NO QUARTER: Nonito Donaire in NYC, Kermit Cintron, Pirog & Martinez, the Sad Return of Jermain Taylor


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Instead of enjoying the afterglow of his stunning knockout victory over Fernando Montiel last February, Nonito Donaire spent the next few months in legal wrangles with Top Rank. Tomorrow night, however, Donaire returns to the ring against Omar Narvaez at the WAMU Theater in New York City. Unfortunately, despite a 35-0-2 record, a southpaw stance, and alphabet titles in two divisions, Narvaez is looking at the possibility of being temporarily separated from his senses.

Narvaez is a solid world-class fighter, but that simply is not enough to challenge Donaire at this stage. In addition, Narvaez will be moving up a weight and, at 5’3, appears too small to be much of a challenge for “The Filipino Flash.” Some are comparing this matchup to the recent Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker bout, but Barker, despite his talent, cannot match resumes with Narvaez. “El Huracan” has faced a much higher grade of opposition than Barker and has been doing so regularly since 2002, when he defeated Adonis Rivas for a flyweight title. Since then, Narvaez has won another title at 115 pounds and has fought several times on the road, including successful title defenses in Italy, France, and Spain. Still, unless Donaire is rusty after an eight-month layoff, expect him to play Human Demolition Derby with Narvaez. Donaire will be an Abrams tank, and Narvaez will rev his little engine at the opening bell as a Mini-Cooper.

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There is no telling what to believe when it comes to the recent brouhaha between the camps of Sergio Martinez and Dimitry Pirog. Certainly Team Pirog has made some statements that sound utterly fantastical. On the other hand, since most DiBella news seems to be filtered through his fan club (which includes the insipid Mike Coppinger, who, apparently, calls DiBella every morning for advice on what color nylons to wear), there is no point in believing any of his public rebuttals either.

After flattening the overhyped and underwhelming Danny Jacobs last year, Pirog found himself where many fighters wind up without the right connections: Nowheresville. A high-profile KO over an HBO darling did little for Pirog, based in Russia and represented in the U.S. by Artie Pelello. Now, with talk of Pirog and Daniel Geale possibly meeting on Showtime on December 31, maybe a viable candidate can be found to face Martinez next spring. If Pirog can score an impressive win over Daniel Geale, it might force HBO to acknowledge him as legitimate competition for Martinez. No doubt Pirog was instantaneously overrated after abusing Jacobs, but it was still a marquee win, and that distinction is something Darren Barker could not claim before entering the ring against Martinez a few weeks ago. But maybe some folks are not really as interested in legitimate competition as they claim. Not when they can spend months barking about welterweights.

Of course, it should be pointed out that Lou DiBella made his feelings about Pirog clear last March to Dan Rafael:

“Fuck Dmitry Pirog. We’re never fighting Dimitri Pirog….That was our belt that [the WBO] stole from him and we’re not fighting Dmitry Pirog, who has never done anything but beat Daniel Jacobs to deserve a big fight. Fuck Dmitry Pirog.”

Thank goodness for the new breed of conscientious promoters like DiBella! Ditto his mewling media minions, who soil their beds should anybody actually criticize Saint Lou.

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With the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has an infinite number of issues more pressing than sports, but this article, from Reuters, focuses on the possible re-birth of boxing, which was outlawed in Libya over 30 years ago.

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The strange career of Kermit Cintron, as unpopular in boxing as a Melon Head is in Ohio, appears to be in its downward spiral stage. Cintron, who recently asked for his release from Top Rank in order to face Saul Alvarez, entered the ring repeatedly with bad luck seemingly poised to ambush him from the neutral corners.

Even a truncated overview of his career underscores just how odd his journey has been through the years. One of a handful of fighters to appear on network television in the last 15 years, Cintron won his first title in a bout aired only on the internet, headlined ESPN’s single, doomed foray into boxing pay-per-view, bounced from promoter to promoter and from trainer to trainer, fought dubious Antonio Margarito twice, talked his way out of a KO loss to Sergio Martinez, tumbled from the ring against Paul Williams, and wound up, like many, as the butt of cruel—and often misspelled—forum rants from boxingtribulation.com types. After losing a lopsided decision to spoiler Carlos Molina last July, Cintron—who appeared badly faded—may no longer have to worry about the negative scrutiny that has trailed him throughout his career.

In the end, Cintron was more of a prizefighter than many of the puffed- up headliners of the last few years. He entered the ring as an underdog, scored an upset or two, and, because he never earned the capricious fancy of Kery Davis, fought tough opponents for market purses. Even coming back within a few weeks to face Antwone Smith on ESPN2 shows a certain throwback grit. Cintron may not have had a stellar career, but at least it was real and not a puppet show skit stage-managed by two suits at HBO and puffed up by P-4-P zombies. For Cintron, who faces GBP meal ticket Alvarez in Mexico on November 26, this will be the first of his last chances.

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The farcical ending to the Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins fight last week brought to mind other absurd finishes in boxing. Perhaps the strangest ending to a fight in the last 20 years or so occurred in 1989 when Tony Wilson faced Steve McCarthy at Guild Hall in Southampton, England.

Wilson had been knocked down in the third round and was taking punishment along the ropes when, incredibly, his mother, Minna, climbed the ring apron and began whacking McCarthy over the head with a high-heeled shoe, striking with enough force to draw blood. In a ruling that defies even the perpetual illogic of boxing, referee Adrian Morgan declared Wilson the winner via TKO after McCarthy refused to continue. An enraged crowd promptly lost its collective mind. From the February 1990 issue of World Boxing: “Later, Tony Wilson headed back to the dressing room, ushered by manager/trainer Jimmy Tibbs, former Commonwealth lightweight champion Mo Hussein, and heavyweight James Oyebola. On the way, Tibbs and Oyebola were shoved, Wilson was spat on, and Hussein was stabbed in the back.” The British Boxing Board of Control, inexplicably, did not reverse the ruling.

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Not much in boxing is surprising. But when Jermain Taylor was cleared to box again by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, by a 5-0 vote, even a hardened cynic might have found himself flinching. Taylor, who was hospitalized after being brutally stopped by Arthur Abraham in 2009, has been knocked out three times in his last five fights and is 1-4 over that span.

After suffering a subdural hematoma–the scariest words in boxing–and laying off for two years, Taylor has accomplished what Augie Sanchez, Joe Mesi, and others could not—the right to recklessly pursue the most dangerous sport in the world. Even Edwin Valero managed only to get the askew approval of the regulatory backwater of Texas. Keith Kizer, the NSAC scarecrow, ought to have an ear-to-ear grin now that he can be, finally, lumped into the same category as Dickie Cole. Needless to say, there is no way Jermain Taylor should be allowed to fight again. From a 2007 article on espn.com: “Dr. Margaret Goodman, former chairwoman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board, told ESPN.com that Nevada policy is generally not to license a fighter who has suffered a brain bleed of any kind.” Dr. Goodman elaborated further on the risks of boxers who enter the ring physically compromised: “After that kind of injury, there is almost always scarring on the brain’s surface that could predispose any fighter to seizures and further damage if traumatized,” she said. “The problem then is that it is tough to tell if a fighter has just been knocked down and dazed or has suffered something much more dangerous.” So what, exactly, has changed since 2007? Nothing. Something. Everything. Does it make any difference?

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Brian Mihtar, former Michigan pro, recently started a non-profit organization and has opened a boxing gym in Dearborn. This piece from the Press & Guide outlines his work on behalf of the Dearborn community.

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TCS INDEX

10 Fighters Who Were Institutionalized At one Point or Another:

Joe Louis, Johnny Bratton, Ad Wolgast, Johnny Saxton, Terry McGovern, Kid Lavigne, Eddie Machen, Owen Moran, Baby Casanova, Battling Nelson.

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  • JohnPaulFutbol

    CA,

    I like the new column. In homage to Led Zep? I kid.

    Definitely looking forward to the return of Donaire. Watching him Montiel’ng Montiel was pretty exciting. He’s one skilled dude. Like you, I wonder about the layoff. But he should be able to take care of this Narvaez chap, who I don’t know much about as I’m just a casual boxing fan.

    That’s crazy stuff about Taylor, pretty precarious. I’m glad my wife doesn’t read TCS. She’s trying to ban my sparring, I don’t need her reading that boxing is the most dangerous sport in the world. All kidding aside, no way Taylor should be allowed to fight again. That’s just bad.

    Good points regarding Cintron. I sort of turned the corner with him after some of the ridiculous criticism after the Williams fight. But he certainly didn’t have it easy.

    Don’t fuck with the Jackal, heh?

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    CA,

    I like the new column. In homage to Led Zep? I kid.

    Definitely looking forward to the return of Donaire. Watching him Montiel’ng Montiel was pretty exciting. He’s one skilled dude. Like you, I wonder about the layoff. But he should be able to take care of this Narvaez chap, who I don’t know much about as I’m just a casual boxing fan.

    That’s crazy stuff about Taylor, pretty precarious. I’m glad my wife doesn’t read TCS. She’s trying to ban my sparring, I don’t need her reading that boxing is the most dangerous sport in the world. All kidding aside, no way Taylor should be allowed to fight again. That’s just bad.

    Good points regarding Cintron. I sort of turned the corner with him after some of the ridiculous criticism after the Williams fight. But he certainly didn’t have it easy.

    Don’t fuck with the Jackal, heh?

  • dennis wise

    The Jermain Taylor comeback is sad. Who knows what is going on in his life past the 5 minutes we saw on Fightcamp 360, but talk about a guy who seems to have everything, at least everything important- plenty of money in a very affordable part of the country, and a happy home with a great looking wife and kids. Unless he’s broke, there isn’t anything else in life for the guy to win. And you would think that Abraham’s futility at 168 after knocking him out would convince Taylor that a comeback is a terrible idea. As for the NSAC, I can’t do any better than tossing them in pigpen with Dickie Cole.

    Donaire and TR need to stop screwing around and get this guy in the ring a lot more often. You’d think he would be a focal point for the network under the new boxing management. Freddie Roach likes Gamboa over him in a future match up, I hear. I don’t agree but I’d love to see that fight.

    I like Cintron. I respect fighters than can succeed after coming to the sport relatively late. Nothing has gone right for the guy. If he doesn’t take a header out of the ring against Williams, who knows what happens. Conventional wisdom at the time was Williams would have pulled away before long, but in retrospect I think he was already a damaged fighter at that point. I think he could have won that fight.

  • dennis wise

    The Jermain Taylor comeback is sad. Who knows what is going on in his life past the 5 minutes we saw on Fightcamp 360, but talk about a guy who seems to have everything, at least everything important- plenty of money in a very affordable part of the country, and a happy home with a great looking wife and kids. Unless he’s broke, there isn’t anything else in life for the guy to win. And you would think that Abraham’s futility at 168 after knocking him out would convince Taylor that a comeback is a terrible idea. As for the NSAC, I can’t do any better than tossing them in pigpen with Dickie Cole.

    Donaire and TR need to stop screwing around and get this guy in the ring a lot more often. You’d think he would be a focal point for the network under the new boxing management. Freddie Roach likes Gamboa over him in a future match up, I hear. I don’t agree but I’d love to see that fight.

    I like Cintron. I respect fighters than can succeed after coming to the sport relatively late. Nothing has gone right for the guy. If he doesn’t take a header out of the ring against Williams, who knows what happens. Conventional wisdom at the time was Williams would have pulled away before long, but in retrospect I think he was already a damaged fighter at that point. I think he could have won that fight.

  • safesideOTR

    I remember when Big Bad James Oyebola levelled Clifton Mitchell to win the British heavyweight title. He was murdered back in ’07, shot after asking a bunch of ne’er do wells to put out their cigarettes. I also recall that high heel incident — bizarre.

  • safesideOTR

    I remember when Big Bad James Oyebola levelled Clifton Mitchell to win the British heavyweight title. He was murdered back in ’07, shot after asking a bunch of ne’er do wells to put out their cigarettes. I also recall that high heel incident — bizarre.

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @dennis wise I tend to agree on Donaire Vs. Gamboa. I suppose it depends on how well Donaire carries the weight. But Gamboa sort of reminds me of Berto, as weird as that may sound.

    You’re about Cintron vs Williams. That fight was being fought on even terms before he flew out of the ring. It could have gone either way.

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @dennis wise I tend to agree on Donaire Vs. Gamboa. I suppose it depends on how well Donaire carries the weight. But Gamboa sort of reminds me of Berto, as weird as that may sound.

    You’re about Cintron vs Williams. That fight was being fought on even terms before he flew out of the ring. It could have gone either way.

  • Michael Nelson

    Hey Carlos,

    Good work on pointing out how dangerous the Taylor situation is. I had completely forgotten about the brain bleed, and apparently I’m not alone, since this bit of news was greeted with crickets last week. I read Keith Kizer’s explanation is that “medicine has advanced leaps and bounds.” But as Goodman pointed out, common sense hasn’t advanced a baby step.

  • Michael Nelson

    Hey Carlos,

    Good work on pointing out how dangerous the Taylor situation is. I had completely forgotten about the brain bleed, and apparently I’m not alone, since this bit of news was greeted with crickets last week. I read Keith Kizer’s explanation is that “medicine has advanced leaps and bounds.” But as Goodman pointed out, common sense hasn’t advanced a baby step.

  • thenonpareil

    @JohnPaulFutbol

    Hi JPF,

    Actually, this column is the same as the last column; I’m just going to keep switching names so that the fellas who rip me off have more material to choose from.

    Donaire’s return is a beautiful thing, but Narvaez is not the kind of competition we need to see him against, which is a strange thing to say, considering how accomplished Narvaez is. There’s some things we don’t know about Donaire yet, but his biggest issue right now, IMO, is a cohesive career plan. Since he says he’s moving up to 122 pounds after this fight, we won’t be able to see him against either Agbeko or Mares, for example. But maybe that’ll change in the future.

    What??? Your wife doesn’t read TCS? I thought you got the whole family together in the living room and read aloud from classic “Sound & Fury” columns…Your wife is right, by the way….Anyway, the Taylor thing is a joke: brain bleeds–even “minor” ones–are not to be trifled with.

    I’m not a Cintron fan, per se (although he once earned me $350 in a bet), but I’m far more interested in careers like his than I am these guys who do nothing but get paid by HBO. Cintron, in effect, has had to be a real prizefighter, while guys like Angulo, Berto, Dawson, etc. have been nothing more than HBO mirages.

    The problem with this whole Jackal thing is that if you swipe at me, it’s going to bring you to my attention. Then I’ll read your stuff and see what’s what. Then when I find out you have no talent, no insight, no prose worth reading, etc., it’s going to get me worked up. It’s a shame a hack like that, without an original thought, has “Access,” since the sport is then filtered through the eyes of a meathead. It also goes to show you how these “journos” prop each other up no matter how untalented they are…It’s a little nepotism club, where they relentlessly dry hump each other….Just write well, have something interesting to say, and stay out of my way.

    BTW–thanks for giving me my 17 points back!

  • thenonpareil

    @JohnPaulFutbol

    Hi JPF,

    Actually, this column is the same as the last column; I’m just going to keep switching names so that the fellas who rip me off have more material to choose from.

    Donaire’s return is a beautiful thing, but Narvaez is not the kind of competition we need to see him against, which is a strange thing to say, considering how accomplished Narvaez is. There’s some things we don’t know about Donaire yet, but his biggest issue right now, IMO, is a cohesive career plan. Since he says he’s moving up to 122 pounds after this fight, we won’t be able to see him against either Agbeko or Mares, for example. But maybe that’ll change in the future.

    What??? Your wife doesn’t read TCS? I thought you got the whole family together in the living room and read aloud from classic “Sound & Fury” columns…Your wife is right, by the way….Anyway, the Taylor thing is a joke: brain bleeds–even “minor” ones–are not to be trifled with.

    I’m not a Cintron fan, per se (although he once earned me $350 in a bet), but I’m far more interested in careers like his than I am these guys who do nothing but get paid by HBO. Cintron, in effect, has had to be a real prizefighter, while guys like Angulo, Berto, Dawson, etc. have been nothing more than HBO mirages.

    The problem with this whole Jackal thing is that if you swipe at me, it’s going to bring you to my attention. Then I’ll read your stuff and see what’s what. Then when I find out you have no talent, no insight, no prose worth reading, etc., it’s going to get me worked up. It’s a shame a hack like that, without an original thought, has “Access,” since the sport is then filtered through the eyes of a meathead. It also goes to show you how these “journos” prop each other up no matter how untalented they are…It’s a little nepotism club, where they relentlessly dry hump each other….Just write well, have something interesting to say, and stay out of my way.

    BTW–thanks for giving me my 17 points back!

  • thenonpareil

    @dennis wise

    Hi Dennis,

    Taylor being allowed to fight is absurd. And the reasons Keith Kizer gave (in addition to medical clearance) included excuses about weight problems that may have affected Taylor’s performances. Unreal. Taylor blamed his middleweight troubles to weight problems, too, years ago. So now he intends to starve himself as well as enter the ring with a history of brain trouble? I don’t know about Taylor’s wife; but I know if I was married to Antonio Tarver’s wife, I’d never leave the house.

