By Adam Pollack (GUEST POST) for dmboxing.com
Olympic boxing has convinced me that this sport is the perfect confluence of corruption, incompetence, and bias. I care less and less about amateur boxing, for it is barely watchable, it has become so boring. The referees allow incessant holding, smothering and stall tactics. The judges could care less about effectiveness. They score arm punches, touches and slaps for outside boxers, don’t score the blows for inside fighters or attackers or power punchers, and don’t score body punches. If you are not a pure outside boxer they have an inherent bias against you. The most stinky, boring fighters who run, grab, are quick but have no power, are more likely to win, because Olympic boxing has nothing to do with real effectiveness. And the rules as printed regarding holding and the scoring area means nothing.
WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce avenged a 2009 draw with former titlest Lorenzo Parra with a 5th round knockout win in their non-title fight in Mexicali, BC, Mexico.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko won a hard, but unanimous, decision over Dereck Chisora. The bout was held at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
Paul Williams rebounded from his less than stellar performance in July 2011 against Erislandy Lara to win a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida in their junior middleweight bout.
Undefeated IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud reatined his title with a “controversial” 12 round split decision over former WBA champ Gabriel Campillo. The official scorecards were 116-110, 114-112 for Cloud and third card had it 115-111 for Campillo. My “unofficial” scorecard had Campillo winning the fight 114-112.
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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez finished their trilogy Saturday night or have they? A few observations on the fight begin with the Oscar De La Hoya syndrome. In 2004, De La Hoya was beginning his promotion for his bout with Bernard Hopkins and the promotional team thought of a having a double header with Hopkins defending his title while De La Hoya would attempt to wrestle German fighter Felix Sturm title away. Hopkins won his bout but De La Hoya found the German Middleweight a little more than he could handle. While De La Hoya took the early rounds, Strum dominated the second half of the fight and most observers had him winning the fight seven rounds to five but he lost by that score. While De La Hoya threw nearly double the punches, Sturm was more accurate, connected on more punches and his punches started to shake De La Hoya. Many of the judges gave the close rounds to De La Hoya and there were many who wonder how much the prospective Hopkins-De La Hoya fight was a factor in the scoring. Many Marquez fans will be wondering; did the prospect of a Mayweather-Pacquiao color the judges’ decision in a fight with many close rounds?
There is the Ken Norton Syndrome that affected Team Marquez. In his third fight with Ali, Norton gave the last round away as he thought he had the fight in the hand. In addition, he gave away another round in the middle of the fight. He lost a decision that he should have won by simply giving away the last round in a fight that was much closer than Norton thought. Team Marquez told their guy that he had the fight in the bag, so Marquez simply took the foot of the gas pedal and lost the last round, a round that could have cost him the fight. Marquez should have known better and so should have his corner. Team Marquez had as much to do with their fighter losing as any one. Continue reading
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Zab Judah found himself with one more opportunity to win a big fight, this one from Amir Khan and become an elite fighter once again. At the age of 33, Judah moved down in weight to the 140 pound division but Khan would be a big fight. As for Khan, he came into the fight as the younger and bigger fighter against an older but experienced boxer who has his share of big fights. This fight happened because Tim Bradley chose not to fight Khan and Khan simply moved to the next best thing; Judah.
Khan began the first round by jabbing and looking for openings whereas Judah showed patience as Khan early jabs missed. Khan long jab kept Judah a safe distance and where Judah did managed a right hook from his southpaw stance; he did very little offensively.
In the second round, Judah avoided many of Khan punches, but he did very little counter whereas Khan continued to control the real estate between his opponent. By the third round, Khan physical feature started to take control but Judah managed to slip left hands but they had little effect on the bigger Khan.
Johnny Ortiz, Dub Harris, David Martinez
( photo taken October 18, 2002 )
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
Last month the boxing world lost a friend, Maurice “Dub” Harris, who passed away peacefully on June 27, 2011 at the age of 94. He was a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army serving in both World War II and the Korean War.
Dub, along with Everett Sanders (original founder), Charlie Casas, and Gordon Del Faro, was one of the charter members of the World Boxing Hall of Fame that started in 1980. Dub served five terms as president (1982), (1985), (1989-1990), (1995-1996), (1997-1998). Dub remained active as Chairman of the Board and President’s Advisor until failing health in 2005 forced him to depart the World Boxing Hall of Fame after twenty five years of dedicated service with the goal to always strive for excellence.
