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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Martinez Wins WBC/WBO Middleweight Titles

Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez captured the WBC and WBO Middleweight Championship with a brilliant performance against Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik. Official scores were 115-111, 116-111 and 115-112 all in favor of Martinez. Martinez, 35, attended the post fight press conference, although Pavlik, 28, was taken to a nearby hospital due to the severe cuts he suffered in the bout. Unofficially, Martinez entered the ring at 167 lbs., while Pavlik entered at 178 lbs. Previously, both men weighed 159 1/2 lbs. at Friday's weigh-in.

"It's always very bad to lose a lot of weight," said Martinez.

The weight factor was not an issue tonight; The fighter that won displayed the superior skills.

Martinez started boxing at a fast pace in round one, striking Pavlik with a solid right jab. Pavlik sustained a cut above his left eye, and only landed one clean right hand in the round. Pavlik pressed the action in round two, but Martinez kept hitting him with flush left hands and was beating him to the punch consistently with an accurate right jab.

In round three, a bloody Pavlik started to close the gap by repeatedly connecting with straight right hands. Martinez would come back strong in the fourth round, however, stunning Pavlik with consecutive lefts after wobbling him with a big right hook. Pavlik took over the fifth round by being first with his shots, and continued to score with right hands in the sixth round.

Pavlik put Martinez down with a swift right hand shot in round seven. Yet, Martinez recovered quickly and started countering Pavlik's punches with his right jab. Toward the end of the round, Pavlik nailed Martinez with a thunderous right. In the eighth round, Pavlik caught Martinez with a short right as Martinez was against the ropes. Next, Pavlik landed a right to Martinez's body followed by a right uppercut to his head. Pavlik was doing a superb job of keeping his left foot on the outside of Martinez's right foot, which enabled him to hit Martinez and limit getting caught by a counter punch.

From rounds nine through twelve, Martinez controlled the entire fight, beating Pavlik to a bloody pulp. Martinez peppered Pavlik continuously with straight lefts and stinging right hooks. Martinez was easily able to move in and out of range without Pavlik laying a glove on him. Throughout rounds ten - twelve, Martinez kept his pace up, assaulting Pavlik with unanswered right hooks and straight lefts. He struck Pavlik at various angles, which kept Pavlik from effectively countering. After the bout, Martinez had a great deal of swelling under his right eye, but it was nothing compared to the damage he inflicted on Pavlik.

"I didn't think this was a bad Kelly Pavlik. I think he beat a really good Kelly Pavlik," said Lou Dibella at the post fight press conference. "I think if he moved up to 168 lbs., he could dominate."

There is a rematch clause in the contract.

"If they want it, they'll have it," stated Dibella when asked about an immediate rematch.

"We just stopped punching from rounds nine through twelve," stated Pavlik's trainer, Jack Leow. "It's not the end of the world. We lost a fight."

"After the ninth round, we needed to push to win the fight," stated Martinez. "To be champion, you need to push the last three or four rounds. I fought with the king of the middleweights and won."

Not only was the win over Pavlik a great victory for Martinez, but for the people in his native Argentina as well.

"Being in boxing and being a boxer gives you a chance to dream about a day like today," said Martinez. "This is the dream of every boxer. And today, I accomplished my dream."


Arroyo Stuns Bryan 
Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KO’s) upset previously unbeaten Jeremy Bryan (13-1, 6 KO’s) by notching an eighth round knockout in a junior welterweight match-up.

Both men started firing fast jabs and used a lot of feints to begin the fight. Bryan landed a flush, double left jab-right hand combination, although Arroyo was not seriously hurt.  

In round two, Arroyo, 22, had trouble getting his punches off before Bryan. Bryan was busy and accurate, scoring with four punch combinations.

Bryan, 24, opened the third round by connecting with a left-right-left uppercut combination. Arroyo responded with a right, but Bryan fired a counter left hook. As Arroyo’s back was against the ropes, Bryan landed a left hook to the body and a crisp right hand to the head. Arroyo’s minimal punch output enabled Bryan to fight at a quicker pace and land more shots.

In the fourth round, Bryan caught Arroyo with a vicious right uppercut as Arroyo rushed toward him. Next, Arroyo landed a left hook, but Bryan unleashed a right-left hook combination. Then, Bryan missed a left hook, although he hammered Arroyo with an ensuing flush right.

Bryan easily controlled the tempo of the first four rounds, however, Arroyo started to take over in the fifth round. After Bryan connected with an overhand right as Arroyo lay on the ropes, Arroyo landed a massive left hook to Bryan’s head. Arroyo went after a stunned Bryan, landing a powerful left hook to his body. Yet, Bryan recovered and started to utilize his left jab. After that, Bryan scored with a right to the body, but Arroyo struck him with a left uppercut-overhand right combination.

The sixth round was very spirited as both men battled fiercely. Arroyo pressed the action, connecting with a clean right hand and followed it with a left hook. Next, Bryan nailed Arroyo with an overhand right, but was hit low by Arroyo after the exchange. Then, Bryan aggressively attacked Arroyo and landed a flush overhand right.

Bryan successfully landed a counter left hook, but was hit low again in the seventh round. After that, Bryan knocked out Arroyo’s mouthpiece with a devastating left hook. Following that heated exchange, Bryan momentarily wobbled Arroyo with right-left hook combination.

In the eighth round, a big right hand by Arroyo impaired Bryan. Arroyo went after him, and connected with a left hook followed by a flurry of punches. Bryan was badly hurt and against the ropes when Arroyo opened up an arsenal of damaging left uppercuts, left hooks and a hard right hand. Then, Bryan slipped to the canvas and was counted out.

From press row, it appeared Bryan was pinned against the bottom rope when Arroyo delivered the final blows. If Bryan’s right knee was down when Arroyo landed his punches, which Bryan’s corner adamantly claimed, the fight would have been declared a disqualification. However, there was no ruling by referee Samuel Viruet that Bryan’s knee was down at the time Arroyo threw and landed his punches. Therefore, Arroyo won by knockout in round eight at 1:43.

Jones Dominates Munoz

Welterweight contender Mike Jones (21-0, 17 KO's)  remained undefeated, impressively stopping a durable Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KO's) in the fifth round.

Jones, 26, scored with tremendous accuracy throughout the entire bout. In the beginning of the first round, 

Jones landed a series of rights to the body and head of Munoz. Then, Jones sent Munoz into the ropes after connecting with a sharp left hook.

In round two, Jones frequently connected with sharp punches and snapped Munoz’s head back  with a vicious right uppercut. Munoz, 31, was unable to compete with the hand speed of Jones. As a result, Jones repeatedly landed blistering punches.

Munoz was stunned by an overhand right in round three. After that, Jones sent blood flying out of Munoz’s mouth when he rocked him with a right uppercut in the fourth round.

Munoz, who was already hurt by a jab-right-double left hook combination from Jones, absorbed an overhand right that sent him staggering into the ropes in round five.

Finally, referee Benjy Esteves Jr. stopped the bout when Jones landed another overhand right. The official time of the stoppage was 2:03.

After this amazing performance, Jones appears ready to battle the elite in the welterweight division.

