Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev

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What’s Next for Errol Spence Jr after Beating Kell Brook? Ring Talk With Troy

Published on Jun 10, 2017

What’s Next for Errol Spence Jr. after Beating Kell Brook?
I may or may not be an expert. I’ll let you decide, but I am a long Time fan with an informed and knowledgeable opinion.
Coming off his 11th round stoppage win over Kell Brook on May 27th 2017 in Sheffield
England, to win the IBF Welterweight Championship. What is next for Errol Spence Jr?
I know a lot of people are clamoring for an Errol Spence vs. Keith Thurman fight. Matching up the two welterweights that a lot of people fell are the two best in the world. I don’t think Spence’s next fight is going to be against Thurman. However, Thurman’s (who is out with an injury) next fight could be against Spence.
So Who’s next? When a championship changes hands. There is always the possibility of a rematch. However suffering from his second orbital bone break in as many fights. Brook is going to need some time off. If he fights again. The IBF ranks Carlos Ocampo and Konstantin Ponomarev at #3 & #4 as the top two contenders. Spence and Ponomarev were supposed to face each other, but PBC vs. Top Rank issues got in the way. I think it is going to come down to two PBC promoted boxers. Shawn Porter who is coming off a 9th round stoppage over Andre Berto or Lamont Peterson who won a share of the WBA championship winning a decision over David Avanesyan. I don’t think Danny Garcia who is coming off a loss is going to be next.
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Top 10 Pound for Pound Ring Talk With Troy

Published on Jun 7, 2017

Pound for pound as June 6 2017

With all the talk about pound for pound lists i thought I would post mine.

Pound for pound lists are subjective opinion.  This is my subjective opinion.

Rankings based on level of opposition and performance over the past two years.  June 6 2015 to June 6 2017. 

This is not a career achievement award.

This is not a prediction of who beats who in a future bout.

A boxer can be coming off a loss.

Again This is my subjective opinion

1. Terence Crawford: Dierry Jean TKO10, Henry Lundy TKO5, Viktor Postol UD12, John Molina Jr TKO8,  Felix Diaz RTD 10.  You can’t expect a champion to fight the best of the best or in other words.  Have a career defining fight every time.  However you can expect them to fight (using Max Kellerman’s words to describe both Lundy and Daiz) someone who is at lest capable every time. (I would describe Diaz as being more than capable though).  I would also put Jean, and Molina Jr. in the capable category.  Postal is a career defining fight in which Crawford dominated on his way to a 12 round decision.  There are no who are they’s or used to be’s here.  Which is more than I can say for anyone else here, and his fights are not close.  Based on how I fell pound for pound should be ranked.  Terance Crawford is the best boxer in the world right now.  While the gap between Crawford is getting narrower.  It’s still not close.  Any Career defining fights?  Yes Dominated Viktor Postol UD12

2. Keith Thurman:  Luis Collazo RTD7, Shawn Porter UD12,  Danny Garcia SD12.  Thurman vs. Collazo at Collazo’s best would have been an interesting fight.  I’d pick Thurman to win.  However was 5 or so years past his best.  Porter pushed Thurman, but Thurman pushed back harder.  I thought he clearly beat Garcia.  Any Career defining fights?  Yes Clear win over Danny Garcia.

3.  Manny Pacquiao:  Timothy Bradley Jr UD12, Jessie Vargas UD12.  I don’t like Manny Pacquiao.  His refusal to do PED Testing, and trying to cast himself as a victim for almost 5 years delayed the Mayweather/Pacquiao (Mayweather is smart, but he’s not the marketing genius he makes himself out to be)  fight for almost 5 years.  Than he stunk the joint out when they did fight.  The icing on the cake he made a b.s. excuse after the fight.  I can go on.  However as much as I don’t like him, he is still a very good boxer and he has wins over Bradley and Vargas.  I wouldn’t call Bradley or Vargas Career defining fights, but they both are more than capable

4. Vasyl Lomachenko: Romulo Koasicha KO10, Roman Martinez KO5, Nicholas Walters RTD7,  Jason Sosa RTD 9.  Based on his last 3 fights compared to anyone else including Crawford Lomachenko would  my top ratted boxer.  However this is a past 2 years ranking not past 3 fights ranking and Koasicha holds him back.  Any Career defining fights? Yes Dominated Nicholas Walters RTD7.

