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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Top two open basketball courts in Kuwait


The major problem here in Kuwait if you are basketball enthusiasts is the availability of basketball courts. Since football is the main sports for Kuwait and the majority of the expatriates; you will find almost every blocks – football field.

Basketball court is out-numbered maybe in a ratio of 10:1 or even more.

For more than six years now, working here in Kuwait and being basketball as my favorite sport aside from boxing, I’ve been playing several basketball courts available in Kuwait. Knowing the scarcity of basketball courts I tried to compile and rank the top two basketball courts I’ve experienced to play.

I hope it will help to those who are still seeking the most accessible basketball court. You’ll never know it is just in your neighborhood.

This compilation is a two-part article that I will publish each time I’ll be back to every basketball court that I will highlight in each post for I will take a snap for these courts – for you to have a better judgment  which court is accessible and preferably you and your team will visit.

Not-to-mention the indoor courts that is for sure will be very nice to play whole-year-round for a very extreme weather condition here in Kuwait, whatever time of the day but definitely it is not-for-free. That is why I decided to compile only free-of-charge courts – the best things in this world are freebies right? That’s why I’ll go for the free.

Without further ado here is my first pick.

Meshrif Basketball Court

Ranking the top 10 free-of-charge basketball courts in Kuwait

This court is in the heart of Mishrif, near Yarmouk sports club, that is why its accessibility is not favorable for commuters – taxis rarely roam in this area and above all, they will charge you more. There is no bus route assigned also in the area.

This is the reason why I love this basketball court because it is not crowded at all anytime (do not even think that I have my own car, because really I do not have. :)Not accessible means – only few would like to come and I can play immediately as soon as I arrive. Unlike Salmiya, (I'll highlight this court in my next post) you will be in long queue before you can play.

Our team, United COE for PhilBack holds practice in this court every Saturday’s and Tuesday’s. My teammates prefer this court for the reason I mention above and they are the one who have cars anyway. (I always ask a free ride from them.)

What makes this court especial?  The place has also tennis court, volley ball court and Football field. Aside from basketball, I love to play tennis also. Few locals play here, so whenever we have practice, I consider bringing my tennis racket. Locals are friendly that I enjoyed playing with them too.

I salute the caretaker (Harris, as they call it in Arabic) for the place is well maintained. You cannot see rubbish at all. It has also clean washrooms, wide parking area and cold drinking water.

Accessibility: Poor
Court’s Appearance/Maintenance: Good
Timing: Open Saturday to Thursday until 11:00 PM, Close during Fridays and all holidays.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Filipino boxer, Emelito “Job” Alim Jr. dies after a successful title defense

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In a post written by Paul John Rivera of Filipino Boxing Journal (FBJ), “Emelito “Job” Alim Jr. reportedly collapsed after being declared as the winner to retain his Mindanao Professional Boxing Association featherweight title via decision against Ahl Grumo in their 10-round title bout.”

I feel really sad after I read this post because this is the second time in this year alone. First was Karlo Maguinto, an undefeated boxer, who died six days after he collapsed in the ring during his fight against Mark Joseph Costa.

Maguinto’s fate opted me to write an article regarding insurance to boxers posted in FBJ. Actually I don’t have any idea if boxers do have insurance every fight in their contracts. I try to research boxing contract templates but I don’t see part of a contract that stated insurance clause.

One thing I wanted to do when I get back to Philippines for a vacation is to ask a boxing promoter about this subject.

I believe it is right that when a boxer dies in the ring should have insurance or assurance to at least their families will receive a stipulated amount maybe from the promoter of the fight, from the manager, or from the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) who governs professional boxing.


Yes, it is accepted that boxing is a dangerous sport, similar to any other combat sports, but it is not an excuse to say that it is normal for possibility of death and then let it go?

It is sad to think that both cases happened in the national level. I mean, it happen to our local boxers who fight locally and earn meager amount.

In fact both Karlo and Emelito were just started their career and were very young. The sport that they believe that will alleviate them from poverty is the one that take their lives.

Most of our boxers in the Philippines came from the families somewhere in or below the poverty line. Every Filipino boxer’s are hopeful that someday they may reach the status of Rep. Manny Pacquiao. 

I hope this issue will be taken care of. If there is no law regarding it, at least it will be brought up into open and our lawmakers should start looking into it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Victor “Vicious” Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez: What’s next for Ortiz after a broken jaw?

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In Round 9, Victor Ortiz broke his jaw and unable to answer the bell in Round 10. During the post fight interview Ortiz said “I couldn’t close my mouth. It kept hurting, every time he kept touching me.”

