Ahead of his WBO light-heavyweight title defense against Ismayl Sillakh this Saturday (November 30), HBO Sports takes a short look at feared puncher Sergey Kovalev and his recent one-sided victory over Nathan Cleverly. The man nicknamed “Krusher” will be a part of a double-header featuring Adonis Stevenson vs. Tony Bellew, airing at 10:15 p.m.
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Tags: 175, Adonis Stevenson, Boxing, HBO, Ismayl Sillakh, light-heavyweight, Montreal, Quebec City, Sergey Kovalev, Tony Bellew
The light-heavyweight division will once again take center stage on HBO with the confirmation of a November 30 championship double-header featuring Adonis Stevenson vs. Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev vs. Ismayl Sillakh.
Stevenson has had a breakout 2013, having picked up the WBC light-heavyweight crown in a one-round blowout of Chad Dawson in June, and dominating Tavoris Cloud to a seventh round corner stoppage last month. The November 30 date will mark his third HBO appearance in five months. Bellew, who earned his shot with back to back wins over Isaac Chilemba in March and May, will be making his first U.S. and HBO appearance.
Sergey Kovalev is making the first defense of the WBO light-heavyweight strap that he lifted via a fourth TKO of previously undefeated Nathan Cleverly in August. Considered by many the most feared puncher in the division, Kovalev will be facing a fighter in Ismayl Sillakh who was held in similar regard until an upset TKO loss to Denis Grachev lst year. Since that defeat, Sillakh was won four straight with three coming via stoppages in six rounds or less.
The card will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City and airing in the U.S. as a HBO “Boxing After Dark” card at 10:15 p.m.
HBO is not playing about their “Epic Fall Boxing Schedule” tagline. Obviously, the goal is a unification matchup between Stevenson and Kovalev. What’s intriguing is that the two champs aren’t being given easy “setup” fights so they can look good heading into 2014. Bellew and Sillakh are tough challengers to the point upsets are not out of the question. Bellew proved his toughness and ability to adjust in the Chilemba bouts, and Sillakh has the technical boxing skill, not to the mention the range and power, to give Kovalev looks he hasn’t seen before.
Kudos to HBO for making this happen and really investing in the 175 pound division. Their work over the last few months has made Hopkins’ IBF title defense against Karo Murat seem like an afterthought.
Tags: 175, Adonis Stevenson, Andre Ward, Boxing After Dark, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, first round knockout, full fight, Gary Shaw, HBO, highlights, Jean Pascal, knockout, KO, light heavyweight title, light-heavyweight, Montreal, sports
On this very website, Chad Dawson dismissed concerns that he was facing a dangerous puncher in Adonis Stevenson with his first fight since a suffering a knockout loss. He claimed his confidence was at an all-time high, and that he would deliver a memorable performance.
He lived up to his boost, but not in the way he originally planned, as Dawson was on the wrong side of a shocking first round knockout to lose his lineal and WBC light-heavyweight title in Montreal.
Dawson promised to come out aggressive and he did just that in the short time the fight lasted. Stevenson landed a solid left as his first scoring blow and Dawson appeared to take it well.
Stevenson came in with a southpaw right jab followed by a pinpoint straight left that dropped Dawson to his back. The champion remained inert for several seconds with just his head elevated before slowly rising on unbalanced legs. Although Dawson did put his hands up halfway during the count, he failed to answer referee Michael Griffin’s instructions, resulting in the contest being waved off.
Stevenson’s victory is his eighth consecutive knockout and first world title win.
Looks like it might be time to say an RIP to Chad Dawson’s career as an elite fighter. That interview I did with him yesterday, complete with his quotes about putting on a great show for the fans, now reads like an article from The Onion. Turns out that Dawson’s biggest contribution to the fans tonight was getting himself KO’d in time enough for fans to watch the end of Anuglo-Lara and all of Maidana-Lopez on Showtime.
In all seriousness, Dawson looks to be done. It’s not a physical thing — he was in great shape and for the brief minute we saw him, looked to be moving well. It has always been a mental thing with Dawson and I don’t see how he’ll be able to put this behind him. In his whole words, this was the best camp he’s had and he went into this fight supreme confidence. And at his best, Dawson will have to rationalize how that wasn’t even good enough to survive a full round against a guy who previously never faced a Top 5 fighter in the division.
We’ve seen the best of Chad Dawson and it’ll be all downhill from here. We can probably bet on another trainer change, as well. If he fights on, a match against Tavoris Cloud makes sense from a marketability standpoint, but I think Dawson has had his fill of hard punchers for the time being. I honestly don’t know where he goes from here.
As for Stevenson, he has a bunch of options. Bernard Hopkins, Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute are among the names he can get. And he’s vulnerable enough where all those guys would probably jump at the chance to face him.
The light-heavyweight division just got a little more exciting.
Tags: Adonis Stevenson, Boxing, Chad Dawson, comeback, HBO, HBO Boxing After Dark, Interview, Montreal, preview, video, Yuriorkis Gamboa
You are only as good as your last fight. The titles, Pound 4 Pound accolades and even your resume will be slandered after one bad performance. Look no further than Chad Dawson, who despite being the linear champion at light-heavyweight, has been all but forgotten after being taken to the woodshed by super-middleweight kingpin Andre Ward last September.
Sure, there was a valid excuse for the performance. Dawson had to boil down to a weight limit he hadn’t been at in years, and the warnings signs were evident when rumors came out of his training camp that he was knocked out in sparring and noticeably weaker. But this is the cold world of boxing, where the results in the ring trump any of the circumstances behind it, and Chad Dawson finds not only his 175 WBC title at stake, but his marketability as an elite fighter on the line when he faces limited by dangerous slugger Adonis Stevenson in Montreal Saturday night (June 8) on HBO. A few years ago following Dawon’s disappointing first career loss to Jean Pascal, Bernard Hopkins told this writer that Dawson’s career was a “failed stock” that HBO brought into. Since then, Dawson has gone on to hand Hopkins one of the few uncontroversial losses of his career. This weekend, we find out if Dawson can truly resurrect his name after the biggest setback of his career.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: You’ve become infamous for running through trainers. In fact, you’ve changed trainers 10 times in 11 years. With that said, a few have been trainers you’ve gone back to more than once like Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. What renewed your faith in him?
Dawson: If you really think about it, Eddie is the one who got me to my highest [career] point. When I was up, Eddie was there. And even when I lost to Pascal, Eddie still called and was there for me. He’s a great man and great trainer and the one I’m the most comfortable with.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Hindsight is 20/20, but what was your mindset in taking that Andre Ward fight?
Dawson: I was a tremendous mistake on my part. I took the fight – no one else is to blame on my team. I’m the boss and they followed my lead. The weight took a toll on me. I can’t blame anyone but myself.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Quiet as it’s kept, you’re always taking tough fights. Why another dangerous fight after coming off a KO loss?
Dawson: I’ve got to give the fans something. I can to show the world that I’m still one of the best Pound 4 Pound fighters in the world. I took the fight because he’s a big puncher. I checked him out and watched his tapes. The most that people say about him is he’s a big puncher.
I’ve been in the ring with big punchers, but I’ve survived. That being said, he’s never faced anyone liked me. I know I can deal with a fighter like him. We’ll see if he can handle me.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: What else can be done at 175 if you get by Stevenson? You’ve already beat Hopkins…
Dawson: I’m interested in a Ward rematch, but he’ll have to come to me this time. I’m not interested in catchweights. I did what was asked of me last time. But I doubt he’s interested in doing the same thing at 175. That will be the reason the fight won’t happen.
Far as a Bernard Hopkins [trilogy], Bernard doesn’t want anymore parts of me. I think the people can see that. That won’t happen again. But I do want any potential big fights. Carl Froch is one of those guys who might move up to light-heavyweight. Whatever would interest the fans is what I want.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: I know he’s tied up for the rest of the year, but have you given up on getting revenge on Jean Pascal?
I’m always definitely interested in that fight. I know he’s wrapped up with Bute. After I dust Stevenson off, I’m sure he won’t want any parts of me either. On the 8th, they’ll see something from Chad Dawson they’ve never seen before. We’ll try to make the Pascal fight for early 2014, but he has to get by Bute and that’s a tough fight for him.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: Why should we believe you about a “new Chad Dawson?” We’ve heard this before.
