05
Jul
11

Fighting like a girl …

Fighting like a girl …

David Haye and Vladimir Klitschko, 7/2/11, Photo Credit: Frank Augstein, AP

Did you all manage to catch the Vladimir Klitschko-David Haye fight last Saturday night?

I mean, what *was* that?  It certainly wasn’t a beer-fest because at least people would have been having fun!

From where I was sitting it was one of the most pathetic excuses for a prize-fight I ever saw and that is going some considering the caliber of some of the fighting lately!  A whopping 10 punches connecting in the first round for Klistschko and nine for Haye??  Everyone going wild on twitter because Haye threw three left jabs that actually connected in the third round!  Based on the comments, you’d think he’d been connecting like Christy Martin in her last outing, broken hand and all. Firing impressive double and triple jabs before landing an overhand right or an upper cut or two and bouncing back for more jabs.

No, I had the word right the first time. The fight was pathetic! No heart, no courage, no desire to fight with the kind of flat out determination we’ve come to love, admire and respect when women box … every time!

Consider the recent fight between Kaliesha West and Ava Knight.  We are talking ten hard fought rounds with no let up.  And because both fighters brought their best game to the match they fought to a draw.  In a way that’s about the best outcome you can have because it shows a terrific match-up — and the kind of commitment to the sport that brings on the highest caliber of fighting and heart that runs from the opening bell to the finish. And what you didn’t see was West or Knight feigning falls to the canvas for a respite. Nor did you see either fighter playing peek-a-boo or goading or any of the number of ridiculous feints that Haye used as his “fight” plan to actually avoid having to go toe-to-toe in the center of the ring.

Nope, from where I sit, it’s time to get schooled by some real fighting:  watching two high caliber female professional boxers having at it for ten rounds of fighting. Or for that matter, did you catch the recent US Nationals?  Or say any amateur or pro show lately where the action part of the card was the women’s fight?? Where are Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti when you need them?  I’ll tell you where, on the women’s card.

Klitschko and Haye promoted their fight as “The War.”  From where I sat, it was more like “The Wimp.”

Enough already, it’s time to fight like a girl.

Oh, and if you want to support a real fighter — consider joining the letter writing campaign being spurred on by Mark A. Jones and Amy Green to get the great Lucia Rijker inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  Talk about a boxer with heart, she remains amazing!

If nothing else, show that your tired of the kind of hype that excuses boxing by writing to the IBHOF on Lucia’s behalf!  You’ll feel great afterwards!! (Letters can be sent my snail mail or fax!)

IBHOF
1 Hall of fame Drive
Canastota, NY 13032
FAX: 315-697-5356.

4 Responses to “Fighting like a girl …”


  1. July 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I didn’t see the fight, but was genuinely sold on it being a great one. It fizzled, though, as you saw. (Generally speaking,) I think the commercialism of our great sport has interfered too much to the point where the sport takes a distant rank behind sales, endorsements, records, reputations, etc. It’s the women, amateurs, and Masters who have a fire going that isn’t quenched by the beurocracy. Long live the warrior spirit of the true fighters!

    • July 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Thanks for that Scott and you’re right. Any master’s fight male or female will show more heart than some of the recently over promoted hyped up fights , Hopkins excepted ;).

      So let’s hear it for the boxing gym rats who work their hearts out, ’cause I see more determination watching Saturday sparring than on a lot if fight nights on HBO or Showtime lately. And yes, there are exceptions, but not nearly enough.

      Sent from my iPhon

  2. 3 Mark J.
    July 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for the “shout-out” for Lucia Rijker.

    Mark J.


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