Now, listen up people, just because a fight is on free tv doesn’t mean I have to be thrilled about it. I call bullshit on that. If someone offered you a mediocre steak for free, would you want it? Yesterday’s PBC card was the type that left me with my trusty pen suspended in mid air, waiting for some fireworks to write about. I know the Hologram can’t hit a homerun every time out, but c’mon, give me a break.
Tony Harrison (21-1-18k) v. Cecil MaCalla (20-3-7K)
The last time I saw, big talking Tony Harrison, he was having his ass delivered to him by Willie Nelson. He would’ve been better off fighting the real Willie, at least in a clinch, he would’ve caught a contact. Harrison, another Detroit bad ass (like Corny Brundage lol), back pedaled to an easy 10 round decision which looked like a sparring session. Except for the last two rounds when the plodding, one dimensional, slow thinking McCalla landed a couple of right hands, wobbling Harrison, this fight was BORING. Even the constant shuffling and clowning by Harrison didn’t liven this thing up. Cecil has seven ko’s in 23 fights and he was looking for one shot all night. I don’t think he won two rounds. Harrison delivered a boxing lesson and all Cecil did was cover up and follow him around like a dog on a leash. But hey, it was free so why am I complaining, right?
Jermall Charlo (26-0-11K) v. Joachim Alcine (35-7-2D-21K)
This half of the Charlo twins (brother is Jermell) is undefeated and supposedly trending, so wth is he fighting an old, slow guy that looks like a drugged out Roy Jones Jr. ? I mean, this was a disgrace, not a damn fight. Long time, long headed trainer Buddy McGirt (don’t hate me, Buddy jokes about it all the time). His head looks like a damn jellybean, he should’ve been Kobe’s father. Anyway, Buddy had to keep reminding Alcine that his “stance was too wide”. And he’s been fighting how long? Charlo won’t find an easier slug than Alcine. But Charlo looked very amateurish in finishing Alcine, as his new trainer noted. I can see these youngsters trying an ‘ol vet at some point in their careers, but after twenty six fights, I don’t see what this does for Jermall’s career. To say, “ he’s an ex-champ” means crap, hell, I might be an “ex-champ” with all those damn belts out there. In any event, I’m cool with words but I can’t juice this thing up, free or otherwise. It was so boring, it turned the telecast into a contest between BJ Flores and Sugar Ray Leonard, to see who could talk the most. They never shut up, do they?
When asked what’s next after the fight, Charlo said, “if Money Mayfield isn’t really retired, then give me my shot at the belts and if he is, then they should declare the titles up for grabs”. Now this, I agree with. After that statement the interviewer said, “ so are you calling out Mayweather”? Brilliant. But I guess Charlo can always come back later and say, “ I said Money Mayfield”. Maybe the reason Charlo was fighting a 39 year old was his way of prepping for Floyd, whose nearly the same age, but warning to the young Texan, that’s a much different 38 year old. I guarantee he’d get that name right if they fought. As many shots as he missed last night, he wouldn’t touch Floyd at all, Floyd would make it seem Charlo is shadow boxing.
Caleb Plant 10-0-8K) v. Tyrone Brunson (22-5-1D-21K0)
Now, strangely enough, I found this to be the most entertaining fight of the night. Sweet hands, as Plant is nicknamed, is a smooth boxer with some style and call me racist, but he doesn’t fight like a White fighter. He’s smooth has nice moves and throws nice combos. He slips well and the only missing ingredient is serious power, bnt he’s one to watch. There was a fighter named Jason Litzau, that I felt the same way abou years ago. I saw Plant in his debut at The USC Galen Center on the undercard of the second Stiverne-Arreola fight and was impressed. In his last fight, he was a real showboat though, doing the Nene (?) and everything else as he put an ass-whippin’ on his opponent. Now, my Philly boy Brunson started his career with nineteen (that’s what I said) one round knockouts. Then things went downhill, hell he was even stopped in one round last year by the dreaded Tony Harrison. So I was thinking this would be a bit of a test for Sweet Hands, and even though he has 8 kos in ten fights, he doesn’t seem to hit like that. He was pretty much focused on the hard hitting Brunson, absorbing a few hard shots along the way but still was in complete control and gave my Philly boy an old fashioned boxing lesson. Plant didn’t do any dancing this time out, and though he lost a young daughter at an early age, recently, (three years old), he was very much attending to his business. The decision over eight was unanimous.
So now, it’s on to next week and I don’t think Bradley – Rios is gonna’
be about any bullshit. I haven’t been to cool with my predictions lately but (here I go again), I think Brandon’s catching Timmy at the right time. I don’t think it was so smart for Bradley to change to Teddy Atlas as his trainer just before a big fight like this. Timmy says he’ll fight smart but Brandon won’t be havin’ any of that shit. This will be a brawl.