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Ward vs. Kovalev – PREVIEW

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to in 2008.

Sergey Kovalev faces Andre Ward in their second bout.  For Kovalev, this represents revenge as he felt that he won their first fight and he certainly had a good case.  Ward managed to win a close bout on the judges’ score card but in their first bout, Ward did not look like the Ward of old using his speed and defense to avoid getting hit while countering effectively.  Whether this was due to his age, past injuries or the early power of Kovalev, Ward did not look like the fighter who dominated the Super Middleweight division against some of the elite fighters of that division. 

The question will be if Ward can recapture some of his youth and show the defensive skills that allowed him to prosper in the Super Middleweight.  Kovalev is a solid boxer with power go to with his sound techniques.  Throughout the bout, his punches had more pop and this was self-evident over the first four rounds in which he sent Ward down for an eight count while taking a big lead on the cards.  Starting in the third round, Ward simply turned the fight into a brawl and fought on the inside of the powerful Russian.

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Joshua vs. Klitschko – PREVIEW

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to contribute his expertise to in 2008 – Tom is truly respected and appreciated by all.

Wladimir Klitschko is nearing the end of his career and he will be facing Anthony Joshua, who may be the heir to the Klitschko brothers’ former control of the title. From 2004 until Tyson Fury upset in 2016 of Wladimir, the Klitschko’s brothers have owned a portion of the heavyweight title  Wladimir won the WBO title in 2000 but lost his title with a upset knockout by Corrie Sanders in  and after regaining the title, he lost it in yet another knockout lost to Lamon Brewster. 

Wladimir reputation was a big fighter with a glass jaw but when he teamed up with Emanuel Steward who directed Lennox Lewis’ career to the top.  From that point Wladimir along with his brother dominated the heavyweight as they beat one opponent after another.  Wladimir has participated in 28 title bouts and winning 25 of them, a heavyweight record but for many pundits, Wladimir has never been granted his place as a elite heavyweight as he fought in what many view as a weak era of heavyweights but like Larry Holmes before him; Wladimir and his brother Vitali may get their due years later.  Holmes was never consider one of the elites until years later when he proved competitive in his 40’s. 

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Thurman vs. Garcia – Preview

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

This is an intriguing fight for there are factors that need to consider.  As a friend of mine observed, Al Hayman has matched Thurman well and his first big test was Shawn Porter and other hand, the last big fight Garcia was Lucas Matthysee and Robert Guerrero gave him trouble. 

Thurman may be the stronger fighter but Garcia in big fights have found a way to survive. Against Amir Khan, he had trouble with Khan’s speed before he was able to time Khan and win the fight by stoppage.  Garcia has a nice left hook and if he is able to time Thurman, he can land the hook but Thurman has good left hook of his own so Garcia has to be aware of that.

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An exhibition by Desiree D’Alessandro in collaboration with Raymond Douglas

April 18th through April 22nd, 2011

Closing Reception and Exhibition Bout Friday April 22nd, 2011 from 5-7pm

in Old Gym Gallery 479 on UCSB campus

Artists Desiree D’Alessandro and Raymond Douglas take a unique look at the local student body of Isla Vista, focusing specifically on recreational and competition boxers.


The exhibition will not only depict student boxers utilizing traditional artistic approaches, but also allows the physical bodies engaged in athleticism first-hand be the medium on exhibit in an art context. This innovative and intriguing displacement facilitates dialogue across the boundaries of art and athleticism in a generative and productive new arena.


The venue that hosts the culmination of these efforts is a site of particular interest. UC Santa Barbara’s Gallery 479 is a site imbued with athletic history that still features rustic floors dating from when the space was a recreation center prior to 1949.The interplay of activating the current gallery and historical use of the space is invigorating for the context of holding an athletic-themed art exhibition, complete with alternative hours where the gallery is utilized as a training facility and a closing reception exhibition bout.


In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

Don’t forget the annual induction of the greats at the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 9 -12, in Canastota NY.

Among those expected to be on hand are Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu, referee Joe Cortez and others.

For event information check out www. or call directly to (315) 797-7095.***

A couple of interesting and probably very exciting fights upcoming this weekend (March 12).

First in Las Vegas, where the crowd pleasing Ricardo Mayorga takes on always tough contender Miguel Cotto, to be seen on Showtime PPV, for the WBA super middleweight title.

Cotto, 30, is a solid fighter who cuts, and at times shows a china chin, has only lost two of his 37 bouts to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. A good tandem to lose to, if a loss is in the cards.

Cotto stands 5’7” and has a 67 inch reach.
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In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

Sometimes, when picking out a fight to make a prediction on, many things come into play.

This week I chose the WBA title fight between Anselmo Moreno and Lorenzo Parra, taking place in Moreno’s native country, Panama. One of the things that make this fight interesting and difficult to predict is that Parra is from the neighboring country next door, Venezuela, so if there is a hometown edge here, it’s very difficult to find.

Moreno, 25, a southpaw, sports a record of 30-1 (10 KO’s) with 4 of his past 6 wins coming on split decisions. In short, he does well in close fights.

Parra, 32, 31-2-1 (18), has faced tougher foes and appears to be the better banger of the two combatants, although neither shows real knockout power.

At 5’8”, Moreno does have a significant size advantage.

So how does one break down a contest like this? Well, it’s not easy, which is why I chose this one to make the prediction on.
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The title of this article implies what I think of Manny Pacquiao’s chances in his upcoming December 6th fight with The Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, and that is, he has absolutely ‘no chance’ to win.

This supposition is based on the same theory I had when I picked Antonio Margarito to not only beat Miguel Cotto, but to knock him out. The reason: Margarito was simply too big, too strong, and had the greater punching power. I broke down the fight, looking for someway for Cotto to win, hard as I tried, I came up with the same conclusion, there was no way Miguel could win.