The Week in Boxing, Sep 17 | Bernie's Rant
Canelo vs GGG
Saturday night, I watched the Alvarez- Golokvin fight in a neighborhood pool hall in the Mexican community where I live in Staten Island.
(Image courtesy of Round by Round Boxing)
The order of the night was a generous flow of Tacate beer consumed by the patrons with very little comprehension of the English language. During the whole match, there seemed to be a tentative silence on what was really taking place in front of everyone's eyes.
In what was hands down the primary candidate for 2018 Fight of the Year, Saul Alvarez pulled out a clear cut victory over 36 year old and future Hall of Famer Gennady Golokvin with scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114.
GGG looked his age as he lacked passion in combat that he would previously bring to the table in his signature history. Gone is the aggressive stalking, the proficiency of cutting off the ring, and most importantly the heavy handed fists of cement that would demolish opponents with minimum impact implemented.
Alvarez brought with him an arsenal of body punching, combination proficiency and fine counterpunching to earn the clear cut victory.
Compubox stats indicated Golokvin was the overall busier fighter, landing far more jabs and slightly less power punches connected, (30 less). The judges score the more close rounds in favor of Canelo based on his effective aggression and ring generalship. The close numbers on the scorecards dictate a 3rd fight. But we shall see what future intentions the particulars have in mind.
The undercards featured Roman Gonzalez 47-2 knocking out former Straweight Champion Moises Fuentes 25-6-1 who also happened to be the last man to beat hall of famer Ivan Calderon.
Middleweight hopeful David Lemieux continued to show why he is one of the most powerful punchers in the fight game today. He provided a devastating left hook that took his adversary, Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, out in the first round. This fight was supposed to be competitive!!
Jamie Mungia 31-0 (26) continues to be moved along in the Jr. Middleweight rankings with a gladiator-like performance against weaker opponent Brandon Cook 20-2 (13). The WBO Champion is being groomed to meet formidable challangers throughout the 154-168 pond range. The choice of Brandon Cook leaves us wondering why he got a title fight to begin with. Cook stood there just waiting to get hit with very little resistance, resulting in a 3rd round TKO for the Mexican.
The promoters' ambition depends upon showcasing their product with a very little spoilage rate. Why did Cook get the nod over higher quality ranked fighters for the WBO title fight? Julian Williams, Erislandy Lara and Tony Harrison were in tow to make the card even more worthwhile for the 85 bucks.
Spreading the heavyweight love
In lesser noteworthy news over the weekend, Heavyweight Contender Tom Schwarz 22-0 (14) knocked out opponent Julian Fernandez 11-0 (7), in Madenburg, Germany in Round 2.
Evidently, there are a lot of Heavyweight Contenders all over the globe who have not been able to secure relevant money making fights. They come from Asia, Africa, Sweden, and even Germany with small media outlets that have to rely on outside ethnocentric promotional entities that have contradictory priorities in publicizing them for big matches. Some of the contenders that go unnoticed are Tyrone Spong 12-0 (12), Christopher Lovejoy 14-0 (4). Junior Fa 15-0 (8), Oscar Rivas (17), Otto Wallin 20-0 (13), Zhilei Zhang 19-0 (15), Ebenezer Tetteh 17-0 (15), Ali Eren Demirezen 9-0 (9), Kyotaro Fujimoto 19-1 (11) and Agit Kebael 18-0 (13) who decisioned highly ranked Derick Chisora last November.