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Boxing Ledger's Top Ten Pound-For-Pound Rankings
1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
2. Bernard Hopkins
3. Sergio Martinez
4. Juan Manuel Marquez
5. Andre Ward
6. Manny Pacquiao
7. Wladimir Klitschko
8. Vitali Klitschko
9. Carl Froch
10. Guillermo Rigondeaux
Pound-For-Pound rankings were established to determine if a fighter, who is paramount in his weight class, is also superior when compared to other fighters atop their own respective weight divisions. How did I formulate these current rankings? It is comprised of careful observation, analysis and evaluation through the years on four specific criteria.
1) Quality of Opposition - What level of competition has each fighter faced?
2) Performance Level - How did the fighter fare against the various styles he encountered?
3) Age - Did the fighter defeat his opponents while they were in the prime of their careers?
4) Significance of a Loss - If a fighter lost, how did he lose? Was it via decision or knockout? Did he sustain a loss at the hands of high-quality competition? Was he at the peak of his career when he suffered a defeat?
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Pictured: (Top - Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko, Bottom - Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan) - Bantamweights
Round 1: Darchinyan presses forward firing his signature straight left. Agbeko lands a right followed by a left hook to the head. Darchinyan hits Agbeko with a left hand. Agbeko counters with a right. Darchinyan appears to be slightly stunned. Darchinyan lands another straight left.
Round 2: Good exchanges. Agbeko lands some rights and Darchinyan lands his straight left. Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a left hook. Darchinyan is aggressively throwing his left. Agbeko nails Darchinyan with a right hand lead. Darchinyan lands a straight left to Agbeko's body.
Round 3: Agbeko nails Darchinyan again with a straight right followed by a left hook. Darchinyan charges Agbeko. Agbeko steps back and fires his shots. Darchinyan lands a straight left. Agbeko lands a straight right. Darchinyan started to have swelling under his left eye. Both fighters are throwing bombs. Agbeko tags Darchinyan with a left hook.
Round 4: Both fighters jab. Darchinyan fires a straight left. Agbeko lands a left hook. Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a right hand lead. Darchinyan lands consecutive straight lefts.
Round 5: Agbeko is busier and lands a left hook. Another right hand lead lands for Agbeko. Darchinyan is throwing one punch at a time and can't stop that right hand lead. Darchinyan needs to put his punches together. Agbeko is continually beating Darchinyan to the punch.
Round 6: Darchinyan's face is swollen. Agbeko is landing more straight rights. Darchinyan is showing signs of slowing down.
Round 7: Agbeko has more energy. Darchinyan is one-dimensional and is having trouble landing a clean shot. Agbeko is starting to dominate and take control of this fight. Darchinyan throws a straight left and scores a knockdown, but after seeing the replay, Agbeko clearly slipped. Darchinyan is being kept off-balanced because of Agbeko's right hand lead. The time keeper made a mistake and this round lasted 4 minutes.
Round 8: Darchinyan lands an overhand left. Agbeko counters with a right. A right hand lead wobbles Darchinyan. Agbeko presses forward, throwing his right. Darchinyan throws his left and hits Agbeko low. Darchinyan lands a straight left: toe-to-toe action
Round 9: Darchinyan lands a straight left, but Agbeko is moving his shoulders well. Darchinyan is still being kept off-balanced by Agbeko's output of punches. Agbeko lands a right and Darchinyan lands a left. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.
Round 10: Darchinyan fires and lands a right hook. Agbeko starts throwing hooks. Darchinyan is bleeding above his right eye from an accidental clash of heads. Darchinyan hits Agbeko with a straight left, but takes a straight right from Agbeko. Agbeko is keeping his chin tucked in and is staying low.
Round 11: Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a straight right followed by a left hook. Darchinyan pushes Agbeko to the canvas. Darchinyan is looking to land a straight left, but he struggles as Agbeko gets his punches off first. Agbeko continues to beat Darchinyan to the punch.
Round 12: Agbeko lands another straight right. Darchinyan counters with a left. Agbeko continues to land his shots. A battered and bloody Darchinyan, cannot do much damage with his one-dimensional attack.
Overall Summary: Well fight fans, no controversy from the judges on this bout. Joseph Agbeko clearly won this fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. Vic Darchinyan had absolutely no answer for Agbeko's right hand lead. Agbeko did most of the damage to Darchinyan in this fight with that punch. Darchinyan was not able to overwhelm a bigger opponent with his one-dimensional attack of firing a powerful straight left hand. Agbeko beat Darchinyan to the punch all night long and possessed the superior hand speed. Darchinyan could not alter his style. He was lunging in and telegraphing his punches. Agbeko knew what was coming, adjusted and used his range to fire accurate right hands before Darchinyan could get his punches to the target.
It's not a mystery how Vic Darchinyan fights. His style was effective in the past because his damaging punching power hurt fighters that were his size or smaller. He cannot dominate a bigger man the same way. This is his second professional defeat against a bigger opponent; the other coming at the hands of the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire. Darchinyan aggressively comes forward and tries to overwhelm his opponents with his powerful left hand. This style is not effective against an opponent like Agbeko, who is taller, faster, slips punches efficiently and is naturally the bigger man.
Darchinyan's right jab was missing tonight too. He did not use it enough and as a result, got hit more coming forward. At times, the 33 year old Darchinyan will use his jab to find range, but does not throw his punches off of it or set up combinations. Boxing's old cliche continues to be true: "A good big man beats a good small man." Tonight, Joseph Agbeko showed the world that he is a complete fighter.
Joseph Agbeko's record now stands 27-1, 22 KO's at while Vic Darchinyan falls to 32-2-1, 26 KO's.
Round 2: Action picks up. Adjaho throws a straight right. Demarco is waiting too long to fire his punches. Adjaho is the busier fighter. Demarco is not using his edge in punching power.
Round 3: Adjaho comes forward and lands a right. Demarco counters by firing a straight left. Demarco appears hesitant to take the initative. Adjaho lands a solid right as Demarco was about to fire a straight left. Adjaho hits Demarco with consecutive rights to the body.
Round 4: Demarco fires a double right jab followed by a straight left. Demarco hesistant to let his hands go. Adjaho throws his jab. Demarco starts to increase his punch output. Demarco lands a combination with Adjaho against the ropes. A straight left by Demarco pushes Adjaho back into the ropes.
Round 5: Demarco presses forward and lands his shots. Adjaho lands some straight rights. Demarco becomes the aggressor. Demarco has an advantage when applying pressure because Adjaho does not fight well moving backwards.
Round 6: Adjaho lands a straight right to the head. Adjaho rolls with the punches well. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi Demarco lands a straight left. A hard straight left - right hook combination rocks Adjaho. Demarco pressures and Adjaho ties up.
Round 7: Adjaho lands an overhand right. Demarco takes the punch well. Demarco pressures, but Adjaho ties up. Adjaho jabs as Demarco applies more pressure. Adjaho lands a left hook. Demarco fires a straight left.
Round 8: Adjaho lands a straight right. A left hook stuns Demarco. Demarco comes back strong. Demarco lands a straight left followed by a right hook.
Round 9: Demarco presses forward. Adjaho uses a shoulder roll to avoid Demarco's shots. Demarco lands a straight left. Adjaho jabs and throws a straight right. A right uppercut lands for Demarco. Demarco nails Adjaho with a hard, straight left. Adjaho moves away as if he does not want to engage anymore. As Adjaho goes to take a knee, Demarco fires and lands an overhand left. Adjaho stays motionless on his chest as the referee counts to 10, and signals the fight is over!
Overall Summary: Antonio Demarco improves his record to 22-1-1, 16 KO's. In the beginning of the fight, Demarco was hesistant to use his edge in hand speed to fire and land the hard shots fans are used to seeing. Anges Adjaho was doing well and was not giving Demarco a stationary target, but he did not fight well when Demarco stepped up the pressure. Demarco was patient with his output of punches. As the fight moved into the later rounds, Demarco was finding a home for his straight left.
Adjaho was a tough challenge, but the punches he landed did not have a lasting effect on Demarco. Demarco clearly landed the harder shots in the bout. Adjaho's awkward movements and feints made it difficult for Demarco to place his punches accurately, but when Demarco landed, he made his punches count.
Anges Adjaho's professional record falls to 25-2, 14 KO's.
From the Associated Press Wire
The wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was detained as a suspect by Brazilian authorities Sunday following his death at a posh seaside resort.
Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. Gatti's body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.
The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told The Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury.
The investigation was not complete, but Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues, who denied being involved in her husband's death.
Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours in the room without noticing that Gatti was already dead.
Police were investigating witness reports that the couple fought and Gatti was drunk when he returned to his room Friday night, Saraiva said, adding that police were told the pair were extremely jealous of each other and that he constantly complained of her clothing when she traveled to Brazil.
Acelino "Popo" Freitas, a four-time world champion Brazilian boxer, told Globo TV's Web site on Saturday that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife and that he "knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate."
The couple's 1-year-old son, who was unhurt, was with Rodrigues' sister, Saraiva said.
The 37-year-old Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.
Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the junior welterweight title in 1995, when he defeated Tracy Harris Patterson in Atlantic City.
Over Shawn Hawk - Cruiserweights
Matt Godfrey showed good movement and possesses fast hands, but Shawn Hawk did not challenge Godfrey's skills the way higher ranked cruiserweights can. Godfrey was composed all fight, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts if someone can rattle him. He will surely be tested against an opponent that can apply a lot of pressure, while landing a volume of punches. A possible future opponent that could better test his skill level is BJ Flores (23-0-1, 14 KO's).
Over John Mackey - Junior Middleweights
Round 2: Ennis floors Mackey with a hard right hand. Mackey comes back and lands a combination with Ennis on the ropes. Ennis is showing move movement and is looking to counter Mackey.
Round 3: Mackey lands a straight left-right hook combination. Mackey is stalking; Ennis is looking to land a straight counter right. Ennis lands a straight right. Mackey lands a straight left.
Round 4: Ennis is landing more combinations. Mackey lands some punches with Ennis against the ropes. Mackey lands some straight lefts, but Ennis rolls with the punches. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi. Ennis flurries.
Round 5: Ennis lands a counter right. Ennis is not using his jab. Ennis is looking to counter Mackey coming inside.
Round 6: Mackey lands a left uppercut to the body. Ennis lands a right. Mackey is throwing combinations. Ennis knocks Mackey down with a straight right. Mackey gets rocked again, but fights back. Ennis lands a left hook as Mackey falls into the ropes.
Overall Summary: This was a good competitive fight. John Mackey pressed the action, but also was looking to counter punch Derek Ennis. Ennis possessed slick movement, threw faster combinations and landed the harder shots. At times, Ennis was also looking to land counter punches. However, Ennis did not use his jab much and that could have made this victory come easier for him. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.
Derek Ennis improves his record to 18-2-1, 12 KO's while John Mackey falls to 11-4-2, 5 KO's.
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