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title Yoan Pablo Hernandez – Failing To Live Up To Expectations

hernandez34534.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: After jumping off to an impressive 14-0 start, former Cuban amateur standout Yoan Pablo Hernandez (16-1, 10 KOs) has looked less than impressive in his last three starts, losing one of them by Wayne Braithwaite by a disappointing 3rd round TKO in March, and then once again looking less awe inspiring in his recent fight last Saturday night, a 5th round TKO over 35 year-old Santiago De Paula (10-8-1, 10 KOs) in Berlin, Germany.

Hernandez, still ranked high at #15 in the World Boxing Association and IBF cruiserweight division, knocked De Paula down three times in the fight round alone, yet wasn’t able to put him away. This was the same problem that Hernandez has in his fight with Braithwaite, whom he knocked down once in the first round and staggered badly a later on, and then let him off the hook by fighting much too relaxed. Read the rest of this entry »



title Calderon vs. Cazares: No More Rematches, Please

calderon43312.jpgBy Jim Dower: Last Saturday night, World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) once again defeated knockout artist Hugo Fidel Cazares (26-5-1, 19 KOs), this time by a 7th round technical decision after Calderon, 33, received a deep cut on the center of his forehead after clashing heads with Cazares. The fight was officially stopped at 1:58 of the seventh, with blood gushing from the cut on Calderon’s forehead, making it unlikely that they could stop the flow of blood if the fight were to have been allowed to continue. The bout then went to the scorecards, with Calderon winning by the scores of 67-66, 68-65 and 68-65.

I had Calderon winning every round except for the 6th. However, afterwards Calderon, obviously not satisfied with the manner in which the fight ended, spoke of a third match between him and Cazares as if this fight was tainted somehow. That’s admirable of Calderon to do this, because most boxers wouldn’t be willing to give an opponent a second shot, especially if the fight was in anyway close. This fight wasn’t close, though, as Calderon appeared to have dominated 90% if the fight up until the time of the stoppage, and it didn’t appear to be any question in most people’s minds whom the better fighter was between Calderon and Cazares, at least not from what I saw of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ruiz-Valuev: Where Does John Go From Here?

ruiz43442.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Two-time champion John Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) said that we would be seeing the new Ruiz, one that no longer clinched constantly like earlier in his career. However, after watching Ruiz lose a 12-round unanimous decision to former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (49-1, 34 , in a bout which seemed to include at least one clinch after every punch landed, I can’t see much that changed of the 36 year-old Ruiz’s style of fighting. It was just as dull, if not more so, that it had always been for most of his long boxing career.

In the end, Ruiz didn’t have the energy, style or power to give the 7’0″ 320 pound Valuev much of a fight. Forget about the ridiculous -114-113, 116-113 and 116-111 – scores that were handed down by the judges. The fight was terribly one-sided with Valuev, 35, winning almost every round of the fight with ease. However, now that it’s over one has to ask what will come of Ruiz? Read the rest of this entry »



title Zbik Defeats Carvalho

zbik54463.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated middleweight contender Sebastian Zbik (24-0, 9 KOs) won an easy 12-round unanimous decision over Brazilian John Anderson Carvalho (18-3-1, 11 KOs) to successfully defend his little-known WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on Saturday night at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109. Zbik, ranked #1 in the World Boxing Organization, #3 in the WBA and #7 in the WBC middleweight rankings, had little problem from the slower, weaker shots from Carvalho and gave his a methodical beating. Zbik looked impressive, looking like a better offensive version of WBA middleweight champion Felix Stum, except without the defensive ability that Sturm possesses.

Zbik controlled the action in the opening round, using a powerful jab, combinations and a crisp right hand to keep Carvalho on the outside. Trained by Fritz Sdunek, the former trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, Zbik showed some of the same tendencies, good and bad, his fighting style. Read the rest of this entry »



title Godfrey Stops Nwodo, Remillard Destroys Gonzalez

godfrey452356.jpgBy Manuel Perez: After two back to back disappointing performances, World Boxing Council number #5 ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (17-1, 10 KOs) defeated WBA #9th ranked Emmanuel Nwodo (22-5, 18 KOs) by a 4th round stoppage to win the NABF cruiserweight title on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. The fight, however, wasn’t without drama, for Godfrey was knocked down in the third round and should have been knocked down in the 1st, but the referee missed the call.

Up until the stoppage in the 4th, Godfrey had lost every round and looked worried and more than a little over-matched by the bigger, more powerful 6’3″ Nigerian Nwodo. However, the bout changed course suddenly in the 4th when Godfrey hurt Nwodo with a sneaky right hand. He then pummeled Nwodo around the ring, bloodying his nose and almost causing him to go down. Finally, referee Danny Schiavone stepped in and halted the bout at 1:57 of the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bautista Destroys Marquez; Nietes Stops Castro

bautista2244242.jpgBy Francisco Chantengo: Making his third appearance since being destroyed by Mexican Daniel Ponce de Leon in a 1st round blowout last year in August, number #2 ranked World Boxing Organization super bantamweight challenger Rey Bautista (26-1, 19 KOs) stopped Mexican Eden Marquez (16-4-3, 12 KOs) at 1:08 of the 2nd round of a scheduled 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, in Cebu City, Philippines.

