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  1. If he gets past Klitschko then could have a unification against Wilder according to eddie Hearn. Not be long before Fury starts spouting off about being true champ (which he rightly is) - would love to have someone beat him.
  2. Anthony Joshua dominates Eric Molina to set up Wladimir Klitschko showdown • British fighter defends IBF heavyweight title in Manchester • Molina knocked down in third round before referee stopped fight Kevin Mitchell Sunday 11 December 2016 11.28 AEDT Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina, a 34-year-old Texan of quiet disposition and scant achievement, said before he stepped into the ring with Anthony Joshua here on Saturday night that he considered the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder – who stopped him in nine rounds – to be the best heavyweight in the world. As he sank towards the canvas here in round three, he was probably reassessing that judgment. On a night that threatened to test boxing’s capacity to accommodate bad behaviour on the undercard, two gentleman heavyweights did their thing in the main event with all the quietude of a Sunday church service until Joshua exploded a venomous right on Molina’s chin in the third round. One more assault forced the American to spin into his own corner and he was taking further punishment when the referee called a merciful halt. Molina more timid, even, than Charles Martin, the American from whom the Londoner ripped away the IBF title in April, and someway short in ability of another horizontal heavyweight from across the seas, Dominic Breazeale, who at least lasted into the seventh round two months later. Now Joshua has to step up. There will be no more soft touches, no more learning fights with a world title belt around his waist. The promoter Eddie Hearn, grabbed to microphone to tell the 21,000 fans who had stayed after midnight: “I’d like now to bring Wladimir Klitschko to the ring, and I’m officially announcing the fight against Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on 29 April.” Klitschko asked the audience: “Do you want to see a big fight? Do you want to see two Olympic champions in there? You got it.” The reception was rapturous. There was heavyweight royalty everywhere in the house: Klitschko and Tyson Fury – one waiting for a last hurrah with Joshua, the other maybe already having bid us adieu – as well as the ever-loved Frank Bruno. David Haye was here for Sky, his loud irritant, Tony Bellew, about 10 yards away for the BBC; they kept their distance. In America, Wilder manned the Showtime microphone. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face each other down in the ring after Joshua’s victory. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA The champion, the owner of a perfect 18-0 record, all of them by stoppage, said of his public spar with Molina: “I just had to be patient.” It was a job of work safely completed – at odds with the excitement that followed. Katie Taylor, the decorated Irish amateur in her second professional bout, had the experienced Brazilian lightweight Viviane Obenauf blinking and blowing. She put Obenauf down in the second and won comfortably on points over six rounds. British boxing is enjoying a long and glittering run, with 12 world champions of varying status. Khalid Yafai became the latest – and Birmingham’s first – when he outclassed Luis Concepcion 120-108, 119-108, 117-112 to send the 31-year-old Panamanian home without the WBA super-fly belt he had surrendered on the scales on Friday. A neat left hook put the exasperated visitor over in the 10th for a quick count, and Yafai controlled nearly every exchange in the bout with crisp counters and superb movement. Scott Quigg, a super-bantam champion until he lost to Carl Frampton in this ring in February, showed the benefit of moving up to featherweight, and stopped the difficult Jose Cayetono in the ninth round. The Mexican is another of those little man who have struggled to make weight, hitting the limit at the second attempt, yet Quigg looked bigger and stronger, finishing his comeback with a well-weighted shot to the chin in a neutral corner. His own jaw, broken in the Frampton fight, seemed to hold up nicely. Just about any of the score of right-hand bombs Hosea Burton landed on Frank Buglioni’s chin from the first round to the 12th might have taken out his challenger for the British light-heavyweight title. Instead, Buglioni, rebuilding his career under the guidance of Chisora’s former trainer, Don Charles, soaked it up and, bleeding heavily from midway, rumbled through the storm to wreck the Mancunian’s unbeaten record and leave him battered on the ropes for a last-gasp stoppage, with 64 seconds left. Video
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    Kennedy McKinney

