Top Five – WWE Announces A Brand Split

WWE announces a brand split

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Top Five – Tyson Fury Is The New Heavyweight Champion

Tyson Fury is the new heavyweight champion

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Top Five – Hiroshi Tanahashi Wins The G1

Tanahashi Wins The G1

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HBO Boxing – Pascal Vs. Bute Play By Play

Pascal vs. Bute play by play

It’s our first big fight of 2014 and I imagine the crowd is going to be alive.

The fight is from the Bell Centre in Montreal and being that both fighters are from Canada, the hometown crowd should provide quite the ambiance for the fight. It sounds like Lucian Bute may be a bit more popular than Jean Pascal tonight.

According to my friend Dina (@Dina7810) who is live at the Bell Centre, the attendance is 20,479.

This is Bute’s second fight at light heavyweight since losing to Carl Froch a year and a half ago. Jean Pascal has won twice since losing his light heavyweight titles to Bernard Hopkins.

Pascal Vs. Bute Play By Play

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Froch On Bute Comeback

Sounds like The Cobra is ready for round 2!

Boxing – Carl Froch Vs. Lucian Bute Play By Play

If you missed Duan’s preview earlier today, you can check it out here.

This fight is on EpixHD, which those of us in the US with DirecTV don’t have, but if you sign up for a free trial on their website, you can see the fight. Shame on Showtime for passing on it.

The arena is on fire. Froch is over like he’s Michael Jordan in Chicago. Smartly, Froch comes out to No Easy Way Out from the Rocky IV soundtrack. The name of the show was No Easy Way Out.

Carl Froch vs. Lucian Bute

Froch is anxious and sort of running at Bute while throwing both hands. Froch drops his right hand after throwing it and gets hit with Bute’s left. Bute was the more calm fighter and landed the better punches. Froch hit him too, but he looked a little too anxious. Can’t think that was the game plan. 10-9 Bute

Much better round by Froch. He’s landing a hooking right hand and Bute looked a little befuddled. Really strong fight so far.

It was their strategy. Froch is leading with the hooking right to get inside and do damage on the inside. Froch absolutely blitzed Bute the entire round and Bute could only hold on, and use the ropes to bounce back and forth to miss punches. Duan has to be ecstatic right now. Amazing round for Froch. Second round in a row for Froch.

According to the stats, Froch landed 36 power punches to just 7 for Bute. Froch is absolutely not worried about Bute’s power. He’s rushing in there without the worry of being hit. He almost put him away late in the round. Bute was saved by the bell.

Froch stopped him. He absolutely blitzed him. The referee looked like he originally stopped it but then checked Bute to see if he could stand and then stopped it. That was weird.

Winner: Carl Froch by way of 5th round TKO

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