Guinn Makes Nelson Quit

In heavyweight action, Dominick Guinn (33-6-1, 21 KO’s) forced Terrell Nelson (8-10, 5 KO’s) to quit after seven rounds. At times, Guinn looked lackluster, but hurt Nelson with several left hooks and right hands to the head.

Hazimihalis Destroys Ellis

Junior welterweight Chris Hazimihalis (2-0, 2 KO’s) stopped Ramon Ellis (0-5, 0 KO’s) at 1:28 of round one. Hazimihalis landed a counter right to the temple of Ellis. Then, he unleashed a barrage of punches as Ellis was trapped in the corner.

Hearns KO's Raines

In a junior middleweight bout, Ronald Hearns (24-1, 9 KO’s) kayoed Delray Raines (17-8-1, 12 KO’s) at 1:47 of the first round. First, Hearns connected with a counter right that floored Raines. Raines got up, but his legs were shaky. Then, Hearns put Raines down on the canvas for several minutes after landing a ferocious right hand.

Tapia Decisions Winchester 

Glenn Tapia (6-0, 4 KO’s) defeated James Winchester (10-4, 3 KO’s) by a four round unanimous decision in a junior middleweight bout. Tapia frequently connected with overhand rights, and put Winchester down with a rock-solid left hook to the head in round two. Official scores were 40-35 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Korobov Defeats Snyder

Matt Korobov (11-0, 8 KO’s) remained unbeaten, scoring an eight round unanimous decision over a resilient Josh Snyder (8-5-1, 3 KO’s) in a middleweight clash. Official scores were 79-73 and 78-74 twice.

Korobov, a 27-year-old southpaw, used many angles and beat Snyder, 30, to the punch with straight lefts and right hooks in the opening round. In round two, Korobov sent Snyder stumbling into the ropes after landing three consecutive straight lefts. Then, Korobov hurt Snyder with a right hook to the head.

Korobov continued his assault on Snyder in the third round, landing a counter straight left and followed up with a left-right to the body. However, Snyder came on strong in the fourth round, nailing Korobov with a right to the head. Then, Snyder scored with a left hook to the body. Korobov countered with consecutive right hooks, and landed a vicious left to the body. Snyder fought admirably in close range and landed a solid right uppercut, but Korobov immediately responded with a counter right hook to the body. Snyder really stepped up his punch output in the round.

Korobov seemed very fatigued in round five. Snyder pressed the action and attacked Korobov’s body and head. In round six, Korobov attacked Snyder’s body with a series of lefts and rights.

Round seven was highly competitive as Snyder forced the action by throwing a barrage of body and head shots. Korobov was not as busy, although he repeatedly placed his punches with extreme accuracy.

Korobov, who is a heavier puncher than Snyder, ripped a right to the body and followed it with a right uppercut-straight left combination. Then, Korobov landed a hard straight left. Yet, Snyder kept punching and coming forward. Korobov looked a bit tired, but finished convincingly. Snyder proved to be an incredibly formidable opponent.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pavlik & Martinez Weigh-In

Both Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, 28, (36-1, 32 KO's) and Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez, 35, weighed  
159 1/2 lbs. for their 12 Round - WBC/WBO Middleweight Title fight tomorrow night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Other weights were as follows:

(8 Rounds - Heavyweights)
Dominick Guinn, 34, Hot Springs, AR, (32-6-1, 21 KO's), 229 1/2 lbs. 
vs.  Terrell Nelson, 38, Plainfield, N.J. (8-9, 5 KO's), 252 lbs.

(8 Rounds Junior Welterweights)
Jeremy Bryan, 24, Paterson, N.J., (13-0, 6 KO's), 142 lbs. 
vs. Vincent Arroyo, 22, New York, N.Y.,(9-1, 6 KO's), 142 lbs.

(6 or 8 Rounds Junior Middleweights)
 Delray Raines, 24, Paris, AR, (17-7-1, 12 KO's), 157 lbs.
vs. Ronald Hearns, 31, Detroit, MI, (23-1, 8 KO's) 155 lbs.

(4 Rounds Junior Welterweights)
Chris Hazimihalis, 24, Campbell, OH, (1-0, 1 KO), 136 lbs.
vs. Ramon Ellis, 27, Philadelphia, PA, (0-4, 0 KO's), 139 1/2 lbs.

(10 Rounds NABA Welterweight Title)
Hector Munoz, 31, Albuquerque, NM, (18-2-1, 11 KO's), 146 lbs.
vs. Mike Jones, 26, Philadelphia, PA, (20-0, 16 KO's), 146 lbs.

(8 Rounds Middleweights)
Josh Schneider, 30, Berlin, MD, (8-4-1, 3 KO's), 159 1/2 lbs.
vs. Matt Korobov, 27, Orotukan, Russia, (10-0, 8 KO's) 160 1/2 lbs.

(4 or 6 Rounds Junior Middleweights)
James Winchester, 31, Reidsville, NC, (10-3, 3 KO's) 153 1/2 lbs.
vs. Glen Tapia, 20, Passaic, N.J., (5-0, 4 KO's) 152 lbs.

(4 or 6 Rounds Super Middleweights)
Randy Campbell, 21, Bowerstown, OH, (3-1, 2 KO's), 167 lbs.
vs. Mike Tiberi 22, Smyrna, DE, (12-1, 5 KO's), 168 1/2 lbs.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez Press Conference

On Saturday April 17th, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik (36-1, 32 KO's) will defend his WBC and WBO middleweight titles against Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KO's) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The fight will be televised LIVE on HBO at 10pm EST following the second episode of 24/7 - Mayweather vs. Mosley.

At Gallagher's Steakhouse in Manhattan this afternoon, Top Rank C.E.O., Bob Arum, addressed the media.

"It's been a great, great division," declared Arum. "Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall the tradition continues."

This will be Pavlik's 4th appearance at Boardwalk Hall, where he previously captured the WBC and WBO middleweight titles from Jermain Taylor in 2007. Martinez's last fight occurred at Boardwalk Hall, in which, he lost a highly controversial 12 round majority decision to Paul Williams.

HBO's Sports President Ross Greenburg stated, "There are certain fights you buy that are can't miss fights. This is one of them."

"Ross Greenburg really made the fight happen," acknowledged Lou Dibella, C.E.O. Dibella Entertainment. "Kelly took the hardest guy who wanted him. It will be a battle of techniques; speed and agility versus punching power and aggressiveness. There will be a new champion on Saturday night."

Martinez appears eager to display his skills on Saturday night.

"You will see a great fight," said Martinez. "All this year I have been training for this fight."

Pavlik's trainer, Jack Loew, does not seem too concerned about Martinez's talent.

"Kelly is in the best shape ever," said Loew. "Monzon won't be there, Martinez will. I'm glad he knows how to ride a bike because he will be on one Saturday night. We respect him, but we'll go back to Youngstown with the belts."

Bob Arum believes Pavlik, 28, is one of the hardest punchers he's seen in years. Pavlik is definitely one of the heaviest hitters in the entire history of the middleweight division, and holds an 86% knockout percentage over his opponents. As a result of Pavlik's knockout power, many observers overlook his complete boxing arsenal. Pavlik's jab is one of the best in the business, and he drives the opposition backward regularly when he utilizes it. Since suffering his only professional defeat to Bernard Hopkins, Pavlik has been widely ridiculed for his lack of lateral movement. In that bout, Hopkins repeatedly beat Pavlik to the punch and used an incredible amount of angles to keep him off-balanced, which is the reason why numerous people are picking Martinez to win.

Martinez, 35, fights at a fast pace and possesses outstanding boxing technique. Will the southpaw from Argentina be able to nullify Pavlik's power? Martinez is an exceptional fighter from the outside and will exchange with anyone, although his power is underrated. Against a devastating puncher like Pavlik, Martinez may want to fight at a distance where he controls range and dictates the pace of the bout. Pavlik does not see the fight turning out that way.

"I see him starting fast in the early rounds and slowing a bit in the middle rounds," stated Pavlik. "I expect a dominating performance."

When he faced Hopkins, Pavlik weighed 168 lbs. As far as moving up in weight again, Pavlik does not anticipate that happening soon. "I will fight at 160 lbs. until I cannot make weight anymore," said Pavlik. "Right now, I don't have a problem."

For Martinez, this will be his first notable opponent at 160 lbs. If Martinez wins, it will probably be the result of him outworking Pavlik with a great deal of volume punching, as well as minimizing heated exchanges with a bigger, deadlier puncher. Can Pavlik catch the slick moving Martinez? Or will Martinez find his range like Hopkins and beat Pavlik to the punch all fight?

With so many questions, there are so many answers. Yet, this epic fight should produce a definitive conclusion.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Berto Stops Quintana In 8th, Caballero Punishes Yordan

Andre Berto remained unbeaten (26-0, 20 KO's) and retained his WBC title, scoring an impressive 8th round TKO over Carlos Quintana (27-3, 21 KO's)  in a welterweight showdown. Berto, 26, had trouble with Quintana, a 33-year-old slick southpaw, early in the fight, but managed to use his youth and strength to take over the later rounds.

Quintana appeared to drop Berto in the first round with a short left that landed on Berto's right ear. However, Berto immediately complained to referee Tommy Kimmons that the punch landed behind his head, and it was not ruled a knockdown. Quintana used a lot of angles, and both men tried to get their punches off first.

In round two, Quintana connected with straight lefts, while Berto unleashed lightning-fast shots. Yet, Berto had a great deal of trouble putting his punches together. Quintana struck Berto with his right jab and straight lefts in the third round, although he was deducted a point for hitting Berto behind the head with a left hand. Then, Berto briefly hurt Quintana with a short left hook, and opened up with a series of punches while Quintana's back was against the ropes.

Berto started to close the gap in round four when he connected with a straight right to Quintana's head. Quintana continued to land right hooks and straight lefts in close quarters. Berto was applying steady pressure and throwing explosive punches. Quintana snapped Berto's head back in the fifth round after landing a sharp left uppercut. Still, Berto absorbed the punch and fired a straight right - left hook combination. After Quintana hit Berto with a right hook to the head, Berto hurt Quintana with a right hand. Next, Berto threw a series of rights and lefts.

The holding and hitting carried into the sixth round, however, Quintana was able to land his left uppercut in close range. Again, Berto responded with a right hand - left hook combination. Quintana landed a right hook to Berto's body in round seven after being tied up. Then, Quintana connected with some short punches. Berto was still charging forward, but was throwing his punches one at a time.

In the middle of the eighth round, Berto hurt Quintana with an overhand right to the head. With Quintana's back to the ropes, Berto landed a left hook - right hand combination. Then, Berto let his hands go quickly, scoring with many rights and lefts as Quintana was trapped in the corner. After that, Berto hammered Quintana with a flush right hand that landed on the bridge of Quintana's nose. Quintana tied Berto up, but Berto landed another forceful right, which pushed Quintana's head back and prompted referee Tommy Kimmons to stop the bout at 2:16.

Andre Berto still exhibits technical flaws in his game that need to be corrected, if he is to be considered among the elite welterweights in the sport. Berto's stance is too wide, which gives opponents the opportunity to land swift, short shots and move out of range quickly. He does not put his punches together unless he has an opponent hurt. Most of the time, Berto looks one dimensional and does not fight well in close range, as was the case tonight with Quintana repeatedly hitting him with his left hand in the clinches. Berto must learn to change from offense to defense better.

On the other hand, Berto is a powerful puncher and possesses a devastating right hand. He is also very strong at 147 lbs., where he holds an edge in hand speed over most opponents. Berto's overall foot speed and agility troubles the majority of his rivals. Tonight, Berto also displayed relentless pressure and the capability to take an opponent out when he hurts them. If Berto can put all his tools together, he could be a very difficult future opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao or "Sugar" Shane Mosley.


Celestino "Pelechin" Caballero (34-2, 23 KO's) won his 15th straight bout and first at featherweight, scoring a one-sided, twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-1, 19 KO's). The official ringside judges scored the bout 119-108, 118-108 and 120-107. Caballero, 33, battered and pummeled Yordan, 22, every round with sharp, accurate combinations and loads of volume punching. At the end of the fight, Yordan had immense swelling over both eyes. With the victory, Caballero hopes to gain a fight with Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa or Puerto Rico's Juan Manuel Lopez at 126 lbs.

In round one, Yordan fought aggressively, while Caballero tried to find his range with the jab. When he did, Caballero landed some brutal right hands to Yordan's body. In the second round, Caballero ripped a right to Yordan's body and followed it with a right uppercut behind his jab. Then, Yordan countered with a solid left hook, but Caballero fired a right uppercut without delay. Caballero continued to throw and land rights to Yordan's body. Toward the end of the round, Yordan missed with an overhand right and Caballero answered with a hard right uppercut that floored him.

Caballero's work rate was steady and unrelenting as he entered round three. Caballero landed a sharp overhand right, and kept hitting Yordan in the body with a series of rights and lefts. Caballero's punch output was too great for Yordan to land his shots in succession. Throughout the fight, however, Yordan was doing well landing left hooks to Caballero's head.

In rounds four through six, Caballero continued to overwhelm Yordan with his large punch output. Yordan kept getting hammered in the body by right hands. At times, Yordan connected with some left hooks, but was getting peppered with clean punches frequently. Caballero did an excellent job of mixing up his punches and unleashing them from a variety of angles, keeping Yordan incredibly off-balanced.

In the seventh round, Caballero repeatedly scored first with his punches. Yordan's punch output dropped after getting hit by a right hand to the head. Yordan struggled to time him because of the vast amount of punches Caballero was throwing. Caballero was remorseless in rounds eight and nine, battering Yordan with fierce, sharp punches. Other than landing an occasional left hook, Yordan was sustaining a beating.

By round ten, Caballero had inflicted a tremendous amount of damage to Yordan. If Yordan's corner decided to stop the fight, they would not have been criticized. Yordan was too tough and kept pressing forward throwing punches.

In the twelfth round, Caballero was momentarily stunned by a left hook from Yordan. Then, Yordan followed up with another left hook and Caballero went back into the ropes. However, Caballero stayed relaxed and quickly recovered, regaining his momentum by firing blistering shots to Yordan's head.

After moving up to featherweight from junior featherweight, it seems Caballero would be a handful for any future opponent. A bout with Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KO's) would be intriguing because Gamboa possesses exceptional hand speed and good left hook, a punch Yordan was successful with tonight. On the contrary, a fight with Juan Manuel Lopez (28-0, 25 KO's), who is a slick southpaw, may give Caballero some problems. Lopez displays outstanding  movement and uses very good angles. It appears Caballero's volume punching would give Lopez more of a problem than Gamboa, because Gamboa is a very dangerous offensive fighter. However, Lopez is awfully precise placing his punches, and Caballero will not have the same ease with him as he did with Yordan. If Lopez fights too defensive in a showdown with Caballero, he may be engulfed by the enormous quantity of punches Caballero throws. In a match-up with either Gamboa or Lopez, Caballero will have a distinct height and reach advantage.

In 2005, Caballero scored a twelve round unanimous decision against a previously unbeaten Daniel Ponce De Leon, which was televised on HBO Latino. Since then, Caballero has been dodged by many fighters in the sport, and his ability is extremely underrated. Caballero has notable victories against Jose Luis Valbuena (TKO 5), Somsak Sithchatchawal (TKO 3), Ricardo Castillo (DQ 9), Lorenzo Parra (TKO 12), Steve Molitor (TKO 4) and Jeffrey Matthebula (SD 12).

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Artwork of Julie Snyder

A native of Scotland, artist Julie Snyder studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art. The setting itself was extraordinary and inspiring. Architect Charles Rennie Macintosh designed the Art School in 1897, combining his unique style of Scottish tradition with Art Nouveau. Julie Snyder was encouraged to pursue her art by an artist-mother and a writer-father.

"Before The Bell"
Oil on Board
16" x 20 "

Julie's artistic career has spanned both sides of the Atlantic and included several years of residence in Southern Spain. Julie Snyder forged her craft as an illustrator in advertising, publishing and the motion picture industry, including Warner Bros.

She now lives in Southern California, where she paints, holds workshops and teaches painting at the Businessmen's Art Institute in Montrose. Julie Snyder is a sought-after artist in the Southern California figurative art scene. "I paint the figure, finding my subjects in many walks of life and I bring them into the studio to model. I love to recreate an impressionistic environment on the canvas that tells a story.”

"Hanging It Up"
Oil on Canvas
12" x 12 "

She paints to tell the stories of everyday people in their environment. Painting wet on wet with a balance of loose and tight brush work, she uses color and light to create interest and focus. Her paint quality is expressionistic as she captures the essential mood and gestures of her subjects. Julie Snyder also has a growing number of clients who commission her to paint portraits. Her intimate portraits are more than the traditional "head and shoulders" as she unerringly finds the special quality that makes each individual both unique and multifaceted. 

 "Between Bouts"
Oil on Board
11" x 14 "

Her work is currently on exhibit at The Segil Fine Art Gallery in Monrovia. She has also exhibited at the Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, with The Oil Painters of America Western United States Regional show; Whites Gallery in Montrose; and the California Art Club at the landmark Ebell Club of Los Angeles and the Pasadena's Women's Club. Julie Snyder also finds time to promote the arts: She served for two years as president of the historic Businessmen's Art Institute of Los Angeles. For more information about Julie and to view her other paintings, please visit You can follow Julie on Twitter at & at

"Seeking the Target"
Oil on Canvas
36" x 18"  
"Between Rounds"
Oil on Canvas
18" x 18"

Oil on Board
11" x 14"

Oil on Board
10" x 8"

Julio's Training Camp Going Well Heading Into Angulo Bout

 (Joel Julio Stretching - Photo by

Joel Julio (35-3, 31 KO's), training in Deerfield Beach, Florida, spoke about his upcoming fight on April 24th with WBO Light Middleweight Champion, Alfredo Angulo (17-1, 14 KO’s).

“This has been a tough camp. It’s been 8 solid weeks of training. I can’t compare it to any of my other training camps; that ‘so called training’ wasn’t anywhere near as tough. It’s also the longest I've been separated from my wife, but in spite of that I am happy and relaxed.”

Julio also has more confidence because he has added new members to his team. 

“I have a new manager, Bob Perdiment. I have a great conditioning coach, which I never had before. You are going to see a noticeable difference in my body. I feel strong.” He added, “I have a chiropractor working with me everyday. He stretches me, he re-aligns my back and he makes sure I stay loose. It’s really made a difference in how I feel at the beginning and end of each day.”

 (Joel Julio Training - Photo by

Julio feels he is in the best shape of his entire career. 

“Each day I do three sessions of technical aspects of boxing with my trainer Anthony Hamm. I also do three sessions of conditioning and physical training with conditioning coach, Jeremy (Fedoruk). From day-to-day, we alternate the type of conditioning we do, one time swimming and the next running.”

Julio is not by any means underestimating Angulo's abilities. 

“We know that he’s a strong fighter. He comes forward, so we are working on a lot of different things," Julio stated. "We’re working on counter punching; we’re working on speed and movement. We will keep him out of his comfort zone.

“We are not going to fool each other. We are both able to knock people out. We both have power in our punches. But if you look at my record, you’ll see that I have 31 knockouts and it’s not by coincidence! At anytime in the 12 rounds either one of us can go, I just don’t think it’s going to be me!

“I hope that Angulo has trained really, really, really hard. Because if he hasn’t things are not going to go too well for him. I am ready and I know for a fact that I am going to bring that belt home.”

All three of Julio's losses came against southpaws (James Kirkland TKO 6, Sergiy Dzinziruk UD 12 and Carlos Quintana UD 12), who were undefeated at the time Julio faced them. This time, Julio’s camp feels his superior experience and new training regimen will propel him to a win in Angulo’s home state. 

This fight is co-promoted by Main Events, All Star Boxing, Inc. and Goossen Tutor Promotions. The 10 round bout will be Joel Julio’s third appearance on HBO. The fight will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. It will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark as the co-feature to “Ring Of Fire", an NABO and IBF International Heavyweight Championship fight between Tomasz Adamek and Chris Arreola on April 24th, 11:15pm ET/PT.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

GAME WITH FAME: Play Fight Night Round 4 with Coheed and Cambria

Legendary band Coheed and Cambria, just before the release of their new album Year of the Black Rainbow, will play Xbox LIVE® Gold Members in  Fight Night Round 4 in our Game with Fame.

Send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (1:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts:

* Coheed GwF

If you want to hear the sound of Coheed and Cambria, check out their music videos now available on Zune Marketplace on Xbox LIVE.

Xbox Live Game With Fame with Coheed & Cambria

Date: Monday, April 12, 2010

Time: 2PM-4PM EST / 11AM - 1PM PST

Game: Fight Night Round 4

Gamertags: Coheed GwF (*note: space between Coheed and GwF)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Night at the C.O.M.B.A.T.T. Awards Dinner 4-6-10

(Mark Breland & Myself)
(Brian Adams & Myself)
(Michael Spinks & Myself)
(James "Buster" Douglas & Myself)
(Michael Olajide & Myself)

(Joe Frazier & Myself)
(A Caricature of me by Bon Fed) 
John Edward Bonaventure Federowicz, better known as John Ed Bon Fed, always the freelance illustrator has journeyed (and journaled) from the nail-biting world of advertising to the hair-pulling extremes of educating.

