Championship Rounds w/Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- " If you can't make weight, just pound a burger and a shot of Henny while you are on the scales"Craig and Sean are back once again with another edition of Championship Rounds. The guys look back on one of the big fights that went down recently, preview a busy boxing Saturday, and look ahead to Miguel Cotto’s return to the ring in the not so distant future.
As for Craig Aka CCV he is in high energy and ready to react to the Visaly Lomanchenko’s recent destruction of Nicholas Walters.
“Lomanchenko is fast, throws great combinations, and has a great defense, he’s the perfect fighter,” said CCV.
Sean AKA the Peanut Gallery thought he learned more about Walters than Lomachenko in this fight. And what he learned about Walters was far from positive.
“We’ve seen Walters miss weight and now we’ve seen him quit in a fight where he was being outclassed but not beaten to a point where quitting made sense. Arturo Gatti and Diego Corrales are rolling over in their graves when they see someone who committed to stepping into the ring quit like that.”
Both guys see sky’s the limit for Lomanchenko and some big fights on the horizon for him in 2017 and a strong case for him to be 2016’s fighter of the year.
In other news it’s a busy fight weekend with another potential 2016 fighter of the year Terrence Crawford stepping into the ring against John Molina Jr. in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha. IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua returns to action and puts his undefeated record on the ling against the gritty Eric Molina from England. Another title is on the line as Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz battle in New Zealand tonight for the WBO title. Los Angeles is also the home for a big fight to determine who’s one of the best at 154 pounds as Julian Williams and Jermall Charlo battle it out.
There is one other fight happening in LA, but the Peanut Gallery is definitely not a fan of that one and makes it very clear this week.
“This fight shouldn’t be happening. Period. What did this one doctor know that all the other doctors didn’t to allow this fight tonight to be happening? I have a hard time supporting this fight let alone talking about it.”
One fight that is happening in early 2017 is the return of Miguel Cotto who will be back after a 15 month layoff and will return to the ring against James Kirkland at the new Dallas Cowboys training facility.
CCV definitely finds some humor in the location for this fight.
“So Manny (Pacquiao) has fought and sold out the actual Cowboys stadium and Canelo sold out the stadium against Liam Smith, but Cotto is regulated to the Cowboys training facility? Clearly there aren’t high expectations for this fight,” said CCV.
PG had to chime in on this fight as well, but his issue is that it’s a Pay Per View fight, “Wait because Roc Nation is in the hole with Cotto and owes him 10 million dollars we as fight fans have to suffer and actually pay to see this fight?”
The guys hit a few “Quick Jabs” which include the 2017 Boxing Hall of Fame Class being announced, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior doing something he rarely ever does, and another young fighter gone way too soon.
And of course as is the case of each edition of “Championship Rounds” the guys finish with their “Low Blows.” Craig focuses on how HBO seriously dropped the ball during the Lomanchenko and Walters fight while the Peanut Gallery calls out one fighter for his severe lack of commitment to the sport.
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Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson - " This isn't High School. Just because your face looks good, doesn't mean you won the fight"CCV and the Peanut Gallery are back after with “Championship Rounds” after a very controversial week in the sport. The guys react to what most who follow the world of boxing have been talking about this week. That of course is the aftermath of the light heavyweight championship showdown between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.
Ward defeated Kovalev 114-113 on all three of the judges scorecard’s in a very competitive fight Saturday night in Las Vegas to win 3 light heavyweight championship belts. Did did the judges get it right? Many who saw the fight have come out publicly on social media to say that the judges did NOT get it right. What about the PG and CCV? How did they see the fight go Saturday night? Surprisingly the two actually agree for once on something and had pretty much an identical scorecard.
For the Peanut Gallery part of the negative reaction to the fight was based on people not understanding how boxing matches are scored.
“If the fight was a four round fight I would understand the outrage. But I feel like people forgot this was a 12 round fight,” PG chirps in during this week’s podcast.
CCV added, “Kovalve and Ward wasn’t a school yard fight where whoever looks the worst is the winner.”
Will there be a rematch between the Kovalev and Ward? Will it be a different outcome or more of the same if these two pound for pound best do it again? Both CCV and ST see another great fight happening if this fight does come off again.
One thing PG wanted to make clear about Saturday’s fight, “For those who think Saturday’s fight was bad for boxing are crazy. This will generate more interest from fans who didn’t see it the first time because they were still protesting Mayweather and Pacquiao.”
Speaking of pound for pound, another one of the best fighters in the world Vasyl Lomancheno will be in action this weekend against Nicholas Walters. The two will be fighting in Vegas for Lomachenko’s 130 pound WBO title. Outside of the die hard boxing fans not many are familiar with one of the best fighters out there. Will an impressive win against Walters Saturday night change that for Lomanchenko.
