Originally posted by ESPNOscar De La Hoya sustained a cut on his left hand Wednesday that required 11 stitches, but Saturday night's middleweight championship fight against Bernard Hopkins isn't in jeopardy.
Now, this is just my opinion, of course, but this is crazy. De La Hoya was a 2-1 underdog against Hopkins to begin with, but at least there was the hope that he could hold off Hopkins and make it a good fight, perhaps even pull off the upset. However, without his left hand, his good hand, De La Hoya will be lucky to leave the ring alive against Hopkins. This fight should be postponed immediately, because with only one good hand De La Hoya is in danger of being seriously injured.
A wrestler I know once took a Bas Rutten liver shot. He said it was the absolute worst he's ever been hit.
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Hopkins is already in the greatest conversations. He has not lost ina decade and he has 19 straight successful title defenses. Oscar is a good fighter, not a great one. I was glad to see him get pounded.
Gatti stopped Dorin with a similar shot not too long ago. If you get hit hard in the right spot in the gut, you won't be able to stand up for a week. The first thing you learn in defense is to keep your right elbow tight at your side right over that spot.
I don't really know about Hopkins in the greatest debates. He's only had three fights against really top-tier opposition and lost one of them pretty badly. He needs to beat the next couple 154-pounders that step up, as there's nobody else good at 160 (Mosley or Wright maybe) - both of whom would be tougher than De La Hoya.
The really sad thing is, Oscar's going to still make 25 millon+ from his next fight, and Hopkins will be lucky to break 7 digits.
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By "new Gracies" I was refering to guys like Rhalan and Daniel -- there's some slow burning hype surrounding a number of late teen and early twenties guys who are (reportedly) beasts on the ground and standing up. We shall see.