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Jeff “Candy Slim” Merritt

Jeff Merritt Jeff Candy Slim Merritt

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

He began his career in 1964 but it was not until 1973 that he crashed into the heavyweight ratings.  In between were periods of inactivity and a multitude of meaningless bouts.  He was a murderous, punching prospect that no worthy opponent wanted to chance his career against.  By the time he got his “shot” at the big time, he was 21-1 with 16 kayos.  He scored seven 1st round kayos and eight 2nd round stoppages.  Yet up to this point his claim to fame was being a Muhammad Ali sparring partner.  It is a shame that today very few remember Jeff “Candy Slim’ Merritt.  True, his tenure as a mainstream contender was less than a year but oh what a reputation he had.  Many at that time considered him the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division, bar none.

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Canelo wins “close” split decision over Lara

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Erislandy Lara featured two fighters at their peak and at best weight.  Both fighters also featured two styles of making it to the top  Alvarez been a professional since he was 15 and now nearly 24, he is now at the top of his game whereas Lara has spent much of formative years fighting amateur boxing at the highest levels for Cuba before making his run for freedom and America.  Two fighters, approaching their careers in two different fashion, now fight in a statement fight that will determine their place in their careers and possibly boxing history. Continue reading

How Quickly to Move a Fighter

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

The recent championship fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko brought up the question, how quickly should a prospect be brought through the ranks.  After a successful amateur career, Russell team brought him along slowly before his championship bout with Lomachenko whereas this was Lomachenko third professional fight and his second shot at a championship.  Lomachenko won and many, myself included, felt that Russell should have been challenged more before this bout.

In conversations with pundits, promoters and a world class trainer, I tried to answer the questions how fast does one take a prospect to the championship.  Let’s begin with two fighters who both won their first title in their ninth fight, Guillermo Ridgondeaux and Davey Moore.   So far, Ridgondeaux career is going strong but Moore’s career suffered a devastating defeat in his tenth fight when he faced Roberto Duran.   Duran pummel Moore and Moore was never the same.  Boxing writer David Martinez noted about “Like Rigondeaux, Lomachenko were rare top premier amateur. “  So sometimes, a fighter is totally unique athletic specie and both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko may just be that rare fighter where the rules don’t apply.

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In Rusty’s Corner

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Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has offered his expertise to this website “dmboxing” since 2007

 

Short and sweet in this summer heat!

On July 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it looks like a great card promoted by Golden Boy and shown on ShowTime PPV.

The fight is for the WBC/WBA super welterweight title and this is a fight card I would definitely buy (since I am limited to go in person).

Saul Canelo Alvarez, who suffered his only loss in 45 fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., takes on dangerous southpaw Erislandy Lara who has only lost to Paul Williams by a very close decision.

Alvarez, who has been known to never turn down a fight is only 23 years old and boats a 43-1-1 record with 31 knockouts.

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Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to “KO” win over Gamboa

 Crawford scores four knockdowns enroute to KO win over Gamboa

By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008

On June 28, 2014 – HBO had a double header from Omaha with the first fight featuring Matt Korobov fighting Jose Uzcategui in a battle of undefeated Middleweights prospect looking for a possible title shot.  In the first round, the first big punch came from Korobov straight left against Uzcategui.   Korobov continued to follow through on his success with solid power punches but in the third round, Korobov started to slow down and looked fatigue even though he did land solid combinations throughout the third round.

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Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple-header championship card

June Fight Calendar Guerrero, Lomachenko, Alexander win on Showtime triple header championship card

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Robert Guerrero returned to the ring after a loss to Floyd Mayweather thirteen months as part of  Showtime triple header.   The first bout was Devon Alexander faced Jesus Soto Karass, a tough brawler.  Alexander is one of those fighters that never have received the credit he deserve for a great career but the memories of his losses is what pundits remember.

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Book Review

Book Review:  By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

 

“TRIBUTES, MEMORIES AND OBSERVATIONS” BY STEVE CANTON. FOREWORD BY AL BERNSTEIN.

 

Every now and then a boxing book comes along that is just so good. You have to tell the world about it. Steve Canton’s book “Tributes, Memories And Observations” is just that book. Steve has been around boxing for decades as a fighter, trainer, cut man, manager, radio host and writer. He has been around the world and now he has put down in words his many experiences. The things he has seen along the way and the great people he has crossed paths with.

 

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This book is a treasure of stories. It is not just about the accomplishments of boxers inside the ring. It is also about their exploits outside the ring as well. Personal stories that will capture your heart. With 370 pages of great reading, Steve added 550 photos. Many of them very rare. I truly enjoyed every moment reading this fine book. For me it is a top shelf keeper for my boxing book collection. I highly recommend it to all boxing fans. From the hard core to the casual. It is really just not about boxing. It is about life.

This book is fairly priced at $29.00. To order this book, please go to Steve Canton’s website www.sjcboxing.com

Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Saturday night (6-14-14) featured two big bouts at the Brooklyn Barclay’s center. The first bout featured British Brian Rose challenging Demetrius Andrade for Andrade’s junior Middleweight title.   Within the first minute of the fight, Andrade nailed Rose with a straight left and sent him to the canvas. Rose managed to land a solid right over the final minute of the round but the first round was a 10-8 for Andrade.

Andrade used a variety of punches from different angle throughout the second round as Rose seemed perplexed on what to do.  Andrade continued to pummel Rose throughout the third round and one of his right hooks sent Rose down to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Throughout the fourth and fifth round, the fight continued its one-sided nature as Andrade simply landed one punch after another with ease.   Rose put his hands up high to keep from getting hit in the head so Andrade moved to the body as he attempted to wear his opponent down.   Near the end of the round, Andrade broke through Rose’s shell defense and landed four punch combinations that shook Rose.

At the halfway point of the fight, Andrade landed over five times of the punches than Rose and at the beginning of the seventh round, Andrade may have broken Rose’s noses as blood gushed out from the British’s nose.  Andrade continued to assault Rose, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

algieri Chris Algieri wins WBO junior welterweight title vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

Chris Algieri moved up in class against Ruslan Provodniko and in the first round, the difference in class became obvious as Provodnikov sent Algieri down twice. The first Provodnikov left hook swelled Algieri right eye and in less than thirty seconds, another left hook sent Algieri down a second time.  While Provodnikov may have been the better of the two fighters class wise, but Algieri showed to be a fighter with heart.

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