Welterweight Shawn Porter is having a very good year.  First he decisioned top contender and one time likely Floyd Mayweather Jr. opponent Devon Alexander, and then he knocked out Paulie Malignaggi.  Tonight he tried to make his year even better, but he will have his hands full against hard hitting undefeated contender Kell Brook in what has all the makings of a great fight.  Tune in to Showtime tonight at 9:30pm and then afterwards tell me what you thought.  Please.

Welterweight Shawn Porter is having a very good year. First he decisioned top contender and one time likely Floyd Mayweather Jr. opponent Devon Alexander, and then he knocked out Paulie Malignaggi. Tonight he tried to make his year even better, but he will have his hands full against hard hitting undefeated contender Kell Brook in what has all the makings of a great fight. Tune in to Showtime tonight at 9:30pm and then afterwards tell me what you thought. Please.

I didn’t bother watching Showtimes crap card last night but here is what ESPN had to say about it: NEW YORK — In a night of mismatches, junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and titleholder Lamont Peterson destroyed overmatched opponents in knockout fashion Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to set up a possible showdown later this year.

Hopefully these guys do fight each other and it had better not be a pay per view.

Blake Caparello was fed to the monster that is Sergey Kovalev last night who devoured his over matched opponent in two rounds to set up a huge fight agains dry aged Bernard Hopkins. 

In the co-feature Brandon Rios was handed a gift disqualification victory over Diego Chaves is an ugly dirty fight.  Chaves was winning the fight but it was close.  I wish a point was deducted rather then Chaves being disqualified as I hate to see a referee determine the outcome of a fight

Blake Caparello was fed to the monster that is Sergey Kovalev last night who devoured his over matched opponent in two rounds to set up a huge fight agains dry aged Bernard Hopkins.

In the co-feature Brandon Rios was handed a gift disqualification victory over Diego Chaves is an ugly dirty fight. Chaves was winning the fight but it was close. I wish a point was deducted rather then Chaves being disqualified as I hate to see a referee determine the outcome of a fight

What the hell… GGG really dissapointed me tonight… I was so hyped to see him again, so hyped i told my friends who dont give a shit about boxing that they have to come over to see the guy who is from the same country as Borat fight, and he did not produce at all.  I was reminded earlier in the week by Dave, via text, one of the many reasons i love GGG and tonight, to be redundant, i was very dissapointed, the reason?.  His english got better..GGG’s post fight interview was mediocre at best he wants Cotto next but he said it in a way more understandable way than usual and not as funny.. As far as the fight , tko
In the 3rd or 4th…  Extending his ko streak to 17 in a row… I love this guy

-Dan Tutalo

What the hell… GGG really dissapointed me tonight… I was so hyped to see him again, so hyped i told my friends who dont give a shit about boxing that they have to come over to see the guy who is from the same country as Borat fight, and he did not produce at all. I was reminded earlier in the week by Dave, via text, one of the many reasons i love GGG and tonight, to be redundant, i was very dissapointed, the reason?. His english got better..GGG’s post fight interview was mediocre at best he wants Cotto next but he said it in a way more understandable way than usual and not as funny.. As far as the fight , tko
In the 3rd or 4th… Extending his ko streak to 17 in a row… I love this guy

-Dan Tutalo

The confusing case of Guillermo Rigondeaux:

What is it about this man that the powers that be in boxing have decided that he’s not ready for prime time.  He’s a year removed from completely dominating the fighter of the year in Nonito Donaire, he’s a title holder with an unreal amature pedigree, and he has an interesting story of escaping communist Cuba to chase his dream in the USA.  We as boxing fans have had technical/boring fighters shoved down our throats for years.  Look no further then Floyd Mayweather JR and the Klitschko brothers.  That being said, the guy is a winner, and for that reason he should be headlining big fights.  His fight last Saturday ended when he knocked out Sod Kokietgym in somewhat controversial fashion.  Kokietgym was dropped to the canvas with an accidental head butt.  After being given time to recover he was immediately ko’d by Rigondeaux in a sequence that very much resembles Mayweather JRs KO of Victor Ortiz.  Not quite a cheap shot, but also not quite good sportsmanship.  Maybe this is exactly what Rigondeaux needs to jump start his career; to become the villain.

The confusing case of Guillermo Rigondeaux:

What is it about this man that the powers that be in boxing have decided that he’s not ready for prime time. He’s a year removed from completely dominating the fighter of the year in Nonito Donaire, he’s a title holder with an unreal amature pedigree, and he has an interesting story of escaping communist Cuba to chase his dream in the USA. We as boxing fans have had technical/boring fighters shoved down our throats for years. Look no further then Floyd Mayweather JR and the Klitschko brothers. That being said, the guy is a winner, and for that reason he should be headlining big fights. His fight last Saturday ended when he knocked out Sod Kokietgym in somewhat controversial fashion. Kokietgym was dropped to the canvas with an accidental head butt. After being given time to recover he was immediately ko’d by Rigondeaux in a sequence that very much resembles Mayweather JRs KO of Victor Ortiz. Not quite a cheap shot, but also not quite good sportsmanship. Maybe this is exactly what Rigondeaux needs to jump start his career; to become the villain.

Being a boxing fan can be very frustrating, but I, like most fight fans, keep coming back, because when boxing is at it’s best no sport is better.  Unfortunately, things like we saw last night in the scoring of the Erislandy Lara vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez tends to be the rule rather then the exception.  Alvarez won a spilt decision in what was a close and competitive fight better two of the sports best.  While I thought Lara won the fight 8 rounds to 4, I can stomach a split decision win for Alvarez.  What I can’t stomach is how one judge had it 117 - 111.  I’ve seen it time and time again.  The guy who stands to make more money for everyone in future fights, in the case Alvarez, is going to win the fight unless totally dominated or knocked out.  It makes boxing anti climatic when going into a fight like last night you can be 99.99% sure that if it goes the 12 round distance Alvarez is going to win.  To quote Dan Tutalo, “boxing is dumb, and too expensive for this dumb shit.”  That being said I’m sure I’ll end up paying the $60 for the next pay per view because I’m scared to death to miss one of boxings legendary nights.  When it’s good it’s great.

Being a boxing fan can be very frustrating, but I, like most fight fans, keep coming back, because when boxing is at it’s best no sport is better. Unfortunately, things like we saw last night in the scoring of the Erislandy Lara vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez tends to be the rule rather then the exception. Alvarez won a spilt decision in what was a close and competitive fight better two of the sports best. While I thought Lara won the fight 8 rounds to 4, I can stomach a split decision win for Alvarez. What I can’t stomach is how one judge had it 117 - 111. I’ve seen it time and time again. The guy who stands to make more money for everyone in future fights, in the case Alvarez, is going to win the fight unless totally dominated or knocked out. It makes boxing anti climatic when going into a fight like last night you can be 99.99% sure that if it goes the 12 round distance Alvarez is going to win. To quote Dan Tutalo, “boxing is dumb, and too expensive for this dumb shit.” That being said I’m sure I’ll end up paying the $60 for the next pay per view because I’m scared to death to miss one of boxings legendary nights. When it’s good it’s great.

