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The Nightmares–Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter

The ambitious heavyweight contender Robert Helenius takes the big leap forward against former WBC champ Samuel Peter in a crossroads type of fight for both on Saturday, April 2nd.

Nordic Nightmare

Nordic Nightmare

The bout takes place in Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany with the 27 yr old Helenius being closer to home evirons than Peter who has taken 2 of his 4 career losses in Germany against the Klitschko brothers.

The Nordic Nightmare Helenius hails from Finland, a land seldom associated with top level pro boxing, but he has proven himself in both the amateur and professional ranks thus far, currently sporting an undefeated 14-0, 9 KO pro record.

Nigerian Nightmare Samuel Peter counters with a 34-4, 27 KO record with the stakes being a title shot to the winner and claims on the nightmare moniker. 

Nigerian Nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

Interesting bout in that Peter has been effectively shut out by the tall Klitschko brothers, but of course 6-7 Helenius is nowhere near as accomplished as they are. Helenius does have fundamental boxing basics with determination and some power which was on display when he impressively whacked out former WBO champ Lamont Brewster not too long ago.

Brewster was getting on in boxing years however, whereas Peter is still young for the division and could well be the first to nip the developing Helenius in the bud if he is motivated enough. Training issues in the form of excess poundage have plagued him much of his career, though in today’s 12 round climate with point scoring knockdowns and premature stoppages, it’s an advantage to pack on a few extra pounds.

Helenius himself is not exactly a svelte heavy, not looking much like an athlete at all, but he seems to have been bringing his weight down from a recent high of 252 into the 230s of late

Both Peter and Helenius are straight forward offensive oriented fighters with plenty to test each other, so I see this as a fairly entertaining fight with Peter being the slight favorite.

What remains unknown is how much the beating by Wlad Klitschko last year took out of him, but Peter’s taken some time to recover so should be good enough for a hard go at Helenius, which is really what the fans really want to see, an oldfashioned heavyweight slugfest.

Mainly, it’s good to see two top contenders fighting for a change and not the tiptoe through the tulips falsetto arrangement the regrettable WBA title holder has been tickling his soft English public with in recent years.

Reality ‘What If’ Fantasy–Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder

Breaking news for this coming February 19th.

A rare astrological phenomena  of top prospects Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder having aligned on separate cards ready to fight this Saturday has torn a rift in the gravitational  pull of the earth’s magnetism  that has sparked this rare communiqué.       

Mars Sez

Mars Sez

 

Message from  Mars, The God of War to The Goddess of Mother Earth, Ceres:

Would you direct two of my better known, most promising prospects to summon the stones to fight each other. I am on duty for supplications to insure this modern British/American rivalry comes off.

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder

Wow, two near prime, stratospherically bodied heavyweights and undefeated knockout artists with shining amateur records fighting on the same day in different locales when they could be making a small fortune and acclaim for fighting each other.

What a matchmaker Mars would be if he can pull this off, but he needs plugged in team members and an enthusiastic promoter to pull it off.

Young 22 yr old Fury has been fighting around the same time frame as the 26 yr old Wilder in parallel worlds a continent apart, so ‘What If’ they do what is expected and knock out their scheduled opponents? Would there any shortage of boxing fans with a pulse and the hope of a good ol’ fashioned heavyweight slugfest between two young warriors bringing it who wouldn’t storm the gates for a look see?

With the exception of a few crusty old curmudgeons and callous youth, me thinks this could grow some legs and make for an international broadcast, particularly if Fury would storm Wilder’s home state of Alabama under the guise of the newly minted boxing commission that Wilder’s team played a role in creating that you can read about here:

http://www.fightnewsextra.com/cc/2011/02-wilders.htm

A well planned promotion would solve the dilemma that Fury faces of late, that of opponents falling out, leaving him fighting a succession of emergency replacements that you can read about here:

http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/im-sick-prospects-facing-bums-says-tyson-fury

Fury has actually been bouncing around as a fringe contender for over a year now since the date of his first victory and belt for the English title against Big John McDermott. Wilder remains beltless thus far which could toss the proverbial monkey wrench in to any projected fight.

Fury has already gone the distance in a 10rd championship fight, and was in a 12 rd championship fight that he ended early with a big knockout. Wilder, in spite of being the more physically mature fighter, has never been further than the 4th round of a 6 round fight, so he would be at a distinct disadvantage except that he would hold the hometown advantage.

Would Wilder seize the opportunity?

Team Wilder

 
Team Wilder

Much depends on whether Wilder can get by unranked career lightheavyweight DeAndrey Abron this Saturday and how hungry he is to fight a heavyweight with a pulse and a punch and a rating. At his current rate of development, if he lives to be 90, he might be ready for a title shot.