Bon Fed’s art is rooted in the desire to communicate and share.

From caricaturing, to capturing lifetimes, to watercolors capturing the American spirit, to whimsical art where tears capture paint, he now invites you into his proverbial sketchbook - "Where the World is Drawn Together."

 (Joe Frazier signing Bon Fed's artwork)
(Bon Fed sitting with "Smoking" Joe Frazier)
(Another picture of Bon Fed with
"Smoking" Joe Frazier)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hopkins Gets Revenge 17 Years Later


After 17 years, Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KO's) avenged a decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KO's) by capturing a 12 round unanimous decision victory in a rough and rugged battle. The official scores were 118-109 and 117-110 twice. Hopkins, 45, looked the fresher of the two, however, Jones, 41, still possessed quicker reflexes. Unlike their first encounter, Hopkins was aggressive and did not let Jones get his punches off first. This time, Hopkins used his trademark hitting and clinching style successfully.

In the first round, Hopkins was more forceful than usual and used a lot of feints to bait Jones. Toward the end of the round, Jones connected with his signature lead right hand. Hopkins continued to pressure Jones in round two, sending him into the ropes after connecting with a left hook - right hand combination. Throughout his career, Jones has had a great deal of trouble fighting off the ropes and Hopkins wanted the action to occur there. Then, Jones missed with a left and Hopkins landed a counter right. Hopkins utilized his jab to push Jones back, and they battled furiously in the corner after Hopkins landed a left hook to Jones' head. Jones sustained a cut on the side of his left eye.

Hopkins connected with an overhand right and feverishly assaulted Jones' body in the third round. During clinches, Jones managed to repeatedly land short right uppercuts. Jones hit Hopkins at the end of the round with a straight right. Still, Hopkins continued to rip a series of rights and lefts to Jones' body in the fourth round. Again, Jones connected with short shots when both fighters clinched.

In the fifth round, Jones struck Hopkins with a right uppercut that sent him back to the ropes. Yet, Hopkins countered with a left hook to the body that appeared to land below Jones' belt-line. Jones kept throwing right uppercuts in the clinches, while Hopkins repeatedly fired and landed shots to Jones' body.

Jones was deducted one point in the sixth round from referee Tony Weeks for striking Hopkins with a left hook behind the head, while Hopkins was in the corner. The punch did not appear to be devastating, but Hopkins did not take it well. As soon as an enraged Hopkins took the time awarded to briefly recover, he went after Jones violently. Both men exchanged heated punches near the end the round. As Weeks tried to separate them at the bell, Hopkins kept firing vicious shots at Jones.

Jones fouled Hopkins for a second time in round eight when he hit him with an overhand right behind the head. Jones' punch was in retaliation for a rabbit punch that Hopkins landed. Once again, Hopkins went down and needed a minute to recuperate. When the action resumed, Hopkins stepped up the pace and landed a strong right to the body followed by a hard overhand right. Jones found himself fighting off the ropes, a place where Hopkins was landing his most damaging blows.

Jones opened round nine by throwing and connecting with lead right hands. Hopkins worked diligently to force Jones back against the ropes. When Jones landed, Hopkins instantly fired in return.
Once more, Jones fouled Hopkins in the tenth round. However, this time Jones hit Hopkins with a left hook that was very low. After receiving time to heal, Hopkins reclaimed his momentum, scoring in the clinches with brutal body punches.

Hopkins charged forward in round eleven, connecting with another right to Jones body. Then, Jones was fouled by an accidental clash of heads. Jones sustained an additional cut from the headbutt just under his left eye brow. The ringside doctor ruled Jones could keep fighting. With the action heating up once again, Hopkins landed several hurtful body punches and followed them with an overhand right. Following a left jab - overhand right from Hopkins, Jones found himself on the ropes as the bell rang to end the round.

Hopkins kept on throwing and landing body shots in round twelve. Jones sent Hopkins into the ropes with sharp right. Both men ended the fight by throwing flurries at the bell.

Clearly, Hopkins won the fight and acquired more than just a victory; He got Jones' respect. Following the loss to Jones in 1993, Hopkins stayed undefeated for the next twelve years before losing a split decision to Jermain Taylor that ended a record 20 successful defenses of the middleweight title. Hopkins has never been knocked out, and it can be argued that besides Jones defeating him in 1993, Hopkins has never lost convincingly. All of Hopkins' losses have been razor thin defeats. He lost by split decision twice; once to Jermain Taylor and once to Joe Calazaghe. The other decision loss Hopkins suffered was a unanimous decision to Taylor in their second fight by scores of 115-113 from all three judges. The loss to Jones was a close fight as well with Hopkins losing by scores of 116-112 on all scorecards. The only other defeat on Hopkins' record came in his first professional bout, a four round majority loss to Clinton Mitchell by scores of 39-38, 39-37 and 38-38.

Where do Hopkins and Jones go from here? For Hopkins, he has called out David Haye and wants to challenge for Haye's WBA heavyweight title, which he retained against John Ruiz (TKO 9) earlier today. As for Jones, he may look to retire after a great career. Then again, it may be extremely difficult for Jones to call it quits and retire after a defeat. Nevertheless, it may be the best thing for Jones to hang up his gloves because his record is 5-6 in his last eleven fights.


Jason Litzau (21-2, 21 KO's) defeated a tough Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KO's) by a seventh round technical decision. The bout went to the scorecards after ringside physicians stopped the contest because of a deep cut on Litzau's left cheek. The official scores were 68-65 and 67-66 twice.

In the first round, referee Jay Nady warned Juarez for hitting low. Then, Litzau picked up the pace in round two, doubling his left jab and landing rights behind it. Litzau's punches were effective and scoring, while Juarez was reluctant to throw throughout the first three rounds.

In round four, Litzau continued to fight his most disciplined fight to date by controlling range and not getting reckless with his punches. Juarez stepped up his work-rate in the fifth round, but Litzau kept outworking him.

Both men landed clean shots in the sixth round, as Litzau ripped left hooks to Juarez's head and snapped his head back with a left uppercut. Juarez countered by hammering Litzau with overhand rights.

In round seven, Litzau sustained a cut on his left cheek, which referee Jay Nady ruled was the  result of an accidental headbutt. However, the cut may have been caused by a punch. If the cut occurred from a punch by Juarez and the fight was stopped because of the cut, the ruling would have been a TKO victory for Juarez.


In light heavyweight action, Ismayl Sillakh (12-0, 11 KO's) stopped Daniel Judah (23-5-3, 10 KO's) in two rounds. Sillakh, 25, opened the first round by dishing out right hands and left hooks to Judah's head, and followed it with crisp, perfectly placed left hooks to the body. Toward the end of the round, Sillakh suffered a minor cut above his right eye resulting from an accidental clash of heads. In round two, Sillakh sent Judah down and into the ropes with a sharp left hook to the body. Then, Judah got back up, but Sillakh connected with a well-timed left hook to the body and dropped him with a left hook to the head, which prompted referee Vic Drakulich to stop the bout at :49 seconds of round two.

