RODRIGO VALDEZ, FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT
PASSES AWAY FROM A HEART ATTACK IN
NEW YORK, MARCH 15:
Rodrigo Valdez, the colorful Columbian middleweight who held the
middleweight title in the 1970's has passed away, the Mayor of Cartegena
has said. Valdez was 70.
Rodrigo Valdez turned professional in 1963, but wasn't
well known until he hit the hot bed scene of New York, which got Valdez
the fights that he needed. Serving as a top sparring partner for
Emile Griffith, Valdez made his own goals a reality when he snapped the
vacant WBC middleweight crown in 1974 with a seventh round knockout of
Benny Briscoe. The crown was vacated when then champion Carlos
Monzon refused to meet Valdez as the mandatory opponent.
The talk was that then champion Carlos Monzon was
avoiding the upstart Columbian. However Monzon would silence the critics
with a points victory in June of 1976 to unify the title. The fight was close enough to warrant a rematch and that occurred a year
later in July of 1977 with Monzon again winning a points decision. In
that fight Valdez put the champion down with his signature right hand
that had Monzon, who had never been off his feet during his championship
reign, thinking retirement. Monzon did retire a week after the fight.
Monzon's retirement meant that Valdez and his old rival
Bennie Briscoe would meet, just like before, for the vacated titles.
Again Valdez triumphed, with a 15 round decision victory. It would be
short lived, however, when Valdez lost the title to Hugo Corro of
Argentina in 1978. A rematch with Corro occurred later that year,
but with a similar result, and the threat of Valdez was never to
be seen again.
Among fighters Valdez fought were Vinnie Curto, Bobby
Cassidy, Rudy Robles, Gratien Tonna, Nessim Max Cohen, Ralph Palladin,
Pete Toro, and of course the fantastic bouts with Briscoe and Monzon.
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO SOUNDS OFF
ON CANELO NAMING ROSADO-MONROE
WINNER AS POSSIBLE DECEMBER OPPONENT
"HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CALL
HIMSELF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION!"
New York, NY (9/15/16) - Since turning pro in July 2014, former
Ukrainian amateur standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7KO's) (32-1
including the World Series of Boxing) has let his fists do the talking
for him in the ring, as he has climbed the rankings of the middleweight
division at a blistering pace. Already rated #2 in the IBF world
ratings, Derevyanchenko has looked absolutely sensational with each
passing performance and is honing in on the opportunity to fight for his
first world title. Upon hearing recent reports that the winner of the
Gabriel Rosado-Willie Monroe Jr. bout this Saturday on the undercard of
Canelo Alvarez's world title match against Liam Smith, the usually quiet
and well-mannered Derevyanchenko couldn't help but voice his disgust
"It's absolutely ridiculous. There is no other way to describe it,"
said Derevyanchenko. "If you count the loss against J'Leon Love, Rosado
is 2-5 in his last seven fights and has been stopped twice in that time.
He has nine losses on his record in total. Monroe was absolutely
dismantled by Golovkin and has a loss to Darnell Boone. With all due
respect to Rosado andMonroe, I would beat them both on the same night.
They could have a tag team match against me alternating rounds and it
wouldn't matter. If these are the fighters that you want to face, you
should be ashamed to call yourself middleweight champion!"
Derevyanchenko had an astounding amateur career, which saw him
compile a 390-20 record, as well as represent his native Ukraine at the
2008 Olympics and win a bronze medal at the 2007 Amateur World
Championships. Derevyanchenko also competed in the World Series of
Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record and was the 2012 WSB Team
Champion and 2011 and 2012 WSB Individual Champion. Derevyanchenko
earned the number two ranking in the IBF in his last bout, when he
obliterated former middleweight champion Sam Soliman, dropping him once
in the first and twice more in the second before the referee mercifully
called a halt to the contest. No other fighter had ever dominated
Soliman in his career in such easy fashion, and it was only the second
time he had ever been stopped.
Canelo's next bout is tentatively scheduled for December 10, and
Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo's promoter, has said that they would like
the fight to take place in New York. Derevyanchenko, who lives and
trains in Brooklyn, would love the opportunity to take on the Mexican
superstar in his adopted home of New York City.
"I would love to welcome Canelo here in New York, in his NYC debut.