The rising Mexican-American star was one of those boxers that I followed over the years. Ortiz is a kind of fighter that finishes off opponents. That made him a very exciting fighter. The southpaw of Oxnard, California had 62% KO percentage. 22 of his 29 wins were by way of knockout.

Ortiz at 22 years old already had a record of 22-1 prior to his fight with Argentinean Marcos Maidana.

Not bad for a 22 years old but very good enough to draw fans like me. For that reason Golden Boy Promotion sees his great potential.

GDP groomed Ortiz into stardom but spoiled by Maidana when he knock-out Ortiz in Round 6 for the Interim WBA World light welterweight title in 2009.

The knock-out also suggests doubt on Ortiz heart as a warrior. It is noted that when referee Caiz Sr. ask him if he is ok after the knockdown he just shook his head and walk away that hinted the referee to stop the fight thinking that Ortiz gave-up.

After that fight with Maidana, Ortiz move on and accumulate 5 wins and a draw before colliding with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBC welterweight title.

Ortiz fight with Floyd again casts doubt not to his heart but this time to his maturity as a boxer. He’s ability to handle unusual situations in the ring–like what Mayweather Jr. did to him was in question.

The follow-up blows of Floyd after that cheap shot might have been prevented by Ortiz if he responded accordingly, that subsequently put him to the canvas.

Now, during his fight last Saturday for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title, Ortiz for me just get unlucky. If it is some other injury he might be able to continue and prevent a consecutive loss to his career.

In my observation, whenever Ortiz is positioned for a bigger fight, he’s unable to pass the preliminaries–    If not spoiled by another fighter; he loses to a fight with elite.

In my opinion, GDP’s efforts to position Ortiz into that A status was really a failure. Failure, not in a way that they have mistakes in handling him, but simply Ortiz can’t deliver the goods, or shall I say he just got unlucky?

So far at his age now, he has still the potential to move on (with the untiring support of GBPJ) and go where GBP want him to be. I hope Victor Ortiz would rebound from this unlucky straight loses. I also wish for him that his jaw may not severely hurt.

I don’t take anything from Lopez by saying that Ortiz is just unlucky, instead I credit him for that powerful shots that exposed Ortiz chin J.

So, what’s up for Ortiz? Do you believe that he can be where Pacman and Floydy stand?

(Update 1: Victor Ortiz jaw surgery a success according to

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr: Topped World highest paid athletes in 2012

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Not only from pound-for-pound ranking and who is the best boxer, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather rivalry takes place. 

In Forbes list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world between 2011 and 2012, Mayweather topped the list while Pacquiao came in at number two.

Mayweather Jr. beat Pacquiao in salary/winnings, even though Pacquiao had earnings from endorsement that totaled $6 million. The Filipino boxing icon, endorsement came from Monster Energy Drink, Hennessy, HP and Nike. 

Mayweather had no endorsement at all in the period specified in this list but had overall salary/winnings of USD 86 million.

Here are the top 10 athletes from Forbes list out of 100. 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Salary/Winnings: $85 million

Endorsement: $0

Sport: Boxing

Age: 35

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2 Manny Pacquiao

Salary/winnings: $56 million

Sport: Boxing

Endorsement: $6 million

Age: 33

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3 Tiger Woods

Salary/winnings: $4.4 million

Endorsement: $55 million (Nike)

Sport: Golf

Age: 36

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4 LeBron James

Salary/winnings: $13 million

Endorsement: $40 million

Sport: Basketball

Age: 27

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5 Roger Federer

Salary/winnings: $7.7 million

Endorsement: $45 million

Sport: Tennis

Age: 30

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6 Kobe Bryant

7 Phil Mickelson

8 David Beckham

9 Cristiano Ronaldo

10 Peyton Manning

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lionel Messi, Argentina fans get crazy from the hat trick

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Who’s Lionel Messi by the way? Look who’s asking? Hehehe… I am talking to those who stumble upon this blog who only knew about basketball and boxing. He is not a boxer dude. He is a footballer. Not just any footballer but he is number 1.

Alright, there you go, according to Wikipedia “ Lionel Messi is a 25 year old footballer born 24 June 1987 he is an Argentine footballer who plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona and is the current captain of the Argentina national team, playing mainly as a forward”.

“By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year in 2009 he won both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and 2011.”

“He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Messi is the fourth football player to win three Ballons d'Or, after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten and the second player to win three consecutive Ballons d'Or, after Michel Platini.” 

“His playing style and small stature have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor".”

Now we know how great Messi is when we talk soccer (don’t even compare him to Younghusband’s because this is another level bro.) 