Simple, I have no doubts in my mind. It’s different when you go into a fight with doubts. Did I do enough? Did I not do enough? I know I did enough in training this time. When I fought Antonio Tarver the first time, I let my hands go. I was in such great shape that everything flowed and came that night. I’m in the same situation with this camp. I worked very hard. My weight is perfect and I’m leaving the gym at 110%.
The great camp showed me how much of a mistake I made going down to 168 pounds for the Andre Ward fight. Believe it or not, it’s been a big confidence booster to be back. I’m looking forward to showing everyone I’m still one of the best.
It’s funny because I always joked about moving up to heavyweight one day. Honestly, I’m 30 years old and this is the division where I’ll probably end my career. I can’t see myself fighting at cruiserweight. I have make light-heavyweight easy and it’s my natural weight.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem: If you’re staying at 175, the division looks to be going international with UK guys like Nathan Cleverly, George Groves and James DeGeale trying to build their names. Could you be enticed to take a risk and go overseas?
I definitely think they have to come over to the States and make a name for themselves. I’m through with going to people’s backyards. My years of doing that are over. If they want a title shot, they have to come to me.
Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson airs live on HBO “Boxing After Dark” on June 8 at 10 p.m. ET. On the undercard, Yuriorkis Gamboa returns to the ring to face Darleys Perez.
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MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada — Friday Night Fights featured bouts last week featuring Jose Luis Castillo and Cory Spinks. The senior circuit continued last night at the Bell Centre with Nate Campbell facing undefeated welterweight prospect Kevin Bizier. Unlike the bouts last week, there was a bit of intrigue in this main even and on the undercard. Onto the notes…
NATE CAMPBELL THE BOXING JUNKIE: Before the main event, ESPN showed a pre-taped Campbell interview where he described his reason for still fighting as a junkie looking for his next fix. In this case, the “fix” is being world champion again, a feat he achieved back in 2008 by defeating Juan Diaz to become the unified lightweight champion.
But at 40 years old, his body has other plans. Campbell showed flashes of the old-school brilliance he’s known for: rolling with punches, effectively countering, and nullifying much of Bizier’s inside offense simply with upper body movement. It’s the stuff that guys like Archie Moore and James Toney perfected, unlike the faux pas shoulder rolls you see a lot of younger fighters trying today and nearly getting their heads taken off. Unfortunately for Campbell, his reflexes have dulled enough where he was getting hit flush repeatedly and a step-behind with his attempts to fire back. On the ropes, Campbell would look masterful slipping 3-4 power shots only to get creamed with a jarring left hook or right cross.
Ironically enough, I thought Campbell did enough to take the eighth round by lulling Bizier inside and ripping the body. But all that leaning and contorting was too much for Campbell, whose back went out and forced him to retire on his stool before the ninth.
As expected, Campbell said he wasn’t hurt and blamed the back issues on having to grapple with a fighter he claimed was around 160 in the ring. He vowed to continue his career as 140 despite turning 41 next month.
Campbell was right about one thing — his decision to keep boxing is akin to a junkie. And like a feind, it’s an extreme detriment to his health that he remains blind to. When your back can fall apart that badly, the last thing you need to be doing is fighting. The Galaxxy Warrior was the first fighter I ever interviewed back in 2008 and I vividly recall him stating he’d love to get into commentary once his career wraps up. That time is calling.
BIZIER UNIMPRESSIVE: Bizier got the W but isn’t someone most will go out of their way to see again. He was completely lost at times trying to break Campbell’s defense. That’s not to say he should have knocked out Nate; even way bigger guys like Victor Ortiz resorted to movement to dominate the Galaxxy Warrior. But Bizier couldn’t even recognize where he was having his best success. At mid-range, there wasn’t much Campbell could do with him except eat punches and with a shorter reach have to lunge on his counter attempts. Instead of Bizier making his fight much easier, he spent the majority of the fight trying to maul and got touched him pretty good in a few rounds.
