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Old 02-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Next up we have action in the LHW division with Cuban prospect Juan Carlos Gomez taking on American Johnny Colan. Gomez enters a perfect three wins, zero losses and three knockouts while Colan has two wins, three losses and one draw.

The fighters are on their way to the ring, the crowd inside as Arena Gardens is nearly two-thirds full in anticipation of this stellar card.

Round One:

The fighters meet at the center of the ring and Colan motions Gomez in. Gomez lands a beautiful the shot combination that finishes with a massive uppercut, Colan is down. He is out cold and won’t be getting up. Wow, what a destructive performance by the young Cuban product knocking out Johnny Colan is just fifty-two seconds.

Result: Juan Carlos Gomez 4-0 (4) KO1 Johnny Colan 2-4-1
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Up next, a HW clash from Reynaldo Minus of the Bahamas and Andre Purlette of Guyana. There should be plenty of fireworks with these two big fellows in the ring. Minus brings a record of five wins all via knockout compared to three losses while Purlette sports four wins, three losses and three knockouts.

Round One:

Both men are talking and motioning towards each other before the bell. They charge, Minus sticks a nice jab and another. Big left from Bahamas product staggers Purlette. Minus goes to the body nicely and smashes the Guyana product with a blistering uppercut. Purlette crashes a big hook into Minus’s chin and sends him reeling across the ring. These guys are some big punchers and are throwing some serious leather out there. Purlette fakes to the body and crashes Minus upstairs with another huge hook. Minus falls into the ropes and bounces off with a brutal attack that stops Purlette in his tracks. Big shot after big shot from Minus, as he tees off on Purlette. Minus appears to have a speed advantage and is beating Purlette to the punch repeatedly. What a round, the capacity crowd is on their feet in appreciation.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Minus

Round Two:

Purlette sticks a huge hook into Minus’s ribcage to start the round – that one stung. Big combination from Minus backs off Andre. We are picking up right we left off last round as the men continue to trade heavy leather. Minus staggers Purlette with a big shot, Purlette returns the favor and wobbles Minus. The fighters clinch and Minus fires a few body shots on the break. The fighters are standing face to face with virtually zero movement, they clinch and Purlette smashes Minus with an arcing cross moments before the bell.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Purlette
Total: 19-19

Round Three:

The fighters meet at the center of the ring and Minus walks into a barrage of punches from Purlette, he is down and hurt. Minus is up quickly, but certainly doesn’t have his feet or senses about him. Purlette attacks and lands a huge left flush, Minus dropped like he had been shot. He is badly hurt at this point. Miraculously, Minus is up, barely beating the count. The lights are on, but nobody is home at this point. Purlette moves in for the kill, but is missing with wild punches. Andre better measure himself or he will punch himself out. Smashing hook from Purlette and Minus is down for a third time in the third. He is getting up, unreal. The referee takes a look at Minus and calls it, he is completely out of it. Purlette is your victor via technical knockout at 2:00 of the third.

Result: Andre Purlette 5-3 (4) TK03 Reynaldo Minus 5-4 (5) (The judges had the fight 19-19x2, 20-18 Minus at the time of the stoppage)

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The crowd is abuzz awaiting the entry of Canadian sensation Arturo Gatti. The Canadian phenom sports a record of two wins, all by knockout and no losses. Arturo burst onto the GPF scene in November1920 and has dominated his first two opponents, Martin Reilly and Virgil McClendon.

Gatti is on a short list of Canadian fighters in the GPF that is considered a serious title contender in the near future. Canada’s only real contender at the moment is LW Arthur King who sports a record of six wins and one loss. Top Canadian prospect, LW Armand Savoie made his professional debut earlier this month with a ten round unanimous decision over Philippine Johnny Alba.

Boucher enters this fight winning two of his last three fights and has been in the ring with top WW contender Jose Luis Lopez, Ted Kid Lewis and Owen Ziegler. Boucher has three wins, four losses and one knockout.

Round One:

Boucher comes out aggressive sticking his jab in Gatti’s face. Boucher catches Gatti with a wild hook that shakes the Montreal product. Boucher, from Toronto, has the home crowd screaming his name as he lands another big shot on Gatti. Donovan smashes a straight right through Gatti’s gloves and rips a hook to the body. This is the first time in his young career Gatti is in trouble. Halfway through the round Boucher rips another body shot and hook to the head, Arturo swings a misses wildly. Boucher lands a nice uppercut and rips more shots to the body. Gatti is not fighting back. As the round closes, Boucher rips a jab to the head and midsection at the bell. A huge round for Boucher.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Boucher

Round Two:

The fighters meet at the center of the ring and Gatti start to utilize his jab for the first time. Gatti goes to the body and lands a huge uppercut. Boucher tasted Gatti’s power for the first time today and moves away. Gatti follows and rips a jab followed by a powerful overhand right. Boucher catches Gatti flush with a straight right and blood spews from Gatti’s mouth. The cut doesn’t slow Gatti down as he rips into Boucher body with three consecutive punches. The fighters clinch until “Thunder” Gatti unleashes another brutal body attack at the two minute mark. Boucher is desperately trying to clinch as Gatti misses a huge bomb by an inch. More work from Arturo to the body as the bell sounds.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Gatti
Total: 19-19

Round Three:

Boucher starts round three with much of the same, holding and clinching. Ohh, Boucher is clearly holding Gatti and hitting, which draws the ire of referee Michael Griffin. Gatti lands two consecutive solid jabs and Boucher returns a hail mary overhand right that lands flush, Gatti is down, Gatti is down at the fifty-eight second mark of the third. For the first time in his brief career, Gatti has hit the canvas. Canada’s star prodigy may not be getting up from that….Gatti is struggling to his feet, but appears out of it. He just beat the count and is up, wobbly, by eight. Boucher is going for the kill, throwing everything at the injured Gatti. Amazingly, everything is missing or being blocked by Arturo. Boucher lands a short left and follows it with a crushing cross to Gatti’s head. Can Gatti survive the last minute? Boucher lands another jab and straight right, Gatti is in real trouble, covering up and trying to clinch. Boucher unleashes a flurry of vicious shots that all miss their mark. There is the bell – Gatti made it, barely.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-8 Boucher
Total: 29-27 Boucher

Round Four:

Boucher is off to a flying start to round four, sticking his jab and attacking the wounded Gatti. Boucher goes to the body with limited success and lands a nice one-two to the head. Gatti, backpedaling, rips a looping hook that stops Boucher in his tracks. He’s cut Boucher and it’s a bad one. Donovan’s eyelid is split and there is a gaping gash over his left eye. Griffin is halting the action and calling in the physician, it’s over and he didn’t need a second look at that. What a turn of events, seemingly out on his feet Gatti snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. Boucher’s eye is tattered and as he protests the stoppage.

Result: Arturo Gatti 3-0 (3) TKO4 Donovan Boucher 3-5 (1) (Boucher led 29-27 on all three cards at the time of the stoppage)

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We are approaching our main event of the evening, featuring top featherweight contender Tommy O’Toole of the United States and Watty Austin of South Africa. O’Toole, most recently stopped Marino Gonzalez via fifth round technical knockout and Austin was a winner of Silvino Jamito via disqualification, in a fight Austin had under complete control.

O’Toole is considered a top five contender to the title by nearly all media outlets; while Austin is a fringe top ten-fifteen featherweight according to most sources. With a solid win here and in his next outing, O’Toole could book a year end title shot. Seki and Pep face off next month for the title and Hamed and Alejandro Gonzales, the only man to beat O’Toole, squaring off next weekend with the winners of each bout likely facing off sometime this summer.

O’Toole enters with a record of nine wins, one loss and three knockouts while Austin comes in at six wins, one loss, one draw and one knockout. The fighters have made their way into the ring and the crowd is buzzing with excitement. This should be a good one between these two fire plugs.

Round One:

O’Toole charges Austin and land a series of punches that seemed to surprise the South African. The men circle and O’Toole goes to the body and follows it with a wicked combination to the head. The American is unleashing a massive assault in the first round. O’Toole charges in again and eats an incredible hook from Austin, O’Toole is shaken. O’Toole circles away and lands a jab, but eats two in return from Austin. The men clinch and regroup; O’Toole pushes free and smashes Austin with a right cross followed by a left. The bell sounds in an action packed round that brings the crowd to their feet.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 O’Toole

Round Two:

The fighters move in and Austin seems to be using his movement much better to start this round than last. O’Toole can’t find his range and Austin is beating him to the jab. Excellent defense from Austin as he avoids a barrage of punches from the American. Huge hook from Austin lands and sends O’Toole backwards. Tommy can’t penetrate the South African’s defense and is starting get frustrated a miss badly. Austin goes for the homerun shot and barely misses his target. O’Toole throws a ton of leather, but once again Austin’s defense is up for the challenge. There’s a cross from O’Toole that finally gets through. O’Toole lands a left, right, left combination that does little damage. Austin attacks the American’s body with a barrage of punishment. O’Toole is grabbing at this point and Austin smashes him with a cross at the bell.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 19-19

Round Three:

Austin comes out firing in round three with a jab and weak hook that connect. Austin rips a nasty uppercut through that wobbles the American. They trade a violent flurry in the center of the ring; O’Toole got the better of that exchange. Austin is hammering O’Toole with the jab. Watty is really moving around the ring well. Austin lands two more jabs and solid hook to the body. O’Toole comes back with successive jabs and Austin continues to land downstairs. Austin lands a big right and eats a hook from Tommy in the process. The fighters continue to trade toe to toe with minimal success as the round comes to an end. What a fight we have brewing here folks.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 29-28 Austin

