It Might Be Time To Leave Boxing When…………

 

 

By Ted Sares

The pendulum between like and dislike (or even love and hate) moves noticeably in a negative direction. One aficionado I respect is pondering whether it’s time to leave, notwithstanding the boxing media’s efforts to assert that things are just rosy. Prefacing each comment with “when,” he pointed out that the following observations have fueled his thinking:

When…1) the mention of Don Dunphy’s name garnered a glazed look.

2) Mention of the “Boston Bomber” Tony DeMarco got “but isn’t he from Mexico?”

3) Mention of Kid Gavilan from Cuba prompted “Don’t you mean Kid Blast?”

4) Mention of Kid Paret from Cuba prompted “Don’t you mean Kid Gavilan?”

5) Mention of Rocky Marciano inspired an enthusiastic mention of Rocky Balboa.

6) Stating that in the 50’s “Chico” Vejar (92-20-4) was “served up on Friday night TV broadcasts as much as fish,” and a dull and blank look was the response.

7) It’s pointed out that old school fighters walked in without much fanfare, and the respondee agrees pointing to Ricky Hatton’s “Blue Moon” thing as a prime example.

8) Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s attempts to wax philosophical somehow seemed to have become interesting.

9) And so has Michael Buffer’s bile-inducing routine.

10) A “fan” points out that the homeless man known as “Champ” in the movie Resurrecting the Champ really and truly was Chicago bomber Bob Satterfield.

11) A 25-year-old boxing “journalist” says he watched the Monday and Friday night fights (put on by Gillette and Pabst Blue Ribbon) with his dad “back in the day.”

12) Mention of the pier-six brawls between Charley Norkus and Danny Nardico prompts the response that it was a great scene in On the Waterfront.

13) Someone points out that Freddie “Lil’ Hagler” Norwood is Marvelous Marvin’s half-brother.

14) Someone says that while boxing has always been Manny Pacquiao’s passion, public service is his true calling because he feels a great responsibility to his people.

15) “Newspaper Decisions” are thought to be those written by Dan Rafael.

16) “Historians” tell you they were ringside for Jack Johnson’s fights.

17) An historian says”Jack Johnson was not merely a fistic wonder of his era; he was a seminal and timeless world heavyweight champion who would have dominated his peers in any pocket of time…”

18) An “historian” says “Neither of these very large men [Klitschko and Fury] had the skill level of a decent amateur from years ago. Klitschko went into the ring with 67 bouts under his belt, yet he looked like a guy who had just walked into a gym and didn’t have the slightest idea of how to box. Fury, with a career consisting of 24 bouts was just as lacking in talent.”

19) After recovering from these observations, the wavering aficionado went poetic and proclaimed,” boxing can be enswell, Vaseline, ointment, ice bags, Q-tips, and duct tape juxtaposed against a sensual confluence of sweat, testosterone, perfume, cheap cigar smoke, and even cheaper after-shave lotion; it’s the sweet smell of success and sour odor of failure,”  but someone said “Ugh, how disgusting.”

20) It’s said that an Ariza Shake is a protein shake.

21) A hard guy pats his chest and waives the other guy in as he spits out blood while the crowd rises as one and roars its approval– the spine no longer tingles.

22) The judging in Olympic boxing matches is no longer bothersome.

23) Those risqué photos of Oscar De La Hoya were the result of a Photoshop experiment gone awry.

24) Adrien Broner threatened suicide on Twitter (hopefully a call for help).

25) Back in 1985, Lee Roy Murphy and Chisanda Mutti engaged in a double knockdown in which Mutti was counted out while Murphy barely beat the count in the very last round. It’s mentioned that double knockdowns are something most fans would never tire of seeing, and the response is “have you not watched the Rocky series?”

26) It’s stated that Miles Davis loved to hobnob with fighters, especially those in Chicago and New York, and the response is “didn’t he have a pretty decent record?”

27) The females hit the scene—Lady Tyger Trimiar, Jackie Tonawanda, Christy, Deidre, Laila, Ann; Lucia, Holly—and it’s quickly pointed out that boxing is a “man’s world.”

28) The boxing media’s continuing attempt to exploit and, in the case of the UK press, even destroy an obviously troubled Tyson Fury takes on the quasi-sadistic aura of shooting ducks in a barrel.

29) Chatter around the water cooler at work on Monday morning is no longer about boxing; it’s about Female MMA.

30) You fill in.

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several records. He enjoys writing about boxing and is a member of Ring 4’s Boxing Hall of Fame.

COMMENTS

-Radam G :

30). The Brits need to let up on hating Tyson "Fists of" Fury. 30a). And the Yanks need to let up on Adrian "The Problem" Broner. 31). Because boxers' lives matter. 31a). Great copy! 32). Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Not bad RG


-Kid Blast :

Sam Hersh says on Facebook: I would add "the cover of ring magazine features a female MMA fighter" Damm, I wish I had thought of that but #29 comes close


-KO Digest :

30) When the singular world heavyweight championship as a real thing is extinct.


-KO Digest :

31) When more young fans refer to a fighter's "resume" than his record.


-FrankinDallas :

Harry Greb is spinning in his grave.


-Kid Blast :

All good. Very good.


-Kid Blast :

31) When more young fans refer to a fighter's "resume" than his record.
Good one Or when they stop referring to his record as a dance card


-Brad :

30) When the most active forum topic on a boxing website is about Donald Trump


-KO Digest :

30) When a terrible year like 2016 happens.


-dollar bond :

Nostalgic, different and humorous. Thoughtful effort Bull. Enjoyable, but I assume you are not writing about yourself?


-JohnnyTango :

When you've witnessed one to many mismatches that result in a beat down!


-Kid Blast :

Nostalgic, different and humorous. Thoughtful effort Bull. Enjoyable, but I assume you are not writing about yourself?
Absolutely not. Boxing and modern jazz are two things I have followed my entire life and will never give up on them.


-Kid Blast :

When you've witnessed one to many mismatches that result in a beat down!
For who, Poker?


-Kid Blast :

30) When a terrible year like 2016 happens.
For sure in the heavyweight division. One that I should have would included is listening to “Big Baby” Miller calling out Anthony Joshua and saying that he would break his jaw. Ugh


-JohnnyTango :

For who, Poker?
Clarification: For the fight fan like I used to be.


-JohnnyTango :

29) Chatter around the water cooler at work on Monday morning is no longer about boxing; it’s about Female MMA. The UFC female 135-pound weight division is one HOT division! Unlike boxing where we wait years for Mayweather/Pacquiano or GGG/Alvarez et al., here we have competitive fan friendly fights. Rousey/Nunes is scheduled for December 30th. That should be a great fight!


-The Tijuana Kid :

Love this! #11 Reminds me of a "journalist" that live tweets fights that happened before he was born and he acts as if he was sitting in press row. And I will add one of my own 30. When fans start a Facebook boxing page and call themselves a boxing journalist.


-Kid Blast :

Love this! #11 Reminds me of a "journalist" that live tweets fights that happened before he was born and he acts as if he was sitting in press row. And I will add one of my own 30. When fans start a Facebook boxing page and call themselves a boxing journalist.
Number 11 is my favorite Kid. Applies to half the members of the BWAA But a new number 30 is now in play as Wilder, “The Bronze Bomber” stated that he would have beaten Joe Louis “The Brown Bomber,” – by KO! “He was a smaller heavyweight but he was considered one of the best, and like me, he’s from Alabama,” Wilder said of the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in the history of the sport. “That would have been a great title fight between two hard-hitting heavyweights. Of course, I would knock Joe out. I think given his height, he would never get past my jab. But even if Joe was able to muster up enough energy to get beyond my jab, the jab would have hypnotized him enough to where he would never see the right hand coming. And once I land that right hand on him, that’s it.”


-larueboenig :

Your mind works in strange ways Ted the Bull


-Tex Hassler :

This was truly an excellent, well thought out article. Boxing is a bitter sweet sport. Some times you love it and some time it is hard to take.


-KO Digest :

Dance Card, that's before my time.


-Kid Blast :

Dance Card, that's before my time.
Always made me cringe. When young writers use it, I vomit.


-Kid Blast :

This was truly an excellent, well thought out article. Boxing is a bitter sweet sport. Some times you love it and some time it is hard to take.
Thank you Tex. I kind of experimented with it and hoped that most would enjoy it. I might do a part Two and 30 more observations.


-stormcentre :

It might be time to leave boxing when you find - during sparring - you're regularly "zigging" when you should have "zagged". To Zig-Zag correctly is an art in itself.
Storm. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

It might be time to leave boxing when you find - during sparring - you're regularly "zigging" when you should have "zagged". To Zig-Zag correctly is an art in itself.
Storm. :) :) :)
Your brain works in strange ways, Storm


-stormcentre :

:)