Beauty Is In The Eye Of Beholder ……..Oops We’ve Another Heavyweight Champion of The World ….

So here I am, scouring the “net” as well as US editions of several British newspapers I subscribe to ,in order to keep myself abreast of what’s happening back home in the land of my birth. Quite often I’ll also take in the BBC America network outlet for the latest business and international news. CNN and Fox News may well believe that they’re best at covering a story with in depth coverage and analysis. But in actuality they pale by comparison , when judged against the professionalism shown by the journalists of the BBC .

Best  to  be  seen  and  not  heard . Paris  Hilton  and  Tara Reid   are   getting   far too much   exposure  than  is  needed  .   Can  someone  remind them  that they need a  modicum  of  talent and  intelligence  as  well  ?  Not  unlike what   unlike what  we're  now  witnessing  within the  heavyweight   division  of  boxing .  picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty images north  america/   Julian  Proctor .........

Best to be seen and not heard ? Paris Hilton and Tara Reid are getting far too much exposure than is needed. Can someone remind them that they need a modicum of talent and intelligence as well ? Not unlike what we’re now witnessing within the heavyweight division of boxing. picture appears courtesy of getty images north america/ Julian Proctor ………..

If it’s not enough of anathema, to think that the heavyweight boxing division is now ruled by East European boxers. It’s enough to make one ask the question where’s the talent of yesteryear in terms of boxing within the division ? It was bad enough seeing the claims of one aspirant from the US bite the dust with such embarrassment. That the talk of Chris Arreola (27-1, 24 KO’s) returning to the ring , is being met without as much as excitement, as the next on screen performance of Paris Hilton or Tara Reid . Neither of whom, it can be said was all that talented to begin with, when it came to the art of acting. But then again, if you’re a testosterone driven hetero sexual male. The thespian talents of either is hardly the thing that’ll lure you to watch either of these two females.

Vitali  Klitschko   proves  his   dominance  stopping  Chris Arreola in the  tenth  round  of  their WBC heavyweight  title  fight  held  at the  Staples  Center , Los  Angeles , California , in  September .

Vitali Klitschko (right) the champion proves his dominance in stopping Chris Arreola (left),the challenger for his WBC heavyweight title fight held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Arreola was forced to retire at the end of the 10th round of the bout. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark J. Terrell …

Arreola , for his part has reminded us how devoid of home grown talent this country really is, when it comes to the heavyweight division of boxing. Furthermore, the excuses being made that most athletes shy away from the sport because there’s more money to be made playing in the NBA , NFL or MLB . Well, that’s akin to saying I don’t really want to get but I’ll try my hand and at something else less painful. Any sport runs the risk of an athlete being hurt at some point in their career. That’s part and parcel of being an athlete to begin with. It’s not solely about making money. It’s the thought of challenging one’s self against the obstacles placed in your way and being able to overcome it for the gains at the end of the day. Money , fame and the notoriety is just a bye product of it all.

The newly  crowned WBA heavyweight  champion of the  world  David  Haye (center  foreground) who won  the  title  with a  unanimous  decision over the  former  champion  , Nikolai Valuev of  Russia .     picture  appears  courtesy  of afp/getty images/  Shaun  Curry ............

The newly crowned WBA heavyweight champion of the world, David Haye (center foreground) who won the title with a unanimous decision over the former champion, Nikolai Valuev of Russia. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Shaun Curry ……….

Chris Arreola in his last bout challenged Vitali Klitschko (38-2-0,37 KO’s) for the WBC heavyweight title. His challenge was met with the usual customary reverence one could come to expect of a champion unwilling to let an inferior opponent try and avail themselves of something that is not rightfully theirs. He forced the challenger to retire in the tenth round of their scheduled twelve round title fight at the Staples Center , in Los Angeles, California, on the 26th September 2009.

Valuev (left) looks to defend  himself against  the  challenger  ,  Haye , in their WBA heavyweight  title   fight held  in  Nurumberg  Germany  on the  7th  November  2009.       picture appears  courtesy of  afp/getty images/ Shaun  Curry ........

Valuev (left) looks to defend himself against the challenger , Haye, in their WBA heavyweight title fight held in Nurumberg , Germany on the 7th November 2009. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Shaun Curry ………

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Press:

Haye defeats Valuev for WBA heavyweight title

By David Hein , Associated Press Sports Writer

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP)—David Haye certainly backed up his brash prediction.

Haye used his superior quickness to surprise Nikolai Valuev, winning a majority decision on Saturday night and winning the WBA heavyweight title.

The British challenger came close to knocking down Valuev for the first time in his 16-year pro career during the final round, but had to settle for the decision. The scores were 116-112 on two of the judges’ cards, and a 114-114 draw on the other.

“The key was my speed,” Haye said. “People don’t realize I am very fast. And I have a powerful punch. I’m athletic, and if I wasn’t a boxer I would be playing football or rugby.”

The former cruiserweight titleholder won his third fight at heavyweight, despite giving up nearly a foot and 100 pounds to the tallest and heaviest champion in history.

“Everybody thought I was crazy,” Haye said, “but I knew I could make him miss.”

Haye had spent months taunting fellow heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and even embarked on a press tour to promote a fight against Wladimir Klitschko before it was called off. Now, he’ll probably escape facing the two men considered the best in the division because his first defense of the WBA title is supposed to be against John Ruiz.

The former titleholder earned the shot by stopping Adnan Serin in the seventh round earlier in the night—and already Haye is offering another prediction.

“He’s a good fighter who is very underrated,” Haye said of the American. “He is not the most spectacular, but I don’t feel like I will struggle with him. He’s about the same size as me and I think I will knock him out.”

Valuev dropped to 50-2, and admitted that Haye was too quick for him.

“Tonight only one thing happened that I didn’t expect,” Valuev said. “It was like a marathon for me. It was like a track event. I wasn’t ready to run that much.

“The judges made their scoring and I think the last round made the difference, especially the end of it.”

Haye tried to keep Valuev on the move, opening with a left to the Russian’s chin followed by a powerful combo. Valuev struggled to catch Haye, finding him only with left jabs.

Haye said he injured his right hand hitting Valuev in the head, likely in the second round.

“It was like punching a brick wall,” Haye said.

Nicknamed “The Hayemaker,” the Brit connected with big rights and lefts to Valuev’s head to build up his points lead. Valuev finally came alive beginning in the fourth round, but in the sixth Haye landed a right-left combo and two solid lefts.

Haye continued to make Valuev work while finding holes, including a strong right followed by a left to Valuev’s face in the ninth. After another big right in the 10th, Haye wrapped up the fight by landing two left hooks that left Valuev wobbly in the 12th.

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With the  distinct  height  and  weight advantage   Valuev (left)  still  gets  caught  by  the  challenger  , David  Haye  ,  in  their  WBA  heavyweight title  bout.      picture appears courtesy of  afp photo dpp/ getty images/  Timm Schamberger  .................

Valuev covers up and is still getting caught by the challenger , David Haye , in their WBA heavyweight title bout. picture appears courtesy of afp dpp/getty images / Timm Schamberger ………

As much as it pains me to say this with regard to the sport of boxing and in particular the heavyweight division. The sport is now getting what it thoroughly deserves by way of a lack of real talent and charisma within the heavyweight scene ! For far too long the likes of promoters Don King and Bob Arum have force fed the public so much mediocre talent within the division over the last decade. That when the retirement of Lennox Lewis came about. They were essentially like a chicken running around the coop ,after its head had been severed. It suddenly occurred to them that the well had finally ran dry. And the fact that there wasn’t a decent US fighter of a known caliber , talent and charisma within the current climate-much less on the horizon. It led to a dearth of East European fighters coming center stage and challenging the US’s dominance within the division. Now, not only have they challenged it but they’re also now dominating the the division to an extent not previously seen.

Valuev seated  in his  corner  listens to  his  trainers give  him  some  much needed advice  during  his  title  defense  against the  challenger  David   Haye.    Valuev  would  suffer  the  second  loss  of  his   professional  career   losing a  unanimous  12  round   decision to   David Haye.     picture  appears   courtesy  of afp dpp/getty  images  /  Timm  Schamberger  ................

Valuev seated in his corner listens as his trainers give him some much needed advice during his title defense against the challenger David Haye. Valuev would suffer the second loss of his professional career in losing a unanimous 12 round decision to David Haye. picture appears courtesy of afp dpp /getty images/ Timm Schamberger ………

With the division being so fractured an no real intent in unifying the division. There are now three different champions who lay claim to holding a version of the heavyweight title. The IBF and WBO titles are held by Wladimir Klitschko(53-3, 47 KO’s) , the WBC title is held by Vitali Klitschko and the recent recipient of the WBA title is David Haye (23-1, 21 KO’s) of Great Britain. And though not a great deal is known about Haye . Other than the fact the he was once the undisputed cruiserweight champion. The fact of the matter is we’re now no clearer or closer now, in getting an undisputed champion within the heavyweight division.

