A fighter like Joe Frazier (32-4-1, 27 KOs) comes around on once in a great while. Though he was undersized as a heavyweight, standing 5’11” and weighing around 205 lbs, he always seemed to fight much bigger than his limited weight would indicate. With classic battles against Muhammed Ali, Jimmy Ellis and Jerry Quarry, to name just a few, he showed that he had incredible power that made up for his lack of size. He did, however, have problems with certain heavyweights, losing four of five matches to George Foreman and Muhammed Ali. Read the rest of this entry »
The fight went pretty much as I thought it would, though I figured that super middelweight Edison Miranda (30-2, 26 KO’s) 1) would take longer to catch up to David Banks (15-4-1, 2 KO’s), the former star from “The Contender.” However, Banks made it easy for Miranda, trying to actually fight him instead of running, which is what I had predicted that Banks would do for most of the fight. Though it was interesting watching Miranda trying to catch up to Banks, it was no surprize that when he caught him it would be over in an instant. Read the rest of this entry »
Unbeaten middleweight contender Sergio Mora (20-0-1, 5 KOs) 20 (KO 5) stopped veteran fighter Rito Ruvalcaba (32-9, 28 KOs) in the 6th round of a scheduled 10-round bout last night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. Mora, 27, stunned Ruvalcaba with a big left hook in the 6th round, then followed up with a flurry of shots while Ruvalcaba attempted to cover up on the ropes, prompting referee Ray Corona to suddenly jump in between the two and halt the fight at 1:22 of the 6th round. However, at the time of the stoppage, Ruvalcaba was still fighting back, seeming to have a little more left in the tank. Read the rest of this entry »
For the second consecutive fight, undefeated contender Jean Pascal (21-0, 14 KOs) had to struggle in the process of winning, this time against Omar Pittman (15-4-1, 8 KOs), defeating him by a hard fought 10-round unanimous decision last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Pascal, 25, was impressive in the early rounds, using his blazing handspeed and powerful shots to drop Pittman in the 2nd round. Pascal built on his early lead, and by the 7th round there was no question that he was going to cruise to victory. However, in the 7th round, Pascal got careless and ran into big right hand that briefly hurt him. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest from the rumor mill, Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) is considering fighting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (34-0-1, 27 KOs), the younger son of the great fighter Julio Cesar Chavez. The rumor, if it’s true, is coming from Boxing confidential writer Michael Marley, who says that the 34 year-old De La Hoya is unhappy with the huge money demand made by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who reportedly wants $20 million to fight De La Hoya in a rematch. Instead of giving into his demands, De La Hoya is thinking of possibly taking on the young undefeated 21 year-old Chavez in September.
To an unknowing public, this might be a fight that would sell a great deal of tickets, as many of them would no doubt be enamored by the name of Chavez, though I have doubts whether most of them have even seen the young Chavez Jr. fight. However, to those who know boxing – and have actually seen Chavez fight – they would most likely be shocked at such a bout. De La Hoya, even though he’s a mere shadow of himself at 34, having lost three out of his last five bouts, and probably should have lost the fourth bout as well. Read the rest of this entry »
International Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (26-4, 19 KOs) is reportedly preparing for a bout against former International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (23-1, 17 KOs) on April 12th, possibly to take place at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Lacy, 30, was at one time one of the top super middleweights in the division, that is, until he met up with Joe Calzaghe, who pounded Lacy without mercy, beating him by an easy one-sided 12-round unanimous decision on March 4th, 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
Instead of facing International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron next month, Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs), The WBO welterweight champ, will have to settle for Carlos Quintana (24-1, 19 KOs), whom he will be battling next month on February 9th at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. if this bout had occurred in, say, late 2006, before Quintana was destroyed by Miguel Cotto in five rounds, it would be an intriguing bout. However, Quintana, now 31, has done next to nothing since upsetting welterweight prospect Joel Julio in June 2006, a fight which put Quintana’s name on the boxing map. Read the rest of this entry »
In the latest boxing news, former junior welterweight Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs) will reportedly be making his ring return on May 24th, according to the British Daily Express online news site. Apparently, Hatton, 29, is choosing between three opponents – Demetrius Hopkins, Ricardo Torres and Kendal Holt – with the bout to take place in Manchester, where Hatton could potentially be fighting in front of 100,000 fans inside of a stadium. Naturally, Hatton’s most dangerous opponent, Junior Witter, the World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion, isn’t among the opponents on Hatton’s short list of potential bouts. That’s not particularly surprising, as many people feel that Witter is a better fighter, that Hatton has been ducking already for years. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems as if it only took two rounds and three knockouts to erase what World Boxing Council interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs) had built up in 29 previous bouts as he was blasted around the ring by the journeyman Jameel McCline, causing Peter, 27, to have to struggle to pull out the 12-round decision. It wasn’t a pretty picture, as the sight of Peter being dropped time after time by the light-punching McCline opened up a lot of boxing fans’ eyes about Peter, making them question their previous assumptions about him being a nearly invincible knockout puncher.
Some one would later say that Peter’s chin had been damaged in an earlier bout, a fight with the hard-punching Wladimir Klitschko in September 2005. In that fight, Peter showed little respect for Wladimir’s power, walking in directly at him in a straight line, round after round. Wladimir, mainly fighting defensely off his back foot for most of the bout, finally let loose with a big left hook in the 12th round that badly staggered Peter. On two other occasions in the round, Wladimir stunned Peter with two big right hands, and had him well on the verge of a knockout. However, instead of going after him and finishing him off, Wladimir backed off and let the round end, playing if safe because he had the fight in the bag. Read the rest of this entry »
Light-hitting undefeated middleweight contender Sergio Mora (19-0-1, 4 KOs) goes up against the soft-chinned and very ring rusty Rito Ruvalcaba (32-8, 28 KOs) on Friday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. Mora, 27, will be making his first appearance since fighting to a disappointing 10-round draw with Elvin Ayala on October 16th, though Mora should consider himself very fortunate to escape without a defeat, as he looked to have lost the fight according to my scorecards of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »