8/19/2017- Lincoln Ne. A few weeks ago, I went to an amateur boxing show at the TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana, Ca. and saw MORE competition than I saw tonight on the ESPN card. This was supposed to be a super competitive bout for the unified championship in the 140 lb. division. Terrence (Bud) Crawford the WBC / WBO boss (31-0-22K) faced another undefeated champ, Julius Indongo (22-0-12K) ruler, now EX ruler of the IBF / WBA versions was a waste of Bud’s time. Normally, African fighters are fearless, well conditioned guys. Not THIS slug. Indongo (DUNG for short, I guess) did NOTHING besides throw a few windmill punches that the superb Crawford could see with his eyes closed. This guy took up about six seats on an airplane, probably first class for THIS shit? Like that German chick that traveled 6 thousand miles to hand her ass to Claressa Shields a few weeks ago, aside from not taking a prolonged beating, Indongo didn’t fare much better.
Julius kept spouting off about always fighting on the road and he wasn’t worried about crowds, came out tighter than baby sister’s you-know- what. This guy offered NO concerns for Terrence AT ALL. I’m sure Terrence was expecting a better effort than THIS. A left hand to the head dropped Julius in the second round and I’m sure when he got back to his stool, he was inquiring about the next flight time back to Africa. In the third, after trying a few over hand lefts, he tried to exchange with the REAL champ and took a left hand to the solar region and it was like a solar ECLIPSE for HIM. He was down and done as the dramatic ref Jack Reiss tolled the ten count. This was a workman like victory for the fine tuned Crawford and if this is ALL that’s left at ’40, hell, he HAS to move up and I PROMISE you he’ll get some work up there that will get AND hold his interest. Teddy Atlas needs to stop with all his silly-ass descriptions of everything. Whenever he’s asked a damn question, he has a story to tell. Andre Ward had that ‘WTH are you TALKING about Teddy’ look on his face.
In the so-called semi main, some guy looking about 50 years old named Craig Baker (they must’ve found him on CRAIG’S list) Came in with a 17-1-13K slate and they said he stopped his last five opponents. Shit, I must’ve been ONE of them. He had a James Harden like beard to provide some cushion, which I’d like to see outlawed. He was fed to prospect Alex Gvozdyx, undefeated at 13-0-11K. This Craig guy was a waste of time just like Indungo. He was just there to get paid and show off his beard. Gvozdyx, for SOME reason took SIX rounds to dispose of the inept Craig’s lister before dropping him in the sixth and punishing him on the ropes until the ref stopped it. Alex has some ability but is a bit reluctant until he sees his opponent hurt. This was the kind of fight that made you wonder, wth’s the point? I kept switching to the Rams / Raiders game and I don’t even WATCH pre season games, but I HAD to do SOMETHING.
For ME, this was really the hat trick for ESPN because in the first aired fight, highly touted former Olympian, Shakur Stevenson (2-1-1K) was pitted against another guy that offered VERY little comp. David Paz landed about six clean punches over the entire six rounds of this fight. The talking heads tried their best to make it seem like this was competitive but by the fourth round, even THEY were mentioning the youngster’s short comings, especially Teddy. Now, one might say, ‘c’mon Don, the guy has only TWO fights let him develop. Well, let him develop OFF tv. Back in tha’ day, you didn’t get on tv after two fights and have issues with a guy that could barely make a fist. I’m embarrassed to admit it but tonight’s card damn near has me waiting to see the Circus next week. Whatever happens, there will be SOMETHING for me to write about. I’m actually hoping for some crazy, off-script kinda’ shit.