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I have waited for this for 2+ years.
I have watched and listened as David Haye has tried with every last ounce of his being to get into Wladimir Klitschko’s head.
He’s worn a graphic t-shirt with the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers. He’s refused to shake Wladimir’s hand. He’s said he was going to beat Wladimir and then destroy his brother, Vitali. He’s done everything he can think of to rattle a man that seems to be unrattleable (I’m fairly sure that isn’t a word).
Today was the last presser before the fight this Saturday, July 2. There was a stare down that went like this… Read the rest of this entry »
No, it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t the best decision I’ve seen.
The champ, Zbik (30-0, 10 KO’s), came out quick. Sticking his surprisingly good jab into the much heavier Chavez Jr’s (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) face*. That jab kept Chavez relatively at bay for the first four rounds as Zbik threw multiple combinations and generally outworked the larger opponent.
(* The HBO broadcast said Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weighed in, unofficially, the day of the fight at 180lbs. Zbik weighed in at 165lbs on that same HBO scale. In effect it was a fighter that was just 5lbs over the middleweight limit taking on a fighter 5lbs over the light heavyweight limit. Not sure would could be done about a fighter ballooning 20lbs from the weigh-in to the day of the fight. I mention the unofficial weight because it’s definitely a factor.)
The best thing Chavez could have done was use that 180lbs frame to drive and dig hard, thudding body punches into Zbik’s ribs and kidneys. As always the person taking the body shot didn’t react much, if at all, but that is par for the course. The body shots were meant to soften Zbik up and slow him down and they did just that. Read the rest of this entry »
I have no desire to see the movie Bad Teacher, though I may catch it on Netflix or HBO just for shits and giggles, but this small part of the preview always makes me laugh.
It seems hard to imagine that Shane Mosley, a fighter most would consider a warrior, would ask out of a fight, but it appears to be true.
On a short 15 minute episode scheduled to appear before Showtime’s Froch vs Johnson and Kessler vs Bouadla double header this Saturday, Mosley clearly states to Naazim Richardson that he wants him to stop the fight.
I realize the PPV match between Mosley and Manny Pacquiao was a month ago now, but this is just shocking to me. I do know that we don’t usually hear every little second and sound bite that goes on in every corner, in every fight. So this could happen more frequently than I perceive it to happen (I doubt it though). The simple matter of the fact is that “Sugar” Shane Mosley asked out of a prize fight.
To say I am disappointed in Shane is an understatement (with the caveat that he wasn’t asking out because of an injury and it didn’t appear that he was).