By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Member of Boxing Writers Association of America and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Danny Garcia faced the veteran Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, who has spent as much as time behind mike as he has in the ring in the last few years. Malignaggi biggest advantage going against the heavy favorite Garcia was his boxing skills but at 34, how much did he have left?
Danny Garcia (30-0 / 17 by KO) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (33-6 / 7 by KO) … welterweights, scheduled for 12 rounds of boxing … Saturday, August 1, 2015 … 9pm ET / 6pm PT … TV coverage ESPN … from Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video links regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at the IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds, Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1 / 24 by KO) vs. Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3 / 23 by KO) airing on HBO, Saturday, July 25, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. biggest problem is his last name and heritage. If he was Julio Ramirez and didn’t have a famous Hall of Fame fighter as a father, we would say that he is a good fighter, a contender and note that he held for a brief time, a piece of the Middleweight championship. The reality is that being Chavez Jr. is a curse since we expect so much more and certainly seeing him losing to Andrzej Fonfara by not coming out for the tenth round was a stunner for those who remember his father for the warrior he was.
Marco Reyes was picked as the comeback fight for obvious reason, he was a natural Middleweight who had not fight the quality of opposition Chavez has and from the first round, it was obvious that while Reyes knocked out 24 fighters in his 33 wins; that his punch did not match Chavez’s power at Super Middleweight. And Chavez did came in overweight; leaving many questioning how does a fighter who supposedly trained like he never before and sparred 100 rounds under the guidance of Robert Garcia, come in overweight?
The first round saw Chavez retreating almost the entire round until near the end before he unleashed his first offensive volley. From the second round through the fifth round, Chavez put the pressure on and while Reyes would box and connect on combinations; it was Chavez who would take control of the round with his piston like jab followed by left hooks and right hands. Throughout the sixth round, Reyes boxed his way as he landed combinations and Chavez didn’t use the jab or punch his way. Chavez tried to steal the round with a four punch volley at the end of the round. Showtime Steve Farhood had Chavez ahead halfway through by 58-56.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
He was a three time holder of the flyweight title. He was a major player in the flyweight division for a almost fifteen years. His record reads like a who’s who of the best flyweights of that era. He was Thailand’s Chartchai Chionoi.
In 82 battles he emerged with a 61-18-3 record. He stopped 36 foes while being stopped himself on five occasions. Records can be rather deceiving …he turned pro in 1959. By 1961 he lost a ten rounder to the talented Mitsunori Seki. In 1962 Chionoi would drop a decision to future champion Hiroyuki Ebihara. By this time Chionoi proved he going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
So many so called “Super Fights” have turned out to be “Super Duds” over the years. True several have provided us with heart stopping thrills. Still some have left us cold and unfulfilled as one party of the match didn’t quite live up to their end of the deal.
I have come up with twelve such contests that left me most unsatisfied at their conclusion. I’m sure other fans can think of many more that had a similar effect on them.
1) Salvador Sanchez – Wilfredo Gomez… Sanchez was a young, solid champion but Gomez was, Gomez. The man that had destroyed the invincible Carlos Zarate. Well Salvador proved to the world and Gomez that he was an all-time great. Wilfredo was down in the first and outclassed the rest of the way until it was stopped in round eight.
In the Ring With Jack Johnson – Part II: The Reign – by Adam J. Pollack continues the series of the most detailed and thorough books ever written on Jack Johnson. This 880-page book completely covers Jack Johnson’s reign and life as world heavyweight champion.
The current boxing champions — as of July 7, 2015 — are listed below in their recognized title belt organization and in their weight class division. Each champion’s professional record is shown in the following format: wins-losses-draws-no contests (knockout wins) and date of winning title.
He lost fifteen of forty professional fights but his record reads like a “Who’s Who” of the middleweight and super middleweight divisions at that time. Make no mistake about it, Cleveland’s Sanderline Williams was a world class boxer.