RUIZ v. JOSHUA

Ruiz v Joshua
Joshua’s FEET were on shaky ground

Let me start off by saying…. what a fight! This fight had every soap opera plot consolidated into 7 rounds. Drama, expectation, let down (for some) and a cinderella ending (for others). This was Baer v Braddock, Tyson v Douglas, Rahman v Lewis conceptualized in the modern day. If this was the outcome you expected, outside the Ruiz family, then you are the smartest boxing analyst there is. This isn’t a knock on Ruiz but he was a 25/1 underdog. That’s $250,000, a quarter of a million dollars, if you bet $10,000. I had that, I wish I had known. Ruiz is a good fighter, budding on great now, and the first time I saw him fight, my first thought was that this dude has some fast hands, but boxing reasoning prevented me from giving this guy the chance he obviously deserved. AJ is taller, has a crazy amount of reach and is punching down, adding more power to his shots. Ruiz, on the other hand had to wade in, punch up, and had to be the aggressor. This usually doesn’t make for a great chance of success but Iron Mike made a pretty good living at doing just that. The Wreckin’ Mexican got off the canvas to deliver what might be his virtuoso performance. I don’t know what the future holds but this guy will always go down in the annals of boxing history as a world champion. Something that few have experienced but many have craved. Ruiz is a hero to many. Good for him. For those selfish people that bet money on him and refused to let everyone else know whatever insight they had, next time just respond to one of my blogs, I’ll listen… and the beers are on you for the next year.

I congratulate the new WBA, IBF, WBO champion….And New! Andy Ruiz but I also congratulate Joshua for stepping in the ring and going out on his shield. It’s no easy matter, stepping into the square, and he has nothing to be embarrassed about. Not many people can you know. Step into a square ring, knowing that the guy across from you is going to try render you unconscious. I have trouble asking my ex-wife if I can be a week  late on child support, they’re asking the other guy to give me your future paydays that is meant for your family. To be fair, she’s Colombian and speaks faster spanish then Ruiz’s combos so we’ll just call it even.

 

 

BOXING SCORING

Canelo-v-Jacobs

The tag line for this picture was that the scorecards proved that Canelo built an early lead, my tag line would have been “How the F**k could these scorecards be so different”.

The one thing that I got from these scorecards is that something is definitely off. There is something wrong here, when three capable judges disagree so much. They disagreed on 5 out of the 12 rounds. They disagreed on over 42% of the fight. How can you get a clear decision when that happens. That was a statement, not a question, ergo the absence of a question mark. That is a failing grade in any other event on this planet. The problem is not the judges, it’s the commission. They haven’t done enough to evolve to settle these problems. Boxing is the only sport that has not tried to figure out ways to improve these disparities. I can give a few right off the top of my head

  1. Put the judges at a better vantage point. They should be at the same level as the fighters or higher. When the fighters are at the corner further away from a particular judge, the nuance of slip and counter are harder to realize when you are looking up. They are lot easier to notice when you are viewing down. I know that this might obstruct some of the fans but that’s why you have the jumbotrons for the spectators. We prefer that anyway
  2. Make all decision fights, especially title bouts, provisional decisions until confirmation by the same three judges and three separate judges.. Meaning that that all decision fights would be reviewed by a panel afterwards to confirm. Can’t tell you how many times I watched a fight on TV, from a better vantage point then the judges, and wondered what the f**k (that stands for fuck) were these judges viewing. This gives a cushion to change a bad decision without having to do the silly appeal stuff and give the appearance of the sport being less fixed for the superstars, ahem, clearing my throat, the Byrd decision in the first GGG v Canelo fight is a great example why you should implement that rule, you can even call it the Byrd rule. Don’t mean to be to harsh on the lady but she got it wrong and most likely because of her vantage point.

These are just two thoughts off the top of my head. Whatever they come up with, I’m sure would be better than the current 57.5% grade that they got on this fight. One thing is for sure, they have to do something. First of all, the 7th and 10th rounds were definitely Jacobs rounds, not doubt about it. If you go by Moretti’s scorecard for the last two frames and you scored the 7th and 10th the right way, not doubters for Jacobs, then Jacobs is the victor. My scorecard is on an earlier post, but I had the advantage of replaying the fight and confirming the right call, which in my opinion was a draw. Come on boxing, even slow ass baseball has instant replay and a replay home office to review calls. You need to evolve with the times and figure out a better way to make the sport a little less controversial and a little more simpatico, what a funny word…. simpatico, anyway back to the point, fix it. Come on Nevada, you are suppose to be the superstars and megastars of boxing super bouts, because if New York does it before you, if they become boxing innovators before you, you will be in second place before you can say supercalifragislisticexpialadocious and that would be atrocious.

