The World Boxing Council yesterday handed down a stiff punishment to heavyweight Derek Chisora for what they have termed “one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer” in the months and days leading up to and the hours after his February 18 championship bout with Vitali Klitschko in Munich.
Imagine the nerve of Chisora, smacking the champion across the face as if he was a child of the 1960s getting disciplined by his father. (Nowadays, that would never happen because if you slap your own kid across the face the police get called in and I’m not kidding.)
Klitschko (44-2) could not wait to get into the ring against Chisora and teach him a lesson for his disrespect. He pretty much did just that, setting a tone in the opening round by cutting Chisora’s lip. The bout was fairly even for the next three rounds, but then Klitschko started to pound Chisora with a constant one-fisted attack.
That one fist was Klitschko’s right hand because Klitschko claimed that he injured his left hand during the early portion of the fight. Klitschko’s strong right hand was good enough to get him the victory and allow him to retain his World Boxing Council championship.
However, even though Chisora (15-3) lost he gave a fairly good account of himself during the fight. He had several rallies where he would respond to Klitschko’s punches with his own flurries. He appeared to hurt the champion from time to time, but not enough to put the results of the fight in doubt.
(“Where I come from, this is what happens to you when you come in smelling like cabbage during a staredown.”)
Dereck Chisora must think he’s the Paul Daley of boxing. The brash Brit today slapped WBC heavyweight kingpin Vitali Klitschko across the face during the staredown at the weigh-ins for their championship bout tomorrow night in Munich. He may not get as good of a shot past the Ukranian can-crusher’s juggernaut’s guard tomorrow night.
The Zimbabwe-born England-raised fighter is just 1-2 in his last three fights. Not sure how rankings work, but in the UFC you might have been fired, not given a title shot after a slide like that.
Liverkick recently posted an interview that Alistair Overeem cut with a Polish reporter. The interview starts off slow, with Overeem forgetting the names of the cities he visited, giving the mandatory compliments to Polish fans and just generally playing it safe with his analyses of upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fights. At the 4 minute mark, things really get interesting. Alistair is asked about what he will do if he wins the Grand Prix, thus cleaning out Strikeforce’s heavyweight division. Aside from fighting in the UFC, Overeem expresses interest in pursuing a boxing match against current IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine world heavyweight champion (as well as WBA super heavyweight champion) Vitali Klitschko.
Sure, Alistair is more than capable of winning in K-1. But there’s a reason Jerome Le Banner has fought no one you’ve heard of in his boxing career: Good kickboxers aren’t always good boxers. Plus, after watching the 42-2 champion dismantle Shannon Briggs and Odlanier Solis, there is no way that this wouldn’t end badly for someone who recently was exhausted from watching Fabricio Werdum flop for three rounds.
(Calmly explaining the Atlas philosophy: Life is generally bullshit.)
Michael David Smith talked to legendary boxing trainer and analyst Teddy Atlas about the upcoming Vitali Klitschko/Juan Carlos Gomez fight and about the state of boxing in general. When asked whether the rise of MMA and the UFC was partly responsible for the decline of boxing, Atlas couldn’t resist putting his way with words to work, saying “the sport’s good and the participants are tough guys — but Ultimate Fighting’s not a pimple on the ass of boxing.”
We beg to differ, Teddy. Not only is it a pimple on the ass of boxing, it’s a great big boil that will continue to fill with puss and other gross stuff until it bursts at the most inopportune moment, leaving an embarrassing stain on the ass of the boxing world’s slacks that everyone will see but won’t tell you about because it’s just too awkward. Then you’ll get home and realize you’ve been walking around all day like that, and you’ll never want to leave the house again except for groceries and maybe to rent a movie. But you’ll run into people you know at the video store and they’ll still remember the ass stain incident. They won’t say anything, but you’ll know they’re thinking about it and you will feel shamed.
See? Now that’s how you craft an extended motherfucking metaphor, Teddy.
Okay, but seriously, Atlas did give MMA its due and admitted that the UFC does a better job of consistent promotion and marketing than boxing. And he has a point when he says that the big boxing matches still outdraw and out-pay the UFC, but he also has a point when he laments that this is all boxing has become, “one big fight a year.”