    I agree, Donaire needs to get some cohesion and consistency going. It should be slightly easier to do for him since he does bring a secondary market–Phillippine TV money–to his fights. Then again, as a small fighter, it’s harder to dredge up enthusiasm from corporate types. It’s hard to believe that Michael Carbajal and Humberto Gonzalez earned $1 million EACH for their superfight less than 20 years ago.

    See below for thoughts on Cintron. He never got the easy road some of these HBO entitlement program fighters got; therefore, to me, his career as a whole is more interesting or “valid.” Of course, he did himself no favors by jumping from trainer to trainer, promoter to promoter, and manager to manager. It looked like he seemed comfortable against Paul Williams before the battle royal move, but we’ll never know what would have happened. I doubt a win against Williams would have helped with his popularity, however….

  • thenonpareil

    @dennis wise

    Hi Dennis,

    Taylor being allowed to fight is absurd. And the reasons Keith Kizer gave (in addition to medical clearance) included excuses about weight problems that may have affected Taylor’s performances. Unreal. Taylor blamed his middleweight troubles to weight problems, too, years ago. So now he intends to starve himself as well as enter the ring with a history of brain trouble? I don’t know about Taylor’s wife; but I know if I was married to Antonio Tarver’s wife, I’d never leave the house.

    I agree, Donaire needs to get some cohesion and consistency going. It should be slightly easier to do for him since he does bring a secondary market–Phillippine TV money–to his fights. Then again, as a small fighter, it’s harder to dredge up enthusiasm from corporate types. It’s hard to believe that Michael Carbajal and Humberto Gonzalez earned $1 million EACH for their superfight less than 20 years ago.

    See below for thoughts on Cintron. He never got the easy road some of these HBO entitlement program fighters got; therefore, to me, his career as a whole is more interesting or “valid.” Of course, he did himself no favors by jumping from trainer to trainer, promoter to promoter, and manager to manager. It looked like he seemed comfortable against Paul Williams before the battle royal move, but we’ll never know what would have happened. I doubt a win against Williams would have helped with his popularity, however….

  • thenonpareil

    @safesideOTR

    Hi AH,

    that’s terrible about Oyebola. It’s incredible how so many fighters wind up murdered; there should be some sort of study to see at what rate prizefighters suffer from violent crime outside of the ring. I suspect the results would be very troubling.

    The craziest ending I ever saw (I never saw the Wilson-McCarthy madness) was when Terrence Lewis sucker-punched Michael Rush when referee Elmo Adolph asked them to touch gloves before the last round. With the ref in between them, practically, Lewis pole-axed Rush, who had his gloves extended. Adolph gave 5 minutes to Rush and deducted points from Lewis. When the fight resumed, Lewis poured it on, and Adolph stopped the fight–giving the win to Rush, because he felt Rush hadn’t recovered. Adolph was the man!

  • thenonpareil

    @safesideOTR

    Hi AH,

    that’s terrible about Oyebola. It’s incredible how so many fighters wind up murdered; there should be some sort of study to see at what rate prizefighters suffer from violent crime outside of the ring. I suspect the results would be very troubling.

    The craziest ending I ever saw (I never saw the Wilson-McCarthy madness) was when Terrence Lewis sucker-punched Michael Rush when referee Elmo Adolph asked them to touch gloves before the last round. With the ref in between them, practically, Lewis pole-axed Rush, who had his gloves extended. Adolph gave 5 minutes to Rush and deducted points from Lewis. When the fight resumed, Lewis poured it on, and Adolph stopped the fight–giving the win to Rush, because he felt Rush hadn’t recovered. Adolph was the man!

  • thenonpareil

    @Michael Nelson

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks. Taylor is a danger to himself at this point, and Kizer is aiding and abetting his possible maiming. Joe Mesi was cleared medically, too, and Nevada wouldn’t let him fight. Mesi went and toured the no-commission circuit instead. Augie Sanchez, I think, was suspended because he was brutally knocked out twice and the NSAC simply didn’t like the way he reacted to punches. Now, all of a sudden, we have this. There have been too many injuries–some fatal– in Nevada over the last six or seven years for them to be so boneheaded here. That’s not to say Taylor will be stretched in the future–but why lower the odds on it possibly happening?

