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)
By Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America)
When Floyd Mayweather faced Jose Luis Castillo in his rematch, he learned from their first encounter and out boxed him to win an easier victory in their second bout. The same thing happen last Saturday night as Mayweather learned all the right lesson from his first bout with Maidana and out boxed the Argentine for an easy victory.
Starting in the first found, Floyd jabbed and maneuver around the ring as he slipped Maidana’s punches. When Maidana fired up a one-two, Mayweather merely blocked the punches. Maidana attempt to jab his way in throughout the second round but Mayweather slipped them and he simply drilled Maidana with combinations. At the end of the round, he landed a solid right.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2007.
Once again, short and not-so sweet in this summer heat!
Marco Maidana, who almost beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather in their previous match, now takes on the multi time champion in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 13.
A lot of folks thought Maidana had won their previous fight, although I was not one of them.
In their last battle, Maidana who is a puncher/brawler goaded Mayweather into a brawl, and Mayweather took the bait and decided to brawl with a brawler. That stupid decision almost cost him dearly.
All Mayweather had to do than, and now, is play hit and run and he’s going to give Maidana (and the fans) a very long night.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
This was night of fight of redemption and reclamation as three fighters fought to get their career going again, beginning with Andre Berto fighting Stephen Upsher.
Berto fought a strong first round as he landed combinations and this continued into the second round but Upsher landed three left hooks as he got Berto’s attention. Both fighters landed big punches against each other as Berto own defensive deficiency showed up.
Throughout the third and fourth round, Berto picked up the pace as he landed combinations at will while Upsher simply was contented to counter and never start any exchange. Halfway through the fight, Showtime had Berto up by three rounds to two and the sixth round showed the Upsher dilemma as he found himself on the defensive when he allowed Berto to attack but for brief moments when he allowed his hands to go; he nailed Berto with left hooks and straight rights.
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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
I cut my teeth on the sport of boxing in the mid-1960. At that time the sport was just coming out of a somewhat dreary period of champions although talented, they lacked charisma.
It was Cassius Clay, later to be Muhammad Ali that energized the sport and opened the door for a group of boxers who in the late 1960’s and early 1970′s established themselves and that time as a truly ” Golden Era ” in boxing.
By Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer) contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008
When you think of Mexican fighters it is usually a tough little hombre like a Ruben Olivares, Vincente Saldivar or Julio Cesar Chavez. More often then not the better boxers from Mexico scaled under 160lbs. In an exception to the rule during the mid 1960’s to the early 70’s this country produced a pretty fair heavyweight. He fought two world champions and nine others that attempted to win the heavyweight crown. His name was Manuel Ramos. Although he lost almost as many as he won, the names on his resume are quite impressive.
By Tom Donelson (Member BWAA)
Showtime last Saturday night featured Shawn Porter defending his welterweight title. The evening began with fireworks, as Jorge Linares disposed Ira Terry in two rounds.
Then Jason Gavern, a last second replacement against Deontay Wilder (who was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stivine) in a fight that Wilder didn’t look sharp or motivated against tough guy Gavern. Gavern stayed on his feet for four rounds but after hitting the canvas twice and only being in shape for a five or six rounds; he retired in his corner. Wilder did not look impressive and this may have been due to Wilder knowing Gavern hardly to be a top tier fighter.
The upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is two months away, October 25, 2014, and hopefully boxing fans have gotten their tickets.
As a past recipient myself (2007), I encourage you to support this gala event honoring current and past personal for their accomplishments in boxing.
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