Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo-Castano, Rosado, Davis-Barrios, Khan, More

The Every day Bread Mailbag returns with Stephen “Breadman” Edwards tackling subjects such because the profession of Amir Khan, the unification between Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano, the abilities of Shakir Stevenson, the current large win by Gabe Rosado, the profession of David Haye, and extra.

Howdy Breadman ,                          

Simply cant recover from nonetheless seeing dangerous selections . The newest sufferer Adam Lopez , clearly gained his combat in opposition to Dogboe. It was motion packed combat . However Lopez gained and misplaced the choice . I consider all of the dangerous selections over time. How they influence a boxers profession, legacy, cash and standing . Typically championship standing . Simply incorrect to do that to somebody . And it simply would not impact the loser . The winner will get wrongly credited and awarded to lofty standing, cash and championships . Assume what could be totally different if Larry Holmes misplaced to Carl the Fact Williams and Tim Witherspoon.

Canelo has the loss to GGG . It adjustments issues . The dangerous judges simply carry on judging . This has to cease . Why cant judges    simply rating the combat , such as you say , one spherical at a time . With no stress or politics concerned . This has to maintain boxing from being legit . Wish to hear your strategies. Additionally why would Fury vs Joshua be placed on the backburner. It appears to be the most important combat for essentially the most cash. Why threat the massive payday by one or each presumably dropping. I do not perceive this. Please assist. 

Lastly , Teofimo Lopez vs Duran at 135  , Do you assume Duran might hold in there.

Thank You, J.B.

Bread’s Response: Wait did you simply ask me might Roberto Duran hold in there with Teofimo Lopez? Come on MAN! Lopez is a stud however the query needs to be phrased can Lopez hold in there with Duran, not can Duran hand in there with Lopez. You guys must cease disrespecting greatness. If I lived in your own home, and I mentioned you stayed with me. That might give folks the impression you lived in my home. I’ve seen assistant trainers name themselves CO trainers, attempting to offer the impression that they’re EQUAL to the pinnacle coach. Wording is essential. Please don’t disrespect the GAWD Dooran once more.

Unhealthy selections are horrible for boxing. The largest purpose is for the individuals who didn’t see the combat they usually solely can confer with the outcome. Over time folks overlook robberies however they keep in mind outcomes. 

The explanation why Fury is combating Wilder is as a result of a arbitrator instructed him to take action. Joshua is combating Usyk as a result of he’s an actual fighter and he believes he can win. Allow them to be actual fighters and do what actual fighters do. FIGHT. They aren’t overthinking it. They each imagine they’ll win. Let’s benefit from the fights.

Hey Bread,

Hope you and your loved ones are secure and effectively. Bread I wished to ask your opinion of Amir Khan. I’ll begin by stating I, like Khan, I’m of South Asian heritage and reside in England and after I grew up Khan was one thing of an inspiration to us younger South Asians, particularly these with a love of boxing, so once more I admit there could be unconscious bias in my views.

I really feel Khan is underrated on our shores given he gained a silver medal at such a younger age on the Olympics and is among the few British fighters in current occasions to “crack” America and combat recurrently within the States and was prepared to combat the easiest, no questions requested.

Khan does have his obtrusive deficiencies, most notably his focus and his punch resistance nevertheless I really feel he has had a profession he might be pleased with. I’ve heard some very disrespectful feedback about Khan over time which I really feel have been extraordinarily unfair and maybe motivated by extra than simply dislike for him as a fighter.

What are your views on him Bread and the way would you assess him as a boxer and his profession? Thanks in your time.

Bread’s Response: Amir Khan is a GUN, before everything. He fought Canelo. He has a poor chin and fought Canelo. Say that out loud. That’s all that you must find out about his coronary heart. My goodness. He fought Canelo at 155lbs and was truly combating effectively. I feel Khan is a prime 15ish UK fighter ever. I feel he was one large win away from the HOF. Sure he has punch resistance points. Sure he’s been kod. However let me let you know one thing I do know in regards to the artwork of matchmaking. Massive Promoters like to put their star fighters in with large names who’re simple to ko. Khan got here up in the identical period as Manny Pacquaio, Andre Berto, Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather. None of them ever fought Khan, and Khan is an enormous identify who brings large cash. 

From 2009-15 Khan was no simple combat. All of these fighters have been large cash makers and a part of large PPV foremost occasions throughout these 12 months and never one fought Amir Khan.Khan’s resume is severely underrated. Khan was the BUTT of many jokes. A few of it was his fault however he fought and beat some robust fighters in his period. He beat Andrys Kotelnik. Kotelnik was an Olympian. The first fighter to beat Marcos Maidana and was on the incorrect finish of a nasty choice vs Devon Alexander. Khan beat him clear. Khan beat Maidana in a terrific combat. Khan additionally beat Paulie Malignaggi in his prime. He stopped Zab Judah in a unification. 

He misplaced a controversial choice to Lamont Peterson that also doesn’t really feel proper. Somebody from Peterson’s workforce went over to the decide’s desk, it may be seen on video. Khan was deducted some extent within the final spherical of a 1 level combat in Peterson’s hometown. That entire situation had an odd feeling to it however Khan didn’t get any sympathy. 

Khan then placed on a terrific efficiency vs Devon Alexander. He additionally beat Chris Algieri and Luis Collazo. Algieri and Collazo are robust outs. Khan’s losses have been very dangerous and he often he received stopped. However he has some good wins and one of many higher resumes of his period. If different fighters had Khan’s resume they might be thought-about HOF, however as a result of it’s Khan he would by no means get in. If what occurred to Khan in DC vs Peterson would have occurred to a extra effectively appreciated fighter an even bigger deal would have been made about it. 

As a fighter he pissed off me as a result of he lacked IQ. Boxing potential and IQ will not be all the time unique. Khan has pedigree. He has velocity. He has some boxing potential. However his lack of knowledge pissed off me as a result of I rooted for him more often than not. He received hit with pictures no elite boxer ought to get hit with hit. However one way or the other regardless of his chin, lack of IQ and lack of knowledge he had an nearly HOF profession. I feel if he would have gotten a win over simply 2 of the fighters I named that didn’t combat him, he could be a HOF regardless of his dangerous ko losses.

Junior Middleweight is about to get it’s first unified champion within the 4 belt period. Who do you like Charlo or Castano? This weekend we had three large names within the division combating in separate bouts in Lubin vs Rosario and Jrock vs Mendoza. For some purpose Jrock pulled out in what appeared like comeback combat. I’ve seen photos on-line of sparring between Jrock and Mendoza and from what I hear, Mendoza greater than held his personal. I do know you don’t prepare him anymore however is there any fact to that. Apart from the ex champions like Hurd, Harrison and Jrock are there any darkish horses to problem Charlo for division supremacy?

Bread’s Response: Sure being a 4 belt champion can be a measure of greatness on this period. I favor Charlo barely however I feel Castano is a wonderful fighter. He appeared actually good for my part vs Patrick Texeira. Castano is a excessive quantity stress technician. He actually is aware of what he’s doing. Castano additionally was a greater beginner than Charlo. It doesn’t imply EVERYTHING but it surely does imply one thing. Castano beat Errol Spence and Sergey Devrencheno as amateurs. 

Proper now it’s exhausting to choose in opposition to Charlo as a result of he’s so clutch and his chin is so dependable. However he does lose rounds. He additionally has a low punch output. A low punch output shouldn’t be the worst factor on the earth, it really works for him. However throughout his present scorching streak the final two occasions he went the space, he had struggled on the scorecards. He misplaced to Tony Harrison and he received a MD win vs Austin Trout. Actually if you happen to have a look at the scorecards of the John Jackson combat, Jackson gained 7 out of 8 rounds. Charlo often scores a ko in most of these fights. At the moment I give him the sting. But when he doesn’t, I feel Castano is tremendous reside. 

It’s exhausting to beat Charlo, he’s solely misplaced as soon as, but it surely’s not exhausting to win rounds in opposition to him. All of his higher opponents truly win nearly half of the scored rounds. Jermell has a terrific jab however he doesn’t maintain his floor and pump his jab like Jermall does. Jermell bounces out and in together with his legs and Castano is excellent at monitoring fighters down. This can be a REAL combat. So I say both Charlo by ko or Castano by choice. However formally I’m choosing Charlo proper now. If I alter my thoughts I’ll allow you to guys know however I anticipate a terrific combat. 

I feel Rosario is a really sturdy down hill stress fighter. His points is he entrance runs. I don’t assume he’s an entire entrance runner. However he does entrance run. He additionally has punch resistance points to the pinnacle and physique. He’s weak to straight physique pictures. And he additionally will get damage with pictures excessive on the pinnacle. Rosario is a younger fighter however he loses his legs. Lubin has an amazing proper hook. And he has a nasty straight left hand to the physique. Clearly Rosario can damage Lubin additionally. However I feel Lubin is sharper and extra dynamic. I feel Lubin clips him in a shootout. Rosario is available in a manner, the place it’s both kill or be killed. He makes you KO him if you happen to can. Rosario is a canine however I simply don’t assume he can take it to effectively. So my decide is Lubin.

I don’t prepare Julian Williams anymore however I’m not going to insinuate destructive issues in direction of him if I don’t imagine them to be true. For those who’re suggesting that Williams pulled out of his combat vs Brian Mendoza as a result of Mendoza had sparring session in opposition to him, I don’t purchase that. I wasn’t there however it’s important to understand one thing. It was sparring. Possibly Mendoza was within the coronary heart of coaching. Possibly Mendoza is a gymnasium rat. Possibly Williams was simply attempting to get in form. Typically the followers and media don’t take that into consideration once they gossip about sparring or see movies and so on. I’m not saying it doesn’t imply something however it’s important to KNOW the context of the sparring. If Mendoza received the higher of Williams whereas Williams was in camp for 4 weeks and was peaking, then it will imply greater than a random sparring session. 

Whoever picked Mendoza for Williams did a terrific job. That’s an ideal combat for him. Mendoza is shorter than him. He can’t jab with Julian. He’s smaller and he doesn’t have the physicality to problem Julian’s skillset and sharpness. Julian is an excellent sharp fighter. Mendoza is the kind of fighter I’ve picked for him previously and he appeared like 1,000,000 bucks. 

Luciano Cuello1st spherical ko. Michael Medina eighth spherical 8k. Freddy Hernandez third rd ko, Orlando Lora third rd ko. 

The 2 losses Williams have taken have been in opposition to larger fighters, who have been imply sufficient to not get discouraged when he unloaded on him, and robust sufficient to make him make errors. Mendoza appears feisty however he’s not Charlo or Rosario. Something can occur in a combat however I doubt critically if Mendoza can beat Williams or if Williams pulled out due to a sparring session. 

