Tag Archives: boxing

Thomas Hauser Howitzer Across Mayweather/NSAC/USADA Bow

This the latest in a Thomas Hauser series of exposures of the widening cracks in the Mayweather/NSAC/USADA drug testing protocol.

https://www.boxing247.com/boxing-news/boxbation-was-floyd-mayweather-really-dehydrated/47957

In chronological order going backwards all the way to the original September 9th article that shook the boxing world to it’s roots.

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/399551-usada-responds-to-thomas-hauser-with-25-page-document

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/399559-thomas-hauser-responds-to-usada-statements-again

One of many of my previous musings on the current state of drug testing in the world here:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/lance-armstrong-vs-the-world-manny-pacquiao-vs-boxing/

Finally, September 9th article here:

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/13621142/floyd-mayweather-took-wada-banned-iv-manny-pacquiao-fight-according-report

Lookin’ mighty bad for boxing and much worse for team Mayweather, but again, he’s proven to have enough high level suits backing him to make the NSAC and USADA his minions to do his beck and call as needed. Still has to negotiate the half billion dollar lawsuit Golden Boy and Top Rank has filed against his sugardaddy Al Haymon not to mention the 32 separate lawsuits filed against he and Manny for failure to disclose Manny’s bad shoulder going into the fight. 

Travis Tygart & USADA Vs Thomas Hauser

The latest volleys fired across the current ship of state of boxing and drug testing in the aftermath of boxing’s biggest rip off of the public sector, Pacquiao vs Mayweather:

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/399551-usada-responds-to-thomas-hauser-with-25-page-document

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/399559-thomas-hauser-responds-to-usada-statements-again

One of many of my previous musings on the current state of drug testing in the world here:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/lance-armstrong-vs-the-world-manny-pacquiao-vs-boxing/

I’m taking Hauser in this one as Tygart has proven himself to be no more than a power mongering, money grubbing tool for the shiny veneer of cleaning up big money athletics. When is he going to post his own drug testing results online for the public to savage?

Modern Alchemy in Parts Per Trillion

Modern Alchemy in Parts Per Trillion

Mr. Klitschko Goes To Moscow for Mr. Povetkin

Maybe Wladimir Klitschko goes to Moscow to look up Alexander Povetkin for a score to settle, or maybe not. Povetkin has already pulled out of two signed deals from years back, leaving the Klitschko promotional team scrambling for last minute replacements.

Big and Bigger?

Big and Bigger?

It may be revealing that in spite of both fighting mainly out of Germany and having signed contracts for the third time now, Wlad says he never actually met Povetkin until weeks before they step into the ring. This promotional poster follows the precedent of Mayweather/Alvarez promotions that had Floyd in two inch lifts to make him incrementally the bigger fighter. Povetkin will actually be dwarfed in the ring come fight night contrary to the illusion of the poster above.

Meanwhile, if boxing couldn’t get any more blatantly ridiculous after the refereeing of Alvarez/Mayweather and subsequent scoring controversy, the WBA which seems to have the say so in the officiating of Klitschko/Povetkin, well, one of their judges, Ted Gimza, he’s on probation confined to his house, yet will be released for duties for the duration of this match. We couldn’t make this up. The WBA provides all necessary materials for our horror:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/klitschko-povetkin-judge-on-probation-wears-electronic-ankle-bracelet-227825

Slipped a Super Mickey

Slipped a Super Mickey

Lot’s of potentially ugly nationalist politics brewing for this fight. “Russian agents” were thought to have poisoned the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko a few years back that almost killed him and most certainly knocked him back many rungs in his ability to function. The Klitschko team had a similar experience, claiming Wlad was drugged in the the Lamont Brewster fight. He dominated the action and was on the verge of an early stoppage of Brewster before a mysterious collapse left him weak as a newborn lamb before Brewster ever landed the few glancing blows on him that weren’t even necessary at that point.

Add in the suspicious financing of an incredible $23 million purse bid for this fight that seems to be the largest purse bid in history, lots of potential for the usual monkey business of boxing for this fight. Then the controversy on whether a Russian or German drug testing cartel would be doing the drug screening for this match, the validity of often nebulous drug testing procedures and the dubious ethics of the “cartels” being as much a question mark as the athletes themselves. Let’s be clear though, Wlad is a huge favorite over Povetkin who was never that well experienced or accomplished and has been on a downward spiral from the promise he showed as a hot prospect several years back. I can’t see anything but monkey business being able to derail Wlad for this fight, so we’ll see soon enough what kind of sportsmanship is on display by the promoter and local commish.

Late breaking news shows big players greatly reducing the odds with a surge of Povetkin bets. A tsunami of Brewster bets from the UK actually shut down the bookies several days in advance of his “upset” of Wladimir, so the duplicitous history of boxing seems to be in full swing for this promotion.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/late-money-flowing-in-on-povetkin-227994

Previous international type of fights in Russian have been pretty much above board that I can recall, so there you have it, October 5th in Moscow. Tune in to bear witness on the current health of boxing.

Boxing 101~~How To Score Ugly, Part II~~Alvarez vs Mayweather

This followup pertains to the recent Alvarez/Mayweather “outrage” that has sent a long time boxing judge scrambling to ignominious retirement while the resident guvn’r was rudely roused from oversight of his Den of Gaming and Trolloptry by swarms of angry complainants using his name in vain. Anyone needing to catch up on the longtime scoring dilemmas facing the modern era of boxing can review my first draft on the subject here concerning the Shane Mosley vs Sergio Mora tempest in a teapot. It was a typical scoring controversy that got the usual antisocial ninnies boiling over in forever misplaced outrage for about a week before their tiny attention spans had found a new outrage to run off to knock over more gravestones:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/boxing-101-how-to-score-ugly-or-mora-vs-mosley-the-no-win-non-fight-of-the-year/

There is no doubt that boxing, notwithstanding record revenues by Alvarez vs Mayweather, well, boxing has a problem of legitimacy as older American fans are dying out faster than new ones are coming aboard by an alarming margin. There are fewer American fighters left in the sport, probably due to fewer kids wishing to leap into a career of corruption where there is almost no money to be made except at the very top. The UFC shines in today’s New World Order as boxing moves to the pro wrestling format of  prefight promotional themes of conflict. Even old timers are fleeing modern matchups to pine over lost glory years when the fighting actually took place in the ring without a 3 ring circus of announcers corrupting the experience.

Moreover, if an average kid does decide to turn pro, chances are forever that the deck will be stacked against them in the referee enforcement of rules and the assignment of points by the judges anytime they face fighters associated with the larger promoters. By modern marketing standards, company products are always promoted #1, as such the ancient and forever poorly managed sport of boxing has been moving to canned fights reminiscent of old truck commercials between Ford and Chevy. One truck would attempt to climb a pyramid stack of loose rocks and fail half way up, so then the featured truck cruises breezily up to the top of the pile to show us all how champions comport themselves in “difficult” contests.

Saving Money Investment

Saving Money Investment

In a world run by Marketing…getting back to Alvarez/Mayweather, the vilest of the directed bile has blasted judge C J Ross full broadside to the backwater docks for repairs and probable retirement, all for scoring a 114-114 draw on her card which did not affect the victory for Mayweather, not one single bit. In contrast, last year Manny Pacquiao was “robbed” by both Ms Ross and Duane Ford in scoring that actually did alter a seemingly wide unanimous win for Pacquiao into a split decision loss that drastically altered future big fight fight negotiations.

So how could such a trivial scoring anomaly in the Alvarez/Mayweather “event” become upgraded to such importance?

I’d guess you’d have to start with some basic facts: Official fight scores were 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114 with Mayweather winning a majority decision. Each fighter starts a 12 round fight with 360 points or 120 points per each of the 3 judges cards, that’s 10 points for each round. The way boxing does it’s scoring is ass-backwards from the way almost every other sport is scored where athletes have to “win” points to win their contests. In boxing, athletes lose points, so in that respect it’s much like the well known punitive politics of amateur ice skating and gymnastics where the 10 point mandatory is used to mark down athlete performances before being collected and totaled for an average score.

Mayweather “lost” 13 points in the fight to end up with 347 points out of the 360 point maximum. Alvarez “lost” 23 points to end up with 337 points out of the 360 point maximum. So Mayweather ended up with 96.3% of his maximum and Alvarez ended up with 93.6% of his maximum, the difference in the fight being that Mayweather was 2.7% better than Alvarez. The academic difference suggests the zone between an A+ test result and an A test result if we use 90-100% scores as traditionally being an A test score. This is hardly the dominance suggested by the media who seldom had any problems reporting the perfect 44-0 official record of Mayweather coming into the fight as though he were perfectly unblemished during his career. No fighter gets through a long career without some controversies, and Mayweather has some doozies.

This fella, Bobby Hunter goes to great lengths to tabulate consensus fight scores, and of 86 “press” scores, the average was 119-109 for Mayweather. That would be 357 of 360 maximum points compared to 327 of 360 maximum points for Canelo, or 99.2% for Mayweather to 90.8% to Alvarez, a larger spread of victory, but still in the “A” academic range for both fighters.  

http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/latest/feature/floyd-mayweather-scored-a-clear-winner-over-saul-alvarez-by-86-members-of-press

The typical boxing fan might say that boxing is actually scored round by round, sorta true that, but only indirectly. As mentioned, each fighter is assigned a 10 point maximum value to start a round with on each judge’s card. I don’t make this up, it’s just happens to be the big white elephant in the room that boxing media and fans ignore, that the scoring in boxing is not only counter-intuitive, but contains unneeded padded points that are utterly useless  until someone wishes to add an element of smoke and mirrors to hide the deceptions and misdirections that magicians, carny barkers, and card gamblers also use to deceive the common rube. Moreover, time and time again we see the scoring is overly complex for some of the more arithmetically challenged judges who sometimes miscalculate their totals that cause delays in announcing the results, sometimes even resulting in a recalculation of the announced result that leads to ever more fan distrust in venues big and small around the world.

Re-calculable scorecards. Yeah! Who wouldn’t like to recalculate their own bank balances when they don’t like the results?

True round by round scoring hasn’t been used for some time, but perhaps the greatest ever round by round scored fight was the 1971 Fight of the Century, Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden. Joe Frazier won that dramatic 15 round classic by scores of 9-6, 11-4, and an amazing 8-6 by referee Arthur Mercante under rules of the day when refs were part of the scoring process. I seem to recall Mercante having to use “supplemental rules” to enact the tiebreaker. Nontransparent supplemental rules of scoring such as this are likely one reason round by round went the dodo bird route of extinction, but let’s contrast the scores of this slugfest often called the greatest single fight in history.

Frazier won 28 total points(rounds) to Ali’s 16 points(rounds), a margin of victory of 75%, quite a bit the more compelling result. Yet Ali supporters were claiming he was robbed, not because of a trifling scoring error, but rather that “The Man” had it in for him to be beat, a popular political expression expressing deep divisions within America emanating out of that era. These days, most agree Frazier won the fight hands down, but modern fans have no such arbitration by wiser, cooler heads. That usually comes after they go senile and die out. Since Mayweather may well have fought his best fight against his best opponent of record, let’s look closer at the fight later on.

There are a myriad number of rules selectively enforced to officiate or score a bout, in effect a form of “movable goalposts” for treatment and evaluation of different fighters that fans are either blindingly unaware of or simply apathetic about, take your pick. In this case, had the referee and judges been given different instructions, the bout might well have been controlled in the other direction for Alvarez by whatever margin, yet the outrage would have been about the same. Been much worse pillar to post beatdown robberies in boxing history than this tepid stylist soiree, that’s for sure. These folks crying in their beer simply have no context to rationally discuss a fight.

Or do they? What’s missing?

Well, as Juan Manuel Lopez mentioned after being blasted to the deck by Orando Salido in their rematch, he suspected the referee who “prematurely” stopped the fight had bet on the Salido stoppage. Lopez was promptly suspended and fined, yet the ugly little can of worms remains kicked over and squirming. There are few if any regulations pertaining to boxing teams and other boxing insiders placing wagers on involved fights much less any oversight. Nobody screams louder in boxing than “players” losing their main stake plus their projected winnings because of a “bad” referee or judging decision, and guess what?

Vegas and international bookies at large saw the most business they’ll have for many years that somewhat made up for the thrice canceled Pacquiao/Mayweather Superfight fights with even bigger players and revenue streams. Still, stupendous amounts were bet on this fight with the best odds given on the exact round and result prediction. Since Mayweather tends to rack up unanimous decisions like clockwork, there you go, the projected mass of the betting being put on that outcome. The unexpected majority decision tossed a monkey wrench into that payout, hence the stampede of howler monkeys on the suits that run boxing. Before the fight we also saw the rumor stampede that the fight would be scored a draw so they could stage the lucrative rematch for another big flood of bets lost forever. Great for business though.

