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title Peter-Klitschko: Sam Looking Badly Overweight For October Match

peter47245.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In a recent sparring video of World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs), he looks to be significantly overweight, perhaps as much as twenty pounds, for his title fight against former WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) next month at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany. In the video, Peter looked as if he has quite a ways to go before he’ll be in fighting shape for his October 11th fight. Although there’s still four weeks to go before the fight, it’s doubtful that Peter will be able to trim off all the lard by then without having to drastically starve himself to make it happen.

Peter, 28, looks as if he’s on course to come in well above his usual average of 250 lbs per fight, perhaps as high as 260. To date, the highest weight that Peter has come into a fight is 257, the weight that he fought James Toney at in their first fight in September 2006. For those who may not have seen the fight, Peter fought poorly, barely doing enough to defeat shorter, older Toney by a disappointing 12-round split decision. If not for his bigger size, as in muscle, not fat, more power and longer reach, Peter may have lost the fight to Toney. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Khan Still a Marketable Fighter?

khan56276.jpgBy Chris Williams: After last Saturday’s crushing defeated to Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs), formerly unbeaten Amir Khan (18-1, 14 KOs) may find himself not only starting all over again from the drawing board, but he also may be no longer marketable with the boxing public. The loss, a crushing 1st round knockout, left no doubt that Khan wasn’t in the class of the power-punching Colombian and left Khan’s once promising career literally in tatters. Even though Khan is probably young enough to rebuild his career many times over at the age of 21, his weak chin leaves a lot of doubts whether he’ll be able to accomplish that goal with any real degree of success.

After all, it wasn’t as if this was the first time that Khan found himself planted on the canvas. This time, though, he wasn’t able to escape with a victory because Prescott, with a series of devastating left hooks, had hurt him far too badly for him to recover enough to make it out of the 1st round. If Khan had at least fought competitively for a moment in the fight, there would at least be some small string of hope that the boxing public could cling to try and excuse the loss away and a see a better future for him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hopkins vs. Pavlik: Will Kelly Beat Bernard Into Retirement?

pavlik562351.JPGBy Jim Dower: With the latest trend in boxing, WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) has decided on facing a faded star of yesterday, in this case former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (48-5, 32 KOs), who is nearing his 44th birthday. The fight might have been supremely interesting eight to ten years ago when Hopkins was in his prime but as of now it’s hard to get excited about it other than the spectacle of it. In one corner you have Pavlik, 26, who is currently in his prime and by far the best fighter in the middleweight division, and in the other you have Hopkins, a fighter who is coming off of a narrow defeat to Joe Calzaghe but who has lost three out of his last five fights.

All things being equal, this would be a fight that Hopkins would be lucky to win even in his prime. However, he’s left his best years behind in the rear mirror years ago and is now sticking around the sport more like a spoiler, making fighters like Calzaghe struggle while at the same time beating pretenders. Pavlik, though, is anything but a pretender, and will be bringing huge power with him in the ring when the two meet on October 18th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

title Malignaggi: “Hatton is a limited fighter” –Boxing News

hatton45236.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Not holding back his punches in the least, International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) let loose the dogs of war with some recent comments made to Ring magazine, saying “Hatton is a limited fighter. He can’t box…I just don’t think he’s much of a fighter, or was ever much of a fighter.” Malignaggi, 27, is probably the finest light welterweight in the division at this point in his career, having beaten excellent fighters like Herman Ngoudjo, Lovemore N’dou, Edner Cherry and lost a life and death battle to Miguel Cotto.

If Malignaggi’s credentials weren’t so impeccable, I would probably dismiss at once his comments and consider them merely bluster on his part. However, he’s shown to be one of the best fighters in the game and knows boxing through and through. So if he says that Hatton is a limited fighter, I guess I have to believe in what he says. Not through with throwing darts at Hatton, Malignaggi had one final pearl of wisdom to say about Hatton, commenting in the same interview with Ring magazine, “He’s [Hatton] the John Ruiz of the junior welterweight class.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Forrest vs. Mora: Has Vernon Gotten Too Old For Boxing?

forrest446646.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Sometimes a fighter just get old overnight and loses it. That seems to be the case for Vernon Forrest (40-3, 29 KOs) who challenges World Boxing Council light middleweight champion Sergio Mora (21-01, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Forrest, 37 and quickly approaching 38, has steadfastly made excuses for his past defeat to Mora three months ago, a 12-round majority decision loss, saying that he was bored and hadn’t trained properly for the fight, explaining why he had lacked energy all fight long and run out of gas by the third round.

However, it looked as if Mora, 27, had a lot to do with Forrest running out of energy so quickly. Mora fought an outstanding fight, jabbing often, moving constantly, faking Forrest out of position, and hitting him to the body and head with strong left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »

title Should Khan Fight a Rematch With Prescott?

khan543.jpgBy Aaron Klein: After last Saturday night’s shocking 1st round knockout loss for British lightweight sensation Amir Khan (18-1, 14 KOs) there’s a lot of questions about his once promising career with many boxing fans and writers feeling that he may ruined as a fighter and unable to come back from this defeat.

