In a bout marred by constant fouling, up and coming heavyweight talent Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (19-1, 13 KOs) won by fourth round disqualification over Rafael Pedro (20-7-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Richards, 26, was far and away the better fighter of the two, as he showed in the first round, landing punishing hooks to the head and body. However, despite a good start, the bout soon after descended into an ugly affair in which both fighters threw rabbit punches and held & hit, addition to several accident head butts that occurred in the bout.
At the start of the fourth round, Pedro, a 6’7 247 lbs muscular fighter originally from Cuba, marched across the ring and angrily landed a punch to the back of Richard’s head. As the referee attempted to intervene, Pedro tried one more time to land another rabbit punch. The referee halted the bout at this time and disqualified Pedro. It was later learned that Pedro had been previously disqualified on two other occasions for fouls in earlier bouts. Read the rest of this entry »
Former WBC heavyweight boxing champion of the world Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) was reportedly injured yesterday while training for his bout with Jameel McCline on September 22, requiring that Vitali undergo spinal surgery at a clinic in Austria to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve in his back. This is the third back surgery for Vitali, 36, who previously had back surgery while training for Larry Donald in 2002, and then re-injuring his back in 2005 while training for title defense against challenger Hasim Rahmanm, causing Vitali to need back surgery for a second time.
In addition to this, Vitali injured his leg twice while training for bout with Rahman, making it necessary for him to have major surgery to repair a torn meniscus, a bone bruise, plus an undiagnosed MCL tear. The combination of back and knee injuries prompted Vitali to retire from boxing on November 9, 2005, having never been defeated as a world heavyweight boxing champion. During his bout with Chris Byrd, in April 1, 2000, Vitali, then the WBO heavyweight champion, suddenly quit after the 9th round, saying that his shoulder had been injured. At the time of the stoppage, Vitali was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards 89-82, and 88-83 and 88-83. Read the rest of this entry »
Heavyweight knockout artist David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) destroyed a badly over matched Cerrone Fox (8-6, 8 KOs) in the 2nd round and in the process knocking him down three times on Friday night at the Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Fox, 28, a fighter with a poor record, must have felt like he’d won the lottery by getting a shot at Tua. However, by the end of the fight he probably felt otherwise as he badly hurt in the first round by a big right hand from Tua. However, after hurting him, Tua backed off as if were toying with Fox in order to prolong his suffering for a while longer. Fox was able to get off some shots when Tua backed off, but he looked wild and dreadfully unskilled as a fighter, not so much different than the skill of a typical MMA fighter.
In the 2nd round, Tua was through play nice guy, as he opened up with cannon-like hooks to the body and head, using both hands. However, it was Tua’s left that did most of the damage, sending Fox down to the canvas three times in the round. After the 3rd knockdown, the referee stopped the bout due to Fox being badly shaken from the hook and unable to clear his head enough to continue further in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
Former world heavyweight boxing title holder Hasim Rahman (43-6-2, 34 KOs) stopped the normally durable journeyman fighter Dicky Ryan (55-10, 44 KOs) in the 2nd round after landing several tremendous body shots that sucked the wind out of Ryan and sending him crashing to the canvas on Friday night at the oaring Eagle Casino, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Rahman, 34, a former two-time heavyweight champion, showed that he still has his awesome power as he blasted with sledgehammer right hands in the first round, sending Ryan down to the canvas twice. He arose each time only to be greeted by more right hand shots from Rahman, who appeared to want to end the bout early. In the 2nd round, Rahman continued to land mostly right hands, which Ryan, 40, had no defense for. A short time later, Rahman unloaded with three shots to Ryan’s soft midsection, which doubled him over and sent him to the canvas where he laid in pain as the referee counted him out. Read the rest of this entry »
Woman’s WIBF/WBA/GBU super middleweight boxing champion Natascha Ragosina (15-0, 11 KOs) took apart Gardy Pena (8-1-1, 5 KOs) by 2nd round TKO to win the vacant WIBA woman’s super middleweight title belt on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel, in Tiergarten, Berlin. Pena, from the Dominican Republic, was dwarfed by the giant 5’11” Ragosina, who used her jab to keep keep her on the outside in the first round of the bout. In the 2nd round, however, Ragosina, 31, began landing a slew of hooks that had Pena reeling in response.
