TruSparta Boxing Blog III

By David Matthew on May 11, 2012
TruSparta Boxing Blog III
Mayweather-Cotto provided fireworks and was well worth the revenue that it generated

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was absolutely dynamic on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard. His veteran-like poise at the age of 21 is unfathomable…

•    Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was absolutely dynamic on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard. His veteran-like poise at the age of 21 is unfathomable. Canelo took about a round to get going, but once he did—it was bombs away from all angles with heavy rainstorms of precision power punching. Sporting a tremendous chin throughout his career, Shane Mosley was bucked a couple times in this fight—and that’s a testament to Canelo’s punching power.  While the 40-year-old Mosley was certainly game throughout, standing toe-to-toe with the young lion, it was Canelo who was getting the long stick in virtually every exchange. His combination punching competency improves with every fight, and although Shane tagged him with a couple right hands, it only seemed to urge Canelo on to avenge every single Mosley punch that landed. For Mosley, he was allclass as usual in the post-fight interview. “He’s up there with the top guys I’ve faced,” he said. “Mayweather is fast, Cotto, all those guys I fought. Canelo is up there with them.” Indeed, it seemed to be irresistible to imagine how Canelo would fare against Mayweather. Whether we’ll ever see that fight is a open to question, but it’s fun to contemplate. Here’s to an unbelievable run for Shane Mosley, and here’s to him having the wisdom to know when to hang it up. He simply doesn’t have it anymore to compete at the top-tier, and personally I’ve seen Shane take enough flush shots for one lifetime.

•    As everyone now knows, the highly anticipated Peterson-Khan rematch has been canceled now that Peterson has failed a drug test with detectable levels of synthetic testosterone in his system. Beyond just being horrible news for fans that were looking forward to this fight, it casts further doubt on boxing’s ability to protect its fighters with the appropriate drug testing standards that need to be implemented in order to catch all of the exotic, cutting-edge PED cocktails that certain fighters may be taking. For Peterson, this casts doubt on his December victory over Khan. Since Peterson’s failed drug test now puts him under the microscope, many are questioning whether his power in the first Khan fight was product of organic training and determination or propelled by something else flowing through Lamont’s system. It’s unfortunate that we have to ask these questions, but it’s absolutely imperative that boxing modernizes itself so that it can develop the necessary infrastructure to deal with the modern era of sport. For Khan, he is understandably incredulous at the whole fiasco. “He’s a fake, and I’d tell that to his face,” said Khan in a recent interview. “I hit him with everything in that fight, and he kept getting stronger and stronger. People were saying they had never seen him like that, and now we know why.” For Khan, he is now scheduled to fight an unnamed opponent in July, remaining at 140 pounds for at least one more fight.

•    I may be the only one this side of the Atlantic excited about David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora on July 14th at West Ham soccer club in London.  After their graphic and well documented brawl in Munich during the aftermath of Klitschko-Chisora, many were wondering if this fight would be made, but few thought it was realistic because of the likelihood of both fighters being stripped/refused boxing licenses. In fact, British boxing’s governing body has threatened anyone involved in the fight—warning that their licenses will be stripped for participating in this event. This hasn’t dissuaded promoter Frank Warren one iota, and it looks as if the fight will go on. Interestingly, at the Klitschko-Chisora post-fight presser Klitschko advisor Bernd Boente was heard telling David Haye that the winner of Haye-Chisora could fight Vitali Klitschko. Being that Haye has been very vocal about his desire to fight Vitali, could this fight be an unofficial eliminator to see who gets that shot? TruSparta certainly thinks so. Regardless of your opinion about the brawl in Munich or the personalities of the volatile Chisora and the brash and outspoken Haye, on July 14th they will provide further excitement in a brand new heavyweight division.

•    Dan Goossen (Andre Ward’s promoter) and Gary Shaw (Chad Dawson’s promoter) are already in negotiations with HBO to make the fight between the two champions.  As mentioned last week, Dawson called out Ward after dispatching Hopkins, and Ward immediately took to Twitter to unofficially accept the challenge.  While the specific weight limit hasn’t been agreed upon yet, Goossen explained that “the intent is to have it for Andre’s super middleweight championship.” This fight continues to be intriguing to me, and I think it will produce a high level contrast of scientific pugilism from two supremely gifted tacticians.

•    Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Zab Judah is being discussed for Cowboy Stadium on July 14th.  This is a fight I wanted a couple years ago and I still want it,” explained Brooklyn’s Judah. “He fought Floyd and never touched him and he got dropped. I can do that, too.” Many (including myself) are wondering why Marquez would take this fight, which seems relatively risky with little upside for him. However, how soon we forget that Marquez is cut from a different cloth. He’s a warrior who simply wants to fight, and doesn’t really care who his opponent is. Clearly, the fighting spirit is still flowing vibrantly through Marquez’s blood, and we are more than happy that a Marquez-Judah fight is even begin discussed, let alone made. This could be a very interesting fight.

