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LOTIERZO LOWDOWN: Why Did ANYONE Think Floyd Would Lose in Vegas?



Now that the “Letdown of The Century”–better known as Mayweather-Pacquiao, has come and gone, what’s left to say that hasn’t been covered or said?

Many observers realized before the bout that Mayweather was too physically big for Pacquiao and owned the style match-up. The fight was just as expected, not terribly exciting and pretty drama-less after the fifth round, sixth at the latest. Although it was clear before the bout that the fans were being duped, it’s abundantly obvious now. And sadly, once a little time passes and the stench from the fight has dissipated, it won’t take much to get them to buy a rematch between Floyd and Manny.

No, they won’t pay one hundred dollars again to watch it in their living room, but I’d be willing to bet that they’ll fork up seventy five or eighty dollars to see it again. Once the spinsters have weaved the story enough to the point to where you’ll ask how the injured Pacquiao made it to the ring without a walker or a hoveround.. And as injured as he was he still won three rounds, perhaps four. What might he have done if he were 100% on May 2nd?

The biggest revelation pertaining to the showdown occurred at the post fight press conference when Manny Pacquiao announced that he went into the fight with an injured shoulder. The injury occurred during training in early April. Since the fight, Pacquiao has had rotator cuff surgery, so there can be no doubt that he was injured legitimately and will be out of the ring for at least the next 9-12 months.

However, during training Pacquiao was allowed to get injections of toradol for his shoulder and was able to proceed with his preparations for the fight. Pacquiao’s camp cleared getting the shots with USADA, the drug-testing body that Mayweather’s side insisted upon. USADA says, ‘Fine, a shot of toradol is fine.’ So you’d think there’d be no problem getting them on fight night.

HBO’s Max Kellerman, who was never better in any post-fight analysis he’s done, said at the close of the first HBO rebroadcast of the fight: “Ultimately at the 11th hour the Nevada State Athletic Commission says Pacquiao can’t get the shot of toradol because of essentially a clerical error, because some box wasn’t checked off, a form wasn’t filled right. If people are mad at anybody for Pacquiao not being at his best, if that’s the belief, be mad at the Nevada State Athletic Commission, in my view. Because just when the boxing world most needed them to show sound judgment, they decided to stand on principle instead of cooperate with the spirit of the event.”

That was beautiful and perfectly stated. I was a little disappointed in Max before the fight when he said Pacquiao was among the five greatest offensive fighters in history. This is something that doesn’t hold true if we only go back 25-30 years. That said, Max hit it out of the park with his post-fight commentary regarding the Nevada State Athletic commission. And frankly, it’s a little dis-heartening that more attention hasn’t been focused on what he said, because it’s a question that needs to be addressed and ultimately answered.

Prior to the bout, I mean way before the fight was signed, going back as far as 2009, I was certain that when it was finally realized, and I never doubted once that it would be, that it was a given that Mayweather was going to win the fight. No, that’s not because I’m smarter than the next guy, and it certainly isn’t because Mayweather is such a great fighter in the ring that it’s almost blasphemy to think he’s going to lose. No, it’s nothing close to that. What led me to feel so strongly about the outcome is, if nothing else I pay attention almost to a fault. I’ve watched Mayweather fight and dissected his stellar career since he turned pro back in late 1996. And I don’t care who you are or how long you’ve watched him, if you deny the fact that he has worked the system and picked his spots regarding who he’s fought and when he’s fought them – I’m sorry, we can part as friends but you are in complete denial.

I could go on and on listing the fights he declined and accepted instead. We could go back and review how the two biggest threats to him at welterweight (Paul Williams & Antonio Margarito) when he and they were at or near their prime, how he retired instead of fighting either one of them and they had to fight each other. It’s a story that’s been told a thousand times. After watching so intently how Floyd conducts the managerial part of his career, it’s impossible for me to pick against him. Especially at this stage of the game where he’s manipulated the debate on how him being undefeated is the be-all-end all, and it’s paramount that he retires undefeated. And after watching how shrewdly he picks his spots, I’d have trepidation picking Mayweather to lose to heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko if he accepted the fight. And double that if the fight takes place in Vegas and at the MGM Grand.

During the run up to the fight many current and former world champion fighters were asked to pick the winner of Mayweather-Pacquiao. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, to paraphrase, he thought Pacquiao was going to win because he believed the fight would go the distance, and because of that Pacquiao would get the decision whether or not he earned it in the ring. His reasoning for that was, in his opinion, the boxing establishment didn’t want Mayweather to remain undefeated. When I heard that I thought to myself, Mr. Holyfield, I have the utmost respect for you as a fighter. When it comes to heart, character and toughness, nobody in history surpasses you. However, your reasoning couldn’t be more wrong.

In fact it was the complete opposite. The boxing establishment thrives and makes money on Mayweather being and remaining undefeated. It’s the biggest niche and hook for the fans, especially those who despise him, to buy his fights. They put their money up with the hope that this will be the night he’ll finally lose. And because of that, Nevada and the establishment make millions when his name is on the marquee.

So I only have one question that no one has asked, if Floyd Mayweather needed the shot of toradol, do you think the Nevada commission would’ve refused him due to a technicality as they did Pacquiao? I say no way on God’s clay and granite planet…simply because keeping Mayweather undefeated is big business. No way would he have been declined, yet Pacquiao was because it was better for business if Floyd left the ring 48-0.

Think about that the next time you contemplate picking Mayweather to lose at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather is practically the Vegas boxing commission and he gets what he wants. If he’s accepted the proposed terms of the fight, there ain’t no way in the world he’s losing.

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Michael Dutchover Remains Undefeated in 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.



Michael Dutchover

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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