CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
Final Thoughts of This Past Weekend
Friday night, ESPN had what was called an interim WBA featherweight title. The real question that should be asked, how did Miguel Zamudio get the shot at the undefeated Javier Fortuna. Fortuna overwhelmed Zamudio and it was obvious after the first thirty seconds that Zamudio did not belong in the ring with Fortuna. Sixty seconds later, Zamudio was out and Fortuna had the interim WBA title for what it means.
Tyson Fury is a very big and blustering English heavyweight who decided that he wanted to fight former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. Yes Fury won by a seventh round knockout but he hardly looked impressive against a blown up cruiserweight, who had only 12 knockouts in 25 fight. Fury tactics consisted of mauling, wrestling the smaller Cunningham but he was lucky that Cunningham was not a powerful puncher as he nailed Fury with a perfect right and nearly knocked Fury out in the second round. Fury was lucky to get out of the second round and simply wore Cunningham out by his mauling techniques. Fury kept his hand lows and if he faced either of the Klitschko’s brothers, it would be good night sweet prince as he showed rawness that is not quite ready for primetime. Personally, I would love to see one of the Klitschko put this blustering Englishman in his place. He showed little class and little skills other than he is just big mauler.
Showtime has managed to score the trifecta. This past Saturday, they managed to have the fight to determine the best world best junior Middleweight with Alvarez winning over Trout. Next week, the king of the junior welterweights as Zab Judah faces Danny Garcia and then there Floyd Mayweather facing Robert Guerrero for the recognized Welterweight championship on May 4th. Showtime has managed to surpass HBO as the premier cable boxing station and I mention in a previous column, this was not due to a decline in HBO coverage but because what Showtime has done to move beyond HBO. Showtime has managed to work with CBS to expand their boxing coverages. I have written this before but it is worth repeating, Showtime is making boxing night an evening to enjoy. They have preliminary fights on Showtime extreme and then move to main Showtime channel for the main events. You can see four or five fights in one night, For boxing fans, this is great as you not only see the main event but future stars on the under card. In addition, Showtime have managed to get their share of superstars including Floyd Mayweather and with SHOBOX, the Next Generation allows Showtime to build the superstars of the future.
Now I have a few final thoughts of the Alvarez-Trout bout. I hate the open scoring since it changed the fight but what I hate worse are judges who for some reason can’t seem to score fights. This was a close fight and the final scoring did not reflect what occurred in the ring. One judge had it 10 rounds for Alvarez and if Showtime reporting accurate, this judge had Alvarez winning the first eight rounds. As one Showtime announcer quipped, the judge might as well as take the rest of the fight since we already know how he going to score the fight. What drama that should have existed at the very end with everyone in the arena along with the fighters waiting for the final scoring; we not only knew who was going to win but we had scoring that simply was not grounded on what happen in the ring! Boxing has two major problems. One is that lack of clarity on who are the true champions and the second is inconsistent scoring. The Open scoring system combined by questionable scoring dampened what was a close dramatic showdown between two great young boxers!
As for Trout and Alvarez, both fighters showed that they belong to the elite of the boxing world in their weight division. Both fighters have plenty of growth left but they showed skills and that include defensive skills. In particular, I was surprised by Alvarez head movement which added to Trout difficulty. Trout could not score consistently as many of his punches missed Alvarez, whose head movement allowed him to slip many of Trout shots.