Great weekend of fight action, the kind of stuff we’d get every week if fans really insisted on it. Unfortunately, too many of us are too willing to accept what the promoters hurl at us. Anyway, let’s get down to business:
Rant #1: Showtime should start making a back-up plan right now. My educated guess is that there’s very little chance of Arthur Abraham continuing on in the Super Six tournament.
It makes zero sense for Abraham, who was battered and exposed by Carl Froch on Saturday, to go on to another beating at the hands of Andre Ward in the semi-finals. Ward does everything, naturally, that Froch utilized to dominate Abraham. And even if he should somehow beat Ward, he’d likely have to fight Carl Froch, who has to be favored to beat Glen Johnson, again in the finals.
Abraham has suffered two huge losses in his last two fights. His reputation as a sportsman had been injured in his DQ loss to Andre Dirrell and his reputation as a world class fighter is hanging on by a thread. Another loss pushes him to the land of 2nd tier contenders.
The best career move for Abraham is to get out now, move back to 160, and stay in Germany for the rest of his career.
Expect some sort of “career-threatening injury” to pop up at some point and force him to back out of the semi-finals.
Rant #2: Was it just me or did anyone else find the Andre Ward-Sakio Bika fight utterly unwatchable?
Maybe it was because I had already seen 10 bouts that day or maybe because eight of those ten were fought at an extremely high level of skill and professionalism, but I had no patience for watching two established pros wrestle for twelve rounds.
If Andre Ward wants to be a star, he needs to stop allowing his opponents to drag him down and he needs to stop accepting these tedious clinch-fests. Ward could’ve turned on the heat, jabbing his way to establish distance and working to set up other shots, but he chose to play Greco Roman.
As for Bika, I hope to never see him again. One FOY performance against Jaidon Codrington does not entitle him to a career of stinkers.
Rant #3: It seems that I ruffled a few feathers by publicly holding Dennis “D’Source” Guillermo up to criticism in last Monday’s Rant.
Well, I don’t apologize and will gladly do so again whenever I have the time and energy (and stomach) to go dumpster diving through the junk. The fact of the matter is that whenever someone puts fingers to keyboard and opts to publish something publicly, they are accountable for their words and open for criticism, just as every boxer who steps into the ring is fair game for similar critical analysis.
This baloney about one writer never publicly calling out another is the reason the boxing media has no credibility and why the facts often never find their way past all the lies and rumors. I will gladly and openly dedicate my little, tiny career to lifting up the rocks so the whole world can gaze upon the creepy crawlies underneath. I have no problem with burning bridges in the name of boxing.
I’m more than ready to face the same test of public scrutiny. Actually, I welcome the opportunity to be held to a high standard by my peers. If I make a mistake, hold me to it. If I’m lying, drag me out into the public and mule whip me in front of everyone. No problem.
Only shills, dummies, and liars could object to this ultimate fair play.
And, no…I’m not a “hater.” Unless, of course, hating stupidity that attaches itself to the sport I love makes me a “hater.”
Alright, then…back to the grind. If you have a problem with anything said here, don’t be a wuss…make your comment public and don’t send me an anonymous email.