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.
SIDE BAR: 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"...