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1st Ever Big George Biography!!!

!!!Big George Foreman!!!

Here is the backdrop to that story with a publisher link to his bio at The University of Texas Press. My library already has it on order!

No Way but to Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing

By Sports historian and professor Andrew R. M. Smith

This immense boxing robe is from George’s earliest entry into boxing after being assigned to the Job Corps for rehabilitation after a stint of juvenile delinquency during his wayward youth. George always credits that program for turning his life around.

The story goes as I recall it, that one of his San Marcos counselors, the San Marcos, Texas campus being where he was assigned, was quite astonished how quickly George demolished a rival stud in an impromptu fight that young men often found themselves in during the 1960s, and doubtless still do to this very day. The counselor got him enrolled in boxing that amazingly led to his 1968 Olympic gold medal at age 19 in spite of a spare amateur career of 18-4 entering the games.

He finished up in 1968 with a final amateur record of 22-4, 3 of those 4 losses being decisions to Clay Hodges who turned pro the year after George in 1970 for an abbreviated pro career, the other being a disqualification in Germany. George was never knocked out and dominated those 1968 Olympics with a 4-0, 3 KO record. The sole decision was a 4-1 score with 3 of those fights being against what amounted to Soviet trained professional fighters.

He turned pro a year later, June 23rd, 1969, at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the savage Fight of the Year between Joe Frazier and Jerry Quarry A few weeks later NASA’s Apollo space capsule landed on the Moon for “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,”

Epic times for an epic big man, and here Big George is coming off his 71st Birthday just 5 days ago on January 10th, and so let’s additionally add to these ongoing festivities with a perusal of his amazing 76-5, 68 KO pro record here:

George Foreman

!!!Enjoy!!!

 

Just Another Joe Named Smith Tackles Jesse Hart in Jersey

Just Another Joe named Joe Smith Jr takes on Jesse Hart at Atlantic City Hard Rock Cafe in Jersey this Saturday, January 11th, 2020.

Hart, 26-2, 21 KO,  seems a game, scrappy contender itching for a title shot like Joe had recently, and having just hooked up with Top Rank at 30 years of age, perhaps this is his time to make those kind of moves after a couple of close supermiddle title losses against Top Rank’s Gilberto Ramirez.

Smith Jr, 24-3, 20 KO is a supertough customer more accomplished as a formerly, fast rising, contender and would appear to have some power advantages over Hart by dint of the two quality lightheavies he literally knocked stiff, Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins. However, not so long ago against Sullivan Barrera, in the 2nd round he broke his jaw to tough out the end of the fight, yet too greatly handicapped to make a dent in the scorecards.

Smith is promoted by a relatively small local promoter, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and trained by a relatively obscure local, Gerard Capobianco, who if results count, is doing an outstanding job. Hart is trained by his nearing 70 year daddy, former contender Cyclone Hart, who seems to have maneuvered Jesse into a perfect position with Top Rank pulling the strings behind him.

There is also a local rivalry between the Hart hometown of Philly and Smith’s Long Island, both meeting in the no man’s land of Jersey, in theory a neutral location if you believe in the tooth fairy.

I understand Jesse is supposed to be the favorite with the odds closing fast as $$$ pours in on Joe, but I doubt Joe cares much about any odds against him. He’s a true throwback fighter as Hart also seems to be, so all the tea leaves are lining up in the form of a good scrap IF the Jersey officials can keep their greedy grubbies to themselves.

 

Step On Down Sirous Abdipour, Last Ranked Boxrec Heavyweight of 2019

Yup, end of 2019 Boxrec ranking is upon us, the survivors of the cruelty boxing sometimes exacts from those who love it.

A 29 year old debutante from Iran, Sirous Abdipour, 0-1, 0 KO bolstered by a KO loss lasting 2 rounds to another debutante from Kazakhstan is ranked 1056th of all the active heavyweights in their database, but rejoice! He’s ranked 3rd out of the 5 heavyweights of Iran, so small gifts are better than no gifts at the end of the year.

His victor here is Toregali Bissengaliyev, 1-0, 1 KO, age 35 years old ranked 851st.

