Watchdog's PPV Boxing Criteria – Joe Calzaghe vs Roy Jones Jr
Watchdog by Steve Hudgins (Nov 8, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © 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.

HERE'S HOW STEVE'S PPV CRITERIA WORKS!

POINTS:

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.

POINT SYSTEM:

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!

AND AWAY WE GO!

November 8th – PPV PRICE: $49.95

JOE CALZAGHE 45-0 (32) vs ROY JONES JR 52-4 (38)
This fight worries me. Let’s look back at Roy Jones Jr’s last 3 meaningful fights. Knocked out by 1 punch against Antonio Tarver. Brutally KO’d against Glen Johnson and while he lasted the distance with Tarver in their rubber match there was a moment in that fight, where Jones was completely and totally out on his feet, in extremely ugly fashion. After those 3 fights, Jones appeared to be a shot fighter who was in danger of getting hurt. 3 wins against safe opposition since then, and many people have forgotten all about Jones’ troubles. Calzaghe, is good. He’s fast, throws a lot of punches, and while his punches appear slappy, they have pop. This is a dangerous fight for Jones and I hope he makes it through alright.

*Joe Calzaghe is the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World (175 lbs) – Roy Jones Jr is rated # 6 at Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)*

SCORE = 2

DMITRIY SALITA 28-0-1 (16) vs DERRICK CAMPOS 17-5 (10)
Salita is an undefeated fighter who has yet to take a big step up in competition. And the trend continues here.

*This bout is taking place at Jr. Welterweight (140 lbs) – Neither fighter is rated*

SCORE = 1

ZAB JUDAH 36-6 (25) vs ERNEST JOHNSON 18-2-1 (7)
Showcase softball for Judah. Nuff’ Said.

*Zab Judah is rated # 7 at Welterweight (147 lbs) – Ernest Johnson is not rated*

SCORE = 1

EMANUEL AUGUSTUS 38-29-6 (20) vs FRANCISCO FIGUEROA 19-2 (13)
Probably the best bout on the entire undercard, which is pretty sad. Don’t let the record fool you, Augustus usually brings it and has been in countless entertaining fights. He should give southpaw Figueroa all he can handle and then some.

*This bout is taking place at Jr Welterweight – Neither fighter is rated*

SCORE = 2

FINAL SCORE = 6

SUMMARY: One of the worst PPV’s from top to bottom, ever.

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