The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire
SINGLE ELIMINATION TIME
The moment of truth has finally arrived for boxing's Golden Boy as Ike Quartey and Oscar De La Hoya are set to finally meet one another this Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas.
WHO'S GETTING DRILLED?
Having had input from several angles and numerous people on how this fight will play out, I found out that everybody has a spin on the match. That being said, I have come to the conclusion that Quartey will knock Oscar out in the mid rounds.
This was not a conclusion I arrived at because of my lack of respect towards Oscar. Sure Oscar has the speed to out hustle a long in the beard J.C. Chavez, as well as the smarts to pick apart a French bum whose name doesn't merit print.
But he will be fighting Ike Quartey. Quartey brings to the dance floor a number of attributes. A great jab, the ability to take a shot, and the guts to force the fight with Oscar. But most importantly, Ike has a true welterweight torso, and Oscar will be facing the strongest man he has fought to date.
LOST AND TURNED OUT
The first few rounds will consist of Oscar feeling his way around, while Ike stings him with that jab. Oscar will try to counter with his own jab only to find out that this is not a fair trade. Once into the middle rounds, Oscar will realize that he is behind on points and must press the action.
THE EYE FACTOR
With his right eye swelling, Oscar starts to force things with Ike. While Oscar starts to launch a right cross, Ike times the move perfectly and hits the Golden Boy with a powerful left hook that has Oscar wishing that promoter Bob Arum would have not heeded the cries of the media and put the him in a "real" fight.
Oscars people are telling him to hold on and tie him up. Ding! The bell saves De La Hoya. But the one minute rest is not enough as Oscars legs are still rubbery. Like a heat seeking missile, Ike goes in for the kill. The ref stops it when Oscar is unable to answer the two fisted, up and down (body and head) assault by Ike.
Notice that I did not mention anything about Ikes 16 month layoff. Thats because I do not believe this will have much impact on the fight.
Whom ever wins this contest, lets just be happy that we will be treated to such a match. I say that holding my breath, knowing anything can happen between now and Saturday.
PEN PALS WANTED FOR MIKIE
There is nothing but sympathy for Mike Tyson from the boxing community this weekend. It was too harsh, Mike doesnt deserve to be in jail blah blah blah. I have no emotion regarding his actions, or the punishment.
JUST THE FACTS PLEASE
Tyson was charged with punching one man, while kicking another in what was nothing more than an unprovoked attack on two innocent Maryland citizens. Tyson pled No Contest.
WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?
Thats all I need to convince me that the judge had every right to send him back to jail. I dont care if the victims don't think he should not go to jail or not, because Team Tyson paid them off.
MY FEAR IS FOR?
I would be concerned for the next person who happens to bump into Mike when he is having one of his freakin' episodes. The judges job is to uphold the law, protect society and be fair. What kind of message would it send to Tyson if he once again could get away with yet, another violent act?
CLOSE THE BOOK?
This could be the final chapter for Mike Tysons boxing career. Though I still believe he will fight another day. The biggest loser of this has to be Kevin Rooney. Ex-trainer Kevin was due to receive $3+ million from Tyson for the settlement a jury awarded him for a breach of contract. Rooney will just have to float a few more "markers" at the casinos until Mikie pays up.
CALL HIM "YELLOW"
Bernard Hopkins brought out the punk in Robert Allen Saturday night. This was a rematch of a fight that ended when Hopkins was pushed out of the ring by referee Mills Lane in August. As "The Executioner" fell through the ropes, he injured his leg and was unable to continue.
Before that, Hopkins seemed to be having a little trouble with Allens roughhouse tactics, which included dirty infighting and constant holding by Allen. This time around Hopkins would not play the fool.
Hopkins left this up to Allen when he went down twice in the fourth round the result of low blows. In all fairness to Hopkins, I believe that Allen was acting when he claimed he was hurt. The referee looked disgusted as well, telling Allen that he would not win the fight on low blows.
CHAMP REGAINS STATUS
Throughout the fight Bernard looked like the world middleweight champion.
He would land at will with lead rights, and short compact left hooks. The
sixth was the beginning of the end for Allen. Hopkins dropped Allen on his
butt, and the bell just gave the Executioner's victim a short reprieve. The
curtain came down in the seventh with Hopkins slowly but surely focusing in
on Allen with not a hint of reprisal from Allen.
With Hopkins landing repeatedly, the ref stopped the fight. AND with no
argument from Allen. In a post fight interview, Hopkins claimed that he has
been black balled by the boxing community. He based this on receiving a
paltry $200K for his fight with Allen, and the fact that the fight took so
long to make the first time.
CANADIAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION?
Trevor Berbick, 45 was once again crowned heavyweight champion of Canada with his stoppage of Shane Sutcliffe. My last recollection of Berbick was seeing Larry Holmes jumping over cars going after Berbick over personal reasons.
TYSON'S FIRST TITLE CONQUEST
Berbick, the WBC champ until Mike Tyson knocked him out, looked overmatched early on. But Trevor made up for his poor showing by slapping Sutcliffe around pretty good through the mid rounds. Finally in the first minute of the 12th, Berbick landed a combination heard around the Big North that finished Sutcliffe off just as the ref was calling a halt to the bout.
KENNY, WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?
I think it's time for Ken Lakusta to come out of retirement.
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