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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Podcast #59 (9/18/14) Mayweather vs. Maidana II Recap

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By. BrotherJR

September 19, 2014

 

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On the episode we discuss:

Fight Recap
– Floyd Mayweather Jr. unanimous decision win over Marcos Maidana in their rematch, and what’s next for “Money”
– The farce that was Leo Santa Cruz vs. Manuel Roman and what’s next for Roman (hopefully it will be better than Roman).
– Possibly the most boring title fight of 2014 as Mickey Bey upset Miguel Vazquez to win the IBF Lightweight title.
– Is the end near for Alfredo Angulo?
– Scott Quigg makes quick work of Stephane Jamoye. Could a showdown with Car Frampton be in the future?
– Is Cuban Heavyweight Luis Ortiz a name to keep your eye on, especially after his one round stoppage over Lateef Kayode?
– Why Julian Williams and Errol Spence need to be paid attention to.

Boxing News
– Is there a shake-up coming regarding Team Mayweather?

All that and more!!!

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September 19, 2014 Posted by | Audio, Blog, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Podcast | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Weekly Recap (Sept. 8-14)

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By. BrotherJR

September 17, 2014

 

Lets not beat around the bush here. We all know what the big fight was this week and what dominated the boxing discussion this week, and that was the rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana. If you have any kind of blog, podcast, YouTube show or anything boxing related, this was the event of the week and one of the week and really the biggest boxing event of the year. Did anything else really matter? No, not really. However, there were some other boxing news/fights that did go down this past week. So with that being said, lets recap this past week in boxing.

1. No Trouble For “Money” Mayweather This Time – When Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana fought the first time in May, the fight surprised many because Maidana ended up giving Mayweather one of the toughest fights of his career. In the rematch this last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas it wasn’t nearly so tough for “Money”. Mayweather had his way and dominated Maidana cruising to an easy unanimous decision win to retain his WBC Welterweight title. In the first fight Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) had issues dealing with Maidana’s aggressive and physical style as well as his roughhouse (and many would say dirty) tactics. This time Mayweather made adjustments by not venturing towards the ropes and keeping the fight more in the center of the ring. Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs). while just as aggressive as he was in their first fight, had no answers whatsoever. The most dramatic moments in the fight were at the end of round three when Maidana stunned Mayweather with a straight right, and in round eight when Maidana pulled a Luis Suarez and bit Mayweather on the left hand. Bottom line, it was Mayweather from beginning to end. What’s next for Mayweather? Well after the bout, he talked about a possible bout with Manny Pacquiao. Will it happen next? Who is to say. I mean we’ve had talk of that fight for years now and still no fight yet. If the fight that folks still want to see doesn’t happen, don’t be surprised if we see Mayweather fight Amir Khan. Mayweather – Khan has the potential to be a big money fight, especially if the fight happens in England. Let the saga that is Floyd Mayweather continue.

2. Leo Santa Cruz Retains His Super Bantamweight Title – Lets be blunt here, Santa Cruz title defense against Manuel Roman was a showcase bout and everyone knew it. Roman had done NOTHING to earn a title shot whatsoever. On the undercard of the Mayweather – Maidana rematch, Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) did what he was supposed to do and that was dominate Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) knocking him out in two rounds to retain the WBC title for the third time. No need for details needed here, as there was nothing in this match to really talk about. So, it’s on to what’s possibly next for Santa Cruz. Afterwards, Santa Cruz called out the divisions kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux who holds the WBA Jr. Featherweight belt. Other future opponents could be newly crowned IBF champion Carl Frampton as well as WBA Interim titlist Scott Quigg. A bout against either Rigondeaux, Frampton, or Quigg would be terrific. Whatever is next for Santa Cruz, lets hope the opposition is better than what we saw against Roman.

3. Mickey Bey Upsets Miguel Vazquez To Win IBF Lightweight Title – Yeah, Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) won defeated Vazquez (34-4, 13 KOs) to win the IBF Lightweight title last Saturday in Las Vegas in a bout that he probably didn’t deserve. Yay, kudos to Bey who achieved his dream in becoming a world champion. However, if you want to know what a boring boxing bout is, this fight was it. This bout was filled with grabbing, holding, more grabbing and holding, feints and plenty of missed punches. Sorry if I didn’t provide in-depth commentary of this bout because it was basically a snooze-fest. Just a hideous fight that makes you wonder if the intent of the folks who set up this fight were on a mission to troll us.

