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TITLE BOUT ALL-TIME GREAT HW TOURNAMENT

After focusing almost exclusively on the various computer iterations of this fine game, I was inspired to return to the board game for the first time in over two decades, mainly as a result of the recent release of the new set of all-time HW cards, complete with some new charts and new rules. Therefore, time to stage an all-time HW, single-elimination style tournament.

First of all, a word about the format. With 180 boxers in the set, I simply could have staged a preliminary round to cut the field to 128 but decided to use the boxer ratings to make it more interesting, seeding the better rated fighters as well as offering byes through the earlier rounds. So, this is the result:

The 32 boxers rated “10” and above will be directly seeded into the second round of the tournament proper. In addition, 37 boxers with “8” and “9” rankings will begin competing in the first round as the field is cut to 64. This leaves 27 spots (64 minus 37) that will be made available to the lower-rated boxers who will have to earn their way into the main draw via a qualifying tournament. Now, with 180 total boxers in the set, and 69 of those (32 plus 37) automatically in the main draw, that leaves 111 for the qualifying tournament, or three more than needed for a two-round elimination tournament.

Thus, six boxers (among those with the lowest rankings) will have to battle in a pre-qualifying round to cut the qualifying field to 108. These six include all five of the “0” rated boxers plus one of the five “1” rated boxers; by random draw, the ever-popular Mel Turnbow is selected to participate in the pre-qualifying activity.

Results and comments from the pre-qualifying round follow:

Mel Turnbow KO 5 Maurice Wheeler

Turnbow draws Maurice Wheeler in the first pre-qualifying matchup. Turnbull takes charge early, dropping Wheeler for an eight-count in the opening stanza. Turnbow is effective punching on the inside in rounds two and four, with the third being Wheeler’s best effort. Then, in round five, Turnbow delivers the coup-de-grace, putting Wheeler down and out.

Levi Forte MD 10 Mike Bruce

Classic boxer versus slugger confrontation with Bruce being the slugger, Forte the boxer. It’s a close bout, and both men being tiring at the same time, after just six rounds. No knockdowns, the only notable event was Forte suffering a cut nose in round eight. Forte takes a narrow MD 10 ((97-95, 96-95, 95-97) to advance.

Kimmuel Odom UD 10 Sedreck Fields

After a lackluster opening round, Odum takes charge, fighting effectively on the inside to take rounds two and three. Fields begins to tire just after the midway point of the bout. Odum does have a round taken from him due to repeatedly fouling. He manages to fight clean the rest of the way, stunning Fields with a big left cross in round eight. Odum goes on to take a UD 10 (97-95, 97-94, 96-94).

PAIRINGS FOR QUALIFYING ROUNDS

The boxers will be divided into 27 groups of four, with each group being assigned one of the lower rated fighters (rated 0 through 3, inclusive), one “4” or “5” rated fighter, and at least one “7” rated fighter. With 31 “7” rated fighters, four groups will have 2 “7”s and there will be one group with a “7” and two “6”s as there are only 26 “4” or “5” rated fighters. The pairings for the respective qualifying groups are as follows:

Group 1: George Chuvalo, David Tua, Brian London, Scott LeDoux
Group 2: Joe Bugner, Carl Morris, Kallie Knoetze, Lynn Ball
Group 3: John L. Sullivan, Luther McCarty, Frans Botha, Quick Tillis
Group 4: Michael Dokes, Steve Hamas, Mike DeJohn, Tye Fields
Group 5: Henry Cooper, Tommy Morrison, Tami Mauriello, Mel Turnbow
Group 6: Ruslan Chagaev, Tony Galento, Lee Savold, Lawrence Clay-Bey
Group 7: Gerry Cooney, Tuffy Griffith, King Levinsky, Johnny Boudreau
Group 8: Greg Page, Andrew Golota, Jeff Merritt, Mitch Green
Group 9: Gus Ruhlin, Joe Choynski, Tony Thompson, Vaughn Bean
Group 10: Bob Baker, Nikolai Valuev, Tom McNeeley, Jimmy Thunder
Group 11: Nino Valdes, Samuel Peter, Bob Satterfield, Jean-Pierre Coopman
Group 12: Mike Weaver, Buster Mathis, Randy Neumann, Ron Stander
Group 13: Elmer Ray, Jim Maloney, Arturo Godoy, Ray Austin
Group 14: Zora Folley, Roland LaStarza, Buddy Baer, Jesse Ferguson
Group 15: Tommy Jackson, Donovan Ruddock, Larry Middleton, Leroy Caldwell
Group 16: Melio Bettina, Rex Layne, Lou Savarese, Willi Besmanoff
Group 17: Robert Cleroux, Mac Foster, Chuck Wepner, Jose Urtain
Group 18: Oliver McCall, Leon Spinks, Tommy Farr, Alfredo Evangelista
Group 19: Luis Firpo, Gunboat Smith, Lamon Brewster, Kimmuel Odom
Group 20: Joey Maxim, James Braddock, Bob Foster, Levi Forte
Group 21: Paulino Uzcudan, Johnny Risko, Renaldo Snipes, Dino Denis
Group 22: Trevor Berbick, Joe Goddard, Tex Cobb, Gerhard Zech
Group 23: Leotis Martin, Frank Bruno, Cesar Brion, Jurgen Blin
Group 24: Primo Carnera, Shannon Briggs, Don Cockell, Brian Minto
Group 25: Alexander Povetkin, Gregorio Peralta, Alejandro Lavorante, Pedro Lovell
Group 26: Karl Mildenberger, Thad Spencer, Duane Bobick, Rudi Lubbers
Group 27: Lou Nova, Tomasz Adamek, Siarhei Liakovich, Terry Daniels

More to follow in subsequent posts …
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Great stuff! Of course, I had to do the exact same thing as you are doing, with a very similar setup. i.e. single elimination, all time great and use all 180 boxers.

I decided to go with the top 76 seeded to the second round (of 128) with the remaining 104 fighting 52 bouts to fill out the 128 bracket. Everyone rated 7 and below (with the exception of seven "7"s I chose to seed through) will be in the 104 bracket. Paired randomly. I used to seed my tourneys but I had too many boring opening round fights. Now I always just seed randomly to see what I get.

First up, Vaughn Bean vs. Joey Maxim in my tournament.

And funny you mentioned Mel Turnbow (and YAY! for his win!!). I am going to call mine the "Mel Turnbow Memorial All-Time Tournament". (He passed in December of 2013 a few months ago.)

I will also be subscribing to follow how YOUR tournament goes!
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I remember sitting next to Scott LeDoux back in the 80's during a local fight card and chatting boxing history. Got his autograph but sadly lost it at some time. RIP.
 
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Just a note on the timing, this a long-term project, but I am striving to complete an average of one bout per day which – with close to 180 bouts to run – puts the completion time down to some time around six months.

