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title Tony Thompson – Wladimir Klitschko: Does Tony Want It More Than Wladimir?

thompson4333.jpgBy Eric Thomas: With seven children to feed in his household and not a whole lot of money to pay for food, Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KIs) has a lot more motivation going into this Saturday fight than IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs), who already is extraordinarily wealthy in comparison, having made millions in the fight game and with extensive endorsements. Indeed, perhaps no real understand of where Thompson, 36, is coming from in this regard because Wladimir has never hurt for money, coming from a family that was more middle class than poor.

I think the difference in wealth will be the deciding factor in this fight, because Thompson has never made any real big money as of yet in his eight-year boxing career, despite having an impressive record of 31-1 along the way. The problem with his record, however, is that it’s come against mostly C-class fighters and not against the upper tier fighters that really count. In fact, Thompson only has four semi-recognizable names on his record – Dominick Guinn, Timor Ibragimov, Luan Krasniqi and Cliff Couser – and none of them are top 15 fighters at this time. Read the rest of this entry »



title Klitschko vs Thompson Open Workout

A crowd of 3,000 spectators came to Karstadt Sports in Hamburg, Germany yesterday to watch world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) and challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) in an open workout in Germany in a preview and final prep of Saturday night’s IBF/WBO heavyweight championship.

Thompson entered the ring first and began a 15 minute workout. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, as Thompson’s workout proceeded, Klitschko took a seat ringside to watch the challenger in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »



title Chris Henry Stops Rubin Williams

By Sean McDaniel: #4 ranked WBC light heavyweight contender Chris Henry (22-1, 18 KOs) took out former super middleweight contender Rubin Williams (29-5-1, 16 KOs) in the 6th round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Wednesday night at the Grand Plaza Hotel, in Houston, Texas. Henry, 27, coming off of a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Adrian Diaconu for the interim WBC light heavyweight title in April, had too much fire power for the taller, slower Williams. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Wladimir Klitschko Win Any Respect If He Brutally Stops Tony Thompson?

wladimir24242.jpgBy Jason Kim: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (5-3, 44 KOs) has a lot of ground to make up with boxing fans this Saturday night when he defends his title against American Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) in Hamburg, Germany. At this point, I’m not so certain that Klitschko, 32, will be able to win back many of the fans he lost in his last fight, a dull 12-round unanimous decision over Sultan Ibragimov on February 23rd) even if he stops Thompson very quickly in the bout. So much damage was done in Klitschko’s last fight, in which he looked almost petrified to throw a right hand against the light-hitting Ibragimov, and ended up winning on a decision by using exclusively his jab.

If there’s one thing fans can’t stomach is seeing fear in their favorite fighters, and in Wladimir’s case, he seemed to show nothing but fear for twelve continuous rounds without letup. What made it much worse than it would have been otherwise, however, was the fact that Ibragimov is a fighter with almost absolutely zero power to speak of and had little chance of hurting Wladimir, much less knocking him out. Read the rest of this entry »



title Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr. To Happen At MSG on September 20th

jones33221.jpgBy William MacKay: In recent boxing news, it seems as if undefeated light heavyweight Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) has finally found a home for his final bout of his career against 5-time champion Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs), with the bout likely taking place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on 20 September. The two had previously been considering making the fight in Las Vegas, but it appears now that it will be taking place in New York. Calzaghe, 36, has said that this will be his last fight of his career, as he doesn’t wish to continue on after this and face other more exciting fights like ones against Kelly Pavlik.

Most fans aren’t too particularly pleased with Calzaghe’s choice of fighting the 39 year-old Jones, who many feel is a faded and washed up fighter, having left his best behind him five years ago when he defeated John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title. It’s been pretty much a downward spiral since then, however, as Jones has frequently lost, getting beaten by Glen Johnson, and twice more by Antonio Tarver. Perhaps not wanting to experience that feeling again, Jones has lowered the level of his opposition considerably in recent years, defeating fringe light heavyweight Anthony Hanshaw in a controversial 12-round unanimous decision in July 2007, and before that beating a non-top 15 ranked Prince Badi Ajamu. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ustinov-Castillo, Baysangurov-Gontsa & Banks-Rossitto On This Saturday’s Klitschko Undercard

ustinov4635331.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: This Saturday’s undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tony Thompson has a number of exciting bouts, starting with mammoth 6’7″ 300 lb undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexander Ustinov (10-0, 8 KOs) who goes up against Livin Castillo (14-5. 9 KOs), a fight that will likely see a lot of leather flying early on. Ustinov, originally from Belarus and now promoted by K2 East, is a relative newcomer to boxing after previously dabbling in Kick boxing and MMA, fighting well in both sports.