4. The End May Be Near For Angulo – Alfred Angulo (22-5, 18 KOs) was on the comeback trail after consecutive loses to Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez. On the undercard of Mayweather – Madana II in Las Vegas last Sagurday, Angulo moved up to the Middleweight division to take on James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) in a bout he was the heavy favorite. Well, thing went horribly wrong for Angulo as he was out-boxed and out-fought for the majority of this fight as De La Rosa upset Angulo by unanimous decision. Angulo fought with no real passion and lacked any real spark. The only time he perked up was during this 10-round contest were in the last two rounds in which he wobbled De La Rosa. It seems as if Angulo is done at the elite level of the sport and at this point, his career is at a serious crossroads.

5. Scott Quigg Makes Quick Work of Jamoye – Easy work for Quigg as he stopped late sub Stephane Jamoye in three rounds last Saturday in Manchester, England. Body shots were the key for Quigg (29-0-2, 22 KOs) as he focused on the gut of Jamoye (26-6, 16 KOs) early and stayed there throughout the bout. A powerful right hand to the body by Quigg finished matters with 47 seconds to go in round three. Now it’s on to hopefully the fight that a lot of folks want to see, a Jr. Featherweight showdown with newly crowned IBF Champion Carl Frampton sometime in 2015.

6. Keep Your Eye on Luis Ortiz – Ortiz is a Cuban Heavyweight defector who destroyed Lateef Kayode last Thursday in one round in Las Vegas. Some say the stoppage was a little quick, but eventually it was obvious that Ortiz was the bigger, more talented fighter and on his way to eventually taking Kayode out. Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) is an intriguing prospect. Though 35 and hasn’t faced A-level competition, the physical attributes are there as the 6′ 4″ 235 Heavyweight is skilled and can punch. I want to see more of him against better competition.

7. Pay Attention To Julian Williams and Errol Spence – Both Williams and Spence fought on the Ortiz – Kayode undercard in Las Vegas last Thursday. Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) is a rising Jr. Middleweight prospect from Philadelphia who defeated Eliezer Gonzalez by unanimous decision. Spence (14-0, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympian from Desoto, stopped Noe Bolanos in two rounds. Why do I mentions these two fighters? Because they are two of the hottest young prospects in the sport right now and have the look of potential world champions.

Well there’s finally my weekly recap. While the Mayweather – Maidana rematch was the talk of the sport (and deservedly so), there was plenty of other bouts and fighters worthy of mentioning. On to the next and future happening in boxing.

September 18, 2014 Posted by | Blog, Boxing | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report Podcast #58 (9/12/14) – Beware of the Flyweights!!!

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By. BrotherJR

September 12, 2014

 

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Boxing Recap
– Roman Gonzalez stops Akira Yaegashi to win the WBC Flyweight title and in the process becomes a three-time, three-division world champion. We discuss the future for “Chocalatito”
– Naoya Inoue makes easy work of Samartlek Kokietgym. Is Inoue is  good as he looks and is a move up to Flyweight in his future?
– Emmanuel Taylor gives Adrien Broner a tough fight, and Broner responds by closing the show in emphatic fashion. Could a showdown with Lucas Matthysse be in the future for “The Problem”?
– Speaking of Matthysse, he made quick work of Roberto Ortiz. How would he fare in a potential showdown against Broner.
– Andre Berto scored a badly needed win over Steve Upsher. Was this fight a resurrection for Berto?
– Carl Frampton impressively defeats Kiko Martinez in their rematch to win the IBF Jr. Featherweight title. Could a showdown with Scott Quigg be in the future and is Frampton the biggest challenge for Guillermo Rigondeaux.
– Juan Francisco Estrada was dominant in TKO’ing Giovani Segura in eleven rounds. Will this mean that we will finally see a rematch between Estrada and Roman Gonzalez?
– Amnat Ruenroeng scores a close razor thin victory over McWilliams Arroyo to retain his IBF Flyweight title. Was Arroyo robbed?

Boxing News
– Rumors running rampant that Heavyweight David Haye has left manager/trainer Adam Booth and is in the process of signing a deal with Al Haymon.

