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Great write up. Nice of Haye to actually perform up to his capabilities, even if Chisora isn't any good. I'd have interest in a fight with Vitali. Of course, my standards are low.
2 years, 2 months ago on Straw Boss: David Haye TKO5 Dereck Chisora
I couldn't believe Bayliss didn't stop it earlier. Khan did the full Zab Judah chicken dance minus falling down a second time from one knock down. I think Khan clearly has the ability to stink the joint out against fighters like this as he did against Kotelnyk, but he clearly won't.
2 years, 2 months ago on Going To The Dogs: Danny Garcia TKO4 Amir Khan
If you combined these two characters, you might have a fighter worth a damn. But honestly, if I'm around the computer tomorrow I'll probably hit up a link and watch this. And I'm hoping for the worst. I can not imagine a scenario where this event doesn't make me laugh.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Horror of it All: David Haye-Dereck Chisora Preview
"Hobgoblin of hemoglobin" you should trademark that before some blogger steals it.
I'm with you on the Chavez Martinez comparisons. And I am a Martinez fan. Martinez is clearly a better fighter, he's won more conclusively. But that only makes the point more emphatic: what sense does it make to hold Chavez to a higher standard than Martinez?
2 years, 3 months ago on You Got to Work to Get Your Pay: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Andy Lee Preview
@thenonpareil Is there anything better in post fight press conference history than Larry Holmes' drop kick on Trevor Berbick? His post fight performance after losing to Spinks, when he argued with Marciano's brother was fantastic as well.
2 years, 3 months ago on Imagine A Day At The End Of Your Life: Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney Revisited
I understand why the casual boxing fan and sports fan was unimpressed by Larry Holmes title reign. But I can't understand real boxing fans who don't find Holmes a compelling figure. The bitterness and resentment, his angry rants and observations, and certainly his skills are all interesting to me. I remember a Bill Simmons article some years ago where he and Malcolm Gladwell mocked Holmes for being so foolish as to invest in real estate in his home town, opposed to somewhere more profitable. It's weird how people assess this guy's career.
@thenonpareil I agree completely. I know that its a matter of age, his style and the ring wars, as well has Pacquiao's tendency to overtrain, but was there a tipping point? I think each welterweight fight took something out of him, but it seemed to me he slowed down after the Margarito fight. I think because of the savage beating he put on Margarito people forget Manny took a lot of punishment to the body from a much much larger man.
2 years, 3 months ago on CONTEMPT: On Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao
Great point. HBO has tossed out monopoly money for years regardless of worthiness and no one cares anymore about getting right. I do love being lectured about how to score a fight, though. As a life long fan, that is a lot of fun and makes nights like Saturday all the more enjoyable.
Carlos, what did you think about the Pacquiao's performance? He's slowed down a bit, which we knew, but I thought he was surprisingly tired towards the last several rounds.
Shit, that was a fun read. Thanks. "I fuck he up," indeed had me rolling- along with about 10 other lines.
Can you recall a worse decision than Winky Wright's in turning down the rematch with Taylor, taking the fight 10 pounds north with Hopkins? It seemed impossible to win a decision against Taylor at that point, but I would still have figured Wright would have won the rematch. He could have tooled on Pavlik and Miranda and whoever else in some interesting scraps for a lot of money.
Am I a bad person for wanting to see a Klitschko Tarver fight?
Showtime is irredeemable. They can't succeed on a smaller budget playing servant to the haymon and company.
2 years, 3 months ago on AFTERMATH: Tarver-Kayode, Quillin-Wright, Trout-Rodriguez, Santa Cruz-Malinga, & Bika-Davis
I was a more casual fan during Tapia's days. I didn't realize people consider him one of if not the best 115 pound fighter ever.
2 years, 3 months ago on UNDER SATURN: Johnny Tapia 1967-2012
this really was a great preview of a fight that was not easy to imagine given the styles. But you nailed it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Run Silent, Run Deep: Lucian Bute-Carl Froch Preview
@thenonpareil My grandmother was a big fan of Baer when she was young. She enjoyed the article as well. You're killing the 90 year old demo, Carlos.
