn't mean he'll not go through the process.

According to a PBA official via, Pacquiao needs to enter PBA rookie draft.

“Basta coach, pwede, pero pag naglaro ka sa PBA kailangan dumaan ka sa draft (He can be a coach but if anyone wants to play in the PBA, he needs to join the draft),” Marcial said."

Apart from being a boxing superstar, congressman, action star, singer, pastor, Pacquiao loves basketball in the first place. In an interview earlier in his career, Pacquiao said that his first love is basketball -- that is typical to most Filipinos -- to play basketball. Even if you find many Filipinos excel in sports other than basketball -- it still boils down to basketball is their first choice but end up in other sports because Filipinos lacks the height and size for this sport. The average Filipino height is just 163.5 cm or 5' 4.4" according to

Playing basketball in the PBA is another dream come true for Manny Pacquiao. Before he found success in boxing, I know he dreamed also to become a PBA player -- just like any other Filipinos and that includes me. I know that many boxing fans (even die hard Pacquiao fans) raise an eyebrow on Pacquiao decision to play basketball. I read many negative posts on Facebook criticizing the eight division champion on his intention to play ball. The one that captures my attention is an article at Philboxing written by Ricah Trinidad on May 11. The headline reads "PLEASE DON'T HIRE PACQUIAO AS A MASCOT". Well, if KIA Motors simply needs endorser for their car products I think they made the right choice, which is to hire Pacquaio. But of course not as a "playing coach" for their team but maybe a TV commercial model.

In actual professional basketball game

Pacquiao has been playing basketball as a recreation even before he becomes a boxing superstar. And his long time coach Freddie Roach knows that. Roach allowed Pacquaio to play even if he has upcoming fight. Basketball helps also build stamina necessary for a boxer. But during the game, the players that Pacquiao played with know very well that theyPacquiao and basketball should not play intensely against Pacquiao, especially the player that will guard the Filipino boxing icon. Do you expect someone that guard Pacquiao will apply sticky defense against him? Do you think anyone from those five players in the opposite team will challenge with real intention to block the ball when Pacquiao drives the ball to the hoops? Of course not -- they don't want Pacquiao get injured.

However, in the PBA, it will be another story. There will be no hesitation to steal the ball from Pacquiao, challenge his shots or play physical against him -- in offense or in defense. It's not Pacquiao who is at stake there, but their respective teams. To win each game. The possibility of Pacquiao being injured is high. So high that a certain injury like ACL would kill his boxing career instantly. I read an article that presents an argument that PBA is more physical than NBA. In Tagalog term they call it "balyahan" [ang laro sa PBA]. I just don't know how to say it in English. I'm not saying Pacquiao will not sustain the physical aspects in basketball... haler... he's an elite boxer. There's no way that basketball's physicality surpasses boxing. But I'm sure these are two different physical sports that requires separate training, focus and attention.

Pacquiao's impact in the PBA

Either in Smart Araneta or MOA arena, starting October 21, there would be additional surge of basketball fans in queue for their tickets. Pacquiao will draw more fans in the venue and millions will watch on TV, which is good for the PBA.

My concern is: What quality of basketball game can Pacquiao offer the basketball fans? I know that Pacquiao can play basketball. But against the PBA pros; he might ask question to himself while playing: what am I doing here? He's a star in the boxing ring but he could be an eyesore in the hard-court. Watch out starting October 21, 2014.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This week’s boxing schedule: Marquez vs. Alvarado, Rodriquez, Cleverly; more

[caption id="attachment_2596" align="alignnone" width="1024"]This week’s boxing schedule: Marquez vs. Alvarado, Rodriquez, Cleverly; more Photo Credit: HBO[/caption]

The month of May has been explosive month for boxing, yet we are still in middle of this month. Mayweather-Maidana set the tone for this month as they engaged into a war, which is rare to see from the pound-for-pound king. In the second week, another war happened between Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) and Chris Arreola (36-4, 21 KO’s). Stiverne froze Arreola with a big right hand in round six (Arreola was well ahead in the scorecards). Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19 KO’s) silenced critics by stopping Moises Fuentes in the rematch. Nietes continue reigning as the longest Filipino world champion. You can read my full fight recap here.

This week’s boxing schedule, starting Friday, May 16, we have Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO’s) coming back in action on ESPN2, after losing to Miguel Cotto back in October last year. He will face Joachim Alcine (35-7-4, 21 KO’s) at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on that card is Joe Hanks vs. Derric Rossy.

