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EDDY REYNOSO IS carrying Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez on his shoulders. It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, one of the most important days in boxing. And the two, Reynoso as trainer, Álvarez as his boxer, are celebrating another win surrounded by the largest indoor crowd to ever watch a boxing match in the United States. Just seconds before, inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with 73,126 people in attendance, Billy Joe Saunders, or his corner — whichever version of the story you believe — said they’d had enough.

It wasn’t illogical to think Saunders would be Álvarez’s most formidable opponent in years. He was an undefeated world champion, a slick southpaw from England who’d frustrated opponents confident they could hurt him. But, perhaps most importantly, Saunders is a natural antagonist. His personality often crosses the line between confidence and arrogance, someone who relished fighting in a stadium with enough people to rival the population of a mid-sized Texas town, of which only about a dozen wanted to see him win.

“You’ve never been in the ring with someone like me,” Saunders warned Canelo before the fight. Once the fight started, and the crowd yelled so loud it made your ears ring and your chest pound, Álvarez handled him with relative ease. For good measure, he broke the right side of Saunders’s face.

“I felt it when I hit him,” Álvarez says now, in Spanish, of the right uppercut that damaged Saunders. When you punch people for a living, you can feel and hear when your fists have cracked bones. “I saw all this caved in,” Álvarez says, pointing at his cheekbone, slowly dragging his finger under his right eye. He explains how he broke Saunders — with the casualness of someone talking about the weather.

“I saw this other part raised,” Álvarez continues, pointing beside his eye by his temple. “That’s why I started urging the crowd to get loud. I knew once the round was over, he wasn’t going to fight anymore. He’d be risking his life.”

To put it as plainly as possible, Álvarez put a beating on Saunders that made him, or his corner, or all of them, say he didn’t want anymore. Instead of fighting, he’d rather go home.

That’s why once the fight ended after the 8th round, Reynoso carried Álvarez around the ring on his shoulders in victory. Not far from a waving Mexican flag and a disfigured Saunders, who minutes later would sit inside a lonesome ambulance with a pulsing pain from a right orbital bone broken in three separate places, Reynoso screamed with excitement. Álvarez, sitting atop of his shoulders, sitting atop of the world, pounded his chest and flexed his muscles.

At that moment, just like they recognize it now, Reynoso and Álvarez know that no one in the world can beat them. Not anyone at 160 or 168 or 175 pounds. Not Saunders.

Not Caleb Plant, who they fight on Saturday for four-belt unification. (Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET, with prelims at 6 p.m. ET)

Álvarez and Reynoso have gotten to the point where they are reaching for history — to become an undisputed champion, and with that, to do what no one else from Mexico has done before. The Plant fight and beyond isn’t about a payday or win for the boxer and trainer team. They are fighting for Álvarez to ascend as the greatest Mexican boxer that ever lived.

Álvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso lifted the boxer for a victory lap around the ring after they defeated Billy Joe Saunders in May. 

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ÁLVAREZ IS LISTENING to Reynoso. He’s sitting on the ring apron in their boxing gym in San Diego. It’s a small gym in an industrial warehouse area, which, from the outside, doesn’t have a single sign that the world’s best boxer trains there. In fact, with closed vertical blinds, black poster boards taped on the dark tinted windows, and a door that’s locked as soon as Álvarez enters, they don’t want you to know.

That’s where Álvarez sits. He passively listens as Reynoso, about 20 feet away, struggles to cut a promo for a Spanish language television station that just interviewed him.

El seis de noviembre, no se pierdan la pelea…,” Reynoso says, staring into the camera before it sounds like his mouth stopped working.

No se pierdan la pelea este seis de noviembre…” His words trip again despite the rearrangement. He tries again, then fails one more time.

While attempting to tell viewers to tune in on Nov. 6, his words just don’t come out right. The producer tries to guide him. With an escalating frustration in his voice, Reynoso says he has it.

After another stumble, Álvarez, who has stared at his phone this entire time, smiling and giggling at what he calls, “memes y mama—s” — memes and bull—- stands up and yells. “No que muy fácil?” He reminds them how everyone makes fun of him when he struggles to do the same. How everyone thinks it’s so easy, but it’s not. Everyone laughs, even Reynoso, who has a subdued personality. The kind that tells a writer they’re wasting his time if he thinks they’re asking dumb questions.

At last, Reynoso gets through the promo. Álvarez shows his phone to Munir Somoya, the strength and conditioning coach, and they both laugh. It’s a relaxed atmosphere before anyone gets in the ring. So much so that when Álvarez, still sitting on the ring apron, receives a phone call from a friend, he immediately puts them on speaker so all can help decipher what the fast-talking voice is saying. “No se te entiende ni madres,” Álvarez laughs while saying he understands nothing. “Habla despacito.” Talk slowly.

If you don’t see how they interact, you might think Álvarez and Reynoso are quiet, often giving simple answers to the questions they’re asked — at least in English. If you don’t speak Spanish, you might not understand that there’s always something lost in translation. You might not know the relationship between Álvarez and Reynoso is many things. Somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram, Reynoso is trainer, manager, older brother and sometimes more.

“I’ve known him since he was a boy,” Reynoso, who turns 45 on the day of the fight, says, in Spanish, of Álvarez, 31. He has a tattoo of Álvarez’s face and frame on the outer part of his left forearm. He got it about 10 months ago after they defeated Englishman Callum Smith, a boxer they completely dominated even though he was an undefeated world champion, tall, had a long reach, was a good technical boxer and moved well. Immediately after that fight, in the locker room, Álvarez told Reynoso that he’d never fail him. And that, to prove it, he was willing to die in the ring.

The relationship between Álvarez and Reynoso is special, in part, because, ever since Álvarez’s older brother, Rigoberto, first brought him to his gym in Guadalajara, Mexico, the trainer has helped mature the young boy to a world champion. Today, Álvarez is more than that; he’s more than just a superstar in boxing. He’s one of the world’s most marketable male athletes. The clear example is that boxing isn’t dead in the United States — as the common trope argues — it’s just become a Latino, largely Mexican, sport. For his part, Álvarez says Reynoso is the best trainer in the world and that there’s no team better than his.

“We’ve always been together,” Reynoso says. Regardless of the relationship label, he says his job is to protect Álvarez. To make sure, inside the ring, he’s well prepared. To make sure, outside the ring, he’s doing things right.

“I worried a lot about him,” Reynoso says of Álvarez, using the past tense as if he’s talking about the 13-year-old he helped raise. The boy who had six older brothers who also boxed and a sister who helped him along his boxing path. Álvarez was the youngest and had a genius for fighting. He imagined winning world titles but couldn’t possibly visualize he’d become this big. “I still worry,” Reynoso adds, suddenly speaking in the present. Boxing is a tumultuous ocean where the most treacherous sharks wear suits and tuxedos.

“Lots of negatives, lots of greed,” Álvarez says when asked about the dark side of the boxing business. “But it’s part of the deal. It comes with the territory, and you just have to know how to navigate it.”

When that’s the world you live in, you can’t ever put your guard down. Those you keep the closest are the ones you trust with your life.

And so, around Álvarez and Reynoso is a team that’s been together for years. It’s their small world that’s only gotten tighter as Álvarez’s star has gotten larger. Reynoso, who demands hard work, says they’re all friends. Canelo, who demands loyalty, says they’re all family. They all understand they’re here now, to help Álvarez become the first Mexican, and Latino, undisputed world champion. Those who can’t help, are let go. Sparring partners who don’t push Álvarez enough are sent home with broken ribs and crooked noses.

“That was Eddy’s idea,” Álvarez says of fighting to win all four major title belts, becoming just the sixth male boxer to ever do it. “It occurred to him last year.”

The Plant fight is important for Álvarez, but if you talk to them enough, you get the sense it might be more critical for Reynoso. Besides his other shifting titles, he’s a boxing historian. The one whose life has revolved around boxing since the bug first bit him. Reynoso was just eight years old when his father — Don Chepo — took him to boxing gyms around Guadalajara, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

He never left those gyms that all smell of stale sweat. It’s the kind of stench that, at best, cleaning supplies can only temporarily mask. Reynoso, who wears cologne to the gym, is the one who — about 15 years ago when hardly anyone knew Álvarez’s name, when if you knew him, you more than likely called him Saúl — came up with what became their mantra: No Boxing, No Life.

Reynoso is the one who understands better than all that any claim Álvarez may have at being Mexico’s greatest boxer rests on him becoming an undisputed champion. “He’d be categorized as the best in Mexican boxing history, no matter what others say,” Reynoso says.

“To be the best, you need to have the wins, and Saúl will have that,” Reynoso continues. “No Mexican will have accomplished what Saúl has done.”

