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title Ustinov Defeats Fields

ustinov463533.jpgBy Robert Cavender: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexander Ustinov (9-0, 8 KOs) easily defeated journeyman Sedreck Fields (22-37-2, 18 KOs) by an 8-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Sports Palace, in Kiev, Ukraine. Ustinov, 31, a 6’7” 300 lb heavyweight from Belarus, now promoted reportedly by K2 East, the company owned by Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, had an easy time defeating Fields. Ustinov, a former kicking boxing star and K1 participant, dropped Fields in the 2nd round with a right hand. However, he was unable to finish him off due to the constant movement of Fields. Ustinov, fighting like a larger, slightly heavier version of Vitali Klitschko, calmly picked Fields apart all fight long, hitting him with jabs, hooks and straight right hands while showing patience at Fields’ constant clowning around in the ring, and playing to the crowd.

Fields, 35, rarely initiated his own offense, instead focusing mostly on taunting Ustinov, letting him know that his punches weren’t bothering him and constantly waving for him to come forward and attack him. At that, Fields’ needn’t have bothered, for Ustinov was hitting him repeatedly all fight long with excellent hooks and jabs to the head. Read the rest of this entry »



title Rhodes Crushes Woolcombe, McDermott Stops Reid

woolcombe4632.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Former BBBofC British light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes (39-4, 27 KOs) recaptured his title with a 9th round KO of champion Gary Woolcombe (25-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night to recapture his title at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London. Rhodes, 31, who had last held the BBBofC British light middleweight title 10 years ago in 1997, incredibly regained it with a stunning 9th round KO of the young 25 year-old champion Woolcombe.

Rhodes, the much more powerful puncher of the two, dominated almost every round of the fight and dropped Woolcombe in the 6th and 9th rounds. The knockdown in the 9th round, a viscous clubbing right hand to the side of Woolcombes’ head, dropped him to the canvas where he lay flat on his back. Referee Mickey Vann didn’t bother to count for Woolcombe was badly hurt and stayed down for several minutes. The fight was officially stopped at 0:37 of the round 9th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Audley Harrison Stops Barnett

By Erik Schmidt: Former 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Audley Harrison (22-3, 17 KOs) returned to his winning ways on Saturday night with a 5th round stoppage over American Jason Barnett (10-7, 4 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. The end came suddenly when Harrison, 36, landed a powerful left uppercut to the midsection of Barnett, 33, dropping him to one knee. Barnett beat the count, getting up at eight but referee Russell Mora had seen enough and stopped the one-sided fight at 1:48 of the 5th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Adamek Forces Bell To Quit

bell4564646.jpgIBF #3 cruiserweight contender Tomasz Adamek secured a world title opportunity today by stopping IBF #7 contender O’ Neil Bell at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Adamek floored Bell in the opening round and then schooled the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion for the next six rounds, forcing Bell to retire on his stool prior to round eight (TKO 7).

Following the bout Adamek made his plans clear: “Next is Cunningham and then a unification bout against David Haye.”

Adamek’s victory earned him the IBF’s #1 mandatory position. Both IBF champion Steve Cunningham and Adamek are mandated to battle each other in their next bouts.

At the time of the stoppage all three judges had Adamek ahead on the scorecards (69-63, 68-64, and 67-65). After surrendering following the completion of round seven, Bell complained of “dizziness” and said he “felt ill”. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roy Jones Jr. vs. Calzaghe Looks To Be Next

calzaghe7533.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest news, former champion Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) made it clear after last night’s win by Joe Calzaghe over Bernard Hopkins that he wants to fight Calzaghe next, even if it means having to travel all the way to Wales to make the fight happen. The fight, if it happens, would likely be as big as the Hopkins bout despite Jones, 39, being a level below Hopkins at this stage in his career. The question is, would Calzaghe, 36, be interested in a bout with Jones? He has already said that he wants to be well paid in his last bout of his career, and a bout with Jones would figure to pay more than any other fight that Calzaghe would have on the horizon against one of the younger stars in the boxing world like Kelly Pavlik.

