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Gilmore's fight ranks among greatest

By unknown | Aug 06, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Anton Gilmore's majority points win over Thomas Mokwana last week was more meaningful than that of George Foreman against Michael Moorer in 1994.

"Big George" came back from semi retirement at 47 to win both the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles from Moorer while Gilmore's points win against Mokwana was for his ailing son, Aidan, who had 14 brain and 10 heart tumours.

Foreman's stunning 10th round stoppage against a hard hitting and skilful youngster earned him millions of dollars while the "Irish Terror's" price was the fulfillment of the promise he made to Aidan that if he lived longer, he would make a special comeback for him.

For the record Aidan turned one last Friday. Gilmore was given a standing ovation after the fight at Emperors Palace's Theatre of Marcellus.

The loving and caring 38-year-old father later announced his "final" retirement.

"The feeling of going one more is there but I cannot. Our son's health condition needs our fullest attention, and boxing requires that too," he said, flashing his usual unassuming smile.

He had been away for 11 years but still displayed pure artistry and overwhelmed Mokwana, 25, throughout six rounds in the junior lightweight category.

Class, speed and artistry are the must haves in this weight division unlike the heavyweight category which is about power.

Gilmore retired in 1997 after dropping a points decision to Cassius Baloyi for the WBU super bantamweight title at Johannesburg's Wembley Indoor Arena.

Mokwana wobbled Gilmore in the first round, but the veteran's massive experienced from 26 professional fights came to his aid and he recovered like a seasoned campaigner.

Two scorecards of 58-57 and 58-56 deservedly favoured him while the third declared the fight a draw at 57-57.


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