#1 Posted on 7.10.06 0854.21 Reposted on: 7.10.13 0855.40
(Hey Z, you should make a boxing thread icon, like a glove or Mike Tyson's tattoo or something!)
Tonight the Russian giant Nicolay Valuev defends his heavyweight belt against ham-n-egger Monte Barrett on HBO, with the undercard fight of Tomasz Adamek-Paul Briggs II on the undercard. Valuev is 7-0 (his height, not his record) and 328 pounds, with an undefeated record of 44-0, 32 KOs. Adamek-Briggs I was a massive, bloody fight and is probably going to be the fight of the night.
On Showtime Corrales-Casamayor III is tonight even though Corrales got stripped of his title for failing to make weight. As a bonus it's a Sowtime Free Preview weekend so you can watch the fight even if you aren't a Showtime subscriber.
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#2 Posted on 8.10.06 0115.37 Reposted on: 8.10.13 0115.44
Valuev won by TKO in the 11th, really only looking good for about a round and a half, albeit in the 10th and 11th when he could finally work a jab, which stopped Barrett in his tracks every time he used it properly. If Valuev could be more consistant with his jab, no one would ever get within two feet of him.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that the fight ended with Barrett's corner (figuratively) throwing the damn towel.
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#3 Posted on 8.10.06 0759.58 Reposted on: 8.10.13 0800.03
I looked at getting this as part of the Briggs/Darchinyan PPV special they had here. 4 World Title fights, but it was $50, so I didn't worry. I wouldn't mind seeing Briggs/Adamek, it sounds like a decent fight. The reports I've read have Briggs landing better, but Adamek landing more, which I suppose makes the split decision. Once again, Adamek looks like the fighter that lost - injury wise - but wins on the scorecards. Surely we go Briggs/Adamek 3, right? Darchinyan looks like he totally dominated his fights, the scorecards would tend to refelect that, but even the 30 seconds or so on the sports news looked damn convincing. Valuev, well, how do you stop him? It has to be body shots, right?
#4 Posted on 8.10.06 1129.15 Reposted on: 8.10.13 1129.23
That's really a pretty interesting technical question. I wonder if a fighter like a pre-prison Mike Tyson could do it. Get inside (not tough), work the body, but I don't you can really get any power on any uppercuts because you have to throw them a foot higher than you normally do. As for other punches, the angle must just be so weird that you can't get your best stuff on the guy.
I don't think Valuev will ever be knocked out or even really hurt. But a quick, skilled fighter could probably avoid his jab, get inside, and touch him all day long en route to a pretty convincing, if boring, victory.
I wish I had seen Corrales/Casamayor. Joel is one of the most underrated boxers out there. The guy has NEVER lost convincingly. You hear how Diego had to not eat for four days and still came up 4 pounds over? Diego is so much marketable because of his style, rep and personality though, that I don't really think the outcome of the fight mattered in terms of careers, as long as Diego didn't quit or anything. Casamayor will still struggle to get a decent next fight.
You think they'll make Darchineyan/Arce now or no?
#5 Posted on 8.10.06 1902.00 Reposted on: 8.10.13 1902.05
Valuev has horrible defense, and I think Wladimir Klitschko boxes his way to an easy decision win. I thought Valuev was anxious and tentative at first because of the moment, but he acquitted himself well. I did like the HUGE right hook that scored the first knockdown in the 11th.
I only caught the last five rounds of Adamek/Briggs and it was quite good. I couldn't stay away through the flyweight fight on Showtime, so I messed Corrales/Casamayor.