2006 was another year of great boxing and at the end of every season the best should be recognized, so here they are the second annual Philly Keith Awards!
Fighter of the Year – Manny Pacquiao
While it was another entertaining year of boxing, there wasn’t one fighter that truly stood out after Carlos Baldomir took the loss against Floyd.
But if I had to pick one, I am going with the PacMan who basically ended the career of legendary yet fading Erik Morales over two fights and in between put a severe beating on Oscar Larios in the Philippines.
The promotional free agent was thought to have signed with Golden Boy but at the zero hour changed his mind and went with Top Rank so that might put a damper on a rematch in 2007 against Marco Antonio Barrera.
If that fight doesn’t shape up how about a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez or giving Joan Guzman a shot?
What ever comes about, you can always count on Pacquaio to give a crowd pleasing performance. Continue reading 2006 National Boxing Awards
HBO Boxing After Dark
In the Main Event we witnessed the return of “Vicious” Vivian Harris and possibly the end of Stevie “Lil but Bad” Johnston. Vivian was in control for the majority of the contest but Stevie showed the heart of a champion by pulling himself off the deck three times and taking the fight right back to his younger, stronger foe. Even though he kept getting knocked on his butt, Stevie stayed cool and had spots where he was giving the youngster a bit of a boxing lesson.
Harris power was just too much for the 5’5″ Johnston who was constantly caught trying to squeeze his way inside. The fight ended in the 6th with both of Stevie’s eyes swollen shut. the vision might have been gone but not the desire to fight although the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the contest. Vivian did look very sharp and had some pop in his gloves. I won’t be surprised to see him in a major fight soon. Continue reading July 2006 Boxing recap
Photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan
Longtime promoter Don King kicked off the 2006 fight season at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, with a 10 bout card built around Ring Magazine’s 147 lb champion Zab Judah in the Main Event. His assignment was – no lie – a feather duster salesman from Santa Fe, Argentina. A fight that was designed to be a showcase turned into a disaster for the undisputed champ.
Instead of getting blown out early as most “experts” predicted, the unknown Carlos Baldomir shocked the world by earning a unanimous 12 round decision victory over the champion in front of a very pro Judah crowd. The Brooklyn native entered the fight a 16 – 1 favorite and in line for a mega bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He left without his titles, a bruised reputation and a thin bank account. It was obvious from the beginning that Judah completely underestimated the lightly regarded Baldomir. The end result was turning in the worst performance of his career. Continue reading 16-to-1 underdog Carlos Baldomir shocks Zab Judah at Madison Square Garden to become Welterweight champion