Quijano: Boxing giants

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Ni Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Saturday, July 19, 2014


WE read about them in folklore and in mythology, their length and girth, the stuff of legend.

In boxing, however, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Better is well, better, regardless of your size.

Size only comes into play only when all other factors even up. At the end of the day, skills still pay the bills in boxing.

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With the present day set up of fighters bracketed into weight categories, size disparities between fighters are more managed.

It is only in the heavyweight division where you can get as big as you want to, with the unlimited weight option. But even so, vertical superiority is no assurance you won’t end up in a horizontal position on top of the ring.

TAISHAN. The latest iteration of boxing’s modern day giant fought in the undercard of Mercito Gesta vs. Luis Arceo yesterday at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, USA.

Gesta did pretty well as he stopped a game Arceo in seven rounds and I certainly hope this likeable kid who has a doting martial artist dad in tow can get his career back on track.

But there was one presence that threatened to overshadow everyone else’s , and I mean that literally.

Enter Taishan Dong of China, nicknamed “The Great Wall.”

Standing at 6’11”, he comes in at 283 pounds of pure muscle. The scary thing is that he’s no lumbering oaf. He has actually fought before in a kickboxing match, defeating Bob Sapp via TKO in the first round.

He has huge heavy hands and is very athletic. In his debut yesterday, he made short work (pun, intended) of Alex Rozman (2W, 6 losses) knocking him down once in Round 1 and twice in Round 2.

He’s definitely still a work in progress. But with the way the Klitschkos have turned the heavyweight division into the desolate landscape, I wouldn’t mind seeing him against Wladimir very soon.

HISTORY. Taishan isn’t the only behemoth to have forayed into the squared circle.

Standing at 7 feet tall and weighing at 323 pounds, NikolaiValuev became the heaviest and tallest world champion in boxing history when he defeated John Ruiz over 12 rounds for the WBA diadem back in August 2008.

But for all his size and his hairy, intimidating presence, Valuev lacked the skills to remain on top and in 2009 he lost the title via majority decision to British banger David Haye, who stood at 6’3 and was considered a smallish heavyweight, having come up from the cruiserweight division.

Other notable giants who tried their luck were; Julius Long who was reportedly 7’1”” and who fought and lost to the likes of Sam Peter and Ray Austin; Tom Payne , 7’ 1”, Marcellus Brown, 7 feet who fought and lost to Tommy Morrisson and Lamon Brewster.

MAYWEATHER-MAIDANA 2.While Manny Pacquiao has finally named Chris Algieri as his next opponent in Macau, Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana have kicked off the press tour for their rematch on Sept. 13 of this year.

The first fight was clearly close enough to warrant a rematch and this early the jawing and the yapping has made things quite interesting. Floyd has dared Maidana to bet his purse in a winner –take- all proposition.

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s really hard to get excited about Pacquiao-Algieri. It certainly lacks the intrigue and depth of a Mayweather-Maidana.

Bob Arum has done his share of selling the matchup, claiming that Algieri can be a stylistic nightmare for Manny, but I just can’t erase the image of the former getting knocked down twice and hurt by the slower RuslanProvodnikov.

Sure, he can probably pile away the points jabbing and moving away from Manny, but if Provodnikov can find a home for those booming right hands, I just can’t see Algieri evading Manny’s laser- like left straights for 12 rounds.

LAST ROUNDS are on my little man—Rodan Benjamin Jericho—who recently turned 4 and on a dear friend , the ever winsome, LiezelGedorio. Happy Birthday and cheers!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Gipatik sa mantalaang SuperBalita Cebu Hulyo 20, 2014.

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