By Eric Thomas: In the absolutely worst decision I have ever seen in all my life, former light welterweight contender Ben Tackie (29-10-1, 17 KOs) lost a 10-round split decision to former light welterweight title challenger Henry Bruseles (27-3-1, 15 KOs) at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Friday night. The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 96-94, for Bruseles, and 96-94 for Tackie. However, Tackie, 34, appeared to easily win rounds five though ten, while seeming to win the 4th round closely.
I had it six rounds to four, but it really should have been 7 rounds to 3 in favor of Tackie, who did all the fighting from the fourth round on. Indeed, all Bruseles, 27, did from the 4th until the 10th is clinch, run and attempt to dodge punches. He was throwing absolutely nothing back in his efforts to survive the fight without being knocked out by Tackie. No stranger to being given the shaft in terms of bad decisions, Tackie was also given a raw deal in his 10-round loss to Mexican Freddy Hernandez in June 2007. Read the rest of this entry »
By Francisco Chantango: Recently, after seeing several fights of Filipino boxing stars super flyweight AJ Banal (17-0-1, 14 KOs) and super bantamweight Rey Baustista (25-1, 18 KOs) I’ve started to wonder whether each of these two young southpaw phenoms will eventually be future title holders in their perspective divisions. Banal, only 19, looks to be slightly the better of the two prospects, although Bautista isn’t far behind him in terms of overall talent and drive. I fully realize that Baustista was blown out in one vicious round by 27 year-old WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (34-1, 30 KOs) in August 2007, yet I don’t hardly believe that Baustista, then only 18 years-old, was ready for such an important match as this at this early stage in his career.
In spite of his immense talent that Bautista had shown previous to that bout, beating fighters such as Giovanni Andrade, Marino Montiel, Sergio Manuel Medina, Gerardo Espinoza and Roberto Bonilla, none of these fighters could prepare him properly for the kind of all out slugging that a fighter like Ponce De Leon would be bringing into a fight with Baustista. Mainly, because Ponce De Leon is so unorthodox as a fighter. He doesn’t fight in a normal manner that most fighters do, instead he goes all out throwing punches from all angles nonstop from the opening bell until the final round of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Krebs: Undefeated cruiserweight Eric Fields (11-0, 9 KOs) will return to action on Saturday night against Ola Afolabi (11-1-3, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout for the little-known vacant North American Boxing Association (NABO) at the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington. Fields, 21, the 2005 and 2006 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight champion, recently flattened former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis in the 1st round on January 18th, 2008, in a one-sided bout from the opening bell. Fields wasted little time in pouncing on Davis, after studying him for a second; he then proceeded to tag him with a monstrous right that dropped Davis to the canvas.
Upon getting up, Davis was met with a mad horde of punches from the 6’2″ Fields, who hit Davis with everything but the kitchen sink as he gamely tried to cover up on the ropes. After the beating continued on for what appeared to be an extended period of time seeming like minutes, Fields finally connected with a sledgehammer left uppercut that dropped Davis to the canvas face first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: Cruiserweight contender Marco Huck (19-1, 14 KOs), fresh off a 12th round TKO loss to IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham on December 29th, will make his first appearance since that time when he hopes for a change in luck against Leon Nzama (2-6) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, in Brandenburg, Germany. If there was ever a fighter that Huck could have chosen to ensure that he comes out the winner this Saturday, it’s Nzama, who has lost his last five fights coming into this Saturday’s bout with Huck.