•    While many in the boxing world were appropriately applauding Miguel Cotto’s impressive performance against Floyd Mayweather this past weekend, some of us might be forgetting just how special Mayweather’s performance was. Cotto—able to produce highly competitive moments throughout this fight—certainly deserves praise for his courageous effort. That said, Mayweather deserves his just due as well. While some used to criticize Floyd for not initiating the fight and for being too technical, as of late he has treated fans to action fights filled with exciting moments. Against Ortiz, Floyd stood right in the pocket with Victor, daring him to exchange with him as he let his hands go in spectacular fashion. Against Cotto, Mayweather was clearly the superior boxer (as he would be against any opponent), but after having the fight in the bag on the cards, Mayweather chose to continue to stand toe-to-toe with Cotto in the 12th round, ripping Miguel with power combinations that buckled the Puerto Rico star, sending the crowd into a frenzy. “I thought about all of the fans spending their hard-earned money to watch me fight and said f#ck it, let’s fight,” explained Mayweather about the final round. Mayweather’s performance against an inspired, prime Cotto was awe-inspiring. The class Floyd showed outside of the ring after the fight for Cotto—and for Larry Merchant—matched his unparalleled class inside of the ring. Indeed, Mayweather commands more excitement and attention than any fighter outside of the ring—and of late he generates more excitement inside of the ring because of his willingness to produce thrilling fights that will remain embedded in the memory of fight fans for years to come. The PPV numbers are in for Mayweather-Cotto, which further prove that Mayweather continues to stand alone in the fight game in terms of both draw and pound-for-pound stature. Mayweather-Cotto did an astonishing 1.5 million buys, generating $94 million in revenue. This is second all-time in a non-heavyweight fight, behind De La Hoya-Mayweather which shattered all previous records. Unlike the De La Hoya fight, which was high on hype but low on action, Mayweather-Cotto provided fireworks throughout and was worth the revenue that it generated. Love him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather has worked harder to bring boxing back to mainstream relevancy than any other fighter in the game. Which is why Floyd Mayweather is this week’s TruSpartan of the week.

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  1. Mayweather vs Alvarez 04:19am, 09/12/2013

    Mayweather haters need to stop if anything canelo hasn’t earned this fight almost losing to Austin trout should not earn you a fight with the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
    Mayweather vs Alvarez

  2. raxman 04:34pm, 05/13/2012

    DM - i’d just like to see him beat one of the guys i mentioned. wouldn’t vs Kirkland be a beauty? or angulo? or we could go the other way and put him in with the class of Lara? i know some of these guys havn’t looked great in their last outings but nor are they being spoon fed a career by oscar & co.
    i dont know about shane blowing smoke but whenever you’ve had your arse handed to you, you want to think it was done by someone out of the ordinary.
    but please, don’t get me wrong i wont be surprised when Canelo dominates the best as he has the b graders. i just don’t think he should receive the praise before he’s earned the praise.
    i think the next fight will be cotto. obviously he has to step up opposition - for his boxing and for headlining ppv. despite cotto looking great against floyd better a battle worn great than another super hungry up and comer.

  3. David Matthew 10:17am, 05/12/2012

    Thanks for the feedback fellas.  I also hope that Ward-Dawson is at a catch-weight.

  4. Cheekay Atomic 10:02am, 05/12/2012

    Great work, as usual.

    1) Re: Alvarez: Fair point, Raxman and the ghost of Jeff Lacy will haunt ALL premature hyping of fighters. As David alluded to, I think the attraction is not *that* Canelo is dominating but *how* he is dominating.  Lacy was doing it very destructive power with his left hand. In hindsight, you didn’t so very much of a range of skills. Canelo, on the other hand, displays the full range of boxing skills.  I saw him shoulder rolling vs. Alfonso Gomez; I saw every punch in the book against Mosley.  He can fight

    2) Making Chad move down to 168 is a bad move…hope they decide on a catch weight.  I met Dawson’s trainer, who is as hardworking and knowledgeable as I’ve ever met, but Chad has worn 175 for a loooong time now.

    3) Regarding Marquez and Judah—agreed. I think the thinking here is that Marquez is still a big name to Mexican/Mexican-American fight fans and Judah would serve as a big money tuneup for Pacquiao-Marquez IV.  Judah has good name recognition and doesn’t appear like a tomato can to fans.  It’ll make money. I expect Marquez to outbox and outpoint Judah, convincingly.

  5. David Matthew 06:11am, 05/12/2012

    Fair point rax - but it’s not simply that he’s beating B-level guys - but that he’s dominating them.  Further, even when I saw him against Gomez where he was utterly inactive for 3-4 rounds, once he turned it on - it was over and incredible to watch just how much more skilled/strong he is than the guys he’s been facing.

    I do agree that we need to see him up against the 154 pound crop - and he is now ready for that.  He is still only 21 years old - though in boxing years he’s older - but I think his development has been appropriate.  Who at 154 would he need to face and beat in order for you to see him as a legitimate top-fighter?

    Incidentally, Shane said he was really impressed with the kid - and felt he was on the level of Cotto, Pac, Mayweather in terms of his approach and how he beat him up.  Do you think Shane was just blowing smoke?

  6. raxman 01:53am, 05/12/2012

    am i the only one holding judgement on canelo until he actually fights another ranked 154pounder. he’s actually yet to fight a legit peer. and yet list after list has him at the top of the 154pound tree. what a i know he looks good - but jeff lacy looked good against inferior opposition. what a sad indictment on our sport that you can be considered the best having only fought old men like mosley and baldomir - b graders like matthew hatton and past it gate keeper like cintron and n’dou. 
    now i’m not saying alvarez isnt all that - but for him to be my number one 154 pounder i want to see him in with a live opponent - kirkland, molina, trout, bundrage, angulo, lara, or martirosyan