I THANK GOD FOR BOXING

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I would like to share a story of why everyone should do boxing.

I have trained in boxing, on and off, for the past thirty odd years. Have never been good enough to really do anything with it financially speaking, but it has kept me in good shape. When I severely sprained my ankle while working in the border Patrol, I stood on one leg and and a leg with an air cast and used boxing drills to keep me in shape. As soon as I was cleared to run again, something that I used to love to do, I was able to run down a group of illegal citizens that had crossed. Chasing them down for a little less than a mile, carrying all my equipment , the day after I was cleared to return to work. Boxing is an amazing sport that fine tunes your body. What it does mostly, it refines your reflexes. It makes them quicker and steady.

This was never more apparent when my son, at the age of 8, for some reason decided to cross the street running while an SUV had just accelerated at full speed to beat a light. I had just turned my head to the right to look for oncoming traffic when I caught my son, who was to my left, through the corner of my eye, racing into the middle of the street. Out of nowhere, my left hand, my best hand, I used to throw a mean and quick left hook, even though I’m righty, reached out and grabbed him and pulled him back. The SUV was literally, not figuratively, right upon him. I pulled him back and out of the way. All I can think is that if my son gotten hit that day, I would have never been able to live with myself. It would have devastated me. My son apologized and he knew better. I have been teaching him to the cross the street since he was 5. I don’t know what got into his head, ear or eye.

I thank boxing, it literally saved my son’s life.

Good Night of Boxing

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In a good night of boxing, some of the sport’s elite put on a good display of their craft. Teofilmo Lopez, an amazing talent, fought the rugged Diego Magdaleno. I don’t know if Lopez is clairvoyant, he can see where his opponent is going to be, but it seemed like he couldn’t miss even if he wanted to. If someone was born boxing out of the womb, this young prodigy would definitely be the one, he is definitely heading for greatness. Magdaleno, for his credit is tougher than anyone I have ever seen, unfortunately tough would only hurt him more than he had to be on this night. Diego took a one sided beating that I wouldn’t even give to my worst enemy. This isn’t Lopez’s fault, he actually was very professional during the fight. Lopez was composed, confident and well schooled. Magdaleno was chatting it up a little, which I think it was more to bring the warrior spirit out in himself than it was to taunt Lopez. The end coming in the 7th with a double left hook reminiscent of Jones Jr. was more than any person could take. The fight should have actually been stopped the round prior but sometimes a fighter would rather go out on his shield than being stopped in his corner. If there is one knock on Lopez, it’s that he should make every attempt to touch gloves with his opponent after the fight or at least thank his opponent for making him look so good, not in those words. The post fight celebration was perfectly fine, you should be able to celebrate, but you should try and get the sportsmanship in. Lopez is so good that he is on an astronomical level.

In the main event, Kovalev fought Alvarez in an outstanding rematch. The role reversal was so apparent, it was ironic. In the first fight, Kovalev was the one trying to land the big right hand and Alvarez boxed and countered beautifully. In the second fight, Alvarez was looking for the big right hand while Kovalev administered jab 101. School was in and Kovalev was now the teacher. Kovalev, who had fell in love with his right hand as the great equalizer, showed us that boxing was a two handed sport. He started with a jab, finished with a jab. I’m sure Buddy McGirt had a lot to do with reminding Kovalev of those basics. I’ve seen Kovalev fight that way prior, but not as good as he did last night. It was great performance, maybe his best performance, and had nothing to do with a knockout. Alvarez was outmatched, outgunned and outjabbed. Congrats to the new Light Heavy Champ. If he fights like that in every fight, he might be unbeatable. Kovalev is once again the best in the division. The scores were 116 – 112 twice and pitched a perfect fight on the third with a 120-108. I had it 119- 109. Kovalev did this to probably the second or third best guy in the division. I would definitely keep his new trainer. Alvarez will definitely be champion again, he is young and hungry. He will reach the pinnacle of the sport, it just wasn’t his night.

Adonis Stevenson Recovery Update

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Per Stevenson girlfriend Simone “Sisi” God: “As the first month of 2019 slowly comes to a close, I’d like to share an update on the health of our beloved boxing champion Adonis Stevenson. Last month, I disclosed that Adonis had woken up and was healing from his injury in the private company of his family and his dedicated medical team. Today, I am happy to share that after months of grueling workouts and physical therapy, Adonis has taken his first few steps, and is working towards walking independently.

“Despite his champion health, these improvements to his condition have not come easy. Adonis has pushed himself as the true champion that he is, incorporating courage and determination into his recovery. It has been a true gift to watch his health improve and we are grateful for every advancement he has made. Adonis is a world champion in the ring and continues to exhibit strength and perseverance in his rehabilitation.

“Additionally, I am happy to share that Adonis is beginning to verbally communicate and is able to speak to our family, friends and his medical team. At this time, I am confident that our Superman will make a full recovery.

