Oakland, Ca. 3/26/2016 I guess when unbeaten Cuban lightheavy, Sullivan Barerra (17-0-12K) saw Steph Curry last night he must’ve thought he was in Oracle Arena to see the Warriors play, because he damn sure wasn’t there to fight. Andre (SOG) Ward, aka, Oracle Ward (28-0-15K), picked the perfect foe or was it ‘foil’ last night, if he wanted to make sure he was reasonably ready for a comeback. Those shameless talking heads, Jim Lampley and Roy (Rip Van Winkle) Jones were at their HBO best, having an orgasmic time, whenever Oracle so much as passed gas. I can only imagine what Sergey Kovalev was going through at ringside. I could’ve sworn he was wearing a bib and drooling. Unless he has about five more tune-ups, SOG is gonna’ be SOL, it will be ugly. Jones and Lamps had their collective lips so attached to Oracle’s ass, it was embarrassing. The worse comment (and there were many) Jones made was saying “a fighter has to be his own worst critic”. This from a guy that has to find a fan off the street to fight him, just to ensure he won’t go into snooze mode. Jones should wear alarm clocks instead of gloves in the ring. I’d put money on Katt Stevens to go the distance with ‘ol Rip.
Virgil (the Lecturer) Hunter, trainer for Oracle Ward is always saying to his fighters, “stay alert”. If he was Jone’s trainer he’d be saying ‘stay awake in there’. Now about this boring sparring session, Ward looked slow and heavy to me. He wasn’t nearly as fast or punching as hard as the talking heads were trying to describe, unless you count the low blows. He went 12 with a guy that had no taste for combat of any kind. They said Barrera was scheduled to fight Kovalev at one time. Seriously! I’m not in the mood for that ‘Ward wasn’t supposed to fight anybody too tough tonight’ shit, either. Hell, at least fight someone that wanted to fight back. This guy did nothing but let Oracle smack him alongside his head with a few left hooks and a right hand here and there. Ward was rusty, but that’s his problem. Before the fight he and Hunter kept saying the layoff was a blessing in disguise. Blessing my ass, this was a boring fight and Oracle should’ve stopped this, oh so reluctant warrior in six rounds.
Ward suffered a slight cut over his left eye from an accidental head butt and I imagine Barrera had a bruised nutsack for his troubles. On the way out of the Arena, Oracle picked up his mail since this is really his second home. If Ward was trying to “make a statement” as he said, with his flat footed style, and he does that against the K man, it won’t matter if he fights him in his kitchen with God working his corner. Jones was saying what Ward’s right hand could do to Serg, Roy, just stop it man, just stop it. He couldn’t hurt a guy that didn’t wanna’ fight and I assure you, Kovalev will be a lot more willing to engage. I wished they’d interviewed him after the fight.
In the other HBO televised fight, promising El Monte featherweight Joseph Diaz (19-0-11K) remained unbeaten and captured the NABF featherweight strap with a systemic ten round ass whippin’ over Jayson Velez (23-1-1-16K) Diaz started putting it on Velez from the opening bell and I sorta’ dozed for a couple of rounds and when I awoke, it seemed like I was witnessing one, long, continuous butt whippin’. I’m still trying to think of a shot Joseph didn’t hit Jayson with. This was ridiculous. Jayson was game and had a few very brief moments but for the most part, this was just something for Diaz to do as he sets his sights on a real belt. Long time trainer Ben Lira has done an excellent job with this kid and if he had some real power, he’d be a force to reckon with, but hey, Juan (the baby Bull) wasn’t a big hitter and he won it all and I think Diaz is better and has bet