Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Boxing Challenge

The Boxing Challenge goes up early this week as ESPN has a title bout,albeit one with more of the most boring fighters in the world against an overmatched opponent on Wednesday.
I lead R.L.Malpica 136-131 at this time.
The biggest fight of the weekend features the world heavyweight champion (WBA and IBF anyway) Wladimir Klitschko defending against the brash Brit Tyson Fury.
Fury is actually bigger than Klitschko,so this could be a rare exciting battle for the champion....

WBA Jr Middleweight title.12 rds
Erislandy Lara vs Jan Zaveck
Both:Lara unanimous decision

WBA and IBF Heavyweight titles. 12 rds
Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury
R.L:Fury KO 6
TRS:Klitschko KO 10

IBF Super Middleweight title.12 rds
James DeGale vs Lucien Bute
R.L;Bute split decision
TRS; DeGale KO 8

Light Heavyweights,12 rds
Issac Chilemba vs Elieder Alvarez
Both;Chilemba unanimous decision

IBF Jr.Middleweight title.12 rds
Jermall Charlo vs Wilky Campfort
Both;Charlo unanimous decision

Welterweights. 12 rds
 Errol Spence vs Alejandro Barrera
R.L;Spence KO 4
TRS: Spence KO 6

Monday, November 23, 2015

Canelo decisions Cotto-Boxing Challenge

Another big boxing weekend for the boxing challenge and I extended my lead over R.L.Malpica by adding six points to his five for the weekend.
The current standings are 136-131.

In the biggest fight of the week and second most anticipated fight of the year-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez hammered out a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto.
Alvarez added the vacant WBC middleweight title to his collection and with luck,we will get to see Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin sometime in 2016.
I didn't score the fight as part of the PPV card,but Ramon had Alvarez winning on his card.
Each of us added two for the Canelo victory.
The replay is HBO bound to go with the heavyweight title defense of Wladimir Klitschko against Tyson Fury on Saturday...

The other two fights on the card ranged from a fight of the year candidate to another snoozer.
Francisco Vargas rallied from a knockdown and being behind on the cards to stop Takashi Miura and win the WBC Jr.lightweight title.
HBO is interested in televising a rematch early in 2016.
R.L. and I each earned one point for the win and two points for the expected duller than dirt win for Guillermo Rigondeaux and his unanimous decision win over Drian Francisco...

On the European side,neither of us earned points as Arthur Abraham earned a split decision over Martin Murray in Germany.
Germany is notorious for being the home of awful decisions involving home fighters and I scored Murray a 115-113 winner,but the fight was too close to be considered a robbery.
If you want a decision in Germany,you have to do better than a win a close bout...

I added one point in the only fight that R.L. and I differed on from England as Anthony Crolla knocked out Darleys Perez in the fifth round to win the WBA lightweight belt.
I thought Crolla would be a decision winner,so I only picked up one point,while R.L.picked Perez to win.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Boxing Challenge

The boxing challenge returns with one of the biggest fights of the year as Miguel Cotto fights Canelo Alvarez.
I hold a 130-126 lead over R.L.Malpica,but there's still time to go in the race to the wire.

WBC Middleweight title.12 rds
If Cotto wins,title goes to Gennady Golovkin,if Alvarez wins,he becomes champ,but must fight Golovkin next...
Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez
Both:Alvarez Unanimous Decision

WBC Jr.Lightweight title 12 rds
Takashi Miura vs Francisco Vargas
R.L:Vargas Split decision
TRS:Vargas Unanimous Decision

Jr.Featherweights.10 rds
Guillermo Rigonadeaux vs Drian Francisco
Both:Unanimous Decision

IBF Bantamweight title .12 rds-Caballero did not make weight,this fight may not take place.
Randy Caballero vs Lee Haskins
Both:Caballero Unanimous Decision
Editors Note-Fight cancelled as Caballero wouldn't have made the Jr.Feather limit!
Haskins given the IBF title...

WBA Lightweight title.12 rds
Darleys Perez vs Anthony Crolla
R.L;Perez Unanimous Decision
TRS:Crolla Split Decision

WBO Super Middleweight title.12 rds
Arthur Abraham vs Martin Murray
Both:Murray Unanimous Decision (I hope he gets it,No place on Earth has more bad decisions than Germany)

Pigskin Picking Machine

The PPM returns for a big college football weekend.
With both the Browns and Saints on bye,I'll be doing two games of the week.

Last Week: 4-5

Ohio State over Michigan State 27-16
Bowling Green over Toledo 36-30
Boise State over Air Force 28-27
Washington over Oregon State 23-13
Middle Tennessee State over North Texas 35-10

Game of the Week
Oklahoma State over Baylor 54-42

Packers over Vikings 24-19
Cardinals over Bengals 35-30

On the Signing Front

Since it's been a while since I've done an On the Signing Front and the card piles don't reduce in size until they do,I figured it's time for one....

