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!
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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 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!
December 15th - PPV PRICE: 24.95
SAM PETER (24-1 21 KO's) vs ROBERT HAWKINS (21-4 7 KO's)
Robert Hawkins faired well against B level opposition back in the late 90's. After taking 5 years off, Hawkins has been active in 2004 and this year, but he is losing some matches along the way against light opposition. Hawkins has some decent boxing skills and may be able to frustrate the overweight, plodding Peter for a few rounds, but Hawkins doesn't have the power to keep Peter honest. He was chosen specifically for Peter to rebound against after his first professional defeat against Wlad Klitschko. And Peter should do so, in what promises to be a non entertaining affair.
*Sam Peter is rated # 9 at Heavyweight - Robert
Hawkins is not rated*
SCORE = 1
LANCE WHITAKER (31-3-1 26 KO's) vs SULTAN IBRAGIMOV (18-0 15 KO's)
The undefeated Ibragimov takes a minor step up in class from the Al Cole's and Friday Ahunanya's of the world to face the declining take your pick of Lance, Mount or Goofi Whitaker. If he loses against Goofi, we know he's nobody to remember. If he can beat Whitaker, especially if he can do so more impressively than Luan Krasniqi recently did (KO in 6) he may be someone to check out again. Whitaker has a couple of showcase wins since his KO loss to Krasniqi, but seems to have been in constant decline since adopting the Goofi moniker.
*This fight will take place at Heavyweight Neither fighter is rated*
SCORE = 2
JOHN DUDDY (13-0 12 KO's) vs EMILIANO CAYETANO (12-0 7 KO's)
Don't let Cayetano's undefeated record fool you. Make no mistake about it, this is a pure showcase fight for John Duddy, who is looking decent while he is being moved along slowly to build up a nice record. 6 of Cayetano's 12 wins have been against fighters with zero's under the win column. That's all you really need to know about this matchup.
*This fight will take place at Middleweight (160 lbs) - Neither fighter is rated*
SCORE = 1
DALE BROWN (34-4-1 22 KO's) vs TROY BEETS (12-7-1 8 KO's)
The Cowboy looks to stay busy as he takes on Beets, who has lost 2 in a row and 3 of his last 4 fights. This fight should be equivelant to watching Brown spar.
SCORE = 1
*Dale Brown is rated # 7 at Cruiserweight (200 lbs) - Troy Beets is not rated*
SCORE = 1
FINAL SCORE = 5
SUMMARY: Zzzzz. Zzzzz. Zzzzz. Huh? What? Mommy! Oh, sorry, seems that I fell asleep there for a moment just from writing about this card! 3 showcase fights and a 4th fight that would fall under the "who cares?" category. Wait a minute, they all fall under the "who cares?" category! These fights might be worth taking a look at if they were on ESPN2 and you had nothing else to do with your night. Or maybe if one of the fighters on the card was your son. But even then you shouldn't be paying for this because your loving son should have pulled some strings and gotten you a free ticket! And if he didn't bother to do that for you, you shouldn't bother to buy the brat's PPV!
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