Terence Crawford (25-0 17 KO) dominated Ray Beltran (29-7-1 17 KO) in front of a raucous hometown crowd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday night. Crawford boxed beautifully switching stances with ease from orthodox to southpaw while keeping the slugging Beltran guessing all night. In the rare moments when Beltran was successful in landing a power shot, Crawford responded by coming back even harder and is so accurate in landing his own power counter shots that opponents have no choice but to pull back out of harm’s way and reset. Even though he was up by a large margin late in the fight, you have to love this guy’s warrior spirit as he continued to look for a stoppage. There are very few fighters in the game with the skill level and ring IQ of Crawford at the present time and he just may be the fighter of the year while entering all P4P lists. An amazing humble talent who will only get better.
Tyson Fury (23-0 17 KO) dominated Dereck Chisora (20-5 13 KO) in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout and won by 10th round TKO when Chisora’s corner threw in the towel. Chisora was never in the fight. Fury dominated with his jab, fought from the southpaw stance at times, and landed multiple combinations when needed. For an eliminator fight for the right to knuckle up with undisputed champ Wladimir Klitshcko, this sure wasn’t what you’d expect from two heavyweights. Chisora could have benefitted from exhibiting a little “fury” and Fury could have made a statement by “personally” stopping an opponent who didn’t want to be there. The action got so dull it prompted Referee McDonnell to proclaim “ Either you fight or we go home”, not something you want to hear during a main event, especially one billed as “Bad Blood”. This was a rematch of their 2011 fight also dominated by Fury but not to the extent as was the case on Saturday. Thankfully, we will all be spared from a trilogy.
Sr. Was A Bit Off About Jr.
Leading into Chris Eubank Jr’s (18-1 13 KO) fight with Billy Joe Saunders (21-0 11 KO), Chris Eubank Sr. had made claims that Jr. could beat Gennady Golovkin, is comparable to Sugar Ray Leonard and will be better than Floyd Mayweather Jr. So on cue, Eubank Jr. promptly goes out and loses by split decision to Saunders. The fight was really a tale of two halves. Saunders did his best work early with Eubank coming on strong late, albeit not soon enough. Eubank has talent and may one-day achieve his father’s expectations but he has a ways to go. I believe Jr. will learn from this defeat and would win the rematch; however, he needs a solid trainer who will tell Sr. to leave the training business to the trainer and maybe, just maybe Jr. will achieve Sr.’s prophecy and be “simply the best”.
2015, The Year Of The Sheep
Ever since Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri, the Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. talk resurfaced and reached levels not seen in some time. Both sides are verbally jabbing through social media and all indications are this fight will happen in 2015. If so, we will all be like sheep following the herd to the fight venue or the nearest PPV feed. Baaaa Game On!
Biased Based Commentary
On the undercard of Crawford v. Beltran, HBO aired Evgeny Gradovich v. Jayson Velez. This fight was declared a draw and this snippet is less about the decision but more so about the increasing effort by HBO staff to favor a specific fighter regardless of what is occurring in the ring. It was clear that the HBO staff favored Gradovich. Velez was doing very well in the fight but you would never have known that had your screen went blank and you only had audio to carry you through. HBO’s ring side scorer Steve Weisfeld was actually unbiased until his counterparts kept hyping up Gradovich apparently indirectly pressuring him to change his mind on what he was seeing as evident by his scorecard. After the fight, the HBO crew had Gradovich winning comfortably only to find out that the fight had been declared a draw. This snippet is not to argue if the decision was correct or not correct, but only to comment that Velez did well in a close fight and deserved at the very least some credit from the ringside crew.
The Wrestler,,,Uh, Boxer
Mickey Rourke won an exhibition fight at 62 years of age against 29 year old Elliot Seymour. This fight was all hollywood and not to be confused with the sweet science. Rumors are flying that Seymour threw the fight, is possibly a homeless man, or has medical problems. Unsure the validity of any of those claims but let’s just take the fight at face value, it was an exhibition for entertainment nothing more nothing less.