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By John “Iceman” Scully
Former Light Heavyweight Contender and Noted Boxing Trainer
Amateur boxing is in some ways like professional boxing but it is also very different in certain regards. As a pro you want to be (you MUST BE) much more careful early on with your matchmaking. You want to gain experience but you don’t want to lose, either. It’s a business and you have to maneuver your way through the game until it’s time to really show and prove.
The beautiful thing about amateur boxing, though, is that it doesn’t matter nearly as much when you lose. It’s all just experience for the tournaments that you hope to win down the line. When you are around other amateur boxers they NEVER ask your record, they always simply ask “How many fights you got?” Because they subconsciously know that wins and losses don’t matter nearly as much as the experience you’ve accumulated in the process of so many bouts. Read the rest of this entry “
Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
In front of a packed and raucous crowd, Pendleton, Oregon’s Kola Willingham made an impressive entrance into the amateur boxing ranks this past Friday night at the Heppner High School in Heppner, Oregon. Fighting in the headline bout of The Heppner Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual St. Paddy’s Day Irish Smoker, Willingham scored a stoppage victory over the more experienced Siagigi Hinstatake of Warm Springs, Oregon. Read the rest of this entry “
By Christopher James Shelton
The USA has diminished from one-time Olympics boxing powerhouse into being a world laughingstock by the 2012 Olympics. Golden Gloves champions include Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Michael Spinks, Sonny Liston, Michael Carbajal, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Aaron Pryor, Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali. The 2012 USA men’s Olympics boxing team won 0 gold, 0 silver and 0 bronze medals.
Golden Gloves nationally, and especially Phoenix, Arizona, was once an esteemed annual event. Areas like Chicago and New York City still care but the amateur tournament has been in decline for years. During the 1950’s there were no professional sports teams in Phoenix. There was only Arizona State University football and Golden Gloves tournament. From 1955-57, under head coach Dan Divine with Frank Kush as line coach the A.S.U. team compiled a 27-3-1 record. Golden Gloves was spread over several months covering the same fall season as the successful college football team. A photograph from Golden Gloves action was sure to make the front page of both local newspapers, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette. The military played an important sponsorship role as the majority of Golden Gloves boxers were veterans. The population has grown from slightly over 100,000 in 1950 to more than 1,500,000 today. There is currently Phoenix professional sports teams including football, basketball (men and women), baseball and hockey. Arizona Golden Gloves has shrunk from several months to a long weekend.
The idea for my 15 years-old friend, Areti Sotiriou, boxing at Arizona Golden Gloves was seeing her at a Quinceanera last year. She was looking for something to be her specialty alone. She wanted to separate herself from family and friends. Areti is American of Greek-Mexican descent in a decidedly Latino family. She is constantly being hit by her male cousin, Tony, and after a bit punches him hard enough to temporarily back him off. Her punches sound painful. I mentioned boxing and Arizona Golden Gloves to her father, John, a high school friend. John asked Areti if she’d be interested in boxing with her reply, “I’d love to beat the shit out of girls, Dad.” I thought, “Now, that’s a boxer.” Areti had attended a couple of boxing events with her father and me, and seemed to enjoy herself. These were events sponsored or attended by Kelly Fenn, whose father was the “Godfather of Arizona Boxing.” Kelly loves Areti and brought her to the first row of a professional boxing event last year which left her speechless. Areti was finally able to utter, “You could see everything. You could see them sweat and bleed up close. The only thing I didn’t see that I wished was a knockout.” Read the rest of this entry “
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Come Face to Face to Officially Announce Their May 2 Superfight!March 12th, 2015
Story and Photos by Christopher Morgan
LOS ANGELES, CA, March, 12, 2015 — On an unusually cloudy Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, boxing’s two biggest stars converged on the Nokia Theater in the sole press conference to promote their imminent collision at the MGM Grand on May 2nd. This was the only chance the media would have to see the two fighters face to face before they climb into the ring together and the media responded in full force literally bringing out the red carpet treatment. There were also thousands of fans lining the streets and courtyard surrounding the arena hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes with many waiting for hours just to get a good spot. It seems fitting that a fight that has been 5 long years in the making and being dubbed by many as “The Fight of the Century” would create an event of this magnitude where most boxing press conferences might draw 20 or so reporters this one had a staggering media attendance of 700!
While most fights will have a whirlwind press tour with multiple appearances across the country and sometimes even in international locations, the pervading attitude for this bout is “Only one press conference is necessary, a fight this huge will sell itself” Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
This Friday night the Heppner Chamber of Commerce will host it’s eighth annual St. Patty’s Day Irish Smoker at the Heppner High School Gym in Heppner, Oregon. The fundraising event, which takes place as part of the City’s 33rd annual weekend long celebration, will feature a total of fifteen amateur bouts with young fighters from all over the state. The main event will feature an intriguing women’s bout pitting amateur stand-out Siagigi Hintsatake of Warm Springs, Oregon against Pendleton, Oregon’s Kola Willingham in a well-matched three round bout that promises to deliver fireworks.
Hintsatake is an up and coming amateur with a good amount of ring experience, having fought in competitions all over the Pacific Northwest and California. Her aggressive, crowd pleasing fighting style has made her a popular fighter among those that have seen her in action. She’s a fighter known for her tenacity and willingness to engage, even at the cost of taking punches in return. This trait has made her a fan-favorite and placed her in some very exciting fights. Read the rest of this entry “