Bernie's rant | Week in boxing; Nov 3
Taylor brought the goods
The WBSS quarterfinals continued in Glascow, Scotland this past weekend aas the Scottish cheered on their hometown hero Josh Taylor.
Josh Taylor completely dominated his limited opponent, Ryan Martin, with relentless body punching and a multiple wide-lateral attack reminiscent of his Taekwondo amatuer pedigree. He would go on to win via a decisive TKO in the 7th round.
Martin showed very little counter attack and it was apparent that Taylor could score at will. The Compubox statistics had to be off the charts with Taylor landing everything he could throw. The fight ended on a knockdown with an accidental blow to the back of Martin's head but the fight at that point was already heading to the inevitable.
The Filipino Flash is back!
The preliminary feature saw Nonito Donaire, 39-5 (25) give a purposeful account of himself in the 4 rounds his fight lasted with WBA Champion Ryan Burnett 19-1 (9). Burnett suffered a back injury at the end of that round and was going into the 5th when the ref called the contest with 1 second ticked off the clock. Although it was significant that Donaire's punching power was diminished by his dropping two weight classes to compete, his passion and will were everpresent in the contest and I had him up on the score cards 3 rounds to 1.
Burnett showed some skills in scoring flush shots on the "Filipino Flash" but his challenger brought him in the corner and teed off on several occasions without retort. Donaire's skill was evident and he still has a lot in the tank at 35.
Donaire entered the fight a 5-1 underdog which raised my eyebrows a bit. His last recent fights with Carl Frampton and Jessie Magdeleno were competitive World Title Fights. I do see him as the dark horse, winning this whole tournament against the likes of Tete and Inyoe due his masterful skills.
Postol left out
The card also featured former WBC 140 pond Champion Victor Postol fighting Turkish opponent Siar Ozgul 14-1 (3). The fight was not broadcast and there was no coverage on it in print. Why? Is this a concerted effort for the Boxing Media to intentionally shut people down and promote their own conspiratorial agenda? He has been a titllist, had a stellar amatuer career in the Ukraine and his only 2 losses came against Josh Taylor and Terence Crawford? Whats with these salesman disguised as Ernest Hemingway?
Postol won via decision.
At the Don Haskin's Conventional Center in El, Paso Texas, WBC 130 pound Champion Miguel Berchelt 35-1 (31) scored a 9th round TKO of seasoned veteran Mickey Roman, 60-14 (47). Roman who is a lot more in age than his wear and tear indicates, showed surprising grit. He was knocked down numerous times in the bout (twice in the 6th) and kept coming back despite often staggering in the ring.The Champion could not take him out and he had to be called out on his feet to end the contest.
Berchelt, on the other hand, is a very limited titlist. He side punches and fights off the back of his feet. He has no clue how to set up his opponent and lacks a killer instinct to finish off the fight despite his high Kayo ratio. He lacks in extreme technical ability and makes up his deficits with high punching volume. With all the hype surrounding this guy, he is another body to throw up against Lomochenko or Davis.
Congrats to Sullivan Barrera for his spirited 10 round UD in Brooklyn.
BOXING HIERARCHICAL MANIPULATION
What are the plans for newly crowned WBA Regular World Heavyweight Champion Trevor Bryan 20-0 (14)?
Why hasn't there been any attention to the comeback trail of 154 phenom and title challenger Erickson Lubin 19-1 (14)?
What of the status of the most feared and dangerous opponent in the welterweights, Luis Collazo?
How about talented and relevant particulars such as Ivan Dychko, Anthony Dirrell, Badou Jack, Yunieski Gonzalez and Martin Murray? Who's shutting them down? What are there managers and promoters not doing for them?
The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation Dinner for Charity will be held November 15th at The Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn, starting with the Cocktail Hour at 6pm. A whole contingency of celebrities from the Boxing and Entertainment world we be present to lend support to Teddy's philanthropic endeavors. Tickets may be obtained by calling 718-980-7037. I personally try to attend every year and I must say the main meal is tremendous.