Hamilton’s Believe It Or Not Of Boxing

The Weird & Whacky World of the Story Behind the Story of the Sweet Science of Boxing

In 2007, Floyd Mayweather Senior learned from a DNA test that he has another son — Justin Jones, a promising the 19-year-old light middleweight amateur from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

When Ricky Hatton won the 2005 Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year award he became the first Briton to win the award since its 1928 introduction. The award has been dominated by American fighters for much of its history – Max Schmeling‘s triumph in 1930 represented the only non-American victor in the 30 years between 1928 & the first of Ingemar Johansson‘s (Sweden) two consecutive wins starting in 1958.

It does, though, appear to be a trend in remission as 6 of the 10 awards for the decade of the 2000s were to non-American boxers. Félix Trinidad (2000); Glen Johnson (2004); Ricky Hatton (2005) & Manny Pacquiao (2006, 2008 & 2009) saw to it that only 4/10 awards went stateside – this compares to 8.5*/10 in the 1970s; 9.5*/10 in the 1980s & 9/10 in the 1990s.

Trivia Question: Who holds wins over Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto & Andrij Kotelnik?

Clue: The win over Cotto was a lopsided decision victory.

Answer: Mario Kindelán

  • Mario Kindelán beat Amir Khan (30-22) in the gold medal match at the Athens Olympics. Amir Khan won in a rematch in Bolton, England (19-13) the following year in what was a final amateur bout for both fighters – and a swansong from the sport itself for the Cuban legend. Having beaten Khan in a pre-Olympic warm up bout Mario Kindelán took the series 2-1.
  • Miguel Cotto lost to Kindelan (2-20) at the 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games in Venezuela.
  • Mario Kindelán comfortably outpointed Andriy Kotelnik 14-4 to take gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Remigijus Ziausys, the only fighter Dereck Chisora has beaten in his last four bouts holds a professional record of  19-43-3. Chisora won their 6 round contest on points in November of 2011.

In 2009, Chisora was suspended by British Boxing authorities for four months and fined 2,500 pounds for biting his opponent Paul Butlin‘s ear. One notes the Mike Tyson poster in video footage of Chisora’s pre-Vitali Klitschko training camp above.

In November 2010 Chisora was handed a suspended sentence after being found guilty of assault on his former girlfriend. He was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years. The court was told that Chisora, who perhaps unsurprisingly has previous convictions for assault, launched his assault after finding text messages from another man on her mobile phone. He was ordered to pay 1,500 pounds in compensation plus 500 pound court costs. He was also handed 150 hours of community work.

* a 0.5 award is taken as a year in which The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year Award was handed out to two fighters jointly.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton