Connect with us

Featured Articles

Avila Perspective Chap. 56: Pacquiao – Thurman Notes and More

Published

on

Pacquaio-Thurman-Notes-and-More

Avila Perspective Chap. 56: Pacquiao – Thurman Notes and More

Once upon a time the name Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao struck fear in the boxing world as he ransacked whole divisions like a modern-day Attila the Hun. That’s no longer the case.

Today, an army of welterweights line up with hands stretched high hoping to be picked like so many suitors for a high school prom.

Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) was the lucky guy personally hand-picked by Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) to meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 20. FOX pay-per-view will televise the battle for the WBA welterweight world title.

Could this be the final date for Filipino Senator Pacquiao?

Hollywood loves a comeback story and seldom has anyone overcome as many obstacles as the diminutive southpaw speedster from General Santos City in the Philippines.

Pacquiao arrived on the professional boxing circuit in January 1995. No one could foresee that the 5-foot 5-inch flyweight would first conquer the 112-pound flyweight division in 1998, and then embark on a fistic journey that would result in capturing world titles in eight weight divisions.

You would need to be Nostradamus.

When you think of a flyweight eventually invading the heavier weight divisions and eventually conquering the super welterweights it makes analysts think that he just might be the greatest prizefighter of all time.

Time and age have worn down the speed that enabled Pacquiao to run circles around Antonio Margarito on his way to snatching the super welterweight title from the Mexican slugger in November 2010. Time also eroded the strength that allowed him to annihilate Ricky Hatton for the super lightweight world title in May 2009. It was also the last win by knockout for Pacman until he stopped Lucas Matthysse a year ago.

Now he tests what remains of those gifts that separated him from mortal men.

Thurman

Thurman seems giddy about his opportunity to fight a living legend. The Florida prizefighter who resembles the late actor Ron O’Neal of the 1970s film “Superfly,” seemed downright ecstatic. He also views his match against Pacquiao as somewhat of an afterthought; that a victory over Pacquiao is as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

“He’s in trouble,” said Thurman with a chuckle. “I’m not going to run away from this rabbit.”

Thurman, like Pacquiao, no longer knocks out opponents let alone with one punch as his nickname “One Time” signifies. He’s a boxer who can punch and no longer a puncher who can box. Still, he’s only 30 years old facing a fighter who has a decade’s more worth of wear and tear from punches absorbed from sparring and fighting.

It’s been four years since Thurman ended a fight before the final bell. The last opponent he sent into the ozone was Luis Collazo on July 2015. But, of course, injuries and other matters kept Thurman from activity. During the last four years he’s only had four fights but that includes wins over Shawn Porter and Danny “Swift” Garcia in world title fights.

This past January he was stunned by Josesito Lopez but rallied to win by decision. Lopez has always been a surprisingly good fighter despite a so-so record.

Is Thurman Pacquiao-ready?

When the two fighters met face to face in Beverly Hills both traded barbs with equal lust.

“Pacquiao is a little guy,” Thurman said. “He’s never fought somebody this young and this strong.”

Pacquiao remained calm and composed. Over the decades he’s heard all of the talk and derisive remarks tossed in his direction.

“Lot of my opponents say a lot of useless words before fights. When we get in the ring things will change,” predicted Pacquiao. “Most of my opponents are bigger than me and I beat them all.”

Thurman looked at Pacquiao sideways when hearing his last remark.

“You beat them all? Thurman asked, adding that he recalls Pacquiao losing to Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley and Jeff Horn.

The last comment just rolled over Pacquiao.

“I chose Keith Thurman because he will make an exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “I want him to experience losing in the ring.”

Whose time is it to taste losing? It could be another Hollywood ending.

Fantasy Springs

Ireland’s Jason Quigley (16-0, 12 KOs) returns to Southern California and meets Tureano Johnson (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in a middleweight clash set for 10 rounds on Thursday July 18, at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. The card will be streamed at: www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing.

It’s been more than a year since Quigley departed from Southern California to train in England. The middleweight division has experienced drastic changes in that time including the takeover by fellow Golden Boy Promotions kingpin Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Quigley can get a crack at the top if he can solve Johnson.

Back in 2015, Johnson too was on the doorstep ready to fight then middleweight king Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, but he slipped and fell. Now he is in a position to slip up Quigley. It’s an interesting and important middleweight fight.

Another Irishman, Aaron McKenna (8-0, 5 KOs), has a welterweight bout. At press time no opponent had been named. But McKenna and his brother Stevie are now training in the hills of Riverside, California with Robert Garcia. That’s one burgeoning boxing camp.

Also on the boxing card is female Olympian Marlen Esparza looking to revamp her fighting style when she fights Mexico’s Sonia Osorio in an eight round flyweight bout.

A special guest of honor will be Michael Carbajal, also known as “Little Hands of Stone,” the former light flyweight world champion from Phoenix, Arizona. Who can forget his epic clashes with Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez in the early 90s?

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Friday in Las Vegas

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is hosting a meet and greet on Friday July 19, at its new location 3542 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A number of boxing luminaries are expected to attend the event that begins at 6 p.m. All those purchasing a ticket will also receive a raffle ticket that could result in winning a ticket to the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight card on Saturday at the MGM Grand.

An interactive exhibit is one of the attractions at the Hall of Fame headquarters that is located at HeadzUP in the Boulevard Mall. Sponsors include Title Boxing, WBC Boxing, TGB Promotions and HeadzUP.

Price of admission: $25.

“Sweet Pea” Whitaker

One last note on the passing of the great Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. Though I only spoke to him but one time, I was partially involved in his very last pro fight.

Back in 2001, Whitaker was set to face a top-notch super welterweight but within days of the match the opponent pulled out. I had just seen Riverside’s Carlos “El Elegante” Bojorquez train and his team was begging for a fight. They didn’t care who and were always ready.

Willy Silva was the trainer of Bojorquez and the brothers Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Eric Chavez would train at his gym during this time. He had asked if I could help get Bojorquez a fight, so when Whitaker’s scheduled opponent pulled out, I called the vice president of Showtime Jay Larkin. I had developed a relationship with Larkin and when I told him Bojorquez would step in he didn’t doubt me. Calls were made and within hours all parties agreed.

Bojorquez was a fearless, hard-hitting fighter originally from the Los Mochis area of Mexico. Whitaker had not fought since losing to Puerto Rico’s great Felix Trinidad in 1999. When they met in Lake Tahoe on April 2001 it was expected that Bojorquez would be an easy target for “Sweepea.” But after a few exchanges Whitaker was visibly hurt and could not continue past the fourth round. Bojorquez was deemed the winner by technical knockout in the fourth round. Whitaker would never fight again.

The Showtime executive Larkin passed away a few years later in 2010 at age 59. He was a very approachable guy and loved combat sports.

Now the boxing world has lost Whitaker whose incredible defensive prowess was something to watch. He truly was a marvel in the boxing ring.

Fights to watch

(All times listed below are Pacific Coast Time)

Wed. 5 p.m. PT UFC Fight Watch – Hanna Gabriels (19-2-1) vs Abril Vidal (8-0).

Thurs. 7 p.m. Facebook watch – Jason Quigley (16-0) vs Tureano Johnson (20-2-1).

Fri. 3:30 p.m. ESPN+ – Teofimo Lopez (13-0) vs Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0).

Fri. 11:30 p.m. Telemundo – Saul Juarez (25-9-2) vs Ganigan Lopez (35-9).

Sat. FOX 4 p.m. – Caleb Plant (18-0) vs Mike Lee (21-0).

Sat. FOX PPV 6 p.m. – Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2) vs Keith Thurman (29-0).

Sat. DAZN – Dillian Whyte (25-1) vs Oscar Rivas (26-0).

Photo credit: Andy Samuelson / Premier Boxing Champions

Check out more boxing news on video at The Boxing Channel

To comment on this story in The Fight Forum CLICK HERE

Featured Articles

How Soon Before We Know the Fate of Ryan Garcia and Will the Result Stand?

Published

on

How-Soon-Before-We-Know-Ryan-Garcia's-Fate-and-Will-the-Result-Stand?

How Soon Before We Know the Fate of Ryan Garcia and Will the Result Stand?

