Fighting Words: August 2011

The month of August was relatively quiet in the mainstream boxing world.  Only 1 fight was able to grab major headlines, and that was unfortunately because of the poor refereeing throughout the bout.  It was unquestionably the worst referee job I have seen in the past decade.

I am talking about the Abner Mares v Joseph Agbeko fight on August 13th.  Referee Russell Mora should and could be legally called “blind” after he repeatedly missed low blows and other fouls throughout the match.  Mr. Mora did such a poor job, that I don’t want to even waste any more negative words on the atrocity- as his ineptitude affected the outcome of the fight and cost Agbeko a deserved win.   For more in this, including video check this out….   http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/08/video-jim-gray-calls-out-referee-russell-mora/1

The anticipated clash between Robert Guerrero and Argentinean Marcos Maidana never came to fruition.  The match was scheduled for August 27th- but Guerrero had to pull out due to a shoulder injury sustained at his Big Bear, CA training camp.  He has undergone surgery and we await a status update as to his condition and professional boxing career. 

Last weekend in the 147lb division Andre Berto reclaimed a title as he sets his sights to prove once again he belongs in the upper echelon of fighters.  He beat a game Jan Zaveck of Slovenia.  The fight was called in the 5th round due to serious cuts over Zaveck’s eyes.  Berto walked away with the TKO victory and he seemingly has reignited his career after sustaining a brutal loss to Victor Ortiz earlier this year.

Speaking of Victor Ortiz… anybody catching the crazy drama unfolding on HBO’s series “24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz”?  The circus that is the Mayweather family continues to entertain.  Victor Ortiz has a seemingly touching back-story, but his inability to say anything meaningful and more than a broken record of his hardships in life proves dull.  Ortiz is young at 24 years old.  He is fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr next weekend in Las Vegas.  Granted this is his first time in the big spotlight- but someone please teach Victor how to carry himself in a charismatic manner!

It looks like a new investigation into the death of boxer Arturo Gatti will commence.  A group of private investigators was hired to look into the mysterious “suicide” when Gatti was on vacation in Brazil in 2009.  These investigators have found very little evidence that this was an actual suicide.  More to come as it develops.

Today on HBO there are 2 meaningful fights:

Vitali Klitschko will fight Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in the heavyweight division.  Adamek is a blown up cruiserweight.  I give him almost 0% chance of winning this fight.  Also, a bit more exciting should be the Yuriorkis Gamboa v Ponce De Leon fight.  Gamboa is one of the most exciting fighters in recent years.  He is building a solid fan base with his Cuban all-action style and impressive knock outs.  Gamboa looks to extend his unbeaten streak.

 

Lastly, of course, we have the blockbuster fight card next week from Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweater JR vs Victor Ortiz. More on that to come....

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