Daily Bread Mailbag: Tank, Kambosos, Haney, Benn-Algieri, Loma, More

The Every day Bread Mailbag returns with Stephen “Breadman” Edwards tackling matters resembling Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Conor Benn’s struggle with former champion Chris Algieri, Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos, and far more.

Pricey Bread,

Hope you might be nicely. I do know you fancy intelligence and the way it performs out in a profession. Simply watched the 22 min Off the cuff Conor Benn episode. I believe he’s one of many smartest and most charismatic and clever younger boxer I’ve ever heard speaking. I do know you’ll take pleasure in it. I don’t find out about his ceiling. He bought damage, lacks beginner pedigree, and I do know he’s being protected and constructed up completely. However I see main enhancements, ardour, dedication, excessive IQ, leisure worth and really stable surrounding – one thing you want. What do you consider him vs Algieri?

And if you happen to needed to give him two extra struggle earlier than the highest 5 WW, who would that be?

Finest, Diego

Bread’s Response: I’ve heard Conor Benn converse, he’s a brilliant younger man. However such as you, I don’t find out about his upside. Welterweight is just stacked and I don’t know if you happen to can break by means of at welterweight together with his restricted background. However I wish to be honest and assess him extra. Once I initially noticed him, I didn’t see the upside of say Tim Tszyu. However let’s see how he does vs Aligieri. I do not know what is going to occur, as a result of I don’t understand how a lot Aligieri has left. I do suspect Ben will win as a result of Algieri was picked for a motive and somebody in energy, pulling strings for Benn, picked him. However that’s not a assure. Cherry picks go incorrect on a regular basis in boxing.

Two extra fights earlier than the highest 5….I might say Adrien Broner and Josesito Lopez could be good fights earlier than the top5. However who is aware of….if he’ll even be prepared after that. The highest 5 is Assassin’s Row. Spence, Crawford, Ennis, Ugas and Ortiz are all killers and they’re 5 finest welters on the planet on the present second. 

Hey Bread,

Had a query concerning the visuals of a struggle. Watching Crawford vs Porter, seeing Buds response to “being down on factors” made me surprise about what judges really see or search for. Clearly, Crawford felt like he was profitable comfortably. To lots of people, it appeared like this wasn’t the case. My level is, do fighters know methods to or observe on what judges “search for”? Crawford might have been up greater than what the scorecards had been on the time up stoppage, however it didn’t seem like it. Might this be that Porter knew methods to impress the judges and he appeared higher than he was doing? I felt it was an in depth struggle. Canelo is visually spectacular. His kind and fluidity is on level. I’m an in depth struggle the place he could also be dropping, does his ascetics turn out to be an essential issue within the eyes of judges or viewers? I used to be having some hassle placing my ideas on to paper, I hope I bought my level throughout. Thanks for repping my dwelling state of PA nicely!

Mark Stoy McCahill

Bread’s Response: Scoring a struggle is subjective however there are pointers. A struggle is scored on separate rounds with NO CARRY OVER EFFECT. That means if a fighter does nice within the 1st spherical, that shouldn’t impact the subsequent spherical and so forth.

A struggle is scored on 4 standards. 1. Clear Punching 2. Affective Aggressivenes 3. Protection 4. Ring Generalship. All of these issues are self explanatory. Then you may have a typical sense criterion of who you’d quite be for that 3 minute stanza. You may’t make up your individual standards by saying, you need to take the title from the champion. Or one man was coming ahead. Or one man threw extra punches. These aren’t a part of the criterion. That being stated, good coaches inform their fighters methods to impress judges. I assume Shawn Porter is aware of methods to win rounds. He was a stand out beginner and he was a 2x world champion as a professional. I additionally thought it was an in depth struggle. Very shut. Crawford was within the struggle, he wasn’t scoring it. He felt he was in management, which he turned out to be. However being in management and being comfortably up in factors isn’t the identical factor. Once more, it’s subjective.

