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Monday, July 28, 2014

How powerful Gennady "GGG" Golovkin's right hand?

How powerful Gennady "GGG" Golovkin's right hand?
How powerful Golovkin's right hand?

Gennady Golovkin's right hand that landed as a hook on Daniel Geale's face, was the punch that ended the fight at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

If you look at that right hand punch on GIF provided by Zombie Prophet posted on, you'll notice that prior to that punch, Geale connected first and landed on Golovkin's face, with a right straight. It happened when Golovkin's right hook already traveled, but because a straight punch travels a shorter path, it landed first on Golovkin. In short, Golovkin was beaten by the punch. 

What made me wonder, is how really powerful Golovkin's right hand? The fact that: he was hit in the face, before his right hook landed -- the power have been deflected and should have been ineffective. But still it possessed a devastating power. Although, Geale got up quickly, but it was obvious that he was hurt. And the gesture he showed opted referee Mike Ortega to stop the fight. 

In this Golovkin-Geale highlight video from HBO, you'll see that Geale shook his head -- that it seemed to me indicating that he don't want to continue to fight.

Now my mind keep wandering, what if Golovkin was not hit in the face? And his right hand landed in full swing? What could possibly happen to Geale?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fight Note: Absurd happening on Golovkin-Geale fight

Fight Note: Absurd happening on Golovkin-Geale fight
Fight Note: Absurd happening on Golovkin-Geale fight

On Saturday night, at the Madison Square Garden, Gennady Golovkin won against Daniel Geale via knockout in Round 3. Boxing experts expected this result and Golovkin just did what was expected from him.

Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO) just did what he normally do in the ring: knocking opponents after opponents. This has been his 17 straight victories by way of stoppage. The most on current champion in the sport.

There are few absurd happenings during the fight. In the first round we've seen Geale (30-3, 16 KO) tripped by a camera-strap by one of ringside photographer and went down. I just don't know why our dear photographers on that fight spread the strap of his camera deep down inside the ring. 

That incident was really dangerous, but I'm glad that there's nothing serious happened to Geale. He can be seriously injured. And take note; that was Geale's first knockdown of his career -- not by a punch but by a camera strap -- absurd!

Don't you know also that the first round lasted for four minutes instead of the regulations 3-minute a round. I don't know what exactly the reason. But it looks likely that the timekeeper enjoyed watching the fight and forget the time. That's a possibility.

I was not able to notice the time during the fight, I just happen to read it from here: and by watching the replay -- it's too obvious.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fight Note: Servania, Villanueva headline Pinoy Pride 27 in Dubai

Fight Note: Servania, Villanueva headline Pinoy Pride 27 in Dubai

I'm planning to attend ALA Promotion's Pinoy Pride 27 that will headline Genesis “Azukal” Servania and “King” Arthur Villanueva dubbed "Duel in Dubai". My idea to watch this fight live pops-up because Dubai is less than an hour away from Kuwait. And the fight falls on Friday at the Dubai International Convention Center. It's my day-off actually and besides, a close friend of mine, Michael Imperial, ask me if I can come to Dubai for this fight. I assume he could share his place for a couple of nights. But due to the high air-ticket rates in August; I decided to give it a pass.

Servania will face challenger Jose “Matador” Cabrera (22-4, 10 KO) of Mexico in the main event. And Villanueva (25-0, 14KOs) will fight Henry “El Crespo” Maldonado (18-3, 13 KO) of Nicaragua for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight title. Rey ‘Boom Boom” Bautista clashes with Mexican Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez for a non-title supporting bout.

This is the second fight being held in Dubai that featured Filipino fighters. The first time, was the first world title fight actually held in Dubai. Filipino hard-hitting Denver Cuello fought Xiong Zhao Zhong for Zhong's WBC minimumweight title. A fight that sidelined Cuello for more than a year now because of an injury he suffered from this fight. And the bad news, it was reported that he was not paid for this fight. You can read that story here:

However, for the Pinoy Pride 27, I'm sure the fighters will be well compensated as ALA Promotions is a very reputable boxing promotions spearheaded by Mr. Aldequer from Cebu. So, I'm urging my Kabayans' that leave in the cities of Emirates, like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain , Khor Fakkan and Dibba Al-Hisn to come to Dubai. And support this fight card in the same manner that we supported Team Azkals and concerts that has been held in the past, in Dubai. The success of this card will encourage ALA Promotions and other promoters to come to Dubai and provide world class boxing event in the future. This will enable to showcase our fighters to the world stage without necessarily travelling as far as the United States just to find international recognition. 

