When respect has its place

Phoenix, Arizona | Sometimes we get WWE stuff. Like, taking a banana out of the bag, like smashing fruit in the opponent’s face, like going with phrases and swearing Foolish…

Even worse, at other times, two men act like athletes before a big game, politely answering questions and agreeing on how to continue the fight.

At that time, the sport regained its place. At that time, we have deep respect for the two men who will go into a ring and who, to win the fight, will have to hit each other with all their might in the face, liver, or curl.

It happens to be magical. It happened yesterday in Phoenix.

wait in the car

However, he played the same thing for a bit games ususally. David Lemieux and his group waited in the car for ten minutes before heading upstairs for the press conference at the Gila River Arena.

There was no doubt that Lemieux would make a beautiful zuff sitting at a table while waiting for David Benavidez to show up. It took the chief operating officer, Virginie Asali, to call Mark Ramsay to tell him that Benavidez was there with his girlfriend and child for the Quebecers to take out to the oven to head toward the building.

That’s it. When it came David Lemieux’s turn to explain to Showtime and reporters that he was in Phoenix because he always wanted to compete against the best in the business, he never raised his voice. He described Benavides’ style and always maintained a polite tone if he was serious about the content of his responses.

Benavidez took the microphone and matched Lemieux’s tone. In the end, he said he had admired David Lemieux when he was a very young boxer and that one thing was for sure, neither he nor Lemieux would expand the fight if the books could be closed. So fans will be treated to a wonderful show.

The host took the microphone and handed it to Lemieux:

– What do you say David?

– I totally agree with Benavidez. We will not tell stories. We’re here to fight in the hope that he puts on a good show for the fans.

Lemieux smiled, and Benavidez, too. They were completely harmonious and synchronized. Behind the press conference host’s back, they reached out to get a fist of Five.

Two men respect each other.

Expect an explosive battle

But romance has its limits. As Lemieux said after the official statements, no one likes to be hit in the face: “But I like to give some but.” Yesterday’s sweets do not change the real situation. Respect or not, upon hearing the first-round bell, two men advance toward each other. With the goal in mind to hit the other.

This is why boxing is so special. There is no Gil Luppian or Dave Semenko to protect the star of the team. The two men are face to face. eye for an eye. almost naked.

Mark Ramsey mentioned yesterday how brave boxing takes. And how special the guy who does it must be: “I saw a bit of a break during the press conference. Like they had lost their taste. About to let it all go. But David has a mind of steel,” Ramsay said.

All veterans of the trade have seen a boxer get crushed before a fight at some point.

Karl Froche has full control of Lucien Butt during an interview with Jean-Charles Lagoy on TVA. A few weeks later, dressed in heavy work boots, Froch came to eat a plate of baked beans with bacon and eggs in the cafeteria where Lucien and Quebecer were at the hotel in Nottingham.

The message was clear. The boss is me.

It has been.

And Jean Pascal admitted, often loudly, years later that Bernard Hopkins had “fallen in the head” during the press conference in Montreal two or three days before the fight.

On that day, Hopkins looked like a hitman. Even the journalists did not know how to deal with it.

Cursed weight

The weight was determined at noon. Outdoors in front of Gila River Arena. I hope it happens quickly. 39 In the shade, it distorts the mechanics.

David Lemieux should easily weigh in at 168 pounds. Benavidez, it’s not very clear. The Lemieux clan wants him to exhaust himself in case of drought.

In addition, Michel Hamlin, the former head of Régie, arrived yesterday evening in Glendale. He traces his legendary smile.

Camille Estephan relies on him to sniff out potential crosses…

Who will win and how?

We’ll talk about it tomorrow.

wolves move

The Gila River is a beautiful square. In a beautiful neighborhood. But no one is going to make me believe that hockey can work in this part of town.

We are 25 minutes from Phoenix. afternoon.

Yesterday, three large moving trucks seized Coyotes’ stock which, according to local Renaud Lavoie, still has a large debt of unpaid rent.

If I have the time, I’ll visit the new wolf mansion. We repeat at Glendale that it looks like Center Gervais-Auto in Shawinigan.

I understand that everyone in Arizona knows Shawinigan and Claude Valley smoked meats.

But Camille Estephan did her homework. According to him, the economy of the city of Phoenix and its suburbs is easily able to support the hockey team …

It’s true that in Montreal, you have to be rich to go to the Bell Centre.

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