Search the site!
The Corner Report – Monday August 1st 2011
Published Monday August 1st 2011
By John Monteith
Well, it is Sunday morning, and I am finally sitting down to watch some boxing. Four cards to watch. ESPN card is up first. I will pass on Teddy Atlas’ introduction
comments, because he is bound to rehash these points for the next 3 hours every time one of them proves remotely true. Yes Teddy, we understand that you win
fights by hitting people more than you get hit. Speaking of getting hit, isn’t it about time Teddy stops protecting his fighter and puts him in the ring with one of the K-
Bros? If I have to watch Arreola get beaten to a bloody pulp again….ugh. First fight up, and I think I am more excited about this one than any of the others
tonight. Wow, we get Vic back already? I think he made the right call last week, the punch landed on the belt-line. It might have been nice for him to utilize the
replay option though. It what it is there for, and the punch wasn’t THAT clear in being clean.
Miranda v. Despaigne
After a slow start to Round 1, I have it for Despaigne. He simply did more in my eyes, and he landed the harder shots toward the end of the round. Initially, it doesn’
t look like Miranda’s chin has come up with him to light-heavy. He was never a Glen Johnson, but he used to take much bigger shots than the one that shook him in
More of the same in Round 2. Depsaigne is getting off first, and it is carrying him the fight. Nice to see Edison throwing his big shots, but he really hasn’t landed much
of anything flush at this point. 2-0 Cuba on my card. As we come back, it looks like Miranda has had another point taken from him. I swear, this guy is one of the
underrated psychos in the world of sports these days. Granted, there wasn’t a lot there, but who does that shit? Edison Miranda does. Vic with more problems around
the waistline, this guy can’t catch a break. With the point Miranda is now down 3 point on my card. Time to let it all fly…
I have Miranda winning Round 3. Obviously, he lost his cool and took a shot at the cup of Despaigne and had a point taken away. Miranda is one of the underrated
lunatics in boxing. Between losing his cool in the ring constantly and his prefight trash talking, Miranda is really a nutjob.
Wow, here we GO! Round 4 and the fight started to pick up. Miranda had a good first two minutes of the round, but the most dominant part was what Despaigne did
for about 30 seconds there. This guy can really put his punches together, but he is getting almost no leverage. He stepped into a good shot in the first round, and I
think he did some actually damage. Miranda just stood there and took 10 shots in a row, and NOTHING. This reminds me a bit of the Lara-Williams fight, in terms of
the Cuban landing plenty of good power shots, but there is nothing behind them. Most likely, this is because of their amateur backgrounds; they never really learned
to sit down on shots. I took that one 10-10, and we officially have the strangest fight in terms of scoring of the year. I officially need a calculator…. Depsaigne up 38-37
on my card.
NO!!!!! What a terrible decision by Vic Drakulich. As I stated before, I had no problem with his choice last weekend, but this one is bad, really bad. That fight was just
starting to really heat up, and he had only taken one point from Edison at that part. This fight really answered none of my questions about either fighter. I thought
Miranda was looking pretty good towards the end of that contest, but I would have been interested to see if he could keep fighting at that pace the rest of the night. He
looked like he started sucking wind there with his mouth open, but the way he began walking through Depsaigne’s punches, I can’t help but think we were robbed of
Despaigne looked pretty good too, I thought he really controlled the ring well and had his moments. The main problem I see with him is that he isn’t hitting with the
power that I thought he would. Miranda has an above average chin, but nobody should stand there with their hands down and take punches like he did. What a weird
moment that was in retrospect. Oh Miranda, you did enough to get me to watch your next fight, you never are boring.
Peterson v. Cayo
Peterson was impressive in Round 1. He landed the much bigger shots, and I am not convinced that he didn’t have Cayo hurt with the right in landed in the last 30
seconds. The shot behind the head didn’t seem to do much damage, but the one directly following did. The funny part about this is that Cayo complained
CONSTANTLY during the promotion for this fight about how many times Maidana hit him behind the head. Peterson 10-9, let’s see how Cayo responds.
And boy did Cayo respond. He really set the pace to Round 2 with getting off first while putting multiple shots together. Even though Peterson did some decent body
work there for a bit, I can imagine all three judges not giving that to Cayo. His punches really thud when they land heavy. Peterson has a very solid chin, this could
get interesting as the fight wears on, 1-1.
Good Round 3, this is a pretty high-quality fight. Cayo is impressive in how many punches he is throwing, and how he is seemingly getting leverage even when he
looks off balance. The best punch for the round was a right uppercut by Cayo. Peterson isn’t fighting badly, but I give the CLOSE round to Cayo on his activity.
Peterson clearly landed this best shot of the round with his right on the inside about half way though. Cayo took it well and kept landing significant shots himself. The
heavier shots in that round actually seemed to be those landed on Cayo, but he certainly was the busier of the two guys in Round 4. I’m going 10-10 and copping out;
both guys did enough to win the round. 39-38 Cayo at this point.
Peterson evens the fight at 48-48. He is landed the cleaner, crisper blows and Cayo’s work rate decreased. Round 5 is the first time that he was the one getting off
first, and I think it had to do with the newfound success of his jab.
Cayo back to outworking Peterson in Round 6. Giving a lot of different angles and forcing Peterson to fight off his back foot were enough in my opinion to get him that
round. I am having my first “shut up Teddy” moment as he is trying to pretend that Peterson fights like James Kirkland. Listen, I understand the guy is not afraid of
contact and he is very comfortable in the inside, but he is a very skilled boxer. It is more Hopkins than Angulo. Pretending like he runs in there with his head down is
simply untrue and stupid. 58-57 Cayo.
Round 7 goes to Cayo on my card as well, as he is starting to open up a little lead. Peterson landed a very good counter in there, but he simply isn’t doing as much.
Cayo is punching hard and more often. You can’t just steal the round on 3 good counters, not when the other guy is landing his shots and controlling the pace. 68-66
Cayo. I have no idea what Teddy is seeing right now.
When Peterson throws enough punches, he wins the round. He is shorter to that spot than Cayo, and he is constantly beating him to the punch WHEN he is punching.
This round he did and I have Peterson taking that one. He was much more active, and his accuracy is giving him the edge. Cayo is getting more and more loopy as
the fight goes on, but I have him still up 77-76.
More Cayo outworking Peterson in Round 9. Nobody landed anything significant, but I just don’t how you can win a fight if you are not throwing any punches. I’m
not asking for Paul Williams, circa 2004 work-rate, but I’m not giving you the round if you throw 30 punches and none of them land real clean. It just doesn’t work
that way, and I think Peterson gave away that round. 87-85 Cayo.
Peterson decides to engage in Round 10 and I have him winning that one. Peterson is a very clean puncher in short space and when he is coming forward and working
in close space, he is giving Cayo the business. 96-95 Cayo.
I’ve got Peterson evening out the first no on my card. 105-105 with one round to determine this thing. As Cayo has tired, Peterson has really begun to fight this fight
where he wants it. He is simply getting in on the inside and landing the harder shots, as Cayo is such a wide puncher. Other than that upper-cut, Cayo cannot be
effective if he is being smothered. He just winds up so much, that by the time his power punches land, Peterson has already hit him. Whoever imposes themselves in
Round 12 will give me my winner.
And Peterson has a great Round 12 and closes the show. He really got better as the fight went on, and I think Cayo simply ran out of gas. On my card, Cayo won the
first part of this fight on the fact that he was simply outworking Peterson, but it looks like the 9 straight months in the gym left him needing more in the tank as
Peterson really put it on. In both of his losses, Cayo has gotten himself in two big brawls and then ran out of gas. Whether it is him starting too fast, taking too many
big shots, or an unfortunate culmination of having your fight postponed twice, Cayo was in position to win this fight.
Did he miss having his real trainer because of some legal issues that got him Sarmiento sent back to Spain? I would hate to use that excuse, but you never know. It’s
time for him to rebuild, but he is going to have to really go back to the drawing board, because anyone that can get real short on the inside is going to keep beating
him to the punch.
Where do we go here with Peterson? He is the mandatory for Khan, and that would obviously be a great fight to see. Peterson is a very durable guy, and he would
finally be the one to take Khan back to those deep waters that Maidana had him in. If we don’t get Khan and Peterson, I would certainly sign up to see Peterson fight
any of the larger names in the division. For instance, Marcos Maidana? Tell me that wouldn’t be a very affordable and entertaining fight to put on a PPV card?
