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Wladimir Klitschko's regular sparring partner has turned against his employer and says that the heavyweight champion is ready to be taken.

Sherman Williams, a Florida journeyman and apparent regular sparring partner for Klitschko said that the Ukrainian is a whining softie. Williams reported that Klitschko's trainers were acting referees in their sessions and called for breaks every time he hit the champion with body shots.

"Every shot I've hit him with was clean body shots," Williams said.

"I've hit him with vicious liver shots and he's bawling, claiming he's getting hit on his nuts.

"At the moment, I think he's ready to be beaten. He's ready to be knocked out.

"If Alex is prepared physically and he's mentally and spiritually together, the Aussies can have a new champion come next week."

Williams seems to be pulling for the challenger, Alex Leapai, to pull the upset.

"My advice to Alex first and foremost, as soon as the bell rings, is to get right into his chest and hit him with vicious rights and lefts to the body, get in behind the jab and throw overhand rights," Williams said.

"If he can catch Wladimir on the chin with an overhand right, the fight is over.

"Wladimir, doesn't like body shots, so he's got to make Wladimir very uncomfortable."

Klitschko who has won his last nineteen fights, seems to have made a career out of fighting non-descript opposition like Leapai.

"I can guarantee if Alex goes straight at him, (Klitschko) is going to be like an octopus, because my shoulder is sore, my back is sore," Williams said.

"He jumps all over my back and my neck as a defence, so my advice would be to take the fight straight to him, hit him with body shots and go for the chin."


It has been less than two months and there is still no official date for a proposed fight between Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Ruben Guerrero.


Numerous heated exchanges during the press conferences before the fight between their sons spurred bad blood between the two hot headed fathers. Their mutual animosity once again came to a head in February when the two engaged in a shoving match outside a Las Vegas gym while filming for a reality show. TMZ (not the most reliable source, I realize) had confirmed that a boxing match between the two geriatrics was being discussed.


“I'm ready to go,” said Guerrero after the altercation. “Things are gonna go boom!”



There was another altercation in an eatery (in January?) where things started out playful but Guerrero got rambunctious during a photo session and both senior citizens had to be held back by onlookers.


“Where you from?" shouted Guerrero at the senior Mayweather. “Where you from? Where you from? I'm for real!"


Ruben Guerrero, a former professional lightweight boxer had a won-loss record of 0-7 with 6 knockout defeats. Guerrero only made it past the fourth round in one of his bouts and that was against James Dixon who had a 1-12 record. Floyd Mayweather Sr, on the other hand, had a 28-6 record and was a fringe welterweight contender in the late 1970s.

The little old gray haired man in the white pajamas still had the boxing instinct despite his 71 years as he squared off to show his fighting pose when he fought with the best of them in the 1920s and early '30s.


To the young boxing buffs, the name of Ignacio Fernandez may not ring a bell. But the old-timers who saw the Filipino dynamo who arrived to New York in 1927, will remember him as the tough little competitor who scored a third round kayo of Al Singer in Madison Square Garden in 1929, among other exciting fights which include a 12 round draw with Ceferino Garcia in Manila.


Fernandez is spending his late years in a hospital ward for the aged in Singapore, penniless and with very few friends who remember him in his glory years. When we visited him recently, his eyes took on a happy gleam as we discussed the happy and prosperous days during which he held his own against the best boxers in Australia, United States, Philippines, and Malaya in an era when Pancho Villa and other little men created explosive excitement in the sport.


Fernandez is a victim of circumstances, having gone through all of his ring earnings, but he accepts it logically as a way of life and old age. He is comfortable in his hospital haven and has a sharp recollection of some of his ring wars. While his life is a dream of the past, he has golden memories when he was a triple title holder in his own homeland.


Managed by the late Jesus Santo Tomas Cortez, who was in close association with the late Frank Churchill, Fernandez came to the United States where he battled world class boxers although never chance for a world title fight. He gave the leading bantamweights, featherweights, and lightweights fits when he climbed into the ring.


