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title Jamie Moore Wants Bout With John Duddy

moore464644.jpgBy Nate Anderson: British light middleweight Jamie Moore (30-3, 21 KOs) wants a shot at Irish middleweight star John Duddy, and is hoping that the two of them can meet up later on this year. Moore, 29, stopped Ireland’s Ciaran Healy in the 3rd round this past Saturday night in Dublin. However, there are a lot of things that have to happen for this fight to occur, starting with Moore being able to beat undefeated Russian Zaurbek Baysangurov (18-0, 13 KOs), whom he fights for his EBU (European) light middleweight title coming up.

Frankly, I have serious doubts that Moore, as good as he is, can beat a fighter as skilled and as hard-hitting as the 23 year-old Baysangurov, who has a excellent chin, good power, and even better stamina, not breaking a sweat no matter how late in the fight it is. Baysangurov is simply too young and powerful for Moore, and will likely beat him up and stop him in short order. Read the rest of this entry »



title Karoly Balzsay Stops Jose Alberto Clavero

balzay43546.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated super middleweight contender Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) stopped Jose Alberto Clavero (28-7-1, 14 KOs) in the 5th round of a scheduled 12-round title belt for the WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Balzsay, 28, originally from Hungary and now fighting for Universum in Germany, took Clavero out with a short left-right combination in the 5th round.

The knockdown was somewhat odd in that after Clavero was hit with the two quick shots, he went ahead and threw a right hand of his own, then circled around and got in fighting position, as if he were getting ready to continue fighting. It was then that he fell to the one knee, partially holding himself up with one arm, trying to clear his head. It must have been at least two or more seconds that elapsed after Balzsay had landed his hard combination to the head, making it seem strange the way he suddenly dropped after such a lengthy period of time. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko – Tony Thompson: Tony Has More Than Just a Jab

thompson424364.jpgBy William MacKay: If IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) is expecting his challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) to sit back and fight him in a jab contest I think he’s sadly mistaken, and in for a much tougher fight than he expected. Thompson, 6’5″ 246 lbs with an 81″ reach, is an excellent puncher, especially at close range where he can use his hooks and uppercuts, and pound his opponents into submission. He may use his jab on the outside, but he often uses it more seldom than you’d think he would, focusing more on getting in close proximity to his opponents and beating them around the head and midsection with constant hooks and uppercuts.

At close range, Wladimir is no match for Thompson, neither able to compete with him in the sheer volume of punches he’s going to be throwing or able to fight nearly as well as him at close range. Klitschko doesn’t have an uppercut in his arsenal, although he’s experimented with one off an one over the years since taking on trainer Emanuel Steward. Read the rest of this entry »



title Sinan Samil Sam and Paolo Vidoz Fight To a Draw

sam534.jpgBy Chet Mills: heavyweights Sinan Samil Sam (30-4-1, 16 KOs) and Paolo Vidoz (25-4-1, 14 KOs) fought to a controversial 12-round draw on Friday night at the Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, in Ankara, Turkey. However, it looked to me as if Vidoz, 37, easily won the fight by 11 rounds to 1 of Sam. I could only give Sam the first round, in which he landed a lot of power shots and gave Vidoz some brief problems. After that round, however, Vidoz used an excellent jab, and movement, circling constantly to Sam’s right, the keep the power-punching Sam from landing any of his big shots.

Vidoz kept a constant jab in the face of Sam, hitting him over and over with it and only getting hit a handful of times each round. Vidoz’ jab is quite good, much better than I remembered it being. He gave Sam a steady diet of his jab, and by the 9th round, both of Sam’s eyes were swollen up from the constant punches he was forced to eat as he would plod forward.

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title Herbie Hide Decisions Nuri Seferi

By Chet Mills: Former two-time heavyweight champion, now fighting as a cruiserweight, Herbie Hide (44-4, 41 KOs) out-pointed Nuri Seferi (21-6, 15 KOs), defeating him by a unanimous decision on Friday night to retain his WBC International cruiserweight title at the Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, in Ankara, Turkey. Hide, survived a 1st round knockdown in which Seferi, 31, threw a wild left hook that caught Hide in the chin, sending him down. Read the rest of this entry »



title Felix Sturm Defeats Randy Griffin, Tajbert, Zbik and Boytsov Also Victorious

sturm462435.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: In a fight much closer than the ultimate scores handed down, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm squeaked by with a narrow, unimpressive 12-round unanimous decision over American Randy Griffin on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. I had the fight scored as a draw, with Sturm losing five out of the last six rounds of the fight after tiring out early. Though other people have called Sturm’s win as impressive, don’t believe, that is, unless you consider a fighter running, covering up, and getting out-punched for the last half of the fight, impressive. The final judges’ scores were a mixed bag – 116-112, 116-113 and 118-110. The last score was simply ridiculous. The fight should have been scored a draw.

