MMA Feature Writer Nathan “Diesel” Hendrickson is the newest member on Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. We welcome him aboard.
Argentina’s power-punching southpaw, Jesus “El Forastero” Cuellar, 27-1, 21 KO’s, matched up with ring veteran, Vic Darchinyan, 40-8-1, 29 KO’s, over the weekend in a twelve-round contest. In a competitive match-up, Darchinyan showed that even at the age of 39 he still has some fistic wherewithal when he stunned Cuellar in round one and four. The Armenian native also showed that the old boxing brain was still ticking when he boxed fairly well throughout the course of the bout, circling nicely and using distance to good effect. However, it was Darchinyan’s size deficiency and Cuellar’s aggression, work rate, and power which ultimately prevailed. The Argentine kept up a steady pace and eventually found a home on Vic’s chin with a strong right hook that sent Darchinyan sprawling to the canvass. Darchinyan managed to arise before the ten-count, but he was glassy-eyed and clearly didn’t have his wits about him. The referee felt that the veteran was in proper shape to continue and allowed Cuellar a number of free shots against the ropes which halted the bout in the eighth.
Packy’s World: John Wayne, Al Haymon SHOCKER, Floyd Mayweather, JR Would Get Stopped by Beau Jack & Erik Weihenmayer Awarded The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… What a weekend. Sadie broke my bagels over the kitchen renovation which now has exceeded 50k! We were on a 35K budget, but as my Sadie can make money disappear like Al used to back in the day with a broad from the 500 Club in Atlantic City. Al was something in those days before he became a father to Bradley AKA “Bad” Brad many – many years later. He would pull women sometimes a foot taller than his 5’2 self, which always cracked me up. I will never stop missing my pal.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought the best fighters in the world during his era. So who did he say hit him the hardest? Sugar Ray repeatedly stated that it was Artie Levine.
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Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome “The Showstopper” Quigley successfully defended his Virginia State Welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
Quigley gradually wore down Olinga with solid left jabs. Quigley wanted to land the right hand earlier but could not get his timing down. Finally, in the fourth, Quigley landed a series of rights and lefts that made Olinga slump into a neutral corner and his mouthpiece fall out of his mouth. Referee Freddy Corritone issued an eight-count saying the ropes held Olinga up. Moments later, Quigley landed two crushing right uppercuts that dropped Olinga and ended the bout at 2:40.
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
Photo Credit: Evan Shoman Art
When boxing fans discuss fantasy matches, at some point the discussion ends up at Muhammad Ali vs Mike Tyson. They are the two most exciting heavyweights in the past fifty years. Despite their common respect and adulation, they were polar opposites in almost any way you could think of. One was from the South, one North. One was tall, the other short. One was the most approachable man in the universe, the other a loner who preferred to be left alone. Yet, despite having contrasting origins and methodologies, these two men are linked constantly in the “What if?” conversation of all time great boxers. How would a fight between the Butterfly and the Bull play out? Before we get to the fight itself, let’s first examine these two great fighters in some detail and gain an understanding of what made them who they were.
Last night at M-1 Challenge 58: Battle in the Mountains 4, Mural “Hunter” Abdulaev won a unanimous 5-round decision over Marcelo Brito to capture the vacant M-1 Challenge welterweight title, outdoors in Ingushetia, Russia.
Abdulaev (13-10, 6 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), fighting out of Russia, remained unbeaten in M-1 Global competition with his third victory. Brito (13-6-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), who replaced his injured Brazilian countryman Igor Fernandes, made his M-1 Global debut.
Last week UFC president, Dana White, announced two title fights. In the middleweight division Luke Rockhold will challenge Chris Weidman whilst one division up at light-heavyweight, Daniel Cormier will make his first title defence against Alexander Gustafsson.
Rocky Marciano & Floyd Mayweather, JR: Stop with the Undefeated Record Debate Already – There Is NONE!
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
For the last two years, the discussion has raged on that if Floyd Mayweather, JR., 48-0, 26 KO’s goes to 49-0, he ties Rocky Marciano’s, 49-0, 43 KO’s undefeated record as a champion and of course, if he goes to 50-0, he breaks it. However, Mayweather, JR. has been a multiple division champion and Marciano, a one division champion. They both ruled boxing in their respective eras, but that is where anything compared should end. You cannot say if Mayweather, JR. goes undefeated and retires, he breaks a Heavyweight Champion’s record.
