SERGEY KOVALEV Is TSS FIGHTER of the YEAR

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Utter domination, it was, from the singing of the National Anthem onward.

Yep, he “Krushed” it, did 31-year-old Sergey Kovalev, nailing down the win as TSS Fighter of the Year when he overwhelmingly, completely, most thoroughly handled the living legend that is Bernard Hopkins on November 8, 2014 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

It was a bout that saw experts split about 50-50 on who’d have their hand raised in a classic Legend vs. Upstart clash which screened on HBO, and it will be, arguably, the most enduring takeaway from the year in boxing when one is looking back at this 12 month span and assessing the pros, the cons and the accomplishments during that time-span.

Kovalev had a quarter of my vote when he clanged a right hand of the noggin of the man who has forgotten more fistic wizardry than the masses of campaigners today have learned, and sent the no-longer-ageless wonder to the mat. Notice was served then, and then cemented over the remainder of the 12 round light heavyweight consolidation bash that the Russian-born fighter who’d had to cold-call promoters from coast to coast to secure himself a backer who would take a flyer on him, that Sergey Kovalev was king of the division.

The man dislodged from the throne acknowledged as much after he’d had the brutal truth that a younger, stronger pugilist had his number on this late fall evening tattoed into his temple, chin and torso. Hopkins, a bottomless well of pride not prone to conceding any damned thing easily, gave it up for Kovalev, who who branded a brand of pugilist on this night.

TSS reached out to the now California-based boxer, who seeks to continue his momentum surge in his next outing, on March 14, against ex champion Jean Pascal, and informed him he is our 2014 Fighter of the Year. “Thank you for choosing me, and believing in me,” Kovalev said. “Happy New Year and I wish you good reporting in 2015!”

In case you don’t know, the fighter is a good egg; he’s been knee-deep in diaper duty since son Aleksander was born right before the Hopkins changing-of-the-guard effort, and all of us who cover him are genuinely happy for the fighter, whose dimples betray a soft side which is utterly absent when he does his thing in ring. Thus, it makes me, personally, pleased to bestow the fighter with this honor, after consulting with the TSS staff and our publisher. Indeed, when the victor who receives the spoils also happens to be a good soul, there is something that much more right in this world.

Promoter Kathy Duva, of Main Events, who listened when manager Egis Klimas told her he was working with a future champion and could use a hand-up from a promotional entity, was also pumped when told that TSS was tapping Kovalev as FOY.

“Awesome,” enthused the New Jersey based dealmaker. “Of course he deserves it! And I will be happy to tell you why. During 2014 Sergey displayed all of the qualities that should distinguish the Fighter of the Year. First of all, he consistently pursued the best opposition. Think about it. During 2014 Sergey agreed to fight Adonis Stevenson (although Stevenson ultimately pulled out), Bernard Hopkins and now Jean Pascal. After Sergey, they are the three top fighters in the division. Sergey not only defeated all of his opponents, he dominated them, losing a total of one round in three fights. That round was lost when Blake Caparello stepped on his foot to score a cheap knock down. You saw what happened to Blake in the second round! And to cap it off, Sergey outboxed a legendary boxer in Bernard Hopkins. As I have said to everyone who is willing to listen, is not just that Sergey defeated a great world champion who half the media expected to win, winning two more titles in the process, it was the way that Sergey did it–displaying levels to his game that he had not shown us before.”

To be sure, the choice didn’t come without considerable debate and thought. Our man Kelsey McCarson weighs in with some light dissent, and food for thought on others who merited the top slot. “By far the most important award in boxing given every year by those who do such things is Fighter of the Year,” says McCarson, who himself had a helluva year in his realm, as he raised over $10,000 for the medical expenses of a Texas boy battling cancer, little Corbin Glasscock, when he engaged in a sparring match with contender Jermell Charlo last month. “This year’s candidates include light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, lightweight Terence Crawford, welterweight Manny Pacquiao, middleweight Andy Lee and flyweight Roman Gonzalez. While I can make a pretty decent case for every one of those guys (in fact, I voted for Kovalev in Bleacher Report’s year-end awards because we were asked to do so before all fighters had their 2014 fights in the books), the truth of the matter is that no one really stands out head and shoulders above the rest. The field is a close, competitive bunch of excellent fighters who all had fine years. To that end, Japan’s Naoya Inoue should also be considered for the honor. This Japanese junior flyweight is a monster puncher with superb skills. He’s fast, exciting and perhaps the future of boxing in Japan and maybe even the entire world. Inoue, age 21, won the WBC junior flyweight title against Adrian Hernandez in just his sixth professional fight. He defended it versus Samartlek Kokietgym, then jumped up two weight classes to knock out the best junior bantamweight in the world, Omar Narvaez, for that division’s WBO belt to close out the year, on Tuesday. All three wins for Inoue came by knockout, and he stands above his peers as a young up-and-comer who both says he wants to fight the very best and actually does so. “

Well reasoned, Kelsey, and for that reason, we’re naming Inoue as first runner up in the category of TSS Fighter of the Year.

Kovalev manager Klimas seemed content with our choice of his guy over Inoue as FOY. “I am very glad you are voting for Sergey as a Fighter of the Year and I strongly believe he deserved it, as it was good year for him,” Klimas said. “Especially since he showed on November 8th that he is not just a puncher, but also that he knows how to box, destroying each round the legendary Bernard Hopkins!”

