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Thoughts on Tarver Fight

by on Oct.16, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

by Tom Donelson

October 16, 2010 — Many boxers have not been able to simply say no and Antonio Tarver quest for Heavyweight glory is just another example of a fighter who can’t say no.  Tarver was one of the better light heavyweights over the past decade but at 42, he left the safety of the Showtime booth to participate in SHOBOX main event, his virgin ride into the heavyweight division against Nagy Aguilera.
Tarver picked the right opponent in Nagy Aguilera, who despite an advantage of 18 years and being the naturally bigger man, retreated throughout the bout.  Even when Tarver injured his shoulder, Aguilera showed a reluctance to engage.  (continue reading…)

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Thoughts on ESPN Fights

by on May.26, 2010, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

by Tom Donelson
May 22, 2010 — South Korea’s J. Hoon Kim had a deceptive record as he lost three of his first five fights.  He learned his trade in the ring but he proved to be a quick learner.  He came into his fight against Panama fighter Ammeth Diaz with a twelve fight winning streak, eleven of those by knock outs.
Diaz’s MO was to box and move, using his jab while following up with an accurate straight right.  Diaz had one flaw, a weak chin, as he has lost seven fights by knockout and he was facing one of the lightweight divisions’ bigger punchers.  Kim attacks and come straight forward.  (continue reading…)

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Reflections on Gatti, Khan, Prescott, and the Super Middleweight Tourney

by on Jul.25, 2009, under Boxing News

By Tom Donelson

Ward-Gatti Thoughts

Watching the HBO special on the Arturo Gatti -Mickey Ward trilogy one sees the execution of two different styles:  The brawler versus the boxing-puncher.   Ward, an existential brawler, had one chance to beat Arturo Gatti, out scrap and out hustle him.  Throughout his career, Gatti alternated between brawler and boxer but by the time he faced Ward; he was a boxer. 
This was the classic boxer versus brawler contest and this was fight that both fighters could hurt each other but Gatti had one advantage:  He could change styles whereas Ward could only fight straight ahead.

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Tom Donelson: Thoughts on Arturo Gatti

by on Jul.14, 2009, under CBZ Columnists

The late Arturo Gatti with Cestus Management's Mike Michael (photo courtesy of Gina Cestus Iacovou and Cestus Management)

The late Arturo Gatti with Cestus Management's Mike Michael (photo courtesy of Gina Cestus Iacovou and Cestus Management)

Arturo Gatti was murdered at the age of 37 but Gatti left a legacy of being one of boxing more exciting warriors.  One thing about a Gatti fight any boxing fan knew and expected; thrills.   Whether he won or lost, blood flowed; much of it Gatti’s. His trilogy with Mickey Ward was one of boxing most exciting and provided some of the stirring moments in the past decade for boxing fans. 
The first Ward fight showed boxing at its best and most brutal.  Both men literally went toe to toe with Ward capturing a majority decision and who could ever forget the ninth round in which Gatti was literally out on his feet but he found a way to survive into the tenth.   

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