Rafael is a damn good writer...
Well, that nasty Sept. 15 problem seems to be solved, thanks to Josesito Lopez. A junior welterweight who moved to welterweight and who isn't known for his power, Lopez landed a flush left hook that appeared to break Victor Ortiz's jaw at the end of the ninth round on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It also knocked cold the best-laid plans.
Ortiz was winning a tremendous give-and-take action fight. He was ahead on all three scorecards, 88-83, 87-84 and 86-85 (watching on Showtime, I had him up 87-84), and his corner was imploring him to continue. But Ortiz took things into his own hands, telling referee Jack Reiss that his jaw was broken and that he was quitting the fight.
It's not the first time Ortiz has waived the white flag. His reputation as a quitter began in 2009 when, in the very same Staples Center ring, he couldn't take the heat against Marcos Maidana and quit in the sixth round after being knocked down. He did make up for it, at least somewhat, in 2011 when he displayed a warrior's heart in a brutal slugfest with Andre Berto, surviving two knockdowns and winning a decision and a welterweight title.
That may be lost now that he has quit for a second time. Many fighters -- Muhammad Ali and Arthur Abraham, off the top of my head -- have persevered through broken jaws to win.
I won't give Ortiz too much grief, though. The injury was legit and he could barely talk in a brief postfight interview.
Moments after the fight was over, as Ortiz sat in his corner spitting streams of blood from his mouth and Lopez joyously celebrated a massive upset victory -- "I told everybody I'd shock the world. Today's my day," he said -- all of the boxing world could breath easier.
For the past few weeks, archrivals Golden Boy and Top Rank have been playing a nasty and unappreciated game of chicken with the all-important Mexican Independence Day date of Sept. 15.
Both companies, with a blatant disregard for what is best for the fans and the sport, were planning competing pay-per-view cards from venues barely a mile apart in Las Vegas.
Top Rank is going with lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez against paper titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. -- one of boxing's most anticipated fights -- on HBO PPV from the Thomas & Mack Center.
Golden Boy and Showtime PPV were planning a card at the MGM Grand, with junior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez slated to face Ortiz, who was supposed to walk through Lopez and then move up in weight for the fight.
The plan for Golden Boy and Showtime is now in ruins. In a big way.
Ortiz was already the third scheduled opponent for Alvarez. First it was Paul Williams, who exited after a tragic motorcycle crash ended his career and left him paralyzed. Then James Kirkland, whose shoulder isn't yet healthy and who wanted stupid money, dropped out. And now it's Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), who wouldn't be ready for Sept. 15 even if he hadn't quit and had gone on to win.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told me the other day that if Ortiz lost, Alvarez -- who watched his fight fall apart from ringside -- would probably face either fellow titlist Austin Trout or former welterweight titlist Carlos Quintana.
Maybe Golden Boy will make one of those bouts, but as pay-per-views, they're a pathetic joke, especially opposite an A-level fight like Martinez-Chavez. Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza told me after Lopez-Ortiz that Alvarez would still fight as scheduled.
"We're still going with Canelo," he said. "We've got a short list of opponents and we'll announce shortly."
Espinoza also said that although the mystery fight might still air on pay-per-view, it could also wind up on Showtime or even on sister network CBS, which, as far as I can recall, hasn't broadcast a fight since the late 1990s.
Whomever Alvarez fights now, however, unless it's Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Miguel Cotto -- and it won't be either of them -- the Sept. 15 bout won't come close to matching the significance and excitement surrounding Martinez-Chavez.
Even Alvarez-Ortiz, as good a fight as I think it would have been, didn't quite stack up to Martinez-Chavez.
Now nobody has to worry about what to watch or where to go on Sept. 15 because it's an easy decision.
We can all thank Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs), a nice guy and a good fighter who fought the fight of his life. He called it his "Rocky moment."
All week leading up to the fight, Lopez and his team wore T-shirts that read "It Smells Like An Upset."