Hmmm, sorta look like twins don’t they? Only in boxing folks!

Danny Jacobs Rolls the Dice With Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Daniel Jacobs will be a supermiddleweight debutante when he tackles the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr this Friday, December 20th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona.

That this takes place on a Friday evening in Arizona perhaps the result of the decline of the fighters, yet Danny is still a Boxrec ranked fighter at middleweight and young enough to make another title run at his new weight. One thing Danny, 35-3, 29 KO, and Junior, 50-3-1, 33KO, have in common is that of being traditionally weight bullys, always rehydrating two full divisions above they actually fight at, in this case the cruiserweight division.

Such is the nature of modern boxing with their day before weighins.

Junior one of the most widely pilloried villains of the modern era due in part to the good and bad notoriety of his legendary pop who had his own legions of vociferous critics. It didn’t help either that Bob Arum orchestrated his rise to the top all whilst Junior played it fast and loose with his training and weight, in fact even recently when he allegedly kicked a VADA goon out of his camp.

All a bunch of He said/She said tabloid fodder for the rubes. Jacobs easily boxes circles around Junior as P4P great Sergio Martinez did, yet one punch by Junior discombobulated Sergio such that only the final bell saved him seconds later. Junior may have lost that fight, but won the war as Sergio was now severely damaged goods to become easy pickings, so Danny best beware that deep down the kid has his father’s punch.

Terence Crawford & Teofimo Lopez Jr Fighting This Saturday

Terence Crawford a consensus #1 Welter and Teofimo Lopez the Boxrec #4 lightweight are both undefeated with a number of showy knockouts that lucky fans at Madison Square Garden in New York may be able to witness this Saturday, December 14th.

Their Uncle Bob @Top Rank loves knockouts and has arranged some tough guys for them to knock out so as to further develop the dynamic duo’s skill and craft, ie the undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania for Bud, and the toughest, most awkwardly dangerous fighter in boxing today, Richard Commey of Ghana for Teo. Net result of this promotion is a near guarantee now that Arum will still have the #1 welter, and with a little luck and fingers crossed, the redhot young kid lightweight who could be beating up on any rival promoter’s lightweights for 2020.

Can boxing’s rivals cross the street as boxing lingo ascribes rival promoters and fighters doing to make great fights that everyone benefits from?

The accursed Friday the 13th will pave the way to this coming Saturday when a 21 year old Dallas boy, Vergil Ortiz Jr, a touted fringe contender currently ranked # 22 on Boxrec, takes on an experienced former contender Brad Solomon in Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California. Soloman is 28-1 and never been knocked out, so maybe gives some much needed rounds to 14-0, 14 KO Vergil.

2020 Greatness loaded in the queue awaiting the answer, a Yea or a Nay..only in boxing today!

Anthony Joshua Rematches His Andy Ruiz Disaster

Anthony Joshua will confront his nightmare of Andy Ruiz Jr this Saturday, December 7th, only this time the venue is the wildcard of Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for the first ever heavyweight title bout in Saudi history, and what a doozy it is with four titles on the line, WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO.

The future Roman Emperor then military ingenue, Julius Caesar, famously sent word to his then superiors the results of his military campaign with these abruptly succinct words, “Veni, vidi, vici, ie I came, I saw, I conquered,” seemingly words crafted by that Roman Colossus for the boxing world’s American debut of Joshua after knocking over every fighter he faced, emptying the heavyweight stable of Al Haymon, and consolidating the scattered belts. Alas, modern day monkey wrenches were tossed into his sculptured works by the rolypoly rotundeth boy, Andy Ruiz, a favorite son of taco and hotdog venders everywhere, who vanquished our statuesque Caesar to make off with his spoils of war,  a sumptuous banquet of Joshua’s hard earned belts.

So, our boxing Caesar, having been stung badly by his upset as the previous accolades flowing his way have been replaced by howls of derision by the lowbrows who have always existed in any society, why he has been training in hard diligence to right the wrong promulgated against him by his cheeky upstart. Fat Andy for his part has seems to have been training harder than at any point in his career, “possibly” scaling below 250lbs for the rematch. In short, the human interest dynamics and prime boxing motivation dynamics of the fighters are all lining up on the celestial charts in the ink black skies of Saudi Arabia for a potential all time great rematch and, fingers crossed, perhaps an all time great trilogy.

