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  1. Oh wow, I really disagree, I consider Calzaghe to be an absolute elite level boxer and an all time great. The Jeff Lacy fight is one of he finest displays of boxing I've ever seen. Lacy was a monster and was looked at as a KO machine prior to the Calzaghe fight. The common belief was that Calzaghe was being fed to Lacy. Of course Lacy never recovered from that loss and it's one of the most dominant fights we'll probably ever see at that level. And beating a peak Kessler was a real achievement. Also, don't forget that after he beat Hopkins, Hopkins then went on a really impressive run, which has really put that fight into perspective. And wins over Reid, Woodhall and Eubank put him right up there with the best in my opinion. His win against Roy Jones Jr definitely doesn't count though. A peak Jones beats jus about anyone in any era. Yeah, he's a massive twat. And a Flat Earther, Tommy Robinson guy too. Great fighter to watch though.
  2. Ha, I have no idea! But if so, that's impressive! It was this smiley little guy:
  3. Leonard did the old 'finish the rounds strong' trick against Haggler, and it won over the judges. I absolutely love Tommy Hearns! In some ways he might have been the most entertaining out of the four and I'm pretty sure he was the first boxer to become a four and then five weight world champ, during a time in which they weren't just giving out belts! I might not be remembering this correctly, but I think Angelo Dundee once said something like "If Hearns had balance, he beats them all". Pretty high praise from a man that trained his main rival! Leonard is still in ridiculous shape though. He looks like he could still compete!
  4. Duran might be my favourite ever boxer. And because he was so intense and aggressive, his technical ability is sometimes overlooked, but he had serious ring intelligence and craft. Probably the greatest lightweight of all time and the fact he managed to also be competitive at middleweight is ridiculous. Leonard is probably the most celebrated and he was just amazing to watch. Probably the most talented of them and most diverse and maybe the best at Welter, but Haggler as a middleweight is by far the best ever for me. And I think he beat Leonard! This is quite an interesting watch. Leonard taking part in an exhibition match against an amateur who got a bit too competitive triggering Leonard to automatically switch to beast mode.
  5. A few taken yesterday in my living room, in a moment of absolute boredom. I used an old curtain as backdrop and roped my girlfriend into being my subject. This was mainly to test out my new Mamiya RZ67 but I'm quite happy with how the tests shots worked out on digital so thought I'd share since I won't be developing the film stuff for a while! And a few older ones I finally got around to processing. And some Medium Format Film shots. Probably the last I'll take on my old Mamiya 645 before I sell it:
  6. Great post @Gotters! And for those that haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. Eight minutes of absolute, brutal perfection. And while you're at it, go and buy Four Kings and enjoy one of the greatest sports books ever written about the last gold age of boxing.
  7. A quick question for film photographers in here. I want to get a flash gun to use with my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II and 110mm Sekor Z lens. Any recommendations? Is the Metz 45CL-4 worth a punt? The camera is already pretty big and heavy but the grip and attachment mechanism of the Metz might actually help balance it when I'm using the AE prism over the WLF. I'm also interested in off camera flash options too but I'm a complete novice at that type of photography, so any pointers for where to start with that would be great (Specifically for medium format film!). Cheers!
  8. Hahaha wow, that was total dominance. I was completely wrong! Fair play, incredible performance!
  9. I'm going for Wilder in 10 rounds. I don't think the extra weight will benefit Fury but I think it will benefit Wilder. Fury is very susceptible to late fight sloppiness and he has always had a habit of getting caught clumsily in the later rounds. With his increased size, I'm not sure he'll have the same energy and reflexes in the later rounds of this fight and Wilder only needs to land one clean punch. Great match up stylistically this. Classic, technical pugilist with lack of KO power vs destructive power puncher with limited technique.
  10. Well I thought this was superb. I have to admit, based on some of the reviews I approached this with some cynicism, but it was perfectly judged and the tone was very consistent. Fantastic performances and beautifully written and directed. I had no idea it would be that evocative either! I was a mess by the end of the film! So glad I ignored the reviews on this!
