Did your eyes get as huge as mine did? Tua has struggled with his weight for years, but this is downright scary. I know some fighters feel that the bigger you are, the more power you possess. Not true. Joe Louis put on additional weight for his fight with Ezzard Charles in 1950, and regretted it. I think Tua is making the same mistake. Since his weight gain began back in 1998, Tua's speed has decreased. Looking at him now, I can't believe that David Tua used to look like this.
Tua, if you're comfortable at this weight, then good. No one knows your body the way you do. But come out aggressive. Make a brawl out of this thing. Don't let Monte outbox you from the distance. Get in close and attack his body, and blast that chin when you get a good opening. Stay in Monte's face. Don't let up. If you let Monte get confident and become the ring general, then we're going to see this image again.
My final thoughts? I'm desperately hoping for a Tua victory. But if he loses, I won't be surprised at all. :(
Expect a new blog from me tomorrow after the fight.