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THE LOTIERZO LOWDOWN Why Maidana Will Be Easier For Mayweather This Time



When the swarmer/attacker legitimately loses to the boxer or better technician the first time, and this applies to the first Mayweather-Maidana fight, the rematch is usually a rerun and easier for the boxer.

Conversely, when the swarmer beats the boxer the first time, it’s not out of the ordinary for the boxer to win the rematch. Two of the most high profile boxer vs. swarmer/fighter match-ups in history unfolded just that way.

“Smokin” Joe Frazier conclusively beat Muhammad Ali in the “Fight Of The Century” back in March of 1971. However, in their 1974 rematch, Ali adjusted and used the ring more to move and box along with tying Frazier up on the inside and went on to reverse the decision loss he suffered against Joe the first time they met.

Six years later in the “Brawl In Montreal” Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran lured and prodded Sugar Ray Leonard into trying to beat him by fighting it out and trading with him. Like Frazier versus Ali the first time, Duran overwhelmed Leonard and won the fight via a close decision. When they met five months later, Leonard, having learned from the colossal mistake he made trying to kick Duran’s butt the first time, used the ring and boxed Duran. This resulted in Duran becoming frustrated and ultimately withdrawing from the bout.

Boxing history is replete with examples of the swarmer catching the boxer by surprise in the first fight and forcing him to fight and trade and not allowing or giving the boxer the time or distance needed to box. In the rematch, if the boxer happens to possess a dependable chin, they’re able to adjust and neutralize the aggression, pressure and power of the swarmer/attacker.

Fighting as a swarmer is the toughest way to make a living in professional boxing. If you notice, there have only been four great swarmers in heavyweight history – Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson. Swarmers/attackers have to be able to punch, cut off the ring, possess endless stamina and must be both physically and mentally tough. And since they get hit on the way in, they need tough skin. Swarmers are the least versatile of any style fighter. If they face an opponent who they can’t track down and work over on the inside, they’re dead in the water. If they confront an opponent who can hurt them from the outside before they can close the distance and force it on the inside, they’re dead in the water. In addition to that, if they have an opponent in front of them who isn’t bothered by their punch and can take whatever they dish out and have the capacity to come back and fight after they’ve beat on them with regularity, again, they’re dead in the water.

When Marcos Maidana 35-4 (31) fought Floyd Mayweather 46-0 (26) this past May, he was stunned and blunted often by Floyd before he was able to get inside and work. And when he was able to get inside and cut loose with his looping bombs, he wasn’t able to hurt Floyd or do enough damage to the point where Mayweather couldn’t box, pot shot and pick his spots when he needed to. In short, what we saw was, Mayweather was able to inflict some hurt on the outside before Marcos got inside. He was also able to handle and weather Maidana’s best when he did get through with something big. And we also watched Mayweather rally during the last third of the fight after Maidana had some big rounds working him over against the ropes and in the corners. When it was over Mayweather was the benefactor of a 12-round majority decision that should’ve been unanimous.

Earlier this year we saw heavyweight Bermane Stiverne beat Chris Arreola, who fights as an attacker, easier and more conclusively in their rematch. Arreola was picked apart the first time they fought and promised to be more prepared and ready for the rematch. Only that was a pipe dream because there was nothing Chris could do stylistically to reverse the first fight. Stiverne was able to take his punch and he was the superior fighter and technician. Without the capability of hurting Stiverne, Arreola didn’t own a single tool needed to beat him. There was nothing he could do because his pressure, punch and aggression couldn’t break Stiverne’s boxing and quicker hands.

So I ask: what can Maidana do in the rematch against Mayweather that he didn’t do the first time? I’ll answer…Other than more of what didn’t work the first time, nothing.

Without ever seeing Maidana before, Mayweather was able to handle his power and aggression. Maidana isn’t going to carry a bigger punch into the ring with him when they meet for the second time in September. Now what? Maybe he’ll try to be more aggressive and throw more punches – which will most likely open him up to getting hit more than he did the first time. Like he did in his rematch with swarmer Jose Luis Castillo, who should’ve received the decision in their first fight because he really did win it, Mayweather will box smarter and make his punches count more this time against Maidana.

Floyd will benefit greatly from having already seen Marcos. Maidana’s unorthodox style and punching angles will now look familiar and be easier for Mayweather to anticipate before they’re even sent. Mayweather now knows he can stand up to the best Maidana has – and Maidana knows it too. The reality is, unless Mayweather becomes an old fighter on the night of the fight, and there’s no indication that’s even plausible, or Maidana has Panama Lewis wrap his hands, there’s not one single thing Maidana can do differently or better when they fight again. Even if Mayweather consents to the so-called myth of the puncher’s gloves that Marcos wants to wear in this fight, which is more of a figment in Maidana’s mind. And that’s the biggest reason why Mayweather will object to it.

Mayweather got slightly surprised the first time (and he may also have taken Maidana a little lightly), and there’s no chance that he won’t be ready in the rematch. If he were even slightly worried, he wouldn’t have taken the fight; we know he’s just about the best matchmaker in the game. Give Floyd his due for giving Maidana the rematch he deserves. Marcos earned it with his showing in their first fight along with the compensation he’ll receive. However, this fight won’t be as hard for Mayweather as the first fight was, and Floyd realizes that.

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Michael Dutchover Remains Undefeated in Ontario, Calif.



ONTARIO-Calif.-Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.

Lightweight prospect Dutchover (11-0, 8 KOs) knocked out southpaw Aguilera (14-4-1, 4 KOs) in the fifth round with a barrage of body blows that left the Costa Rican limp at the Doubletree Hotel.

For two rounds Aguilar used an awkward counter-punching style that had Dutchover a little tentative. But once he figured out that combination punching was the key, he opened up with barrages and floored Aguilar with body shots at the end of round four.

That signaled doom for Aguilar.

The fifth round saw Dutchover target the body with impunity as Aguilar tried holding, running and covering up with no success. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth signaled the fight over at 2:31 of the fifth round giving Dutchover the win by knockout.

In a bantamweight clash Santa Ana’s Mario Hernandez (7-0-1, 3 KOs) and Mexico City’s Ivan Gonzalez (4-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw after six back and forth rounds.

Hernandez targeted the body against the taller Gonzalez who relied on long range counters. Both found success but neither could prove superiority after six turbulent rounds.

After six rounds one judge saw it 58-56 for Gonzalez but the two other judges saw it 57-57 for a majority draw.

Other bouts

South Central L.A.’s Ruben Torres (7-0, 6 KOs) extended his undefeated streak with a knockout over Mexico’s Eder “El Koreano” Amaro (6-6, 2 KOs) in a lightweight fight. But it wasn’t easy.

Amaro switched from southpaw to orthodox and was matching Torres for two rounds until the taller local fighter began blasting away to the body and head with precision. Many in the crowd cheered “Koreano” in unison but it couldn’t help once Torres zeroed in.

At the end of the fourth round Amaro could not continue and the fight was stopped giving a knockout for Torres.

Richard Brewart Jr. (2-0) mowed through Edward Aceves (0-5) flooring him with body shots in the first round then overwhelming him in the second. After seven unanswered blows referee Eddie Hernandez stopped the fight at 1:32 of round two giving Rancho Cucamonga’s Brewart the win by knockout in the super welterweight bout.

Southpaw David Ortiz (1-0) won his pro debut by unanimous decision after four rounds in a welterweight match against San Diego’s Mario Angeles (2-11-2). Ortiz lives in Bloomington, Calif. and is trained by Henry Ramirez. No knockdowns were scored.

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Charr-Oquendo Scuttled When Charr Tests Positive; the Odious WBA Saves Face



Manuel Charr

Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo were scheduled to fight in Cologne, Germany, later this month (Sept. 29). Charr would be defending his WBA world heavyweight title, the “regular” version of it, not the “super” version which rests in the hands of Anthony Joshua.

The bout was quickly cancelled when it was revealed that Charr had tested positive for two banned anabolic steroids. The test was performed by VADA, the anti-doping agency identified with Las Vegas neurologist Dr. Margaret Goodman.

The 33-year-old Charr, born in Lebanon but a resident of Germany since the age of three, won the belt in his last start with a unanimous decision over 281-pound Russian behemoth Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany. The title was vacant. Charr won the right to fight for it with a 10-round decision over Albanian slug Sefer Seferi. The victory over Ustinov elevated his record to 31-4. He has been stopped three times, by Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, and Mairis Briedis.

If it wasn’t for bad luck, as the old saying goes, Fres Oquendo wouldn’t have any luck at all. For various reasons, his fights keep falling out. Before long he’ll be drawing social security. Well, not exactly, but he turned 45 in April and hasn’t fought in more than four years.

Oquendo has competed for this belt before. In his last ring appearance in July of 2014, he lost a majority decision to Russia’s Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia. As a concession for taking the fight on short notice, Team Oquendo negotiated a rematch clause in the contract, but a shoulder injury prevented Fres from activating it. When the injury healed, he had to go to court to compel Chagaev to fulfill his obligation. But then the Russian retired, muddling the water.

The WBA was legally bound to find Oquendo a title fight and in desperation turned to ancient Shannon Briggs. But the Oquendo-Briggs fight, scheduled for June 3 of last year in Hollywood, Florida, fell out when Briggs’ urine specimen showed an abnormally high level of testosterone.

Fres Oquendo was dogged by bad luck even before these recent developments. His professional record, 37-8, is somewhat misleading as six of his eight defeats were razor-thin including his 2003 setback to Chris Byrd and his 2006 setback to Evander Holyfield. However, Oquendo, something of a cutie, was never a crowd-pleaser and in none of his narrow defeats was there a public clamor for a rematch.

