Posts Tagged ‘Boxing’

El Corrido de Canelo vs Chavez Jr

May 6, 2017

Este corrido si esta chingon. Pa cagarse de la risa.

Pictures of Fernando Valenzuela & Julio Cesar Chavez

January 29, 2016

Last weekend, two Mexican Legends were on hand at the Grand Opening of WSS. If you are a Dodgers fan and a Boxing fan, this was the place to be. Or simply a Sports fan in general.
There was a point where Valenzuela was leaving where someone went up to him and said, “Chavez, can you sign this for me!” (extending to him a pair of boxing gloves)
Overall it was great event. I also got to meet Mike Brito and talk to him about Julio Urias. He feels Urias is ready for the big leagues and like my suggestion of starting him in the bullpen and transitioning him to the front of the rotation in the near future. Lets hope we get to see Urias in Dodgers uniform, a man Brito thinks is the second coming of Fernando Valenzuela.

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Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali (Great Documentary on Ali)

January 17, 2016

Happy Birthday to the Champ! This is a great documentary! I have respect for Ali for not only being a great boxer but for his role outside the ring. Ali oppose the Vietnam War and was a Conscientious Objector, which resulted in his biggest fight outside the ring when his case went to the U.S. Supreme Court and became victorious.
Check out this great documentary!

Videos From Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares All Out War

August 30, 2015

Last night, Boxing fans were treated to an amazing fight at the Staples Center. Leading to the fight, one had predicted that the fans were going to be half Santa Cruz fans and half Mares fight. But, ast the fight started it became evident that the crowd was majority Santa Cruz fans.

Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares fight was a fight that was brewing for couple of years. It was this generations’ Barrera vs Morales. In that fight, we had Mexico City(Barrera) vs Tijuana (Morales). The Santa Cruz vs Mares brought the Mexican rivalry to another level as well. Michoacan (Santa Cruz) vs Jalisco(Mares). Not only was there Mexican statehood represented but this fight was also for the Battle of L.A.

The fight started as expected with Mares bringing his fight and aggressiveness to Santa Cruz. Throughout the fight there were very close rounds to judge but towards the middle rounds and the Championship rounds, Santa Cruz looked like the more active and the one who was more accurate with his punches. Mares appeared tired towards those middle rounds and appeared to pick up a 2nd wind in the last couple of rounds but it wasn’t enough to stop Santa Cruz volume punches.

With Santa Cruz winning a majority decision in what is the front runner for Fight of the Year, fans want to see a rematch for later this year. I would love to see them go at it this year but it all depends on what Al Haymon decides. If Santa Cruz doesn’t give Mares the immediate rematch, it will be interesting to see who he decides to fight in his next fight. Walters? Rigendoux? Hampton? Quigg? Boxing fans would just have to wait and see.

I recorded Rounds 1, 9 and 12 from last night’s fight. Enjoy and let’s hope we get SantaCruzVsMares2 later this year.

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Pre Fight Analysis

May 2, 2015

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The moment that boxing fans have been waiting for has arrived. In the next couple of hours, the Sports world will pay its attention to Las Vegas, Nevada and witness the most anticipated fight of this century.

Yesterday at the weigh-in, thousands of fans packed the arena to witness Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao tip the scales. First was Manny Pacquiao who weighed at a comfortable 145 pounds, followed by Mayweather who tip the scales at a solid 146 pounds.

The traditional stare down didn’t offer any pre-fight fireworks but this is the moment where the fighter can gain the psychological advantage over his opponent. Mayweather was serious who kept staring into Pacquiao, while Manny appeared at ease and peaceful. Pacquaio later that day was quoted as saying that he saw in Mayweather’s eyes a lot of worry.

Before the main event starts, there will be 2 fights on the undercard, which is strange in the PPV business since in the past there have been 3 undercard fights then the main event. The first fight will be Lomachenko vs Rodriguez and the co-main event will be Leo Santa Cruz vs Sepa La Bola (aka WHO). Santa Cruz is fighting a guy who got the fight on a week notice while Abner Mares was willing to fight on a 3 week notice and Al Haymon, Santa Cruz manager decided to not make that fight.

