Greetings fight fans! Coming to your inboxes on a Friday morning once again. I wanted to get out ahead of it this week to let you know about some fights that are coming up, especially the ones on #freetv tomorrow night. I want to make sure anyone who intended to doesn’t miss that. I also wanted to wish you a wish you a happy Veterans Day weekend and if I have any readers who are veterans, I want to offer a special and sincere thank you to YOU for your service.
Also to any Smiths/Morrissey fans out there (not expecting the biggest cross over between boxing fans and Smiths fans, but hey there’s got to be more than one of us), happy “Morrissey Day” which is apparently a thing that the LA mayor and city council declared for the city because he’s doing a two night stand at the Hollywood Bowl. In case anyone is wondering, I’m not going to the show. I know it sounds like I’m getting side tracked here but I’m not, this is foreshadowing. I know it’s bad foreshadowing (and should hardly count) if I have to tell my audience that I am foreshadowing but what I wouldn’t give to know that the if you’ve made it this far you will become committed to read til the end.
Here’s a short piece that ESPN did on how one gym is using boxing to help veterans. Link
It speaks to one of the great beauties of our sport, it’s therapeutic power.
Recap: So if you didn’t get a chance to see that fight between Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne live (blame me for last week’s late warning), then I’m sure you saw it somewhere on your social medias… It was only one round long. And it was covered everywhere. It was the kind of fight that can fall in the spotlight at media outlets that typically don’t cover any boxing because its avoided by people who know nothing about boxing. There’s a reason why. This fight was so easily translatable for any laymen. It had savage brutality anyone would understand. Here’s the first round KO. link
At Cleveland (Showtime):
- Luis Rosa vs. Yuandale Evans, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Radzhab Butaev vs. Janer Gonzalez, 8 rounds, welterweights
- Junior Fa vs. Fred Latham, 8 rounds, heavyweights
At Fresno, Calif. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes):
- Jose Ramirez vs. Mike Reed, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
- Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF light heavyweight title
- Alex Saucedo vs. Gustavo Vittori, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
Live on ESPN on primetime on a Saturday night? It doesn’t get any easier than that. Tune in to watch Jose Ramirez the 2012 US Olympian and Fresno, CA native. He has a cool story, but this video does a much better job telling it so check it out!
This Day in Boxing History
I want to bring back a old segment of the newsletter I haven’t done in a while. “This Day in Boxing History” since Boxing TL;DR is a newsletter that’s supposed to cover the whole weekend we are going with Sunday as the “this day.”
A little bending of the rules, is that ok with everyone?
October 12th 1853 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey’s fans.
36 rounds folks. That’s just an insane amount of rounds. I thought that was a pretty funny way to win a fight. Talk about a lucky break, I guess. This was back when boxing was mostly illegal and they had to host fights out in remote locations. Also the obscene number of rounds harkens back to a time when there was only one way to win a boxing contest, when your opponent falls. Well I guess more than one. A rare disqualificaiton here. I wonder how Yankee Sullivan found the energy to incite a riot after going 36 rounds. Just for perspective of these two guys and probably the kind of men who fought in illegal boxing matches in the 1850s, legend has it John Morrissey was also a leader of the Dead Rabbits gang (think Gangs of New York) and Sullivan was one of the infamous prisoners banished to Australia to serve his term.