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Froggy:

I wish I could think of who said it oubobcat, but somebody once said " boxing records are like bikini's, they show a lot but don't reveal everything " !

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oubobcat:

"The Lomachenko-Pirayapinyo fight looks to be tremendous. The highly-touted V-Lo is 2-1 as a pro an already a world champion. His 29-year-old Thai opponent is 52-1, his only loss coming against then-unbeaten champ Chris John over two years ago.

You will see the boxing skills of the multi-faceted southpaw V-Lo at their ultimate best. He must stay busy and come at the hard-hitting Pirayapinyo (33 KO's) from angles, never giving him a chance to set up.

Yes, this one could very well be the best fight on the card.

-Randy G."


I actually think Lomachenko has an easier time in this fight than he did against Russell. Yes the Thai fighter has a glossy record but who has he fought? His last fight in August for example he won a six round decision against a 2-2 fighter and his record is littered with fighters with such records (a few fights back beat someone who was 1-10). The one time he stepped up he lost a wide decision to Chris John.

The bigger question to me is how dominant will Lomachenko be in this fight and can he get a stoppage.

On the undercard, I am actually looking forward to the first fight between Vargas and Demarco. I think this could be a high contact kind of fight and very entertaining. And probably will be the best fight of the night.

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oubobcat:

Glad to see this fight in finally set. This will be an excellent way to open 2015.

I have yet to decide who I am picking. Its a real tough call and one of the reasons this fight is so intriguing. I am hopeful Wilder can become a star but also concerned about how he has been moved so far in his career. He has developed bad habits in the ring and needs to correct those against someone like Stiverne who is not Jason Gavern, Malik Scott or Nicolai Firtha.

As for Stiverne, what kind of shape will he be in and what will his mindset be facing Wilder? There have been rumors that Stiverne has allowed himself to get out of shape since the big win against Arreola. Stiverne has very good skills and can crack as he showcased in his two wins against Arreola. But was that the peak of his career and will he continue to stay hungry and motivated.

I can't wait for this one myself.

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The Shadow:

Dude, he's been saying some off the wall sh*t! Dude is either a genius promoter or completely deranged. He's all over the place.

I liked him better when he was on his epic losing streak. Was much, much easier to deal with.

That said, he's a real nice guy in person, I've spent quite a bit of time just chatting with him at his gym after people left.

He's a nice guy and he wants to be just that. When the cameras and sh*t come in his face, this Mr. Hyde character just comes out in him, making him sound like a damn idiot.

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The Shadow:

...AND the birthday of a guy with strong ties to the heavyweight division, the great Cus D'Amato!

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kidcanvas:

that makes sense frank, once pacquiao is completely shot only then will floyd take the fight . thats his mo anyway

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The Commish:

"No shots at you are necessary. I understand your temporary homeboy-luv insanity. That jive will give you inattentional blindness and change blindness. And you just will not be able to see the actualities of realities.

Just dig how your other homies have gone off their rockers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITGzFb4CBm0.

Tim Lane is expected to pull some wise, ole, Trainer Genie Naazim's syet. Lane has already been throwing hizzy-and-pizzy fits about how Da Manny wraps his hands.

No Joke Coach Freddie Roach will have him removed from Da Manny's dressing. And if Lane keep acting up and showing his arse, he will missed the dance and will spend the rest of the weekend in da crazy house heavily medicated, and then deported back to the Empire State on Monday.

Somebodee and dey sidekick musta fo'got to tell Lois Lane's kissing cousin dat he ain't running syet on this Chinese BIG, BIG M-Island. Holla!"


Sounds to me like Tim Lane is having fun as the moment approaches.

I know that when Algieri wins, his head won't swell and he'll be the same likable guy--just a lot richer and a lot more famous.

I have a feeling Tim is gonna' have a bit more difficulty handling the fame.

In a little over 12 hours from this writing, all the rhetoric will stop and the punches will start.

The moment will be here.

Hopefully, you guys--and gals--will be able to share in the post-fight moment with Gerry Cooney, The Shadow and me on SiriusXM's "Post-Fight Special."

Call in toll-free at 1-866-522-2846 and tell the screener you are with The Sweet Science. He'll put you ahead of the many callers who will be waiting to go on and share their thoughts and feelings on the fight.

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"One guy I know condemned boxing on moral grounds and then kept writing about it. For me, that's just plain wrong. He never talked to me again after I pointed this out. Too fragile I reckon."

Was that guy a high-profile journalist? I can't believe he was so morally against it, then went ahead, watched it and wrote about it.

He never spoke to you again for even mentioning it?

His loss!

-Randy G.

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Kid Blast:

One guy I know condemned boxing on moral grounds and then kept writing about it. For me, that's just plain wrong. He never talked to me again after I pointed this out. Too fragile I reckon.

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Kid Blast:

Boxing is like a plane crash. Every time one happens, we try to learn so that it doesn't happen again. The Greg Page tragedy was the best example of this. But if all the necessary precautions are in place--Ambulance, ringside doctors, competent official's, etc and then a tragedy still occurs (such as in the Levander Johnson fatality), I submit we either accept it as a part of boxing culture or leave the sport entirely. Can't have it both ways. The Mago affair is one where things were not in place and that one is a real test of the morality issues associated with boxing.



Nice article David.

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Radam G:

"I think you guys are making way too much of Algieri coming in overweight. It wasn't four pounds over. It wasn't two pounds over. It was 2/10 of a pound!



Two/tenths of a pound!



It was a urinal stop over. A long urinal stop...he lost 6/10 of a pound!



Stop making a big deal of Algieri being overweight.



If Pacquiao wins tonight--that's IF--I really want you guys to call into the show and talk to Gerry Cooney & The Shadow on the SiriusXM post-fight special.



The toll-free number is 1-866-522-2846.



And while you're talking to Cooney and The Shadow, you might as well take some shots at me.



I'd deserve it.



But when Algieri wins--that's WHEN--I still want you to call in and tell me you should have listened and bet that early heavy line on C-Al.



Let the partying begin!



-Randy G."




No shots at you are necessary. I understand your temporary homeboy-luv insanity. That jive will give you inattentional blindness and change blindness. And you just will not be able to see the actualities of realities.



Just dig how your other homies have gone off their rockers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITGzFb4CBm0.



Tim Lane is expected to pull some wise, ole, Trainer Genie Naazim's syet. Lane has already been throwing hizzy-and-pizzy fits about how Da Manny wraps his hands.



No Joke Coach Freddie Roach will have him removed from Da Manny's dressing. And if Lane keep acting up and showing his arse, he will missed the dance and will spend the rest of the weekend in da crazy house heavily medicated, and then deported back to the Empire State on Monday.



Somebodee and dey sidekick musta fo'got to tell Lois Lane's kissing cousin dat he ain't running syet on this Chinese BIG, BIG M-Island. Holla!

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The Commish:

"He came in at 144.4, took off his magic stone and still came in .2 over. Went backstage did some frustrated work and weighed in at 143.6. He's going to be pummeled pilar to post by Pac tonight, we've already started the festivities for today's fights this side of the pond. Did have a good laugh at Chris' expense.. He spent so much watching his diet to the gram and still came in heavy!!"


I think you guys are making way too much of Algieri coming in overweight. It wasn't four pounds over. It wasn't two pounds over. It was 2/10 of a pound!

Two/tenths of a pound!

It was a urinal stop over. A long urinal stop...he lost 6/10 of a pound!

Stop making a big deal of Algieri being overweight.

If Pacquiao wins tonight--that's IF--I really want you guys to call into the show and talk to Gerry Cooney & The Shadow on the SiriusXM post-fight special.

The toll-free number is 1-866-522-2846.

And while you're talking to Cooney and The Shadow, you might as well take some shots at me.

I'd deserve it.

But when Algieri wins--that's WHEN--I still want you to call in and tell me you should have listened and bet that early heavy line on C-Al.

