SEPTEMBER 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 | Tournament of Champions: Boxing's Lineal Mathematics
By Cliff Rold

06 | Roberto Duran, Unplugged
By Juan C. Ayllon

07 | Appreciating Chuck
By Thomas Gerbasi

08 | Thistle in the Rose
By James Glen

09 | Anton "The Sheik" Greek
By Jerry Fitch

10 | Interview with Don Fraser
By Juan C. Ayllon

11 | Boxing's Good Book [PDF]
By Don Cogswell

12 | "John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion" [PDF]
By Adam Pollack

13 | Three Book Reviews
By Katherine Dunn

14 | What's in a Name?
By Ted Sares

15 | Audio From the Archives [mp3]
The CBZ presents another classic boxing-themed radio show. This month we bring you an episode of Duffy's Tavern ("Where the elite meet to eat"), from April 13, 1951, starring Maxie Rosenbloom.


Pollack's Picks

By ADAM POLLACK

These are the prospects and top fighters worth watching:

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KOs): Victories over Peter and Byrd show he is formidable and willing to take on anyone. Upcoming match with undefeated Calvin Brock should be interesting, but question mark is whether Brock has the chin to withstand Wlad's serious power.

Serguei Lyakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs): Demonstrated heart, skill, and condition in victory over Lamon Brewster (who held a KO over Klitschko). Upcoming bout with over-the-hill Shannon Briggs is meaningless.

Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KOs): Despite loss to Lyakhovich, is still quite formidable and worth watching.

Oleg Maskaev (33-5, 26 KOs): Hasn't lost since early 2002. Maskaev's victory over Hasim Rahman shows he has heart, a chin, conditioning, power, and the experience necessary to give anyone a good fight.

Samuel Peter (27-1, 22 KOs): Never easy to look good against James Toney, and Peter was the first to hurt James, but he still has no business weighing 257 pounds. He has a mammoth punch, but to be in the elite, he needs to work on his punch repertoire, defense, and conditioning.

Nikolay Valuev (44-0, 32 KOs): He's huge and undefeated, but still relatively untested. Upcoming match with Monte Barrett still won't prove much.

Up-and-comers

Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KOs): Will he have the chin to deal with Klitschko? If so, he'll put up a good fight, because he's well schooled and has solid conditioning.

Ruslan Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KOs): Southpaw coming off KO8 win over Michael Sprott.

Cristobal Arreola (17-0, 15 KOs): In today's world a 25-year-old like Arreola can go places.

Travis Walker (21-0-1, 17 KOs): Upcoming match with 6-0 former Olympian Jason Estrada should be interesting.

Mike Marrone (15-0, 12 KOs): 20-year-old is being moved along well.



CRUISERWEIGHTS

O'Neil Bell (26-1-1, 24 KOs): Defeated Mormeck, but needs to get in the ring again.

Jean Marc Mormeck (31-3, 21 KOs): Despite loss to Bell, he's still dangerous for anyone.

Steve Cunningham (19-0, 10 KOs): Victories over Guillermo Jones and Kelvin Davis show he's a contender.

Guillermo Jones (33-3-2, 26 KOs): Loss to Cunningham was close and controversial, and Jones came back with KO victories over Kelvin Davis and Wayne Braithwaite.

Up-and-comers

Vadim Tokarev (22-0-1, 15 KOs): Victories over Arthur Williams, Michael Simms, Darnell Wilson, and Felix Cora Jr. demonstrate he's the real deal.

David Haye (17-1, 16 KOs): This English cruiserweight does hold a KO over Alexander Gurov.

Johnathon Banks (12-0, 9 KOs): Promising prospect scored a recent KO4 over Eliseo Castillo.

Marcus Johnson (8-0, 7 KOs): Another prospect looking good, has an entertaining style.

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

B.J. Flores (16-0-1, 11 KOs): Also had good amateur background.



LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHTS

Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs): Old enough to retire, but good enough to keep doing this if he wants.

