Pound4poundireland’s May 21st POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Saul Alvarez

4. Naoya Inoue

5. Oleksandr Usyk

6. Juan Francisco Estrada

7. Errol Spence

8. Gennady Golovkin

9. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

10. Mikey Garcia

  • Inoue, the Monster of the 118lb. division, rises 3 places after another brutal early knockout, this time over one of the best fighters in his division

8 thoughts on “Pound4poundireland’s May 21st POUND FOR POUND top 10

  1. A discerning list!

    I could see a case for Canelo at the top after his job on Jacobs. Who is left for him to beat? Perhaps the clouds of the Golovkin decision(s) and his beef habits remain. In any case the less-traveled yet more decisively victorious Loma remains my eye-test favorite.

    The young Monster’s unbridled ferocity is the stuff of legends—Toho Studios legends, to be exact! The WBSS entertains like nothing else and the fight with an aged Donaire may not be a grand test for him, but I’m looking forward to it. And even more to the tasty Prograis-Taylor.

    Caught the Inherent Vice adaptation (one you warned me about, if I’m not mistaken). I liked Phoenix and Brolin, but I’m mystified by Anderson pouring so much of himself into adapting the ultratextual Pynchon. He’s a great writer, but his greatness isn’t filmable.

    Really a navel-gazing period piece with brief high points of savage humor surviving Anderson’s muddled treatment.

    • Good to hear from you, Richard. At least 4 boxers have a case for top spot at this stage. Loma is #1 on eye test currently, followed by Inoue in that regard. Canelo has the best resume but, as you say, judging kindness and beef excuses taint his claim. He’s a phenom, but the best boxer in the sport is something he will probably never be.

      Disappointed now that I wasn’t able to travel to Scotland to see Inoue. Hopefully I’ll be able to someday. Prograis v Taylor will be one of the best fights of 2019. The WBSS is the gift that keeps on giving.

      As you say, muddled is the work for that adaptation. It is easily the least successful Anderson film. Catch Phantom Thread if you haven’t already. Where should I start when I embark on reading Pynchon?

      I finished The Leftovers recently. The first season was my favourite, a tremendously dark and complex look at grief, told through intense one episode character studies. It was the characters and the acting that stood out for me throughout (Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston especially), in spite of the increasingly bizarre story machinations in seasons 2 and 3.

      These distractions, the sudden location change to Texas, plus the loss of some compelling characters through either death (Guilty Remnant and Holy Wayne are missed) or simply neglect (the likes of Jill, Erika and Tommy barely get a look in by the end) add up to prevent the show from being quite up there with the best TV I’ve seen.

      However, I can’t fault the creative team for their ambition, and the series does end on a couple of very strong episodes, the ambiguous conclusion forming a nice bookend with the pilot.

      This is recommended if you haven’t come across it yet: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/27/david-milchs-third-act

      I guess that explains the inclusion of the Warren poem in True Detective season 3.

      • Good to be back in touch. My time has not been my own lately.

        I agree about Leftovers in its early phase. One of the most striking recent TV works, in inception and notably across that first arc, and I’ll likely revisit it. I got the novel but as usual something else forced its way into my reading, lol.

        My own theory about this type of apocalyptic story is that the further one goes into it, the more the improbabilities get in the way and the resort is to melodrama which crowds out what was special. I always prefer the ramp up to the arrival.

        One notable attempt is Jericho, the 2006 American series that ran for two seasons and didn’t have enough time (or perhaps ambition) to lose focus. It’s very conventional in construction but like a sturdy building, it never hurts to have the lines trued and the beams solid. 🙂

        Thanks for the Phantom Thread tip. It was completely off my radar.

        Any Pynchon will serve–he is the same from book to book, which is to say brilliant and endlessly discursive. I’ve read chunks of several of them but they usually send me away by a certain point with exasperation. One I stayed with longer than the others is 2013’s Bleeding Edge. It may be that his concerns there–our cyber realities or surrealties–are so of the moment that I find it more compelling than his mid-20th century focus elsewhere. That is taking nothing away from his genius, metafiction is just not to my taste.

        I was saddened to read about Milch’s illness. As it happens I was all but unawares of the last few years in his life as I made my way through his extensive series of lectures on writing last winter (materials ranging from classes to his talks during the writer’s strike several years ago). So that Milch, vibrant and healthy, or at least trying to be with demons at his heels, is the one fixed indelibly for me after listening to him talk for more hours than all of Deadwood laid end to end.

        His constant references led me to pick up Red Warren’s collected poems. (I feel entitled to use Warren’s nickname as the author was an old friend to one of my teachers who used it when referring to him.) If you can find it look up his “I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas: The Natural History of a Vision,” which became a kind of creator’s creed for Milch.

        All my blabbing here and I’m just getting to AJ’s dethroning and have to run. Look forward to discussing it with you!

      • Always a pleasure to pick your brain.

        My scattered AJ-Ruiz and GGG thoughts are in a Random Rants piece I just posted.

        “My own theory about this type of apocalyptic story is that the further one goes into it, the more the improbabilities get in the way and the resort is to melodrama which crowds out what was special. I always prefer the ramp up to the arrival.” — spot on.

        I hadn’t heard of Jericho, so will seek it out.

        I’m convinced you will love Phantom Thread.

        Interesting that you rate Pynchon so highly, but don’t find the strength to slog your way through the morass of ideas to actually finish many of his books. I could say the same for a few filmmakers.

        You pointed me in the direction of Milch’s lectures before. I suspect I will check them out in the not too distant future. I haven’t watched the Deadwood movie yet but have heard great things. I’m going to order a collection of Warren’s poetry from the library post haste.

        By the way, check your email. I have sent on something short for you to check out when you have a spare ten mins.

  2. Keen to see what you’ve sent. Check your email–I’ve changed addresses.

    Yes, I’m in awe of Pynchon, but I don’t like him enough. I’ve dipped into his work many times to see if I have at last reformed, but no, I’m still a stickler for a certain kind of story art.

    Will check in on those AJ-Ruiz reflections. Caught a bit of Tyson Fury on IFL dissing AJ; not sure it’s as dire as all that but enjoyed his sadistic commentary all the same.

    • Email has been re-sent.

      I feel you. I eventually grew to love Miller’s Tropic of Cancer (when I eventually finished it), for example, but can’t see myself diving into another one of his works in the near future because of the difficulty of navigating through and properly absorbing writing that’s so hermetic, especially in structure. As David Foster Wallace wrote about Dostoyevsky, his works function as great yarns aside from their broader artistic merit.

      Honestly, I struggle to take anything Fury says seriously. One moment, he’s being classy and telling AJ to keep his head up, and days later he’s saying he’s a bum whose career is over. One moment he’s saying he has studied Tom Schwartz and he’s a dangerous opponent, the next he says (probably truthfully this time) that he knows nothing about him.

      • I expect Fury is between meds when he makes his loopiest statements. I also suspect those represent the real persona, if not the more civil and organized one that the SSRIs have enabled. Amazing things, drugs.

        Liked your comments on Miller and the observation by the lamented DFW, whose essays I still like to break out from time to time (my wife gave me his Consider the Lobster last Christmas; pretty sure we’d read most of those when they were published). Can’t remember which of Miller’s rude, interminable novels I read, but I probably came to it at just the last moment in my youth when I could enjoy him.

        Now that I think of it, I wouldn’t mind seeing Henry & June again. Care for that one?

        I am an admirer of Philip Kaufman’s literary adaptations, and wondering what had become of him in the 20 years since the memorable Quills I just checked IMDb. Bloody hell, he’s been dining out on Indiana Jones adaptations! If that isn’t pearls before swine, what is?

        While being bored by this past weekend’s DAZN and ESPN+ offerings (tuned out of both the shocking Parker mismatch and the pointless Andrade posing sessions), online I found the return of Francesco Patera whom I remember us talking about after he defanged the Geordie Golovkin (hee hee hee). He looked the business doing a number on the game but outmatched Belfast man Paul Hyland Jr. Think Patera has what it takes to compete in the top 10 internationally?

        PS – Check email for a few remarks on the excellent new short.

      • Thanks Richard, I’ll read and reply to that email asap.

        I’ve perused Consider the Lobster in the past myself via the library, though didn’t get around to reading every piece. Wallace’s writing on tennis is excellent, as is the title piece and his amusing take on the AVN awards. Speaking of interminable, I tentatively look forward to one day reading Infinite Jest.

        I think I’ve only seen one of Kaufman’s films: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You’d recommend Henry & June and Quills?

        Yes, it seems like he’s done just a single theatrical feature post-Quills, and his recent credits function as presumed royalty checks for co-creating the Indiana Jones characters. Btw, while I am generally an admirer of Spielberg (though he has made his share of dross — you may recall my regrettable cinema experience wasting my money on Ready Player One), I gave up on the Indiana Jones franchise after being bored to tears by the first two installments.

        Did you come across Paul Schrader’s comments on De Palma?

        You probably know that I’m a huge De Palma fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed his new film, Domino, despite the typical bad reviews. As is often the case with BDP, it’s flawed and suffers from some thin characterization, but damn, the baroque visual style and some individual sequences are evidence of an undimmed, old fashioned Hitchcockian artistry…only this time featuring drones and Islamic terrorists!

        Speaking of my favourites: I can’t recall if I recommended Malick’s Voyage of Time or Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree to you yet? Let me do it again now.

        Thankfully, I was out of the country so missed last weekend’s mediocre cards (I can live quite happily never seeing Andrade box again). The only fight I did catch up on in full was the Patera one. It was a fun six rounds.

        Patera is a guy I’d like to see get the chance at a higher level, though I doubt he can hang with the best. Hyland was game as hell but lacked any nuance.

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