Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi

Posted on 11. Aug, 2017 by FSM Staff in Boxing, UFC

Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi

The internet is buzzing with the recent news of Conor McGregor’s knockdown of seasoned professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi during a sparring sessions. As everyone knows, Connor McGregor will be the first MMA fighter ever to fight Floyd Money Mayweather in a few weeks in Las Vegas.

Could this all be an elaborate WWE-style hoax to drum up interest in an uncompetitive fight with lagging ticket sales? Is Paulie coming back at Conor with fake beef for releasing pictures of him getting whooped? We’ve seen Paulie complain like this after the fact before, during the Adrian Broner post fight interview when AB revealed he was hooking up with one of Paulie’s girls.

Check out evidence of the knockdown for yourself.

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?

James Toney Strikes Deal with UFC

Posted on 07. Mar, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, UFC

James Toney Strikes Deal with UFC

The WWE style courtship* between James Toney and Dana White has finally ended with the news that Toney signed a multi fight deal with the UFC. This deal was announced by ESPN on March 3.

Though James Toney is not the first boxer to cross over in to the world of mixed martial arts, he is definitely the most celebrated boxing champion that has tried. This event is much more significant to MMA and organizations like the UFC than when other big stars have tried in the past like Jose Canseco and Herschel Walker. Toney is proven, legitimate, and longstanding. He has been a champion in a contact sport similar to MMA and has defeated some worthy adversaries. Guys like Canseco and Walker are simply above average athletes who had a few really great seasons.

Dana White and the UFC are moving very slowly with Toney’s debut which is a wise move. Toney’s mere presence in the organization will generate buzz and should bring in a few new fans. There is no sense in losing this modest amount of fanfare by having Toney get knocked out in a hasty debut.

Boxing fans know how this story will end. James Toney’s work ethic declined in his final few years while his weight increased and increased. To those on the outer fringe of the sport (the fans), it appeared as if Toney was unwilling to put in the work that was needed for a fighter his age. What has changed since that time? Unless Toney has found some new motivating force in his life, he is only older at age 41.

While Toney is working with the former trainer of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, there is no doubt that Dana White is scouring the earth looking for a safe first opponent.

 *for a review of the antics leading up to this deal click here: http://freesportsmagazine.com/2010/01/ufc-calling-toney


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