Canelo has electrical energy in his punches. They’re arduous, flashy and loud. He’s a gifted offensive fighter. He at all times appears to be in management together with his physique language. Canelo will get it and he’s very arduous to beat on factors due to this. I’ve been stay to some of his fights, and he actually is aware of methods to command the group. For instance, stay on the struggle I believed Canelo was outboxing Trout. However as soon as I learn the articles, I figured it was controversial from a TV stand level. They did stay scoring on the struggle, however principally everybody I sat close to, had Canelo up…


We had a pleasant weekend of fights and I really appreciated a Sunday night struggle evening! It was completely different however fulfilling and actually we spent Sunday nights watching basketball or soccer yr round, so why cannot this turn out to be the norm? WWE used to place their PPVs on Sunday with the road of pondering of everybody being dwelling preparing for work. Is smart!

In any case, I wish to contact on the 2 major fights we noticed. First, Haney vs Diaz. I believed it was , spectacular efficiency by Haney. Daiz isn’t any punk and is a tricky out for anybody as he was a former Olympian who has nice fundamentals. Kenny Porter stated from the 2012 class, Diaz had by far the very best technical expertise at the moment. He lacks some footspeed and explosiveness, however he’s sport and can make you’re employed for the win and he did simply that. I believed Haney went to the physique nicely and landed some good counters however he tends to get lazy defensively when he’s in shut. I do not know if he is simply anxious about getting his pictures off, however he had no protection for the overhand lefts coming from Diaz. In opposition to a much bigger puncher he would have been in large hassle.

Haney is an excellent athlete however must be taught when to maneuver and when to not transfer as Ben Davidson even identified that he moved far an excessive amount of at occasions giving the look to the judges that Diaz was controlling the struggle. However for a 23 yr previous he’s doing a little nice issues and he mustn’t get criticized an excessive amount of for beating a reliable high 5-8 LW. Now onto Tank vs Cruz. I observed proper from the start that Tank was having some difficulties together with his assault. He simply could not fairly work out the punches that had been going to work for him however he used his legs nicely and his protection was primarily sharp.

Cruz, to Tank’s shock, was very clever together with his stress and that actually threw Tank off. Cruz defended the uppercuts nicely and went to the physique greater than any prior Tank opponent. Across the fifth or sixth spherical, Tank began to push Cruz again and began to go to the physique just a little extra and began touchdown the straight lefts and hooks across the guard. These had been his cash punches and he piled up a sufficiently big result in maintain off Cruz’s surge within the later rounds as he was a one handed fighter at that time. I believed the twelfth spherical confirmed simply how gifted Tank was as he out boxed Cruz with utilizing simply his proper hand and hardly took any punches in return.

Whereas most will downgrade Tank for this efficiency, I believe these are the sorts of fights high degree fighters have to tug by means of. Not everybody simply walks by means of all their opponents. Cruz appeared like a reliable high 10 LW and as you recognize, any high 10 fighter may give you hell on any given day. To not say that was Tank’s finest efficiency however adequate to maintain the prepare transferring. Take care.

Bread’s Response: I cherished the concept of boxing on a Sunday evening. I consider fights must be on completely different nights, as an alternative of the identical ol Saturday evening. Once I was a child, large fights was on week nights. I additionally suppose they need to come on earlier. Fights are approaching between 11pm and 1230am EST. It’s actually not honest to the East Coast. 

Haney vs Diaz was scrap. I do know a couple of individuals who had been selecting Diaz. I believed he was LIVE however I instructed the folks that Diaz is an ex 126lber. He’s not a brilliant athlete and he doesn’t have superior physicality. However boy can he struggle. Hardly ever do you see a fighter in his third weight class, who isn’t the higher athlete and is smaller, win that struggle. I picked Haney. I used to be impressed with Haney additionally. He confirmed his general sport. He punched nicely. He confirmed good stamina. His jab and physique punching was on show. The one concern and this isn’t Devin’s fault. Some folks label Devin as SLICK. That label normally will get placed on southpaws who’re boxers or athletic black fighters. However it’s usually misappropriated. I don’t view Devin as slick. I believe he has a world class jab. Perhaps the very best in boxing. He’s enormous for 135lb. He’s quick and he’s gifted. However I don’t see a slick fighter. Devin is stable defensively however he’s not elite defensively. Devin has a lot better timing offensively than he does defensively. Diaz was in a position to set traps and crack Devin with some good pictures persistently. However Devin responded like a champion. I’m a fan of each and I look ahead to see the place each go. 