Then on Saturday May 17, we have Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) tangles horn with Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at Forum, Inglewood, California. The outcome of this fight will determine if we will gonna, see Pacquaio vs. Marquez 5. If this fight will ever happen, it seems that Top Rank boss, Bob Arum is taking the fight to Macau. However, before we even think about Pacquiao-Marquez 5, Alvarado of course has another plan come Saturday night. I’ll have my preview and prediction up for this fight on this site later on. So, stay tuned.

This week’s boxing schedule: Marquez vs. Alvarado, Rodriquez, Cleverly; moreIn UK, also on Saturday (3:00 PM EDT) former light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) will be back in the ring against Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s) at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales. This will be Cheverly’s first attempt moving up at the cruiserweight division, after semi-retired for nine months. Cleverly was knockout by lightly regarded, at that time, Sergey Kovalev.

Here is the rest of this week’s boxing schedule:

Friday, May 16, 2014, SHO, 10:00 pm EDT

  • Joel Diaz Jr vs. Tyler Asselstine

  • Frank Galarza vs. Sebastien Bouchard 

Saturday, May 17, Skysports UK

  • Gary Buckland vs. Gavin Rees

  • Lee Selby vs. Romulo Koasicha

  • Callum Smith vs. Tobias Webb


  • Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Manuel Quezada,

  • Anton Novikov vs. Javier Castro,

  • Jose Benavidez vs. Angel Hernandez

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pinoy Pride 25: Nietes stops Fuentes, retains title

[caption id="attachment_2583" align="alignnone" width="738"]Pinoy Pride 25: Nietes stops Fuentes, retains world title Photo: Dong Secuya/[/caption]

Donnie "Ahas" Nietes said that there will be "no draw" in his rematch with Mexican Moises Fuentes at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines. And he delivered.

Nietes who trains from ALA Boxing stable stops Fuentes in round 9 and retains his WBO light flyweight title. He drops Fuentes twice in round 9 before landing a cracking overhand right that put his challenger down. Referee Robert Byrd didn't bother to count and immediately waives it of as Fuentes is in no position to continue. The official time of the stoppage: 2:56 in round 9.

[Read Also: Pinoy Pride 25: Preview and prediction]

Nietes, now improved his record to 33 wins, 19 by way of stoppage, 1 loss and 4 draws started the fight well, boxing and moving around, landing the cleaner shots. Fuentes on the other end started slowly as usual but pressing forward targeting the champion's body.

In the second round, Fuentes, now dropped to 19 wins, 10 by way of stoppage, 2 losses, and 1 draw, stepped up the pace and continue to press forward, catching Nietes to the body when Nietes crouch and spin away from him. In the third round, Nietes hurt Fuentes with a body shot that stunned the challenger momentarily on his track.

In the seventh round, Nietes landed clean combinations that wobbled Fuentes, but unable to finished as the hard hitting challenger from Mexico tried to hold on.

In the eighth round both fighters slowed down a bit -- especially Nietes -- who looks tired and seemed he punch-out in the previous round.

Stamina has been a problem for Nietes in the past.

However, in the ninth round Nietes dropped Fuentes and hit him while on the floor, resulting to a point deduction. The fight continued. Nietes again sent Fuentes to the floor with a couple of body and head shots. Fuentes managed to survive the count but still too shaky. Nietes, although sensing a knockout win, didn't rush things up. He waited and unleashed a well-timed finishing touch -- a cracking overhand right -- that landed clean on Fuentes left face.

With the win, Nietes registered his 21st win in 25 bouts, without defeat, and only 4 draws since losing a split decision against Angky Angkotta in 2004. This is also Nietes second straight victory via stoppage.

Milan Melindo UD12 Martin Tecuapetla

In the supporting main event, Milan Melindo (31-1, 12 KO's) showcased yet another methodical beat down against Martin Tecuapetla (11-6-2, 8 KO's) of Mexico in over 12 rounds of boxing spectacle. Variety of punches, from jab, uppercuts and hooks were on display. The left hook followed by uppercut combination find its home most of the time on Tecuapetla's head. Melindo out-classed the extremely tough challenger that never stops coming forward. Melindo was sweeping rounds from the opening round until round 8 on my scorecards.

