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title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P1

lomachenko42.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: For the first time in ages, this year’s Olympics failed to unveil a large amount of potential future professional champions. In fact, it seems that in some of the cases due to crazy hand-held electronic scoring devices of the judges, the top fighter didn’t always make it into the finals of the Olympic tourney.

There were, however, a few fighters from Ukraine and Russia that really impressed, such as two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Russian lightweight Alexey Tishchenko, Ukrainian featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko and Russian heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev. Lomachenko appeared to be easily the best fighter in the entire Olympics, as he breezed through his competition with ease and scored a 1st round stoppage in his gold medal match against Khedafi Djelkhir. Italian super heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle also looked good, scoring a 4th round stoppage over Zhilei Zhang from China, although Cammarelle, 28, probably doesn’t have the size or the age to make it as a professional. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kickett Defeats Rodriguez, Looks Unimpressive

kickett4251.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated Australian super featherweight prospect William Kickett (12-0, 5 KOs) defeated Argentinean Vicente Martin Rodriguez (21-2, 10 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Leagues Club, Wyong, in New South Wales, Australia. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. However, the lopsided scores were slightly off as Rodriguez appeared to win at least four of the rounds. For Kickett, 21, a highly hyped Australian fighter and perhaps the best prospect in all of Australia, this fight was more of a setback than any kind of real victory for him.

Rodriguez, a decent fighter at best, hung tough with Kickett for most of the fight, and seemed to take the fight to him in the middle rounds as Kickett looked slightly timid, spending the majority of the time running from his weak-punching opponent. Not much of a puncher himself, Kickett was forced to move and box in order to keep the aggressive Rodriguez from out-slugging him at close quarters. In the end, it paid off for Kickett, but it was hardly the kind of performance you would expect from a fighter as hyped as him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Has Pavlik Earned The Right to Demand a Bout Against Calzaghe?

pav57273.jpgBy Jonathan Watkins: To become a renowned champion, you must fight your way to the top and then maintain the skills and consistency to stay there. Once accomplished you then have the luxury of sitting at the top of your division and being sought after by up and coming boxers. These fighters, aspiring to become better than the best fighter, have something to prove, unlike the title-holder who has already proven his worth.

A current champion who has come under scrutiny about his choice in fights is one Joseph Calzaghe, the Welshman who boasts a record of 45-0-0. Along with this impressive record, he has held the WBO Super-middleweight title for an astonishing ten years. On the way to earning these credentials he has beaten such fighters as Chris Eubank, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, and Bernard Hopkins. Joe Calzaghe’s record speaks for itself. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News: Beltran Jr. Defeats Ndlovu; Yorgey Decisions LeHoullier

beltran63575.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Featherweight Fernando Beltran Jr. (31-3-1, 18 KOs) defeated Takalani Ndlovu (28-5, 18 KOs) by a 12-round split decision on Friday night to win the vacant IBO featherweight title at the Sommet Center, in Nashville, Tennessee. The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 113-114. Beltran, who was coming off a 12-round lopsided decision loss to Steve Molitor in April, fought much better against the South African Ndlovu.

Other than a rough patch in rounds six through eight, Beltran Jr. dominated the fight against the less active Ndlovu, taking the fight to him and out-working him for the most part. Both fighters share the distinction of having been recently defeated by IBF super bantamweight champion Molitor, but in Ndlovu’s case, he was stopped in the 9th round of a one-sided fight versus Beltran Jr’s 12-round shellacking. Read the rest of this entry »



title Garcia-Munoz Fight To Technical Draw; Jimenez Defeats Reyes — Boxing News

garcia4563426735.jpgBy Manuel Perez: The fight between welterweight Irving Garcia (16-3-3, 8 KOs) and Hector Munoz (18-1-1, 11 KOs) was stopped in the 2nd round after Munoz sustained a nasty cut over his left eye, which appeared to come from a right uppercut from Garcia. The fight was stopped at 1:40 of the 2nd round by Roberto Ramirez, who ruled that the cut came from a clash of heads. Garcia controlled the 1st round of the bout, landing some good left hands.

However, at the start of the 2nd round, the two fighters came in close, with Garcia’s back to the ropes, when suddenly Garcia landed a big right uppercut to the left eye of Munoz, causing him to back up and start holding the eye. The referee appeared to be shielded from the action and didn’t see that the cut was caused by a punch and assumed that it was caused by a clash of heads. After the cut was looked at, it was determined that it was too deep for the fight to be continued. Read the rest of this entry »



title Samuel Peter vs. Vitali Klitschko: Youth vs. Old Age

peter575357243.jpgBy David Lahr: You got to hand it to Vitali Klitschko, he has a lot of courage to make a boxing comeback after four years out of the ring, especially in choosing perhaps the best fighter in the heavyweight division in WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) on October 11th in Berlin. But, of course, the greatest challenge of all will be for Vitali to get to the bout in one piece without falling apart from one injury or another before then. It’s been four years since Vitali last fight, at which time he defeated British heavyweight Danny Williams by an 8th round TKO in December 2004.