As a boxing fan, I am disappointed that the promoters of this event failed to provide a great undercard where they could have taken advantage of the millions of viewers who will be tuning into the fight and possibly turn some of those viewers into fans. This was supposed to be The Super Bowl of Boxing and for that the promoters should have treated it as such and gone out of their way to please the true boxing fans and the sports world in putting together one of the best cards in Boxing history. I would have loved to have seen Victor Ortiz vs Brandon Rios, Danny Garcia vs Adrian Broner and Marcos Maidana vs Amir Khan 2 on the May Pac undercard. A card stacked like this would have been no problem for fans to pay $100 for the PPV because any one of those fights could potential be a fight of the year candidate. Instead we will see two fights that no one cares about before the main event.

The fight that was supposed to be made in 2009 has finally come! Tonight we will find out who is the best fighter in our generation. Tonight’s winner will be crown the undisputed Pound for Pound Champion. Below are my analysis of each fighter and what they would need to do to come up victorious.

First with the underdog, Manny Pacquiao. This is the first time in awhile that Pacquiao is stepping into the ring as an underdog but he has embraced this role well throughout his camp.  For Manny to win this fight, he has to put pressure on Mayweather from the start. Pacquiao has the speed and footwork to give Floyd problems. He has to use his jab early and throw a lot of punches from different angels. Manny has to make Floyd fight at his pace. He cannot let Floyd dictate the tempo of the fight. If Pacquiao is throwing punches in bunches from different angles and putting pressure on Floyd, the chances of Floyd suffering his first loss will increased. If he allows Floyd to control the ring and the tempo of the fight then I see Pacquaio getting frustrated and not being able to find a rhythm to press his attack.

For Floyd Mayweather to win, he has to do what he always does and that is to keep his patience and stick to his style, which is not very fan friendly. A lot of people don’t understand that Floyd is a BOXER, not a FIGHTER and Manny is a FIGHTER, not a BOXER. To give a baseball analogy, seeing Floyd fight is like watching a pitchers duel and Pacquiao is like watching a homerun derby. There are those that appreciate the beautiful craft of boxing in Floyd and others the aggressiveness in Pacquiao. Also, a lot of fans fail to understand that Mayweather approaches every fight like a chess match. His objective is to checkmate his opponent. Mayweather has a tremendous boxing IQ and is able to adapt as the fight goes on. Mayweather will try to use the distance between him and Pacquiao and out jab Manny. Floyd’s counter punches will take Manny out of his rhythm. Mayweather has to stay away from the ropes and find an answer to Pacquaio’s left hand. If Floyd maintains the fight in the center of the ring and takes advantage of Pacquiao’s frustration from the lack of toe to toe action, then psychologically speaking, Mayweather will have already defeated Pacquiao.

It will be very interesting to see how Pacquiao starts the first round. If he starts the round by putting pressure and taking the fight to Floyd and doing that for the whole fight then one can expect a very entertaining fight. But, if Pacquiao starts the first round trying to study Floyd, then one can expect the first round to go to Floyd. The best way to beat a thinking boxer like Floyd is to not make him think. And in order to do that Manny has to throw punches in bunches from different angles and apply that same rhythm for the whole fight.

I see Pacquiao starting strong the first couple of rounds, but by round 4, Floyd will have made the adjustments necessary to take away Pacquaos’ ammo. Floyd will also capitalize on Pacquiao’s “jumpy” and impatient ability by countering him and taking him out of his game plan. Pacquiao will have couple clean shots but his lack of body punches will benefit Floyd in the later rounds. I will not be surprise if Floyd knocks down Pacquaio just the same way if Pacquaio knocks down Floyd. Ultimately, Floyd’s superb defense and ability to make adjustments throughout the fight will prove the difference as he will go on to win via a unanimous (I want to say controversial) decision. Mayweather in 12.

