One’s Fall From Grace Can Be Really Bad But When It’s There For All To See It Can’t Get Much Worse ….Or Can It ?

There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that at the height of his boxing prowess, Roy Jones Jr(54-6,40 KO’s), was one of the pre-eminent boxers on the planet and of his generation. Self aggrandizing , yes, publicity seeking gimmick whore , yes again ! But what has happened to Jones over the last half decade assures why it is that many avowed fight fans have indeed become fed up with the ‘fight game’.

Jones seen here talking about fighting the Australian fighter, Danny Green (28-3, 25 KO’s).What took place in their bout,simply put, was nothing short of amazing.

Nowadays, Jones as a fighter barely lives up to his reputation of the past. Even more so now, wherein, he’s become a complete caricature of his former self ! He’s not had a meaningful fight in years , and though it must be said, that it wasn’t much of a stretch to see him defeat then WBA heavyweight champion of the world,John Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KO’s) in March of 2003. That fight made Jones the first boxer to successfully challenge for the heavyweight title while at the time still being a fully fledged light heavyweight and at the time a champion within the division. His defeat of Ruiz only added to his legacy and as such, firmly placed him on a pedestal, where he could now be viewed as one of the great fighters of the modern era.

Roy Jones Jr (left), vs John  Ruiz  ,  for  Ruiz's  WBA  heavyweight   title   belt  at  the  time.  Jones  would   win the  bout   with a  unanimous  12  round  decision  over  the champion.    picture  appears  courtesy of  Getty Images/   Charles   Donovan  ..............
Roy Jones Jr (left), vs John Ruiz , for Ruiz's WBA heavyweight title belt at the time. Jones would win the bout with a unanimous 12 round decision over the champion. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Charles Donovan ..............

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports

Green stops Roy Jones Jr. in 1st round

SYDNEY (AP)—Australian Danny Green stopped Roy Jones Jr. in the first round of their IBO world cruiserweight title fight Wednesday, preventing the 40-year-old American from claiming his ninth title across five weight classes from middleweight to heavyweight.

The 36-year-old Green retained his title and improved to 28-3 with his technical knockout over Jones at the Acer Arena, in the American’s first professional fight on foreign soil in his 20-year career.

It was only Jones’ sixth loss since 1989, along with 54 wins, 40 by knockout.

Green floored Jones with a right hand to the head after one minute. Green moved in to apply more pressure, and following a series of blows, English referee Howard Foster stopped the bout after just 122 seconds.

Jones offered no excuses for a defeat which could signal the end of his career.

“We don’t make excuses, it was a great performance by Danny,” Jones said.

Green was almost apologetic for handing such a defeat to one of his boxing role models.

“He’s one of the greatest fighters of all time and the opportunity to fight him in Australia, thanks, Roy Jones Jr.,” Green told the crowd.

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Jones seen here fighting Korea’s Park Si-Hun in the light middleweight division in the boxing finals, at the Seoul Olympics, of 1988.

Jones, first came to our notice, as a young up and coming light middleweight. He was part of the US Olympic boxing team that competed in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. But what would happen at those games would in many ways come to determine what Roy Jones Jr, was about as a fighter. Entered in the light middleweight category, Jones was heavily favored to win the competition. And by far in a way, he was ‘the best boxer’ competing in the entire Olympic tournament. However, the infamy and treachery that took place when, Jones, met Park Si Hun, of Korea , in the light middleweight finals of the competition, would leave an indelible scar on Jones and the entire fraternity of international amateur boxing over the next decade. In a highly contested bout, where Jones was clearly ahead . Somehow the judges saw fit to award Park the fight in a split decision by the judges, 3-2. The outcry from not only those in attendance and the US Boxing delegation wasn’t met with any sympathy whatsoever by the judges or the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the time.

