Oct 20 2008

Experience With Attitude Continues To Be The Best Teacher.

Much to the shock of many this weekend class was in session and Bernard gave the dominating lesson. I thought Bernard could trouble Kelly but I didn’t expect him to dominate like he did. What a performance and he solidifies himself as one of the best of our era with that win.

Bernard’s footwork, timing, reflexes, fight strategy, and attitude TOTALLY shut the ghost down. Hopkins entered the ring with a performance of a life time mood. That was the key, his mindset.

I’m not like the many out there who are throwing Kelly under the bus. I think this loss will only help Kelly in the long run. He lost to a great fighter, not a bum. I think people are going over board on how bad this loss is. It’s never good to lose but to lose and share the ring with an all time great and to experience the many lessons he taught that night can help Kelly if he in turn has the right mindset to learn from it.

Kelly experienced what many fighters will be studying from Bernard now and in the future. Nothing can really prepare you for a old school fighter like Bernard.

Looking back on the fight I’m going to discuss what else I feel led to Kelly’s down fall besides Bernard’s skills..

1. First of all I don’t know why he trained in Youngstown for this fight! I mean he was around way to many people. He was hanging around his friends. He was around his wife and kid. Where’s the drive and edge in that? I think he was too comfortable in training for this fight.

Training in seclusion without seeing your family, friends, and having other social outlets hardens and gives you a burning edge going into a fight.
You want to make that other fighter pay for this. Your focus is hardened along with your will. Kelly needs to get his ass out of Youngstown for his future camps and do it like the greats did.

Bernard did it by training in a scorching hot gym in south Florida. No distractions and familiar people. Just he his team and plenty of focus. Wonder why Bernard performed so well last Saturday? It was laid down in that environment.

2. Sparring. Who did Kelly spar for this fight? How come he couldn’t adjust? Do they ever work with any fighters with great footwork? Fighters with great upper body movement and different unsuspecting timing? From the looks of it last Saturday night, they don’t. Were they banking on a mugging, grappling, low punch out put Hopkins to show up? Did they totally prepare for the wrong Hopkins? From the looks of their fight plan or lack there of, I think so.

Kelly will grow from this as Bernard taught him what he is lacking to take the next step up to greatness. Kelly just can’t get there with what he has yet. If he can add better footwork, more fluent movement and rhythm while learning to change up his own punch output and timing. He can bounce right back and be better than ever.

He’s only 26 years old and lost his first big fight. So fucking what! Give him a chance to learn and ounce back from this! All the greats lost. They proved they can come back better than ever. Let’s give this kid a chance!

That’s one thing that sucks about boxing, all the fucking morons that pollute it acting like they’re experts when the hottest fighter is winning then talking shit when he losses for the first time against a great fighter no less. The ignorance in boxing is thick. Don’t believe me? Browse the top sites and read for yourselves.

I’m telling you though, I know this kid will come back better than ever he’s only 26 and has a good head on his shoulders. Losses like this can be good.

He can come back if his team can give him what he needs. They really need to look at themselves more so because a fighter is only has good as he is taught or has experienced. He experienced greatness last Saturday night. Now lets see if he’s taught what can take him even higher now.

Oct 17 2008

The Science Of Managment : He ought to create a manual.

Here’s a real good read on the right way to move a fighter courtesy of Steve Kim’s column.


Cameron Dunkin obviously gets it. To maximize his fighters potential he keeps them busy and active on all kinds of shows. Placing the fighter on the shelf and waiting for the big fight and pay day spells disaster as they stagnate.

I’m a firm believer and know that proper management along with training is what makes or breaks a fighter. I’m not just talking match making here but fight activity and getting the fighter on the right shows to maximize his fan base and earning potential for the long haul.

Dunkin is old school all the way and when I get involved with managing fighters I’ll take the same approach. The fact that Luevano had over 30 fights before he fought for the title is rare today. This is what it takes though to last as champ and not be a flash in the pan champion.

Dunkin moves his fighters as they develop. They develop more by the way they are moved. As much as there is a science to the art of boxing, management is an art and science in itself. Pavlik who is managed by Dunkin is another example of a fighter doing it right. Kelly wasn’t rushed bought brought along right. He was allowed to develop into the devastating fighter he now is.

Fighting Hopkins is a smart managerial move. Kelly only benefits in the long haul for what he learns in fighting Hopkins. No active fighter today has Bernard’s old school tactics and experience. I would jump at the opportunity to have my fighter take from that too.

So keep in mind that when you see a fighter make it to the top while displaying staying power, there’s usually more than talent that got him there. It’s often the brilliant management behind the scenes that’s just as impressive and important.

*** BTW *** I’m taking Pavlik Saturday night. I think Kelly will be too much for Bernard to handle late in the fight. Too many people are getting wrapped up in Bernard’s words and past experience of him shutting down another power puncher in Trinidad.

If Bernard punched as much as he talked I think he could pull off the upset. He just doesn’t punch anymore and his activity in shutting down Trinidad was key in that upset. Defense alone doesn’t win you fights. You have to punch to score. Hopkins will early until he gets hit hard. Then just as he showed against pillow punching slap happy Calzaghe, he’ll fight to survive when the going gets tough. Bernard was Bernard when he was the executioner. That’s who we all respected. That’s also who’s not in the ring anymore either.

Oct 14 2008

Under Developed and Exposed With Ease, Heavyweight Boxing at its Worst!

In Vitali Klitschko’s pedestrian win over Sam Peter last Saturday night we saw how ordinary and awfully undeveloped Peter was. I’m not taking away anything from Vitali, he fought his fight plan perfectly and used his tools of height and reach well. But all this shit team Peter was talking on how fearful and destructive Peter is yet he couldn’t get by a jab the whole night! I just shook my head in disgust! Fuck, I see open amateur super heavyweights with better technique and skills than Sam.

Young fighters are supposed to idolize and look up to the heavy weight champ. Well in former champ Sam Peter’s case he served as what NOT to be as a champion. Shit, he was the champion. At that stage you are supposed to display superior skills that got you to that stage. The belt is supposed to make you a better fighter, not a worse fighter in Peter’s case.

I’m not going over board here either or kicking Peter under the bus. His team should be ashamed and embarrassed with all this shit they been talking over the years yet sending a underdeveloped fighter in the ring repeatedly in Peter. Show balls and take away his will then power and you win.. easy! Vitali did that. Vitali doesn’t have a Larry Holmes jab either, yes it was good, but not THAT good.

I just don’t understand these teams thinking now a days. It seams like all the effort goes into pushing the fighter fast, finding the right deals, and building his image more than his skills! Talk about putting the cart before the horse.

Another thing i don’t understand is how some writers are forgiving Peter for his performance. BULLSHIT! He was the champion and QUIT with out much effort at all! Why forgive that?! That’s what young fighter should model in the champ? No it’s not ok to do that. It’s not ok to look so undeveloped that you can’t even slip a jab let alone use your feet to close the distance. I mean these are basic skills and they are undeveloped in the former champ Peter.

Some people probably think I over hype what I teach as forgotten skills in my boxing dvds and boxingperformance.com, but watching the heavyweight champ perform like a novice solidifies why claims.

I never bought the hype in Peter cause I like many others knew what wee were seeing. All hype and no skills.

I mean it looked like Vitali took his lunch money in the title back from Peter and gave the bully a reminding beating of it. That’s what it was. Peter made Vitali look better than he is by what he didn’t do. That’s the blue print to beat Peter. Master basic skills, show balls, consistency, then you’ll beat his ass and make him quit.

No excuses and forgiveness here. This is supposed to be world class championship boxing. Quit lowering the bar and raise it back where the greats proudly had it. Call it like you really see it or shut the hell up.

On a more pleasant note. Chad Dawson proved in his case that the belt and experience does make the fighter better in dominating Tarver. He showed skill, speed, defense, power and athleticism that lets you know that the best is yet to come. He’s only 26 and starting to blossom. However, all these talks of Dawson being pound 4 pound need to be silenced until he fights Glenn Johnson again who I thought beat Chad.

If he can beat Glenn impressively and without controversy then he is indeed pound 4 pound one of the best.

The thing with Chad is he wants to improve, he takes pride in the way he fights, he loves to hone his skill and demand more of himself. He studies the past greats and it shows when he fights. If Peter would have done this perhaps he could still be champ.

Lets hop Vitali doesn’t grow lazy with the belt and loose his hunger without defending it against a more than deserving and skillful fighter in Juan Carlos Gomez. If Vitali can beat Juan decisively, then we will know he is for real ass well.Just fighting Juan period will let us know if his skills are really that good or if Peter was really that bad.

Oct 9 2008

This Fighter Doesn’t Buy The Hype.

Much is being made of Floyd Mayweather Sr. training Ricky Hatton and what to expect when he faces Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi. Like Paulie I agree, big fucking deal!

Fighters know that a trainer can’t change a fighter much with two months of training before a big fight. I just can’t understand the timing of these trainers changes. In Hatton like De La Hoya, why right before a big fight?!

If Floyd Sr. is to have any lasting changes with Ricky he would need at last a couple fights to prove the changes. Two months isn’t shit and it’s all hope and hype on team Hatton’s part. We all know Floyd Sr. talks a lot of shit but he knows damn well that you can’t expect miracles with only spending eight weeks with a fighter. A non athletic, non committed, and out of shape in between fights fighter like Hatton on top of that.

Look at this picture of Ricky fighting. His lack of defense has always been evident. He leaves himself way too wide open and that’s dangerous with a fast handed fighter like Paulie. No matter if people think Paulie slaps, he’s a smart enough fighter to take advantage of this.

Mayweather has A LOT of re programming to do and to be facing a fast handed fighter on top of that in Paulie doesn’t look good.

Paulie knows this and doesn’t sweat it. He knows what kind of fighter Ricky is and what he will resort back to in the fight. Back to his old lack of defense habits.

I think people are really over looking on how tough Paulie is. I mean watch the Cotto fight again! Paulie showed big balls and grit in that fight! A worn Hatton is NO WHERE near that type of fighter. Paulie’s movement and speed of top of that should cause Ricky fits. IF Paulie uses his strengths wisely.

My point in this post is that management puts way to much faith in hoping a new trainer will work miracles before a big fight. Fighters know it doesn’t work like that and that it takes time to see lasting changes.

Mayweather in my opinion wasn’t a smart choice. I think Flyd takes away from Ricky’s fading strengths. Why not Kevin Rooney? It would have made perfect sense. Kevin’s style of D’Amato training would have added nicely to Ricky’s smothering style of fighting. Lack of head movement and footwork was always Ricky’s weakness.

Rooney would install constant head movement and punching in on angles. I even think the style Kevin teaches would have a lasting affect far more than Mayweather’s in just eight weeks or so of training.

Team Hatton is believing the hype. Paulie Malignaggi sure the hell isn’t and I think we may see a surprising fight come fight night.