Bernie's Rant | Week in Boxing, Oct 8
Naoya Inoue proved again that he deserves nomination to be the best P4P boxer on the planet. In the WBBS Bantamweight tournament inaugural match-up he kayoed former Olympian and former Bantamweight Champion Juan Carlos Payano 20-2 (9) in 70 seconds with a beautiful 1-2 punch combination in Yokohama, Japan Sunday.
Droppin' the ball...
DAZN, who was supposed to air the quarterfinal doubleheader, had technical problems and was not responsive to the HELP inquiries on their website.
What a Relikh...
Kiryl Relikh scored what appeared to be a major lopsided victory over Russian Eduard Troyanovsky 27-2 (24). Troyanovsky, 38, had a padded record and resembled a human heavy bag. I must say he's got a good chin that withstood the clean head punches that Relikh was dishing out. The scores were 115-113 across the board but I couldn't give even one round to the Russian. So goes for saying boxing's protection of reputation for the current label.
IBF Light Heavyweight title
Champion Artur Beterbiev showed the world Saturday night why he doesn't walk on water after all. The Russian was knocked down by a perfectly placed left hook by "tough as nails" adversary Callum Johnson, 17-1 (12). Beterbiev eventually knocked Johnson out with a vicious compact right hand to the temple for the 4th Round TKO.
Beterbiev, who is now 33, has been put on the back burner in favor of Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev in the last few years and isn't getting the opportunity to shine against other top fighters. When will he be put in the ring with WBA Champ Dimitry Bivol, Eleider Alvarez or Oleksander Gvosdyk for Light Heavyweight supremacy?
Big Baby going Sumo?
In a circus act on that card streamed by DAZN, Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller overwhelmed his 41 year old opponent Tomasz Adamek with a 2nd round TKO. Adamek's blows in the first round seemed like mosquito bites with no effect on the 320 pound behemoth. I was waiting for him to sit on the former Cruiserweight Champ to end the fight.
So far, DAZN scores a D- for me. They try to appeal to a demographic with co-host Kay Adams who obviously knows nothing about the fight game and it seems like she rehearsed all day before taking the microphone with her self indulgent commentary, impertinent questions and even corny jokes.Referee David D'iiamonte's gimmick of the dreadlocks have been wearing thin.
The fight between Brit, Gavin McDonnell and Daniel Roman was a close one. I had McDonnell up one until the final tenth round knockout that he suffered.
Announcer Brian Kenny was overdramatizing the The American Champion's performance, practically calling it a shutout. I met Kenny at a Teddy Atlas fundraiser a few years back and wanted to talk shop with him. He was guarded, all business, and not a personable guy. He is what one refers to as a "company man."
And what the Sam Holl is with this 30 second whistle before the end of a round. Listen, if its not broke don't fix it!
On the rest of the card, there was a marketing ploy to showcase Brooklyn fighters. Number one American Prospect Nkosi Solomon, in his pro debut, was dropped twice and decisioned by a 34 year old journeyman.
A politically correct or incorrect "catfight" was added to the promotion the last minute.
White boy's got rhythm, huh?
And a Middleweight with a Russian background was showcased by the name of "White Chocolate" because he claims to have rhythm. I personally take exception to that ignorant statement and I'm wondering how the rest of the African American fans respond to that psychology
Weekly shout out
Kudos to Thomas Dilorme and Jessie Vargas for making a boring fight exciting at the end with two respective knockdowns that led to a draw. Shout outs to Daniel DuBois, Sri Rungvisai, and Jack Catterall for putting a W in the win column this past weekend also.. .