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Chayaphon Moonsri Shines Brightly on Tatsuya Fukuhara

Chayaphon Moonsri, 52-0 continues to bury the Floyd TUE 50-0 Mayweather Jr perfect record as he defends his WBC minimumweight title against Japanese challenger Tatsuya Fukuhara, 21-6-6, 7 KO, Friday, March 29th in Thailand.

This is the tiniest division in boxing, but perhaps more notably is that Fukuhara is a southpaw and this a rematch of his decision loss two years ago. Fukuhara is boxrec ranked #10, and Moonsri is #1 or 2 depending on Boxrec’s daily updates. Fukuhara is ranked #9 by Ring, and Moonsri #2 by Ring, currently near 8 consecutive years of rankings, an outstanding achievement in consistency.

Oh, and Moonsri’s alias in the dizzying fashion of Thailand’s multiple naming cultures is Wanheng Menayothin, making it hard for Americans to keep up with Thai boxing even if they have an interest in the tiny division.

I guess it’s no secret that Moonsri is favored and likely to win, but I suppose there could be an upset. He’s only 32 years of age with 210 rounds in the bank, but the incessant call of wine, women, and song can topple the best fighter when he passes that tipping point, but for now, it’s Fukuhara he has to do the business on.

 

 

 

UFC & Conor McGregor Looks to Neuter Boxing & Floyd Mayweather Jr.


A resurrected Greatest Show on Earth invades the scene of serial crimes, Las Vegas, a sorta Barnum & Bailey Three Ring Circus with Conor McGregor vs Floyd TUE Mayweather Jr @ T-Mobile ArenaLas VegasRobert Byrd the circus master will be cracking his bull whip on Mac’s overdeveloped torso. Gotta keep them boys in line, wink, wink with May safely swaddled away from any application of brute force, bolstered by his personal judges and drug testing cartel, so on paper Mac ain’t got a chance.

However, in a street fight or in the octagon, we know Mac would quickly bulldoze May without any monkey business help, so the UFC fans are betting BIG on him, over 90% of total bets placed to have his 10 seconds needed to do the dirty job.

Not gonna bother really writing about this, the biggest hoax in boxing history, but rather harvesting the little gemstones scattered about, so in a pottymouth 8th grade schoolboy disassociative freestyle streaming as befits the demographic being tapped into, so here we go:

F***, Bitches & Hoes, F*** You, You F****** Bitch, You Bitch Hoe…..

May expected to net $300 million  and brags about making near $10 million a minute for a 12 round fight.

Mac expected to net $100 million win/lose or draw

Big Mouth Paulie knocked down in sparring:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2853057118050662&id=146505212039213&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fboxrec.com%2Fforum%2Fviewtopic.php&_rdr

http://fightnews.com/easy-money-bettors-back-mcgregor/1286

*** Bookies going crazy with all the surges in betting that keeps changing the odds. Who could ever bet on such a farce when the outcome will probably only be known but a dozen privileged insiders.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/incoming/article5020110.ece/IMAGE_ALTERNATES/p910/Mayweather%20Maidana%20Boxing

IE: Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably close considering Floyd is shooting to go 50-0 for his Hall of Fame career against an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut. Nevertheless, wagers have been flowing in heavily on McGregor +325, and if McGregor wins, Vegas casinos stand to get creamed.

Zach Jornlin, sportsbook supervisor at MGM Resorts, told The New York Post: “This would be a really, really bad loss for us.”

Jay Rood, VP of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN: “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

http://fightnews.com/mcgregor-also-ko-vegas-sportsbooks/3462#comments

Mac calls May a half fighter, maybe because he’s been part time since his first retirement in 2006.

May says he’s a $800 million fighter going against a $3 million fighter

Mac: I’ll be a god of boxing…this is some Bruce Lee shit!

Black Power ESPN article slaps The Great White Hope on Mac.

May to surpass a billion dollars in earnings after collecting the proceeds from this farce.

May throws up a rain of 1000 $1 dollar bills as Mac picks up his back pack to pronounce May running around like a schoolboy who can’t read.

