The Third Man: Lamont Peterson W12 Amir Khan


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In a shocking upset, Lamont Peterson, as much as a 9-1 shortender on some books, scored a split decision over Amir Khan after 12 grueling rounds at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Final scores, effected by referee Joe Cooper, were 113-112, 113-112 and a completely ludicrous 110-115. Cooper deducted two points from Khan for shoving and, in doing so, created the latest in a series of weekly boxing scandals.

It should be pointed out clearly—without any of the idiotic bawling that makes following boxing a chore—that Khan held excessively, pushed Peterson down by the head repeatedly, stopped the action with several half nelsons, and, yes, pushed or shoved Peterson over 40 times. In addition, Khan even grabbed Peterson around the waist and, at one point, his thighs. Peterson committed a few infractions of his own, but nothing compared to the Greco-Roman maneuvers Khan tried to empretzel him with all night.

It took two rounds for Peterson, 140, to get comfortable against Khan, who looked sharp early, even scoring a phantom knockdown in the first. As soon as Peterson started pressuring and winning exchanges in close, however, Khan began his shoving routine, drawing his first warning from Cooper in the third round, when Peterson landed hard shots—particularly to the body—from bell to bell. Peterson started the fourth with a pair of jabs and a straight right, and Khan, 139, began shoving again, doing so, it seems, in direct proportion to Peterson’s success.

In the following round, for example, Khan dominated with clean combination punching, neat footwork, and an accurate jab. He did not shove Peterson once, an indication of his comfort level. In the sixth, however, Peterson began bullyragging him again, and out came a couple of blatant shoves. Cooper can clearly be heard telling Khan, “Last warning: stop pushing.” But Khan, Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom, repeated this inelegant move several times in the seventh, and Cooper deducted a point—rightly so if you care about a clean fight; an outrage if you are interested only in peddling your prejudices.

What is really strange about the whole situation is that despite having a point deducted, Khan raised his shoving tactics to a new level, pushing Peterson away repeatedly in the 9th, 11th, and 12th rounds. Cooper barked “Stop pushing!” twice in the 11th, but Khan was oblivious and turned the final round into a mosh pit as well, throwing in a headlock for good measure. Of course, it is the curious timing of the second penalty that stands out–the last round is not exactly the best time to deduct points in a close fight.

But the real issue is not that Cooper cost Khan the win, but that Khan struggled so mightily with a fighter who had not been overly impressive in the two biggest starts of his career, against Tim Bradley and Victor Ortiz. Peterson, Memphis, Tennessee via Washington, D.C., neglected his jab, waded in recklessly at times, and threw wide punches more often than congress fails to agree on a bill. Peterson fought at an accelerated pace, adding a little extra oomph to his general competence, but he is no world-beater, and seeing Khan being abused along the ropes and smacked around in the corners was surprising. Khan, 25, suffered torments when Peterson took advantage of his two biggest flaws: his bizarre habit of stopping out of the blue, putting his hands up, and allowing his opponent to hack away at him, and a complete inability to fight on the inside.

Peterson warred with zest in the middle rounds, steadily tattooing Khan to the body. When Khan played mannequin against the ropes, Peterson, 27, worked him over with hooks and uppercuts in the trenches. At these moments, Khan sought to hold, push, or grab Peterson around the neck. Now and then he would pivot out of danger, but more often than not he just stood there taking punishment, occasionally with defiance, but allowing an opponent to run off uncontested shots is not going to reflect well on the scorecards. Khan boxed well at times and landed several quick flurries, including a few punctuated by his own vicious bodyshots. Khan also rocked Peterson in the ninth with a blistering right, but his follow-up was sloppy, and Peterson survived to do his own thumping moments later.

Peterson, who improves to 30-1-1 (15), wound up winning because of the two lost points, something no real fight aficionado wants to see, but Khan was spoiling repeatedly and what he did—over and over again—is technically illegal. Not that Cooper was Kenny Bayless in the ring, but pesky as he was throughout, Cooper was consistent in what many believe was his inconsistency. When the fighters fell into a clinch, Cooper called for them to fight out of it. Correct. When it was clear that Khan was stalling and holding, Cooper ordered him to let go. Correct. When Khan blatantly shoved Peterson, Cooper admonished him. Correct. When Khan grabbed Peterson around the neck, Cooper warned him against doing so. Correct. Could the problem be that Khan held, shoved, and grabbed Peterson too much?

Now Cooper, predictably, will be vilified. But ask yourself this: What kind of a hometown referee scores a phantom knockdown against the house fighter in the first round? Or threatens the local corner with a point deduction as Cooper did to the Peterson crew prior to the start of the sixth? Cooper probably should have called a time-out to give Khan a stern warning. But would that have mattered? As noted earlier, even after Khan lost the first point, he redoubled his slam dance efforts. Whether you think what Khan did was a ring misdemeanor or a ring felony is irrelevant. The fact is, Khan was told repeatedly to stop shoving, and he refused to comply.

For years we have heard that HBO fighters and promotional darlings are protected. Now, we get a connected money fighter who loses, and we have to hear about some other kind of scheme. More than ever boxing— the only sport in the world whose rules are interpreted based solely on the biases and prejudices of its spectators—suggests a quote from William Kennedy: “We are all in a conspiracy against the next man.”

Ironically, many felt that Khan managed to survive his bout with Marcos Maidana last year because referee Joe Cortez seemed to interfere with Maidana at every turn. Even more surreal—but what boxing has been reduced to recently—Khan has now been involved in four “controversial” fights in succession: against Maidana (Cortez being Cortez); against McCloskey (quick stoppage); against Zab Judah (“low blow”); and now against Peterson. Not since Cain slew Abel, it seems, has a confrontation ended clearly. Khan coldly dismissed the complaints of the losers in each of these bouts, but when the turn of the screw went against him, he showed no class in post-fight interviews.

The deluge of tears will only get worse when Golden Boy Promotions—who own the biggest diapers in boxing—get started on their sob campaign. Khan, now 26-2 (18), loses little here, despite the weeping and gnashing, because he engaged in an exciting fight with a solid challenger and had the crowd roaring throughout.

With the win, Peterson realizes a dream that, like most dreams perhaps, must have seemed out of reach when he was a child living on the streets of Washington D.C. Not even boxing—unforgiving, unfair, unmerciful—ought to begrudge him that.

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  • FunkyBadger

    Have I missed the gouchietrain yet?

    Seems like a good scrap overall, nothing really to complain about in the result, a likely re-match to follow come spring. Good news all round.

    Thankfully this site is still an oasis of calm reasonableness amidst the gernal insanity on t’internet, I know I really shouldn’t, but reading other – British – fora you’d get the idea that no fighter who ever lost a bout (Hatton, Froch, Khan, Haye) was worth the candle, and the one who didn’t (Calzaghe) was a protected goon too scared to ever show his face outside Cardiff. I swear most commenters don’t actually enjoy boxing.

    Still, having tilted at a windmill and now looking through my monocle I think Khan could still give Mayweather some trouble, Mayweather’s an inside spoiling genius (nothing like as hamfisted as Khan in there) but doesn’t really attack on the inside, rather pot-shotting from outside. And his legs looked… leaden?… against Ortiz. Not that they needed to be more, but that inkling of a weakness plays to Khan’s strengths and their styles seem compatable.

    Anyway, looking forward to the next fights from both Petersen and Khan.

  • rufus.t.firefly

    Nice review. I was frustrated by Khan as a viewer, the sequence seemed to be: flurry, push or hold, run, nod your head. Not necessarily in that order. He was completely clueless on the inside. If I remember correctly even the knockdown was tainted by a sharp push with his elbow.

    I also was a bit frustrated with Peterson’s corner. I felt like I was getting Peterson’s life story presented with 3 minute intervals. I got confused whether his trainer was trying to inspire his fighter or the television audience. I mean I am pretty sure Peterson has heard his life story dozens of time.

  • FunkyBadger

    Have I missed the gouchietrain yet?

    Seems like a good scrap overall, nothing really to complain about in the result, a likely re-match to follow come spring. Good news all round.

    Thankfully this site is still an oasis of calm reasonableness amidst the gernal insanity on t’internet, I know I really shouldn’t, but reading other – British – fora you’d get the idea that no fighter who ever lost a bout (Hatton, Froch, Khan, Haye) was worth the candle, and the one who didn’t (Calzaghe) was a protected goon too scared to ever show his face outside Cardiff. I swear most commenters don’t actually enjoy boxing.

    Still, having tilted at a windmill and now looking through my monocle I think Khan could still give Mayweather some trouble, Mayweather’s an inside spoiling genius (nothing like as hamfisted as Khan in there) but doesn’t really attack on the inside, rather pot-shotting from outside. And his legs looked… leaden?… against Ortiz. Not that they needed to be more, but that inkling of a weakness plays to Khan’s strengths and their styles seem compatable.

    Anyway, looking forward to the next fights from both Petersen and Khan.

  • thenonpareil

    I hear you, Christopher!

  • thenonpareil

    @BoxAnne Hi Boxanne,

    thanks and welcome back. Alec Kohut from Maxboxing, who was at ringside for the fight and goes to D.C. area matches all the time, left a couple of insightful comments on Cooper below (somewhere in the chaos of TCS). Apparently, Cooper was his usual self on Saturday night. I don’t think he’s a bad ref–a little over-zealous, perhaps–but I’m amazed to see so many people up in arms about enforcing the rules. I wasn’t concerned about some of the smaller pushes, but the full-steam-ahead shoves were pretty blatant. Khan deserved at least the first penalty, without a doubt, and since he actually shoved more during the late rounds, it stands to reason that he deserved the second one as well.

  • thenonpareil

    @rufus.t.firefly

    Hi RTF,

    thanks. You know, the fight was fun despite Khan’s attempts at spoiling. And it was because the referee refused to allow him to hold excessively. Otherwise, can you imagine the disaster that would have occurred if Khan was allowed to squeeze, cuddle, and wrestle the whole night?

    Hunter is a funny guy in the corner. He’s definitely got a great voice, though, he should be a ring announcer when he’s not training fighters.

  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger

    Hi Funky Badger, welcome back to my nightmare. Nobody misses anything around here, or, strangely enough, everybody misses everything, which amounts to the same thing.

    I agree, anytime a 9-1/10-1 underdog comes through–in a good, tough fight–it’s great news for everyone. Khan will back and people will be glad to see him again–so long as he drops the Boa Constrictor with arms act. It’s also crazy reading about who is not worth anything after a loss. I sometimes harp on that when it comes to these Fantasy League P-4-P lists, which overtake reality sometimes and create absurd expectations and upsets/calamities where none exist. Especially the one loss means you’re done school.

    Why anyone would slag Calzaghe is beyond me….I really miss seeing his girlfriend on TV, that’s for sure.

    Mayweather is not an inside fighter, like you say, but if Khan pulls the old “let me stand against the ropes with my gloves up” act, I suspect he’ll be face down soon after. Not the proper look to give a fighter with that kind of hand speed and variety. And Khan will not be forcing Mayweather to move on those 30-something legs that way. That’s a strange tic Khan has, one I noted before here on TCS, but one that looked worse against Peterson once the referee took away his clinching and holding. Still, I’d pay to see that fight.

  • thenonpareil

    @dennis wise

    @dennis wise

    Hi Dennis, I’ll have to check that out.Lordy, this commenting system is killing me…Anyway, that’s good to hear. If the British are saying that, I honestly think all this “controversy” should be squashed, because many of the announcers I’ve heard are shameless homers, like in the Herelenius-Chisora fight.

  • thenonpareil

    @Andrew Fruman

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks. After watching the video The Boxing Truth put together, I’m less doubtful about the second poin deduction. The problem, really, is that Khan continued to defy Cooper–blatantly. The man said stop doing something and Khan refused to comply, in fact, he did more of it. So maybe Khan is a knucklehead, I don’t know.

    I agree about people not used to seeing officials actually enforcing rules and I was shocked–well, maybe I shouldn’t have been–to see that some people do not know that pushing and shoving is illegal in boxing. So is excessive holding, for that matter.

  • thenonpareil

    @stevenfromwashington

    Hi Stevenfromwashington,

    thanks for writing. Sounds like you’re not a Khan fan, and I guess Khan will lose many more fans after all that hugging, running, and shoving. Most modern fighters suffer from ridiculous over-hyping and worship. Here, I try to keep things rational–some say “negative”–about the accomplishments and abilities of fighters, few of whom deserve the self-perpetuating media myths surrounding them.

  • thenonpareil

    @Judas66 and sugar_sam

    I hear both of you. But watch this video put together by my buddy John Chavez at The Boxing Truth:

    It’s a pretty good argument for the point deductions.