Let the partying begin!

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

January 17 is also the 73rd birthday of Muhammad Ali, whom Wilder has idolized since he can remember.

"I want to dedicate this fight to Ali," said Wilder. "I only wish he could be there with me on the night I become champion. I have heard he watches many of the fights on TV. I hope he's watching this one. This one's for him."

Will Ali be watching? After I get in touch with Ali's longtime business manager and even closer friend, Gene Kilroy, I have a feeling Ali will indeed be watching.

-Randy G.

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The Commish:

"I'm with the TSS crew,..... Another stink-fest like the Provodnikov encounter will not be rewarded in China. Folks aren't buying tickets to see a track meet. The gap in boxing skills is too wide.
Pacquioa wins a lackluster contest by UD.

The undercard looks decent..... Too bad Rigo's opponent dropped out...but the Lomanchenko bout looks interesting."


The Lomachenko-Pirayapinyo fight looks to be tremendous. The highly-touted V-Lo is 2-1 as a pro an already a world champion. His 29-year-old Thai opponent is 52-1, his only loss coming against then-unbeaten champ Chris John over two years ago.

You will see the boxing skills of the multi-faceted southpaw V-Lo at their ultimate best. He must stay busy and come at the hard-hitting Pirayapinyo (33 KO's) from angles, never giving him a chance to set up.

Yes, this one could very well be the best fight on the card.

-Randy G.

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Radam G:

Wow! In this trillion-dollar gambling M-Island, Da Manny, aka 3m, is going to knock C-Al da double fudge out early. Enjoy the Macau Massacre.

Sorry, but this will be no Sin City stinkfest of Money May. C-Al is not that fast. And Da Manny/3m is no Chino. Da Manny/3m is going to do much than knock out one C-Al's teeth filling. Holla!

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The Commish:

This certainly is a fine idea, put into play by a boxing executive who cares in Melvina Lathan.

"We know that nothing beats education, but so many of our young fighters come from backgrounds which do not encourage higher education," said Lathan,who, herself holds seversal degrees. "Our program will strive to get more education for those who seek to better themselves. Even for young men and women who become champions, higher education is always a plus, helping all of them out when their fighting careers have come to an end."

I had the pleasure of meeting Allan H. Dobrin, the Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of CUNY. Mr. Dobrin and I chatted for around 15 minutes, and during that time, he told me that one of his dreams as a young fight fan back in the '60's was to become head of the New York State Athletic Commission.

"That's how into boxing I am," said Mr. Dobrin.

He told me of some of his favorite fights and fighters.

One of his favorites is Gerry Cooney.

I invited Mr. Dobrin to the SiriusXM studio to sit in on one of my shows. There, he'll be able to meet my co-host. He smiled like a kid in a toy store, being told "pick any toy you want."

Mr. Dobrin loves boxing and watches it religiously.

Young fighters who are seeking to further their education are fortunate there are people like Melvina Lathan, Yvonne Williams, Bryan Adams and Allan Dobrin in this world.

-Randy G.

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Skibbz:

He came in at 144.4, took off his magic stone and still came in .2 over. Went backstage did some frustrated work and weighed in at 143.6. He's going to be pummeled pilar to post by Pac tonight, we've already started the festivities for today's fights this side of the pond. Did have a good laugh at Chris' expense.. He spent so much watching his diet to the gram and still came in heavy!!

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Carmine Cas:

"Or is it a ploy being used to gain leverage in the Canelo negotiations?"

Most likely the latter but I wouldn't doubt the former either LOL. He talks so much syet, it's hilarious, sometimes it hold ground but not always lol.

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brownsugar:

Or is it a ploy being used to gain leverage in the Canelo negotiations?

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brownsugar:

I'm with the TSS crew,..... Another stink-fest like the Provodnikov encounter will not be rewarded in China. Folks aren't buying tickets to see a track meet. The gap in boxing skills is too wide.
Pacquioa wins a lackluster contest by UD.

