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title Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Struggles To Defeat Matt Vanda

chavez-jr.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated light welterweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez (37-0-1, 29 KOs) struggled badly to defeat American Matt Vanda (38-7, 21 KOs) by a 10-round split decision on Saturday night at the Palenque De La Expo, Hermosillo, in Sonora, Mexico. Not surprisingly, the Mexican crowd weren’t too happy with the decision, booing loudly and showing the ring with full bottles of water and coins. Most of the boxing fans felt, as I did, that Vanda had done enough to earn the decision in the last five rounds of the fight. The final judges’ scores were as follows 97-93, 100-90 for Chavez Jr. and 95-96 for Vanda. I also had the fight scored for Vanda by a close margin.

The other two scores given to Chavez Jr. were simply ridiculous, as he appeared to lose the last six rounds of the fight to the more active Vanda. To top off what should have been a victory, Vanda, 29, staggered Chavez Jr. in the 10th round and battered him around the ring during the final three minutes. After the fight, a badly exhausted Chavez Jr. had to sit down and recover, having not enough energy to remain standing. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko Too Powerful For Tony Thompson

wladimir552.jpgphoto courtesy of www.klitschko.com -By Erik Schmidt: Using mainly powerful shots, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (51-3, 45 KOs) took out the tall 6’5″ Tony Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs) in an impressive 11th round TKO tonight in Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir picked up momentum as the fight progressed, punching a little harder in each of the rounds until the 11th round, when he went all out with big punches and eventually crushing Thompson with a big right hand that sent Thompson crashing to the canvas on his back.

The fight was stopped when Thompson didn’t make it off the canvas in time to beat the count. It fortunate for Thompson that he chose to stay down, because he would have likely taken even more punishment if he had tried to continue to fight on. At this point, Wladimir was fighting at his optimal level, not punching in the reserved, conservative manner that he had fought in most of the rounds.

Thompson, 36, who had looked good in recent fights with TKO wins over Luan Krasniqi and Cliff Couser, was in over his head against the equally as tall but much more powerful Wladimir Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko Stops Tony Thompson In 11th round TKO

wladimir564.jpgphoto courtesy of www.klitschko.com –By Eric Thomas: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his heavyweight titles tonight with a tougher than expected 11th round TKO of American challenger Tony Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs) at the Color Line Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. With Thompson suddenly looking tired and beaten late in the 10th round, Wladimir finally turned on his offensive firepower at the start of the 11th round and succeeded in flattening Thompson, 36, with a big right hand.

Thompson laid there for a few seconds on his back, looking as if he wouldn’t be getting up, but then tried to make it up but didn’t make it up quite in time before referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight at 1:38 of the 11th round. Both Thompson and Wladimir were badly marked up on each of their faces from the shots they threw at one another, with both of them also being cut over the fight as well. As expected, Wladimir threw the much harder shots in the fight, punishing Thompson with powerful right hands in every round of the fight. At the time of the stoppage, Wladimir had a commanding lead and looked to have won almost all of the rounds of the fight, except for the 1st round in which Thompson appeared to edge it with his much softer combinations. Read the rest of this entry »



title Tomasz Adamek Dominates Gary Gomez

adamek657457.jpgBy Jim Dower: Former light heavyweight champion, now fighting as a cruiserweight, Tomasz Adamek (35-1, 24 KOs) totally dominated a badly over-matched Gary Gomez (18-10-1, 7 KOs), eventually winning when Gomez quit on his stool after the end of the 6th round, complaining that he had broken his right hand and couldn’t continue. It just so happened that Gomez was taking a tremendous beating and wasn’t able to land hardly a glove on Adamek for the entire fight. The win was an important one for the number #1 ranked IBF cruiserweight contender Adamek, for it puts him in line for a bout with IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham.

Adamek, 31, was making his appearance since defeating O’Neil Bell by an 8th round TKO in April, a fight which cemented Adamek as the number #1 contender for Cunningham’s IBF cruiserweight title. Adamek had little problem with the short, round Gomez, who was too slow and predictable for Adamek and was nothing more than a large punching bag for him for the entire six-rounds of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Lemieux Stops Oswaldo Gonzalez

lemiux54635.jpgBy Chris Williams: Undefeated light middleweight prospect David Lemieux (9-0, 9 KOs) kept up his perfect record of knockout victories with a 2nd round stoppage of Oswaldo Gonzalez (1-9-1, 1 KOs) on Friday night at the Uniprix Stadium, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lemieux, 19, dropped Gonzalez with a crushing left hand in the 2nd round. After Gonzalez got up off the canvas, received a standing eight count, he was met with a storm of tremendous shots from Lemieux, which backed Gonzalez up to his corner. Things didn’t get any easy there, for Lemieux bombarded Gonzalez with a flurry of speedy shots to the midsection ending with another big left hand to the head, dropping Gonzalez to the canvas for the second and final time in the round. At that point, referee Gerry Bolen stepped in and halted the fight at 1:53.

