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title Look For Calzaghe To Retire In 2009

cal452324By Scott Gilfoid: With appealing, crowd-pleasing fights in front of him against fighters like Chad Dawson, Carl Froch and Bernard Hopkins, you can probably expect for Joe Calzaghe to hang up the gloves in 2009 and retire from boxing rather than continuing on against dangerous fighters. It seems as if the victories over Mikkel Kessler and Hopkins has effectively put Calzaghe in the shut down mode, leaving him with little desire to continue fighting. Calzaghe’s bout against Roy Jones Jr. was more of a money fight than an actual legacy-building fight for Calzaghe, and was hardly an interesting fight or worthwhile one. Read the rest of this entry »



title Does De La Hoya Risk Permanent Injury If He Continues To Fight?

dela6233435By Jim Dower: It was a sad, pitiful sight to see former boxing great Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) getting pummeled by the small Manny Pacquiao on December 6th, and what was even worse than that, was watching De La Hoya pull a “no mas” by quitting on his stool after the 8th round rather than coming out for the 9th and fighting to his last breath. The beating was bad, but the quitting seemed to compound the ordeal, making a bad situation even worse. His face badly beaten, his left eye swollen almost shut, De La Hoya looked as if he had been in a terrible car accident, leaving looking ragged. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir To Fight Arreola In April? – News

wladimir452357By Eric Thomas: According to Fight News, IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) may be fighting American Chris Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs), the number #4 ranked heavyweight in the IBF, in April or possibly May 2008, with the fight likely to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Wladimir, 32, recently defeated challenger Hasim Rahman by an easy 7th round stoppage on December 13th. Rahman stepped in as a replacement opponent for Wladimir’s #1 mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), who Wladimir was supposed to have fought on October 25th. Read the rest of this entry »



title Time Tunnel: John vs. Marquez

marquez6543346By Manuel Perez: In one of the worst decisions in recent memory, WBA super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (44-2-1, 33 KOs) ventured to Indonesia and fought undefeated Chris John (36-0-1, 22 KOs), losing by a 12-round unanimous decision in John’s backyard. The final judges’ scores 116-110, 117-111 and 116-112, appeared to have no relevance to the actual fight that took place on that night. In fact, not only were they off, but off by a mile. Read the rest of this entry »



title Prediction: David Haye vs. Vitali Klitschko

haye342345By Jim Slattengren: With the potential fight with Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) and (22-1, 21 KOs) looming ahead in 2009, as of now possibly to take place in June, in London, I thought I would chime in on this fight. Both Vitali and Haye have knocked out the vast majority of their opponents with only one of their victories not ending in knockout. Both of their knockout percentages are greater than 90%, meaning that this fight likely won’t be going to distance one way or another. However, Haye, 28, has little experience against top level heavyweights, up to now only beating Monte Barrett and Tomasz Bosnin. Read the rest of this entry »



title Inkin vs. Balzsay On January 10th

karolzy5656By Erik Schmidt: Newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) will be making his first defense of his title on January 10th against his number #1 contender Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) in a 12-round bout at the Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Both fighters are unbeaten, transplants to Germany from other countries and former amateur stars. Inkin, 30, recently won the World Boxing Organization in a controversial fashion with a 12-round unanimous decision over Fulgencio Zuniga in September in Hamburg, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »



title Can Judah Recapture His Greatness?

judah67358By Jason Kim: With four losses out of his last eight fights, there’s major questions looming about the career of former light welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah (37-6, 25 KOs). While some people consider Judah, 31, to be totally shot, I see it differently. He’s clearly lost a step, that’s for sure, but mostly he never really had the size to compete for long in the welterweight division, and was perhaps only good enough to have limited success at that weight class. Read the rest of this entry »



title Would Khan Stand A Better Chance Against Prescott In a Rematch?

khan544676By Chris Williams: Since losing to Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) by a 1st round TKO in September, lightweight contender Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KOs) has taken a tremendous amount of heat from boxing fans, a lot of whom have given up on him, seeing him as too fragile-chinned to become a champion in the lightweight division. Khan, 22, though, still has designs on avenging his defeat to Prescott, saying to The Sun “the fight will happen in the future again… and I will beat him technically and with my brains this time.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Berto-Collazo: Andre Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet

berto32324By Dave Lahr: Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (23-0, 19 KOs) will be facing his biggest test of his young, four year professional career against former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (29-3, 14 KOs) on January 17th at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Berto, 25, has fought mostly limited opponents up to this point, and looked both good and bad in beating tough B-class fighters like Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Michael Trabant and Cosme Rivera. Berto, a former 2004 Olympian for the Haiti team, has a combination of excellent hand speed, power and high volume work rate. Read the rest of this entry »



title Erdei vs. Barashian On January 10th

erdei23324By Erik Schmidt: WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) will be making his incredible 11th defense of his title on January 10th against Armenian Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) in a 12-round bout at
Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Erdei, 34, from Hungary and now living in Hamburg, Germany, has held onto the WBO light heavyweight belt for four long years, defending it 10 times since winning the title in January 2004 in a 12-round decision over Julio Gonzalez. Read the rest of this entry »



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