Sure there are some younger weapons who can problem Charlo or Castano for supremacy. Erickson Lubin is on his approach to EARNING a 2nd title shot. I respect Lubin as a result of he retains going after the WBC belt. Charlo kod him for that WBC belt and even earlier than Charlo unified Lubin was screaming for a rematch. Lubin is reside vs Charlo or Castano. Charles Conwell, Sebastian Fundora, Tim Tszyu, Issy Madrimov are all rising. Jaron Ennis can be a 154lber within the subsequent 2 or 3 years. All the champions and ex champions are over 30 besides Rosario. So new blood is unquestionably coming. If Charlo turns again these younger weapons, like he did a lot of the guys his age, he’s a HOF and prime 10 ever within the division. 

Greetings and Blessings as all the time Sir,

There isn’t a lot I can add with regard to reward for Shakur Stevenson and his talents within the ring. When a fighter shows the flexibility to make use of protection at a excessive stage and shut out an opponent it will be counter productive to press for a knockout. The man who’s being shut out hardly ever receives any criticism for not going all out so why ought to the man who’s successful? Boxing stands out as the solely sport the place the winner is blamed for being good and executing a sport plan. The man who offers Shakur issues goes to have to determine facet step or step to him as he takes his exit. I might equate Shakur’s exit foot work to a killer crossover & step again earlier than taking a fade away jumper. Pound for pound recognition could take some time however he could very effectively be some of the troublesome fighters to beat proper in all of boxing. Thanks in your time as all the time.

Jack from Detroit 

Bread’s Response: You make an attention-grabbing level. In a workforce sport if a workforce is successful by working the ball. They don’t get criticized for not throwing bombs. However in equity and context in boxing you possibly can rating a ko, so it makes our sport distinctive. I really feel each side of the argument. For my leisure I wish to see a fighter get kos. But when I’m betting or I’m concerned with the fighter I wish to see them safe the WIN first, then get down with the leisure after. I feel the man who troubles Shakur would be the one who forces Shakur to the ropes and/or forces Shakur into vicious exchanges. Shakur’s protection is sensible but it surely’s easy. 90% of the time, he anticipates a punch and he steps again rapidly. Effectively if he’s up on the ropes, he can’t step again. Shakur can be in a position to get guys off of him through the use of 1 or 2 pictures. 

The type of fighter who can take in these pictures and undergo his skillset may also bother him. Marcos Maidana was not a terrific fighter. However he was a fighter who received scorching on the proper time. He was in a position to bother Floyd Mayweather twice, as a result of he didn’t undergo Mayweather’s talent set. He didn’t settle for that Mayweather was higher than him. He additionally bull rushed Mayweather to the ropes and tried to hit something. He didn’t attempt to land the right shot on Floyd. I’m not saying that’s the one approach to beat Stevenson. However sitting again attempting to land the right shot, can be troublesome to do on him. And sure he’s very troublesome to beat. When it comes to who can beat who and who can beat essentially the most fighters if everybody have been the identical measurement, he’s already prime 10 P4P. Stevenson might get P4P recognition very simply. Beat Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez. Two fighters each with Prime Rank. Each prime 5 within the division. It’s easy. He simply must get the fights and win them. I don’t assume both is a slam dunk. However I do assume he would open as the favourite for each. 

I apologize for not getting this to you earlier, Breadman. Began a brand new job and I’ve hit the bottom working.

Anyway, noticed that Chavez Junior proved a disappointment AGAIN. I additionally noticed Chavez Senior do fairly good for his age in his exhibition, in addition to the second when he and Canelo embraced. I might nearly hear Chavez saying to him, “Canelo, you’re just like the brother I want my son had”. However seeing these two Mexican warriors received me pondering… you’ve finished your prime 10 ATG checklist previously… however are you able to give us a prime 10 ATG checklist from Mexico? Eyeball check, resume, and whatnot of the best Mexican fighters of all time? I feel that will be cool! For those who do, within the spirit of being honest… must you depart Canelo and different energetic Mexican boxers OFF the checklist? Is that honest?

Greg Okay.

Bread’s Response: I feel Canelo is already a prime 10 ATG from Mexico. It’s no manner he isn’t. He has 4 legit division titles. 2 RING titles which is even larger. And he gained unifications at 154 and 168. Canelo is also one in all solely 3 fighters in historical past to carry belts at 154, 160, 168 and 175. The opposite two are Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns. Canelo HAS to be prime 10 ever from Mexico. So right here is my checklist. Off the highest of my head with out lengthy analysis however simply figuring out what I do know….Eye ball check, peak efficiency, accomplishments, competitors confronted and competitors missed or ducked.

1. Julio Cesar Chavez

2. Salvador Sanchez

3. Ricardo Lopez

4. Ruben Olivares

5. Canelo Alvarez

6. Marco Antonio Barrera

7. Juan Manuel Marquez

8. Erik Morales

9. Child Arizmendi

10. Carlos Zarate


I’m not certain if you happen to caught the Gabe Rasodo v Mulikuziev combat this weekend however that counter proper hand was particular. My query is whether or not that was a entice set just like the one you talked about final week have been Randall Bailey caught Mike Jones or was that simply good timing of somebody who was over aggressive and reckless? You may have acknowledged the significance of context and it has caught with me. Consequently, as I consider  that combat I noticed an skilled vet who in all probability noticed that flaw however I wished to get your take.

As a coach is it extra satisfying to see a combat plan executed completely with a majority choice or seeing a entice executed with a KO killer shot as a result of the Bully was undoubtedly forward on the time of the stoppage ? Sergio Mora known as the may and nailed it when he mentioned it was paying homage to how Marquez caught Manny.

Lastly ,as a coach I assume I simply assume you’ve met everybody in boxing. Is there a boxer or coach that you simply haven’t met that you simply want you may meet? Have you ever met your favourite boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

MM :1973 George Forman vs prime Evander Holyfield . Is it the identical outcome or is the youthful, meaner  George an excessive amount of for a smallish however nice Evander?

