Ranking the 10 Best Late Bloomers in Boxing Today

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Scott Heavey/Getty Images Don’t get me wrong, Carl Froch was quite accomplished in his native England before he became a blip on the radar screen of American fight fans. He was the British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion before most people on this side of the pond had ever heard his name. “The Cobra” was 31 years old before he captured his first world championship, however, winning a unanimous decision over Jean Pascal in 2008. It was that same title that Froch would successfully defend, in spectacular fashion, by stopping Jermain Taylor five months later. Froch (31-2, 22 KO) dropped two fights in the Super Six tournament, to Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler, but established himself as one of the better fighters in the sport in the process. He recently avenged his defeat against Kessler, unifying the WBA and IBF 168-pound titles, and hopes to get a chance to do the same against Ward.

Editorial: Revival of Trenton’s boxing scene provides fighting chance

He had collected world titles at 118 and 122 and had beaten a long list of big-name opponents. Unable to secure a showdown with Nonito Donaire, Mares opted to jump up to featherweight this year, facing the talented Daniel Ponce De Leon on the Floyd Mayweather -Robert Guerrero undercard. Mares’ success at 118 and 122 had come largely as a result of a bullying, brawling style, and many wondered if success would follow him with another move up in weight. But against Ponce De Leon, Mares fell back on his strong amateur background, proving he can box as well as brawl. He controlled distance expertly and picked the larger fighter apart, roughing him up and winning by Round 9 TKO.

Ranking Boxing’s 10 Fastest-Rising Names

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But the gyms and boxing are alternatives in a city with a limited number of practical options. Some of the boxers have been incarcerated; some have seen friends gunned down; some have been shot themselves. Learning how to box can be a constructive and challenging pursuit, while the gym itself can be a secure harbor for kids who may otherwise be adrift due to family problems or poverty. Getting into the ring may just give them a fighting chance to change their lives. As those young athletes improve, they begin to apply the discipline theyre learning to other areas of their lives. The trainers and coaches have seen it happen, and theyre striving to help foster that sense of esteem, of self-worth. Those trying to revive the citys reputation attempt to show kids the superiority of a planned bout with regulations and a referee over a random intersection of rivals on a street corner.

There is life after boxing for Boom2x

While most Filipino boxers, even those who won world titles, wind up destitute and penniless in retirement, Bautista made sure he wont be in the same pathetic situation. The heavy-punching boxer disclosed that he invested some of his earnings in several business ventures. He also owns several tricycles and jeepneys which he rents out in his native Bohol. Is his retirement final? No, Bautista was emphatic about this.

Boxing – Watford boxer Ojuederie removed from Big Brother house

By BoxRec News | BoxRecNews 5 hours ago Eurosport – Watford boxer Daley Ojuederie enters Big Brother house Related Content Bet on Boxing A statement issued by Channel 5 said: “Due to threatening and aggressive behaviour towards Hazel O’Sullivan, we have taken the decision to remove Daley Ojuederie from the Big Brother House.” The incident was a ‘play fight’ with model O’Sullivan in the compound’s safe-house on Sunday night, which saw Ojuederie slap O’Sullivan’s bottom, grab her by the neck and pin her to the bed. Ojuederie’s sporadic professional boxing career started back in 2006. He’s boxed just four times since then, most recently at the York Hall in May last year where he outpointed Wales-based Pole Robert Studzinski.

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