Though it was only four years ago, that’s practically a lifetime for a sport like boxing, which is a young man’s sport and it has a way of exposing older fighters like Vitali as old men in an instant. Whatever Klitschko may have been in the past, it’s highly unlikely that he will be even close to the same level he was four years ago when he last held the WBC heavyweight title. At that time, he may have been the best heavyweight in boxing, but that’s probably not the case any longer. There’s little doubt that Vitali has the boxing skills, size and power to defeat the Nigerian Peter, but the problem is that Vitali has often had trouble in the later rounds of his fight, and one could expect that he probably hasn’t improved in that area with the significant time that he’s been away from boxing. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing: Calzaghe Going Out With A Whimper

calzaghe35353231.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Instead of taking on Kelly Pavlik in his final fight of his career, Joe Calzaghe has opted for the Oscar De La Hoya finish to his career, facing a fighter that’s well beneath him in ability at this stage in his career Roy Jones Jr. on November 8th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Jones may have been a great fighter one point in his career – and perhaps easily a much better fighter than Calzaghe can every hope to be – but at 39, Jones would be lucky to beat a bottom level top 15 fighter. To listen to Calzaghe tell you, people would think he’s about the face the toughest opponent of his career in the ancient Jones.

That may have been the truth if Jones was 10 years younger rather than a faded 39 year old, one who has been defeated three times out of his last six fights, while getting knocked out viciously twice to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson. An argument could be made that the only reason that Jones has won any of his fights as of recently is because he’s no longer taking on top level opposition, thus disguising how faded he really is. Though Jones is only three years older than Calzaghe, he might as well be ten years older, because he has been in much tougher fights and against much superior opposition than the mostly soft opponents that Calzaghe has feasted on during his long 15 year career. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya Increases Offer to 67-33 split For Pacquiao

delahoya33345324.jpgBy Eric Thomas: It looks as if the negotiations are continuing with Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao for De La Hoya’s farewell fight on December 6th. According to boxing writer Dennis Principe from Fightnews, De La Hoya has upped the offer to lightweight Pacquiao, increasing it from 70-30 to a 67-33 purse split with Pacquiao, of course, to get the much smaller 33% PPV split. Now it remains to be seen whether Pacquiao will go for the offer or still insist on the 60-40 purse split that he originally asked for at the start of negotiations. Pacquiao may instead like the idea reportedly offered by his trainer Freddie Roach, who came up with the idea of De La Hoya getting a 60% purse split and Pacquiao getting 30%, and then the winner getting the remaining 10% purse split.

Nothing has been said of that idea, and I can only imagine that De La Hoya, who is no longer fighting at the top of his game, might not like that idea very much. It would, however, be a sporting way to solve the issue and would seem to make the most sense of all. If Pacquiao is stuck on getting 40%, why not let him fight to get to that level? For either fighter, it would take some courage to accept such a deal, because they’d be potentially giving up a lot if they were to lose. Both, of course, can afford it I’m sure. Read the rest of this entry »



title Daniel Jacobs – Is He Already The Best Super Middleweight

jacobs6678900.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Though his name is never brought up when the top super middleweight fighters are mentioned, young 21 year-old Daniel Jacobs (8-0, 8 KOs) may already be the best of the bunch, perhaps even better than Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler – the two fighters thought by many boxing fans to be the top two super middleweights in the division by far. However, neither Kessler or Calzaghe have the crushing power that Jacobs has, nor the smooth moves on the inside. Indeed, Jacobs, a former PAL national championship and a National Golden Gloves welterweight championship winner, looks to be the successor of those two fighters.

At 21, however, Jacobs is progressing at a rapid rate and looks to ready to take over the division even at this early point in his boxing career. Having fought as a professional for only a year, he obviously has a little more time before he’s going to be pushed up against the likes of fighters like Kessler. However, he looks like he’ll be ready when the time comes, and like I said, he’d probably have enough power and skill to give Kessler huge problems even now. Jacobs’ power is enormous, so that even when he’s not landing perfectly, he’s capable of scoring a knockout. Read the rest of this entry »



title George Foreman: The Heavyweight Division Needs Another Like Him

foreman452457.jpgBy Jason Kim: I’ve always been a big fan of boxing and especially the heavyweight division. There’s nothing better than to sit down on occasion and watch a good heavyweight bout on HBO or Showtime on the rare occasions that they have a decent fight scheduled. However, it seems that less and less often there’s a fight worth watching. That’s not the network’s fault but rather than lack of good quality fighters. When I look at the cast of characters that inhabit the heavyweight division nowadays, I’m less than pleased. With fighters like Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter and Ruslan Chagaev holding titles, all decent fighters, it’s hard to get excited about the division.

They’re all good fighters in their own way, but none of them are close to being in the class of a George Foreman (76-5, 68 KOs) in terms of power, knockout ability or star power. Perhaps the closest thing to it, I guess, would be Wladimir Klitschko, but he doesn’t fight hard most of the time, throw his punches with the same intensity or have the same take no prisoners approach to fighting that a young Foreman showed. Peter, the WBC heavyweight belt holder, is a lot more aggressive, tending to throw ever punch with knockout intentions. Read the rest of this entry »



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