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The Final 1: Executioner’s Last Stand

Posted on 28. Oct, 2016 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

The Final 1: Executioner’s Last Stand

It’s official – Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will return at age 51 to claim his final victim.

The victim is a young lion named Joe Smith Jr., and despite the generic name, he is no pushover. In fact this Joe Smith (22-1, 18 KOs) recently knocked out light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara in a single round.

The fight, being dubbed the “Final 1″ by promoter Golden Boy will take place on December 17 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The week leading up to the bout will be full of fan festivities celebrating the career of Hopkins. Below is a statement exclusively from none other than the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya:

“As you know, we are calling this the “Final 1,” and Bernard has expressed this is the final one. We are really excited to be putting together this card. We want to thank HBO for putting this card together.

“December 17th will be historical. I want to say coming out party, but it will be the last hoorah, as a champion goes out in his terms, in his way. Only legends can do that and superstars who transcend the sport.

“What excited me about this fight is that Bernard is not fighting someone who is a walk in the park, he is fighting a difficult fight, and this gentleman has every opportunity in the book to win and win a world title. This is Hopkins, this is who Hopkins chose. Joe Smith Jr. has an amazing record and an outstanding knockout percentage that is unheard of in his division.

photo credit: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

“Hopkins will be an athlete that will transcend the sport, not just for what he has accomplished in the ring, but for outside of it, and that is huge. I am very excited and happy that this fight will be taking place in an arena where I began my professional career. It is an honor for me and thank you for giving Los Angeles and Angelenos an opportunity to watch this fight.

“Leading up to the event, we have some great events coming up. The annual Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Toy Giveaway will be taking place the day of the fight. We want to get the community involved, not only because yours truly is from here and I began my career here-but because we are celebrating a legend, such as Bernard in a way he should be honored.

“Part of the festivities leading up to the December 17th fight will be a card on December 16th on HBO Latino at one of the best casinos in California, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,

“At Golden Boy, we are very proud to grow our young fighters. Rios vs. Tapia wasn’t an easy fight to make, because we have developed these fighters, but you have to make great fights for the fans and this will be an exciting fight to watch

“On December 16th, I think it is best to promote one of the best divisions in boxing today, the middleweight division. I acknowledge Jason Quigley, who is here today as an undefeated middleweight fighter.

“The main event fight on December 16th has a potential to be a Fight of the Year candidate, in a very hot division-light heavyweight division. Ever since I saw Shabranskyy, who I nicknamed ‘Chingonskyy’ I have seen something in him, with his finesse in the ring. He is a very special fighter and he is facing an experienced, durable fighter in Sullivan Barrera.

“Thank you to our sponsor, Tecate. I am proud to announce that Tecate will be sponsoring boxing in a whole new way in 2017, everyone will be blown away by how they will bring boxing to the next level.

“What makes Bernard Hopkins is that he doesn’t stop, he keeps going and surprises people. He would continue until he was 60 if he could, that’s what a legend is, he takes care of himself and keeps going.”

Boxing’s New Boogeyman?

Posted on 02. Apr, 2016 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports, Highlight

Boxing’s New Boogeyman?

There was a time when people really did hide their children when Mike Tyson was around. There was even a time when one of Mike Tyson’s opponents was so scared he started crying real tears in the ring. During the height of his prime in the late 80’s (and some could argue a bit of his career post imprisonment), Iron Mike was the closet thing to a boxing boogeyman since Sonny Liston. But since Tyson’s demise in Japan when he got knocked out by 42-1 long shot James Douglas, there has not been another fighter who commanded that same fear.

Wladimir Klitschko came close to becoming that feared monster but then Corrie Sanders happened. Alfredo Angulo knocked on the door for a split second but his boogeyman powers eventually faded away starting immediately after the James Kirkland fight. A few others have flirted with boogeyman status as well, but in the end, there has not been a legitimate boogeyman in boxing since Mike Tyson.

Enter Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin.

Golovkin has destroyed everyone that has been placed in front of him en route to a 34-0 record and the highest knockout percentage (91.2%) in middleweight history. He is the most avoided in fighter in boxing today and that does not look like it is going to change anytime soon. He has an upcoming fight at the Forum in Los Angeles against quasi-contender Dominic Wade (which FSM will be covering for our readers) in which another quick KO is expected. Who is Wade and why are they fighting? The quick and easy answer is that Wade was on the short list of people willing to take a beating from GGG.

So is Gennady Glolovkin boxing’s next boogeyman to be feared by both fan and fighter? Unfortunately not – for two reasons. The first is that GGG is a notoriously friendly and accessible fighter to the fans and media. He can be seen strutting around with his crooked smile and cute English as a second language speak. He is polite and gracious in the ring after his vicious knockouts. When you look at GGG, you do not think that he wants to eat your children but rather that he wants to help you with your groceries.

The second reason Triple G is not the boogeyman (yet) is that he is a victim of his own success. He is so good at dispatching his opponents that none of the big names in boxing want to step in the ring with him. As a result, Glolovkin is a household name only to those households where die hard boxing fans live. In short, the public does not even know he exists so there is no reason to fear him.

Accordingly, Golovkin finds himself in a sort of boxing boogeyman purgatory. The average fan wouldn’t be scared to bump into him in a dark alley while the average professional would be scared to death.


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