A young 19 year old Ukrainian by the name of 🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko had already made an indelible impression to amateur viewers, as well as personnel and officials in the sport after a long streak of standout performances en route to winning a couple of tournaments in different locations, and in him mowing through the competition en route to getting to the Gold-Medal match of the 2008 Olympics. There he would fight French fighter 🇫🇷Khedafi Djelkhir, who battled his way to the final round – for all of the marbles… Continue reading “Their Stories: Vasiliy Lomachenko 🇺🇦 -Flashback to 2008 Gold-Medal Final Match in the Featherweight Division ◯◯◯◯◯”
🇺🇸Maurice Hooker and 🇺🇸Jose Ramirez embrace after their Super-Lightweight unification bout Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. Ramirez stopped Hooker in the 6th round to win the WBC and WBO Titles.
“I lost focus and you can’t lose focus at this level. You can’t lose focus for a second or you see what happens. I have no excuse. I lost. It wasn’t my night. I went out like a true champion with a bang.”
“He’s a champ for a reason. I take my hat off to him.”
Colorized classic photo of Heavyweight Champion 🇺🇸Jack Johnson standing over 🇺🇸Stanley Ketchel after delivering the knockout shot in the twelfth round of their fight in 1909.
It’s said that the fighters agreed to carry the bout the originally scheduled 20 rounds. Ketchel however saw an opportunity in the 12th round and went for the knockout, putting the champion on the canvas. When Johnson rose to his feet, Ketchel closed in, attempting to finish the deal, but found himself on the receiving end of a huge right hand from Johnson which he would not recover from.
“He crossed me and I made him pay for it.”
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WBC Super-Lightweight Champion 🇺🇸Jose Ramirez signs items for fans in Texas ahead of this weekend’s Super Lightweight Unification against Maurice Hooker.
For Ramirez, who has become a big time draw in California, going to enemy territory wasn’t something he was going to let get in the way of this fight happening…
“Maurice wanted the fight in his hometown so it was up to me to accept those terms and I did.”
WBO Super-Lightweight Champion 🇺🇸Maurice Hooker found boxing after getting into numerous fights on the streets of Dallas as a kid.
He has fought his way up through the hotel ballrooms and nightclubs for $500 fights to a hometown unification bout against WBC Champion 🇺🇸Jose Ramirez Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
Now, Hooker finds his main motivation to fight in his children…
“Being a father means everything to me. It’s my legacy, it’s my motivation, it’s my daily duty. Whether I’m there or away, I’m still daddy. My kids know I do it all for them so that they can have more than I ever had plus some.”