Oh Yeah & True Confessions: The NSAC commish Bill Brady asserted that his office was no longer going to be a “rubber stamp” for fight venues, presumably unlike the previous NSAC “rubber stamped sanctions of Mayweather “events” these oh so many years. Just check out the two Joe Cortez refereed Mayweather fights for a snapshot of rubber stamped Vegas “in action.”

As I projected in my prefight, the opening round was a cautious feeling out where little was accomplished until just before the bell ended the round. Mayweather leaped inside with a perfectly vicious Bernard Hopkins’ style upperbutt to the jaw of Alvarez, a blatant foul everyone but referee Kenny Bayless could see. No message in a bottle this, but rather a bottle crashed over his noggin that let Alvarez know he was out of his element and away from home. Mayweather could do what ever he wanted with impunity, so he followed up in the 4th round by locking up Alvarez left arm with both arms as he wrapped up his body trying to pull it out of socket Bernard Hopkins style. Alvarez tapped him on the thigh with his free right hand, reflexively leading Bayless to jump in for the break, pushing Alvarez back as he severely admonished him for the “low blow.” Then he went over to Mayweather for a much friendlier pow wow. Alvarez had been struggling with the baffling timing of the Mayweather defense, but when he started getting in some good rights to the body, one finally hit the Mayweather kidney while in his classic “show the back defense” that he’s gotten away with the whole of his career. It’s illegal to deliberately turn your back in boxing, so Bayless issued more dire warnings Canelo instead of correcting Mayweather. Reminds me of the complaints not so many years back when fighters were warned by German refs for hitting the last undefeated wonder Sven Ottke in the jaw or the stomach, I kid you not.

I myself chose  not to score this fight because it was clear before the fight that Alvarez needed a concussive all time knockout to win. As I’ve found like clockwork from so many of my previous efforts, every controversy revolves around the number of even rounds that I score that boxing judges are forbidden to score as such. Typically the “Home” or “Money” fighter, both descriptors fitting Mayweather in his fights, he gets those rounds by default, but on occasion the judges give don’t care to go that route. Previously CJ Ross was widely pilloried for preferring the “slick, black, awkward, reverse footwork style of undefeated” Timothy Bradley over the offensive firepower of Manny Pacquiao, so duly ravaged by  antisocial media misanthropes, she scored some those even rounds for Canelo this time around. There were only two rounds difference between her another Mayweather judge, normally a perfectly acceptable range of difference. Of course this being the Las Vegas gambling destination of the world, any judge or ref can be seen as suspect when it comes to their roles as history has shown us repeatedly.

How about the “boxing media,” nearly all dismissing Alvarez well before the fight was ever signed. How many lost their meager wages on the match?

Media transparency has never existed, but Ring transparency would be a big improvement, like having all the officials and promotional teams list their wagers on fight they’re involved in as well as the full disclosure of contract conditions for the fight, like gloves, catch and rehydration limits, ring size, fast, slow, or medium speed canvas, purse particulars, all of which play a role in the outcome to various degrees, yet usually squirreled away from the unwashed public. Of course the “insiders” could just move to having their friends or relatives place their bets, but at least they would be driven to an illegal netherworld befitting their natures.

Getting back to the maddening puzzle that is Mayweather, here are some fight shots representative of his style that the boxing press has gone screaming Colonel Bob agaga over:

Blind Man Touching

Blind Man Touching

To Fight or How to Score Ugly?

To Fight or How to Score Ugly?
Below The Beltline Boxing or Alternative Lifestyle Flick?

Below The Beltline Boxing or Alternative Lifestyle Flick?

Thank goodness for Mayweather’s hometown Grand Rapids Press photos or someone might accuse me of photoshopping which would be easier than scoring a Mayweather fight. Mayweather won the fight, no doubt after the kid was stifled by Bayless early when Mayweather was at his freshest, fastest, and most puzzling. However the number of hurtful punches landed by either was exceedingly low because of their defensive natures. I’m remember when Miguel Cotto visually came out almost unscathed against the busted up Mayweather.

Punched?

Punched?

Even feather fisted Pauli Maglinaggi managed to bust up a much younger, fresher Cotto in their fight long ago, so what kind of impact do most of Mayweather’s punches have other than as flash and glitter?

