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randallkees – BallHyped Blog Network http://ballhyped.com Hyping up the best sports blogs and bloggers. Get posting. Get voting. Get Hyped! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 RED ARROW: The Mysterious Death Of Sonny Liston http://ballhyped.com/2013/04/23/red-arrow-the-mysterious-death-of-sonny-liston/ Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:12:38 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/04/23/red-arrow-the-mysterious-death-of-sonny-liston/

TweetLas Vegas, Nevada, 1970. His life was a firetrap; his days were dry tinder. A small spark here or there—some ash from a cigarette, perhaps—and the whole ramshackle hovel would go up in roaring flames. You could shovel all the sand in the world on it, hose it down with the entire Atlantic Ocean—nothing was […]

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DAMAGE, INC. : Brandon Rios TKO7 Mike Alvarado http://ballhyped.com/2012/10/15/damage-inc-brandon-rios-tko7-mike-alvarado/ Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:40:08 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/10/15/damage-inc-brandon-rios-tko7-mike-alvarado/

TweetAlvarado looked like he was taking over in the fifth and early in the sixth, when he nailed Rios repeatedly with jarring blows. But Rios, Oxnard, California, finally began to exploit a leak Alvarado was incapable of shoring up: as a rule, “Mile High” keeps his left hand dangling down low by his thigh. If […]

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Lord of Illusions: Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, and Style as Strategy http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/01/lord-of-illusions-bernard-hopkins-chad-dawson-and-style-as-strategy/ Wed, 02 May 2012 01:12:21 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/01/lord-of-illusions-bernard-hopkins-chad-dawson-and-style-as-strategy/

TweetThroughout the fight, Hopkins fought not to win rounds, but to obscure and obfuscate. His histrionics during the fight—playing the victim, clowning to give the impression of control—were meant to vilify Dawson and sway judges and spectators alike. Hopkins could not win by fighting alone, so he resorted to manipulating the observer to gain an […]

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Hardchaw, Dreaming: Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin Preview http://ballhyped.com/2012/03/16/hardchaw-dreaming-sergio-martinez-matthew-macklin-preview/ Sat, 17 Mar 2012 03:09:41 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/03/16/hardchaw-dreaming-sergio-martinez-matthew-macklin-preview/

TweetQuick hands, sneaky counterpunching skills, a tricky southpaw style, and above-average punching power make Martinez 40 miles of bad Patagonian road for anyone who answers the opening bell against him. Martinez, now fighting out of Oxnard, California, but originally from Buenos Aires, likes to drop his hands and shimmy on the perimeter in order to […]

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Geezers Need Excitement: Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora Preview http://ballhyped.com/2012/02/17/geezers-need-excitement-vitali-klitschko-dereck-chisora-preview/ Sat, 18 Feb 2012 02:47:53 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/02/17/geezers-need-excitement-vitali-klitschko-dereck-chisora-preview/

TweetThis afternoon, with his Union Jack bandana wrapped around his face—most likely in homage to the highwaymen of Finchley Common of a bygone era—Chisora, 15-2 (9), decided to add a smack to the usual weigh-in shenanigans. It was a disgraceful act, albeit one that is now an accepted, indeed, desired, part of modern prizefighting, which […]

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The Third Man: Lamont Peterson W12 Amir Khan http://ballhyped.com/2011/12/11/the-third-man-lamont-peterson-w12-amir-khan/ Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:13:33 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/12/11/the-third-man-lamont-peterson-w12-amir-khan/

TweetFor 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 […]

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GORY DAYS: James Kirkland TKO6 Alfredo Angulo http://ballhyped.com/2011/11/06/gory-days-james-kirkland-tko6-alfredo-angulo/ Sun, 06 Nov 2011 07:20:31 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/11/06/gory-days-james-kirkland-tko6-alfredo-angulo/

TweetJames Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo reenacted Stone Age festivities at the Centro de Cancun in Cancun, Mexico, last night over a handful of bloodthirsty rounds. A rampaging Kirkland survived an early knockdown to annihilate Alfredo Angulo via crushing stoppage at 2:01 of the sixth round. The carnage began almost immediately as Kirkland stormed out of […]

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Into the Mystic: Jan Zaveck-Andre Berto Preview http://ballhyped.com/2011/09/02/into-the-mystic-jan-zaveck-andre-berto-preview/ Sat, 03 Sep 2011 02:38:07 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/09/02/into-the-mystic-jan-zaveck-andre-berto-preview/

TweetOn the surface, Andre Berto facing Jan Zaveck Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi seemed inevitable. Zaveck is relatively anonymous and has a trinket. Berto is looking to regain hardware and respect. Many boxing fans were giddy as they watched Berto, 27-1 with 21 knockouts, get thrashed along the […]

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With A Little Help From My Friends: Abner Mares W12 Joseph Agbeko http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/14/with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-abner-mares-w12-joseph-agbeko/ Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:02:26 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/14/with-a-little-help-from-my-friends-abner-mares-w12-joseph-agbeko/

TweetAbner Mares needed a wheelman last night to make a clean getaway in Las Vegas, and he found one in referee Russell Mora, who sped Mares to the Showtime bantamweight tournament championship by burning rubber across poor Joseph Agbeko, thereby making Mares, at least for the moment, the boxing equivalent of Willie Sutton.

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OMMYROT! Wladimir Klitschko W12 David Haye http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/02/ommyrot-wladimir-klitschko-w12-david-haye/ Sun, 03 Jul 2011 01:22:33 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/02/ommyrot-wladimir-klitschko-w12-david-haye/

TweetWhat a shame the downpour in Hamburg failed to wash David Haye out into the Elbe tonight as the obnoxious heavyweight pretender dropped a dreary decision to Wladimir Klitschko over 12 spirit-crushing rounds at the Imtech Arena. Final scores were 118-108, 117-109, and 116-110. It was an easy–if unimpressive–win for Klitschko, 242 1/2, no harder, […]

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Flash Point: On Wladimir Klitschko Versus David Haye http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/19/flash-point-on-wladimir-klitschko-versus-david-haye/ Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:18:40 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/19/flash-point-on-wladimir-klitschko-versus-david-haye/

TweetWladimir Klitschko and obnoxious David Haye meet in July in one of the biggest heavyweight bouts in years. Haye and Klitschko have developed a legitimate animosity over the last few years, and their hard talk has stirred up lots of controversy. Here is an early look at a matchup that might wind up being an […]

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Idle Hands, Raised: On the Return of Floyd Mayweather Jr. http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/13/idle-hands-raised-on-the-return-of-floyd-mayweather-jr/ Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:49:25 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/13/idle-hands-raised-on-the-return-of-floyd-mayweather-jr/

TweetForget hydromancy, horoscopes, and Sylvia Browne, the future of Floyd Mayweather Jr.—as it pertains to his career as a prizefighter, at least—can be divined at any given time with three simple letters: I-R-S. Yes, when it comes to Mayweather, the taxman is the ultimate soothsayer. For the second time in roughly two years, Mayweather has […]

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