31 October 2019 20:53
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huang Wensi celebrates her victory after winning the Asia Female Continental Super Flyweight Championship gold belt in 2018. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huang's husband Deng Peipeng looks after their son while she trains for the 2018 championship in a local gym in Lianjiang, Guangdong province. Image copyright Reuters Image caption As well as boxing, Huang works as a teacher. Image copyright Reuters Image caption As match day approaches, Huang continues her training in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huang during her final training session before travelling to Taipei, Taiwan, for the 2018 championship match.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Having arrived in Taipei, Huang takes part in a weighing session to make sure she meets the criteria for the super flyweight category. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huang works up a sweat to lower her body weight. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huang receives some motivational words from her assistant coach on match day. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The gold belt match saw Huang face Thailand's Jarusiri Rongmuang. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The fight continued into the seventh round.
Clemson's Epic National Championship Rings Include Alabama Shade Clemson's epic national championship rings feature 2 trophies... TMZ Sports has learned the "Best Ever" line inscribed into the side of the Tigers' national title rings--which the team received at a ceremony Wednesday--is a subtle shot at the Tide. So, after they beat Nick Saban's guys 44-16 in January's National Championship game, designers made sure to include the words "Best Ever" on the rings to rub it in. We've also learned the 18 stones at the top and bottom of the ring represent Clemson's 18 ACC titles... With Olympic honors as an amateur and a world title as a professional, how did Robin Reid, the "Reaper Man," first end up donning the gloves?
Winning around sixty of his eighty amateur contests, most of which were representing England, Reid explained how he went on to have a stellar 1992, crowned with an Olympic medal in Barcelona. I won gold and got Best Boxer of the tournament. It was the first year we'd qualified the full team of twelve in boxing, which included future world champions such as Paul Ingle, and I was the only boxer to get a medal, winning bronze." Three and a half years into his journey, unbeaten in twenty-two contests and yet to fight for a title of any kind, an unexpected opportunity came his way. "At the time, I was twenty-five years old, chomping at the bit looking for a title fight and I thought my first shot would be at an Area or British title, something like that. I go and see him, we sit down and he says, 'I've got you a title shot, but you're going to have to go up to super middle though.' I'm still thinking, British, Commonwealth maybe. The fight will be 12 October .' I'm then thinking, who are the super middleweight world champions and challengers at the moment? I thought, 'Jeeeessusss.' I'd watched Nigel Benn fighting, and he was a bit of a hero of mine. But then he went and lost a decision to Malinga who then lost to Nardiello, so I ended up fighting the Italian. On paper, apart from the Olympics, I hadn't won a title, so I was the inexperienced underdog, but I thought, I've got nothing to lose. "When we were training, I had a bit of stubble, had my hair slicked back and Brian used to make fun of me and say, 'You look like one of these Italian gangsters!' Anyway, we had the press conference in Milan and Nardiello's got massive support and me and Brian are just sat there twiddling our thumbs as all the journalists are asking him, the big star, all the questions. "On the day of the fight, Brian said, 'You've got to come down to reception.' I replied, 'You know how I am the day of the fight. I don't want to.' He laughed and said, 'You've got to come down for this one mate.' Off I goes and I walked past this old Italian man on the way to reception. Reid was in blistering form that night, stopping Nardiello in his own backyard in the seventh round, to become the new WBC world super middleweight champion. "Marvin Hagler presented me with a gold boxing glove and said, 'You're a great champion. Well done.' I'm thinking, 'Wow. The legend Marvin Hagler has taken time out to speak with me!' It wasn't like he said, 'Well done,' shook my hand and went off. He took the time to chat with me, and I thought, 'Nice one!' He ended up doing the commentary on a couple of my fights after." However, three months after Cherifi, Reid suffered his first defeat, against Thulani "Sugar Boy" Malinga, losing his WBC world title as a result. But I didn't listen and took the Malinga fight three months later. I didn't want to pull out in the build-up or on fight night because I didn't want to let everyone down, but looking back, that wasn't a great decision. If you think about it, going into the Malinga fight, that was five world title fights in fourteen months, with the last three going the full twelve rounds. You're grafting for two and a half months and only get a couple of weeks off between fights before you're back in the ring again. Fourteen months later, on February 13, 1999, Reid upped his game and took on arguably the best super middleweight of all time, Joe Calzaghe, for his WBO world title. After twelve hard-fought rounds, Calzaghe was the victor of a split decision and retained his title and unbeaten record. All I'm saying is that styles make fights and on that day in 1999, my style was made to beat him, and he struggled with it. I couldn't miss with that overhand right that night, especially against a southpaw who comes looking to fight. Over the next five years, Reid clocked up a further ten victories, putting him in pole position to challenge unbeaten German Sven Ottke on December 13, 2003, for his WBA "Super" and IBF world titles. My understanding in boxing is that you throw punches, you score, and if you do enough scoring over the twelve rounds, that's how you win. If you look at the fight, the best you could give him was three of the twelve rounds. When it came to the end of the fight, I couldn't believe it when they put his hand up. I was fighting for two respected versions of the title, and I felt like I didn't get a fair crack of the whip. Six months later, the thirty-three-year-old Reid defeated Brian Magee for the IBO super middleweight strap. "The intention after winning the IBO was to make a few defenses off it and then go back after Calzaghe," said Reid, "but all I had was one fight against Ramdane Serdjane in fourteen months. Don't get me wrong, he was a decent fighter, but I could have done with at least one, if not two warm-up fights before that, but it never happened." Unable to continue, Reid retired in the seventh round. A confident points victory against Jesse Brinkley gave Reid the credibility to take on the reigning British title holder, Carl Froch. "If it's the Calzaghe that I fought, I think Froch would have done it with his right hand. "I've been a world champion, done everything I wanted to in boxing, but now it's all about my little eight-year-old boy Oscar. The other day he asked, 'Daddy, can we watch one of your fights?' I said, 'I'd rather wait until you're a bit older, but okay, just one.' We watched a little bit, and that's when I started to think about the fights I'd been involved with, the era I was around, Calzaghe, Froch, Malinga the back end of Benn and Eubank, Collins, et cetera, and I'm happy with what I've achieved."