July 31st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SOMETIMES THINGS CAN’T BE UNBROKEN
San Francisco, CA- Did you ever have something, be it a car, computer, maybe a relationship, once it is broke, it’s never again the same? Send it to the shop, they fix it, you pay for it with a credit card and the item is not working again even before your monthly cardholder statement arrives via email?
FIGHTERS THAT ARE “ONE AND DONE”
In the realm of our subject matter, some fighters are “One and Done,” meaning one ass kicking and they’re instantly nothing more than a punching bag with a name. While there are plenty of guys/gals that take a lickin’ and keep on tickin‘, no pun intended Liz, but the truth is nobody can un-break an egg once the shell has been cracked!
JUAN MA FELL OFF OF PUERTO RICAN MANTLE
Recently we’ve Juan Manuel Lopez, unbeaten and talented, albeit with a penchant for putting on unprofessional (obscene) amounts of weight between scraps and has now been knocked out thrice, Orlando Salido twice, and a couple of months ago Mikey Garcia (30-0, 22 KOs) hammered him into submission. The change in Lopez is almost a metamorphosis he has changed so drastically and quickly.
LOOKED LIKE GREAT FIGHTER IN THE MAKING
Lopez 31-3, 22 KOs, was an amazing technician and was the perfect definition of a “boxer-puncher” as he garnered 23 KOs in those 31 victories. His downhill descention was predicted by none other than his promoter Bob Arum. The contortion of Juan Ma’s facial features in the three losses do not appear to be healthy if you were looking at him from a neurological point of view. Having never heard of Juan Ma being on anything other than a 10,000 calorie a day diet between fights, steroids or PEDs would tend not to be parcel to the decline
DEM’ DARN VITAMINS & ANDRE BERTO
Had Andre Berto not been into those Flintstone vitamins that some people claim are not from Bedrock, the lad could have been a bit more than he was at his peak. I think he over did it on the weights, had traces of banned steroids in his system which put him on the shelf. Berto’s thing, and I believe his father played a role in this, was one of those guys that over emphasized weightlifting which made him stiff not fluid. There are some fighters, one Aussie in particular that broke down earlier than one would think and the reason cited was steroid use.
BERTO “COULD HAVE BEEN” SOMETHING SPECIAL
Not saying Berto was a juicer, but one might think that seeing the positive test snafu and his almost Evander Holyfield (as a heavyweight) like torso. The stiffness cost him vs. Victor Ortiz, while his cockiness made it easier for Robert Guerrero to steamroll him late last year. Thought to be bigger and better than Guerrero, he underestimated Floyd Mayweather’s latest foil. As for Jesus Soto Karass kicking his ass Saturday night, Berto did fight from the third on with a shoulder injury simular to the one that years ago prompted Vitali Klitschko to quit in the championship rounds against a guy he was creaming in Chris Byrd.
NOT AL HAYMON, OSCAR DE LA HOYA, NO NOT MOTHER GOOSE!
Much like the children’s fairytale character pictured here, Humpty Dumpty, this is what happened to Berto and Lopez. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty back together again.” Like broken egg shells, some fighters are broken and cannot be fixed. Certainly Berto and Juan Ma fit that category.