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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (July 14 – July 20)

By. BrotherJR

July 22, 2014

I know it’s been a while since A) I’ve posted any thing and B) Since I posted a weekly recap, but after a bit of a break I’m here to talk boxing. This past week in “The Sweet Science” was pretty light. That doesn’t mean that some interesting developments didn’t happen, both in and out of the ring. So with that being said, here’s what went down this past week in boxing:

1. Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri Will Get it On In November – I’ll be honest, this isn’t a fight that I’m not particularly keen on. Given the styles of both fighters, this one has a chance to be a bore. However at this point, what other options does Manny have left. It doesn’t look as if Pacquiao will ever fight Floyd (always rumors, but until I hear something substantive, it’s nothing but talk), I’m not feeling a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, and Ruslan Provodnikov just lost to the afformentioned Algieri. And given promotional and television beef with Bob Arum and Al Haymon as well as HBO and showtime, fights with top Welterweights Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman or Jr. Welterweight kingpin Danny Garcia are not going to happen at this point. So Algieri, coming of his upset win recently over Ruslan Provodnikov, gets his mega-fight with Pacquaio and who can blame him for taking it, even if he’s not really on Pac-Man’s level. It is what it is.

2. Will the Rumors of a Bernard Hopkins – Sergey Kovalez Battle Mean a Fight on the Horizon? – Boy do I hope so!!! In an article by Dan Ambros of Boxing News 24, there are preliminary discussionf for Hopkins and Kovalez to square off on Nov. 8 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Kovalev is arguably the most dangerous and explosive Light Heavyweight in the world who. Hopkins is the grizzled vet with all the tricks in the book, amazingly still kicking butt and taking names at age 49. Lets hope this talk turns into an actual fight.

3. Guillermo Rigondeaux Wins, but Leaves Very Much To Be Desired – Yeah “Rigo” scored a first round stoppage of Sod Kokietgym in Macau, China last Saturday, but the way in which the fight went down left a sour taste in the mouths of many. Midway through round one, a clash of heads hurt Kokietgym badly, causing the Thai fighter to stagger down in a neutral corner. After referee Mark Nelson gave Kokietgym some time to recover, the obviously still affected Thai fighter Kokietgym decided to fight on. When the action resumed, reached out in what seemed a good gesture to touch gloves. Then after slightly touching gloves (if he touched gloves at all), Rigondeaux clocked Kokietgym with a straight left that put the Thai fighter down and that was the end of the fight. Rigondeaux was guilty of landing a bit of a cheap shot and this fight does nothing to up the profile of Rigondeaux who is desperately seeking more notoriety. On top of that, this was Rigo’s last fight with Top Rank. Rigondeaux is clearly the top Jr. Featherweight in the world and clearly one of the most talented and best boxers in the planet. Problem, he doesn’t attract fans. He’s in a precarious situation, a fighter with genius level talent, but one of the more polarizing fighters in the world. Lets hope that a change of promoters will produce something different from Guillermo Rigondeaux and make him more popular. It seems unlikely at this point and that would be a shame given how good of a fighter “Rigo” is.

4. Gilberto Ramirez Has the Look of a Special Fighter – I’m saying it right now, but I think Mexican Super Middleweight is a world champion in waiting. Sure Ramirez made quick work of Junior Talipeau in Macua on the same card as Rigondeaux – Kokietgym last Saturday, destroying him in one round. It’s the skill set and physical attributes of Ramirez that has boxing fans buzzing. Ramirez is a 6’2″ fighter with good hand-speed, serious power and skill who can fight both outside and inside. All he need is seasoning and a few fighter that will really test him to prove his mettle. At this point, Ramirez looks to be the goods.

5. Zou Shiming Puts on the Best Performance of His Career So Far – This was the main event of the latest Top Rank venture in Macau from last Saturday. Fighting a tough and pretty decent opponent in Louis De La Rosa, and was pretty much impressive. De La Rosa was Shiming’s best opponent to date and responded by producing a really good performance. Shiming displayed an improved jab, shorter and sharper combination punching and used his speed to win clearly over De La Rosa. Also Shiming, who had a habit of moving around the ring too much. Shiming is scheduled to fight again in Macau on the Pacquiao – Algieri under-card in November and the early rumors are that it could be a world title opportunity, possibly against current IBF Flyweight Champion Amnat Ruenrong of Thailand.

 

Well, there’s the recap of this past week. On to next week headlined by Gennady Golovkin returning to the ring against Daniel Geale and an intriguing Heavyweight battle between Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez. On paper, this Geale looks to be the toughest bout of Golovkin’s career and I’m looking forward to the Jennings – Perez fight. I can’t wait to see what goes down.

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