Friday, June 22, 2018

Miguel Cotto's Jab Scores A World Class Knockdown: GIF Spotlight

 

Miguel Cotto has scored a knockdown a few times in his career with his left-hand-dominant jabbing capacity. But it was particularly special to see him in a major world title fight with a rock-chinned, championship level fighter with a world class defense, planting his opponent on the canvas in the first round with that jab. That night, Joshua Clottey's risk aversion instincts were as much his opponent as Cotto, but the decision victory for Cotto was still so well contested that it went to a controversial split decision. There were many heated exchanges, some of which made Cotto look like he was on the way to being stopped.

This 2009 welterweight battle was one for the books as part of the long story of the rich division. "Grand Master" Clottey possibly earned as many fans as he frustrated that night, coming so close but stepping back at times when it looked like he could've possibly ended it. It all depends on how you see it. A jab knockdown in the first for Cotto, a throw-down in the fifth against Clottey, a hellacious headbutt cut against Cotto, a controversial decision-this fight had so much going for it. I applauded both fighters for getting through a very grueling match that tested their chins, their skin, their wits and their will, in the way championship boxing is supposed to be. Their match turned nine-years-old this month.


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Cotto dodges punches and lifts opponent Oktay Urkal over his shoulder

Cotto surprises Brendan Shaub

Bute watched Edison Miranda mug then knocks him out with an uppercut
 
Hector in headdress boogies before the Pazienza match begins

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Muhammad Ali and Freddie Starr Share A Wonderfully Campy Moment: GIF Spotlight



In the most GIFable interview ever, Freddie Starr talked Muhammad Ali's ear off on Parkinson after a comedic singing performance. With a snowy-looking energy, he tells Muhammad Ali if he weren't a man he'd kiss him. Ali's reaction is aflame. I don't know if he had any idea what to make of this man.


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Muhammad Ali has a tense moment with George Chuvalo

Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone

Liston menacingly wags his finger at the police

Ricardo Lopez's uppercut KO of Ala Villamor

An animated Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux star in The Matrix

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Faux Dempsey Beats The Snot Out Of Faux Willard! (GIF Spotlight)

In 1983, there was a Jack Dempsey biopic, made for TV, simply entitled Dempsey. With Sam Waterston as Doc Kearns, Sally Kellerman as Maxine Cates, Peter Mark Richman as Tex Rickard and Treat Williams as Dempsey, it had a lot of character. It was understated throughout and rarely ham-handed, which is a pleasant surprise for a sports movie about an iconic figure like Dempsey. Even the music lacked the overbearing "treatment" we'd normally get, fully recognized from half a dozen other treatments. Waterston's infectious joyfulness as Kearns is a perfect counter to Treat's fittingly stern demeanor. These GIF's are from Dempsey:







Side note: Peter Mark Richman, a man you'd probably recognize, even if you didn't know from where, is now 91-years-old. He will not be limited to twelve rounds. And why should he be?

Side side note: This is Clay Hodges as Faux Willard.



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Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard dance together as older gents

Frazier licks his chops

Marvin Hagler Combs His Bald Head

As Tommy Hearns talks about fighting Ray Leonard again, Ray Leonard rests his head gently on Tommy's shoulder

Conan O'Brien Could Get Mike & Don To Bury The Hatchet: GIF Spotlight



Dark lord of the comic underworld, Robert Smigel, often showed up as a moving mouth on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the moving mouth belonging to him and the rest of the head belonging to Don King, Arnold Schwarzenegger and whoever else. I find it mesmerizing. I believe Conan could bring the real men together with the power of his comedy. But maybe not. It's just a random thought.


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Kenny Norton knocks out Gary Coleman

Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron have one of boxing's weirdest moments

Deontay makes a Godzilla effigy

Andre Ward batters Edwin Rodriguez with a power jab  

Tyson Fury Randomly Kisses Opponent - Opponent Kisses Back (GIF Spotlight)



Tyson Fury is rusty. He telegraphed his kiss. Sefer Seferi countered. This is not the sport I grew up watching. It's much, much sexier. Incidentally, I feel like we just did a Tyson Fury GIF.


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Tex Cobb licking a poor bride on TV series Highlander
 
Muhammad Ali and Liston try to psych each other out at weigh-in

Referee Marcus McConnell shh's Tyson Fury

Wladimir Klitschko smashes Tyson Fury's eye with headbutt foul

Monday, June 11, 2018

What Was The Single Greatest Event In Boxing History? It's In This GIF, In Its Totality



At the grand 2018 IBHOF event, Don King ballsily moves to give Tyson a pat on the shoulder and Mike Tyson goes Mike Tyson on him in the finest way he could have done. He throws water on him and tells him something that probably isn't loving. I doubt it bothers Don. He's already got the money. Mr. Tyson, I salute you. Lovely young woman pointing, I salute you. Person taking the footage, I salute you. I can't peg who you are, but if anyone knows the source of this, please let me know, to give credit. I don't have it. Also, pardon the hyperbole of the title but I love what I love.


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Evander Holyfield KO's Don King on Conan O'Brien

Mike Tyson Bullies Norm Macdonald

Mike Tyson fights Jean-Claude Van Damme

Mike Tyson impersonated on In Living Color by Keenen Ivory WayansAlex Wallau On Young Mike Tyson & His Era: Quote Spotlight

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Lift Each Other's Souls & Things Up: GIF Spotlight




I can honestly say, Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders are directly or indirectly responsible for more presser and weigh-in firsts for me than any two other men, off the top of my head. It must be a cultural creativity unknown to the laws of science. These men are blessed with intangibles of the mind and spirit which the likes of me are destined never to quite grasp.


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Eddie Chambers and Tyson Fury fist bump 

Tyson and David Haye laugh together. Well, sort of together.

Tyson and Hughie Fury play Batman and the Joker for Wladimir Klitschko

Referee Marcus McConnell shh's Tyson Fury

Wladimir Klitschko smashes Tyson Fury's eye with headbutt foul