Take care, Aaron from Cleveland

Bread’s Response: I feel it was each. I feel Gabe set Bek up and I feel he seized the chance when he noticed it. Bek is a southpaw and he’s in love together with his energy. He dropped Gabe earlier. So Gabe knew he might punch. Most of Bek’s kos are from that candy spot he’s discovered with hitting fighters together with his left hand beneath the elbow. Bek throws that shot again and again. So Gabe proper hand puncher determined to go over the shot, whereas Bek got here beneath. Gabe gained the shootout. They each punched on the identical time. I’m certain Gabe seen that’s Bek’s cash shot on the footage of his previous fights. THAT WAS NOT LUCK. 

As a coach it’s satisfying to get each outcomes. A full choice of execution. Or a ko from a transfer you labored on. It doesn’t matter to me. I like them each.

At this level I’m in my 40s. I don’t wish to meet anybody I idolized as a result of I don’t wish to discover out one thing about them I don’t like. I’ve just about met everybody I ever wished to fulfill. However assembly and speaking with somebody is totally different. Sergio Mora launched me to Ray Leonard on the BWAA awards in 2019. It was superior, we took a pic collectively and talked for a couple of minutes. I’ve additionally talked with Larry Service provider who was cool. We talked briefly. I met Teddy Atlas who was additionally nice to speak to. I talked for presumably 2 hours with Emanuel Steward the 12 months he died. That was perhaps one in all my greatest experiences as a coach. I’ve met and talked on a private stage with Naazim Richardson and Russel Peltz. Two of the extra in style figures in my metropolis. I met Muhammad Ali after I was 5 years previous. That’s the mountain prime for me. I nearly received my a$$ beat breaking away from my mom to fulfill him however I didn’t care. He was a GAWD to me. As an grownup I grew to be 6’3 the identical peak as Ali. However as a child he appeared just like the tallest man on the earth. 

At this level I’ve seen and talked with so many nice boxing figures, it’s no large deal to me anymore. However there are two males who I’ve met in passing however I haven’t had the prospect to speak with. And that’s Mike Tyson and Roy Jones. I might love to try this. I nearly had an opportunity to speak with Tyson in Vegas however there have been too many individuals round and an excessive amount of commotion. I missed my likelihood. I might additionally like to speak store with Max Kellerman. Kellerman will get a variety of flack however he’s very educated about boxing. I think about him one of many main historians on the earth. All in all I’ve met some nice folks in boxing. However I don’t drive conversations. I don’t ask for autographs and I don’t push myself on anybody. So any interplay must be natural at this level.

Hello Breadman,    

With Castano vs Charlo arising subsequent month, do you assume Castano’s win over Teixeira will profit him vs Charlo? Teixeira’s attain is nearly 4″ longer than Charlo’s and Castano did not appear to have points overcoming the distinction in attain with Teixeira. I may very well be incorrect though I sense the chances changing into 50/50 on combat night time and likewise seeing Castano stopping Charlo….. care to share your ideas for this match up?


Bread’s Response: I feel Castano was very spectacular vs Texeira. He makes use of his toes, quickness and can energy to shut the hole. He will get there as a result of he needs to get there. I see fighters making use of pretend stress usually they usually enable themselves to be held at vary. Castano will get there. So after all successful a title and performing on the stage will profit him. I don’t assume he can cease Charlo. Charlo has dedication and a terrific chin. However I do assume it is a winnable combat. Castano is a really expert fighter. Jermell fights totally different from Jermall. Jermall holds his floor extra. The place as Jermell bounces on his nice legs. If Jermell bounces on Castano and will get trapped on the ropes, I feel the judges will give Castano the rounds. It can seem he’s executing his gameplan. This combat is intriguing and if Charlo can’t damage him….

Greetings Bread. Simply to open up, I actually really feel educated after I learn your column. Whether or not it is historic or modern boxing, coaching strategies, and even the life classes you embrace when somebody’s getting a bit too desirous to imagine in only one manner of doing issues. There’s all the time one thing I can take away out of your column and hope to use it to myself, even when I wasn’t a boxing fan.

I wished to put in writing in a couple of rivalry that does not get sufficient love. Subsequent week will mark ten years since Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye. Many will look again and say the combat was a uninteresting, tactical affair. Granted, it wasn’t an motion combat by way of punches thrown, however there was an enormous buzz and pleasure within the air (plus the pouring rain…) that both fighter might get knocked out; as such, I perceive why they fought cautiously as a result of the likelihood for a KO was at fever pitch. I may also always remember the build-up which lasted all the best way from 2008 amid a number of false begins and cancelled fights. When it was lastly introduced in January 2011, I can actually say I’ve not felt as pumped and ELATED a couple of boxing match apart from Mayweather–Pacquiao.

We have lately seen two heavyweight fights everybody clamored for (Joshua–Wilder and Fury–Joshua) which fell aside, but I can all the time look again on that entire Haye–Klitschko occasion with an enormous smile and say to myself: for as soon as, we truly received the massive combat everybody wished. Typically when that large combat occurs, whatever the precise end result, we simply needs to be grateful within the years afterwards that it received MADE. I assume it is my manner of maintaining constructive about boxing.