Guess what? It was.
He took down Ortiz, an entire big-money fight and one giant headache all at the same time.
Quote from Lopez...
"I'm a man, and I'm not intimidated by anything," Lopez said. "I have a big heart. He tried to intimidate me, but it didn't work. Victor has no heart."
Listen, tough guys fight with broken jaws but I won't begrudge a man throwing in the towel with an unhinged mandible. Especially in a fight like that.
the cut to canelo after they called the fight was incredible. the look on his was all like "how the $#@! did ortiz just let that happen"
only took him 6 rounds today. is anyone ever gonna put up a fight against this guy?
Pavlik got in some good work and the W against a young fighter on his comeback trail. Donaire cracked the tooth of a 5'-11" 122lb (ridiculously tall for that weight class) South African guy with a vicious right hand in the 11th and pulled out the win in a close fight (not close on the scorecards). After cracking his tooth Mathebula pretty much just ran around the ring trying to survive the fight.
just watched last night's hbo card. 2 pretty good fights, particularly the donaire fight. i am a big fan of donaire and that knockdown to close the 4th round was sick as was the aforementioned punch that broke a tooth in the 11th (that punch basically ended the fight). i thought the judges were a bit too kind to donaire as i had it 116-111 and could have easily seen 115-112.
pretty good month of boxing on hbo coming up. khan-garcia should be a lot of fun next weekend.
That S. African dude looked awkward as $#@!, but I couldn't help thinking that Donaire and Conte dialed down the steroids.
canelo alvarez vs. josesito lopez on cbs:
http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id...15-sources-sayJunior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, in search of an opponent for his Sept. 15 defense after three previous foes dropped out, will face Josesito Lopez, who scored a major upset against Victor Ortiz last month, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
The deal has been agreed to and contracts have been exchanged, although the paperwork is not yet signed, the sources said.
In addition, the fight likely will air on CBS, rather than its boxing-heavy sister network Showtime, according to the sources. CBS, which has a rich history of boxing, has not aired a live fight since the 1990s.
really looking forward to it
I hope Khan goes ape$#@! on his ass. I guess because I'm partial to Mexican fighters, I couldn't stand to watch Garcia beat up on a beyond washed-up Erik Morales, was I supposed to be impressed with that? And how did that qualify him for a shot at Khan?
Khan needs a big showing to put in people's mind that he's in the rise to the elite class of upcoming fighters.
$#@!!!!! Huge upset by Garcia
Rough couple months for Mr. Roach.
Khan had the wrong game plan going into this fight he wanted the knockdown so bad he got caught himself. He could have boxed circles around this kid but chose not to. Khan cost himself a payday against Mayweather this fall.
It's kinda funny how much Max was talking up Khan so much before the fight (and during the first two rounds)
and like 565 said, I still believe Khan is the better fighter, he just fought a terrible fight tonight and had a horrible game plan.
I wonder if Golden Boy would try and cash in one these fighters if they decided to put them head to head
Khan vs. Ortiz
Networks would buy it in a second, but both fighters still have alot a potential if there comebacks are strategically planned.
tonight's fight was pretty awesome. khan dominated the first two rounds, but that huge punch by garcia in the 3rd completely changed the fight. when khan got knocked down in the 4th and came back swinging it gave me flashbacks to corrales/castillo. i wish bayless would have let him keep going, but i think he made the right call. khan had no legs.
and i am also very much looking forward to martinze/chavez on 9/15. i might even buy and i can't remember the last fight i bought that didn't feature mayweather or pacquiao (it may have been jermain taylor/bernard hopkins 1).
The $#@! Bronner pulled this week was pathetic. If he wants to be the next Mayweather, he's on his way. Here's hoping he dies in the ring one day.
yeah there was definitely a lot of mayweather in that entire performance saturday night (although to be fair to mayweather, he has never failed to make weight to my knowledge). however, the kid can $#@!ing fight and i definitely will be looking out for his next fight.
good fight on SHO right now for anyone interested...Guerrero and Aydin are brawling.
