5-13-18-Turning Stone Casino-N.Y.- I thought I was watching the NBA Playoffs, the way Sadam Ali got bounced around by Jamie Mungia Last night.
Sadam Ali (26-1-14K) v. Jamie Mungia (28-0-24K)
In his last fight, a title winning effort against retiring great, Miguel Cotto, the flashy Ali found himself facing a MUCH different animal. He faced a guy that reminded me of a cou0ple of heavy handed, mind numbing, slow bangers, Pipino Cuevas and Big George Foreman. Mungia was deemed unfit to fight GGG and Vanes Martirosyan was sacrificed, instead. Well, Ali should have his entire corner arrested for damn near letting him get decapitated in four rounds. Mungia bludgeoned the champ, showing absolutely ZERO respect, dropping him four times (should’ve been at LEAST two more). The size difference in Mungia’s favor was so apparent in the first round, as the heavy handed Mungia dropped Ali with the first meaningful left hook he landed. Actually, Ali never recovered from that mind numbing blast. The challenger’s punches seemed to be the slow, wide, type that cause huge damage if you’re there when they land. Seconds later, a flurry put Ali on the canvas again and it became a matter of how long this carnage was gonna’ last. Not very, regardless of how brave Ali’s corner was. A right hand dropped Ali in the second round and this was starting to resemble Foreman-Frazier. In the third, Ali staged a brief rally but the writing was on the wall, Ali’s corner just didn’t get the memo. Trainer Andre Rozier yelled, “that’s all you need to do, use the jab”. Cornerman Curtis Stevens wasn’t saying shit, he knew how deep the turds were, that Ali was in, he remembers what it felt like when GGG and David Lemeuix put paws on HIS smaller ass. The Dr. was called in to check on Ali as Rozier was hollering instructions and it was apparent the champ didn’t have a clue as to what state he was in, much less which casino. This was becoming very scary as Ali was again sent out to face a youngster (21) that was minus ANY type of pity. In the fifth, a clean, slow, flush, left hook located Ali’s jaw and down he went again. The punch was a sweeping hook that Ali STILL couldn’t avoid. There was no need for any type of count, the next guy to to visit Ali might have been a man in Black, carrying a scythe. It was great seeing my old friend Robert Alcazar, running Mungia’s corner. He’s always been another of the ‘good guys in tha’ game, despite the shafting he got from DeLaHoya years ago. Good job, Roberto, you have a monster on your hands. The only thing I see that might cause his guy issues is the lack of hand speed, but I thought the same thing about Big George. Mungia is now the new boss in the 154 lb class, WBO style.
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