Results of six of the initial round of qualifying bouts are in. (McDog, the aforementioned Scott LeDoux just happened to be randomly drawn among the first group of fighters). Here are the results and some highlights:

Brian London UD 10 George Chuvalo

Big upset of one of the seeded guys in the first qualifying matchup. Chuvalo suffered a bloody nose in round two, and things went from bad to worse as he tried repeatedly to apply pressure to London, who wisely decided not to mix it up on the inside with the wily Canadian. Despite a huge edge in starting endurance, Chuvalo began to tire badly in rounds seven and eight, as London wound up with a fairly decisive points edge on all three cards (98-92, 98-93, 97-93).

David Tua MD 10 Scott LeDoux

Tua floored LeDoux in the opening round with a big combination and, despite taking an eight count and substantial additional punishment, LeDoux survived that round and the next by covering up and staying outside. Tua appeared to be well on his way to victory when a foul cost him the sixth round. He nonetheless did just enough to claim a narrow MD 10 win (95-94, 97-92, 96-96) but credit LeDoux for recovering from a very poor start to make a contest of this one.

Joe Bugner KO 4 Lynn Ball

Not much of a contest here. Both men struggled with early cuts, then Bugner moved inside to dominate the action in round three. Ball, throwing caution to the win, went for the knockout in round four, leaving himself open to a Bugner left cross that put Ball down and out.

Carl Morris TKO 4 Kallie Knoetze

Another bout that was over fairly quickly, as Morris stunned Knoetze in the opening round with a big right cross, then moved inside in round two, dishing out more punishment including a huge left hook that forced Knoetze to cover up in order to last the round. Morris kept up the pressure, dropping Knoetze with a left hook in round three. Then, in round four, Knoetze decided his only chance was to hold his ground and mix it up with Morris, who scored a second KD with a left cross and was poised to end matters for good until the ref stepped in to save a battered Knoetze from further punishment.

Luther McCarty UD 10 Quick Tillis

Another one-sided affair, with McCarty demonstrating superior punching prowess while all Tillis could offer was solid chin (KOR rating of 1) as he took a pounding – a severe cut over his right eye plus two late KDs which sealed the win for McCarty (98-90, 98-91 and 98-91 were the official counts). As a side-note, I never could understand where Tillis earned the nickname “Quick,” as in the one televised I remember, when he was demolished by Pinklon Thomas, he seemed anything but.

John L. Sullivan TKO 9 Frans Botha


First real-life HW Champion to make an appearance, the great John L. Sullivan, and he does not disappoint in an action-packed bout with another slugger, Frans Botha. Sullivan survives despite suffering a small cut over his right eye in the opening round; a strong inside attack in round two wears down his opponent, who gamely takes the fight to Sullivan without success. Sullivan stuns Botha with a big left in round five, and again in round eight with a big uppercut. Botha’s corner throws in the towel at the end of another big round for the “Boston Strong Boy” in round nine.
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Qualifying Rounds, Part 2

Next up, six more first round qualifying bouts from groups 4, 5 and 6.

Steve Hamas TKO 4 Mike DeJohn

Hamas elected to go as a boxer against the slugger DeJohn, thereby gaining a control factor. Hamas dominated the action in round one, then pounded away on the inside, dropping DeJohn’s endurance down to 21 after just three rounds. Both men went headhunting in round four, but it backfired for DeJohn who was caught with a right hook just before the end of the round. While DeJohn was able to beat the count, he had suffered enough punishment for the ref to call a halt. TKO win for Hamas.

Tye Fields TKO 2 Michael Dokes

After a close first round, Fields decided to throw caution to the wind, going for the knockout as he realized his chances against Dokes were slim were the bout to go the distance. Dokes, for his part, took on the posture of a slugger, eschewing the extra control factor point. Fields trapped Dokes on the ropes midway through the second round, nailing the favored fighter with a combination. The TKO draw at the end of the round was a high number – bad news for Dokes, who was retired by his corner after round two. Biggest upset thus far, with a “2” ranked fighter beating a “7.”

Henry Cooper TKO 2 Mel Turnbow

This was the end of the road for the celebrated Mel Turnbow, who was floored early in round two by a Cooper combination, taking an eight-count and then going down a second time for a nine-count before the bout was halted. Cooper is a dangerous opponent provided he can avoid his susceptibility (some might call it an Achilles’ heel) to cuts.

Tommy Morrison SD 10 Tami Mauriello

First matchup of two “6” rated fighters, so it’s not surprising that it was a close one and, with two sluggers doing battle, there was plenty of action throughout. Morrison trailed early, suffering a cut lip in the opening round as Mauriello relied on his superior endurance to try to wait for Tommy to punch himself out. In round six, an already tired Morrison was dropped for a four-count from a nice combination, and it looked like he might not survive, yet alone pull off the win, but a spectacular rally fueled by a big turnaround in round seven, plus a KD in round nine, turned the trick. Both men were marked, Mauriello with a big gash over his right eye and a swollen left eye in addition to numerous cuts and bruises. In the end, the bout went down to the final round ending in a split duke going to Tommy “the Duke” Morrison (94-95, 96-94, 97-94 on the judges’ cards).

Tony Galento KO 9 Lawrence Clay-Bey

“Two Ton” Tony was relentless in the opening few rounds, working inside and then trying hard to deliver the knockout in rounds three and four. To the surprise of many, Clay-Bey lasted into the later rounds, despite being trapped in the corner in round three and hammered repeatedly in round five. Galento just was unable to deliver a finishing blow until he finally connected with a right cross with less than a minute left in the ninth round to finally end matters.

Ruslan Chagaev KO 6 Lee Savold

It took a few rounds for the higher rated Chagaev to find the range, while Savold undertook a fairly passive approach to the bout. It worked until Chagaev began to land some heavy leather on the inside, both in round four and again in round six, when he decked Savold with a left cross late in the round. Savold was counted out, a KO win for Chagaev who advances.

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Really enjoying reading your fight recaps. A couple of your recaps make it sound like you might be using the strategy cards in your bouts. Is this the case?

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Qualifying, Round 1 , Part 3

Mark (or is it Roland LaStarza?), yes, I use strategy options starting the second round of each bout, what makes sense for each boxer, subject to limitations of the rules (five uses in a 10-round bout, etc.) and what is listed on the boxer card.

More qualifying bouts from Groups 7 through 9 are next. (Also, as happened once below, bouts that end in a draw will be replayed immediately until there is a winner.)

Tuffy Griffith SD 10 King Levinsky

Not very much to choose from these two; Levinsky pulled ahead in the middle rounds after Griffith lost round four due to repeated fouling, while a Levinsky uppercut found the range and decked Griffith in round five. From then on, despite tiring from round seven on, Griffith won most of the rounds and took a narrow split duke by the counts of 96-95, 94-96, 96-94. (Ironically, while playing this bout Griffith was also paired up in a matchup in my historical universe using the computer version, except he lost that bout.)