In round 9, Melindo was deducted for a low blow. After the deduction, Melindo showed signs of fatigue -- slowed down drastically -- and was breathing heavily. In round 10, Tecuapetla continue to press forward against a now more stationary champion. But Melindo was able to defend effectively and occasionally catching Tecuapetla with left and right counters.

In round 11, Melindo executes the final push landing beautiful counters. In the final round, Melindo is well ahead in my scorecards. I have him winning 8 rounds against 4. The official scores were 114-114,116-112 and 115-113. The draw scored by Filipino judge Zalven Lagumbay doesn't make sense to me. At worse, the score could be 7 rounds against 5 on Melindo's favor, but a tie -- no way.

Rey Bautista UD10 Sergio Villanueva

Meanwhile, Rey "BoomBoom" Bautista (35-3, 25 KO') scored a unanimous victory against Sergio Villanueva (26-4-2, 13 KO's) also from Mexico, in his ring return after more than one year of inactivity. This is Bautista's debut as a junior lightweight.

Bautista who promised to deliver a showing did just enough to get the judges nod to the tune of 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94. However, it's a good performance for Bautista, although, far from what I expected from him.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pinoy Pride 25: Preview and prediction

Pinoy Pride 25 Preview and prediction

The successful Pinoy Pride series will continue to give us fights from top Filipino fighters other Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. Pinoy Pride 25 will headline a rematch between one of the longest reigning Filipino world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (32-1-4, 18 KO's) against Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10 KO's) of Distrito Federal, Mexico for Nietes WBO light flyweight title. Also in action is "Method Man" Milan Melindo against Martin “Diablo” Tecuapetla of Mexico. Ray "BoomBoom" Bautista will be back in the ring after more than one year of inactivity against Sergio “El Cuate” Villanueva also from Mexico. This time the event will be held at the sprawling Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines on Saturday night starting 6 PM (Manila Time).

Pinoy Pride 25: Preview and prediction

Donnie Nietes vs. Moises Fuentes, 12 rounds light flyweight

In March 2, 2013 Nietes and Fuentes first met at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino that ended in a majority draw. I re-watch the fight and I can say that it was an extremely close fight. Either way both men can win that fight but it can't be without debate. Two judges had it 114-114 and judge Tapdasan scored it 115-113 for the defending champion Nietes [read here:]

During the weigh in both men registered the scale right on the spot for the division of 108 lbs.

Nietes vowed to settle for a knockout and said "No Draw" even before the press conference started. "I'll go for a knockout" Nietes exclaimed. But he is prepared to go the full rounds if the situation needed it. Nietes is coming from an impressive third round technical knockout victory against Sammy Gutierrez in November.

The 24 year old Mexican challenger also vowed to take the belt back to Mexico. "I came to win. The title will go back to Mexico,” Fuentes said.

Nietes keys to win

After I re-watch the fight, I can say both men approached the fight technically. This time I think It will be the same except for minor adjustments. I think Nietes will be more aggressive this time but still extremely cautious. He vowed to be more aggressive. So, I expect him to throw more combinations this time compared to the first meeting. I understand that Nietes had no problem absorbing the best shot Fuentes landed. So, I think he will risk more and come in landing some and taking some shots. A calculated and more combination punching will be his key.

Fuentes keys to win

Fuentes has the height at 5 '6'' and reach advantage at 67.5" compared to Nietes who stands only at 5' 3" with 65.5" reach. If Fuentes uses this advantages to his favor; not letting Nietes to go inside by using his long jab. All he need to do is to to box and move from the outside and rack up points. He needs to avoid close range exchanges but instead fight in range and look for more angles to fire without getting hit from counters.

My prediction  

Nietes will be lured by Fuentes to fight in exchanges wherein he lands more combinations and Nietes will win via UNANIMOUS DECISION.

Milan Melindo vs. Martin Tecuapetla, 12 rounds flyweights 

Melindo (30-1, 12 KO's) is technically superb and experienced against Martin Tecuapetla. The determining factor here is power. If Tecuapetla's power will get respect from Melindo; Melindo might imposed a conservative and cautious methodical schooling, but if not, it could be an all out boxing clinic. It could end up a knockout in favor of Melindo, but it will depend how Tecuapetla withstands accumulated punches. Melindo is not known for his power but can knockout opponent through accumulated punches. My pick: Melindo UD 12.

