By: Anthony Whitby
This weekend was truly a global boxing scene spanning the globe in 1500 words or less so pack light and let’s go.
Of course the lead story in Boxing is that history was made Saturday night with Bernard Hopkins winning a gritty UD becoming the oldest fighter to win a decent title belt (WBU, WBF, IBC, WBB sorry guys)
Ego Stroke #1: Panel Predications last week whoever wrote “Executioner in a gritty UD 115-113 score. I do not think Hopkins will let history slip through his hands again. “That guy is a genius and deserves a raise!
Ego Stroke #2: A few weeks back someone also wrote that whoever refereed the fight would need to be attentive enough to watch Jean Pascal and his rabbit punches; clearly that was not the case at all. Jean Pascal dominated the P”N”B stat tracker in the rabbit punches category as did Bhop in thumbs to the eye and kidney shots category.
Ego Knockdown #1: Still can’t give you a reason why I picked Adrian Diaconu to beat Chad Dawson (silly little me) but hey he fought hard and did his best it’s just Chad Dawson is more talented and skilled.
Let’s give the old legendary fighter his well deserve praise. Bernard Hopkins refuses to go away and he is willing to trade with the best of them. Young fighters need to really learn from the Philadelphia fighter while they still can. His ability to make ring adjustments and makes his opponents strengths seem like a weakness is unparallel.
Congrats goes out to Bernard Hopkins for fighting for legacy and not just paychecks.
I don’t know much but I do know this. If I am a hometown fighter and the crowd is chanting for my opponent and not for me, my mental strength would be met mixed emotions. I think the only thing
Bernard could of done to mentally get in Jean Pascal’s head anymore was making “ya mama” jokes or run into Pascal locker room and take his wallet.
As for the fight itself it had to be watch at low volumes as Jim Lampley salivated at the significance of the fight I began day dreaming that the SHOWTIME crew would bum rush our TV screens and say to the public “Don’t worry folks we will take it from here” (ah the places the mind travels). I love HBO and I enjoy the commentating but last Saturday night we knew what we were watching I didn’t need someone to exploit it any further.
Does Bernard Hopkins have that much left in the tank or is Jean Pascal more hype than we thought?
Something tells me it will take a highly skilled, highly conditioned fighter who can avoid Bernard’s mental trickery in order to beat him decisively. Jean Pascal looked beaten since Dec 18th 2010.
Now looking at Jean Pascal do you think he can beat Chad Dawson or Tavoris Cloud?
Will Beibut Shumenov ever get in the picture at all? While I am not all sold on Nathan Cleverly yet I am sold on the young dark horse of the division or shall I say the “Black Russian” Ismayl Sillakh and just in case you haven’t noticed the Light heavy weight division is picking up steam.
I thought the two knockdowns should have been scored. Unmistakably the replay showed that the slips were off of punches it would also would of helped the score cards reflect Bhops dominance in the squared circle.
Pushups in between rounds = classic bravado
Oh Yeah earlier this week ESPN had some “Chat” time for fans to talk to Jean Pascal. I am sad to say that my questions to Jean Pascal about his allegations and Bhop taking a blood test were not approved by the ESPN filters, Dang it! AW from PHX was denied!
I do not think we are going to see it but a Bhop fight against Lucian Bute would be insane! I want to see it. I know Chad Dawson is next for Bernard Hopkins and I know many will say that Bhop dodged “Bad Chad” for years. I will say that if the reports from last August of Chad having problems in his camp with management. I am afraid of what Bhop could do to the soft subtle Al Haymon fighter in Chad Dawson.
Respect due to the Hall of Fame boxer George Foreman for applauding and rooting for Bernard Hopkins to make history and it does not discredit his accomplishment for one second. It does show he is a humble man who respects history. Unlike the chumps like the champagne popping 1972 undefeated dolphins team that hold on to the past as if it was their only reason of existence.
