6/09/2018…. To BEGIN with, there was not that much happening in that so-called finals, title game. So wth interrupt the fights? I hate that sht. It’s either girl’s softball, Little League W.S. or some other non-descript bs. Javale McGee has never been interviewed in his life. This shit should’ve been aired in The Bay Area.
It in turn caused the ‘ol guy to get his hopes dashed. The fights I’d recorded earlier were not fully recorded and I KNOW I set my recorder set. However, here’s what I DID see and I hope things are better tonight. I saw a Damar Singleton (10-2-1-9k) face a guy that couldn’t fight sleep. His opponent Tommy Hughes (6-1-3K) In the sixth round of a so-so affair. Singleton struggled to finally stop Hughes on a nasty cut over the left eye which bled profusely. It was a weird stoppage because there were no punches thrown by either guy for an entire MINUTE before the ref waived it off. Singleton went bonkers, as if he’d done something, jumping around, dancing, praying, jumping on the ropes and he hadn’t done Shit.
Next up was an even WORSE fight. A guy that was 10-0-11K named Turvel Pulev knocked out a TOTALLY inept Armando Ancona (8-7-2K) in the first round, PITIFUL.
Then came the main event. Now, this is where the ‘ol guy’s gonna’ irritate the masses. Lancaster’s Jose Hernandez (19-3-1-9K)is a very popular, aggressive two fisted type that doesn’t fear a good brawl. At least, that’s the guy I watched from ringside at the PEC Center in Lancaster. His trainer, Allan Cox, a long time friend from our Hoover St. Days, is the very capable trainer of Hernandez. I ran into Big Al and his son a few days before his effort to win NABO light heavy weight title against the hoagie hype job, Mike Lee. Lee (20-0-11K) whose claim to fame was as a former Notre Dame footballer and pitch man for the Subway food chain. Big Al was saying “ this is a VERY winnable fight for us Don, if we take care of business”. Al had just come from hooping with his son and giving him grief about the lessons just administered. His son wasn’t taking things too well, looking like Trump when Merkel was chewing at his ass. He was VERY irritated. Now, about the fight. When Big Al said the fight was “winnable”, he was ON IT. Jose should’ve beaten this guy. He didn’t much resemble the guy I’d seen live. Lee was no submarine, but Jose had this thing won. Not saying this was Jose’s case but sometimes a fighter thinks a situation may be too big for him, fighting in the guy’s home town, he’s undefeated, he’s the guy with the hype, etc. In MY eyes, however, Jose was too tentative at times. He wasn’t as imposing as usual. He and his camp KNEW the situation and KNEW they had to “take this”. This was a tough, grueling affair and I was going, “c’mon Jose, c’mon, man”. In my eyes Hernandez just didn’t push hard enough. He took all Miller issued and was right there. He moved Miller back often when he wanted to. I see a lotta’ friends on FB raving about Jose’s performance but THIS Jose looked about 85%. He should’ve kicked this guy’s ass, he was the better fighter. My recording stopped in the ninth round, so I don’t know how Jose closed.
Promoter Bobby Hitz said “Lee broke two ribs in the first round”. If true, he GOT his ribs broken, HE didn’t do it. And IF true, if only Jose’s team knew. The body attack is one of Jose’s attributes. Al should ask for a redo, tell Hitz, “we want him, without broken ribs, no excuses. But if Lee’s folks are smart, he’ll leave Jose alone, maybe treat him to a Subway sandwich. Can’t wait to hear from Big Al on this one. Lee won the tiff and remains unbeaten and is the NABO champ, enjoy it mike and don’t make Jose your first defense.
And now, it’s on to tonight and Santa Cruz and Mr. Cool, Abner Mares and Charlo-Hurd.