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BOXING IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH


Boxing isn't bad for your health

Please dont watch this video if you have had a little too much Christmas Pudding or a few extra beers over the summer months. I love it at the end when they play is backwards.

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Boxing Match – Bridges v Brownlee


Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has issued a unique proposal to fellow MP Gerry Brownlee challenging him to a boxing fight. The two MP’s not usually noted for their boxing have both been seen in a Wellington boxing club sharpening their skills this week in preparation. Bridges even taunted the Energy and Resources Minister on his facebook page saying a fight between the two “wouldn’t take long”.

Apparently Brownlee was surprised by the challenge and in true boxing style returned with some quality trash talk. “I’m gunna dig a giant hole and put Bridges in it…probably on conservation land where nobody will look.” Bridges however, was equally as harsh describing Brownlee as a poodle and warning him he will be so beaten he may be in danger of prosecution under the Animal Cruelty Act.

A local website, Ozy Mandias Warning, is running a competition to determine the boxing names for these two. Two that come to mind are Bridges the Bloodhound and Brownlee the Miner. Any other ideas spring to mind???

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble


LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE

This is the boxing catch phrase made famous by the ring announcer Michael Buffer. His trademark style where he rolls certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter’s name is famous in boxing terms. To boxing novicies, this man is the voice of boxing and frankly one of the best bits of any big title fight.  Apparently Buffer began announcing in 1982 and by 1984 he had developed the mighty phrase ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’. By 1992 this phrase had be patented and it has made an estimated Buffer has made $400 million from the simple phrase. He has recently started saying a new saying which is, “Let’s get ready, for a good, clean, fight!”. Which is in my opinion not half as good and probably wont make him even a million.

I personally have concerns when a single human being can make so much money off a simple sentence. What has the world come too when someone can make a living off just a collection of 5 words. It does make me wonder if I have a sentence lurking within my brain that could do the same. Imagaine that, finding the perfect sentence to sum up your life, your job which may mean you never have to work again.

Moving on let’s look at the the sport of boxing. It is one without argument the purest of all sports. Two men pitted against each other, caged together in the canvas ring with the strongest and smartest usually coming out on top. It is a battle of strength, speed, stamina and mental toughness. In boxing there is no place to hide, no team mate to cover you and more importantly no one else to blame.

Perhaps it is because of the above reason or maybe I am just an advocate of violence, but I am drawn to boxing. In fact I will be honest and say I sadly drawn to sport violence in all its forms. Like a groupie at a Green Day concert if there is a little sporting violence I will be watching.  I remember the early State of Origin matches for the customary brawl and I must admit YouTubing the Auckland Grammar V Kelston rugby game which ended in a fight earlier this year. Even when watching my All Black’s I will momentarily gets excited when there is a bit of fisty cuffs. This seems strange as I dont agree with violence at all.

Why would a skinny white guy like me be drawn to violence? Who knows but I do know that my one and only attempt at boxing was very disappointing. I was involved in pre season training for soccer and our coach decided to put us through a circuit. One of the stations was boxing.  This involved one person holding the punching bag while the other punched for 30 seconds. My partner was useless as he could hardly hold the punching bag he was laugh so hard at my inability to throw anything that resembled a punch. The other thing I remeber was the fact that 30 seconds took so long!!! Needless to say that was the last time I ever put on the boxing gloves.

The reason for this boxing post is because of the big boxing fight this weekend between Tua and Cameron. I will be watching it however, but I will be doing so with a tinge of disappointment. The reason being that I found out this morning that Buffer won’t be doing the ring announcement. I guess when money talks his phrase was just a few dollars too much for the New Zealand budget. This is sad because we all know most boxing matches never live up  to the hype or pre match billing. Now with Buffer not there both the pre-match entertainment and the fight could be a let down.

For those interested ina bit of box. The Top 10 knock outs of all time.

October 4th

Well the fight was certainly interesting and a little graphic. For those that missed it here is the highlights of the two rounds

Let's Get Ready to Rumble


LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE

This is the boxing catch phrase made famous by the ring announcer Michael Buffer. His trademark style where he rolls certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter’s name is famous in boxing terms. To boxing novicies, this man is the voice of boxing and frankly one of the best bits of any big title fight.  Apparently Buffer began announcing in 1982 and by 1984 he had developed the mighty phrase ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’. By 1992 this phrase had be patented and it has made an estimated Buffer has made $400 million from the simple phrase. He has recently started saying a new saying which is, “Let’s get ready, for a good, clean, fight!”. Which is in my opinion not half as good and probably wont make him even a million.

I personally have concerns when a single human being can make so much money off a simple sentence. What has the world come too when someone can make a living off just a collection of 5 words. It does make me wonder if I have a sentence lurking within my brain that could do the same. Imagaine that, finding the perfect sentence to sum up your life, your job which may mean you never have to work again.

Moving on let’s look at the the sport of boxing. It is one without argument the purest of all sports. Two men pitted against each other, caged together in the canvas ring with the strongest and smartest usually coming out on top. It is a battle of strength, speed, stamina and mental toughness. In boxing there is no place to hide, no team mate to cover you and more importantly no one else to blame.

Perhaps it is because of the above reason or maybe I am just an advocate of violence, but I am drawn to boxing. In fact I will be honest and say I sadly drawn to sport violence in all its forms. Like a groupie at a Green Day concert if there is a little sporting violence I will be watching.  I remember the early State of Origin matches for the customary brawl and I must admit YouTubing the Auckland Grammar V Kelston rugby game which ended in a fight earlier this year. Even when watching my All Black’s I will momentarily gets excited when there is a bit of fisty cuffs. This seems strange as I dont agree with violence at all.

Why would a skinny white guy like me be drawn to violence? Who knows but I do know that my one and only attempt at boxing was very disappointing. I was involved in pre season training for soccer and our coach decided to put us through a circuit. One of the stations was boxing.  This involved one person holding the punching bag while the other punched for 30 seconds. My partner was useless as he could hardly hold the punching bag he was laugh so hard at my inability to throw anything that resembled a punch. The other thing I remeber was the fact that 30 seconds took so long!!! Needless to say that was the last time I ever put on the boxing gloves.

The reason for this boxing post is because of the big boxing fight this weekend between Tua and Cameron. I will be watching it however, but I will be doing so with a tinge of disappointment. The reason being that I found out this morning that Buffer won’t be doing the ring announcement. I guess when money talks his phrase was just a few dollars too much for the New Zealand budget. This is sad because we all know most boxing matches never live up  to the hype or pre match billing. Now with Buffer not there both the pre-match entertainment and the fight could be a let down.

For those interested ina bit of box. The Top 10 knock outs of all time.

October 4th

Well the fight was certainly interesting and a little graphic. For those that missed it here is the highlights of the two rounds