Custio Clayton should be given a medal of bravery just to have the courage to face Jaron “Boots” Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) in the undercard of the final featuring Jermell Charlo in a rematch against Brian Castano.
If Clayton wants to win this IBF playoff game on Saturday night, it’s better to pull a rabbit out of his hat, as he did in his draw against Sergey Lipinets in October 2020.
There is no doubt that Clayton is a good boxer. His record proves it beyond any doubt (19-0-1, 12 KOs). However, in front of him is a 24-year-old boxer who knows how to hit like a ten-wheeler and is undefeated in 26 fights.
I tried, by all means, to see how Clayton could win this match, and I never found the solution.
Against Lipinets, he was vulnerable to the body, but he outpaced his rival in the number of shots, especially those of power.
So far, Ennis has demolished everything in its path. Two of his last three victims have never made it past the first round.
He demolished Thomas Dulorme in less than three minutes and passed the knockout. In Lipinets in six rounds.
According to BoxRec, Ennis is ranked ninth among the best mid-middleweights. Clayton comes in sixteenth place.
Ennis managed to pass the knockout to 18 of his last victims. Alone, Chris Van Heerden did not taste his medicine, and it was because of an ugly cut to the head that the match was stopped and canceled from the first engagement.
I can’t help but wish Clayton good luck. At least he dares to go to the front against one of the best young hopefuls in the middleweight. And who knows, in boxing, anything can happen.
If he wins, it means that Clayton can become the world champion. It’s as simple as that.
- Prediction: Ennis by K.-O. before the 6th round
Jermell Charlo wants to finish this quickly…
In the final of this gala this Saturday, Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 K.-O.) will try to cap the four world crowns in the middleweight.
He already holds the belts of the WBC, the WBA, and the IBF. The only one he lacks is that of the WBO held by Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs).
It is a revenge fight, the first having not made a winner. On the other hand, many connoisseurs believe that Charlo was lucky to get away with a null verdict, which he disputes.
“This time, I will take matters into my own hands,” he said. I will go there for the hors de combat from the first moment. Judges will not have to give a verdict.”
As much as Charlo was robbed of the decision against Tony Harrisson, he was lucky to get away with a draw in his last outing against Castano.
Judge Tim Cheatam saw a 114-114 draw. As for Steve Weisfeld, he opted for Castano 114-113. But hold on tight… Nelson Vasquez handed over a card of 117-111 for Charlo.
He was booed. We never understood his decision.
Was he held to account for his verdict?
Not. On the contrary, he has officiated in six other galas in Puerto Rico since that match.
Undefeated after 31 fights, Charlo seems to have dropped his regime since that setback against Harrisson. Admittedly, he avenged this failure a year later by passing the knockout to this same Harrisson in eleven rounds, but he leaves doubts.
- Prediction: Castano by decision
Touch Bivol never again…
If I were Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), I would never touch Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) again, even with a twenty-foot pole. At 175 or 168 pounds…
The proof is there. The Mexican style may be spectacular, pleasant to watch, and full of unforeseen events. Still, it cannot decode the amateur style of the best European boxers, especially that of Eastern Europe.
As a good Quebecer… Bivol has punctured the “baloune” of the beautiful “Canelo.” And one is entitled to wonder what the three judges had in mind when they handed down verdicts of 115-113 for the Russian.
Imagine… We would have had a null verdict if the three judges had not given Bivol a 10-9 in the last and twelfth rounds.
It reminds you of something…
Teddy Atlas did not hide to spit out his venom. He simply said, speaking of the three judges of the match: “They were ready to steal the decision from Bivol…
He may not be right, but he is not wrong…
Difficult to digest this decision of the three judges. Like just about everyone else, I had 118-110 for Bivol.
What will “Canelo” do now?
He still has two battles to do under the leadership of DAZN. Matches that bring him more than $ 40 million each time. This is not negligible.
According to Sportico, Canelo has earned no less than $89 million since June 2021.
If I had any advice for him, I’d jump on the idea of facing Gennadiy Golovkin for the trilogy next September.
This fight is also not won in advance. Still, at least “Canelo” would fight at his natural weight, and he would face a 40-year-old veteran who experienced some difficulties in the first moments of his fight against Ryota Murata.
It is true that “GGG” had not been boxed for sixteen months. Fortunately, in the sixth against Murata, he “fell back,” and his striking force tipped the verdict.
But he is 40 years old…
If “Canelo” decides not to try revenge against Bivol and refuses to face “GGG,” who will he appeal to?
I doubt it’s David Benavidez, the first choice at his WBC crown.
“Canelo” fears Benavidez like the plague, and with good reason.
Who will win the lotto in their next fight? Your choice is as good as mine. If it’s not Bivol and Golovkin, or Benavidez, there’s always Caleb Plant, whom he already knocked out in the 11th round.
“Canelo” talks about going to fight in Europe before the end of the year. Who will be the lucky one there?
John Ryder (31-5, 17 KOs) or Zach Parker 22-0, 16 KOs) and who knows… Revenge against Callum Smith in the light heavyweights.
As for Bivol, there is now talk of a possible confrontation with Artur Beterbiev, who should overcome Joe Smith Jr. during their confrontation on June 18 at Madison Square Garden.
But because of the Americans’ antipathy towards the Russians, it is not the right time to present such a confrontation.
And you know what… I believe that Bivol could defeat Beterbiev.
We’ll talk about it again.
Quickly… Quickly… Quickly…
Now that he has bitten the dust as president of the Philippines, there is a lot of talk of Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) returning to the ring.
Before dropping the flag by decision against Yordenis Ugas last August, it was a question of facing Erroll Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford.
The “Pacman” is advised to take a preparatory fight if he ever intends to face these two champions.
Three other fights interest us this weekend. Saturday in Paris, heavyweight Tony Yoka (11-0, 9 KOs) faces Martin Bakole (17-1, 13 KOs)
- Prediction: Yoka by decision
At Toyota Arena, Ontario, California Gilberto Ramirez 43-0, 29 KOs) faced Dominic Boesel 32-2, 12 KOs.
Ramirez will have just five games left to join heavyweight Rocky Marciano’s 49 wins if he wins.
I don’t accept Floyd Mayweather’s 50 wins.
- Prediction: Ramirez, by decision
In Inglewood, California, veteran Sergey Kovalev returns to the heavyweight battle against Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KOs).
Prediction: Kovalev by K.-O. before the 8th
Who is the king?
Now that “Canelo” has suffered defeat at the hands of Bivol, who is the best boxer on the planet “pound for pound”?
My pick goes to Crawford, followed by Oleksandr Usyk and Spence.
Garcia and Cruz?
We have a chance to see a match between Ryan Garcia and Isaac Cruz.
The WBC has just ordered an elimination fight between the two. They have until June 14 to decide their future.
Puerto Rican Day
We will celebrate Puerto Rican Day in New York on June 11 with a match between Edgar Berlanga (19-0, 16 KOs) and Alexis Angulo (27-2, 23 KOs).