Archive for the ‘Boxing History’ Category

One of the greatest to ever step in to the squared circle has unfortunately left us from this world, to go on to a better place.  Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KO’s), sadly passed away yesterday, June the 3rd of 2016.  The news was a shocker to the boxing world as well as the world in general, when it was announced that Ali had passed, after his long battle with parkinson disease.  Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, sadly passes at the age of 74, but will not soon be forgotten.  Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both outside and inside the boxing ring.  Muhammad Ali remains the only 3 time Lineal World Heavyweight Champion of all time, and I would be surprised if that record was ever broken.

Who can forget when Ali (at the time known as Cassius Clay), knocked out the great Sonny Liston in only his 20th professional fight.  Or when he unfortunately lost “The Fight Of The Century” to Joe Frazier, and then beat him in the rematch “The Thrilla in Manilla”.  Or “The Rumble In The Jungle” when he knocked out George Forman.  “The Great One” has blessed the hardcore and casual boxing fan for so many year, and now that he’s gone, we reflect on all his achievements.  I would like to take this opportunity to replay Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Hits.  Rest in piece champ, you will be missed dearly.

MUHAMMAD ALI  —  GREATEST HITS

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

10. Marvelous Marvin Hagler:  62 – 3 – 2, 52 KO’s   (Middleweight)

  • Undisputed Middleweight Champion form 1980-1987.
  • Made 12 undisputed title defenses.
  • Holds the highest KO% of any undisputed champion in Middleweight history at 78%.

9.  Rocky Marciano:  49 – 0 – 0, 43 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Held world heavyweight title from 1952-1956.
  • Defended heavyweight title 6 times.
  • Finished career undefeated with a KO% of 87.75%

8.  Julio Cesar Chavez:  107 – 6 – 2, 86 KO’s   (Lightweight)

  • 6 time world champion in 3 divisions.
  • Holds record for most successful title defenses at 27.
  • Considered the best Mexican fighter of all time.

7.  Roberto Duran:  103 – 16 – 0, 70 KO’s   (Lightweight)

  • Held titles in 4 different weights.  Lightweight (1972-79), Welterweight (1980), Junior Middleweight (1983-84), Middleweight (1989).
  • Considered greatest Lightweight of all time.

6.  Larry Holmes:  69 – 6 – 0, 44 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Made 20 successful title defenses, placing him only behind Wladimir Klitschko (22), and Joe Louis (25).
  • One of 5 men ever to defeat Muhammad Ali.
  • WBC heavyweight champion form 1978-83, TheRing Champion form 1980-85, & IBF champion form 1983-85.

5.  Willie Pep:  229 – 11 – 1, 65 KO’s   (Featherweight)

  • Fought a total of 1956 rounds over 241 fights in a 26 year career.
  • Ranked #1 Featherweight ever by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2005.
  • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

4.  Muhammad Ali:  56 – 5 – 0, 37 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • The only 3-time Lineal Heavyweight Champion in boxing history.
  • Crowned “Sportsman of the century” by Sports Illustrated.
  • Won first heavyweight title in a huge upset against Sonny Liston.

3.  Joe Louis:  66 – 3 – 0, 52 KO’s   (Heavyweight)

  • Held World Heavyweight title from 1937-1949.
  • Holds the record for most successful consecutive title defenses for any division at 25.
  • Considered by most, the greatest Heavyweight of all time.

2.  Floyd Mayweather Jr:  49 – 0 – 0, 26 KO’s   (Welterweight)

  • Recently retired undefeated, tying Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0.
  • Won World Titles in 5 different weight classes.  (Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight, Weltereight, Junior Middleweight).
  • Highest paid athlete in the world.

1.  Sugar Ray Robinson:  173 – 19 – 6, 108 KO’s   (Welterweight)

  • Had a 91 fight unbeaten streak from 1943-1951.
  • Widely considered the best boxer ever.
  • The Pound For Pound list was created because of him.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

On october 26th of 1951, Joe Louis (64-3, 1NC, 52 KO’s) took on the fast rising Rocky Marciano (38-0, 33 KO’s at the time), in Madison Square Garden New York City.  The former Heavyweight champ Joe Louis was a slight favorite to win the fight against Marciano, and even outweighed him by 26 pounds.  Loius also had a 9 inch reach advantage over Marciano, and was clearly the bigger man.

In round 1, Marciano pressured Louis constantly, driving him back in to the ropes as he landed a huge right hand.  Marciano being the smaller man, wanted to make this an inside fight, and his shorter arms would actually play an advantage with the way he fought Louis.  Round 2, he continued the pressure, going to Louis’ body and head with thunderous shots.  Louis had no answer yet.

