I legitimately don't even know where to begin on how well Jerome looked today. Jab, movement, faster start, winging fucking elbows, the body work, gas tank, record stats, chin, decision making, quality opponent – What a fucking massacre.
Just watched the fight. Great championship title defense by Max. That was crazy how Kattar survived that onslaught in the fourth. Max looked really sharp throughout all 5 rounds though. His boxing looked good -- more body shots and better head movement than we're used to seeing from him, which is great. Added to his relentless pressure and volume, that was an absolute clinic.
Great performance. The only negative I would say was that he hung around in the pocket a little too long every now and then and ate some shots that might have put a lesser chinned fighter down.
I heard that there were talks of starting a Calvin Kattar’s Life Matters movement after that fight. Calvin Kattar never needs to go to church again because Mad Max cleansed his soul in there. Kattar’s toughness was otherworldly at the same time, yet it delivered him supreme punishment.
Max changes his opponents lives when he has his way. If he can, he will drag your spirit so very far out into deep water and leave you there. After the final bell rings and the fight is over, you either sink or try swimming all the way back. Either way, you will not be the same. Look at Ortega.
Max’s sequence where he was yelling at the end was an absolute classic. The man slips a punch and drills Kattar with a filthy jab that just said “fuck you” all over it while not even looking because he was screaming to the commentators that he’s the best. Clowned him so hard at the end. Just takes a huge handful of salt and drives it deep into Kattar’s heart.