JULY 2006


01 Rinsing Off the Mouthpiece
By GorDoom

02 Poem of the Month
By Tom Smario

03 Pollack's Picks
By Adam Pollack

04 Top Women Worth Watching
and Televising

By Adam Pollack

05 Holman Williams Belongs
in the Hall of Fame

By Harry Otty

06 Touching Gloves With...
"Joltin" Jeff Chandler

By Dan Hanley

07 Puppy Garcia Was
Something Special

By Enrique Encinosa

08 Muhammad's Real War
By Cliff Endicott

09 Champagne On Ice
By Ron Lipton

10 "Dick Tiger: The Life and Times
of a Boxing Immortal"

By Adeyinka Makinde

11 Floyd Patterson:
He Always Got Up

By Ron Lipton

12 Nat Fleischer, "Mr. Boxing"
By Monte Cox

13 "Ring of Hate"
Book Review by J.D. Vena

14 "Gilroy Was Here"
Book Review by Mike Delisa

15 Audio From the Archives [mp3]
The CBZ presents another classic boxing-themed radio show. This month we have the Thin Man in "The Passionate Palooka," from July 6, 1948


Pollack's Picks

By Adam Pollack


These are the prospects and top fighters worth watching:

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Vladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's): Recent victories over Peter and Byrd have re-established him as the man in the division.

Samuel Peter (26-1, 22 KO's): Still an aggressive power puncher, despite decision loss to Vladimir.

Serguei Lyakhovich (23-1, 14 KO's): Showed heart and skill in electrifying victory over Brewster. Upcoming bout with Tyson conquerer Kevin McBride.

Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KO's): Once again showed his power, chin, and heart against Lyakhovich, and despite loss, is still definitely worth watching.

Up-and-comers

Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO's): Coming off dull match against then undefeated Ibragimov, but snoozer was more the fault of Timor than Brock.

Cristobal Arreola (16-0, 14 KO's): This guy is quite entertaining and comes to fight.

George Garcia (11-0, 4 KO's): Entertaining young fighter who has an upcoming match with the undefeated J.D. Chapman.


CRUISERWEIGHTS

O'Neil Bell (26-1-1, 24 KO's): Dangerous puncher won his dream match against Mormeck.

Jean Marc Mormeck (31-3, 21 KO's): Despite loss to Bell, he's still fun to watch.

Up-and-comers

Vadim Tokarev (22-0-1, 15 KO's): Coming off KO victory over Felix Cora, Jr.

Johnathon Banks (11-0, 8 KO's): Strong fighter who also looked promising as an amateur.

Marcus Johnson (7-0, 6 KO's): Young kid can fight.

Matt Godfrey (12-0, 7 KO's): Had a solid amateur career.

B.J. Flores (16-0-1, 11 KO's): Book's still out on him.


LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHTS

Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KO's): Utterly dismantled Tarver.

Glen Johnson (44-10-2, 29 KO's): A fighter's fighter. A guy who comes to fight, gives it his all, and is willing to fight anyone.

Zsolt Erdei (24-0, 15 KO's): Has solid skill, decent but not great pop, and although his style isn't overwhelmingly crowd pleasing, he's still the linear champion. However, appears to be avoiding the big fights.

Up-and-comers

Tomasz Adamek (30-0, 21 KO's): Has passed a few recent tests.

Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KO's): Southpaw looks to have the speed and pop to do something.

Curtis Stevens (13-0, 11 KO's): Very short but powerful and aggressive, a la Dwight Qawi.


SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Joe Calzaghe (41-0, 31 KO's): Simply the best; a star at this weight and really fun to watch.

Mikkel Kessler (37-0, 28 KO's): He's pretty good, but is mostly known in Europe.

Jeff Lacy (21-1, 17 KO's): Despite loss to Calzaghe, he's still an entertaining puncher. Should probably move up in weight and fight bigger but slower guys.

Up-and-comers

Librado Andrade (23-0, 17 KO's): Has beaten decent opposition. Allan Green 20-0 with 14 KOs This guy can punch and showed some heart in climbing off the canvas to win his last fight.

Peter Manfredo (25-3, 11 KO's): Was fun to watch on the Contender and looks to be pretty strong at the higher weight.

Jaidon Codrington (11-1, 9 KO's): Despite shocking first-round KO loss to Green, still has the potential to be something, and he is fun to watch.

Andre Dirrell (7-0, 5 KO's): 2004 Olympic bronze-medalist southpaw. He's blazingly fast, moves well, but possibly not that physically strong, lacks power, and relies too much on speed and reflexes rather than skill. Still an interesting guy to watch.


MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Jermain Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KO's): Willing to take on the best, and difficult style matchups. He's actually more entertaining than people realize, but the skilled veterans he's been fighting have limited the excitement of his bouts.

