Boston Bombings: Don't Blame Boxing

Some time has past, but in case you missed it, there was a bit of news buzz claiming that boxing might have had something to do with the Boston bomber's craziness.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who died, trained as a boxer. CNN put up an article soon after the brothers were identified suggesting boxing was a contributing factor. The article was widely panned, and I'm not going to give that drivel a link. Instead of that, you should check out the Los Angeles Times piece in defense of boxing, if you missed it.

Eye On The Ring Gets Updates

It's been a while since we've updated our look, but I'd like to point out a few new things that were added at the same time. Don't miss the fighter pages, which make finding fights a bit easier. We also posted the top 100 fights based on your ratings, which is shaping up to be an interesting list. (Links to those pages are on the main menu, look above.)

If you like the new look or have suggestions, let me know in the comments!

We still are relatively unknown, it would help us out if you post your cards on your social media networks, and let your friends know about EOTR:

A Racecar Driver, a Skier, a Polevaulter and Joe Frazier Jump into a Pool...

Here we have Joe Frazier belly flopping into the 1973 Superstars swimming competition, Forty years ago. Rumor has it, when he was asked why he didn't tell the producers that he couldn't swim, he replied: "How was I to know I couldn't until I tried it?".

The flop is about 1.22 in.

Olympic Fighters Lose the Headgear

No more headgear in Olympic boxing matches. Only the top tier of male fighters will go without headgear, fighters in the women's division and all fighters in lower levels will still have headgear.

Pro style 10-point must scoring will also appear during the next Olympics. (I think I'm not the only one that would have preferred pro scoring in London last summer.)

Full story at ESPN.

Boxing Key to Evolution of Human Hands, Says Science

It seems human hands are optimized for fist making. Other primates have fingers that are too long to curl into their palms, and their thumbs are all wrong to wrap around a fist. Previous theories suggested our unique hand shape evolved for tool making, but perhaps it evolved for beating up other humans. And taking their tools.

See the full story at NewScientist.

EOTR'S Year-End Pound-for-Pound Top 20

1. Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) - WBA Super 154, WBC 147
2012: Miguel Cotto (UD 12)

2. Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) - WBC 168, WBA Super 168
2012: Chad Dawson (TKO 10)

3. Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) - WBO 122
2012: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (SD 12), Jeffrey Mathebula (UD 12), Toshiaki Nishioka (TKO 9), Jorge Arce (KO 3)

4. Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) - WBC 160
2012: Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (UD 12)
Next Fight: Martin Murray, April 27

El Perro Is Back!

After being incarcerated (i.e., "detained") by INS for seven months--Angulo called it just like prison--El Perro finally got back in the ring on Saturday for the first time since getting brutally stopped by James Kirkland in one of the best action fights of last year. Angulo wasted no time getting back in the groove, knocking out the hapless Raul Casarez within a minute of the opening bell.

Chilling Knockout: David Lemieux KO 1 Alvaro Gaona

Canadian middleweight prospect David Lemieux had lost a lot of his shine coming off losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and former 154-lb. titlist Joachim Alcine, but he still has nitroglycerine in both hands, as demonstrated by his chilling knockout last night of a hapless Alvaro Gaona. Check out the straight right that plants Gaona on his posterior near the end of the first round, and then the vicious left hook that puts Gaona to sleep shortly thereafter.

On the Radar: Canadian Welterweight Antonin Decarie

Canadian welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie opened a lot of eyes last night with his dominant TKO victory over Alex Perez in what was supposed to be a showcase fight for Perez. Perez had the height and reach advantage, but it soon became apparent that he was nowhere near the skill level of Decarie, who showed surprising power for someone with only 7 KOs in 26 wins coming into the fight. There's no question about his power and accuracy now after his brutal finish of Perez. Check out round 6 in the fight below:

Referee Expelled from the London Olympics

An Olympic boxing referee from Turkmenistan was sent packing Thursday after failing to stop a men's bantamweight bout, despite fighter Magomed Abdulhamidov being knocked down six times by Japan's Satoshi Shimizu. This comes in a week that also saw eight badminton players expelled for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport". (They threw a match to get a more favorable draw later.)

At least boxing isn't the only sport in London currently being marred by unethical behaviors.

Khan vs. Garcia: Garcia's Dad Needs to STFU Part 2

Danny Garcia's dad/trainer, Angel Garcia, is proving to be fearless in espousing the most reprehensible opinions regarding Pakistanis and Muslims prior to his son's fight against Amir Khan on July 14 (HBO). Check out this "interview"/rant below, and keep in mind that if other people are around, you'd better keep the volume low:

Louis C.K. Talks Boxing with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons

A few friends have asked me what I think about the Pacquiao vs Bradley decision. I evaded the question. My true answer—that I've avoided sharing up until now—is that part of me has been enjoying the excitement. Check out this interview, it sounds like comedian Louis C.K. has a similar opinion. I never knew he was such a huge boxing fan:


Seattle Hometown Hero Headed to Olympics After All

At the U.S. Olympic Boxing team trials in February Queen Underwood of Seattle lost by a one-point decision. Her future changed dramatically on Monday when the AIBA, the international governing body of amateur boxing, opened up a spot for her on the U.S. team.

Women's Boxing is a first-time event in London. The United States, Russia, and Britian have fighters competing in all three weight classes this summer.

Horrible News: Paul Williams "Likely Paralyzed" After Motorcycle Accident

Channel 12 (WRDW Augusta) is reporting that Paul Williams has suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident, and will be "likely paralyzed."

Read the article here.

Obviously, if this report is accurate, the Sept. 15 PPV featuring Paul vs. Canelo in the main event is off.