    Forgotten Legends: Kennedy McKinney By: Steve Gallegos Throughout the 1980’s into the 90’s, the Heavyweight division in boxing still hailed at the top; however in the early 1990’s a string of fresh new talent began to emerge in the lower weight divisions. Some of that talent included fighters like Johnny Tapia, Michael Carbajal, Kevin Kelley, Junior Jones and Orlando Canizales. They were little big men as they were smaller guys who packed a heavyweight punch. There was another member of that elite group that has long since been forgotten. He was former two-time super bantamweight champion, Kennedy “King” McKinney. A very exiciting, hard hitting fighter with a iron will and chin, McKinney put the super bantamweight division on notice in the 1990’s. McKinney was a very good amateur who competed in many national tournaments. He represented the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea in which he brought back the Gold medal in the bantamweight division. He turned professional in February of 1989 and would go 21-0-1 with 13 KO’s over the next 3 1/2 years. He would get his first crack at a world title when he faced South African Welome Ncita. They met on 12/02/92 in a very small arena in Tortoli, Sardegna, Italy for the IBF Jr. featherweight championship. The early rounds were a back and forth war waged on the inside. In the middle portion of the fight, McKinney began to find his range with his right hand. He was setting up the right hand with his left jab and hurt Ncita many times in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds. The pace picked back up in the ninth as both fighters had they’re moments. In the 10th, Ncita would have his best round as he rocked McKinney and almost had him on the canvas. The 11th round was the best round of the fight as Ncita rocked McKinney with a combination. McKinney was hurt, turned his back and went down. It appeared McKinney had quit; however he got up and took the count. Ncita went in for the kill, landing hard shots to the body and head; however he punched himself out and McKinney once again found his range. Towards the end of the round while against the ropes, McKinney landed a flush right hand that put Ncita down and out. It was a tremendous ending to a great fight and McKinney was now a world champion. He would successfully defend his title five times over the next 15 months, two by KO including a majority decison win over Ncita in a rematch. On 08/20/94, McKinney traveled to South Africa to defend his title against then unknown South African challenger Vuyani Bungu. It wasn’t McKinney’s night as Bungu controlled the bout with his crisp boxing en route to a convincing 12 round decision in Ring Magazine’s upset of the year. McKinney would take a year off from boxing and returned the in August of 1995 with an eighth round TKO over unbeaten John Lowey to claim the WBU super bantamweight title. This setup a showdown with future Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera. Barrera came into the bout with an outstanding record of 39-0 with 27 KO’s and he successfully defended his super bantamweight title four times. They met on 02/03/96 at the legendary Great Western Forum in Englewood, CA for the WBO super bantamweight title. It would be the first main event on HBO’s legendary Boxing After Dark series. Earlier in the week at a press conference to promote the fight, McKinney got under Barrera’s skin by telling him that he couldn’t beat him and how dare he try to come in and beat him while calling him “Boy”. Barerra got upset and stood up and clocked McKinney with a right hand; therefore it was a very intense atmosphere going into the bout. It was a pro-Barrera crowd that night and the Forum crowd booed when McKinney was introduced. The first round was all action as both men had their moments. McKinney was successful with his jab and was able to get in a couple of hard right hands. Barrera however was unphased as he landed hard shots of his own to the body and head while taking the round. The second round was more of the same as McKinney was able to weather Barrera’s vicious attack and stuck to his game plan by throwing his jab to set up his terrific right hand and had better success than the previous round. The third and fourth rounds were much of the same as McKinney controlled the pace with his jab and right hands. He used his longer reach to his advantage by not allowing Barrera to get on the inside and his punch output began to increase. As the bout neared the midway point, McKinney elected to abandon his jab and go toe to toe with Barrera. Both men landed hard shots to the body and head and it was nonstop as the bell sounded to end the sixth. In the eighth, the tide turned in favor of Barerra as he landed a hard combination that put McKinney on the canvas. Barerra, known as being a great finisher went in for the kill landing hard shots and put McKinney on the canvas again. McKinney was able to get up and survive Barrera’s onslaught to make it out of the round. Barrera continued to pressure McKinney in the ninth and would put Kennedy down again with an accumulation of punches. McKinney showed amazing heart by getting up off the canvas again and make it out of the round. McKinney regained the momentum in the 10th as he was able to land his right hand at will, stunning Barerra and causing him to back up. In the 11th, McKinney re-established his jab and he was able to land a hard flush right hand that buckled Barrera, causing his glove to touch the canvas; therefore it was scored as a knockdown. McKinney had the momentum going into the final round; however McKinney’s corner told him he needed a knockout. In the early stages of the 12th, Barrera put McKinney down with another quick combination; however McKinney appeared to slip and didn’t feel it was a true knockdown. In either case, it was scored a knockdown. McKinney elected to stand and trade with Barrera, giving it his all. Barrera would put McKinney down with a hard body shot, however referee Pat Russell unusually ruled it a slip. McKinney was hurt and Barrera went in for the kill to put McKinney down with a straight right hand as referee Pat Russel stopped the bout. Larry Merchant said it best, “A fitting end to a great, great prizefight“. It was a great way for boxing to start off 1996 and it was 1996’s “Fight of the Year”. Despite taking the brutal punishment, McKinney was back in the ring only three months later and won his next two bouts by decision, however the performances were subpar. 