Sorely skewed in favor of the hometown corner, with a cast of foes whose combined records totaled 14-53-6, Saturday night’s “Fight Night at the Kiva” could’ve easily have been a case of karma carrying out the kayo on Chavez-Crespin Promotions.
The crowd of 800 who showed up to watch the hometowners win ridiculous, obscure titles in gimme situations, however, should’ve gone home more than satisfied – thanks to a high-action undercard that could’ve flopped, but didn’t.
What could’ve been a blundercard was more like a thundercard . . . click here for full report and photos
Not too sure why the Dia de los Muertes-Man found his way into all my best shots on last night’s shoot in Las Vegas … Could be I was somewhat disappointed that De Leon vs. Gonzalez was dull and Canelo vs. Lopez was a mismatch. On the other hand, Marcos Maidana saved the show with his stoppage of Jesus Soto Karass. For more shots of last night’s Canelo vs. Lopez card . . . |more|
Reason No. 4,589 why boxing continues to slip into obscurity: Pacquiao vs. Bradley. Not a single reporter I spoke to last night gave Bradley more than four rounds. Call me a ‘tard, but controlling the fight, landing the harder shots and staggering your opponent more than a few times, at least in my book, equates to a win.
Something stinks in Las Vegas.
Something stinks in boxing.
The usual . . . short speeches by the usual suspects. Thank God for Timothy Bradley, who woke up those in attendance by bringing out oversized tickets touting a November rematch between him and Pacquiao – billed, of course, as “Bradley vs. Pacquiao.” For more shots . . . . |more|
Yes, it was still a media circus. But no, there wasn’t the usual horde of fans you see at a typical Manny Pacquiao arrival. Might not mean a thing for, as the week goes on, the events leading up to Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight at the MGM will get increasingly crazier.
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It was a safe bet that WBA Light-heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov would retain his strap, last night against super-middleweight “challenger’ Enrique Ornelas. But the shallow crowd in attendance was not expecting to find themselves lulled to a deep sleep after watching the usually gutsy champ fight so cautiously, especially against an opponent afflicted with earmuff-itis . . . |more|
The BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America) named two Cozzone shots second and third place winners in the 2011 “Barneys.” Capturing second in action was a shot of Mike Lee sending Gilbert Gastelum’s mouthpiece flying. A victory shot of Jorge Arce, with vanquished champ Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in the foreground, copped third in the feature category.
Congrats to other winners Naoki Fukuda, Will Hart, Tom Casino, Tom Hogan, Marty Rosengarten, Miguel Salazar and Al Bello!