Floyd Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana via unanimous decision last night.  When the fight ended Floyd, who just a few years ago would finish every fight looking the same as when he entered the ring, had swollen lips and blood trickling from his nose.  This tells me one thing:  A fight with Manny Pacquiao is suddenly relevant again.  Should this fight have happened years ago… The first time the contract was signed when they were both in their prime?  Yes of course.  It would have been huge.  But now, with both guys seemingly aging and past their primes, the fight is suddenly intriguing again, so please, for the love of god, let Floyd’s special “surpise” be that he’s finally going to fight Manny.  Unless of course Manny screws it all up and loses to Chris Algieri.

Floyd Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana via unanimous decision last night. When the fight ended Floyd, who just a few years ago would finish every fight looking the same as when he entered the ring, had swollen lips and blood trickling from his nose. This tells me one thing: A fight with Manny Pacquiao is suddenly relevant again. Should this fight have happened years ago… The first time the contract was signed when they were both in their prime? Yes of course. It would have been huge. But now, with both guys seemingly aging and past their primes, the fight is suddenly intriguing again, so please, for the love of god, let Floyd’s special “surpise” be that he’s finally going to fight Manny. Unless of course Manny screws it all up and loses to Chris Algieri.

Fight Night Recap
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Andre Berto Vs. Steve Upsher

Andre Berto returned to the ring last night after losing 3 of his last 4 fights, having major shoulder surgery, and taking close to a year off. It’s funny because when Berto was undefeated and super hyped I really didn’t like him (same with Miguel Cotto). I don’t know why. Now, I find myself rooting for him. He’s always in exciting fights. Last night he won unanimously over Upsher (who happened to be Curtis Martin’s cousin. Go Jets!!). Berto looked ok. He looked a lot like a guy who hadn’t fought in a year. He was however on great shape as usual. I’m interested to see who he fights next and how he fares.

Lucas Matthysse Vs. Roberto Ortiz

Now this was a strange fight. I was looking forward to it because it was expected to be a brawl and Matthysse is one of my favorite active fighters.

The first round was a fairly uneventful feeling out type of round. Midway through round 2 Matthysse landed a beutiful body shot. One of those delayed reaction type shots. Ortiz grimaced, stood there a split second, then folded and collapsed.
Referee Benji Esteves stood over Ortiz and began his count. Ortiz regained his composure, watched Esteves count, and clearly got up by the count of 9. At this point Esteves inexplicably waived the fight over. It doesn’t make any sense. Why count? Why not just waive it over immediately? Ortiz was standing and composed at 9. We the fans were robbed of what should have been a very entertaining fight. After the fight Matthysse called out Danny Garcia which I love. I love that the loss to Garcia is eating him up and I’d love to see them do it again.

Andre Berto Vs. Emmanuel Taylor

I continued my 3 fight steak of falling asleep during main events. What I remember is the fight being interesting early on with Broner looking good but not great. Then I remember waking up just in time to see Broner land a sweet right hand that put Taylor on his ass. Broner won a unanimous decision in front of his own crowd and then called out Matthysse in what would be another fight I’d love to see.

DD

*Dan Tutulo bonus recap. (Sort of)

i hope dave wrote a recap cause bill gates sucks.. my laptop kept crashing during the first fight enough to where my wife got on the aol, because i suck at computers , and now i have subscribed to showtime just to watch these fights.. well.. i think berto won, than Mathysse wins by controversial Ko. Adrien Broner v Emanuel Taylor was the fight to see… broner started slow as usual but picked it up later to win the unanimous decision but it was in is home city so what were the chances hed lose without being kod

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?