April 26th, 9:03pm – News breaks that the Albuquerque Police Department seek Jon Jones for questioning in relation to a hit and run incident. Albuquerque Police Department (APD) report that on Sunday morning woman’s car was struck, with the offender fleeing the scene.
Well, it finally appears to be happening. Barring an extremely unfortunate catastrophe, the most anticipated fight of the century is upon us. The stars have aligned, the premium cable companies have aligned, the bitter rival promoters have aligned, and the fighters themselves have aligned to give us the dream fight that we have been demanding for over five years. It was, perhaps, the most difficult fight to make in the history of the sport, but the two teams got together to clear the hurdles that have prevented the super fight, and finally on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather, JR., 47-0, 26 KO’s, takes on Manny Pacquiao, 57-5-2, 38 KO’s, in the biggest fight in sports history.
Floyd Mayweather, JR – Manny Pacquiao Sweepstakes: Who Will be the Lucky Fighter to Face the Winner?
Floyd Mayweather, JR. and Manny Pacquiao are working through the last increasingly tense days of preparation for their long awaited showdown on May 2, 2015. There, is a quickening of the pulse, and a palpable feeling of major anticipation building in the air as the world holds its collective breath for the sound of the first bell on fight night. After more than five years in the making this fight can’t come quickly enough for some. But when the dust settles and the winners hand is raised in victory what happens next? A rematch? Not necessarily. Unless, it’s a competitive and compelling contest with a dramatic ebb and flow to the action, I’m not buying into the theory of an automatic rematch. While the level of excitement surrounding the fight hasn’t been seen on this level in the sport for many years, I also sense a kind of anticipation fatigue about this match up.
International Boxing Hall of Fame Flies Flags at Half – Staff for Former Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer
*NOTE: This series will be according to boxing’s long standing eight traditional weight divisions that were present from approximately 1915 to 1975, so some of the below listed combatants would have fought in multiple divisions that were not present prior, and especially those from the post 1980 era. Also, his ranking does not imply that one boxer who is ranked higher than another cannot be beaten by someone else listed (or not on this list, as styles make fights), as the separation in ability at this level is incredibly small.
So after weeks of confusing promos and largely speaking nonsense, it was revealed on the April 27 edition of Monday Night Raw that the self-proclaimed “eater of worlds” Bray Wyatt will begin a feud with Ryback. This feud certainly makes sense, as both wrestlers are well-known and great competitors, and could make a great mid-card match-up (although this wrestling fan thinks Bray Wyatt should be competing for the heavyweight championship belt, not stuck in the mid-card). What makes this even more interesting is that Ryback and Bo Dallas have been feuding over the last week (Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt are brothers in real life). It is possible that WWE Creative may write this into the storyline and in some way or another, link Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas in the ring.
This Day in Boxing History April 28, 1988 – Tyson Shoots Pepsi Commercial Known as the Fight Before the Fight Tyson vs Spinks – Pepsi vs Coca Cola
Some boxing trainers and their fighters have a strong attachment to, and a firmly held belief in, the training and conditioning methods pugilists have used since time immemorial. The thinking goes, “If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.” Boxing has evolved in a certain way out of raw necessity. You fight. You learn. There’s no room for anything which isn’t one hundred percent practical when you’re fighting against an equally determined opponent on that roped square of illuminated canvas. That’s why boxing contains relatively few techniques. Make a wrong move and you pay for it. Painfully. In legitimate boxing circles, technique, styles, strategies, and conditioning methods have been handed down from one generation to another relatively unchanged for a reason. They’re proven to work. One look at the win, loss, draw, ring records of the following boxers tells you one thing straight off the bat.
A car mechanic squeezes his upper body into the footwell space under the dashboard. It’s an awkward position. He’s lying on his side but twisted face up. It doesn’t look comfortable. It isn’t. But he’s used to it. And there’s a job to be done. The sinewy forearms and thickened fingers are a byproduct of using the tools of his trade on a daily basis. Screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, spanners. The eyes have it. They know what to look for. The hands know what to do. In his own way he’s conditioned for the job. If you want to be a good car mechanic you’ve got to get your hands dirty and get busy fixing cars. Not bicycles. Cars. If you want to be a good boxer you’ve got to be willing to sweat and bleed. You’ve got to be willing to get your hands and face dirty by boxing and fighting. Not bicep curling. Not flipping JCB tires. Boxing…..
Al Bernstein, James “Quick” Tillis, Gregory Abbott, Dale “Apollo” Cook and Fight Doctor Corey Schoenewe Promo for The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show
Last night, live from Madison Square Garden, WBA, WBO, IBF and RING Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko, 64-3 53 KO’s, got more than he bargained for in an unexpectedly competitive title defense against undefeated American challenger Bryant Jennings, 19-1 10 KO’s. Klitschko was making his return to the USA for the first time in eight years.
Arturo Gatti was probably the warrior of this era. Some of his battles, win or lose are becoming legendary. Rewind now back to early 1970’s to the mid 80’s. There was a boxer, a champion who was Gatti before there was a Gatti. When you recall Bobby “Schoolboy” Chacon you have to remember his blood and guts wars with Rafael “Bazooka” Limon and Cornelius Boza Edwards. He was a fine boxer but in many cases his heart over ruled his head and he decided to slug instead of box. It may have cost Bobby some fights but the fans sure got their money’s worth. They got a lot highlight clip memories too.
MMA, along with boxing, is unique in the sense that just being a world champion is not enough to be a superstar. To be a massive name in these sports you must also be a personality.
There are very few cases where a fighter draws widespread attention based purely on their fighting ability, there aren’t many Anderson Silva’s or Fedor Emilianenko’s around. In a majority of cases they must be able to talk the talk as well as walk the walk. Had Tito Ortiz not opened his mouth at any given opportunity he wouldn’t be the historic figure he is today, nor would he have made so much money. Good or bad, showmanship is a huge part of the game.
This Saturday night, live on HBO, heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko, 63-3 53 KO’s, makes his return to the United States for the first time in seven years when he squares off with undefeated American challenger Bryant Jennings, 19-0 10 KO’s, at the legendary boxing mecca of Madison Square Garden in New York. Klitschko will be defending his WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring heavyweight championship belts.
Video shot by Debbie Edwards
Video shot by Debbie Edwards