Ismayl Sillakh is a native of the Ukraine, but currently resides in Simi Valley, California, U.S.A. Sillakh possesses a stellar amateur record of 302-16, and is quickly climbing the light heavyweight rankings. On the other hand, Daniel Judah's career is now in a tailspin after losing  3 of his last 4 bouts.


In a junior welterweight bout, East Los Angeles native Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez won his professional debut by stopping Clayvonne Howard (2-4, 1 KO) in the third round. The official time of stoppage was 2:45.
Gomez was aggressive throughout the entire bout, scoring mostly with thunderous body shots. In round three, Gomez landed a rock-solid left uppercut followed by a devastating overhand right, which impelled referee Joe Cortez to end the fight.


In another junior welterweight match-up, Ray Narh (24-1, 21 KO's) stopped Angel Hernandez (14-5, 11 KO's) at 2:59 of round two. Narh dropped Hernandez three times, and wore Hernandez down with hard, accurate body punches en route to victory.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Community Organization Making Better Alternatives Today for Tomorrow

Larry Hazzard’s C.O.M.B.A.T.T. Award Ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J.

This years honorees are former multi-time World Champions Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, the IBF International Heavyweight Champion and former Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek, New York State Athletic Commission Director of Boxing Ralph Petrillo, New York Daily News Manager of Community Affairs and New York Golden Glove Chairman, Brian Adams, former World Title Contender Michael Olajide, President of local 617 SEIU Labor Union, Rahman Muhammad, President International Long Shoremen”s Union, Gerald Owens, former Heavyweight Contender and now top referee, Randy Neumann and the Newark Housing Authority Executive Morris Warner.

Last year’s award winners and attendees included Michael Spinks, Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Tomasz Adamek, Wladimir Klitschko, Bobby Czyz and Butch Lewis.

For tickets call 908-930-3148, or at the IBF 516 Main St., East Orange, NJ, the Clubhouse 205 Spruce St. Newark, NJ, 973-297-1299, or call 609-658-6780. Tickets are priced at $100.00 and the Dinner starts at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dirrell Defeats Abraham By Disqualification

Entering his bout with Arthur Abraham on Saturday night, Andre Dirrell, a native of Flint, Michigan, was a 2-1 underdog, although some people even considered him a greater underdog. Dirrell showed his critics that he was a much better fighter by putting on a brilliant boxing exhibition in front of his hometown fans at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. However, after beating Abraham to the punch for almost eleven complete rounds, disaster instantly arrived. In round eleven, Dirrell was moving along the ropes when he entered the corner and slipped on an advertisement in the ring. With Dirrell down on one knee, Abraham unleashed a punishing right hand that temporarily knocked Dirrell out. Referee Laurence Cole immediately disqualified Abraham for  hitting Dirrell while he was down. One could have made a case that Abraham's devastating blow was dealt in the heat of the moment, but it is hard to defend him when listening to his comments after the fight. Clearly, Abraham was frustrated and intentionally delivered the punch to Dirrell's head.

"I don't know. He went down and I threw one punch. It's not a disqualification. It's normal," Abraham said after the fight.  "He wasn't on the ground. I shouldn't have been disqualified." Then, Abraham stated, "He's a good actor, not boxer. He's a good actor."

Until that horrific moment, Dirrell gave fight fans a nearly flawless performance. In the first round, Dirrell came out in a southpaw stance and threw his punches behind a quick jab. Abraham was very hesitant to let his hands go. Toward the end of the round, Dirrell switched to a conventional stance and pushed Abraham back with a right hand.

Dirrell started round two in a southpaw stance again. Abraham came toward him with his hands held high, although Dirrell peppered him with combinations to the body and head. Abraham attempted to land his straight right, but was unsuccessful.

In round three, Dirrell's straight left was getting through Abraham's solid guard. Dirrell switched his stance again and kept Abraham turning. Abraham would land some shots, but Dirrell countered back immediately. Dirrell showed no fear against the hard-punching Abraham, who landed some powerful rights just before the end of the round.

Andre Dirrell, 26, became the first fighter to knock Arthur Abraham, 30, down in the fourth round. Abraham stepped up his aggression and landed a right followed by a looping left hook. After Abraham missed with a right, he was slightly off-balanced and Dirrell unleashed a vicious straight left without delay that floored him.

In rounds five and six, Dirrell continued to hit Abraham with a variety of clean punches from numerous angles. In the seventh round, both men clashed heads. Prior to the clash of heads, Dirrell landed a stinging left hook to Abraham's head while in a conventional stance. It was unclear whether the cut on Abraham's right eye resulted from the headbutt or a punch. Referee Laurence Cole ruled the cut was caused by a punch.

Abraham attacked Dirrell in the eighth round with a series of rights and left hooks in the corner. Dirrell managed to slip some punches, however, Abraham connected with most of them. Then, in the ninth round, Dirrell connected with a barrage of punches, hammering Abraham with straight lefts to the head and rights to the body. During an exchange in the corner, Abraham rushed toward Dirrell and got tagged with a straight left that popped his head back and opened the cut on his eye wider. Laurence Cole briefly stopped the action for Abraham to be observed by a ringside doctor. Yet, the doctor started applying pressure to Abraham's cut as if he were a cutman to stop the bleeding. The doctor applied pressure for approximately one to two minutes before letting Abraham resume fighting. This clearly gave Abraham too much time to recover after getting nailed by a crisp punch, which momentarily dazed him. When the fight continued, Dirrell went right back on the attack, landing body and head shots.

In the tenth round, it appeared that Abraham landed a right hand and simultaneously stepped on Dirrell's foot. Dirrell went down to the canvas, but Cole ruled it was a slip. Dirrell was somewhat stunned and Abraham controlled the remainder of the round by landing more damaging right hands.

It was in the middle of round eleven when Abraham fouled Dirrell in a moment of total irritation, which resulted because of the way Dirrell was handling him in the fight. When Dirrell was walking around again, Showtime's Jim Gray asked him, do you know what happened? Dirrell shaken up and with tears in his eyes replied, "I got dropped man!" Abraham's punch was so hard that Dirrell was confused and unaware of exactly what just happened to him. "He hit me when I was down. He hit me when I was down," Dirrell recalled a brief moment after Jim Gray asked him what happened.

It was an extremely unfortunate incident that occurred last night. Dirrell was taken to nearby Detroit Receiving Hospital. Hopefully, Dirrell will be okay and can resume his boxing career soon. It appeared that he had sustained a concussion.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mares Stops Almanza In 5th Round, Looks Ahead To Bout With Perez

Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KO's) dazzled fans at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California by scoring a spectacular 5th round technical knockout over Felipe Almanza (19-15-3, 9 KO's). Mares, 24, took this fight as a tune-up before he challenges Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight Title on May 22nd, which will be the co-main event prior to Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV on Showtime.

Mares looked very sharp and exceptionally composed from the opening round, landing accurate, clear-cut punches and precisely placing them. In round one, Mares chased down Almanza and landed some stinging left hooks while Almanza was briefly on the ropes.

