Trainer: Mayweather Isn’t The Same Mayweather

On September 17th Floyd Mayweather will enter the ring to face Victor Ortiz. Check out this EsNewsReporting video, as a trainer tells us Mayweather isn’t the same Mayweather.

Exclusive: Sergio Martinez Looks Sharp, Training For Barker

Sergio Martinez is preparing for his October 1st fight with Darren Barker. The two will get in the ring in Atlantic City. In this EsNewsReporting, check out Martinez as he trains at the World Crown Sports Center in Oxnard, Ca.

Funny: Robert Garcia- Seckbach Is Arums B%$@#

Robert Garcia is one of the best trainers in the world of boxing. Check out this funny EsNewsReporting video.

Remembering Da La Hoya vs Trinidad

Fight of the Millennium: De La Hoya vs Trinidad

A curious chapter in the long, rich & omnifarious history of Mexican-Puerto Rican fistic rivalries 

Oscar De la Hoya’s first loss inside a professional boxing ring was a defeat on multiple levels – a loss, to be sure, of that most treasured “0” but perhaps of far more long term consequence to his image within the sport was the loss of the unquestioning respect of those hardcore fans not sufficiently devoted to the memory of Julio Cesar Chavez’s greatness to have already begrudged the new incumbent his time at the top of boxing’s food-chain.

Defeat in boxing, perhaps unlike a loss in much of other professional sports can take on undertones of honor and dignified righteousness or, alternatively, ones of shame & disgrace. Tyson’s disqualification loss to Evander Holyfield an example of the latter; Chris Arreloa’s give-it-all defeat at the hands of Vitali Klitschko a case of the former. To lose is one thing – to lose in a manner not befitting the title of champion is quite another. There was something patently unMexican about the way De La Hoya sought to run down the clock by evading an opponent who was there to fight not flea.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMgl1l4WFVk

 

Oscar entered the ring with a record that stood at 31-0 with 25 wins coming by way of knockout. It is somewhat challenging to realign in one’s mind the world of boxing as it was back in the late 1990’s; so to recalibrate somewhat here’s how The Ring Magazine’s Pound For Pound List looked in 1998, the year before this match up:

1. Oscar De La Hoya
2. Roy Jones Jr.
3. Evander Holyfield
4. Felix Trinidad
5. Mark Johnson
6. Shane Mosley
7. Ricardo Lopez
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
9. Naseem Hamed
10. Johnny Tapia

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PdJpwViLxU

This was a true Pound For Pound clash of the highest order imaginable & with the added marketability of the Golden Boy’s box office appeal & the Mexico-Puerto Rico pugilistic heritage all combining into one night that certainly promised a great deal.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTquDAnlyvU

Action, Laurels & Relinquishing the Right To Appeal or even Complain

De La Hoya was dominant in the early rounds, accumulating a comfortable lead on most ringside observer’s scorecards, though it would transpire somewhat less so on the judge’s official scorecards. The Associated Press called it 115-113 for De La Hoya with HBO’s Harold Lederman having it all square at 114-114. Oscar chose to disengage in the latter rounds believing, falsely as it turned out, his lead was unassailable and all that was required was for him to stay on his feet to claim victory and unify his WBC title with Trinidad’s IBF strap. This strategy lost him both the fight & a certain amount of respect within the sport. After 12 rounds of action the ringside judges had it as follows:

Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113
Judge Bob Logist had it 115-114
And Judge Glen Hamada scores the contest 114-114

The winner and still undefeated WBC & IBF champion of the world… Felix “Tito” Trinidad!

Mike Tyson Hallmark KO of Marvis Frazier

Mike Tyson vs Marvis Frazier

Mike Tyson’s early career was full of stunning, highlight-reel knock outs of  over matched opponents. On July 26, 1986 Tyson was but four months away from becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing when he was pitted against Marvin Frazier, son of the man who himself had been heavyweight champion of the world 13 years prior – Smokin’ Joe Frazier. The story goes that Frazier senior had his Olympic gold medal cut into eleven pieces & then divided among his eleven children & going on the evidence of the fight video below that seems about right.

Tyson entered the ring that night in July of 1986 with a professional record of 24-0 with 22 wins by way of knock & 14 of those wins coming in the first stanza. For a recently turned 20 year old Tyson the match up with Frazier would be his 10th of a calendar year that eventually saw him fight 13 times & would culminate in his two round dismantling of the now late Trevor Berbick.

For his part, Marvis Frazier was no namby-pamby lame duck opponent – his record of 16-1 to that point included wins over future Tyson challenger James “Bonecrusher” Smith as well as the first man to go the distance with Tyson in the pro ranks James “Quick” Tillis with his only previous defeat coming at the fists of a 1983 vintage Larry Holmes.

Unlike the young Tyson though, Marvis Frazier was no knockout artist – only six of his sixteen wins had come by way of – and many experts ringside felt his best, perhaps his only, chance against the raging bobbing & weaving bull that was the Catskill Killer was to box and move (and move and move) and hope to take Tyson into the rarely encountered territory of the later rounds and start accumulating rounds. As it transpired there was precious little Frazier Junior could do to turn the tide once Tyson connected with a vicious uppercut. Enjoy this classic Tyson knockout.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sddzNC7AvVI&feature=related

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