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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Frenkel Hopes to Stay Busy

In an interview with James Slater of East Side Boxing, cruiserweight Alexander Frenkel said he hopes "to fight again as soon as possible. Maybe November." Frenkel is coming off of a stunning seventh-round KO of former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli to take the European title earlier this month.

When asked whether he would like to fight for a world title, Frenkel explained, "If I got the chance to go for a world title, I would go for it, if my trainers okayed it." He added humbly, "But I know I need to learn much more, and to get much stronger. Fights with the best fighters will make me stronger and better."

The future seems to be bright for the undefeated 25-year old. Frenkel has consistently showed a propensity to knock out his opponent with one punch, usually with the same left hook that floored Maccarinelli. He also showed a good chin against the powerful Welshman. However, Frenkel believes he was losing on points at the time of the KO as the fight was in England, but he appears to understand that he needs to improve to reach the top of the sport.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Look Back: Daniel Mendoza

In an effort to link the past with the present, The Jewish Boxing Blog will present monthly a short biography of notable former Jewish boxers.

Daniel Mendoza revolutionized the sport of boxing. Whether he initiated or merely popularized the art of boxing as we know it today, can be disputed. But there is no doubt that he helped to change the game by being among the first to utilize a jab, sidestepping footwork, and defensive positioning. Not only a Jewish boxing pioneer, he was also England's heavyweight champion of the world during the late 18th century, even though he stood 5'7" and weighed all of 160 pounds.

Born on July 5, 1764 in London England, Mendoza spent his formative years as a glass cutter, laborer, and an assistant to a greengrocer. He came from a tough neighborhood and an England that didn't much care for people of the Jewish faith. But Mendoza wore his identity proudly. A Sephardic Jew and self-promoter, Mendoza nicknamed himself "The Light of Israel" and the fairly blunt "Mendoza the Jew."

Mendoza turned pro at the age of 18, beating Harry the Coalheaver. He later beat Martin the Bath Butcher. His first loss came in his 17th fight and was to Tom Tyne. In 1788, Mendoza took two out of three over the proficient Richard Humphreys in a trilogy of bare-knuckled bouts. Throughout the year, the two combatants engaged in an epic letter-writing campaign to coax the other into the ring.

When Big Ben Brain retired in 1791, Mendoza held a claim to the title. He solidified that claim with wins over Bill Ward in 1792 and 1794. Some called Mendoza a coward because he used movement to avoid punches rather than merely standing still and attempting to block punches with his arms as was customary at that time.

In 1795, Mendoza lost the title to John Jackson, a contentious result as Jackson utilized the illegal tactic of hair-pulling to his advantage. Mendoza would later make a comeback at the age of 56. Ken Blady estimated Mendoza's final record at 31-4. Throughout much of his career, which spanned four decades, he ran an academy in which he taught his style of boxing.

Mendoza is credited with writing a couple of books, The Art of Boxing published in 1787 and his 1816 Memoirs though one or both could have been ghostwritten. He also became a stage actor. He allegedly is the first Jew to have had an audience with a king of England. Mendoza died in 1836.

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Boddy, Kasia. Boxing: A Cultural History. 2008.
Bodner, Allen. When Boxing Was A Jewish Sport. 1997.
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Mendoza, Daniel. The Art of Boxing. 1787.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Alexander Frenkel vs. Enzo Maccarinelli

September 18, 2010
LG Arena
Birmingham, England
European cruiserweight championship

part 1

part 2

Frenkel: black trunks
Maccarinelli: black and white trunks

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Alexander Frenkel vs. Michael Simms

March 3, 2010
Max Schmeling Halle
Berlin, Germany

Frenkel: black trunks
Simms: white trunks

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Frenkel KOs Maccarinelli

Alexander Frenkel, a surging young cruiserweight, scored a frightening seventh round knockout of former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli yesterday in Birmingham, England. Frenkel improves his record to 23-0 with 18 KOs. Maccarinelli falls to 32-5 with 25 KOs. Maccarinelli has been stopped in all of his losses.

Frenkel, who is from Ukraine and fights out of Germany, traveled to Maccarinelli's home turf of Great Britain in the biggest fight of his career to date. Maccarinelli, who is from Wales, was firmly in the fight until the seventh. With 51 seconds to go in the round, Maccarinelli threw an ill-fated right that Frenkel ducked. Frenkel then generated a tremendous amount of force as he rose and connected with a dynamic left hook that sent Maccarinelli's head springing around and his body to the canvas.

At that point, referee Erkki Meronen should have stopped the fight. Maccarinelli gallantly stood up, but his legs had left him and his eyes were glazed. When the fight continued, Frenkel knocked Maccarinelli unconscious with an unmerciful one-two combination. The fight was finally stopped with 30 seconds left in the seventh round.