Now let us know, what is a hat trick that this guy did last game against Brazil.

Hat trick again according to Wikipedia, “A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. The term was first used in 1858 in cricket to describe HH Stephenson's feat of taking three wickets in three balls. A collection was held for Stephenson, and he was presented with a hat bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1878.


“The term was eventually adopted by many other sports including association football, water polo, and team handball, but did not become popular in North America until the mid-1940s in the National Hockey League.”

Now? What? Is it easy to have a hat trick? Whaaaaaaaaaa…. That is why it is called feat. In one game alone out of 22 players inside the football field after a long game sometimes tied to 0-0. Yes as in double zero! That is why only exceptional baller can do it.

Now you know he is, want to know more about him? Let us start getting to know now about soccer for the FIFA World is drawing near in 2014. For sure the name Messi will keep buzzing in your ears.

Ill try also to post more often about football in the coming months.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Why Bradley won from boxing judge Ross and Ford scorecards?

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When I was watching the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight last week via TFC PPV, Pacquiao won-no doubt. Ringside press also believed Pacman unanimously won. However, when Michael Buffer announced the verdict, Bradley won via split decision.

Boxing judge C. J. Ross and Duane Ford gave Bradley a score of 115-113. Why? This is the big question.

Before I will try to answer this question, let me tell you how a boxing judge should score a round. It should be like this; the winner of a certain round will get a score of 10 and the loser will get nine or less. That is as per the “10-point must system” method.

According to Wikipedia, “…under the same system, a knock down usually results in a score of eight for the boxer who was knocked down, and 10 for his or her opponent (provided, of course, the knocked-down boxer gets up before the end of the count and finishes it)...”

“A judge may occasionally award a 10 - 8 score if the round's winner is obviously dominating the other fighter. If the fight progresses through all scheduled rounds, the sum of the scores for each round are tallied for each judge to determine the winner of the match unless the match is halted for a knockout, submission, or disqualification.”

 “Draws are possible even with an odd number of rounds because a fighter may win a round by more than one point (e.g. 10-8, 9-10, 9-10 => 28-28), or lose one or more points due to fouls. Each foul usually costs one point, and is determined by the referee.”

Since Pacquiao vs. Bradley don’t have any knockdowns and no one was penalized for any foul–the fight was easy to score. The dominant fighter won and gets 10-point and the other get nine.  Simple as that if the fight is lopsided. But in a competitive round what will be the basis for a boxing Judge?

The word ring generalship comes in. Meaning the fighter who is the answer for the following questions will probably win the round.

1 Who controls the fight?

2 Who landed the telling blows?

3 Who’s the busier fighter?

4 Who's the composed fighter? 

5 Who's style is effective against the other?

I think there are more criteria that a boxing judge might consider, aside from the given above.  Sometimes the word “home-town-decision” might be considered.

Now, base upon the criteria mentioned above let us see who won the fight and that answer my question in the beginning of this article. My answers here are my visualization of Judge C.G. Ross and Duane ford on how they saw the fight.

But let me tell you before I will give my answer. I watch the replay of the fight without sound at all and score accordingly. Try it.

Here are my answers.
1 Who controls the fight? – I think Judge Ross and Ford gave it to Bradley, Why?

When Bradley refused to engage in rounds 10, 11 and 12 he is successful because Pacquiao was unable to corner and engage him.

In the early rounds Bradley fight toe-to-toe but feel that it works to his disadvantage; he then changed his style in the later rounds. Being in control of what he wants to do inside the ring made him win in this criterion.

2 Who landed the telling blows? – No doubt it is Pacquiao

3 Who’s the busier fighter? – I think it is Bradley, though he didn’t connect most of his punches, he is the one who moves around.

4 Who's the composed fighter? – Except for rounds five, six, seven and eight wherein Bradley looks wobbly when Pacquiao connects power punches, the remaining rounds Bradley looks composed, while Pacquiao looks struggling and a bit frustrated when Bradley fight from the outside and tied him from the inside every time he gets close.

5 Whose style is effective against the other? I think both judges give it for Pacquiao because both fighters are aggressive but it works well with Pacquiao because of his power while Bradley is ineffective that is why he chooses to shift his style and fight from the distance.

Now, don’t get me wrong, a judge might consider only anyone of the criteria and score the round accordingly. A judge might give the round to a fighter who landed the telling blows compared to a busy fighter that landed more unclear weak punches or it might be the other way around.