Mac says it takes 3 sec to choke out a UFC fighter, but reckons he can do May in a 2 count, so what’s Byrd gonna do?

Face value of tickets is 500, 1500, 2500, 3500, 5000, 7500, 10,000. What they go for on the street? Who knows, but they ain’t sellin’ like hotcakes.

Have to preregister—

Tickets for the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, taking place Saturday, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will go on sale Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. However, you must register in advance to buy tickets.

Here’s how it works. To thwart bots and scalpers attempting to buy tickets, fans must request a unique offer code and link to purchase tickets. To receive the code, fans must first be verified through a registration process. Registering still does not guarantee you will receive a code, nor have the ability to purchase tickets. However, only fans who do register can receive their unique code and have the chance to purchase tickets — limited to two (2) per offer code.

May calls Mac a quitter because he once tapped out of a UFC match.

Jesse Vargas says Mac KOed in sparring based on insider rumors.

WBC making a belt and title for the fight, ie: The Money Belt with 1.5 kilograms of 24 karat gold, 3360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds, all set off center on the crocodile leather strap.

May guarantee alleged 100-120 mil, Mac guarantee 75 mil.

Mac previously fined $150,000 by the Nevada Commish for throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz that was later reduced to $25,000, so FYI boys!

May been spending all nights at his personal strip club opened last year to complement his personal gym:

Stamina issue:

UFC title fights last 29 minutes with 5×5 minute fighting rounds in between 4×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/7th of rest, 6/7ths of fighting, ie: 4/29=0.14 rest, 25/29=0.86 fighting.

Boxing title fights last 47 minutes with 12×3  minute fighting rounds in between 11×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/4th of rest, 3/4ths of fighting, ie: 11/47=0.23 rest, 36/47=0.77 fighting

Boxing ring dimensions are seldom publicly disclosed, but most fights likely use 20’x20′ dimensions yielding 400 Sq Ft fighting area. The largest sanctioned ring is 24’x24’=576 Sq Ft.

Championship Octagon dimensions are a 31′ diameter approximating 754 Sq Ft of fighting area, net result being boxing rings are 53%-76% the size of the much larger Octagon.

Translation: UFC bouts are more cardio intensive using a larger fighting area over a shorter time whereas boxing bouts are slower paced in a smaller area over a longer time. I look for McGregor to be more explosive under these conditions, but could he ever chase down a caged running chicken stinker? That’s what we’ll find out.

 

Old Lion Manny Pacquiao vs Young Lion Jessie Vargas

Jessie Vargas is the WBO welterweight champ holding Manny Pacquiao‘s old title he won from Timothy Bradley Jr back in April before retiring. Now Manny wants to reclaim it come Saturday, November 5th @ the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The collective howls of derision from the antisocial media monkeys who were desperate for Junior Welt champ Terence Crawford to get the call promptly soiled any reasonable public expectations for this fight, but just looking at both the excellent title credentials of Vargas coupled with his natural attributes that include significant height, reach, youth, and presumably strength, this looks like a really good action fight. Manny turns 38 next month with 431 rounds waged professionally and Vargas is in a traditional range of athletic prime at age 27 with 189 professional rounds logged, so this the classic battle of the Old Lion against the Young Lion.

Manny’s PPV numbers for Bradley III were about the same as the Floyd TUE Mayweather PPV against the hapless Andre Berto, in other words the expected blow back of fans against both for their sham “Fight of the Century.” So is the public ready to embrace their former favorite again?

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Boxing is in a major rebuild thanks to that pathetic grubbing of greed and corruption, so nobody should ever expect big PPV numbers again until some legit new crossover stars are born. The much ballyhooed Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward PPV that follows this probably won’t clear more than 300-400K if even that because Kovalev is Russian and Ward a P4P STINKER who has made himself irrelevant these past few years. And speaking of pathetic, Vargas should be undefeated after knocking out Bradley only to have the silly putty ref change his mind AFTER he stepped in to save Bradley. How could such blatant idiocy ever be more convenient than that? Amazingly Vargas seems not to have let it get to him, instead turning around disappointment for a very excellent upswing after that robbery, a vicious KO of the undefeated Sadam Ali that earned him this fight. That said, if Manny gets in a half decent camp, he should handle Vargas in a great fight for fans, but it’s hardly the given win his critics complain about. See the Bradley/Ali KOs for proof. Young Vargas has the lean and hungry look of being reborn with cracking power and confidence.

