Bernie's rant | Week in boxing, Oct 31
Jacobs vs Dereyvanchenko
The fight for the IBF Middleweight title between two proteges of trainer Andre Rozier took place on a rainy night at the Hulu theater at MSG. The paid crowd attendance was 4,196 with the sub arena holding 5,100.
Former WBA 160 lb champion Daniel Jacobs started out strong against highly touted former 2012 Olympian and undefeated Sergey Dereyvanchenko scoring a flash knockdown in the opening round.
Jacobs was the bigger man in the ring enjoying a 2 inch height and 6 inch reach advantage.
The two engaged in a royal rumble from the opening bell to the close of the 12th round.
Due to inactivity, Dereyvanchenko appeared to be winded and was sucking air from the 4th round on. It was evident that Jacobs had the better power, and despite the Ukrainian’s flush shots his power punches seemed to have no real effect .
The fight was one of the best I've seen all year and the match was not short of intensity. Jacobs won the fight on a split decision and rightly so with scores of 115-112, 115-112, 113-114.
The lack of an attractive undercard once again has been indicative of these matches in New York. And the Hardcore Boxing Advocacy Group "Salmon Swim" once again targeted their boycott toward the promotion.
Due to a relatively uninteresting particulars and an inclusion of a forced female card there were 1,000 seats vacant out of an arena that holds only 5,100 patrons.
Big Baby, Pulev and fighting abroad
I happen to meet Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller on attending in the audience. I asked him why he didn't take the fight with Kubrat Pulev when it was offered to him a couple of months ago. He told me that they weren't going to pay him enough money to fight in Bulgaria. This is a reason I believe that we should have a world wide boxing commission. When two top ten Heavyweights will not mix it up for the privilege of a title shot and avoid each other based on economic consideration rather than see who the best man is, then the Heavyweight title has no validity.
Few American fighters have gone abroad to fight and have always enjoyed home field advantage in the sport. As a matter of fact, the only guys I knew that would fight abroad with frequency to my recollection were Muhammad Ali and Archie Moore.
In Sofia, Bulgaria before a full house at the Arena Armeec, former 2008 Olympian Kubrat Pulev was aggressive and defeated Hughie Fury in a lopsided UD decision.
Fury opened the first round with boldness using his reach advantage with jabs and an occasional right. Pulev on the other hand guided by "the old master", his trainer Uli Wegner, was clenching and pot-shotting which resulted in a severe cut on the eyelid of his adversary and affected his ability to fight effectively for the rest of the 12 rounds.
Pulev was consistent throughout but there was an overuse of the clinch and use of repetitive headlocks to allow Fury not to get uncorked on any inside work.
Fury does not know how to punch with bad intentions. He loads up and uncorks his right usually with no accuracy and no overhand. Pulev's jab was effective but he often squared up and presents a wide target to be countered.
The WBSS took place in the UNO Lakeland Arena in New Orleans this time. The opening contest saw 140 lb Swede Anthony Ligit go against Belarusian opponent Ivan Baranchyk for the vacant IBF strap.
From the start Baranhcyk was on his opponent with high volume punching to the body and the head. Although Yigit was not letting this attack go unanswered. The lack of experience of quality opponents was conspicuous. Yigit did fight back with some quality shots but by the third round the result was academic.
The Swede's eye was badly swollen and bruised from a clash of heads that Baranchyk took full advantage of and after a continuous battering of that eye. The ref called the contest with Yigit still on his stool.
In the finale, Regis Prograis put on a great display of upper body movement and a solid chin to defend his WBC 140 lb belt and outpoint Brit Terry Flanegan. I must say the announcers were at it again, calling a bad fight and giving no credit to a game Flanegan for his stout hearted effort in resistance of his highly publicized opponent.
In criticism, Prograis could not take his opponent out in his own hometown. His Laissez Faire defensive strategy with his mits constantly down at his side presented him the affordability to get tagged in quite a few times by the Englishman and this is only the quarterfinals. Flannigan had no plan B to answer for his move in move out 1-2 punching plan. He has only 13 knockout victories in 35 fights.
What would Prograis do against Mikey Garcia or Jose Ramirez? The jury still out.