Advertisement
Advertisement

GAB Must Explain How Golez Was Approved For Sosa Bout

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

We have been pointing out that the WBC International flyweight title fight between Filipino Roilo Golez and former world champion and No. 2 ranked Edgar Sosa who was defending his International title in Mexico was an obvious mismatch. But apparently the Games and Amusements Board and its officials didn’t think so.

They apparently approved the title fight between Golez who had a record of 13 wins, 7 defeats with 5 wins by way of knockout against the vastly more experienced Sosa whose record was 43 wins, 7 losses and 26 knockouts which meant that Sosa had twice as many knockouts as Golez had wins.

GAB Commisioner Aquil Tamano sought to explain the approval of the fight by the Boxing Division headed by Dr. Nasser Cruz by banking on a seriously questionable rule that as long as a boxer has won three of his last five fights he can be allowed to fight abroad.

It doesn't matter whether the 3 fights he won were against patsies as in the case of Golez' win over Dodoy Alapormina in his last fight on December 23, 2011. Golez won by a 5th round TKO but according to boxrec.com Alapormina had a miserable fight record of 1 win against 13 defeats.

Its not the number of wins or losses that should be the guiding principle. It should be who he fought and beat or lost to, and the quality of the opponents.

Its not merely a game of numbers because even if it is any average boxing fan would realize that Golez vs Sosa was a mismatch when you also consider that while Sosa is ranked No. 2 in the world, Golez is not even in the top 40!

What the Manila Standard warned against was a seeming mismatch based on the records and credentials of both fighters despite the brave predictions of Golez who eventually suffered a 7th round TKO, that he would knock Sosa out. The kid is brave, no question but bravery alone doesn't win fights against far superior opponents. .

All the pictures without exception posted on Fight News showed Sosa catching Golez time and again without a single photo of Golez connecting with a punch.

While we have no doubt that Golez is a gallant young fighter, allowing him to engage in such a patent mismatch could do irreparable damage to his career and his confidence and surely the GAB must share the blame.

The GAB also ignored the fact that Golez on October 1, 2011 lost by a 5th round TKO to Mexico’s Sammy Gutierrez in a bloody clash for the vacant WBC Silver title which Gutierrez dominated after Golez was deducted two points for a deliberate head-butt by referee Laurentino Oropeza in the opening round.

At the time of the stoppage which was 2:06 of round five, Golez was losing by a shutout (40-34) on the scorecards of all three judges. Yet, the GAB allowed the clash with Sosa to go ahead.

The common complaint of sports people and the public is that the government doesn’t really care about or invest in sports which was one of the reasons for our country’s disastrous 6th place finish in the recent Southeast Asian Games. Clearly the charge of lack of concern is validated by the GAB, which is directly under the Office of the President approving obvious mismatches.

Its not enough for GAB officials to fly out in a bunch to the US and enjoy the luxury of watching a Manny Pacquiao fight at one of the plush hotels in Las Vegas. What they need to do is to look after the lesser lights in Philippine boxing because Manny can take care of himself unlike fighters like Golez who the GAB so often feeds as fodder to superior fighters in Mexico and Japan.

Obviously, the GAB officials don’t know their boxing and if they do, they apparently don’t give a damn.

Tags: Edgar Sosa image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by xcaret v4 on 01-09-2012

Ronnie always bit*ing like always, why doesnt he bit* whenever a filipino fights a sorry azz fighter from thailand or someone with 0 wins :lol1:

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 01-09-2012

[COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]This sh*t happens too frequently, especially in the lower weights. Although in the lower weights it's not uncommon for fighters to win championships with only 10-15 fights. It's still not right. I recall a Mexican kid with high KO %…

Comment by delpilar on 01-09-2012

GAB is as incompetent as abnoy.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Hands of Stone - Ramirez Credits Roberto Duran as Mentor Gilberto Ramirez Starts Next Stage, Aims To Return By Year's End Murat Gassiev: Lebedev Improved A lot Since Hiring Roach Abel Ramos faces veteran Juan Jesus Rivera in Phoenix, Arizona Chisora's Coach: Joshua is Better Than Fury, But Haye Beats Him Ishe Smith Discusses Training Camp, Fighting Frank Galarza Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez To Get Honored at Home Smith: Canelo Ducked Golovkin, Talk of Pacquiao is Embarrassing! Mayweather Promotions' Titans of the Trade on September 17 Eubank Jr: Saunders is Extremely Boring, I Want 50-50 For Rematch Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch Marrero Reflects on Latest Win, Remains in Pursuit of Zambrano Burns-Relikh Title Fight Confirmed For October 7 in Glasgow Demetrius Andrade Ready For Culcay in Germany, SHO on Board? De La Hoya is Firm: Canelo Will Out-Sell Both Pacquiao Fights! Golovkin's Coach Rips Carl Froch: He Retired, Didn't Back Up Talk Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin, Ward, Kovalev, Team USA, More Mike Lee Faces Chris Traietti, September 30 at UIC Forum Juan Manuel Lopez Medically Cleared To Fight Wilfredo Vazquez Carlos Sanchez Aims To Continue KO Streak in Montebello Golovkin-Brook: Callum Smith, Kid Galahad, McDonnell Added Brook Baits Golovkin: You Want Respect? Show Me That Power! Avni Yildirim Ready For Aaron Pryor Jr. Clash in Berlin Despite Backlash, Luis Ortiz Envisions Brighter Future Williams on Brook Sparring: He's on Another Level To Golovkin! Jose Felix Pumped For Return, Hopes To Get Terry Flanagan Canelo, Conor McGregor Trade Words Over 'Cherry Picking' Claim Cuadras: Chocolatito Has an Appointment With a Knockout Photos: Christian Gonzalez, Edgar Valerio, Nava Open Workouts Photos: Danny Roman, LaRon Mitchell Ready For 'New Blood' Photos: Guerrero vs. Peralta, Angulo vs. Hernandez Face To Face Roberto Duran's 'No Mas' Trunks Hit The Auction Block Photos: Tishchenko Honored For Gold Medal By Vladimir Putin Fox Sports 1 Pleased With Latest Ratings Figure For PBC Show Guy Robb Vows To Control Pace and Outbox Miguel Marriaga Michael Conlan Has NO FEAR of AIBA's Threats of Action Jose Benavidez's Father Gives Details, Update on Son's Shooting Tomasz Adamek Ponders a Final Ring Return For 2017 Canelo: A Shame Mexicans Criticize Their Athletes So Much! Nietes vs. Sosa: Mark Magsayo To Face Garcia on The Undercard
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement