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WOODS: People Don’t Grasp How Big Algieri Could Get If He Upsets Pacquiao

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It’s a different life for Chris Algieri that he’s living right now. Yes, familiar elements are still present; he still lives with his mom and dad in Huntington. But his day planner now, it’s packed with potentially lucrative meetings, and sessions booked with major media and training sessions for the fight which would, if he won, catapult him into the realm which he currently resides in, to a whole nother space. Put this way: if Chris Algieri beats Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 22 in Macau, this young man will enjoy a brand of attention and acclaim that no boxer in this nation has seen since…it’s been awhile.

Dispense with political correctness and an admirable but facile stance on the invisibility of race, for a moment. A Caucasian pugilistic sensation, one with a supremely telegenic face, an absence of run-ins with authorities, with an ability to articulate in engaging and enlightened repartee, that dude is going to get catapulted into a special place.

But first, he will taste a nibble from that tree. He and reps are chatting with Nike, Adidas and Under Armour about wearing their gear for the Pacman clash; that would earn some sweet pocket change, enough to make a dent in a Manhattan bachelor pad, if he so desires…or maybe get started on a chain of joints like Joe Namath used to have. I ran that by Algieri on a Wednesday chat, partially joking, but not fully, because we should never underestimate the power of messaging, of marketing inundation, while focusing on a magnetic sort who could attract eyeballs from so many different demos. This kid could, as I told you after he beat Ruslan Provodnikov in June and started politicking for a Pacquiao scrap, find himself in ultra-rare territory.

But I am getting ahead of myself, merely considering the angles. So, I think, is Algieri, casually considering the possibilities if his upset train keeps chugging. We chat while he’s enroute on the Long Island Railroad to NYC for some social media training at HBO, which is packaging the Pacquiao-Algieri PPV promotion with Top Rank, the 29-year-old hitter. He assures me, all this endorsement talk and the like is definitely ancillary to him. “I’ve kept up with my workouts,” he says. “And (friend and media relations pro Kevin Rooney Jr.) has been handling the media and scheduling stuff.” Wednesday would have been Algieri’s fourth day of doing boxing training, all the typical stuff aside from sparring. He works with his coach Keith Trimble, who has a gym in the LI town of Bellmore. Sparring will start soon, and Algieri admits he’s looking forward to some swapping of leather. “”Yeah, I like to punch people in the face,” he says. “I’m looking forward to doing that again.”

He’s been here, there everywhere, on Fox News, on this show and that, getting trotted out as a bigwig and tons of functions. On Saturday, his alma mater, Stony Brook, will honor him. Thus far, the upwave of interest and buzz has been basically a smooth sail. “Yeah, I haven’t had any beefs or anything. I’ve actually never been in a street fight.” He is, yes, looking forward to the college’s “Chris Algieri Day,” and noted he will not be available should any co-eds look to snag him for some keg stand sessioning. “None for me,” he says, chuckling.

The Long Island boxer will be in Vegas to train with coach Tim Lane for five weeks, and then to Macau for a total of ten days. It will be a majestic Thanksgiving should he come back having beaten The Congressman, it should almost go without saying.

Algieri isn’t even hoping a smidgem he says, that Pacman is looking past him, dabbling too much in his hoop dreams, and leaving himself open to be upset. “Manny can be seemingly all over the place and be focused,” Algieri says. “I’ve just got to focus on myself.”

That focus includes a desire, not a burning one, as there is a large hurdle to traverse in Macau, to fight Floyd Mayweather after Pacquiao. Did he watch Floyd’s latest outing, against Marcos Maidana? “I did,” Algieri says. “It was typical Floyd. I expected Maidana to press the action more, Floyd kept the pace slow. Maidana did hit him with that big shot in the third. It was a good win. I agree with you, Mike, I’m not sure why so many people were (crapping) on Floyd afterwards (critiquing his performance). Maidana won like one round, what should Floyd have done? Maidana fought the wrong fight. Technically, he was sound, but he didn’t do enough.” (Note, I have called Robert Garcia too many times to get his take on Chino’s showing. I will type a story if and when he chooses to call back.)

And, did the New Yorker see anything that he’ll tuck away for that hoped-for later? “Floyd kind of does the same stuff to perfection by now,” Algieri says. “He’s similar to Pacquiao, in that he’s mastered what he does. Could we have a better plan (than Maidana) against Mayweather? Absolutely.”

