By Robert Cavender: Undefeated middleweight prospect Peter Quillin (18-0, 14 KOs) won a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision over three-time middleweight championship challenger Antwun Echols (31-8-4, 27 KOs) at the Hammerstein Ballrom, in New York City, New York, on Wednesday night. The final judges’ scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 98-91, all for Quillin. In an earlier bout, undefeated heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon (23-0, 15 KOs), the 2nd cousin of former heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, defeated journeyman fighter Domonic Jenkins (13-8-1, 6 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision.
Quillin, 24, used his superior power and size to dominate the smaller, less skilled Echols in the process of pounding out a 10-round decision. In fact, Quillin dominated Echols with ease, making him seem like a much smaller and weaker puncher in the process. It was unusual seeing Echols in with a fighter with more power than him, and the effect it had on him was to pretty much shut down his offense for most of the bout. Indeed, only in rare situations did Echols reveal his power and by even then it was late in the fight when he was well behind in the scoring. Read the rest of this entry »
There is no rest for the ‘Road Warrior’. Just a week after his controversial decision loss against Chad Dawson, the People’s Light Heavyweight Champion will travel to Bucharest, Romania to serve as color commentator for the interim WBC light heavyweight championship bout between unbeaten warriors Adrian Diaconu and Chris Henry. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night unbeaten super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) will meet up with ring great Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the most part, many of the boxing experts have been predicting that the 36 year-old Calzaghe will be able to overwhelm Hopkins with his 1000 punch per bout output, which on the surface, is a total that Hopkins can never come close to matching even in the prime of his career. Yes, and of course they’d be right about Hopkins not being able to match that kind of output with his own punches.
Strange, I’ve never seen the fight going this way. But then, maybe I’m a little more familiar with Hopkins style of fighting than many of the so-called ring experts. I think for most of the boxing experts, they can’t get away from thinking in terms of Calzaghe’s offensive style of fighting, forgetting altogether how Hopkins typical fights. Quite simply, Hopkins has never been in a bout in which he allowed a faster opponent to dominate him from the outside with flurries like Calzaghe hopes to use on him on Saturday night. On the whole, Hopkins adapts his style against speedy types like Calzaghe, taking the fight to the inside and choosing to stay there, where he grits it out with his expert infighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: After three years away from the boxing ring, former light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu (31-2, 25 KOs) reportedly told the Australian Today newspaper that there’s a “40 % chance” of him returning to the ring, “for the right deal.” Obviously, this would mean a big-name start, someone like former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, who sent Tszyu into his three year absence from the ring with a 11th round stoppage in June 2005.
It’s doubtful, however, that Hatton would be interested in another bout with Tszyu, considering that Hatton has now become one of the most popular fighters in boxing after his recent loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and doesn’t need another fight with the 38 year-old Tszyu in order to make big money. It was perhaps a big mistake for Tszyu to walk from boxing for such a long period of time, even if he didn’t officially announce his retirement, for it probably hasn’t increased his standing among fans, since the new fans won’t have any memory of ever having seen him fight and the old ones likely have forgotten about him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: After waiting close to two years for the rematch to occur, knockout artist Edison Miranda (30-2, 26 KOs) and middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) will meet to settle the score in a fight that will take place in the United States, at a weight of 166 lbs rather than the middleweight limit of 160 lbs. Their first fight, fought on September 23rd 2006, was one of the most exciting fights in memory, with both fighters trading tremendous shots and hurting each other several times in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: Undefeated super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) will be making his first appearance fighting in the United States on Saturday night when he takes on light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This excitement for this fight has been building up for three months now and most of the comments from both fighters are getting a little stale by now, with both of them merely repeating the same old phrases that they’ve been saying for months. Hopkins, now 43, the master of psychological warfare, has made most of the more interesting comments, yet none of them have seemed to have the same effect on Calzaghe as they did in previous pre-fight trash talking with fighters like Antonio Tarver and Felix Trinidad, who seemed uncomfortable at times with Hopkins verbal attacks.
Calzaghe, however, seems to understand what Hopkins is attempting to do, knowing that he’s counting on it getting to Calzaghe and maybe throwing him off his game a bit. However, Calzaghe is a different fighter than Winky Wright, Tarver and Trinidad, in that he hasn’t learned to lose yet, while at the same time he has been the absolutely best fighter in the super middleweight division for a decade now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Peter Kurth: This last weekend was particularly hard on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (29-2, 27 KOs) and former star from The Contender Alfonso Gomez (18-4-2, 8 KOs), both of which were destroyed by their opponents Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.
Of the two, Gomez took the worse beating, but then again, he was never excepted to be very competitive in the first place, having been brought in largely for an easy payday for the WBA welterweight champion Cotto. Certainly Cotto deserved an easy fight after having fought Zab Judah and Shane Mosley in back to back fights, but there was hope by some that Gomez might have a sliver of a chance against Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: After waiting for eons for WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) to show any interest in fighting Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs), it finally looks as if it’s about to come about after Antonio’s 6th round destruction of IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron. Both fighters are looking for the fight to occur on January 26th, at Madison Square Garden, in New York. However, before it can happen, Margarito, 30, may have to defend his newly won title against the #1 challenger in the IBF, Joshua Clottey. Margarito is no stranger to Clottey, having struggled to beat him by a 12-round unanimous decision in December 2006.
Obviously, this is a fight that Maragarito would prefer not to have to fight if at all possible. Clottey fought him very closely, especially in the first half of the fight where he was beating Margarito and making him look slow. According to the latest news, promoter Bob Arum is counting on Margarito giving up his IBF belt so that he could fight Cotto for his WBA welterweight belt. In doing so, Margarito could avoid what would likely be a very tough fight with Clottey, one in which there would be no guarantee of certainty that he would emerge the victor or uninjured, for that matter. Read the rest of this entry »
HBO Sports presents a light heavyweight fight six years in the making when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: BERNARD HOPKINS VS. JOE CALZAGHE is seen live SATURDAY, APRIL 19 (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT) from The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Over the course of his 20-year career, Philadelphia’s Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) has established himself as one of the premier fighters of his era and one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. After building a reputation on stellar performances against premium competition like Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya, Hopkins cemented his legacy with a stunning victory over reigning champion Antonio Tarver in June 2006 in his first fight at light heavyweight. Following a short retirement, Hopkins returned to the ring last July, scoring a convincing victory over former 154-pound champion Ronald “Winky” Wright in his second light heavyweight bout. This bout marks the 43-year-old Hopkins’ 16th appearance on HBO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Team Kessler: Now we know why the panther is an endangered species. A mere kitten has just chased Edison “La Pantera” Miranda up a tree. The “kitten” is former and future world super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler. To put it in boxing language, Leon Margules, head of Seminole Warriors Boxing has just informed HBO executives that he is “not interested” in having Miranda fight former WBA and WBC champion Kessler on June 21 despite the fact that Kessler readily agreed to holding the fight for the soon to be vacated WBA super middleweight title at the Warriors Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »