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Boxing Tutorial

Boxing is one of my great loves. Philosophy, music, the development of human evolution, and political history also come to mind as interests. Regardless, for anyone who’s listening I’m going to be publishing a series on boxing and what to look for as a fan who wants to understand what’s really going on in a […]

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Question from the Editor: The Aftermath of my Unbelievable Rightness

Sarah watched the fight I’m happy to say, and she sent me a thought this morning that sums up what many, many people were thinking. ————————————— From: editor@daytoncitypaper.co Subject: Re: Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 08:49:43 -0400 To: benivarius@hotmail.comHey Ben, I ended up at a friend’s house watching the fight. I’m not too knowledgeable, but […]

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“Pacquiao. Is Going. To Get. A Good. Ass. Whoopin’.” Part 5

“Pacquiao.  Is going.  To get.  A good.  Ass.  Whoopin’.”   -Roger Mayweather, the world’s most accidentally hilarious trainer in the history of the sport.   (Sorry if anyone wanted part 5 before the fight and couldn’t read it. Apparently if was online but it didn’t appear with the others as I didn’t click some tag […]

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“Pacquiao. Is going. To get. A good. Ass. Whoopin’” part 4

-Roger Mayweather, the world’s most accidentally hilarious   trainer in the history of the sport.     Pt. 4 of 5: Conversion and Concussion   Never in the history of any sport has any athlete made more money for more people by getting his ass kicked than Oscar De La Hoya. Even the great Sugar Ray […]

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“Pacquiao. Is going. To get. A good. Ass. Whoopin’” part 3

-Roger Mayweather, the world’s most accidentally hilarious   trainer in the history of the sport.     Pt. 3of 5: Spectacle and Speculation – 2008 – 2011     Under the supervision of Alex Ariza, Pacquiao was able to not only put on the additional muscle and size needed to compete in the three or four […]

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“Pacquiao. Is going. To get. A good. Ass. Whoopin’” part 2

-Roger Mayweather, the world’s most accidentally hilarious   trainer in the history of the sport.     Pt. 2 of 5: Ascension and Aspiration – Mayweather vs. De La Hoya   After the second Marquez fight, Pacquiao had virtually exhausted the Super Featherweight division of anything but a third fight with Marquez. On paper, this made […]

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“Pacquiao. Is going. To get. A good. Ass. Whoopin’.”

-Roger Mayweather, the world’s most accidentally hilarious   trainer in the history of the sport.   Here we are. The fight is happening next Saturday, and I believe anyone putting their money on Pacquiao is either:   Watching his old fights (we will be covering the nature of his success…) Filipino or a die hard fan. […]

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Forum Left. 4/10/12

The Long Finger of the Law By Ben Tomkins This had better be the one and only time I have to write about spreading butt cheeks in a publically distributed forum.  I do get paid for this, but there is no known way to argue that it’s not OK for the state to force me […]

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Forum Left, 3/27/12

Progress Depends on People By Ben Tomkins The lasting value of the declaration of intent by the Dayton police department and prominent members of the Dayton community will prove to be as valuable as the signers choose to make it.  That’s about all I have to say about this particular aspect of the topic.  Either […]

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Forum Left, 3/6/12

Blame, Blame, Blame, Blame … By Ben Tomkins We are wired to search for reasons behind unthinkable things, and when satisfactory reasons don’t present themselves, we are wired to manufacture reasons from the best available information. In many ways blame is nothing more than a crude tool for absolving ourselves from the difficulties of dealing […]

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A Few Excellent Examples of Frazier’s Style – and great boxers of recent years

1.  Frazier vs. Quarry II Make no mistake about it, Jerry Quarry was an excellent fighter with a great chin.  He fought Ali, Frazier, and Floyd Patterson (the first man to recapture the heavyweight title after losing it), all of them  twice, and Ken Norton on about two weeks notice.  He is generally regarded as the creme […]

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt. 3 – a legacy

All of this resulted in a record of 32-4-1.  At first glance, it doesn’t look like a particularly long or outstanding record all things said and done, but this is where specifics add to his laurels.  Fighters the ilk of Frazier generally have short careers because of the way they fight.  They win wars of attrition through force […]

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt. 2 – a fighter

I’ve watched almost all his fights, and certainly the biggies at least ten times apiece.  I have been an Ali fan (see that?  Five seconds into boxing and you can’t mention one without the other)  for many years, and in the last few years or so I’ve spent my time getting to know Smokin’ Joe.  Holy sh-t.  The first thing […]

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Favorite Frazier KO

Frazier vs Ellis I:  Ellis is a world class fighter, and this was for the belt vacated by Ali.  Ellis would probably beat almost anyone today.  Watching this fight is like watching a tree get chopped down with a blunt sledgehammer.  Rarely do you see someone take such a sustained and powerful assault in the […]

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My Favorite Joe Frazier Quote

“You gonna have to punch down to hit me, and when you do?  I got summthin’ fo’ yuh.”  – To Ali, shortly before Ali/Frazier I To see the present Frazier bought for Ali, click below and look for :27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWYnTFz9PE

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt 1. – a history

Joe Frazier is a man who took it as far as he could go.  Very, very few of us will die saying we did everything we could in the thing we love. His total commitment to his sport manifested itself not only in his successes in the ring, but in the way he fought.  A […]

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