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Canelo-Charlo Gets All the Ink, but Don’t Overlook the Compelling Match-up of Gassiev-Wallin in Turkey

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Canelo-Charlo Gets All the Ink, but Don’t Overlook the Compelling Match-up of Gassiev-Wallin in Turkey

The eyes of the boxing world will be on Las Vegas this Saturday where Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez risks his four super middleweight title belts against unified 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo. Earlier that day at a luxury resort hotel in the city of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, there’s a heavyweight match sitting under the radar that may prove to be the better fight. It’s an intriguing match-up between former world cruiserweight title-holder Murat Gassiev and Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin, a bout with significant ramifications for boxing’s glamour division.

Gassiev (30-1, 23 KOs) and Wallin (25-1, 14 KOs) have only one loss, but those setbacks came against the top dogs in the division. Gassiev was out-boxed by Oleksandr Usyk back in the days when both were cruiserweights. Wallin gave Tyson Fury a world of trouble before losing a unanimous decision.

Since those fights, both have been treading water.

Gassiev

Gassiev was inactive for 27 months after his match with Usyk while dealing with legal issues and an injury to his left shoulder. He is 4-0 (4 KOs) since returning to the ring while answering the bell for only eight rounds. The only recognizable name among those four victims is German gatekeeper Michael Wallisch. After stopping Wallisch, Gassiev was out of action for another 13 months while reportedly dealing with an arm injury.

A first-round knockout of Carlouse Welch, an obscure 40-something boxer from the U.S. state of Georgia on Aug. 26, 2022, in Belgrade, Serbia, was promoted as a title fight. The sanctioning body was the Eurasian Boxing Parliament (insert your own punchline here). Gassiev followed that up with a second-round knockout of former NFL linebacker Mike Balogun who came in undefeated and was seemingly a legitimate threat to him.

Although he has yet to fight a ranked opponent since leaving the cruiserweight division, Gassiev — a former stablemate of Gennady Golovkin who has been living in Big Bear, California, training under Abel Sanchez – is one of the most respected fighters in the division because he has one-punch knockout power as Balogun and others can well attest. The rub against the Russian-Armenian bruiser is that he is somewhat robotic.

Wallin

Otto Wallin, a 32-year-old southpaw from Sweden who trains in New York under former world lightweight champion Joey Gamache, fought Tyson Fury on Sept. 14, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There was a general feeling that the Swede would be a stroll in the park for Fury, but to the contrary, he gave the Gypsy King a hard tussle while losing a unanimous decision.

Wallin is 5-0 since that night beginning with victories over Travis Kauffman (KO 5) and Dominic Breazeale (UD 12), but his last three opponents were softer than soft and all three lasted the distance. In order, Wallin won an 8-round decision over Kamil Sokolowski, who was 11-24-2 heading in, won a 10-round decision over ancient Rydell Booker, and won an 8-round decision over Helaman Olguin. His bout with Utah trial horse Olguin was at a banquet hall in Windham, New Hampshire.

It isn’t that Wallin has been avoiding the top names in the division; it’s the other way around. His promoter Dmitriy Salita reportedly came close to getting Wallin a match with Anthony Joshua whose team had second thoughts about sending Joshua in against another southpaw after back-to-back setbacks to Oleksandr Usyk.

Gassiev vs Wallin is a true crossroads fight. Both are in dire need of a win over a credible opponent. At last look, Gassiev, who figures to have the crowd in his corner, was a 3/1 favorite.

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Skavynskyi and Bustillos Win on a MarvNation Card in Long Beach

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Skavynskyi and Bustillos Win on a MarvNation Card in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Ca.-A cool autumn night saw welterweights and minimumweights share main events for a MarvNation fight card on Saturday.

Ukraine’s Eduard Skavynskyi (15-0, 7 KOs) experienced a tangled mess against the awkward Alejandro Frias (14-10-2) but won by decision after eight rounds in a welterweight contest at the indoor furnace called the Thunder Studios.

It was hot in there for the more than 600 people inside.

Skavynskyi probably never fought someone like Mexico’s Frias whose style was the opposite of the Ukrainian’s fundamentally sound one-two style. But round after round the rough edges became more familiar.

Neither fighter was ever damaged but all three judges saw Skavynskyi the winner by unanimous decision 79-73 on all three cards. The Ukrainian fighter trains in Ventura.

Bustillo Wins Rematch

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In the female main event Las Vegas’ Yadira Bustillos (8-1) stepped into a rematch with Karen Lindenmuth (5-2) and immediately proved the lessons learned from their first encounter.

Bustillos connected solidly with an overhand right and staggered Lindenmuth but never came close to putting the pressure fighter down. Still, Bustillos kept turning the hard rushing Lindenmuth and snapping her head with overhand rights and check left hooks.

Lindenmuth usually overwhelms most opponents with a smothering attack that causes panic. But not against Bustillos who seemed quite comfortable all eight rounds in slipping blows and countering back.

After eight rounds all three judges scored the contest for Bustillos 78-74 and 80-72 twice. Body shots were especially effective for the Las Vegas fighter in the fifth round. Bustillos competes in the same division as IBF/WBO title-holder Yokasta Valle.

Other Bouts

In a middleweight clash, undefeated Victorville’s Andrew Buchanan (3-0-1) used effective combination punching to defeat Mexico’s Fredy Vargas (2-1-1) after six rounds. Two judges scored it 59-55 and a third 60-54 for Buchanan. No knockdowns were scored.

A super lightweight match saw Sergio Aldana win his pro debut by decision after four rounds versus Gerardo Fuentes (2-9-1).

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Tedious Fights and a Controversial Draw Smudge the Matchroom Boxing Card in Orlando

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Matchroom Boxing was at the sprawling Royale Caribe Resort Hotel in Orlando, Florida tonight with a card that aired on DAZN. The main event was a ho-hum affair between super lightweights Richardson Hitchins and Jose Zepeda.

SoCal’s Zepeda has been in some wars in the past, notably his savage tussle with Ivan Baranchyk, but tonight he brought little to the table and was outclassed by the lanky Hitchins who won all 12 rounds on two of the cards and 11 rounds on the other.  There were no knockdowns, but Zepeda suffered a cut on his forehead in round seven that was deemed to be the product of an accidental head butt and another clash in round ten forced a respite in the action although Hitchins suffered no apparent damage.

It was the sort of fight where each round was pretty much a carbon of the round preceding it. Brooklyn’s Hitchins, who improved to 17-0 (7), was content to pepper Zepeda with his jab, and the 34-year-old SoCal southpaw, who brought a 37-3 record, was never able to penetrate his defense and land anything meaningful.

Hitchins signed with Floyd Mayweather Jr’s promotional outfit coming out of the amateur ranks and his style is reminiscent in ways of his former mentor. Like Mayweather, he loses very few rounds. In his precious engagement, he pitched a shutout over previously undefeated John Bauza.

Co-Feature

In the co-feature, Conor Benn returned to the ring after an absence of 17 months and won a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Rodolfo Orozco. It wasn’t a bad showing by Benn who showed decent boxing skills, but more was expected of him after his name had been bandied about so often in the media. Two of the judges had it 99-91 and the other 96-94.

Benn (22-0, 14 KOs) was a late addition to the card although one suspects that promoter Eddie Hearn purposely kept him under wraps until the week of the fight so as not to deflect the spotlight from the other matches on his show. Benn lost a lucrative date with Chris Eubank Jr when he was suspended by the BBBofC when evidence of a banned substance was found in his system and it’s understood that Hearn has designs on re-igniting the match-up with an eye on a date in December. For tonight’s fight, Benn carried a career-high 153 ½ pounds. Mexico’s Orozco, who was making his first appearance in a U.S. ring, declined to 32-4-3.

Other Bouts of Note

The welterweight title fight between WBA/WBC title-holder Jessica McCaskill (15-3-1) and WBO title-holder Sandy Ryan (6-1-1) ended in a draw and the ladies’ retain their respective titles. Ryan worked the body effectively and the general feeling was that she got a raw deal, a sentiment shared by the crowd which booed the decision. There was a switch of favorites in the betting with the late money seemingly all on the Englishwoman who at age 30 was the younger boxer by nine years.

The judges had it 96-94 Ryan, 96-95, and a vilified 97-93 for Chicago’s McCaskill.

In the opener of the main DAZN stream, Houston middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams, 27, improved to 15-0 (10) with a 10-round unanimous decision over 39-year-old Toronto veteran Steve Rolls (22-3). All three judges had it 97-93. Rolls has been stopped only once, that by Gennady Golovkin.

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