by David P. Greisman - To be a fan of the sport of boxing is to have dual desires.
We want to see great fights, to be entertained and enthralled, to witness moments that render us speechless, that make us scream and that leave us talking for days afterward.
We also want to see the best fight the best. There are no seasons in the Sweet Science, but there are storylines, and in our minds the main characters must ultimately meet before we can know which of them truly is the better fighter.
Sometimes these dual desires becoming dueling desires.
That mental conflict is evident in a discussion about a physical conflict — about who Adonis Stevenson should face next after defeating Chad Dawson by technical knockout, a win that came on the strength of one left hand landed in the first half of the first round.
That punch installed Stevenson as the new, true light heavyweight champion. He had barely finished an ecstatic celebration before he was asked to step out of his present jubilation and focus on the future.
He mentioned Bernard Hopkins, a former lineal light heavyweight champion who had lost that label to Dawson last year. Hopkins, a 48-year-old wonder, recently collected a world title with a win over Tavoris Cloud.
He also mentioned Andre Ward, the lineal champion of the super middleweight division, and a man whose superiority at 168 has become so evident that some fans and observers want him to move up to 175. [Click Here To Read More