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Old 11-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I think I gotta do something as this uni progresses to get you two matched up against each other. It's a fight that is just begging to be made.

As you'll have noticed I've changed the dynamics of the Alliance a little. Where Elmer was the leader in the HBF uni here he's almost like a junior member of the group. He'll become more vocal as time goes by but for now Mr. Jones is the boss. I am really hoping that Haynes can become the IBL's inaugural world champion but with the fighters I have planned to take part in the tourney it'll be tough.
Yeah, SAL/Alvarez needs to happen. I have no doubt that if the HBF/IBL had continued it would of gone down there as well. Don't have Mike around to exchange trash talk with anymore so SAL will have to serve as the replacement.

Yeah, I noticed and I like the change. It makes more sense to have the head trainer be the bossman instead of the youngest and least talented guys in the group. Course, being a Cruiserweight will help Elmer out since the division won't be as deep as HW. I do have a question that I've been meaning to ask which Roy Jones is leading the Alliance, Sr or Jr?
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Yeah, SAL/Alvarez needs to happen. I have no doubt that if the HBF/IBL had continued it would of gone down there as well. Don't have Mike around to exchange trash talk with anymore so SAL will have to serve as the replacement.

Yeah, I noticed and I like the change. It makes more sense to have the head trainer be the bossman instead of the youngest and least talented guys in the group. Course, being a Cruiserweight will help Elmer out since the division won't be as deep as HW. I do have a question that I've been meaning to ask which Roy Jones is leading the Alliance, Sr or Jr?
Definitely Sr. Little Jr. ain't even a glint in his pappa's eyes yet. Gonna be a detailed article on the Alliance coming up in about four or five posts from now.
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I thought it might be Sr. but wasn't sure so I figured I'd check. Good to know that RJJ won't be around for awhile since he'll show up after most of the current Alliance is done with their careers I can feel free to hate on him all I want then.
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The San Diego
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SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2006

NORTON RETAINS WBC TITLE
IN LAS VEGAS


Story by Geoff Klein

San Diego's Ken Norton reaffirmed his status as the best heavyweight in world boxing with a 2nd round knockout of Oakland's Marcelo Franks in Las Vegas last night. The WBC Champion retained his title for the third time since claiming it from the now-retired Texan Donnie Bates in November '04, his record improving to 28-2-1(22). Franks had been on a six-fight winning streak coming into the evening but never got settled before Norton tagged him with a textbook right hand late in round two. Franks wobbled and stumbled before collapsing to the canvas and being counted out at the 2:49 mark. His record is now 26-3(20). Sections of the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino booed the abrupt ending to the contest, having hoped to see what has been a rarity lately: a competitive heavyweight title fight.

Despite their disappointment it was quite clear that Norton had hurt Franks and the 27 year-old was on his back for some time after the knockout, ringside doctors examining him to make sure he had not suffered an injury. As expected Norton was asked the question that fight fans are so eager to get an answer to, that being his plans in regards to the International Boxing League. Two of the division's four recognised champions have signed with the new organisation since the beginning of the month, WBO titlist Terone Haynes inking a contract on the 1st and Russia's giant WBA king Sergey Anyukov agreeing to terms with them this past Wednesday. Norton was evasive on the matter, prefering to celebrate his victory with his fellow southern California pugilists Solly Smith, James Toney and Sam McVey.

There's no doubt that with Haynes and Anyukov already signed by the IBL Norton's involvement in the league's world championship tournament would make it even more of an event. But he has not commented publicly on his feelings towards the IBL, even though his good friend Toney signed a contract with them almost four weeks ago. It could be that Norton is happy with the status quo of being the biggest fish in the alphabet organisation pond. With two of the "big four" titles now vacant he could very well be positioning himself to make a bid to become the division's first undisputed champion since Laurence Mays in 1997. It will certainly be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the weeks and months to come.

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WORLD BOXING REVIEW

v. 52 / e. 4

APRIL 2006

(following are selected entries from the magazine's "Notes & Quotes" section)

***

Saturday 01/04/06

"We be takin' over, y'all!"

Florida cruiserweight Elmer Ray during a meeting between Roy Jones' Pensacola entourage and International Boxing League vice-president Michael Vincennes, at which each member of Jones' camp signed with the organisation.

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Tuesday 04/04/06

"This is who I am, you know? I'm a ladies man. I love women and I ain't gonna apologise for that to no one. But they had me up in their sermons like I was the anti-christ or somethin', sayin' all this bull$h!t about how I was corruptin' their kids and settin' a bad example. And I was just like, who appointed me to set a good example for they kids, man? Ain't that their job? People sayin' that I ran away, but I had no peace there. So damn right, I ran away. Out here in Cali I ain't bein' treated like some freak, ain't bein' persecuted. Folks here ain't got no problem with me, you know? So, yeah, I really think I've found my new hometown."

Heavyweight Jack Johnson during an interview with a Los Angeles sports talk radio show. Johnson relocated to LA in late March to escape harassment from religious groups in his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

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Friday 07/04/06

"My family is worth more than a championship."

Mexican featherweight Gilberto Vasquez, giving a concise answer on why he withdrew his legal action against the International Boxing Federation. He had been intent on suing the organisation over their refusal to grant him an immediate shot at their vacated title but received a number of death threats during March. Apparently one of them involved his wife and child and it led to him changing his mind. To date Mexican police have been unable to come up with any meaningful leads in relation to the threats. The IBF, it's president Michael Jacobs and his good friend and prominent promoter Robert Tattaglia have all been ruled out as suspects. Vasquez (26-2-0(19)) signed a contract with the International Boxing League on the 13th and looks likely to be one of the eight men contesting their featherweight world championship tournament.

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Sunday 09/04/06

"The IBL is going to be fantastic for our sport and we've all decided it's something we want to be a part of. We are like brothers and there was no way one of us was going to sign up without the other two. Our goal is simple: to bring a trio of world championships to Australia. We won't stop until we've achieved it."

Australian middleweight Les Darcy speaking for himself and fellow Aussie pugilists Peter Jackson (heavyweight) and Jeff Fenech (bantamweight) on their decision to sign with the IBL.

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Tuesday 11/04/06

"What the hell makes you think we're in this for the money? If you'd been following what's going on you'd have to know we'll be operating at a big loss for at least the first couple of years. Don't you know who we are? Don't you know how each of us got to this point? If I based my decision to join James in this venture purely on its money-making potential I would have said no to him in five seconds flat. Facts are facts: each one of us possesses enough wealth to live comfortably two times over, so it's never been a consideration. Anyone who questions the integrity of what we're trying to achieve needs a good kick up the backside. We're trying to save this sport. Nothing more, nothing less."

IBL vice-president Michael Vincennes takes a television reporter to task over his assertion that the league's bosses have only become involved in boxing to fatten their bank accounts.

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Wednesday 12/04/06

"I see it as a big challenge, you know? A big chance to test myself against the best heavyweights in the world. I enjoyed my time as the WBA Champion but it got to a stage where I was just treading water, fighting these guys who I knew in my heart weren't worthy. I really can't wait for the tournament to start."

Russia's former WBA Heavyweight Champion Sergey Anyukov explains his reasons for relinquishing his title and signing with the IBL (translated from Russian). The 31 year-old, 6'4" giant presently boasts a 35-1-1(26) record and had defended the WBA belt five times since winning it in October 2003. He'll be one of the top three seeds in the league's world championship tournament and represents Europe's greatest chance at winning the inaugural title.

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Saturday 15/04/06

"Don't get me wrong. I appreciate what Molk and his associates are aiming to do. And I admire them for it. But you'd have to be naive to think that they'll be able to turn boxing's fortunes around within the next few years. It took a long time for the sport to sink to it's current depth and it'll take a long time to push it back up to where it's on a par with baseball and football. As Vincennes said on Tuesday, they're trying to save the sport. That's great but there are plenty of others operating out there who are only interested in feeding on the carcass. They don't care about the future or the integrity of boxing. All they care about is making as much as they can from it right now. It's promoters, it's the sanctioning bodies and it's some of the fighters, also. You just look at some of the names who have turned down the IBL. Sure, they say it's just loyalty, misguided it might be. But there are others who are just on such a good, easy thing right where they are. Why would they risk that? Why would they push themselves and allow themselves to be challenged for something as intangible to them as the benefit of the sport?"