Boxing needs a major comeback with the larger public who now prefer more easily understood team sports like basketball, football, and baseball. I dare say most would rather even cruise down to the local rec fields for, gasp, co-ed kickball for easily understood rules and first rate viewing. Broadcasters could put chokers and muzzles on announcers to allow real fight audio that could distinguish between silent love taps and thunderclap hammer shots for the edification of the public. Then state commishes and ABCs could come up with simplified, transparent scoring and scrap recalculable duffed scorecards with negligible point differences that define the loser more than the winner.

In other words, instead of using modern assbackward 10 point must scoring, every fighter should start off at the zero ledger like God intended athletic contests to start, even golf and track and field for crimony’s sake!

They could keep their current one point assessments for “rounds won, knockdowns scored, and assessed fouls awarded to come up with a point total that may not solve the weekly cries of “robbery,” but would remove the unwanted flab points that flabby overseers of boxing have used to cover up their obtuse tamperings of fights. Translating Alvarez/Mayweather, we’d get scores of 9-3, 8-4, and 6-6, totaling 23 of 36 maximum points for Mayweather and 13 or 33 maximum points for Alvarez, making Mayweather the winner by a 77% margin which is substantial. Yet I read many in the “media” scored 100% for Mayweather, typically the mindset of those who have failed in their journalistic duty to even handedly report on an athletic event. If Mayweather were really 100% good, he would have no need of catchweights and rehydration limits with the opposing fighter having to drag the ref around as a ball and chain for the full 12 rounds.

And if Mayweather, his promoter, and his handlers were really cleaning up boxing, they’d answer why his Mayweather Promotions fighters have failed drug tests and why Mayweather refuses to answer failed drug testing allegations against him.

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/the-ped-mess-part-one

Meanwhile, back at the hideout:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/all-star-boxing-given-court-go-ahead-to-seek-punitive-damages-against-golden-boy-for-their-signing-of-canelo-alvarez-227250

Big Mouths Mauling~~Adrian Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi

Boxing‘s newest wunderkind and jail’s latest bait Adrian Broner steps up 2 divisions to welterweight to challenge WBA champ Paulie Maliganaggi. The “bout” is today, June 22nd at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

It was no surprise when Broner was arrested down Miami way not long ago for biting another man during a fracas outside a hotel. He seems hell bent on duplicating the style and the life of his mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr by way of flushing money down toilet videos to the accumulating rap sheet. Arrangements were quickly made and he was released on bond to be whisked straightaway into a training camp where his minders kept him on the short leash with no muzzle until ready to be released in the ring today.

As mouthy fighters go, these gentlemen are among the mouthiest with mouth flapping apparatuses in a freeflowing spewage of raw uncut sewage, not that many of us could ever bother listening, but that’s what the cacophony of headlines screamed in the leadup.

Broner will likely be the much bigger guy come fight night after rehydration. His team carefully selected the nominal WBA welter titlist Malignaggi as the smallest, weakest link in the Golden Boy stable of available fighters as the least risk to his division climbing ambitions. As with Mayweather, Broner previously had his JC Castillo moment of being beat up when former banty and featherweight champ Daniel Ponce De Leon more noted for his slugging prowess easily gave Broner a thorough boxing lesson, but was just too small to really do more than sting him at will. It takes a knockout to derail a touted Hayman/Golden Boy fighter, something Malignaggi is not likely to deliver.

For the big knockout, go to the supporting undercard where Al Hayman touted heavyweight Seth Mitchell hopes not to replicate his snake eyes exit against Klitschko promoted Johnathon Banks in their rematch. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Paulie Malignaggi is not only a weak champion, but something of an underachiever, best known for the game losing scrap he gave Miguel Cotto when both were undefeated in full pomp at the start of their primes. Since then he’s been more of a poser than fighter, a preener rather than a boxer, though former lightweight champ Juan Diaz had the pressuring style to put him in an entertaining pair of fights that they split. He did seize opportunity to beat the aging undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko on a stupendous cut that ended his KO drought, but then lucky to scrap himself off the canvas to secure a hometown split in his first defense against Pablo Cesar Cano.

