Articles of 2003

Manny and Marco

Manny and Marco

By: Joey Knish Nov 14 2003

This Saturday Marco Antonio Barrera takes another step through the ropes wearing the uncrowned title of "The People's Champion" at 126 pounds when he faces off against Philippine slugger Manny Pacquiao. Barrera easily dispatched of Kevin Kelley in April and prior to that had carried Johnny Tapia for 12 rounds. Saturday there is little chance that Barrera will give the dangerous Pacquiao any mo...

Roy Jones an All-Time Great? Hardly

Roy Jones an All-Time Great? Hardly

By: Steve Kim Nov 11 2003

The accolades were over-flowing when Roy Jones downed John Ruiz this past March for the WBA heavyweight crown. Jones became the first middleweight champion to capture a heavyweight belt in over a hundred years. Pundits like Max Kellerman deduced that with his victory over 'the Quiet Man' that maybe, just maybe Jones was a superior fighter than Sugar Ray Robinson. Let me repeat that, I k...

Where Does Roy Jones Rank

Where Does Roy Jones Rank

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 08 2003

Now that Roy Jones has regained his light heavyweight title belts, where does he go? In defeating Antonio Tarver, he beat the top light heavyweight in the world, after him. And yes, Jones did deserve the decision over Tarver. He didn't take Tarver apart, but he showed he's more of a champion than Tarver. When the fight was on the line, Jones did what all-time greats do. He sucked it up in ...

Boxing Addict In Need Of A Fix

Boxing Addict In Need Of A Fix

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 06 2003

What is it about boxing that we love reading about it and talking about it so much? When reading and talking about boxing, the choice of topics to go back and forth on are unlimited. When reading a boxing article, what is it exactly that the reader is looking for? Is it to learn something that they may not have already known? If it's an article about a fight or a fighter, is the reader hoping ...

Helloooo. Anyone listening out there?

Helloooo. Anyone listening out there?

By: Rick Folstad Nov 02 2003

It didn’t come as a surprise that hardly anyone called. After all, the snubbing of Winky Wright has become legendary in the fight game. He’s about as popular as tooth decay and as ignored as a bum on a street corner begging for loose change. The guy couldn’t organize a parade of four without bribing family members. And it’s not that Winky has bad breath or poor table manners or an obno...

Floyd Mayweather Jr: All Questions Answers

Floyd Mayweather Jr: All Questions Answers

By: Frank Lotierzo Nov 01 2003

This past Saturday night, I watched the Floyd Mayweather-Phillip N'dou lightweight title fight on HBO. After watching the Juan Manuel Marquez-Derrick Gainer fight, all Mayweather and N'dou had to do was engage in one exchange, and it would seem like "The Thrilla in Manila." And you know what, it almost turned out to be just that. What a terrific fight! N'dou showed tremendous heart,...

Physical Strength And Punching Power

Physical Strength And Punching Power

By: Frank Lotierzo Oct 31 2003

One of the biggest misconceptions in boxing, is the strength versus punching power correlation. Throughout the history of prize fighting, we've seen many examples of it in all weight divisions. Some fighters have possessed neck breaking power, but they were not super strong physically. An example of those type fighters or punchers would be Thomas Hearns and Roger Mayweather. Both Hearns and Ma...

Love, Hate Relationship

Love, Hate Relationship

By: Steve Kim Oct 30 2003

This Saturday night in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floyd Mayweather makes another defense of his WBC lightweight crown when he takes on the dangerous and hard-punching South African, Phillip Ndou. Now usually around this time before his fights, 'the Pretty Boy' starts becoming 'the Petty Boy' and will start bitching and moaning about his promoter, Bob Arum and just g...

Tapia Meets Barrera

Tapia Meets Barrera

By: Rick Folstad Oct 28 2003

Johnny Tapia reminds me of a guy who always arrives at the airport five minutes before his flight is due to leave. There’s a certain amount of desperation in the way he acts and talks, as though his time is running short. He has an intensity that makes you think his light will burn out long before he finds his way out of the darkne...

KILL  THE BILL Volume 5 — REST ASSURED, McCAIN'S LAW WILL SCREW FIGHTERS

KILL THE BILL Volume 5 — REST ASSURED, McCAIN'S LAW WILL SCREW FIGHTERS

By: admin Oct 26 2003

The 97th Round It's readily apparent that the federal bills we've seen thus far - the Professional Boxer Safety Act, the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, and the proposed Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2003 - are products of a consistent theme: greedy promoters, and awful, corrupt sanctioning bodies exploiting unsuspecting fighters. There are numerous references to these supposed...