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May 25th
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boxing-jabsMichael Grant vs. Tye Fields??  And Joel Casamayor vs. Mike Anchondo??  Talk about a fight card that doesn’t belong on PPV!  This card belongs in the “everyone involved should retire, regardless of what happens” category.  If anything, the fact that all 4 of them are shot, and/or exposed, may make it exciting.  However, for those who know boxing, it will just be more sad than anything else.  This card does not deserve a place in my official predictions section, but I will make my picks here:  Grant by 1st round KO, and Casamayor by decision or late round TKO.

Speaking of semi-retired fighters, it looks like Matthew Hatton does have one thing on his brother, Ricky… chin.  His lack of skills left plenty of chances for him to show us that.

Speaking of last Saturday’s fight, it’s not that Saul Alvarez looked bad, but don’t be surprised if the ‘brother revenge’ fight against Austin Trout doesn’t happen just yet.  He can ill afford a loss now, and just like the man they are comparing him to (JC Chavez), Alvarez’s style lends itself to a weakness for slick African American boxers.

Speaking of 80’s and 90’s African-American fighters, may we please finally stop calling Buddy McGirt an elite trainer?  Nothing against him personally, but he has completely jumped the shark.  His fighters never win, and complain when they leave him.  We all got a little too excited when he happened to be the trainer of Arturo Gatti, when Gatti remembered to box.  I honestly know people who are diminishing Sergei Dzindzruk’s chances this Saturday, because McGirt is his new trainer.  There’s another knock against Buddy… like last Friday’s Yordanis Despaigne failure, he doesn’t seem to think his fighters need tune-ups in their first fight with him.  He throws ‘em right in at the deep end.

Speaking of the deep end… is Golden Boy really looking at putting Matthew Hatton in with the winner of Ortiz vs. Berto?  If Ortiz wins, he deserves an easy fight, but Berto doesn’t deserve an easy fight ever again.  I am hearing rumors that IBF champion Jan Zaveck may face Paulie Malignaggi.  The winner of that fight would make a more logical opponent for the Berto-Ortiz winner.

Chris Strait

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