Jones (left) and  the eventual  winner of the  1988  Olympic light middleweight  boxing  title  Park Si-Hun (Korea), whose hand  is   raised  by  Italian  referee  Aldo  Leoni, after the  decision  was announced.   Fans  in attendance   would   boo  the  decision  and   an  appeal  would   be  lodged  by  the  US  boxing  delegation  as   well as  by the  US Olympic  Committee (USOC). It  would  prove to  be  fruitless  as  the  decision would  stand.  Jones'  career  from  thereon in  has been   filled   with the  highest   of the  highs  and  lowest  of the  lows.  Come  full  circle  and    what  was  thought  to  be  merely  a  tune  up   fight  against   lightly  regarded   Australian   ,  Danny  Green  ,  would  prove  to be  another  horrific  chapter  in  Jones' career  .  A  career  which  has   now  sunk  to the  lowest  point   of  his   entire  professional   boxing  career.  His   shocking   first  round  knockout  loss  to   Green,  in  Australia   ,  essentially   derails   the  proposed  fight  that  he'd   hoped to   obtain  in   meeting  Bernard  Hopkins   in  a big  money  bout  for  early   2010.         picture  appears  courtesy  of   Getty Images/ Sports Illustrated /  John  Iaccono  ..........................
Jones (left) and the eventual winner of the 1988 Olympic light middleweight boxing title Park Si-Hun (Korea), whose hand is raised by Italian referee Aldo Leoni, after the decision was announced. Fans in attendance would boo the decision and an appeal would be lodged by the US boxing delegation as well as by the US Olympic Committee (USOC). It would prove to be fruitless as the decision would stand. Jones' career from thereon in has been filled with the highest of the highs and lowest of the lows. Come full circle and what was thought to be merely a tune up fight against lightly regarded Australian , Danny Green , would prove to be another horrific chapter in Jones' career . A career which has now sunk to the lowest point of his entire professional boxing career. His shocking first round knockout loss to Green, in Australia , essentially derails the proposed fight that he'd hoped to obtain in meeting Bernard Hopkins in a big money bout for early 2010. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Sports Illustrated / John Iaccono ..........................

Fans there and their resultant boos concerning the decision, only heightened the fact that the outrage and bias that had taken place , was simply the sort of corrupt actions that would take place over the entire Seoul games. And even having lodged an appeal with the IOC, as well as with FIBA, the governing body for international amateur boxing. The result stood and Jones was left with nothing but a silver medal to show for his gallant efforts throughout the entire competition. Albeit, that he was awarded the conciliatory prize of being named the best boxer of the tournament.

Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr of the US is counted out by the referee (L) after being hit by Australian titleholder Danny Green in their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round.  AFP/Getty Images/ Torsten  Blackwood ...........  copyrighted material @ all rights  reserved
Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr of the US is counted out by the referee (L) after being hit by Australian titleholder Danny Green in their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round. AFP/Getty Images/ Torsten Blackwood ........... copyrighted material @ all rights reserved

Jones’ professional career over the ensuing years, are what essentially dreams are made of. His dominance in the middleweight division. Where, he essentially carved out a niche for himself, by completely destroying the competition within the division. Having won world titles in the middleweight division, Jones would then move up in weight categories and repeat his accomplishments, there as well. From the middleweight to the light-heavyweight divisions , Jones was at times a one man wrecking crew. Reeking havoc and devastation upon whomever he met. But over the course of time, confidence gave way to overt cockiness and self aggrandizement , which would lead to Jones’ over confidence in his abilities. And in some ways thinking even less and deriding his opponents. Something that he still hasn’t learned his lessons from. Be it showmanship and his way of publicizing a bout. It didn’t always sit well with the fans. They found it to be repeatedly monotonous and ever so boring !

Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr (L) of the US embraces Australian titleholder Danny Green (R) after their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round.  AFP/Getty Images/Torsten Blackwood ...........
Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr (L) of the US embraces Australian titleholder Danny Green (R) after their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round. AFP/Getty Images/Torsten Blackwood ..........

His fights against such erstwhile opponents such as Glen Johnson, Antonio Tarver and Jeff Lacy . Whilst, on the face of it , there were in some ways entertaining. They never really carried with it any assurance that Jones was still a dominant fighter on the boxing stage. Granted, he had the reputation as a showman and a great fighter, when he chose to be. But much of the time, it was mere silliness on his part and on the odd occasion where he thought it meaningful to grace us with his presence in something of a bout. More often than not, on the receiving end was an opponent one would view as a tomato can to be beaten up, on. Jones had losses as well as victories over each of the triumvirate mentioned. But in large part , what happened and what Jones viewed as to what could apparently happen now. Well, in no way did he ever expect to see that particular plan go up in smoke, the way that it has done in his most recent bout.