Due to his success in Kick boxing, which he seemed to excel in the boxing portions of the fights, Ustinov moved over to boxing in 2005, turning professional and quickly knocking out his first eight opponents. His fighting style is much like Vitali Klitschko, whom he has reportedly sparred with in the past on a number of occasions. Due to his size, 6’7″ and long reach, Ustinov has a tremendous advantage over most of his opponents, and is able to jab and bang them with left hooks without getting hit. His weight, age (31), and lack of mobility are areas of concern, however. He moves well for a fighter as large as he is, about as good as Vitali, but he needs to trim off more weight to make him more effective against the more mobile, more athletic heavyweights in the division like Alexander Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »



title Vitali Klitschko vs Samuel Peter On October 4th?

vitali5754551.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: According to German news Bild Zeitung, former WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) will be fighting WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) on October 4th, at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. The two were already set to fight, but had no official date set for the bout. Nothing is still confirmed yet with this, but hopefully this date and location can be ironed out soon. Klitschko, now 37, hasn’t fought in almost four years, since defeating Danny Williams in December 2004, a fight in which Klitschko knocked Williams down four times en route to stopping him in the 8th round. Shortly after that, Vitali retired after injuring himself repeatedly while training for his title defense against American heavyweight Hasim Rahman.

It’s unclear how Peter, 27, would be affected having to fight in front of a large German and pro-Klitschko crowd, who will be no doubt be cheering every punch that Vitali throws in the fight. For a fighter that fights much on adrenalin and emotion (unlike his more non-emotional brother Wladimir), this will perhaps be a big plus for Vitali. Indeed, this may be just what he needs to get beyond the four years of inactivity and push him through what will likely be a very difficult fight for him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Alexander Povetkin Reminds Wladimir Klitschko That He Still Owes Him a Fight

povetkin435453.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Yesterday in Hamburg, Germany, at IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s press conference for this Saturday’s bout with Tony Thompson, a large double-decker bus rolled up to the meeting, filled with Russian models, and a large sign outside of the bus saying “Klitschko – I want you,” along with a recorded message from Klitschko’s IBF # 1 contender Alexander Povetkin, telling Klitschko not to lose on Saturday to Thompson, because Klitschko still owes him a fight. The idea of the bus and the models was done on behalf of Povetkin, who has been waiting for a title shot against Klitschko since defeating American heavyweight Eddie Chambers in a 12-round unanimous decision on January 26th, in the IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout in Berlin, Germany.

In the tournament, which Povetkin won, he defeated former IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, as well, stopping him in the 11th round in October 2007. However, instead of Wladimir immediately giving Povetkin the fight that he had rightfully earned by virtue of having won the IBF tournament eliminator, Wladimir instead opted to take on Tony Thompson, the WBO mandatory challenger, and the fighter that many boxing fans and experts feel is the lesser fighter than Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Haye To Take On Oleg Maskaev? Haye Still Wants Fight With Wladimir Klitschko

haye4643455651.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, former cruiserweight champion David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) is rumored to be fighting former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KOs) on October 18th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, in London. If this turns out to be true, it would be a tremendously bold move by Haye, considering that Maskaev, 39, a powerful puncher, is still quite good despite his advanced age and only recently did he lose his WBC heavyweight title in a 6th round stoppage to Nigerian Samuel Peter in March. Haye, 27, had been previously saying that he wanted to get a big-named opponent for his first bout as a heavyweight, and that he wasn’t going to mess around and fight one of the “fat slobs” in the division. As always, if this news turns out to be true, Haye would be doing exactly as he’s done in the past, making bold statements, then backing it up by going out and doing precisely what he said he was going to do.

In choosing Maskaev, Haye would be looking at a fighter with a tremendous amount of experience, fighting (and sometimes losing) a large amount of popular fighters like Oliver McCall, Hasim Rahman, David Tua, Peter, Sinan Samil Sam, Kirk Johnson, Lance Whitaker and Corey Sanders. He’s beaten most of them, and lost in spectacular fashion to some, like Johnson, Tua, Sanders, and McCall. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ricky Hatton Won’t Be Quitting After All

hatton4644542.jpgBy Nate Anderson: According to Setanta Sports, Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has come out saying that he won’t be hanging up his gloves just yet, although he is on the downward stretch of his career. Previous to this announcement, Hatton, 29, had been quoted as saying that he would only be fighting twice more – against Paulie Malignaggi and Manny Pacquiao – and then retiring from boxing altogether.

This announcement, naturally, was met with a lot of confusion and anger from the boxing fans, who felt that Hatton was selling himself short by getting out of the sport at such an early date in his career considering that he’s still fighting quite well, and has many other options available to him than just the Pacquiao and Malignaggi. Indeed, in the case of the Malignaggi bout, Hatton would be doing him a great disservice if this was one of his last two fights, because he could do much better than this. Read the rest of this entry »



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