By William Trillo
When it comes to describing the goings on in boxing this weekend, most notably in the heavyweight division, you have to reach way back to the 1960′s slang word for the term “heavy”. When the hippies back in the day said something was heavy, they meant it was either, deep, cool, chaotic, sad and/or controversial.
I can’t think of a better way to describe the events that went down this weekend.
I am not sure what Jesus “Martillo” Gonzalez was thinking last week when he called out the background and criminal past of his foe Adonis Stevenson. Maybe he was trying to get deep inside the head of “Superman” in the hopes he could take him out of his game. That obviously did not work as Stevenson brutalized Gonzalez before he knocked him out before the first round came to an end.
As a fan of Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko I am glad that the big guy did not allow an early shoulder injury against Chisora from stopping him from winning a clear unanimous decision. Since the shoulder injury to Chris Byrd back in 2000 there are more than a few haters who labeled Vitali a quitter. By working through the pain I believe this should shut a lot of Klitscko haters mouths, and to me that’s pretty cool!
Speaking of cool…I do not know how Vitali’s brother Wladimir kept his after Chisora spit a mouthful of water in his face from point blank range only moments before the fight began.
The post-fight press conference in Germany this weekend was the epitome of chaos. While Vitali and Chisora were at the podium, former champ David Haye started mouthing off to Chisora. Not being shy Chisora left the podium and made his way toward Haye who was barking from the back of the room. The fisticuffs ensued and it seemed like a full round of action took place before the room was restored to order. In the melee Haye landed one of the best blows I have seen him land in quite some time.
I don’t know if any one saw the post fight interview with Cristobal Arreola since it was buried on Showtimes “Extreme” network. If you missed it, in an interview with Jim Gray, Arreola tried to close by slipping in the fact that he thought, and I quote, “Don King is an f…ing racist!” Gray tried to cut off Arreola before he could spout his thoughts but the words were clearly audible.
I am sure that there are a handful of thugs and Raider fans who think Arreola is pretty funny, but the fact is his actions are very sad.
Here is a guy who I once thought was America’s hope for a world champion. But sadly Arreola remains his own worst enemy and it’s actions like that, that will keep him fighting on second rate networks for much less than six figures.
It doesn’t do him any good to surround himself with a posse that not only condones his actions but joins in on his “fun”.
If you are looking for controversy you need look no further than the decision rendered in the Tavoris Cloud vs. Gabrial Campillo Light Heavyweight title fight on Saturday night.
After going down twice in round one Campillo regained his composure and schooled Cloud over the next 11 rounds. He was clearly in command and a bloody Cloud had no answer for the repeated combo’s that were landing of his face.
Yet, when the fight went to the scorecards somehow the judges in the great state of Texas gave Cloud a split decision victory.
They say things are bigger in Texas and I am sure if you ask Tavoris he would have to agree. He was given the biggest gift possible when his hand was raised in victory.
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