Monday, October 19, 2015

George Foreman With A Big Hit On Joe Roman While Down: GIF Spotlight

The year was 1973, the place was Tokyo, Japan. In the fight after George Foreman blew out Joe Frazier in under two rounds, and the fight before he blew out Ken Norton in under two rounds, he made his first defense of the heavyweight championship of the world against 44-7-1 Jose "King" Roman. Joe wasn't a heralded contender, but he was game and he seemed incredibly psyched up for the test. In his fiery locking of eyes with Big George during the referee's instructions, he made a strange barking noise as he popped his head forward, as if to try intimidating the significantly bigger champion.

A prime George Foreman does not accept being punked and easily annihilated Roman in one round, bashing him controversially while he was down. Roman's corner snapped to it, in an uproar, and were met with the passive acceptance of Referee Jay Edson. Edson declared afterward that it was not illegal, only accidental, also reminding that he did not call a knockdown (which incidentally appeared to be from a couple rabbit punches during Roman's defensively turning away). That night, George Foreman flirted with a disqualification loss to Joe Roman and Joe Roman nearly won an early grave from George Foreman. A few seconds after the incident, he was legally crushed, glassy-eyed on the floor. George Foreman KO1 Joe Roman.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Lesson in Heavyweight Professionalism, by Wladimir Klitschko: BGB Stat-watch

From 2000-2015, Wladimir Klitschko has had 35 official weigh-ins. Only twice has he not weighed between 240 and 249 pounds. Both times, he weighed less, not more. That is fifteen years of active boxing where a 6'6 man's weight never fluctuated above a range of nine pounds, even nearing forty years of age. In that time, perhaps many of his opponents missed this potentially crucial element of a winning strategy. Regardless, Wladimir is one of the most consistently prepared athletes of his day, in any weight class. He soon matches the always interesting but far less consistently prepared Tyson Fury. One of few contenders who could weigh more than Mr. Klitschko while still being fit, is Mr Fury. #professionalism

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