Bernie's Rant | Week in boxing; Oct 22Written by Bernard Campbell
The Cruiserweight WBSS tournament continued over the weekend in Orlando, Florida. Yuniel Dorticos 23-1 (21) took on Mateusz Masternak 41-5 (28) in the quarterfinals which resulted in a surprising and interesting contest.
With respect to the Cuban's reputed power, Masternack moved well and stuck to a game plan.
Dorticos, who is a standup fighter, kept on pressing the issue from the first round with jabs to the head and power punches to the body which usually went unanswered. Masternak started picking up the pace with potshots, soft jabs and good lateral movement after the 4th round.
The ex-champion, Dorticos, was consistent in his offensive attack but started tiring out at the end of the fight. Final scores were 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 in favor of the Cuban, Dorticos. He will now move onto the Semi-Finals against American Michael Tabiti.
Rodriguez retains ( During Mickey Mouse announcing)
In the second feature of the double-header, IBF Bantamweight Champion Emanuel Rodriguez took on a relatively unknown opponent from Australia in Jason Maloney, 17-1 (14).
The Puerto Rican champion scored jabs and right hands to the body for the first few rounds. I couldn't help marvel of the lightning quick speed he displayed, despite his 61 percent KO ratio. Emanuel won the early rounds with ease but the Australian was the stronger man in the ring, pot-shotting and clenching during that period.
Maloney picked it up in the middle rounds by showing grit and determination, walking through Rodriguez's punches and paying back with a vengeance. I couldn't believe the beard of the champion because despite getting hit by some heavy blows, he didn't get hurt in the contest.
During the match, both announcers were narrating like it was a tour through Disneyland but a keen eye certainly saw things different. BJ Flores is a bad salesman by the way.
Although Rodriguez was heavily favored to win, the match was extremely competitive. Maloney completely smothered the offense of his opponent in the last two rounds. It went to the scorecards after 12 rounds with the champion winning a tight split decision.
Forgettable night for Beantown
On the other major fight card of the night in Boston, Demetrius Andrade 20-0 (16) outclassed and outworked his opponent from Gambia, Walter Kautondakwa 17-1 (16) to capture the vacant WBO Middleweight Title. Andrade scored four knockdowns in the process, coasting to a UD victory.
During the viewing of the broadcast, I couldn't stomach the rhetoric espoused by the announcers. I recommend to you to watch the Spanish telecast whether you understand Espanol or not. They make it more exciting and interesting without the lack of manufactured bells and whistles.
Kautondakwa was a late replacement for Billy Joe Saunders who tested positive for an illegal substance. He was not up for a Middleweight Challenge and it was obvious of his limitations. The fight card was supposed to capitalize on the large Irish American market in that area. It is a land full of tradition and the region of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.
Speaking as an Irish American, there was nothing present on that card in the name of heros. Serving the Irish there with that disgraceful card was like serving canned spaghetti on a Columbus Day dinner.
BOSTON WOULD RATHER EAT BAKED BEANS
The event was held at the 19,500 seat TD arena yet the paid attendance was only 6,748. I attribute this there being no viable substitute for Saunders. Why wasn't Jarrett Hurd called into save the day up there? He was available and would have jumped at the opportunity to fight for that title.
Congratulations to Rob Brant for winning the WBA Middleweight Title. The former Olympian won a lopsided UD victory over Champion Ryota Murata in Las Vegas. The other honorable mentions go to Tevon Farmer, Scott Quigg and Mike Perez for their winning performances too.
Gimme a break
Ticket Sales have been extremely slow for Saturday's IBF Middleweight Title fight contest between Danny Jacobs and Sergey Derevyanchenko which will be held at the small 5000 seat Hulu Theater at MSG in New York. The only explanation I can fathom for this is the lack of a viable undercard. The last time I checked, there were plenty of vacant seats.