9/9/2017-Las Vegas – Phoenix’s David Benavidez (18-0-17K) became boxing’s youngest world champion at twenty, as he won a hard fought 12 round decision over Ron (the Thrill) Gavril (18-1-14K), capturing the vacant WBS Super middleweight title. This marked the first time either guy had gone the full twelve rounds. This was a hard fought battle with guys accepting as much as they put out and the only knockdown came in the final round when a left jab- hook from the ultra tough Gavril sat the youngster down for a ‘time out’. This prompted Gavrils trainer, Eddie Mustapha Muhammead to make one of the MANY ridiculous comments HE made all during the fight. Eddie said after the fight “that knockdown PROVED we won the fight”. Right Eddie, because NO fighter has EVER gotten up from a drop to win a fight. Not that I can recall. In FACT after the FIRST round, he said to Gavril, “he aint nuthin’, I TOLD you he aint nuthin”. Psssst, Eddie, NEITHER guy did much, it was the FIRST of twelve rounds, so I guess YOUR boy was “nuthin”, either. Then after the SECOND round, he was screaming at his guy, “he’s getting’ tired, he’s getting tired”. Bullshit, at twenty years of age a fighter can’t even SPELL “tired” after two rounds. I was thinking, if your boy needs THAT much encouragement, he’s in trouble. As good a fighter as Eddie was in his day, he had NO business talkin’ THAT nonsense to his guy. But Gavril proved to be one tough Romanian (I’ve never heard of any OTHER kind).
I like Benavidez’s smooth, old school style, he’s stylish, has good moves and has deceptive power. He stands a bit upright but his D isn’t that bad. He was able to drill the shorter Gavril with piercing jabs and good body shots and Gavril was NOT shy about getting’ HIS shit off, either as he pressured the youngster with his own two fisted attack. David would slide around the ring at times, searching for openings and beckoning Gavril to ‘bring it’. Gavril had inferred that David was a bit young to fighting for a belt so soon. Both guys gave the crowd their money’s worth and the annoying Jay Nady (the ref) didn’t have much to scream and yell about, something he delights in doing, he LOVES to lecture fighters. This was a tough fight to judge because each guy had their moments. Gavril would launch an early assault and the young ‘un would rally with combos at round’s end. Though he started to fade a bit late in the fight, Benavidez still had enough to launch two handed assaults at the persistent Romanian, especially in the eleventh round when he seemed close to dropping Gavril, forcing him to grab and hold. Of course, by THIS time, his coach was no longer lying about Danny being “nuthin” and “tired”. In the final round when there was still some uncertainty, both guys gave their all and during a hot session, Gavril put the kid on his butt and I figured , ‘oh shit, this is a Mayweather fighter, they’re IN ‘Vegas , Adelie Bryd was one of the judges, AND Floyd was ringside. Mrs. Byrd scored it 116-111 for Benavidez, TOO wide a margin. In FACT, I expected her to give it to Jay Leone Love, who had fought earlier. Just kidding, she’s not THAT bad. One gave it to Gavril and the final judge had it 117-111 for Benavidez. Those folks need to be drug tested, this was a CLOSE fight. Hell, what’s wrong with a rematch, wouldn’t piss ME off. I’m sure this fight will do wonders for David going forward, he has a high ceiling. To think, some guys are still in the amateurs at twenty and here’s David Benavidez, a bonafide, undefeated, world champion, with all arrows pointing upward
In the semi main, they dusted off J’Leone Love (23-1-1ND-13K), woke him up from hibernation and put him in a fight. I once thought this guy had so much goin’on. Tonight he faced a guy from a lower weight, middle, who came up to challenge Love in a super middleweight scrap. In fact, Love said pre fight, that Abie Han (26-3-16K), “was too small” for him. Well, for the most part, this so-so fight saw Love doing most of the back pedaling. Between rounds, his trainer was throwing more punches than HE was. Round after round, he was shadowboxing, instructing Love who had a ‘man, please’ look on his face. Han would keep switching to southpaw without throwing a punch, then switch back while Love didn’t seem to have a CLUE what HIS plan was. He should’ve let his coach do the fighting, he’d worked a real good sweat between rounds. In the eighth round a head butt took place, that didn’t seem THAT serious, but Han turned away and went down. Turns out, this was a SERIOUS butt and Han was in deep trouble and Love also had a very nasty gash alongside HIS left eye. After a long delay with Han still down, it was obvious this event had seen its conclusion. Fair enough, this was declared a majority draw, but as for a rematch, I’ll pass.
In the first aired scrap, a guy I’d been high on and wanting to see again, Caleb (Sweet Hands) Plant (15-0-10K) faced an opponent that was called on ONE week’s notice and had nothing worth discussing regarding his career. Andrew Hernandez (19-6-1-1ND-9K) said he was sitting on his couch eating potato chips when he was called in as a replacement. I’d seen Caleb in his pro debut at the Galen Center back in 6/10/2014 and even THEN, he looked impressive, scoring a first round ko. In subsequent matches he showed skill, moxie, slick moves and some pop. Last night while on his biggest stage, he spent ALL night bullshitting and ‘being cute’. I mean, it’s okay to be a showman if at SOME point you take care of business the RIGHT way. Hernandez wasn’t supposed to last four rounds with his potato chip eatin’ ass. But Plant, who admits he likes to “put on a show for the fans”, has a lotta’ work to do if he expects to become ‘elite’. He put on all his cute moves and shit, which was cool BUT, he did it for TEN rounds when it should’ve been about four-five. At NO point did he seem interested in getting Mr. Lay’s Chips up outta’ there. He just shucked and jived for ten rounds and the BAD part was, he seemed CONTENT in doing it. I was totally disappointed with all his bullshit. He was at a fight here in Lancaster, at the Pec Center and was constantly yelling at a friend of his in the ring, “ don’t go backwards, use your power, he screamed”, even standing up throwing punches to let everybody know HE was a fighter. Well, he should’ve used his own advice last night instead of dragging this fight on for ten rounds. I’m glad I didn’t stay up to watch it. If he faces one of the top guys as he says he “can’t wait to do”, he’s gonna’ get a RUDE awakening, they won’t let him bullshit for ten rounds, TRUST me. He TOO, has joined TMT and after the fight, Floyd Mayweather was asked what he wanted to see in Plant. Now wait for this, here’s what Floyd had the unmitigated gall, the nuts the AUDACITY to say, “I he should’ve gotten him outta’ there in three-four rounds, he had a wounded animal in there and shouldn’t have let him go the distance”. I’M not LYIN, That’s what KILLER FLOYD said, and WITHOUT smiling…… So, Love AND plant, two Money Team guys failed to impress, no WONDER Badou Jack left those people and the improvement is MOST obvious.