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Sonny Bill Williams goes the distance with Francois Botha

The first fight I ever saw in my life was Botha/Tyson, and man was that a good one. Tyson was Tyson, but seeing Botha I thought "this dude is crazy and hard as nails. i like that."

I think SBW (though he's developing pretty well technically), came into this fight slightly underestimating what experience and a strong jaw that's taken punches for over 10 years can do. And he had never been brought to this length of a match before. So coming out like a rhino in the first rounds and then slouching in the end, (when professional boxers know it's the time to work on breath and conserving energy for the last assault) isn't gonna work. And one of these days he's gonna lose, hard, if he goes on that way.
Botha has to be a wake up call for him. Or else he can't go higher than this level (and even at this level if they put 12 rounds he's toast).

PS: If SBW could keep his cool (we all now he can sometimes be pretty cocky and feisty), I could see Botha (almost retiree) becoming somewhat of a mentor and consultant for him. He could teach him some tricks, how to get in your opponent's head (Botha was always good at that), and how in boxing there's never time for little acts of blatant sportsmanship or mild relaxation (check 1:26 to 1:31 and you'll understand what I'm talking about).

Cheers to all, Over and out.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Quade Cooper wins first professional fight with first round knockout

Have to agree with practically all the comments above. This first win for Cooper has nothing constructive for his boxing mentality or his technique. His opponent's guard is absurd, practically non existent, and he himself seems can't really take that big of a punch (his opponent tags him in the first 15 seconds and he already takes a wobbled step). What could actually be an advantage for him in this sport are his feet and his quick thinking, but he has to work on speed and combination punching.
Final vote? 5.5/10
70% opponent's lacking 30% Cooper victory.
QC, you couldn't have asked for an easier first fight.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

My 6N n° 8's list (best to worst):
Parisse
Picamoles/Morgan
Heaslip
Denton
Faletau

I know many will not agree with placing Faletau last, but he's just not that great in my opinion. Picamoles and Morgan are both second because I think Morgan is a beast, and becoming more and more with each match an indispensable assett in Lancaster's view of play.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

The upcoming weekend is gonna be epic, I can just feel it!

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

troll.

2 Years, 5 Months ago