14 months after the sensational war with Barerra, McKinney was back in line for another title shot as he went back to South Africa to challenge Vuyani Bungu in a rematch, however he would once again come up short by losing a close 12 round decision. McKinney once again wasted no time and he was back in the ring only a month later as he won a unanimous decison over former world champion Hector Acero-Sanchez. He would win his next fight by TKO to set up another title shot. This time against super bantamweight champion “Poison” Junior Jones. Jones was on a high as he was coming off of two big wins over Marco Antonio Barrera. He was in the top 10 pound for pound and was confident he was unbeatable at 122 lbs. They met on 12/19/97 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. It was the co-feature on a huge night headlined by “Prince” Naseem Hamed, who was making his American debut against Kevin Kelley. Jones was hoping to land that big money fight against Hamed and was very confident he would overpower McKinney. McKinney appeared to show Jones no respect by turning his back during the referee’s instructions. McKinney also said that Jones had a glass jaw and the fight wouldn’t go eight rounds. Jones, an excellent boxer with a great jab and controlled the pace of the first two rounds. In the third round, Jones picked up the pace and put McKinney on the canvas with a good combination to the body and head. McKinney got up off the canvas and Jones went in for the kill, hoping to take his man out. In the middle of Jones’ onslaught, McKinney was able to land a hard right hand that buckled Jones towards the end of the round. Jones came out in the fourth, still dazed and winded from punching himself out. McKinney patiently began to stalk Jones, landing right hands at will. Within the last half minute of the round, both men threw right hands, however McKinney’s landed first and it landed hard, putting Jones on the canvas. Junior was able to get up, however he had nothing left and when the referee said fight, Jones then stumbled and fell forward, causing referee Wayne Kelly to stop the fight. It was a great comeback win for McKinney and he was back on top as he was once again a world champion. “Prince” Naseem Hamed would score an impressive fourth round knockout of his own in the main event. McKinney came into the ring after the fight with his new title belt to congratulate “Naz”, hoping he could get that big money fight. Negotiations began for a mega fight between Hamed and McKinney and it was close to being scheduled for “Halloween” night, 1998 in Atlantic City, however Hamed elected to fight Wayne McCullough instead. McKinney then decided to move up to featherweight to challenge WBC champion Luisito Espinosa. They met on 11/28/98 in Indio, CA and the winner of this fight was promised to get a shot at “Prince” Hamed. McKinney was coming off an 11 month layoff and the ring rust showed in the ring as he was destroyed in two rounds. It would be the end of Kennedy McKinney’s career near the top. He would go 3-2 from 1999-2003 before retiring with a record of 36-6-1 with 19 KO’s. Today he runs a boxing gym in Olive Branch, MS. He was a hard nose, blood and guts warrior who was right there in front of his opponent for every second of every round. Probably the most successful American super bantamweight of all time and he put the division on the map in the 1990’s. We hope to see him in Canastota someday. RingTV - Best I Faced Watch Fights
  4. Sat Dec 3, 2016 Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Moscow, Russia - Murat Gassiev (24-0-1, 17KOs) dropped and won a twelve round split decision over Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22KOs) to capture the IBF cruiserweight title. The scores were 114-113 for Lebedev, 116-112 for Gassiev and 116-111 for Gassiev Both fighters had world class trainers from the United States. Lebedev with Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and Gassiev with Abel Sanchez. Lebedev's WBA cruiserweight championship was not at stake in the contest. He obtained permission from the sanctioning body to view this encounter as a non-title affair. He is now obligated to make a mandatory defense against the winner of the upcoming fight between Yunier Dorticos and Beibut Shumenov. Both fighters came out cautious, looking to find some range. Gassiev was using his jab, while Lebedev was focused by going to the body. In the final minute of the first, Lebedev was clocked with a big right and he took it well. Lebedev began to get more active at the start of the second. Gassiev was also picking up the pace. Lebedev was quicker with his punches and getting to the target. The fight was a real chess match at this point with Lebedev having the edge. Gassiev came out throwing the jab in the third and looking to land something big off the punch. Lebedev started throwing a jab of his own to disrupt Gassiev's pace. Gassiev started landing some shorts to the body and got more aggressive as Lebedev was having too much success by moving and boxing. The fourth saw Gassiev start to walk Lebedev down and he was letting his hands go. Gassiev was getting far more active and starting to land a little more to the head and body, but Lebedev was still getting in shots of his own although not as many. Gassiev continued to target the body in the fifth and landed a huge hook to the liver that sent Lebedev down and he struggled to get back to his feet. Gassiev was stalking, punishing the body and looking to close the show. Lebedev was moving and moving and managed to survive. Lebdev came out jabbing and boxing in the sixth and Gassiev was coming forward and