2 years, 4 months ago on DARK MIRROR: When Max Baer Met Ben Foord
great stuff Carlos. thanks
I'm not sure what I was more surprised by- the respect Mayweather gave Cotto during the fight (I couldnt believe Cotto kept tapping Mayweather's gloves after the Ortiz debacle) or the fact that Cotto employed effective defense for the first time I can recall. This was a really enjoyable fight. I thought Cotto would get some things done early. It was pretty surprising to see him make adjustments and win the middle rounds. But you could see him tiring heavily in that big 8th round. I saw a slightly closer fight than HBO did.
Mayweather will no longer be able to stink the joint out. I think this opens up a lot of possibilities for decent fights. Kahn is clearly very beatable, and I'd expect Mayweather to knock him out, but with the speed difference in favor of Kahn I think its an exciting fight that makes Floyd fight even further out of his welterweight style.
As a big fan of Cotto I can't help but wonder where his career would have gone had he hooked up with a trainer like this years ago. I think if he had this training for the Pacquiao fight, for instance, that is a fight he have won.
2 years, 4 months ago on FAST COMPANY: Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Miguel Cotto
Great preview. I think Cotto gets some things accomplished early before the wheels come off. I do think even a shopworn Cotto is the best offensive fighter Mayweather has seen in a long time, and I'd like to believe that Diaz may have Cotto performing better than we think is possible. But as you say his defense is mediocre (at best) and he marks up awfully easily.
Carlos, if Mayweather didn't "retire" after Hatton, and fought Cotto next, how do you think that fight would have gone down?
2 years, 4 months ago on THE GOODBYE LOOK: Miguel Cotto-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Preview
Carlos, I knew you couldn't resist talking about this blockbuster.
I'd like Dawson to be a fighter I can root for. But he under-performs from my perspective, and I've had about enough of that. I'll be skipping this one live and I'll rely on one of my friends to inform me of I should download and watch the actual fight, or just the post fight interviews.
2 years, 4 months ago on Why Not Lucy the Elephant Instead? Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson Preview
For starters, I didn't see any of these fights.
Usually in boxing you we understand the nonsensical actions by its power brokers. Their moves don't make great business or boxing sense, but they keep the racket going, keep a decent stream of profit by giving the fans the bare minimum we require. None of that applies to what is going on at showtime. This can't last forever, I would assume. It seems like they are taking the last showtime dollars available to the sport and handing it out to friends.
Can I steal the Aqua Shave line? I'll give you credit even if it kills.
2 years, 4 months ago on AFTERMATH: Mares-Morel, Moreno-De La Mora, Taylor-Truax, Lara-Hearns, & Stevenson-Gonzalez
Count me among those who thought Linares was going to be a tremendous fighter. Trying to predict future greats is foolish. lesson learned! I still think hes fun to watch but it clearly isn't going to happen for him.
2 years, 5 months ago on 10 & Counting: Linares, Pavlik, Kirkland-Molina Afterthoughts, Harry Crews & The Knockout Artist, Bell-Ringing Blues
Good article. I'll actually watch this fight now
2 years, 6 months ago on NIGHTSIDE: Zab Judah-Vernon Paris Preview
This preview and the Salido Lopez recap are absolute gems. thanks
2 years, 6 months ago on Hardchaw, Dreaming: Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin Preview
I love the old school sound and fury columns. Williams may have a bit more left in the tank than it appeared against Lara, but with his style that isn't enough. He needs to stay away from power punchers, I think.
2 years, 6 months ago on AFTERMATH: Stevenson-Gonzales, Williams-Ishida, Dulorme-Ambriz, Gonzalez-Lyell
Couldn't agree more, Carlos. Haye actually picked up a tripod and hit Adam Booth with it. As if we didn't already know what these clowns were made of, they decided to make it perfectly clear for us.
2 years, 7 months ago on NO CLASS: Vitali Klitschko W12 Dereck Chisora
I watched the video of the brawl on bad left hook. Well worth it. Four minutes and fifteen seconds of silliness and suddenly the camera turns to Vitali genuinely laughing at it all.
You really gave Chisora the business. He deserves it, even if the few fights I've seen were somewhat entertaining. There is room left for any sense of shame nowadays and Chisora proves it. If there were any justification for his attitude I probably wouldn't mind rooting for the guy.
2 years, 7 months ago on Geezers Need Excitement: Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora Preview
Great stuff on the steroid conspiracy argument. I don't like the story, it smells. But great job pointing out the fact that these conspiracy theorists assume everyone involved to be brilliant operatives instead of the idiots we see all around us.
I liked the slight production changes we saw from HBO. Is that Hershman's work do you think? I also enjoyed seeing a ring card girl on HBO for the first time in years. Unfortunately I think they cut off Lampley's mic while it aired though. My favorite Jim Lampley is a creep moment was when Nicole Scherzinger performed the national anthem. He could barely gather himself afterwards.
Donaire is damn near 30 and needs to stop screwing around. I don't expect him to shore up all the holes in his game, but the inactivity needs to go away.
2 years, 7 months ago on AFTERMATH: Donaire-Vazquez Jr., Chavez, Jr.-Rubio, Hernandez-Cunningham, Gutknecht-Uzelkov
great stuff. I always enjoy these previews because they are well done, but this time I feel like I needed to read them. Seems like its been a long time since I watched boxing
2 years, 7 months ago on Hard Sell: Nonito Donaire-Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Preview
Great to read your work again. I was afraid Gary Shaw and Lou Dibella put a hit out on you or something.
If Chavez trained I'll take him over Rubio. But who knows how well prepared his is?
2 years, 7 months ago on BAD COMPANY: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Marco Antonio Rubio Preview
I'm gonna give that “Song For My Father” a listen. these press releases are useful
2 years, 8 months ago on BOO BOO VS. POOH: Demetrius Andrade, of Cape Verdean Descent (Like Horace Silver, Whose "Song For My Father" is One of My Favorite Albums) Faces Derek Ennis On ESPN2
that is hysterical. and informative.
the Pacquiao Mosely article brought me to TCS. great stuff.
And I agree with HitDog. As long as you supply the headline, yes- more press releases in the new year
2 years, 8 months ago on The Clock Strikes Thirteen: The Best of TCS, 2011
@JohnPaulFutbol I concur. But I'd really like a P4P list to close it out.
2 years, 8 months ago on Dyah Davis Has the DNA to Go All the Way!
Definitely agree on the tournament. For all its mistakes and disappointments, it was well worth it. What are the chances that even a third of these fights happen without it? One of the mistakes made was probably setting the expectations way to high. We might have hoped it would have had a great impact on the sport, but it was that wasn't very realistic and it shouldn't have been part of its marketing.
But it did force these guys to fight each other when they otherwise would have feasted on mostly lower level fighters instead.
2 years, 9 months ago on ENDGAME: Andre Ward-Carl Froch Preview
I downloaded the SKY broadcast, because I had way to much time on my hands today, and because I wanted to see the British reaction. Their post fight panel had no complaints about the deductions and gave a lot of credit to Peterson. Professional stuff.
2 years, 9 months ago on The Third Man: Lamont Peterson W12 Amir Khan
Great point about the inconsistency in complaints from the Cortez in the Maidana fight to Cooper last night. I can't stand excessive clinching. I will always appreciate a ref that works to keep it a minimum. The second deduction was unfortunate, though. If he is going to let Khan repeatedly get away with it for the entire second half of the fight, the last round of the fight is too late in my opinion to get start enforcing it again. Otherwise, it comes off as a hometown move which isn't necessarily the case.
I'm looking forward to the Ward Froch fight Saturday but what are the odds it makes Khan Peterson look clean in comparison? Another week of controversy ahead!