This is my adopted home and with his fan base and mine, it would make
for a tremendous atmosphere," stated Derevyanchenko.
Of course, the one fight that the boxing world wants to see is Canelo
against GGG. Canelo has made it clear that that fight is not happening
next. To this point, Canelo, like so many other middleweights, has done
everything to avoid the fight with GGG, frustrating boxing insiders and
fans alike. Derevyanchenko, though, is one fighter who is looking
forward to and anticipating fighting the middleweight kingpin in the
"I would love the fight against GGG in the future. I have known GGG
since his amateur days. He is a tremendous fighter and a world champion.
Right now, he is the best that there is in the middleweight division,
and that's the crown I am aiming for. To be the best in this division,
you have to beat him. I am number two in the IBF right now and GGG has
that belt. I anticipate that I will be challenging for that belt in the
not-so-distant future, and it would be an honor to share the ring with
such a terrific fighter. Beating GGG makes me a superstar, and that's
what I am striving for."
Sugar Ray Leonard &
Thomas Hearns, Two Hall of Fame
Champions, Weigh-In on the
Porter 147-Pound Championship Battle
at Barclays Center
on Saturday, June 25 Live on CBS
"The winner of Thurman-Porter will immediately move
into the welterweight penthouse.'' - Leonard
"I know that Porter and Thurman both have the ability
to get each other out of there. It's going to be a matter of who gets to
who first." - Hearns
NEW YORK (JUNE 20, 2016) - Sugar
Ray Leonard and Thomas "Hitman'' Hearns might be uniquely qualified to
talk about what WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time'' Thurman and
"Showtime'' Shawn Porter are thinking and feeling heading into their
battle that pits two men against each other who are in their primes in a
highly charged battle for supremacy in the talent-laden welterweight
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Leonard had a record of 30-1 with 21 KOs and held the WBC
welterweight title when he took on Hearns, who was 32-0 with 30 KOs and
held the WBA title, in a 15-round title unification match in Las Vegas
on September 16, 1981. The match was billed as "The Showdown'' and had a
worldwide television audience of 300 million.
The fight was a pitched back-and-forth battle, but Hearns appeared to
be in control having won rounds nine through 12 on all three judges'
scorecards. It was between rounds 12 and 13 that Leonard's trainer, the
late Angelo Dundee, famously screamed at Leonard: "You're blowing it
now, son! You're blowing it!''
Leonard, with his left eye badly swollen, turned the tide in the 14th
round by staggering Hearns with an overhand right and then pinning
Hearns on the ropes and unleashing a barrage of punches, which prompted
referee Davey Pearl to stop the fight, giving Leonard the victory and
making him the undisputed welterweight champion and king of the
division. At the time of the stoppage Hearns was leading on all three
scorecards - 124-122, 125-122 and 125-121.
"It was the toughest fight of my life. It took every ounce of will
and strength to beat Tommy Hearns. I couldn't have taken that many of
those in my career,'' Leonard said. "The Tommy Hearns fight was the one
that propelled me to the penthouse.''
Leonard felt like the victory over Hearns launched him into
superstardom. He believes the same thing awaits the winner of
Hearns on the fight: "I wanted to show my world my boxing ability.
They knew I could knock people out, but they didn't know that I could
box very well.''
Both Leonard and Hearns said they are anxiously awaiting the match
between Thurman and Porter because they believe it will hold just as
much drama as their match 35 years ago.
"Yeah, you can make the comparison,'' Leonard said. "Both guys are at
the top of the welterweight division. The only thing that's different is
that me and Tommy were so well known by sports fans. We were on TV a
lot, and that's what built our names and gave people the chance to see
us so much. And that's what they're doing now with the PBC and the shows
being on network TV. This could be a fight like ours. Who knows? But I
do know that the fans are waiting on this fight.''
HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO FACE THE BEST MAN IN
HEARNS: "It's always hard to get prepared for someone like that
because you think about what the outcome is going to be and what are
your chances of winning the fight. I never thought about losing, but I
thought about what my chances were.
I knew if I went out and boxed the way I knew I could box, I would
beat Ray. Just the thought of fighting Ray brought a lot of questions to
my mind. Some I had answers to and some I didn't have. Most other guys I
knew I could go out there and knock them out.''
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT THIS MATCHUP?
