“Why be nice to someone who wants to kill me?” was the question posed by unified WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, a half-hour after crushing Amir “King” Khan Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . |more|
Been spitting out crow feathers all morning from picking Zab “Super” Judah to upset Amir “King” Khan at last night’s HBO-televised card at Mandalay Bay. Not quite ready to enlist in Khan’s Army, but there’s little doubt who reigns at 140 pounds. Judah, meanwhile, aged five years with every round and the beltline blow was a way out of an even uglier end for the former champ.
Undercard a snoozer: While the seven undercard bouts were all “gimme” bouts in favor of the favored, there were still a few pleasant surprises. Topping off the list was seeing Gary Russell Jr. for the first time. Matched up against the granite-chinned Windy City pug, Eric Estrada, Russell’s movement, speed and brilliance in the ring has marked him, at least for me, as THE kid to watch. We’re talking scary.
Peter Quillin put the hurt on game late sub Jason Lehoullier but it was “Kid Chocolate’s” treating the fans and media to handfuls of chocolate kisses and his charisma that has him marked as the man to watch at middleweight. The rest of the undercard? James Kirkland destroyed an overmatched, smaller foe, heavyweight Bryant Jennings showed less than hoped for; Ronnie Rios was handed a win and Josiah Judah .. less said, the better. In the opener, Jamie Kavanagh had to work for his win against game Marcos Herrera.
Public workouts are usually crap, meaning, don’t expect to really see your favorite fighter do much more than shadowbox, maybe hit the mitts. Today’s event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was no exception. Zab “Super” Judah was super-late, but at least he gave the fans several rounds of mitt work, while living legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker watched on. Khan spent most of the time talking to the media, answering what was probably the same handful of questions, over and over, while Judah did his thing in the ring. The highlight was Judah crouching down behind Khan for a split second – and one this photog (and every other one) failed to capture. Best I could do was try to get the two to share a frame (see above). After his interviews, Khan did a brief limbering up in the ring, giving nothing away, while Zab’s pop watched on. For more photos . . . |more|
Amir “King” Khan, Freddie Roach and Scott Ghertner of MGM/Mandalay Bay should’t feel too bad about momentarily getting trapped in the Mandalay Bay’s main lobby revolving door. Just minutes before, I was one of three photogs who were victimized by the same door. Question here is, does the “Wrong Way” sticker near Khan’s predict a rough night on Saturday when Khan steps into the ring against Zab “Super” Judah?