There was some pretty good action over the weekend and Mary Ann Owen and I are still trying to get used to the absence of those grinning ring girls. I saw some impressive performances, a guy that probably needs to give it up, a guy ‘winning’ but still losing and the guy I’d love to see fight Andre Ward. So let’s jump into it, shall we?
Andrew (The Beast) Tabiti (10-0-10K) v. Ray Santos (12-1-5K)
Prospect Andrew Tabiti, a cruiserweight trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. looked pretty impressive even though he was fighting a guy I think was pulled outta’ the ticket line as his opponent. Tabiti showed a lot of ability and an impressive array of punches as well as speed, for a guy with just 10 pro fights. But though he’s billed as a ko artist, I’ve seen harder hitters. I think his power might be a bit overrated, like ‘Sometime’ Thurman. He was flashy though and as I said, has quite an arsenal. Santos on the other hand must be promoted by Ringside Boxing Equipment, heavy bag division. This guy was slower than whale poop sinking to the bottom of the ocean. He was more lame than game. He kept getting drilled in the face and asking for more, which he promptly received. He may have landed a couple clean shots but that was about it. Tabiti seemed hell bent on displaying all his skills early, probably thinking he was gonna’ make Santos disappear quicker than El Chapo. But he landed at will all night but Santos proved as durable as a heavy bag but not nearly as mobile. I wanna’ see Tabiti up his comp just a little to see what he’s really all about, but so far, so good and Sr. seems to have a hot prospect and here I thought he could only train his son. This turned out to be Tabiti’s first fight to go the distance and I’m not tryina’ hear that shit about, “I needed the rounds”. That’s like El Chapo telling the prison guards, ‘I’ll be right back’. He tossed everything he had at Santos.
Rico (Suavecito) Ramos (24-4-12K) v. Claudio Marrero (18-1-13K)
Little Rico Ramos is a guy I’ve watched since he was about 14 yrs. old in the ams. He was always a talented, quiet guy but there always seemed like he was missing something when he got to the pros. I can’t ever recall seeing him with the same trainer for two straight fights and he’s always had long layoffs. He also had a couple of shocking, late round one-punch ko’s. I saw him in a fight at Fantasy Springs (Carlos Ivan Velasquez- 9-07-2013) where he lost what seemed every minute of every round. In fact, I’d already penciled in a loss in my notes and put my pen down (yeah, I still do it the old way) and started looking at my program for the next fight. Then, like something outta’ a movie script, the tenth round of a ten rounder and he located Ivan’s chin with a thunderous left hook that required no count from the ref. I asked him about it afterwards and he said “Don, man,I don’t know why I do that”. He won the super bantamweight title in the same fashion, losing big, and unlading a big hook to stretch out the guy. This was in 2010 though, and things have been spotty ever since. He was stopped by Guillermo Riggondeaux by a vicious body shot (7th rd.) after being thoroughly outclassed. Oh yeah, about last night. He was facing a guy that had a weird style, waving his gloves around before punching and totally confusing Ramos. The first two rounds were just ‘what’s up’, rounds, but things got real in a hurry in the third when Claudio stopped fooling around and located Rico’s jaw with a bomb lead left hand and the first thing to hit the canvas was Rico’s head. Ref Nady saw no reason to count, this was quite clear. So now, what’s next for Ramos? One more result like this and we’ll be calling him Suave-see ya. If he’s to continue, he needs to get a corner that he’s satisfied with and stick with them and stop with the long vacations. I’m pullin’ for ya’ Rico.
Jordan Schimmel (19-0-16K) v. Isiah Thomas (14-0-6K)
In another cruiserweight scuffle, big talkin’ Shimmel said, “this should be an easy fight for me”. Maybe it would’ve been if he could fight. Both of these guys are from Detroit, but it must be the good parts of the D, not the ‘hood. They surely didn’t remind this writer of Hearns, Kenty, Hank or so many others. These guys were more of the K9 Breed or that guy that had his lights turned out by of all people, Willie Nelson (oh, not that Willie Nelson, oh, my bad). Anyway, this was a rather tame affair with no damage done. Shimmel was awkward as hell and kept doing the same thing for the entire fight, missing, lunging in off balance, just a real mess. Thomas wasn’t raising any hell, either. Hell, I’ve seen the other Isiah Thomas get hotter. This should’ve been the walk-out fight, it was so pedestrian. Thomas won the decision.
