"Beleive it or not!" - Yes I can't believe I'm paying for this PPV, but I am. Stop rubbing it in Golden Boy.
I am annoyed about having to shell out the PPV money for the upcoming Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson fight. At first when it was announced in the summer that I was going to be on PPV I was downright mad. (Don’t even get me started on the $10 price hike for the HD broadcast.) 60 bucks for a fight likely to go to a decision? Dawson hasn’t stopped someone since 2007 and Hopkins hasn’t stopped someone since Oscar De La Hoya in 2004.
Yet time passed and my anger subsided and turned into its current state of annoyance. I am sure Golden Boy and HBO realizes that putting this fight on PPV is going to lose them viewers. Hopkins has never been a big PPV draw because of his fighting style. Dawson can’t even sell out arenas in his hometown. Apparently HBO simply had no choice. Due to budgetary problems, HBO is “flipping” the fight, according to ESPN.com, and turned it into pay-per-view. Gary Shaw put it nicely, “There’s no money in the budget to put the fight on HBO, and they have to put the fight on, so therefore it forced the fight on to pay-per-view. I wanted it on regular HBO.”
So IF you shell out the money like I begrudgingly will. Here are 5 things to look out for.
I’ll admit it, I am an action optimist. But.. Dawson realizes that this is a must win for him. At 29 he is watching his prime melt quickly away with no real big paydays ahead. A big win over a big name like B-Hop should give him a few more money fights. A smart Chad Dawson is likely going to realize that he isn’t winning by knockout. Going in trying to knock Bernard Hopkins out may be the worst strategy in modern boxing history. Dawson and his corner will likely try to throw a lot of quick non committal punches knowing that he will have to win a decision by punch output.
Now Hopkins understands this. While he is a defensive fighter he has shown in recent fights that he will counter attack and close distances when attacked (see Jean Pascal and Kelly Pavlik). Hopkins will likely also isn’t going into the fight thinking that he is going to win a decision through punch output. Dawson doesn’t to be pressured (see Jean Pascal and Glen Johnson I) and rather fight on the outside. He must outwork Dawson by getting on the inside and dirty box him hoping that the strategy will tire Dawson to the point of allowing Hopkins to stand with and hurt him.
This will bring action. I hope.
2. DeMarco vs. Linares
Most boxing aficionados see this as the fight to steal the show. Jorge Linares is tough, speed, good power and great boxing style. He is on a four fight win streak after a devastating left hook derailed his career courtesy of Juan Carlos Salgado. Antonio Demarco is also on a win streak coming off of a devastating loss. DeMarco may be remembered as Edwin Valero’s last bout before his tragic end. He took a horrific beating as Valero’s hard charging style finally broke him down culminating with DeMarco quitting in the corner. Many will question if Antonio can regain his form after such a hellacious beating, but I think that if he can use his good job effectively and stay away from a firefight he has a good chance. Linares has shown the ability to dominate, but how will that translate for his first legitimate challenge at 135?
It’s hard not to see a good action fight here. Southpaw vs. Orthodox. Mexican vs. Venezuelan. Two boxer punchers. Two guys who won’t quit. Two guys who absolutely need to keep winning to save their careers. By far the easiest fight to get excited for.
3. Garcia vs. Holt
Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia should also be a good scrap. Holt is coming off of a great win in a 3rd round stoppage of Julio Diaz on FNF and Garcia has quickly become a fighter everyone expects to be a world champion. Main storyline will be whether Garcia will be able to handle the speed and experience of Holt. Garcia’s only opponent with a similar skill set would be his last victim, Nate Campbell. Kendall has recently showed good display of power but I see Garcia eventually breaking Holt down. A win for both fighters will immediately vault him into the top of the crowded junior welterweight division.
4. The end of an era?
We’ve all been saying this for years now but every time Bernard steps into the ring a loss will end his HOF career. Seriously though. What if Bernard loses? We can’t just assume that this guy is going to fight forever. Remember, Vegas odds still has Chad Dawson favored, albeit slightly.
What if he wins? Can he really fulfill his quest? He was quoted after his win against Pascal that he wanted to beat Dawson, take on Lucian Bute (current IBF Super Middleweight Champion) and get a rematch with retired Joe Calzaghe. While the Calzaghe fight may be out of his control and reach, Hopkins with Golden Boy’s promotional power behind him may be able to throw enough money at Lucian (ala Kelly Pavlik) to move up and take a fight the Hopkins.
5. Will Bernard do any more pushups?
OK OK. Yes this PPV is a tough one to purchase. Us fight junkies just can’t resist. What about hoping for that Dewey Bozella cameo? It is a great story that should be seen over and over again. He won the Arthur Ashe Courage award in 2011 and told someone at ESPN he dreamed of having a professional fight one day. He will be making his professional debut on the undercard and has been training with Hopkins for this fight.
BTW. I put the Hopkins pushup count over under at 4.
