News

Dougie’s Friday mailbag

Photo by Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
17
Mar

GGG VS JACOBS UPSET SPECIAL

What’s up Doug,

Wanted to chime in about this Saturday’s middleweight unification tilt. Cutting to the chase, I have Daniel Jacobs with the upset special.

I envision the two power-rich MWs boxing and punching on even terms until GGG hurts Jacobs mid-rounds. GGG gets a bit lax during a subsequent exchange and is diminished by a vicious short left hook he never saw. While regaining his equilibrium, he’s dropped and finished by a right to the top of his dome.

I know it’s a gratuitous leap, but this has shades of Kostya Tszyu/Vince Phillips written all over it.

I don’t see Jacobs ever stepping to you a la Cool Vince (great story man lol) in an elevator though.

Try and squeeze this in Friday’s mailbag so armchair Futch, Benton, Dundee, McGuigan, Beristain and Duva can tell me I’m crazy and DKSAB lol. Later brutha. – Reggie Woodard

You won’t hear that tired-ass Roger Mayweather line from me, Reggie. Jacobs is a live dog in Saturday’s showdown. The only folks who don’t see that are GGG fanatics and GGG haters. Those two extreme groups can go f__k themselves in a locked rubber room for all I care.

I envision the two power-rich MWs boxing and punching on even terms until GGG hurts Jacobs mid-rounds. OK, I’m with you so far…

GGG gets a bit lax during a subsequent exchange and is diminished by a vicious short left hook he never saw. Hold up. Why would GGG become “a bit lax” after hurting Jacobs? From what I’ve seen, Golovkin is a pretty good finisher. When he hurts an opponent, he goes into hunter-killer mode.

While regaining his equilibrium, he’s dropped and finished by a right to the top of his dome. We’ve yet to see anyone rock Golovkin bad enough to take away his legs, but Jacobs can crack with explosive speed, and I guess there’s a first time for everything.

I know it’s a gratuitous leap, but this has shades of Kostya Tszyu/Vince Phillips written all over it. Really? I don’t see the comparison, other than Tszyu being an unbeaten, Central Asian/Russian mix who was a big odds favorite over an American talent. In terms of styles, I think it’s a very different matchup. Phillips was an aggressive fighter who got in Tszyu’s ass – and was willing and able to take whatever punishment the Russian-Australian star dished out – round after round. Tszyu was stalking boxer-puncher. GGG is more than a stalker, he’s a very efficient power-hitting pressure fighter who is an expert at cutting off the ring and at banging his opponents body (which Tszyu didn’t too much off at that time). Jacobs is a very talented boxer-puncher, but he’s not as aggressive (and likely not as a durable) as Phillips was.

I don’t see Jacobs ever stepping to you a la Cool Vince (great story man lol) in an elevator though. Ha! That little 2002 altercation happened outside the elevators in the MMG Grand’s lobby, and no, I don’t see Jacobs ever doing anything like that. He (and his team) have too much class. (By the way, I still love Cool Vince.)

 

PPV NUMBERS, THE REMATCH, HBO

Sup Doug,

I hope you & family are well. So glad HBO delivered the Lemieux-Stevens fight after it was scrapped last year due to budget cuts. Good thing I didn’t bet because I picked Stevens last year comparing their fights w/ GGG. Quick questions for you:

1) What’s the buzz like for GGG vs Jacobs in the boxing biz? I can see this fight breaking 300K due to their impressive followings on the East Coast. Wishful thinking??

2) Are we any closer to seeing Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev 2 being made? If Ward actually retires I assume Kovalev has to fight the No. 1-ranked contender for each belt he lost, right?

3) Appreciate your response about your picks for new Legendary Nights episodes. I would love to see those too! The Hopkins-Trinidad especially, as it was an unrivaled time of patriotism. Had me thinking, what about one bout Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacqauio? That was Pacquaio’s coming out party & the passing of the torch from Oscar. Maybe one about Mayweather-Hatton. It was pne of the few times I was entertained in a Mayweather fight & the Hatton fans surely upped the drama factor. Nobody does storytelling like HBO. I wish they would do more. Legendary Nights, Assault in the Ring, Thrilla in Manilla show their mastery.

Thanks again Doug for the mailbag. I enjoy reading it & browsing the comments even! All the best. – Gerry K.

Thanks for the kind words for the mailbag column and its comment section, Gerry. I’m glad you didn’t lose any money on the Lemieux-Stevens matchup and that you got your money’s worth in ring action/drama.

What’s the buzz like for GGG vs Jacobs in the boxing biz? It’s pretty hot. Most of the industry is here in New York City (although tonight’s Boxing Writers Assoc. of America dinner and tomorrow’s Michael Conlan-headlined show have something to do with the turnout).

I can see this fight breaking 300K due to their impressive followings on the East Coast. Wishful thinking?? Just a bit. I’m thinking it does around 250,000 PPV buys (not including the sales of the official online pay-per-view show, which is being hosted by RingTV.com). If they break 300,000, I think all parties involved with the event will be very satisfied.

Are we any closer to seeing Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev 2 being made? Maybe this is a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but I think we are.

If Ward actually retires I assume Kovalev has to fight the No. 1-ranked contender for each belt he lost, right? Do you really believe Ward when he spouts that retirement talk? LOL. Anyway, yeah, if Dre hung up the gloves, the three light heavyweight world titles he “won” from Kovalev would be vacated. Kovalev is currently rated No. 1 in the WBC, No. 2 in the WBA and No. 3 in the IBF. So, he would have to fight No. 2-rated Dominic Boesel for the WBO belt, No. 2-rated Artur Beterbiev for the IBF title, and No. 1-rated Dmitry Bivol for the WBA strap (and then he’d probably have to face off against WBA “regular” beltholder Nathan Cleverly to be considered the real WBA “champ”).

Appreciate your response about your picks for new Legendary Nights episodes. I would love to see those too! The Hopkins-Trinidad fight especially, as it was an unrivaled time of patriotism. No doubt about it.

Had me thinking, what about one bout Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao? That could be a good one, but I’d only be interested if the producers went deep into De La Hoya’s crazy camp in Big Bear, California, where hall of fame trainers Nacho Beristain and Angelo Dundee (and should-be HOF trainer Kenny Adams and his then-pupil and Oscar sparring partner Edwin Valero) witnessed a lot of off-the-record stuff that ultimately impacted The Golden Boy performance in that final stand.

Maybe one about Mayweather-Hatton. Meh, maybe.

It was one of the few times I was entertained in a Mayweather fight & the Hatton fans surely upped the drama factor. To me, Hatton’s fans were THE story of that fight.

Nobody does storytelling like HBO. You’re not wrong.

 

ACTION GUARANTEED

What’s happening Doug,

This is my first time writing in, so let me start by thanking you for easing me into and out of my work week with your mailbags.

The Monday and Friday schedule is always a great way to wind down from some exciting action and to get even more excited about the upcoming bouts for the weekend.

That being said, there is probably no better example of that, than this week! Just as we’re coming down from Lemieux’s highlight-reel finish over Stevens, we get even more guaranteed action with GGG taking on, arguably his toughest challenge to date, in the Miracle Man. I say “guaranteed action” even though I’m not anticipating a pure shoot-out, but a more methodical dissection from GGG, while maybe Jacobs comes out the gate swinging for the fences.

What do you think Jacobs’ best chance would be? Do you think he’ll come out hot or patiently wait for his opportunities to leap in with big counters? Either way, I don’t see this fight not delivering, but can you think of any classic let-downs that should’ve produced fireworks, stylistically, and didn’t?

Lastly, how much credit should Golovkin deserve if he beats Jacobs? I’m convinced that, if he wins, people will say he was supposed to win and he still hasn’t fought anybody. But, if GGG were to lose, I’m pretty sure those same people would be claiming that GGG got “exposed” once he stepped in the ring with a respectable boxer/puncher in his weight class. So, what do you think a KO or a decisive win over Jacobs should really tell us about the killer Kazakh?

Have yourself a great week! – Khantemplate

You too, and thanks for the very kind words about the mailbag column.

A KO or decisive victory over Jacobs will further solidify Golovkin’s claim to being the best middleweight in the world. Jacobs is the consensus No. 2-rated 160-pound fighter right now. GGG is the only middleweight rated above Jacobs, according to THE RING, ESPN.com, BoxRec.com and the Transnational Boxing Rankings. So Golovkin should receive the credit that a division’s No. 1-rated fighter is due when he beats the No. 2-rated contender in his weight class. End of story.

Any fake-ass fans that says Golovkin “was supposed to win and he still hasn’t fought anybody” if he scores the victory tomorrow night, and any sorry MFs that say he was “exposed once he stepped in the ring with a respectable boxer/puncher in his weight class” should he lose to Jacobs, needs to jump into a deep lake wearing concrete shoes. The world – never mind the boxing world – doesn’t need pitiful mopes like that. Please tell those fools that I said that.

I say “guaranteed action” even though I’m not anticipating a pure shoot-out, but a more methodical dissection from GGG, while maybe Jacobs comes out the gate swinging for the fences. I don’t envision a shoot-out either, but I’m hoping Jacobs tries to check GGG’s chin early in the fight. I would like to see him swing for the fences, but not too wide as to get countered by the odds favorite.

What do you think Jacobs’ best chance would be? Do you think he’ll come out hot or patiently wait for his opportunities to leap in with big counters? I think he needs to do a combination of both to have any hope of beating GGG. I believe that he has to come out hard and fast and stun or hurt the unified titleholder in the opening rounds – or at least threaten to do so – in order to make the odds/media favorite cautious and tentative. And then I think Jacobs should box a smart and responsible fight while looking for long-range offensive opportunities.

Either way, I don’t see this fight not delivering, but can you think of any classic let-downs that should’ve produced fireworks, stylistically, and didn’t? Well, I had high hopes for Golovkin-Lemieux, which I figured was a can’t-miss middleweight shootout in the vein of McClellean-Jackson, but GGG totally outclassed the Montreal puncher. I don’t think he’ll be able to dominate Jacobs in quite the same manner, but who knows? Jacobs might not be as durable as Lemmy.

 

THE RING AND CHOCOLATITO

Hey Doug,

This is the first email I’ve sent but I’ve been reading the mailbags for a while now and I’m a huge fan. I’m a recent boxing fan, the first fight I ever watched was Danny Garcia vs Lamont Peterson. Great introduction to the sport right? But I stuck with it and since then I’ve become pretty obsessed. So, in that spirit I have three questions.

Obviously, everyone this week is going to be asking about GGG-Jacobs so I’m going to avoid that topic and ask you some questions about The Ring itself. I was going through the ratings on RingTV.com and noticed that while Chocolatito is (rightfully) rated #1 pound for pound, he’s also rated by The Ring #2 at 115 lbs. How does that work? Is he the best or not?

Second is about ownership of The Ring. I recently became aware that The Ring is owned by Golden Boy Promotions. I read a lot of the articles on the website and they never seem biased or unfairly favoring Golden Boy fighters, so I’m just curious how much input Golden Boy has on day to day operations and content.

Finally, Chocolatito again. One of the major fights hardcore boxing fans seem to want is Roman Gonzalez vs Naoya Inoue. I would love to see that myself. How do you see Chocolatito faring against The Monster? Also why does it seem like Japanese boxers don’t get much love? No one seems to talk about them much even though they’ve got two spots on the pound for pound list. I always enjoy watching them fight.

One more just for the hell of it. Who’s better at their peak? Floyd or Roy Jones? Once again, I’m a huge fan of your work, keep it up! Best. – Graham

Thanks for the very, very kind words and for sticking with the sport after the somewhat controversial letdown of Garcia-Peterson.

I can’t really choose between Jones Jr. and Mayweather Jr. as far as who was better at their peak. I think it’s dead heat between the marvelously gifted American prima-donna control freaks. Both were master boxers. Roy was the better athletic talent/offensive fighter. Floyd was the better technician/defensive boxer. Both accomplished enough to be considered first-ballot future hall of famers, and both could have done more to prove their greatness.

I was going through the ratings on RingTV.com and noticed that while Chocolatito is (rightfully) rated #1 pound for pound, he’s also rated by The Ring #2 at 115 lbs. How does that work? Is he the best or not? Gonzalez is the best fighter on the planet, pound for pound, because he’s unbeaten in 46 consecutive fights, he’s won major world titles in four weight classes and he’s faced the best opposition of those four divisions. He’s “only” No. 2 at junior bantamweight (115 pounds) because he just moved to that division and his one fight in his new weight class was a hotly contested decision over THE RING’s No. 2 contender at the time, former WBC beltholder Carlos Cuadras. So Chocolatito assumed Cuadras’ place in the magazine’s rankings, but he hasn’t done enough at 115 pounds to prove that he is superior to THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior bantie Naoya Inoue.

I recently became aware that The Ring is owned by Golden Boy Promotions. I read a lot of the articles on the website and they never seem biased or unfairly favoring Golden Boy fighters, so I’m just curious how much input Golden Boy has on day to day operations and content. The company (since Dickie Schaefer’s departure) doesn’t have any editorial input at all and they don’t treat us any better than any other boxing news organization, but they do have a say-so in certain business/financial decisions, such as how many magazines we print a year, or what fights or fight cards the website streams live, or which server or web-design company hosts or re-designs RingTV.com. This doesn’t mean Golden Boy doesn’t have editorial biases in favor of their fighters. Believe me, if THE RING were to name Canelo Alvarez as Fighter of the Year and Eddy Reynoso as Trainer of the Year they’d piss their collective pants in celebration. Hey, it is what it is, they’re happy if their star is happy. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, but you should know that we keep it real.

One of the major fights hardcore boxing fans seem to want is Roman Gonzalez vs Naoya Inoue. I would love to see that fight myself. So do I, but I want to warn you not to overlook Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (AKA Wisaksil Wangek) tomorrow night. The Thai veteran is NOT a “gimme” fight. Gonzalez has his heavy hands full with a tough, relentless former titleholder he may crack harder than he does at 115 pounds.

How do you see Chocolatito faring against The Monster? Last year or in 2015 (when more than a few boxing nerds were clamoring for this showdown), I would have heavily favored Gonzalez, but not – in part because of the wear and tear that is beginning to show on Chocolatito, and in part because of the pro seasoning Inoue has gained – I view it as an even-money match (perhaps even an elite-level crossroads bout). I think it’s a tremendous matchup that would deliver a lot of action and drama, but it’s also a fight that Gonzalez can lose.

Also why does it seem like Japanese boxers don’t get much love? I don’t know. I think they get love.

No one seems to talk about them much even though they’ve got two spots on the pound for pound list. I don’t know. Again, they get love in the boxing circles I run in, and definitely on my Twitter TL, but I guess if they’re not recognized in the circles you run in it’s because they’re mostly sub-featherweight fighters on the elite level (and most causal fans ignore the little guys), and because they don’t travel outside of Japan too often.

I always enjoy watching them fight. Me too!

 

FIRST UNDISPUTED (MALE) CHAMP THIS DECADE

Hey Doug what’s up?

I just want to know your thoughts on this topic.

Although we have a current undisputed female champ, the male side hasn’t had an undisputed champ since Jermaine Taylor after he beat B-Hop. Since the beginning of this decade, a lot of fighters won and unified two to three world titles but none of them won all four major belts (plus THE RING belt). It’s really frustrating that those who held three belts like Wladdy, GGG and Kovalev always had problems securing a fight with the boxer who holds the other belt in their division.

Right now, I think Terence Crawford has a really good shot of being the first undisputed champ of the decade. I’ve read that Top Rank is interested in matching Terence Crawford against the winner of the Burns-Indongo fight. The winner of that fight will have 3 belts, and if Bud fought the winner and wins, he will have a total of 6 belts including THE RING and IBO.

If It’s not Bud, who do you think it will be?

Mythical Matchups:

Zab Judah vs Tim Bradley @147 &140

Cory Spinx vs Erislandy Lara.

As always, keep up the good work Dougie. God bless you! – Yves, UAE

Thanks for the blessing, Yves.

Your mythical matchups:

Zab Judah vs Tim Bradley @ 147 & 140 – I’ll take Judah (at his best following a good camp) over Bradley via decision at 147, and Desert Storm over the erratic but fearless Brooklynite by decision at 140. Both fights would be close and hotly contested. Judah might score knockdowns in either fight.

Cory Spinks vs Erislandy Lara – No idea who wins this, I’m just certain that I would last the distance as an observer.

Right now, I think Terence Crawford has a really good shot of being the first undisputed champ of the decade. I hope you’re right about this. Crawford needs a worthy goal to focus positive career-related efforts toward and accomplishments that help him crossover into general sports fan consciousness. However, I wonder how long he’ll really stay at 140 pounds.

I’ve read that Top Rank is interested in matching Terence Crawford against the winner of the Burns-Indongo fight. Yeah, Top Rank boss Bob Arum says a lot of things. Burns-Indongo fight for the WBA, IBF and IBO belts in April, while Bud is scheduled to fight Who The F__k Knows on May 20. We’ll see what happens after Crawford takes care of biz in May.

The winner of (Burns-Indongo) will have 3 belts, and if Bud fought the winner and wins, he will have a total of 6 belts including THE RING and IBO. Yeah, that’s true (not that many hardcore fans in the U.S. care about the IBO strap, but it’s still significant to be the only male undisputed boxing champ). And I would heavily favor Crawford to beat Burns or Indongo, as would most fans and media.

If It’s not Bud, who do you think it will be? Well, if Golovkin beats Jacobs tomorrow night, his reported plan is to fight WBO beltholder Billy Joe Saunders in Kazakhstan in June and then face Canelo (should the redhead beat fellow Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May) in September (or sometime in late 2017). If he does that – and wins – he’ll hold all of the major 160-pound world titles.

 

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

What’s s up Dougie!

Since I’m sure the mailbag will be full with question about this weekend’s fight, I wanted to get your take on another topic I haven’t seen you talk about yet? I wanted to know what you think about the World Boxing Super Series? What two divisions would you like to them to pick, and do you see this being successful?

I am definitely excited for it. Give me free competitive boxing and I’m all for it! My top four divisions I’m hoping gets chosen are 126, 135, 154, and 200. Hell, even 115 or 130; as long as Top Rank fighters join I think any will be great! How likely do you think Top Rank fighters will join? I think it’s a good I idea to pick a division where they generally don’t get too much attention because I think just about every top ranked fighter will be up for the challenge? Last question is which division do you think has the most ranked fighters willing to join this for the money being offered?

Hope I make the mailbag, if not it’s cool, I’ll be at the Big Drama Show this weekend and actually hoping to catch you to talk to you about everything in person! – Omar, Paterson, NJ

Don’t be a stranger if you see me, Omar. I’m here in NYC and looking forward to experiencing the Big (and Little) Drama Show(s) tomorrow night inside a packed Madison Square Garden.

I wanted to know what you think about the World Boxing Super Series? I don’t really have an opinion on the proposed tournament series from my good friend Dickie Schaefer and his fellow “Boxen Führers,” the Sauerland Bros., (other than Golden Boy’s former CEO really must miss the spotlight to hold a press conference about his new venture before he’s got any fighters or networks signed on). I think it’s good that he’s doing it and I’m curious to see what two weight classes will be featured and which top fighters from each division partake in the tournaments, but I won’t get excited until those details are filled and we get closer to the first round of fights.

What two divisions would you like to them to pick, and do you see this being successful? In an ideal world, I’d love to see the best lightweights (the Linares-Crolla winner, Mikey Garcia, the Flanagan-Petrov winner, Robert Easter, Denis Shafikov, Richard Commey, Felix Verdejo and maybe Ray Beltran) and the best junior lightweights (Lomachenko, Siri Salido, Miguel Berchelt, Takashi Miura, Jezreel Corrales, Takashi Uchiyama, Gervonta Davis and maybe Francisco Vargas) duke it out until there are two undisputed rules in each weight class.

I am definitely excited for it. I can tell! Whoo-hoo!!!! Let’s all get pumped up!!!!! See y’all in September!!!!!!!!!

Give me free competitive boxing and I’m all for it! As well you should be.

My top four divisions I’m hoping gets chosen are 126, 135, 154, and 200. I think featherweight (126) and junior middleweight (154) are likely because Al Haymon advises many of the top contenders in those divisions (and there are UK standouts among his featherweight cadre), and also cruiserweight, because the Sauerlands manage the careers of many 200-pound contenders.

I don’t think it’s likely. How likely do you think Top Rank fighters will join?

I think it’s a good I idea to pick a division where they generally don’t get too much attention because I think just about every top ranked fighter will be up for the challenge? If that’s the case, you should be happy if cruiserweight winds up being one of the featured divisions.

Last question is which division do you think has the most ranked fighters willing to join this for the money being offered? Probably featherweight (Santa Cruz, Frampton, Russell Jr., Selby, Mares, Cuellar, Vetyeka and Jorge Lara). I don’t think Oscar Valdez or Joseph Diaz Jr. would partake if featherweight is a featured division but I could be wrong.

 

 

Email Fischer at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @dougiefischer

  • Mitchell Nelms

    I’m skeptical about Jacob’s chin and how easy he is to counter. As much as I want to see a good back and forth style fight, I think it may end early in violent fashion.

    Will Bud have to move up to find top tier competition? Probably, he’s cleaned out his division and is in need of bigger fights. The problem is, he’ll move up to a division in which the fighters there are much, much bigger than he is.

    Have fun in New York, Doug.

    • learnmore

      Explain your logic that Crawford has cleaned out his division? Is it simple by beating Postol because the rest of his wins aint cleaning anything out. Winning the vacant title from Dulorme who were a borderline top 10, defending it vs Jean who was a 135lb moving up & not a top 10 140lb fighter. Exact same with Lundy, a lightweight moving up & not a top 10 140lb fighter. Molina jr, I know people had him in their top 10 down to his win over Provodnikov. Was he really a top 10 140lber? The 140lb division was cleaned out mainly down to the best fighters moving out the division. I still think Crawford is very good but its more about eye test than who he actually beat in the 140lb division

      • Mitchell Nelms

        He beat the most talented and best boxer in the division. If there’s no talent in the division, then it has been cleaned out. Who else does he need to beat in that division, slick?

        • Josh Boss

          I agree. He beat the next best fairly handily too. He could see if Burns wins another title then fight him to unify again but what does that really prove. He’s already given the Rickster a lesson.

          • Left Hook

            Of course burns is nothing special.. figeroa handled him (once the ref got burns to understand that wrestling is not boxing).

        • learnmore

          slick? no need to get annoyed its the reality of the division. All the better fighters were leaving when he faced Dulorme April 2015. Leaving Matthyse, who got beat by Postol, so if Postol is your only argument. You must know A beat B, B beat C don’t automatically means A beats C. It rarely happens. And like every division in history, the 140 will replenish over time with new fighters coming on the scene

          • Orca

            The division is bleak. If he can’t get Garcia to move up or Broner to step in with him, he should get his ass up to 147.

      • wayne reid

        Who’s left for Crawford to fight? btw Learnmore haven’t seen many fight predictions from you this year what’s up?

        • learnmore

          Not much left, Felix Diaz probably the 2nd best 140lb who hopefully he will fight on May 20. I don’t know if the new crop are ready yet like Lipinets. Working hard, I still predict on my twitter account [email protected] & they’re still awful. Good to speak to you been awhile.

          • wayne reid

            i agree …good to know,it has been awhile

          • wayne reid

            i agree …good to know,it has been awhile

        • ceylon mooney

          diaz. fights at 147. for some
          reason not given big fights.

          dunno why haymon OKd him for vasquez
          tho. that was dumb.

  • Sidewinder

    LETS GO CHAMP!!

  • Stephen M

    Jacobs is a real threat but I would been higher on his chances if he had more activity. Since his fight against Truax in April 2015 he has only 10 rounds of boxing and 9 of those are against Sergio Mora, not exactly a clone of Golovkin.

    • ceylon mooney

      the mora rematch was really telling. jacobs sucked so bad. they tripped over each other a buncha times, bungled around like they were drunk, and mora began the fight by swingin and missin on purpose (no veteran fighters sense of distance is that bad) without tryin to hide it. he wasnt scared to hit jacobs in the first match. absolute piece of shit from bother fighters for dofferent reason. shit was faker than rasslin.

      people make too big a deal out of the pirog fight. i think quillin and the two mora dights are a better testimonial.

    • ceylon mooney

      the mora rematch was really telling. jacobs sucked so bad. they tripped over each other a buncha times, bungled around like they were drunk, and mora began the fight by swingin and missin on purpose (no veteran fighters sense of distance is that bad) without tryin to hide it. he wasnt scared to hit jacobs in the first match. absolute piece of shit from bother fighters for dofferent reason. shit was faker than rasslin.

      people make too big a deal out of the pirog fight. i think quillin and the two mora dights are a better testimonial.

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Good luck Jacobs

    • wayne reid

      Since you rep BK why not put some $ on Jacobs bro……ha

      • Jorge

        he mad

      • Michel Desgrottes

        I don’t rep Brooklyn that’s not my borough, Southside Jamaica Queens, there’s 5 boroughs in NYC FYI

        • wayne reid

          Michel you’ll make a great politician someday…again the Question why not put some $ on Jacobs?

        • wayne reid

          Michel you’ll make a great politician someday…again the Question why not put some $ on Jacobs?

          • Michel Desgrottes

            U dictated it on Brooklyn being my borough, false dictation to initiate a bet

          • wayne reid

            Alright Michel you win,too busy to do the back n forth this morning….

          • Michel Desgrottes

            lazy

          • wayne reid

            lazy? nah it’s called being mature

          • Michel Desgrottes

            ok u lazy, gotcha

    • Skyler

      Michael you’re in the smallest minority for a fight prediction in awhile if Jacobs wins by RD11 TKO but if he does….Monday is going to be sweet for you on here

      • Michel Desgrottes

        no its not, because its not some grand big fight, the general popular opinion is that GGG will win, so there will be no shock, i would like for jacobs to win, but im ok with the idea of ggg winning, because hes the most dominant middleweight out there, this really isn’t a big deal in the grand picture, but good luck to jacobs

    • hunger pains

      You’re for the black guy?

      • Michel Desgrottes

        I’m for the New Yorker who beat cancer, just like my mom beat a brain tumor in her frontal lobe of her brain, race had nothin to do with my admiration for Jacobs and his story

  • Giuseppe

    GGG ROUND FIVE TKO

    • Skyler

      i think your round count is getting shorter and shorter the closer we get lol

      • Giuseppe

        GGG ROUND TWO TKO

        • Triple T

          That’s more like it!

    • Captain Ron

      In other shocking news water is found to be still wet.

  • mark elding

    Rooting for GGG because the sport needs dominant champions as much as it needs competitive fights, but Jacobs is just so damn likeable I hope he acquits himself well.

    • Charlie U.

      Great post!

    • Skyler

      He really is. I like him even more after the HBO “2 days” show. Seems like a great guy with a lot of intelligence. I know he is going down most likely, but I hope he shows enough to still come out a “winner”…kind like Martin Murray-esque

      • Julio

        Martin was just stoic in defeat. Brook by comparison accomplished a whole lot more than Martin did in a fraction of the time. Serving as a total punching bag is not coming out a “winner”.

        • Skyler

          I agree Brook would be the better comparison as far as taking the fight to GGG, but he still got his ass kicked in 5 rounds. Plus, it was more of a sideshow IMO (not everyone’s). I guess I was making more of a MW to MW comparison. I get your point though.

          • Julio

            True, and also Brook landed some decent combinations something that Murray never did in 11+ rounds, in spite of being a natural, big, and strong MW. There is a reason why he has never won a world title, unlike Brook.

          • philoe bedoe

            I agree.
            Murray seems happy to contain fighters instead of going all out for the win….,.

          • Julio

            Well, that is true to a degree. I think he did enough to beat Martinez and simply got the shaft. But after that performance, he hasn’t truly found his mojo again.