Gerry Cooney TD 3 Johnny Boudreaux
Gerry Cooney UD 10 Johnny Boudreaux (replay)

Cooney was expected to have an easy time with Boudreaux, but in the first meeting a butt cut led to an early stoppage and a technical draw after two KDs in the opening round had Cooney well on his way to victory. In the rematch, Cooney registered KDs in rounds one, three and eight but still could not finish his opponent. The lopsided decision for Cooney (98-91, 98-91 and 100-90 on the judges’ cards) was a foregone conclusion, allowing Cooney to advance.

Jeff Merritt TKO 4 Greg Page

Another surprising result. Page fell behind the more aggressive Merritt in the opening round, suffering from a gash over his left eye in the process. Merritt moved inside in round two, trapping Page in the corner for much of the round. A listless Page was unable to get much going and was eliminated after Merritt scored enough points for the automatic TKO by the end of round four.

Andrew Golota SD 10 Mitch Green


Golota was expected to dominate in this one, but it was the surprising Green who forced most of the early action before tiring badly in the later rounds. Green covered up twice to survive in rounds four and eight when Golota was threatening to dominate. Surprisingly narrow win (95-96, 96-95, 97-94 on the judges’ cards) but Golota is through.

Gus Ruhlin UD 10 Tiny Thompson

Both men were down in this one, with Ruhlin decking Thompson in the fifth with a nice combination, but just before the bell in round eight Ruhlin got careless and was floored by a left from Thompson. However, Ruhlin, the slugger, was by far the more effective puncher, particularly on the inside, and he took a comfortable UD 10 (97-91, 98-90, 99-90) to move on to the second round of qualifying.

Joe Choynski MD 10 Vaughn Bean

Choynski found Bean to be a tough opponent, so he patiently waited him out, which took until then end of round eight when Bean ran out of energy and strategy options aw well. A strong finish, winning rounds seven through nine on all three cards, was enough to secure the win (96-96, 97-94 and 96-94 were the final score counts), and Choynski advances against a tricky, underrated opponent.
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Glad to see new results when I checked back in! Good stuff to read.

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Qualifying, Round 1 , Part 4
Next up, after a brief hiatus, the results of six first round qualifying bouts from Groups 10-12.

Bob Baker TKO 8 Jimmy Thunder

Baker comes in as the heavy favorite, and he elects to remain passive through the early rounds, waiting for Thunder to punch himself out. Then, after Thunder has used up all his endurance and strategy options by the end of round six, Baker begins to go on the offensive. He moves inside and has a big round seven, and a round later, he drops Thunder with a nice combination. Although Thunder is able to beat the count, the after-effects of the KD plus the punishment dished out in the prior round causes the ref to call an early end, so Baker advances via a TKO win.

Nikolai Valuev UD 10 Tom McNeeley


Things get off to a rocky start for Valuev, who suffers a cut over his left eye in the opening round. Fortunately, the cut is not reopened although a couple of other minor cuts (under the left eye and on the nose) appear, As a consequence, Valuev takes several rounds to gain his bearings and begin landing some telling blows against McNeeley’s rather weak chin and defense. In round seven, McNeeley goes down twice, once from a right cross and then from a Valuev uppercut. McNeeley barely manages to beat the count and survives into the final round, despite being stunned a couple of times more. The cards (98-91, 96-92, 97-93) accurately reflect Valuev’s dominance in this bout.

Nino Valdes KO 4 Jean-Pierre Coopman

Very much of a mismatch, with the Cuban slugger going in as a big favorite. He delievered with a big left hook that dazed Coopman in round three. Then he put the Belgian on the deck in the fourth with a right uppercut, before delivering the coup-de-grace with a combination that put Coopman down and out.

Samuel Peter TKO 3 Bob Satterfield

Things did not go well in the opening couple of rounds for the higher rated Peter, who went down in the opening round from a Satterfield combination. Satterfield followed up with a solid second round, working inside effectively. Peter countered by moving inside in the third, connecting with a nice combination that put Satterfield down for an eight-count. After that, Peter’s killer instinct kicked in, and Satterfield was literally out on his feet before the action was halted before more damage could be done. Peter advances to meet Valdes in the second qualifying round.

Mike Weaver SD 10 Randy Neumann

Weaver had all sorts of problems with Neumann, falling behind early and suffering a severe cut over his left eye that almost ended the bout early, in round four. Fortunately, the cut did not factor in the outcome and, after both men were tired, Weaver came through by taking the last two rounds, punctuating the win with a left cross that dropped Neumann in round 10. The cards read: 99-94 Weaver, 94-97 Neumann, 97-94 Weaver, so Weaver advances by the narrowest of margins after struggling in the early going.

Buster Mathis UD 10 Ron Stander


On paper, this looked to be an easy win for Mathis, but it actually turned out to be the first controversial decision of the tournament. Mathis got off to a horrendous start, suffering a cut lip in the first round and then felled twice by Stander in round five. Despite the two knockdowns, all three judges called the round 10-9 for Stander instead of 10-8 or better. Stander, going for the knockout, used up all his strategy options by the end of round six, and Mathis battled back to take the last four rounds and end up a UD 10 winner (97-94, 97-95, 97-94) although Stander deserved better; if not a draw, at least a narrower margin.


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Qualifying Round 1, Part 5

Six more qualifying bouts in the book (Groups 13-15).

Jim Maloney TKO 6 Ray Austin


Maloney dominated the action, wearing Austin down with a strong inside attack in rounds two and three. In round six, Maloney dished out more punishment, stunning Austin but was unable to deliver a knockout blow. Austin, out of energy, retired in the corner at the end of round six.

Elmer Ray UD 10 Arturo Godoy

Ray, the favorite in this bout, seemed to labor a bit in the opening few rounds, but in reality he was wearing Godoy down. The Chilean, stunned by a Ray combination in round five, and then a left hook in round six, began to tire and (having used up his strategy options) was no competition for Ray in the later rounds. However, Ray was unable to put the solid chinned Godoy down and had to settle for a one-sided UD 10 win (score counts were 100-91, 98-91, 98-93).

Zora Folley UD 10 Buddy Baer

Max’s younger brother, Buddy, proved to be a tricky opponent as he was looking to land one big shot but also was off target and not in control much of the time. Folley started well, with a big opening round, weakening Baer’s defenses as a result. Buddy got in a few big shots, but tired early, so Folley advanced with a fairly routine UD 10 win (98-92, 97-93, 96-93 on the scorecards) after failing to knock Baer out.

Jesse Ferguson UD 10 Roland LaStarza


This bout was predicted as an easy win for the slick-boxing LaStarza, but it did not turn out that way. Ferguson took charge early, taking command on the inside and causing LaStarza to switch strategy to a more aggressive approach after trailing and running low on energy after the first half of the bout. LaStarza had Ferguson in trouble briefly in round seven, but Jesse covered up and went on to score the upset win (99-94, 96-95, 98-94 on the scorecards).

