Category Archives: Jim Amato

Roy Jones, Jr. “The Best Ever” at 168 pounds?

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

 

ROY DOLL pic 158x300 Roy Jones, Jr. The Best Ever at 168 pounds?Who was the best 168 pound boxer since the inception of the weight class in 1984. Many will favor Joe Calzaghe because of his numerous title defenses. It would be hard not to say Leonard or Hearns as their classic battle at 168 lbs. ended in a controversial draw. Really neither boxer spent a lot of time in this weight class to make a major impact. Well for my money I feel the most formidable super middleweight titleholder was Roy Jones Jr. In the two years he held the crown he made six successful defenses, all by knockout.

 

Roy won the title by defeating unbeaten James Toney. This much anticipated Super Bout took place on November 18, 1994. Toney had won the title in 1993 with an impressive stoppage of Iran Barkley. Entering the Las Vegas ring to face Jones, Toney sported a 44-0-2 record. The fight wasn’t even close. Jones scored a flash knockdown over Toney in the third round. Roy then proceeded to walk off with the title by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-111.

 

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Book Review

Book Review: By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

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BOOK REVIEW ; “BECOMING TAZ” BY JEFF BUMPUS. INTRODUCTION BY PHIL RICE

In 1984 a young 140 pound fighter from the Midwest entered the ranks of professional boxers with the dream of becoming a world champion. He was a straight forward, no nonsense southpaw who would throw punches from bell to bell. In a nutshell, he was a crowd pleaser. It was this style that earned him several appearances on the ESPN and USA cable boxing networks. His name is Jeff Bumpus and he carried the nickname “The Tazmanian Devil”. He would eventually learn that his dream would not become reality.

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Sir Henry Cooper

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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. 

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What if ? … James Toney vs. Michael Moorer

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

 

This is a fight that would have made sense if it was put together. Each boxer has ties to the state of Michigan.  It probably didn’t happen because by the time Toney became a heavyweight, Moorer’s star had diminished due to his one round kayo loss to David Tua.  A loss two years later to Eliseo Castillo pretty much took Moorer out of the elite class. Toney’s knockout of Evander Holyfield made him a major player in the division.
 
What if Moorer and Toney would have met at their heavyweight peaks ?  Who would have come out on top.  This could have been a very interesting battle. How would Toney have handled Moorer’s southpaw stance ?  What about Moorer’s quick, hard and accurate right jab ?  How would Moorer have dealt with Toney’s defensive wizardry and his pinpoint counter punching ability ?

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Canada’s Robert Cleroux beat Chuvalo twice

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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.

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The Preception

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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.

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Why Carlos is “King”

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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.

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Manuel Ramos – Mexican Heavyweight

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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.

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Jeff “Candy Slim” Merritt

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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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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