Archive for September, 2011


Posted in boxing on September 19, 2011 by Dayron Booth

Saturday couldn’t arrive quick enough for those of us looking forward to the Mayweather vs. Otiz fight.  So much build up in the HBO series 24/7, with the father and son issues in the Mayweather camp, Ortiz’s hard-luck upbringing, and plenty of trash talking (mostly from Mayweather),  we just knew this had the makings of an interesting fight.

 Many believed Mayweather would use his experience to out box the younger Ortiz, and cruise to a unanimous decision.  I researched a lot of information surrounding this fight and what I read was expected but a bit overwhelming. The odds in Vega were 6-1 in Mayweather’s favor.  I also read and watched interviews with some of boxing’s most prestigious analyst and experts. Some predicted Mayweather would k.o. Ortiz in 10 rounds, others thought that Ortiz’s corner would throw in the towel in 8 rounds, but most believed Mayweather would use his supreme boxing skills to win a unanimous decision.  No one expected what would actually happen.

In my opinion, Ortiz lacked confidence since the beginning of 24/7, even more so with the walk to the ring.  Mayweather as always looked sure of himself, and ready to execute the game plan.  From the opening bell, it was clear Ortiz wasn’t comfortable. Ortiz found himself moving and trying to box, whereas before he is usually the aggressor, and Mayweather was pressing the action, something we aren’t use to seeing from him.  Mayweather jabbed and countered to perfection as he stalked Ortiz.  This continued into the 4th and final round. Ortiz started to mount an attack on Mayweather, but couldn’t connect cleanly.  Out of frustration, Ortiz purposely jumped up and head butted Mayweather in the mouth. The referee took a point away from Ortiz. Ortiz seemed to be genuinely remorseful in his apology to Mayweather, which he gave 3 times. If you listen closely at 1:04 in the clip, referee Cortez, clearly say’s “let’s go” to continue the action.  That is the green light to throw punches, which also means to protect yourself at all times!!! Ortiz went  to apologize yet again, and as soon as there was separation, Mayweather connected with a crisp left hook straight right combo flooring Ortiz, who was unable to beat the 10 count.  Everyone has their opinion whether it was clean or not.  You are warned in the beginning of the fight to protect yourself at all times….clearly Ortiz didn’t get that memo!

Please post your opinion on the fight.



Where are the heavyweights??

Posted in sports on September 13, 2011 by Dayron Booth

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about the dying breed that is American heavyweights in boxing.  When you think about it,  the era of American heavyweights was lost with guys like Riddick Bowe, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson,George Foreman, Michael Moorer, and a few others.  So the question was asked, where are all the real heavyweights???  The only answer that I could come up with was, that they all play in the NFL!  Can you imagine if guys like Ray Lewis, Julius Peppers, James Harrison, Demarcus Ware, or even a few tight ends were heavyweight boxers?  These men are freakish athletes with super hero like strength that would probably destroy the Klitschko brothers in my opinion. Properly trained of course.

It was suggested that I start a promotional company to bring these type of players to boxing to restore honor to American heavyweights. If it was that easy trust me, I’d have a stable of heavyweight champions!  Maybe the next time we have a NFL lockout I can make something happen…….LOL Yeah right!!!

Dust yourself off and try, try again…

Posted in boxing on September 5, 2011 by Dayron Booth

Coming off of an upset loss against Victor Ortiz in a welterweight title defense on April 16th, Andre Berto got back in the ring against Jan Zaveck, for Zaveck’s IBF welterweight title.  As always, Berto looked sharp, fast, powerful, and very explosive, against the very tough European  Zaveck.  Berto seemed more determined than ever to regain a welterweight title and erase the memory of his defeat to Ortiz.  From the starting bell both men came out with a seek and destroy mentality.  Brutal combination’s were exchanged throughout the fight, with Berto handing out the worst of it.  Zaveck started to develop some serious swelling around his right eye  in the 4th and 5th rounds, and Berto attacked it.  In between rounds, the ring doctor and Zaveck’s corner determined that there was too much damage done to Zaveck’s eye and stopped the fight. Berto was ahead on all score cards giving him the victory and crowning him the new IBF champ!  In the post fight interview, an emotion Berto declared he was re-focused, hungry, and had a new determination for the sport, also mentioning that he would love to have a rematch with Victor Ortiz……I wouldn’t mine seeing that again!!

Congrats to my boy Andre Berto and I look forward to seeing him in the ring again soon!!

Mayweather vs. Otiz 24/7 Part 2

Posted in boxing on September 4, 2011 by Dayron Booth

This weeks episode wasn’t as impressive, dramatic, or interesting as last weeks episode. Actually, it seemed a bit repetitive.  The subject of Ortiz’s upbringing still continues to be the main focus of the show.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blessing for him to be where he is in life considering his childhood circumstances.  But this is the way of it for many people in this world, he’s not the only one……get over it!!!

Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, former champ and opponent of Floyd Mayweather, stopped in to add his 2 cents.  It seems like Oscar De La Hoya always has some kind of advice for Mayweather’s opponents.  Which is funny to me  because Mayweather beat De La Hoya.  How can you help someone pass the test in which you failed yourself?

Floyd Mayweather annoyed me a bit as well.  Mayweather and his friend, rapper 50 cent, pretended to have a conversation on phones made of stacks of money! Really Floyd???? We know you’re crazy rich, but that little act was just STUPID!!!  However, this pre-school act doesn’t change how hard the man works and dedicates his self in the gym. You have to respect  a fighter who does 3-a-day workouts finishing at 2:30 a.m. to perfect his craft.

We are 2 weeks away from the fight and time couldn’t move any slower! So for now we’ll have to settle for 24/7, hopefully next weeks episode will be better.