Álvarez has been training with Eddy Reynoso and his father, Don Chepo Reynoso, since 13 years old. Boxing made them a team, but their bond made them family. 

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IF SOCCER REMAINS Mexico’s most popular sport, boxing, especially among the working class, is the county’s Freudian id. Where boxers, even those who don’t become world champions, can still become national heroes. Those who win titles become folk heroes, living forever in songs, movies and telenovelas.

There’s no analog in the United States for what boxing means in Mexican culture. Perhaps the closest example comes from over a century ago when baseball symbolized democracy and morality. With that, the expanding American empire introduced its national game everywhere it spread, including Mexico. Back then, as America told it, playing and watching baseball — instead of fighting — was a way of becoming civilized.

Boxing is almost of existential importance within Mexican culture, whether in Mexico or the United States with Mexican Americans. Because if what Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes said is true, claiming the country’s history is one of crushing defeat compared to America’s grandeur, then boxing remained one of the few places where victories have been plentiful.

Those victories on the nights when, surrounded by family and friends, boxers like Julio César Chávez affirmed that though others couldn’t see them, it never meant Mexican people were invisible. A Mexican national hero on both sides of the border, called El Gran Campeón Mexicano, and largely considered the country’s greatest boxer, Chávez never spoke English. Every time he won and spoke Spanish, it became clear that even if others couldn’t understand him, what he had to say was no less important.

It’s why on the late January night in 1994 when the great Chávez lost to the now departed American Frankie Randall — his first defeat after 91 fights — Reynoso felt like boxing, the sport he loved, had broken his heart. Decades later, his voice still gets low as he talks about that loss and how it hurt.

Whenever Álvarez fights, it sounds like an entire stadium in the United States is singing the Mexican national anthem. Fans — from the ones sitting in the nosebleed sections to the Mexican and Mexican Americans with enough money to sit as close to the ring as possible — will then chant Álvarez’s name. And even if, for some, distance has strained that connection, they’ll also chant the name of their spiritual home. “ME-XI-CO! ME-XI-CO!”

Countless people gather across two countries, in homes, restaurants, bars or any place with a television to watch him fight.

When he holds media workouts in fancy resort hotels, the guests may not know who Álvarez is, but those who clean the rooms, make the food, cut the grass and park the cars, often do.

Even if metaphorically, there’s dignity in taking a beating today then returning tomorrow to likely get punched in the face again. That even if you lose, there’s something heroic in not backing down. It’s part of that basic philosophy of the Mexican working class. Even if the task is Sisyphean, it must get done because there’s no way around it.

Imagine if this is you and you find someone on the other side. Someone inflicting that damage and not taking it. Someone that comes from where you do, speaks the way you do, laughs at the same memes y mama—s that you do. Little wonder why someone like Chávez, or Álvarez — who used to sell popsicles on the streets, then disobeyed his father when he stopped going to school in the 8th grade so he could work and fight — get treated like they have the power to make their people feel a little less alienated. It’s why the two most important boxing days in the United States are held on weekends that commemorate important dates in Mexican history.

“I feel that fanaticism,” Álvarez says of the fans of Mexican heritage across two countries. Because of that zealotry, whenever Álvarez fights, he seemingly becomes the center of Mexican culture. Grandmothers will light candles, asking God to protect him. Against Saunders, in Mexico, over half the people who had their television on, watched Álvarez. “Whatever day I fight,” Álvarez explains, “that’s for all Mexicans and for all of Mexico.”

Don Chepo, right, and Eddy Reynoso sitting in the corner, the place where they have helped build the careers of elite fighters like Álvarez, Ryan Garcia, Andy Ruiz, Jr and Óscar Valdez. 

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REYNOSO USES A gray towel to wipe the sweat from Álvarez’s face. It’s in between rounds of shadow boxing, where Álvarez moves effortlessly across the ring. It looks like he’s gliding. He then mimics punching to the body, a shot to the liver. That’s the cruelest punch in all of boxing and a cornerstone in the Mexican style of fighting.

Cruel because if you get knocked unconscious, you might not feel a thing. Sometimes, boxers awake from a punch and must get told their fight is over. But get hit hard enough with a body shot, and you feel the excruciating pain that makes you want to quit. It makes you wonder if a major organ’s been ruptured. A handful of honest seconds that feel like minutes which make you think you might be dying.

Se lo metes,” Reynoso tells Álvarez as he watches him practice those punches. Put it in him.

In this case, him is Caleb Plant. He’s the boxer from Tennessee who holds the last belt — IBF super-middleweight (168 pounds) title — needed to complete the undisputed puzzle that Álvarez and Reynoso have been solving since early in the pandemic.

Álvarez and Reynoso have zero doubt that they’ll do it. It’s more than the usual boxing bravado. It’s something deeper. It’s that Mexican fatalism that convinces us there’s no stopping whatever’s meant to pass. It’s not Plant that’s keeping Álvarez, Reynoso and the rest of their team, from their post-fight, in-ring celebratory photo. It’s that Nov. 6 has yet to come. But once it comes, and they beat Plant, they’ll take that photo, have it framed, then hang it along with the many others inside their San Diego gym.

On those walls, you can see the arc of Álvarez’s career. A fight poster against California-native Josesito López ​​when Álvarez was just 22 and baby-faced. Back then, in 2012, during Mexican Independence Day weekend, some influential voices wondered if Álvarez’s popularity came because he was good or because he, often portrayed as some sort of fighting heartthrob, was perfectly marketed. So loud were those questions that, on that same Las Vegas night, Julio César Chávez, Jr. — the son of the Mexican national hero with the golden name — fought less than two miles down the road.

Though they fought different opponents, that night, Álvarez and Chávez Jr. were fighting to see who’d become the next great Mexican boxer. They eventually met in the ring. Álvarez won easily. That fight poster also hangs in the gym where, from the outside, the only sign of what’s happening inside is when Álvarez hits the heavy bags, and it sounds like a gunshot. There’s also a framed photograph of that fight. It’s Álvarez punching Chávez Jr.’s body. That punch made Chávez Jr. shrink in pain. It may not have been the blow that hurt most, but instead, Álvarez beating him out of his birthright. That was the last time any person said “next great Mexican boxer” and Chávez Jr. in the same sentence.

“The people have gotten on board,” Álvarez says of the Mexican and Mexican American fans that had once questioned how good he was. “For as much as they didn’t want to, they’ve started admiring what I do and have become fans.”

He also knows there will always be a few who question some part of his career. But this side of his lone loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., where he fought one of the best boxers of his generation at just 23 in 2013, this side of his two hard-fought battles against Gennadiy Golovkin in 2017 and 2018 — a draw and a close win respectively — Álvarez has become the world’s best boxer. The few that still have doubts will likely never be convinced. Even if — or when, if you’re as convinced as Álvarez and Reynoso — he becomes undisputed, and there’s no one in the division left to beat.

“At the end of the day, to be the best, you don’t need people to love you,” Reynoso says, a defiant tone in his voice. As he talks, he stands close to those fight posters and photos inside their gym that are monuments to Álvarez’s accomplishments. And because the two are interconnected, those same posters and photos are a testament to Reynoso’s achievements, too.

They’re tangible proof that their tree of sacrifices has given fruit. “When we started, there was no one there,” Reynoso remembers. Even today, the months away from family, months away from home, is easier to stomach because they, together, are doing what they love.

They understand the responsibility that comes with becoming the best Mexican boxer. The symbolism of fighting in the very places that were once part of Mexico, places with a history of anti-Mexican violence. So, they might all laugh and play around for a bit, but once the actual work begins there’s no room for bulls——g.

Once that bell rings, after Reynoso has wiped the sweat from Álvarez’s face and given him water and it’s time to work again, it’s a complete focus.

Back to shadowboxing, Álvarez punches at an opponent that only he can see. Beads of sweat fly from his arms, staining the canvas. There’s a seriousness that’s invaded Álvarez’s face. Like some part of that respectful person who shakes hands with everyone as he enters the gym has left. Like he’s forgotten how, not long before then, he told me he’s always been a quiet person. How he plays golf every day because it breaks the training camp loneliness and monotony while helping him stay calm inside the ring.

In his place, is the boxer who before each fight tells his family — including his wife and four children — he loves them because he knows either him or his opponent may, in the literal sense, be fighting for their lives. He tells them that if something were to happen to him inside that ring, that at least it happened while doing something he loves.

Álvarez, inside that ring, where he’s his truest self, has stopped singing and laughing, dancing and joking. The muscles around his jaw become tense. The veins from the sides of his muscular neck are suddenly awake.

