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Boxing top ten upsets past 15 years

As I was checking into the lead up article for this weekends Heavyweight fight between Sam Peter and James Toney, I noticed on the under card featured Eric Aiken (16 – 4 12ko’s) is set to make the first defense of his newly acquired IBF featherweight title against Roberto Guerrero (18 – 1 – 1 11ko’s).

This lead up fight got me thinking about some of the best upsets in recent times. Back in May of this year Aiken pulled off a highly unlikely victory over Valdemir Pereira to win the strap. While this accomplish might pale in comparison to Buster Douglas beating Tyson or George Forman capping off a 10 year hiatus by winning the heavyweight title, most people love when the underdog pulls off an surprising win.

So in the spirit of JJ Braddock and Iran Barkley, I give to you my 10 biggest and most unlikely upsets over the past 15 years of boxing.

10) Eddie Sanchez over J.C. Candelo – It was hot August night back in 2004 and it looked like the fight fans were in for a treat as the undefeated prospected Joachim Alcine was set to take on J.C. Candelo, the then #5 ranked middleweight by the IBF.

Candelo was fresh off of losses to Winky Wright and Kassim Ouma and needed a big performance to stay in the mix. Everything chanced quickly as Alcine failed his medical exam and was not allowed to fight. It looked like the fans were robbed of a good night of boxing. 7 hour before show time, ESPN finally dug up Eddie Sanchez to replace Alcine.

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Mora, Gomez & Ishe weekend: contenders or pretenders?

When Mark Burnett came up with idea of bringing of 16 professional boxers to a national audience, they sold the package as an inside look at the lives of potential world champions. The suits at NBC bought into it and before long, a product that was a cross between a boxing telecast and reality TV quickly captured the public’s imagination.

Over a three-month span it became a must see for die-hard and fair-weather fans alike. In the process, it also brought instant recognition to a group on hungry, yet still developing fighters who quite possibly would not have achieved this level of fame if not for the show.

While the sweet science experiment was a success in moving boxing back towards the main stream audience, the admission paying jury is still deliberation on the verdicts of the young Middleweights featured in the first season.

There is more than meets the eye in this great sport and truth be told, The Contender editors can do enough film cutting to make a John Ruiz fight look like a barn burner. Continue reading Mora, Gomez & Ishe weekend: contenders or pretenders?


Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz says name recognition and relationships with rankings organizations and television networks is what makes the boxing business go.

“Never in the history of boxing has a fighter’s ability meant less than it does today,” says Peltz, who began promoting in Philadelphia in 1969. “It does not seem to matter if fighter B is better than fighter A so long as Fighter A’s management has a better working relationship with the ratings organizations or with the television networks.

Peltz is frustrated over the inability of junior middleweight Kassim Ouma, the star of his stable, to obtain a high profile, big-money fight with the so-called “names” like Floyd Mayweather, Winky Wright, Shane Mosley, Ike Quartey or Vernon Forrest.

“Ouma may be the best junior middleweight in the world, but he is treated as an afterthought when it comes to making the big fights,” says Peltz. “Networks would rather recycle old ‘names’ like Ike Quartery, Fernando Vargas, Cory Spinks, Vernon Forrest than to breathe some fresh air into boxing.


August 2006 Boxing report

ESPN Friday Night Fights

Live from Memphis, the world saw Atlantic City native Shamone Alvarez scored one of the best knockouts of the year as he dropped Marteze Logan with a crisp left that landed square on the jaw.

Logan, who was in his 50th pro fight despite being only 22 years old, was a game challenger for the undefeated Alvarez. It was a pretty close and entertaining fight throughout. Alvarez relied primarily on the right jab followed by a straight left and also showed the ability to rattle off combinations. Logan was pretty slippery defensively and picked his spots to go on the offensive.

I thought it was even down the stretch, then Alvarez crumpled Logan in the 7th leaving the young journeyman KTFO. Alvarez improves to 15 – 0.

Female banger Anne Wolfe was on the card and she handed out a 6 round beating to a tough Lisa Ested. The Big Bad Wolf inched her way closer to a showdown with Layla Ali but she says the promoters are trying to jerk her on the pay. Hopefully this fight will happen soon.

In the Main Event, Anthony Peterson, one half of the (over hyped) Peterson brothers made quick work of yet another last minute replacement. While Anthony is clearly the much easier brother to watch, I am not sold on him either. Continue reading August 2006 Boxing report

July 2006 Boxing recap

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

Castillo vs. Corrales III postponed

The 3rd installment of the Diego Corrales – Jose Luis Castillo trilogy has been postponed due to a rib injury Corrales suffered during training. No make up date has been announced.

As you recall the first fight was the unanimous choice for 2005 fight of the year award. It was a non stop battle going back and forth every round. Corrales pulled one out of his ass and knocked out Castillo in the 10th, the same round in which Corrales was dropped twice. In the rematch there was as a bit of controversy as Castillo couldn’t make the weight.

The fight went on anyway as a non title bout and Castillo ko’d Corrales in another action packed thriller. Hopefully Corrales won’t be out too long and we can see another great battle in the near future.

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Upcoming fights

June 24 – Calvin Brock vs. Tiger Ibragimov HBO
Joel Julio vs. Carlos Quintana HBO Boxing After Dark
July 1 – Chazz Witherspoon vs. Michael Alexander – Showtime
July 8 – Roman Karmazin vs. Cory Spinks – Showtime
July 15 – Shane Mosley vs. Fernando Vargas II – HBO
July 21 – Alan Green vs. Anthony Bontasante – ESPN
July 22 – Arturo Gatti vs. Carlos Baldomir – HBO
July 29 – “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis vs. Vivian Harris – HBO
Kermit Cintron vs. Richard Gutierrez
August 5 – Ike Quartey vs. Vernon Forrest – HBO

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WBC orders Jermain Taylor to fight Winky Wright next

Fresh off of his 2 wins against B-Hop, Jermain Taylor had dreams of fighting a cupcake in front of his hometown Arkansas crowd. Instead the WBC ordered Taylor to make his next defense against Winky Wright.

Now for the fun part, the boxing politics. Gary Shaw, who is Winky Wright’s promoter, is saying the purse to fight in Arkansas would have to be enormous. Shaw is also considering Vegas or New York for the fight.

And in this corner…. Lou DiBella, Jermain Taylor’s promotor. He is saying he won’t allow a fight in Winky’s hometown of Florida. DiBella went on record saying “The fight can’t go to Tampa, and it’s not going to Tampa,” DiBella said. “If it went to purse bid, we would just not fight the fight.”

If they pulled this move, Taylor would be stripped of his WBC title. Then, DiBella says “It’s not about the belts. It’s about winning and making money,” and “I gotta do what’s best for my fighter, for his career and his future,” …..huh?

Damn it is hard to love boxing sometimes. Stay tuned.

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Zab Judah Bio

Brooklyn Brawler Zab Judah (34 -2, 25 KO’s) is the Welterweight Champion of the World and has a rep for being a fighter who doesn’t duck anyone. He is currently the unified welterweight champion and has his eyes on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya or Shane Mosley. With his flashy ring entrances and lightning fast hands, he has become one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport of boxing.

Judah has been boxing since age 6 under the watchful eye of his father Yoel who was a kickboxing champion. He dominated the New York amateur circuit winning the state Gold Gloves championship 3 times and also wreaked havoc on the national stage by becoming a 2 time US National Champ and winning the 1996 PAL Nationals highlighting a 110 -5 amateur career.

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