Hopkins The Master Pensioner
Kelly was so totally of out the realm from the first round on, that many commented that it would've been more merciful or humane, if Hopkins had KOâ€™d Kelly to spare him the 12 round humiliation.
Last night in Atlantic City's, Boardwalk Hall, in New Jersey, we witnessed a proven fact that the boxing ring is indeed is "A Place For Old Men", if you are Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins.
He administered a "text book" dismantling of the invincible, undefeated, World Middleweight Champion, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik by a 12 round-one-sided, unanimous decision. Kelly should thank God that the fight was "a catch-weight" contract fight -170 lbs.- or else he would've been an ex-champ.
Kelly was so totally of out the realm
from the first round on, that many commented that it would've been more
merciful or humane, if
"The Fighter Of The Year"---"The Upset Of The Year"---"The Loser Of The Year"---"The Fight Of The Year"---, was witnessed in one fight, in one Atlantic City ring, because those who "mortgaged" the ranch on the sure thing slam-dunk victory by Pavlik over Hopkins, are probably beating a path to Wall Street for "bail-out" monetary support.
Bernard Hopkins with this victory over Kelly Pavlik proved without a shadow of a doubt, that when he is in the ring, the ring is "No Place For Young Men".
This perhaps clarifies why Hopkins
stopped his "trash talk" of his opponent -Pavlik- like with Tito
Trinidad, and Winky Wright, and was so "diplomatic" at the press
conferences, praising Pavlik as the best fighter around and his "toughest
challenge". Hopkins the master psychologist actually had already
"defeated" Pavlik with all of his praises, leading the lamb to
slaughter. Kelly actually bought into his invincibility over
As Kelly returned to his corner right after the second round, he looked lost, realizing that he bit off more than he could chew.
I watched every corner after every
round, and in Kelly's corner there was desperation and pleas to do things he
realized that he could not do against
In the later rounds you could hear Jack Lowe telling Pavlik that, "you got to knock him out, don't let him steal this from you." Desperation, desperation, desperation in a losing cause, as Kelly stumbled back to his desperate corner, round after humiliating round with no way to solve the puzzle.
What's next for the Executioner? Perhaps a re-match with Roy Jones, Jr., one of his yesteryear conquerors, if Jones gets by Joe Calzaghe next month in Madison Square Garden. Roy Jones being an eye witness to Bernard's victory over Pavlik perhaps is saying to himself, "If this old man could it, then I could beat this youngster, Calzaghe".
But, "aye, there is the
rub", as William Shakespeare would always say, Calzaghe is "no
youngster", he is as old as Roy Jones. So the Executioner will have to fight the winner of this "Senior
Citizen " fight. Speaking of Senior Citizens, should I come out of
retirement and try my luck at a young pup?