Australian titleholder Danny Green (L) lands a punch on four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr (R) of the US during their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round.  picture appears  courtesy  of  AFP/Getty Images/  Torsten  Blackwood  ................
Australian titleholder Danny Green (L) lands a punch on four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr (R) of the US during their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round. picture appears courtesy of AFP/Getty Images/ Torsten Blackwood ................

Jones traveled to Australia , to meet the native, Danny Green (28-3, 25 KO’s) , in what was meant to be a ‘tune up bout’, before his long awaited fight with former undisputed middleweight champion, Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1-1NC,32 KO’s). That fight essentially is now kaput, with Jones having suffered a staggering and inexplicable first round knockout loss to the young Australian, Danny Green. Needless to say, there were no excuses from Jones. But one now has to question, whether or not it is worthwhile for Jones to continue on in his professional endeavor as a boxer. He’s now becoming the type of opponent that at one time he’d so effortlessly face on the way to some much celebrated victory. No longer is Roy Jones Jr, the most dominant fighter of his generation. In essence his fall from grace , mirrors his abrasiveness and unwillingness to admit that he’s no longer the top dog in the kennel. He’s now become the mutt that everyone finds ugly to look at and who’s essentially become the butt of everyone’s jokes .

Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr of the US lies on the mat after being hit by Australian titleholder Danny Green during the IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round.   picture appears courtesy of  AFP/Getty Images/Torsten  Blackwood  .........
Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jnr of the US lies on the mat after being hit by Australian titleholder Danny Green during the IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009. Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round. picture appears courtesy of AFP/Getty Images/Torsten Blackwood .........

Green for his part, can now march to the beat of his own drum. He’s successfully defended his IBO cruiser-weight title and now can await the numerous big money offers that are bound to come his way. Especially after his devastating one punch knockout of a former legend of the ring.

Green’s devastating knockout punch that has or should essentially
end Jones’ career, forthwith ! Roy Jones Jr now , is simply looking his age , an old worn out battered warrior. Simply put , he no longer gives you, your bang for the bucks you’re said to be shelling out. And the same can be said of his peers, Antonio Tarver, Jeff Lacy and Glen Johnson. ‘They’re over the hill’ ! But they’re far too dumb to realize it.

And as I now view it, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving individual ! Sorry Roy but it’s now time to hang up the gloves, once and for all ! Otherwise, you’ll continue to be the tomato can that everyone has begun to beat up on and kick around the ring. C’mon man, call it a day ?

NB : Click the following two links for a complete chronology of Jones’ professional fight career and bio.

Roy Jones Jr’s fight career stats. Roy Jones Jr’s bio

Beauty Is In The Eye Of Beholder ……..Oops We’ve Another Heavyweight Champion of The World ….

So here I am, scouring the “net” as well as US editions of several British newspapers I subscribe to ,in order to keep myself abreast of what’s happening back home in the land of my birth. Quite often I’ll also take in the BBC America network outlet for the latest business and international news. CNN and Fox News may well believe that they’re best at covering a story with in depth coverage and analysis. But in actuality they pale by comparison , when judged against the professionalism shown by the journalists of the BBC .

Best  to  be  seen  and  not  heard . Paris  Hilton  and  Tara Reid   are   getting   far too much   exposure  than  is  needed  .   Can  someone  remind them  that they need a  modicum  of  talent and  intelligence  as  well  ?  Not  unlike what   unlike what  we're  now  witnessing  within the  heavyweight   division  of  boxing .  picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty images north  america/   Julian  Proctor .........

Best to be seen and not heard ? Paris Hilton and Tara Reid are getting far too much exposure than is needed. Can someone remind them that they need a modicum of talent and intelligence as well ? Not unlike what we’re now witnessing within the heavyweight division of boxing. picture appears courtesy of getty images north america/ Julian Proctor ………..