Tank vs Cruz was additionally struggle. They each carried out nicely for my part. Cruz had a extremely good gameplan. He got here ahead however he didn’t give Tank a giant goal. He saved his fingers up, chin down and elbows on his cup. There was actually nothing for Tank to hit, and it’s why he damage his hand. Tank additionally did nicely. I noticed him grimace when he damage his hand and by the top of the struggle, I can inform he was in ache. However he carried out nicely if not lights out. He boxed nicely and his protection was on level. The one factor I can critique is I don’t suppose Tank used his jab sufficient. Jabbing and hooking off of the jab would’ve open Cruz up barely extra. Tank’s counter uppercut is cash and he fell in love with that arrange all evening. However he might’ve managed Cruz just a little higher had he jabbed him extra. Apart from that Tank did nicely. It was struggle and good expertise for him to struggle a decided opponent who he couldn’t cease. Tank doesn’t seem like a entrance runner and he will get stronger because the struggle goes on. That’s factor transferring ahead.

Good Morning Coach,

I used to be pleasantly shocked and impressed with Isaac Cruz! He was extraordinarily sturdy and rugged. They are saying the eyes are “the window to the soul,” that younger man had the look of a stone chilly killer. He confirmed no concern and remained relentless by means of out the struggle. I don’t consider that Rolly Romero would have fought in opposition to Tank in addition to Cruz did. Tank, unquestionably is a beast however Cruz was in that struggle. Right here is my query to you, did Cruz struggle “over his head” or did Tank, out of your perspective over look Cruz? Coach, if you happen to can elaborate, please handle the problem of why Floyd inserts himself fully in “all issues Gervonta Davis.? Floyd was one in all my favourite boxers of this period, nevertheless he’s nerve wracking with constantly revolving every thing round himself and what he did. Throughout the post-fight press convention he was requested a query to check Davis’s struggle with Cruz to his first struggle with Castillo, as a result of closeness of the struggle and a few folks believing that Castillo beat him, as some stated Cruz did sufficient to eke out the win. He answered with some weird statements about how folks have at all times been jealous of him.  

Additionally, I’m wondering if he’s displaying some in poor health impacts of a protracted boxing profession in a few of his solutions. Whereas within the ring previous to the struggle, he is in Gervonta’s ear, within the dressing room, he’s in his ear, on the post-fight press convention, identical factor. Barry Hunter and Calvin Ford appear to be within the background whereas Floyd seems to take heart stage. On one other notice, I bought Lomachenko out working and out boxing Commey. Loma will placed on a grasp boxing clinic, although he is starting to get a bit “lengthy within the tooth.” Loma stops him late.


Bread’s Response: Isaac Cruz was locked in. He fought the struggle of his life vs a extra gifted fighter. His expression by no means modified it doesn’t matter what. He remained decided and disciplined. He hardly ever reached. He introduced his toes with him. And that helped him not get caught too usually by uppercuts, which is the punch Tank was making an attempt to clip him with. I gained’t say Tank took him calmly. Cruz is a legit high 10 kind of menace and he got here to win. So did Tank. Cruz is brief, highly effective and he’s aggressive. He’s not a straightforward out. We’ve got to provide him credit score.

I like Loma over Commey additionally. Undecided if he stops him however I believe he wins. It wouldn’t shock me if Loma stopped him late although. Loma touches you persistently sufficient to tug late stoppages. I can see it however I wouldn’t wager it.

Hello. I am a fan of the 4 Kings period. Wilfred Benítez fought three out of 4. In your opinion, how would a struggle between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Benítez (earlier than his tragic decline) have turned out? Additionally, if Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez ever really struggle one another as an alternative of simply buying and selling insults, who would get probably the most wins in your opinion? Lastly, in an all time greats perspective, the place would you charge Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez at this level of their careers, like over this fighter however under that fighter? Thanks for sharing your ideas.


Bread’s Response: I consider Hagler would have crushed Benitez however I believe Benitez would have prolonged him. Hagler was not as quick or sharp as Hearns and Benitez prolonged a main Hearns the space in 1982. Duran prolonged Hagler in 1983. Had they fought in between that point I really feel that Benitez would have drove Hagler nuts due to his in-built radar on punches. The difficulty would have been when Benitez tried to attain, that’s the place the heavyhanded Hagler would have gotten to him. I say Hagler by late stoppage or aggressive however clear choice. However something after 1983, Benitez loses badly. His drop off was scary. 

