In the latest boxing news, former six-time champion Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) will be fighting a tune-up bout on May 3rd against an un-named opponent before Oscar takes Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a rematch which will likely be held on September 20th. Best of all, De La Hoya’s tune-up fight will be shown on regular HBO, giving the fans a break from not having to fork over $49.95 for a PPV bout. Read the rest of this entry »
Undefeated middleweight prospect Andy Lee (14-0, 11 KOs) will be taking on the tough Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (14-3-2, 4 KOs) on February 2nd, at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. Lee, 23, considered by many people to be one of the best prospects in the middleweight division, has been quickly moving up against tougher competition. In choosing Falliga, 25, Lee is facing his best opponent of his career. Read the rest of this entry »
40 year-old heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs) will be fighting on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad bout this Saturday night against heavyweight prospect Mike Molla (19-1, 12 KOs) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Golota, ranked #10 in the World Boxing Council, is going up against one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division in Molla. Normally, this would be a bout that an experienced heavyweight like Golota could win fairly easy, since Molla has been in with only one top fighter in his career, DaVarryl Williamson, and was blown out in the 4th round in May 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
In an interview at fightnews.com, Roy Jones Jrs. (51-4, 38 KOs) had this to say about Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) in reference to their handspeed, “Only Floyd Mayweather comes close to me and he’s still 10 miles an hour slower.” At first I thought Jones was just being himself, bragging in his typical fashion, but I found myself agreeing with him about him being faster, as I don’t see Mayweather as having nearly the kind of blazing speed that Jones has, even now. Earlier in Jones’ career, there could be no such comparison, for he had almost blinding handspeed, the type of speed which allowed him to get away with not holding his hands up to protect him.
It also made him much more unpredictable, because it was often hard to tell where his punches would be coming from due the speed with which he’d throw them. Jones never had to worry about things like fundamentals, because his speed would enable him to take short cuts, forgoing the typical worries of having to cover up to guard against incoming shots. Of course, his foot speed has unfortunately slowed down much more than his handspeed, as has ability to get out of the way of punches. However, his handspeed, even now, appears to be faster than Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
Main Events signed former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (33-1, 22 KOs), now fighting as a cruiserweight. Adamek, 31, is ranked # 6 in the International Boxing Federation and #7 in the World Boxing Association cruiserweight division, lost his WBC lightweight title in a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Chad Dawson on February 3rd, 2007. Adamek abandoned the division shortly thereafter, as he’d been having difficulties making the 175 lb weight limit. However, things aren’t going to get any easier at cruiserweight, at least in terms of talent, as Adamek will be going up against O’Neil Bell in a IBF eliminator in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest reports, ticket sales for this Saturday’s bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) have been less than impressive, to put it kindly. In fact, many of the most expensive seats at New York’s Madison Square Garden have been drastically reduced from $15,000 to a mere $5000. Part of the problem is caused by the New York Giant’s football team, which has a playoff game with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
I guess the fans aren’t particularly intrigued with the idea of dumping a bunch of cash on a fight that many of them consider little more than an old-timers bout between two former champions Trinidad, 35 and the 39 year-old Jones. At this point, we can only only that Madison Square Garden gets a big walk up crowd on the night of the fight. Aside from that, the PPV numbers might end up disappointing as well, for the cost of the fight – $49.95 – is what I consider an absurdly high amount for two non-champion, mostly part-time fighters. It wouldn’t be bad if Jones & Trinidad were still champions, but both of them are far beyond that at this stage in their careers with zero chances of ever winning another title. Read the rest of this entry »
Heayweight great Muhammed Ali (59-5, 37 KOs) turned 66 years-old today. Ali, who retired in 1981, following back to back loses to Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. A three-time world heavyweight champion and a former Olympic Gold medalist, Ali had signature wins over a tremendous amount of well-known heavyweights, such as Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson, Leon Spinks, Jimmy Ellis, Bob Foster, George Chuvalo, to name just a few. Read the rest of this entry »
Former World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (31-7-1, 17 KOs) goes up against talented undefeated prospect Devon Alexander (13-0, 8 KOs) on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Corley, 33, is disparately in the need of a win, having lost his last three fights in a row. However, it remains unlikely that Corley will come out on top in this one, as he seems to be a disk served up for prospect Alexander, 20, to look good against. Read the rest of this entry »
After watching 45 year-old Evander Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs) lose by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov last October 13th in Moscow, Russia, my thoughts were that Holyfield needs to retire from the ring as soon as possible. Unlike others, I hadn’t bout into Holyfield’s excuses about his shoulder problems – which required surgery – as being the reason he’d looked so bad between 2002 and 2004, a time in which Holyfield has lost three out of five fights. He looked old, and there could be no other reason for it than that.
Against Ibragimov this past October, Holyfield looked much the same – unable to pull the trigger, bad reflexes and poor punch out put. I felt that Holyfield had done nothing to deserve the shot at Ibragimov in the first place, considering that Holyfield had fought four journeyman after having come back from his two year layoff, and hadn’t fought one top 10 fighter to deserve the to fight a champion. Not surprisingly, Holyfield was out-gunned by Ibragimov, looking as if he didn’t belong in the same ring with him. It wasn’t even slightly close, as Ibragimov toyed with Holyfield, hitting him whenever he pleased, dancing away untouched on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »
World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs), tired of calling out Ricky Hatton and subsequently being ignored for his efforts, had decided to bide his time and take on the undefeated Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) on March 22nd, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins, 27, is a light-hitting inside fighter, whom has mostly fought lower echelon opposition up until now. His style it would seem clashes with that of Witter, a fast outside fighter with a style that seems like a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. Of the junior welterweights, many people consider Witter, 33, to be far and away the best of the bunch with only Hatton coming remotely close to him in overall talent. Read the rest of this entry »