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What if ? … Joe Frazier vs. Ron Lyle

(Joe Frazier and legendary trainer Eddie Futch … photo courtesy Eva Futch)

***  FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on January 14, 2011

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008. His opinions and input to this website are honest and at the highest quality. His expertise in boxing is respected and appreciated by all. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to Categories section and click onto his name.

What happens when the unstoppable force meets the unmovable object? Let me rephrase that. What would have happened if Joe Frazier and Ron Lyle would have hooked up in the mid-1970’s?

It is too bad this fight was never made. It was discussed on occasion, but to the best of my knowledge no serious talks ever took place. What a shame. This would have been a thrill-a-minute battle for the fans. Each boxer had the tools and the style to offset the other’s skills.

Let’s start with Ron Lyle. George Foreman showed everyone that a big, strong heavyweight with a decent jab and a solid uppercut could keep Joe from getting inside, while also punishing him at long range. Frazier was game to the core, but Big George showed that Joe could be hurt. Lyle was no Willie Pep on his feet, but he had decent mobility for a man his size. He had a fairly quick jab with some pop to it. He threw a strong right hand but he needed room for it to gather steam. His best weapons on the inside if Frazier did get past his jab were a short left hook and a scorching uppercut. Also Ron was more then willing to stand in the trenches and swap body shots. He would have been quite a handful for Joe.

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Boxing and Ohio

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on October 22, 2012

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008. His opinions and input to this website are honest and at the highest quality. His expertise in boxing is respected and appreciated by all. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to Categories section and click onto his name.

The history of great boxers to come out of the fine state of Ohio is rich and glorious. Many came well before my time. Jimmy Bivins and Johnny Risko. Joey Maxim, Paul Pirrone and the great Ezzard Charles. Need I go on?

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Current Champions

 

Every three months on a quarterly basis dmboxing.com offers this feature – the current boxing champions in each weight division. They are shown in their respective recognized world title belt organization. Each champion’s professional ring record is listed in following format: win-losses-draws-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning title. 

 *** As of February 17, 2017 ***

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring Lineal
vacant Deontay Wilder
 United States
37–0–0–0 (36)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
 United Kingdom
18–0–0–0 (18)
April 9, 2016
Joseph Parker
 New Zealand
22–0–0–0 (18)
December 10, 2016
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015

 

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FIGHT CALENDAR for February 2017

(WBC Featherweight Championship / Saturday, February 18)

 

(WBC Heavyweight Championship / Saturday, February 25)

 

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***** February 2 / THURSDAY

At Tunica, Miss. (PBC on FS1/Fox Deportes):

Sammy Vasquez Jr. vs. Luis Collazo, 10 rounds, welterweights

Yordenis Ugas vs. Levan Ghvamichava, 10 rounds, welterweights

Ryan Karl vs. Eddie Ramirez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights

Jose Borrego vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Michael Seals vs. Dennis Sharp, 8 rounds, light heavyweights

Justin Jones vs. Rodney Moore, 6 or 8 rounds, heavyweights

Jean Pierre Augustin vs. Danny Phippen, 6 or 8 rounds, heavyweights

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

Roy Englebrecht Promotions / Fight Club OC / next show is Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Doors open at 6:30pm / First Bout at 7:00pm / Location is The Hangar at the Orange County Fair Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 / Tickets are all priced at $60.00 / available at www.fightclub.com
 
         Undefeated light heavyweight MIKE LEE, (18-0, 10 KO’s), faces JUSTIN THOMAS, (18-1, 7 KO’s) on Thursday, February 16 in the eight round featured fight at FIGHT CLUB OC In The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
         Lee is currently world ranked #12 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and #13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
         Most recently Lee, a graduate of the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, won a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Boston’s Chris Traietti on September 30, 2016 on the CBS Sports Network. With the victory Lee earned the IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight Title.
         Riding a six bout winning streak, Thomas will be making the first start of his 2017 campaign. Fighting four times in 2016, in his last start Thomas won an eight round decision over Austin Marcum on September 16, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
         “With almost identical records and 17 knockouts between them, we’ll see action from the opening bell in one of the best featured bouts we’ve had in our illustrious and long running FIGHT CLUB OC series”, said promoter ROY ENGLEBRECHT.
         As if this bout wasn’t enough, the February 16th show from top to bottom might be the strongest show in years!!!
 
