The Boxing Mismatch Report - Vol. 1 By Gabriel Montoya, from Maxboxing.com (April 28, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
There are a few kinds of mismatch. There is the necessary building
fight where you put your young blue chipper in against a guy with a specific
gift to overcome. The opponent should have enough deficiencies so that your
fighter learns something but is not in any danger while doing so. Maybe Fighter
B-Team has the craftiness of experience or a good chin but he’ll have a
gambling problem and brittle hands that thwart him in the end.
There is the high-priced pay-per-view which sets a fighter
with a giant name against an older, faded fighter with a small, medium or large
name for $60 after taxes.
Which brings me to Thursday night’s edition of Golden Boy
Promotions’ Fight Night Club; a card I’m having trouble understanding.
In the opening TV bout we have junior welterweight prospect
Fidel Maldonado (9-0, 8 KOS) against Jorge Cordero (3-6,4 KOs). They weighed in
at 135.8 and 138.6 respectively.
Maldonado is a nineteen year old southpaw out of Albuquerque. He started his career with five first
round stoppages (KO or TKO), then a four round decision, followed by three
stoppage wins. Maldonado turned pro at 135 pounds but has competed at 139 and
141 pounds. He had an amateur record of 118-12 and was ranked number 2 in the
Cordero, Puerto Rico, is 22 years old, turned pro and
competed at featherweight until his last bout which was at 135 lbs. He will now
be competing at junior welterweight; Cordero’s third class in almost as many
years. He has lost six fights in a row. A split decision loss to at the time 1-6-2
Jesse Padilla followed by 3 first round stoppage losses (2 Kos, 1 TKO). In
2010, which began with two of those stoppage losses, he also lost a split
decision and was disqualified against Hylon Williams, Jr on March 25, 2011 for
excessive low blows. I did not see the bout but reports said Cordero was game. Jorge
Cordero does not have a Wikipedia page to pull his amateur record and other
attempts to Google failed me.
Conclusion: Ok so Cordero got stopped a lot but was
competitive or at least gave his opponent rounds in his last two fights. But
against a 9-0 fighter with 8 stoppages? I wonder what is going to happen to the
fighter who has been knocked out at feather and junior featherweight against
the career lightweight with heavy hands? At 138.6, a career high, I wonder what
the career featherweight’s physical condition is like.
There are two TV swing bouts. One is between 2-0 welterweight
Ernesto Ocon and Miguel Pizarro, 1-1, O KOs. There are no issues there. Pizarro
turned pro in March with a split decision loss at junior middleweight. He dropped
to welterweight and won a unanimous decision over a 1-8 guy. Ocon’s last win
was against 7-12 Juan Carlos Diaz who was knocked out in one by Antonio Orozco
and Joseph Elegele.
Conclusion: It took Ocon three rounds in November to do what
it took those other guys one so to me, the jury might still be out on Ocon’s
power. Add in Pizarro’s turnaround and the fact he might have found his correct
weight and it should be fun.
In the other TV swing bout, weighing in at 154.8 its Alfonso
Blanco 4-0, (2 KO’s) vs. (drum roll please) Juan Carlos Diaz, 7-12 (6 KO’s). Wow.
That’s magic, isn’t it? How opponents seem to pop out of nowhere but are
actually just a bunch of guys getting knocked out by future big names? Where
did six of Mr. Diaz; last seven losses in his current seven fight losing streak
occur? You guessed it. They happened in California. In all, Mr. Diaz has fought
and lost a total of ten times in California with four of those coming by way of
stoppage; one of them on a Fight Night Club show.
Conclusion: I have a feeling it will be like old times as Mr.
Blanco had a 118-16 record in the amateurs as of 2007 along with a win over
James DeGale. He’s from Venezuela so you know he is a bad ass. It ain’t going
to pretty so good thing it won’t be long either. At some point, The Mismatch
report will have to run a check to see which boxer has the longest run of losses
with their license intact.
The co-main event features junior welters in six round
action when Ramon Valadez takes on Rafael Lora. Valadez is an exciting 7-1 with
4 KOs fighter who engaged in a savage little battle at a Fight Night Club vs.
Oscar Andrade back in July 2010. Since then the 21 years old fighter is on a six
fight, four stoppage streak, three of those in his last three fights. The kid
is all action every time out and is starting to come into his own.
Lora had his first ten fights in the Dominican Republic. He
had his eleventh win in York, Pennsylvania, USA back in August of 2009. In
September of 2009, he was fed to Matt Remillard who ate him up in four rounds.
They re-matched the following January and this time, Lora failed to make the
bell to start the fourth after he suffered two broken ribs. In May of 2010,
Lora was stopped in one round by Adrien Broner. His last fight was against
undefeated Joselito Collado. Lora showed some fight in losing a foul filled (on
Collado’s side) split decision.
Conclusion: In terms of fighting experienced top level
fighters, Lora has the edge so perhaps this is the kind of fight that helps
Valadez goes rounds or it could be the beginning of an upswing after seriously
stiff competition for Lora. I bet this is fight of the night. It is one that I
see as a necessary developmental type fight.
In the best for last main event, East Los Angeles, CA native
Frankie Gomez, 8-0 with 6 KOs, goes up against Vancouver, WA’s Jason Davis, 11-8-1
(3 KO’s). There is a weight disparity here as Gomez came in at 141.8 and Davis
150.8. I’m not sure what the contracted weight is but I have to wonder if 150
was the top limit give or take a pound because Davis was short notice or
because someone was worried Frankie might not make weight. Just a question
without an answer.
Davis is a dangerous case in my opinion. He has shown steady
decline in his last eight fights, none of which he has won since November of
2008. Beginning last year, Davis was stopped after three rounds against Ernie
Zavala, citing an elbow injury. Then he was put in with Breidis Prescott where
he was dropped twice by body shots and stopped in the third round. Davis
finished out 2010 with a mercy stoppage from his corner just twenty nine
seconds into round two against Joan Guzman. The fight was ruled a no-contest
after Guzman tested positive for a banned substance.
Now comes the icing on the cake. It is an example of decline
in a fighter that is absolute in my opinion. March 4 of this year in Tustin,
CA. Davis loses to then 6-13 with 4 KOs Jovanni Rubio who himself was on a ten
fight losing streak via split decision. Looking at the cards of those ten bouts,
Rubio was not a very competitive fighter at all. In fact, Rubio had been
stopped five times and lost every round of the decision losses.
Some can call a card like this the development of young
fighters. Others, total mismatches with one good development fight in the mix.
Conclusion: tune in and judge for yourself. If you like it,
follow Golden Boy Promotions on twitter and tell ‘em how great a time you had.
If the fights go horribly one way to a point where it’s dangerous and unentertaining,
follow them on twitter and tell ‘em how you feel. Then email the California
commission at CSAC@dca.ca.gov c/o Che
‘em how you feel .