I predicted Demetrius Andrade by decision. He clearly dominated Vahes Matiroysian. Judge Julio Alvarez should never judge a fight again. At least the other two judges got it right. Would like to see Andrade versus Erislandy Lara next.
Nonito Donaire did a great job with his 9th round comeback knockout against Vic Darchinyan ( I had Donaire behind at the time of the stoppage). His days as an elite-fighter are done though and should make an easy fight for Mikey Garcia.
Mikey Garcia dominated Roman Martinez and stopped him as I thought he would. I don’t see anyone on HBO from 126-147 beating him. Within a year or two he will be seen as top five PFP.
Magomed Abdusalamov is a Muslim brother from the Caucuses please follow the link to learn how to donate to his family.
Guranteed fireworks. Tune into HBO tonight. I like GGG by stoppage in the late 2nd round or early 3rd. Excited for this fight.
### scored the fight 117-111 for Bradley. He fought a smart fight and stayed away from the Barry Bonds bombs I thought he would get hit with. Other three fights went as I expected.
Timothy Bradley is a fighter I like a lot due to his tremendous heart. In the Provodnokhov fight he was out on his feet several times and fought through it. Blessed with courage and natural ability I have always believed Bradley is too muscle-bound for boxing and needs a better trainer who can help him utilize his speed and natural ability. Someone like Nazim Richardson or Virgil Hunter.
Juan Manuel Marquez may be the greatest Mexican boxer of all time. If not one he is two or three. So, I have the greatest amount of respect for him. Having said that it is hard for me to believe he is not juicing after seeing how he knocked out Pacquiao, combined with the change un his physique and the shady past of his strength and conditioning coach.
Combine the fact I think Marquez is juicing with the punishment Bradley took in his last fight and I like the Mexican by a late rounds stoppage in what should be a very entertaining fight.
I could care less about the sex habits of Orlando Cruz, although the media loves it, I just don’t see him getting by Orlando Salido unless he is completely shot (which he may be).
Everyone should catch Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight on HBO which tells the story of Ali’s challenge to be accepted as a conscientious-objector to the Vietnam War due to his religious beliefs . Director Stephen Frears and writer Shawn Slovo do an excellent job documenting the climate of the time, showing the inner-workings of Supreme Court justices, and the beliefs of Muhammad Ali. There have been few films in American history that have shown as much respect for Muslims and the Nation of Islam in America as this film. The greatness of Ali is not just about what he did in the ring. His greatness is also about what he stood for outside of the ring. During a turbulent time in America he dominated boxing, installed racial pride, took a principled stand against the Vietnam War and became a larger than life figure. I really hop Floyd Mayweather or a young Adrien Broner watches this film. ”To whom much is given much is required”. Do Floyd and Broner want to finish their careers and the only thing they left the people with was jewelry, strippers, conspicuous consumption and bling? Or would it be better if like Ali they used their platform for the greater good and inspired people?
There were many who opposed the Vietnam War who were not worthy of respect and many other draft dodgers like Dick Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Wolfowtiz and the future neo-cons who believed in the war while being too chicken to fight in it. My grandmother always said “Vietnam was a poor man’s war” and she was right. Ali took a stand and paid for it. Much respect.
Meanwhile PBS Frontline is airing a documentary on the NFL and concussions tonight. I am a big fan of PBS and Frontline. As a matter of fact the only other PBS doc I remember not liking is an absolute fluff piece they did on the late corrupt political-machine head of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. They made this Pakistani version of Hosni Mubarak look like Joan of Arc conveniently ignoring facts. Anyway, in elite globo America these days there is a real hard on for football. It is too violent, too American and why can’t we just show we are sophisticated and like soccer like the Europeans do? It is very unfashionable in the latte/tofu/craft beer/gentrification set to allow your sons to play football. Soccer is acceptable. Co-ed kickball even better. I happen to like soccer while not liking the suburban Wonder Bread culture of American soccer. If I had sons though would love for them to play football just as I did as a kid and loved it. Life is risk. Everything is risk. There is no life without risk. We love football in America like the Brits love Cricket and the Aussies love Australian Rules Football. Sure, we can work to make it safer, but at the end of the day people get hurt.
Saturday night Terrence Crawford the undefeated lightweight prospect from Omaha, NE put on another absolute boxing clinic. Instead of appreaciating his performance HBO announcers catered to the base desires of inebriated illiterate boxing fans in Orlando who were booing.
This does not come as a surprise. HBO announcers, most notably Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant in the past, have often shit on fine performances of boxers. Meanwhile, if an unskilled brawler fights like he is in a ten-dollar tough-man contest at a bowling alley HBO goes crazy for them.
