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24 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

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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B.J. Flores: Talking The Talk, Walking The Walk

B.J. Flores: Talking The Talk, Walking The Walk

By Derek Bonnett: At thirty years old, unbeaten cruiserweight contender, BJ Flores, 23-0-1 (14), is on the verge of a world championship bout. Since outpointing the hard-hitting Darnell Wilson on ESPN to claim the USBA cruiserweight title in 2008, Flores has annexed the WBO-NABO crown with a comprehensive victory over the dangerous Jose Luis Herrera. B.J. Flores: Talking The Talk, Walking The Walk
Prospect Alert: Manny Roman

Prospect Alert: Manny Roman

By Derek Bonnett: The Espinoza Boxing Club has been working very hard over the last couple of years to build a stable of fighters to carry their name into the next decade Prospect Alert: Manny Roman
Molitor Eyes June Return

Molitor Eyes June Return

By Derek Bonnett: The house came tumbling down on Steve Molitor in November 2008. After successfully defending his IBF super bantamweight title five times and running his record to 28-0 (11), Molitor did something out of the ordinary. He lost. And he lost badly. Molitor Eyes June Return
The Battle of Saint Louis: Latimore vs. Spinks

The Battle of Saint Louis: Latimore vs. Spinks

By Derek Bonnett: Whether it’s Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero dividing the fans of Albuquerque or the two local high school football teams squaring off on Thanksgiving day, a cross-town rivalry adds a whole new dimension to the build up and excitement before a big match-up. The Battle of Saint Louis: Latimore vs. Spinks
Urbano Antillon: Ready For Better Opposition

Urbano Antillon: Ready For Better Opposition

By Derek Bonnett: Sometimes a fighter is lucky enough that after just sitting around for awhile, taking on modest opposition, his opportunity arrives without having truly proved himself worthy of a big fight. Some fighters are even satisfied with this route toward a world title match-up. Urbano Antillon: Ready For Better Opposition
Troy Ross: Contender Champion and True Contender

Troy Ross: Contender Champion and True Contender

By Derek Bonnett: The atmosphere at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Ledyard, Connecticut, USA, offered little in the way of boxing electricity during the early evening hours before it was to play host to The Contender series four finale. Troy Ross: Contender Champion and True Contender
Arthur Williams Longs To Be King Again

Arthur Williams Longs To Be King Again

By Derek Bonnett: Arthur Williams tried for the world cruiserweight title in March of 1994 at the age of twenty-nine. Arthur Williams Longs To Be King Again
Bigger is Better for Mack

Bigger is Better for Mack

By Derek Bonnett: Leading up to Yusaf Mack’s twelve round NABF light heavyweight fight on February 6, the common opinion was that Mack wouldn’t be able to handle the weight. If he couldn’t take the punches at super middleweight, how was he going to handle bigger punches from bigger men? Bigger is Better for Mack
A Golden Age For Panamanian Boxing

A Golden Age For Panamanian Boxing

By Derek Bonnett: As we start 2009, the nation of Panama is amidst an impressive renaissance concerning its standing in the world boxing scene. The success of this country in the realm of professional prize-fighting is largely attributed to one man, the great Roberto Duran, who competed from lightweight to middleweight in a career spanning from 1968 to 2001. A Golden Age For Panamanian Boxing
No More Distractions For Gary Stark Junior

No More Distractions For Gary Stark Junior

By Derek Bonnett: Super bantamweight boxer Gary “Kid” Stark Junior, 28, didn’t have the best of years in 2007. No More Distractions For Gary Stark Junior
Deandre Latimore: Punching Like Tyson; Boxing Like Sugar Ray

Deandre Latimore: Punching Like Tyson; Boxing Like Sugar Ray

By Derek Bonnett: After speaking with Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan and his team earlier in the month, the junior middleweight division looks a lot different to me. Sure, the upper echelon sports considerable talent with Sergiy Dzinziruk, Paul Williams, and David Santos, but I can’t get too excited about the division on just their merit alone. Deandre Latimore: Punching Like Tyson; Boxing Like Sugar Ray
Vanes Martirosyan: 2009 and Beyond

Vanes Martirosyan: 2009 and Beyond

By Derek Bonnett: In July 2008, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan, 22, was counted among the top four Armenian-born fighters in the world of boxing in my Each Nation’s Best article focusing on Armenia. Vanes Martirosyan: 2009 and Beyond
Cruising For Recognition: The Plight of the Cruiserweights

Cruising For Recognition: The Plight of the Cruiserweights

By Derek Bonnett: Boxing aficionados can all agree on which fighter deserves the distinction of being called the greatest cruiserweight of all time: Evander Holyfield. After that, there’s no clear number two for this division even though some pretty good talent has settled there. Cruising For Recognition: The Plight of the Cruiserweights
Espinoza Boxing Club Prospects In Action

Espinoza Boxing Club Prospects In Action

By Derek Bonnett: It’s almost too early to call Luis Ramos and Ronny Rios prospects, but that hasn’t prevented the Espinoza Boxing Club from avidly promoting these two young neophytes. Espinoza Boxing Club Prospects In Action
Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

By Derek Bonnett

With all the big boxing talk of the last couple of months being focused on Hopkins-Pavlik and Jones-Calzaghe, it appears as if the enthusiasts of the sport have completely forgotten about the super bantamweight unification bout between Celestino Caballero and Steve Molitor on November 21 at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight
Just Your Average Joe?

Just Your Average Joe?

By Derek Bonnett

If Joe Calzaghe is indeed done fighting after last Saturday’s bout against the aged Roy Jones Jr. in New York, then 2008 will have seen two long standing world champions make their exits from the sport unbeaten. However, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have made his exit with far more prestige bestowed upon his name than the thirty-six year old Pride of Wales. Just Your Average Joe?
Colin Morgan Takes The Standing Eight Count

Colin Morgan Takes The Standing Eight Count

By Derek Bonnett: Colin Morgan is among the most admirable men I have come across in the sport of boxing. In the handful of conversations we have shared, I quickly deduced the vastly underrated boxing trainer as a self-less man by nature and one who operates by one of the most pure senses of altruism I have ever come in contact with. Colin Morgan Takes The Standing Eight Count
Rubio and Ornelas Set to Rumble For Middleweight Title Shot

Rubio and Ornelas Set to Rumble For Middleweight Title Shot

By Derek Bonnett: The world readily accepts Kelly Pavlik in the lead role of the film that is the middleweight division. Rubio and Ornelas Set to Rumble For Middleweight Title Shot
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