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title Martinez Outclasses Bunema – Latest Boxing News

martinez452135623.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Light middleweight power puncher Alex Bunema (30-6-2, 16 KOs) finally round out of luck on Saturday night, when he was way out of his league in terms of boxing skills and ended up being stopped at the end of the 8th round by Spaniard Sergio Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. Martinez, 33, in winning the fight, captured the interim WBC light middleweight title which was on the line on Saturday night. Bunema, also 33, and perhaps the hardest overall puncher in the light middleweight division, didn’t have the speed or the work rate to catch up to the elusive Martinez, and hence was unable to land anything of note in the fight.

Bunema was knocked down in the 3rd round by a left hook from Martinez, although he wasn’t hurt in that case. However, in the 7th round, Bunema was hurt, after getting hit with a flurry of hard punches from Martinez at midpoint of the round. On the verge of being knocked out, Bunema instinctively grabbed a hold of Martinez to prevent him from hitting him anymore. However, as soon as the two fighters were separated, Martinez continued hitting Bunema with a massive amount of punches until the end of the round. Even before hurting him in the round, though, Martinez had been tagging him repeatedly with hard jabs and left hands without one shot from Bunema coming back. Read the rest of this entry »



title Angulo Destroys Tsurkan

angulo4535634.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated light middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) gave Ukrainian contender Andrey Tsurkan (26-4, 17 KOs) a sound beating on Saturday night, battering him in every round until the fight was mercifully stopped at the 2:27 mark in the 10th round by referee Tony Krebs in the 10th round at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. What originally started off as a fairly competitive fight in the first couple of rounds turned into an ugly one-sided fight by the 3rd as Tsurkan didn’t have the power or the style suited to fight a rugged, high volume, hard punching light middleweight like Angulo.

It was like watching a harder throwing version of welterweight Antonio Margarito going out and destroying another hapless opponent. However, in this case, Angulo throws far less hooks and uppercuts than Margarito, preferring to mix in straighter shots than Margarito, whom he spars with on occasion. Tsurkan, 31, took an enormous amount of punishment in the bout and by the 7th round, he looked badly beaten, his face swollen around both eyes and red from the accumulation of punishment he had sustained. The fight arguably should have been stopped at this point, or perhaps a round earlier in the 6th, for it was painfully obvious that Tsurkan, although having put in a courageous effort against Angulo, just didn’t have the power to take him out. Read the rest of this entry »



title Jean Stops Luque

jean32345.jpgBy Ben Taafe: Undefeated Canadian light welterweight prospect Dierry Jean (15-0, 10 KOs) destroyed journeyman Fabian Luque (21-8-4, 12 KOs) in a 2nd round TKO on Saturday night at the Montreal Casino, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Jean fought in a relaxed pace in the first round, focusing on landing mostly jabs and pinpoint combinations until the latter part of the round when he opened up with some hard body shots. In the second round, Jean hit Luque with a big right hand, and then pulled him forward with both hands and nailed him with a short left-right combination sending him to the canvas with one minute to go in the round.

After he got up, Jean threw a wild left hook that missed by a mile and then while attempting to land another shot, his feet got tangled up with Luque and when he threw two more shots, both of which missed, Luque fell down because of his feet being tangled with Jean. The referee, however, missed it and called it a knockdown when in reality Luque had never been touched at all. Luque sat on the canvas for a few seconds looking at the referee in bewilderment and then got up at the count of eight and continued fighting. Jean then went after him and landed three left hooks to the body, missing three rights along the way, and then planted him with a right to the body followed by a right to the head. This time, after Luque got up the referee Alain Villeneuve stopped the bout at 2:55 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Norton Decisions Steeds, Wins Vacant BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title

norton342356.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Five years after failing an attempt to win the BBBofC British cruiserweight title in a losing effort against Mark Hobson in September 2003, Robert Norton (30-4-1, 19 KOs) finally won the elusive title on Saturday night with a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision over Micky Steeds (12-3, 3 KOs) at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton-on-Trent, in Staffordshire. Norton, a ripe 36, knocked Steeds down once in the fight, dropping him with a cuffing right hand in the 6th round. The knockdown, however, appeared illegitimate as it was more of a push than a punch and Steeds was off balance due to him rushing forward at the time.

Besides that one glaring bad call in the fight, Norton dominated the entire fight, using his two inch and enormous five inch reach advantage to control the shorter Steeds and win an unusually easy decision. The fight was fairly boring, with few real hard punches landed in the entire fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title McIntosh Defeats Spartacus

By Nate Anderson: Undefeated light heavyweight Danny McInstosh (8-0, 3 KOs) stopped 31 year-old Steven Spartacus (19-5, 11 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled 8-round bout to claim the vacant BBBofC English light heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Norwich Showground, in Norwich, Norfolk. McIntosh, 28, knocked Spartacus down with a right hand to the back of the head followed two left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »



title Latest Boxing News: Decarie Stops Munoz

decaire4532456.jpgBy Chris Williams: WBO NABO welterweight champion Antonin Decarie (20-0, 6 KOs) won an impressive 12th round TKO victory over the tough Hector Munoz (18-2-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Montreal Casino, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. Decarie, 25, ranked #6 in the WBO, knocked a stubborn Munoz down twice in the bout, once in the 9th and another time in the 11th, before putting him away with a flurry of shots late in the 12th round. Referee Gerry Bolen moved in and halted the bout at 2:42 of the 12th with Munoz badly hurt and absorbing punishment along the ropes. The fight should have been stopped much earlier, however, perhaps as early as the 8th or 9th rounds, because Munoz, 30, had little chance of winning the fight and was trailing by a large margin.

