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Day by day Bread Mailbag: Taylor-Lopez, Spence-Crawford, Shields, Extra

The Day by day Bread Mailbag returns with Stephen “Breadman” Edwards tackling subjects akin to Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez, Caleb Plant’s combat with David Benavidez, Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford, Claressa Shields, and extra.

Hello Bread, thanks for answering our questions. I’ve simply been watching some Marvin Hagler clips and could not cease watching that point he stated “I have been feeding the religion and I have been ravenous the doubt” I really like that quote and his mindset. Simply questioning are there any boxing quotes that you simply wish to go to or get pleasure from or have had a optimistic impact on you? Any you bought on the partitions of your health club for instance?

Sean in Eire 

Bread’s Response: I’ve one among my very own that I by no means heard anybody say besides me. “Can’t Cheat the Grind, The Grind Is aware of All and Sees All. ”I’ve one other “Darkish Locations” that has another person began utilizing after me and my fighters. However such is life. 

First time author very long time follower. Benefit from the mailbag. I am 62 and have adopted boxing for so long as I can keep in mind and was an avid Roberto Duran fan. The primary time he fought Leonard I made financial institution on selecting Duran to win as I did selecting Holyfield to beat Tyson. Folks thought I used to be out of my thoughts selecting Duran. Sugar Ray was considered unbeatable on the time and understandably so he was Olympic gold medalist with distinctive talent. What I noticed was a really younger fighter going in opposition to a savvy skilled HF fighter with a really distinctive fashion and a defensive wiz who folks gave little credit score due to his aggressive tenacity who did combat the combat of his life and fairly frankly I did not suppose Leonard might stand as much as his brutal assault. Ray proved lots of people mistaken and dug deep regardless of being overwhelmed up within the early rounds and confirmed why he would grow to be one of many all time greats by responding with a will and coronary heart solely the legends of the game have. One disagreement I’ve with you on the Duran Leonard rematch is you stated he had a 9 week coaching camp however Duran by his personal fault like most Latins of the day partied exhausting and his extreme weight was an excessive amount of to beat.

There have been rumors he was utilizing diuretics to drop some pounds like Ali did earlier than Holmes combat. Even main as much as the combat there wasn’t close to the depth as the primary combat. I used to be involved he would not be as much as second combat and was cautious betting on him. As I suspected when he did his ring stroll he did not look almost as intense as the primary go spherical. No excuses, Leonard did a quantity on him, regardless of this the combat wasn’t a runaway. I knew Leonard realized loads about himself within the first combat and doubted Duran would get the teen the second time round. Must like to have seen the third combat a lot sooner, though I doubt it might have mattered it might have been fireworks with greater than possible Leonard profitable however a greater present. Sadly quitting and Hearns within the wing Leonard selected to maneuver on. Kudos to the robust combat Plant fought and nice technique your group carried out. The one factor I bought drained listening to was listening to from so referred to as boxing followers was Plant holding on. So long as I’ve been watching boxing that is the signal of a wise fighter, lesser fighters most of the time select to attempt to combat their means out of being harm and it finally ends up being disastrous. Skilled fighters cling on to recuperate and combat on. Sustain the good discussion board!

Paul Olivier

Bread’s Response: Caleb did an awesome job vs an awesome fighter in David Benavidez. Benavidez seems to be to be a P4P stage fighter and Caleb was proper with him. Critics are critics. However I’ll say it loud and clear. I’ve by no means heard a coach inform his fighter to NOT clinch when he’s harm. I’ve by no means one time heard a coach say that in an actual combat. Ali had as a lot coronary heart as anybody EVER and when he was harm he clinched. Floyd Mayweather is understood for being the neatest fighter of a technology. And when he was visibly harm he clinched. Within the Chop Chop Corley and Shane Mosley fights the place he was visibly wobbled, he clinched with a purpose to get out of hassle. So that is the factor and it’s quite simple. In case you had a difficulty with Caleb clinching you then wished to see him get kod. That’s it and that’s okay. We are able to all root for whom we select to root for. However make no mistake, followers of Caleb wished him to climate the storm by any means obligatory. And followers of David wished him to proceed his ko streak. 

As for Leonard vs Duran I’ll say till I can’t say it anymore. Duran had time to coach. They’d simply fought in June and the rematch was in November. Leonard thought Duran couldn’t be any higher. However simply because Leonard thought that, that does not imply it needed to be true. Duran all the time drank. He all the time partied. I don’t consider the primary drink he had or first celebration he went to was after June of 1980 after he beat Leonard. For my part 9 weeks is greater than sufficient time to coach for a combat once you had simply fought a number of months prior. Duran simply couldn’t match the conditioning or depth of the primary combat. For as nice as a fighter as he was, the primary Leonard combat was even the next stage for him. So Leonard understanding Duran was a bit over his head and understanding he appreciated to celebration requested for a direct rematch. I’m not claiming Duran didn’t drink and celebration. I’m saying that he drank and partied earlier than camp in most of his fights after he made cash. However quitting introduced out the justifications. Duran really stated he had intercourse with two ladies main as much as the Hearns combat. I consider him however that’s not why he misplaced. He misplaced as a result of Hearns was Hearns. 

