Doug Fischer

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DAWSON THE NEW UFC STAR?

Hi Dougie!

Long time no write… not too worry I have still been reading your rag (with good intentions).

Now to the fight and Bad Chad or shall I say "Foul Intentions!”
Seems like he was only in there to cause something like this to happen.
I was really impressed with B-Hop and his feints and fakes… and to me the young overly hyped Dawson (apparently a big UFC fan) was beginning to get frustrated because he couldn't touch Hopkins and he had all that emotion and anger bottled up in him from the press releases.

Now to my point, Evander Holyfield once said the quickest way to end the fight was to foul a man and get disqualified or to make sure your opponent couldn't finish the fight.

That was flagrant foul. It was right up there next to what Ortiz did to Mayweather a few weeks ago.

I think Dawson has some serious mental issues he needs to take care of because he was like some wild junkyard animal after the foul. He went to taunt the obviously aching B-Hop. The ref should have disqualified Dawson and or at least ruled the fight a no-contest.

Thanks for your time, Dougie, and sorry about the long post but hey it’s been almost two years since my last post. Take Care. — Thomas C. Jackson, Finland (home of the famous Lapin Kulta beer)

Good to hear from you Thomas. Don’t be a stranger!

I don’t think Dawson has any mental issues. He’s just a quiet guy who has repressed his emotions for a long time. He finally let off some steam on Saturday. I can understand it to a degree. Dealing with Hopkins can be very stressful. I’ve been on Nard’s s__t list. It’s no picnic. I can only imagine what it’s like to be a pro boxer who is schedule to meet him in the ring and have him on your case for 2-3 months during the pre-fight build up. It’s probably pure hell. Hopkins probably got under Dawson’s skin and maybe even made the young man doubt himself going into the fight. So when he saw the champ on the canvas and realized the fight was over, he was probably overcome with various emotions. It human. It doesn’t mean he’s lost his mind.

I don’t think Dawson committed a flagrant foul. We can argue whether it was an unintentional foul, but I don’t think this situation was similar to what happened in the Ortiz-Mayweather fight. That was a boy vs. a man and the boy lost his head. Hopkins-Dawson was an old pro vs. a young pro. Dawson didn’t seem frazzled or out of control before shoulder shove.

HOPKINS IS A B___CH!

Yes I said it! Will the true gangsters stand up. Floyd Mayweather, Chad Dawson! — William

Settle down, Ganstalicious. Hopkins is 46 years old and should probably hang up his boxing gloves but he’d still punk you in Philadelphia minute.

DISAPPOINTED IN LINARES

Doug:

I'm very disappointed in the Linares loss last night. He had that fight in the bag if he would have just not been so aggressive.

One major issue that doomed Linares was the lack of communication in his corner. As great as Freddie Roach is, he doesn't speak Spanish and Linares doesn't speak any English. So it came down to the second assistant, whoever that was, translating for Linares and I could just tell that there was no cohesiveness in that corner and Roach just did not feel comfortable in there last night.

Last night Linares needed someone to tell him to box and stay away given the condition his face was in. There was no sense in standing and trading with Demarco at that point. Hell, pull an Oscar De La Hoya against Tito Trinidad if necessary. He was winning the fight and his strategy down the stretch was just downright reckless. I also think the stoppage was a bit premature but I won't argue with it. I do have to give DeMarco credit. When a friend of mine earlier in the week told me he was something like +900 on the betting line, I immediately replied and told him that that number was way off. DeMarco should not have been such a huge dog and I knew all along he had a shot at winning this fight. Good for him. He is a very decent and likable kid and he deserves it after the beating he took at the hands of Edwin Valero.

As talented as Linares is, there is just something missing right now. I'm really disappointed because watching Linares fight is like watching Roger Federer play Tennis; just a thing of beauty.

I hope he can rebound from this. I think Golden Boy can rebuild his confidence and get him another crack at greatness. Maybe even a rematch with DeMarco. — Juan “West Coast” Alvarado

Golden Boy wants an immediate rematch and they are lobbying the WBC to make it happen. We’ll see if it comes to pass.

I don’t think anything is missing from Linares. Sure, his chin could be sturdier and he could use a little more pop on his punches (but if that were so, the young man would be damn-near perfect!). Against DeMarco, I think he just had some bad luck (with the bad facial cuts) and he let his balls get the better of him down the stretch of the fight.