Other markets in boxing has started to open in huge success. Macau has been the alternate boxing venue for big cards of HBO and Top Rank. Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be back in Macau for his fight on November against Chris Algieri. I'm optimistic that Dubai could be the next huge boxing venue apart from the boxing mecca, Las Vegas. I'm hopeful that before Pacquiao will call it quit in boxing for good; will have one of his fight to be held in Dubai. I'm hopeful of a Pacquiao-Khan in Dubai in the near future, or a Mayweather-Pacquiao in May 2015. Who knows? So to all boxing fans, not just boxing fans but to all the OFW's in the GCC, if you have the time, watch and support this fight card and for sure your weekend will be entertained with high quality world class boxing entertainment. 

Golovkin-Geale reasons to watch

It's been a while that I was not able to watch live boxing fights. Not because I don't want to, but this is because I've been too busy with my day job. As a recruiter, I've got a huge manpower requirement to fulfill this last quarter of the year. It's a massive short term mobilization actually.

However, on Sunday morning (Saturday night US) I will make sure that, I will not miss the fight between Kazakhstan's heavy hitter Gennady Golovkin and Australia's Daniel Geale. This is a 12-round middleweight fight that features the number one middleweight fighter in the world that yet to be tested. I really like Golovkin as a fighter because he is there to do the work straight away. He's a fighter that will immediately start his job inside the ring without any delay. As a fighter, you can't see any hesitation in his eyes, or any fear. He will be on hot pursuit to his opponent and will unleash punishing blows that so far, 26 opponents out of 29, were not able to hear the sound of the final bell against the man who has name initials of "GGG", "Triple G" or Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin - that is his complete name. Here's my preview of this fight, and you can read it here if you want by clicking this link:

Not just that I love to watch Golovkin, but I'm interested also on his opponent. Tonight, Golovkin fights Daniel Geale. It is actually a step-up in competition for Golovkin and a step-up in venue too. He will headline the fight in Madison Square Garden. The undefeated Golovkin, six fights ago, fought in Turning Stone Resort and Casino. And now he's headlining a fight at the famous MSG. So, imagine how fast Golovkin catching the attention of American boxing fans. But anyway this is still interesting to see whether he can draw the crowd at the arena. This one of the reason also why I need to watch this fight. 

Daniel Geale is a battle tested veteran who has fought who's who in the middleweight division. He has been an alphabet belt holder and has been defeated only twice. And that's against split decisions -- a fight that may go in his way, but he was just unlucky on the scorecards. Geale would really give Golovkin some serious problems based on his ledger. He throws volume of punches that can overwhelm an opponent. If Golovkin has to be exposed it should be tonight, as Geale will be there and tries to handle what he really got. 

However, this could be easier said than done, as Geale has to receive some power punches while giving his own volume of punches. For sure, If he wanted to give some he will receive also something from Golovkin that has tremendous power on both hands. It's obvious that Golovkin has more power on his hands. But Geale has more bullets in his magazine that he will unleash in rapid fire. 

Wallah! This is really an exciting fight. This the type of fight you should not missed. It is by far much more better than any pay-per-view fights out there that has keep on coming and coming this year. So as a boxing fan is a must fight to see.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why Guillermo Rigondeaux's cheap shot is cheaper than Floyd Mayweather?

Photo Credit: Top Rank
This past weekend, Guillermo Rigondeaux, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, knocked out Sod Kokietgym of Thailand, with a much cheaper, cheap-shot than that of Mayweather to Victor Ortiz. 

Why I said it's cheaper than the Mayweather version of cheap shot? 

First and foremost, Rigo and Kokietgym's clash of heads was pure accident. There's nothing wrong about it. It happens in boxing most of the time. But Ortiz deliberately head butt Mayweather. And he touched gloves with Mayweather, and then the cheap shot happened.

However, Rigondeaux was never apologetic. It's acceptable because the head butt was unintentional. But what is not acceptable for me: is that when the referee resumed the fight, Rigondeaux touched Kokietgym's glove with his right hand. And he immediately pulled back the same hand and came back as a right hook that landed on Kokietgym's left side of the face, followed by a left hand that sent Kokietgym down.

Kokietgym was counted out and the official time 1:44 in the first round.

Normally, when fighters touch gloves, they step back and then resume the fight. It's not a written rule in boxing, but it is a golden rule written in the heart of an athlete who understands sportsmanship. Rigondeaux absolutely understand only the rule that says "protect yourself at all times". But for me it doesn't mean attack at all times. 

I think fighters should not only fight to win. But fight with honor so that you will earn glory -- not just money.

In team-game, they said "it's not whether you win or lose its how you play the game", but I think this phrase is also applicable for contact sport. Rigondeaux should understand that not all wins are good wins. He should have that better because of his win against Nonito Donaire that didn't give any good at him after that fight.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Viloria knocks out Zuniga in Round 5

Brian Viloria digs a left hook to the body that sends Jose Alfredo Zuniga down. Zuniga was not able to recover from what has been a punch to the liver.

