7/21/18 – I was anxiously looking forward to see what newly crowned WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia would look like against a guy his size. Against Sadam Ali, the size difference didn’t lend itself to a fair fight. He blew Ali out In short order. But exactly what does Munguia weigh? In tonight’s tiff against Brit Liam Smith, he weighed in at 153.8 but at the bell he was 176, a damn CRUISERWEIGHT. Sure, Smith went from 153 to 172 making one wonder about this sorta’ shit. A couple of weeks ago, a boxer damn near killed himself trying to make weight. My favorite sport has to do something about this. One weight class up after rehydrating, ok, but four classes up, WTH? The commission would be better served by not having these secondary weighins.
Anyway, about the fight. Munguia, 21 years young with a slate of (29-0-25K) said he wanted to “stop Smith faster than Canello Alvarez did, nine rds. Turns out he didn’t stop the rugged Brit at all, though he did drop him with a left hook in the sixth round. Liam Smith proved to be as rugged as hell, making things really interesting for the young upstart. In fact, if Smith was a harder puncher, the flush shots he landed on the pretty much defenseless champion would be cause for concern in Munguia’s camp. I ain’t tryna’ hear that, ‘but Don, he’s so YOUNG’, shit. He’s the champ, RIGHT? Munguia as strange as it sounds, reminds me of a young George Forman, trying for the ‘sleeper’ with every shot. It seems at times, even while in range, Smith was still able to avoid the champ’s haymakers. The once beaten Smith didn’t pull a Lucas Matthysse stunt, surrendering his drawers to Manny Paquiao after the first hard shot he ate. After each power shot he caught, Smith fought back, hard, drilling Jaime with three-four punch sets. The champ is strong, heavy handed and seemingly pretty durable but unless he learns some D, he’s in for a rude awakening. I was surprised that he wasn’t bruised or cut from the many shots he ate. He must have that Lupe Pintor, Iguana skin.
After a decent amateur career and 30 fights as a pro, given the many rounds of sparring he gets, his D should be much better. To me, he fights like a guy that thinks he’s indestructible and can get by on his offense. He also spends too much time bouncing around in the ring. Wasted energy. Unbeaten heavyweight champ Deontae Wilder says, “as hard as I punch, I don’t need to work on no defense’. Is that Jaime’s mindset? Oh yeah, Munguia is pretty slow, too. He’s already mentioning Canelo, Charlo and Hurd, slow ya’ ROLL youngster, those guys will short circuit your career. It’s not the best thing to enter a fight with ONLY a puncher’s shot, especially when those other guys punch hard, too, AND fast. Munguia is a fun guy to watch until……BTW, Jaime won a unanimous decision. It was a good win, Smith’s no joke BUT when you’re the champ, there are no excuses. Jaime learned a lot, he said, what with all the head butts, elbows e.t.c. he was subjected to but he kept his poise and if his peeps are patient and wise enough……
In the co main, sharp shooting, WBA super bantamweight boss, Alberto (Explosivo) Machodo (20-0-16) was impressive as he dropped top contender Raphael (Sweet pea) Mensa (31-1-23K) with a sizzling right counter hook, toward the end of the opening round. It appeared to be the beginning of an early exit for the nephew of former champ, Ike Quartey, but he was competitive enough to last the twelve rounds. This was like a sparring session where the champ won every round on every scorecard. The slick ‘n quick champion called out former champion Francisco Vargas, which would be a war with plenty of Vargas’ blood on the canvas. This guy bleeds at the contract signing.
2/19/18- Showbox had a show that featured some weirdly dressed fighters and some batshit BLIND judges.
In the main event, highly touted Philly fighter Jaron (Boots) Enis (20-0-18K) faced, punching bag Armando Alvarez. This was supposed to be Enis’ coming out performance and I can’t say he was outstanding. Being a Philly guy the only guy I can say Enis reminds me of is Gypsy Joe Harris, but not as talented. Gypsy was a clown with a purpose and when he decided to ‘get involved’ he was exciting to watch. Enis’ opponent had ZERO to offer and Enis had a field. The mugging, the clowning, the antics, looking out at the crowd, all that shit better get cleaned up when he fights REAL contenders. This was against a guy, Alvarez (13-0-7K) and my question was how hard did his peeps have to look to find 13 guys HE could beat? It seemed like Enis had half of Philly in the ring after the fight, such as it was. I’m issuing a pass on this one for Enis, I have to see him in there with somebody, this was just a time consuming venture. It only lasted 3 rounds but seemed longer.
In the blind judges fight of the night, Cleveland’s Thomas Mattice (12-0-10K) got his ass delivered to him over eight rounds by Armenian brawler, Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0-6K). I suppose the judges looked at the records before the fight and made up their minds. After pressing the taller Mattice in the opening round, Zhora lined his ass up in the second and blasted Mattice to the canvas with a howitzer of a right hand. It didn’t look as if Mattice was gonna’ finish the ROUND, much less the fight. He was in bad shape and spent the rest of the fight making sure THAT shit wasn’t happnin’ again. Zhora was enjoying the fight even though he did all the pursuing. He often cornered Mattice and dug deep rib shots causing Mattice to hold on in desperation. Mattice got back into it late in the scrap, landing some nice uppercuts on the inside along with some nice right hands but there was no stopping the little tank in front of him. Hamazaryan finished strongly, outpunching the favorite right up to the bell. I already wrote in my notes ‘brotha’ got his ass beat’. Mattice even LOOKED like he lost and THEN, the sight-impaired rodents took their positions (which SHOULD’VE been near the damn exits). Mattice was declared a split decision winner and he was OBVIOUSLY the most surprised person in the building. He probably thought, ‘well if THIS is true, then the Cavs must be world champs]. Hopefully, Zhora’s team keeps their words and file a protest and request a redo. There is no way in HELL, Mattice even came CLOSE to winning this fight.
In the opener , Montana (Too Pretty) Love (11-0-5K) and Kenneth (Bossman) Sims, Jr. (12-1-4K) fought hard to keep me awake in this snore fest over eight rounds and the less said, the better. They both tried. It just wasn’t an interesting fight. Montana won the showmanship award, I guess, he had an outfit that looked worse than Enis’ and his handler held up a mirror as he preened WITH his shades on, SPARE ME, especially if you don’t do shit when the bell rings.