Otakufighter – A Day in the Life of…

Leave it all in the ring, my coaches are fond of saying.  That includes your blood too.

My coaches…as manga characters?

As thanks for putting up with my shenanigans and turning me into the kickboxing-obsessed otaku that I am now, I decided to ask good ol’ lenejenius to whip me up a piece.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez. I'm the one that's beaten up.

From left: Coaches Caine Gayle, Artem Sharoshkin, Joshua Vongsvirates, Shannon Gugerty, and Jessica Lopez.
I’m the one that’s beaten up.

So if you’ve been wondering who’s responsible for what you see today, look no further.  It’ll be even better if you join the boxing club.  Serious.  Tell them I sent you.  And that you saw the picture.

 

5 years waiting for MayPac leave you feeling underwhelmed? Worry not, I’ve got the cure.

I watched all 12 rounds of the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight.  It went exactly as I predicted it.  Decision win going to Mayweather, due to his footwork, evasive movement, and superior defense.  Surprised?  Not at all.  Underwhelmed?  You betcha.

*PRO-MMA Rant incoming*

That’s why I prefer MMA/Kickboxing over plain boxing.  To me, it’s way more exciting and there’s plenty more ways to fight.  8 points of contact as opposed to 2 points.  Kicks.  Knees.  Elbows (Muay Thai rules).  What always gets my goat is when boxing fans always say, “Oh, if an MMA fighter went into a boxing ring he’d lose.”  Well no shit.  You’re taking away all the weapons an MMA fighter can use.  If a boxer were to go into the MMA ring or octagon, at least they can’t say that both fighters were nerfed in any way.  A boxer can go into an MMA ring with his fists.  The MMA fighter or kickboxer can go in with all their weapons intact.  And boy do I love watching boxers go into an MMA/kickboxing fights and getting their just desserts.

*end Pro-MMA rant*

Tonight just reaffirmed a few things for me.  One, it pisses me off to see boxers make that much money for a fight that was about as exciting as watching grass grow.  Two, I just can’t be bothered by any combat sport where only the fists can be used.  Three, screw the hype train.  For me, it’s MMA all the way.  Kickboxing and Muay Thai too.

I’ve taken the liberty of adding some fights which are my personal faves of recent memory.

 

And if you’re interested in learning some of the finer points of striking, I highly recommend Lawrence Kenshin’s channel.

And there’s always Jack Slack and the entire Fightland VICE series on youtube as well.

 

OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. 😛

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

Is 30 the new 30?

I wonder.  Because I’ve been 30 for about a week now, and it still hasn’t quite set in.  I mean, I’ve still got hair, and people think that i’m 20.  Last week, I was training at my gym, and I was spending some time doing bagwork.  The dude next to me struck up a conversation and naturally, the subject sorta drifted towards our age.

“So, are you a pro fighter?”

“Me? Nah, I just do this for fun.  You?”

“*rubs his midsection*, I’m just trying to lose this belly fat.  I’m 28, so I figure that it’s high time that I do somethin’ for my body, y’know?”

“Um…I’m 30 :P.”

“WHAT. NO WAY.  YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE IN COLLEGE!”

I’d like to think that those years spent doing taekwondo and all those other martial arts played a role in keeping my boyish charms.  Though I still need to burn off this fat, it’s starting to become a hassle carrying it around when I train.

This reminded me of Alissa's panda.

This reminded me of Alissa’s panda.

Is Boxing Finally Down For The Count? Think Again!

Undefeated Super Middleweight Champion and former US Olympic gold medalist, Andre “S.O.G” Ward, appears poised to be boxing’s next star once Mayweather and Pacquiao call it quits.

Sergio Martinez, Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward and Chad Dawson.  All prizefighters of the sweet science that you probably have never heard of. However, each of these fighters have a legitimate claim as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world,  according  to boxing’s “Bible” and authoritative magazine, The Ring.  As early as 30 years ago, these prizefighters of the sweet science would be household names and their bouts would be glowing from television screens across the country and around the world.

Today though, the landscape of the sport is much different. Over the past twenty years boxing’s popularity has taken a significant blow. While still popular on a global scale, for American’s much of the sports success has always been predicated on the talent pool of the heavyweight division. In histories past fighters such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and of course, Mike Tyson, were revered as modern day legends. So goes heavyweight division goes the popularity of the sport. For the first time of note, the United States is lacking the household heavyweight name and, as a result, boxing has been fighting off the ropes to prove it is still relevant in the American landscape of professional sports.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio aside, the sport doesn’t have a whole lot of notable names, at least to the casual boxing observer. But perhaps even greater than the absence of household names or legitimate American heavyweights is the addition of MMA as recognized form of professional combat sports. As recently as 25 years ago, MMA was thought of as merely an underground, back alley, no holds barred sideshow without any real legitimacy. Bouts were unsanctioned, had little to no rules or weight divisions and were heavily scrutinized. That changed when Dana White, the mastermind behind the modern day UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), became the companies president, changed the UFC’s philosophy and created a vision of what a unified mixed martial arts promotional company could become by turning the sport into a legitimate powerhouse in sports and entertainment.

For the first time, fans that were once boxing diehards had a choice between what combat sport to support. With the lack of a defined heavyweight prospect in the United States, boxing had lost some of its reverence and appeared ready to finally be knocked out once and for all. Or was it? In 1974 Muhammad Ali who was thought to be in decline and on the downside of his career when he took on a young, strong and hungry champion in George Foreman in the “Rumble In The Jungle”, fought most of the fight off the ropes before scoring a career defining knockout in the 8th round using a style which he coined, the “Rope-a-Dope”. Just like Ali, boxing too has continued to fight off the ropes and perhaps we have underestimated the sports popularity against the recent rise of UFC/MMA.

As it does after every fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission just released the live gate sales from this past weekend’s Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight. The live gate sales observes the revenue created from tickets sold to the live event. This does not include sales generated through closed circuit television, Pay-Per-View or any other promotional contracts. For a sport thought to be fledging, the live fight attendance from Mayweather-Cotto was astounding. Ranking eight on the all-time highest grossing list, as it drew in over $12 million dollars. By comparison, MMA’s biggest live gate sales to date was the second fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz back in 2006, which brought in a little less than $5.5 million dollars, less than half of the Mayweather-Cotto showdown and over $13 million less than the number 1 all-time gate record of $18.4 million set in 2007 by cash cows Mayweather and Oscar De la Hoya.

The commission only keeps record of the top 35 grossing live gates and in fact, MMA’s best live gate wouldn’t crack the top 35 boxing gates, with #35 coming in at $6.2 million for the fight between Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney in 1982. While there is certainly room for both sports to succeed and thrive, the idea that boxing is all but dead seems like a mere fallacy when you compare the figures as they are a telling tale and do not lie.

You see, the sweet science has always been a sport dominated by a select few from each generation and while the sport doesn’t yet have a ton of household names, a young batch of up and comers led by the likes of such fighters as Andre Ward, Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa, are primed and ready to take center stage when Pacquiao and Mayweather, two of the greatest to ever step foot inside of a ring, finally decide to hang up the gloves. Like every pugilist that has ever laced up a pair of gloves and stepped foot in the ring, boxing will not go quietly in to the night. It will come out swinging and ain’t goin’ down without a fight. Like a true champion, it may get knocked down but the sport has always managed to beat the count and comeback swinging…Besides, who doesn’t like a good underdog story?