Several hard jabs from Ragosina backed Pena to the ropes where he then began unloading hard combinations to the head. Pena was stunned by a right hand at one point. Seeing this, Ragosina fed her three more in succession that sent her to the canvas. The referee then moved in and after taking a glance at Pena, he put a stop the bout. Ragosnia, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, boxed carefully in the first round of the fight, putting pressure on her shorter opponent constantly with stinging jab. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday night, future boxing star light welterweight Lamont Peterson (22-0, 10 KOs) put on a stunning show of punching power in a sixth round stoppage of 36-year old Frankie Santos (15-4-3, 7 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Peterson jumped out to a quick start in the first round, throwing shots to Santos’ midsection and trying to take him out early in front of a capacity crowd. After pounding him at will for six rounds, Santo’s trainer stopped the bout after the sixth round to prevent his fighter from sustaining any more punishment at the hands of Peterson.
Peterson, 23, traded shots with Santos in the early rounds, not seeming to mind whether he was hit or not as he looked to take him out with body shots. Santos, however, proved to be a tough opponent, as he refused to give ground despite this only being his first fight in 27 months time. The 28-year old Santo landed some excellent body shots in the first several rounds and gave almost as good as he got. Read the rest of this entry »
With the recent comeback bouts for former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman (43-6-2, 34 KOs) and one-time heavyweight challenger David Tua (49-3, 42 KOs), the question on the minds of most fans is whether either of them have a chance at winning a title given their relatively old age (both being 34-years old), their tendency for being overweight, and for choking in important bouts.
While both have been successful in winning their bouts since they’ve started their comebacks, neither of them have came close to fighting quality opposition, largely fighting sub par fighters that are made to order to look good against. Tua recently stopped a fighter named Cerrone Fox (8-6, 8 KOs) last Friday night, a fighter that that had no business being matched up with someone of Tua’s class. Read the rest of this entry »
Women Boxing Association female flyweight boxing champion Susi Kentikian (18-0, 14 KOs) destroyed Shanee Martin (8-4, 4 KOs) in the 3rd round on Friday night at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was 19-year old Kentian’s 3rd successful title defense of her flyweight belt. The fight was terribly one-sided from the start, with Kentikian pounding Martin with head shots from the opening moments. In the 3rd round, Kentiakian landed an arcing right hand that exploded on impact with Martin’s face, sending her crashing to the canvas in a ball. She got up and appeared to be able to continue but due to the violent nature of the knockdown, the referee didn’t let her continue. The fight was officially stopped at 1:14 of the 3rd round.
Kentikian, originally from Yerevan, Armenia, and now living in Hamburg, Germany, was very busy in the first round as he attacked Martin like a little pit bull. Over and over, Kentikian would move inside and rip combinations and uppercuts to Martin’s head. By the end of the first round, Martin looked bad, her face red and her nose swelling up. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Lightweight and welterweight champion Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) is reportedly looking forward to his November 10th bout with WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Mosley, who turns 36 on Friday, September 7th, knows what it’s like to hold a welterweight, having previously held the WBC title among his other titles won at both lightweight and junior middleweight. Mosely is un-fazed by the fact that he’s the underdog going into the bout, even though he’s got the more extensive boxing resume against much better opposition that Cotto, 26, has faced thus far in his career.
Mosley, a fighter made famous for twice beating the great oscar de la Hoya and a one-time pound-for-pound top fighter in boxing, is known for his speed and strength. He fights exceptionally well in exchanges with opponents, and often comes out on top in most of them. Mosley knows when to move to the outside, especially when facing tough opposition like Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright, both of whom beat Mosley twice. Read the rest of this entry »
Hasim Rahman and David Tua both weighed in for their bouts on Friday night at the Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, in Michigan. Rahman (42-6-2, 33 KOs) weighed in at 250 lbs for his bout with journeyman Dicky Ryan (55-9, 44 KOs), who weighed in at 238. Rahman, 34, is still trying to rebuild his career after having lost his WBC heavyweight title to Oleg Maskaev last year on August 12, 2006. Since then, Rahman has had only one fight, a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Taurus Sykes on June 14, 2007. Rahman came into that bout at a bloated 261 lbs and performed badly en route to winning the fight by decision.
Tua (48-3-1, 41 KOs) weighed in at an excellent 234 lbs for his bout with Cerrone Fox (8-5, 3 KOs). Tua, 34, is coming off a 2nd round knockout victory over Saul Montana last month on August 18th. At 234, this is the lowest weight for Tua since losing a 12-round decision to Chris Byrd six years ago, on August 18, 2001. Tua looked outstanding last month in defeating Montano, and one hopes that Tua has finally gotten serious about his career after dealing with a two year absence from the ring due to problems with managerial issues. Upon returning to boxing in 2005, Tua spent the next two years – and six fights – fighting exclusively 2nd tier competition and frustrating many of his fans in the process.