Welterweight prospect Andre Berto (19-0, 16 KOs) will meet up with experienced fighter David Estrada (21-3, 12 KOs) for the NABF welterweight title on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Considered one of the top prospects in the welterweight division, Berto has breezed through his first 19 fights in an effortless fashion. showing brilliant handspeed and extraordinary power as he’s knocked out sixteen of his foes during that time.
Still only 24, and ranked # 5 in the WBC welterweight listings, Berto is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision effort against Cosme Rivera in July 2007, a bout in which Berto was knocked down in the 6th round of the fight. It appeared, however, that Berto had been off balance when hit by Rivera, but it was enough to cause doubt in Berto’s abilities by many in the boxing community, who feel that his chin and defense may have potential problems. Read the rest of this entry »
IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (40-3-1, 24 KOs) makes his ring return tomorrow night against Julio Gonzalez at the Hallam FM Arena, in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Woods, 35, hasn’t see action in a year since winning a split decision over challenger Glen Johnson in September 2006. The England born Woods has had an operation to repair an injury to his left arm, which he now claims is as good as new, enabling him to punch without pain and allowing him to punch with authority like in his early years. Read the rest of this entry »
Heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) destroyed journeyman fighter Cliff Courser (26-13-2, 14 KOs) in the 2nd round last night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, in Lemoore, California. Thompson, 35, softened up Couser with jabs and hooks in the first round of the fight. In the 2nd round, Thompson began unloading with his powerful straight left hand, and soon after flattened him with a clean left hand to the head. The referee moved in and halted the bout at 1:49 of the second round. With this win, Thompson stays on course to meet the winner of the Evander Holyfield vs. Sultan Ibragimov bout October 13th in Moscow.
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) has been heated all week long leading up to Saturday’s fight with #1 challenger Kelly Pavlik by the many fans and sports writers that have brushed off his career and given him slim chance at winning. Most of the criticism has been centered around Taylor’s lackluster performances against Cory Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright and Kassim Ouma, who Taylor struggled against. Though Taylor defeated Spinks, Ouma and Hopkins, he looked almost uncoordinated as if he didn’t know how to box properly despite his quick reflexes.
Most of the fans and sports writers were expecting the 29-year old Taylor to continue to knockout his opponents like he did earlier in his career, before he became a champion. Unfortunately, since winning the title in 2005, Taylor has been on a dry spell in which he’s been forced to earn tough fought decisions or – even worse – being held to a draw, such as the case against Wright in June 2006. However, Taylor blames his poor performances on the styles of his opponents, most of which are defensive-minded fighters, the type that are difficult to land effectively against. Taylor says that he fights better against fighters like Pavlik, the type that come directly at him and try to take him out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sasha “Kozlov” Baranov: With a little more than a week to go between World Boxing Council interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter’s (28-1, 22 KOs) bout with Jameel McCline, I thought it would be interesting to consider what Peter’s chances would be like in a rematch with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs). In that bout, fought on September 24, 2005, Peter knocked Wladimir down on three separate occasions and had him on the verge of being stopped in the bout. However, two of the knockdowns were the result of illegal rabbit punches to the back of Wladimir’s head, and thus should have been negated by referee Randy Neumann. Wladimir was guilty of his own issues as well by continuously clinching Peter whenever the Nigerian fighter got in close.
In fact, Wladimir initiated over 90 clinches in the 12-round bout, averaging over seven clinches per round. The tactic worked to perfection, for the most part, as Peter was unable to land effectively once he got within punching range. When Wladimir wasn’t clinching, though, he easily boxed circles around Peter, hitting him at will with jabs, straight right hands and left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »
Former three division woman’s boxing champion Regina Halmich (53-1-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting for the last time on November 30th against Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer at the DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, in Germany. Halmich, the current WIBF woman’s flyweight champion, has been a major force in bringing woman’s boxing to the mainstream in recent years in Germany, while at the same time she’s taken advantage of her good looks to attack endorsements that have allowed her to step away from competition while still at the top of her game. Still only 30, Halmich has won IBF championships in the Jr. Flyweight, Flyweight and Featherweight. Apart from that, she’s defeated well known fighters such as Elena Reid, Maria Jesus Rosa and most recently, Wendy Rodriguez.
Halmich has never been one to shy away from publicity, having posted nude in the German Playboy magazine. Additionally, she has had two highly successful bouts with male against German TV host Stefan Raab, in which she defeated him twice, breaking his nose on the first occasion. Both bouts were a huge spectacle in Germany, helping her gain a large amount of publicity.
The manager of WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) is reportedly angry with the WBC for their vote by the council’s board of governors to appoint Samuel Peter as the interim heavyweight champion after Maskaev pulled out of their October 6h fight last week with a back and ankle injury. Maskaev’s manager, Fred Hesch, felt that Maskaev, 38, should have been allowed three months to recover from the herniated back injury, which is something that has been permitted with past heavyweight champions. Read the rest of this entry »
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) makes his first appearance since losing his heavyweight title to Ruslan Chagaev on April 14th when he takes on undefeated Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-0, 19 KOs) at the EWE-Arena, in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Both fighters are 34, although Bergeron has faced exclusivly soft opposition in his native Canada. Valuev is in the rebuilding stage of his career after losing a controversial 12-round majority decision against Chagaev, a bout in which Valuev appeared to tire badly in the latter rounds of the fight.
Bergeron, ranked #13 in the WBA, has good sixe at 6’5″, though he is perhaps too slender, only weighing 216 lbs. This fact alone will likely be a substantial problem against the 320 lbs Valuev, who will have a 100 pound weight advantage going into the bout. This may not seem like a big deal, but for Bergeron to have to wrestle and trade shots with someone of that size all night long, it can add up to big problems. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest boxing news, WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) has a new opponent for his October 6th title defense at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The newest possiblity is Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs), who is currently scheduled to fight DaVarryl Williamson on the undercard of the October 6th bout. Apparently, Showtime, the cable television company, aren’t enthralled with Peter’s other choice for an opponent, Andrew Golota, who they voted not to use his as an opponent for Peter, perhaps remembering the multiple times he frozen up when challenging for a title and lost badly.
McCline, however, has equal baggage of failure, having lost three times previously – Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd and Nikolay Valuev – when challenging for a heavyweight title. McCline never quit, though; He just wasn’t good enough to overcome his limited talent, which makes him the perfect opponent for the 27-year old Peter, who isn’t exactly loaded with talent himself. Read the rest of this entry »
Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide (40-4, 39 KOs) destroyed an unwilling Romanian Mircea Telecan (5-17-2, 3 KOs) in the 1st round on Friday night at the Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Hide, 36, now fighting as a cruiserweight, dropped Telecan twice in the first round before the referee Arno Pokrandt stopped the horrible mismatch at 1:16 of the first round. The odd thing was, Telecan fell down twice in the first minute of the fight without ever really being hit. On the first occasion, As Hide threw a punch that missed by a mile, Telecan backed up and fell down as if he was hit.
After getting up, Hide came forward and missed a wild left hook, and then landed a right to the lower back of Telecan as he was already falling to the canvas. It looked painfully obvious that Telecan wasn’t particularly interested in fighting, as he looked terribly frightened and seemed to want to get out of the fight as soon as possible. Again, after getting up the fight was continued on for a few more seconds as Hide moved forward in attack mode. Read the rest of this entry »