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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.

The Klitschko VS Klitschko Debate

Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

The Klitschko VS Klitschko Debate

The first decade of this century will be remembered as one of the weakest of all time for the heavyweight division. The decline officially started in 2003 when Lennox Lewis announced his retirement from the sport, leaving the division wide open for the Klitschko brothers to feast.

After a few bumps in the road named Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, the real Waldimir Klitschko emerged. He started collecting KOs like they were going out of style and he recently reached the 50 KO club. Think about that. This man has knocked out fifty other human beings.

Vitali never had as much hype as his baby brother when HBO was introducing the Klitschko’s to their American viewers. Vitali always seemed to be that supportive older guy in the corner that just looked like he could box. His knockouts were less sensational but far more brutal as they usually built up over time. His lack of mainstream appeal was directly due to his lack of vulnerability. When Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir would fight, he was always a puncher’s chance away from losing a fight.

Vitali however has had no Corrie Sanders moments. Instead, he played his role as big brother and whipped Sanders’ arse to get revenge for the Klitschko name. Not only has he never been knocked out but he hasn’t even been knocked down. His only two losses were due to injury and he was ahead on the scorecards in both fights before the stoppages occurred.

The Klitschko brothers have vowed never to fight each other but Vitali would be the overwhelming favorite if they ever did.

The weak heavyweight division is obviously no fault of the Klitschkos. Unfortunately it will be considered in discussions everywhere when fans debate amongst themselves. It will be hard to place the pair amongst the greats of all time but they do belong in there somewhere.

But let’s stimulate the mind for a second. Suppose you could only choose one of them for the boxing hall of fame. Who would it be? Could Vitali ever reach 50 KOs? Could Wladimir hang with Lennox Lewis?

Wladimir Celebrates His 50th

Posted on 04. Mar, 2012 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

Wladimir Celebrates His 50th

Spare us the same old comments about the heavyweight division being boring and weak. Though we don’t think they are 100% untrue, they shouldn’t overshadow what Wladimir Klitschko accomplished in the ring on Saturday night when he dominated Jean-Marc Mormeck en route to his 50th career knockout.

The bout only lasted four rounds and Mormeck was dropped on multiple occasions. The inevitable occurred in front of 50,000 fans in Düsseldorf, Germany, a venue where the Klitschko brothers enjoy a more than healthy following. With his monumental KO victory, Wladimir slides up to 5th on the all-time list for knockouts in the heavyweight division. He can now be mentioned in the same sentence as Joe Louis.

The numbers are impressive. Sixty bouts, 57 wins, 50 KOs, and only 3 losses.

Klitschko turns 36 years-old later this month. It has been nearly a decade since he has taken serious punishment in the ring. It’s not unrealistic to think he will be in the boxing game at a high level for another five years if that’s what he chooses to do.

Happy 50th KO Wladimir!

Smokin’ Farewell

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Smokin’ Farewell

For better or worse, Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali will be forever linked. Many years after their famous trilogy, the heated rivalry between the two has overshadowed their individual accomplishments in the ring. It’s similar to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Both men achieved many things in the NBA, bust most fans (outside of L.A. and Boston) only remember that era in terms of Magic versus Bird or Lakers versus Celtics.

With Joe Frazier’s recent passing from liver cancer at age 67, boxing fans now look back at perhaps the greatest era the Heavyweight division has ever seen. One that started with Sonny Liston and ended with Larry Holmes and George Foreman. The era is full of great fighters and legendary battles.

Frazier was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali. But it was the third fight in their series, dubbed the Thrilla in Manila, that people most remember. Frazier and Ali traded blows for 14 violent rounds. Frazier’s corner ultimately threw in the towel, but his performance in the fight was a perfect illustration of what made him great.

The current era in the heavyweight division will undoubtedly be labeled the Klitschko era in the years to come. Had the Klitschko brothers run into Joe Frazier or anyone like him it might be a different story.

So we at FreeSportsMagazine would like to bid Joe Frazier a sincere, smokin’ farewell. We’ve gathered some quotes from around the web for you to read and share as you remember a legend:

“I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.” -Muhammad Ali

“Joe Frazier should be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and a real man. He’s a guy that stood up for himself. He didn’t compromise and always gave 100 percent in the ring. There was never a fight in the ring where Joe didn’t give 100 percent.” -Bob Arum

“The courage Smokin’ Joe showed in The Thrilla in Manila, answering every Ali onslaught with an equally withering response, will remain in the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe forever,” – Don King

“Talk about Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, even me. But the fact is, there is only one common, ordinary, everyday Joe, and he is ‘The One and Only Joe Frazier.’” -George Foreman


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