Heavyweight prospect Odlanier Solis (4-0, 3 KOs) TKO’d the old trial horse journeyman Marcus McGee (19-14, 9 KOs) in the 2nd round on Friday night at the Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Solis, the 2004 Olympic heavyweight Gold medallist from Cuba, knocked McGee down with a combination followed by a short chopping right to the head in the 2nd round. McGee was able to make it to his feet but was badly hurt, causing the referee Arno Pokrandt to halt the fight at 2:14 of the 2nd round.
Solis, 27, showed excellent speed in the first round of the fight as he attacked McGee with blistering fast left hooks to the head and midsection. Solis fought mostly in short, explosive bursts in which he would suddenly spring a fast attack of two-three punches. McGee, 36, was content mostly to jab and slowly move around the ring. Towards the end of the round, Solis began opening up with powerful rights that had McGee backing up. Read the rest of this entry »
Former 2004 Cuban Olympic featherweight Gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa (5-0, 4 KOs) flattened Argentinian Nestor Hugo Paniagua (17-4-1, 14 KOs) in little over one minute of the 1st round on Friday night in Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Gamboa, 25, knocked Paniagua with a left-right combination seconds into the fight. After getting up, Gamboa was immediately on him pounding him with combinations and driving him across the ring.
After reaching the ropes, Paniagua attempted helplessly to cover up, but it was no good, as Gamboa unloaded on him with a barrage of punches that knocked Paniagua down to the bottom rope where he hung there as Gamboa dished out another four shots at the helpless and hurt Paniagua.
By the time the referee Heinrich Muehmert moved in to stop the fight, Paniagua was badly hurt from Gamboa’s final shots. The bout was officially stopped at 1:05 of the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »
35-year old Audley Harrison (21-3, 16 KOs) was injured in an automobile crash while coming out of a training camp in Vero beach, making it necessarily for him to cancel his bout with Paul King (5-18-1, 1 KOs), which had been previously scheduled for September 29th. Harrison, the former 2000 Olympic Gold medallist in the Super heavyweight class, was driving his vehicle onto U.S. Highway 1, when another vehicle failed to give him access onto the highway, resulting in a crash between the two vehicles. Harrison sustained serious injuries to his wrist, hand, shoulder, chest and head. He reportedly had an MRI done on his most serious injury, to his shoulder. At this time, Harrison stated that he’ll need a minimum of six weeks to rehabilitate his injuries enough so that he can continue training and move forward towards his comeback bout. It’s unknown whether that will still involve the journeyman King.
Harrison had recently been stopped in the 3rd round by Michael Sprott on February 17, 2007, wiping out a brief two-fight comeback in which Harrison had won two fights in a row following successive losses to Danny Williams and Dominic Guinn in 2005 and 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gary Jones: After a week of watching Ricky Hatton get constantly embarrassed over and over again by Floyd Mayweather Jr,, Hatton finally showed a little courage at Manchester when he let loose with a couple four letter words directed at Mayweather. It was funny, but also sad, mainly because Hatton had stood by in earlier press conferences, smiling silently and chewing his gum with a ridiculous look on his face like he was too embarrassed to respond. But once in Manchester, Hatton suddenly gets brave and finally responds now that he’s backed by thousands of his fans, many of them singing English songs, cursing and drowning out any comments made by Mayweather.
The best that Hatton could say, however, was calling Mayweather a “puff” and “a six year old,” mixed in with a couple of four letter words. It was pathetic of Hatton, and made him look less than courageous in large part because he had waited until he was in front of his home fans to finally respond to Mayweather’s constant insults. Up until then, Hatton had been repeatedly nsulted by Mayweather, who had done an excellent job of making a complete fool of Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
By David Lahr: At the recent press conference in Manchester with Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs), Hatton commented that Mayweather “fights like a woman” and “fights on the back foot,” meaning that Mayweather tends to fight in a mostly a safety first defensive posture to avoid taking shots from his opponents. However, what Hatton fails to realize in saying this, though, is that all of the former great boxers of the past, for example, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammed Ali, Ezzard Charles and Jack Johnson, as well as boxing stars of the present, like Roy Jones Jr., and Chris Byrd, use the same style of fighting with most of their weight on their back foot.