“On behalf of Adonis and our family, I thank you once again for your messages and ongoing support. We are truly humbled by your love and well wishes.”

NFL REVIEWABLE PLAYS

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What a bad call. This stuff happens all the time, not on purpose, and the question you have to ask is how do you approach this problem. I say you adopt an MLB rule. You allow the head coach to approach the officials and request an official’s review, meaning that when everyone in the stadium saw it and everyone on the offended team saw it and everyone on the opposing team saw it but the officials missed it, the head coach can request an official’s review of the play, no matter what the play was. If the head coach is wrong, then he loses that challenge for that half. When games as big as these are on the line, you should be able to review any call on any play when everyone else saw it. It’s like asking an umpire to review if the home run was a home run, they don’t have to but when you are unsure, why not allow an official review. So instead of making it play specific, make it a general review that the officials would have to agree on. I’m sure after looking at the jumbo screen and hearing all the boos and magoo’s,  they would have agreed to do it.

Guilty Pleasure

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Everyone has a guilty pleasure. Mine was running. I used to love to run. Between the ages of 19 and 37, I used to run quite often. There were times where I would take months off, even close to six months, but I would go back and run a quick 5K. Anybody that used to run, that experienced that runner’s high, would know what I’m talking about. You would start and get your pace down, then after hitting that mark, the one where your side would start to bother you and push through it, you would start to feel the euphoria of the run. Your body would feel like it could go forever and your pace would even quicken. You had to be careful not to let it overtake you or that feeling would go away too quickly. You had to try and keep that pace, keep your breathing, keep your focus and look straight ahead. the music would get livelier and your heart would start to beat to the rhythm of the run. The longest run I have ever done was a little more than 13 miles. I would go 10 miles on occasions but mostly stick between to 5 or 6  miles every other day. Never ran a marathon or any organized run outside my work except for a run for cancer with an ex-girlfriend. I have since suffered some severe problems that doesn’t allow me to run at all. I tried to tell myself that I could do it anyway but reality has set in. The pain is too great and those days are now behind me. I miss them. I miss them a lot.

My fastest times, while not anything record setting were decent

I have done a mile and half in under 9 minutes

I have ran a 5 K in 19 minutes

I have run 5 miles in under 40 minutes

BOXING: COMPUSTATS

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I’m not big fan of compustats. The reason being is a person could land more punches but still lose if he/she is hurt every round, thus negating any compustat. The fights is generally won effective aggressiveness, general ringmanship, punches landed and the effect that punch had on his opponent. Let me first congratulate Tony Harrison, he got the nod and worked very hard for the victory. Let me also say that to be recognized as the best ever, you will always have to have at least one loss on your record. Apologies to Mayweather and Marciano. When Ray Robinson lost to LaMotta, Basilio, Fulmer, he came back to defeat these fighters, Fulmer with the perfect left hook, as it known today. What makes you great is not winning but coming back and beating the good fighter that got the best you previously. Resilience. If greatness was just based on being undefeated, then why would anyone fight anyone that has a chance of beating them. The reason Ray Robinson is the GOAT is because he fought people that had a chance of beating them while they were in their prime and he beat them, arguably when he was past has his.

The fight between Charlo and Harrison was a close match. Charlo did seem to go for the KO, mainly because he was looking for the Hurd fight and wanted to duplicate Hurd’s feat of KOing Harrison, probably in more devastating fashion and earlier then the current king of the 154 pound class did. If that’s true, we now see the dangers of looking past your opponent and thinking of the next opponent. Something trainers always say not to do. The fight was a closely contested match, which in my opinion saw Charlo eke out a win but Harrison was no slouch and concentrated on the man in front of him. That might have been the difference. Compustats actually back up my claim of Charlo winning but for pundits to say that the percentage of punches landed gives credence to Harrison winning would be misleading. Percentage is based on a mathematical equation of determining how close the number of punches thrown is to punches landed. If percentage mattered then the guy that just threw one punch and landed should beat the guy that threw 100 and landed anything short of 100 but more than 1. Unless that one punch knocked out his opponent, that one punch wouldn’t mean much nor would the accompanying percentage of 100% punches landed. I think we all realize that. This is not to take away from Harrison’s win, who aptly stated that the reason he won was because Charlo was going for the KO. Something he realized and used his opponents aggressiveness against him. Give Harrison the credit for being a smart boxer and adapting to Charlo’s style in the ring to secure his first title. I think a rematch is deserved and Harrison was gracious enough to offer it. Good for Harrison, a classy fighter.

