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ESPN Actually Had a Boxing Analyst Examine the Bautista-Odor MLB Brawl: ‘Good Form!’

The world sports world is going nuts this morning over a vicious right hook that was thrown by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor on Sunday, aimed squarely at the jaw of fan-favorite Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

It not only lead to a bench-clearing brawl for both teams during the eighth inning of their game Sunday, but also ejections for both players involved. The altercation took place after Bautista dangerously slid into second base where Odor was fielding a routine double-play ball, and many have noted that the blood boiling between the two teams stems from last year’s postseason.

Well on Sunday night, ESPN — the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports — took the analysis culture of today’s news to a whole other level by bringing in the network’s boxing analyst to examine the Odor punch. Longtime boxing trainer-turned-sportscaster Teddy Atlas gave his take on the incident, noting, “[Odor’s] probably been in the gym before, because it wasn’t a bad punch!”

“Good form, especially compared to those athletes like the NBA players who quite honestly, most of the time, look like they’re doing the doggy paddle in a pool,” Atlas continued on ESPN’s Sportscenter Sunday. “He also got full extension!” Atlas said of the Odor punch, which will certainly lead to a suspension for the second baseman from Texas.

“He aimed for the right spot, you know the chin,” said Atlas. “It’s the most susceptible.” Sportscenter went as far as to put a side-by-side fighter’s analysis of the two combatants after the fact.

Watch the above analysis from ESPN.


J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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