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title Will Pavlik Send Hopkins Into Retirement?

pavlik423453.jpgBy Chris Williams: In three months, Bernard Hopkins will be 44 years-old, making him one of the oldest active fighters in boxing. It’s quite an accomplishment that he’s still fighting at this late age, even though he’s lost most of his last five fights. On Saturday night, Hopkins will be taking arguably his toughest opponent of his career in the way of Kelly Pavlik, the undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion. The fight won’t be for the middleweight championship, as it will take place at a 170 pound catch weight. Hopkins has stated that “He’s [Pavlik] got great defense, but eventually … his defense will lapse a couple of times,” indicating that Hopkins may somehow believe that he has a chance of stopping Pavlik.

One would hope that Hopkins isn’t pinning his hopes on that coming about, because if it doesn’t, he may find himself in deep water against the hard-punching Pavlik. It’s been four years since Hopkins scored a knockout, the last occurring on a phantom body shot delivered against Oscar De La Hoya in the 9th round in September 2004. Read the rest of this entry »



title Duddy vs. Hill On November 21st

duddy4265.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: Undefeated middleweight John Duddy (25-0, 17 KOs) will be returning to the ring on November 21st against journeyman Sam Hill (17-9-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Roseland Ballroom, in New York City, New York. Duddy, 29, ranked #2 in the WBO and #7 in the IBF, is within range of a title shot against WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, which might explain the reason why Duddy appears to be taking no chances of getting beaten by taking on another easy opponent in the way of Hill. Who can blame Duddy?

He was almost stopped two fights ago by Canadian Walid Smichet, who rocked Duddy early in the 2nd round and cut his face up badly in the process. Duddy fought well in the second half of the fight and eventually won by a close 10-round majority decision. However, the fight underscored Duddy’s lack of defense including his tendency to get drawn in for brawls. With neither the explosive power or the tough skin for this kind of fighting, Duddy has turned fights that would have probably been an easy win for him, like against the aforementioned Smichet and Luis Ramon Campas, and making them extremely difficult bouts for Duddy. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins/Pavlik: Look For An Ugly Fight

hopkins33423.jpgBy Jason Kim: As much as I’d like to see this Saturday’s fight between undefeated middleweight Kelly Pavlik and veteran Bernard Hopkins as being potentially an interesting bout, my thoughts are that it will be a dull one, a fight filled with cinching, wrestling and a lot of fouls. Contrary to what Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) has been saying about him possibly being able to knock the 43 year-old Hopkins out, I just don’t see that scenario happening on Saturday. Hopkins can take a good shot and he won’t give Pavlik much of a chance to get more than one or two shots off at a time before diving in and clinch him.

Hopkins will be looking to survive, and will shut down Pavlik’s high explosive offense with his grabbing and wrestling. This, indeed, is how the fight will be conducted. In other words, on Hopkins’s terms, with him clinching all the way and of course losing by a decision. Read the rest of this entry »



title Vitali Klitschko Still Wants Lennox Lewis – Latest Boxing News

vitali7832.jpgBy Aaron Klein: – photo by Y.Nesterenko / klitschko.com – In an interview today at Eastsideboxing.com, newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion said to writer James Slater “I have big hopes, big hopes, for a second fight with Lennox Lewis. I want to give the world the fight they all want to see.” For Vitali, 37, to be still chasing Lewis, now 43, five years after being stopped by him in the 6th round in 2003 seems a little sad and pathetic if you ask me. Vitali needs to learn how to accept his loss to Lewis, who was 38 at the time and badly out of shape, and move on with his life. Even if Vitali could get a fight with Lewis now, a win over a badly grayed, overweight and inactive Lewis would prove nothing to the boxing public nor to Vitali.

If Vitali really wants to avenge one of his defeats, he instead needs to go after 38 year-old Chris Byrd, who defeated Vitali by a 9th round stoppage in 2000 after Vitali quit on his stool in between the 9th and 10th rounds. At least Byrd is still fighting. At this point, I’d even give Vitali a good chance at winning the bout given Byrd’s recent history which has seen him lose three out of his last four fights. While the fight probably wouldn’t be all that sporting considering that Byrd appears to be shot, at least Vitali could get his revenge, even if it turned out to be bitter sweet. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins-Pavlik: My Prediction and Why Pavlik May Not Be His Usual Self

pavlik4235.jpgBy Paul Willock: This fight is a difficult one to predict, not because I do not know who to pick for the win, but you never know how a fight with Hopkins will end up because he makes most of them look ugly. My long thought out prediction is that Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins (48-5, 32 KO’s) will be stopped for the first time in his career by a young, prime Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik (34-0, 30 KO’s).

For the first few rounds, Hopkins will make the fight look ugly, with his superior defensive abilities he will be able to slip away from the constant one twos that Pavlik will be firing at him. He’ll clinch, head butt and possibly milk a few body shots, claiming them to be low blows, which we’ve all seen before in the bout against a light hitter, Joe Calzaghe. But how long can Bernard hold this dirty fighting up? Pavlik is no doubt a heavy hitter, and with constant pressure coming from him too, this will soon break down Hopkins’ defence. Hopkins will begin to look slow, tired and a different fighter altogether. Bernard simply cannot take this kind of pressure at his age. Read the rest of this entry »



title Next Up For Vitali Klitschko – Juan Carlos Gomez

gomez54344.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: After Vitali Klitschko’s huge 8th round stoppage over WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter on Saturday night, Vitali didn’t elaborate on his future plans inside the ring other than mentioning Nikolay Valuev, the WBA heavyweight champion, as a potential fight. However, Vitali’s mandatory challenger is Juan Carlos Gomez, who recently defeated Vladimir Virchis to get the number #1 spot to fight the winner of Peter vs. Vitali. As of now, Klitschko will either have to take the fight against Gomez, 35, or consider vacating the title. Gomez, a former WBC cruiserweight champion between 1998 to 2002, successfully defended his title 10 times before giving it up to move to the heavyweight division in 2002.

