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title Why Pavlik Will Be a Bigger Star Than Hopkins

pav452762.jpgBy Chris Williams: On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins may have proven himself to be the better fighter than Kelly Pavlik with his 12-round decision victory over him, but in the end, it will be Pavlik who will probably end up the much bigger star, make much more money and be long remembered by boxing fans. With Pavlik’s slugging style of fighting, notable for mutual knockdowns for him and his opponents, he’ll obviously never hold onto his title 10 years like Hopkins. However, Pavlik’s fights will be much more appealing to the average fan due to his brawling style of fighting, his tendency to take a lot of punishment and his sense of vulnerability.

His fights are much more action-packed then Hopkins’ bouts, which often are mind-numbing boring, filled with clinches, a lot of movement on the outside and dull inside work. Hopkins didn’t get popular until well into his career, around the time that he defeated Felix Trinidad in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

title Did Pavlik’s Loss Let Calzaghe Off The Hook?

cal5453531.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Joe Calzaghe must be feeling a huge sense of relief right about now after middleweight knockout artist Kelly Pavlik was defeated by Bernard Hopkins on Saturday. There’s no getting around it, the loss was a huge defeat for Pavlik, and one that wiped out a lot of opportunities for him, one of which may or may not have been a fight with Calzaghe. Before the fight, Pavlik had been pushing hard for a fight with Calzaghe, but with little luck. Instead of wanting to face Pavlik, a fighter with an unbeaten record and an enormous amount of knockout victories, Calzaghe decided on Roy Jones Jr., a fighter that is perceived by many boxing experts to be the lesser threat than Pavlik.

Instead of Calzaghe facing Pavlik, the forty-three year-old Bernard Hopkins manned up and took the fight, and ended up giving Pavlik a terrible thrashing in the process. It’s unfortunate that Calzaghe chose to fight Jones rather than Pavlik, because who knows? Maybe it would be Calzaghe who would be getting all the praise right now for having beaten Pavlik instead of Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »

title David Haye – Can Monte Barrett Break Haye’s Glass Jaw?

haye3445517.jpgBy Dan Ambrose: Heavyweight David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) is on an express trip heading for a fight with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in early 2009. Before doing so, Haye is going to cut his teeth on journeyman Monte Barrett, a fighter that Haye is hoping he can beat easily and impressive enough to give him a shot in the arm with boxing fans, to try and give him some much-needed credibility to his heavyweight career. Haye, already a former WBA, WBC and WBO cruiserweight champion, is trying to duplicate those efforts in the heavyweight division.

However, in this case, Haye isn’t looking to work his way up slowly to build to that level, and is thinking that he can skip all that and move straight to the top with only a minor fight against Barrett before that. It’s perhaps not the smartest thing that Haye could be doing, because he could end up looking stupid, especially if Barrett ends up taking him out in the early rounds of the fight. Haye had previously bragged long hard, saying that he would be facing a top heavyweight with a big name. As far as a top heavyweight goes, Barrett, ranked # 6th in the WBO, partially fits the bill. However, he’s much less the fighter than I originally expected from Haye when he initially started making pronouncements about wanting to fight a top heavyweight in the division, someone that he could get a lot of attention from the fans for fighting. Read the rest of this entry »

title Amir Khan Returns On December 6th – Latest Boxing News

khan42356.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: British lightweight Amir Khan (18-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring on December 6th against a still unnamed opponent. Khan, 21, is hoping to fight on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, ranked number #8 in the IBF, was brutally stopped in the 1st round by Breidis Prescott in September. Khan appeared to go into the fight thinking knockout, and went right after the Colombian knockout artist in the first round, rather than staying away from him on the outside.

While trying to land a left hook, Khan left himself open for one of Prescott’s big trademark left hooks, which caught Khan on the jaw, snapping his head back violently and staggering him badly. Prescott then went after him and dropped Khan with additional left hooks to the head. Khan somehow got up off the canvas but was immediately put back down again. The outcome of the fight wasn’t that big of a surprise, however, considering that Khan had been dropped twice before this against Willie Limond and Michael Gomez – two punchers with good but not great power. It seemed only obvious when watching those two fights, that Khan would eventually run into a punch that he couldn’t get up from. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Hopkins Overrated?

hopkins34434.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Since defeating Kelly Pavlik last week, the status of Bernard Hopkins has been elevated to almost epic proportions by many boxing writers and fans alike, but honestly, does he really deserve all that acclaim? After all, who did he beat? Pavlik, while a good fighter with a lot of power, is more of a straight ahead power puncher, who fights in a straight line and has zero lateral movement. Anyone with eyes could see that Pavlik had embarrassingly slow hand speed, poor defense and only his right hand and left jab to count on as his main weapons. Unlike the more accomplished boxers that Hopkins has faced in his career, like Roy Jones Jr. and Winky Wright, Pavlik didn’t have the arsenal nor the defense that those fighters had.

