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A Salute to Former Welterweight Champ Jack Britton, and to his Daughter, Elizabeth Crowley, on her 90th Birthday

by on Aug.11, 2009, under Boxing News, Obituaries, Reviews

A Salute to Former Welterweight Champ Jack Britton, and to his Daughter, Elizabeth Crowley, on her 90th Birthday

By  Christopher James Shelton

(A 1978 New York Times article compared the 8 battles between Triple Crown winners, Seattle Slew and Affirmed as: The greatest rivalry in sports since Jack Britton and Ted Lewis made slugging each other their life work. We publish this article on August 11, 2009 Elizabeth s 90th birthday as a present from CyberBoxingZone to Elizabeth and the extended Britton family). (continue reading…)

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Eduoard VS Welliver Fight Results from Spirit Mountain

by on Jul.11, 2009, under Boxing News, Reviews

The middleweight main event at Spirit Mountain Casino on June 12 had a scary tang. On paper it looked dangerously one sided.

Dewey Welliver of Spokane, WA turned 27 years old in the boxing ring that Friday night. He is the amiable fifth generation of boxing Wellivers, reaching all the way back to a 19th century great-great grandfather who fought in Ireland. He was a hot amateur prospect, fighting out of the Spokane Eagles Boxing Club from the age of 9. But when he was 16, Welliver hared off to Mexico and turned pro. The first fight on his official record is a four round decision win in Tijuana, in July of 1999, a month after he turned 17. Back in the states soon after that, Welliver became a legally emancipated minor so he could fight professionally despite not being 18. He went 11-0-1 in his first twelve fights.

After that things got sketchier for Welliver. When he stepped into the ten round main event against Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard on Friday night, Welliver’s pro record read 18-18-1 with 6 KO’s. Short notice fights against bigger opponents, and in the other guy’s hometown account for a lot. But after 37 fights, the likeable Dewey Welliver is showing the wear and tear. There is, as the old guys say, a discernible hitch in his getalong. Dewey had a full six weeks to train for this fight, but I was concerned about his welfare as he climbed in with the sharp, fit up-and-comer Edouard.

Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard, is 28 years old, and is a thoughtful, pleasant guy. Despite the Haitian origins listed in the boxing records, he says he was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and moved to Florida with his family as a child. He didn’t start boxing until he was 16, but he won the PAL National tournament in his first year.  A college graduate, Edouard has a substantial contract with Square Ring Productions, and plans to open his own boxing gym next month in West Palm Beach, FL. where he lives. With a record of 21-2-2, (12 KO’s) going in, Edouard had to be the serious favorite in his match up with Welliver, but he was philosophical about it. “That’s the beauty of boxing,” he said, “you never know what will happen until you’re actually in the ring.”

As it happens, Dewey Welliver (158 lbs) acquitted himself surprisingly well against Edouard (161 ½ lbs). He’s slower than he used to be and considerably slower than Edouard. But Welliver has good defensive skills and managed to make the wide punching Edouard miss often by ducking and dodging. His clever use of the ring and a persistent jab gave Welliver the first round on my card. But Edouard cautiously outworked him in every round after that. As the rounds built, heavy punches landed on Welliver’s head, and in rounds six, seven and eight, Edouard increased his brutal body attack. Welliver made it through the 8th round but couldn’t come out for the 9th. A TKO win for Edouard.

 Welliver displayed skill and dignity in this bout, but he was outgunned. He was never a power puncher, and now with a record of 18-19-1, it might be a good time for him to take his know-how into the gym to coach others rather than risk further injury by climbing into the ring himself.

 

Grand Ronde, Oregon is a long drive from almost everywhere, but a thousand fight fans found their way to the big, lush Spirit Mountain Casino on that Friday, June 12, 2009 for this, the second boxing event promoted there by Roy Jones Jr’s Square Ring Productions. The crowd was knowledgeable and mellow, and the show ran smooth and clean. The theme of the evening was Square Ring’s fighters versus opponents from the Northwest or elsewhere. The results were varied.

 

 

The fight of the night had to be the Jr. Middleweight six-rounder between Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (152 lbs) 6-2-2 (1 KO) of Seattle, WA and Jason Papillion (150 lbs)  31-13-1 (25 KO’s) of Broussard, LA.  The excitement was all “Fly Boy.”  He’s a mobile, versatile boxer coming in from any and every angle, and always on the attack. His corner might prefer him to stay out at the end of his jab more, but Johnson wants to shorten up and move in with combination flurries. He was a tad nervous, and occasionally wild with his shots, but he’s strong, eager and aggressive. He got the crowd roaring and set the canny Papillion into defensive mode early and kept him there.  The judges saw it closer than I did, calling it 59-56, 57-57, and 58-56. A majority decision for Dashon Johnson.

