Three thoughts from this past weekend in boxing….
The Ramsay Way : Montreal based Trainer Marc Ramsay has always stated that having a fighter like the now Unified Light-Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev in his stable is a “dream” due to his discipline and focus. The two appear to be a strong tandem and the pieces are finally falling into place for Beterbiev in his career. Ramsay’s work has been relegated to a box that for many only includes his work with former Middleweight Champion David Lemieux, but what seems to be overlooked is his Championship level body of work with fighters at 175 that includes winning titles with Jean Pascal, and providing the blueprint for Eleider Alvarez’s upset over Sergey Kovalev in their WBO title fight in 2018.
With his 24 years experience as a trainer, Ramsay knows exactly what he has in his stable of fighters (Artur Beterbiev, Eleider Alvarez, Oscar Rivas) but just as important, he breaks down the opponent across from them, exploiting anything they lack. Ramsay didn’t have a trademark style that he tried to mold Beterbiev into, rather he has taken the tools he has and accentuated them, creating nightmare scenarios for the opposition in the light heavyweight division.
Max Please (insert GGG voice): We were treated to a fantastic fight that lived up to they hype that preceded it Friday night. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the commentary as once again the call of the fight left much to be desired.
That went to another level post fight as longtime boxing talking head Max Kellerman stated that Oleksandr Gvozdyk “quit” after the ninth round. Those of us watching saw what happened after the ninth round. Gvozdyk fought. Fought hard. Fought literally until he couldn’t anymore. That’s not quitting. The referee asked him before the start of the tenth if he wanted to continue he responded “Yes”. After being dropped he got back up, went down again and got back up, but he was done the third time he went down because he had nothing left to give after giving it his all.
It just wasn’t Gvozdyk’s day. It wasn’t his day to beat Beterbiev, it wasn’t his day to hear the final bell, but know that it definitely wasn’t his day to have the word “quit” attached to him. As much as we demand from the fighters, which is everything a man has, we demand that same amount in the form of competence in the referees, the judges, and we need to expect it from the ones in charge of calling the action.
Charlo Honors Day: Long Island Super-Welterweight Patrick Day will soon be laid to rest after tragically losing his life due to injuries suffered in the ring. A GoFund me was set up to help take care of funeral expenses for the 27 year old, but former Super-Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo has come forward to take care of the services for the family. Great gesture from Charlo in an example of how fighters, being fully aware of the risks associated with their livelihood, will step up to the plate for a fallen comrade.