getting hit for his trouble. Gassiev went back to targeting the body with hard hooks that had Lebedev on the ring. The punches were having a good effect as Lebedev was not moving around as often and starting to drop his hands with Gassiev now finding the head. Gassive was digging to the body in the sixth. Lebedev erupted with a combination of punches to push Gassiev back for a moment. Gassiev continued to come forward and land shots to the body. Lebedev's face was starting to the show the damage of Gassiev's punches. Early in the seventh, Gassiev continued to go for the body. Lebedev was being walked down, but he was moving and letting his hands go when Gassiev would walk inside. Gassiev continued to press forward and he was landing with deadly purpose. Lebedev was unsteady on his feet, tiring and getting hit more often. A big right at the start of the ninth seemed to wobble Lebedev. The champion recovered well and was firing with both hands. The round was close with both having their moments, but Lebedev seemed to edge it with his workrate. In the tenth, Lebedev stunned Gassiev for a moment with a counter-left. Gassiev was able to weather the storm and came back to hurt Lebedev with a combination and had him on the run in the final minute. Gassiev came out firing in the eleventh round. Gassiev really digging down and throwing his punches. Lebedev was throwing as well, but his punches were not having the same effect. Gassiev was making the mistake of looking for one big punch at a time, while Lebedev was throwing several punches in the return. Both fighters were tired at the start of the twelfth. Both had their moments in a close pitched round as they traded shots for most of the three minutes. DENIS LEBEDEV VS MURAT GASSIEV - FULL FIGHT! 03.12.2016
  5. December 4, 2016 George Gigney Julius Indongo stuns IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky inside one minute Julius Indongo upsets the party in Russia by flattening Eduard Troyanovsky JULIUS INDONGO produced an emphatic upset on the Denis Lebedev-Murat Gassiev undercard in Russia yesterday when he flattened IBF super-lightweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds. The heavy-handed defending champion was a heavy favourite, boxing in his home country to make the third defence of his super-lightweight crown. However Indongo – fighting outside of his native Namibia for the first time – clearly hadn’t read the script and earned his second consecutive first round finish. Neither man had barely even warmed into the fight when southpaw Indongo tried his luck with a looping left hook, which landed clean and removed Troyanovsky from his senses. He instantly went horizontal and referee Mark Calo-Oy dispensed with the count and waved the fight over, prompting exuberant celebrations from Julius and his team in front of a silenced Russian crowd. Troyanovsky looked in a bad way at first but, thankfully, found his feet and was OK after a few minutes. It was the first defeat of the 36-year-old’s career while 33-year-old Indongo improved to 21-0 (11). There was another first round win elsewhere on the show as Dmitry Kudryashov violently finished Santander Silgado at 1-14 of their cruiserweight clash. Rakhim Chakhiev endured three knockdowns against Maksim Vlasov at cruiserweight but managed to floor his man in the sixth. However the home favourite was stopped in the seventh of an all-out war. Watch Fight
  6. Cliff Rold does excellent previews - here's tonight's big one - my pick is Ward - just a gut feeling and not based on anything else - a pick'em fight for me Sat Nov 19, 2016 Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward: Pre-Fight Report Card by Cliff Rold Four years ago, having gone through the Super Six minefield and becoming the first man to stop then lineal light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in a super middleweight title fight, Andre Ward looked like the heir apparent. Following the wild round robin years of the 1980s featuring a relative parity of elite talent led by Sugar Ray Leonard, there has always been that one guy who stands out from the crowd; the sublime master talent whose peers can’t quite catch up to in their prime. Pernell Whitaker, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather…Andre Ward? That’s the way things looked like they were heading. Maybe that’s the way they’ve been all these years anyways. Injuries and a well documented legal battle with his former promoters kept Ward on the shelf for most of 2013 and all of 2014. Since returning in June 2015 from an eighteen-month layoff, the former 168 lb. king Ward has been in the ring three times. He may not have lost more than a handful of rounds. He hasn’t shared the ring with anyone who had any business doing better than that. That changes this weekend. A lot of things have changed over the last four years. When Ward stepped into the ring with Dawson in September 2012, Sergey Kovalev was still just an interesting prospect in the light heavyweight division. In January 2013, he announced that he might be much more. A three round annihilation of former titlist Gabriel Campillo was an eye opener. Campillo came in on the heels of highly debated decision losses to Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud; he could easily have been a unified beltholder that night. Kovalev walked through him. He’s walked through a lot of other good fighters since while winning three of the four most recognized belts in his class. Nathan Cleverly and Jean Pascal had never been stopped before they faced Kovalev. No one had ever shut out the great Bernard Hopkins before Kovalev did it. In nine title fights at light