ASSELSTINE GETS A MONTREAL SCREWJOB?: Vince McMahon, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were nowhere in sight, but the look on Tyler Asselstine’s face after the decision was rendered looked like he felt he was at WWE predetermined event. After appearing dead in the water during the middle rounds from Baha Laham’s pressure, Asselstine began using his height and frame to lean on and bully Laham inside. This wore out Laham in the later rounds while Asselstine picked up his punch output. Laham, who landed some very hard body shots that had Asselstine visibly laboring as early as the fourth round, couldn’t find that same rhythm down the stretch with Asselstine’s mauling.
The scores were close with Laham taking a majority decision by scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 96-95. With how he finished, the scores indicate that the judges were giving a good number of the early rounds to Laham, favoring his harder shots and pressure to Asselstine’s higher activity. Laham being a Montreal native couldn’t have hurt either.
Personally, I had Asselstine by a few rounds and was surprised by the decision.
Let’s hear your thoughts. Is Nate Campbell done? Was Asselstine screwed?
Tags: Boxing, cancellation, cancelled, FNF, Friday Night Fights, injury, Joel Diaz Jr, Montreal, pull out, Tyler Asselstyne
Joel Diaz Jr.’s 2013 debut will be a delayed a few more months, as a wrist injury has forced a pull out of tomorrow’s Friday Night Fights co-feature against Tyler Asselstyne.
Diaz suffered the injury in training and while not going into detail, says he attempted to work through the injury to prevent adding his fight to a succession of fight pullouts that have plagued the first two months of the year.
It just happened, I couldn’t prevent it and it was just one of those things. I can tell you that if this injury wasn’t so severe I would’ve tried to work through it, but after speaking with my team I’ve realized that it is always best to play it safe when it comes to things like this. I’ll be back, this is a minor setback in the major push I’m looking to make in 2013.
Diaz sports an undefeated record of 11-0 with 10 KOs. His last bout was a second round TKO of Guillermo Sanchez in August.
The card, which will take place from the Bell Centre in Montreal, will move forward with its scheduled welterweight main event of Kevin Bizier versus Nate Campbell.
Tags: Aleksy Kuziemski, Bell Centre, Boxing, comeback, Jean Pascal, light-heavyweight, Montreal, prediction, preview, sports, weigh-in
Pascal: 181.4 lbs.
Kuziemski: 177.2 lbs.
Prediction: This fight is being billed as a light-heavyweight match despite both guys being well over the 175 pound limit. This is Pascal’s first fight in 19 months (1) and off an hand injury so it’s expected that he’d take a light touch. Kuziemski’ record (23-4, 7 KOs) holds only one notable name in Nathan Cleverly, who only needed four rounds to knock him out last year. Cleverly isn’t exactly a big puncher and three of Kuziemski’s four losses have come via KO. Kuzimeski likes to mix it up inside and that’s where Pascal’s power will close the show via a TKO by the 3rd round.
This card airs tonight on Wealth TV tonight at 7 p.m. live from the Bell Centre and feature David Lemieux on the undercard.
Tags: Boxing, highlights, Jean Pascal, Montreal, preview, Showtime, Tavoris Cloud
Tags: Bernard Hopkins, George Foreman, HBO, Jean Pascal, Montreal, results
Montreal, Canada — Before over 17,000 fans at the Bell Centre, Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) delivered perhaps the most impressive performance of his career in decisioning Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) to win the WBC light-heavyweight title.
Unlike the first fight or previous encounters with younger, more athletic fighters (Taylor, Calzaghe), Bernard Hopkins brought the fight early to Jean Pascal. Whenever the Canadian champion rushed in with power punches, Hopkins attempted to punch with him instead of his trademark mauling. In the first two rounds, Pascal was able to steal the rounds with late flurries to the body. However, Hopkins snapped Pascal’s growing momentum by dazing him with an overhand right in the third. Pascal remained on the unsteady legs and held to make it out of the round.
Pascal responded big in the fourth by badly stunning Hopkins with a sweeping right hook. It was the worst Hopkins had been hurt since the knockdowns he suffered to Segundo Mercado back in 1994. Showing his veteran instincts, Hopkins tied up and received a bit of luck in having the blow land towards the end of the round. Hopkins bounced back in the fifth by making it a boxing contest, but still flirted with the danger of Pascal’s left hook.
