By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach both want Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) to face WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) for his WBC 160 lb. strap in his next fight following his 3rd round TKO win last Saturday night of Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO’s) in Orlando, Florida. A win over Sergio would give Cotto a 4th world division title.
Arum and Roach think that Cotto has the skills to be successful in moving up in weight. Sergio is still recovering from a hand and knee injury, and he won’t be available to fight until next year sometime depending on how well he rehabs his knee. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury got the chance to watch IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s 12 round decision win over WBA champ Alexander Povetkin last night and Fury wasn’t impressed at all with what he saw from both guys, especially the 6’6″ Wladimir.
Fury was totally turned off by all the awful clinching that Wladimir chose to do in the fight, and the 6’9″ Fury is now more certain than ever that he will whip the Ukrainian when and if he ever fights him.
Whether a fight between them ever transpire depends on if Fury can beat David Haye on February 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rachel Aylett: Last night in Moscow, Russia, the heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko, successfully defended his championship belts against one of his top contenders, home fighter Alexander Povetkin.
There was something different about this defense for Wladimir, in that his own promotional company was not in charge of running the show. Hence, he had to fight in a smaller ring than he would have liked, away from his adoring German fans, and had the bulk of the crowd against him. None of this made the slightest difference as Wlad dominated his opponent from first bell to last, further enhancing his claim to be one of the most dominant champions in history. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ahad Khan: Miguel Cotto (38-4) impressed with a 3rd round TKO victory over Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3) on October 5th in Orlando, Florida. Cotto erased any doubts about being washed up with a dominating performance that culminated with a left hook upstairs early in the 3rd round.
The signature punch from Cotto sent Rodriguez into the ropes and onto the canvas, after which the fight was promptly stopped.
Cotto controlled the pace and the ring in the first two rounds, constantly bouncing and stalking Rodriguez around the squared circle. Seconds before the bell signaling the close of the second round, Cotto landed a couple of thudding shots against Rodriguez while the underdog was pinned against the ropes near his corner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) ended up his two-fight losing streak tonight in destroying an over-matched Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO’s) in a 3rd round knockout at the Amway Center, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Cotto dropped Rodriguez with two big left hooks to the head in the 3rd round. Referee Frank Sanatore Jr. didn’t give Rodriguez a chance to continue to and immediately stopped the fight at 0:18 of the round.
Cotto used his left hook more to the body in this fight than he had in his previous fights dating back to earlier in his career when that was his main weapon. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former 2012 super heavyweight British Olympic gold medalist defeated Italy’s Emanuele Leo (8-1, 3 KO’s) by a 1st round TKO tonight at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. Throwing mainly arm punches, Joshua caught Leo by the ropes and flurried on him until he dropped. The fight was then stopped by the referee.
The 6’6″ Joshua looked huge and really muscular, but his power wasn’t impressive at all. I didn’t see any new power from when he was fighting in the amateur ranks, and Leo looked to be about as good a puncher as Joshua. The difference of course was that Leo wasn’t putting his punches together and his defensive lax. He let Joshua catch him with some shots and flurry on him until the stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko dominated Alexander Povetkin tonight in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision in Moscow, Russia, but this has got to be the worst performance of Wladimir’s career by far. I know that’s hard to say because he’s looked incredibly terrible in his defeats to Ross Puritty, Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, but tonight Wladimir took mediocrity to a whole new level by clinching his way to a 12 round unanimous decision over Povetkin.
Wladimir retained his IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles with the victory, but I think he may have lost a heck of a lot of fans with this awful performance.
Referee Luis Pabon really dropped the ball tonight by letting Wladimir hold Povetkin and pull down on his head for all he was worth for 12 rounds. Early on, Pabon should have given Wladimir a stern warning for his grabbing and shoving Povetkin because it constant. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Timothy Medina Tonight in the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3) faces Miguel Cotto (37-4-0). While this is simply a tune-up fight for Miguel Cotto, this is going to be the biggest fight in the career of Rodriguez.
Even though this fight is bigger for Rodriguez than it is for Cotto, this fight will determine how the legacy of Cotto will end.
Cotto is one of the biggest fighters of the past decade and a future Hall of Famer. He has been in many wars and has been victorious against men such as Paulie Malignaggi, Carlos Quintana, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, and Antonio Margarito. It is hard to imagine Cotto losing to the likes of Rodriguez, but with the damage Cotto has taken over the years, it is possible for Rodriguez to pull off a miracle tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ciaran McKinney: Tonight in the heart of Moscow, thousands of fans were witness to an absolute demolition job from Wladimir Klitschko on the brave, but extremely limited Alexander Povetkin.
A massive purse bid, the third largest in history and an inflated record boasted by the hometown hero had some boxing fans claiming that this could be it, the time had finally come for one half on the all conquering Ukrainian brothers. The fighters came to the fantastically kitted out Olypiskiy Arena ready for a war, but from the first bell, it was clear that any hope was false. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) defeated WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia. The final judges scores were 119-104, 119-104 and 119-104.
Wladimir knocked Povetkin down 4 times in the fight; once in the 2nd round from a short left hook and 3 times in the 7thh round. Wladimir appeared to push Povetkin down with the first knockdown in the 7th, but the other two seemed to be legit. Read the rest of this entry »