A change in the weather may be in store for the sorry state of the American heavyweight picture. That, at least, is the forecast from border camp of “El Niño” . . . . |more|
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Ringside notes from El Paso, Texas:
“Is David “Nino” Rodriguez the real thing?” Quit asking me. We’re still a fight or two away from knowing. But I will tell you this: He lands that left hook on a Chris Arreola or a Seth Mitchell or a David Haye, that guy is going down. Owen Beck was a real test for the unbeaten heavyweight – and he passed with flying colors. Next up: Another name fighter who hasn’t lost four in a row. The saga continues . . . .
Quotes of the week:
Owen “What the Heck?” Beck: “He hit me and I was like “What the heck . . . ?'”
Juan Lazcano on a comeback: “I’m old enough to know better but young enough to do something about it.”
David Rodriguez: ““Who’s gonna doubt me now? I’ve shut up all the critics now. I’ve finally fought somebody – right?”
El Paso is one of the best fight towns in the U.S. It’s also one of the worst.
They’re an unforgiving bunch, fans at the border. Give ’em a good fight and they will show up in hordes, to cheer and boo, throw bottles and wave homemade banners. Give ’em a bad one and your next show will be thrown in an empty arena.
Fight fans have the same attitude about unbeaten local hopeful David “El Nino” Rodriguez. Talk to the crowd and you’ll hear one “Yeah, he’s got what it takes” to three or four people mumbling, “He fights bums …. cab drivers.”
Is it what it is. Rodriguez may have the prettiest ring record in boxing, but his resume of opponents may be the worst compilation of no-namers in the sport.
All of that ends tonight, when Rodriguez takes on former title challenger Owen Beck, who weighed in at 232 pounds yesterday – his lightest since 2005.
Sure, Beck is past his prime. You bet, he’s lost four in a row. But tonight marks either the end of Rodriguez’s claim to fame as an unbeaten heavyweight, or the beginning of a campaign for true contention.
Hang out long enough in El Paso and you’re going to find two different camps, both with valid arguments, among local boxing fans. One camp will swear that David “El Nino” Rodriguez is the next great American heavyweight. The other? Call ‘em haters, call ‘em critics, but these guys will fill your ear with talk of built-up records, tomato can opponents and being overrated . . . |more|
Always nice to be back in the Duke City, even if it means choking on smoke from the east Arizona wildfires. Where else can you attend a weigh-in, only to hear one of the fighters will not be making the fight because she was arrested that morning for a parole violation? Where Holly Holm, despite ten years of publicity, is still called “Holms?” Or where the highlight of a weigh-in may not be a staredown or a shoving match, but the display of tattoos or a new ‘do. Spotted above: the new ‘do of Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado.