Mayweather vs Mosley

Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived at the MGM Grand on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to face Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday.  Although Mayweather is the projected favorite, the over/under for the fight was recently set at 11.5 rounds suggesting most fans believe this bout will go the distance.  Mayweather currently holds a perfect 40-0 record with 25 knockouts while Mosley boasts a 46-5-0 record with 39 knockouts.  Clearly the match between the two is a battle of the boxing titans.

Mayweather vs Mosley Promotion

Although the battle is between two champion boxers, there is still uncertainty whether or not Mayweather will be fighting for Mosley’s WBA welterweight boxing title.  For now, it seems as though the belt will not be on the line.  However, Golden Boy Promotions continues to pursuade the WBA to put the belt on the line for Mosley, who believes owning the belt is important and the valued prize of the fight.  Mayweather suggested that he does not care about the title belt because he believes that he has already proven himself to be the best fighter, doing undefeated throughout his career, and that this fight is simply about improving his legacy and making money.

Mosley challenges the ideology that Mayweather is the best fighter by suggesting that Floyd hasn’t always faced the best opponents that he could have.  He believes that Saturday will be a true test of Mayweather’s capabilities as a boxer and that the title should be on the line for the true champion of the sport to walk away with.

We’ll take a look at updates this week and tune in Saturday to see how the story unfolds.

Mayhem Miller on Strikeforce CBS: How NOT to be classy

Fans got a two for one this past Saturday night, as a brawl broke out between the two fighters’ camps immediately following the matchup. Just moments into the post-fight interview, Jason “Mayhem” Miller walked back into the ring, approached the victor Jake Shields, and said “Where’s my rematch, buddy?” The CBS producers did a double take, unsure whether to cut to a commercial or to cover the chaos. After a mere second or two, the cameras cut back to the ring. Like Miller’s moniker implies, it was indeed mayhem. It’s really tough to continuously struggle to promote mixed martial arts as a professional sport when things like this happen. Clearly, Miller was in the wrong for what he did. With the exclusion of Cobra Kai Sensei Kreese from Karate Kid, any martial arts trainer will tell you discipline and respect for your opponent are the most important values in, or out of the ring.

UPDATE: This is how Miller behaved the day before, at the weigh in for Strikeforce:Hold my shirt for me? k thx!

Spotlight: Nick McKinless, Stuntman to the Stars

We’ve got a special treat for you guys today. During my travels of the interwebs, I ran into quite an interesting gentleman by the name of Nick McKinless. Nick runs a blog called Beyond Strong which features various weight-lifting and training tips. What impresses me most, though, is his day job.

Nick is a stuntman- the guy you are usually watching during the most exciting parts of the movie when the high-paid actors can’t risk their necks. Not only does he do stunts, he also coordinates and trains actors for the stunts that they opt to do. Let’s just name a few of the films he’s worked on, shall we?

  • Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dark Knight
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Kick Ass (which releases today!)

Nick was recently interviewed by Bare Essentials magazine, see the excerpt below.

1. How did you go about designing a training routine for the Titans?

I knew most of the guys on the stunt team and although already in shape many of them were detrained from working so much and not being able to find the time to train. We work long hours and often itʼs sleep and relaxation that takes emphasis over training, especially when you consider the physicality of our job already. This job was no different so the workouts had to be short but effective. We were often training at 6am or squeezing something in between lunch.

2. What are the key concepts to your program?

It is always about a combination of functionality, athleticism, strength and conditioning. Usually if you combine that with a good diet then you will look good too. Training to look good has never made any sense to me if you can’t perform well physically. Most of the guys ate really well and managed to get under 10% body fat. That’s a TRUE 10% which is much more difficult than people think.

3. How do you address the different disciplines (conditioning, strength, agility etc.)?

I challenged the guys with exercises I have used for many years that I knew would produce the best results. Usually a workout would have an element of strength followed by some repetition work, some speed or agility work like knee jumps or rope climbs and then we’d end with something unusual like the wheelbarrow ab wheel or carrying a heavy sack for distance or planks with someone kicking you.

4. What about equipment what is essential?

We were pretty limited but you can always make do! We had a chin and dip station, dumbbells up to 85lbs, one adjustable bench, an Olympic barbell and about 300lbs of weights plus I brought in things like strength bands, a climbing rope, the power wheel, a sack, grip equipment and a core blaster. The guys would usually hit the pads 2-3 times a week as well.

5. What did your Titans struggle with the most (most wicked workout)?

You know these guys are real athletes. Most of us have won National or World titles at some point over the years. I had various stunt doubles from Bond to Batman to Brad Pitt on the team so we weren’t short of talent! With that in mind you really have to push yourself otherwise these guys are going to just think you’re a pushover.

Anytime you put the body into oxygen debt you are going to have a tough time. However, you have to be careful not to do this too often as it will lead to overtraining and results will suffer. Once a week we would have a tough one. It might be a H.I.T style workout moving from one exercise to the other without rest and me screaming at you or it might be high sets of chins and dips followed by partner resisted band sprints.

