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22 NOVEMBER 2014

 

Derek Bonnett has followed the sport of boxing enthusiastically for over twenty years. At SecondsOut, he has reported on all levels of the game and carries a passion for the lower, often overlooked, weight classes.

Derek holds a BS in English/Literature from Southern Connecticut and a MA in Humanities from Wesleyan University and has instructed English in Connecticut public schools for eight years. He was voted most outstanding wrestler in high school and wrestled at the college level as well. He has volunteered his time to instruct wrestling and condition young fighters at the Police Athletic League.



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Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 10

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 10

By Derek Bonnett: It’s been awhile. In fact, it’s been since July of 2012 that I felt compelled to write a volume of Title Shots Here! Getcha’ Free Title Shot! That’s not to say there haven’t been an undeserving "contender" or three over the last two years that hasn’t conveniently popped into the rankings of an organizing body just prior to a title fight being announced. Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 10
Mauricio Herrera: "I am El Maestro"

Mauricio Herrera: "I am El Maestro"

By Derek Bonnett: Persistence can carry a fighter a long way. That, and a pretty damn good supply of underrated talent. For junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera, opportunity and just results in the boxing world have never come easy. Herrera, known as "El Maestro", or "The Teacher", inside of the ring has earned the equivalence of a teaching degree after many lessons while enrolled in the clichéd School of Hard Knocks. Mauricio Herrera: "I am El Maestro"
Five Champions Who Will Remain And Five Who Will Go In 2014

Five Champions Who Will Remain And Five Who Will Go In 2014

By Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxing maintains a state of homeostasis and keeps fight fans intrigued even amid the dubious officiating and cries of scandal. Five Champions Who Will Remain And Five Who Will Go In 2014
SecondsOut 2013 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2013 Divisional Superlatives

By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut honored boxing’s greatest practitioners and non-participants with such accolades as Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Service to Boxing, etc. However, among the 170 ranked SecondsOut fighters and beyond, a multitude of fighters go unrecognized for their less obvious contributions to the sport inside of a single division. SecondsOut 2013 Divisional Superlatives
SecondsOut Fighter of the Year 2013: Adonis Stevenson

SecondsOut Fighter of the Year 2013: Adonis Stevenson

By Derek Bonnett: The boxing calendar for 2013 presented copious opportunities for many of boxing’s best to shine and, hyperbole aside, they did shine. Determining the special practitioner of the Sweet Science to follow up Juan Manuel Marquez’ Fighter of the Year run in 2012 was no small task. SecondsOut Fighter of the Year 2013: Adonis Stevenson
Tomoki Kameda Extends Family Boxing History

Tomoki Kameda Extends Family Boxing History

By Derek Bonnett: Boxing has long been a family affair with fathers, sons, uncles, and brothers lacing up the gloves to follow in the footsteps of some blood-related kin in the hope of matching or surpassing the heights attained by their genetic lineage. Tomoki Kameda Extends Family Boxing History
G-Rockers: Grooming the Future of Boxing in Africa

G-Rockers: Grooming the Future of Boxing in Africa

By Derek Bonnett< Covering world boxing for SecondsOut has some pretty excellent perks. Not only have I been able to share my coverage of the sport and my own personal thoughts and analysis with a world-wide audience, I have also been able to become introduced to a multitude of men and women who share the same passion for the Sweet Science and contribute to the sports greatness as fans, fellow writers, managers, trainers, and both current and former fighters of all levels. In fact, through the G-Rockers: Grooming the Future of Boxing in Africa
Mykquan Williams: Amateur Hopeful From New England

Mykquan Williams: Amateur Hopeful From New England

By Derek Bonnett: Historically, Connecticut boxing boasts such popular names as Willie Pep, Marlon Starling, and Chad Dawson. Along the way, other notables such as John Scully, Israel Cardona, and Angel Vazquez contended at the highest levels. On the distant horizon, Mykquan Williams just might be the next Connecticut hopeful among the professional ranks. Mykquan Williams: Amateur Hopeful From New England
From Injury To Insult: Freddie Liberatore And Life After Boxing

From Injury To Insult: Freddie Liberatore And Life After Boxing

By Derek Bonnett Freddie "The Pitbull" Liberatore is a fighter no more. Even though Freddie Liberatore’s career ended following his 1995 world title fight loss to Gabriel Ruelas eighteen years ago, the thought of Liberatore not being a fighter in some sense of the word boggles the mind. Liberatore, a New York native, 20-4-1 (11), had a career which seemed modeled after James Dean’s fervor to live fast and die young. From Injury To Insult: Freddie Liberatore And Life After Boxing
Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2013

Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2013

By Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxing maintains a state of homeostasis and keeps fight fans intrigued even amid the dubious officiating and cries of scandal. Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2013
SecondsOut Fighter of the Year: Juan Manuel Marquez

SecondsOut Fighter of the Year: Juan Manuel Marquez

By Derek Bonnett: Over the last few months, a rumble in the tummy that is professional prizefighting began getting more and more audible as boxing pundits began mulling over the possibilities for who to bestow upon the crown of Fighter of the Year. The year 2012 was one bruised by controversy and bloodied by broken contracts, but not fully marred due to the excellent action taking place between the ropes. SecondsOut Fighter of the Year: Juan Manuel Marquez
SecondsOut 2012 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2012 Divisional Superlatives

By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut will honor boxing’s greatest practitioners and non-participants with such accolades as Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Service to Boxing, etc. However, among the 170 ranked SecondsOut fighters and beyond, a multitude of fighters go unrecognized for their less obvious contributions to the sport inside of a single division. Each fighter brings something special into the SecondsOut 2012 Divisional Superlatives
SecondsOut Interview: Jace McTier

SecondsOut Interview: Jace McTier

By Derek Bonnett: One of the greatest benefits of covering the world of boxing for SecondsOut is the opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships with those who share the same unquenchable passion for professional fisticuffs. SecondsOut Interview: Jace McTier
Reyes-Ramirez: Boxing's Unlikeliest Rivalry

Reyes-Ramirez: Boxing's Unlikeliest Rivalry

By Derek Bonnett: In the weeks ahead world boxing fans will have the opportunity watch the planet’s best amateur pugilists battle it out over three rounds in search of gold medal dreams. There’s something purer about an Olympic boxers intentions when you know he or, for the first time in 2012, she is fighting for pride and country and that breathtaking view from the medal podium as opposed to cash. Reyes-Ramirez: Boxing's Unlikeliest Rivalry
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 9

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 9

By Derek Bonnett Greetings SecondsOut boxing aficionados, your friendly neighborhood pessimist is back for another volume of Title Shots Here! Getcha’ Free Title Shot! to satiate your world title fight inquiries. Please continue to reach out and share your feelings about dubious world title bouts and questionable challengers. So far, our English, Irish, and South African readers have been the most vocal. However, it’s one world we’re concerned with when discussing the various Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 9
Superman Ready For The Man

Superman Ready For The Man

By Derek Bonnett: If Bronco McKart is to be cast in the role of Superman, then I guess that makes Anthony "The Man" Mundine Lex Luther. On Saturday, July 14, McKart and Mundine will collide at the Pearl Theater inside the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Truth be told, come fight night, there should be little trouble distinguishing the crowd’s interpretations of hero and villain. Superman Ready For The Man
Seth Mitchell: &quot;It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish.&quot;

Seth Mitchell: "It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish."

By Derek Bonnett: Oh where, oh where have the great American heavyweights gone? Oh where, oh where can they be? This is a tune many boxing experts and fans have been singing for the last ten years. Since the end of the1990s, when the heavyweight division included Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Ray Mercer, and Tommy Morrison Seth Mitchell: "It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish."
Billy Dib: Prepping for Southpaws

Billy Dib: Prepping for Southpaws

By Derek Bonnett: IBF featherweight champion Billy "The Kid" Dib will fight for the second time in 2012 on Friday, July 13. Dib will appear in a ten round non-title affair against Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez at the Orion Function Centre, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia. Billy Dib: Prepping for Southpaws
Is Will Power Enough For Rosinsky?