In his four Garden appearances he fought Tony Canzoneri, Billy Petrolle and Al Singer twice in the period between 1927 and 1930.


Although he didn't win all of his fights, his opponents (many of whom went on to world championships) read like a “Who's who” in boxing during that era. He fought Abe Goldstein the bantamweight champ; Tony Canzoneri (three times) featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight champ; Bud Taylor, bantamweight champ, Andre Routis, featherweight champ; Frankie Klick, junior lightweight champ, Kid Chocolate, junior lightweight champion, Fidel Labarba, flyweight champion, and Battling Battalino, featherweight champion.


Born in Cebu, Philippine Islands in 1906. Fernandez was a preliminary fighter when Pancho Villa was creating ring history in the United States. Fernandez made some ring history for himself and his rise was meteoric. In 1925 he created a great impression in the Southern Continent, beating Australia's best opponents including Bert Spargo, Syd Godfrey and Billy Grimes.


Following his successful campaign in the Land of the Kangaroos, he returned to Philippines where he battered the daylights out of Kid Nanoy to win the Orient bantam and featherweight belts in five rounds Six weeks later, he won the Orient lightweight crown by knocking out Kid Johnson in eight rounds.


In 1935, Fernandez arrived in Singapore and carried the strongest reputation of any boxer ever to invade the island in those days. Although not good enough to beat the top world rated boxers, he still had enough to beat the best lightweights and welterweights campaigning in the Malayan rings. He won the lightweight tile of the area in 1936 and was kingpin in the local rings for many years.


Like so many fighters before him, Ignacio was a good natured, over generous athlete who never thought about the future. He became the victim of wily managers who took the lions share of his earnings and other investments left him broke and alone when his ring days were over. From RNG boxing magazine, April 1978.



Manny Pacquiao's victory over Timothy Bradley last Saturday helped reaffirm that the Pacman isn't finished just yet, but Paulie Malignaggi isn't on the Filipino's bandwagon.


Malignaggi (33-5, 7 knockouts) defeated veteran Zab Judah in his last bout and will face Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 knockouts) today in Washington DC. The ever loquacious Malignaggi never seems to refuse an interview and he is eager to offer his thoughts about the popular Pacquiao.


In talking with ESPN's Dan Rafael, Malignaggi pooh-poohed Porter's tenure as a sparring partner with Pacquiao.


“Once you become world champion I think you set yourself apart from the rest of the class,” said Malignaggi. “Shawn did that by winning the world championship. All that other bullshit about sparring with Manny Pacquiao and all that, I don't rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good fighter. I don't rate him as a very intelligent fighter, actually. So all that other bullshit about the sparring and all that stuff, it really, for me, goes in one ear and out the other. But what Shawn did to Devon was very impressive, and certainly it put him in a different light in a lot of ways, in a more positive way.”


Shawn Porter, meanwhile, is all that high on Malignaggi.


“I want to continue to raise the bar,” said Porter to Boxingnews. “My next opponent (after Malignaggi) will be someone with a better record than Paulie who is younger than Paulie, and will be more of a challenge than Paulie.”