If it’s not enough of anathema, to think that the heavyweight boxing division is now ruled by East European boxers. It’s enough to make one ask the question where’s the talent of yesteryear in terms of boxing within the division ? It was bad enough seeing the claims of one aspirant from the US bite the dust with such embarrassment. That the talk of Chris Arreola (27-1, 24 KO’s) returning to the ring , is being met without as much as excitement, as the next on screen performance of Paris Hilton or Tara Reid . Neither of whom, it can be said was all that talented to begin with, when it came to the art of acting. But then again, if you’re a testosterone driven hetero sexual male. The thespian talents of either is hardly the thing that’ll lure you to watch either of these two females.

Vitali  Klitschko   proves  his   dominance  stopping  Chris Arreola in the  tenth  round  of  their WBC heavyweight  title  fight  held  at the  Staples  Center , Los  Angeles , California , in  September .

Vitali Klitschko (right) the champion proves his dominance in stopping Chris Arreola (left),the challenger for his WBC heavyweight title fight held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Arreola was forced to retire at the end of the 10th round of the bout. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark J. Terrell …

Arreola , for his part has reminded us how devoid of home grown talent this country really is, when it comes to the heavyweight division of boxing. Furthermore, the excuses being made that most athletes shy away from the sport because there’s more money to be made playing in the NBA , NFL or MLB . Well, that’s akin to saying I don’t really want to get but I’ll try my hand and at something else less painful. Any sport runs the risk of an athlete being hurt at some point in their career. That’s part and parcel of being an athlete to begin with. It’s not solely about making money. It’s the thought of challenging one’s self against the obstacles placed in your way and being able to overcome it for the gains at the end of the day. Money , fame and the notoriety is just a bye product of it all.

The newly  crowned WBA heavyweight  champion of the  world  David  Haye (center  foreground) who won  the  title  with a  unanimous  decision over the  former  champion  , Nikolai Valuev of  Russia .     picture  appears  courtesy  of afp/getty images/  Shaun  Curry ............

The newly crowned WBA heavyweight champion of the world, David Haye (center foreground) who won the title with a unanimous decision over the former champion, Nikolai Valuev of Russia. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Shaun Curry ……….

Chris Arreola in his last bout challenged Vitali Klitschko (38-2-0,37 KO’s) for the WBC heavyweight title. His challenge was met with the usual customary reverence one could come to expect of a champion unwilling to let an inferior opponent try and avail themselves of something that is not rightfully theirs. He forced the challenger to retire in the tenth round of their scheduled twelve round title fight at the Staples Center , in Los Angeles, California, on the 26th September 2009.

Valuev (left) looks to defend  himself against  the  challenger  ,  Haye , in their WBA heavyweight  title   fight held  in  Nurumberg  Germany  on the  7th  November  2009.       picture appears  courtesy of  afp/getty images/ Shaun  Curry ........

Valuev (left) looks to defend himself against the challenger , Haye, in their WBA heavyweight title fight held in Nurumberg , Germany on the 7th November 2009. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Shaun Curry ………

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Associated Press:

Haye defeats Valuev for WBA heavyweight title

By David Hein , Associated Press Sports Writer

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP)—David Haye certainly backed up his brash prediction.

Haye used his superior quickness to surprise Nikolai Valuev, winning a majority decision on Saturday night and winning the WBA heavyweight title.

The British challenger came close to knocking down Valuev for the first time in his 16-year pro career during the final round, but had to settle for the decision. The scores were 116-112 on two of the judges’ cards, and a 114-114 draw on the other.

“The key was my speed,” Haye said. “People don’t realize I am very fast. And I have a powerful punch. I’m athletic, and if I wasn’t a boxer I would be playing football or rugby.”

The former cruiserweight titleholder won his third fight at heavyweight, despite giving up nearly a foot and 100 pounds to the tallest and heaviest champion in history.

“Everybody thought I was crazy,” Haye said, “but I knew I could make him miss.”

Haye had spent months taunting fellow heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and even embarked on a press tour to promote a fight against Wladimir Klitschko before it was called off. Now, he’ll probably escape facing the two men considered the best in the division because his first defense of the WBA title is supposed to be against John Ruiz.

The former titleholder earned the shot by stopping Adnan Serin in the seventh round earlier in the night—and already Haye is offering another prediction.

“He’s a good fighter who is very underrated,” Haye said of the American. “He is not the most spectacular, but I don’t feel like I will struggle with him. He’s about the same size as me and I think I will knock him out.”

Valuev dropped to 50-2, and admitted that Haye was too quick for him.

“Tonight only one thing happened that I didn’t expect,” Valuev said. “It was like a marathon for me. It was like a track event. I wasn’t ready to run that much.

“The judges made their scoring and I think the last round made the difference, especially the end of it.”

Haye tried to keep Valuev on the move, opening with a left to the Russian’s chin followed by a powerful combo. Valuev struggled to catch Haye, finding him only with left jabs.

Haye said he injured his right hand hitting Valuev in the head, likely in the second round.

“It was like punching a brick wall,” Haye said.

Nicknamed “The Hayemaker,” the Brit connected with big rights and lefts to Valuev’s head to build up his points lead. Valuev finally came alive beginning in the fourth round, but in the sixth Haye landed a right-left combo and two solid lefts.

Haye continued to make Valuev work while finding holes, including a strong right followed by a left to Valuev’s face in the ninth. After another big right in the 10th, Haye wrapped up the fight by landing two left hooks that left Valuev wobbly in the 12th.

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With the  distinct  height  and  weight advantage   Valuev (left)  still  gets  caught  by  the  challenger  , David  Haye  ,  in  their  WBA  heavyweight title  bout.      picture appears courtesy of  afp photo dpp/ getty images/  Timm Schamberger  .................

Valuev covers up and is still getting caught by the challenger , David Haye , in their WBA heavyweight title bout. picture appears courtesy of afp dpp/getty images / Timm Schamberger ………

As much as it pains me to say this with regard to the sport of boxing and in particular the heavyweight division. The sport is now getting what it thoroughly deserves by way of a lack of real talent and charisma within the heavyweight scene ! For far too long the likes of promoters Don King and Bob Arum have force fed the public so much mediocre talent within the division over the last decade. That when the retirement of Lennox Lewis came about. They were essentially like a chicken running around the coop ,after its head had been severed. It suddenly occurred to them that the well had finally ran dry. And the fact that there wasn’t a decent US fighter of a known caliber , talent and charisma within the current climate-much less on the horizon. It led to a dearth of East European fighters coming center stage and challenging the US’s dominance within the division. Now, not only have they challenged it but they’re also now dominating the the division to an extent not previously seen.

Valuev seated  in his  corner  listens to  his  trainers give  him  some  much needed advice  during  his  title  defense  against the  challenger  David   Haye.    Valuev  would  suffer  the  second  loss  of  his   professional  career   losing a  unanimous  12  round   decision to   David Haye.     picture  appears   courtesy  of afp dpp/getty  images  /  Timm  Schamberger  ................

Valuev seated in his corner listens as his trainers give him some much needed advice during his title defense against the challenger David Haye. Valuev would suffer the second loss of his professional career in losing a unanimous 12 round decision to David Haye. picture appears courtesy of afp dpp /getty images/ Timm Schamberger ………

With the division being so fractured an no real intent in unifying the division. There are now three different champions who lay claim to holding a version of the heavyweight title. The IBF and WBO titles are held by Wladimir Klitschko(53-3, 47 KO’s) , the WBC title is held by Vitali Klitschko and the recent recipient of the WBA title is David Haye (23-1, 21 KO’s) of Great Britain. And though not a great deal is known about Haye . Other than the fact the he was once the undisputed cruiserweight champion. The fact of the matter is we’re now no clearer or closer now, in getting an undisputed champion within the heavyweight division.

Haye  looks to evade  a  shot  from Valuev  while on the  ropes  during  their title  bout.  The  scene  of the  event  was  the   Nurumber  Verischerung  Arena  in  the  city  of  Nurumberg , Germany.      picture appears courtesy of  Bongarts/getty images/  Alex  Grimm  ..................

