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Avila Perspective, Chap. 209: Marquee Fights in San Diego, Phoenix and NYC

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Avila Perspective, Chap. 209: Marquee Fights in San Diego, Phoenix and NYC

Three significant prizefighting cards battle each other in San Diego, Phoenix and New York City. It’s the final lap of the year.

Two division world titlist Jojo Diaz (32-2-1, 15 KOs) meets Mexico City’s William Zepeda (26-0, 23 KOs) at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Saturday Oct. 29. DAZN will stream the Golden Boy Promotions fight card.

It’s not a lightweight world title fight, but on paper, this match burns white hot when you look at their styles. Both are southpaws and that’s the only thing they have in common.

Diaz grew up in South El Monte, a very small suburban town surrounded by other small towns in L.A. County. As a child he was pudgy and through boxing lost weight and discovered his calling. He rose suddenly through the ranks and surprised many when he qualified for the USA Olympic team in 2012. As a pro he captured the featherweight and super featherweight world titles.

Zepeda hails from Mexico City which at one time was the center of boxing for Mexican fighters for decades, home to pugilists like Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, and Marco Antonio Barrera. Other cities such as Guadalajara, Culiacan and Chihuahua have caught up and churn out talented fighters now. Zepeda represents a fast-rising contender from Distrito Federal who blew past American-born Mexican fighters. Now he faces Diaz.

“He’s a former world champion and a talented young fighter,” said Zepeda. “It can be a good victory to beat a former world champion.”

Diaz last fought and lost to current undisputed lightweight world champion Devin Haney by decision and is unafraid of facing anyone in his weight class.

“This fight represents everything. I’m coming off a defeat to Devin Haney,” said Diaz. “I’ve got a big set of balls and love to fight the best.”

Expect a breathless number of blows from both fighters.

Also, on the same card, females Arely Mucino (31-3-2) of Mexico and Lionela Yudica (18-0-3) of Argentina clash for the IBF flyweight world title. A number of other well-matched contests include welterweights Alexis Rocha versus Jesus Perez Campos; super bantamweights Hector Valdez versus Max Ornelas and several other compelling fights.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The main card begins at 5 p.m. and will be shown on DAZN.

Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva in Phoenix

Influencer of a major degree, Jake Paul leads a boxing card that pits him against MMA legend Anderson “Spider” Silva on Saturday Oct. 29, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Showtime pay-per-view will televise the event.

Paul brings a different kind of audience into the fight game and though he’s fairly new to boxing he does have physical abilities like strength and power. So far that has enabled him to defeat MMA fighters with no boxing experience such as Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren, but Silva is actually a former boxer.

Need proof?

Last year Brazil’s Silva surprisingly defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in Guadalajara, Mexico. No matter what you may think of Chavez, he can fight and is a former world champion. They don’t give those belts out because of a name. You have to earn them.

Silva has been training in boxing for years in Southern California with a number of boxers that I know. All tell me that he is a very good boxer even at his age 47. He has pop and skills and simply knows how to fight.

Paul may have surpassed his skill level ceiling but that’s what makes this fight compelling.

His brother Logan Paul was sitting near me during a press conference and whispered to a friend that his brother will probably lose to Silva. But that’s what attracts fans.

Jake Paul has attitude and a knack for saying the right thing and picking the right opponent.

“I’m about to fight my idol, it doesn’t get better than that,” said Paul. ““I have the Mamba mentality. Kobe knocked over Pau Gasol, his own teammate with the Lakers, when he was with the Redeem Team in the Olympics. I carry that same kind of drive with me, that killer instinct.”

Silva, a very humble but skilled killer as a prizefighter, says very little.

“My prediction? I don’t know how, all I know is that I’m going to win,” said Silva.

The Return of Ukraine’s Lomachenko

Ukraine’s very own Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) returns from the Russian war zone to the prize ring and faces Jamaine Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN+ will stream the Top Rank card.

It’s “High-Tech Lomachenko versus “The Technician” Ortiz in this battle between undefeated lightweights. Their nicknames tell it all.

Lomachenko was urged to return to boxing by his countrymen to represent Ukraine. When war first erupted following the Russian invasion he immediately departed to his native country. Now he’s back.

The lightweight division has suddenly heated up with a number of high-profile names that can be future foes for Lomachenko who is now 34 years old. There are too many to name.

Also on the same card are Olympians Robeisy Ramirez and Duke Ragan in separate bouts. Expect these two to collide some time next year in a featherweight clash. Others on the card are heavyweight Olympian Richard Torrez and Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali.

Fights to Watch

Fri. Canela.tv 6 p.m. Kenia Enriquez (24-1) vs Nora Cardoza (16-9-2).

Sat. DAZN 11 a.m. Katie Taylor (21-0) vs Karen Carabajal (19-0).

Sat. ESPN+ 3:15 p.m. Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2) vs Jamaine Ortiz (16-0-1).

Sat. DAZN 5 p.m. Jojo Diaz (32-2-1) vs William Zepeda (26-0).

Sat. Showtime ppv 6 p.m. Jake Paul (5-0) vs Anderson Silva (3-1); Antonio Nieves (20-3-2) vs Alejandro Santiago (26-3-5); LeVeon Bell vs Uriah Hall.

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In a Shocker, Ryan Garcia Confounds the Experts and Upsets Devin Haney

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Its good to be crazy. Like a fox.

Ryan “KingRy” Garcia knocked down WBC super lightweight titlist Devin Haney three times to remind everyone of his fighting abilities in winning by majority decision on Saturday.

“I just knew what I could do,” Garcia said.

Fans will not forget the lanky kid from Victorville, California now.

Garcia (25-1, 20 KOs) fooled everyone in playing crazy weeks before the fight, then showed shocking power to hand Haney (30-1, 15 KOs) his first loss as a professional at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Haney’s WBC super lightweight title was not at stake for Garcia because he weighed three pounds over the limit.

After Garcia seemingly acting out of control on social media, Haney’s guard must have slipped in the first round during the first few seconds as Garcia connected with that hellish left hook and Haney, with a look of shock in his eyes, almost went down. He barely survived the first round.

“He caught me with it,” said Haney.

During the next few rounds, Haney proceeded to advance toward Garcia seemingly fully aware of the lethal left hook. He used feints and rights to score with a busier approach as Garcia seemed cocked and ready to counter with a left hook.

In the fourth round it seemed Haney was confident he had regained control of the fight, but every time he opened up with more than a two-punch combination Garcia reminded him whose hands were faster and more dangerous.

Though Garcia seldom jabbed he seemed bent on looking for the right moment to unleash his deadly left hook. And every time the Southern California fighter opened up with a combination he scored and Haney dare not exchange.

A few times Haney smiled as if signifying he escaped.

In the seventh round Haney looked to punish Garcia’s body and instead was met with a three-punch combination included a left hook to the chin and down went Haney slumped on the ground. He managed to beat the count and as soon as Garcia came within reach Haney wrapped his arms around him with a python grip. Despite the warnings by referee Harvey Dock, the fallen fighter would not release and Garcia impatiently fired a weak punch during the break. The referee deducted a point from Garcia though he could have deducted a point from Haney for not obeying his instructions to release his hold. Haney actually went down three times in the round but only one was counted by the referee.

From that point on Haney was very cautious but still looking to win by decision.

Though Garcia kept using a shoulder-roll defense that left his body exposed, he would retaliate with three and four punch combinations that usually Haney could defend against other fighters.. But Garcia’s blazing combinations were too fast to defend.

In the 10th round Haney looked to attack and was countered by Garcia’s right and a blinding left hook to the chin and another two blows that sent the former undisputed lightweight champion to the floor again.

It didn’t look good for Haney to survive.

Garcia walked into the 11th round still composed and never out-of-control He dared Haney to exchange and when within striking distance Garcia unleashed another lightning combination and down went Haney again with a defeated look.

Both fighters had fought each other as amateurs six times so there were no surprises between them. But Garcia’s power and speed were superior and that was the difference in a professional fight.

In the final round both were cautious with Garcia’s combination punching proving too dangerous for Haney to open up. Garcia celebrated early as the round ended confident of victory.

After 12 rounds Garcia was seen the victor by majority decision 112-112, 114-110, 115-109.

“You really thought I was crazy,” Garcia told the interviewer and the crowd. “You guys hated on me.”

Other Bouts

Arnold Barboza (30-0) won a curious split decision victory over United Kingdom’s Sean McComb (18-2) in a 10-round super lightweight fight. McComb’s long reach and busy southpaw style gave Barboza trouble. But he managed to win the fight though the crowd was not pleased.

Bektemir Melikuziev (14-1, 10 KOs) defeated France’s Pierre Dibombe (22-1-1) by technical decision after eight rounds due to a cut on his eye from an accidental head butt. It was a very competitive super middleweight fight.

Costa Rica’s David Jimenez (16-1, 11 KOs) outworked John “Scrappy Ramirez (13-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-round scrap to upset the Los Angeles based fighter. After a few close rounds Jimenez simply bullied his way inside and forced Ramirez against the ropes and unloaded his guns.

After 12 rounds two judges saw it 117-111 and 116-114 all for Jimenez.

“I’m a hard-working man from Cartago I come from nothing,” said Jimenez. “My corner told me I had to work inside.”

Charles Conwell (19-0, 14 KOs) stepped on the gas early with vicious body shots and uppercuts and blasted through the resilient Nathaniel Gallimore (22-8-1, 17 KOs) for several rounds. After a brutal fifth and sixth round the referee halted the one-side beating in favor of Conwell who was fighting for the first time under the Golden Boy banner.

