Saturday, January 31, 2015

Holyfield is prepared, focused, and ready: GIF Spotlight




Evander Holyfield steps out of the darkness, into the light, puts up his dukes, gets into his rhythm. This dramatic sequence is the beginning of Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing, on the Sega Genesis video game console, 1992. They have better graphics now, supposedly. But do they capture the intensity? No way. Not in this era. These kids today, they don't have the gaming intensity of the old-timers. More technical graphics, less soul. 'Vander's Real Deal would have too much heart for Fight Night Champion in its prime. Prime for prime. Prime for prime, it's 'Vander time!



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Friday, January 30, 2015

KeAndre Gibson VS Nelson Lara: What is war good for?



Let's catch up on the FS1 broadcast from Golden Boy from the 26th. The war was good for. . .some entertainment and paying some bills, I suppose. But I don't think it was that good for Gibson.

The setup: 

Gibson: KeAndre Gibson was talked up plenty as a hot prospect, commentators in attendance are Paulie Malignaggi and Brian Custer. Malignaggi and Custer mark Gibson as a former sparring partner of Mike Jones, Canelo Alvarez for his match with Floyd Mayweather Junior, Devon Alexander for his match with Amir Khan and for Malignaggi himself. So, the man's gotten a lot of good work in the gym. Paulie says he has very fast hands, is a solid boxer, is more of an outside fighter, so he'll be looking to keep the smaller Lara on the outside, basically. Brian Custer calls him a "prize prospect" and says former Olympic boxing coach Kenny Adams, who has had at least somewhat of a hand in training a lot of talented fighters, including Diego Corrales and Johnny Tapia, is now training Gibson. Custer quotes Adams as saying KeAndre is one of the best prospects he's ever. This is quite a compliment to live up to.

Gibson is an undefeated St. Louis prospect, fighting at 140-147, with massive shoulders and muscular physique. He looks like a man who could knock a house over, but he comes in with only 5 knockouts in 13 contests. You tend to think if a guy can punch all that hard his opening 10-15 fights will showcase that. With punching power, looks can often be deceiving. 

Lara: Nelson Lara is a gritty Nicaraguan journeyman who's been stopped by Fidel Maldonado Junior, Juan Ruiz, Alberto Mosquera and Ali Chebah. He comes in with a 15-6-4 record and he is set up for an assumed defeat on FS1. I don't say this to be dismissive because he's taken most of his losses to prospects like Gibson, but he's also taken defeats and draws to other journeymen as well. So, he isn't regarded as a gatekeeping type of journeyman. But he is gritty and there's nothing wrong with the matchmaking, all things considered.

The action:

As talked up as Gibson was, he elected to stand toe-to-toe with a Lara who seemed to decide very early and admirably that he would go out on his shield if he went out at all. And he didn't go out at all. He took a tremendous amount of punches and landed enough to show Gibson his tactics were somewhat baffling. While Gibson decisively took his decision, and while he performed for the crowd in a way we should appreciate, he helped Lara make a hard night's work for both of them.

I'd be concerned about Gibson's jab being underutilised. Paulie said KeAndre was an outside fighter, but this whole fight seemed to be directly dictated by him choosing a phone-booth affair. Gibson looked to do his best to force a stoppage in the final few rounds but at no time did he show the stopping power in his punches that he'd need to finish the determined Lara. KeAndre Gibson wide UD8 Nelson Lara. Gibson was cut slightly on his left eye, if I'm not mistaken. Lara was marked up and swelling under the right eye but nothing too dramatic looking. That's the damage report. FS1's punch count had them throwing a combined 1,367 punches over the 8 rounds. They put on a good show. Of course, Gibson threw less and landed more in most every exchange but to quote Paulie Malignaggi: "The score cards may not reflect the competitiveness of Lara in each round." It was a real fight, forgetting the assumed outcome.


What it means to me: 

For KeAndre Gibson: He is good entertainment and you can't knock him for that, but as a prospect, he's just not a hot one. Based on his performance with Lara, I find it hard to believe he would be able to match any of the top ten fighters at Light Welterweight or Welterweight in the near future. Not fighting like that. He's getting good work in the gym. He's getting rounds in as a pro, but he's not putting anyone on notice by doing this. I wouldn't mind seeing him back on television a bit. I enjoyed his fight. But, if I were a betting man, I'd not be betting on Gibson. I mean no offense. The ring generalship just isn't showing to me. If "The Sugar Kid" was a little sweeter to himself, I'd have more faith in his becoming a contender.

