01 Rinsing Off the
02 Poem of the Month
By Tom Smario
03 Pollack's Picks
By Adam Pollack
04 Top Women Worth Watching
By Adam Pollack
05 Holman Williams Belongs
the Hall of Fame
By Harry Otty
06 Touching Gloves
"Joltin" Jeff Chandler
By Dan Hanley
07 Puppy Garcia Was
By Enrique Encinosa
08 Muhammad's Real War
By Cliff Endicott
09 Champagne On Ice
By Ron Lipton
10 "Dick Tiger: The Life and Times
of a Boxing Immortal"
By Adeyinka Makinde
11 Floyd Patterson:
Always Got Up
By Ron Lipton
12 Nat Fleischer, "Mr.
By Monte Cox
13 "Ring of Hate"
Review by J.D. Vena
14 "Gilroy Was
Book Review by Mike Delisa
From the Archives [mp3]
The CBZ presents another classic boxing-themed radio
show. This month we have the Thin Man in "The Passionate Palooka," from July 6,
By Adam Pollack
These are the prospects and top fighters worth watching:
Vladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's): Recent victories over Peter and Byrd have
re-established him as the man in the division.
Samuel Peter (26-1, 22 KO's): Still an aggressive power puncher, despite decision
loss to Vladimir.
Serguei Lyakhovich (23-1, 14 KO's): Showed heart and skill in electrifying victory
over Brewster. Upcoming bout with Tyson conquerer Kevin McBride.
Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KO's): Once again showed his power, chin, and heart
against Lyakhovich, and despite loss, is still definitely worth watching.
Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO's): Coming off dull match against then undefeated
Ibragimov, but snoozer was more the fault of Timor than Brock.
Cristobal Arreola (16-0, 14 KO's): This guy is quite entertaining and comes to
George Garcia (11-0, 4 KO's): Entertaining young fighter who has an upcoming match
with the undefeated J.D. Chapman.
O'Neil Bell (26-1-1, 24 KO's): Dangerous puncher won his dream match against
Jean Marc Mormeck (31-3, 21 KO's): Despite loss to Bell, he's still fun to watch.
Vadim Tokarev (22-0-1, 15 KO's): Coming off KO victory over Felix Cora, Jr.
Johnathon Banks (11-0, 8 KO's): Strong fighter who also looked promising as an
Marcus Johnson (7-0, 6 KO's): Young kid can fight.
Matt Godfrey (12-0, 7 KO's): Had a solid amateur career.
B.J. Flores (16-0-1, 11 KO's): Book's still out on him.
Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KO's): Utterly dismantled Tarver.
Glen Johnson (44-10-2, 29 KO's): A fighter's fighter. A guy who comes to fight,
gives it his all, and is willing to fight anyone.
Zsolt Erdei (24-0, 15 KO's): Has solid skill, decent but not great pop, and
although his style isn't overwhelmingly crowd pleasing, he's still the linear champion.
However, appears to be avoiding the big fights.
Tomasz Adamek (30-0, 21 KO's): Has passed a few recent tests.
Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KO's): Southpaw looks to have the speed and pop to do
Curtis Stevens (13-0, 11 KO's): Very short but powerful and aggressive, a la Dwight
Joe Calzaghe (41-0, 31 KO's): Simply the best; a star at this weight and really fun
Mikkel Kessler (37-0, 28 KO's): He's pretty good, but is mostly known in Europe.
Jeff Lacy (21-1, 17 KO's): Despite loss to Calzaghe, he's still an entertaining
puncher. Should probably move up in weight and fight bigger but slower guys.
Librado Andrade (23-0, 17 KO's): Has beaten decent opposition. Allan Green 20-0
with 14 KOs Ð This guy can punch and showed some heart in climbing off the canvas to win
his last fight.
Peter Manfredo (25-3, 11 KO's): Was fun to watch on the Contender and looks to be
pretty strong at the higher weight.
Jaidon Codrington (11-1, 9 KO's): Despite shocking first-round KO loss to Green,
still has the potential to be something, and he is fun to watch.
Andre Dirrell (7-0, 5 KO's): 2004 Olympic bronze-medalist southpaw. He's blazingly
fast, moves well, but possibly not that physically strong, lacks power, and relies too
much on speed and reflexes rather than skill. Still an interesting guy to watch.
