BY THE NUMBERS – 4/21 SHOWTIME & ESPN+
Our friends at Compubox collected some stats and data and sent them our way, to help us make sense of what transpired this weekend.
What was and is clear, Saturday was a shit day for Phil LoGreco. He talked a majestic game heading into his clash against come-backing Amir Khan but the in-the-ring part of the promotion didn’t go swimmingly…
0- number of punches landed by Phil LoGreco in his :39 KO loss to the comebacking Amir Khan
2- number of punches thrown by Phil LoGreco in his :39 KO loss to the comebacking Amir Khan
11- number of punches landed by Amir Khan in his :39 KO win over Phil LoGreco
To his credit, Lo Greco put out an immensely classy message to his social after the smackdown, so, props to him for that. I won’t take an easy and classless shot at the guy, he had the courage to take a chance and we won’t belittle him for that.
12 of 14- punches landed/thrown by Gervonta Davis in the third round of his KO win over Jesus Cuellar (86%)
The buzz factor on Gervonta upticked hard, but I do want to caution that you temper your enthusiasm, or at least consider doing so. Cuellar is a bit of a cave man type, and his style and skill set are well suited to Davis. But that’s not to say enthusiasm and excitement is NOT warranted with Davis. It appears maybe, for right now, his head is screwed on straight professionally..
..and he GETS IT, understands how hard he should be working to keep ascending the ladder to where he says he wants to be.
37- average punches thrown per round by Nonito Donaire in his decision loss to Carl Frampton (Featherweight avg.: 59)
35 is not the new 25, for many athletes, especially if they aren’t using shady chemical aids, we were reminded on Saturday…Nonito Donaire of 2013 versus this Carl Frampton, that would have been a different fight. But Donaire ain’t a kid, and age matters, still, usually. And we were reminded, Nonito is a gent, by this:
56%- Power punch connect percentage for Jermall Charlo in his KO win over Hugo Centeno (Middleweight avg.: 37%)
That’s the way you do it, be aggressive, charge at the foe, look to take them out, and end the night early, if you want to build the buzz to maximum effect. The Charlos are doing it right, and making fans want to know when they are fighting next, because of their ferociousness. Here’s a message to Al Haymon…my man, get these guys busier. If they want fights, get them more fights. Same goes for Jarrett Hurd…why is Hurd saying he doesn’t know when he’s fighting again, maybe once before the end of the year. It isn’t even summer yet! We got summer, and fall, and winter! Fight once a season! I don’t get it.
85-53- edge in power punches landed by Jessie Vargas over Adrien Broner in rounds one thru six
99-56- edge in power punches landed by Adrien Broner over Jessie Vargas in rounds seven thru twelve
Hey, better to be a strong finisher than strong starter and then see your energy fizzle. Say that for Broner, dude was in good condition, really did seem to live up to his declaration that he worked hard in Camp Cunningham. BTW, the guy the NY Post sent to cover the fights on Saturday, he’s not a boxing guy, I don’t think, because he didn’t assess this Broner win correctly, I don’t think. George Willis, we missed you.