Larry Holmes From 1978 to 1985, Larry Holmes ruled the heavyweight division with as much authority as anybody ever had, running his record to a perfect 48-0. But in September of 1985, he lost his title by unanimous decision to Michael Spinks, and then he lost the rematch by split decision in April of 1986. I think Holmes deserved to win both those fights, and consider the second one among the 10 worst decisions of my lifetime. At the same time, it felt like a legitimate end of an era. The age of Mike Tyson was already underway. When Holmes was blown out by Tyson in four rounds in January of 1988, it seemed like a mere formality.
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“By freeing up extra room upstairs, the community can also use that space.” Slawson and Leo Dignam, the deputy commissioner of Parks and Rec’s programs division, said that the department spent $3,500 on a new ring for the new gym and made some renovations, but that other updates – including wall mirrors and punching bags in adjacent rooms – are still in the works. “We went above and beyond to make it safe for them, and we do have ventilation in there,” Dignam said of the new gym. Cute, who’s been involved with the boxing program since April 2012, said some participants have stopped coming because of the current state of the gym. She said her and other participants’ attempts to contact officials for a clearer sense of plans for the gym have been futile.
If Lomachenko’s pro fights are as entertaining as his amateur bouts, Top Rank also should have little trouble enticing HBO or other networks to feature him. “Lomachenko is an exciting venture for Top Rank,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “He is taking one of the most aggressive career tacts I have ever seen in making his professional debut in a 10-round fight with his goal to fight and win a world title by his third professional fight. Top Rank is 100 percent onboard with his plan.
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When there are thousands of applicants for each spot in the system, that spells automatic doom. According to science, Zou didn’t have the physical tools to excel. Perhaps that’s so. What he did have was the willpower and perseverance to continue forward, as well as the kind of blazing speed that made him particularly well-suited for amateur successespecially in the developing Chinese style that put a premium on movement, deception and darting but hardly dangerous punches. To transition into the professional ranks, only the best would do. Freddie Roach, trainer of champions, has taken Zou under his wing. He’s trying to teach the Olympian to punch with power.
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