By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 Kos) is counting on the IBF giving him an exception so that he can bypass his IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, who recently defeated both Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers in the IBF’s elimination tournament to come out as Klitschko’s mandatory challenger. However, instead of giving Povetkin a shot at his title, Wladimir has recently decided upon defending his WBO title against the #1 challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 Kos), a tall 6’5” heavyweight known mostly for being an awkward volume puncher with little power.
Apparently, Thompson had been waiting for an extended period of time, with little luck, for the previous WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov to give him a shot at the title. Ibragimov instead decided on taking on high profile bouts with Evander Holyfield and then a unification bout with Wladimir, a fight in which Ibragimov lost his WBO title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (27-0, 10 KOs) had an easy time turning back Mexican challenger Fernando Beltran Jr. (30-3-1, 18 KOs), beating him by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Casino Rama, Rama, in Ontario, Canada. Molitor, 28, was making his 4th title defense of his IBF super bantamweight belt which he won in November 2006 with a 5th round TKO of Michael Hunter. Beltran Jr., 26, did little better than Molitor’s previous three opponents, and found himself hopelessly outclassed early on as he wasn’t able to match the speed, punch variety or the slickness of Molitor.
The final judges’ scores – 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109 – showed how truly one-sided the fight was for Molitor. Unfortunately for Molitor, there are few other big-named fighters in the IBF other than the young Rey Baustista from the Philippines, meaning that if Molitor wants to get a big money fight he may have to fight a unification bout with one of the other super bantamweight champions such as Daniel Ponce De Leon or Israel Vazquez. Celestino Caballero, the WBA champion, wouldn’t be as interesting in that he’s not as well known as De Leon and Vazquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: Canadian middleweight contender Sebastien Demers (24-1, 9 KOs) gave American Matt Vanda (37-6, 21 KOs) a boxing lesson in the process of beating him by 10-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Montreal Casino, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aside from Vanda rocking the weak-chinned Demers every so often in the fight, Demers had an easy time beating the shorter, more limited Vanda. Demers, though not a fighter with the best of chins, has quite excellent boxing skills. Before this fight, I’d only see him in against Arthur Abraham, who never gave him a chance by stopping him early in the 3rd round.
I figured Demers wasn’t that good based on that fight, but I got to take that back. He can actually fight very well compared to many of the middleweights in the division, many of whom don’t have nearly the same skill set as Demers. I’d heard a lot about Demers from Canadian fans before his bout with Abraham, who was saying that he was a potential future champion. Now that I’ve seen him fight for entire bout, I’m not sure if I can fully agree with them yet, due to his chin problem, but he looks very good. Only 28, Demers showed immediately that he was one of the best jabs in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (29-2-1, 13 KOs) had a ridiculously easy time beating #12th ranked challenger Australian Jamie Pittman (16-1, 7 KOs) by a 7th round TKO on Saturday night at the Burg-Waecheter Castello, in Dusseldor, Nordrhein, Germany. Pittman, 26, was knocked down three times in the fight, the last time in the 7th at which time the referee Russell Mora put a stop the hopeless mismatch at 0:36 of the 7th round.
Pittman was perhaps the worst #12th ranked fighter I’ve ever laid eyes on, which was likely the reason he was chose in the first place by Sturm.
Pittman was clearly not as good as his ranking indicated, as he showed few skills in the bout and didn’t appear to even know how to punch properly. Sturm, 29, I suppose was in need of an easy win after having fought a life and death battle in his last fight against #1 challenger Randy Griffin who fought Sturm to a draw, although most people saw Griffin as having easily won the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: Super middleweight contender Jurgen Brahmer (31-1, 25 KOs) stopped Karim Bennama (17-10-2, 4 KOs) in the 9th round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday night at the Burg-Waecheter Castello, in Dusseldor, Nordrhein, Germany. Ranked # 3 in the IBF, Brahmer, 29, toyed with Bennama, hitting him essentially at will in one-sided contest on the same card as Felix Sturm vs. Jamie Pittman, which also ended up as a disappointing mismatch. Blame it on bad match making, or then again, maybe that was the original intent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Krebs: WBU welterweight champion Michael Jennings (33-1, 16 KOs) defeated Geoge Ungiadze (12-6, 4 KOs) by a 7th round TKO of a scheduled 8-round non-title bout on Saturday night at the Bolton Arena, Bolton, in Lancashire. The fight, never close to begin with, ended with a flurry of punches in the 7th round as Jennings drilled the defenseless Ungiadze with combinations leading to the referee Phil Edwards stepping in and halting the bout.
Jennings, 30, took the fight as a stay-busy fight, and it turned out to be a one-sided mismatch as the 24 year-old republic of Georgia native Ungiadze had no chance to begin with, having lost four out of his last five fights going into the bout. Jennings for all practical had the fight won going into the bout because Ungiadze was largely an unskilled fighter with almost zero power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony Krebs: Undefeated lightweight contender Amir Khan (17-0, 13 KOs) sliced through Denmark’s Martin Kristjansen beating him by an effortless 7th round TKO on Saturday night in the WBO lightweight title eliminator at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire. For those who were under the mistaken impression that Kristjansen, 30 would present any kind of challenge to Khan, they were dead wrong in their beliefs for Khan made it look effortless in stopping the outmatched Kristjansen.
Before it was over, Khan had dominated every round of the fight while knocking Kristjansen down three times in the 7th round before the referee could call a stop to the bout. The win puts the 21 year-old Khan as the mandatory for the WBO title which is held by Joel Casamayor and Nate Campbell. Judging from the post fight comments, it looks as if Khan may be heading for a possible fight against Casamayor, although before that potential bout comes off Khan will likely fight once more before them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: In a rather shocking upset, previously unbeaten WBU Featherweight champion Derry Matthews (20-1, 11 KOs) was annihilated by his Mongolian challenger Choi Tseveeenpurev (27-4, 19 KOs) in a 5th round KO loss at the Bolton Arena, Bolton, in Lancashire on Friday night. Matthews, 24, was knocked down a grand total of five times by Tseveenpurev – three times in the third and twice in the fifth round – eventually leading to the referee Dave Parris calling a halt to the bout after the fifth knock down of the fight at 3:00 of the 5th round.
Tseveenpurev, 36, hadn’t been expected to put up such a strong fight, as he’d previously been beaten by a number of fighters, including Willie Limond. However, a fighter with power and fighting style very similar to Kostya Tszyu, was noted for his incredible strength in the ring, in particular with sparring with the top British fighters. He showed dramatic improvement since his last loss four years ago to Limond, focusing on fighting much more aggressively from the outset and making it a point to try and rough up Matthews. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chet Mills: Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (17-0-1, 12 KOs) recorded another sensational stoppage on Friday night as he TKO’d former heavyweight knockout artist Andre Purlette (40-3, 35 KOs) in the second round at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Williams, 21, was under heavy fire from the hard-punching Purlette in the second round, when he suddenly erupted with three powerful short right hand shots that first hurt and then dropped Purlette to the canvas.
Purlette made it up off the canvas, and the fight resumed with Williams tearing into an almost defenseless Purlette with a flurry of shots. Finally, after missing several of them, Williams finished off Purlette with a perfect left hook to the head, staggering him badly and prompting for referee Dick Flaherty to step in and stop the fight at 2:50 of the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »
Light heavyweight Joe Spina (22-1-1, 15 KOs) won an exciting six-round split decision over Canadian David Whittom (10-6-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Friday night. The final judges’ scores were 58-56, 57-56 for Spina and 56-57 for Whittom. From appearances, the fight appeared to be a draw as neither fighter did enough to distinguish themselves as the clear winner. Spina, 30, was the favored fighter going into the bout as Whittom has lost five of his last nine fights leading up to the fight. Moreover, Whittom has also quickly taken off 20 lbs after competing against heavyweight Darrell Flint in March. Read the rest of this entry »