Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Boxing Punches from a conventional right handed stance:


The left hook can be a powerful punch delivered like a stealth bomb.  The opponent does not see the punch that hits them.  That is the punch that KO's.  The unseen punch.

The left jab is the workhorse of boxing in that it should always be in the opponents face, keeping him off balance, blinding his vision and setting him up for other punches.  Joe Louis and Larry Holmes were proponents of the left jab as a powerful punch as well as a punch to set up other punches.  Ali employed a fast stinging jab that cut and bruised the opponent's eye area.  Ali was perfection in foot movement and incredible mobility and reaction time more than the strength of his punches.  Taken together his skills were unbeatable but often unconventional.  He was always breaking the rules so to speak.  Roy Jones is an example of the same kind of fighter who was pure brilliance but age has caught up with him and fighters are able to exploit his mistakes more and more now.  Hopefully, he can hang up his gloves and concentrate on promoting the young fighters in his Stable.

The Mexican Liver Punch is a starching punch when properly landed.  Ricky Hatton used it well but Mexican fighters have perfected the punch.  Julio Cesar Chavez or Barrera come to mind.  Bernard Hopkins KO's the smaller Oscar De La Hoya with a single shot to the liver which was nothing short of a work of art.

Does the PAC MAN use performance enhancing substances?

Rumors have circulated about Manny Pacquiao and some performance helpers he may be using for several years now. His style involves speed and endurance and he looks nearly ultra-human in the category of endurance. He also carried power up through several weight classes which is also unusual. Now his mega fight with Mayweather is threatened by the insistence on rigorous testing of both fighters being insisted upon by Mayweather. Floyd turns me off with his bragging style but in this instance, I take his side. Let's settle this in the Olympic testing laboratory. If Manny survives that test it will only add to his claim to being one of the greatest boxers of all time. Not just the best fighter around today!