Of the few fights I’ve seen Broner in, he’s been a plodder, easy to hit in his Mayweather shoulder roll defense, but he has the power to overcome light swatters who stand in front of him like DeMarco and Rees did most recently. Malignaggi can stick and move pretty all night to make this fight tough unless his marching orders from Hayman/Golden Boy News of the Ring World are to stand and trade. Broner told Larry Merchant that he’s like dog doodoo on his opponent’s shoe once they sign the contract to face him, perhaps the most apt descriptor of his touted career progress thus far.

Black and Blue....yeah, right....

Black and Blue….yeah, right….

Could be modestly entertaining or more likely deadly dull, but never destined to be a great fight after The Problem leapt over the strongest division in boxing, the junior welts, to have an easier go at Paulie. It is what it is, a soundtrack of profaned and befouled sound and fury to promote a weak era in boxing where promoters rely on gimmicks after having done nothing to redevelop boxing into the spectacle sport it used to be.

Man Up Boxrec–Curtis The Trollhunter Woodhouse!

Someone with some punch needs to knock those boxrec editors around. Curtis Woodhouse has earned his name, The Trollhunter unlike most of the candyboy self appointed names like Money, Mayhem, Executioner, SOG and other baloneyisms.

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=368372&cat=boxer

The story of Curtis Woodhouse The Trollhunter has passed into internet legend status now when he tracked down the sick, vicious worm that was savaging him and threatening his family on Twitter.

Base level story here when Jimmybrownpants bricks his misanthropic moment in the bright lights after The Trollhunter shows up knocking on doors looking for him:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/fighter-tracks-down-twitter-troll-becomes-an-internet-legend-177474

Wildman Trollhunter

Wildman Trollhunter

Woodhouse for his part needs to leverage his new found fame and respect to return to this wildman, trollhunter, twitterer, urban boxing man about town look:

Curtis Woodhouse

C’mon, Boxrec, get with the program and edit in Woodhouse’s proper nickname!

A Legend Passes–Manny Steward, R.I.P.

Emmanuel “Manny” Steward was announced as passing away on October 25th after 68 wonderfully vital years. Diverticulitis was mentioned as the culprit that took him down, an insidious grouping of gaseous distensions in the long maze of intestinal tract plumbing that many have fallen prey to over the years.

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

Steward was the most up front and center cornerman/trainer/commentator in boxing today, quickly taking up the slack left after Angelo Dundee‘s run with Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. His list of credits are impressive in spite of being on the losing end of two of the most exciting and high level bouts in boxing history.

The first was when the undefeated Tommy Hearns outboxed and outfoxed boxing’s flashmaster Sugar Ray Leonard before succumbing to a 14th round TKO stoppage on his feet against the ropes. The second being the most intense all out brawl in modern boxing when Hearns and middleweight marvel Marvin Hagler engaged in a vicious pillar to post slugfest, leaving Hearns pounded to the canvas before arising on shaky legs midway through the 3rd round, a TKO stoppage by the ref. Both fights were the highest profile bouts as can be staged at Caesars PalaceLas VegasNevada

Manny also won more than his fair share with two of the most dominant heavyweights ever in Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, along with a host of other fantastic fighters that you can review on his Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Steward

While greatly appreciated, no wiki article could ever explain what his Kronk Gym and charity work meant to disadvantaged youths everywhere and boxing.

Manny Steward, a Giant Beacon flashing out his wit and wisdom to all who entered his sphere, now enters the Great Pantheon of Boxing to be cherished forever, God Bless.

The Men of Luxembourg Say Oui to Haye vs Chisora

The men of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation have said “Non” to the imperious British Board of Boxing Control (BBB of C) and the European Union by saying “Oui” to the sanctioning of the all British rematch of the brawl between Mr. David “Pinky ToeHaye and his fellow outlaw boxer, Mr. Derek Chisora.

The tiny Luxembourg commission only has a few sanctioned fights to show for their existence thus far, yet were threatened with strippage of their office by the European Bully Boys aligned with the raging BBB of C who rule like Kings of Yore over British boxing.

The BBB of C have further threatened permanent suspensions for any the fighters and promoters of the event, scheduled for July 14 at Upton Park London, the hometown of the BBB of C if further insult is needed to further tweak injury.

HOF legend Frank Warren may be near the end of his career, but seems to have found renewed vigor with this battle in and out of the ring. The bully boys first refused to sanction the fight after the rather unseemly videotaped brawl by Haye and Chisora in Germany brought British boxing into “disrepute.”