-So will I be wasting my money this weekend? Maybe. But either I spend 60 bucks to watch 3 fights that I am assuredly going to enjoy with the possibility of being disappointed, or I go out spending the same 60 bucks ($15/ticket x2, popcorn, drinks, ugh the love of California prices) watch Real Steel knowing who will win in every fight with the possibility of being disappointed.
Sometimes it’s just better not to know.
Sebastian is a law student and former amateur boxer.
Go for the freaking KO Chad. Hugh Jackman says so.no comments
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Ed Soares on Sonnen "First the guy gets in trouble for fraud, then he tests positive for steroids, and now he wants to kick in someone's door and slap their wife in the ass? This guy should be in jail; he shouldn't be fighting." Tell us what you really think Ed.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 not the sport of boxing may beat the UFC. Link
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Cung Le hates on “keyboard warriors” who is claiming that Wanderlei Silva should retire. This is the same Cung Le who 30 seconds before that said, “ It doesn't make me feel good about myself to think I might be the one to retire him, or that he might get hurt.” Nice…
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Dewey Bozella is the best story in boxing this year. Link.
Joel Casamayor vs. Timothy Bradley is announced for Pacquiao vs Marquez undercard. I yawn at this “action fight”.
No way this David Haye retirement is real.
Emanuel Steward was not retained by Chad Dawson or Miguel Cotto for their upcoming fights. Great move for both fighters.
Omar Andrés Narváez is going to look nowhere as good as his record (34-0-2 19KOs) when he fights Nonito Donaire October 22nd.
Speaking of which.. what will it take to get the Filipino Flash into the ring with Yuriorkis Gamboa? *salivates*
Gotta tell the girlfriend that the night of November 5th is off my calendar. I will be busy watching Alfred Angulo and James Kirkland trying to absolutely destroy each other.
Robert Garcia trainer of the year? If Margarito wins, it’s a lock.
Jermain Taylor is cleared to comeback and is planning a fight in December. I wish him the absolute best. Please don’t get hurt.
Max Kellerman’s faceoff is always entertaining. He makes Manny Pacquiao - Juan Manuel Marquez breakdown tape of their earlier fights in his latest. Strange.. but entertaining.
Originally modeling in Hawaii, Natasha was selected as the newest UFC "Octagon Girl," winner of the Maxim UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Octagon Girl Search. She was abruptly dropped with Logan Stanton (probably going to make a GOTFG appearance soon) in 2009. During that time it caused quite a stir with some of the MMA fans and message boards were buzzing. Some rumors attribute it with Arriany Celeste not being happy with them. Who knows. All that is clear at this point is… picture time.
David Haye promised to retire before the age of 31. Today he fulfilled that promise. It has been reported, shortly before his 31st birthday this coming Thursday David Haye handing in his boxing license. Haye is a former two division champion (25-2, 26KOs) and recently lost his title by to current heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in July. The fight was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Haye will be remembered for his brash trash talking and his rather humbling loss to Klitschko after an immense buildup. He dazzled his fans as a cruiserweight beating everyone he faced after a loss to Carl Thompson as a young blooming prospect. His speed and power at the cruiserweight division was unmatched. When he moved up to heavyweight he immediately set his sights on the Klitschko brothers. Haye did the smart financial thing and went after a belt, winning the WBA version of the heavyweight title from the giant Nikolay Valuev. After two easy defenses against a faded Audley Harrison and John Ruiz, he stepped into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko.
“I can confirm that Mr. Haye is not renewing his professional boxer’s licence”, Robert Smith, general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC).
It is sad to see another entertaining name in the boxing world go. Of course, this is boxing and this is David Haye. So we probably haven't heard the end of him.no comments
UFC President Dana White announced today that Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida will headline UFC 140 in Toronto. Rashard Evans was supposed to be the UFC's Light Heavyweight Champion's next challenger but he reportedly needed more time for his hand to heal.
Interestingly, it was only a few years ago when Machida was the LHW champ in 2009 that an upcoming Jon Jones was unconvinced of Machida's dominance. “I think Machida is getting a lot of hype," Jones said in an interview to USA today, "And I know he has lots of big wins over a lot of big fighters, and a lot of experience over me. I don’t think he’s Christ; I think he’s very beatable."
Jones received a lot of flak from the message boards over that comment then. Strangely, now, he is a huge favorite. Jones, 24, hasn't had a hiccup since his lone disqualification loss and has quickly cemented himself as the top dog in the division.
Machida, now 33, was the UFC light heavyweight title in 2009 after knocking out Rashard Evans in UFC 98. He then successfully, albeit controversially, defended it against Maricuo Rua once and then lost it in the rematch at UFC 113. He has recently been placed back into contention by knocking out Randy Couture in spectacular fashion.
Another interesting storyline is UFC's scheduling and handling of Jon Jones. Usually the UFC doesn't like to keep it's top caliber fighters so busy. Yet, Jones now has only 3 months to prepare for Machida. Jones also has stated that he wanted to take some time off after the win over Rampage. But, in the world of MMA, what the UFC says is what you do.no comments
The long rumored fight between Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22KOs) and current IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49KOs) has been finalized. It is scheduled to take place December 10th in Germany.
