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Hopkins and Thurman Ring Some Bells as They Win Respective Bouts in Contrasting Styles

by on Mar.11, 2013, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Tavoris Cloud, at left, and Bernard Hopkins exchange blow up close (photo courtesy of espn.go.com)

Tavoris Cloud, at left, and Bernard Hopkins exchange blow up close (photo courtesy of espn.go.com)

BROOKLYN, NY – If Bernard Hopkins would have just stood still so he could hit him squarely and often, Tavoris Cloud might still be champ. 

However, like a kid making the move to little league from T-ball – where the baseball sits atop a tee for the batter to hit – Cloud took on a challenge at a whole new level on March 9th at the Barclays Center.     (continue reading…)

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Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman Rides Out the Storm and Looks Ahead

by on Dec.28, 2012, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Thurman (left) lands a damaging left hook to the head of Quintana (photo courtesy of espndeportes.espn.go.com)

Thurman (left) lands a damaging left hook to the head of Quintana (photo courtesy of espndeportes.espn.go.com)

CLEARWATER, FL, December 26, 2012 – Going into his step-up bout against Carlos Quintana, insiders said that this was a 50-50 proposition at best.  It was November 24, 2012  The venue was the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California, and their bout was being televised by HBO.  Possessing a record of 29 wins, three losses and 23 knockouts, Quintana handed Joel Julio and Paul Williams, who were 27-0 and 33-0, respectively, their first losses and won the WBO Welterweight title in the latter bout.  Williams regained his championship with a first round blowout four months later in June 2008, and subsequently WBC Welterweight champ Andre Berto halted Quintana in April 2010.  Now 36, Quintana – who’d also been stopped by Miguel Cotto in 2006 – was being kicked to the curb.  Thus, it came as some surprise when he stopped the hard-punching 27 year-old contender Deandre Latimore in May.

Thurman had a stellar amateur career (posting 101 wins, 76 KO’s, six National Championships and a loss to Demetrius Andrade at the 2008 US Olympic Trials that netted him the Silver Medal), yet he remained largely untested as  a professional with at 18-0 with 17 knockouts.  Trained by Ronald “Winky” Wright’s former trainer, Dan Birmingham, he’s looking promising.  In a televised bout in July, he stopped Orlando Lora (29-2-2, 19 KO’s), a battler who’d been halted only once by rugged contender “King” David Estrada in 2010 and went the distance when he lost to current WBA Welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi in November 2011.  Nevertheless, in Carlos Quintana, Thurman faces a much steeper challenge. (continue reading…)

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