Today. May 23, the results of Ryan Garcia’s B-sample were made known, The findings were congruent with the A-sample as they are in almost 100 percent of the cases. (Why wouldn’t they be? Both samples are derived from the same urine specimen. The B-sample, notes ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, is a safeguard to ensure that that there was no lab contamination or other error involved in the test that produced the original finding.)

As if there were any doubts, the B-sample confirmed that Garcia had the banned substance Ostarine in his system when he fought Devin Haney at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 30. Ostarine, popular among body builders, helps build muscle mass, improve stamina, and quicken recovery time.

What’s next for Ryan Garcia? He will undoubtedly be fined and suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission. But, as they say, the wheels of justice grind slowly.

Unlike the Nevada Commission, which meets every month, typically on the last Tuesday, the New York Commission does not meet at regular intervals. At their next meeting, whenever that is, one can expect representatives of the Garcia and Haney camps to stand before the body and argue in favor of their preferred dispensation.

It behooves Acting Executive Director Matthew Delaglio to recommend a course of action. He could, in theory, recommend exonerating Garcia, not even a slap on the wrist, or he could recommend coming down hard on the 25-year-old boxer in ways that would cost him a substantial sum of money and bar him from fighting in New York ever again. The other commissioners – there are currently only four – get to vote on it.

And what about changing the decision, retroactively declaring Devin Haney the winner?

There’s actually a precedent for it.

On April 30, 2016, Badou Jack defended his WBC world super middleweight title against Romanian-Canadian campaigner Lucian Bute, a former 168-pound title-holder, at the Armory in Washington, DC. After 12 rounds, one of the judges favored Bute, but the others had it even and the match was scored a draw.

On May 27, it was revealed that Bute’s post-fight urine specimen tested positive for Ostarine. He insisted the finding was wrong and exercised his right to have the B-sample evaluated.

Eleven weeks later, on Aug. 12, the DC Commission informed the WBC that Bute’s B-Sample confirmed the presence of Ostarine.

Lucian Bute still insisted that he was innocent. He blamed the finding on a contaminated supplement provided to him by his strength and conditioning coach and he threatened to sue the San Diego lab that manufactured the supplement. Neither Ostarine nor any other banned substance was listed in the ingredients of the supplement that Bute ingested with the understanding it would help him sleep and recover from a strenuous workout.

The DC Commission eventually accepted the argument that Bute did not knowingly use a banned substance, but still fined him $50,000 (in the form of a donation to the WBC Clean Boxing Program) and changed the result of the fight from a draw to a win by disqualification for Badou Jack. The revised outcome appears that way in boxrec, the official record-keeper of the United States Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports.

Here’s the interesting thing: The DC Commission did not resolve this case until the day after Thanksgiving and the public announcement didn’t come until the following week when one of the commissioners returned from a vacation. This case dragged on forever.

Ryan Garcia and his legal team continue to maintain his innocence. “Kingry” was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last weekend for the Fury-Usyk megafight and while there he was interviewed by DAZN reporter Emily Austin. In the video clip, which was widely disseminated, Garcia said, “I feel a little hurt and damaged by the accusations that are put on me because I know for fact that I’m not a cheater, never been a cheater. I’m dead hurt. I’ve put in so much work in my whole life, since I was seven years old, and it’s just one of my greatest victories is now being, you know, has a little bit of an asterisk because of a lie….I cry at night sometimes knowing that they’re trying to taint my victory.”

Devin Haney doesn’t turn 26 until November. Heading into his fight with Ryan Garcia, he was 31-0. At the same age, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was 27-0.

Because of his tender age, Haney was accorded a reasonable shot at breaking Mayweather’s 50-0 mark. A reversal of the decision would keep him on that path, albeit with an asterisk and the odds of him achieving that milestone dimmed substantially the first time that Garcia planted him on the deck. “Kingry” knocked him down three times in total en route to winning a majority decision and now that victory — his signature triumph — may be erased from his ledger.

Who will prevail? Stay tuned but don’t hold your breath. The adjudication may not come anytime soon.

To comment on this story in the Fight Forum CLICK HERE

Continue Reading

Featured Articles

In a One-Sided Beatdown, Batyr Jukembayev TKOs Shopworn Ivan Redkach

Published

on

In-a-One-Sided-Beatdown-Batyr-Jukenbayev-TKOs-Shopworn-Ivan-Redkach

In a One-Sided Beatdown, Batyr Jukembayev TKOs Shopworn Ivan Redkach

The noted trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre had two fighters on tonight’s ProBox card in Plant City, Florida, and brought along the ace of his stable, Terence Crawford, to provide moral support.