Taken from the March/April  2010 issue of Bare Essentials Magazine

Duke Wins NCAA Title, Despite Butler’s Best Efforts

In what was one of the most enthralling NCAA Championship games in years, Duke edges past Butler by two to take the title- 61 to 59. Obviously Duke is no stranger to the big dance, but I swear, watching that game, you could see the determination on the faces of the Butler players. The most Duke led by all night was 6 points around the 5 minute mark of the first half. Butler kept battling back; grabbing rebounds and loose balls any chance they could get.

The game was played incredibly physical by both teams. With how tense the entire game was, and considering the title on the line, both teams played smart, well controlled basketball. I must add that the refs did a pretty good job officiating, doing their best to make sure the game’s pace wasn’t unduly interrupted. While there was a lot of aggressive play and it seemed as though perhaps a couple controversial calls were missed, I think ultimately the game was called accurately.  I also think it’s better off that the officials were not trigger happy, thus allowing the outcome of the game to be decided by determination, talent and stamina, as opposed to free throws and the depth of the bench [as a result of foul outs].

Only 4,200 students attend Butler, but you could tell the majority of the 70,930 fans were rooting for the underdogs in the room. In addition to Butler’s unfamiliarity with the Tournament, they also have one of the youngest coaches in NCAA men’s basketball- Brad Stevens at the age of 33. Compare that to coach Krzyzewski, who has been coaching basketball since before Stevens was even conceived. Also consider that Duke basketball has 3 championship titles- all under Krzyzewski- compared again to this year being the first time Butler’s even made it past the Elite Eight. I think it’s pretty amazing that they still fought to the bitter end despite the odds.

Now I don’t want this post to sound like I’m playing favorites, even though it’s obvious that I am. Duke definitely played well and they deserve their title. Star players like 7’1” Brian Zoubek, (who kind-of reminds me of Lurch with a beard) lead the game with 10 rebounds. Leading the game in points was Kyle Singler, shooting at 54% from the field. I had the chance to watch this team play during the regular season, and let me tell you; they pulled out all the stops for this one.

MLB: Yankees & Red Sox Open the Season

Sunday night marked the season debut for Major League Baseball.  The Yankees faced off against the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park.  The game initiating the first contest between the biggest rivalry teams  in baseball, and arguably, in sports period.  The game didn’t take long to heat up.  Only a couple innings in, Jorge Posada hit one of the shortest homeruns possible off the foul pole in right field.  The very next batter, Curtis Granderson, smacked a solo shot over the right center fielder giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.  The Red Sox would score 1 run in the bottom of the inning and the score would remain 2-1 until the 4th inning when the Yankees added 3 more.  With a 5-1 lead going into the 5th, the Red sox would begin their comeback.

Beckett had already been punched out of the game by the Yankees in the 5th inning.  Therefore, Sabathia looked to be the more prepared pitcher as manager, Joe Girardi, opted to leave him in to start the 6th.  The decision to leave him in was odd because Sabathia had given up a couple hard hits in the 5th and allowed the Red Sox a 2nd run, which easily could’ve been more.  After escaping a potential disaster in the 5th, Sabathia was up to an 85 pitch count which most managers would’ve assumed enough to call in a relief pitcher.  Instead, Sabathia came out for the 6th inning and let on a couple base runners, gave up a couple more hits and put runners in scoring position.  Still, Joe Girardi stuck with him until he had given up 3 more runs, ultimately leaving the Yankees and Red Sox tied at 5 going into the 7th.

The Yankees came back with 2 runs of their own, only to give them right back to Boston.  With the score all tied at 7, the Red Sox put 1 more run up in the 8th which ultimately sunk the Yankees, having been put on the losing end of an 8-7 thriller at Fenway.

The Yankees look to avenge their loss on Tuesday night at Fenway.  Needless to say, you can bet on an exciting game because neither team is ever counted out despite a several run deficit.  I believe that unless one of them is down by 10 runs, you can continue to call it a close game.

After 17 Years in the Making, Bernard Hopkins Comes Out on Top

Bernard Hopkins beat up on Roy Jones Jr. earning a unanimous decision victory in last nights boxing match at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  The last time the two battled was 17 years prior.  Although Hopkins avenged the loss he was dealt in the first bout nearly two decades ago, he didn’t do much celebrating after.  The fight wasn’t exactly text book, nor was it that clean.  Jones Jr. took worked some dirty hits on Hopkins and although Hopkins pressed on and won round after round, he eventually ended up collapsed to his knees in his locker room after the fight was over.  Both fighters made a trip to the hospital for precautionary purposes.

Hopkins and Jones Jr. are well into their boxing careers and are pushing the envelope with regards to age as it relates to the sport.  Each contender being over the age of 40 left them wondering if the pain endured Saturday night should be the last of it.  The physical damages caused by years of boxing takes it’s toll with long term effects.  It would be surprising to see if either Hopkins or Jones Jr. return to the ring again after what they looked like after the match.  However, Hopkins was quoted as saying, “They might think I’m crazy, but I want David Haye next, and to win the heavyweight championship of the world.”

You can read a full article about the match on ESPN.