This week we discuss Paul George's gruesome leg injury, Eli Manning's quest to complete 70% of his passes, a woman who sold tickets to the upcoming birth of her son, and the danger of owning too many dishes.
There is also, of course, MORE!
Immanuwel Aleem file photo by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com
by Gautham Nagesh
Two DMV boxers faced the toughest tests of their career on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from Shelton, Wash. tonight. Richmond super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem passed with flying colors, reaching back to score a sixth-round stoppage of Juan Carlos Rojas to preserve his unbeaten record. It was an impressive performance by Aleem in his tenth pro bout, and it may have put him on the map after spending his early career largely overlooked.
Light heavyweight prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams has gotten much more attention of late, a tribute to his top-ten ranking at 175 lbs. While we haven’t paid as much attention to Williams, other like ESPN’s Teddy Atlas have more than made up for it by showering him with praise. Unfortunately, Williams was unable to live up to that lofty billing in the main event against Gabriel Campillo. Campillo poked him with a jab in the 4th round that opened up a bad cut, from which Williams was unable to recover. The doctor stopped the fight before the 6th round.
Our hosts discuss Melo's interview with ESPN, James Harden's declaration of war against Chandler Parsons, Phil Jackson's taste in movies, and quiche.
That’s right. Quiche.
As always, there is MORE! Everyone loves a good MORE!
Photo courtesy of Suzan Classen
by Sarah Deming
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Thank you, Gennady Golovkin, for taking just three rounds to dispatch Daniel Geale and retain your title. Three is the magic number: quick enough to get us home early, long enough to love. One of the G’s must stand for “generous.”
Thank you for wearing shimmery white trunks of a pre-hip hop length that evoked ancient rites, and thank you for confining the advertisements to discrete patches on each leg. Thank you for your perfect middleweight body and golden skin under the Garden lights. Thank you for the mysterious permasmile onto which we project our own meanings. Thank you for training hard for light work.
Thank you for your streak of 17 stoppages and your record of 30-0 (27 KOs), the highest knockout percentage of any active champion. Knockouts are better than decisions. Not because they are more violent but because they are negotiated by the actors in the ring rather than the functionaries outside it. Nobody likes to be judged.
Thank you for cultivating superb balance and timing. Trainer Abel Sanchez attributes your “numbing” power to these fundamentals. This is more praiseworthy than heavy hands.
Photo courtesy of Krystyna Rodriguez for The Purple Corner
by Sarah Deming
New York is in a GGG state of mind. Hours after the final presser for Gennady Golovkin’s Saturday night fight at Madison Square Garden, those still in a boxing mood gathered at BB Kings for a Dibella card with the highest kayo percentage in recent memory.
GGG himself rolled in for the main event. If the week’s shilling had tired him – signing caps for Kazakhs on Brighton Beach, skipping rope at Mendez, taking a turn in Broadway’s Rocky – he did not show it. He looked young and fresh in his tracksuit, the best student in the class, his arm draped across the shoulder of trainer Abel Sanchez and his face fixed in the earnest smile that is almost as famous as his ferocity.
The undefeated heavyweight in the ring, “Prince” Charles Martin, 18-0-1 (16 KOs) had trained alongside GGG at Big Bear and was defending his NABO belt against Kerston Manswell of Tobago, 24-9 (18 KOs). A tall southpaw trained by the great Henry Tillman, Martin fought off the back foot with reticence and looked so green I was surprised to hear his people were eying the winner of Jennings-Perez on the GGG undercard.
Mike Reed photos courtesy of Team Reed
by Gautham Nagesh
2013 Stiff Jab Prospect of the Year Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed has signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, joining the likes of Muhammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao.
Reed’s team announced the signing on Thursday, after it had been rumored for weeks. While there are a number of local DMV fighters signed with Golden Boy Promotions and top manager Al Haymon, Reed is one of the few East Coast fighters signed to Top Rank, which focuses mostly on the West Coast and Mexican fighters. The news is proof of what we have said all along: at 21, Reed is the most proven best young boxer in the DMV.
“I am delighted to sign with Top Rank. They’ve been successful for a long time, and have promoted the biggest names in boxing,” Reed said in a statement. “I am excited to have the same opportunities as the legends that came before me. Top Rank clearly has an understanding of how to market their fighters and they know how to build pay-per-view superstars. Team Reed is looking forward to having a long, successful relationship with one of the most prestigious promotional companies in boxing.”
by Sarah Deming
The first time I spoke to author Malissa Smith, proprietress of the indispensable blog girlboxing, we argued about skirts in the ring. This was right before the 2012 Olympic Trials, and I had called to get her take on the competitive field in Spokane.
The internets were buzzing over the proposal that women boxers make their Olympic debut in skirts, but I didn’t want to talk about that. I was sick of the media posing female fighters in evening gowns or talking about their history of sexual abuse. Couldn’t we just treat them as athletes?
“The skirt thing is a non-issue,” I said.
