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278 days ago

Eubank at his best could give any boxer between Middleweight and Cruiserweight hell. He was tough as nails with a granite jaw, a high-quality defensive counter puncher with one-punch KO power and the skills required to outbox almost anyone.

He made his name on the international scene by harrasing and chasing WBO World Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn. The "Dark Destroyer" had lost previous to Micheal Watson and had destroyed a whole host of fighters to be considered the hardest puncher in the division. Eubank was undefeated in 24 fights and looking to usurp Benn's place at the top. What followed was the greatest fight in British Boxing history and one of the greatest fights in Boxing History period as Eubank and Benn abandonned all pretext of scoring points and simply looked to knock the hell out of each other. This monumental clash ended in the 9th round with Eubank emerging victorious.

Eubank then defended his title two times before fighting Micheal Watson. The one-time conquerer of Benn, Watson was a highly ranked Middleweight who had been messed around by McCallum for a almost a full year before getting his fight against the Jamaican, he would then lose his World Title fight against McCallum. Eubank won by majority decision but the fight was close enough that calls for a rematch emerged immediately.

At this time the Middleweights were starting to move up to Super Middleweigth so Eubank/Watson 2 would be held at a higher weight for the WBO Super Middleweight Title. This was to be one of the most tragic moment in modern Boxing. Watson put on a clinic, ahead on all cards after 10 rounds and in the 11th he knocked Eubank to the canvas, but Eubank rose almost uneffected and hit a killer uppercut to knock Watson down. The round ended and Eubank went back to his corner knowing he needed a KO to win. Watson was rocked early in the 12th and soon the fight was stopped with Watson unable to respond to Eubank's offense. Eubank had won, but Watson was more hurt than anyone could have guess and he collapsed before he even left the ring and left left paralysed for life thereafter.

The fate of Micheal Watson destory Eubank's killer instinct and he was never the same ruthless fighter again. Over the next two years he defended his title, getting victories over the likes of Thulani Malinga, Tony Thornton and Lindell Holmes, when he once more met an old rival.

While Eubank had been dominating the British scene his old enemy Benn had gone to America and become the dominant force for the WBC in that division. A unification fight was inevitable. And so it came to pass that Benn and Eubank clashed once more only this time it was on PPV Box Office at Old Trafford in front of 42,000 fans in attendence and a half a billion fans world wide. It was a brutal contest that was close throughout and ended in a draw. This was controversial since most thought that Benn had done enough to win it but it was still close enought that the result was far from ain injustice.

Don King had promoted the event and signed a contract with Eubank and Benn and their camps saying that the winner and loser of the fight would sign with King and become part of his stable. Surprisingly, King had not foreseen a draw and what that could mean. Eubank didn't want to be a King fighter so he used this loophole to get out of the contract and stay independent of King, and in such a way he and Barry Hearn became some of the few people to have outwitted and screwed King out of a deal.

Eubank's next fight was against undefeated Graciano Rocchigianni in Germany. A dangerous fighter who had previously relinquished the IBF Super Middleweight title to move up to Light Heavyweight. Not Rocchigianni dropped back down to challenge Eubank, but he was dominated by Eubank and lost by UD.

It would be the year after that that Eubank tasted defeat for the first time at the hands of the "Celtic Warrior" Steve Collins. Collins outworked the posturing Eubank to win by UD, though ironically Collins was there for the taking in the later rounds and was knocked down but Eubank backed off and didn't finish him. He would fight Collins' again and once more would loss to the harder working Irishman on points.

When Collins' retired Eubank himself came out of retirement to fight the up-and-coming Joe Calzaghe. Eubank was knocked down twice by the younger, faster and harder-working Calzaghe but he made the fight as difficult for Calzaghe as he could and Calzaghe still counts it as one of the hardest fights he ever had.

Eubank then turned his back on the Super Middleweights and moved up to Cruiserweight. He took on WBO World Champion Carl "the Cat" Thompson. Once more, like in the Collins' fight, Eubank had Thompson there for the taking but backed off. He lost that fight by a close UD. A rematch quickly followed but this one failed to go the distance because while Eubank was ahead on all scorecard he was forced to retire as a result of a left-eye injury.

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309 days ago

A tremendous fight, although both fighters were past their prime. Ali and Frazier seemed to bring out the best in each other, and the result was this 14 round exhibition of scientific savagry.

Ali had apparently expected an easy payday against an aging Frazier, but had to endure a fierce assault during the early rounds that staggered him several times before he was able to regroup and counter. According to some reports Ali whispered in Frazier's ear in one of the middle rounds, "Joe, they told me you was all washed up" Frazier growled back, "They told you wrong, pretty boy."

By the late rounds both men were battered, Frazier fighting nearly blind with cuts and swelling. After the 14th, Frazier's trainer told the referee to stop the fight to save his fighter further, possibly permanent damage. At the same moment, Ali was telling his cornermen to cut his gloves off because he could no longer continue. Ali later said that "Frazier quit just before I did. I didn't think I could fight any more."

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321 days ago

The 'Byrd Man', is one of our World's Top Shelf Ref's. Has a smooth style, coupled with a no-nonsense approach, in a fair and balanced manner. Been in the 'Game' a long time, as a Fighter-Ref-Judge, and Fan... As Berretta said: 'You can take this Guy to the Bank'.. YTMitR.

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363 days ago

Vitali is, without a doubt, a very good heavyweight. He possess strength, durability and skill in abundance and he possesses a large body which, naturally, gives him an advantage as a heavyweight. His stats as a professional are very impressive because, to date, he has only lost two fight in a career that has seen him compete in over 40 fights, with KO ratio of 86% - the second best KO ratio in boxing history next to Rocky Marciano.

However, the Klitschko dominated era of heavyweight boxing has been filled with weak opposition. In Vitali's long career he has only ever fought one all time great - Lennox Lewis - and he lost that battle. Other than Lewis, Vitali has faced nobody who is considered a top ten all time great heavyweight, the next highest level calibre fighter he faced was Chris Byrd or Herbie Hyde - neither of whom were considered amongst the top ten fighters of their era - beating one and losing to the other.

Further, Vitali's legacy takes a hit by his refusal to fight Wladimir Klitschko. This is a mutual decision between both brothers, but by failing meet his most dangerous potential opponent he has instead been seen to feast upon a host of vastly inferior opponents and this, in turn, weakens his place amongst the all time great list.

It is, perhaps, an indication of the lack of depth in the heavyweight division at present that even now in 2012, almost ten years after the fight, Vitali is still defined by his valiant effort against Lennox Lewis and not by the rest of his career.

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368 days ago

Lennox was as good a heavyweight as there was to be found in the 1990's. He was big, quick, powerful, technically skilled and intelligent. He is one of only a handful of men to have avenged any loss he suffered and he beat every man he ever faced.

Lennox's flaw was a lazy streak. After a while at the top he became complacent and started underestimating his opposition and not training or preparing for the fights. His loses against McCall and Rahman are examples of this.

He acquired a reputation for having a "glass chin" and "no heart" because of his KO loses to McCall and Rahman, but this has been blown out of proportion considering the wars he had with Mercer, Mavrovic, Holyfield and even Vitali Klitschko.

In all, Lennox easilly is one of the top ten all time great heavyweights but because of his laziness, and because of his defeats at the hands of vastly inferior opposition, he is only a top 50 all time great when the other divisions are added for consideration.

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602 days ago

Brandon's 29-0-1(22 kayo's) what if he had to give up his WBA lightweight title cause he couldn't make weight..He'd still make an excellent president of Weight Watcher's and could
knock out any of the current presidential a debate..

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627 days ago

When Roberto Duran Was Properly Trained and In Shape, Ray Leonard Could Never Beat Him.
That's Exactly The Reason That Duran Was Sold Out By His Manager.
Carlos Eleta, Duran's Manager, Signed The 2nd Fight Too Soon Because He Was Offered A Lot Of Money If The Rematch Happened Very Soon.
Ray Leonard and His Management Team Were Banking On This.
So After Roberto Duran Beat Ray Leonard In Their First Fight On June 20th 1980, He Partyed Like Like Crazy And Gained 80 Pounds.
Ray Leonard Began Training For The 2nd Fight About 1 Week After Their 1st Fight Took Place.
He Trained For 5 Months For The Fight While Duran Trained For About 2.0 Months.
And Remember Roberto Had To Lose 80 Pounds.
Losing All That Weight Left Roberto Weak And Dehydrated.
Ray Leonard and His Team Were Well Aware Of All This, Since They Were Having Duran Watched Closely.
Sugar Ray Leonard Never Ever Wanted To Tangle With Roberto Duran.
He Even Tried To Avoid Fighting Duran The 1st Time And Was Close To Getting His Title Stripped If He Fought Someone Else.
Duran Offered To Give Away All The Money He Received From The 2nd Fight To Charity For A 3rd Fight With Ray Leonard.
Ray Leonard Never Ever Fought Roberto Duran Again At WelterWeight.
He Made Duran Wait 9 Years And Fought Him At A Higher Weight.
In Their 3rd Fight All Ray Did Was Run, Run, And Then Run More.
He OutPointed Duran, But It Was A Boring Fight With Very Little Sustained Action.
Ray Leonard Proved, To Me, Once Again, That He Is The Biggest Phony In Boxing History.
He Was Always Given So Many Advantages Over His Opponents.
In Fact, He Was Given Decisions That He Did Not Deserve Because Boxing Had Too Much Invested In Him.