Boxing Preview
– Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II
– Leo Santa Cruz vs. Manuel Roman
– Miguel Vazquez vs. Mickey Bey
– Cecilia Braekhus vs. Ivana Habazin

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September 12, 2014 Posted by | Audio, Blog, Boxing, Podcast | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Few Thoughts On Mayweather’s Win Over Maidana

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By. BrotherJR

May 6, 2014

 

I, like most serious boxing fans, was of course anticipating the Floyd Mayweather – Marcos Maidana bout that took place this past Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. My podcast last week devoted a large amount of time previewing the bout, I live tweeted the bout and even did a live post show immediately after the conclusion of the bout on YouTube (thanks for those who joined us live). And given that this was a “Money” Mayweather bout, there was plenty of mainstream attention as well with coverage on mainstream sports outlets that hardly devote any time to the sweet science. Will Mayweather cruise to his customary easy victory? Can Maidana do to Floyd what he did to Adrien Broner last December? Well we got our answer, and folks haven’t stopped talking about what happened since.

As you folks know by now, Mayweather defeated Maidana by Majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 117-111) in quite possibly his most exciting fight in his career and without a doubt the toughest fight in years. After the bout, there were complaints from Mayweather about the roughhouse tactics from Maidana while Maidana complained about not being given the opportunity to wear custom-made gloves for the bout. Bottom line is, this was a terrific bout and both fighters gave it all and left the fans wanting more.

From the beginning Maidana, who outweighed Mayweather by 17 pounds by the time he entered the ring (Maidana re-hydrated all the way to 165 pounds, while Mayweather weighed 148), fought with fire and took the fight to Mayweather. His vaunted overhand right hand which was the key to his upset win over Broner last December, found success early as he landed with that shot to good effect early on. The right hand as well as the constant pressure and aggression made things uncomfortable for Floyd who was somewhat sporadic with his activity. Furthermore, Mayweather was cut by an accidental headbutt in round four. Maidana fought with a Henry Armstrong effect, swarming Floyd with punches in bunches to the head and body with a physicality that Floyd hasn’t had to deal with since his first fight with Jose Luis Castillo all the way back in 2002. When Floyd was in the middle of the ring, his skill, speed and counter punching showed to be the difference. However, when Mayweather was forced to the ropes, Maidana had the clear advantage. Through the first six rounds, the fight was nip and tuck.

Things started to turn for Floyd in round seven. He began to gain some distance and box Maidana. Mayweather’s jab and right uppercut to the head and body started to land with good effect. Maidana stayed the course however and stuck right there with Floyd, constantly staying in his face. The combinations from Mayweather flowed more freely and he used his footwork to create openings to land shots. Rounds were close, the action was fierce and the crowd were on their feet.

On my unofficial scorecard, I had Floyd winning by two points 115-113. The opinions on this bout were varied. Throughout social media, as many folks out there who felt that Floyd did enough to win were countered by people who thought Maidana deserved the victory. Truth be told, the bout could have gone either way. Plausible reasons can be argued the either fighter won and even though I had Floyd winning, if the official scorecards would have went Maidana’s way, I would not have had an issue with it.

After watching the bout a few things are apparent. One, Marcos Maidana is a much improved fighter. This is not the same Maidana that lost to Amir Khan a few years ago and had the reputation of a guy who had a habit of fighting in spurts. Under the tutelage of Robert Garcia, Maidana now fights three minutes a round and never lets up. Maidana is also better technically, cutting off the ring better which was key in beating Broner last year and getting to Mayweather Saturday night.

Despite the criticism thrown at Mayweather’s way in the aftermath of his win, you can’t question his toughness. Maidana forced Mayweather to fight, and fight he did. I also think that Mayweather may be showing some signs of age. It took some time for Floyd to get things going and find his range and the speed wasn’t quite there. All fighters have an off night and that could have been the case Saturday, but Floyd was a tad off and not quite as sharp as we’re used to seeing.

Of course now in the days since, folks are clamoring for a rematch. And from early indications, it looks like the rematch may indeed happen with early predictions that it could happen in September. I think that I can speak for most boxing fans and say bring the rematch on! Floyd Mayweather’s battle against Marcos Maidana turned out to be an entertaining and exciting bout that still has folks buzzing. Should Mayweather – Maidana II indeed happen I can sum up my feeling about that in two words… can’t wait!

 

May 6, 2014 Posted by | Blog, Boxing | , , , | Leave a comment