If Haney, Garcia, Lopez and Davis all struggle. Who will get probably the most wins…..Proper now I say Davis or Haney. Garcia appears to have out of the ring points. He’s the one one who hasn’t fought for a title. That counts so far as growth. Lopez appears to have greater than meets the attention kind of points. I want the younger man the very best however that loss gained’t be simple to come back again from. I don’t just like the power of indifference round Lopez. Haney and Davis appear to have the very best probabilities to get probably the most wins proper now however all are shut in capability. I can reply this in a different way after one in all their subsequent fights.

Canelo is over Fury at this present second. He’s merely achieved extra for an extended interval. I like Fury however he can’t be rated over Canelo. Canelo is an ATG. Prime 75 degree fighter and ascending. I believe Fury is a HOF however I’m unsure he’s as ATG but. I don’t even know if he’s a high 10 heavyweight ATG. 

Hello Bread,

Hope you and your loved ones are all secure and nicely. What do you think about to be boxing’s biggest “what if”, e.g Ali not having to overlook out on prime years of his profession, Salvador Sanchez not passing so younger and so on?

Thanks in your time.

Bread’s Response: Sal Sanchez is the reply. Though Ali missed 3 years. He nonetheless turned out to be the very best heavyweight ever and consensus high 10 fighter ever. How a lot larger might he have gone? It’s a must to keep in mind within the 1970’s as soon as a fighter reached his 30s he was thought-about previous. So whereas Ali misplaced a step after his layoff, he was additionally extra preserved. So if he fought from 1967-70, I believe we’d have seen the next peak, however the drop off would’ve got here sooner. Ali was a busy fighter and he fought usually. He would’ve fought not less than 12x going by his common, had he fought throughout his 3 yr layoffs. That’s loads of punches taken within the ring, within the health club and in camp. So Ali is what he’s. 

If Sanchez doesn’t die in 1982. There was a unification with Eusabio Pedraza a fighter who’s equally as nice at 126lbs. There may be the emergence of Julio Cesar Chavez who gained his 1st world title at 130lbs simply two years later. There was Alexis Arguello who was at 135lbs. Perhaps Arguello doesn’t transfer as much as struggle Pryor if Sanchez is out there to maneuver as much as 135lbs. There may be the emergence of Jeff Fenech who was transferring by means of the ranks within the mid 80s. There may be additionally Barry McGuigan who emerged in 1985 at featherweight. Azumah Nelson had established himself as an ATG fighter at 126 and 130 and would have deserved a rematch. And Pernell Whitaker who was a 1984 Olympian and a light-weight stand out. Would have been a viable opponent by the top of the last decade. Sanchez would have solely been 29 by 1989. Final however not least Hector Camacho gained his first title at 130lbs.I think that Sanchez would have moved up in some unspecified time in the future to not less than 130. The record of opponents go on and on in a Golden Period. If Sanchez can win extra of these fights than he loses, he had an opportunity to go down as the best fighter ever. Simply give it some thought. 

Ssup Bread,

Light-weight is certainly on fireplace proper now. I believe individuals are being very disrespectful in direction of Kambosos by treating him like he’s simply conserving the belt heat for the likes of Tank, Loma and Haney. If he performs like he did in opposition to Teofimo, he may simply beat all of them. One factor that I noticed was that Haney is nowhere close to as slick as folks make him out to be. There’s a tendency to prematurely label all out fighters slick. His protection isn’t as clean and he would not have iron chin. Shakur is slick however by some means, I really feel he’s tad sluggish. By the way, there may be one other identify on the market that individuals are ignoring – William Zepeda. The child could be the very best of all of them. Oscar is by some means far more targeted on Ryan and I’m telling you, Zepeda is the very best light-weight that he has in his secure. If you happen to had been to wager, who would you wager your cash on to finally come out on high?