His image, however, has taken a major hit and it’s questionable whether he’ll be able to bring back the status he previously held unless he does something bold and dramatic fight like fighting Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) in an immediately rematch. Obviously this would seem like a risky perhaps even foolhardy thing for Khan to do given his 1st round destruction to knockout artist Prescott last Saturday, but it’s probably the only way that Khan can ever recapture both his self respect and the respect from boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »

title Why did it go so wrong for Amir Khan?

khan453467.jpgBy Jonathan Watkins: Amir Khan’s undefeated record has now become a thing of the past, his aspirations of becoming a world champion have been put firmly on hold and now the rebuilding of his career must take place. On Saturday September 6th, Manchester’s MEN arena, along with many unsatisfied pay-per-view fans, witnessed an embarrassing defeat for Khan at the hands of Columbia’s Breidis Prescott.

The truth is I was debating whether to watch the fight in the first place. For Khan to be on box office at this stage of his career was a bad move. His fights were entertaining as he was showing great skill in his hand-speed and attacking abilities, but his opponents seemed hand picked in order to protect the British fighter and increase his popularity. I would also like to add that I certainly wasn’t further tempted with the fact Audley Harrison was fighting on the undercard, but I won’t go into my thoughts on that boxer, if that’s what you wish to call him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Amir Khan Finished As a Fighter?

khan5235743.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: Sometimes all it takes is one punch and a fighter is for all practical purposes washed up for good. In the case of previously unbeaten Amir Khan, I think he may be already at that stage of his career when it’s time to consider retiring for good. What’s sad, at least to me, is that all it took was a hard jab from his powerful Colombian opponent Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs), who staggered Khan in the opening seconds of the bout. To say that Khan was being more than a little thick headed by mixing it up with Prescott in the opening seconds is being too kind to him.

No one in their right mind would even consider going right after a fighter with as much as Prescott. Regardless of how limited Prescott is as a fighter, his power is very much real indeed, and anyone with two eyes could see that for themselves by taking a glance of his last fight with Cuban amateur star Richard Abril. The knockout loss for Khan was merely a byproduct of him going out there and trying to tangle with someone that he needed to be handling with kid’s gloves. Prescott is a fighter you need to stay away from, not try to engage and slug with. Of course, there’s fighters that probably could do this, like Nate Campbell or Juan Diaz, but then again they’re clearly a class or two above Khan in terms of chin and overall boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing News: Antillon Crushes Attah

antillon451245.jpgBy Chris Williams: Undefeated number #4 ranked World Boxing Association super featherweight Urbano Antillon (24-0, 17 KOs) was too much for his Nigerian opponent Daniel Attah (24-5-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night, stopping him in the 4th round of a scheduled 10-round bout to win the vacant WBO NABO super featherweight and vacant NABF super featherweight titles at the Isleta Resort & Casino, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After knocking Attah down once in the 3rd round, Antillon, 26, put away him away in the 4th round with two powerful left hooks to the head, sending Attah down to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:13 of the round by referee Rocky Burke.

Antillon, who was coming off a disappointing performance in his last bout against Jose Leonardo Cruz in June, started off slowly against Attah in the first round, getting badly outworked by the Nigerian fighter. It looked for the most part like Antillon was going to have another off night. However, he greatly picked up his pace in the second round by pinning Attah to the ropes, keeping him there and working him over with powerful series of head and body shots thrown with maximum power in each shot. Attah, fighting for survival, landed some good head shots of his own while getting tagged by Antillon. However, he couldn’t match the power or the intensity of the shots Antillon was hitting him with, and he looked decidedly uncomfortable under the strain of Antillon’s attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kirkland Too Much For Cortes

kirkland344324.jpgBy Jim Dower: Undefeated junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (23-0, 20 KOs) took out Ricardo Cortes (22-3-1, 15 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday night at the Music Hall, in Austin, Texas. Kirkland, 24, looking a little bulkier in the upper body and somewhat slower than in his previous fights, dropped Cortes in the 2nd round with a powerful right hand, and then accidentally added another right hand while he was down for good measure. Cortes got up off the canvas and courageously fought back while backed to the ropes, taking a couple of good shots from Kirkland then firing back with a good right hand of his own.

However, just at that moment, referee Gregorio Alvarez stepped in and halted the fight. Quite obviously, it was a bad stoppage leaving most everybody unsatisfied with the result, not least of which Cortes who looked like he still had some life left in him. The referee, though, was perhaps thinking that Cortes wasn’t going to be lasting too much longer. He was staggered twice in the 1st round, barely escaping without being knocked out, and then in the second round he was getting pummeled up until the knockdown. Cortes, a good fighter, seemed too slender and weak to compete with the bulky, powerful, Tyson-like Kirkland who was having his way with him in almost every second of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

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