A popular sport amongst athletes and bookworms alike in London is the new sport called ChessBoxing. The idea here is that the individuals have to push themselves mentally and physically and at the same time. The participants undergo a strenuous physical round of fighting, and then immediately line-up against their competitor to engage in a game of chess.
Imagine competing in a round of boxing, physically exhausted, only to pursue a mind numbing game of chess immediately after. This is the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate experience.’
While the game sounds self-explanatory, the experience is definitely not.
Originally posted on Beats, Boxing and Mayhem:
EL PASO, TEXAS – In the words of his own legendary father, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) became a man last night and put everyone in the middleweight division on notice with a thorough beating of contender Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs) at the Sun Bowl.
From the opening bell, it was readily apparent that critic predictions that Lee would be the harder puncher were wildly inaccurate. Lee scored points when he kept Junior on the end of his lengthy jab, but the WBC titlist easily backed up Lee whenever he connected with slashing left hooks. By the third round, Chavez Jr. found great success pinning Lee to the ropes and working him over with hooks to the body and guard-splitting uppercuts.
Officially, boxing started as a match between two men, 3 minute rounds, gloves and a bout until the ‘finish’. The first official fight, credited by many historians, was between James Corbett, also known as ‘Gentleman Jim’, and John L. Sullivan. Though Sullivan was much more impressive in stance, ‘Gentleman Jim’ proved that lofty footwork and supreme hands could overcome a bigger, overpowering man. In the 21st round, James put down Sullivan and proved that skill overcomes.
Though there were many bouts before this, this fight opened the door for modern era boxing.
“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” –Gentleman Jim
Originally posted on Stupid Sideline Reporters:
By now you’ve all heard or seen Timothy Bradley’s “win” over Manny Pacquiao from last Saturday. There have been calls and accusations of a fix and plain ol’ judging incompetence. In fact, other than Duane Ford and CJ Ross, only 10 people out of 265 from various media members, boxing sites, and notable fan forums actually gave Bradley the decision. Well the WBO announced today they will “review” the controversial fight even though any knowledgeable boxing fan knows it will amount to nothing.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in a statement Wednesday that the WBO’s championship committee will review video of the fight with five “recognized international judges” and make a recommendation. He said the WBO does not doubt the ability of the scoring judges.
Most reporters seated ringside and the vast majority of fans inside the MGM Grand arena on Saturday night thought Pacquiao had easily defended his welterweight title against Bradley.
The first surprise came when ring announcer Michael Buffer announced that there was a split decision, and the biggest surprise came in the reading of the scores. Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, while judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.
The Associated Press scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao.
“The public saw the fight and they’re outraged, and we need clarity here,” Arum told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “We need those responsible to investigate, to see what happened, how the judges could be so off.
“Was there any funny business going on? Or no funny business? Did they have a conversation with each other?” Arum asked. “We need to get clarity. The public is demanding it.”
Arum’s powerful promotional company, Top Rank, has staged thousands of fights over more than four decades, including some of the most significant in the history of the sport.
He said that the scoring of Saturday night’s fight was among the worst he’s ever seen.
“It puts boxing in a very horrible light,” he said. “I’m looking for the sport to do damage control, and the only way it does damage control is if you do a full and complete investigation.”
As a recent judge, Harry Reid discusses his view on the fight. Good insight.
GoPro always provides a cool look into the world of sports…
Another controversial event occurred within the world of boxing. The Bradley–Pacquiao fight was certainly a thriller but, as many claim, ended with the wrong victor. The Filipino boxer and politician was suppose to win another fight and continue on his way as one of the world’s greatest. Bradley was suppose to put up a challenge but, according to everyone’s scorecards, was not suppose to demand a win from the judges.
In an unexpected turn of events, the fight concluded with Bradley as the winner.Though the scorecards show that Pacquiao landed 34% of his punches and landed almost 100 more than Bradley, the judges felt that Bradley won despite the evidence.
Is the world of boxing hurting because of this calamity? Or is the skepticism drawing in a reaction that means more views, money and support from fans? Certainly tarnishing a reputation that Manny has garnered over his career is something the boxing world would never do. However, and many skeptics point out, the boxing world has been crumbling for years and this fight was the icing on the cake. An injustice was done. So, who’s to blame?
In order to be a giant in the ring, there has to be plenty of time spent in the gym. Some of the greatest have different offense techniques but almost all of them agree that defense in essential to winning.