Leonard was 24 when Duran beat him. If he loses to him twice in a row the historical past of boxing is totally different. Leonard adjusted and he boxed the right combat. He made Duran punch on the transfer all night time, the place as within the first combat Duran bought to punch at a goal that was in entrance of him. Duran didn’t have the power to trace Leonard down and the justifications got here. Benitez did the identical factor to Duran 2 years later. The reality is that each massive win that Duran had after the first Leonard combat was in opposition to fighters who tried to ko him. Davey Moore and Iran Barkley. Had Leonard fought the identical fashion as he did within the 1st combat it might’ve been extra aggressive. However Duran simply couldn’t be that particular once more. And it’s okay. It might be the good efficiency and win in historical past. That’s exhausting to repeat in again to again fights. And that was extra of Duran’s concern than partying after a combat when he had 9 weeks to coach. Duran will get credit score for being a light-weight and beating an awesome welterweight. However then will get an excuse for being too heavy getting into camp to combat the identical welter once more. Huge, Huge Duran fan. However Leonard referred to as his bluff and stated let me see you beat me once more and Duran merely couldn’t.

How are you doing, Bread? I hope all is effectively.

I am inquisitive about one thing. Why achieve this many pundits and fighters contemplate Crawford-Spence to be a 50/50 combat when it clearly isn’t? Ray Charles might see that this is not something near a 50/50 affair. Let me elaborate…Crawford has a bigger toolbox than Spence. Of the 2 fighters, the one two classes I might Spence in is having a barely higher chin and a barely extra devoted physique assault. The issue for Errol is the truth that he is a predictable fighter with a really constant, methodical assault. He places his head down and bores into his opponents with quantity to the pinnacle and physique. The issue with this sort of one-dimensional strategy is that it provides Bud numerous counterpunching alternatives, one thing that may finally show deadly.

Crawford is likely one of the 2-3 best finishers in boxing. When he will get you harm, he brings the curtain down. The largest benefit Crawford has over Spence is that he is a lot lighter on his ft and way more simply floats in an out of power-punching vary. So far as bodily power, I chuckle once I hear the pundits declare that Errol is the “greater, stronger” fighter. He is a bit greater, however Bud has an apparent attain benefit. Crawford has a wrestling background. Most individuals do not know this. There are literally YouTube movies of Bud grappling with MMA fighters and greater than holding his personal, so the notion that Errol with overpower him is laughable.

All in all, I see Crawford at the very least a stable 2:1 favourite. I see this combat ending in a late stoppage in favor of Bud. As soon as Errol is made to appreciate that he isn’t the ability puncher on this combat, it would do one thing to his confidence and will probably be all downhill from there for him. Porter made Crawford uncomfortable for a number of rounds. Till Bud made the mandatory changes on the fly that he all the time does. I am very completely satisfied this combat was lastly made. Crawford-Spence inside 5 days jogs my memory of when Leonard-Hearns and Sanchez-Gomez came about inside I consider three weeks of one another in 1981.

Good occasions. Peace,

Carl Hewitt – Queens, NY

Bread’s Response: Simply because Crawford is the extra versatile fighter it doesn’t imply he ought to be the larger favourite. I’ve seen fights go the opposite means relying on intangibles. Errol is extra methodical however that works for him. He doesn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of and I feel that is also one among his greatest strengths. Okay I S. Protecting It Easy. I feel Crawford is a slight favourite. The final time I noticed it, he was at -110, which is about proper. So in response to betting odds Crawford is extra like a 52/48 favourite. However let’s simply preserve it at 50/50 for arguments sake. 

The people who find themselves backing Errol are saying he’s too sturdy, too forceful and his coronary heart and can carry him the victory. We are able to’t measure his coronary heart and can on paper. We have now to see him in deep with a fighter like Crawford to have the ability to measure it accurately. However my query to you is what if Errol has Hagler’s coronary heart and chin? What if Errol will get cooking along with his jab and strain? I additionally suppose Errol is multiple dimensional. I feel he packing containers higher than folks give him credit score for however as a result of he’s not flashy and he’s normally coming ahead he doesn’t appear as dynamic as different boxers like Crawford or Ennis. Nevertheless it doesn’t imply he can’t win. We have now to see. The one factor I learn about boxing, is usually fighters must line up and combat one another as a result of guessing what’s going to occur hypothetically isn’t the identical as them preventing and preventing out.

