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Jul. 30 2010 — 6:08 am | 219 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Professional boxers trade insults via twitter

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Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley are generally regarded as the best 140lb fighters in the world. Both brim with confidence and both believe they have each others number — and both aren’t afraid to talk a little smack. Check out this hilarious twitter war between the two junior welterweights that has got the boxing world buzzing about a potential fight. Here’s the transcript of the juicy bits:

Bradley - Amir Khan said he will knock me out. Bring it on baby I will fight you next! If your a man face me next and not [Juan Manuel] Marquez.

Khan -  Your turn will come, just get in the que. I want to face a better bunch of opponents first.

Bradley – Until you face me you will never get the respect…period! So who you [are] going to face next then?

Khan – Tim Bradley is dying for a pay day. Tell him get in the que of better opponents and wait his turn to get KO’d.

Bradley – Dude what you talking about? Believe in my own hype? I’ve beaten [Kendall] Holt, [Lamont] Peterson, [Junior] Witter, [Nate] Campbell. I deserve a pay day.

Khan – Remember one thing, I’d beat everyone who you beat. I’d KO them. Infact, you avoided [Andreas] Kotelnik and [Dimitry] Salita. Who’s the bitch now?

Bradley – I avoided Kotelnik and Salita?? Please explain how I avoided them? I think you’re the ducker. Who’s your mandatory? [Marcos] Maidana.

Dude I highly doubt you would have beaten Kendal Holt in 2009, maybe now but not when I fought him.

If you face Maidana next fair enough, he’s your mandatory but if you face Marquez you know there will be a backlash against you about. You gotta be a man and tell Richard Schaefer you wanna face legit 140 pounders not blown-up lightweights.

Khan – Maidana has a bad back. I wanted him. You say you want to fight but indirectly you don’t. You overprice yourself and say I’m scared…come on!

Bradley – You paid Maidana step-aside money. You’re the ducker son!

Your ego is too big. Humble yourself before someone shatters your glass jaw!

Overprice myself? What are you talking about? Gary Shaw and Richard haven’t even discussed financial details.



Jul. 28 2010 — 2:19 pm | 383 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

How to not get hit in boxing

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Boxing is called the sweet science for a reason – the best are experts at hitting others and not getting hit themselves. The art of defense is incredibly difficult to learn as it requires reconditioning innate reflexes to do something that seems completely unnatural.

When someone tries to hit you in the face, our natural instinct is to pull backwards away from the punch. But in boxing, every defensive move must set up a counter attack, so the body must be conditioned to move laterally instead, creating an angle so that a counter punch can be landed. At its highest level, this can mean using the shoulders to deflect punches and set up counters, or even parrying and counter attacking at the same time. Also, if you must take a punch full on, the best way to absorb a blow is to lean head first into the punch with your chin down so that the power is absorbed into your back and legs rather than your neck. These movements take years of conditioning, but once ingrained, they can separate good boxers from great ones.

The best defensive fighters are an absolute joy to watch for boxing purists. Their ability to effortlessly navigate their way around trained athletes trying to take their heads off is a sight to behold, and the combination of nerve and physical geometry is nothing short of amazing. Here’s a brilliant highlight of some of boxing’s finest defensive specialists:



Jul. 26 2010 — 2:02 pm | 127 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Pacquiao vs Margarito is set

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For whatever reason, Floyd Mayweather has refused to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Instead, fight fans will be treated to a more entertaining but less marketable and less ethical fight pitting the dynamic Filipino against the brawling WBC 154lbs champ Antonio Margarito.

This isn’t particularly good for the sport for a number of reasons. Firstly, Margarito doesn’t deserve a fight with Pacquiao given his disgraceful use of illegal hand wraps in his fight with Shane Mosley. Margarito has only just come off a year long ban and has yet to receive a license to fight in any of the big fighting States. Secondly, Margarito was pummeled by Shane Mosley in their fight back in 2009, barely winning a round and leaving many skeptical that he hadn’t cheated in any of his other fights.

However, this fight will be a lot of fun.

Margarito is a come forward pressure fighter who does not know the meaning of retreat. While his skills are also underrated, Margarito’s will sets him apart from other fighters and he has the ability to make any fight competitive. The fight with Pacquiao looks to be set at 154lbs (although Pacquiao will most likely demand a catch weight) giving the Mexican an inherent advantage. Margarito is immensely strong, and given Pacquiao was fighting at 130lbs only two years ago, he will carry well over 15lbs of extra muscle on fight night.

