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FIGHT CALENDAR for October 2015

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Oct. 3 ~ SATURDAY ***

At Carson, Calif. (HBO): Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol, 12 rounds, for vacant WBC junior welterweight title; Antonio Orozco vs. Humberto Soto, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Mercito Gesta vs. Martin Honorio, 10 rounds, lightweights; Marcelino Lopez vs. TBA, 8 rounds, lightweights; Julian Ramirez vs. Hugo Partida, 10 rounds, featherweights; Nick Arce vs. TBA, 6 rounds, featherweights; D’Mitrius Ballard vs. TBA, 8 rounds, light heavyweights; Kevin Rivers vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights

At Cincinnati (Showtime): Adrien Broner vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev, 12 rounds, for vacant WBA junior welterweight title; Jose Pedraza vs. Edner Cherry, 12 rounds, for Pedraza’s IBF junior lightweight title

At Wolverhampton, England: Tommy Langford vs. Christian Fabian Rios, 12 rounds, middleweights; Ryan Aston vs. Nathan Graham, 10 rounds, junior middleweghts; Josh Miller vs. TBA, 4 rounds, flyweights

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Floyd says good-bye

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Floyd Mayweather wins his 49th without a lost as he simply took Berto apart, not that this was not predicated.  The best one could hope for going into this match was for Mayweather to act his age and maybe Berto strike lightening but alas, it did not happen.

Mayweather simply boxed around Berto and at times, Berto seemed mesmerized by Mayweather who seemed to hit Berto whenever he wanted and Berto had enough trouble finding much to hit.  As for the fight itself, it was even more one sided as the one-sided scorecards 120-108, 118-110, 117-111.  I suspect that two of judges gave Berto rounds for simply showing up but it was hard to give any rounds to Berto other than out of sympathy.

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Mayweather vs. Berto … and Other Thoughts

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By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America, and contributor since 2008

The upcoming Mayweather-Berto is one of those fights that would have been attractive years ago when Berto was undefeated and whose career was on the rise.  Now, Berto career as an elite championship caliber fighter has been on life support for years and he lost to two of Mayweather previous opponents; so there is little chance that he will win.    The Berto who beat Freddy Hernandez five years ago might have the potential of producing a competitive fight but today’s Berto is not capable of providing a competitive fight unless Mayweather fights like he is 59 as oppose to the 39 he is presently.

A better question is why did Mayweather chose Berto for his “last fight” and his opportunity for 49 straight victories without a defeat.  The answer is maybe, he wanted a chance to pick a fight that he could paint one more Picasso against a fighter who would come to him but not be a major threat to win.  It is interesting who he didn’t pick including Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, or Amir Khan among others and some pundits have written that maybe Mayweather should have taken on triple G’s for the Middleweight title.

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FIGHT CALENDAR for September 2015

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FRIDAY – Sept. 4 *****

At Los Angeles (Estrella TV): Diego De La Hoya vs. TBA, 10 rounds, featherweights; Everton Lopes vs. TBA, 8 rounds, lightweights; Christian Gonzalez vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights; Jesus Delgado vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights

SATURDAY – Sept. 5 *****

At Dresden, Germany: Juergen Braehmer vs. Konni Konrad,12 rounds, for Braehmer’s WBA “regular” light heavyweight title; Mateusz Masternak vs. Carlos Nascimento, 12 rounds, cruiserweights; Agron Dzila vs. Grigol Abuladze, 10 rounds, cruiserweights; Leon Bauer vs. Darko Knezevic, 4 rounds, super middleweights; Stefan Haertel vs. Ivan Jukic, 8 rounds, super middleweights

At Leeds, England: Josh Warrington vs. Joel Brunker, 12 rounds, for Warrington’s Commonwealth featherweight title; Martin Murray vs. TBA, 10 or 12 rounds, super middleweights; Andy Townend vs. Lee Glover, 10 rounds, junior lightweights; Callum Johnson vs. Tony Hill, 10 rounds, light heavyweight title; Isaac Lowe vs. Jamie Speight, 10 rounds, featherweights

At Hollywood, Fla.: Shannon Briggs vs. Mike Marrone, 12 rounds, heavyweights

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For Some, The Sun Did Not Shine

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
Contributed to since 2008


We have all heard of Ali, Frazier and Foreman.  Of Tyson and Holyfield. The lighter weight classes have produced the likes of Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard.  Who will ever forget Duran, Pryor and Arguello?What about the “near misses”? The ones who in this day of multi- fractured titles would almost surely have garnered a piece of championship pie.


Let’s start with the big boys.  Jerry Quarry failed in his first title try losing a debatable Quarry-cropdecision to underrated Jimmy Ellis.  In his final title shot he was out gunned by “Smokin” Joe Frazier.  He would later lose a rematch to Frazier as well as two bouts to Muhammad Ali.  What if there were four titles available back then?  The wins on Jerry’s resume are impressive to say the least.  Floyd Patterson, Thad Spencer, Buster Mathis, Jack Bodell, Larry Middleton, Mac Foster, Ron Lyle and a one round blow out of Earnie Shavers.  It would be very safe to say that Jerry was among the top four or five heavyweights of that era.  Then it is also safe to assume that he would have copped at least a portion of title recognition.


It is very hard for me to believe that John Ruiz could have defeated Jerry.

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Tony Janiro

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer


This article was a long time coming.  Over the years through my friends in the Youngstown Tony Janiroarea I have learned a lot about the rich boxing history in that region.  I was familiar with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini but I knew little about his dad Lenny Mancini who passed on the “Boom Boom” moniker to his son.  I knew about hard hitting Harry Arroyo and the murderous body punching of Jeff Lampkin.  I was even able to witness live the tremendous boxing talent of Greg Richardson.  Through my friends I became aware of very special fighters of yesteryear like Tommy Bell, Red D’Amato and Sonny Horne.  So many more that I could mention.  One fighter I heard quite a bit about was a smooth boxing contender who as they say, “put asses in the seats”. He fought in an era when a multitude of rugged contenders roamed the ratings.  He met the best of them and had quite a career. His name was Tony Janiro.


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Garcia dominates Malignaggi in workman like fashion … 9th round stoppage

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Member of Boxing Writers Association of America and has contributed to 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?

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Hey Harold!


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.

(click onto link below to view video)