Listed below are my private assessments and questions I’ve with out selecting a winner. I don’t know who wins this combat simply but. First for Errol, can he take Crawford’s massive punches in exchanges. Crawford has been on a savage ko streak and he’s in his groove. In some unspecified time in the future within the combat he hits fighters with exhausting snappy photographs they don’t see proper in the midst of exchanges. Crawford appears to have Cat like eyes with regards to that.  When Errol will get cooking, he normally doesn’t must alternate with fighters as a result of they shell up when he bares down on them. I don’t consider Crawford will shell up. I feel he’s loopy in a great way and he’s going to fireside WITH Errol. Errol has chin nevertheless it’s totally different when a fighter hits you WHILE you’re punching. 

My subsequent query is for Crawford. Can Crawford begin higher defensively than he has in a few of his latest fights. Crawford is a wonderful defensive fighter however for some motive he provides up factors and good photographs early earlier than his thoughts and eyes modify. I’m curious to see how lengthy it would take for Crawford to search out his groove and what’s occurring throughout that point earlier than he finds the groove. Errol is a powerful puncher, he hits the physique and he has a tough constant jab. It might not snow usually in Texas however Errol is a snowball fighter. Crawford doesn’t wish to let Errol get to snowballing. These are the 2 greatest keys to the combat. Can Errol take Crawford’s punches in exchanges? Can Crawford not get too broken or permit Errol to get an excessive amount of momentum early when he’s adjusting…. ?                                                                                     

Hello Breadman!

I wished to ask three issues about Marcos Maidana at present.1. What did Robert Garcia try this made Maidana go from shedding to Devon Alexander to virtually defeating Floyd Mayweather Jr? 2. I as soon as noticed an interview the place Maidana stated that he didn’t like Boxing and prevented learning movie tapes for fights. I used to be fairly shocked by this. What do you suppose was so distinctive about Maidana’s psychology that he might stroll by fireplace regardless of not even liking the game? 3. How do you suppose 2013 Maidana (who beat Broner) would have fared in opposition to 2010 Amir Khan (who beat Maidana)?

Hope you benefit from the combat weekend! 

Bread’s Response: Robert Garcia did such an awesome job with Maidana. He was 1 spherical clear spherical away from scoring the most important win of the last decade. He actually turned Maidana round. Garcia doesn’t get ENOUGH credit score for that efficiency as a result of Maidana didn’t win. However that was a heck of a efficiency. I don’t know what he did as a result of I’m not in camp with him. However I think it was rising his conditioning. If I’m not mistaken they used Alex Ariza within the 1st combat. I additionally suppose he labored on Maidana’s jab. Maidana landed a pleasant jab on Mayweather.

Maidana is a savage. Generally we’ve got to appreciate the context during which somebody says one thing. Particularly a fighter. Maidana might not just like the professionalism of boxing however he might wish to combat. I don’t know. However he’s a pure fighter. He doesn’t overthink he simply fights. He’s additionally gifted with very heavy palms which lets you get away with issues. Not loving one thing and having the ability to do one thing effectively doesn’t must be unique.

Maidana by ko in a conflict over Khan at his peak.

Hello Breadman,

As all the time, thanks to your time and your ideas, each are equally appreciated. I wished to the touch on a number of issues concerning the upcoming combat with of Taylor vs Teo. Firstly, I used to be shocked to see this isn’t in the principle MSG area and solely the 4,000 seater. Neither fighter has proven nice kind just lately however a combat of this magnitude might absolutely have been constructed higher. I get the texture Bob Arum is turning into a bit lazy, even the promotion to date has been non existent. I am additionally massive Josh Taylor man,  however I am truthful. Jack Catterall beat him comfortably and he seemed horrible that night time,  it was robust to look at. Wanting again at it, right here is Scotland there was a documentary shot previous to the combat and it was clear Taylor wasn’t taking it severely. He got here into  camp heavy, had accidents and spent an excessive amount of time indulging exterior the ring. On combat night time he seemed so weak and drained of power.

I’m a giant fan of Ben Davidson however at what level do you inform a fighter your not keen to let a combat occur, not just for the sake of their well being and popularity but additionally yours. The connection between the 2 seemed too pleasant and josh seems to be to reply higher to somebody that may present self-discipline. It jogged my memory of how Tyson Fury seemed in opposition to Otto Wallin. He seemed like he had not timed camp accurately in any respect however we do not see what occurs behind the scenes. I feel he was taken away from his strengths, the Taylor a number of combat earlier than would have stopped ramirez that hight. He’s by no means a fighter to coast and I might see the techniques have been conflicting along with his instincts. I used to be a however shocked to see you fancy Teo for this one. One factor I might say is the brand new coach is great and his fashion gells very effectively with Taylor. I see a dominant beat down and I can forsee teo quitting mid to late.

Taylor isn’t the man you need when you find yourself low on confidence as a result of he will probably be relentless and this combat will present him totally devoted and indignant. I additionally discover vicious characters reply higher to real dislike and he could have no concern with this, Teo and his dad could have Taylor actually up for this. Taylor will goal the physique and systematically break him down.I additionally wished to the touch on latest points round judges. Boxing is likely one of the solely sports activities you may legally rob folks however to any sane particular person it is unbelievable that at the moment judges are keen to threat their very own integrity to assist sure promotors / agendas. I additionally discover judging basically to be attention-grabbing. It is humorous to see how usually somebody is given a spherical simply because they did not do as badly as they did within the earlier spherical. Bettering on a poor spherical does not imply you essentially win it, you simply weren’t as unhealthy. This occurs so usually. It is also very irritating that these judges do not must justify themselves submit combat. They simply lay low and wait till they get one other enormous combat, it baffles me.

One factor that has been nice this 12 months is so many massive fights being made. It is attention-grabbing to see how a number of massive fights appear to get the ball rolling and it has been an thrilling 12 months. I do must say I’m upset in tyson fury. I’m a fan however for him to flip the narrative and recommend usyk ducked him is ridiculous. Usyk has taken most of his greatest fights in away territory and appears to genuinely chase historical past. I really really feel tyson would win the combat however he must be cautious with how this results his popularity. Who wins that combat for you? Lastly, how do you deal with self-discipline in your health club? How many individuals have you ever ejected through the years? Do you’ve gotten set guidelines round behaviours like cell phone utilization and language? Have you ever ever had fighters react angrily to your opinions in your mailbag? I additionally wished to ask a query round corners directions. Do you utilize code phrases? I discover it odd that I can clearly hear a coach shout an instruction that the opposite fighter and nook additionally hear and may think about with their very own techniques.

As all the time, thanks very a lot.

Brian, Glasgow.

Bread’s Response: I don’t personal the health club I prepare at so there are issues I can say and issues I can’t. If I lease out health club house for a giant combat, everybody has to go away out through the occasions we lease it out. Everyone means all people. If we’ve got fights developing and somebody is on the heavybag I respectfully ask them if we are able to use it. I don’t permit folks to yell directions to my fighters. I don’t let folks get on the velocity bag whereas we’re sparring. I don’t let folks video sparring. I additionally anticipate my fighters to get within the health club and be dressed inside 5 minutes. And inside 10 minutes warmed up and able to go together with no telephones.

Nobody that I do know of has been upset about my mailbag. However I don’t talk about that with fighters and most occasions I don’t even know in the event that they know I write a mailbag. I’m not saying they don’t know, I’m saying it’s not one thing I talk about. 

Nevertheless, I’ve had fighters not like me selecting in opposition to them in fights. One really inboxed me and stated dam coach I’m shocked to see you picked in opposition to me. I instructed him that was my trustworthy opinion and I’m sorry if I offended him. He misplaced the combat by ko….

Josh Taylor is one among my favourite fighters. However he’s modified trainers a number of occasions. I feel he’s had 4 trainers in 19 fights. I feel he struggles to make weight. I additionally thought he misplaced clear to Jack Catterral. And I feel Teofimo is absolutely fast handed. I’m additionally to see how Lopez’s chin holds up however I feel he could also be too fast for Taylor who busts up and appears to wrestle to get on weight. When a tall fighter like Taylor is weight drained, he turns into a BIG goal. Beneath regular circumstances I might choose Taylor. However not beneath these circumstances.

The Takeover vs The Tartan Twister There are 3/4 key components so far as I can see. 1. Taylor is the extra adaptable fighter, in a position to change through the combat primarily based on what is occurring. If he must canine it he’ll canine it if he must field he’ll field. Teo all the time fights the identical means which is extra profitable when you find yourself stronger than your opponents on the weight, you need not adapt a lot as they should adapt to you. 2. Teo stated the worst factor doable to any person from Glasgow. While you get to a sure level north in England after which up into Scotland they do not play. Saying he needs to kill Taylor is a really unhealthy transfer and never going to have any sort of fascinating impact he might need. Taylor will probably be much more up for it now. If Taylor can harm him unhealthy he’ll, see the top of the Ohara Davies combat. 3+4 Are can Taylor nonetheless make the load and keep his punch output, and can he take the latter a part of the combat off as he is had an inclination to do a number of occasions now. It almost price him in opposition to Jose Ramirez. I will be wanting on the weigh-in carefully however as of now I see a large 117-111 kind factors win for Taylor. Teo has a fairly good chin although he is been dropped earlier than and Taylor does not punch the identical since he is tighter on the weight.

Bread’s Response: 1. I agree Taylor is the extra full fighter. However I feel Teo is the extra proficient fighter. He has faster set off launch and I consider he could have a hand velocity benefit.

2. Teo stated he needs to kill Taylor. It wasn’t an awesome factor to say nevertheless it’s boxing. If Taylor wants extra motivation so be it. I don’t wish to get into that as a result of after their final performances BOTH want this combat.

3. I feel the load is a giant concern for Taylor. I’m not inside his camp however he’s actually tall. His physique seems to be dried out. And also you’re proper he has to kind of sluggish himself down late in fights. Taylor has the body of a welterweight.

Hey breadman.  First time, very long time.  Wanting on the first video I noticed of Spence and Crawford jaw jacking after a combat a number of years in the past, each gave the impression to be holding again smiles.  Studying between the traces through the years it looks as if these two are pleasant in the direction of one another.  If they’re mates behind the scenes, how do you suppose that may have an effect on their combat?Versus fights like Leonard Duran, Fernando Vargas and Oscar, the place it was clear that these guys didn’t like one another in any respect.

Thanks, Eric 

Bread’s Response: Spence vs Crawford sells itself. These guys are aggressive killers, they’ll combat their a$$es off. Don’t fear. I consider their types mesh effectively. Spence isn’t a giant trash talker and Crawford solely appears to speak trash once you speak it to him. I feel they’re positive with performing like sportsman.

Expensive Mr. Edwards,    

I do not imply to diss Claressa Shields, a splendid fighter who has completed loads not just for ladies’s boxing however for boxing basically. Nonetheless, once I see her nook selling her because the GWOAT I am unable to assist questioning how she or any lady fighter lively at present might have stood as much as Lucia Rijker. In her prime I believed Rijker might have overwhelmed most males her measurement. However I understand she did not have the competitors obtainable that exists at present.    I’m wondering what you suppose.


Leslie Gerber, Woodstock NY

Bread’s Response: Lucia Rijker was an awesome fighter. Among the finest I’ve seen. However Claressa Shields is each bit her equal and has a declare because the GWOAT. Shields is the reality. I’ve no concern with Shields claiming GWOAT standing. If she’s not one of the best/biggest ladies’s boxer ever, she’s among the many choose few who’ve an actual argument.

Hey Breadman,

Hope you’re good. First time writing in. Wished to get your tackle the Toussant combat this previous weekend for those who noticed it. I believed it was fairly shut, so I wasn’t in an uproar over a break up resolution. What I’ve seen on-line makes it sound just like the theft of the century. I had him profitable nevertheless it appeared like a draw or a one spherical swing the opposite means was doable. Curious the way you considered it. I feel what was extra upsetting was the purpose deduction by the ref. Aren’t they supposed to offer a tough warning or is that ordinary? Undecided what to think about the stoppage too, since I keep in mind that Badou Jack combat the place he had a masks of blood for lots of rounds. Additionally what did you consider Claressa’s efficiency?


Bread’s Response: I believed Shields did her factor. She’s one of the crucial conditioned fighters on the earth. She throws quick, sharp, exhausting punches all through every combat. She is probably not a giant ko puncher however she punches exhausting sufficient that nobody walks by her. She’s going to be very exhausting to beat. She’s sturdy, she has dedication, she throws quite a lot of punches. She takes shot. She has expertise. 

My solely small critique is she appeared to load up some on proper palms. I feel the shortage of kos is beginning to irritate her. Once more, I feel she punches exhausting sufficient. I feel if she modified up her punch sequence a bit extra. Went to the physique and altered the rhythm of her assault. As an alternative of boom-boom-boom-boom. Perhaps Increase-pause, growth. It additionally seems to be like she doesn’t clinch her fist and snap because the punch is touchdown. However aside from that Shields could also be one of the best ladies’s boxer ever. She’s an awesome fighter!

I caught that Holmes vs Toussant combat. I believed Wendy Toussant was getting the higher of the work. I don’t know the way it might have ended however from what I noticed Toussant was profitable. I hate when fights have these kind of endings. They need to rematch. In the event that they don’t then you already know why as a result of Toussant was the B aspect and I’m certain he needs one other crack at getting the win. I feel Holmes is a stable fighter although. Perhaps he would’ve stepped on it. Perhaps he was just a bit off. However a rematch would give readability.

Howdy Breadman ,                            

Now that Spence Crawford has been signed . Who wins this combat . It was reported that the loser can train a rematch clause inside thirty days , however rematch should happen this calendar 12 months . Right here is my query . What if nobody loses . What if the combat is a draw . Can we get the rematch . I feel that is what will occur . Struggle will go the gap and will probably be a draw with controversy . Then we get the rematch . Spence is a number of years youthful and may keep on the skin and field Crawford . I do not suppose this combat is fifty fifty . I feel it’s sixty forty Spence.                            

So wanting ahead to your feedback on this combat .                                                                                      

Thank You                                                                                          


Bread’s Response: The wonderful thing about this combat is it’s virtually even when it comes to who folks suppose will win. I don’t have a choose simply but. I simply have some keys to the combat. Can Spence get previous Crawford’s lethal photographs in exchanges? Can Crawford cease Spence from his snowball technical strain? Can Spence simply field Crawford like he did Mikey Garcia? At what level within the combat will Crawford cease boxing a lot and begin attacking? Who’s the strongest? Man I really like this match up, if each are 90% of their regular selves, this has an opportunity of being the Struggle of the Decade.

