Saturday, January 23, 2016

Joseph Parker wins by TKO

New Zealand's Joseph Parker continues his run of KO's down under as he wore down a tough Jason Bergman in Samoa. Parker is now 18-0 with 16 KO's and is rising up through the Heavyweight rankings (#7 in the WBC). According to his trainer Kevin Barry, the plan is to be fighting for a title in 2016 and fighting more in the U.S.

Check out the story and video highlights of this exciting young heavyweight contender

Friday, January 22, 2016

Danny Garcia vs Robert Guerrero Breakdown By James "Smitty" Smith

Saturday's PBC match up on Fox from the Staples Center in Los Angeles pitting unbeaten former 140 lb Champ Danny Garcia 31-0 (18 KO's) and former 2 Division Champ Robert Guerrero 33-3-1 (18 KO's) is a real barometer fight for both of these former World Champions.  

Garcia, the naturally bigger man, has not looked great since his upset win over Lucas Matthysse back in 2013 and for Guerrero he has gone 2-1 since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and his last fight was a split decision win over Aaron Martinez which could have gone the other way. 

This fight is for the vacant WBC Welterweight Championship, vacated of course by the retirement of Mayweather, at least retirement for now.  Because its for a title in a very talent filled money making division, and because of the question marks about both of these guys as to where they are at and where they are headed, and because of their styles and that both guys come to fight,  it promises to be an entertaining fight along the way.  Neither one of these fighters are really Welterweights in truth, but with their ages, experience and body frames and given the fact of day before weigh ins, frankly my dear it doesn't mean a damn thing anymore. Having said that Danny is the naturally bigger boxer.

Both fighters are well seasoned, well conditioned, good solid fighters and I don't see the Guerrero southpaw stance meaning anything in this fight.  What I do see meaning something is that Guerrero has taken far more punishment, been involved in much tougher, more physical fights and he gets hit with all the usual punches including what would be Danny's best shot, his left hook which I think could be the difference maker.  

Guerrero is on the decline in my opinion as he has been through so much inside and outside of the squared circle battling fighters and his courageous wife Casey's battle with leukemia.  Perhaps he can recreate some fire and passion that will transcend into his physical performance on Saturday against Garcia.  It's not like Garcia has been all that great over the past few years himself.  Other than stopping over matched Rod Salka and over the hill Paulie Malignaggi, he won a very close MD decision over Lamont Peterson in 2015 and a very controversial MD over Mauricio Herrera in 2014, a fight that I scored him losing our Boxing Fight Night App.  

Like many fighters these days that win a championship and even have an unblemished record I just don't see the over all improvement of skill and technique that I would expect to see.  Has Garcia peaked?  Is Guerrero on the other side? In Guerrero's case, I would say yes.  For those reasons I pick Danny Garcia to win this fight via 12 rd decision.  If Garcia can time that left hook, he could get some knockdowns maybe ever a stoppage, but Guerrero is one tough hombre so I will give him the ability to last the distance as he always has. 

Garcia wins via U decision with a few knockdowns along the way.  

By James "Smitty" Smith 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Smitty's Break Down and Prediction: Deontay Wilder vs Artur Szpilka

This one not difficult at all to break down.  Deontay Wilder 35-0 (34KO's) simply has too much offense for a fighter like Szpilka 20-1-0 (15 KO's).  The way to go about defeating Wilder would be with applied pressure and getting to that somewhat suspect chin.  Szpilka's does have some power but his nature is to counter punch and he gives up 4 inches in height and about about 6 in reach.  Yes he is a southpaw and may be able to create a few issues for Deontay who has not faced a lefty in about 3 years, but the style of Szpilka is why I see Wilder just being too much for this tough lad from Poland.  By the way the Szpilka's chin is and will be in question from the opening bell Saturday as his only blemish was a TKO loss to Bryant Jennings in 2014 and Jennings is no big time puncher and certainly not nearly the devastating puncher that Wilder is. 

Bottom line Wilder stops Szpilka in round 7 and improves to 36-0 with (35 KO's)  What a tremendous record.  What I'm most looking for is the development of Wilder.  The seasoning so that he can go on and potentially be an undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.  He will keep his WBC belt Saturday on Showtime.  

James "Smitty" Smith

Smitty's Break Down and Prediction: Charles Martin vs Vyacheslav Glazkov

Saturday night's Heavyweight bout for the vacant IBF Heavyweight Championship has some real intrigue mainly due to the fact that we just don't know how good Unbeaten Southpaw Charles Martin (22-0-1 20 KO's) really is.  Especially when facing a very solid opponent unbeaten opponent in Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1 13 KO's) who has come from Olympic stock winning the Bronze Medal at the 2008 games and has faced far better opposition than Martin as a pro. 

Martin will have a 2 inch height advantage and nearly 5 inch reach advantage, disadvantages that have created issues for Glazkov in a a few past fights against Malik Scott and Derric Rossy, but having faced those 2 opponents should also help Glazkov.  A key factor may be that Scott and Rossy gave him big trouble off an orthodox style where as Martin will have these advantages and is a southpaw.  A southpaw with tremendous pop in his straight left hand that comes right down the pike. 

On paper the favorite in this fight should be Glazkov, just based on his boxing pedigree and resume.  Having said that I'm picking Martin in this one and being a bit personal about it, actually very personal.  You see I worked with Michael King and King Sports for nearly two years.  One of my main projects was working on the development of all of the King Sports fighters and in particular, yes you guessed it, Charles Martin.  I broke down on tape nearly all of his fights, working on areas for improvement.  I spent a few days at gym with him watching his trainer, former Olympic Gold Medal Champ Henry Tillman, and their team work him in the gym and I watched him spar a few times.  

Talking with him over a lunch. my biggest advise to Charles was very simple;  Fight like Lennox Lewis simply turned around.  Fight like Lennox Lewis off your southpaw style. Use that long right jab, your height, your reach, to keep that chin as far away from anyone your fighting and use your radar to set up that tremendous straight left.  I also told him to work on uppercuts off both hands and the right hook.  I have seen these areas improve somewhat albeit not against world beaters or a guy like Glazkov.  I think if Charles can implement these things early in fight and can touch Glazkov with that straight left early and get his attention and can relax and keep his stamina up, he can win.  

So Glazkov on paper, but Smitty's pick is Martin to win.  Charles would also be like Deontay Wilder, a real breath of fresh U.S. air as a Heavyweight Champ.  Just think about it.  When was the last time we had 2 Heavyweight belt holders from America?  

One final reason I am rooting for Martin is it would be nice for the legacy of the late TV pioneer Michael King to have one of his major goals come to fruition even though he is gone.  King invested so much time and money on this.  Here's hoping it happens.

James "Smitty" Smith 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WBC Best of 2015


After the World Boxing Council released the process to choose the Best of the 2015, we finally got the WINNERS.
Today during our weekly press conference our President Mr. Mauricio Sulaiman, announced the winners.
Are you ready? Here is the list!
Champion of the year: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
Fight of the year: Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas
Dramatic Fight of the year: Jorge Linares vs. Kevin Mitchell
Golden Heart: Badou Jack
KO of the Year: Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland
Event of the Year: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
Revelation of the Year: Viktor Postol
Lifetime Achievement Award: Floyd Mayweather
Prospect of the Year : Anthony Joshua
Return of the Year: Alexander Povetkin
Special Honor Award: Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez