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Who Won the Weekend, June 9, 2019 Edition

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It is inevitable, you will get spans of time that don’t feature the downside of the sport as much…but then fate kicks up dust, and someone gets hurt from their in-ring participation.

The temptation can be, admittedly, to steer around those occurences. Bury head in sand, focus of the glory and the triumphs…but that wouldn’t be honest, or fair to the persons affected.

Mexican super flyweight Felipe Orucuta has been in a coma following a fight in Mexico on Friday. And Brooklyn vet Zab Judah suffered a brain bleed from head trauma absorbed in a Friday night bout against Cletus Seldin, at Turning Stone in Verona, NY. Orucuta was placed in a coma, to attempt to relieve swelling of his brain, while signs are better for Judah, who is concious and feeling better, to the point that he was released from the hospital today (Monday), a day earlier than expected.

Zab Judah was taken to the hopspital after his Friday night fight, experienced a brain bleed, but the damage wasn't as severe as feared.

Zab Judah was taken to the hopspital after his Friday night fight, experienced a brain bleed, but the damage wasn’t as severe as feared.

 

On that somber and then more upbeat note, we move into Who Won the Weekend, after a reminder of the stakes at hand for the pugilists, who do indeed put their lives on the line for our entertainment.

Who won the weekend, Abe Gonzalez? “Gabriel “G-Squad” Flores Jr. won the weekend!

Flores fights under the Top Rank umbrella.

Flores fights under the Top Rank umbrella.

“Flores Jr. was one of those guys I mentioned at the beginning of 2018 that was going to make a ton of noise in the boxing world. “G-Squad” is coming fresh off a sensational performance in a packed Stockton, California arena and traveled to Reno, Nevada where he showed everyone on ESPN, that he is moving quickly towards “must see TV.” With very quick combinations and a short left hook that was connecting each time, Flores moved up another level in his progression and continues to impress. Flores Jr. won a unanimous decision but most importantly, he probably won over the suits at ESPN which will mean more national TV exposure in the future. Mark it down, “G-Squad” will be a future world champion.”

Golovkin won the weekend,” said Kelsey McCarson. “The 37-year-old crushed Canadian Steve Rolls in vintage form and sold tickets to the tune of over 12,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York. Those two things, combined with DAZN’s need for more subscription-building fights, made a solid case for him to get a third bout against Canelo Alvarez.”

“I can’t get that excited about GGG’s KO over Rolls (whose 19-0 felt kinda puffed up). What I’m hoping is that Zab Judah ends up being the winner by having a full recovery after being hospitalized for a brain bleed after getting TKO’d by Cletus Seldin,” said David Phillips. That’s more important than anything. I also like the fact that there is a pretty good fighter out there named Cletus. Whaddaya want from me? I’m from Kentucky.”

“I was impressed with Brian Ceballo. Coming off what some may deem as a lackluster performance, he took a step up in difficulty,” said Jonathan Leir, “an unorthodox opponent resembling a poor mans Joe Frazier in Bakhtiyar Eyubov. Where many a young prospect would find themselves losing a game plan, Ceballo was not drawn into an easy trap of wanting to exchange with power. Tactical, efficient and showing maturity, Ceballo (below) showed every bit of his praised skill set that has me feeling we are seeing a star in the making.”

“For me Brian Ceballo did (click this video interview with Ceballo post-fight) along with possibly New York fight fans,” said Chris Glover.

“Ceballo put on an absolute boxing clinic against an undefeated opponent who was one of the most game fighters I’ve seen in years. He just kept coming and coming. Ceballo produced a masterclass on both the back and front foot, really showing he’s beyond what is now 9-0 record suggests. He’s a fighter who is ready to be pushed as quickly as he wants to be into the likes of NABF/NABO level of title fights.

The New York fight fans may have witnessed their final ‘big drama show’ up close and personal and on a fitting weekend for boxing too in Puerto Rican day weekend. A weekend that was for years Miguel Cotto’s weekend at The Garden had a fitting man filling the void in Gennady Golovkin who as always looked to entertain those in attendance and did successfully with a devastating KO against a game Steve Rolls. Golovkin, who many forget was one of the longest reigning IBO Champions in recent memory, looked to put on a show. His style allows for him to get hit, he is willing to take a shot to land a shot. It’s that style however that sells PPV’s and that not ought to be forgotten. So I am split between New York fans who may have witnessed Golovkin for the last time in the flesh and from a competitive perspective Brian Ceballo put on a showcase so props to him!”

Gerry Cooney won the weekend — hosted his annual YCS Fight Night and raised a bunch of money for a great cause,” said Josh Friedman.  “Such celebs in attendance as Tracy Morgan, Otis Anderson, Larry Holmes and Ken Daneyko.  Great fights and a great time had by all.”

I say Zab Judah won the weekend.

It was touch and go, after he was taken to a hospital, then sent to a larger hospital, after his TKO loss to Cletus Seldin on Friday. Rumors abounded, as family kept things quiet, and prayed. Zab improved, and the trauma to his brain, scans showed, was less severe than feared. Yes, he suffered “bleeding on the brain.” But the 41 year old Brooklyner recovered, to the point he was sent home, released, on Monday. That’s a win…Because, but of course, things could have taken a harsher turn.

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