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JUST DOESN'T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH

JUST DOESN'T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH

So, Fres Oquendo has lost yet another close one, in his opponent's back yard, on a rival promoter's card.  Some variation of this story should be on his headstone when he dies.  It was simply the story of his entire career.  He was given plenty of chances, any certainly the outright robberies on his record are not his own fault, but bad luck is helped out by never changing your M.O.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.  Let's look at a some of his most notorious close calls.
 
David Tua - Ahead on all cards, Oquendo suffered his first defeat after he was caught by one of Tua's big bombs, and put to sleep in the 9th.  No shame there, as this was Tua's M.O., yet, he was caught by the right and not the left hook, so that part was original.
 
Chris Byrd - The only time a fighter was so dedicated to fighting off the back foot, that he actually made Byrd come forward!  This must've confused the judges, as Oquendo seemed to clearly win 8 rounds, yet lost a unanimous decision.
 
John Ruiz - a typical Ruiz fight in which he was probably behind by a few points, but it was scored as if he was ahead by 1.  It didn't matter as Oquendo went to sleep late, and was stopped in round 11.
 
James Toney - Again, Oquendo made a counterpuncher come forward, and although he seemed to win 7-5, Toney got the decision 7-5, in a dull affair.  He was on promoter's card, in opponent's adopted backyard... this would begin to prove a theme.
 
Evander Holyfield - relatively neutral territory, but same old Fres... outboxes Holyfield in spots, but keeps allowing the play to be taken away.  Holyfield gets a close split decision, that probably should have gone to Oquendo.

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TAKE THE FIGHT

TAKE THE FIGHT

There are an awful lot of boxing cancellations these days.  Not that this never happened in previous eras, but the idea of fighting hurt was a much more common one in previous generations.  Sometimes it is due to injury. sometimes offers ar...

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SEPTEMBER 2014 BOXING PREDICTIONS, Part 2

SEPTEMBER 2014 BOXING PREDICTIONS, Part 2

Miguel Vasquez vs. Mickey Bey
Vasquez fighting on a Mayweather card??  Surely Top Rank would never let this barnburner of a champion go.  This is an intriguing fight, however, because Vasquez has been unbeatable for years at 135, if also uns...

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SEPTEMBER 2014 BOXING PREDICTIONS, Part 1

SEPTEMBER 2014 BOXING PREDICTIONS, Part 1

Adrien Broner vs, Emmanuel Taylor
Taylor has looked good in his last few fights, and if Broner remains as unfocused as he has been recently, than has-been is a phrase people will be using for a very young man.  Taylor is not a man to go to sleep ...

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GENIUS OR GREED?

GENIUS OR GREED?

So, everything went according to plan on the August 9 Brooklyn Showtime card.  Danny Garcia got his highlight reel KO, after several tough assignments in a row.  Lamont Peterson got his dominating win.  Daniel Jacobs can officially cal...

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