Sorry for how blurry the photo is but thats the way i see it right now. If you cant read it, it was a text i sent to dave that reads, “im still not sold on gamboa at all i think hes going to get wrecked”…and before the start of the fight i really wanted him to, but boxing is a strange sport. Im a die hard Mets fan and there is no chance in hell i will ever like a philly, like i hate jason werth and shane victorino no matter what team they are on strictly because they were once a philly. My point is that ive been waiting for Gamboa to lose, i hated him and thought he was the biggest hype job and didnt deserve the praise he was getting, i even wrote that article about him being on that PED list, but all it took was one rd for me to completely change my opinion about him.
Gamboa came into the fight as the underdog being that he was the smaller, lighter guy in Terrence Crawfords home town, and for the first four rounds i was pissed because Gamboa looked really goodlike he was just going to cruise to an easy victory. He was beating crawford to the punch with superior handspeed and great movement. My opinion started to change a little their thinking, ok, he is pretty skilled and maybe not just a hype job but i still think he has a weak chin that could change the fight. Well, i was kind of right because from the 5th rd on i cant get into detail because this is when the knockdowns came flowing. Yes they were all gamboa but what he lacks in a chin he makes up for in the shorts with his ginormous balls. The 5th rd is when i found myself completely changing my opinion because Gamboa refused to run even though he was standing on spaghetti legs. Every time he got knocked down he would get up, not cover up at all, walk forward and throw. Eventually his heart was stronger than his chin and the ref stopped the fight in the 7th. I dont want to take anything away from crawford because he fought a great fight losing the first 4 rds than adjusting by switching southpaw and winning the fight, but i think it was more of a suprise to me to see this side of Gamboa and he definately made me a fan. Im hoping this loss doesnt derail him because it made me a fan and hooefully i dint have to wait a year to see him in the ring again.

Showtime had a triple header last night and I was visiting my Showtimeless mother in law down south so for the second week in a row Dan Tutalo picked up my slack and here is what he had to say:

"I blew it. Yesterday I was asked by a couple friends to go skating down in ac than hit the bar for a little bit. I found out we’d be back long before the fights so i went. Well, i guess i dont have the stamina a younger me had because when i got home at 9, i set up my laptop to tv, cracked a beer, overcooked some hot dogs on the grill and sat outside to watch through the screen door. Heres how the night of fights panned out for me.
Devon Alexander vs Jesus Soto Karass
The first four rds Devon Alexander fighting way more offensive than were used to and looked a lot faster than karass.
The following rds i cant tell you because that was knockdown #1 for me. Passed out outside head against my grill and it looked like that was it for me until luckily my wife found my drunk, tired, sore, motionless body and told me to go inside. I wasnt going out like that so i thought i had a second wind and sat at my bar instead for the fighter introductions for
Gary Russel vs Vasyl Lomachenko
Knockdown #2… Instantly… I did not see one rd.
My wife had already gone to bed so there was little chance of me getting up again. Until by some miracle, my laptop let out a horrible continuous loud beep that snapped me out of my coma, finally the second wind came and i grabbed my ipad and put on
Robert Guerrero vs Yoshihiro Kamegai
When i put the fight on it was 4rds in but the boxing gods were smiling upon me because this was the fight to see. No defense at all just an all out war. Guerreros eye was swollen shut by a huge uppercut from Kamegai but it didnt slow Guerrero at all. The fighters through over 1,000 punches and all of them were thrown hard. Its definately a candidate for fight of the year and Guerrero came out on top with the decision.
As for the other winners thanks to showtimes recap, alexander won and Lomachenko won a title in his 3rd pro fight”

- Dan Tutalo

Having not seen the fights I’ll add a few thoughts of my own anyway.

It’s good Gary Russel finally stepped up his competition, albeit to a guy in his third pro fight.

Devon Alexander, from what I’ve read and heard, continues to be one of he most boring fighters in the sport.

It’s good to see Guerrero back after the Mayweather spanking. It will be interesting to see what’s next for him. By the way what ever happened to his gun charge?