Crawford has a chance to grow a few more fans, humility, and the understanding he won’t dictate the weights and finances like he attempted. Manny’s still the boss and most obviously as a welt if he wins back the WBO title. I didn’t see the alleged Crawford shutout of Postol, but I did see a very crafty Crawford using his speed and power to get the two knockdowns that insured in an otherwise well contested fight he would get the win. That was some smart boxing from the kid instead of trying to match brute strength against a bigger, stronger guy. Now he needs to better calculate his appeal after drawing 60K PPVs for that fight. At any rate, Manny is still the fastest in the division with power enough and more experience at top levels than any fighter going today. He too seems to be reborn after his shoulder surgery, so if the Vargas fight reestablishes his star power, he won’t go away quietly if he can come back once every year like clockwork. His greedy Uncle Bob is already talking about the Crawford fight next April, way too much return action for what is now a full time Senator.

And speaking of politics with this being a particularly low brow, low blow waged American presidential election year, the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is as harshly hard line conservative and vulgar as they come. He slandered US President Obama as the son of a whore and demanded US troops stationed there exit the Philippines post haste. America is not his friend, instead looking to Asia and especially China for economic and military allegiances. The last time Manny got caught up in presidential politics during an election year was 2012 when he was baited by the press into offering his negative views of gay marriage in the liberal state of Nevada. That faux pas cost him one of boxing’s worst decision losses ever against Tim Bradley that reduced his earnings by multimillions of dollars. So here we go again with Manny perfectly framed for an identical political crunching moment in time, literally a deer in the Vegas headlights against a really rough, tough, game Mexican for boxing promotional purposes, but who is as native born and endemically American as breakfast tacos have become.

It’s an embarrassment to have to broach the historic reach of boxing corruption in the land of the free and home of the brave where all are guaranteed Constitutional rights in theory, but not boxing decisions. A few days later the big Presidential election occurs, and a few days after that comes the “hated” Russian destroyer Sergey Kovalev  fighting the last American Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in another title fight in Las Vegas. We will see with these two boxing events just how fair America is for honorable visiting foreign nationals these days.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

An interesting development in this fight is the PPV structure will be in house on Top Rank’s own website where they have broadcast fights in the past. The results of this experiment should be interesting, but one problem I picked up early is that the promotion seemed a little weak, and on their website I saw no place to purchase the PPV stream just 2 weeks away from fight time, but we could purchase tickets to the fight, c’mon now Bob. I had to research to google to a completely different website, http://www.toprank.tv/index.jsp where the fight costs $59.99, and which is backlinked to the main Top Rank website. Why their main site has no forwarding link that I see can only be answered by their website designers, but dumb is still dumb by any other name. When I checked back days before the fight, Hallelujah, the forwarding link is there. Better late than never.

The backdrop of this in house PPV was that HBO had already committed to Kovalev vs Ward the very next week and didn’t have the funds left in their reduced boxing budget to finance this, and also didn’t want to have two PPVs on the same month for business reasons known only to them. Top Rank is desperate to develop alternatives after taking a financial bath on both the Manny/Bradley fight and the Crawford/Postal one as well, but criminy, next time put the freaking livestream link on their main site well in advance with the ticket sales for folks to buy the stream at their convenience…duh!

Of course after doing decuple duty, that’s 10x duty as Senator, husband, father,fighter, movie star, basketball player and coach, singer, lover, and the softest touch for money for the needy, Manny could get proverbially old overnight, but I say let him do it his way. He looked dominant in his last P4P battle against Bradley and has earned his chops at least as hard as any fighter in history and harder than most all. Jessie not only earned his opportunity, but is also the hungriest for it in the welterweight division. That counts for a whole lot more than just picking up a payday like many fighters do in big fights these days.

