Outside the ropes: Nov. 4, 2016
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…
Well, ya boi is back from Philly and ready to get back to work, lest UCNLive.com thinks the ol’ guy has retired. While in Philly, I had the pleasure of interviewing upcoming IBF 154-pound title challenger Julian “J Rock” Williams as he prepared for his big title clash with unbeaten champion Jermall Charlo. This is a war between two undefeated guys in their primes, something tha game needs a lot more of. Williams, 22-0 (14), and his classy trainer, Stephen “Breadman” Edwards have bided their time without raising TOO much hell and say they are “more than ready for the test.” Charlo, 24-0 (18), is a worthy champion but I’m rollin’ with my Philly guy and am actually surprised at the many boxing guys I’ve talked to who expect J Rock to stop Charlo. Charlo has the bigger name and more well-known people on his slate but, sometimes, you just FEEL something.
Trainer Edwards comes off as a supremely confident trainer and doubles as an outstanding writer of the goings-on in the game of boxing. (The interviews, by the way, can be seen on my site, WestCoastBoxing.com.) The fight is on Dec. 10 at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles, on the USC campus. The Galen is where I watched former WBC heavyweight titlist Bermane Stiverne mauling my boy Chris Arreola in May 2014.
After a relative slow period, our favorite sport is starting to pick up momentum with some very interesting upcoming action. Also Richard Schaefer, former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, is promoting that card as he re-enters the sometimes murky world of boxing. I always saw Schaefer as a bit of a sleazeball, similar to NFL coach Pete Carroll. They both possess serpent qualities. I assume the dust has settled around the issue of Richard and Golden Boy founder Oscar De La Hoya because ol’ Dickie boy is talking big shit about Oscar. We all know Schaefer pretty much ran the Fishnet Operation and Oscar’s duties were to see just how high he could get in the interim. But Richard is right when he says GBP should quit bullshittin’ and make the Gennady Golovkin-Saul “Chickenelo” Alvarez fight NOW, while the public demands it. He also says GBP is shuckin’ by offering “GGG” a flat, take-it-or-leave-it fee for the fight. True, Cinnamon is the “name,” though GGG has HIS followers as well and Alvarez can’t make this kind of money against anyone else, although the risk against GGG is SO much greater. This is the kind of shit Floyd “Mr. Delusional” Mayweather Jr. used to pull.
And while on the topic of sleazy serpents, the Lead Asp, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum is all over the place with HIS crap. After calling Al “The Hologram” Haymon a whole sack of motherfuckers, he now describes him as “real nice guy to work with and very smart.” This is one SHAMELESS dinosaur. You would think, after all these years, these geezers would have enough of seeing their foolish, self-serving comments in print. Hell, at least Don King has taken a seat on the sidelines for a minute.
And speaking of “shameless,” WBC welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia and his dad Angel make a perfect pair. This fight with Sammy Vargas (may as well be Fernando Vargas) is such a FARCE that they’re already promoting the Garcia-Keith Thurman so-called “epic.” They don’t even bother with the disclaimer “If he gets by Vargas…” Talk about a foregone conclusion.
I may be losing it but I don’t see fading Manny Pacquiao having a walkover against upstart WBO welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas this weekend. Vargas is quite capable of winning this fight. I have concerns about part-time fighters always saying this could be their last fight. At some point, these “old” guys have to leave these young, hungry guys alone, especially those who don’t seem to give a shit about the ol’ vet. Not everybody is like Andre Berto, playing the fool for Mr. Delusional. I feel the same about world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko challenging IBF titlist Anthony Joshua. In fact, I’m expecting a lotta David Haye-type delays in that fight.
And ON that note, the original geezer Bernard Hopkins is making the anvil-fisted construction worker Mr. Joe Smith Jr. his “farewell fight.” If Hopkins gets hit with one of those sledgehammers, it’ll be farewell in more ways than one. As I recall, he got touched up a few times by IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev’s right hands. I see that horrible image of Rocky Marciano bludgeoning ol’ Joe Louis and I doubt Smith gives two squats about Hops’ legacy OR longevity.
I have to admit, I was one of those who didn’t see the second coming of Premier Boxing Champions boxing. I was sure they’d gotten enough of The Hologram sitting in that dark room calling the shots. Hell, that could be a recording, since no one sees the guy. I was also wrong in thinking “Mr. Canvas Ass,” Juan Manuel Lopez was at the end of the trail. Obviously NOT. Did you see the way he nearly got dropped by Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.’s trainer? This was after Lopez got off FIRST. Vazquez should’ve saved some of that energy he used on the way in, running around like a damn, raving lunatic.
Big ups to John Molina Jr., giving props to his new trainer Shadeed Suluki, my long time boi. Not all fighters do that. I haven’t heard many good things said about Eddie Mustafa Muhammad OR Floyd Mayweather Sr. after their two fighters left THEIR asses. Next up for Molina is a shot at highly-regarded WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford on Dec. 10. Crawford has a habit of getting a little lazy in the ring and Suluki has had another of his other guys in there with him so – Who knows? – Molina just might pull off the upset.
Well, my peeps, that’s it for now, so keep your hands up and your chin down. I’m Boxing Don and I’m done.