Congrats Sergey, and thank you for your service to your craft, and for providing us with so much entertainment value this boxing season.

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-BFF :

Great pick TSS! Go Krusher!!


-oubobcat :

There is no question Kovalev had a very good year. He had two KO's early in the year and then completely dominated Bernard Hopkins in November. And that was a fight that a lot of insiders thought he'd lose. But I am leaning in a different direction for fighter of the year and that is Nicholas Walters. Walters completely dominated and KO'd in impressive fashion two very good fighters this year. In May, Walters beat Vic Darchinyan. Darchinyan had nearly defeated Nonito Donaire in his previous fight and had two good wins prior to that Donaire fight. There were a lot of people who thought he'd expose the undefeated Walters. But Walters dominated from the start and Darchinyan surprisingly was never in the fight. And it ended in sensational fashion with a highlight reel knockout win for Walters. And then in October Walters faced Donaire in what many considered a pick em fight. But Walters again dominated in this fight with the exception of one moment at the end of the 2nd round and ended things in the 6th with a one punch knockout win. At this time too Doniare was creeping back into pound for pound lists. To me, we sometimes look to much at activity when determining fighter of the year. The body of work needs to be examined more carefully. Walters dominated and impressively KO'd two good fighters in fights that when he entered the ring a lot of people thought he'd lose or at the very least be involved in competitive affairs. These were not competitive and Walters really impressed each time out. He did not hit that magical three fight number though which is why I believe a lot of people did not really consider him for fighter of the year. But to me when the body of work is more closely analyzed Walters is the 2014 fighter of the year.


-stormcentre :

WTF !!!!!! Not Mickey Rourke? How come? Why not? He travelled all the way to Russia to fight a guy that was less than half his age - that takes balls. Also, how come nobody (including the sometimes abrasive, but always insightful and outspoken folk here) is patting the WildCard gym and its trust on the back for setting up . . I mean putting together such a great/sincere show. And don't let anyone tell you that the body shot Mickey brought the (iron) curtain down on his opponent with in Russia, was scripted. That's not true. Same for rumors that the fight possibly represented the only time in in modern boxing history where a fighter . . that was already so obviously artificially, assisted, dyed, buffed, pumped and "reverse-aged", . . still also needed a stooge in order to make him look like he was a genuine boxing champ. That's also not true.


-stormcentre :

WTF !!!!!! Not Mickey Rourke? How come? Why not? He travelled all the way to Russia to fight a guy that was less than half his age - that takes balls. Also, how come nobody (including the sometimes abrasive, but always insightful and outspoken folk here) is patting the WildCard gym and its trust on the back for setting up . . I mean putting together such a great/sincere show. And don't let anyone tell you that the body shot Mickey brought the (iron) curtain down on his opponent with in Russia, was scripted. That's not true. Same for rumors that the fight possibly represented the only time in modern boxing history where a fighter . . that was already so obviously artificially, assisted, dyed, buffed, pumped and "reverse-aged", . . still also needed a stooge in order to make him look like he was a genuine boxing champ. That's also not true.


-amayseng :

There is no question Kovalev had a very good year. He had two KO's early in the year and then completely dominated Bernard Hopkins in November. And that was a fight that a lot of insiders thought he'd lose. But I am leaning in a different direction for fighter of the year and that is Nicholas Walters. Walters completely dominated and KO'd in impressive fashion two very good fighters this year. In May, Walters beat Vic Darchinyan. Darchinyan had nearly defeated Nonito Donaire in his previous fight and had two good wins prior to that Donaire fight. There were a lot of people who thought he'd expose the undefeated Walters. But Walters dominated from the start and Darchinyan surprisingly was never in the fight. And it ended in sensational fashion with a highlight reel knockout win for Walters. And then in October Walters faced Donaire in what many considered a pick em fight. But Walters again dominated in this fight with the exception of one moment at the end of the 2nd round and ended things in the 6th with a one punch knockout win. At this time too Doniare was creeping back into pound for pound lists. To me, we sometimes look to much at activity when determining fighter of the year. The body of work needs to be examined more carefully. Walters dominated and impressively KO'd two good fighters in fights that when he entered the ring a lot of people thought he'd lose or at the very least be involved in competitive affairs. These were not competitive and Walters really impressed each time out. He did not hit that magical three fight number though which is why I believe a lot of people did not really consider him for fighter of the year. But to me when the body of work is more closely analyzed Walters is the 2014 fighter of the year.
hmmm... I have to respectfully disagree. Vic is old and damaged to an extent and Donaire was way too small.. Walters is for sure a good fighter and has been impressive but those two wins aren't against legit prime fighters. Sure KK did not fight prime killers either, that is why my vote would go to M. Herrera


-stormcentre :

Crawford had a pretty good year.


-amayseng :

Crawford had a pretty good year.
Agreed and he beat some good fighters in exciting fashion while displaying the ability to take over and control fights.


-Radam G :

WTF !!!!!! Not Mickey Rourke? How come? Why not? He travelled all the way to Russia to fight a guy that was less than half his age - that takes balls. Also, how come nobody (including the sometimes abrasive, but always insightful and outspoken folk here) is patting the WildCard gym and its trust on the back for setting up . . I mean putting together such a great/sincere show. And don't let anyone tell you that the body shot Mickey brought the (iron) curtain down on his opponent with in Russia, was scripted. That's not true. Same for rumors that the fight possibly represented the only time in modern boxing history where a fighter . . that was already so obviously artificially, assisted, dyed, buffed, pumped and "reverse-aged", . . still also needed a stooge in order to make him look like he was a genuine boxing champ. That's also not true.
Hehehehe! You got JOKES for the new year. You are killing it. ;) Holla!


-Radam G :

hmmm... I have to respectfully disagree. Vic is old and damaged to an extent and Donaire was way too small.. Walters is for sure a good fighter and has been impressive but those two wins aren't against legit prime fighters. Sure KK did not fight prime killers either, that is why my vote would go to M. Herrera
I'm riding shotgun A-seng all the way, BAABBEE!' M-He was smokin!' And those blind judges had to be jokin!' And how in da double-fudge heck did they miss his whup-@$$ peckin' and a pokin?' OMG! The scoring system is corrupted and brokin.' Justice for M-He, this year, I'm hopin!' Holla!


-DaveB :

hmmm... I have to respectfully disagree. Vic is old and damaged to an extent and Donaire was way too small.. Walters is for sure a good fighter and has been impressive but those two wins aren't against legit prime fighters. Sure KK did not fight prime killers either, that is why my vote would go to M. Herrera
I agree with Amayseng picking someone else. I like Kovalev but I don't think his competition was the best. It is not his fault. I like him because he is willing to fight all comers. Kudos for fighting and beating Hopkins in the style that was necessary to do the job. He showed that he is a well rounded fighter. Still not sure how he will do against a puncher. Perhaps this year if he is victorious over Pascal and Stevenson in spectacular fashion I will give him the nod.


-dino da vinci :

I agree with Amayseng picking someone else. I like Kovalev but I don't think his competition was the best. It is not his fault. I like him because he is willing to fight all comers. Kudos for fighting and beating Hopkins in the style that was necessary to do the job. He showed that he is a well rounded fighter. Still not sure how he will do against a puncher. Perhaps this year if he is victorious over Pascal and Stevenson in spectacular fashion I will give him the nod.
DaveB, man stopped two undefeated fighters and then took on 'Father Time' only after he couldn't get the only other real threat in the division to share a ring with him. Then proceeds to sign to fight another short list guy. While I too could argue a few other fighters, further examination gave me pause (In one case, I feel one of the other candidate's win a bit tainted as I think Nonito is, while not shot, no longer the dangerous guy he was just a couple of years ago.)


-The Good Doctor :

This is one of those years where I don't think anybody was just a clear cut favorite. I am completely riding the fence because you can make a legitimate case for all of the following: Walters: Destroyed Evil Vic and Donaire Wlad: Two brutal KO's, both within 5 rounds Crawford: Great ko of Gamboa, nice wins over Burns and Beltran Roman Gonzalez: 4-0 this year!!!. 4 knockouts and a nice win over Yaegashi Kovalev: 3-0, dismantled Hopkins. Naoya Inoue: very slept on year. 3-0, all wins by KO. Won WBO super flyweight belt from Navarez, who had the belt for almost 5 years and a ton of defenses. Take your pick. I won't argue with any. You could even throw in a sentimental vote for Cotto, a vote for Pac, or even Kell Brook. Good year for a lot of guys.


-stormcentre :

Assuming you don't have to win to be in the running (yep, long shot I know) I think Mauricio Herrera did alright too. In my book he is 3 and 0 this year, and fought well; bringing a style to the table that's hard for most guys to deal with.


-dino da vinci :

No, the day will come when that could very well happen. I don't know what that says about other guys with KO wins and 3, 4 victories, but I can see a scenario where that plays out. I agree with TGD, some years it's a no brainer, other years a handful of fighters have exceptional years, career years. It's nice to see the monsters start to emerge. K Bro aside, we may be hearing about some of these candidates for years and years to come.


-riverside :

hmmm... I have to respectfully disagree. Vic is old and damaged to an extent and Donaire was way too small.. Walters is for sure a good fighter and has been impressive but those two wins aren't against legit prime fighters. Sure KK did not fight prime killers either, that is why my vote would go to M. Herrera
You guys must know who my pick is. M-H is three and 0 in 2014 in some eyes. Back in march he was hand picked by the Garcia's and Haymon, and travel to Puerto Rico as the durable good chin journeyman. M -H was doomed to put on a good show and end up getting KO in front of a homecoming show, we all know that didn't happen, he neutralized Garcia left hook and boxes beautifully, measuring the distance every second of the fight. He came out the master that night, shocking the Puerto Ricans embrace "El Maestro" after and the next day of the fight. You cannot fool the deep rooted Puerto Rican fans! they Know boxing, then in July, he took the fight to Johan Perez, the toughest of the year, Perez is underrated, he was coming off victories over kamegai and spadafora, we wrestle the interim belt from him. Then this past Dec. peacemaker ODLH matched M-H against top rank prospected Benavitez, in a top rank Card, Arum is got too much dinero invested In the kid! well my boy was sacrificed, prior to the fight benavitez was walking and knocking out all his opponent, not this case, he retreated from post to post like some monster was after him. a small portion think Benavitez won. Once again the Chelsea at the cosmopolitan erupted in disbelief when the decision was announced. My pick Mauricio " El Maestro" Herrrera 2014 fighter of the year. just like Max Kellerman told it. at least Honorable mention.


-stormcentre :

You guys must know who my pick is. M-H is three and 0 in 2014 in some eyes. Back in march he was hand picked by the Garcia's and Haymon, and travel to Puerto Rico as the durable good chin journeyman. M -H was doomed to put on a good show and end up getting KO in front of a homecoming show, we all know that didn't happen, he neutralized Garcia left hook and boxes beautifully, measuring the distance every second of the fight. He came out the master that night, shocking the Puerto Ricans embrace "El Maestro" after and the next day of the fight. You cannot fool the deep rooted Puerto Rican fans! they Know boxing, then in July, he took the fight to Johan Perez, the toughest of the year, Perez is underrated, he was coming off victories over kamegai and spadafora, we wrestle the interim belt from him. Then this past Dec. peacemaker ODLH matched M-H against top rank prospected Benavitez, in a top rank Card, Arum is got too much dinero invested In the kid! well my boy was sacrificed, prior to the fight benavitez was walking and knocking out all his opponent, not this case, he retreated from post to post like some monster was after him. a small portion think Benavitez won. Once again the Chelsea at the cosmopolitan erupted in disbelief when the decision was announced. My pick Mauricio " El Maestro" Herrrera 2014 fighter of the year. just like Max Kellerman told it. at least Honorable mention.
Good breakdown RS. Can't argue too much with that.


-DaveB :

Dino Da Vinci, Don't get me wrong I love the guy too. He had a great year. He is head and shoulders abovet the guys he fought as he clearly showed. He may be unbeatable at light heavy. Proved he is really, really good by blasting out the competition and shutting out Hopkins, which is no easy task. Stuck to his game plan and showed that he is not just a man that only is dependent upon his punch. But the only fight I had my doubts about him winning was Hopkins. He made the Hopkins fight look easy. Sometimes I think that these guys make things look too easy and that is part of the problem in giving them full credit. On the other hand if a fighter is not of A quality caliber that is what happens, they get steam rolled like the others were. I have great respect for him and I not moaning over the fact that he got it and I wouldn't rally hard against him winning it but I don't think it was FOTY worthy. It is just my opinion and I respect other's opinions and there are several fighters that a good argument can be made for. Much respect.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Crawford by a landslide. Three quality wins in style and the ability to rejuvenate boxing in Omaha, Nebraska. Need I say more? Kovalev had a good year, but I have to agree with ESPN's pick for fighter of the year (Crawford). Floyd Mayweather jr. has this generation of fighters trying to master the "shoulder roll." TC has a similar affect. He is a master at "switch hitting" and is the topic of discussion in most local gyms when it comes to debating skills.


-Radam G :

Crawford by a landslide. Three quality wins in style and the ability to rejuvenate boxing in Omaha, Nebraska. Need I say more? Kovalev had a good year, but I have to agree with ESPN's pick for fighter of the year (Crawford). Floyd Mayweather jr. has this generation of fighters trying to master the "shoulder roll." TC has a similar affect. He is a master at "switch hitting" and is the topic of discussion in most local gyms when it comes to debating skills.
He is good with it, but not great with it. It is just a matter of time before he is caught in the process of switching. And then the cheers for him, these never-really-loyal fight fans will be ditching. T-Craw is playing with dynamite. Catching him between a switch, is easy breezy to make him bite. Just as German Max saw a flaw that he could exploit on the Yank "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis, I see a serious, serious one that can be exploited on Cornhusker Crawford, aka T-Craw. Hehe! Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

He is good with it, but not great with it. It is just a matter of time before he is caught in the process of switching. And then the cheers for him, these never-really-loyal fight fans will be ditching. T-Craw is playing with dynamite. Catching him between a switch, is easy breezy to make him bite. Just as German Max saw a flaw that he could exploit on the Yank "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis, I see a serious, serious one that can be exploited on Cornhusker Crawford, aka T-Craw. Hehe! Holla!
Skill wise, I think he is as good as Hagler was at switch hitting. The kid has a little more pop out of the orthodox position, but has great footwork and defensive awareness out of the southpaw stance. He is damn near ambidextrous and what makes him special is that he has the fundamentals down out of each stance, the defensive awareness being the most important because of the difference in angles that each stance is vulnerable to. Go back and look at TC's fights and you will see arguably the best southpaw jab in the business right now. His ability to switch and nullify the southpaw angle advantage is the reason why I would take him over your boy Pac. He has a 72 or 73 inch reach and would be able to land the right jab against Pac compared to orthodox fighters that struggle to land the most important punch in boxing against Pac. He is a total nightmare for everyone at 140 and has a future at 147 with in the next couple of years.


-Froggy :

Good points Shoulder Roll Defense, about T-Craws switch hitting ability ! If he is near as good at it as Hagler was, that's pretty good, as for being damn near ambidextrous, I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous !


-Radam G :

Skill wise, I think he is as good as Hagler was at switch hitting. The kid has a little more pop out of the orthodox position, but has great footwork and defensive awareness out of the southpaw stance. He is damn near ambidextrous and what makes him special is that he has the fundamentals down out of each stance, the defensive awareness being the most important because of the difference in angles that each stance is vulnerable to. Go back and look at TC's fights and you will see arguably the best southpaw jab in the business right now. His ability to switch and nullify the southpaw angle advantage is the reason why I would take him over your boy Pac. He has a 72 or 73 inch reach and would be able to land the right jab against Pac compared to orthodox fighters that struggle to land the most important punch in boxing against Pac. He is a total nightmare for everyone at 140 and has a future at 147 with in the next couple of years.
No he is not as good as my boy Hagler yet, or my cousin Ronaldo Adamez, who Hagler "borrow" his thunder and made it famous. That is right. Ev'ybodee and dey momma in da game bite. T-Craw is not ambidextrous. He is a bit slower and lethargic in the lefty stance. And he carries he chin straight up. He is a disaster waiting to catch some hooks and uppercuts. It will be brownout city. Wow! It is a good thing that you don't have the kid. You would be moving him to fast. I've seen Tim Bradley pick him apart in sparring sessions that I was electronically spying at. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :


->http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TQJI54c3m6U Holla! This a solid breakdown of some of TC's skills. Don't hate RG, I can write a dissertation on the fundamental things that Pac does wrong.


-Radam G :

Good points Shoulder Roll Defense, about T-Craws switch hitting ability ! If he is near as good at it as Hagler was, that's pretty good, as for being damn near ambidextrous, I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous !
I'm ambidextrous, because of religious factions of my fam made me use my right whenever they saw me left handing. FYI, so is Da Manny ambidextrous. He writes with his right hand, shoot a basketball and throws a ball with his left, but plays darts with him right hand. I do most things with both hands, but kick with my right foot. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I'm ambidextrous, because of religious factions of my fam made me use my right whenever they saw me left handing. FYI, so is Da Manny ambidextrous. He writes with his right hand, shoot a basketball and throws a ball with his left, but plays darts with him right hand. I do most things with both hands, but kick with my right foot. Holla!
My 7 year old son who has been boxing since he was 4.5 is the same way. He writes with his left and throws with his right. He kicks with either leg. He boxes out of both stances and is very advanced for his age skill wise. The Henry Tillman gym is expecting big things out of him in the silver gloves in 2016. He can spar and hold his own with kids 2 to three years older than him. I am very proud of him to say the least. Switch hitting is a valuable tool for those that have the aptitude to pick it up. When you start young you can pick up anything.


-Radam G :


->http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TQJI54c3m6U Holla! This a solid breakdown of some of TC's skills. Don't hate RG, I can write a dissertation on the fundamental things that Pac does wrong.
Sorry! But that was a very bias film study. Again, T-Craw is good. And he will get better with fine tunning and a better food diet. But if you move him against the wrong opponents, you are in for a BIG disappointment. Somebody better correct his high-chin problem and posting, styling and profiling after missed shots of his opponents. You make them miss, you make them pay. There is no time for play. You are in the pros. And for one MESS UP, KTFO you will lay. Fairy Tail land in the pros, you do not for-a-long-time stay. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Sorry! But that was a very bias film study. Again, T-Craw is good. And he will get better with fine tunning and a better food diet. But if you move him against the wrong opponents, you are in for a BIG disappointment. Somebody better correct his high-chin problem and posting, styling and profiling after missed shots of his opponents. You make them miss, you make them pay. There is no time for play. You are in the pros. And for one MESS UP, KTFO you will lay. Fairy Tail land in the pros, you do not for-a-long-time stay. Holla!
Who at 140 defeats him? He would totally clown the current Ring Magazine champion Danny Garcia. I'm curious to hear who you think exposes TC.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Valid point about the chin being exposed RG, but people were saying the same thing about Floyd Mayweather's "pull counter" technique and found out that even when he gets tagged he can take it. TC has a chin and skills that pay the bills, holla!


-Radam G :


->http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TQJI54c3m6U Holla! This a solid breakdown of some of TC's skills. Don't hate RG, I can write a dissertation on the fundamental things that Pac does wrong.
It is not about what you do wrong, it is how you get it on and how you are able to last long. This is no "GOTCHA" jive! GOAT Ali was the most fundamentally wrong pug in the history of pugilism, but he was a bad mofu. Because, though, he did it ALL wrong, he made it come out right. And he could straight-up fight. But I ain't hater, my man! I'm a with da real real debater. You cannot sell me how every Terrance, D'Andre and Deontay are going to be so darn good. Maybe just in da hood. But not in the wide world of all of boxing. Holla!


-Radam G :

My 7 year old son who has been boxing since he was 4.5 is the same way. He writes with his left and throws with his right. He kicks with either leg. He boxes out of both stances and is very advanced for his age skill wise. The Henry Tillman gym is expecting big things out of him in the silver gloves in 2016. He can spar and hold his own with kids 2 to three years older than him. I am very proud of him to say the least. Switch hitting is a valuable tool for those that have the aptitude to pick it up. When you start young you can pick up anything.
Henry Tillman Gym? Wow! I'm glad that my boy Henry has gotten his life together. Or did somebody just name a gym after him? If not, I got to holla the next time that I'm in the states and in Cali! Holla!


