Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1,16KO) didn’t need time to figure out his opponent, former sparring partner from Maywood Boxing Club, Manuel Roman (17-3-3,6KO). It only took him 235 seconds to land a fight ending right hand to the ear of Roman. Leo earned $750,000 for WBC super bantamweight title defense which was a chief supporting bout to Mayweather Maidana rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The fight was televised by Showtime PPV. Twenty six year old Santa Cruz seemed genuinely disappointed that it ended so early.
“I knew the right was going to land,” said Santa Cruz in a post fight interview with Jim Gray:” That’s what we practiced in the gym with my dad. He was saying with the right you are going to catch him. We practiced it and we got it. That’s what we do. We train hard in the gym, so we can come and make it easy over here.”
Young Mexican champion who currently resides in Rosemead, California certainly made it look easy in the ring. But he was expected to do that against an undersized and overmatched opponent. Little-big man’s popularity has been growing like a wildfire because of his relentless aggression inside the squared circle. But he needs a serious challenge to please discriminating boxing fans. Who would it be?
Santa Cruz immediately called out Guillermo Rigondeaux.” I know the fans, they want Guillermo Rigondeaux,” exclaimed Santa Cruz:” I am coming to get you. I am not scared to fight you Rigondeaux. If my manager and my promoter and you guys come to an agreement, I am here. I am not scared of nobody!”
If by chance you are not familiar with these guys, I can only describe this intriguing matchup as a Superbowl of boxing’s super bantamweight division where best offense meets the best defense. With the old adage saying styles make fights, these styles will make a dream showdown.
Las Vegas – 16,144 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and millions around the world on the live telecast witnessed pound for pound best, Floyd “Money “Mayweather ply his craft with the precision of a surgeon while convincingly defeating very determined challenger from Argentina, Marcos Maidana . There was no controversy in the rematch. All three judges scored the fight for Mayweather: 116-111 twice and 115-112. The “Money” man, who was guaranteed $32 million dollars for this bout, extended his undefeated record to 47 wins, 26 by a knock out. Surprisingly Mayweather who made the necessary adjustments to comfortably win the rematch was not happy with his performance.
“I just didn’t stay on the ropes. I have a couple bumps and bruises because he’s a wild young fighter. My father told me to hit and not get hit and that’s what we did,” said Floyd, 37, whose face showed his age and a few bumps and bruises afterwards:”I felt sharper in the first fight. I felt a little dry and dead in this fight. I give myself a C, a C-minus. I could have been better. I got hit with some shots tonight that I shouldn’t have gotten hit with. But that comes with the sport.”
Mayweather won the first round jabbing and moving around a huge ring freely. Maidana was not able to launch his attack till the second round, but Floyd did not stay on the ropes long and countered with remarkable accuracy. After a brilliant third round by Floyd, Maidana landed a crushing right hand at the end of the stanza that hurt Mayweather and changed momentum of the fight at least in the fourth round where Maidana was able to trap Floyd on the ropes and make things very difficult.
Mayweather got the fight in the middle of the ring and control of the action for the next couple of rounds, but Maidana continued his pursuit. Seventh round was huge for Mayweather who directed the action in the middle of the ring and even backed up Argentinean slugger from time to time. Mayweather complained that Maidana bit his glove, but no one else saw it.” He bit my fingers, “said Floyd after the fight:”After the 8th round my hand was numb and I really couldn’t use my left hand.”
“Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but I never bit him,” said Maidana after the fight: “He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth, but I don’t think I bit him.”
It only made Maidana more aggressive in rounds nine and ten. The challenger from Argentina got deducted a point in the tenth for tackling Floyd to the canvass, a frustration foul because of Mayweather’s constant holding. Floyd’s constant holding pattern might have played a significant role in the fight; he grabbed Maidana every time Argentinean challenger got inside and referee separated them almost immediately, sometimes prematurely, preventing any kind of inside fighting which would obviously benefit Maidana.
“He kept holding and pushing and the ref never did anything about it,” complained Maidana after the fight:” Instead, the ref took a point away from me.”
Mayweather landed some heavy leather on Maidana in the 11thround .One of the shots went south of the border. Referee Kenny Bayless warned Floyd as the action resumed. Mayweather got on his bicycle in the final stanza knowing he had a fight won and raised his hands in victory as the final bell rang.
“I thought I won the fight but if the judges want to give the fight to a guy who runs that’s their decision,” said Maidana (35-5,31KO) whose strategy to preserve energy for later rounds proved to be detrimental to his success.
Mayweather show along with a huge Money team keeps on rolling on a path to glory. And with only two fights left on the most lucrative contract in history could “ Money” Mayweather be actually considering fighting eight division champion , Manny Pacquiao?
I’m not ducking or dodging any opponent,” said Mayweather when asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray about it: “If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself let’s make it happen. I don’t know who I’ll fight in May but I expect to fight. Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”
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“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2,” a 12-round world championship bout for
Mayweather’s WBA Welterweight Belt and WBC Welterweight and Super Welterweight World
Titles takes place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is promoted by Mayweather
Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, O’Reilly Auto Parts, “The
Equalizer” in theaters Sept. 26 and The Mexican Tourism Board – Mexico: Live it to Believe It!.
The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) and
is the fourth fight of a six-fight deal between Mayweather and Showtime Networks Inc. In the comain
event, Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBC Super Bantamweight Title against Manuel Roman in
a 12-round bout and Miguel Vazquez faces Mickey Bey in a 12-round bout for the IBF Lightweight
World Championship. In the PPV opener, Alfredo Angulo squares against James De La Rosa in a
10-round middleweight bout (162 lbs.). The event will be available in Spanish through secondary
audio programming (SAP).
Just in case this Saturday’s rematch between sweet science top dog, Floyd Mayweather and Argentine’s brawler, Marcos Maidana does not satisfy your cravings for fistic violence, I recommend you tune in to the opening bout of Showtime’s live PPV telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ten rounds or less middleweight collision between Alfredo Angulo (22-4,13KO’S) and James De La Rosa (22-2,13KO’S) is scheduled to begin at 5:00pm on West Coast, one hour earlier than usual time. Crossroads bout for both Mexican fighters, this scrap is guaranteed to produce fireworks and mayhem in the ring as well as a dramatic and premature conclusion.
Despite losing twice in a row, former Mexican Olympian Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo remains widely popular because of his take no prisoners Mexican style of boxing. Perro generates power with his fists and passion in fans with his heart. Angulo lost a real heartbreaker last June to former amateur stand out from Cuba Erislandy Lara at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California. After dropping Lara twice in a very competitive contest, Angulo suffered an eye injury in the tenth stanza and was not able to continue.
“As far as Lara fight, “said Angulo, 32, during last month’s telephone conference:” I learned a lot. It was a great experience. I showed the people that gave me no chance that Perro is always going to be here and give great fight.”
The second loss in March of this year at the hands of Mexican compatriot Canelo Alvarez was devastating. Angulo came into the ring looking completely drained. He looked like he was walking through sand in the ring and his usually powerful punches had no effect on young Canelo who was firing vicious machine gun like combinations.
” Honestly, in the Canelo fight,” said Angulo who was very unhappy about referee Tony Weeks stopping the contest in the tenth round:” I can’t tell you I learned anything because I wasn’t there. It wasn’t me. It wasn’t the one you all know, and I didn’t feel the strength and I wasn’t able to put on the performance that I would’ve wanted.”
May be that’s why after spending his whole career as a super welterweight Alfredo Angulo returns to the ring as a middleweight. “I think this is a good fight for my weight, “said Angulo who has been training in Northern California with Virgil Hunter:” I’ve been getting my weight and my body ready for the next weight class. I cut a lot of weight before the last fight and I think my body will be better at middleweight.”
This is a must win fight for Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. There is no tommorow. At the age of 32, with his body more comfortable moving up to middleweight, will his power carry over to a new weight class?
“I don’t know,” replied humble Mexican warrior:” Honestly I think you will know come September 13th if I have the same or even more going into the new division. We will let you guys decide.”
Three more fights on that card are definitely worthy of note. Ten rounds light welterweight contest between Humberto Sotto (64-8-2,35KO’S) and John Molina (27-4-2,22KO’S) is a must see all out war. Also widely popular WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1,15KO’S) will defend his title against former sparring partner, Manuel Roman (17-2-3,6KO’S) and IBF lightweight champion, Miguel Vasquez will defend his crown against highly touted , Mickey Bey (20-1-1,10KO’).
Watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring these days is like watching another sequel to a Rocky movie: a cast might change, but you know the plot. In fact the plot is so familiar that you don’t care anymore. Familiarity breeds contempt especially in the sport of boxing which legendary color commentator Larry Merchant so eloquently called a theater of unexpected. So when Money Mayweather takes the center stage, the theater lacks drama, the real reason why fans go to see the fights.
Yes, Floyd Mayweather is a brilliant pugilist who is rightfully called pound for pound best today. Yes, Floyd’s ring generalship, boxing skills and fluid movement inside the squared circle is a thing of beauty. And you have to admire the man for creating a huge cult like following and a market for his fights in spite of being a defensive fighter. “l have to sell tickets,” acknowledged Floyd in the recent international telephone conference to promote his September 13th rematch with Marcos Mariana:” That’s a part of my job, and I signed up for this.” Floyd Money Mayweather knows how to sell tickets. There is a reason why he is a highest paid athlete in America. He uses his brilliance and undefeated record inside the ring as well as non-stop drama and outlandish semantics outside.
Still, there are just so many shoulder rolls and one sided performances the fans will pay to see and so much drama with father Floyd Sr. and all the women and all the expensive toys and all the money being thrown around the fans could take before they start thinking it’s all made up or stop caring all together.” Even though you guys see All Access,” confirmed undefeated super star:” You must understand that it’s about entertainment also.”
But the entertainment boxing fans crave is inside the squared circle. They want to see blood, drama, adversity and competitive fights. So it was a very pleasant surprise for both experts and fans when huge underdog from Argentina, Marcos Maidana came out like a wild beast in Madrid during running of the bulls and attacked Mayweather as if he was fighting to protect his children. Their first encounter in May of this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas produced blood, drama, excitement and a very competitive fight. “He came out kind of wild,” noticed Mayweather during telephone conference:” And I took my time and kept my composure. I can make adjustments and I can adapt to any style.” After a very rough start Mayweather did adapt and was able to pull out a majority decision win in the later rounds. Many ringside observers and fans saw it as a very close contest.
“Just look at the fight,” disagreed Floyd:” The fight is not close. But he came out, he won the first round, I won the second round, he won the third and the fourth, and from the fifth on he lost every round.”
The fans thought it was close enough to want to see a rematch. Money Mayweather granted it for the lack of viable opponents. What can he do to trump the first scrap and to make fans want to keep coming back? “I’m going to go out there and I guess get a knock out,” said Mayweather.
That should do the trick. Tune in September 13th, 2014. Showtime PPV will begin its live telecast from famed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 5:00 pm Pacific time.
Gennady Gennadievich Golovkin also known as “GGG” has been going through opponents like a bowling bowl making a strike after strike after strike. Fourteen of his last opponents, like bowling pins, all eventually went down. His next adversary, hardnosed Mexican veteran, Marco Antonio Rubio is expected to suffer the same fate. They are scheduled to face off in a twelve rounds or less middleweight championship fight at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California on October 18th, 2014. HBO Championship Boxing will televise this event live at 7:00pm on West Coast.
“I don’t feel obligated to score a knock out,” said Golovkin during Wednesday’s press conference at famed Olivera Street in Los Angeles announcing their showdown:”It’s just my style, my Mexican style. It’s my big present for everybody, for boxing fans in United States.”
Fittingly, Golovkin (30-0,27KO’S) vs. Rubio (59-6-1,51KO’S) middleweight unification contest for Gennady’s WBA super championship title and Marco Antonio’s WBC interim belt is dubbed “Mexican Style.”
Not a stranger to Mexican style fighting, Mexican national Marco Antonio Rubio is a fighter with a very strong chin and who is not allergic to scoring knock outs. According to records Rubio recorded twenty one more stoppages than Golovkin had fights.” I am not concerned about how many knock outs are on his record,” said Golovkin, 32:” I am not chasing weak opponents. We are going to have a unification fight. That’s what I wanted.”
What fans want is a unification bout with newly crowned lineal champion, Miguel Cotto. “I respect Miguel,” said Golovkin, but his promoter Tom Loeffler indicated that team Cotto did not respond to their offer to fight. For now thirty four years old Marco Antonio Rubio who can bang with the best of them will be the next challenge. Rubio went twelve rounds with Chavez Junior in 2012 and took then unbeaten middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik into deep waters five years ago. He lost the fight, but did not get knocked out; simply ran out of gas. Let’s not forget when Rubio went to Canada three years ago and stopped a knock out artist, David Lemieux who at the time had a record of 25 wins, no losses and 24 knock outs, which represented 96% KO ratio. Golovkin’s current KO ratio of 90% is the best in boxing today.
Is Rubio the toughest test of Gennady’s professional career?
“Absolutely,” replied Golovkin who’s last outing against former champion Daniel Geale resulted in a brutal third round knock out:”He is very smart. He is a warrior. He is not scared. He is an interim WBC Champion. I saw a lot of fights of Marco. He is the best Mexican boy from middleweight division. He fights very well. Right now it is the biggest test for me and the first fight in California.”
Gennady said that he is planning to buy a house in Southern California and move his family here from Germany. He expressed excitement about fighting in Los Angeles and a bright outlook on his future in boxing.”My training camp, my coach Abel Sanchez. The last five years I’ve been training here at Big Bear Lake. It’s very important for me,” said Golovkin about fighting for the first time at Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles:” It’s my first fight in California. In the future, bigger fights may be at Staples Center, may be Forum.”
October 18th it will be at the Stub Hub Center, a venue that has been gaining popularity amid boxing fans for staging unforgettable slugfests. My personal favorite is 2008 third collision between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez. Or who can forget Rios Alvarado l or Bradley Provodnikov battles? Golovkin Rubio showdown should be able to uphold the fine tradition at the Stub Hub Center and is sure to produce a spectacular knock out on top of that. And by the way if you love knock outs, an appetizer has been added to the main course. Two featherweights, small in stature, but with thunder in their fists, Nonito Donaire (33-2, 22KO’S) and Nicolas Walters (24-0,20KO’S) will square off to contend for Donaire’s WBA crown. Don’t miss it.