The main event, contested at 140 pounds, had an Eastern European flavor pitting Kazakhstan’s Batyr Jukembayev against LA-based Ukrainian Ivan Redkach. Jukembayev, Crawford’s stablemate, needed no moral support as Redkach fought a survivor’s fight for as long as it lasted. A 33-year-old southpaw, the Kazkh won every second of the fight until the mismatch was halted at the 2:18 mark of round five.

It was the fifth straight win for Jukembayev (23-1, 17 KOs) whose only defeat was inflicted by Subriel Matias, the current holder of the IBF world title at 140. Redkach (24-7-1) was stopped for the fourth time including a fight with Regis Prograis where he succumbed to a phantom low blow. Now 38 years old, he should not be allowed to fight again. His showing tonight bore stark evidence that he is completely shot.

Co-Feature

In the co-feature, a 10-round junior lightweight affair, Jonhatan Cardoso, a 25-year-old Brazilian, advanced to 17-1 (15) with a split decision over LA’s Adam “Bluenose” Lopez. This figured to be a fan-friendly fight and didn’t disappoint. Both fighters threw punches in bunches although Lopez’s workrate declined in the late rounds.

Lopez, now 17-6-1, is better than his record. His first five losses came against opponents who were collectively 109-6 at the time that he fought them. The son of the late Hector Lopez, an Olympic silver medalist for Mexico and a three-time world title challenger, “Bluenose” doesn’t have a signature win, but has a signature moment. He knocked Oscar Valdez down hard in their first of two meetings, a fight he took on 1-day notice when Valdez’s original opponent was scratched after coming in 11 pounds overweight. As a pro he has limitations, but is a high-octane fighter who rarely has a bad fight.

Two of the judges favored Cardoso. Their tallies were 99-91 and 96-94. The dissenter favored Lopez 97-93. The scores were all over the map, but the right guy wn.

Also

In the TV opener, Omaha-bred junior welterweight Charles Harris Jr scored a unanimous 6-round decision over Oceanside, California’s Kyle Erwin. The judges had it 58-56 and 59-55 twice.

A protégé of “BoMac,” Harris Jr., who began his pro career in Mexico at age 16, improved to 9-1 (7). It was the second pro loss for Erwin (7-2) whose lone prior defeat was the result of a cut.

In an unrelated matter, today (May 22) was the day that Ryan Garcia’s B-sample would be opened and analyzed. So we were all led to believe.

Confoundingly, it appears that opening the urine specimen and testing the contents aren’t performed on the same day. Dan Rafael enlightened us. “Will take a few days for results but certainly possible it could stretch into early next week due to weekend and holiday,” Rafael tweeted today on his Fight Freaks Unite platform.

Why wasn’t this made known beforehand so that fight journalists could plan their day accordingly? I place the blame on the New York State Athletic Commission.

To comment on this story in the Fight Forum CLICK HERE

Continue Reading

Featured Articles

Oleksandr Usyk from a Historical Perspective 

Published

on

Oleksandr-Usyk-from-a-Historical-Perspective

Oleksandr Usyk flipped the heavyweight division onto its head this past Saturday night in the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, travelling a long way from home to seal his greatest victory. Usyk, small by modern heavyweight standards, towers over most men at 6’3″ and 220lbs and sporting a reach that lineal champions Ezzard Charles or Joe Walcott would have killed for. Things have changed though, and in the middle rounds of his war with Tyson Fury, Usyk suddenly appeared tiny. Fury, a giant at around 6’8” and over 260lbs seems a heavyweight for this century. Usyk, a journeyman in the most ancient sense of the word, feels like a throwback to a more savage time. His greatest achievements have taken place on foreign soil. The last time he boxed at home was almost a decade ago and given the situation in Ukraine and given Usyk’s 37 years, it is unlikely he will ever box there again.

