WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight boxing champion Alexander Alexeev (12-0, 11 KOs) stopped Darrin Humphrey (24-6, 11 KOs) in the 4th round on Saturday night at the Stadthalle, Rostock, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Humphrey, 33, an American, was dropped three times by the powerful Russian born Alexeev, who made it seem like target practice as he pelted him with sharp hooks to the head and body before the bout was ultimately stopped in the 3rd round after Humphrey’s corner threw in the white towel o signal surrender.
Alexeev, a highly skilled former amateur star from Russia – now living in Germany – was simply a class or two above Humphrey, something that was plainly obvious seconds into the bout as Alexeev skillfully bombed Humprey with hooks and uppercuts while calmly ducking all return fire coming his way. It was like watching a skilled musician playing alongside a novice, as Alexeev was a far superior fighter in every possible way. As such, Humphrey spent most of the first round eating punch after punch from Alexeev, who looked to be having an enjoyable time at the American’s expense. By the end of the round, Humphrey’s face looked as if a car had ran over it, as it was beet red and beginning to bruise up. Read the rest of this entry »
Featherweight Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) – the son of former super bantamweight/featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez – TKO’d Benjamin Orozco (3-3, 2 KOs) in the third round on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center, in Kissimmee, Florida. After a fairly even first round in which both fighters did substantial damage to each other with head and body shots, Vazquez hurt Orozco with a left hook late in the 2nd round. Orozco, 22, though was able to make it out of the round without going down – barely. However, in the 3rd round, Vazquez quickly moved forward and blasted Orozco out of there with a flurry of right hooks. Orozco remained standing, however, but was out on his feet when the referee stepped in and stopped it at 0:46 of the 3rd round.
In the first round, Vazquez showed an excellent left hook early on, landing it hard and getting Orozco’s attention with it. Read the rest of this entry »
WBF heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (41-1, 25 KOs) destroyed Argentinian challenger Manuel Alberto Pucheta (18-2, 12 KOs) in the 2nd round on Friday night at the Ice Rink, Kirkcaldy, in Scotland. Pucheta, 36, was knocked down three times in the process before the referee Terry O’Connor put a stop to the massacre at 2:03 of the 2nd round. Sosnowski, 28, nicknamed “The Dragon,” slowly stalked Pucheta in the first round, hitting him with right hooks and jabs, though mostly just stalking him.
Pucheta, for his part, looked badly out of shape, perhaps at least 30 lbs overweight. His conditioning or lack thereof, proved to be a problem for him, as he was already gasping for breath by the end of the first round and having difficulties keeping his hands up. He did, however, throw more punches than Sosnowski in the first round, though most of them were wild hammakers which badly missed Sosnowski. Towards the end of the round, Sosnowski landed a left-right combination and then another left hook that crashed into Pucheta’s face, sending him falling backwards to the ring ropes, where he then slid down to the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »
WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight champion Jurgen Brahmer (30-1, 24 KOs) destroyed challenger Mario Veit (49-4, 23 KOs) tonight, stopping him in four rounds tonight at the Stadthalle, Rostock, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Brahmer, 28, totally dominated the bout, knocking Veit down twice and in the process, gaining revenge for an earlier majority decision loss last year. Fighting behind a strong jab, the southpaw brahmer stunned Veit, 33, in the first round after connecting with a double jab. Veit was able to weather the storm, but from there it was all down hill for the lanky Veit, who had major problems with Brahmer’s excellent jab.
In the first round, both fighters exchanged jabs, fighting cautiously and throwing few combinations. Brahmer spent most of the time stalking Veit, and trying to get in punching range for the taller fighter. The round was pretty much even until the near the end, when Brahmer connected with a double right jab, the second punching hurting Veit and knocking him backwards a couple of steps. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest in boxing news gossip, heavyweight contenders Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) will go up against DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson on October 6th, 2007, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Both fighters are nearly 40, however, given the sorry shape of the heavyweight division, both are still near the top in terms of talent.
McCline, 27, was previously scheduled to fight Vitali Klitschko next in the Ukrainians’ comeback bout after two years away from boxing, but unfortunately, Vitali injured his back, requiring spinal surgery which will prevent him from taking on McCline. Never the less, Williamson, 39, may turn out to be a much more interesting fight for boxing fans, simply because of his all action style of fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
With IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko taking time off to heal his left hand, 2004 Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Povektin prepares to take on former WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in the IBF box-off eliminator tournament, which also has Eddie Chambers facing Calvin Brock, with the eventual winner of the tournament earning the right to be Wladimir’s mandatory challenger next year. Povetkin, 28, appears to be the likely fighter that emerges as the challenger for Wladimir after the dust settles out.
Although, the 37-year old Byrd may have something to say about that if he has anything left in him. Povetkin, however, has perhaps the best offensive skills of the bunch along with sound defensive skills and endurance. Since turning professional in 2005, Povetkin has sliced through his opposition, beating tough fighters such as Friday Ahunanya, Ed Mahone, David Bostice and Larry Donald along the way. However, before meeting up with Wladimir, Povetkin will have to knock over the winner of Chambers and Brock. Read the rest of this entry »
On October 6th, Andrew Golota (39-6-1, 32) returns to action against one-time Mike Tyson conqueror Keven McBride (34-5-1, 29 KOs) at Madison’s Square Garden, in New York. Golota, 39, is making his 2nd bout since starting his boxing comeback against Jeremy Bates in June 2007, following a two-year absence away from the ring. Golota looked considerably slower in his last bout than he did in his prime 10 years ago.
In fact, he seemed only a shadow of his former self. However, Bates (21-14, 9 KOs), didn’t have nearly enough skills to expose Golota and perhaps send him packing. Not much will change in that respect, however, against the 6’6″ Kevin McBride, who has size and little else going for him. In his last bout, McBride bit off a little more than he can chew against the hard-punching Mike Molla, who took him out in the 2nd round on October 7, 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
As WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs) and WBC/WBA super middleweight title holder Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs) prepare for their November 3rd showdown at the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, a lot of talk has been made about Calzaghe’s future plans after the bout. Specifically, Calzaghe, 35, has made frequent references about his desire to move either take on the winner of WBO/WBC middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and challenger Kelly Pavlik.
Calzaghe has also mentioned on a number of occasions that he’d also like to fight Bernard Hopkins, considered to be one of the best (read: fighter most likely to bring in a big payday for Calzaghe) in the light heavyweight division. Hopkins, however, would be Calzaghe’s second choice, if his plans for a bout with either Pavlik or Taylor don’t pan out like he plans for it to. Read the rest of this entry »
Former WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight and IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (35-5, 25 KOs) won a more difficult than expected 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Edwin Vazquez (22-11-2, 8 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Friday night. Judah, 29, was cruising along in the first three rounds of the bout, peppering the slower and less-skilled 35-year old Vazquez with jabs, uppercuts and combinations. However, was cut over the left eye in the fourth round from a head-butt, which had a substantial effect on Judah’s offensive output, making him much more economical with his punches until late in the bout when Judah suddenly began firing on all cylinders again.
Though he was not in Judah’s class in terms of skills, Vazquez, who was fighting for only the eighth time in seven years, he did a remarkably good job at pressuring and landing punches on against Judah, especially up until round six when he was fighting at his best. However, Vazquez couldn’t stay competitive with Judah after the fight passed the sixth round, at which time Judah turned it up a notch with his offense, badly outclassing Vazquez for the remaining four rounds of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
2004 Olympian and amateur standout, bantamweight boxing prospect Abner Mares (14-0, 9 KOs) defeated tough Mexican veteran Ididro Garcia (24-4-2, 8 KOs) in the seventh round on Friday night at the Desert Diamond Casino, in Tucson, Arizona, when Garcia, 31, failed to come out for the 8th due an eye injury he had sustained during the fight. In the early rounds, Mares and Garcia took turns landing power shots with Mares coming out slightly ahead. However, as the fight progressed, Mares pulled away from Garcia, largely due to the power in his right hand which began to swell Garcia’s right by the 5th round.
Mares, 21, ranked #14 in the WBA, picked up the vacant NABF bantamweight title along the way in defeating Garcia. Considered to be a can’t miss future star, Mares was put in with a very tough fighter despite this being only his 14th professional bout in his career. It harkens back to the old days, when young fighters where frequently placed up against tough veterans in an effort to teach them skills faster and to toughen them up. Frequently, this backfire, causing the young fighter to be ruined, a reason that it’s rarely done now a days. However, it’s interesting that Mares’ management feel comfortable placing him in against Garcia, a former WBO flyweight champion in 2000. Read the rest of this entry »