QUICK THOUGHTS ON THE REST OF THE WEEKEND:
Dante Jardon moved to 18-1-0 (16 Kos) with a devastating KO of Adrian Tellez on Telemundo. Jardon staggered him in Round 1 on a counter right and it was only a
matter of time until he got rid of Tellez. Jardon is certainly not a classic boxer by any means, but he really appears to have some massive power in his right hand. He
landed it at will on Tellez and really began to put his punches together. If this fight wasn’t being held in a chicken-house in front of 200 people, I would imagine this
thing should have been stopped following Round 1. Instead, we got to Round 2 where Jardon put together a huge right-left combination and put Tellez down for the
second time. The inevitable came on a short right uppercut and Tellez was stiff by the time he hit the floor. Jardon isn’t pretty, but this guy is certainly a puncher.
That was ugly, and well worth a youtube search.
Robert Marroquin 20-1 (14 Kos) looked to bounce back from his first professional loss (and step up in class) when he stepped into the ring with the veteran Jose
Beranza (33-20). Marroquin is a very polished 22 year-old with over 150 amateur fights and then a quick push by Top Rank. After winning in his home state of
Dallas twice on Manny Pacquaio undercards, Marroquin ran into a tough night earlier this year which resulted in a trainer switch. Beranza has been in with
Riggondeux, Jhonny Gonzalez, and Vazquez Jr, so this wasn’t going to be a very soft touch for Marroquin. Beranza looked old and slow early, but eventually did some
decent work on Marroquin as ONCE AGAIN Marroquin refuses to avoid getting hit. Keep in mind, this form of Beranza is not the one that fought other big names listed
above. He looked clearly cooked and I thought Marroquin would finish him inside of 5 rounds. It’s the first time with a new trainer, but I was once again, unimpressed
with the young Texan. 78-71 twice and 79-70 on the third and Marroquin got his 20th victory. For someone that we have heard so much about, Marroquin has
never given me the excitement that Top Rank has in him even though he is always in entertaining fights. He scored two knockdowns, but Beranza shouldn’t have
been able to stay in their all 8 rounds.
Mike Alvarado, 31-0 (22 Kos), came home to headline the Top Rank card in his hometown of Denver, CO. There has never been any disputing of Alvardo’s talent.
After years of legal problems, it looks like the 31 year-old junior welterweight is on the verge of becoming a star. Alvardo imposed his will in a tough fight with
Gabriel Martinez, 27-2-1 (14 Kos) of Mexico. In what was supposed to be Alvardo’s toughest test of his career, Alvarado dropped Martinez with a straight right in the
first round that might have been a questionable call. It looked to be more of a slip, but that would prove to be semantics in the end as Alvarado really picked up the
pace as the fight went on. Alvarado eventually started landing straight rights time and time again, and had Martinez hurt bad in the 10th round. Martinez
survived, and Alvardo continued to ascend to the top of the 140 division. There is a ton of talent up there, and I can only imagine how entertaining some of Alvarado’s
future fights will be. This guy is a very entertaining performance, and I look forward to seeing him on one of the premium networks in the near future. I wouldn’t
have a problem seeing him come on the Manny Pacquaio undercard in October.
After keeping his belt in some of the biggest screw-jobs of recent history against Gabriel Campillo, Beibut Shumenov, 12-1 (10 Kos), moved on to fight in his adopted
hometown of Las Vegas against Danny Santiago. After outworking Santiago for the first 8 rounds, Shumenov was able to finish of Santiago in the 9th after landing a
flurry of uncontested punches. Shumenov looked quite good, as he used his hand and foot speed to really dictate the fight. With Jean Pascal looking on from ringside,
we might have been previewed to what we are in for in the future. Pascal mentioned post-fight that he would like to fight Shumenov up in Canada in the near future.
With the crowds Pascal pulls in, that might generate enough money to get Shumenov up there to fight him. That fight interests me, but every time I see Beibut, I
cannot help but think about how him holding a belt is such a travesty.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Please forward any questions, comments, criticisms, etc to email@example.com.
John Monteith is a Ring Junkies Boxing writer.
All rights reserved. RingJunkiesboxing.com 2011