If Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon is a soldier, he will surely earn a lot of medals and commendations. Yes, he can be a successful ’operator’ for any special ops team be it the Navy Seals, the Army Special Forces or the Delta Force for he has mastered the art of escape and evasion tactics that is one of the requirements to be a member of any elite military group.
On paper, Ivan Calderon’s record is quite impressive as he is undefeated in 34 fights and has reigned as a minimum weight champion early in his career and is now the WBO light flyweight champion who has successfully defended his crown numerous times that earned him another feather in his cap as the Ring Magazine’s light flyweight champion.
Ivan Calderon’s amateur background has help established himself as one of the best pure boxers in the world. He does not possess power in both hands (only 6 KOs in 34 fights) but is wily, slick and fast on his feet. Many have tried but nobody can touch him inside the ring when he is in his element. Thus, we can say that he literally and figuratively dance his way to the top.
Yes, Ivan Calderon uses the so- called ‘angles’ very well and can make anybody look silly inside the ring but his style of ‘not being hit’ does also have some drawback since in his quest for perfection, he refuses to engage his opponent in a toe-to-toe confrontation. Because of this, many boxing fans dubbed him as Ivan the Terrible in a negative way rather than the more hardened moniker, Iron Boy.
Yes, Ivan Calderon’s skill and ring generalship maybe beautiful for the boxing purists but his style is boring to many fans who fancies professional boxing as an action fight. As Terry G. of Eastpointe, MI pointed out during an impromptu discussion about boxing over lunch that “if he is still fighting as an amateur that is excusable but if I’m going to buy a ticket to watch him fight, I want it to be an exciting one” to which Froilan B of Detroit, MI added, “What I want for my money is the element of surprise like say, a sudden knockout rather than the predictable decision outcome.”
Tim D. of Wyandotte, MI has this to say, “I admire fighters who possess the necessary boxing skills of the sweet science and seeing him teach an opponent a neat boxing lesson is what boxing is all about. That‘s why I like watching Mayweather.”
But Deshaun W. also of Wyandotte, MI countered that while “it is nice to see a scientific and skilled boxer run around his opponents but seeing both fighters slugging it out at the center of the ring is a feast for the eyes. If I want to watch a boxer just dancing around his opponent while sticking his jab for most of the fight, then I would rather watch the Golden Gloves but if I am going to pay for it, I’d rather have a Manny Pacquiao- type of fight.”
Tonight in New York City, Ivan Calderon is putting his belt and almost perfect record on the line against Mexican Jesus Iribe (16(10 KOs) – 6-4) and many fans are expecting him to win hands down. The only way for Jesus Iribe to win this fight is, if he can cut the ring effectively and put pressure on Ivan Calderon to be on the defensive for most of the fight. Iribe despite a not so sterling record has decent power in his hands that can make a difference if he could only catch the elusive Puerto Rican in the fight.
But Ivan Calderon is just too good at what he does inside the ring that it is hard to imagine that he will even allow Jesus Iribe to touch him tonight.