Usyk took chances in the seventh and especially the eighth to take charge of a fight that seemed to be slipping away from him. In the vertigo inducing ninth, it was he, not Fury who appeared the giant. Usyk draped the Englishman over the ropes like so much fresh meat and tenderised him to within an inch of unconsciousness, the sheer hugeness of Fury perhaps preventing a referee’s intervention on behalf of his opponent, and not for the first time. Against both Deontay Wilder (the first fight) and Otto Wallin, a more squeamish official would have stepped in and stopped the fight, and here, too, there was a case. If Usyk seems a throwback, then Fury has been refereed like one, spared stoppages likely to be inflicted upon his peers, he was allowed once again to continue boxing, as Joe Louis was against Max Schmeling, or Jack Dempsey was against Luis Pirpo. But with Fury buckled at the knees, Usyk seemed the true heavy man in the ring.

In historical terms, Usyk is not a small heavyweight. He would have dwarfed “The Galveston Giant” Jack Johnson in the ring and loomed large over “Big” George Foreman. Usyk has every attribute necessary to make an unpleasant evening for Joe Louis, but it should be noted that while his footwork and speed and technical excellence would be the source of the discomfort, his excess of height and reach are the wildcards. Usyk would seem two to three weight classes bigger than Rocky Marciano, mainly because he is, and the towering Sonny Liston would look up. Circus strongman Jess Willard and the mob-sponsored Primo Carnera would both look down on Usyk – but not by that much. Usyk would stand eye to eye with Muhammad Ali but prime-for-prime he would outweigh him by ten pounds, as he would Larry Holmes. We must skip Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield and reach all the way into the Lennox Lewis era before we find men from history that truly out-size Usyk on a consistent basis.

Size, as Usyk has proven, is far from everything. Big by historical standards, he is small by modern standards. What else is now true in the wake of the seismic fistic events of Saturday night? Firstly, Usyk is unquestionably ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world. Of this, there can be no dispute. Accounting for his two wonderful defeats of another “super” heavyweight, Anthony Joshua, he is 3-0 against the rest of the top five and sitting unassailably at the head of the heavyweight table. More, and I have been surprised to see it disputed in some corners, Usyk is now almost as equally unassailably the pound-for-pound number one. The only fighter breathing the same air as Usyk right now is Naoya Inoue. Inoue has been operating at or near the highest level for longer, but the level of his opposition has not been as rarefied. Comparing the first phase opposition defeated by Naoya to the murderer’s row of cruiserweights that Usyk ran into during the Super Six series can lead to only one conclusion. Although Naoya’s busy, weight-class-bursting style has topped him out for most of the past two to three years, only one of these men has consistently been beating bigger, taller, longer opposition at the highest level, and that is Usyk. It is not a matter of opinion – he is the smallest man in my heavyweight top ten.

01 – Oleksandr Usyk

02 – Anthony Joshua

03 – Joseph Parker

04 – Tyson Fury

05 – Filip Hrgovic

06 – Zhilei Zhang

07 – Agit Kabayel

08 – Daneil Dubois

09 – Martin Bakole

10 – Joe Joyce

Usyk lives among giants now and where there is parity of height (Kabayel) he is the lighter man by 15 pounds. This is not true of Naoya, who despite his weight-hopping, still manages to run into fighters of the same height and of shorter reach. The opposition argument is narrow, but the relative size opposition is not and there is no pound-for-pound credential more significant than that of consistently out-fighting bigger men. Usyk has done so and will continue to do so for as long as he fights. There is simply no smaller man in his class.

Not since the heyday of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield has a lineal heavyweight champion consistently fought bigger men and not since Mike’s hype-infused prime has a heavyweight menaced the number one pound-for-pound spot. Usyk has not enjoyed anything like the same machine support as Mike did; indeed, he has laboured in the shadow of more prominent men until such time as he thrashed them. He is a true manifestation of pound-for-pound glory in the unlimited class. Where does this leave him in terms of all-time standing?

I am reluctant to rate active fighters for reasons that are obvious enough; Usyk could be pole-axed in three by an irate Fury in a December rematch and all this ink is for naught. But what I am willing to do is play let’s pretend and imagine Usyk as retired and consider his place in heavyweight history now.