Round Four:

The fighters come out for the fourth and trade misses. Austin sticks his jab and finds a home for the uppercut again. The men appear much more cautious this round pawing their jabs out and circling. One minute through with little action to speak of. O’Toole goes to the body and follows with a solid cross. Austin continues to land the jab and keep O’Toole at bay. There’s a wicked right from Austin another right and a left, O’Toole may be hurt from that exchange. O’Toole goes for the clinch and Austin obliges. Austin misses a bomb and eats a short cross from O’Toole. The bell sounds with the fighters back in the clinch.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 39-37 Austin

Round Five:

O’Toole rips into Austin’s body repeatedly to start the fifth, lands a big uppercut and immediately goes back to the body. Austin seems paralyzed from the Americans body work. The fighters are missing with greater frequency at this point as the last few flurries have produced nothing. O’Toole lands again to the body and head. Tommy lands a vicious uppercut followed by a hook and send the South African reeling at the two minute and fifteen second mark. Austin attacks the body and lands a nice hook. The men are circling as the bell sounds.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 O’Toole
Total: 48-47 Austin

Round Six:

O’Toole charges and runs right into a lead hook from Austin. The American circles Austin and taunts him with his hands at his waist, drawing a hearty laugh from the crowd. O’Toole rips a shot to Austin’s body and pins him in the corner. Excellent body work from the American as Austin gasps for air. Austin now attacks the body and lands a hard, straight right. More body work from Austin until he eats a huge right hook from O’Toole, Austin’s legs are very wobbly after that shot. O’Toole follows the injured Austin and land consecutive jabs before missing a huge right just before the bell.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 O’Toole
Total: 57-57

Round Seven:

The action is very slow to start the seventh. This is anybody’s fight at this point. Austin is back to the jab and continues to go to the body with success. Both fighters trade misses, as Austin pound O’Toole’s body. Tommy seems to be taking the round off after two consecutive big rounds for the American. The fighters circle, feint and jump in and out with little activity. O’Toole lands a big right in that exchange. Both fighters continue their cautious approach with Austin sticking a few weak jabs in the final twenty seconds.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 67-66 Austin

Round Eight:

Onto the eighth, Austin goes back to the body with success and doubles up on a pair of hooks to the head. Austin bangs home an uppercut that sends the American backwards. O’Toole connects with a big jab, but misses on the follow up shots. O’Toole attacks the body successfully and the men trade huge misses. Austin bangs home a cross at the bell in what was a very close round in a very close fight.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 77-75 Austin

Round Nine:

This fight has really slowed down as the men circle for the first fifty second of the ninth. O’Toole slams his shoulder into Austin and receives a warning from the ref. The South African lands a beautiful uppercut that stops the American in his tracks. Austin follows it up with a combination that is mostly blocked by O’Toole. There’s a huge right from Austin that knocks O’Toole off balance he still seems dazed from that uppercut. Watty can’t seem to get anything in on the injured O’Toole who is covering up in an excellent fashion. After the bell, the fighters exchange words in the center of the ring and the crowd erupts.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Austin
Total: 87-84 Austin

Round Ten:

The crowd is on their feet as we start the last round. Ringside, we feel O’Toole need a knockout. Some media outlets have the fight a one point difference either way or even, we are being told. Austin lets his hands go and tags the American with a vicious barrage of punches to the head. O’Toole misses a huge hook by inches and eats a counter right from Austin for his trouble. Austin lands another big right, but eats a ripping body shot from O’Toole in the process. That may have hurt Austin, who is reeling. Crushing hook from O’Toole as we enter the final minute of the fight. Austin doubles on the jab and crashes a hook into O’Toole’s body. They trade in the final twenty seconds with minimal shots going through; O’Toole got the better of that exchange…that’s it folk we are going to the scorecards, but it looks like Austin has pulled the upset and foiled O’Toole’s title plans.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 O’Toole
Total: 96-94 Austin

Result: Tommy O’Toole 10-1 (2) 10UD Watty Austin 6-2-1 (1) (O’Toole took the unanimous decision 98-95x2, 97-96)

A raw deal for the South African, top contender, Watty Austin who did enough to take the decision in our eyes. Two judges gave three rounds, the second, third and seventh as even rounds that we saw for Austin, which was the difference in the outcome. A very close fight, but we are not quite sure how two judges could have this as three points in favor of O’Toole.

This performance may still have an adverse effect on O’Toole’s title hopes in 1921. Who knows what is in store for the future. What a night of fights tonight, March is right around the corner with some enticing fights and two title bouts on the schedule. Should be an extremely exciting month fight fans!! I’m Stefan Roucher, KYL-Toronto signing off here from Arena Gardens in Toronto.
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WKL-Baltimore Reporting…

Sunday, March 5th, 1921: BREAKING NEWS:

We interrupt this program for a breaking news story:

Sources are reporting Olivia Williams, girlfriend of GPF middleweight contender Ron Esset was murdered in the early morning hours. Reports indicate that twenty-four year old Williams was shot multiple times outside of a popular Baltimore nightclub shortly before 2:00 AM Sunday morning. Williams was pronounced dead at 3:14 AM at Provident Hospital from injuries sustained during the attack.

The Baltimore police have not released any information on the attack other than that the investigation is ongoing. There are minimal details on the attacker or attackers at this point and no one has been taken into to custody or questioned at this time, to the best of our knowledge.

Media outlets are reporting unconfirmed accounts of the situation, stating the attack was a message from parties involved with Lefty’s in Baltimore over Esset’s unwillingness to join the prominent east coast academy. Other outlets claim this stems from Esset’s trainer, Squiggy Lawson’s reported gambling debts and/or Esset’s unwillingness to take a dive in a recent outing. Lastly, some credible sources are simply stating this was a random act of violence and unfortunately Williams was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Esset, his camp, GPF officials or Lefty’s have not been reached for comment at this time. WKL-Baltimore will keep you abreast of the latest developments in this horrible tragedy.
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Washington Post
March 8, 1921

New developments in Williams murder

By Ken Yarborough
Washington D.C., USA

Police continue to grasp at straws in the pending murder investigation in the Williams shooting, yet, GPF MW contender and Ms. Williams boyfriend, Ron Esset knows exactly who is responsible.

Esset released the following statement last evening, “Please allows us the time to mourn and respect our privacy as we deal with this tragedy”. “To Olivia’s attackers, we know who you are and you will be dealt with in God’s time – may he have mercy on your souls”.

This statement caught the attention of the Baltimore police investigating, since Esset claimed he had no idea who or what caused the attacked during initial statement. Lead investigator Ted Washington, released the following statement, “Mr. Esset and his handlers informed the Baltimore police they have no information regarding the murder”. “Mr. Esset’s press release suggests otherwise”. “Mr. Esset and his handlers will be brought in for additional questioning, at which time we expect to obtain Mr. Esset’s complete theory of the events or deem Mr. Esset as unwilling to assist in the investigation and possibly proceed with interference charges against Mr. Esset and/or his handlers”.


GPF CEO, Alex Conlan reiterated his support in the ongoing investigation, pledged the support of all of the resources at the GPF’s disposal and expressed his condolences to the Williams and Esset families and all effected by this horrific tragedy.

Lefty Chaplin, founder of Lefty’s, released a statement outside his academy in Philadelphia, expressing his condolences to Mr. Esset and referred to any involvement from anyone associated with the Lefty’s academies as absurd media slander. Baltimore Lefty’s head trainer, Billy McManus, could not be reached for comment.

Esset was not scheduled to fight this month and is fresh off a February second round knockout of Finland’s Amin Asikainen to move his record to 7-2 (4). Esset has long been courted by Lefty’s, the mega academy, with prominent shops located throughout the northeastern part of the country. Lefty’s has been criticized in the past for overzealous pursuit of top prospects, intimidation tactics and association with the Vicenza crime family in New York along with other less recognized suspected criminal organizations within the region. However, even Lefty’s biggest critics would think murder is a beyond the academies stretch in pursuit of a prospect.

It’s unclear what the future hold for Esset inside and outside of the ring.

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GPF results from the first weekend in March:

LHW: Chad Van Sickle 4-2 (2) KO1 Mario Rosa 1-5-1 (1)
HW: Roscoe Toles 11-1 (1) 10UD Andre Purlette 5-4 (4) (96-93, 95-94x2)
MW: Dwight Davision 10-3 (8) KO6 Marlon Hayes 1-7 (1)
MW: Teddy Yarosz 12-1 (0) 10UD Bernard Gray 1-7 (1) (99-91x2, 100-90)
LW: Jimmy Parlin 3-6-1 (2) KO3 Hong-Kyu Lim 2-2 (2)
WW: Naoufel Benrabah 6-2-1 (1) 10UD Kosuke Iwa****a 0-7 (0) (97-93x2, 96-94)
LHW: Angelo Rottoli 8-1 (3) 10UD Willi Hoepner 4-2 (2) (96-94x2, 99-92)
HW: Andrew Golota 5-1 (5) KO4 Guido Trane 6-5 (1)
LW: Baby Vasquez 5-4 (2) KO2 Johannes Joergensen 0-8-1 (0)
LW: Wesley Ramey 8-0-1 (3) 10UD Elwood McCloskey 1-7 (0) (97-93x3)

*All records shown following latest matches

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March 11th, 1921: It’s time for our main event of the evening fight fans. Undefeated American challenger Willie Pep is set to do battle with undefeated Japanese featherweight champion Mitsunori Seki, live from Kokugikan Hall here in Tokyo.

For those of you just joining us, I’m Tommy Mathal of the Pugilist Review, live from Tokyo. You missed an action packed card thus far fight fans, but the best is yet to come in our main event. It’s been a magical couple of weeks here in Japan, as the nation spared no expense to put this event on, and I have not come across anything to rival this experience in or out of the fight game. Vincent Swanson and his team have really outdone themselves here and the support from the Japanese fans has been incredible. There is believed to be over 100,000 in attendance here tonight, which would be a world record for a sporting event to the best of my knowledge.

The fighters are in the ring folks and we are a mere seconds from the opening round.

Round One:

The electricity in this building is amazing; the crowd roars as the combatants bow to each in the center of the ring, Pep has become somewhat of a media darling here in Japan over the past two weeks. Here we go…..Pep comes right out with a blistering jab and sneaks an uppercut in on the champion. Seki is moving and lands a cross to Pep’s body. Pep still working the jab effectively and eats a stiff right hand in return. Both fighters attack the body with Pep getting the better of the exchange. Seki crushes the American with a monster uppercut, Pep staggers backwards…he is hurt. Ohh, Pep crushes Seki on the way in; he may have been playing a bit of possum there. The fighters stand toe to toe in the final thirty seconds blasting away at each other – the crowd goes crazy. Pep smashes a huge right before the bell. Wow, what a round.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep

Round Two:

Seki comes out firing in the second, landing to the head and body. Pep misses a huge hook that causes him to lose his balance. Pep eats two jabs from the champion. Seki unleashes a barrage of punches as the halfway point of the round that staggers the American. The champion continues to pound the jab and sends Pep into the corner. Pep is trying to clinch, but the champion is fighting through, Pep misses with a big bomb and Seki crushes him with a hook. Seki misses a deadly cross as the bell sounds, fine round for the champ.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Seki
Total: 19-19

Round Three:

The champion charges in and begins his assault on the challenger once again; big cross from Seki snaps the American’s head back. Pep is wobbly, the champion attacks and Pep lands a monster shot, wow, not the champion appears dazed. Pep follows it with an overhand right as the champion misses his return shot. Pep goes for the body, ouch, that was a blatant low blow. O’Brien is taking a point from Pep for the foul – that could be huge in this one. Pep misses to the head and connects to the body. Seki lands a blistering hook. Pep continues to miss as the champion lands a barrage of punches and sends the challenger into the ropes, big shot after big shot from Seki as the round closes.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-8 Seki
Total: 29-27 Seki

Round Four:

Pep lunges at Seki to start the round and misses wildly. Both fighters trade in the center of the ring, but come away with air. Pep sticks his jab into the nose of the champ and backs him off. Seki rips a three punch combination and eats a hook in return from Pep. The American lands some nice body shots and misses to the head, that one had some mustard on it. Pep throws a nice fake and smashes the Japanese star with an uppercut. Seki fires off two jabs and eats a rocket overhand right from Pep, the champion is down, the champion is down. Seki immediately bounces to his feet and appears unharmed. The bell sounds with Pep pursuing Seki around the ring.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-8 Pep
Total: 37-37

Round Five:

Neither fighter is showing much wear and tear at this point, Pep lands a big hook to start the round. The fighters are unleashing some vicious shots, this one could be fought in a phone booth – Seki got the better of that exchange, as the challenger backs off. The crowd is on their feet, Pep lands a brutal body shot as the champ crushes him to the head. Pep continues to go to the body with success and Seki is holding on at this point. The American immediately goes back to the body and the champion returns the favor. Both fighters stick the jab and the champ lands a big four shot combination to the head that sends Pep reeling. Seki has Pep trapped on the ropes and unloads three more shots; Pep is pawing at air with a weak jab. Some fancy footwork allows Pep to escape, but he two more powerful shots from Seki on his way out.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Seki
Total: 47-46 Seki

Round Six:

The fighters circle to start the sixth, big miss from Pep. Seki lands a jab and overhand right to stop the challenger in his tracks. Pep clinches and smashes his shoulder into the champ’s head. O’Brien is stopping the action, is he taking another point from the American? No, Pep gets away with a warning. Seki lands another one-two, as the fighters go to the clinch again. After five action packed rounds, the fighters seem to be catching their breath here. Pep lands an excellent combination to the head and body, Seki misses with a wild shot to the head. Pep continues the solid body work, both fighters land to the head. Seki is finding a home for his jab again, as lands three unanswered. Both fighters connect, as O’Brien halts the action, wait, he is calling the round over, but there are still eleven seconds left. The crowd voices its displeasure.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Seki
Total: 57-55 Seki

Round Seven:

Seki doubles up on hooks to body that have Pep cringing, but the American escapes again. Pep seems to have a sizable advantage in the footwork department. Seki misses a bomb by a hair and eats a blistering hook in return from Pep. Seki attacks, but Pep is blocking everything. Pep lands a nice combination. The champion lands a pair of nice body shots, Pep scores with his jab. Both fighters miss upstairs and Seki lands an uppercut that Pep ducks right into. Seki lands a cross that Pep walks right through and crushes Seki with a right hook that throws him across the ring at the bell.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 66-65 Seki

Round Eight:

Pep comes out with the jab again; Seki is showing signs of slowing down. Big right from Seki rattles the challenger. Seki sticks the jab and lands a flurry of punches that send the crowd into an uproar. What a fight, Seki lands again and Pep is holding on to avoid further punishment. Seki pounds home jab after jab, Pep is bear hugging the champion now, with no recourse from O’Brien. Not much action this round, but it was all for the champion.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Seki
Total: 76-74 Seki

Round Nine:

Pep is getting an earful from his corner and comes out guns blazing. Pep lands to the head and follows it up with a left-right combination. What a start for the American, he continues to pepper Seki with the jab and crushes a big left hook into the champion jaw. Seki looks hurt; he has zero offensive output thus far in the round. Pep continues to hammer away and lands a lead right followed by a left to the body. Seki is on the retreat and eats a straight right from Pep. Willie is back to the jab and body attack, huge round for the challenger as the bell sounds.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 85-84 Seki

Round Ten:

Pep flies across the ring and avoids Mitsunori’s attack. Pep is outmuscling the champion now, moving him all over the ring and punishing him with short hooks. Seki lands to the body and head, but tastes a sneaky right on the inside from the American. Pep’s fluid movement has drastically slowed. The fighters unleash face to face, what an exchange; everyone is on their feet at the Kokugikan, as these warriors continue to slug it out. Pep seems to be getting the best of these exchanges. Pep goes back to the body forcing Seki to back away. The fighters clinch and trade shots inside. Pep lands a shot on the break. The round ends with the fighters circling each other.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 94-94

Round Eleven:

Pep unloads on the champion and follows it up with a crushing uppercut. Seki goes to the body. Pep lands a big left to the head, body, head, what a flurry form the challenger. Pep has really turned it on and is taking this fight over. Pep is back to the jab, another uppercut and beats Seki to the punch with a blasting hook. Seki tries to clinch, Pep to the body, jab, jab and another. Pep is putting on a clinic in body work and lands that short again. Seki is hurt; the champion is in real trouble here. Pep rips another hook that shakes the champion. That’s bell, enormous round for the challenger.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 104-103 Pep

Round Twelve:

Pep lands with the uppercut again, as the men circle away. Not much action here early, just a lot of movement and feints. The champion attacks the body and rips a hook to Pep’s head. Seki is back to the jab with success. Pep may be tired after that enormous output in the eleventh. Pep eats a cross from the champ and absorbs more punishment to the body. Pep catches Seki with that short hook again. The champion rips off three punch body combination and lands a laser like uppercut to close. Seki lands to the body and barely misses a devastating hook as the bell sounds.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Seki
Total: 113-113


Round Thirteen:

The fighters clinch to start the thirteenth; there is a lot of wrestling going on early this round. Pep pushes Seki across the ring even though he was the one who initiated the clinch. This appears to be anyone’s fight at this point. Seki attacks, but Pep’s defense is up to the challenge. Pep lands a couple of stiff jabs. Both fighters trade, but are mostly missing. The crowd doesn’t mind and erupts; they have been on their feet for nearly the entire main event. Pep lands an uppercut followed by a hard right – the champ felt that one. Pep hammers the champ with the jab and body shots, beautiful boxing by the challenger. The champion is forced to throw wild shots that Pep easily avoids. That’s the bell, two more rounds to go folks.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 123-122 Pep

Round Fourteen:

Pep lands a couple jabs to start the round and both fighters hold. Both men may be exhausted at this point after all the action that was put out through the first twelve rounds. Pep goes to the body again and scores upstairs with a right. Pep is dominating now with his jab, more body work and back to the jab. The champion is lost and has no answer for the American. Seki eats a nasty right-left from Pep and immediately holds on. O’Brien allows the fighters to hold on for an eternity before breaking it up. Pep sticks a few more jabs and that’s the round, another big one for the challenger.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 133-131 Pep

Round Fifteen:

This is it folks, very entertaining and very close fight. On my card Seki needs a knockdown for the draw and to maintain his title. At least eight of the first fourteen rounds were razor close. Pep did score a knockdown, but also lost a point in a round he clearly lost. Here we go, Pep is back to the jab, the champion lands a big hook. Seki misses wildly, that one could have been the shot he needed if he connected. Pep rips a hook into the champion’s body. Two minutes left, the fighter clinch, these two warriors gave it all tonight. Pep can’t through to the body as Seki covers up, so he goes back to the jab. Pep smashes Seki with a right hook to the head. That one sent sweat flying into the crowd. One minute left, the men jockey for position. Both fighters land the jab, Seki is looking for the big shot, but can’t seem to find it. They trade in the final twenty seconds. The crowd is going berserk….that’s it folks. What a fight, what a fight. The GPF will have to give this one some serious consideration as fight of the year. Did the champion do enough early to maintain his title or did Pep’s late round dominance crown him as our new featherweight champion. Let’s here the scores.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pep
Total: 143-140 Pep

Matteo Frattini has the bout 143-141 in favor of Willie Pep
Kaz Matsuki has the bout 142-142 even
Cesar Ramos has the bout 145-138 for the new GPF featherweight champion Willie Pep.

Result: Willie Pep 10-0 (5) 15MD Mitsunori Seki 8-1 (3) (145-138, 143-141, 142-142 to become the new GPF Featherweight champion)

The crowd is on their feet, voicing their pleasure over the action both men brought tonight. Japan’s star goes down, but not without a fight and a very honorable performance. Pep has asked for a microphone to speak to the crowd.

“Thank you Japan for the courtesy you have shown me during my stay in your beautiful country. I’d also like to thank Mitsunori for an excellent and entertaining fight, he is a true champion. Lastly, to show my appreciation to Japan, I would like to make a formal request to the GPF to have my first title defense against Naseem Hamed here in Tokyo. In addition, as a gift to my new fans here, I will destroy Hamed, who has disrespected our sport with his antics, fights without honor and has repeatedly run his mouth about me, my camp and my country”.

Wow, Pep who is already becoming a cult hero here in Japan has sent the entire stadium crazy with those comments. Looks like we will be coming back to Japan this summer for a Pep-Hamed showdown, how could the GPF refuse this request after the major turnout for this event and massive storylines in a Pep-Hamed showdown?

What a night of fights, what a venue and what an event. Don’t forget fight fans, the LW title will be on the line in two weeks time in San Juan, Puerto Rico as undefeated champion Edwin Rosario will put his title on the line against Philippine sensation Manny Pacquiao.
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GLOBAL WATCH
March 1921
PROJECT: CUBA

By Christopher Danztler

Three names define Cuban boxing, Castillo, Gomez and Casamayor. The weight of a country hangs around these three men’s necks. Three top tier prospects expected to deliver titles to the proud Cuban supporters.

Joel Casamayor was the first Cuban sensation to join the ranks of the GPF from its infancy in January 1920. This move did not come without some hesitancy from Cuban government/sport leadership who doubted the foundation of the GPF, its potential success and an overall unwillingness to export national icons.

As the GPF flourished, unfortunately Casamayor’s career has stumbled. Once thought of in some circles as the best lightweight prospect in the world, Casamayor was expected to dominate the division and become a world champion. Five wins, three losses and a draw later, Casamayor is simply trying to hold onto any relevancy within the weight class.

His GPF career started well with a dominant performance over August Jim of Zambia, which saw the Cuban knock Jim out in the final ten seconds of the bout, a bout in which Casamayor had a dominant lead on the cards. The wheels started to fall off for Casamayor following his debut in January 1920, when he was knocked out in the fourth round by John Henry Johnson, a hand picked opponent the Cuban was supposed to decimate.

Casamayor headed back to Cuba and disposed of New Zealand’s Jack Nicolson in one round. Following this effort, Casamayor’s handlers led the Cuban prodigy on a questionable world tour which featured the Cuban dealing with six consecutive fighters in their home country or even home town. The tour started with Casamayor escaping England with a close unanimous decision victory over Graham Earl, a lackluster disqualification win over Ali Oubaali in Paris, a draw with Guillermo Gimenez in Argentina (many scored it 95-94 for Casamayor) and a dominant decision win over American Beau Jaynes in Boston.

Sitting at 5-1-1 (2), although unimpressively, it appeared the Cuban product may be picking up some steam. A featured November 1920 showdown with top undefeated contender Brandon Rios, of the United States set the stage to catapult one fighter to the top of the rankings. Taking on the Oxnard CA native, Rios 5-0 (4) in Sacramento was no easy task, but many experts expected a close fight and favored the Cuban sensation. What followed was an abysmal performance in which Casamayor was dropped three times, twice in the eighth, and lost a completely one-sided decision 99-89, 99-89 and 97-89.

Following the decisive loss in early November 1920, Casamayor returned home to refocus and take some time off, before returning a few weeks ago to take on streaking Mexican Tomas Rojas 7-2 (2), in Mexico. What followed was another horrific showing that yielded Casamayor hitting the canvas three more times in under six minutes and getting blasted out of the ring via second round technical knockout.

The shaky start has many questioning where the Cuban product (GW ranked #16 LW) goes from here, rightly or wrongly the Cuban stable of fighters and Casamayor’s future in the GPF. The product in the ring has been far less than advertised by Cuban heads of sport, media and boxing experts around the globe.

In September 1920, the highly anticipated debut of Cuban HW Eliseser Castillo took place in Havana with the Cuban HW prospect destroying Italy’s Francesco Piccinali with a crushing third round knockout. The Cuban followed up his successful debut with yet another destructive win against Wales Neville Meade via eighth round technical knockout.

Castillo made his first trip to the States in December 1920 with a resounding unanimous decision win over Larry Alexander 98-93, 99-92 and 99-93. The man Cuban officials labeled “the future HW champion” was not disappointing his handlers as his career started with a bang.

Earlier this month, Castillo lost via disqualification to Donnell Holmes 5-6 (3), which has drawn ire from Cuban officials. However, Castillo was warned five times during the fight and had two points deducted, yet was still comfortably ahead on the cards when the disqualification was awarded with one minute and thirty seconds remaining in the tenth and final round.

Cuban supporters hope this is a minor slip up in Castillo’s development, but the Cuban has been accused of being a hot head, lacking discipline and focus in and outside of the ring. One wonders how this type of result, the negative response from Cuban officials claiming the fix was in, American injustice and Castillo’s appeared lack of control will effect the fighter in the near the future as well Cuban relations and involvement with the GPF as a whole.

Lastly, in November 1920, Cuban LHW sensation Juan Carlos Gomez broke into the GPF scene with a dominant four round destruction of Lamar Alexander. Gomez, unlike Casamayor, has not failed to live up to the hype by reeling off four consecutive knockouts since his professional debut. Gomez knocked out American Andre McCall in the ninth, Tyrone Mack in the first and took part in last months huge Toronto card with a devastating 52 second knockout of American Johnny Colan. Earlier this month Gomez continued his winning ways with a fifth round technical knockout of Donnie Fleeman. Gomez 5-0 (5) has already climbed to GW LHW number 12 ranking in his short career and looks to be a real force in the division for years to come.

Cuba has produced some other GPF fighters, most notably, LW Floro Hita, who surprisingly has far out performed Joel Casamayor with a 5-1-1 (0) record. Hita entered the GPF with little hype and has posted wins over the aforementioned Tomas Rojas, Paul Jorgenson and Emile Di Cristo and fought tough Peruvian Orlando Romero to a draw.

Featherweight Marino Gonzalez is 2-4 (2), but has been in the ring with the best FW’s on the GPF roster and boasts a destructive win over top contender Jamie Garza. LHW Damian Norris holds a record of 3-4-1 (1) facing marginal opposition and is considered more of a gate keeper at this stage.

On the horizon, there is great concern in Cuba with the lack of talent at any weight class in the foreseeable future. Cuban officials claim, which doesn’t always mean it’s a reality, that only one fighter, WW Sergio Rios will debut in the GPF within the next 18-24 months. Rios, although hyped in Cuba as a WW contender, is not considered a top tier prospect outside of Cuba.

The lack of funding, care, preparation and infrastructure the previous government regime held in Cuba towards sport may set this country back three, five or even ten years in the world of boxing. For the sake of the Cuban supporters, they better hope Casamayor can right the ship, Castillo can keep his head about him, Gomez continues his acceleration and Hita continues his improbable run, because it appears the well of talent has run dry and the immediate future holds little hope, save for these four men, for Cuban boxing on its biggest stage.
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A conversation within GPF VP, Robert Mann’s office with GPF, European Director Domenic Galandra and Cannally’s Director Wayne Bishop……March 15, 1921

RM: What the hell do you make of this broad getting murdered, what do we know?

WB: Not much, my contacts tell me Lefty’s had no involvement

RM: Of course they did, this isn’t some broken nose or busted knee we are talking about a murder here

DG: Is this something they are capable of?

WB: Sure, they have the means and connections to have something like this executed, but this would be far beyond the norm if it’s only trying to get a fighter to sign with them.

WB: Hell, they lose fighters all the time and have never resorted to something like this, either there is much more to the story or they weren’t involved.

RM: I’m not in the business of speculation, find out what they hell is going on

DG: Any truth to the trainer being a degenerate gambler?

WB: Yes, he is in pretty deep to some shady characters, but has always been bailed out by Esset’s success, so the whole taking a dive theory is unlikely, unless there is a new player in the game that he is in to

RM: (Loudly) Figure it out.

RM: (staring at Domenic) What about our other problem?

DG: Not sure it’s truly a problem yet, but Jan has voiced some discontent with our actions of late

RM: How much discontent are we talking about?

DG: Just some noise over the path we have taken of late, but he is still certainly on board with everything Conlan/US related

WB: How important is he to your plans?

RM: He’s not

WB: Eliminate him than

RM: (scowling at Bishop) Are you stupid? There is enough heat on everyone; we can’t take out a European GPF director

DG: This all may be a non-issue

RM: Keep an eye on him for now and clear everything with me first and we will decide when and when no to include him

WB: If he continues to be a problem?

RM: Discredit him, get something on him and force a resignation. Send one of those dolls on your payroll to him – I’m sure his wife would love that

RM: Find out his vices, does he play the ponies, is he a sexual deviant is he a drunk, he has kids – he can be gotten to

WB: I’ll get someone on it

DG: What’s next with our US issues?

