“I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.”
Hey fight fanatics & boxing neophytes (neophyte, there’s a fun word I hear exactly once a year at Easter time). It just popped in my head again as I am addressing you, my reader. Some of you who are long time boxing fans, and some who are just now dipping your toes in the water. How am I doing? Am I helping you in your boxing education/entertainment? As always let me know what you want to hear. Tips, feedback, hate mail are all welcome as always. I must be doing well enough because you clicked this, and for that I am grateful. This is the 15th edition of my weekly Boxing TL;DR newsletter, which was something I originally committed to doing for 8 weeks but have continued because I’m still having fun with it and I hope you are too. Sorry for getting this out to you later than usual this morning, I was working on something else (boxing, promotional related) all this week and this morning that caused this later send. I hope to have some concrete news to share with you on that project in the weeks to come but until then thanks for reading this week’s newsletter. I hope you enjoy
Weekend TV Schedule
Friday (tonight) 4/21 Christopher Diaz vs. Jose Estrella, 8 rounds, featherweights; Jean Carlos Riviera vs. Jusus Pacheco, 8 rounds, featherweights 8pm Pacific
This is Unimas (part of Univision) “Solo Boxeo” show they do in conjunction with Bob Arum’s Top Rank and have this regular touring show to feature and build up Top Rank’s stable of young talent. The fights tonight are coming out of Kissimmee, Florida but next week Top Rank/Unimas’ “Solo Boxeo” program will be back in Studio City, LA and will feature some great LA talent including Arnold Barboza (15-0) in the main event. I will be at that event doing some work for the local promoter of that show so I will have more to share on that front in next week’s boxing tl;dr.
Tomorrow night is where the real action is at we have two big shows and 5 world championship titles on the line. Unfortunately the better show is the one that will be on Top Rank PPV. The other will be on Showtime and Showtime Extreme, depending on your location
from Stubhub Center, Carson, California
Oscar Valdez (21-0) vs. Miguel Marriaga (25-1), 12 rounds, featherweights, Valdez’s second defense of his WBO world title
Jessie Magdaleno (24-0) vs. Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2), 12 rounds, super bantamweights, Magdaleno’s first defense of his WBO world title
Gilberto Ramirez (34-0) vs. Max Bursak (33-4-1), 12 rounds, super middleweights, Ramirez’ first defense of his WBO world title
This is another example of TR venturing off from HBO in offering their own PPV distribution(second time now I believe). After lackluster sales their first time, TR is trying it out again in this triple header championship fight card. Maybe it’s a bet on the consumer’s willingness to shell out the cash for the apparent high value of a card like this (although there will be fewer fans out there aware of these 3 new world champs at present time), while making higher profit margins distributing the content themselves in a show that wont have as big numbers as a HBO show. While the biggest name fighters in Top Rank’s stable will likely continue to have their championship fights distributed though HBO PPV (global name boxers matched with the wider broadcast of global brand HBO), we might see Top Rank continue to try out this in house format on some fights. Top Rank-HBO relationship is surely not over though there are still Top Rank signed fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko that HBO needs to put on TV to get the numbers they are after.
tl;dr: the above is purely my speculation on why Top Rank is going to self distribute the pay-per-view broadcast on this particular fight, while others will remain on HBO PPV
from Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Shawn Porter (26-2-1) vs. Andre Berto (31-4), 12 rounds, welterweights, this is the main event although there is no belt at stake, it is an eliminator bout for a chance to fight for the WBC’s title
Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley, 12 rounds, super welterweights, Charlo’s first defense of his WBC world title
Amanda Serrano vs. Dahiana Santana, 10 rounds, for the vacant women’s WBO bantamweight world title
Shawn Porter’s last fight was against Keith Thurman last year in a close bout. Remember Thurman is the fighter that last month unified some of the welterweight titles when be beat Danny Garcia recently. Berto is a good fighter but has had a dip in his career but is on an up swing after brutally knocking out Victor Ortiz (a rematch fight) in his last bout almost a year ago. This should be a pretty good match up for the two, watch it or DVR it if you get a chance.
Prospect of the week
I was asked by a reader last week why it was called “boxing” which I don’t know exactly but I’ll try to get there in a few steps.
Q: Here’s one question I’ve heard before: Why is it called a ring when its definitely a square?
A: This dates back to the unorganized bare knuckle days. Someone would use an index finger or a stick to make a big circle in the dirt and this was the fighting area. “The ring” is was called, sounds pretty cool right? Well it still stuck around as the sport modernized, as well liked and often used old terms often do in sports. When the Broughton Rules came about in the 1830s the sport started to take steps from just bare knuckle prizefighting (which actually continued to exist and still does) to a legitimate organized sport. Among other things, the Broughton Rules established the fighting area as a square with 20-24 ft sides (probably just easier to measure and regulate than circles). They started to use rope around posts to keep the fighters in the area. The name “ring” stuck.
Q: Ok I get that ring stuck but why is it called boxing?
A: As I mentioned before even as the sport was becoming modernized there was still a bare knuckle element taking place in less official circumstances. I think that maybe as the more official version of prizefighting was growing out of the Broughton Rules (and later the Queensburry Rules which gave it more structure and further legitimacy), the term “boxing” became a modifier word for describing which kind of fighter someone was. He’s a boxer, he fights in the box. The box version of the game and not the ring in the dirt version everyone was familiar with.
Side note: Sometimes you hear tv announcers call it “the squared circle” or phrases like “they’re inside a square but spend the whole fight rotating in circles” and fun stuff like that. I don’t know maybe the announcers are the nerdy geometry type and just love their shapes.