Feb 23 2009

Taking Care Of Business While Building it.

Miguel Cotto and Kelly  Pavlik both did what they had to do last weekend in crushing their over matched cannon fodder appropriately. Many still wonder if both of their recent losses  still affect them since their opponents didn’t pose much of a threat. They didn’t pose a threat because there’s nothing fucking lingering with Miguel and Kelly. Both put those losses behind them in their performances.  Weak opposition or not,  it’s time the media does the same.

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While the opposition didn’t prove much Kelly proved he’s still a great draw with the rabid crowd that gathered to watch him lay hands in Youngstown Ohio.  Cotto also had a decent draw with near 12,000 people seated in Madison Square Garden in NYC.  Not bad for the weak opponent he faced.

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Both made deposits for future fights against REAL opposition. When they step it up in their next fights expect more fans to step up to the box office to watch. Fighting in these fight hub markets is of supreme importance and it’s great to see that Bob Arum gets it. He’s rebuilding his two stars while increasing their current and future market value.  Current by getting them KO wins, ( Yes I know they were in soft, it still doesn’t matter ) . Future by wanting fans to see more when they’re in big fights.

Now that last weekend is out of the way both fighters can get back to real business by fighting the best opposition possible and available.

For boxing to keep it’s great momentum going it needs to stage fights in these hot fight markets more often. That’s why the Marquez-Diaz fight is going to be crazy… People LOVE their boxing in Houston Texas!

*** It was great to hear that Dallas Vargas won by 3rd round tko on the Pavlik-Rubio under card. I fought Dallas three times in the amateurs. He’s a gritty and tough fighter.

*** Speaking of Marquez-Diaz, I think it’s really going to be a better fight than most anticipate. Look for both fighters to put on great performances as both will bring out the best in each other.

*** I hear that Veron Forrest is in the mix to fight Kelly next. Under sized or not… Vernon can still fight and cause Kelly some major problems. I don’t like that fight for Kelly at all.


Oct 14 2008

Under Developed and Exposed With Ease, Heavyweight Boxing at its Worst!

In Vitali Klitschko’s pedestrian win over Sam Peter last Saturday night we saw how ordinary and awfully undeveloped Peter was. I’m not taking away anything from Vitali, he fought his fight plan perfectly and used his tools of height and reach well. But all this shit team Peter was talking on how fearful and destructive Peter is yet he couldn’t get by a jab the whole night! I just shook my head in disgust! Fuck, I see open amateur super heavyweights with better technique and skills than Sam.

Young fighters are supposed to idolize and look up to the heavy weight champ. Well in former champ Sam Peter’s case he served as what NOT to be as a champion. Shit, he was the champion. At that stage you are supposed to display superior skills that got you to that stage. The belt is supposed to make you a better fighter, not a worse fighter in Peter’s case.

I’m not going over board here either or kicking Peter under the bus. His team should be ashamed and embarrassed with all this shit they been talking over the years yet sending a underdeveloped fighter in the ring repeatedly in Peter. Show balls and take away his will then power and you win.. easy! Vitali did that. Vitali doesn’t have a Larry Holmes jab either, yes it was good, but not THAT good.

I just don’t understand these teams thinking now a days. It seams like all the effort goes into pushing the fighter fast, finding the right deals, and building his image more than his skills! Talk about putting the cart before the horse.

Another thing i don’t understand is how some writers are forgiving Peter for his performance. BULLSHIT! He was the champion and QUIT with out much effort at all! Why forgive that?! That’s what young fighter should model in the champ? No it’s not ok to do that. It’s not ok to look so undeveloped that you can’t even slip a jab let alone use your feet to close the distance. I mean these are basic skills and they are undeveloped in the former champ Peter.

Some people probably think I over hype what I teach as forgotten skills in my boxing dvds and boxingperformance.com, but watching the heavyweight champ perform like a novice solidifies why claims.

I never bought the hype in Peter cause I like many others knew what wee were seeing. All hype and no skills.

I mean it looked like Vitali took his lunch money in the title back from Peter and gave the bully a reminding beating of it. That’s what it was. Peter made Vitali look better than he is by what he didn’t do. That’s the blue print to beat Peter. Master basic skills, show balls, consistency, then you’ll beat his ass and make him quit.

No excuses and forgiveness here. This is supposed to be world class championship boxing. Quit lowering the bar and raise it back where the greats proudly had it. Call it like you really see it or shut the hell up.

On a more pleasant note. Chad Dawson proved in his case that the belt and experience does make the fighter better in dominating Tarver. He showed skill, speed, defense, power and athleticism that lets you know that the best is yet to come. He’s only 26 and starting to blossom. However, all these talks of Dawson being pound 4 pound need to be silenced until he fights Glenn Johnson again who I thought beat Chad.

If he can beat Glenn impressively and without controversy then he is indeed pound 4 pound one of the best.

The thing with Chad is he wants to improve, he takes pride in the way he fights, he loves to hone his skill and demand more of himself. He studies the past greats and it shows when he fights. If Peter would have done this perhaps he could still be champ.

Lets hop Vitali doesn’t grow lazy with the belt and loose his hunger without defending it against a more than deserving and skillful fighter in Juan Carlos Gomez. If Vitali can beat Juan decisively, then we will know he is for real ass well.Just fighting Juan period will let us know if his skills are really that good or if Peter was really that bad.