5. Saul Alvarez: Miguel Cotto UD12, Amir Khan KO6, Liam Smith KO9, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr UD12.  Canelo has 4 good wins here, but there is some smoke & minors here too.  Khan who looked good in the early part of the fight was brought up in weight.  Smith may have been the weakest champion at super welterweight.  Chavez Jr.  May have been brought down too far in weight.  I wouldn’t call Cotto a used to be, but he has seen better days. Any Career defining fights? Maybe against Cotto.  Clear win.

6. Gennady Golovkin:  David Lemieux TKO8, Dominic Wade KO2, Kell Brook TKO5, Daniel Jacobs UD12.  Lemieux despite a hiccup back in 2011 and his loss to GGG has been one of the sports better middleweights.  Wade isn’t bad, but he’s nothing special either.  Brook is a talented boxer, but he was doomed going up two weight classes.  Jacobs showed why he’s a champion, but Golovkin won that fight.  Any Career defining fights? Yes close win over Daniel Jacobs

7. Andre Ward: Paul Smith TKO9, Sullivan Barrera UD12, Alexander Brand UD12, Sergey Kovalev UD12.  I think Ward beats Golovkin and Golovkin beats Alvarez.  However this list is not a who beats who list.  SOG has by far the weakest resume of the unbeaten boxers.  His win over Barrera is looking a little bit better.  There is no excuse for Brand.  Who wis billed as the only guy they could get for their price.  I think that says a lot.  I think if you filled a room with 100 people who understand boxing 50 of them would have said Ward beat Kovalev, and 50 would say Kovalev beat Ward.  Any Career defining fights? Yes questionable win over Sergey Kovalev

8. Leo Santa Cruz:  Abner Mares MD12, Kiko Martinez TKO5/, Carl Frampton LMD12, Carl Frampton MD12.  Not who you were expecting?  Other than his upset first round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez (and his loss to Santa Cruz). Mares has looked pretty good throughout his career.  Martinez is a used to be.  Frampton had put together a good run including a win over Santa Cruz before Santa Cruz beat Frampton.  Any Career defining fights?  Split 2 close fights with Carl Frampton.

9.  Carl Frampton:  Alejandro Gonzalez Jr UD12, Scott Quigg SD12, Leo Santa Cruz MD12, Leo Santa Cruz LMD12.   Who knows how good Gonzalez could have been.  He had a good short run with wins over Quigg and Santa Cruz, before losing to Santa Cruz.  Any Career defining fights? Yes Split 2 close fights with Leo Santa Cruz.  An argument can be made for his close win over Scott Quigg.

10. Roman Gonzalez:  Brian Viloria TKO9, McWilliams Arroyo UD12, Carlos Cuadras UD12, Wisaksil Wangek LMD12.  The 10 spot was the hardest spot to fill.  I considered Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Joshua.  Gonzalez has put together a good run over the past 2 years.  Even if disputed his loss to Wangek hurts.  I think his resume over the past 2 years is stronger than Kovalev’s and Joshua’s.  Any Career defining fights?  Yes close even questionable win over Carlos Cuadras.

Mikey Garcia vs Adrien Broner First Thoughts Ring talk With Troy TLV #32

 

Published on Jun 3, 2017

Mikey Garcia vs Adrien Broner First Thoughts Ringtalk With Troy TLV #32. My thoughts on the recently announced boxing match between Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner on July 29th 2017. On Showtime.
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Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs Preview & Prediction

As I write this we are just hours away from the most important middleweight boxing match in years Gennady(GGG)Golovkin Who holdsthe WBC, IBF, IBO, and a share of the WBA middleweight championships.  Takes on Daniel (The Miracle Man) Jacobs) Who also holds a share of the WBA middleweight championship.  Due to missing a day of fight weigh in Jacobs will not be fighting for the IBF championship.