Pacquiao’s incredible speed and pin point accuracy should negate most of these advantages, but it will take a few rounds to slow the oncoming freight train. And for those rounds, expect an all out war as Margarito asserts his will and Pacquiao defends his territory.

I don’t give Margarito much of a chance against Pacquiao given the discrepancy in talent, but in terms of pure action, you couldn’t really ask for more.

So yes, buy the PPV. You will certainly get your money’s worth.



Jul. 23 2010 — 11:15 am | 202 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Does James Toney stand a chance against Randy Couture?

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On August 28th, veteran boxer James Toney will face off against MMA hall of famer Randy Couture in a 5 x 5 minute round fight at heavyweight at UFC 118 in Boston. The fight pits boxing against MMA in a battle that promises to settle the score as to which sport is the toughest.

UFC President Dana White was reluctant to put the fight on given his adamant opinion that the UFC should not turn into a ‘freak show’ has basically admitted that he knows it is a bit of a fair ground attraction.  James Toney has zero MMA experience, and at 41 isn’t likely to have picked up enough to face off against a wiley operator like Couture. Yet White made the fight because Toney’s credentials in boxing are so widely respected he felt it would have been wrong to deny someone of his stature a shot in the UFC.

If standout college wrestlers like Brock Lesnar are given a fast track into UFC, it stands to reason that former world class boxer should be shown the same courtesy.

So does James Toney have a serious chance of beating Randy Couture?

Yes, but not for the reasons Toney would have you believe.

While the former boxing champion thinks he will take Couture apart because ‘boxing is better’, the truth of the matter is that Toney might win because Couture is 47 years old. The aging warrior has shown little ability to take heavy blows in recent years, and has been hurt badly in 4 of his last 5 fights (something Toney’s team has picked up on) and is nowhere near the athlete he once was. Couture is a very, very smart operator and knows his way around the cage the same way Toney does a ring, but his punch resistance is so low now that lesser fighters are always in with a shot. And against a world class boxer, Couture will have to be extremely careful. At 47, Couture simply cannot go in for take downs with same speed and aggression he once did. If he pauses for a second, Toney will answer with a well timed punch and Couture could find himself on queer street very early on in the bout.

This isn’t to say that Toney should be considered a favorite. I wouldn’t hold out much hope for him if Couture rams him up against the cage or gets him on the floor. While Toney can sit on the ropes and counter all day long in a ring, the cage is a different story and Couture will be stamping on his feet, elbowing him in the face and working for a take down all at the same time. And if he gets the former middleweight champion on his back, I wouldn’t give Toney more than a minute against a Greco Roman wrestler of Coutures ability, no matter his age. Couture specializes in making his opponents do the things they don’t want to do, and even at his advanced age, he has enough left in the tank to make a 41 year old boxer more than a little uncomfortable.

The fight should be fun, and I would actually expect a competitive fight. Toney is apparently preparing hard for his foray into MMA and he won’t go in expecting an easy fight. It’s unlikely he will win, even with Couture’s advanced age and diminishing punch resistance, but he will make it entertaining while it lasts.

But make no mistake about it, should Toney somehow beat Couture, he should think very carefully about taking on one of the younger heavyweights in the UFC. Fighters like Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez would dump Toney on the floor so fast he wouldn’t know what had hit him. And while Toney is an expert at trading punches with bigger men standing up, there’s not much he could do with a 265lb wrestler raining down blows while lying on his back.

Enjoy Toney’s bout against Couture, and let’s hope he gets out of MMA without sustaining any serious injuries.



Jul. 20 2010 — 2:00 pm | 154 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

The greatest round in boxing history

If you haven’t watched the trilogy of fights between Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti, you have missed out on one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport. While the three fights they fought over the course of a year were all breath taking, nothing that I can think of compares to the 9th round of their first fight back in 2002. The astonishing display of heart, tenacity and sheer will that both men showed took the boxing communities breath away, and as a result, both men will be remembered as two of the greatest warriors to have ever laced up. Sit back and enjoy:


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    I’m a regular contributor to the Huffingon Post, and edit my own political site TheDailyBanter.com. I’ve written about boxing and Mixed Martial Arts for ESPN, Fox Sports, Black Belt Magazine, Secondsout.com, and Boxing Monthly magazine. I also practice Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on a daily basis, so am well aware of what fighters go through. Fighters are amongst the toughest athletes on the planet, and I hope that my writing reflects the utmost respect for them. You won’t hear me bash fighters or make snide comments. Anyone who steps into the ring deserves a lot of respect.