Heckling is a funny old business. I recently went to a Reginald D Hunter show and his chief support was British based Canadian Pete Johansson. When Johansson started talking about British society and the lower classes pumping out kids without thinking about the consequences he was heckled by someone who could only be described as a "typical chav".
Johansson, unsurprisingly, "owned" the heckler and genuinely embarrassed the guy in a public display of verbal battery.That guy may have felt bad about his heckle, but the crowd who
were giving Tony Booth a hard time in the clip below probably feel a bit worse.Booth a bona fide
journeyman took the fight on short notice and was clearly not in great shape. This caused the fans to start chanting "You fat bastard" at Booth who answered them in the greatest way possible, by dancing and then knocking out hometown fighter Mervyn Langdale.Interestingly going in to this bout Booth had a career record of 46 wins, 93 losses and 9 draws, including just a sole win in his last 16 contests whilst Langdale however was
The video, one of the funniest moments in a British ring, comes courtesy of Dave Ash
We all know that Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" could do some weird stuff such as avoiding bullets with ease. We've got every reason to believe that he script writers of "The Matrix" however were hardcore boxing fans who had seen Thai great Samart Payakaroon (21-2, 12).
Samart was a former kickboxer turned boxer (like many top Thai's) and in the 1980's he became the WBC Super Bantamweight champion. Unfortunately his pro career was somewhat short lasting just 23 bouts though he did fight in 4 world title bouts claiming wins over Lupe Pintor and Juan Meza whilst losing to Jeff Fenech and Eloy Rojas.The highlight of Samart's career however must be the way he influenced the character of "Neo"
, as you can see in the clip below.Video thanks to doraradoa1
If you're a combat sports fan and you're just waking up today and hitting the forums and the such you'll see one major talking subject. Anderson Silva v Chris Weidman. Silva, a long term unbeaten champion in the UFC and the man widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound MMA fight was sensationally stopped last night as he was toying with Weidman.
With his hands down by his side he was trying to show off his speed and elusiveness despite being 38 years old.Funnily it appears that Silva wasn't trying to impress Roy Jones Jr, who was sat ringside, but instead was trying to do an impression of Nate Campbell. Sadly his impression was just a little too good
and like Campbell, when he fought Robbie Peden, Silva was knocked out, as you can see below (thanks to KTFO187
).It's a shame that Silva hadn't heard the commentary at the very end of this video.
I'm sorry for using another picture here instead of a clip but this poster for a recent German show really caught my eye.
Most people may not immediately understand what makes this suitable for weird boxing, but what you need to do is have a a look at Felix Lamm (bottom left) you'll notice....he's wearing glasses.
I have nothing against people wearing glasses (would be a bit stupid considering I need them for my own myopia) but wearing them on a fight poster, really?
What makes this even funnier however is that it appears Lamm wasn't even on the show in the end. Poor guy, being caught wearing glasses and then dropped from the card!
As I've mentioned in a previous post I've been busy the past few weeks with other projects including an Asian boxing project. Whilst catching up on some recent action from the Orient I was "treat" to something shown on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System).In Japan TBS are the broadcasters behind 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda
and his brothers (Daiki and Tomoki). Whilst Koki is certainly the most well known the other two both have their fans. Tomoki has really created a fan base in Mexico with his "Mexican" style whilst Daiki has created an unusual following thanks to his unusual post-fight celebration.Unlike the big names in the States who call out their next opponent
and big themselves up (see Adrien Broner's disgraceful interview after the recent Paul Malignaggi fight) Daiki has been singing to the fans. Whilst we all know Manny Pacquiao has a reputation as a singer and Tyson Fury has also been trying to impress with his
voice, Daiki has been doing his in-ring post-fight sing for years as this clip from 2006 shows.We need to say thanks to togikame
for unloading the clip
You may have noticed over the past few months that this site has been getting up dated less and less frequently. For that I am incredibly sorry. I've recently been running several new projects and been able to spend less time on various sites. Sadly that has seen weird boxing taking a back seat. The problem has been that my other projects are time sensitive. I.e. Previews for next weeks fights or yesterday's results, things that are only important for a small window of time. That has meant that Weird Boxing, which is much less time sensitive has been sat on the back burner for a bit.One of my new projects is focused almost entirely on Asian Boxing and whilst for most that's nothing too exciting it has helped bring along some weird and aspects of Asian boxing, including some very bizarre photographs and pictures (yes folks, sorry this isn't an actual clip)
of future Super Middleweight world title contender Yuzo Kiyota.Kiyota, a hard hitting Japanese fighter is currently preparing for a title shot at Robert Stieglitz. He is seen as a massive under-dog though oddly he seems to have a fascination with dogs (I assume has has several as pets), having his face plastered on things and a weird Jesus lookey like.
If you feel like a giggle I advise you check out the pictures at http://flash-akabane.com/y_kiyota/y_kiyota.html
Some fights are best known for an eye catching knockout, or being an all action war. Sadly for Alex Temelkov and Ken Salisbury their 1982 bout for the Australian Light Middleweight title is best known for ending in an all brawl that saw not only the two men fighting but also numerous others, including referee Charkey Ramon, himself a former fighter.
Temelkov, born in Strumica, Macedonia had lived in Australia since he was a 14 year after his family had emigrated. He had taken up boxing and after turning professional in 1977 he had accumulated a solid record of 14-5-1 and claimed the Australian light Middleweight title in 1980, a title he was defending in 1982 when faced Salisbury.
Like Temelkov, Salisbury was also born in Europe, in fact he was born in Liverpool, England though he too had been based in Australia for his entire boxing career which had began in 1979. His record was looking much better Temelkov's at a 18-0-1, though it was obvious that he was stepping up to try and claim his first notable title (having suffered his draw in a bout for the New South Wales State Light Middleweight title).
The clip below, from the 9th round shows the chaos that followed when Temelkov attempted to finish off Salisbury. Although the champion landed 2 clear foul blows no one could have expected the anarchy that ensued as men from both corners invaded the ring and Ramon was forced to fight for his own safety.
Following the bout Salisbury would continue on with a successful career which saw him losing just once in 32 bouts as he claimed the Commonwealth title before retiring in 1985. For Temelkov however this was the start of the end and whilst he did fight on for until 1990 he failed to really win any sort of a notable title or beat a noteworthy opponent.Clip thanks to denimjuls
Picture courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
One of our "favourite" active boxers is former Welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22). Not only is Ortiz often in interesting fights (ranging from exciting to down right odd) but he also comes across as a nice guy, despite his in ring limitations. Sadly however in this sport being nice isn't always the best thing and of course the most embarrassing moment
in Ortiz's career was actually when he was being too nice and trying to cuddle Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Well I said that was most embarrassing thing in Ortiz's career though we do have a few contenders. His losses to Josesito Lopez and Marcos Maidana were certainly not high points, neither was his now infamous "I'm a tree" statement. Though lets be fair none of those are as bad as stopped whilst trying to give a guy a cuddle.What may be worse however is having your own skin product as Victor advertises in the video below in what could only be described as genuinely homoerotic
. If you'd like to buy some "Victor Ortiz Anti-Aging" products then check out the full range here
.Video is thanks to UCOyWG34n-fRBykSnsK2rxxg
(Viiviivii Group PLC)
Hype videos and advertising go hand in hand with sport, after all the television channels, especially pay-per-view and subscription services have a product to sell to the customer. So in 2011 when Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield faced Brian Nielsen it was obvious that some advertising was needed, after all I think everyone had thought both men had walked away from the sport.At the the time Holyfield, then 48 (and with a record of 43-10-2-1, 29)
was seen as completely gone. He had been fortunate to score a No Contest against Sherman Williams 4 months earlier and everyone had assumed that Holyfield v Sherman would be the end of the Evander story, sadly it wasn't. Instead of retiring Holyfield decided to fight in Denmark against Danish legend Brian Nielsen (then 64-2, 43). Like Holyfield Nielsen was an old man (though younger than Holyfield at just 46)
and old man who certainly was retired having been out of the ring for over 9 years. As well as being old Nielsen was also clearly out of shape (as you can see in the video) though oddly he was also at a career lightest weight of 238lbs.Of course this fight, a total farce, was some hold sold to Danish PPV stations and amazingly somebody (somewhere) did actually pay to see it. Thankfully the undercard did have some saving graces with the talented
Cecilia Braekhus facing Chevelle Hallback and Kubrat Pulev stopping Derrick Rossy, though the main event was, as expected, a dud.Video is thanks to viasatdk
Unless you're a seriously hardcore boxing fan odds are you've never heard of George Klinesmith (24-14-4, 14) or Jerry Hackney (0-8), however I'm almost certain you've seen them. In fact the clip from the fourth round of their 2003 bout may well be one of the most played boxing clips on the internet and is easily amongst the most hilarious.In the first 3 rounds Klinesmith (who entered the bout 13-8-2, 9) was dominating the bout though never really looked like finishing off Hackney (who himself entered
0-4) despite landing a number of solid shots. Things however took a turn for the...hilarious in round 4 when Hackney decided he'd had enough and ran (yes, I mean ran) across the ring to avoid Klinesmith. Hackney then jumped as he approached the ropes almost as if he wanted to get out of the fighter.Sadly for Hackney he failed to jump high enough to escape the ring and Klinesmith failed to see the funny side of his attempted escape, as he chased him across the ring and punched him over the ropes. Hackney
's agony was to be ended there and then sadly and rather than getting knocked out here merely became entangled in the ring ropes and hanged helplessly until he eventually got some help.
I'm sure you've all seen the clip before, but thankfully you now have a name to put to the face!Clip is thanks to RUM1000