Watching this card on Bounce TV is just mind numbing.
Let's start with an apology-things have been a little off at the home office and I've been sleeping a lot and as a result,I forgot to do the boxing challenge with Ramon Malpica for the PBC on Bounce card.
Bounce (we talked a little about it on Fightheads) is one of those digital channels that network local television owns now and they have a contract with PBC to show their product,
The announcers are decent enough with Fran Charles as the blow by blow man and on this night former junior middleweight champion Austin Trout as the analyst.
Charles is better than the other PBC announcers in calling the action such as Mauro Ranallo,Scott Hanson or Brian Custer and Trout is nothing special,but far from terrible either.
My issues with Bounce feature two big ones and one that ranges across the PBC platform.
First:These digital channels just don't look as good as "regular" channels do.
Lots of "tiling" and breakups during what seemed like every round really got annoying.
Far too many technical problems that I hope can be partially fixed before the next Bounce card in March...
Second: Several times in the middle of ROUNDS of the main event,the network would cut to a commercial!
Now occasionally,these things happen,but multiple (and the number wasn't two) times,the fight was in the ring and we were then treated to commercials.
That has to stop as well...
Third: PBC advertises their shows for two hours (this one 9-11 EST),but has three fights on the card-one of ten rounds and two twelve round world title fights.
There is no way if all of those fights go the distance (as in this case,they did),you squeeze in a two hour block.
This show lasted 3;15,which isn't bad if you advertise a three hour block,but awful for a two.
I'm not complaining at all about a three hour show,but advertise it as such..
The main event saw Robert Easter retain his IBF lightweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision over Luis Cruz.
Easter dropped Cruz in each of the final three rounds,but was unable to finish the gritty Cruz bringing the fight to the scorecards.
I had Easter an easy 119-106 winner,but despite the talent that Easter possesses,he didn't impress me as much as I expected against an outmatched opponent.
Easter seems to me to be unable to decide if he is a long range boxer or a walk 'em down puncher.
Until he makes that decision,I would hesitate to move Easter up our TRS rankings,which had Easter ranked 5th at lightweight...
A mild upset came in the co-feature as Zhanat Zhakiyanov upset Rau'shee Warren to lift the WBA bantamweight title via a split decision.
Zhakiyanov dominated the final eight rounds,but had put himself far behind on the scorecards after Warren knocked him down twice in round one and controlled the following round as well.
Thereafter,Zhakiyanov bullied and outpunched Warren and earned the win on my scorecard 113-112.
Warren entered the fight ranked 2nd at 118 pounds in the TRS ratings with Zhakiyanov rated fifth,but all of his points came from one voter (not me),so credit to him for having the new champ in our ratings.
Look for a shakeup at bantamweight in April!!
The opening fight featured former United States Olympian Terrell Gausha decision Luis Hernandez,but didn't look great doing it and Hernandez knocked Gausha down in the third round.
I scored Gausha a 97-92
winner,but looks to have a vulnerable chin that could see him derailed against tougher competition than the journeyman Hernandez.