By: Anthony “Zute” George
Bring back 15 rounds, PLEASE!!! I realize this is probably a call on deaf ears, but I am never going to let it go. Since boxing has reduced its championship fight from 12 to 15, the sport has suffered greatly.
In my opinion we will never know how great Roy Jones, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and the rest of the best modern fighters could be only because they never fought the 15-round limit – never did they have to train for 15 rounds. Nowadays, the championship rounds are 11 and 12 compared to 13, 14 and 15. It is not even close.
More importantly, we would have never known how great the fighters of the past were if they did not have 15 rounds to prove themselves. What would the “Thrilla In Manila” be if it were only 12 measly rounds? Rocky Marciano would have never been champion. Say what you want about “The Rock” and he is not even close to one of my favourites, but he was always in great shape. No one had more stamina than Marciano and we would not have known this if he only had to go 12.
The change was supposedly done for safety… HOGWASH! It was a convenient excuse to make the real reason to trim down on television time. If you were not lucky enough to watch a 15 round fight live, then you have no idea how long it could be.
If the powers that be really cared about the fighters’ safety then they would not have them weigh-in the day before a fight. This allows a fighter to gain weight and be much heavier going into the ring. Let’s ask Joey Gamache how his safety benefited from not having to fight 15 rounds.
Respected people in boxing like Chuck Giampa, Greg Haugen, Livingstone Bramble and most recently, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, have all come on my show and backed me up on this.
Bernard Hopkins claimed he would have knocked out, among many, Marvelous Marvin Hagler. How about knocking out someone you actually fought first. Chad Dawson would be a good idea. Is this guy kidding me, he could not even knock out William Joppy in a fight that he bet big money that he would. He couldn’t even knock out a half dead Roy Jones for that matter.
I don’t know why, but the Hopkins Kool Aid always tasted stale to me – a great physical marvel, but never a killer in the ring.
Sue me if I like hard punches and knockouts, but does it not make sense to put more emphasis on hard punches? I mean I never saw a guy get a 10-8 round for his great defence. As sophisticated as we boxing fans like to think we are, it is really very simple. The guy who puts punches together better and inflicts more physical damage on his opponent is always going to be head and shoulders above anyone else in my book.
When was the last time Hopkins did either of these things to his opponent? I am sorry, proving your opponent can’t do damage to you when you make no effort to do damage yourself will never be considered great boxing in my eyes.
Bernard Hopkins to me is the equivalent to an NFL quarterback who has a great completion percentage, throws very little interceptions, but cannot, or will not, take chances down field.
One guy who’s been doing it as well as anyone lately is Nonito Donaire. I cannot wait to see him get down and dirty in New York City.
Can a movie about boxing robots be any good? Please let me know.
Boxing has a great tradition of movies: Rocky, Raging Bull, The Champ, The Fighter, just to name a few. Even the satire, The Great white Hype was as good as it gets… but Robots? The beauty about all of these films is the human condition that comes with boxing. I do not know if I can get behind robots being…human.
Tuesday, October 11: Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson Preview by “The Mad Boxing Genius”
Wednesday, October 12: A Tribute To Bernard Hopkins by “The Boxing Prophet” Richard Solomon
Wednesday, October 12: Floyd Mayweather vs. The All-Time Greats by Ronald Cameron