But what about the fighters you ask?

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Well, to be generous, both have some excellent talents and abilities, but to be quite frank about it, all the talent and fighting ability in the world counts for little when their mentality is more attuned to a thug’s cartoon character.

Mr. Pinky Toe is attempting what no fighter has ever attempted in the history of boxing, coming off a morbidly injured pinky toe that was blamed on his loss against Wlad Klitschko, a rather comical rendition of a British prizefighter, looking like a drunken sailor on shore leave whilst upright when not crawling around on his hands and knees looking like a tipsy flophouse floozie. It was a baker’s dozen times that Mr. Haye hit the canvas during the fight after Wlad took his legs away early in the bout with a big flurry on the ropes as the bell sounded.

The controversy over the extent of injury to the aggrieved pinky toe still rages with some MRI experts claiming poor pinky had a broken back. Others saw a ruptured bowel while others claim the appendage suffered mental injuries leading to a loss of self esteem, but to be fair, pinky toes have been poorly studied, so critical functions, organs and skeletal structure are just too tiny to detect serious injury with any accuracy.

Still, what a brave, unprecedented comeback this would be for Mr. Pinky Toe.

Now Mr. Chisora had a fine 14-0, 9 KO record going for him while holding the storied British Commonwealth belt, but, alas, he showed up hog fat in his defense against Tyson Fury who easily dismissed him as if he were no more than a tubby school boy. Then Chisora showed up double dumb against fellow heavyweight contender Robert Helenius in Finland by headbutting and then clowning around at critical points in the fight when he should have been winging punches against the injured Helenius who pulled out the decision. Somewhere he didn’t get the email explaining he was being paid as a professional boxer, not a professional clown.

Chisora somehow managed to compound that error of judgement by showing up triple thick, ruining a credible performance against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko who also injured his shoulder and needed an operation like Helenius. The net result his implosion left him short of victories, the Giants of Boxing 3 to Mr. Chisora’s zer0.

How did Chisora ruin his performance you ask?

He slapped Vitali during the obligatory face off, a stupid sucker shot, then spit at Wlad Klitschko who is part of Vitali’s team during the ring introductions for starters. Then, instead of basking in well deserved accolades for a gritty fight, he flew off the podium during the post fight presser to attack the taunting Mr. Pinky Toe, The Brawl I as it were, leading to his current BBB of C suspension. Look up apt descriptors and you’ll find “Seizing defeat from the jaws of victory” with Mr. Chisora’s boxing pose.

Look up “Hoist upon his own petard” and you will find Mr. Pinky Toe’s posing in stripped suggestive poses for various of the British glossy mags. He promised to clean out the heavyweight division, yet has only been able to sweep up a few tyny dust bunnies in far away corners.

No guarantees that the Men of Luxembourg will have enough power to pull off this event. Boxrec hasn’t even put it on their schedule even as their British boxing media arm has been updating the latest details.

British interest is spiking with the gate reported as approaching 30,000. Suffice to say with the multitudes of metrosexed dandies mixing in with the throngs of thuggish tuffs, this event may well be better known for the rabbit punches, low blows, and blindsided sucker punches both in and out of the ring than any adherence to the Marquis of Queensbury rules.

Could be a riot going on in the home of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics!

The Handwraps Travesty, Part II–Cotto vs Margarito

The highly anticipated on again-off again-relocated again Miguel Cotto/Antonio Margarito rematch has finally passed the snifters of the white gloved New York State Athletic Commission who prematurely pulled up Margarito from his training camp in Mexico to be interrogated under the white lights of NYSAC-appointed ophthalmologist.

Cotto vs Margarito

Cotto vs Margarito

Both Margarito and Cotto have moved up to the light middleweight division and will be contesting Cotto’s WBA “Super” Title he won off the injuredYuri Foreman last year and defended against Ricardo Mayorga in a entertaining slugfest earlier this year.

Margarito is coming straight in off his very serious beatdown by Manny Pacquiao this time last year. After subsequent surgery and recovery from a fractured orbital bone, a very serious injury in the boxing world, a fair assumption is he will be the more damaged and rustier fighter compared to Cotto who has been more active.

