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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Quite a weekend for boxing with the big world title show in New York and other world title shows in Buenos Aires and Manila and important shows in Sheffield, Sardinia and a show in Spain, which did not feature any high profile fighters, but hopefully signposted the way to revival of boxing there.
It was sad to see someone as great as Erik Morales deteriorate to just a shadow of the fighter he was. A four division champion with 24 world title fights to his name he is a cert for the International Hall of Fame. It is a pity he made a comeback.
Garcia now has plenty of options. There is talk of a fight in Ney York with Brooklyner Zab
When the details of a positive test result for Morales was released Garcia, who had insisted on the testing, decided to pull out of the fight, but then changed his mind. Naturally there were doubts over whether Morales would fight, and it is said that Paul Spadafora was a fall-back choice. Somehow, despite only having one fight in 2009, one in 2010 and one this year , all against fighters not in their top 40, the WBC have Spadafora at No 17, so it would not have needed much shuffling to put on the fight.
It is typical of the attitude that the sport takes to drug testing that the reaction to the positive test by the USADA was to criticize the release of the information instead of thanking the USADA for doing something that no boxing body is doing effectively. The sanctioning bodies all make great publicity about their anti-drug position, but they quickly sweep any bad news under the carpet or stick their heads in the sand instead of taking it as a sign that there is a problem that is obviously not being addressed. In track and field an athlete is responsible for what goes into his system and on that basis there is no excuse for a positive test. Claims of tainted supplements or medicines may have allowed Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson and others to escape a ban but that just confirms what Victor Conte side thgat testing in boxing is a joke. The positive tests cost both Berto and Peterson big purses, but have you noticed in this litigious age neither has made any attempt to sue the supplement provider. If the packaging makes it clear what is in the supplement then there is no case for the supplier to answer-and no way out of guilt for those using it . If the supplement omits this information then the user should be an easy target for a suit. The lack of any legal action speaks for itself.
I find it amazing that Pablo Cano failed to make the 147lb limit for his challenge to Paul Malignaggi. He is a natural lightweight. He went up to 140lbs to fight Erik Morales for the vacant WBC light welter title in September last year. Since then his weights have been 135lbs, 138 ½ lbs and again 140lbs, yet for this huge-and undeserved title shot- he comes in 147 ¾ lbs. It seems to be a disease recently with so many fighters not showing the basic discipline even when the rewards are high. Perhaps if they faced the possibility of a fine of 50% of their purse it might concentrate their minds.
Equally as amazing was the scoring for the fight. The judges came up with 114-113 twice for Malignaggi and a 118-109 for Cano. We seem to be quite happy to continue with the “beauty competition” approach and then criticize amateur boxing. Something to the tune of glass houses and stones springs to mind.
There’s an old saying “if you are not part of the solution then you are part of them problem”. I am starting to wonder where Boxing South Africa (BSA), the sports governing body down there, is on that statement. Their most recent action almost beggars belief. They granted, for free, the TV rights for a world title fight in
Nathan Cleverly’s next opponent Ryan Coyne was nearly lost to boxing. Coyne was an outstanding American football player in high school and was recruited to the
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Going back to Pungluang I tend to use only the first name for Thai fighters as often the rest of the name is that of their gym or their sponsors, and they change their latter names if they change sponsor or gym. Examples are Kwanpichit Onesongchai Gym (was Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express), Termchok Twins Gym and Yodchanchai Nakornloung Promotion. It was original suggested to me by former Boxing News editor Graham Houston and it was such a sensible suggestion that I considered claiming it for my own. However it does not always work. I have difficulty following that style with guys whose first names are given as Pigmy, Knockout, Rambo and Sod, but I am working on it.
Former IBF super middleweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Graciano Rocchigiani is still around. Once known for his hell-raising behavior, which saw him spend time in jail, he is now working for a charity that works with children. Rocchigiani, also a former European super middleweight champion, made unsuccessful challenges for the WBO super middle title (losing to Chris Eubank) and WBO and IBF light heavy titles. His very name must send shivers down the spine of people at the WBC. The German sued the WBC after they refused to recognize his victor over Michael Nunn for their vacant light heavyweight title in 1998. Rocchigiani won his case and was awarded $31 million in damages, and the judge retroactively declared him champion. The award would have finished the WBC but instead they reached an agreement for a smaller amount paid in installments over a period of time. He appears to have blown the money as his stipend for working with the charity is EURO 374 a month and he lives in a small flat, but he seems also to have a much more settled life.
For all the money floating about in his division Cornelius Bundrage gets very few fights and none of the big purses. He had one fight in 2009, one in 2010, one in 2011 and just one so far this year. What really must have added insult to injury was the bid of just $51,000 for the second Cory Spinks fight. Bundrage has beaten current WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov, Cory Spinks twice and Sechew Powell. Floyd Mayweather Jr, Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotta would not even spar for a share of $51,000. At 39 time is running out for Bundrage.
When Jamaican Nicholas Walters fights Daulis Prescott for the WBA title in
Mehdi Bouadla will challenge Arthur Abraham for the WBO super middle title on December 15 in Nuremburg. The promoters jumped the gun by announcing the fight before the WBO had time to change their ratings. Its ok, you can relax, despite having done nothing of note since losing in six rounds to Mikkel Kessler in June 2011 he suddenly flies into the WBO ratings for October at No 15.
Usually stupidity with the WBA ratings. Their No 13 Suguru Muranaka when first rated had never boxed in anything more than eight round prelim fights against modest local opposition. How can a fighter who has never even fought a ten round bout be rated? He finally had a ten round fight earlier this month, but against a guy with a 9-2-1 record who was 2-2 in his last four fights. Should get him No 1 with the WBA. Do I see a title fight coming up for him?
More madness in our sport. Mounir Toumi wins the vacant Global Boxing Union title by stopping Bruce Rumbolz. Toumi had a 13-11 record going in. The 39-year-old Rumbolz, a pro since 1994, had won just one of his last 17 fights. A double farce as Rumbolz had fought for the GBU middle weight title in his previous fight. Farcical.
I must admit to having a soft sport for Romanian/Spanish flyweight Silvio Olteanu. He lost his first three fights, but persevered. Nine fights later he won the EU title and then defended it against Bernard Inom. From there he was pitched into a fight with Daiki Kameda for the WBA title in
When it works at all my memory usually plays tricks on me. What was I just saying? Oh yes my memory. I seem to recall that back in 1999 Isidro Garcia actually climbed out of the audience to win the WBO flyweight title. He was there as a spectator but when the champion was unable to fight Isidro was thrown in. It would have been interesting if either Leif Larsen or Jason Gavern had had to pull out of their October 12 fight in