Saturday night, live on HBO from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Miguel Cotto, 40-4, 33 KO’s, pleased his rabid Puerto Rican fan base by annihilating Daniel Geale, 31-4, 16 KO’s, in the first defense of his WBC, and lineal, middleweight championship at the kick off event for the annual Puerto Rican Day festivities. Somehow at age 34, after looking like his career was all but over just a couple of years ago, Miguel Cotto has re-emerged looking like he did in his prime but against much bigger men!
Packy’s World: Bottled Water, Tony Bennett, American Pharoah SHOCKER, Top Ten Heavyweights of All-time & The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today…. I am in a writing mood today, so let me make Bradley work on that computer of his. Knowing Al’s kid his entire life, he has never shied of away from hard work just like his father. Plus between us, Sadie is driving me nuts with contractors at the house giving her estimates on remodeling. I just listen while she breaks my bagels at least four times a day with this and that. I do love that broad, but come on Sadie, I am watching the Belmont Stakes here!
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
WBC Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto, 40-4, 33 KO’s just destroyed former Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale, 31-4, 16 KO’s by TKO at 1:28 of round four. There is only two fights left out there for Cotto and they are Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golokvin. HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Cotto about both and in so many words, he said bring on Alvarez next and after that, if “GGG” is ready, we can do that fight too. Only time will tell, but both fights at least on paper, make for all out wars.
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today…. The weather here is beautiful on Key Biscayne this afternoon as I write my column. The women are in their short bikinis and in my day, you would get a ticket for what they wear today on the beach. But hey, if my bagels still worked, and I was single, I would be on them like butter to matzo. Oy Vay.
Jack Johnson was sent to prison in Fort Leavenworth after losing the Jess Willard fight in Cuba and not returning to Europe to live.
Article & Exclusive Interview by Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
*NOTE: This series highlights the fighters that have been out of the public eye, but deserve more recognition for their contributions to boxing.
Someone once said “James “Quick” Tillis. If you don’t know his name, you don’t know boxing”. Tillis climbed up the heavyweight ladder the hard way in an era when men still fought 15 round title fights. An era where being a contender meant something. In the late 1970s into the 1980s, the heavyweight division was full of tough, hungry and skilled fighters. Many of the stars of the division’s 1970s heyday were still active. Champions and former champs like Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes, Leon Spinks and Ken Norton were still around taking care of business. Title belt holders like “Big” John Tate, Mike ‘Hercules” Weaver, “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon “Pinky” Thomas and Trevor Berbick were battling for the big one with recognized champion Larry Holmes. There were also top contenders like Earnie “The Acorn” Shavers, “Gentlemen” Gerry Cooney, and a man who came so close to owning a piece of the Heavyweight title: James “Quick” Tillis. And Tillis fought nearly all of them.
By “The Aficionado” Alan J. Kindred
Since defeating Nonito Donaire, 34-3, 22 KO’s, over two years ago in a big fight to win the lineal Junior Featherweight world championship, Guillermo Rigondeaux, 15-0, 10 KO’s, has struggled to find fights, much less a big one. He has had only three fights in the last two years, and has no fight currently scheduled. For a fighter of his quality and skill set this is a travesty and shame. Why is it that a fighter near the top of the pound for pound rankings is finding so few fights, and no big fights since Donaire?
Deontay Wilder: “Eric Molina is a JOKE. Bring on Wlad ‘The Chicken’ Klitschko He Will Go Down in TWO ROUNDS”
“Eric Molina is a JOKE. Bring on Wlad ‘The Chicken’ Klitschko he will go down in TWO ROUNDS!”–Buddy Ruffin, JR., (Road Dogs for Deontay, Coffeyville, KS Chapter)
Thanks everyone for joining us today. I’m excited about this call and this fight. Today we’re going to hear from both the fighters, Deontay Wilder and Eric Molina. Joining us as well is Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, and also Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports.
So, to make the formal introductions, I’m going to turn it over to Lou.
For the XFL Heavyweight Championship, Randy “Boom Boom” Blake defeated Bryan McVea by KO in Round 3. Blake retains his title.
Jaymee “Ambush” Jones defeated Katy “Red Dragon” Collins by submission in Round 1.