-Radam G :

Who at 140 defeats him? He would totally clown the current Ring Magazine champion Danny Garcia. I'm curious to hear who you think exposes TC.
The only comp he has at 140lbs right now is the ever-patient-and-improving Mikey G and the always-getting-robbed M-He. But there are some lightweights that are closing the gap. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

It is not about what you do wrong, it is how you get it on and how you are able to last long. This is no "GOTCHA" jive! GOAT Ali was the most fundamentally wrong pug in the history of pugilism, but he was a bad mofu. Because, though, he did it ALL wrong, he made it come out right. And he could straight-up fight. But I ain't hater, my man! I'm a with da real real debater. You cannot sell me how every Terrance, D'Andre and Deontay are going to be so darn good. Maybe just in da hood. But not in the wide world of all of boxing. Holla!
Ali's fundamentally flawed style is arguably one of the reasons he is currently in such bad shape physically. It is also one of the reason that Roy Jones jr. got exposed once his reflexes slowed down. When I let my son YouTube fighters I stay away from letting him watch pugilist like RJ and Ali and instead throw on some Rigo, Mayweather jr., Sweet Pea, Winky, and Lennox to name a few. Skills not only pay the bills but also help to preserve your health. Trainers that truly know how to teach the true essence of boxing (hit, not get hit) are few and far between these days. I live in a state (California) where many of the gyms are teaching the kids machismo, take a punch to give a punch. That's cool, but it's not boxing to me and I will not allow my son to be taught that way.


-Radam G :

Valid point about the chin being exposed RG, but people were saying the same thing about Floyd Mayweather's "pull counter" technique and found out that even when he gets tagged he can take it. TC has a chin and skills that pay the bills, holla!
Money May has always picked opponents that will Not exposed his chin flaw. And Money May cannot take it there. He is a great optical illusionist. And all great fighters are against their lament flaws. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Money May has always picked opponents that will Not exposed his chin flaw. And Money May cannot take it there. He is a great optical illusionist. And all great fighters are against their lament flaws. Holla!
Manny primarily picked opponents that come straight forward with little to no movement or punching power. How many slick boxers has Manny actually faced that were legit or not fighting at a catch weight? Two can play that game RG, you should know that I keep a full clip.


-Radam G :

Ali's fundamentally flawed style is arguably one of the reasons he is currently in such bad shape physically. It is also one of the reason that Roy Jones jr. got exposed once his reflexes slowed down. When I let my son YouTube fighters I stay away from letting him watch pugilist like RJ and Ali and instead throw on some Rigo, Mayweather jr., Sweet Pea, Winky, and Lennox to name a few. Skills not only pay the bills but also help to preserve your health. Trainers that truly know how to teach the true essence of boxing (hit, not get hit) are few and far between these days. I live in a state (California) where many of the gyms are teaching the kids machismo, take a punch to give a punch. That's cool, but it's not boxing to me and I will not allow my son to be taught that way.
WRONG! THAT IS A BIG MYTH! GOAT Ali's mother died from Parkison Syndrome. There tons of people in Los Angeles USA, and all around the world that never boxed, but developed dat sucka. People wanna lie on da game. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

WRONG! THAT IS A BIG MYTH! GOAT Ali's mother died from Parkison Syndrome. There tons of people in Los Angeles USA, and all around the world that never boxed, but developed dat sucka. People wanna lie on da game. Holla!
Even if what you state is true there are tons of other "punch drunk" speech slurred former fighters that are the products of either sticking around too long are being fundamentally flawed defensively. B-Hop has had longevity in the game because he is fundamentally sound in all facets of the game, most important defensively.


-Froggy :

I'm ambidextrous, because of religious factions of my fam made me use my right whenever they saw me left handing. FYI, so is Da Manny ambidextrous. He writes with his right hand, shoot a basketball and throws a ball with his left, but plays darts with him right hand. I do most things with both hands, but kick with my right foot. Holla!
To be perfectly honest, as much as it would be nice to be ambidextrous, I was joking when I said " I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous " 1


-Radam G :

Manny primarily picked opponents that come straight forward with little to no movement or punching power. How many slick boxers has Manny actually faced that were legit or not fighting at a catch weight? Two can play that game RG, you should know that I keep a full clip.
You are good at rationalization. Da Manny got famous fighting by upsetting "slick boxers." Hehehe! You need to recheck. Beside it is a myth that Da Manny is not a "slick boxer" himself. It must be that he is Asian. I went through the same thing in boxing, basketball, football and track and field. I tore the competition up in Cali before my fam kicked me out of the states for hanging out and roughhousing with the Asian Boys Gangsters. We Asians are always stereotyped as all brains and not sport talented in sports except in ping pong and Batmitten. And maybe diving and ice skating. Ev'y "Boys In The Hood" and dey momma were makebelieving that I was black or had black in me back in da day. Check some records and holla at a similar name that keep popping up in the late 1990s. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

You are good at rationalization. Da Manny got famous fighting by upsetting "slick boxers." Hehehe! You need to recheck. Beside it is a myth that Da Manny is not a "slick boxer" himself. It must be that he is Asian. I went through the same thing in boxing, basketball, football and track and field. I tore the competition up in Cali before my fam kicked me out of the states for hanging out and roughhousing with the Asian Boys Gangsters. We Asians are always stereotyped as all brains and not sport talented in sports except in ping pong and Batmitten. And maybe diving and ice skating. Ev'y "Boys In The Hood" and dey momma were makebelieving that I was black or had black in me back in da day. Check some records and holla at a similar name that keep popping up in the late 1990s. Holla!
No stereotyping from me because I know what it feels like to be stereotyped. However, Manny is not considered slick in most boxing circles. He is too easy to hit. His fundamental flaw of lunging in is what got him knocked out cold against Marquez. A fundamentally skilled boxer like Floyd would have never got countered like that. Boxing 101, lunging in off balance can get you knocked the ****** out or seriously hurt. Just like his tax problem, Manny had to learn this the hard way.


