Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
A few thoughts on Ortiz-Mayweather
Mayweather is the overwhelming favorite and for good reason. He is one of the best pound for pound fighters over the past couple of decades and Mayweather have yet to taste defeat.
Mayweather often intimidated fighters not with his power but speed. He dominated his opponent with his defensive mastery plus a fast hand which counters his opponents before they could even launch an attack. He has had very few close fights, the last being against Oscar De La Hoya, which was a split decision victory and two close fights with Jose Luis Castillo. Never has Mayweather been in what was considered a war and he have avoided many bruising victories. He often comes out of fights with his face unscratched.
Mayweather has one chink in his armor, he is 34 years and his last fight was 16 months ago and this could dim just enough the speed and timing. Victor Ortiz aggressive style is similar to Castillo and he could challenge Mayweather by forcing the fight to go at a first pace. Ortiz showed against Berto that he had the heart that many felt was missing after he went toe to toe against a determined foe. He dominated most of the action and even knocked Berto down twice to garner a unanimous victory. In that same fight, Ortiz had to come back from being down in the sixth against the quick handed Berto. The sixth round showed the maturity of Ortiz as he no only survived a near loss but he came back in that round to knock Berto down and took control of the fight back.
Mayweather has the experience in big fights and his skills levels are beyond most boxing mortals but at 34, even the greats show sign of morality. This is Ortiz opportunity for a victory that could vault him into the elite junior welterweight and puts him into position for other big fights
Alexander Povetkin defeated Ruslan Chagaev for the regular WBA championship bout but don’t confuse this with the Super duper WBA championship Wladimir Klitschko. The reason for the fight was simply due to Povetkin’s managing team thinking that their guy was not ready for a Klitschko, so WBA decided, “Hey, let set up a regular championship bout for those fighters not good enough for Wladimir Klitschko and we will make Klitschko the super duper all world champion. Then we get to collect yet another sanctioning fees and who knows one day Povetkin may be ready to fight Klitschko and we can then unite the WBA title.”
The absurdity of this is obvious to all. I am not ragging on Povetkin, for he was simply taking advantage of what was offered. As for the fight itself, Povektkin speed allowed him to win but there were times that Chagaev did manage to shake up Povetkin includin the sixth round. But on this night; boxing skills won.
In another big fight in the heavyweight division was the prospect Robert Helenius stopped former heavyweight champion Sergiy Liakhovich in the ninth round but in the early rounds, Liakovich managed to swell the face of Helenius with solid head shots that worked in tandem with body shots. As the fight progressed, Helenius power started to take hold as Liakovich had problems breathing, maybe due to a broken nose caused by Helenius punches. In the final twenty seconds of the eight round, Liakovich took a knee after taking a battering. The ninth round simply confirmed what the final seconds of the eight round showed; Helenius was too big and too strong for Liakovich. Yet another solid Heavyweight prospect that is not an American.