Zsolt Erdei (25-0, 15 KOs): He's the lineal champion but needs more exposure and bigger fights.

Glen Johnson (44-11-2, 29 KOs): Coming off close split-decision loss to Clinton Woods, but he's still fun to watch.

Up-and-comers

Tomasz Adamek (30-0, 21 KOs): Upcoming rematch with Paul Briggs.

Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs): Strong and fast southpaw appears talented.

Curtis Stevens (13-1, 11 KOs): Loss to Primera based on questionable stoppage, but still showed that he needs to work on defense and conditioning. At only 21, don't count him out just yet.



SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Joe Calzaghe (41-0, 31 KOs): A fantastic champion finally being appreciated.

Mikkel Kessler (37-0, 28 KOs): Solid guy has upcoming match with Markus Beyer.

Jeff Lacy (21-1, 17 KOs): Hopefully isn't too devastated by Calzaghe loss, because he matches up well with Tarver and Allan Green, fights that he turned down.

Up-and-comers

Librado Andrade (23-0, 17 KOs): Upcoming match with Richard Grant should be a nice next step.

Allan Green (22-0, 15 KOs): Entertaining fighter, though Linton gave him some trouble.

Peter Manfredo (25-3, 11 KOs): Scheduled match with 19-0 Joe Spina.

Jaidon Codrington (12-1, 10 KOs): Despite loss, he's still only 22, so don't write him off.

Andre Dirrell (8-0, 5 KOs): Very fast 2004 Olympic bronze-medalist southpaw.

Carlos De Leon Jr. (15-1-2, 11 KOs): Might have some talent.



MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Jermain Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KOs): A courageous and deserving champion based on who he's been fighting, Upcoming match with Ouma should be a good one.

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

Up-and-comers

Kelly Pavlik (28-0, 25 KOs): Good condition, solid punch, and coming off KO wins over Bronco McKart and the tough Fulgencio Zuniga. Needs some defensive work if he's going to become champ.

Sergio Mora (19-0, 4 KOs): Despite lack of power, he's game and entertaining, although his punch rate needs work -- he fights a lot in spurts, as shown in the Regan fight.

John Duddy (17-0, 15 KOs). Big puncher stepping up slightly with upcoming match with Yory Boy Campas, but not much -- Campas is way over the hill.

Anthony Thompson (22-1, 16 KOs): He may eventually be a guy that no one wants to fight. A dangerous dark horse because of his speed and talent. Coming off KO over Said, who had fought Echols to a draw.

Jose Luis Zertuche (17-2-2, 14 KOs): Pretty strong fighter has upcoming rematch with the tough Fulgencio Zuniga, which should be fun.

Andre Ward (9-0, 5 KOs): Olympic gold medalist has some question marks surrounding his chin and power, but thus far he has always managed to win in both the amateurs and the pros.



JUNIOR-MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Winky Wright (50-3-1, 25 KOs): A true veteran champion who has earned the boxing community's respect.

Oscar de la Hoya (38-4, 30 KOs): Potential dream match with Mayweather on the horizon. It's the fight everyone wants to see. C'mon Oscar, one final hurrah.

Rodney Jones (37-3-1, 22 KOs): Southpaw veteran, undefeated since 2000, has a 1996 win over Margarito and is now the IBF mandatory.

Shane Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs): Back on top with KO over Vargas, should probably take on Mayweather because he matches up well with him.

Ike Quartey (37-3-1, 31 KOs): Despite controversial loss to Forrest, looks to be the guy you'd rather see next time.

Honorable mention: Vernon Forrest and Cory Spinks. Have to mention them, but...

Up-and-comers

Sergiy Dzinziruk (32-0, 21 KOs): Southpaw defeated Daniel Santos.

Joachim Alcine (27-0, 18 KOs): At 30 he needs to step up the competition.

Yuri Foreman (21-0, 8 KOs): Speed and footwork make him a difficult matchup.

Vanes Martirosyan (10-0, 6 KOs): He's only 20 years old, but showed some passion and ability in the Olympics.



WELTERWEIGHTS

Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs): Victories over Judah and Gatti have earned him respect.

Antonio Margarito (33-4, 24 KOs): Upcoming fight with 19-1 Josh Clottey.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (36-0, 24 KOs): Baldomir might be a bit more of a test than people think.

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

Kermit Cintron (26-1, 24 KOs): Huge puncher has upcoming bout with 25-2 Mark Suarez, who has never been stopped.

Up-and-comers

Paul Williams (31-0, 23 KOs): Looked great against an over the hill Mitchell.

Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KOs): Coming off victory over then 27-0 Joel Julio.

Andre Berto (14-0, 12 KOs): I truly enjoy watching him he's quick, compact, powerful, and very entertaining.



LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHTS

Ricky Hatton (41-0, 30 KOs): Moving back to junior welter to defend crown against Juan Urango (17-0-1).

Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs): Truly a legitimate entertaining contender who is willing to take on real tests.

Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KOs): Looking forward to seeing him again, at a proper weight.

Junior Witter (33-1-2, 19 KOs): Upcoming match with Corley could be interesting.

Good upcoming match: Vivian Harris (27-2-1, 18 KOs) vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo (25-0, 9 KOs). Hlatshwayo has a win over Nate Campbell.

Up-and-comers

Demetrius Hopkins (24-0-1, 10 KOs): Consistently improving, a threat to anyone because of his speed and skill.

Lamont Peterson (18-0, 8KOs): Fast and busy.

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

Mike Arnaoutis (17-0-2, 9 KOs): Southpaw needs a test.

Victor Ortiz (14-1, 9 KOs): Very strong southpaw appears to have what it takes.



LIGHTWEIGHTS

Diego Corrales (40-3, 33 KOs): Have no clue why he's fighting Casamayor again. Haven't we seen Joel enough?

Jesus Chavez (43-3, 30 KOs): Hasn't fought since Leavander Johnson death fight. I'd love to see him again if he has his head on right.

Juan Diaz (30-0, 15 KOs): Well managed and entertaining but needs to step up the competition a bit more to truly call himself a "champion."

Good upcoming match: Julio Diaz (33-3, 24 KOs) vs. Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs).

Up-and-comers

Anthony Peterson (20-0, 15 KOs): Good enough to step up the competition.

Vincente Escobedo (10-1, 9 KOs): No shame in lone loss to a tough guy in 13-1-1 Daniel Jimenez.

Amir Khan (9-0, 7 KOs): At only 19, 2004 Olympic silver medalist is very talented, but probably needs to work on his defense and inside game.



SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHTS

Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 33 KOs): Upcoming third match with Morales, but one has to question why Erik is taking this fight.

Marco Antonio Barrera (62-4, 42 KOs): Upcoming rematch with Juarez should be very interesting.

Jorge Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KOs): Upcoming match with 25-0 Joan Guzman should be fun to watch.

Rocky Juarez (25-2, 18 KOs): The question will be whether he can improve his punch output and better capitalize on his good moments in Barrera rematch.

Up-and-comers

Humberto Soto (40-5-2, 24 KOs): Defeated Rocky Juarez and has won three fights since then. Needs more exposure.

Jason Litzau (19-0, 16 KOs): Fun to watch but needs to step up competition.

Edwin Valero (20-0, 20 KOs): Hard puncher proved himself with a KO10 over Vincente Mosquera(24-2-1).

Urbano Antillon (18-0, 11 KOs): Is stepping it up lately with some good wins.



FEATHERWEIGHTS

Chris John (37-0-1, 20 KOs): Upcoming match with Renan Acosta is not a legitimate title fight.

Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs): Upcoming match with Juan Manuel Marquez (45-3-1) should be fun.