As in the first fight, the middle rounds marked a distinct resurgence for Hopkins. The future Hall of Famer made it a boxing contest and easily picked off Pascal with left jabs and right crosses. His growing confidence was evident before the seventh when Hopkins mocked Pascal by doing pushups. The entertaining theatrics caused Pascal’s hometown fans to loudly chant “B-Hop! B-Hop!”
Jean Pascal was a desperate and tired fighter in the championship rounds. His wild swings, and Hopkins counters, caused him to slip twice for questionable, uncalled knockdowns. The 10th and 11th rounds saw Hopkins timing right hands and keeping Pascal’s occasional rushes ineffective. A late round rally in the latter was not enough to win the round nor deter Hopkins from welcoming exchanges.
Pascal did have one final chance to snatch away Hopkins’ victory in the 12th. The Canadian hurt and wobbled the Executioner with a sneaky right. Again going to his veteran playbook, Hopkins utilized Muhammad Ali’s old tactic of mocking his opponents into believing he was not seriously hurt. The move achieved its intended result of causing Pascal to momentarily stop his dogged pursuit. Hopkins back-pedaled over the final minute and lost the round, but had done enough to secure the victory many believed he deserved in the first encounter.
While the majority of ringside media has the bout a draw, the judges gave the Executioner the historic win by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-114. With most of his peers mere shells of their former selves or retired, a reinvigorated Bernard Hopkins told HBO’s Max Kellerman that he plans on not just facing Chad Dawson next, but giving fans exciting fights until he reaches the age of 50.
“I’m gonna finish strong… Before I leave this game you’re going to see the best fights of Bernard Hopkins’ career,” he vowed. “I’m vouching and promising that every fight until I retire will be breathtaking and heart beating… I want to go out a winner; not punch-drunk, not beat up and not broke.”
The win makes Bernard Hopkins the oldest athlete in sports history to win a major championship, breaking the record established by 45-year-old George Foreman’s heavyweight title win over Michael Moorer in 1994.
On the undercard, Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) made a successful return under new trainer Emanuel Steward, defeating Adrian Diaconu (27-3, 15 KOs) by a wide unanimous decision. The mostly uneventful bout was controlled by Dawson on the outside and mid-range. Scores read 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110.
Tags: Bernard Hopkins, HBO, Jean Pascal, Montreal, rematch
Tonight, 46 year old Bernard Hopkins is vying to become the oldest man ever to win a title in sports history when he faces Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight belt. Many people feel the Executioner should already have that distinction. Last December, he battled back from two early knockdowns to dominate Pascal over the bout’s second half. The surge ended up being only good enough to earn a majority draw. Both men come into this rematch with wrongs to rectify. Pascal seeks to erase the embarrassment of being outclassed in front of his hometown fans. For Hopkins, it’s to wash away the bittersweet taste of a moral victory and secure a record that’ll be near impossible to break. Mere hours away, both combatants still had much to say about their anticipated rematch.
On the Difficulty of Hopkins’ Fighting Style
It’s difficult because he likes to do boring fights. He always thinking about his defense. Me? I’m a boxer who likes to roll the dice in the ring. I like to take chances and give the best show. He’s a boring fighter. I’m a true warrior. I’m a fighter and a soldier. I want to be remembered as a clean fighter.
Evaluating the First Fight
I was telling myself to stay with the game plan and don’t get overexcited [after scoring the knockdowns]. Later, I was telling myself that I’m a champion and I have to show Hopkins that I’m the boss in the ring. That’s my ring, crowd and home. But that wasn’t my best performance. That’s why after the fight I was disappointed. I really thought I won a close, close fight, but I knew I didn’t give my best performance.
We only made minor adjustments because last camp we tried new things. Those new things did well, that’s why we came back with the old recipe that’s worked for my last 4-5 fights.
A lot of things happened in that fight and most people didn’t see it. To go into the ring is to go to war. You never know if you’re going to get injured or what’s going to happen. You can say you play football or another sport, but you can’t say you play boxing. It’s not a game. You always put your life on the line.
On Ending Hopkins’ Career with a Clear Defeat
I’m going to send him to the Hall of Fame because he does deserve to be there. To beat up Bernard Hopkins will increase my credibility on the boxing scene. Not just as a champion but as a big star.
