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Feb 24th
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boxing_glovesTimothy Bradley and Amir Khan are young, vital, and the two best 140lb-ers in the world.  Everyone is on a mad dash to the next division lately.  Nobody is getting Pacquiao now, except Mayweather, Marquez, or the political scene of Phillipines.  Stick around, guys.  Create your own money.

Speaking of creating your own money, Mikkel Kessler is paid an insane amount to face anyone he wants in Denmark .  Rather than dig up old Yanks like Danny Green or Denis Lebedev, or abandon his money base entirely to test himself in the U.S,, like Zsolt Erdei and Sergei Dzindziruk… Kessler has balanced it well between cashing in at home, and testing himself against legit top competition on the road.  Now, if only he can get healthy long enough to re-enter the mix at 168lbs.  Gut tells me he still has enough left to beat Taylor, or perhaps Dirrell (in a “back from injury” tournament).

Speaking of back from injury, is Andre Dirrell ever going to be able to fight again?  I’m no neurologist, but I haven’t heard of brain injuries being something that heals.

Speaking of healing, if recuperation is the focus of many performance enhancing drugs nowadays, shouldn’t we soften our stance on them.  If someone is stronger and faster because of certain PEDs, that is one thing.  However, if they are just using it to heal like they did when they were 20, we either need to lighten up, or add Ben Gay to the list.

Speaking of lightening up, people need to lighten up on scoring controversies, until they learn how to score.  As Darrell La Montre of put it, a 12-round fight is not a 36-minute round.  We score round by round, and that makes a lot of questionable decisions more understandable.  Don’t get me wrong.  Sturm over Macklin and Williams over Lara were still ridiculous, but those are corrupt, not incompetent.  Many other decisions, including Pacquiao - Marquez 3, and Mosley - De La Hoya 2 become less bad when viewed this way.

Speaking of viewing, I like how Dana White put Velasquez vs. Dos Santos so early that it would not conflict.  Now, if we could only get HBO, Fox Sports, and Showtime to work this smoothly.  Repeated viewings are a good cure, but splitting weekends, and having televised megacards is a better one.  It worked in the 90’s… and one thing that has not changed since then, is that we only have 52 weeks.

Speaking of limited time, why on earth do we have to wait until may to see Pacquiao again?  Did he suffer an injury I missed?  Two weeks to rest, and get your ass back in the gym.  Fighting has become such a part-time activity to the top fighters, that we have come to expect this.  It wasn't too long ago that De La Hoya fought 5 times in one year.  Pacquiao-Marquez 4 in February.  Mayweather-TBA in January.  The winners could fight by May 5.  Stop killing time, while great fighters age!

Chris Strait

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