Mares continued to press the action in round two, unleashing punches that flowed particularly smooth. Mares never unloaded wasteful shots and caught Almanza with some combinations, even though Almanza was using a great deal of lateral movement.

Mares closed the gap in round three, and dropped Almanza after landing body shots and a well-timed left uppercut. From there, Mares stepped up his aggression and punch output. At one point, Mares connected with an overhand right to the head that briefly dazed Almanza.

Almanza's lateral movement slowed in round four, which enabled Mares to thoroughly overwhelm him with a high volume of body and head shots. Mares utilized a lot of feints to set up some crisp, well-defined body punches later in the round.

Finally, Mares got rewarded for his hard work in the fifth round. Mares hurt Almanza with a short, left uppercut during an exchange in the corner. Then, Mares caught Almanza with a right uppercut when Almanza's back was against the ropes. After absorbing more punishing shots from Mares, Almanza got hammered with another powerful right uppercut to the head that floored him. The referee stopped the bout at 2:23.

Mares looked more than ready to battle Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KO's) on May 22nd. Perez is a strong puncher with an accurate, stiff left jab, who throws a large amount of punches himself. However, Perez tends to stand in front of opponents longer, which is especially dangerous when dealing with the high volume and precise punching of Mares. Mares' punches seem more fluid compared to Perez, and he uses much more lateral movement. Also, Mares won 2 of 3 fights from Perez in the amateurs. Look for Mares to quite possibly wear Perez down with his energy and explosive punch output, stopping him between the 8th and 10th rounds.


In a junior featherweight match-up, 21-year-old Derrick Wilson (5-1-2. 2 KO's) and 19-year-old Adam Ochoa (2-1-1, 1 KO) fought to a 4 round majority draw. Official scores were 39-37 in favor of Wilson and 38-38 twice.

Clearly, Wilson displayed the quicker hands and staggered Ochoa with a left hook in the opening round. However, Ochoa stood his ground, while Wilson repeatedly tried to land one punch at a time.

In round two, Wilson did well throwing punches behind his jab, but when he stopped, Ochoa landed some solid body punches with Wilson's back on the ropes. As opposed to the previous round, Ochoa significantly increased his punch output.

The third round was another competitive round with Wilson initiating the action and Ochoa countering him. In the fourth and final round, both fighters engaged at incredibly fast pace. Wilson connected with crisp left hooks, whereas Ochoa landed a hard right in the middle of the round. Wilson threw the higher volume of punches in the round and the entire fight.

It seemed unfair that Wilson did not receive a decision victory. Ochoa fought courageously and landed some effective, clean punches, but he did not outwork Wilson or clearly control any rounds.

In featherweight action, Ronny Rios (10-0, 5 KO's) remained unbeaten after knocking out Andres Ledesma (15-17-1, 10 KO's) at 1:45 of the fifth round.

In the first round, Rios stalked Ledesma, landing straight rights and aggressively attacked his body. Lesdesma tried to jab and use lateral movement to negate Rios' assault.

Ledesma's lack of a consistent jab and power enabled Rios to get into close range, where he repeatedly pushed Ledesma back with straight rights and rock-solid body punching. In the middle of round two, Rios snapped Ledesma's head back with a stinging counter right.

Rios possessed the superior hand speed, placed his shots more efficiently, and continually got his punches off first.  Ledesma really started to show the effects of Rios' violent body attack in the third round.
Ten seconds into round five, Rios buckled Ledesma with an overhand right to the head. Then, Rios moved closer and landed a barrage of punches. Momentarily, Ledesma held his own battling on the ropes, but Rios connected with a crushing left hook to the body that sent Ledesma to his knees. Ledesma could not beat the ten count.

Rios, 20, is quickly rising through the rankings and should be fighting  8 round bouts soon. On the other hand, Ledesma, 30, has been an awful 1-12 in his last 13 fights after starting his professional career 13-1-1.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Like Mother, Like Son

Denis Douglin is a rising junior middleweight prospect, who is quickly becoming noticed for his steadily improving boxing skills and an unusual nickname, “Da Momma’s Boy”. Denis uses the nickname because his mother, Saphya, has been his trainer since he was eight years old. She is a certified boxing coach, and has been a personal trainer and nutritional specialist for over twenty years, as well as a full time accountant.

“My mom just loves working,” said Douglin.

Saphya pushed Denis into boxing after he returned home one day following a fight in school. She started training Denis at the Rivera Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., but when it closed down, they started training at the famed Gleason’s Gym. Saphya always found herself giving advice to kids and helping people in the gym. At times, Saphya sparred with men and women to prepare them for competition. Yet, Denis’ love for the sport increased gradually over time.

Despite the fact that Denis was attending his first year of high school, his family moved from Brooklyn to Marlboro, New Jersey. Nevertheless, he still attended high school in Manhattan, while his mom worked as an accountant in Brooklyn. Still, they would meet at Gleason’s Gym for training. Long hours of preparation and commuting put stress on Denis, so Saphya decided to look for a gym closer to home.

The pair resumed training at the Middletown P.A.L., a gym located in Middletown, N.J. However, the energy of the gym was unlike the atmosphere of New York.

“Some people trained there for two hours a day,” stated Douglin. “We wanted to work out longer.”

In July 2007, Saphya founded the New Breed Boxing and Fitness Gym in Freehold, N.J. Once again, Saphya is teaching kids the fundamentals of boxing, but this time she has assistance from her nephew, Naquann, who is also a certified boxing coach and Imamu Mayfield, a former IBF cruiserweight champion.

Douglin said, “Imamu has helped me with promoters and everything. We have an amateur in the Junior Olympic Nationals. We have another kid participating in the Golden Gloves right now. It’s a fast growing gym.”

While Douglin’s future in the sport of boxing is continuing to look exceptionally bright, he had to deal with a major setback in 2006, which kept him from possibly competing at the Olympics.  

“I got into a car accident with my 1996 Toyota Corolla on a rainy night. I lost control of the car and went around the curb, hitting a pole at a high speed. My head hit the windshield, and I was cut above and below my eye. I also broke a bone in my neck. The doctor told me if I would have broken the bone next to the one I broke, I would have been paralyzed. The doctor also said I would never be able to fight again, but the therapy helped me and I am fine now.

“I could have been hurt a lot worse. The accident made me realize that I was meant to do something in the sport of boxing. I became more focused and determined than ever.”

At the time, Douglin felt the year off pushed him back a great deal. It was supposed to be the first year that he would compete as a Senior Open boxer.

“I was not as effective until the following year,” said Douglin. “I had trouble making weight. I was stuck in between 152 pounds and 165 pounds.”

Douglin has already sparred with escalating middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, junior middleweight Deandre Latimore, Fernando Guerrero, Aaron Pryor Jr. and Shawn Porter. Sechew Powell, who recently avenged a loss to Deandre Latimore, gave Denis tips on fighting.

“I have known Sechew for a long time,” said Douglin. “When I was younger, he would show me tricks in the ring.”

After sparring with Deandre Latimore for his fight with Sechew Powell, Douglin modified his training methods.

“My training is more regimented now,” stated Douglin. “I was overworking myself. I take a few breaks in between now. I don’t box everyday.