“I know Bob Arum is hoping so for sure. I think he has some massive plans for Lomachenko and Saturday is just one small step towards that big goal,” said PG.
After a few Quick Jabs on some of the latest news in the boxing world the guys finish this week’s show as they do every single one with their “Low Blows.” In this week’s edition Craig discusses while he supports one fighters stance he doesn’t support his focus. As for PG this week he talks about Andre Ward and what is the only thing needs to be thinking about and what for certain he does not need to be thinking about for his immediate future.
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Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson - Kovalev/Ward is what's Right with Boxing, McGregor/ Mayweather is what's Wrong with Boxing!!!!!Not even technical issues can keep the guys of Championship Rounds from doing their podcast this week. Especially with the biggest fight of 2016 happening this weekend in Vegas. And while Craig and the Peanut Gallery are not in Vegas like they would like to be they are definitely still ready to preview and talk about the Andre Ward and Sergei Kovalev fight this weekend.
The biggest questions the guys tackle this weekend is do they think Kovalev/Ward will live up to the hype and will the winner of this fight be considered the best pound for pound fighter in boxing.
The Peanut Gallery feels style points may ultimately decide the Kovalev/Ward winner’s fate in the pound for pound debate.
“The winner of this fight has to put on a show and be the clear victor in order for them to claim the top spot. A disputed victory or ugly fight could actually hurt the winner longterm.”
CCV sees a positive ending for the winner Saturday night regardless of who it is. “I think this fight is going to deliver in the end and be a great battle between the technician and the big puncher.”
Boxing and the MMA shared some headlines this week. After his UFC victory last weekend, Connor McGregor turned his attention towards undefeated and currently retired boxing star Floyd Mayweather Junior. McGregor says for 100 million dollars he would fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring and was been very vocal about it this week. Mayweather was very vocal as well and had a few of his own choice words for McGregor. Is all this talk just chatter with no substance or could these two fighters actually face off in a boxing ring in 2017?
The Peanut Gallery is not backing off on his prediction on Mayweather that he has had since September 2015 while Craig feels we will see Mayweather in the ring again soon, but against a familiar foe not named Connor McGregor.
“Floyd is coming back in 2017. There is too much money out there for him not to come back and fight one more time,” Craig confidently states.
CCV and PG deliver some “Quick Jabs” which focus on the guys discussing the projected PPV numbers of Pacquiao/Vargas, an upcoming unification at 168, and if the guys plan on seeing the new boxing movie “Bleed For This” which hits theaters this weekend.
Finally as is the case with every show the guys deliver their “Low Blows” for the week which has PG focused on a fighter who he feels needs to find a new line of work while CCV discusses how boxing botched the handling of a few tests recently.
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Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- Did The Premier Boxing Championship ruin Boxing?On this week’s edition of Championship Rounds the Peanut Gallery and Craig Carlos Valentino are back after a brief hiatus with lots to discuss.
First there are some “What if’” fights that are apparently now not happening before the end of 2016. We now know we won’t see Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs this year. It was announced this week that the two middleweight titlists wouldn’t be fighting in December as was previously rumored they would in fact do. Another rumored fight apparently now likely not happening is heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and former undisputed champ Wladamir Klitschko. Now that it appears both fights likely will not in 2016 which of the two are the guys more disappointed is not going down? The guys of course don’t agree and debate that very topic.
In 2015 five hundred million dollars was invested into the launch of the Premier Boxing Champions series with the hopes of giving the sport of boxing more exposure and increase its popularity with the masses. Now a year and a half in what has been the overall effect of the PBC on boxing? Has the PBC actually hurt more than helped boxing? Many people have chimed in with their opinion of the PBC so far and of course PG and CCV are no different.
PG feels the PBC was a great idea, but poorly executed. “How are you going to have a fighter like Keith Thurman fight one time in 15 months and expect to build his brand and increase his popularity?”
Like they say with real estate CCV says it comes down to location, location, location with why the PBC hasn’t worked.
“If people don’t know what channel a fight is going to be on how is that helping the fights? Non hardcore boxing fans are not going out of their way to find fights.”
Evander Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Johnny Tapia are the notable first timers on the ballot for the 2017 Boxing Hall of Fame. Most think all three are first ballot hall of famers. But it is not unanimous to the guys of Championship Rounds? The guys weigh in on the first timers in this class and reflect on their careers and if all three truly are first ballot hall of famers.
As is the case with every show the guys finish with a few “Low Blows” which highlight some of the lowlights in the week in boxing. CCV explains why one fighter should not bring his personal problems to Twitter ever again. PG finishes up discussing how one current champion’s pick of opponent for his next fight is one of the worst decisions for a champion in boxing history.
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