Paulie Malignaggi: "A guy like this has too much talent to be fighting as much as he does."

For Nelson Lara: He's a true fighter, and there's no shame in having an up-and-comer in with him. He takes his shots and makes the best of it. Every fighter needs some Nelson Laras in their way. He's a necessary type of fighter and commands some respect for his place in the sport.

For FS1: A very nice opening pick for the fans. Thumbs up on the result.




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Muhammad Ali & Sonny Liston Psyching Each Other Out: GIF Spotlight




At the weigh-in for their February, 1964 bout (first meeting of two), Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston physically project mental distress upon each other in this BBC footage. Well, they're trying anyway.



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An Unsuccessful Mugging in Montreal: GIF Spotlight With Lucian Bute VS Edison Miranda




The GIF above is of Lucian Bute, defending a major world Super Middleweight title against Colombia's Edison "Pantera" Miranda, on the seventeenth of April, 2010. Bute delights his adopted hometown crowd as Miranda tries to mug for him and gets obliterated in the third round by one of Bute's sweeping uppercuts. It is easily forgotten but Bute at this time was riding high and coming off the back of one of the year's best Super Middleweight performances in stopping Librado Andrade for the first time in a much demanded rematch, five months prior.

Andrade had developed a reputation as being one of the sport's most durable warriors and the stoppage helped blow up Bute's reputation as a puncher leading into this match with Miranda, who either missed that or zero bleeps were given that day anyway by the slugger who'd gone to war just as unwarily with Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham. Unfortunately, fan-friendly, if not wisely fan-friendly Edison Miranda is now listed as a fugitive by federal authorities, indicted with several others on drug trafficking charges, as reported by Boxing Scene, yesterday.



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Those who can, up to a point, teach even better: Quote Spotlight



Former Super Featherweight and Light Welterweight Champion, Roger "Black Mamba" Mayweather, in a September 2013 interview with Hustle Boss' Chris Robinson, had the following exchange: 

Roger: "Discipline, obviously, is the most important part about boxing. Because, if you ain't disciplined, you ain't gonna get nowhere, no way. You've got to be disciplined."

Chris Robinson: "Were you disciplined, when you were a fighter?"

Roger: "To a certain degree."


Roger clarified the humourous and self-indicting sound of his reply by adding: "I wasn't like my nephew."

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Strawweights Do Starch: GIF Spotlight With Ricardo Lopez VS Rocky Lin



Very similar to the final sequence of Alexander Povetkin VS Carlos Takam in one of the top knockouts of 2014, here is Ricardo Lopez's KO combo on Taiwan's Rocky Lin, in Tokyo, Japan. The little men do destroy too. Lin was the regional Minimumweight/Strawweight champion of Japan. From round one, Finito kept finding the big left hook bombs and giving the impression that any one would end matters soon, and so it was. Ricardo Lopez KO2 Rocky Lin, the eleventh of October, 1992, while defending his Minimumweight Championship of the world. One of many, many times he would successfully defend that title. It was a vicious kayo, with Lin's head coming outside the ropes and off of the edge of the canvas.


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Legendary undefeated Minimumweight and Light Flyweight champion Ricardo "Finito" Lopez, in a wild 1st round kayo on the Showtime Network. He is taking down title challenger and South Korean regional champion Myung-Sup Park, the seventh of December, 1996. Park was dazed and bloodied after the knockdown, a left hook to the jaw, following a seemingly wild, lead overhand right and a stepping on Park's left foot. He is allowed to continue, but much as the commentators said, I agree that Referee Chuck Hassett seemed to very quickly second-guess allowing Park back to action, and called it moments after he resumed. He was absorbing big shots from the first exchange and was as far out of his depth in one round as their records would indicate he would be. Park was 11-4, Lopez was 44-0. But Lopez handled the show excitingly and never opened the door to a bizarre upset. He just put on as much of a show as Park could take.


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In a 2011 interview featured in TheSportsPages Youtube Channel, Manny Pacquiao is in the middle of imitating a Braveheart-style Scottish accent and breaks up as he looks off-camera. Perfect for the nuanced boxing forumite's reaction GIF.



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From Mike Tyson's classic 1987 Nintendo game Punch-Out! with a caption. Jerome "Doc" Louis is helping Little Mac stay in shape, and doing so throughout eternity. That's what the legend says. 



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vitali Klitschko VS Ryūshi Yanagisawa (Kickboxing): GIF Spotlight



Above is a 22-year-old version of then future Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Vitali Klitschko, versus Ryūshi Yanagisawa, the twenty-seventh of November, 1993, in a kickboxing match. The poor fellow he's smacking around is a Japanese professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and kickboxer and this is in Japan, as I understand it. A big, bad, mayoral man is Vitali Klitschko. I'm glad he converted.


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Attention! Adrien Broner Would Like To Share This With You: GIF Spotlight




I cannot claim to understand Adrien Broner. Or his medical condition. I don't know anyone who can. But I do know that this happened on the Adrien Broner Youtube Channel. And that's all I have to say about that.




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Here, defending the Lightweight Championship of the world is Floyd "The Matrix" Mayweather Junior, against the extremely frustrated Phillip Ndou, the first of November, 2003, on HBO. No, it's not Andre Dirrell, it's Floyd Mayweather Junior. Referee Frank Garza is clearly working on some kind of slapstick routine here, on the side. Mayweather is putting on a modern boxing classic performance against the determined South African, while Garza is working on a Vaudevillian revival act; it's amazing.



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gatti Jumping For Goodman: GIF Spotlight




Arturo Gatti, gladiator extraordinaire, in usual good humour about hard losses, shows he's fine to Doctor Margaret Goodman, after his stoppage loss to Oscar De La Hoya, the twenty-fourth of March, 2001, on HBO

Jim Lampley, a moment later: "And Gatti smiles through the pain, as always."




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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Klitschko Jab: GIF Spotlight






Wladimir Klitschko works his jab against Lamon Brewster (2007), Mariusz Wach (2012), Sam Peter (2010) and Alexander Povetkin (2013). Wach was the only one that liked it.



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

David Haye's Defense Against A Fake Jab: GIF Spotlight



David Haye, featured on Setanta Sports News, with trainer Adam Booth's invention: A fake Klitschko arm. He is being trained in the lead-up to his initially planned match with Wladimir Klitschko in 2009 (it later was called off and took place in 2011). As you can see, Haye does okay with the fake one.


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From the broadcast that could launch a thousand GIF's, Prince Naseem Hamed pumps on his way to the ring against Kevin Kelley, on HBO. The entrance was grand at Madison Square Garden, on the nineteenth of December, 1997.


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Sergey Kovalev's Arm of Honour: GIF Spotlight




Apparently not feeling warmly received as the challenger or champion in Wales, after taking Welsh Light Heavyweight Nathan Cleverly's major world title, Sergey Kovalev lets the audience know he isn't that fond of them either, on this BoxNation broadcast. He does this via the Bras D'Honneur, the Iberian slap, a banana, the botifarra, the corte de manga, the manguito, the corte de manga, the mentada de madre, the umbrella gesture, the Kozakiewicz's gesture, bosanski grb, the Italian salute, the old 'Krup you, Officer Krupke'. . . The ole Spaceballs 'Hale Skroob!'. . .Et cetera.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sergey Kovalev Gets Suggestive: GIF Spotlight



On the seventeenth of August, 2013, Sergey Kovalev put on a sensational performance against Wales' Nathan Cleverly to take Cleverly's major world Light Heavyweight title in Cardiff, Wales, on BoxNation. There was drama and heartbreak, as there tends to be when a champion gets stopped on his home turf. But Russia's now unified champion can lighten a mood so quickly you don't even see it. The commentators on BoxNation didn't even mention this suggestive hip thrust that came just before Sergey threw a combination. Nathan may have even been feinted into thinking they were there for friendlier and more private reasons, if only for a split second.