The importance of this seminal fight has not been lost by the boxing world either. Though perhaps being seen something of a schoolboy cornball attempt, The Ring recreated a 45 year old facsimile cover honoring our present day combatants by way of Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman from 45 years ago. While Andy appears in his approximate size dimensions, the half foot taller Joshua has been shrink wrapped to fit in the frame.  Also this fight is a much needed rematch whereas Ali skipped out of the lucrative rematch with Big George, so really, other than both fights were huge upsets fought in foreign lands, there are otherwise no parallels between them.

Africa is replaced by the adjoining Saudi Arabia, and the Don King inspired theme, “The Rumble In The Jungle” is not mentioned in the Foreman vs Ali edition, yet Ring has seen fit to add the rather vanilla “Clash on the Dunes” for Ruiz/Joshua II. I’d have chosen “Duke’m Out In The Desert,” but then I don’t get paid to make critical, hit or miss boxing marketing decisions.

In the first fight, Joshua was easily leading the cards in a rather tepid start by both fighters. Joshua was seemingly puzzled by the one off physical dimensions of Ruiz who sports a massive skull set and upper body hidden under all that lard with a cartoonish pant inseam equivalent to a 5-5 featherweight. Mighty Joe Parker also struggled against the Fat Andy dynamics of constant pressuring punctuated by fast handed combinations. Joshua smartly started slow so as to adjust to this never before seen mix of natural talent and physical attributes in a heavyweight title fight before the frenzy of 5 knockdowns exploded that started with Joshua’s knockdown of Andy who had never tasted the canvas before.

When the smoke finally cleared, Joshua was left staring vacantly into his fuzzy new universe, propped against his own corner after his 4th knockdown as the ref righteously waved off the fight. The blubber of Andy slam dunked skyward in the sheer jubilation of suddenly seizing the biggest prize in all of boxing, the unified heavyweight title from the great champion as one of the biggest upsets in history.

No Way Jose had just come true!

The reactions of the boxing community over the “morbidly obese” first ever Mexican boxing champion(born and lives in the US side of the Mexican border with Mexican being his self identified Demographic) reminds me a bit of another boxing outsider, that of the clowning first “Jewish” heavyweight champion, Max Baer, who sent chills through the morally upright pillars of America in the 1930s when he won the heavyweight title. One stalwart member of the pulpit and the physical culture of the time opined(paraphrased,) “Here we have the disgrace of the new heavyweight champion of the world, and he trains on beer!”

Snickers Galore!

The unexpected manner in which the Colossus of Joshua suddenly imploded after putting Ruiz on the brink of knockout has generated all manner of hysteric theories as befits this vacuous twitter/facebook generation. My own initial take was first the contrast of fighter focus entering the ring. Ruiz made the gauntlet ring walk first through the eerily silent populace of security and fans with a terse, no nonsense stare to the ring of his destination. A roar greeted Joshua as security and fans engaged in hand and back slaps naturally wanting to be a piece of this Colossus history in the making as Joshua willingly engaged them in his natural “nice guy” demeanor for his American debut. He had everything other than this fight in his focus, and folks, no matter the training, a fighter without focus entering the ring, well, it’s gonna be a long painful night as it turned out to be. Has any King of England ever traveled with such a platoonish largess of adoring servants?

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Then another controversy of sorts as Andy’s sudden defection was revealed not by press release, but rather by the abrupt presence of Al Haymon’s main man, Sam Watson, in the ring with Andy’s team. From my perspective, that revelation put me on RED ALERT for monkey business since Andy had been promoted by Bob Arum from his pro inception. This boxing stealth move equivalent would be a national act of treason.