Regards, Saurabh

Bread’s Response: Humorous you stated this about Haney as a result of I really feel the identical approach. He’s an out of doors fighter. He has an excellent jab. Tremendous quick fingers. He’s very gifted. However I don’t view him as slick both. I don’t like off labels of fighters. And that is no knock on Devin. I actually like him as an individual and fighter. I simply don’t suppose he’s slick. For instance Canelo, Rigo, Boots, Loma and Shakur are fighters I consider as SLICK. Chocolatito even has some slickness to his sport. He rides, rolls and counters. Devin has not developed that a part of his sport but. He can turn out to be SLICK, however I don’t suppose he’s proper now.

I like Kamobosos. I believe he’s going to beat 1 extra of the highest guys. However I don’t suppose he’s going to run your complete desk and not using a loss. That may be actually arduous to do. I’m unsure if any of them is that good. 

Sure I noticed William Zepeda, he’s a darkhorse. I wish to see extra. Excessive quantity guys, with iron chins are nightmares for anyone that may’t damage them. I gained’t wager but as a result of I believe a few of these guys will begin to transfer up. I don’t suppose they may all struggle one another. It’s too arduous to say in the meanwhile as a result of matchmaking will play a giant half. Who’s made to struggle who’s crucial issue.

Mr Breadman,

Comfortable vacation season! Nobody in your final mailbag requested something about Brook vs Khan. That is a tragic indication of the place the struggle at present is. At one time after they had been each high 10 welterweights on the planet this might have bought out a stadium and hit large ppv numbers within the UK, such is the character of home rivalries right here. However now, we’ve to be actual that they’re each war-torn and fairly removed from championship scores, and as such, the struggle is a shell of what it was, for my part.

What do you consider the struggle at this stage? Who do you suppose is extra war-torn, particularly contemplating that is set for 149lb catchweight for Brook? Is there any historic priority of huge rivals solely ever assembly at such a late stage of their careers and in that case how did that go? Reminder on this level, that they had their first ever media face-off which gave the impression to be a construct up in direction of their struggle in 2013!

With rivalries like this in thoughts, I keep in mind the Brandon Rios-Victor Ortiz struggle that appeared to have all of the substances to be a improbable conflict however it by no means occurred. Every other actual rivals that by no means fought you possibly can inform us about? Lastly, give us your finish of yr 1) Fighter of the yr, 2) KO of the yr, 3) Combat of the yr, 4) Spherical of the yr, 5) Up-and-comer of the yr and if you happen to’re feeling festive reward us who you suppose can take up such accolades subsequent yr too. Have Christmas and New Yr sir!

Jasveer Singh

Bread’s Response: Brook and Khan merely waited too lengthy to struggle. However it’s cool they may make some cash although. That is prize combating. Lot’s of fights by no means occur. Um… I want Tito vs Shane would have occurred.

1) Fighter of Yr- Canelo Alvarez

2) Ko of the Yr – Valdez over Berchelt or Ajagabe over Howard. These are some devastating kos.

3) Combat of the Yr-Fury vs Wilder III or Choc vs Estrada II

4) Spherical of the Yr- One of many Fury vs Wilder rounds. Undecided which one. There have been like 3 to select from.

5) Up and Comer- Jaron Ennis

6)Efficiency of the Yr- I believe Efficiency of the Yr must be an award. We skip over this and I hate it that nobody acknowledges the yr’s finest efficiency. Usyk vs Joshua , Kambosos vs Lopez and Valdez vs Berchelt had been grasp courses and deserve recognition. I can’t resolve between the three however I’m leaning Valdez. He was on fireplace that evening….

Hope all is nice with you and yours. I am seeing cats in boxing say your identify increasingly more, so that you should be doing one thing proper. In any case, I am writing as a result of I like speaking boxing with cats of all stripes, however the one factor that evidently even probably the most die-hard boxing guys I do know and speak to do not actually do is help ladies’s boxing. Now, I do know the ladies have not been doing it as lengthy and subsequently there’s not the depth within the divisions as there are with the lads, however a few of these chicks can legit struggle. Claressa Shields, Amanda Serrano, Katie Taylor, and Mikayla Mayer can legit struggle, and you bought youthful chicks who’re arising after them who can be even higher. What I wished to ask you is are you fan of ladies’s boxing? Have you ever ever educated a girl? And if say a excessive profile fighter like a Mikayla Mayer or Claressa Shields got here to you and wished you experience, would you assist ’em out?