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Floyd Mayweather's Knockdown, Knockout Left Hook: GIF Spotlight



On the first of February, 1997 as a young Super Featherweight prospect, fighting just inside the Lightweight range, Floyd Mayweather Junior took his fourth fight against Edgar Ayala. Mayweather was responsible for creating an electric television outing as he stalked and rapidly dismantled his opponent, putting him on the back foot quickly and motioning him to come back and fight. Not too many fighters look so confident, polished and deadly, so early in their professional careers. In this GIF, Floyd checks Ayala at the door with a left hook to put him down in the first round, then out in the second round, with a nice replay of the knockout shot from a different angle. It was Ayala's professional debut on ESPN. I don't wish a debut against Floyd Mayweather on anyone.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What is Floyd Mayweather Junior's Reach? A Reference Guide



Considering when boxing statistics are released, there is some confusion over changes in how measurements are reported. When it comes to reach statistics this is particularly interesting because sometimes we get "wingspan" and other times we get arm length measurements from the armpit to the end of the fist, which may be what more fans are actually interested in, even though it is used less. This page will stand to inform you of which sources list Floyd Mayweather Junior's reach and how, so that you have a good idea for your reference. This will include any broadcast tales of the tape from any channel that I may find. All reach measurements will be paired alongside that of the opponent's, for your convenience and according to the broadcast's tale of the tape, as opposed to their Boxrec listing. We will update this page regularly to get it as thorough as possible and maintain it. You may click through to Boxrec for each fighter's individual page.

Last updated: 27th of January, 2015

Longest reported wingspan on file: 72 inches (x17)
Shortest reported wingspan on file: 69 inches (x1)

Longest reported armpit to arm length on file: 26 inches (x13)
Shortest reported armpit arm length on file: 26 inches (x13)

Differences for wingspan: 3 listed: 72 inches (x17), 71 inches (x1) and 69 inches (x1)
Differences for arm length: 1 listed: 26 inches (x13)

Longest difference for Mayweather with greater reach on file: 7 inches wingspan, against Jesus Chavez (the champion), 6 inches arm length for Ricky Hatton.
Longest difference for opponent with greater reach on file:
1 arm length, Phillip Ndou, by one inch, 27 inches to 26 inches
Wingspan has been equaled against Justin Juuko, both were listed at 72 inches.
Diego Corrales' wingspan was listed as 1 inch longer at 73 inches, to Floyd's 72. 

Boxrec: 72 inches/183 centimeters
Wikipedia: 72 inches/183 centimeters

Earliest to latest broadcast tale of the tapes (TOTT's):

1996:
(professional debut year)

1. VS Roberto Apodaca:

Mayweather: Currently unavailable
Apodaca: Currently unavailable
Airing on 11th of October, ESPN

2. VS Reggie Sanders:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 30th of November, ESPN

1997:

3. VS Jerry Cooper:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 18th of January, HBO

4. VS Edgar Ayala:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 1st of February, ESPN

5. VS Kino Rodriguez:
Mayweather: 71 inches - Rodriguez: 68 inches
Airing on 12th of March, DIRECTV

6. VS Bobby Giepert:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Geipert: 68 inches 
Airing on 12th of April, HBO

7. VS Tony Duran:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 9th of May, ESPN

8. VS Larry O'Shields:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 14th of June, Currently unavailable channel information


9. VS Jesus Chavez
Mayweather: 69 inches - Chavez: 68 inches
Airing on 12th of July, CBS Sports Show Budweiser Boxing Series

10. VS Louie Leija:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Leija: 68 inches
Airing on 6th of September, HBO

11. VS Felipe Garcia:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Garcia: 67.5 inches
Airing on 14th of Octber, USA Network's Tuesday Night Fights

12. VS Angelo Nunez:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Nunez: 71 inches
Airing on 20th of November, Channel Unknown-not HBO or Showtime


1998:


13. VS Hector Arroyo:
Currently unavailable


14. VS Sam Girard:
Currently unavailable


15. VS Miguel Melo:
Currently unavailable


16. VS Gustavo Fabian Cuello
Mayweather: 72 inches - Cuello: 68 inches
Airing on, 18th of April, channel unknown

17. VS Tony Pep:
Currently unavailable
Airing on 14th of June, ESPN2

18. VS Genaro Hernandez
Currently unavailable


19. VS Angel Manfredy:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Manfredy: 71 inches
19th of December, HBO

1999:

20. VS Carlos Alberto Ramon Rios:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Rios: 66 inches
Airing on 17th of February, TNT

21. VS Justin Juuko:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Juuko: 72 inches
Airing on 22nd of May, HBO

22. VS Carlos Gerena:


 

2000:

23. VS Gregorio Vargas:

Mayweather: 72 - Vargas: 67
Airing on 18th of March, HBO

24. VS Emanuel Augustus (Burton, formerly):



2001:

25. VS Diego Corrales
Mayweather: 72 inches - Corrales: 73 inches
Airing on 20th of January, HBO

26. VS Carlos Hernandez:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Hernandez: 65.5 inches
Airing on 26th of May, HBO

