Eric Armit, who is a Director of the CBC and its former Chairman, is renowned worldwide as an authority on boxers records and also as a satirical and cynical observer.
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So who were the winners in
Naturally, after the dramatic finish, there is a big interest in a return. Even before the fighters got back to their dressing rooms the owner of the Cowboy Stadium in
The action by the WBC in taking
Alvarez was probably the biggest winner as he received a $100,000 prize from the promoters for the best knockout of the night. All Lopez got was a beating.
This is the reality of boxing in the
No sooner had Bob Arum breathed a sigh of relief that the
The fight for the vacant WBO super featherweight title fight on the Golden Boy show featured former champion Rocky Martinez and Mexican Miguel Beltran. Good fight, but Beltran was rated No 6 by the WBO and Martinez No 8. What happened to guys 1 to 5 and No 7. Makes ratings redundant when it is the promoter who decides who gets a title shot.
One brother is in-one is out. The much anticipated
European cruiserweight champion Alex Alekseev is due to fight for the WBO Inter-Continental title on 28 September. There was a time when that fight looked very doubtful. A little while back the Russian suddenly started vomiting violently and was then numb on the whole left side of his body. Test have not been able to establish what the problem was but Alex is confident it is behind him.
Australian Danny Green is not contemplating retirement. Instead the “ Green Machine” is said to be negotiating for a fight with New Zealander Shane Cameron in
Yet another WBA farce. They had lined-up Panamanian Alberto Mosquera to fight interim champion Diego Chaves on September 22 for their vacant secondary welterweight title. However, Mosquera decided he did not want to fight at welterweight. In comes Jose Miranda, a Panamanian (remind me where the WBA is based?) with a 12-11-3 record. He is in the August ratings at No 15. However he was not in the previous ratings and had not fought since April. Normal business for the WBA.
Thomas Hearns is going into promoting. His Hitman Entertainment has scheduled their first show for October 12 with Tommy’s son Ronald Hearns on the bill.
Looks like the WBO are determined that Nat Cleverly will fight Robin Krasniqi. The Serbian-born German-based fighter was No 5 in their ratings but after beating an unrated fighter he suddenly jumps to No 1. Previous No 1 Pownceby disappears altogether, despite winning his last fight. Denis Simcic, who was above Krasniqi at No 3, suddenly falls to No 11. He was stopped inside a round by Jonathan Profichet , but that was on September 7 and the ratings say they only take in results up to September 3. The simple truth is that Krasniqi was going to No 1-with or without a reason. Honest ratings-I will see bacon in flight before then.
Michael Sprott is certain and deservedly to receive punishment for pushing over the referee after the controversial stoppage of his fight against Edmund Gerber. He would do well to throw himself on the mercy of the German Board. Khoren Gevor has twice attacked referees after his fights and hardly even got a smack on the wrist. Will Sprott get the same leniency or is it a case of one rule for German based boxers and another for outsiders?
The Russian’s have come up with a good idea-Parliamentary Games-yes members of parliament competing against each other at sport. I was going to have a wee bet on Nikolai Valuev in the boxing, but it is not on the list of events. Instead big Nikolai is going to compete at table tennis-another macho image blown apart. They also staged the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Boxing Federation. Famous names from the past such as double Olympic champion Boris Latugin, Yuri Alexandrov, Victor Ageev and Alex Lebziak attended. Evander Holyfield was there as a guest of honour (must be nice to be getting away to somewhere you are not being pursued for child maintenance).
It takes more than a war against terrorism to stop boxing. Afghan Hamid Rahini who is based in
One veteran came back and two are talking about coming back. Canadian Fitz Vanderpool made his comeback at the weekend. The former Canadian welterweight champion returned after over five years of inactivity. Now 44 he should have stayed retired. One talking comeback is Dane Mads Larsen. Despite a four round kayo loss to British novice Luke Blackledge in June, the 39-year-old says he still has an uncompleted seven fight contract with Sauerland, and he wants to continue. Another talking comeback is Lamon Brewster. Brewster needed eye surgery after his losing fight against Robert Helenius in January 2010, but says he is ready to get back in the ring. Naturally his aim is a third fight with Wladimir Klitschko. They are 1-1 in two fights. Lamon’s nickname is “Relentless” and he is a relentless optimist if that is his aim.
Italian heavyweight Francesco Pianeta seems to be carrying out an age discrimination policy. If you are under 34 don’t bother to apply. His most recent opponents have been Matt Skelton (42), Evgeny Orlov (34), Mike Middleton (44), Samir Kurtagic (36), Ivica Perkovic (38), Robert Hawkins (42), Zack Page (39), Oliver McCall (47) and Frans Botha (43). Even this is streets better than Deontay Wilder whose last opponent was Damon McCreary. Poor McCreary is 39, 8” shorter than Wilder, was having only his second fight in almost five years and his first since November 2010. If Wilder’s management, promoter and the Californian Commission think this match was ok you have to seriously wonder what would be unacceptable.
Boxing just does not seem serious about tackling the use of performance enhancing drugs. We have both Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto coming up with excuses which would hold no water if the were Olympic athletes. You are responsible for what you ingest-full stop, no excuses, you are banned for a long period. Now we have Konstantin Airich testing positive for testosterone after his fight against Odlanier Solis in
Trivia. What do Saul Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, Pongsaklek and Sergio Martinez all have in common? All of these future Hall of Fame inductees had fights early in their career which would have led you to wonder if they were even going to be good let alone great. In his fifth fight Alvarez was held to a draw by Jorge Juarez who had a 3-5 record. A year after turning pro Pacquiao lost on a third round kayo to Rustico Torriecampo. In his first eleven fights Pongsaklek lost on points and was then kayoed by Jerry Pahayahay, a guy with a 25-21-1 record. In only his third fight