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A boxing tragic's look at the world of boxing. No hidden agendas, no cash for comment, just my opinion, for what it's worth, of the greatest sport there is. Oh yeah, and i can't fight for shit!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pound For Pound My Ass!

Well, Mayweather and Judah finally got it on and the results were as to be expected, especially when you consider that Judah lost his Undisputed welterweight Championship title not that long ago to the unheralded Carlos Baldomir. Of course, the trinket holders didn’t worry about that and this fight was still for the IBF belt because Baldomir apparently couldn’t afford the sanctioning fees for all the belts in his fight so despite Judah’s loss he gets to still be champion?! Work that one out. Let Mayweather wave his fourth belt about- it really don’t mean shit these days, it ain’t like he’s another Henry Armstrong or anything after all.
Anyways we’ll just ignore the bullshit belt and concentrate on the fight itself.

I don’t think anyone was surprised by the result, after all the writing was on the wall from about round 5 on that Zab had already run his race. I was surprised though at one judge giving it 119-109. Was he watching the same fight that we were? How could he give Zab just one round? I mean Mayweather gave away the last two after the low blow in the tenth (we’ll get to that round later) and Zab had at least three of the first four. Here in the RRRRRumble househole we had it damn close 115/114 although to be fair it was probably 116/113. I thought the first round was even. Zab had the next three with his jab controlling the pace and that slip? in round two was very dubious. Mayweather got tagged simple as that. From, the fifth round on though, Mayweather started to take control and Judah seemed content to just try and steal the rounds with last minute bursts of activity. He looked good when he did try but he just wasn’t trying enough. At times Mayweather wasn’t necessarily looking great, Judah was just looking worse, especially around the seventh and eighth rounds. Of course it all went silly in the tenth when Zab did a Ricky Hatton and threw a low blow that could have almost taken Floyd Jr.s kneecaps out too. Roger Mayweather certainly didn’t make hisself look good by charging in to protest but its interesting that it was Judah’s side that threw the first punch and that Zab had to get in on the act too, wacking one of the cornermen with a cheapshot behind play. It will be interesting to see who gets what bans, fines and slaps on the wrist. Zab has already shown that he’s just a spoilt brat in the past with his attack on Jay Nady when Kostya caned his pimp ass and most recently his bad sportsmanship against Baldomir let alone trying to blame Don King for the loss in that fight. (probably the first time Don King wasn’t to blame!)The fight was already over really, the last two rounds were Zab’s because Floyd was nursing sore balls and taking it easy. In the end all we got was proof that Zab Judah is the spoilt brat we all thought he was and that Mayweather ain’t half as good as he thinks he is. P4P? Not yet. At least he stepped up and fought someone in the top 10 but come on, he got tagged, he got found out by Zab’s jab, if he was fighting someone who wasn’t such a half arsed sook he’d be in trouble. He’s certainly up there with the best fighters but until he fights a few more of them he certainly ain’t the best.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I could have been a contender

Calloway to appear on ESPN Wednesday Night Fights

WBF heavyweight champion Rob Calloway who featured in the hitthemagain fight of the year against Big Bob Mirovic is taking a step up on the 26th April when he takes on Jameel “Big Time” McCline. Jameel may not necessarily be big time any more (I don’t see his name in any of the top 10 rankings) but this is still a big fight for Rob. To be honest I can’t see Calloway ever being a top 10 fighter but saying that, who the hell is Sergie Liakhovich?! He just knocked off Lamon Brewster who I had big wraps on and who i thought was going to be a big name in the heavyweights and now he's been beat by some guy who's name I can’t even see in the March 2006 WBO top 10. The door is open right now, maybe Rob can take the next step, maybe he will take out one of the bigger trinkets. If he ever had a chance now is probably that chance. April 26 will tell us if he’s got what it takes. Good luck to him he certainly can’t be any worse than Toney, Ruiz or Valuev. And having seen Rob fight I gotta say he's a lot more entertaining.

Interesting to see on the undercard that the undefeated Allan Green is taking on Contender fighter and no.1 dad Anthony Bonsante. Can’t see how this will help Bonsante’s career but I guess any tv time helps, even a possible flogging from the rising star that Green is. (Or maybe Bonsante sees something there that we’ve missed?)
The Contender is still showing here in the land of Oz. And I’m enjoying it, even though I already know the overall winner. Of course there are some stupid things, like the challenges and the editing of the fights and those stupid sound effects and of course Sylvester Stallone but hey, how often do you get to see boxers out of the ring unless they’re in court ala Tyson. The best thing about this show is that human side of the fighters, the fact that they are all manipulating each other, that they have families, dreams, goals. It’s great just to watch these people as people not just pugilists. I hope when the second series kicks off we here in Australia actually get it the same year it comes out! At least then there will be some mystery to it. I should mention too that it was very hard to watch it early on knowing that Najai Turpin had already taken his own life. Watching the episode where he lost the fight you really wouldn’t have expected such an outcome. I mean the guy started playing hide and seek with his kid, he seemed to have realised that yeah, he lost a fight but he still had so much personally anyway. Being an old softy I went and hugged my own daughter a little harder that night. Remember don’t let the demons get you. End of sermon.