Watch Dog: Steve's Pay-Per-View Criteria: David Tua vs Cisse Salif
By Steve Hudgins (October 21, 2005)
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.
HERE'S HOW STEVE'S PPV CRITERIA WORKS!
6 = MEGA MATCHUP
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, GET
12 = If you can find someone to split it with you,
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 it.
10 or under = Save your money and sleep well at night knowing you didn't get ripped off!
AND AWAY WE GO!
October 21st - PPV PRICE: 24.95
DAVID TUA (43-3-1 38 KO's) vs. CISSE SALIF (17-4-2 16 KO's): David Tua is a prime example of the heavyweight division today. He's is grossly overweight, throws about 2 punches per round and is a bore to watch. But he wasn't always like this. Remember back when Tua would fight in the low to mid 220's? He was in decent shape. He threw a lot of punches, he was in fun fights! Those days appear to be over and done with. Nowadays he practically has to be rolled into the ring. Cisse Salif is nothing more than an easy showcase fight for Tua. Salif has never beaten anyone of note. As a matter of fact, 4 of his last 6 wins are over fighters who have more losses than victories. It's ridiculous to have such a fight on the televised portion of any PPV card. But to have it as the main event? Uh, I don't think they have a word for how bad that is. But it's bad. Believe me, it is really, really bad.
*Neither fighter is rated at Heavyweight*
SCORE = 1
JAMEEL McCLINE (32-5-3 20 KO's) vs. ZURI LAWRENCE
(19-10-4 Zero KO's): The most intriguing aspect of this fight will be to see if McCline weighs in at his highest weight to date or not. He matched his highest of 277 lbs in his last fight. Will they need a crane to lift him into the ring? And is it worth 24.95 to find out? Lawrence has zero KO's to date, and I doubt he'll be getting his first one here. He has shown durability, by going 11 rounds with young heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov before being KO'd, going the distance with Timo Hoffman albeit lossing handily and actually held Ray Austin to a draw in early 2003. That would indicate that this fight should last several rounds, but that's probably not such a good thing for viewers.
*Jameel McCline is rated #10 at Heavyweight - Zuri
Lawrence is not rated*
SCORE = 1
YURI FOREMAN (18-0 7 KO's) vs. TROY LOWRY (27-5 16 KO's): Foreman, the undefeated young middleweight prospect is being moved along slowly and probably takes on his toughest opponent to date in Lowry. Some may know Foreman from Showtime's ShoBox series. He has looked decent against limited opposition. Lowry is coming off a decision victory over faded Santiago Samaniego, who had some impressive wins back in the day. However he dropped two decisions in a row to Christopher Holt and Matt Vanda leading up to that fight. Lowry should provide a bit of a test for young Foreman, which should give us a better idea as to how good the young prospect really is.
*Neither fighter is rated at Middleweight*
SCORE = 2
EDISON MIRANDA (23-0 20 KO's) vs. SHERWIN DAVIS (18-1 12 KO's): Miranda, a Super Middleweight prospect who was 20-0 with 20 KO's before getting taken the distance in his last 3 fights, looks to get a new KO streak going against SherwinDavis and Davis was hand picked for just that reason. Sherwin Davis has no impressive victories to his resume and his lone loss was to Contender's Peter Mandfredo Jr, whom he lost to via KO and if you've watched much of The Contender, you know Peter Manfredo Jr is not a very big puncher. That doesn't bode well for Davis.
*Neither fighter is rated at Super Middleweight*
SCORE = 1
FINAL SCORE = 5
SUMMARY: Not long ago, I proclaimed the Mercer/Briggs PPV as the worst PPV in the history of the world. Well, it certainly didn't hold that claim very long as this one beats it hands down. HANDS DOWN! Are they serious? If this were April, I would swear this was an April fools joke, but judging by the old calendar here, it is in fact, October. Let's see, a fat boring heavyweight against a no hoper in the main event. Ditto for the so called co-main event. And basically 2 showcase fights leading up to that. Ok, the Foreman/Lowry fight might be a bit more than a showcase fight, but not by much. This is the kind of card that they would televise in a torture chamber! If they were PAYING people 24.95 to watch this card, I would advise against it, unless you absolutely, desperately needed that 24.95, and then MAYBE! I mean they can't possibly expect anyone who is not currently residing in a mental institution or into self mutilation to shell out 25 clams for this thing, can they?
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