9:45 pm ET/6:45 pm PT on HBO. Wright will probably win this one, just like last time, but it should be an entertaining fight. Winky Wright is GOOD.
Also, Steve Kim is saying that Floyd Mayweather fights TBA on 1/22, and Arturo Gatti fights Jesse James Leija 1/29, and if they both win it'll be Gatti-Mayweather in June '05. Woo-hoo!
EDIT: If you're willing to pay for a couple of PPVs, there's FIVE straight weekends of boxing...
11/22 - Wright/Mosley 2 on HBO 11/29 - Morales/Barrera 3 on HBO PPV 12/4 - Jermain Taylor/William Joppy (and presumably the Morales/Barrera replay) on HBO Boxing After Dark AND Jose Luis Castillo/Joel Casamayor (with Jeff Lacy/Omar Sheika) on Showtime 12/11 - Vitali Klitschko/Danny Williams (with Miguel Cotto on the undercard) on HBO PPV 12/18 - Tarver/Johnson (and presumably the Klitschko/Williams replay) on HBO
(edited by JayJayDean on 18.11.04 0626) “To get ass, you’ve got to bring ass." -- Roy Jones Jr.
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Originally posted by spf>In one case, you're sitting on your couch. In the other, you're in Las Vegas. This is simple math.
In the "hopefully you'll enjoy the fight, too"-case, I turn to Bill Simmons' column from the Lewis/Rahman 2 bout:
LAS VEGAS -- Here was the sound we made when Lennox Lewis exorcised his demons, regained his heavyweight title and ushered Hasim Rahman into his fifteenth minute of fame:
Ohhhhhh ... AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
I was sitting in Press Box K, located approximately 700,000 rows above ringside at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, but that didn't stop me from making that sound along with everyone else Saturday night. Lewis landed his perfect punch midway through the fourth round, seven months after Rahman had landed his perfect punch in South Africa (which was the reason why we were here in the first place). Of course, the circumstances were a little different this time around.
For one thing, Lewis dominated the first three rounds of the fight, effortlessly moving around the ring and punishing Rahman with his jab. Rahman looked overwhelmed even before the fight started (during his ring entrance, he had the Byung Hyun-Kim face going). You could sense it was only a matter of time; by the end of the third round, there was an "It's gonna happen" buzz floating through the crowd.
When Lewis finally dropped his bomb, the force of the punch was so sudden that "The Rock" looked like he had been victimized by a chokeslam from his WWF namesake "The Rock." Rahman fell backwards like a chopped-down tree, his head bouncing against the canvas so violently that his feet actually kicked in the air.
It was an unforgettable turn of events, at least for me. When you watch knockouts on television, they're always accompanied by an announcer screaming something like "Rahman goes down!!!!!" and there's a certain pace to the whole thing. When you witness fights in person, there's a different rhythm -- you don't have somebody telling you what's happening, you can't see the clock, you don't have someone scoring the rounds for you, the sounds of the crowd basically narrate the fight -- and those occasional one-punch knockouts seem much more sudden and vicious.
And that's why we make sounds like Ohhhhhh ... AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
Originally posted by Guru ZimPlus, didn't Tupac get shot outside of a Heavyweight fight in Vegas?
Yep. I was pretty down when I read this yesterday. I went home and played Nascar Thurder for a couple hours just to hear Benny's voice over and over. Benny kept telling me that Earnhardt was racing to the front - now they're both on the front row.