Uphill battle for overweight boxer and exactly what is ‘collusion?’

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Boxing

Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter laced them up for the vacant WBC World Welterweight title.

They let their hands go early.

Garcia landed with more power and accuracy, while Porter landed the larger volume.

There was also a good deal of holding. Porter kept charging forward to close the distance and Garcia smothered the attack by clenching.

Things remained “different” but “equal” as they fought and wrestled through the middle rounds.

Porter received a warning in Round 7 for head-butting. He has a propensity for landing some of his best punches with his noggin, so it was only surprising this took that long to happen.

Their give and take remained very close into the championship rounds.

The bout went the distance, and Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) was awarded a unanimous decision victory (112-116 and 113-115, twice).

The undercard provided an entertaining heavyweight bout featuring undefeated Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO’s) and Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO’s).

Martin, a southpaw who was coming back from a 14 month layoff, was three inches taller and enjoyed a seven inch reach advantage.

Kownacki tipped the scale at 263 pounds…and looked it.

When asked about the extra padding he correctly stated he was not in a bodybuilding contest. However, carrying that extra weight may have been another reason Martin gave him such a tough time.

Fists were flying from the first bell.

Kownacki won the early rounds but Martin closed that gap towards the end, in what turned out to be Kownacki’s toughest campaign to date.

After 12 rounds of nonstop action, Kownacki won a unanimous decision on the closest scores (96-94, three times) he’d ever endured.

NFL

After months of arbitration, former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s NFL grievance case will now go to trial.

“Trial” being a bit of a misnomer since there will be no judge or jury and the proceedings will be done in private.  So, for all intents and purposes…it’s just more arbitration.

Kaepernick claims that owners and coaches colluded to deny him his collective bargaining right to sign with a team.

It appears that much of this case will hinge on the definition of (and what actually constitutes) “collusion.”

There is no doubt that owners and coaches discussed the controversy Colin created when he sat during the national anthem because those actions were viewed by many as disrespectful to our veterans and current military personnel.

However, registering indignation or disapproval of Kaepernick’s actions doesn’t constitute collusion, does it?

Two or more team reps would have had to make plans to keep Kaepernick out of the league. And that would have to be documented.

Wouldn’t it?

Tearing huge holes in Kaepernick’s claim is the fact that several teams did show interest in him as a backup QB.

It was reported that the Ravens were planning to begin talks with Kaepernick until his girlfriend Nessa Diab torpedoed any chance by using social media to demean Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and former Ravens Linebacker (Hall of Famer) Ray Lewis.

The Seahawks and the Broncos both spoke with Kaepernick. But he would not commit to following team or league policy regarding the national anthem, and he wanted more money than they were willing to pay for a backup…and certainly more money than he was worth.

Kaepernick fans might argue that his impressive statistics prove he is “starter quality.”

That’s ancient history in the NFL. Because no matter what metrics might be used, it boils down to “what have you done for me lately” and in his last two seasons Kaepernick managed only three victories, against sixteen defeats.

He lost 84 percent of the time.

Would a patient be confident in a doctor whose surgical team only had a 16 percent success rate?

And this ain’t brain surgery.

Colin is a fantastic athlete. He’s a mediocre quarterback.

Common sense would indicate Kaepernick’s case has no merit, but common sense means nothing in a court of law.

God Bless and don’t head-butt.

Mark  Felicetti  has gone through arbitration and found that facts, the truth and justice are all optional. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.  

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