Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Quotable quotes.

I used to hear comments that footballers have their brains in their feet and boxers have theirs in the gloves,  how bloody aloof and snobbish can one be.
Let me share with you some beautiful quotes made by who else boxers.
1.  Darling , I forgot to duck.   Jack demsey after losing to Gene Tunney. In fact President Reagen adopt that quote after being shot.
2.  I want no pie in the sky when I die, I want sometihing here on the ground when I am still living. Muhd Ali.  
3. Float like a butterfly,sting like a bee.      Muhd.Ali.
4. I aint got no nothing against the Vietcongs.      Muhd Ali refusing to fight in the Vietnam war.
5. We will ground the peanut and sent it to Georgia,    Muhd.Ali,   peanut was refering to Larry Holmes whose head is shaped like a peanut.     Georgia refers to President Jimmy Carter, a peanut farmer.
6. the judges, the referees and promoters can kiss me where the sun don't shine - and because we're on HBO, that's my big black behind      Larry Holmes after losing a disputed decision to Michael Spinks.

No. 6 is my favorite with some adjustment of course.


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Nonito Donaire vs Omar Navaez post fight comments.

What an anti climax. This is truly a very bad advertisement for the sports. Nonito tried but Navaez main intention is to survive and so he put on a cycling show. He doesn't wants to fight. Nonito commented that he felt sorry for the audience and I think he should be because the only hurt that Navaez inflicted is on people like us the audience.
The scoreline was a complete shutout, 120 - 108. on all 3 judges' scorecards.On my scorecard, I gave him the 5th round, with the benefit of hindsight, I was just being over generous.
It is no surprised that MMA has overtaken boxing in many fronts like action and excitement, and it is a matter of time when boxing will beacome a poor cousin to MMA.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Filipino champions.

I always have a soft spot for fighters from the Philipines, and before any smart Aleck calls me a fairweather fan by virtue of Manny Pacman being a Filipino, let me tell you this, brother, the boxer who  left an everlasting memory on me is not Manny but a guy called Flash Elorde. He was the undisputed junior lightweight champion for 7 years, making 10 title defences, I remember when TV was first introduced to S'pore. I watch Flash challenging Carlos Ortiz for the lightweight title. Flash was KO in the 14th round but he impressed me with his skill and speed, hence the nickname Flash.
Yes  brother, the Great Flash Elorde.    RIP.
Other greats are Dodie Boy Penelosa who overcame childhood polio with a shorter left leg. Even with this handicap, he captures the world title. Lusito Espinosa, Pancho Villa etc.
As for Pacman, well my first impression was formed when I first saw him fight in 2001 in Las Vegas, if my memory doesn't let me down , it was an undercard on a Oscar DelaHoya main event.
Anyway Manny took the fight on a few days notice and KO Lehlohomolo Ledwaba and in the process capturing the IBF super Bantamweight title.So dominant and brutal, I knew there and then that this then 21 yr old will attain greatness, At least I was right, ( most of the time, wrong in everything )
Afterwhich he went on to beat the likes of JMM, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, among others.
I would have like to see him smash FloydMayweather Jr, and retire for good.
OK  Salamat for reading this long winded message.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

It's Live, Nonito Donaire vs Omar Navaez

Folks,   this is live . for the bantam weight championship,  2 belts WBO and WBC.
Donaire might not be as well known as Manny but believe me, he can punch and he is fast, hence the nickname the Filipino Flash.
Omar Navaez, he is Argentinian, I do not know anything about him but I do know that Argies are tough nuts,  remember Oscar Bonavena, Carlos Monzon etc.
Omar is 35-0, wow that is quite a record, it means he is unbeaten to date.
Thanks to Starhub, at least my feedbacks are answered, maybe soccer's loss is boxing's gain.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


Some people says controversies make life more interesting.
I am not so sure about that, more so with the sport of boxing. Take last weekend fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson for example.   I personally do not like Hopkins alot, he like many Yank fighters
tends to be rather brash, cocky and indulges in lots of trash talk. But then you cannot deny the fact that this guy is super talented. I mean a world boxing champion at age 46. We are not talking about Bowling , sepak Takraw or Ping Pong.
Coming back to the fight, if you watch the replays, Chad definitely lifted Hopkins up, in fact one of his hands was wrapped round Hopkin's legs and he clearly dumped him.
Now you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that this is a clear cut intentional foul.
Pls refer to my earlier post about below par referees and this ref is certainly one.

The other recent one was the fight between Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It started when Ortiz fouled Mayweather by headbutting him. Ortiz was rightly punished and given a 1 point deduction. He apologised and give Mayweather a hug, after which Mayweather hits him immediately with a left hook and knock him out with a right cross.
While the rule book says that what Mayweather did was legitimate, I feel that was a rather ungracious and ungentleman thing to do. Definitely not in Queensbury fashion.
I don't understand a fighter of Mayweather's calibre, he do not have to do that. He is winning the fight comfortably. He just lacks class.
Again the performance of a inefficient referee will affect the whole scene.

Trick questions.

I have been questioned many times and my answer remains unchanged.
Here it goes.
Oh so you loved boxing, don't you think it's inhuman and barbaric, 2 grown ups beating the living daylights out of each other and you called that sports.
Btw,  would you have enjoyed it that much if your son is in the ring eating leather ?

As I mentioned, my answer remained unchanged.

1. Boxing as a sport do have some risk, just like motor racing, mountain climbing and even gymnastic.
    If you do not have what it takes, then you have no bloody business to be in the ring. Short sweet and  

2. Will I enjoy it if my son is a boxer,  sure why not ?
    If my kid have the talents of Oscar DelaHoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Manny Pacqiao or Floyd Mayweather
    for that matter,  I will be the first to call up Emanuel Steward, Freddie Roach or Angelo Dundee.
   I will yell at the top of my voice, take my boy, he is world champion material.
   Fortunately or unfortunately unlike me, my son has got no interest in boxing,  and I respect his choice.
   BTW, democracy is widely practiced in my household.
3. So when a guy choses boxing as a career or as an amateur sports, he ( I do not favor women's boxing )
    he must be aware of the requirements needed, the risk involved and the realistic expectations he should

Coming back to the dangers of the game, I think the referee plays a very important role.
He should be able to sense when a boxer is taking unnecessary punishmnet and must not hesitate to stop the contest immediately. We have seen so many inefficient and below par referees who have no business in the
ring. Their license should not be renewed. 

Monday, 17 October 2011

Boxing in Singapore

Boxing is a dead sports over here.
Looks like S'poreans are just not interested. Sad sad sad.
I have been following the sports since Muhd Ali captures the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston.
Since then my day is not complete without surfing websites like 24 hrs boxing, Eastside boxing etc.
Feel free to join in on any discussion,