The Wrath of Papp

By Clarence George on March 31, 2013
The Wrath of Papp
It was what jaded boxing writers of Hungarian descent call a filthy, disgusting robbery.

The Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four has come and gone, with Gennady Golovkin stopping Nobuhiro Ishida by third-round KO, Sergey Rabchenko stopping Adriano Nicchi by second-round TKO, Edwin Rodriguez defeating Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna by unanimous decision, and Denis Grachev beating (like hell he did) noble Magyar Zsolt Erdei by what the uninitiated refer to with endearing innocence as a split decision, but what jaded boxing writers of Hungarian descent call a robbery—a filthy, disgusting robbery.

Super middleweight Rodriguez will face light heavyweight Grachev in Monte Carlo on July 13 at a catchweight of 171.5 pounds.

Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs), who’ll turn 28 in May, became a pro in 2008. His two most recent fights, prior to today’s victory over Maderna, took place last year. “La Bomba” defeated Donovan George by unanimous decision in March and stopped Jason Escalera by eighth-round TKO in September.

Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs), a former Muay Thai and kickboxing champion, turned boxer six years ago. Prior to tonight’s…win, the aptly named “Pirate” most recently fought Ismayl Sillakh in April 2012, stopping him by eighth-round TKO, and Lucian Bute in November, losing via unanimous decision. The Russian’s draw came against Ernesto Castaneda in 2009.

Honorary Hungarian Rodriguez will trounce thief-by-proxy Grachev. Justice is a dish best served, not cold, but hot…and in the ring.

Per our usual Saturday evening routine, Salma Hayek and I were enjoying Blue Points and cocktails (a Pink Lady for the lady and a Bloody Bull for me) at the chic Monkey Bar on Manhattan’s East 54th Street. I asked Delish (as I, and only I, have the privilege of calling her) what she thought of Grachev’s so-called win. Her elfin nose went up in the air and the temperature dropped between 15 and 20 degrees. That to you, Grachev! Salma reminded me of a recent article (autographed copies available from the editor for a small pourboire) in which I observed, “Russians don’t beat Hungarians…not unless they have many, many tanks.” I forgot about blind-as-bat judges.

Speaking of whom…Stanley Christodoulou—well done, good and faithful servant. But as for you, Terry O’Connor and Philippe Verbeke: Laszlo Papp, the patron saint of Hungarian boxers, watches…and upon his face there is no smile.

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  1. Clarence George 09:01am, 04/03/2013

    Thank you, Sergiu, for that valuable input and the link.

  2. Sergiu Vasilescu 07:47am, 04/03/2013

    Something is wrong with Compubox PunchStat Report. I checked it myself.
    This other one is much closer to the truth:

    Erdei : 209/455 46%
    Grachev : 108/851 13%

    Grachev threw twice as much, but almost 90% of his punches landed either in the air or on Erdei’s gloves or lower arm. Grachev is a tough guy, but he doesn’t use his brain in the fight. Erdei is very skilled, intelligent boxer with all of technic what exists. He had twice as much landed than Grachev. The fight looked like Erdei is giving technical boxing lessons to the younger one.
    So: This split decision is ridicoulus. Who watched the fight, knows what I am talking about. Grachev is a pure puncher, but his technical skills are far behind Erdei’s. Audience thought the same, even Prince Albert:

    I don’t know, who was talking about biggest robbery of the year, but maybe he or she was right.

  3. KenM 07:16pm, 03/31/2013

    “Grachev threw 400 more total punches and had a 118-60 edge in power shots landed.  Erdei was more efficient, landing 34% of his total punches, but avg’d just 36 punches thrown in rounds three thru eight.”
    Compubox PunchStat Report

    Pretty much says it all….

  4. Mike Casey 07:09am, 03/31/2013

    Can’t make a judgement on this one, as I didn’t see the fight. But the name of Terry O’Connor crops up too often where ‘questionable’ decisions are concerned. He somehow saw Tyson Fury beating John McDermott 98-92 in their first match, and Mr Fury was beaten that night.

  5. KenM 02:31am, 03/31/2013

    Calling bull on the robbery claim. Close fight that could of gone either way. Erdei started well, winning probably 4 of the first 5 with that great jab & controlling the distance, but faded badly & was outworked down the stretch. Erdei’s time out of the ring clearly cost him.  Had it a draw myself, but wouldn’t of argued a close decision either way.

    (As for “Russians don’t beat Hungarians…” you might want to check out what happened they met in WW1 & WW2 - Germany might have saved them in WW1 after the Russians smacked their little empire around - no such luck in WW2 - they got their asses kicked.)

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