Throw Back Friday Edition: Vernon Forrest.

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The later Vernon Forrest was a very polished fighter. He used his reach well in mastering range and distance. He was very good defensively and offensively, I always admired his smooth, crisp combos.

I know Vernon didn’t fight back in the day, but he is one too study for the reasons above. Technically very good, and his ring generalship, just as impressive.

Veron was a 1992 national US champion as an amataur and a 1991 World Amataue Boxing Cjhampionship National Champion. He beat Shane Mosley to earn his place on the 1992 Olympic boxing team. He was beat in the first round of the Olympics as he suffered from food poisoning. It was disappointing as he was favored for the gold going in.

As a pro, he was a two division champion at welterweight and junior middleweight.

His greatest wins came against against amateur nemesis and then the #1 pound for pound fighter and WBC champion Shane Mosley. Vernon dropped Shane hard in their first fight and out boxing him in their second closer fight. Both were huge upsets that earned Forrest the Ring 2002 fighter of the year award.

His worse losses were to Ricardo Mayorga, on paper nobody thought this was possible. Both were shocking defeats.

Vernon won his first world title beating Raul Frank for the IBF World Title on May 15 2001. He won his last World Title, the WBC junior middleweight title on Sept 14 2008 in a rematch against Sergio Mora. Vernon beat Carlos Baldomir on July 28 2007 to win the strap.

His career ended in tragedy as he was murdered on July 25, 2009 in Atlanta.

Vernon’s career was marred by constant shoulder injury’s and who knows how great he could have been. Those that know boxing though, know he was pretty damn good!

Btw, I think Vernon would have beat De La Hoya and Mayweather when he was healthy and at his best.

Now study him and learn.

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