So a few inquiries to Breadman: was Haye–Klitschko the most important heavyweight combat, on paper and in identify worth, since Lewis–Tyson? I do know we have had Joshua–Klitschko, and the Fury–Wilder trilogy is wanting higher as time goes on, however I simply have not had the identical white-knuckle thrill about these fights as I did for Haye–Klitschko. It simply felt like a large, Earth-stopping occasion. There was one thing so animalistic and vitriolic about that feud, from the time when Haye began calling him “Dr. Limp Wrist” and confronted him at an enviornment in London in 2008, to these notorious T-shirts and the eventual cancellation of the combat in 2009, the infinite trash discuss for the next two years, proper up till the HBO Face Off with Max Kellerman by which it was clear to see that these two fighters completely frickin’ loathed every others’ guts.

Holy hell, they might not STAND one another! To me that was 100% actual; no promoting the combat for PPV buys or being mates afterwards. I’ve seldom seen such real hatred between two fighters since. Secondly, would you agree that Haye was Wladimir’s greatest win? Some may say Povetkin, though the result of that combat was not a shock; many would’ve predicted the ugly, cautious hug-fest that it turned out to be. I feel it was an excellent win, together with Ibragimov and Chagaev (all have been undefeated and present/former world champions with severe beginner credentials) however to me the Haye win stands out, in that so many predicted Wladimir would get KO’ed from the primary shot that landed. Quite the opposite, Haye landed some flush punches within the last spherical, however that solely pissed Wladimir off and made him unload to shut the present. A lot for the glass chin! And naturally, everybody remembers Haye’s toe shenanigans afterwards. What did you make of all that on the time?

Lastly, how a couple of phrase on Haye’s profession? I discovered it extremely irritating to look at him do completely nothing worthwhile with the WBA title after successful it from Valuev (and famously almost knocking him out), apart from combat his necessary Ruiz, and Audley Harrison, and naturally he TALKED so much while Wladimir went about his enterprise and dismissed his varied mandatories.

Haye’s heavyweight title reign flat-out stunk; perhaps one of many worst in current a long time? Then got here the four-year layoff, the failed try and hype a Haye–Briggs showdown (which might’ve been a variety of enjoyable for nevertheless lengthy it lasted), and the crushing TKO losses to Bellew. There was all the time an pleasure about Haye, perhaps extra so in his cruiserweight days, however at heavyweight he merely didn’t ship regardless of the wonderful instruments he possessed: insane energy, velocity, awkward footwork, and a calculated ferocity when issues went his manner.

-Dan, UK

Bread’s Response: Wlad vs Haye was an enormous combat. They each made loopy cash. I keep in mind the heavyweight legends appeared and did ring walks. The combat was actually a let down by way of motion although. Haye wouldn’t advance ahead and Wlad was content material on simply touchdown his jab. Typically I hear criticisms of boring fights and I don’t agree. On this case, this was not an excellent combat. However props to Wlad he received the win and that counts. I feel Haye was his greatest win. Nearly as good as Wlad is, he’s nice. He doesn’t have nice WINS and that hurts his legacy for my part. 

Haye had profession by way of enterprise. Cruiserweight shouldn’t be a deep division by way of ATG. So I feel he’s firmly a prime 10 Cruiser ever. However his run at heavyweight made him cash but it surely didn’t have legacy defining achievements. In his BIG Tremendous Bowl he didn’t combat effectively. If I keep in mind appropriately I feel he had an harm to his leg. However historical past gained’t be variety to him for that efficiency. Haye was a really proficient fighter however he doesn’t have excessive championship numbers so historians would require extra from him in large performances and massive fights. 

He didn’t have a terrific reign at Cruiserweight. He beat Jean Marc Mormeck for the WBA and WBC titles and in his very subsequent combat, he unified the WBO title with an enormous win over Enzon Maccararinelli. He instantly moved as much as heavyweight after that. So whereas he did have 3 belts at Cruiserweight with two large ko wins. He doesn’t have the wins and numbers that Holyfield and Usyk had. I might put him beneath these guys in phrases on greatness at Cruiserweight. 

He additionally has some stable wins at heavyweight over Ruiz, Valuev and Chisora. However he carried out sub par vs Klitschko and was stopped twice by Tony Bellew which ended his profession. I feel Haye was a superb fighter by way of promotion. I feel he had glorious expertise. He gained titles in two divisions and he was aside of some large occasions. When it comes to the UK he charges actually excessive during the last 20 years. However I don’t assume he’ll get into the HOF or be thought-about a terrific fighter general. Sadly he would have wanted to beat Wlad and distinguish himself at heavyweight a bit of bit extra as a result of at Crusierweight he gained these two title fights and exited the division. 


We had some surprising good fights this previous weekend. Let me contact before everything on Charlo vs Montiel. The early rounds have been going as many anticipated them to go and Charlo appeared to be on his approach to a stoppage, however when that did not occur, I really feel like he began to gasoline a bit and allowed Montiel to achieve some confidence. Charlo has this tendency typically to look too exhausting for a stoppage and he could have asserted an excessive amount of power. Because of this hometown fights are harmful and if I used to be managing a fighter, I might watch out in placing them in most of these fights except they recurrently combat there. The fighter feels stress in thrilling the gang and having an announcement win, but it surely finally ends up backfiring extra occasions than none. However everybody ought to give Montiel his simply due, he stayed robust in there, took large pictures and by no means wavered. Introduced it each single spherical and made Charlo work for it. Great things.

I simply received completed watching The 4 Kings documentary and did some analysis and I used to be amazed at how quickly the fighters got here again after a loss. Duran misplaced to De Jesus and returned two months later vs Robertson. Hearns misplaced vs Leonard and returned lower than three months later vs Singeltary. Seeing this additionally ticked me off on how folks attempt to discredit Leonard’s win over Duran saying he caught him off guard when the rematch that came about 5 months after the primary combat! Duran was routinely combating each two or three months so why does that excuse proceed to fly? Additionally, why do fighters these days take rattling close to a 12 months to return after a loss? Would not it make sense in the event that they returned rapidly to achieve some momentum and get the loss out of their thoughts? Not saying those who received KO’d or dominated badly, however those who simply lose selections. Curious to listen to what you assume the rationale for that is.

