The year 2013 ended with a huge victory for boxing. A much needed sense of dignity was restored to the sports image. A viewing treat by those in attendance, and via worldwide pay per view, from the hard core boxing fan to the general sports fan, school was in session on the night of Saturday, December 14, 2013. That night, the boxing adage that reads on a sign, which hangs on the ring apron, inside of a friends boxing gym, ” you can’t hide what you don’t know in here,” was illustrated in true fashion.
And that illustrator was Argentinian, Marcos Maidana. With a record of 34 (31) – 3, he brought his unorthodox aggressive, power punching style to a championship match. And with that effective style, he rewarded himself, and his training camp, with the WBA world welterweight title! It was that simple. Maidana had honed his skills and found success with that same approach in his previous, and most recently, challenging bouts. Continue reading
(Photo by Chris Farina – Top Rank) by David Douglas: The sport of boxing, and the business of boxing, is reserved for men and women who have character, in and out of the ring. Respect and honor is earned, literally, by the blood, sweat, and tears of the boxers in the ring, the expert boxing trainers that help prepare them, by the cut man with their precision in the corner, the diligent managers and even the eager promoters that make or brake careers…and yes, at times, sometimes more than not, this family of pugilistic passion, rears its ugly head of dysfunction. But, because everyone knows the price payed and time invested by those subjected to a not so pleasant passionate exchange, at the end of the day, the deserved due respect is given.
So, in case you haven’t been properly informed, you are not of this family of pugilism…you are not even worthy of being in a boxing gym, or most importantly, in a ring corner. How you managed to hustle your way into a significant boxing gym is on you. Continue reading