Championship Rounds Podcast: Is Errol Spence The Next Heir Apparent?It's Friday and boxing's favorite two loudmouths Sean Thompson and Craig Carlos Valentino are back again this week with another episode of Championship Rounds. In this week's Championship Rounds podcast Craig and Sean recap another big fight across the pond. This week they took look back at the fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook. One of the co-hosts of Championship Rounds was spot on with his prediction as Spence Jr. stopped Brook by 11th round TKO. How do the guys look at both fighters now following their classic battle last weekend? For Sean, Spence answered all the questions he had about him going into the fight in resounding fashion. "The biggest questions for Spence heading into the fight with Brook," according to ST. "One could he take a punch? Check. Two, could he weather the storm if faced with any adversity in the fight? Check again. And three, could he live up to all the hype and deliver against an elite level fighter and toughest fight of his young career? Checks all around for Spence." As for Craig he wondered what Brook still had left following the punishment he absorbed not just last week, but his previous fight as well. "Two broken eye sockets in his last two fights," said CCV. "Not sure he (Brook) will ever heal right again. Retirement should strongly be considered at this point for Brook now." Also on this week's edition of Championship Rounds the guys look ahead to this week's light heavyweight championship fight and get excited over the possible big fights that could take place in the next year in that division. "With Stevenson, Ward, Kovalev, and even Joe Smith Jr. you have the potential for some fun fights that could crown the true undisputed champion of the division," said ST. "Sign me up for any combo of any of these fights." One of the biggest names in the sport of boxing Miguel Cotto has a fight coming up and a new promotional company backing him as well. Do the guys think the 36 year old Cotto still can be a threat to some of the top guys at 154 and 160? The guys are in agreement as they break down Cotto's future chances. Will the Craig and Sean be Team Oscar De La Hoya or Team Dana White this week? The guys discuss the recent war of words between the two heads of Golden Boy Promotions and the UFC respectively. For one of the guys he understand both sides, but is leaning on one team for sure. Finally, as is the case every week the guys finish the show with some "Quick Jabs" which highlight some of the smaller stories and anniversaries of the last week. They finish up hitting you with some "Low Blows" which has Craig calling out a promotional company not doing a lot of promoting in boxing. Sean goes to war with the Twitterverse and all the people who were pretty hard on Kell Brook following his loss last week. Make sure to follow the guys of Championship Rounds on Twitter and Instagram @champrounds929
Jim Lampley On Championship Rounds Podcast: 'Canelo Is On Probation With Mexican Fight Fans'Half of the team from Championship Rounds is Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Craig still upset that Sean left him behind as the guys talk about an amazing Heavyweight fight last Saturday night, Preview Canelo vs Chavez Jr. and 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Jim Lampley joins the show to recap Joshua/Klitschko and preview Canelo vs Chavez Jr.
5 Reasons Boxing Is Not DeadSo where is boxing now, two years after Mayweather-Pacquiao? Is it closer to being the corpse many had predicted it would be, or alive and thriving? It’s definitely the latter.