Happy Birthday Cantinflas!

August 12, 2014

Happy birthday al mejor humorista Mexicano, Cantinflas! Su humor me ha cobijado de alegria en varias etapas de mi vida. Sin quererlo el tambien ha sido un gran terapista a millones de personas ya que a hecho a millones de personas reir en tiempos donde la risa era la medicina que muchos necesitaban para sobresalir tiempos duros y amargos. No hay ningun Mexicano o mejor dicho Latino que no se haiga “cagado de la risa,” con sus cantinfleadas. Todavia siguen siendo remedios para personas que buscan reirse para darle mas sabor a sus dias cotidianos.

Cantinflas siempre seguira presente en nuestras memorias. Aqui les comparto unas peliculas que me encantan de el. Disfrutenlas!

Jack Johnson Knocks Out Jefferies Sparking Race Riots

July 4, 2014

It was July 4, 1910 when Jack Johnson fought James J Jeffries in a Heavyweight Championship Title Fight in Reno, NV. A special outdoor arena was built for this fight called, The Fight of the Century.

The fight was scheduled for 45 3 minute rounds! Yes, 45 ROUNDS! Here is video leading to the fight with the fight itself.

What the video fails to capture is that with Johnson’s victory, a race riots erupted nationwide with some calling Jefferies, “betrayer of his race.” Throughout the country many African American men were killed and attacked for celebrating Johnson’s victory over James Jeffries.

For further information, check out my other blog post on Jack Johnson, which documents the fight before and after in the PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.

Unforgivable Blackness: Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

July 4, 2014

For those who love history, sports and boxing, here is one of the best documentaries ever made on Jack Johnson.


To read more about this great documentary by Ken Burns, check out this link where it has a lot of great information on Mr. Johnson and on the film.
http://www.pbs.org/unforgivableblackness/index.html

On a side note, it is time for President Obama to posthumous pardon Jack Johnson. It is such a disgrace that we are in 2014 and we haven’t pardon Mr. Johnson. The Mann Act was clearly the only way they could destroy Jack Johnson. Here is a link where you can read the letter that Senators Harry Reid and John McCain wrote to Pres. Obama last year in the 100th anniversary of being wrongfully convicted for breaking the Mann Act:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/13/1277316/-Senators-Reid-and-McCain-Ask-President-Obama-to-Pardon-Jack-Johnson#

Miguel Cotto Makes History By Stopping Sergio Martinez

June 10, 2014

This past Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican fighter to win 4 titles in 4 different divisions. He did it by destroying Sergio Martinez. The fight was stop seconds into the 10th round as Martinez trainer stopped the fight.

Miguel Cotto came out aggressive as I expected he would but I never imagined that he would end up hurting much less dropping Martinez in the first round. Not only did he knock him down but he ended knocking him down 3 times. I would be lying if it didn’t cross my mind that Cotto was going to win this fight in the first round. No boxing fan out there expected to see what transcribed in the first round. In that first round, I could see that Martinez knee was not as healed as I had come to expect.

Martinez never seemed to recover from that first round beating as he looked uncomfortable throughout the fight. He never seemed to get into a rhythm. Cotto was just a different beast in the ring. He control every round except for one that I gave to Martinez but he clearly look like a handicapped fighter fighting a raging bull in Cotto. 

I give credit to Martinez for not coming up with excuses but the reality is that Martinez knee gave up on him in that first round. I also mention in my pre fight analysis that Martinez style of fighting with his hands down wasn’t the way to fight Cotto. And that first left hook that Cotto landed was a result of Martinez lack of defense and inability to keep his hands up. 