Here they were out of training 2 months away already looking in shape and fight ready. This is gonna be great, guaranteed.

Oh My, SuperFly TNT~Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Quadras

Gonna be dynamite going off in them Golden Hills of California when #1 Flyweight Roman Gonzalez, 45-0, 38 KO challenges #1 Super Fly Carlos Cuadras, 35-0-1, 27 KO, for his WBC superbelt at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Saturday, September 10th.

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Again, boxing seems to be having an exceptional year of sorts regarding top prime matchups that too often failed to be made in the recent past. I guess they had to do something by default after driving their collective state of ship into the rocks with their poorly regulated, past prime, mega blockbuster of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, aka TUE 49-0. The most lucrative fiasco in boxing history generated multi million dollar lawsuits as boxing was exposed nakedly before their largest audience ever as the seedy, greedy, corrupt sport that has been driving away fans in droves these days. Gonzalez is in full HOF sway at 29 years of age and thus far scarcely missed a beat, usually completely outclassing his foes by judicious use of his formidable skills and 84% KO ratio. He is also moving up to his fourth division after holding titles in the 3 lower divisions, so clearly he has been aiming high and means to take no prisoners. Life in boxing has been good to him thus far, currently ranked Ring #1 P4P over all the big boys.

Cuadras has been much steadier at this weight and may possibly be the naturally bigger man though his 5-4 height is not much over the 5-3 of Gonzalez, nor is his 66″ listed reach much over the Gonzalez 64″ just using boxrec listings that tend to be more in a general range of accuracy rather than specific. This will be the 7th defense of Quadras’ title he won back in 2014 and by far the best opponent he’s ever faced, so he’ll be the underdog in this scrap. He seems to be fairly heavy handed also with a KO% of 79%, which given the often hellish pace the little guys usually set, means there’ll be plenty of TNT charges going off in this one in between careful boxing while looking for openings.

Quadras got off the first combination in this fight just days before the weighin when he anointed himself, “I’m faster, more handsome than Chocolatito!” He does have a tall, urbane look to him and maybe in another era might have been a flashy bullfighter moving his red flag with aplomb around the angry beast before dispatching him in an artistic dance of death. So this fight looks to be the movie star against the dumpling playing the role of the bull, except this dumpling much more intelligent and experienced than any bull could be. And one more thing, these little guys bust up the glass ceiling of US boxing headliners not only by dint of their diminutive sizes, but by their nationalities, Gonzalez being Nicaraguan and Quadras being Mexican.

These are two foreigner intruders brought over to American soil to thankfully to provide a real fight for typically soft, modern, plus sized Americans who have rather unfortunately gravitated to the ignoble stink science of the sport rather than the ennobling traditional sweet science of boxing. Let’er rip as the chips fall where they may!

***VADA Spoiler Alert***Alexander Povetkin vs Deontay Wilder

WBC heavyweight belt holder, Deontay Wilder, 36-0, 35 KO, goes against mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin, 30-1, 22 KO, at Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, this Saturday on May 21st.

Or not.

Seems the dirty sport of boxing and drug testing have created a mess that threatens each more than they realize. You can read about my previous take on the grazing herds of the fighting boxing media and neo-Nazi drug testing cartels here that ultimately exposed the hypocrisy of TUE 49-0 Floyd Mayweather as the liar and cheat he deserved to be all along.

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

However, this is all about Alexander Povetkin vs Deontay Wilder on May 21st, 2016, where after 3 previous April drug tests were passed by Povetkin, suddenly he failed 4th one with a low doses of what was a legal substance until January 1st of this year, meldonium, triggering the fight cancellation or postponement depending on which official or which fight camp is talking.  Jeez, you might ask, just what in the name of John L Sullivan is this meldonium stuff and how can it just suddenly appear?

One might suppose that meldonium is related to vibranium mixed with tooth faery dust, but NOOOOO, over 100 athletes have been caught unawares this year already for meldonium traces. No telling how many were caught for using asthma inhalers or the thousands of supplement products causing trace drug fail results every year, likely much like this case where many Russian supplements may well contain some meldonium because it’s perfectly legal there. How can we tell when most all the world is infested with what the drug testing cartels deem illegal?

Why o Why? Some of us ask the same suspect boxing officials and drug testing employees, why they can’t pass their own tests? I’ll tell you why, because they’re not obligated to test themselves, but instead chose to insure that their own messes don’t stink by not participating in their fraud. I myself could pass every test but the one for beer traces, and oh to hear the slings and missives hurled my way for being a drug cheat…only in boxing.

This latest drug testing disaster was all foretold in advance when the two different classes of snakes decided to engage the unholy marriage dance with each other. There have been no big fails as the boxing cognoscenti predicted, only little nickle and dime stuff with the one exception, the USADA’s TUE 49-0 Therapeutic User Exemption swept under the Vegas commish handy rug with the rest of the trash they try to hide. The  exemption was found to be  submitted for approval  to the Vegas commish a full 3 weeks after the fight ended, utterly shameless.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been lost in expensive training preparation for the Povetkin/Wilder fight, and may magnify to 20+ millions lost if this fight can’t be properly rescheduled as the usual shady suspects dicker over what amounts to much ado about nothing. Just pitiable, but such is not only reflective of the current state of boxing, but also that of the world.

 

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

Miguel Cotto Defends vs Daniel Geale

After a long layoff from boxing, WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto will make his first defense against Daniel Geale, June 6, Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is also Cotto’s debut under his new promotional banner, Jay Z’s Roc Nation.

The bout will be contested at 157 pounds which favors Cotto as the smaller man. Geale is an unlikely looking top contender in a physical sense, being tall and stringy with little muscle definition, but maybe not so skinny as to have problems with making 157. Then again, it’s been 9 years since he weighed in under 159, even fighting in the 160s on occasion.

Geale In Fighting Trim

Geale In Fighting Trim

Regardless, it’s another traditional catchweight fight that drives modern boxing fans crazy. Whatever Geale’s few flaws are, light punching being perhaps most prominent, he’s a true fighter at core and cannot turn down this title opportunity against a really big name with the so called “lineal” middleweight title wrapping up everything so beautifully.

Should be a good scrap though with a rare Puerto Rican vs Aussie rivalry backdrop and a chance to see of Cotto can continue to improve under his new trainer Freddie Roach. I favor Cotto, but this is definitely a potential banana skin slip up in the making if he ain’t firing on all cylinders.

The huge payday against Canelo Alvarez would then go kaputsky though they could still stage a fight for decent money. If he wins, I’d say he’s also in the running for the Floyd Mayweather Jr rematch at another catchweight, say 155 lbs for Cotto’s WBC “lineal title” middleweight belt, but Geale comes first.  

With Fightin' Ladies

With Fightin’ Ladies

The Greatest Ever, Ali Raymi~R.I.P.

Sadly, the most ironic, deadly, and comical boxer in the modern game, Ali Raymi, age 41, has passed away in the civil war ravaged Yemen.

The Greatest Ever The Greatest Ever, like his rival, The Best Ever, Floyd Mayweather Jr, who fights exclusively at MGM Floyd while rotating his stock of selected officials, Raymi fought exclusively in Yemen against Yemeni fighters using Yemeni officials. Fruitlessly he called out international champs Roman Gonzalez and Guillermo Rigondeaux to come and fight him. Perhaps most notably was the way he utterly gutted the anti-social media misanthropes on their own forums with such original pearls of belittlement and disdain that they too fell hard to the dazzling display of brillance Raymi displayed in and out of the ring.

Ali compiled a 25-0, 25 KO record during the 4 years that he fought, finally winning the Universal Boxing Organization light flyweight title in a legendary 4 fight series against Prince Maz. His was not a pretty style, it was simple savagery refined with relentless blunt force conditioning. He gave no quarter and in the end, armed terrorists gave him no quarter. R.I.P.

To Be Or Not To Be Undefeated, Is That Really A Question?

