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Metal Legend Phil Anselmo On The State Of Boxing

January 21, 2014
(photo by Estevam Romera)

(photo by Estevam Romera)

Former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo (now known as Philip H. Anselmo) will be in San Antonio on January 27 (Backstage Live), when he’ll perform with his new band The Illegals in support of Walk Through Exits Only, his first solo album. Look at the Current interview on January 22.

In addition to his passion for metal, Anselmo is a lifelong fan of horror movies and boxing. These are his takes on some of today’s top boxers.

Did you see Maidana-Broner?

“I did. I loved it. I thought it was fantastic. Not an Adrian Broner fan at all. I loved seeing Marcos coming so determined and making a statement early in that fucking fight and putting that big-mouthed motherfucker on his ass and continuing to apply pressure. I was very proud of Maidana. The only thing better he could’ve done was stop him cold.”

What’s your take on Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez?

“He’s such a great, great talent and also a good guy, great for the sport. I just wonder about the toll the injuries have taken on his body. And I know about that kind of stuff. When you can’t come in at 100 percent, especially in the sport of boxing, it’s tough. In boxing, throwing punches comes from the hips and the legs, there’s a lot of leverage needed. As great a balance as Martínez has, if his injuries don’t let him [throw his] punches as he used to, it’ll be tough for him against great opponents. I wonder if his days are numbered.”

Go to the next page to read Anselmo’s take on Gennady Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao and the heavyweight division.

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