heavyweight, only two have lasted the distance and all have hit the deck at least once. None of them were Andre Ward. In the four years since Ward last faced someone regarded as an elite talent, a genuine rival has emerged. In each other, Ward and Kovalev find an opponent that can both validate everything they’ve done to date and elevate their standing to a new plateau. Many fights can be regarded going in as 50-50 but for the rare few does that really set the imagination on fire. It might not decide history’s king at 175 lbs. (that claim still resides with Adonis Stevenson), but the winner will be widely regarded as the best light heavyweight in the world. This isn’t just a fight where we can’t be sure who will win. It’s a fight where we can’t wait to find out. Let’s go the report card. The Ledgers Sergey Kovalev Age: 33 ?Current Titles: WBO Light Heavyweight (2013-Present, 8 Defenses); WBA Super Light Heavyweight (2014-Present, 4 Defenses); IBF Light Heavyweight (2014-Present, 4 Defenses) Previous Titles: None Height: 6’0 Weight: 175 lbs. ?Hails from: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Hails from Russia) Record: 30-0-1, 26 KO Rankings: #1 (BoxingScene, TBRB, Ring, Boxing Monthly, BoxRec), #2 (ESPN) Record in Major Title Fights: 9-0, 7 KO Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 4 (Gabriel Campillo TKO3; Nathan Cleverly TKO4; Bernard Hopkins UD12; Jean Pascal TKO8, RTD7) Vs. Andre Ward Age: 32 ?Current Title: None Previous Titles: WBA Super Middleweight (2009-15, 6 Defenses); WBC Super Middleweight (2011-13, 1 Defense); TBRB/Ring/Lineal Super Middleweight (2011-15, 2 Defenses) Height: 6’0 Weight: 175 lbs. ?Hails from: Oakland, California Record: 30-0, 15 KO Rankings: #2 (BoxingScene, TBRB), #3 (ESPN, Boxing Monthly, BoxRec), #4 (Ring) Record in Major Title Fights: 7-0, 1 KO Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 5 (Mikkel Kessler TD11; Sakio Bika UD12; Arthur Abraham UD12; Carl Froch UD12; Chad Dawson TKO10) Grades Pre-Fight: Speed – Kovalev B+; Ward A Pre-Fight: Power – Kovalev A; Ward B Pre-Fight: Defense – Kovalev B+; Ward A Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Kovalev A+; Ward A+ If the weigh in is any indication of the atmosphere Saturday night, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist at Light Heavyweight, Ward, will have the home court advantage here. Kovalev got a round of boos when he stepped to the scale. He smiled anyways. This isn’t first time he’s been on the road in hostile territory. Both men looked elated by the moment and in peak shape. There was no reason to expect anything less. Both Ward and Kovalev have been consistently professional throughout their careers. They also consistently met and exceeded expectations. Kovalev and Ward are gamers. They don’t just win their big fights. They win big in their big fights. What will that mean Saturday? It could mean one man holds to that standard and simply takes over. We can hope it means we get something more memorable than that, a genuine two-way contest worthy of the anticipation this has garnered among serious fight followers. There are reasons to think both are possible. If one man takes over, the smart pick to do so is probably Ward. Kovalev physically dominating Ward, hurting him early and never letting up, is possible. Ward’s craft makes that less likely. The American is the sort of fighter who does a little bit of everything right. He has excellent balance, understands distance as well as any fighter in the game, and can throw in some work from the southpaw side just to mess with an opponent’s timing. Ward’s best power punch is the left hook but power isn’t what makes his game. What makes Ward so fascinating to watch, and frustrating for foes, is the way he takes weapons away. For fighters who like to fight inside, Ward has proven able to box at range and smother when they get close. Against foes that like to keep a man at the end of a jab, think Kessler and Dawson, Ward beat them up at close quarters. He doesn’t waste motion regardless. Ward moves but he’s not a guy who stays on his toes all night. His movement is about getting to the next spot where he can plant and land again. It’s not always pretty and he’s not above bending the rules. Forearms, an educated forehead, and clinches that allow him to use his physical strength to wear men down aren’t about aesthetics. They’re just about winning. Another thing that makes fighters like Ward successful is that they bring the punch output of their opponent’s down. Ward has smart head movement and is no easy target. If Kovalev headhunts, he is in for a long night. He’s regularly shown the ring smarts to be more than that but he struggled in spots in his last fight against Isaac Chilemba. Chilemba boxed, stayed in his game, and lasted the distance while winning a few rounds along the way. Kovalev couldn’t find him the way he was used to finding others. His punch output dropped from a Compubox average in the eight fights prior to Chilemba by approximately nine punches per round. If Chilemba can do that, Ward’s chances to bring his output down even more look good. Kovalev isn’t above using the rough stuff either. He punches what is available. Sometimes that means flirting around the waistline; sometimes it means a hard shot that lands on the back of the head. Kovalev will have to have answers for Ward’s reservoir of tactical knowledge. It will start off the jab. In his breakthrough fight against Mikkel Kessler, Ward disrupted the Dane’s jab all night. Kessler had arguably the best jab in the super middleweight division then. The same can be said of Kovalev right now at light heavyweight. Kovalev’s jab appears