10/21/2017- On Friday night in Verona N.Y., tough guy Gabriel Rosado of Philly (23-11-13K) took off his robe against Jersey Bob, Glen Tapia (24-3-15K). Given the history of these two and their fight styles, I figured this would be a real street fight. Rosado is known for talking much shit, then usually ends up explaining another loss. He hardly ever leaves the ring minus cuts. The skow, heavy handed Tapia is similar, shit talker, brawler, gets beat up a lot. He damn near got decapitated by occasional fighter, James Kirkland. I was surprised at how the guys looked in this fight, though. I was surprised to see Rosado boxing and thinking in the ring as opposed to having that ‘you or me’ attitude. And the usual willing Tapia was simply ‘there’. He was nothing more than a Jersey heavy bag nd Rosado, took full advantage of the lethargic, Tapia. A right hand from Rosado, stunned the normally durable Tapia and things were all downhill from there. Rosado bloodied Tapia’s nose in the second round. Rosado was fighting well, calm and patient and picking his shots. Over five rounds, Tapia was beaten to the punch, battered and bloodied and was sporting a huge lump over his left temple the size of a lemon. Round six saw Gabe looking end Tapia’s pain and suffering and attacked him with a two fisted assault, dropping the badly fading Tapia with a combination capped by a hard left hook. Tapia for some strange reason got up and was set upon by Rosado, causing Floyd Mayweather’s personal ref, Robert Byrd stopped the one-sided affair. Naturally Rosado was emboldened and called out everybody except ME. He mentioned Danny ( I beat Canelo) Jacobs, GGG and Canelo Alvarez. This was an impressive outing for Philly’s Rosado and a zombie-like effort by the ‘Jersey Boy.
I nearly missed the HBO card featuring Demetrius (Boo Boo) Andrade (24-0-16K)the two time 154 lb champ in his middleweight debut. His opponent was lanky6’5” Alantez (Sly as a) Fox (23-0-1D-11K) a guy I’d never heard of. Andrade, I knew as another shit talker that fights once a year and always complains that no one wants to mess with him. He calls out the whole world but for some reason, his career has been very sporadic. He has skills, just doesn’t display them that often. He entered the ring wearing a wild, Blue wolf’s head mask and his opponent’ name was Fox, I thought I was watching Animal Planet. This was a boring-ass fight, folks, let’s just get it out there. Lara last week and Boo Boo THIS week. Aside from a big overhand let that wobbled Fox early in the first round, there wasn’t much to keep me awake. Seriously, I was dozing off. Fox was like a praying mantis and did more stylin’ ‘n profilin’, than fighting. I didn’t see him land two meaningful shots the whole night. Andrade had a 4” height deficit and a few inches in reach, as well. Fox also weighed 180 at the bell, so he was really a damn cruiser. He didn’t do squat with his advantages, though. Fox had talked a good game before the fight which seems to be a common theme, these days. Talk to get attention then at the bell, don’t DO shit. Andrade tried to make a fight of it but Fox wasn’t in compliance. Needless to say, we won’t see Boo Boo for another year or so. He as expected, called out some names but said he and Danny Jacobs are buds and it would be hard to discuss fighting him. I swear, sometimes these dues act like they’re dating.
Actually the fight prior to this snore fest was a LOT more interesting. It featured a champ that surprise, lost his title before the fight. It’s amazing how often this shit happens. These guys are supposed to have people that watch their conditioning and weight but obviously, not. WBO champ (now, FORMER) Jezreel Corrales (22-1-18K) couldn’t beat the Toledos (that’s scales for the uninitiated). He normally has Blonde hair but tonight it was Red, maybe that’s where the added weight came from. Anyway, the rough, tough Corrales faced tall, hard punching Alberto Machado (18-0-15K), trained by Freddie Roach. This was a brawl from the start, as the tall, erect Machado was an easy target for the hard, looping left hands from the crouching, awkward, Corrales. Machado showed very little head movement and this cost him when a bomb dropped him hard in the fifth round. In the sixth, Machado rallied and badly hurt Corrales with a combination, resulting in Corrales tackling him to the mat in a desperate hold. Both warriors traded shots into the seventh of this all outer and in the eighth, a short compact left from the durable Machado deposited Corrales on the deck and he was done, Red hair, extra weight and all. He barely beat the count but had no idea what city he was in. So the young (22) Machado is rightfully the newest Puerto Rican world champ. As Miguel Cotto’s illustrious career winds down, Machado’s begins. This was a strange fight, where these two were constantly touching gloves and then sneaking a shot to the jaw, unexpectedly. It was an enjoyable scrap and I stayed awake for the whole fight.
Paulie Malinaggi is still EMBARRASSINGLY chasing Connor McGregor around, begging for a fight. He’s stalking the guy the way Shannon Briggs stalked Klitchko. Connor would probably kick Paulie’s, feather punching ass. He says, “I’m the only big money fight out there for Connor”, PLEASE Paulie, just STOP it.
Floyd Mayweather’s back in the news about his taxes again and is showing signs of wanting to fight again. He already has two guys he’s considering, Gerald McClellan and Paul Williams. Doesn’t Tecate have any other reps besides that one girl that hogs the camera WORSE than Sam Watson? Seems as if young champ, Gervonte (Tank) Davis is cut from the same cloth as Ghetto Boy, Adrian Broner. I’m starting to have doubts about Anthony Joshua. Deontae Wilder is begging to get him in the ring, to no avail. Same with Errol Spence Jr in HIS attemps to talk Keith (One Time) Thurman into the ring. Seems like ONE TIME would be too many for Thurman.