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Broner Skills A No-Show; Loses Bout to Maidana

Time. Time, as a noun and a verb, is such a mind blowing concept. It separates day from night, am from pm, one hour from the next, as well as the minutes. In our world, we identify time as the events from one day to the next. Happy today could be and has the potential to become pain and sorrow tomorrow. In sports, the same theme follows as time does not disguise its capabilities to no one. Specifically in the sport of boxing, undefeated one day in an instance can become the first initial blemish of defeat, which is permanent and cannot be undone. There is no undo button as in computers.

Adrien Jerome Broner, an American Professional Boxer and three-time World Champion, the current WBC (World Boxing Council) lightweight champion, and former WBO (World Boxing Organization) super featherweight champion, WBA (World Boxing Association) welterweight champion is experiencing the effects of time right now. Saturday, December 14th, 2013, Broner woke up producing a flawless career boxing record of 27 wins 22 KO's in 27 total fights and that night Broner laid his head to rest with the same amount of wins, knockouts in now 28 fights suffering the first loss of his career. Saturday night was Showtime in the Alamodome, San Antonio Texas where Broner, held his first welterweight title defense against the heavy hitting Marcos Maidana (35 wins, 31 KO's and 3 losses), and in due TIME, received his first loss, hopefully an event significant enough to humble the young Broner, only at the tender age of 24. If you are unaware of who Broner is, use Google and you will know soon enough. I did not watch this fight even though I intended to do so, but I am speculating and feel as though I know exactly why he lost this fight and here it is: He's cocky, exudes confidence, talks down and disrespects his opponents, but that's not why. I think Broner suffered his first loss because throughout his career, he has made it his duty and desires to emulate the career of one, Floyd Mayweather.

Broner idolizes Mayweather and associates himself with the icon and views him as an older brother. From post-fight interviews to ring entrances, Broner has drawn comparisons to Mayweather regarding speech pattern, love for material things while being flamboyant with disregard to all competition, despite the threats. While Mayweather contains those same characteristics, he has very well begun his legacy tour featuring a mature shell of himself, less talkative to such a profound degree where fans are not watching his fights to see him lose but to see the excellence in boxing he possesses. Mayweather's mouth and persona throughout his career was used as a marketing tool to draw attention to himself as a villain which garnered interest in a negative fashion. Now, that same interest and attraction tune in because he is without a doubt the pound for pound king of boxing. His skills and boxing prowess are celebrated rather than his mouth which in the past created dark clouds looming over the Mayweather brand. Broner has adopted that same persona, taking it to new heights to his own detriment.

In the pre-fight press conference for Broner vs. Maidana, Broner predicted a knockout and claimed that the fight was going to get ugly. "....After I f%$# him up......." Broner uttered regarding Maidana. He also stated skills win you fights but little did he know that he himself maybe did not know what he was getting into as his skills did not arrive on time. Now Broner is a very skilled and talented fighter drawing comparisons to Mayweather not just for the public antics, but for the fighting style. He utilizes the same shoulder role defense that Mayweather has perfected. The difference is Broner is not the defensive technician that Mayweather is, nor has Broner developed the pot-shotting offensive exclusively used to score points. Broner offense is explosive and economical, as he does punch at a high rate but his defense is what Maidana took advantage of, as Broner met the canvas in the 2nd and 8th rounds for the first time in his entire career. That defense along with his disregard in respecting the competition equals his first loss. It also equals why there will never be another, "Money," another "Pretty Boy Floyd" another "Cash Cow". Mayweather collects data on his opponents during the fight, and translates that data simultaneously to his advantage in his fighting tactics to achieve victory. He trains extremely hard and is acknowledged as one of the top athletes in the world. Mayweather, I believe also has the same will to win that Michael Jordan contained and now Kobe Bryant also maintains. Mayweather has the hunger to not only remain undefeated until he decides to call it quits but also to win at all costs. I do not know if I can say the same about Broner, and with the first initial loss of his career, I do not think we ever will.

 

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Judah v. Malignaggi: A Fight for Brooklyn Bragging Rights

Today, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, hosted a press conference to introduce the fight card for the Battle of Brooklyn scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013.

At the top of the card and on stage were two of the borough's favorite sons, former Five-Time, Two-Division World Champion Zab "Super" Judah and former Two-Time, Two-Division World Champion Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi.

"I am happy to be back fighting in front of my hometown crowd," said Judah, who is from Brownsville. "Paulie and I have known each other for a long time and we have a mutual respect for each other, but with this fight on Dec. 7 it is going to be like the ancient Roman days. There has to be a leader and that position belongs to me."

"I have always admired Zab's skills and his resume speaks for itself," said Malignaggi, a native of Bensonhurst. "But this is the 'Battle of Brooklyn' and winning this fight is worth more than any world title."

"Judah vs. Malignaggi promises to be a high intensity chess match between two master boxers," said Vice President of Super Judah Promotions Bill Halkias. "This fight is not only special to Brooklyn boxing fans, but also a highly anticipated fight for boxing fans in general. Who wouldn't want to see two highly skilled and experienced world champion boxers go at it for the right to be crowned 'The King of Brooklyn'? I believe Dec. 7 will be a night to remember."

"Judah vs. Malignaggi promises to be a high intensity chess match between two master boxers," said Vice President of Super Judah Promotions Bill Halkias. "This fight is not only special to Brooklyn boxing fans, but also a highly anticipated fight for boxing fans in general. Who wouldn't want to see two highly skilled and experienced world champion boxers go at it for the right to be crowned 'The King of Brooklyn'? I believe Dec. 7 will be a night to remember."

"We've hosted some great fights at Barclays Center in our first year, but this one is different – this fight is about two Brooklyn-born-and-raised fighters proudly representing their respective neighborhoods," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "Paulie and Zab are pros at captivating audiences with their big personalities and boxing skills. We are delighted that they will once again step into Brooklyn's most celebrated ring for what is sure to be another memorable night of boxing at Barclays Center."

"Highly competitive, hard-fought, exciting fights have been the hallmark of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING all year long, and the December 7 card is no different," said Stephen Espinoza, EVP and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "If you want tune-ups, appearance fights or mismatches, then look elsewhere. But if you're looking for evenly matched, meaningful fights featuring four of the most skilled boxers in any division, then the December 7 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a can't-miss."

The Judah vs. Malignaggi 12-round welterweight fight will take place on December 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

The preliminary co-featured bout, Erislandy Lara vs. Austin "No Doubt" Trout will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME also on December 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Did we mention that the fight is on December 7?

 

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Danny Jacobs Survives Cancer and His First Fight Back in the Boxing Ring

What's The 411's Andrew Rosario was bizzeee at the Garcia v. Morales fight at the Barclays Center on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Wow, this was boxing in Brooklyn, baby! The first time in more than 80 years! And, on this night, there were so many people to talk to about boxing.

Andrew spoke with boxer Danny Jacobs in the media room at the Barclays Center after Jacobs won his fight against Josh Luteran by a knockout. Jacobs won at 1:13 of the first round on the undercard of the Barclays Center's inaugural boxing card of Garcia v. Morales.

This was Jacobs' first fight after fighting his most deadly opponent, cancer.

"I am on Cloud Nine, the feeling that I had, even right now, it's been hours after the fight, I'm still floating," Jacobs said reflecting on his win.

"I wasn't supposed to be here, this moment was not promised, the doctors said it would never happen," Jacobs continued.

What's next for Jacobs?

"I want to stay active as possible, I am not looking to call anyone out, I am not looking to fight any specific people, but I do want to step up gradually and appropriately," he responded.

Sounds like Danny Jacobs has a good head on his shoulders.

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Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto Boxing Promo at the Apollo Theater

What's The 411 TV's Andrew Rosario was at the Apollo Theater for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Miguel Cotto boxing promo.

Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will rise in weight and challenge junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Outside the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC, boxing fans were lined up and split over who is going to win this fight. Inside, Rapper 50 Cent made it known that he was there to support Mayweather. And, Mayweather and Cotto wasted no time touting their skills; both believe they have what it takes to be victorious.

Only time will tell.

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Memories of Smokin’ Joe

Bronx, NY - 1971. I was a 12 year old parochial school student at St. Jerome's when the biggest fight of the century would take place between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. All week long, leading up to the fight, the debate raged on with fellow students as to who would win. I lobbied for Ali only because he was the better known fighter of the two. My classmate ( I can't recall his name) was convinced that Frazier was the better fighter. We made a $5 bet (a lot of money at the time) and I had to duck my school mate for the next couple of weeks after Joe Frazier put Ali on the canvas in the 15th round, leading to a unanimous decision. It would be the first of 3 classic fights between the two. Ali would win the next 2 but he would never face a fighter that had a bigger heart than Frazier. When he passed away late Monday night at the age of 67, Smokin' Joe Frazier was 1 of only 8 fighters to win an Olympic Gold Medal and a World Championship. He was part of a heavyweight era that will never be duplicated.

Fast forward to 1995. Atlantic City, New Jersey. Joe Frazier, long retired and a member of the International and World Boxing Hall of Fame, is sitting ringside of the Lennox Lewis, Shannon Briggs championship bout. Next to him, is one of the greatest middleweights of all time, Marvin Hagler. Both are watching the early rounds intensely. I am sitting to the right of Frazier. After the 3rd round, with Briggs trying to connect with wild punches, Frazier turns to Hagler and says, "we could knock both those guys out right now." Hagler smiles and nods in agreement.

Last year, Madison Square Garden celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Ali/Frazier fight. Looking a little frail and walking with the help of a cane, Joe Frazier was given a standing ovation when introduced to the New York Knicks crowd. Speaking with him at halftime, he shook my hand as if he remembered me from that night in Atlantic City. He talked about life in Philadelphia, gave me his card and insisted I contact him if I ever came to his city. He did not look or sound like a guy who's life would be over in less than a year.

Joe Frazier was a man of the people. He didn't have the physical size of most of the heavyweights during his time. What he did have however, was a left hook that crushed opponents like a wrecking ball. His jab was non-existent but his constant bobbing and weaving style was relentless.

No fighter of his era had a bigger heart than "Smokin'" Joe Frazier. R.I.P!

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