The weekend of boxing has come and gone. Taking a look back here are the winners and losers of the weekend.
Biggest Winner: PBC on Bounce TV– OK, maybe I went in with very limited expectations, but the three fights that aired on Bounce TV were all entertaining and mostly even matched. John Jackson looked like a player at 154 lbs. in his victory. The fight between Jorge Cota and Yudel Jhonson was the fight of the weekend with Cota walking away with the decision. Rau’shee Warren lost a debatable decision in his first step up in competition versus title holder Juan Carlos Payano in what was a fun-filled, fouled affair. Warren deserves a rematch, and I think he’ll win the rematch.
The crew was solid. Fred Hickman, Austin Trout, and Fran Charles were knowledgeable, entertaining, and very symmetrical with the action. Oh and the stream was picture perfect if you didn’t have Bounce TV on your cable or satellite provider.
Biggest Loser: Sergio Mora– Maybe not to any fault of his own. But Sergio Mora and Danny Jacobs were in a fight that was on its way to being an entertaining fight. The two traded knockdowns in the first round. Mora got hit in the second and fell awkwardly and had a fracture in his ankle. Mora wants a rematch, but Jacobs will probably move onto bigger things. It’s hard to figure where Mora goes from here.
Lose, Lose Situation: Danny Garcia-Aside from his seven-figure payday, Garcia wasn’t going to win much from this weekend. Many fans didn’t like his fight with Paulie Malignaggi when it was announced, hated it during the fight, and hated it after the referee stepped in to stop the fight giving Garcia his 31st victory.
Garcia looked strong at 147 but to be frank Malignaggi was making him miss woefully at times. Malignaggi said Garcia made an adjustment and jabbed more, and that’s where he got his momentum and started landed his patented left hooks. It’s apparent he needs to use his jab more. Here’s hoping he fights Shawn Porter or Chris Algieri next.
Farewell Magic Man: Love or hate Paulie Malignaggi, he left it all out in the ring against the likes of Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, and this past weekend, Danny Garcia. He is knowledgeable about the sport and is hands down the best color analyst in the game currently. I’ve spoken numerous times to Malignaggi and his intellect on the sport is high. I always learn something new in our conversations. If last Saturday was his final swan song, then I bid farewell to Paulie and will enjoy him in the booth calling the fights.