Notwithstanding, he seems like a good kid who is making ‘The’ debut fight of the new Alabama Boxing Commission this Saturday, so if he is satisfied with the comforts of home, he’ll have a nice soft place of retirement where he has some influence if his push forward gets any softer than it currently is.

Wilder is exactly the type of undefeated young slugger Fury seems to have developed a penchant for recently. Marcelo Luiz Nascimento has a near identical Boxrec ranking to Wilder, 102 to 100 respectively, and Rich Power was equally big, strong, undefeated and big punching until Fury knocked him about the ring.

Fury in training 

Fury in training

 

While Fury has already stepped up his competition, when will he fight someone near his own current ranking again, currently 28th on Boxrec? The closest prime, ranked, undefeated heavy below him is 28 yr old American, Seth Mitchell, 20-0, 15 KO at 33rd. The closest above him is 25 yr old  Russian Denis Boytsov, 25-0, 23 KO at 24th.

Wilder has stated that he’s open to sparring with any heavyweight preparing to fight one of the Klitschko brothers, so with Fury in training with Manny Steward and Wlad now, it seems a perfect rivalry is ripe for the plucking. Prospective heavyweights  need to man up to the mark before the day finally comes when nobody shows up to watch OR to fight anymore.

Git 'er done, Boys!

Git 'er done, Boys!

Don’t mess with Mars, fellows, just git ‘er done as Larry the Cable Guy is want to remind us so he can git on back to work installing all the new cable orders a fight of this magnitude would generate.

Had some great sport mixing and matching you two and hope to see you in action soon.

The Tyson Fury Show At Crossroads

The Tyson Fury Show has been a hit with the British public ever since his debut some 2 yrs ago. It’s the kind of reality TV career that sees him as the larger than life hero to reclaim British vigor in the Big Man division, but that also reveals him to be something of the panto villain with his braggadocio styled off the cuff challenges to big name British Heavies and silly Twitter feuds with Andre Dirrell.

These and other “transgressions” outrage his critics into a froth that whet their desire to see the 22 yr old Fury stretched for the count.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

In spite of a smooth, impressive start, his career has started to spit and sputter as the 22yr old oversized manchild struggles to grow into his faster growing fame while negotiating  murky boxing politics that have killed untold numbers of talented hungry boxers long before he  was ever born. His notoriety has risen to the point where potential opponents expect to be paid well to fight him, and perhaps his team is not up to the tricky task of  negotiating fights at this level.

I note these observations on the eve of his attempt to claw his way onto the February 19th card at Wembley Stadium after his initial attempt to fight former WBO champ Frans Botha were shot down by the British Boxing Board of Control. More attempts with more prospective opponents followed, all to fall out for varied reasons, but now the breaking news is that a 30 yr old 6’5 Brazilian knockout specialist, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, 13-0, 11 KO, only needs to pass the medical to be approved.

Marcelo Luiz Nascimento is precisely the ammunition Fury’s furious critics need to further ravage Fury’s career due to Nascimento being unknown outside of Brazil and probably not that well known within Brazil. With only 27 rounds in the bank against mostly novice fighters, it’s fair to say he is probably on level to Rich “Super” Power whom Fury battered about the ring last year in his American debut.

Tyson & Father John

Tyson & Father John

It’s also fair to say that regardless of whether or not Tyson Fury can make this Saturday’s Wembley card, he can never quite be the youthful, happy go lucky, big punching goof he used to be after his father and mentor, John Fury, was sentenced to 11 yrs behind bars after a fight at a car auction left another man grievously injured.

http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/tyson-furys-father-jailed-11-years

Bad news like this is not something a young man can plan for. It comes like the unseen sucker punch to the pit of the stomach that can leave anybody floundering about, struggling to regain their balance and bearings.

The whole family is in shock and will be forced to adjust, of course, but how this will influence the career of young Fury has yet to be played out.

The Training

The Training

The good news coming out of the Fury camp had been how legendary Manny Steward had seen fit to take him under his wing and show him a first class operation. As you can see, he’s getting some stellar sparring and seems quite happy to be training at such a level. It remains to be seen if Steward will actually work the corner for a fight, though.

Where the Tyson Fury Show goes from here is anybody’s guess, but he says he wants to take it all the way to the top, so there it is for now, still aiming for this Saturday at Wembley on the way to the top.

A Tribute to the “Champion”

What Champion is that you ask?

It just so happens that the order of “Revelation” goes Kirk Douglas, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Jack Dempsey  that was sparked by wondering if Kirk Douglas was still living?

