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21 OCTOBER 2017

 

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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Referees Talk Ring Safety And Camaraderie In Canastota

Referees Talk Ring Safety And Camaraderie In Canastota

By Derek Bonnett: One of the many highlights of the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend are the Ringside Lectures. The 2017 weekend did not disappoint. The most engaging lecture this year and some of the most interesting over the last six years came from a myriad of boxing’s top referees. Joe Cortez delivered a great lecture back in 2011, but 2017’s delivered a KO combination comprised of Kenny Bayless, Robert Byrd, Tony Weeks, Robert Hoyle, and Russell Mora. Referees Talk Ring Safety And Camaraderie In Canastota
Barrera, Tapia, And Holyfield Inducted Into IBHOF

Barrera, Tapia, And Holyfield Inducted Into IBHOF

By Derek Bonnett: Muhammad Ali is The Greatest, I know. Also, I fully accept Sugar Ray Robinson’s consensus rating as the best boxer of all-time. This paradox troubles me not as these types of debates are highly subjective and a matter of perspective; I rarely engage in them with much fervor. Yet, neither one of these all-time great, hall of fame enshrined boxers was my hero. Barrera, Tapia, And Holyfield Inducted Into IBHOF
Big Fight Hype Fails To Change Chavez Jr.

Big Fight Hype Fails To Change Chavez Jr.

By Derek Bonnett: "I feel like I have never seen him look good," my wife said of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., following my verbal update of the outcome this morning after fight night. I watched the live action via pay-per-view thanks to a friend who hosted a Cinco de Mayo weekend celebration replete with margaritas, sangria, cervezas, and plenty of Mexican comida. Big Fight Hype Fails To Change Chavez Jr.
Each Nation's Best: Nicaragua Vol. 2

Each Nation's Best: Nicaragua Vol. 2

By Derek Bonnett: The Republic of Nicaragua is the largest nation in Central America. Yet, it is the least densely populated with demographic comparable to that of Honduras and Costa Rica. It derives its name from the famed Chief Nicarao who once ruled over this land and the Spanish word “agua” (water). Each Nation's Best: Nicaragua Vol. 2
Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2017

Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2017

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. Boxing, as always, will endure; however, not every participant with an alphabet title will be so lucky. Inevitably, the mighty will eventually fall and, Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2017
Jerusalem Eyes Big Opportunity In 2017

Jerusalem Eyes Big Opportunity In 2017

By Derek Bonnett: On January 28, 2017, twenty-two year old prospect Melvin Jerusalem of Philippines with travel to Phitsanulok, Thailand to try for his first world championship against reigning titlist Wanheng Menayothin. Menayothin, 31, far more experienced at the world class level than his neophyte challenger, will be making his sixth defense of the WBC minimumweight title. Jerusalem Eyes Big Opportunity In 2017
SecondsOut 2016 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2016 Divisional Superlatives

By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut has 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. SecondsOut 2016 Divisional Superlatives
SecondsOut 2016 Upset Of The Year: Jason Sosa TKO 11 Javier Fortuna

SecondsOut 2016 Upset Of The Year: Jason Sosa TKO 11 Javier Fortuna

By Derek Bonnett: Many SecondsOut readers were first exposed to Jason Sosa back at the start of 2013. On the same night Sergey Kovalev crashed the world boxing upper echelon, Sosa, a boxer with Jersey-boy good looks, won a fourth round TKO over Joseph "Chip" Perez in a battle between East Coast super featherweights. SecondsOut 2016 Upset Of The Year: Jason Sosa TKO 11 Javier Fortuna
SecondsOut 2016 Fighter Of The Year: Carl Frampton

SecondsOut 2016 Fighter Of The Year: Carl Frampton

By Derek Bonnett: Each year, SecondsOut writers consider the body of work for numerous fighters to determine the SecondsOut Fighter of the Year. For boxing fans, 2016 was a disappointment as some of the best fighters in the world failed to meet one another, such as Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, to determine divisional superiority. SecondsOut 2016 Fighter Of The Year: Carl Frampton
Remillard Ready For Ring Return

Remillard Ready For Ring Return

By Derek Bonnett: Most of us can say that a lot has happened in the last five years. A new job, perhaps. A new house. A child born. All these things and more would gladly be embraced by most and shared with all to rejoice in one’s good fortune. For Matt Remillard, Connecticut’s one-time featherweight contender, the last five years were not so memorable even though their impact will also be felt for a lifetime. Remillard Ready For Ring Return
Each Nation's Best: United States Of America

Each Nation's Best: United States Of America

By Derek Bonnett: The United States of America, or USA, is a federal republic comprised of fifty states, forty-eight of which are assembled within North America between Canada and Mexico. The USA has been a consistent topic in world news thanks largely to our recent election of real estate mogul Donald Trump to the role of President Elect. Each Nation's Best: United States Of America
Each Nation's Best: Ukraine