-Radam G :

Even if what you state is true there are tons of other "punch drunk" speech slurred former fighters that are the products of either sticking around too long are being fundamentally flawed defensively. B-Hop has had longevity in the game because he is fundamentally sound in all facets of the game, most important defensively.
You are conveniently bias. Different pokes for different folks. I can introduce you to tons of pugs -- between 40 and 115 -- that are clear as bells in speech and thought. But they were fundamentally offense demons and defensively flawed to high heaven. One that you will know would be George Chavalo, There are just some people -- most -- who are bonic. You are just singling out of pugs who fit your stereo types for damages. It is the same thing in AmerKano football. People talk about the stereotypes, not the percentages. Let's talk about the very successful Jack Dempseys, Gene Tunneys, Carmen Basilios, and the very lived 94year-old Jake LaMotta. They were "flawed defensively" but were fine to the end of life. And J-LaM is one bad mofu. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

You are conveniently bias. Different pokes for different folks. I can introduce you to tons of pugs -- between 40 and 115 -- that are clear as bells in speech and thought. But they were fundamentally offense demons and defensively flawed to high heaven. One that you will know would be George Chavalo, There are just some people -- most -- who are bonic. You are just singling out of pugs who fit your stereo types for damages. It is the same thing in AmerKano football. People talk about the stereotypes, not the percentages. Let's talk about the very successful Jack Dempseys, Gene Tunneys, Carmen Basilios, and the very lived 94year-old Jake LaMotta. They were "flawed defensively" but were fine to the end of life. And J-LaM is one bad mofu. Holla!
There are exceptions to every rule. My grandfather lived to be almost 90 and he smoked a couple of packs of cigarettes a day since the age of 10. He died of natural causes, but generally speaking smoking is a deadly habit for most. My grandfather was the exception to the rule, not the norm.


-Radam G :

No stereotyping from me because I know what it feels like to be stereotyped. However, Manny is not considered slick in most boxing circles. He is too easy to hit. His fundamental flaw of lunging in is what got him knocked out cold against Marquez. A fundamentally skilled boxer like Floyd would have never got countered like that. Boxing 101, lunging in off balance can get you knocked the ****** out or seriously hurt. Just like his tax problem, Manny had to learn this the hard way.
Your boxing circles -- the inattentional blinded and don't-intent-to-be-but-are xenophobic. Jack Johnson got knocked out by lunging in against Jess Willard. The Brown Bomber Joe Louis got knocked out and down because he was lounging. Sugar Ray Robinson has been knocked down and out from lunging in. Tommy Hearn, Sugar Ray Leonard, Merrick Taylor and a whole tons of black fighters through the ages have been knocked down and/or out for lounging. Why has Money May been knocked down? And he got he darn tooth knocked out. He was lounging in. C'mon, SRD, you are nitpicking because deep down inside you are a hater. It is okay that you don't know it. Hehe! Holla!


-Radam G :

There are exceptions to every rule. My grandfather lived to be almost 90 and he smoked a couple of packs of cigarettes a day since the age of 10. He died of natural causes, but generally speaking smoking is a deadly habit for most. My grandfather was the exception to the rule, not the norm.
Exceptions to every rule applies big time in boxing, so you can stereotype is no general rule. Every fighter is different. So don't compare fighters A, B and C when you want them to fit in your thesis. That is no way in heck is sweet science. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Your boxing circles -- the inattentional blinded and don't-intent-to-be-but-are xenophobic. Jack Johnson got knocked out by lunging in against Jess Willard. The Brown Bomber Joe Louis got knocked out and down because he was lounging. Sugar Ray Robinson has been knocked down and out from lunging in. Tommy Hearn, Sugar Ray Leonard, Merrick Taylor and a whole tons of black fighters through the ages have been knocked down and/or out for lounging. Why has Money May been knocked down? And he got he darn tooth knocked out. He was lounging in. C'mon, SRD, you are nitpicking because deep down inside you are a hater. It is okay that you down know it. Hehe! Holla!
Anybody can be knocked down or out, but being slick is as much of a mentality as it is a learned set of abilities. Pause and think about that for a moment. I am not a hater, just a straight shooter. Some of the aforementioned fighters you mentioned are more of boxer - punchers stylistically, not slick safety first fighters. Being slick has nothing to do with race as you are indicating that I am implying. However, it is a style that isn't for everyone. You were probably a take one to give one boxer that won some wars but lost some to. Much respect to you, but I am from the the fundamental "hit not get hit" school of boxing. As this site indicates boxing is very much a science.


