Wilder v Fury v Joshua

Heavyweights

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.

Braekhus v Lopes : Shields v Hermans

 

Cecilia Braekhus is facing Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in a HBO fight card that is featuring the Colombian born Norwegian resident Braekhus in a fight for best female fighter pound for pound in the world. The last outing saw Braekhus outpoint Kali Reis in a spirited battle that just made me want to see more of the 34-0 phenom. The fight, on 12/08/2018 should prove to be a good one.

In the co main event Claressa Shields, the middleweight champion, takes on Femke Hermans in what should be fast and furious, I want to say 10? maybe 11? Who knows what they’re up to now, the point being the current champion and gold medal winner should be in display with her fast hands and numerous combinations. I, for one, am not going to miss this event.

Good for HBO. Broke the model on their last fight by breaking from the norm and making the leading ladies of the sport the highlight. Maybe if they get enough viewers, HBO will come back to boxing.

SENDING PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES

adonis stevenson

Adonis Stevenson, former WBC world Champion, is in critical condition following a match with newly crowned WBC Champion Oleksandr  Gvozdyk. Stevenson was on his 12th defense of his title that he won in 2013 when he KO’ed Chad Dawson in the first round. His match with Gvozdyk was a seesaw battle that saw Stevenson hit the canvas in the 11th round. Following the boxing match, and a brutal KO, Stevenson was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury. He is currently in an induced coma and underwent emergency surgery. Our prayers and well wishes are with the long running former champion. We are confidant that he will pull out of this fight triumphantly, like most of his bouts. While his career has most certainly has run its course, Stevenson was a great champion that has a lot more to offer the world.

 

WILDER v FURY

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The Tuscaloosan Thrasher versus The Gypsy King, this is going to be a very interesting fight. The biggest factor in this fight is going to be the confidence of Wilder, maybe better put, the over confidence of the Tuscaloosan Tormentor. When Fury fought Klitschko, Vlad thought it was going to be an easy fight and went in there with confidence, too much confidence, and the Gypsy King taught a lesson in over estimation, Vlad’s, and why you should prepare like you are the underdog. In this fight, the more nervous one might come out triumphant. This is not an easy fight for the Tuscaloosan Tornado, you get it because of the way he swings when he gets you hurt, by any means and if he thinks he is guaranteed a victory because he is the one with the power, he could be looking at relinquishing that title. The Gypsy King’s biggest attribute is his doughy body, reminds me of Tony Tubbs, unassuming and doesn’t scream out top tier, but he is. Fury has skills that are underestimated until you get into the ring with him and you find out that he is not that easy to hit. The biggest advantage for Wilder is that he does carry that power but unless he sets up the the Furious One he isn’t going to land it unless he gets lucky. If the Tuscaloosan Terminator walks in without a game plan on how to lead the Fab Fury into that right hand, he’s going to be eating jabs all night long and lose on a decision or a late KO. Wilder has to pump that jab like it gives him $1,000 every time he throws it and watch for Fury’s reaction so he can time that Tuscaloosan Torpedo and land. For Fury, be your awkward self and never move the same way twice in a row. Keep Wilder guessing and by all that’s good and living, move to your right as much as possible or you might not be…….. good and living.

My prediction for this fight, it’s going to be electric. I say Wilder by KO in the middle rounds, just because he has been more active and fought the better opposition lately. Good luck to both combatants.

N.Y. METROPOLITANS

Mets

What can be said about the Mets that that everyone already doesn’t know? They’re the best team in baseball to finish in 4th place and under .500 for the year. They’re also the most injury plagued team in baseball. The infamous injury curse has them bewildered. Is their field built over high powered magnetic power lines or is their water contaminated or are they up late playing xbox? Who knows why this team gets hurt so much. Conforto swings a bat and dislocates a shoulder, Thor throws a ball and rips a lat, Wright dives on the field and gets up with all kids of stenosis and back problems, d’Arnaud sneezes and almost loses a finger, Cespedes drives into Queens and pulls a hamstring, TJ Rivera blows out his elbow catching a ball. While some of those are meant to be funny, there isn’t anything funny about a team that could easily contend but because some voodoo doctor put a hex on them they’re home watching the post season. I’m looking at you Yankees. If the Mets could stay healthy, they have all the components to win right now. With the addition of Nimmo, McNeil, Rosario, Guillorme (struck out only 3 times and walked 7 times in 67 at bats, that’s 21 SO’s and 49 BB’s in 469 at bats, some are bound to find the holes, he can hit and has a really good eye) and if Rivera can get healthy, this team is easily a winning team and look a lot like the Cubs, minus the power but plus the amazing pitching, of 2016 or the Mets of 2015, not the Mets of 1986 unless they put bourbon in their gatorade. To trade any major component of this team right now for someone that is in his twilight part of his career would be an amazing blunder. Thor is a Cy Young winner uncrowned but will soon be. Degrom is the best pitcher in baseball. Wheeler could easily be at the level of his cohorts if he pitches like he did the last ten games of the season going 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA, maybe we can sweep the Cy Young the next three years in a row. We have hitters, we definitely have pitchers, all we need is a closer and a better witch doctor then the Yankees. Rehydrate, take a tylenol before each game, and buy bottled water, add sauna to the locker room and a cryo machine and we win it all, oh yeah, send me season tickets, almost forgot the most important part, you may want to ban cell phones, that may help.

 

ANECDOTe!

Life sometimes emulates sports. You can see everything in two rounds that you will see in life. In the end of the tenth round, the most important take should be that to appreciate the person that made you a better person and have to overcome the challenges that you can sometimes face.

Arturo Gatti (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009)