PREVIEW OF TONIGHT’S “SWORN ENEMIES” PPV CARD
By Jason Aniel
08 Apr 2006
FLOYD AND ZAB “FACE OFF” AT OFFICIAL SCALING
Las Vegas, NV-Although it will appear on many cable or satellite bill as a $45 charge for the Floyd Mayweather-Zab Judah fight, boxing fans, buying this PPV, are expecting some very intriguing match-ups underneath. For the record, the unbeaten (35-0) Floyd Mayweather, tipped the scales at 146 lbs. The 34-3 Zab Judah weighed 145 ½. Standing alone, this fight is not worth the added expenditure of $44.95. IS AN UNDERCARD EVER WORTH $45 CLAMS?>
The undercard match that could steal the show will feature Jorge Arce, who will take on a real “sworn enemy,” in former two-division champion, Rosendo Alvarez. Arce, 43-3-1 (33 KO’s), is one of the most active world-class fighters in the game, fighting five fights since March of last year.THIS MEXICAN FLY HAS PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HIM!
Already the interim WBC flyweight champion, Arce has become one of the most popular fighters in Mexico and is hoping for a shot at long time world champion, Pongseklek Wongjongkam. For Alvarez, 37-2-2 (24 KO’s), a victory against Arce could ensure this 35-year-old veteran a place in the Hall of Fame. Alvarez’s lone two defeats were a disqualification loss to Beibis Mendoza (Rosendo went on to beat Mendoza twice since) and a spilt decision loss to Mexican legend, Ricardo Lopez (they fought prior in an eight round technical draw where Alvarez dropped Lopez in the second round). The Mexican, Arce, and the Nicaraguan, Alvarez, have made it clear they do truly do not like each other, which could shape up to be an exciting brawl.
SURPRISE AS ROSENDO CAN’T MAKE WEIGHT!
Even though Rosendo Alvarez’s last fight was at bantamweight (118), he has naturally been a light flyweight (108) and will give up an inch and half in height to the Mexican. In the past, Arce’s weight issues have been clearly documented as Jorge has gained up to 18 pounds from the weigh-in to fight night. As it turns out, Alvarez did not make the 112 lb. limit. Officially, Arce was 111, while Rosendo scaled 115.
KING AND ARUM SETTLE “TITO-OSCAR” WAR OF WORDS?
It has been close to seven years since two of the most recognizable promoters, Bob Arum and Don King, have joined forces, pitting their own fighters against each other. The last fight, where both Arum and King worked together, was the “Fight of the Millennium” between Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad. In that fight, King’s fighter, Trinidad, won a controversial decision. Arum’s fighter has yet to defeat King’s fighter, but before Mayweather (Arum’s fighter) and Judah (King’s fighter) clash, Bob Arum could get even with King should Arce defeat King’s fighter, Alvarez. The main event of the night could be the tie-breaker between the two most successful boxing promoters.
ARCE-VILORIA SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD!
Should Arce win and a fight with the WBC champ from Thailand cannot be made, the biggest fight in the lower divisions could be a bout with WBC light flyweight (108) champ, Brian Viloria. Both fighters have built a very strong fan based, and a fight between the two will start a buzz in both the Philippines and Mexico. Arce and Viloria are both promoted by Top Rank, even though they are both in different weight classes. Both fighters want to fight each other, let’s see if this leads to fruition.
UNDEFEATED LIGHTWEIGHTS CLASH AS WELL!
If the Arce-Alvarez bout isn’t intriguing enough, a battle between two undefeated fighters will also be on the card. WBA Lightweight champion, Juan Diaz, will make his third defense of his title against Jose Miguel Cotto, brother of Miguel Cotto. The Houston native, Diaz, is finally getting back into serious competition after several setbacks, which included postponements of two fights, over the last year.THIS COTTO NEEDS TO ESTABLISH HIMSELF!
For Cotto, 27-0 (19 KO’s), this will be his first crack at a world title and really his first real test as a prizefighter, as he has been brought up very slowly, turning pro back in 1996. Known as the “Baby Bull,” 28-0 (14 KO’s), Diaz is only 22 but has had his fair shares of wars. Although Cotto, 28, has fought for over 10 years, Diaz has fought better opposition. Diaz’s brawling and aggressive style could be too much for Cotto, but clearly, the winner will move on bigger and better things and the loser will suffer a major setback.
CHAVEZ JR. CONTINUES HIS “AMATEUR” CAREER
No Top Rank PPV card can be complete without a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. appearance. The (25-0-1) 20-year-old son of a legend continues an “amateur” career in the pro ranks. This will be Chavez’s 26th fight and it’s clear that he is years away from even becoming a contender. It won’t be surprising if Chavez doesn’t fight a real contender until his 40th fight, but the growing fighter has plenty of time. Chavez Jr. still needs to figure out his own style as his body changes (he’s close to being six feet tall). This Saturday, he’ll face Rodrigo Juarez, 12-3 (9 KO’s).
VANES ON JUDAH-MAYWEATHER CARD & NOTES
Prospect Super Welterweight Vanes Martirosyan, 7-0 (4 KO’s), is also scheduled to appear on the “Sworn Enemies” card. Martirosyan, 19-years-old, is trained by the one of the best trainers in the game, Freddie Roach.
TOP RANK TAKES FILIPINO BUYERS?
Filipinos thinking about buying the June 10th Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins PPV will likely switch to the Miguel Cotto-Paulie Malignaggi PPV card, which is on the same night, now that Bobby Pacquiao, brother of Manny Pacquiao, will face Kevin Kelly on the undercard.
YES, MARQUEZ WAS ROBBED, RAPED, & FLEECED!
After receiving a copy of Juan Manuel Marquez’s lost to now WBA titlist, Chris John, I was interested in seeing how one of the best boxers in the game lost a clear unanimous decision, which was accepted by both Fight News, and ESPN’s Dan Rafael. The bout was not televised in the United States since the fight took place in John’s home country, Indonesia.RAFAEL & FIGHT NEWS PUT FORTH BOGUS/BIAS REPORTS!
Marquez clearly controlled the fight over the entire 12 rounds. My scorecard was 115-111, 9 rounds to 3 with two points deducted from Marquez after low blows, which John did his best John Ruiz impersonation faking a low blow injury. To see why Marquez was robbed, refer to Cliff Rold’s breakdown of the robbery in his column this past Monday here at www.RingTalk.com. Rafael used the word “vanquished” to describe Marquez, who had fallen out of favor with Dan’s favorite entity, Top Rank. As for Fight News getting it wrong, it’s not the first, and won’t be the last!
SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW ‘BOUT KING!
During a criminal justice class, the teacher discussed an important Supreme Court case, which enacted the very important and major Exclusionary Rule to the fourth amendment to all States. The exclusionary rule is where evidence seized unlawfully (i.e. no search warrant) cannot be used in court. The case—Mapp v. Ohio—was ruled in 1961 and extended the Exclusionary Rule, which was already a federal (country) law to all the individual states. The eventually involved the police entering a house with a warrant to search for a bomb, but eventually seized a box of pornography, which was illegal at the time.WIREHAIRED WONDER MADE “CASE LAW” IN 1961!
The owner, Mapp, was arrested not for having a bomb, which was not found, but for the possession of pornography. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of Mapp, which lead to the “Exclusionary Rule” being extended to the states. Why is this important of boxing fans? Besides the fact that all Americans should know their rights, this case would not be possible had a young man named Don King hadn’t called the police, asking them to investigate a possible bomb threat against his life. It was King’s call which led them to Mapp’s house because they though the bomb, meant for King, was at that house. An important law that may not have been possible without the Don!Jason Aniel
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