Doug Fischer

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DAMN

Hey Doug,

Well, at least we didn’t have to pay to see that, right? In the seventh round, I thought Alexander had found something he could exploit in Bradley’s style but unfortunately Devon didn’t keep it up. He seemed reluctant to let his hands go all night and didn’t throw combinations the way he usually does.

Then again, who knows how worried/distracted he was after that cut caused by a headbutt? Do you think that made any real significant difference in the fight? I know Bradley doesn’t purposely do it, but when he can cut his opponents and get away with it so consistently he can’t be hating it either. I wish he would get deducted a point once in a while because, although its accidental, he does it all the time.

Overall though, I got the feeling Bradley would’ve won with or without the cut, he was just too focused and seemed to be analyzing what was in front of him in a way we would normally see from much more experienced fighters. I’m sure you’ll get emails saying Devon quit or faked his way out, with some comparisons to Andre Dirrell being made. I thought he genuinely looked like he was trying to keep his eyes open but who knows. I thought they could’ve at least grabbed a towel and made sure there wasn’t vaseline in his eye or something stupid like that before they stopped the fight.

What do you think is next for these two? Do you think Alexander-Maidana is that likely or will the rematch really happen? How about Bradley-Khan? — Danny

I don’t think we’ll see Bradley and Alexander fight each other next (thank God). HBO isn’t interested in an immediate rematch. Either fighter vs. Maidana is a possibility. I’d be surprised if Bradley’s next was against Khan, who fights in April. I don’t see that showdown happening until the fall or winter of this year at the earliest.

Everything you said about Alexander speaks to his inexperience. Everything you said about Bradley, including his propensity for accidental head clashes, speaks to his pro seasoning.

Regarding the headbutts, I think it’s just something that’s goinjg to happen a lot in Bradley’s fights because of his height (barely 5-foot-6) and his aggressive in-and-out style. If you pit him against a southpaw, we can all expect heads to clash. Alexander should have expected it and prepared for it. He should not have engaged in the clinching as much as he did. He should have tried to time the on-rushing Bradley with uppercuts.

The thing is, Bradley is a lot quicker and hard to catch with that particular shot that the painfully plodding Juan Urango was.

THE BEST MAN WON THE FIGHT

Mr. Fischer,

Hope all is well. I just finished watching the Bradley vs Alexander fight and I’m glad the best fighter won. Bradley did his best to bring the heat and Alexander did his best Paulie Malignaggi impersonation. I enjoyed watching Bradley move forward, cut off the ring and land his right hands.

Alexander seemed very reluctant to engage; he was very content jabbing, moving and countering with one shot at a time. It is hard to win fights with that strategy when your opponent is landing the cleaner blows and dropping combinations. Alexander should not complain about the head-butts too much because it was his hit and hold strategy, especially from the southpaw stance, that led to the head-butt that ended the fight.

Moving forward, I wanna see Bradley and Khan fight for The Ring title. Bradley is the defacto junior welterweight champion and Khan is the number one contender. The junior welterweight division is on the cusp of a golden era, a fight between Bradley and Khan gets us there.

You called it on FNF, Josesito Lopez-Mike Dallas was a descent scrap. The only competitive fight on FNF. Do you think Lopez can land a fight with any of the top fighters at 140, particularly Alexander, Peterson, or Ortiz?

Regarding Chris Arreola, nice ko, but so what. I dislike mismatches, even if they end in highlight reel knockouts. I’m rooting for the guy, but is difficult when he disrespects his opponent by giving him a kiss? That is more disrespectful than walking over a downed fighter. I think he should apologize to Mr. Abell. Best. — Jaime, South City

I’m sure Arreola did apologize to Abell sometime after the fight. I think he just got caught up in the adrenaline surge that I’m sure a knockout produces in a born puncher who hadn’t scored a KO and hadn’t felt good about himself in quite some time.

The kiss didn’t offend me the way it did some observers, but I wasn’t the guy getting smashed in the face and then smooched by Chris’ ugly mug.

Anyway, I still like Chris and I’m rooting for him to comeback all the way. If he can stay active and continue to improve his conditioning and technique I believe he’ll be good for the sport.

Lopez-Dallas was a decent scrap. Their styles meshed well — fast, mobile boxer vs. hardnosed body punching pressure fighter. Lopez had too much experience for Dallas. I was impressed with his tenacity. Some guys unravel when they are cut, other come alive. Lopez is in the latter category.

I think a fight between Lopez and Peterson, who is also ranked in the lower half of the IBF’s top-10, is possible. That could be an elimination bout for the IBF’s No. 2 spot after Zab Judah and Kaizer Mabuza fight for the vacant belt soon. So could Lopez vs. Coleman, Matthysse, Urango and Victor Cayo — all of which would be fun fight, IMO. I think Ortiz and Alexander have far more lucrative options than fighting Lopez (although I think Devon should face someone like Josesito in his next fight).

This could indeed be a golden age for the 140-pound division. Hopefully HBO gets behind all the various matchup that can be made and we see most of them this year and next.

I agree with your thoughts on Bradley-Alexander. (I think Malignaggi might have given Bradley a more interesting fight than Alexander did.)

BOXING IS FINALLY BACK

Zup Doug,
Mike Dallas had his first big test, and failed. At many points during the fight Mike as not react well to the pressure, excessive holding and complaining to the ref to get breaks.

That kiss from Arreola was strange, but come on Doug, Arreola hollering “I’m Back!” and all of that, I realize that he was hyped after what happened to him last year, but Chris was not exactly Mike Tyson. LOL at Chris trying to hold his stomach in during the postfight interview. But like Teddy said, he was only 1/2-pound less than when he fought Adamek.

