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  • SOBRESALIENTE!

    Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

    (INSIDE BOXING) Outstanding performances is what we get from "SuperMex" Francisco Bojado the 2000 Mexican Olympian.

    Bojado advanced his unblemished ring record to 6-0-0 by knocking out former Guyanan and Fecarbox champion Glenn Forde in the second round. All Bojado's victories come by way of knockout. The Bojado vs. Forde was a special six round lightweight bout featured on Showtime Championship Boxing this past Saturday, June 23, 2001.

    Bojado used the first round as a feeling out round. In the second round it was time to get busy and get the job done. It was clearly obvious the former Fecarbox champion had no business in the ring with Bojado. Bojado's talent and skill in the ring were far superior than his opponent. A right hand lands to the chin of Forde ending the fight. "I thought he would be wild but he came out calm." Said Bojado "I expected more."

    Bojado has been taking on the tough opposition since he turned professional. His last 4 opponents have had winning records, Mario Lacey, Bojado's 3rd opponent was undefeated at 3-0. Bojado has the Mexican fans whispering "Bojado is the next Mexican marvel". Soon they won't just be whispers. "I'll fight anyone they put in front of me" Says Bojado

    I'm not the only one who feels Bojado is destined for greatness, the WBC rated him #30 in their rankings after his fifth fight.

    Manager Joe Hernandez is content with Bojado's performances and says there are things to improve and work on but can't complain for where they're at in Bojado's career.

    -Blackbull-

  • Title Boxing Newsletter Volume 1, Number 2

    when a champion is a champion

    (INSIDE BOXING) Funny thing about the fight crowd. It doesn't believe patience is a virtue.

    If you're a champion, it's important you act like one. If you're considered a great fighter, you better keep proving your greatness.

    It's that way with Sugar Shane Mosley. Since his win over Oscar De La Hoya last summer, he's fought three guys who were just happy they could finally pay the rent and get cable.

    Mosley's last legalized beating was against Adrian Stone, who looked like he'd been hit by a truck when he went down late in the third round last week. Manslaughter charges were pending, but Stone finally sat up and HBO breathed a sigh of relief. (Full Story - Click Here.)


     

    ROY JONES, JR. IS STILL "THE MAN"

    By Stephen S. Johnson

    (INSIDE BOXING) The fight fans on hand to see undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr. (45-1, 36 KO's) battle the previously undefeated Julio Gonzalez (27-1, 17 KO's) got action inside as well as outside the ring Saturday night.

    The STAPLES CENTER located in Los Angeles, California hosted some 20,000 fans who were anticipating a special birthday present for the soon to be 25 year old Gonzalez.

    In a fight where Jones was actually smaller in height, weight and reach the added advantage of Gonzalez was Jones was coming to fight him in California. Jones has long been known to have a tremendous fear of earthquakes.

    Were it not for the tremors felt with the landing of Gonzalez on the canvas in the 1st, 5th and 12th rounds Jones had nothing to worry about. The short left hook was the culprit that took down Gonzalez in the 1st and 5th. A short right hand sent down the challenger in the 12th. (Full Story - Click Here.)


     

    WBA DROPS THE HAMMER ON ADAMS

    (INSIDE BOXING) HBO, Top Rank and the Mandalay Bay Casino will have to make some adjustments to their boxing event scheduled on August 4, 2001. The event labeled "Summer Storm" has WBA super bantamweight champion Clarence "Bones" Adams defending his title against Paulie Ayala.

    The letter addressed to Clarence "Bones" Adams was sent to Top Rank, Inc. The letter stated:

    The Directory of the World Boxing Association has voted unanimously to vacate the Super Bantamweight title in view of your refusal to meet your mandatory obligations and your refusal to comply with the terms of the purse bid that took place at the Executive Committee meeting on April 12, 2001 at the Park Hyatt Hotel at the Belleview, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Full Story - Click Here.)

  • when a champion is a champion

    (INSIDE BOXING) Funny thing about the fight crowd. It doesn't believe patience is a virtue. If you're a champion, it's important you act like one. If you're considered a great fighter, you better keep proving your greatness.

    It's that way with Sugar Shane Mosley. Since his win over Oscar De La Hoya last summer, he's fought three guys who were just happy they could finally pay the rent and get cable.

    Mosley's last legalized beating was against Adrian Stone, who looked like he'd been hit by a truck when he went down late in the third round last week. Manslaughter charges were pending, but Stone finally sat up and HBO breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was one of those ugly knock downs where your wife winces and looks over at you like you're crazy to like this game. It wasn't a fight as much as it was a televised mugging.

    The other two sacrificial lambs thrown to Mosley since his last real fist fight were Antonio Diaz and Shannan Taylor, who - like Stone - could have been soap opera stars for all I knew.

    With all due respect to Taylor, Diaz and Stone, they didn't make for good drama. It was like watching a tiger play with its food.

    As for Mosley, you don't mind a guy taking a few days off work after making a big score, after beating a guy like De La Hoya. But a year later, when he still hasn't punched his time card, you got to wonder if he still wants his job. Stay away a year and people are going to start talking and the boss is going to start asking tough questions.

    The catchy slogan of the fight crowd has always been, ``what have you done for me lately?'' In the case of Mosley, the answer is nothing.

    The vacation is over, Shane. It's been a year since De La Hoya made you famous, gave you legitimacy. Time to prove your greatness again.

    So now Mosley, hearing the grumbling, supposedly wants a rematch with De La Hoya, which, in one way, is like da Vinci wanting to touch up the Mona Lisa, add some color and maybe a frown. Some things are best left alone. De La Hoya may be one of them.

