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The under hyped fight between Felix 'Tito' Trinidad and Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker left a lasting impression on me. Before I get to that, I would like to welcome Tito back to the fight game, in what turned out to be one of his best performances as a professional.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ACCOMPLISHED
Not only did Felix not look bad against a safety first fighter in Sweet Pea, but he turned an almost guaranteed stinker fight into something you would remember for some time to come. Some fighters do not feel the need to put forth the effort for 12 rounds. This was evident last week when Ike Quartey coasted the last three rounds enroute to a split decision loss to Oscar De La Hoya.
ONE TRACK MIND
Tito on the other hand was looking for the knockout in each of the 36 minutes of battle that comprise 12 rounds. Never once did he deviate from his fight plan by playing the former undisputed lightweight champions game. It was evident that his speed has not left him, and his vaunted power was exhibited in each round.
This was in itself astonishing to me because Trinidad must stay in top shape at all times to hover around 165. With his ability to punch with power at this weight, this clearly gives him the edge over both Oscar (and Ike too) because we knew the speed would always be there.
From the first time he hit Pernell, you could sense that it was not going to be a good night for the Duva's poster boy, a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist at 132 lbs..
SAME OLD STUFF
Sweet Pea would try his usual tricks in grabbing and spinning, hitting behind the head, and hitting after the bell. The newest trick of all was when Whitaker was caught in the corner and Felix unloaded on him with everything. And what did the trapped fighter do? He covered up and slowly sat on his ass. Looking at the referee as if Felix did something wrong, Whitaker smirked.
REF MISSED BOAT
Why this was not called a knockdown is a mystery to me? I never wish bad things upon people but a broken jaw was sweet justice for a man who pays no respect to people in the ring, or out of it.
The beating continued throughout the fight with Whitaker trying to lead, instead of countering his opponent. The problem was that Tito was so fast that you did not know whether Whitaker was leading, or countering.
1984 GOLD MEDALIST
In the end, the man from Norfolk, VA was shown the door to retirement. Drugs, drinking and dancing have taken yet another victim away from the fight game by shortening the mans ability to perform his craft on a world class level.
That is the impression this fight has left on me. As far as Felix goes, the sky is the limit and Oscar De La Hoya is just an opponent in Tito's playground, the one we all refer to as the welterweight division.
It did not take Mike Tyson very long to get back in the news, did it? The latest outburst was over his being told to do something by a correctional official.
This, and a demand for a USSB Dish instead of Cable, also coincided with him being taken off Zoloft, his behavioral modification medicine. Look for Tyson to get his prescription filled immediately and skate on further punishment over demolishing the TV.
DOUBLE "L" DOGS HOLY ONE
Lennox Lewis has finally emerged from his shell of contentment by scolding Evander Holyfield for producing children (that's plural) out of wedlock. Everything Lewis said is correct and warranted towards the good husband Holyfield.
I would only suggest that the WBC champion keep his thoughts on the fight, and not the hypocrisies of Holyfield's personal life. Once Lewis loses focus on the fight, you can count on Holyfield to squeeze through the cracks in the mind games and end the fight quickly. Trainer/co-manager Emanuel Steward talks a good game for Lewis, but he always does anytime Lennox fights.
ONE SHOT FOR LL
Lennox's only chance in my opinion is to keep Holyfield at the end of the jab and then land that big (but slow) right hand. The way he has been using the jab (sic) in the past few fights leads me to believe that this will be an easier fight for Holyfield than most experts expect.
POUND FOR POUND
Ring Talk host Pedro Fernandez produced a list of what he calls the ten best fighters in the world today. I would just like to tell the world that Pedro has just gotten over the flu. This is the only reason I can come up with why he rated Michael Grant in his top ten. Grant has shown nothing but the ability to take a punch and keep
Even with my dislike for Oscar De La Hoya, I felt he deserved to be some where on the list for his performance against Ike Quartey. I myself do not like to get into these mythical rankings because there are just to many variables (including prejudice) involved.
BOWE WANTS GET OUT OF JAIL CARD
Riddick Bowe's sentencing date for kidnapping his estranged wife Judy and his kids at knife point was delayed this week. One can only come to the conclusion that lawyers are in the midst of striking a deal with the prosecutors that would keep the former undisputed heavyweight champion out of jail.
HEED THE ADVICE OF DOUBLE "D"
If this is the case, I hope Bowe does not have any illusions of coming back as a fighter, or attempting to get back with the former Mrs.
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