Though he’s only had nine fights, the murderous punching Lemieux is quickly proving himself as one of the hardest punchers in the light middleweight division. With a left hook that few other light middleweights can match, Lemieux has destroyed all nine of his opponents to date, and not giving any of them much of a chance to stay in with him long enough to expose his rather poor defense. Read the rest of this entry »



title Daniel Santos Crushes Joachim Alcine

alcine53464.jpgBy Jason Kim: In somewhat of a shocker, two-division champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) pulled off an upset on Friday night when he stopped WBA light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (30-1, 19 KOs) in the 6th round of a scheduled 12-round bout at the Uniprix Stadium, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Santos, 32, rather easily controlled most of the fight, knocked Alcine down right a right-left combination in the 6th round, sending Alcine, 32, down flat on his back on the canvas. He tried to get up, but collapsed back onto the canvas before he could make it to his feet. Referee Marlon Wright then waived off the fight at 2:10 of the 6th round.

Although some people saw this as a mild upset, it perhaps was meant to be for Alcine had fought much less impressive competition in his nine-year boxing career as Santos, and had few of the same credentials as the former 1996 Olympian Bronze medalist to compare with. Indeed, Alcine didn’t match up well with Santos coming into the fight, neither having fought the same competition nor come close to achieving what Santos, a two-division champion, has accomplished in his long 12-year career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Klitschko KO 11 Thompson

Per Ake Persson: July 12, Hamburg, Germany: IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko retained the titles with an eleventh round knockout of challenger Tony “the Tiger” Thompson. The champion landed scored with a jab and then a short right hand behind it and Thompson went down and out at 1.38. After ten it was scored 99-91 and 98-92 twice for Klitschko – a scoring that seemed generous to the champion, who wrestled, pushed and hold to wear down his southpaw challenger. Thompson showed a lot of skills but wasn´t physically strong enough to overpower Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »



title John Murray Stops Lee Meager

murray5757557.jpgBy Nate Anderson Undefeated lightweight John Murray (25-0, 13 KOs) gave former BBBofC British lightweight champion Lee Meager (21-3, 8 KOs) a boxing lesson en route to totally obliterating him in a 5th round stoppage to win the vacant BBBofC British lightweight title tonight at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, in Lancashire. After badly beating Meager for four one-sided rounds, Murray, 23, staggered Meager with three consecutive left hooks in the 5th round, two of which snapped Meager’s head back violently, causing for referee Howard John Foster to step in and waive off the fight at 2:20 of the 5th round.

The difference in talent was immediately clear in the first round, as Murray came out on fire, attacking the slower, less offensively talented Meager with relish. Murry spent the better part of the round hammering left and right hooks to the head and body. Near the end of the round, Murray began adding in right uppercuts that straightened up Meager who had been previously attempting to crowd Murray on the inside hoping to land some shots. Meager fired back with some good shots of his own in the round fighting gamely, but still showing that he didn’t have the armament to match to more active, more powerful Murray. Read the rest of this entry »



title Alexander Povetkin vs. Taurus Sykes on July 19th

povetkin333535351.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: In a stay busy fight, IBF #1 heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs) fights Taurus Sykes (25-4-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout on July 19th at the Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, in Chekhov, Russia. This is a fight that isn’t expected to be a competitive one, nor is it planned on being one for that matter, as Povetkin, 28, is waiting around for a fight with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, which if everything goes alright (Wladimir doesn’t lose to Thompson this Saturday), then we should be seeing Wladimir take on Povetkin sometime later on this year.

Sykes, 33, is mostly known for his losses to Samuel Peter (a 2nd round TKO), Derek Bryant (4th round TKO loss), and a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Hasim Rahman in his last fight in June 2007. He’s got overall skills, but doesn’t have the power or the size, at 6’2″ 238 lbs, to compete with the better heavyweights in the division. In terms of size, Sykes is roughly the same size as Povetkin, yet he doesn’t have nearly the same excellent work rate or the heavy hands that Povetkin possess. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko – Tony Thompson: Is Wladimir Afraid of Tony?

wladimir-klitschko_tony-thompson_weighin_11-07-2008_07.jpgPhoto courtesy of www.klitschko.com and Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions. By Sean McDaniel: All week long, IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) has looked timid around challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs), looking nervous when speaking to him in press conferences and in having to stand eye to eye with him while posing for pictures. In fact, I can’t remember Wladimir looking this nervous since his two-round blow out against Corrie Sanders in 2003.

Perhaps it’s nothing, but in the war of nerves, Thompson, 36, has appeared to easily win it, making Wladimir flinch, as if Thompson were going to punch him when the two stood toe to doe for photos. This Saturday’s fight is going to be a big departure for Wladimir, 32, who has faced mostly shorter opponents in recent years, and because of his often huge size advantage that he typically commands, he’s able to get away with jabbing on the outside and limiting the amount of punishment that he sustains. Read the rest of this entry »



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