Ray “BoomBoom” Bautista vs. Sergio Villanueva, 10 rounds junior lightweights 

I'm intrigue with this return fight of Bautista. After he lost a split decision to Jose Ramirez for featherweight title, Bautista seemed frustrated, and he wanted to stop fighting. In an interview, I've seen on Philippine TV -- to hype up his ring return -- he said that he's tired of boxing. I understand what he felt at that time. At times a fighter need to re-think his motivation after a loss. But I know that his last defeat is not as devastating compared to his first round knockout loss against Daniel Ponce De Leon. But to comeback after that lost, rebuild your career and then lost again in a decision -- is something that is so frustrating for a fighter -- that still struggled to become world champion. He said that after one year out the ring he's eager and motivated to comeback.

Villanueva who lacks the quality of opponents in his ledger might not be too inexperienced for the Bohol native -- who has a total of 31 fights, but Bautista's power and crowd advantage will be too much for him to overcome.

I think the Bautista now 28 years old has acquired the needed steam to continue his boxing career. I think his major problem in this fight would be ring rust. This is also his first fight above the featherweight limit. I think Rey will come out to prove something in this fight, and I see him winning this fight. My Pick: Bautista KO 6.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Post fight observation: "The Moment"

[caption id="attachment_2557" align="alignnone" width="780"]Photo Credit: Eric Jamison/Associated Press Photo Credit: Eric Jamison/Associated Press[/caption]

On Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Showtime's boxing card dubbed "The Moment" delivered the result that most of us expected: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan and Adrien Broner won against their respective opponents. But all three fights didn't play-out the way they were predicted, although results came out as expected.

Many predicted that Maidana is "easy work" for the best boxer of the game. But Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO's) age 37, was in a hell of a fight against Maidana. And it's a close fight. Really close fight. There's talk of rematch right after the fight. Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO's) not just won one round baby... he bullied (actually it looked like he kick Floyd's ass in the first four rounds) Mayweather, and he swept the first four rounds of the fight and won another one or two in the second half. I had Maidana winning five rounds though. The score 117-111 by Burt Clements doesn't make sense to me. And who says Floyd is a boring fighter? That depends on his opponent. I hope he keeps on picking a fighter like Maidana who keeps coming forward. That showcased how brilliant and tough Floyd Mayweather is. Let's say Pacquiao next. Hehehehe…I'm just day dreaming though -- just like many of you guys.

On the other hand, Amir "King" Khan (29-3, KO 19) was expected to be in a tough fight against Luis Collazo. But the Collazo (35-6, 18 KO's) that knockout a bigger Victor Ortiz, in just two rounds, never showed up against Khan. Not even flashes of him. And the predicted tough fight for Khan became a walk in the park. The word "easy work" is not for Mayweather this time -- instead it is for Khan. Khan was blistering Collazo with lightning fast combinations. Khan finished the fight strong. He dropped Collazo several times. He's stronger at 147. Though, I still doubt his chin. Collazo didn't touch that area clean. Can Khan will be next for Floyd?

All eyes wide open for Adrien Broner? Maybe yes -- in the first half of the fight. Many expected Adrein "The Problem" Broner (28-1, 22 KO's) to win via knockout against 17 months inactive Carlos Molina. Honestly, without taking anything away from Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KO's) -- he was put there for the cocky Broner of Cincinnati to look good. For Broner to get a sure win impressively. And for Broner to picked-up where he left prior to Maidana fight. But instead, Broner was content to be like his "big brother" fighting style. Stick and move, Counter-punching. It's okay to do that. But I believe he can do more than that, to make the fight more exciting. He can knockout Molina if he wanted to. At the scale of ten, being 10 is the highest, how do you rate his performance? Is he really fly, fresh and flashy last Satruday night or simply "The Problem" -- attitude problem?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

[Update] Mayweather vs Maidana: On glove issues Mayweather may cancel the fight

Mayweather vs Maidana On glove issues TMT may cancel the fight

Update 2:

In a post from Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports, Iole says that the "dispute over choice of gloves finally ends, Mayweather-Maidana title fight is a go".

"The crazy dispute between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana over which boxing gloves Maidana could wear was resolved overnight and their pay-per-view bout for the WBA and WBC welterweight titles at the MGM Grand is on."

Iole further twitted that Maidana is wearing the Everlast gloves (but didn't specify which one) and Mayweather with his favorite Grant gloves.

