Big night of canvas kissing and NFL buys kneeler

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Boxing

The event at the Armory in Minneapolis may have ended sooner than expected, but the folks in attendance still got their money’s worth.

There was one knockout after another in Minnesota. Most of the fights didn’t go past three rounds and only two of the eleven went the distance.

The shortest bout of the evening was between lightweights Justin Pauldo (12-1, 5 KO’s) and Federico Malespina (16-11-2, 2 KO’s).

The introductions took 90-seconds…the bout lasted 77.

Malespina stepped into a jab followed by an overhand right. Pauldo backed him to the ropes and whaled away until Malespina melted to his knees.

He didn’t get up.

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The super middleweight match between Javier Frazier (8-9-1, 4 KO’s) and Money (his actual name) Powell (9-0, 5 KO’s) was one-sided.

Powell sported an 11-inch reach advantage and a deeper skill set.

Frazier skidded into this bout on six consecutive losses, so it was a surprise he managed to make it to the 3rd round.

After working to the body, Powell dropped Frazier with a short right to the mug.

Frazier nearly fell out of the ring trying to get to his feet and when he did manage to stand, the referee could see “no-one-was-home” and called an end to the contest.

Good call, ref.

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Austin Dulay (13-1, 10 KO’s) was fighting like he was double parked during his super lightweight bout with Yardley Cruz (24-13, 14 KO’s).

Southpaw Dulay dropped Cruz in the first 24-seconds, and then continued to pummel him until the ref waved it off at the top of the 3rd.

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The main event went the longest.

Anthony Dirrell went head-to-head (literally) with Avni Yildirim in a close, back-and-forth fight for the vacant WBO super middleweight title.

A clash of heads in Round 7 opened a gash over Dirrell’s left eye and it worsened over the next three rounds.

The bout was halted on the advice of the ringside doctor, and they went to the scorecards.

Dirrell won by technical split decision, improving his record to 33-1-1, with 24 KO’s.

NFL

The league and ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reached an agreement in his “grievance” against them…and we’ll never know what it was.

Not for sure. Thanks to confidentiality clauses.

As soon as the settlement of the collusion case was announced, some rushed to claim it a victory for Kaepernick.

One sportswriter was adamant that Kaepernick had won, “Period.”

In his article, the writer attempted to back his thesis by quoting several lawyers, which I see as being nothing but trouble.

He stitched together a bunch of loose, assumptive fabric with the thin threads of “guesses” and “speculations” from those mouthpieces.

It was nothing but theory and conjecture.

Labor lawyer Thomas A. Lenz was quoted as saying the NFL was paying “a lot” and perhaps more than $10-million in the settlement.

Really?

That’s less than what Kaepernick was asking for (per season) to be a backup QB (“Quarterbackup”?).

That amount must have sounded too low to other sportswriters, because it only took 48-hours for the “guess-timations” of the settlement to get pumped up past $60-million.

Let me put you wise to what happened here.

The NFL was spending tons of money on this ridiculous accusation for the better part of three years and it was about to go to court.

That meant that the NFL would have to spend even more money, which they could not recoup…even if they won the case.

It was economics.

The league made well over $8-billion last year. Yes, with a “B.”

So, even if Kaepernick got a $100-million settlement (which he didn’t) it would be less than 1.25 percent of the NFL’s 2018 revenue.

If Lenz is correct, the settlement is only a fraction of 1 percent.

As far as the NFL was concerned, Kaepernick was like an unfortunate and untimely blemish.

It was just better to stick a needle into it early and have it heal over before prom.

God Bless and put money in somebody else’s meter.

Mark Felicetti would like to hear from you. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.  

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