          • philoe bedoe

            He would have got the nod if he was on neutral ground or at home.
            But fighting Martinez in an homecoming fight in a football stadium, he wasn’t getting the verdict……..

          • ceylon mooney

            punchline to the sideshow:

            ww or not, brook was still bigger and heavier than golovkin every step of the way.

          • Mauro Hermida

            If his orbital bone doesn’t get broken, it goes rounds and Brook wins some more. He just kept scraping at that eye the whole time, even while GGG was hitting him with jabs. He completely lost focus.

    • Juan Manuel Valverde

      I agree. Love GGG, big fan, hope he succeeds as boxing needs a KO puncher as the main star, but I also like Jacobs. He is a nice guy and given the fact that I just lost a family memeber to cancer and my dad had it, I totally feel for him. He is a warrior and deserves high praises.

    • Josh Boss

      *Until the dominant champion becomes too dominant a la Klitschko. Boxing fans are never happy.

      • Ciscostudent561

        Nah klitz was boring. No casual complains when dominance is the form of A Rousey or Tyson. Especially if u have commercial appeal. Ko artists are like high octane offenses in the NFL virtually must see tv

        • Josh Boss

          Klitschko was a KO artist. 53 in 64 is pretty good going. When Klitschko’s dominance became so prolonged it became boring. Tyson and Rousey were fleeting in comparison. Plus he locked himself away in Germany at a time when there was still abit of US snobbery. If you weren’t fighting in America then you could forget about the US media being kind to you.

          • Ciscostudent561

            True. Good points.

          • Mauro Hermida

            That KO artist was also a rape artist…see the Povetkin fight. If he fought in the States more, he might have been disqualified once or twice.

      • ceylon mooney

        didnt bug me one bit. the only klitchsko fight i hated was haye, and thats cuz haye sucked

        and yea klitschsko sucked against fury, who didnt.

      • ceylon mooney

        didnt bug me one bit. the only klitchsko fight i hated was haye, and thats cuz haye sucked

        and yea klitschsko sucked against fury, who didnt.

        • JV316

          even the ibragimov fight? i still regret the time i lost there…

          • ceylon mooney

            sultan ibragimov? i missed that one. saw seth mitchell beat up timur pretty bad tho.

            was it like watchin paint dry? or chinese water torture?

          • JV316

            haha yeah sultan. it was at msg i think, i think vlad retreated to the friendlier german crowds right after that fight, they don’t seem to mind watching paint dry.

          • ceylon mooney

            HAW HAW!

          • JV316

            i also seem to remember it was on hbo and lampley pissing on the fight as it was going on. he was definitely giving off the vibe of we might be done showing this guy’s fights. haha. i don’t think they were done, they can never resist heavyweight title fights.

      • Orca

        It wasn’t Klits dominance that was boring, it was his style of fighting. That ko stat does not tell the story. The man fought scared half the time which was ridiculous considering how good he could be and who he was fighting. He has the stats and work ethic of an ATG heavyweight but, for me, he falls short….and not by a little.

        • mark elding

          That’s my opinion on big Wlad, completely.

        • Captain Ron

          For a guy built like a Norse God and big enough to eat the opposition Klitchko often boxed like a pussy. That’s why I hope that AJ gets rid off him for good.

  • Jody Hanna

    Lara vs Spinks

    I just puked.

    • Left Hook

      I told myself that had to be a joke. Next we will be clamoring for Fury-Akinwande.

      • Captain Ron

        Winner gets Butterbean.

        • D Johnson

          Akinwande vs “the quiet man” John Ruiz!! For my money that might name be the most boring fight ever. Ruiz has been in one exciting fight in his entire career and it ended with him getting iced in under a minute.

          • Jody Hanna

            Took the words right out of my mouth.

          • philoe bedoe

            I think Akinwande was only in one decent fight, against Oliver McCall when he got stretched in the last round……….

          • Triple T

            Tua-Ruiz 2. The rematch we all wanted but unfortunately it never happened.

        • Jody Hanna

          Butterbean was too much fun to watch to be in this thread, how about John Ruiz?

          • D Johnson

            I totally agree. Butterbean may have been a fat turd, but at least he let his hands go… just ask Bart Gunn! Lol

          • Captain Ron

            Bart who???

          • Triple T

            One of those 4 rounder guys The Bean feasted on.

          • D Johnson
          • Captain Ron

            Sorry my bad. I forgot all about John Ruiz.

          • Jody Hanna

            Easily done.

          • Triple T

            Can’t think of anyone who fucked up heavyweight boxing more than that guy did.

      • Captain Ron

        I actually thought Hopkins vs Winky Wright was joke when I first heard it announced. And really, it was a joke altogeather.

        • Left Hook

          A mythical matchup that was actually realized…and delivered exactly what was expected. My, how the DVR has changed my life so that I don’t have to sit through tortuous bouts such as that…

          • Captain Ron

            I nodded off by the 5th round. If that even.

          • Triple T

            I didn’t even watch it.

      • Jody Hanna

        I just puked in a little bit in my mouth.

        • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

          I told you before! Go do that outside. We are trying to keep the bar clean here!

          • Jody Hanna

            That’s why I swallowed it.

        • Triple T

          Only a little? You have a stronger stomach than I do.

    • RStech

      When Ambien just won’t do it for you…fantasize about a Spinks/Lara showdown.

      • ceylon mooney

        fuck it. broner-kovalev please.

        • Triple T

          I cant stand Broner so I’ll be okay with him stepping into the ring with Kovalev.

        • Adam Jenkins

          Absolutely

    • Mauro Hermida

      Surprised no one has come up with a list of worst matches possible.

      • Left Hook

        We’ll let you start. But bonus points award to those who can think outside the Klit/Fury/Ward/Broner box..

        • Mauro Hermida

          There was a guy at 112…don’t know his name. You could insert anyone against him and that would be the worst matchup possible. When he fought Shiming(another stinker), I banned them both from my viewing eyes.

          • Left Hook

            Gianfranco rosi was horrible to watch. Mauro galvano. I am not a fan of watching Thurman, Postol, burns, rigo, lara…barthelemy can be painful..

          • ceylon mooney

            reunreong? the thai dude?

      • Jody Hanna

        That’s next Friday’s mailbag sorted Mauro.

      • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

        The Great One vs. Mick.

      • Charlie U.

        Pick a Cuban fighter vs Pick a Cuban fighter

        • Jody Hanna

          Racist

    • Triple T

      If something like Spinks-Lara actually happened that would create more demands from the public to ban boxing completely as apposed to any Ward-Gatti style bloodbath.

      • Jody Hanna

        I’d be right at the front.

  • David Telfer

    Regarding the Legendary Nights…Pacquiao – Marquez would be excellent.

    • Jorge

      Which one?

      • David Telfer

        All of them…the Gatti-Ward legendary nights goes over all of their fights. It’s the back stories that are interesting IMO.

        • Jorge

          I hear you, that might be too long of a show but would love to see it. I think the first one is very compelling as well as the last one.

          • Skyler

            I’d prefer #1 and #2…I like to forget the last one smh

          • Jorge

            one of the cleanest knockouts of a pound for pound guy in the history of the sport.

          • Skyler

            yea I know…that’s why I like to forget it. I’m a huge PacMan fan

          • ceylon mooney

            3rd fight was a robbery

          • Jorge

            I thought 2nd one

          • ceylon mooney

            i cant remember nuthin bout #2.

          • Jorge

            too much whisky?

          • ceylon mooney

            HAHA! too much jamesons? what does
            that mean?

          • Jorge

            whisky goggles man, it affects the way you see the fights.

          • Jorge

            haha its tough man, it took me forever to get over Frankie the surgeon Randall knocking down Chavez sr.

          • Charlie U.

            Clean knockout, unclean fighter. JMM was like Barry Bonds circa 2006.

  • Larry Connor

    Jacobs will be stopped in the 4th round. no drama here.

  • Don Badowski

    I’d like to think Richard Schaefer has learned his lesson about the value of being Al Haymon’s bird dog. But I doubt it.

  • Left Hook

    Just curious…does any other sport chase/follow/care what their viewership is? Do cricket fans go to message boards and say ‘I wonder if we beat regional motorcross in the ratings tonight?’
    As for this weekend–if you are a fan, bring some more fans on board. If you are a hater–bring some of your non-fans over so they can see what is at the heart and soul of the sport. A GGG win and you can say-that is one of the best in the sport. A Jacobs win and you can brag how you predicted this hype-job was going to be exposed. win-win.

    • Josh Boss

      Cricket is probably the second or third most followed sport in the world so I doubt it haha. But I get what you’re saying.
      In most sports the best teams play every week. In boxing the best fighters only fight 2/3 times a year. I think boxing fans and the boxing industry constantly worry that people will lose interest as a result, and I suppose viewing figures are a way of measuring that. But to answer your question, no I don’t know any other sport that does this. I think in time MMA will be similar though.

    • Robert Archambault

      I don’t think any other professional sport gets as poor ratings as boxing does so they do not have to worry about it. The athletes who compete in other sports also do not make close to as much money per performance as boxers do either so advertising revenue does not figure as much into the success of a sporting event.

    • Dee Money

      Maybe not as sporadically as boxing does, but thats because other sports have established schedules and seasons. I know there has been major chatter about an overall decline in viewership of the NFL.

    • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

      WWE does!

      • Left Hook

        I guess they all do. I just hope that a fight and card like this gets the love it deserves from the fans. For those who lost interest in the sparring session called Thurman-Garcia (although a good matchup on paper), it would be nice to add some excitement as Lemiuex-Stevens gave us. In reality, this is the Super Bowl of the mw division, and I hope it gets the buys to encourage more excellent matchups. No, I hate PPV, but I am willing to splurge on what fits my definition of entertainment.

    • Jody Hanna

      I’d never come across this phenomenon before I started coming on this website. To me, real boxing fans aren’t obsessed by ratings, dickhead floydiot type ‘boxing’ fans only care about PPV numbers and purses, as though they might get a share.

      • Left Hook

        Some ‘fans’ act as if bigger numbers means better fighter. Or worse yet—they are glad that it prevents a bigger fight from happening. Strange..

      • philoe bedoe

        All I care about is if I get to watch it.
        If it’s not on Boxnation or Sky Sports and it’s not worth buying Sky box office, I’ll either go to the pub or stream it……….

  • Charlie U.

    Legendary Nights – The tale of De La Hoya/Vargas. What exactly happened at Brokeba.., I mean Big Bear mountain to get Fernando so upset?

    • Orca

      I heard that they were both out running the same route and Fernando slipped and fell and Oscar ran past laughing at him. Not sure when that happened. Vargas would use anything to pump himself up. The man was a warrior and I miss his kind. I could leave the ped’s though.

      • Charlie U.

        Yeah, I had heard that too. I was just making a joke with the Brokeback thing that perhaps there was a more…’intimate’ reason for the falling out. Lol.

    • Jorge

      At the time there was a lot jealousy towards DLH. Vargas and in addition Genaro Hernandez (RIP), had similar feelings towards DLH. Both always called him out and wanted to fight him. Genaro I remember called him out as early as 6 fights into his career. But to both their credit, they both backed up their word and got in the ring with him.

  • Captain Ron

    Brawlbag:
    1. My pick fer GGG-Jacobs. DJ has got the speed. He’s got the pop. He’ll bitch-slap the GGGoon-Bot so hard he’ll make him look even more goofy-looking than he already is. Won’t knock him out though. It will end with DJ getting his ribs BBQed and his ear-flaps punched off.
    2. Beating a cancer-guy everyone picked him to beat would further elevate GGG above greatness. The masses would rave on about GGG being more unstoppable than Thor, King Kong, and Godzilla put togeather. And Robert will still be whining about his beloved GGGoon-Bot not getting enough love.
    3. Chocolatito will beat that Thai guy whose name I just don’t have time to spell out here. The ring-announcer will have more off a battle pronouncing that guy’s name than GGG would have with Jacobs. Anyhow that little Cocoa guy will still be the P4P king when the smoke’s all cleared.

    • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

      3. Dingaling Porn is the name, I think…..

      • philoe bedoe

        He won’t have a very long career.
        He’s got problems with his eyesight lol……….

  • Mauro Hermida

    GGG early rounds KO. Jacobs chin is shaky to me. The only way this lasts is if Jacobs stinks it out and locks GGG up whenever he gets inside. I think I have seen GGG look a little frustrated by it and I have yet to see someone employ it all fight to great effect. We will see. Anyways, not very impressed by Jacobs, so I don’t see it as very competitive. Not worth the PPV.

  • RayK

    My prediction for this weekend = PAIN!

  • D Johnson

    “jump into a deep lake wearing concrete shoes. The world – never mind the boxing world – doesn’t need pitiful mopes like that. Please tell those fools that I said that”. Did you hear that Larry!?!?

  • maxx

    Excellent mailbag as always Doug……..Bradley beats Judah at any weight, just too tenacious, mentally resilient and versatile.Kudos

    • wrecksracer

      Yeah, Knowing that Judah historically blows big fights…and even some minor fights….I find it hard to pick him beating Bradley.

      • Already956

        Idk man. Id take the Judah that beat cory spinks/1st half vs Floyd over Timmy at 140 and 147.

        • wrecksracer

          The problem with Judah is that he is a front runner. Floyd just waited him out and then took over….and don’t forget Spinks beat Judah the first time around. It wasn’t even close. It’s certainly possible that Judah could beat Bradley. I just wouldn’t count on it….and I certainly wouldn’t bet on it.

          • Koninbeor

            Neither fight with Spinks was close for Judah. You could clearly see a turning point in the first fight. Judah was dominated the whole time and then, just like that, he figured Spinks out. Too late for the first fight. Spinks never had a prayer the second time around.

        • D Johnson

          I think that fight would play out similar to Bradley’s fight against Holt. Bradley had better technique at 140. He didn’t load up as much and I think his determination and technique would carry him to a close decision win.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            The Holt fight is a really good comparison – if anything Judah is flakier than Holt.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Zab teases with that potential. Problem is when he was in his physical prime, he just couldn’t handle adversity or make adjustments, he was extremely one-dimensional in his own way. Later on as an older fighter he did show some heart & bounce back ability against Mattysse & Garcia but he was on the way out by that point.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Zab teases with that potential. Problem is when he was in his physical prime, he just couldn’t handle adversity or make adjustments, he was extremely one-dimensional in his own way. Later on as an older fighter he did show some heart & bounce back ability against Mattysse & Garcia but he was on the way out by that point.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Zab teases with that potential. Problem is when he was in his physical prime, he just couldn’t handle adversity or make adjustments, he was extremely one-dimensional in his own way. Later on as an older fighter he did show some heart & bounce back ability against Mattysse & Garcia but he was on the way out by that point.

      • Orca

        Agree completely. Judah has looked so special at times but just can’t hold it together. That’s why I would pick Bradley.

      • maxx

        Absolutely, Zab does not have the mental grit to beat a warrior like Bradley and talking about minor fights, do check out Zab’s bouts with Argentinian duo Omar Weiss and Carlos Baldomir, though the judges gave him the Weiss fight, it could have easily gone the other way and we all know about Baldomir, their is no way that a guy who could have easily lost against Weiss and did officially and rightly lose against Baldomir beats Bradley.Kudos pal

  • Already956

    MM GGG Special

    GGG vs Jermain Taylor @ 160

    GGG vs Gerald McClellan @ 160

    GGG vs Herol Graham @ 160

    GGG vs Mike McCallum @ 160

    GGG vs Julian Jackson @ 160

    • Left Hook

      GGG
      GGG
      GGG
      Possibly GGG-McCallum best at 154, but The BodySnatcher cannot be underestimated…
      Probably GGG, unless he gets hit.
      Good matchups.

      • philoe bedoe

        I think GGG vs The body snatcher is a Pick em
        fight ……….

        • Left Hook

          That would be a great fight!

          • philoe bedoe

            I agree, a great mythical matchup……….

        • Ten Count Toronto

          McCallum much more proven at the elite level, if I had to chose between the two I’d go with McCallum. I’m not sure if Golovkin has the quality of opposition around him to ever prove himself at that level unless he does it Light Heavyweight.

          • philoe bedoe

            Good call………

    • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

      Who is Heroin Gram?

    • philoe bedoe

      GGG stoppage 8
      GGG late stoppage in a war.
      GGG close points.
      GGG the Body snatcher to close to call.
      GGG ko Jackson early in a war……….

      • mark elding

        Interesting that you pick GGG to decision Herol, philoe. I would have suggested that Golovkin finding Graham’s chin solidly enough to end matters would be the most likely result, after swinging at air for much of the preceding action.

        • philoe bedoe

          Wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.
          Just think maybe Golovkins ability to cut off the ring, work rate, and landing when he’s got his opponent on the ropes could be a factor.
          But Graham was also great at fighting on the ropes………..

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Yes, if it went the distance I think Graham would win more rounds and GGG would need one or two 10-8 rounds to salvage a Draw, However it’s also hard to see Graham getting away with some of his risky lead punches for 12 rounds against GGG’s timing.

          Although if Golovkin turns out to have problems handling speed & distance against Jacobs it would cast the Graham match up in a different light.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        First 3 or 4 rounds against Jackson would be a danger zone. If Jackson could strike short & straight with a delivery unlike anything GGG has seen, and then seize the advantage he might pull it out. But if GGG is still around after getting 4 rounds worth of intel, he’d get the timing down to stay safe while punishing Jackson with jabs & body shots, Jackson would not have the punch resistance to last into championship rounds,

    • philoe bedoe

      Are joking?
      They’d all be to scared of him lol………,

      • Already956

        Ha !

      • Captain Ron

        Yeah the gods themselves are afraid of faGGG. Where’s that Auto guy by the way

        • philoe bedoe

          The mailbags not the same without Auto ( aka ) Rupert……….

          • Triple T

            Um yeah its so weird when that Auto person is not around. But then its even weirder when he is around. “Rupert” That his real name. The same name little kids like to give to their teddy bears.

    • Captain Ron

      Just to make the GGGoonies happy we’ll just say that GGG lines them up and atomizes them all with a single left-hook because he’s the almighty GGG.

      • Triple T

        Damn right! GGG rocks!

    • Triple T

      Another clean sweep for Triple G!

    • Avery Benitez

      GGG TKO 10
      G-Man UD in a close fight
      GGG UD
      GGG tko 8
      GGG KO 5 where both fighters are dropped by Jackson is the only one truly “hurt”.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        I don’t see McCallum getting stopped. I also can’t imagine McClellan weight drained at 160 going the distance, if he’d have to get GGG out in the first half of the fight.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      > GGG stops Taylor inside of 8 rounds, If Taylor comes out firing like he did for the first Pavlik fight he might have some big moments before getting stopped. If he tired to box he’s do OK for about 3 rounds but after that it would just be a deathwatch.

      > McClelland -GGG: McClelland would be too weight drained to survive 12 rounds with GGG. If he came looking for an early KO, he’d have a 50/50 chance of getting it (and if GGG gets stopped by Jacobs tonight, G-man’s chances go up significantly) but if it went longer past 7 rounds McClellan would be doomed by GGG’s relentless yet efficient, calculating attrition machine.

      > GGG KO 10 Graham; Tough fight to call as GGG hasn’t faced anything close to a certified slickster his entire pro career. As an amateur he was able to make significant gains on Andre Dirrell in as early as the 3rd round, but Graham is quirkier than Dirrell.

      Still, that demonstration, plus the fact Graham has never one the big one, leads me to assume that eventually, GGG would time Graham and take him out at some point. (of course if GGG gets boxed succesfully by Jacobs, that conclusion has to be revisited)

      > McCallum UD12 or 15. Got to go with much better proven fighter. Nothing on Golovkins resume approaches the opponent quality of McCallum’s, and probably never will. GGG might well have been good enough to rise to that level, but we’ll probably never know,

      > GGG KO9 Jackson. This is actually a 50:50 fight for the first 3 or 4 rounds, if jackson could land his best shot first and then jump on a dazed GGG, he’s got just as mch chance to end it early. But if GGG hangs around long enough to learn Jackson’s range, timing & punching mannerisms, he would make the adjustments while breaking jackson down with jabs, bodyshots & sneaky hooks to the temple. Jackson would not have the punch resistance to last long from this point.

  • Charlie U.

    Can’t remember the last time a fighter was as hyped before his debut as Mick Conlan is. I hope this guy is the real deal, but with Bob Arum at the helm it’ll be a long time before we ever get that question answered.

    • Josh Boss

      A left hook can take you around the block, but a middle finger can take you around the world.

    • Jorge

      I thought it was the white dude from the movie Great White Hype…

  • philoe bedoe

    Great mailbag again Doug.
    Can’t see anything other than a Golovkin win.
    Even though I can see Jacobs doing well offensively, he doesn’t have the chin to withstand Golovkin.
    Even though I’d love to see him make a great fight of it.
    What a story it would make if he pulled it off

    • Triple T

      Who does have the chin to withstand Golovkin?

