By: The Mad Boxing Genius
Showtime’s Lucian Bute VS. Glen Johnson
The I.B.F. champion Lucian Bute, who’s been accused of facing some “light touches” as of late, took on “The Road Warrior” Glen Johnson as Showtime’s main event offering. Two factors made this fight so intriguing. One… The 42 year old Glen Johnson made his way back down to the super-middleweight division after a lengthy stay at light-heavyweight to enter Showtime’s Super-Six Classic not too long ago. He did quite well by knocking out Allan Green and going toe to toe in a very competitive bout against one half of the tournaments’ finalist Carl Froch. The other part of this equation is that Lucian Bute, who is considered by many to be at the very top of the super-middleweight division, was not invited into this tournament. How can you have a tournament to see who the best in the division is if the best (or at least one of the best) is not participating?
Would we see the ultimate good guy in Glen Johnson win another title and realize that 168 pounds should have been his division all a long or would we see the young buck in Lucian Bute do what only Bernard Hopkins was able to do way back when and stop “The Road Warrior”? Unfortunately, in the eyes of the Mad Boxing Genius, it was another disappointing win for the Canadian.
Now call me crazy (yes, pun intended), but I was not one of those critics who’s been all that hard on Lucian Bute for taking on light competition. However, I have been very vocal about how he’s been going about his business.
Let’s take a look at his last 5 opponents including Glen Johnson… He did what he had to do against Edison Miranda and Jean Paul Mendy; I’ll give him credit for that. But take another two of those fights with The Contender’s Jesse Brinkley and Brian McGee and it’s obvious that he’s was carrying these honest but overmatched warriors. Watch those fights again and you’ll see that he could have taken any of those two fighters out at any time… but didn’t!
His fight with Glen Johnson was going to shut all of his critics up – yes… Johnson is that good! But, it was clear after the 6th round much like Lucian Bute’s previous four opponents, Johnson could have been taken out at any time… but Bute didn’t pull the trigger.
In the final seconds of the 6th round, Bute started coming on however, he time ran out. Okay, fine… won’t blame him for that. But then déjà vu started becoming a regular occurrence as round 7, 8, and 9 and all the way to the 10th round was nothing more than the same. Bute would finally start pouring it on late in the round only to run out of time.
If it wasn’t clear enough in the 6th round, it was definitely clear in the 7th round that Johnson was wearing down quickly and had nothing consistent to offer. Regardless of it was his injury to his right arm or his age, Johnson was there for the taking.
I’ve been taking a lot of flack for calling this a disappointing fight for the Romanian born Canuck but if anyone can’t see why I called this a disappointing win despite his dominance, then you need check yourself!!!
Don’t tell me that it wasn’t clear that Glen Johnson had nothing in this fight. Don’t tell me that Lucian Bute had several opportunities to end the fight. Don’t tell me that Bute shouldn’t have jumped on Johnson earlier in any round after the 6th and put a beat down on his friend and he would have had enough time left in the round to finish him.
How many of us ragged on Manny Pacquiao when he didn’t stop Shane Mosley when he didn’t go in for the kill when it was obvious to everyone it was there? How many of us ragged on Floyd Mayweather Jr. for not taking out the much smaller Juan Manuel Marquez when it was clear he was bigger, stronger, faster and more skilled? How many of us ragged on Andre Ward for not slamming on the gas pedal against Arthur Abraham? So don’t tell me that this win for Bute was not a complete disappointment!!! The signs were there and he didn’t go for it.
Lucian Bute has got crazy power and can end a fight at the drop of a hat but the man has problems finishing a fight. A very big difference.
I don’t know if he’s just and egomaniac who needs to admire his work during the rounds or if he’s too cautious but if he expects to beat anyone in the Super-Six tournament finals he better stop dicking around and recognize opportunities to end fights when they present themselves.
HBO Alfredo Angulo VS. James Kirkland Recap
I have to be honest here, whatever people saw in James Kirkland or Alfredo Angulo when they first hit the scene, I just didn’t see it. Sure, they were both exciting fighters but as future greats of the sport, I didn’t think they had a chance. But this Saturday night, you know something special was going to take place.
It was going to be one of those “fun while it lasts” type of fights and boy did it live up to its billing. With all the heart shown by Alfredo Angulo we learned a lot more about him. He’s the epitome of a Mexican warrior and the only way he was going to go out was they way he did. Not by his choice but by someone else who’ll have to save him from himself. But we also know now that he can be outboxed and out slugged. I think we’re starting to see Angulo’s ceiling in the sport.
As for James Kirkland, it’s obvious to me that his best attribute is his mental toughness. However, it also looks like that Ann Wolfe is the only one who can bring it out in him. If he can’t bring that out on his own, Kirkland’s career will be shorter than expected if there is another riff between the two pair.
At the end of the day, both fighters may never get into the hall but they are as exciting as any fighter out there and could even pick-up a title and make some money on the way. But whatever happens, no matter how the careers of both men unfold, much like their fight, it’ll be fun while it lasts!
As we learned not too long ago that one of the great heavyweight champions Smokin’ Joe Frazier has liver cancer and is fighting an uphill battle that may come to an end soon.
I would just like to say that tons of money is donated to raise awareness for cancer and for a cure. It’s been going on for decades now yet cancer rates are higher than ever and that cancer had been hovering as the number 1 or 2 killer for years. For some reason we can’t get our acts together when it comes to the deadly disease yet every few months the newest and most complicated technology comes out for our cell phones and our computers and our televisions. We can definitely get our acts together for that but not something that is literally taking our loved one away from us. Not saying there’s a conspiracy but it is quite sad.
Continue to fight the good fight Joe!!!