Haye looks to evade a shot from Valuev while on the ropes in their title bout. The scene of the event was the Nuremberger Verischerung Arena in the city of Nurumberg , Germany. picture appears courtesy of Bongarts/ getty images/ Alex Grimm ……….

The Klitscko brother as holders 3/4 of the recognized titles have refused to fight each other. Thus, while making a complete mockery of the division. And the respective bodies of the governing organizations, for which they hold those belts seem powerless to do anything about it all . Either that, or they completely refuse to force mandatory showdown between the two brothers. And Haye for his part, as the newly crowned champion has been saying all of the right things. But one essentially knows, that saying something and then doing it , are completely two different things. He’s called out both brothers in the past , merely as a publicity gimmick. But now that he’s got a piece of the title. He’d better be ready to back up those challenges one way or another. But first Haye must make a mandatory title defense against journeyman and former title holder John Ruiz (44-8-1,30 KO’s-1 NC). The fact that the WBA think this bout is appealing to the fans. Well, it only goes to show how out of touch not only are the various governing bodies. But it also shows us that the promoters still haven’t learned a lesson at all. They’re still of the belief that these are the types of fights the fans want to see within the division. Nothing could be further from the truth at this juncture.

We know longer have the likes of either Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield to entertain us . So instead , it’s the usual perfunctory pattern of tomato cans and buffed up meatballs we’re allegedly told is what is now for good for the heavyweight division. And that in effect to the downward spiral of the sport as a whole.

Haye’s victory over the former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev (50-2-0,34 KO’s-1 NC) was as unexpected , as it was in some ways it was not. Valuev’s primary claim to fame, is that he has been the tallest and heaviest champion in history. Hardly the credentials one would come to expect of a world champion. His skills are basically pedantic and his maneuverability in the ring has always come into question. As too has the fact that he cannot take a punch. For man who’s 7 feet tall and weighing in excess of 375 lbs, his chin is remarkably soft as porcelain. As evidenced in his bout against Haye, when he was repeatedly rocked by left hooks and upper cuts to the chin. Several times throughout the bout he became groggy and unable to keep his footing – that he came close to being knocked out by the man who as as the challenger, was a 100 lbs lighter than the champion, Valuev.

A  victorious  Haye  cannot hide his  emotions having  just  pulled off  the  shock  upset  in  defeating the  now  former  champion  Nikolai  Valuev of  Russia  for  his  WBA heavyweight title   in  Nurumberg   Germany  on  Saturday  night.     Haye  now faces  a  mandatory  defense  against  another  former  champion  in  John  Ruiz  of the  United  States.    picture appears courtesy of  afp/getty images/  Timm  Schamberger .................

Haye cannot hide his emotions having just pulled off the shock upset in defeating the now former champion , Nikolai Valuev of Russia for his WBA heavyweight title in Nurumber, Germany. Haye now faces a mandatory defense against former champion John Ruiz of the United States. picture appears courtesy of afp/getty images/ Timm Schamberger ………..

The shape of boxing and in particular the heavyweight division is in such a poor state. That to use the analogy ……”emergency is there a doctor in the house” ? Well, let’s just say that one seriously doubts that a doctor would be predisposed to resuscitating the patient. If anything, it would be far more generous to call on the services of Dr Jack Kevorkian. Too harsh an outcome ? The premise may not appear to be right but it’s better than dealing with the travesty we’re now witnessing within the sport !

WBC heavyweight rankings 1 through 10 :
1 Ray Austin (US) (28-4-4,18 KO’s)
2 Oleg Maskaev (Kazakhstan) (36-6-0,27 KO’s)
3 Odlanier Solis (Cuba) (15-0, 11 KO’s)
4 Alexander Povetkin (Russia) (17-0, 12 KO’s)
5 Kevin Johnson (US) (22-0-1, 9 KO’s)
6 James Toney (US) (72-6-3,44 KO’s – 2 no contests)
7 Manuel Quezada (US) (29-4, 18 KO’s)
8 Denis Boystov (Russia) (26-0, 21 KO's)
9 Samuel Peter (Nigeria) (32-3, 25 KO’s)
10 Tomasz Adamek (Poland) (39-1, 27 KO’s)