Good morning Boxing TL;DR faithful. Thanks to everyone who tuned into to watch Notre Dame Women’s Boxing’s annual Baraka Bouts this week. And if any of you are here for the first time because you signed up for the newsletter after watching the bouts, welcome!
It was an interesting week in the boxing world. Retired 44 year old Oscar De La Hoya calls out Conor McGregor, saying he’s been training training secretly for months. The famous cutman Rafael Garcia died this week. The prospect of a fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua looks brighter by the day, likely to happen in 2018.
Oscar, who seems to be happily retired and running Golden Boy Promotions, called out Conor McGregor this week. My initial thought was, “gee wonder if he is financially in trouble?” By all accounts it looks like Golden Boy is doing well, but then again it’s a private company and boxing is weird. It seems like Oscar got over the hurdle of the departure of his CEO Richard Schaefer from a couple of years ago and GB has been putting on some of the sport’s premier events as of late. Then again lets not forget it’s been an interesting year for Oscar, who kicked things off with that DUI in January. I don’t see any reason for fight with Conor McGregor unless he’s pulling a stunt because he’s hurting for cash. There just is no need otherwise. Wouldn’t add any value to his brand or his legacy. Funny though to hear him pipe up about this this week.
Rafael Garcia died this week. He’s the legendary cut man who served for a long list of boxing’s top fighters. He had a lot of tv time at least. I remember seeing this guy from my earliest days of watching fights on HBO with my grandpa (grandpa had HBO, we didn’t. Sorry mom you can blame him and Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, and crew for getting me in boxing at a young age). If your brain trying to think of “who is this ‘Rafael Garcia’ Garrity is talking about?” he’s the wise looking old man who always wore the scally cap with a million commemorative pins on it. If you’ve watched some big fights over the years, I bet you’ve seen him.
Yes, it really is looking like Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua will face off in 2018. I know I’ve given this a lot of attention for the last few weeks in Boxing TL;DR newsletters but I really do think this is an important fight for boxing and for the heavyweight division, which has been so boring for so many years. Eddie Hern, Joshua’s promoter supposedly met with Al Haymon and Wilder’s people. I’m sprinkling in bits about Wilder-Joshua early and frequently because I want you guys to be the cool cats at the fight party that know about this stuff early. Stay tuned!
What’s happening over at my blog, boxingtldr.com? Guest post this week by my friend, professional trainer, and pundit extraordinaire, Trevor Sambrano. The piece is called Boxing Is Not Dead… We Are. He speaks to the value of respect and the lessons learned from even a brief experience with a little fisticuffs. That and many other themes of the 21st century man. You should really read it, it’s an incredibly thought provoking piece.
What do we have this weekend?
Weekend TV Schedule
Friday November 17
At Flint, Mich. (PBC on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes):
- Anthony Dirrell vs. Denis Douglin, 10 rounds, super middleweights
- Jamontay Clark vs. Domonique Dolton, 8 rounds, welterweights
- Ryan Karl vs. Kareem Martin, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Anthony Dirrell is a cancer survivor and former world champ who held the WBC belt for a short time in 2014-15. He’s only suffered one loss in his career and that was to Badou Jack, who took his super middleweight title away from him in Dirrell’s first title defense. The 30-1 33 year old will likely have a chance at a title again and Douglin is just today’s man standing in the way.
Saturday November 18
At Las Vegas (Bounce TV):
- Julian “J-Rock” Williams vs. Ishe Smith, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
- Earl Newman vs. Lionell Thompson, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
- Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs. Harmonito Dela Torre, 10 rounds, featherweights
I honestly have no idea what Bounce TV is, but if any of you do then great. See this is a little part of the problem with the PBC model (Premier Boxing Champions, the Al Haymon promotional venture) where there are just too many fights across too many networks. But here it is.
At Belfast, Northern Ireland (this one you’re going to have to find on firstrowsports.ie and stream it pirate style)
- Carl Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Jerwin Ancajas vs. Jamie Conlan, 12 rounds, for Ancajas’ IBF junior bantamweight title
- Zolani Tete vs. Siboniso Gonya, 12 rounds, for Tete’s WBO bantamweight title
- Paddy Barnes vs. Eliecer Quezada, 10 rounds, flyweights
I’m including this one because this card features a few Irish fighters I love to follow. Carl Frampton, not so much. Paddy Barnes and Jamie Conlan though. Paddy Barnes is just electric. You guys should be following him too. Long time Irish amateur, stayed for 3 Olympic cycles, won Bronze in 2008 and 2012. He turned pro late but boy is he off to a fast start. This is only his 5 pro fight and he’s already in a 10 rounder. Jamie Conlan, who is the older brother of Michael Conlan, who is now training in Los Angeles and signed to Top Rank, is fighting for his first title.
This Day in Boxing History
Nov 17th 2001
Lennox Lewis KOs Hasim Rahman. This was the rematch coming after Rahman shocked the world and upset Lewis in their fight prior.