Jones reportedly wasn’t impressed with the Calzaghe-Hopkins bout, feeling that he could have done a better job than Hopkins, who mainly held onto Calzaghe, slowing the fight down, and landing mostly one shot at a time in the bout. Indeed, that would be easy to say, because even though Jones has slowed down somewhat in terms of hand speed, he still throws fast combinations and hasn’t shown the tendency to cling on his opponents like Hopkins has in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »



title Diaconu Decisions Henry

By Nate Anderson: Undefeated Romanian light heavyweight contender Adrian Diaconu (25-0, 15 KOs) defeated American Chris Henry (21-1, 17 KOs) by a 12-round unanimous decision tonight to win the WBC light heavyweight interim title at the Sala Polivalenta, in Bucharest, Romania. Diaconu, 29, ranked #1 in the WBC, appeared to land the cleaner punches all fight long and rarely had trouble with Henry. The final judges scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 116-113. Read the rest of this entry »



title Calzaghe Defeats Hopkins In Split Decision

calzaghe65646.jpgBy Chris Stein: Undefeated Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) survived a 1st round knockdown tonight to come back and pound out a 12-round split decision over former middleweight/light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (48-5, 32 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beyond the first round, there was little suspense in the fight for Hopkins, 43, quickly adopted the boring tried but true grappling/clinching style of former heavyweight champion John Ruiz, as Hopkins slowed the fight to a crawl with his two punches followed by a clinch style of fighting.

It was no match for Calzaghe’s speed and combinations, though Hopkins likely knew that he had no chance other than to take the fight into a boring wrestling match in order to have any kind of chance. The final scores of the fight were 114-113 for Hopkins, and 115-112 & 116-111 for Calzaghe. The 114-113 score was laughable, because Hopkins did little in the fight other than pot shotting and dulling up the bout, and couldn’t stand up to Calzaghe when the two stood at center ring. Te more truer score was the 116-111, but even that was being far to generous to Hopkins, who seemed to feign being hurt by low blows in the fight, as if looking for a hand out from the referee Joe Cortez, a referee noted for penalizing fighters for fouls. Read the rest of this entry »



title Adamek Stops Bell

By Dan Ambrose: Number #3 ranked IBF cruiserweight contender Tomasz Adamek (34-1, 22 KOs) was far too fast for the former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell (26-4-1, 24 KOs) tonight, stopping him when the 35 year-old Bell failed to come out for the 8th round at the Spodek, in Katowice, Poland.. Bell was down in the 1st round, having been hit with a sharp left hand from Adamek. The punch appeared to have caught Bell off guard as he was coming in. However, it seemed to give an indication of how things would go for Bell, who was simply too slow to compete with the quicker, more skilled former light heavyweight champion Adamek. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins vs. Calzaghe: Predicting Ugliness For Saturday

hopkins4433.jpgBy Peter Kurth: If you’re all that familiar with Bernard Hopkins (48-4, 32 KOs) and know how he typically fights, you already know that this Saturday’s fight with undefeated super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) is going to be bloody and filled with a certain amount of fouls. That, I’m afraid, is almost a given. The question is how many and whether the fouls will have an effect on the mindset of the 36 year-old Calzaghe. On the whole, I fully expect Calzaghe to be cut in the first three to four rounds, likely a bad cut from either a head butt or an elbow.

The cut, especially occurring so early in the fight, will put Calzaghe into a position where he will very likely have to either fight harder, as he attempts to build up a lead in order to be ahead in case the fight is stopped prematurely due to the severity of the cut or have the opposite effect, where Calzaghe backs off to try and protect the cut. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bell vs. Adamek: Look For An Easy KO Win For O’Neil

bell46.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Former cruiserweight WBA/WBC/IBF cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell (26-2-1, 24 KOs) will return to the ring tomorrow night after a year layoff to go up against former WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (33-1, 22 KOs) in a IBF cruiserweight title eliminator at the Spodek, in Katowice, Poland. You got to feel for Bell, 34, who lost his WBA & WBC cruiserweight titles last year in a questionable decision to Jean-Marc Mormeck in France. In watching the fight, there was no possible way that Mormeck could have won the fight, and it appeared that Bell had won the fight easily with at least two-three rounds to spare.

However, the fight was held in Mormeck’s native France, so it came to no surprise that Bell would come out short on the stick if the fight was even slightly close. It wasn’t close, yet Bell lost anyway. Now, for the second time Bell is going to tempt fate, this time by traveling to Poland where he will be fighting in the 31 year-old Polish Adamek’s back yard. Of course, the same things apply to this bout as did Bell’s previous fight, in that he’ll have to either knock Adamek out or win pretty much every round of the fight if he wants to come out on top. Read the rest of this entry »



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