“I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees”
-Emiliano Zapata, Mexican Revolutionary.
(although yes I know the Cinco De Mayo Battle of Puebla has nothing to do with Zapata, as he was not a contemporary and the Puebla battle was much earlier than the revolution,
I’ve just always loved this quote which is attributed to him and some others it seems. I feel like this quote has a lot of connection to the sport of boxing. )
Hello, everyone Happy Friday and Happy Cinco De Mayo! I hope everyone’s ready for a big Cinco De Mayo boxing weekend! Wait what am I talking about? Have you heard? Have you been seeing the commercials, the billboards, and the like (if not actually message me, I’m curious as to which markets and demos this highly saturated promotion has not hit). Well tomorrow night is the much anticipated and built up Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight. I’ve discussed this upcoming fight a lot in my piece about the phenomenon of creating a cultural connection to sell a fight and the importance of particular weekends for fans in the boxing world. My very first mention of this fight as it was starting to take shape was way back in Boxing TL;DR’s second edition on January 20th. If you remember at that time I was kind of pissed about this fight happening. I thought this fight was robbing the boxing fans of what they truly wanted to see. I thought that Chavez Jr. was just the spoiled son of a legend who consistently showed disregard for the contracted weights and decided to pay the fines instead. And I was also mad at Canelo for what felt like a huge opportunity to grab cash on a big money maker fight in a distraction opportunity to pause our attention away from the fight everyone wants to see against Gennady Golovkin. And the think that infuriated me the most, and granted I’m a Canelo fan, was that for the longest time Canelo’s camp would claim that he was not a true middleweight (160lbs) and there had been a period of time where he fought bouts at a catchweight of 155lb while holding the WBC middleweight title (kind of scam-y) all while avoiding the top 160 pounders. So the part that had me perplexed was how they were going to go from maintaining he is not a true middleweight (having fought at “Caneloweight” 155lbs for a time) to all of the sudden be ok with taking a fight against Chavez at 164.5lbs with a straight face?!
Anyway my feelings have shifted a bit mainly because Chavez actually looks like he’s in shape for this one and taking his training seriously. No messing around this time, he’s actually trim and it appears that he’s won some fans back. The mystique of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. is just too strong on some fans I believe and now seeing Jr. as this prodigal son who is actually back to taking it seriously and ready to defend the family name has really brought a lot of people back on board.
My prediction: I think Chavez will actually have some good rounds won. I think Canelo will be better overall. I think at some point in the fight Canelo will overwhelm Chavez. I think it’s highly likely Canelo will knock Chavez out late in the fight more as a factor of being exhausted and overwhelmed by Canelo’s power and higher lever of punch acuity.
The Canelo-Chavez fight is PPV by the way. And although I’ve come around a bit on this fight, I’m still not buying it myself in case anyone’s wondering. So do what I’m doing, find a party to crash and watch this thing, should be a good time!
Also a stacked undercard for this fight…
David Lemieux vs. Marcos Reyes (Lemieux had the guevos to fight Gennady Golovkin GGG, which was tough for him. He also recently brutally knocked out Curtis Stevens in his last fight, go check that one out on youtube)
Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor (the long awaited return to the ring for the Argentine Matthysse, who last fought in October of 2015 in a fight where he lost a title match against Victor Postol suffered a eye injury that sidelined him)
Joseph Diaz vs. Manuel Alva (Diaz was a 2012 Team USA Olympian who is on a steady climb to big things and is also this week’s Prospect of the Week)
Ryan Garcia vs. Tyrone Luckey (Garcia, a past Prospect of the Week I posted a few weeks ago. This 18 year old kid has an incredibly fast start to young pro career at 8-0 and continues to land appearances on bigger and bigger stages)
Marlen Esparza vs. Samantha Salazar (Esparza was a 2012 Team USA Olympian and first female signee to Golden Boy Promotions and looks to improve to 2-0 tomorrow)
Prospect of the Week
Boxing Flash Cards
This is boxing were talking about. So what’s a cab driver?
A cab driver is basically a pejorative term given to a guy who’s described as a low quality fighter, a guy that is definitely working another job as a means of income, and a guy that is expected to lose but whose purpose is really only to fill the opposite side of a card. It’s kink of mean but also a little nicer than “tomato can” or something. Wonder if this works the same today calling the other side of the card a Uber driver. Could honestly be anyone. Not sure if it holds a different connotation, or that exact same one.
New section Idea: Possibly a “let’s dispel boxing myth” section
boxing myth from the general culture: a cut man will cut a boxer’s swollen eye to let the swelling go down and allow him to see again.
answer: NO, NO, NO It sounds ridiculous but I’ve heard people say this to me before. This is something you got from a Rocky movie folks! Absolutely the opposite. A cutman’s job is to administer to the cuts a boxer has received in the fight and stop the bleeding.
Hope to have this section grow, but just wanted to start out with a fun one. I’ll be looking for more myths I hear as time goes on, but this is a big one from Hollywood that surprisingly some people believe and I heard again so I had to bring it up!