Take care.

Bread’s Response: Right here is the factor. Charlo was simply acknowledged for his achievements at dwelling in Houston for Juneteenth. Charlo is from Houston. Houston is an enormous market. Fighters wish to combat at dwelling. They wish to construct their manufacturers. Ticket gross sales at dwelling determines their true VALUE. It’s as much as the fighter to not enable himself to be distracted. I don’t purchase into that excuse. Charlo didn’t make it however you introduced it up. If Charlo would have stopped Montiel in spherical 6 when he was damage, then combating at dwelling would have been advantageous. After the combat Charlo known as GGG and Canelo out to combat in Houston. On the finish of the day, fighters do what they do. I merely assume we’ve to offer Montiel credit score for coming to combat. He had gameplan. He saved his palms up. He blocked and parried pictures. And he went in direction of Charlo’s energy, as an alternative of away from it. Charlo is a truck. But when a truck tries to run you over, you flatten it’s tires. Montiel was hitting Charlo with a NASTY hybrid left hand underneath his elbow to his liver. Charlo could have an iron chin, no human has an iron LIVER. That shot hurts. It received to Charlo. However Charlo is a DOG, he didn’t present seen misery however I might see that shot had an have an effect on on him. 

After that Montiel began touchdown a lead left hand, and an left uppercut that appeared as if it was going to the liver however he would convey it up stairs. With that one shot, he did 3 issues. He wasn’t successful extra rounds however he was doing injury. He fought , sensible combat. You must give him credit score. You even have to offer Charlo credit score. Charlo turned again a decided challenger. I’ve seen fighters disintegrate and get upset in that very same precise spot. Charlo didn’t. He bit down and overcame the problem. Charlo did what he all the time does. Lands a terrific jab. Fights decided. And goes for the ko. It’s simply that Montiel had different plans and fought at his greatest when his greatest  was wanted. 

Preventing world class fighters at this stage is NEVER as simple because it appears. Charlo is an enormous man and he did get a bit of excited. And typically whenever you get excited, it adjustments your coronary heart charge up. And that may be exhausting to get better from. After Montiel weathered these storms within the fifth and sixth rounds, issues received spicy. That’s why I all the time inform my fighters to land a physique shot, once they see their opponents damage. So in the event that they shoot their load attempting for the stoppage. The opponent additionally has to get his win, as a result of he’s recovering from a physique shot. However once more Charlo confirmed dedication as a result of he did get fatigued however he pushed by it. That was a really exhausting combat within the ring. Not by way of scoring however by way of resistance. 

All fighters will not be the identical. Briscoe, Chandler, Marvin Johnson, Chandler, Tony Thornton (to call just a few off he prime of my head) all knew the distinction between proper and incorrect and lived their lives that manner. That has modified, but it surely’s not simply fighters–it’s folks. At the moment all the things is a cash seize, actually in boxing. The world is screwed up.  How else do you clarify Trump and the Republican sycophants who worship him? Learn 1984 by George Orwell if you happen to by no means learn it.  That’s our nation.

Bread’s Response: You’re a really smart man. I pay attention whenever you converse. However I didn’t say ALL fighters have been the identical. I mentioned I used to be instructed all fighters are the identical. I imagine there are some fighters with excessive morals and respectful honest outlooks on the enterprise and the loyalty facet of boxing. However from my experiences and I imagine yours additionally that there are some USERS out right here who play the sufferer and act as if the promoters and managers used them forgetting the investments it took to get them there.

For instance I as soon as had a fighter and his workforce strategy me to get them signed with perhaps the most important entity in boxing. The boxer was coming off of a loss. He wasn’t a wanted kind of fighter to say the least. He wished me to get him signed with out making a dime, however he was going to pay his workforce. I’ve bumped into that kind of mentality greater than I’ve bumped into the mentality of, decency and customary sense by way of the fighters. I’m simply being sincere, I’ve not met many beneficiant or considerate fighters. You may have been round so much longer than me. So your scope is broader. However I’ll by no means generalize ALL fighters. 

I’ve crop of children now, with first rate morals and I hope to maintain it that manner. I’ve two youngsters who provided more cash than my customary 10% and I used to be shocked. It’s by no means occurred in 11 years and it took me again. So I’m heading in the right direction. 

However sure general folks have poor morals as of late. The disgusting feedback on social media. The entitlement. The sufferer enjoying. We’re in dangerous occasions. My #1 job is to boost my youngsters by this mess we name society. Thanks in your remark. Legend.

How do you see the Tank vs Barrios combat. I feel he’s simple work for Tank though the true champion is Josh Taylor. Even Floyd Mayweather, Tank’s promoter says there are too many belts. What’s the WBA common champion anyway? If Floyd is aware of most of those belts are nugatory, why is his greatest fighter combating for the belt that’s not actual? Additionally give me a stable wager this weekend. 

Bread’s Response: I don’t wish to discredit the belts proper now. We all know there are 4 main belts the IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO. I additionally agree with Floyd. There are too many belts. However it’s boxing. It’s our time. What can we do? I view this combat as a BIG combat. Barrios is a prime 10 Ring Rated Junior Welterweight. He’s undefeated and it is a actual combat. Let’s simply take pleasure in it. 

