The masses spoke and were not all on the same page, when asked here at the NYFights home office, Who Won the Weekend?
I asked the NYF squad who to them stole the show, came away from the fights which ran on Friday and Saturday–no Sunday card to entrance us this week–and left them that much more impressed than the rest of the laborers.
Said John Gatling: “The obvious pick is probably Leo Santa Cruz, but I'm going with new school sensation Ryan Garcia. Anytime an old school legend (albeit of the little yellow bus variety) like Floyd Mayweather gets on TMZ to rail on the still largely unknown Golden Boy in the making– while threatening to run over him with a “Tank” in Gervonta Davis, that's free exposure in the millions for a kid eating popcorn on an NBA All-Star weekend dominating headlines. Let's hope the offer is real in the artificial world of “Money”.
“Leo SantaCruz won the weekend,” said Abe Gonzalez. “The people love him and he repays them by giving his all in the ring. He walks out from the crowd to the ring which is paying the ultimate tribute to the fans. Then he goes in and fights a tough, durable opponent in Rivera and he throws 1200 plus punches! Are you kidding me! You can probably count on one hand the number of fighters that consistently throw more than a thousand punches a fight. What a thrill for the fans that night and the ones watching on fox. Let's hope that the powers that be can deliver us a Mexican Super Fight between Leo SantCruz and Oscar Valdez in the very near future.”
“Mikey Garcia and Errol Spence won the weekend. How many fighters can say they have a press conference for a fight broadcast live on network television? That's a huge push and will hopefully pay dividends in terms of PPV sales for their fight,” said Kelsey McCarson.
“I’m picking Santa Cruz this weekend,” said David Phillips. “His one loss to Carl Frampton is looking more and more like an anomaly. All this guy does is win. He doesn’t get the pub other fighters do, but his resume is starting to stack up. He’s just really, really good. Maybe even great.
“DeeJay Kriel proved his parents' folly in naming him so did not decide the course of his life. He did, in the 12th round of a title fight, down big on my card, his right eye swollen shut, his whole face a red disco ball of a shiner,” said Gabe Oppenheim. “By knocking out the champ with a right hand crisper than Neapolitan pizza. It was grand, unexpected and unseen, due to mismanagement by the people supposed to be running the event. So I give this comeback kid the weekend plus the next, one for what he did, one for having had to do it in a blackhole — while wishing for the full recuperation of the champ he felled, Carlos Licona.”
“Thomas Patrick Ward won the weekend,” said Chris Glover. “One of Britain’s best kept secrets, come over and stole the show on Friday evening’s Salita Promotion, unexpectedly to many observers. Tommy Ward is an excellent fighter, so for him to get a win in such a conclusive way showed his skill level in front of a massive TV audience which will hopefully open the door so some big opportunities in the USA or back home in the U.K.”