“In This Corner”: with Boxing / MMA expert Larry Cassano III

Larry Cassano, III March 2, 2012 Comments Off on “In This Corner”: with Boxing / MMA expert Larry Cassano III


“In This Corner” is a weekly blog by Ultimate Fight Show host LC that gives you the fan, the latest and most accurate up to the minute information from the world of Boxing / MMA.  Whether you are a casual fan of the sport or a die-hard super-fan, “In This Corner” is your one-stop-shop for anything and everything that encompasses the sports of Boxing / MMA.

Last Update:  (03 / 02 / 2012):

Hello to all you fight fans out there from around the globe and welcome to the 2nd blog of “In This Corner” w/ your host LC!!!  I am new to all this blogging stuff, so bare with me over the next few weeks until I can come up with a set format on how to run this weekly blog.  With that in mind, let’s get right into this week’s rumors, facts, and opinions from the world of Boxing / MMA.

Boxing News / Notes:

–  Its official!!! Lucian Bute will defend his IBF Super Middleweight Title (168) vs. former champion Carl Froch in Froch’s backyard of Nottingham, England on May 26th on Showtime.  The fight marks only the 3rd time that Bute has fought outside of his hometown of Montreal, Canada, and will be the 10th defense of his title. This should be one of the best fights of the year and I for one am glad that the fight was finally made.

–  Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally spoken in detail about the phone conversation that took place between himself and Manny Pacquiao‘s business manager Michael Koncz.  According to Mayweather, he offered Pacquiao 40 million dollars guaranteed, and even offered to wire him 20 million in cash in the next 72 hours to finalize the deal.  Koncz then took the offer back to Manny and his people, who then told Mayweather and his team that they were “exploring other options”, and ultimately turned the deal down. Floyd then went on to say “my current deal with Boxing is that I keep 100% of the pay-per-view money because I am the draw and my own promoter. I will never give a split to anyone in the sport, but I will guarantee that when you fight Floyd Mayweather, you will make more from that guarantee than any other fight in your career”.  It sounds to me like this super-fight is becoming less and less of a possibility, and that is truly tragic to both fighters legacies, as well as to the fans that have been craving this mega-clash for 3 years now.

–  Big props to Devon Alexander who over the weekend finally lived up to his nickname “The Great” by outclassing Marcos Maidana in both fighters 147 pound debut. Alexander used his speed, ring-generalmanship, and extra 7pounds to thoroughly dominant the heavy-handed Maidana 99 – 91 on all three scorecards to cruise to a (UD) decision.  Maidana said after the fight that he was not comfortable at this weight, and that he will be moving back down to 140 pounds for all his future fights.

–  Kelly Pavlik seems to be looking like his old self again thanks to the relocating of his camp from Youngstown, Ohio to San Jose, California.  Pavlik also switched trainers from Jack Leow to red-hot trainer Robert Garcia, who has been working on Pavlik’s counter-punching and speed.  We will get to see how well the move and switch has paid off when Pavlik fights in April at 168 pounds. One thing that is certain, is that fight fans will get their money’s worth!!!

MMA News / Notes:

–  Last weekend’s UFC 144 in Japan should have been viewed by most as a great fight card. Unfortunately, it will most likely be remembered as a missed opportunity marred by controversy in yet another main event fight that went to the judge’s, who seemed (at least to this expert) to have gotten it wrong again.  Benson Henderson / Frankie Edgar was a super-close fight, with great back-and-forth action, explosive strikes and kicks, and left fight fans on the edge of their seats. Then the scores were read, 49 – 46, 49 – 46, 48 – 47 all for Henderson.  Are you kidding me? How any judge could say that Henderson won 4 out of the 5 rounds is beyond my keen mental prowess. Edgar out-struck Henderson 124 – 114, had 7 takedowns compared to 2 for Henderson, and did I forget to mention that he is the undisputed defending champion of the division!!! The rule of thumb that all judges have always subscribed to is that in a close round, the edge goes to the champion. However, it seems that the UFC has blown a lot of these close main event fights (Shogun / Hendo, Griffen / Jackson, Diaz / Condit) in the last few years. I can agree that Henderson landed the harder shots, and was clearly the bigger/stronger man in the octagon that night. But is that enough to win a close fight when the champion out-strikes you, has more takedowns, and did it all with a broken nose against a bigger guy?  I scored it 48 – 47 for the champion (so did Dana White, and most experts outside of the UFC broadcast that night) but could see it 48 – 47 for Henderson, but 4 rounds to 1, come on!!!  Anyone who thinks that Edgar doesn’t deserve a rematch should have their heads examined. Seriously!!!

–  “Rampage” Jackson has said that he hurt his knee in training and was advised by his doctors to not fight Ryan Bader over the weekend. This is why he lost, and didn’t make weight for the fight in Japan.  Jackson then added that he has no excuses and will be back in the cage very soon.  Someone is going to have to explain to me how an athlete in any sport that loses or gives a bad performance, can say “I don’t want to make any excuses”, and then proceed in the next breath to make not one, but multiple excuses as to why they lost.  That my friend is the exact opposite of not making any excuses, I guess “Rampage” and many other athletes must have missed that day in school when they explained how phrases work.

–   Tonight the UFC on FX 2 will feature the debut of the new Flyweight division (125) by having a 4-man tournament that has its opening round fights tonight at 9pm.  The 4 participants in the tournament to crown a Flyweight champ will feature Demetrious Johnson, Ian McCall, Yasuhiro Urushitani, and Joseph Benavidez.

–  Finally, tomorrow night in Columbus, Ohio (where I am from) Strike Force will feature the long awaited showdown between Bantamweight Women’s Champion (135) Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey on Showtime at 10pm.  The card will also feature KJ Noons fighting Josh Thompson, and many more great fights. Tune in tonight to The Ultimate Fight Show at 8pm to hear myself and The Braggman break-down this weekend’s action, and answer or fans “Question of the Week” from our last blog.

…..Til next week’s blog, I will leave you fight fans with some food for thought…

Question of the Week: 

In light of all the terrible decisions in Boxing and MMA, should all judges be required to have a minimum of fights on their resume before they are tapped to judge a title fight???

*** Please send all question responses to Facebook.com / The Ultimate Fight Show or to larrylc37@hotmail.com or to my twitter account at LCtheIII on twitter. I will discuss the question / responses from the fans live on the air during “The Ultimate Fight Show”.

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