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 A look into the sport of boxing from Saul Berrios-Thomas.

Saul Berrios-Thomas

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Matthysse stuns, Charlo excites

01/29/13 01:04 AM

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas Sometimes if a fighter makes enough noise he can get a fight he wants. However for Matthysse this has proven to be harder than it is for most. This is because he does things like what he did to Mike Dallas Jr. on Saturday and he does it almost every time he is in the ring. The main event on Showtime’s “Championship Boxing” was a super lightweight contest. Lucas Matthysse (33-2-0-1, 31 KOs) took on Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KOs). Matthysse has tremendous power. He has the ability to knock anyone out with just one punch at any point in the fight. With 40 seconds left in round one Matthysse found Dallas with the right hook, he threw two more punches, but there was no need because Dallas was out from the right hook. After the fight Matthysse commented to...

Garcia, Triple G shine

01/21/13 06:58 AM

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas Two of the best fighters in the world fought on Saturday and while they were both victorious neither won the way they wanted to. Boxing can be a crazy sport with wild finishes and Saturday was a prime example of just that. The main event on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” was a featherweight title bout. Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) faced Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs). Garcia is one of the best tacticians in the game, but Salido is a veteran who understands how to win. With 1:40 remaining in round one Garcia connected with a crisp left hook and dropped Salido. Salido recovered quickly, but was dropped again right before the bell with another left. Salido made it out of the round but suffered mightily on the scorecards, as the first round was scored...

Friday Night Victories For Rios and Molina

01/15/13 05:55 AM

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas Boxing is about winning fights. Fighters can gain attention by fluffing up their records with second rate opponents, but there is no substitute for facing the best fighters their division has to offer. The main event on Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation” from Indio, California was a meeting of two really good featherweight prospects. Rico Ramos (21-1, 11 KOs) met Ronny Rios (19-0, 9 KOs). Rios was dominant from the beginning. Ramos was coming up in weight and the disadvantage in size seemed to be hurting him. Rios was able to do what he needed to do in order to control the fight. Rios doesn’t have spectacular power, so Ramos had a chance to change the fight at any moment, but was unable to do so. Ramos is on the border between being an actual...

Usmanee Gets Robbed to Begin 2013

01/06/13 03:18 AM

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas The New Year kicked off with a great lineup of fights. There was action and excitement, but of course there was also the sort of controversy that puts boxing behind a sport that is inactive due to a lockout in terms of America’s interest. The main event on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from Miami was a junior lightweight contest. Rances Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) squared off against Arash Usmanee (20-10, 10 KOs), who now fights out of Canada. Usmanee, who grew up in Afghanistan and watched his father die from a bomb, was at a disadvantage against Barthelemy, the Cuban Olympian who now fights out of Miami. Barthelemy is taller and has a longer reach. Barthelemy was able to land his jab at a safe distance early. As the fight went on Usmanee started to time ...

2012 Awards

01/05/13 02:10 AM

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas The beginning of a new year offers a chance to reflect on 2012. These are the yearly Red Corner Awards for 2012. I compile these awards based on my knowledge of the fights in 2012 and my research. They are my opinion and meant only to highlight what I think are some positive moments in 2012. Trainer of the Year This award goes to Robert Garcia. He trained several fighters who had great years including Brandon Rios, Mikey Garcia, Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire and Hernan Marquez. Most of his fighters had great years. The fact that he is able to train all of these fighters, while maintaining a gym and training younger fighters, is one of the reasons he wins this award. He also has shown the best ability to improve fighters once they get to a point in their...