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STRAIT JABS

chris_straitBravo to Jimmy Kimmel and George Lopez for having boxers on their shows… and non-Latino fighters to boot.  Unlike Tennis, Golf, or other marginalized individual sports, audiences often feel they “should” know who certain boxing champions are.  We can credit the glorious history of boxing for that.

Speaking of glorious history, is there really a good time to retire?  Lewis, Marciano, Hagler, and Calzaghe had to hear about it for walking away on top.  Nobody believed they were done, until they either showed up looking fatter and older, or were inducted into the hall of fame.  Now, they are congratulated for it.  Meanwhile Roy Jones and Evander Holyfield have us wishing they’d walked away a decade ago.  Michael Carbajal and Ricardo Lopez seem the best examples of the right time to walk away… on a winning note, but having still shown enough vulnerability to fully justify it as a good move.

Speaking of good moves, Amir Khan’s people are looking like geniuses for matching him with overrated Zab Judah .  Now he has unified the division (technically), and can move to 147lbs, while making it look as if Bradley was the one who ducked him.  Still not sure who would win that fight, but now we won’t blame Khan for not finding out.

Speaking of intelligent matchmaking, who in the Pual Williams camp decided on Erislandy Lara?  He is the worst of Sergio Martinez and Carlos Quintana combined.  Even if he had lost to Carlos Molina, did they not see the glittering amateur resume, and string of 1st round KO’s that preceded it?

Speaking of KO’s that preceded… we get it, Saul Alvarez can go 12 rounds.  Can we put him in with someone dangerous, but vulnerable, so he can get KO’s while he learns?  Gomez is almost certain to go rounds, yet lose.  Sound familiar?  The KO of previously rock-chinned Baldomir was impressive, but is looking more and more like “Tata” was just old, and “Canelo” landed the perfect shot.  Sometimes intimidating power prevents KO’s, instead of causing them.  Remember, Pacquiao’s KO over Ricky Hatton is the last time Manny has not seen the 12th round.

Chris Strait
www.convictedartist.com

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