Speaking before the Norton-Franks title fight in Vegas, Showtime's Hugh Ballard expresses his opinion on the tough task the IBL faces in improving boxing's status.

***

Wednesday 19/04/06

"My love and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ guides every decision I make and always will. I felt it in my heart, he was telling me that this was the right path. I feel so fortunate and blessed to be part of something new, something that's just coming to life. I've got the utmost admiration and respect for Mr. Molk, Mr. Vincennes and their associates and I believe with all my being that they've got the best interests of boxing at heart."

Canada's Olympic hero Sam Langford speaking positively on the IBL. The two-time gold medallist will be competing as a cruiserweight but it's currently unconfirmed which tournament he'll be placed in out of the Americas or World Championship events.

***

Saturday 22/04/06

"It's something I thought unimaginable a couple of years ago but maybe now the time has come to consider it."

World Boxing Association President Pedro Vielma raises the possibility of a merger with rival sanctioning body the World Boxing Council in order to strengthen their position against the IBL.

***

Tuesday 25/04/06

"What can I say? They made me feel wanted."

Heavyweight Ken Norton with a simple explanation on why, just a week after defending his WBC Championship, he followed fellow titlists Terone Haynes and Sergey Anyukov in signing with the IBL. Unconfirmed reports claim that Norton has been made both the highest-paid fighter in the league and the #1 seed in the upcoming World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Norton had previously shown little interest in joining the organisation.

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A couple of blogs, one of them a boxing blog, that I follow have recently begun doing a week in quotes feature and it's something I really enjoy so I must say I'm glad to see something similar pop up here. Plus, it allows you to move all a bunch of stories in one nice little package good times. The new style has worked pretty well in speeding things up. You've covered what 4 months in less time then it took to cover a week of HBF/IBL action.
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A couple of blogs, one of them a boxing blog, that I follow have recently begun doing a week in quotes feature and it's something I really enjoy so I must say I'm glad to see something similar pop up here. Plus, it allows you to move all a bunch of stories in one nice little package good times. The new style has worked pretty well in speeding things up. You've covered what 4 months in less time then it took to cover a week of HBF/IBL action.
Thanks, Romy. The storyline about Vasquez suing the IBL planted the idea in my head to use quotes to summarise different story threads. That quote about his family was stuck in my head and it just went from there. I thought if I could use a single quote to push his story along I can do it for others also, like Jacky Johnson.
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Just PM'd Mike on his site to ask him if he's been following. He said yes and added the following:

the trash down in Fla isn't worth my time ... I can let Sal take the trash out.

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Of course, he wants to let SAL try and take me out seeing what happen to him last time we fought. The man isn't dumb so I know he doesn't want to suffer that kind of embarrassment again.
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Thanks, Brooks. Your fighter will be making his first appearance in the next post.
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Just a note on a couple of things in case anyone is wondering about them...

In regards to the history of boxing in this uni it's safe to assume that every past world champion in each weight division from it's beginnings to the current day was a fictional fighter. The only exception to this is any real-life fighters who have been written about so far in the thread as being current or former world champions (eg. Ken Norton, Ray Mercer). There are some other real-life fighters who are current champions that have not been mentioned yet but will be in time. This means that any real-life fighter who I have not included to date (and won't include in the near future) are still yet to start their career, either because they are too young or not born yet.

The other thing is the individuals running the sport and media personalities. I decided to go with a "real organisations, fictional individuals" policy, meaning people such as Don King, Jose Suliman, etc. won't be making appearances. They don't exist in this uni's reality.

Next post is a big one so it won't be up for two or three days.

Hope everyone is enjoying the ride so far.

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Good stuff on the review k_c. Enjoyed the read.

