After watching 45 year-old Evander Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs) lose by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov last October 13th in Moscow, Russia, my thoughts were that Holyfield needs to retire from the ring as soon as possible. Unlike others, I hadn’t bout into Holyfield’s excuses about his shoulder problems – which required surgery – as being the reason he’d looked so bad between 2002 and 2004, a time in which Holyfield has lost three out of five fights. He looked old, and there could be no other reason for it than that.
Against Ibragimov this past October, Holyfield looked much the same – unable to pull the trigger, bad reflexes and poor punch out put. I felt that Holyfield had done nothing to deserve the shot at Ibragimov in the first place, considering that Holyfield had fought four journeyman after having come back from his two year layoff, and hadn’t fought one top 10 fighter to deserve the to fight a champion. Not surprisingly, Holyfield was out-gunned by Ibragimov, looking as if he didn’t belong in the same ring with him. It wasn’t even slightly close, as Ibragimov toyed with Holyfield, hitting him whenever he pleased, dancing away untouched on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »
World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs), tired of calling out Ricky Hatton and subsequently being ignored for his efforts, had decided to bide his time and take on the undefeated Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) on March 22nd, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins, 27, is a light-hitting inside fighter, whom has mostly fought lower echelon opposition up until now. His style it would seem clashes with that of Witter, a fast outside fighter with a style that seems like a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. Of the junior welterweights, many people consider Witter, 33, to be far and away the best of the bunch with only Hatton coming remotely close to him in overall talent. Read the rest of this entry »
As super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) appears locked into a fight with former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, I can’t help think that the 35 year-old Calzaghe will be better off canceling the bout with Hopkins and instead focus on fighting the winner of this Saturday’s bout between Felix Trinidad vs. Roy Jones Jr. The reasons are simple: Both Trinidad and Jones were much more popular than Hopkins was during their prime, and even though they’re both well past that stage now, they still remain very popular with large fan bases behind both of them.
Even more important, is that after Saturday’s bout, if it turns out to be an interesting fight, the winner will be even more in the forefront of the media, and will be able to pick and choose their next opponent. In contrast, if Calzahge he faces the 43- year-old Hopkins, the fight will almost surely be a boring, grappling-type fight in which Hopkins grabs and wrestles Calzaghe constantly to prevent him from drilling him with his fast hands. It will be the type of fight where Calzaghe will lose popularity because he’ll look bad against Hopkins, who turn the fight into a long stalling pattern, and stink up the joint in the process. Read the rest of this entry »
Once promising heavyweight contender Joe Mesi (36-0, 29 KOs) is reportedly looking for his next opponent, supposedly against a tougher fighter than what he’s fought since coming back from his two-year medical suspension in 2006. Mesi, now 34, has been slow to step up his competition since making his comeback, fighting seven consecutive C-level fighters, and hoping that one of the champions might have an interest in fighting him. However, the main problem it seems is that the New York commission refuses to license him to fight, and without that, it effectively eliminates a lot of opponents for Mesi. Read the rest of this entry »
In the latest boxing news, undefeated German-based heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (27-0, 17 KOs) has reportedly backed out of a previously scheduled bout with his fellow Universum promotions stablemate Luan Krasniqi (30-3-1, 14 KOs), which was to have taken place on March 8th in Germany. Dimitrenko, 25, ranked #2 in the World Boxing Organization, #5 in the WBC, #8 in the IBF and #10 in the WBA, is friends with Krasniqi, whom he regularly trains side by side with in the Universum gym. Read the rest of this entry »
Former International Boxing Federation light middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (36-2. 23 KOs) will step back in the ring this Saturday on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad bout, when he takes on Alex Bunema (28-5-2, 14 KOs) for the little known WBA Inter-Continental light middleweight title at New York’s Madison Square garden. That bout will give Karmazin, now 35, much needed visibility and hopefully will jump start his career which has stalled since losing his title to Cory Spinks in a very controversial majority decision on July 14, 2006. Karmazin, the champion, out punched and out landed Spinks over the entire course of the bout, yet he ended up losing on two of the three scorecards. Read the rest of this entry »
Since dethroning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Antonio Margarito last July, undefeated Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs) has been falling out the other welterweight champions – Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Kermit Cintron – and has thus far had no luck in getting any of them in the ring with him, even though he’s considered to be the best in the class by many fans of the sport. You’d think that of the three, Mayweather, the Pound-for-pound best fighter in boxing, would want to mix it up wkith Williams, but he never mentions his name in interviews. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest reports, Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs) isn’t interested in choosing World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Gavin Rees as his next opponent. The bout, if it were to have taken place, would have been on that was mainly of interest to British fans, as very few Americans have heard or seen Rees before, which would have taken away any possibility for getting world wide attention for the bout. In an interview with Hatton’s father on the BBC Sport Live, he said “The prospect of a fight with Rees was put to us but the terms were not right and it won’t be taking place…Ricky will look elsewhere for his comeback opponent.” Read the rest of this entry »
In an indication of over reach on his part, Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) is already looking past this Saturday’s bout with Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, saying that he wants to fight Joe Calzaghe, the World Boxing Organization super middleweight champion, next. First of all, not many people are giving Trinidad, 34, much of a shot at beating Jones, 39, as Trinidad hasn’t fought in two and a half years, even then he lost a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to Winky Wright in May 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
British Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton (21-1, 18 KOs) goes up against the undefeated World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (23-0, 17 KOs) this Saturday night in a 12-round bout at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. It will be Chagaev’s long overdue first title defense of his WBA title in which he won nine months ago in a close majority decision over then champion Nicolay Valuev on April 14th, 2007. Now after all this time, Chagaev, nicknamed “The White Tyson,” has elected to take to fight 40 year-old Skelton, who himself is coming off a close decision victory of his own, a win over Michael Sprott in July 2007. Read the rest of this entry »