Mike Tyson played Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! for the first time ever … and lost to Glass Joe.
Amir Khan says he wants his junior welterweight belts back after losing them to Lamont Peterson in December. Khan returned to Washington for the first time since that fight last Thursday to appear at this press conference for the May 19 rematch at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez wore this logo on his trunks during a nationally televised fight, the night before elections in the city of Morelia. (Photo: Flickr, BoxingInsider.com)
By MANUEL RUEDA
Election results for the Mexican city of Morelia were annulled on Wednesday, after a court found that the wining party broke campaign publicity rules during a tight race, by asking one of Mexico’s favorite boxers to wear its party logo on his shorts.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell: I want to be the one to dethrone the Klitchkos
From today’s media workout at Headbangers Boxing in Washington. More on the Peterson brothers and Mitchell later.
This post comes despite recent news the GOAT is impeding progress on the BRI at the CBA talks. If you don’t understand what that sentence means, then I’m jealous of you.
The owners’ faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. That group wanted the players’ share set no higher than 47 percent, and it was upset when league negotiators proposed a 50-50 split last month.
According to the person who spoke with the owners, Jordan’s faction intends to vote against the 50-50 deal, if negotiations get that far. Saturday’s owners meeting was arranged in part to address that concern.
A majority of the 29 owners are believed to support a 50-50 deal, but they are reluctant to move further.
“There’s no one who’s interested in going above 50 percent,” said the person who has spoken with the owners.
Finally found time to watch HBO’s 24/7: Pacquiao-Marquez and was pleasantly surprised by how engrossing it was after the widespread condemnation on Twitter from the usual suspects. Perhaps my taste isn’t as sophisticated as some of the film critics that cover boxing, but I found it hard to believe people who genuinely love boxing weren’t the least bit entertained by the recaps of the first two fights or the mini-tragedy starring Jorge Linares.
24/7 remains beautifully shot and edited and I would rather listen to Liev Shreiber read the phonebook than watch anything on Bravo or the CW. The show dragged a bit when discussing Pacquiao’s training regimen but since I’ve hit the gym I find myself more interested in the gratuitous workout porn. It’s one of the best half-hours of television available for boxing fans and a great showcase for the sport. There will always be critics, but then again we’re talking about the type of people that consider puns the height of wit.
8 P.M. (ESPN) THE REAL ROCKY
In 1975 Chuck Wepner, the 6-foot-5 boxer known as the Bayonne Bleeder for his New Jersey hometown and for the pummeling he sustained at the fists of Sonny Liston, went up against Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title and a potential purse of $100,000. (Ali would win $1.5 million.) Wepner knocked Ali down in the ninth round, stunning the crowd; in the remaining rounds Ali opened cuts above Wepner’s eyes, broke his nose and, with 19 seconds remaining in the 15th round, knocked him down, winning the bout. Watching it all was a young Sylvester Stallone, who was inspired to write the script for, and eventually star in, “Rocky” (1976), which won three Academy Awards, including best picture. Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) chronicles the life and times of Wepner, now a liquor salesman who drives a Cadillac with vanity plates that read “Champ.”
Riddick Bowe, another Bed-Stuy Boxing Club alumnus, and Evander Holyfield in one of the best rounds of heavyweight boxing you’ll ever see. Holyfield’s face after taking Bowe’s uppercut at the start of the round is priceless. You can see him losing and recovering his senses in the space of about a quarter second. Bowe tries too hard to finish Holyfield off. He loses some power and tires himself out. Meanwhile, Holyfield’s response is brilliant. He leans on Bowe to help Bowe smother his work and gradually perks back up to the extent that he gets on his toes and bashes Bowe about to the extent that he ends the round on top. Bowe fought Holyfield three times, finally winning the series 2-1 in November 1995 with an 8th round TKO.
Al Harrington is using his time off to train for MMA fighting. Here he is knocking out a reporter who looks like Paul Giamatti’s younger brother. Is it staged? Who cares. It looks real and has to be the funniest video on the internet today.
MANNY PACQUIAO + DR. DRE + EMINEM = I’M BUSY
I could watch this forever. Shane Mosley’s in it too, but that’s inconsequential. We know how the fight turned out…
(via Showtime Sports, Fight Camp 360)