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title Chambers-Povetkin: Power vs. Speed

povetkin-chambers33.jpgBy Chris Thomas: undefeated heavyweights Eddie Chambers (30-0, 16 KOs) and Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) mix it up on Saturday night in the International Boxing Federation eliminator bout at the Tempodrom, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany. The winner of the bout has the pleasure of facing the victor of next months bout between IBF heavyweight title holder Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov. It’s not likely to be Ibragimov that will emerge the winner of that bout, considering that Klitschko is the larger, faster, powerful and by far the more accomplished fighter of the two. Chambers, 25, ranked #1 in the IBF, seems hardly ready, should he defeat Povetkin on Saturday, for a bout with Klitschko.

However, the heavyweight division is so bad right now that Chambers and Povetkin are about the best their is. Unfortunately, there seems to be a wide gulf between them and Wladimir, with the winner of the IBF tournament seeming to be nothing more than cannon fodder for Wladimir. At this stage, it appears likely that it will be Povetkin, since he’s the bigger fighter, more powerful, and has a busier style than Chambers. Read the rest of this entry »



title John vs. Caballero On Saturday Night

Undefeated World Boxing Association featherweight champion Chris John (40-0-1, 21 KOs) will put his title on the line against challenger Roinet Caballero (22-7-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Istora Bung Karno, in Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia. This will be the 9th title defense for John, whom has been almost invincible since winning the title in 2003. Along the way, John, 28, has defeated popular fighters like Derrick Gainer and Juan Manuel Marquez, the latter fighter he beat by 12-round unanimous decision in March 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ricky Hatton: Is He Making A Mistake By Avoiding Witter?

haton44333.jpgBy Eric Schmidt: In the past month, World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs) has made it no secret that he wants to fight to fight former World Boxing Association & International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs), calling him out often in the press. However, instead of agreeing to take the fight, and shutting Witter up, Hatton, 29, has said “I don’t know whether I want to give him the best pay day of his life. When someone slags you off you don’t repay them by giving them their best pay day.”

Clearly, this is an excuse that few buy, considering that Hatton himself had called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the press before their bout, which clearly worked in this case, as it angered Mayweather, causing him to agree to the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cintron vs. Margarito On April 26th

cintron4646444.jpgIn an act of either pure bravery or a sign of confused thinking, International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (29-1, 27 KOs) has reportedly signed to fight a rematch with his former conqueror Antonio Margarito (35-5, 25 KOs) on April 26th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Apparently, the winner of the bout will possibly meeting up with Miguel Cotto, after he finishes destroying Alfonso Gomez on April 12th.

Cintron, 28, seems to have made a big mistake in opting to fight the 29 year-old Margarito, as he was previously destroyed by Margarito in a 5th round TKO in April 2005, a bout in which Cintron was knocked down four times in the process of losing the fight. After the first three rounds, the fight was no longer competitive, as Cintron didn’t have the punch output to match Margarito, and found himself getting hurt repeatedly by Margarito’s powerful hooks to the body and head. Cintron’s defense was poor, allowing Margarito to shoot through his guard with shots to the head. Read the rest of this entry »



title Duddy vs. Pavlik On June 7th

According to the latest news from the boxing world, undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs) will be defending both his middleweight titles against John Duddy (23-0, 17 KOs) on June 7th, in Madison Square Garden. Though Pavlik has a bout before then, a rematch with former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on February 16th, whom he defeated by 7th round TKO on September 29th, 2007, this bout will be a non-title fight, since Taylor wanted the fight to take place at a higher weight of 166 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto To Take On Gomez On April 12th

cotto9812456.jpgUndefeated World Boxing Association welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (31-0, 25 KOs) will be making his fourth title defense when he takes on Alfonso Gomez (18-3-2, 8 KOs) on April 12th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gomez, a former star from the reality television series The Contender, is mostly known as being the fighter that retired a badly shop worn Arturo Gatti, stopping him in the 7th round on July 14th, 2007. Other than that, Gomez has little to get excited about. He’s essentially a good 2nd tier fighter, one that will put on a good show against lesser B-level fighters, but will be hopelessly outclassed against top notch opposition such as Cotto.

Late last year, Gomez has been mentioned as a possible opponent for for prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, for whatever reason, Gomez’s name was withdrawn as a prospective opponent for Chavez, probably because he was far too dangerous for him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Felix Trinidad: What Are His Options?

trindad3535.jpgBy Chris Thomas: According to the final numbers, last Saturday night’s bout between former boxing champions Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. did remarkably well, selling more than 500,000 PPV subscriptions and making $25 million in domestic television revenue. Base don these numbers, it would seem to indicate that there is still an audience out there for both Trinidad and Jones, despite each of them being well past their prime as fighters.

For his part, the 39 year-old Jones has made it clear that he wants to fight either Joe Calzaghe, Jermain Taylor, Kelly Pavlik or Oscar De La Hoya. However, Trinidad, 35, has remained silent, saying nothing about his future plans. Before last Saturday’s bout, Trinidad had expressed interest in fighting De La Hoya, who many people feel has been washed up as a fighter for quite some time, perhaps even as long as Jones and Trinidad. However, it seems unlikely that De La Hoya will opt to fight a rematch with Trinidad, at least not now, because the latest rumors seem to suggest that De La Hoya is looking to fight a smaller fighter, someone like Paulie Malignaggi or Steve Forbes. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dawson Wants Bout With Jones

dawson575644343.jpgUndefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (25-0, 17 KOs) expressed disappointment recently with Roy Jones Jr, who called out a number of fighters after beating Felix Trinidad last Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Specifically, Jones, 39, said that he’d be interested in fighting all comers, naming Joe Calzaghe, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor as potential opponents that he’d like to mix it up with. However, one name that he left was Chad Dawson, the WBC light heavyweight title holder. Dawson had this to say about being ignored by Jones:

“Let’s see, he named middleweights Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor, super middleweight Joe Calzaghe, light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins, who has been asking for a rematch for over 10 years, and junior middleweight Oscar De La Hoya. Funny how big old ‘Superman’ doesn’t want to pick on someone his OWN size, like the reigning WBC light heavyweight champion – ME.” For whatever reason, Jones seemed to avoid mentioning the 25 year-old Dawson’s name, even though he’s widely considered to be the best fighter in the light heavyweight division. Read the rest of this entry »



title Alexander Povetkin vs Eddie Chambers This Saturday

HBO’s late-night boxing series kicks off the new year with a heavyweight showdown when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ALEXANDER POVETKIN VS. EDDIE CHAMBERS is seen SATURDAY, JAN. 26 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Tempodrome in Berlin, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.. Read the rest of this entry »



title Israel Vazquez vs Rafael Marquez on Showtime

Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez produced two of the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007 which inevitably has led to one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in history. Now they battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) 122-pound title and super bantamweight supremacy in the third and final chapter of boxing’s best rivalry in recent memory in Vazquez-Marquez III “Final Confrontation,” Saturday, March 1, 2008 from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Read the rest of this entry »



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