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    Friday, January 06, 2006

    O'Neil Bell: Why I Will Beat Jean-Marc Mormeck Saturday at the Garden 


    Photo: Tom Casino, Showtime

    Few people seem to be giving IBF cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell much of a chance when he faces WBC and WBA champion Jean-Marc Mormeck in a title unification fight this Saturday night, Jan. 7, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and to be shown live on Showtime in the U.S. A main reason: The last two fights for Bell (25-1-1, 23 KOs) did not exactly vault him into contention for 2005 Fighter of the Year honors.

    On May 20, 2005, Bell won a highly controversial 12-round decision in Hollywood, Florida, over Canadian veteran Dale Brown. Many viewers who saw this fight live on American television thought that Brown deserved the victory.

    Then, on Aug. 26, 2005, also in Hollywood, Florida, Bell defeated little-known South African Sebastian Rothmann by an 11th-round knockout, but only after two of the judges had it even at 94-94 following the tenth round, with Bell ahead only 95-93 on the third scorecard.

    Mormeck, meanwhile, took the WBC title from previously-unbeaten Wayne Braithwaite in impressive fashion on April 2, 2005, in Worcester, Mass., by a clear-cut unanimous decision. Mormeck, with a record of 31-2 with 21 KOs, has not lost a fight since 1997, and then only in his fifth pro fight.

    But at Thursday's final pre-fight press conference at the Garden, Bell stated his case that he was, as he called it, "the best kept secret in the cruiserweight division," and favorably compared his résumé with that of Mormeck by arguing, "I have fought and defeated much tougher fighters throughout my career."

    Right after the formal press conference, we got a chance to interview O'Neil Bell.

    You can listen to that for free here and here .

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    The prevention of underage gambling and identifying and helping problem gamblers is a core objective in running an integrity driven online gambling operation. Gambling at blackjack, or any other online gambling game for that matter is a great form of leisure and entertainment, but for some it can potentially be dangerous.

    By Blogger mikeelikesit, at 1:37 PM  

    Hey Mikee, you missed leaving comments on a few of my posts. But I'll leave all this spam up as a testament to the Wild West ethos in the online gambling world.

    Online gambling is illegal in the United States. Whether or not it should remain so is another question. I see lines of people all the time at neighborhood shops to buy lottery tickets. There they piss away their money for something with astronomical odds.

    An operator enters the data into the dedicated computer and hands the mark a ticket. It is essentially online gambling, except there is someone to enter the data for you. And, of course, the money goes to the politicians, rather than some guy in Costa Rica or wherever. I guess that makes it better, right?

    I don't gamble, period, but online gambling is here to stay. It is legal in some countries, and I understand in the UK the big gambling houses are behind it.

    It might be better for people in the U.S. if it were regulated, with daily limits placed on how much you could bet, enforcable legal guarantees that payouts are made, etc.

    But even if it were made legal, people who know some basic math should stay away.

    By Blogger Eddie Goldman, at 4:34 PM  

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