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Home Boxing STRAIT JABS
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STRAIT JABS

boxing_glovesDanny Green is making a comeback against Danny Santiago, because fractional belt holders are calling him out at light heavyweight.  If he is looking to distance himself from Australian rival Anthony Mundine, this is not going to do it.  Mundine, like Green, is heading for America soon to face former belt-holders who are past their prime.  Even if you get a belt or two, these two men should head back to Australia, face each other at 168, and make the money.  Chad Dawson and Sergio Martinez are waiting for each of you, respectively, in the U.S... and the results there won't be pretty.


Speaking of not pretty results, I am not a science guy, but to see even medical professionals confused by what constitutes a performance-enhancing substance is not encouraging.  In an already corrupt sport, we are providing another way to add to the corruption.  Now, it is dangerously easy to get out a fight, or reverse any reult we don't like, by simply perverting the results of a drug test.

Speaking of drugs, I personally do not want results from a Johnny Tapia autopsy.  If it turns out that it was drugs, or a cumulative collapse from years of drug abuse, it will be no surprise.  Nor will any additional lesson be learned.  If it turns out to be something random, like a heart defect, how depressing would that be... for a man who had overcome so much?  There is no happy ending to most autopsy results, and unless you suspect foul play, in this case, it is unnecessary.

Speaking of necessary, Berto-Ortiz 2, and Khan-Bradley are both necessary fights.  We may have been distracted from them for the moment, but they will, and need to happen.  Barring a career ending injury, I don't see how these men can avoid one another.  Eventually the winners should face each other.  Whether or not Pacquiao and Mayweather ever fight, they will not be around much longer, and the talent is there to usher us into a great era at 140-154lbs.  And after the start we've had to 2012, the fans deserve it.

Speaking of the fans, I love it when fans put aside their racist cheering policies to respect an old champion.  The groans let out by Canelo's fans every time Mosley was seriously tagged by him, spoke louder than any attendance numbers about how much respect Shane Mosley had in the Chicano community.  He came up through So Cal, had great wars, and fought offensively with heart (usually), speed, power, and took on every challenge.  Sounds like I am talking about a Chicano fighter, doesn't it?  If there was any justice, his statue would be at Staples Center in Los Angeles, instead of De La Hoya.  He beat two Mexican favorites, when he as expected to lose, in front of record crowds in that building.  In fact, before the loss to Alvarez, he had never lost to a Mexican fighter.

Chris Strait
www.convictedartist.com

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