Outside the Ropes: Aug. 18, 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?
Well, it looks as if Main Events and Roc Nation Sports have settled their little beef and, barring one of Andre “Oracle” Ward’s phantom training injuries, it seems like his doomsday meeting with the “Mad Russian” IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is on and poppin.’ I was all set to start calling Oracle “Weasel” Ward. I’m really looking forward to this scrap, as are a lotta people on the fight beat.
A few other interesting hookups are on tap as well. My favorite rising star, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. will be facing the battle-tested Leonard “The Lion” Bundu. I doubt those 12 knockouts in your ledger are gonna instill any fear in Spence, Leonard. Last time I saw Bundu, he was chasing IBF welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman around the ring in a losing effort. Spence has been talking a lot about being the first guy to stop Bundu and I think his work rate and tremendous body attack will make that happen. This guy is as fearsome a body whacker as the former champ Mike McCallum, the original “Bodysnatcher.” Spence’s body attack isn’t of the occasional variety. He acts like he’s trying to snatch out some ribs. If Spence pulls it off, I can’t see any of the top welters avoiding him much longer. He’s patient and is paying his dues.
Am I the only one tired of Roberto Guerrero and his dad Ruben’s bullshit? “The Ghost” needs to disappear. Every time I look up, he’s explaining another loss. Guerrero, a former two-division champ is facing somebody named David Emanuel Peralta. Yeah, I’ve never heard of him either. Robert has lost three of his last six fights. I was there when the awkward-but-heavy-handed WBC welterweight champ Danny Garcia was blasting his ass around the ring at Staples Center last January. I was also in Carson, California the night he and Yoshihiro Kamegai raised holy hell for 12 rounds in one of the best fights I’d seen in years. Then there was that scuffle with unheralded Aaron Martinez, who fought the fight of his life in dropping The Ghost but didn’t get the decision. Guerrero’s persona as a “take-no-prisoners while my dad talks shit” kinda guy has seen its best days. Now he’ll entertain you with all that chest thumping for a few rounds but will still end up explaining another loss. Of course he mentioned the new catch phrase of today’s fighters, “He’s never faced a fighter like me” declaration, in reference to Peralta.
Damn, Ol’ Rip Van Winkle, aka Roy Jones Jr., finally fought a guy who wasn’t able to put him in his normal prone position, one Rodney Moore. I thought it was Roger Moore, the actor in those “James Bond” flicks. I think the fight took place outside a Burger King somewhere in Pensacola, Florida and Roy was so glad he remained conscious, he said, “I still have something left to give the fans.” I don’t think Moore had won a fight in 20 years.
Part-time fighter BJ Flores sure talks a lotta shit for a guy who had to ask his corner, “How do I cut off the ring?” in one of his rare ventures into the squared circle. He’s fighting a guy who’s also a smack talker, WBC cruiserweight titlist Tony Bellew on Oct. 16. Though he has a good record, 32-2-1 (20), Flores hasn’t beaten any world-class fighters. On the one occasion his testicles swelled up, he stepped up in class and fought Beibut Shumenov and got his ass beat. I’m sure he won’t make THAT mistake again. Next time he senses some swelling in his “man region,” he’d better put some salt on them or SOMETHING.
Does four-division champ Miguel Cotto have no shame? He mentioned a while back that his next fight would be against a “name” fighter. Then he picked Yuriorkis “Canvas Ass” Gamboa. Most fighters, when entering the ring, jog across the ring and lean against the ropes, testing them but Gamboa goes around testing the canvas searching for the most likely spot on which he’ll end up landing. He’s a modern-day Floyd Patterson.
That damn root canal of a rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitcshko seems to be on the verge of another date change. Is it at all possible to just forget this shit entirely? I have SUCH a hard time calling Fury the “heavyweight champion of the world.” The reincarnation of Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom doesn’t seem to have ANY intention of defending his belt. I’m sure by now, Klitcshko wishes he’d trained for that fight. To ME, Fury is the worse looking heavyweight champion we’ve EVER had. Plus he fights like a biker chick.
Scanning FightHype.com a few days ago, I saw FIVE stories on Ricky Funez. What, Ricky Ricardo wasn’t available? Well, my boxing buddies, ‘til next time, hands up, chin down. I’m Don and I’m Done.