Viloria who improves his record to 34 wins, 20 by way of stoppage and only 4 losses, is part of the fight card held in Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China promoted by Top Rank.

It was a terrific performance from the 33 year old, Viloria, who's trying for a second push of his boxing career. Viloria has been 2-1 in his last three fights. He decisions Juan Herrera in March and lost to Juan Francisco Estrada of in the same arena in April last year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mayweather and Maidana branded each other as dirty fighter

Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
During the Mayweather vs Maidana rematch press tours in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles; the word "dirty fighter" is the common word that both men called each other. But who do you think is dirty?

Here's what Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana said that says the other is a dirty fighter.

Official fight announcement - New York

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Is Maidana a better fighter than Canelo? No. Cotto? No. He's just a dirtier fighter. I didn't get a deep gash from a punch; I got it from a head butt."

Marcos Maidana
"I fight dirty? He's the king of the elbows."

Press Tour - Chicago

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"I have to watch this guy in there. He's dirty."

"It's obvious he's doing something right if he is facing me again and he won a few rounds from me. But the referee had a bad night last time. We forgive him but this is going to be a much cleaner fight. Note of those dirty rabbit punches or elbows."

Press Tour - Los Angeles

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Marcos Maidana is a very, very dirty fighter. In our last fight he had over 10 low blows, head butts. He's in the wrong sport if he wants to fight a bare knuckle brawl, this is boxing. We are both looking to have careers after boxing; I don't want to risk my health."

"To be honest, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are better fighters than Maidana. They are better, stronger boxers. With me and Canelo, it was more of a chess match as opposed to Maidana who came at me very dirty and reckless. I knew something crazy was going to happen in our fight, which it did, I got a headbutt."

"Back in May, I tried to get the attention of the referee in the eighth round because Floyd was fighting very dirty and he didn't even honor that, he tried to pull a Victor Ortiz shot on me. That's the type of fighter he is - dirty and sneaky.

Marcos Maidana 
"In all of his fights, he [Mayweather] brings his elbows out. He really likes to use his elbows. One of his moves is to put his elbow in the fighter's throat and the referee for some reason let him get away with it. We all know he [Mayweather] does whatever he wants because he has the judges in his pocket. He is a dirty fighter.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maidana: "He's [Floyd] not that great, he's not that superhuman boxer"

Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME®

During the Los Angeles press tour of the Mayweather vs Maidana rematch, Marcos Maidana says that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is "not that great" or "superhuman boxer".

[For more photos of the Mayhem LA press tour visit here:

"In my first fight against Floyd, I learned that he's not that great, he's not that superhuman boxer everybody talks about. If I wouldn’t have been so anxious looking for the knockout, I would have beat him." says Maidana.

But with the above being Maidana said, he has proven to his self that Floyd isn't the superhuman boxer everybody talks about. In the first fight, he cut Floyd. He bulldozed Floyd to the ropes that the undefeated American boxer almost went out from the ring. Maidana won several rounds -- that no other fighters did -- except Jose Luis Castillo.

Well, literally of course Mayweather is not superhuman boxer. But he made those fighters; he met in the ring look extremely bad. They look like ordinary fighters in front of Floyd. Then, I don't know how you'll call that. That even includes those who are perceived to give Floyd problems prior to the fight. Ask Canelo Alvarez.

In Floyd's career he made only one rematch -- against Jose Luis Castillo for the lightweight world title. In the first fight many believed Castillo won. Many had criticized Floyd and he gave Castillo a rematch right away. But in the rematch, it was totally a different story. Floyd dominated Castillo. The fight didn't look as competitive as the first fight.

Maidana anticipates what will happen in his rematch with the best boxer in the planet, and says Floyd is going to run around the ring. "I think Floyd is going to run around the ring. In our first fight, he said he was going to stand up and fight and he didn't. So, I wouldn't surprise me if this time around he does the same thing."

Mayweather will of course do the thing he did best and that includes a lot of footwork and ring usage. The burden is on Maidana on how to sustain the kind of assault that won him rounds.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Why Manny Pacquiao has so much to lose against Chris Algieri?

It is likely that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight title against Chris Algieri on November 22 in Macau, China. I think, Pacquiao has so much to lose than to gain in fighting the 5-foot, 10 inches tall Algieri.

