6/30/2018 OKC- Prior to what occurred in the ring last night between homeboy Alex Saucedo (20-0-17K) and Lenny Zappavigna (37-3-27K), trainer Abel Sanchez said he “wanted to see his boy (Saucedo) in a “hard fight”. As they say, ‘be careful what you wish for’, because his boy got every INCH of that, last night. I’ve been watching fights all my life and have not seen too many that matched last night’s savage blood bath. Anything with with Marvin Johnson or Matt Franklin comes to mind, maybe the trilogy between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vasquez. For seven brutal, savage rounds these two men put everything on the line that even had THIS ‘ol guy hoping for a break in the action. That was not to be.
From the instructions, these to ‘carried on’. It was as if somebody had patted somebody’s wife on the ass. Zappavigna a known bleeder proved that as early as the second round. The punishing shots from the hard hitting Saucedo opened up a cut and caused bruising around Lenny’s right eye. Obviously, this didn’t mean a DAMN thing to Lenny as he returned fire as long as he was erect. Alex was landing short, hard right uppercuts on the inside and Lenny was landing overhand rights. Defense really wasn’t that important tonight. A beauty of a short right dropped Lenny in round three but if that was supposed to slow Lenny’s roll, guess again. At round’s end he was blasting Alex with both hands driving him into the ropes, damn the blood flow. Round four was a hell storm for the favored Saucedo as Zappavigna drove him across the ring firing both barrels and had me wondering how in the hell is he still upright? This fight could’ve been stopped on several occasions. There was more than one round that could qualify as round of the year. Folks, I LOVE this game but there was a time I wanted to see this thing stopped. The human body was not MADE for this type of activity. It was as if these guys had NO feelings for pain.
Saucedo was cut as well and his blood was all over Lenny’s back. I’m sure Abel was saying, this was “tough’ enough. The fifth and sixth rounds saw both guys going for the kill with neither looking to retreat, it was savage folks, SAVAGE. Lenny barely made it to his stool at the end of the sixth but quit was NOT a word he understood. In the seventh, after another series of brutal exchanges, Lenny’s corner found it’s heart and waved it off. Alex noticed the guy on the ring apron and pointed it out to the ref and Lenny and he seemed glad this thing was finally over. Lenny reportedly retired afterwards, citing his history of cuts and bruising. Talking head former champ Tim Bradley said, “Saucedo, work on your defense, son”. I’m sure this churned up memories of his fight with that Mad Russian Ruslan Provodnikoff (sp). Only it wasn’t THIS bloody. The Red Cross people should’ve been stationed at ringside tonight. Time of the stoppage was 2:31 seconds.
Needless to say, this fight saved the card and should have been the main event. The in between fight between a 29 year old former Brazilian Olympian with SEVEN fights, Robson Conceicao (7-0-4K) trashed some guy ( I don’t wanna’ call the guy a bum) named Gavino Guaman (5-2-1K). The only noticeable thing in this beatdown was the cool haircut Guaman had. Robson seems like a decent fighter, throws lots of hard shots downstairs and uses his height and reach well. Something must be amiss for him to be at this level. Poor Guaman acted like this was the first fight he didn’t have to PAY to see a fight. He had NO skills to speak of (unless he’s his own barber) and simply had NO right wearing a pair of boxing gloves. The only thing he used them for was to push his ass up off the canvas about five times. He was stopped at :56 seconds of the third round. I wanna’ see Robson fight a ‘real’ fighter, he’s a good fighter.
In the maine event, WBO 168 pound champ, Gilbert Ramirez (37-0-25K) didn’t impress as he struggled to a points win over a guy named Alexis Angulo. Angulo has heavy hands and came in with a 23-0-20K slate but didn’t look to be all that. He buzzed the champ a few times and gained respect early and turned this into a bit of a stinker. He only threw about three meaningful shots a round but that was enough to keep the champ from looking for a ko. Maybe it’s me being too high on WBC champ David Benavidez, the guy Ramirez claims he wants next but I see that as a mismatch. Ramirez was too patient (wary) to be considered a real threat.
A few things I wanna’ discuss before signing off. People know I was a big Floyd Mayweather fan when he was ‘Pretty Boy’ but jumped off the train when he became ‘Money’. Mayweather (49-0), that’s right, I’m NOT counting that last so-called bullshit with Connor and NEVER will. Anyway he may not be able to read Cat in The Hat but he DAMN sure can read, ‘Money in the Bank’ as he became the third and YOUNGEST athlete to make a BILLION dollars during his career. Shit, I’ll stop reading for THAT type of cheese. I’ve been getting shit from fans because I don’t see young Devon Haney as a coming superstar. Sorry. I read where he says he’ll fight the winner of the Mikey Garcia-Easter fight. Now, I know this guy has a rolls and Mercedes and all the bling and is unbeaten but he needs to be drug tested, talking like THAT. He’s won 19 fights against guys that aren’t household names in their OWN homes. His last fight was against a guy with some pop, and he back pedaled for the whole fight, tiring the guy out and making his corner call it off. He’s gonna’ have to change things to ever become a PPV fighter. He’ll learn that bullshit will only take you so far. There are LOTS of guys out there he’d have issues with.
I see where Dom Brazeale is talking shit about what he’ll do to Deontay Wilder when they fight. I’ve seen mediocre guys wobble Dominic more than once and the first time Wilder lands on his ass, that fight’s over. I see it going 4-5 rounds, IF Wilder wants to LET it. Another prediction, Benavidez is gonna’ put Dirrell’s dick in tha’ dirt.