Hopkins still has the footwork, upper body movement, buzzing power and hand speed to still compete at the highest level. Very impressive.
Of course Hop is gonna control the pace, spacing and work rate but he landed enough clean and hard shots to keep me entertained.
I think this performance was superior, more enjoyable and entertaining to Floyds last 3 performances.
Poor Paulie, he needs to hang it up after that massacre lastnight, Porter SteamRolles him Easily...
As far as B-Hop he is the master at his feint and well timed counters, I remember when B-Hop fought RJJR 20 years ago and to see him still putting on boxing clinics now is amazing... He doesn't get hit cleanly, he moves around the ring gracefully, he knows how and when to clinch, he keeps guys off balance because sometimes he waits to counter, then sometimes it's the lead right hand, then other times it's the lead left hook.
That quick 1-2 he dropped the kid with was perfect, blind him with the jab then shoot the right hand....
I hope guys appreciate how masterful this ageless wonder is, he enters every fight without having any physical advantages yet his boxing IQ is so high now of his physical liabilities seem to matter
Malignaggi relied on his legs throughout his career but when you get older the speed is just not the same. But its hard to change your style as a fighter. Malignaggi was so fast he used to get away with one of the cardinal sins in boxing and that was pulling straight back with his hands down. The speed was not there tonight and Porter was smart in that when Malignaggi pulled straight back he followed throwing the left hook. Excellent job by Porter seeing this and that combined with his size and strength advantage allowed him to take care of Malignaggi like nobody else has done before.Reply
Shumenov played right into Hopkins hands. He consistently held his left low and was just getting racked by right hands from Hopkins all night. Maybe if he had a trainer at some point this would have been corrected. But its clear Hopkins saw this on tape and exposed this flaw early. In addition, Shumenov allowed Hopkins to fight as his measured pace for most of the night.
I am continually amazed at what a 49 year old fighter can do in the ring. I was as pumped for the fight yesterday as any fight so far in 2014. When Hopkins fights now he makes history and did so once again last night.
For me, its a signed boxing glove from Wladimir Klitschko that I won in a contest and a personalized signed black and white photo from Joey Giardello. After the move the Hurricane came out, I watched the Carter-Giardello fight and scored it in favor of Giardello. I wrote Giardello to let him know I thought he won the fight and the bout was clearly falsely portrayed in the movie (not asking for anything). A few weeks later a signed photo came in the mail from him and that is something I will always treasure in my collection.Reply
Hopefully, this is the last time we see Paulie inside the ropes. BHop is heading for disaster once one of these young guys actually make him
work for 3 minutes each round. Kid Chocolate has defensive liabilities that will be exploited by GGG.
Not impressed with all access. Holla!Reply
Fun topic, Arne.
My favourite is a photo of myself in a couch next to Ali and Lewis in London ca 2001. Don't think it counts as memorabilia, though, for anyone else.
I visited a theatre/musical - local, a small show - on the life of Edith Piaf. Not only blessed with a spectacular, characteristic voice, she also led a dramatic life - and had a passionate affair with Marcel Cerdan. After the show, I got my hands on a signed photograph of Cerdan. Cerdan being Cerdan - a true great, one of the ten best middleweights ever - this is an item I truly appreciate. Now, every time I hear Piaf, I think of Cerdan. Well, he's worth it. Besides two losses by DQ, it wasn't until his 105th fight before he saw an opponents hand raised. WWII came in the way, but afterwards, he continued as if nothing had happened, became European Champion and then bested "Man of Steel" Zale via TKO. He dislocated his shoulder in round one vs LaMotta and had to quit on his stool after some ten rounds - and died in a plane crash flying back to USA for the return. Boxing lost of one its greatest sons, a career that could've been an even greater legend, and Piaf was definitely sent into a lifelong state of depression. Sad, touching, dramatic - and a real nice photo.
I thought Shumenov would out work Hopkins .oh well, Hopkins still has it.Reply
I was under the influence of some snow queen, and bit hard onto a rumour about Shumenov. Damn Kazakhs.
