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Boxers Fighting the Best and Doing It Again for the First Time: Part Two

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    By Ted Sares

    As mentioned in Part One, the phrase “cherry picking” gained meaningful traction during the time “Money” Mayweather was making his run. A new and very simple business model seemed to fuel it; namely, make the most money the quickest way with the least amount of risk and that translated into fewer fights. The change was almost imperceptible.

    WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (31-1) has fought once a year sine 2014. WBO middleweight king Demetrius Andrade (39-0) started out fast but then fell into a less active mode. Wlad Klitschko began to pick his spots with more caution as he met the likes of Francesco Pianeta and Alex Leapai. Shane Mosley slowed down towards the end and even Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1) has faded from the headlines after being stopped by Vasyl Lomachenko.

    Back to the Future

    Suddenly, however, a twist has emerged that suggests a new model may well be in the offing; to wit: make the most money the quickest way but with lesser regard to risk. Perhaps Daniel Dubois fighting Joe Joyce last November was an example. Translated, it could mean that the best will fight the best as they did in days of yore. If so, Mega- possibilities await.

    “I Want All The Belts, No Easy Fights, I Want To Face The Best.” –Virgil Ortiz

    Ryan “King Ry” Garcia (21-0) has called out everyone and anybody and it appears he might get his wish in Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0) or maybe the exciting Gervonta “Tank” Davis (24-0).

    The new breed of Davis, Garcia, Haney and Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez is being is being compared to the “Four Kings” (Leonard, Hearns, Hagler, Duran) but a flattered Devin Haney wisely notes “those guys fought each other.”

    In this connection, writer James Slater nails it as follows: “Right now, in today’s boxing world, Haney, Lopez, Davis and Garcia could all do well, they could win a title or two and they could pick up some huge paydays, without fighting each other. This is the state the sport is in these days. It’s up to the fighters to really WANT to take take the risks, to take on their most dangerous rivals. The ‘Four Kings’ did it, time and again, and this is what added enormously to their greatness.”

    Teofimo Lopez did it. After shocking Richard Commey, he beat Vasyl Lomachenko in an even more shocking outcome and now wants George Kambosos, Jr. to step aside for a Devin Haney fight.

    It doesn’t get any better than the specter of Errol Spence Jr. (27-0) fighting “Bud” Crawford (37-0) unless it’s Tyson Fury (30-0-1) meeting Anthony Joshua (24-1.) If Covid 19 is under control, they could do this one in front of 100,000 fans.

    Josh Taylor has talked about challenging Lopez even if it means dropping down to lightweight, and then moving up to 147 to challenge Crawford or Spence.

    Dillian Whyte rematching with Alexander Povetkin is another highly anticipated fray and has the added dimension of being a crossroads affair. Oleksandr Usyk will likely face off with Joe Joyce in Usyk’s first real test as a heavyweight.

    In late February there’s a big domestic showdown in New Zealand between heavyweights Joseph Parker and Junior Fa. On that same date In London, Carl Frampton squares off with slick WBO 130-pound champion Jamel Herring.

    And Juan Francisco Estrada rematching with a rejuvenated RomanChocolatito” Gonzalez has everyone’s attention.

    Super exciting Joe Smith Jr. meets Russia’s Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBA light heavyweight belt. What’s not to like?

    The showdown between Miguel Berchelt (38-1) and Oscar Valdez (28-0) is the best on the February docket and could end up being a FOTY.

    Speaking of FOTY's, the prospect of Naoya "Monster" Inoue vs. Kazuto Ioka is as mouthwatering as it can get and has global appeal.

    Meanwhile, Artur Beterbiev looms and it's not a question of opponents as much as it's a question of who wants to contend with his bludgeoning style of destruction.

    Claressa Shields, Marie Eve Dicaire, Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon, Jessica McCaskill, and Layla McCarter are prepared to make female boxing sizzle. In the final analysis, when Vasyl Lomachenko becomes an opponent, you know something is very different.

    You can read Part One HERE

    Ted Sares can be reached at

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  • #2
    From a respected and well known Judge: "Ted

    Perhaps with fewer venue opportunities and greater costs with no live pandemic gate return, the promoters are calling the fights again. They have to sell the fight. And only the best vs best will have the chance for a $ return.

    Good stuff
    Thank you"


    • Kid Blast
      Kid Blast commented
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      Perfect. He hit the nail on the head

  • #3
    “Hopefully, some of these fights will transpire in 2021 but time will tell. I have my doubts. I still prefer the old days when Ali / Frazier fought three times in something like four years. And, of course, the Four Kings gave us fight fans some exciting moments. They struck when the iron was hot!
    I enjoyed Parts I and II of this series and look forward to your next piece, Ted. ~Johnny Tango”


    • #4
      There used to be Four Kings.

