Heavy Hands (boxing)

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch and boxing historian Kyle McLachlan talk about the 10 greatest boxers of all time, and place Floyd Mayweather in fistorical context.

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Direct download: 6_Fighters_greater_than_Mayweather.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

If there is one good thing about a lull between UFC events (and there are probably several), it is that it gives us fight analysts time to talk about other things. Exciting, fascinating things like the upcoming fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. I mean . . . what a fight. 

We spend the bulk of today's episode breaking this one down. Andre Ward makes good on his promise to establish himself as a top light heavyweight, and the veritable boxing genius seems well-suited to the task. We talk about Ward's intelligence both in and out of the ring, the calm, cerebral style that got him where he is today, and the fact that Sergey Kovalev is undeniably the most dangerous man Ward will have ever faced.

As for Kovalev, how will he cope with his most frustrating opponent to date, and can he prove that his transformation from brawler to boxer-puncher was really profound enough to beat a dyed-in-the-wool, classic American slickster? 

To cap off the episode, we spend a segment answering a question from one of our patrons. Namely, what one trait would we add to make various top five mixed martial artists into championship material? It's a good one, and we hope you enjoy it.

Direct download: 129_ward_kovalev.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 12:23am EDT

If you're looking for action, then look no further. This weekend may be devoid of UFC fights, but that's only to make room for the most tantalizing lineup of the entire boxing year. HBO's October 17th pay-per-view card features fan-favorite Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux, while the co-feature sees flyweight king (and #1 pound-for-pound) Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez taking on Brian Viloria. 

Altogether, these four fighters boast a 79% knockout rate. If we remove the hard-hitting but somewhat conservative Brian Viloria from the equation, that number rises to 88%. In other words, knockouts and knockdowns seem very, very likely. 

For Golovkin, Lemieux represents the first real puncher he's faced since breaking through as a middleweight star. Lemieux may, in fact, be the single most powerful puncher at middleweight, though he lacks the depth of skill that Golovkin possesses. Still, at just 26 years old, Lemieux is improving with every fight, and it will be interesting to see Golovkin against a man who may actually be able to force him backward.

As for Gonzalez, he's really just passing time while waiting for either a rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada, whose incredible boxing skills I broke down here, or a fight with breakout super flyweight champ Naoya Inoue. Gonzalez is a must see fighter, heavy handed with excellent defense and superb combination punching, and though he'll almost certainly beat Viloria, the Hawaiian veteran has enough craft and pop to make the contest interesting.

We break down both of these fights in-depth, discussing not only the meaning of each bout for the fighters involved, but the strategies and techniques we expect to see in both. 

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Category:Boxing -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Needless to say, Patrick Wyman and I have watched an awful lot of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao footage lately. As we come ever closer to Mayweather vs Pacquiao itself, we decided to look at the fight from a strategic perspective. Each of us compiled, in order, what we thought to be the three most important keys to victory for both Manny and Floyd. On today's episode of Heavy Hands, we compare notes.

It's too easy to forget what an incredibly compelling style clash this fight represents, but the fact that Pat and I came up with nearly a dozen "key points" between us is a nice reminder. Tune in to hear for yourself, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: 49_mayweather-pacquiao.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

Connor and Pat have some truly exciting fights to discuss this week.

First up on the docket is Pacquiao vs Algieri--Algieri is a bit unheralded, but he is one of the more interesting stylistic matchups Pacquiao has seen in some time. A long-limbed boxer, Algieri's greatest limitation against Pacquiao would seem to be his inexperience and proneness to inactivity.

On the MMA side of combat sports, yet another UFC Fight Night offers a surprisingly tantalizing night of martial action, as top featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson duke it out for some sort of number one contendership--no one really knows with Conor McGregor in the mix these days.

All of that and more are broken down in exhaustive, technical detail on this episode of Heavy Hands!

Direct download: 27_-_pacquiao_and_edgar_swanson.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Part one of Heavy Hands this week brings back boxing trainer Luis Monda to discuss the results of Timothy Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez, and how Tim Bradley is becoming, like Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather, a master spoiler.

Luis also explains the differences between pure boxing and boxing for MMA, and the similarities.

Finally, a discussion of the "hard right hand" that Luis teaches, as requeste by listeners, including a harrowing tale of Connor hurting his shoulders because he's scared of the punching bag.

Direct download: 5.1-Luis_Monda.mp3
Category:Boxing -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

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