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Sylvester Stallone-Rocky Inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Before we go any farther, I just want you to digest that headline for a minute. Yes, the man who played Rocky — a boxer from a fictional movie — was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Along with Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Kostya Tszyu — you know, real boxers who actually fought in the ring — Sylvester Stallone is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. Have you any idea how absurd that is?

Stallone is an actor. He played a boxer in a fictictious movie. Sure, he played in a series of movies, and they were great, but none of it was actually real. It’s an insult to guys like Tyson, Chavez, and Tsyzu who all actually were beat up on the ring and administered beatings, that someone who did nothing gets in.

If boxing inducts Sylvester Stallone into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, where do we go from here?

Does Adam Sandler gain induction into the Golfing Hall of Fame for his portrayal of Happy Gilmore? Better yet, maybe he can go into the College Football Hall of Fame for his role as Bobby Boucher. Screw it, I’m nominating Jake Taylor for Cooperstown. And after that, I’m making sure Butch McRae makes it into Naismith. And I won’t sleep until Forrest Gump makes it into the Table Tennis Hall of Fame (if it exists).

Honestly, Sylvester Stallone into the Boxing Hall of Fame? What a joke. They should be ashamed of themselves.

For a complete list of fictitious athletes who belong in the Hall of Fame, check this out.

Boxer Christy Martin Shot, Stabbed by Husband James Martin

Just a day after writing about Mike Tyson’s career and his fight with Evander Holyfield, another boxer from the same era finds herself in the news. Boxer Christy Martin, who was promoted by Don King and one of the first prominent female boxers, was hospitalized after being shot and stabbed by her husband.

Martin was picked up by a driver along the highway Tuesday night after escaping a struggle with her husband, James Martin. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Martin was conscious when deputies arrived at the hospital and was able to tell deputies that her attacker was her husband, 66-year-old James Martin. She said her husband had confronted her inside their home and that she had been able to leave the house after being stabbed, according to the sheriff’s office.”

Police have been unable to find James Martin, whom they consider to be a danger to himself. You could speculate about a motive in the case but I think we already have enough evidence: he was a boxing trainer, and they were married. Any other questions? And for the record, Million Dollar Martin was 49-5 in her career with 31 knockouts.

Photo Credit: GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL

Sergio Martinez Knockout Video Against Paul Williams – KO of the Year

Sergio Martinez ended his fight with Paul Williams earlier than many people expected, midway through the second round. Williams wound up for a left hook but left himself completely wide open. Martinez capitalized and clocked Williams squarely on the chin. Check out the Sergio Martinez knockout video of Paul Williams that is a strong candidate for knockout of the year:

There was plenty of trash talk before the fight, including this gem from Williams prefight: “I’m not worried about the dog biting me because you can’t bite in the ring.” Well the dog just took a huge bite out of the Punisher. Martinez is now 46-2, avenging his loss to Williams from a year ago. He says he’s willing to hear offers for fights and that he would be willing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao at 156 pounds. Williams is now 36-2 after the loss.

Beware: Floyd Mayweather Jr. May Poke You in the Face

For a guy who’s been avoiding someone in the ring the past year, Floyd Mayweather Jr. sure gets in a lot of fights outside of it. Two months ago he had an incident with his baby mama, Josie Harris, that resulted in a restraining order. Now TMZ reports that Mayweather had a run-in with a security guard in his gated complex. Does it get more pathetic than this?

According to Thirty Mile Zone, a private security guard on patrol drove up to Floyd’s house and confronted the boxer about a parking situation. TMZ says “the security guard rolled down his window to talk to Floyd … and that’s when Floyd allegedly unleashed his finger — striking the dude in the face.”

You hear that? Floyd got off a poke in the face! I doubt anything comes out of this incident legally, but it’s just a joke that he even gets involved in matters like this. He should save some of that aggression for Pacquiao — if they ever actually fight.

Antonio Margarito Battered by Manny Pacquiao, Right Eye Nearly Shut

Manny Pacquiao nearly pitched a shutout in his unanimous decision victory over Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. One judge had the fight 12 rounds to none while the other judges gave Margarito one and two rounds, respectively. Though Margarito managed to go the distance, he was thoroughly battered in the fight to the point where people speculated that it should have been stopped. Margarito said before the fight that as a true Mexican, he would die in the ring, and he lived up to his words. Just look at his face after the fight:

I’m not really sure how much honor there is in going an extra round and a half getting beat up like that. Margarito already solidified his reputation for toughness taking a beating the first 10 rounds and still fighting back. Keep in mind, carry a five inch height advantage and 20 pound weight advantage, he got plenty of shots in on Pacquiao who said afterward it was his hardest fight. You couldn’t tell based on Margarito’s beat up face:

In 36 minutes he went from looking like a smooth hipster to the parking attendant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pac Man straight up rearranged his face.

Freddie Roach Accuses Antonio Margarito of Ephedra Use Prior to Pacquiao Fight

With the bad blood between the Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao camps, you figured something would happen before the two even stepped in the ring. And I’m not even talking about Margarito making fun of Freddie Roach for Parkinson’s Disease. This time, the camps have traded pre-fight accusations.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, Roach complained that Margarito took ephedra prior to the fight and demanded an instant urinalysis. Margarito for his part did not sit quietly; his trainer Robert Garcia demanded a re-wrap of Pacquiao’s gloves, which actually were approved by the commission. Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports heard from Max Kellerman that it was a piece of prepped rolled tape that was placed in Pacquiao’s gloves.

So what was the story behind the ephedra accusations? From Iole, “I saw them try to give [Margarito] Hydroxycut and caught them,” [Freddy Roach associate Billy] Keane told Yahoo! Sports via text message. “He had coffee loaded with Splenda and sugar. The doctor said it was his choice to take the pills, but it would probably come up in the [post-fight urinalysis]. I did not see him take any pills.”

Numerous reports online have suggested Margarito was drinking coffee with splenda and now there have been reports of hydroxycut and ephedra being mixed in. Even if nothing happened, you have to figure at the least Roach is floating the accusations to try and get inside Margarito’s head. Given the way Margarito folded against Mosley following the loaded gloves incident, it’s not a bad strategy.

Upset Win Over Manny Pacquiao Will Not Change Antonio Margarito’s Legacy

Count me as someone who will be rooting for Manny Pacquiao during his fight with Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Arlington. Pacquiao has won titles at seven different weight classes and will make it eight if he can beat Margarito. Margarito has won a title at the welterweight level and is fighting for just the second time in nearly two years. The reason for his delay is shameful and unethical: he was found to be using illegal hand wraps prior to his fight with Shane Mosley and had his boxing license suspended in the United States.

The bout with Pacquiao will be his first in the U.S. since January, 2009, and it’s one he’s hoping will help clear his name. “It’s been really tough, but this is a great opportunity for me, and I have to take full advantage of it,” Margarito has said leading up to the fight. The state of Nevada, along with California, refused to reinstate Margarito’s boxing license, so they took the case to Texas where it was ruled he would be allowed to fight. Margarito still has hopes of fighting in Las Vegas, however “I think I will fight in Vegas again,” Margarito said. “Once I get this opportunity, I know I’m going to come through.”

Margarito’s huge TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2008 already has been called into question because people feel he may have been loading his gloves for that fight. Even though he’ll be watched heavily prior to this fight, he won’t get the credit he should for beating Manny Pacquiao. Margarito made an unforgivable move against Mosley, and perhaps against other fighters. I can never respect someone who cheated to the extent Margarito did, especially in a sport where the objective is to do physical damage to one’s opponent.

It’s sad to say it because people believe in redemption so firmly, but much like Barry Bonds and all the other steroid-users in baseball, Antonio Margarito will never escape his association with the cheating scandal. He is responsible for his actions and his legacy, and even a win over Pacquiao won’t change any of it. The only thing worse is that Pacquiao may be in a similar position.