QUOTE (Franchize @ Mar 26 2012, 09:54 AM)
I didn't think it was muscles. He actually looked bigger to me in the Angulo fight. I thought he came out too dry. No type of sweat or water on him. He looked drained. He wasn't bending his knees and he was walking on his heels like a tired fighter from round 1. That being said, in my opinion, his biggest weakness that night was Anne Wolf's strategy. Why she decided to pick the night he's in there with a slick fighter to start trying to out box people is beyond me. Then, her exclamation that he was "slick as hell" midway thru the fight, not only engraged me but seemed to have Kirkland looking like "no shit. now what should I do?"
Dude is just too damn big to be boxing anyway, and of course thats just my opinion. I mean Holyfield is muscular as all get-out, but his boxing skills make up for it. This clearly isn't the case for James, and I've NEVER considered him to be a good boxer, so yes that "boxing" strategy was poo poo.
The only time James appears to be boxing well, is when he already has his opponent hurt (especially in the Angulo fight). Who doesn't have a great jab, head movement, footwork, etc. when their opponent is on queer street for consecutive rounds?
It's a scary thought when I still hear people making these dream matches that involve Kirkland and somebody near an elite status (shot or not), based off the strength of his punching power and lawn mower fighting style..after he hurts you.
We all saw how James fights when he cant land that "big punch", and Wolfe's strategy serve no purpose for him at all...it's like he was new to the whole idea of boxing.
QUOTE (bnoles4life @ Mar 26 2012, 10:17 AM)
It made me think, "Did he just get outta a cab?"
As flat-footed as he was, I was thinking, "Did he just get outta a cab, after a 2-for-1 special at the bar?" Dude's had platypus feet the whole time, but he fights like that anyway. As big as he is, Im sure that bouncing around on his toes would tire him out quicker than the average fighter.