FINAL LOOK AT HOPKINS-TAYLOR HBO PPV
ALL THE PRE-FIGHT BULLSPIT IS OVER
When I interviewed Jermain Taylor the very first time, it waslate 2000 at a coming out party for that year’s Olympic hotshots. While peoplewere falling all over themselves to talk to Ricardo Williams,who turned out to be a flop, the now soon to be 27-year old Taylor sat therebasically ignored. "Yeah, I remember that. They didnt think I was goodenough. Hey, (before the Olympics) they sent me a letter saying I wasnt goodenough to box overseas." Even though he was a Bronze Medallistat 156 lbs, the pundits were from the start calling him a "a project"or "a work in progress., ALL THE PRE-FIGHT BULLSPIT IS OVER
When I interviewed Jermain Taylor the very first time, it waslate 2000 at a coming out party for that years Olympic hotshots. While peoplewere falling all over themselves to talk to Ricardo Williams,who turned out to be a flop, the now soon to be 27-year old Taylor sat therebasically ignored. "Yeah, I remember that. They didnt think I was goodenough. Hey, (before the Olympics) they sent me a letter saying I wasnt goodenough to box overseas." Even though he was a Bronze Medallistat 156 lbs, the pundits were from the start calling him a "a project"or "a work in progress."
TONIGHT THE "WORK IN PROGRESS" BECOMES CHAMP
The "building" process is over, and this eveningthe 8-5 underdog Taylor will prove that those who have continued to dismisshim, and now for allegedly fighting "soft" foes, they will recognizethe young man from Little Rock, AR is the stuff "good" fighters aremade of. With the size, ability, youth, speed, and punching power advantagesall with Taylor, it would seem Bernard Hopkins at the age of 40 cannot wintonight. One railbird says, "Hopkins-Taylor is like MarvinHagler-John Mugabi. "TheBeast" had some advantages, but in the endhe was tamed inside the distance.
TAYLOR MORE OF A "FIGHTER" & "BEAST" THANMUGABI
John Mugabi, who lived and died by theKO, well he was nowhere near the athlete, had the amateur pedigree of Taylor.Bernard Hopkins will have to fight at a pace that in 49 prior fights he hasnever been comfortable at. Hopkins will want to slow this fight down as much ashe can, something he should find impossible. Working behind a real piston-likejab, Taylor will popping Bernard hard and often. Look at Hopkins vs OscarDe La Hoya, a match in which Oscar boxed wellfrom the start. In time, he was worn down by the size disadvantage of facing amiddleweight and folded.
OSCAR AND TAYLOR WOULD NOT BE COMPETITIVE
The differences between De La Hoya and Taylor are tremendous.Bernard, having made 160 lbs. for almost 20 years now, he will not be thestronger man tonight. Based on the age factor alone, if you were a fighter inhis prime, and were called upon to face a 40-year old, youd jump at theopportunity. After Taylor dispatched Daniel Edouard, he watched Hopkins go 12 with Howard Eastman in February. "I told Lou (Di Bella) rightthen, lets get Bernard in the ring."
THIS JERMAIN ANYTHING BUT "GERMAIN"
With Las Vegas ticket brokers calling the 23-0 challenger"germain," they couldnt be any further off the mark by changing theone letter. You see, there is nothing pedestrian about Jermain. Tonight, hewill find a way to break down the once impregnable wall that Bernard Hopkinshas built around him. The pain inflicted, and the fact that "FatherTime" waits for no man, this marks the end of the Hopkins dynasty. Welcomebe to the new king!
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LARIOS & "POCKET-ROCKET" ENGAGE ONCE MORE!
If you are into lighter weight brutality, then the OscarLarios-Wayne McCullough 122 lb. encounter of thispast February was your cup of tea! Tonight, the 55-3-1 champion of the World,and the 25-7 Irishman will dance again. Since February, Larios has undergonesome surgery to an arm. And when I last saw McCullough a few months ago, hishand was in a cast, the result of a broken thumb. So even though both guys arecoming off injuries, this fight will start off where the first one left off.
WAYNES PUNCH LACKS POP AT THIS STAGE
McCullough, all of 35 and a 1992 Silver Medallist fromIreland, he will throw lots of punches. But Larios feels the smaller man cannotreally hurt him, thus hes willing to stand and trade, which makes for anexciting fight as long as it lasts! My only hope is that the"Pocket-Rocket" doesnt get hurt here. You see, Wayne is not boxingfor money, he is fighting strictly for the glory that a unlikely win tonightwould bring.
TIME TO BET SOME BEANS!
Id like to drop $1000 beans on Taylor to get back $2500.And Ill drop $600 beans on 3-1 favorite Larios to get back $800.
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Shortly after the conclusion of tonights HBOPPV card, I will have a story up on the results,and the ramifications of such in the boxing world! Pedro FernandezContact thewriter Pedro@RingTalk.com