Let me start off by saying that I like Nonito Donaire. I think he’s a really good talent. I’m not sure I’d compare him with Roy Jones or Sugar Ray Leonard, but he’s good.
I’m not with the majority of people who thinks that Nonito is the second coming or anything like that. Yeah, he’s fast, flashy and all that. He definitely has good body mechanics and it shows in his power, but pound for pound I just don’t have him ranked as high as some people do.
Maybe he is great, I don’t know. Don’t we rate fighters in part based on their level of opposition?
Is he that amazing that he shuts out his opponents through his immense advantages in speed, power and technique or is he in with carefully selected foes?
I’m just asking the questions, people.
I mean, Nonito is nearly 30 years old, I’m not sure how much better he’s going to get especially now that he spends most of his fights looking for that one punch KO (ala Montiel TKO 2 … By the way, that’s not a bad thing by any means).
His latest win over Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka was necessary to bring some more legitimacy to his run. The man was the number one in the division, he may not have fought in a year and is 36 years old, but still.
I hope Nonito steps it up and faces either Abner Mares or Cuban sensation, Guillermo Rigondeaux in his next outing. If he can defeat Rigo then he’d truly have a scalp worthy of display as Rigondeaux is one of the most talented fighters in the sport.
In other news, Brandon Rios made weight! Bam Bam is back!
Well, Rios never really left. He did, however, mentally check out for the past couple of fights. Although technically undefeated, the world watched as an over-the-limit Rios accepted a gift wrapped majority decision victory over Richard Abril back in April of this year (never forget). That verdict was so preposterous that 17 out of 18 unofficial media score cards had Abril winning…And most by quite a large margin (some of those cards were even made by legitimate boxing reporters…I stress the word some), too.
It’s hard to imagine that these two guys’ (Alvarado and Rios) stock will do anything but go up after the war they had. We already know what kind of fighters to avoid when pairing Brandon. Stick with come forward, straight ahead type pugs and he’ll never be in a bad brawl. In fact, I can think of several fighters in the division that he’d pair amazingly well with (how fun would a Brandon Rios-Ruslan Provodnikov fight be?) but before any of that, how about a rematch with Mile High Mike Alvarado?
By now, many people have heard the silly tabloid rumors that Amir Khan and his brother, Haroon knocked out 6 men to defend his SUV from an attempted jacking.
Apparently, Kahn’s story was only substantiated by fans and penny click “reporters”… Here’s a ridiculous excerpt from the UK’s Telegraph: “One of the men slapped Amir…But Amir pulled back and knocked him out cold…Then five of them went for Amir and Haroon but they stood their ground and these guys got dropped one by one.”
I remember that one. Didn’t they eventually make their way to White Castle?
Seriously, I’m still trying to stop laughing…I wonder how much Amir paid to have that “eye witness” testify to their local paper.
Fast forward a few days and a nifty little YouTube video comes out, now with almost 200,000 views, supposedly made by the men who attempted to steal Khan’s ride.
Let me begin by saying that not only do I believe this is a video shot by one of the actual people involved in the incident, I happen to think he’s telling the truth about all his claims. Now this vid goes a bit deeper than I’d like to explore here (albeit with a 3rd grade vocabulary), something about Amir being friends with British soldiers who kill Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq…
Anyway, the masked thug on the video goes on to explain his version of the story. Amir and his brother walked to their car and started blasting music of some sort, the ‘assailants’ say something instigating a confrontation with the two Khans. Amir tells them to “jump out [of their car]” and then they apparently decked Bolton lad and robbed him blind.
The masked individual proceeds to hold up various items that were supposedly taken from the former world champion. A key and remote to a brand new porsche, a Gucci man purse and a Louis Vuitton wallet were all displayed along with detailed information about the contents within.
The best part of the whole two minute video is when the hooligan directs the camera man to pan to an awaiting computer monitor showing Amir Khan getting knocked silly by Bredis Prescott saying, “Does this pussy right here look like he can knock out six mans…He fucking does the samba dance before he drops”.
Great stuff. This has to be one of the funniest boxing related videos that I’ve ever come across. The disguised (and quite angry) man had a slew of hilarious one liners to boot. If my British accent was better I’d try my hand at a few of the lines but you should really see the hilarity for yourselves.
By the way, thanks for that little gem, Amir…Over and out, ya bum.