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Old 04-09-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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We all remember Bradley Stone, James Murray and of course what happend to Micheal Watson and others that I personally don't remember like Douglas and Watt, brave men all. So it was really great to see multiple bodies including paramedics and doctors right at Sprotts side after he was knocked dangerously unconcious by Harrison. I thought he looked really hurt in fact I was genuinely worried that he was damaged. So that was something really re-assuring. It's been a long time coming and of course if the BBBC had acted sooner, maybe brave James Murray would still be living, but credit where it's due, that was a great thing to see.

Hopefully Sprott will be well enough for a rematch! I enjoyed that fight in fact.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Yeah was a very good fight, and Britain do seem to be pretty good at the medical side of boxing these days.
That said, I don't think Sprott should've done the interview, he sounded ****ed.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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The ropes caught Sprott on the way down. He was out as soon as that punch landed and his head fell between the ropes cushioning what could have been a nasty impact on the ring.
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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Well said, at the end of the day the most important thing is that these guys get the medical care and attention they need at all times. I was glad to see Sprott make it up on his own steam.
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The ropes caught Sprott on the way down. He was out as soon as that punch landed and his head fell between the ropes cushioning what could have been a nasty impact on the ring.
The ropes were cushioning you say?

I think when a fighter falls face first on the canvas some of his body takes the fall too.Here, his neck got snagged on the ropes.

I think after he bounced off there was whiplash and some concussive force to his brain.
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Good point. It's good to see 100% immediate attention for knocked cold fighters.

That reminds me, I saw Michael Watson the other day. I saw him in the street and went up to him, told him what a great fighter he was, and how I still remember and marvel at his fight with Nigel Benn. He seemed well pleased, though I expect he hears it quite often. Or he should anyway. I agreed with him when he told me they dont make 'em like him any more. In fact, he's a one-off, a remarkable human being, a marvel, the way he recovered from his injury and carried on, he's a legend, an inspirational example to everyone.

He reckons boxing's finished, aint what it used to be. He's right. Him, Benn and Eubank seems like the last time British boxing really thrilled the masses, throughout the land, and the fights actually exceeded expectations every time.

The highlight of my week was having Michael Watson tell me, "Calslappy - that's what I call him - he slaps. Would've been a sparring partner for me, he would've carried my bags".
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That's an awesome story. I love Micheal, he's my favourite British boxer most days, Buchanan some days. How's he looking? Well?

I pick him over Calzaghe though it seems like only he and I in all the world feel that way.
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That's an awesome story. I love Micheal, he's my favourite British boxer most days, Buchanan some days. How's he looking? Well?
He's looking very well. I told him that too.

Considering where he was in the years following the accident it's amazing.
He must just have the biggest fighting heart in the history of human beings.

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I pick him over Calzaghe though it seems like only he and I in all the world feel that way.
I have serious doubts as to whether Calzaghe would have had much success had he come along with Watson and Eubank, Benn . Calzghe says he feels he should have come along earlier, but i dont know. The intensity of those Watson-Benn-Eubank fights was just unreal, and they were all better than the Jeff Lacys and Kesslers, IMO.

Having said that, Watson should be judged as a 160-pounder, a middleweight.
So Calzaghe's safe hiding up there at 168.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #9
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But Watson looked his best in his ill-fated fight with Eubank, one of his only showings as a fully-fledged (his other on the biggish side, a 3rd round KO of journeyman Shavers is not to bad either). Watson struggled with 160 and in his maturity he looked genuinely world class for 10 rounds dominating an out-classed Eubank. He's a career MW, of course, you are right, but put that Micheal Watson in with Calzaghe and I honestly think he would outfight, box, punch and time the more accomplished SMW.
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But Watson looked his best in his ill-fated fight with Eubank, one of his only showings as a fully-fledged (his other on the biggish side, a 3rd round KO of journeyman Shavers is not to bad either). Watson struggled with 160 and in his maturity he looked genuinely world class for 10 rounds dominating an out-classed Eubank. He's a career MW, of course, you are right, but put that Micheal Watson in with Calzaghe and I honestly think he would outfight, box, punch and time the more accomplished SMW.
Yes, he was that good.
On that night he was great. And to that there's nothing more to say.
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The ropes caught Sprott on the way down. He was out as soon as that punch landed and his head fell between the ropes cushioning what could have been a nasty impact on the ring.
Hitting the rope can cause more serious injury than banging your head on the canvas, the way Sprott went down looked horrible
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Good point - we should never forget the workers behind the scenes who make our sport as safe as it can be, and we should espcially never forget the lessons that have been learned on the way.
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