By: The Mad Boxing Genius
Despite being a writer, I’m a boxing fan first! My articles, predictions and overall thoughts are unbiased but that doesn’t mean that I won’t root for the guy whom I want to win by fight time. Last Saturday night, I was pulling for my countryman Jean Pascal to defeat the old warrior in Bernard Hopkins but it didn’t go down the way I wanted.
However, this was good for boxing because Bernard Hopkins made history by becoming the oldest man in boxing to win a legitimate world title. It brought attention to boxing and although Canadian boxing took a blow, boxing as a whole got a big boost and I am all for sacrificing the hard work of few for the greater good of the many!
I said on my good friend and colleague, BoxingIQ.com writer and host of Zutes Boxing Talk Anthony “Zute” George that I believe Jean Pascal wasn’t mature enough to defeat Bernard Hopkins – he just let him get into his head and got too worked up over it. Well, the next shot at the Ring Magazine light-heavyweight championship is Chad Dawson and I’m not convinced that he’s mature enough to defeat Bernard Hopkins. Where Jean Pascal got too worked up, I don’t know if Dawson can get worked up enough. His fight against Adrian Diaconu was technically a good offensive performance. However, despite the minor change in style and technique, the passion was still lacking.
Hey Jim…Dawson’s first name is “CHAD” not “ANDRE”. Lampley’s got Ward on da brain!
It had been reported by TMZ that Oscar De La Hoya has entered rehab and is being treated for substance abuse. We know he’s had some back issues dating back to his fighting days and the shoulder injury has been well documented and at first thought we may think that it’s pain killer prescription. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge fan of Oscar when it comes to business or even in some cases a person, but he is a member of the boxing fraternity and I’m happy that he voluntarily entered a rehab facility and I hope that he finds his way to being substance free and to great health.
With that said, I don’t think Golden Boy Promotions will suffer at all since we all know who does the real work around there!
I’ve never seen James DeGale fight before but for someone with under a dozen fights who made as much noise as he did which got back to me here in Canada. I was excited to see what he could do especially against the highly touted George Groves. Well, the aggressive puncher wasn’t able to deal with Groves boxing skills and lost a decision. The luster has come off a bit off the popular DeGale but he’s still early enough in his career to make the adjustments to not just make noise but to actually do something significant.
Roy…It’s time to hang ‘em up! “Ya’ll Musta Forgot” Roy that you ain’t in your prime no more!!!
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