Cage vs. Ring–Throwing Fights?

Being raised in the “privileged” world of boxing, my Uncle Mike Capriano managed Jake LaMotta and several other big names, I have always been partial to the sport. When it started losing popularity and the glamour of it all, I left it, as well, for the entertainment industry.

Along came the UFC in the early 90’s, and my passion for violence turned into an appreciation for the newfound talent of the MMA world. Well, I got a chance to go back over the weekend to see if I still held my childhood love of boxing LIVE at the Staples Center. The obvious draw of the night was the headlining Hopkins/Dawson fight, however, I was more interested in the Hopkins/Bozella bout. The entire crowd, all of a few hundred fans at the time, were all on the Dewey Bozella team, as was I, but fighting a guy 22 years younger than you? Good Luck, right? Well, Dewey’s long unwarranted prison stint scared the mouthpiece out of Larry Hopkins’ mouth a mind-boggling 6 times!!! The last time being the greatest as Hopkins was bobbing through the air trying to catch his mouthpiece, he caught one Hell of a right hook that came at the bell of the last round. Dewey wins…the crowd goes wild! Coming from where I come from, my mind immediately went to “thrown fight!” Who loses their mouthpiece 6 times in a FULL fight, much less 4 Rounds?

THEN the big boys come in…Chad Dawson vs. Bernard Hopkins…fight of the night, right? Only if you consider what happened OUTSIDE the ring the main event. A few minutes into another “ballet recital” boxing match, Dawson picked Hopkins up off his feet (MMA terminology for a TAKEDOWN), and body slammed him 1/2 way out of the ring. He threw him so far, he may have even hit a ring side table! Hopkins is rendered too hurt, fight is called…crowd goes INSANE screaming obscenities, ripping up seats, and fighting amongst themselves. Dawson jumped on the ropes and starting screaming, “F-you” to the crowd. Referee, Pat Russell, calls, “No foul.” WHAT?

Sadly, again, as I walked to my car listening to people drunkenly scream and box in the street, I thought, “One thrown fight for the underdog to finally get his fame, and another that would rather cheat than go rounds with an old “gangster,” as he called him.” Sad night for boxing…

Back the CAGE FIGHTS, boys…