RM: Hold the course; we are going to hit Conlan where it hurts

DG: Can we spin this murder against Conlan, possible lack of leadership?

RM: Of course, I’m one step ahead of you, but we have to be conscious of Lefty’s, which is why we need to know exactly what happened first

DG: What about Swanson?

RM: What about him, he will do as he is told and stay on the sidelines. He is busy parading through Asia trying to build the sport, he is a non-issue

RM: (looking at Bishop) How are things on the street?

WB: Good, we had to send a message to a few local trainers, but the message was understood. Prospects are flowing in with little disruption

WB: Fury has been popping off a bit, getting a big head about him

RM: Really, knock him down a few notches

WB: (stunned) What? We have a lot invested him

RM: (half glaring half chuckling) You really are an idiot, throw him in with Skelton

RM: He isn’t ready for that, right? Think very carefully before you answer that

WB: Umm, no he isn’t, but anything can happen

RM: You better hope it doesn’t – set it up, on your word. Skelton will likely get a shot at the Tua-Simon winner this summer as long as we don’t get ****ed by Conlan again, but he could use another big win to hammer that home. It would be a huge draw here, epic, and Fury will be hated in his own country for going against the icon, throw in a loss to boot – that should set him straight and knock him down a few rungs.

DG: How are the finances?

RM: Excellent, but we should probably get a global accounting from Swanson

DG: I’ll reach out to him tonight. Any thoughts on his new director, what’s his name Winnette?

RM: Oliver Winnette, he is South African. I’m not worried about it, but we will want to check him out

DG: I’ll have one of my people put a file together on him

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Looks really good, BAD. I'm going to give this a read from the beginning during the next day or so.
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XBL-London Reporting…

March 22nd, 1921: On the heels of the lightweight title showdown this Saturday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico between champion Edwin Rosario, with eight wins, zero losses and seven knockouts, and challenger Manny Pacquiao, eight wins all by knockout, zero losses and one draw, reports are circulating of a brawl between the two camps last evening outside of Sylvio’s, a popular restaurant where both teams were having dinner.

Initial reports are stating that neither fighter was present and the argument or altercation took place between members of each team’s camp or personal team. The latest incident hasn’t slowed the war of words between the two combatants with champion Rosario releasing the following statement earlier today:

“Pacquiao and his camp are in over their heads and their actions from last evening further prove this point.” “This guy has built his name from fighting bums and was outclassed in his only challenge by Wesley Ramey.” “Ramey was robbed of not one, but two points and still earned a majority draw while winning on one scorecard, not to mention everyone at ringside and in the media felt Ramey still won after the point deductions.” “Now this guy is coming to my country, starting trouble and thinks he can beat me, tell me another fairytale.” “I’m going to whip this guy and knock him back to the middle of the rankings where he belongs.”

On a side note, most media outlets agreed with both judges who scored the Ramey-Pacquiao fight 94-94, with two extremely controversial points deducted from Ramey. Pacquiao’s camp released the following response to Rosario:

“Edwin is out of his mind, the reaction from some members of our camp last evening was in response to the outlandish acts of Rosario’s cohorts.” “Rosario, his camp, all Puerto Rico and all of the world will find out Saturday night that Manny is on a whole different level than Edwin and will hold the GPF lightweight title for a long, long time.” “Rosario won’t make the final bell and won’t want to get in the ring with Manny again, you can guarantee that.”

It’s shaping up to be a good one folks, reports on the betting line are holding Rosario as a -140 favorite, indicating the expectation of one hell of fight this Saturday. The undercard is loaded with MW action and top undefeated LHW contender Chad Dawson.

The action will get started with American Sal Belloise with a record of two wins both via knockout and five losses taking on Haiti’s Danielle Edouard who enters with a record of two wins, five losses and one draw.

The second bout of the evening features top MW contender Miguel Angel Arroyo from Argentina who holds a record of eight wins, two losses and four knockouts taking on Australia’s Tom Duggan who enters with a perfect record of two wins and one knockout.

Also, on the card undefeated LHW contender Chad Dawson who holds a record of seven wins with five knockouts will battle Shaun George who sports a record of one win, four losses and one draw in a suspected tune up fight.

The co-main event features Colombia’s MW superstar Fulgencio Zuniga who has recorded eight wins, six via knockout, to only one loss to Fulgencio Obelmejias in the inaugural GPF MW title fight. Zuniga will battle New Zealand’s Owen Higgins who sits with two wins, six losses, one draw and one knockout.

In other news around the world, GPF Director of South American operations, Salvatore Emmeria announced that undefeated WW title holder Crisanto Espana will put his belt on the line this May against top contender Jose Luis Lopez of Mexico, in Atlantic City. Lopez enters the fight with eight wins, one controversial loss and four knockouts. Lopez lost his first ever fight via a very questionable disqualification and had reeled off eight wins in a row, including a December 1920 destruction of the previously undefeated American Thomas Hearns, in Mexico City.
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KYZ-New York Reporting…

March 25th, 1921: KYZ-New York reporting live from San Juan, Puerto Rico where we are a mere moments from the start of our main event. We had an action packed card this evening as the action got started with a hotly contested middleweight showdown that saw Haitian Daniel Edouard escape with a split decision victory over American Sal Belloise (94-95, 97-94, 96-95). Argentine MW sensation Miguel Angel Arroyo continued his stellar work inside the ring with a seventh round knockout of Australian Tom Duggan, American light heavyweight contender Chad Dawson remained undefeated with a ten round massacre of fellow American Shaun George (98-91x2 99-91). In our co-main event Colombian star Fulgencio Zuniga continues his path back up the championship ladder with a fifth round knockout of New Zealand’s own Owen Higgins.

This place is abuzz as the fighters are ready to make their entrance. Their has been a constant war of words over the past few weeks between both fighters, their camps and their entourages. Things came to a head a few nights ago as an altercation took place outside of a restaurant here in town, neither fighter was present at the incident. Yesterday, at a press even the fighters exchanged heated words and even came to blows briefly, with a Pacquiao body guard taking the only real punishment from the exchange.

Pacquiao is entering the ring to a chorus of boos. The Philippine sensation bounces from rope to rope and looks ready to do battle. Rosario makes his way into the ring and glares at Pacquiao, the crowd is on their feet screaming, the entire building is shaking at this point folks. Here we go fight fans the GPF lightweight title is on the line…

Round One:

The two fighters charge at each other, this place is deafening. Rosario rips a hard jab into Pacquiao’s body. Pacquiao motions Rosario forward and the Puerto Rican superstar lands a devastating hook on the way in that sends the challenger crashing to the canvas. Pacquiao is down; Pacquiao is down in the first minute of the fight. Pacquiao isn’t going to make it, he is struggling to his feet, it’s going to be close….Manny is up, barely at the count of nine, he is hurt bad. Pabon waves the two fighters together and Rosario goes in for the kill, ripping another hook that staggers the challenger. I don’t see how Pacquiao can make the final two minutes of the round. Rosario misses in close and shoves Pacquiao into the ropes. Sizzling cross from the champion sends Pacquiao crashing into the ropes. The challenger is covering up and attempting to hold on, as Rosario rips him to the body at the halfway point of the round. The champion lands a straight right and short left hook that wobble the Philippine sensation. The crowd erupts as their national hero is putting a beating on the challenger here in the first. Rosario lands consecutive damaging crosses; Pacquiao’s right eye is already a mess. Rosario rips another shot to Manny’s head; the challenger is on rubber legs at this point. The champion continues to target the right eye of Pacquiao landing consecutive shots at the bell. What a round for the champion and the crowd voices their approval. I don’t think anyone in this arena has taken seat since the walk in of these two.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-8 Rosario

Round Two:

The challenger enters the second with excessive swelling around his face. Pacquiao rips into Rosario with a vicious combination ten seconds into the round. Rosario pounds Pacquiao with a solid cross, that punch has been landing at will for Rosario. Pacquiao is holding on as the first minute comes and goes, his eye is near shut already. Pacquiao backs away and motions the champion in, this time the challenger rips a sizzling three punch combination to the head of the champ on his way in. Rosario may be hurt, he looks wobbly and is holding his gloves exceptionally high, Pacquiao makes him pay by slamming two consecutive body shots home. Manny lands a huge hook during the exchange that sends Rosario circling away, Pacquiao just misses on the follow up hook. Rosario lands a one-two to the body to slow Pacquiao’s assault. Pacquiao lands a laser like cross that sends Rosario reeling, he is hurt, Pacquiao misses the follow up. Nice movement from the challenger as he slips inside and crushes the champion. The fighters glare at each for the final ten seconds, big round for Pacquiao who appears completely recovered from a devastating first round, save for the condition of his right eye.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pacquiao
Total: 19-18 Rosario

Round Three:

Pacquiao’s face is a mess, especially his right eye. The fighters meet in the center of the ring, unloading on each other, as the crowd erupts. No holds barred here folks, as champion and challenger throw caution to the wind, Rosario got the better of that exchange. Edwin lands a short uppercut flush and follows it up with two stiff jabs. Pacquiao misses wildly and eats another short uppercut from the champion. The fighters circle in the center of the ring at one minute ten second mark. The crowd is buzzing with every feint and Pacquiao’s eye seems worse by the second. Manny rips a brutal body shot and follows up with a hook to the head that sends the champion reeling. What action. A blazing cross and monster hook hunch Rosario over in pain. Pacquiao stalks the champ, ripping into the body again, mercy, that was a lethal three punch combination that dazed the champion. Rosario bulls his way off the ropes in the final seconds.


Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pacquiao
Total: 28-28

Round Four:

The fighters circle to start the fourth, a brief, violet exchange occurs in the center of the ring at the thirty second mark, the challenger got the better of that one. The champion lands a wicked combination that rattles the challenger and leaves Pacquiao’s eye near closed. Rosario misses with a bomb and gets a brisk cross from Pacquiao in return. The champion just misses and gets crushed by an uppercut, Rosario may be trouble. The challenge unleashes a six punch combination, the first three all missed but the last three connected flush. Rosario is in trouble, the champion is in trouble! Pacquiao sticks a couple of jabs and Edwin’s right eye is starting to swell. Rosario retreats and the attacking Pacquiao misses, misses and misses another. Pacquiao lands a smoldering right at the bell and the champion appears out of it as he heads to the wrong corner.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Pacquiao
Total: 38-37 Pacquiao

Round Five:

Both corners are struggling to slow the swelling effects on their respective fighters. Pacquiao’s right eye is virtually closed and Rosario’s right eye has blown up in the last three minutes of action. The fighters race out, as the still standing crowd explodes. Pacquiao sticks a few more jabs as the champion tries to muscle the challenger across the ring. Pacquiao misses and Rosario lands a solid one-two at the fifty second mark. The challenger was stopped in his tracks by those shots and may be hurt, his right is now completely closed. Manny catches Rosario on the way in with a solid cross. The champ shakes it off and initiates a devastating body assault on the challenger. The crowd is in a frenzy at this point, Pacquiao is trying hold on to slow the champion down, Pacquiao breaks from the hold and lands a nice combination. Big right from Pacquiao, Rosario charges through it and goes to the body again, as the challenger winces in pain. Both men attack with reckless abandon in the final twenty seconds, what an exchange, Rosario comes out on top of that. The fighters continue to yap and push long after the bell. The crowd is going ballistic, what a fight.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Rosario
Total: 47-47

Round Six:

Rosario’s eye is a mess, Pacquiao’s is closed. Neither man is giving up an inch, the challenger lands a big uppercut fifteen seconds in. That shot buckled Rosario’s knees and they almost touched the canvas. Edwin ducks Pacquiao’s attack and lands an earth shattering hook, Pacquiao is hurt and appears hurt badly. Rosario lands three consecutive shots, Pacquiao’s right eye is a grotesque mess at this point. Manny is in big trouble, he retreats as the champion continues to stalk. Rosario goes to the body, Pacquiao misses wildly and Rosario lands an uppercut flush. How is the Philippine still standing? Rosario goes back to the body and immediately to the mass of flesh that was once Pacquiao’s eye, he can’t see it coming, so Rosario is landing everything at this point. Pacquiao lands a nice body shot and takes a hook right to his eye as the bell sounds. The crowd voices their approval for their hero.

Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Rosario
Total: 57-56 Rosario

Round Seven:

Both fighters look like the have been to hell and back, especially Pacquiao. The doctor gave a long look at Pacquiao’s eye during the break. I don’t see how either of these warriors could make fifteen rounds. Ohh, the fighters charge in and Pacquiao lands a monstrous overhand right the levels the champion. Rosario is down, Rosario is down! Rosario is up immediately, but doesn’t look to have his wits about him. Pabon motions the fighters in and Pacquiao lands not one, two, three, but four consecutive bombs as the dazed Rosario crashes to the canvas for the second time. Rosario is trying to get to his feet, he is up at five, but crashes back to the canvas. Unbelievable, unbelievable, Pacquiao has done it, Manny Pacquiao is the new GPF lightweight champion and has knocked out the previously unbeaten Edwin Rosario here in Puerto Rico tonight at the fifty-five second mark of the seventh. Wow, what a fight, what a fight!

Result: Manny Pacquiao 9-0-1 (9) KO7 Edwin Rosario 8-1 (7) (Rosario led 58-55 and 57-56x2 at the time of the knockout Manny Pacquiao becomes the new GPF Lightweight champion)

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April 1, 1921

HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH OF THE AGES

By David Mercale
Yorkshire, England

The world is simply going through the motions in anticipation of the monster heavyweight title fight between unbeaten champion David Tua and once beaten challenger Abe Simon, a mere seventeen days away. The world media will gather in Chicago over the next few days for all the pre-fight festivities while the world will wait by the radio, newsstand or in the local pub. All wanting to know, can this man, beast, be defeated, some wondering if he can be hurt or if the American Simon can simply put up a fight.

In what is being dubbed as the “biggest sporting event ever”, by the American media and GPF officials, unbeaten heavyweight champion David Tua, a famed underground money fighter and personal guard to the king of Samoa, who wreaked havoc across Australia, New Zealand and Asia as a teenager before tearing through Europe in 1918 and 1919. His fights are something of legend, never losing, never being hurt and never being taken off his feet. The stories turned to fairytales somewhere along the line with Tua squaring off with beasts, Tua being part beast himself, discovered in the mountains of Samoa or the prize fighter being a reincarnated famous Samoan warrior.

Whatever the case, I have had the honor to see the legend up close and personal and he is every bit as good as advertised. In the States, Tua is currently going off as a five to one favorite while the rest of the world has him closer to seven or eight to one. English fans should take note, because local icon Matt Skelton will likely face off with Tua this summer, which isn’t much of prize for anyone.

Simon is a tough, durable fighter of Lefty’s fame in New York, but may simply be overmatched in this contest. Simon has been defeated before, by knockout, in a close entertaining fight with top contender Bernardo Mercado. Simon is crafty, has a strong camp and has shown incredible will in the ring, which certainly gives him a chance, but can he withstand the brutal attack of the champion is another question. Simon’s camp, insists Tua will struggle in the later rounds and have questioned the champions endurance. This is one area where we haven’t got a great feel for the champ, since he rarely goes deep in fights and finishes his opponents quickly. Lefty Chaplin, founder of Lefty’s, suggests Tua “has never been taking into deep water and will wilt once Simon takes him there”, “this isn’t a fight in somebody’s back yard, this is the world heavyweight title and Abe isn’t going to back off an inch”. In addition, Simon will have the advantage of fighting on his home turf with the full support of the American fans and media.

The few Tua critics out there suggest it’s a bit too early in the infancy of the GPF to announce anyone as the dominant force, which could be gaining a bit more steam after March saw both the featherweight and lightweight titles changes hands during their first defenses.

Either way, the world will have its attention centered on this fight; the world needs its attention surrounding this fight. The spin doctors will try and slam how much better things have gotten down your throat, and although better, things are still far from good. Just look at any street corner, neighborhood, pub or on any stoop midday during the week and you will know how good things really are. Sure, we are going to be dipped in enough filler over the next two weeks to be fried two times over, but what’s the alternative? I don’t know about you, but I could sure use the break from reality, oh, and be entertained by a great night of fights while I’m at it.
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GPF Matchups scheduled this weekend:

FW: Eddie Compo 7-2 (1) v. Arthur Johnson 3-0 (1)
HW: Coley Wallace 4-2-1 (2) v. Donnell Holmes 5-6 (3)
MW: Anthony Hanshaw 6-1-1 (4) v. Otis Woodward 0-7 (0)
LHW: Krzysztof Wlodarczsk 6-0 (6) v. Damian Norris 3-4-1 (1)
FW: Eugene Criqui 8-0-2 (2) v. Watty Austin 7-2-1 (2)
LHW: Montell Griffin 2-0 (2) v. Manu Ntoh 1-7-1 (1)
LW: Ruben Navarro 8-2 (0) v. George Walker 2-6 (0)
WW: Fujio Ozaki 8-2 (8) v. Owen Ziegler 6-1 (4)

MW Championship Card: Buenos Aires, Argentina April 4, 1921

MW Title: Fulgencio Obelmejias 8-0 (7) v. Librado Andrade 10-0 (6)
MW: Miguel Angel Arroyo 9-2 (5) v. Dave Rosenberg 6-3-1 (1)
WW: Naoufel Benrabah 6-2-1 (1) v. Johnathon Thaxton 5-4 (1)
LW: Guillermo Giminez 4-5-1 (1) v. Rudy Unholz 2-4-1 (0)
FW: Raul Cruz 2-4-1 (1) v. Vincenzo Gigliotti 3-5 (0)

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Le Gazette
April 5, 1921

MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT ENDS IN CONTROVERSY

By Georges Repierier
Montreal, Canada

Buenos Aires, Argentina: The highly anticipated middleweight title showdown between undefeated champion Fulgencio Obelmejias and undefeated challenger Librado Andrade ended prematurely and in controversy last night.

The fight lived up to its billing in the early rounds with plenty of action in two very close rounds to start the fight. The champion came out strong in the third, clearly winning the round before the challenger battered the champion in the fourth and fifth, but suffered a vicious cut from an accidental head butt in the round and had a very questionable point deducted for low blows. The action was stopped early in the sixth due to the cut over Andrade’s eye and prematurely went to the scorecards.

Obelmejias retained his title via a 48-47 account on all three cards, which sent the Andrade camp into a frenzy. Most ringside had the fight 47-47, which still would have led to Obelmejias maintaining his belt, but the 47-47 scoring, included the controversial point deduction for Andrade. The shots from the challenger were clearly low, but there was no warning from referee Gelasio Huerta Perez who went immediately to the deduction.

All three judges awarded the champion the first three rounds, two of which were razor close and scored the fourth for Andrade and the fifth an even round dominated by the challenger, but included the point deduction. It was a bittersweet ending to what was an exciting night of fights.