  • thenonpareil

    @petzi2011

    Hi petzi2011,

    interesting comparison you make between Khan and Taylor. I agree that Khan has a big advantage over most, athletically and that it may not be enough sometimes–as proven by Peterson. Khan has talent, but, as you point out, some of his flaws ought to be able to be exploited by a sold, world-class fighter. He’s definitely going to have to improve in a few areas.

    As far as the pushing goes, watch the link I posted in a comment above. I’m not so worried about the small push-offs Khan used, but the full-fledged shoves were crazy. And there enough of them to warrant a point deduction, in my opinion.

  • thenonpareil

    I hear you, Christopher!

  • thenonpareil

    @BoxAnne Hi Boxanne,

    thanks and welcome back. Alec Kohut from Maxboxing, who was at ringside for the fight and goes to D.C. area matches all the time, left a couple of insightful comments on Cooper below (somewhere in the chaos of TCS). Apparently, Cooper was his usual self on Saturday night. I don’t think he’s a bad ref–a little over-zealous, perhaps–but I’m amazed to see so many people up in arms about enforcing the rules. I wasn’t concerned about some of the smaller pushes, but the full-steam-ahead shoves were pretty blatant. Khan deserved at least the first penalty, without a doubt, and since he actually shoved more during the late rounds, it stands to reason that he deserved the second one as well.

  • thenonpareil

    @rufus.t.firefly

    Hi RTF,

    thanks. You know, the fight was fun despite Khan’s attempts at spoiling. And it was because the referee refused to allow him to hold excessively. Otherwise, can you imagine the disaster that would have occurred if Khan was allowed to squeeze, cuddle, and wrestle the whole night?

    Hunter is a funny guy in the corner. He’s definitely got a great voice, though, he should be a ring announcer when he’s not training fighters.

  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger

    Hi Funky Badger, welcome back to my nightmare. Nobody misses anything around here, or, strangely enough, everybody misses everything, which amounts to the same thing.

    I agree, anytime a 9-1/10-1 underdog comes through–in a good, tough fight–it’s great news for everyone. Khan will back and people will be glad to see him again–so long as he drops the Boa Constrictor with arms act. It’s also crazy reading about who is not worth anything after a loss. I sometimes harp on that when it comes to these Fantasy League P-4-P lists, which overtake reality sometimes and create absurd expectations and upsets/calamities where none exist. Especially the one loss means you’re done school.

    Why anyone would slag Calzaghe is beyond me….I really miss seeing his girlfriend on TV, that’s for sure.

    Mayweather is not an inside fighter, like you say, but if Khan pulls the old “let me stand against the ropes with my gloves up” act, I suspect he’ll be face down soon after. Not the proper look to give a fighter with that kind of hand speed and variety. And Khan will not be forcing Mayweather to move on those 30-something legs that way. That’s a strange tic Khan has, one I noted before here on TCS, but one that looked worse against Peterson once the referee took away his clinching and holding. Still, I’d pay to see that fight.

  • thenonpareil

    @dennis wise

    @dennis wise

    Hi Dennis, I’ll have to check that out.Lordy, this commenting system is killing me…Anyway, that’s good to hear. If the British are saying that, I honestly think all this “controversy” should be squashed, because many of the announcers I’ve heard are shameless homers, like in the Herelenius-Chisora fight.

  • thenonpareil

    @Andrew Fruman

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks. After watching the video The Boxing Truth put together, I’m less doubtful about the second poin deduction. The problem, really, is that Khan continued to defy Cooper–blatantly. The man said stop doing something and Khan refused to comply, in fact, he did more of it. So maybe Khan is a knucklehead, I don’t know.

    I agree about people not used to seeing officials actually enforcing rules and I was shocked–well, maybe I shouldn’t have been–to see that some people do not know that pushing and shoving is illegal in boxing. So is excessive holding, for that matter.

  • thenonpareil

    @stevenfromwashington

    Hi Stevenfromwashington,

    thanks for writing. Sounds like you’re not a Khan fan, and I guess Khan will lose many more fans after all that hugging, running, and shoving. Most modern fighters suffer from ridiculous over-hyping and worship. Here, I try to keep things rational–some say “negative”–about the accomplishments and abilities of fighters, few of whom deserve the self-perpetuating media myths surrounding them.

  • thenonpareil

    @Judas66 and sugar_sam

    I hear both of you. But watch this video put together by my buddy John Chavez at The Boxing Truth:

    It’s a pretty good argument for the point deductions.

