a Boxing newsletter created
NYC Boxing Trainer
Ricky Ray Taylor
:TELEVISION FIGHT SCHEDULE:
ESPN//Friday January 8 2010 Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, USA MIDDLEWEIGHT
Roman Karmazin 39W 2L 1D 25KOS vs. Dionisio Miranda 20W 4L 2D 18KOs
ESPN//Friday January 15 2010 Laredo Civic Center, Laredo, Texas, USA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
Tomas Villa 21W 6L 4D 13KOs vs. Fernando Beltran Jr 33W 3L 1D 18KOs
HBO//Saturday January 23 2010 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY, USA
WBO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
Juan Manuel Lopez 26W 0L 0D 24KOs vs. Steven Luevano 35W 1L 1D 15KOs
WBA World FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
Yuriorkis Gamboa 15W 0L 0D 13KOs vs. Rogers Mtagwa 26W 12L 2D 18KOs
SHOWTIME//Friday January 29 2010 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM, USA WELTERWEIGHT
Luis Carlos Abregu 28W 0L 0D 23KOs vs. Richard Gutierrez 24W 3L 1D 14KOs
ESPN//Friday January 29 2010 Reno Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA
Curtis Stevens 21W 2L 0D 15KOs vs. Jesse Brinkley 34W 5L 0D 22KOs
HBO//Saturday January 30 2010 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, LV, Nevada, USA WBC WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
Andre Berto 25W 0L 0D 19KOs vs. Shane Mosley 46W 5L 0D 39KOs
ESPN//Friday February 5 2010 (TBA) Miami, Florida, USA
Joey Hernandez 15W 0L 0D 8KOs vs. Ed Paredes 21W 3L 0D 13KOs
ESPN//Friday February 12 2010 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT
Ruslan Provodnikov 14W 0L 0D 9KOs vs. Aris Ambriz 13W 0L 0D 8KOs
Tyrone Harris 24W 5L 0D 16KOS vs. Ji Hoon Kim 19W 5L 0D 16KOS
SHOWTIME//Saturday March 6 2010 Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
Arthur Abraham 31W 0L 0D 26KOs vs. Andre Dirrell 18W 1L 0D 13KOs
HBO-PPV//NEW Saturday March 13 2010 (TBA)
USA POUND FOR POUND TITLE
Manny Pacquiao 50W 3L 2D 38KOs vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr 40W 0L 0D 25KOS
It’s been another memorable year for Boxing.
We un-covered a few hopefuls who were hidden in the shadows (ANDRE WARD) as quickly and as stunningly as some were unveiled to us as paper-tigers (ANTONIO MARGARITO).
Fighters stepped up to the plate to seize their long awaited belts (DAVID HAYE) as suddenly as old champions were handed their walking papers (ROY JONES).
A few left us for good.
Here’s a short list of Boxing legends who passed away in ’09:
* JOSE TORRES, 1/19
* INGEMAR JOHANSSON, 1/30
* GREG PAGE, 4/27
* ALEXIS ARGUELLO, 7/1
* ARTURO GATTI, 7/11
* VERNON FORREST, 7/25
* TONY THORNTON, 9/10
Most of our memories linked to these champs are based on the legacies they’ve left behind in the world of Boxing. All of the soldiers they’ve constructed and inspired both IN and out of the square circle will always miss them.
A few HIGH-LITES in Boxing during 2009:
~ANDRE BERTO/LOUIS COLLAZO~
> Berto defended his WBC Welterweight Title by a very-VERY thin margin against NY fighter Collazo. Many people (including Collazo) thought that the south-paw barrage leveled by the New Yorker would be enough to sway the judges. The fight was close but Berto retained his title.
~PAUL WILLIAMS/SERGIO MARTINEZ~
> Both fighters dropped each other to the canvas early in the fight. This was a prelude of what was to come. Martinez countered wonderfully on the tall and lanky fellow southpaw Williams. It was enough to win the cheers of most of the crowd – but not most of the judges.
~JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ/JUAN DIAZ~
> This was my favorite fight of the year and one of the best I’ve seen EVER. Diaz was the younger of the two and he showed his youth early on by keeping Marquez pinned on the ropes. Although Marquez landed nice clean shots off the ropes, it was Diaz who was in command of the action. Through the fight each guy staggered the other while Diaz repeatedly taunted Marquez after the bell. You began to sense that the wars which Marquez sustained with Pacquio had taken their toll on the seasoned x-champion. Marquez continuously back-pedaled on the ever chasing Diaz while rope burns appeared like welts on his back and shoulders. Diaz never let up. Finally in round 8 right before the bell, Marquez lands a left hook that rocks Diaz. A few seconds later amidst a slew of bombs by each fighter, a left uppercut lands on Diaz that hurls him through the ropes and on to the judges table. His fighters heart stood him back on his feet – only to be dropped one last final time seconds later. MAX KELLERMAN: “What we just saw was a really good young fighter knocked out by a great old fighter.”
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2010!
-Ricky Ray Taylor
“Preach the Gospel at all times,
use words when necessary”