Outside the ropes: Dec. 7, 2015

Paul Malignaggi


The following are the opinions of Boxing Don Dinkins and do not reflect the opinions of Undisputed Champion Network as whole…or do they? Parental discretion is advised…


Shameless Paulie Malignaggi is begging UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to let him make some money. “Ducklips” is so irrelevant these days, he doesn’t know what to do with himself. The feisty, little Leprechaun McGregor’s not goin’ for that shit. He says, “Who the fuck IS that guy”? I’ll tell him, Malignaggi’s a loudmouth commentator who hasn’t won a major fight in 10 years, cries and trashes boxing like he’s on his monthly, when he loses, and then goes RIGHT back to shilling for them and taking their checks.


Is it true (as the late great Jim Healy used to scream), that multi-division champion Miguel Cotto is planning on fighting the recently decapitated James Kirkland? Now, when was the last time Kirkland won a major fight or even FINISHED one when he wasn’t armed? James has been reduced to a gun-toting, four-round fighter masquerading as damaged goods and, now, all-timer Juan Manuel Marquez is planning on returning to the ring. This guy has threatened to retire more often than Floyd Mayweather Jr. In fact, “Mr. Delusional” might have another fight in him BEFORE Marquez returns.


What’s with British heavyweight David Haye? Does he STILL have a belt? Looks like he NEEDS one to keep his pants up. He looks HOMELESS. He looks worse than that fat slob President-Elect Donald Trump just picked for his cabinet. Can you IMAGINE Angel Garcia ragging on HIS scalp? IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook finally gives props to the marauding Errol Spence Jr., saying “He’s a fantastic fight-uh.” They talk funny. Maybe I’m overstating things but the ultra-talented Spence seems to be the closest thing to “unbeatable” out there. I see him stopping Brook.


Speaking of unbeatens on the come-up, this Saturday in DTLA, IBF junior middleweight champ Jermall Charlo risks – and I DO mean “risks” – his unbeaten slate when he faces his toughest foe to date in Philly’s unbeaten Julian “J Rock” Williams. My biggest concern is the SIZE of Charlo, who will probably be a super middleweight when the bell rings. Williams has waited ever so patiently for his shot and I don’t see him letting it slip away. On the undercard, the rugged Abner Mares will throw down against rugged, hard-hitting Jesus Andres Cuellar. I see the possibility of the rugged, heavy-handed Cuellar upsetting local favorite Mares, maybe even stopping Lil’ Abner. This should be a really entertaining night of boxing and I’m PISSED that I didn’t get credentialed.


The bad talk has already started between Andre “RE”-WARD, newly-crowned IBF/WBA/WBO (what, no “SOG” belt?) champion and his latest “victim,” Sergey Kovalev. REWard’s people are saying the “Mad Russian” is REALLY mad now and is crying “robbery” when the Olympic champion won a HIGHLY disputed unanimous decision a couple of weeks ago. RE-Ward rallied down the stretch and is now 31-0 (15). Kovalev’s people are trying reverse psychology on REWard, saying they doubt he’ll honor an immediate rematch.


Has the “Axe Man” Nicholas Walters located his nuts yet after refusing to finish the ass-whippin’ he took from WBO junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko? Walters talked a ton of smack BEFORE the fight and had no limit to the number of excuses he had AFTER the fight. He insisted his corner stopped the bout, which was some Jamaican bullshit. His corner TRIED to light a fire under Walter’s ass but he just passed gas and put it out. It didn’t seem like he was taking THAT much punishment, other than just a thorough and dominant ass-kicking. I’m sure he’s beaten WORSE and, hell, they didn’t quit like THAT. Though Lomachenko IS talented, he’s not much of a crowd-pleaser. I don’t see pay-per-view on his menu just yet. I’m looking for unbeaten junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford to have a much harder fight than most expect when he faces the rejuvenated John Molina Jr. Molina has shown great improvement under the guidance of Shadeed Suluki.


So that’s it, my boxing family; plenty to look forward to this weekend, heading toward year’s end. I predict at least two upsets, Jesus Andres Cuellar and John Molina Jr. Keep your chin down and your hands up and there’s the bell…





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