Tommy Jackson KO 1 Leroy Caldwell


This one didn’t last very long – midway through the opening round a right uppercut from Jackson found its target, putting the weak-chinned Caldwell down and out.

Donovan “Razor” Ruddock UD 10 Larry Middleton

Close bout for a couple of rounds, then Ruddock took charge on the inside in round three. Then, Middleton surprised Ruddock by putting him on the deck with a left uppercut in round four. Middleton could not follow up as he suffered a cut over right eye in round five. Big round six for Ruddock as Middleton began to tire early. Ruddock kept up the pressure after failing to knock Middleton out, taking a fairly comfortable UD 10 win (97-94, 98-92, 96-93), coming off the canvas to register an impressive win.

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Qualifying Round 1, Part 6

Next up, six more first round qualifying bouts from Groups 16-18.

Rex Layne UD 10 Willie Besmanoff

Besmanoff, a fringe contender at best, was no match for Layne, who put Besmanoff down for a five-count with a right cross in the opening round, then followed up by working inside but had to settle for a decision win after Besmanoff was able to cover up to last the two rounds he was in trouble (rounds one and seven). Layne did not impress but was never in much danger from his light-hitting opponent, taking the UD 10 by the scores of 97-94, 96-95, 97-93.

Lou Savarese MD 10 Melio Bettina

The higher rated Bettina was in trouble from the outset, being dropped in the opening round by a Savarese combination, then again near the end of round two. Bettina, who was warned for a low blow in round two and then cut over the eye in round four, battled back, keeping the bout close until he had a big round seven, stunning Savarese twice, once with an uppercut and a second time with a big cross. However, Savarese covered up to survive the round, and managed to hang on to register the upset (although one judge called it a 95-95 draw, the other two had Savarese ahead by 97-94).

Chuck Wepner KO 2 Mac Foster

This one didn’t last that long. After a lackluster opening round, both men pressed the action, with Wepner landing the first big punch: a right uppercut that put Foster down and out. Wepner, aka “the Bayonne Bleeder,” reaches the second qualifying round in a minor upset.

Robert Cleroux TKO 5 Jose Urtain


This bout was fairly close for four rounds, with Urtain moving inside to take round four after Cleroux had a strong round in round two. Then, in the fifth, Cleroux broke down Urtain’s defenses, scoring first with a powerful right uppercut then delivering with a left cross that put Urtain on the deck. Having seen enough, the ref stepped in to save Urtain from further punishment. TKO win for Cleroux, who advances.

Oliver McCall KO 5 Tommy Farr

McCall found himself firing and missing repeatedly in the early going against the feather-fisted but defensive-minded Farr, who proved an elusive target. After moving inside with some limited success in round four, McCall unloaded with a big combination in round five that put Farr down and out – kind of surprise knockout that came out of nowhere, as Farr was holding his own up to that point.

Leon Spinks UD 10 Alfredo Evangelista

”Neon Leon” struggled early, leaving himself open for an Evangelista left hook that put him on the deck briefly in round three. He bounced back quickly, with a big round four, landing a big left that stunned the Spaniard. Once Evangelista began to tire, Spinks was able to relax, winning the last four rounds to seal the win (96-94, 96-94, 98-94) to advance.

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Qualifying Round 1, Part 7

Back into this project after a long hiatus, six more bouts to report ...

Gunboat Smith UD 10 Lamon Brewster (after extra round)

The two are fairly evenly matched, with Smith being a bit more accurate and skilled than the wild-swinging Brewster. Both men are cut in the opening round, and Brewster tries unsuccessfully to move inside in round two. In round three, Smith moves inside and staggers Brewster with a left uppercut. Later in the same round, Brewster returns the favor, staggering Smith with a nice combination right before the bell. Smith tries to knock out Brewster in round four, but he is only able to land a few shots. Retreating to the outside, Gunboat has better success in round five. Even at this early stage, Brewster is beginning to tire and, by the end of the bout, both eyes are starting to swell from the effect of Smith’s blows. Despite these problems, Brewster is able to land some good shots (one a left combination, the other a left hook) to regain the edge in round eight. Then, in the final scheduled round of 10, a right uppercut scores for Brewster. The cards are read, and it is a draw: 96-4 Brewster on one card, 95-94 for Smith on another, and then 94-even on a third card. Under the rules in effect, there will be an extra round rather than a rematch (as happened with a technical draw in an earlier bout). Smith goes on to dominate the action in the extra round, stunning Brewster with a powerful combination to guarantee advancement, eliminating Brewster.

Luis Firpo KO 2 Kimmuel Odom

The “Wild Bull of the Pampas” enters the bout as a prohibitive favorite against one of the “0” rated boxers to survive the preliminary round of qualifying. Firpo wastes little time, stunning Odom with a right combination in the opening stanza, but he is unable to put away his opponent until midway through the second, when a right cross does the job -- Odom drops to the canvas and cannot beat the count.

James Braddock UD 10 Levi Forte

As expected, this was a one-sided affair as Braddock, the “Cinderella Man,” had little difficulty in handling Forte, despite a slow start that had Forte winning the opening round. Braddock landed a nice combination in round five, but struggled with his timing in the fifth round, an even round, when he tried to step up the pace and aggression. He did manage one knockdown, landing a right cross just before the bell in round seven, leaving no time to finish the job after Forte arose at the count of five. One more strong blow – a left hook in round nine – left Forte stunned and momentarily vulnerable but, once again, Braddock could not take advantage of this opportunity and had to settle for a very comfortable UD 10 (98-91, 99-91, 98-91 on the judges’ cards) to advance over outclassed competition.

Joey Maxim UD 10 Bob Foster

A matchup of two skilled LH Champions who – like many others – did not enjoy the same level of success when stepping up to HW. The light-hitting Maxim is able to control much of the action, keeping Foster away with some excellent defense. Foster does manage to move inside and take round three, but it has little effect on the defensive-minded Maxim. Foster goes for the knockout in round five, and again in round seven, landing a couple of good shots but nothing to seriously trouble Maxim. Maxim turns back a late surge from Foster in the final round to seal the win. Final scores are 96-94, 96-95 and 98-93, all for Maxim.