Haye  looks to evade  a  shot  from Valuev  while on the  ropes  during  their title  bout.  The  scene  of the  event  was  the   Nurumber  Verischerung  Arena  in  the  city  of  Nurumberg , Germany.      picture appears courtesy of  Bongarts/getty images/  Alex  Grimm  ..................

Haye looks to evade a shot from Valuev while on the ropes in their title bout. The scene of the event was the Nuremberger Verischerung Arena in the city of Nurumberg , Germany. picture appears courtesy of Bongarts/ getty images/ Alex Grimm ……….

The Klitscko brother as holders 3/4 of the recognized titles have refused to fight each other. Thus, while making a complete mockery of the division. And the respective bodies of the governing organizations, for which they hold those belts seem powerless to do anything about it all . Either that, or they completely refuse to force mandatory showdown between the two brothers. And Haye for his part, as the newly crowned champion has been saying all of the right things. But one essentially knows, that saying something and then doing it , are completely two different things. He’s called out both brothers in the past , merely as a publicity gimmick. But now that he’s got a piece of the title. He’d better be ready to back up those challenges one way or another. But first Haye must make a mandatory title defense against journeyman and former title holder John Ruiz (44-8-1,30 KO’s-1 NC). The fact that the WBA think this bout is appealing to the fans. Well, it only goes to show how out of touch not only are the various governing bodies. But it also shows us that the promoters still haven’t learned a lesson at all. They’re still of the belief that these are the types of fights the fans want to see within the division. Nothing could be further from the truth at this juncture.

We know longer have the likes of either Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield to entertain us . So instead , it’s the usual perfunctory pattern of tomato cans and buffed up meatballs we’re allegedly told is what is now for good for the heavyweight division. And that in effect to the downward spiral of the sport as a whole.

Haye’s victory over the former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev (50-2-0,34 KO’s-1 NC) was as unexpected , as it was in some ways it was not. Valuev’s primary claim to fame, is that he has been the tallest and heaviest champion in history. Hardly the credentials one would come to expect of a world champion. His skills are basically pedantic and his maneuverability in the ring has always come into question. As too has the fact that he cannot take a punch. For man who’s 7 feet tall and weighing in excess of 375 lbs, his chin is remarkably soft as porcelain. As evidenced in his bout against Haye, when he was repeatedly rocked by left hooks and upper cuts to the chin. Several times throughout the bout he became groggy and unable to keep his footing – that he came close to being knocked out by the man who as as the challenger, was a 100 lbs lighter than the champion, Valuev.

A  victorious  Haye  cannot hide his  emotions having  just  pulled off  the  shock  upset  in  defeating the  now  former  champion  Nikolai  Valuev of  Russia  for  his  WBA heavyweight title   in  Nurumberg   Germany  on  Saturday  night.     Haye  now faces  a  mandatory  defense  against  another  former  champion  in  John  Ruiz  of the  United  States.    picture appears courtesy of  afp/getty images/  Timm  Schamberger .................

Haye cannot hide his emotions having just pulled off the shock upset in defeating the now former champion , Nikolai Valuev of Russia for his WBA heavyweight title in Nurumber, Germany. Haye now faces a mandatory defense against former champion John Ruiz of the United States. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Timm Schamberger ………..

The shape of boxing and in particular the heavyweight division is in such a poor state. That to use the analogy ……”emergency is there a doctor in the house” ? Well, let’s just say that one seriously doubts that a doctor would be predisposed to resuscitating the patient. If anything, it would be far more generous to call on the services of Dr Jack Kevorkian. Too harsh an outcome ? The premise may not appear to be right but it’s better than dealing with the travesty we’re now witnessing within the sport !

WBC heavyweight rankings 1 through 10 :
1 Ray Austin (US) (28-4-4,18 KO’s)
2 Oleg Maskaev (Kazakhstan) (36-6-0,27 KO’s)
3 Odlanier Solis (Cuba) (15-0, 11 KO’s)
4 Alexander Povetkin (Russia) (17-0, 12 KO’s)
5 Kevin Johnson (US) (22-0-1, 9 KO’s)
6 James Toney (US) (72-6-3,44 KO’s – 2 no contests)
7 Manuel Quezada (US) (29-4, 18 KO’s)
8 Denis Boystov (Russia) (26-0, 21 KO's)
9 Samuel Peter (Nigeria) (32-3, 25 KO’s)
10 Tomasz Adamek (Poland) (39-1, 27 KO’s)

Ricky This Bud, Isn’t For You …. !

                                                 
 
 

Ricky  This  Bud,  Isn’t   For  You   ………….

