The Week That Was (January 14-20, 2013)

By Teron Briggs on January 21, 2013
The Week That Was (January 14-20, 2013)
Rosado’s cornerman spared him from leaving the ring on a stretcher. (BX SportsCenter)

As tough a competitor as Rosado was, short of using Lance Armstrong’s drug cocktail he had little chance against Gennady Golovkin…

Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut

Kovalev makes it an ugly night for the “Handsome Man”

Before Saturday night, Russian-born undefeated light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KOs) was an unknown contender searching for a notable victory on a prominent platform. NBC Sports Network provided the stage and unfortunately for former world titleholder Gabriel “The Handsome Man” Campillo (24-5-1 8 KOs), he served as the cannon fodder as he was thoroughly outclassed over three rounds before succumbing to the Kovalev’s bombs.

Kovalev started the contest the same way he would end it, walking down his opponent and throwing punches with bad intentions. By the midway point of the first round Campillo was already in retreat mode as he attempted to shield himself from the nonstop assault to his head and body. Campillo, who lost a highly disputed decision to IBF titleholder Tavoris Cloud the last time he fought, in January 2012, didn’t display any of the sharp accurate punching and nifty footwork that many observers believe won him that fight. Campillo’s jab was lazier than Eddy Curry after a barbecue. Kovalev continually walked through it and attacked Campillo with his six-guns blazing. From my vantage point at ringside, it was clear by the third round that the visibly fatigued Campillo couldn’t handle the younger and stronger man’s constant bombardment. Kovalev landed a flurry of shots that dropped Campillo early in the round and signaled that the end of the fight was near. As he tried to recover, Campillo was blasted with a wicked body shot that visibly hurt and dropped him a few seconds later. Campillo got back to his feet, but it was academic as Kovalev landed a straight left hand that clipped Campillo’s chin and knocked him down for the third and final time of the night. Referee Michael Ortega stepped in at the 1:30 mark to stop the fight and prevent Campillo from sustaining further punishment.

Campillo, at 34 with little punching power and a far from crowd-pleasing style is going to find it difficult to get back into the title picture following this devastating loss. For Kovalev the sky is seemingly the limit, as he has a glossy undefeated record and the type of explosive power the TV networks love.

“I told myself, if he gets up, his ass is grass”

Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (23-3, 17 KOs) was all smiles as he recanted what was going through his head following the first of two knockdowns in his electric blowout of local favorite Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Just a few seconds into the fight Stevens, the former highly touted prospect out of Brownsville, Brooklyn, landed a massive left hook that would have made Joe Frazier proud. Ayala, who had previously been knocked out in the first round by David Lemieux, but had also gone 12 rounds with former middleweight king Arthur Abraham, surprisingly got to his feet quickly. As he stood up on unsteady legs it was obvious he didn’t have his wits about him. Stevens wasted no time in finishing his now vulnerable prey, as he unleashed a barrage of punches that once again dropped Ayala. At the 1:10 mark of the first round the referee rightfully waved off the contest and gave Stevens his second consecutive first round knockout. While celebrating his victory on the ring apron a member of Ayala’s camp, believed to be his brother, leaped over the ropes and tried to attack Stevens. A minor melee broke out as supporters of both fighters stormed the ring and began pushing and shoving each other. Casino security quickly restored calm and eased the tempers of both camps.

It was a tough setback for Ayala who came into the bout on a six-fight win streak. His days competing against top tier competition have probably come to an end. “He’s a big puncher,” Ayala said of Stevens following the knockout. “He’s definitely a big puncher.” Now promoted by Main Events, Stevens fought for just the second time at middleweight, and the second time in the last three years since suffering a decision loss to Jesse Brinkley in 2010. If Stevens has really rededicated himself to the sport then he could prove to be a force in the relatively weak division.

The Connecticut boxing commission deserves an F

Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO) of New Haven, CT made his professional debut with a huge splash before a partisan hometown crowd as he knocked out journeyman Noel Garcia (2-16-2) in the fourth and final round of their fight.

Noel Garcia came into the fight off a draw, which was actually a positive for him after losing his previous 13 straight fights and 15 of the last 16. One of the cameramen said to me before the bout that “his gut looks like mine,” which certainly didn’t resemble Terrell Owen’s infamous six-pack. How in the world was Garcia cleared to fight by the Connecticut Boxing Commission? Isn’t the point of the CBC to protect the safety of fighters? Based on the outcome of his last 17 fights it seems pretty obvious that Noel Garcia needed someone to tell him to hang up the gloves, not give him a green light. The Commission not only failed the sport in preventing this fight from taking place, it failed Garcia by allowing him to fight a losing battle.

Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York

Mikey Garcia dominates WBO champion Orlando Salido

Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) put on quite a show as he captured his first world title by beating up hard-nosed former WBO champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) in the main event of the Top Rank promoted card at the Mecca of Boxing. The fight was stopped in round 8 after Garcia’s nose was broken by an accidental headbutt. At the time of the stoppage the scores were 79-69 on two scorecards and 79-70 on the third. Garcia cemented himself as one of the most talented young champions in the sport.

Triple G continues steamrolling the competition

WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) bloodied and battered the game Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) over six lopsided rounds before Rosado’s corner threw in the towel to prevent him from leaving the ring on a stretcher. As tough a competitor as Rosado was, short of using Lance Armstrong’s drug cocktail he had little chance against Golovkin. GGG continues to provide the ultimate fight porn, as he not only continues to rack up wins but he does so in thrilling and definitive fashion. 

Yet another horrible decision

In an unfathomable 12-round split decision draw, WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) controversially retained his title over #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 29 KOs). Even Manti Te’o’s nonexistent dead girlfriend could’ve scored this fight. Burgos was clearly sharper and more effective throughout the 12 rounds, as he ruthlessly pounded Martinez’s body, sapping much of the latter’s strength by the end of the fight. Tony Paolillo somehow found eight rounds to give to the undeserving Martinez and he shouldn’t be granted a license to judge a cockfight, let alone a boxing match, after handing in that atrocious scorecard. Hopefully Burgos will be granted a rematch and given another opportunity to capture the title.

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2013-01-19 Sergey Kovalev vs Gabriel Campillo

2013-01-19 Jimmy Williams vs Noel Garcia

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  1. bk don 01:16pm, 01/22/2013


  2. McGrain 06:20am, 01/22/2013

    I hope you keep it up with these, invaluable if you’ve had a busy weekend.

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