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Jorge's Corner
The Voice of Boxing in Central and Northern California


The New Year is a time for reflection.  Last year’s memory lane is littered with broken promises, betrayal and disappointments.  People seem to forget that no one ever forgets betrayal. You’d think that in a game as small as boxing, they would have already learned their lesson.  Looking back upon the passing year we can be grateful we survived it. Thank God there were also some sunny days.  Some of us managed to make an impression while others just got older. The coming year shows great promise.  My boxing coverage will appear in several sports magazines and I am being considered for syndication in several newspapers. I look forward to working with promoters and attending bigger events around the country.

Closer to home, I will provide live audio blow-by-blow coverage of boxing events and offer these tapes free of charge to radio stations. Any radio station manager interested in receiving audio coverage of local fights should contact me via e-mail.  Of course, I will continue to provide coverage and stories of local boxers; thereby, hopefully supporting local events and helping to keep boxing alive. I will also be covering amateur events when time permits.  My web site will include amateur event updates.

In Gun Smoke (Stockton) we have already begun preparing for the upcoming Boxing Summer Camp. These are intensive morning and afternoon training sessions. Last year’s summer training camp saw a significant increase from the prior year. This year we hope to continue providing white- and blue-collar professionals with an idea on what to do during summer vacation. Individuals interested in attending the summer boxing camp should begin preparing by getting into condition. Those traveling from out of town should contact me via e-mail for lodging and additional details. Space is limited in order to provide one-on-one training for every participant. Bring your best and expect to work very hard.

Margarito Vs. Kyvelos
February  2004
Dodge Theater Phoenix Ariz.

My first trip for 2004 proved a little like attending a wake.  Antonio Margarito, 29-3 with 20 KOs, made mice meat out of his opponent Hercules Kyvelos, 22-0, 11 KOs.  It was a little like watching a Ferrari race against a Volkswagen. Kyvelos looked as scared as a Thanksgiving turkey and just as helpless.  I hope he made a lot of money, because his reputation suffered a tremendous blow. It’s difficult to say how good Margarito really is in light of how bad Kyvelos was.  Whoever is managing his career has done an excellent job of carefully picking his opponents. However, Margarito who packs a punch and is very aggressive, displays identical characteristics as many other Mexican fighters.  He lacks finesse and technique.  I¹ll acknowledge that it is difficult to make such an argument in light of his record; however, I am a firm believer in fundamentals.  I¹ll admit Margarito has power and lots of experience, but is it enough to match De La Hoya¹s, whom I believe beat Mosley.  But that's another story.  Otherwise, the trip was uneventful.   Phoenix is still one of my favorite places to visit.  I have always loved the desert.


Sharmba Mitchell Vs. LoveMore N’dou
February 8, 2004
Atlantic City, New Jersey


Sharmba Mitchell, 33 years old, squared off against LoveMore N’dou, 32, in Ballys in Atlantic City. Mitchell has entertained us for many years and always displayed extra-ordinary boxing skills.  He was supposed to meet Kostya Tszyu but the match fell through. Both fighters came in with excellent records and lots of bragging rights.  In dispute was the interim IBF Jr. Welter Weight Championship of the world.  N’dou was in the blue corner fighting from Sidney Australia, via Johannesburg, Africa with 36 wins with 22 KOs. In the red corner, Sharmba boasted 52 wins, with 30 KOs, known as “The Little Big Man”.  The bout was scheduled for 12 rounds. Earl Brown worked as referee.

Sharmba came out confidently in his Southpaw style.  N’dou came out in a left foot lead, jabbing with his left. Mitchell looked as smooth as silk, moving easily and swiftly landing his jabs apparently at will.  N’dou displayed no signs of being intimidated, however seemed to lack adequate technical knowledge. He attacked behind a peek-a-boo defensive posture that made him seem amateurish.  He had good hand speed and conditioning.  Mitchell set the tone while N’dou seemed to be waiting for his big shot. Sharmba easily won the first round. N’dou displayed lots of heart and began looking for counter-punch opportunities in the second. Sharmba easily outscored him. N’dou began taking the fight to Sharmba in the third and scored effectively with right hands. Mitchell continued to stay in control and easily out-danced and outjabbed LoveMore who nevertheless attacked. Sharmba had more moves than an eight-legged monkey and easily pivoted in and out at will. He possesses a rare quality not often seen in today’s boxers. N’dou switched into a Southpaw stance and began to score. Mitchell seemed unprepared for this little surprise and took unprecedented punishment.  N’dou grew more aggressive and confident as he scored in his Southpaw stance. A head butt opened a cut on Sharmba’s head; as blood flowed, N’dou came in for the kill. Sharmba’s moves saved him easily; however I gave the round to N’dou. Mitchell appeared momentarily surprised by N’dou. The blood running down Mitchell’s head made him appear to be more hurt than he actually was.  I thought Mitchell stayed too long on the inside, trying hard to hurt N’dou. He should have kept his distance, stepped in, banged away two or three quick shots and spun out. Instead, he stayed too long and took shots.  It was clear Mitchell was not going to KO N’dou after the fourth round. N’dou¹s conditioning was evident as was his hard head.  Sharmba would have had better luck working the mid-section.  Mitchell displayed a high degree of professionalism and skill.  He took more punishment than expected, but it would have been impossible to predict N’dou’s determination. There were no knockdowns and no points taken away for fouls.  N’dou gave a very good display and raised the value of his stock via this performance.  One or two rounds might have been close, but there is no such thing as an “even” round in professional boxing.  N’dou’s comments regarding the scoring were sour grapes. His misguided belief that he won may be due to tunnel vision fighters get from being so close to the action. It was an exciting bout giving fight fans their money’s worth.  The judges saw it for Sharmba unanimously. I don’t agree; the bout was as lop-sided as they scored it. However, this is the life we¹ve chosen. Everyone has to learn to take their lumps, and nobody gets off without some bumps and bruises.  I look forward to seeing both of these warriors go for it again.  

Always in Your Corner,

Jorge A. Martinez