To be, or not to be–that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And by opposing end them.

http://www.monologuearchive.com/s/shakespeare_001.html#zvRdClc6x7OyrpMg.99

In tribute to the most ballyhooed undefeated record of an active boxer since Julio Cesar Chavez ran his record out to 89-0, and perhaps with the gentle lassitude of centuries passing, a comparison to the first great undefeated boxing record, that of John L. Sullivan to that of Floyd Mayweather Jr might be instructive.

John L, The Boston Strong Boy

John L, The Boston Strong Boy

The Boston Strong Boy turned “modern” boxing on it’s nascent head by not only becoming the first recognized heavyweight champion under the new fangled Marquis of Queensbury rules, but he became boxing’s first “fully unified” champ of sorts when he also claimed the last remaining bare knuckle title claim under Revised London Prize Ring Rules in a memorable, a quite remarkable contrast of styles against Jake Kilrain down Mississippi way.

Sully was in the final days of his long standing dissipation from the ravages of a great fighter’s most formidable enemy, that of the gross excesses of wine, women, and song, unceasing calls carousing like sirens set loose in the night ensnaring those possessing such great fame and fortune as did Sully. He was only at age 30, a figure usually considered near the peak of most traditional sports, but not necessarily so in such a brutal sport of the era of boxing that he fought in.

Sirens singing their fatal calls for Ulysses

Sirens singing their fatal calls for Ulysses

John L reaped a fortuitous turn of The Luck of the Irish when impossibly he agreed to the spartan training regimen of the champion Greco-Roman wrestler and physical trainer of the era, William Muldoon, a son of Irish immigrants just like Sullivan who cut his own swath of considerable size and strength to match his advanced theories of physical cultivation that brooked no stick from any man. In short, he was the last man standing in the world that John L could respect enough to set aside his massive ego and pride to be ruled over those many months it took to cut out the fifty some odd pounds of flab and add the hard conditioning and strength that the 220 lb Sullivan commanded at his best.

William Muldoon

William Muldoon

Sullivan had already “unified” any of the standing claims to the Marquis of Queensbury gloved rules and really had no need for another bare knuckle unification added on to his own claims. The problem he shared with Floyd Mayweather was profligate spending that ultimately left him in needs of funds despite being literally a walking mint in his prime years, an estimated ring earnings of near one million dollars on top of his considerable touring exhibitions of boxing, plays, and other public appearances that likely exceeded his ring earnings.

Consider how staggering those figures were in the considerably deflated 19th century dollars where few American citizens earned more than a few hundred dollars every year, if even that.

Building the secret Mississippi venue

Building the secret Mississippi venue

Jake Kilrain was something of multi sport athlete, being both a champion sculler in his early days before turning to boxing and the considerable income brought in by being a claimant to the heavyweight bare knucks title. His style has some overlap with that of Mayweather, being a lithe 178 lbs against the considerably stronger, more powerful Sullivan, and of being a wrestler and clincher of considerable skill combined with a limited light tapping offensive arsenal operating out a running, contorting defense that went down upon the landing of any heavy or light blow landed by the soon to be frustrated Sullivan. Kilrain’s style was the practice of the defensive masters under LPRR rules.

Last Bare Knuckles Fight of Champions, Jake Kilrain vs John L Sullivan

Last Bare Knuckles Fight of Champions, Jake Kilrain vs John L Sullivan

The reigning consensus of the day was that Sully could not maintain his strength over distance much less in his current bloated, dissipated state, so imagine the Kilrain shock as Sullivan stripped down to reveal a Muldoon rejuvenated John L in better condition than ever. There were at least three dozen knockdowns and throwdowns or more of this contest that went 75 rounds, too many to count with most every one being the game Kilrain hitting the turf. He was successful in defensively extending out Sullivan beyond the point of no return, alas, to no avail by the end. Kilrain retired on his stool at the end of 75 rounds, pulverized beyond recognition after going far beyond any prudent notion of survival instincts, unable to do more than lift a pinky to wipe his bloodied face while drawing painful breaths.

