06/30/2017- I watched a couple of fights last night and OBVIOUSLY they weren’t the same ones a few judges ‘watched’. I don’t mind a LITTLE home cooking but give me a damn break, that shit last night was a damn smorgas board. Good thing they weren’t judging the JRock Williams-Joshua Conley fight, they would’ve given it to Conley AFTER he got stopped. The irony was the similarities of the two fights, two talented slick Black fighters and two one gear Russians.
Jamontay Clark (11-0-7K) v. Ivan Golub (13-0-11K)
In a tightly contested bout between two guys fighting like they were making millions. Long and lanky, homeboy Clark had all he could handle with this little foreign tank with no reverse gear. Clark, a slick boxer with decent pop caught HELL trying to keep the short, stocky Golub off his ass. Clark needed every trick he could master, good lateral movement, pivots, shoulder rolls, you name it. Golub chose to keep shit simple, ‘ just let me get my HANDS on you’. Golub has an impenetrable chin, or else, Clark doesn’t carry too much firepower. Golub (with Abel Sanchez in his corner) was in excellent shape and never stopped bringing the heat.
Clark tried to use his reach but the little tank wasn’t in the mood for giving up real estate. He constantly pinned Clark to the ropes, draining him with body work. Clark was able to flash his sets a bit, but mostly was under constant duress. In the fourth round Golub blasted Clark with a right hand along the ropes. Clark went down but somehow this wasn’t called a knockdown. Talk about home cooking, Clark received DESERT. Golub should’ve known after that ‘no knockdown’, he didn’t have shit comin’. With the grinnin’ Adrian Broner in his entourage, this was a stacked deck.
Robert Easter Jr. (19-0-14K) v. Denis Shafikov (38-2-20K)
Highly touted prospect Robert Easter Jr. faced a hard as nails short, stocky brawler who was there for the duration. Easter, for SOME strange reason decided to make this a phone booth scuffle, even though he had a six inch edge in height and eight inches in reach. This, needless to say was exactly what Shafikov ordered. He didn’t give a shit WHERE his shots landed as long as Easter was on the ends of them. Rabbit shots, low blows, this guy was a true roughneck. Easter did his dirt as well, but his biggest mistake was just ‘sitting there’ with this guy and he paid the price. He was drained from this rough encounter. His corner kept telling him to box but Denis wasn’t home the day THAT memo was delivered. He ate everything tossed his way and out punched AND out landed Easter throughout. If Easter wasn’t getting outworked inside, he was pinned along the ropes getting roughed up. To me, this was gonna’ be a close, split decision in Shafikov’s direction but then again, I forgot the chefs were working overtime.
Julian J Rock Williams (22-1-14K) v. Joshua Conley (14-1-1-9K)
I was anxious to see how my homeboy Williams was gonna’ bounce back from a brutal ko loss to Jermall Charlo a fight I thought was a little too big (as was Carlo) for J Rock at that moment. He was facing a relative newcomer in Joshua Conley from Riverside, trained by my long time buddy Henry Ramirez. Was Josh ready or would this be another Williams-Charlo thing? Early on, Williams set out to prove to Josh he wasn’t ‘ready for this work, YET’. Stabbing Conley with piercing jabs and sharp right hands, Joshua was in retreat out the gate. With his back to the ropes, Conley was making it easy for the Philadelphian. Conley seemed to think the ropes were a safe haven for him but J Rock was sharp and on point, hurting Conley with ripping shots on the inside. When Conley decided to ‘move his hands’, he was able to get some things done but was reluctant to really start anything. He landed some nice shots but would then retreat to the ropes where he was duly assaulted. Williams suffered a cut over his right eye but wasn’t affected by it. In the sixth after taking a shot from Williams, Conley took a few steps back, then took a knee. He looked done at that point, really. He continued the good fight until a flurry of shots had him in trouble near the ropes causing a White towel to come flying in from his corner at :58 seconds of the round. I hadn’t seen Conley in a while and he has really improved. I’m sure when he and Henry watch the tapes, Josh is gonna’ stand up and kick himself in the ass at what ‘could have been’. I’m sure he’ll learn from this and if he becomes a bit more aggressive in the future, he’ll be someone to deal with. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a setback for him. Get back in the gym young man, I can see you meeting Williams down the road, possibly for a strap. For J Rock and Breadman, nice bounceback on BOUNCE TV.