End boxing now. Non-professional, semi-pro, professional. All of it should be banned. The death of boxer Maxim Dadashev is just another example of why this brutal “sport” should be retired forever. Like the death of Johnny Owen almost four decades ago, and so many others, Dadashev suffered a brain injury that caused his death days after his fight against Subriel Matias. This vicious activity is just legalized killing in some instances. The harshness that is inherent in pugilism is a sign that our brutish nature craves the jabs, hooks, and uppercuts that strike against these figures. It’s the entertainment and business that drives the fights. Money is not the root of all evil. And the love of it certainly isn’t either. So, to blame the dollar would be an error.
Professional boxing has often had the reputation of being a dirty sport. Movies like Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) and The Harder They Fall (1956) have depicted questionable practices in the sport. They were not far off the mark. Unfortunately, some amateur boxing programs are guilty of indulging in the same practices. This should not be so.
Who would win in a fight? It's a conversation we've all had at one point in time or another. A heavyweight boxer against a judo master? An Olympic wrestler versus a Brazilian Jujitsu fighter? Obama in a cage match with Mitt Romney? Batman versus Superman? We want the answers to these questions.
Anyone who's ever watched a fight knows how impressive a one-shot knockout can be. And anyone who's ever actually been in a fight knows that it's a lot harder to pull off than it looks in the movies. The secret to the one-punch knockout isn't really a secret though; it simply requires a basic understanding of your opponent's body and how you can take advantage of its inherent weaknesses. In short, the perfect knockout punch has almost nothing to do with size and strength and everything to do with technique and precision.
When a game happens in most sports, we don't go in 100% of the time expecting for the same team to win. We hope for a good game. If baseball gave us the Yankees vs Red Sox every year, there wouldn't be as many baseball fans as usual. If basketball gave us the Celtics vs the Lakers every year, only Celtic and Lakers' fans would watch the playoffs. There'd be no point in enjoying that sport. Which brings me to the sport of boxing. For some reason, the casual fan, for years, grew too dependent on "the big fight" to happen, the main example today being Joshua vs Wilder in the heavyweight division. Joshua took a loss to Andy Ruiz. The boxing world and the once-thought-dead division now has a fire lit underneath them; another contender is in the mix. For close to a decade, the only name that mattered was Klitschko. At one point, that name was so big, the biggest fantasy fight in the heavyweight division was Klitschko vs Klitschko. In 2019, top names in the heavyweight division now consist of Wilder, Fury, Ruiz, Joshua, Whyte, Ortiz, Parker, Joyce and rising prospects like Daniel Dubois. For some reason though, the Ruiz win was met with criticism from the casual side. When words like "disgrace" and the continuous body shaming are being used first, instead of looking at the fact that a fighter with over 105 amateur victories just became the first heavyweight champion of his ethnicity, you have to acknowledge the lack of respect and knowledge for the sport that the individual has. Hopefully, this article can get more people to look into the rich history of boxing first, rather than be a cheerleader to only two mainstream names.
Some professional wrestlers are legends because of what they've done in the ring. Others become icons thanks to who they were behind the scenes, inspiring everyone around them on a daily basis.
When the Norsemen sailed out of Scandinavia, they quickly cultivated a bloody and fearsome reputation. Brutal warriors and vicious raiders, they were also skilled sailors and navigators, and they established trade networks from the British Isles all the way to Constantinople (where many Norsemen joined the Varangian Guard, acting as the personal bodyguards to the Eastern Roman emperors).
It's safe to say AEW's pay per view premiere on Saturday, May 25 is one of the most anticipated professional wrestling events of the past twenty years.
Boxer Adrien Broner is in crisis. In an Instagram post, Broner declared that he didn’t “want to live.” After a battery of legal and street nonsense, Broner has handled losing to boxer Manny Pacquiao in a sketchy way. The “About Billions” boxer faced charges related to untoward advances against a young woman outside of a Louis Vuitton store in Cleveland. While the charges never stuck, the profile of the pugilist became a bit shadier. Also, Broner found himself in disfavor for his unsavory comments against gay people.
Trust me. We parents have all been there. The setting could be a sports field or a kitchen table. The matter at hand could be trying to hit even a slowly thrown baseball or calculating the answer to a problem that begins with something like "If one train left Topeka at 7 AM going 70 miles per hour, and another..." We have all seen our children either be on the verge of tears or into full-blown hyperventilating crying out of the simple frustration of not being able to do something—whatever than something may be!
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his United States boxing debut after all. Reports confirmed that Joshua will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
After a long day of the district softball tournament, I went to Wild Rivers Bar and Grill in East Wenatchee for a couple of cold ones and dinner to end the day. As I arrived, I noticed a few of the television screens showing the Emanuel Navarrete-Isaac Dogboe rematch, which was the co-feature bout to the Miguel Berchelt and Francisco Vargas title fight.