  • thenonpareil

    @petzi2011

    Hi petzi2011,

    interesting comparison you make between Khan and Taylor. I agree that Khan has a big advantage over most, athletically and that it may not be enough sometimes–as proven by Peterson. Khan has talent, but, as you point out, some of his flaws ought to be able to be exploited by a sold, world-class fighter. He’s definitely going to have to improve in a few areas.

    As far as the pushing goes, watch the link I posted in a comment above. I’m not so worried about the small push-offs Khan used, but the full-fledged shoves were crazy. And there enough of them to warrant a point deduction, in my opinion.

  • rufus.t.firefly

    @dennis wise I don’t know if it is the same UK channel, but I watched the Pacquiao-Marquez fight on a British channel. It was surreal, Amir Khan was the commentator and the whole fight seemed to be a build up for two guys going mental afterwards. The studio that looked like it was made of cardboard was quaking while Steve Bunce demanded a pound of flesh for all the injustices in boxing.

  • rufus.t.firefly

    @dennis wise I don’t know if it is the same UK channel, but I watched the Pacquiao-Marquez fight on a British channel. It was surreal, Amir Khan was the commentator and the whole fight seemed to be a build up for two guys going mental afterwards. The studio that looked like it was made of cardboard was quaking while Steve Bunce demanded a pound of flesh for all the injustices in boxing.

  • PhilS

    Great article Carlos. I couldn’t agree more, and saw that video yesterday. Khan using the push is nothing new. He has been using the push as a defensive and offensive mechanism for years. I recall seeing it as he was coming up in the UK pushing guys clear across the ring. As has been mentioned on here in the past, Khan cannot fight inside, and when someone gets in close, he pushes him off. He also pushes at the end of a combo to prevent counters.

    Tim in Iowa can attest, in the second round I noted that Khan was getting away with major pushing again and creating an unfair advantage. He got plenty of warning, and after all, these are professionals–how many warnings do you need, and as you pointed out, it didn’t even stop Khan—and the video points out that even after the SECOND point deduction, he still did it. He simply knows no other way, imo.

    One more point to rail against GBP and the conspiracy theorists–i know a couple of professional boxing referees, and they always laugh at conspiracy theories. They mention that they want to do the best job possible so that they can get more assignments. That makes more sense than protecting a hometown fighter.

  • PhilS

    Great article Carlos. I couldn’t agree more, and saw that video yesterday. Khan using the push is nothing new. He has been using the push as a defensive and offensive mechanism for years. I recall seeing it as he was coming up in the UK pushing guys clear across the ring. As has been mentioned on here in the past, Khan cannot fight inside, and when someone gets in close, he pushes him off. He also pushes at the end of a combo to prevent counters.

    Tim in Iowa can attest, in the second round I noted that Khan was getting away with major pushing again and creating an unfair advantage. He got plenty of warning, and after all, these are professionals–how many warnings do you need, and as you pointed out, it didn’t even stop Khan—and the video points out that even after the SECOND point deduction, he still did it. He simply knows no other way, imo.

    One more point to rail against GBP and the conspiracy theorists–i know a couple of professional boxing referees, and they always laugh at conspiracy theories. They mention that they want to do the best job possible so that they can get more assignments. That makes more sense than protecting a hometown fighter.

  • thenonpareil

    @PhilS

    Hi Phils,

    Thanks. A strategic push here and there is no big deal to me. Back before gloves were thumbless pillows, fighters used their hands in all sorts of interesting ways, from Pep walking opponents around by the elbow to Frtizie Zivic’s–more extreme–choking his foes. Many of Khan’s pushes were no big deal, but the lunging shoves were over the edge. Add them to the headlocks, cliches, and hugs and you get a dirty fighter, basically. I’m surprised so many people are interested in defending an, for lack of a better term, unmanly style like that.

    Yes, the big issue here, to me, is that Khan refused to comply with the referee. It’s as simple as that. The comparison to NBA ticky-tack fouls is facile. A double-dribble or a hand check will either be called or it will not. And if it is, you get the foul called on you. And the basketball player will make sure not to do it again once he realizes he has an official who will call fouls. In boxing, there are warnings and warnings and then comes the point deduction, which is what happened here. Khan failed to adjust and paid for it.

    I, too, was watching the fight and saying out loud to the TV: “Stop holding!” and “Stop shoving!” I was glad when Cooper called the first point and it’s strange to see that some folks thinks it’s hunky-dory to hold, grapple, push, and shove. I guess that’s what boxing has come to these days.