Chris Algieri vs Ruslan Provodnikov

   Who the hell is Chris Algieri?  Thats what i was thinking when i heard that was who the wreckingball that is Ruslan Provodnikov was fighting especially after rumors of him fighting Rios.  So i’m thinking, ok they want Ruslan to walk through a little known undefeated fighter in his first title defense and build the fan base for bigger fights in the future.  It almost worked as the first rd Ruslan started landing hard power shots to the body than came with a thudding left hook that put Algieri to the canvas and instaswelled his right eye.  Ruslan continued the assault forcing Algieri to take a knee for another kd in the first.  The fight continued and yes, Ruslan was landing the more powerful shots, but Algieri was still there. Round after round Algieris eye was getting bigger and bigger to point of closing but he was out boxing Provodnikov in the middle and late rounds, even though the shots had no affect, he was still landing.  In the end Algieri ended the fight with a purple eye and bloody nose while Ruslan had slight bruising and it ended with a split decision from the judges in favor of Algieri.  I believe the 2 judges got it right.  I love Provodnikovov, but Chris Algieri showed he is a true champion and has the heart of a lion so now i know who he is and will be watching his next fight for sure.

-Dan Tutalo

Chris Algieri vs Ruslan Provodnikov

Who the hell is Chris Algieri? Thats what i was thinking when i heard that was who the wreckingball that is Ruslan Provodnikov was fighting especially after rumors of him fighting Rios. So i’m thinking, ok they want Ruslan to walk through a little known undefeated fighter in his first title defense and build the fan base for bigger fights in the future. It almost worked as the first rd Ruslan started landing hard power shots to the body than came with a thudding left hook that put Algieri to the canvas and instaswelled his right eye. Ruslan continued the assault forcing Algieri to take a knee for another kd in the first. The fight continued and yes, Ruslan was landing the more powerful shots, but Algieri was still there. Round after round Algieris eye was getting bigger and bigger to point of closing but he was out boxing Provodnikov in the middle and late rounds, even though the shots had no affect, he was still landing. In the end Algieri ended the fight with a purple eye and bloody nose while Ruslan had slight bruising and it ended with a split decision from the judges in favor of Algieri. I believe the 2 judges got it right. I love Provodnikovov, but Chris Algieri showed he is a true champion and has the heart of a lion so now i know who he is and will be watching his next fight for sure.

-Dan Tutalo

History was made last night by Miguel Cotto absolutely dominating Sergio Martinez to become the first Puerto Rican to wiin titles in 4 divisions.  
Going into the fight a lot of people thought Martinez’s speed and size would be too much for Cotto to handle, but they were very wrong.  In the first round Martinez hit the canvas 3 times and never seemed to recover from it.  The rest of the fight was all Miguel outboxing and landing his dangerous left hook at will, dropping Sergio again in the 9th.  The fight was stopped by Martinezs trainer in between the 9th and 10th rd, exclaiming “youre knees arent responding champ”, despite Martinez begging to fight another round.  I like both fighters and was happy to see Sergio Martinez not use any excuses for the loss but he definately did not look like the same Maravilla that picked apart Chavez Jr and i think it might be time for him to walk away while he still can.  Miguel Cotto, on the other hand, seemed to have revived his career thanks to freddy roach and has put his name back in the talks for top competitors and bigger fights.  I hope he can continue dominating like this in the future. 

-Dan Tutalo

History was made last night by Miguel Cotto absolutely dominating Sergio Martinez to become the first Puerto Rican to wiin titles in 4 divisions.
Going into the fight a lot of people thought Martinez’s speed and size would be too much for Cotto to handle, but they were very wrong. In the first round Martinez hit the canvas 3 times and never seemed to recover from it. The rest of the fight was all Miguel outboxing and landing his dangerous left hook at will, dropping Sergio again in the 9th. The fight was stopped by Martinezs trainer in between the 9th and 10th rd, exclaiming “youre knees arent responding champ”, despite Martinez begging to fight another round. I like both fighters and was happy to see Sergio Martinez not use any excuses for the loss but he definately did not look like the same Maravilla that picked apart Chavez Jr and i think it might be time for him to walk away while he still can. Miguel Cotto, on the other hand, seemed to have revived his career thanks to freddy roach and has put his name back in the talks for top competitors and bigger fights. I hope he can continue dominating like this in the future.

-Dan Tutalo