In round 3 though, Joe Louis would find his jab, and throw Marciano completely off of his game.  The frustrated Marciano, being outboxed, would start throwing wild right hands and missing the target consistently.  Round 4, Louis would finally stop Marciano from walking him down, as he continued to box and throw his jab.  He would also land a few power shots towards the end onf the round at close range, which of course were set up by the jab.  Round 5 would be more of the same from Louis, as Marciano looked like he didn’t know what to do.

In the 6th, Marciano would finally go back to his game plan, and Louis would not win another round.  The 7th was a pivotal round, as Rocky landed a huge left hook that momentarily stunned Louis.  And the 8th round would spell the end for who many considered the greatest champion of all time.  Marciano would proceed to land a hard left hook to the head of Louis that put him down for the first time in the fight.  Louis would get up and take two more devastating left hooks that would by followed by a hard right straight to the jaw.  That huge right hand would knock Louis straight through the ropes and out of the ring.  Louis would not be able to answer the 10 count, as Rocky Marciano would defeat the once great champion.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Gennady Golovkin   (31 – 0, 28 KO’s)   HIGHLIGHTS

Martin Murray   (29 – 1 – 1, 12 KO’s)   HIGHLIGHTS

Gennady Golovkin VS Martin Murray (Promo)   Feb 21st 2015, HBO Boxing

On February 1tth of 1990, we arguably witnessed the biggest upset in boxing history.  Mike Tyson (37-0, 33 Ko’s at the time) was a 42-1 favorite against Buster Douglas (29-4-1, 19 Ko’s at the time).  Prior to this fight, 25 of Tyson’s 33KO’s came in the first 3 rounds.  On the flip side, 14 of Douglas’ 19 KO’s came in the first 4 rounds.  With the odds being what they were, this was supposed to be a very easy fight for “Iron” Mike, but I guess everyone has an off night sometimes.

From 1986-1988, Mike Tyson defeated 4 World Champions in a span of 19 months to unify all of the major World titles.  This list included Trevor Berbick, James Smith, Tony Tucker, and Michael Spinx.  It was apparent from the beginning that Tyson was ill prepared for this one, as Douglas Landed 50 punches in the first 2 rounds, compared to only 16 landed by Tyson.  Buster Douglas, seemingly unafraid, did not allow Mike to walk him down, and kept him at bay with his long jab.  Douglas was dealing with the death of his mother, and dedicated this fight to her.  It showed that someone was watching over him if you believe in that kind of stuff, because like I said before, Tyson was a 42-1 favorite, which basically means that Douglas didn’t have a prayer to win this fight.

In the 9th round, after being knocked down in the 8th, Douglas came out swinging with a huge flurry of punches which staggered Tyson.  He would never get his legs back as a result, and the 10th round was one for the history books.  Douglas came out throwing again, and landed a huge uppercut right on the button.  This started another huge flurry, and after the last left hand, Tyson was left lying on his back for a 10 count.

MIKE TYSON VS BUSTER DOUGLAS HIGHLIGHTS:

-David Jukic, INSIDERINGSIDE

Despite what anyone says about Floyd’s recent opponents, and the media making a big deal about “this is his toughest opponent to date”, that is just a media spin to make people watch the fights.  First Robert Guerrero was his toughest opponent.  Mayweather disposed of him with a fairly easy unanimous decision.  Then Canelo, which despite a majority decision by some shady judging, was a really easy fight for Floyd.  Maidana was next which the media also said “he’s Mayweather toughest test”.  Maidana was great thru the first four rounds and then Floyd took over.

The fact of the matter is this.  No one talks about it, but Jose Luis Castillo (first fight), was by far the absolute toughest fight that Mayweather has ever been in.  I’ve mentioned in past articles, that I’ve watched this fight 4 times, and all 4 times i scored it a draw.  With time and experience, wisdom grows tho, so I recently watched the fight again and noticed some things I didn’t see before.  Or maybe didn’t want to see because Mayweather is my favorite fighter, and the reason why i got into boxing.  The final scorecard read like this:

  • Judge Kane:  115-111 Mayweather
  • Judge Roth:  115-111 Mayweather
  • Judge Eneg:  116-111 Mayweather

The difference that i noticed was this, the 6th and 8th rounds.  Very close and very hard to score, but Castillo actually won them if you were looking closely.  In my opinion, Floyd Mayweather (pains me to say), actually lost this fight by unanimous decision with a scorecard of 114-112 in favor or Jose Luis Castillo.  The final punch stats read like this:

  • Total Punches (Castillo):          203 of 506 (40%)       Power Punches (Castillo):          173 of 377 (46%)
  • Total Punches (Mayweather):  157 of 448 (35%)       Power Punches (Mayweather):  66 of 151 (44%)

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT THIS CLASSIC FIGHT:     (comment with your thoughts please)

-David Jukic  INSIDERINGSIDE