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Book Review: By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

Ezzard Charles



When I read a book about a prize fighter I want to know the whole story. I want to know about their early life and what led them into the brutal fight game. What they did after their career ended and what legacy did they leave. In the book “Ezzard Charles ; A Boxing Life”, author William Dettloff does an admirable job of covering all the bases.

Mr. Dettloff is an accomplished scribe who spent fifteen years as the Senior Writer for Ring Magazine. It is obvious throughout this book the research and attention to detail the author painstakingly took. Ezzard Charles fought his way to the top in an era loaded with all star talent. Ezzard met the best of those times. Names like Burley, Bivins,Maxim, Moore, Walcott, Marciano and Louis adorn his record. As well as many others.

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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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Chartchai Chionoi … should be in the Hall of Fame?


By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to since 2008

He was a three time holder of the flyweight title.  He was a major player in the flyweight division for a almost fifteen years.  His record reads like a who’s who of the best flyweights of that era.  He was Thailand’s Chartchai Chionoi.

In 82 battles he emerged with a 61-18-3 record.  He stopped 36 foes while being stopped himself on five occasions. Records can be rather deceiving …he turned pro in 1959.  By 1961 he lost a ten rounder to the talented Mitsunori Seki.  In 1962 Chionoi would drop a decision to future champion Hiroyuki Ebihara.  By this time Chionoi proved he going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

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A Dozen “Super Fight” Duds

Sanchez - Gomez


By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
Contributed to  since 2008


So many so called “Super Fights” have turned out to be “Super Duds” over the years.  True several have provided us with heart stopping thrills.  Still some have left us cold and unfulfilled as one party of the match didn’t quite live up to their end of the deal.

I have come up with twelve such contests that left me most unsatisfied at their conclusion. I’m sure other fans can think of many more that had a similar effect on them.


1) Salvador Sanchez – Wilfredo Gomez… Sanchez was a young, solid champion but Gomez was, Gomez. The man that had destroyed the invincible Carlos Zarate.  Well Salvador proved to the world and Gomez that he was an all-time great.  Wilfredo was down in the first and outclassed the rest of the way until it was stopped in round eight.

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“Philadelphia” Pal Moore

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer for  since 2008

Although Memphis Pal Moore was once a title  claimant and the possessor of a fine record, he should not be confused with Pal Moore out of Philadelphia. In fact, the Pal from the City of Brotherly Love may have been the overall better fighter.

Philadelphia Pal Moore was a member of the famous “Fighting Moore Family” which included brothers Willie, Reddy, and Frank. He was born Paul Von Franzke October 1891, in Germany. He began his professional career in 1907 in Philadelphia. By 1909 he had invaded New York and began to draw attention. By 1910, he had hit the big time. On February 1st of that year he stopped Henry Miers in Boston prompting ex-heavyweight champion James J. Corbett who was in attendance to heap praise on Pal. On May 25th Pal scored an upset six round newspaper verdict over the heralded Jim Driscoll. In his last five bouts for 1910 he twice met Owen Moran losing a newspaper decision and then holding Moran to a draw. He then lost newspaper verdicts to Abe Attel, Harlem Tommy Murphy, and Tommy Langdon.

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Jean Claude Bouttier


By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

Contributed to since 2008

To me Jean Claude Bouttier was one of the best fighters of a great era who never won a world title. He joins Pierre Fourrie, Yaqui Lopez, Bennie Briscoe, Hedgemon Lewis, Ernie  “Red ” Lopez, Armando Muniz and Ray Lampkin who were boxers fighting in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even some boxers who held a fragment of a title never got the recognition they deserved because of other dominant champions. Men like Rodrigo Valdez, Esteban DeJesus and Howard Winstone.

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Jorge Ahumada … “Almost a Champion”


By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer (contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008)

In the early 1970′s he was the hottest light heavyweight in the world. He would eventually garner three shots at recognition as champion. All three would travel the true champiomship distance of fifteen rounds. In all three Jorge would come up short.
Jorge turned pro in 1968 in his native Argentina. In his home country he would meet future champion Victor Galindez four times. Jorge would win one by decision. On three occasions he was stopped by the great Galindez. They would meet again.

He split a pair of fights with the highly respected Avenamer Peralta. He also drew with the highly regarded Raul Loyola. When he decided to invade the US in the summer of 1973 he sported a 31-5-1 record. Little did he know the impact he would make when he hit New York City.

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Jose Legra … should he be in the Hall of Fame?



By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to since 2008


He was a two time world champion and a perennial contender for the featherweight title for more then a decade. In a fifteen year career he amassed 150 fights. He won 134 of them. At one point in his career he reeled off over 50 straight wins. Are these the credentials for a future Hall of fame inductee?

Born in Cuba in 1943, Legra turned pro in 1960. Although active, most of his early fights took place in Cuba and Mexico. He made his first appearance in Spain in 1963. It is there that he decided to live and ply his trade. He was tall, lean and very fast. He would befuddle his opponents with his grace and boxing skills. He would emerge as a serious threat for world honors.

In 1965 Legra took a big step up meeting future champion Howard Winstone of Wales. The vastly talented Winstone defeated young Jose over ten rounds. Legra would not lose again until 1969. Some 50+ bouts later. On his march to a title fight Legra would defeat the likes of Love Allotey, Rafiu King, Don Johnson, Yves Desmarets (for the EBU title) and Joe Tetteh. This led to a 1968 title shot against the newly crowned WBC featherweight titleholder, Howard Winstone. The rugged Winstone had failed no less then three times to dethrone the great Vincente Saldivar. All three were great battles. Finally when Saldivar retired Winstone was matched with Japan’s worthy Mitsunori Seki for the WBC version of the vacated crown. Winstone finally cashed in halting the game Seki in round nine. Now it was Legra’s turn. It was sweet revenge for Jose as he dropped Winstone twice in the first round and damaged Howard’s eye badly enough to force a stoppage in round five.

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