Johnny Risko SD 10 John Dino Denis

Two light-hitting boxers are paired together, and the result is a fairly mundane bout although Denis – the more aggressive of the two – keeps it interesting by landing some good shots – a left hook in round five, a right cross in round six, and right uppercuts later in round six and again in round nine – but Risko’s defense holds firm, and the “Cleveland Rubber Man” does just enough to take the split duke, 97-94, 94-97 for Denis, 96-95,

Paulino Uzcudan SD 10 Reinaldo Snipes

Reinaldo Snipes takes on the “Basque Woodchopper,” Spanish HW Paulino Uzcudan, in a boxer versus slugger matchup. Uzcudan dominates the action for the first two rounds, cutting off the ring effectively and landing some good shots – opening up a nasty gash over Snipes’ left eye – and forcing Snipes to cover up to survive the onslaught. However, as the bout wears on, Uzcudan is repeatedly off target and kept off balance by Snipes, who takes the third and fourth rounds, landing a few good shots of his own in the process. He also opens a cut on Uzcudan’s mouth that is reopened a couple of times, enough to cause some worry for the Spaniard’s corner. Uzcudan, frustrated at his inability to put Snipes away early in the bout, decides to bide his time and go for the knockout later, after Snipes has worn himself out. This strategy works, to a degree, as Snipes topples to the deck – courtesy of a nice uppercut from Uzcudan – just as the bell sounds to end round eight. In the end, the one knockdown is enough to enable Uzcudan to squeak through –- 97-96 and 97-95 on two of the three judges’ cards – while the third had it 96-95 for Snipes. One of the more interesting bouts thus far.
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Qualifying Round 1, Part 8

Six more bouts (Qualifying Groups 21 – 24) are in the books.

Trevor Berbick UD 10 Randall “Tex” Cobb

Cobb’s aggressive, hell-for-leather approach makes for an interesting contrast with the more multi-talented Berbick. Tex takes the opening round, but then Berbick’s superior boxing skills take over, dominating the rest of the first half of the bout. Cobb battles back, landing a left uppercut that backs up Berbick in round six. Berbick regains control in the seventh round, ringing up Cobb with a powerful left hook and then a right uppercut. He moves inside to take rounds seven and eight, wearing down a weary Cobb who does gamely manage a late surge with a huge round nine, but in the end it is not enough as Berbick wins all three judges by the scores of 97-93, 96-95, 98-96.

Joe Goddard MD 10 Gerhard Zech

Goddard elects to fight as a boxer to lower Zech’s control factor, but it still makes for an interesting bout, as Zech assumes the role of aggressor and Goddard, for his part, is not afraid to mix it up with the German. Slight edge to Goddard heading into an action-packed round seven that sees both men going for the KO. This redounds to Goddard’s benefit, as he catches Zech with a big left hook, putting Zech on the deck for an eight-count. Goddard follows with a second KD in round eight as a right uppercut finds its target, followed by a left cross, but on both occasions Zech is able to regain his footing. Then, near the end of round nine, Zech lands a left hook that puts Goddard down briefly. The rest of the fight goes off without incident, and the scorecards show two judges scoring it 95-94 for Goddard, while a third had the bout even, 96-96. Close call for Goddard, who advances over an aggressive and game opponent.

Leotis Martin TD 4 Cesar Brion
Leotis Martin TKO 10 Cesar Brion

After a butt cut caused a premature end to their first encounter (resulting in a technical draw as less than five rounds were in the books), the rematch resulted in a dominating performance by Martin, who took charge early, opening a cut over the left eye of Brion in the second round, then landing a combination for the bout’s first knockdown in round four. It wasn’t until the final round of 10 that Martin finished the job, scoring with a right cross and then firing an uppercut for a second KD. A few more punches and the ref called a halt with seconds remaining.

Frank Bruno MD 10 Jurgen Blin

Blin made a surprisingly strong showing against the powerful Bruno, recovering from a poor start in which he was decked by a Bruno right cross in round two. Blin battled back and managed to keep the bout close until Bruno connected with another left cross to put Blin down for a second time in the final round. The rugged German fighter regained his footing and last until the final bell. The judges had it 98-93, 96-94 for Bruno, with one judge calling it a draw (95-even).

Primo Carnera TKO 2 Brian Minto

Minto was warned for rabbit punching in round one, took the opening round, and then both men locked horns on the inside in round two. Carnera seized control of the bout at this point, staggering Minto with a big left hook and then dominating the action until the ref stepped in with just a few seconds remaining. TKO 2 for “the Ambling Alp” who advances.

Shannon Briggs TKO 7 Don Cockell

Plenty of action in this matchup as neither fighter was afraid to mix it up on the inside. Big round two for the Brit, Cockell, but he could not follow up in round two. Briggs took charge in round five, winning several exchanges on the inside and stunning Cockell with a huge right cross. He opened a cut over Cockell’s right eye in the sixth, and the end came a round later following a devastating left hook that put Cockell down for a seven-count. Cockell arose, but then a right hook buckled his knees, causing the ref to step in and save Cockell from further punishment.
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Qualifying Round 1, Part 9

Here are the results from the final set of six first round qualifying matches.

Alexander Povetkin UD 10 Pedro Lovell

Povetkin entered the bout as a heavy favorite, and he pulled ahead on points by taking the opening round. However, Lovell stunned the Russian with a left uppercut and managed to take round two with some effective fighting on the inside. Povetkin turned things around by landing some good shots of his own to dominate the action in rounds three and four. The Russian continued to pile up points through the middle rounds but was slowed by a cut over his right eye suffered in round seven. Both men tired in the late rounds, and Povetkin went on to a fairly comfortable win (97-92, 99-92 and 97-94 were the scores on the judges’ cards).

Gregorio Peralta KO 3 Alejandro Lavorante

This one didn’t last long. In an action-packed round three, Lavorante surprised Peralta with a huge left hook early in the round. However, Lavorante could not follow up and later in the round, Peralta took charge, decking Lavorante with a clean, short left uppercut. Lavorante could not beat the count, so Peralta advances.

Karl Mildenberger KO 6 Rudi Lubbers

Mildenberger was expected to have little difficulty with the journeyman Dutch heavyweight, but things did not go according to the script in the opening two rounds as Lubbers sent Mildenberger to the canvas with a right uppercut in the opening stanza; Mildenberger arose at the count of nine and was forced to cover up to prevent further damage. Another big round for Lubbers in the second, and at this point Mildenberger was looking very worn, with noticeable swelling under his left eye. The German HW regrouped, landing and big left hook and some other sharp blows that opened and re-opened a cut on Lubbers’ lip in round three. From here on, Lubbers became less of a threat, and Mildenberger brought the bout to a conclusion when he used his left to set up a combination that put Lubbers down and out in round six.

Duane Bobick TKO 6 Thad Spencer


Good action bout and the more aggressive fighter, Bobick, was rewarded with a mild upset. After landing a couple of good shots in the second round, Bobick was thwarted in round four by some good defense from Spencer. Undaunted, he began looking for the knockout, stunning his opponent with a right uppercut early in the fifth. Despite Spencer’s efforts to cover up, Bobick was able to get in some more good shots, the last being a right hook which buckled Spencer’s knees. After weathering the storm, Spencer again became target practice for Bobick, who followed up with a big left cross, a right hook, and finally a big uppercut that staggered his opponent. After a few more blows, the ref had send enough, declaring Bobick the winner via a 6th round TKO.

Lou Nova TKO 9 Siarhei Liakovich

The light-hitting Liakovich did not pose much of a threat to the harder-hitting Nova, who dominated most of the action, dropping Liakovich at the end of the first and then again with a left uppercut in the sixth. Nova waited until Liakovich was worn down and out of options before unloading with more shots, stunning the Russian with a left cross in round eight. A big uppercut and some more punches connected in round nine before the cumulative effect of the blows caused the ref to call a halt.

