Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones and Deontay Wilder vs. Bermain Stiverne coming up very soon. 

Can’t wait. 

I’m picking Cormier and Wilder to come away with the wins. 

Mike Tyson

I’m not a boxing fan. Too much hype, too crooked. I prefer mixed martial arts. My view of Mike Tyson was the one I saw in the media. I knew he had been a petty criminal and a gangster. I knew that he had been convicted of rape and served a prison sentence for it. I wrote him off as a kind of brute, all about violence and physicality. 

Then I heard the man speak.

It turns out that he is a man of great intelligence and, strange as it may seem, a delicate sensibility. He spoke with self effacing humor, wisdom and he was bit of a philosopher. Prison seemed to have changed him. I do not condone his crime but I do believe that people can change. I walked away with a new respect for the man. Not as an athlete but as a man. I saw the qualities which had served him become a champion. He had risen from a poor kid from Brooklyn with thick glasses and a lisp to dominate the ring. There was something there, intangible and hard to define, but it was a kind of presence and drive.

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Cat boxing

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Naoya Inoue vs Samartlek Kokietgym

 Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6KOs) has a real stake in the fighter of the year category should he win come Tuesday (Dec. 30th). So far this year, he’s managed to capture the WBC light flyweight belt from Adrian Hernandez and defend it against Samartlek Kokietgym, stopping both men inside the distance. The top light flyweight will close out 2014 by moving up to challenge top super flyweight Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2) for his WBO title.

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Kazuto Ioka 「DO IT LIKE THIS」 Highlights

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Ioka (15-1, 9 KOs) is looking to get back to a world title shot. He’ll close out 2014 by facing Venezuelan Jean Piero Pérez (18-3-1) this Wednesday (Dec. 31st) on the same card as Rigo in Japan.