I’m not saying that any monkey business actually occurred in the ring, but Joshua seemed to be fighting underwater in slo-mo like in a dream. Not being his physician or trainer, I don’t know the exact physical and mental reasons for that, but reliable sources before and after the fight maintain he’d been knocked out in sparring a couple of weeks before. Post fight Josh’s father attacked his promoter Eddie Hearn in the dressing room furious that he had allowed this fight to happen after a grueling prefight scramble of fighters failing drug tests and refusing to fight for the $5 million short notice offer until Andy stepped in. In short, there was too much $$$ already on the line not to mention the prestige of Eddie and Joshua.

Ruiz for his part that night showed patience in carefully adjusting to this new Colossus armed with an Olympic Gold medal after just 2 yrs of Amateur boxing and the best professional knockout record in modern heavyweight title history after his 18 fights. That Andy managed to do so without significant change in his style to ring up boxing’s greatest jackpot points to his previously ignored overall excellence as a fighter buried under vicious howls of derision that night by besotted Brits. Natch, he promptly went on a sorta celebrity tour of Mexico to be properly feted by la gente y politicos who unexpectedly found themselves with a new hero. I’m sure he returned from his impromptu tour well over 300 lbs and fully satiated with his accomplishments, after all, he made his pro debut only a Big Mac Meal Deal short of 300 lbs

Yet still the fallen former hero of the British people still lays in wait to glove it up again. The list of fallen heavyweight champions regaining the unified title in the immediate rematch is a short one. Floyd Patterson became the first vs Ingemar Johansson, and then Lennox Lewis vs Hasim Rahman stands out, but perhaps not even that one given Lewis had already sold his WBA belt to Don King. The racketeering ignominy of that move and later selling his IBF to King can never be forgiven. Lewis finally had to retire days before the WBC was due to strip him of his last belt, a sad end indeed.

As mentioned previously, the mental state of a fighter is perhaps the most important part of any fight, and Josh it appears had a ton of distractions, not the least was his opponent falling out with no replacements to be found until Andy finally stepped up to the scratch line to save the fight and his touted American debut. Now, perhaps disturbingly due the massive fallout over his loss, Josh has been genuflecting in the shadow of his former greatness with some very strange comments. While his focus and determination must be there since he immediately tapped his rematch clause, it’s natural to think his confidence has been cracked with such bizarre talk.

The Venue!

A 2 month blitzkrieg of a purpose built, 15,000 capacity stadium erected on the outskirts of town that will last for several years as a venue if Saudi based sporting events continue to grow. What is not mentioned in all this fight leadup is that months ago Iran knocked out half the Saudi oil production with some well placed missiles, an act of war for most countries save that the Iranian’s deny it. Nobody wants to stomach yet another war in the middle east when Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria are still smoldering in the ashes of their lost paradises, so what are the Iranians thinking about this splash heavyweight debut in the Saudi desert?

Would they?

I sure would be nervous and I expect both fighters and camps to be doubly nervous over this rematch given the HUGE STAKE$ for the fight. A loss by either knocks the loser out of tens of millions of future dollars, but if we the boxing community are lucky, we may well see an epic Valhalla quality trifecta in the future to date one of the all time great series in boxing history in our era.

If a man’s reach cannot extend beyond his grasp, then what’s a Valhalla for?

 

 

 

Reviewing The 2020 Fighter of the Decade~Manny Pacquiao

Folks, epic history in it’s creation worth repeating again and again for boxing aficionados and naysayers!

Manny Pacquiao as the Fighter of the Decade from 2000-2009, opened up 2010 with successive resounding bombshells. First he knocked his main rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr, out of his scheduled fight date of March 13th at the MGM after their fight talks evaporated over the dubious terms of drug testing. Manny then roared back with a huge flurry to debut both himself and brand new Cowboy Stadium that March 13th that established Cowboy Stadium as the premiere stadium fight in all of America. Longtime welter contenders, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito, both of whom were ducked by Mayweather, why they had to take what was coming to Mayweather instead…Ouch City!

