Old champ, new champ and the ‘stars & gripes’

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Boxing

The vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Featherweight belt has a new waist to circle.

Undefeated Aidar Sharibayev faced Andrew Cancio, but took a trip to the floor when Cancio caught him with a left hook to the chops late in Round 3. Cancio sent Sharibayev south a second time in the 5th.

Sharibayev showed no signs of improvement while Cancio continued to land punches in bunches.

Sharibayev’s corner wisely tossed in the towel at the top of the 10th.

Andrew Cancio (18-4-2, 14 KO’s) took home the title.

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Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KO’s) won the WBA World Middleweight title six months ago when he pounded Hassan N’Dam in a rematch.

Murata hit N’Dam so hard the ’ between the “N” and the “D” was completely detached.

N Dam (told you it came out) was rushed to an onomastic hospital where the ’ was surgically reattached.

Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-3, 5 KO’s) offered little resistance during the eight rounds that he lasted against Murata.

A right hook put Blandamura down and the referee called a halt to the competition.

Good call, ref.

Murata retained his title on the TKO victory.

NFL

Former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is just a flash-in-the-pan looking for a paycheck.

Forgive the cynicism, but I never bought him as a social activist.

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem solely to bring attention to himself. Anything more was an accidental byproduct.

If he truly wanted to advocate something worldwide, why didn’t he use his 2012 Super Bowl appearance?

Kaepernick then promised $1-million from his paycheck…but didn’t name a cause.

I applaud any donation toward the betterment of society. But “announcing” his generosity smacked of spin-doctoring.  And there are varying accounts on when any money actually left Kaepernick’s coffers.

If the article that appeared online in “The Undefeated” is accurate, Kaepernick was still short of his pledge in February. It further stated that Kaepernick and a “collection of friends” (who were to fund the balance) had “raised” $460,000 more.

Again, any donation is admirable. But the true source is suspect.

And the “who,” “what” and “where” certainly weren’t in line with what Kaepernick led the public to believe.

As teams figured out how to defend against Kaepernick, his effectiveness (and win-ratio) sharply declined.

In his last two years he only won three games…against 16 losses.

Three (3) wins, against sixteen (16) losses. That’s an 84 percent loss rate.

Yet Kaepernick wanted $10-million.

His performance did not support the price. Coupled with the distraction he causes, Kaepernick garnered no interest as a free agent.

The Seahawks eventually met with him late in May. A week later they hired a backup QB at a base salary of $775,000.

Kaepernick has filed grievances and lawsuits accusing team owners of “collusion” stating the owners are trying to “deprive him of employment” due to his advocacies.

The facts are quite to the contrary.

Many franchise owners and coaches were supportive of the ideals being espoused. However, the majority agreed that Kaepernick’s method was flawed.

Every American has a right to their views. But other businesses don’t allow employees to push their political/personal agendas while on their clock, especially when the manner is perceived as being disrespectful to the people that are serving, or have served, in our military.

Kaepernick was invited to attend a meeting between the owners and members of the NFL players association. He blew it off.

The NFL made a second attempt to convene, but Kaepernick refused unless he could force the meeting into mediation.

ESPN reported the Seahawks scheduled another meeting with him last week but when Seattle asked if he intended on kneeling during the anthem, Kaepernick refused to stipulate.

Meeting canceled.

A week later the Hawks hired a backup at a base of $555,000.

The evidence seems to show that Kaepernick doesn’t really want to play in the NFL…he just wants their money.

God Bless, and take a stand.

Mark Felicetti has a success rate well above 16 percent. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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