Hello Breadman,                

I pray God is blessing and continues to bless you and your loved ones and  the followers of your mailbag and their households. I feel that Josh Taylor goes to beat up Lopez very badly. Lopez is like Joshua after Ruiz and Broner after Maidana .  His psyche , confidence and self-image  have been shattered by his loss to Kambosos.,  The extent of denial he’s in is frightening and to his detriment. I’m catching up on some fights and I watched Taylor vs Catterall  and Lopez’s combat with Martin. They each misplaced however Taylor seems to be loads higher to me than Lopez. Lopez bought dropped twice although the ref referred to as it a slip and his aggression was completely ineffective. Taylor is coming off an extended layoff however I simply   really feel he’s greater , stronger and simply higher. I feel Lopez is on the draw back of his profession already. I watch Stephen Fulton for the primary time and whereas I feel he’s proficient the combat I noticed him in vs Brandon Figueroa I really feel he misplaced. I’ve bought to go together with Inoue. I simply suppose that he’s going to do harm when he lands photographs .

Perhaps Fulton will rise to the event like different Philly fighters have previously like Bam Bam  Hines vs Hilton, Hopkins vs Trinidad, Raheem vs Morales however primarily based on what I ‘ve seen I’ve to go together with Inoue. I bought bored and fell asleep after 6 rds of Haney and  Loma however watched the opposite 6rds yesterday and I agree with you it was a draw. I wished Loma to win as a result of he’s extra entertaining however the twelfth rd. did him in as a result of he bought drained. That was no theft. Haney was doing good work to Loma’s physique which I feel plenty of followers are likely to ignore. Loma’s 2rds tenth and eleventh have been extra visually pleasing however weren’t sufficient to make him  a decisive winner.

I feel expectations performed an element within the outrage as a result of folks thought  this combat was going to be coronation for Haney and never an in depth , aggressive combat.  I took 2 issues away from this combat. Haney has plenty of enhancing to do if he thinks he can beat Tank. If he comes within the ring for Tank like he did for Loma , he’s going to get knocked out.  Loma in his prime would  have dominated Haney and  most likely stopped him.  Haney must combat Loma once more as a result of his credibility isn’t good with the boxing public proper now.                                              

God bless and take care,                                                                                                

Blood and Guts from Philly

PS – Dave Moretti ought to by no means be allowed to evaluate a combat ever once more from ringside. He’s a shame. Past pathetic. Folks must cease saying the combat was both a draw or Loma received. In case you felt it could possibly be referred to as a draw then which means Haney has as a lot proper to really feel he received as Loma. DUH! LOL!

Bread’s Response: So that you like Taylor over Lopez like most individuals. I like Lopez for some motive. I feel he’ll rise to the event and be a bit bit too fast.

Stephen Fulton has delicate physicality. He has hit a groove in strolling fighters down. He is aware of simply when to start out the method additionally. He begins throwing quick punches in his aggressive mode. I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect if this combat seemed like Bhop vs Tito. Larger throughout fighter vs dynamic smaller fighter shifting up. 

Mr. Edwards,

I belief all is effectively with your loved ones, mates and fighters! You’re the reality with regards to info!Now…my query is that this;How does CBS(Fulton) vs Da’ Monster(Inoue) play out in your opinion? I feel it’s an in depth one. As Inoue has said, he has but to combat a black athlete, however seems to be ahead to it bc of the velocity and athleticism. Clearly it’s extra than simply velocity, athleticism; you’ve gotten IQ, generalship, protection, and so on..I consider that will probably be tit for tat within the first 6-8 rounds, then Fulton’s physique work could have slowed Inoue down sufficient for him to get shut and further bodily. Plus they need to’ve felt every others powers and weaknesses by that stretch. I might love to listen to your humble and trustworthy opinion on this combat.

Thank You,

Jon L. aka NC Uppercut

Bread’s Response: I feel Fulton will field him as he feels him out. In the meantime Inoue will probably be jabbing and making an attempt to tear his head off. In some unspecified time in the future through the combat Fulton will begin to attempt to impose himself. I do know it sounds bizarre contemplating his lack of kos however Fulton has developed right into a hybrid fighter. He’s not only a cute boxer. He has some Andre Ward and Winky Wright in his recreation. I really feel like if Fulton can defend Inoue’s liver hook, he’s cooking with grease however that’s a giant IF. Inoue could also be one of the best fighter on the earth P4P, it sounds easy nevertheless it’s not simple. Search for Fulton to seem like a Junior Light-weight as Inoue seems to be like a Junior Bantamweight.

