Recently, the IBF came up with the brilliant idea of having a box-off competition to find out who will be the mandatory challenger to IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. This in itself is fine with me, but when they revealed who they had picked for the box off competition – Chris Byrd, Eddie Chambers, Calvin Brock, and Alexander Povetkin – I was less than pleased with the names that had been chosen. the competition goes like this, Chris Byrd faces Alexander Povetkin on October 27th, while Calvin Brock fights Eddie Chambers on November 2nd.
The main problem, however, is that two of the names – Brock and Byrd – have been recently beaten by Wladimir in the past year, which makes the box-off potentially a problem if one of them two were to win. Luckily, neither of them are likely to come out the victor in the long run given the fact that the Russian fighter Povetkin is expected to win the box-off. However, that opens up a problem as well, considering that he has only 13 fights under his belt, and is not ready to face a fighter as skilled, and as large as Klitschko at this point in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
Oscar de la Hoya (38-3, 30 KOs) wants to get back in the ring in early 2008 against a fighter that “doesn’t run,” he says, possibly taking a swipe at Floyd Mayweather Jr., who recently defeated De la Hoya by 12-round split decision in May 2007, in a fight that Mayweather employed his usual hit and run fighting style, causing De la Hoya to become very frustrated late in the fight as he attempted to engage him. De la Hoya, 34, plans on moving back down to the welterweight division, fighting there for the first time in seven years since beating Arturo Gatti in 2001.
It’s unclear why De la Hoya has opted to move back down to the welterweight division, but one can only guess that it’s because he has his eye on someone in particular, likely Kermit Cintron or Ricky Hatton. Though Hatton fights as a super lightweight, he has formerly fought as a welterweight, albeit not very effectively, for a short period of time and would have no qualms about gaining a little weight to fight De la Hoya at that weight, especially if it meant that he was going to get a huge mult-million dollar pay day in the process. His reputation, however, will be a little tarnished by them, considering that Hatton will have already fought – and lost badly – to Mayweather by then, but that matters little to most of the public, who don’t care how many times some of their heros lose. Read the rest of this entry »
In the lead up to WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe’s (43-0, 32 KOs) mega bout with super middleweight champion (WBA & WBC) Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs), Calzaghe had been prematurely discussing plans for fighting either the winner of the Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor or leaving the super middleweight division altogether and fighting Bernard Hopkins at light heavyweight. However, one thing that seems odd about the whole thing is his presumption that he’s in fact going to beat Kessler.
At this point, there’s quite a few people that are picking Calzaghe to lose the bout, mostly because of his advanced age (35) combined with the fact that Kessler, 28, has appeared very strong in his last few bouts with impressive wins over Anthony Mundine, Eric Lucas, Markus Beyer and Librado Andrade. Kessler has knocked out two of them – Lucas and Beyer – while badly outpointing Mundine and Andrade. Read the rest of this entry »
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (17-3-2, 8 KO’s) will be fighting journeyman Ben Tackie (29-7-1, 17 KOs) on October 16, 2007, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Gomez, 26, a one-time star on “The Contender” reality television series on NBC aired in the United States. In his most recent bout on July 14th, Gomez stopped Arturo Gatti in the 7th round, causing him to retire afterwards due to the one-sided nature of the fight. Following the fight, there were numerous rumors involving Gomez potentially fighting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, the fight never materialized. Good thing for Chavez, though, because Gomez figured to be a little bit more than he could deal with at this early stage pf his career, something that was echoed in many of the internet boxing forums that the rumor was kicked around in.
Tackie, 34, is on the downward slide of his career, having lost five of his last eleven bouts, including one draw. At one time in his career, in the early 2000s, he was considered one of the hottest prospects in the lightweight division with wins over Freddie Pendelton, Ray Oliveira, Golden Johnson and Roberto Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »
WBO Super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (32-1, 29 KOs has recently signed to defend his World Boxing Organization title against Reynaldo Lopez (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in September 28th, 2007, in Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, iCabazon, California. De Leon, 27, recently flattened challenger Rey Bautista in the 1st round in August 2007, at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. De Leon, a fighter noted for devastating power and tendency to stop his opponents quickly, immediately rushed across the ring and blasted Bautista at will, at first knocking them to the canvas, and then coming back and finishing him off for good.
