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Joe Calzaghe Beat Roy Jones Jr. at His Own Game, Hopefully into Retirement

This was without a doubt one of the most painful fights I’ve ever endured. It wasn’t the most punishment I’ve ever seen a fighter take, and it wasn’t painful in the sense that one of the fighters wasn’t putting forth effort or reaching his potential. It was painful in the sense that Roy Jones Jr. got thoroughly beaten, and in a manner and style that was uniquely his when he was in his prime. When Roy Jones Jr. fought from about ’90-’03, he had the ability to make his opponent look foolish. He could administer punishment for 36 minutes and not even break a sweat. He could escape fights looking unharmed. Roy personified the sweet science of the sport; to him it was about inflicting as much pain while receiving the least. He could toy with his opponents because he was so much smoother, quicker, and better. He could stick his chin out there and just dare the man across the ring to hit him. And when he wanted to land a big punch or a combination, he could. But that was Roy Jones Jr. in his prime, at his best. That was a Roy much different from the one we were forced to watch on Saturday night.

Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, there was a complete and utter role reversal that took place. Roy Jones Jr. went from being the dominant athlete — the one who called the shots in the ring and embarrassed his opponent — to the guy who was getting pummeled. It was truly sad to see. Joe Calzaghe whipped him and he whipped him good. He could stick his chin out two inches away from Roy’s gloves and leave himself unguarded and nothing would happen. Roy was so lost he didn’t even notice he had wide open shots. Calzaghe dominated the footwork, pinning Jones in the corner at will, unleashing combination after combination. He was so much faster and so much quicker than Roy that Jones Jr. became the chump. Calzaghe completely turned the tables on Roy and has nothing to apologize for. Every tactic and all the showboating Jones Jr. did when he was on top of his game came crashing down in 36 of the saddest minutes I’ve ever seen in the ring. That was the first time I’d seen Jones Jr. cut so badly and bleeding all over the place. That was the first time I’d ever seen him so thoroughly embarrassed. I can’t ever remember seeing a one-time legend looking that foolish at his own game, a style that he practically invented.

Roy, for my memories’ sake, please retire. I can’t bear to see that happen again. That fight was truly, truly sad. And there wasn’t even a question; after the first round knock down, Calzaghe won and dominated every succeeding round. No doubt about it. You looked old and it’s time to call it quits — hopefully you’ll realize that.

Video: Ray Austin Knocks Andrew Golota Down in 2 Seconds

Andrew Golota is one of the more notorious fighters in heavyweight history. He ran into all sorts of problems with Riddick Bowe, being unable to keep his punches above the belt resulting in two disqualifications. An in-ring post-fight riot ensued following the first encounter. Golota was also floored in one round by Lennox Lewis, and refused to continue fighting Mike Tyson after two rounds. And after being knocked down by Michael Grant in ’99, Golota told the ref he didn’t want to continue. OK, so there’s your lengthy background. Now watch this fight with Ray Austin that took place in China this weekend. Please excuse the (Polish?) commentary.

That guy is just such a mental case. Seriously, who quits after a round claiming they have a bicep injury? What is this guy’s deal? He gets hit a few times and packs it in? Sure seems to be his m.o. and it’s really quite pathetic. Andrew Golota, you live in infamy. If it weren’t for his track record, I’d say the fix was in. Hang on a second … maybe this guy really does know what he’s doing.

Kelly Pavlik Comes Off as Poor Sport, Drops S-Bomb in Interview

I already expressed how surprised I was to see Bernard Hopkins administer such a butt whopping on Kelly Pavlik. Hopkins seems to be using his strong performance as a spring board for more fights in the future. And from the sounds of things according to Pavlik, weight seemed to be his biggest issue, though he doesn’t directly admit it. Check out this post-fight interview where Pavlik comes off as a poor sport. Ear muff it too in the beginning if you want to avoid the profanity.

Just saying “it wasn’t him” and that he wasn’t tired is hard to believe for anyone who watched the fight. It’s not that he’s that good? He lost to Jermain Taylor twice? OK, so where were you then? Boxing doesn’t exactly seem to me like pitching where sometimes you have your stuff and sometimes you don’t. Either you can beat someone or you don’t — simple as that.

Bernard Hopkins Proves at 43 He Can Still Beat a White Boy Like Kelly Pavlik

It was just six months ago that Bernard Hopkins was forced to eat his words upon losing to Joe Calzaghe. Hopkins declared pre-fight that he would never let a white boy beat him. Then he went out and lost the fight. Half a year later he was the underdog by most accounts in a fight with the much younger Kelly Pavlik. Funny thing happened though: Hopkins destroyed Pavlik. The Old Man dominated the fight in Atlantic City from the start and it could be argued he never even lost a round. Already well past 40, Hopkins says he might be approaching Evander Old Field territory:

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Boxer Juan Carlos Robles Amputated His Own Finger

As far as craziness in athletics, this has to be right up there. I knew that some athletes were borderline insane and that some will do anything to be able to perform in the heat of battle. I even heard of fans who lost toes watching games. And I’ve even heard the story of Ronnie Lott asking doctors to cut off his finger so it wouldn’t get further injured. At least when Lott opted for amputation, he let the doctors take care of the messy part. Apparently that wasn’t the case with Juan Carlos Robles. Deadspin has the scoop:

[Robles] went home, put towels over the kitchen table and blocked off a working area with several two-by-fours. He put gauze around the area and twisted soldering wire around his right pinkie to slow the flow of blood.

“Then I put a wood chisel on it and dropped a 15-pound weight on the chisel,” Robles said. “The piece shot out about six feet like a missile.”

If you’re wondering what led up to the amateur surgery, Robles injured himself in a motorcycle crash but didn’t have medical insurance. Rather than pay for surgery to fix the one injury that lingered (he also broke his knee cap and forearm), he decided to do it himself. He now proudly wears the pinkie as a souvenir around his neck. Must be one pleasure of a man. Oh yeah, I believe his record is 10-2. Read the full story if you’re still curious.

Manny Pacquiao Photoshopped Pictures Are Funny

I don’t even know where these came from, but they arrived to me in an email. I can’t seem to locate the source, so I’m just figuring it’s someone pretty talented at photoshop with way too much time on their hands (is there even a difference between the two?). My guess is these originated from the Oscar De La Hoya camp to distract Manny from training from their upcoming fight.

Floyd Mayweather Robbed of $7 Million in Jewelry at Las Vegas Home

No noise was made about Floyd Mayweather Jr. getting robbed a few weeks ago, probably because hardly anyone knew about it. We’re now finding out about the robbery because Mayweather’s declared there will be a $100,000 reward for anyone who has information that could lead to the suspects.

Mayweather confirmed that the jewelry is estimated to be valued at $7 million and was taken from one of his Las Vegas homes. The offense occurred on August 17, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The thieves apparently broke his bedroom window and entered while he was out of the house.

No one was hurt and security is working around the clock to ensure that cameras and professional guards are posted. Only the jewelry was observed to be missing.

All I have to say is you should feel blessed that you even have $7 million worth of jewelry to be stolen in the first place. Seriously, who just leaves $7 million lying around the crib? Isn’t that what safe deposit boxes are for? Or maybe this really is an indication of how well off Mayweather truly is. Didn’t he say he was heading towards being a billionaire? I guess 7 mil’s nothing when you’re loaded like Pretty Boy.