And do you help ladies combating 3 minute rounds like the lads? Some MMs – Floyd Mayweather vs. Tito Trinidad at 147, Floyd Mayweather vs. Emile Griffith at 147, Manny Pacquiao vs. Tito Trinidad at 147

Bread’s Response: Thanks my pal. However we are able to’t name feminine boxers, chicks. Most would discover it insulting.I admit I don’t watch sufficient ladies’s fights. I would like to look at extra. However I do watch Mikayla Mayer, Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor, Jessica McCaskill and Alicia Baumgardner. All of them can actually struggle. Baumgardner simply landed top-of-the-line counter proper fingers I’ve ever seen by a person or girl. I’ve by no means educated a girl’s boxer however I might be open to do it. Sure I help ladies boxing 3 minute rounds. 

Mr. Edwards, I’m 47 (and if I did not know your age I might know we’re about the identical age since you may have a hotmail account like me) and have been watching boxing for so long as I can keep in mind.  I’ve been studying your column on boxingscene.com for years and I noticed your interview on Barbershop Conversations.  Nice interview, even a much bigger fan of yours after that. I believed you had been 100% proper in stopping the struggle.  I believed your boy Kyrone bought hosed in opposition to Dirrell and after the Benavidez struggle I look ahead to seeing him struggle at 160.  I like Davis angle.  My query and curiosity in your opinion is Michael Moorer at Mild Heavyweight.  

I noticed him on t.v. when he was early in his profession earlier than he gained a title.  I keep in mind how methodical he was and went to the physique when he had his man damage and after that he turned one in all my favourite fighters.  If Moorer might have maintained his weight self-discipline for a couple of extra years how do you suppose he would have been remembered as a light-weight heavyweight?  I believe he might have unified the titles within the late 80’s to early 90’s at that weight and will have been remembered as top-of-the-line at mild heavyweight. How do you suppose he would have fared in opposition to Bernard Hopkins, Canelo Alvarez, Virgil Hill, Roy Jones Jr.,  and James Toney?  And lastly, top-of-the-line fights I believe by no means to have occurred as a consequence of harm and tragedy was Roy Jones Jr. vs. Gerald McLellan?  How do you’re feeling that one would have turned out? Sustain the good work and I’ll cheer for any fighter you prepare.  

Sincerely, Travis Eggleton

Bread’s Response: Thanks. Sure I felt Kyrone beat Dirrell additionally. Hopefully he can again all the way down to 160 and make some noise. That’s the plan.

Michael Moorer was a superb fighter. He really has a HOF case being the first southpaw heavyweight champion, profitable the title a couple of occasions, coupled together with his run at 175lbs.Moorer was the WBO champion and within the late 80s the WBO was not well known however Emanuel Steward had the within monitor on the WBO belt and his fighters usually for the that title when it first took place. Sadly for Moorer, when he was WBO champion it wasn’t as extremely regarded and it form of hurts his legacy. He gained the vacant title and defended in 9x. If that was the WBA, WBC or IBF throughout that point his title reign could be seen higher. I believe he had an opportunity to unify within the late 80s for positive however nothing took place. As a light-weight heavyweight Moorer gave the impression to be a monster with superior physicality. However I don’t have a giant physique of proof as a result of most of his opponents weren’t as well-known. I believed Moorer was higher at mild heavyweight. He modified at heavyweight. 

I can’t clarify it however there was a drastic change in his demeanor and ring presence. Moorer was form of tall and he had a pleasant attain however he was an inside and mid vary fighter. It’s bizarre however I can’t inform if he would have crushed any of the blokes you named. It’s actually arduous to charge Moorer, he fought for the title in like his tenth struggle and his opponents had been unknown on the weight. Moorer and Hill had been on the identical weight on the identical time. I believe Hill might have edged it as a result of Moorer had slower toes. Each had been closely reliant on their jabs however Hill had extra vary and higher toes. 

