By Klaas Mabetlela: Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns form part of the ‘fab’ four (fabulous four) that also included Marvelous Marvin Hagler. The four were responsible for the richest boxing era of the recent memory.
For most people, the issue of defining fights will be easy for these three because they fought each other and their defining fights were against each other. It is not as clear-cut and easy as that because sometimes, a loss gains more for a boxer than a win would ever manage. There are fights where there are no losers and I am not talking about drawn fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: In the latest boxing news, former Commonwealth champion Nicky Piper thinks that Joe Calzaghe is making a mistake if he stages a comeback, according to Walesonline. Piper, speaking about Calzaghe, he says, “The only reasons Joe would want a rematch would be the money or his ego. But I think he would be a fool to do it. To risk his legacy would be crazy. He doesn’t need to fight. My personal opinion is that money is more important than a record. So, if he needed the money to provide for his family and safeguard his future, then I would completely understand the decision to make a comeback. But I don’t think Joe needs the money, so I don’t think he should be considering it at all.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dave Lahr: Incredibly, ticket sales are reportedly doing really well for the mismatch between World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KO’s) and his horribly over-matched opponent Alberto Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KO’s) for May 29th at the Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchin, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Klitschko, 38, has found a soft touch in 31-year-old 12 ranked WBC contender Sosnowski. This fight has 2nd round knockout written all over it, but incredibly the German boxing fans are scoping up tickets for this mismatch in droves, as if the fight was a compelling one instead of the mismatch that it appears to be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Making his first appearance in over a year since having his boxing license revoked, Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KO’s) easily defeated a badly over-matched Roberto Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) tonight by a 10 round unanimous decision at the La Feria de San Marcos , Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico. Margarito, 32, knocked Garcia down in the 1st round and dominated him the rest of the way with his customary high work rate. Garcia, although muscular looking, was no match for the more talented and hard hitting Margarito. The final judges’ scores were 99-89, 100-88 and 99-90.
By William Mackay: Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KO’s) wants a rematch with Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO’s) after losing a 4 round technical decision on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California after falling out of the ring in the 4th round and landing on a ringside table. Cintron, 30, had the air knocked out of him after hitting the table. Cintron wasn’t hit with a punch, but rather he tripped over the leg of Williams and then fell out of the ring. Williams had fallen on the canvas himself. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sam Gregory: Tonight on HBO’s championship boxing from the Home Depot Center, Carson, California, Paul “The Punisher” Williams 38-1 with 27 KO’s fought Kermit “The Killer” Cintron in a scheduled 12 round bout in the junior middleweight division.
Round 1 both men threw their jab testing each other out; Williams was able to throw and land his long left hand. In the last seconds of the round Williams was able to land a solid left that pushed Cintron back. Cintron’s round Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KO’s) will be passing on his rematch with Sergio Martinez, according to news from HBO Larry Merchant. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old Pavlik is having problems making the middleweight limit of 160, as evidenced by his coming into the Martinez fight weighing a hefty 178 on fight night on April 17th. The weight ended up slowing down Pavlik and causing him to run out of gas in the second half of the fight. Pavlik put on 18 pounds after the weigh-in for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Paul Williams defeated Kermit Cintron tonight by a 4th round technical decision after he fell out of the ring in the 4th round, falling on a ringside table. Cintron was then strapped to a stretcher with a neck brace. Cintron appeared to trip over Williams’ leg and fall through the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Still not quite sure whether he wants to retire or continue his career, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight and WBC welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KO’s) is saying that he’s leaning towards retirement. In an article by Dan Rafael of ESPN, Hatton says “I took a vacation to Australia and when I came home I went to the gym for a couple of weeks to see if I still had that fire on my belly and the desire. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former World Boxing Council/WBO middleweight champion (36-2, 32 KO’s) has only until May 17th to decide whether to utilize his rematch clause with Sergio Martinez. If Pavlik, 28, doesn’t make a decision by the 17th, he’ll lose his chance at fighting Martinez. This would give Martinez the chance to move forward for a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has mentioned being interested in fighting Martinez. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: Lightweight Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KO’s) sees his May 15th bout against Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KO’s) as a fight that will bring him fame in the boxing world. Mitchell, 25, is still largely unknown outside of the UK. Hardcore boxing fans know of him because of his 12 round decision over Colombian knockout artist Breidis Prescott last year. But if Mitchell can beat the well known Katsidis, he’ll immediately become known to boxing fans around the globe, even if the fight still won’t be seen by a lot of fans outside of the UK. In an article at the Guardian, Mitchell says “This is a massive fight for me. It will move me into the big time.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach feels that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be an “easy” fight for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, according to Nick Giongco of Manila Bulletin. Roach says “Manny’s going to knock him [Mayweather] out. He couldn’t move, he’s got more legs. Manny’s going to hit him from every angle.” Roach is basing this off of Mayweather’s near shutout 12 round decision over Shane Mosley last weekend. It’s hard to imagine to what Roach saw in Mayweather to lead him to believe that Pacquiao will beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: Undefeated lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KO’s) had some interesting observations about WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan. In an article at Independent.co.uk, Mitchell had this to say about Khan’s incident with a British model that he allegedly sent lewd text messages and photo: Read the rest of this entry »
Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan:
Hugo Fidel Cazares UD 12 Nobuo Nashiro
World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title