27. VS Jesus Chavez:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Chavez: 65 inches
Airing on 10th of November, HBO



2002:

28. VS Jose Luis Castillo I:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Castillo: 70 inches
Airing on 20th of April, HBO 

29. VS Jose Luis Castillo II:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Castillo: 70 inches
Airing on 7th of December, HBO

2003:

30. VS Victoriano Sosa:
*The HBO broadcast unusually featured both arm length and wingspan.
Wingspan: Mayweather: 72 inches - Sosa:  71 inches
Arm length: Mayweather: 26 inches - Sosa: 25 inches
Airing on 19th of April, HBO

31. VS Phillip Ndou:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Ndou: 27 inches
Airing on 1st of November, HBO

2004:

32. VS DeMarcus Corley
Mayweather: 26 inches - Corley: 24.5 inches
Airing on 22nd of May, HBO

2005:

33. VS Henry Bruseles:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Bruseles: 23 inches
Airing on 22nd of January, HBO

34. Arturo Gatti:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Gatti: 25 inches
Airing on 25th of June, HBO

35. VS Sharmba Mitchell
Mayweather: 26 inches - Mitchell: 21.5 inches
Airing on 19th of November, HBO

2006:

36. VS Zab Judah:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Judah: 22 inches
Airing on 8th of April, 2006, HBO


37. VS Carlos Baldomir:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Baldomir: 23.5 inches
Airing on 4th of November, HBO


2007:

38. VS Oscar De La Hoya:
Mayweather: 26 inches - De La Hoya: 24 inches
Airing on 5th of May, HBO

39. VS Ricky Hatton:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Hatton: 20 inches
Airing on 8th of December, HBO




2008:

(Mayweather did not fight in this year)

2009:

40. VS Juan Manuel Marquez
Mayweather: 26 inches - Marquez: 23 inches
Airing on 19th of September, HBO

2010:

41. VS Shane Mosley:  
Mayweather: 26 inches - Mosley: 23.5 inches
Airing on 1st of May, HBO

2011:

42. VS Victor Ortiz:
Mayweather: 26 inches - Ortiz: 23.5 inches
Airing on 17th of September, HBO


2012:

43. VS Miguel Cotto:



2013: 

44. VS Robert Guerrero:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Guerrero: 70 inches
Airing on 4th of May, Showtime

45. VS Saul Alvarez:
Mayweather: 72 inches - Alvarez: 70.5 inches
Airing on 14th of September, Showtime

2014:


46. VS Marcos Rene Maidana I:




47. VS Marcos Rene Maidana II:

Airing on 13th of September,


2015:

(Mayweather did not fight in this year)


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What Do Cruiserweights Rehydrate To? An Unofficial Weight Reference List




The following is a list compiled from our main page:

Fight Night Boxing Weights: A List Of Unofficial Weigh-in Weights After Rehydration

Please note: This particular reference list page is only for Cruiserweights fighting that we have on file. Where we have seen catch-weights implemented within the Cruiserweights range, we have made note. This page is meant to answer the question only of what your standard Cruiserweights rehydration will look like for educational purposes, whether you are interested academically or for betting purposes, debate, whatever. I hope you find it helpful if you've recently done a search for it. If you like what we do here, please bookmark, share, link to us, comment, etc. If you have a correction on any typos or special, relevant information you feel we should make note of, any error or anything at all, please feel free to comment. What we get the most response to we will likely work the most to expand on. Thanks for your visit.


Cruiserweight, AKA Junior Heavyweight Division: 200 lbs

Due to the shocking lack of attention to the many excellent cruiserweight fighters on broadcasts that do rehydration weights, there's almost nothing to speak of here.

2015: 

July:

Jean Pascal VS Yunieski Gonzalez - Contested at Cruiserweight, but both considered to be campaigning at light heavyweight but it's my understanding that there was a catch-weight agreement for 178 pounds.

Pascal: Official: 178 - Unofficial: 188
Gonzalez: Official: 177.5 - Unofficial: 189

Source for catch-weight agreement: ProBoxing Fans


2003: 

April:


James Toney VS Vassiliy Jirov - Contested at Cruiserweight

Toney: 196
Jirov:  194


Special note: During the 2015 broadcast of Danny Garcia VS Lamont Peterson, a co-commentator asked B. J. Flores, while he was commenting for Premiere Boxing Champions, what the most he'd ever rehydrated had been. Flores said, although not of the opponent:

"I think, after a 200 weigh-in, the most I've ever been is 214."


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This is the highest weight class that has rehydration weights and a weight maximum.
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What Do Light Heavyweights Rehydrate To? An Unofficial Weight Reference List

 

The following is a list compiled from our main page:

Fight Night Boxing Weights: A List Of Unofficial Weigh-in Weights After Rehydration

Please note: This particular reference list page is only for Light Heavyweight fighting that we have on file. Where we have seen catch-weights implemented within the Light Heavyweight range, we have made note. This page is meant to answer the question only of what your standard Light Heavyweight rehydration will look like for educational purposes, whether you are interested academically or for betting purposes, debate, whatever. I hope you find it helpful if you've recently done a search for it. If you like what we do here, please bookmark, share, link to us, comment, etc. If you have a correction on any typos or special, relevant information you feel we should make note of, any error or anything at all, please feel free to comment. What we get the most response to we will likely work the most to expand on. Thanks for your visit.


Light Heavyweight Division: 175 lbs 

2015:

July:


Sergey Kovalev VS Nadjib Mohammedi - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: Official: 174.5 - Unofficial: 183.5
Mohammedi: Official: 173 - Unofficial: 180.5

Jean Pascal VS Yunieski Gonzalez - Contested at Cruiserweight range, but both considered to be campaigning at light heavyweight. It's my understanding that there was a catch-weight agreement for 178 pounds.

Pascal: Official: 178 - Unofficial: 188
Gonzalez: Official: 177.5 - Unofficial: 189

Source for catch-weight agreement: ProBoxing Fans

June:

As it's technically within the Light Heavyweight Class:

Andre Ward VS Paul Smith - Contested at Light Heavyweight class, catch-weight limit of 172 pounds. Smith misses the agreed upon mark somehow at 176.4, renegotiating with Ward with penalty money paid out, to missing a renegotiated rehydration limit the morning of the fight to be no more than 181 and hitting 184, renegotiating with penalty again, then having Ward lopsidedly beat him up and give him back his penalty money. So, Smith is no less than 184 in the ring that night, presumably, and almost certainly more if Smith was trying at all. A total mess, professionally speaking.

RNS commentator Barry Tompkins says Andre Ward thinks 168 is still best for him right now, even though it's "a little bit of a struggle".

TOTT for Ward/Smith, no rehydration listed by RNS.

(Roc Nation Sports/Throne Boxing/BET broadcast)


March:


Sergey Kovalev VS Jean Pascal - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: Official: 174.25 - Unofficial: 189

Pascal: Official: 175 - Unofficial: 185

Isaac Chilemba VS Vasily Lepikhin

Chilemba: Official: 175 - Unofficial: 185
Lepikhin: Official: 175 - Unofficial: 182

January: 

Gilberto Ramirez VS Maxim Vlasov - Contested at Light Heavyweight, with a catch-weight limit of 171 pounds agreed upon. (HBO Broadcast)

Ramirez: 170.5 - 182
Vlasov: 170 - 179

2014:

Badou Jack VS Francisco Sierra - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Jack: 183
Sierra: 200



Sergey Kovalev VS Bernard Hopkins - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: 188
Hopkins: 182 
 


August:

Sergey Kovalev VS Blake Caparello - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: 185
Caparello: 185




March:

Sergey Kovalev VS Cedric Agnew -Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: 183
Agnew: 187

January:

Jean Pascal VS Lucian Bute - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Pascal: 185
Bute: 184

Source: During the HBO broadcast's tale of the tape



2013:


November:



Adonis Stevenson VS Tony Bellew - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Stevenson: 189
Bellew: 190



Sergey Kovalev VS Ismayl Sillakh - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Kovalev: 181
Sillakh: 185



May:


Badou Jack VS Michael Gbenga - Contested at Light Heavyweight (range)

Jack: 178.5
Gbenga: 182.75




2011:

May: 

Chad Dawson VS Adrian Diaconu - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Dawson: 187
Diaconu: 186
  
Bernard Hopkins VS Jean Pascal II (rematch) - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Hopkins: 186
Pascal:    186



2009:



November: 


Chad Dawson VS Glen Johnson II - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Dawson: 191
Johnson: 189



2008:




October:

Bernard Hopkins VS Kelly Pavlik - Contested at Light Heavyweight, with a catch-weight limit of 170 pounds.

Hopkins: 180
Pavlik: 174



2006:


June:

Bernard Hopkins VS Antonio Tarver - Contested at Light Heavyweight

Hopkins: 182
Tarver: 187


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eric Hunter VS Rene Alvarado: A Mayweatheresque Performance



The Setup:

With fellow Philly fighter Bernard Hopkins in attendance at Philly's 2300 Arena, looking to be fresh off the set of a new Dos Equis commercial where he is The Most Interesting Man in the World 2.0, the 20-3 Featherweight/Super Featherweight prospect Eric Hunter matches the slow and steady Nicaraguan Super Featherweight Rene Alvarado, 21-3, with no losses by stoppage. Hunter's three losses are perhaps rather surprisingly comprised of one early split-decision in 2007 and two disqualifications, coming in 2010 and 2013. None of these losses are to fighters of much name, but he did beat then-unbeaten Jerry Belmontes, notably. Alvarado takes one of his losses by popular perennial contender Rocky Juarez. They meet at Featherweight. This is a co-main event, together with Michael Perez VS Miguel Acosta preceding it. It's a good, solid card from FS1. Cheers to them for that.

The Action:

When you get a young fighter on the rise like this with Eric Hunter's style, there's always a danger that they lose focus, get too comfortable, get lazy, and open the door for someone much less talented to get into the fight, gain confidence and start to pickup momentum. Eric Hunter did what you hope any fighter with that style can do and he showed the kind of focus a champion would. While he never displayed the type of power he would seem to need to put Alvarado away, he shut him down, never opened a door for him to barge in and never even seemed to give him one moment that would've given hope he could turn the tide.

Hunter was way-too-good for him. Alvarado was shown at every turn that he was out of his depth. He tried, he didn't back down, he was a fighter, but the difference in class was immense. The records on paper, their numbers, they show similar levels, but when you see them together in the ring, it's like watching Picasso and your 4-year-old son trying to paint the same picture. That's not to try and oversell you on Hunter, but that really did appear to be the gap in talent. Check hooks, counter straight right hands off of the shoulder roll, switch-hitting, he put on a clinic tonight. His defense was incredibly sharp.

For fighters yet to get a major world title attached to their name, I don't know as there are any you will see with more polished or consistent defense than what Hunter showed tonight. The true show of class for Hunter's style was when Alvarado took his chances, he paid for it far more than Hunter did. Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter dominant UD10 Rene Alvarado, who took home a pretty decent cut above the right eye, for whatever other troubles he had in his damage report. I didn't give Alvarado a round and I didn't see any that would fairly go to him either.

What it means to me:

Frankly, I have little idea of Mr. Hunter's previous troubles, his disqualifications, but I would like to see him back on the air and putting on these performances. As far as I'm concerned, he was the performer of the night. This was an old school pleasure. I have to say I consider him someone to be taken seriously in either the Featherweight or Super Featherweight division. Jhonny Gonzalez has a lot of names to choose from, but Hunter would certainly be a match to respect if it happens. For Alvarado, you can't say much. He gave it a good shot and he didn't look to belong at this level. No shame but no sugarcoating.




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Monday, January 19, 2015

Vitali Klitschko, Thief and Involuntary Near-Flasher: GIF Spotlight



In December of 2009, Vitali Klitschko was set to defend his major heavyweight title against undefeated Kevin Johnson. Johnson, a well-used sparring partner of this era, was coming in on the back of a knockout of undefeated former Olympian Devin Vargas. Vitali had been on an eleven fight streak, going 10-1, mostly for a major world title, stretching back and through a retirement to 2001, without going the distance once when he fought Johnson. Johnson broke the streak by going the distance while fighting so defensively that he likely broke the record for least power punches thrown over 12 in heavyweight title fight history.

This funny exchange during their weigh-in, with Vitali acting like a tormenting big brother, stealing Johnson's sunglasses and Johnson threatening to pull his pants down was overseen by younger brother Wladimir Klitschko, who probably recognised something similar to what he grew up doing. This clip was played on n-TV as you can see from the GIF and Johnson got more action in it than he did during the actual fight.


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Prince Naseem Hamed's Shadow Dancing Entrance: GIF Spotlight



With his opponent, Kevin "Flushing Flash" Kelley in the ring and increasingly more aggravated, Prince Naseem Hamed dances on behind the curtain in a very long grand entrance for the ages on HBO. There was plenty of time for awkward conversation between commentators Jim Lampley, George Foreman and Larry Merchant. A few times, Lampley noted the exact time the entrance had gone on.



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You rarely ever get to see anything quite like this, ladies and gentlemen. The Hall of Fame heavyweight champion showing the future WBC heavyweight champion how to jab the Lennox Lewis way. I love it. Great stuff.


Here is the actual video:



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Greg Jackson Shows Tremendous Recovery Ability: GIF Spotlight


The 6-footer welterweight prospect Greg Jackson took on less prospective prospect Cornelius Whitlock on this last installment of Friday Night Fights. Whitlock came to the bout with 2 losses, 2 draws and 1 No-Contest in only seven fights. One of his wins had been converted from a knockout victory to a no contest on account of a failed drug test, sadly. But, unusually, the Just For Men highlight punch of the night for the ESPN(2) broadcast was the winner of this bout walking into a HONEY of a knockdown shot. Here is winner Greg Jackson getting the Hulk smash from Cornelius Whitlock:



Greg Jackson deserves a spotlight for pulling it together like very few can after getting put down this way. Notice Cornelius Whitlock doing a little dance when he knocks Greg Jackson down. Jackson did a little dance after stopping Whitlock in return.

Warning: He who dances last. . .won the fight.



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What Do Super Middleweights Rehydrate To? An Unofficial Weight Reference List



The following is a list compiled from our main page:

Fight Night Boxing Weights: A List Of Unofficial Weigh-in Weights After Rehydration

Please note: This particular reference list page is only for Super Middleweights fighting that we have on file. Where we have seen catch-weights implemented within the Super Middleweight range, we have made note. This page is meant to answer the question only of what your standard Super Middleweight rehydration will look like for educational purposes, whether you are interested academically or for betting purposes, debate, whatever. I hope you find it helpful if you've recently done a search for it. If you like what we do here, please bookmark, share, link to us, comment, etc. If you have a correction on any typos or special, relevant information you feel we should make note of, any error or anything at all, please feel free to comment. What we get the most response to we will likely work the most to expand on. Thanks for your visit.


Super Middleweight Division: 168 lbs 


2013:
 
May:


Luis Arias VS DonYil Livingston - Contested at Super Middleweight 

Arias: 180.75
Livingston: 178.5


April: 

Terrell Gausha VS William Waters - Contested at Super Middleweight
*I believe this fight, though in the Super Middleweight class was meant to be at a catch weight of 164 pounds, instead of 168.

Gausha: 184 (Gausha rehydrated 20 pounds)
Waters: 172.5



2012:


September:

Andre Ward VS Chad Dawson - Contested at Super Middleweight

Ward: 176
Dawson: 185

2010:

April:


Lucian Bute VS Edison Miranda - Contested at Super Middleweight

Bute: 182
Miranda: 185


2009:


November: 


Lucian Bute VS Librado Andrade - Contested at Super Middleweight

Bute: 182
Andrade: 185



2007:

Andre Dirrell VS Curtis Stevens - Contested at Super Middleweight 

Dirrell: 168
Stevens: 175



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Feather in Steve Pannell's Cap: GIF Spotlight

Steve "Storm" Pannell was a fair and experienced heavyweight journeyman who turned pro in 1991 and last fought in 2007. He rumbled with many prospects, major world titlists and title challengers, including Frans Botha, Jameel McCline, John Ruiz and Ray Mercer. It was a hard career, getting knocked out several times and several times on short notice to good prospects. Among those prospects, in a row, three undefeated ones, were Hasim Rahman (27-0), Wladimir Klitschko (21-0) and Ed Mahone (19-0-2). All three fights ended in stoppage loss, all three in the second round, and all three matches within the same 12-month period between 1998-1999. This is not an easy way to make a living! But Mr. Pannell wasn't a go-quietly record-padder for everyone. He is, to my knowledge and the knowledge of the Fox Sports commentators at the time of the match, the first man in the amateurs or pros to put Wladimir Klitschko off of his feet. Here was the sequence:



A tip of the hat to Mr. Pannell for that one. Currently, Wladimir, for any contradictory reservations about his punch resistance, has not been knocked down since 2005. It's not a bad feather at all.



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