NY METS! NY METS! NY METS!

ny mets

YESSSS!! The Mets are back baby! They tie it in the 9th with a home run, take the lead with heads up inside out hitting to the opposite direction in the 18th and their bullpen blows it in the bottom of the frame to go under .500 for the year. I’m so proud of these guys. Their consistency of doing the same thing year after year is awesome. There is no other team that can do what they do and how they do it. Fan for life….. I’m not being sarcastic, which might be the funnier thing. I’m just proud that they tied it and then took the lead but the weak spot has always been the bullpen after we take the lead. It could have been Clemens, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver pitching that frame, we are just cursed for now. Still my team.

Jacobs v Alvarez

Canelo v jacobs

This was an amazing fight. I watched the fight again to make sure I was not mistaken. It comes down to the 11th round. If you gave Jacobs the 11th, then Jacobs won the fight, if you gave Canelo the 11th, then it was a draw. Jacobs didn’t lose but he is from New York, where getting robbed is a daily occurrence. Some notes from this fight. Jacobs can wallop but you’re not knocking down a concrete wall, and Canelo is as tough as the wall Trump wants to build. If you put a bunch of Canelos on the southern border you wouldn’t be able to get a tank through. That guy has a Thanos chin. Jacob’s shots were thudding, at least that’s what it sounded like but when you hit a concrete wall, that’s the sounds you are going to get. It was close but Jacobs clearly won 6 rounds. The 9 – 3 combo couldn’t miss. That’s the left hook to the body and then back to the head. Every time he through it, they landed. But god damn, what is Canelo’s head made of? It was an amazing fight, I had it a draw.

I am reading that some people found this fight boring. I thought it was a great fight. The difference in the top three middle weights is so minimal that either one can win on any given night. Breaking down the fight

Round 1 – Jacobs (close but clearly)

Round 2 – Jacobs (clearly)

Round 3 – Canelo

Round 4 – Canelo

Round 5 – Jacobs

Round 6 – Canelo

Round 7 – Jacobs

Round 8 – Canelo

Round 9 – Jacobs

Round 10 – Jacobs

Round 11 – Canelo (by a smidge)

Round 12 – Canelo

There’s people that were giving the early rounds to Canelo, They were wrong. Jacobs was the clear winner of the first two. There was a close round somewhere in there, I think it was the 4th or 6th that could have gone either way but I gave it to Canelo because the man rarely takes a step backwards. I thought the DAZN announcers were pretty good but I think that they were confused on which one was Canelo and which one was Jacobs because their scorecard might have been almost opposite of mine. I think they gave the 8th to Jacobs which might have been Canelo’s best round. I see a huge problem with DAZN taking over boxing and protecting their fighters on close fights.

I THANK GOD FOR BOXING

boxing gloves

I would like to share a story of why everyone should do boxing.

I have trained in boxing, on and off, for the past thirty odd years. Have never been good enough to really do anything with it financially speaking, but it has kept me in good shape. When I severely sprained my ankle while working in the border Patrol, I stood on one leg and and a leg with an air cast and used boxing drills to keep me in shape. As soon as I was cleared to run again, something that I used to love to do, I was able to run down a group of illegal citizens that had crossed. Chasing them down for a little less than a mile, carrying all my equipment , the day after I was cleared to return to work. Boxing is an amazing sport that fine tunes your body. What it does mostly, it refines your reflexes. It makes them quicker and steady.

This was never more apparent when my son, at the age of 8, for some reason decided to cross the street running while an SUV had just accelerated at full speed to beat a light. I had just turned my head to the right to look for oncoming traffic when I caught my son, who was to my left, through the corner of my eye, racing into the middle of the street. Out of nowhere, my left hand, my best hand, I used to throw a mean and quick left hook, even though I’m righty, reached out and grabbed him and pulled him back. The SUV was literally, not figuratively, right upon him. I pulled him back and out of the way. All I can think is that if my son gotten hit that day, I would have never been able to live with myself. It would have devastated me. My son apologized and he knew better. I have been teaching him to the cross the street since he was 5. I don’t know what got into his head, ear or eye.

