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Archie Moore – A Man's Man



Each division in boxing got its start in England, all except the light heavyweights. Known in Europe as the cruiserweight division, it got its start in America in 1903. The division was never very popular in those days because the men who weighed between 160 and 175 lbs., the official weight for a light heavyweight, knew that only occasionally was the division a good money-making class. When fighters in the middleweight division reached the top of that class they usually tried to make the heavyweight ranks where they new the financial rewards were always greater. Only a few men fought in the 175 lb. weight class in the early days of boxing and many had to fight heavyweights just to get fights.

Looking back, some of the greatest boxers in the history of the game were known as light heavyweights. Bob Fitzsimmons, Philadelphia Jack O’ Brien, Billy Conn, Gene Tunney, the list goes on, but the greatest light heavyweight in the history of the sport was Archie Moore, “The Old Mongoose.”

Born in Benoit, Mississippi on 12/13/1913 (the year varies depending who you ask), Moore moved to St. Louis at a young age. Not unlike many other boxers, Moore was convicted of a crime when he was still very young. He was than sent to reform school for two years, which is where he learned to box. Moore then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he boxed in amateur tournaments while off duty. Moore turned pro as a middleweight in 1936 at 23 years of age, again his age at the time varied depending who you asked, his career spanning some 27 years. Over those 27 years Moore fought a total of 229 bouts, with a record of 194-26-8 and an amazing total of 141 knockouts!!! His knockout record still stands today as it is sure to do through the history of boxing.

During those 27 years Archie Moore was boxing’s Ambassador at Large to the world. Mainly due to the fact that Moore had many times been passed over for a title fight in this country, he traveled the world over from Argentina to Australia, Stuttgart, Tasmania, Rome and Uruguay, from Manila to Hope, Arkansas. Having moved to the light heavyweight division in 1945, Moore was ranked by Ring magazine as a top 10 contender every year from 1945 to 1951, but was still passed over for a title fight. Finally in 1952, 39 year old Archie Moore was given a title fight at an age when most fighters would have long since been retired.

The light heavyweight title was held by Joey Maxim when Moore finally got his chance for a title fight. The fight was held in Moore’s hometown of St. Louis in front of a crowd of almost 13,000 fans. Archie Moore attacked Maxim relentlessly for 15 rounds, easily winning the decision. Moore held the light heavyweight title for the next six years.

In 1955 Archie Moore decided to challenge Rocky Marciano for the heavyweight championship of the world. In a battle of knockdowns held in Yankee Stadium, Marciano was the last man standing in the ninth round maintaining his unbeaten record over Archie Moore. After Marciano retired Archie Moore challenged Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight championship but was KOed in five rounds.

Wherever his travels took him, Archie Moore was a true diplomat. Once asked by President Eisenhower if he was a Democrat or Republican, Moore simply replied, “I’m a diplomat.” His diplomacy carried over in the ring as well. Archie Moore was stripped of his light heavyweight title belt when he took on the heavyweights. The light heavyweight title was than held by the much younger Tony Anthony. While matched with Anthony in an attempt to regain the light heavyweight crown on September 20, 1957, Moore actually talked Anthony out of the title.

All through the early rounds Moore keep telling Anthony, “You’re looking great. Keep up what you’re doing. You’re the next champion!” In the sixth and seventh rounds Anthony took a terrible battering, the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round when Moore re-claimed the light heavyweight title.

In October of 1960 the National Boxing Association again lifted Archie Moore’s light heavyweight title due to inactivity. It named Harold Johnson of Philadelphia as their champion after knocking out Jess Bowdry in a fight in Miami Beach, February 7th, 1961. At the time Moore was still recognized as world champion by every other boxing commission. Moore had beaten Johnson in 4 out of 5 fights between 1949 and 1954.

