There was a postscript to last week’s Alvarez/Chavez fight.
Chavez has a history of coming in overweight.
It was reported that, due to Chavez’s problems with pounds, the contract stipulated that a “secret” weigh-in be held.
A clause in the contract stated the fighters would suffer a penalty for coming in north of 164.5 pounds.
The sanction called for a loss (fine) of $1 million for any weight up to 165.6 lbs. and any excess poundage above that would cost the corpulent culprit $2 million.
Even today, and with inflation figured in, Shylock’s “pound of flesh” (in lieu of three thousand ducats) would only amount to about $300,000. Give or take a few grand.
Twenty minutes before the official weigh-in all the principle players, a mediator, and a digital scale had a clandestine meeting in a secret room, in the secret basement, of the secret MGM Grand Hotel.
“Secret” being the written equivalence of a rubber chicken. I know it’s not real…but it’s funny every time I see one.
In the secret location, on the unofficial digital scale, during the secretly unofficial weigh-in: Chavez weighed less than Alvarez.
Lost in the bright lights of “Alvarez /Chavez” was another bout that may have closed the curtain on the career of Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Gamboa took a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, and went on to unify the Featherweight division by winning the WBA and IBF titles.
But since his pro debut in 2007 he’s fought fewer times each year. Two bouts in 2011, one in 2012, and one in 2013.
It was over a year before he got back in the ring…and he suffered his first loss.
Gamboa fought again, but then it was 13 months until his next bout, and he didn’t fight at all in 2016.
He had a unanimous decision victory in March. Two months later, here he was again. Gamboa needed a big win to prove worthy of another title shot.
Enter Robinson Castellanos.
He appeared to be low-hanging fruit.
Knocked out seven times in 12 defeats (BoxRec.com) Castellanos suffered a K.O. loss 14 months ago. He hadn’t fought since.
Castellanos is not physically imposing.
To say he’s “lean” is an understatement. I’ve had chicken wings with more meat on them.
Castellanos looked ripe for the picking.
But looks can be deceiving.
The first two rounds were active, and both boxers made statements.
Castellanos started Round 3 with a looping overhand right that rocked Gamboa. Then he fired a jab, followed in with another overhand right, and Gamboa went down like a sack of spuds.
Gamboa took the count, and the violence continued.
Despite resembling a buffalo wing, Castellanos is tough. Twenty seconds into Round 4 he sent Gamboa south, again.
Gamboa got up, but he wasn’t the same.
After holding his own in Round 6, he got wobbled in the 7th.
From his stool, between rounds, he decided he’d had enough…and quit.
His cheeks red, his eyes swollen, he couldn’t pull his gloves off fast enough.
Possessing limited technical skills and fading speed, Gamboa’s future is a mystery.
With the TKO victory Robinson Castellanos improves his campaign to 24-12, 14 KO’s.
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Special congratulations to Cian William Hennebry.
Hennebry took First Place (95-pound weight class) at the MPIL Wrestling Championships last weekend.
Hennebry went undefeated in his bid for gold, which is an impressive accomplishment on its own…but this is the third time young Cian (8th grade) has won his weight class at this tournament.
Kudos to Cian Hennebry on his achievement.
God Bless and never quit.
Mark Felicetti has never loaned a ducat. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.