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By ‘Ice’ John Scully
Former Light Heavyweight Contender and Current Boxing Trainer and Commentator
LAS VEGAS — Former champ (and opponent of mine) Michael Nunn calls me at the designated time this past Saturday in Las Vegas at my fifth Official Amateur Boxing Reunion (held at Russ Anber’s Rival Boxing Store on Sunset Road) so that I can put him on the phone with his former professional opponent (they fought in 1986) Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos.
I also put Michael on the phone that day with 1984 Olympic Champion Paul Gonzalez and former world title opponent Merqui Sosa.
Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002
Gavronski dominates Awimbono in Tacoma
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photo by Mike Blair
TACOMA, WA — Super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) continued his career resurgence on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, adding a second consecutive win to his twenty-two fight win column, thoroughly out-boxing Accra, Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 108″.
Las Vegas, NV, November, 19, 2016 – We the people were led to believe we were going to watch a non-stop pressuring destroyer in Sergey Kovalev go up against a master defensive tactician in Andre Ward. We were wondering whether Kovalev was as good as his record indicated and if so whether it would be enough to overcome the ring intelligence and versatility of Ward. At the end of 12 nail biting rounds Sergey Kovalevs status was validated and even elevated as he arguably was the better boxer in the fight. Andre Ward who was wobbled badly by a jab from Kovalev in the first and dropped hard in the second round from a short right hook was never able to take over the fight or maintain control for long stretches like he has done with all past opponents.
After the first two rounds and the aforementioned knockdown, Andre appeared to be fighting scared, backing up while not throwing anything for fear of what was coming in return, Kovalevs jab repeatedly disrupted the early rounds attack from Ward as well stopping Ward in his tracks several times. By the 4th round Kovalev had discovered something that all past opponents had failed to, he was aware of when Ward was going to initiate a clinch, anticipated it and was able to gain the upper hand either through a headlock or by having one punching arm free. Round 5 went to Kovalev who was fighting very calmly using intelligent patient pressure but always moving forward and throwing. Ward landed his best punch of the fight in the 5th round a flashing piston of a right hand, Kovalev didn’t appear to be bothered by the punch. Read the rest of this entry “
At long last undefeated Light Heavyweights Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev face off in mouth watering superfightNovember 18th, 2016
By Christopher Morgan
LAS VEGAS — November, 18, 2016 – It is really happening live tomorrow at T Mobile live on HBO PPV under the bright lights of Las Vegas. This is truly both a casual and a die-hard boxing fan dream fight pitting the classic slugging destroyer in Sergey Kovalev vs the intelligent ring smith in Andre Ward.
Of course each man on the surface level reads as the aforementioned boxing archetypes but each possesses nuance and style from other camps. Sergey displayed great boxing intelligence, timing and ring craft in his dismantling of Bernard Hopkins in late 2014. Sure some critics like to point out that “Hopkins was 50 years old”, but with the exception of the two men competing tomorrow night that 50 year old man would probably still dominate the light heavyweight division. As for Andre Ward, we have seen him frequently break from the safety first tactical distance fighter to rough opponents up at close quarters with a wrestling grappling style that has yet to be solved by any fighter Ward has faced.
By Ricardo Ibarra
WARM SPRINGS, OR – Heavyweight Juan Esquivel (5-0, 5 KOs), of Zillah, Washington, scored a second round stoppage victory over Daniel Gilbert (0-1) in one of two pro bouts featured Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, capping off Warm Springs Nation Boxing’s twelve bout Pro/Am show.
Esquivel, who was fighting for the first time in two years, used a crafty shoulder roll defense in the first to avoid his aggressive opponent’s looping flurries and find openings for his counter straight rights and left hooks. Esquivel consistently out-landed Gilbert and hurt him badly with a right to the gut as the round came to an end. Read the rest of this entry “