That is why; the best judge to a boxing fight is the fighter’s own fists. Knock your guy out, no questions ask you are the winner.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Boxing Judge Ross and Ford gives Bradley a controversial split decision win against a more dominant Pacquaio

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Las Vegas, Nevada–Manny Pacquiao dominates Bradley in a 12 Round fight but unable to win two of the Judges’ scorecards.  Pacquiao-Bradley boxing Judge, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scores 115-113 in favor of Bradley for the split decision win and captures WBO title, while Jerry Roth sees it 115-113 for Pacquaio.

Fans were in disbelief when the verdict was announce because for even the most avid fan of Bradley would agree for 118-111 score in favor of Pacquiao. Compubox statistics also shows Pacquiao dominates the punches thrown/landed department.

Ringside press is also unanimous in their verdict–a Pacquiao shootout.

Pacquaio in disbelief pullout a famous line from a song titled "Just Once" by James Ingram, "I do my best and I guess my best wasn't good enough," said Pacquaio.

Bob Arum, quick to say, “I’ll make a lot of money off the rematch, though he said, “Can you believe that? Unbelievable” but, Is he playing into it and pointed out immediately his real intention so that he may not be question later on?

Judges verdict similar to this seems to be thinking that all people, fans, journalists and bloggers that watch and cover this fight are all blind.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Manny Pacquaio vs Timothy Bradley Undercard: Mike Jones opponent, Bailey scores a late knockout, Arce-Rojas-ND

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Mike Jones was upset by Randall Bailey via 11th Round stoppage after trailing from the judges scorecards to capture the IBF Welterweight crown.

While Jorge Arce-Jesus Rojas settled in a "No Decision (ND) contest after Rojas hit him with dirty combinations. While ducking from a punch, in round two, from Arce, Rojas came head-first - resulting to a headbutt, plus  left-hand below the groin and again a big left hand to the ear as Arge grimacing in pain.

In the first round Arce scores a quick knockdown, Rojas visit a quick trip to the canvas from a body punch from Arce.

Arce flat on his back unable to continue complaining the lef-side of his face, The referee ruled it as unintentional headbutt. As per the Nevada rules the fight can go only to the scorecards after 4 rounds.

Guillermo Rigondeaux scores a 5th round knockout against Teon Kennedy.

Manny Pacquaio vs. Timothy Bradley: Preview and prediction

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Now here we go again predicting outcome of a fight. This time, between pound for pound king and fighter of the decade, Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao against American undefeated boxer Timothy “Dessert Storm” Bradley.

Let us try to break it down according to the weaknesses and strength of both fighters and as to how it will factor the outcome of the fight.

Bradleys’ Strengths

Bradley at 28 is young and hungry to win and achieve recognition. Let alone these motivations will fuel him in this fight. He has nothing to lose but has everything to win. Even a loss yet in a competitive fight, Bradley will gain more fans.

Bradley also has a heart of a champion; he gets up from a knockdown and wins a fight. He is also an aggressive fighter that loves to come forward (headfirst) that might work for his favor if not to Pacquiao’s advantage.

Bradleys’ Weaknesses

Bradley’s style might be tailored for Pacman. His aggressiveness (as what I mentioned above) may work to his favor or to Pacquiao’s advantage. Bradley’s record would also tell us that he does not possess much power in both hands–having only 43-KO percentage.

Pacquiaos’ Strengths

No doubt if the Pacman of 2009 will appear on June 9–that is his strength. Pacman have the speed, power, explosiveness and accurate punching coupled with side-to-side and in-and-out movement. However, we are now in 2012.

The Filipino boxing icon also had the stamina to maintain these strengths all the way to 12 rounds. All these qualities carried him to the pedestal of boxing. He can also absorb best punches even from bigger opponents.

Pacquiaos’ weaknesses

Pacquiaos' previous fights against Mosley and Marquez showed that he is not the same Pacquiao of 2009. There is a decline in his speed and the lack of killer instinct.
In Mosley fight, he complains about leg-cramps that may cause him problem too in this fight.

Granting that Pacquiao will show-up as exactly the Pacquiao who beat Cotto badly or knockout-cold, Hatton, I’ll go for Pacquiao via ninth Round stoppage.

However, if Pacquaio will show his noted weaknesses I still go with Pacquaio via a majority decision. Even a stationary Pacman for sure could hurt via solid counters against Bradley who loves to come forward.

If Bradley feels that he cannot handle Pacman power, I believed he would try to fight from the distance and try to counter-punch. However, Bradley is no way the same as Marquez in counter punching to give Pacquiao serious trouble. With that being said, we might have a boring fight that would go until the very last round.

