Rod Salka: Ignoring Critics, Aiming for Danny Garcia

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By Tim Smith
The criticism came through loud and clear, from the usual sources and some unexpected precincts. It was an immediate reaction to the announcement that Rod Salka would be fighting Danny Garcia, the WBC and WBA junior welterweight champion.

The dissenting voices were not muted when it was announced the fight would be at a catch weight and Garcia’s world titles would not be on the line. It didn’t matter. Salka became emblematic of everything wrong with boxing. Salka’s nickname is “Lightning Rod.’’ He certainly has lived up to it since he signed to fight Garcia. Continue reading

Brothers In Arms: A List of Notable Boxing Brothers

Anthony Peterson vs Jermaine WhitePhoto of Anthony Peterson vs. Jermaine White: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Next Saturday, IBF junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, 32-2-1, and lightweight Anthony Peterson, 33-1, will be featured in nationally televised bouts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Lamont will defend his belt against Edgar Santana on SHOWTIME. Younger brother Anthony will fight on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
The Petersons are among the best of boxing brother combinations.

Here are six other notable combos from today and yesterday:

  • Canelo Alvarez is among the best fighters, pound-for-pound, in the game. On June 28, 2008, he was joined on a professional card in his native Guadalajara, Mexico, by six of his brothers.That’s an all-time record until I hear otherwise.Gonzalo and Daniel lost and never fought again, both retiring with marks of 0-1.

    Victor lost as well, fought once more, and retired at 0-2.

    Rigoberto briefly held the WBA interim junior middleweight title. According to Canelo, Rigoberto, who last fought in 2011, is retired.

    Three Alvarez brothers remain active: Canelo, junior middleweight Ramon, and lightweight Ricardo, who lost to Sergio Thompson on SHOWTIME in March.

  • Leon and Michael Spinks managed a pair of incredible accomplishments: The sons of St. Louis both won Olympic gold medals in 1976, and both won world heavyweight titles as professionals. (In addition, younger brother Michael is one of the greatest light heavyweight champions of all-time.)
  • The duo of Mexico’s Rafael and Juan Manuel Marquez is arguably the best brother combination in boxing history. Rafael was a world titlist at bantamweight and junior featherweight. He last fought in September 2013. Older brother Juan Manuel, who remains active at age 40, has reigned in three divisions.Rafael was ranked in the pound-for-pound top 10, and Juan Manuel has been placed there for the last several years.
  • Thailand’s Khaosai and Khaokor Galaxy are the only twins to have won world titles. Khaosai is considered by some to be the greatest junior bantamweight in division history. Khaokor was a two-time WBA bantamweight titlist.
  • The Smiths of Liverpool, England, made history when three brothers won British titles. And the only brother not to have won such a title is likely to be the best of the four: 6’3″ Callum Smith, 12-0, is among the most promising super middleweights in the world.All of the Smiths are currently active. Liam, 17-0-1, is a junior middleweight; Stephen, 20-1, is a junior lightweight; and Paul, 35-3, is a super middleweight.
  • No combo has ever dominated a division quite like Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. For the better part of a decade, the brothers from the Ukraine ruled at the top of the heavyweight class. Wlad, 62-3, is the reigning WBA/WBO/IBF champion and won an Olympic gold medal in 1996. Older brother Vitali, 45-2, held the WBC title and retired as champion in 2012.

Photos from ShoBox 200 Fight Night

Behind the Numbers of Douglas vs. Soro

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The last time most U.S. viewers saw Antoine Douglas he was impressively outpointing fellow unbeaten Marquis Davis over eight rounds. The question at the time was “when will we see him again?” The answer: Headlining the 200th episode of “ShoBox: The New Generation” Friday night.

The ShoBox franchise has always been about challenging up-and-coming prospects to take the next step up the ladder and that prime directive will be fulfilled here as the 14-0 (9 KOs) Douglas will fight his best opponent to date. Frenchman Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) lost his only fight against then-WBO junior middleweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov in May 2012 and has since rolled off five wins against foes with a combined .714 winning percentage. He holds a 139-46 lead in professional rounds, including a 13-3 edge in fights lasting more than five rounds. Soro will be fighting on U.S. soil for the first time after fighting all his bouts either in France (23 victories) and Ukraine (one loss) and he hopes to break the road jinx against Douglas.

Douglas, who has fought past six rounds only once, will be engaging in his second scheduled 10-rounder and it will almost certainly last longer than his first against Italian veteran Lucas Messi, which ended after two rounds.

What can fight fans expect when Antoine Douglas and Michel Soro step into the ring? Check out the SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters calculated from Douglas’ past five fights and Soro’s past two fights.

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The fusion of overall activity and power accuracy has been a staple of Douglas’ career thus far:
4/4/14 KO 2 Luca Messi — 98.7 punches per round, 48% power
12/4/13 KO 3 Colby Courter — 80 punches per round, 36% power
6/14/13 KO 3 Ibahiem King — 75.7 punches per round, 46% power
5/10/13 KO 1 Coy Witt — 47 punches and 83% power accuracy in 96 seconds
3/29/13 W 4 John Worthy — 70.2 punches per round, 46% power
1/25/13 W 4 Emmanuel Medina — 102.8 punches per round, 40% power
(Douglas landed 50% of his power shots in his last 5 fights)

PREDICTION: The Carslaw fight showed that if left to his own devices Soro would prefer a slow-paced fight that allows him time to think and execute. Douglas, who likes to fight hard every second of every round, won’t give him that. If he’s not sucked in by Soro’s ring craft, he should pound out a decisive victory, probably by TKO.

ShoBox: The New Generation Celebrates 200th Show

On Friday, July 25, ShoBox: The New Generation will televise its 200th episode. The program has served as a proving ground for top prospects and future world champions matched in their toughest tests to date. Fifty four fighters have fought on ShoBox and gone on to win world titles.

Hear from ShoBox’s most accomplished fighters and relive some the best moments from the first 199 episodes.