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  1. Yeh, he's only way to redemption is if it becomes an out-of-character blip like Lewis' defeats. If he loses, he'll still be sufficiently dangerous that the top top names won't risk a fight against him. He might end up with a rematch against Whyte but is that enough to carry on for? Calzaghe was a great fighter but he stayed in his comfort zone for too long. He only went to the US and fought the top names too late in his career. It was only after beating Lacy in such a dominant fashion that he was truly rated as one of the best. He beat a past-it Roy Jones Jr and I thought was very lucky to get a decision against an aging Hopkins. I never quite liked his slapping style but in the end his record holds out. Most tellingly, on the Mayweather Gym channel they did a video on the greatest white boxer ever, and his name came up more than any other.
  2. Is certainly an interesting one if he does. Victory won't be redemption but defeat leaves him with nowhere really to go.
  3. Just pleased it's happening, Ruiz had looked very reluctant recently.
  4. I touched on this in the Fortnite thread. I agree that technology along with its negative effects are here to stay. It has been a battle for sometime, but at least there used to be the feeling that we ought not be on technology too much. Increasingly, I'm seeing people less apologetic about spending 90% of their waking time in front of a screen. When gaming can now be monetised, I suspect we'll see people being less and less bothered.
  5. There's a lot I agree with in this. One thing that isn't touched on is that although obesity rates have soared 10 times, I doubt very much that there has been any change in rates of willpower. There has clearly been a significant societal change with regards to eating and exercising habits and perhaps the only thing that is certain is that simply telling people to lose weight isn't going to work.
  6. I have mixed feelings about it. It appears to me that we're just seeing a 21st century version of something that happened in the late 19th/early 20th century with the explosion of organised sport. I'm sure to many at the time, it seemed equally bizarre how mostly grown men got so wound up about what is a game. I'm sure many thought it childish. However, I have reservations that go further than it being a generational thing although this is part of it. For instance, I suspect over time we'll see a decline in non electronic forms of entertainment. This includes sport, reading and music played with instruments etc. This was already inevitable before the Fortnite WC. I also think it's naive to think it isn't going to have negative effects on society. I work with children and in my opinion you can usually spot gamers a mile off. The fact that you can now make millions playing them will make it much more difficult for parents (and teachers) to get them to think other things are important. The element of it being a non-productive use of time has been much reduced. It wouldn't necessarily be a problem if we had strong parents who could ensure children get a balance, but in my experience they are in the minority.
  7. Don't get me wrong, if you're secretly on PEDs you have to talk the talk about drugs being wrong. Accusing others, for instance where you post a video of 'the drugs don't work' after AJs win, is more than the required level of hypocrisy!
  8. Seems likely this morning. If so, it makes him a massive hypocrite.
  9. The original post of this thread was about how we treat obese people and the difficult balance between not wanting to treat people badly but not wanting people to think obesity is a good thing. The problem I have with how society views weight, is that it is seen as an over-riding character flaw and as it is easily visible, people make instant negative judgements. This is a flawed approach and one we should try to rectify. Take the following example: 1) I weigh just under 13 stone. I consider the calorific content of every meal that I eat and go out running (about 7-8k on average) 3 times a week with a couple of other fitness activities in-between. I'm a teacher. I only ever drink alcohol on a Saturday and even then it is around 3 pints. Including take-aways and restaurants, I eat out on average probably once or twice a month. I'm not too interested in chocolate or sweet things even when I'm not dieting. 2) My brother-in-law is the same height as me but weighs about 10 stone. He eats what he feels like eating. This often means take-away multiple times a week. I've never seen him do any form of cardio in his life and very rarely tries to do weights. He works in a call-centre. He has calmed down a little but used to go out drinking a number of times a week. To give him his dues he doesn't eat sweet stuff very often either. One of two things is going on here. The first option is that we process food differently and I put weight on more easily than he does. The second is that he actually eats fewer calories across the day (and me more) than it seems and that he burns off more calories by being more hyperactive in general than me. It could of course be a mixture of both. My issues is that society often sees it as a simple equation: overweight = lack of effort + lack of willpower This is the case in some part of course, but the inverse is quite clearly not always true. As my example demonstrates, regardless of the exact reasons for why I am bigger than he is, he doesn't make any effort or use any willpower to be slim whereas I, however flawed, have to deprive myself of things and make an effort to go out running to maintain a relatively decent weight. My brother-in-law isn't the slightest bit judgemental and I've never seen him comment on weight, but in my experience it is often people who make as little effort as he does, who are very disparaging about overweight people and who believe they must be secretly eating way more than they themselves are.
  10. You seem to treat it like humans are like robots who all process calories in the same way. Stating that calories are a fixed unit of energy is no more useful than saying petrol is a fixed unit of fuel. We know that this fuel is used more efficiently by some cars and less efficiently than others. I think there is more than enough evidence to suggest that humans process calories differently. I suspect that most people instinctively know this to be true; we all know people who eat a lot but are thin. There are also studies however. One such study was conducted on prison inmates who were offered early release if they could gain 25% of their body weight. Some couldn't manage it despite eating 10,000 calories a day. A decade ago, BBC Panorama did an experiment with 10 people where they gave each participant double the number of necessary calories for 4 weeks; they also restricted them to less than 5,000 steps. Most predictably put on quite a lot of weight but they did so differently. One participant put on 4.5kg but only increased 1% in fat, the rest went on as muscle. Tellingly, one participant put on less than 0.5kg despite eating double the recommended amount of calories; this is not so easy to explain away. You do touch on something at the end when you say much of it comes from mental and emotional aspects. I honestly think people who've never dieted or only had to do so once or twice in their lives, have no idea how difficult it can be.
  11. I used a body fat machine at the gym to see how well it worked. I did it before I started running and exercising again, (March/April) with a view to seeing if it changed over the course of a couple of months. When I did it again, despite having lost a few lbs and being able to notice a difference with the exercise, it said my body fat percentage had gone up by about 3%. I didn't use it again!
  12. Agreed. In contrast, Joyce's attempts at showboating were quite frankly embarrassing.
  13. Interesting night of boxing last night. Joe Joyce won a points victory but failed to impress against Bryant Jennings. There was no dispute that he won, but it happened purely due to work rate. The better shots all came from Jennings, he was just out muscled by someone two stone heavier than him. Dubois on the other hand was impressive against Gorman. It was a decent fight and at certain points they were really exchanging. Dubois always looked the more likely and like he could hurt Gorman.
  14. I always enjoyed it as a sport and resented the fact that boys weren't supposed to play after a certain age.
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