    Don’t get me started on Golden Boy. What a bunch of fools they are, with a transvestite president, for crying out loud!

  • FunkyBadger

    @thenonpareil The line on Calzaghe seems to be: he was protected, he never fought no-one, only went to America when his opponents were old and rubbish etc. it hurts. Never mind he finished Lacy’s career – who was favourite when they fought, I believe – or would waltz though the Super Six without so much as breaking sweat… he left his wife a while ago though, is this who you’re thinking of? http://www.virginmedia.com/tvradio/realitytv/reality-tv-romances-and-rumours.php

  • thenonpareil

    @PhilS

    Hi Phils,

    Thanks. A strategic push here and there is no big deal to me. Back before gloves were thumbless pillows, fighters used their hands in all sorts of interesting ways, from Pep walking opponents around by the elbow to Frtizie Zivic’s–more extreme–choking his foes. Many of Khan’s pushes were no big deal, but the lunging shoves were over the edge. Add them to the headlocks, cliches, and hugs and you get a dirty fighter, basically. I’m surprised so many people are interested in defending an, for lack of a better term, unmanly style like that.

    Yes, the big issue here, to me, is that Khan refused to comply with the referee. It’s as simple as that. The comparison to NBA ticky-tack fouls is facile. A double-dribble or a hand check will either be called or it will not. And if it is, you get the foul called on you. And the basketball player will make sure not to do it again once he realizes he has an official who will call fouls. In boxing, there are warnings and warnings and then comes the point deduction, which is what happened here. Khan failed to adjust and paid for it.

    I, too, was watching the fight and saying out loud to the TV: “Stop holding!” and “Stop shoving!” I was glad when Cooper called the first point and it’s strange to see that some folks thinks it’s hunky-dory to hold, grapple, push, and shove. I guess that’s what boxing has come to these days.

    Don’t get me started on Golden Boy. What a bunch of fools they are, with a transvestite president, for crying out loud!

  • FunkyBadger

    @thenonpareil The line on Calzaghe seems to be: he was protected, he never fought no-one, only went to America when his opponents were old and rubbish etc. it hurts. Never mind he finished Lacy’s career – who was favourite when they fought, I believe – or would waltz though the Super Six without so much as breaking sweat… he left his wife a while ago though, is this who you’re thinking of? http://www.virginmedia.com/tvradio/realitytv/reality-tv-romances-and-rumours.php

  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger

    Hi Funky Badger,

    The only black marks on Calzaghe’s career that I can think of at the moment are the Robin Reid fight, the Chris Eubank farce, and the fact that some of his bouts were dull because of his brittle hands. And he’s no different than any other moneymaking fighter as far as competition goes. Some of his opponents were middling at best, but Hopkins, Brewer, Kessler, Lacy, Mitchell, Reid, Bika, and Woodhall is a pretty good group, in my opinion, and he showed a real prizefighter’s attitude in the ring–coming back from knockdowns, shifting gears, winning while injured, and scoring an upset. Whatever his weaknesses in the ring were, they’re irrelevant since no one could take advantage of them. Now that I have a Hall of Fame vote, I’ll be happy to put a check by his name when the time comes.

    That is not the lady I remember, by the way, although she’s pretty hot, too. This was about 10 years ago, I recall, a raven-haired beauty! All I could say to myself was, “That lucky S.O.B.!”

  • thenonpareil

    @FunkyBadger

    Hi Funky Badger,

    The only black marks on Calzaghe’s career that I can think of at the moment are the Robin Reid fight, the Chris Eubank farce, and the fact that some of his bouts were dull because of his brittle hands. And he’s no different than any other moneymaking fighter as far as competition goes. Some of his opponents were middling at best, but Hopkins, Brewer, Kessler, Lacy, Mitchell, Reid, Bika, and Woodhall is a pretty good group, in my opinion, and he showed a real prizefighter’s attitude in the ring–coming back from knockdowns, shifting gears, winning while injured, and scoring an upset. Whatever his weaknesses in the ring were, they’re irrelevant since no one could take advantage of them. Now that I have a Hall of Fame vote, I’ll be happy to put a check by his name when the time comes.

    That is not the lady I remember, by the way, although she’s pretty hot, too. This was about 10 years ago, I recall, a raven-haired beauty! All I could say to myself was, “That lucky S.O.B.!”