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Breeders Cup better bet than man with Six Heads

Oct 21, 2008 5:01 PM

Pulling No Punches by Michael Katz |

There is no direct correlation, but boxing is virtually taking off from having any serious fights as either the American presidential election goes into the homestretch or the Breeders Cup goes into the starting gate.

Next weekend, there is no excuse for not investing your diminished savings in horses, at least vis a vis trying to make economic ends meet by raking in winnings on prizefights.

The only two fights I could find lines on next week are far away and, luckily, won’t be televised back to any red and blue states. But even though she can’t see them from her home, I’m sure even Sarah Palin could envision who is going to win.

In Oldenberg, Germany, not far from Dusseldorf, Mikkel Kessler defends his 168-pound title over hapless Danilo Haussler of Germany. Kessler, a 25-1 favorite, got the title with a gimme after losing to Joe Calzaghe.

Haussler, at 33, is six years older, three inches shorter, can’t punch and has a shaky chin. All of which make him not very attractive at the meager 10-1 buyback rate I saw online. Kessler is highly overrated by some of my colleagues, but the Danish prune should not be tempted to suddenly withdraw from this mismatch.

In Georgetown, Guyana, a couple of 37-year-old has-beens who in December become 38-year-old has-beens, meet on their grape Kool-Aid-stained native soil. Howard Eastman is only a 7-2 favorite over Andrew (Six Heads) Lewis, which makes me a bit suspicious.

Eastman is not British, though he had a fine career as an English middleweight until he met Bernard Hopkins. Starting with B-Hop, he lost five of eight. Six Heads, who famously has no chins, actually held a welterweight title. However, he is moving up in weight here to fight for the Guyana middleweight championship (which, with a token, would get him on the subway in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY).

Unless Eastman is more faded than Lewis is, he is hardly worth the 5-2 online buyback offers. Outside of three matches (a 2005 draw, a 2006 loss and 2007 decision victory against some native sparring partner named Denny Dalton) Lewis has not fought since being stopped in two rounds in February 2003 by Antonio Margarito.

Eastman has at least fought this year, winning a majority decision against the same Denny Dalton in July. But this is hardly the stuff you should be thinking about with the expanded Breeders Cup coming up.

Yes, it’s too bad Big Brown couldn’t make it to the Classic to confront Curlin, but it’s still a lot better matchup than either of the two fights described above. The Sweet Science has not been relieving my voter fatigue. Neither has Major League Baseball or the National Felony League. The horses will, I’m sure.

Final jabs:

• Vitali Klitschko is a heavyweight title-holder again after using his baby’s urine-stained diapers to soak his wounded right hand during training. There are a lot of straight lines in there, but I will move on to another topic.

• Baby brother Wladimir Klitschko has a Dec. 13 date with Alexander Povetkin. Boxing should be rooting for a major upset here or the Kiev siblings will never allow a full unification of the game’s most cherished title.

• It seems that the online odds have declined a bit on Oscar de la Hoya for his Dec. 6 match with Manny Pacquiao. He’s only -210 with the Pac Man at +170. I wouldn’t be surprised if the line goes down a bit more. I still haven’t made up my mind, mainly because I don’t think much about this contest.

• I want to see an Antonio Margarito-Paul Williams rematch.

• Samuel Peter’s performance against Vitali was perhaps the poorest in heavyweight title history since the Shannon Briggs fiasco vs. Sergei Liahkovich.

But nothing will ever top Bruce Seldon’s one-round feint against Mike Tyson.

• Can someone please impeach Jose Sulaiman, or at least rid the world of "open scoring" before it starts a riot? I mean, how could Anek Hongkongtam score one round for Peter?