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Here Come the Japanese

Argentina has had its surge and it’s not over yet. Eastern Europe fighters continue to amaze as Golovkin, Kovalev, Klitschko, Lomachenko, Provodnikov, Gradovich and now Beterbiev make great fights in different global locales.

Japan has been no stranger to boxing. With a thriving boxing scene and savvy fandom, many of boxing’s premier smaller fighters are Japanese, albeit largely below the featherweight threshold. And this holds true for the past as well. Warriors like Yoshio Shirai, Masahiko “Fighting” Harada, Yoko Gushiken, Masamori Tokuyama  Masao Ohba, Jiro Watanabe, Guts Ishimatsu, the Kobayashi brothers (Hiroshi and Royal), and Shinji Takehara quickly come to mind. In fact some have recently been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Using Technology to Improve Boxing

Being a boxing judge can be a thankless endeavor where attention is received only when something controversial and/or negative occurs.—The Author

Both rugby codes and cricket use extra officials in the stands and world No.1 Roger Federer has been won over by the Hawk-Eye system in tennis—Daily Mirro

Ali hospitalized with ‘mild’ case of pneumonia

Muhammad Ali, 72, has been hospitalized with a case of what is being called “mild” pneumonia, with ESPN reporting that “the prognosis is good,” and that his stay in the hospital is expected to be short. Here’s a statement from Ali’s family spokesman, by way of Dan Rafael of ESPN.com:

My Top Boxing Awards for 2014

Fight of the Year: Salido-Kokietgym.

Guerro-Kamega, Coyle-Brizuela, Molina-Matthysse, Rodriguez-Nakagama, and Stevens-Johnson were truly great fights, but Orlando Salido’s win over Thai Terdsak “Pit Bull “Kokietgym gets my nod. Salido (42-12-2) rose from knockdowns in the first, second and fifth rounds on the way to an 11th-round technical knockout of the tough “Pit Bull” (53-5-1) on September 18. Kokietgym was dropped in the first, fourth, seventh and final rounds, the last time for good as referee Eddie Claudio waved an end to the back-and-forth thriller at the 16-second mark.

Andy Lee brings his Own Judges to Las Vegas

I got there before he did—Andy Lee

In a night when a gifted boxer by the name of Mauricio Herrera was appallingly robbed in plain sight for the second time this year, and when some strange scoring resulted in a draw between Argentinian Diego Chavez and Timothy Bradley, “Iris” Andy Lee brought his own judges to the fight and took it out of the hands of the consistently awful Las Vegas Judges.

Malignaggi Slams Pacquiao

I feel I beat Manny Pacquiao—Malignaggi

In a report today on another boxing site, Fighter/Showtime analyst Paul Malignaggi talked about Paquiao vs. Mayweather. Said the Brooklyn motor mouth:

“The Pacquiao people are so adamant about [Mayweather’s demands] because they know they won’t win the fight, and it won’t be competitive….Manny is the B side in the equation, and thus has no standing to call any negotiation shots.”

Pascal moves towards Kovalev after weird encounter with Bolonti

A strange scene unfolded at the Bell Centre in Montreal as Roy Jones Jr.-trained Jean Pascal and Roberto Bolonti fought to a no-contest on December 7.

Pascal remained on course for a possible crushing on March 14 by Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev as he safely emerged from the encounter with unknown Roberto Bolonti .

Prince Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini, and Riddick Bowe headline the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Class

Prince Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini, and Riddick Bowe headline the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Class
 
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and “Prince” Naseem Hamed lead the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame class, as results were announced earlier today. The induction ceremony will be held on June 14, 2015, in Canastota, New York
 
Other selections

Are Rios and Alvarado at the Crossroads?

“If I lose, which isn’t in my mind, boxing is over. I’ll retire,…I don’t see it [retiring], because I’m not going to [lose].”— Brandon Rios

Reports have it that Brandon Rios (32-2-1) and Mike Alvarado (34-3) is tentatively scheduled for January 24 at a venue to be determined.