On Pascal’s Mental State
This guy is scared. But we all know a scared person is a desperate and dangerous individual. He didn’t want to fight this fight again. He wanted Chad Dawson. He was forced by the WBC and the commission of Canada where he lives. This guy is young but after awhile you can’t give him that excuse anymore. That was totally showing fear.
Fighting Again in Pascal’s Hometown of Montreal
I told Richard [Schaefer] I know Staples Center is on reserve, but I wanted to go back to Montreal. He called the lawyers and said it’d be another $300,000 if we did it at the Staples Center. I said well, I’ll make that $300,000 somewhere else. I’m going to Montreal. He made it happen. The commission in Canada wanted it so bad because they don’t get a lot of big matches. The referee and judges cannot be just from Canada like last time. The last referee reffed three previous fights of Pascal. I didn’t know that. One of judges this time will be from Canada, one from the US, and one from someplace else.
Pascal’s Boxing Ability
He has the power and strength but he has no intelligence. The muscles can only get you so far. It’s just like having money and no education. We see a lot of stories like that. He don’t get the chance to have me sit, get older, and him to adjust. By the rematch happening early, he’s forced to learn quickly and take the test again.
How He’ll Beat Pascal
I might go down one or two times again. But be assured I will win this fight and it will be one of the most exciting fights of the year. I have no pressure on me. I’m a veteran. The last fight was out of the character; that was the old Bernard Hopkins. Pressure beats him. He has to rest when he’s not punching. He has a mental problem. He got four or five rounds in him then he’s over. He tries to con the middle rounds. He’ll have to start fast and fight for 36 minute and I don’t think he can do it.
When He Will Retire
When I can’t do it anymore I won’t force it. There’s always a reason keep going forward. There’s always something to do out there. I’ll find something. When I’m not motivated to get up anymore I’ll know. The preparation is harder than going in the ring. I’m still getting up and running miles every day even with millions in the bank.
Naazim Richardson (Hopkins Trainer)
Will It Take a Bad Loss for Hopkins to Retire?
Bernard’s an historian. History and his place in it is very important to him in the sport. He realizes how unique this situation is and it fuels him. He refuses to be embarrassed. Respect is a big part of his grind. I think he’ll choose the right time to walk away from the sport. I have to be extremely honest with you. When he got knocked down twice in the last fight, all I said to the guys in the corner was he made this fight more spectacular when he comes back and knocks this guy out. I had no doubt. We had a young man’s camp and knew he would be alright. The kid we had in the gym I felt was more of a beast than Pascal was.
Hopkins’ Chances of Winning a Decision in Canada
I wasn’t big on going to Canada. I’m confident now that Bernard is on equal or better terms with the Canadian fans. They have a problem with Pascal now. The crowd wasn’t pleased. Dawson was catching up with him in their fight. They gave him another chance with the Hopkins fight. The jury is still out on him. I think they’re going with [Lucian] Bute. Right now if you took a poll Bernard might rate higher than Pascal in Canada.
Can Pascal Improve Significantly from the Last Fight?
Where Pascal has to go to beat Bernard, we’re not sure if he’s mentally capable of going. He’s never shown that type of tenacity. He’s an athlete, but he’s never shown that type of gorilla in him. He really has to bring ass to get ass and he’s never been that type of guy.
Pascal’s Trash Talk
Nobody’s really feeling that anymore, “You’re gonna have to carry me out. We’re gonna go to war….” Then they get in the ring and complain about their ingrown toenail! We gotta stop disrespecting our soldiers who are out on the front lines protecting our country by using that analogy. These guys aren’t really built like that in this world today.
“Athletes vs. Fighters”
Bernard Hopkins is the last of the Mohicans, the last of guys who were just fighters like Ricardo Lopez and Julio Cesar Chavez. Not athletes, but fighters. Every guy today is a basketball player, a wrestler and just happens to box. [Andre] Berto was a wrestler, Roy [Jones Jr.] played basketball games then boxed later that night, [and] Jermain Taylor looked more like T.O. than a fighter. Bernard is the last cut of the cloth of the sho’ nuff fighters.