Top Rank and Miguel Berchelt-Mickey Roman delivered again, with a promise of beautiful savagery offered and accepted.
DAZN’s reach allowed US fight fans to see up closer a potential pound for pound entrant, Josh Taylor, and in Brooklyn, a blue collar brawler fought valiantly, didn’t get the W, but gained fans in the process, giving us all a reminder that grit and perseverance don’t always allow you to win all the battles, but do let you look in the mirror knowing you campaigned with massive dignity and honor.
To the main event of this exercise…Who Won The Weekend?
The NYF SQUAD gives their nominations:
“Miguel Berchelt won the weekend,” said Abe Gonzalez. “Berchelt is starting to win over fans for the same reasons people loved Arturo Gatti. He is vulnerable, gets hit with shots in spots that he shouldn’t but when it’s all said and done, he gets the win. It’s not often a fight is billed as a war and it actually ends up being one. This fight with Mickey Roman was a savage battle of who wanted it more. I enjoyed watching every minute of it and the heart that Roman showed was incredible. If that wasn’t enough, after the fight, Roman took his son to Berchelt and told him “that’s what a true champion looks like” with tears running down his face in disappointment to his son. It was a great fight and it continues to add value to the ESPN+ app. Berchelt is looking for a fight with Loma but I feel as though a fight with Alberto Machado or Gervonta Davis would be must see TV in the future.”
Kelsey McCarson furnished his ballot. “Nonito Donaire won the weekend when he pulled an upset over Ryan Burnett for the WBA bantamweight title on Saturday. Burnett suffered a back injury in the bout, so Donaire grabs the title belt and also advances in the WBSS tournament. At 35 years old, Donaire looked pretty sharp vs. an excellent 26-year-old champ. Donaire looked good enough to me to give him a real shot at winning the whole thing.”
David Phillips has a voice. “Berchelt is the choice for me! He has quietly built an excellent career. He’s undefeated in his last 7 fights (all title bouts) with 6 of those scraps ending inside the distance. Mickey Roman may not be on the A list, but he’s tough as nails. In 72 fights, it was only the 3rd time Roman got closed out by the referee. Also of note, who the hell fights 72 times anymore?”
“I’m going Sean Monaghan,” said John Gatling. “More than likely, Dmitry Bivol really won it so many weekends ago when he robbed Sullivan Barrera of his remaining prime, but I expected nothing from Seanie and was very pleasantly surprised by his gift of a performance in defeat. A very inspired effort, full of the kind of grit that made NYC proud.”
“Josh Taylor won the weekend,” said Colin Morrison. “His WBSS quarter-final win over “Blue Chip” Martin showcased his attacking brilliance against an opponent who was confident of winning in Scotland. Above that though, the main reason Taylor won this weekend is because America finally saw how good he is thanks to the DAZN broadcast of the Glasgow card. Backing up the hype I have been helping to spread for awhile, Taylor showed he is truly world class by dismantling his previously undefeated opponent in under eight rounds. He’s the best 140lb fighter in the world right now. Bring on the semi-final!”
I’m going with Gatling. Sean Monaghan won the weekend. His in ring effort and post fight class earned my vote. He looked at his work with clear eyes, even if they were a bit swollen courtesy of Barrera’s activity, and he admitted he didn’t win.
His career has been a testimony to will speaking as loud as skill and he’s done it in cheerful fashion, being a class act role model all the way through. Props to the fighting pride of Long Beach, Long Island.