I thank boxing, it literally saved my son’s life. In a day and age where kids are getting thrown into rivers and off third floor mall balconies, the world makes a little less sense.

I THANK GOD FOR BOXING

boxing gloves

I would like to share a story of why everyone should do boxing.

I have trained in boxing, on and off, for the past thirty odd years. Have never been good enough to really do anything with it financially speaking, but it has kept me in good shape. When I severely sprained my ankle while working in the border Patrol, I stood on one leg and and a leg with an air cast and used boxing drills to keep me in shape. As soon as I was cleared to run again, something that I used to love to do, I was able to run down a group of illegal citizens that had crossed. Chasing them down for a little less than a mile, carrying all my equipment , the day after I was cleared to return to work. Boxing is an amazing sport that fine tunes your body. What it does mostly, it refines your reflexes. It makes them quicker and steady.

This was never more apparent when my son, at the age of 8, for some reason decided to cross the street running while an SUV had just accelerated at full speed to beat a light. I had just turned my head to the right to look for oncoming traffic when I caught my son, who was to my left, through the corner of my eye, racing into the middle of the street. Out of nowhere, my left hand, my best hand, I used to throw a mean and quick left hook, even though I’m righty, reached out and grabbed him and pulled him back. The SUV was literally, not figuratively, right upon him. I pulled him back and out of the way. All I can think is that if my son gotten hit that day, I would have never been able to live with myself. It would have devastated me. My son apologized and he knew better. I have been teaching him to the cross the street since he was 5. I don’t know what got into his head, ear or eye.

I thank boxing, it literally saved my son’s life.

Good Night of Boxing

Kovalev v alvarez 2

In a good night of boxing, some of the sport’s elite put on a good display of their craft. Teofilmo Lopez, an amazing talent, fought the rugged Diego Magdaleno. I don’t know if Lopez is clairvoyant, he can see where his opponent is going to be, but it seemed like he couldn’t miss even if he wanted to. If someone was born boxing out of the womb, this young prodigy would definitely be the one, he is definitely heading for greatness. Magdaleno, for his credit is tougher than anyone I have ever seen, unfortunately tough would only hurt him more than he had to be on this night. Diego took a one sided beating that I wouldn’t even give to my worst enemy. This isn’t Lopez’s fault, he actually was very professional during the fight. Lopez was composed, confident and well schooled. Magdaleno was chatting it up a little, which I think it was more to bring the warrior spirit out in himself than it was to taunt Lopez. The end coming in the 7th with a double left hook reminiscent of Jones Jr. was more than any person could take. The fight should have actually been stopped the round prior but sometimes a fighter would rather go out on his shield than being stopped in his corner. If there is one knock on Lopez, it’s that he should make every attempt to touch gloves with his opponent after the fight or at least thank his opponent for making him look so good, not in those words. The post fight celebration was perfectly fine, you should be able to celebrate, but you should try and get the sportsmanship in. Lopez is so good that he is on an astronomical level.

In the main event, Kovalev fought Alvarez in an outstanding rematch. The role reversal was so apparent, it was ironic. In the first fight, Kovalev was the one trying to land the big right hand and Alvarez boxed and countered beautifully. In the second fight, Alvarez was looking for the big right hand while Kovalev administered jab 101. School was in and Kovalev was now the teacher. Kovalev, who had fell in love with his right hand as the great equalizer, showed us that boxing was a two handed sport. He started with a jab, finished with a jab. I’m sure Buddy McGirt had a lot to do with reminding Kovalev of those basics. I’ve seen Kovalev fight that way prior, but not as good as he did last night. It was great performance, maybe his best performance, and had nothing to do with a knockout. Alvarez was outmatched, outgunned and outjabbed. Congrats to the new Light Heavy Champ. If he fights like that in every fight, he might be unbeatable. Kovalev is once again the best in the division. The scores were 116 – 112 twice and pitched a perfect fight on the third with a 120-108. I had it 119- 109. Kovalev did this to probably the second or third best guy in the division. I would definitely keep his new trainer. Alvarez will definitely be champion again, he is young and hungry. He will reach the pinnacle of the sport, it just wasn’t his night.