|Please Stand By|
If the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on NBC March 7 goes anything like their first ever media conference call went in promotion for it on January 28, you might expect some technical difficulties. The call opened to dead air. When they finally got Adrien Broner on the teleconference, the "Cincinnati Doofus" noticed the problem right away, feigning bored snores and groggily commenting, "Oh my God, the first conference call is kinda shaky, this is funny." What's funny is that Broner has been put in the first PBC bout to be aired on NBC's historic return to free Saturday afternoon TV boxing. Broner's opponent, John Molina, was not as amused: "Boxing is not a debate contest, it's a brutal sport."
|The brutality of boxing on display in Denver|
Mike Alvarado didn't "quit" in the corner against Brandon Rios during their third fight in Colorado on January 24. No, "Mile High" Mike quit on himself well before he turned two fingers into four, long before the reality of fighting without training hit him in the face like a "Bam Bam" Rios uppercut and blinded him to the reality of his painful fall from grace. Ultimately, the Rios-Alvarado trilogy was still very good but it will never be thought of now in the same vein as Gatti-Ward and that's unfortunate considering the heavy price they both paid in vain trying to get there for the entertainment of blood thirsty fight fans. The saddest thing to see in boxing is wasted talent, followed by wasted potential. Alvarado has now wasted both. Shame on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for not putting a stop to that farce by cancelling the rubber match outright when he knew (or should have known) damn well how unprepared Alvarado truly was. In unflappable, full-on promotional spin mode a week before the scheduled bout, Arum went as far as to say that he had "nothing but admiration" for Alvarado as a person and as an athlete, even characterizing Alvarado's crimes as victimless. No Uncle Bob, there were plenty of victims. Namely, the six thousand paying fans who showed their pain by booing Alvarado in his own backyard when they should have been booing you and demanding a refund, not a rematch.
|Mancini makes his case|
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KO Digest Ringside Report —
JAN 30 — In the Main Events main event, lightweights Karl Dargan and Tony Luis fought ten rounds for the WBC Continental Americas title. Dargan, Philadelphia, was clearly the crowd favorite while the Canadian out of towner seemed to use that as an extra motivation. Luis stayed in the chest of Dargan for most of the fight, making "Dynamite" look uncomfortable while lingering on the ropes instead of punching off of them. By the sixth round, Dargan appeared to be a mentally beaten fighter and Luis was surging in his confidence and in his attack. Dargan found it hard to avoid the left hand of Luis who stepped to his right and landed it with regularity. Luis constantly outworked Dargan, it's as simple as that. The winner added a knockdown in the last round to seal the deal. Official scores: 97-92, 99-90, and 97-92. Dargan, 17-1, 9 KO's, lost the fight and his unbeaten record. Luis wins big to improve to 19-2, 7 KO's.
|"The Souljah" beats Lamour on ESPN|
Lamour found the body of Falowo in the sixth and "The Souljah" did well to hide his agony. The seventh and the eighth were like the first six, fun to watch but almost too close too call. Official scores in favor the winner and new New England middleweight champion were 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75. This was a really good fight and the decision was well earned. Lamour takes his first loss and is now 11-1, 5 KO's. We caught up with Falowo after the bout and the winner was very satisfied with his performance, telling KO, "It was fun, a really great feeling to see it all come together. I was trying not to get overanxious in there after I hurt him in the first. I definitely felt it to the body in the sixth but I got my second wind after that. Lamour is tough and he can box but the pressure was too much for him."
|Sugar Shane's baby boy gets the win|
Local light heavyweight southpaw Charles Foster, New Haven, CT., traded power punches and hard counters in close with Larry "The Blessed One" Pryor, Washington, DC, for six full rounds and neither guy ever gave an inch. Clinches were rare but ripping shots to the head and body were not. Foster was the more creative fighter overall and he goes to 7-0, 3 KO's while Pryor makes his way to .500 at 9-9, 5 KO's with a respectable, professional effort.
Official scores: 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. KO had it a little closer.
|KO Digest at the Fox Theater|