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Feb 21st
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boxing_glovesInjuries are the new… “we couldn’t sell enough tickets.”  It happens so often now, it makes us skeptical of true injuries.  I don’t see any reason Robert Guerrero would fake recent the injury, but nobody is buying it.  Not even Maidana.  The frequency of cancellations due to injury, even had everyone panicking when Victor Ortiz suffered something as innocent as a sore back.

Speaking of cancellations, I don’t think they will stop if people end up making out as well as Alexander Povetkin.  Ruslan Chagaev is no pushover, but Povetkin has a much better chance of collecting a belt versus Chagaev than Klitschko.  For every ruined chance from a cancellation is a story like this one, and to fans, that is not encouraging.  Maybe that tree root Povetkin tripped over, when he was injured prior to the first scheduled Klitschko fight, will end up bronzed.

Speaking of encouragement, I wish WBA Super Bantamweight champion Rico Ramos all the best.  He scored a televised come from behind KO to win his belt.  Only drawback was that he had to do so in Atlantic City , when his promoter, Dan Goossen, has tons of cards near his native Los Angeles .  I'm sure he'll take the win, no matter where it is, but there was a Top Rank card going on that same night in Carson , only miles from where Ramos grew up.  With Guillermo Rigondeaux waiting in the wings, it will probably be a short reign for Ramos.  However, after the way he won the title, no one will be able to count him out of a fight.

Speaking of being counted out, does anyone wish Joseph Agbeko would have just stayed down when Russell Mora starting idiotically counting him after the flagrant 11th round low blow?  Agbeko had to know by then that the fix was in, and he wasn’t getting a decision.  If he stays down, the fight almost surely gets overturned to a no-contest, after the replay comes out.  He’s getting a rematch anyway… but I believe he would still have his title had he done this.

Speaking of replay, with all of those people sitting at ringside, can’t a few of them be appointed to overturn a referee’s bad call after review.  They do it in football, and given the fact that it would take place outside the ring, it doesn’t even need to pause the fight.  Only ego could be stopping that from happening.  The more pairs of eyes you have on a fight, the better.

Chris Strait

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