The undercard looks decent..... Too bad Rigo's opponent dropped out...but the Lomanchenko bout looks interesting.

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brownsugar:

I don't think there's any substitute for learning how to fight at an early age.

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amayseng:

CA does NOT sit down to put someone out.

come on RG educate these guys on the different types of punches..

CA pushes his punches at the end, Pac snaps his...

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Radam G:

"I like Algieri, I even put money on it, but not much....I think there's alot of weight on Pacquiao's shoulders, that is not accounted on scales of pounds and ounces...yeah, Algieri could choke, but I don't think he's the choking kind. Again, Algieri by stoppage, a long way from home, but in a comfortable place to make a major matriculation."

Hehehehehe! You got jokes and "High Hopes!" The stuff must be contagious from the Commish. Da Manny has high spirit and your boy C-Al is spooked. In less than two rounds he will zzzzzzzzzzzzzzing. Holla!

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The Commish:

If he looks anything like he looked against Mike Perez, he doesn't want either Bermane Stiverne or Deontay Wilder in front of him next!

-Randy G.

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Buzz Murdock:

I like Algieri, I even put money on it, but not much....I think there's alot of weight on Pacquiao's shoulders, that is not accounted on scales of pounds and ounces...yeah, Algieri could choke, but I don't think he's the choking kind. Again, Algieri by stoppage, a long way from home, but in a comfortable place to make a major matriculation.

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stormcentre:

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And the reason for that is, Pacquiao needs an opponent with a back story, which Chris definitely has. I also believe Bob Arum feels that he has to be careful regarding who he puts Pacquiao in with. And the perfect opponent is one that lacks experience and big power, but one who can capture the imagination of new boxing fans and not get blown out in a round or two.



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I respect his work and what he has accomplished as a boxer and title holder, but in an earlier era, I don't think Pacquiao-Algieri would go over as a PPV attraction. But it does today because Mayweather and Pacquiao have conditioned the public to accept every time they fight it's assumed it's PPV and that signifies their opponent is worthy.





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I would add that Pacquiao-Algieri does pass as a PPV attraction today because Top Rank, as a business and commercial animal, know what they're doing.



Top Rank have always sought to capture and control the market/talent, and they're successful doing it.



My personal take on Algieri's involvement in this fight is that there was no one else within Top Rank's stable that was available, had the marketability and was not perceived as a genuinely serious threat despite the upset of Ruslan.



Still, the outcome of this fight will be as interesting for the boxing landscape as it will be for that of this forum and perhaps the New York boxing scene.

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The Commish:

Yes, it was an excellent piece, serving as a reminder how much the sport we love has to be regulated. There is never a time I watch a fight where I don't think about the inherent and obvious risks. Far too many of the boxers who fought pre-2000 are already slurring their words. I cringe when I hear them and as I listen to them. Yet, for many of them, I was ringside when they fought. I even gave them their license to box. I sanctioned them to box. And I loved every moment of their fights. Yet, I knew what fate awaited them.



This is boxing. This is our sport. We each accept our inevitable fate. We live for the moment. I pray for every fighter I have ever watched and rooted for. I pray for every fighter I will watch down the road and will root for.



Ring the bell. I'm ready to watch my next boxing match, always with a silent prayer for the warrior that I am rooting for.



-Randy G.

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The Commish:

I just got off the air. To my understanding, Algieri weighed 144.2 instead of 144. Is that correct?



-Randy G.

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Radam G:

"You’re talking way too much smack. What are you nervous about?"

Hehehe! I always talk much smack. And I ain't no hypocrite like nurse fatty. Having butterflies come with the territory. As Cus d'Amato said, it is how you use that nervousness -- as fear or as fire.

We use our as fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGppscwS0TQ. And we are going torch and scorch some arse. Holla!

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mortcola:

"Socky -- I mean Rocky -- made the weight. And is suspicious wrongly about the haps with the scales. He ought to quit. He is just working his optical illusions for his BIG excuse after he get Pac-KTFO. Holla!"

You’re talking way too much smack. What are you nervous about?

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