Duk Koo Kim
A superstar in South Korea, Kim had risen all the way to number one lightweight contender and earned a world title shot against the famed Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini on November 13, 1982. The bout was extremely brutal, especially for Kim, who had begun to wear down in the latter rounds after absorbing tremendous punishment from the champion. In the early part of the 14th round Mancini hit Kim with a crushing right hand that caused him to fly toward the ropes and hit his head on the canvas.
Kim managed to rise but the referee stopped the fight. Minutes later Duk Koo Kim collapsed into a coma and was carried out of the ring and taken directly to the hospital. Tragically the Korean star died 4 days later from severe brain trauma. Out of the hundreds of recorded ring fatalities Kim’s death was one of the saddest. Kim’s opponent Ray Mancini would never again be the same caliber fighter and it was widely reported that he blamed himself for Kim’s death. Kim’s mother committed suicide three months after her son’s death by drinking a bottle of pesticide. The bout’s referee Richard Green, consumed by guilt, also committed suicide shortly after the fight.
Few things are as thrilling as witnessing two evenly-matched combatants battle it out for twelve rounds in the ring. Every so often the planets will align and two men will deliver a fight for the ages. It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. Here are ten of the best rounds to have ever have taken place in the history of boxing.
Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo Round 10
Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao for his win over Timothy Bradley tonight. He won with speed, determination and his secret weapon, his mom, Dionesia, who casted some voodoo hex on Bradley throughout the entire fight. Legend has it she’s the real reason why Mayweather doesn’t want to fight Pacman. In fact he stipulated that come fight night she wasn’t allowed in the venue which of course Pacman declined.
If you follow boxing, you know how fucking annoying Adrien Broner is and seeing him get man-handled by Marcos Maidana on Saturday night was an early Christmas present. That sweet, sweet nectar of Broner’s tears. I can die now, for I have lived. If you missed the fight, I posted some highlight GIFs below or you can check out the full fight here
Based on the fighters against which Mayweather has lost the most rounds, Castillo, Cotto, and De La Hoya, I think the blueprint has been well established at this stage.
I think there are five pre-conditions that must be met:
- The fighter must be physically stronger than Mayweather.
- The fighter must have excellent footwork and/or the ability to cut off the ring.
- The fighter must have a tight defence.
- The fighter must have excellent conditioning.
- The fighter must have an above average jab.
I don’t think the fight can be won without any of these.
Bootyuming you’ve got the above in your tool-kit, these are the guiding principles when facing Mayweather:
- Minimise the number of significant exchanges in the round. Five is a high number.
- Trade only in situations where Mayweather is cornered, and from which he cannot easily use his footwork to exit the exchange.
- Your guard in the middle of the ring must be air tight. Otherwise Mayweather will steal the round with potshots even if you’ve won most of the significant exchanges.
That’s the broad template. The key thing for the opponent is that they do not expose themselves to Mayweather’s speed and accuracy in the middle of the ring.
Their objective is to first gain Mayweather’s respect in the physical exchanges, as Cotto did in the shoulder to shoulder shoving matches early on. Let him know that he cannot push you backwards, and that if he tries he’s going to be the one that ends up in reverse. This is absolutely crucial.
The second thing you must do is make Floyd respect your jab. It does not have to do major damage, you are not going to jab your way to victory against Mayweather. You just have to show him you can score with it. The reason for this is that you want to use it to direct Floyd around the ring. You want to use it to make him go where you want him to go, which is backwards, towards a corner.
Is this the beginning of the end for Pacquiao???
Didn’t Think The Olympics Could Be Tainted By Corruption? Check Out Roy Jones Jr. Getting Robbed Harder Than Pacquiao
Take comfort in knowing that Roy Jones Jr became one of the greatest boxers of the last generation and the other dude slowly faded into obscurity. And as for the bribed judges, lets hope they died a slow and painful death in a pit of angry warthogs.