Have You Filled Out Your Bracket?

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FROM SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST STEVE FARHOOD

This Saturday, welterweight titlist Kell Brook will make his first defense when he squares off with Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield, England. The bout will be aired on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL prior to that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring Jhonny Gonzalez-Gary Russell Jr. and Jermell Charlo-Vanes Martirosyan.

The latter two bouts will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brook is coming off his impressive win over Shawn Porter, and in December, Dan edged Canadian Kevin Bizier in a rematch.

So where do Brook and Dan rate among the world’s best welters? I’m happily suffering from March Madness, so I thought it would be fun to create a 147-pound tournament without Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Here are the brackets and results.

SWEET SIXTEEN

Timothy Bradley vs. Paulie Malignaggi: Distance fight. Fresher Bradley, the aggressor, pulls away late.

Keith Thurman vs. Devon Alexander: Thurman takes it with his big right hand.

Amir Khan-Andre Berto: Khan off the floor to win on points.

Juan Manuel Marquez-Lamont Peterson: Upset! Peterson proves stronger in battle of small welters.

Marcos Maidana-Jo Jo Dan: Fight is even on points when Maidana’s kayo power surfaces.

Kell Brook-Diego Chaves: It’s always close with Chaves. Brook by controversial split decision.

Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios: In first bout as full welter, Garcia wins slugfest. Best fight of first round.

Shawn Porter-Robert Guerrero: Blood everywhere! Porter squeaks by in foul-fest.

ELITE EIGHT

Bradley-Porter: Two short welters muscle each other. Bradley wins battle of attrition.

Thurman-Garcia: Thurman turns pure boxer and wins by decision.

Khan-Brook: Khan wins split decision in tactical battle of countrymen.

Peterson-Maidana: Peterson falls to second Argentine power-puncher. (The first was Lucas Matthysse.)

FINAL FOUR

Bradley-Maidana: The difference: Bradley’s indomitable will.

Thurman-Khan: Bad style matchup for Englishman. Thurman by kayo. 

FINAL

Bradley-Thurman: Thurman keeps it outside and wins on points.

Breaking Down the Pay-Per-View Rebound

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FROM SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST STEVE FARHOOD

On Friday, December 12, WBA Super Welterweight titlist Erislandy Lara will fight for the first time since his controversial split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in July.

Lara will defend his title against former champion Ishe Smith.

In most cases, a pay-per-view main event is the biggest bout of a fighter’s career. A loss in such a bout can be devastating … or not.

Here’s a look at recent pay-per-view losers and how they fared in their very next fight.

Marcos Maidana surprised almost everyone by pushing Floyd Mayweather in May. The Argentine powerpuncher was about a 10-1 underdog, but he roughed Mayweather up and halfway through seemed a legitimate threat to win. Mayweather rallied, of course, and remained unbeaten by securing a majority decision.

In the September rematch, Mayweather dictated the terms and won again on points, but this time far more convincingly.

It was only the second rematch of Mayweather’s career.

Two other Money victims fared much better than Maidana, probably because they didn’t face Mayweather again. In May 2013, Robert Guerrero, a former world titlist in two divisions, challenged Mayweather and lost by one-sided decision. “The Ghost” took more than a year off, then in June engaged in one of the year’s best fights, decisioning Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai.

Guerrero remains a top contender at 147 pounds.

When you’re as young and popular as Canelo Alvarez, there’s plenty of life after Floyd. In September 2013, Canelo lost for the first time when he was thoroughly outboxed by Mayweather. The Mexican has gone 2-0 since, destroying Alfredo Angulo in March and edging Lara in July.

Alvarez is the No. 1 ranked junior middleweight in the world–assuming you list Mayweather only among the welterweights.

When Brandon Rios fought Manny Pacquiao in November 2013, he was coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado. It didn’t shock anyone when, in November 2013, he finished second-best to Pac-Man as well. But all-action Rios rebounded in August with a disqualification win over tough Argentinean Diego Chaves.

Rios was behind by a single point on two cards at the time of the DQ.

It’s been tough to figure future hall of famer Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican fought well in losing a decision to Mayweather in May 2012, then lost again on points seven months later to difficult southpaw Austin Trout. At that point, most observers decided Cotto was near-finished.

But after a blowout of fringe contender Delvin Rodriguez, Cotto was reborn with a crushing stoppage of middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in June.

He is the only Puerto Rican to have won titles in four different weight classes.

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Finally, there’s the curious case of Victor Ortiz, who is among boxing’s most unpredictable performers. A title-winning effort against welterweight king Andre Berto landed Ortiz a shot at Mayweather in September 2011. After suffering a knockout loss, Ortiz lost twice more, both times by stoppage, to Josesito Lopez (Ortiz was ahead on points when he suffered a broken jaw) and Luis Collazo.

Ortiz, who has always made for good fights, is scheduled to return to the ring on Dec. 13 against an opponent to be announced.

“Guerrero vs. Kamegai” Breaks Records for CompuBox Punch Data

Robert Guerrero vs Yoshihiro KamegaiSHOSTATS® provided by CompuBox, Inc.

  • Guerrero (484) and Kamegai (293) combined to land 777 total punches (65 per round- nearly double the wgt. class avg.) and the most combined landed punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • Guerrero (1082) and Kamegai (831) combined to throw 1913 total punches (159 per round- 50 more than the wgt. class avg. and the most combined thrown punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • Guerrero (411) and Kamegai (278) combined to land 689 power punches (57 per round- more than double the wgt. class avg. and the most combined landed power punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • Guerrero ( 764) and Kamegai (741) combined to throw 1505 power punches (125 per round- nearly double the wgt. class avg. and the most combined thrown power punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • 89% of Guerrero and Kamegai’s landed punches were power shots. CompuBox avg.: 68%
  • Guerrero’s 484 landed total punches (40 per round- more than double wgt. class avg.)- the most in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • Guerrrero’s 411 landed power punches (34 per round- more than double wgt. class avg.)- the most in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
  • Kamegai’s 278 landed power punches (23 per round, nearly double the wgt. class avg.) is #3 for all 2014 fights tracked by CompuBox

As Father’s Day Approaches, “Guerrero Vs. Kamegai” Fighters Reflect On The Importance Of Their Fathers And The Impact They Have Had On Their Careers

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Legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano once said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” The sport of boxing often mirrors that sentiment, as fathers not only believe in their sons, but can also be found in their corners -literally. From recent Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Calzaghe, Felix Trinidad and their fathers, to contemporary duos such as Danny and Angel Garcia and Shawn and Ken Porter.

The Saturday, June 21 fight card headlined by Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is no exception, as three of the six televised fighters are trained by their fathers -Robert Guerrero, Gary Russell Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko. Here is what they had to say about the impact their fathers have had on their careers as Father’s Day approaches this Sunday. Continue reading