“I used to run 5 miles everyday Monday through Friday. Now, I run 5 miles one day, sprint the next one and run 2-3 miles on the third day. Then, I rest for one day.

“I started sparring 3 days a week. In the first week, we do 6 rounds each day. Next, we go to 8 rounds for 2 days the following week. Then, we do 6 rounds everyday. Now, I am doing 10 rounds twice a week.”

On March 31st at B.B. Kings in Manhattan, Douglin (7-0, 3 KO’s) will square off against Chad Greenleaf (12-14-1, 5 KO’s) in a six-round, junior middleweight bout, which is part of Lou Dibella’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Douglin wants to stay extremely active.

Douglin acknowledged, “I want to fight every month or as much as possible, so I can become a household name. I would love to fight 8 times this year.”

The bout with Greenleaf will take place at Douglin’s most comfortable fighting weight.

“Fighting at 154 lbs. helps with my power,” said Douglin. “I have a better punch at that weight.”

Douglin has won decisively in each fight, but feels he can improve greatly.

“I give myself a B or B- in every fight,” declared Douglin. “I want to move my head and jab more. I have a real good jab when I use it.”

Douglin took this semester off because he was traveling a lot, although he will be attending classes again in the fall at Rutgers. He is thinking about majoring in Business Administration. Like his mother, however, Douglin sees himself helping people in the future.

Douglin confirmed, “If I am not boxing, I would love a career as a teacher.”

Like mother, like son.

Fight Preview: Andre Dirrell vs. Arthur Abraham

Andre Dirrell may have come up on the short end of a 12 round split decision loss against Carl Froch, but he will have an opportunity to redeem himself when he faces Arthur Abraham in the 2nd Group Stage of Showtime’s “Super Six” Tournament. It seemed Dirrell had done enough to earn a decision victory over Carl Froch. Yet, when the judges’ scorecards were read, Dirrell was in disbelief. For the better part of their bout, Dirrell was using a great deal of lateral movement and was beating Froch to the punch. Maybe, if Dirrell would have engaged more, the judges would not have scored it so close? Well, that fight is now in the past and Dirrell cannot do anything to change it. Still, Dirrell may get the opportunity to face Froch again, although he must first get past the undefeated, hard-punching Arthur Abraham.

Abraham moved up a weight class from 160 lbs. to enter the tournament at the super middleweight limit of 168 lbs., where he scored a sensational 12th round knockout over Jermain Taylor. Abraham looked stronger and brought his powerful punch up in weight with him. He can take a heavy-handed punch, which will not help Dirrell because he possesses little punching power. Abraham likes to pressure his opponents, and will take a punch to land his own. He throws quality combinations in close range, and his hand speed may be a bit underrated. However, Abraham is not a volume puncher, but usually scores when he lets his fists go. He holds his hands high, so Dirrell may have some trouble landing punches against his tough defense. Abraham’s best punch is his overhand right, although he packs a rock-hard left hook too. Abraham is not as athletic as the younger Dirrell, nevertheless, he reacts quickly in exchanges. Will Abraham be able to catch Dirrell?

The best probability for Dirrell to be victorious will come from controlling the fight at his range. Dirrell possesses great ring generalship, and will need to stick and move to avoid trading shots with the harder puncher. At times, Dirrell may switch his stance from conventional to southpaw to give Abraham a different look. Will it be effective? Can Dirrell keep Abraham off of him? In his last bout, Dirrell was boxing very efficiently against Froch, but it appeared he could have landed more shots if he chose to be extra aggressive. Abraham appears to be a much harder puncher than Froch. It might not be the smartest idea for Dirrell to be too assertive when delivering his punches; He should choose his spots carefully. Abraham is most effective in close quarters, so if Dirrell can use his reach to score points with the judges, he will win. Will Dirrell try too hard and look to exchange often with Abraham because he lost a close decision to Froch? If Dirrell pulls out a victory, do not expect him to stop Abraham.

Prediction: I think Dirrell will look good in the early rounds, but I expect Abraham to try and slow him down with an aggressive body attack. Jermain Taylor gave the impression that he hits harder than Dirrell. Therefore, I think Abraham feels he can be more forceful against Dirrell. By applying constant pressure, Abraham will compel Dirrell to exert an extraordinary amount of energy moving around the ring. As the fight gets into the later rounds, look for Abraham to wear him down, connecting with overhand rights and left hooks to the body. Also, Abraham’s jab is pretty strong and I think he will utilize it as he charges forward. I am picking Abraham to win by an 8th round TKO.  

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Klitschko KO's Chambers In 12th Round

(Photo Credit: Jan Ovelgoenne)

Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KO's) won his 12th straight bout, scoring a late 12th round knockout over "Fast" Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KO's) to retain his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. Klitschko controlled much of the action for the entire fight by utilizing a powerful left jab that Chambers could not get past. Chambers struggled to get his punches off before Klitschko, and was forced to cover up most of the bout. Chambers was more active than some of Klitschko's previous opponents, but he was unable to sustain a consistent offensive attack to defeat the Ukranian giant. 

In the opening round, Chambers jabbed at Klitschko's body and used many angles. Then, Chambers tried to land right hands over Klitschko's jab, although he was unsuccessful. Klitschko started to push Chambers back with his stiff left jab. In round two, Chambers still tried to land overhand rights, but got rocked when Klitschko connected with a punishing straight right behind the jab. With Chambers momentarily wobbled, Klitschko landed a left hook - right hand combination to Chambers' head. Chambers' back was against the ropes, but he managed to finish the round on his feet.

Klitschko really started to get his punches off quicker in round three, which made Chambers fight incredibly defensive. Chambers became more focused on getting hit, as opposed to letting his punches fly. Chambers managed to land a left hook to the body, however, Klitschko controlled the round with the jab.

Similarly, Klitschko prohibited any offensive attack from Chambers in round four by forcefully striking him with his left jab. In round five, Klitschko sent Chambers into the ropes with a left hook - right hand combination. Chambers repeatedly used angles to get past Klitschko's jab in the sixth round, but the biggest problem for Chambers was his declining punch output. 

In round seven, Chambers did not get hit much, but he also did not land any meaningful punches. He jabbed at Klitschko a lot and used angles, but only got close one time. When Chambers got in range, he landed a short, left hook. Yet, Klitschko kept imposing his size and accurate jab on the challenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

At the end of round eight, Chambers showed extensive swelling under both eyes. Chambers' inefficient punch output did nothing to help him improve in the ninth round. After the ninth round, Chambers had his gloves re-taped, which gave him some time to recover from the beating Klitschko was giving him. When round ten began, Klitschko aggressively attacked him. 

Klitschko started round twelve at a furious pace, assaulting Chambers with vigorous rights to the body. Then, Klitschko sent Chambers into the ropes with a straight right. With ten seconds to go in the bout, Klitschko floored Chambers in the corner with a sharp, lunging left hook to the face. Chambers was out cold for approximately a minute. Eventually, Chambers received help from his corner and sat down on his stool.

Will anyone defeat Wladimir Klitschko again? Is there any formidable heavyweight challenger out there that poses a threat to his reign as champion? It seems very unlikely that Wladimir Klitschko will be defeated in the near future.

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