Showtime & HBO Boxing review. I watched all the fights and here are my thoughts.
Bika-Dirrell: You have to take the belt from the champion, really beat him, not do just enough. Dirrell fought poised for this big fight but allowed Bika back int he fight by laying on the ropes, he did well by owing distance and keeping Bika at the end of his punches.
Bika has a VERY ugly style, but he is a fighter, he knows how to fight 12 rounds and 12 rounds favor a guy with his limited skill set. He can rough finesse fighters up, keep the pace at a draining level, while taking them off their fight plan.
Bikad did that. I though he should have won a split, that low blow was not low, Dirrell’s cup was high, it was a very close fight an ugly one, but one that Bika deserved to keep his title.
Alxender-Porter: Shawn was the hungrier fighter and that lead right hand took Devon off his fight plan. People forget that even if a fighter isn’t dropped or knocked out by a punch, one well placed hard shot can knowck them out of rhythm for the fight.
Devon fought a dumb fight, Shawn fought the best he could and executed a brilliant fight plan. He wanted the title, fought like it throughout and got it.
Solid performance by Shawn. He will be fun to watch and he should live up to the adage that the championship belt makes the fighter better.
Devon will be back.
Lara-Trout: Styles make fights. This was a boxing purist fight. A very tactical fight that Lara easily controlled.
Lara is the best junior middleweight in the world hands down.
He would school Canelo & Cotto making them look dumb.
Lara like Rigondeaux, display just what the sweet science is and what boxing, not slugging is about.
Lara deserves a big fight NOW.
Judah-Malignaggi: That was the biggest waste of 48 minutes of my life.
Kirkland-Tapia: This was a raw fight with two fighters with little skill, just big balls, heart, punching away.
James may have excellent conditioning, but he has NO defense, none. I dont like how he talks, I didnt like his body language early, and in my opinion, he is two fights away from being completely shot. These wars are taking their toll on his body on top of Wolfe’s inhuman training, which a lot of it, I do dig.
He just has no boxing skills.
Tapia had no guidance int he corner, just cheerleaders, there was no tactical adjustments shouted.
Tapia did not know how to fight and is very under developed to be on this stage, he just fell apart once he was tagged.
What do they work on him with in the gym? Who does he spar?
He could NOT defend himself, he had NO backbone of fighting, no experience. That’s a huge problem.
It’s safe to say this fight ruined him and why did his management take this fight if he is THIS green yet???? Stupid move.
Undefeated records are VERY misleading, built up manufactured fighters by easy match making versus a fighter winning fights against live bodies that test him, make him grow, make his skills stronger, develop a backbone, while gaining valuable career enhancing experience.
Knocking out stiffs comes back and bites a fighter in the ass hard when it’s gut check time.
Rigondeaux-Agbeko: Agbeko should have some of his purse with held for that abysmal performance. Rigondeaux sat down on his punches more, moved less and I like what Andre Ward said, look, he had over 300 fights in that Cuban system with all those years in it, he has only 13 pro fights now, it takes time to unravel from it. He is starting to do that.
Rigondeaux is a genius and the 3rd best fighter P4P, Rodger Mayweather said coming into the fight he didnt see nothing special about Rigon, well, Rodger’s fighter got schooled with ease, his bottom spanked blue, so he saw that genius skill up close, and Bullshit, he sees the genius in Rigon, even if he won’t give him credit.
How about Rigondeaux-Lamechenko?
That would be a great display of sick skill! SICK boxing skill.
I would LOVE to see Mayweather-Lara.
That will never happen though, no $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in it.