That was before the days of YouTube and the like though, right?
So all the hoopla surrounding the Mayweather-McGregor press tour is over. For now. I think. Well I’ll certainly give covering that fight a rest until we get closer to it or something of significance happens. Oh wait, I thought I should mention that there’s rumors that Brandon Rios has knocked out Conor McGregor in sparring recently. Big, if true. This came from the mouth of Jessie Vargas, former WBO welterweight champ, not Rios. I can’t imagine what they would have had to pay Rios to stai zitto about this one. Considering how easily Brandon Rios spills the beans to boxing reporters of the internet like Elie Seckbach (channel kinda the boxing version of TMZ). He’s already shut the rumor down himself as #fakenews which is exactly what one would need to do right? False or not this doesn’t matter. All I know is Brandon Rios, and the 100 other guys that rank between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather in skill, could beat McGregor pretty badly if given the opportunity to bamboozle fight fans (and mostly sideliners tuning in for the first time in a while) out of their $100.
Recap of Last Weekend’s Fights
Miguel Berchelt retained his WBC junior lightweight title (130lbs) against Takashi Miura in a very convincing performance. Miura showed a lot of heart and remained in it, although a step behind, til the end, with his most gallant effort coming in the 12th round.
Sullivan Barrera beat Joe Smith Jr. in their 10 round light heavyweight (175lbs) contest and in doing so took the WBC light heavyweight international title(not the “world” title, but a resume belt before the world title). This one was a banger. You could hear the shots from the cheap seats, which is where we were until sneaking down the floor Smith actually knocked Barrera down in the first round but amazingly Barrera recovered and put on a strong performance. We later found out from Smith’s trainer that he had suffered a broken jaw in round 2. He was probably still at work on Monday. (warning: complete conjecture, don’t know that to be true)
Ryan Garcia, the highly touted prospect from Golden Boy, made his opponent go full Bambi mode.
^those were the fights from the Forum
and here are the fights from the Coliseum (the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. not LA. or Rome)
I mentioned last week how I was hoping for Robert Guerrero to get the win against Omar Figueroa Jr. for what might have been a nice send off for the guy. That’s not how it went down. Figueroa knocked Guerrero down 5 times and knocked him out in the 3rd round of their fight. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero later announced his retirement. I hope he enjoys his retirement and rest.
Marcus Browne also knocked out Seanie Monaghan. Hey now that Seanie Monaghan and Joe Smith Jr. both took losses in their recent fights, maybe a fight between the two of them actually makes the most sense. They’re both Long Island guys they should turn around in a couple of months and meet up in the same arena.
Several fight cards around the country and some notable ones internationally but honestly nothing we’ll have an easy time tuning into. There is a “beIN Sports Espanol, same-day tape delay” show happening tonight, but I don’t even know what that channel is.
If you do want to watch some boxing tonight, and I know some of my readers will be interested in this one, there is one show you can tune into via facebook live. Info on the stream at thompsonboxing.com find their facebook link there.
San Pedro’s Issac Zarate will be facing off against Carlos Carlson in Ontario, CA on the Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” card.
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