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Floyd Mayweather, JR SHOCKS Boxing Community! – When Does This Crap Mean Anything to the Sport of Fisticuffs?
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. is in the news once again, but honestly, who cares about his antics now that he is retired from boxing and is the story really news worthy? Read HERE.
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
If you were to ask even an astute boxing fan which fighter headlined Madison Square Garden the most times, you’d probably get replies like “Joe Louis” or “Ray Robinson”. All good guesses, but the correct answer would be 1940s Lightweight dynamo Beau Jack. Jack was a two-time Lightweight Champion whose swarming style made him one of the most exciting fighters to ever step in the ring. A big fan favorite, Jack headlined “The Mecca of Boxing” an incredible twenty-one times. He is also considered by many to be a top ten to fifteen ranked Lightweight in the history of boxing. This is no small feat, as that weight class is among boxing’s deepest and most competitive divisions.
Beau Jack (born Sidney Walker) was born in Georgia in 1921. He spent much of his youth in poverty and shined shoes to make ends meet. At the age of 15, Jack entered “Battle Royals” to make extra money. This was an event in the Jim Crow South where 5 or more Black youths all fought simultaneously while blindfolded. After winning one of these at the Augusta National Golf Club, Jack took up shining shoes there for the members. Famous golfer Bobby Jones befriended him and helped him move up north to properly train as a fighter. He officially turned pro at 18 in 1939. Within three years, and after more than 40 fights, Beau Jack won the Lightweight title by 3d round KO over Tippy Larkin.
Chicago native Johnny Lira is a classic example of a boxer who’s out of the ring contributions to society far out shadow anything he accomplished inside the ring. The popular and charismatic Lira was a contender in the Lightweight division in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. The “World Class Pug” had an excellent amateur career, competing at both Welterweight and Middleweight. He was a two time Chicago Golden Gloves winner and competed in the 1976 Olympic Trials, winning a bronze medal. Lira was a rare case of a fighter who actually moved down in weight once he became a professional.
Johnny turned professional on November 17, 1976 with a 4th round knockout victory over Genaro Gloria. By January 1978, he had compiled a record of 14-0-1, 8 KO’s. On August 1st, 1978, the “World Class Pug” faced hard punching Hawaiian slugger Andy Ganigan, who was undefeated and went on later in his career to become a world champion.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will fight each other for the third time on April 9 in what will be the third fight between the two men. The fight is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and online boxing odds have Pacquiao as the favorite to win the fight.
The fight between Bradley and Pacquiao is expected to be the final fight of Pacquiao’s career, as he plans to focus on his political career in his native Philippines.
WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is set to meet Dominic Wade in the ring on April 23 in what will be a tune up fight before he faces Canelo Alvarez later in the year. With boxing fans and insiders predicting a knockout by Golovkin in this fight, online boxing odds have Golovkin as a -10000 favorite.
Packy’s World: Al Haymon EXPOSED, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin DESTROYS Canelo Alvarez, Wilfredo Gomez, Robert Mitchum, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Thurgood Marshall
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Well, folks, Sadie has broken my bagels over her latest bathroom remodel and to say I want to go to the Bahamas, is an understatement! But a happy wife, makes for a happy life. Who is the sonofabitch who came up with that saying? I will lay him out with a left hook! However, as long as I have my boxing films to watch, Sadie can do what she wants in the house when she wants too…
A slate of six non-televised undercard bouts will serve as support when former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) faces undefeated and #1 rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round IBF eliminator for the mandatory position at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California on March 26. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a ten round fight NABF featherweight title fight.
“I wish Kell Brook would say: “Bizier you are getting beat down like Amir Khan would have!”–Simba Judeson, Coffeyville, KS – President of the Kell Brook Kicks Amir Khan’s Ass And Twice on Sunday Fan Club – (32,123,021 members who believe Kell is the Man!)
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he’s going to take his frustrations out on Kevin Bizier when he defends his world title at the Sheffield Arena on March 26. Brook makes the third defense of the crown he landed in August 2014, and the second against a Canadian mandatory challenger, as Bizier follows Jo Jo Dan in trying to wrestle the title from the unbeaten Sheffield star, who returns to action for the first time in ten months after injury ruled him out of a winter clash with Diego Chaves.
“I wish Lucas Browne would tell David Haye, “I’ll do more than break Haye’s pinky toe!” –Simba Judeson, Coffeyville, KS – President of the Lucas Browne Will Break Both David Haye’s Pinky Toes Fan Club (45,890,076 members and we all have good pinky toes)
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has tonight confirmed via his Facebook page that he is negotiating with current WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, regarding a possible title shot at The O2 Arena in London on May 21st.
The middleweight clash between David Lemieux and James de la Rosa was scrapped, but the the show went on as scheduled on Saturday night at the Casino de Montreal.
In the new main event, undefeated super welterweight Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (15-0-1, 12 KOs) battered and stopped previously unbeaten Sladjan “The Tiger” Janjanin (13-1, 11 KOs) in round three to claim the vacant IBF Youth title. After two knockdowns in round two, the bout was waved off by the referee to protect Janjanin from receiving further abuse. Time was 2:13.
“We had a strong camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning, and very motivated,” said Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after Team Pacquiao landed at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal on Saturday. “The real business begins for us on Monday at Wild Card. We have great sparring waiting for Manny. I know that ESPN announcer [Teddy Atlas] who is coaching Bradley is a good story teller and likes acting. Let’s see how well they do when we go off script and hit them with a dose of reality TV. Playing ‘fireman’ isn’t going to protect them from the nuclear assault Manny will be launching.”