There have been a plethora of boxing films made, too many poorly made and lost in ignominy, but the “Champion” refers to a 1949 release of an acclaimed adaptation of a Ring Lardner story starring Kirk Douglas that was one of the true fight film standouts.

“Champion” was  a breakout film for Douglas and his first ever starring role. It garnered a slew of Academy nominations and one award.

The Champ

The Champ

Douglas plays a young impoverished man abandoned as a boy, Midge Kelly. He’s recruited into a gritty boxing gym where he is transformed from clumsy beginnings into an all action slugger in the mold of a Rocky Graziano who was a very popular middleweight champ of the era. Midge seduces or is seduced by several women whom he abandons while stepping on everyone he meets as he fights his way up to the championship. It’s a dark black and white period film with buckets of blood, mafia, knockouts, and heartbreaks galore.

The finale finds Midge hallucinating, suffering the after effects of a vicious bout he has to come from behind to win, dying from a brain hemorrhage on his training table. It happens that dying in the ring or shortly thereafter was an all too frequent occurrence in the 1940s, the highest ring fatality decade of all time by a fair number. Going into the 50s, things didn’t improve much.

Here’s Midge being transformed from two left feet into a slugger. Guess the theme music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbe1YJVUm-s&feature=related

Here he’s a ruthless King of his World:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF3lPt42WE

Realistically, the actual boxing in “boxing movies” is terrible with only few exceptions. Hollywood uses boxing movies as their reenactment of the fight business that gave Hollywood a business model and new technology that Hollywood transformed into the megalomaniacal pyrotechnics special effects recycled action series that we see today.

Fight movies as done by Hollywood are sorta like Civil War reenactments as if play acting lends true understanding to the horror of spilled blood and guts of dead and wounded, boys mostly, more than all the other American wars combined. I guess they mean well and can be interesting now and again.

So imagine my surprise to find that cartoon boxing movie, Rocky, was chosen to be on the National Film Registry list, and not Champion. Kirk Douglas was one of the finest actors ever and star of maybe the most inspirational combat movie ever, Spartacus.

Kirk Douglas turns 95 years young this year, so Happy Birthday Kirk!

Spartacus

Spartacus

Love At First Strike

Love At First Strike

I’ve already written an open letter to the NFR asking why the 1897 heavyweight title fight between James Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons was not chosen in their 2 decades long compilation of movies. It’s only the core history of film making the NFR are ignoring, but lest I digress any further, you can see my open letter here:

Any way, in checking the existent footage of Champion available on Youtube, naturally it’s easy to get distracted with suggestions of like-minded videos, and lo and behold, wouldn’t you know I got some great footage of Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, two of the greatest champs ever, and then Jack Dempsey.

My inquiries are furthered with Kirk Douglas paying tribute to Rocky shortly after his untimely death by introducing some classic clips of Rock winning the title from Jersey Joe Walcott. Kirk recounts the funny story of when he first met Rocky when both were in training in an Los Angelas gym in 1949.

Then that led to the 1969-70 Murray Woroner Computer Super Fight that featured Rocky knocking out Ali in the final, but not many know an alternate ending was distributed in Europe where Ali stopped Rocky on cuts. I had never seen that footage, so what a thrill it was to finally see the alternate ending.

But then that led to a Howard Cosell interview of a 69 yr old Dempsey and Rocky along with a couple of boxing writers the following Saturday after Ali won his controversial rematch with Liston. Rocky was very astute in his observations but made it clear that he wasn’t in any position to actually know how hard the phantom punch landed. Dempsey was more direct, saying he didn’t bother to attend the fight because he thought some funny business was going on, and he agreed with Rocky that the punch seemed fairly weak overall.

So, I wanted to expand the appreciation of these great champs by including the clips.

Rocky explains how to beat Ali:

Basic Computer fight: These are actual filmed sessions between Ali and Rocky who trained hard to get into shape to break a long period of inactivity each had fallen into during this period. They became fast friends by the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XKcGRREcaM&feature=related

Ali explains how to beat Rock:

Alternate ending: Angelo Dundee’s brother, Chris stops the bout!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SpGgop1Luc&feature=related

Cosell interview of Dempsey and Rocky:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuLWvYRpVR4&feature=related

Cosell asked Walcott, the referee if he wanted to be on the show, but, naturally, he refused. His performance that infamous night was as poor as ever recorded out of a referee, maybe his last bout.

History as it was made, fantastic stuff and a Big Shout to all the gentlemen who put together these clips. Might want to check out their offerings at their main sites.