Being ‘the man’ 

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Irish featherweight Michael Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) has been going through the pro ranks like a hot knife through warm butter.

His shallow career and limited opposition might make you wonder why his bouts are televised.

Conlan is a colorful character. In last year’s summer Olympics he lost a highly contested bout against a Russian boxer, which most punch pundits agree was a rip-off.

Michael Conlan was so angry he flipped off the judges…

Conlan was so angry he flipped off the judges, called them out for being corrupt, and then sent a tweet to Valdimir Putin accusing him of “fixing” the fight.

It should be noted that the judging of boxing at the 2016 Olympics was so foul and unfair that several judges were removed and sent home.

Last weekend Conlan put on the gloves against Luis Molina (4-3-1, 1 KO).

Conlan used his stiff jab to close the distance and work to the body. Molina was game to go but lacked a skill set that was deep enough to make a difference.

After the opening frame Conlan balanced his forward aggression with some advancing to the rear, and counterpunching.

He increased the pace in the final two rounds and picked Molina apart with short combinations.

Going to the scorecards, all three judges gave Colin every round in a unanimous decision victory.

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Vasyl Lomachenko is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters you will ever see.

He’s only had eleven bouts as a professional. But they were all title fights…even his first.

That’s because his amateur career held 396 wins, against one loss.

He has fast hands, incredible footwork and superior technical skills.

Why would undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux go up two weight divisions to fight such a formidable and foreboding opponent?

We’ll never know.

Rigondeaux was overwhelmed and outclassed in every aspect.

Lomachenko was much bigger, much stronger and much smarter.

Rigondeaux did little more than clench, hold, and bend at the waist until his body was between his knees.

After repeated warnings, the ref eventually deducted a point for holding.

Lomachenko was tripling up on jabs and uppercuts, and landing thudding shots to the body.  And when Rigondeaux bent over, Lomachenko stepped to the side and peppered his head.

After six rounds of being pounded from post to pole, Rigondeaux quit from his stool between rounds. He claimed he injured his hand.

I don’t know how…he never used it.

Lomachenko was more disappointed in the fight than were the fans.

He says he wants to fight “big-name” boxers.

He should.

Rams

Have you heard the phrase, “You’re the man that beat the man, that beat the man. That makes you the man?”

It’s a way to acknowledge a champ.

The Rams were almost “The man.”

They hosted the league-leading Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and they did all the right things to win.

It’s what they did wrong that caused the loss.

Philly received the kickoff, and within two minutes the Rams intercepted the ball, and scored three plays later.

The Eagles came back with two touchdowns to close the 1st quarter, 14-7.

Philadelphia increased their lead in the 2nd Q but coming back from the half, the Rams put up points on their opening possession, then blocked a punt and recovered the ball for a TD.

Ball security was the problem.

L.A. fumbled the ball, twice.

The first one led to a field goal, the other resulted in a touchdown…and that was the difference between winning or losing.

Despite the 43-35 loss, the Rams (9-4) are in good position for the playoffs.

Next week’s game in Seattle (conference rivals) against the Seahawks (8-5) will be critical.

God Bless and stay in your own weight class during the holidays.

Mark  Felicetti’s  doesn’t even know the man that mows the man’s lawn. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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