@thenonpareil@Andrew Fruman@Michael Nelson I agree. I have no problem at all with Khan losing two points. He did plenty to deserve them. But the timing of the second point deduction, right or wrong, just screamed 'last round, here's a chance to help the hometown fighter.'
2 years, 9 months ago on In Session: Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson Preview
@rufus.t.firefly I agree the general strategy was exactly the same, but with several finer points that made a big difference. the early pushing off, the clinching in the second half and general bullying of Margarito up close didn't give Margarito a chance to get a rhythm earlier and it also ate up a lot of time that otherwise was spent trading punching in close in the first fight
2 years, 9 months ago on A Score Settled: Miguel Cotto TKO10 Antonio Margarito
I think the biggest take away from this fight is how Cotto's career might have been different if he linked up with a good trainer after the falling out with his uncle. He spent years preparing for fights basically without a real trainer. Physically, he is clearly not what he once was, but from a technical stand point, he looked improved with this new trainer. But more importantly he went in with a well thought out strategy. The biggest change from the first fight was that early Cotto pushed Margarito off when in close, later he clinched, as Mosely did against Margarito. And he even showed some of Pacquiao's moves (albeit a lot slower) with same one-two combo then turning Margarito. I can't help but wonder what if he had made a move like this around the time of the Mosely fight, or even before the Pacquiao fight.
@JohnPaulFutbol shit and my sarcasm meter is apparently broken too!
2 years, 9 months ago on PAST MIDNIGHT: Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II Preview
@JohnPaulFutbol even the most cynical of boxing observers has to be amazed at the money Margarito has made after a brutal ko loss after being revealed as a cheat.
or am I not being cynical enough?
@JohnPaulFutbol it will be a nice payday at the least. in the case of Margarito, another hard-to-believe payday
great stuff- "anything can happen" is definitely the vibe of this fight. I like Cotto though I'm not very confident about it. I am a little less down on how faded Cotto is than you are. Given the abuse he's taken I am surprised by how much he has left.
I am interested to hear your opinion on the first fight and the plaster. I suspect Team Margarito was guilty as hell but I concede its quite possible that there weren't illegal wraps.
Agreed on all counts. It was a strange sight, this fight. Physically, I thought Pacquiao looked like his usual self early on. His speed and coordination looked great. He looked terrible from a psychological point of view. After an uneventful first round, he looked exasperated. It was bizarre. It didn't look like Pacquiao was his normal self and maybe he put too much pressure on himself.
Its hard to even guess what was up. I'd imagine he's slowed down a bit. He certainly looked like he lacked the confidence to trade combos with Marquez like he did in the second fight. He was a little gun shy and I wonder if he felt his hand speed wasn't where it was last go round with Marquez. I think Team Pacquiao was also too confident in their ability to show off new skills and outbox Marquez instead of doing what worked best. It seemed like Pacquiao thought he could pick Marquez apart like he did Cotto or Margarito and time them for big shots. His footwork was often terrible in the second fight with Marquez, darting in and bailing out very awkwardly. It was worse here.
I thought it was a draw. I thought Marquez gave away rounds. One factor that leads so many people to scream robbery is that Marquez rounds were big rounds. Most dominant of the fight with the best punches of the fight by far. But that doesn't necessarily mean he won more rounds and a lot of people have trouble realizing the difference. Pavlik Taylor II comes to mind. When Taylor won rounds, he looked like the better fighter by far. When Pavlik won rounds, he simply won rounds- they were more frequent.
Sorry for babbling.
2 years, 10 months ago on Winner Take Nothing: Manny Pacquiao W12 Juan Manuel Marquez
It was one of those fights where I enjoyed it going 6, but I also wish it had been ended in the first with a better finishing combo from Kirkland on that knockdown.
I've watched that first round a few times (at least). Its hard to tell if the tide turned more from fatigue or from Kirkland's counter uppercut. It looked to me that Angulo was still throwing well when he got hurt for the first time.
Hell of a fight. I even enjoyed the call from HBO.
