Oof. That face-mangling might hurt almost as much as getting your ear bitten. Yes, there's been another in-ring boxing ear snack incident -- from this past weekend, per the video below. We might need to consider forming a separate sport for all these boxers who want to bite on ears. It ain't called "competitive ear-biting," kiddos, it's about punching. Like in the illustration above, ya see.
(Denis Zilber illustration via; both pic and video h/t to friend of the site nazarioz.)
This weekend offers some snack-sized fights more than it does, say, a full-on cannibal feast, to extend the metaphor further. And with good reason:
- Ulises Solis vs. Luis Lazarte II, Saturday, Buenos Aires. This week is bordered by weekend fights with connections to in-ring biting incidents. Among Lazarte's many sins against fellow junior flyweight Solis in their first meeting last year was the Argentinian gnawing on Solis and still managing not to get disqualified. Too bad because of how the purse bid went that this didn't work out for Solis to be able to fight in more hospitable climes of Mexico, so he'll have to hope for a decent ref and some decent judges. Lazarte emerging from that first fight with a draw was one of 2010's greatest boxing injustices. This is the most significant fight of the weekend for that reason and others: Lazarte is the #5 junior fly in the world according to Ring Magazine and Solis is #8.
- Peter Quillin vs. Jesse Brinkley, Friday, TeleFutura, Reno Nev. I feel like lately I've been saying more sentences that start with, "In a much better bout for a Solo Boxeo Tecate headliner..." Maybe all the criticism has gotten to the Golden Boy matchmakers. Whatever the case, this is a good evenly-matched bout, despite what Brinkley's promoters at Let's Get It On said were 3 to 1 odds for Quillin. Quillin is the superior talent, the one who was hyped as a big-time prospect before turning in a series of underwhelming performances. Brinkley is more of a scrapper who's honed his skills, and while he got whacked around like crazy against Lucian Bute, that was to be expected. The talent gap isn't nearly as pronounced for Quillin-Brinkley as it was for Bute-Brinkley. The winner here gets to call himself a contender near the outskirts of the super middleweight top 10, I think.
- Raul Garcia vs. Rommel Asenjo/Jesus Geles vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales II, Saturday, Fox Deportes/Fox Sports Net, Mexico City. This could be a hard-hitting show featuring some little fellas. Garcia is the #5 strawweight according to Ring; Asenjo is a 21-year-old Filipino with two losses toward the start of his career and no wins of any significance who, from what limited footage I've seen, is a southpaw who wants to brawl. He struggled in his last fight, barely beating a 6-4-1 opponent in a bout where he was down in the 3rd. Geles and Hirales are doing a rematch of a bout last year where Geles just nicked him on the scorecards. Raul and Roman are brothers, so there's also the gimmick of both of them wanting to end the evening with title belts. Adorbs.
- Frankie Gomez vs. Jason Davis, Thursday, RingTV.com/Fox Sports Net, Los Angeles. This is a quasi-defensible Fight Night Club card, too. Golden Boy's other mismatch factory outside of Solo Boxeo is at least giving us a look at Gomez, a junior welterweight talent who is one of the best embryonic prospects in the sport and projects as a future action star. Davis isn't the most qualified opponent of his young career -- that's Ramon Montano -- but he's a respectable enough opponent for this phase of it, having gone the distance with an old Joel Casamayor and having fought against the likes of Breidis Prescott and Joan Guzman. (Apparently, though, Gomez looked plump in his last fight, not a good sign for such a young ballyhooed prospect.)
- Carlos Molina vs. Allen Conyers, Friday, ESPN2, Las Vegas. Friday Night Fights has gotten pretty adept at replacing bouts that fall apart at the last minute, as this one is a replacement for the Victor Cayo-Lamont Peterson-Tim Coleman mess. Molina and Conyers are two junior middleweights coming off boat-rocking performances. Molina mustered a draw against the far more acclaimed Erislandy Lara in his last fight, and most thought he deserved the win on the scorecards. Conyers is just coming off an upset win over prospect James De La Rosa. This is about as good as you could do putting on a last minute main event with two four-loss men.
- The Rest. There's a Telemundo card Friday night... On Saturday, #1 junior flyweight Gilberto Keb Baas, British middleweight king Darren Barker and bantamweight quasi-strapholder Hugo Ruiz are in action, with Ruiz' opponent, Rafael Concepcion, probably the best of the bunch... Our Andrew Harrison already previewed Wednesday night's main event in the U.K.