2/17/2018- El Paso, Tx.-There were so many fights last night, I lost track, so don’t mess with me if I get a few stats wrong. But, let me start with this. I saw Caleb Plant’s debut at the Galen Center years ago and said, “damn this White dude is smooth and has skills. That was about four years ago and after watching him last night, I see very little difference, YET, whenever I see him being interviewed, he’s calling out David Benavidez, “that’s a fight I’d like” he said. Trust me, David would knock Plant’s dickstrap loose. Benavidez is now my favorite guy to watch (and Errol Spence). If Caleb Plant EVER lets his peeps put him in a ring with David, it better be just to take a picture. With that light spraying, Plant (16-0-10K) likes to do, I don’t think Benavidez, with HIS chin, would even have to block them. Plant would never have the luxury of strolling around the ring like he’s at the damn beach, with Benavidez . Plant faced a guy that was so slow and inept, it was pitiful. I’ve seen sloths faster than Porky Medina. I thought that was a rap by Tone Loc. There were times when Medina (38-8-32K) would miss by such wide margins, Plant would just clown him by waving his gloves in the air and those Latinos in El Paso did NOT like the shit he was doing ONE damn bit. I’ve seen guys shadow boxing land more punches than Porky last night. Plant has a smooth style, slick moves, but is BOOOORING as hell at times. Thing is, he never tries to hurt anybody, too busy stylin’ smilin’ and profilin’ and he’ll do that shit for ten rounds. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see where he goes next, if he plans on being a star, he’d better change his lackadaisical ways. PPV, yeah RIGHT. Oh, Plant won a unanimous decision (yawn).
Now, I have NO idea what the judges were drinking during the Devon Alexander (27-4-14K)- Victor Ortiz fight. Ortiz (32-6-3D-25K) tried his damndest, didn’t quit but STILL got his ass whipped by the sharp shooting Alexander. This was a pretty good hookup though as one NEVER knows what the hell Ortiz might do. He might enter the ring on a surfboard. Vic’s a classic underachiever, has power, talent but never really had a fighter’s mentality and if the heat got to be too much, he has no problem asking “where’s the nearest exit”? Devon was pretty much on point, raking the game Ortiz with uppercuts, straight left hands and whatever else he wanted to toss in Vic’s direction. Ortiz got his shit off, but never really did more than buzz Devon a few times. There were no knockdowns. Ortiz’s left eye started swelling as early as the fourth round and I thought oh, oh, quitting time, but he hung tough and lasted the distance in this WBC welterweight elimination scrap. Then came the Adelaide Byrd moment. The fight was scored a split decision DRAW. I saw it at 8-4. Talking head Virgil Hunter couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for Devon and didn’t give Ortiz many props at all, that was left to the other talking scalp, Ghost Guerrero. The welters are a hot division and Ortiz doesn’t belong in THAT mix, any way.
In a four rounder, hot prospect, Olympian, Carlos Banderas (3-0-3K) caught an erection after rocking the world of Jorge Rojas (4-2-2K) with a blistering one-two set early in the opening round and spent pretty much the rest of the time seeking a spectacular ko. Rojas wasn’t just there to entertain Bandaras and after getting drilled from time to time, informed the young upstart that ‘some of us can go more than four’. It was a good learning experience and should bode well in Bandaras’ future. Carlos is super quick and accurate and looks very promising, just has to be a little patient at times.
Mandalay Bay- Las Vegas
Errol Spence’s next victim, Yourdanis Ugas (21-3-10K), scored a hard fought victory over Philly’s Ray Robinson (24-3-12K), dropping him twice and scoring a TKO at 1:05 of the seventh round. Ugas, as rugged as they come, finished matters with an overhand right. Robinson had his moments in this back and forth affair but was finally worn down by the strength and power of Ugas.