    On the other hand, De La Hoya might be the best fight out there for both Mosley and the rest of us. De La Hoya is still one of the best fighters in the land and if Mosley can beat him again, we will have to consider him near the top of the pound-for-pound list. If De La Hoya wins, there's always that third fight. And when history looks back on a fighter, he's measured by the men he fought. Ali would not be so great without Frazier.

    If the De La Hoya fight can't be made, what about Vernon Forrest? They keep reminding us that Forrest beat Mosly as an amateur, but that doesn't mean anything. There's probably some car salesmen out there who struck out Cal Ripken in Little League, but that doesn't mean he should be pitching in Fenway.

    Still, A Forrest-Mosley fight would have been better than what we've seen.

    How good is Mosley? It was easier to come up with an educated answer a year ago when he was still fighting the best. You don't work your way up the pound-for-pound list by stopping the Adrian Stones of the world. Want to know how to become the best? Look at the resume of Felix Trinidad. The only guy he's ducking is from the IRS.

    After watching Mosley dismantle Stone last week, George Foreman made the bold prediction that Mosley could beat Trinidad. But you have to forgive George. He forgot who it was that Mosley just beat.

    That's the whole point.

    Rick Folstad can be reached by email at folstad@insideboxing.com

  • ROY JONES, JR. IS STILL "THE MAN"

    By Stephen S. Johnson

    (INSIDE BOXING) The fight fans on hand to see undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr. (45-1, 36 KO's) battle the previously undefeated Julio Gonzalez (27-1, 17 KO's) got action inside as well as outside the ring Saturday night.

    The STAPLES CENTER located in Los Angeles, California hosted some 20,000 fans who were anticipating a special birthday present for the soon to be 25 year old Gonzalez.

    In a fight where Jones was actually smaller in height, weight and reach the added advantage of Gonzalez was Jones was coming to fight him in California. Jones has long been known to have a tremendous fear of earthquakes.

    Were it not for the tremors felt with the landing of Gonzalez on the canvas in the 1st, 5th and 12th rounds Jones had nothing to worry about. The short left hook was the culprit that took down Gonzalez in the 1st and 5th. A short right hand sent down the challenger in the 12th.

    The post fight interviews had both fighters expressing mutual respect for one another. Jones stating Gonzalez was definitely there to fight (Gonzalez was undefeated and had been floored on several different occasions only to rise and eventually win the fight) and Gonzalez crediting the champion with superior hand and foot speed.

    Enter the ever ridiculous question asking, Larry Merchant.

    Julio Gonzalez had performed admirably this Saturday night and against a lesser opponent may have been victorious. But the question Larry Merchant posed raised the hair on the back of the neck of the challenger.

    Merchant suggested that the Gonzalez role in the fight had been reduced to that of "a sparring session". Gonzalez, in what was his best combination of the night said, "I don't remember seeing you up in the ring, I was doing the best I could!"

    There is currently no fighter in the world 175 pounds or under who can beat Roy Jones, Jr. Several have suggested Jones is afraid of them but the financial terms and sites suggested by these pretenders to Jones' throne have been ridiculous. Just because he is the best in the world does not mean he has been reduced to begging. He totally dominates his division.

    Larry Merchant has been vocal the past several years in believing Roy Jones, Jr. is not fighting the best light heavyweight competition available. Larry Merchant has been vocal in saying the same things about "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

    The Larry Merchants of the world would have every fight be the type Erik Morales and Arturo Gatti engage in. They are very entertaining but in no way increase the possibility that either would be able to survive his next battle. Both have careers that are guaranteed shot-lived. Neither have the credentials Jones has compiled in the amateurs, Olympics or professional ranks.

    Roy Jones, Jr. is in a position where he could demand anyone wanting to dethrone him come to Pensacola, Florida where the comforts of home would make any challenger cringe. Anyone wanting to fight Jones should begin negotiations with the words Pensacola, Florida. That would make everyone sit up and take notice that serious negotiations were about to begin.

    Fighting Jones in his own back yard would mean the opponent truly believed he would be leaving Florida the new champ. Financial terms and date for the fight would in turn be no problem.

    Can Larry Merchant produce such an opponent? There lives no such animal.

    Any TRUE champion takes his "show on the road" without fear of a pro-challenger crowd or pro-challenger judges having any effect on the outcome of the boxing match. The champion "handles his business".

    Roy Jones, Jr. has previously stated he will fight anyone, anywhere and anytime as long as the negotiated fighting weight, place and financial terms are fair. Again, can Larry Merchant produce such an opponent?

    Roy Jones, Jr. is still "the man" and anyone, including Larry Merchant, who feels Jones has "lost a step"

    Stephen Johnson can be reached by email at sjohnson@insideboxing.com

  • WBA DROPS THE HAMMER ON ADAMS

    (INSIDE BOXING) HBO, Top Rank and the Mandalay Bay Casino will have to make some adjustments to their boxing event scheduled on August 4, 2001. The event labeled "Summer Storm" has WBA super bantamweight champion Clarence "Bones" Adams defending his title against Paulie Ayala.

    The letter addressed to Clarence "Bones" Adams was sent to Top Rank, Inc. The letter stated:

    The Directory of the World Boxing Association has voted unanimously to vacate the Super Bantamweight title in view of your refusal to meet your mandatory obligations and your refusal to comply with the terms of the purse bid that took place at the Executive Committee meeting on April 12, 2001 at the Park Hyatt Hotel at the Belleview, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Accordingly, the title has been declared vacant."

    The April 4th event also features Wladimir Klitschko of Germany defending his WBO heavyweight title against Las Vegas' Charles Shufford.

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