superior to Kessler’s. It’s just as straight but Kovalev isn’t as athletically rigid and he mixes it up to the head and body better. Ward has the edge in speed here but Kovalev is quick enough to use his advantage in arm length. The reach, on paper, isn’t far apart but Kovalev has more narrow shoulders than Ward. Earlier this year, the punch that Sullivan Barrera had the most (of limited) success with against Ward was the jab. Like Kovalev, that was predicated on his length. If Kovalev can establish his jab, he can win the fight. The jab sets up everything else. Some have pointed out Kovalev’s perceived deficiency on the inside. If this becomes a phone booth fight, the edge will be to Ward. Few are better at working in the clinch and hacking away with the free hand. Carl Froch was able to land his share of awkward rights against Ward. It wasn’t enough to change the fight, but the angles he worked from made Ward work to the end. Kovalev is quicker than Froch and can land at similar angles with more precision. It doesn’t mean Kovalev lacks weapons at close range. He’s very good at taking a short step backwards and landing quick left hooks and shortened, slashing overhand rights when foes try to crowd. That he can land those with power moving backwards makes him more dangerous. Defense is an assumed advantage for Ward but Kovalev isn’t easy to hit either. His head movement is an overlooked asset and he’s good at creating space. This could be a fight where we see both men thinking and looking for openings in spots versus punching. Temperament will be a factor as well. Neither Kovalev nor Ward come across as kindly men in the ring. Can either man shake the other mentally and force them out of character? How will Ward respond if he has to come off the floor? How will Kovalev respond if he finds himself being bullied inside and forced to the ropes? We’re mere hours from finding both the answers to these questions and what questions we didn’t think to ask. The Pick There are a few ways for Ward to win here and it will be interesting to see what his strategy is. Does he think his chances are better in smothering Kovalev or will he find his edge in speed allows him to use his legs and counter punching to keep Kovalev frozen and resetting. For Kovalev, it's a tighter needle to thread. He has to hurt Ward at some point and not let him establish a rhythm. Kovalev can win rounds that way but it's hard to see seven of them. Ward is a twelve round, methodical fighter. A long steady contest favors him. The power of Kovalev, his underrated quickness, and fluid combinations, make him a threat no matter the round. This isn’t as simple as boxer versus puncher. Both men are well-rounded, high boxing IQ talents with commensurate professional experience. They’ve seen a range of styles, both have been in big fights, and neither knows how to lose. However, in flipping the coin on a fight that is 50-50 on paper, the coin comes up Ward. Kovalev’s paths to victory depend on offense and Ward is a master of stifling offensive fighters. It’s the safe pick even if no pick feels safe on this one. The fight is that good. Report Card and Staff Picks 2016: 37-13
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    Degale Vs Jack

    James DeGale's unification clash against Badou Jack has been confirmed for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. DeGale (23-1-KO14) is putting his IBF super-middleweight belt on the line on January 14 when he takes on WBC title-holder Jack and both will be involved in a press conference at the venue on Wednesday. 'Chunky' and Jack won their respective belts on the same card in Washington DC in April but neither has fought since. Boxing has also been off the menu in New York in recent months and promoter Lou DiBella said, in an interview with ESPN, that the insurance issue behind the move away from the city was still to be resolved. When mixed martial arts events were cleared to be held in the state, new regulations increasing minimum insurance premiums were instituted, meaning a lot of lower level cards had to be cancelled. DiBella said: "We taking this head on. But we're moving ahead for 2017 on the expectation that the powers that be in New York State will have a policy available for us for January 14. "We're also optimistic that the bigger issues will be resolved in a way that will allow both big-time boxing and grassroots boxing to resume in the state of New York. It's unthinkable that this law was passed when no such policy was available and the industry was brought to halt in 2016." Alongside the boxers at Wednesday's press conference will be undefeated former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather, who promotes Jack. DiBella added: "Floyd is out in Vegas but his attitude is, 'We're willing to take a risk to help New York fighters and New York boxing with this card'. "I give Mayweather Promotions credit for stepping into a situation where they could have just done this fight in Las Vegas and called it a day." DeGale recently said he was looking forward to going up against a member of 'The Money Team', as long as it was not Mayweather himself. "He's got very good backing from Floyd Mayweather and we all know Mayweather and we know he is still huge, but he's not getting in the ring with me on fight night, is he?" DeGale said. "It should be a good fight. Now it's finally being confirmed, I am on it. I'm in business. "Badou Jack is an underrated fighter. He's a bit like me, he doesn't really get enough credit. Since he won the world title, I think he's an improved fighter and got better. If I am not on my game, or not on the ball, I could easily lose to Jack."