Usyk’s raw numbers are low-grade at just 22-0 with 14 knockouts. Worse, most of this was built in the cruiserweight division and not the heavyweight division. Against men weighing in as heavyweights, Uysk is essentially 7-0, and only 3-0 against ranked opposition. On the other hand, one of these victories came against Daniel Dubois, now ranked, and the 3-0 was posted against Tyson Fury, generally held to be the best or second-best heavyweight in the world, and Anthony Joshua, ranked behind only Fury at the time of his first fight with Usyk. So, when he stepped up, he stepped up to tackle the best in the world and has become lineal as a result. It’s a hard ledger to wrestle with, but fortunately we have a career that is comparable in the shape of Gene Tunney.

Tunney, a career light-heavyweight, earned a heavyweight legacy built of essentially one man: Jack Dempsey. Past-prime and inactive, Dempsey was ripped apart by Tunney in their legendary first fight and did better in a losing effort against the genius “Fighting Marine” in a rematch, much like Joshua did against Usyk. Tunney then boxed the limited but game Tom Heeney and retired. The rest of his heavyweight career was spent beating great middleweights like Harry Greb and limited losing-streak gatekeepers like Charley Weinert and Martin Burke. One thing that must be noted is that Tunney is matching men who are smaller than Usyk’s cruiserweight opposition to his heavyweight credit. Men like Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev would have been big men in Tunney’s era, but they aren’t counted towards heavyweight legacy for the Ukrainian – either would constitute Tunney’s second-best heavyweight scalp, I think. Tunney’s wider resume does not necessarily include fighters who compare that favourably even to Dereck Chisora or Chaz Witherspoon, the men who make up Usyk’s second layer of opposition.

The point is, Tunney was made a legend for defeating a champion. Both Fury and Joshua were active, physically enormous fighters that Usyk simply unmanned with a type of genius Gene Tunney would have stood to applaud. Tunney appended to his light-heavyweight career the important part of a heavyweight career – the part where you fight and beat the champion, and it has made him a stalwart of heavyweight history. This, Usyk too has achieved, but I have been more impressed with Usyk’s summit than Tunney’s. To be direct: Usyk should rate higher at heavyweight than Tunney.

What that means is that the top twenty at heavyweight is the minimum Usyk can expect from history’s eye should he retire undefeated. In such a case, I would place Usyk in this sort of company:

18 – Ezzard Charles

19 – Oleksandr Usyk

20 – Jersey Joe Walcott

21 – James J Corbett

22 – Peter Jackson

23 – Ken Norton

24 – Max Schmeling

25 – Vitali Klitschko

26 – Riddick Bowe

27 – Gene Tunney

Also illustrative of a point is Tunney’s career pre-heavyweight. Tunney, every bit as brilliant as Usyk in the ring (although notably smaller, and successful against notably smaller opposition), laced up his gloves on close to ninety occasions and his level of competition dwarfs that of Usyk. That is no indictment. All it really means is that Usyk isn’t among the thirty greatest fighters ever to have drawn breath, like Tunney is. He can join an enormous and star-studded cast that includes Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins and Carlos Monzon in that. I do think, though, that Oleksandr Usyk’s career, were it to end tomorrow, could be readily compared to that of Evander Holyfield and that means that an unbeaten Usyk, lineal cruiserweight and heavyweight champion of the world, current pound-for-pound king, is within spitting distance of a list that captures the fifty greatest fighters in history.

56 – Ruben Olivares

57 – Wilfredo Gomez

58 – Vicente Saldivar

59 – Oleksandr Usyk

60 – Evander Holyfield

61 – Ted Kid Lewis

62 – Lou Ambers

63 – Rocky Marciano

64 – Abe Attell

65 – Manuel Ortiz

A retired Naoya Inoue would join him in the top seventy, I think, and a retired Bud Crawford the top ninety.

Boxing is dead, haven’t you heard?

