Bernie's Rant | Week in boxing; Oct 15Written by Bernard Campbell
On Saturday, three fights of major importance and relevance with surprising activity proved the emperor has no clothes.
All three of the favorites were exposed on different levels, whether it be styles, size differential or experience.
The stock of all three winners, based on their performances, dropped.
In Russia, undefeated American hopeful Andrew Tabiti 17-0 (13) had his apple cart to Cruiserweight supremacy disrupted by an inferior Russian opponent in the quarterfinals of The WBSS. Ruslan Fayfer 23-1 (16), who clinched and refused to fight toe to toe with the American, revealed chinks in his armour. Tabiti won a unanimous decision with scores of 115-112, 114-113, and 116-111.
Tabiti failed to show his power and boxing ability due to Fayfer's unorthodox style, nuetralizing his jab with hitting and clinching that threw Tabiti's rhythm off. By the midpoint of the fight, there appeared to be no clear winner until toward the end when Fayfer was finally deducted a point. The fight could may have been a draw if it not for that.
The other quarterfinal fight saw WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete 5'9, 28-2 (21) struggle with former Bronze Medal Olympian and decorated amatuer Mikhail Aloyan 5'4 4-0 (0).The height differential was obvious because Tete towered over his opponent by 4 inches and had a considerable reach advantage. Aloya,n being the smaller man, was considerably out of Tete's wheelhouse with Zolani being forced to punch down, missing with flush punches.
As a result of Tete's frustration, Aloyan was able to open some holes and score through Tete's defense. Towards the end of the contest, both fighters were deducted a point for holding. Judges scoring was 114-111, 114-111, 114-110 all in favor of Zolani Tete.
The main attraction of the night brought up a pairing of WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford and his undefeated challenger Jose Benavides. The challenger held a distinctive size and reach advantage on Crawford, and the fight appeared to be even up until the 6th round. Crawford was getting out jabbed by this rangy opponent seemed as if he had no answer for it. The punches landed by the former 140lb champion seemed like it had little impact. (What would he do against an opponent like Paul Williams?)
It was obvious that Crawford's punching power had its limits. The problem is that Benavides was reluctant to take advantage of his natural gifts and was complacent in his attack for most of the fight. Finally, Crawford landed an uppercut that put Benavides on the canvas at 2:42 of the 12th round. The challenger was still on his feet and was lucid but the referee called the fight in favor of Crawford's resume.
The beauty of these productions was the absence of a forced female entry on any of the cards.
A Boycott has been called by the New York protest group (Salmon Swim) on the Jacobs-Derevyanchenko Middleweight title bout at the tiny Hulu Theater at MSG in New York, (Capacity 5000), Oct 27th. There are still plenty of seats available left due to slow sales.
Salmon Swim has been effectively taking a stand against Professional Boxing of cards in New York City since January of this year, starting with the Wilder-Ortiz match. There have been no sellouts to date and there has only been a peak capacity of 75% in these major arenas. At least 8 major fight cards have been casualties in the Big Apple.
The primary issues have been the mismatches and the impositions of female fights on the cards without fan desire.
Mauro Ranallo, self proclaimed Mental Health Advocate and Showtime Boxing Commentator, has personally blocked me on his Twitter account for my opposition and criticism of the Fury-Wilder matchup scheduled for December 1st. I have called him out on why he has been pushing the fight and making Fury the next Poster Boy of Mental Health Awareness. My opinion is Fury is not in any shape to fight for a title due to a 100 pound weight loss and use of pychiatric medication.
Kudos to Tomas Rojas 49-16-1 winning a Majority decision last week over future hall of famer Jhonny Gonzales 66-11 (54) for the WBC International Silver 130lb title. Both fighters are ICONS in Mexico.
What of the fight that is taking place in Boston next week?
With Billy Joe Saunders stripped of his title and suspended, with an obscure replacement in fighting opponent Demetrius Andrade. Will the Patrons want their money back? Will they stand for a" catfight" as a co-feature?Howabout a refund?
Why is Tony Bellew dropping 30 pounds to fight Oleksander Usyk at Cruiserweight? Won't it severely affect his performance? Why isn't Usyk going to heavyweight when he already intends to make that journey? Money? I strongly believe that fans should be more concerned on the product theyre buying rather than as much as how much promoters are making for selling garbage.
Very interesting!Thanks for sharing!