The undefeated Algieri (20-0, 8 KO) earned his spot to face Pacquiao following his victory over heavy handed Ruslan Provodnikov in June. Although he picked up fans, after his gallant performance against Provodnikov, Algieri is totally unknown in China. And for sure, boxing fans there will come to see only Pacquiao. So, in the business standpoint it is solely Pacquiao who will draw fans in the venue. Without getting any backing from Algieri, who don't have a solid fan base, Pacquiao-Algieri could have an extremely disappointing result. Pacquiao-Bradley II has been reported having a disappointing result. And in fact it is held in the US. How much more for Pacquiao-Algieri?

Apart from a potential unfavorable revenue outcome, the 35 year old, Congressman, Singer, Commercial model, Product endorser, Basketball playing coach and Pastor, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-3, 38 KO) for sure will be having a lot of problems against Algieri in the ring. And right now, I wanted to lay down my prediction. My gut feeling tells me that Algieri will upset Pacquiao via unanimous decision.

Algieri has the style height and reach to pose problem with the lone eight division champion. Alright, you are correct, Pacquiao has been facing taller opponents; like Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito. But these fighters were there to come forward. But Algieri is a slick boxer, who has long arms and height to dwarf the 5 foot, 6 inches Pacquiao.

It is obvious that Pacquiao is no more as quick as he used to be. What has been the tailor made style for him recently are the guys that comes in. But the only thing, I see in this fight that Pacquiao can gain: is the experience to fight a tall and pure technical boxer. Algieri is a solid measuring stick to determine the chances of Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- if they ever fight in fall next year.

Pacquiao of 2009, I'm sure, will win against Mayweather Jr. But at this point, I think Mayweather will win against Pacman. Opppss! don't get me wrong, why I'm talking about a fight that will never happen. But wait, Mayweather announced during Mayweather-Maidana official fight announcement in New York that he has a surprise in May. And I'm anticipating that the fight you want, I want, they want, and we all want will finally happen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr: "Germany did a tremendous job, September 13, will be the same thing"

I watched the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana rematch official announcement, via live streaming, and as usual it's full of Mayweather's swag and antics. From flaunting his flashing bling bling, and telling the boxing fans present in New York, for the announcement of their rematch, to check their Forbes list. Floyd has been Forbes number one highest paid athlete in 2014.

Floyd compared the FIFA World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina, wherein Germany won the 2014 World Cup. "Germany did a tremendous job yesterday, September 13, will be the same thing." Floyd said with certainty.

Argentinean Marcos Maidana earned a rematch for giving Mayweather a tough fight in their first encounter in May. He was relentless and threw a lot of power punches while pinning Floyd towards the ropes. He cut Floyd. The first cut Floyd suffered in his career. In one of the judges scorecard, Maidana won six rounds. While the other two judges scored in favor of Floyd, resulting to a majority decision victory.

I admire Floyd when he's doing mind games to his opponent. He's just too good at it. As early as today's fight announcement, he started playing mind games toward Maidana. Floyd challenge Maidana to bet his purse money. I know he's just taunting the confidence of Maidana. But if you look at it, if Maidana really believed he can win the next fight; he might think about betting his purse. But that is a foolish thing to do. But it certainly get through his head.

"He believe in his skills and I believe my skills, so how much money you make in this fight, I bet I will beat you." said Mayweather, challenging Maidana.

Floyd also told Maidana that if he wants to bet him, he should beat him clean and earned it the hard way.

"I'm trying to find out if I'm fighting a boxer or an MMA fighter. I mean, I don't know, you know elbows... What I can't believed is this one (referring to Robert Garcia) is one of the best trainer in the world, telling his fighter to fight dirty." said Mayweather.

The most important thing that was not clearly answered during the fight announcement in New York was about the gloves issue. I've been following that glove controversy in the first fight. But it seemed that question was not answered although it was the highlight of Robert Garcia's talk at the podium.

"I think he's afraid, that's why he don't want me to use my gloves. He says I fight dirty? He's the king of the elbow." said Maidana. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Canelo: "How will I beat him? With speed, movement and combinations"

During the final press conference of "Honor and Glory" PPV fight card, Saul Canelo talks about how important his fight with Lara and how he will beat him.

"He might not have the most recognizable name, but in the boxing world, everybody knows he is the most dangerous opponent.  This will be a very important victory." says Canelo. "How will I beat him?  With speed, movement and combinations." added Canelo about how he will beat Lara.

Canelo is talking about speed, movement and combinations as the tools he need to beat the man considered as the most dangerous opponent for him out there. Speed and movement has been the edge Lara has, according to several boxing observers. Reading into a lot of fight previews and prediction around the web, pundits says that Canelo's advantage is his size and power. 

Canelo is struggling against Austin Trout, because in that fight he has heavy legs. And he looks tired and sluggish in the later rounds. What made him win is that he landed the heavier and telling blows. He was tagged too with combinations, but he's size withstands all those punches. With regards to combinations, of course he can unleash combinations once Lara is in the punching range.