Wilder v Fury v Joshua

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The heavyweight division is in turmoil, inasmuch as, who the hell is the best, who is king, who will be the guaranteed hall of famer in this three way match up of giants? Out of the three, Joshua has the most impressive record. KO of Klitschko and Povetkin gives him the edge, especially when he got off the mat against the hard hitting Vlad, and you can tell that Vlad was really trying to win after losing to Fury, to put an end to the Ukrainian born Germans career but both of those guys were arguably towards the end of their careers. Joshua also has a KO of Martin and Whyte, two tough hombres. Then Wilder’s KO of Ortiz, who is 2 years older than Povetkin and I think Povetkin would beat, and the 2 knock downs of Fury puts him close behind. Then you have Fury, who you can hit with a dump truck and he will still get up before the count of ten, who has the best overall skills of the three. In the Fury v Wilder match up, Wilder was extremely lucky to land that right hand in the 12th or Wilder wouldn’t even be in the discussion. Joshua is now calling out Wilder, wants to fight him next. This isn’t a good thing for the American heavyweight, it means that they think that they can best Wilder, they saw something in the fight against Fury that they can expose, so did a lot of people. I know what it was, want me to tell you, alright. It was Wilder’s reliance on his right hand to bail him out. Don’t get me wrong, if Wilder lands that same right hand on Joshua that he landed on Fury, I don’t think Joshua will be able to recover but I don’t know that Wilder will be able to recover from Joshua’s either and Joshua has a better left hook. The recuperative skills possessed by Fury isn’t in every heavyweight, just in Fury. Wilder’s wait for the opening approach hurt him in the Fury fight. He was down on points and unless he changes that tactic to a create an opening method, he will lose to Joshua. The importance of rhythm in boxing is important. It doesn’t have to be a methodical rhythm, it can be quirky, like Fury’s and Lomanchenko’s, but you have to have one because just looking for an opening will eventually get you beat. Wilder reminds me of a heavyweight version of bantamweight Daniel Ponce De Leon, the former bantam and featherweight champion that could hurt you with a glancing shot until he met a boxer that knew what to watch out for, that left hand of his, and ended up dethroning the champion. The comparison is uncanny as both had one punch power, even in glancing punches, that could end everything for their opponents.

Wilder has to move, become a little unpredictable and shoot that jab while moving and then all of a sudden stop and shoot that right when they aren’t expecting it. I guess what I’m saying is that Wilder is becoming a little predictable. That’s bad in boxing. If you now what your opponent is going to do or what he is looking to do then you know how to beat them 9 out of 10 times. What Wilder has to do is incorporate a stiff Ali type jab to his arsenal. One that snaps or crackles or even pops, it doesn’t matter which of the rice crispy characters it most sounds like as long as it creates the affect of putting his opponent on his heels and off of his toes, effectively stopping his opponent’s rhythm.

Joshua, well, he is a little robotic. His movements are not like Fury, who seems to flow and have fun in there. Joshua has movement but it seems that his movements are a little strained or he isn’t relaxed in there, which is why when he gets caught with a good shot, it hurts him. Joshua should be able to absorb a punch by going with the flow or moving with the same direction of the punch, to take the sting off of the punch. Joshua, at least what I have seen of him, turtles up, and lets his body absorb all of the punch. You ever see those Kung Fu movies where you punch the guy and he seemingly just becomes like a bed sheet and blends his body into the punch, well Joshua seems more like a brick wall intent on breaking the other guys fists with his face. While I’m sure he can take a lot, he should try and become more fluid, less rigid because that “head like brick” method isn’t going to work when you have  a wrecking ball like Wilder’s right hand. Joshua will be the Berlin Wall and Wilder will be 1989, you know, when the wall fell. I still give the edge to Joshua, like I said before, you are only as good as your last fight and Joshua disposed of Povetkin like no one has ever and Wilder, I hate to say it, got lucky with a draw decision.

Fury, hell, I’m impressed. When Wilder hit him with that right hand, I was about to search the internet for a florist to send his family flowers and condolences, when the big man just stood up and didn’t even wobble. I was literally scared for Wilder. Fury is the modern day heavyweight version of a Bop Bag, you know, those plastic toys you punched as a kid and just came back up every single time seemingly without a dent and just laughing at you. Not that Fury goes down every time he gets hit, he has a great chin, it’s just that when he does, he gets up and beats the shit out of you. The only knock on Fury is that he doesn’t commit to his power, which he has. He had Wilder hurt, no fighter ever wants to admit to being stung, and he backed off, allowing Wilder to ease on through to that draw.

One punch Power, Wilder, but he relies on it too much and it’s ok to win by decision, especially against Joshua, maintain your distance and control the fight.

Skills, Fury, but you should think about getting a more killer instinct so close fights aren’t.

Determination- grit- desire- two handed power, Joshua, but it’s ok to fight going backwards sometimes, make them miss, that’s what made the greats great. You know, the old draw them in and then stop and pop, except against Wilder, there you have to pretend your in an alley, and just rag doll him.