  • thenonpareil

    @Michael Nelson

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks. Taylor is a danger to himself at this point, and Kizer is aiding and abetting his possible maiming. Joe Mesi was cleared medically, too, and Nevada wouldn’t let him fight. Mesi went and toured the no-commission circuit instead. Augie Sanchez, I think, was suspended because he was brutally knocked out twice and the NSAC simply didn’t like the way he reacted to punches. Now, all of a sudden, we have this. There have been too many injuries–some fatal– in Nevada over the last six or seven years for them to be so boneheaded here. That’s not to say Taylor will be stretched in the future–but why lower the odds on it possibly happening?

  • safesideOTR

    @thenonpareil

    here it is……..along with a couple of other crazy endings:

    I can remember Ron Lipton pulling both Merqui Sosa and Prince Charles Williams out of their first fight — due to the bout being too hard!!

  • safesideOTR

    @thenonpareil

    here it is……..along with a couple of other crazy endings:

    I can remember Ron Lipton pulling both Merqui Sosa and Prince Charles Williams out of their first fight — due to the bout being too hard!!

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @thenonpareil From now on I’m gathering the family around for readings from TCS.

    Dammit CA, I can’t believe you’re siding with my wife. Although I concede you guys are probably right. Last weekend probably shaved 24-72hrs off my life. It was like a individual sized Stalingrad.

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @thenonpareil From now on I’m gathering the family around for readings from TCS.

    Dammit CA, I can’t believe you’re siding with my wife. Although I concede you guys are probably right. Last weekend probably shaved 24-72hrs off my life. It was like a individual sized Stalingrad.

  • thenonpareil

    @safesideOTR

    Hi Andrew,

    thanks for posting the video. Crazy stuff. I hadn’t realized just how insane that referee was during the Wilson-McCarthy scrap.

    I remember the Williams-Sosa situation, too. If I recall correctly, it looked like Sosa was on his way to winning when the double mercy stoppage arrived.

    Another crazy ending I remember was when Adolpho Washington got hit in the head by one of the TV cameras and suffered a nasty cut to force a technical decision. In this case, though, it didn’t really matter since Virgil Hill was ahead on the scorecards.

    Also, Peter Mueller (who should have been included on my “institutionalized boxers” list), who attacked a ref mid-fight. Boxing is a mad, mad, mad world.

  • thenonpareil

    @safesideOTR

    Hi Andrew,

    thanks for posting the video. Crazy stuff. I hadn’t realized just how insane that referee was during the Wilson-McCarthy scrap.

    I remember the Williams-Sosa situation, too. If I recall correctly, it looked like Sosa was on his way to winning when the double mercy stoppage arrived.

    Another crazy ending I remember was when Adolpho Washington got hit in the head by one of the TV cameras and suffered a nasty cut to force a technical decision. In this case, though, it didn’t really matter since Virgil Hill was ahead on the scorecards.

    Also, Peter Mueller (who should have been included on my “institutionalized boxers” list), who attacked a ref mid-fight. Boxing is a mad, mad, mad world.

  • thenonpareil

    @JohnPaulFutbol

    Don’t you think family gatherings for TCS is safer than getting punched in the face? I just hope you’re not sparring with Rocky Rob!

  • thenonpareil

    @JohnPaulFutbol

    Don’t you think family gatherings for TCS is safer than getting punched in the face? I just hope you’re not sparring with Rocky Rob!

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @thenonpareil Ha! No, not Rocky Rob. That dude is MIA, damn it. I really do need to quit that shit, but it’s strangely addicting. Getting punch drunk and a runner’s high is tough to beat.

  • JohnPaulFutbol

    @thenonpareil Ha! No, not Rocky Rob. That dude is MIA, damn it. I really do need to quit that shit, but it’s strangely addicting. Getting punch drunk and a runner’s high is tough to beat.

  • thenonpareil

    @RSA Course

    Hi RSA,

    thanks for writing. That’s an interesting matchup, but I think Donaire would be at a disadvantage, since Gamboa is a featherweight looking to move up at some point in the future. Although Donaire is an artificial bantamweight with a weight/size pull against everyone at 118, we don’t know how he’ll fare taking shots from natural featherweights or if he’ll slow down. In general, though, I’m opposed to these leapfrog catchweight bouts.

  • thenonpareil

    @RSA Course

    Hi RSA,

    thanks for writing. That’s an interesting matchup, but I think Donaire would be at a disadvantage, since Gamboa is a featherweight looking to move up at some point in the future. Although Donaire is an artificial bantamweight with a weight/size pull against everyone at 118, we don’t know how he’ll fare taking shots from natural featherweights or if he’ll slow down. In general, though, I’m opposed to these leapfrog catchweight bouts.