The story of Bobby Tomasello is one that hit home for me. See Bobby was a native of Saugus, MA, a town located about 10 miles north of Boston. Saugus is one of the towns in which I grew up. The Bobby Tomasello Memorial Gym is located exactly one mile from the house I lived in as a child. Now Bobby was a few years younger than I so our paths never crossed. But he probably walked the same streets, played in the same parks and went to some of the same schools that I did.
King Kong Strikes Again
Luis Ortiz represents a clear and present danger to any heavyweight fighter out there right now. In recent months this Cuban monster in exile has twice climbed his way up the side of Empire State Building and thrown solid heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Tony Thompson off the top. Let me ask you this. Who is gonna stop him?
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Mayweather Promotions has announced the signing of lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs). The 27-year-old trains in Las Vegas with legendary trainer Kenny Adams. He turned pro in 2008 and earned a 2013 world title shot against Richar Abril, in a fight that he dropped by a narrow decision. Bogere has won his last four fights by knockout and is eager to return to the ring with the support of his new promoter.
The Heavyweight picture shifted significantly last November when long time recognized champion Wladimir Klitschko lost his titles to British comedian and sometime singer (also not a bad fighter!) Tyson Fury. Since that day, a number of contenders, hype jobs and “trampions” have come out of the woodwork as claimants for what used to be referred to as the “Greatest Title in Sports”. Deontay Wilder has dusted off a couple of “opponents”, and some noise is being made across the pond with Britain’s Anthony Joshua, who appears to be by many as the heir apparent to the title. However, there is a monster in lurking from Cuba by the name of Luis Ortiz, nicknamed “The Real King Kong”.
Jesse Cook: Fighting Alongside Brother Dillon on March 25th on Shobox Undercard, The Advantage of Training With Family and Much More!
Photos by Sherry Cook/KO Photography
“I always loved going to the gym and dreamed of being a professional boxer one day. When I was seven, my dad started putting me in there for some light sparring after his practices. I just couldn’t wait for the day I was old enough to start fighting.”–Jesse Cook
The boxing network in Oklahoma is small and tight nit. In the case of Jesse Cook, boxing is all in the family. His brother Dillon is his sparring partner, and on March 25th, they will be fighting at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. It’s a familiar venue, but there will be one big difference: it will be a Shobox event. It’s an exciting time for both brothers. It will also be a big day for Oklahoma boxing.
Mythical Dave’s Thoughts of the Week: Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate and the Increasing Popularity of the UFC; Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya Continue to Avoid Gennady Golovkin; Remembering Marvelous Marvin Hagler and John “The Beast Mugabi and Peyton Manning Retires
By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
I am not a fan of the UFC or the MMA in general. That said, it was hard not to pay attention to the coverage of UFC 196 last week, featuring Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz and Holly Holm Vs Miesha Tate. Both matches ended in upsets with Diaz scoring a submission victory over McGregor and Tate scoring a win by choke out over Holm in the final round.
Notorious No More
The Floyd “Money” Mayweather, JR. curse has struck the MMA world like an earthquake again. It seems anyone that wears spandex shorts and calls out the boxing world’s former premier fighter is likely to be hit by a careening Greyhound Bus and get ironed out for their trouble. This past weekend Nate Diaz was the bus that rolled right over the streaking MMA golden boy from Ireland known as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.
The guy that shall remain nameless recently returned to action – after a four year hiatus – and looked like rotting garbage against Jorge Paez, JR. in having to climb off the deck on his way to a ten rounds decision win down Mexico way.
Like Roy Jones, JR. the Cheater’s punch resistance is gone. He’s not going to be making a run at a title ever again on recent evidence and it’s only a matter of time before a younger, fresher, stronger fighter lays him out for the full count. Maybe it’s justice for the plaster in the wraps scandal from a few years back but in continuing to fight boxing karma is slowly going to maneuver him into an ass whoopin’ type painful defeat. If he’s smart he gets out now. He’s not. And he won’t. So we all know how this one ends. I want a ringside seat at the beatdown.
Jessie Vargas: The Difference Training with Dewey Cooper Has Made, Showing the Boxing Universe Why He’s Serious and Why Timothy Bradley Should be Ashamed If He Doesn’t Make the Rematch
Photo courtesy of Dewey Cooper
“Why doesn’t the media get on that? Timothy Bradley told me to fight Sadam Ali. I fought Sadam Ali. I knocked him out. I won the title because Timothy Bradley didn’t want to fight Sadam Ali. I did it, and I hope he’s man enough to give me a rematch. If not, he should be ashamed to be a man. He should be if he can’t give me my rematch now.” —Jessie Vargas
This past Saturday night on HBO After Dark at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. was the true introduction of Jessie Vargas to the world. Although he already fought in front of roughly 850,000 households against Timothy Bradley back in June, this most recent fight was a version that none of us had seen before. Under the tutelage of new trainer, yet long time friend Dewey Cooper, Vargas is reminded of why he got in to boxing in the first place: because it was fun. With a rediscovered passion as well as a newly gained skillset and mindset, we may be looking at a whole different fighter all together. It seems highly unlikely that Vargas will have issues with constant trainer changes; this one looks like it’s going to last the distance. There’s a new champion in the welterweight division now, and it seems as though he’s just getting started.