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Carmine Cas:

Awesome piece Commish, Ed Derian is looking down and smiling.

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the Roast:

The Commish is on another level high above us average Joe keyboard mashers. This article is further proof.
Ed Derian was one of a kind and we will not see another like him.
I can identify with that two hour drive. I reconnected with a really good friend on facebook a few years ago. About twenty years had passed. Before the cell phone/text/email era I started dating my future wife and my friend started dating her future husband and we just lost touch with each other. When we started talking again on fb and texting and some phone calls it was like we just picked up where we left of all those years ago. We kept saying we would get together for coffee or get our spouses and go to dinner but we never got around to it. One tearful phone call my friend tells me she has stage four stomach cancer and not too long after she was gone. Her husband who I hadn't met yet text me from her phone about five hours after she passed. I went to her wake and shook his hand and told him how sorry I was. He said that she mentioned us all getting together for dinner and wished that we had. I wish we did too.

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dino da vinci:

Great work Randy. Much love for Mr Derian.

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Kid Blast:

One of your very best Randy. Had my eyes moist.

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Radam G:

Marvelous copy! Just awesome! Maybe Ed Derian will be announcing our arrivals to those Pearly Gates when it is our time to head that way.

Until then, Ed Derian. DERIAN! Holla!

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Radam G:

Nice copy, T-Ha! Through your awesome copy, Dan lives on. His kind heart beats on in sweet harmony of the sweet science that he loved so much.

From the Pearly Gates of God's Kingdom, one can see Dan's gentle grin. Right on, Dan! Much luv FORVER! Holla!

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Radam G:

Definitely a rematch is in order. Holla!

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Kid Blast:

Yes a good piece indeed

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amayseng:

Good article.


Hope to read more on Dan's life.

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The Commish:

From what I am now hearing, a purse bid still looms for this Wednesday, in the offices of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.

Hmm. Guess we'll know more in one hour when Deontay is on. But then, sometimes the fighters are the last to know!

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"For what it's worth the WBO have stated they will investigate the scorecards.. No word on whether they'll over rule or void the scores but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. A rematch in Liverpool would sell very well, but something tells me Sauerland Bro's won't do it unless forced."

I can see where the scores were one-sided. Close, competitive, two-sided bouts will do that. However, Abraham was really winning most of the rounds, and doing it with a very tight defense. Actually, both showed tremendous defense. I had it 115-113 for Abraham, but found myself trying to give some borderline rounds to Smith, who acquitted himself very well over the championship distance.

I thought the rounds Smith won were very close, and could see where a judge might cop out and call the round even (I try not to score any round even, but that's just me).

Abraham had himself perhaps his best three minutes in Round 8, as he put his punches together well, mixing it up to both the head and body. But, feeling the fight slipping away, Smith came back strong in the ninth.

The 12th was one of the most action-packed of a thrilling, competitive bout.

By the way, I watched it with the sound off. I didn't get to hear what many said was a biased call by Jim Watt. Was it biased?

How about a rematch?

-Randy G.

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Radam G:

"Wilder will be on my SiriusXM show today at 6:30 p.m. (ET), with me, Gerry Cooney and The Shadow.

-Randy G."


WTF! I should call in. Naaaaa! I will just listen in, as I occasionally do. D-Wild will know me by my Cali accent, so when and if I call, I will use my British Hong Kong accent. Holla!

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amayseng:

"wHAT NUMBER ON THE DIAL"

92

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amayseng:

What a terrible loss.

Condolences to the family and friends of Dan.

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Kid Blast:

wHAT NUMBER ON THE DIAL

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The Commish:

Wilder will be on my SiriusXM show today at 6:30 p.m. (ET), with me, Gerry Cooney and The Shadow.

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"Word to the P-Islands' pugvine is that the bout is still not made. So it remains just a dream match. Don't tell me, similarly with making the bout between Lil' Floyd and Da Manny, we are getting another batch. Holla!"



No, this ain't $$$May-Da' Manny talk, talk, talk. A few things needc to be ironed out. Looks like it'll be a done deal by Thursday.



But this is no make believe chatter by Don King and Oscar dela Hoya. Bermane Stiverne v Deontay Wilder is going to happen.



-Randy G.

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Kid Blast:

A great announcer. It wasn't about HIM; it was about the fight.

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Skibbz:

For what it's worth the WBO have stated they will investigate the scorecards.. No word on whether they'll over rule or void the scores but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. A rematch in Liverpool would sell very well, but something tells me Sauerland Bro's won't do it unless forced.

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Skibbz:

Glad to see there are those with eyes and sense enough to score fights correctly. 118-112 is a different fight I'm certain, maybe something on the undercard..

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Radam G:

Wow! The fight video feed was bad coming into the P-Islands. Or my boy "Smigga" Smithy was hit by "A Smooth Criminal." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFvENQBc-F8 Holla!

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Radam G:

Word to the P-Islands' pugvine is that the bout is still not made. So it remains just a dream match. Don't tell me, similarly with making the bout between Lil' Floyd and Da Manny, we are getting another batch. Holla!

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Radam G:

I will see you at the crossroad, Dan. My deepest condolences to the Goossen Fam. Words cannot describe how much that we are going to miss Dan. Holla!

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ApolloJuturna:

I think this is a reflection of the times as much as it is a contrast in personalities. These days the majority of sports figures don't take political stands. Michael Jordan was infamously apolitical - and was known for not weighing in on race or social issues; he was about himself, his brand and about money. Tiger Woods and other athletes have followed suit. Fast forward to Mayweather - he is a cartoon and a caricture of the shallow, self-absorbed, materialistic popular icon. Not only is he disimiliar to Ali...he is Ali's antithesis.

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yomi:

"We must have been watching different fights, I will find the fight and post it here, along with my round by round scores and we can see what our community make of the fight. Sour grapes they are not."



I totally agree with Skibbz: the author watched a different fight. I scored it 113-115 Smith.

In the moments before the decision was announced I thought to myself: "The judges will give Abraham a draw". How little did I know.



The Sweet Science saw it 118-112

A few 10-10 rounds in there? Suffice to say that I would be very interested in seeing the Sweet Science's scorecard.

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Kid Blast:

God Bless Ed Derian-----Derian

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oubobcat:

Very sad and shocking news, my thoughts are with his family.

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brownsugar:

RIP Derian.

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brownsugar:

I don't think BeterB will stay at light heavy. He's fought at heavyweight (201) and is said to be more comfortable between 180 to 201.
Dude looks like he was carved out of igneous rock.
His defense was subtle but deft and his offense was brutal yet reserved and calculated against Cloud.
It will take pure boxing skill....not power ... to defeat this man.

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teaser:

"What surprises me the most is that he had only had 5 fights going into the fight with Cloud. And of course he proceeds to annihilate him, but damn only 6 fights now, and he's a force to reckoned with."yes and to do it with such poise and balance and cutting off the ring with purpose…never out of position and in complete control …Cloud was using his legs,moving in and out and jabbing to the body but Artur just kept coming

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