Here are the current Boxrec top 11 P4P fighters as of the approximate end of this decade:

1 Canelo Lightheavyweight
2 Terence Crawford welterweight
3 Gennady Golovkin middleweight
4 Errol Spence Jr welterweight
5 Vasiliy Lomachenko lightweight
6 Miguel Berchelt super featherweight
7 Callum Smith super middleweight
8 Manny Pacquiao welterweight
9 Shawn Porter welterweight
10 Deontay Wilder
11 Andy Ruiz Jr heavyweight

The Ring has most of the Boxrec top 10 in a different order including Manny, but The Big Names having fought/beat multiple P4P and/or HOF type fighter in Boxrec order are:

Canelo, 22-1-1 for the decade with 3 P4P/HOF fights, Golovkin, 21-1-1 for the decade with 2 P4P/HOF fights, Manny, 12-4 for the decade with 7 P4P/HOF fights. So while the other prime big guns compiled larger numerical wins and less losses, by P4P/HOF criteria, the sheer density of the quality of Manny’s opposition screams out.

Let’s take a closer look at Manny’s record from 2010 to 2019 while he was pulling duties as an elected Philippine Congressman and then Senator, thus making him necessarily a part time fighter for the decade. In it you will find 7 P4P/HOF fighters, 11 or more ranked contenders, 6 undefeated fighters, Zero(0) Hometown fights, and 14 Knockdowns with one Knockout. We could allow a half dozen more Knockdowns and another knockout with the Chris Algieri fight, farcically “officially” with 6 KDs where Manny was knocking him into the ropes the whole of the fight. The kid proved to be extra tough to last the distance, but it was a needless beatdown of a new contender who has struggled ever since. The cornball ref for that fight held @Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao according to Boxrec was Genaro Rodriguez, but if you click on the link another name comes up, and if you do a search, a number of identical names come up much like an Ed Smith or Tom Jones search, so no matter the ref’s true identity, for that fight that ref was a joke.

In short, Manny did not just dare to be great, he was insistent upon being great as an extension of his BWAA Fighter of the Decade 2000-2009. Manny holds the Ring P4P record of most wins, most KOs, most fights, and most years consecutively P4P ranked, 12+ years. Moreover, he will have been ranked as P4P in his 4th decade of boxing next year if he chooses to fight again, almost a certainty. I don’t see how these Ring P4P records can ever be broken, and he did it within the adversarial, litigious construct between his promoter, Bob Arum and that of Ring’s owner, Oscar de la Hoya.

At the start of 2010 Manny’s record was 50-3-2, and at the close of 2019, his record was 62-7-2. That translates to 16 fights resulting in a 12-4 record during the decade. He averaged 1.6 fights every year he’s been an elected member of the Filipino Congress, near half of them being against P4P/HOF fighters with the entire scope of his fighting and political life melding seamlessly into the whole of his life that is not only unheard in those two completely unrelated pursuits, yet scarcely comprehensible in the limited modern scope of understanding seminal history in the making before our very eyes.

He has fought in Brisbane, Australia and Macao, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as inaugurating the brand new Cowboy Stadium with 2 epic shutouts over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito to establish Cowboy stadium as the premiere boxing stadium in the US not to mention his epic forays in Vegas. He goes to where the $$$ is, wisely I would say.

There is no modern great who brought the “great” fight to so many diverse peoples in and out of the ring in this decade.

We of the western boxing community did not know him at the start of 2000 when he was still fighting as a super bantamweight in the Philippines, but by 2001 this skinny little Filipino made his US debut at the new MGM in Vegas with a sensational KO for his first superbantam world title, kicking off the irresistible, irrevocable Manny Pacquiao era that has been with we, the boxing folk, ever since. He may well have become the most internationally known boxing icon ever since he has basically opened up the vast 3 billion Asian market to boxing far beyond their traditional Southeastern Asian boxing that has always been there. The Chinese have made some significant inroads and the traditional Indonesian/Thailand boxing countries are now stronger than ever with even India also fielding amateur boxing teams and professional.

