Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Russian giant Nikolai Valuev won the WBA heavyweight championship Saturday night, using his left jab to outpoint American John Ruiz in an unanimous decision.
The fight was first declared a split decision, but the score was officially later changed to give Valuev all three of the judges' votes.
The 7-foot Valuev (49-1) regained the title he lost to Ruslan Chagaev in April 2007 and beat Ruiz (43-8-1) for the second time.
The judges scored it for Valuev, 116-113, 116-111 and 114-113.
WBA delegate John Pack said one of the officials, Japanese ringside judge Takeshi Shimakawa, alerted him after the first split decision was read out that he too had given the fight to Valuev.
The Japanese official explained that one of the cards had the names of the fighters in a different order, therefore resulting in the confusion. Shimakawa was the judge who scored it 114-113.
The decision wasn't popular with everyone in the Max Schmeling arena in Berlin, with some of the crowd booing the outcome.
Valuev, with a massive advantage in height, weight and reach, also won a disputed decision over Ruiz in December 2005.
"I thought I won the fight," Ruiz said. "I don't know what was going with the scorecards."
The scorecards were taken back and fourth from the ring several times.
Valuev landed a few big rights, but not enough to put Ruiz into trouble. Ruiz could not connect with more than one punch at a time.
"I did not do what I wanted to do 100 percent," Valuev said.
The 35-year-old Valuev looked trimmer and quicker than in previous fights after changing his diet and training regime. He settled for keeping Ruiz at a distance with his left jab, but never delivered a punch that could shake Ruiz.
Ruiz appeared to shake Valuev with a right in the second round but the Russian recovered quickly. Every time Ruiz appeared to get close, Valuev's left jab would keep the American away.
Ruiz and Valuev were given a title fight after the WBA declared Ruslan Chagaev "champion in recess," following an Achilles' tendon injury that forced him to call off a rematch with Valuev.
El gigante ruso Nikolai Valuev dice que buscará hoy ganar de nuevo el título mundial superpesado de la World Boxing Association con un nuevo estilo, al enfrentarse al norteamericano de origen puertorriqueño John Ruiz en Berlín."Tomaría mucho tiempo explicar todos los cambios que he hecho. Los presentaré esta noche en el ring", dijo Valuev, de 35 años, en conferencia de prensa.
Valuev mide 2.13 m y pesa más de 140 kgs.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
One day, some time in the 1930s, Shine Forbes was acting as a second to a young boxer who was taking quite a pasting. Shine threw in the towel. The referee refused to accept it. He did it again and once more the referee kicked it away. Furious at his refusal to stop the fight, Shine climbed into the ring and swung a punch at the referee. Only after the fight was Shine told that the referee he had assaulted was the famous writer Ernest Hemingway. He was made to go round to the house and apologize straightaway.
Shine knocked on the door of the grand house at 907 Whitehead with deep misgivings, but Hemingway, far from being angry, asked him and his friends in for some sparring practice and told them to come round any time.
And they did. One Christmas, Shine recalls, they were walking up Whitehead, short of cash, when they saw a light in the Hemingways' house and knocked on the door. Hemingway was holding a party and the boys earned $200 sparring by the pool as an entertainment for his guests.
(Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure)
É só apertar os botões para as vovós começarem a lutar usando todos os golpes tradicionais como jab, direto, cruzado, gancho e upper.
As pugilistas ancestrais tem 18 cm de altura e ganha o jogo quem nocautear a primeira avó. Façam suas apostas!
O jogo Boxing Granny custa £14,99 na loja inglesa.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
El pintor cubano Reiner Izquierdo Angulo lleva varios días en Zaragoza pintando en el que será el nuevo local de la Asociación de Vecinos Ebro de La Almozara. Va a exponer en breve en la Asociación de Pensionistas y Jubilados de la Calle Braulio Foz, también en La Almozara.
La Asociación de Vecinos Ebro tuvo que desalojar el local municipal hace un mes. Con las elecciones se han retrasado las obras de acondicionamiento del local que va a ocupar. No hay electricidad y todavía no se puede utilizar.
Pero Reiner Izquierdo aprovecha las horas de luz natural y está sacando adelante una producción asombrosa. Pinta cuadros en blanco y negro, de un expresionismo que no deja indiferente y que ya se ve distinto de que aparece en los cuadros que ha traído de Cuba.
Es posible que Reiner acabe pintando un mural en la Asociación de La Almozara, pues hay unos grandes paños de hormigón. De momento, aquí van las primeras fotos.
Louis Henri Sullivan (September 4, 1856 – April 14, 1924) has been called the "father of modernism". He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper, and was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School. He is also was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to architects of the Pririe School.
Red Night es un reportaje sobre una sala de entrenamiento de boxeo amateur. En cierta medida, no pretende una descripción minuciosa, más bien una lectura metafórica de lo que allí ocurre. Las paredes abigarradas de imáges y lemas son una noche dentro de la noche. Y la sala de boxeo se convierte en un refugio, una calma en la confusión, un final del ruido, donde los deseos y los espejismos son más claros. Allí se aprenden las leyes más elementales, se viven los límites y se desaparce de un mundo abigarrado y cada vez más confuso. Hay un respeto enorme, los golpes son sagrados y nadie subestima a nadie. Hay un reloj que marca el tiempo del round. Hay un televisor que emite combates históricos. Hay los protectores bucales, una lata, alguien que acaba de entrar al gimnasio.
El boxeo es un juego estricto, sin concesiones. Implica un diálogo con la realidad, con el otro, con el rival, continuo. No se puede boxear a ciegas, porque en él no hay nada de virtual e ilusorio. Los puños del rival son reales e innegociables. La imaginación no sirve para huir: sólo sirve para cambiar la realidad. En un mundo donde apenas hay nada que parezca cierto o que nos atrevamos a decir cierto, el boxeo es una metáfora de lo contrario: es un acto físico.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
For a lad who was advised in high school to stop writing because he had no talent, the late Ernest Hemingway managed to get forward pretty well with prose. He wrote limpid English, but this did not prevent him from having the warmest admiration for Pound and Joyce and certain other writers of the nonlimpid school. He is said to have learned much about the handling of words from Gertrude Stein, a poet not famous for limpidity.
Wyndham Lewis wrote of a visit to Pound's Paris studio:
"A splendidly built young man, stript to the waist, and with a torso of dazzling white, was standing not far from me. He was tall, handsome and serene, and was repelling with his boxing gloves--I thought without undue exertion--a hectic assault of Ezra's. After a final swing at the dazzling solar plexus (parried effortlessly by the trousered statue) Pound fell back upon the settee. The young man was Hemingway."
A Kind Word for Ezra Pound
In 1936, from his home in Rapallo, Pound wrote to Hemingway, "Waal, me deah Hembe Glad to see you doing man's wolk * * *" and followed with unprintable characterizations of such things as the world of high finance--outside of Mussolini's Italy, that is.
When Pound had been judged insane and placed in a Washington mental institution after he had been indicted for treason, Hemingway interceded for him:
"Ezra Pound was a great poet and whatever he did has been greatly punished and I believe he should be freed to go and write poems in Italy, where he is loved and understood."
(Books, The New York Times, July 6, 1961)