Championship Rounds: 'Superman Works Alone Because Having A Partner Sucks'The Guys from Championship Rounds are back and Craig Carlos-Valentino gets some horrible news from Sean Thompson about Cinco De Mayo. Plus more news on Mayweather vs McGregor, Sean still believes this fight won't happen. Andre Berto & Shaun Porter have a crossroads fight this Saturday. Both fighters need to win this fight and Craig & Sean give their keys and predictions to the fight. Other news from the world of boxing, Is Lomachenko the best fighter in the world? Joshua/Klitschko tv deal solved by HBO & Showtime, and it wouldn't be a Low Blows segment without an Adrian Broner story. You can always follow the guys on Instragram & Twitter @Champrounds929
Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- 'Thurman-Garcia Was A Good Fight, Not A Great Fight, So Calm Down'The guys from Championship Rounds is back and Sean Thompson is back from his friend’s wedding at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. He didn’t do the “Lambeau Leap” but he did find out that Rodgers jerseys are appropriate attire for a wedding in Green Bay. The guys recap last Saturday night Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia fight. Both guys had Thurman winning the fight, but still have no idea why he ran the final 3 rounds. Craig thinks Thurman next fight should be vs Kell Brook if he beats Spence. Sean is excited about what’s next for Thurman, he has lots of great options head of him. Tyson Fury is back in the news and Sean ask will he get back to where he was before everything fell about? Craig says “No Way” his 15 minutes is up. Also they preview the Lemeiux vs Stevens fight this Saturday and gave their predictions. In the quick jabs segment guys talk about Lou Duva memories, Khan vs Pac Man fight is dead, and Donaire released from Top Rank. You can always follow the guys on twitter and Instagram @champrounds929
Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- " If Crawford played Nebraska Football He wouldn't be going to jail."Craig Carlos-Valentino (CCV) and Sean Thompson (Peanut Gallery) get together for their final show of the year. Breaking down all the fights from this past weekend and Sean says Abner Mares was the big winner for the weekend. Not only did he show that his eye sight is perfect but now he put his name back in the mix for the 126 lb championship. CCV was impressed with Jermall Charlo performance over Williams. With his 5th round uppercut KO he has earned the right to fight Canelo Alvarez. Also the guys give their yearly awards for Fighter of the Year, Story of the year and 2016 Fight of the Year. And couldn't finish the year without calling out boxers in the Low Blows segment. Follow the guys on twitter and Instragram @champrounds929
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. You can follow the Championship Rounds on Twitter and Instagram @champrounds929
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. Follow Championship Rounds on both Twitter and Instagram @Champrounds929
Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- "Canelo Alvarez Fans Are The Reason Why Alvarez Won't Fight GGG"Canelo & GGG - Will It Ever Happen? On this week's Championship Rounds Craig and Sean look back at Canelo Alvarez's one sided destruction of Liam Smith last weekend and react to the aftermath from it. With Canelo's win are we now any closer to seeing one of boxing's biggest fights that can made in Canelo and GGG now happening? While Craig is a little optimistic the fight will eventually happen Sean well not so much. "Canelo can talk all the we don't mess around and we made an offer to GGG stuff he wants. The bottom line is Canelo and Golden Boy don't feel like they need GGG. Canelo proved that Saturday night when over 50,000 people showed up to see him in a glorified sparring session." One potential big fight that won't happen most likely is Floyd Mayweather fighting UFC star Connor McGregor. Mayweather said this week that he was "moving on" from entertaining that fight ever materializing. However does that mean that Mayweather is done entertaining any future fights in the ring? Not so fast says CCV who says it's a numbers game that will ultimately get Floyd back in the ring again. "Floyd does not want to finish his career tied with Rocky Marciano at 49-0. No one has finished their career 50-0. Trust me Floyd is going to come back and get number 50." Sean and Craig also move up a few weight classes to discuss the latest with boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. We are about a month away from his rematch with Wladamir Klitschko. Can Fury do it again and show that the first fight was not a fluke or will we see Fury being more a show than actual substance? The guys finish up as they usually do with their "Low Blows" segment. Sean AKA the Peanut Gallery discuss boxing's failure to build to the big moment while Craig AKA CCV discusses one fighter who should keep his mouth shut for a little while. Follow the show and guys at @champrounds929 on both Twitter and Instagram
