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When it comes to the sport of boxing, many people would question its nobility. This is especially the case with today’s boxing where boxers take hype to the next level. However, behind that hype and lack of humility lies a humble individual with a past that should be emulated. It is difficult for an ordinary fan to see that in a great fighter. Thanks to the greatest boxing films ever made, they are able to overlook the hype and explore the very foundation and morals that make that boxer great. Some of those films include:

Rocky

It tells a tale of the famous boxer Rocky Balboa who would never give up in boxing despite his series of losses. He was full of humility and worked hard to get a chance to be the best despite his poor winning record. Fate would have it that he would become great after a chance came from nowhere to fight the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. He beat Apollo Creed and achieved his longtime dream of holding the heavyweight championship title. From that determination and persistent to be the best paid off at last which is a good lesson young modern boxers can learn from. Get, the best boxing betting advice from experts to improve your odds. Access the latest preview of the upcoming boxing matches to stay ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

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When it comes to boxing mismatches, Mayweather vs McGregor has certainly got people scratching their heads in dumbfounded confusion. The undefeated boxing God – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather taking on the Notorious UFC champion Conor McGregor. But did you know there were many more mismatches that make this look like a legitimate boxing match?
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Wladimir Klitschko. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Wladimir Klitschko, November 2, 2013.
Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Heavyweight boxing is all but a relic of past glory days. The eighties and nineties saw talent by the likes of Michael Spinks, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, and Buster Douglas that shook boxing arenas with roaring crowds and knockout spectacles. But the last decade and a half has seen a progressive freezing and thawing of the heavyweight division as the biggest draw in the sport of boxing.
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I have a lot of fun pretending to be Rocky when I’m out for my runs. I cue the music in my head, and begin to huff and puff and throw feint left hooks with every other step. The colder it is outside the better to set the scene. It serves to make the run a bit less grueling, and adds some color to the monotony of training. But the montage ends when I enter the gym and step back into the ring. And in the back of my mind I believe it’s because sheer hard work gets the job done about as well as mowing the lawn with a pair of scissors. This is a sport that punishes going through the motions. You have to bring more than sheer brute strength to be victorious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Sports With Binary Outcomes

February 22, 2015 by
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There are plenty of sports out there with binary outcomes, where one of two things has to happen. They’re generally the best choices for those who enjoy a punt on their chosen sport and have a deep knowledge of it. So, here’s why…

It’s all about value. Simply put, the value principle works for the house in a casino due to the margin. This is the green zero in roulette or the banker’s “pay” at blackjack etc. That is so, over a long enough period of time, the house will win out. Similarly, if you were ever given odds of an absolute smidgen better than even money on the fair toss of a coin, you would be a fool not to take the bet every time you were offered it. Even if you lost the first six tosses, you would always come out on top if you played it long enough.
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There have been many athletes labeled as “once in a generation” or “game changing” throughout sports history. Names like Jordan, The Babe, and Gretzky have been synonymous with greatness. Wayne Gretzky was even nicknamed, “The Great One”.

I always wonder what it would have been like to see some of the greatest athletes of all time play in person. I’ve seen Jordan and Gretzky play, I’ve walked a bunch of holes following Tiger Woods at the British and US Opens, and I was even in the stands for Barry Bonds’ 650th homer. But there were so many other athletes that I wish I saw play in person.
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The 20 Athlete Royal Rumble

January 24, 2014 by

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With the WWE’s Royal Rumble coming up this weekend, I always imagined which twenty present day athletes would I want to see in a Royal Rumble. There are the easy ones like Zedeno Chara, Prince Fielder, Metta World Peace, and Jon Jones. But to round out my twenty, I’d need to diversify my portfolio. I wouldn’t just pick the biggest and baddest dudes on the block, because we all know that Ric Flair wasn’t exactly either one of those.
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Donnie’s back at it again.  From the guy who brought you the fake Federer video, check out Donnie Does at the Pacquiao vs Rios fight as he gets behind the scenes, sits ringside, and even gets in the ring after the bout:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Shane Mosley Weigh-In

Mark McGwire, Jose Conseco, Barry Bonds.

What do these three guys have in common? They all did steroids of course. They tainted their bodies which in turn tainted the game by using steroids to create mammoth bodies that led to awe-inspiring statistics. When the truth came to light, these fools got hated on by a large portion of the sports fan community. I completely understand this reaction.

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Way before Ohio State booster/sherpa/tattoo shop owner Edward Rife started trading ink for memorabilia, tattoos became synonymous with professional athletes.  It started in the early 90’s with guys like Dennis Rodman who were considered “rebels” or “loose cannons”.  Nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete that doesn’t have at least one tattoo.  Not all ink is good ink, though.  Some of the tattoos these guys get are downright ridiculous.  Without further ado, here is Hook’s Top 10 Worst Tattoos in Sports.

#10. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State QB “Live Life to it’s Fullest”

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Getting a tattoo is a major decision that some people don’t put enough thought into.  Unless you pay for expensive laser surgery, the ink is going to be on your body forever.  The least you could do is proofread the message you’re tattooing on your arm before it’s permanent.  See that, Brock?  I used the word “it’s” correctly.  I can only imagine what this genius got on the Wonderlic. Read the rest of this entry »