Without a real big knockout punch working for him, Munoz had little chance of making up the ground by the 9th unless he was somehow able to catch Decarie with a big shot. Given the fact that it was Decarie who was landing all the big shots at this point in the fight, including all the other rounds as well, the fight should have ended much earlier with either the referee or Munoz’s corner stopping the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Truscott Decisions Miskirtchian, Looks Mediocre

trusscot3233.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Commonwealth (British Empire) featherweight champion Paul Truscott (12-0, 1 KOs) defeated Alex Miskirtchian (13-2-1, 3 KOs) by a narrow eight-round decision in a non-title bout on Friday night at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Truscott, 22, won by a 78-75 score but the bout appeared to be closer than that. Truscott, who won the Commonwealth (British Empire) featherweight title in May with a decision over Osumanu Akaba, fought well in the first four rounds, but then began to take a lot of punishment from the harder-punching, more aggressive Miskirtchian and appeared to lose rounds five, six and seven.

In the eighth and final round, however, Truscott dug deep and outworked Miskirtchian, and hit him with some really nice uppercuts on the inside as well as some stinging hooks to the head. Truscott’s better movement was the telling factor in the final round as he chose not to stand directly in front of the shorter Miskirtchian like he had in the previous three rounds of the fight. However, despite getting the win, looked very beatable throughout, taking a lot of shots from a fighter with little power and one that he should have been able to beat handily given his perceived better boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kelly Pavlik, Bernard Hopkins, Who Will Win

pavlik67242.jpgBy Andrew Latimore: We have Kelly Pavlik a young, strong, raw champion, up against an old cagey, highly experienced Bernard Hopkins. Kelly Pavlik, a young, primed, heavy-hitting superstar who has legitimately beaten Jermain Taylor, twice, the guy who beat Hopkins twice. Hopkins doesn’t have the hand speed to catch him like Taylor did (he doesn’t have the punching power of Taylor either). If Pavlik is aggressive, Hopkins is just going to be a stationary target – he doesn’t have the energy to go full rounds anymore, and doesn’t have the power to keep Pavlik off him.

Will it end up with Pavlik walking him down from the beginning, missing shots early, but the pressure will eventually wear Hopkins out – by the middle rounds he won’t be punching back, and it will be round after round of Pavlik’s offense just accumulating punishment. He had to ‘take a break’ from Calzaghe’s pitter-pats. Pavlik’s punishing punches will beat him down. Whether we use the term “basic” or “one-dimensional” the point is that Pavlik offers no surprises: he’s conventional and pretty simplistic in his approach. He’ll simply come after Hopkins and try to walk him down and knock him. Read the rest of this entry »



title De Jesus Too Much For Izquierdo

de-jesus45235.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Alex de Jesus (19-0, 13 KOs), a former 2004 Olympic representative for Puerto Rico, easily defeated Cuban Jose Antonio Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KOs) by an 8th round TKO on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. De Jesus, 25, knocked Izquierdo down three times in the fight, once in the 3rd, 6th and 8th, and after the final knockdown, the fight was stopped at 1:20 of the round by referee Ramon Pena. The fight perhaps should have been stopped in the 6th after Izquierdo got flatted by a big right hand at the end of the round, because he looked for the most part like he didn’t want to be there, as if he were frustrated and just going through the motions.

De Jesus, ranked # 6 in the WBO, looked good for a change, much better than he did in his last fight, a 12th round stoppage over Adrian Navarrete in August. In that fight, de Jesus fought in a listless, safety-first style for most of the fight, and was roundly booed by the Puerto Rican boxing fans in the Arena, who perhaps are more used to their stars engaging more and fighting with much more energy than de Jesus showed. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lemieux Destroys Moody

lemieux452356.jpgBy Ben Taafe: Undefeated Canadian knockout artist David Lemieux (11-0, 11 KOs) continued his perfect streak of knockouts with a 1st round TKO over Lance Moody (4-7-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Montreal Casino, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. Moody, 23, like virtually all of the light middleweight Lemieux’s opponents thus far in his short pro career, was badly overmatched before the fight ever started and had little real chance of competing with the unbeaten Canadian prospect.

However, in contrast to some of Lemieux’s other opponents, he was able to throw at least a few smart looking punches before being quickly dispatched by a big left hook at 2:15 of the round. Lemieux dropped Moody twice in the round, both with enormously powerful left hooks which were thrown with a lot of speed as well. Moody was still slightly stunned from the first knockdown earlier in the round when he walked into a perfect left hook by Lemieux, which sent Moody crashing to the canvas. There was no way he was going to make if off the canvas after this knockdown, and the fight was stopped seconds later as Michael Griffin called a halt to the fight at 2:15 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »



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