Simply Amazing

By Francis Walker
Updated: January 25, 2009

NEW YORK — To be recognized as the man, a fighter must beat the man that many people consider the best. More than 20,000 jam-packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles to watch Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) stop Antonio Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) to win the WBA welterweight championship and state his claim as the best welterweight in boxing today.

Mosley dominated Margarito from round one of what was a one-sided beating. He staggered Margarito with a straight left followed by a barrage of punches that drilled Margarito against the ropes before crashing onto the canvas.

The end came at 43 seconds into round nine when Mosley continuously punished Margarito with left and right hand power shots that led to a decisive stoppage.

“I always go for the knockout,” Mosley said. “What the fans should know, when it comes to Sugar Shane Mosley, Shane is going for that knockout. We went for it.”

Mosley’s destruction of Margarito could actually rank higher than his spirited and sizzling 12-round battle with Oscar De La Hoya more than 8 ½ years ago at the Staples Center.

At that time Mosley vacated his IBF lightweight title to move up two weight divisions from 135 to 147 to beat Oscar for the WBC welterweight title in the first of two close battles.

Although Mosley has fought much better opposition in his career than Margarito has fought, no one expected a 37 year-old Mosley to be able to defeat Margarito.

Shane’s experience includes fights with world champions De La Hoya, Phillip Holiday, Fernando Vargas, Winky Wright, Vernon Forrest, Raul Marquez, Luis Collazo, and recently Ricardo Mayorga.

The ideal thinking was since Margarito bested Cotto in a brutal fight in which he had to come from behind to earn an eleventh round TKO, no welterweight would be able to withstand Margarito’s pressure style.

The loss to Margarito took something out of Cotto, as expected. However, the big question going into the Mosley fight was whether Margarito lost something since the Cotto fight?

Mosley, to his benefit, answered that question with a definitive yes. Mosley knew that Margarito fights one way – straight forward with pressure. Mosley knew that Margarito would walk straight into punches, which was why Mosley established the left jab early in the fight. Mosley’s left jab was the decisive key to victory.

Margarito’s come-forward style made it easier for Mosley to land his right jab. Mosley used his jab to set-up his quick combinations from different angles. Mosley was dominant from round one.

He pressured Margarito with greater hand speed and pressure combinations. Everyone talked about Margarito’s body attack, but people forgot just how effective Mosley is when he goes to the body.

The Margarito that withstood Cotto’s heavy power punches in a grueling fight, simply didn’t have the same resolve against Mosley. Against Cotto, Margarito was ready and able to to press forward. He kept moving forward and absorbed punishment. Margarito kept throwing punches non-stop.

Margarito couldn’t absorb nearly the amount of punishment he did last summer. Margarito spent so much in the Cotto fight that there’s no question that he was weakened. Margarito absorbed even more punishment and absorbed a brutal beating, as he was knocked out for the first time in his career.

The question is whether Margarito will ever be the same fighter?

Vic Darchinyan vs. Jorge Arce on Showtime

WBC/WBA and IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) recently met the media at the Wilshire Grand Hotel to discuss his forth-coming defense against interim WBA super flyweight champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs). Darchinyan vs. Arce will occur on February 7, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Showtime will televise beginning at 9 PM/ET.

“I promise all of you today that I will punish Arce just like I did Mijares. I’m not going for the big KO early; I am going to punish him, let him recover, then I am going punish him some more and then knock him out.”

It’s no secret that Darchinyan is an avid fan of knockouts. He loves the knockouts; craves for knockouts. Darchinyan believes that no victory is truly a victory without the knockout finish. 81% of Darchinyan’s career victories have occurred by knockout.

Darchinyan was willing to tell Arce to his face that he was going to knock him out, but the Mexican gladiator was a no-show at the presser.

“There is only one reason why he is not here,” Darchinyan explained. “He is scared. He is a tough fighter, but I don’t expect much of a challenge. I am going to demolish him.”

According to Arce’s representative Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions in Mexico, “Arce is not here. He is taking this fight very seriously and preparing himself in the mountains of Mexico.”

Darchinyan is very confident in his abilities as both a technical fighter and a puncher.

“I work on my tactics and skill but I have an aggressive style and I am a big puncher. I will use my defense; he won’t touch me. He is going to look like he doesn’t belong with me in the ring. He will not get close to me.”

Darchinyan went as far as to call Arce a “dumb fighter.”

Gary Shaw, Darchinyan’s promoter, also took a couple shots at Arce: “I see there is no table for Arce here so I assume he is not here and not coming. I’m sorry to all of you (the press) for his disrespect. Earlier, Bob Arum said that boxing is not dead. But maybe Arce’s career is dead.”

“How appropriate: I see the lunch they are serving today is Chicken ala Arce.”

Shaun George headlines Broadway Boxing

Broadway Boxing returns to BB King’s Blues Club on February 25, in Time Square, New York City. The main event will feature WBC # 6 rated light-heavyweight contender and Brooklyn native, Shaun George (17-2-2, 8 KOs) against Jaffa Ballogou (46-7, 40 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round main event.

“Shaun is one of boxing’s most avoided men…his ‘anyone…anytime…anywhere’ attitude is why he’s willing to risk his world rankings against Ballogou, a more experienced contender who can end every fight with one punch,” said Lou DiBella, President of DBE.

2008 was a tremendous year for George, who dominated former IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Chris Byrd on a nationally televised, ESPN fight card in May. George has pursued fights with other light-heavyweights including Glen Johnson, but negotiation have stalled.

George will be fighting Ballogou, a ring veteran of more than 20 years as a professional fighter.

The undercard will also feature heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer (3-0, 3 KOs), a Penn State graduate and two-time NY Golden Gloves/Empire State Games champion.

2008 US Olympian and two-time NY Golden Gloves champion Sadam Ali (1-0, 1 KO) will also compete. Two-time Golden Glovces champion from New York City, Philip Jackson-Benson (1-0, 1 KO) and four-time NY Golden Gloves titlist and unbeaten light-heavyweight Will Rosinsky (4-0, 4 KOs) will be in action.

Also, middleweight prospect Denis Douglin, a 2008 National Golden Gloves champion, will make his professional debut.

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