I was fired up to watched my favorite guy to watch, David Benavidez, tha’ games youngest champ at 21. Benavidez (19-0-17K) out to inform us that this rematch with the ultra rugged, Ronald (the Thrill) Gavril (18-2-14K) in this super middleweight hookup. In their first encounter, Benavidez survived a knockdown in the final round but was ahead on the cards. Both guys had been threatening a different result this time. The Thrill questioned the maturity of the youngster and David just said, I’m gonna’ knock his ass out this time. The tall and super talented Benavidez was like an unchained Cobra, piercing the tight defence of his opponent with laser jabs from the gate. He then switched to a vicious body attack that had the normally aggressive Gavril on the lam. David is one mean youngster. Gavril would barrel forward with his strong body shots but was met each time with a hail of leather from the young, well conditioned champion. This was a beautiful performance by Benavidez as he showed a maturity beyond his years. He doesn’t have a fighter’s body, hardly any muscles to talk about but he can and WILL bang. It seemed like the only time Gavril landed was when Benavidez allowed him to,like when he was on the ropes. Things got pretty tortuous for the hard trying Gavril who had NO help from his corner. Former lightheavyweight champ (and a good one) Eddie Mustofa Muhamed kept repeating the OBVIOUS, “you’re taking his best punches, look at how tired he is, he’s dead-ass tired”. He said this after nearly every round. Problem was, he was lying about the “tired” part. I’m sure The Thrill was thinking’ yeah, I’m taking his shots now wtfk can I DO about it’? Eddie had NO solutions and the ass whippin’ continued. Gavril had fleeting success but otherwise just got trashed. It was reported that he suffered a broken jaw AND nose. Did I say David can ram? The only think that kept him from stopping the rugged Gavril was the injury suffered to both hands in the ninth round. He only threw about six rights over the last three rounds. Overall, a brilliant performance and a bad sign going forward for this division. So, THIS is what Caleb Plant wants, DON’T fkn make me laugh.
In an interesting hookup, Philly’s Danny( Swift) Garcia (33-1-19K), with his heavy hands, faced the supposedly rededicated tough guy, Brandon (Bam Bam ) Rios. The Oxnard vet (34-3+-1D-24K). Rios had shown some improvement since reuniting with one of California’s top trainers, Robert Garcia of Oxnard. Early on, Rios was seen slipping shots and a better defense. Garcia showed lots of patience, boxing well, behind good movement an a stiff left jab. Rios started getting inside in the third and landing with uppercuts but Garcia was starting to fire bac, landing jarring rigt hands to Brandon’s face.Both guys were landing well but Garcia was started to really get to Rios with big hooks to the body and head slowing Rios down. In the seventh, Brandon was pretty much walking in and dieting on Danny’s power shots. It was pretty obvious at this point that Rios was in deep caca. Danny’s shots were starting to shake up Rios. Rios would shake his head ‘no’ but I think those rights were rocking his head. With his face showing the wear and tear, Brandon was a sitting duck as Garcia was duck hunting. A lazy jab sealed Rios’ fate as Garcia counter with a monster right hand, putting Rios flat on his back. Forever the gamester, Rios got to his feet at nine and when ref Kenny Bayless asked if he wanted to go on, Brandon said ‘yes’ but his underpinnings told a different story. If Bayless had allowed Garcia to get off another right hand like that, he’d be considered an accessory
Then, things got REAL funky. As they annoying Jim Gray was interviewing Garcia, top contender, Shawn Porter started yapping at Danny. Needless to say, Danny and daddy weren’t having it. The shit was flying and I never understand why a guy in a three piece would get in the face of a fighter with gloves on and STILL hot from the battle. Danny told Porter, “go back home, boy, this is my town” Porter said, “I live here, I train here, I’m from here”. Garcia” we can do it now, we can take it to the streets. Porter: No, I wanna’ do it for money, make the fight. Garcia: this is the Danny Garcia show, tha’ fk outta’ here”. The boxer’s dads were chirping as well. If they sign, it would be great theater. And somewhere, the slow-healing champ, Keith (Sometime) Thurman was trying to show some spunk. He was in shock when Rios hit the deck, but perked up when he saw the lens was pointed at HIM. Poor Thurman can’t catch a break. He sounds like that Sow Sarah Sanders dodging, when asked a direct question. You ask that swine where she’s going, she’ll tell you where she’s been. Thurman’s like that when asked about Spence. This morning, however, I read he said, “Spence can’t beat me, I’ll whip his ass, I’ll handle him”. It’s about TIME he started at least SOUNDIN unafraid.