Remembering Every High and Low Point for the Last 20 Years in Boxing

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This is a list dominated by outrageous behavior in the ring, tragedies outside of it, and corruption and incompetence behind the scenes. But it is also a list dominated by some of the greatest fights of the past two decades. High Point: Roy Jones Jr. Beats James Toney In terms of pure, in-ring drama, this all-time showdown from 1994 really doesn’t rise to the level of many great bouts I omitted to make room for it. It was a great boxing exhibition but ultimately not a very close, dramatically suspenseful fight. In his move up to super middleweight to challenge for James Toney’s IBF title, Roy Jones Jr. won a unanimous decision by wide margins.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. credits once estranged father for his boxing longevity

There are no knockout cams, or slow-motion camera angles a decision that some may see as a missed opportunity. As expected, the PS Vita version boasts more arenas, more fighters 14 fictional ones to be precise – and a well-thought-out customisation and training mode. Here, you take part in numerous traditional boxing training techniques from speed balls to heavy bags to improve certain attributes, ranging from strength and speed, to agility and endurance. Not quite a Tour de force: Review: Tour de France 2013 (Xbox 360 / PS3 /PC) Sadly, the character models, impressive as they are, dont change physically depending on your training a minor blip in what is overall shaping up to be an impressive-looking feat. The multi-tiered damage system – where bruises transform into open cuts depending on how many times an area is hit, is especially well-realised. Although solo campaign and exhibition fights will sate most boxing appetites, its online multiplayer that looks set to clinch the deal. Fast, fluid and with no delay, fights are incredibly enjoyable and avoid feeling one-dimensional.

It’s looking like a knockout. Hands on: Real Boxing (PS Vita)

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Floyd Sr. had been keen to work as the latter’s trainer for the fight only for De La Hoya to decide against it. Just as his father before him, Floyd Mayweather is led away in handcuffs — after receiving a brief jail term for domestic violence. In the 1990s, Floyd Sr. was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for drug trafficking. Floyd Sr.’s incarceration meant he missed the first major honor of his son’s career as Floyd won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. In his first bout since his two-month jail spell last year, Floyd Mayweather celebrates his unanimous decision against Robert Guerrero — taking his professional record to 44-0.

Boxing at Barclays has quieted critics

and Manny Pacquiao packed it in. I confess, I had doubts myself, whether the NYC region would sustain the demand for regular dates at the Barclays Center. At the time, I recall asking Brett Yormark, the CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets , if the arena would have a micro-arena built, a theater to accommodate 5,000 or so fans, max. The implication of my question was clear: I don’t think you can find enough boxing fans to fill up the barn on a regular basis.

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Rees came back strong in the tenth with some great body shots and both boxers gave it their all in the final rounds. The Welshman hinted at calling it a day later because having a shot at Burns world title seems to have slipped away. Rees promoter Eddie Hearn said he still has plenty of options to continue at domestic level and former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell wasted no time in saying that he would be interested in meeting the Newbridge Rock. But Hearns comments will be hard for the former world light-welterweight champion to hear given the fact he is so used to operating at elite level. The painful truth in boxing is you are only as good as your last fight. Hearn is right, there are good options out there such as a Crolla re-match, Mitchell or the winner of next weeks battle between Derry Mathews and Tommy Coyle, and if Rees doesnt want to bow out on such a low note he might take one of them up.

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