Posted by MICHAEL AMAKOR on Feb 1, 2014
January 2014 Wrap Up from the Chronicles of Boxing’s Saint Michael

January 2014 Wrap Up from the Chronicles of Boxing’s Saint Michael

amakorBy Michael Amakor | January 31, 2014

In January 2014, former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo reignited interest in his previously faltering career by knocking out Victor Ortiz in the 2nd round, and immediately declared, “I want Mayweather”. “I want Floyd here in New York, bring Floyd here to New York”. His victory just reminds us that the last thing to leave a fighter is his punch, this one, a counter left hook that saw him destroy Ortiz and claim the WBA International welterweight title.

In far away Germany, Marco Huck defended his wbo cruiserweight title for a record twelfth time by knocking out Firat Arslan in six rounds in their rematch solidifying his claim to supremacy at cruiserweight and at the same time becoming a prophet when he promised to crush Arslan conclusively and decisively in the rematch.

Mattysee victim, Peterson retained his IBF Jr. Welterweight belt by coasting over limited Dierry in DC. The once seemingly invincible Gabriel Rosado fresh off his loss to Golovkin dropped another decision to Charlo and at the MSG Bryant Jennings defeated Szpilka to keep alive the hope that he could be the next undefeated American heavyweight champ. Mikey Garcia dominated Burgos to retain his title and Golovkin victim, Stevens scored an impressive 46-second first round knockout of Majewski that nobody is sure what it does for his career. Barthlemy Kos Mendez to win IBF 130lb title for the first time but saw that decision overturned and a rematch ordered.

Sadly this January, old school trainers Jim Finley and Jimmy Dupree and owners of gyms bearing their names in DC and Jersey City respectively passed away. At the executive level, Jose Sulaiman the long time president of the WBC died after holding that post for 38 years.

In January, we saw a rash of agreements for future fights with the camps of Stiverne and Arreola reaching a deal to fight for Dr. Ironist’s vacated belt. In addition, the camps of Lebedev and Jones signed a deal for their long awaited rematch. Despite repeated goading, Mayweather refused to get involved in a fight with Pacquaio who will instead be fighting Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Heavyweights Odlanier Solis and Tony Thompson are set to clash on March 22 in far away Turkey. Adamek, Glazkov, Cruz, and Cintron will all clash on NBC Sports and ESPN announced eight-man tournaments in the lightweight and middleweight divisions, simply amazing. We should thank the IBF for ordering a rematch between Froch and Groves within 90 days as Froch was looking for other money fight instead. The WBC also ordered two final elimination bouts to confirm the two mandatory contenders for its title involving Malik Scott against Deontay Wilder and Jennings versus Perez respectively.

Fightkingsgloves (1)Typical of every January we saw a flurry of boxing awards for 2013 by the BWAA, the WBC, WBF, and by Philly and DC boxing scribes, so check them out. We closed out the month with xxx retaining the Pennsylvania Cruiserweight title in no other place but Philadelphia. See you in March.


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Michael “Keep Punching” Amakor has been the Chief Scribe of popular boxing website FightKings.Com since 2003. He has written over 100 articles about boxing that have been vicariously read and extensively blogged across the internet and on major boxing websites. He can be seen regularly at the fights giving round by round commentary and he is a regular commentator on the boxing radio and TV circuit.

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