Being the Heavyweight Champion of the World used to carry serious credibility. This was absolutely true when men like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held that coveted title. Nowadays, with the splintering of the championship into fractured pieces, the term “World Champion” has taken on a new meaning, and that is practically meaningless. With at least four potential “World Champions” at each of boxing’s seventeen weight classes (not to mention minor sanctioning bodies), it is no wonder that there is so much confusion and lack of interest. The Heavyweight division is only a little bit better, as at least Wladimir Klitschko has a legit claim and possesses most of the “trampionship” belts. Klitschko is the “recognized” Heavyweight Champion, as he has in his possession the WBO, IBF and WBA belts, with only the WBC title keeping him from being an undisputed titlist. Despite Klitschko’s success and dominance, the Heavyweight Division is in serious trouble once he retires.
“Floyd Mayweather, JR. is one of the most boring boxers I have ever seen. The fact that he has been so dominant also illustrates why I lost a bit of interest in the sport.”—Ivan Doroschuck
In 1982, a Canadian band released their debut album (for you youngsters, they were around before CD’s) called “Rhythm of Youth” with Ivan Doroschuck as Lead Singer and his brother Stefan Doroschuck on guitar. The group also recruited Allan McCarthy, a percussionist. The band was “Men Without Hats”, and a song on that album called “The Safety Dance” became a smash hit in Canada, peaking at number #11 on the charts in May of 1983. From there, “The Safety Dance” went on to be an international hit, peaking at number #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and having success in other parts of the world. A video accompanied this song, with Ivan, front and center in mid evil times, running around with a midget who had been seen in the movie “Willow”. The song was played heavily on MTV, VH1, and the old Friday Night Videos. You could tell Ivan enjoyed, at least from my viewpoint, doing the video and, as we say in the acting world, he popped on camera.
“The Safety Dance” was such a huge hit that I feel it didn’t allow other great songs, such as, “I Got The Message” (I have now played this song for the last two weeks on my computer while I worked probably 15 times a day, just ask my lady Debbie who, by the way, also likes the song) to share the spotlight.
Our very own CEO/Publisher “Bad” Brad Berkwitt received some nice pub today when Tulsa World’s Sports Editor, Christian Favalora, did a Feature Story on the man who has made “FUGGEDABOUTIT” a household word in the state of Oklahoma.
What is the true meaning of the term “Pound for Pound” and what does it mean to be on the “Pound for Pound” list. The term was created for Sugar Ray Robinson many decades ago to reflect his greatness. If you told someone at that time Robinson was better than Joe Louis they may have laughed at you and said, “yeah right, Louis is a heavyweight and too big for Robinson,” which is true objectively. This is why the subjective and hypothetical term “Pound for Pound” was created. Robinson supporters could now say Robinson was better than Louis in a pound for pound sense, meaning if they were both the same size, whether heavyweight or welterweight, Robinson is better and would defeat Louis. So the term “Pound for Pound” was born.
As I look back on my life, I realize how truly lucky I was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. Running around the neighborhood emulating fighters such as “Sugar” Ray Leonard, “Iron” Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler to name a few. Little did I know I was witnessing the last true “Golden Era” of Boxing.
This article will focus on a boxer who gained fame during the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul South Korea. Michael “Manitas De Piedra” (Little Hands of Stone) Carbajal, 49-4, 33 KO’s. a fighter who adopted his nickname from his favorite fighter Roberto Duran.
At Light Heavyweight, #13 Dominic Boesel took a stay busy fight winning over unranked Maximiliano Jorge Gomez, stopping him after 8 rounds. Boesel will maintain his ranking.
At Middleweight, #16 Jorge Sebastian Heiland took a stay busy fight winning over unranked Claudio Ariel Abalos, knocking him out in 6. Heiland will maintain his ranking.
At Junior Middleweight, #15 Juilian Williams decimates unranked veteran Luciano Cuello inside 90 seconds. Williams will rise to #14 as a result of his scintillating performance. Other fighters may rise or fall due to these changes.
Michael Nunn In His Own Words: His Boxing Career, Early Life, and Influential People – RSR Exclusive Interview
Exclusive Interview by Chris “Man of Few Words” Benedict
“I grew up with a loving family,” begins former World Middleweight Champion Michael “Second To” Nunn in a letter sent to me from the Hazelton Federal Correctional Institution in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. “My cousin Marshall Jackson always was supportive of me in all of my affairs. My mother Madies, she was my leader and guide.”
Michael’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa-better known for turning out John Deere tractors than world class boxers – is part of an urban region known as the Quad-Cities which also consists of Bettendorf, Iowa as well as Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois just across the Mississippi River. “All of my friends were boxing, so I decided to give it a try and when I did Mr. Pena told me that if I trained and worked hard, I could be a world champ.”
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
The WBA “Regular” Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, 26-0, 22 KO’s seems to be on a collision course for a November fight with Shawn “Showtime” Porter, 26-1-1, 16 KO’s
The undefeated Thurman last entered the ring in July, against the always tough Luis Collazo, 36-7, 19 KO’s. Collazo who had blood pouring from a cut into his right eye after round 7 said he could not see out of his eye, so the fight was stopped one second into the eighth round giving Thurman the technical decision. According to ESPN’s Teddy Atlas, the ringside analyst for the Premiere Boxing Champions telecast, Thurman had hurt his left hand in training. And during the 12-round welterweight fight, Thurman at times used his left jab as a range finder, sometimes pawing with the jab and not throwing anything substantial behind it. So Thurman, using a lot of right-hand leads, was basically fighting with one hand.
By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
Thomas Hearns is a fighter who is probably best known for his losses against Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. That is a damned shame because Hearns was an outstanding fighter in his own right, one of the most uniquely gifted men ever seen in the ring.
Thomas Hearns was an accomplished amateur winning 155 of 163 bouts but scoring only 11 knockouts. The gangly Hearns, standing 6’1’’, showed no signs of the legendary punching power that would come to define him as a professional. He turned professional in November 1977 with a second round knockout victory over Jerome Hill. Hearns stopped his first 17 opponents before finally being extended to the 10 round distance by Alfonso Hayman in April 1979. Over the next year, Hearns continued to storm through the Welterweight division, destroying men such as Harold Weston, Bruce Curry, Saensak Muangsurin, Angel Espada, and Eddie Gazo. By May 1980, “The Hitman’s” record stood at 28-0, 26 KOs.
The Navarre Raiders defeat local rival Choctawhatchee Indians 16-14. In a hard fought game, the Raiders add another win to their record by defeating the Indians. The 4-0 Raiders travel to Fort Walton Beach to face the Vikings on September 25th.
Randy Blake defeated Evan Nedd by unanimous decision in a thriller.
Jones defeated Lawrence by unanimous decision.