The win earned Frenkel the European cruiserweight title formerly held by Maccarinelli. It also created a large amount of buzz around the 25-year old. After piling up eight knockouts in a row, Frenkel won an easy unanimous decision over the hard-nosed Michael Simms last March. This impressive stoppage of a former champion should give Frenkel a shot at the cruiserweight division's best.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mariano Plotinsky vs.Thomas Ulrich

March 7, 2009
Dresden, Germany
Freiberger Arena
WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight championship

part 1

part 2

part 3

Plotinsky: black and white trunks
Ulrich: black, white, and red trunks

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Plotinsky Moving On

The boxing career of Mariano Plotinsky, 35, appears to be over. The Buenos Aires native has been struggling with degenerative arthritis in his left elbow. He had surgery after his last fight, but the injury hasn't relented.

Nicknamed El Demoledor, Plotinsky has a background in various combat sports. In the boxing ring, he amassed a record of 16-4 with 8 KOs, employing a brawling style. Plotinsky first became a prize fighter at the improbably late age of 28. After dropping his debut, Plotinsky won his next seven fights. The light heavyweight beat Mariano Ruben Diaz Strunz by unanimous decision to win the Argentina title in October 2008.

After fighting his entire career in South America, Plotinsky traveled to Germany to face Thomas Ulrich for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in March 2009. Ulrich had challenged for a world title on multiple occasions and Plotinsky entered the ring as a significant underdog. But Plotinsky captured the belt in his more renowned opponent's home country thanks to an 11th round knockout.

Plotinsky received a chance to challenge for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world last April against the beltholder Jürgen Brähmer. In the face of an onslaught by the taller more skilled champion, Mariano never once took a backwards step, exhibiting admirable courage and heart. Because of the elbow injury, the Brähmer bout appears to have been his last.

In his retirement from boxing, Plotinsky, who is married with children, will continue to train prospects in combat sports. Best wishes to Mariano and his family.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Women's Boxing Update

Women's IBF bantamweight champion Hagar Finer (21-7-3, 6 KOs) is scheduled to fight next on October 30, 2010 at Casino Rama in Rama, Canada. Finer has defended her belt twice this year, last beating Agnese Boza by 5th round knockout last April.

Fresh off her win last month, Emily Klinefelter (8-0, 3 KOs) is scheduled to jump into the ring on November 13, 2010 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, the sight of her last three triumphs, in her hometown of Iowa City, Iowa. Klinefelter knocked out Savanna Hill inside of one round on August 27, the first win of her career against an opponent with a winning record.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heyman Gets Rematch With Alderete

Max Heyman will get a chance to avenge his last loss. According to Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal, Heyman and Mike Alderete are scheduled to battle again on November 6, 2010 at the Hard Rock in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) simply outworked his veteran opponent last May to win a split decision.

It was reported that Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) broke his left hand in the first round, a round in which he put Alderete down. His punch output dropped significantly after the initial three minutes of the fight. Heyman had taken off nearly three years before winning his comeback fight last January. The first bout with Alderete marked his second contest since his return.

Heyman and Alderete shared bad blood with one another in the lead up to their first fight, which should make for an interesting rematch. This cruiserweight contest is scheduled to be the main event on the Danny Romero-produced card.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Salita Interested in Fighting Malignaggi

Dmitriy Salita, coming off a unanimous decision victory over Franklin Gonzalez last Wednesday, told BoricuaBoxing.com that he is interested in fighting former IBF light welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi. Salita said, "It's a very exciting fight for New York. I think it definitely does the Garden. Paulie's a great fighter."

Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs), who attended Salita's last bout, is a light-punching slick boxer with impressive foot and hand speed. He has beaten a number of good fighters including Juan Diaz, Edner Cherry, and Lovemore N'Dou (twice). But Malignaggi, nicknamed the Magic Man, has faltered when facing top opponents, losing to Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Amir Khan last May.

Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs), who lost to Khan last December, hopes to climb into the ring in about two months to stay active and face Malignaggi either in December or early next year.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Salita Musters a Comeback Win

Dmitriy Salita, fighting in the welterweight division, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Franklin Gonzalez tonight at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Each judge saw the bout 78-74.

Salita, who rises to 31-1-1 with 16 KOs, takes a step in the right direction after suffering a first round knockout at the quick hands of WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan last December. But Salita knows defeating Gonzalez (13-6, 9 KOs), a respectable but limited southpaw, is only the beginning. Before the fight, he acknowledged to Elizabeth Astacio of BoxingTalk that the only way to silence the critics that surfaced after the Khan fight is to beat a marquee opponent.