Sunday, August 20, 2006

American heavyweights in weekend action

By JE Grant

Despite a landscape seemingly barren of top American heavyweights, plenty of big men were in action this past weekend.

Of course the best known of the crop was Evander Holyfield who is on his latest comeback attempt. This time instead of facing a top fighter he squared off against the little known and less accomplished Jeremy Bates and unsurprisingly stopped the journeyman. Despite the local coverage and some of the blog reporting about how this might be the first step in a comeback bid, most people can see through the illusion. Although Evander may still sport a body that looks like that of a top battler, it is only skin deep. Read nothing into the win.

The fighters highlighted below are either up-and-coming or nearly so. Several undefeated fighters are in the group and some will undoubtedly fall into the journeyman category before long.


August 18, 2006

DALLAS ---Former multiple time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 39-8-2 (26 KOs), Atlanta, knocked out Jeremy Bates, 21-12-1 (18 KOs) in two rounds of a scheduled 10. Before anyone gets giddy about a Holyfield “comeback” it is worth recognizing that Bates has now lost three in a row.

TAMPA --- Travis Walker, 20-0-1 (16 KOs), Tallahassee, Fla., decisioned Andrew Greeley 11-14-2 (7 KOs) over 10 round. He is seeking a bout with former Olympian Jason Estrada for later this fall.

TEMECULA, CALIF. --- Damian Wills, 21-0 (15 KOs), Los Angeles, won an eight-round decision over tough journeyman Cisse Salif, 18-7-2 (17 KOs). Wills is co-managed by actor Denzel Washington and is seemingly on the rise.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. --- Vinnie Maddalone, 27-3 (19 KOs), Flushing, NY., eked out a ten-round majority decision over Jermell Barnes, 17-13-1 (4 KOs) (and 0-7-1 in his last eight bouts). Needless to say this win didn’t generate a whole lot of buzz for the club favorite.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. --- Malachy Farrell, 15-0 (12 KOs), Chicago, knocked out Shannon Miller, 14-2 (8 KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled eight. To date, Farrell’s record is filled with wins against opponents with losing records. This bout obviously represented a step up for the 26 year-old.

August 19, 2006

RENO -- Eddie Chambers, 27-0 (15 KOs), Homewood, Pa., halted Dominic Jenkins, 9-6-1 (3), in the fifth round of a scheduled eight. Chambers is known for good skills but at about 214 pounds he is smallish in today’s terms. Nonetheless, he’s worth watching closely.

RENO --- Chris Arreola, 17-0 (15 KOs), Riverside, Calif., stopped Damian Norris, 8-2 (6 KOs) in 4 rounds of a scheduled eight. The 241 pounder clubbed Norris to the canvas in a solid demonstration of power.

37 Comments:

Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Agreed on Holyfield JE. I mean...This was a D-level blown-up cruiser that was made to order for him. The ideal opponent to create an "illusion". People forget that he also looked "pretty good" in the first few rounds of the Toney fight, and in the 1st or 2nd of the Donald one as well for that matter. Anyways, this fight didn't really tell me anything, but it did emphatically tell me one thing; the NY "ban" on EH is utter B.S. The guy may never beat the "top dogs" again, but there are still many hvy's (club fighters/journeymen) in their 20's & 30's that he can compete against, and defeat. He is an adult and pro athlete of sound mind, body, and skills, that wants to fight, and should have the right to.

Let him do so.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

BTW- I understand Wills had very little am. exp. - but boy did it show. He's not bad, but definetly not "it", or even close.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Also, TERRIBLE the way Chambers and Scott have been "promoted". No ESPN, SHO, or HBO dates? Or OLN dates on the horizon? Pathetic...

* If USA Tuesday Night Fights was still around (I kinda miss that show) I have a feeling we would have seen them a few times at The Blue Horizon...;-)

1:12 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I also don't understand the lack of promotional effort.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Guess who Holyfield will probably be fighting in November or December?

Or favorite "curiously placed" wbc contender Sinan Samil Sam!

Kinda makes sense JE...(The fight, that is) Sam is amazingly still a top-10 (#5? WTF???) contender, and if EH wins - boom; instant title shot next. I suppose a 43 yr.old EH vs. Sam is about a tossup, but the mere thought of the fight makes me feel a bit cheap and dirty...Time for a shower perhaps, and "alphabet/insect repellent".

;-(

1:30 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I won't be surprised to see Sam win. He can't punch worth a darn, but he presses forward every round and he can take a shot.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well, Sam has decent power and a good chin. As long as he doesn't cut, he'll probably take EH the distance. Wouldn't surprise me at all if he won, or possibly even stopped the "old man".

1:51 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

F.Y.I- As for Farrels victory, it was a minor step-up at best. Don't be too fooled by Miller's record. He's a club-fighter. Nothing more - nothing less. He's a former Maddolone victim (good fight though!) and his prior 14 victims couldn't "fog a mirror".

12:31 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Is there an American youngster out there waiting to be a hero???? :)

5:23 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Umm...No, JE. I am going to address this issue soon. The closest I can maybe come? An 18 yr.old hvy hopeful and Emmanuel Steward protege named Issiah Thomas. (Just like the B-ball player) According to Steward, he will be the 2008 Gold Medalist, and a world champ by the time he is 23.

(???)

8:48 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well J.E, I just recently got another very positive word about young Mr.Thomas from Liahkovich trainer Kenny Weldon. Perhaps this is the youngster wev'e been waiting for...(???)

* Unfortunately, were going to have to wait a few years...

1:37 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Arreola had an impressive victory. Norris is the Cuban who beat Jason Gavern on ESPN a few months back. Gavern is a tough fight for a lot of people and gives Salif fits in training. Arreola if and thats a big if, slims down, then he has some hope. I am talking to Malik Scott for an official interview tomorrow so any questions? I am still procrastinating on the Leo Nolan interview because, well, it's Leo Nolan. Miller has some boxing skills and you can see that, but his lack of ring experience shows and he falls into the club fighter mode when he gets punched. That was a good win for Farrel. As for Sam and Holyfield. Sam is a refined club fighter who is always pressing and throws combos and has the best uppercuts the Euro scene has ever encountered.

5:24 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Ask Malik why he hasn't appeared on TV. Where does he see himself in the next year? Why does he think US fighters have lost ground so quickly? Why is he "different" than the other up-and-coming heavyweights?

7:44 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

no prob JE.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Damnit...(JE is taking my questions!) Eh, the first two were my main ones as well. Also - I would like you to inquire about fellow Pennsylvania 20-something undefeated hvy (Eddie Chambers) for obvious reasons. If nothing else, perhaps we can get some 'bad blood' going there. Also - I only saw a pic, but I didn't like Scott's weight of 250-something his last time out. He should be 230's, or 240's max I.M.O.

P.S- I will probably be talking/msg with Kevin Johnson soon. Any questions there? I know...

#1 - Why doesn't he use his right hand?

#2 - Why doesn't he use his right hand?

Or...

#3 - Does he realize he HAS a right hand?

*BB*

8:17 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

* Honestly guys, with his size, athleticism, relative youth, (and yes, promising jab) I personally think Johnson may have the most potential 'upside' of any of the young American hvy's.

8:26 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

I agree with Johnson having the most potential, but maybe a question like. So when did you have that stroke that paralyzed the right side of your body? And how do you pass the mandatory medical exams to fight? In all seriousness, when does he plan to step up and really fight meaningful opponents. Now is the time to assert himself as a true contender and the leading American heavyweight, so what is the hold up. Oh and convince him that Don King is the epitome of evil, I always try to do that.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

(LOL) Well, actually...I would suggest Johnson stick with journeymen opponents for the time being. Give him some different looks, and work on his skills. He didn't have the am. or pro exp. that Scott and Chambers do. Those two - really need to at least turn it up a notch. I wouldn't expect a major move up from Johnson until 2008, probably.

As for King; I hear you. But a guy named Larry Holmes once had a famous quote. He said; "You can still usually make more money with King ripping you off, than other guys playing it straight".

Ironic, but true. He may be the devil - but you have to give the devil his due...;-)

P.S- I will inquire about that debilitating stroke. And as much as I LOVE to see a hvy put so much emphasis on the jab, the 'jab fetish' - is a bit concerning, and almost bordering on 'deviant'. (lol)

9:57 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

What about Joe Mesi????? Who will be his 3-121 (1 KO) opponent this time?

8:59 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

***MAJOR shocker/bombshell***

Briggs will now reportedly be facing...LIAHKOVICH.

Unbelievable...

2:23 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Well, that's much better than a defense against McBride.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Oh, absolutely. This thing still isn't 100% official, at least I don't think it is. Troy has his obvious contacts with the Briggs camp, and I have with Sergei's, but poor Kenny (Weldon) says even he doesn't know if it's a certain go, and I tend to believe him. It's just been a very odd last few months, and this latest development - complicates things even more. This thing has just been a complete clusterf*ck. One thing after the other. I've given up on trying to project things or figure it out!

8:58 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Just as long as they fight in November or before.........

6:56 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I think that's a pretty safe bet, JE. I would have loved to have seen Sergei in the ring 3-4 months after the Brewster fight, but it really wasn't entirely their (camps) fault. Alot of "Boxing politics", and a few unexpected moves and circumstances. Anyways, if it IS Briggs, I think it would be great for Sergei. It would be a very well-received and watched SHO main event against a popular fighter, and one that he would probably win.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

***Klitschko-Brock Nov.11th***

Nothing official, but It looks like there is a good chance of this. Good solid fight if so, but we shall see...

*BB*

1:11 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Klitschko obviously doesn't want the easy road.

6:50 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Klitschko obviously doesn't want the easy road.

6:50 AM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Brock wants double what he was originally offered. from 750K to 1.5 mill. That is the sticking point now. 2.5 mill was offered to Maskaev, but for his elbow to magically heal it would've cost HBO 3.5 mill. So thats not going to happen, and as for Liakhovich, he hasn't been offered near as much to go against Klitschko as Maskaev has. Now the hold-up on Liakhovich/Briggs is Gotsev. Ivalyo wants a considerable purse for Sergei and rightfully so. Briggs got a pretty good deal from King, over a million dollars to fight Liakhovich, yes thats right King actually paid a contender more than their fair share. And Gotsev feels that Briggs will be making more than Sergei in this fight. But if the deal is done than on Nov. 4th we will see Briggs/Liakhovich on SHO.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

You beat me to it 'T.O'...That's about exactly what I heard.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Sam has great power and a pretty good chin. But he cuts too easily. But if he doesn't cut he'll probably take EH the distance. It wouldn't shock me at all if he won, or possibly even knocked out the other guy!

1:47 AM  
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4:46 PM  
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6:41 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Prediction: Sinan Samil Sam stops Evander Holyfield.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

May not be a bad prediction, J.E. If I were EH & camp, I would try and go after a guy that has a very questionable chin, cuts very easily, or has poor stamina. Why? Because I have my doubts as to whether or not a 40+ Holfield can go 10 or 12 strong rounds, that's why.

11:46 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I hear EH is now scheduled to go against Ray Mercer. Ho-hum.

7:36 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Cruiser -- You should have no doubts.....EH cannot go 12 strong rounds.

4:59 PM  

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