8/4/2018- I wasted a perfectly good old man’s nap today. I could’ve used it for the first two ‘fights’ aired on PBC. No, I don’t expect a homerun each time out but I don’t wanna’ witness 22 straight rounds of bullshit, either. What made matters worse was the fact the ring seemed to be about the size of a tennis court and seems like guys were just following each other around all night. Another pet peeve of the ‘ol guy is, when I’m watching a bullshit fight, I don’t want the talking heads telling me what a “great fight” I’m watching. I understand they get paid to do a job but give me some slack and if I hear Robert Guerrero use the words “also, too” together, ONE more time, I’m gonna’ jump off a bridge. According to The Ghost and Shawn Porter, I missed a “great night of boxing”, who knows, maybe I WAS asleep. Any way, here’s what I saw:
Erick Bone (20-5-8K) v. Sergey Lipinets (13-1-10K)
When I saw the Russian Lipinets against star Mikey Garcia, he put in a lot more work. Tonight, against a back tracking, wild swinging Bone he looked pretty damn mediocre. The compact Lipinets seemed to spend the large part of this fight shaking his arms loose, as if he couldn’t get started. Lipinets followed Bone around that monster ring all night. When he DID get in range, not much happened. He’d either get wrapped up by Bone or let him slide off the hook. This was his introduction to the welterweight class and he’s gonna’ have LOTS of problems with those guys and trying to ‘find’ them won’t be one of them. They’ll be right there, LOOKING for work. Porter said, “Bone’s fighting a good fight”. I guess with that head down wild swinging, he really impressed Shawn, I wonder why? The decision was a no brainer in favor of the Russian tank.
Peter Quillin (33-1-1-23K) v. J’ Leon Love (24-1-1-13K)
The last time I saw Quillin, Kid Chocolate was being steam rolled in about two minutes by Daniel Jacobs, which btw was the last impressive performance BY Jacobs. Boxing is weird. Quillin, once highly regarded, was shown the exit early, yet top rated Jacobs has allowed a couple of no names to hang around for 12 rounds, go figure. It’s also hard to believe that Love was once the best fighter on TMT. I can’t recall the last time I saw HIM in a good fight, either, and I watch a LOTTA’ fights. Tonight, Q must have thought he was on the talk show circhuit, as he did more talking than fighting tonight. He was talking to Floyd Mayweather during the fight, chatting with people ringside, talking to Love, hell MY phone rang during the fight but I didn’t answer, it was probably Quillin wanting to talk to ME. Q as he’s called has been MIA for some 32 months and to be honest for the most part, he was missing tonight, too. He and Love missed so many shots, I don’t know HOW the judges were able to score it. Porter said (when Q was talking during the ‘action’), “this is what the people missed and paid to see tonigh. O to hell Shawn, nobody missed this shit. Q would grab the rope and look into the crowd and one wonders, ‘what hell was Love doing all this time’? I’ll tell ya,’ he wasn’t doing shit. He showed a lotta’ lateral movement during the match, that’s about all. There was a brief flare-up during the eighth round, shocked the HELL outta’ me as both guys seemed to recall what they were supposed to be doing. Quillin got the best of that brief exchange. After the verdict was rendered in Q’s favor, no surprise there, Love went to Q and embraced him and whispered in his ear for a full two minutes. Shit, Lance Stephenson wasn’t in LeBron’s ear THAT damn long. I KNOW Q was starting to feel a little uncomfortable. Maybe Love heard about the problems Q was having with his wife and was offering some comfort. I thought they’d done all their talking DURING the fight. Love was like former champ Kevin Kelley. Now THAT dude could TALK, especially after he kicked your ass. He’d be lecturing his victims after the fight like he was their damn coach.
Joey Spencer (3-0-3K) v. Bruce Lutchmedial (2-4-2K)
At THIS point, it was up to an 18 year old hid to save the show. Hard punching Joey Spencer is being touted as a rising star. He’s fast, strong, young punches hard AND he’s White, so you KNOW. He faced some guy that was probably taking tickets at the door earlier. Spencer came out and proceeded to drop some heavy shit on his tissue soft opponent. A few well placed body shots put down Uncle Brucie a couple of times and this thing was stopped at 2:59 of the opening round.
