by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 06/01/2005
The weekend really didn't offer too much exciting in the boxing world. Sure, the Carlos Hernandez vs. Jesus Chavez was interesting but neither was really hurt as both fighters have almost identical skill levels. Jesus Chavez was able to pull away a 12-round decision in a fight void of any knockdowns but not short on action. As far as the Julio Cesar Chavez Adios fight, I smelled that gimmick 2,000 miles away. Chavez fought the over-the-hill Ivan Robinson in a battle of shot fighters. I thought it was embarrassing for Chavez but at least he didn't have to worry about any more brain damage. Ivan was never a hard puncher but now it looks as if he punches as hard as a pillow. Bob Arum will probably promote 10 Adios fights.
I am highly anticipating the upcoming Kostya Tszyu versus Ricky Hatton fight, which should be a great fight as I expect the Manchester fans to be among the rowdiest crowds ever! Both fighters are all action and Showtime will continue their best year in boxing with another exciting matchup. Doc's has found more than one way to take advantage of the sportsbooks by exploiting some great values. Kostya is easily one of the three best pound-for-pound fighters in the world but Hatton is 38-0. Hatton is promising to bring the fight to Kostya and that could lead to fireworks early. Don't be surprised if knockdowns happen immediately and the drunken British crowd is as loud as a soccer game. Hatton is currently the best British fighter and they take it very seriously. I don't plan on blinking at all during this battle.
As great as this fight sounds, Showtime will also be kind enough to not make this fight a PPV. They are saving that for the disgusting Mike Tyson vs. Kevin McBride fiasco the following week. I really don't know what to think of a Tyson comeback. There have been so many and none have been successful. Once again Tyson has a new corner and a new "focus". McBride is an unknown but does have great size, something which gives Mike trouble. Tune in next week for Doc's Undisputed fight on this encounter.
Also from Tuesday Sergio Mora was able to outwork an exhausted Peter Manfredo Jr. The fight was all action as both fighters gave their all but eventually Sergio Mora was named The Contender. Sergio earned it as he beat all the best fighters and did it in a classy fashion. I see no reason why Mora won't be a champion in the future. Mora and Fernando Vargas are from the same area and are about the same size, so that fight has the makings of an East L.A. sellout. I did see Vargas emphatically cheering on Mora so maybe he senses the possibility as well.
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