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title Ruiz vs. Valuev This Saturday

ruis4464.jpgBy Chris Williams: Former two-time heavyweight champion John Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs) and former World Boxing Association champion Nikolay Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs) go at for the vacant WBA heavyweight belt this Saturday night in a 12-round title bout at the Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, in Berlin, Germany. The winner, unfortunately, has to fight the champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev who twice previously has had to postpone title bouts against Valuev, once for an illness and another title due to a torn Achilles tendon of Chagaev’s left ankle. Like the often injury-plagued Vitali Klitschko, it will be interesting to see if Chagaev makes into a title bout against the winner of Ruiz-Valuev without getting injured or sick once again.

There’s still bad blood between Ruiz and Valuev due to an earlier controversial bout between them in December 2005, in which Valuev won a 12-round majority decision in front of his home audience in Germany. By many people’s opinions that saw the fight, Ruiz had done enough due to his harder punches to win the fight and get the decision. Read the rest of this entry »



title Samuel Peter: “I Will Knock Vitali Out, and Then I Will Beat His Brother Wladimir Klitschko”

vitali3.jpgBy Jason Kim – Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME – In today’s press conference at the Gallagher’s Steak House, New York, New York, former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) had this to say about current WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, whom he fights on October 11th at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany: “I feel sorry for Peter that I must fight him…It will probably end between rounds four-six. I have a lot of presents ready for Peter for October 11.”

For his part, Peter, 27, has this to say about the 37 year-old Vitali Klitschko: “I am making one promise today. I will knock Vitali out. Trust me. I will knock out Vitali, and then I will beat his brother (IBF/WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko). There is no doubt about that.”

The fight between the two sluggers, both which combined have knocked out an incredible 84% of their opponents. The 6’7″ 250 lb. Vitali is the more purer knockout artist, having stopped 34 of his 37 opponents inside the distance. However, many of those wins have come against much softer opposition than what Peter has faced in his short seven-year boxing career. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya-Pacquiao Likely To Be Signed By Thursday — Boxing News

pac24535.jpgBy Aaron Klein: The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) is expected to strike gold for the final time when he likely announces his decision whether or not he’ll be signing for to fight pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao on December 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this point, it’s either going to be the min-sized Pacquiao, who at 130 poses little problems to the much larger 154 lb. De La Hoya, or former one-time star from The Contender reality boxing television series Sergio Mora.

Obviously, Pacquiao is the easy choice here, since most non-boxing people have no clue who Mora is, and many of the boxing fans that know about him seem to care less about seeing him fight De La Hoya. However, this isn’t about picking the best absolute opponent, because if that was the case, De La Hoya would have picked either Antonio Margarito or Paul Williams, easily two of the best welterweights in the division bar none. In a head to head match up with a fighter as small as Pacquiao, both know doubt would wipe the deck with the diminutive Filipino star, and as old and as faded as 35 year-old De La Hoya is, he’ll likely do the same unless he runs out of gas. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News — Chris Byrd To Continue Fighting As a Light Heavyweight

byrd43454.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: In a move that’s likely destined for failure, former IBF/WBO heavyweight champion of the world Chris Byrd (40-5-1, 21 KOs) is apparently going to continue on with his boxing career despite his recent three losses in his last four fights. According to the The Flint Journal, Byrd, now a ripe 38 years-old, has said that he wants to be the third person in history to go from heavyweight to light heavyweight and win a championship belt. There’s no problem with Byrd having a goal; In fact, it’s admirable, except for the fact that he was recently trounced in his last fight by light heavyweight Shaun George on May 16th, who methodically gave Byrd a systematic beat down in every round before knocking him out in the 9th round.

Although in fairness to Byrd, he did injure his left shoulder and couldn’t continue fighting because of that. However, Byrd injured the shoulder after being badly hurt for the second time in the fight and knocked down. When Byrd fell, he landed on his left shoulder, causing a serious injury. Read the rest of this entry »



title Ivan Calderon vs. Hugo Fidel Cazares This Saturday

calderon3535353.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated World Boxing Organization light flyweight Ivan Calderon (31-0, 6 KOs) fights a rematch with former WBO light flyweight champion Hugo Fidel Cazares (26-4-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two have unfinished business after the 33 year-old Calderon won a controversial 12-round split decision over Cazares last August in Puerto Rico, despite Cazares knocking Calderon down in the 8th round and appearing to win the last six rounds of the fight. The final judges’ scores were a mixed bunch, with one judge ruling it a 116-111 victory for Cazares and the other two giving Calderon the nod by the scores of 115-112 and 115-112, each.

