Watchdog's PPV Criteria - Kelly Pavlik vs Bernard Hopkins
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (Oct 18, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Will Hart, HBO)  
The Purpose - I don't think any one fight can be made in boxing today, that alone, is worth the price of a PPV. Unless of course, they can conjure up Dempsey vs Marciano or Joe Louis, but until that day comes, I want some quantity to go along with quality!

I say, if they want us to shell out 30, 40 sometimes 50 bucks per PPV, they should give us some bang for our buck! The card should be solid from top to bottom! Or at least it should be so top heavy with excellent
fights that they can get away with a showcase fight to kick off the festivities, but these 2 or 3 showcase fights and 1 decent to mega main event PPV's are for the birds! (My apologies to any of the birds I may have offended with that statement.)

So here's my system - I preview and rate every fight that is scheduled to be televised on a PPV Boxing Card, and try to determine whether that card is worth purchasing or not based on my point system below.

Please note that at the end of each preview, I will mention what weight class the bout is being fought at and where each fighter ranks within that weight class. This is done by using ‘The Ring’ ratings.



5 = Excellent Matchup
4 = Good Matchup
3 = Decent Matchup
2 = OK Matchup
1 = Bad Matchup

If a fight is scheduled to be televised on the card, it gets at least 1 point. This helps to reward quantity.


14 or higher = GET IT!

13 = If you can find someone to split it with you or the price of the PPV is $24.99 or less, GET IT!

12 = If you can find someone to split it with you or the price of the PPV is $19.99 or less CONSIDER getting it.

11 = If you can find a place that is showing it, or get enough people over to split it with you, so that you are not paying more than 10 dollars for the card, CONSIDER getting it.

10 or under = Save your money and sleep well at night knowing you didn't get ripped off!


October 18th – PPV PRICE: $49.95

KELLY PAVLIK 34-0 (30) vs BERNARD HOPKINS 48-5-1 (32)
I’m a fan of Pavlik. He may very well be the most entertaining fighter in boxing today and will fight anyone and everyone. Unfortunately, he’s facing Bernard Hopkins who may very well be the most boring fighter in boxing today. And that will be Bernard Hopkins’ goal. Slow the fight down; make it as drab and dreadful as he possibly can. So you tell me why someone would want to pay to watch a fighter attempt such a goal. This isn’t a mismatch. I think Hopkins can land on Pavlik. I think he can hurt him and I think he can win. I don’t think he will, but he can. Most likely, Pavlik’s work rate will garner him a decision victory, with Hopkins trying to play the boring card the entire way.

*Kelly Pavlik is the Middleweight Champion of the World (160lbs) – Bernard Hopkins is rated #2 at Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) – This fight is taking place at Light Heavyweight*


STEVE LUEVANO 35-1-1 (15) vs BILLY DIB 21-0 (11)
Dib’s flashy, unorthodox style versus the more methodical, solid technician in Luevano. Huge step up for Dib. This is likely a fairly easy decision victory for Luevano.

*Steve Luevano is rated #3 at Featherweight (126 lbs) – Billy Dib is not rated*


Rubio is a lanky big puncher who is going against a guy who in the last 2 years has dropped decisions to badly faded Bronco McKart & Sam Soliman. Rubio has won his last 6 by KO. Ornelas can punch a bit. Enough to have at least a punchers chance. It’s an okay matchup, but definitely falls into the “Who cares?” category.

*Marco Antonio Rubio is rated #10 at Middleweight (160 lbs) – Enrique Ornelas is not rated*



SUMMARY: This is a prime example that the powers that be don’t care about boxing fans or the future of the sport.

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