On May 6th, millions of boxing fans around the world to watch the showdown that was to determine who was to carry the crown left behind by Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. as the next great Mexican boxing star, unfortunately those expectations were shattered and left many fans outraged some of whom either spent their hard earned dollars to buy the PPV or showed up to the fight to watch it in person. In the opening round all the way to the 12th round it became apparent that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. the son of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was going to do little in the way of throwing punches and throughout the fight he way steadily dominated by Saul Canelo Alvarez who looked to be his superior in terms of speed, power, agility and strength. Needless to say the outcome of the fight does not do much to help the case of Chavez who was already suffering from criticism over the course of his career and even now raises more questions than answers. The most prominent question on most people’s minds is what is next for the fighter that was at one time considered to be heir apparent to P4P throne in boxing. Given this most recent loss which was a fight that neither fighter could afford to lose one has to wonder whether or not we’ll ever see Chavez fight at the elite level of boxing ever again considering the beating that he was most recently handed. While his rival Canelo Alvarez has secured a fight with the dangerous GGG it appears that Chavez may fall further into anonymity despite his attempt at recognition or his father’s legacy to back him up. What are your thoughts fans should Chavez retire or continue on in the ring.
For every man there inevitably comes a time when he must step into his own and either become what he is destined to be or fall short of that destiny never to achieve those great things that were expected of him. And for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr that moment has now and once again become a reality as on May 6th Chavez will face what is perhaps the biggest test of a career that has seen it’s ups and down and has been marked at best by controversy concerning the level of opponents he’s fought and as to whether or not he could live up to the legacy established by his father something that has constantly been a recurring subject throughout his career. For many including myself, when Chavez Jr first came onto the scene in 2003 he was seen as the next future legend in a succession that went from greats like Salvador Sanchez, Chavez Sr., Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and more. As time progressed it became painfully apparent that Chavez was suffering from a lack of discipline which was something that served to slow his ability to achieve his full potential and with a steady stream of what most people considered to be weak opposition it wasn’t long before fans came to view Chavez as little more than unfulfilled hype.
Yet at times there were moments wherein Chavez displayed to people that he could in fact live up to his father’s legacy and even establish for himself a name that could be respected by all such as when down on the scorecards against Sergio Martinez he came back to nearly stop the dominant middleweight champion in what was a fight that mirrored the Chavez Sr vs Taylor fight over a decade earlier and his impressive performances against Andy Lee and Marco Antonio Rubio. These victories though seemed to take a backseat to the TKO loss he suffered to Andrzej Fonfara and the controversial first fight he had with Brian Vera in which many felt as though he had lost. Here and now Chavez is once again given an opportunity to show the fans that despite the losses, criticisms, and setbacks he’s encountered he can still pull through to achieve his full potential. And yet as has been the case with his past fights, it has never been a matter of whether the fans believe in him but a matter of whether he can deliver.
In Alvarez, Chavez faces an opponent that has developed rapidly over the years and has gone from facing mid level fighters to koing and defeating elite level fighters. Alvarez is a well rounded boxer capable of attacking from many different angles at once only made more complicated by the fact that his defense has become more solid and refined over the years and he has discipline that is the exact opposite of what we’ve seen from Chavez over the years. Despite the advantages that Alvarez has it important to note that Chavez himself has some advantages of his own such as his ability to come back from seemingly hopeless rounds to stop his opponents and his ability to adjust to opponents over the course of the fight. One thing that is for sure is the fact that when the two men step into the ring on the 6th it will be Chavez who will be the bigger of the two fighters, and advantage he’d be well suited and advised to use. And while Alvarez himself has a most impressive knockout record, Chavez has displayed tremendous knockout power that could no doubt hurt Alvarez should he land cleanly. Be sure to tune in on the 6th to witness these two great fighters go head to head to determine who is the best among them.
On May 6th Canelo and Chavez will meet in Las Vegas to engage each other in what is expected to be one of the greatest fights both of this year and this generation. But the stakes in this bout are much higher than the average prizefight and when Canelo and Chavez meet each other in the ring also at stake will be the pride and adoration of the countless Mexican fans that have filled arenas stood by generation after generation of legends such as Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez and more. Aside form the fans and their heritage however, Chavez and Alvarez couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried and in the recent 24/7 episodes offered by HBO it has become clear that even though these two fighters may have some respect for each other, they clearly do not like each other. Both men are from completely different backgrounds and with Chavez coming from privilege being the son of famed Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and also having the advantage of Jose Suleiman his godfather and president of the WBC on his side it wasn’t hard for him to already have a foot in the door when it came to stepping into boxing with an already established fan base and assured title shot in the future. Alvarez on the other hand had no such advantages and had to take the hard route, working his way up into the ranks of the boxing elite first defeating little known challengers before taking difficult opponents such as Mayweather, Cotto, Trout, Khan, and Lara.
