The week in boxing | Bernie's rant; Sep 10Written by Bernard Campbell
Porter vs Garcia
An embarrassingly small crowd of 13,058 witnessed Shawn Porter vs Danny Garcia Saturday night.
The major highlight of the night was former champion Adrien Broner with camera focused getting up off his seat to give the world wide audience the double bird between matches.
It appears that the protest and fan advocacy group "Salmon Swim" is actually making a mark in New York. The president and founder of the association, Lewis Bonamo, was quoted as saying, "This match was supposed to be one of the jewel matchups of the industry in The Big Apple."
"The insistence of investors and promoters putting out a poor product (in terms of forced fed "catfights") and associated mismatches resulted in a 68% paid capacity. Our next target will be the Jacobs vs Derevyanchenko fight at The Hulu Theater at MSG, October 27th. Since it is such a small venue, a lack of turnout should really make a statement."
Accordingly, despite the announced attendance figure at the Barclays, the arena looked far closer to capacity than was reported. There appeared to be a great deal of complementery tickets and freebies that were given to charity organizations and friends than the numbers indicated. The fights on the tripleheader broadcast were of inferior quality in nature.
The main event, featuring Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia for the WBC Welterweight title, was hard to watch. Bum rushing, wild swinging, clinching and lapses of innactivity were the order of the night. Give a grade of D to the directing staff of the Showtime production in its repetitive shifting to the cheerleading team of the contractural fighters in the audience. We're not interested in the Fraternity Party bro! Lets get to brass tax and get to the darn 'meat and potatoes' of the action.
Son of a legend
In other action throughout the global fight world, Tim Tszyu 11-0, continues to impress as a Jr middleweight with a first round knockout of marginal oponnent Marcos Jesus Carnejo (19-3). Tszyu, of course, just fought last month and captured the Asia Pacific title.
Lebedev is back!
WBA Cruiserweight Champion in recess, Denis Lebedev 31-2, after a year of inactivity KOd his oponnent in 3. Hizni Altunkaya (30-2), who was knocked out by Beibut Shumenov 2 months ago, showed no resistence in those two fights. Lebedev still shows signs of good power and at 39 there is a possibility he'll eventually face unified champion Oleksander Usyk.
Khan UDs Vargas
Amir Khan (33-4) decisioned Samuel Vargas (29-2-2) across the pond. Khan's outstanding speed was evident but he didn't have the endurance toward the end to finish strong, The former champion was even knocked down during the match by the light-hitting Vargas.
What happened, Amir?
Amir Mansour was totally overwhelmed by Croation prospect Filip Hrgovic (6-0) who forced Amir to take a knee on several occasions during the bout before not answering the count in the third round.
After the fight, he told FightSaga, "He really wasn't that strong, I simply made the same mistake that often plagues us older fighters, which is being inactive consistently and then getting called out for a big fight; Even though deep down inside you know you dont have time to prepare, you still chase your dream because you're a warrior." Mansour falls to 23-3-1.
Haymon and PBC
In other news, Al Haymon's PBC has signed an exclusive deal with Fox Sports to air 10 sterling fight cards within the next year on free tv with the addition of 12 other broadcast fights.
This bubble practice of signing promotional endeavors with major media outlets, including web teams of writers, is dangerous to the competition of the fight game.PBC joins Top Rank (ESPN) and DZAN streaming as exclusive contractors who will promote their own company of employees in the form via boxing with fight matchups devoid of crossover competiton. Where the blue blazes is Teddy Atlas when you need him? .