Another milestone in Moore’s carrier came on November 15th of 1962 when Archie Moore, one month and one year before his 50th birthday fought Cassius Clay in Los Angeles, California. Moore was KOed in the 4th round but became the only man to have fought both Rocky Marciano and Cassius Clay in his 27 year carrier.oore retired from boxing four months later on March, 15, Th 1963. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, Archie Moore passed away at the age of 84 in 1998.

Articles of 2004

2004 Boxing Pound for Pound List



The final boxing pound-for-pound list of the year for 2004.

1. Bernard Hopkins: The top guy from beginning to end, Hopkins took care of Oscar De La Hoya with a body shot in the biggest fight of 2004. Now, he'll wait for Jermain Taylor to progress a little further, or he'll go the rematch route with Felix Trinidad. Either way, Hopkins stands to earn a lot of money in 2005 and extend that all-time middleweight reign.

2. Floyd Mayweather: How long has it been since we've seen Mayweather in a meaningful fight? Certainly not in 2004, when he outpointed the difficult DeMarcus Corley. He's slated for a January outing against a no-name. Enough stalling, already, “Pretty Boy”. Fight someone we care about (preferably Kostya Tszyu), or you'll lose your #2 position sometime in 2005.

3. Felix Trinidad: “Tito” stormed back with a magnificent knockout of Ricardo Mayorga in 2004, and now hopes to capitalize on it with big money fights. He'd like nothing more than a rematch with his only conqueror, Hopkins, but he may also opt for old nemesis Oscar De La Hoya. Either way, Trinidad is sure to fight a big fight sometime in the coming year.

4. Kostya Tszyu: What a difference one fight makes. As recently as late October, the boxing world was wondering whether Tszyu was even serious about the sport anymore. We found out with a second round demolition of Sharmba Mitchell. And that made the junior welterweight division very attractive. Tszyu has several options now, including Arturo Gatti and Mayweather or even a hop up to welterweight to challenge Cory Spinks. Let's hope one of them happens in 2005.

5. Manny Pacquiao: Pacquiao fought twice in 2004, and what a fight the first one was. His thrilling war with Juan Manuel Marquez was the best brawl of the year, and there is a chance that the two rivals will go at it again in 2005. If not, Pacquiao has a list full of options: Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, etc. Pacquiao will fight one of them in the next year.

6. Marco Antonio Barrera: Another guy thought to be washed up when the year started, Barrera resurrected his career for the second time with a masterful victory over Paulie Ayala and a close decision over rival Erik Morales in another great fight. Barrera is obviously shooting for a return with Pacquiao, who decimated him in November 2003. Barrera says it was an off-night. Hopefully, we'll find out if that was the case.

7. Winky Wright: Winky entered the “superstar” realm in 2004 with a pair of decision victories over Shane Mosley. The first was very impressive, as Wright practically shut Mosley out. The second was closer, but proved once again that Winky was the superior fighter. He'd like a shot at Trinidad or Oscar De La Hoya, but neither will happen. He'd probably be best off shooting for a name like Fernando Vargas or Ricardo Mayorga.

8. Juan Manuel Marquez: After several years on the outside looking in, Marquez is finally in a position to make some money after his courageous performance against Pacquiao. He rose from three first-round knockdowns to wage the fight of his life in a fight that was ruled a draw. It would also be interesting to see Marquez against countrymen Barrera and Erik Morales.

9. Erik Morales: “El Terrible” fought another great fight against Barrera, but, again, it was in a losing cause. He has now lost two of three to his fierce rival, and probably wants nothing to do with him anymore. But, eventually, talk of Barrera-Morales 4 will come up again. In the meantime, Morales could shoot for Pacquiao or Marquez.

10. Glencoffe Johnson: The newest entry, Johnson pumped some life into boxing in 2004 with a pair of upsets of Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Now, he's set to make some really big money in rematches with either, or a shot at old conqueror Hopkins. Either way, Johnson is better than anyone imagined.