In an incredible night of fistic history, Leon Spinks snatched the world heavyweight title away from the legend that was Muhammad Ali. The 24 year old, 197 ¼ pound Spinks, fighting his eighth professional bout, outran, outpunched and outfought the aging 36 year old 224 ½ pound champion. Spinks emerged from their 15 round title bout with a split decision and the world heavyweight title. This was the stunning climax of a Cinderella story for the 24 year old ex-Marine who rocketed from a St.Louis ghetto to fame as an Olympic Gold Medal winner in 1976. The Spinks victory was the greatest upset in heavyweight history since the man then called Cassius Clay took the title from Sonny Liston in Miami on February 25, 1964. It was the fourth time in history that the heavyweight championship has changed hands on a decision. The first time was in 1926 when Gene Tunney outpointed Jack Dempsey for the title. The sellout crowd of over 5,000 at the Hilton Pavilion was in near hysteria as ring announcer Chuck Hall proclaimed “The winner and new world heavyweight champion -Leon Spinks.” The “Spinks Jinx” was in action from the opening bell. Leon sprang from his corner, jabbing furious at Ali's head. Ali resorted to the familiar tactics; covering up, dancing away, and teasing his opponent with his long left jabs. Throughout the fight, Ali resorted to his famous rope-a-dope. However, Leon Spinks was no George Foreman; and only in the middle rounds did the challenger give any evidence of tiring. The usual Ali tactics were slow, clumsy and ineffectual. The butterfly did not float-it shuffled. The bee did not sting, it merely buzzed. Ali danced his way through the third round, with Spinks constantly chasing him around the ring. Excerpted from Rng Boxing Magazine April 1978.





The five time former welter and middleweight champ Emile Griffith finally hung up his gloves after over twenty years of worldwide glove tossing. I still have firm memories of the time I interviewed the ex champ, even with his being in the twilight of his career. That was the night that Emile Griffith started to look old. He was 32, he had held his own for ten rounds, and then he had wilted. In round 14, Monzon pinned him in a corner for two minute and subjected him to a heavy bombardment. Griffith wasn't seriously hurt, but it also didn't look like he would ever get out of that corner. So it was stopped. Monzon won by Tko14 and Griffith was a knockout loser for the second and last time in his career. That was when the retirement rumors began and I knew that Emile would never be champ again after that fight. And for the first of many times, he was “invited” to retire, the knowing ones insisting that since he would never get one more shot at a title, he shouldn't go on like Ray Robinson or others did, fighting I places like Pittsfield, Mass, and showing only an occasional flash. Well, as I continued to watch him, it was seven years later and the 39 year old Griffith had not retired. And he did not receive one more title shot...he received two. He had lost over fifteen rounds in a rematch with Monzon and over the same route for what then half of the junior middleweight title own by Germany's Eckhard Dagge. But it had been a moral victory. Many people, myself included, figured Emile as the winner in both contests. And he was undiscouraged by them. He had bad patches during the 1972-1977 years, especially when he lost three in a row during 1973-1974 to Monzon and contenders Tony Licata and Tony Mundine. Excerpted from Rng Boxing Magazine April 1978





In the year 1941, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title seven times to prove himself a fighting champion. Thai lefty puncher Shengsak Muangsurin, 25 year old WBC junior welterweight titlist successfully defended his title for the sixth time in a year, as he pummeled Joseph Kimpuani, Zaire, into a gory mess and scored a 14th round technical knockout before some 40,000 native fans The African challenger was a badly bleeding at the mouth at the time of the stoppage. The cut was opened in round five and was deepened to the bone by Shengsak's furious punching in the thirteen session. I the next round, the Italian referee had a TC physician examine the streaming gash and then awarded a TKO to the Thai champ. Even if Kimpuani had been allowed to go on fighting, he could not have scored a kayo over the tough Thai or be a points victor. Kimpuani, born in Zaire 28 years ago, had registered a winning streak chiefly in Dunkirk, Fran, and proved durable against Shengsak's continued attack as to refuse to go down. Only in the first round was Kimpuani clearly in command, tossing good sharp jabs. Muangsurin, a former kickboxer who copped the WBC crown in his third pro bout via an eighth round kayo over Perico Fernandez in 1975, turned aggressive from the third round on. The portsider often forced Kimpuani in to the corner to catch him with a barrage of punches. In round five shengsak smashed a wicked right to open up a cut at the challenger's mouth. The African kept bleeding as the contest progressed. The tide turned almost completely. Shengsak was furiously in command in every round thereafter. Though Kimpuani fought gamely with his neck and chest covered in crimson, the scrappy champ never softened his attack. From Rng Boxing magazine April 1978



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