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Am I the only one who wants to see Fulton and Figueroa run it back again?
Most def..lil figgy is supposed to come back soon...Fulton is a dog though...nikka is about to get into another hard fight with Roman....I just fear one day his volume punching wont work against somebody that can reallt crack like lil figgy..he had fulton stunned and moonwalking at least 4 times during that fight
 

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Erislandy Lara: People Are Avoiding Me at 160 Just Like They Did at 154
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BY BOXINGSCENE STAFF
Published Tue May 17, 2022, 08:11 PM EDT


Two-division world champion Erislandy Lara is gearing up to make a defense of his WBA "regular" middleweight title against veteran Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on May 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The card will be headlined by a lightweight showdown between Gervonta 'Tank' Davis and Rolando 'Rolly' Romero.

Lara is looking to expand his standing at 160-pounds to secure a major fight.

“I feel strong at 160 pounds. I showed that in my last fight and I’ll show it again in this fight. I’m ready to display all of my skills once again," Lara said.

“Come May 28, when I come out victorious, I’m ready to fight the best in the division. I’m not even going to mention their names, because I’m tired of doing that. I’m just focused on getting in the ring with all the best fighters. People are avoiding me at 160 pounds just like they did at 154. I’m a tough matchup for anyone out there. That’s why they don’t want to fight me."

Lara is coming a brutal one-punch knockout of Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna.

O'Sullivan is a tough fighter, but's fallen short on the highest level - with defeats to Billy Joe Saunders, Chris Eubank Jr, David Lemieux and two years ago to Jaime Munguia in eleven rounds in Sn Antonio.

“I’m going to come out focused and do what I know how to do on fight night. Most importantly, I’ll leave the ring with my hand raised," Lara said.

“I couldn’t really tell you how O’Sullivan fights, that’s something I leave to my coaches. I’m just working to be at my best and show everyone what I can do on May 28.”
 

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For someone without a chin he had an amazing career. I always wondered as far as cte is concerned is it better to not have a chin and get ko'd vs having a chin and being able to eat concussive blows pause. :patrice: for someone who has been stopped brutally and hurt as much as he has been he seems to still have his wits about him and speech is better than a lot of guys who are active and in their primes right now.

Salute to him hopefully he enjoys his retirement.

As far as long term health it's def better to not have a chin. I noticed the dudes with the best chins almost always show effects at some point.

As a fight fan it's weird to look at it this way but getting knocked out easily doesn't mean you're weak. It actually means your body is working properly lol
 

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Am I the only one who wants to see Fulton and Figueroa run it back again?
I can post again? :dwillhuh: Wasn't so sure anymore :mjlol:

Anyway... I wouldn't mind it either but my preference is Fulton vs MJ for all the belts after they are done with their next fights. Can't overlook Roman though, that's a very good fight itself. MJ vs Rios is solid too, Rios is a straight banger but MJ a big favorite there
 

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Rolly really good?



Seems like a easy bag to get for tank and betters.

Only for the hype, it shouldn't be competitive tbh

PBC started to board more young talent at 135, guys like Martin, Rivera, Valenzuela, or Cruz who Tank already faced but their problem is that all these guys are up and comers, they are very thin at 135 as far as established guys go. I think Tank is the biggest fighter at 135 in terms of money generated with his fights, it would be great if, after the Rolly fight, Mayweather Promotions or wherever Tank is going from there would put their energy into matching Tank with the likes of Haney, Loma or whoever is in the top 3-4 by then.

I don't think Rolly belongs to the same category as those other young guys as far as talent goes, he is awkward and powerful but he was boxed up by Jackson Marinez and needed a robbery to get the win while Commey, a back-end top 10 guy just went through that guy like it was nothing.
 

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Look Back At Gatti-Ward I On 20th Anniversary Of 'One Of The Great Nights In Boxing History'
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Published Wed May 18, 2022, 02:56 AM EDT


Micky Ward was certain he had blown his chance to fight Arturo Gatti.

During their limo ride back from Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio the night of January 5, 2002, Lou DiBella, who was Ward’s promoter, tried to convince the loveable everyman whose life story later became an Oscar-winning motion picture that his technical-decision defeat to Jesse Leija might not have cost him the Gatti fight. The former HBO Sports executive knew that his successors at the network would still be interested in Gatti-Ward, assuming Gatti would defeat Terron Millett three weeks later, because Gatti and Ward would make magic in the ring.

“Micky was like crying in the limo,” DiBella recalled to BoxingScene.com. “He was like lamenting, ‘Aw, f---! It was a [technical decision]. I didn’t get the win. There goes my shot with Gatti.’ And I’m like, ‘Not so sure, Mick. Got a weird feeling that this actually, you know, if we’re willing to be more negotiable, this might actually work in our favor.’ And that’s what happened.”

What happened four months later – 20 years ago today at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut – is something boxing fans worldwide won’t ever forget.

Gatti-Ward I was 10 rounds of unfathomable brutality between two unbelievably brave, resilient warriors who walked through trauma that would’ve broken most men. The first fight of their trilogy was “Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots” come to life, “even more than you can dream of,” according to the late Emanuel Steward, who called their stunning slugfest from ringside for HBO.

Ward won a majority decision in part because he sent Gatti to one knee 15 seconds into the ninth round with a trademark left hook to the liver and because referee Frank Cappuccino deducted a point from Gatti for landing a low blow in the fourth round.

Judge Richard Flaherty also scored their incredible ninth round 10-7 for Ward, despite that Gatti got off the canvas and made it competitive. Had Flaherty scored that round 10-8 for Ward, as did judges Frank Lombardi (94-94) and Steve Weisfeld (95-93), his final score would’ve been 94-94 and their fantastic fight would’ve resulted in a majority draw.

“There’s no way we would’ve fought Micky again if it were a draw,” Pat Lynch, the late Gatti’s manager, told BoxingScene.com. “We would’ve moved on because Arturo Gatti was still Arturo Gatti. Even if we got a little bit of pressure from people, I would’ve looked to go in another direction.”

Instead, Gatti exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch with a rival who became his close friend and later his trainer for Gatti’s final fight. Gatti avenged his loss comfortably in their 10-round rematch, but he insisted on affording Ward the payday that came along with their third HBO bout, another 10-round, unanimous-decision win for Gatti.

Their last two fights, which both took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, were entertaining at times. It is their first fight, though, that remains one of the most memorable brawls in boxing history.

“I was sitting on the steps in the neutral corner, and you just could not believe the f------ punishment both guys accepted,” Carl Moretti, then the matchmaker for Gatti’s promoter, Main Events, told BoxingScene.com. “You wondered, ‘How in the world are they doing this?’ You were just in awe of it. In person, it’s the greatest fight I’ve ever seen.”

The Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine named Gatti-Ward the “Fight of the Year” for 2002. The ninth round, in particular, was a spectacular display of sustained, reciprocal violence that’d be almost impossible to top.

Gatti, who appeared just about out on his feet toward the end of that stunning ninth round, showed unforgettable fortitude by coming back to win the 10th round. No one compassionate could’ve blamed Gatti’s trainer, Buddy McGirt, had he stopped their first fight during the ninth round, which Steward called “the round of the century.”

“With the intensity of those last four, five rounds, you thought that each guy wasn’t gonna get through it, that each guy could lose,” Moretti said. “If somebody got stopped, you wouldn’t have been shocked. It was that type of close fight and, you know, I doubt you’ll see that type of fight ever again in this day and age because commissions and referees don’t let that type of brutality go on in the ring. They’ll stop it, which I guess is a good thing, but a bad thing, too.”

A reinvigorated Gatti had shown all of the aforementioned attributes in previous slugfests with Wilson Rodriguez, Tracy Harris Patterson, Angel Manfredy and Ivan Robinson, which was why so many people had high hopes for a fight that somehow exceeded expectations.

“You knew it was gonna be a great fight,” Lynch said. “But to have seen that, I think I was just kind of stunned after it was all over. You just couldn’t believe what you had just witnessed, you know? It was just incredible.”

A prideful DiBella treasures Ward’s win as one of the crowning achievements of a career that’ll lead him into the International Boxing Hall of Fame next month in Canastota, New York.

“It was one of the greatest nights I’ve ever been a part of, a night that changed people’s lives,” DiBella said. “I mean, strangely, in defeat it cemented Gatti as a superstar even more and gave Micky the glory he deserved and created history for Micky and created a whole career. It was a life-changing night in some ways for both guys. HBO had that ‘Legendary Nights’ series. What’s more legendary than that night? That’s one of the great nights in modern boxing history. It was the modern-day Basilio-DeMarco. It was an ultra-grungy, painful war between two guys who didn’t understand what the word quit meant.”

20 fukking years...time flies :wow:
 

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Cac shyt. So Bill Haney is not allowed in Australia because of a felony from 30 years ago. Zab Judah's father is filling in as a substitute (Zab is Devin's godfather). Kambosos has a rematch clause that states he can get a rematch if he loses and it has to be in Australia. Devin Haney can't get a rematch if he loses though, lol. These mayosapiens really shook.

 
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