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Return of the Boxer In-depth Analysis System (BIAS)




This matchup, although considered by some a potential stinker, is actually kinda exciting. Because both fighters use the jab as their main weapon of choice, you would think that this would be one of those snooze-fests where both Winky and Taylor look at each other from a distance and feint for twelve rounds. But the BIAS believes this fight is going to be different. Taylor has to know that people are looking for a “Sugar Ray-type” performance from him, and Winky, as safety first as people say he is, is always more than willing to rumble… and he does it better than he has been given credit for. Let’s go IN-DEPTH and discover why some people think Winky vs. Taylor might be a dog of a fight, but in all actuality could be a dogfight! Gulp, FIGHT OF THE YEAR?

Defining traits: With Wisp style fighters, opponents feel he is beatable due to his lack of power. Yet it is the lack of a BIG PUNCH that has created a master boxer. A loss on points is as rare as Steak Tartar for this symbol of hardy persistence.


Defining traits: Hawk is known for his fluid, crisp attack.  Make no bones about it, he is a night mare for an ill prepared fighter.  Hawk doesn’t have all the attributes of the pound for pounders, but he does exhibit an undeniable will and is a tenacious adversary for any fighter.

(Ability to dictate how the fight will be fought)
Both fighters have shown, throughout their careers the ability to stick with their game plan. But the real question is, and what every fan should want to see is: if the fight goes past ring smarts and gets down to instinct, then who has the advantage? Edge to Winky for his complete domination over more highly rated opponents than Taylor has had (and no, Taylor didn’t dominate Hopkins).

(Ability to funnel all one’s attentions on the matter at hand)
Again, both Wright and Taylor are highly competitive in this category. They are hardworking fighters that calculate every moment and every move when in the ring. In Taylor’s two biggest fights his focus had to be infallible and it was. Winky’s last fight was a different story… For whatever reason. Sam Soliman was allowed to get brave and actually think he could win. If Winky’s focus slips in this fight, fans will be treated to a brawl!

(Regardless of the pace, can carry the last round like the first)
We have seen Winky in some true rumbles and never has he folded in the heat of battle. All this against top-shelf competition as well.  For Taylor, this is a question he hopes he never has to answer. Not because he can’t, but because it is a question no fighter wants to answer. For all we know he may have as much as Winky, if possible, but he has never been tested yet… or should I say, he has never allowed himself to be taken off his game plan so he never had to test his endurance… Taylor gets a 9 because the BIAS doesn’t think stamina is an issue for this young man. Advantage: Winky

(The ability to throw any type of punch with precision)
Winky can throw pretty much any punch from any angle and if he can consistently put more than two punches together, he is a very dangerous fighter. Taylor, although he has the speed and ability, he is pretty much Jab dominant… and that jab is always the precursor to his attack. Which makes it predictable and at some point defendable. Taylor would do wise not to LEAD with the jab so much against Winky. Advantage: Winky

(Moving your body to an advantageous position through movement of the feet or body)
Both fighters have a lot of agility, but neither feels the need to use it. Footwork isn’t only used to get out of range but it is very effective to have the ability to change your angle while going forward (see Aaron Pryor.) Neither Winky nor Taylor make footwork a major part of their attack (young Ali/Camacho), but maybe the edge goes to Taylor because his legs are younger. Sometimes it takes more courage or effort to move and work for a different opening than to stand there and trade. A tie.

(The ability to avoid being hit through either slipping or blocking punches… bonus points if you can counter off the defensive move)
Winky employs a hands-held-high defense…. And it is so effective because he has long arms that can cover both his body and head simultaneously. The BIAS thinks he would be wise to mix that in with a little head movement, for anything predictable can be problematic. Taylor employs the pull-out-of-the-way type defense, which most young fighters opt for, the desire to not get hit pretty strong. Plus they have surplus energy to burn. Analysis: Taylor doesn’t get hit for a reason; even Bernard Hopkins couldn’t get to him consistently. Edge to Taylor

TAYLOR (TBD) To be determined
(The resistance to cuts and a thick beard as well as taking a good wack to the guts)
Without a doubt Winky has proven that he can stand in there against powerful punchers, absorb what they give and come back with his own weapons… with the exception of Julio Cesar Vasquez… who had him up and down quite a few times in their 1994 title fight. For Taylor, it is still too early in the game to make any claim of exceptional resiliency and that’s how you want it for a young fighter. But he isn’t going in the ring against Hearns or Mugabi either in this one, so his ability to take a big punch may not be measured.

(The most important punch in boxing)
This is the main weapon in both fighters’ attacks. Both Winky and Taylor’s jabs are straight and to the point. How effective Winky’s jab will be on a cat with reflexes like Taylor’s is questionable, but if he can keep his right foot on the outside of Taylor’s left, he’ll find a home for that jab all night. Whether Jermain’s jab will be as dominant against a fighter that doesn’t really get hit by jabs is left to be seen. Winky keeps his hands up high and tight. It will be hard to split the guard with straight shots and would probably be more effective with circular punches that travel around the guard before he tries the jab. Edge to Winky

(The ability to knock your opponent out with one punch)
No one is lining up to get hit by Winky, but he still only gets roughly 50% of his opponents out before the final bell. Taylor, although a strong puncher with a respectable KO record, has still yet to confirm he is a dangerous puncher against top caliber opponents, but he is, nonetheless, the harder puncher of the two. Edge: Taylor

(The ability to dominate your opponent fighting at close range with shots to the torso)
Winky has no qualms about going toe-to-toe with a hard-punching opponent in order to land his own shots and go to the body. Taylor, on the other hand, prefers to keep the fight on the outside where he can see everything and use his superior speed and reflexes. Advantage: Winky


The personal life of a boxer is so tightly intertwined with his performance that the BIAS strongly advocates the simplicity of training camp for two months before a fight. This should be done as much for the mind as the body. A fighter really needs to disconnect from everything else in their life. We will never know what is going on in the minds of either fighter, but just know that any deviation from the norm can cause a fighter’s ability to unexpectedly erode… What we do know is this… Taylor is fighting a southpaw, a southpaw the quality of which Taylor has never experienced. How much of a factor this will play is unknown. It may be Winky’s style, rather than the fact that he is a southpaw, that causes Taylor to forget his game plan.

In Taylor, Winky is fighting a very strong middleweight. This isn’t Tito coming up from welterweight. Taylor is big, has no problem pulling the trigger on his punches and gets good steam behind his shots. His walking around weight is probably in the high-180s. Winky has also been in some, not exactly wars, but hard fights and they take their toll. (Umm, not only the fights but the training too.) Could he just be mentally drained, does he still love it as he once did?

The mark of a safety-first fighter is a JAB that is used habitually. Safety-first fighters generally don’t provide exciting fights so that’s probably why this match isn’t on the tip of everyone’s tongue… This fight is being made through the process of elimination. Taylor beat Hopkins, who beat De La Hoya. Winky beat Mosely and also shut out Trinidad. This is now the best big name fight in the middleweight division. You may feel like you are being force-fed something you didn’t choose, but hold on, don’t put away the wallet yet.

The first thing that goes into making a fight of the year is COMPETETIVENESS. This fight on paper does not look like a walkover, as their attributes are comparable. Secondly, both competing fighters need to have exciting offenses, and although neither Winky nor Taylor has set the world on fire with Ray Robinson-like combinations, they do have potent attacks. A leaky defense helps matters as well; unfortunately, for the casual fan, neither one of them takes more than they have to, BUT there is desperation involved and that is always a desperate ingredient. By desperation the BIAS means, if they have their fingers on the pulse of HBO and their fan base, both Winky and Taylor have to perform to the utmost of their ability. Their names have to translate into ACTION.

The only glaring differences in their attributes are the advantage for Winky in the BODY PUNCHING/INFIGHTING department and for Taylor in the POWER category. But Taylor’s advantage in the POWER department doesn’t seem to play as much a role in this fight (maybe because he hasn’t to this point seemed comfortable enough to settle down and really let go with power shots) as much as Winky’s advantages making the fight a war on the inside. We know nothing of Taylor’s RESILIENCE and the BIAS is sure, like most fighters, he’d rather that question go unanswered throughout his career. Winky’ll have more success later in the bout when Taylor settles down but he better not let the fresh Taylor jump out the blocks early, because Winky doesn’t have a big closer (knockout punch).

Winky, Taylor, WIN THE ROUND! The outcome of fight will take care of itself. Winky HAS TO bring the heat in order to win this fight. He cannot afford to stay on the outside and get into a jabbing contest. From round 1, Winky has to drag Taylor into deep water and attempt to drown him. Taylor, the middleweight version of Larry Holmes… The BIAS thinks it is crucial that he starts his attack with right leads and left hooks if he wants to keep Winky respectful and leery of his punches. Whichever employs their strategy best will win.

If both fighters put their heart on the line and really let go, this could be a hotly contested, GREAT fight. Winky wins and he will finally get the appreciation he deserves. Taylor wins… Crown him king and let him move up to Super Middleweight and take on Jeff Lacy (whom he beat as an amateur) or Joe Calzaghe. Boxing’s “Crash” Winky vs. Taylor is a sleeper you don’t want to miss.

