Weekend news

By Tom Donelson, BASN boxing writer
Updated: June 12, 2011

Austin Trout

Austin Trout

IOWA CITY, IOWA—This weekend feature Austin Trout defending his WBA junior Middleweight title with a unanimous decision over veteran David Lopez south of the border. Trout speed gave Lopez trouble throughout most of the bout but the eleventh provided dynamite as both fighters nailed each other. Trout sent Lopez down for a flash knockdown but Lopez nailed Trout with a shot to the jaw that nearly sent Trout down.

The early part of the bout provided the pattern of the fight as Trout movement allowed him to escape the straight forward David Lopez, who couldn’t penetrate Trout defenses with any consistent offense. Trout is now 23-0 and looking for bigger bouts.

In England, two undefeated giants fought each other as 6’8″ David Price knocked 6’6″ Tom Dallas in the second round as Price nailed Dallas with a solid right hand that sent Dallas down. England is now home to two undefeated heavyweight prospects with Price and Tyson Fury.

This weekend, Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez were inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Chavez was one of Mexico greatest fighter, if not greatest. Symbolic of Chavez style was his war against Medrick Taylor. Taylor started fast and he out punched Chavez throughout the bout but Chavez, despite being outquicked, managed to slow Taylor down with his patented left hook to the body. With just seconds left and behind on points, Chavez stopped Taylor in one of boxing’s most controversial stoppage as Richard Steele stopped the fight with 10 seconds left. Taylor was never the same fighter again and Chavez legacy was set forever.

Mike Tyson is one of those fighters who proved to be more of an enigma as he was one of boxing’s great boxing attractions but he never seemed to reach the heights predicated. As a young fighter, Tyson was already enshrined on the Mount Olympus of boxing and his peak as a fighter was his one round demolition of Michael Spinks, sending Spinks into retirement.

Boxing writer and historian Frank Lotierzo once observed about Tyson, “was the youngest to win a championship and the youngest to lose it.” His career was multiple acts with the first act being his march through the heavyweight division before losing to Buster Douglas. The second act was his imprisonment and come back from that imprisonment. The second and the third act, which saw a second imprisonment, began the circus. The first act was Tyson simply destroying one opponent after another but after the death of Cus D’ Amato and Don King take over of his career, Tyson began a slow descent which culminated in the Douglas defeat.

After Douglas, Tyson fame centered as much on what happened outside the ring as inside and his career as an elite fighter ended when he lost to Lennox Lewis, a fighter whose children he pledge to eat. After the Lewis defeat, Tyson went into the final act which ended with his defeat at the hands of Kevin McBride.

The problem with Tyson is that while he had a great career in one of boxing’s deepest era; he never seemed to reach the status of greatest ever or one of the greatest ever which everyone predicted. He lost to two of the better heavyweights of his era, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis but he still managed to have a career that most boxers would die for.