by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 05/23/2005
This weekend in boxing sure didn't offer much. Career disappointment Andrew Golota once again found a way to embarrass himself and may go down as the biggest boxing goat in history. Golota was in his third-straight title shot against fighters he is more talented than, and once again he found a way to not win a title.
Maybe it was intervention from God, but Golota is obviously not meant to obtain a title, even a bogus championship. Golota came out against "Champ" Lamon Brewster like a deer staring at a pair of headlights. Golota was absolutely drilled with a left hook to the body, left hook to the head combo that dropped the foul Pole to the canvas in a hurry.
Golota got up but I immediately knew it was over. All you have to do is put a scare into the bully and he has a look of fear on his face as if he is stuck in a Freddy Krueger movie. Golota got up but he was frozen stiff. He was dropped through the ropes before he got up once again until Brewster finally gave him a dirt nap at 53 seconds.
Doc's did err in this pick and I guess I should have accounted better for Golota's obvious mental handicap. Doc's is 14-5 still and will never make the mistake of trusting boxing's biggest flop. As for Brewster, this was his best performance and he is definitely ready for cousin Chris Byrd or John Ruiz. Though these "unification" battles mean nothing, it may succeed in unclogging the heavyweight traffic at the top. Brewster had a great plan, rush the bully and he will fold.
As for upcoming boxing this weekend offers another last fight for Julio Cesar Chavez as he fights past his prime Ivan Robinson. I didn't bother to make a pick as these two old timers don't belong in the ring and either is lucky Mexico still cares. Chavez just keeps inflicting more brain damage upon himself and I wonder what will be left. I also doubt this will be his last fight.
The next fight to be excited about is Showtime's battle between undefeated Ricky Hatton and Kostya Tszyu on June 4. This battle is guaranteed to have lots of fireworks as Showtime is having its best year in boxing highlighted by Diego Corrales' heroic KO over Jose Luis Castillo. Kostya is facing this top contender and is going to Great Britain to do it. Kostya has always made for action packed fights but this is the most highly anticipated battle since he crushed Zab Judah in two rounds.
If you enjoy a gladiator war in a hostile environment, tune in. As always, Doc's also is right on the money with this pick. Sportsbooks are taking an amazing amount of action and much of it is tilting the odds even more in Doc's favor. Don't miss out on this fight as we have fully dissected this bout and found a lot of value in more than one play.
The NBC show The Contender was not renewed for next year but nonetheless continued toward the finish. Sergio Mora and Jessie Brinkley squared off and early on it was all Mora. Brinkley did land sharp shots toward the end and Mora seemed lucky to finish without being dropped. That being said, I couldn't really tell who was winning, with all the boring crowd shots and constant shots of Sly looking half retarded. This show never will attract female viewers, so I am disgusted with all the drama the show tries to create.
I think I actually saw like 40 seconds of a seven round fight. I saw more clueless looks from Brinkley's wife than I did action in the ring, and I have to wonder if that was not the downfall of the show. The good news is that two great fighters will meet this Tuesday in Sergio Mora and Peter Manfredo, jr. I love Manfredo and I think he is gonna pull this off. Two rounds ago I felt Mora was the best fighter left, but I think Brinkley showed he can be hurt and he seemed to wear down as the fight went on. Doc's free pick this week is a UD win for Manfredo.
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