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Jul282013

05:29:04 pm

Chinese boxing rides on Zou's shoulders








Former boxing champion Emile Griffith dies at 75






The readiness of Macau to host big events of an international interest will be tested on Nov. 23, when former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao faces Brandon Rios in his HBO pay-per-view televised comeback fight. Arum is optimistic that the fight will create a "feeding frenzy" among those looking for tickets and closed-circuit seats, and is predicting a gate of $10 million. The culture of China is changing as the country continues to close the gap between itself and the United States for the top spot among world economies. Whether the growth that is being seen in Chinese boxing can be sustained will depend on how well Top Rank and other promoters nurture the interests of the fans. Ryan Songalia is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributes to The Ring magazine and GMA News.







Boxing great Griffith, who called Hudson County home for years, dies at 75




DEATH OF A CHAMPION ? The late Emile Griffith, who died Tuesday at the age of 75, was a Hudson County resident, namely Weehawken and Jersey City, for more than 30 years.

Far ahead on the cards, he collapsed on his stool after Round 13, unable to continue in the 105-degree heat. Robinson retired after that fight, but he returned in 1955 and went on to win and lose the middleweight title three more times during the 1950s. Robinson dropped the belt for the last time to Gene Fullmer when he was 39, but he was nowhere near done fighting. He would continue to fight with amazing regularity for the next half decade. Robinsons post-40 record was 30-10-3. Thats not a bad professional career.







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We believe in Lomachenko." Most fighters begin their pro careers in four-round bouts before moving up gradually to 10- and 12-round contests. Not Lomachenko, who plans to test his vaunted amateur record and world-class skills in difficult fights from the start just the way Olympic stars used to do it before amateur boxing lost much of its allure over the past two decades. "Because of his tremendous amateur accomplishments, he is not your typical boxer turning pro," said Carl Moretti, Top Rank's vice president of boxing operations. "He reminds me of the Olympians from the '76 and '84 (American) teams, like (Sugar Ray) Leonard, (Leon and Michael) Spinks, (Evander) Holyfield, (Pernell) Whitaker, (Mark) Breland. They were ready to face established pros from Day One." Last year, Lomachenko considered starting his career with APB, the professional arm of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), but ultimately decided to move to North America with the backing of an elite promoter. Lomachenko is expected to train in Los Angeles, where fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China began his pro career this year. Top Rank also signed Oleksandr Usyk, the Olympic heavyweight gold medalist in London.








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After winning back the title during his controversial third fight with Paret many believe Paret never should have been allowed in the ring after a brutal loss to Gene Fullmer three months earlier Griffith would eventually move up to middleweight. He knocked down Dick Tiger for the first time in his career and claimed the title with a narrow but unanimous decision. Griffith would go on to lose twice during a thrilling trilogy with Nino Benvenuti, his lone victory coming at Shea Stadium in 1967, and lost two bouts against the great middleweight Carlos Monzon. Griffith would finally retire in 1977 after losing his last three fights, his record standing at 85-24-2 with 23 knockouts. Griffith would go on to train several champions, including Wilfred Benitez and Juan Laporte, among the most popular boxers in Puerto Rican history.







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Referee Ruby Goldstein, who never worked another fight ever again, didnt stop the beating. He allowed Griffith to deliver blow after undefended blow in the corner, while Paret lay defenseless against the ropes. Griffith delivered 18 punches in a span of six seconds, before Goldstein finally stopped the fight. Paret slumped into the corner and was soon rushed to a hospital in a coma from which he never recovered.







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The show takes place tonight in Managua, Nicaragua and will see Mayorga take on unbeaten Floridian Rene Martinez . WSOF Central America streams live on GFL.tv . After capturing boxing titles at 147 and 154 pounds, Mayorga made his mixed martial arts debut on May 3. After coming in 20 pounds overweight for his bout with Wesley Tiffer , Mayorga was originally declared the winner of the contest after landing a knee to his opponents spine. However, that result was later changed to a no-contest by the Nicaraguan MMA commission. Martinez, meanwhile, last competed on April 27, when he submitted Doug Rossi with a guillotine choke in 61 seconds. Level has never been beaten in five professional outings, with only a 2010 draw marring his record in that span.







Top Rank signs Olympic boxing star Lomachenko






"I'm going to show the world and everybody that doubt me, everybody that talks bad about me, that say I'm a punching bag. They are going to find something out different. They're going to see November 24, it's going to be Brandon Rios, win." Prior to booking the Rios bout, Pacquiao had been linked with an epic fifth duel with Marquez, a battle with Alvarado or a rematch with Timothy Bradley, who also beat him last year. However, former heavyweight world champion George Foreman thought Rios-Pacquiao was the best welterweight fight available and predicted fireworks at the Cotai Arena in Macau.







Ex-Boxing World Champ Ricardo Mayorga Headlines First International WSOF Event






Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley, and a possible Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov bout highlight a solid end to a very solid year for Bob Arum's company. Top Rank will also be doing big shows with Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Chinese star Zou Shiming by year's end. This trend of quality matchmaking extends beyond the Top Rank-Golden Boy universe as well. Risky, intriguing, and fan-friendly bouts are getting made a lot more often than in the past.




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