Posts Tagged ‘Jean Pascal’

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First off, I wish non boxing people would not conduct post fight interviews.  Jim Gray told Bernard Hopkins that he “clearly” won the fight.  He later asked Pascal how he thought he won the fight by giving him punch stats.  Anyone in boxing knows that punch stats are not a representation on how a boxing match is scored.  Each round is scored separately, and then when you factor in knockdowns, using punch stats is almost a mute point.  Gray has no business being involved with boxing.  He is clueless. 

I thought the fight was full of action throughout the contest.  In no way did I expect that coming into the match, given Hopkins history of putting on dull fights.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I was also surprised, not pleasantly, that Hopkins was floored twice in the first three rounds.   Bottom line, it was a close fight, that could have gone either way.  There was no “Clear” winner either way.  I scored the bout for Pascal 114-112.  Would I have been mad if Hopkins would have been awarded the decision?  Not a chance.  Here’s how my scoring went for the fight, round by round, as mentioned during the fight on my twitter account: @antoniocastro77

Round 1 – Hopkins dropped from a punch to the side of the head.  He claimed it was behind the head, but replays showed it to be a legal blow.  10-8 Pascal wins the round.

Round 2 – Pascal still in control, landing the better shots.  Pascal wins the round.  20-17.

Round 3 – Hopkins winning the round, but gets dropped again from two left hooks by Pascal.  I don’t discredit knockdowns, and even though Hopkins got up right away, he was clearly buzzed.  Another 10-8 round for Pascal pushes him ahead 30-25 through three.

Round 4 – Hopkins best round of the fight so far.  He controls the ring.  Wins the round 10-9.  Pascal leads 39-35 overall.

Round 5 – Back and forth round.  Tough round to score.  I thought Pascal did slightly better.  10-9 Pascal.  Pascal leads 49-44.

Round 6 – This is the round that Pascal started to slow down, and Hopkins really started picking up the pace.  Hopkins wins the round 10-9.  Pascal leads 58-54.

Round 7 – Hopkins all day.  10-9.  Pascal leads 67-64.

Round 8 – Very close round.  Both had their moments.  I thought Pascal landed the harder shots.  Pascal wins 10-9.  He’s up 77-73.

Round 9 – Hopkins takes back control of the fight.  Momentum is totally on B-Hops side now.  10-9 for Hopkins.  Pascal up 86-83.

Round 10 – Hopkins wins the round 10-9.  Pascal up 95-93.

Round 11 – Hopkins wins another round 10-9.  Pascal up by one, 104-103,  heading in the final round.

Round 12 – Hopkins started fast, both fighters landed great shots, I thought Pascal counterpunched great in this round and landed the harder shots, especially in the final minute.  Pascal wins a very close round 10-9.  I have Pascal winning 114-112. overall.

That’s how I came up with my score.  If you go by rounds, I had it six round apiece, a draw.  Factor in the two knockdowns, and you have a two point differential.

Here is the official scorecard, courtesy of fightnews.com:

Courtesy of Fightnews.com

1.  I told you last week, to take a Cleveland Browns win, no matter how ugly it is or was.  Memo to Browns offensive coordinator Brian Dabol, when you are facing the worst rush defense in the entire NFL, like you were last week, Peyton Hillis has to have more than 21 carries.  I know, Hillis had three fumbles, but I’d much rather take my chances feeding Hillis the rock, then relying on Jake Dellhome and his three yard passes.  There were two different drives in the second half, in which the Browns went three and out, that drove me freaking nuts.  Can you guess what the play calls were for those drives?  I’ll fill you in.  First down – Pass.  Second down – Pass.  Third down – Pass.  I’ll just fill you in on what happened on fourth down.  Punt. 

2.  Has anyone regresses more rapidly than JJ Hickson of the Cleveland Cavaliers?  I mean, at the beginning of the season he was one of the few bright spots on the team.  He seemed like a guy that was “untouchable” when talking about players to trade.  Now, the guy seems lost on the court and isn’t even making plays on the offensive end.  I don’t think the Cavs should give up on him just yet, however.  He’s still a young player that is learning a new system.  I think he can still be a solid offensive NBA player.

3.  Bernard Hopkins will become the oldest boxer to ever win a true championship when he defeats Jean Pascal this weekend for the Lineal Light Heavyweight Championship of the World.  The odds are stacked against Hopkins; He’s nearly 46 years old, will be fighting on Pascal’s home Canadian turf, and is coming off a lackluster performance over Roy Jones Jr in April.  It doesn’t matter.  Hopkins is at his best when people start counting him out.  I think this will be his last great performance in the ring.  Showtime is televising it.   

4.  It’s funny that Terrelle Pryor said that if he were playing in the spread offense, he would “dominate.”  Here’s an idea Terrelle, stop shot putting the ball, make better decisions, and dominate in a pro-style offense so you can improve your draft status.  And while you’re at it, give another Rose Bowl type performance against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.  Do that, and many of the “Haters” will start supporting you again.

5.  We will get to see just how good Cleveland State is when they go on the road to take on West Virginia on Saturday.  This will be the best team that Cleveland State will have played this season and it is on the road.  Head coach Gary Waters will have his team ready and in years past, where Cleveland State has sometimes gone into games like this with “Big Eyes,” I don’t think that will be the case.  The most significant matchup will be in the paint between Aaron Pogue and Kevin Jones.  If Pogue can control that matchup, CSU will remain unbeaten.

6.  When Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball great Bob Feller was taken into hospice care last week, I knew the time was coming, but didn’t want to think about it.  After learning of Fellers passing last night I was in shock.  This is a man that I’ve personally spoken to before and is a living legend.  Please go and read all of the articles on this great man.  Go to every major sports website and read about him.  He’s an all time great who lost nearly four years of his prime while serving America during World War II.  A great pitcher, but an even greater American.  And he had to pass away while Larry Dolan owned the Indians.  Damn you Larry Dolan.  Damn you.

There isn't a better player that will ever put on a Cleveland Indians uniform

7.  I still think it’s crazy that freshman are for the most part the best players in college basketball.  Ohio State’s Fabulous Frosh Jared Sullinger earned his second Big Ten Player of the week award in the first four weeks of the season.  He leads the second ranked team in the nation in scoring and doesn’t seem to mind the adjustment from high school to college ball.  He will win the Big Ten Player of the Year award.

8.  Arrive to Christmas concerts and recitals early.  If you are just a tad late, you are stuck in the back and won’t see anything.  My son had his Christmas concert last night at St. Anthony’s and I got there about 5 minutes before it started.  I was stuck in a pew in the back of the cathedral and missed out.  Couldn’t even see him. 

9.  Colt McCoy should be the starter for the rest of the season and I’m happy to see that Eric Mangini has listed his as such.  Despite improvement in the team, it appears that Mangini is going to be on the outside looking in when the coaching reviews happen after the season. Mangini should be coaching the Cleveland Browns after this season.  The team is headed in the right direction and this organization needs some stability in the worst way.

10.  There are some Cleveland Boxers in action.  Raynell Williams and Terrell Gausha are fighting tonight in World Series of Boxing matches.  Both won their first bouts two weeks ago.  Heavyweight Ray Austin is going up against former Olympic Gold medalist Odlanier Solis from Cuba on Saturday in Miami.  The winner gets a shot at titlist Vitali Klitschko.  Michael Moore improved to 6-0, 4 KO’s after a first round knockout Tuesday night in Texas.   

11.  Go see “The Fighter” which hits theatres this week.  It’s the true story about “Irish” Mickey Ward and the struggles he had to endure while also being a damn good professional prizefighter.  You will be amazed if you don’t know the story behind this man.  The only bad thing about it is it doesn’t go into the epic trilogy that Ward had with the late Arturo Gatti.  SMDH.  Why are you still reading this?  Go see it!! 

12.  Amir Kahn and Marcos Maidana put on what essentially will be voted as the fight of the year this past Saturday on HBO.  What an epic back and forth battle featuring everything you look for in a prizefight; knockdowns, drama, blood, and of course excitement!  If you missed it and have HBO, go check it out on the HBO On Demand channel.  Hopefully it will turn you into a boxing fan, if you aren’t one already.

13.  Congrats to The University of Akron Zips soccer team as they won the College Cup and were crowned National Champs!!  Ohio featured the High School National and College National Champions in Soccer this year!!  If you have kids, you understand my excitement for soccer.