* Mayweather Stops McGregor in a Glorified Sparring Session

All the talk and hype are over and for Boxing fans the result was pretty much as expected. Mayweather won easily and walked out of the ring for the last time an unblemished 50-0. McGregor walked out the ring much diminished, his vaunted power did not show up, neither did his supposed relentless attack. As I watched the fight at the “Beacon” onboard Naval Station Mayport, which was packed with Sailors, I saw Mayweather come forward all night. He did not “run” as those who do not know boxing said he would. Mayweather carried McGregor, letting him land pitty-pat punches and win two or three rounds. McGregor fans didn’t seem to understand what was happening. Floyd could have ended it at any time. He imposed his will and his skill from start to finish.

You see Floyd, in addition to being a great fighter, is also a great marketer and businessman. He didn’t want the backlash he had with the Pacquiao fight. In that fight the master boxer Floyd humbled the filipino warrior, and many were disappointed that it was not a competitive fight. Against Conor, Floyd allowed McGregor to land some punches, put his hands behind his back and stick his tongue out. Conor’s fans loved it, until Floyd turned it up just bit and knocked him around the ring and clearly demonstrated his superiority. The referee saved him from further abuse, however, he stopped it too soon for many who watched. I wanted it go about ten seconds more, so that McGregor would be counted out. However, it was a good stoppage, McGregor was out on his feet, had zero chance of doing anything, let alone winning and could have been seriously hurt.

Well done “Pretty Boy – Money” Mayweather, it’s been a pleasure watching you these twenty-one years. Now is a good time to walk away. Very few have been able to do that. I hope you are one of them.

Written by: Al Iannacone Sr.

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* Mikey Garcia pummels Adrian Broner

Mikey Garcia is now 37-0, he convincingly pounded Adrian Broner for 12 rounds in a dominating performance in Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center this evening. The punch count told the story; 783 for Garcia 400 for Broner. Garcia who is well schooled and tactically sound walked him down and won at least ten or eleven rounds. A star studded crowd watched a fight in which Garcia would not be denied. The fight was on Showtime. Mikey Garcia is now a contender for the pound of pound title. Paulie Malignaggi, Mauro Ranallo and Al Bernstein commentated. The three judges had it closer than it was; 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112, most had it a lot wider than that.

Written by: Al Iannacone Sr.

* Some thoughts on Mayweather Vs. McGregor

Well it’s really going to happen. On August 26th in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather one of the best boxers of this generation who is 49-0 and has been a Champion almost continuously since he destroyed Genaro Hernandez in 1998 will be fight Conor McGregor, who as a boxer is 0-0. Conor of course is an accomplished MMA fighter, who though not dominant in his sport at 21-3 is a pretty good self-promoter himself and talked his way into this fight.

Bobby Wallace a Veteran of 27 amateur fights and a trainer at Head Strong Gym thinks Conor has a slim to none chance. Most boxers and those who know and love sport feel the same way. The consensus is that Conor who is supposed to have a big punch, gained that reputation with the small gloves they use in MMA, his supporters also think that since he is somewhat bigger and awkward, that he will show Floyd some things he has not seen before.

Today in the Gym Bobby demonstrated some of the tactics Floyd would use on Conor and how he will expose him. One of the thoughts that has occurred to me as I watched the circus/build up is that many people, mostly casual boxing fans or MMA/UFC fans fail to realize is that many elite boxers have tried to do what McGregor wants to do. Ok so let’s look at a partial list of some of the fighters who tried and failed; Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and Manny Pacquiao. You should be impressed, as most of them will end up in the Hall of Fame.

Some say “anything can happen” well, that’s true enough. I could hit the lottery, or a meteor can hit my house tonight. But it is not likely.
This fight is not fight, it’s an event. McGregor has no business being in the ring with Floyd and I think he is hoping only for a moral victory, a flash knockdown, a cut or going the distance. His fans will take anything they get and no matter what happens he walks away a very rich man and Floyd gets even richer.

Will I watch the fight? Sure I will, as long as it lasts. How do I think it will go? Go to youtube and check out the Mayweather Vs. Corrales fight, it will be like that or worse.

Written by: Al Iannacone Sr.

* Andre Ward gets the last word on Sergey Kovalev

Last November I stopped by Head Strong Gym and the main topic of the day was the upcoming show-down between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, a Unification Title fight with all of the Light-Heavyweight belts on the line (see my previous post). It was a Classic match up of the power punching Russian and the Master Boxer Ward. Most in the gym picked the Russian. The reason was his power, his trainer – former Middleweight Champion John David Jackson, and the belief that Ward was not the fighter he was, having moved up in weight, and been inactive in recent years.

I liked Andre and thought the difference was his body punching, overall skill and mental strength. The fight was excellent and could have gone either way. Kovalev took an early lead and scored a knockdown in the first round, I had it 5-1 Kovalev after six rounds.

Ward then took over, winning all remaining six rounds while landing often to the body. “The Krusher” faded as the fight wore on. At the bell, I had it 114-113 for Ward, as did all three judges. Many disagreed and stage was set for a re-match and this time we didn’t have to wait five years for it.

