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Jermain Taylor was ahead by 4 points of two of the judges scorecards going into the last round of the fight. He literally could have pulled an Oscar De La Hoya and just ran in circles for three minutes, and he would have been the new middleweight champion of the world. Instead…. this happened:
It all goes back to a problem that’s been plaguing him his entire career…. stamina. Taylor fought great for the first half of the fight, and noticably slowed down in the later rounds. Carl Froch closed the gap (in some folks eyes) down the stretch and hoped to tire his opponent out. Jermain Taylor was SO GASSED and sapped of his energy that he squandered his chance at a huge comeback. This knockout was a result of stamina more than it was Froch’s power (taking away nothing from Froch).
Tyson is making the rounds to various media outlets promoting his new self-titled documentary and each time we get little nuggets of intriguing info. One thing I learned about Mike Tyson from this interview is the fact that he’s afraid of “getting famous again”. I know that sounds funny considering he’s one of the most recognizable and infamous athletes of all time, but when you consider the last 20 years of his life …… right now is the most peaceful he’s ever been.
So while he’s doing various things to put money in his pocket (remember he owes a lot of money), he’s still reluctant to thrust himself back onto a big stage in fear that he’ll spin out and lose control of his life again.
Skip to the 3:00 minute mark to bypass the long introduction.
If the Will Smith Ali movie, and the HBO Thrilla In Manila documentary were not enough for you, there’s a new doc on the way titled Facing Ali. This film is entirely composed of interviews with various boxers who faced Muhammad Ali back in the day it and it looks like a must see.
While the other films took a broad approach and covered things that happened outside of the ring, it appears that Facing Ali might be a little more straightforward and stick to the ins and outs of the actual fights. Check it….
News for all the sports video game heads out there, the PS3/Xbox 360 demo for UFC Undisputed drops today at 5pm. I’m personally looking toward to playing Fight Night Round 4 a little more, but I’m definitely gonna download this demo later on today. The gameplay looks a little mechanical compared to fight night, but I’m not gonna hold it against them. Below you can check out a video of how the game looks in action.
In other news…. MTV interviewed Mike Tyson about his new documentary and managed to slip in a few questions about video games. Surprisingly, he revealed he’s only played “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out” once in his life, and he’s more of an action/first person shooter game fan.
This post was originally going to be about the news that Don King is in the preliminary stages of setting up a rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad. I was going to say Trinidad was getting in the ring so he could get his ass kicked and be carried out on his shield like all the great boxers do. It’s never enough to ride off into the sunset a winner, true warriors always have to be beaten into retirement (Ali, Tyson, De La Hoya, Foreman, Sugar Ray, etc).
But then it hit me.
Felix Trinidad isn’t a boxing legend and certainly isn’t in the same class of anyone I’ve mentioned above. Look at the biggest names on his resume. He beat an over the hill Hector Camacho, an over the hill Pernell Whitaker, an inexperienced Fernando Vargas, and an overrated walking target named Ricardo Mayorga. Don’t give me that De La Hoya bullshit either, because any true fan can tell you Trinidad didnt *win* anything, Oscar gave it away by being a sissy in the late rounds. In the last 8 years he’s only fought five times, and lost 3 of those in lopsided contests.
I understand Puerto Ricans love the guy and everything, but facts are facts. If Don King manages to get him in the ring this year, it’s only going to result in another embarrassing loss to a better fighter.