Golovkin who has 36 wins with 33 of those wins by knockout.  He has no losses or draws on his record is the odds on favorite.  He is known for his power, but the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist does have some good boxing skills of his own.  Jacobs who is the taller longer man at 6′ 0″ and a reach of 73″ to that of Golovkin’s 5′ 10½″ and 70” reach comes into the fight with a record of 32 wins with 29 by knockout.  He has one loss by knockout to Dmitry Pirog.  A talented Russian boxer who’s career was cut short due to injury.  Jacobs also has an excellent amateur background, and in my opinion is a slightly better boxer than Golovkin.

Golovkin’s last opponent Kell Brook may have laid out a blueprint on how to bet the unbeaten middleweight champion.  Brook who is the current IBF welterweight champion was able to shift side to side and create angles that bothered Golovkin.  He may have hurt him more than Golovkin would like to admit.  Jacobs who is a bigger man than Brook is is more than capable of applying this strategy against Golovkin.  Here is the problem for Jacobs.  Golovkin is strong.  Even when he was losing rounds.  Golovkin was hurting and wearing Brook down.  Jacobs is bigger and stronger than Brook so he should be able to handle more from Golovkin, but he has been stopped and drooped before.  I don’t think there are many boxers who can beat Golovkin, and Jacobs is on that very short list.  However he has to be perfect for every second of the fight.

I fell both Golovkin and Jacobs need to fight smart.  Establish their jabs and set things up.  For Jacobs this means using his jab and boxing skills to create the above mentioned angles.  As good as Golovkin’s power is.  You can’t knockout what you can’t hit.  I fell Golovkin needs to aproch this fight the same way he fought David Lemieux.  Be patient don’t rush things, and set things up for the latter rounds.

In his fight against Peter Quillin who is a good puncher, but no where near as dangerous as Golovkin is.  Jacobs came out and rushed Quillin and stopped him in the first round.  When Golovkin has an opponent who he fells can’t hurt him.  He is know to go on the hunt from the opening bell.  Both Jacobs and Golovkin are smart boxers with real punching power.  Either boxer using this kind of strategy will likely result in disaster.  However, taking the other guy by surprise.  Pushing him back, putting him on the defensive may result in an early stoppage win.

I think Jacobs like Brook did is going to get off to an early lead in the fight.  I think at the end of six rounds he could be up as much as four to six rounds.  However, I think we will be see that Golovkin is starting to wear Jacobs down.  I think in rounds 7 & 8 Jacobs will continue to do some good work, but Golovkin will clearly hurt him in those rounds.  Unless there are knockdowns.  The judges will have to decide who’s work they like better.  I think rounds 9-12 if the fight lasts that long will go to Golovkin.  If the fight goes to the score cards Jacobs may have put enough of the early rounds in the bank, (assuming that he didn’t get knocked down in any of the rounds he lost.) to win a close decision.  However I don’t think the fight is going to the score cards.  I think Golovkin stoops Jacobs in the 9th or 10th round.  In a fight where both GGG and The Miracle Man give excellent accounts of themselves.

 

Shakur Stevenson Sings With Top Rank My Thoughts

Published on Feb 23, 2017

Shakur Stevenson the 2016 Olympic Silver Meddlest, and one of the best American boxing prospects has singed a promotional deal with Top Rank. You may recall that during the Olympics Floyd Mayweather had been going after him for his own promotion. Shortly before Stevenson’s decision to join Top Rank. Mayweather was critical of Virgil Hunter the trainer of Andre Ward who is Stevenson’s advisor. Because of the timing of the decision there was speculation that this was the reason for his choising Top Rank over The Money Team. However according to Stevenson, Mayweather simply did not send him any paperwork.
At this point in his career I think Stevenson made the right choice. I fell that Top Rank is the best promotion when it comes to developing young talent. I think PBC where Mayweather promotes is a better platform for established stars. If Stevonson’s career goes the way I think it will he may chose to switch in the future, but for now I think he made the right choice.
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