Some Kinda Wonderful

By Clarence George on January 18, 2014
Some Kinda Wonderful
Kinda ain't gonna kinda say it with flowers, but with a knockout by the middle rounds.

More punches will be thrown than kisses planted this Valentine’s Day when Issouf Kinda faces Jeremy Bryan in the Bronx…

“I don’t want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.”—Marilyn Monroe

“Wonderful” is what New Yorkers think of junior welterweight Issouf Kinda, originally from the West African nation of Burkina Faso but who now fights out of the Bronx.

More punches will be thrown than kisses planted this Valentine’s Day (yeah, like that’s an unfamiliar scenario) when Kinda faces Jeremy Bryan for a scheduled eight rounds at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Kinda, who’ll turn 26 five days before the fight, is a five-year pro (16-1, 6 KOs) who won the vacant New York State junior welterweight title by defeating Luis Rodriguez by unanimous decision in 2012. The Bronxite fought twice last year, stopping Javier Loya by second-round KO in February, and losing to Chris Howard by technical decision in May. Howard, who was ahead on two of the judges’ cards, suffered a cut over his left eye from an accidental headbutt, and the ring doc stopped the fight after the sixth round.

A resident of Paterson, New Jersey, Bryan, who’ll turn 28 three days before the bout, is a seven-year ring veteran (16-3, 7 KOs) who fought twice last year, beating Yuri Romanov by majority decision in January, and losing to Amir Imam by second-round TKO in April. His other losses came by way of Vincent Arroyo, who won by eighth-round KO, and Ronald Cruz, who won by sixth-round TKO, both in 2010. Following his loss to Cruz, Bryan didn’t reenter the ring for a full two years, when he beat by unanimous decision Damon Antoine, who’s only won 11 of 67 bouts.

Bryan, who goes by “Hollywood,” may be better than Antoine, but he’s not good enough to score a win over some kinda wonderful from the Bronx by way of Burkina Faso.

Valentine’s Day? Schmalentine’s Day. Kinda ain’t gonna kinda say it with flowers, but with a knockout by the middle rounds.

How does the old song go? Oh yeah: New York, New York, a wonderful town. The Bronx is up and the Patersonian’s down…

For the count.

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  1. Ted 01:43pm, 01/22/2014

    Donaire is an active ringside photographer and looks like any other ill kept foul smelling boxing photographer. Easy to miss him. Plus he is short for a midget!

  2. Clarence George 01:38pm, 01/22/2014

    Ha!  Butterbean, is it?  But I thank you.

    I like the quirky, and I thought of writing one on Donaire’s presence at “Monday Night Raw.”  Batista hugged who I thought was a 10-year-old boy, but who was in fact the featherweight!  What’s funny is that the ringside commentators didn’t mention it.  Did they, like me, not recognize Donaire?  Or did they indeed know who he was and not care?  Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot more to say about it than what I just did…except that it says something about how indifferently boxers are perceived today, including among wrestling fans.

  3. Ted 10:46am, 01/22/2014


    BTW, Like Butterbean, CG has become the king of the Blogs!!!!!!!!!!!

    And they are most entertaining and unique (which is rare in boxing writing)

  4. Pete The Sneak 06:03pm, 01/19/2014

    Toro, may sound better than Mo-Fungo, but come on now… You’re one of the few writers here who have tried Mofongo, so fess up dude. Sounding can’t be better than tasting…lol…Peace.

  5. Clarence George 01:20pm, 01/19/2014

    Good thing I didn’t make a point of mentioning that Kinda was born in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou.  No disrespect to the noble Burkinabè, but if that doesn’t sound like baby talk…I don’t what does.

  6. Ted 12:59pm, 01/19/2014

    Burkina Faso , that’s even better than Mo fungo!

  7. Clarence George 10:57am, 01/19/2014

    Such culturally eclectic comments, with references to West Africa, Italy, China, England, France, Kentucky, Japan, and the Bronx.

    Are your drinking absinthe, Irish?  I don’t want you following in the footsteps of Rimbaud, winding up in Algeria.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:24am, 01/19/2014

    Clarence George- It’s a long way from Burkino Faso to “Gold Mountain”....even in the 21st Century….and even if it involves air travel. Why does “carrying coals to Newcastle ” come to mind?  Anyway, he seems earnest and I wish him well. One too many kisses from the “Green Fairy” last night….actually Jim Beam ya’ll…Arigatou Gozaimasu!

  9. Clarence George 07:04am, 01/19/2014

    Ha!  I hope, NYI, that it was accompanied by a side order of tagliatelle sugo ai funghi.

    He’s good, but kinda needs to fight outside of New York more often than he has.

  10. NYIrish 06:02am, 01/19/2014

    Had a big steaming plate of Burkina Faso in an Italian joint in Bensonhurst once. Kinda hope the kid can fight.

  11. Clarence George 02:17pm, 01/18/2014

    Ha!  Thanks, Ted.  Your remark reminds me a bit of “I don’t think about the things I don’t think about,” which I believe is attributed to William Jennings Bryan.  A supposedly ridiculous statement, but why?  After all, by definition, we don’t think about the things we don’t think about.

    Yes, Pete, I suspect that the arena will be made up primarily of either unattached or soon-to-be-unattached men.

    Anyway, Kinda more than kinda deserves to be known outside of New York.  One thing he should do is get himself a good ring moniker.  He uses “Volcano,” though I don’t think he’s called such that often.  I don’t care for it.  It doesn’t really go with his first and last names, and it’s unimaginative—a step or two above “Slugger” or “Killer.”

  12. Pete The Sneak 01:26pm, 01/18/2014

    ‘Kinda’ nice, CG, to give Issouf some mad deserved props here on (Sorry, had to do it)...But seriously, I do know about Issouf, though I haven’t seen him fight yet. Don’t know if I’ll be able to get away on Valentines day however, to head to Huntington, NY (“Honey, here’s your candy and flowers, now lets ride out to Huntington, NY to go see Kinda Issouf fight.”)...I don’t know, doesn’t have that romantic sounding flair as opposed to say,” Let’s go to Frankie and Johnnies Pine Restaurant for that incredible Valentines day chicken marsala…Oh well, here’s wishing Issouf good luck and a hearty (real) Bronx cheer…Peace.

  13. Ted 12:01pm, 01/18/2014

    Good stuff. It always very good if I have never heard of these guys and I have never heard of these guys. And no, that was not Yogi Berra talking.

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