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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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
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.
These two know how to sell a fight. Or maybe it’s legit hatred for one another. Can’t say I blame Hop. That French-Canadian accent coming from a dude named Jean would trigger me too. Glad i don’t have to shell out $54.99 for the fight, because I probably would have. This baby will be an HBO freebee.
Round of the year thus far. Thanks to the uploader for putting this up. I’ve been waiting to post since Saturday night after the fight.
If being French Canadian wasn’t enough reason to detest this dude, Jean Pascal actually took it up a notch and publicly accused the legend of juicing. He must still be salty for letting the man 18 years his elder take him the distance in their first fight. Well now it’s looks like he’ll have to bear the consequences of giving one of boxing’s greatest strategists bulletain board material. Brilliant.