Couple questions that came up to me after the fight. Why did Martinez did not take a tune up fight to test his knees? And was this last fight for Martinez? I think Martinez was put in a very difficult situation. Had Sergio Martinez taken a tune up fight and his knees had given up on him, he would have lost the opportunity to make the money he made on the Cotto fight and we would have never seen Saturday’s fight. Regarding Martinez last fight, Sergio stated that he hasn’t yet thought about retirement but after last Saturday painful performance, I would be in favor of his hanging up the gloves. Martinez gave boxing fans some entertaining fights and he will be missed but Boxing fans don’t want him to go out any worse than Saturday.

As far as Cotto, he resurrected his career with that performance. He looked great. I think Cotto has around 5 fights left in his tank. He has couple offers out there. Some of the fights out there could be: Cotto vs Canelo, Cotto vs Mayweather 2, Cotto vs Golovkin, Cotto vs Quillin, Cotto vs Lara, etc. This last one is if Lara beats Canelo in July. The Cotto vs Mayweather 2 fight will not happen. I don’t think Floyd wants anything to do with  the Cotto that fought on Saturday. I would love to see Cotto defend his middleweight belt at least once. It would be great to see Cotto vs GGG in December of this year. But, expect to see Cotto vs Canelo later this year.

Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez Pre Fight Analysis

June 7, 2014

The time has arrived! Tonight at the Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto will try to make history by becoming the first Boricua to win titles in four different weight classes. Standing in his way is Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez. This fight has the potential of becoming a Fight of the Year candidate. Let’s look at the keys to victory for both fighters:

Miguel Cotto is entering his second fight under Freddie Roach. Many in the Boxing community feel that Cotto took this fight because he feels he can capitalized on Martinez knee problems. Is this fight a little bit to late or is it happening just in time? As a fan, I give Cotto a lot of credit for trying to make history by fighting one of the best middleweights in Sergio Martinez. This is clearly a much difficult path than other boxers have used to make history. A case in point is Manny Pacquiao. When he won his “8th Division title,” he fought at a catch weight of 150lb vs Margarito, a belt that was practically given to Manny.

Cotto to come victorious tonight has to make it a rough fight. Cotto is gonna have to try to box from the inside and pound the body using his vicious left hook to the body. He cannot allow Martinez to get into a rhythm earlier in the fight. A fighter like Martinez, one is going to have to cut the ring, and work the body. The ability to cut the ring and slow your opponent down by pounding the body will show its results towards the later rounds. 

Another interesting point to look into is Cotto’s conditioning. Cotto has been known to get tired during the late rounds. Will his condition and the extra weight hold on or will it be too much for Cotto?

I expect Cotto to start strong and make this fight an aggressive fight. Working inside, trying to pound the body and putting pressure on Martinez to test his knees. If Cotto can let his hands go and attack the body and make Martinez uncomfortable in the beginning rounds, then Puerto Ricans will have something to celebrate way before the Puerto Rican Parade.

For Martinez to become victorious, he has to be very smart and use his ring IQ. His style of fighting with his hands low, I don’t know if that is going to work with Cotto. He has to keep his hands up and box from the outside. Martinez needs to establish control from the beginning and make Cotto uncomfortable. He cannot allow Cotto to work inside and attack his body. 

Martinez needs to use his quick jabs and box Cotto around. If we see the Martinez that fought Chavez for 11 rounds and out boxed him then Cotto will have a long night. If Martinez knee is fully healed and does not present any problems then one can expect Martinez to get comfortable in the ring and try to outbox Cotto. 

Roach has predicted a knock out in 4 rounds. Martinez has predicted a knock out in 9 rounds. If a knock out comes, I see it happening between round 7-11 for either boxer but most likely by Martinez.

My prediction is that the first couple of rounds will be interesting with the second half seeing Martinez make adjustments and winning via decision. Let us hope that the judges don’t steal the spotlight and give the fight to the winner via a questionable scoring. I would hate to see a judge score the fight for Cotto or Martinez simply because of their name and not necessarily because of the work they did inside the ring. So let’s enjoy a great night of Boxing and hope there is no robbery and may the best fighter win.