As for the combat itself. I see just a few issues. Tank is extra proficient. He has extra god given expertise. However that doesn’t imply he’ll win. Tank is brief however he’s all the time been quick. It’s like saying that Pernell Whitaker is brief. Gifted fighters like that adapt to their bodily statures. Tank is MURDER beneath together with his uppercuts and physique pictures. And he is MURDER excessive together with his looping hooks and over hand pictures. It’s as a result of he’s quick and the pictures catch you abruptly.

I imagine Group Davis noticed Barrios vs Akhmedov and with Akhmedov being a southpaw and touchdown his left hand usually, they really feel Tank will land his and ko Mario. That’s a good evaluation as a result of Barrios took punishment in that combat. However they may very well be WRONG. You by no means know what Barrios went by in that camp. You additionally must consider that he received higher and discovered from it. I feel this combat comes down to some issues. One is Barrios’s response time. Can he react to Tank’s quick highly effective assaults and never get hit CLEAN with a kill shot. 

Two can Mario mount an offense and make Tank have to regulate to his resistance. Tank has confronted some stable fighters in Pedraza and Santa Cruz. However he’s by no means actually needed to modify over 12 rounds and win a combat together with his boxing potential. His energy and athleticism have been sufficient. 

Third is how will Tank reply if Mario remains to be within the combat within the 2nd half. Tank will get pissed off at occasions and other people don’t understand it. I’ve seen him decide fighters up and slam them in fights. He hits a bit of soiled. With informal followers cheering him on anticipating him to ko Mario with each shot, if it doesn’t occur can he deal with that and hold his composure. Disqualifications occur in boxing. I keep in mind the Brandon Rios vs Anthony Peterson combat. And the Floyd Mayweather vs Zab Judah. Additionally Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson. Tank has fiery persona just like Judah, Tyson and Peterson. Judah ought to have been DQ and Peterson and Tyson have been DQ. Tank picked up Santa Cruz of their combat however nobody actually talked about it as a result of he scored the dramatic ko. However I wish to see if he can hold his poise with all of that stress on him if Mario is successful or holding his personal. 

I feel if this combat goes the space, Barrios has a very good likelihood to win. However he has to get out of these early rounds. Tank is a mix of Mike Tyson/Zab Judah offensively. He is a brutal offensive fighter however I don’t have an official decide as a result of they’re some issues that I haven’t found out on the time I am scripting this. And the little issues are vital. 

The decide I like essentially the most for this weekend is Lubin by KO. I feel Rosario may be very intelligent together with his stress. I feel his palms are heavy and if he had a greater chin he could be the most effective man within the division. However he doesn’t. Lubin is sharp, quick, highly effective and locked in. I feel sooner or later, he hits Rosario with a proper hook and hurts and stops him. Lubin needs to be cautious to not fall in love together with his offense and shut his punches off appropriately. He additionally has to not over punch. However my intestine tells him he clips Rosario.

Assalaam alaykum Mr. Edwards,

I wished to ask you for a historic perspective of Malik Scott evaluating Deontay Wilder to Muhammad Ali.  Particularly, Scott mentioned (in response to 78SPORTSTV) that “Deontay Wilder is the closest factor to [Muhammad Ali] on this time.”  Scott mentioned this with Wilder listening in and nodding.  Scott then doubled down on social media (his personal Instagram account) and mentioned, “Human media all the time miss quoting me for the sake of click on bate and since they know their fellow people are essentially the most best creatures to finesse. ..I by no means mentioned @bronzebomber was the closest factor to Muhammad Ali on this time..my precise phrases was “Deontay wilder is ten occasions extra expert within the ring than Muhammad Ali ever was and have crushed ten occasions extra battles outdoors the ring then Muhammad Ali ever did.”  Now go write go about that sh!t.  “We on our facet” #Oddguy #Mywayoflife #Notraffic #2X”I neglected the emojis as a result of I do not know add them to an e-mail, in any other case the publish is verbatim.  

I perceive that Scott is probably going mocking the individuals who took concern together with his unique comparability, however I additionally assume he is doubling down on what’s an unbelievably inaccurate assertion.  I do not imagine that any athlete who ever lived overcame extra to perform greater than Muhammad Ali.  I feel the one individuals who can evaluate traditionally are Jackie Robinson and maybe Jack Johnson and Jesse Owens.  I feel Joe Louis and everybody else who stopped their profession to serve throughout both world conflict deserves separate point out.

Is that this even value addressing? As a result of it appears completely inexcusable and ridiculous.  If the reply to that query is sure it’s value addressing, are you able to please handle it and put Scott in his place (or put me in mine)?  Of all of the absurdities that Wilder and his workforce have spouted, that is the worst.  And previous to this, it was a litany of different nonsense (costume weight, egg weights, crab in a bucket referee).  Their desperation to advertise Wilder and the (pointless) third combat with Fury goes too far.  These males, Wilder included, don’t have any understanding or regard for historical past.

For the file, I am an American Muslim and I am white.  I am additionally an Military veteran.  All that on the desk, Ali is a hero who deserved and deserves each single little bit of reward ever heaped on him.  Moreso nonetheless as a result of he didn’t deserve so most of the difficulties and injustices that made him The Biggest as he overcame them.  Wilder would not need to be put in the identical sentence, except it is merely to acknowledge that each males held a heavyweight belt at a selected time and each have been among the many greatest boxers of their era (and that is being beneficiant to Deontay Wilder).