Since that time, Gomez’s career had stalled for the most part, after he was knocked out in the first round by Yanqui Diaz in 2004. Gomez rebounded from the defeat, beating Oliver McCall and Denis Bakhtov, among many other good fighters. However, it wasn’t until his win over Virchis that Gomez was finally in position to get a title shot. It’s unfortunate, though, that it’s probably going to be coming against a fighter as large and as skilled as the 6’7″ Klitschko. Gomez, whose style of fighting is a lot like Chris Byrd, would have done well against a slugger like Samuel Peter, as he would have used his long reach and boxing ability to keep Peter from landing his big shots. Read the rest of this entry »



title Believing Your Own Hype And Why Kelly Pavlik Has Got The USA’s Head In The Clouds

pavlik34324562.jpgBy Adam Laiolo: Hype is cruel, no doubt about that. It can build you up, unjustified, to the point where your bark becomes worse than your bite. And the fall from grace seems a lot higher when you’ve been hyped up for so long. Some people deal with it, don’t let it affect them in anyway. Others either believe it, or crumble under it. Believing your own hype is a dangerous move, especially when you should be able to be honest with yourself first and foremost.

Kelly Pavlik is just this. I’m not going to rant and rave about how poor Pavlik is, that’s not right, I’ve just got a few things to point to our American friends over the pond who sometimes live in a mental state bordering on delusional. Just why Kelly Pavlik has gone from nobody to THE best in the world in no time at all is down to one thing, American hype. The sheer size of the media can out do any other country. Let’s look at the facts. Record: 34-0 (30 KO’s) is an outstanding record with no blemishes and a high knockout rate, not bettered by many at this time. A quick scan down Pavlik’s undefeated record shows only two fighters of any kind of class, Edison Miranda and Jermain Taylor. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye: “Give Me Wladimir First, Then I’ll Take On The Older Brother [Vitali]”

vitali7822.jpgBy Aaron Klein: – photo by Y.Nesterenko / klitschko.com – While a lot of boxing fans and writers were enthusiastic with Vitali Klitschko’s impressive comeback win on Saturday night over Samuel Peter, one observer was less than impressed with his performance and that being heavyweight contender David Haye. According to an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Haye said, “Neither of them [Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko] has the speed I can show them and they are both vulnerable…Give me Wladimir first, then I’ll take on the older brother.”

No longer is Haye content to only want a fight with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, he now wants to face Vitali, who picked up the WBC title on Saturday night with his win over Peter. Haye, however, seems to be getting way too ahead of himself as usual, because he still has yet to fight a meaningful bout against a quality heavyweight, and has chosen one that is seemingly at the end of the line in 37 year-old Monte Barrett, who Haye is facing on November 15th. If Barrett has anything left of his once impressive boxing skills and power, he may very well stop the fragile chinned Haye. Read the rest of this entry »



title Does Samuel Peter Have a Future In The Heavyweight Division?

peter343434.jpgBy Dan Ambrose: To say that WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) performed poorly on Saturday night would be a tremendous understatement. Peter, 28, looked plain awful in losing by an 8th round stoppage to Vitali Klitschko, a fight in which Peter acted as a huge human punching bag for the 6’8″ Ukrainian until finally ending the fight on a sour note by quitting on his stool after the 8th round. As bad as Peter looked, the fight probably could have been stopped by the 5th round and I’d have no argument with it.

Peter had a serious case of failure to launch as he looked like he wasn’t all there, mentally defeated even before the first round got underway. If this was a one fight anomaly I could let it go and chalk it up as a case of Peter just having an off night, but he’s looked bad in several of his last seven fights, starting with his loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2005. He fought at one pace that night, and looked more like a limited plodder than a legitimate top contender. In his two bouts with James Toney, Peter struggled to beat a 5’9″ former super middleweight nearing 40. Peter’s fight with Jameel McCline, a light puncher at best, in which Peter was knocked all around the ring, getting dropped three times in the first couple of rounds, seemed to suggest that Peter may not be belong in the top tier of heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »



title King To Try and Get Lennox Lewis Out of Retirement To Face Vitali Klitschko

lewis534673.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, promoter Don King is interested in bringing back former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis out of retirement to face new WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. According to news sources, King is willing to pay €35million to get Lewis and Vitali back in the ring for a rematch of their June 21st, 2003 bout, in which Lewis stopped Vitali on cuts. It’s been five years since that date, and Lewis retired shortly after that bout and hasn’t stepped foot in a ring since that date.

Through the past few years, Lewis has shown little interest in returning to the ring. However, with Vitali making a comeback after four years and defeating Samuel Peter last Saturday in a 8th round stoppage, Lewis may have a change of mind. Vitali looked good in beating Peter, but he didn’t look unbeatable, especially when it would come to a fighter with as much skills as Lewis. In their prior fight, Vitali fought well for the first four rounds, using his jab and short right hands to score points. He didn’t load up on his shots and instead looked to just connect to the head of Lewis. However, in the 5th round, Lewis started taking control of the fight, hammering Vitali with uppercuts. Read the rest of this entry »



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