Last night was one of those that had my eyeballs spinning like a Roulette wheel. I think I saw Sam (where’re the cameras) Watson at EVERY fight. Let’s start in my hometown of Philly. First thing I noticed was how loose Tim Bradley has gotten without Teddy Atlas blowing in his ear. He gets to talk a LOT more and doesn’t have his every comment critiqued by Mr. Know it All ( or would THAT be Max Kellerman?)
Bryant Jennings (22-2-13K) v. Joey Dawejko (19-5-54D-11K)
In a pretty decent hookup, a pair of Philly guys that met in the ams set out to prove how much they’ve improved in the pay ranks. Jennings is not spectacular, nothing outstanding about him, carries a lunch pail. At LEAST, at times, Joey resembled a White James Toney, or White Andy Ruiz ( which would be a decent fight). Only thing is, Joey spends more time feinting and slipping and ‘being cute’ than actually fighting. He has some skills but doesn’t work any harder than he needs to. With only 11 kos in 28 fights, he needs a higher work rate. Plus, he seemed to fade a bit at the end. Veteran trainer Shadeed Suluki was manning Joey’s corner. Bryant was his normal self, doing enough to earn a unanimous decision. After seeing Pal Joey land a left uppercut, body hook and a hook upstairs, it was easy to see, he has a nice arsenal. There were quite a few ‘infractions’ during the fight and that annoying ass ref made this fight hard to really focus on.
Jesse Magdaleno (25-1-18K) v. Issac Dogboe (19-0-11K).
In a high pitched super featherweight battle with the WBO strap at stake, the talented Magdaleno bit off more than he could chew against this little brawling Pitbull. Rumor was, Jesse wasn’t in the best of shape and trying to take short cuts in training, to which I say, “who’s problem was THAT”? He answered the bell, so it was on him. Shortcuts only get you to the WRONG place, QUICKER and he paid for it tonight. Dogboe didn’t seem to be experiencing any such issues. Dogboe treated Jesse like he was a DOG BONE. Magdaleno gave Issac the first knockdown of his career in the first round. I’m sure Jesse would have LOVED for this to end early so he could get back to the gym. Though shaken, Dogboe was up for the down stroke and accepted whatever Jesse tossed his way and had a huge arsenal of his own that Magdaleno painfully learned over the course of this encounter. Both warriors traded big shots to the body AND head. In the fifth round, it was Jesse’s turn to eat some canvas and he was hurt badly. He FOOLISHLY beckoned to Issac to ‘c’mon wit’ it and that’s EXACTLY what occurred. Landing air sucking body shots that drained Magdaleno, this was turning into a real WAR, that was now in Isaacs’s favor. Jesse was brave as hell and unfortunately, was in JUST enough shape to take a bad beating over the last half of the bout. It became a sad sight, seeing macho Magdaleno eat savage shot after shot, from a guy that DID train. It was obvious by the tenth round that Jesse would be lucky to finish on his feet as there was no ‘easing up’ on Issac’s agenda. In the eleventh, a battered and tired Magdaleno was dropped twice, forcing the ref to call a ‘cease fire’, giving an overjoyed Dogboe a well earned ko and the chance to hear, and the NEW….. So if it’s true about Magdaleno’s discipline, this sustained ass whippin’ should cure it. Is it me or does it seem that trainer Manny Robles’ fighters lose a lotta’ fights?
Jesse Hart (23-1-19K) v, Demond Nicholson (18-1-17K)
These two talked so much pre-fight crap, I had a feeling this wasn’t gonna’ be so hot. Hart, from Philly, continues to try to be better than his dad, the fearsome hitting middleweight of the 70’s-80’s, Eugene (Cyclone) Hart. First of all, his dad was a REAL ‘Philly Fighter’, Jr., not so much .Hart drilled Nicholson with a big right hand in the opening round, leading to one thinking this would be a ‘quickie’. Not so, in the second the Philly guy got blasted by a right hand at the bell and stumbled to his corner. The pattern was established in the third, when this turned into a street fight with fouls, name calling and threats. In round seven, Demond lost his will to fight. After going down again, he ignored the ref’s count and argued the validity of the shot, all the while, being counted out. Can you say ‘weird’ ending?
Josesito Lopez (35-7-19k v. Miguel Cruz (17-0-11K)
If Miguel didn’t feel like fighting, he should’ve stayed the hell at home. He traveled all the way to El Paso to provide the Riverside Rocky, Lopez, target practice. Seriously, he didn’t do squat. The name “Cruz’ suits him just fine. Lopez must’ve been wondering how long this guy was gonna’ play ‘possum’. Round after round, Cruz barely did much more than throw low blows and rabbit shots. It was a boring outing for Cruz, but Lopez didn’t care, he deserves a ‘gimmie’ from time to time after all the wars he’s had in his career.
Barclay Center, New York
Jarrell Miller (20-0-18K) v. Johann Duhaupas (36-4-22K)
Brooklyn’s hot prospect, Big Baby Miller had his hands full with tough, durable Johann Duhaupas and had to go twelve rounds for the first time. Of course, (as they all say), “I wanted to get the rounds in”. Bullshit, if so, why were you landing bombs in the eleventh round? The 304lb Miller is a deceptive guy, with solid D, good head and shoulder movement and better than average speed. I’ve seen him a few times and for his size, he has just ‘good’ not ‘great’ power. His opponent is as game as they come and took all that Miller could muster and never came close to dropping. Miller pounded on Duhaupas as much and as long as he wanted. Duhaupas was no slouch though and caught Big Baby with clean shots but neither guy has huge power. Miller is smooth and has all the punches at his disposal and is hard to hit flush with more than one shot at a time. Duhaupas did have some success, landing with his right hand. After twelve rounds, the decision was a real no brainer and of course, Miller called out everybody except ME. He would be hard for champ Devonta Wilder to land a clean shot but if he does…… He doesn’t seem to have the power to stop Wilder, either but pretty soon, he’ll be in with either Wilder OR Anthony Joshua.
Danny Jacobs (33-2-29K) v. Maciej Sulecki (26-0-10K)
Maybe it’s me but I have not been overly impressed with Danny Jacobs lately. He outweighed GGG by about 20 lbs in their fight and STILL got dropped. He gets too much credit for going the distance imo. Then, that other who- he, went the distance and never was close to getting dropped and STILL there’s that ice job put on him a few years ago, not to mention getting dropped by of ALL people, Javier Mora! In tonight’s scrap, he got touched too many times by Sulecki. Had that been a true ’60, Danny may have had issues. I DO know THIS, Jermall Charlo punches pretty well. Another thing, Jacobs is a bit stubborn, ignoring his fine trainer, Derrick James’ instructions, causing him to catch unnecessary shots. Lots of times, maybe outta’ lack of respect. He stood right in front of Sulecki with no upper body movement. Danny is a skillful fighter but has too many lapses. He was able to drop a tiring Sulecki in the 12th round and won a unanimous decision but something seems to be amiss with Jacobs.
NOTE: I didn’t catch all the undercard action but learned Kevin Watts (12-2-5K) scored a big upset ko win over once promising ‘Cowboy’ Ryan Karl (15-2-09K) Watts was coming off consecutive losses but it seems as Herve Estrada has him back on track. This could be a new beginning. Good job guys. Watts trains out of Estrada’s gym, The AV Boxing club.