Feb 28 2012

Weekend Wrap Up: Grading The Performances.

The Alexander Povetkin-Marco Huck fight turned into a very good heavyweight scrap. Yeah, good heavyweight fights are as rare as Joe Cortez reffing a solid fight these days! Marco came to fight and pressed the action as the fight settled in the middle rounds. His tricky right hand caught Povetkin all fight long. Povetkin was lucky Marco didn’t possess heavyweight power. I liked Marco’s aggression but he could have used his jab more and went to the body more.

I feel that he won the fight by 115-113. He had Povetkin reeling in the last round and had he had one more round to work, I feel he would have stopped Povetkin. Marco did very well for his heavyweight debut and I give him a B+. He must stay away from he Klitschko’s though.

Povetkin started the fight nice ripping fast combinations and body shots. Alxander tires quickly though and it bothered me to see him breathing so heavily between rounds. He also was getting caught by Marco’s right hand to many times to see that it’s a big problem. This is why Alexander turned down a fight with Wladimir. he would get crushed by Wladimir’s hard right hand.

Perhaps if Teddy Atlas was int he corner Povetkin would have fought a more disciplined and consistent fight? he didn’t and he almost paid for it. He lacks balance at times too. You just get the sense that Povetkin won’t be champion long with his telling flaws. I would give Chris Arreola a helluva chance to beat him with his power and pressure. Povetkin earns a C+ for his performance.

Love-Hate

You either love Adrien Broner for the gifted fighter he is or you hate his for his over the top bombastic brashness. Either way the kid is good. He has Floyd Jr’s style down pretty good. While he doesn’t have his own fighting identity it works well for him. I’m no saying his an elite fighter yet as it wasn’t too long ago that many though he deserved a draw against Daniel Ponce Deleon. He has been rapidly improving since then. Also take into account on how much bigger he was than Eloy. This was a mismatch and really proves shit although many gave Eloy a helluva chance leading into this fight. That evaporated was they were seen in the ring. Either way Broner deserves an A+ for handling his over matched opponent the way he did.

Eloy Perez was simply to small and too slow to handle Broner’s footwork and reflexes. he tried till the end but he just couldn’t hit Broner. Eloy knows how to fight. He has the skill but he just didn’t physically match up well with Adrien. His D performance is by no means a total grade of his fighting ability. For that mismatch yes. Eloys is good, he will be back.

Silencing The Critics.

Devon Alexander impressed many with his dominating performance over Marcos Maidana. Devon looked bigger, faster, stronger, and more powerful. His technique looked much better too. he also closed the fight strong instead of fading. he did all of this against a very tough opponent that has never been dominated in such a way before. The more to 147 seems to have revived Devon’s career. Devon did hold and grapple to much for my liking but outside of that his performance was very solid. I like how he ripped Maidana’s body hurting him several times with those shots. Devon gets an A+ for his performance.

Maidana earns a D. Welterweight is too big for Marcos. he is dropping back down to Jr. Welterweight as he should. There are some big fights down there for the relentless brawler. Although Marcos had a bad night he fought his ass off. he never stopped trying and deserves props for that.

Devon should be in line for the Berto-Ortiz winner. He he dominates the winner of that then he’s right back in the mix for a big fight.


Feb 26 2012

Chilling Knockouts. Enjoy!

Here is a brief list of devastating KO’s. What are some of your favorite KO’s? Please comment and let me know who.


Feb 23 2012

Boxing Defense: The Slickest Of All Time.

This is a great clip to study as it displays the greatest defensive masters of all time in action. Watching the best at work is a great way to stimulate new growth in your own boxing development. It keeps the bar raised high in your own boxing standards. Watch this clip, study it, and try to apply what these masters display in the gym.


Feb 21 2012

Weekend Wrap Up: Drama Fest.

Dereck Chisora provided plenty of drama leading into his fight with Vitali Klitschko, right before the fight in the ring with Wladimir and after the fight with David Haye at the post fight presser.

It started when Dereck slapped Vitali at the weight in. Carried over to spitting in Wladimirs face in the ring before the fight, and ended with he and David Haye brawling at the post fight presser.

Yes there was a fight between all this chaos and despite all his pathetic antics, Dereck gave a good account for himself in his fight with Vitali. I scored the fight 115-113 for Vitali. It wasnt a near shout out as the judges score cards displayed. Dereck pressed Vitali, worked his body well, took his best shots, and fought better than the last string of unworthy Klitschko opponents.

Vitali was exhausted from Derecks steady pressure and body attack. Vitali also fought with one arm in the fight as he tore a ligament in his left shoulder during the fight. Chisora in my opinion won rounds 5-8 but Vitali seized command in the championship rounds. This was a good heavyweight fight. We havent had one in awhile.

After the fight the drama resumed as Haye was heckling Dereck. The two fighters got into a brawl with Haye being the punk he is hit Dereck with a glass. Haye wants Vitali. Fuck that, let the winner of Chisora-Haye fight Vitali. Vitali is getting real old and while he is a great champion its gonna take a fighter who can apply steady pressure and a relentless work rate to stand a chance of beating Vitali. They must possess a huge set of balls as the brave bloke Chisora displayed in his attack.

The Punisher

Paul Williams looked better than expected in shutting out Nobuhiro Ishida. It was a typical Paul Williams fight, lots of volume punching overwhelmed Ishida. Paul still lays his punches out there and leaves gaps to be countered. He needs another win or too against a fringe contender before stepping back up to the world class level.

Grand Theft

Gabriel Campillo was screwed yet again. This dude just cant catch a break! He clearly out boxed Tavoris Cloud last Saturday night after getting dropped twice in the first round. After the first round Campillo took over with his fast feet and combination punching. Taroris just plodded forward as Campillo peppered him with combos. Gabriel has some of the best footwork in boxing. It was brilliant. His ring generalship dominant YET he left the ring without the belt. It is said you really have to beat the champion to take the belt. Gabriel did just that.

Cloud has some serious flaws. If there is a rematch Gabriel should be the favorite cause of much better can Cloud be. He does his best work when a fighter stands in front of him. Gabriel wont do that. Fights that are scored like this just leave a really bad taste in your mouth. You can never trust the judges. No matter how dominate of a performance a fighter like Gabriel displayed, the judges can fuck you and they sure did that to uncrowned champion Campillo.