Thu, 2018-05-17 07:31
Great fight, even though I don't think Yaegashi won any rounds he was very competitive throughout the fight hitting Gonzalez with some clean combinations. Gonzalez was giving much better than he got and ultimately wore Yaegashi down with his own trademark combination punching. I think this is one of Gonzalez's best wins given Yaegashi's success as a three-weight champion.
Tue, 2018-07-10 15:58
Don't you just hate how little recognition amd credit strawweights get? If you google Ricardo Lopez (105lb world champion, 51-0) you get the famous stalker at the top, I mean that's a world champion who defended over 20 times, beat Marciano and Mayweather's record, and for the top spot on google search, he comes after a nutcase who famous for stalking and trying to murder a singer, terrible, I hope Thammamoon Niyomtrong, Ryuya Yamanaka and the others get more credit as time goes on, and historic strawweight boxing legends as well.
Tue, 2018-07-10 16:12
Yeah, it is unfortunate he shares a name with the Bjork stalker. I think if Ricardo Lopez was making his run at Minimumweight now he would get a lot more recognition than he did back then. Lopez was rightfully seen as a pound for pound guy but he didn't have the network, internet, and social media push that Gonzalez was getting towards the end of his prime. I'm not a big diehard for spotless records and I don't think he was fighting as good of competition as other weight classes but Lopez is certainly an all-time great with great fundamentals. Part of the overall problem with Minimumweight other than the lower level of competition and lack of exposure in big media markets (US and UK) is that the division doesn't have a very good history, even 7 pounds higher at Flyweight there is a long history of great champions, Jimmy Wilde, Pancho Villa, Miguel Canto, Pascual Perez, etc. that people can talk about. Light Flyweight is a newer division too and people still talk about guys like Carbajal and Humberto Gonzalez.
Tue, 2018-07-10 16:29
I think people also rank the fighters by weight in their heads sometimes, well if fans give strawweight fights a whirl, they see they have incredible output, and yes they are small, but they are only fighting each other, and a good, naturally powerful 105lb fighter can hurt and slug it out against another 105lb fighter just as any fighter in another weight category. What do you think of atomweight?, that's 102, I'm in favour, because if you are a 5'0 Chinese fighter, you can make 102, but are being bullied by guys who can make 105 but couldn't make 102, that isn't fair, so I think an extra weight category is a great idea, and at the other end as well, I think as AJ size fighters get more common in the future, there will be super heavyweight, I think heavyweight should be 230, cruiserweight should be 190, that's my opinion, I think ideally, there would even be another division in there, and I don't think these ideas are unrealistic for the future.
Tue, 2018-07-10 18:11
I don't think there should be any more weight classes or belts. Most Minimumweights are around 5'0 to 5'2, and the talent pool is really thin already at Minimumweight. I think Cruiserweight is fine at 200 lbs, there aren't really guys out there that are too big for Light Heavyweight but too small for Cruiserweight or too big for Cruiserweight but too small for Heavyweight. I'd personally prefer the original eight weight classes with one world champion each but that's just my opinion. I don't think it is out of the question sanctioning bodies will try to add more weight classes like you said though, more money for them.
Tue, 2018-07-10 18:23
I'm in the middle. I like the class structure as is now, as I think the pool at the high and low ends would be depleted even more than it is, as peeling the smallest guys out of Min Weight only thins it out, and making a Super Heavy division would thin out the HW's even more than they are now. I think they have found a happy medium. They need to do something about weights in terms of extreme cuts and massive weight gains post weigh-ins, something like that California model that I found earlier in that video from HBO or Showtime, I can't remember which at the moment. I, too, wish they would consolidate the belts in terms of all the Regular, Interim, Silver, etc, and also merge bodies, with the IBF and IBO consolidating, and at least the WBC and WBA, leaving only 3(though I know the IBO is a joke, so might as well merge it into IBF). I'd prefer 1 belt, but that is less realistic.
Tue, 2018-07-10 19:14
I don't mind the current weight structure either. ONE FC in MMA has a good system for preventing dangerous weight cuts by tracking their regular weights and setting a certain amount that they can weigh in below their regular weights. I don't think that will happen or is practical though, there still isn't legitimate drug testing for all sanctioning organizations. The sanctioning bodies definitely should get rid of all of the fake belts. I think we are stuck with four now but boxing fans and media can still push back against regular titles and the IBO. It is sad that Boxingscene takes money from the WBA and IBO and promotes the regular and IBO titles as legitimate. Skysports does the same thing saying AJ is a four belt unified champion and I've seen boxing "fans" repeat that line. Even though Ring Magazine is owned by Golden Boy their editor actually has credibility, they don't recognize the WBA regular or IBO titles at all.
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