LEONARD: "Just the heart of Keith and Shawn. Both of these guys have
heart and both have that will. That composure. You can't teach
composure. It's something that you either have or you don't. You can't
learn that. That deep, deep composure when your left eye is closed and
your liver is busted and you got to get up on the canvas.''
HEARNS: "I know Thurman and Porter have the ability to get each other
out of there. It's going to be a matter of who gets to who first. I'm
definitely watching. I hope to be there in person.''
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THIS
HEARNS: "I know what it's like to go against somebody that people
don't think you can beat. You have to prepare for that. It's a mental
stage that you go through, how you prepare your mind. If you can control
your mind and tell your body what you're going to do, then you can do
it. You can't worry about how good the other guy can punch. Just stay
out of the way. Keep on laying that stick on him and he won't be able to
WHAT WAS YOUR MENTALITY GOING INTO THE MATCH
HEARNS: "I didn't come to go 12 or 15 rounds. I came to whip your
butt and go home. I had no desire to go 15 rounds. I trained for it, but
I was never going 15 rounds.''
WHAT WAS YOUR MENTALITY GOING INTO THE MATCH
LEONARD: "I felt that I could beat anyone. My brother Roger didn't
think I could beat Tommy. He didn't tell me that until it was over. In
training camp I used to box Roger and he would land a lot of right
hands. He figured if Tommy's right hand landed on me it would be over.
My brother didn't have much confidence in me.''
Adam J. Pollack
I think Tyson Fury deserves a
whole lot more respect and accolades for his victory over
Vladimir Klitschko than he has received. It was an underrated
performance against a guy who not only has not lost in the last
decade, and has been one of the most dominant heavyweight
champions ever, but usually found a way to knock out his
opponents. Fury impressed me with his speed, reflexes,
head-movement, footwork, feints, and condition, which was
excellent for a very big man. When you are 6'7" and 247 pounds,
it isn't easy to move that much over 12 rounds. I predicted that
Fury would give him a very good fight, but I did not expect him
to box as much or as well as he did. Excellent ring generalship
won him that fight.
And speaking of heavyweights, this is the first time in a long
time that the division has been exciting. Louis Ortiz just put
in an excellent performance last night against Bryant Jennings
in a 7th round knockout victory. The huge 6'4" 239-pound Cuban
southpaw might be 36 years of age, but he didn't fight like it.
I expected him to slow down more than he did, given the amount
of very hard punches he was throwing and the number of body
shots he took, but he kept plugging away against a
well-schooled, tough, and well-conditioned Bryant Jennings, who
is no slouch. Ortiz has massive power.
With guys like Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and
Louis Ortiz out there, I think we have the makings of some very
exciting and explosive heavyweight fights. And don't necessarily
count out Klitschko on the comeback.
Watching junior lightweight Nicholas Walters go at it with Jason
Sosa last night, I thought to myself, "What a fine fighter
Walters is." That was a beautiful contest. Sosa showed excellent
condition, setting a tremendous pace, and demonstrating a solid
chin against a very heavy-handed Walters, but Walters was just a
level above him with his excellent defense. That was some pretty
head movement that Walters demonstrated, remaining in range the
entire fight, with almost no clinching whatsoever, finding
openings to the head and body, and digging the crisper shots.
The only thing that spoiled it was the draw decision, rendered
by judges that clearly have little appreciation for the
subtleties of the sport.
ALONSO BACK IN ACTION IN QUEENS
SATURDAY, MAY 30TH
JONATHAN "MARAVILLA" ALONSO
STAYS BUSY STATESIDE
FRESH OFF VICTORY FRIDAY NIGHT IN NEW YORK UNDEFEATED PROSPECT HEADS
TO TRAINING CAMP TO HELP
CHRIS ALGIERI PREPARE FOR AMIR KHAN
ALONSO BACK IN ACTION IN QUEENS
SATURDAY, MAY 30TH
New York, NY (5/12/15) -
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Jonathan "Maravilla" Alonso
(5-0, 4KO's) is making the most out of his recent trip stateside. Alonso
was in action this past Friday, scoring a sensational second-round TKO
over Jose Guzman in New York, on the DiBella Entertainment Broadway
Boxing card at the Hilton Westchester. Following his victory, Alonso
jumped on a plane and headed south to sunny Florida where he is set to
serve as the lead sparring partner for the final two weeks of camp for
former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri as Algieri prepares
for his upcoming headlining bout on Friday, May 29th, against Amir
"King" Khan live on PBC on Spike from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Alonso will be back in action the following night, as he squares off
against Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3KO's) in the toughest fight yet of his
young career. The bout against Alvarez will take place on the New Legend
Boxing-promoted card at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY.
