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Old 04-15-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Leonard's win over Kalule, an underrated victory?

I had never seen Sugar Ray Leonard's win over Ayub Kalule until I viewed it on youtube. When we look at Sugar's best wins, the usual names like Hagler, Hearns, Duran and Benitez are normally the first that come to mind, but I think his win over Kalule is somewhat overlooked.

Ayub Kalule was a 27 year old 36-0 champion with some 5 defenses of the WBA light middleweight title. What's more, Leonard had to rise in weight to face him. I watched this fight, or at least various rounds of it, and Sugar looked very impressive in outboxing and TKO'ing what seemed to me as a very athletic and well skilled fighter. His knockdown of Kalule in the 9th round, shortly followed by a stoppage was rather picturesque in my opinion.

Does anyone else feel the same way about this fight?
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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I had never seen Sugar Ray Leonard's win over Ayub Kalule until I viewed it on youtube. When we look at Sugar's best wins, the usual names like Hagler, Hearns, Duran and Benitez are normally the first that come to mind, but I think his win over Kalule is somewhat overlooked.

Ayub Kalule was a 27 year old 36-0 champion with some 5 defenses of the WBA light middleweight title. What's more, Leonard had to rise in weight to face him. I watched this fight, or at least various rounds of it, and Sugar looked very impressive in outboxing and TKO'ing what seemed to me as a very athletic and well skilled fighter. His knockdown of Kalule in the 9th round, shortly followed by a stoppage was rather picturesque in my opinion.

Does anyone else feel the same way about this fight?
I thought it was great as well, and that it showed he can handle the higher weights.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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I thought it was great as weel, and that it showed he can handle the higher weights.
Agreed.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Leonard's win over Kalule, an underrated victory?

I think its vastly underated, but watch out magoo....... The Rooster is out of his Den, and he is coming for you....
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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And people didn't say that Leonard "had to clean the 154 division". He just picked the Lineal title and it was ok.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:57 PM   #6
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Very underrated, but that's just my opinion.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:50 PM   #7
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Someone needs to get Kalule's fight with kaalmbay up on youtube.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:26 PM   #8
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Someone needs to get a lot of Kalule fights up onto Youtube.
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Yes, it was a solid win over a very good fighter and the recognized champ @ 154.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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Someone needs to get a lot of Kalule fights up onto Youtube.
Were there a lot of good fights worth watching? I would certainly watch them if they were, but I don't know that much about Kalule. He definately has great credentials and looked pretty good against Leonard.
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Were there a lot of good fights worth watching? I would certainly watch them if they were, but I don't know that much about Kalule. He definately has great credentials and looked pretty good against Leonard.
I drove down from graduate school to Big D to watch SRL vs Kalule on
closed circuit. SRL fought this right before he fought the Hitman....he gave up the Lt. Middleweight title immediately I believe.

Kalule was lefty, but SRL handled lefities well using his training from the Olympics where lefites were seen more.

The fight was pretty close, before SRL stopped him in 9.

time: 3:06 | referee: Carlos Berrocal 78-76 | judge: Harmodio Cedeno 78-76 | judge: Ismael W. Fernandez 78-75 ~
~ WBA light middleweight title ~
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:00 AM   #12
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"very athletic"? If Kalule were any slower he'd have birds nesting in his gloves.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:02 AM   #13
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the best compliment I can pay him is that he was a well rounded punching bag
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:08 AM   #15
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I drove down from graduate school to Big D to watch SRL vs Kalule on
closed circuit. SRL fought this right before he fought the Hitman....he gave up the Lt. Middleweight title immediately I believe.

Kalule was lefty, but SRL handled lefities well using his training from the Olympics where lefites were seen more.

The fight was pretty close, before SRL stopped him in 9.

time: 3:06 | referee: Carlos Berrocal 78-76 | judge: Harmodio Cedeno 78-76 | judge: Ismael W. Fernandez 78-75 ~
~ WBA light middleweight title ~
Was there a good undercard? I would have loved to have seen that fight live. Leonard looked great in there. Kalule looked pretty good too.
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