Is Will Power Enough For Rosinsky?

By Derek Bonnett: Will "Power" Rosinsky knows a thing or two about disappointment. Back in October of last year, Rosinsky gave Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez his toughest battle as a professional. Showtime’s unofficial card had the bout a draw, but the official judges scoring the contest did not award him a single round. Is Will Power Enough For Rosinsky?
Randall Bailey: Boxing's Undisputed Knock-Out King

Randall Bailey: Boxing's Undisputed Knock-Out King

By Derek Bonnett: The sport of boxing is replete with fighters who fail to live up to their monikers. After all, how often have you thought of Ruslan Chagaev as a "White Tyson"? Chad Dawson is without a doubt the best light heavyweight in the world today, but is he really "Bad"? When was the last time Zab Judah actually looked "Super"? Randall Bailey: Boxing's Undisputed Knock-Out King
Johnny Tapia: 1967-2012

Johnny Tapia: 1967-2012

By Derek Bonnett: October 12, 1994 was a very special day for me in terms of my twenty-three years of following professional boxing. I was a seventeen year old kid at the time and the only things that got my heart pumping were cheerleaders, Camaros, and, mostly effectively, boxing matches Johnny Tapia: 1967-2012
Boxing Resumes: Numbers Can Lie

Boxing Resumes: Numbers Can Lie

By Derek Bonnett: It was bound to happen. I’ve been having a ball over the past year ripping the sanctioning bodies for handing seemingly unworthy boxers title fights. My Title Shots Here! Getcha’ Free Title Shot series has prompted numerous SecondsOut readers to reach out and voice their own disgust at some of the match-ups they feel are being peddled off as world championship caliber fights. But, alas, I got one wrong. Boxing Resumes: Numbers Can Lie
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 8

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 8

By Derek Bonnett: The year 2012 is already in its fourth month and boxing fans have not had to hear my rebellious cries against the world sanctioning bodies or their sorry excuses for world championship match-ups due to erroneous rankings systems. Overall, I have been pleased with the efforts of the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO thus far. Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 8
Truax Respectful, But Ready For Taylor

Truax Respectful, But Ready For Taylor

By Derek Bonnett: There are so many labels in the boxing game. We have champions and belt holders. There are contenders and fringe contenders. Then there are prospects and gatekeepers. Eventually, we get down journeymen and trialhorses. Truax Respectful, But Ready For Taylor
Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2012

Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2012

By Derek Bonnett: As we encounter another new year, the landscape of the boxing scene continues to evolve. With old champions acting out the final stages of their careers and new ones emerging to fill the void, boxing maintains a state of homeostasis and keeps fight fans intrigued even amid the dubious officiating and cries of scandal. Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2012
SecondsOut 2011 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2011 Divisional Superlatives

By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut will honor boxing’s greatest practitioners and non-participants with such accolades as Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Service to Boxing, etc. However, among the 170 ranked SecondsOut fighters and beyond, a multitude of fighters go unrecognized for their less obvious contributions to the sport. SecondsOut 2011 Divisional Superlatives
 Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 7

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 7

By Derek Bonnett: It’s December and 2011 is rapidly coming to a close. If the Mayan calendar holds true, there are precious few months left for mankind and there are going to be legions of professional prizefighters whose dreams of world title contention will remain unfulfilled as the world comes crashing down in 2012.  Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 7
 Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 6

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 6

By Derek Bonnett: It’s been since August that I last poked my nose into the business of bogus world title challengers and I regret to say it’s not because they haven’t been happening. No, the flow of manipulated match-ups runs strong.  Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 6
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 5

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 5

By Derek Bonnett: SecondsOut fans have taken a special interest in speaking out in defense of our "right to a fair title fight". Our voice may be small, but we are pure of heart and do not have to accept world class mockeries in place of world championship boxing. Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 5
On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/3/11

On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/3/11

By Derek Bonnett: Prior to his clash with David Haye, universal heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko expressed that he would nullify his opponent’s speed advantage with anticipation. The fans’ anticipation for this heavyweight title fight rivaled any, surely, since Mike Tyson squared off with Lennox Lewis. Haye-Klitschko did not live up the expectation of the fans, nor did Tyson-Lewis to many. On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 7/3/11
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 4

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 4

By Derek Bonnett: I guess I am just not speaking loud enough. This is my fourth criticism of the sanctioning bodies since February and boxing fans are still are not getting what they deserve from these organizations and their world champions. I am not asking for WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO to have a mandatory challenger in every title fight. Half the time, the mandatory challengers aren’t even that good. However, boxing fans need to demand better quality fights. Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 4
Boxing Hall of Fame: Induction Weekend 2011

Boxing Hall of Fame: Induction Weekend 2011

By Derek Bonnett in Canastota: Any boxing fan who has been considering making the trip up to Canastota, NY, USA needs to stop thinking. Thinking just gets in the way of doing and the second weekend of June 2012 is already approaching. Boxing Hall of Fame: Induction Weekend 2011
Kostya Tszyu: Induction Worthy

Kostya Tszyu: Induction Worthy

By Derek Bonnett: Kostya Tszyu reigned as junior welterweight champion for the better part of ten years. He captured his first world championship in his fourteenth bout. Tszyu reigned twice as the IBF champion and also held both the WBC and WBA belts. Between November 2001 and January 2003, he was the undisputed champion. Kostya Tszyu: Induction Worthy
The Spoiler: The Most Feared Boxing Stereotype

The Spoiler: The Most Feared Boxing Stereotype

By Derek Bonnett: Darnell Boone grew up following the careers of Marvin Hagler, John Mugabi, and Pernell Whitaker. Two of those men are arguably the best fighters of all time in their respective divisions. This super-trio finished with only 14 losses combined in over 160 bouts. If you think that’s impressive, Boone already has 17 losses in just thirty-eight bouts or, roughly, a quarter of that time. All-time greats? Bah! The Spoiler: The Most Feared Boxing Stereotype
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 2

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 2

By Derek Bonnett: What did I tell you? Last month, when I grilled world champions Sammy Gutierrez, Jan Zaveck, Felix Sturm, and Gilberto Keb Baas, I was unhappy because honest boxing fans were being served up garbage non-title bouts under the facade of world championship match-ups. Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 2
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!

By Derek Bonnett: Whatever happened to fighters earning their way to a title shot? Sure, some fighters get there quicker than others, but usually, once they do, they seem worthy of it. Examine the featherweight division for instance. Right now, top prospects Miguel Angel Garcia and Matt Remillard do not deserve world title shots based off their emerging resumes and lofty rankings. So what are they doing? Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!
End of the Line for Rachman

End of the Line for Rachman

By Derek Bonnett: George Bernard Shaw conveyed to us that often youth is wasted on the young. At times when an individual is most replete with his youth, he is also lacking valuable experience or knowledge to put it to its best use. In turn, once the individual has acquired copious experience and knowledge, he is often left without the physical tools of youth to apply what he has learned. End of the Line for Rachman
Andre Berto: Junior Welterweight Contender?

Andre Berto: Junior Welterweight Contender?

By Derek Bonnett: I have heard grumblings, but no one has come right out and asked. What the hell is Andre Berto doing? Andre Berto: Junior Welterweight Contender?
SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part II

SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part II

By Derek Bonnett: Boxing fans can put another year of professional prizefighting in the record books. 2010 was a good, not great year of boxing, but it rose to the occasion and put in a strong comeback during the championship rounds of the year. Most would prognosticate a stronger year in 2011 considering a slew of meaningful fights on the horizon. SecondsOut Rankings 2010 Year End Summary, Part II
White Collar Brawler on Web TV

White Collar Brawler on Web TV

By Derek Bonnett: We have all daydreamed about doing it a hundred times. Sometimes it ends with our keys being forcefully slammed onto the boss’s desk. Other times, there is a barrage of witty banter punctuated by a salute and a hasty exit. White Collar Brawler on Web TV
Rubio's Venom Still Stings at Middleweight