Sullivan was undefeated under Queensbury rules, an amazing 38-0, 32 KO record of what would prove to be one of the highest knockout ratios in boxing history at 84%.  He was also undefeated under his dozen or more bareknuck fights with many more savage knockouts. He promptly sauntered forth on a greatly renown tour to be feted by his fans, yet still savaged by his enemies who had long spared no expense with full page challenges of his reputation of being an intemperate, bull necked, drunken brute of a bully. Sullivan did not have to return to the ring some 3 years later in a such a poorly trained corpulent  state to go against his former sparring partner and touring buddy, James J. Corbett. They had conducted a boxing exhibition in formal dress attire when the cocky, youthful manner of Corbett became the final challenge to the fierce pride of Sullivan.

So Sully ultimately went out on his shield, finally giving satisfaction to his vehement critics, but not before 21 hard rounds against a lithe boxer and mover in his prime. Noteworth was that Corbett was also considerably bigger and stronger than Kilrain with more offensive nuance at his disposal.

Fast>>forward 123 amazing years later spanning three centuries and here we are again in 2015 with Floyd Mayweather currently standing at 47-0, 28 KO after having finally rising to the top of the monied food chain of boxing. He rakes in more than his fair share of the billions, sometimes trillions the US government issues in printed money and debt every year. Where does boxing and Mayweather go from here?

He has more in common with James J. Corbett who was 9-0-2, 3 KO than he has with the powerful John L who was the proto undefeated Mike Tyson of his day. Corbett had also had defeated the unbeaten under Queensbury rules version Jake Kilrain who was also closer to Mayweather than to Sullivan. Kilrain was 19-0-9, 12 KO coming off his grueling bareknuckled beating by Sullivan the year before going into the Corbett 6 rounder which can hardly be seen as significant given the light nature of the fight.

Kilrain would log several more wins culminating with his last significant win in a fight to the finish under Queensbury rules against era black contender George “Old Chocolate” Godfrey. It was recorded as a thrilling contest of skill until Godfrey landed face first in a pile of straw after having been knocked out of the ring after 44 rounds.

Unlike Mayweather, Sullivan fought all across the country, taking the fight to the people wherever it could be arranged in those “illegal days” when boxers had to dodge the authorities as much as they did punches. He even traveled to Great Britain and France because that’s where the money and the challenges were.

Floyd Mayweather is obligated to fulfill his last two fights under his Showtime contract. He will be in his 8th straight year of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, almost half of his career and all of his most acclaimed period of a fighter. No fighter in history has ever been so confined, coddled, swaddled, and rewarded in such a single venue, there is no precedent. He will be looking more and more like an aging, shopworn 38 years of age if his last two fights against Marcos Maidana are any indicator. The emasculated Mayweather nation can blow their smoke up his keister ’til Gabriel blows his horn in the end times, but the plain truth is that Mayweather didn’t fight his main rivals during their prime years, most especially Manny Pacquiao, a fight that will continue to be floated to the public by the press in fruitless efforts 6 years after it’s primacy has passed.

In short, he will not have any “signature fights” of note to be remembered by. It’s his money, his many “retirements, and his hometown venue that will  that stand out as his legacy when future historians rate him. We can only judge in our days where he manages to cover much of the full range of the spectrum from a so, so great to the best ever, but we have no final word as ratings of boxers goes up and down all through history with every new generation.

There are near some 50 fighters of any note who retired with undefeated records, most not being HOF fighters and none making the International Boxing Research Organization, IBRO, their historical rankings of P4P top 20 fighters. Such is a perspective to consider as Mayweather and his here today, gone tomorrow bandwagon fans proclaim him The Best Ever.

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Retirement is near and beckoning while the siren sings the eternal song of mo’ money, Mo’ Money, Lot’s MO’ MONEY We Gots Next!   We’ll see how that all works out for him come 2015 after a long rest from his recent “grueling” schedule of 2 Mexican Holiday fights at the MGM Grand per year with two more TBAs in the queue waiting, waiting…forever waiting….until…..and……?