Against Alfredo Angulo, Canelo was able to land combinations, because we know Angulo, he loves to stay in the pocket and throw his own power punches. And Canelo's power and precise combinations made the referee stopped the fight.

For Lara to win, he needs to use what Canelo mentioned. Lara needs to move with speed ahead of Canelo. And throw combinations, then stay out of the pocket before Canelo mount his counters.

As for Canelo, I think he needs to utilize his advantages. His power and size. He needs to cut the ring, corner Lara and pound him with what he told -- combinations. He needs to impose his size against Lara while he's (Lara) is in the ropes.

Against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Canelo tried to match Floyds speed. He tried to outbox the best boxer in this planet. That didn't work. Wherein the conventional wisdom is that he needs to engage Floyd into a slug-fest. A tactic that has success early for those who tried. The only thing is that they were not able to sustain throughout the fight as Floyd adjusted later on the fight. Ask Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana.

Although, Lara is no Floyd. But "out-boxing" (using the speed and movement he mentioned) would not be the perfect way to beat Lara.

Erislandy Lara: "The Cuban style is the best style in boxing"

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos

Erislandy Lara talks about what is the best style in boxing. And for him it's "the Cuban style". I'm excited to to hear what will be the reactions of Mexicans on this statement.

During the final press conference of the anticipated clash between Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara of Cuba, Lara pointed out that the best boxing style is the Cuban style.

"The Cuban style is the best style in boxing.  Everybody knows that we win the most medals at the Olympics, at international tournaments.  And that's shown throughout our history." said Lara.

Well, Lara has a point, the Cuban boxers had tremendous success especially in amateur boxing. One good example, is Lara's countryman Guillermo Rigondeux, which is I think, the most decorated amateur boxer in the sport before he dominate also the pro-ranks. And here is a link of the TOP TEN best Cuban Boxers complied by Marty Mulcahey of, a new boxing website inaugurated today. You can read it here:

Cuban style found success in the amateur ranks because of its adherence to the basic fundamentals and tactical aspects of boxing. However, in the pro-ranks, the decorated amateur boxer Rigondeux had been branded as "boring" even by a network -- where his fight aired, when he schooled Nonito Donaire.

In professional boxing, which is purely business and entertainment, tactically sound fighters were usually branded as "boring". Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an exception because he compensate his style with his relentless verbal attacks outside the ring, coupled with his promotional antics, using all sort of social media. But boxing purists of course praise tactical and scientific boxing approach.

The tactical style, which tends to be Cuban's preferred style, will win fights (most likely on points), but at times, will not win fans. Whereas all-out brawler, (a fighter who fights toe-to-toe) normally earned fans -- win or lose -- which the usual Mexican style.

It is very exciting to see whose style will prevail for the Canelo-Lara match-up. Lara will bring the typical Cuban style, while Canelo presents the Mexican usual style. Both men have faced common opponents in the past, that has different fighting styles. Austin Trout is a slick fighter that Canelo struggled, but won. While Lara Dominated Trout. Another fighter is the hard-hitting, pressure fighter Alfredo Angulo that Canelo dominated from round one until the referee stopped the contest in round 10. While Lara was dropped twice by Angulo before he (Angulo) quit in round 10. Here's a video that "Shosport" released that discussed the common opponents of Canelo and Lara. Click here:

On Saturday night, whose style do you think will win? And what other factors that will contribute that win?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Abner Mares: "Saturday it is going to be my night"

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Abner Mares is looking to return to the winning column and keep his career back on track. He said during the Grand Arrival at the MGM Grand that "Saturday it is going to be my night in the ring." But he knows what he's up to. "This fight is no walk in the park. Jonathan is a warrior and that's why I trained very hard".

Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) is Transnational Boxing Rankings Board's rank number six featherweight. But I don't know about Jonathan Oquendo. Without taking anything away from Oquendo, but I like to see Mares fighting on a rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez. The guy who knock him out in the first round. The knockout he suffered in the hands of Gonzalez, in very first round should be avenged, if he ever wanted to pick-up where he left, prior to the Gonzalez fight.

Prior to the Gonzalez fight, Mares was atop of the featherweight division. Boxing fans wanted him to square off against Nonito Donaire, who was also the top dog at 122 division at that time, but because of this so-called "cold war" in boxing, that fight didn't happen.Instead, Donaire took Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux and lost. Mares took Gonzalez and lost.

But Mares is hesitant to have a rematch with Gonzalez. I don't know if he doubt his own self now. But I agree that, that KO loss he suffered is really confidence zapping.Taking on Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16 KO) and winning is just a confidence booster. It will not keep to where he was a fight before. But losing this fight would bring him deep down to the deep list of featherweights.

