HBO PPV Part I offers a ‘two-for-one’ sandwich deal this Saturday evening when in Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center, twenty one years-old Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) takes on thirty years-old Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) for the WBC light middleweight title in a fight commemorating Mexican Independence weekend that appears to be a mere afterthought of anyone other than Mexican fight fans.
The Part II HBO PPV fight between Floyd ‘Maynever’, Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) and ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) finally takes place this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Gand Hotel & Casino in a fight that should be logged under the ‘Who Cares?‘ category, but is the alleged force in enticing fans to fork over the $59.95 demanded by Golden Boy Promotions to view the two-headed debacle.
Like the Klitschko brother’s (Vitali and Wladimir) who completely dominate the heavyweight division, ‘Maynever’, Jr. is easy to hate but by far remains the best welterweight boxer to challenge ‘Energizer Bunny’ Manny Pacquiao, with Ortiz being just too slow and inexperienced to mount any serious threat.
‘Maynever’, Jr. gives Ortiz a boxing lesson that ends by way of seventh round TKO, with Ortiz frustrated, bloodied, and left sitting on his stool just as he did against Marcos Rene Maidana two years ago.
The vacant WBC light welterweight title (stripped from Timothy Bradley) fight between Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KO’s) and last minute replacement Pablo Cesar Cano 22-0-1, 17 KO’s) is meaningless to most with the WBC putting itself in the position of having to defend their Bradley stripping, something they cannot adequately justify.
The best fight of the evening in Las Vegas is not even the headliner as undefeated Jesse Vargas (16-0, 9 KO’s) takes on Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KO’s) with Vargas taking a huge leap in competition against a more than formidable Lopez looking to secure his own position in the lightweight division as a serious contender.
Lopez takes the young Vargas to school, ending that fight by way of ninth round TKO, hopefully not inflicting too much punishment and changing Vargas’ career path.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez may be younger and stronger than Alfonso Gomez, but Gomez is determined to show that experience and stamina, a mainstay of Gomez, will persevere with him winning a unanimous decision unless the pro-Golden Boy judging system again rears it’s ugly head.
The Staples Center undercard is just plain pitiful with only the pro debut of former amateur standout Ray Rivera worth mentioning, his opponent remaining yet to be determined.
The many fight fans who support the sport completely deserve much better, and at the now escalating PPV cost of $59.95, look for not so rabid fans to find ‘inventive ways’ to divide the cost.
The recent announcement that Colorado LBC Chief of Officials Ric Ericson has resigned effective September 30th because of business and personal interests, was cushioned by the fact all wish him the best for his many years of dedication to amateur boxing here in Colorado.
Forever remembered as one of our true ‘characters’ of amateur boxing around the country, Ric is expected to return at some point to officiate, and we all look forward to that return.
His replacement, Mr. C.C. Edwards, will remain in that position until December 31, 2012, when the current LBC Board of Director’s term’s all come up for election.
The Kenia Monge funeral costs have not yet been covered and donations at any First Bank location are still being accepted with checks made payable to the KENIA MONGE BENEFIT FUND.
You may also send checks to THE ROCK BOXING, 3225 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Unit ‘S’, Lakewood, Colorado 80227, payable to the KENIA MONGE BENEFIT FUND that owners Troy and Tasha Morris will forward to the Monge-Lee family.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com