Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano vs. Brendan Barrett for NBA HW title (vacant since Walcott vs. Charles III)

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Who...picks up the baton Jersey Joe dropped in '51? "Sicilian Sandman" or "Brutal Ninja"?

Poll closed Feb 23, 2019.
  1. Cusumano on points

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  2. Cusumano by stoppagae

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  3. Draw

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  4. Barrett on points

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  5. Barrett by stoppage

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  1. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    Somehow, a week from Saturday, a domestic clash between American heavyweight prospects, neither of them ranked in any major sanctioning org's top 40 (and respectively #28 in the US/#146 in the world and #77 in the US/#278 in the world) has been slated as the resurrection of the National Boxing Association heavyweight championship of the world. :dunno

    Its lineage goes: Dempsey, Tunney, Schmeling, Sharkey, Carnera, Baer, Braddock, Louis, Charles, Walcott. And there it ends, with just ten names, all but maybe two regarded as era-transcendent All Time Greats...one bearer perhaps the greatest heavyweight of all time, depending on who you ask, while another stood as the most famous destroyer in the division's history until Mike Tyson (himself a studious boxing historian & raging Dempsey fan-boy) came along. Now there will be an eleventh name added onto that ledger, and it will be that of Cusumano (whose best result to date is a blitz of fat glass cannon Michael Marrone, riding a skid of six consecutive early KO losses..) or that of 37 year old MMA crossover Barrett (who is 10-8-1 in his native discipline).

    How did this happen? By what authority did somebody make this "official"? Why revive a lineage that has sat undisturbed for 68 years? They could have just made up some regional or even national-level bauble for Cusumano and Barrett to battle over. Now, however, posterity will have to recognize them in a continuation of the legacy of that immortalized ten - of whom seven or eight are legends.

    This is a slap in the face especially of The Cincinnati Cobra, since Ezzard contested the belt more than any of its other aspirants combined, going 9-1 in matches with it on the line.
     
  2. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    ...and yes, those are their actual cringe-worthy, self-selected nicknames.
     
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    roughdiamond Bronson Full Member

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    My heart just died a little.
     
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    I like them.
     
  5. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    Oh, and to pour salt on the wound, it will be an 8-rounder. :shakehead:

    And not even the main event. It places lower on the marquee than a vacant WBC Youth lightweight title bout, plus a non-title women's bout...also both 8-rounders.
     
  6. Drew101

    Drew101 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Given that the NBA that sanctioned bouts between the likes of Charles and Walcott folded into the World Boxing Association in the 1960's, methinks this might be another National Boxing Association that is sanctioning this bout.

    The Sicilian Sandman is a pretty good nom-de-guerre. Fight me.
     
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  7. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    @PinoyProdigy you need to have a word with one of your colleagues if this was really a matter of them not doing their due diligence to determine whether or not this was indeed being sanctioned as a continuation of the long-defunct NBA lineage before publishing such information. :nono:

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  8. BeantownAll

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    This is boxing. You can always count on it to pimp out it's history (proud or otherwise) in the interest of a buck.

    Yeah, I've seen Joe box. He's go some power in his right hand - but somehow "plodding" doesn't quite describe him. He's as slow as they make them.

    But I have to disagree about the Marrone stoppage being his best result. I think Cusumano's best result to date was his big 4th round KO of Bernardo Marquez. Remember that Teslenko was unable to stop Marquez when they fought - so Joe's stoppage of BM is a pretty good accomplishment. That said, BM was definitely ahead until Joe landed the big one.

    Also Joe did cast immediate doubt on the value of Junior Fa's 1st round KO of Fred Latham by repeating the feat.
     
  9. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    No longer listed as being for the resurrected NBA title; not sure if they originally had planned to bill it as such and changed their minds or if this was simply a transcription error on the part of a BoxRec editor - but either way, thank goodness for that!
     
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  10. Badbot

    Badbot Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    First Oquendo and now this? Boxing keeps shooting itself in the foot by denying these historic moments.
     
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  11. BeantownAll

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    Neither of these guys is probably worthy to hoist the NBA belt

    ...but it turns out they put on a pretty good show:

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    I haven't seen the video footage yet of the 78 year-old promoter letting his hands go against Barrett - but I'll be on the look out for it.

    Admit it - Fox PBC has never aired anything remotely that good.

    Cusumano is obviously a limited fighter - but he did stop Barrett - which is something the vastly more skilled Niall Kennedy couldn't manage to do.

    I think the next logical opponent for Cusumano would be Niall Kennedy (who is fighting against a TBD opponent on March 16th). And while I'm almost certain Niall would dominate that fight - you can't say that Cusumano doesn't land big shots.
     
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