I hate writing underdog off, but Oquendo's prominent opponents in his ledger were the exposed Juan Manuel Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and he lost both fights. But I like to see underdogs that rise to the occasion and win upsets. In boxing you will never know.

Oquendo was very confident and said "The knockouts come naturally to me; if it presents itself I will definitely knock him out." But he admits that he has enormous respect with Mares, "I'm not going to lie; I have a lot of respect for Abner Mares, but don't let that fool you. I don't feel any pressure, he's a great champ but there will be blood in the ring on Saturday, and it won't be mine." 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Can Alvarez silenced Lara?

One thing that Saul Canelo Alvarez don't like about Erislandy Lara is that Lara "talks too much", says Canelo. I agree, Lara really talks a lot. If he's not talking, he'll not be able to get this fight against Canelo. In Canelo's post fight conference with Angulo, Lara asked Canelo "when can we fight". Canelo answered that he has to "wait".

But, Canelo was not able to keep his word and instead fight Lara next. I think Canelo's ego was hit at what Lara did in the post fight conference. And he's taking the fight personal. So, his ultimate mission is to silence Lara on fight night. I think Canelo has the tool to do so. He's bigger, and for me, much more powerful.

But, Lara is a precise puncher from the distance. He's also a southpaw, by default is a problem for orthodox because orthodox needs to adjusts. He needs to be precise from the distance if he wants to win against Canelo.

I look at their previous fights against common opponents, in Austin Trout and Alfredo Angulo. Lara won with ease against Trout. Canelo won but struggling against Trout. Angulo dropped Lara twice before stopping him in Round 10. Canelo dominated and stopped Angulo in Round 10 also.

But Canelo I'm sure was not 100% on Trout fight. He was sluggish and hydrated too much during the fight. With Angulo, he's too quick and too strong. I think he learned a lot on his fight against Mayweather.

Lara, was drop twice by Angulo, I suspect his chin. And Canelo punches harder than Angulo. With regards to speed I think Canelo is not light years slower than Lara. Against Floyd yes. But against Lara, I think its pretty even.

Now for me it boils to one thing. Who will be able to take one's best punch, and will able to come forward, will win. And I think that's Canelo. He will silence Lara on fight night.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The good and bad effects in blogging and writing boxing

As an avid fan and follower of the sport, since I was a kid, boxing has bad and good effects in me. As a kid, I grew up fighting with other kids, in our neighborhood, in my native place in Mindanao. It helps me build my confidence. But also gives me welt.

I never dreamed to be a boxer. I just love to lace those gloves and having fun doing sparring. Human emotions, such as fear and courage, would mixed up inside my heart. Fear to get hit and courage to throw a punch. It is such a great feeling. Try and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

My rope-less battle

As I grow older, no more boxing sparring. I need to face the real battle. The battle of life. My own rope-less battle. The battle to find daily my bread in order to live. In short, I need to work. So, boxing simply becomes a Sunday morning entertainment. I worked as a merchandiser at San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in Manila, merchandising SMC products in supermarkets.

The desire to have more income, to suffice the growing needs, of my growing family, is the reason that brought me here in Kuwait. It is same reason that brought many Filipinos to countries not our own. I'm lucky to land a career in Human Resources here in Kuwait. Where in fact, this is not the field, I studied in college. I took up and finished Marine Transportation. I'm supposed to be ship a Captain. What am I doing here?

The power of the Internet

The internet is the major help, in keeping me in touch, with my family back home. And it is also the internet that brings me back closer to boxing. With the internet, I can watch every fight I like. No need to elaborate farther, everybody knows very well the power of internet. Unlike before, back home, I can only watch boxing through TV that happened only every Sunday. Granted that I'm having day-off. I seldom got day-offs during Sundays. And it sucks, delayed telecast, too many advertisement.

The internet even brought me to another level in following the sport I love. I discovered how to create a website. And I created one for boxing. I named it shuttlepenboxing. In the beginning, it really sucks. Writing stuff about boxing in English--which is not my native tongue--is the perhaps the hardest thing to do. But I just love boxing. And I like to write.

From 2011, I'm blogging and writing for boxing in my blog. From writing preview and predictions on upcoming fights, to fight recaps. After three years of reporting and writing stuff about boxing on the internet, I felt the bad and good effects.

The bad side effects

I developed bad sleeping habits - Most of my free time, I devoted it on boxing. It's either updating my blog or reading articles or watching fights on the net. Every weekend, I sleep at 2:00 AM, just to watch fights-- especially UK-fights--that fall in the late hours here in Kuwait and wake up at 5:00 AM. I don't know now how to sleep early.