After getting off to a slow start in the 1st round and giving up the round due to inactivity, Bautista, 22, came out on fire in the 2nd round, and knocked Marquez down with a left hook. Marquez would make it up before the count of ten, but shortly after that he was put down for good with a powerful right hand from Bautista that sent Marquez down flat on his back on the canvas. The fight was then stopped immediately at 1:08 of the 2nd round with Marquez still on his back and badly hurt. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will David Haye Still Be Fighting A Top Heavyweight For His Next Bout?

haye5333541.jpgBy David Lahr: With heavyweight David Haye’s recent boost to the number #3 spot in the World Boxing Organization and # 5 in the World Boxing Council rankings, is he still going to as he says fight a top heavyweight in his next fight? Something tells me that’s not in the cards anymore, because why should he? He’s already ranked high and doesn’t need to take a risky battle against one of the top heavyweights and thus ruin a potential big money bout against either IBF/WBO heavyweight champion or the winner of the WBC heavyweight contest between current champion Samuel Peter and champion emeritus Vitali Klitschko.

Indeed, Haye is in the perfect position where he can fight just about anyone and still end up facing one of the two most popular heavyweights in the division. That’s not to say that it will be personally good for him to fight a low quality fighter, since he won’t get much from fighting a scrub and will be that much over his head when he has to step in the ring with someone as big and powerful as one of the Klitschko brothers or Peter. Haye’s chin is known for being someone brittle, which puts him in kind of a predicament. If he goes ahead with his promise of fighting a top 10 heavyweight, there’s a good chance he might end up losing unless he chooses very carefully. Read the rest of this entry »



title Baldomir Wants Bout Against Margarito, Cotto or Clottey — Boxing News

baldomir555.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (44-11-6, 13 KOs) reportedly wants a fight with top fighters Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey or Miguel Cotto according to Sycuan Ringside Promotions. The 37 year-old Baldomir hasn’t seen action since his 10-round majority decision win over light middleweight Luciano Perez in November 2007. Though Baldomir states that he’s interested in fighting one of the top welterweights in the division, it’s very questionable whether he can make the 147 pound weight limit at this stage in his career.

The last time he fought at 147 was two years ago against Floyd Mayweather in November 2006, a bout in which Baldomir was soundly defeated and lost his WBC welterweight title to Mayweather. Shortly after that, Baldomir moved up in weight to 154 lbs, the light middleweight division, where he was against defeated in a one-sided fight, a 12-round unanimous decision, to Vernon Forrest for the vacant WBC light middleweight title in July 2007. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya to Fight on after Pacquiao: Could Hatton, Chavez Jr, or Mayweather be next?

de-la-hoya5534733.jpgBy Aaron Klein: I don’t begrudge a guy for wanting to make some money, but come on, there’s a point where one can only stomach so much before they lose interest completely in the sport. For me, I think I’ve reach that point with the latest boxing news that Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) has decided on fighting Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) on December 6th. It’s not as bad as it once was, however, because De La Hoya is now hinting that he’ll continue fighting beyond this fight, presumably against other smaller fighters like Ricky Hatton, a rematch with Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr., or possibly against the inexperienced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Each fight would most likely generate huge money similar to the payday that De La Hoya will get for his bout with Pacquiao in December.

However, other than a rematch with Mayweather, it hardly seems appealing to see Oscar fight the much smaller Hatton? I doubt that De La Hoya will consider a bout with Chavez Jr. given the difficulties that he’s had recently in dealing with C-class opponents like Matt Vanda and Ray Sanchez, but it’s always a possibility. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Calzaghe A Cherry Picker?

cal362.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Let me start off by saying that I’ve always been a huge fan of Joe Calzaghe. Indeed, up until his fight with Bernard Hopkins last April, I thought Calzaghe was one of the finest boxers of all time. However, my thoughts have changed since the Hopkins bout, and now that Calzaghe had decided to fight a badly faded Roy Jones Jr., I’ve lost whatever respect I had for him as a fighter. The fight with Hopkins, who was forty-three at the time of the bout, was wrong and something I consider ill-advised for Calzaghe to take. Sure, I can understand him needing the money, because who doesn’t?

But it wasn’t as if there weren’t other fighters out there for him, such as Kelly Pavlik, Jermain Taylor, Lucian Bute or a rematch with Mikkel Kessler. By choosing fighters in their 40s, or late 30s, makes Calzaghe look as if he’s desperate for money. Read the rest of this entry »



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