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    Gary Hinton

    IBF #140 Champ Inducted into PA HOF Interview by Ken Hissner (May 16, 2010) Doghouse Boxing West Philadelphia’s Gary Hinton came up through the ranks in the amateurs during the 1976-77 years when there was an abundance of good boxers. On May 16th this former IBF light welterweight champion will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. Hinton fought for the Executioners Gym at 60th and Vine under head trainer Tucchi Gordon. Hinton turned professional in January of 1978 for promoter J. Russell Peltz. He won three of his first four fights over Billy Jones in finally stopping him in their last fight. That fight was held at the Spectrum in South Philly after earning his way there with three wins at the now legendary Blue Horizon. In January of 1979 in his fifth fight he won an 8 round decision over Michael Ross, 2-1, also of Philly. “He was a tough fighter,” said Hinton. He followed this with a knockout over Lou Daniels, 6-3, before meeting Jerry Graham, 10-1-1, in his eighth fight. A decision win here put Hinton moved him to Atlantic City where he defeated Ronnie Green, 7-3-3, over 8 rounds in the ESPN tournament in June of 1980. Four weeks later Hinton was matched with future world champion and fellow Philly fighter Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown, 9-1-1. Peltz had a reputation of pitting the Philly fighters against one another which may not have produced as many champions as there should have been but it paid off at the box office. “I had him hurt in the last round and though I pulled it out. Green and Brown both were tough,” said Hinton. Three months later Hinton met Brown’s stable mate Ernest Jackson, 4-1, boxing to a draw over 8 rounds in Atlantic City. Just 6 weeks later he had a rematch with Graham, 11-3-1, defeating him at the Wynne Ballroom, in West Philly over 8 rounds. After posting a couple more wins he was matched with Puerto Rico’s Victor Mangual, 10-4-2, in the first of two meetings in July of 1980. Hinton increased his record to 13-1-1, with a win over 8 rounds. He would follow this up a little over a month later stopping Teddy Hatfield, 8-0, in 3 rounds at the Martin Luther King Arena in Philly. This was next door to the famous American Bandstand. In November of 1981 Hinton met the USBA champion, Curtis “Troubleman” Harris, 12-1, in a non-title bout in Atlantic City. “He kept holding me the whole fight but I still thought I beat him,” said Hinton. A rematch the next month with Mangual resulted in a 4th round knockout win for Hinton. He was only able to fight twice in 1982 scoring a pair of wins in Atlantic City. In early 1983 Hinton scored two knockouts before decisioning Steve Mitchell, 8-0, in Atlantic City. In March of 1984 he met fellow southpaw Jerome Kinney, 20-1, of Detroit. The vacant USBA light welterweight title was at stake with Hinton taking the title over 12 rounds. In July he defended his new title against Brett Lally, 16-3, in Atlantic City. “He would come in with his head and butt me the entire fight,” said Hinton. He managed to keep his title winning a majority decision earning an IBF title bout with now Hall of Fame boxer Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor. It wasn’t until March of 1985 in Atlantic City when Hinton, 23-2-1, met Pryor, 35-0, who was making his 10th defense. Two of the judges had it 143-141 for each fighter. Some how the other judge had it 146-139 for Pryor by split decision. This writer had it 143-142 for Pryor, 8-7 in rounds. “I thought I won that fight,” said Hinton. Pryor would not fight again for 29 months vacating his title. I had met Pryor in camp in Pleasantville, NJ, and he was like a different person than he was when I met him in Easton, Pa. years earlier. He was “born again” and couldn’t have been friendlier. “I had no problems with him prior to the fight. We had fought in the amateurs,” said Hinton. The old Pryor would have rattled a few cages. In the next year Hinton would fight twice against quality opponents with neither for Pryor’s vacant title. In August of 1985 he met Joe Manley, 22-3, in defense of his USBA title with the bout ending in a draw at Atlantic City. “This was over local channel 17 and I thought everyone saw I won that fight,” said Hinton. In November he won the WBC Continental Americas title easily defeating Darryl “Fast Fists” Fuller, 18-4-1, over 12 rounds in Atlantic City. Hinton got his second chance at the IBF light welterweight title which was vacant in April of 1986 but had to travel to Toscana, Italy for the opportunity. There he met Reyes Antonio Cruz, 34-0-1, of the Dominican Republic, who had defeated Fuller and Johnny Verderosa, 24-1, in the US, after fighting a bunch of tomato cans back home. All of the officials including the referee were from the US which made it fair for Hinton in winning by scores of 143-142, 145-140 and 144-142. He finally had his world championship increasing his record to 25-3-2! Hinton’s first defense would be a rematch against Joe Manley, 25-3-1. The fight was held in Hartford‘s Civic Center with their local hero Marlon Starling on the undercard. “I was always told I would grow into a welterweight if not bigger but I wanted to stay at 140. I was having trouble making weight for this fight and was cramping up by fight time. After 9 rounds Manley was ahead on all scorecards, by one point on one. Hinton was stopped in the 10th round and at age 30 would never get another title fight. “I changed trainers and management in moving up to 147,” said Hinton. “Peltz offered me a fight for a couple hundred dollars after losing the title,” said Hinton. He would sign with Mickey