Quijano: Hopkins negotiates for time-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
WHOEVER the phrase “killing the time” probably meant no disrespect to Father Time.
After all, you can’t kill time. On the contrary, waste time and it ends up killing you.
The most you can do is negotiate with it, says ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins (53-6, 32KOs).
Unless you are also nearing your 50s and you can lay claim to being the oldest boxing champion in fistic history, then I suggest you take Hopkins’s avuncular advice.
Today, he will be defending his IBF light heavyweight crown against Germany’s Karo Murat (25-1, 15KOs) who at 30 years of age, is young enough to be Hopkins’ son.
Through several highs and lows spanning four decades, Hopkins has reinvented himself many times over, from a knockout artist, to crafty defensive ring tactician, all the way from middleweight to light heavyweight.
Will he continue to perform successfully at this level? No disrespect to Murat who is a very dangerous and prolific puncher, but the result of this fight might be immaterial.
The fact that Hopkins is still out there competing at the elite level, facing off against the best of the sport is simply mind-boggling.
Hopkins is sui generis. Let’s enjoy him while we still can.
UFC 166. Cain Velasquez laid to rest any questions about who was the better fighter between him and Junior Dos Santos with an emphatic fifth round TKO victory over his arch-rival.
It was pretty much a replay of their second fight as the defending champion was the aggressor throughout.
From the get-go, Cain dictated a murderous pace that Dos Santos could not match. The latter appeared gassed out as early as the second round, while Cain was all over him- pinning him along the cage, unloading punch after punch.
Speed was clearly a vital factor in the match-up as Dos Santos looked slow and ponderous in their third and final encounter.
Dos Santos reportedly received 11 stitches- seven above his eye, three in his ear and one under his lip while Cain could have suffered a broken jaw.
LOCAL. On the local MMA scene, last month, I wrote about my fellow sportswriter, Lemeul Maglinte’s impressive stoppage win over John Edu Torbiso in just 39 seconds of the first round at the New Cebu Coliseum.
That very same night, another fast and upcoming fighter caught my eye--Moises Nudalo. His performance in fact threatened to overshadow Lemuel’s win as Nudalo finished off Urtych Alarin via knock out in 26 seconds of the very first round.
A couple of weeks ago, Nudalo was at it again. This time, as a last minute sub for injured Richie Redman, Nudalo had to move up in weight to face Alvin Clerino, a former pro boxer with a record of 10 wins, 3 losses and 7KOs.
Nudalo did not disappoint. With a solid team behind him in Project X Fight Team-Cebu, he finished off Clerino via rear naked choke in the very first round.
Keep up the great job Moises. I’ve got my eye on you.
HE SAID IT. “You can’t really cheat Father Time. What you can do is sort of negotiate with it.” -Bernard Hopkins (Twitter@menshealthmag)
LAST ROUNDS.. Are on newly-weds Ma. Limbee Ybañez and Manny Villaruel , The Freeman’s indefatigable sports editor who recently exchanged “I do’s”. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.