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660 days ago

One of the all time greats.It seemed as if this guy could not be stopped by a steam roller.He was tough,and could really hit with amazing power. RIP.

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661 days ago


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Smokin' Joe Frazier 1944 - 2011
R.I.P. Champ

Joe Frazier has died. A little piece of my past has gone with him. He was one of my boyhood idols. Hard to believe. To have been a young fan of boxing during one of the greatest era of heavyweight boxing is something I will never forget. That was at a time when the heavyweight title was the biggest prize in all of sports, maybe bigger than just about anything. On March 8, 1971 Joe Frazier beat my other boyhood idol, Muhammad Ali in their epic 15 round championship fight. On that night Joe Frazier was king of the world.

My condolences to the Frazier family. Go with God Joe!

This is for Smoking Joe Frazier.

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Joe, I became a fan of yours on May 4, 1967 when you beat ScrapIron Johnson in 10 at the old Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. This was the first time I saw you fight. ScrapIron was a tough guy. You impressed the hell out of this seventh grader. You impressed my father too and he was not so easily impressed. I knew you were something special. You proved me right when in your very next fight you Ko’ed one of the toughest man to ever lace up a pair of gloves, George Chuvalo, no easy feat but you did it in four.

Over the next few years you ran up a string of victories against guys like Buster Mathis, Mexico’s Manuel Ramos and a second win against the Argentinian Bull, Oscar Bonavena. You beat one of my favorite fighters, not once but twice when you stopped West Coast favorite “Irish” Jerry Quarry in both fights. I admired the way you stayed out of the heavyweight tournament, content with the New York state version of the heavyweight title, knowing all along that your day was coming. You never doubted yourself.

Your time arrived when you faced the elimination Champ Jimmy Ellis at the Madison Square Garden on February 16, 1970, stopping him in the fifth at the Madison Square Garden. Now you were the undisputed champ. You earned that title the hard way. No one can say Joe Frazier was born with a silver spoon in his mouth!

Your next fight, a fifth round KO of the great Light heavyweight Champion, Bob Foster, sealed the deal and “The Fight of the Century” was set. I believe to this date it was the most anticipated fight of all time. I couldn’t wait.

I was still in high school when that fight took place. I have to be honest, I was as much a fan of Muhammad Ali as I was of Smoking Joe Frazier but I did know one thing. Smoking Joe was going to win this fight. I bet my weeks lunch money on you, five bucks. I knew that the man I saw beat ScrapIron did not know how to lose. Granted, Scrap Iron was no Ali but I knew that you had the right stuff inside you to find a way to win. You didn’t disappoint. You were great that night Joe, about as great as any heavyweight champ in history. I can’t imagine how you felt that night. Both of you made history that night, two legitimate undefeated heavyweight champions with a rightful claim to the title facing each other. You came through that night Joe. You had a heart the size of the moon and it didn’t let you down.. You were King of the world that night Joe! That bum I bet the five dollars with never did pay me but it didn’t matter, you gave me bragging rights too.

You never left anything in the ring Joe, your heart and your style didn’t permit it. You fought like a man Joe, no one can ever question that. Sometimes though, as they say, styles make fights and George Foreman had the right style, that’s life. We can’t always choose when we are going to lose but we can choose how we lose. That Smoking Joe heart kept you from staying on the canvas. When I look at the tapes of that fight I am always moved by your courage, and you big heart.. There was no quit in Joe Frazier. You faced him again a few years later. Not many would have faced Big George a second time.

You would meet Ali three times in total but it was the third fight, the “Thrilla in Manilla” that would once again cause the world to stand still and hold it’s breath while you and Ali would meet at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, again making history in what many consider the greatest heavyweight fight in history.

You had a career to be proud of Joe and you gave fight fans like me a thrill that has lasted a lifetime. You always carried yourself with pride and distinction and made your family proud. I remember that era, possibly the greatest in heavyweight history and I remember Joe Frazier. You stood head and shoulders above the rest. You were one the fighters that inspired me to become a boxer.

Thanks for the memories Joe.

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661 days ago

Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!
...Frazier finally beats Ali to death.

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