 

 

I hate to  say  but I’m  never  enamored  to  see  one  of  my   countrymen  fight  inside  a  boxing  ring, here  in   the  United  States.  The   one   true   champion  the  country   has  produced  of any  merit  over the    last   decade  has   been   undisputed   super middleweight champion  Joe  Calzaghe. 

 

 

British fighter  Ricky  Hatton and  his  trainer   Floyd Mayweather Sr  take questions  from the  convened press.
British fighter Ricky Hatton and his trainer Floyd Mayweather Jr take questions from the convened press concerning his upcoming bout against Phillippine's fighter Manny Pacquiao. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Curtis Brunson ...............
 

 

OK  ,  I   know  that   some  of  you  will  allude to  the  fact  the   former  undisputed   heavyweight  champion   Lennox  Lewis   was  good   for the     sport.  As  he  basically   came in  and  cleaned  up  the  division  by  taking  on and   beating  allcomers.   That’s  akin   to  saying that  were   the  Detroit  Lions   to  play  the New England   Patriots  ten  times  over  the  course  of  eight weeks  and   beat   them  all  ten  times.      Then it’d  put  some   credence  as to the   merits   of  Lewis’ tenure as  champion.

  

 

Manny  Pacquiao  and   his  trainer  Freddy  Roach  make  some   adjustments  to the  fighter's  training   regimen.    picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Rick  Baldizon...
Freddy Roach (left) and his fighter Manny Pacquiao make some ajustments in the fighter's training regimen. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Richard Baldizon ................

 

 

 First that  scenario   would be  a  joke  to  begin  with.  And  secondly   are  the   Lions  actually playing  anything  that    borders   on  being  a  game  being  played  in  the   NFL  to   begin   with.  ?  It  does   take  a  lot  of  gusto   to    play an   entire   NFL schedule  and  lose  all   sixteen   games.  Lewis   for  his  part   while   capable   was  viewed  as   nothing   more  than a  guy   who  happened  to  be  in the  right   place  at the  right  time.  Nothing   more  ,  nothing  less.    It’s   not as  if   you’ll  hear   his name   ever   being   mentioned  amongst   the   greatest   heavyweight  champions   of  all time.  Much   being   considered  to  be  one  of the  top   20  heavyweights  ever   in the  sport. 

 

 

Bernard  Hopkins looks to evade a  punch  from  Joe Calzaghe  in their   light   heavyweight   bout.
Bernard Hopkins (left) looks to evade a punch from Joe Cazaghe in their light heavyweight bout. Calzaghe would go on to defeat Hopkins with a unanimous verdict. Calzaghe retired as an undefeated champion in the supermiddleweight divsion and was universally recognized as the linear champion within the lightheavyweight division . picture appears courtesy of ap/ Mark Hughes .............

 

 

Which  brings  me   to  the  point  and  premise  behind  this   piece.  On Saturday   2nd  May   former  welterweight   champion   Ricky Hatton  of  Great  Britain  will  be facing  Manny  Pacquiao  in  a  light  welterweight  title  bout.   And   for  those  of  you   who  may  have   witnessed  Pacquiao’s  last   fight  against    Oscar  De  La  Hoya.    You’ll  no doubt  have  seen  that   Pacquiao   dispatched   De  La  Hoya   with  the   ease   for     which  it   would   take   an   adult  to   take  candy  from  a  baby.     De La  Hoya   was   a  spent   force and  offered    nothing  of   consequence   when  he  faced  his   opponent. 

 

 

 

 

Hatton Pacquiao Boxing
Hatton speaks with members of the convened press having taken a break in training to publicize his upcoming bout against Manny Pacquiao. The light welterweight bout will be The MGM Grand Hotel Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday 2nd May. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Martin Mitchell .............
 

 

 As   much   as  I  value   the  aspirations  of   Hatton  at this   juncture.   I    feel  that   ever   since   his   surprising   victory   over   Kostya  Tzyu    where  he became  the undisputed   welterweight  champion..     Hatton   has   never   reached  those   lofty  heights  again.   Albeit  that   his    credentials  would   suggest  otherwise.     He came   up   short  when   he   fought   a  vastly   far   superior    Floyd  Mayweather  Jr.  And  were  it  not    for  the   fact that    Mayweather   in  large  part   started  to  showboat   for   much  of the fight.   The   result   would   have been  far  more  conclusive  had he  chosen  to end  the   fight   earlier. 