Due to the fact that Bautista never landed as much as a blow, De Leon decided to get back in the ring as soon as possible to prevent ring rust from setting in. Read the rest of this entry »
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) is set for his comeback fight against unbeaten Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-0, 19 KOs) on September 29th at the EWE-Arena, in Oldenburg, Germany. Valuev, 34, lost his WBA heavyweight title against challenger Ruslan Chagaev by majority decision in April 2007, a fight in which many people felt that Valuev had done more than enough to get the victory.
In fact, it was one of the worse decisions I’d witnessed in recent memory, particulary in point of fact that the most of the smaller six-foot Chagaev’s punches landed either on Valuev’s gloves or hit him in the chest, missing his head by as much as a foot due to Chagaev’s limited reach. In training for his fight with Bergeron, Valuev has decided to cast his long time coach Manuel Gabrielian overboard for new coach Alexander Zimin. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest boxing news, IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs) will defend his title against challenger Joshua Clottey (28-2, 19 KOs) in December 1, 2007, to take place possibly in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Clottey, 30, ranked # 8 in the IBF, is coming off an easy 10-round unanimous decision over Felix Flores in August 2007.
Clottey previously lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Antonio Margarito in December 2006, a bout in which Clottey easily led in the early rounds before suffering injuries to bout hands, allowing Margarito to take over the fight and pull away to decision. However, Cintron, for his part, was totally blown out by Margarito, who annihilated him in a 5th round KO in April 2005. Based on the head to head matchups, Clottey figures to be a very tough bout for Cintron, who is considered one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter (35-1, 20 KOs) defends his title on Saturday, September 7th, against challenger Vivian Harris (28-2-1, 18 KOs) at the Doncaster Dome, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. Witter, 33, looks to be in for a real dog fight, considering the mostly soft opposition that he has fought this far in his 10-year career, consisting mostly of European fighters not in the class of Harris, 29. One of the few good opponents that Witter faces in his career, Zab Judah, knocked him out in the 12th round in June 2000, after building a commanding lead up to that point in the fight.
Following that loss, Witter fought exclusively European opponents for the next six years of his career until defeating American DeMarcus Corley last year, in September 2006, by 12-round decision. The win, however, was tarnished somewhat by the fact that Corley had been beaten three out of his last six fights leading up to his fight with Witter, and was thought by many to be over-the-hill. Whatever the case, Witter defeated him to win the vacant WBC light welterweight championship at the age of 32. How, however, Witter finds himself matched against his best opponent since his one-sided beating at the hands of Zab Judah six years ago in having to face the tough Harris. Read the rest of this entry »
WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) will be making his 2nd title defense on October 6th when he meets up with Nigerian knockout slugger Samuel Peter at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Maskaev, 38, is on a 12 consecutive win streak, dating back to February 2003. Previous to that, Maskaev had been plagued by chin problems, causing him to lose a string of vicious knockout losses to hard-punching – and severely limited – Kirk Johnson, Lance Whitaker and Corey Sanders between 2000-2001.
After the loss to Sanders, who incidentally Maskaev was dominating at the time of his stoppage loss in the 8thy round in March 2002, he as considered damaged goods by many boxing experts, that he could no longer take a hard punch. However, instead of giving up, Maskaev took a year off from boxing and let his head recover from the knockouts, something perhaps he should have done after the first of the knockout losses to Kirk Johnson, a fight that Maskaev suffered a brutal 4th round knockout loss. Read the rest of this entry »
In the past few days, I’ve read countless reports from posters in various boxing site forums about the outcome of the WBO light welterweight championship bout between title holder Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) and #1 challenger Kendal Holt (22-2, 12 KOs), most of which is centered on the fact that the figh was stopped too soon in the 11th round, suggesting that Holt should have been permitted to continue fighting longer by referee Genero Rodriguez.
However, having seen the entire fight – and not just clips – I’m fully convinced that the referee did the right thing by stopping the fight the fight in the 11h round. If anything, I think he should have stopped the fight earlier, after Holt got up after having been knocked down by a howitzer of a left hook by Torres at 0:58 of the 11th round. At that time, after Holt got to his feet, he was staggering and unable to stand straight without listing from side to side. To make things worse, as the referee was asking him if he was okay, Holt staggered bag, leaning against the ropes for support. Read the rest of this entry »