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MLB 2022 Predictions

A year ago, we were one of the very few publications to predict the San Francisco Giants would make the playoffs. Little did anyone know they would blaze to 107 wins and win the NL West.

But that was last year.

Despite a continuing pandemic, a shortened spring due to the lockout, and changes in the Major League Baseball industry, the National Pastime moves forward.

Many of the same teams will be contending for playoff status and a few have decimated their lineups in hopes of a better future. Questions of which teams will benefit from new changes like the universal Designated Hitter rule and who made the right moves in free agency are going to be answered.

Welcome to 2022.

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Fight of the Century Revisited

As a thunderous wave of sound blanketed the arena with the concussive power of 19,000 voices, Katie Taylor emerged as a tiny figure wearing a black and gold trim robe and a look of wonderment as the cheers cascaded from the highest reaches.

Earlier Amanda Serrano had walked into the same arena and was met with the same wave of sound that no other two female prizefighters had ever heard before in the history of women’s boxing. Let alone at Madison Square Garden.

Female prizefighting had arrived. And it was impressive as they two champions met on April 30, at Madison Square Garden. Remember it forever.

“Look what we have just done, selling out Madison Square Garden, the biggest venue in boxing history,” said Taylor.

After more than a century of being ignored and shoved aside as a bothersome and uninteresting sport, women’s professional boxing had finally cracked the sound barrier of acceptance as a spectator sport. The sonic boom of its victory resonated long after the fight like the best chocolate sundae ever tasted.

It was delicious and savoring to all the senses.

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Sandy Koufax Statue and More

A statue of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was dedicated by the Los Angeles Dodger organization at Dodger Stadium. It’s only the second time a former Dodger has been honored with a statue. The other was the legendary Jackie Robinson.

Only baby boomers are alive who actually saw the great southpaw hurler Koufax slice through lineups with his superior fastball and dynamite curve. Even fewer baseball journalists remain today who saw him pitch the Dodgers to three World Series championships.

Yes, I’m actually one of those who did watch him pitch at Dodger Stadium.

It was a hot summer night on August 14,1965, visiting the Dodgers was the Pittsburgh Pirates. The big question was if a game would still take place? The Watts Riots were raging in South-Central L.A. and buildings were burning with smoke plumes visible for miles. Lives had been lost and a question of safety loomed.

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Canelo vs GGG 3

HOLLYWOOD, CA-Only in Hollywood could they stage the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez versus Gennady “GGG” Golovkin announcement of their third fight.

Only in Hollywood.

“You’re talking about two icons in boxing. Two fighters with worldwide recognition. They don’t like each other,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. “I don’t see this fight going 12 rounds.”

Like the reincarnation of a King Kong versus Godzilla sequel the two super middleweight boxing behemoths gathered at the Hollywood Legion Theater near the historic Hollywood Bowl to formally announce their third clash.

“I think he is going to be surprised at my resistance,” said Alvarez at the press conference. “Knockout is what I see.”

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Pound for Pound Men 2022

Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez heads the top of the pound for pound standings again for the third year. He continues to boggle the mind of fans who flock to stadiums wherever Canelo fights. He has become the main star in boxing as his $36 million per fight purse can attest.

Few other fighters or athletes can match Canelo’s financial resume last year, let alone his physical and technical prowess inside the boxing ring. Canelo is the pound for pound king.

Others like Terence Crawford, Tyson Fury and Naoya Inoue continue their success too with sterling performances.

Some newcomers to this list are Mexico’s Oscar Valdez, United Kingdom’s Josh Taylor and Australia’s George Kambosos Jr. All had remarkable fights in 2021.

Here’s the list as of January 1, 2022:

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Boxing Bonanza in So Cal

Let’s call it the Age of Influencers as celebrities from social media have developed notoriety and fame via cell phones and tablets.

Need proof?

A boxing show took place in downtown Los Angeles that featured an entire boxing card promoted by the Influencers Fight League at a building called Fearless. One bout featured professional fighters while the others were amateur celebrities.

Silvia “Mom” Figueroa and Sabrina Persona fought what seemed to be one-minute rounds in a light flyweight match. It was the lone bout featuring professional fighters and seemed to surprise the audience with their ability to throw proper punches and exhibit defense.

After four rounds Figueroa, who is trained by her husband Julio Figueroa, was able to out-score the taller Persona and win by decision in their exhibition match. Despite being pros the boxing card was not a sanctioned event by the California State Athletic Commission. Therefore, the win was an exhibition and not a sanctioned pro fight.

They also wore headgear. Pro fights do not allow headgear for participants.

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