For some reason I'm hearing this constant noise in my ear. There's some overweight dude down south that's full of lip. Mr. Hanson has told me he took a dive in that last fight and that the Icecube would be a push over for even a lighter man.

Mike, I've got my broom and dust pan in hand just waiting to sweep out the trash.
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Good stuff on the review k_c. Enjoyed the read.

For some reason I'm hearing this constant noise in my ear. There's some overweight dude down south that's full of lip. Mr. Hanson has told me he took a dive in that last fight and that the Icecube would be a push over for even a lighter man.

Mike, I've got my broom and dust pan in hand just waiting to sweep out the trash.
Thanks, Scot. A rivalry between two is good but one between three is even better. I think that would be some good stuff.



I'm just over halfway through writing the next post so it should be on here within the next 48 hours, probably earlier.
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Thanks, Scot. A rivalry between two is good but one between three is even better. I think that would be some good stuff.



I'm just over halfway through writing the next post so it should be on here within the next 48 hours, probably earlier.
A rivalry? To me, a rivalry is between two groups that not only don't like each other but also are relatively even and that is clearly not the case here. Anyone with a brain knows how these fights would play out and that is a wide UD for me. Mike is too slow and skill less to pose a threat and that Long fellow well at least Mike has a big punch this dude doesn't have that. When your best chance for a win is for me to break my hands on your face it doesn't make for much of a rivalry. I'll take care of Mike during the regional tournament, if Mike even makes it that far, and that Midwest cat well I'm not worried about him since I doubt he ever makes it far beyond the Midwest bum circuit.
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VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 - APRIL 2006

(following are selected entries from the magazine's
"Fight Review" section)


1 April: Los Angeles, California, USA
Carlos DeLeon (29-1(21)) MD12 Ronnie Hayes (26-3-1(17))
(cruiserweight division, IBF title fight)


Considered the top dog in what is one of boxing's most talent-deprived divisions Puerto Rico's Carlos DeLeon produced a workmanlike effort in retaining his IBF cruiserweight belt against San Diego native Ronnie Hayes. It was a fight short on drama with Hayes incapable of testing the champion and DeLeon content to do just enough to win. The International Boxing League signed DeLeon to a contract three weeks after his victory and while he appears to be the most worthy of claiming the league's inaugural junior-heavyweight championship there are many hoping that Molk and co. have the courage to place the brilliant Canadian Sam Langford into the tournament.

1 April: Paris, France
Petite Fourie (5-0(2)) TKO4 Elijah Bell (7-2(5))
(light-heavyweight division)


In a performance every bit as outstanding as his February win over the Russian Sergei Vaulin, Petite Fourie dissected the Englishman Elijah Bell with the precision of a surgeon. He opened a cut over Bell's left eye late in round one and made it his mission to target it through the next three stanzas, to the point where the referee had no choice but to stop the contest with Bell a bloodied mess at the end of the 4th. Fourie is a fantastically scientific fighter, one who seeks out his opponent's weaknesses and uses them against him. In Bell's case he took advantage of the Caribbean-born fighter's over-aggressiveness. The shot that opened the cut was a perfect counter right hand. The IBL has recognised the 23 year-old's talent, signing him to a contract less than 24 hours after his victory over Bell.

2 April: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Mark Somogyi (8-0(6)) KO2 Andre Lotts (11-9-1(7))
(light-heavyweight division)


Fighting outside of his native Australia for the first time in his career Mark Somogyi scored an outstanding 2nd round KO of local fighter Andre Lotts. After controlling the bout pretty much from the opening bell Somogyi found the mark with a smashing right hand a minute into round two, Lotts banging his head on the canvas and staying motionless for several minutes afterwards. Tired of the lack of worthy opposition down under Somogyi is determined to make a success of himself in the USA. He signed with the IBL two weeks after defeating Lotts and will no doubt have a good chance of success in the league's Inter-Continental light-heavyweight championship tournament. Ironically his involvement in it means that the Lotts fight will serve as his single US performance for some time to come.

2 April: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Adam Brooks (3-0(3)) UD4 Keith Green (2-2(1))
(heavyweight division)


21 year-old Adam Brooks is a native of Loudon, some 380 miles east of Nashville but he had the crowd firmly in his corner as he punished Green for most of the bout's four rounds. He won each of them on all three cards, flooring Green midway through round four. Brooks has a fair share of cockiness about him but isn't one to take himself too seriously as he had the crowd in stitches while being interviewed after his bout. Having been a long-distance runner in high school he's a superbly fit young man. Without a doubt his name will soon be added to what is becoming a long list of talented young American heavyweights.

3 April: Miami, Florida, USA
Cheetah Brown (5-0(5)) KO3 Phillip Bedford (3-3(2))
(heavyweight division)


In his first outing since his February television debut on Friday Night Fights 20 year-old Cheetah Brown destroyed Tampa native Phillip Bedford, flooring him once in the 1st and twice in round three for a comprehensive but one-sided victory. The Pinellas Park-born slugger has since been signed by the IBL who have made it a priority to recruit many of the sport's young talents. Brown is clearly one of them and he could do some damage in the Americas heavyweight championship tournament.

4 April: New York, New York, USA
Riddick Bowe (10-0(8)) TKO3 Vic Harris (13-7-1(7))
(heavyweight division)


Olympic silver medallist Riddick Bowe improved to 11-0 with a ho-hum victory against New Jersey's Vic Harris. Bowe scored one knockdown in each round, the referee stopping the fight after the third one came from a smashing right hand a minute into round three. It will be Bowe's final bout before competiton in the International Boxing League kicks off as he signed with the organisation on April 15. The Brooklyn native looks like being either a low seed in the challenger's tournament or a high one in the Americas Championship tournament.

5 April: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Mark Elwood (9-0(6)) KO2 Darius King (11-2-1(7))
(heavyweight division)


In an eye-catching performance Fremont native Mark Elwood ventured into the heavyweight division for the first time and scored a surprising KO win over an opponent who outweighed him by 25 pounds in Minnesota's promising young slugger Darius King. It looked like being a tight contest through the opening round but when Elwood planted a right hand on King's chin thirty seconds into round two it was all over. King hit the canvas and was out cold, the referee not even bothering to administer a count. Elwood confirmed that despite his fantastic showing he wouldn't be making a habit of fighting as a heavyweight, at least not in the short term. Before April was over he had joined the exodus to the International Boxing League and despite having just ten professional bouts under his belt looks good enough to make a challenge for it's world junior-heavyweight title.

6 April: Berlin, Germany
Max Schmeling (11-0(8)) KO5 Fritz Metzelder (10-4(7))
(heavyweight division)


23 year-old Schmeling continued a steady if unspectacular opening to his professional career, doing just enough to control the contest through the first four rounds before stopping Metzelder with a stinging body shot late in the 5th. Schmeling signed a contract with the IBL on the 20th and looks like being an early favourite to be crowned the league's first Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion. The German people have high hopes for the Olympic bronze medallist and it will be interesting to see how he handles those expectations.

6 April: Berlin, Germany
Scott Mundt (9-0(7)) KO1 Philipp Jansen (7-4-1(4))
(heavyweight division)


Back in action for the first time since February Scott Mundt was in an aggressive frame of mind and Jansen just happened to be the unfortunate soul standing across the ring from him. Mundt dropped him twice in the first sixty seconds of the bout, Jansen failing to beat the count on the back of a devastating left hook. The bout was over at the 1:06 mark, Mundt's record now an impressive 10-0(8). Fighting on the same card as fellow German heavyweight Max Schmeling Mundt certainly outdid him with his destructive victory. The Connecticut-born slugger added his name to the long list of fighters joining the IBL a week after the win.

8 April: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Fulgencio Obelmejias (31-1-1(23)) TKO9 Jamal Hammonds (27-3(21))
(super-middleweight division, IBF title fight)


Obelmejias is regarded as South America's premier boxer and he showed exactly why against Hammonds, dominating the Louisiana native through the first eight rounds before the referee put him out of his misery after a punishing barrage late in the 9th. It was Obelmejias' sixth successful defense of his IBF belt and won't be his last. The 26 year-old revealed after the fight that he had rejected an offer to join the IBL, citing the fact that he'd have to move up to the light-heavyweight division to compete there. For the moment Obelmejias feels he can perform his best at 168 but did not rule out the possibility of a switch down the road.

