Monday, April 9, 2018

Evander Holyfield's Incredible Combination Against Michael Dokes: GIF Spotlight




It was the eleventh of March, 1989. Evander Holyfield had unified the cruiserweight division and moved up to heavyweight, to prove his case as a challenger to the division's king. He was matched against Michael Dokes, following his win over Pinklon Thomas. The fight was an action-packed Las Vegas night displaying the skills and guts of both fighters. But whoever started it, it got dirty, and Evander Holyfield knew how to win when things got dirty.

Here we have a beautiful, ugly, completely illegal, very damaging combination. It's the dirty 1-2 (headbutt, low blow). Holyfield, later on, with a much more legal maneuver, would score a TKO over Dokes. He'd splatter Buster Douglas for the heavyweight title the following calendar year. Unlike a typical fighter today, he didn't go from Dokes to a title shot. In the brief time between Dokes and Douglas, he'd knockout all three of Adilson Rodrigues, Alex Stewart and Seamus McDonagh. You don't see schedules like this for heavyweight contenders anymore. That was a risky, grueling trip to the top for Evander Holyfield, especially considering most champions from lower divisions can piggyback on their lower division accomplishments when they move up in weight.


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Analyzing A Great Boxing Character With Rob Ager


1994's iconic Pulp Fiction saw the least pugilistic boxing film in the consciousness of the general public that I can remember. The defiant fighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) and his match are a major driving force for everything in the movie. [anachronistic spoiler alert text] Maybe I'm biased but any fighter who gets the same proposal is totally justified in a double-cross. [/anachronistic spoiler alert text]

Rob Ager (Collative Learning) recently caught my eye with a shareable analysis I thought you might enjoy of Butch, the watch and the fighting spirit in his life. I loved it and I hope you will too.






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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Darryl Pinckney Sends Us A Major Knee-Bender: GIF Spotlight


Undefeated prospect Luis Leija, cousin of Jesse James Leija, was 14-0 going into his featherweight match with Darryl "The Nightmare" Pinckney. Pinckney was deceptively 19-19-2. It was 1995 and the year before this Darryl had stopped Junior Jones in three rounds. This man was one dangerous 50/50 fighter and "The Nightmare" was not an ironic nickname. He would reaffirm this point with Leija.



Pinckney KO1 Leija. If you ever wake up in life and you're staring at the full sole of one of your shoes. . . there's a good chance something went wrong for you. Leija would go on to rumble with several names but most notably he was stopped in two against Floyd Mayweather Junior. Pinckney was quite a story before and after, and he'd still go on to fight major titlists Oscar Larios, Jesus Chavez, Mauricio Pastrana, Freddie Norwood, Robert Garcia, Guty Espadas Junior and Juan Manuel Marquez. He would knockout Espadas Junior while Junior was still undefeated in 1996. He even gave Juan Manuel Marquez a scare that year.


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Serious Journeymen Are A Nightmare: GIF Spotlight

Journeyman Darryl "The Nightmare" Pinckney was a thunder-fisted seek-and-destroy man who either destroyed or got stuck seeking until the end of the fight. In October of 1994, Pinckney would take on Junior Jones with less than a week's notice, in typical journeyman fashion. Darryl was 18-18-2, while Jones was a sterling 33-1-0. It couldn't have been more obvious who would win this bout. Through round one and two it still could not have been more obvious. Until Pinckney kindly clarified the situation by abruptly one-punching Junior Jones all over the canvas.



As you can see, Jones got up and tried to play it off like nothing, but his legs were gone when the fight resumed and he tackled his opponent to the canvas, while trying to hold on until he recovered. Referee Earl Morton made the call after the tackle. Pinckney TKO3 Jones. Jones would go on to take the 0 of Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera and beat him in a rematch. Pinckney wasn't done pulling upsets in his career and, though losing, he also dealt Juan Manuel Marquez his first surprise knockdown, if I'm not mistaken. Pinckney would finish his career at 24-42-3 and Jones at 50-6-0. The life of a journeyman is not easy. But you can still raise a ruckus while you're living it. Darryl Pinckney raised multiple ruckuses. Cheers to The Nightmare.


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Brandon Rios Gets Down: GIF Spotlight



Brandon Rios did an interview for Fight Hub TV while training for his match with Manny Pacquiao in 2013. Being known as a gym clown, he began to dance for the camera, then segued into a demonstration on what a Zumba class is like. Brandon Rios is pure entertainment, in and out of the ring.



Fight Hub TV Link Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cgNkg7VpeM


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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Dangerous Art Of Circus Boxing: GIF Spotlight



British Pathé, a treasure trove archive of everything, issued a video for these brave chimpanzees boxing from 1955. This is coverage of the Bertram Mills Circus. Obviously, these fellas ain't hurtin' each other. It's probably fixed. The mafia got into everything in the fifties.

The full video clip is here:




God bless British Pathé.



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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Larry Merchant Is Having None Of Your BS! (GIF Spotlight)

In January of 1997, Daniel Zaragoza defended his super bantamweight title against Wayne McCoullough in a match that left Zaragoza to say McCullough had the best chin he ever came up against and McCullough saying Zaragoza was the smartest fighter he'd ever been up against. Zaragoza took a split decision over the undefeated young challenger but a McCullough fan decided to crash Larry Merchant's interview with the old champion by yelling "He was robbed!" So, Larry Merchant...



Larry apologized (not to the fan) but to his interviewees, claiming he wasn't used to using "strong-arm tactics" to conduct his interviews. It's really too bad Ricky Hatton wasn't there to fix his hair up properly.


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