Good upcoming fight: Edison Miranda (26-0, 23 KO's) vs. Arthur Abraham (21-0, 17 KO's)

Felix Sturm (25-1, 11 KO's): Truly deserves a title shot, has solid defensive skill, fast hands, and although not big power, lands solidly, and he does not run. Gave de la Hoya a very close fight in a close/controversial loss.

Up-and-comers

Kelly Pavlik (27-0, 24 KO's): The guy can really punch and has showed some heart.

Sergio Mora (18-0, 4 KO's): Lacks power but has speed and skill and is willing to mix it up.

John Duddy (17-0, 15 KO's): A very big puncher, very fun to watch.

Anthony Thompson (21-1, 15 KO's): Guy has some speed and talent but question marks regarding his chin and inside game.

Andre Ward (9-0, 5 KO's): Olympic gold medalist may very quickly become a threat. Questions surround his chin and power, but he has shown the will to win.


JUNIOR-MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Winky Wright (50-3-1, 25 KO's): Clearly the best junior middle in the world, coming off fun draw with middleweight champion Jermain Taylor.

Oscar de la Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's): Looked good in fun fight with Mayorga. Potential dream match with Mayweather on the horizon.

Rodney Jones (37-3-1, 22 KO's): Southpaw isn't the hardest puncher, but he's a veteran who's earned a top fight by going undefeated since 2000.

Travis Simms (24-0, 18 KO's) Has some pop but is being left in the shadows.

A lot of great matchups are being made in this division, including: Shane Mosley vs. Fernando Vargas II (first fight was fun)
Vernon Forrest vs. Ike Quartey (battle of former welterweight champions)
Sechew Powell vs. Kasim Ouma (both solid southpaws)
Roman Karmazin vs. Cory Spinks (Karmazin a champion with good skill and power, Spinks a former welter champion)

Up-and-comers

Sergiy Dzinziruk (32-0, 21 KO's): Southpaw has victory over Daniel Santos.

Joachim Alcine (27-0, 18 KO's): Needs a real test.

Yuri Foreman (21-0, 8 KO's): Very effective European boxing style with smooth, controlled footwork (but not running), and quick punches, but he lacks power. A modern day James. J. Corbett.

Vanes Martirosyan (9-0, 6 KO's): This young boxer is tall, strong, can move, and he's got some fire in his belly.


WELTERWEIGHTS

Antonio Margarito (33-4, 24 KO's): A fan's fighter and the uncrowned welterweight champion. He's a tall, strong, very busy nonstop puncher. The most feared man in the division.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (36-0, 24 KO's) Would like to see if he can take a punch at this weight.

Ricky Hatton (41-0, 30 KO's): Just moved up to welterweight, but probably should move back down if he can.

Luis Collazo (26-2, 12 KO's): Loss to Hatton did more to raise his stock.

Arturo Gatti (40-7, 31 KO's): The guy who has given the most to the sport is always dangerous against anyone. Upcoming bout with linear champ Baldomir a good match up for Arturo.

Up-and-comers

Kermit Cintron (26-1, 24 KO's): Huge puncher has upcoming bout with 19-0 Richard Gutierrez.

Paul Williams (30-0, 22 KO's): Tall southpaw has a very busy style.

Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KO's): Just won a decision over then undefeated Joel Julio, who was then 27-0 with 24 KOs.

Andre Berto (13-0, 11 KO's): This former amateur standout is compact, powerful, quick and entertaining.


LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHTS

Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KO's): Just defeated then 21-0 Paul Malignaggi. Of all the young contenders, has overcome the most tests, showing heart, power, and skill, although perhaps needs to be a bit busier and work on his defense.

Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KO's): Sure he shamed himself by not making 135, but the guy can still really fight, is highly entertaining, and once he fights at the proper weight, will be worth seeing again.

Junior Witter (33-1-2, 19 KO's): Not the most entertaining but needs to be respected, for this southpaw has not lost since 2000.

Up-and-comers

Demetrius Hopkins (24-0-1, 10 KO's): Guy is improving and showing more pop, and although not a power puncher, with his speed and skill, is a dangerous threat to anyone.

Lamont Peterson (17-0, 7 KO's): Although fast and busy, not much of a punch.

Lorenzo Reynolds (15-0, 7 KO's): Good southpaw coming off win over Joaquin Gallardo.

Mike Arnaoutis (17-0, 9 KO's): Upcoming match with 26-2-1 Vivian Harris should show what he's made of.

Juan Urango (17-0, 13 KO's): Coming off win over Ben Rabah.


SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHTS

Division is packed with a lot of potentially great fights:

Diego Corrales (40-3, 33 KO's): Clearly the best at this weight. Always comes to fight.