      • philoe bedoe

        That’s a very good question…………

      • philoe bedoe

        That’s a very good question…………

        • Triple T

          I guess that brings us back to GGG vs Marvin Hagler. Now that would have been a war.

          • philoe bedoe

            Yes it would ………..

  • philoe bedoe

    I can remember not long ago when people were saying Jacobs was to scared to fight Golovkin.
    Shame on you, tut tut………..

    • ceylon mooney

      they were right

      he stayed away for as long as he could

      • philoe bedoe

        And now he’s here fully fit and rareing to go………

        • ceylon mooney

          hey, i can dig it.

          im satisfied. hard to hold a grudge if u get what u want.

          • philoe bedoe

            Good things come to those who wait………

  • ceylon mooney

    legendary nights i really wanta see is sanchez-gomez.

    i while back someone posted some featherweight MMs and i mentioned i never seen sanchez. so one a the regulars here straightened me out with some fights to watch.

    so i seen his first title fight and most of the defenses. wow. man he was fuckin good. very hittable at times but def a complete fighter.

    all the fights i seen were great, and he was great in all of em, but the gomez fight, from well before the ring walk til well after the TKO, was something different, something truly remarkable, and so was sanchez. he may have been great in all the fights i seen, effectively retiring lopez, outclassing the phenominal nelson, but i swear i saw frickin magic there. transcendent.

    and dont none a you bust my balls u know that was the real shit!

    im in awe of that fight, in awe of that performance.

    but im second guessing what i saw. cuz from what i understand none a his opponents were as bad ass as gomez (tho nelson looked so dangerous and hungry, and danny lopez was chuvalo tough), but nowhere else in his brief stay at the top was he like this. some frickin magic. a truly beautiful thing.

    • Jody Hanna

      Anyone that busts your balls for being up about Sanchez vs Gomez is either an arsehole or knows nothing about boxing, or both. A great performance in a classic fight between two legendary fighters.

    • Bar Kokhba

      Damn straight! Glad you’re checking out the old fight films. Sanchez was a marvel.

      But I think he fought up-or-down to the level of his competition. Against someone like Rocky Garcia, he didn’t look so great, and won a ho-hum decision that was closer than it probably needed to be. But against the real threats – big punchers like Lopez and Gomez – Sanchez really buckled down and boxed brilliantly. I don’t think he would have beaten Arguello (there was talk of them fighting after the Nelson bout) but I’m convinced he would have given another magnificent performance.

      • ceylon mooney

        yea man thats what it looked like.

        i dunno about beating arguello…id
        favor arguello, but –and i hate to admit this– the only arguello i watched was mancini and pryor fights.

    • mark elding

      For a natural counter-puncher, Sanchez was indeed quite hittable. His solid chin was as crucial to his success as any other facet of his brilliant game.
      Great, great fighter. One of the top 6 or 7 of the deepest decade ever in my opinion, and he had left us by ’82! Reasonable to suggest he would have ranked even higher had he lived.

      • ceylon mooney

        how would he have done against the WBA champ? i forget his name. never watched him fight.

        • mark elding

          Eusebio Pedroza. Stylistically, he wouldn’t have played to Sanchez’ strengths, and would have been very difficult accordingly. I have that down as 50/50.

  • Bar Kokhba

    Damn Dougie! Two hanging threads in one mailbag:

    1) Can you remind me of the Vince Philips tale? I remember you recounting in an earlier mailbag but I forget the details…

    2) ‘Off-the-record’ stories about the ODLH camp for Pacquiao! Tantalizing! Can we get some hints? I always figured something had to have been up for Oscar to weigh in at 146 that night; they claim he overtrained, but your allusion to something more sinister (or at least controversial) reminded me of my own suspicions that something wasn’t quite right in Big Bear, but we never got the full story.

    • philoe bedoe

      I’d like to know as well……….

    • wrecksracer

      I heard that ODLH sparred with Valero and got beat up, and Valero wasn’t invited back to spar.

      • Bar Kokhba

        I can believe that. Given Dougie’s closeness to the Valero camp, there’s a good chance that if that story is true, Doug would have heard it – but can’t talk about it, considering his current employment situation.

    • IanF69

      I heard one of Oscar’s gay sparring partner/lover stole a pair of his fav fishnets and ripped the fuck outa them….. reducing him to the shell he was on fight night. True Story.

      • Bar Kokhba

        Now come on. Oscar may be a cocaine-addled alcoholic cross-dresser, but there’s no evidence that he’s gay.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Whatever did or did not happen at Big Bear, the real problem is that DelaHoya hadn’t been a full time fighter for many years and whatever chances he had to “get it back” in one training camp for either the Mayweather or Pacquiao bouts was undermined by his distractions, addictions and weight issues during all that semi-retired down time.

      • Bar Kokhba

        Probably true. But not as fun as the possibility of a salacious story.

  • Jorge

    I think this is a fight for the hardcore base, I’m not seeing a lot of buzz anywhere else but hopefully it’s a good fight and it generates that buzz and gets highlights on sports networks.

    • Nixtradamus

      Because everyone knows Jacobs is a bum. He will be knocked out. His record is fake.

    • Nixtradamus

      Because everyone knows Jacobs is a bum. He will be knocked out. His record is fake.

  • hunger pains

    Golovkin and Jacobs fight tomorrow night

    • Jorge

      Great insight

      • philoe bedoe

        What a scoop that was.
        Along with the watergate scandal lol……….

  • Nixtradamus

    ZERO chance Jacobs wins. Check his resume – the guy is a bum, knocked out by light-hitting Dimitri Pirog. Record padded against bums, only semi-legitimate name us unproven bum Quillin.

    Boxing is totally corrupt – one more knockout “proving” GGG is the greatest ever (don’t get me wrong, he IS a very good boxer, but the guy is fighting bums with built records).

    • CletoKings

      I think Jacobs is a very live dog. Great KO porcentage, good movement, fast-straight punches. On the other hand,you can make a case for ggg being a top pound for pound and at this point of his career unbeatable, but my guts are with Jacobs. I see an upset by early KO

  • Billy ray cyrus

    Boxing is a great sport but this weekend is a tough sell for two unknown fighters. People wait all year for the basketball tournament it’ll take a special fight or fighter to distract from that neither one of these guys fit that bill

  • Xiphius11

    “GGG is the only middleweight rated above Jacobs, according to THE RING, ESPN.com, BoxRec.com and the Transnational Boxing Rankings.” Doesn’t RING still have Canelo as their middleweight champion?

  • DBone

    Great drugs. Reggie Woodard knows where to find them.

  • CletoKings

    I have my money on Jacobs. I see Jacobs counterpuching GGG with straight rights. Jacobs KO in the 4th.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    The World Boxing Super Series will do well in divisions where there are not many top rated fighters from fiercely rivaling promotions but which are not keen on pitting them against each other on account of politics. That would be the lower weight classes minimum weight, junior flyweight, flyweight and bantamweight except the junior bantamweights where prime fighters as Roman Gonzales, Naoya Inoue, Carlos Cuadras and JF Estrada might want to hold series of their own thru their respective promoters.

Get Our Newsletter.

Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news, events and deals in your inbox!

x

19

Posts Remaining

Subscribe | Login