HBO of course becomes it’s own worst enemy. They build up punchers with limited defense and then the first time they meet an elite, well-rounded, skilled-boxer they get schooled. James Kirkland, Brandon Rios, Tavoris Cloud, Nonito Donaire, etc. . In Donaire’s case he gets absolutely taken to school by Guillermo Rigondeaux and instead of hyping up Rigo as a Cuban Pernell Whittaker they don’t give him a date while adding Donaire to a fall card.
Many will say ” how else can HBO play it?” Given the fact fans like punchers and many of these fighters who are lacking in defense and have problems with boxers are Mexicans whose fanbase is critical to the boxing economy.
Those are fair questions. I will counter with two arguments. First, the hardcore boxing base is small. This is a niche sport. Most of the people who tune in may be casual fans or just flipping the remote. Imagine if the first thing they hear is announcers shitting on the fight, the boxers, and the event itself. How is that good for boxing or ratings?
Secondly, instead of shitting on and disrespecting why don’t these announcers educate fans. Explain footwork, counter-punching and defense? Raise the level of knowledge amongst the masses so they can appreaciate what they are watching? That’s what baseball announcers do during pitching-duels and football announcers do during defensive battles.
I see great potential in Terrence Crawford. I would favor him to beat anyone at Top Rank ( Marquez, Pacquiao, Alvarado, Bradley and to 120-108 Rios). Been watching Crawford since the amateurs. Yet, will he get his chance to shine? Will HBO in Vince McMahon WWE-like fashion freeze out Crawford like they did Rigo? Will Bob Arum punish him for success like he did Zahir Raheem after he beat Erik Morales? Or will Arum promote him like he did Timothy Bradley? Time will tell and I will be watching. But remember: if HBO did baseball in the eighties they would have fired Ozzie Smith because his defense was too good and shit on “Whiteyball”.
Other boxing notes: the agressive Miguel Cotto looked great: but with all due respect to Delvin Rodriguez was picked to make Cotto look good. I am intrigued by a Cotto-Sergio Martinez matchup….I really like the Klitschko Brothers. Had lunch with them years ago and found them to be smart caring individuals. Just find there fights to almost always be boring as hell. Last saturday definitely no exception.
Growing my hair back after all these years. this for the motherfuckers that said I was bald.
Wasn’t thinking about the government shutdown till the guy I asked to borrow money told me he’d been furloughed…..dealing with addicts takes patience….small town lawyers in small town junior-circuit for a reason….Sam Bradford a bust now you believe me….Chuck Liddell is an old skinhead with a glass jaw…I respect MMA and love wrestling but hate the right-wing skinhead culture of the UFC Plantation…Not interested in Chavez-Vera II in the corrupt state of Texas….why do ugly girls wear niqaab? Saw a group of niqaabis looked a herd of retired NFL lineman crossing the street the other day….speaking of niqaab been told to beware of the con-artist Umm Niqaab out of Orange, NJ who has ripped a lot of Muslims off….Lena Headey Queen Cersei the baddest woman on Game of Thrones she single-handefly got me liking whitegirls again.. Whiteboy yuppie rapper tries to lecture Brand Nubian on hip-hop man go ride your bike to the kickball game and shut the fuck up…don’t hate procreate if the bed break use some duct tape. Go Cards!
As of this moment Philly Rican Jr Welterweight Champ Danny Garcia still has not signed to fight Lucas Matthysse. Let’s face it: if Garcia is not fighting Matthysse or Adrien Broner there is no other fight boxing fans are interested in. So, here is an idea Golden Boy Promotions. Have the Argentinian soccer club Boca Jrs. Play an exhibition with the Philly MLS team and the fight in the stadium at night. As a co-promotion make the tickets a package deal. In addition to Garcia-Matthysse you could try to get Sergio Martinez-Gabe Rosado and Carlos Abregu against a Philly welterweight (Hank Lundy?). Obviously there are a lot of promotional, logistical and network issues with this: but if it could be done it would be huge. Hell while I’m at it add Broner-Marcos Maidana.
I have been following Gennady Golovkin since the 2004 Olympics and have been impressed every step of the way. It is hard for foreign fighters to get a big fan base in America. Especially when you are from a nation like Kazakhstan that has a minuscule amount of emigres in the United States ( keep in mind with Manny Pacquiao there are a number of American cities with sizable Filipino-American residents and the same goes without saying of fighters from Latin America) . However, when you have the kind of devastating punching power GGG has you can sell tickets and get the TV ratings that makes network executives happy. This guy is sparring with light-heavyweights and heavyweights in training and hurting them and against a very game Matthew Macklin GGG seemed to hurt him with virtually every punch ( including scoring what should have been a knockdown in round one before the brutal end came in round three). Along with Argentinean Junior Welterweight Lucas Matthysse we are living in an era of two devastating imported punchers wowing hardcore American boxing fans. I rate GGG ahead of Matthysse though. Yes the Argentinean scored knockdowns against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander but I had both bouts being scored correctly ( 114-113 for Judah and 95-94 for Alexander). I think Matthysse has grown as a boxer since that point: but I still think he can be outboxed. A well-schooled amateur I think GGG would be a more difficult task.
Where does Golovkin go from here? HBO is clearly trying to groom him for a bout with Sergio Martinez and then Andre Ward and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.. Against Martinez and Chavez I favor Golovkin by brutal stoppage. Golovkin-Ward I can’t call it right now and I see it as being a classic fight and boxer v. puncher match-up. Matchups with Golden Boy fighters not fighting on Showtime such as Peter Quillin is not going to happen for business reasons and a waste of time to think about.
I had Brandon Gonzales beating Thomas Oosthuizen 96-94. If Oosthuizen is being groomed for Andre Ward I’m not sure who is going to be excited by this matchup. Didn’t catch Willie Nelson’s win. For the sake of his promoter, local St. Louis guy Steve Smith, I hope he does well.
I am a huge fan of the sport of boxing. Yet seldom do I root for any one fighter. When I am asked “who do you want to win” my answer is always the same: “I don’t care who wins I just want to see a good competitive fight”. Bernard Hopkins is the exception.
At 48 years old Hopkins became the oldest man to ever hold a major title by defeating light-heavyweight beltholder Tavoris Cloud at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. He broke his own record. The story of Hopkins is a man who has defied father time, doesn’t seem to age, and outsmarts younger and quicker opponents. There is more to the story though.
Hopkins grew up on the mean streets of Germantown North Philadelphia. At an early age, like many of his peers, Hopkins got caught up in a life on the streets. Strong-armed robbery was Hopkins game. It is easy to judge and say he should have stayed in school and in his amateur boxing gym: but you are talking about a young man from a highly dysfunctional home growing up in poverty and some of the meanest streets in America. This does not excuse his behavior it only gives it context.
Like most who turn to a life of crime, and many from his neighborhood, Hopkins ended up in prison. At age seventeen he began serving a five-year sentence at the notorious Grateford Prison in Pennsylvania. Hopkins witnessed rapes, murders, and countless acts of violence. It was only through his conversion to Islam and taking up the boxing program that Hopkins was able to stay clean and begin turning his life around from behind bars. Notice what I said: Islam and boxing. A religion that has turned so many lives around from behind the walls and boxing a sport that has turned lives around. It is ironic that prisons in the post-911 era have often developed a hostile attitude toward their Muslim prisoners and almost all prisons have cut their boxing programs. Hopkins left prison never to return. Never to go back to his old life and forever leaving behind him his old ways. This is an inspiration to the millions of prisoners and ex-offenders in America. Wardens should be inviting Hopkins to speak at such juvenile detention centers, county jails and prisons.
In his first professional fight Hopkins lost. He could have gave up: but he found the legendary trainer Bouie Fischer who taught him boxing and guided him to a middleweight championship. While Hopkins went on to defend the middleweight crown a record twenty times he was overshadowed in the 90’s and even much of the 00’s by Roy Jones, Jr., and James Toney. It was only in 2001 when Hopkins destroyed the heavily-favored Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden in front of a Puerto Rican crowd did Hopkins finally get his just due. By that time Hopkins was already getting old. Little did the public know the party was just getting started.
Hopkins has went on to have big wins into his 40’s. This time under the guidance of Brother Naazim Richardson a fellow Muslim brother from Philly who himself has inspired many by overcoming a serious medical-condition to train at the elite-level. How is he able to do this? Let’s start with the facts he doesn’t, drink, smoke, get high, eat sweets, eat junk foods, hang out in the streets, stay out late in night clubs and approaches boxing as a 24-7 lifestyle. He doesn’t get out of shape after fights and then have to cut weight in training. Hopkins is always in fighting shape. Wear and tear is not wasting in the gym with meaningless “Philly gym wars” he saves his energy. Most importantly Hopkins has a “boxing IQ” that is off the charts. Quite simply, like many other elite-fighters, he outthinks his opponents. While they are playing Asteroids he is playing Call of Duty. This is the model for all young boxers. If you want a long and successful career, and you have the goods, emulate this. If you want a short career make it rain at the strip clubs, buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need, get multiple child-support cases, drink and get high between fights, and surround yourself with violence and criminals.
Finally, not only is Hopkins a role-model for troubled urban youth, ex-offenders and young boxers, B-Hop is also a role-model for fitness in America. At 48 B-Hop is in elite condition and as we are all getting older, including myself, we can take inspiration from his discipline and physical condition.
RIP Manny Steward who has since passed from the time this article was written. Below is a very good interview with him.