Antonio Margarito paid a huge price after being caught up in a handwraps controversy just before stepping into the ring against Shane Mosley. He was lumped up before being knocked out and then suspended for a year. After serving his suspension he was refused relicensing by the California Boxing Commission. More history here:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/open-letter-to-the-association-of-boxing-commissionsabc-and-dick-cole/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/breaking-antonio-margarito-denied-a-california-boxing-license/

The Insert

The Insert

Some claim it is Miguel Cotto who paid the heavy price after being beaten to a bloody pulp by Margarito, allegedly using the same illegal wraps. Others think retribution was extracted when Manny Pacquiao beat Margarito into a bloody pulp this year.

In this truth is stranger than fiction world, the facts are that Margarito has never been shown to have used illegal wraps for any fight. The “illegal” insert was placed in his wraps in plain view of the California commish by Margarito’s then longtime trainer,  Javier Capetillo. It was the notoriously picky Shane Mosley trainer, Nazim Richards, who demanded the rewrap, exactly what the Margarito camp and everyone in boxing knew would happen. That’s when they discovered the inserts

Crumbles, Crumbles

In short, they might as well been holding a large placard taped to Margarito’s forehead stating illegal inserts were being used. Not only was there no slight of hand, but the inserts were shown to be nothing but crumbles, hardly a weapon any serious fighter would use to load his gloves when commission approved tapes and gauzes can be added in excess to more easily fly under the wire.

Had Margarito been busted for gummy bear inserts or knuckles of silly putty, those substances are just as “illegal” and confer the same laughable competitive advantage as plaster crumbles. It has long flown under the wire that Margarito was not fit to fight against Mosley because of eye surgery a week before the fight. My theory is the handwraps scenario was devised so the big players could cut their losses with appropriate counter bets, but who can really know the mindsets of these maestroes of travesty?

Though Margarito has always worn same approved wraps as his opponents, many in boxing will never forgive him in spite of him serving the full measure of his suspension. Such is the way it shall forever be.

It is the controversy that makes this fight both incredibly appealing or appalling, but potentially the fight could match or exceed the first fight, so it’s must see for true fans. Incredibly Miguel Cotto’s stellar reputation took a beating in the first fight when fairweather critics accused him of quitting after absorbing one of the all time beatings in boxing history. Go figure critics since they usually can’t support a shred of their charges. Margarito also took a horrendous beating, but managed to outlast the retreating Cotto who was completely spent by fight’s end.

The general concensus is that neither fighter has looked the same since their epic first match, one of the finest prize fights in the history of boxing. They are still some of the best fighters in their division even now, a testament to their dedication to boxing and toughness, so the match looks very lively and competitive.

Both fighters have different trainers now, not surprising given the role the trainers play in any handwrapping, and both are now covered in a maze of tattoos, perhaps a psychological bandaid designed to cover up the pain of the controversy and the beatings they have taken in the ring of late.

The Weighin

The Weighin

The problem for Cotto still remains though, Margarito is simply the bigger, stronger fighter by a significant margin and probably hits harder at the 153lb catchweight the fight will be contested at than their first welterweight title thriller. His style of being a heavyhanded war of attrition walk’em down tough guy is a difficult hurdle for any fighter to overcome.

Cotto made his chops as a brutal slugger, but he was also a pretty nifty boxer when he wanted and has often sparred with his little buddy, the quicksilver strawweight phenom and fellow Puerto Rican, Ivan Calderon, so by styles the fight is likely to start like the first fight with Cotto sprinting out to the lead for the early rounds.

It’s the mid rounds that are likely to spell the difference. Cotto has been whipping himself into better condition ever since he took the fight against Manny Pacquiao. Margarito of course is legendary for his work rate and conditioning, as high as 1200+ punches in a 12 round fight.

Tough fight to pick because of the unknowns, but Cotto will have the edge as “the good guy” against “the bad guy” in his comfortable “hometown” settings stocked with plenty of Puerto Ricans who love him. It goes without saying that he will target the repaired Margarito orbital, perhaps doing enough damage to earn a stoppage.

Margarito will have to beat Cotto substantially to eke out a decision, or seal the win with a knock out, never an easy task in the best of times under the best of conditions against a top opponent. Nonetheless, absent egregious interference from the ref, I expect him to walk down Cotto again, perhaps earlier if his eye holds up.

While the outcome may still be open, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito have a golden opportunity to set the record straight come December 3rd in Madison Square Garden and perhaps seal their legends with another modern classic.