Saturday, January 14, 2017

Waste of time-New boxing challenge

I wrote yesterday about the first day of a two day PBC boxing weekend being a waste of time and that's exactly what it was from Hialeah Park in Miami with two blowouts in non-competitive bouts....

In the main event,Erislandy Lara did what you are supposed do when a world champion fights an overmatched opponent-he takes him out as quickly as possible as Lara dominated three rounds and then landed a crunching left hook on former champion and current rabbi Yuri Foreman to end their WBA junior middleweight title fight in the fourth round.
Lara,who is as technically skilled as any fighter in the game,but usually fights in a manner that is as exciting as watching someone clean their basement,gets credit for taking Foreman out,but loses points for fighting Foreman to begin with.
Lara is in perhaps the most difficult spot in boxing as he is A) Very Skilled and B) Usually not very entertaining to watch,which means C) Lara comes with high risk with very little monetary reward for anyone wanting to face him of any type of top level stature.

After the stoppage of Foreman,Lara brought out the usual PBC prattle of "I'll fight anyone",but never anyone that fights for his own promoter (Lara stablemates;WBC champ Jermell Charlo or IBF champ Jermall Charlo),which would be easy fights to make.
Instead,Lara calls for fighters that aren't promoted by PBC and have little interest in a fight against Lara that would have trouble attracting fans (Gennady Golovkin,WBO 154 pound champ Canelo Alvarez,etc).I understand Lara's predicament,but I don't feel too sorry for him being that it is a business and his lack of interest in either Charlo brother takes title unification away from the tide...

The other televised fight saw former super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell pound former kick boxer Norbert Nemesapati around for six rounds without scoring a knockdown before Nemesapati's corner stopped the bout after the sixth.
Dirrell,the former WBC champ who lost a decision to Badou Jack,who unifies that belt tonight with IBF champ James DeGale, last year has generally fought overmatched opponents since that loss and should be in line for a title fight soon despite that fact.
Dirrell proves little from these showcase bouts other than staying busy and avoiding an upset loss...

This was the type of card that doesn't help fans come to the sport whether it is on free television or not.
I think tonight's Showtime card should be a good on,so tear yourself away from the Patriots blowing out the Texans and check out what I think should be two pretty good contests....

The 2017 boxing challenge started with Ramon Malpica.
I started with three points for the night with two for the Erislandy Lara knockout win and one for the Anthony Dirrell win.
Ramon took two points with one point each for the Lara and Dirrell wins.

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