Prayers For Prichard
Prichard Colon was rabbit punched several times in his bout against Terrel Williams and as a result is in a coma after suffering a brain bleed and having surgery to relieve the pressure. Colon complained from the opening round about the rabbit punches and after being hit illegally a few more times throughout the fight a point was finally deducted. Punches that land illegally happen and points are taken; however, in this case although the punches did the damage, it was the handling of the entire situation that is at fault. Colon had told the ringside physican that he was dizzy. If you were watching the fight like you should have been doing and saw the repeated blows to the back of the skull, it should have been taken a bit more serious when the reciever of the punches states that he is having issues with dizziness. Further, what of the corner? Did they see any signs from their fighter that caused concern? The only silver lining is the glove fiasco. Colon was DQ because his corner took the gloves off after the ninth thinking the fight was over. That action probably saved his life, had he gone out for the tenth, he may have been killed. This rising prospect had his whole carrer in front of him, now he’s fighting a diffrent kind of fight. Let’s hope and pray that he becomes the undisputed champion of that fight.
Going Great Guns
Gennady Golovkin ( 34-0 31KO), he of 21 straight stoppages, put on a brilliant performance Saturday night stopping David Lemieux (34-3 31 KO) by 8th round TKO to add Lemieux’s IBF strap to his middleweight collection. Lemieux is mostly a brawler and doesn’t possess the same skill set as GGG but he still posed one of the biggest threats ever to the man from Kazakhstan. It was thought that he could possibly put Golovkin in uncharted waters by landing something so significant it would test him more than ever. While he did land some big shots, they were few and far between because Lemieux had to fight mostly defensive to keep Golovkin off of him. Since Lemieux could not match Golovkin in skill set, the outcome was a forgone conclusion. Make the call to the “bay area”, there’s a cat out there that surpasses GGG in the finer aspects of the sweet science but trails him in power and that will make for a great fight.
Hey, How About A Nice Hawaiian Punch? No thanks, I’ll Have Chocolate
Roman Gonzalez (44-0 38 KO) stopped Brian Viloria (36-5 22 KO) in the 9th round to provide further proof why most pound for pound lists have anointed the Nicaraguan the new king. Gonzalez is simply dominant. Even in a fight where his opponent was having some success, they weren’t having successes. Gonzalez looks to provide a sense of false security and then closes the show.
A Few Dents In The Crown Of A King
Lamont Peterson (34-3-1 17 KO) defeated Felix Diaz (17-1 8 KO) by majority decision but quite frankly the scores of 117-111 and 116-112 were preposterous. “King Pete” had the height and reach advantage but failed to use them with any regularity. For a fighter who is working to get another title shot, he sure had his hands full with a prospect. Several ringside observers on press row believed Diaz may have even won the fight. At the very least, the fight should have been closer to a draw or split decision.
Alexander The Gate (keeper)
Devon Alexander (26-4 14 KO) was supposed to handle his business against Aaron Martinez (20-4 4 KO) but somebody forgot to tell Martinez, winner by UD. The former IBF welterweight and WBC, IBF,super lightweight titlist has now lost three of his last four. It seems like forever since he defeated Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana in back to back fights. Two out of his last three losses have come against two of the best in the division,in Amir Khan, and Shawn Porter. That said, a title shot may be out of reach and he may have a new role in the division.
Rock Em Sock Em Robots
Andrzej Fonfara (28-3 16 KO) beat Nathan Cleverly (29-3 15 KO) by unanimous decision and both set a CompuBox record for a light heavyweight fight, 2,524 total punches thrown, 936 landed. A good old fashioned donnybrook.