title Ricky Hatton: My head and heart

photo: vyacheslav senchenko ricky hatton By Rusty Nate: The time is nearly upon us when the “Hitman” Ricky Hatton finally makes his return to boxing. In a little over 48 hours the world will awaken to stories of “Wow, he proved us wrong” or “Hatton a shadow of his former self, we told you so”.

I believe Hatton will win Saturday’s fight regardless of the skill & fitness level he has managed to claw back. The reasons I think that are 2 fold……..

1 – I’ve always been a big fan of Hatton and so my heart (maybe stupidly) tells me “there is no way he loses”. There’s a bit of honesty for you rarely said by a writer, particularly on these forums. Ultimately this could go horribly wrong but my heart makes me positive that he is going to be the Ricky of old at least until the first bell sounds when reality could kick in. We’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

title Can Hatton come back from Pacquiao loss?

photo: vyacheslav senchenko ricky hatton manny pacquiao By John F. McKenna (McJack): The popularity of former WBA/IBF/IBO and The Ring light welterweight champion and WBA welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KO’s) has not waned over the years. Even his dramatic stoppage at the hands of Manny Pacquiao did nothing to dissuade his fans of their loyalty to their hero. When Ricky fights his fans eagerly put down their money to watch him in action.

The question being asked by even some of his most ardent supporters is, can Hatton come back after his devastating loss to Pacquiao 3 ½ years ago? Granted, other fighters have come back after being away from the ring for long periods of time. Some have even come back after seemingly career ending injuries. Most notable is Vitali Klitschko who returned to the ring after a four year hiatus to reclaim his WBC heavyweight title belt. Read the rest of this entry »

title Reality Check For Austin Trout

photo: miguel cotto austin trout By Mark Uliano: In two weeks WBA Junior Middleweight champion, Austin Trout, will step into the ring for the biggest test of his career against Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. A lot of boxing writers on multiple outlets are giving Trout (25-0, 14 KO) a legitimate chance to come out of the December 1st fight with his title and undefeated record still intact.

There is always the punchers chance when it comes to boxing, but when people are telling me outright that he is going to easily beat Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto I think they really need to step back to reality. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Adrien Broner the new Floyd Mayweather?? No he’s the new generation of boxing!!

photo: floyd mayweather jr antonio demarco adrien broner By Paul Walsh: The only similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather are they are both black American, unbeaten and charismatic and that is where the similarities end.  After watching Broner’s eight round demolition of lightweight king Antonio DeMarco I was pleased as I knew the world would finally stand up and appreciate the star that is Adrien Broner.

I have been following his career for a long time and from the first fight I saw I knew he was something special.  No longer is he just another flashy, cocky, trash talking fighter with too much confidence he actually has the skill and talent to back it up.  He is indeed a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Ricky Burns duck Adrien Broner?

photo: ricky burns adrien broner By Scott Gilfoid: We recently saw what appeared to be WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns putting it on his promoter/management as to whether he’ll be stepping in the ring with WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner in a unification bout in 2013.

I for one never thought that Burns would fight Broner in the first place given that Burns had a chance to fight him last year and instead moved up in weight to lightweight. So, I wasn’t at all surprised when Burns told Steve Bunce that it’s up to his promoter whether he fights Broner. Read the rest of this entry »

title If you lose your “0” you got to go!!

photo: miguel cotto manny pacquiao floyd mayweather jr carl froch boxing arturo gatti andre berto amir khan adrien broner By Paul Walsh: Boxing has changed, so much so that the most important thing is keeping your coveted “0” intact.   Gone are the days of the best fighting the best in their prime, it is all about keeping the undefeated record in place as that is what sells.  My fear is that unfortunately we are going to miss out on some serious talent because of it.

This past weekend’s fights at Atlantic City was a prime example of what I am talking about, two fast rising unbeaten fighters (Adrien Broner and Seth Mitchell) put their “0” on the line.  Both fights ended spectacularly but only one “0” remained.  Broner’s and with that he’s stock rose whereas Mitchell’s dropped dramatically.  Read the rest of this entry »

title Froch wants Kessler before Ward

photo: mikkel kessler carl froch andre ward By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch says he wants to get a rematch with Mikkel Kessler over in the UK before fighting a rematch against Andre Ward. Both guys have beat Froch pretty convincingly, but Ward definitely did the better job on him. I had Froch winning one round against Ward last December in their finals bout in the Super Six tournament.

Froch said Sky Ringside “Mikkel Kessler’s the rematch for me, the one that will fill any stadium in the K. Andre Ward, after that, would be the fight for me to secure my legacy and personally correct the wrong that happened in Atlantic City that night.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Dawson vs. Pascal II: Jean a tough match-up for Chad

photo: jean pascal chad dawson By Allan Fox: It’s been two years since Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) suffered an 11th round technical decision loss to Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO’s) in a fight that was halted after Dawson suffered a bad cut over his left eye from a clash of heads in the 11th.

The fight was stopped and it went to the cards and Dawson lost. The defeat has really bugged Dawson ever since then, and he’s decided to try and avenge it against Pascal by fighting him on March 23rd in Canada in a still to be determined venue. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khan needs to consider retirement if he loses to Molina

photo: amir khan By William Mackay: Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) meets Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) next month on December 15th in a fight that is extremely critical for Khan’s career, as he’s in a position where he can’t take any more losses. Khan’s ability to take punishment is in question and for him to be one of the top fighters in boxing he’s going to have to be able to stand in there and take some healthy shots.

Molina, 5’6″, isn’t a real threat to Khan on paper, but then again we didn’t think Khan was going to turn to resort to running, holding and shoving from the pressure that was put on him in his fight with Lamont Peterson either. Molina hits at least as hard as Peterson if not harder. Read the rest of this entry »

title Guerrero: I’m not playing around with Berto

By Dan Ambrose: Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) is going into Saturday’s fight with a lot of self belief that he’s going to be able to successfully defend his WBC interim welterweight title against Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) in their fight in Ontario, California. Read the rest of this entry »

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