By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Who was the best 168 pound boxer since the inception of the weight class in 1984. Many will favor Joe Calzaghe because of his numerous title defenses. It would be hard not to say Leonard or Hearns as their classic battle at 168 lbs. ended in a controversial draw. Really neither boxer spent a lot of time in this weight class to make a major impact. Well for my money I feel the most formidable super middleweight titleholder was Roy Jones Jr. In the two years he held the crown he made six successful defenses, all by knockout.
Roy won the title by defeating unbeaten James Toney. This much anticipated Super Bout took place on November 18, 1994. Toney had won the title in 1993 with an impressive stoppage of Iran Barkley. Entering the Las Vegas ring to face Jones, Toney sported a 44-0-2 record. The fight wasn’t even close. Jones scored a flash knockdown over Toney in the third round. Roy then proceeded to walk off with the title by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-111.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with short videos regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves 12 round welterweight bout – airing on HBO this Saturday from Las Vegas.
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***** Dec. 3 ~ WEDNESDAY
At Sydney, Australia: Daniel Geale vs. Jarrod Fletcher, 12 rounds, middleweights; Kerry Foley vs. Trent Broadhurst, 10 rounds, light heavyweights; Jake Carr vs. Faris Chevalier, 10 rounds, super middleweights; Mark Flanagan vs. Shane Quinn, 10 rounds, cruiserweights
***** Dec. 4 ~ THURSDAY
At Del Mar, Calif. (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes): Alan Sanchez vs. Ed Paredes, 10 rounds, welterweights; Manuel Avila vs. Jose Luis Araiza, 10 rounds, junior featherweights
***** Dec. 5 ~ FRIDAY
At Issy-les-Moulineaux, France: Jean Marc Mormeck vs. Mateusz Masternak, 10 rounds, cruiserweights
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
It was self-evident that Pacquiao was the better fighter than Chris Algieri, who showed the same great chin he displayed against Ruslan Provodnikov, when he survived two knockdowns in the first round and a swollen shuteye. Algieri advantage was supposed to his jab, the same jab that saved him against Provodnikov but in this battle, Pacquiao neutralized this jab with his quickness and power.
By the fourth round, Pacquiao experience in big events showed up as he started to attack the body to go with head shots and Algieri at this point was down by four points with a 10-8 round in the second round due to a flash knockdown. Aligieri showed some life in the fifth round with late shots including the rights down the stretch of the round but this brief revival ended in the next round. Pacquiao picked up the pace as he decided to be Hall of Fame fighter he is as he sent Algieri down with a straight left at the halfway point of the round. He followed this up thirty seconds later with another left sending Algieri down a second time in the round. Algieri showed resilience but resilience don’t win fight when you are the one getting hit.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with short videos regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri – WBO welterweight championship … airing on HBO/PPV “World Championship Boxing” this Saturday from Macau, China.
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Hey Harold!: Manny Pacquiao (HBO Boxing): http://youtu.be/IZ-4dmUzj5c
I am delighted to bring you a feature article that was published on dmboxing.com in August 2012, and is one of my favorites. It is about a historic venue that I remember growing up as a kid; I attended many boxing and wrestling matches there. My friend Bob Quackenbush captures it all in his excellent piece. This is part two, as part one was just posted last week for your viewing.
By Bob Quackenbush / dmboxing.com
Though boxing was the sport that put the Olympic Auditorium on the map, legions of young fans in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s remember this place as the hallowed ground of Championship Wrestling. Throughout the 1930’s, matches were held there regularly; but with the growth of television, later wrestlers such as Gorgeous George, Lou Thesz, Count Billy Varga, Freddie Blassie, the Destroyer, Mr. Moto, Mil Mascaras, Bobo Brazil, John “the Golden Greek” Tolos, Harold Sakata (who played the role of Odd Job in the movie “Goldfinger”), and Rocky Johnson (father of Duane “the Rock” Johnson) became household names. Presided over by an actor-turned newscaster-turned sports announcer, the great Dick “Whoa Nellie” Lane, they were incredible shows in the pre-WWF days.
By Tom Donelson / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Bernard Hopkins is the old man of boxing, a man who is nearly half a century age, trying one more time to cheat father time. In Sergio Kovalev, he faced his one of his toughest opponent. Before the main event, prospect Sadam Ali faced Argentina Carlos Abregu. Abregu had only lost to Tim Bradley and would provide a test for Ali.
I am delighted to bring you a feature article that was posted/published on dmboxing.com in August 2012, and is one of my favorites. It is about a historic venue that I remember growing up as a kid; I attended many boxing and wrestling matches there. My friend Bob Quackenbush captures it all in his excellent piece. This is part one, with part two to come next week for your viewing.
By Bob Quackenbush / dmboxing.com
In the world of championship boxing, the arenas which host the bouts quite often become nearly as famous as the warriors which graced their canvas stages. Those which come to mind are legendary venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City, Cobo Arena in Detroit, the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, and more recently, the Las Vegas sites such as Caesar’s Palace, the MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with short videos regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight “unification” championship, airing this Saturday on HBO.
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Book Review: By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
BOOK REVIEW ; “BECOMING TAZ” BY JEFF BUMPUS. INTRODUCTION BY PHIL RICE
In 1984 a young 140 pound fighter from the Midwest entered the ranks of professional boxers with the dream of becoming a world champion. He was a straight forward, no nonsense southpaw who would throw punches from bell to bell. In a nutshell, he was a crowd pleaser. It was this style that earned him several appearances on the ESPN and USA cable boxing networks. His name is Jeff Bumpus and he carried the nickname “The Tazmanian Devil”. He would eventually learn that his dream would not become reality.