A paper champ and a Byrd that needs plucking

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The fight for the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title was not what it appeared to be.

Carlos Negron came to the ring sporting a record of 19-1, with 15 wins coming by way of knockout.

That looks impressive…on paper.

The truth is, the towering, 6’6” Negron has fought nothing but losers.

Boxing must have been a “hobby” for most of Negron’s opponents. Their records would indicate they were taxi drivers and party planners.

Even his last victim, Cristan Galvez (17-0, 15 KO’s) was a figment of the imagination.

The collective efforts of Galvez’s adversaries were 113 loses against 13 wins.

So Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KO’s) fits right in.

Thankfully the bout reached its predictable outcome early, so fans didn’t have to sit through a prolonged sham.

After opening strong, Rossy faded fast. He got dropped by a straight right late in Round 2.

Negron did some coasting in the first two minutes of the 3rd. Then he fired off a short but effective flurry, only to take his foot off the pedal, again.

Halfway through Round 4 Negron landed a clubbing right to the head and Rossy took a knee.

After the mandatory 8-count he tried to continue, but his gray matter was still sloshing around in the brainpan.

Negron pressed Rossy into a corner and pounded away until the referee stepped in and called a halt to the contest.

Good call, ref.

Carlos Negron betters his record to 20-1, with the TKO win and walks away with the WBC belt…without ever having fought anyone of name, notoriety, or talent.

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The Welterweight bout between Erick Boné and undefeated Eddie Ramirez was much more interesting because their skill level was so much higher.

Boné skidded into this fight on a three-bout losing streak. But to put that into perspective, he was up against the elite talents of Miguel Vazquez, Chris Algieri and Shawn Porter.

Ramirez has kept his “0” mostly on the consideration that he’s only fought mediocre talent— at least compared to his own deep skill set.

Fists were flying in the early rounds and both made their points. But Ramirez drew first blood and dictated the tempo and pace.

By the middle of the scheduled 10 rounds, it’s quite possible that Ramirez had won every round. He was stalking Boné, backing him around the ring, and banging with both hands from face to flank.

Boné’s best answer was counterpunching in combinations.

He opened up a bit in Round 7, had some success moving forward, and he threw several effective flurries.

That carried over into the 8th as he pressed Ramirez to the ropes and let his hands go. Boné also did a nice job of stepping out to the sides and landing the counterpunch.

Ramirez still looked fresh in the championship rounds. He was on his toes, throwing punches in bunches and pressing the action.

The bout went the distance and the scorecards were tallied.

Two judges awarded Ramirez 97-93, which was within reason…but the third judge, Adalaide Byrd gave the bout to Boné, 97-93.

This is not the first time Byrd-brain has been way off the mark with her scores.

Any judge that turns in a score like that is either sight-impaired, on the take, or stupid.

My guess is it’s the latter, but she needs to be removed, reviewed and retired.

This woman is one of the worst judges in the sport.

Fortunately the victory went to the right man.

With the split decision win Eddie Ramirez improves his campaign to 17-0, with 11 KO’s.

God Bless and watch out for Byrds.

Mark Felicetti is not a licensed ornithologist. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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