People do this for different reasons. And those reasons can very much change when they've done it for a spell. Start out trying to prove something to yourself, then work to prove naysayers wrong…and then seek to rise to claim fortune and a measure of fame…then soldier on, to flip the bird to the inevitability of aging.
Boxing can be that cruel mistress but she also manages to give a stage to worthy souls whose exploits are worthy of hearty applause. To that end…NYF Squad, who won the weekend?
“Who won the weekend? It was a knockdown highlight reel type of weekend,” said Abe Gonzalez. “The young guns Ruben Villa, Malik Hawkins, Jesus Ramos Jr. and Brandun Lee all provided eye popping knockdowns, making the future of boxing look extremely bright. All of these young fighters are ones to watch in 2020, they all won the weekend!”
“I'm giving it to Chris Glover (pictured below), for getting into the ring and taking care of business. Glover's now and then a pain in the ass, and took the steps in my doghouse to the basement,” said John Gatling, ” but being punched in the face without headgear is a lot tougher than punching a keyboard wearing a mouthpiece!”
Who do you vote for, Kelsey McCarson? “Alfredo Angulo won the weekend, which is pretty amazing since I didn't even really know Angulo still fighting until fight week was upon us. “El Perro” was once one of the most ferocious 154-pounders on the planet, but he didn't really have the boxing skill to compete at the highest levels of the sport, so it seemed the best part of his career was behind him for good. But Angulo defeated Peter Quillin over the weekend, a former titleholder at 160 who was a huge favorite in the fight, something like -2000. But every dog has his day, or so the saying goes, and Angulo certainly had his on Saturday night.”
“El Perro! To be honest I went into this bout wondering about its significance with one guy that’s been around the block and the other that’s been around several blocks,” said Rachel McCarson. “And then Quillin was sitting at a -2000 favorite. I expected a one-sided fight. Maybe even a short one. I may never forget Quillin’s wide-as-saucer eyes when he took a hard Angulo shot to the head. The tide had turned. Angulo showed his mettle and proved that veterans should never underestimated. Congrats to Angulo on a great win!”
“Alfredo Angulo lives! Angulo had lost 5 of his last 8 fights, including once to the soft paws of Sergio Mora. And yes, I know that Peter Quillin hasn't exactly shown a lot of heart for the game having only fought four times in the last four years after getting flattened by Danny Jacobs, but Angulo was looking like burnt toast recently. Let's face it, this W over Quillin is most likely going to lead to a decent payday against someone he can't beat, but considering he was on the cusp of just being an opponent for up and comers, I think Angulo will take the win and the sizable paycheck from his next loss,” said David Phillips.
“For me, the weekend winner from the televised cards was Alfredo Angulo,” said Hamza Ahmed. “They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, yet Angulo tore that adage up with a thrilling victory over Peter Quillin. The past couple of years have not been kind to Angulo – savaged by Canelo, then again by James de la Rosa, severe inactivity and a ostensible decline in dexterity has resulted in painful viewing complimented with cries begging Angulo to retire. Well, those plans have been shelved for a bit longer as Angulo's molars still have some bite left in them. PBC would be well advised to keep Angulo away from the '68 elite and continue to match him up in winnable, novelty, fan friendly fights so he can continue to pick up pay days without taking life altering beatings.
“However, there was also somebody else who won the weekend for me and it would be remiss for me to not mention him – our own Chris Glover. Writer, Everton fan and now a professional boxer, Chris' story has been well documented through both NYFights.com and social media so it's heartwarming for us colleagues of his to see his success play out the way it has been. It takes a special man to step in between those ropes and sacrifice your life as a means of earning a livelihood. Chris is that brave man, having made the trip into the ring over the weekend and left with his first professional victory. It had been a long time coming and here's hoping Chris continues his ascent in the pad ranks.”
“Angulo won the weekend,” said Tommy Rainone. “Rejuvenated not a stalled career but a dead one. “Kid Chocolate” might just be more shot than Angulo but going into the fight one would expect the exact opposite result for the exact opposite reason.”
“F. Scott Fitzgerald famously stated that “there are no second acts,” but Alfredo Angulo helped disprove that sentiment,” said Jeremy Herriges. “Angulo's upset victory over Peter Quillin made him this weekend's big winner. Angulo could have called it quits in 2014 when he was riding a three-fight losing streak, but he felt like he still had something in the tank. The former super welterweight seemed out of place in the super middleweight division where he is undersized, but that didn't matter against Quillin. Under Abel Sanchez, he looked better than he has in years. He's not a top-tier contender anymore, but he summoned some magic on Saturday night and ensured that he's due at least one more meaningful fight which is more than most thought he had left in him.”
Me, I'm doing a shared win. Chris Glover, for walking the walk, setting out to do it, and then damn well doing it. Props to Kid Glover. Then, also, paradoxically, I'm nominating Peter Quillin. I admire how nakedly he puts his stuff out there, how he's been courageous in admitting faults, talking about how he's worked to better himself. And that is to be applauded, no matter if he's winning or NOT winning prizefights…For being a good soul, props to “Kid Chocolate.”