  11. I was incredibly cynical about this series when it was announced. I hated the film. I mostly hate the work of Lindelof. I hated the trailer. And I have a love of the book that meant I was always going to be reticent about an adaptation and especially a new story. I couldn't have been more wrong! This might be one of the best shows I've seen in years. Spectacularly good and so consistent with the tone of the source material. Amazing performances, really textured and genuinely clever writing. It's shot beautifully, great score and the pacing is pretty much perfect throughout. What an accomplishment. And special mention has to go to the props team for disguising what I'm assuming was a Pringle can as a glowing blue penis. As much as I'd love to see a second season, this one is almost so perfect that there's something quite special about just keeping it as a self-contained story. I guess they could just come up with an entire new set of characters, change location and continue to write stories inspired by the Watchmen universe.
  12. Yeah I do get it, I just personally think it's a really harsh assessment of his career overall, especially when most British fighters would kill to have the success he's had. You can think he's a moron (He doesn't seem to be the brightest of guys) and still respect his career without labelling him a joke. And I don't think losses to Canelo (Two weight categories above Khan) and peak Crawford (Arguably p4p king) hurt his legacy at all or should be considered blights on his career. If anything, going after top quality opponents should be commended, especially in an era in which active fighters are more concerned about protecting their records than fighting the best. But to reference @Plissken, I do think there's a genuine racial component to why a lot of people dislike Khan and having seen him fight live, the amount of racist abuse he gets is absolutely shocking. Just to stress, I absolutely know that doesn't apply here in case my wording is clumsy, I'm just saying it's definitely a factor for a lot of people on Twitter for example, and he gets a disproportionate amount of hate compared to other British fighters who haven't achieved half of what he has.
  13. Come on, that's completely unfair. As with Joshua, I think fighters should be judged by the quality of their opposition. Khan might not have been relevant for a while now, but that doesn't and shouldn't detract from what has been an objectively outstanding career, with a really impressive CV. This is a guy with wins over the likes of Maidana, Malinaggi, Zab Judah, Devon Alexander Chris Algieri and Barrera (Admittedly past his prime) winning titles across two weight devisions, and becoming a big name in the states in the process. Silver medalist at the Olympics too. He was also arguably the winner against Lamont Peterson and lost in really dubious fashion. The great Mike Costello ranks him in the top 10 British fighters ever. Yes, he tarnished his reputation after chasing Mayweather for so long and he has squandered the later part of his career, but he's been one of the most successful British fighters we've ever produced and at his peak, easily one of the most talented boxers.
  14. The hate that AJ gets is utterly baffling. As PeteBrant said, he's probably got the best CV out of the current crop of heavyweights. Fury has Klitschko and Wilder and then his next best opponent is probably Derek Chisora (9 defeats on his record). His last two fights have been against truly subpar opposition and he struggled massively against Otto Wallin, a fighter not even ranked in the top 50. Wilder's best? Fury and Ortiz (Who is allegedly in his 50's). After that, probably Brezeale and then it really is slim pickings. Not to say that AJ beats either of them, but this narrative that he's being protected or that his record is padded is completely ridiculous when the level of his opposition has generally been far tougher than those guys, and with far fewer fights too. Plus, going right after a rematch against a guy who completely dismantled you in the previous fight, is not playing it safe. Joshua was superb last night and completely nullified Ruiz's offence by keeping him at distance with a really effective jab and some surprisingly good footwork and lateral movement. There were two occasions in which AJ deviated from the plan and let Ruiz close the distance and step inside, and the moment he traded hooks, he came off second best, so forget the excuses, Ruiz has always been heavy and out of shape, this win was entirely down to a very disciplined, intelligent and consistent performance from Joshua. Ruiz has spent his entire career fighting in the same way. Short bursts of punches and combos and looping overheads, usually in the pocket because of his size disadvantage. And he's had a lot of success with his style because it's incredibly hard to keep someone at distance with the kind of jab output that AJ used last night.
  15. It was the Bantamweight World Boxing Series final today between Nonito Donaire vs Noaya Inoue and it is undoubtedly the fight of the year. An all time classic for sure and if there was any doubt previously, Donaire has secured his place in the Hall of Fame. Inoue could be on his way to being P4P best boxer on the planet too. Well worth a watch if you get a chance. Chris Lloyd on commentary was great too as I usually hate Adam Smith and the Sky Box Office commentary team.
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