Manny’s opponent list for 2010-2019:

20 Keith Thurman 29 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
W-SD World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Title

2019-01-19 Adrien Broner 33 3 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

2018-07-15 Lucas Martin Matthysse 39 4 0 Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur
W-TKO World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

2017-07-02 Jeff Horn 16 0 1 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
L-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2016-11-05 Jessie Vargas 27 1 0 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2016-04-09 Timothy Bradley Jr 33 1 1 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
W-UD vacant World Boxing Organisation International Welterweight Title

2015-05-02 Floyd Mayweather Jr 47 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas L-UD World Boxing Council World Welterweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2014-11-23 Chris Algieri 20 0 0 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2014-04-12 Timothy Bradley Jr 31 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2013-11-24 Brandon Rios 31 1 1 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao
W-UD vacant World Boxing Organisation International Welterweight Title

2012-12-08 Juan Manuel Marquez 54 6 1 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas L-KO

2012-06-09 Timothy Bradley Jr 28 0 0 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas L-SD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2011-11-12 Juan Manuel Marquez 53 5 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-MD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2011-05-07 Shane Mosley 46 6 1 MGM Grand, Las Vegas
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

2010-11-13 Antonio Margarito 38 6 0 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
W-UD vacant World Boxing Council World Super Welterweight Title

2010-03-13 Joshua Clottey 35 3 0 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
W-UD World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight Title

Let’s look further: His collective opponent record at the time of their fights in this decade adds up to 560-39-7, and that divided by 16 fights yields an average opponent record of 35-2, and again, just the sheer density of the quality of his competition stands above all other Fighter of the Decade candidates.

Now I could Blah-Blah and moan in ecstasy about the number of PPVs Manny was in and the hundreds of million$$$ he made for himself and boxing, but that would just cheapen the fighter aspect of Fighter of the Decade. With Pacquiao soon to be 41 years of age this year and entering his 4th fight decade, he will be looking in 2020 to make another great fight if he can, great being how he always tackles a brutal, blunt force sport in such an infectious, joyous manner against the best. He is the embodiment of The Alpha and The Omega and The Joy of Boxing wrapped up in the most compactly framed welterweight in history save that of the legendary Homicide Henry Armstrong who would be downsized in this massive new era of day before weigh ins and scientific weight loss and gain tricks.

Folks, in his last fight, Keith Thurman had been a young gun at the top of P4P lists until his health recovery interim after shoulder surgery, 29-0 in the full flower of his rejuvenated youth, yet Pacquiao steadily took the fight to him for 12 rounds, charging and prodding and then firing himself at Thurman with superhuman energy. Thurman, whose face was blotchy and bleeding before the end of the first round after suffering a knockdown, did not know what to make of it; there’s no chance he’d ever experienced this form of relentless mayhem. He was in the ring with a maniacal fighter fighting for something nobody else can see, his beloved Filipino peoples.

Manny’s superhuman P4P strength is like that of the great Achilles, born flesh, blood, and bone to be controlled magnificently by a one off instinctive fighting brain and fast twitching neurons that ultimately must succumb to the ravages of mortality as all mortals must do in their stages. So, in the interest of his health and that of his family, I propose he take the riches that an Amir Khan fight in Dubai would bring to settle the score against another fighter Mayweather ducked before riding off into the sunset of our yesteryears in 2020.  He will always be the most riveting fighter of his generation and for generations well past this one.

 

 

First Lady of Boxing~Cecilia Braekhus Makes DAZN Debut

Yupsir, Boxing’s only First Lady, Cecilia Braekhus makes her  dizzy DAZN debut this Saturday @Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo vs Victoria Noelia Bustos of Argentina.

Sounds like some right fancy digs, thus a perfect place for a classy lady to debut. I do hope she makes her DAZN cash grab a short one before retiring unblemished to become a spokesman for women’s boxing through boxing broadcasts and various international corporate endorsements.

She was chosen to shutter HBO’s storied boxing broadcasts last year, so those of us who love boxing and classy women are hoping the best for her as she comes to the end of her record setting career after having turned 38 in September. We should all be so lucky!

 Say Hello to Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz Rematch

The regrettable rematch of Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz will supposedly be occurring Saturday, November 23rd that could be seen as an extension of Halloween from a few weeks ago, but truth be told this becomes a sorta rubber match trifecta for the two after our dear Deyonce skipped out of the first scheduled fight. The dirty deed will occur @MGM Grande in Vegas for the WBC title..