On May 6th if nothing else serves as motivation or these two fighters it is the fact that they both have a great deal to prove to boxing fans globally and that this is a fight that neither can afford to lose. Chavez has constantly been accused by boxing critics of using his father’s legacy to keep himself a relevant and assured contender by using his father’s legacy while fighting less than worthy opponents while Canelo has likewise been accused in the past of fighting less than worthy opponents while coming into fights seemingly heavier than normal which assured him a weight advantage over smaller opponents. One thing is for sure and it is the fact that this is not a fight that either men can afford to lose as not only are their reputations at stake but also the future of their boxing careers. Since Mayweather officially retired from the sport the race has been on to determine who will fill his shoes as the next PPV star of boxing and this is the fight that could full well give us that star. With only one day to go before we have that answer fans can only wait with anticipation as these fighters make the final preparations necessary to give us the answer.
On November 19, 2016 the boxing world witnessed two of the best light-heavyweights in the world go toe to toe in a bout over the WBA, IBF, and WBO boxing titles that would decide who held supremacy in light-heavyweight division. For some this bout could be said to be the modern day version of the Leonard- Hearns 1 fight that took place on Sep 1981 and in a few ways it mirrored the contest when both Leonard and Hearns walked into Caesars Palace the very best that their weight class had to offer and with virtually no blemishes on record yet as the fight drew on it became apparent in the early going that that despite Leonard’s talent it was Hearns was the much stronger man with the better jab. However, as is the case with boxing some of the most unexpected things happen at the most unpredictable times and Leonard performed a feat that propelled him into stardom and made their fight an instant classic, he found within himself the strength to persevere and stop Hearns in the 14th round of their historic fight and quite convincingly so. As Ward and Kovalev both set foot in the ring to determine pound for pound supremacy in the light heavyweight division it was Kovalev, who like Hearns established control of the early going and even managed to drop Ward for the first time in his career . Ward to his credit made adjustments to better handle the versatile Kovalev and yet it still seemed to most of the fans as though Kovalev landed the more accurate and telling punches. Though Ward was able to persevere, unlike Leonard he was unable to stop his opponent and the final verdict rendered by the judges was a close decision win for Ward with a score card reading of 114-113. Many fans including Harold Lederman felt as though Ward was given a gift decision and that Kovalev had deserved the win, on this night if the fans agreed on anything it was that there was sure to be rematch between these two great fighters.
In the following weeks Kovalev was more than vocal about his willingness for a rematch https://twitter.com/KrusherKovalev/status/849403028331524096 even going so far as to threaten to end Wards career should they ever meet again, and it appears he’ll get his chance as both of the camps are in negotiations to fight each other again in the future. Although Kovalev is now more motivated than ever to cement his status as the best light heavyweight in the world Ward’s camp has not taken the the insults made from Kovalev’s camp lightly and Virgil Hunter who is Ward’s trainer has boldly stated that this time they will stop Kovalev in his tracks on June 17th. What are your opinions and who do you have picked as the victor of the rematch?
Very seldom do people ever have the opportunity to watch an individual rise beyond the limitations, obstacles, and challenges that we as human beings so often encounter on the journey to achieving greatness, but on those occasions that we do witness a person achieve such feats we know in our hearts that that person is not only special, but that person after having faced the test of man and time like how steel faces the test of fire before it reaches a more purified state will change the world. That being said Muhammad Ali was many things he was an activist, a world champion, a father, an icon, and one of the most controversial figures that ever lived but perhaps the greatest thing that he has ever achieved is the fact that he has inspired millions of people in the way that he lived and the example that he set in life, such as the example that he set when he called for peace in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It would take hours or even days to sum up all of the things that Ali accomplished in life and instead of following suit after the countless other writers that wrote down every minute detail of Ali’s life, I will simply speak from my heart and say two words that sum up all of the emotions that I feel when I think of Ali. Thank You.