There’s no shame in having a sound defense, as the nature of boxing is to hit and avoid being hit in return. Somehow, Hatton has got it mixed up in his head about fighting, perhaps thinking it’s a test of manhood to take unecessary shots to the head in order to gain the respond of the fans. Who knows? That may be a requirement in England, but if it is, it’s something that they need to get away from because the boxer is the one that has to live with the results of being punches continuously in the head, not the fans. Read the rest of this entry »
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya mentioned at the recent London press conference with Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather Jr, that “That will be a real advantage for Ricky, he’ll have no respect for Mayweather’s punches. I’m crossing my fingers that Ricky wins, a fight between us would be a great possibility for Wembley next year.” Clearly, Oscar realizes the huge money potential a bout between him and Hatton would bring, especially if somehow Hatton is able to come out victorious over Maweather in their Dec 8th bout. However, it’s unclear whether De la Hoya would still have interest in fighting Hatton should he lose to Mayweather, especially if he loses badly and is embarrassed in the process.
De La Hoya, 34, was lost a split decision to Mayweather in May 2007, a bout that was exciting during the earlier going when Oscar pressed the action. However, De La Hoya faded – as usual – in the second half of the fight and lost the crucial rounds which he badly needed. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest boxing news, light heavyweight Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will taking on Glen Johnson (46-11-2, 32 KOs) on November 3, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Both fighters have had the distinction of having previously faced Roy Jones Jr. Hanshaw, 29, fought Jones on July 14, 2007, and lost a unanimous decision. However, the bout was very close and could easily have been scored a draw or in Hanshaw’s favor, as he appeared to outwork Jones throughout the fight. Jones, however, landed enough pot shots to impress the judges, in a a typical Jones-type fight.
Despite having only been beaten once, Hanshaw isn’t ranked highly in any of the alphabet rating agencies. Johnson, 38, ranked #1 in the IBF, previously stopped Roy Jones Jr, in the 9th round, knocking him out with a single punch in September 2004. Johnson has been busy trying to line up another title shot against IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods, who Johnson has faced three times, winning one, losing one and fighting to a draw. Read the rest of this entry »
Future heavyweight star Chris Arreola (22-0, 20 KOs) KO’d an over-matched Thomas Hayes (26-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night, blasting him to the canvas in the 3rd round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Doubletree Hotel, in Ontario, California. The victory, the 22nd in a row, gives the 26-year old Arreola the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title and continues his forward progress towards a future heavyweight title shot. Arreola, ranked #12 in the WBC, flattened Hayes with a left uppercut-right cross combination in the 3rd round. The referee immediately stepped in and halted the bout as Hayes was unable to continue fighting.
Arreola was very impressive in the first round, landing powerful right hands to the head, backing him up to the ropes where Arreola unloaded with numerous combinations. Hayes bravely fought back and was able to land a significant amount of return shots. However, Arreola’s power and size was simply too much for Hayes, as he was taking a horrendous beating during the first two rounds of the fight. In the 2nd, Hayes landed some good shots at the beginning of the round, pounding Arreola downstairs and trying to take the air out of him. Read the rest of this entry »
While watching the recent press conferences with Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton, I’ve noticed that Mayweather has been incredibly aggressive in his trashing talking towards Hatton, seemingly going out of his way to devalue all of Hatton’s previous accomplishments, his fighting style and his physical shape. However, in doing so, Mayweather has seemed almost desperate in his efforts to get the crowds to side with his own belief system as he tries to weaken and diminish Hatton as a human being.
It has gone far beyond normal boxing trash talk, to a more personal level as Mayweather not only seems to be trying to hurt Hatton, he seems to be trying to destroy him in an effort for Mayweather to get sense of control. From a psychological stand point, Mayweather appears to be trying to prevent from feeling vulnerable – something he no doubt must be feeling based on his extreme aggression towards Hatton – and by criticizing him more and more, Mayweather appears to be trying to accomplish a feeling of grandiosity and invulnerability, even at the expense of true reality.
WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev reportedly injured both his back and his ankle yesterday, making it necessary to postpone his fight with #1 challenger Samuel Peter for 2-4 months. Apparently, a disc slipped out of place in Maskaev’s back while he was training on Thursday for his October 6th bout which was to have taken place in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Peter, however, was understandably upset by the news, having already waited for a year to fight to fight Maskaev. As of now, Peter and his manager, Ivalo Gotzev, are requesting that an interim bout take place on October 6th, probably against #2 ranked challenger Vladimir Virchis.