So one of many boxing pages I comply with on Fb posted that two days in the past Harry Greb was born in 1894. I clicked on it and there was a mini-article that talked about how so many boxers have been befuddled by the preventing fashion of “The Pittsburgh Windmill”. And that mini-article dropped an attention-grabbing sort of proverb I might by no means heard earlier than which will clarify how he might throw off so many fighters with seemingly extra polished methods and pedigree: “The world’s biggest swordsman needn’t concern himself with the world’s second biggest swordsman. It is the person who’s by no means picked up a sword a day in his life that ought to fear him.” I believed that was tremendous attention-grabbing and possibly, at the very least not directly, spoke to how troublesome it should have been to include or counter him.

I imply, so many boxers depend on timing for his or her punches, and it is gotta be troublesome to time a man as erratic as Greb appeared to have been. I’ve learn previous mailbags the place you suppose extremely extremely of Greb, and have him in your GOAT conversations. And simply taking a look at his file, I agree. It is insane how persistently good he was. From my very own fast analysis, he was so good that he handed Gene Tunney his solely defeat, and there was just one combat of theirs the place people thought Tunney was the clear winner. I simply want we had footage of him so we might put him to the eyeball take a look at. In my thoughts’s eye, I image an much more seemingly erratic and untamed model of Roberto Duran, however that is pure hypothesis. However what we do know remains to be bonkers. Him preventing and WINNING 44 or 45 fights in 1919 alone is nuts!! The one knock I can discover in opposition to him is that he did not have a lot in the way in which of 1 punch KO energy (solely a couple of quarter of his wins have been KOs or TKOs or RTDs). I additionally discover it attention-grabbing that we expect increased of him now than his contemporaries did. Why do you suppose that’s? Has the passage of time revealed to us how good he’s?

And what are your ideas on that swordsman proverb? You suppose there’s one thing to that in boxing? Sorry I am rambling now, however Greb is only one of boxing’s extra fascinating characters to me (and that bar is already set fairly excessive!) What are your ideas on Greb and all this?

Greg Okay. 

Bread’s Response: I feel Harry Greb is likely one of the greatest fighters in historical past. I don’t suppose his lack of kos is a knock on him. He was profitable. A scarcity of kos is barely telling in particular circumstances however so long as it doesn’t cease you from profitable then it doesn’t impact my evaluation of a fighter. Greb received on the high stage. I’ve seen fighters elevate as time went on. Ezzard Charles being probably the most elevated. At one time historians thought of Archie Moore the superior fighter. Then round 20 years in the past, a forensic have a look at Charles’s file was taken and Charles was elevated to being one of the best gentle heavyweight ever. I feel that was correct. Charles beat Moore 3 out of three occasions. He stopped him as soon as. He had a greater peak from 1943-51. And he did higher vs widespread opponents. Charles’s greatest detraction was his horrible slide on the finish. He didn’t final so long as Moore. However his peak was increased and he did higher vs widespread opponents and face to face. Charles has the sting. 

Nevertheless, The Harry Greb phenomenon has taken a lifetime of it’s personal. Whereas I feel Greb is on the extent, I don’t perceive the campaign to have him #1 all time when nobody can see him combat and on high of that no in his day regarded him that prime. With Charles we’ve got tangible proof he was higher than Moore. With Greb we don’t have it and we don’t have the recollection of the consultants of his day. 

I’m not saying he’s not one of the best fighter ever. I’m saying there may be actually no proof apart from a wonderful file however not an ideal one. I additionally don’t get why one of the best fighters of his time have been filmed however he wasn’t. Benny Leonard, Joe Gans, Sam Langford, Mickey Walker, Gene Tunney, Jack Dempsey….The entire high guys of his period have been filmed and he wasn’t. Once more I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t wish to over suppose issues. However I simply don’t perceive sure issues. So whereas I put Geb amongst one of the best ever, particularly along with his victories over Mickey Walker and Gene Tunney. I don’t argue for him being #1 due to the shortage of proof. For my part anybody who does argue exhausting, has ulterior motives.

I really like the Swordsmen proverb. Completely find it irresistible. Generally an unconventional thoughts conforms higher than a skilled one. Greb gave the impression to be very imaginative in his strategy which appeared to throw everybody off.


George Foreman earlier in his life was a mugger, he robbed folks to get by. It has been stated that he needed to be this fashion, tackle a imply persona, to outlive within the tough setting he was in. He carried this perspective with him into his boxing profession, and likewise realized from and imitated the intimidation aura of Sonny Liston. And because of this Ali was in a position to break him after they fought. Foreman was performing as much as an concept of being a troublesome man, whereas Ali KNEW he was robust. This goes for earlier than the combat in addition to through the combat. Huge George stated “It was years earlier than I might look within the mirror and say I’m who I wish to be”.

Throughout his comeback when he fought Alex Stewart his face was all busted up however he did not break, as soon as he knew who he was. Teofimo Lopez has chosen to name himself ‘The Takeover’. In a vacuum there’s a literal brashness of youth to it. In cultural context he’s referencing Jay Z and the New York ‘can do something’ perspective. It appears that evidently that is the way in which he determined to market himself, as if town will routinely come together with him. It is not unique and, like George Foreman, he’s enjoying right into a persona primarily based on his setting. It hasn’t originated internally from inside him he has taken it externally from his environment. It is even to the purpose the place he ceaselessly talks in cliches, quotes by others and rap lyrics. He does not appear to know who HE is but, and has adopted a sample of lashing out at others – very like the primary model of Huge George did (did not he even punch his personal coach one time?)

But after the Kambosos combat it was Teofimo’s personal people who have been booing him. After the Pedro Campa win Lopez’s group celebrated a bit too exhausting, whether or not it was for the digital camera or not. Certainly one of his NY idols Mike Tyson stated that he was by no means the identical after Cus D’Amato died as a result of all people would all the time solely inform him how nice he was. Whereas Cus, regardless of how good Mike did one thing, would all the time discover one thing to criticize pushing him to increased and better ranges. Iron Mike was receptive to it and there are nice ones who criticise and analyze themselves on this means of their very own accord. Few would dispute that Prime Rank have the longest historical past of growing fighters within the recreation. In case you do not develop with them then it is actually on you.’King’ Ryan Garcia has been anointed with that moniker by social media not by what he has completed contained in the ring. He turned a celeb earlier than he has but grow to be a champion, whereas his latest opponent Tank is a champion who crossed over and have become a celeb due to what he did within the ring.

Few have the fighters’ inside perspective that Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya have with regards to progressing by a profession. Right me if I am mistaken however Bhop promoted himself for many of his profession, whereas Ryan is sort of actually a social media age De La Hoya minus the Olympic gold medal – so that they know precisely transfer Ryan. However it might appear Ryan thinks he is aware of higher once you see him refusing to take recommendation on who to combat and prepare. It is a bit ironic that Tank has confronted plenty of criticism alongside the way in which regardless of stepping up by the degrees to now be on the high, whereas Ryan has been led to consider from faux social media actuality that he is already at that stage with out taking these growth fights and with out placing the exhausting yards in beneath Canelo and Eddy Reynoso. That is one thing that performed out within the combat between the 2.

You have been spot on once you stated that Ryan is in love along with his energy and velocity. He mistook Tank being affected person for Tank not having the ability to do something with him. Within the second spherical he began to combat him like he fought Javier Fortuna and came upon that Tank is not Fortuna. Ryan both has an excessive amount of hubris or is not being trustworthy about it. Folks do overlook that it wasn’t that way back he was calling out Manny Pacquiao excessive off the hype he was fed when getting up off the ground to beat Luke Campbell. The reality was he wasn’t harm and should not have been getting hit with that shot to start with. However by some means it turned a story that he confirmed true championship coronary heart, and Ryan believed it. Now that we see De La Hoya mentioning Ryan and Pacquiao collectively for promotional causes, Ryan comes out saying he does not need that combat…Jay Z turned Jay Z, not by making an attempt to be ‘a’ Biggie, or ‘a’ Pac, however by being Jay Z. By being what he isn’t by imitation. Teofimo appears to have reached out and grabbed a persona off the shelf and stated I will be that man, brash, slick, fast-talking. In a means it is one other Muhammad Ali tribute act that we have seen numerous occasions earlier than. It is not genuine the way in which it’s with Keith Thurman for instance. Ryan alternatively appears to have let others impart onto him, each for optimistic in his expertise and for adverse in betrayal subterfuge thoughts video games. It is not the identical as younger Moses Itauma refusing reward for fast knockouts and demanding to be stepped up.

Each Teo and Ryan are younger and gifted. Each appear to suppose that they already are a Sugar Ray Leonard or a Manny Pacquiao primarily based on their pure athletic expertise. The reality is each have the PHYSICAL potential to be, however it’s earned not given. Each have already met the state of affairs the place their expertise alone could not carry them. The chilly actuality is that the financial potential each have is what would possibly stop them from fulfilling on that potential. They’ve the reward and the curse of having the ability to get hold of generational wealth primarily based on how they are often marketed and offered. Typically occasions the younger suppose they’re invincible and it is a little deep however when you’ve gotten an ego you need to dare to be READY, earlier than you may then dare to be nice.

Silly bravado remains to be silly. Teofimo and Ryan are each clearly sensible people, with Teofimo being a bit extra street-smart or wiser it is truthful to say. It is evident they’re additionally clearly good children and it is simple to wish to root for them. Neither is a person not to mention their very own man but. They’re sensible sufficient to determine it out and discover out who they’re, the query is whether or not they may get to that time earlier than their boxing profession is over.

Bread’s Response: Your assertion is profound. I’m selecting Teofimo Lopez by upset however your assertion has some credence. I received’t remark an excessive amount of as a result of I don’t wish to change my choose however props to you on the breakdown.

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