It divides my focus on my day job - more than half of boxing writers were not paid writers. They have their day job. So, I know that in one way or another, blogging and writing about boxing, divides their focus. During Sundays, I have to work here. Sunday is the first day of the work week. Big fight cards happen during Sunday morning (Saturday night in the US).  It will end at 8:00 AM, especially PPV fights, wherein the main event starts late. So, every Sunday I'm late for work. And once I've got in the office, I can't help but at times write blog post even during office hours. It's really bad. I know.

Credit Card usage - I hate credit card. I heard stories of my friends that become slave of credit card. But I took credit card mainly because of boxing. I need credit card to pay for my blog domain/hosting. Thanks to my friend, Zaldy Agustin for hosting my shuttlepenboxing site for free. Adsense might cover the domain fee, but I can't get it till it reaches the threshold. After having the credit card, it doesn't meant that I will used it solely for blogging. Other purchases follow. It becomes a bad habit now.

The good side effects

It helps develop my English - the English language is not my native tongue. I struggle each post I write. If my grammar is bad now, it was worse before. Practice makes perfect. So I practiced. But still my grammar is not perfect. But at least, I improved. Before, I need 20 minutes to compose a single paragraph email. Now I can write emails faster.

I gain friendship with peers - Major print media in the US has NFL in the front page of the sport section. Only a small portion covers boxing, if there's any. There are plenty of internet boxing writers out there. Some of them become my friends and fellow members of the Transnational Boxing Ranking Board--a ranking body that aimed to provide authoritative top-ten rankings. I'm proud to be part in realizing this mission in today's boxing environment, wherein sanctioning bodies has more two than champions in each division.

In the end, my love of this sport prevails and I will continue to love it although at times the bad effects outweigh the good ones. I just need to balance it. To those bloggers out there, drink plenty of water, sleep also sometimes and stop counting page views.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pacquiao faces younger opponents in his remaining fights

9:00 PM July 6, 2014

Dear Diary,

When Manny Pacquiao first fought Marco Antonio Barrera on Nov. 15, 2003, he's only 24 old years, a month and few days short on his 25th birthday. While Barrera is 29 years old. Barrera is sitting at the top of the featherweight division. He's at the peak of his career. But Pacquiao made Barrera looks old on that night. He's a hungry lion that took Barrera's pride.

From 2003 until 2011, Pacquiao has been fighting older but more experienced opponents, except Jorge Solis (born 1979), and Miguel Cotto (1980). He won all those fights. He beat Morales, Marquez (twice) Barrera, Diaz, De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. These fighters are either current champions of former champions when Pacquiao defeated them. 

But at this point of Pacquiao's career, he would probably face younger and younger opposition in the remaining fights of his career. He's now in the position of older lion. And younger lions are just around, ready to take over his pride.

I thought that Pacquaio's career was over when he suffer back-to-back losses in 2012. In his comeback fight in 2013, a younger opponent in Brandon Rios challenged him. The older lion prevailed. Last April another young lion and former conqueror (at least on paper) in Timothy Bradley challenged him. The older lion still prevailed.

But until when can Pacquiao keep his pride intact? I'am sure he will face younger and younger opponents in all of his remaining fights. Marquez (another old lion) still ruled out a fifth fight with him. 

Chris Algieri, Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook and Danny Garcia are few of the hungry lions looking for a pride to take over. I'm sure one of these names will be Pacquiao next opponent. My Dear Diary, who do you think among the names I mentioned above would retire Pacquiao?

Pacquiao is tentatively set to comeback in November most probably in Macau, China. Apart from those names above, Amir Khan (27) is also a hot name that floats whenever Pacquiao next bout is discussed. Robert Guerrero's (31) name also has been mentioned to be Pacquiao's next opponent following his FOTY candidate war with Kamegai.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 5 and 6 is a lonely boxing weekend

6:48 PM July 5, 2014 

Dear Boxing Diary,

It is a quiet weekend for boxing because it's holiday in the US in connection with yesterday's celebration of America's Independence day, I can't find any fights that falls this weekend. It is indeed lonely.

Apart from the holiday, the football world also is upbeat as the World Cup 2014 is in the semi-final stage.
Today Leonil Messi and Argentina will be up against Belgium and Netherlands vs. Costa Rica.

However, starting Wednesday, July 9 till Saturday night, next week boxing will be back to normal. On Wed. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Alfonso Gomez will return against Ed Paredes for junior middleweights. And of course on Saturday night the junior middleweight showdown between Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara

I hope I can watch all these fights Boxing Diary. Here they are:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 NV (FOX Sports 1) Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

  • Joseph Diaz Jr vs TBA, super bantamweights, 8 rounds
  • Diego De La Hoya vs TBA, super bantamweights, 6 rounds

Thursday, July 10, 2014 FL (FOX Sports 1) Convention Center

  • Argenis Mendez vs Rances Barthelemy II, super featherweights, 12 rounds

Friday, July 11, 2014 Little (ESPN2) Creek Casino Resort

  • Tureano Johnson vs Mike Gavronski, middleweights, 10 rounds
  • Art Hovhannisyan vs Jonathan Maicelo, lightweights, 10 rounds.