2 years, 10 months ago on GORY DAYS: James Kirkland TKO6 Alfredo Angulo
The Jermain Taylor comeback is sad. Who knows what is going on in his life past the 5 minutes we saw on Fightcamp 360, but talk about a guy who seems to have everything, at least everything important- plenty of money in a very affordable part of the country, and a happy home with a great looking wife and kids. Unless he's broke, there isn't anything else in life for the guy to win. And you would think that Abraham's futility at 168 after knocking him out would convince Taylor that a comeback is a terrible idea. As for the NSAC, I can't do any better than tossing them in pigpen with Dickie Cole.
Donaire and TR need to stop screwing around and get this guy in the ring a lot more often. You'd think he would be a focal point for the network under the new boxing management. Freddie Roach likes Gamboa over him in a future match up, I hear. I don't agree but I'd love to see that fight.
I like Cintron. I respect fighters than can succeed after coming to the sport relatively late. Nothing has gone right for the guy. If he doesn't take a header out of the ring against Williams, who knows what happens. Conventional wisdom at the time was Williams would have pulled away before long, but in retrospect I think he was already a damaged fighter at that point. I think he could have won that fight.
2 years, 11 months ago on NO QUARTER: Nonito Donaire in NYC, Kermit Cintron, Pirog & Martinez, the Sad Return of Jermain Taylor
The thing I like about a lot of the British fights I see is that there is a palpable sense that there will be consequences to the result. Not just financial, but having an actual fan base raises the stakes and importance to winning for a fighter. The proper build up to a fighter's career makes that a factor as well. Bellew looked heart broken afterwards, and that isn't fun to see, but it does give the sense that the fight mattered. Victor Ortiz's reaction to a draw against Peterson as much as the loss to Mayweather suggests what I watched didn't really matter. Ditto Dawson, except of course Saturday, where he was really really happy with the result. @thenonpareil
2 years, 11 months ago on AFTERMATH: Dawson-Hopkins, Cleverly-Bellew, DeMarco-Linares, Garcia-Holt, Caballero-Barros
Love the Aftermath column. If any one steals it, let me handle it for you. I'll take care of it. Unless its the Auxiliary. That guy scares the heck out of me.
I am always excited for those occasional big matches from the UK on a Saturday afternoon. Good streams aren't hard to find. The arena is usually packed with excited/drunk fans so its a good vibe. And you are right, this main event and the last I saw had young, undefeated fighters. And they were good scraps with the always desirable swings in momentum. I really don't care if Cleverly or Degale or any of the other UK prospects/contenders become elite at the world class level.
I am a Linares fan, have been since I first saw him on maxboxing years ago. Great fight, brutal ending. Is it possible Wildcard actually rubbed off on him in a really negative way? I know he has trained there before, but not as a Freddie Roach fighter. That was way more flash than I had previously seen from him. And it seemed like Linares imitated Khan imitating Pacquiao, with that arms raised glove clapping response to getting tagged. Khan barely got away with it versus Maidana. Linares wasn't so lucky. Both are tremendously talented, but neither is a pure fighter like Pacquiao is.
Man Linares is fun to watch. As a fan it was a real downer to see him lose that way. Great fight, the kind that makes me keep watching the sport.
Some of the friends I watched it with couldn't have been bothered by this fight, they only care about the main event. Hershman, or whoever, really has to break through such stupidity amongst some of the boxing fan base. Couldn't maintain the positive comments. oh well, I tried.
2 years, 11 months ago on Barren Ground: On Dawson-Hopkins
great little summation of this fight. one of your best. Lets maintain the positivity and stop right there.
I think this is going to be good for the sport. I think Hershman will run a much better operation, and I can see Hershman being the guy who realizes he has the check book and the promoters need to satisfy his demands, not the other way around. But who knows. Like any sane boxing fan I'll carry no expectations.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Turnaround: Ken Hershman Takes Over HBO Sports
Dawson should win here. His physical tools and youth should be too much for Hopkins at this stage but its hard to see it going that way. I know I'm not going out on a limb when I say I see an ugly fight that's hard to score.
2 years, 11 months ago on A Strange Ride: Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson Preview