B.J. Flores (31-1-12K) v. Beibut Shumenov (15-2-10K)
Anybody know what the letters, B.J. really stand for (watch it, now, don’t be a pervert). This was the long-awaited title shot I’ve been hearing Flores talking about for years. Now, let me say this about Shumenov’s ‘tactics’, some folks like this sorta thing, people that are fans of Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt, but anytime the ref has to yell at you to “fight”, something’s not being done. I’ve read several comments like “he wasn’t running he was being smart”. I call B.S. and not on B.J. I have a thing about guys that are announcers and fighters and for the record, I’m not a Danny Garcia fan but I hope he knocks Paulie’s dickstrap and his nut sack loose. This was a boring affair with Beibut looking more like Beiber, the way he was running around the ring. When he wasn’t waving his gloves around and making funny noises he was landing three punches a round and running for the hills. Flores at least was trying to fight, but wasn’t doing a whole helluva lot, other than constantly missing that wild, looping overhand right. Sometimes I wonder how a professional fighter can be in a big fight and fight like Beibut did. Hell, he made Floyd look like a brawler. Floyd will at least stand there throw some shots, even if it’s just jabs to the body. He moves, but doesn’t take flight and I’ve never heard a ref tell him to fight. Then again if they did, theire asses would be off the payroll, but that’s another story. It was funny when Flores’ corner said, “cut the ring off” and he said, “how”? Now here’s the guy that will go into detail on a telecast about “what a fighter has to do to beat his opponent” yet didn’t know how to cut the ring, LOL. I was sorta’ surprised that the decision was given to Shumenov, really. But, I don’t think we’re gonna’ have that issue when the other part-time fighter gets in the ring. All three judges had it 116-112 for the Beibut.
Jean Pasqual (29-3-1D-1ND-17K0) v. Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0-12K)
In still another cruiserweight fight ( I didn’t even know there were that many of them). Cuban am star Gonzalez was hell bent on giving Pasqual’s daughter something to really cry about. This human bulldozer didn’t get the memo about ‘this being the pros and we feel each other out for a couple of rounds’. He was on Jean like a pair of jeans, like funk on a skunk. Jean didn’t even have time to wink at his daughter and say “I got this’ before he was rocked by a hard clubbing right hand from Gonzalez. This guy was acting like he’d ordered a meal and was anxious to get to it. He rocked the napping Pasqual again and this was already taking shape as a ‘goody’. This pretty much set the tone as Pasqual realized this guy had shit on his mind, and started to fire back. He was able to get Gonzalez off his case for a minute, but that was short-lived. Gonzalez was warned often for hitting behind the head but Pasqual has a bad habit of ducking so low, it can’t be helped and besides, Gonzo didn’t seem to give a damn where the shots landed as long as he was doing the tossing. Things got heated and stayed that way the whole fight with both brawlers giving and receiving, like it was Xmas. From my seat, I saw the underdog Gonzalez ahead going into the last round, but not by a helluva’ lot. But Pasqual landed some jaw-jarring left hooks in that last round, hurting a fading Gonzalez. When the decision was announced at 96-94 by all three judges (something I always find a bit dubious), Gonzo was devastated and broke out in tears. Pasqual was glad it wasn’t his daughter crying. Hey Gonzo, shake it off man, we are a nation of second chances and the way you fought, you will be back, but hopefully with judges that at least bring their guide dogs with them.
Sergio (Krusher) Kovalev (27-0-1D-24K) v. Nadjib Muhammedi (39-3-24K)
Anybody know the name of the guy that drew with The Krusher? Maybe we need to find him and get him a rematch. There doesn’t seem to be much of a threat in this division to cause the Mad Russian to lose any sleep. This guy is always pissed about something. This time, the object of his venom was his ex-trainer Abel Sanchez. “he never taught me sht” said Sergio. That’s like an ex girlfriend saying, ‘you never satisfied me, anyway’. This Najib guy looked worse than Bambi with the high beams on as he entered the ring. He should’ve asked Abe ,(his current trainer), ‘ you think he’s still pissed at you’? The Krusher made it a point to ignore the hell outta’ Sanchez as he jogged to his corner before the fight, in fact, I swear I saw Abe flinch as he went by. Ok, I cant’t put it off any longer. This was a real carnage. Sergio hit this guy so hard, Nadjib didn’t know what was broken on him. He thought his eye was knocked out or his jaw was broken, whatever it was, he wished tha’ hell it was Abe taking those shots. If there was a positive to be taken from this’fight’, it’s that it was brief, three rounds, brief. For now ( here I go) I’ll call him Muhammedi-stroyed. Now, at some point André Ward and The Krusher have to talk. Four pounds is not all that. Certainly not enough for Ward to not have his career resurrected. I don’t like this catch-weight b.s. anyway, but wouldn’t mind it this time. I don’t think Kovalev would have any problem traveling to Oak Town since we know SOG ain’t leaving his house. Kovalev will kick down his door and tear the whole house down. I like ward, but I don’t think he’s had enough hard fights to deal with Sergio. That quit job Dawson did was a disgrace and that last guy was a joke. He’ll need a significant opponent before he invites Sergio to Oaktown. I wonder if anyone up there has pissed this Mad Russian off, lately?