-Radam G :

No stereotyping from me because I know what it feels like to be stereotyped. However, Manny is not considered slick in most boxing circles. He is too easy to hit. His fundamental flaw of lunging in is what got him knocked out cold against Marquez. A fundamentally skilled boxer like Floyd would have never got countered like that. Boxing 101, lunging in off balance can get you knocked the ****** out or seriously hurt. Just like his tax problem, Manny had to learn this the hard way.
Ask some of the pugs that has fought Da Manny about how easy that he is to hit. You are rolling with another myth. BTW, Money May and none of the Mayweathers have ever stuck to your version of "BOXING 101." You better holla at some films. Every last one of them -- including the youngest brother of Lil' Floyd -- be lounging in and and slap jabbing and kangaroo hooking like "Lost World" bytches. Holla!


-Radam G :

Anybody can be knocked down or out, but being slick is as much of a mentality as it is a learned set of abilities. Pause and think about that for a moment. I am not a hater, just a straight shooter. Some of the aforementioned fighters you mentioned are more of boxer - punchers stylistically, not slick safety first fighters. Being slick has nothing to do with race as you are indicating that I am implying. However, it is a style that isn't for everyone. You were probably a take one to give one boxer that won some wars but lost some to. Much respect to you, but I am from the the fundamental "hit not get hit" school of boxing. As this site indicates boxing is very much a science.
We know that anybody can be knockout and hit. So it is no need to nitpick anything. Especially when the overall product is great. This is why I don't nitpick the Mayweathers. Great is GREAT, period! Don't try to dismiss it. Don't hate the gamer. Hate the game. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Ask some of the pugs that has fought Da Manny about how easy that he is to hit. You are rolling with another myth. BTW, Money May and none of the Mayweathers have ever stuck to your version of "BOXING 101." You better holla at some films. Every last one of them -- including the youngest brother of Lil' Floyd -- be lounging in and and slap jabbing and kangaroo hooking like "Lost World" bytches. Holla!
Floyd is fundamental where it counts most in my opinion, which is defensively. I can point out little things that he does wrong offensively, but as in most sports defense coinciding with sound offense usually wins the day. The top 5 pugilist SKILL wise in my opinion are defensive boxers: 1. Rigo 2. Mayweather 3. Ward 4. Lara 5. Crawford & Andrade (tie).


-Radam G :

Floyd is fundamental where it counts most in my opinion, which is defensively. I can point out little things that he does wrong offensively, but as in most sports defense coinciding with sound offense usually wins the day. The top 5 pugilist SKILL wise in my opinion are defensive boxers: 1. Rigo 2. Mayweather 3. Ward 4. Lara 5. Crawford & Andrade (tie).
I will put V-Lo at third or fourth. Dude is also a defense along with his mad offense. Holla!


-Froggy :

I will put V-Lo at third or fourth. Dude is also a defense along with his mad offense. Holla!
That is pretty hard to argue with that group of 6 great defensive fighters ! How about the great offensive active fighters ? I love great defensive abilities, but landed punches score points, not slipped punches !


-Radam G :

That is pretty hard to argue with that group of 6 great defensive fighters ! How about the great offensive active fighters ? I love great defensive abilities, but landed punches score points, not slipped punches !
Amen! Amen! Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

That is pretty hard to argue with that group of 6 great defensive fighters ! How about the great offensive active fighters ? I love great defensive abilities, but landed punches score points, not slipped punches !
Those are my top guys. Just like in football or basketball, you turn your defense into offense and the guys I mentioned do it the best in my opinion. If I had to pick a all offense top 5, where the fighter's offense is in essence there defense, it would look something like this in no particular order: 1. Pac 2. GGG 3. Provodnikov 4. Kirkland 5. Rios


-Radam G :

Anybody can be knocked down or out, but being slick is as much of a mentality as it is a learned set of abilities. Pause and think about that for a moment. I am not a hater, just a straight shooter. Some of the aforementioned fighters you mentioned are more of boxer - punchers stylistically, not slick safety first fighters. Being slick has nothing to do with race as you are indicating that I am implying. However, it is a style that isn't for everyone. You were probably a take one to give one boxer that won some wars but lost some to. Much respect to you, but I am from the the fundamental "hit not get hit" school of boxing. As this site indicates boxing is very much a science.
Last thing -- just so that you will know. I was no take-one-to-give boxer. I would take zero to beat da hebejeebeez outta a pug and talk about your daddy and your crossed-eyed, big-booty old auntie who was hitting on me. No jive! I am/was a southpaw cross between Willie Pep, Hector Macho, Sweet Pea Whitaker and GOAT Ali, who could hit like Mark Breland and Tommy Hearns and "Iron" Mike. My problem with boxing -- the amateurs and pros -- is/was that I had too much brains and a family with too many professional jobs and money and won't take any bullsyet from anybody, including me. I sued two promoters, five state commissions, three alphabet sanctioning "professional" organizations and two amateur ones. And won every time. I ran a lot of them out of business or made them reform and do better. Be nice to me. I'm one of the pioneers of change and BIG money in boxing -- the pros and amateurs. I walk softy and carry a big stick of my G cousins. And they don't take any jive. And are secretive as heck. I just hide in plain sight until some honey bunny gets my cannot-leave-da-hos-alone @$$ in trouble. Hehe! Life is short. Enjoy it. Holla!


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-Radam G :

WTF! Always a wise guy blasting from yesteryears. Cut the crap, Picpalioninge. Holla!