Update 1:

In a report from The Sweet Science by Michael Woods here's a message from Richard Schaefer: "Relax. The fight will go on. It must. Too much money is at stake." Well, I believed also that this fight will push through for the following reasons.

  • As what Schaefer told a lot of money is at stake.

  • This could be Mayweather's last minute promotion to hype the fight.

  • To play mind games with Marcos Maidana.

  • I already paid my PPV subscription :(

(Original Article starts here) There's on going glove issues now on Mayweather vs Maidana fight at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather and his team do not agree on the kind of gloves Marcos Maidana want to use during the fight. Mayweather Promotion's Leonard Elerbe says there's no fight unless something gets changed as per Fight video.

Before I'll throw my comments on these glove issues, let me research for you what has been already reported on various boxing websites. This post will be updated as soon as development on these issues arise. I'll be posting related links. From the time being, these are the things going on lately.

The debated glove that Maidana wants to use is the Everlast MX gloves.This type of gloves were legal and approved according to Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission. But the actual pair of glove that Maidana wants to use is not approved because of the distribution of padding according to Kevin Iole's report on Yahoo Sports.

"Maidana wanted to wear a custom-made powder blue pair of Everlast MX boxing gloves. Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, objected to the padding in the custom gloves. Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, examined those gloves and ruled they were unfit for competition because of the distribution of padding."

If you look at the photo above, the gloves in question look worn out compared to Mayweather's gloves. It seems that this is not new and maybe used a couple of times.   Now the NSAC is firmed that the Everlast MX boxing gloves are legal so, Maidana can use the same type but not the exact gloves he wanted to use. But Mayweather and his team still do not want. And besides this gloves were used by Miguel Cotto against Mayweather in 2012. So, this is where we get stuck.

Here's a review of what kind this disputed glove is all about, click here. Below is the video from fight hype during the time that Mayweather team and Maidana team are not in agreement of the gloves to use.

And in case you missed the weigh-in, which is supposed to be the highlight hours before the fight, but has been clouded with what was going on. Anyway you can watch it below. Stay tuned for more updates later as the other side of the planet is still sleeping. More updates will come in the morning of Saturday (US time).

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mayweather vs Maidana weigh-in live streaming

The final ritual before every boxing match: the weigh in. Watch it here; The Mayweather vs Maidana weigh-in live streaming. Tonight at 6 PM ETD boxing pound-for-pound kingpin the undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO) and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) will step on the scale for Saturday nights boxing event dubbed "The Moment" a Showtime Pay Per View event at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada.

Also on the card Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KO) will face Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO) for his first try at the fully talent-packed welterweight division. A fight that would determine Khan's feasibility to be considered as future opponent of Mayweather. But Not only that, all eyes are wide open to witness the comeback fight of former undefeated, now "All Beard" Adrien "The Problem" Broner (27-1, 22 KO) in a debut fight at the light welterweight division against former undefeated also, Carlos Molina -- not that Molina -- but this Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO).

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The desire to fight TBE: Amir Khan vs Luis Collazo preview and prediction

The desire to fight TBE: Amir Khan vs Luis Collazo preview and prediction

Amir Khan says during the undercard final presser of "The Moment" boxing event that takes place this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Las Vegas that he definitely wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. But before that Khan has a tough assignment to handle in Luis Collazo who looks rip and ready to fight during the presser.

I think what Amir Khan needs to do in this fight is to throw fast combination from the outside. And then move around; reset his position to avoid counters. But as what they told, every fighter has a game plan until he gets hit. Amir used to throw his game plan out to the window once get hit and wobble. He tends to brawl when he's in trouble, wherein the best thing to do is to try to clinch and smother an opponent's finishing attacks.

If Khan will do the same if he will get hit by Collazo; he'll be in trouble. He just needs to fight smart and use his quickness. He said that he's a different fighter now at welterweight. I hope his chin is a little bit stronger now because welterweight punches have different impact.

As for Collazo, I think he needs to lure Khan in a hit-me, I'll hit you back action in order to land his own punches because I believed Khan is far too quicker than he is. And once he touches the vulnerable chin of Khan, he can force him to trade blow by blow. And I think that's Collazo's best chance.

My Pick:

I think Khan will fight an intelligent fight comes Saturday night. Amir Khan UD 12 Luis Collazo.