Over the past month TheFightVoice crew has been in the trenches digging into nearly every newsworthy story surrounding the UFC, watching live kickboxing at Glory 17 in Los Angeles and hosting interviews with some of San Diego’s best fighters.
What has been lost in the shuffle is the world of professional boxing. The sweet science has a very special place in my heart, as I have been avid boxing fan since I was just a boy. The glory days of Tyson, Holyfield, Gatti, De La Hoya and Roy Jones are past, however, boxing still remains strong with talented veterans entering the ring for their last hoorah and rising young stars making their names known.
It is time I get back to where it all began. It is time to revisit the boxing world and bring all of you up to speed as to how this exciting summer of fights is playing out.
While I understand that much of this information is old news, I encourage you to spend some time soaking it all up, making some of your own conclusions and firing back at me. As always, I welcome the feedback, banter and backlash.
I refuse to waste your time trying to name this segment. This is not a bit and I will not treat it like one. Sure, I can call it “The Speedbag” or “Quick Hits.” And then you would surely close your browser and jump into an intense game of Candy Crush on your phone. I am not going to call it anything. How about we just let this conversation flow, ok?
In The Past
In the early part of the summer we discussed the underdog victory of New Jersey native Chris Algieri, who beat the odds and out-boxed Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov. Since then, here is what you may have missed.
• Junior Middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade is a unique talent. Andrade dismantled veteran Brian Rose by winning nearly every round and battering Rose to the point where his corner threw in the towel halfway through round seven. Rose even admitted to never being hit like that and it was obvious that Andrade is ready for the next level in the highly-touted division.
• U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. won a decisive victory over Ron Cruz last weekend and showed the world why he is a top prospect in the welterweight division. Spence, who sports a perfect 12-0 record looked sharp all night and used his Olympic background to beat Cruz the entire night.
• A late knockout by unbeaten lightweight prospect Terence Crawford over former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska gave the local fans and national media something to talk about on Sunday morning as Crawford looked impressive the entire night. His power was evident and it wasn’t long before the unique talent of Crawford would shine through. Crawford looks towards the future and an upgrade in opponents as he successfully defended his bet once again.
The Non-Boxing Stuff
• The ugly divorce of Richard Schaeffer and Golden Boy has only gotten worse as both parties seek arbitration to settle the score while major fights are still in limbo until things get worked out. The split, which shocked the boxing world a month ago, has created many questions about Golden Boy, Floyd Mayweather’s involvement with Richard Schaeffer in a new promotional outfit and how Oscar de La Hoya plans to bring new stars back to his namesake. Nobody knows how this will work out and the fans are the ones who are paying the ultimate price.
• If you haven’t followed the Dan Rafael versus Stephen Espinoza Twitter war, then you should be ashamed. An endless amount of bickering between these two makes for good fun on your mobile device and really makes you wonder who would win in an actual fight. Rafael, an ESPN boxing analyst and hall of famer, continues to poke Espinoza for communicating ‘lofty’ ratings and attendance numbers for Showtime fights. The dialogue is epic and you should all be following this very closely.
The summer blockbusters continue to roll full steam ahead as fans will be treated to a number of good fights that future legends, rising stars and young prospects trying to make their names known.
The Return of “GGG”
Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring at the end of July to showcase his superior talent against Daniel Geale. The fight, which will be Golovkin’s second of the year follows a period of time where Golovkin was mourning the loss of his father. Golovkin, who has earned the right to be considered a pound-for-pound champion, brings his talents back to the ring to the pleasure of all boxing fans on July 26.
The Young Guns
In addition to the young group of Olympians who are making their presence known, there are some young Mexican stars who are making some noise in their respective classes. On July 9, at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, young stars Diego de la Hoya and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr., headline an exciting card that could see both fighters’ careers make huge strides.
Canelo Alvarez v Erislandy Lara
In less than two weeks boxing fans will be strapping themselves in for what promises to be a tough, technical fight between Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara and Mexican star Canelo Alvarez. The fight will take place on July 12 and air on Showtime pay-per-view. Tune in to All Access on Showtime for behind the scenes footage from both fighters and stay close to our sight as we preview the bout in the week to come.
TheFightVoice is making a commitment to keep you in the loop as the summer draws to a close. The sweet science has been good to us so far and with a blockbuster card on July 12 between Alvarez and Lara and the return of Floyd Mayweather in September, the year of boxing promises to end with a bang.