Sturm looked good early on, I give him that. His jab was working well in the first two rounds, and he used it keep Griffin on the outside. Griffin seemed to be fighting a different type of fight this time around, not going after Sturm immediately like he did in the first fight. In hindsight, this tactic seemed like a mistake, because without Griffin putting a lot of pressure on Sturm, this allowed him to stand on the outside and throw his jab without any incoming fire to worry about. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lamont Peterson Too Much For Rogelio Castaneda Jr

peterson46246.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: Top light welterweight contender Lamont Peterson (25-0, 12 KOs) continued his unbeaten streak with an easy 9th round TKO of Mexican journeyman Rogelio Castaneda Jr. (24-14-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Peterson, 24, the older and arguably the better of the Peterson brothers (his brother, Anthony Peterson, is currently ranked 3rd in the WBO lightweight division), battered Castaneda Jr. throughout the fight, eventually dropping him with a big right hand in the 9th. With Castaneda Jr. taking severe punishment at the hands of Peterson, Castaneda’s corner help threw in the towel prompting for referee Russell Mora to halt the fight at 2:50 of the 9th round.

Peterson, showing promise and a great many flaws, dominated the early action using largely his jab to control the fight. He rarely threw anything more than a jab in the first round, which was somewhat frustrating because you’d have expected more than that from a fighter as hyped as much as he is. Read the rest of this entry »



title Daniel Jacobs Destroys Julio Perez

jacobs4233.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Forget all about Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler, unbeaten super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (7-0, 7 KOs) is going to be better than both of them ever hoped they could be. In fact, at 21, the former 2006 United States Amateur middleweight champion, may already be better than both of. With devastating power in either hand, Jacobs continued his forward progress on Friday evening, stopping Julio Perez (5-9-2, 4 KOs) in the 1st round of scheduled four-round bout at the Dodge Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas. Jacobs, using power punches and a steady downpour of combinations, staggered Perez several times in the first round, sending him reeling from one side of the ring to the other while taking unanswered shots to the head.

Finally, after ripping into him with a devastating four-punch combination ending with a powerful left that drove Perez to the ropes, Rafael Ramos moved in and halted the fight at 1:49 of the 1st found, sparing Perez from getting knocked out in front of his home crowd in Texas. The fans weren’t particularly pleased with seeing Jacobs, a fighter from Brooklyn, New York, manhandling Perez with such ease, and responded by showering Jacobs with a chorus of boos immediately after the fight was stopped. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hugo Hernan Garay Defeats Yuri Barashian, Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title

By Chris Williams: #2 ranked WBA ranked light heavyweight Hugo Hernan Garay (31-3, 17 KOs) defeated Ukrainian Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBA light heavyweight title on Thursday night at the Estadio Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The WBA light heavyweight title was vacant after Australian champion Danny Green suddenly retired, leaving it open for Garay, the number #2 and the # 1 ranked Barashian to fight out for the belt. The final judges’ scores were 118-111, 120-108 and 118-110. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kendall Holt Stops Ricardo Torres in 1st round KO!

holt46333.jpgBy Stuart Leland: In an exciting fight, which saw two knockdowns in the opening minute of action, Kendal Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) got off the canvas twice to stop WBO light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-2, 28 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round title bout at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the opening bell, Torres, 28, rushed across the ring and tagged Holt with a couple of big shots. Just as Holt was beginning to pull away, however, he was nailed by a big right hand from Torres, sending him to the canvas.

Holt immediately got up, and looked to have started fighting a little too quickly, because he was hit twice more by Torres, and then knocked down a second time in the round by another big right hand from Torres. After receiving a standing eight count from referee Jay Nady, Holt was allowed to continue. Despite the two knockdowns, he looked to perfectly fine, as if he’d never been knocked down at all. Read the rest of this entry »



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