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Home Boxing STRAIT JABS
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STRAIT JABS

boxing_imageWe've now seen Andre Ward win in dominating fashion against three top 10 super-middleweights, in completely different ways.  Outboxing Kessler, outslugging Green, and outmauling Bika.  To see Bika complaining about headbutts was actually hilarious.  Now he knows how it feels.
 
Even though it was a boxing display, Froch's power and reach made the difference against Abraham.  He could not walk through the Englishman's shots, and was off balance all night.  He was also completely out of range, something Abraham is usually able to correct as the fight goes on.  If the Armenian is dominated by Ward, it will have as much to do with lack of confidence as anything else.
 
Referee Kenny Bayless is usually right on the money, but his stoppage of Michael Katsidis was not correct.  Sure, Katsidis was taking bombs, but he always does.  And if you are going to stop a fight because of many unanswered punches, don't do it right after the fighter finally answers!  There weren't any complaints because everyone knew where this was heading, but that practice should be discouraged.  Furthermore, has anyone noticed how it always goes in favor of the house/favored fighter?  Marquez would have been given more leeway... trust me.
 
I would have included Marquez in my article about fighters who hit the deck, and recover to win... except that until last night, he doesn't usually win.  He recovers well, to typically make fights close... but he lost to Norwood, Pacquiao (draw and loss), and Mayweather. 
 
Jason Litzau did the bext thing he could have done for his career last night.  He won, but still looked vulnerable.  A close decision over a championship level fighter who took him lightly is exactly what he needed.  He will likely now get a title shot against someone who thinks he's an easy, name defense.  Litzau's heart and power accomplish more than people give him credit for, however.  His chin and defense has really been his undoing up to this point... but Caballero's power clearly did not make the trip up to 130lbs with him.  As for Caballero, maybe he did the right thing for his career, as well.  He now looks vulnerable, and maybe the 126lb stars will fight him.
 
Berto could not take a step forward last night, because of the level of opposition, but he did exactly what he should have done.  He showcased his power against a helpless opponet, and stopped him impressively.  He didn't take a step back.  Now he needs to either give up the belt and chase names, or fight Aydin (whose stock is rises due to avoidance), and follow up with the other European belt-holders.  Berto is high-risk, low reward now, and Mosley is the only fighter with an even slight interest in facing him.  Instead, Berto should spend a year cleaning out the belts in the division, and the names will come to him.
 
 
Chris Strait
www.convictedartist.com

 

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