So, who won the weekend? I'm going to switch the gears a bit, and add my vote up top. Ladies and gents, our guy Kelsey McCarson Won the Weekend in my book.
He won first place, with this story, for NYFights.com, in the Boxing Writers Association of America “Bernies” Awards.
That is somethin'! Because he's walked a hard road…and we are but a modest enterprise, not one of these big rig outfits.
One perk…Kelsey's vote for #WWTW leads off!
“Terence Crawford won the weekend, which is a good thing because Top Rank's welterweight stable is so thin that it will probably be the last weekend Crawford wins for a very long time,” the Texan tells us. “Crawford completely dismantled Amir Khan, which was expected to be the end result but probably not quite the way it happened. No, I'm not talking about the unintentional low blow in round six that Khan used as the excuse to stop getting worked over. Rather, I'm referencing how Khan's amazing hand-speed did nothing for him against Crawford, who was hyper accurate as early as the first round when he knocked Khan down to the canvas to start the destruction. Crawford's the best fighter in the world, but he needs a fight against Errol Spence more than ever now to make sure he stays on his perch.”
What say you, Abe Gonzalez? “I am going strictly club on this one and saying “King” Karlos Balderas and Rolando “Rollie” Romero both won the weekend. Ringstar Sports has to be smiling from ear to ear as Karlos Balderas is probably one of the most polished young fighters in the game right now. He displayed those skills on Saturday night with a dominant, well calculated stoppage of his opponent. He is going to have a huge presence in the 130 pound division, so stay tuned.Then we have the guy that goes by “Rollie.” He is a raw talent that has real knockout power in both hands and fights like it. He scored a crushing one punch knockout that could be in the running for “KO of the year.” Both of these young talented fighters have a bright future ahead so watch out! You've been warned!
“I’m going to go with Amir Khan’s nutsack doctor,” said David Phillips. “You would think that would be a bad gig – tending to someone’s testicular fortitude, but as it turns out, Khan doesn’t have as much fortitude as his mouth declared before fighting Crawford. Therefore, I suspect if you do the ratio of tending to the swollen area vs. what the doc got paid, I’m thinking said physician came out ahead. So to speak.”
“Either we all won or we all lost, and how can we know now? Saturday was either one more step toward an epochal welterweight bout between brilliant champs — Crawford the Technical and Spence the Beast — the kind of contest Floyd never accepted at 147,” said Gabe Oppenheim. “A Sugar Ray Leonard-Hearns clash. Or it was one more lame side-step in a painfully slow dance that will see neither man ever face the other in his prime. I hope to forgive these recent washout weekends. But I'll wish a plague on both motherfucking houses if they miss each other– a Mercutio miffed, ironically, by a lack of violence. I'll tell you who won after I see the next act.”
“Danny Garcia won the weekend for me,” said Brit Hamza Ahmed. “Critics will say “it was only Granados” but who had ever done that before to Granados?”
“Garcia, abandoning his backfoot/counterpunch instincts, decided to go all Terminator on the game and gutsy Adrian and now only was the result brilliant, the performance itself was spectacular. This was the best I'd ever seen Garcia, in kill mode from the off. His left hook still remains the closest thing to boxing's one shot, one kill finisher and now I really want to see him V the winner of Thurman v Pacquiao.”
“After another PPV weekend that left boxing fans with upset stomachs and empty pockets, DAZN leaves the weekend as the real winner,” said Jonathan Leir. “While there has been no “end to PPV”, the last two cards haven’t done anything to encourage us not to pull the plug. Poor programming, mismatches and penis punches are making this weekends matchups that much more appealing. Thursday with Ulysse-Claggett, Friday with a stellar card offering the rematch of 2018 FOTY, and Saturday giving you 140 phenom Regis Prograis and the Super Series tilt of Donaire-Tete. All with a price tag 1/10th of the shoddy products the big networks have pitched. A real win after a lot of losses for the fans finances. DAZN is the clear winner here!”