Devon Alexander (27-4-1D-14K) v. Andre Berto (31-6-24K)
In the main event, two vets on the downsides of their careers faced off. Devon Alexander has had some decent wins and once held a belt as did Berto albeit, Andre’s was a gift from Al (The Hologram) Haymon. I figured this would be a good one OR a stinker. Turns out, it was a mixture of both. Berto was at a disadvantage as that pesky ass ref wouldn’t leave him alone. He was warning Berto for everything. Devon got out quickly and stunned Berto a couple of times early. There was a knockdown that shouldn’t have been called since it was from TWO shots to the back of the head by Alexander, as if Berto didn’t have ENOUGH to bitch about. After his quick start, Alexander seemed to hit the wall. He slowed down in the sixth and allowed the muscular Berto to make his run. He outhustled Alexander over the second half of the fight, sending trainer Virgil Hunter over the edge. At one point, he told Devon, “I need these next three rounds”, Devon should’ve said ‘well dammit, if YOU need ‘em, YOU put the damn gloves on’. Both guys let it all hang loose over the final couple rounds, ending what turned into a pretty interesting fight. During the interviews, post fight, neither guy was able to say for certain what lies ahead. At least they weren’t making any crazy call outs, seeming to KNOW the future has passed. During the fight, Porter who’s cred had already started to slide, said “we have two hall of fame trainers in the corners tonight”. Really? Kevin Cunningham was in Alexander’s corner and take Andre Ward outta’ the equation, what are we talking about as far as the HOF goes? At the end, one of the talking heads yelled “this was a great night for boxing”. He obviously went to the Trump school of hyperbole. Oh, Berto won by split decision with the cards reading 114-113 Alexander and 115-112 twice for Berto.
Somewhere in Pensacola, trainer John David Jackson is quietly smiling and pulling on his joystick.
Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1D-28K) v. Eleider Alvarez (25-5-2D 10K)
My, my, my, as MC Hammer would say. The once feared WBO champion, Krusher Kovalev, once thought to be the most fearsome Russian NOT named Putin, got his ass broke off and served to him by Eleider Alvarez in a stunner. Most people thought this would be a win for the heavy-handed Kovalev, especially given the lack of KO power shown by Alvarez in past fights. Kovalev has been running down his former coach John David Jackson, saying among other things, “he wasn’t a real coach”. Hey Sergey, was that ass whippin’ you took tonight, “real”? Kovalev whined after his two losses to the (for now) retired, Andre Ward. Krusher blamed everybody except ME. Tonight, Krusher came out looking to stop Alvarez early, pressing and landing body shots. Alvarez though, was here with a PURPOSE. He boxed smoothly, drilling Kovalev with hard jabs, made harder by the Russian’s pressing tactics. Alvarez snapped Kovalev’s head back several times, stopping him in his tracks and knocking him off track. On occasion, he’d surprise Kovalev with well timed right hands. This was very interesting. In the fifth, Kovalev was starting to find Alvarez with hard head shots and straight rights to the body. To his surprise, Alvarez was not impressed, firing back and challenging the heavy handed Russian. To his credit, Krusher WAS boxing better than ever.
Though he was stunned a couple of times, Alvarez was up to the task at hand. To say the ending came suddenly is an understatement. Alvarez threw an overhand right. Krusher took one, then three steps back before he took a seat. He was hurt and there was no doubt about it, there’d be NO whining about THIS shit. To his credit, he arose and was met by a fearsome combo that put him right back where he was this time with his left arm bent awkwardly under his body. I’m sure Kathy Duva’s undies had flunked the moisture test. Again, Krusher was up and again he was back down under the relentless assault by Alvarez, causing the ref to terminate Kovalev’s evening. This was a performance that screamed,’ I WANT THIS’. This was a startling performance and a win that says, ‘no further questions your honor’. So now, Eleider Alvarez is the unified champ and the new kid on the block. So what’s next Dmitry Bivol who won earlier tonight? May as well. I think this win is gonna’ elevate Alvarez’s game as well as his stock. As for Sergey Kovalev, he doesn’t really seem like the type to bounce back from what just happened. And John David Jackson just changed his shorts for the third time tonight.
Dmitry Bivol (13-0-11K) v. Isaac Chalemba (25-2-2D-10K)
The talking heads all considered challenger Isaac Chalemba to be mere fodder for the rampaging WBA lighheavyweight champ Dmitry Bivol and they tried to justify their assumptions by wetting their pants each time the hard puncher threw a punch. If Bivol was raising as much hell as the talking heads this fight would’ve been over in two rounds. Truth be told, Bivol came nowhere even close to dropping the awkward challenger, forget STOPPING him. All during the fight, the announcers ranted and raved about Bivol’s performance. I gave his performance a 7, even though he dominated. He didn’t look as frightening as the heads wanted you to believe. If he fights Eleider Alvarez in his next fight he loses. The fact is, 14 fights is not much of a resume. He’s a tough young kid, no doubt but the jury’s still out on the guy.