I personally had Cazares, 30 winning by a narrow margin over Calderon. I thought Calderon did a good job in the first six rounds, moving around the ring like a Gazelle, stopping occasionally to land a quick counter-punch, and then continuing with his constant movement. He looked good in those rounds, and made the bigger Cazares miss often with his big shots. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya Looking Towards Paul Williams As Final Opponent — Boxing News

de-la-hoya44454.jpgBy Eric Thomas: With the talks with Manny Pacquiao still going nowhere and stuck in a standoff, Oscar De La Hoya is reportedly looking at taking on WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) for De La Hoya’s final fight of his career on December 6th. However, it’s hard to take this boxing news serious because Williams, 27, is probably the best welterweight in the division, and who already holds a win over Antonio Margarito, the fighter that De La Hoya has shown no interest at all in fighting and who many boxing fans feel that De La Hoya is afraid of.

Williams, a tall, 6’2″ fighter with an high work rate, would be a very dangerous opponent for a fighter as old and as inactive as De La Hoya has been in the past five years. Frankly, I can’t see this fight turning out any different for De La Hoya than a fight with Margarito would, because De La Hoya won’t be able to match-up with the huge size of Williams, and he surely won’t be able to hold him off with his jabs and left hook. Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P3

cammarelle1.jpgMIDDLEWEIGHT – James DeGale vs. Emilio Correa-Bayeaux

British middleweight James DeGale built up an early 6-1 lead in the first round over his Cuban opponent Emilio Correa-Bayeaux and then held onto the lead to eventually win 15-12. However, DeGale got sloppy-looking by the end of the 2nd round, and tried to run out the clock in both the third and fourth rounds, making the fight dull to watch. His skills were far from impressive, as he looked badly fatigued and sloppy, ready for the taking by his Cuban opponent. Of all the Olympic fighters, DeGale probably looked by far the worst of the lot, and nothing like a potential professional champion. He got caught on the ropes over and over again in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and took a lot of punishment. The running, however, in the 3rd and 4th rounds by DeGale made him look really bad and it wasn’t an Olympic style performance by far.

Results: DeGale wins by 15-12.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – Kenny Egan vs. Xiaoping Zhang Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P2

sarsekbayev32.jpgFEATHERWEIGHT Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Khedafi Djelkhir

In perhaps the most impressive performance of all in the gold medal tournament, Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko overwhelmed his French opponent Khedafi Djelkhir with power shots, hurting him often and causing three standing eight counts in the 1st round. After the third standing eight count, the fight was stopped giving Lomachenko the gold medal.

Results: Lomachenko wins by 1st round stoppage

LIGHTWEIGHT Alexey Tishchenko vs. Daouda Sow

Alexey Tishchenko, the former 2004 Olympic Gold medal winner as a featherweight, came back four years older at 24, but still fighting at the top of his game. He build up an early lead on Daouda Sow from France, winning the 1st round by a 3-2 score. In the second, Tishchenko build on the lead hitting Sow with left hands to end the round ahead by a 7-4 score. Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P1

lomachenko42.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: For the first time in ages, this year’s Olympics failed to unveil a large amount of potential future professional champions. In fact, it seems that in some of the cases due to crazy hand-held electronic scoring devices of the judges, the top fighter didn’t always make it into the finals of the Olympic tourney.

There were, however, a few fighters from Ukraine and Russia that really impressed, such as two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Russian lightweight Alexey Tishchenko, Ukrainian featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko and Russian heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev. Lomachenko appeared to be easily the best fighter in the entire Olympics, as he breezed through his competition with ease and scored a 1st round stoppage in his gold medal match against Khedafi Djelkhir. Italian super heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle also looked good, scoring a 4th round stoppage over Zhilei Zhang from China, although Cammarelle, 28, probably doesn’t have the size or the age to make it as a professional. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kickett Defeats Rodriguez, Looks Unimpressive

kickett4251.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated Australian super featherweight prospect William Kickett (12-0, 5 KOs) defeated Argentinean Vicente Martin Rodriguez (21-2, 10 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Leagues Club, Wyong, in New South Wales, Australia. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. However, the lopsided scores were slightly off as Rodriguez appeared to win at least four of the rounds. For Kickett, 21, a highly hyped Australian fighter and perhaps the best prospect in all of Australia, this fight was more of a setback than any kind of real victory for him.

Rodriguez, a decent fighter at best, hung tough with Kickett for most of the fight, and seemed to take the fight to him in the middle rounds as Kickett looked slightly timid, spending the majority of the time running from his weak-punching opponent. Not much of a puncher himself, Kickett was forced to move and box in order to keep the aggressive Rodriguez from out-slugging him at close quarters. In the end, it paid off for Kickett, but it was hardly the kind of performance you would expect from a fighter as hyped as him. Read the rest of this entry »



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