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- ' 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.
Championship Rounds w/ Craig Carlos-Valentino & Sean Thompson-'We survived Alabama'CCV & PG went to Birmingham last weekend and still made it back this week to hit you with another “Championship Rounds.”
“We Made It Back from Birmingham….Alive!” a very happy Peanut Gallery starts the show with. The guys recap the good, bad, and ugly of their road trip to Birmingham and Deontay Wilder’s TKO victory over Chris Arreola last Saturday night. A lot of the “Good” the guys have came from Wilder’s performance though some of the “Bad” came from him breaking his right hand during the fight.
As Craig points out, “It sucks for Wilder. He’s perfect person in terms of personality for boxing and the heavyweight division.” The guys think it’s going to unfortunately be quite a while before we see Wilder back in the ring against a top level opponent because of the injuries he suffered.
Manny Pacquiao has a home for his first fight since he came out of “retirement” and the guys agree the it’s happening the right state, but wrong location for the fight.
“The UNLV Running Rebels don’t want to play there,” the PG chimes in on the home of Pacquiao’s next fight. “That place hasn’t been hot since ’88.”
Unlike Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez actually has the perfect place for his next fight and the guys give him his credit for that. Though the guys still won’t give Canelo credit for his next opponent.
The guys then get you ready for one of the biggest fights of the summer as they preview the Terrence Crawford and Victor Postol championship fight on Saturday night. Both guys expect a good fight and have the same prediction. Though Craig’s outcome has a scent of a conspiracy in the air. “Someone needs to check his bank account on Monday to see if there is any extra money in there!”
And of course no edition of “Championship Rounds” is complete without the guys giving you their low blows. A regular victim of the segment makes another appearance this week and CCV is all over him for that. Meanwhile PG has to address something he couldn’t believe he saw in Birmingham last weekend.