4/21/2018- New York City- On showtime, there were two serious blowout ‘fights’ and one spirited contest that was better than expected.
Gervonta (Tank) Davis (19-0-18K0) v. Jesus Cuellar (28-2-21K)
In a battle for the WBA Super bantamweight strap, precocious brawler, Gervonta Davis put an ass whippin’ on former champ Jesus Cuellar that he won’t soon forget. Cuellar had not had the gloves on since his losing effort against Abner Mares on 12/16. What the hell’s up with guys fighting for belts coming off extensive layoffs ? Vanes Martirosyn hasn’t fought in two years, just signed to fight GGG for the middleweight belts.
In ANY event, tonight, Cuellar’s problems were HIS, NOT Tank’s. Cuellar started fast, like he was gonna’ get shit done, backing Davis up. This was fine until the little Tankster dug some serious shots to the basement, slowing Jesus’ roll. In the second round, a straight, hard, left found some ribs and down went Cuellar in delayed fashion. Cuellar made it to the third when all hell broke loose. Davis was warmed up and rolling downhill, pinning the woeful Cuellar on the ropes and landing tremendous body shots and savage head shots. The twenty two year old Davis was on fire and Jesus was providing the fuel. It wasn’t long before ref Benji Esteves rushed in to rescue Cuellar after he suffered a total of three drops. Davis was sharp and vicious and during his post fight interview with Jim Grey, showed a maturity we hadn’t seen before and if he HAS learned his lessons, the rest of the division is in DEEP.
Jermell Charlo (26-0-20K) v. Hugo Centeno (26-1-1ND-14K)
In the night’s mismatch, Oxnard’s Centeno discovered early, he was in way over his head. This didn’t last LONG enough to be called a ‘blow out’. After a tentative feel ‘em out first round, Charlo went into ‘knock ‘em out second round. Hugo landed a few shots which turned out to be the worse thing he could do. Charlo set off a six punch set that left Centeno down for the ‘teno’. He seemed to be totally out of his element from the opening bell. In a strange twist, after the usual preening around the ring, Charlo showed some REAL professionalism. Normally, he and his twin, Jermall act like lunatics in front of a mike. He spoke in measured tones to Jim Grey and didn’t diss his opponent. Charlo is a REAL and PRESENT danger to the middleweights and will have to be dealt with. The prospect of he and Danny Jacobs hooking up gets me REAL excited.
Jessie Vargas (28-2-10K) v. Adrien Bronner (33-3-1NC-24K)
I must confess, I wasn’t expecting a fight this hotly contested between these two. I expected Vargas to beat the undisciplined Ghetto Boy, Broner. Dancing to the ring and getting his hair brushed led me to believe this was the same old Broner, the guy that has reinvented himself as many times as POS45 lies. Vargas started quickly, working his left jab overtime, up and down. I figured this was gonna’ slow Broner down later. This was a theme played out over the first half of the fight. I guess it’s just a fact that Broner is just NOT a fighter that’s gonna’ move his hands that much. His new trainer Kevin Cunningham informed us, this was a “new” Broner. The only thing “new” was that damn hair brush. Stabbing Broner with belly jabs, Vargas seemed to be putting points on the board. Finally after being cussed out after every round by Cunningham, Broner started fighting. Ramming Vargas with hard body shots, and lead right hands, Broner was getting involved. The last four rounds saw a cut up, bruised up Vargas as he had no D for Broner’s (now moving) hands. Vargas was slowing down and at times seemed on the cusp of getting dropped. There was a LOTTA’ trash talking between the two as the fight was winding down. Broner had closed the gap a lot and this was heading for a close decision. Broner doesn’t have much pop beyond ’35 ‘40 and if Jessie punched harder, I’m sure those early body shots would’ve slowed Broner down.
During the interview, Ghetto Boy,Broner resurfaced. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve been Black a NUMBER of years and I don’t know what the fk Broner was ranting about. He was trying to grab the mike from Grey and was talking about Mexicans and chicken and Rice, and all sorts of shit, homophobic shit spewed from his trench mouth untouched, explaining how he felt he won. Later he came back to Gray and started with the, “first of all, I give all glory to God”, and I’m saying damn, just a second ago all I heard was mf this and fk that, NOTHING about God. The fight was declared a majority draw and I didn’t have an issue with it at all but Broner said he ‘s not interested in a rematch. During one instance while going face to face with Broner, Jessie said, “ we can do it again right NOW, Boo”. BOO? I never heard a man call another man, “Boo”. Vargas needs to learn how to trash talk. Hell, the guy with the hairbrush could give him lessons. This was a real good fight and a rematch wouldn’t’ make ME mad.