Category Archives: Recap

Ali – Frazier: Ghosts of Manila

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)
 

Fighters know how to suffer.  They demagnify pain and seldom talk about it.  Though some fighters have been called “bow-wows” within the sport, thresholds of pain are hard to detect in fighters….Eyes, nose, ears, larynx, kidneys, they all take horrific beatings.  But their faces tell where fighters have been, the potholes over which they had to rattle, from the small arenas with the single light bulb and a backed-up toilet in the dressing rooms to the flooding light of the big time”

 

Boxing heroes are usually defined less by the ease of their victories, than by their defeats and their various comebacks in the course of a career. Fighters are made through the brutal confines of their sport, in which they nearly see death approach, in which their blood is splattered; and yet they somehow persevere.  Brutality sells tickets, but more importantly, it seals one’s fame.   For Ali, Joe Frazier was his ticket to fame.

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Sonny Liston: Ali’s First Big Foil

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

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)

 

Ali jumped all over Liston after Ali sent Liston down in their second fight, yelling for him to get up. Jersey Joe Walcott, the referee, totally lost control as he tried to get Ali to a neutral corner.  Liston stayed on the canvas as Walcott tried to restrain Ali. Liston eventually got up as Walcott went to the corner to talk with Ring Magazine editor Nat Fleischer. Ali started nailing Liston with more shots.  Meanwhile Fleischer told Walcott that Liston should be counted out, so Walcott called the fight and gave the bout to Ali.  Years later, Liston told Sports Illustrated Mark Kram that he stayed down because, “Ali was a crazy man.”  The great intimidator was intimidated.

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Ward Wins, But Can He Beat Kovalev?

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

After his defeat of Chad Dawson four years ago, Andre Ward was one of the top pound for pound fighters but after only two fights over the previous four years; Ward is now moving toward a match against the best light heavyweight in the world; Sergey Kovalev.   Ward faced a number one contender, Sullivan Barrera, and won an easy decision but the fight left more question than answers.

Ward inactivity showed itself as Ward did not look like the old fast quick self of four years ago. Ward was the quicker of the two fighters against Barrera but to the naked eye, it looked like Ward was millimeter slower than he was against Dawson.  The old boxing skills was in place and Ward looked healed from shoulder surgery as he nailed Barrera with both right hands and left hooks with ease.  Barrera connected on less than 20% of his punches and while he went down from a left hook, he was back up quickly.

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2015

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2015 in the five major categories and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2015. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

 

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Gennady Golovkin

WBA Super World  / WBC interim / IBF middleweight champion (34-0 / 31 by KO)

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Three successful title defenses and unification win: Martin Murray (KO 11) February 21, Willie Monroe (KO 6) May 16, David Lemieux (KO 8) October 17

*** Runner Up – Canelo Alvarez

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Bradley and Rios ~ RECAP

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By Tom Donelson

Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Las week Tim Bradley fought Brandon Rios and this would be his first fight with Ted Atlas, who returned as a trainer after years in the broadcast booth.  Atlas goal was to have Bradley use the ring and fight from angles as oppose to sit in front of his opponent and play warrior.  Bradley has always been a good boxer but he also shown to be a tough fighter who didn’t mind getting into fire fight.  This strategy didn’t always work out in his favor even in victory as his tough victory over Ruslan Providnikov showed in which Bradley survived knockdowns to win a close decision.

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Crawford and Golovkin ~ RECAP

Terence Crawford

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

Last week Terrence Crawford showed why he has to be considered one of the best pound for pound fighters as he easily dismantled Dierry Jean over ten rounds.  Crawford showed that he was as effective out of the southpaw stance as he was in the orthodox as he pounded poor Jean from one end of the ring to the other. Rarely did Jean come close to hurting Crawford and Crawford boxing style made it too difficult for the challenger.

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Ruslan Chagaev Retains WBA Title by “early” Knockout

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Recap from dmboxing.com

I am pleased to report that Steve Corbo, a guest writer who often contributes to this website, recently returned from Germany, where he was the Ring Announcer for a couple of title fights. The main event, on July 11, 2015,  was the WBA Heavyweight Championship Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1 / 21 KOs) vs. Francesco Pianeta (31-2-1 / 17 KOs) at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. 

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2014 in the five major categories and “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2014.  Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome the opinions of others.

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford

WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)

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three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14

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***  Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch

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Manny Pacquiao ~ RECAP

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, in Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2 / 38 by KO) successfully defended his WBO welterweight title by knocking down Chris Algieri (20-1 / 8 by KO) six times en-route to a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory.

Pacquiao was so dominant that all three judges gave him every round in the fight.  If it were bowling, it would be a perfect score of 300.  My unofficial scorecard was 120-102 on points.

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Gennady Golovkin ~ RECAP

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

On October 18, 2014, Gennady Golovkin did to Marco Antonio Rubio what he has done to every other fighter he faced, he pounded Rubio into submission.  This fight lasted less than six minutes and never really was in doubt despite Rubio coming into the fight overweight.  Rubio weighed two pounds over the contracted weight and made no effort after the weigh in to try to lose the extra two pounds.  Rubio figured the extra bulk would allow him to better withstand Triple G’s power but alas, it didn’t do Rubio much good.

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Golovkin is the best Middleweight in the world today and so far, he has made the Middleweight division his personal fiefdom and the question is who can stand up to Golovkin?  Miguel Cotto recently defeated Sergio Martinez but Cotto has his eyes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the big payday that comes with it, so Cotto is not going to fight Golovkin.  And if he did, he would lose.

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