Thanks to Derreck Chupak for doing a Connecticut Tigers team set for me.
Derreck was going to Aberdeen for a bobblehead and offered to do a team set for me,so I accepted his kind offer....

The West Virginia Power made their final visit to Hagerstown with their team set in tow.
The biggest two gets were Cole Tucker and Connor Joe,each with their Power and SAL top prospect cards.
Cole Tucker was the nicest player in the SAL this season,hope things help him stay that way...
Austin Coley signed his Elite extra as the only other oddball Power pickup.
This was also the Dane Anthony bobblehead giveaway.
Anthony was the first ever pitcher in Suns history (I was at that game) and the team did a sharp giveaway.
Anthony signed the bobble,a 1979 Batavia and 1983 Watertown card.
Super nice guy and credit to the Suns for bringing him back to town!

The Winston-Salem Dash hit Frederick without a team set.
I got the Dash players in the Carolina League prospects done in Trey Michaelzski,Cleluis Rondon,Adam Engel and Jordan Guerrero.
The biggest addition was Chicago's first round pick on his USA card in Carson Fulmer.

Thanks to Jason Christensen for his always welcome help with the Binghamton Mets.
Jason helped me with Michael Conforto (he of the MLB post-season heroics),Gabriel Ynoa and Brandon Nimmo along with the B-Mets team set.

Thanks to Steve Nicholas for adding Kyle Crockett on two cards when Columbus (Indians)visited Indianapolis.
Crockett signed his Panini insert (1 of 100) that I had missed on him a few times....

A trip to Harrisburg produced some chipping away at the Akron Rubber Ducks (Indians) set,but I did get Bradley Zimmer on two cards.
Zimmer signed his Panini Draft Picks and his Mahoning Valley team set card from 2014...

The Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees) made their only visit to the Muni.
The main star was shortstop Jorge Mateo,who was hit by so many of the "1,000 club",that it was difficult for the rest of us.
I eventually got Mateo on his Bowman,Charleston and SAL prospect card,but coach Travis Chapman told us that "I'm trying to get him down to 2 or 3".
Before the series had concluded,Mateo was moved up to High A Tampa,so he was only signing on the first two nights of the set.
The Yankees also had Austin Aune,who was extremely pleasant in signed all five cards,including a heritage and Jordan Foley signed a few including a Bowman Chrome and NY/Penn prospect card.
The other nice addition was former big league Greg Colbrunn,who coached for the Riverdogs...

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans visited Frederick and between my visit and Mike Oravec later in the series,I was able to get some of the team set finished and Jen-Ho Tseng on his SAL prospect.
Tseng is a one per,so I got him once and Mike got the other for me.
The other neat pickups were David Berg on various USA cards and Mike got me David Garner on his Panini elite.
I always like those and will especially like them in their next set now that Panini has the rights to college logos,which made me like their product to begin with years ago!

I'll wrap up with two cards that I was able to get signed during this trip as I got Dodgers prospects Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo on their Bowman cards.
I would have rather had their Midwest prospect cards,but Lake County was out of them.

Still a long way to go before we are caught up for the season as I still haven't gotten beyond the second pile yet.
I'll try to do more next month!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WBC strips Miguel Cotto

In a surprising move,considering its a few days before a huge fight,the WBC stripped Miguel Cotto of its middleweight title for not paying its $300,000 sanctioning fee.

Cotto balked at paying the fee,which is pretty high,but Cotto didn't have a problem paying Gennady Golovkin $800,000 to step aside in order for Cotto to fight Canelo Alvarez,so what's another 300 g's between friends?
So,had Cotto made his point to the WBC a few months ago,he could have saved himself 800,000 dollars,which is a lot for a guy that griped about the WBC and its fees as "Money I could leave to my kids".
For a fellow that has spent the last few years touting himself as a"boxing businessman",dropping the belt after paying Golovkin (in order to keep it),this doesn't exactly make him look like Warren Buffett.

The WBC said since Alvarez had complied with all of their procedures that should Alvarez defeat Cotto,he would become champion and would have to fight Golovkin next to keep it.
If Cotto wins,Golovkin (who holds one of their stupid interim belts) would be upgraded to full WBC champion.

I give the WBC credit for the decision,but they should have acted long ago.
The organization allowed Cotto to take 14 months before his first title defense and then when Cotto did put their title up against Daniel Geale,they didn't object when Cotto made Geale come in far under the middleweight limit in one of these silly catchweight bouts that are made to "even the playing field for the lighter fighter",but in reality are ways to weaken the naturally stronger fighter.

As far the lineal middleweight title (as in traces back to as far as you can go),Cotto will keep that with a win and will likely continue to tout himself as such-if you don't mind a 160 pound champ that won't allow his opponent to weigh more than 155 that is.
I've always been a proponent of titles,despite the lousy jobs that the organizations that control the titles do with them,but this catchweight thing shows why organizations in boxing are badly needed,even if they may need to be replaced themselves.
For one day,an organization made the right decision,even if it was a little late.
Better late than never....