/11/18-As I settled in for another exciting night of throw downs, I was concerned about having to channel switch so as not to miss anything. Well, there was no problem, this time, only two of the seven bouts were worth a shit. Let’s hope tonight will be better.
PBC ON BOUNCE- SAM’S TOWN CASINO, LAS VEGAS, Nv.
Erick Bone (19-5-8K) v. Cameron Krael (13-12-3-3K)
Looking at the records of these two guys, especially Krael, with THREE kos in 28 fights, I thought, good, let’s get this one outta’ the way first. To the ‘ol guy’s pleasant surprise, these two unknowns really gave the Vegas crowd their money’s worth. Sometimes it would be nice if guys got paid according to their performance (or LACK thereof). There were hard exchanges throughout this ten rounder, with both guys fighting as if a belt was on the table. There were no knockdowns but also, not too many breaks in the action. The action was as good inside as when both guys fought at range. The final verdict was a split (no problem) decision in Bone’s favor. Let’s do this again.
LaTeef Kayode (21-2-16K) v. Andrew Tabiti (15-0-12K)
Lateef Kayode is a fearsome, menacing, imposing figure, until the bell rings, that is. Once the action starts, this guy’s like a blind bull in a china shop. He has NO balance, No reflexes, No stamina and No apparent boxing skills. He just rushes forward, making it easy to get tied up and this is what happened against Tabiti. This was a lousy, stinking fight filled with bull rushes, clinches and everything else that frustrates a fight fan. For all the muscles piled up on his upper body, Lateef has no real punching power. Now, Tabiti wasn’t a helluva’ lot better, grabbing Kayode at every rush. Finally, with an (already) fading Kayode, trapped on the ropes, Tabiti landed a flush right uppercut that put Mr. Muscles down and out. Afterwards, the two men hugged and chatted for what seemed like five minutes, probably telling each other, ‘what a great show we put on’.
Ishe Smith (29-9-12K) v. Tony Harrison (26-2-21K)
Will someone PLEASE tell me why old-ass Ishe Smith is still headlining shows? I don’t know how old he is but last night, he looked 10 years older. He was lucky that he was in with a talented guy that was in no mood for trying for a ko. Except for a blistering right hand that had the squatting Smith almost down (actually it was ruled a knockdown), Harrison was content to go the distance. The normally durable Smith was on the brink of being stopped several times but Harrison let him off the hook. Harrison is a bit of a safety first guy that hardly senses a period of urgency. He’s not a fan friendly tv fighter, that’s for sure but he is a talented guy with all the tools, except that killer instinct. Smith is always referred to “the only champion from ‘Vegas” which doesn’t say much for TMT. Smith said later, “I fought a great fight”, when, after you got back to your dressing room?
SHOBOX, Philadelphia, Pa.
Devin Haney (18-0-12K) v. Mason Menard (33-2-24K)
Let me start by saying I was not overwhelmed with rising ‘Super star’ Devin Haney’s performance. He’d get booed outta’ the ring, fighting in LA like he did tonight. True, he’s young, and maybe overhyped but he fights like Money Mayweather NOT Pretty Boy Floyd. He’s definitely a Floyd wannabe, flashing all his material things and saying, “I wanna’be just like Floyd”. Didn’t we just hear that from Ghetto Boy, Adrian Broner ? Tonight was my first extended look at the Prodigy and he had the perfect guy as his opponent. Menard was as slow as whale shit sinking to the bottom of the ocean. I mean, he didn’t land a SINGLE shot in the first four rounds. Haney looked like he was boxing a tackling dummy. He was faster than Ali with his lateral movement, stopping only briefly to drill this heavy bag, making him seem even faster. He claims he wants to fight for the title in his next fight. Be careful what you wish for, youngster. There’s lots of guys out there that will show him what he has YET to learn. This wasn’t even a competitive fight, by a LONG shot. Actually, unless you’re a Haney fan (which there are many), this was actually a real SNOOZER. Poor Menard was like a dog on a leash out for a walk in the park. This card was partially promoted by Haney promotion. Looks like he’s WAY ahead of Floyd as far as the ‘bidness of boxing goes’ and, I can’t fault him for that but I won’t be breaking MY neck waiting for his next fight. Oh, after doing nothing for NINE rounds, Mason’s corner decided to pull the plug. He wasn’t getting hurt and it was obvious from the START he wasn’t gonna’ win shit, so why put that TKO’d by, on his slate
Joshua Greer Jr, (16-1-1-8K) v. Glenn Dezurn Jr. (9-1-1D-6K)
To me, this was the most entertaining scrap of the night. I enjoy watching Greer fight. He’s loquacious (sorta’ a Broner type but he moves his hands) fast, sharp with a little pop to his game. He’s called, ‘Don’t Blink’), and brings a pillow for his opponent into the ring. More entertaining than a damn hairbrush. His opponent, Vernon Forrest look alike, Glenn Dezurn, Jr. was a willing foe until the heat became too much for him. Both little (122lbs) warriors were there for the party and staged some furious exchanges in this scheduled ten rounder. Greer Jr. always has a maniacal smile on his face, even when getting hit, like he’s a crazy man. He has all the weapons and is dedicated to the rib area. Greer Jr. took the starch outta’ Dezurn Jr. with a withering body attack before dropping him twice, leading to the ref to call a cease fire. This little dynamo is only a fight or two away from running wit’ tha’ Big Dogs.
In Other Action……
Light heavy weights Alvin Vermall Jr. (15-0-1ND-12K) struggles to a decision win against Charles Foster (15-0-8K). The 5’8’’ Vermall Jr, who has fought as high as 200 lbs, landed a few hard shots but was at a big physical advantage and was out boxed by the 6’2” Foster. The call was unanimous in Foster’s favor and Vermall needs to decide what weight lass he wants to compete in and he is NO Dwight Braxton (Qwai).
Adam Lopez (16-2-2D-8KO) had his hands MORE than full with Russian fireplug Arnold khegai (11-0-1-8K). Somebody must’ve told the Mad Russian, ‘when you fight in the US, don’t worry about ‘rules’. Arnold used every trick in the book and only lost one point as he shucked and jived his way to an eight round unanimous win. He has a herky jerky style and when you add the fouls, it’s a hard combination to beat, as Lopez discovered. Poor Lopez wanted to ‘play fair’ but that wasn’t the intention of Khegai. He gave Lopez too much to be concerned with, plus he’s a pretty decent fighter, anyway.