Expect the expected.
There weren’t a lot of things to look forward to last weekend in the sport of boxing. The Premier Boxing Champions card featured a fight that was barely acceptable as an undercard fight, let alone as the main event it was promoted to, featuring former Light Heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov and PBC ringside analyst BJ Flores. With the amount of anticipation rivaled only by professional wrestling fans tuning in to Monday Night Raw to see Michael Cole or Jerry “The King” Lawler main event the show, Shumenov/Flores went under the radar…way under.
Flores was unable to pin down Shumenov, who relied on pot shots and lateral movement throughout the fight, until he got tired and Flores tagged him hard in the last round of the fight. It wouldn’t be enough and Flores dropped a unanimous decision, though he was far from convinced he lost the fight. Though the fight was close, boxing would be wise to move away from a rematch between these two, and Flores should just double down on his commitments to his work as an analyst. No offense, but the 36-year-old Flores should know better than anybody that boxing isn’t a part-time commitment and this opportunity just didn’t pan out for him, much like his 2010 loss to Danny Green, which served as the sole moment Flores stepped up his competition.
Sergey Kovalev mercilessly destroyed Nadjib Mohammedi, a foe nobody heard of prior to going into the fight and certainly didn’t leave a lasting impression after it was over. After a tepid first round, Kovalev let Mohammedi have it and savagely beat him en route to a third round knockout. Kovalev/Mohammedi and Shumenov/Flores went the way many expected it to go, and those expectations were set quite low.
Pascal narrowly escapes critical loss. Is he running out of time?
However, the undercard fight on Kovalev’s card was supposed to be a realignment fight for former Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal to eventually earn a rematch with Kovalev. He was fortunate that the three blind mice judged his fight at ringside, because he was taken to the shed against previously unknown Yuniesky Gonzalez and got bailed out on the scorecards. The fight did feature some close rounds and good action, but Gonzalez forced the action on Pascal and kept him moving back for the duration of the fight.
A draw was far more likely than a Pascal win, no matter how narrow they could have made it, but the Gonzalez fight is far more meritorious of a rematch than Kovalev. Lest we forget, Kovalev beat up Pascal earlier this year and is only entertaining a rematch because Pascal is a bigger payday than going after Andre Ward. One has to wonder though, is Pascal running in the red after a career with several grueling fights? A rematch with Gonzalez, and a clear win, would answer that.
PBC commentator round robin continues through August.
With Flores fighting Shumenov, Paulie Malignaggi and Daniel Jacobs on deck next weekend and Antonio Tarver facing off against Steve Cunningham two weeks later, the only announcers that aren’t booked for a fight from the PBC team is Sugar Ray Leonard and Marv Albert!
Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter eyeing returns in September bouts.
Despite Floyd Mayweather’s attempt to match Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter in a rematch of a fight Porter easily won on his sayonara fight this September, the two former champs are heading their separate ways. Broner will allegedly go back down to 140 pounds to face off against trial horse Steve Upsher Chambers in a homecoming fight, which might be a tougher fight for Broner than many will admit up front. Porter hasn’t mentioned whom he might fight, but it might be against a similar level of foe as Chambers.
Unless Broner makes some kind of miraculous adjustment and were to turn his career around, he’s just going to look ugly against Chambers and would get worked over twice as bad against Porter if they made that fight. The logical opponent for Porter at this point would be Amir Khan, but Khan will not fight in September due to his religious commitments, so his foe is up in the air.
Tarver, Cunningham get heated ahead of 8/14 clash.
Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham have both spent a good part of the past two years jawing at each other, with Tarver repeatedly shooting down a potential fight between the two when both were Cruiserweights, but they are now two weeks away from a critical Heavyweight fight. Tarver/Cunningham will more than likely produce WBC champion Deontay Wilder’s first opponent of 2016, and both men shot off on each other ahead on a conference call earlier this week.
The volatile exchange is coming in a do-or-die fight for both men at this stage of their careers. Tarver hasn’t exactly impressed a lot of people with his run at Heavyweight and Cunningham has been on the wrong side of a few decisions that set him back, but if the bite is as loud as the bark, there might be a good fight to behold. Of course, there is the chance that it’ll look like two 40-year-olds in an awkward, aggressive waltz. Either way, Cunningham should get the better of Tarver, but their time to put up or shut up is right around the corner.
Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux official for 10/17.
Gennady Golovkin reigns unchallenged at Middleweight, where he is in the middle of a title reign that may very well break Bernard Hopkins’ record for title defenses. He’s handled the unworthy and chased away the fighters who could potentially challenge him, (and also set up roadblocks to an Andre Ward fight, but that’s for another day) but his reign of terror continues. Golovkin will return to the ring against hard-hitting David Lemieux in an HBO main event.
Golovkin/Lemieux is one of the best fights that can be made at 160, but even this fight has Golovkin TKO5 written all over it. Lemieux has been knocked out twice in his career against Marco Antonio Rubio and an ancient Joachim Alcine, but to his credit is probably the best opponent Golovkin has fought during his run.
Shane Mosley set for long-haul return. Wants Mayweather, Pacquiao rematches.
In an interview last week, Sugar Shane Mosley spoke about his comeback fight with Ricardo Mayorga and confirmed the concerns of many that he’s hoping to continue his career after the Mayorga bout. When he wasn’t accusing Al Haymon of stealing the Staples Center for his fight or trying to justify a much too expensive $50 price tag that the Mayorga fight will bring, he outlined his objectives for this stage of his career.
Citing that he is fully healed and 100%, Mosley wants a rematch against Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who both effortlessly beat him in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He also mentioned a rematch with Miguel Cotto, who beat Mosley back in 2007, but made no mention of a rematch against Anthony Mundine. Last year, Mundine stopped Mosley in a Junior Middleweight fight when Mosley couldn’t come out of his corner due to back spasms.
Watch Rico Ramos get blasted out by Claudio Marrero
Rico Ramos was once again on the wrong side of a KO of the year candidate, this time at the hands of Claudio Marrero. Check out the fight, and the KO, here.