Each Nation's Best: Ukraine

By Derek Bonnett: Ukraine, often unnecessarily preceded by the article "the", is an Eastern European state bordered by Russia, Belarus, and Poland among other nations. Much of the recent news surrounding this country has centered on the territorial disputes between Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Each Nation's Best: Ukraine
Boxing's Super Division: Super Flyweight

Boxing's Super Division: Super Flyweight

By Derek Bonnett: There is a lot happening in the super flyweight division. My fervent attention to the lighter weight classes is well known, but more and more insiders and mainstream followers of the sport are uttering the names Juan Francisco Estrada, Carlos Cuadras, Naoya Inoue, and, of course, Roman Gonzalez. Boxing's Super Division: Super Flyweight
Is Father Time Passed His Prime?

Is Father Time Passed His Prime?

By Derek Bonnett: Remember when there was one definitive opponent boxers just couldn’t beat? In the modern sport of boxing, it appears fighters are gaining some momentum and pushing back the fists of time. Father Time may not have lost, but he seems to be losing his edge. Is Father Time Passed His Prime?
Tony Luis: "I'm A legitimate Contender At 135"

Tony Luis: "I'm A legitimate Contender At 135"

By Derek Bonnett: "Don’t believe your own headlines." The words of Tony Luis, lightweight contender when asked of the single most valuable lesson he has learned during a fight. Back in January 2013, Luis traveled to Verona, New York. Many fighters heading that way are looking forward to enshrinement in the boxing Hall of Fame in nearby Canastota. Tony Luis: "I'm A legitimate Contender At 135"
Ortiz Tames Tiger; Vargas Bombs Sadam

Ortiz Tames Tiger; Vargas Bombs Sadam

By Derek Bonnett World championship caliber boxing returned to the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., USA for HBO’s latest installment of Boxing After Dark. The two-fight televised card featured welterweights and heavyweights in action in bouts with the potential for serious divisional shaping ramifications. The fans got what they expected in the main event from Luis Ortiz and Tony Thompson, but Jessie Vargas and Sadam Ali provided fans with their money’s worth in one of the year& Ortiz Tames Tiger; Vargas Bombs Sadam
Mykquan Williams Eyes Professional Ranks

Mykquan Williams Eyes Professional Ranks

By Derek Bonnett: It was June 13, 2008. I was in press row at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT covering my first boxing card for SecondsOut. I was there following, then promising featherweight prospect, Matt Remillard. Remillard, unbeaten was matched tough. Mykquan Williams Eyes Professional Ranks
Five Champions Who Will Remain And Five Who Will Go In 2016

Five Champions Who Will Remain And Five Who Will Go In 2016

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 2016
SecondsOut 2015 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2015 Divisional Superlatives

By Derek Bonnett: As another fruitful year of professional fisticuffs wraps up, SecondsOut has 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. SecondsOut 2015 Divisional Superlatives
Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 11

Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 11

By Derek Bonnett: It’s been over a year since I communicated my thoughts regarding the organizing bodies to boxing fans through this medium. Yep, it’s been since August of 2014 that I felt compelled to write a volume of Title Shots Here! Getcha’ Free Title Shot! Title Shots Here! Getcha' Free Title Shot!, Vol. 11
Mayweather Doesn't Owe Us Anything

Mayweather Doesn't Owe Us Anything

By Derek Bonnett: From the title alone, many fans already hate where I am going with this. However, deep down, very deep down for some of you, we all know this assertion is right. After forty-eight professional prize fights, most of which were fought at the top of the game, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has done everything he has needed to become the sport’s number one fighter pound for pound. Mayweather Doesn't Owe Us Anything
Knockout King Seeks Thurman And Berto

Knockout King Seeks Thurman And Berto

By Derek Bonnett: In boxing, it’s been said that a fighter’s power is the last thing to go. If that adage holds true, Randall Bailey just might have a shot at capturing another world title. For most boxers, a moniker is self-proclaimed or a simple marketing tool. Knockout King Seeks Thurman And Berto
Mykquan Williams: National Golden Gloves Bound

Mykquan Williams: National Golden Gloves Bound

By Derek Bonnett: As a boy, I wanted to be a fighter. That is if you can call "wanting" the passive dreaming of being a professional boxer without all the blood, sweat, tears, and, often, puke that comes along with the hard work required. Mykquan Williams: National Golden Gloves Bound
Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2015

Five Champions Who Will Remain and Five Who Will Go in 2015

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 2015
SecondsOut 2014 Divisional Superlatives

SecondsOut 2014 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. SecondsOut 2014 Divisional Superlatives
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
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