It was 24 years ago today – Feb. 11, 1990 – that James “Buster” Douglas absolutely shocked the world when he knocked out Mike Tyson in the 10th round in Tokyo, Japan.
Tyson was a 42-to-1 betting favorite, but a terrific jab by the taller and longer Douglas set the table for Douglas to come up with what today is still considered by many to be the biggest upset in a major fight in history.
Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. of Albuquerque stopped late substitute John Nater of Puerto Rico after four rounds of their junior welterweight main event Monday night at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions/Leija*Battah Promotions card was televised on Fox Sports 1.
The hard-hitting Maldonado (18-2, 15 KOs), just 22, decked Nater in the third and fourth rounds on the way to his fourth consecutive knockout. Nater did not answer the bell for the fifth of the scheduled 10-round bout.
Nater, 23, is 13-5 (10 KOs). He was a replacement for Steve Forbes, who could not pass a pre-fight medical examination.
Mauricio Herrera of Riverside will have quite a task in front of him when he challenges Danny Garcia of Philadelphia for his two super lightweight belts on March 15 at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (on Showtime). And he knows it.
“I know this is a huge opportunity, and I’m going to take full advantage of it,” said Herrera, 33. “To have a shot at Danny’s belts has been a dream of mine for a long time.
“Danny Garcia is an intelligent and tough fighter, but so am I. I’m coming to Puerto Rico and I know there is a lot of pressure. But, hopefully they will support me, too.”
Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) , who has never fought for a major title, is Mexican-American. Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) is Puerto Rican-American, so he figures to have the bulk of the fans that night.
Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., a hard-hitting southpaw from Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday will take on John Nater of Puerto Rico at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions/Leija*Battah Promotions card will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
Maldonado, 22, is 17-2 with 14 knockouts. That computes to a 73.6 knockout ratio, and he has stopped his past three opponents inside the distance.
Nater, whose full name is John Gregory Nater Jimenez, also has some pop. He is 13-4 with 10 knockouts. He has stopped his past two opponents in the first round. Nater is 23.
Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia is an outstanding fighter. He’s also smart enough to say all the right things at the right time.
Garcia, born and raised in Philadelphia, is of Puerto Rican descent. On Tuesday, he helped play host to a news conference in Puerto Rico promoting his March 15 title defense there against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside (on Showtime).
Garcia apparently wanted locals to know where his heart is, so he came with all kinds of good stuff.
“I am a Puerto Rican,” he said. “I could have been born on the moon, but I’m still a Puerto Rican.”
That’s not all.
“I think that Puerto Rico is going to accept me as its own after I win on March 15,” he said. “Philadelphia might be my birthplace, but Puerto Rico is my blood.”
Garcia, just 25, is 27-0 with 16 knockouts. Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with seven knockouts. The two will tangle at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.
Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City on Monday died from a brain injury sustained in Saturday’s 10th-round knockout loss to countryman Jesus Galicia in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, who was just 23, had been declared brain-dead Sunday. He went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career that began in March 2007 in Mexico, when he was still a month shy of his 17th birthday.
Gonzalez had won three consecutive fights, including one over former super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April.
Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City has been declared brain-dead after he was knocked out in the 10th round by countryman Jesus Galicia on Saturday in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, 23, went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career. He was riding a three-fight winning streak. Included therein was a unanimous decision over Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April in Shelton, Wash.
Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday decked Osumanu Adama three times and stopped Adama at 1:20 of the seventh round to retain his middleweight title in the main event from Monte Carlo, Monaco. There was no American television feed.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) – with a knockout ratio of 89.6 percent – sent Adama to the canvas in the first, sixth and seventh rounds to earn his 16th consecutive victory by knockout. Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Adama, of Ghana, is 22-4.