By David Martinez
There was another explosion this past weekend other than the Seattle Seahawks. Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight title with a convincing 7th round knockout win over contender Osumanu Adama. The bout was held on Saturday night, February 1, 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin dropped the Ghanaian fighter in rounds one, six and seven; when, finally, referee Luis Pabon had seen enough, he wisely stopped the one-sided contest one minute and twenty seconds into round seven.
Golovkin defended his belt for the 10th time to improve to 29-0 with 26 by knockout. Adama’s record dropped to 22-4.
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SATURDAY / February 1, 2014
Location: Monte Carlo
Gennady Golovkin vs. Osumanu Adams (WBA “super” middleweight title)
Jarrod Fletcher vs. Max Bursak (middleweights)
Nkosinathi Joyi vs. Rey Loreto (junior flyweights)
Ilunga Makabu vs. Ruben Angel Mino (cruiserweights)
SATURDAY / February 1, 2014 (UniMas)
Location: Laredo, Texas
Gilberto Ramirez vs. Don Mouton (super middleweights)
Jose Ramirez vs. Javier Perez (junior welterweights)
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL RATINGS – THROUGH JANUARY 2014
CHAMPION EMERITUS: VITALI KLITSCHKO (UKRAINE)
WON TITLE: October 11, 2008
LAST DEFENCE: September 8, 2012
LAST COMPULSORY: September 10, 2011
WBA CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
IBF CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBO CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBC SILVER CHAMPION: Bermane Stiverne (Canada)
WBC INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION: Chris Arreola (US)
1. Bermane Stiverne (Canada) SILVER
2. Chris Arreola (US) INTL
3. Deontay Wilder (US) AMERICA
4. Bryant Jennings (US)
5. Mike Perez (Cuba/Ireland) USNBC
6. Manuel Charr (Lebanon/Syria) INT SILVER/MED/BALT/CISBB
7. Derek Chisora (GB) EBU
8. Tyson Fury (GB)
9. Tomasz Adamek (Poland)
10. Odlanier Solis (Cuba)
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
Rusty Rubin has contributed to this website since 2007
Sad to report the passing of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who went down for the count at age 82.
I’m well aware that some people didn’t like Sulaiman, who ruled the organization with pretty much an iron fist, but I always found him pleasant to talk to and knowledgeable about boxing.
I believe the last time we spoke, it was briefly, shortly before the Leonard – Duran fight in Vegas.***
Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Assc. and Boxing Research Org.
HBO featured two of Canadian bests as Lucian Bute faced Jean Pascal but before the main event, Mike Perez faced Carlos Takam in a heavyweight bout. Perez was fighting his first fight since his last bout with Magomed Abdusalamov, who slipped into a coma after taking a beating from Perez. Many fighters when they have faced with tragedy aren’t always the same after being involved a bout in which their opponent is either seriously injured or dies from their injuries.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer – covering the sweet science for more than 35 years – he has contributed to this website since 2007.
First, let me announce with sadness that my good friend, boxing promoter and matchmaker Moe Smith passed away in Idaho on Oct. 28. Moe was a great guy and a great friend (along with his wife Marcia). These are the tough old timers that boxing can ill afford to lose.***
Also, let me tell you of my New Years resolution, only one, which I intend to keep. I will be retiring from boxing and devote full time to my next book and taking care of my ailing wife, Lois. I will still do some fight analysis as time allows, but sticking to a regular schedule now is going to be tough.
By David Martinez
I have been to many gyms in my boxing days since 1961. How many in past fifty-plus years? Actually, I can’t count that high!
Ronnie is what I call the old school boxing trainer with as much expertise as you will find in any gym. He is a former 2-time National Amateur Champion, member of the 1984 USA Olympic Boxing Team, NABF middleweight champion, fought three times in world title bouts, and had a thirteen year successful professional career posting a ring record of 27 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws with 16 knockouts. Aside from his boxing accomplishments, Ronnie is a wonderful human being and a true boxing icon in the sport.