Championships Rounds: Should We Be Predicting Death On Opponents?

Craig Carlos-Valentino
May 17, 2019 - 7:56 pm

In this week’s edition of Championship Rounds, Sean Thompson and Craig Carlos Valentino catch you up on the latest in the world of boxing.


Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez as expected defeated Daniel Jacobs over Cinco de Mayo weekend.  Was it an impressive victory and what’s next for Canelo after the win.

For Sean he hopes Canelo is not going down a familiar path.


“I’m good on a GGG fight right now.  I don’t need to see that for a third time.  Not right now.  I’m fine with seeing Canelo move up to 168 and fight for a title.”


Last weekend we saw what is the early candidate for the fight of the year when Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams battled for Hurd’s WBA and IBF junior middleweight belts.  In a back and forth affair Williams scored an upset win over Hurd in a back and forth war.


For Sean it was a great night for the sport of boxing.


“That was a back and forth battle and both fighters left it all in the ring.  There honestly was no loser in that fight.   Boxing won Saturday night.  Two great fighters and two class acts who gained more fans for what they displayed in and outside the ring.”


This weekend WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder steps back in the ring for the first time since December when he takes on contender Dominic Breazeale Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.   


The two fighters have made it clear that they don’t’ like each other and this week Wilder made it clear how bad the blood was.  He made comments referencing to killing Breazeale in the ring Saturday night.  Did he go too far with his comments?  Craig definitely things so.


“What happens if he actually does kill Breazeale in the ring Saturday night?  Is that premeditated murder?  Would Wilder really be ok with killing a man in the ring?  I don’t think so.  It’s all a joke and promotion until someone dies.”


Last week it was announced that Manny Pacquiao would be facing WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman in July.  Can a 40 year old Pacquiao turn back the hands of time and pull the upset over Thurman?  As usual the Championship rounds guys don’t agree on how they see the fight going in July.


While he is surprised to see Pacquiao step up for this challenge, he doesn’t see it ending well for the former 8 division champ.


“He hasn’t fought anyone with Thurman’s skill set.  Thurman is bigger and stronger and if Pacquiao is struggling with the likes of Jeff Horn, he’s going to have all sorts of problems with Thurman.”


Craig sees Thurman as the fighter who may have lost a little bit more than even Pacquiao has.


“I think people are thinking this is the same Thurman before the arm injury.  He didn’t look that good in his last fight and may not be able to fight on that championship and elite level anymore.  I think Manny has one more shining moment left and it could come against Thurman.”


In this week’s Back In the Day segment the guys go back to 2002 with one of the greatest rounds and fights in boxing history.  That was the epic battle between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward.  Was this one of the greatest fights in both Sean and Craig’s lifetime?


For Sean it’s up there, but he has one fight he gives a slight edge to.


As usual the guys wrap up with their Low Blows segment which sees Sean talk about one boxing comeback he has no desire to see, while Craig discusses why the IBF needs to slow their role with their mandatory demands.


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