Thank you for taking a stand in when you refused to fight in the Vietnam War and being one of the figures that brought the conflict to an end. Thank you for being a man of conviction and following those convictions even when they weren’t the most popular ones. Thank you for defying racism, your participation in the Civil Rights Movement and being outspoken in all the injustices that you witnessed in your lifetime. You know I wish that like so many others I would one day have the chance to meet you and shake your hand and say that I’m your biggest fan like you’ve heard so many other countless people say, I wish I could have asked you questions like who gave you the toughest fight of your life, did you ever once doubt yourself and if so how and what did you do to re inspire yourself, and if you could go back and change one thing you did in life what would it be. But I guess I won’t get that chance now. they say that you can destroy a man’s body, but if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely and that is legend. So you may be gone Ali but in our hearts and in the hearts of every boxing practitioner, rising star, current and future Hall of Famers you will never be forgotten. Thank You
On May 2nd Manny Pacquiao is likely going to face the most dangerous opponent of both his life and career as he steps into the ring in an attempt to defeat pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather and after so many long years of the rivalry between these two men brewing it’s hard to believe that fight is happening tonight. Of the many fighters that Floyd has faced is seems that Pacquiao is likely the last hope anyone has in attempting to dethrone the undefeated champion and unlike the last few opponents Mayweather has faced, it’s safe to say Pacquiao may have a good chance to even score a knockout in the late running of the fight if he somehow manages to hurt Mayweather. Pacquiao has all of the tools necessary to give Floyd problems during the early going and and middle to late rounds of the fight and the strengths he will bring to the ring are undeniable even to the most devout Mayweather fans. Among the strengths the gutsy Filipino brings to the ring is his ridiculously fast hand speed and he is more than capable of beating Floyd to the punch if the fight comes down to a contest of speed, Pacquiao’s knockout power is dangerous to anyone and he’s used it time after time to finish off countless opponents in brutal fashion, although it is not an often stated strength you have to acknowledge that Pacquiao’s footwork can make him elusive in the ring and that asset coupled with his speed can make him a difficult target to hit while he peppers you with hard punches, Pacquiao’s ruthlessness and killer instinct inside of the boxing ring mean that he’s a deadly finisher if he gets you in a compromising situation and in all honesty Floyd has been rocked in the past by people that have found even the slightest flaws in his defense. For Pacquiao to win this fight he will have to keep Mayweather moving to the left and within range of his left hand, I believe that Pacquiao will need to be on the move while using his jab to set Floyd up to be hit with numerous punches while he evades shots in turn, and given the fact that Pacquiao has a 5 inch shorter reach than Mayweather it’s likely he will need to be on the inside while using his foot movement to create new angles from which he can attack Floyd. Not many of know how exactly the fight will play out but no doubt the pressure and intensity leading up to it have elevated both Pacman and his nemesis to another level, but as is always the case in the sport of boxing only one man can emerge victorious.
On May 2nd Floyd Mayweather will step into the ring to face quite possibly the most dangerous fighter of his career in Manny Pacquiao, a fighter that embodies most of the characteristics that it would take to give Floyd trouble, he has blistering hand speed, a strong southpaw left hook, quick and skillful foot work, an aggressive headstrong attitude, one of the best trainers in the business in Freddy Roach, and an unyielding sense of pride gained by representing his countrymen which he has used to pull himself through even the most difficult of fights. This is not to say that Floyd himself does not have strengths that are no doubt bound to give his opponent the fight of his life, and by all rights its safe to say that if Manny is Floyd’s most dangerous opponent yet then Floyd is also Manny’s as Floyd himself has an almost endless array of skills that he’ll no doubt use to give the Filipino trouble on fight night. Among Floyd’s most dangerous assets are his precision and we’ve seen Floyd use it time and again to wear down and weaken fighters that were twice his size and had twice the punching power that he did, as we all know Floyd also has an impeccable defense and is very elusive and hard to hit in the ring and Pacquiao may have a hard time trying to hit his mark on fight night, Floyd’s footwork and ring generalship can’t be called into question and he’s frequently used these tools set traps and dance his way around the ring while scoring points on the scorecards, add that to his defense and he’s all the more difficult to fight, but perhaps Floyd’s most dangerous weapon is the power of his mind itself and from the time he graced the sport of boxing even up to this point he has proven himself a prodigy and a master of the craft in every way even being capable to adapt to the most difficult fights and situations in the ring. I believe that for Floyd to be successful he will have to keep Manny moving to the right and within the range of his right hand, he should also use his ring generalship and foot movement to make it difficult for Pacquiao to land and throw combinations, in addition to these Floyd should use the fact that there is a 5 inch reach difference between these two fighters to keep Pacquiao on the outside of his jab while setting him up for traps. We likely won’t know what sort of game plan Floyd is going to bring until the bell rings but one things for sure and even sources close to Floyd have confirmed it coming into this fight Floyd is a man on a mission and is not going to let anything not even Manny Pacquiao get in the way of his bid for pound for pound supremacy.