Again I picked Ward, thinking he had broke the code on the Russian. Everyone knows what happened next. Ward started round 1, like it was the 13th round, right where he left off. He took the lead and never looked back. The the infighting and body punching was the difference along with the supreme confidence of Ward. In the 8th round Ward chased Kovalev into a corner and delivered repeated body blows, the beaten Sergey bent over defenselessly – he had no answer for Andre. The referee stopped the fight. As he should have. The punches were fair, meaning on the belt and legal Kovalev by the way wore his trunks high, I think conceding that was his weakness is to the body.

The fact is that Ward had figured out Kovalev and beaten him physically and mentally. The now twice-beaten Kovalev, his mystic shattered has to rebuild and Andre Ward is now the #1 Pound for Pound Fighter in the world as well as the undisputed Light-Heavyweight Champion of the World. Andre Ward got the last word.

Written by: Al Iannacone Sr.

* Golovkin beats Jacobs – Chocolatito loses first fight and Title

Last Saturday night was a great night for boxing – all the fights were good ones, although they did not go as most expected. GGG did beat Daniel Jacobs, however it was by decision as Jacobs did not “Bring it” apparently Brownsville’s motto of Never Ran and Never Will, does not apply to the “Miracle Man” – I had the fight 115-112 and thought 116-111 was a fair score for Golovkin. All three Judges also had GGG winning, two by 115-112 and one by 114-113. BOX NEWS agreed as well. However, many did not and saw Jacobs getting it done. He did have a lot of advantages, youth, height and since he did not weigh in the day of the fight was over the limit by at least 20 pounds, So… if he had won, he would not have taken the IBF belt. One of the main things wrong with boxing today is that weigh-ins are the day BEFORE a fight, allowing the fighters to rehydrate and that is very dangerous. Figure it out folks, that is why they have weight classes to begin with.

A quick note on the Roman “Chocolatito” Martinez vs Sor Rungvisai. It was an excellent fight and unlike Jacobs he brought it. However, I do think they got this one wrong, I won’t say it was a robbery, it wasn’t. However, Chocolatito came back from a knock down and won the majority of the rounds down the stretch, while bleeding profusely due to three unintentional heady butts. Additionally Rungvisai barely threw a punch in the last round, while Chocolatito dominated and finished like a champion. A re-match is in the works, this may turn into a trilogy – or better. Till next time…

Al Iannacone Sr.

* GGG vs. Daniel Jacobs – World Middleweight Title Fight

Never ran, never will. That is the motto and always has been on the streets of Brownsville, a section of Brooklyn, New York. Those are mean streets and many famous and dangerous men came from them. Including the hitmen of Murder Inc, including Albert Anastasia, Meyer Lansky and boxers, the Original “Dead End” Kid Al “Bummy” Davis, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Zab Judah just to name few and of course Daniel Jacobs.

That heritage is the reason why Daniels Jacobs (32-1, 29 Knockouts) who is fighting GGG (Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin) 36-0,33 Knockouts – has a chance tonight. He will not run and he will fight to win, GGG is from Kazakhstan and won the world amateur middleweight title in 2003 and a Silver Medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. His amateur record was an incredible 345-5, so that makes him 381-5 going into the fight tonight.

Daniel Jacobs also had a prestigious amateur career winning four NY Golden Gloves Titles, and is also a Champion. In fact between the two of them they hold all five middleweight belts this fight is for the Unified Middleweight Title. Jacobs is called the “Miracle Man” and that is not because of anything he did in the ring, you see he is also a survivor of bone Cancer. yeah, he’s a tough kid.

The fight is on PPV tonight and will be at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, and it will be worth every penny. I think Jacobs will bring it – along with all of Brownsville, but GGG will be too much for him. GGG has power and the skill of 386 bouts behind him. I like Gennady in this one and within three rounds by knockout. It could be as good as the Hagler – Hearns fight of, can it be? 32 years ago… Don’t miss it tonight’s fight, if you do you will regret it.

Al Iannacone Sr.

* Lou Duva – Legendary Boxing Manager and Trainer dies at 94

Lou Duva passed away on Wednesday. The irony of the day did not escape me. 8 March 1971 was date of the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in New York at Madison Square Garden. It is fitting that Lou left us on that day. There are many tributes and articles on him so I won’t repeat it all. Lou was born on 28 May 1922 and was involved with boxing his whole life, as a young man he boxed to help support his family during the Depression, he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a Boxing Instructor in the South.In the late 1950- he started working corners, training ad managing. He was the Trainer or Manager for 19 World Champions, a list too long to name here – you can look it up.

Lou is from my home-town of Paterson, NJ. He knew Lou Costello (Abbott and Costello) and Rocky Marciano personally. He started “Main Events” who’s banner many of his champions fought under. Main Events promoted many cards at the Totowa Ice World (the former Gladiator Arena) in North Jersey. I attended many of those cards in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and saw great fights involving Rocky Lockridge, James “Hard Rock” Green, Chuck (Bayonne Brawler) Wepner, Scott Frank, Tony”El Torito” Ayala, Leo Randolph, Diego Rosario and Bobby Czyz.

Lou lived a full and relevant life and did a lot for Boxing and for Boxers. Rest in Peace Lou.

Al Iannacone Sr.