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Last Saturday at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, thousands of fans cheered to the punches of rising star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Accompanied by his legendary father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., and lead by hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach, Chavez accomplished what many thought he would do since the beginning of his career.

Chavez captured championship gold, in the form of the WBC Middleweight Championship.


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This can be perceived in many ways depending on who you ask or from which angle you are looking at.

A championship should be celebrated and recognized as a great accomplishment, especially at the highest level of competitive pugilism. But as HBO analyst Max Kellerman points out, “A championship belt is more so used as a promotional tool nowadays”.

Basically stating, Chavez hasn’t really done anything out of the ordinary, and many people including myself, agrees with Kellerman’s opinion.

Not to take anything away from Sebastian Zbik or Chavez, but this event is apart of something that has been in the making since the beginning of Chavez’s career.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has carefully guided the young star, bringing him along slowly and matching him against questionably soft opposition. This past weekend was the icing on the cake.

Zbik is actually a good fighter, but not good enough to be a threat and is not necessarily a dangerous opponent.

From the weigh in, up to the actual night of the fight, Zbik was the smaller man even being outweighed by at least fifth teen pounds by Chavez on fight night who came into the ring weighing 180 pounds. That’s five pounds over the light heavy limit by the way.

Zbik although having a stellar amateur background, is not a powerful puncher. Coming into the fight he was undefeated with 30 wins, with only ten of his victories coming by way of knock out.

Zbik also has a recent history of fading late in fights, as he did against one of his last opponents Domenico Spada.

As for the fight itself, it was an entertaining affair. It was the fast hands and seasoning of Zbik vs. the determination and body punching of Chavez.

There were some close rounds, and some were difficult to score. Throughout the fight, Chavez would land the more authoritative punches and Zbik threw more and landed more punches. Zbik out landed Chavez ten out of the twelve rounds.

A fight that was even extending into the championship rounds, Chavez gained momentum and pulled away towards the end.

It was the will, body punching, and weight advantage that pulled through for Chavez. He forced Zbik into fighting a bar room styled fight, and made life difficult for Zbik.

It was essentially a war of attrition, with the stronger, larger, determined Chavez prevailing in the end.

Going forward, if I was a fan of Chavez I would not be too optimistic. There is much room for improvement, and with three fights under Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, I haven’t seen much progress.

There were many moments in the fight, were Chavez looked like he was in limbo. He didn’t know whether he wanted to fight on the inside, or fight from the outside.

Ineffective from the outside, he eventually just settled with trying to make a it a war on the inside. The only problem is standing at 6’1” his height makes it difficult for him at time on the inside.

Foot work is another issue and something to work on in the future. It sets up offense and defense and will be a key component for Chavez going forward as he looked awkward at times in the ring.

Defensively Chavez appears to be very easy to hit, and is fortunate Zbik lacks punching power, because he caught Chavez with clean effective punches quite often.

Perhaps it is good fortune, or even better promotion and match making.

Going forward, many fans would love to see a match with Chavez and the lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

The fight would be a huge event and a major step up in class for Chavez. As mentioned earlier many fans and boxing critics would love to see this fight happen, but I have a feeling Arum has other plans.

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Green-Ward: Why Allan should not be so confident

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By Kirk Jackson: It’s no secret Allan Green is a confident fighter. Nothing wrong with confidence, as every athlete in their respective sport, or every person with whatever they do in life should be confident.

It’s important to have self-belief, faith in your performance and abilities. But there is a thing as being over-confident; cockiness, if you will.

Super middleweight contender Green suffers from this. Here is a fighter, at 30-years-old, eight years a professional, having yet to accomplish anything significant as a professional fighter.

In recent interviews, Green negatively criticized proven fighters, some of which who happen to be champions such as Mikkel Kessler.

While Allan on the other hand, hasn’t had a major impact in his own division. While we all have the right to our opinion, Green is a boxer at the highest professional level and certainly has the right to his opinion.

I find it amusing how he can criticize a fighter for their lack of technical skills when he has many holes in his game.

