March 31, 2011

Classy to the Max!

Max Kellerman & I at MGM Grand

REALLY gotta get this off my chest because it's been bothering me. When did it get so hard for some people to have a boxing discussion  without insulting eachother and denigrating professional fighters with such low class, gutter level trash talk like Pactard & Gayweather etc? No matter how it's spun by the trash talkers, irregardless of their silly justifications; insulting fans and fighters with derogatory terms like that is ignorant and disrespectful. This is a pet peeve of mine right now, boxing fans who for whatever reason lack the ability to speak in respectful terms about fighters and fellow fight fans. Grow up people! Boxing is a gentleman's sport, act like gentlemen!

Speaking of respectful gentlemen, I recently had the great pleasure of meeting HBO boxing announcer Max Kellerman at the MGM Grand following Sergio Martinez's second successful middleweight title defense against Sergei Dzinziruk on March 12th. I simply cannot say enough about how highly I regard Mr. Kellerman as an announcer and as a fellow old school fight fan. It was nice to have a short chat with him; the quality I admire most about Max as an announcer for boxing is how incredibly respectful he is in his dealings with, and his discussions about fighters. Max is a much needed breath of fresh air following years of cringe worthy Larry Merchant moments.