Saturday, September 15, 2007

Top Ten Fighters Today ... Period


(Photo via www.canadastarboxing.com)

Top 5: Boxing

5. Israel Vasquez
Just when you've counted him out for the umpteenth time, he scores another revenge kayo ... for the umpteenth time.

4. Joe Calzaghe
An unbeaten career so far. The fighter from Wales will get a tougher challenge than Jeff Lacy could ever pose when he faces multi-dimensional Mikkell Kessler. So far, Calzaghe has passed this test 43 times. Will Kessler be 44?

3. Manny Pacquiao
He started his career being knocked out here and there. Now he knocks out quality opponents everywhere. A rematch against future hall of famer Marco Antonio Barrera will tell us more about the Filipinos future chances of having a plaque in Canastota, NY.

2. "The Executioner" Bernard Hopkins
Boxing's version of Randy Couture without EVER losing by KO. A strictly technical and spontaneously exciting fighter who has Father Time on HIS watch. Seriously, if his fights were not as close we'd be talking him up at the Sugar level.

1. "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather
Hate him,love him, whatever, he is bar none the best fighter on BOTH lists due to his superiority amongst all comers and all divisions. You'd have to go back to "Sweet Pea" Pernell Whitaker to find such dominance in boxing with top names, even if it's not as aesthetically pleasing as most fighters on either list.

Top 5 MMA (might as well call it UFC)

5. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
It has been a while, but it will be worth it. Rua, who will hopefully be joined by all the other PRIDE fighters--Japanese and others--will take on the always exciting and limited bring 'um fighter, Forrest Griffin. With more successful activity, he'll replace Fedor.

4. Anderson"The Spider" Silva
He needs to make the 205 lb. limit for his next fight, providing he gets by dangerous Richard "Ace" Franklin. Rampage-Silva ... just imagine.

3. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
I can't even remember a fighter in either the ring or the octagon who has improved so much lately. So much for the cage being a reason PRIDE fighters will have a hard time adjusting.

2. Randy "The Natural" Couture
If it weren't for two consecutive right hand KO losses to the "Iceman" Chuck Liddell he'd be number one. When was the last time Fedor beat a heavyweight?

1. Fedor Emelianenko
This is strictly out of respect for past accomlishments that are within mind sight and for the fact that he has yet to lose. Other than that, Janet Jackson said it best with her son, "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
A blown-up middleweight, no matter how skilled Matt Lindland is, does not favor him in the ranking timeline.



And now for the best of the best match: Floyd Mayweather vs. Fedor Emelianenko

If this were a boxing match, I'd give Floyd the advantage even though he's at a 80+ pound disadvantage.

Under MMA rules, Floyd would be lucky to land a punch.

Now, a prime Mike Tyson vs. a prime Fedor under any rules ...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Boxing Season is Over (at least in the Minor Leagues)



(photo via from http://www.ringsidereport.com)

Spanish Boxing to the Rescue

With the death of boxing always looming in the minds of mainstream fan and media alike, it's those with the backing are doing all they can to support this ever-terminal sport. Yes, the folks over at ESPN2 are working harder than ever to keep boxing at the blip mark level. This past Friday, FNF wrapped up on the season finale of and will usher in the dubious The Contender show.

Question: Since when did boxing get the seasonal treatment?

This isn't a sport where there are organized teams and players who have home designations and matching outfits. This is one on one competition in its purest form. And for the boxers who fight for $10,000 (before taxes, managers, sanctioning fees, taxes, etc.) and rely on outlets like ESPN2, Versus, and the long dead USA'a Tuesday Night Fights, the squeeze is on tighter than it's ever been.

But if you give the Spanish-language based Telemundo (on free TV) and Telefutura (basic TV in some and basic cable), you will get your money's worth and entertainment, even if you can see it but can't understand it.

If you take a trip over to www.fightnews.com you'll see the following fights on the schedule:

TV FIGHTS
Telefutura -- 9/14
8PM ET/PT
Fernando Trejo
vs. Juan Cruz
(lightweight)
Telemundo -- 9/14
11:30PM ET/PT
Jose Reyes vs.
Silverio Ortiz
(lightweight)

And while I will admit that these stations tend to ostracize non-Spanish speaking fighters and heavier weights, you know who to thank for the omitted USA-English exposure.

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