Saturday, October 17, 2009

Super Six - Regal victory and Snakey win

What a night of Boxing. "King" Arthur Abraham was in a battle against Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor until the last 15 seconds of the fight when he knocked Taylor out with a quick, but decisive right hand.

perhaps Jermain Taylor should change his nickname to something a little less passive-aggressive than "Bad Intentions". After all, t's one thing to have a bad intention, it's another thing to follow through with it.

Eerily similiar to Taylor's last fight against Carl Froch, his body bounced off the canvas with 15 seconds left on the clock. UNlike his fight with Froch, Taylor was losing this fight against the incredibly resilient and strong Arthur Abraham. I like Jermain Taylor and wish his career hadn't veered south like this. My prediction is that he will now be considered a high paid opponent for the rest of his career, IF he has one left. I'm not entirely sure he should finish the Super Six. It seems like his long-term health is in question. If he were to bow out, who should take his place? I'd love to see Allan Green get that spot. As a largely underrated fighter, I think Allan Green would gain recognition and get the respect that he deserves as a fighter were he to be in the Super Six Tournament. Showtime take note.

How disappointing was Dirrell's fight? I was cringing as he clinched his way through the early rounds and although I felt he got the timing right in the middle and late rounds, it was just too late. The judges saw Froch as the aggressor and, rightfully so, let him retain his belt. Other than the horrible clinching, Dirrell was beautiful to watch. He moved his feet well and landed clean, hard punches, but was backing up most of the fight and failed to "close it down". Comparatively, Froch was a throwback to the Jake Lamotta days in Boxing and brawled his way through every round. I didn't like that he kept punching Dirrell in the back of the head a number of times without much warning from the ref, even after Dirrell was penalized a point for clinching with very little to no warning from the same ref. Though I love old-school fighters, I find Froch's style to be a little annoying - with the hands down constantly and the wild punches without rhythm...Ultimately, if fighting styles were the only consideration, I'd rather watch Dirrell lose a fight than watch Froch win one. I also didn't like Froch's post-fight interview. He certainly didn't earn his boast.

Looking very forward to Mikkel Kessler vs Andre Ward on November 21st. I wonder if Ward's hometown advantage will be enough for him to beat the seasoned "Viking Warrior"...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Super Six

The Super Six World Boxing Classic. How amazing. Boxing fans from around the world get to watch their favorite Super Middleweights duke it out in a round-robin style tournament. Genius! Thanks Showtime.

The tournament's first bout begins on Oct. 17, when Germany's Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 knockouts) takes on Arkansas' Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) from Berlin. On the same night, England's Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) puts his WBC title on the line against Michigan's Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) in Froch's hometown of Nottingham.

On Nov. 21, WBA champ Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs), of Copenhagen, Denmark, meets former Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Ward's hometown of Oakland, Calif.

And to make it even more salacious, fans can tune in to FIGHT CAMP 360 to watch all of the behind the scenes action on the fighters preparing for battle.

I've got to be honest. This is exciting. Things have been a little hum-drum in the Boxing world lately - with Mayweather blowing Marquez out of the water and Klitschko equally dominating Arreola, it's about time we had something to get excited about.

Jermain Taylor may have gotten the toughest draw, having to fight Arthur Abraham right out of the gate (not that there would be an easy draw in these six fighters). I mean, anyone who can still win a fight with a broken jaw hanging from his face from round 4 is the one to beat, in my book. Abraham is a brawler, with a semblance of defense, but he definitely throws some wild punches. WATCH TAPE JERMAIN!

I'm liking Andre Dirrell against Carl Froch, although I'd love to see Froch fight Taylor again. Dirrell has amazing footwork and will easily be able to out-point Froch, even with Froch's hometown advantage. Dirrell shouldn't go for the KO, because Froch's chin could withstand a freight train.

Mikkel Kessler is another elite athlete that is going to be tough for the comparatively inexperienced Andre Ward. Although Ward has a respectable 20-0 record, Kessler has fought over twice as many fights (43 fights 42-1), twice as many rounds (Ward 104 vs Kessler 222) and has almost three times as many KO victories (Ward 13 vs Kessler 32). That's a tough fight. Ward has the hometown advantage and a clean fighting style that may challenge Kessler's in-your-face forward style, although Ward will only be able to win on points as Kessler's head is rumored to be made of cement.

For Boxing purists, the SUPER SIX tournament is a dream come true. And to start off with the Super Middleweight division was a fantastic idea. I love this weight class. The fighters are big enough to pack a punch, yet small enough to be quick on their feet. I for one, am all-in. I will be watching the FIGHT CAMP 360 series as well as the actual fights. With Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto coming up on November 14th, this fall is shaping up to be amazing for the Sweet Science!

For those of you who will be joining me in watching all things SUPER SIX, please make note of the schedule below:

Air dates for FIGHT CAMP 360:

Saturday, Oct. 10 - 10:30 PM, Showtime
Monday, Oct. 12 - 11:30 PM, Showtime 2
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 10 PM, Showtime 2
Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 11 PM, Showtime 2
Thursday, Oct. 15 – 10 PM, Showtime 2
Thursday, Oct. 15 – 10:40 PM, Showtime
Friday, Oct. 16 – Midnight, Showtime
Saturday, Oct. 17 – 6:40 PM, Showtime

Note: All times are ET/PT