Advertisement
Advertisement

A Cut Too Short: Weekend Review and Ratings Update

By Cliff Rold

It was a good fight.

It looked like it was on the way to being even more than that.  Cuts sometimes add drama to a fiery encounter.  Saturday, cuts over the left and right eyes, and bad swelling around the right, were a wet blanket, snuffing out the flames just as they were beginning to roar.  Slovenia’s Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KO) saw his IBF Welterweight belt passed into the hands of former WBC titlist Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO) and fans saw a developing war end as merely a quality skirmish.

So, sure, it could have been more.

Everything up to the early exit was pretty good.

Let’s go to the report card.

Grades
Pre-Fight: Speed – Zaveck B; Berto A/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Power – Zaveck B; Berto B+/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Defense – Zaveck B+; Berto C/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Zaveck B; Berto B+/Post: A; A

No one needed it to be ‘more’ than Zaveck, who did far better than he was getting credit for from the HBO announce crew.  Overly fixating on Berto, Zaveck’s clean, hard shots were often overlooked by the announcers in favor of Berto shots being blocked on arms and elbows.  The most decisive round of the five completed was round four, in Zaveck’s favor. 

That’s not to say Berto wasn’t landing or winning rounds.  He was.  Just not in proportion to the attention he was getting.  Zaveck couldn’t miss with the left hook and his right wasn’t bad either.  Berto was excellent to the body and, while lefts and rights were often being muffled upstairs by the guard of Zaveck, Berto’s uppercuts were stinging.

They also, ultimately, may have made the difference.  It was hard to tell if punches or some head contact caused either or both cuts, but the uppercuts played their part.  Berto was coming off a first loss, a savage affair with Victor Ortiz, and he didn’t shy from new combat.

He also didn’t move his head enough.  By enough, it could be read he didn’t move it nearly at all.  It is, and remains, his biggest flaw.  Berto gets hit too much, too clean, too often.  He’s long needed a preacher along with his trainer.  Why a preacher?

Because Berto needs to embrace the truth that it is not a sin to duck.

What was learned Saturday about Zaveck was, at least early, he didn’t hit quite hard enough to do more than shake Berto.  Could he done more without cuts?  The trend of the fight suggested that a second half could have gone either way.  Zaveck was taking the shots of Berto well on the chin and sucking it up against big body shots.  He seemed to be warming and growing into the task. 

Cuts are part of boxing.  Zaveck suffered them.  He lost.  However, the way he lost, any fan should be excited to see Zaveck again.  In a fairer world, a rematch with Berto would be in order, if not right away than before the 35-year old Zaveck gets too old.

Fairness has little place in the business of athletics and Berto is more likely, at least right away to do what everyone most fans will join him in doing.  Berto said after the fight he’d like a rematch with Ortiz.  Ortiz has business with Floyd Mayweather in two weeks.

There is no point speculating about any Welterweight futures because the course of the division is set on September 17th.  That day will come soon enough.
 
Report Card Picks 2011: 27-11

Ratings Update

Welterweight: Despite the win, there just isn’t anywhere for Berto to go.  Zaveck didn’t do anything to lose his slot.  The belt changed hands.  These ratings remain the same.

Jr. Bantamweight: In arguably the biggest upset of the summer, WBC titlist Hugo Cazares lost a narrow decision to unheralded Tomonubu Shimizu, ending what was a healthy run after previously ruling the Jr. Flyweight class.  The narrow split decision, on the road in Japan, should mean a rematch.  For now, Shimizu riders a rocket and Cazares stumbles a slot.

These results and more are reflected a page away.

>>>>>>Click Here To View BoxingScene's Full Divisional Ratings<<<<<<

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by leonthegee on 09-05-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;11089166][B]World Welterweight Champion: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO) [/B]Lineage Descends From: Mayweather UD12 Mosley, 05/01/2010 Top Ten Contenders 1. Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO, WBO, 2 Defenses) 2. Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO, WBC, 0 Defenses) 3. Andre Berto…

Comment by WESS on 09-05-2011

[B]World Welterweight Champion: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO) [/B]Lineage Descends From: Mayweather UD12 Mosley, 05/01/2010 Top Ten Contenders 1. Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO, WBO, 2 Defenses) 2. Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO, WBC, 0 Defenses) 3. Andre Berto…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Groves Feels Murray Never Recovered From Pounding By Golovkin Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Teddy Atlas: I Don't Think There is Any Interest in May-Pac Rematch Whyte Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch: I Want To Whup His Ass! Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley Custio Clayton Continues His Streak With Knockout Win Video: Justin Fortune on Khan, Golovkin, McGregor, Canelo, More Miguel Vazquez: I Will Ask Al Haymon To Get Me Adrien Broner Jermell Charlo Tells WBC That He Wants Canelo Alvarez Clash Video: John Molina Talks, Ruslan Provodnikov Crashes Interview Golovkin's Promoter: Canelo Talks Not Dead, Still Our Priority! Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Cracks Away on The Mitts Video: Provodnikov on Golovkin vs. Canelo, Facing John Molina Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Final Press Conference Video: David Avanesyan Confident of Stunning Shane Mosley WBC Eyes Tourney, With WBA/IBF, To Set Golovkin's Opponent Lara: I Want Golovkin Next, He Would Solidify My Legacy! WBC Prez Wants Canelo Hate To Stop, Plans To Give High Ranking Video: Martin Murray Confident of Taking Down George Groves Video: George Groves on DeGale vs. Jack, Haye, Facing Murray Dorticos Already Back In Gym After FOTY Win Over Kalenga Lara-Martirosyan II Leads Second-Most Watched '16 SHO Telecast Video: George Groves, Martin Murray Go Face To Face Ricky Burns Focused on History, Becoming 3 Weight Champ Jorge Linares Inks New Pact With Golden Boy Video: Martin Murray Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Rift George Groves: I'm Looking To Take Martin Murray Out! Video: Dillian Whyte on PEDs in Boxing, Joshua-Breazeale, More Dillian Whyte Wants Two Tuneups, Then More Experienced Foes Rances Barthelemy, Mickey Bey Discuss Training Camp, More Eubank Offers To Give British Title To Blackwell, Hennessy Reacts Enzo Maccarinelli Vows To Beat Dmytro Kucher in Style Khurtsidze's Coach: We're Ready To Face Golovkin in September Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator Well-preserved veteran Nick Casal eager to end five-year hiatus Parker's Coach Confident His Boxer Will Succeed Where Tua Failed
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement