Jun 4 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: Ezzard Charles.

I have Ezzard rated #5 all time on my p4p list. Here’s my take, then enjoy the clip below!

Ezzard Charles: 96 Wins/58 K.O.’s/1 Draw/25 Losses

Ezzard Charles could display the sweet science at it’s finest. He would feint, slip, roll, counter, and just do it all, to some he may have been dull, but those who understood boxing, see him as a true artist. Many believe Ezzard to be the best Light heavyweight ever although he never won a title there.

He fought 5 Light Heavyweight Champions beating 4. His earlier wins were against Middleweights and Light Heavyweights beating Charlie Burley twice and Joey Maxim, and Jimmy Bivins at Light Heavy Weight. Charles beat the great Archie Moore 3 times, knocking him out once. After knocking out Sam Baroudi, Baroudi died of the injury’s. Charles was distraught thinking of retirement. He would then adapt a more cautious style and lost the killer instinct to hurt his opponents.

Charles won the Heavyweight Title weighing less than 180lbs beating Jersey Joe Walcott. He beat a shell of himself Joe Louis, then he lost the title to Walcott. He fought for the Heavyweight title 3 more times losing again to Walcott and then Rocky Marciano twice. The first fight was very close decision won by Rocky. In the second bout Charles was within a few rounds of a technical knockout of Rocky after splitting his nose but Rocky would K.O. him in the 8th round. Ezzard came all the way up from middleweight and still brought that amazing skill with him to Heavyweight.

The death of Baroudi seemed to haunt him at Heavyweight as he didn’t display that killer instinct and aggressiveness. Still his career wins speak for themselves. Charles will always be remembered as one of the purest fighters and best technicians ever.

Apr 16 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: The Best of ” Sugar Ray Robinson “

So Mayweather thinks he’s an all time great huh? Sure he beat some very good fighters but he didn’t beat any great fighters like the REAL Sugar Ray did. Check out this clip and see for yourself on how great Ray was against REAL competition! He was simply amazing! Power, speed, footwork, agility, timing, defense of head, hand, and foot, heart, balls, ring generalship, killer instinct, ring savvy, wanting to test his skills against the best, all except Charlie Burley, Yes, He had it all AND was all that.

There is no audio in this clip but so what, you won’t notice as you’ll be mesmerized by Ray’s brilliance. Enjoy!

Apr 29 2009

My Take on Pacquiao vs Hatton

Here’s my prediction for the BIG fight this weekend. I think it will live up to the hype. If you disagree with my take.. let me know!

I think Manny is going to win because he’s simply the better fighter with the better team.

Floyd Sr. has been talking a lot of shit saying Manny hasn’t improved and is an amateurish fighter. That dude is crazy because amateurish fighters don’t beat Marquez. What the hell do you call that mitt work that they do and those pity pat punches that are being thrown?

I feel Manny is far more a complete fighter than Ricky and has beaten better world class fighters.

Sure Ricky has been improving in the gym but that’s in the gym. Why is everyone basing his improvement against Paulie Malignaggi when he just punked Paulie out in that fight as Paulie didn’t even fight back.. Plus Paulie is a pillow puncher. When a fighter fights a guy with no power he’s far more brave and when there’s no resistance he looks better than he actually is.

Some people are saying that remember Manny was stopped twice to the body.. Ya, so the fuck what. That was early in his career and it wasn’t but a few fights ago that Ricky was ko’d by a fighter in Floyd who is really a soft puncher. Juan Lazcano hurt Ricky pretty good too and Urango hurt Ricky pretty good to the body too.

So people are liking Hatton’s chances better cause he has a trainer talking stupid shit disrespecting Manny for the real fighter that he is.

The fact is Ricky rose 7 lbs in weight and had problems at 147. Manny has been rising up in weight over the years starting his career at 106! He has been kicking ass since working with Roach. Roach made him into a two handed better fighter.

That’s an accomplished fighter AND trainer. The jury is still out on Floyd Sr. and Hatton.

Despite what Atlas says about Manny not being hungry enough anymore to have peeked I strongly disagree…. STRONGLY. Look at Manny’s character. That’s all I get to say.

For Ricky to win he has to get Manny off his game plan, rough him up, maul him, bang his body, time him and punch with him.

That’s going to be hard to do cause Manny is so battle tested, sharp from being active and winning, and just too fast and smart to allow that to happen. He’s going to come in on Ricky from different angles, time Ricky coming in, use his head movement to create openings while ripping Ricky’s body to set him up for a late round ass beating. Speed kills, real speed behind a relentless fucking viscous style.

Now I think Ricky will certainly make a fight out of it for a few rounds but the better corner in this fight will be also telling and that’s team Pacquiao as Freddie will guide Manny to victory in the corner with Manny listening to Freddie’s advice and following it out. Their bond and big fight experience with one another is a BIG factor that many experts are missing. That’s HUGE in a fight of this magnitude. People are going to see how important solid corner work is in this fight, how it makes a significant and decisive difference.

When Ricky gets tired and frustrated will he listen to Floyd or revert back to the reckless Ricky of old? Good question isn’t it? Roach can talk smack because he knows his fighter and they both REALLY trust one another, Floyd better hope the same for he and Hatton or it’s going to get bad fast.

Pacquiao late round stoppage. With Ricky fighting gallantly all till the end.