The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire
|BRING IT ON: BRENT ALDERSON|
The talk around town is that Felix Trinidad does his mandatory against Vincent Pettaway, and Oscar De La Hoya fights Oba Carr to set up a record breaking match between the two 147 lb. superstars.
The September fight could open the Staple Center, the new home of a number of Los Angeles sports teams. And the event would coincide with the Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BANDWAGON
The boxing establishment loves Michael Grant and has labeled him the next great heavy weight as if it were preordained. Nonsense, Grant's brain trust was offered a fight with Chris Byrd and they flat out refused it. Grant struggled with Jeff Wooden and was frustrated throughout his fight with Ahmad Abdin in January.
The 6'7 giant is learning at a rapid pace and is probably the most physically imposing fighter in history, but I need to see more of him to make a judgment. I remember when Larry Merchant said after the Riddick Bowe-Jorge Gonzalez fight in 1995 that he would bet that Courage Shabalala would be the heavyweight champ in the year 2000.
IGNORED, BUT TALENTED
Chris Byrd is the best prospect today and will toy with Ike Ibeabuchi in March. I am a David Tua fan because of his big punch and matching balls, but he is very limited. He was getting out boxed by Oleg Maskaev, David Izon, and Hasim Rahman before he pulled all three out by knockout. And his performance against the troublesome Jeff Wooden was horrible and exemplified Tua's defensive deficiencies.
I still don't understand how John Ruiz is ranked higher than Tua, who brutally knocked him out in 30 seconds in his HBO debut. Ruiz is a big joke, and his high ranking is a bigger one.
Lennox Lewis is going to beat Evander Holyfield on March 13. Evander does not want the fight, but needed it in order to heal his wounded reputation. The media was upset at Holyfield for not making the fight with Lewis happen in 1998.
BIG AL CHECKS IN
The Real Deal's demand for more money even caused his staunchest supporter, Al Bernstein to infer that he was greedy.
On the other hand, numerous other media figures were publicly calling Evander a coward after he rejected an offer to fight Lennox for the price that he had specified. Holyfield was not bothered by the cat calls and the public was not upset with him because he was the armored Christian soldier who had achieved incredible feats through his persistent faith in God.
NOT SPIRITUAL, IT'S A SEXUAL HEALING
Vander was the spiritual one, a good man, and the public was not going to condemn him for not trying to unify the heavyweight championship. This all changed in the fall of last year when reports came out that Evander has illegitimate children with numerous women.
DOESN'T USE CONDOMS
In 1998 alone, he had two babies with two different women (other than his wife). The public was shocked. They know athletes are promiscuous, but this was Evander Holyfield, the man who wore bible verses on his boxing trunks and thanked God in every other sentence.
The public felt deceived and began to ridicule Holyfield on every sports talk show in America.
FIGHT IS DAMAGE CONTROL
Now, he was not only a coward, but a hypocrite as well. The Real Deal did not like the negative press and made the Lewis fight happen so that he could get back in the publics good graces.
Everybody has dodged the dangerous Lewis. Riddick Bowe un-unified the title to side step him and Mike Tyson gave him $4 million not to go away. The Brit is dangerous and his pulverizing right hand is the most powerful punch in the division and Evander has big problems with big men. George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, and Alex Stewart all gave Evander fits.
LEWIS ON AT CHRUNCH TIME, HOLY'S BIG NUTS
Lennox rises to the occasion in big fights. In his two most important matches to date he knocked out Razor Ruddock in two rounds and Andrew Golota in one.
Holyfield has balls that could fit in a dump truck, and he has put down every single one of his opponents dating back to the first Moorer fight in 1994. And considering that Oliver McCall knocked out Lewis in two rounds, you have to give the Real Deal a hell of a punchers chance, right?
With the exception of a Hail Mary prayer, Evander will lose the fight. I think that there is a reason that every heavyweight champion in the last seven years has gone to great lengths to avoid Lennox Lewis and he will demonstrate why on March 13.
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