GPF Director of South American operations, Salvatore Emmeria proclaimed the GPF would not force an immediate rematch, only recommend that one occur. Stating,

“It is not our intent to control the matchups, control the rankings or decide who and when the title is on the line, simply to govern all that occurs and manage fairly and consistently”. “Based on the manner of the outcome tonight, we would certainly support and even recommend a rematch, however, the rules where followed and in our eyes Obelmejias successfully defended his title this evening and he and his camp are free to select their next opponent to challenge for the belt within the given guidelines”.

The GPF ruling, or lack thereof, sent Mexican officials on the warpath and speculation has arisen that wedge has been driven between GPF’s CEO Conlan’s directors, Emmeria and Macchia.

No word has been given from Obelmejias camp as to their intention to award or deny an immediate rematch to Andrade.
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MW Championship Results: Buenos Aires, Argentina April 4, 1921

MW Title: Fulgencio Obelmejias 9-0 (7) TECHUD6 Librado Andrade 10-1 (6)
MW: Dave Rosenberg 7-3-1 (2) KO8 Miguel Angel Arroyo 9-3 (5)
WW: Naoufel Benrabah 7-2-1 (1) 10UD Johnathon Thaxton 5-5 (1) (98-92, 99-91x2)
LW: Rudy Unholz 3-4-1 (0) 10UD Guillermo Giminez 4-6-1 (1) (96-93, 96-92x2)
FW: Vincenzo Gigliotti 4-5 (0) 10SD Raul Cruz 2-5-1 (1) (95-94, 96-93, 95-97)

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April 7th, 1921: BREAKING NEWS: GPF VP, Robert Mann announces top heavyweight contender Matt Skelton’s next opponent will be none other than England’s undefeated top prospect Tyson Fury. The two English superstars will meet on Saturday, April 25th in Bristol, England. The undercard for the fight has yet to be announced.

Many believe this was a move by Skelton’s camp to sharpen his resume for a possible shot at the Tua-Simon winner later this year. Skelton’s team is more than aware that a fight with champion David Tua would be a mega event in the Eastern hemisphere, as Skelton and Tua are the most recognized fighters in this part of the world. A Simon victory could set the stage for Europe’s best facing off with America’s best, fresh off a monumental upset over the seemingly unbeatable champion. Skelton’s prospects of surpassing the likes of Liston and Mercado may be better than most think.

The move was even more perplexing from Fury’s camp at this stage of his career. Most English outlets label the undefeated prospect as the man to eventually take down Skelton as England’s best, but not for some time. Fury’s proponents say he is ready to take the top spot from Skelton now and waiting would simply be foolish. His opponents claim this is a move of arrogance from Fury’s team and a loss to a more experienced Skelton could set the prospect back during his development.

Both fighters operate under the Cannally’s banner, but the mega academy insists they had no involvement in the set up of the fight and leaves matchmaking responsibility to fall within the fighters direct camp.

Fury will challenge the man the English media has dubbed “the world’s most dangerous man” and put his five wins, zero losses and one knockout record on the line against Europe’s uncrowned king. Skelton has been busy of late, scoring a fifth round knockout over top English contender John L Gardner in February and a one minute destruction of Australian Tom Lees last month to bring his record to ten wins, one loss and eight knockouts.

The fight is certainly a dangerous selection for Skelton, who is seemingly a very attractive option for the Tua-Simon winner, but could pay huge dividends in locking that spot up for Skelton should he secure the win. On the flip side, a loss would be a disastrous outcome for the thirty-six year old, which may not have another chance to fight for the world title. Skelton’s critics, who claim careful opponent selection and unwillingness to battle top talent, have been silenced with the megastar taking on Gardner and Fury within sixty-five days of each other.

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Prospect Watch
April 1921

FIVE RISING STARS TO WATCH OUT FOR

By Charles Stanton

ARTURO GATTI 4-0 (4), Welterweight, Canada

The nineteen year old burst onto the scene in November 1920 and has knocked out his first four opponents. The Montreal product had little trouble in his debut against with American Martin Reilly scoring a fourth round knockout. Gatti was equally as impressive in his second professional bout in December 1920 scoring a seventh round technical knockout over Virgil McClendon.

Canada’s top prospect was put to the test in his third outing in February 1921. In only his third fight, Gatti was scheduled as the co-main event for a huge card in Toronto. Gatti picked himself off the canvas for the first time in his career and stopped fellow Canadian Donovan Boucher via cuts in the fourth round. The fight showed the determination and will of the young prospect as Gatti was out on his feet in the third and taking a beating in the fourth when he landed the devastating shot that cause the horrific cut.

Earlier this month Gatti knocked out Gavin Rees of Wales in the third round to continue his climb up the welterweight rankings. Prospect Watch currently ranks the Canadian phenom at number fifteen in the weight class, which is no small feat for a fighter with only five months professional experience.

Gatti dwarfs the other two undefeated welterweight prospects, American Shamone Alvarez and Mexican Carlos Ramirez, in terms of talent, hype and media appeal. Gatti’s ascent to the top of the weight class appears to be a forgone conclusion, but what he does when he gets is the real question. Current champion Crisanto Espana of Venezuela will put his belt on the line next month against top contender Jose Luis Lopez of Mexico. There are an abundance of possibilities down the for the Canadian, as the top of the GPF welterweight division is stacked with talent, from universal undefeated number one contender American Tommy Ryan, Japanese sensation Fujio Ozaki, French superstar Roger Menetrey, Americans Thomas Hearns and Kevin Pompey, Mexican standout Javier Jauregui and England’s top welterweight Ted Kid Lewis to name a few.

Look for Gatti to be back in the ring in June with potential opponents, pending the remaining April and May action, to be the aforementioned Alvarez 4-0 (1) or Ramirez 3-0 (1), tough Jamaican Teddy Reid 6-3 (2) or Denmark’s Chris Christansen 4-2-3 (0).

KRZYSZTOF WLODARCZYK 7-0 (7), Light heavyweight, Poland

Krzysztof is one of the two Polish national treasures mentioned within this very report and has done little to disappoint he country since entering the GPF in April 1920. Wlodarczyk has dismantled every opponent he has faced and sports perfect knockout to fight ratio in his early career. Krzysztof has been taken along slowly facing off with fighters who had a combined record of 12-19-2 (4) when entering their bouts with him, but the gloves should be coming off, as Wlodarczyk entered most prominent media outlets top ten rankings this month with a two minute and eleven second destruction of Cuban Damian Norris earlier this month.

The Polish product will be in action in May with a possible high profile fight with the Ukraine’s Alexj Trofimov 7-1-1 (7), struggling American Jack Dillon 7-3 (4), who hasn’t lived up to the pre-GPF hype machine surrounding his talent since joining the federation or Welsh superstar Nicky Piper 9-2 (5).

Bob Olin’s 8-0 (1) camp recently announced they will do battle next month with top contender Prince Charles Williams 9-1 (5) in May. Vlodarczyk hopes to be in the mix for the title within the coming year, but the top of the light heavyweight ranking is quite crowded. Other than the Polish star, sensational prospects Juan Carlos Gomez 5-0 (5) of Cuba, Vassily Jirov 4-0 (4) of Kazakhstan and American Montell Griffin 3-0 (0) have recently joined the already loaded LHW ranks.

There should be plenty of action in the coming years within the division with the original stars, the latest push of talent and superstar amateur like England’s Carl Thompson and Orlin Norris of the US set to debut within the next year.

ARTHUR JOHNSON 4-0 (1), Featherweight, United States

Johnson only hit the GPF scene in December 1920, but has made a big splash with four straight victories in only five months. The St. Louis and his handlers at De Silvio’s have taken an unusual approach to his career start facing tough American Riche Lemos in only his second professional bout and earlier this month facing and defeating perennial top fifteen contender Eddie Compo by majority decision. Johnson moved into our number seventeen spot with only four victories based on the level of competition he has faced.

Johnson will be back in action in May for a tune up fight, likely against American Rico Ramos before looking back towards the top of the division in June or July. Johnson possesses an incredible skill set and a refreshing approach to taking on all comers, anywhere, anytime. De Silvio’s head of operations, Mack Tunney has suggested Johnson may be looking towards a summer showdown with top ten contender Samart Payakaroon 7-1-1 (4) or top five contender Tommy O’Toole 11-1 (3).

Not much in terms of cake scheduling here for Johnson, who could position himself for a title shot in early 1922 if he can manage his way through what looks to be a very difficult upcoming schedule. FW champion Willie Pep 10-0 (5) is set to face off with top contender Naseem Hamed 9-0 (8) this summer and the winner should keep a close eye in the mirror for the up and coming Johnson, if he can keep up his meteoric rise.

JULIAN JACKSON 2-0 (2), Middleweight, US Virgin Islands

Jackson only made his professional debut last month and has amassed a record of 2-0 (2), but the US Virgin Islands product has been on the media’s radar for quite sometime. Jackson has been described by many pugilist aficionados, trainers, handlers and managers as the greatest talent they had ever seen.

Jackson debuted last month and dispatched Wales Johnny Gamble in under ninety seconds and flattened American Willie Kemp knocking him down three times in four rounds, the last time for good. Jackson should be back in action in June and July and will be coming along slowly with potential opponents Otis Woodward, Sandy Torres, Marlon Hayes and Alexey Chirkov who have a combined record of 5-29-1 (2).

Jackson should be ready to start facing upper echelon opponents later in 1921 or early 1922 and if the hype and praise is legit, the question is will they be ready to face him? Champion Fulgencio Obelmejias is fresh off a controversial win over Librado Andrade and has yet to announce his intentions on awarding the Mexican star an immediate rematch.