Great job by Hopkins, I can't wait to see much further he can go, no doubt he will keep proving wrong his doubters. Porter showed Malignaggi the door, was always going to happen. Looking forward to him vs Brook, that'll be a real good fight. Winner will stamp their claim to the division. Porter Thurman is a bad one for Thurman stylistically. He doesn't like backpeddling and Porter doesn't know how to go backwards. Great fight to watch.
wow! was i off? is hopkins gonna ever get old? we've been asking this for 30 years lol. amazing! what happen to Paulie?Reply
Another con job victory for Bernard. Why these guys play his game of pose, wait and stroll around I will never know. Make the old timer fight instead of pose and Hop gets beat. Shumenov stood there like a cobra watching the snake charmer. Throw punches! I give credit to Hopkins for controling the pace and the tempo (yawn) in winning yet another thrilling (yawn again) pose down.Reply
Laila Ali wanted no part of that.Reply
"Oh, between March Madness and the start of spring football I was spending my internet time on the Michigan sites. Yeah, it was Maria's birthday today. She looked nice in her German style dress today."
I saw that too. I'd like to give her the schnitzel. Welcome back bud.
Oh, between March Madness and the start of spring football I was spending my internet time on the Michigan sites. Yeah, it was Maria's birthday today. She looked nice in her German style dress today.Reply
Where you been Ultimo? I've been worried sick! Nice of you to make it back in time for Maria's birthday.Reply
That was pretty much how I expected the fight to play out. Except for the judge who gave Shumenov seven rounds...unbelievable.Reply
dino da vinci:
Lucia Rijker was the most dangerous female boxer I've seen in my lifetime. Lucia's only career loss came against a man who broke her leg in the early part of the bout. She thanked him for fighting her stating something along the lines of: he had a lot of down side, so I appreciate him taking that risk.
Martin stood no chance against her in my opinion.
hopkins gets better with age ffs ... played all night with shumenovReply
Shame on the corrupted powers that be. Fighter of the Year, already B-Hop should have three. And called his bout tonight a split decision. I told you guys that D.C. and the IBF are double fudging corrupted. Jive-time cheats. Holla!Reply
B-Hop wins again! He straight-up clowned Chumpenov -- I mean Shumenov. Holla!Reply
A dumb, dangerous bout for Paulie to take from the jump. And he was too obsessed about is Da Manny a great fighter or not? Paulie ran off at the mouth and mocked Porter for calling Da Manny one of the greatest of all times.
Stick with the new career of being a talking head. For you, Paulie, your fighting days are dead. And about Da Manny, quit going off the edge. Holla!
Porter is like a bull in heatReply
"I was referring to trainers and insiders like you mention, which makes it hard.
Like I said, if he can catch them in person and do a helluva sell job, he might get lucky.
Maybe you know someone who has a few minutes to see his breakdown?"He'd definitely get lucky with the great and/or secured trainers. Holla!
Trainers would snob him not. He cannot stir up any great trainer's golden or silver pot. They would listen just to pass the time away. It's not going to mess up their day. They'll treat da dude okay. And then just do things their way. Unless, he says something that they capitalize on. Holla!Reply
He would have a time with Brook, but would get him. Porter kayos the superhyped-up Floridian Thurman. Holla!Reply
"Wow! I don't believe some of what I'm reading. You advisors to AJ have apparently came in on a different train. Good-and-great trainers aren't that paranoid of fans. They listen to everything and everybody. And read everything from everybody. And often write them back. Even the trainers, who couldn't read and write back in da day, had someone to read fan letters and write the fans back.
In the words of the late, great Cus d'Amato: "You never know who's carrying the best advice for a fighter...Listen and read everywhere, even if you have to pretend not to."
The late, great GBTOAT Angie Dundee got a call to his hotel room from a "loud-mouth kid" teenager wanting boxing knowledge and to spar with light-heavyweight king "Dancing Master" Willie Pastrano.
I'm speaking for myself. I don't know any nasty top gun trainers -- dead or alive -- that didn't at least pretend to be listening to a fan. Just in kindness, they will listen to outta-the-loop people.
The trainers are guarded and paranoid against in-da-loop and in-da-game advisors in my experience. Insiders will befriend you, and betray you. They will tell a trainer's fighter the wrong jive just to get him beat.
In the words of TTS's own DDV: "Boxing is full of weasels and squirrels."
But it is also full of kind, great ones -- long gone to heaven and still around. Holla!"
I was referring to trainers and insiders like you mention, which makes it hard.
Like I said, if he can catch them in person and do a helluva sell job, he might get lucky.
Maybe you know someone who has a few minutes to see his breakdown?
Porter is the real deal. May Paulie heal. Holla!Reply
"Go be great." I couldn't stand Paulie when he first arrived on the scene, but since he's been commentating he's grown on me for some reason. That was a pretty special moment there at the end with Paulie telling Porter to "go be great" with tears streaming down his face...very classy. That was only my second time watching Porter, he's now on my must see list.Reply
Who will win #MayweatherMaydana?