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Adam Kownacki vs Chris Arreola~The Loser’s Bracket?

Heavyweight title contender Adam Kownacki  goes looking for more experience against former contender Chris Arreola at Barclay’s in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday, August 3rd.

This is the first of current “Loser’s Bracket” fight series even if Kownacki, 19-0, 15 KO, is undefeated. Poor Arreola, 33-5-1, 33 KO, has never in his career defeated a top 10 fighter, and at age 38 ain’t likely to start now, so now Kownacki’s judgement and willingness to fight the best has been called in for critical review after he turned down a life changing $5-6 Million to fight the undefeated British juggernaut and unified champ, Anthony Joshua. Kownacki has also never beat a top 10 contender, so his lack of confidence seems to be part of the spreading wildfire to ever more American based fighters also turning down Joshua life changing money such as the Cubano defector, Luis Ortiz, and Deontay TBA Wilder who may well qualify as the Biggest Idiot in America after turning down a stupendous $100 Million three fight deal offered by Eddie Hearn, more than 10X Deyonce’s career earnings. Brooklyn based Jarrell Big Baby Miller previously got the royal boot in his homecoming challenge against Joshua at Barclays when he stupidly got popped for multiple PEDs in advance of his title challenge.

Big British names Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte also turned down the Joshua title challenge, all of the above names angling to fight the more winnable WBC beltholder, Deyonce, in the future, the weakest link of the heavyweight titles. Folks, no need to lament the long gone glory of the American heavyweight era, it’s still there in film and print for those of us devoted to this once great division possessing scarcely a nanogram of public awareness in the American psyche in today’s modern construct. These current heavyweight scavengers are all circling their future roadkill emanating from the growing stink emanating from his WBC/TBA defenses.

Gonna be a whole lotta jigglin’ at Barclays when these two fatboys belly buck up to the scratch line. At least we still have Andy Ruiz Jr and Joshua soon hopefully hammering out a deal for the lucrative unified rematch between them. The first was a very underrated great fight, and the 2nd promises to be even better…In Boxing We Pray…

Oh, Brother~Deontay Wilder vs TBA Artur Szpilka

WBC chump Deontay Wilder inaugurates the new 2016 year of boxing by making another TBA defense against Polish free spirit, Artur Szpilka, Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. TBA is shorthand for “To Be Announced,” as in the opponent chosen spare weeks before the projected fight, the last refuge of a scoundrel not serious yet about being a major player at heavyweight.

Yupsir, you really need to know that Wilder, 35-0, 34 KO, and Szpilka, 20-1, 15 KO, was being touted as the first heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn since James Jeffries knocked out James Corbett in the 23rd round on May 11, 1900 on Coney Island. Zounds, never mind that Wilder has about as much credibility as champion as Lee Savold did as the White Heavy beltholder and BBBC world heavy champ when Joe Louis discombobulated him from his senses to claim both titles that were immediately stripped from Louis if you want to go way back into the dark corners of boxing history.

Bombzquad?

Bombzquad?

Fast Forward to today>>> and make sure to thank Al Haymon for this disgrace to boxing history, he being holed up in his underground bunker as the king of TBA promoters and Wilder the king of TBA Heavyweights. Not to disparage the hard fighting Szpilka who was involved in a legitimite fight of the year type brouhaha against Bryant Jennings last year, but clearly the fainting goat syndrome Wilder needs these sort of late announcements to limit opponent training as a crutch to keep him going for his eventual planned big payday, but against whom since the heavyweight division was upended by Tyson Fury who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in the upset of the year?

The fight itself could potentially be a good one, but the officiating promises the usual favors for Wilder needed for him to successfully overcome his opposition. Naturally, we can’t blame Szpilka who simply could not turn down this opportunity at beating a very vulnerable title holder, the current TBA Champion of the World. He’s been around enough to know the suits are all stacked against him in America. His new trainer, Ronnie Shields, also has a history of pulling the plug prematurely on fighters, so good luck to Szpilka as he’ll need to watch his back since the ref will be crawling all over it as his trainer fondles his white towel, waiting, waiting, waiting for just that right moment to toss it in to kill the fight…only in boxing…

Wladimir Klitschko Psychoanalyzing Tyson’s Fury~Finally, It’s On!

Wladimir Klitschko defends his plethora of belts against Tyson Fury, Saturday, Oct. 24 in ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Finally, the big lunk Fury gets his chance after being a mandatory for a few years to no avail. He’s in his 4th year of the rankings in Ring, yet by circumstances beyond his control, some showy, big money fights fell out on him, so he ended up shunted aside as all his preparations and financial expectations fell upon barren, rocky grounds.

