This was one of those brutal (almost hard to watch) back and forth bouts where I’m now fearing each of the fighters will emerge in future contests as merely shells of their former selves. Just too much blunt force trauma to not have a lasting effect. In the early and late middle rounds, it had a Meldrick Taylor – Cesar Chavez likeness. Bradley was taking an absolute bludgeoning, but refusing to succumb. He impressed me not only in that he took the punishment he did and remained in the middle of the ring, but also having the gas left to respond. And respond violently he did. I understand making Rocky references in comparison to real prize fighting is a bit of a cliche. However, it would have been perfectly appropriate for Provodnikov to make his way to the corner after the first couple of rounds and uttered the words “he is not human, he is like a piece of iron.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out the replay of this war, treat yourself.
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Kimbo Slice is a bona fide hustler. Started out as a high school and college linebacker, but was denied by the Miami Dolphins in his only tryout with the team. Discovered that football wasn’t his calling, so he took to the street earning e-props as one of the best alleyway brawlers. Meanwhile, he was up to his elbows in ass as a bodyguard for the Reality Kings porno dudes. MMA promoters finally discovered him and paid Kimbo to put his street skills to the ultimate test (something the entire MMA world was calling for). He squeezed as much out of mixed martial arts as he possibly could and now he’ll probably live out the remainder of his athletic career beating up tomato cans while the world enjoys the show. That’s what I call the American Dream.
It would take a massive choke for Nyjah NOT to emerge as the champ here. He’s dominated every stop and takes a nice point lead into Jersey on the 28th. Seems like it’s almost too easy for him. Kid is only 16 years old but has the swag of veteran. Looks effortless. For me, it doesn’t matter who wins. I tune in for the contrasting styles. P-Rod’s switch skills, Sheckler and his go big or go home philosophy, Torey Pudwill’s innovation, and so on. It’s been fun to watch this summer.
I’m not gonna lie. When I saw Paul Williams hit the deck after Martinez caught him with that monster overhand left, I wasn’t sure he’d ever be the same. It brought me back to when Antonio Tarver basically ended Roy Jones’ career back in 2004. It’s not easy for a boxer to recover from such a devastating knockout. Especially someone like Williams. He makes his living off of fearlessly pressuring his opponents. Now he knows he’s vulnerable to the big shot. Makes me wonder if he finally took the time in camp to work on using his height and reach to his advantage defensively speaking. I hope so. It pains me to think that a fighter with all the physical assets in the world would want to continue slugging it out with fighters when he has the tools to meticulously pick them apart. Tomorrow night boxing fans will learn a lot about what the future holds for Paul Williams when he takes on the undefeated Erislandy Lara on HBO.
This is one of the more notable heavyweight clashes of recent years in a sport once dominated by the big guys. I just checked out the weigh in. Both fighters are shredded. Something your rarely find today. From what I’ve seen as of late, the majority of modern day heavies are cut older and flabbier than everyone below them in weight class. I am actually excited to tune into this one however. Haye has the more aggressive style and is someone that can actually give Klitschko some trouble for once. On the other side, Klitschko is content on throwing a lot of stiff jabs waiting for the perfect time to unleash the biggest right hand in the game. A lot of former pros have Haye getting to Klitschko and winning it either on points or via early KO. I couldn’t disagree more. Klitschko is too big and strong, close enough to his prime, and way too motivated to shut Haye’s mouth. Probably his hardest fight in 5+ years but I fully expect him to emerge as the victor.
Catch it on HBO 7/2/11 4:45 PM Live from Hamburg, Germany
Advances in wearable HD videography have really raised the bar on extreme sports and how they can be watched and filmed. No more 3rd-person-only shots now that you go POV and strap a Go Pro or ContourHD camera on your helmet, handlebars, chest, wrist, surfboard, kayak, etc… My personal favorite use of these is definitely backcountry and big mountain snowboarding and also kayaking. If you’ve ever been waist deep in powder your likely also a fan of these vids. I’m actually considering getting one of these this winter for some trips of my own; they both offer a myriad of accessories and they take some great photos. Plus crazy shit can happen at any time and getting it on film might be pretty awesome.
What I’m really interested in however is applying this technology to UFC and other MMA venues. An upfront view of highlight knock out replays would really be stepping it up from ringside cameras. Can you imagine seeing Anthony Petis’ ninja kick from Herb Dean’s vantage from inside the Octagon? Also after the fact, this would be a great way to judge the actually referee’s performances as their decisions would be closely scrutinized and I believe this could lead to much better reffing. Obviously the main draw back is fighter’s safety, you can’t be jumping on an unconscious fighter and smashing them in the face with the camera strapped to your chest… But as the technology gets better and smaller, I guarantee you will see this type of footage coming to live events, maybe even sports like football, hockey, or baseball where the camera could be integrated into the actual helmet design. Now that’s a reason to stare at the jumbotron!
What’s your favorite use of these cameras? What do you think about UFC and Pro sports using them?
Actually I made that nickname up. He’s really internationally knows as “Canelo.” But last time I checked cinnamon was brown. But he’s a redheaded Mexican. So his alias from this point on is La Flama Roja. You heard it here first. In all seriousness, Alvarez is a tough bastard. He fights like a bully and takes punishment as well as he gives it. Based on his looks and his fighting style, I’m pretty sure Micky Ward knocked up some Mexican puta and out popped this dude. He looks to improve his flawless 36-0 record tomorrow night on HBO. Tune in. He’s one of the most entertaining middleweights in boxing.