 

 

Rayco “War” Saunders (173 lbs) now 16-12-2 (7 KO’s) of Pittsburgh, PA is one of Roy Jones, Jr’s former sparring partners. He stepped in with Seattle favorite, Roger “Never Can Tell” Cantrell (174 ½ lbs) now 15-1, 8 KO’s, for a six round waltz. Saunders was sparring-pard defensive, seldom launching any offense, and Cantrell was cautious with his own attack for the first few rounds. In the 5th and 6th the temperature climbed and in the last minute of the sixth an actual fight broke out. The judges called it 59-56, 58-56, and 60-55, all for Cantrell.

 

An 8 round lightweight bout featured Square Ring fighter and former USBA champ, Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (135 lbs) now 21-1-2 (7 KO’s). He was matched with the slow Justo Sanchez (137 lbs) now 17-23-1, of Howell, Utah. Kimbrough was all show– dancing, taunting, posturing, and wiggling his butt, but not a whole lot of fighting. The infuriated crowd booed lustily, but ”The Show” was sufficient against the dozy Sanchez. The judges saw it as 78-74, 78-74, and 80-74. A unanimous decision for Kimbrough, and much good may it do him.

 

 

In an interesting four round re-match, Marco Cardenas (126 ½ lbs) of Salem, OR revenged his debut loss against Manuel Ortega, (125 ½ lbs) of Seattle. The featherweights swapped results from their first encounter at Spirit Mountain in March of 2009. The unanimous decision of the judges was 39-36 for  Cardenas, who is now 1-1. Ortega devolves to 1-1.

 

The opening four round bout was the shared debut of a pair of middleweights. Young Ronald Briggs (155 lbs) of Vancouver, WA looked fit and well schooled, and David “Little Man” Quartz (159 lbs) of Portland, OR looked considerably older and slower. Briggs came out snappy in the first round, throwing combinations and pressing the action, but he seemed to tire toward the end of the round. It was Quartz who marched forward persistently in the second and third rounds, throwing methodical one-two, jab and right hand combos that had Briggs backing up, blocking, and looking discouraged. The pattern continued into the fourth until, toward the end of the round, Briggs launched an attack that made it a real fight for the twenty seconds or so until the bell rang.  Judge Dinger called it 39-37 for Quartz, while judges Howard and Rodriguez called it 38-38, so this one goes into the books as a majority draw. Both fighters move to 0-0-1.

 

 

Hard working Referee Dave Hagen has just returned from Afghanistan, where he served for a full year with the National Guard. The experience apparently left him in excellent condition. He worked all 36 rounds of this show without breaking a sweat.

 

Judges through the night were: Perla Rodriguez, Jim Howard, Lee Jenkins and Andy Dinkins.

 

—Katherine Dunn

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Book Review: ‘Ultimate Tough Guy — The Life & Times of James J. Jeffries

by on Jun.29, 2009, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists, Reviews

By Adeyinka Makinde
  
 
Almost a hundred years have passed since ‘The Fight of the Century’, namely that world heavyweight title bout staged in Reno, Nevada between the defending champion, Jack Johnson and the unretired and undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries. Only two other fights have carried a similar level of significance. Joe Louis’ return confrontation with the German Max Schemeling on the eve of World War Two and the 1971 clash between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, each man an undefeated claimant for the heavyweight championship. If Ali-Frazier partly symbolized the clash between the forces of conservatism and youthful radicalism, and Louis-Schmeling that of opposing ideological camps on the threshold of a world war, the encounter between Johnson-Jeffries was perceived and promoted as a clash between black and white and nothing short of a battle for racial hegemony. (continue reading…)

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Ehrmann Weighs in on ‘One Ring Circus’

by on Jun.09, 2009, under Pete Ehrmann, Reviews

A book review on Katherine Dunn’s book by Peter Ehrmann

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 As a general rule, I would rather read about Joe Simonovich, Red Green, Vigo Doman or some other long-forgotten ancient pug than open a compilation of pieces about modern-day boxing. And while I believe in and affirm the equality of the sexes, I still cannot bring myself to watch women’s boxing. So the last thing I expected was to be blown away by “One Ring Circus: Dispatches From the World of Boxing,” a collection of newspaper, magazine and CBZ pieces from the last 25 years by Katherine Dunn, published by Schaffner Press.

But in a bigger upset than Douglas over Tyson that’s what happened, Ms. Dunn’s collection is already my candidate for boxing book of the year. (continue reading…)

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The CBZ Reviews One Ring Circus by K. Dunne

by on Apr.29, 2009, under David Gionfriddo, Reviews

one_ring_circus_cvrONE RING CIRCUS:

Dispatches from the World of Boxing

By Katherine Dunne

Reviewed by:

David Gionfriddo, CBZ Staff Writer

Buy the Book: One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing

A few years back, I had the opportunity to attend an amateur boxing event in a Portland, Oregon school gymnasium with author/journalist/fight fan/friend Katherine Dunn.  As an admirer of her imaginative and nuanced fiction, I seized a quiet moment between fights to pose the ultimate sophisto-smartass query:  How did some one who excelled in the delicate art of storytelling reconcile her love of boxing with the violence inflicted on its participants?

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