A New P4P List as Pac-Man Moves Up

There is no such thing as a “correct” list. Attempts can be made to validate by quantification, but in the end, the subjective nature of any list comparing fighters across different weight categories will be the subject of heated debate and a magnet for many incoming arrows (or worse).

These days, most of the same names appear on each list. With the advantage of compiling mine after the Pacquiao- Algieri beatdown on November 22, 2014 and keeping in mind that a PFP should reflect a current snapshot in time (thus eliminating Hopkins based on his loss to Kovalev and Andre Ward because of his inactivity), here is my list as of November 24, 2014: In compiling it, I carefully weighted and analyzed records, style, chin, KO percentages, skill-sets, quality of opposition, and especially dominance.

A Pound for Pound List as of 11/24/14.

Zou Shiming (5-0) vs. Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (27-0-2)

This is an easy one. No way will the 5’41/2 Shiming lose to the 5’2’ 33 yea-old Thai with the puffed-up record a glance at which reveals that his level of opposition has been dreadful and includes twelve fights with opponents who were making their pro debut and even one of those ended in a draw. While “13 Rein” holds the WBO Oriental flyweight title, it means little in the scheme of things.

On paper this a step up. In reality it’s a sideway move and may result in Zou getting his second stoppage win and it’s his first 12-rounder to boot. Shiming has great speed and possesses super technical skills.  Billed as being China’s most successful amateur boxer of all time, he won three consecutive Olympic medals and like Vasyl Lomachenko, is light years more seasoned than his record indicates. More specifically, he is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion.

O’Sullivan almost KO’d by Thrown Stool

Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (18-1) took less than ninety seconds to wax opponent Anthony “Fitzey” Fitzgerald (16-6) in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, but the knockout was not the only story in this one shown on Sky Sports. As O’Sullivan was celebrating his spectacular KO, someone displeased with the result tossed the corner stool across the ring, directly at Gary barley missing him.

Blood Sport Time Redux

On May 7, 2005, Jose Luis Castillo and the late Diego Corrales engaged in one of the most savage and thrilling fights ever waged inside a boxing ring. The stoppage by Diego remains one of the most dramatic ring turnarounds in history, perhaps matched only by Jorge Castro’s stoppage of John David Jackson via La mano de Dios (The hand of God) in 1996.

Castillo (66-12-1), after knocking out Corrales in their rematch five months later, moved up to light welterweight and was promptly waxed by Ricky Hatton in 2007. After quitting on his stool against Alfonso Gomez in 2010, the proud and once feared Castillo announced his retirement, but like most boxers who announce a retirement on the spot and/or without exploring other options, this one didn’t last long.

Action Audio Apps Brings PPV Prize Fight

On November 22nd, 2014 when Manny Pacquiao fights Chris Algieri on Pay-Per-View (PPV), you will now have two options for ‘getting’ the fight, the first of which is paying the fee (normally $60-$70) by purchasing the PPV event to see the fight in your living room.  The second, and newest, option is by choosing to listen to LIVE commentary on the Action Audio Apps, Inc. free app hosted by five-time world champion, Vinny Paz, along with guest commentary from sports talk personality Bill Buckbee, internationally acclaimed referee and judge Dick Flaherty, boxing historian Ted Sares and renowned odds maker Super Foo!  This team of hosts will also be taking calls, throughout the night, from a star-studded list of top-notch boxing analysts.

“We are simply providing a service,” says Action Audio Apps, VP, Bill Buckbee, “so people who can’t afford to see the fight and don’t want to wait and read about it the next day, can now have a choice and listen to a commentary in real-time from a five-time world champ; someone who has been in that ring and can paint the picture round by round.”

Broner: Who needs Boxing?

Adrien Broner is after Money! No not Mayweather; real money. The green stuff that some seem willing to give him to hang have some fun?

TMZ reports that Broner is currently on a bus tour across the country, taking bookings to turn up at your party and make it fun. .This former 130, 135, and 147 pound titleholder seems ready for a new kind of career and hell, who needs boxing? The former champ may have found his calling.

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