Disgraceful Scenes: Infamous Episodes Part 1 (Rounds 1-6)

When the Sweet Science Sours

In the words of Ricky Hatton, “(boxing) isn’t a tickling contest.” That is of course very true though one does note the dignified manner in which most fighters, regardless of their pre-fight rhetoric/(often enough) vitriol tend to conduct themselves during & in the immediate aftermath of what will always & should always be viewed as a purely, perhaps the purest of them all – sporting contest.

Most fighters… That is, not all fighters…

Here follow 12 examples from boxing’s recent & not so recent past of chaos in & around a professional boxing ring.

Round 1

James Butler’s Late, Late Show

After the fight, Grant approached Butler to hug him but gets hit hard in the jaw by James Butler, who was then arrested, later convicted, and jailed.

Round 2

Andrew Golota (a 6 rounder all to himself in this category one fears) vs. Mike Tyson

Golota, perhaps the most infamous elite level heavyweight competitor (ha, ha) of the last 20 plus years fought fully two rounds against a 1999 vintage Iron Mike Tyson before deciding he’d rather be at home with a cup of tea… fight fans can understand a lack of talent, they can accept an honest workman just having a bad night at the office – what they can not, ever, accept is moral cowardice. Not at $50 a view. Paradoxically Golota was far from untalented, simply devoid of that crucial characteristic mandatory for champion – a spine.

Round 3

David Haye’s Toe

Severed heads, overpaid pretender & broken toes…

Round 4

Oliver McCall – o dear, – vs. Lennox Lewis II

There are things you associate with boxing – aggression, self-preservation and so on, that would appear self-evident by the very nature of the sport. This is what happens when you have seconds thoughts about taking the fight – during the fight… [starts getting truly bizarre after 1:55]

Round 5

Mike Tyson’s Bite of the Century

One of the aspects of the sweet science that intrigues me the most is the manner in which the sport is assimilated & inculcated into popular culture, the common vernacular & society in general. The sport is a noble & very public ramification of the human condition. Sadly, that superstardom can cut both ways.

Round 6

How low can you go?

Andrew Golota blows it with persistent low blows – in two different bouts with Riddick Bowe. The first resulted in some of the ugliest scenes witnessed in a boxing arena in a major promotions in living memory as clashes between members of Bowe’s entourage violently confronted Golota instigating ongoing running battles between rival fans inside Madison Square Garden. Golota was leading on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage by disqualification.

In the second fight Golota was pummeling Bowe – landing some 43 power shots in Round 7 alone. Indeed Bowe’s corner had made it very clear to their man that they were going to stop the fight should he not stem what seemed an unstoppable tide. Through 8 rounds the punch count stood at a mammoth 361 total shots landed by the Polish fighter to ‘only’ 187 connects for Bowe. At that rate – and should Bowe have been able to take the punishment for a further 4 rounds – 541 connects would have been the finally tally for Golota. That would have been 67 more than Pacquiao landed on Margarito – by way of further reference no heavyweight championship bout (which this one was not) has ever produced 400 shots landed in the history of Compubox tracking. To put it mildly, the Pole was handing out an asswhupping of note – then, insanity, not for the first nor the last time reared its ugly head in the life & tumultuous career of a fighter whose talent dwarfed his mental capacity & temperament for greatness.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton