Articles of 2003

Kirk Johnson Has Little Appetite For Success

Kirk Johnson Has Little Appetite For Success

By: Rick Folstad Dec 10 2003

Bubba didn't have a good night. Maybe that's because waffles, chocolate cake, Big Macs and mashed potatoes don't sit well when you're getting ready to fight. Ding Dongs and Twinkies are not the breakfast of champions. In preparing to go 12 hard rounds in a career-making fight, most fighters will actually watch what they eat. It's part of a popular program known as "training....

Joe Mesi: Questions And Concerns

Joe Mesi: Questions And Concerns

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 09 2003

A few months back after heavyweight Joe Mesi stopped DaVarryl Williamson in the first round, I wrote a column titled "Don't Overreact To Mesi's Early Knockout." The purpose of the article was to try and quell some of the overreaction and analization of Mesi based off of a one round knockout. As I've said before, first round knockouts are the worst scenario in which to accurately jud...

So if it is the Holidays, Where's the Grinch?

So if it is the Holidays, Where's the Grinch?

By: Joey Knish Dec 09 2003

Saturday night on HBO we saw heavyweight mammoth Vitali Klitschko and Joe Mesi take steps that each hope will move them toward an eventual heavyweight title. If that happens we could have two of the nicest young men in the sport wearing title belts around their waists . . . but who wants that? I know that the holiday season is officially upon us and everyone is in the spirit of goodwill toward men...

I Was Wrong.

I Was Wrong.

By: Steve Kim Dec 08 2003

Last week I told you that Kirk Johnson would beat Vitaly Klitschko. Well, that goes right along with my predictions that 'Gigli' would be a box-office smash, that Members Only jackets would always be in style, that beta would be more popular than VHS and that Michael Jackson could be trusted with...

Lewis vs. Klitschko II: Why It Will Happen

Lewis vs. Klitschko II: Why It Will Happen

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 07 2003

Who's the best fighter in the heavyweight division? I would say that mostly everyone throughout the boxing community would agree that it's Lennox Lewis. Other than a major slip against Hasim Rahman in April of 2001, Lewis has clearly been the best heavyweight since March of 1999 when he clearly beat Evander Holyfield and was shafted out of the decision. Some may argue that Lewis has been t...

Three Prediction: KLitschko-Johnson Mesis-Barrett & More

Three Prediction: KLitschko-Johnson Mesis-Barrett & More

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 04 2003

On Saturday night December 6th, two heavyweight fights will take place in the boxing Mecca of the world, New York's Madison Square Garden. In the main event Vitali Klitschko will fight Kirk Johnson. This is a fight that features two of the top ranked heavyweights in the world who don't hold a title. Prior to the Klitschko-Johnson title elimination, undefeated Joe Mesi will take on fringe c...

The Future of the Heavyweight Division

The Future of the Heavyweight Division

By: Rick Folstad Dec 03 2003

Take a long, careful look. The future of the heavyweight division might suddenly show up on HBO Saturday night. It will probably speak with a thick accent, stand about 6-foot-7 and have a certain resolve to it, a stubborn commitment born of tough breaks, bad press and sad endings. It will be polite, honest and candid and will show an intelligence usually associated with ivy-covered walls, Ph.Ds...

KILL THE BILL  Vol. 6 – UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS

KILL THE BILL Vol. 6 – UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS

By: admin Dec 01 2003

The 98th Round Back on May 10, 2002, junior middleweight contender Kassim Ouma stepped into a ring at Delaware's Dover Downs for his fight with Jason Papillon, wearing a back ad displaying the name of an online casino - something that was expressly forbidden by the televising outlet, ESPN. Contracts issued by the network had included a clause that if a fighter did indeed wear one of these bac...

A White Heavyweight Contender: So What

A White Heavyweight Contender: So What

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 01 2003

Now that Joe Mesi has scored an impressive knockout in his HBO debut, look out! The HBO-Mesi relationship is about to begin. Muhammad Ali had a saying about Jerry Quarry and Duane Bobick in the early 1970's, who were the main white heavyweight contenders during that era. It went something like this when referring to Quarry and Bobick, "They Have The Complexion and The Connection To Get The Pro...

World Domination Will be Halted.

World Domination Will be Halted.

By: Steve Kim Dec 01 2003

The most recent HBO promotion run on their network has both Vitaly Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, on a secluded island, plotting world domination of the heavyweight division. The two hulking Ukrainians laugh maniacally as they plot out supremacy in boxing's marquee division like Lex Luther did in Superman comic strips. All this for a pair of brothers, who before Wlad's blowout of F...