Speaking of Al Haymon, props to my boy David who posted this online http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/2500/haymonpicsrb4.jpg I have spent countless hours to get glimpse of the “man behind the curtain”. I was expecting Fangs and horns or at least tail.
If you have the misfortune of being curious enough to watch the brutal KO of Roy Jones Jr. than I am sorry it was like watching a high paced car accident. Some have asked me if I would place it in the KO of the week section. I will not folks to soon still in shock but will appreciate in what Jones has done in the past. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWZiSuyzels
I am sorry but the one referee who shouldn’t be affiliated with a Roy Jones Jr. fight is Steve Smoger. Something tells me Kenny Bayless or even Joe Cortez would have been able to jump in before the last punch clipped him while he was already bending over in distress.
There is a reason why Antonio Tarver, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield, and Roy Jones Jr. are fighting oversees, look at the crowd in Montreal, even the photos from Russia for the Roy Jones fight. Massive crowds and packed venues with hundreds of cameras from all directions, it’s nice to see black American fighters get appreciated, its only sad it’s the last generation of fighters and not the future as well as being abroad and not at home. Let’s be honest how many people can recognize Andre Berto or Timothy Bradley out of a crowd.
Doing a total 180 here but you have to Manny Pacquiao get some solid ring work in http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/uncensored—manny-pacquiao-punch
So its official Juan Manuel Marquez has signed on to fight Manny Pacquiao in November after an undisclosed conversation with Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer. Man to be on that wall!
Arum: Listen Rich your stable is weakened and let’s be honest here buddy its almost June and you can’t even lock down opponents for Amir Khan let alone for Erik Morales!
Schaefer: OK Bob do whatever you need to give JMM the fight with Pac man but please don’t let him jump ship.
Sad to hear Oscar De La Hoya is in rehab and I wish him a speedy recovery
Has anyone heard from Andriy Kotelnik? With the 140lb division being so rich with talent where is this guy? If you remember correctly Don King signed him for the Devon Alexnader fight last August and now his career is stagnate that is very rare for a Don King fighter. (the last sentence was brought to you by Sarcasm)
The George Groves vs. James DeGale truthfully was hard to watch until the later rounds began to pick up and only then it become interesting. I am still not sure either fighter has broken through onto the world level yet.
What’s the crowd going to be like for a Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson bout in Atlantic City?
The rebirth of Alfonso Gomez went off with a boom by punishing Calvin green into defeat last Saturday night In Cabazon California.
By the way check out Alfonso Gomez’s website it’s pretty cool lots of interactive stuff you can check out their http://goboxme.com/ its pretty innovative for all the dirty perv/boxing fan in all of us there is a sexy boxing page that is just genius.
Also peep this clip of Alfonso Gomez teaching World Champion Giovani Segura how to shuffle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mesu_dfMfA&feature=player_embedded#at=12 love the comradely between boxers.
If you are not the boxing fan to youtube a fight and still want to see Chris Arreola see his fist swinging, have no fear he will back on Friday Night Fights this week. Ya that’s right! If last week was the light heavyweights week to shine, than this week’s it’s the big boys. Also on the card is Maurice Harris vs. Tony Thompson. Good night of fights if I say so myself.
Will Wladimir Klitschko be affected going into the David Haye fight due to the breakup of his long time girlfriend Hayden Panettiere? David Haye hopes so.
It seems every other week there is another fighter named Carlos Molina fighting, how many fighters are named Carlos Molina at least three on my list.
Minnesota Vikings football player turned boxer debuted on Saturday with a UD
Anyone want to see Marcos Maidana vs. Kendall Holt?
Oh yeah last week’s Friday Night Fights was so boring it gets mention here: Joel Julio won
How did Paul Williams go from the most feared fighter to not willing to fight anyone at all?
Most recent Ring Magazine that hit my doorstep states that Jesus Gonzales is the “most protected” I would like to understand the logic they are using and sincerely disagree.
Alright folks that all for now let’s hear from you and throw down a comment below and let see if we can keep the conversation going. What was the best fight of the weekend?