Championship Boxing w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson-"Liam Neeson Has A Better Chance At Beating Canelo Alvarez, Than Liam Smith"The best fighter in the world is…………………. In this week’s edition of “Championship Rounds” ST & CCV recap a very busy boxing weekend. The guys discuss middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s 5th round TKO victory over Kell Brook in London this past weekend. Was the stoppage premature? Did Brook’s corner who threw the towel in the ring during the fifth round and Brook still on his feet make a bad call? “That fight was always a matter of not if, but when GGG stopped Brook. His corner was clearly thinking about his future when they threw in the towel,” said the PG. Golovkin was not the only superstar in the ring this weekend as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was also in the ring this weekend as well. Gonzalez won a spirited battle and unanimous decision against a rugged and tough Carlos Cuadras by unanimous decision to win the WBC Junior Bantamweight belt. With the win Gonzalez has now won titles in four different weight classes. Were the guys impressed with Gonzalez’s performance? “I probably learned more about his opponent (Cuadras) this weekend. We know what Chocolatitio is going to bring in the ring when he fights. But we saw his victory this week was over a guy who is legit,” stated CCV. After this weekend though who do the guys have as their number one fighter on their mythical pound for pound list? GGG? Chocolatito? As usual the guys don’t agree as they both have a different fighter on top of their respective lists. Find out who ST says needs to dare to be great before he gets the #1 spot from him. ST discusses why he is having a hard time getting excited about next weekend’s junior middleweight championship fight between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith. In fact ST discusses why he may do something this weekend he hasn’t done in a very long time in preparation for this fight Saturday night. The guys also discuss what’s becoming a strong possibility and that is Manny Pacquiao actually leaving HBO and not fighting on the network for his next fight in November? ST and CCV address that along with the burning question….If Manny leaves HBO who actually stands to lose the most? HBO or Pacquiao? CCV states what the long term plan of one rival network may be for wanting Pacquiao. After a few quick jabs the guys finish delivering some low blows which focus on why Boxing’s days in New York might be being numbered. As well as how Tyson Fury’s latest antics have both guys ready to throw in the towel on Fury. Make sure to follow the guys on Twitter and Instagram @Champrounds929
Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- ' I watched UFC 202 and boxing can learn one thing from the UFC'Craig AKA CCV and Sean AKA Peanut Gallery and 20 other AKA’s we are not listing here are back. Apparently they have not been fired yet and were let in the building again to do another edition of “Championship Rounds.” On this week’s show the guys discuss how impressed they were with Errol Spence Jr’s dominating performance and knockout of Leonard Bundu last week. CCV talks about how he was impressed more than what he saw in the ring from Spence Jr. “It was the complete package. From Al Haymon, to PBC, to putting Spence’s fight on right after the USA Olympic basketball team’s gold medal win was perfect.” However did Spence Jr’s performance have the guys vault him to the top of the 147 pound division as one of the best right now? The guys like with most things do not really see eye to eye on this question. For one of the guys on the show it’s a no brainer that he should be in the top 3. The argument from the other co-host that takes the opposite stance is. “You don’t rank on potential. You need to have quality wins. He’s extremely talented, but right now his best win is against Chris Algeri. That does not get you ranked near the top of the division right now.” When the guys aren’t arguing they are in agreement that USA Olympic boxing needs some changes to make it more popular and more successful. Props were definitely given to Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez, and Clareesa Shields for their performances in Rio. However both guys are reminded how long it has actually been since the USA Olympic team has won a gold medal in men’s Olympic boxing (2004) and multiple gold medals (1988). Both CCV and PG think that Olympic boxing needs some serious changes, but offer some real simple solutions that if the USA boxing folks are listening they might want to implement to help grow the sport to what it once was in the 1980’s. Finally in “Low Blows” this week has Craig calling out the city of Phoenix for a recent event that happened this week. Sean’s low blow comes after admitting the UFC does do one thing better than boxing, but says where the one place is that he doesn’t want to see UFC and boxing fighters together.
Championship Boxing w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson- Pacquiao is about making money and not making fightsIt’s been almost a month, but Championship Rounds is back! Not a moment too soon as Craig and the Peanut Gallery have lots to catch up on. Lots of big fights to catch up on for the guys. Who’s had the best month and win since the last edition of Championship Rounds? Crawford? Frampton? Ward? The Peanut Gallery leans toward the one guy who pulled not only won, but made the biggest statement in his win. CCV says his pick is based solely on the money. Manny Pacquiao has an opponent for his comeback fight in November and PG and CCV tell you why they aren’t that happy with the opponent selection. For the PG the decision for Pac Man’s next opponent is just another case to him of Politics as usual. While CCV takes it a step further, “Here’s another example of us not getting the fights that we want to see.” Quick jabs this week discusses a fighter saying goodbye, another fighter missing out on a big money opportunity, and another who is very lucky to have to still have any opportunities inside the ring. The guys cap off this week’s Championship Rounds the same way they always do with a few Low Blows. The Peanut Gallery acknowledges he originally wanted to talk about Antonio Margarito and Roy Jones fighting way past their primes again recently, but they were trumped by a decision made by the WBC earlier this week. To say he was a little angry would be an understatement. CCV takes UFC fighter Connor McGregor on and hits him with a few low blows this week.