With only a right hand to worry about, it was little wonder that Hopkins would easily devise a plan to take that away from Pavlik and beat him. Even without a solid plan, Hopkins had the much better hand speed and size (he’s a natural light heavyweight) in comparison to the slow Pavlik. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Hopkins is a great fighter, perhaps one of the top 10 middleweights of all time, but in no way do I see him as good as people are making him out to be lately. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Pavlik Ever Be The Same Again?

pav45343.jpgBy Jim Dower: Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) Going into his fight with Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) was thought to be near invincible as a fighter, a middleweight good enough perhaps to rule the division for years to come. There was one problem, however. Pavlik hadn’t ever fought an opponent with the boxing ability of the 43 year-old Bernard Hopkins, who ended up giving Pavlik a thorough beating for 12 long rounds. The fight was so one-sided, that it probably should have been stopped as early as the 8th round when it was apparent that Pavlik was totally out of his league and had no chance in beating the wily Hopkins.

In keeping the fight going, Pavlik took an incredible amount of punishment, in particular in the way of head shots, and had his left eye badly cut and his nose bloodied. Hopefully, the beating won’t have long lasting effects To Pavlik’s boxing career, similar to the type that occurred to Jeff Lacy after his equally one-sided loss to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. With no title on the line, and little to gain other than a good three million dollar payday, Pavlik had no reason to stay in the fight as long as he did, particularly when it became apparent that he was getting a bad beating from Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roy Jones Jr. Not Interested In Bernard Hopkins Bout

jones423565.jpgBy William Mackay: In an article from Tim Smith from the NyDailynews, Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) stated that he’s not interested in a second fight with Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs), saying he won’t be fighting him, that he doesn’t care what people think. Apparently, Jones offered Hopkins a fight in 2001, just after Bernard had stopped Felix Trinidad in a 12th round KO, but Hopkins reportedly turned down an eight million dollar offer and instead looked elsewhere. According to Smith, Jones then gave up Hopkins, and told him that he wasn’t interested in fighting him.

Whether or not Jones is serious when he says that’s the real reason for him not wanting to face Hopkins now, some 15 years later, we’ll never know for sure. One thing we do know, though, is that Hopkins is still at the top of his game, and is still one of the premier fighters in the light heavyweight division, if not the best overall fighter at that weight class. Hopkins, 43, who recently trounced middleweight Kelly Pavlik in a 12-round unanimous decision victory last Saturday night, said that he’d like to fight either Joe Calzaghe or Jones, whoever emerges as the winner of their November 8th bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. From the looks of it, it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be Jones who will end up winning the fight, because Calzaghe has too much speed and a much higher work rate than Jones, even though their ages are only three years apart. Read the rest of this entry »

title Latest Boxing News: Duddy, Williams, Arreola, Walker, Phillips, Quillin, Wolok, O’Connor, More

Los Angeles, CA (October 22, 2008) – Promoter Dan Goossen has been in a quandary for some time. Blessed with extremely talented boxers and whom many believe to be champions that will elevate the sport to much greater heights, WBO Welterweight Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and history-making heavyweight contender and WBC Continental Americas Champion Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola have their world-class challengers. At Last! Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik Was Sick With Bronchitis Before Hopkins Bout

pav3423345352.jpgBy Chris Williams: In the latest boxing news, formerly unbeaten Kelly Pavlik was reportedly sick with bronchitis just days before his bout with Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night according to the The Vindicator newspaper. In addition, Pavlik had suffered an injury to his elbow which. The bronchitis, however, may have played a factor in Pavlik’s loss to Hopkins, because the illness is known to sap the strength from people. Even when they feel okay, it’s not advised to do strenuous exercise, as it doesn’t allow for the sick individual to be at their best. This would help explain Pavlik’s listless performance against Hopkins, in which Kelly looked weak and lethargic, as if he had little strength in his normally powerful punches.

Kelly himself had this to say about his fight with Hopkins: “I just couldn’t get off. My arms felt like they were 100 pounds each.” This is a classic sign of a lingering illness judging from Pavlik’s comments, and in hindsight, he probably should have postponed the fight for a couple of months to get well and bring his lung capacity back to where it was at previously. Pavlik’s father said “We know now that if he’s not completely healthy, we shouldn’t go ahead with the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Calzaghe Afraid Of Hopkins?

cal5634565.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: With his loss on Saturday to Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik was effectively removed from future considerations for a potential bout with Joe Calzaghe. Not that Calzaghe would ever fight him anyway, mind you, because he’s said repeatedly in the past that he planned on retiring immediately following his November 8th bout against Roy Jones Jr., just as long as he performed well against him. Many boxing fans and writers, however, felt that with enough pushing, Calzaghe would eventually fight Pavlik. Now unfortunately that has been taken off the table with Pavlik’s one-sided loss to Hopkins.

After his win over Pavlik on Saturday, Hopkins stated that he’d like to fight the winner of Calzaghe vs. Jones. For his part, Calzaghe isn’t the slightest bit interested in facing Hopkins again, commenting to the BBC, “Screw Hopkins, I’m not fighting again for any amount of money, I’ve been doing this for too long.” Frankly, I’m not in the least bit surprised that Calzaghe isn’t interested in facing Hopkins, because their fight in April was incredibly close, looking to me – and to many other boxing experts – like Hopkins should have been the one awarded the ultimate decision and not Calzaghe. Read the rest of this entry »

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