By Eric Thomas: Undefeated lightweight prospect John Molina (11-0, 8 KOs) defeated Carlos Madrid (8-5-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night by six-round unanimous decision at the Expo Center, in the City of Industry, California. Molina, 25, showed some decent skills in the process of pounding out a relatively easy decision, but he also showed some major flaws that he needs to work on before considering stepping up against better opponents than the 30 year-old Madrid. The final judges’ scores were 58-56, 58-56 and 59-55, all for Molina. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Once promising super middleweight Mads Larsen (50-2, 37 KOs) won a dull eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman fighter Ross Thompson (26-12-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Larsen, 35, thought to be the next opponent for IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, did little other than jab for most of the fight, and won an uninspiring decision. There was little suspense of the fight, other than the 8th round when Thompson tagged Larsen with a powerful left and right hand shot, backing him up and causing him to cover up on the ropes. Thompson, who had lost eight of his last eleven fights going into Saturday’s bout, didn’t have the size or the firepower to finish Larsen off in the round. The final judges’ scores were 79-73, 80-73 and 80-72, all for Larsen.
Larsen, a southpaw from Denmark, who was making only his fifth fight since his comeback in boxing in 2007 after a four year retirement, did little other than jab in the 1st round of the fight. Occasionally, he’d throw a left hand but only when he was certain that Thompson wouldn’t return anything that could give him trouble. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Stein: In one of the silliest wrestling matches I’ve ever seen, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated professional wrestler “Big Show” last night at the Citrus bowl in the WrestleMania XXIV match. Mayweather, not a particularly good actor, looked especially fake in going up against the 7-foot 441 lb Big Show, though he did at least scream and moan in a half-way believable manner. After spending a good deal of the opening moments running from Big Show, and looking a lot like his normal boxing fights, Mayweather finally opened up with a series of jabs that got Big Show to back off from him.
As if in celebration, Mayweather turned around and began to drink from a gold chalice given to him by one of his handlers on the side of the ring. At this moment, an enraged Big Show ran across the ring and tagged Mayweather’s handler with an elbow, knocking him backwards onto the floor outside of the ring, spilling the chalice and drink all over the floor. Big Show then attempted to stomp Mayweather’s hand, which I suppose was a move planned out because of all the fear about Mayweather potentially being hurt in the ring and possibly destroying his boxing career as a result. Big Show missed the stomp, naturally, as Mayweather escaped in the nick of time to save his hand from a terrible fate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: British super flyweight champion Chris Edwards (11-13-3, 3 KOs) lost his BBBofC British super flyweight title on Friday night against the young 22 year-old challenger Andy Bell (11-3, 3 KOs), who defeated Edwards by a 12-round unanimous decision at the Metrodome, Barnsley, in Yorkshire, England. Edwards, 31, put on an exciting display of non-stop aggression, reminding one of an older Mickey Ward, though without his devastating hooks. Unfortunately for Edwards, he gave virtually all of the first six rounds of the fight to the crisper-punching challenger Bell, and found himself playing catch-up in the remaining second half of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: In a much harder than expected fight, unbeaten IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (26-0, 21 KOs) struggled through 12 rounds against #15th ranked Elvin Ayala befoe finally stopping him at 2:32 of the 12th round after connecting with a big left hand. Along the way, Abraham was hit often by Ayala, who badly swelled up Abraham’s face from the many shots that he hit him with.
Though Ayala, 27, isn’t known for his power, he is a high volume puncher that much is sure, and Abraham didn’t have it easy for one second in the fight due the constand work rate by Ayala. Abraham, 28, finally ended matters in the 12th after connecting with a flurry of shots while Ayala was trapped against the ropes, finishing him off with a left to the head. Ayala sank to his knees and fell face first into the canvas where he layed there for several moments without moving. When he was finally pulled up off the canvas by referee Roberto Ramirez, he seemed not to know where he was for several moments. Read the rest of this entry »
Andy “Iceman” Bell put on the performance of his young career on Friday night at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England by taking the British super flyweight title from reigning champion Chris Edwards in a thrilling fight on a Frank Maloney promotion televised by Sky Sports. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: In an impressive raw display of pur punching power, undefeated light heavyweight knockout artist Tavoris Cloud (18-0, 17 KOs) annihilated an over matched Mike Wood (19-7-1, 11 KOs) last night, stopping him in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the USBA, NABA and WBO NABO light heavyweight titles at the Aragon Ballroom, in Chicago, Illinois. What looked like a good match on paper, turned out to be an ugly one-sided affair as Cloud, 28, tore into Woods from the start of the fight, hitting him with tremendous shots to the head with lefts and rights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In somewhat of an upset, former WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne Braithwaite (23-3, 18 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Cuban prospect Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-1, 8 KOs) in the 3rd round tonight to claim the WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title & WBC Latino cruiserweight titles at the Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Braithwaite, 32, rallied from a 1st round in which he was knocked down once and staggered on a separate occasion from the 23 year-old Hernandez. However, instead of going for the kill, Hernandez seemed to back off as if wanting to prolong the fight for his viewers.
In a way, it was like watching an old news real of the former great Cuban super heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson, who would often be incredibly patient while fighting and would knock many of his opponents out with a single punch. If that was Hernandez’s plan, it was a big mistake because Braithwaite hits too hard to keep him in the fight, and Hernandez was making it easy by him by opening up with wild exhanges, leaving his chin vulnerable from counter shots by Braithwaite. Hernandez controlled the action though the first and second round, though at the end of the second, he was hit with two right hands from Braithwaite, one of which landed at the bell and seemed to hurt Hernandez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Stein: Taking up his ever-growing cause to fight former super lightweight/welterweight champion Ricky Hatton a notch, WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs) has reportedly offered to fight Hatton for free, saying “My people have got to get paid, my training expenses have got to be paid but I’ll do it for free.” I seriously doubt that his offer will have any effect on Hatton, for he’s not even remotely interested in taking on Witter, no matter what he offers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne Braithwaite (22-3, 18 KOs) steps up to the plate tomorrow night against undefeated Cuban prospect Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-0, 8 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for the little known WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino cruiserweight titles at the Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Braithwaite, a former WBC cruiserweight champion from 2002 to 2005, lost his title to Jean Marc Mormeck in a 12-round unanimous decision loss on April 2005.
Before that, Braithwaite had successfully defended the title three times, beating the likes of Ravea Springs, Luis Andres Pineda and Louis Azille, none exactly household names to be sure. However, Braithwaite, a fighter with excellent power, was considered was arguably the top fighter in the cruiserweight division during that three year period. With all things there comes an end, however, for Braithwaite would be defeated by the aforementioned Mormeck in 2005. Following that loss, it’s been pretty much non-stop bad news for Braithwaite since then, losing again in his very next fight, this time to Guillermo Jones by 4th round TKO in a WBC title eliminator in September 2005. Read the rest of this entry »