Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has been a post on dmboxing.com since 2007
Two for two last weekend on a couple of pretty tough fights. I still don’t feel redeemed quite yet.
The big fights on HBO this weekend and judging by the records, it could be very interesting.
To be truthful, coming out of the amateur ranks, I never thought that Andre Ward would be a world champion. I admit I was wrong and pleasantly surprised to see where his career has taken him thus far.
Ward, 26-0 (14), is 29 years old and a native of Oakland, California and he fights in Ontario, California this weekend to try to retain the WBA super middleweight title.
His opponent Edwin Rodriguez is a year younger then Ward and also boasts an impressive, undefeated record of 24-0 with 16 knockouts.
Although I see Ward with more one-punch knockout power, I don’t expect a one-punch knockout here. I do figure Ward to dominate for two reasons.
Number one, the fight is in his native California, and that definitely gets the crowd involved.
Number two, and most important, while both fighters are both six feet tall, Rodriguez has a huge five inch reach advantage. I’m not sure that Ward’s style of fighter can easily slip the jab of Rodriguez, but Andre Ward has fought so many superior opponents, I can’t see him losing this one.
It should be a pretty interesting fight, but Wards experience should win him an easy decision.***
I’m still reaching out for help for my final tome, so if you have any stories of inspiration or miracles to help with my last book, speed them to me post-haste.
All help on your half will be much appreciated.
Most, if not all of us will see or already have seen, cancer ravage some of our loved ones in our/their lifetime. The time has come to add your name to the fight against cancer. Don’t let this chance to help others and feel good about yourself, pass you by!
As for the book, I’m hoping to get it out by Christmas, so I urge you do send your stories TODAY! 100% of the proceeds will be used in the ongoing fight against cancer, so please get the stories to me as soon as you can. It seems we’re quickly closing in on finding a cure for this dread disease, and I, like most of you, would love to see it in my lifetime.
I’m always on the lookout for new stories of miracles, faith, and inspiration, not necessarily boxing or religion related. One of my goals is to help inspire those who are in need and ready to give up, and to lend emotional support to this long fought effort, that God willing, will once and for all wipe out this dreaded disease.
For more information on how you can help, please read the bottom of this article.***
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Prayers requested for the soul South boxing writer Joe Rein, who passed away at age 77. Arizona referee Tony Triem passed away and is on route to the big ring in the sky.
Please say prayers for the recovery of David Martinez, editor/owner of DMBoxing.com, who has some health issues of late.
Also in need of your prayers is Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusada who was seriously injured in a recent fight.
I ask yet again for your prayers for a successful resolution to my wife Lois’ health problems as well as for good friend and neighbor Norma Davidson who is now recovering from surgery.
Prayers and a special request goes out to long-time fight judge Harold Lederman who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Gary Balleto, Charles Rainier and former champ Wilfredo Gomez have been ailing so prayers are requested.
There are reports that 71 year old great Muhammad Ali is not doing well.
Prayers for the return to health of outstanding boxing guys Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos. Alex has done much to improve the welfare of retired boxers. Your prayers for him have worked in the past. Alex is still facing some serious obstacles.
Young ex-champ Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident and needs your prayers for a full recovery. Reports indicate that he is doing okay.
Prayers also requested for the recovery of former champ Rocky Lockridge.
Also prayers for the recovery of outstanding Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane and Denis Wilcox.
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.
Also in need of prayers for the return to health is former champ Gerald McClellan, who is legally blind and confined to a wheelchair.
On behalf of all these great fighters who have risked their life and health in our great sport, we continue to thank you for your ongoing prayers. May the good Lord bless each and every one of you.***
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In short, there is absolutely no obligation to join Glove2Glove. Every prayer request is most welcome and I know that all of the recipients will appreciate it.
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Glove2Glove, which had been a long-time integral part of the recently defunct Ringsports.com magazine and website. It is a wonderful program that I wish to have continued a long after I have left the sport and this earth. I want to thank Dave and Deborah Wilcox, who have offered to take over the program and promised to continue it indefinitely. Their generous offer means a lot to me. We always welcome new members.***
Thanks and God bless.***