Weekend Wrap-Up April 17th

by Mike Hanson

Short review this week for obvious reasons.   Friday night saw Tony Thompson take out Owen “half-blind” Beck on ESPN.  Thompson out-classed him from the opening bell and is a legit Top 10 HW.

Saturday Night we had a great doubleheader.  I wanted to hate on Lucian Bute following the first fight with Librado Andrade and I still don’t think he should have won the fight.  Later in the year he showed up just outside of Andrade’s corner cheering him on and I couldn’t figure out a way not to like him after that.  Since then he has clearly been the top Super Middleweight and Saturday night proved no different.  Edison Miranda implemented a new game plan and fought it well for 2 rounds.  Then he got cocky and Bute put him to sleep.  Just seconds after Miranda posed in front of him, Bute landed a super uppercut that would have made Little Mac of Punch Out proud.  Miranda beat the count but was mumbling something about his ruby slippers so Ernie Sharif called off the fight.

If I were Kelly Pavlik someone would have been fired Sunday Morning.  Boxers are supposed to believe they can beat anyone.  They hire people to keep them away from the ones they can’t.  Sergio Martinez was all wrong for Pavlik from the day they even thought about fighting him.  If you have a slow plodding power puncher who had trouble with a 44 year old slick boxer, why would you think he could beat Martinez. Those who have seen Martinez fight in the past knew that Pavlik wasn’t making a comeback in the middle rounds.  Martinez always slows down in the middle and picks it back up down the stretch.  I believe he could have stopped Pavlik if he hadn’t of taken rounds 5 through 8 off.  Pavlik’s best moment came when he scored an off-balance knockdown.  While I had Pavlik winning rounds 5 through 8 they were still pretty close, unlike the 8 rounds that Martinez won.  I would imagine Pavlik will not take the rematch clause but who knows maybe the guy who decided to fight Martinez in the first place is still making the decisions.

The big news of the weekend came after the fights Saturday night as it was reported early Sunday morning that phenom Edwin Valero had stabbed his wife, Jennifer Carolina Viera, to death in a Venezuelan Hotel.  It appeared that he had confessed to the murder and had been arrested.  It would be a tragic end to his boxing career.  The news only got worse this morning as it was reported that Valero had taken his own life in his cell.  There have been many tragic stories involving boxers in the last century.  I can’t for the life of me think of one worse than this.  While it is easy to condemn Edwin for his actions, it is still tragic that two lives were ended.  They are survived by their two beautiful daughters who I hope can find peace in their lives without the love of their mother or father.  Edwin Valero was one of my personal favorites and he was must watch television, I will struggle with this one for a long time.  I hope HBO gives his wife a 10 count on Saturday night.

2 Responses to “Weekend Wrap-Up April 17th”

  1. Nicky G says:

    Valero sure was exciting to watch. With sluggers like that, you never know when they’re going to find someone who has their number,but in his case it never got that far. I still find it hard to believe that he killed his wife.

    The report said she had 3 stab wounds to the neck that weren’t deep. You figured that if someone was in a blind rage (like an OJ), she would have been brutally sliced up. Makes me wonder if he had a sadistic side and killed her why toying with her in some sick way.

    Doesn’t matter now. They’re both dead and you can only hope for the best for the surviving family members.

  2. admin says:

    Well, it looks like Kelly Pavlik has some rebuilding to do. Even if he does fight a rematch with Martinez and wins, he has the stigma of not being able to cope with a boxer’s speed and movement now. Between all the problems he’s had over the last few years, he really does face a long road back. He’s a tough fighter, so if he has the willpower to tough it out, he can remain a force in the days, weeks and months ahead.

    Valero’s increasing use of cocaine would have probably been his ultimate undoing in the ring had none of the events of the last few days transpired. I was surprised to hear how long he’d be using the drug while still winning fights. From what I’ve read, though, the usage was increasing steadily in the most recent months.

    It seems like the ring itself was the only place Valero was succeeding in what otherwise turned out to be a short, violent life. It’s a real shame for all parties and families involved. He had the tools to go a long, long way. It just wasn’t to be.

    What’s next for Martinez? You’ve gotta wonder if another Williams fight could be in the making at 160lbs? Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if a rematch with “Hands of Plaster” Antonio Margarito comes next at 154. Margarito will shortly be returning as the man fans “love to hate.” He took quite a beating against Shane Mosley, though, and it remains to be seen if he’ll be the same fighter (minus the plaster, of course).

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