Malissa’s rage exploded from my cell phone. “It is not a non-issue! It’s a profound insult to the athleticism of the women entering this sport. It completely undermines them.”
“I’d fight naked if I could be in the Olympics,” I said.
The Knicks have crashed and burned out of Summer League play. Fire Fisher! Can Phil!
Will JR Smith and Iman Shumpert ring in the New Year as New York Knickerbockers? There’s a 69% chance!
PLUS: Mid-Year Music Awards! Beyonce is overrated, Ought are amazing, Rick Ross is fat!
Carmelo is a Knick. LeBron is a Cav. Finkle is Einhorn. Wiggins is a bust. Tanaka is over and MORE.
ALSO: Chips vs Pretzels!
Do you want to know where Carmelo Anthony is going to sign? So do we! Do you want the Big 3 in Miami to break up? Oh my god, we do too! Do you think the Wimbledon final was majestic? That makes at least two of us!
ALSO THIS WEEK: The Fourth of July SUCKS compared to George Harrison’s masterpiece All Things Must Pass! The Oscar Pistorius reenactment video is COMPLETELY INSANE! And fine, we’ll say it, Seinfeld is NO LONGER FUNNY!
Of course, as always, we discuss much, much more. Join us!
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by Dr. Octagon, J.D.
Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (above) needed just 16 seconds to win on Saturday at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, while Chris Weidman (below) won a terrific battle against Lyoto Machida to keep his middleweight title.
Rousey’s opponent Alexis Davis opened up as a 20-1 underdog and looked very much the part while getting steamrolled in the first minute. Ronda landed a punch, followed by a knee, then put Davis down with a spectacular judo throw that morphed into a headlock. From there all it took was roughly ten undefended strikes to the face before referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to stop the fight. Davis was clearly out of it; she attempted to grapple with Lavigne after the fight was over and clearly had no clue what had happened.
Dear Harley Davidson marketing department, please have a new commercial. I think I’ve seen that stereotypical Harley commercial 1000 times now and it is just as terrible as the first time.
Rob Font KOed George Roop with a huge right at 2:19 in Round 1
Chris Camozzi looked good on the feet, but Bruno Santos was able to hold him down for rounds 2 and 3 without really doing any damage to take a split decision.
Kenny Robertson put three rounds of powerful ground and pound on Ildemar Alcantara to with a unanimous decision with 30-26 on all cards.
Urijah Faber won by rear naked choke in the third against Alex Caceres, who put up a pretty good fight and was able to neutralize a lot of Faber’s offense in the first two rounds and landed a few good shots of his own.
Urijah remains undefeated in non-title fights in the UFC.
That’s it for the free fights (until tomorrow). Time to buy the PPV.
by Dr. Octagon, J.D.
World Series of Fighting had a pretty exciting card this afternoon, with some solid action from fighters who are definitely UFC-caliber (especially given the frequency of UFC events these days). Seriously guys, Marcus Brimage is on the undercard of the UFC 175 Pay Per View.
Melvin Guillard looked pretty good in a slugfest with J.Z. Cavalcante. Melvin was getting the better of the exchanges, but he was also the beneficiary of a seemingly early stoppage, since JZ was still on his feet. Guillard also weighed in three pounds over the lightweight limit, not a great sign from the longtime UFC stalwart.
It’s rare to see a fight stopped while a fighter is on his feet in MMA (as opposed to boxing), but maybe we could use more of them. JZ was getting his ass kicked, and ate a particularly large knee before the stoppage, so there’s probably not going to be much of an uproar over this one. Melvin by TKO in 2:36
Cody Bollinger won by rear naked choke in the first round at 2:37 against Pablo Alonso. This was a nice quick fight, but Bollinger said he will move up to 145 lbs. after weighing in two pounds above the 135-lb limit for this fight.
Jon Fitch put a vicious ground-and-pound on the thoroughly over-matched Dennis Hallman, winning all three rounds on all three cards. The whole fight took place on the ground, but it was more exciting than a typical Fitch fight, with oodles of ground striking.
The battle of the undefeated lightweights in the main event was tough to watch. Justin Gaethje was able to keep the fight on the feet against one-handed (congenital amputee) submission expert Nick Newell. Gaethje teed off on Newell for what seemed like the longest 1.5 rounds I’ve ever watched.
I know it was a championship fight and everything, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing it stopped earlier. Gaithje retains the belt with a KO at 2:36 of Round 2 via overhand right. Newell remains the most badass one-armed man on the planet.
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We’re sorry we didn’t give you an episode last week. We were wrong and stupid and we’re sorry. That being said, you’re being kind of a baby about this. We didn’t do anything that bad.
This week: Melo should probably get the hell out of here already. The Illuminati is definitely more powerful than the Church of Scientology. The World Cup is marginally more entertaining than your “favorite” hockey team making the Stanley Cup Finals, and Brad confesses that he’s never had a conversation that’s lasted more than 60 minutes — not even with his mother!