Based on the relative inexperience, and the poor record of Nazama, one could safely conclude that Huck’s management team doesn’t have a lot of confidence in him that he’ll be able to overcome adversity if matched any tougher than this. However, I don’t blame them one bit for putting Huck in with a fighter with a record as dreadful as this, for Huck has looked no better than an amateur in his last two fights, beating Vadim Tokarev by a gift majority decision in May 2007, and then getting stopped in the 12th round by Cunningham in December. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chet Mills: Undefeated bantamweight prospect Yan Barthelemy (5-0) will be going up against last minute replacement Jose Garcia Bernal (27-10-1, 18 KOs) on the undercard of the IBF light heavyweight championship showdown between champion Clinton Woods vs. Antonio Tarver, and WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and former light heavyweight title holder Glen Johnson on Saturday night at the St. Peter Times Forum, in Tampa, Floriada. Barthelemy, 28, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal winner for the Cuban National team in the light flyweight class, is making sixth appearance since turning professional in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: Welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karrass (19-3-3, 14 KOs) puts his lightly regarded WBC Continental Americas welterweight title on the line tonight against Chris Smith (21-4-1, 13 KOs) at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Also, former light welterweight contender Ben Tackie (29-9-1, 17 KOs) goes up against former light welterweight contender Henry Bruseles (26-3-1, 15 KOs). Easily, the Tackie-Bruseles figures to be the more exciting bout, as each of them are better fighters as a whole than what I’ve seen of Smith and Soto-Karass, whom I see as more as low B-class fighters than top level talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: In a showcase for three young unbeaten prospects, flyweight Ryonta Whitfield (21-0, 10 KOs), Fernando Guerrero (5-0, 5 KOs) and Michael Davis (6-0, 3 KOs) all emerged victories in their bouts on Wednesday night at the Bell Auditorium, in Augusta, Georgia. None of the prospects, aside from the 21 year-old Guerrero, looked very promising in terms of future championship caliber material, however. The fighter the closest to getting a shot at the title, #2 ranked WBO flyweight contender Ryonta Whitfield, 26, looked by far the worse of the bunch as he barely defeated Mexican Manuel Vargas 24-3, 10 KOs) by a majority decision scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (47-11-2, 32 KOs) will be challenging undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson this Saturday on the undercard of the IBF light heavyweight bout between champion Clinton Woods and former champion Antonio Tarver at the St. Peter Times Forum, in Tampa, Florida. Johnson, now 39, is four years removed from winning the IBF light heayvweight title against Clinton Woods in February 2004, a title that Johnson subsequently turned around and lost a year later to Antonio Tarver in June 2005.
The high point of Johnson’s 15-year career arguably would have to be his 9th round KO of Roy Jones Jr., who Johnson knocked cold in September 2004 bout. Johnson, a heavy slugger with a relentless style of fighting, has shown himself to be vulnerable to fighters with superb boxing skills, such as Tarver, Woods and Julio Cesar Gonzalez, all of whom beat Johnson by unanimous decisions. Johnson rebounded from his 12-round split decision loss to Woods in September 2006, and has since won three consecuitive fights, most notably his 11th round TKO of Montell Griffin in the IBF title eliminator bout in May 2007. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: In a move that comes to no surprise to me, the IBF has decided to give IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) an exception to bypass his IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs), in which case Klitschko will now be able to go ahead with his plans to defend his WBO title against the number # 1 mandatory challenger, Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs), about which will likely take place in July.
Wladimir Klitschko, 32, is reportedly ecstatic with the news of the decision, though it’s unclear why it would make much difference to him since he’ll have to defend against Povetkin sooner or later, and gives the appearance that Wladimir is for some reason avoiding having to fight him until he absolutely has to. According to Wladimir, he wants to fight Thompson first because he’s been waiting longer than Povetkin. Thompson, just to be clear, has been waiting for his title shot for a year, while Povetkin has only been waiting since January 26th, since defeating Eddie Chambers to win the IBF tournament to decide on who Klitschko’s mandatory challenger would be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (41-3-1, 24 KOs) will be putting his title on the line this Saturday night against former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (26-4, 19 KOs) at the St. Pete Times Forum, in Tampa, Florida. The fight, which has so far failed the building much excitement aside from a few loyal British fans of Woods, is an especially important bout for Woods for if he can beat the 39 year-old Tarver, there’s a strong chance that Woods may be the next opponent for super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Read the rest of this entry »