By Emilio Camacho, Esq. I often hear complaints about boxing. Some of these complaints are superficial but others are especially serious. One of these has troubled me for several years now: Black fighters are not being efficiently promoted in today’s boxing world. In this article I argue that the improper management (or lack of careful management) of Black fighters has hurt the sport and its athletes for years. Let us discuss this in more detail.
By James Slater: Everyone loves a big puncher. We boxing fans may appreciate a super-stylish boxer, but a huge, all-out aggression minded banger is something we can admire in an altogether different way. There is nothing like a spectacular KO, the site of one man completely and utterly mastering another by way of a single, crushing blow. It can happen any second at all when two brave gladiators are in the ring, and both they and us know this all too well. Yet when a recognised puncher, a man known for his ability at landing lots of lethal punches throughout his career is in the ring, this possibility is much more likely. That’s why, as a general rule of thumb, history’s big punchers have been the biggest money earners/fan favourites. We simply love to see knockouts!
By James Slater: Last night in San Antonio, Texas, middleweight contenders Bryan Vera and Sergio Mora met in a rematch of their exciting Feb. 2011 clash, and once again Vera put in too much work for the former “Contender” star and one-time WBC light-middleweight ruler. Last time, Vera, 21-6(12) prevailed via ten-round split decision, this time the 30-year-old hammered out a 12-round majority verdict. The scores were as follows: 118-110, 117-111 and, somehow, 114-114.
By James Slater: Former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Ken Norton has been in the news this week, but unfortunately for unpleasant reasons. The 69-year-old sadly suffered a stroke this week and he is currently in hospital, fighting hard.
By James Slater: I didn’t think it would take long for former 140-pound champ Amir Khan to give his opinion on the recent decision by the IBF to allow Lamont Peterson to retain his position as their 140-pound world champion. Khan, who was controversially out-pointed by Peterson last December, by a Peterson who was later caught taking PED’s, was never going to be happy that the IBF failed to follow the lead of the WBA and strip the admitted cheat.
By James Slater: Raw yet powerful and energetic cruiserweight Lateef Kayode of Nigeria made his name by holding a big name veteran to a draw earlier this year, and now it seems the Freddie Roach-trained contender will try and go one better and KO a living legend.
By James Slater: The fallout to last December’s controversial Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan fight has finally settled. Peterson, guilty of taking an illegal substance going into his career biggest win, was subsequently stripped by the World Boxing Association (WBA) (the other belt he won with the 12-round decision) but the IBF has today announced that their findings deem it okay for “Havoc” to remain as their champion.
by Geoffrey Ciani – Over the course of a sixteen month period beginning in June 2009, I conducted a series of surveys that all began with a very simple question: Who are the ten best heavyweights of all time? While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a ‘true’ top 10 list should look like. Now of course this is not an exact science by any means. In fact, quite the opposite, it is an extremely subjective topic that is often skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, individual tastes and preferences, and most importantly the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria with which to judge past fighters. Even with these inherent obstacles playing their natural role, however, we can still establish some degree of consensus.
The guidelines were simple. I had every person who voluntarily participated in each survey provide me with a chronological list of who they considered to be the ten best (heavyweights, middleweights, etc) in boxing history. Ties were not permitted, just a straight-forward list from one to ten. I then used a weighted-points system to assign values to fighters based on where they appeared on each individual’s list. First place votes received 25 points. Second place votes were worth 15 points, third place votes were 12, and fourth and fifth place votes were worth 10 and 8 points respectively. After that, the point differential was constant, with sixth place votes getting 5 points, seventh place votes getting 4, eighth getting 3, ninth place 2, and tenth place 1.
By John G. Thompson: This Friday at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KO’s) will slug it out with Uzbekistan born Bahodir Mamadjonov (11-0, 7 KO’s) over the course of ten rounds or less. The two hard hitters put their undefeated records on the line live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. In the undercard, California native Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (19-2, 15 KO’s) faces undefeated Dominican Yenifel Vincente (23-0-2, 15 KO’s).
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: What started as minor financial difficulties such as child support, turned into a devastating economic down-spiral for Evander Holyfield. Just about a month ago, Holyfield was forced to sell his mansion just outside of Atlanta for $7.5 million, but that sale was of minimal benefit, as the champ owed the bank double that amount, and more than $200,000 in back taxes (http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/08/evander-holyfield-georgia-mansion-sold-auction/).