QUOTE (Franchize @ Mar 10 2013, 08:35 PM)
I was going to reply last night but that fight was so dull I fell asleep lol
#1. It's not often I toot my own horn but I called this one. Cloud is tailor made for B-Hop. He's a dumb fighter who relies solely on power punches. He can't make adjustments in the ring. Add to that, he has a new trainer, which means he was inevitably going to come in the ring trying to do something he isn't accustomed to. B-hop picked his dumb ass apart. I was very bored watching this fight and to be honest, it was more because of Cloud. Hopkins isn't the most exciting fighter, but I'm a fan who appreciates the sweet science, so I don't mind the more strategic fights. However, this fight was like watching Mayweather vs Baldomir. After a while, it gets tiresome seeing a guy get peppered and being content with the fact that he won't get KO'd.
#2 Don't know if it was mentioned before, but what about that anal sore soliloquy Lampley's "Fight Game" became. First of all, what happened to to his set? lol Did they decide it isn't worth the money? Secondly, what was with the I hate that I miss you monologue Lampley was dragging on and on? I'm going to start calling him Crampley because he sounded like a whiny girll on her period. Then, he ironically followed his "how dare Mayweather leave" cries with an ovation applauding Nonito Donaire on his stance to clean up the sport. The same shit those clowns said Floyd used as excuses all of a sudden make Donaire a martyr?
#3 What was the huge uproar for between rounds 2 and 3? It damn sure wasn't because of the action in the ring. I just saw everyone looking up and the crowd went crazy.
#4 Robert Guerrero may hold HBO's future on his back. HBO's schedule is looking sketchy going forward and the marquee guys are seemingly making the move to Showtime. When you have to rely on Top Prank fighters to provide a a quality lineup, you're in deep waters. Top Prank and HBO's relationship has been tumultuous to say the least. A Guerrero win could potentially change that though.
#5 Keith Thurman won clearly but Zaveck kind of took the wind right out of his sails. Once cocky, Thurman seemed humbled as hell last night. He got tested and rocked probably more than any other time in his career.
#6 It's almost a shame Andre Ward is such a great fighter because he's going to be an incredible commentator lol. I love how he said, with all due respect, that he didn't want to be on "The Gatti List." lmao
I have been fast-forwarding through most HBO undercards lately because of their predictability. Watch a fighter that HBO wants to pom pom as the next big thing against C+ competition (or worse.) I think HBO should work on undercards and in many cases main events were their in strong doubt as to the winner and said card is producing quality fighters not, "Let's go gs-gs for the HBO guy because management wants it that way.
Considering that Hopkins is 47 years old smf Cloud was good but limited, I found the fight to be more entertaining than other Hopkins fights. But like Max has said, you don't go into Hopkins fights for action, you go in wondering how the hell this guy can keep winning at 47 and look go at this. I am not a fan of Hopkins personality-wise, but what he does when he is on top is still good when it's good and better than average. By Hopkins standards, I was entertained.
I am not a fan of the new graphics and productions at HBO since January. Two many commentators in the booth, two much talking, since I DVR the fights, I almost always go right to the ring intros. Steve Weisfeld being there as a technical adviser or some shit is stupid. Why? The only time I could see him being useful is outside of USA Canada jurisdictions, the United Kingdom were alphabet federation rules would be in effect over unified rules. Other than the WBC 4th and 8th round open scoring rule in effect to the public, or to the corners only, in commissions that may allow it in other countries, he could mention that that rule is in effect, or the three knockdown rule, or the accidental cut from headbutts, so maybe there is something good for which HBO could use Steve Weisfeld. However, it was fine for twenty five years, why add another person now? He's about as good as Showtime putting Joe Cortez in the commentary position when there is no reason for that.
The whole production at HBO is trying for this "new cool hip modern." However it just looks like amateur crap, The new graphics and shit look like the failed "KO Nation" series! I hope for the sake of boxing that HBO can get back to some of the traditional roots of better fights overall. Go back to the classic years of 1996-2000 when HBO produced the original Boxing After Dark under Lou Dibella's leadership. The new production crew seems to lack leadership and experience.