Duff of the UK and Ivan Cohen from South Philly. Duff was partners with Jim Jacobs and was involved with 16 world champions. Cohen had managed IBF light middleweight champion Buster Drayton and had over 20 fighters at the time. Today, he manages highly touted “Hammerin” Hank Lundy. The new trainer would be Philly’s Leon Tabbs. He also managed Jerry “The Bull” Martin who defeated James Scott in Rahway prison. “Hinton was a great prospect. Even though I was involved on the down side of his career I hoped he would have stayed with it. He was very easy to work with,” said Tabbs. First fight out of the box was against another Philly fighter in Frank “Silk” Montgomery, 13-4, in Atlantic City, May of 1988. John “The Beast” Mugabi was on the comeback after his war with Tommy Hearn’s in the co-feature. A young Willie “The Worm” Monroe, 6-1, was on the under card. Hinton would take a 10 round decision from Montgomery after a 19 month lay-off. His next bout would be in Tampa in July against Dexter Smith, 27-27-3, of Miami. Smith had knocked out Manley two fights previous to this. “He had me down early and I was in bad shape,” said Hinton. He managed to come back and take the decision over Smith. “It hurt leaving Tucci Gordon and as good a trainer as he was, Leon Tabbs was a cut above. When I see him working as a cut man today on television I can’t understand whey he isn’t still training fighters,” said Hinton. Tabbs was the first cut man used in 1990 when the MMA got started. In October Hinton met Mexican Juan Alonso Villa, 16-9, in his first fight in Philly in 7 years at the Woodhaven Sports Center. He stopped Villa at the end of the 4th round. Next, in February of 1989 he would travel to Auburn Hills, to meet local fighter Joe Walker, 8-4-1. “I was at my proper weight at 154. I dominated him and felt I could beat anybody that night,” said Hinton. Walker had fought to a draw with future champion Steve Little and defeated future champion Terry Norris by disqualification. Hinton won a 10 round decision. For Hinton in August of 1989 it would be in his last fight. Once again he had to lose weight to come down to 147 meeting the former WBC light welterweight champion Saoul Mamby, 39-22-6, in Tampa. “I knew there was something going on when Mickey Duff only gave me half the money. They hadn’t taken anything up until then. He went out of his way to make sure Ivan Cohen wasn’t there. When I was entering the ring I got that same feeling with the cramps when I lost to Manley from making weight,” said Hinton. Duff helped Leon Tabbs in the corner and Hinton was ahead going into the 9th round. The scores were 77-75 on two judge’s scorecards and 78-76 on the other all for Hinton. “Duff took over in the corner after the 8th round telling me just to box. I shouldn’t have done it but when I did he landed a right hand over my jab knocking me down. When I got up the referee asked me what state I was in. I kept saying I’m all right,” said Hinton. That’s when the referee Max Parker, Jr. stopped the fight. “If Cohen was there instead of Duff I believe I would have won the fight,” said Hinton. Hinton now lives with his wife several blocks from the gym where he got started. He now works at the airport and is in great shape at 53. “We lived down south for about 7 years before coming back. We will be out of town for the induction but my good friend and barber Spencer T will be accepting for me,” said Hinton. I visited Spencer at his shop near 40th and Lancaster to borrow some of Hinton’s tapes. “I have most of his tapes but have to find them. I look forward to the induction,” said Spencer. Hinton admitted to going in the wrong direction after retiring from boxing. It took hitting rock bottom before his life got turned around. He was separated from his wife and got back with her and claims to have never looked back at his life of sin for the past 20 years. Hinton will be inducted with his former foe Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown, Tyrone “Butterfly” Crawley, Mike Everett and Dwight Muhammad Qwai, the “Camden Buzzsaw”. Aaron Pryor vs. Gary Hinton (part 1 of 6) - other parts on youtube
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    Orlando Canizales

    The fighting pride of Laredo, TX, Canizales was born November 25, 1965 and turned pro in his hometown on August 25, 1984. In 1986 he was unsuccessful in an NABF flyweight title bout with Olympian Paul Gonzales (L 12). However, Canizales rebounded to win the title from Armando Velasco (KO 4) in 1987 and in 1988 added the USBA super flyweight title with a 2nd round TKO over Olympian Louis Curtis. The slick-boxing Canizales moved up in weight and on July 9, 1988 he won the IBF bantamweight championship with a 15th round TKO over Kelvin Seabrooks. Over the next six years, Canizales would successfully defend his title a division record 16 consecutive times, including wins over Seabrooks, Gonzales, Clarence (Bones) Adams, and 1992 Olympian Sergio Reyes. After struggling to make the bantamweight limit (118 lbs), Canizales abdicated the belt in 1994 to campaign as a super bantamweight. He challenged WBA champion Wilfredo Vazquez in January 1995, dropping a 12-round split decision. Canizales, whose brother Gaby was the WBA / WBO bantamweight champion, continued boxing until 1999 when he retired following a 10-round split decision loss to Frank Toledo. Canizales, who was an aggressive boxer / puncher, posted a pro record of 50-5-1, 1 NC (37 KOs). In May 2003 he graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Born: Nov. 25, 1965 Bouts: 57 Won: 50 Lost: 5 Drew: 1 NC: 1 KOs: 37 Induction: 2009 An interesting piece by Lee Wylie entitled A Masterclass by Orlando Canizales