Photo credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

To comment on this story in the Fight Forum CLICK HERE

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Ramirez-Outpoints-Barthelemy-and-Vergil-Ortiz-Scores-Another-Fast-KO-in-Fresno
Featured Articles4 weeks ago

Ramirez Outpoints Barthelemy and Vergil Ortiz Scores Another Fast KO in Fresno

A-Closer-look-at-Weslaco-Heartbreaker-Brandon-Figueroa-and-an-Early-Peek-at-Inoue-vs-Nery
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

A Closer Look at Weslaco ‘Heartbreaker’ Brandon Figueroa and an Early Peek at Inoue vs Nery

Ramon-Cardenas-Channels-Micky-Ward-and-KOs-Eduardo-Ramirez-on-ProBox
Featured Articles4 weeks ago

Ramon Cardenas Channels Micky Ward and KOs Eduardo Ramirez on ProBox

Canelo-Alvarez-Turns-Away-Jaime-Munguia-to-Remain-Undisputed-King-at-168
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Canelo Alvarez Turns Away Jaime Munguia to Remain Undisputed King at 168

Luis-Nery-is-Devoured-by-a-Monster-in-Tokyo-Naoya-Inoue-KO-6
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Luis Nery is Devoured by a Monster in Tokyo: Naoya Inoue KO 6

Philadelphia's-K-&-A-Boxing-Club-and-the-return-of-Carto-and-Boots
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Philadelphia’s K & A Boxing Club plus the return of Carto & Boots

Avila-Perspective-Chap-282-Ryan's-Song-Golden-Boy-in-Fresno-and-More
Featured Articles4 weeks ago

Avila Perspective, Chap. 282: Ryan’s Song, Golden Boy in Fresno and More

At-Long-Last-Marvelous-Marvin-Hagler-to-Finally-Get-His-Statue-in-the-City-of-Champions
Featured Articles1 week ago

At Long Last: Marvelous Marvin Hagler to Finally Get His Statue in the ‘City of Champions’

Avila-Perspective-Chap-283-Canelo-and-Munguia-Battle-for-Mexico-and-More-Fight-News
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Avila Perspective, Chap. 283: Canelo and Munguia Battle for Mexico and More Fight News

Boxing-Odds-and-Ends-The-Ryan-Garcia-PED-Rumple-and-More
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Boxing Odds and Ends: The Ryan Garcia PED Rumple and More

Thomas-Hauser's-Literary-Notes-Dave-Kindred-and-Robert-Seltzer
Book Review2 weeks ago

Thomas Hauser’s Literary Notes: Dave Kindred and Robert Seltzer

Lauren-Price-Outclasses-Jessica-McCaskill-in-Cardiffl-Edwards-and-Fury-Win-Too
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Lauren Price Outclasses Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff; Edwards and Fury Win Too

A-Closer-Look-at-Elite-Boxing-Trainer-and-2024-Hall-of-Fame-Inductee-Kenny-Adams
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

A Closer Look at Elite Boxing Trainer and 2024 Hall of Fame Inductee Kenny Adams

Lomachenko-Turns-in-a-Vintage-Performance-Stops-Kambosos-in-the-11th
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Lomachenko Turns in a Vintage Performance; Stops Kambosos in the 11th

Another-Victory-for-Ukraine-as-Berinchyk-Upsets-Navarrete-in-San-Diego
Featured Articles5 days ago

Another Victory for Ukraine as Berinchyk Upsets Navarrete in San Diego

Mielnicki-Ramos-and-Scull-Victorious-on-Cinco-de-Mayo-Weekend-in-Las-Vegas
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Mielnicki, Ramos and Scull Victorious on Cinco de Mayo Weekend in Las Vegas

Avila-Perspective-Chap-284-Tyson-Fury-Oleksandr-Usyk-and-Much-More
Featured Articles7 days ago

Avila Perspective, Chap. 284: Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, and Much More

Fury-Usyk-Who-Wins-and-Why-The-Official-TSS-Prediction-Page
Featured Articles1 week ago

Fury vs. Usyk: Who Wins and Why? – The Official TSS Prediction Page

TSS-News-Wire-Jermall-Charlo-Defrocked-Ryan-Garcia-Partially-Vindicated
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

TSS News Wire: Jarmall Charlo Defrocked; Ryan Garcia Partially Vindicated

Undisputed-Usyk-Defeats-Fury-Plua-Undercard-Results-from-Riyadh
Featured Articles5 days ago

UNDISPUTED ! – Usyk Defeats Fury ! – Plus Undercard Results from Riyadh

How-Soon-Before-We-Know-Ryan-Garcia's-Fate-and-Will-the-Result-Stand?
Featured Articles7 hours ago

How Soon Before We Know the Fate of Ryan Garcia and Will the Result Stand?