8 April: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Joe Gans (11-0(7)) KO6 Esteban Rodriguez (8-4-1(5))
(middleweight division)


Two-time Olympic champion Joe Gans is the most popular athlete in his entire homeland of Panama and he kept his perfect record intact with a stoppage win over Puerto Rico's Esteban Rodruguez on the undercard of the Obelmejias-Hammonds title fight. Gans was eighteen when he took gold for the first time in Sydney. Six years later he appears on the verge of professional success also. He said after his win over Rodriguez that what he's seen and heard of the IBL fascinates him, apparently so much that he decided to sign with the organisation the following week.

10 April: London, England
Ashley Jackson (5-0(4)) KO5 James Parkinson (5-3(3))
(welterweight division)


Jackson maintained his impressive career start with a confident showing against Parkinson. The teenager used a potent right jab to built a lead through the opening four rounds before a crunching uppercut early in the 5th turned Parkinson's legs to jelly. He never looked like beating the count, the fight over and done with at the 0:37 mark. The International Boxing League have a high opinion of the teenager as they signed him to a contract a couple of days before this magazine went to print. Despite his inexperience he could make some noise in the welterweight division's Inter-Continental tournament.

10 April: London, England
Allan Thomas (8-0-1(5)) UD6 Jimmy Garrett (6-4(4))
(light-heavyweight division)


England's two-time Olympian and Sydney silver medallist Allan Thomas stayed undefeated with an easy victory over a limited opponent. The 23 year-old was never stretched by Garrett, who was more concerned with surviving than winning the fight. It was an outing that did little more than pad Thomas' record because it did little to convince this observer that he's ready for the big time. The IBL have signed him so they must believe he'll be a worthy competitor in their upcoming tournaments.

13 April: New York, New York, USA
Max Rasmuth (4-0(2)) TKO3 Steven De Luca (2-3(1))
(welterweight division)


Rochester-born welterweight Max Rasmuth moved to 5-0 after dismantling Queens native Steven De Luca inside of three rounds. Using a lightning-fast jab to establish control Rasmuth became more aggressive in round three, landing a number of jolting crosses. With De Luca unable to avoid his shots and failing to land any himself the fight was stopped a minute from the bell. Rasmuth frustrated De Luca with his southpaw stance and defensive prowess throughout the brief contest, his footwork and quickness making it near-impossible for De Luca to get within scoring range. Not simply regarded as a talented prospect, Rasmuth is also thought of as one of the real gentlemen in the sport, something that is unusual in someone so young.

14 April: Lagos, Nigeria
Dick Tiger (24-0-1(18)) TKO11 Taribo Keshi (21-1(17))
(light-heavyweight division, IBF title fight)


The IBF's light-heavyweight king maintained his undefeated record, giving his childhood friend and the current holder of the Nigerian light-heavyweight title Taribo Keshi a shot at the world. IBF president Michael Jacobs had expressed some reservations over the fight as he felt that the two combatants' relationship would have an adverse affect on their performance. He could not have been more wrong as Tiger and Keshi produced one of the contests of the year to date. Keshi gave a great account of himself and on the basis of his efforts the International Boxing League offered him a contract, which he accepted. Keshi had Tiger in all sorts of trouble in round three and then again in the 7th but the champion weathered the storm and took control in round eight. He dominated from that point on and the bout was stopped late in the 11th with Keshi out on his feet after absorbing five unanswered shots. Tiger announced a week after the fight that he would be joining his friend in the IBL, yet another blow to the alphabet soup collective.

15 April: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Eddie Perkins (33-2(24)) SD12 Marvyn Rollins (29-1-1(22))
(junior-welterweight division, WBA title fight)


Fighting on the undercard of the Norton-Franks heavyweight clash Perkins only just retained his title, turning back a mighty determined challenge from Cleveland's Marvyn Rollins. It was a close, competitive fight throughout and in the end a 7th round knockdown that Perkins scored proved to be the difference. He took a 114-113, 113-114, 114-113 split decision verdict. A rematch is being planned for August and like the Venezuelan Obelmejias, Perkins has expressed reservations in regards to competing under the IBL's banner. He would be required to make the jump to the welterweight division, something he's not comfortable with right now.

16 April: Manchester, England
Charlie Beniston (4-0(3)) UD4 Harvey Williams (3-2(1))
(featherweight division)


Beniston is one of the most promising young boxers in the United Kingdom, a native of Nottingham who enjoyed an excellent but brief amateur career before turning pro last October. At 5'11" he's tall for a featherweight and has put that height advantage to good use, especially in his win over Williams. He peppered the London native with a piston-like jab, keeping him on the backfoot and out of range for most of the fight. Beniston is a confident, proud individual who has spoken on more than one occasion of his determination and ambition to relieve the Welshman Jim Driscoll of the featherweight world championship and bring it to England.

18 April: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Juan de la Cruz (3-0(3)) KO2 Dave Harris (3-4(1))
(heavyweight division)


Filipino heavyweights are rare, talented ones even moreso. But that's exactly what the boxing world appears to have in Juan de la Cruz. This 22 year-old from Manila is a 5'10" ball of muscle and bad intentions. He tipped the scales at 225 for his bout against Harris and decimated the Aussie in front of a hostile Sydney crowd. Possessing a hair-trigger temper de la Cruz is a fascinating prospect and it will be interesting to follow his progress.

20 April: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Greg Gorecky (4-0(2)) KO3 Allan Lister (3-2(1))
(middleweight division)


This 24 year-old Canadian has already overcome the adversity of a painfully difficult childhood to get where he is today. The fact that he's now 5-0 and looks to be one of his nation's most promising fighters of the past ten years just makes him even more extraordinary. Gorecky peppered Lister with a lightning left jab, keeping the Vancouver native off balance for much of the fight before flooring him for a full count midway through the 3rd. Gorecky was in negotiations with the IBL when this issue went to print and looks likely to be a starter in their Americas middleweight championship tourney.

22 April: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
John Mugabi (29-2-2(27)) KO3 James Patton (25-3(18))
(junior-middleweight division, WBO title fight)


"The Beast" was unleashed in Atlantic City, pummeling the highly regarded local James Patton into oblivion inside of three rounds to stretch his undefeated streak to twenty fights, eight of which have been in defense of his WBO belt. It was Mugabi's twelfth consecutive stoppage win, seven of which have come inside of four rounds. The Ugandan recently expressed his frustration over being unable to secure a lucrative unification bout against WBC/IBF Champion Mike McCallum and has openly accused the Jamaican of ducking him. Just 48 hours after his defeat of Patton, Mugabi announced that he had relinquished his belt and joined the IBL as a middleweight. It's a huge signing for the league, one that will make it's middleweight world championship tournament even more talent-packed than it already figures to be.

22 April: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Mickey Walker (10-0(8)) TKO2 Freddie Stanton (7-5-1(5))
(middleweight division)


Walker took to the ring in the opener of Mugabi's AC fight card and made short work of an overwhelmed Freddie Stanton. The Elizabeth native pounded Stanton mercilessly until the referee stepped in to end the carnage two minutes into the 2nd. Walker is a good friend of heavyweight Joe Jeannette and trains at the same North Bergen gym as him. While Jeannette signed with the IBL back in February Walker deliberately delayed doing the same until this month so that he could stay active for as long as possible before the league's tournaments begin. He'll be a definite starter in the Americas Middleweight Championship tournament but might even pinch a low seed in the Challenger's tournament. Wherever he ends up Walker will be one to keep an eye on in the months ahead.

