The Week in Boxing - Bernie's Rant, July 30Hot
Chisora is back!
It happened in London Saturday night. Dereck Chisora "showed Up" and knocked out number 4 ranked Carlos Takam in the eighth in a Heavyweight clash. The fight was a barnburner with Chisora giving the hometown fans something to cheer for in London's O2 arena.
Chisora, 34, has been in the ring with the likes of Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko, David Haye and Dillian Whyte. And in his fight with Whyte several years ago, Chisora lost a split decision in a bout he deserved to win. It could have been a fight of the year for 2016.
"Delboy" is a very unpredictable fighter whose either hot or cold. He gave Vitali Klitschko the fight of his life in 2012.
Deontay Wilder has appeared to always avoid dangerous fighters like Chisora because he's like a locomotive when he fights and never stops.
Whyte upends Parker
The main feature of the night was a match between former WBO Champion Joseph Parker and top contender Dillian Whyte. Both fighters were busy at different times of the fight. Parker was knocked down in the 2nd and 9th rounds while Whyte was dropped by Parker in the 12th. Both fighters were gassed at the end of the match and Whyte won via UD.
Luis Ortiz showcase
On the lesser prominent fight card of the night was broadcast by Showtime, Luiz Ortiz, on the comeback trail, fought a stiff from Romania that was there as a punching bag. Rozum Cojanu had absolutely no juice in his punches and was knocked out in the second round. If Ortiz was interested in bidding up his ante, he should of chosen a Robert Helenius or an Artur Spylka for the task.
Boxing's next poster child?
In the Main Event was a lightweight unification bout between Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter, the powers that be propped their next poster boy. Although Garcia, who won by UD, did inflict a flash knockdown in the 3rd round, this fight could have gone either way. Easter showed great defensive skills by slipping multiple punches while on the ropes and possessed a lethal jab that kept Garcia at bay most of the fight. The Compubox stats seemed extremely suspicious in favor of Garcia with punches landed. The scores of 117-110 and 118-109 were preposterous.
Garcia is more of a businessman rather than a warrior. Although a three-division champion, Garcia hasn't had a signature win in his career. And with the WBSS 140-pound tournament to begin in September, why has he opted out? The tournament includes considerable competition such as Ivan Baranchyk, Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis. Why was there a period where he didn’t fight for almost 3 years? The jury is still out on this boy!
The Price is right... Not!
David Price, former British Olympian and heavyweight HOPEful, was scheduled to fight in Manchester Friday night but "backed out" of his match with TBA due to an injury.
GGG vs DeGale makes no sense
Promoter Tom Loeffler has hinted that GGG will be looking to fight Super Middleweight James DeGale after his fight with Saul Alvarez in September - But it would be ridiculous for Golovkin to go up another division in weight when he's got lucrative matches at Middleweight.
Ref Smoger and Mercante Jr
Rumor has it Referee Steve Smoger retired. He encouraged fighters to fight. Evidently, he was a Municipal Court Judge in New Jersey who moonlighted as a ref. His reputation at that post was of questionable notoriety and it's believed he had been subject to disciplinary actions and recommended for suspension for improprieties.
A judge who should have been suspended for life in my opinion was Arthur Mercante Jr. Primarily for his actions in one of the biggest fights in decades that took place at Yankee Stadium for the Jr, Middleweight title Championship between Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman. Foreman was knocked down during the fight and injured his knee severely. Instead of Mercante calling the fight a TKO, he put Foreman on the spot and encouraged him to fight on one leg. All for the sake of promotion? I never forgot the irresponsibility of that guy"s actions that could have gotten Foreman killed. Instead Yuri suffered brutal pounding for two more rounds until the towel was thrown in from Foreman's corner. I still see Mercante in some minor fights from time to time but I don’t think the people of New York will ever forget that.
Female fighters: "I like my eggs over easy and my toast buttered!"
Next weekend, a female fighter will be on the undercard of the Nassau Coliseum on August 4th. She goes out of her way to promulgate her proud Sicilian heritage but apparently there was a surname change and she goes by the last name of a French despot with an attitude. She is an artist, a model, an actress and a musician. This is why females get into the sport to begin with; it is a springboard for other careers. Frankly, with devotion of publicity to her and her kind, it takes away from the sport and the hard work of their male counterparts. Frankly, I think they should all be in the kitchen. "I like my eggs over easy and my toast buttered, thank you"!
Artur Beterbiev: Forgotten champion
Artur Beterbiev is defending his title in October by why hasn't he been active? Such a promising fighter, this fall's bout will be his third in only three years. Blame Gym Promotions, a subsidiary of Al Haymon's network, for keeping Beterbiev on the shelf. I presume the idea is to hold back fighters to promote others. This blackballing really has to stop. Why hasn't there been any interest in pairing Featherweights Gary Russell and Carl Frampton. What of Nicholas Walters?
The rematch between Russian Prospect Sergey Kuzmin and Amir Mansour will take place on August 18th at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. The original fight resulted in a No Contest in Moscow last November.
Finally, kudos to Knockout CP Freshmart !8-0 for defending his WBA Strawweight title Friday in China against respective countryman Chaozhing Xiong 27-8-1.
N.B: Bernie's views are simply his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of this website or others who write for FightSaga.
Bernie Campbell is a graduate of Wagner College and has been writing about the fight game for the past several years. He resides in New York City in which he brings to life his 50 plus years of experience in reporting and observing about the "hard knocks" of the world of pugilism!
He has had a renaissance man-like existence, working as a porter, pizza driver, data technician, mailman, and social worker. He tries to see through the smoke screens of professional boxing, and he prefers to “tell it like it is!”
Bernie also does freelance reporting for the Boxing Newspaper publication, USA Boxing News!