      Today there’s just Four Putzes.


      • Kid Blast
        Kid Blast commented
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        you may be right.................................

    • #5
      Email from a former boxing luminary Steve Corbo :

      Yes, you may post my email below! Thanks for asking. Always happy to help good guys like Murray, Cuevas and Ivory get a little well deserved good publicity. Steve Corbo boxing announcer

      "Nice to see you give some publicity to Martin Murray. A real pro. What a career this guy had. His record stands at 39-6-1. In 46 pro fights he was stopped only once, by Triple G, in 2015, for G’s WBA, IBO & WBC Middleweight Titles. He dropped decisions against Sergio Martinez for the WBC World Middleweight Title, dropped a split decision to Arthur Abraham, in Germany, for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title and fought Felix Sturm to a highly controversial Draw, in Germany, with Sturm’s WBA Super World Middleweight Title on the line. He also lost a decision to Billy Joe Saunders, on 12/04/2020 in a bout for the World Boxing Organization’s World Super Middleweight Title. That’s five (5) shots at a world title and along the way he captured the WBA Interim World Middleweight Title. Hope I got all the alphabets right… but It doesn’t matter. This kid Murray can fight!

      "Unfortunately none of his fights have been on US soil. For years Murray had been denied a US Visa, due to legal problems. I heard he finally was able to get things straightened out but, as of this date, he has yet to set foot in a US Ring. Perhaps he never will. The loser here have been the US fight fans, who never really got a chance to know Murray or see him fight in person."

      "In his fight against Felix Sturm in Mannheim, Germany, this was truly an exhibition of what the “sweet science” is all about. No blow outs. No blood and guts, bombs away, war. What you had were two highly skilled, world class professionals. Both highly technical fighters, boxer-punchers, well-conditioned and evenly matched! They put on a great tactical performance. This was a good, clean, 12 rounds of boxing. The fight was close, although I personally thought Murray won, as did one of the three judges at ringside. But another had the fight even and the third judge had it for Sturm. So Murray came away with a draw…. In a fight most thought he won.

      "Let’s not forget about Sturm. Another pro’s pro who never seemed to catch on in the USA. If people in the US remember Sturm, it is usually from his 2004 performance against Oscar De La Hoya, in Vegas. Most of those at ringside and those who watched the HBO broadcast felt Sturm did more than enough to get the nod. The HBO Broadcast team, of Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, Roy Jones, Jr. and the “Unofficial, Official”, Hall of Famer Harold Lederman all felt Sturm had won the fight. Jones emphatically so, saying about DeLaHoya “he lost the fight tonight, no doubt!”. Lederman’s scored it 115 -113 for Sturm. But the judges at ringside saw it different. All three had it 115 -113 for DeLaHoya. Immediate controversy arose because a win for Sturm would have squelched the planned mega bucks fight between DeLaHoya and Bernard Hopkins, which took place three months later."
      Last edited by Kid Blast; 02-01-2021, 02:21 PM.


      • #6
        More from same source: "Also, nice of you to mention a couple of Chicago guys, Anthony Ivory, and Alfredo “Freddy” Cuevas. Two tough Pros who took on all comers. Check out Ivory’s record. It’s a virtual Who’s Who. Boxrec has Ivory with 116 Pro Fights, of which he lost 78! But he was stopped in only 5 of those 78 losses. Remarkably, Ivory went the distance and lost decisions to the following future or former World Champions. Their records at the time they fought Ivory are in parenthesis: Kelly Pavlik (18-0), Yuri Foreman (12-0), Keith Holmes (36-3), Felix Sturm (6-0), Silvio Bronco (35-4-2), Mikkel Kessler (7-0), Sammy Serrano (49-6-1), Julio Cesar Vasquez (Twice 37-1 & 58-3), Davey Hilton (27-1-1), Carl Daniels (25-0), Simon Brown (35-2) , Laurent Boudouani (18-1), Winky Wright (Twice 27-1 & 30-1), Chris Pyatt (42-4), Vincent Pettway (42-6-1), Hacine Cherifi (25-3-1) Diosbelys Hurtado (16-0), Akhmed Kotiev (twice 14-1 & 18-1) Armand Krajnc (15-0) and KO Artist Yuri Boy Campos (52-0). A true globetrotter, Ivory fought in 15 different countries. Talk about a guy who knew how to survive in the ring… "

        Nice job on the article!


        • Kid Blast
          Kid Blast commented
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          many thanks Steve
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