ESPN: Rahman and Lewis duke it out on the set!

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Anyone catch ESPN's Sportcenter to see the melee at Gary Miller's interview with both Rahman and Lewis for their upcoming heavyweight boxing rematch?
    It came down to the 2 guysstarting to talk bad each other's relatives after Lewis took issue with Rahman saying that Lewis was acting "gay" (Rahman was talking about some court action that Lewis initiated), and then they both got up and while no punches were thrown, the entire set for the show was destroyed as people/handlers tried to keep both men away from each other, rather than either one risking an out-of-the-ring injury before the prize fight. This went on for about 5 minutes and you could see cameramen trying to get an up close and personal view of the combatants during their stare-downs while being restrained by their handlers.
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    I just saw the highlights on my local newscast. Pathetic.
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    It was interesting to see... Although it still doesn't top Jim "Chris" Everett coming over the table at Jim Rome... [​IMG]
    Lewis and Rahman were on both the Tony Bruno and Jim Rome radio programs this morning. On Bruno it was like a total love-fest between the two, and on Rome things had gotten a little more tense. Maybe they got sick of each other by the time "Up Close" rolled around...
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    quote: It was interesting to see... Although it still doesn't top Jim "Chris" Everett coming over the table at Jim Rome...[/quote]
    That was sooo great! Jim Rome really deserved it. That guy is such a bitch. [​IMG] Do you guys think it was real or a promo? If they were really pissed at each other, wouldn't one of them have thrown a punch? Boxers always do this. And with the betting we all know that the boxing storyline can be as fake as the WWF.
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    "That was gay, why'd you have to go out like that?"
    "Gay? That's not what your mother said last night....."
    This is Don King at work getting some free publicity to promote the fight. Does anybody actually believe that a couple of grown men would get into a fight over something as silly as this?
     
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    As stupid and moronic as most people are, I would say "Yes, two grown men would get into a fight over something silly." [​IMG]
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    I think this is what as known as a "worked shoot".
    It's a term from pro wrestling.
    You take an actual real life situation, mix in a bit of scripted behavior, and the public interest grows ten fold.
    Now, people who didn't even care about this fight, will want to watch it, based on this incident alone.
     
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    Looked like a hugging match brokeout. This was staged, or someone would have got hit.
     
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    I think it was staged. The only punch thrown was when they were 4 feet away from each other.
    Also, can someone tell me about the Everett/Rome fight?
     
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    Sure did look staged.
    Bet they double the take now!!
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    I don't think it was staged. It looked real enough to me, like they were both trying to hold back, neither of them really wanted a fight, but at the same time neither was willing to back off.
    /Mike
     

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