However if Bradley will risk to brawl (most likely) this is also where the fight gets exciting for it is Bradley who will get knockout if he is caught any of vicious counter-hooks of Pacquaio because I believe he (Bradley) can’t handle the best/hardest punch of Pacquiao.

Bradleys’ only chance I see is that if he can absorb the power of Pacman and can continue to come forward and overwhelmed him by his aggressiveness.

Future on both fighters after the fight?

There are articles I read that if Pacquaio will lose or will struggle to win, Roach will advise him to retire and a possibility that he will listen. In my opinion, this is a big joke, because I believe if Pacquiao losses, expect an instant rematch.

For Bradley even if he loses he will gain more fans and will increase his marketability and a bounty contract offers in the future.

The fight will happen at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

PhilBack: Why the club might consider a new location?

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Philippine Basketball Club in Kuwait (PhilBack) becomes the leading basketball club in Kuwait. The club started some four years back in Quibla basketball court, near seaside Kuwait City. 

The club transferred to an indoor court in Reggai from an open court, to accommodate a growing number of participants. Every Friday if I am not mistaken, the club utilizes 2 out of 4 basketball courts available in Al-Khalijia English School.

Before the start of 8th season I read a particular post from PhilBacks’ facebook fan page saying that they are considering new location to host every Fridays’ game. They even mention if I am again not mistaken,  a basketball court in Dailiya?

In my opinion, I believed it is alright for them to consider. Let me guess some pretty good reasons.

First, perhaps because the floor has holes? I notice during our first game, that part of the courts floor, had some holes. I mean…, there are some uneven surfaces in the flooring that might cause injuries to players. 

Second, maybe because it is not well-ventilated? I mean…., honestly the first time I visit the place and that was summer, I feel like difficulty in breathing, though when I get accustomed of the place for sometime it becomes alright.

Third, maybe because there is no bleacher for the growing fans of the club that visit every Friday to applaud their favorite teams? I observe that the chairs were not enough, especially for the ladies. At times fans tends to sit along with the players in the bench; but the committee doesn’t allow this. 

In the other hand for me personally it is fine for me if they consider new location or not, you know what? The place is very accessible, most especially for those who reside in Farwaniya and neighboring areas. 

For me it is fine, what about you? Are you in favor if Philback will consider a new location? Feel free to comment below.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the Top Ten 2012-undefeated boxers inside pound-for-pound lists

Boxing fascinated me for so many years. I am watching fights every Sunday afternoon starting when I’m like six years old. There is one thing that I am keen on following about the sweet science, aside from watching every fight--"the undefeated boxers."

I continuously awe with undefeated boxers got the first loss of their career. It is like I love them losing that “O” in their records.

The drama and the words that will come out from their mouth during post-fight interviews were intense, wild, humiliating and sometimes nasty (or might cry, but I’ve never seen before.)

Recently, we saw how Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan and Juan Manuel Lopez react to their first loss. Lopez spit nasty words towards the referee that caused to banned him fighting for at least a year. All of them have different reaction from each other.

The one that I personally like-most because it is so funny was Zab Judah. Who will forget his reaction when he got his first loss from Kostya Tszyu? If you’re unable to watch, (you miss one of the funny scenes in boxing) click video below.

Is it not funny? Although there are boxers that react like this, we can’t blame them; it is really hard to accept defeat if they had accumulated more than 20 winning streak early in their career. I salute Judah for apologizing such a violent action though.

However, what matters’ most is how these fighters’ get back to the sport. I am glad for those who accept defeat positively even if they reacted violently that night and move on as a more refine fighter come next fight.

After a long introduction (sorry for that) here are my top Ten Undefeated fighters that I look upon very closely how they will manage their first defeat and how they will move on as a prizefighter. I’m sure, without looking directly at the bottom, you already know who topped my list.

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 10 Milan Melindo (27-0-0) – Flyweight 

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9 Abner Mares (24-0-1) – Jr. Featherweight 

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8 Chris John (47-0-2) – Featherweight 

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7 Alexander Povetkin (24-0-0) – Heavyweight  

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6 Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0-0) Featherweight 

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5 Saul Alvarez (40-0-1) Jr. Middleweight 

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4 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1) Middleweight 

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3 Andre Ward (25-0-0) – Super Middleweight 

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2 Timothy Bradley (28-0-0) Jr. Welterweight

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1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0-0) Welterweight

Update: September 15, 2012

Julio Cesar Chavez was defeated by Sergio Martinez for the World Middlewieght title in Thomas and Mach Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

You may like shuttlepen's 2013 updated undefeated boxers list here. I will look closely every fight of these boxers throughout the year and write their stories of defeat.