With the lack of competition, in recent years in the heavyweight division, I’ve decided with this article, I’m going to take a look at what I believe are the three hottest weight divisions in boxing. These weight divisions I picked are the most competitive classes in boxing. They all possess boxers who can be great champions, top contenders and young up-and-comers, who will soon challenge for the title.
By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
For our next mythical matchup, I’ll pit the two men who were the subjects of my most recent articles. First we have Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, one of the great boxing stars of the 80’s and a 5-division world champion. The lanky Hearns, standing 6’1’’, was not only one of the most devastating power punchers in boxing history but also an outstanding boxer who outpointed the likes of Wilfred Benitez and Virgil Hill. He also gave the great Sugar Ray Leonard fits over the course of 26 hotly contested rounds. Hearns is coming off his spectacular and shocking June 1984 second round knockout victory over Roberto Duran. The 26 year old Hitman comes in with a record of 39-1, 33 KOs.
This Day in Boxing History: Muhammad Ali Beats Ken Norton in Their Third Match (Norton Should Have Gotten the Decision!)
Former Top Ranked Heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi, a longtime RSR Supporter and a Class Act responded to recent comments made by Rocky Gannon and his management team on Ringside Report’s Facebook Forum about fighting Mesi in an upcoming boxing match. This is what “Baby” Joe had to say exclusively to RSR about these comments.
Deontay Wilder CRITIQUE, Adrien BONER – Ruslan Provodnikov? & Salvador Sanchez – Patrick Ford Classic – RSR Video Email Bag
Deontay Wilder Stops Johann Duhaupas in the 11th Round – “Sad” Wlad Klitschko is Going Down in FIVE!”
“Sad” Wlad Klitschko is going down in five when Deontay Wilder faces him!”–Buddy Ruffin, JR., Coffeyville, KS – President of Deontay Dominates “Sad” Wlad Klitschko Fan Club (99,374,145 members strong and drinking the Wilder Kool Aid)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) successfully defended his world title with an eleventh round TKO over rugged Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Duhaupas pressed the action in round one, but Wilder landed the better shots. Duhaupas was also cut on the bridge of the nose. Wilder also did more in rounds two and three. Duhaupas was cut over left eye in round four, while Wilder’s left eye was noticeably swelling. Duhaupas did some damage in round five, but Wilder closed with a big rally. Wilder landed some big shots in round six. Wilder dished out more punishment as the rounds progressed. Referee Jack Reiss finally stopped the abuse in round eleven. Time was :55.
There was no love lost between Jack Blackburn and Jack Johnson. Fresh off an engagement at Hubert’s Dime Museum-a seedy, self-contained freak show in Times Square boasting bearded ladies, sword swallowers, dwarves, wax dummies, witch doctors, a flea circus, and the former heavyweight champion of the world-Johnson drove to New Jersey to drop in on Joe Louis’ Pompton Lakes training camp where “The Brown Bomber” was in preparation for his 1935 Yankee Stadium showdown against “The Ambling Alp” Primo Carnera. There was an odd connection between Johnson and Louis.
Jack, after chasing Tommy Burns across the globe and finally cornering him in Australia on December 26, 1908 (Boxing Day, appropriately) to become the first black heavyweight world title holder, faced myriad misrepresentations and derogatory characterizations in the press, as he and other African American fighters had for decades prior, of course. Uncaringly caricatured in newspapers as a watermelon-eating halfwit or barely evolved savage, Johnson’s championship reign also inaugurated the search for The Great White Hope.
#3 Cinderella Man: The story of James J. Braddock in the Roaring ’20s. For James life is good, he’s winning fights, has good health and money is not an issue. By 1933 in the thick of “The Great Depression” Jim is forced to retire due to a streak of losses and a broken hand. Daily Jim along with 15 million other unemployed are out looking for work. His only hope each day is that he’ll be picked to work on the docks for a day’s pay. But despite the threat of having no electricity, heat or food for the family, Jim refuses to send his kids off to live with wealthier relatives. What makes Braddock’s story so compelling is his embodiment of many characteristics universally accepted as virtuous and worthy of emulation. Many people are tough, many are resilient, and many have a solemn sense of personal responsibility. But people who can lay claim to having all of those characteristics, at the same time, have all of the markers of greatness.
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.