Planet Boxing

By Ted Sares on September 11, 2012
Planet Boxing
Nowadays fighters from anywhere can fight anywhere and why not? (Tom Casino/Showtime)

The entire global boxing landscape has become just that—a global boxing landscape where a Ghanaian can live in Stockholm and fight…

“Meine Damen und Herren, let’s get ready to rumble…”—Michael Buffer

The entire global boxing landscape has become just that—a global boxing landscape where a Ghanaian can live in Stockholm and fight in Europe, or a Venezuelan can live in Tokyo and fight everywhere but in the U.S. An Armenian can become a German or Australian citizen and live in France and thereby get a triple dose of adulation. Vic Darchinyan is given homeboy love in Glendale, California; Australia; and in Armenia. Edwin Valero was worshiped in Tokyo and Venezuela—and then, for his macho style, in Mexico. An Armenian-born Russian citizen can live in France and fight throughout Europe. A Cuban can defect to South America, move to Europe and fight out of Germany. Born in Uzbekistan and Russian by nationality, a fighter can live and fight out of Munich these days, and in the process, he just might become tri-lingual. How about a Tunisian who resides in Germany but fights in Australia?

When “King Arthur” Abraham became a German citizen, he also became a high-profile German boxer. Armenia can claim Abraham just as Australia can claim Darchinyan. That’s the magic of a place like Germany. It allows for those from the boxer’s home country to cheer for him as well as for native Germans to do so. The fighter gets a double turbo-charge. The U.S. may have far more fighters, but they don’t get the adulation that these “double dippers” get. It has been a remarkable development spurred on, of course, by sage promoters and sound business models.

Watching German-based (but Kazakhstan-born) Gennady Golovkin destroy American-based Kassim Ouma (from Uganda) was truly global. However, to watch it in Panama City at Arena Roberto Duran was something else.

Yuri Foreman’s history reads like a spy novel. He was born in Belarus, immigrated to Israel, learned to box in Haifa under a Russian coach, trained out of an Arab gym, and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he now studies to become a rabbi while at the same time becoming the WBA super welterweight champion only to lose it to a Puerto Rican and then lose a comeback bout to Polish light middleweight, Pawel Wolak. Wolak meanwhile was retired by Delvin Rodriquez, a Dominican-born boxer who fights out of Connecticut.

Lithuanian cruiserweight Remigijus Ziausys (21-51-3) often fights twice a month and often loses. One of his losses came at the hands of London-based Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora who was born in Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia).

Meanwhile, German boxer Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr, the first Syrian-Lebanese heavyweight title challenger in history (or any other title for that matter), was dismantled by Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko (who was born in Kyrgyzstan) just this past weekend. Also this past weekend, game Nigerian- born Ajose Londoner lost to equally game Argentinean Lucas Matthysse in, of all places, Las Vegas, Nevada.

This coming weekend, IBF cruiserweight champion and Cuban-born (but German-based) Yoan Pablo Hernandez will defend his title against Canadian Troy Ross at Stechert Arena, Bamberg in Germany.

These days, fighters from anywhere can fight anywhere and why not? After all, this is now Planet Boxing.

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  1. pugknows 05:21pm, 09/12/2012

    Neat little twist to your usual stuff.

  2. Cheekay Brandon 01:36pm, 09/12/2012

    Very interesting take…much appreciated!

  3. the thresher 11:23am, 09/12/2012

    Irish The Klits opened the door and the stampede followed. Germany became the new Euro hub. The rest is history.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 11:09am, 09/12/2012

    Ted Sares- Everybody sees this but you’re the one who writes about it….good eye! In my view, if it weren’t for the Cold War, the Evil Empire, and the Iron Curtain this phenomenon would have occurred years earlier, starting in the post war years in fact and our professional boxing history would read a lot differently than it does now….guaranteed!

  5. Mike Casey 05:10am, 09/12/2012


  6. the thresher 05:08am, 09/12/2012

    I did, actually. He was waxed by a guy who studied law in Tunisia, moved to LATVIA to finish his studies, and then to Red Hook to teach. He used a pistol to close the show on on Kid Mexico who brought his hands to a gun fight.

  7. Mike Casey 04:21am, 09/12/2012

    Did you hear the one about the English/Irish/Polish American boxer - who was based in Germany and called himself Kid Mexico - who walked into this bar in Brooklyn and - oh, forget it!

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