Bernard Hopkins Set to Defend Boxing Title

October 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

bernard-hopkins-0510-02WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, Bernard Hopkins, is putting the finishing showed touches on the preparation for his upcoming title defense against Chad Hopkins scheduled for the Saturday October 15th. The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

It is considered somewhat of a risky fight for the 46-year-old future Hall of Famer Hopkins. Dawson’s style isn’t conducive to what works best for “The Executioner.” Hopkins, 52-5-2 (32 KOs), likes aggressive fighters that come at him, not counterpunching lefties like Dawson, 30-1 (17 KOs), that are patient and not always willing to play along with Hopkins’ tactics.

“Chad Dawson has earned the right to challenge me for my titles, and I know he’s been looking for this fight for a long time,” Hopkins told CBS Philadelphia. Hopkins defeated Jean Pascal on May 21 to win the WBC light heavyweight world championship, in the process becoming the oldest fighter in recorded boxing history to win a major title. “You’ve got to be careful what you wish for, because believe it or not, I will be prepared once again to beat father time and show the world what I can do. Jean Pascal underestimated me and Chad Dawson better not do the same,” he added.

One big difference between Pascal and Dawson is that Pascal had little or no endurance after the middle rounds. One big plus is that Dawson replaced legendary Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward a month ago with John Scully, a former mid-level pro who trained “Bad Chad” early in his career, and Winky Wright, a former world champion known for his defensive tactics, working his corner.

But Dawson has said he plans on coming out early and testing the older, grizzled Hopkins with a volume of punches. Hopkins shot any notion down that Dawson will overwhelm him with an early attack.

Hopkins, however, has not stopped an opponent since he delivered a vicious body punch that crumpled Oscar De La Hoya in the ninth round on September 18, 2004—over seven years ago.

“I feel on schedule and coming back so quickly from the May fight against Pascal, I feel like I’m fighting the 12th round as far as I’m concerned,” Hopkins said. “This feels good, it feels good to come back so soon without a nine-month gap, a 15-month gap. If Dawson thinks he’s going to throw more punches and win on the scorecards, I’m coming out in with an aggressive game and a smart game. They’ll see. I can walk away and be satisfied that I achieved all I can achieve.

“It’s going to be gratifying to be sitting there in my 60s and hear a commentator say, ‘He’s approaching Bernard Hopkins’ record,’ that’s what keeps me going. Ten, 15, 20, 30 years from now, it will be like I’m still boxing, fighting in the second half of my life.”

It has to be noted that Dawson’s lone loss came against Pascal, on August 14, 2010 by a technical decision. But it was a fight in which Dawson had a very turbulent training camp, and hardly trained at all, and Dawson was gaining momentum in the later rounds when the fight was stopped and went to the judges.

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar Feels Wronged by Lakers

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

kareem_abdul-jabbar-797Only in LA, can a basketball great like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar feel that he isn’t recognized like he should be. The form of recognition that Abdul-Jabbar is looking for is a statue of himself in front of the Staples Center. Today, the current collection of statues include Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Oscar De La Hoya and broadcaster Chick Hearn.  Abdul-Jabbar told The Sporting News, “I don’t understand. It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted. I’m not going to try to read people’s minds, but it doesn’t make me happy. It’s definitely a slight. I feel slighted.”  And in a statement he added:  “I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgment of my contribution to Laker success. I guess being the linchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history.”

It seems like things have not been good between Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers, since he feels slighted when asked by the Lakers to take a salary cut while the team was paying Phil Jackson more than $10 million to coach and was also offended by getting seats on Lakers flights in the back of the plane when spacious seats were available up front.1106-GQ-PF09.01

“It’s just about a whole lot of smaller incidents that, as they pile up on you, you get the feeling you don’t mean anything to them,” he said.”I’ve never been this vocal about anything,” he said. “I’ve always tried to stay out of the fray and not be an object of controversy.”

And Kareem made it clear he feels the Lakers have taken care of Magic Johnson, but not him. Asked about his relationship with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, he answered: “It’s okay . . . When you look at what he did for Earvin and what he did for me, big disparity there.”

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