Saturday July 12, 2014 Sky Sports (UK)

  • Tony Bellew vs Julio Cesar Dos Santos
  • Nathan Cleverly vs Alejandro Emilio Valori
  • Callum Smith vs Vladine Biosse
  • Rocky Fielding vs Noe Gonzalez
  • Anthony Joshua vs Matt Skelton
  • Luke Campbell vs Craig Woodruff
  • Anthony Ogogo vs Wayne Reed

(SHO PPV) MGM Grand Garden Arena

  • Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara, junior middleweights, 12 rounds
  • Juan Manuel Lopez vs Francisco Vargas, super featherweights, 10 rounds
  • Abner Mares vs Jonathan Oquendo, featherweights, 10 rounds
  • Mauricio Herrera vs Johan Perez, junior welterweights, 12 rounds
  • Tomoki Kameda vs Pungluang Sor Singyu, bantamweights, 12 rounds

Friday, July 4, 2014

Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka: Boxing media's most hated match-up

June 24, 2014

Dear Diary,

I post press releases on -- a boxing site that I also founded. I received press release from Golden Boy Promotion entitled "Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson and Daniel Jacobs to headline Golden Boy Promotions' Return to Brooklyn's Barclays Center Saturday, August 9 Live on Showtime®"

At first glance, it made me excited. I assumed that undefeated Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO)  and Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO) will fight. My assumption is based on the press release title. But as I continued reading--I said "BULLSHIT!" after my brain digested what I read. Danny Garcia, Transnational Boxing Ranking Board (TBRB) light welterweight champion is fighting totally unknown Rod Salka! And Lamont Peterson, TBRB light welterweight rank number two faces Edgar Santana. Santana who? I can't believed it! So I decided not to post or write a story about this press release. I still can't believe it. I'm hoping maybe Golden Boy Promotion will recall that press release and send another one that says Garcia is fighting Peterson instead. But it did not happen. 

June 25, 2014

In the following day, I started browsing the net. I wanted to find out how boxing media pickup this press release. I know it will be bashed. I started with The Sweet Science, as this site would post press releases as it is. And yes, TSS didn't post this press release as they normally do. Michael Woods, TSS editor-in-chief wrote his initial reaction of the card first, before posting the press release on the same page. Although he's not that brutal on his comments but I feel he's not happy at all. Here's the post:

My next stop was Tim Starks' The and here's what I've got: Alex McClintock downright criticizing this card with the title "Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson won’t fight each other on the worst card of the year".   

June 26, 2014

Next stop my facebook. When I browse for updates on my facebook account; a boxing friend shared video reaction for the Garcia-Salka upcoming fight. 78SportsTV whoever this guy is -- he was very upset of this match-up and titled his video-reaction "Danny Garcia an Embarrassment to Boxing". But Garcia is not to blame solely on this. Golden Boy's matchmaker should be. But anyway here's the link of his rant:

July 02, 2014

And the last but not the least is Teddy Atlas' rant during the FNF on Wednesday. Here's the clip: I don't know if this is the first match that Oscar De la Hoya has while on the helm of GBP. But I don't think so. I don't think if former GBP CEO Richard Schaefer would allow this kind of card. This is outright embarrassing.


I'm too busy, to write for this diary

19:00H July 4, 2014

Dear Diary,

Yeah! I'm too busy for writing a post for you. But look here I'm still writing this very post. I can't help it. Even if I told myself to shutdown my other blog because I'm busy, but still I'm writing post for you.

I don't exactly know why I'm doing it. Somehow, I thought it's just a waste of time. Who cares what I write? And who cares if I don't write?

In fact, my day job demands my full focus and attention nowadays. As a recruiter, I need to mobilize around 1000 manpower starting this July until December.

Everyday, I sleep only for six hours. The moment I open my eyes -- the first thing that come up to my mind is boxing and started reading an article. Then I go to work for 10 hours, it started at 8:00 AM, lunch break at 1:00 PM, back to work again at 2:00 PM and go home at 5:30.The moment I got home---again boxing.

With the tremendous pressure I have at work, writing and following boxing is my stress reliever.

This sport is just too addicting. And I'm addicted to it. Yes I'm a boxing addict. I agree I'm not knowledgeable about its history. I just love watching two people trying to hurt each other, but embrace each other after the fight. It's all about SPORTSMANSHIP!

Retech Son