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Wlad Klitschko’s 50th KO Celebration, aka Mr. David Haye

Flash back 8 years ago and few of Boxing‘s cognescenti and broadcasting wunderkinds would have been predicting the dominant title reign of Wlad Klitschko, but my how the landscape has changed. He’s even been mooted for IBHOF entry by some, but of course a few certain others who need no identification have been publicly picking against him for the duration.

Well, there’s no accounting for their public affinity for self flagellation, but the masochists have a new white knight in shining armour to make their wildest dreams come true when, or rather IF Mr. David Haye takes the long walk to the ring to toe it up against the Ring/IBF/WBO/IBO champ who already beat up the geniune undefeated WBA champ, Ruslan Chagaev some two years ago.

I say IF only because Mr. Haye has delivered a series of soft level WBA fights after announcing he would move to the heavy division and clean it up in between walking out on several Klitschko fights. The beleaguered British public failed to read the fine print that it was actually the WBA heavyweight division where he would be taking out the rubbish, so they made Mr. Haye something of a reality media star. By natural progression of their modern reality world, they figure this fracas is to be Mr. Haye’s coronation into King David, so they will be flocking to tune in come what may of the result.

Hayemaker Time

Hayemaker Time

At one time Mr. Haye was actually a blood and guts action warrior who briefly held the cruiserweight titles, but that seems ages ago. As a heavyweight contender, he has followed the three ring circus approach much in the way of Odlanier Solis who was demolished in the first round by brother Vitali last March.

I imagine Mr. Haye’s brain trust looked at that fight and plan to break out his fleet footed strategy that takes him into later rounds where presumably he will have a better feel for having his face jabbed into mincemeat.

I will be more than happy to give Mr. Haye due credit if he upsets the big favorite, but given the farcical nature of his heavyweight career with his general disrespect of fans and boxing, Mr. Haye has earned a level of disrespect that cannot easily be dismissed.

WBA Beatdown #1

WBA Beatdown #1

The easy prediction is Wlad notches his 50th knockout in a walkover . His trainer, Manny Steward has been predicting all these great things Wlad is going to do, but he’s a very cautious technician who prefers to set his own tempo, so I look for a late KO as he carefully walks down Mr. Haye much like he did Eddie Chambers.

If Mr. Haye wants to come straight at Wlad early, that would be thrilling for fans, but Wlad made easy work of the previous WBA champ, Ruslan Chagaev, and similar results are expected against their newest WBA hopeful, Mr. Haye.

Objectivity deserves a better place in boxing though, so Mr. Haye either has to produce a dynamic performance well above his previous efforts, not likely at this stage of his career, or Wlad has to revert back to the form of one of his 3 losses.

Could Mr. Haye leverage one of those off performances?

The best and most comprehensive win over Wlad was when the tricky fast handed South African southpaw Corrie Sanders put him down 5x for the TKO stoppage, but what is forgotten in that fight was the unintentional headbutt to Wlad before the first punch landed.

The strangest loss was to Lamon Brewster who absorbed a ferocious beat down and survived two knockdowns when Wlad mysteriously ran out of steam and collapsed after the bell ended the 5th round. Oddsmakers suspended betting on that fight days before because of a mysterious surge for Brewster who scarcely landed a punch on Wlad.

Wlad’s first ever loss was to big journeyman, Ross Puritty, who also absorbed a beatdown for the ages through 11 rds, a fight he could’ve been stopped for being noncompetitive. He surprised the tiring 22 year old Wlad with a sudden attack good enough that Wlad’s trainers threw in the towel.

This is Wlad’s 59th pro fight and a fighter only has so many bullets to fire, so even Clint Eastwood had to ask the punk, “Are you feeling lucky today?

“Well, do you Mr. Haye?”

Alternately entitled Dirty Wlad’s WBA Beatdown #2, coming soon enough(we hope and pray with fingers crossed xx), Saturday, July 2nd at Imtech-Arena, Hamburg, Germany.

Open Letter to the National Film Registry & Clint Eastwood

~~Additional copies sent to the Library of Congress and “boxing” senators John McCain and Harry Reid.

~~Clint Eastwood has been in at least two substantial “boxing” films, but has no publically accessible email address.

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dross@loc.gov
Attn: Donna Ross

RE: 1897 Heavyweight Title Fight between Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons

Dear Ms. Ross,

I would like to rectify a major oversight in the National Film Registry’s list of films chosen for preservation.

The prime directive of the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 “Directs the Librarian of Congress to establish a National Film Registry to register films that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

I have recently perused the Film Registry list of films chosen for preservation from 1989-2009, a two decade compilation, and I could not find the 1897 Heavyweight Title Fight between Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons.

Solar Plexus Punch

Solar Plexus Punch

Please forgive my lack of “qualifications” or “diplomacy” as I have no connection to the film industry nor am I a lobbyist or politician. I am cut from a more common cloth, that of being a common American citizen, so in that vein it is no surprise these days to see a government bureaucracy ignore the most valuable contributions of Americans and their history.

I do note that some novelty shorts such as Rip Van Winkle, The Kiss, and perhaps others were chosen from the same cinematographic experimental era, so it confounds the known laws of the universe to see that the Crown Jewel of Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio was not chosen.

Perhaps you were unaware of the importance of boxing to the history of this country and it’s original contribution as a live, dramatic action subject of compelling interest that folks of all walks of life wanted to see enough to flock to theaters decades before Hollywood came along and started rewriting history.

A more detailed history of this fight and it’s making can be found in my 113rd anniversary tribute here:
https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/113rd-anniversary-of-corbett-vs-fitzsimmons-the-first-ever-blockbuster/

Or you can study up on the subject easy enough as I did. It ain’t rocket science.

This first ever championship fight release substantially predated the concept of “blockbuster” which the NFR has erroneously attributed The Great Train Robbery as the first ever. The fight also predated the concept of movie theaters and international releases. This and subsequent filmed title fights involving Jim Jeffries shortly thereafter became a spectacular financial impetus to the development of cinema and the original blueprint for the basic business model used in the development of movie making.

Before Corbett/Fitzsimmons, Edison produced the “Gentleman Jim” Corbett & Peter Courtney boxing film and several boxing shorts before that. Edison built special kinetoscopes to handle the 6 x 1 minute  boxing footage, a big upgrade from the stock 20 sec machines in use for his novelty shorts. Then we get into the film upgrades needed to handle a full sized ring and full length championship match which could go for 20-25 rds, in short, full length cinema footage long before movies.

I could go on, but……..

How in 2 decades worth of work the NFC managed to overlook the core history of filmmaking is a question for another time and place.

The question for now is when will this oversight be corrected?

Thank you for your time,

…….Bobby Mac……