So those unaware of the major fights over the weekend...
David Price destroys Matt Skelton in two easy rounds.
*Like I said in the preview, it was a gross mismatch on paper, and yet again, Price shows how easy it is to beat these cans. Up next for the Liverpool bomber is going to be Tony Thompson, according to most reports. Good to see Price sticking to beating down senior citizens. If he takes on Thompson, the combined age of his last 3 opponents would be over 130 years. Lets you know he's padding that record a bit, eh?
Tyson Fury cruises past Kevin Johnson for a UD
*It was ugly. Johnson clearly didn't show up to fight, again. It was eerily similar to his 2009 "fight" with Vitali where he threw less than 300 punches in the entire fight. In this one, he showed "slickness" in avoiding a lot of the shots from Fury, but also took some damage. It was, by no means, a fight Fury should be proud of. The opportunities to connect more were there, but he didn't stomp on the gas or possess the vision to see them. Up next? No idea, really don't care too much either.
Both of the British heavyweights are kind of an annoyance at this point. I get you don't want to "rush" these guys along, but if you're trying to tell me that fighting these cans will get you to the level of being ready to fight either Klit, you're lying through your teeth. Start fighting competition that has a legit chance to win. And then the amount of talking these two do afterwards... my god. Especially Fury. The greatest thing Fury has done is survive a horrible decision win against Dereck Chisora. Yet, he's the greatest thing on the planet apparently. Oh well, onward.
Trout earns a tough decision win against Miguel Cotto
*Trout looked good, Cotto had his moments, and overall it was the coming out party Trout needed. Trout reminds me of Chad Dawson, before Dawson became a gun shy comedic act. Saturday night, he was in good form against a very tough, rugged, and good opponent. Cotto caught him with the left hook all night long, and made Trout miss a lot as well. But, Trout being able to adjust from moving back, forward, and laterally were a huge deterrence to a lot of what Cotto tried. He also showed he could take some punishment as Cotto did get to him a couple times.
I was expecting Trout to crumble a bit more on the grand stage, but he showed a hell of a character in staying composed and adjusting things on the fly in what became a good little fight. I thought he dug that straight left to the body all night, really well. And the tactical adjustment to the right hook paid huge dividends to him, as he repeatedly busted Cotto upside the head with it. Last point is that Trout didn't risk anything in the final 3 rounds. He stepped on the gas even more, and at some points, had Cotto really hurt in there. The piston like jab he hammered Cotto with really set the stage for some good looking work.
Fallout: Canelo has a huge choice to make, and IMO, it's an easy one. Fight Cotto, and then fight Trout. His mandatory situation is undecided as both Vanes and Lara solved nothing against each other. Canelo vs. Cotto would do very good PPV numbers, even with Cotto coming off of two decision losses. And then, Trout is right there to take on afterwards in a unification bout. Why take on Cotto first? Easy, money and name value. Trout will be there for almost all of Canelo's career. Cotto won't be. Get the name on there now, like he did with Mosley, and then move onto someone else.