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

Larry Cassano, III June 6, 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:  (06 / 6 / 2012):

Hello to all you fight fans out there from around the globe and welcome to the 3rd 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:

–  It has been 5 weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Miguel Cotto in what was the biggest fight of the 2012 campaign in the ring.  Saturday night in Las Vegas, the second biggest fight of the 2012 year takes place, matching Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title at 147 pounds.  Odds makers have the champion Pacquiao as a 4 to 1 favorite to defeat the younger, arguably faster, undefeated Bradley.  This matchup is without any doubts to this boxing expert the stiffest test to date for Pacquiao, who at 33 years old is starting to decline from the once brilliant finisher of his old self.  On the other hand, Bradley at 28 feels he is getting Pacquiao at the “right” time in his career to upset the champion, and Bradley may have a point.

Keep in mind that many ringside experts saw Pacquiao’s last fight as a loss to Juan Manual Marquez in November (not this expert who scored it 115 – 113 for Pacquiao), add to that the recent rift between trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning guru Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s new found faith, and his political obligations as the Congressman to his people in the Philippians, mix it all together and it could be the right recipe for a game Bradley to pull off the upset of the year!  Tune in to Thursday’s special edition of The UFS to hear who I’m picking Saturday night. Don’t miss it!!

–  Speaking of Floyd Mayweather Jr, he reported to prison on June 1st to serve an 87 day sentence.  He will be kept in isolation for the first week which is routine of all new prisoners at this detention facility.  With good behavior Mayweather could be out in 50 – 60 days.

–  ESPN FNF returns this week with a fantastic fight featuring Kelly “the ghost” Pavlik reappearing in the ring for the second time in as many months at 168 pounds to take on Scott Sigmon in a 10 round main event.  Pavlik said that he feels really comfortable at 168 pounds; but that he could still make weight at 160 should an intriguing fight present itself.  Hopefully for Pavlik’s sake, he doesn’t do anything stupid to derail his recent stroke of luck.  I will be rooting for ya Kelly, good luck.

–  In the last two weeks, the “sweet science” has had some big changes take place in the and out of the squared circle.  Two weeks ago in Nottingham, England, Carl Froch returned home after a spirited effort in a loss to undefeated American Andre Ward, to face another undefeated champion in Lucian Bute, a fight that many experts had 50 / 50.  What happened next shocked and awed the boxing landscape, as Carl Froch, the pride of Nottingham, delivered his greatest performance to date and knocked out Lucian Bute in front of 20,000 of his countryman to regain the IBF super middleweight title at 168 pounds.

Last weekend, Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode fought in a back and forth contest with Kayode winning the first stanza, only to have the 43 year old IBO champion Tarver show his pedigree and skill to make the fight razor close as the bell sounded to end the 12th rd. In the end the judges were equally split declaring the fight a draw (115 – 113 Kayode, 115 – 113 Tarver, & 114 – 114).  On the undercard a 40 year old Winky Wright returned after 4 years off to get thoroughly beat and knocked down against a younger, faster, stronger “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin who cruised to the unanimous decision victory.  Prompting the retirement of two fighting legends and future HOF Winky Wright, and Shane Mosley who both announced their retirements from the sport of boxing. Let me be the first to say thank you for an outstanding career in the ring.

– On a somber note, junior middleweight contender Paul Williams (41 – 2 – 27KO) was paralyzed last weekend from the waist down  in a motorcycle accident as he traveled to attend his brother’s wedding later in the afternoon.  Luckily Williams (who was thrown 60ft in the air), survived the crash and the surgery to stabilize his upper torso so he can have movement in his upper extremities in the future. He was scheduled to fight Saul Alvarez on September 15th on PPV.  Our prayers go out to the Williams family and Paul who gave us his all every time he fought, for as long as he was able.

MMA News / Notes:

–  UFC 146 turned out to be a great PPV card featuring all heavyweights.  Champion Junior Dos Santos easily handled aging legend Frank Mir with his superior speed, power, and boxing skills en route to a 2nd Rd. TKO.  Cain Velazquez wasted no time in his return to the cage following his 68 second loss of his title at the hands of Dos Santos last November, by beating Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva to a bloody pulp before the referee stopped the fight in the 1st Rd. This sets the stage for a rematch between Dos Santos & Velazquez sometime in the fall.

–  Turns out that undefeated Strike Force Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier reinjured his hand again during his big win over veteran tuff guy Josh Barnett a few weeks ago. Cormier is adamant about having surgery to repair the hand this time, and then expects to compete one last time for Strike Force before making his switch over to the UFC. Dana White has confirmed that when Cormier makes the switch to the UFC ranks he will get an immediate title shot.  How is that for an incentive to train hard & continue winning.

–  BJ Penn has accepted the recent challenge thrown down by UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald in the last week. Details of the upcoming fight are not finalized, but rumors are flying around all social media outlets that the fight will be at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds, & will take place in either late September or early October.  Personally, I think that this will be a great fight for both fighters to see what they have and more importantly for Penn, what he has left.

For more opinions, news, and analysis, don’t forget to listen to “The Ultimate Fight Show” this week at its regular time 7pm – 9pm Thursday on ITUNES, Blogtalkradio.com, or at www.ultimatesportstalk.com / The Ultimate Fight Show.

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


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