In-a-One-Sided-Beatdown-Batyr-Jukenbayev-TKOs-Shopworn-Ivan-Redkach
Featured Articles1 day ago

In a One-Sided Beatdown, Batyr Jukembayev TKOs Shopworn Ivan Redkach

Oleksandr-Usyk-from-a-Historical-Perspective
Featured Articles3 days ago

Oleksandr Usyk from a Historical Perspective 

Another-Victory-for-Ukraine-as-Berinchyk-Upsets-Navarrete-in-San-Diego
Featured Articles5 days ago

Another Victory for Ukraine as Berinchyk Upsets Navarrete in San Diego

Undisputed-Usyk-Defeats-Fury-Plua-Undercard-Results-from-Riyadh
Featured Articles5 days ago

UNDISPUTED ! – Usyk Defeats Fury ! – Plus Undercard Results from Riyadh

Avila-Perspective-Chap-284-Tyson-Fury-Oleksandr-Usyk-and-Much-More
Featured Articles7 days ago

Avila Perspective, Chap. 284: Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, and Much More

At-Long-Last-Marvelous-Marvin-Hagler-to-Finally-Get-His-Statue-in-the-City-of-Champions
Featured Articles1 week ago

At Long Last: Marvelous Marvin Hagler to Finally Get His Statue in the ‘City of Champions’

Fury-Usyk-Who-Wins-and-Why-The-Official-TSS-Prediction-Page
Featured Articles1 week ago

Fury vs. Usyk: Who Wins and Why? – The Official TSS Prediction Page

Will-Kabayel-vs-Sanchez-Prove-to-be-the-Best-Heavyweight-Fight-This-Weekend?
Featured Articles1 week ago

Will Kabayel vs Sanchez Prove to be the Best Heavyweight Fight This Weekend?

Thomas-Hauser's-Literary-Notes-Dave-Kindred-and-Robert-Seltzer
Book Review2 weeks ago

Thomas Hauser’s Literary Notes: Dave Kindred and Robert Seltzer

Lomachenko-Turns-in-a-Vintage-Performance-Stops-Kambosos-in-the-11th
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Lomachenko Turns in a Vintage Performance; Stops Kambosos in the 11th

Lauren-Price-Outclasses-Jessica-McCaskill-in-Cardiffl-Edwards-and-Fury-Win-Too
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Lauren Price Outclasses Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff; Edwards and Fury Win Too

A-Closer-Look-at-Elite-Boxing-Trainer-and-2024-Hall-of-Fame-Inductee-Kenny-Adams
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

A Closer Look at Elite Boxing Trainer and 2024 Hall of Fame Inductee Kenny Adams

Philadelphia's-K-&-A-Boxing-Club-and-the-return-of-Carto-and-Boots
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Philadelphia’s K & A Boxing Club plus the return of Carto & Boots

Lipinets-Upends-Davies-in-a-Wednesday-Night-Firefight-in-Florida
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

Lipinets Upends Davies in a Wednesday Night Firefight in Florida

TSS-News-Wire-Jermall-Charlo-Defrocked-Ryan-Garcia-Partially-Vindicated
Featured Articles2 weeks ago

TSS News Wire: Jarmall Charlo Defrocked; Ryan Garcia Partially Vindicated

Luis-Nery-is-Devoured-by-a-Monster-in-Tokyo-Naoya-Inoue-KO-6
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Luis Nery is Devoured by a Monster in Tokyo: Naoya Inoue KO 6

Canelo-Alvarez-Turns-Away-Jaime-Munguia-to-Remain-Undisputed-King-at-168
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Canelo Alvarez Turns Away Jaime Munguia to Remain Undisputed King at 168

Mielnicki-Ramos-and-Scull-Victorious-on-Cinco-de-Mayo-Weekend-in-Las-Vegas
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Mielnicki, Ramos and Scull Victorious on Cinco de Mayo Weekend in Las Vegas

Boxing-Odds-and-Ends-The-Ryan-Garcia-PED-Rumple-and-More
Featured Articles3 weeks ago

Boxing Odds and Ends: The Ryan Garcia PED Rumple and More

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Advertisement