I advisably said “supposedly” occurring because of Wilder’s propensity in skipping out in high profile fights with gobs of money involved over the bane of modern boxing, drug testing! In this fight, Ortiz has a VADA CBP ID #528949, and Wilder #468841. What that means in the dirty world of boxing hooking up with a BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA program is anybody’s guess.

When they actually did fight last time, in typical Wilder fashion, he was getting the seven bells of hell blasted out of him and needed a fortuitous time delay by the regrettable New York based referee, David Fields that allowed him extra recovery. Ol’ man Ortiz was spent in fatigue as he emptied of most his arsenal to put Deyonce on the brink of knockout only to have the bell save him. Ortiz didn’t have enough left to KO Wilder the next delayed round, and not long afterwards succumbed to KO, but praise the heavens above!

Perhaps redemption is at hand with the unexpected rematch, and word floated in the street by the media is the Cuban southpaw King Kong Ortiz has been having a most excellent camp whereas Wilder has been struggling. Could just be more media codswallop to sucker the unwashed rubes into their tyny bets on the underdog Ortiz, but no matter, both are fighting for a fraction of the viewing audience compared to the celebrity pro debuts of Logan Paul fighting Olajide William Olatunji in a 6 rounder a couple of weeks earlier this November.

The real $$$ and bragging rights in boxing will be in Saudi Arabia December 7th when Andy Ruiz Jr defends his hard earned unified titles against the former great champion, Anthony Joshua looking for his own redemption. More than titles will be on the line with the future of their legacies at stake. Is Fat Andy just a one hit wonder, or has The Fashion Model Joshua arrived past his sell date at the championship level?

In that 2 week interim, nothing wrong with the grade B talent willing to glove it up, and given the open stance, aggressive styles of both Wilder and Ortiz, they are not likely to disappoint those knockdown, drag out aficionados, so in that regard, this becomes parental guidance recommended for violence, a must see for adult boxing aficionados.

YouTube Donnybrook on DAZN~Logan Paul vs KSI

Folks, for better or farce, American Logan Paul rematches his dubious civilian youtube fight against Englishman KSI, aka Olajide William Olatunji, from last year as they make their official pro boxing debuts under the auspices of DAZN and promoter Eddie Hearn this Saturday, November 9th @Staples CenterLos Angeles.

It Happens!

They previously sold out the O2 in merry aulde England to relocate to sunny California with an undercard featuring new DAZN signee and WBO supermiddle weight champ, another Englishman name of Billy Joe Saunders, 28-0, vs Argentinian Marcelo Esteban Coceres, who sports an almost identical undefeated record of 28-0-1.

The previous KSI/Paul draw result with amateur headgear will certainly be overturned under professional boxing rules in a 6 round fight in the Cruiserweight division. They had to take a medical exam and pass the physical and drug test to do the dirty deed, so good on them and Eddie for doing the right thing here. They were playing before, but now know the stakes are considerably more serious with this. After all, the loser could potentially be harassed in perpetuity if a catchy video highlight meme surfaces of his comedy moment before his demise that happens to some of the best fighters.

So let’s Hype the rematch with the old match!

The first bout was pretty much the professional looking Paul landing the biggest, cleanest shots while KSI stirred up the breeze with his useless haymakers, but of course this being a sorta Kiddie glitterboy boxing rematch under professional rules with 10 oz gloves, the draw result is less likely. In fact, given the more expertise training both have undergone by now, a knockout may be more likely under those rules.

Paul fired up the controversy in advance by threatening, “I’m going to f******murder that dude bro, actual murder bro. Deyonce Wilder said this, boxing’s the only sport that you can kill a man in the ring and get paid to do it.”

Paul earned his previous Youtube notoriety by filming the dead body of a Japanese suicide victim to put on Youtube. Yeah, stupid, light in the loafers morbid with no respect for the dead or Japanese culture, but KSI not much better as a flash rapper wannabee, the new young generation of vacuous, crotch grabbing, tongue hanging males.

Well, there it is, November 9th. Be there on DAZN in LA or risk being the newest Youtube boob on the block!

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