That video is just flat out ridiculous. There's basically one of these every olympic games. The whole thing has turned into a joke. At least they overturned the decision...a few hours later.
Report of fix from last September
Whistleblowers say that WSB's chief claimed the money was in return for a guarantee that Azerbaijani fighters would win two boxing gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics.
The boxing organiser at the Olympics, AIBA, admits an Azeri national paid $9m (£5.9m) to one of their competitions.
But they deny any deal to fix medals.
Lawyers for the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) told the BBC that any such allegation was "preposterous and utterly untrue".
That view was backed by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, who told Newsnight that the claims were "totally untrue and ludicrous", adding that "WSB is conducted in a totally transparent way".
However, he said that AIBA had a zero tolerance policy on corruption and that he would conduct an immediate investigation into the allegations.
The Champ is Back!
With that weak ass afro...lol...
Looks like he got fat, and slow, because they didn't let him work out.
In an Olympics filled with television success, boxing has been a notable failure.
NBC Sports covered the last two days of the tournament with its two announcers, Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas, not even in London's ExCel Center. International boxing officials asked them to move back from their announcing positions because they were bothering judges; Papa and Atlas decided to leave instead and call the fights off video feeds elsewhere.
Not that anyone probably noticed.
The U.S. men's boxing team was already done, its first Olympics without a medal. The sport that created memorable American heroes with gold medalists Cassius Clay (before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali), Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard is now virtually invisible as an Olympic event in the U.S.
NBC Sports confines its boxing coverage to CNBC and if you don't actively seek it out, you won't see a punch thrown. The one American boxing hero of London, the country's first woman gold medalist Claressa Shields, merited only one mention on NBC at 11:30 p.m. the night she won. Her picture wasn't shown. The boxing phenomenon of Katie Taylor, a national hero in Ireland, is a complete mystery to U.S. viewers who didn't watch CNBC.
In a year where Olympics ratings were up from four years ago across the board, they were down on CNBC.
The messy tournament has featured one referee expelled, another suspended and 12 protested fights. Papa and Atlas haven't hesitated to describe the messes they see; a New York Daily News columnist said they reacted with passion and power and "deserve a gold medal."
The poor performance of the U.S. team no doubt stifled viewership, and its officials need to take a hard look at how they're doing things, Papa said. Even if there were strong American contenders, the sport is becoming hard to watch.
Papa partly blames decisions to require boxers to wear headgear and score bouts via a computerized count of punches thrown for the sport's downfall. He said it has turned boxing into "fencing with gloves."
"People watch it and they watch it as a boxing match and turn to their friends and say, 'OK, that guy clearly won that round,'" he said. "Then the score goes up and it's 7-4 for the other guy. People don't understand it. I think that people know what the sport is supposed to be about."
In other words, if you land a couple more jabs than your opponent but are rocked by a few damaging punches, did you really win the round?
That, and corrupt officials, has led to miscarriages of justice in the boxing result, he said.
"We just feel for these athletes and their amazing stories on their road to the Olympics," he said. "You have to feel for them, because they're leaving it all out in the ring."
Given what is going on with the sport, Papa said he can't rightly complain about its lower profile as a TV property in the Olympics.
"The sport has got to get itself in order to warrant lobbying to get a better profile," he said. "I think you've got to earn your place based on what you're presenting."
olympic boxing is a joke. i can't blame anyone for not watching.
Money looks swoll.
[Pumping iron and eatin. Aint nothin else to do in tha motherfuckin pen]\Doughboy
Set the DVR tonight on HBO
#1 super middleweight vs. the #1 light heavyweight in the world
Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson plus the V. Klitschko vs. Charr at 8:45 Central
Anyone seen that "Klitschko" documentary they're running on HBO today? Worth 2 hours?
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