By Jon Uddin✏
A few thoughts after the action from the week of November 10th.
THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES CONTINUES TO DELIVER:
Two weeks after Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis gave us what will make many boxing fans list for a Fight of the Year candidate in the super lightweight finals, bantamweights Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire waged war at an even higher level Thursday in Japan.
Here where I am in the United States you had to tune in early to catch the action live, but ask anyone that did and they will tell you it was well worth it as both fighters showed why they are each held in such high regard. This has also added to the high praise the WBSS has received, as the tournament continues to deliver action going back to last year’s FOY candidate in Murat Gassiev vs Yuniel Dorticos.
Let’s not forget that there is still one more final to go and though what we saw in the bantamweight finals Thursday in Japan will be hard to top, Dorticos and Mairis Briedis may add their names to the list of FOY candidates putting all threw WBSS finals in contention.
HERRING-BERCHELT UNIFICATION PLEASE:
After successfully defending his WBO Super Featherweight title Saturday night Jamel Herring let it be known once again that a unification bout with WBC titleholder Miguel Berchelt is on the top of his list for his next fight.
That is the fight many fans thought they would be looking at as opposed to WBO mandatory Lamont Roach, after Berchelt stated in May he wanted the winner of Herring vs Ito. What happened? Did Herring’s performance against Ito put a bad taste in Berchelt and Co. mouth? Did they see something in Herring they viewed as a potential major problem? And now, after the fight against Roach, which Herring won but did show some vulnerabilities, will they reconsider and take the unification?
Hopefully we get the fight. Unifying titles is a goal you like to see all fighters make a priority, but it appears Berchelt’s grudge match with Oscar Valdez may stand in the way.
The disappointing debut loss for Cuba’s two time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez didn’t appear to linger in his mind Saturday.
Ramirez looked sharp in his second outing against 19 year old Fernando Ibarra on the Herring vs Roach undercard. Head trainer Ismael Salas kept the 25 year old featherweight prospect calm and not in a rush to try and deliver a crushing knockout to prove any detractors wrong, instead he broke his opponent down behind the jab and sharp body work eventually turning up the heat and stopping him in the sixth round for his first professional win.
Also on the undercard we saw 19 year old Gabriel Flores stay perfect improving to 16-0-0, 6KO after defeating Brazil’s Aelio Mesquita (19-5-0, 17KO) by unanimous decision, sweeping all three judges cards 80-72.
Flores dominated this one throughout, but Mesquita did land a couple of hard right hands that Flores took well. There isn’t much to pick apart with Flores in this one, he is developing nicely and at 19 still hasn’t grown to a point where he is displaying his full punching power.
If there is one critique it’s that he got away from digging to the body, which is something he did in the opening couple of rounds. Had he stuck to that body work Mesquita may have been holding on to make it the distance.