Weekend Wrap Up: The O’s Go.

It was a pretty exciting weekend of boxing with the two huge upsets that occured. Victor Ortiz finally silenced his critiques or should have at least with his spirited upset over Andre Berto. He had to get off the canvass and seized back control of the fight after several shaky moments. He did and he did deliver.

I liked Victor’s conditioning, his power, his determination, and of course his heart. His performance deserves an A+. Sure he displayed some flaws in hus technique by leaning into his hook and opening himself for Berto’s counters but the tenasity his displayed trumps that.

Berto is too one dimensional and just wasn’t active enough to be at his best. Fighting twice a year the last two years has erroded his once budding potential. He’s a product of the powerful influence of Al Haymon, not a product of skill molded in the gym and by fight activity. The hand that’s fed him has also made him worse. Berto gets an F.

Stunning Upset.
Orlando Salido stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in huge upset. Salido had eleven losses on his record coming into this fight and aftter losing the first several rounds, he dropped Lopez hard in the 5th with a left hook right hand combo. Salido was in control till the end and that sneaky right hand of his sealed the win as he couldn’t miss with it.

Lopez fought back bravely and hurt Salido several times but he just couldn’t get his legs under him and get back in the fight. It was apparent that that just wasn’t Juanma in the ring that night. He fought like shit and deserved to as he let his weight climb over 180lbs before this fight! He just wasn’t focused and that’s no excuse, he was a champion and failed to behave like one between fights.

I give Salido an A for displaying guts, heart, toughness, and sneaky power. After turining pro at age 15, he’s now the WBO Featherweight Champion.

Fight like this are make make boxing great and memorable.

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2 Responses to “Weekend Wrap Up: The O’s Go.”

  • ROB B Says:

    Great weekend of boxing, Ortiz Berto is now the early favorite for fight of the year and Lopez fight was not to far behind. I love watchign Lopez fight, everytime he gets in the ring there is gonig to be some serious action.
    Rob, my question is this. Berto got clocked early and while he had his momements he, like Lopez, seemed to take along time to get his legs back under him. Is there anything you can do when you get nailed early to try and get your legs back under you or is it just try and hang on and hope your senses come back?

  • admin Says:

    Great question Rob and it depends on the fighter. Some fighters aren’t used to that much hard contact due to easy matchmaking that they have little experience with getting caught hard and early and trying to recover.

    Often when a fighters gets caught hard earlt it alters their fight plan significantly, often time never getting back on track with it, others recover fast like and get back on track.

    But yes, the only thing to due often getting caught hard is either hold or move until the cobwebs clear!!

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