By Dan Ambrose: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) proved tonight in beating Firat Arslan (32-6, 21 KO’s) that he doesn’t stand a chance against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KO’s) in his hoped for his fight in early 2013. Huck’s promoters at Sauerland Events offered Wladimir 5 million euros [$6.5 million] to fight Huck next year.
That might have been a tempting offer for Wladimir before tonight but after seeing how badly Huck struggled to beat 42-year-old Arlan by a 12 round unanimous decision it’s pretty clear that the 27-year-old Huck doesn’t belong in the same ring with the bigger 6’6″ Wladimir. Huck had his head snapped back by Arslan’s uppercuts all night tonight, and it’s hard to understand what the judges saw in Huck’s performance to give him the victory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) retained his World Boxing Organization title tonight with a controversial 12 round decision over 42-year-old Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111.
Huck took a real beating in the fight, getting hammered in every round by huge uppercuts from the much superior inside fighter Arslan. The uppercut shots would snap Huck’s head each time they’d land cleanly. Huck threw more punches but most of his shots were picked off on the gloves of Arslan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: With a great struggle Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) was able to defeat Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KO’s) in their 170 pound catchweight fight by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It might have been the catchweight that got the Bute the win tonight, as Grachev didn’t look as powerful as he normally is from having to drain down to 170 to make the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The should be unbeaten super middleweight Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) is now being trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to examiner.com writer Chris Robinson. Dirrell had been previously trained his entire career by his uncle Leon Lawson Jr. and it’s unknown happened there. But this is a good move because Mayweather Sr. is one of the most talented, the most experienced and the most knowledgeable trainers all of boxing. Dirrell’s only loss of his career was a HIGHLY controversial 12 round split decision defeat against Carl Froch. Most boxing fans who saw that fight had Dirrell easily beating Froch. As such, I don’t count as a loss for Dirrell.
This move could turn Dirrell into a super star. The only thing that Dirrell needs now is to get some fights lined up. His promoter 50 Cent and SMS Promotions needs to start finding some fights for the talented Dirrell because he’s been wasting away on the vine with inactivity. It’s been almost a year now since the lightning fast Dirrell last fought in blowing out Darryl Cunningham in two rounds on December 30th, 2011. It was thought then that Dirrell would be back in the ring and would be looking to get a title shot in the near future, but he’s not been scheduled for any fights and has seen his career stagnate even further. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Rapper/businessman and former Floyd Mayweather friend 50 Cent [Curtis Jackson] was looking to hit Mayweather Jr. where it hurts last night on twitter, claiming he can’t be his friend because he doesn’t like hanging around with someone that is avoiding a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
50 Cent said on his twitter “I can’t hang out with Floyd no more; I’m tired of [him] running from Manny Pacquiao.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: One thing that’s emerged from the back and forth bickering between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his former friend 50 Cent [Curtis Jackson] is that 50 Cent would like to match his fighter former two time featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s) up with Mayweather Jr.
50 Cent said on his twitter “Gamboa wants to fight Floyd. I will put $20 million for the winner. He don’t like it that Floyd pulled out.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The talented ex-IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO’s) is putting everything on the line tonight against the monstrous punching unbeaten Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO’s) at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. A loss for the 32-year-old Bute will ruin any chance that he might have of trying to avenge his loss to Carl Froch.
Bute lost to Froch earlier this year in a shocking upset in Nottingham, England, and Bute badly wants to avenge that defeat. However, Bute isn’t making things easy for himself by choosing to fight NABF light heavyweight champion Grachev.
Bute could have done what Froch did by choosing a much safer fight against Yusaf Mack, but Bute didn’t want to go that way. He has too much respect for himself to take easy fights just to pad his record and make easy money. Bute cares too much about boxing as a sport to take the safe route. Read the rest of this entry »
(Picture: Photo Wende) By Allan Fox: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KO’s) will be facing old timer 42-year-old former World Boxing Association (WBA) World cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KO’s) tonight in a fight that is pretty much shapes up to be a mismatch at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Arslan is a good fighter for older guy, but he’s not in Huck’s league and is no doubt going to get knocked out in this fight unless Huck carries him for the full 12 rounds.
Arslan, #8 WBO, has won three out of his last four fights, but is coming off of an ugly 12 round draw against Alexander Alekseev last May. That’s really who should be fighting right now, not Huck for the World Boxing Organization title. However, Arslan is a recognizable name for German fans, and it makes the fight a bigger draw than if Huck were to fight a higher ranked guy like #1 WBO BJ Flores. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It looks like WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) will continue on his course of fighting older fighters, as he’s being talked about fighting former IBF/WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (47-6-2, 22 KO’s) in the first part of next year, according to the Manila Bulletin.
Donaire was supposed to fight Mijares earlier this year, but HBO said no to that fight. Donaire then opted to fight IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. If HBO said no once to a Mijares fight I wonder if they’ll change their mind about this now? Mijares stopped a past his prime Rafael Marquez last month in a 9th round stoppage, but Mijares hardly looked good. Marquez had him on the ropes in the 1st round and was really teeing off on Mijares when the flow of the fight was stopped due to a head-butt. Read the rest of this entry »
by Erich Glavitza: Viennese boxing fans might be disappointed by the outcome of the 12 rounder between Spanish titleholder Roberto Santos and their darling Marcos Nader, but the judges followed them old rules: the challenger has to make the fight – the champ defends his title. The fight was ruled a 12 round draw. The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 115-114 for Nader, and 114-114. The stylish Viennese controlled the fight during the first part with fast jabs, brisk combinations and avoided Santos ramming left, by stepping out of reach in time.
The tide turned around at midway, when the sturdy Spaniard started rolling forward like a tank, bloodying Nader’s nose and scoring now and than with his left. Nader seemed to run out of gas during the final rounds of the stanza, so the judges saw his efforts not enough to dethrone the man from Valencia who’s current score advanced to 18-6-3, while Marcos Nader’s figures stand at 16-0-1. Read the rest of this entry »