Up-and-comers

Robert Guerrero (19-1-1, 12 KOs): Southpaw just won a "title."

Nicky Cook (26-0, 15 KOs): Still untested.



SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHTS

Somsak Sithchatchawal (46-1-1, 37 KOs): The "Sith Lord" is coming off KO10 victory over the exciting Mahyar Monshipour in THE fight of the year. Upcoming match with Celestino Caballero (24-2, 17 KOs) could be yet another excellent fight.

Mahyar Monshipour (28-3-2, 19 KOs): Highly entertaining in your face fighter is totally worth watching despite losing to the Sith Lord. He officially retired, but someone should throw a pile of money at him to take a rematch with Sith.

Israel Vazquez (40-3, 28 KOs): Has scheduled match with Jhonny Gonzalez (33-4, 28 KOs), which should be a war.

Up-and-comers

Rey Bautista (20-0, 15 KOs): Needs to step it up.

Miguel Roman (17-0, 12 KOs): Coming off win over Cesar Soto.



BANTAMWEIGHTS

Rafael Marquez (36-3, 32 KOs): Again showed his power in rematch with Mabuza. Upcoming match with Gerry Penalosa (50-5-2) could be interesting.

Hozumi Hasegawa (20-2, 7 KOs): Southpaw has victories over long time champion Veerapol Sahaprom.

Vladimir Sidorenko (19-0-1, 6 KOs): Coming off victory over then-undefeated Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (24-1).

Up-and-comer

Raul Martinez (15-0, 11 KOs): Looks pretty solid.



SUPER-FLYWEIGHTS

Nobuo Nashiro (8-0, 5 KOs): Just defeated Martin Castillo (30-2).

Masamori Tokuyama (32-3-1, 8 KOs): Victories over Kawashima and Navarro show he's legit.

Luis Perez (24-1, 15 KOs): Southpaw has fought legitimate opposition.

Good upcoming match: Jorge Arce (44-3-1, 34 KOs) is moving up in weight to take on Hawk Makepula (28-3, 18 KOs). Arce could be the future of the division.

Up-and-comer

Nonito Donaire (15-1, 9 KOs): Contender moving along.



FLYWEIGHTS

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (62-2, 32 KOs): This star champion southpaw has not been defeated since 1996, an amazing record. Very skilled, relaxed, and a good puncher.

Vic Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs): Strong southpaw has upcoming match with Glenn Donaire (16-2-1, 9 KOs).

Lorenzo Parra (27-0, 17 KOs): Coming off victory over Olympic gold medalist Brahim Asloum. Upcoming match with Roberto Vasquez (22-1, 17 KOs), who hasn't lost since his pro debut.

Omar Narvaez (22-0-2, 15 KOs): Southpaw good enough to take on the bigger fights.

Up-and-comers

Juan Rosas (25-0, 22 KOs): Good puncher should step up the competition.

Giovanni Segura (15-0-1, 12 KOs): Pretty strong for this weight.



LIGHT-FLYWEIGHTS

Omar Nino (24-2-1, 10 KOs): Just defeated then-undefeated Brian Viloria (19-1) in impressive showing. Upcoming rematch.

Ulises Solis (22-1-2, 16 KOs): Has victories over Carlos Fajardo, Will Grigsby, and Eric Ortiz, and is coming off draw with Omar Salado (14-0-1).

Koki Kameda (12-0, 10 KOs): Has some solid victories.



MINIMUMWEIGHTS

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

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

Muhammad Rachman (51-7-4, 23 KOs): Has victories over Daniel Reyes and Omar Soto, and has upcoming match with Donnie Nietes (14-1-2, 9 KOs).

Yutaka Niida (20-1-3, 8 KOs): He has a number of wins over top guys.

Up-and-comer

Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym (16-0, 12 KOs): Nice pop but needs to be tested.



Adam Pollack is a CBZ staff writer, a boxing coach, an attorney, and the author of John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion. For details on the book, click here.

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