I know Zolani Tete-Mikhail Aloyan was a snoozer, but I’m giving credit to the ethnic Armenian/Russian national for hanging in tight in a bout that was only his fifth. He had a long and credible amateur career but wasn’t exactly lighting it up beforehand, having to settle for two split decisions to much lesser opposition.
Jose Benavidez, likewise, earns a verbal pat on the back. He was more competitive than Viktor Postol and 99% of the other names tossed out there, minus maybe Gamboa. He had a solid game plan by keeping range, trying to establish lead-hand dominance, and connecting on his fair share of power shots.
I would add that no matter if Benavidez’ knee was healthy or not, he’s probably not beating Crawford, but he could be a quality operator at 147. Him against Ugas would be interesting.
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I think if he believed that he wouldn’t be so hesitant about fighting Lomachenko.
On the left, two guys with potential who have yet to dominate any single division. On the right, two near-consensus top of the list pound-for-pounders who have been the best in at least two classes.
I think this speaks for itself.
Alvarez hasn’t seen welterweight since he was 19.
Craig Houk (and his toupee) was a world champion in boxing like I was all-star in my Tuesday night softball league full of dad-bodied part-timers.
By the way, does anyone remember Craig, or the other names he went by?