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@gavaniacono That would be Georges Carpentier
1 day, 4 hours ago on From Beyond The Grave: The Hyperbole
@reyocs Ladies and gentleman, R. Kelly!
5 days, 4 hours ago on Angel Heredia Says Boxing Is Dirty, He's Clean
Nice job. That was quality stuff.
1 week, 1 day ago on Paulie Malignaggi On Drug Testing; Amir Khan On Welterweight; Richard Schaefer On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez; More
Nice one, Alex.
Needless to say, I'm biased here, but I would say that many boxing fans could stand to brush up on the history of the sport in general. It's not necessarily a knock on anyone, but with so much information readily available, it seems a waste to read the same Mayweather-Pacquiao article for two years straight while ignoring history.
It's a generalization, but I think you pegged it. Encouraging others to explore and be curious rather than talking down to them is key.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Does Boxing Have A Nostalgia Problem?
Nice job, Rebecca. I've never seen a fight in a movie theater, myself.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Of Squared Rings And Silver Screens
@The Count of Monte Fisto (boom!) Turns out we were both a little wrong, both a little right.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doth Not A Competitive Fight Make: Danny Garcia Vs. Zab Judah Preview
@The Count of Monte Fisto (boom!) Zab can be fun to watch when he's "on," but how often is that? And against someone who may actually be pretty good? Zab winning would be comical, to say the least, but unlikely as well.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doth Not A Competitive Fight Make: Danny Garcia Vs. Zab Judah Preview
@ALEXMAC Exactly. If we're basing it on history and fairly simple logic, picking Zab doesn't make much sense. I'm left wanting more from Garcia no matter what happens on Saturday, but he could potentially prove a lot at 140 lbs.
@ChrisMiller2 No worries, dude. Thanks for reading. Beware of hair.
1 month ago on Javier Fortuna Obliterates Miguel Zamudio In Just Over One Minute
Thanks for the mention, boss.
Holy SHIT that Golovkin-Ishida KO was nasty. I know many have complained about that fight, but if Golovkin stays busy, and it sounds like he will, it's fine by me. I'm hesitant to call any fighter "scared," but it seems like there's a shortage of guys actually willing to face him. The risk/reward ratio probably isn't correct for them, but if he keeps laying guys out, or at least beating the crap out of em, he'll get something eventually.
As I said in the video, Rios-Alvarado I was just a bit more crazy, a bit more nasty than the rematch, and it had a more conclusive ending. Both great fights, though, and Bradley-Provodnikov is up there. I will say my buddy Mark Lyons pointed out he felt the Fight of the Year thus far is Saul Roman vs. Jose Pinzon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp8h0zBlocg
Still catching up on the stuff from overseas this weekend.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Weekend Afterthoughts On How Good Mike Alvarado Vs. Brandon Rios 2 Was, Zsolt Erdei's First Loss And More
@PaulKelly There's certainly a chance Provodnikov sweeps him off his feet in that one, but I'm also not sure whether or not Ruslan's skin holds up. I'm a bit more confident of Rios' chin staying together than Ruslan's face.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Mike Alvarado This Time Survives The War, Takes A Decision
@PaulKelly @RumirNemo That was the reason for my initial dislike of him. I'd only seen 2-3 fights of his before that, so at the time he was kind of an unproven punk pulling that stuff, in my eyes. But now he's proven, so I'm willing to let SOME of the outside-the-ring stuff slide and just enjoy watching him.
@gavaniacono It never went away, but it certainly moves in cycles.
@RumirNemo I still haven't seen the replay on my DVR yet since we got back from Vegas a little late yesterday, so I haven't seen the post-fight interview yet. Couldn't hear it in the arena over the crowd noise either. I will say, though, that I've come to a point where I try not to take what guys say immediately after fights that seriously. Especially a guy who took shots like that for 12 rounds. I'm not saying it's irrelevant, just that I'm betting after he's cooled down a bit he'll have some different things to say.
@PaulKelly @HitDog I think Brandon's skills are underrated, and they've been consistently more so since the Abril debacle. Not saying he's <insert absurdly-skilled fighter's name here>, but what he does isn't caveman stuff. It takes a different type of skill set than prancing around, scoring points, out-classing guys, etc. I am skeptical that he'll be improving a ton anytime soon, but I think a third fight against Alvarado is highly winnable for him, as are other match ups like Marquez, Broner, Provodnikov -- the list goes on. What he DOES need to get a handle on, is his weight fluctuation. That may be taking as big a toll on him as getting hit, really. Having to drop a few dozen pounds in the last couple of week and rehydrating 20+ lbs. just isn't good for a fighter's body, not matter how anyone tries to spin it.
@robb_muckle He's been rocked a few times before, but he's really good at masking it. He was briefly in a little trouble against Acosta but came back. His determination is a big part of his toughness, without a doubt, and it's not like Alvarado can't punch. The punishment will definitely take its toll, and I'm sure sooner or later his punch resistance will go way down, but I'm not ready to start counting down on him yet.
@beccapooka There's definitely room for disagreement on Rios. I used to not be a very big fan of his, but once I saw how he fought, I found it tough not to be. It's kinda like how I saw Fernando Vargas when he was active and close to the top. I wasn't big into his "schtick," but as a fighter, I was a big fan. And unlike Broner, for instance, he's truly willing to fight anyone, and will. Promoter disputes notwithstanding.
I didn't hate Crawford-Prescott, but I'm not a big fan of Breidis, and last night was why. He's a simple fighter, sometimes awkward with a weird delivery that works on some other fighters, but he was taken apart easily. I was actually surprised by how many media members around me at it really close, and at least two had Prescott narrowly ahead at the end. I was shocked.
@clark_kent I'd like to see them both get a couple of good paydays too. Vazquez and Marquez had to fight four damned times to get paid right, and I hope that doesn't happen here.
As for Crawford, I thought he did a lot of things very well in there and it wasn't as dreadful as the crowd was making out, but I have to take into consideration that it was Prescott in there. He's already shown that he's not on an elite level, no matter what anyone thinks of the Khan KO. Last night just reinforced that. No sense of urgency (save for a few flurries to start a couple of rounds), no adjustments, nada. But I won't bash Crawford for what Prescott wouldn't/couldn't do. I'd like to see him again, but I'm not sure about him yet.
@ChoppaB Thanks Choppa. They both showed guts, toughness, etc. in heaps last night. They just collide like titans in there and I love it.
Mayweather-Guerrero does very little for me. I've heard almost every possible argument for it, and some of them are fine. I just don't have much of a hankering for it. A year ago, when Guerrero was calling out Mayweather and Pacquiao (though Floyd in particular), the vast majority of people I'd heard from literally laughed it off. I'm not sure how beating Aydin (with much trouble) and Berto change that. I wasn't all that up for Mayweather-Ortiz, and I'm not very up for this either. Funnily enough, both beat Berto to be magically considered a good fight for Floyd, despite the fact that Berto isn't all that highly-regarded in the skills or even overall quality department. If a guy is going to fight once a year, I expect more.
I've said it so many times already, but if Donaire leaves 122 lbs. without having faced either Mares or Rigondeaux, both of which sound fairly doable as far as the TR vs. GBP thing goes, that would be a terrible shame. Both are very blatantly chasing him up weight divisions, and both would be considered great opponents for him. Donaire's on a good run, and I've warmed to him a bit in the last 18 or so months, but I'd be disappointed.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Round And Round, Featuring What's Next For Carl Froch, Wladimir Klitschko, Nonito Donaire And Others