11. Jose Luis Castillo: Castillo made some comeback noise of his own in 2004, beating Juan Lazcano for his old vacant title and decisioning Joel Casamayor for another big win. He says he wants Kostya Tszyu next, and if that materializes, boxing fans will be in for a treat. If not, Castillo vs. Diego Corrales is a great fight.

12. Oscar De La Hoya: Hard to erase that picture of De La Hoya grimacing in agony courtesy of a Hopkins shot to the ribs, but the “Golden Boy” had no business fighting at 160 pounds. He should drop down to junior middle or even welterweight again if he has any hope of regaining his past form. But 2005 could be the final year for one of boxing's all-time great attractions.

On the brink: Antonio Tarver, Diego Corrales, James Toney

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Heavyweight Joe Mesi Bringing Lawsuit




As reported by the Buffalo News, Joe Mesi is suing the New York State Athletic Commission and the MRI center that conducted tests on the heavyweight boxer after his bout with Vassiliy Jirov. Mesi reportedly suffered brain injuries in the Jirov bout, which has left his boxing status uncertain.

The lawsuit alleges Mesi's medical records were improperly released to the NYSAC. The records, the lawsuit goes on to allege, were then released to the media, prejudicing Mesi's right to have his status reviewed by the appropriate boxing authorities.

The lawsuit does not seek specific monetary damages, as the extent of damages will be affected by whether Mesi is able to resume his career as a leading heavyweight contender.

Mesi hopes to have his status reviewed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission within the coming month. The ruling of the NSAC promises to be key in whether Mesi will be able to resume his boxing career.

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The Best in Chicago Boxing Returns




Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite presents SOLO BOXEO DE MILLER, THE ARAGON RUMBLE, another installment of The Best in Chicago Boxing on Friday, January 14th, broadcast live internationally as part of Telefutura's Friday night professional boxing series.

The newly remodeled Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. near the corner of Lawrence and Broadway in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and is easily accessible, just 4 blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and just 4 miles east of the Kennedy expressway. There are three large parking lots located within a 1/2 block of the Aragon Ballroom. Additionally, the Howard Street Blue Line stops just across the street. Doors will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm.

Headlining the action packed card is the American debut of super-bantamweight Ricardo “PIOLO” Castillo, 12-2 (6KO's) of Mexicali, Mexico as he squares off in a scheduled ten rounder against WBO Latino Champion, Edel Ruiz, 24-12-3 (13KO's) of Los Mochis, SI, Mexico. Castillo will be accompanied to the ring by his brother, World Lightweight Champion Jose Luis Castillo.

In the co-main event of the evening, one of Chicago's most popular fighters, middleweight “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez, 14-1 (9KO's), battles hard swinging local veteran “MARVELOUS” Shay Mobley, 7-4-1 (2KO's), of One In a Million a scheduled eight rounder.

The huge undercard bouts include;

Carlos Molina vs TBA, six rounds, junior middleweights
Frankie Tafoya vs TBA, four rounds, featherweights
Ottu Holified vs. Allen Medina, four rounds, middleweights
Francisco Rodriguez vs. LaShaun Blair, four rounds, bantamweights
Rita Figueroa vs. Sarina Hayden, four rounds, junior welterweights

Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, “it was a terrific evening last month and our fans were thrilled to be at the Aragon to watch David, Speedy and Luciano. David Diaz's fight against Jaime Rangel was a fight people will talk about for a long time. Our commitment to our fans is to make every event of ours better than the last one. This main event is terrific, both guys are very tough Mexicans who won't take a step back.

The fans love Miguel and Mobley figures to be a very tough opponent. Him and David Estrada had a six round war last June at our show. And the undercard showcases a lot of new, younger talent that is coming out of Chicago right now. Tafoya and Holifield have both had very successful beginnings to their careers and Francisco Rodriguez comes with fantastic amateur credentials and David Diaz says he has all the talent to be a great pro.”

“We've got big plans for 2005 and this show should take up right where last months show left off. The huge crowd loved the action last time and I'm sure they'll say the same thing this time.”

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