 

 

Lennox  Lewis (left)  seen here  battling  Evander Holyfield  in their  heavyweight title   bout  held  at Madison  Square  Garden  in  1999.   picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Todd  Donald ........
Lennox Lewis (right) seen here battling Evander Holyfield in their heavyweight title bout held at Madison Square Garden in 1999. picture appears courtesy / Todd Donald ............

 

  

Which  brings  me   to  the   point     that  whilst   over  the  years   boxing   has  been  one the  wane.  It can  be  said that   one   of  the  main   reasons   behind it  is the  very  fact that  there  isn’t  that  many   talented  fighters  out  there at all.     And  what   fighters   there  are  , who  are   viewed  as  champions.   They  don’t   seem  to  possess  the   character ,  talent  or persona   to  deliver  to the   fans  the   entertainment  and  excitement that they  seek.     

 

 

Holyfield and  Lewis  (right) do  battle  once  again in their  rematch  the  same year.
Holyfield and Lewis (right) battle once again in their rematch of the same year. picture appears courtesy of afp/ Matthew Richardson .........

 

   

Pacquiao     having defeated  De  La  Hoya   may  well   now  be  seen  as  the  sole    proprietor   of   being  called  the   best   pound  for   pound   boxer  on  the  planet.  Most   certainly there aren’t    aspiring   challengers    who    one   would state   dethrone  from  that  particular   mantel .  Divisional    category    champions   of  late  aren’t   challenging  each   other   looking  to   unify   their  divisions.   And  it certainly   hasn’t  helped  that the   once  most   prestigious   division  of them   all   ……the  heavyweight   division  is   now  considered the   laughing   stock  of the  sport  of boxing   altogether.   

 

 

Ukraninan   brothers Wladimir  and  Vitali    Klitschko who  jointly   hold   two  of the  four recognized belts within  the  heavyweight   division.
Ukrainian brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko who jointly between them hold two of the four recognized belts within the heavyweight division. The brothers have refused to fight each other in order to start the process whereby the division can once again have a unified and undisputed heavyweight champion. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters/ Bjorn Thorsvaldt ..............

 

  

 

That  particular   division  the   heavyweight  division  lacks  a  credible   champion.  And   it  would appear   that  none  of  the   title   aspirants  or  holders are   at  willing  to  face  each  other.    Furthermore  it  has  not helped    one  iota    that   two  of the  main   antagonists   within  the   division  are  unwilling   to  face  each  other  .  Even   though  they    hold  respective   versions  of the  heavyweight title.    Vitali(WBC)   and   Wladimir (IBF) Klitschko , two   brothers   formerly  from  the  Ukraine   but now   based  in Germany.     The   two  have  let  it  be  known  that  they’re   unwilling  to  fight  each  other   either .  This   came about   as   a   promise to   their   mother  as   youngsters   once they  came  professionals.   To  my  mind   that   whole   scenario   adds to  the  idiocy  of   why  the  sport  is   no   longer  taken   seriously  amongst  a  number  of   fans.  

  

A water break is   needed   for the  thirsty  Fillipino  fighter  Manny  Pacquiao.
A water break is needed for the thirsty Fillipino fighter Manny Pacquiao. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jaime Gonzalez ...............
 

 

 Fans  are   now  leaving the  sport   in  droves as  they   look    for   their  excitement   elsewhere  when  it comes  to a  combative   between  two   erstwhile   opponents  prepared to lay it  all  on the  line.    Hence  the   reason   behind  the   genre  of  mixed  martial  arts   across  the  globe.   So  much   so that  the   sport   has  outstripped   boxing   in  terms  of  viewership   not   only  with a  live  audience.  But also   via  viewers hip on   television  and   also  through  the  PPV  revenue  streams. 

 

 

 

Hatton  takes   some  time  off  from  his workout  to    pose   for  the  cameras.
Hatton takes some time off away from his workout to pose for the cameras. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Richard Dawson ...............

 

 

 A fight   such   as  this   upcoming   bout   between   Hatton  and   Pacquiao  may   well  elicit   some  excitement   amongst the  fans.   But  I  doubt that  it’ll   raise   seismic  shift  amongst    the  most  ardent   of   boxing’s  fans .  Both  sets   of  fighters   have  their   own  legions  of  fans .   And when  they  face  each  other   at the  MGM  Grand Garden  Hotel  & Casino  in  Las Vegas.   One   would   hope  that  both   fighters  are  prepared to  entertain  the   fans   none  stop  once   that   first  bell  is   rang.   It  would  provide    some    excitement    for the  fans   there in  attendance  ,  as  well  as  those   watching   by   another  medium. 

 

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