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title James Toney vs. Wladimir Klitschko: Does James Have A Chance Against Wladimir?

toney53575.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: After last night’s bout between James Toney (71-6, 44 KOs) and Hasim Rahman (45-7-2, 36 KOs), which ended up with Toney winning on a controversial 3rd round TKO after Rahman was cut over his left eye, Toney called IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko a “bum and your sister Vitali.” It seems as if Toney would like nothing better than to take on Wladimir in a title fight. In a recent interview, Toney said that he’d like to fight Wladimir for the title. If Wladimir were to be interested in such a bout, this would set up an intriguing David vs. Goliath type of a match up with the 6’7″ Wladimir facing the smallish 5’9″ Toney, who would be giving up 10 inches in height and 9 inches in reach to Wladimir.

While most people would immediately rule this out as being a fight where Toney would be simply too small to effectively fight Wladimir, I beg to disagree. As light night’s fight proved, Toney has the ability get in close to fighters with a super long reach, close enough to land his shorter, almost as powerful right hand shots. Read the rest of this entry »



title Williams: He [David Haye] Could Beat Any Heavyweight Without a Warm-up”

By Dan Ambrose: In an interview with Setanta Sports, heavyweight Danny Williams was very complimentary of British heavyweight David Haye, going so far as to say that he has tremendous speed and power. He has absolutely everything. He could beat any heavyweight without a warm-up.” At the same time, Williams also wasn’t impressed with challenger Tony Thompson’s performance against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, calling it “absolutely sickening” and “disgusting.” Apparently, Williams felt that Thompson didn’t give it his all in the fight, and held back rather than trying to take the fight to Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Haye Not Impressed With Current Heavyweights

haye464321.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, up and coming heavyweight David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) isn’t too impressed with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, calling him “predictable” and “boring,” someone that he could quickly figure out if he were to fight him. He laid waste to Wladimir, as well as the other top heavyweights in the division, in a recent interview with Setanta Sports, saying of Klitschko, “I wasn’t impressed with what he did. If Wladimir Klitschko was 6”2 and 220lbs I don’t think we’d be talking about him right now…His boxing ability after 50 fights doesn’t impress me. I can see what he’s going to do.”

Haye, 27, has been particularly eager at landing a fight with Klitschko, and doesn’t appear to be out off the least bit by Wladimir’s objections to a fight with him. Haye has said that he’ll fight a top guy, so as to prove himself as a top heavyweight in the division, but after that he intends on fighting Wladimir for his titles. Wladimir has one more mandatory coming up against Alexander Povetkin in 2008, but after that, if Wladimir is successful in his defense, there shouldn’t be anything holding him back from defending his titles against Haye. Read the rest of this entry »



title Toney Defeats Rahman By 3rd Round TKO

toney5673455775.jpgBy William MacKay: Although the outcome was less than satisfying for most people, including 39 year-old heavyweight James Toney (71-6, 44 KOs), he wasn’t about to walk away from his 3rd round TKO win last night over two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (45-7-2, 36 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. The fight ended in less than desirable circumstances, however, with Rahman clashing head with Toney early in the 3rd round, causing a small cut over the left eye of Rahman. The seemed to really bother Rahman, who kept pawing at the cut for the remainder of the round.

Up to this point, Toney had been trailing in the fight, but with Rahman now almost totally focused on his small cut, Toney began to tee-off on him with right hands to the head, hitting him often until the end of the round. Rahman fired back with his own shots but he was wildly throwing them, and missing badly more often than not. Read the rest of this entry »



title Jack Dempsey and the Three Most Destructive Minutes in Ring History

dempsey46446.jpgBy Matt McGrain: In Toledo, Jack Dempsey was King. Leaving his corner and circling to his left, on his toes, his chin tucked in, leading with his left foot, just out of punching range, right hand high and slightly extended, left hand low – a loaded gun, we now know – Dempsey looks loose, showing near perfect form. He slips a couple of clumsy jabs and declines to contest the first clinch of the fight, stepping back, not really exerting himself until it is time to separate himself from his towering opponent, Jess Willard, who outweighs him by some 55lbs.

After the clinch, Dempsey bounces once to each side, just out of range, and appears to be looking Jess Willard in the eyes, not a habit for Dempsey because it was an amateurs habit, and Jack Dempsey was a professional. He circles right and takes a light, half-formed jab, then appears to over-feint, or shy away. Willard, the big dog in the fight, does what a big dog should do when faced with an elusive adversary who wants to snipe, waits, waits for his chance to bite in the hope that he will be able to take hold. Willard jabs again, twice more, reasonably authoritative punches, but something is different. Jack is still trying to slip and ride them, but is suddenly using his footwork to bounce straight back into the firing-range, back and down, then in on steel springs. In-fighting follows, Dempsey landing short hard punches to Willard’s midriff, the big man, who landed a decent one-two as Dempsey came in, punching only once and ineffectively. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Wladimir Klitschko The Best Heavyweight In The Division?

wladimir5757441.jpgBy Chet Mills: After his 11th round TKO of Tony Thompson last Saturday night, there’s still question in the minds of more than a few boxing fans about whether IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (51-3, 45 KOs) is truly the best heavyweight in the division or not. As for me, I’m still as undecided as many of the fans and writers are about who really is the best. Certainly, it was a good win for Wladimir to defeat his number #1 challenger Thompson, but then again, he wasn’t a particularly dangerous challenger given his lack of power, aggression, youth or background.