BIAS rating. 8 out of 10 knuckles.

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Peter/Toney Ii: Peter Has The Brutal Punch



Samuel Peter claims he has dynamites in my two hands?

Heavyweight contenders Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and James Lights Out? Toney get it on a second time this Saturday from the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. (Showtime).

The hard-slugging Peter, unlike Toney, is one of those strong, silent types notorious for letting their fists to the talking one the opening bell sounds, but the Nigeria Nightmare is as confident as ever and determined to turn Lights Out’s lights out for good.

I have got dynamites in my two hands,? said Peter, according the Lagos, Nigeria Vanguard, and I will crush James Toney once and for all. The Toney camp made the mistake of their lives by protesting and seeking a rematch. I am ready to teach him a bitter lesson.?

Sam Peter walked away with the W for Peter/Toney I at the Staples Center in LA last September, but it was by disputed split decision a verdict so disputed, there was even a dispute about the dispute which forced the WBC’s hand into mandating Saturday’s rematch.

Samuel Peter is the biggest thing to hit African boxing since Ghanaian superstar Azumah Nelson rocked the feather and junior welterweight divisions. The President of the Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Prince Olaide Adeboye, admitted, according to, We are rooting for Samuel Peter, of course. He is one boy we believe in to bring back the country’s lost glory in professional boxing. I am personally making arrangement to be at the ringside to see him fight Toney again. I was at the first fight in Los Angeles in September.

Peter has the brutal punch, and to me he was the clear winner of the first fight. But the WBC Board of Governors, of which I am a member, voted 21-10 for a rematch. There was nothing those of us Africans on the board could do in the circumstances. But I believe Peter will confirm he is better than Toney and will then go ahead to meet the champion and claim the belt for Nigeria and Africa.?

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The Sweet Science P4P Rankings for Asia



There are claims that boxing is dying. Hogwash. The heavyweight division isn’t the only division in boxing and 2007 promises to be a banner year in boxing; especially for boxers hailing from Asia.

While Asia isn’t Vegas or Atlantic City, it is a region packed of diamonds in the rough; undiscovered gems and potential superstars who wait for their moment in the sun.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Asia

1) Manny Pacquiao – There’s no way to dispute Pacquiao is the best fighter in Asia, if not all of boxing. He’s exciting, he wins with Je Ne Sais Quois and is definitely “the man” in boxing.

2) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam – Although his competition leaves much to be desired, his longevity and skills are undeniable. He is currently Thailand’s only world champion and is undefeated in ten years. Need I say more?

3) Chris John – A victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, however controversial, shows he belongs at the top of the heap. He easily outpointed Renan Acosta to close out 2006 and should have no trouble defending against Jose Rojas in February. A fight with Pacquiao would not be a good move on his part but a rematch with Marquez would not hurt – especially if he defeats the Mexican again.

4) Hozumi Hasegawa – Hidden away in Japan, Hasegawa is a sharp punching southpaw who put former champion Veeraphol Sahaprom to sleep. He recently bested Genaro Garcia and his herky-jerky style will give fits to any one who steps in the ring with him.

5) Masomori Tokuyama – Tokuyama has never shied away from a good fight and although he only fought once in 2006 (UD12 Jose Navarro), he ledger shows wins over Katsushige Kawashima (twice), Gerry Penalosa (twice) and In Jin Chi (twice). A fight with Hozumi Hasegawa is a distinct possibility in 2007.

6) Nobuo Nashiro – With only seven fights under his belt he took on WBA champion Martin Castillo – and defeated him. Although he’s only fought a total of nine fights, nearly all have been against quality opposition. A victory in a rematch with Castillo would cement his claim as the king of the 115-pound division.

7) Yukata Niida – This light-hitting minimumweight defended his title twice in 2006, winning a technical decision against unbeaten Eriberto Gejon (Tech Win 10) and the other on points over Ronald Barrera (W 12). Scheduled to meet Katsunari Takayama early next year – the best has yet to come for this WBA belt holder.

8) In Jin Chi – Won back the title he lost to Takashi Koshimoto in January from Rudolfo Lopez. While there’s little uncertainty to his skills, at thirty-three, 2007 may provide some insight as to just how much he has left.

9) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai –Sor Nonthachai is an exciting, top-shelf fighter with an iron chin. Has no trouble making mincemeat of mid-level opposition and deserves a title shot in 2007. Time is running out.

10) Rey Bautista – He’s young, relatively inexperienced in big-time boxing, but will continue to shine in 2007. One of the better prospects in boxing, he should snag a title in 2007.

Asian Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pound for Pound:

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #2

Jr. Lightweight

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines): #1
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9


Chris John (Indonesia) #1
In Jin Chi (Korea) #3
Takashi Koshimoto (Japan) #5
Hioyuki Enoki (Japan) #7

Jr. Featherweight

Somsak Sithchatchawal (Thailand) #4


Hozumi Hasegawa (Japan) #2
Veeraphol Sahaprom (Japan) #3
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (Thailand) #6
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Thailand) #10

Jr. Bantamweight

Nobuo Nashiro (Japan) #1
Katsushige Kawashima (Japan) #7
Pramuansak Phosuwan (Thailand) #10


Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Thailand) #1
Takefumi Sakata (Japan) #7
Daisuke Naito (Japan) #10

Jr. Flyweight

Koki Kameda (Japan) #1


Yukata Naiida (Japan) #2
Eagle Kyowa (Japan/Thai) #4
Katsunari Takayama (Japan) #5
Rodel Mayol (Philippines) #7

Boxing in Thailand

There’s no shortage of boxers in Thailand. With a huge pool of Muay Thai fighters to draw from and several talented amateur boxing prospects turning pro after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Thailand seems destined to remain a boxing powerhouse in Asia.

The country is known for having tough, determined and disciplined fighters who give their all whenever the step in to the ring. However, consistently losing while fighting abroad and padding their records with no-hopers has done nothing to enhance their reputation.

Whether because of a lack of marketability, a lack of funds or their unwillingness to travel abroad, the vast majority of boxers from Thailand remain a mystery to fans in the west. If anything though, the boxing scene involving Thai fighters will be active. In fact, it’s one of the most active in the world; since 2000, the number of fights has nearly doubled in the country.

The Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand – August 2006

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
2) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym
3) Somsak Sithchatchawal
4) Wandee Singwancha
5) Sirimongkol Singwancha
6) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai
7) Veeraphol Sahaprom
8) Pramuansak Phosuwan
9) Terdsak Jandaeng
10) Oleydong Sithamerchai

Current Sweet Science P4P Rankings – Thailand

1) Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Flyweight) – Definitely the top dog in Thailand

2) Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (Super Lightweight) – He’s a seasoned fighter who has proven himself in the big-time. He’s one Thai who can fight outside of Asia. He has an abundance of skills and one-punch power. His overall ability and ease in dispatching anyone other than championship caliber get him the runners-up spot.

3) Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (Super Bantamweight) – After losing to Vladimir Sidorenko he’s bounced back. He’s young, he can punch, but the former interim champion needs to prove himself against a name fighter.

4) Somsak Sithchatchawal (Super Bantamweight) – Was his win over Monshipour a fluke or was Celestino Caballero just that good? Did Sithchatchawal catch Monshipour at the right time and can he rebound from the devastating loss? The jury is still out.

5) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

5) Sirimongkol Singwancha (Super Lightweight) – Get this guy a fight. He’s better than Jose Armando Santa Cruz and would have beat up Inada had the fight taken place. He’ll fight anyone but his biggest obstacle is staying motivated fighting tomato cans in Thailand. Like many Thais, he needs a fight against a name opponent.
6) Wandee Singwancha (Flyweight) – He doesn’t have much of a punch which will be his downfall in the end. He can box, as was evidenced in his recent victory over Juanito Rubillar, but this won’t be enough. He can no longer make the Jr. Flyweight limit and with no punch he’ll have a hard time competing against the “big boys.” Although he’s now rated second by the WBC, he doesn’t deserve to be.

7) Pramuansak Phosuwan (Super Flyweight) – A genuine tough guy. Always calm and focused no matter how heated the battle. But at thirty-eight, he’ll be in trouble should he fight one of the division’s elite.
8) Veeraphol Sahaprom (Bantamweight) – Will be lucky to get another crack at the title. Although he has a puncher’s chance of winning a belt, that’s about all he has left at this point. A third shot at Hasegawa is unlikely.

9) Oleydong Sithamerchai (Minimumweight) – He’s fought better than the usual opponents faced by Thais at his level and he moves up one spot with the departure of Terdsak Jandaeng. He lacks the punch and is in the wrong division to become a superstar. He’ll need to defeat a name opponent to convince me.

10) Saenghiran Lookbanyai / Napapol Kittisakchokchai (Super Bantamweight) – These two square-off in early March, supposedly to see who deserves a shot at Israel Vasquez. Kittisakchokchai has the edge in experience but some feel Lookbanyai has the edge in heart and is the favorite.