I officially met Dub in November 1996 when Deborah Sutherland set up an appointment to have him interview me to become a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. I was not shy about telling him about how I wanted to serve and offer my boxing expertise to the organization. He was delighted with my interview and I was always remember what he told me, “Don’t let me down,” which became the motivating sprit that he sincerely embedded in me and lit the torch I burned for the next ten years I served the World Boxing Hall of Fame. We often kidded about “Don’t let me down” between us, in which he would always look at me with that smile he had for the chosen ones whom he considered on his team.
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
Four years ago, July 15, 2007, I brought you this website in living color. The initial brain storming of this website I owe to John Boitnott, who approached me in early 2007 and simply told me, “Why not,” that I have all the ingredients to bring the world my love and passion of boxing. He also said that he would be honored to help me by being my producer. So, a dream became a reality and dmboxing.com was born.
In these past four years I have attained much respect from a growing fan base by giving you boxing as I live it every day of my life. In addition, a unique and select group of people have bonded and given me their expertise, and they have certainly enhanced this website in what it has become today and will be in future.
On a quarterly basis, I will continue to thank the many people that make this website the success that it is: my producer, writers, proof readers and crew. Without these key people I would literally be a faceless captain of a ship with no support crew; they will be mentioned in detail next week when this website officially celebrates it’s four year anniversary.
Those of you who know me personally know I live boxing every day of my life and have for the past 50 years. I have used this website as a bright beacon to give you my very best in boxing; that is my intent, my only intent.
I receive a lot of fan mail that is sent to my email address, and I truly respect every opinion from each of you. I am intrigued by many comments and it’s my honor to be able to respond with my own personal opinion and truthfulness.
There was one comment I received that I must share with you (see below) from Antonio Santiago in Puerto Rico. He said some nice things and touched on a subject that I have had many ask me about: who are the greatest Mexican born boxers of all time.
This week on July 2, in Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko puts his IBF and WBO belts up against fast and hard hitting David Haye and his WBA belt.
Klitschko is taller by 3 1/2” and has a 3” longer reach, but Haye does have power, although he doesn’t show much one-punch ability to take his opponent out. At 35, he’s also five years older than Haye and has fought better name fighters.
The question with Klitschko in the past has been his chin, which seems to have held up well in recent fights. Being knocked out does not equate to having a glass jaw.
As I see it, Haye has to wear Wladimir down in order to have a decent shot to win, and unless his legs betray him, I don’t see that happening.
Klitschko by decision or late stoppage.
Glove 2 Glove:
One of the founders of the World Boxing Hall of Fame passed away. Dub Harris, also an honored veteran of WWII left us on June 21. Thanks Dub, you were one of the great guys I was privileged to meet and get to know.
First, a continuing wish a speedy and full recovery to Oscar de la Hoya and Mia St. John who are both undergoing rehab treatment.
This week on June 25, in Cozumel, Mexico, Tijuana native and veteran Humberto Soto takes on Motoki Sasaki, from Japan, for the WBC lightweight title.
Also this week on June 25, I wish my friend and boxing historian David Martinez “Happy Birthday”.
Soto, 31, 55-7-2, seems to have been around forever, but is still four years younger than the largely unheralded Sasaki, who rarely fights outside of Japan.
On the surface it seems like a fight that Soto should dominate, as he has fought far bigger names than Sasaki. There is a however, here. Sasaki has fought mainly Japanese fighters, and there aren’t a lot of folks here who know their names, let alone their toughness.
Still, I can’t go against the younger and more experienced Soto, especially since the fight is in Mexico.
Humberto by TKO early, in what looks like a short, but action packed bout.
Glove 2 Glove
On a personal note, I would request prayers for my wonderful wife Lois, who is dealing with a still unclearly diagnosed condition.
Prayers are requested for the health of outstanding trainer Joe Sousa, who is fighting the fight of his life against cancer.
Prayers for the complete return to good health to my old friend, promoter, and ex-wrestler Jack ‘Moe’ Smith who had complete reconstructive knee surgery a couple of weeks back. Moe’s a fighter and making a complete recovery.
Please pray for my Aussie mates and Glove2Glove member John MacDougall, who had to deal with health problems for his wife of many years Gwen, who is in a nursing home John, a former Commissioner is having problems after a hip replacement surgery. Both need your prayers for recovery and inner strength.
Please say prayers for Phill Grazide of Santa Rosa, CA. a big supporter of amateur boxing, who is suffering the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
On behalf of these great fighters who have given their all in our great sport, we thank you for your ongoing prayers.
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