12/09/2017-New York-Well, I’d been saying all along this was gonna’ be a lousy fight and that’s EXACTLY what it was. All this pound for pound, brilliant this, brilliant that, bullshit wasn’t on display tonight. This had been billed as a ‘fight of the decade’ type thing, just like all that crap that was spewed when Mayweather fought Pacquio. Once again, the fans got rooked. This wasn’t even boxing, this was some GRAPPLING shit. Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1-7K) had no problems at all, with the tepid, sorry, pitiful boxing exhibition put on by Guillermo Riggondeaux (17-0-11K). What we had here folks, was a smaller, 37 year old guy with 17 fights and a 27 year old with TEN fights and YET people bombard us with accolades saying how great these guys are. PLEASE, SPARE ME. Maybe I’m too old school, but ten fights doesn’t make you a great ANYTHING. Riggs was just a little old boxer coming up two weight classes and making no attempt to win the fight. This was an exhibition in holding, wrestling, tussling, complaining, apologizing, loss of points, you get the idea. There were very few clear, hard punches and they were landed by Lomachenko. He spent most of the night trying to find ways to get out of the octopus like clutches of his opponent.
The end result was Riggs quitting on his stool after the sixth round, complaining about an injured hand. Injured HOW? It damn sure wasn’t from punching, because I can’t recall more than a dozen clean shots from Riggs and I’m playing Santa. He didn’t do shit. People say, ‘man, Loma’s killing people, making them QUIT. This was like the second Leonard-Duran fight. It wasn’t as if Riggs was taking punishment, getting dropped, beat up, cut up, or ANYTHING of the sort. I think he was just frustrated with Loma’s herky-jerky now you see me, now you don’t style. He was behind Riggs as many times as McGreggor was behind Mayweather. Riggs better be glad that wasn’t Adrian Broner behind him, or he’d be pregnant in a month. So, what’s next for Lomachenko? I’d like to see him move up and try Mikey Garcia. He won’t have to worry about a lotta’ holding and grappling, trust me. Loma answered the bell at 137, so he was pretty much a Jr. welter. So he retains his WBO strap and will be called the GOAT by many but not THIS scribe.
In other action, prospect Michael Conlan (4-0-4K) didn’t get the chance to go home early tonight as he had to work the entire six rounds to get the win over Luis Fernando Molina (4-3-1K). It was a workman like effort with not many questions asked and I’m sure his coach, the capable Manny Robles was glad to get his fighter back in the win column. His last two got stopped. The most destructive guy I saw tonight was unbeaten, heavy handed Christopher Diaz (21-0-13K), who put some serious hurt on Bryant Cruz (18-2-9K) Seems like every time Diaz would land a tough shot on Cruz he caused some weird reactions. Three times, Cruz was dropped and each time his legs did some strange things before he tasted the deck. Diaz seems like he’d give a lotta’ guys problems at 130. Dude has some heavy mitts. In the aired opener, I don’t know why they even DID this. Hot prospect, Shakur Stevenson (3-0-2K) faced a guy that had NO damn business in the ring with him, in Oscar Mendoza (4-2-1K), I could’ve put up more resistance. I understand building a prospect but DAMN, give me a break. Stevenson is a Silver Olympic finalist with an outstanding amateur career, so unless he was coming off an injury or something, wth does a fight like this do for him? Screaming each time he threw a punch, Shakur made it sound like he was REALLY putting work. Good thing Mendoza DIDN’T fight, because he can’t.
I’m already tired of Screaming’ A Smith and Teddy Atlas’ comedy act. Smith is trying to act like he’s an expert on boxing these days, I guess he’s Max Kellerman’s protégé. Lomachenko had the line of the night, saying “I should change my name to Nomo chenko,” since so many guys quit on their stool when facing him.