Gerald McClellan beat Roy Jones within the amateurs in a really large struggle for beginner requirements. They fought within the Nationwide Golden Gloves semi finals and McCllelan gained. I believe McClellan lengthy proper hand and alpha demeanor would have at all times given RJ issues. Jones pulled straight again off of straight energy pictures. He took to the ropes. McClellan had a lethal proper hand. He would have had an actual likelihood to ko Jones. However I wouldn’t choose him to beat Jones as a result of McClellan didn’t have nice protection. He was form of simple to hit. He simply made his opponents so defensive they couldn’t open up. McClellan was additionally very frantic and as aggressive fights go alongside, frantic reveals up. Jones might have been too affected person for him in a 12 spherical struggle, the place as in a 3 spherical struggle it doesn’t present up as a lot. Sadly for McClellan it’s arduous to inform as a result of proper as he ascended to the highest degree, he bought injured so we don’t know every thing we have to find out about him.


Watch the Fulton/Figueroa struggle, I simply saved pondering of how these guys are each 27 years and youthful and the kind of will they needed to struggle by means of adversity. It confirmed the sorts of fights we are able to get from the younger LWs who get loads of consideration however we’re but to see one match up between them. It additionally made me consider Kenny Porter’s feedback concerning his son and the way Shawn even admitted that he wasn’t prepared to undergo the fireplace in coaching camp and the way it might have affected him within the struggle. I’ve talked about a couple of occasions that Jaron Ennis is READY for anybody and I actually consider that. He isn’t going to provide in to Crawford or Spence and is younger and hungry and can give it his all from the opening bell. To beat the really elites, you need to be in a sure frame of mind and should be prepared to dig deep. I do not care who thought Fulton gained or Figueroa gained as a result of as followers we had been the REAL winners!

On to Lopez/Kambosos, because of this you struggle the fights! Kambosos stated in a post-fight interview that he’s a really STUBBORN man and was not going to simply accept something lower than a win. Fighters like which might be extraordinarily troublesome to beat and he proved that on Saturday evening. Lopez then again clearly thought Kambosos was going to fall from the primary punch he landed and he went in there firing pictures with no regard to what was coming again at him. This loss is certainly a momentum breaker and a setback, however he can come once more and possibly it will make him a greater fighter. Do you suppose not having Joey Gamache this camp led to the loss since Teofimo credited him for arising with the sport plan to struggle Lomachenko? I’m wondering if he simply didn’t wish to pay him his cut up since he was having cash points? In that case, that was pricey mistake!

Take care

Bread’s Response: Sure sir! Taking large fights in your early to mid 20s says so much for my part. It’s one factor to take large fights when you need to and also you’re about to retire and also you need severance pay. However it’s completely different while you’re younger and also you don’t have too. Props to Fulton and Figueroa. That’s was BIG TIME!

George Kambosos is a really cussed. Being cussed could be a good factor if it’s channeled accurately. Kambosos didn’t purchase into the speak that Lopez was higher, extra gifted, hit more durable or was speculated to win. When Lopez made his push and dropped Kambosos, Kambosos got here again and gained the final two rounds after he was dropped. That’s a fighter who doesn’t undergo resistance. That’s not accepting the need of your opponent. Not accepting a loss. Andre Ward has that. Tim Bradley has that. Juan Manuel Marquez has that. Chocolatito, Estrada and Fury have that on this period. 

Kambosos has gained 3 straight SPLIT DECISIONS. That’s 3 occasions the place the struggle was shut and aggressive however he discovered a technique to persuade 2 out of three judges that he’s the higher fighter that evening. That’s telling. I used to be simply speaking about fighters ACCEPTING defeat. A fighter needs to be cussed within the face of dropping. Kambosos is however let’s see if he can keep that approach. Joey Gamache is a extremely sharp dude and glorious coach for my part. However I do not know what occurred with him and Workforce Lopez, so I gained’t speculate.

Hello Bread, to get your fast fireplace ideas (fast/quick) on some present boxing matters; • Would you sub in any completely different fashionable alternatives for the 2022 IBHOF class (Jones jr., Toney, Cotto, Holm, Halmich)?

• If you happen to had been in AJ’s camp do you encourage him to take “step apart” cash and let Usyk struggle Fury subsequent? • Does Loma have the 135 RING belt on Dec 31 2022? • Will Gervonta Davis be capable to efficiently marketing campaign at 135 or above? • Will Crawford efficiently make use of a free agent mannequin to line up a sequence of huge fights in 2022?  Hopefully some enjoyable grist for the mill!  You and Dougie are the very best within the sport.  