      How about 8-0 Carlos Licona vs 3-3 Cesar Sustaita for the GBU Flyweight Championship Belt.
 
How about heavyweights Adam Stewart 2-0 vs 2-1 Cashton Young in a good four round bout.
 
         How about our first FEMALE MMA bout in years with Paola Ramirez facing Christina Marks in what could be a war!
 
         How about Lakewood’s 2-1 Matt Martinez vs LA’s Craig Plaskett in our second MMA bout.
 
         And in our opening bout of the night it will be LA’s Lawrence King vs Hawthorne’s Brian True.
 
         Tickets for the February 16th Opening Night of of FIGHT CLUB OC may be purchased on www.fightcluboc.com
         The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 
          Roy Englebrecht Promotions

 

Hey Harold!

 

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides dmboxing.com with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.

 

 

Here’s a look at the Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Miguel Berchelt  (30-1 / 27 by KO) WBC super featherweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds — airing this Saturday, January 28, 2017 from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California. Continue reading Hey Harold!

Badou Jack (WBC) vs. James DeGale (IBF) Super Middleweight Unification Bout Ends in a Draw


By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008.

Last Saturday (January 14, 2017) James DeGale and Badou Jack fought ta tough battle of attrition that ended in a majority draw.  This bout was close with DeGale dominating the early rounds and Jack controlling the second half of the bout.  For Jack, this was his second draw in a row but this bout was close with both fighters hitting the canvas once.

DeGale used angles to deliver sharp combinations over the first five rounds as Jack couldn’t cut the ring off effectively as DeGale often escape.  In the first round, a DeGale quick straight left sent Jack on the canvas in the first round. 

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FIGHT CALENDAR for January 2017

 

 

Stay tuned every month to dmboxing.com to view your complete boxing schedule

 

*** January 12 — THURSDAY ***

 At Paris:

Karim Guerfi vs. Stephane Jamoye, 12 rounds, for Guerfi’s European bantamweight title

 

*** January 13 — FRIDAY ***

 At Hialeah, Florida (PBC on Spike):

Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman, 12 rounds, for Lara’s WBA junior middleweight title

Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati, 10 rounds, super middleweights

Miguel Cruz vs. Alex Martin, 8 or 10 rounds, welterweights

Juan Carlos Payano vs. Isao Gonzalo Carranza, 8 or 10 rounds, bantamweights

Joey Hernandez vs. Edwin Palacios, 6 rounds, middleweights

Dennis Galarza vs. Edgardo Rivera, 6 rounds, lightweights

At Puerto Maryn, Argentina

Omar Narvaez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez, 12 rounds,  bantamweights 

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Joe Walcott

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on June 19, 2013 under the title: Barbados Joe Walcott – Burying the “Demon”

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to this website since 2008. His opinions and input are honest and of the highest level. His expertise in boxing is respected world wide to the highest degree. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to the Categories section and click onto his name.

For a boxer who had crossed gloves with the likes of Sam Langford, Joe Gans. Philadelphia, Jack O’Brien, Mysterious Billy Smith, Kid Lavigne, George Gardner, Dixie Kid, Rube Ferns, Tommy West, Dan Creedon, Honey Mellody and Joe Choynski, his was not a fitting end. Joe Walcott was born on March 13, 1873 in Barbados, British West Indies. On December 15, 1901 he stopped Rube Ferns in five rounds to capture the welterweight title. Ninety years later the man nicknamed the Barbados Demon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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