When you look at how good Thompson was, it really wasn’t such a big deal Wladimir beating. I’d give handful of other heavyweights in the division just as good a chance at beating a feather-fisted fighter like Thompson as Wladimir did, which kind of takes away from the Ukrainian fighters accomplishment in my mind. Read the rest of this entry »



title Would Hatton Be Better Off To Avoid Pacquiao?

hatton-mayweather446331.jpgBy Francisco Chantengo: Light welterweight Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has been considering a future bout with WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) for 2009, a fight which has attracted a lot of attention in the media. However, I wonder if it might be a better idea of Hatton, 29, to forget about a fight with Pacquiao, and focus more on just trying to defend his IBF light welterweight, if he should defeat champion Paulie Malignaggi in their November 22nd fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. There’s nothing with Hatton fighting Pacquiao, since it would probably be an appealing fight for most boxing fans, but I’m thinking more for Hatton’s own welfare. If had more speed, movement or overall boxing ability, I would be all for him taking on Pacquiao.

In fact, I’d be the first one pushing for him to take the bout with the Filipino boxing star. However, I’ve seen Pacquiao fight many times, and after watching him methodically dismantle former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in a terribly one-sided 9th round beating last month in June, I give Hatton no chance of beating Pacquiao. In fact, not only will Hatton lose to Pacquiao, but he’ll also take a horrendous beating, one even worse and more humiliating than his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December 2007. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto vs. Margarito Failing To Generate Interest

cotto424222.jpgBy Manuel Perez: With the welterweight showdown between WBA champion Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs) only a week and half away, both the ticket sales and fans interest don’t appear to be there. The fight, which will be held at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, seems to be a poor location for the bout, being away from the East Coast, the area where Cotto’s huge Puerto Rican fan base is located, and California, perhaps where Margarito’s biggest fans come from.

Even with the fight being held in either of those two locations, however, it would be a fight that would still lack interest among the more casual of boxing fans, for few of them have ever heard of either of these two fighters. Though both of them have been around for a little while, for whatever reason neither of them are all that well known outside of the main boxing circles. If you doubt what I say, I suggest you speak to several people at your work or at school, and ask them if they’ve ever heard of Cotto or Margarito. I’d be willing to bet 9 times out of 10, few people have heard of either. Now, if you were to ask the same people if they’d ever heard of Oscar De La Hoya or Floyd Mayweather, most of them would probably say they had, especially with De La Hoya, a crossover star. Read the rest of this entry »



title Joe Calzaghe To Fight On After Bout With Jones

calzaghe4646444.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated light heavyweight Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) is reportedly going to continue his boxing career after his September 20th fight with Roy Jones Jr. in Madison Square Garden, New York City, and he plans to move back down to the super middleweight division where he intends on defending his WBO title. Calzaghe, 36, has reportedly sent a fax to the President of the WBO, letting him know his intentions of defending the WBO title after he fights Jones in September.

Needless to say, this is quite extraordinary news for most boxing fans, many of who have previously thought that Calzaghe would be retiring immediately after he fights Jones. In interviews, Calzaghe has been saying that the Jones fight would be his last, and that he didn’t wish to continue fighting because he had nothing to prove. Previous to that, Calzaghe had been hinting at fighting undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who was also quite interested in a fight with Calzaghe. It’s uncertain now, however, whether Calzaghe would be merely interested in defending his WBO title against one of the top three contenders – Mikkel Kessler, Jean Pascal and Carl Froch – or seeking out a bout with Pavlik. Read the rest of this entry »



title Toney-Rahman: Should The Loser Retire?

toney_rahman.jpgPhoto credit: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions – By Jim Dower: Tonight, heavyweights Hasim Rahman (45-6-3, 36 KOs) and James Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) fight for the little known WBO NABO heavyweight title at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. The title is not important, in this case, but what is important is that one of them moves on with his boxing career, while the other finds himself in a bad situation with retirement perhaps the best option.

Both fighters are well up there in age, with Toney, 39, leading the way and the soon to be 36 year-old Rahman not far behind. Both fighters seem to have been forgotten by the general boxing public, rarely mentioned on boxing websites, or discussed in television broadcasts when the subject of top heavyweights is brought up. Rahman has twice won and lost heavyweight titles, most recently losing his title in a sensational 12th round knockout to Oleg Maskaev in August 2006. As for Toney, he blew his only shot at a title after beating John Ruiz in April 2005, he later failed a post-fight drug test, causing the fight to be ruled a no-contest. Read the rest of this entry »



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