Rubio's Venom Still Stings at Middleweight

By Derek Bonnett: Marco Antonio Rubio or "El Veneno", as he is known in Mexico, seemed disinterested in moving his career forward during his lackluster ninth round knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik in February 2009. He appeared to have stalled and to be without the "venom" his nickname suggests. He couldn’t let his hands go and he couldn’t compete with a champion, who himself was not in peak form. Rubio's Venom Still Stings at Middleweight
Improved Lorenzo Eyes Sturm KO

Improved Lorenzo Eyes Sturm KO

By Derek Bonnett: If professional boxing abided by the same rules as baseball, Giovanni Lorenzo would be staring down his last possible strike before the sport called him "out". Improved Lorenzo Eyes Sturm KO
Bautista and Melindo: ALA Stars Ready to Shine

Bautista and Melindo: ALA Stars Ready to Shine

By Derek Bonnett: ALA Boxing Promotions has assembled another sizzling showcase of world class boxing on August 28 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. The card will feature Florante Condes, Jimrex Jaca, Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista, and Milan Melindo in separate bouts. Bautista and Melindo: ALA Stars Ready to Shine
The Ups and Downs of Fight Film

The Ups and Downs of Fight Film

By Derek Bonnett: Professional prizefighters prepare for their opponents using myriad approaches. One might argue that each fighter or trainer brings something a little different to training camp, but, overall, the end objectives are quite similar. Thus, a great number of characteristics from each training regimen resemble one another. The Ups and Downs of Fight Film
Alexander on Collision Course With Bradley

Alexander on Collision Course With Bradley

By Derek Bonnett: The junior welterweight class is rapidly becoming a fan favorite topic for online boxing message boards. Talks range from the legitimacy of Amir Khan as a world titlist to the validity of Marcos Rene Maidana’s recent injuries to who deserves to be considered number one between Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley. Alexander on Collision Course With Bradley
Prospect Alert: Ruslan Provodnikov

Prospect Alert: Ruslan Provodnikov

By Derek Bonnett: In the first half of 2010, undefeated junior welterweight, Ruslan Provodnikov progressed from being an interesting young hopeful to one of boxing’s brightest prospects. Provodnikov, a 26 year old from Ekaterinburg, Russia, now stands at 16-0 (11) as a professional following a reported 170-10 amateur career. Given his recent performances, experts can easily surmise that Provodnikov is ably adapting to the professional game. Prospect Alert: Ruslan Provodnikov
Another Last Hurrah For Jauregui

Another Last Hurrah For Jauregui

By Derek Bonnett: On February 12, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, USA, boxing fans will be treated to a possible dark horse candidate for fight of the year when Ji Hoon Kim and Tyrone Harris square off in a junior lightweight bout. Another Last Hurrah For Jauregui
Cichon Predicts Tough Win For Remillard

Cichon Predicts Tough Win For Remillard

By Derek Bonnett: Unbeaten featherweight Matt Remillard returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA this Friday, January 29 to defend his NABF title against Rafael Lora. Remillard stopped Lora in four rounds in September of last year to capture the title, but the ending was marred by some minor controversy as Lora turned away from his opponent and was twice struck in the back of the head after the referee waved them on. Cichon Predicts Tough Win For Remillard
Team Gonzalez Takes The Standing Eight Count

Team Gonzalez Takes The Standing Eight Count

By Derek Bonnett: Boxing fans that want to keep a clear perspective of the landscape supporting the sport’s smallest divisions had better not blink. If you did, you were surprised by the resurgence of Brian Viloria in his upset of Ulises Solis, Rodel Mayol’s “fourth times a charm” KO of Edgar Sosa, and, most recently, Carlos Tamara’s come from behind KO to end Viloria’s brief stint near the top. Team Gonzalez Takes The Standing Eight Count
Champions League Boxing: Fantasy Boxing and Wagering

Champions League Boxing: Fantasy Boxing and Wagering

By Derek Bonnett: Anyone looking to add a little excitement and friendly competition to their boxing schedules for 2010 needs to venture over to www.championsleagueboxing.com and sign up for some fantasy boxing. Champions League Boxing: Fantasy Boxing and Wagering
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