Jermain Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KO's): Willing to take on the best, and difficult style
matchups. He's actually more entertaining than people realize, but the skilled veterans
he's been fighting have limited the excitement of his bouts.
Good upcoming fight: Edison Miranda (26-0, 23 KO's) vs. Arthur Abraham (21-0, 17
Felix Sturm (25-1, 11 KO's): Truly deserves a title shot, has solid defensive
skill, fast hands, and although not big power, lands solidly, and he does not run. Gave de
la Hoya a very close fight in a close/controversial loss.
Kelly Pavlik (27-0, 24 KO's): The guy can really punch and has showed some
Sergio Mora (18-0, 4 KO's): Lacks power but has speed and skill and is willing to
mix it up.
John Duddy (17-0, 15 KO's): A very big puncher, very fun to watch.
Anthony Thompson (21-1, 15 KO's): Guy has some speed and talent but question marks
regarding his chin and inside game.
Andre Ward (9-0, 5 KO's): Olympic gold medalist may very quickly become a threat.
Questions surround his chin and power, but he has shown the will to win.
Winky Wright (50-3-1, 25 KO's): Clearly the best junior middle in the world, coming
off fun draw with middleweight champion Jermain Taylor.
Oscar de la Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's): Looked good in fun fight with Mayorga. Potential
dream match with Mayweather on the horizon.
Rodney Jones (37-3-1, 22 KO's): Southpaw isn't the hardest puncher, but he's a
veteran who's earned a top fight by going undefeated since 2000.
Travis Simms (24-0, 18 KO's) Has some pop but is being left in the shadows.
A lot of great matchups are being made in this division, including: Shane Mosley
vs. Fernando Vargas II (first fight was fun)
Vernon Forrest vs. Ike Quartey (battle of
former welterweight champions)
Sechew Powell vs. Kasim Ouma (both solid southpaws)
Roman Karmazin vs. Cory Spinks (Karmazin a champion with good skill and power, Spinks a
former welter champion)
Sergiy Dzinziruk (32-0, 21 KO's): Southpaw has victory over Daniel Santos.
Joachim Alcine (27-0, 18 KO's): Needs a real test.
Yuri Foreman (21-0, 8 KO's): Very effective European boxing style with smooth,
controlled footwork (but not running), and quick punches, but he lacks power. A modern day
James. J. Corbett.
Vanes Martirosyan (9-0, 6 KO's): This young boxer is tall, strong, can move, and
he's got some fire in his belly.
Antonio Margarito (33-4, 24 KO's): A fan's fighter and the uncrowned welterweight
champion. He's a tall, strong, very busy nonstop puncher. The most feared man in the
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (36-0, 24 KO's) Would like to see if he can take a punch at
Ricky Hatton (41-0, 30 KO's): Just moved up to welterweight, but probably should
move back down if he can.
Luis Collazo (26-2, 12 KO's): Loss to Hatton did more to raise his stock.
Arturo Gatti (40-7, 31 KO's): The guy who has given the most to the sport is always
dangerous against anyone. Upcoming bout with linear champ Baldomir a good match up for
Kermit Cintron (26-1, 24 KO's): Huge puncher has upcoming bout with 19-0 Richard
Paul Williams (30-0, 22 KO's): Tall southpaw has a very busy style.
Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KO's): Just won a decision over then undefeated Joel
Julio, who was then 27-0 with 24 KOs.
Andre Berto (13-0, 11 KO's): This former amateur standout is compact, powerful,
quick and entertaining.
Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KO's): Just defeated then 21-0 Paul Malignaggi. Of all the
young contenders, has overcome the most tests, showing heart, power, and skill, although
perhaps needs to be a bit busier and work on his defense.
Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KO's): Sure he shamed himself by not making 135, but
the guy can still really fight, is highly entertaining, and once he fights at the proper
weight, will be worth seeing again.
Junior Witter (33-1-2, 19 KO's): Not the most entertaining but needs to be
respected, for this southpaw has not lost since 2000.
Demetrius Hopkins (24-0-1, 10 KO's): Guy is improving and showing more pop, and
although not a power puncher, with his speed and skill, is a dangerous threat to anyone.
Lamont Peterson (17-0, 7 KO's): Although fast and busy, not much of a punch.
Lorenzo Reynolds (15-0, 7 KO's): Good southpaw coming off win over Joaquin
Mike Arnaoutis (17-0, 9 KO's): Upcoming match with 26-2-1 Vivian Harris should show
what he's made of.