Neither has defeated a top twenty fighter and yet are ranked number one and two respectively in the WBC’s world.

In Kittisakchokchoi’s lone shot at the big-time, he was TKO’d in 10 by Oscar Larios. His dreadful performance against Larios and lack of quality opposition leads me to believe Saenghiran might have more of a shot at beating him than some suspect. Regardless, neither of them lasts longer than six rounds with Israel Vasquez.

Honorable Mention: Wethya Sakmuangklang, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Devid Lookmahanak, Nethra Sasiprapa, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym

Thai Fighters Ranked in Ring Magazine

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam: #1 Flyweight
Pramuansak Phosuwan: #10 Jr. Bantamweight
Veeraphol Sahaprom: #3 Bantamweight
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin: #6 Bantamweight
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym: #10 Bantamweight
Somsak Sithchatchawal: #3 Jr. Featherweight
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai: #9 Lightweight

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Iceman Stops Tito Ortiz Win Streak



LAS VEGAS—UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell’s fists proved too much for Huntington Beach’s Tito Ortiz who was stopped in the third round before a sold out crowd at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday.

The punching machine Liddell (20-3, 13 KOs) repeated his victory in UFC 66 over the much-improved grappler Ortiz who has improved his punching and blocking. Ortiz was trying to avenge his loss of April 2004.

Despite all the new weapons displayed by Ortiz it wasn’t enough as Liddell pummeled the former champion and retained his title with a technical knockout at 3:59 of the third round. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout.

“This was the most satisfying victory of my career,” said Liddell, 36, of Santa Barbara. “Tito came back real tough.”

Ortiz (15-5, 8 KOs), a former wrestler, worked on his boxing technique knowing he would need it against the former boxer Liddell. But Liddell’s experience allowed him to find the right moment to pounce on Ortiz.

“I had him hurt, I just kept throwing punches,” said Liddell who also knocked down Ortiz in the first round with a left hook.

Ortiz was gracious in defeat.

“Chuck is the best fighter Pound for Pound in the (mixed martial arts) world,” said Ortiz, 31, who suffered a gash on the side of his left eye from a punch. “I’m disgusted by myself. I let my fans down.”

Other bouts

Underdog Keith Jardine (12-3-1) knocked out Forrest Griffin (13-4) at 4:41 of the first round in their light heavyweight showdown. A right uppercut followed by a left hook wobbled Griffin who was sent to the floor by a barrage of punches. On the ground Jardine landed right after right until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight for a technical knockout.

“I couldn’t believe he was hurt,” said Jardine about Griffin who is known for his resiliency. “I was so nervous coming into this fight, but now I know I belong here.”

Canada’s Jason McDonald (18-7) choked out Chris Leben (15-3) in a middleweight bout that was up for grabs. Though Leben seemed to control the fight with stunning left hands, once the fight went to the ground McDonald managed a chokehold at 4:03 of the second round. Referee Steve Mazagatti saw Leben was unconscious and stopped the fight.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (12-5) caught Brazil’s Mario Cruz (2-2) with a sneak right hand while both were tangled on the ground. Then the Belarusian pummeled Cruz until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 3:15 of the first round.

Third season winner of the Ultimate Fighter television reality season Michael Bisping (12-0) of Great Britain won by technical knockout over Eric Shafer (9-2-2) at 4:29 of the first round. A knee knocked Shafer groggy then Bisping knocked him to the ground and pounded him. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bludgeoning.

Thiago Alves (16-4) caught Peru’s Tony De Souza (15-5) with a knee as he attempted to dive for his legs in a welterweight contest. After that it was pretty much over as Alves pummeled De Souza at 1:10 of the second round forcing referee John McCarthy to halt the bout.

Gabriel Gonzago (7-1) proved too strong for Carmelo Marrero (6-1) in a heavyweight bout. At 3:22 of the first round Gonzago of Massachusetts manipulated his way into arm bar forcing Pennsylvania’s Marrero to tap out.

Japan’s Yushin Okami (19-3) pounded Georgia’s Rory Singer (11-6) into submission at 4:03 of the third round of a middleweight bout. Okami seemed the more-rounded fighter with effective kicks to the head and more accurate punching.

Christian Wellisch (8-2) jumped to a quick start with an accurate left hook that rattled Australia’s Anthony Perosh (5-3) in a heavyweight bout. During the first round it seemed the Sacramento fighter might end the fight but the Aussie hung tough. Wellisch won by unanimous decision.

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