Devon was trippin’ in his interview. “No excuses, no excuses”, meanwhile making all the excuses in the world. Alexander said that “the ref stopped the fight.” Give me a break! Alexander pretty much forced the ref and doc to stop the fight, with his reaction and crying, he clearly did not want to be there. Even in the final headbutt, Alexander was coming in, grabbing and pulling Bradley in, and that’s when the butt happened.

Amir Khan stated after the fight that it looked to him like Alexander was looking for a way out of the fight because of the pressure. The body shots and occasional flush shots were taking it out of Devon. I would take it further, I think that Devon was having a rough night, and realizing that he had a guaranteed payday on the pre-negotiated rematch, figured he would call it a day and take his chances with the judge, either way he would get paid twice no matter what went down. A disappointing fight, but Bradley clearly won, backing up and punishing Alexander for the entire fight. Peace. — Steve

You might be right about Alexander’s rationale for not continuing. If so, that’s a big problem with contractual rematches. We saw Chad Dawson fight with all the intensity that one usually puts forth in a sparring session against Jean Pascal last year and then pretty much admit during his post-fight interview that he wasn’t concerned about the loss because he knew he would get a rematch if he wanted it. I don’t think HBO should be a part of fight with rematch clauses. If the fight is good enough, everyone should agree to do it again because it makes good business sense. However, if there’s no demand for a particular fight because the first one was so uneventful (see Dawson-Pascal and Bradley-Alexander), it shouldn’t happen.

Alexander was tripping, a little bit in that post-fight interview. He can’t blame everything on head butts.

I don’t think Arreola or Shawn Estrada had any business jumping onto the center ropes of the ring post and doing the whole “primal scream” thing to the audience following their first-round blowouts given the level of their opposition. If they are this excited about knocking out Minnesota journeymen I think it’s time for them to raise their standards juuuuuust a bit.

Dallas, a cool cat with good athletic ability but little power, doesn’t do well with constant pressure from dudes who can take a good shot. That’s why he’s got a draw against journeyman Jose Alfredo Lugo. Still, there’s no shame in losing to Lopez, a talented underachiever who finally seems to be taking his career seriously. Lopez is one of the few dudes who could hang with the late Edwin Valero in the gym (he helped “the V-nom” prepare for Antonio Pitalua). In other words, he’s a tough S.O.B.

Dallas, a guy with 18 fights against a young vet with 31 pro bouts (against many quality fighters) under his belt, just didn’t have the experience to deal with that kind of pressure. His foot placement, which seemed a little wide to me, didn’t help him punch while on the move. And whenever he set his feet to punch he telegraphed like crazy. Dallas is only 24. Hopefully, he can learn from the experience.

 

AVERAGE BOXING WEEKEND

 

Hey Dougie how is it going? Well I just finished watching the Bradley vs Alexander fight and the Julio Cesar Chavez vs Billy Lyell fight too. I had to switch from HBO right after the Bradley vs Alexander to Fox Deportes to catch the Chavez fight (since I don’t have DVR). Good thing when I switch the channels it was barely the 2nd round.

I personally still don’t see Chavez Jr at a star level as a fighter, for me he just looks average, I have seen he’s last couple of fights, and he hasn’t been able to knock out class B (sometimes class C) fighters, I don’t think he’s ready for the top fighters such as Cotto and specially Martinez and maybe he will never be.

As for the Bradley vs Alexander fight I was also expecting little bit more from both fighters. Maybe if the fight had gone into the late rounds, maybe Bradley could have scored a stoppage. I really think Alexander had NOTHING and just didn’t wanted to continue fighting. What do you think?

Juan Manuel Marquez announce his fight on the ESPN deportes show “golpe a golpe” against Erik Morales, and he said that is he gets through Morales he would like to fight the winner of Bradley vs Alexander which we all know now who the winner is. So what are your thoughts on that? I hope everything is well, and also hope this makes it to your mailbag. — Jaime F Phoenix, AZ

Here it is, Jaime. Sorry you had to wait until the final email to see it.

My thoughts on Marquez-Morales is that it will be a good fight (a hell of lot more intense than Bradley-Alexander — although I should note that it is NOT done yet, despite both future hall of famers announcing that it is to Spanish-language media). My thoughts on Marquez’s desire to fight Bradley (or any other 140-pound titleholder) are that he’s earned the right to fight whoever the hell he wants but I don’t like that idea one bit. There are a five or six young junior welterweights who could make for an excellent round robin and really create some excitement in the 140-poiund division, but if Marquez throws his hat into the mix everybody is going to hold off from fighting each other and target him.

I don’t think Bradley was on his way to a stoppage.

Chavez Jr. is definitely not a top-10 or even top-15 contender at any weight. He’s a good solid professional power whose technique has improved under Freddie Roach’s guidance, but he still lacks total dedication to the sport, which is why despite Alex Ariza‘s help with his conditioning, he still has stamina issues. He‘s got heavy, damaging hands, but not one-punch KO power and his speed is average at best. Chavez Jr. is not a natural athlete. Because of this, his conditioning has to be superb (as his father‘s was during his prime years) in order to compete with truly world-class fighters.

I think the Lyell fight was a good rust-shaking fight. Let‘s see what he does next. I think the Zbik fight will be his proving ground. There should be no talk of Cotto or Martinez (which I doubt anyone on his team wants) until he faces the undefeated Germany based beltholder.

 

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