I don’t speak Spanish and I haven’t seen the broadcast of the fight, so I can’t comment on whether there was a communication breakdown in Linares’ corner, but I doubt that was the case. Co-trainer and conditioning coach Alex Ariza was probably doing the translating and I think he’s very good at doing that. He does it in the gym during mitt work and sparring, and all three men (Linares, Roach and Ariza) reported that they had a great camp for DeMarco.

I just think DeMarco rose to the occasion on Saturday. I’m happy for him. He bounced back from a heart-breaking loss to Valero, and I believe Linares can do the same thing.

IS THIS ALL WE GET?

As a lifelong boxing fan I'm beginning to feel a bit like a battered wife, because I keep trying to justify a sport that is increasingly unjustifiable. I'm only half-kidding. I'm the only boxing fan among my group of UFC-loving friends and, on more than one occasion, I've had to argue my case that boxing is, in fact, entertaining and has a lot to offer. It's becoming increasingly difficult to plead my case. Hopkins/Dawson is the second major pay-per-view show this year that has ended prematurely and controversially. Do the boxing powers that be really expect regular sports fans to keep throwing good money after bad shows? IN THIS ECONOMY? This model simply can't sustain itself. I'm sure Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer and others think everything is just peachy — but they are f__king wrong. I've heard too many times from too many casual observers of the Sweet Science that "it's too corrupt," "it's too expensive" and that "it's almost always a let down." Hopkins/Dawson went a long way to affirming what my friends already believed.

Regarding Saturday's fight, my first question is this: is it even remotely possible for referees to stay out of their own way and facilitate fights instead of ending them prematurely via lapses in judgment and/or flat-out incompetence? Even better, do you think boxing can (or will?) ever have a system of checks and balances put in place for referees who… um… miss a couple things here and there? Like adding a review of replays like they do in football?

One more thing: this fight made me think back to Mayweather/Ortiz. I watched an international broadcast of it and I couldn't place the British commentator. But during the course of the fight he referred to Mayweather as "The Professor" on at least 900 occasions and "the best boxer of all time." He also called Mayweather "a lion" and "the greatest fighter ever!"

This got me thinking. Wanna give me your top 5 commentators who fell head-over-heels in love with a fighter during a particular broadcast? — Chris

Jim Lampley loved him some Meldrick Taylor, Roy Jones Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, and Jermain Taylor. Larry Merchant had a full-on man crush on Wladimir Klitschko, and to a lesser extent, for Joe Mesi. Bobby Czyz and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco were big Mike Tyson boosters/apologists. And I can’t leave out Max Kellerman, who was president and founder of the Pernell Whitaker Fan Club during his tenure on ESPN2‘s Friday Night Fights.

I think the state athletic commissions in the U.S. will gradually adopt some form of instant replay system for boxing officials. I’m not sure if enough of the major commissions will do it in time to prevent the sport from further marginalizing itself in America.

Will the boxing powers that be realize that fans want more from the main events of high-profile pay per view events (and, in fact, less PPV shows)? Probably not. The Boxing industry is tucked away in its own little pocket universe, apart from not only the rest of professional sports but the general society as well.

We are waaaaay out of touch with the general population. The reactions that most boxing people had to the Mayweather-Ortiz fight made me realize that sad fact.

INSPIRATIONAL BOXING STORIES

Hi Dougie!
It has been a while since I last wrote you but as always I fallow your articles, mail-bags and video stuff.

I'll keep it short this time. I just wanted to say that amid all the controversy, this past weekend boxing made me shred a couple of tears of joy for Dewey Bozella and Antonio DeMarco. Well, I know how promoters like to stress the difficult beginnings of their fighters so they can sell them better, but still their stories are so inspiring and there is a lot to learn — even for a guy like me that works in a completely different field. It also gives me something to say when people ask me ''Why do you watch this horrible sport, people destroying each other’s health for money'?'

I'm very happy for DeMarco because he is as nice and brave as they come and because his win shows how good of a boxer Valero was. I even put a small bet on him but came up even because I also bet on a B-Hop win.

All the best, keep up the good work. — Lubomir Vezenkov

Thanks for writing, Lubo. And thanks for reminding me that there is always some good to go along with the bad or frustrating in this crazy sport.

Bozella is definitely an inspiration and it was refreshing to hear him announce that he achieved his dream by making his pro debut and will now move on with his life (instead of trying to milk his publicity with more fights.)

Regarding DeMarco, as much as like Linares, I couldn’t be happier for the Los Mochis native. The dramatic turn of fortune in that fight couldn’t have benefited a nicer guy.

Seriously, DeMarco is the most humble fighter I’ve ever met.

 

 

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