Friday, December 8, 2017
Skill, Craft, Finesse, and Guile. These are the adjectives I will use to describe Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, as the 2 Two-time Olympic gold medalists collide this Saturday, December 9 on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
Normally as you all know I would be doing a video breakdown of this super-fight on paper, however since IN THIS CORNER TV Producer Jon Hait is out of town and yours truly, Smitty, is a bit under the weather, you'll have to just settle for this quick pugilistic pen breakdown. Here we go.
Let start out with Offense where for the most part I give the edge to Lomachenko as he is simply the much busier of the two. However, in terms of really sharp shooting and power shots, Rigondeaux is the better of the two. Loma has the better footwork from an offensive standpoint and is very 'Willie Pepish' as Rigo is usually thinking more from a defensive posture which brings us right into defense where clearly Rigo has a strong edge. He is masterful to a point where it has caused him to be somewhat of an anathema to networks and some fans who see much of his style as being somewhat boring. Something many have said about Floyd Mayweather but Rigo takes it to another level and many of those reasons are not his fault but that would be a whole other story. Anyway Rigo is the better fighter defensively. Nothing at all wrong with Loma's D, but his overwhelming offense and brilliant footwork and athleticism are the attributes that make him very difficult to catch solid and with more than one punch at a time. Although how many fighters of today even throw combinations. I know that to is another story and again Smitty is under the weather so lets move on and try and wrap this up.
The factors that will most likely be the coup de grace in this one will be the intangibles. Loma, age 29, is much younger than Rigo who at age 37 is not only 8 years the senior but moving up 2 weight classes for this fight which for little dudes in boxing can be a huge difference. Also, and this is key in terms of activity, Loma has been the much busier having 9 fights over the past 3 years compared to but 5 for Rigo. Let's also remind ourselves that although these two are all-time great Amateur Boxers, but as pros they have had only 27 total fights (Loma 9-1 and Rigo 17-0). So I for one will not call them all-time great professionals simply for that reason. However, by today's standards and with what they both accomplished as Amateur fighters, this is about as good as it gets.
Putting all of this together I have to give the edge to the boxer from Ukraine over the brilliant Cuban tactician with big pop. I believe all that Loma needs to do is keep doing what he has done, whereas for Rigo to pull off what would be considered the upset, he needs to get out of his comfort zone somewhat to make Loma uncomfortable. My advise would be go to the Loma body early and often. Get on the inside and attempt to rough him up a bit. I have noticed more than a few times that Loma can get unglued mentally when he is made to feel uncomfortable. He will complain to the ref and he gets off of his game. Rigo will also have to take some shots a few more times than he is accustomed to in order to set down on his tremendous straight left off the southpaw style. If Rigo can do these things enough he is capable of winning this fight.
My pick is Vasyl Lomachenko to defeat Guillermo Rigondeaux by decision in a boxing match that could at many times mimic the Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky Chess Match. (look it up young pups), meaning ultra strategic when you have two boxers with pugilistic IQs that are off the charts. If you're looking for Gatti vs Ward 4, you won't get it Saturday night at the Garden. What you will get is two wonderful fighters with 4 Gold Medals between them (only time this has been seen) giving us a big dose of Skill, Craft, Finesse and Guile that I believe will work better for me than any of these antibiotics I'm currently ingesting! I'll take boxing-biotics over antibiotics any day of the week. Loma by decision. Enjoy the fights everybody.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
The WBC wishes to recommend donations to deposit in a bank account from which Carlos slim foundation will make a 5 to 1 matching contribution (Carlos Slim Foundation will contribute $5 USD per each dollar donated).
Carlos Slim’s contribution through his foundation ads to his exemplary support for boxing through ring TELMEX-TELCEL Foundation and is of tremendous importance in this time of urgency.
To donate inside of Mexico:
Banco Inbursa, S.A.
Account CLABE: 036180111111111111
Name: Carlos Slim Foundation
Also the WBC has opened the following bank account to receive donations from around the world:
BANCO MERCANTIL DEL NORTE, S. A. – BANORTE Branch # 2067
Av. Montevideo No. 27
Col. Tepeyac Insurgentes
Deleg. Gustavo A. Madero
México, D. F. 07020
Teléfono: (5255) 5577-65-74
Fax: (5255) 5577-61-48
Account Name: CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE BOXEO A.C.
Calle: RioBamba 835, Col. Lindavista, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07300 CDMX
Account Nbr..: 0826381248
Currency : US Cy. Dollars
Bank Code (Clabe): 072 180 00826381248 0
WBC JOSÉ SULAIMÁN
BOXERS FUND 2017The WORLD BOXING COUNCIL and Nevada COMMUNITY FOUNDATION are pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 grant cycle of the WBC José Sulaimán Boxers Fund. WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán and the WBC Board of Governors proudly continues the legacy built by WBC Lifetime President (RIP) Don José Sulaimán in supporting retired boxing heroes who have fallen into hard times.
Thanks to the continued generosity of WBC-affiliated organizations, promoters and several other generous individuals and entities, notably TELMEX TELCEL Foundation, as well as the tireless service of the Fund’s Selection Committee, the Fund has awarded approximately $620,000 to over 40 boxers in need through 4 annual funding cycles and numerous off-cycle exceptional circumstances cases. Administered by Nevada Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Fund will award as much as to $10,000 (U.S. dollars) per awardee during the 2017 grant cycle.
The Fund accept applications for assistance from August 15, 2017 through September 30, 2017. Applications must include all requested supporting documentation, to be mailed or emailed to Nevada Community Foundation by September 30, 2017, in order to be considered.
Retired professional boxers who face significant immediate financial need are encouraged to apply. For questions and assistance, please contact your local WBC federation or affiliate. Questions may also be directed to Nevada Community Foundation at:
Director of Operations / Finance Administrator
Nevada Community Foundation
410 South Rampart Blvd. Ste. 390
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Tel: 702-892-2326 | Fax: 702-892-8580
Click here to download the application materials and guidelines
LET`S SUPPORT PUERTO RICO
The World Boxing Council invites you to support our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters who are going through very hard times due to the ravages and destruction of Hurricane Maria.
The island has been declared a disaster area, as the damage has resulted in a lack of electricity, lack of potable water, shortage of gasoline, among other problems.
Our Friend Gaby Peñagaricano has created a fund, which we can support with a donation. The WBC expresses its solidarity with this beautiful Caribbean nation and invites people to support on the following link: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/puerto-rico-recovery
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
IT TAKES A POWERFUL TEAM TO BEAT A POWERFUL STORM
President, Mauricio Sulaiman and the World Boxing Council have joined forces with the Foreman Family and ATR Sports Management to provide relief to those most effected by Hurricane Harvey. Let's Help Houston!
It's time like this, that we come together to lend a hand to families and friends who've suffered catastrophic damage during a natural disaster. Nature knows no boundaries, no politcal affiliation, no prejudice; and neither does the WBC. We are in this together and we fight to win!
Our prayers and thoughts are with Houston.
Jill Diamond, Chair, WBC Cares
Rocky Juarez; "Houston is a strong proud city. I am the son of an immigrant and one of the most important things about Houston is that the city welcomes everyone. We all help one another in times of need. I am proud to work with the WBC, the Foreman Family,and ATR Sports to help those affected by Harvey. We will not be defeated."
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President; “How fortunate we are to be able to give in times of urgency and not be the ones desperately hoping for aid to arrive, be a CHAMPION and be part of this team, let’s raise funds for Harvey victims".
George Foreman; I'm humbled that the WBC and Rocky Juarez would include us in this initiative. Houston has taught us to be strong as a unit. Joining forces is the way to make a difference. I will continue to reach out too. The road to recovery has just begun, so every alliance in every industry is needed. Thanks to our boxing family.
September 10th, 2017
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Rocky's Boxing Gym
WBC Champion Rocky Juarez, Owner
1524 Freeman St
Houston, Tx 77009
What: Auction and Fundraiser to benefit the community.
Hosted By: Memphis 10 from 93.7 the Beat and the Blessed Beats radio Show
Shoes, Socks, Bedding and Pillows, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Baby Food, Wheelchairs, Dog Food, Cat Food, Cat Litter, Insulin, Stethoscopes, Cell phone chargers, Femine Hygeine Products, Power Strips, Wet Wipes, Womens & Men's CLothing, Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap) and non perishable food items and water.
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