Thanks sir. Adam – Whitby, Canada 

Bread’s Response: Jones, Cotto and Toney are the alternatives. I’m unsure on the ladies as a result of I don’t know the opposite attainable candidates.

No I might let AJ do what he wished to do. If he wished to struggle Usyk instantly once more, then so be it. Typically fighters have to simply be fighters and never at all times attempt to finesse every thing with enterprise choices. 

Sure, Loma will get the RING belt at 135 in 2022. Shocker!

Sure Gervonta Davis has already efficiently campaigned at 135 and above. He’s not going again to 130, so 135 and 140 are his weight courses.

Sure Crawford will make use of a profitable free agent mannequin in 2022.

Good day Breadman,

I’ve been studying your each day breadman mailbag nearly each Saturday for the previous few years since you sound like a sensible man inside boxing 🙂 I am from Denmark and sustain the nice work! In terms of Canelo I believe you are a bit biased in opposition to him and in addition your so-called ‘eyeball check’ in placing somebody like Terrance Crawford above him. I am going to attempt to clarify: What I like about Canelo is that he is very explosive and his punch mixture (which may be very fluid and nearly instinctive) is superior and he bought me hooked on boxing again in 2012 when he fought Austin Trout (and that makes me biased). However he isn’t very lively in comparison with different fighters resembling TC and really economical in his punches, and I suppose that is why he would not go the eyeball check for most individuals when making a P4P record.

Personally I believe the eyeball check is nonsense when measuring actually good fighters since you dont understand how arduous somebody hits or how arduous their chin or different components. If I had been to make a p4p record based mostly on my eyeball check I might select Ryan Garcia #1 as a result of he is tremendous quick and Israil Madrimov #2 as a result of he is very gifted and has a singular type, however this isn’t record in actuality.

I dont stay in America however from the skin it appears to me that some salty followers and media dont actually recognize Canelo. I am not saying you dont recognize him. The media ought to reward him to the excessive heavens regardless of his drug suspension. He is combating, or not less than making an attempt, to struggle all of the robust challengers and never ready 6-7 years to make a giant struggle, as a result of he isn’t pushed by greed (like some boxers) and in addition combating in numerous areas and stadiums which is nice to make boxing extra mainstream. I imply if he was an American fighter I am fairly positive we’d be seeing a Mayweather type profession, combating 1-2 occasions per yr in Las Vegas, not likely difficult himself, and putting limitations on the opponent. I am after all generalizing about American boxers, not saying all people acts this manner, however most do and that is my eyeball check. I am going to simply depart it at that.

Kessler vs Canelo at 168 – break it down.

Regards, Jesper

Bread’s Response: You misplaced me. You generalize, you admit you’re bias for Canelo. And also you name my eye ball check, “so referred to as”. You sound completely ridiculous. Perhaps in want of some counseling. Everybody has their very own eye ball check. I don’t see the world out of your eyes. I see them from mine. The one two eyes I’ve ever seen the world from. 

It’s unbelievable that I say that Canelo and Crawford are 1a 1b kind of shut and Canelo’s followers get mad. They don’t get mad that I converse extremely of Inoue, who I believe could be thought-about the very best if he had been greater. They don’t get mad that I embody Usyk. They appear unusually fixated on Crawford. 

Significantly I’ve been doing a mailbag for about 12 years. I used to be doing by means of the Mayweather vs Pacquiao debates. I used to be doing by means of the rise of GGG. I’m telling you Canelo followers are the worst. 

There isn’t any approach you learn your e-mail earlier than you despatched it in. I believe Crawford is the same as, or barely higher than Canelo. Regardless of Canelo’s superior resume. Till additional outcomes that’s my opinion and I’m not altering it. I don’t care what you guys suppose or say. I do know what I see. I do know who’s allowed to take sure fights. And I do know some stuff you guys wouldn’t be capable to abdomen behind the scenes that I by no means say publicly. 

Canelo vs Kessler could be an excellent struggle. Kessler is HOF worthy. He solely misplaced to nice fighters. Calzaghe, Ward and Froch would all give Canelo robust fights or beat him. Kessler’s peak of round 2003-07 was very underrated. He was traditional boxer. Onerous puncher. Elite jab. Elite toughness. Large coronary heart. Strong chin. And he at all times fought arduous. It is a choose em struggle! Kessler was no joke.

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