Jesus Chavez (43-3, 30 KO's): Keeps getting better, an in your face non stop fight type guy who has veteran skill.

Juan Diaz (29-0, 14 KO's): Entertaining and well-conditioned with an all action style but has yet to take on a truly legitimate test.

Up-and-comers

Edwin Valero (19-0, 19 KO's): We'll see what he's really made of when he next meets 24-1-1 Vincente Mosquera.

Isaac Hlatshwayo (25-0, 9 KO's): Recent win over Nate Campbell, but doesn't seem to have much pop.

Anthony Peterson (18-0, 13 KO's): Former top amateur has some potential.

Vincente Escobedo (9-1, 9 KO's): Former U.S. Olympian is entertaining and strong and only loss was a good and close fight. Still has a strong up side.

Victor Ortiz (13-1, 9 KO's): Former PAL amateur champion is a young, strong, and entertaining southpaw.

Amir Khan (7-0, 5 KO's): 2004 Olympic silver medalist is going to be a very good and entertaining pro.


SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHTS

Manny Pacquiao (41-3-2, 33 KO's): Impressive rematch KO over Morales and wide UD over Oscar Larios.

Marco Antonio Barrera (62-4, 42 KO's): Never count out this veteran. Still wonderful to watch, despite looking shopworn against Rocky Juarez.

Jorge Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KO's): Tough, hard punching, and comes to fight in shape. Upcoming match with 25-0 Joan Guzman should be fun.

Rocky Juarez (25-2, 18 KO's): Olympic silver medalist just "lost" razor-thin decision to Barrera.

Up-and-comers

Jason Litzau (18-0, 16 KO's): Has upcoming bout with 21-0 15KOs Marcos Ramirez. Shows nice pop with both hands, good relaxation and punch selection, as well as fair footwork. Only weakness right now is defense.


FEATHERWEIGHTS

Chris John (37-0-1, 20 KO's): Although a slick southpaw, he's earned respect with victories over Derrick Gainer and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Humberto Soto (39-5-2, 23 KO's): Has a victory over Rocky Juarez in an entertaining fight.

Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KO's): Fun to watch and has stepped up the competition. Ready for the big fights.

Nicky Cook (26-0, 15 KO's): Still untested.

Up-and-comer

Roberto Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KO's): Just avenged only loss with impressive KO.


SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHTS

Somsak Sithchatchawal (46-1-1, 37 KO's): Coming off KO10 victory over the exciting Mahyar Monshipour.

Mahyar Monshipour (28-3-2, 19 KO's): Highly entertaining in your face fighter is totally worth watching despite losing last bout.

Israel Vazquez (39-3, 28 KO's): coming off TKO win over Oscar Larios.

Up-and-comers

Rey Bautista (20-0, 15 KO's)

Miguel Roman 16-0 with 12 KOs)


BANTAMWEIGHTS

Rafael Marquez (35-3, 31 KO's): Entertaining, pound-for-pound great can box and really punch. Only question mark is his ability to take it. Upcoming rematch with tough Silence Mabuza, but dream match with Jhonny Gonzalez should be made to determine who the best at this weight is.

Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KO's): He's tough and has really nice pop.

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (24-0, 15 KO's) Needs name change, but he can fight.

Up-and-comer

Raul Martinez (15-0, 11 KO's): Looks pretty solid.


SUPER-FLYWEIGHTS

Martin Castillo (30-1, 16 KO's): Power not the greatest but he comes to fight.

Up-and-comer

Nonito Donaire (14-1, 8 KO's): Decent prospect moving along.


FLYWEIGHTS

Totally hot division right now, if the right matches are made:

Jorge Arce (44-3-1, 34 KO's): Aggressive, exciting, busy combination boxer coming off KO win over experienced Rosendo Alvarez.

Vic Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KO's): Hard-punching southpaw coming off victory over then undefeated Luis Maldonado.

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (62-2, 32 KO's): He's the most experienced flyweight, and this WBC champion southpaw has not been defeated since 1996.


LIGHT-FLYWEIGHTS

Brian Viloria (19-0, 12 KO's): Good power and entertaining; moving along nicely.

Roberto Vasquez (22-1, 17 KO's): Southpaw hasn't lost since pro debut and has defeated a high class of competition.


MINIMUMWEIGHTS

Ivan Calderon (26-0, 6 KO's): Not much power but good southpaw fighter.

Eagle Kyowa (16-1, 6 KO's): A good fighter and match with Calderon would be nice.

Up-and-comer

Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym (15-0, 12 KO's): Nice pop but needs to be tested.

Adam Pollack is a CBZ staff writer. Contact him at apollack11@hotmail.com.

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