Yet another one of those odd circumstances took a bite out of Fury again after an injured tendon in the tender Wlad calf muscle set the fight back a month. That recalls for me an interesting parallel to George Foreman’s sparring gash by an elbow while training for the Ali fight in Zaire that set that fight back about 5 weeks. In honor of the potential of this fight, I filed a rehash of that fight where boxing routines normally followed in America got turned on their heads in Zaire. Link:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/rumble-in-the-jungle-aliforeman-vs-tysonfurywladimir-klitschko/

There is no doubt this will be one of the biggest Wlad fights, perhaps his biggest ever if the fight really takes off in the ring. The 27 year old Fury attracts a highly virulent crowd of both his detractors, and his fans, drawn by his high action fights allayed with his big, brash, Irish Traveler braggadocio, but he’s got a huge task in dethroning a juggernaut like a Klitschko much like Ali had against Foreman. Wlad has beaten 7 undefeated heavies in title bouts and going for his Henry the 8th against the undefeated Fury, currently at 24-0, 18 KO. Additionally, if the switch hitting Fury decides to go all lefty or switch stances repeatedly as he sometimes does, Wlad could notch his 9th title fight against lefties, way more than any previous heavyweight champ and likely more than any champion in any weight class. Wlad has been literally fighting at the emergence of a new era of heavyweight boxing where lefties in all divisions have been making incredible history. The really big men of today have also been able to better leverage their size and strength advantages thanks to 12 round title limits and new scoring rules that give extra credit to knockdowns. Very few “200-215” lb heavies exist anymore at the higher end of the spectrum because so few are able to survive the career fight to fight to fight gauntlet of big men to get to the top.

Warning: The as yet unwritten drama for this final script is currently being conjured up by the capricious Fates just as worldwide boxing respect is being reached for Wlad. He has started breaking heavyweight records held by legendary Joe Louis, yet he has not looked so stellar his last two fights. Sure, he brutally knocked out Kubrat Pulev, but took at least a couple dozen or more rabbit shots in the clinches, a poor defensive effort that could have telling repercussions down the road, like maybe against Fury. Moreover a torn left bicep postponed that fight, so when he finally did enter the ring, his bicep looked strangely sick, twisted, and contorted compared to his previous healthy state, so maybe Father Time has started to extract his cut from the 39 year old Wlad now. It also took him a while to get untracked against the speedy defensive style that Bryant Jennings unveiled, in short, surprise, surprise, the old man bones may be taking longer to warm into a fight.

Vs Bryant Jennings

Vs Bryant Jennings

Then there is the dilemma of his wife’s postpartum depression after giving birth to their child. Married family life sometimes becomes highly distracting at critical times in life. Is this one of those times?

Though Tyson Fury is much derided by the public, perhaps justly given his brazen,  inflammatory diatribes and his physical tendency towards flabbiness, make no mistake, this is one of the purest fighters today, and he can box as good as he wants when needed. He can fight inside or outside, lefty or righty or switch as he sees fit, punch in dynamic combinations or brawl and maul. At 6-9, you can bet he has underrated power and strength that seemingly flows without any noticeable effort. Even as a youngster he had good stamina, fast hands, and quick feet for such a towering fighter, a very relaxed fighter in the ring. He’s in his element and it shows since only John McDermot when he was barely a 21 year old novice has ever been able to extend him. He’s biggest mistakes have been defensively since he loves to put on a show, so very aggressively comes forward without a care as to the consequences. Anti-social media monkeys love to ride him about his glass jaw after being knocked down a couple of times, but Joe Louis used to get dropped a fair amount also. Ali was dropped hard early in his career by 190 lb fellow prospect Sonny Banks, and then really hard by the 175 lb much beloved Brit, Henry Cooper, a fight so controversial that it’s still being contested to this very day some 52 years later, so at least Fury’s in good company in being defensively lax at times, but only for now as his prime career is starting into full swing. His critics are near in a frenzy as they pray for a major slip up for them to savage.

Dr. Steelhammer’s take on Fury: 

“I think he’s bipolar and not really knowing what he’s doing next. He doesn’t’ really have a plan. I’ve been observing him the past few weeks, and I’ve seen him with his behavior and how he acts. There are some major issues.”

“I can change him and make a better person when he faces me,” Klitschko said. “I have made David Haye a better person from fighting me and he confirmed it.”

Cassius Kugan interview with Tyson’s pop, the notorious John Fury at his caravan, a real cracker of Irish Traveler culture and promotion this one.

Big John Fury

Big John Fury

As to how this fight plays out, Fury’s trainer, his uncle Peter is very savvy and likely also noticed Wlad’s slow starts, so why not drop a blizzard on him from the opening bell and see how he handles it. Obviously Fury has to be more disciplined than in his previous fun and games outings, and if it doesn’t work, Fury can just back off the pace and box at range to keep the old man running through his paces. Pulev was too macho for his own good, and Jennings too small and too light hitting to really make any inroads on Wlad, but Fury has the natural attributes to put it to Wlad like nobody has been able to do in ages, especially after heaping plenty of Irish blarney to get under Wlad’s skin in the prefight buildup.

One exceedingly notable exception to this fight would be very exceptional indeed when Cecilia Braekhus defends her titles against Ramona Kuehne on the undercard. I won’t watch women’s boxing, never have and never will, but these two would be worth going out on a long run with for the testosterone boost alone not to mention the titillation factor…WOW!

Lady Cecilia

Lady Cecilia

Ms. Ramona

Ms. Ramona

Alas, it appears the rescheduling has knocked Ms Ramona off the card, instead being replaced by a certain Ornella Domini. Sounds like The Fates got a mite jealous over that beauty contest.

Naturally I still strongly favor Wlad since Fury’s mental discipline has yet to be tested at this, the highest level he’ll likely ever fight at. Be interesting to see how they adapt to each other as I don’t think Wlad will be able to tie up Fury so much as he does other fighters. Be cool also if this turned into fight of the year. True, boxing’s biggest fights this year have turned out to be actionless duds, but, hey, we can dream can’t we?

Sizing Each Other Up

Sizing Each Other Up