24 April: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Nicolas Fillion (4-0(1)) UD4 Kevin Begovic (2-2(1))
(lightweight division)


Fillion was much too clever and sharp for Begovic to handle in this contest, not only beating him to the punch but also keeping out of harm's way with some excellent defensive skills. Fillion was born and raised in the Saguenay borough of Chicoutimi and is an organised young man. He's currently still enrolled in Quebec City's Universite Laval, just in case his boxing career doesn't pan out. Based on his performances to date we at Boxing Monthly have a feeling that won't be a problem.

25 April: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Eric Bengtson (5-0-1(3)) MD6 Brett Seymour (5-3-1(3))
(welterweight division)


Hometown favourite Bengtson had some trouble overcoming Seymour, taking the verdict by scores of 58-56 (twice) and 57-57. To this observer a draw would not have been a terrible result as both men had their moments. Bengtson is a good friend of the hard-hitting middleweight from Chippewa Falls, Jake Morrison, who actually accompanied him to the ring on this night. The 19 year-old confirmed after the bout that he's "all but signed" a contract to fight under the banner of the IBL and will be taking part in the league's upcoming tournaments.

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Hi, folks. I'm now at the point where I have to figure out the entire field of entrants and seedings for each of the IBL's upcoming tourneys. I've got an excel spreadsheet with details of all the fighters who have been mentioned so far in the uni and whether they have joined the IBL or not. Also on it are fighters who have not yet appeared in the uni and fall into either camp.

As you would understand selecting 504 fighters for the tournaments is quite a task and writing about all of them would just not be possible without taking far too much time, which is why so many of them have not been mentioned to date. As I said when I started this thread I don't want to be bogged down in the detail that made the HBF/IBL uni move at a snail's pace.

Therefore the very next post I make in this thread will be the IBL's big unveiling. Everything will be revealed from the entrants, seedings, the opening round matchups and when they take place to how the league will work once the tourneys are over. I made a note to myself in the days after I started planning this which said "get to the tourneys QUICKLY". I think I'm going to succeed in doing this. After the next post there will be four more articles that take us through to early June, at which point the IBL tournaments will kick off.

I'm going to be overseas for five weeks from December 23 and won't be able to work on the uni during that time so I'm hoping to get as much done in it between now and then. I'd like to thank everyone who's been following it to this point and hope you stay with it into the future. If I have been able to entertain you with this story then I am very happy.

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Hi, folks. I'm now at the point where I have to figure out the entire field of entrants and seedings for each of the IBL's upcoming tourneys. I've got an excel spreadsheet with details of all the fighters who have been mentioned so far in the uni and whether they have joined the IBL or not. Also on it are fighters who have not yet appeared in the uni and fall into either camp.

As you would understand selecting 504 fighters for the tournaments is quite a task and writing about all of them would just not be possible without taking far too much time, which is why so many of them have not been mentioned to date. As I said when I started this thread I don't want to be bogged down in the detail that made the HBF/IBL uni move at a snail's pace.

Therefore the very next post I make in this thread will be the IBL's big unveiling. Everything will be revealed from the entrants, seedings, the opening round matchups and when they take place to how the league will work once the tourneys are over. I made a note to myself in the days after I started planning this which said "get to the tourneys QUICKLY". I think I'm going to succeed in doing this. After the next post there will be four more articles that take us through to early June, at which point the IBL tournaments will kick off.

I'm going to be overseas for five weeks from December 23 and won't be able to work on the uni during that time so I'm hoping to get as much done in it between now and then. I'd like to thank everyone who's been following it to this point and hope you stay with it into the future. If I have been able to entertain you with this story then I am very happy.

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Wow 5 weeks? Work or Play? hopefully the latter. as always great stuff KC
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Wow 5 weeks? Work or Play? hopefully the latter. as always great stuff KC
Definitely play. My wife's taking me to meet her family in the Philippines. My first overseas trip.

One other thing, if anyone is having trouble finding their fighter's appearances in the uni all you have to do is do a search for his name within the thread.

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Sweet, that sounds like it's going to be nice vacation hope you enjoy yourself. As for the IBL, I'm looking forward to the big introduction. I can't wait to see who'll be in the tournaments. I think it's safe to say that you've done a hell of a job on the "get to the tournaments quickly" front. This uni has been moving along on a really nice pace.
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