LE VOY A DAR LA P—-A DE SU VIDA!” Álvarez breaks his silence, yelling what’s heard throughout the entire gym and even outside. He says he’s going to give him the beating of his life.

Again, him is Caleb Plant.

Soon after Álvarez makes his proclamation, Reynoso, with a gray towel hanging over his shoulder, standing outside the corner of the ring, looks at how Álvarez practices his brutal trade. “Move your waist,” he tells him. “Protect yourself with your arms,” he adds before showing him.

Así, así” — like this, like this — Reynoso, with his fists near his ears, says as he bends his waist side to side and back to front. Álvarez nods then follows instructions.

Bien m’ijo,” Reynoso says.

Good, my son.

Caleb Plant and Álvarez throw punches at their pre-fight press conference in September. They meet in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

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REYNOSO IS HOLDING back Álvarez. The press conference between Plant and Álvarez, about six weeks before their fight, just got physical. Not in the way that boxers sometimes fake beef to help sell their fight. Physical in a Plant might have landed the first shot but now he’s bleeding from under his eye after Álvarez landed three sort of way.

Before they were face to face, Plant had called Álvarez a drug cheat after the Mexican boxer tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol in 2018. Álvarez said it was the result of eating contaminated Mexican beef. The same state athletic commission that suspended him for six months, later said a hair follicle test didn’t detect any banned substance. That gave Álvarez’s tainted beef theory some credence. Plant, who isn’t alone in his skepticism, didn’t buy it.

Once in front of him, Plant — who says the Mexican boxer has never been in the ring with someone like him — called Álvarez a motherf—er. That’s when their face-off turned violent.

Because it’s what sometimes happens when you speak in a tongue that isn’t your own, Álvarez took the insult as literal. Parts of Mexican culture are full of machismo and in those spaces — boxing being one — every macho has a mother that can’t be disrespected.

“YOU’RE THE MOTHERF—ER!” Álvarez responded after pushing Plant away. Often, because it’s useful in moments like these, cursing is the first thing you want to learn in a new language. They then threw hands and were separated.

Even before that all happened, through no real fault of his own, Plant represented the nemesis in the historical tension between the United States and Mexico. Plant didn’t need to say a single word for Álvarez’s camp to naturally see him as their adversary. But once he started talking, he became more than that. He offended some part of Álvarez and Reynoso’s Mexican sensibilities.

“Why talk?” Álvarez asks rhetorically. “At the end, we’re going to find out inside the ring. There, words are useless. I don’t see a need to talk. The things I say, I say them because I feel them in my heart.”

Álvarez and Reynoso say Plant talks too much. They say they’ll have little problem beating him. They know his strengths — he’s an undefeated world champion, tall, has a long reach, is a good technical boxer, and moves well — and they also know his weaknesses. They’ve studied his fights. They know which rounds he’s most dangerous, throwing more punches, applying more pressure. They also know when he tires. But more important than any of that, they know Plant isn’t Álvarez.

“Saúl will beat him any way he wants,” Reynoso says of Plant. “Why? Because he’s at his peak. He’s beaten better boxers than Plant. He has more experience. He’s young. He’s strong. And more than anything else, he stays in the gym.”

Hard work and discipline. That’s Álvarez’s greatest strength, according to Reynoso, who’ll sometimes rant about boxers pretending to work hard by posting things on social media. He says Álvarez has that because it’s what he learned as a young boxer. Without putting it into words, Reynoso is saying Álvarez is that way because that’s how he taught him.

Asked about Plant’s chances of winning, Álvarez says, “Right now, I don’t see anyone who can beat me.”

Armed with unwavering determination, Álvarez and the Reynosos remain focused on making Mexico proud. 

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WATCH ENOUGH BOXING and you’ll almost inevitably hear the young stars talk about how they want to retire before their bodies begin to fail them. How they want to make their money and get out. How their career will be unlike the stereotypical boxer that ends up broke, physically and economically. Fighting, only because that’s the best way they know how to make money.

That’s no criticism against young boxers. Boxing is a painful, horrible business that can drown you, and, if they can, they should think of a way to get out as soon as possible.

Álvarez, however, says he loves fighting. Even when he isn’t preparing for a fight, he’s still training in the gym. Though he says he fights for the Mexican people, wherever they might live, he says he’s reached a point where he no longer feels any pressure. That there’s no adrenaline to match knocking out an opponent. Or even better, making them quit.

Nada, nada, nada,” he says. Nothing. “It’s something different,” Álvarez tries to explain the surge of electricity he feels when seeing another opponent — who has been training for months to hurt him just the same — can no longer fight.

Imagine that. To not just dominate the best of the best within this cut-throat sport but make them, the hardest of men, no longer want to fight. Imagine the beating that someone who trains to ignore pain, must take before their instinct for self-preservation takes over. If their pride would let them, they’d admit what their body’s already confessed. An admission that could wreck their identity. If the body could put into words what it’s saying, it’d be something like, I was convinced there was no one in the world who could beat me, but then I fought you.

It’s a bit unnerving when Álvarez sometimes practices his violent gift while listening to Mexican ballads and love songs. How, from this idyllic coast he perfects his methods to break the will of men. Instead of trying to intimidate opponents, Álvarez is the opposite. He’s disturbingly calm.

There’s something unsettling about a man who doesn’t need to fight, at least for economic reasons, but does it because he loves it. Álvarez almost shuns the boxing gods, ignoring the sport’s most real proverb saying it’s hard for a boxer to wake up and train when they sleep in silk sheets. Álvarez does more than that. On the days before he fights, he wears little else besides silk pajamas. “It’s more comfortable for me,” he says, as a way of explanation.

That’s just the kind of thing you do when you’re convinced no one can beat you. When you plan to fight another seven years, including again in Mexico — something he hasn’t done in a decade — against the toughest competition, and then just leave. Maybe to play golf. Maybe to tend to his businesses. Both would seemingly help him fulfill that competitive drive that’s brought him here. Maybe to ride his horses. Maybe something else. Anything that would be the opposite of a life spent fighting. Álvarez can do whatever he wants, but for now, he fights. And when he does, he says Reynoso worries too much.

Reynoso worries because, as the trainer, the loss that’s hurt him the most wasn’t against Mayweather. It was when Óscar Larios, well past his prime, lost to Jorge Linares, who was barely entering his. “That’s the one that’s stung the most,” Reynoso says of the 2007 fight that left Larios with a bleeding brain.

As the historian, he knows a boxer, today, may beat every man walking the earth, but tomorrow, they’ll never beat time. That’s the one thing Reynoso will never be able to protect Álvarez from. He knows it better than anyone else.

Ánimo cab–n, póngase listo,” Reynoso will tell Álvarez each time before the bell rings and the fights that count start. Before he fights Plant, Reynoso will tell him the same thing. And like always, Álvarez’s response will be a confident nod.

At this point, Álvarez and Reynoso are fighting for titles, yes, but also for pride, country, respect and all the things that come with that. Days after Día de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead, an early November holiday where those of Mexican heritage remember the lives of those who have died — Álvarez and Reynoso are fighting for a sense of immortality. So that after Álvarez has stopped fighting, he’ll be remembered as the greatest boxer from Mexico, surpassing even Julio César Chávez, as blasphemous as that sounds. That maybe, one day, they’ll be songs and movies and telenovelas made about Álvarez. And since their accomplishments are as intertwined as their lives, if that happens, Reynoso will get remembered as the one who helped him live forever, even if not physically.

Right now, when a sense of inevitability surrounds him, maybe the only tension that remains in Álvarez’s career is if he can get out before it’s too late. He’s been fighting for money since he was 15, and Reynoso has been with him every step of the way. If Álvarez can get out and stay away, Reynoso can stop worrying, maybe move on to fret about someone else. If he can get out and never come back, Álvarez will be the only one who has reached this height — hearing his name and that of his country chanted while carried on shoulders — who then didn’t risk his life trying to feel it again.

Roberto José Andrade Franco is a fronterizo from the El Paso-Juárez borderland. Follow him @R_AndradeFranco to read more of his work.

Boxing schedule for 2021: Gervonta Davis vs. Isaac Cruz, Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury close out the year

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Boxing continues to roll on in 2021. After a rough 2020 that saw many stars either not compete or compete just once, the new year has seen a handful of fighters already seen ring time with big success.

Look no further than the pound for pound king himself, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar completed his takeover of the super middleweight division with a thudding knockout of Caleb Plant in November to become the first undisputed champion in that division’s history. A raucous 12-month run that saw him pick up four massive wins already has him as the consensus pick for Fighter of the Year once again.