Juan Urango (17-0, 13 KO's): Coming off win over Ben Rabah.
Division is packed with a lot of potentially great fights:
Diego Corrales (40-3, 33 KO's): Clearly the best at this weight. Always comes to
Jesus Chavez (43-3, 30 KO's): Keeps getting better, an in your face non stop fight
type guy who has veteran skill.
Juan Diaz (29-0, 14 KO's): Entertaining and well-conditioned with an all action
style but has yet to take on a truly legitimate test.
Edwin Valero (19-0, 19 KO's): We'll see what he's really made of when he next meets
24-1-1 Vincente Mosquera.
Isaac Hlatshwayo (25-0, 9 KO's): Recent win over Nate Campbell, but doesn't seem to
have much pop.
Anthony Peterson (18-0, 13 KO's): Former top amateur has some potential.
Vincente Escobedo (9-1, 9 KO's): Former U.S. Olympian is entertaining and strong
and only loss was a good and close fight. Still has a strong up side.
Victor Ortiz (13-1, 9 KO's): Former PAL amateur champion is a young, strong, and
Amir Khan (7-0, 5 KO's): 2004 Olympic silver medalist is going to be a very good
and entertaining pro.
Manny Pacquiao (41-3-2, 33 KO's): Impressive rematch KO over Morales and wide UD
over Oscar Larios.
Marco Antonio Barrera (62-4, 42 KO's): Never count out this veteran. Still
wonderful to watch, despite looking shopworn against Rocky Juarez.
Jorge Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KO's): Tough, hard punching, and comes to fight in shape.
Upcoming match with 25-0 Joan Guzman should be fun.
Rocky Juarez (25-2, 18 KO's): Olympic silver medalist just "lost" razor-thin decision to
Jason Litzau (18-0, 16 KO's): Has upcoming bout with 21-0 15KOs Marcos Ramirez.
Shows nice pop with both hands, good relaxation and punch selection, as well as fair
footwork. Only weakness right now is defense.
Chris John (37-0-1, 20 KO's): Although a slick southpaw, he's earned respect with
victories over Derrick Gainer and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Humberto Soto (39-5-2, 23 KO's): Has a victory over Rocky Juarez in an entertaining
Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KO's): Fun to watch and has stepped up the competition.
Ready for the big fights.
Nicky Cook (26-0, 15 KO's): Still untested.
Roberto Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KO's): Just avenged only loss with impressive KO.
Somsak Sithchatchawal (46-1-1, 37 KO's): Coming off KO10 victory over the exciting
Mahyar Monshipour (28-3-2, 19 KO's): Highly entertaining in your face fighter is
totally worth watching despite losing last bout.
Israel Vazquez (39-3, 28 KO's): coming off TKO win over Oscar Larios.
Rey Bautista (20-0, 15 KO's)
Miguel Roman 16-0 with 12 KOs)
Rafael Marquez (35-3, 31 KO's): Entertaining, pound-for-pound great can box and
really punch. Only question mark is his ability to take it. Upcoming rematch with tough
Silence Mabuza, but dream match with Jhonny Gonzalez should be made to determine who the
best at this weight is.
Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KO's): He's tough and has really nice pop.
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (24-0, 15 KO's) Needs name change, but he can fight.
Raul Martinez (15-0, 11 KO's): Looks pretty solid.
Martin Castillo (30-1, 16 KO's): Power not the greatest but he comes to fight.
Nonito Donaire (14-1, 8 KO's): Decent prospect moving along.
Totally hot division right now, if the right matches are made:
Jorge Arce (44-3-1, 34 KO's): Aggressive, exciting, busy combination boxer coming
off KO win over experienced Rosendo Alvarez.
Vic Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KO's): Hard-punching southpaw coming off victory over then
undefeated Luis Maldonado.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (62-2, 32 KO's): He's the most experienced flyweight, and
this WBC champion southpaw has not been defeated since 1996.
Brian Viloria (19-0, 12 KO's): Good power and entertaining; moving along nicely.
Roberto Vasquez (22-1, 17 KO's): Southpaw hasn't lost since pro debut and has
defeated a high class of competition.
Ivan Calderon (26-0, 6 KO's): Not much power but good southpaw fighter.
Eagle Kyowa (16-1, 6 KO's): A good fighter and match with Calderon would be nice.
Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym (15-0, 12 KO's): Nice pop but needs to be tested.
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