Top contenders, Teddy Yarosz, Dwight Davison, Maurice Hope, Laszlo Papp, Fulgencio Zuniga and Rodney Jones will need to keep their eyes for the young star, as he begins to maneuver his way to the top.

If all goes to plan, Jackson should be in the ring with a top twenty contender by October or November and the rumor mill claims his camp has their sights set on American Anthony Hanshaw 7-1-1 (5), Dominican Republic’s Jorge Amparo 7-2 (1) or Mexico’s Rito Ruvalcaba 6-4 (6).

On a side note, Jackson seems to have been indirectly caught into a rivalry with American top MW prospect Frankie Schoell 7-0 (1). The men have actually never met, nor spoken, but their talents have been under the public scrutiny for so long the media has turned them into mortal enemies and ferocious rivals. Although this wasn’t the case, sometimes perception is reality and truth emits from fiction. Both men seem to have a growing level of disdain for one another, which seemed to come to head last month when Jackson finally turned pro seven months after Schoell and started soaking up his headlines and removed his fictional title as the GPF top MW prospect, before ever even stepping into the ring.


ANDREW GOLOTA 5-1 (5), Heavyweight, Poland

Poland’s other hero has been making waves in the GPF heavyweight division for six months now with his vicious power and bad boy antics. Golota was last in action in March, when he picked up his fifth win, all via knockout, by disposing of tough Italian Guido Trane in the fourth.

The power puncher will be sidelined with some minor injuries for the next couple of months, but will be back in action in August of this year. Golota’s camp at Humbrick’s confirmed Poland’s biggest star will begin facing off with more top tier talent and a possible September or October showdown is in the works with top contenders Roscoe Toles or Turkey Thompson.

Unlike the other prospects covered in this edition, Golota has tasted defeat. In his second professional bout he dropped a unanimous decision to Canada’s Pat Doran (92-97, 93-96 and 94-95) in Montreal. The Canadian charged the inexperienced Golota in the first a dropped the Polish star to the canvas and opened up a nasty cut over his eye. Golota never really recovered and lost the decision, PW scored it 93-96 for Doran who was only 1-4 (1) entering the bout. The loss was certainly a learning experience for the twenty-four year old and he has responded nicely finishing Canada’s Joe Lannon in one, Ireland’s Colin Kenna in three and South Africa’s Courage Tshabalala in one before stepping up in competition versus Trane.

If Golota can get by Toles or Thompson later this year, mega fights Americans Sonny Liston, Max Baer or Abe Simon, England’s Matt Skelton, Colombia’s Bernardo Mercado or even a shot at Samoan champion David Tua could be on the horizon. A fight with Skelton could be an enormous draw in Europe, since Golota’s camp has been very vocal against Skelton and the European media claims that he is Europe’s best or Europe’s champion.

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The Boston Herald
April 14, 1921


OBELMEJIAS GRANTS ANDRADE REMATCH

By Ron Talsman

Undefeated middleweight champion Fulgencio Obelmejias 9-0 (7) has awarded top contender Librado Andrade 10-1 (6) an immediate rematch after their controversial title fight ended prematurely earlier this month. Obelmejias retained his title via a technical unanimous decision 48-47 on all three scorecards. The fight was stopped after an accidental head butt caused a gaping gash over the challenger’s eye in the fifth round. Andrade also had a very questionable point deducted in the fifth and had dominated both the fourth and fifth rounds before the stoppage.

The two middleweights will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 5, 1921, which should allow ample time for the Mexican fighter to heal. Many media outlets, Mexican leaders and fans were outraged when GPF director of South American operations Salvatore Emmeria stated following the fight that the GPF would not force an immediate rematch leaving the decision to Obelmejias and his handlers.

Fortunately, Obelmejias and his team agreed a rematch was in order and the two fighters will settle their unfinished business in just under three months in South Africa.

Welterweight champion Crisanto Espana 8-0 (8) will put his belt on the line on May 3, 1921 in Atlantic City versus top contender Jose Luis Lopez 8-1 (4). Espana has been inactive since his one round destruction of American Kevin Pompey in December 1920. Lopez has been on a tear, most recently dominating previously unbeaten American Thomas Hearns in Mexico City in November 1920 and a dominate decision win over Homer Gibbins earlier this year.

The GPF has approved featherweight champion Willie Pep’s 10-0 (5) post fight request to allow him to defend his title in Japan against top contender Naseem Hamed 9-0 (8). The fight is scheduled for August 17, 1921 and will once again take place at Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo. The two fighters have been engaging in a war of words since Pep’s comments immediately following his victory over Mitsunori Seki in early March.

In other title news, light heavyweight champion Bob Olin 8-0 (1) has confirmed he will battle Prince Charles Williams 9-1 (5) on May 31, 1921 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Olin, a native New Yorker should have a sizable hometown following for his first title defense against the tough Williams who has won his last six fights since his knockout loss to Alexej Trofimov in June 1920.

In a very surprising move, reports have been confirmed new lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao 9-0-1 (9) will be back in the ring on June 21, 1921 to defend his crown against Australian Herb McKell 10-3 (6) in the Philippines. Pacquiao just won the title by knocking out Edwin Rosario in the seventh round of their hotly contested battle on March 25, 1921. Many media pundits thought Pacquiao may grant Rosario an immediate rematch after his miraculous knockout, in a fight he was losing on all three cards, had been knocked down and was dangerously close to be stopped due to cuts.

Instead, Pacquiao will face McKell, who is certainly one tough customer, but many media outlets rank him a fringe top ten contender and speculated anywhere from seven to nine opponents were more deserving than the Australian who has been defeated on three separate occasions.

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XKL- Tucson Reporting…

April 16th, 1921: Hopping Roddy Houser reporting, live from Tucson. Only two days away from the biggest sporting spectacle the world has ever seen. Saturday night in Chicago, reigning undefeated heavyweight king David Tua will battle American Abe Simon for the greatest prize in sports.

Let’s see what those within the world of pugilism have had to say about the big fight.

Tommy Mathal, of The Pugilist Review, had this to say, “I think Simon can stay in this fight to the end, but I don’t see it being very close on the scorecards. Simon’s chin is underrated and his heart is unquestioned, I personally think Tua’s power is a bit exaggerated, Tua via comfortable unanimous decision.”

Robert Hinton, of The Pugilist Review, “I’m in agreement with Tommy, except I anticipate Tua’s power will wear down Simon late and the Samoan will be able to finish off a tough challenger via thirteenth round technical knockout.”

George Appriville, of The Boxing Registrar, “Simon is tough and is clearly being underrated in this fight. I think Tua will get the job done, but I’m expecting a very close, entertaining fight. Tua and Simon put on a classic and the champ retains the title via a close unanimous decision.”

Christopher Dantzler, of Global Watch, “I have seen a lot of Tua and he is going to break Simon down early and often. I don’t think Simon can stand with the champ for long and will eat the canvas early; much like those Tua has faced in the past. Simon does have a ton of heart, so I don’t think he goes easy, but he goes down for the count in the sixth.”

Charles Stanton, of Prospect Watch, “Tua by annihilation, I don’t think Simon can survive three rounds, that’s all there is to it.”

John Edmonds, of the London Gazette, “I’m expecting a much closer fight than people think. The hype behind Tua is of epic proportion, which is usually more media and spin than anything else. He does possess incredible power and I expect him to catch the American late and put him away. I’ll say Simon is ahead on the cards when Tua knocks him out in tenth.”

David Mercale, of the Yorkshire Post, “The theme here in England has been Tua is a bit overrated, which could be more country bias than fact, but I’m of the sentiment. He won’t walk through a tough customer like Simon, but the American simply doesn’t have many ways to win this fight. Tua via a lopsided unanimous decision.”

Georges Repierier, of Le Gazette, “I may be the only man in media who covers the GPF to be on record saying Simon will win this fight. I think he can withstand the early assault from the champion and batter him late. Not enough is being made of the location of the fight and the world class team in Simon’s corner; they will have a masterpiece cooked up for the champion who has some lingering questions regarding his stamina and endurance.”

Charles Priozzia, of the New York Times, “I’m a New Yorker through and through, but that’s not why I’m taking Simon. Lefty’s has put together a stellar team in his corner and they will confuse the champion who has never seen anything in or outside of the ring like he will see in Chicago on the 18th. Simon takes a close decision to become the new heavyweight champion.”

Wilson Kennedy, of the LA Times, “I’m going with Simon here; I think the buzz with Tua is nothing more than a Hollywood script. I’m not a huge Simon fan either, but he can tough out a decision against an overrated Tua.”

Jeffrey Turcotte, of the Sydney Morning Herald, “Tua gets the job done in this one. Simon isn’t the fighter Baer is and Tua destroyed him. I think the champion levels Simon a couple of times before putting him away for good in the fifth.”

Felix Morgan, of The Star, “I’m with the masses; Tua erases Simon in the first. Come on, Mercado knocked Simon unconscious and he doesn’t have half the power Tua has. This one will be ugly.”

Ken Yarborough, of the Washington Post, “I think Tua is too much for Simon and expects him to knock the challenger out somewhere around the sixth or seventh.”

Ron Talsman, of The Boston Herald, “The champion will retain his title and put Simon away in the eighth. I expect Simon to keep this interesting early, but he can’t keep it up fifteen with a bruiser like Tua.”

Seems like the media is with the public on this one and expects the champion to successfully defend his title. I’m in agreement, but think this will be close. Simon is crafty and will have a solid game plan, but I’m going with the champion in a close decision. Either way, I can’t wait. Make sure you tune in Saturday for the big one, with your favorite radio personality, Hopping Roddy Houser on XKL-Tucson
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