They have a common opponent: David Haye. Klitschko is coming off one of the biggest victories of his career, a 12 round UD against then WBA champion David Haye. Mormeck has won his last three fights all in the heavyweight division. He moved up after losing to then cruiserweight champion David Haye.
Some have criticized Wladimir for this latest opponent. The Frenchman has limited experience at the heavyweight division. Journeyman Vinny Maddalone, Fres Oquendo and tough but aging Timur Ibragimov isn't the best resume. However, Klitschko's handlers are sure to point to Mormeck's power as a dangerous obstacle that they must overcome.
It is yet to be seen if HBO or any other American television broadcast will pick up this fight. Keep in mind that his biggest fight, the aforementioned Haye fight, was still on HBO's free World Championship Boxing telecast.no comments
Before Wladimir Klitschko dated Hayden Panettiere (Don't really understand the 5'11" to 5' change of pace, but when you are the heavyweight champ, you can do whatever you want) he was involved with this weeks GOTFG. Karolina Kurkova comes from a long line of Czech beauties. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel and won E! Entertainment's sexiest woman award in 2008. She is also a part time actress and makes cameo appearances on America's Next Top Model.
Ms. Kurkova is 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), Measurements 33-24.5–34.
Robert Guerrero has pulled out of his highly anticipated fight with Marcos Maidana with a left shoulder injury. They were scheduled to headline HBO's Boxing After Dark card August 27th in San Jose, California. The Guerrero camp said that the injury occurred during sparring. Golden Boy promoter Richard Shaefer made the announcement in a teleconference Thursday with boxing reporters. "Robert Guerrero injured his shoulder in sparring to the point where it was numb... he can't even put on a jacket"
Schaefer went on to speculate the injury may be a torn rotator cuff. Guerrero will be seeing a specialist Thursday afternoon in San Jose. A torn rotator cuff would be hugely detrimental to Robert Guerrero’s (29-1-1, 18 KOs) career. Depending on the severity of the tear, surgery may be required. For more minor tears, physical therapy can usually repair the damage. Schaefer said he will be awaiting the specialist's opinion before making a decision on whether this fight can be rescheduled.
Also announced was the cancellation of the entire San Jose show and place the boxers involved on alternative dates.
The cancellation is a huge setback for many hardcore boxing fans who were looking forward what was sure to be a action packed fight. Maidana is coming off a victorious decision in a slugfest with legend Erik Morales last April. Guerrero was on the same card besting Michael Katsidis in surprisingly easy fashion.
Can someone please explain to me how Dan Hardy is still in the UFC.
A takedown attempt on Chris Lytle who is famous for his guillotine chokes? Nice.
Kelly Pavlik has pulled out of 5 fights now. Twice against Paul Williams, Brandon Vera, Cunningham, and Sergio Mora. Which promoter wants to deal with that?
Props to the IBF for ordering an immediate rematch of the Joseph Agbeko v Abner Mares fight.
Russell Mora isn’t a bad referee. He’s just a blind referee. Oh, wait..
Boxing Junkie Alert! Luis "El Nica" Concepcion (23-2, 18KOs) rumored rematch with Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (31-2, 24KOs) October 21st! Anyone who remembers their first fight should be excited.
Lucian Bute is confirmed to be facing Glen Johnson on November 5th in Bute’s hometown. Road Warrior indeed. BTW Kelly, Glen is making less than 500k.
Am I the only one not sold on Amir Khan?
Ugh. Kimbo Slice wins his boxing debut.
RIP Scott LeDoux.
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UFC 139 is coming to San Jose, CA. Strikeforce was based at the HP Pavilion and now that Zuffa owns both, the Bay Area finally gets a UFC.
Dana White has declared Yushin Okami the “best fighter to come out of Japan”. That may be a bit hard to backup. An argument for top 5.. maybe.
Ben Henderson is the real deal.
Alistair Overeem is coming to the UFC. Book it. And when he does, he is going to be smashed by top tier heavyweights.
Please someone tell James Toney to STFU. Calling out Rampage isn't going to do anything but make you look stupid.
On the insistence of my girlfriend Brittney Palmer is this week's GOTFG. She insists that Ms. Palmer is the the hottest of the UFC girls (apologies to Arrianny Celeste). Brittney has been garnering a increasing fan base since she became a UFC girl as shown by Dana White's need to discuss her status after her absence from the UFC 133 card. White insists that Palmer hasn't gone anywhere, "Nothing happened with Brittney Palmer. It's one of those situations where Brittney has moved on to other things. She's still doing stuff with us but it gets so crazy because this is one of those sports where the fans are into everything."
Born in San Diego, she moved to Las Vegas to be part of the Burlesque X show at the Flamingo Hotel in Vegas as a featured dancer among other career choices. She is a avid artist and has recently started attending an art school in Los Angeles (the reason for her missing UFC 133).
Regardless, please enjoy my girlfriend's favorite ring girl: Brittney Palmer