The cancellation of Charr-Oquendo cuts the World Boxing Association out of a sanctioning fee, but one would think that the WBA honchos are actually rather pleased by this turn of events. The fight, more precisely the WBA’s world title imprimatur, would have brought more unwanted publicity to the Panama-based organization.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael, who has the largest platform of any boxing writer, has been a persistent critic of the organization which once recognized 41 “champions” in 17 weight classes. In 2009, Rafael wrote, “(The WBA) has become such an absolute farce that even somebody like me, who follows boxing closely, sometimes has a hard time keeping track of all the nonsensical so-called world title belts the WBA has been doling out at an alarming rate. It almost reminds me of the ladies at Costco who hand out various samples on a busy Saturday afternoon.”

Rafael took note when WBA president Gilberto Mendoza promised to cull the herd by eliminating “regular” titles, and then became more caustic when Mendoza didn’t follow through. Recently, in one short, punchy diatribe, Rafael blistered the WBA as wretched, vile, and rancid.

Regardless of your opinion, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Fres Oquendo who keeps getting stranded at the altar. No, he’s not fun to watch and a man of his age shouldn’t be taking any more punches, but he has always been an honest workman and by all accounts he’s a very decent man. Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Chicago, Oquendo pitched right in when the island nation of his birth was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. He was personally responsible for relocating Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfred Benitez and Benitez’s sister, his caregiver, to Chicago where their lives wouldn’t be as hard.

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Bob Arum Hails Terence Crawford (not Lomachenko) as Boxing’s Next Superstar



Arum says Terence

Top Rank’s Bob Arum says Terence Crawford will become this generation’s Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao–elite boxers who became worldwide celebrity sensations. Arum, who promoted both Mayweather and Pacquiao on the way to their historic crossover statuses expects big things from the undefeated Crawford over the next few years.

“He’s the best fighter in the United States, and he’s so charismatic,” said Arum. “He comes from middle America, and In the next year or so, he will be huge.”

Arum’s assertion is noteworthy for two reasons. First, Arum is also the promoter for Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko is ranked No. 1 pound-for-pound by The Ring, the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. More importantly, Lomachenko seems to have a groundswell of support behind him both in the media and among fight fans.

Lomachenko has also been heavily featured through Top Rank’s television partnership with ESPN. While Crawford has achieved more in his career than Lomachenko (at least in my eyes) and, as noted by Arum, is a homegrown American talent, Lomachenko seems to be considered the more marketable commodity to that network judging by the amount of promotional materials ESPN has pumped out about the fighter over the last year.

The other reason Arum’s claim about Crawford is interesting is the performance of Canelo Alvarez over the weekend in his majority decision rematch win over Gennady Golovkin. Besides Mayweather and Pacquiao, Alvarez is the clear PPV leader among all of boxing’s current commodities, and his status as boxing’s new money fighter should only grow stronger after the best win of his career.

Still, Crawford is one of the few very elite fighters in all of boxing. He’s ranked No. 2 pound-for-pound by The Ring, the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

While Lomachenko and Alvarez are also candidates to become boxing’s next big thing, there’s no doubt Crawford is also one of the few boxers in the sport right now with the right things in place to become the next Mayweather or Pacquiao.

Omaha’s Crawford is in the midst of an historic run. When he stopped Jeff Horn in round 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in June, Crawford captured a world title in his third different weight class, welterweight. This after Crawford had already captured two lineal boxing championships, as well as multiple alphabet titles, in both the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions.

By any measure, Crawford is truly one of the best boxers in the sport. Not only does he look the part in the ring on fight night (something more and more writers seem to value most when voting for pound-for-pound lists), but the fighter has already accomplished so much in his career that it seems Arum is doing more than the fiduciary duty of promoting his fighter when he ascribes to Crawford such lofty praise.

Crawford, still just 30 years old, is already halfway to matching Mayweather and Pacquiao’s shared record of most lineal championships. Over the course of his career, Mayweather captured lineal championships at junior lightweight, lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight. Pacquiao won his as a flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, and junior welterweight.

In order for Crawford to grab lineal championship No. 3, most believe he’ll have to go through welterweight phenom Errol Spence. While promotional entanglements might keep this superfight on the shelf for a while, Arum said he had no problem pitting Crawford against Spence in what would be one of the best matchups in recent memory.

“Absolutely,” said Arum when asked about working with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, who represents Spence, to make the fight. Could any response from him be more exciting? Crawford vs. Spence might be the next superfight in boxing. Both fighters are among the very elite, and unlike what ultimately happened with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, who fought each other well past their peak years, both would be in the prime of their careers.

Winning that fight would certainly go a long way to making Arum’s vision of Crawford’s future come true. And who knows? Maybe Crawford really is the next Mayweather or Pacquiao. Heck, for all we know, he could even be on his way to doing something more.

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