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The Rematch–Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins

The Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins rematch next Saturday, May 21st at the Bell Centre in Montreal took an ugly turn when Hopkins was accused of using performance enhance drugs in his last dance against Pascal.

Truth be told, Hopkins took the ugly turn long ago when he chose to become a stinker/spoiler type of fighter as he got older and then started whining about the results and acting out in the ring. I was astounded as anyone else to see him turn back the years after suffering two early knockdowns to roar back and actually take the fight to another fighter as he did in his prime.

Pascal vs Hopkins

Pascal vs Hopkins

But this is Jean Pascal who is not noted for his power, but for his fading stamina in big fights, and sure as shootin’, he was running on empty by the end which gave the oldtimer Hopkins room enough to claim he was robbed, which he does with every loss anyway, so no big deal there.

It’s a shame Golden Boy hasn’t done more to clean up the drug issues they started with their accusations against Manny Pacquiao, yet Oscar has been typically silent on accusations against one of his business partners and done nothing to clean up drug testing in Golden Boy much less boxing as a whole.

Since there only few examples of boxers using performance enhancing drugs, it’s not clear boxing needs a drug rinse, but hopefully down the road a few more procedures can be implemented to get ahead of the curve and put down these ugly, useless rumors.

I hope Pascal and Hopkins can pull their acts together and give us a definitive result this fight instead of histrionics. I won’t hold my breath since I’d guess Pascal will be content to pace himself better and it’s doubtful Hopkins will be as “up” as he was for their first fight, a classic in the beginning that  digressed into sloppiness by the end when Pascal got too tired to fight with Hopkins too slow to capitalize.

A better fight for me next Saturday is young Nathan Cleverly attempting to “unify” the WBO interim Lightheavyweight belt against regular WBO champ Juergen Braehmer. Both fighters are still in their athletic primes and talented although 32 yr old Braehmer has a significant edge in experience over 24 yr old Cleverly.

Brits seem to have taken to Cleverly who made a splash when he graduated with his Mathematics degree, so the O2 Arena in Greenwich should really be rocking for this. The British hoopla may offset Braemer’s advantages coming into the fight since he’s been strictly a Germanic zone fighter, even becoming deathly ill in his last canceled outing against Shumenov in Kazakhstan, his sole travel outing . Braehmer also has over a year’s worth of rust.

The odds should be fairly even, so take your pick.

Finally, sadly I close with the news that Roy Jones Jr. is bent on going out on his shield against a very powerful cruiserweight Denis Lebedev at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow. Jones has had no legs left to manuever for some time now with his punch resistance wearing thin as well.

So, that’s the Saturday, May 21st lineup, a decent weekend for boxing.

New Year Opener–Beibut Shumenov vs Juergen Braehmer

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See updated Fightnews link:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/brahmer-sick-unification-off-71580

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~Not much boxing going on during the Christmas holidays and New Years party preparations, but the weekend after the New Year sees a very interesting crossroads type of bout when the seasoned WBO lightheavy champion, Juergan Braehmer, goes against the emerging WBA champion, Beibut Shumenov.

Unfortunately, the bout takes place a bit off the radar at the Ice Mansion at Chimkent, Kazakhstan, Shumenov’s home country, so finding an outlet to view the fight may be a problem, but the fight has the potential to be a classic battle.

The Old Champ

The Old Champ

The 32 yr old Braehmer has something of a grizzled look about him from turning pro after a storied amateur career in 1999 and currently sports a 36-2, 29 KO record. He was promoted as a “Hundred Year Talent,” but unfortunately has taken the Mike Tyson approach to his talent, being in numerous well documented scrapes with the law, one requiring a 3 year hiatus in prison, so his career sorta spits and jerks along in between his legal headaches. His latest is an assault scrape that could see him behind bars yet again.

The 27 yr old Shumenov is also a prodigious talent, having won his WBA belt in his 10th bout with a series against the rugged Gabriel Campillo, but in contrast to the reprobate Braehmer, he is ambitiously expanding his interests with his own promotional company with plans for a robust future after he hangs up the gloves. Thus we may possibly look forward to a wave of talent coming out of Kazakhstan.

The New Champ

The New Champ

If Shumenov looks like a kid compared to Braehmer, it might be the spare 71 professional rounds that he has logged compared to the 172 rounds for Braehmer, but this kid can fight and he’s game to the core. It helps his lack of experience that he’s been in against tougher competition than Braehmer has of late, so everything looks prime for a really great battle between skilled boxers who don’t mind mixing in some brawling.

The beauty of this fight a contrast in styles with the lefty Braehmer utilizing a more upright European style whereas the righty Shumenov fights in a more flowing freestyle manner, melding athletic footwork  and body angles with a myriad punch selection. Since neither has realized the full flower of his talent, it follows that perhaps one or both will produce something beyond his previous boxing capacity which is where fights start to become compelling classics. 

They are both 5-1 in their last 6 bouts with the major difference being Shumenov only notching a single knockout whereas Braehmer has 4 knockouts, the power differential perhaps being another key to offset the home advantage Shumenov has.

I have to think the experienced Braehmer will be the oddsmakers’ favorite, but probably not by much.

Hard to predict how a fight like this plays out with each being the best the other has ever faced, but it should be a good, game fight with a lot of ebb and flow as both have their say, probably a war of attrition with one eventually falling out or both barely scraping to a disputed finish.

December 8th, check it out~