I can’t honestly remember the last time I saw a fighter continuously look down at his feet during a fight, as Green did against Rubin Williams.

I’m uncertain if that was some kind of mental error or lack of focus, either way it is a strange habit.

Most of my qualms about Allan Green are in reference to Green’s professional career as a boxer.

Green has a solid amateur background. He is a 5-time Oklahoma State Champion, National Pal Silver Medalist, 4-time regional Golden Glove Champion, and the 2002 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion.

Green is not a bad fighter, but has yet to prove himself as an elite fighter.

In the biggest fight of his career, Green came up short against super middleweight contender Edison Miranda.

A positive for Green however is even though he was unable to win the fight, he displayed tremendous heart as he entered the bout and fought with a colon infection.

Green does have power in both hands and is a tall strong fighter. He looked impressive  against Carlos de Leon Jr. stopping him in two rounds via TKO.

But then again, who is Carlos De Leon Jr.?

Green recently earned a unanimous decision against undefeated Travis Simms. But it should be noted the 38-year-old Simms was coming off a long lay-off and took the fight against Green on five days notice.

This fight wasn’t overly impressive for Green, as he struggled a little bit during the fight; especially when Simms fought from the south paw stance.

The proposed bout between Sakio Bika and Green scheduled for February 5th, to determine the replacement participant in the Super Six Tournament fell apart.

But miraculously, Allan was blessed with the opportunity to participate in the Super Six Tournament as the replacement for the injured Jermain Taylor.

Green has the opportunity he has been waiting for.  He takes on the newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on April 17th.

One has to wonder, will Green’s confidence proceed over his actual abilities and will he overcome the young champion?

Will the inconsistency that has followed his professional career continue to show on the biggest fight of his life? Or will he silence the critics and show he is as good as he advertises?

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Falcons Scrimmage Successful

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Solano Community College Swim team aimed to propel themselves into championship territory Friday with the season’s first-inter squad meet.

“[This was a] good meet overall, everyone was enthusiastic,” said coach Sally Baldwin.  “This was a good team building exercise.”

Each athlete raced against the clock and rehearsed over drills such as the 100 free, 200 free and 100 M.

The Falcons first competitive swim meet will be held at Laney College Feb. 19 in Oakland.  Their next and final match-up at home will be Mar. 26 at 10 a.m.

 

The Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW)

Joni Kaiser founded the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) in 1977. The Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) was the first domestic violence program in the state of Nevada. CAAW is a northern Nevada non-profit organization that provides free confidential services in an effort to bring an end to family violence in Washoe County.

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Family Violence Statistics

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
  • About 25% of women and 8% of men are raped or physically assaulted by their spouse, partner, or dating partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
  • 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.

 

CAAW can provide you with the following free services:

  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • Support Groups
  • Legal Support/Assistance with Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs)
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy at Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Transportation/Food/Clothing
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Children’s Programs
  • Transitional Housing

 

Goals of CAAW:

Provide a safe-haven where victims can come to for aid and shelter.

Raise awareness of domestic-violence and overall abuse in Washoe County.

Provide individuals and families with a step-by-step path to safer and healthier living.

Provide individualized service plans as well as the caring support victim’s needs.

Prevent abuse and domestic violence from re-occurring.

With access to our support groups, housing options and legal referrals, those who come to CAAW for help are able to start rebuilding their lives immediately. Whether it’s a phone call to our 24-hour hotline for advice or a need for immediate emergency help like housing, CAAW provides support in any and all capacities for families experiencing violence.

CAAW provides free, confidential, bilingual services to families in Washoe County as they seek to end the abuse in their lives. CAAW offers men, women and children emergency shelter, transitional housing, protection orders, and support programs. It also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline. CAAW provides individuals and families with a step-by-step path to safer and healthier living through individualized service plans as well as the caring support victim’s needs.

Do you have a story you want to share about your experiences with domestic violence and abuse? Do you just want to talk?

CAAW is here to help and here for support. CAAW can be an outlet to escape the harsh environments of abuse and we can help find sanctuary.

Feel free to contact us, leave any feed back!!

 

 

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