826/2017 Las Vegas—What does it mean when you’re the FOURTH best performer on your OWN show? In Las Vegas, last night the best performer was Badou Jack which was understandable since he’s improved immeasurably since he left the money team. Welterweights Thomas DeLorme and Yordonis Ugas also had much better performance than Mr. A-Side. I’m a die hard fight fan and have watched fights since 1952 which makes me ancient. I’ve seen most of the greats and laugh myself silly when people tell me what Floyd Mayweather would’ve done to Leonard, Hearns and Duran. I know what he would’ve done, AVOIDED them
Last night’s circus turned out to be just what most expected only it took a bit longer. I won’t say Connor McGregor (0-0-0) punches like a girl, that would be a slap in the face to someone like Maressa Shields, in FACT, she would’ve stopped him last night. There once was a fighter they called “Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, Connor was worse than that. I’ve seen stuntmen hit harder and their punches are FAKE. After all the shenanigans and sideshows leading up to the fight, this thing hardly lived up to it. For the first 3-4 rounds, Floyd Mayweather (49-0-27K) did shit, besides get hit with crazy, awkward jabs and a few right hands from the super awkward MMA guy. Most of the time he ended up with his back to McGregor and getting a few noogies. Floyd better be glad that was Adrian Broner behind him. Sight impaired ref Robert Byrd saw the top of Floyd’s head as the back of his neck and accused McGregor of rabbit punches. Floyd looked every bit of his 40 years early, missing a ton and really didn’t do shit until McGreggor ran out of gas. Floyd said that was the plan. If you’re supposedly the GOAT, why in the fk would you have to wait for this neophyte to tire out? If Floyd had done what he promised and went right after Connor, this shit would’ve lasted 3-4 rounds. To allow this character to last TEN rounds for WHATEVER reason was a win for the beginner far as I’m concerned. Floyd was like a damn Komodo dragon that bites his prey, inject its poison and follows it for days, waiting for it to die.
True enough, Byrd had his hands full, there was all sorts of crazy shit goin on. Aside from those awkward herky jerky movements and odd angled punches Connor threw, there were low blows, elbows, hands behind the back by Connor, just crazy shit, VERY unprofessional. The talking heads said “it always takes Floyd a few rounds to figure things out”. They said that shit for NINE rounds. If you’re a self proclaimed all timer with 49 fights and no losses, wtfk is there to “figure out” from a guy that has ZERO pro fights? I don’t get it. MMA fans barked about how strong and powerful their guy was. Bullshit, his punches were weak as cat piss. I’ve seen 10 year old amateurs that punch better. So, to wrap it up (for now), after waiting for this wounded animal to die, Mayweather decided to step on the gas and launched a series of right hands at a fading, stumbling McGregor. The crowd was on its feet, going crazy, HELLO, people, this IS a guy that’s NEVER had a pro fight, against Mayweather. When Byrd stepped in, Floyd raced to the ropes and jumped on them as if he’d stopped Errol Spence Jr., NOT a guy in a cocoon. Floyd’s faithful will say, ‘aw Don, he just wanted the fans to get their monies’ worth”, BULLSHIT, Floyd has NEVER given a shit about ‘fans’ and has no problems saying it (if I walk to the bank with 350 mil in my pocket, I don’t care WHAT the people think”), so he keeps it real, there. So ONCE again, Floyd promises to ‘retire for good’. Why SHOULD he, when he can find people with ZERO pro / amateur experience to pad his record? Hell, he could EASILY get to 70-0, plus there’s the André Bertos of the world hanging around, as well. The absolute BEST thing about the fight was I didn’t pay a DAMN-ASS cent for it.
What he HELL was Gervonte Davis’ issue last night? On the biggest stage of his life, BESIDES losing his title on the Toledos, the newest ‘savior of boxing’ crapped the sheets. I had been bragging to a friend about Davis (18-0-17K) being a young Mike Tyson but he ended up looking more like Cicely Tyson. For sure his head was NOT in ‘Vegas tonight. He was wild, throwing amateurish shots (ala McGregor) constantly looking up at the overhead monitor, not listening to his corner instead bopping his head and tapping his feet as if he was wearing some Beats. His opponent Francisco Fonseca TRIED to keep it professional, but Davis wasn’t in the mood. This was a STRANGE outing for the 22 year old FORMER champion and he’d better get his shit together soon or he’ll become another Adrian Bronner. He eventually stopped Fonseca in the eighth round on a questionable shot behind the head, though I DID see a Terrence Crawford like body shot land seconds before the rabbit shot. Davis is with TMT, who knows, maybe he’ll pull a Badou Jack and escape
Badou Jack (20-1-2D-12K) left no stones unturned as he ransacked champ Nate Cleverly to snatch his WBA light heavyweight crown. This was a dominant showing for Jack, as he walked up one side of Cleverly and down the other. Cleverly (30-3-16K) was absolutely no match for the vastly improved Jack and spent most of his night trapped on the ropes and just soakin’ up shit. Jack punished the champ all fight long and Nate seemed to have NO idea who the hell Jack was or what he was about. Give Jack another two fights, keep him away from TMT and he might be something for champ Andre Ward to consider.
In perhaps the most hard fought, competitive fight of the card, welters Thomas DeLorme (24-2-16K) and Yordanis Ugas (19-3-9K) waged holy HELL. Bombs were launched shortly after instructions were given and didn’t stop until Ugas’ hand was raised at the end. These guys were wingin’ shit with evil intentions. As hard as these two were swinging, I was glad a few of them missed. Uppercuts, whistling overhand rights, sizzling left hooks, all of this took place. Both guys hit the deck to NO one’s surprise. Ugas was down twice, DeLorme once. This fight should’ve been the headliner, not that OTHER bullshit, THIS was a FOR REAL fight
The most pedestrian fight of the night was a Cruiser weight affair between Andrew Tabiti and Steve Cunningham which was a snore fest, the less said, the better.
In an earlier match, a youngster I think will be a champ someday, got a rude awakening and a thorough boxing lesson. Jose Miguel Borrego (12-0-11K) was taken to school by homie Juan Heraldez over ten rounds. Heraldez (12-0-8K) was too slick and too quick for the hard punching Borrego. That is until the ninth when a big left hook bounced off Juan’s temple sending him down. He got up and stayed the course, boxing his way to a unanimous decision. Borrego was cut and bruised and spent too much time following Juan around the ring. I’m sure he learned a valuable lesson tonight and will bounce back.