Big Sports Day: Klitschko beats Haye, Djoker beats Rafa, I exercise

July 4, 2011 in Boxing, Entertainment, Misc, Sport, Tennis

Djokovic eats some grass after winning Wimbledon

Yesterday was a big sports day for me.  The biggest heavyweight boxing match in years, Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye, took place in Germany, while the biggest tennis match of the year, the men’s Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, took place in England.  I even played some casual basketball (club game cancelled) and went for a walk.  Big sports day for all of us.

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Game Review: Fight Night Champion (PS3)

May 11, 2011 in Best Of, Game Reviews, Reviews

Let me be upfront. You’re going to be reading a lot of complaining in this review.

Fight Night Champion, EA’s follow-up to the popular Fight Night Round 4 (my multi-part review of that game starts here), is a game that can be viewed in two ways. For those who have not played FNR4, the game will probably be the best boxing game you have ever played, whether it’s in terms of graphics, sound, gameplay, game modes or online play. On the other hand, if you already own FNR4, you’ll likely be sorely disappointed. The truth is, while FNC is an undoubted upgrade over FNR4, the improvements are so uninspiring and minor that it makes you wonder why they bothered with it in the first place. Well, apart from the obvious — make more money out of a successful franchise.

FNC Overview

FNC is basically a suped up version of FNR4. The ‘supposed’ improvements included:

  • blood, bruising and swearing;
  • improved gameplay and controls;
  • a new ‘Champion Mode’; and
  • an improved Legacy Mode.

There are still apparently over 50 licensed boxers (I didn’t count, but most of the ones from FNR4 are there, including add-on boxers from puchased updates, plus a couple more, including Tim Bradley and David Haye). Still no Floyd Mayweather Jr, no Juan Manuel Marquez, no Sergio Martinez. Heck, not even Naseem Hamed or Kostya Tszyu. At least you can still create your own or upload ones others have made.

The graphics and sound are, I suppose, also improved. So is the presentation. But they are, by and large, so similar to FNR4 that you won’t really notice them unless you care about minor aesthetic changes or study the game closely.

Let’s take a look at the supposed changes and improvements.

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Hopkins gets revenge against Jones Jr in stinker

April 4, 2010 in Boxing

Today I went to the same public venue where I watched Manny Pacquiao take on Joshua Clottey last month to see Roy Jones Jr take on Bernard Hopkins in their long-awaited, 17-years-in-the-making rematch.  While the place was packed beyond belief last time, I was stunned to find that this time it was virtually empty.  No one there could care less about a fight that would have been huge 10 years ago, but couldn’t even muster a live crowd of 7,000 now.  Even Danny Green (the man who knocked out Jones in one round last year), who sat behind right behind me, had a stern “that should have been me” angry look plastered across his face the entire time.

Hopkins (45) smashed Jones (41) in a clear unanimous decision, 117-110 (twice) and 118-109, in a foul-filled, boring stinker where both fighters didn’t have much to give.  Especially Jones, who had to resort to multiple foul tactics (hitting behind the head and low blows) just to keep things interesting.  Hopkins actually collapsed in his dressing room from the back-of-the-head blows.  Both men had to be taken to hospital for tests afterwards.

In the lead-up to the fight, many people warned me that it would be an absolute crapfest, but a part of me still wanted to see two old legends settle a score that should have been settled years ago.  Well, I shouldn’t have wasted my time.  It was sad to see what had become of them.

While we all knew that Jones was way past his best, but people were still saying that Hopkins could fight.  Against Jones, he could, but to be honest he wasn’t much better.  I know Hopkins doesn’t fight pretty, but this was ugly.  If Hopkins goes up to Heavyweight to challenge David Haye like he says he would, then good luck to him.  He could get seriously hurt (just like if Haye challenged the Klitschko brothers).

Let’s hope both men retire and not further tarnish their glorious careers.