A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
A Garden Party
Up and coming Devon Alexander took on veteran DeMarcus Corley, a former light welterweight champion. A product of the Saint Louis amateur system, Alexander is a smooth boxer.
Kevin Cunningham, one of boxing better trainers, has brought Alexander along perfectly and Cunningham was responsible for the success of Cory Spinks. This was Alexander’s first big fight.
This was not going to be an easy fight for Alexander but test against veteran fighter, who had stunned both Mayweather and Cotto in his battle with them. Alexander came in the fight with only eight knockouts in his 13 fights, so questions remained about his power.
Throughout the fight, Alexander stayed in Corley pocket and repeatedly out punch the veteran Corley throughout the bout. Despite outpunching De Marcus two to one, he never had Corley in trouble.
At 21, Alexander has room to grow and maybe develop more power but in this fight, his accuracy was the different as he connected on twice the number of punches. He is a bright star with potential of being a multiple weight champion.
In the second bout of the PPV, Alex Bunema challenged Roman Karmazin and for most of his career; Bunema proved to be a solid professional but never the best. Karmazin, a former champ, depended upon his left jab but throughout the fight; Bunema’s right hand often hit its target.
In the early rounds, Karmazin showed the most activity but kept getting hit with those rights. What gave Karmazin the early rounds was his activity as Bunema played defense. In the eighth round, Bunema started to take command as Karmazin slowed down.
A right hand in the eighth stunned Karmazin and in the 10th, Bunema knocked down Karmazin with a left hook; a punch he rarely used in the first nine rounds. Karmazin went down and as he arose; he looked weary. Bunema kept moving forward and trapped the Russian in the corner.
A right hand followed by a left sent Karmazin reeling before another right ended the fight. With this victory, Bunema put himself in position to fight for a share of the Light Middleweight championship
Andrew Golota fights often produced excitement simply because you never know what will happen. You never know whether you will witness a Golota meltdown or a great fight.
Throughout his career, Golota showed promise but never fulfilled it for he never kept his composure when it counted. At the age of 40, Golota still attracted a following and as Harold Lederman noted, “Golota puts fannies in the seat; that is why he still gets fights and is on PPV event.”
Mike Mollo, a young Chicago fighter, was looking to add a big name on his resume and Golota was to be that name. In the early rounds, the fight was close as Mollo attempted to outwork the older Golota, but Golota’s experience showed up in the second half of the fight.
Going into the second half of the fight, a Mollo right nailed Golota perfectly and his left eye swelled up shut. When presented with a determined foe in the past; Golota would quit but tonight he did not. He stood his ground and repeatedly hurt Mollo.
Over the second half of the fight, Mollo often appeared dead on his feet but he managed to survive. On occasion, he would strike back but in the end; Golota experience and skills overcame the youthful Mollo. Golota punches were slow and easy to pick up but his power still existed. For this night, Golota power won the fight
THE MAIN EVENT
Roy Jones, Jr. has been boxing enigma, a fighter who until 2003 dominated the sport winning and dominating the Middleweights, Super Middleweights, Light Heavyweight before defeating John Ruiz for the Ruiz’s version of the heavyweight title when Ruiz was one of the best heavyweights.
Jones like all other great fighters appeared succumbing to father time as he came in the fight with three defeats in his last five fights. Trinidad had not fought in two and half years after being completely humiliated by Winky Wright.
This was a battle of Titans but old Titans looking for one more magical night.
The first round was as much a feeling round as Jones posed and occasionally threw a punch. Trinidad landed a couple of body shots and Jones appeared contented to block punches as he connected on a straight right hand at the end of the round.
Jones looked slow or not as quick as his prime and Trinidad body shots looked sharp in the first three rounds. Jones’ biggest skill was his athleticism and many times, Jones eschewed solid boxing tactics in favor of unorthodox, like jumping in with left hooks or lead rights.
Trinidad has always been technically sound and the early rounds; this looked like a repeat of the Glen Johnson fight as Jones appeared content to allow Trinidad to come forward. Johnson wore Jones out in the fight and Trinidad was hoping for a repeat of history.
In the fourth round, Jones hand speed started to show as he moved Trinidad back and on his heel s for the first time in the fight and in the fifth round, again Trinidad retreated.
Jones rallied in the last minute of the sixth round after being hit by a Trinidad double left hook. Trinidad won the first two minute reversing the previous two rounds of retreat but those last 60 seconds in which Jones took control erased the first 120 seconds of Trinidad hard work.
In the seventh round, Jones’ right hand sent Trinidad down halfway through the round. He chased Trinidad down, but Jones did not finish him off. Trinidad has survived knockdowns before and Jones allowed him off the hook. Jones played it safe in the second half of the round.
Jones played defense for the first two minutes of the eighth round before unleashing a volley of punches in the last minute. One problem for judging this fight appeared to be, do you give the Trinidad the benefit for throwing the most punches or to Jones, who threw the more accurate punches.
Jones’ power took hold in the ninth round. Trinidad attempted his comeback as a left hook nailed Jones off the rope, but he recaptured the round with another quick right to take his second 10-8 round. Jones easily won the last two rounds as he took control and seem content with a decision.
What did this prove? Well it showed that two great fighters can produced a good fight even after their prime and Jones kept himself in the hunt for a big money fight; even against Joe Calzaghe.
At 39, Jones showed that father time reared its head. There were times that he looked like the Jones of old but there were times that he looked old. He appeared content to allow Trinidad to beat him up at times and play defense.
Trinidad couldn’t penetrate Jones defense too often but he was the smaller man and it showed. Jones punches were not just sharper but harder. His punches thumped Jones body but somehow it never seemed to slow Jones down.
Jones did not often fight every minute of every round and against Calzaghe, he would have to. Jones needed to win this fight for to lose meant the end of his career. As for Trinidad; he has own options but not as a light heavyweight.
He has star power and certainly losing to a bigger and faster man did not hurt his viability. The real question is whether Trinidad wants to fight. So Jones won his big money fight and HBO got a nice PPV event.
Jones kept his hope alive for yet another shot at a championship but there is no evidence to suggest that Jones can vanquish father time. He can only delay the inevitable.