I've been a fan of the sweet science of boxing for as long as I can remember.
I used to watch Friday Night Fights long before there was such a thing as ESPN. I watched Boxing on CBS Sports Spectacular. I watched Boxing on ABC's Wide World of Sports. I watched closed circuit fights. I watched live fights.
I've seen all of the greats of my lifetime as well. I have seen most of Ali's career. I have watched Monzon, Arguello, Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, Duran, Tyson, Holmes, Chavez; you can name them, if they have fought from 1970 on I have seen them and remember seeing them. In all of those experiences, I have not ever seen a more boring fighter to watch than Steve Luevano.
Luevano isn't a bad fighter per se, he's actually very good. For those who don't know who he is, he's the current WBO Featherweight Champion and sports a 36-1-1 record. So what's not to like?
Personally, I find Luevano boring. He's fast, almost too fast, but unfortunately for us Manny Pacquiao die hard fans, he's a fixture on the Pac Man's undercards. Technically, Steve is one sound fighter but for entertainment purposes there is no one less entertaining.
While I'm sure somewhere out there there is a person who thinks it's exciting to watch a guy run around the ring and peck away with his jab. While the jab is a wonderful punch and some of the aforementioned fighters are some of the best jabbers in the history of the sport, there is a distinct difference in their jabs and Luevano's.
You see, a jab is generally a set up punch, a punch used to set up other punches. While the best in the game use it to keep their opponent off of them, they are usually also trying to keep the other boxer off balance so they don't ever see the big one coming. In Luevano's case, his jab isn't just his big punch, it's all he really has.
I'm not sure if any of you have ever seen Luevano you know what I'm talking about, but I forgive you if you have forgotten because it's a forgettable experience and more than one I wish I could forget.
Last year, Luevano fought on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Marquez 2 fight at Mandalay Bay against a solid Thai fighter named Terdsak Jandaeng (29-2).
While early in the fight Luevano was trying to ditch his bicycle and actually fight, he abandoned that style after Jandaeng landed a punch that sent the champion to the canvas. After getting up, Luevano went on to set the record for the most jabs landed in Featherweight fight, nothing exciting about that record. At the time most of us in the crowd were simply saying that we never wanted to see Luevano fight again.
So on May 2, of course we are going to see Luevano fight again. Luevano finds himself on a Pacquiao undercard for the fourth time, this time against Bernabe Concepcion (28-1-1, 16 KO's).
Concepcion is live underdog in this one and certainly has the power to take out a somewhat soft chinned Luevano. Aside from being a Filipino who should benefit from the Pacquiao crowd, Concepcion is also trained at the Wild Card Gym by Freddie Roach who can fight plan with the best of them.
I will be there, and while I would normally do my best to skip another Luevano undercard stinker, I'll be sure to be there on time for this one and to hit the betting window early and often before I get there.
So if you see a guy at the fight cheering like crazy for Concepcion who doesn't look remotely Filipino, come by and say hi as I am cheering not only to win my wager, but for the betterment of the sport of boxing.