By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
On October 18, 2014, Gennady Golovkin did to Marco Antonio Rubio what he has done to every other fighter he faced, he pounded Rubio into submission. This fight lasted less than six minutes and never really was in doubt despite Rubio coming into the fight overweight. Rubio weighed two pounds over the contracted weight and made no effort after the weigh in to try to lose the extra two pounds. Rubio figured the extra bulk would allow him to better withstand Triple G’s power but alas, it didn’t do Rubio much good.
Golovkin is the best Middleweight in the world today and so far, he has made the Middleweight division his personal fiefdom and the question is who can stand up to Golovkin? Miguel Cotto recently defeated Sergio Martinez but Cotto has his eyes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the big payday that comes with it, so Cotto is not going to fight Golovkin. And if he did, he would lose.
By TOM DONELSON / Member Boxing Writers Assoc.
So what does Floyd Mayweather do now after his rematch win over Maidana? The number one criteria for Mayweather will be which fighter can bring big PPV’s numbers since the name of the game is big PPV numbers. Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 (September 13, 2014) had sales of 925,000 buys, which is a slight increase over their first fight and so far since Mayweather signed his six fight contract with Showtime; only one of his fight has gone over million, that being his fight with Canelo Alvarez which exceeded 2 million buys. This was considered the highest PPV event of the year but there is a decline in PPV buys with both Mayweather and Pacquiao no longer consider automatic 1 million plus buys by themselves.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with short videos regarding up coming fights. Here’s a look at Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio WBA middleweight title fight and Nonito Donaire vs. Nicholas Walters WBA featherweight title fight, airing this weekend on HBO.
(click onto links below for viewing)
Hey Harold!: Golovkin vs. Rubio (HBO Boxing)
Hey Harold!: Donaire vs. Walters (HBO Boxing)
By Tom Donelson (contributed to DMBOXING.COM since 2008)
Jermain Taylor was facing Australia Sam Soliman for Soliman’s Middleweight IBF title. For Taylor, the fact that he was fighting for a title is miracle. He is being investigated for the murder of his cousin plus he has suffered bleeding from his brain from past wars. As for Soliman, he is one of those good fighters forever at the cusp of the elite fighters but never quite good enough. While Soliman is an awkward fighter, he is one of those older fighters who seems to stay competitive late in his career. Fighters like Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and Bernard Hopkins continue to win championship late in their careers and so did Soliman.
By Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer)
He came from a fighting family and by the time his boxing career ended in 1971 he was the most beloved British boxer of all time. Only once did he challenge for the world’s title but he dominated the British heavyweight scene for over fifteen years. His popularity soared even more after retirement and eventually the Queen of England knighted him. Sir Henry Cooper was more than just a British fighter. He was a fine example of what British boxing is all about.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years.
For my wedding present to David Martinez, along with my congratulations and support, I offer this column.
The fight is a challenging one to predict. The one thing we can say with reasonable certainty is that it will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 18.
This is a fight between the strong European power puncher Genedy Golovkin and veteran Marco Antonio Rubio.
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Oct. 3 … FRIDAY
At Uncasville, Conn.: Antonio Nieves vs. Ahmed Mahmood, 6 rounds, junior featherweights; Wesley Tucker vs. Justin Johnson, 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Lawrence Blakey vs. TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights; Nate Green vs. Jorge Abiague, 6 rounds, junior featherweights; Xian Wei Qian vs. Josh Crespo, 4 rounds, featherweights; Ed Latimore vs. Excell Holmes, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Joe Cusumano vs. Solomon Maye, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Zach Ramsey vs. TBA, 6 rounds, welterweights
At Tampa, Florida (Telemundo): Daniel Lozano vs. Jonathan Vidal, 10 rounds, junior bantamweights; Noemi Bosques vs. TBA, 8 rounds, flyweights
At Madrid, Spain: Michele Di Rocco vs. Ruben Nieto, 12 rounds, for Di Rocco’s European junior welterweight title
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
No doubt the most well known heavyweight to come out of Canada is George Chuvalo. For a while Lennox Lewis called it his home and Trevor Berbick made his mark but George is still #1 in Canada. Nevertheless there is a very overlooked heavyweight contender from the 1960’s who at one time was closing in on a world title shot. His name was Robert Cleroux. The fact is that “Big Bob” had a trilogy of bouts with Chuvalo for the Canadian heavyweight title. Cleroux won two of those contests.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008
It is not fun growing old. I am a product of my past. A victim of my era so to speak. I constantly bump heads with the young fans of today. They glorify Hopkins, Manny, Mayweather and the Klitschko brothers. Even from a decade or so before it’s all about Holyfield, Whitaker and a guy named Mike Tyson. They are all great fighters in their own right. Then you can go back a little farther. Now we’re talking Holmes, Duran, Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, Pryor, Michael Spinks and Benitez. How about Julio Cesar Chavez, Edwin Rosario and the great Salvador Sanchez ? Some great names and outstanding fighters.
The current champions, as of September 18, 2014, in each weight division are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins), and date they won title.
Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)