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ranted, boxing is a silly sport.
You hit your opponent in the
} face as hard and as often as you can
until either he can't stand up or
until he is too bloody to see two
steps in front of him. But what
occurred last weekend is ridiculous,
even by boxing's standards.
Saturday, Donald "Cobra" Curry
beat Tony "Dr. Detroit"
Montgomery to win the super-
welterweight title ... or is it the
junior-middleweight title? Actually,
Dr. Detroit was disqualified.
Throughout the fight, Montgomery.
head-butted Curry and was warned
by the referee for doing so. Finally,
after already taking two points away
from Montgomery, the referee
stopped the fight and awarded the
championship to Curry.
Head butts occur during most
fights, so this was considered
normal. However what ensued was
Immediately following the
disqualification, Curry moved
toward Montgomery and landed a
right hand to the jaw. Not only was
it the hardest thrown punch of the
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fight, but Curry also nailed the
referee with the blow.
Both fighters saw the cheap shot
as no big deal.
"I just guess he was mad because
I butted him," said Montgomery
afterwards. This perplexes me.
Were the butts intentional? Was
this part of Montgomery's strategy?
Usually boxers want to take away
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the opponent's jab or to go to the
belly with some hard body punches.
Not Montgomery. He had a new
idea. Hit Curry's head with his own
and hope Curry goes down and can't
get up. Of course.
"I just had to get him back for
one of those butts," said Curry.
Brilliant. Always thinking, that
Donald Curry is. He wins the
championship, gets a lot of money,
impresses no one, and then goes
after the loser when the fight is
Apparently the federation that
sponsored the fight is holding back
Curry's check. What will come out
of this? Probably nothing. Boxing
promoters, for the most part, are
twisted and inept. The most famous
of them, Don King, was charged
with tax evasion, recently. These
guys are not always on the ball.
Curry should be suspended, fined
heavily, and/or banned from
boxing. I realize sportsmanship
does not run rampant in
professional boxing, but this was
out of line.
Perhaps worse than the events
inside the ring, were the comments
made by CBS' announcers at
ringside. Tim Brandt accurately
described the cheap shot as a right
hook, however expert analyst Gil
Clancy saw it differently. "No, it
was a straight right hand," he said.
"Curry knows from his training not
to throw a right hook. He's far too
professional to do that." Please.
If nothing comes of this, it will
add another sad chapter to a sport
that has deteriorated rapidly.
Currently, there are only three
individuals in the fight game worth
paying big bucks to see - Mike
Tyson, Marvin Hagler, and Sugar
Ray Leonard.nAnd Tyson will be
the only big draw left when Hagler
retires after disfiguring Leonard in
Sorry, Detroit fans, Tommy
Hearns is not in the same category
as the other three. Hearns has lost
to all the good fighters he's fought,
and is constantly changing weight
classes so he can be remembered for
winning championships in umpteen
different divisions. But who is there
to fight? Winning championships
in multiple divisions like Alexis
Arguello did is something.
Winning championships by beating
Englishman Dennis Andries, like
Hearns will try to do next month,
To put it simply, being a
boxing champ is not like it used to
be. Last Friday, former Olympian
Mark Breland won the WBA
welterweight championship by
beating something known as Harold
Volbrecht. On the same card,
Dwight Muhammad Qawi beat one
Cecil Maldonado. While he didn't
win a title, Qawi, who belongs in
fat camp rather than a boxing ring,
"established" himself as the number
Boxing once was a sport that
was fun to watch, with classy and
charismatic individuals such as
Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and
George Foreman, who, by the way,
is coming out of retirement at age
37 to fight Bob Hitzelburger.
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