And many in the boxing community were stunned when WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas outpointed legend Manny Pacquiao to retain his title in August. Despite the fight being made last minute because of an injury to unified titleholder Errol Spence Jr., many expected Pacquiao, 42, to be able to take care of business against the Cuban. Pacquiao subsequently announced his retirement from boxing to focus on a presidential run in his native Philippines. 

Plus, Oleksandr Usyk shocked many with his dazzling performance against Anthony Joshua to claim the unified heavyweight championships. Usyk took a decision over the champion in London and threw a wrench into any plans for a heavyweight unification bout after Joshua invoked his automatic rematch clause.

As the end of the year nears, boxing appears to be going out with a bang.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis is back in a big fight at lightweight when he takes on late replacement Isaac Cruz. Davis, who moved up to 140 pounds and scored a thrilling knockout of Mario Barrios over the summer, was expecting to take on Rolando Romero in this spot, but sexual assault allegations forced his removal from the event. One day prior, the WBC lightweight crown will be at stake when champion Devin Haney takes on Joseph “JoJo” Diaz in Las Vegas. The winners in both matchups will be hoping to get the next shot at George Kambosos, who stunned with a decision over Teofimo Lopez Jr. to claim the unified titles at 135 pounds.

Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2021 year.

Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions.

Dec. 4Las VegasDevin Haney (c) vs. Joseph DiazWBC lightweight titleDAZN
Dec. 5Los AngelesGervonta Davis vs. Isaac CruzLightweightsShowtime PPV
Dec. 11Carson, CaliforniaNonito Donaire (c) vs. Reymart GaballoWBC bantamweight titleShowtime
Dec. 11New YorkVasiliy Lomachenko vs. Richard CommeyLightweightsESPN
Dec. 18Tampa, FloridaJake Paul vs. Tommy FuryCruiserweightsShowtime PPV
Dec. 18Manchester, EnglandDerek Chisora vs. Joseph ParkerHeavyweightsTBD

Lileks: Spilling the beans about a broken coffeemaker

I heard a news story that said that 30 to 50% of all online returns are thrown out. We go through all this folderol to return something we don’t want, show up at the return location with our QR code and paperwork, and they turn around and dump it. You can understand; I wouldn’t want to be “reconditioned boxer shorts” or “refurbished sweat socks” either.

Nevertheless, when the new coffeemaker stopped working, I wanted to return it. Did I keep the box? No. And even so, I didn’t have all those plastic bags of air they use to cushion the thing in shipment. I suppose I could get out the air mattress pump and buy a bag of balloons. No, let’s see if I can solve the problem.

Googling the machine’s name — XR-0034349dC, or something equally melodious — brought up the Amazon page. In a nostalgic mood, I recalled the day I’d read the product reviews before I bought the unit.

  • Made pretty good coffee for a day, then it melted down into a puddle of superheated plastic that burned through the countertop. I thought we had granite, guess not. Now suing the contractor.
  • Love it!!!! It makes coffee. I love coffee! Would buy again. In fact I have, twice, because it breaks.
  • I was initially enticed by the unit’s ability to straddle the two paradigms of coffee making in the year of our Lord 2021, the pot and the single cup. It reminds one of the mythical centaur, both man and horse, yet somehow neither. I am pleased to say that it performs both jobs well, just as I, a classically trained Latin scholar, am able to do both my janitorial work and my hobby translating the manual for the Samsung 32353W dishwasher into Etruscan.
  • Broke before I got to make a cup. Didn’t work. OK, I dropped it, but still.
  • It makes a screeching sound that made my dog claw through the drywall to escape, but we got him earmuffs. Helpful hint: Use bungee cords to secure the earmuffs tightly, and distract dog with peanut butter smeared all over a large dish. We find a Frisbee throwing disc is best, as the peanut butter collects in the rim, and the dog is so intent on getting all the bits out he does not notice the shrill scream of the machine.
  • The single-cup feature worked great for six months, then it stopped. Sent it back. Now just drinking Taster’s Choice Crystals. Actually I snort a spoonful,then drink some hot water.

That last one: ah hah! That’s what happened to me! The single-cup side failed. Why did I ignore this review? Because it had happened to someone else, so I didn’t think it would happen to me.

Well, I knew what to do. It had to be descaled. I had to pour some slimy fluid in the water tank to eliminate scaling. How is it possible that I have been drinking water all my life and never had my throat close up because of deposits? And I don’t even have a throat filter. My coffeemaker has a water filter. What’s it doing?

Then I realized I hadn’t changed the coffeemaker’s water filter. Why? Because no one changes the coffeemaker’s water filter, and— oh, OK, you in the back with your hand up. What.

“I always change the filter at the recommended intervals, to ensure a fresh cup every time.”

I see. And do you make quarterly estimated tax payments as well?

“Funny you should ask! The filter is supposed to be replaced every three months, and when it arrives from Amazon — I have delivery set up on a recurring basis — I sit down and write out a check to the IRS.”

I see. And are all your socks nestled in a drawer, arranged by color and thickness? Do you have a filing cabinet with the tabs arrayed in cascading order of importance, with the last one saying WILL, containing thumb drives labeled with the names of your spouse and children, containing instructions on the disposition of your estate?

“That’s a good idea. I mean, yes, but the thumb drives aren’t stored in order of the children’s births.”

You’re welcome. Anyway, the descaling didn’t work. That meant it was a cup-lancing needle issue.

Cleaning the needle required using another, smaller needle to dislodge any atoms of coffee lodged in the machine’s urethra. I found a safety pin in my wife’s sewing kit amongst all the danger pins, straightened it out and worked it around inside the machine. Which, of course, was plugged in to the socket. Great. Wife would come home, I’m on the floor smoking, a safety pin in my hand, but the coffeemaker’s just made a full pot. So we’ve got that going for us.

As far as I could tell, I dislodged nothing, but when I tried to make a cup, it worked. When my wife asked if I’d had any success, I could honestly say, “We have a fully descaled machine with no needle detritus, and I don’t have to inflate any balloons.”

We’re now out of descaling solution, though. I’ll have to order that. Right after I buy some filters.

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90,000 Boxing Expert Advice: Where to Look During the Fight | This is Boxing

Many martial artists argue that during a fight it is necessary to pierce the eyes of the enemy with his gaze, thus suppressing his thoughts and reading the cunning plans of subsequent attacks. Others claim that it is necessary to look at the enemy’s weapons (in our case, these are hands), arguing that in this way you will react with lightning speed to blows.

It is also widely believed that the gaze should be directed to the opponent’s chest or shoulder girdle. And some psychic masters confidently insist that it is necessary to look through the victim, seeing what is happening behind her. I feel like you have a resonant question – where to look?

“Do not look into the eyes of the enemy, otherwise your mind will drown in his eyes!”

These are the words of the great warrior Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the wonderful martial art called aikido.It is worth noting that this fighter really had a unique mindset and an extremely stern look. See for yourself:

The wise old man also wrote the following:

“Do not look at his sword, otherwise you will be killed by his sword. Do not stare at him, otherwise your spirit will be scattered … Direct your gaze to the enemy, but look within yourself. This is the only way you can see and feel everything that is happening around.


I want to emphasize that in this post we are considering a boxing match, but we believe that this is relevant for many other martial arts.Perhaps someone succeeds in fighting by looking into the eyes of an opponent. Others find it easier to peer into the chest, while others find it easier to look at weapons (arms, legs, elbows, etc.). I respect all of these opinions, but I do not support any of them. Moreover, I consider them extremely dangerous! Next, I will try to argue my point of view and offer an alternative.

I completely agree with the statement of Morihei Ueshiba, in which the wise old man argued that you need to look at your opponent, but you need to look inward, focusing on what surrounds you.I will try to describe everything in simple, boxing language using the following example:

A fight in the ring can be compared to driving a car. When you are driving, you do not focus your vision on houses, cars, people, gearboxes, pedals or any other things that float by and that are involved while driving.

You are always focused only on what is happening ahead, but at the same time you pay attention to road signs, react to pedestrians and overtake other cars, in other words, you keep everything that happens in your field of vision.You do all this with your peripheral vision. You drive the car automatically, performing this or that action reflexively.

An experienced motorist always pays attention to everything that happens while driving, reacting in a timely manner to various obstacles. The same thing happens during the fight. An experienced fighter looks straight ahead and sees the whole picture of what is happening, reacting in a timely manner to various actions of the opponent.

He looks for open spaces on the opponent’s body to strike, just like a driver looks for free space to maneuver.If the fighter is focused only on defense, he will not be able to attack. If the driver is focused only on the gearbox, he will not be able to overtake. In boxing, defensive actions are most often performed at a reflex level. The same thing happens while driving: the driver controls the vehicle automatically.

A novice driver is more likely to get into an accident due to the fact that he focuses too much on one thing, overlooking the other. The same thing happens with a novice fighter, who is easily led to the opponent’s feints, since his gaze always focuses on one “point” (arms, eyes, chest…). But with experience, everything becomes different!

  • I think you need to look in the chest, this is the only way to ward off the blow!
  • I’ve heard that you can only fight back by looking at your shoulders!
  • They say that if you look in the eyes, you can predict the blow!

The truth is that any movement of your opponent can be a trick on which you will easily lead, since your attention will be limited.If you dwell on one thing, you will always lose sight of the other. That is why I called these actions dangerous. Watch for something more atmospheric, and watch …?

You need to look in front of you , while :
  • Look out for holes in the opponent’s defense (but do not show it too frankly, otherwise you will be calculated ) Follow (you must be aware of his actions in order to react to them and get the most out of them)
  • Keep in sight all the body of the opponent is higher belts (don’t look out for any specific movements, or points, just be focused and attentive)

To summarize:

You should not stare intently at something specific.Watch your upper torso, I emphasize “watch.” You have to look ahead , like the driver of a car, in order to see the whole picture of what is happening. Do not get hung up on something specific, because in this case you will be limited, and therefore you will not be able to make the right decisions. Over time, when you gain experience, you yourself will be able to deceive your opponent with your eyes, shoulders and body, and your defense will become reflex, for this you need to pay special attention to “working out in pairs” in a training session, bringing the defensive actions to automatism.

Direct your gaze to the enemy, but look inward. This is the only way you can see and feel everything that is happening around.

I believe that Moriheya Ueshiba, when he said the phrase “look inward”, meant the following: to alert all your senses, to become as attentive as possible and be ready for anything, using correctly the previously acquired fighting skills.

I think that it is in this case that the opponent’s actions will start to seem like a trifle to you, against the background of the general process of the rotation of events, and you will be able to analyze during the fight, choosing the necessary keys to the opponent’s defense.Don’t look for hits, look straight ahead and look for opportunities.

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10 myths about boxing, in which it’s time to stop believing – Rambler / sports

Most ordinary people get information about boxing from old Soviet jokes about stupid boxers and interviews with Klitschko Sr. that confirm them.This sport in the mass consciousness is hung with a bunch of stereotypes, like a Christmas tree with toys. Today we will shake this tree and debunk the myths about boxing.

1. Getting on the head hurts

No, it doesn’t hurt. More precisely, it is not an acute pain. A blow to the head is deafening, shocking, it is very difficult for the psyche to endure, but, let’s be honest, we tolerate it. The real pain from blows to the head comes a little later, and it is dull, aching. Moreover, gloves and a helmet soften the blow. Precise blows to the body are transferred much more sharply.A well-passed blow to the liver or the sun makes a person cringe and think about nothing else – just about stopping all this violence. If the continuation of the fight after a missed blow to the head is often a matter of willpower, then after a missed blow to the body the fighter may simply be physically unable to fight further. The pain pierces and obscures all consciousness, and the inability to breathe normally makes the continuation of the fight meaningless: a person who has forgotten how to breathe does not even need to be beaten. That’s why boxers train their abs so frenziedly.

2. Teeth are knocked out in boxing

Very rarely at high-class competitions. Some coaches in their entire careers cannot remember a single such incident. Look at the pro boxers – almost no one has a gap in their smile. Firstly, a blow with a glove spreads over a large area – it’s not like driving a bare fist in the face and hitting a tooth with a knuckle. Secondly, the helmet (let’s agree that we spend all sparring in a helmet, even if the Amateur Boxing Federation canceled them in the competition).All helmets protect the jaw on the sides and additionally distribute the impact force over their surface. Third, the mouth guard. Mouthguards in boxing are used only for the upper jaw – the lower one is mobile and partially absorbs shocks. The mouthguard protects the teeth very well. Unlike nearly indestructible teeth, small chips sometimes occur, but again, these are rare injuries. It is much easier to break the nose, and the nose, as you know, unlike the teeth, heals by itself.

3. Only punks are engaged in boxing.

If you get too coarse, boxing can be divided conditionally into “ferrets” and “hamsters”.Ferrets are aggressive, they are fighters, they need a thrill. They are reckless. They love sparring, they love competition, and if it weren’t for boxing, they would have to spar on the street with respectable citizens. Hamsters are herbivores. They are not aggressive, they have no desire to hurt others, but “hamsters” in life often become victims of “ferrets”. And “hamsters” need to be able to stand up for themselves. Lacking that level of natural recklessness like the “ferrets”, the “hamster” must have more courage to come to the boxing hall, and each sparring is a great stress for him, and not pleasure, as for the “ferret”.It is because of the stress in the boxing sections that there is such a big turnover: many beginners simply cannot stand violence against themselves. The motivation of the “hamster” is fundamentally different from the motivation of the “ferret”: he does not want thrills – he wants to strengthen his spirit and body, so that in life another broken-hearted “ferret” cannot abuse him and his loved ones. Most of the boxers are “hamsters” who want to become strong “hamsters”. The author too. “Ferrets” on the strength of 30%.

4. Boxers look like gorillas

A good boxer cannot be identified by looks.A healthy boar with huge cans and a beard looks very impressive, but it may well be deflated after the first one passed into the liver. A harsh appearance, aggressive swagger in behavior is often just a mask that falls off with the first missed blows. And now a big man with hands three times thicker than yours asks not to hit so hard or put on 16-ounce gloves. In the same way, petty suffocations, scum, which in ordinary life you cannot look at without tears – to spit and grind, sometimes manifest such miracles in the ring that you become a little ashamed of yourself.You considered him much weaker, but he, the bitch, fights and fights, he puts pressure, he rushes at you and almost wants to kill you in the ring; he has virgin eyes, but he is far more dangerous than all those tattooed alpha males. Not all and not always, but such are found.

5. Big guys can knock down a bull with one blow.

A big opponent doesn’t always hit hard. This applies primarily to beginners with a technique that has not yet been delivered. Conventionally, a 60-kilogram CMS in boxing hits much harder and stronger than the average 100-kilogram bully who has been training for a month.It would seem that the mass decides, but no, the impact technique and speed decides. A good hit requires perfect coordination of the whole body, because the impact impulse starts from the foot, travels up through the body and splashes out through the arm. This is a very delicate work that has been polished for years. You can’t get through here with brute force alone.

6. In boxing you will be hit on the head and knocked out.

To deliver a knockout blow, you need to spend several years, then go to the competition and clearly hit a person who is an athlete of the same level.No, it’s not easy. Most fights in boxing do not end with knockouts, but are divorced on points – just watch the world championship or the Olympics. And even less often, knockout can be found during working off and regular sparring. Knockout is an extraordinary event and not a common thing in boxing. To grow to such a level when you go out to fight opponents who are really capable of knocking out with half a snap, you need to plow in the hall for many years. It is unlikely that the majority is threatened.

7. Boxing is equal to healthy lifestyle

Arturo Gatti liked to smoke, Tyson could put his collar and even walk along the white path, Kovalev once admitted that he drank a couple of cans of beer a day.Boxing is a very stressful sport, and many athletes find relaxation in bad habits, as they are called among lovers of boiled breast with celery. Another thing is that most boxers are categorically against smoking, which is bad for endurance. Therefore, they throw naswai or snus.

8. Boxing is a good substitute for fitness.

Watch the Olympic Games. Boxers are not athletic at best, and generally skinny as sticks at worst. They, even the pros, have disproportionately undeveloped pectorals, they have thin legs and arms, often of completely normal thickness, except perhaps embossed.Muscular heavyweights by nature have a developed muscular corset and only bring it to the necessary conditions in the gym. Look at heavyweight Ali – they say that he did not work out with iron at all for the development of muscle mass. You need to understand that boxing is primarily aerobic work at a ragged pace. This is also called interval training. Pure boxing work with iron – hitting a tire with a sledgehammer, throwing a bar, pressing a light barbell to an explosion – is performed for a large number of repetitions in an explosive manner to develop local muscle endurance and develop a lashing blow.Experienced weight losers know that interval aerobic training is best for burning fat, but it doesn’t add to muscle mass. No, even at such a high-intensity work with iron, a person with an underweight will gain a couple of kilograms, but not more. In classic boxing training, there are simply no exercises that give the muscles a load in the range of at least 8-12 repetitions, if we take the conventional approach to swing.

9. “I am an intelligent person – this is not for me”

Hemingway boxed, Nabokov gave boxing lessons in general, Kobzon was the champion of Ukraine among youths, Porechenkov was the champion of boxing championships, Jean-Paul Belmondo was the champion of Paris.Robert De Niro, Depardieu, Mickey Rourke, Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin, Liam Neeson, Frank Sinatra, Vysotsky, Edward Radzinsky, Oscar Wilde, Dovlatov, Rosenbaum and many others.

10. MMA is more dangerous than boxing.

Boxing is a tougher sport than mixed martial arts. “This is nonsense,” you say. But no. At first glance, MMA with its kicks, finishing moves, small gloves and a minimum of restrictions should be much more dangerous and traumatic than archaic boxing. In fact, everything is much more complicated.In MMA, the lion’s share of the fight is occupied by fiddling in wrestling, which is objectively less traumatic than well-delivered strikes in a standing position, despite the specific injuries of the wrestlers. Also, most of the fight is eaten by lowkiki, extremely painful, but not having serious consequences. There is not much time left for hard blows to the head in MMA. Despite the fact that the most dangerous injuries to the health of a fighter, as a rule, are associated with blows to the head: they eat into it, they think, eyes grow out of it, which cease to see normally after frequent blows.Boxing, with its limitations, leaves only the body and the head for strikes, while most of the attacks still fall on the head. In addition, boxers, freed in their training process from practicing kicks and wrestling, devote much more time to practicing hard punches, and no one punches them harder than a boxer. If, conventionally, an MMA fighter devotes 33% of his time to training wrestling, arms and legs, then a boxer gives all 100 to his arms. Obviously, a boxer’s punch is much more dangerous. So such reasoning from a non-professional in the field should not be taken on faith.Fortunately, this issue has already been investigated by sports doctors. The University of the Glen Sater Sports Medicine Clinic studied the data of 1,181 MMA fighters and 550 boxers. It turned out that almost 60% of MMA fighters and about 50% of boxers were injured during fights, but boxers received serious eye injuries and severe knockouts twice as often. In addition, boxers were much more often prohibited from participating in sparring after competition for a long time. From 1998 to 2001, about 60 famous boxers died in the ring, while in MMA this figure is only 4 people.

Muay Thai | Rare sports

Dance in the ring

Thailand. The land of smiles. Bazaars, temples, monks … All this attracts tourists, adjusts to a serene mood, and suddenly Muay Thai, Thai boxing. To the uninitiated, this sport will seem cruel: after all, in order to win, to knock down the enemy, fists, elbows, knees, legs are used. Such nice-looking, always amiable Thai people – and this is a legalized carnage…

However, Thai boxing has hundreds of thousands of fans, 100 thousand are engaged in Muay Thai regularly, and there are 10 thousand professionals in the country.

Muay Thai is taught in the army, police, and colleges. Competitions are held daily at the capacious stadiums in Bangkok and other major cities of the country. National television devotes eight hours a week to Thai boxing. It is the most popular sport in the country. A monthly magazine and seven weeklies dedicated exclusively to Muay Thai.

It would be a big mistake, say the Thais, to see only brutality in their frenzied boxing. The great skill of the participants in the fights minimizes the damage from the “hand-kicking”.

Future athletes begin training at an early age, often even at the age of five. And by the age of 20, these young people already have 15 years of daily training experience (an average of 4 hours). Thai boxing in its current form has been around for about half a century. Generations of specialists and boxers have selected the most effective movements and achieved a high level of excellence in technique.

What does the stadium look like during the evening hours during the competition? At the entrance, street vendors offer all kinds of food. Children sell various drinks. But selling drinks in glass bottles is prohibited: there have been cases when angry fans used them to settle scores.

Boxers with great difficulty make their way through the crowd. And here they are in the dressing room. There they are examined by a doctor who at the same time checks whether they are “loaded” with drugs. After that, the athletes are lubricated with a special oil, their hands are bandaged.

Before entering the ring, boxers earnestly pray, ask for protection from the spirits – the rulers of the stadiums. Then everyone sits down in their own corner, and the mentor and the masseur put on gloves for the boxer.

Ringing sounds. This is the signal for a ritual dance (“boxing dance”) that precedes any fight. One of the most characteristic features of Muay Thai culture is showing respect for those who gave knowledge – parents and coaches. Therefore, the dance begins with wai kruh, which means “honor to the teacher.”The athlete kneels in the ring, turning to face the representatives of his school, covering his eyes with gloves and saying a short prayer. This is followed by a special part of the dance – ram muay. The movement of athletes differs depending on the school in which they studied. The boxer spins and spins around the ring, stopping in every corner, where he lowers his head and stomps his foot: this is how he drives away evil spirits.

Each Muay Thai school has its own dance. If opponents perform an identical ritual dance, this means that their teachers are from the same school.In this case, the fight is canceled.

Moving on to the special part of the dance – ram muay, the boxer puts on a mongkon headdress. This item is considered sacred and is the property of the teacher, who removes it from the boxer before the start of the first round.

Music plays an important role in Thai boxing. An orchestra consisting of four musicians, near the ring, accompanies the fight. The rhythm and the strength of the sound vary (accelerating, increasing – slowing down, weakening) depending on the course of the fight.The spectators react violently to all the vicissitudes of the battle, they shout out advice, rejoice, indignant. The noise is unimaginable.

Muay Thai is an amazing sight, which is carried away by the mysterious country of the East of Thailand.



The first part can be read here, the second – here, the third – here

Mendoza’s ability to make money was easily neutralized by his ability to spend it, which is why he periodically found itself aground.When the money ran out, Mendoza resorted to what is known among Russian pop music as “province-wide”. I would not be surprised if it turns out that he invented it, although, most likely, the sanchez was known before.

One way or another, but soon after the second victory over Richard Humphries in early 1791, Mendoza went on his raid for money. Having traveled through the north of England, having taught many people the basics of boxing there and having filled many faces of those who tried to test the effectiveness of his lessons on him, Mendoza boarded a ship and sailed to Ireland.

Here we have touched on one of the most painful and most unknown topics in British history. Anglo-Irish Relations.

Most Russians don’t know that Ireland was neutral in WWII. Moreover, some of the flights of the British Air Force flew over Ireland, and if something happened to the plane and it was forced to sit down, the locals, as a rule, killed the pilot, and if anyone was looking for him, it was purely formal.

No need to rush to declare the Irish supporters of the Nazis.Most of its inhabitants did not know anything about Hitler’s policies. The Nazis were evil, but abstract evil. And the British are another matter. The British were concrete and personified evil. By the way, one day in 1998, with my British accent in New York, someone from the local for fun sent me to an Irish bar, and I had to learn by my own example what a real hatred of the British is. Fortunately, times are different now, and we managed to get away without a bat muzzle.

In the 18th century, the populations of Great Britain and Ireland were unequal, but comparable.At the beginning of the XXI century, Great Britain – more than sixty seven million, and Ireland – about 5 million. But in the United States, there are more than 40 million descendants of the Irish, and most of them remember who they are. By the way, there are more Irish people in America than indigenous Anglo-Saxons. And the oppression of the Irish in Great Britain did not begin in the 18th century. For example, after 1649, Cromwell raged in Ireland, taking the lives of 50 to 56% of the population according to various sources.

They left Ireland because life there was unbearable.It is not-you-but-si-mine. Crop failures in the mid-19th century, coupled with British policy that ignored local conditions, led to a decrease in the population by a third. They always lived from hand to mouth, and these years were only the worst of the very, very bad. Hunger, at its worst, was one of the hallmarks of that life. They treated the Irish monstrously, and the difference of religions (the Irish are Catholics, and the British are mostly Protestants) greatly contributed to this.

What do Jonathan Swift, the creator of Gulliver, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, the famous literary intellectual James Joyce, and, say, the Duke of Wellington, who made a major contribution to the victory at Waterloo with Napoleon, have in common? Moreover, I have named only a few names from a long-and-different list.That’s right: that they were all Irish.

However, the wide presence of the elite did not rid the Irish of monstrous racism. In the 18th century in Great Britain they were classified as a separate race, in contrast to the “Anglo-Teutons” and in rare cases they were even made slaves, though not in England itself, but far away from it. This phenomenon should not be exaggerated, but it should not be underestimated either. And Ireland gained independence from Great Britain only in December 1921, and then as a dominion.

At the very end of the 18th century, when Mendoza came to Ireland, it was a very poor land, but like all poor places, there were many rich people.(Should we not know and understand this?) It was these people that Mendoza decided to surround with his attention, and they, in turn, rushed to meet him.

One of these rich people was a certain Squire Fitzgerald. What happened next may have become one of the vital sources for Arthur Conan-Doyle’s story “The Master of Falkenbridge”, labeled a “boxing legend.” There, the really existing champion of England in 1822-1824, Thomas Spring, meets in a duel with a mighty gentleman-aristocrat, whom he won not without difficulty.

I don’t know, maybe in the life of Thomas Spring there really was something similar, but I could not find the sources of the “legend”, but I was looking. But Conan Doyle, for all his reverence for history, sometimes sinned with such things. For example, he attributed to various thinkers, mainly Eastern ones, who were little known, certain statements, of course, brilliant, but emanating from the creator of Sherlock Holmes himself, and not from the ancient sages. Therefore, he, quite possibly, took the real story with Mendoza, changing the entire surroundings beyond recognition (where Spring’s fight with the aristocrat is arranged and arranged by the latter’s wife in revenge for the fact that he beat her lover) and created a “boxing legend.”History is often written the same way.

In reality, everything was much simpler. Fitzgerald, truly a huge and powerful Irishman, was eager to fight and challenged Mendoza himself. This landowner most likely wanted to wipe his nose not so much to the Jewish champion as to mother England herself, showing that he, a simple Irish squire, did what the best and trained sons of the metropolis could not do. Well, the fact that he, a nobleman, condescended to a public battle with a commoner, which almost never happened, gave the whole case a very special, unique shade.
The fight took place in Dublin. Unfortunately, poor squire Mendoza, as we already know, did not have a particularly powerful blow. In addition, Fitzgerald was very much larger than him, and, apparently, Mendoza, following his usual tactics, did not particularly go into exchanging punches. Thanks to all this, the gentleman’s torment was prolonged.

The fight turned into a twenty-minute spanking of the squire, who kept falling and falling, however, then got up and got up. Talents did not allow Fitzgerald to inflict any damage on Mendoza, and pride did not allow him to abandon this insane venture.As a result, as you might guess, he was beaten into the trash and, finally, could not get out of his corner to continue his own beating, which caused very mixed feelings in the audience. On the one hand, many of them, especially those who are richer, unanimously supported him as their compatriot and co-religionist.
On the other hand, who wouldn’t want to see their boss beaten?

And Fitzgerald, for many of those present, was, if not a direct “boss”, then at least a representative of the “bosses”.So, it is quite possible that in their hearts they were more for Mendoza. This is indirectly confirmed by the fact that the sources do not report any outrages after this battle. They beat the squire and beat him. There is little sadness.

And Mendoza drove on. The Chas wasn’t finished yet. However, in the end, he returned to London, where they still really wanted to shake off his arrogance, and they entrusted this business not to a crazy amateur, but to a very serious and respected professional in his field – boxer Bill Worr.

The battle was originally scheduled for June 22, 1791. It was to take place at a place called Stoken Church in Oxfordshire. However, here there was a purely English discrepancy, which is called loyalty to an unpopular law.

The organizers of the match have received information that the local magistrate will disperse the assembly. Boxers were famous as ancient heroes, neither princes of the blood, nor even kings, did not disdain to communicate with them. But boxing matches were banned, and those public servants who took the law especially to heart and followed it literally did everything in their power to disrupt the match, which was taking place in their territory.

At the same time, the same representative of the magistrate who thwarted the match, having learned that it was being held in a foreign territory, where the servants of the law were not as zealous as he, instead of snitching the general authorities, went there even a hundred miles away, that with the then transport it was very far away to watch the very battle that he did not allow to be held at his side.

The concept of time was different then. People lived less, but they were not in such a hurry. The fight was postponed to September, and now it was to take place in Doncaster, where the last fight with Humphries took place.However, the local authorities this time decided not to turn a blind eye to this event. Presumably, they could not forget how the local “Cossacks” forced the local Don and were afraid that this time everything would not end so quietly. They began to look for a place again. One must think that the times were difficult for boxing then, because the search took more than one month. Finally, a new date was set, May 14, 1792, and a new location – Smith’s Botom, near the city of Croydon.
It was there that the battle took place. The favorite was Warr, who had won great respect while Mendoza was “scratching” the province.It was assumed that Bill was just equipped to defeat Mendoza. He moved even more around the ring than Dan. At the same time, he suddenly stopped and beat, and the blow, unlike Mendoza, he had just a monstrous one. In addition, it was slightly taller, 175 cm, but much more massive than Mendoza. In general, the impression was created that this is exactly the opponent who has good chances against Mendoza.
Their battle also had its own tragic background.

Warr was an ardent admirer of Richard Humphries and went to his fight with Daniel Mendoza, which took place on May 6, 1789 in Stilton.On the way, Warr stopped for a bite to eat at a roadside inn, where he heard a hefty blacksmith, as it turned out later, by the name of Swain, loudly praising Mendoza in every way. Warr was extremely displeased with this, and he sharply answered Swain. The blacksmith himself turned out to be a good boxer, and although he apparently knew who was in front of him, he expressed his willingness to fight Warr for his right to root for whoever he wanted, right here and now. The tables were slightly pushed apart, and to the delight of the tavern community, which violently expressed their delight, they spontaneously organized a real, that is, one that was held according to the rules, a fight.

Suddenly, Swain began to take over. It was very crowded, Warr could not move as usual, and the blacksmith was as healthy as a bull, and had all the advantages here. However, both those gathered and the direct participants saw what was happening not just as a fight, but as a duel, and the duel should be fair. Therefore, when Warr demanded to be continued in the field, as it should be, no one objected. In the field – so in the field, especially since there the audience will see everything that happens better.

In a new place, Warr instantly felt at ease. He began to move easily, preventing Swain from hitting himself, and at some point, as Pierce Egan writes, struck in the stomach. However, rather, he still fell under the heart. The mighty blacksmith fell and died.

Since the fight was held by mutual agreement, and Warr risked in it no less than the victim, the boxer received very little punishment – just a few months in London’s Newgate prison. It is unlikely that he came out of her more admirer of Mendoza than sat in it.It is possible that Warr even considered him to be the culprit of the misfortune that befell him. As in our well-known song “Curly Chubchik”, where there are the following words: “Because of the deceitful and crafty woman, I planted a knife in a comrade.” What am I? I just “put the knife down”, but the woman is to blame, of course. What have I to do with it? So Mendoza, it is possible, was assigned in this story the role of that same deceitful and cunning woman, who alone is to blame for everything.

This story was widely known, and perhaps gave Warr a somewhat sinister character.One way or another, but he was considered the favorite in this fight.

During the first eight rounds, he met these expectations. Mendoza was having a pretty hard time, and it bothered Tom Johnson, his foe-turned-friend, who was his second again. Then, however, Mendoza adapted to his rival, no more standard for those times than himself, and began to prevail. Still, his protection was unrivaled, his movements, including sideways, more energy efficient than Warr’s wide movements.But the latter had a weapon that Mendoza lacked, and it nearly worked. In any case, many then thought so.

The fourteenth round ended with Warr delivering a terrible blow to the jaw, which sent Mendoza down as if knocked down. However, this resulted in the fact that the next round he came out as aggressive as never before in his life. Warr’s legs and arms didn’t help. Wherever he poked, Mendoza’s fists met him. Warr’s numerous supporters, who had already celebrated the victory ahead of schedule, became sad.Their hero sometimes still “stuck in” the blows, but received much more of them, and each round ended with the fact that he fell.

In the twenty-third round, Mendoza and Warr clashed for the last time. Mendoza was again much more accurate. They grappled, and Mendoza knocked Warr down, crushing him down with his body. That was the end of it. Warr was unable to enter the next round. The whole action lasted 1 hour 16 minutes, and this with twenty-three rounds, which speaks of his very stubborn nature. By comparison, Mendoza’s last fight with Humphreys consisted of 72 rounds and lasted 1 hour and 3 minutes.

People love winners even when they cheer against them. Mendoza’s victory was well received by the public. Somewhat incomprehensible was only what, in fact, the title he either won, or already defended. He himself believed that the title of champion of England. But England itself was not ready to think so. Mendoza still had to convince her.

(to be continued)

Alexander BELENKY

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Lopez and Lomachenko exchanged “courtesies” on the eve of the fight: quotes

October 17 in Las Vegas (USA), lightweight champions Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and American Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs) will determine the division’s hegemon.

On the eve of the battle, both made formidable promises.

Lopez: “I set a goal for myself. And I will achieve it. And no one will stop me. I don’t look at Loma. I look through it. It’s time to throw it out nafig! And when the time comes, these two things (looks at his fists) will hurt him.He will feel it well. I’ll let him out of the ring, but only after I’ve given a good release first! This confrontation is from the “kill or be killed” series. I look at him and he reads in my eyes: “Dude, get ready for war! I’m going to give you a good fuck! ” This is an all-or-nothing fight. ”

Lomachenko: “It just so happens that I have never shown my skills 100% before. There was always something that slightly interfered, worried. In the duel with Jorge Linares, I fought despite my shoulder problems.In a fight with Jose Pedraza, I had the first fight after the operation. In a fight with Anthony Kroll, I broke my arm, but still knocked him out. I have many victories “but masom”. And now I am 100% ready, completely healthy, nothing bothers me. I want to win. I want this fight to be the best in my professional career. I will offer him everything I can. I think the fight will be a feast for the eyes. ”

Father / coach Teofimo Lopez Sr. recalls how it all began: “I accidentally saw Lomachenko in the lobby of the hotel.He came up to say hello and shake hands, and he pretended not to notice me at all. You know, I’m a simple dude, from the street. And then I wound up and told him: “Hey, you mu ** lo! First, my kid will steal the show, perform brighter than you. And then we get to you. Wait! ” I know he’s not used to being treated like that. So it became personal from that very first day. So our war with him began. I know he’s scared. I know he’s cheating. We use it all. The fight will not last more than 5 rounds. “

Lomachenko’s version: “First meeting with Sr. Lopez? I thought the dude was a little drunk. He started rattling about his son. I was not very interested. Apparently, it hurt him. He shouted: “My little one will stifle you, he will devour you with giblets!” He came too close, but his own people dragged him away. I don’t think it all looked very good. No upbringing, no manners. And in general, somehow stupid. You are a grown man, you are a father. What the hell are you doing? ”

5 Boxing Feints

How to make an opponent open up? How to outbox a fighter who is faster and more skillful than you? How do you keep your opponent constantly worried about your next move?

Yes, the answer is using feints! But feint, it’s more than just jerking your glove and pretending you’re about to do something .The essence of feints is in understanding the essence of movement and understanding WHY your opponent is bought for your every move.

I present to you 5 CLASSIC BOXING FINT!

What Is Feint?

feint – trick or movement in battle

Feint, this is a fraudulent move. This is when you show your opponent the intention to do something, but you do something different.

Examples of feints:

  • Pretend to hit, but don’t
  • pretend to hit the body, but headbutt
  • pretend to move in one direction, but move to another

Advantages of using feints in battle:

  • create vulnerabilities for your opponent
  • helps control the fight psychologically
  • can help defeat faster and more skilled opponents

Below I have presented a few examples of the 5 most used boxing tricks!

FINT # 1) Hit the Air

Many opponents will put defense wherever you hit.

Air strikes are so effective because of one simple fact. If you hit your opponent in the head, he will defend his head. If you hit your opponent in the body, he will defend his body. So, the trick is to hit the air in front of him or from the side, in the hope of stretching his hand out to the side, which will open him up for your real attack.

Classic feints with blows:

  • Throw a fake jab to get him to reach your hand in your direction, then throw a hard cross or hook.
  • Throw a jab in the air from the side of his head to get him to drag his glove there, then throw your right cross
  • Swiftly swing your left glove to the side to force him to open his body, then stick a sharp left punch into his head or body
  • quickly raise your right hand as if you are about to throw a right cross, then quickly attack with a jab

FINT # 2) Body Impact

One of the best ways to hit the head or body is to attack the opposite first.A good tactic is to punch or feint with body punches and then quickly continue the attack with head punches. The idea is simple, but execution is not. Have ONE KEY PART:

To distract your opponent with body punches
you need to look him in the eye!

Many fighters neglect this point. It doesn’t matter if your opponent is blocking your body shot or not. Stare into his eyes when you hit or feint with a punch to the body. If you can see in his eyes that he is distracted for a fraction of a second, you can capitalize on it by hitting a powerful right cross to his head! Watch him closely!

Classic feints in the body:

  • jab to the body, right cross to the head
  • hit a quick deuce to the body and a hard left hook to the head
  • Body Jab Then Left Head Hook (ADVANCED)

FINT # 3) Manipulate It With Defense

When the feint is not working,
you can use a quick, light hit.

As you learned earlier, your opponent will defend where you hit. If punching feints don’t work, you can still get him to react with real punches. The trick is to strike lightly and quickly, thus preserving his strength for the moment when he is completely vulnerable.

The trick is not only to confuse it between the head and body protection. You can force him to cover different corners of the head / body, thereby opening it up for your other punches.Remember that all punches usually fly at 3 different angles: straight (jab / cross), around (hook / overhand), or underneath (uppercut). By attacking him at one angle, you can force him to concentrate his defense on one side, so that your next blow can then go at a different angle. But remember, he only displaces his defenses if you actually strike.

Classic manipulation with protection:

  • Shoot a few straight punches at your opponent and then one POWERFUL HOOK
  • Hit some fast uppercuts, then one POWERFUL HOOK
  • throw a quick hook (to move his gloves to the side) followed by a powerful straight hit

FEINT # 4) Feet Feints

Using the feet is another popular way to catch an opponent off guard and even throw them off balance.Many skilled fighters are very good at reading your whole body. They will not respond to a simple hand movement if they see that your whole body is not invested in this whole movement. Other opponents are too busy working aggressively and chasing you around the ring that they don’t notice or care about your hand feints. In these situations, foot feints can be much more effective.

Against aggressive or skillful opponents,
foot feints may be more effective.

Against a fighter who is applying constant pressure, you can continue to change directions using go-and-go movements to keep him out of balance. Move in one direction, then another. Against a more skillful opponent, you can quickly step with your front foot as if you are moving forward to force him to go back or counter-punch.

Classic Feet Feints:

  • take a false step forward, see if your opponent moves back (gives you free space or psychological control) or throws a counter-punch (leaves himself open)
  • take a step back to your side, but then immediately come back with a hard counter-punch
  • move sideways to one side, and then change direction (ON CHOICE – throw counter-punch when changing direction)

FINT # 5) Exhale Sharp

At the most skillful levels of feint, only the slightest movement is required.Instead of feint with a whole punch, you can jerk the glove like you’re about to punch. Instead of moving forward, you can quickly tilt your head downward as if you were walking forward. This is the most preferred way to feint, not only because it is so effective, but also because it does not leave you vulnerable. In every movement lies the essence of this movement.

You can make a false move,
by performing only the essence of this move

In this example of feints, I chose to use harsh exhales as a feint (that quick * SHSH * sound you make when you hit).The harsh sound of exhalation is very effective because exhalation is a frequent precursor to many movements. Close your eyes in the audience and you can tell who is trying harder based on the sound of their breathing. The sound of your exhalation always gives out the amount of your investment in movement, thereby turning into a fantastic feint.

Classic Breathing Feints:

  • when your opponent gets closer, exhale sharply so that he steps back (works great for defensive purposes, but after that be sure to punch real shots from time to time, or he will not buy into it)
  • Corner the defending opponent, exhale sharply to make him defend in panic, then throw a hard counter-punch bypassing his defense
  • breathe out sharply, then hit the punch shortly after that (breaks his rhythm)

The Art of Feints

There is one rule for tricks!

The Golden Rule of Feints:
Always do something different from what you expected.

This is perhaps the most important rule of thumb. The purpose of feints is to cheat, and any trick, no matter how clever, becomes useless as soon as your opponent knows what to expect. This simple understanding can take you to the highest level of feints. You don’t have to think about how to trick. You can just shoot 1-1-2 twice in a row, and then the third time you hit 1-1-3. If you are different from what was expected, then this is a feint!

What is the difference between a good feint and a bad feint?

It depends on the amount of effort required to pull the desired reaction from your opponent.A less skilled fighter will need to land half a blow just for his opponent to calmly raise his defense; while a skilled fighter only needs to jerk his glove to force his opponent to react sharply.

Weak and ineffective feints leave you vulnerable, while still not enough to force your opponent to react. Skillful, effective feints can make your opponent jump onto the floor of the ring, even with the smallest movement.It all comes down to your ability to read your opponent. A master boxer can see where his opponent is most sensitive. If you feel like your opponent likes to keep his distance, you can probably pretend that you are moving forward. If you feel like your opponent is afraid of punches from the right, you can probably pretend that you are taking more punches from the right. Whatever the situation, you need to determine what your opponent is most afraid of!

Some fighters are even more adept at seeing through feints than you think.In this case, only the sharpest and most subtle movements will be able to work to induce a reaction. If you feel like you’ve put him to sleep in such a way that he doesn’t answer you, perhaps you can try to sneak into different positions. It can be easy to pull the glove back into the striking position, or sneak up with your feet a little closer to striking distance. If he doesn’t answer, you can also take advantage of this by constantly changing positions to your advantage.

The art of tricks is
to get your opponent to invest more than you do.

The less you invest, the less opportunity you give him to counter-strike you. The more he invests, the more opportunities you have to use what he does to your advantage. In the very rare case, if your opponent turns out to be intractable feints (such as a swashbuckler without fear), then you will not need feints. Simple counters will do the trick. Feints are best used against opponents who think more than hit.


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