Peace, John

Bread’s Response: How are you Sir? I don’t learn articles or watch movies. So perhaps Malik was being sarcastic I don’t know. Possibly he’s bored with the media. Malik Scott has an enormous job in entrance of him. It’s legacy defining. Regaining the heavyweight title is a BIG deal. Emanuel Steward’s greatest jobs as a coach was regaining the heavyweight titles by Evander Holyfield vs Riddick Bowe. And Lennox Lewis regaining his title after he knocked out by Oliver McCall. And Wlad Klitschko occurring a run after early ko defeats. Scott is in an enormous spot. So simply perhaps he wished to take some stress off of his fighter and put it on him. I don’t know. However I’m not going to match Ali and Wilder. I don’t wish to get into that. Two totally different fighters. Two totally different eras. Ali was Ali. And let Wilder be Wilder. I like Malik Scott and want him effectively. He’s a cool dude and he’s very educated. Let’s see if he can apply his expertise and information to coaching. 

Howdy Mr Bread,

As a brand new fan of the game,  You instructed me to look at a number of the previous weapons that fought again in days, you will be glad to know I had already seen a variety of them, Ali vs Frazier 1,2, 3, frazier vs foreman, ali vs Forman, the 4 kings period and all their fights.  I used to be questioning, do you assume the heavyweights of right this moment can be tune ups for these guys again then? Trigger they appeared actually ruthless again within the days.

Now, Inoue man….I dunno classify him, however he appeared flawless. The dude dasmarinas was taller and rangier but I noticed him throw a jab and it didnt land, but inoue the shorter man throws his jab and it lands. How is that this dude in a position to get out and in of vary so rapidly? What did you make of his efficiency, and is there any weak point you may have seen from him thus far, trigger am principally within the driver’s seat of his hype prepare lol, the person is phenomenal. I really feel like Shakur Stevenson may very well be all the things inoue is (however he doesnt punch as exhausting). Let me clarify, this may sound bizarre however I feel Shakur and inoue are related in some elements. Take their final performances,  they each fought tall rangy guys who hit actually exhausting. Shakur was in a position to keep out of vary and never get hit, he received in vary rapidly to get his pictures off and transfer again out of vary. He by no means confirmed urgency or pushed the tempo.

Now in inuoe’s case he was in a position to do all that shakur did, however he did it coming ahead and stalking his opponent who had good footwork. Inuoe’s confirmed that you could come ahead and be slick and nonetheless forestall being hit but beat your opponent like he stole one thing. I dunno if this is smart lol. With that mentioned, how do you see these matchups, Inoue vs Shakur,  Inoue vs chocolatito, inuoe vs lomachenko and inuoe vs bud Crawford ( assuming they have been all in identical weight class) am actually excessive on him proper now lolAlso, Jermal charlo confirmed what I all the time knew he had in him, and that is being a “canine”, montiel was sport, what do you make of his efficiency. I noticed his publish combat interview he was a bit irritated by a reporter who mentioned he was damage/barely buzzed late within the combat.  

What is that this with fighters of right this moment by no means eager to admit that they have been stung or buzzed, charlo’s physique language was a bit totally different at that time when he received hit and that is no knock on him, it was certainly a terrific efficiency IMO, I seen the best Ali get damage, smoking joe, large George,  all of them nonetheless grew to become ATG, even Devin Haney refused to say he was damage, is it ego or pleasure?  

Have one Mr Bread.

Bread’s Response: Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua wouldn’t be tune ups for any heavyweight in any period. They would slot in, in any period. However that doesn’t imply they might be dominant champions. The heavyweights the 70s have been killers however they have been smaller. I do assume they might compete as a result of as people we ADAPT to our occasions. So in the event that they fought right this moment they might have entry to higher restoration. Context once more. They’d have entry to extra superior weight applications and so on. In different divisions it isn’t as distinguished. However within the heavyweight division it will be an element. 

Nevertheless, I nonetheless assume 6’3” to six’5” and from 225lbs-240lbs is all that you must achieve success. As a result of 99% of the heavyweight lug round an excessive amount of weight. And when that occurs they compromise agility and stamina. There’s a such factor as being TOO BIG. Shakur Stevenson and Monster Inoue have nice toes. Each have fast and athletic toes. However their temperaments are totally different. Stevenson is a winner and he’s very aggressive. Inoue is a MONSTER. He’s a serial killer. Each are acceptable. Fighters must be who they’re. However in equity to Stevenson, Inoue is way additional alongside by way of improvement. Inoue has had over 10 title fights. Stevenson simply 1. 

Inoue’s efficiency was superior. I want he have been larger and I knew his opponents higher. I’m beginning to get the identical impression of him that I received of Ricardo Lopez. He by no means actually has an off night time. He’s exact. Athletic. Proficient. Technically sound. He’s offensive however nonetheless defensively accountable. And most of all he’s a SAVAGE. Inoue fought arguably the most effective puncher ever from 118 and beneath in Nonito Donaire with a damaged face and by no means QUIT. As a lot because it’s NOT applicable to criticize fighters who resolve to stop for his or her well being. We must always applaud fighters who hold pushing. Inoue saved pushing.

Principally your asking me in your matchups is Inoue the most effective fighter on the earth. He could also be. I nonetheless say it’s Terence Crawford however man Inoue is so so good. I don’t know if he can beat everybody, however I don’t know who I might decide over him if everybody is identical measurement. 

I believed Charlo carried out effectively. He has nothing to be ashamed of. Montiel got here to combat. I don’t watch interviews. However you’re proper there isn’t any disgrace in being damage. It’s boxing. Possibly Charlo doesn’t wish to say it as a result of he needs to maintain his invincible mindset in tact. Fighters don’t admit a variety of issues and that’s okay. None of us are ready to argue with him. Being damage is definitely a matter of interpretation. I believed he was damage however he hid it effectively like a real skilled. But when he says he wasn’t that’s no large deal. He’s a fighter.

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