Aggro as fuck…and knew this since a youngin’ with big air dreams.
Matt Hoffman is the Kool G Rap of BMX. Understand that.
Yep. PTP is awake again. After a few weeks of quiet-time…I decided that it was an opportunity to pay respects (in silence) to two incredible DJ’s who passed in the last month or so.
R.I.P. GM Roc Raida
and Mr. Magic.
Those two were, undoubtedly, the ones who left the boldest imprint on inspiring me to get a pair of 1200′s and spend more time in-doors flipping wax and burning through TDK’s and Maxell’s. Legends.
On July 11, it was reported that another talent was lost. Without getting into the details and conspiracies surrounding his death (we’ve had way too much of that lately), I’d like to simply say that Arturo Gatti was one of my favorites to step in the ring. He was a slugger and a sweller, many of his fights ending with his eye(s) basically closed shut due to his face bubbling up so much from hits taken, which brings me to my main point about Thunder…the man had HEART. Not only was he a good fighter, but he exhibited what some of the more technically-adept fighters lacked. He always fought until the fight was over…absorbing and re-administering the punishment. He’d eat hits in the multiples (whereas a single such connection would leave another individual shattered on the mat), find swift recovery from that “lucky punch”, and fight through the sickening pain of injury (in most cases, to ultimately greet victory).
Many of his fights were deemed favorites among followers of the sport. An obvious choice for me would be the trilogy that was “Gatti vs. Ward”. These fights, between real-life friends, contained some of the most brutal, unrelenting moments I’ve ever seen take place in the ring. Both fighters went in fully aware of the tremendous battle that lay ahead…and subsequently, fought mega hard…to the point where no matter who won, they both seemed to have gained bountiful heaps of respect and admiration at the end of each bout. All three fights spanned 10 rounds, regardless of mid-way knock-outs and injuries. The actual results were:
-Gatti Vs. Ward I: Ward won by majority decision.
Here’s a short clip collage (I’d honestly post the whole trilogy but I haven’t the time) of Gatti Vs. Ward moments…peep the two warriors at work:
R.I.P. Thunder Gatti
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