"This is amazing. It is truly a great experience to be in the camp with
Chris and see how a world champion trains. His intensity and
conditioning is phenomenal. This will be a great learning experience for
me, and will go a long way for me and my career. I am very grateful,"
said Alonso following his first sparring session with Algieri on Monday.
Alonso continued, "I
was very fortunate to come out of my fight on Friday unscathed, and I am
looking forward to training with Chris and helping him prepare for his
upcoming fight against Khan as I prepare for my own fight the following
night. Khan is very fast and very explosive, and those are two of my
The Dominican-native Alonso moved to Spain when he was a teenager, and
took up the sport of boxing at 16. A natural athlete, having excelled in
baseball, basketball and cycling, Alonso picked up the sport very fast,
and in 2012 represented Spain at the Olympics. In 2014, the talented
Alonso signed an exclusive co-promotional agreement with DiBella
Entertainment (DBE) and DBE's former middleweight kingpin Sergio
Martinez' Maravilla Box Promotions. Alonso made his pro debut in August
of last year in NYC, before returning to Spain. The 24-year-old Alonso
is already 3-0 in 2015, and will be looking to make it four in a row
when he takes on the once-beaten Alvarez.
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BAZOOKA CHIMES IN ON HOPKINS -KOVALEV
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Broadway Hall-Atlantic City. Boxing WBA-
IBF Light-heavy weight champ Bernard ' The Alien' Hopkins takes on young
undefeated Sergey 'Krusher' Kovalev in the light heavy weight
unification title bout.
At the incredible age of 50 WBA IBF Lt. Hvy. weight champ Bernard
'The Alien' Hopkins claims he will unify the Lt. Hvyweight
division by lifting the WBO belt from Sergey 'The Krusher' Kovalev
(25-0-1) 23 KO's.
At a press conference held at the Waldorf-Astoria September 2 , 2014.
We heard 'The Alien' usual articulation all about him, me,
and what I've done. Yet statements all undisputed. “ I'm doing things no
one has done” and
“ What I'm doing now is making a new legacy...” Expounds not to be homo
sapient. I don't want to be on the pound for pound list because that
would make me human.”
As for the guy that will be in the opposite corner the WBO Light
Heavy weight champ Sergey “Krucher” Kovalev. Who appeared on the boxing
fans radar scene a year ago, whom has never lost a fight and record
indicates 23 out of 25 victory by knockout. (25-0-1) 23 kos.
At the press conference he spoke like a gentleman making the audience
laugh by saying “ It's not easy overlooking Hopkins'. “ I'm sure Bernard
will promote the fight for both of us”. He sounded confident stating “
Hopkins an Alien and he's (Krusher) going to send him to the moon”. “ I
will give it my all and come out with the win”.
Hopkins may have shown his hand at the Empire Room of the Waldorf –
Astoria. By stating condescendingly and near insulting to get into
Krushers head, that Krusher is one dimensional,
Hopkins asked “ can you multi task like me?”. “ Do you even know what
multi tasking is?”.
Condescending!! Hopkins also stated “ that if he thinks Krusher is
going to come in with that heavy punching power he has, I'm ready for
it, but it won't be enough”. Lets checkout the statistics ( even though
not scientific the data is empirical) Hopkins has a broad time-line and
timeless in boxing and Kovalev is fresh, new, energetic, and eager as
well as young.
Hopkins record statistic reads as:
Hopkins is (55,6,2) 32 kos,
88% win rate... good,
Ko rate 66%
50 years of age.
Kovalev record reads statistic as:
Kovalev is (25-0-1) 23 Kos,
100% win rate.. excellent
92% ko rate.. great
31 years of age.
Check this statical data. You decide!!
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THE DEBATE GOES ON --- WHY CARLOS IS "KING" !
I cut my teeth on the sport of boxing in the mid-1960's.
At that time the sport was just coming out of a somewhat dreary period
of champions although talented, they lacked charisma.
It was Cassius Clay, later to be Muhammad Ali that energized the
sport and opened the door for a group of boxers who in the late 1960's
and early 1970′s established themselves and that time as a truly ”
Golden Era ” in boxing.
They were the boxers that molded my mentality of what boxing was all
about. It was a "who's who" of fistic talent and a solid mass of future
Hall Of Famers. Jose Torres, Dick Tiger, Bob Foster, Emile Griffith,
Jose Napoles, Carlos Ortiz, Ismael Laguna, Vincente Saldivar, Eder
Jofre, Fighting Harada and Ruben Olivares. There were many, many more.
The one boxer that stands out for me in that era was in my humble
opinion the BEST middleweight over the last fifty years. I do not make
this comment lightly. That takes into consideration the talents of Joey
Giardello, Dick Tiger and more recent champions like Marvin Hagler,
Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Michael Nunn, James Toney, Roy Jones
Jr. and Bernard Hopkins.
I have the utmost respect for all the boxers I’ve mentioned but in
retrospect, I must rate Carlos above them. Here is why…
In 102 professional fights Carlos Monzon was NEVER knocked out. We’re
talking about the times when title fights were fifteen rounds. In
talking to one knowledgeable fellow scribe about Monzon, he described
him as a beast. I thought what a perfect adjective to describe Monzon.
Whenever and who ever he fought he always seemed so much stronger. There
were some that were more clever. Some that were faster or even
considered harder punchers like the feared Bennie Briscoe but the
strength and will of Carlos Monzon overcame all challenges.
Carlos had fourteen successful defenses before relinquishing his
crown. Let me tell you his title defense record was NOT padded. Back in
the day champions engaged in over the weight, non-title excursions. Well
Carlos had his share. Some of the men he faced and beat in those
encounters were of the same caliber as the challengers that have faced
Bernard Hopkins in sanctioned title matches. When Carlos laid the title
on the line it was usually against a legitimate and formidable opponent.
Monzon was a very unknown commodity when he was signed to meet
middleweight king Nino Benvenuti in 1970. Carlos was a decided underdog.
Carlos brawled and he mauled as Nino whined and complained to the
referee. Little by little the strength and power of Monzon began to
overcome the vast skills of the talented Benvenuti. In the twelfth round
a weakened but still proud and game Benvenuti was felled for the count
by a crushing overhand right. The reign of Carlos Monzon had begun.
True to his soul Carlos met the best available competition. He
stopped Nino easily in a rematch. Then followed with defenses against
the great Emile Griffith. He stopped Emile in their first fight. How
many people could say they knocked out Emile Griffith at that time other
then the devastating Rubin ” Hurricane ” Carter. Yes Emile went the
fifteen round distance in a return bout with Carlos but he fought a very
defensive fight and failed to do enough to regain the title.
There would be defenses against former junior middleweight title
claimant and long time contender Denny Moyer. He would twice turn back
the challenge of Jean Claude Bouttier of France. This was a boxer who if
fighting today with all the fragmented titles would surely have won some
kind of title recognition.
Carlos would meet and beat Bennie Briscoe in a rematch and then as if
to furfill his legacy he would meet and twice defeat
his #1 adversary, the very underrated Rodrigo Valdes. Let me state this.
In his prime Valdes would have been a handful for Hagler, Jones Jr.,
Valdes was to the middleweight division of that era as Esteban
DeJesus was to the lightweight class during the Roberto Duran reign. He
was a great fighter that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
After twice defeating Valdes and cementing his claim as the # 1
middleweight in the world, Carlos wisely retired. In his mid 30′s and
enjoying a very nice life style Carlos was smart enough to walk away.
Retirement was not the yellow brick road that Carlos envisioned. That
is an article for another day. The bottom line is while champion Carlos
turned back the challenges of some very formidable foes.
I give Bernard his due. Marvin too. I’m sorry though. Carlos would
have defeated the two of you.
REPLY: Yes, but living through that era -- one can sum
up the career numbers of Monzon - "Mind Boggling"
Team Skipp Scott Files Protest Over Controversial
'Knockout' Loss to Gerald Washington
Hall of Fame Trainer Jessie Reid: California Commission must step in
and do the right thing here!
Hall of Fame Trainer Jessie Reid and promoter Kerry Daigle of
Keeppunching Entertainment say the California Boxing Commission has a
clear duty to correct the mistake made by referee Lou Moret in the Skipp
"Strictly Business" Scott vs. Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington fight,
held on Thursday, April 3, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio,
Watch the controversial ending for yourself!
With the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes cameras rolling, Reid, who
served as co-trainer for Scott, watched as his fighter was dropped to a
knee by a legitimate right hand and then knocked out by a hard body shot
a full second after his fighter had clearly taken a knee.
The "knockout" victory for Washington came at 1:40 of round two, but
according to Reid, the result is clearly in need of fixing.
"It was definitely a foul," said Reid. "Skipp went down, but was not
seriously hurt. He got hit with a right and was on all fours. And then
he got hit with a right hook to the body while he was clearly on the
canvas. That's a foul. The referee, Lou Moret, told us before the fight
if someone is hit while they're on the ground, the fighter who does it
will be disqualified or have points taken away. I know refs make
mistakes, but the California Commission must step in and do the right
thing here. They should disqualify Washington. That's what I'd like to
see them do."
Daigle, a long-time boxing man in the Louisiana area, says he
realizes that Washington has some powerful backers, but the right thing
must be done.
"Washington is with Al Haymon and he's a very powerful man. I
understand how hard it can be to go against the powerful forces in
boxing, but this is such a clear case of an honest referee making a
mistake that the commission has to step in and rectify the situation.
We'll fight Washington again right away. We're not looking to duck him.
We would like to see a clear winner between these two as much as anyone
else. But these fighters work so hard and to hand Skipp a loss in a
circumstance like this isn't fair. We are confident the California
Commission will recognize this."
Reid said after the fight, he approached referee Moret and took some
unusual steps in making his fighter's case.
"I told Lou Moret after the fight that he made a mistake. He said he
thought Washington was already in the action of throwing the last punch
while Scott was going down. I told him he missed the shot while Scott
was already down. I told him he should have at least taken points and
given Skipp five minutes to recover from the illegal blow. Then I walked
him over to the TV announcers and they all told him he made a mistake.
Then I walked him to each judge. And judge told him he missed it. I've
never seen anything like this before. It was definitely a big mistake.
My fighter should not have a loss on his record because of this
Daigle has filed a formal protest to the California Boxing Commission
and is awaiting their response.
LENNOX LEWIS VS. RIDDICK BOWE ; WHAT IF ?
This fight should have happened. At one point they were the two best
heavyweights in the world. The public salivated for the prospect of
these two meeting to settle who was # 1. Lennox Lewis wanted it. Riddick
Bowe did not,thus this "Super Bout" never materialized.
What if Bowe
and Lewis did meet ? This would have taken place after Riddick beat
Evander Holyfield and Lewis had destroyed Razor Ruddock.It may go
something like this. The battle begins with the two giants trading jabs.
Bowe's is quicker but the Lewis jab carries more power. When they do mix
on the inside Bowe seems to have an early advantage. By the third round
Bowe's trainer Eddie Futch instructs Riddick to pick up the pace. He
obliged by landing some flashy combinations to the head of Lewis. Bowe
has also landed some nice uppercuts and appears to be getting off faster
In round four a subtle change takes place. Late in the round Riddick
attempts an uppercut. Lewis counters with a hard right hand to the
temple. Bowe is not wobbled by the punch but it clearly got his
As they go into the middle rounds Bowe is still busier but Lewis is
applying constant pressure. When they do exchange it seems like the
power of Lewis is beginning to turn the tide. Bowe is boxing much more
defensively now. Futch is pleading with him to let his hands go but
Riddick seems wary of the power in the Lewis punches.The fight is fairly
even going into the eleventh round. Then suddenly Lewis catches Bowe
with a tremendous overhand right and he crumbles to the canvas. Bowe
gamely rises but he's in bad shape and Lewis is teeing off on him.
Mercifully the referee intervenes as Bowe sags on the ropes.
The bottom line is that Riddick never recovered from his Olympic kayo
loss to Lewis years before. I believe he would have been intimidated by
Lewis if they would have met. Bowe was a fine fighter but I think Lennox
just had his number.