By: Anthony “Zute” George
Why do I not like predications? Right off of the bat, you have a 50-50 chance of getting it right. Not really going out on a limb, in my opinion, when you pick one guy to win over the other. For me, nothing could be more boring to talk about and nothing could be more unimpressive when talking boxing.
This is especially if you have no substance to your prediction. You are not exactly blowing my mind by saying you liked Mayweather over Cotto, Rosado over Powell or Kid Chocolate over Wright. There are so many better, more intelligent statements to be made in the world of boxing.
Recently, we had a huge upset in boxing. While Carl Froch beating Lucian Bute is not exactly the upset of the century, the way Froch clearly dominated and beat Bute up, was a shock. I did not see one of these so called “experts” put that one on paper. That would have been a prediction that meant something.
What I am trying to say is, you are not really going out on a limb or reinventing the wheel when you say one boxer is going to beat another, especially when he is already considered a heavy favorite.
Most of the time, the guy you tell us who is going to win is not even worth betting on because the odds are so poor, it is not worth the gamble so to speak.
I’d rather get into an intelligent conversation about boxing, and there is always something to discuss, than to boast about how I picked a winner, which was so obvious, you had to pay through your teeth just to make a little money.
No, this is not directed towards any one person, many boxing heads are guilty of this, even I am at times. So please do not bother responding to what you think are personal attacks.
Right about now, The Boxing Prophet is as red as Lucille Ball. Don’t be angry Prophet, this is not an attack. You are in fact one of the few who really put a lot into your predictions. We know exactly how you think a fight is going to turn out, not just who the winner will be…that is a rare gift.
One prediction that is hot today is that Timothy Bradley is going to best Manny Pacquaio on June 9th. This is a prediction that can actually be beneficial to someone’s pocket if they decide to put their money where their mouth is. Bradley is a slight underdog and the payout will be decent if you decide to gamble on your vision. How many of you will?
The main reason why so many people are picking Bradley is hunger. Somehow it has been determined that Bradley is hungrier, and Pac-Man has slipped in every way. Tune into Zutes Boxing Talk this week on Blog Talk Radio, for further analysis of this point.
Speaking of the show, Harold Lederman visited the show recently and gave me a hard time for criticizing CompuBox and the way HBO uses it.
Was I wrong boxing fans? Do you enjoy Jim Lampley shoving CompuBox numbers down your throat throughout the entire fight? All the networks use Comp U Box, this is true. However, to get a little street, HBO OD’s on it.
Is that what you want, what you like, what you need? Harold seemed to think we boxing fans cannot even watch a fight anymore without CompuBox. You agree?
I personally hate it; think it is nonsense and a waste of time. On top of that it means nothing in terms of who is winning the fight, Harold himself hinted at this point as well.
So why do we need it. Am I wrong?
Personally, no one can tell me a fight on HBO today is more enjoyable than the days of Don Dunphy, Howard Cossell, and the early days of HBO, when Barry Tompkins did not read Comp U Box numbers every few minutes.
However, if you all disagree with me, and tell me I am wrong, then I will check myself in some sort of therapy in hopes to find out what indeed is wrong with me. Because I just do not get.
Main Events had a hell of an entertaining card on the NBC Sports Network. Gabriel Rosado’s demolition of a game Sechew Powell was one of the more exciting moments of the boxing year.
The rest of the boxing weekend had a very Green Theme to it. Once big stars of the sport, Antonio Tarver, Ronald Wright, Rocky Juarez, and Acelino Frietas, were all recycled in one weekend.
Was the nostalgia tour worth it? Only one, Freitas, was victories, yet none of these environment safe pugilists were stopped. You make the call.
Wright and Juarez have announced their retirements. What will it take for them to go Green again?
Johnny Tapia will always be remembered for the great fights he gave us over the years. I am not quite sure if anyone had ever given him as much in return during his crazy life.