Wladimir Klitschko came and did his stuff when he squared off with David Haye in their unification bout yesterday. We all know Klitschko likes to hide behind that jab. So pretty much, everything else rested on Haye to make their fight, at the very least, exciting. But the question was where’s the David Haye that paraded with an image of him holding decapitated heads of Klitschko?
Hayemaker? Hypemaker is all the he is.
And with that, we are locked in with an undeniably a boring heavyweight division.
Two Filipino boxers were assigned to matches that would have defined their respective careers. However, both men failed to make the opportunities count and the promise of big fights, fame, and glory will have to wait.
Last Saturday, Filipino welterweight “Mighty” Mark Jason Melligen was knocked out for the second time (third loss overall) in his 24-fight career in a fight that would have possibly opened the doors for him to matches against some of the exciting and more popular names in his division. Yesterday, Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong’s attempt to secure his first world title was blasted out of the water when referee Raul Caiz waved him off after hitting the canvas in third round, courtesy of a clean left hook from WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez of Mexico.
Now, here’s what I can say about the Melligen fight. The Filipino never lacked the heart to win. He stood up three times to beat the count and soldiered on. But Lujan was far stronger, more durable, and too much for Melligen. And he was persistent. Adamant even.
Melligen’s loss opens a lot of questions for the Filipino. But perhaps the most pressing query of all, for this writer at least, is that if Melligen lost to Lujan in such fashion, what are the odds of Melligen of faring competitively once he faces off with the top competition?
Now, don’t get me wrong as I know Melligen has a lot of fight left in him. But thinking of the talents that fill the upper tier of the welterweight division, it is hard for me to imagine how Melligen would succeed.
I have read Dennis Guillermo’s take on the Dapudong fight and I would like to say that I take no offense with his opinion on the matter. Guillermo is one of my good friends in the sports media. Like he said, we say things as we see them and we just happen to differ in opinion.
Looking at videos of the Dapudong fight, I sincerely believed that Dapudong wanted to go on and that there was an instance of miscommunication between him and Referee Raul Caiz. Dapudong himself said he said “yes” when asked by Caiz if he wanted to continue and replays show the Filipino nodding in acknowledgment and raising both fists to his chin. But Caiz waved him off in what I believe a premature stoppage.
Like I said in an earlier article, the message might have been lost in translation. Prior to the stoppage, Dapudong walked away from the referee which looked to many as a sign of his surrender and I totally understand that. But I also believed that Caiz could have made sure whether or not Dapudong wanted to go on and not to stop the fight immediately.
After all, it was a championship bout.