7/15/2017-There was a lotta’ swingin’ goin’ on this weekend. I saw guys that had a LOT to learn and a guy that needs to DISAPPEAR.
Robert Guerrero 33-5-1-1D-18K v. Omar Figueroa (26-0-1D-18K)
In most sports, it’s pretty obvious when it’s time to retire but somehow, in the most brutal sport of all, most guys don’t know WHEN to say ‘when’. Gilroy California’s Guerrero is a case in point. The Ghost and his dad with the funny had can’t take even the BIGGEST hint. At the rate he’s going, the Ghost will need a name plate to know who the hell he is. Looking to snap a two bout losing street, he faced a pudgy Omar Figueroa that hadn’t had a fight in over a year. He looked like it too, for THREE minutes. Guerrero came out with his ass on fire, unloading on Omar who seemed to have forgotten to set his alarm. Driving Omar to the ropes, Guerrero was looking like his old self. In round two he looked like his much OLDER self as Omar completely flipped the script.
Omar lured (didn’t take much) the Ghost into a trench war and destroyed the Ghost with vicious, mind numbing uppercuts. Guerrero had some bible stuff written on his trunks and it was appropriate because he spent a lotta’ time on his knees in a praying position. He went from praying to being preyed UPON. Five times (that’s right), Omar put the Ghost on his knees but couldn’t make him quit. In fact, after the first THREE drops, Guerrero stormed back, unloading on Omar. This was a vicious three round war, sorta’ like Hagler-Hearns. The fight was finally stopped when it was obvious the Ghost was about to get SERIOUSLY hurt.
At the Forum in Inglewood, Ca.
The short reign of New York’s heavy handed light heavyweight champ was short lived to say the least. It’s hard to call him an ex-champ so soon. Smith (23-1-19K) the blue collar guy just might be smart in maintaining his day job. He faced Sullivan Barrera (sounds like a damn race horse) (19-1-14K), who informed
Joe that it takes a LOT more than heavy hands to get by in THIS business. Berrera got off to a smokin’ start, nailing Smith with fast combos, rattling the New Yorker. Then Joe did what he does, he unladed a sweeping left hook high on Berrera’s head, dropping him. But unlike Bernard Hopkins, Sullivan stayed in the ring. In fact, he gave Smith a beating over ten rounds that left no doubt. Aside from an occasional shot, Smitty was completely dominated and was lucky he didn’t get stopped. At times he looked totally out of his element. Aside from that early knockdown, Smith was never in this fight. It was an impressive win for the Cuban, Berrera. Now, it’s back to the union halls for Smitty and hopefully, back to the drawing board, he has a LOT to learn.
Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC-8K) v. Robinson Castellanos ( 22-11-14K)
In a rather odd encounter, you had a guy with blonde hair, a black beard and a ten lb weight advantage against a guy that has lost HALF his bouts and has been stopped 6 times. This didn’t figure to be too interesting but it turned into a pretty decent scrap, especially after the limited Catellanos dropped the heavily favored Corrales in round five. In a foul fest, both guys were guilty of head butts, rabbit shots and a few other things. Things became so messy that it was stopped in the6th round, with the win going to Corrales
Miguel Berchelt (31-1-28K) v. Takashi Miura (31-3-20-24K)
Now, I REALLY got my popcorn ready for what was predicted to be an all outer. The WBC Super featherweight strap was on the line and there were no prisoners scheduled to be taken. WRONG, what we actually got was the champ Berchelt dancing and skipping around, leading the plodding Miura around like his new best friend. If Miura had a game plan, I don’t know what it was. He was totally schooled by the elusive Mr. Berchelt the entire fight and I don’t think he won more than ONE round. Most times he seemed to have concrete boots on and flailed away wildly, often missing by FEET, and throwing himself into the ropes. The number of clean shots he DID land could be counted on one glove. This was so one-sided, I thought Miura was a last minute sub. Hell, I expect McGregor to be more competitive .True, Berchelt was aware of the ‘threat’ his opponent presented and he was never in position to get hit cleanly more than once, giving Miura angles and movement that rendered his power moot. This was a very disappointing main event and ugly. The only knockdown came in the first round when Miura was put down from a left hook. There were numerous rabbit blows from Miura as well as Castellanos and was discussed at length by the talking heads. In fact, ref Raul Caiz gave the champ a little respite following one of the many. The moments Miura DID have were few and far between.
In other weekend action, highly regarded JoJo Dan (36-4-19K) had his issues with the length and reach of Jamaal James (20-1-9K). James showed decent boxing skills and movement but not much power DESPITE his fierce grunting with each punch he threw. Dan stalked and punished the grasshopper-like James when he had him against the ropes. A couple of times James seemed ready to go after Dan was able to corral him but rallied the next round to regain control. To me, it was a pretty close fight but the judges saw a unanimous win for the lanky one. The question IS, what’s next for JoJo ?
Freddy Figueroa (12-0-8K), younger brother of Omar probably thought he was in the gym hitting one of those heavy bags the way he battered a game but inept Fatiou Fassinou (28-6-3-15K). Fatiou’s game plan must’ve been to see how many times Freddy could hit him before wearing himself out. Well, Freddy had a lotta’ energy and this was a bout that could’ve / should’ve been stopped at several stages. Round after round, Fassinou got the cat piss beaten outta’ him. The only respite he got was the beginning of the last round when Freddy decided to box a little. Evidently he found that to be boring and once again started blasting away at this heavy bag with arms and legs. I always found it amazing, the amount of punishment the human body can take without collapsing. Fassinou was a punch absorbing sponge and is the type that will be back in the gym sparring tomorrow, ten rounds. Keep THIS shit up and his friends will have to tell him what he did for a living.
This shit with McGreggor and Mayweather is becoming MORE and MORE embarrassing. All the cussing and strutting around the stage is REDICULOUS. Floyd thinks he’s a damn rapper and Connor thinks he’s the wittiest thing on two feet. I keep struggling to find the ‘entertaining aspect’ of this thing and I’m not doing too well. After calling his ‘opponent’ a pussy and a faggot, he says afterwards, “I don’t disrespect NOBODY”. With his tax issues, Floyd looks ridiculous ‘making it rain’. He then asks the people not to stream this fight because “it takes stuff away from my kids” REALLY, Floyd REALLY?