By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008
Bernard Hopkins attempted to be oldest fighter to unite titles after becoming the oldest to win a title and the oldest to defend a title against the young Beibut Shumenov, who was hoping to make his mark.
The first bout saw Peter Quillin defending his version of the Middleweight against Czech Republic fighter Lukas Konecny. The undefeated Quillin started out fast with a left jab that pumped in between the challenger’s guard, who spent the first 1:30 not throwing a punch. Quillin tried to slip a right hand over the jab as Konecny threw body shots. In the middle of the second round, Konecny landed an uppercut for his first big punch of the fight as Quillin landed some vicious body shots but as the second round wound down, Konecny started to land some combinations.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years. He has offered is expertise and input to “dmboxing” website since 2007
Let’s take another stroll down my memory lane.
This time I must state how much I missed the Southern California based World Boxing Hall of Fame.
While it has not held any events in about ten years, for whatever reasons (I don’t ask), I miss my good friends and the friendships we made.
I attended the enshrinement events for about eight years, and met some of the finest boxing people you’d ever want to know. I’d like to see them again as I miss them all.
I was always treated very well by everyone involved and about the only complaint I had was the seats were not made for long sitting for someone with a bad back.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
In their last bout, Pacquiao landed more punches including power punches and was the more active but it didn’t matter for the judges’ view this as a Bradley’s victory. Coming in the bout, both men weighed the same, were the same height and thus neither fighter had a physical advantage.
Both fighters kept safe distance and neither fighter landed any big punches except for two right hands by Bradley. Bradley was fighting a fight similar to what he did with Marquez, allowing Pacquiao to be the aggressor and counter. In the middle of the second round, Pacquiao landed three left hands forcing Bradley to retreat but Bradley countered with two solid rights to stop Pacquiao rally in a round showing Bradley’s maturity. During the third round, Pacquiao landed two solid combinations but halfway through the round, Bradley landed three body shots that forced Pacquiao to cover up. Over the final minute, Pacquiao landed the solid shots to the head, but Bradley landed solid body shots in an attempt to turn the fight into a brawl.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing has kindly sent me two short videos for viewing regarding the WBO welterweight championship: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley … I am delighted that Harold has offered his expertise to this website: www.dmboxing.com thank you Harold!
(click onto links below for viewing)
Lederman on Bradley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNumOyfD_w4
Lederman on Pacquiao https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCWe7OxEPJM
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
I will begin this by stating when Manny Pacquiao faced Tim Bradley in their last bout (June 9, 2012), the Pac man won the fight in the ring and lost it on the scorecard. Can Pacquiao revenge this defeat or will we see a great fighter finally reaching the wall with his age and past wars catching up t him?
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years. He is a dear friend, an expert in boxing and has contributed to www.dmboxing.com since 2007.
Let’s take another walk down my memory lane.
Some years back my wife and I were invited to attend a fight card in New Orleans. Our host was former heavyweight, now trainer Beau Williford. Although I’ve never been big on humidity, when it comes to the Big Easy and Cajun cooking, you don’t have to ask me twice.
During this trip Lois and I met and became friends with the late Angelo Dundee (whom I already knew), Deidre Gogarty, Billy Major and Suzanne Riccio Major to name a few.
By Steve Corbo
Veterans Park District’s Leyden Boxing Gym in suburban Chicago was the scene of some hot and heavy action last week as a couple of undefeated fighters from the West Coast got in some work with a spirited sparring session.
Roger Romo from Oxnard, California brought his professional record of 5-0-3, and a wealth of experience, into the gym to work with Tacoma, Washington’s Mike Gavronski, who sports a professional record of 13-0-1. In addition to having worked with the likes of Sergio Martinez and Kelly Pavlik, Romo has grown up in boxing as the younger brother of two time world champion Fernando Vargas.
By Tom Donelson / Member of Boxing Writers Association
On March 29, 2014 (Atlantic City, NJ) Sergey Kovalev faced another undefeated fighter in Cedric Agnew for the WBO light heavyweight championship. Kovalev could have been forgiven for overlooking Agnew since he had bigger fights in mind. Agnew may have been undefeated but no one gave him much of a chance.
(click on link below to view short highlight video)
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