By: Anthony “Zute” George
Lucian Bute dominated Glen Johnson, in methodical fashion. He was not spectacular, but he was steady in landing hard shots on Johnson’s noggin. It was an odd fight in the sense that both fighters did not showcase what has brought them to the dance.
For Johnson, his ferocious, take-charge, two handed attack was absent for virtually all of the fight. Instead, Johnson featured a jab that did not set up any other punches or keep Bute at bay, an ineffective strategy to say the least.
Bute was just as peculiar. He seemed to get the Road Warrior’s attention, at the end of the first round, with a hard shot to the head. For the rest of the fight, Bute seemed to fall in love with this success and went almost exclusively upstairs, leaving his deadly body attack in the dressing room.
While Bute was successful, he did get to Johnson’s face often, and often it seemed to sting, he could have done a whole lot more if he went to the body and put his punches together more.
Johnson, who fought a very cautious fight, was there to be had if Bute opened it up more. Bute, however, seemed to like the work he was doing and did not want to change what was working for him. This might have been smart because Johnson is a tough old bird, never been knocked down, and did catch Bute with some right hands at the end of the fight.
Bute seemed content with this formula and was also happy to go rounds with a very seasoned and tough fighter.
Johnson blamed his injured right hand for his approach to this fight. However, he also felt he won the fight going away. So, I wonder how truthful he is.
Bute did enough in this fight for us to be clamouring for him to face off with the Super Six winner next.
How do you like Showtime ripping off HBO’s face off segment? All is far I guess since HBO has stole so much from them.
Both Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver seemed to be getting on Steve Albert an awful lot during the main event. I wonder how the Al-Meister felt about this.
I know how I felt about Showtime’s preliminary… wow! This kid Pier-Oliver- Cote has some hands. I do not know how successful he will be, you really have to wait and see with these all offensive fighters, but he has a very impressive offensive skill set. We will see exactly how good he is all around when he steps up.
So, HBO has got a gem on their hands, James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo is giving us the round of the century, and what does Jim Lampley describe to us? How what is going on is some kind of a Compu-Box dream. Are you kidding me? Compu-Box? Who really cared what Compu-Box had to say about that first round?
No need to worry, because Lampley, was not alone; the entire HBO almost ruined a classic fight. Don Dunphy must have been turning in their grave. Hell, Barry Tompkins, Ray Leonard, and Larry Merchant, must have been mad as hell as well.
In my opinion, they were the best HBO crew, back then, Merchant only commented in between rounds, more or less, and Tompkins and Ray handled the action during the round. They were good. These guys, I don’t know, they care more about hearing their voices then painting us a good picture.
The oddest part of the night was when Harold Lederman was ranting over the judges scorecards during the fight. I guess there was open scoring, if HBO let’s us know that, I missed it.
While I cannot kill Harold for being bold, again, is anyone, when watching that fight, think the judges would have had any say in the fight? Did anyone point that out to him? HBO please clean house, these guys have proved to us, when the sport is at its best, they are at their worst.
You cannot have three guys trying to hog the microphone by making off the wall statements during such a great event.
Does round one of this fight beat out round six of Ortiz-Berto for ROTY?
Speaking of the fight, while James Kirkland proved his chin will always raise questions, he also proved he is in no way a dog. This is what I mean with these all offensive fighters. We knew Kirkland had the goods with his hands. However, other elements of his game were in question. I think he answered them all. To stand up and recover, from an attack by a killer like Angulo, is no small task.
Kirkland has showed me he has what it takes to go all the way. Lasting a war like that. and clearly dominating after his initial scare, is what real champions are made and it is what makes us love the sport. All the guy has to do is stay out of trouble and he will be special. If he gets a fight.
Who is going to want to fight Kirkland know?
While a great weekend in boxing, we have some sad news. Joe Frazier is battling liver cancer. We wish him well. Smokin’ Joe is one reason why boxing is what it is and today’s fans should never forget that. Keep throwing that left hook champ.