Tomasz Adamek KO 8 Terry Daniels


Another one-sided affair. Adamek moved inside, doing damage in round two. In round seven, Daniels was cut over his right eye which also began to swell up from the accumulation of blows landed by Adamek. A perfect left hook from Adamek finished off Daniels near the end of round eight.

Matchups for the second (and final) round of qualifying are as follows:

Brian London vs David Tua
Joe Bugner vs Carl Morris
Luther McCarty vs John L. Sullivan
Steve Hamas vs Tye Fields
Henry Cooper vs Tommy Morrison
Tony Galento vs Ruslan Chagaev
Tuffy Griffith vs Gerry Cooney
Jeff Merritt vs Andrew Golota
Gus Ruhlin vs Joe Choynski
Bob Baker vs Nikolai Valuev
Nino Valdes vs Samuel Peter
Mike Weaver vs Buster Mathis
Jim Maloney vs Elmer Ray
Zora Folley vs Jesse Ferguson
Tommy Jackson vs Donovan Ruddock
Rex Layne vs Lou Savarese
Chuck Wepner vs Robert Cleroux
Oliver McCall vs Leon Spinks
Gunboat Smith vs Luis Firpo
James Braddock vs Joey Maxim
Johnny Risko vs Paulino Uzcudun
Trevor Berbick vs Joe Goddard
Leotis Martin vs Frank Bruno
Primo Carnera vs Shannon Briggs
Alexander Povetkin vs Gregorio Peralta
Karl Mildenberger vs Duane Bobick
Lou Nova vs Tomasz Adamek
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 1

Results of the first three second round qualifying bouts are in. Here are the results, winners advancing to the main draw of the tournament.

David Tua UD 10 Brian London

This turned out to be a good action bout, with both men registering knockdowns although neither could deliver a KO punch. Tua was the aggressor in the early going, dropping London for a five-count in round two with a nice combination. Late in round three, he followed with a second KD, this time a left uppercut did the damage. Two more KDs in round five, and London seemed ready to be counted out, but judicious use of the cover up in round six enabled him to stay in the bout. A left cross from London in round seven put a surprised Tua on the deck briefly, but Tua recovered and went on to take a fairly comfortable UD 10 win (99-91, 99-92 and 97-93 on the judges’ scorecards).

Joe Bugner MD 10 Carl Morris


An entertaining bout, as Morris had the upper hand, winning the opening two rounds, stunning Bugner with a big left hook midway through round two. After Bugner suffered a cut over his right eye in the third round, Morris appeared to be well on his way to victory. However, Bugnerwas able to recover, turning the bout into a real slugfest, nailing Morris with some good uppercuts to mount an effective rally, winning most of the later rounds to emerge victorious. The scores were 97-95 and 96-94 for Bugner, while a third judge called it a draw (95-even).

John L. Sullivan KO 10 Luther McCarty

Another highly interesting encounter, and John L., “the Boston Strongboy,” was lucky to walk away the winner, after trailing on points and trapping McCarty in the corner, unloading with a left cross to register the final round knockout. Sullivan himself had been down in the prior round, the ninth, after being stunned earlier in the round by a McCarty uppercut. In the earlier rounds, Sullivan had been the aggressor – bullying his way inside but often misfiring while in an advantageous position at close range.
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 2

Three more HWs advance to the main draw.

Tye Fields MD 10 Steve Hamas


Hamas entered the match as the heavy favorite, taking on the lowest-ranked boxer left, the “2” rated Fields. However, Fields had other ideas, landing a right cross to pull ahead with a huge round three. Despite being slowed by a butt cut in round four, Fields battled back and then dominated the action in round seven, putting Hamas down with a combination and following up with another combination, a right uppercut and a left hook that left Hamas reeling. Hamas was able to put up a decent performance in the remaining rounds to last the distance, but the nod went to Fields (97-93 and 96-92 on two judges’ cards, while a third had it even, 94-all) to make him the lowest ranked fighter to advance to the main draw.

Henry Cooper KO 6 Tommy Morrison


Two sluggers going at it, making for an entertaining bout that ended in a knockout. Cooper dominated the action in the first couple of rounds, hurting Morrison with a big left hook. Morrison battled back, scoring with a big left hook that rocked Cooper in round three. Morrison continued to swing away, but with mixed results. Cooper patiently waited for his opportunity, and it came midway through round six, when a picture-perfect right hook sent Morrison to the canvas for a ten-count.

Ruslan Chagaev KO 9 Tony Galento

“Two Ton” Tony Galento took on the mantle of aggressor in the early rounds, and Chagaev was content to wait until the heavier man punched himself out. A quick left from Chagaev put Galento down in round one, but Tony quickly recovered. Chagaev’s long-term strategy worked as, by the end of round seven, Galento was beginning to tire. A left hook stunned Galento midway through round eight, and by the end of the round, Galento’s left eye was beginning to show the effects by starting to swell. Then, in round nine, Chagaev landed a powerful left uppercut that put Galento down and out.
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 3

A couple of minor upsets as the lower rated boxer wins in two of these bouts.

Tuffy Griffith UD 10 Gerry Cooney

Cooney entered the bout as a slight favorite, but Griffith switched to boxer to make things tougher for
”Gentleman Gerry.” A frustrated Cooney, behind on points after a subpar opening round, tried to land some heavy bombs but misfired repeatedly, although in round six he did succeed in opening a cut over the left eye of Griffith. The cut did not become a factor, and Griffith became stronger and stronger in the later rounds, sealing the win with a huge round nine, which saw Cooney down twice, once from a combination and from a right uppercut right before the bell. With his right eye beginning to puff up, Cooney was a beaten fighter, as demonstrated when the cards were read: 97-92, 97-93, 97-92, all for Griffith, the upset winner.

Andrew Golota TKO 2 Jeff Merritt

Not much of a contest in this one. After a lackluster opening round, Golota took charge in round two, dropping Golota with a right cross and then following up with a left hook for a second KD in the same round, leading to an early stoppage.

Joe Choynski UD 10 Gus Ruhlin


Two fighters with similar styles from the same era square off, making for an interesting matchup. Choynski strikes first in round two, moving inside and penetrating Ruhlin’s defenses with a series of blows; Ruhlin remains upright but begins sucking wind and also exhibits signs of swelling under his right eye. The two mix it up in round five, and a right hook and a combination from Choynski result in the first two KDs of the bout. A right hook from Choynski registers for a third KD in round six. Another big round for Choynski in round eight, and by this time Ruhlin’s right eye is swollen shut. His vision impaired, he becomes a sitting target for Choynski, and a round later, Ruhlin’s other eye begins to puff up. Ruhlin manages to survive into the final round, when he is dropped for a fourth time by a Choynski uppercut. The four KDs are more
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 4

Bob Baker UD 10 Nikolai Valuev

Kind of a boring bout most of the way, as Baker (the boxer) controlled the bout without not doing much of an aggressive nature until late in the bout, after Valuev had begun to tire. Baker was able to dish out some punishment, though, and Valuev’s right eye began to swell at the end of round three and was swollen shut by the end of the seventh. Easy UD 10 win for Baker (98-92, 98-93 and 98-92 on the scorecards).

Nino Valdes KO 6 Samuel Peter

Best action bout thus far, with two sluggers matched up – and both men tasted the canvas in this one and Valdes, near defeat after going down twice in round six, got up off the deck to win it with a powerful right uppercut for a shocking KO late in that same round. Peter, despite a control factor deficit, managed to dominate on the inside with a huge round three. Both men elected to mix it up in an action packed round five, which saw Peter putting Valdes down with a left uppercut. Valdes got off the canvas and nailed Peter with a right cross late in the round. Next round, Peter struck first with a big left for another KD and then Valdes was put down for a seven-count with a right uppercut. Peter needed one more shot to finish Valdes, who instead responded with the winning KO blow. Great two-way action in this one, and the Cuban advances to the main draw.

Mike Weaver UD 10 Buster Mathis


Weaver worked inside in the opening rounds and pulled ahead to a solid points lead by the midway point. Mathis suffered from a swollen right eye from the early stages, then late in the bout, his other eye began to swell. Mathis did put Weaver down briefly, in round eight, following up on a right uppercut with a nice combination. Weaver was quick to recover, punishing Mathis with a combination followed by a right uppercut in the ninth round en route to a solid UD win (scores were 98-92, 98-94, 95-93).

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Qualifying Round 2, Part 5

Three more bouts in the books ...

Jim Maloney SD 10 Elmer Ray

Two sluggers square off in what promises to be a good action bout. Both men suffer cuts in the first three rounds, and Maloney seizes the initiative, winning several key inside exchanges in round three. Then, in round five, he stuns Ray with a right uppercut but cannot finish “Kid Violent.” Ray is quick to regain his composure, unleashing a barrage of blows, including a big right cross, then unleashing a powerful combination. Big round six for Ray, but Maloney remains upright. Round seven goes for Maloney, and by this time, Ray is running out of gas and also battling swelling under both eyes as a result of the punishment dished out by Maloney. Both men slow the pace in the later rounds, and, in the end, two of the three judges see it for Maloney (scores of 95-93 and 96-92) to just one for Ray (95-94) so, by the narrowest of margins, and in a minor upset, Maloney reaches the main draw.

Zora Folley UD 10 Jesse Ferguson (after extra round)

Tough battle with Folley emphasizing his superior boxing skills against the upset-minded Ferguson. Both men get in some big shots early on, Ferguson landing a left uppercut in the second while Folley connects with a left hook in the third. Ferguson is the aggressor through much of the fight, but he loses out on some crucial inside exchanges in round five, coming away with a rapidly swelling left eye as a result. However, Ferguson recovers quickly, and he continues to fire away in round seven that sees both men land some telling shots. Folley appears to be winning the bout on points when he gets a bit complacent, losing two of the final three rounds. The scorecards after 10 have it even (98-96 Ferguson, 96-95 Folley, 95-all) which means an extra round is required. This time, Folley makes no mistake, dominating the action to assure advancement to the main tournament.

Tommy Jackson MD 10 Donovan Ruddock

Tough matchup for the hard-hitting Ruddock, who was constantly beaten to the punch by the more aggressive Jackson. Jackson pulled ahead to an early lead and drilled Ruddock with a couple of big right uppercuts in round three. Ruddock got in a few good shoits, notably a left hook in round six, but in round nine, he hit the deck and took a nine-count, the victim of a Jackson combination. This should have been sufficient, but one judge actually called it even, a big discrepancy with the other two judges who had Jackson the winner by a wide margin (98-94 and 99-90 compared to 95-all from the third judge).
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 6

Three more bouts, two going overtime, one ending early.

Rex Layne UD 10 Lou Savarese (after extra round)

Another good matchup that leads to a good action bout, and an extra round. Layne pulls ahead after putting Savarese on the deck for an eight-count late in the second round. However, Layne suffered a nasty cut over his right eye early in the bout, and the cut is reopened twice in rounds three and six – one more time and the bout could be over on a cuts stoppage. Meanwhile, a big left hook from Savarese puts Layne down in round five. Layne does more damage and pulls ahead in the middle rounds. Then, in round seven, both men land some heavy leather, each scoring 15 or more points. Savarese appears to be on his way to a loss when he stages a late rally, scoring a late KD with a right uppercut in round 10 to send the bout into overtime (scorecards are 94-94, 95-94 Layne, 95-93 Savarese after regulation). In the extra round, Layne lands a punishing right cross and takes the round by a wide margin (15-7) to earn the nod from all three judges.

Robert Cleroux TKO 1 Chuck Wepner

Wepner, nicknamed the “Bayonne Bleeder,” lived up to his moniker in this one, suffering a cut on the bridge of his nose before a massive gash was opened by Cleroux over his right eye. The cut led to an immediate stoppage, and Cleroux is declared the winner and advances as a result.

Oliver McCall MD 10 Leon Spinks (after extra round)

Another exciting bout that began with Spinks as the aggressor. However, after coming up on the short end of the inside exchanges in round three, McCall had effectively eliminated “Neon Leon” ‘s advantage in this area. The advantage moved back and forth, with McCall winning round four while Spinks took round five. Both men suffered the effects, with McCall suffering from a rapidly swelling right eye as well as a minor cut under his right eye and a bloody nose. Spinks rocked McCall with a left uppercut in round seven, but by the end of the round, he began to feel the effects of rapidly swelling left eye. The bout came down to the wire, with Spinks rallying with a big round nine. After the judges’ cards were read (one for McCall, two calling it even), an extra round was ordered. And, although the results for round 11 were split (one for McCall, one for Spinks, one even), the overall result favored McCall (105-104, 106-106, 106-105), so McCall was declared the winner despite a game effort by Spinks.

NOTE: Procedures for resolving drawn bouts is as followed. An extra round is conducted and, once completed, the round is scored. If there is a clear winner of the round (at least two of the three judges), that fighter is declared the winner. If no clear-cut winner, then the scores of the extra round are added to the respective scores for the rest of the bout, to see if that produces a clear winner (this second tiebreaker method was used in the McCall-Leon Spinks bout, above). Finally, if neither method produces a clear winner, another extra round will be fought, and the same tiebreaking procedures will be employed until there is a clear winner.
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Qualifying Round 2, Part 7

Three more qualify to the main draw.

Gunboat Smith SD 10 Luis Firpo

Firpo, the “Wild Bull of the Pampas,” was the aggressor for most of the bout, moving inside to take the second round but, in rounds five and six, he left himself vulnerable to some strong counterpunching from Gunboat, who decked Firpo in both rounds to pull ahead in the bout. Firpo staged a late rally that was enough to win over just one of the three judges (97-94), but the other two favored Smith (by counts of 98-93 and 95-94) who moved on into the main draw.

Joey Maxim UD 10 James Braddock


Two boxers do battle in what turns out to be a fairly boring encounter. Maxim translates a slight edge in control factor and defense into an early points lead, dominating the action in the middle rounds (winning rounds four through six decisively). Battling back, Braddock stings Maxim with a right uppercut in round eight and, despite some favorable judging in a couple of rounds, he loses the last two rounds decisively to drop a UD 10 to Maxim (97-93, 96-95, 98-94 wound up being the final score counts). Thus, the “Cinderella Man,” Braddock, is eliminated, while Maxim advances to the main draw.

Paulino Uzcudun MD 10 Johnny Risko

The “Basque Woodchopper” (Uzcudun) versus “the Cleveland Rubber Man” (Risko). A fairly boring bout, given the lack of power from the light hitting Risko who was also very hard to knock down. Uzcudun established early control on the inside and gradually sucked the wind out of Risko, forcing the latter to tire badly in the later rounds. Risko lacked the firepower to mount a rally and yet, despite some solid shots from Uzcudun, Risko was never in danger of going down. The scorecounts were 98-93 and 98-92 for Uzcudun, while – unexplicably – a third judge had it 96-all, even. Uzcudun advances.

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Qualifying Round 2, Part 8

Trevor Berbick MD 10 Joe Goddard

Boxer vs slugger confrontation with Berbick, the boxer, demonstrating greater overall skill to win the fight. Berbick started well, taking the opening round, but Goddard moved inside and landed some good shots to take the second. The action heated up with a big round five, and Berbick did just enough to maintain his advantage through the later rounds. No cuts or knockdowns, but Berbick did suffer the effects of an injured right hand from rounds seven on. Final scores were 97-93 and 98-93 for Berbick, while a third judge had it even, 95-all.

Leotis Martin SD 10 Frank Bruno


Things got off to a bad start for Martin, who suffered a severe cut over his left eye in the opening round. Martin recovers enough to deliver a big left hook to take the opening round. Martin also scores with a big round three. Bruno has a good round in the fifth, staggering Martin with a left cross. Martin’s right eye begins to swell as a result, but he soldiers on, with the cut eye being patched up and not a factor. Bruno tires badly down the stretch, and Martin takes a split decision (while one judge saw it 96-95 for Bruno, the others had Martin winning by 96-94).

Shannon Briggs MD 10 Primo Carnera

Good matchup between two sluggers that had plenty of drama. In round three, Carnera trapped Briggs in a corner and landed some strong shots, including a huge uppercut, but Briggs was able to cover up to last the round. One round later, Briggs had Carnera in trouble, firing a combination that forced the Italian to cover up. Again, in round five, Briggs connected with a combination and followed up with a left hook, piling up even more points. Carnera began to tire badly down the stretch, but in the final round, the “Ambling Alp” almost pulled off a miracle comeback when he put Briggs on the deck twice, once with a right uppercut and then with a combination for a second KD. Despite the last minute swoon, Briggs was declared the winner (taking the bout by counts of 96-93 and 98-91, while a third card had it even, 94-all).

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Qualifying Round 2, Part 9

Alexander Povetkin UD 10 Gregorio Peralta

Two boxers meet in this one, with Povetkin building a slight early edge, pressing home an inside attack after landing a hard left cross in round three. He gradually wears down Peralta, who is further slowed by a cut over his right eye suffered in round six. Nonetheless, Peralta battled back, taking round eight. In the final round, Povetkin broke his right hand but, in the end, it did not affect the outcome, as the scorecards read 96-94, 96-95, 97-93, all in Povetkin’s favor.

Duane Bobick MD 10 Karl Mildenberger

Bobick, the slugger, pulls off a minor upset by beating the slick-boxing Mildenberger. Most of the early rounds were close, with a slight edge to Bobick, who was landing some heavy leather occasionally. Both men were warned for using elbows. Bobick gained the benefit of an early inside attack, enabling him to carry a stamina advantage into the later rounds. He stunned the German with a big uppercut in round three, then landed a big left right before the final bell. No cuts or knockdowns. One judge scored the bout 97-94 for Mildenberger, but the other two had it 97-93 and 96-95, both for Bobick, with Bobick taking the 10th and final round to clinch the victory.

Tomasz Adamek UD 10 Lou Nova

Another minor upset in a battle of two sluggers. Nova starts well, winning the inside exchanges in round two. Adamek bounces back, taking rounds three and four. Slight edge to Nova, who once again takes charge on the inside in round five. Then, a great action round in the sixth, with Adamek dominationg, stunning Nova with a right cross, following up with a left uppercut and a big combination, but Nova found his way back later in the round, after clearing his head, connecting with a big left cross. Nova was warned for head butting and deducted a couple of points in the middle rounds. Adamek gradually wore Nova down, winning the last two rounds to seal a unanimous decision victory (97-93, 97-95, 98-93 on the cards) to become the 27th and final qualifier to advance to the main draw.

This wraps up the final set of qualifying bouts. Main draw bouts (four at a time) will follow.
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First Round Pairings

First Round – Main Tournament

Here are the pairings for the 32 bouts in the first round proper of the tournament.

Paulino Uzcudun vs Rex Layne
Henry Cooper vs Shannon Briggs
Young Stribling vs David Tua
Peter Jackson vs Tim Witherspoon
Robert Cleroux vs Leotis Martin
Alexander Povetkin vs Jess Willard
Mike Weaver vs Bob Pastor
Bob Baker vs George Godfrey
Joe Choynski vs Tommy Burns
Eddie Machen vs Ernie Terrell
Tommy Loughran vs Maxie Rosenbloom
Michael Moorer vs Duane Bobick
Gerrie Coetzee vs Jerry Quarry
Buster Douglas vs Cleveland Williams
Michael Spinks vs Nino Valdes
Chris Byrd vs Zora Folley
Jim Maloney vs Oscar Bonavena
Tommy Jackson vs Ron Lyle
Harold Johnson vs Sam McVea
Gunboat Smith vs Fred Fulton
Tye Fields vs Billy Conn
Trevor Berbick vs Pinklon Thomas
Tomasz Adamick vs Ray Mercer
Billy Miske vs Tuffy Griffith
Andrew Golota vs Tom Sharkey
Ruslan Chagaev vs Jimmy Bivins
Oliver McCall vs John Henry Lewis
Jimmy Ellis vs Joey Maxim
Joe Bugner vs John L. Sullivan
Marvin Hart vs Hasim Rahman
Ernie Schaaf vs Ingemar Johansson
Doug Jones vs Ike Ibeabuchi

Winners of these bouts will meet the “seeded” boxers (those rated 10 and above) in the second round.
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