Another winner was Sergiy Derevyanchenko (15-5) by decision over Vaughn Alexander (18-11-1) in a super middleweight match.

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Haney and Garcia: Bipolar Opposites

One young man flew halfway around the world to take on a world champion in his own living room; not once, but twice. The other young man quit prior to one fight, and then again during another one.

The first guy mentioned is an obedient son of an ultra-streetwise father.  The type of parent where, if he doesn’t know the answer (and more times than not he most likely does), he will know where to find it. The second guy doesn’t appear to have that quality guidance scenario going on for him, which is probably for the best, because he believes he has all the answers.

The first guy is on record as saying he wants to go down in boxing history as an all-time great.  The other guy?  He decided not to continue in a fight while he was still sporting an undefeated record.  You may think to yourself if there was ever a time to soldier through, right?

Then yesterday, that same guy missed making weight by 3.2 pounds, and seemed to be more than fine with it, to the point where he actually appeared to be quite pleased with himself.

If you haven’t heard, Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia are going to share a boxing ring in a twelve round go for God knows what will be at stake by the time they actually punch off.  The fact that no one from Garcia’s team has stepped in and rescued him from these unfolding events, his own personal well-being, and/or not to mention Devin Haney is, well, troubling in and of itself.

Back in the amateur days, the record shows they split six fights.  They were boys back then, so it means zero.  If anything, you’d want to be the older of the two, and Ryan had over a three-month age advantage.  If you’ve only been on the planet for a total of 120 months or so, every extra month could be a big enough difference in strength and development. Now as world class professionals in their prime?  That’s different.  Younger is always better.  Devin is that guy.

Haney and Garcia fought six times for free but will fight only once as professionals.  Then one of them will continue with their march for historic greatness, while the other will head back to Kamp Krazy, where he’s the current Mayor.

It’s never smart to lay 8-1, 9-1 in boxing.  And if you see taking Garcia as a value bet with +500 to +600 and beyond, you don’t understand value and you evidently don’t like money.

There is, however, a wagering opportunity here.

Total Rounds:  Fight doesn’t go 10.5 rounds.

Take anything over +125.  It’s worth a unit on a scale of 5.  Logically, there are a lot of ways to cash this ticket: legitimate victory, meltdown, catching lightning in a bottle, etc.  Or simply the exiting stage left of a guy who may be already plotting his next career move.

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In a Massive Upset, Dakota Linger TKOs Kurt Scoby on a Friday Night in Atlanta

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Although it was an 8-rounder on a show with two “tens,” Kurt Scoby’s match with Dakota Linger was accorded main event status on tonight’s card at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta. This had everything to do with Scoby (pronounced Scooby), a former record-setting college running back who was considered one of the brightest prospects in the 140-pound weight class. “[Scoby] works harder than almost anyone I’ve ever seen,” said veteran New York promoter Lou DIBella in a conversation with Keith Idec. “But he’s literally getting better after every fight and he’s got the hammer of Thor, man. He can punch through walls.”

The Duarte, California product who has relocated to Brooklyn and trains at Gleason’s Gym, was undefeated (13-0) heading in and was expected to make Linger his ninth straight knockout victim. But Linger, a 29-year-old Buckhannon, West Virginia policemen whose first ring engagements were in Toughman competitions, wasn’t intimidated by Scoby’s press clippings or by Scoby’s bodybuilder physique.

Linger, who improved to 14-6-3 with his tenth win inside the distance, took the fight right to Scoby and repeatedly found a home for his overhand right. In the sixth round, after Linger strafed the ever-retreating Scoby with a barrage of punches, referee Malik Walid determined that he had seen enough and waived it off. The decision seemed a tad premature, but neither Scoby nor his cornermen offered anything in the way of a protest.

Tournament results

In the first installment of an 8-man super welterweight tournament, Brandon Adams returned to boxing after his second three-year layoff and showed no ring rust whatsoever. Adams, a 34-year-old family-man who grew up in the Watts district of LA, dismissed Ismael Villareal with a wicked punch to the liver in the waning seconds of round three. The official time was 2:59.

A former wold title challenger, Adams who improved to 23-3 (16 KOs), has become the king of boxing tournaments. He first attracted notice in 2018 when he won the fifth edition of “The Contender” series, scoring a wide 10-round decision over Shane Mosley Jr in the championship round.

Villareal, a second-generation prizefighter from the Bronx whose dad fought the likes of Hector Camacho, declined to 13-3.

Adams next opponent will be Francisco Veron who will bring a record of 14-0-1 (10).

In an energetic 10-rounder, Veron, a Florida-based Argentine with a strong amateur pedigree, scored a unanimous decision over Mexico-born, LA southpaw Angel Ruiz (18-3-1). The judges had it 100-90, 99-91, and 96-94.

Ruiz certainly had his moments, but Veron launched and landed many more punches despite fighting the last six rounds with a damaged eye.

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