After witnessing the Russian Victor Oganov’s (26-1, 26 KOs) 9th round KO loss at the hands of Colombian punching machine Fulgencio Zuniga (20-2-1, 17 KOs), I must admit that I wasn’t the overly surprised by the ease of the 9th round stoppage victory for Zuniga. I’d only seen a couple of Oganov’s fights – against Sam Reese and Richard Grant – but that was all I needed to see to know that Oganov was overrated and wasn’t in the same class as Zuniga. As it turns out, I was correct. In this regard, Oganov represents the class of that is built up over time by throwing him in with overly soft opposition, in other words, fighters that he can easily beat to help build an impressive knockout record.
All those KO victories for Oganov looked impressive on paper, but when you dug deeper and saw who they were against, you quickly discovered that only two of the names were recognizable, and neither of them were ranked in the top 10. Read the rest of this entry »
World Boxing Association minimumweight champion Yutaka Niida (22-1-3, 8 KOs) won an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over old nemesis Eriberto “Yukka” Gejon (23-2-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in Tokyo, Japan. The victory was the sixth defense of Niida’s WBA title. More importantly, it kept him going forward towards a future showdown with one of the other three minimum champions Eagle Kyowa, Ivan Calderon and Florante Condes.
In the opening stanza, Gejon pressed forward initiating the action and landing well with his accurate right hand shots. His fighting style resembled a younger Wladimir Klitschko, in some ways, particularly the use of right hands as a spearing weapon to first stun and then stop his opponents. Against Niida, Gejon hurt him early in the fourth round with a crushing right hand. However, Niida backed off and went into the survival mode, grabbing Gejon and clinching for dear life. By the end of the round, Niida’s head had cleared, allowing him to finish the round on the attack. Read the rest of this entry »
Lightweight Miguel Angel Huerto (25-8-1, 17 KOs) defeated Efren Hinojosa (29-4-1, 17 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision, winning the NABF lightweight title in an impressive performance on Thursday night at the Grand Plaza in Houston, Texas. Huerta, ranked # 13 in the WBC, knocked Hinojosa down in the 2nd round and had him on the verge of a knockout.
However, Hinojosa somehow survived the round despite taking terrific punishment from Huerta, who put on a left hook clinic all fight long and showed outstanding skills along the way. This was the first fight back for Huerta after losing a 12-round split decision to Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov in June, and Huerta had a lot of reasons to want to look good, considering he felt that the loss was unjustified. As it would turn out, there was no controversy this time, as Huerta easily won by the scores 120-106, 119-107 and 118-109. Read the rest of this entry »
Welterweight prospect Shamone Alvarez (19-0, 11 KOs) defeated Germain Sanders (27-4, 17 KOs) on Friday night by 12-round unanimous decision at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, new Jersey. At stake, was Alvarez’s NABO welterweight title, which he retained by defeating Sanders. The bout was from interesting, however, as both fighters lacked any real power to speak of and thus spent much of the bout landing rather weak looking combinations. Going into the bout, Alvarez was the fighter to keep an eye on, as he’s being hyped for a potential challenge for the WBO title at some point in the near future, but after watching him fight on Friday night, I’m hoping he avoids fighting for the title for a little while longer, because he’s not ready at this point.
Though, at 30, it’s hard to say how much better he’s likely to get in the next year or two, but whatever the case, he needs to work on his power before he takes on better fighters and risks losing badly. Against Sanders on Friday night, Alvarez stayed busy in the early rounds, focusing on throwing combinations to Sander’s head and midsection. Read the rest of this entry »
In one of the more exciting fights on Friday’s card at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Russian junior welterweight prospect Khabib Alakhverdiev (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Puerto Rican prospect Josean Escalera (2-2, 1 KOs) by four-round split decision. Alakhverdiev, 24, is a fighter that many boxing experts have an eye on, noting that he was a former Russian Olympian with over 200 amateur bouts under his belt. In the first two rounds, it looked like an easy night for the southpaw Alakhverdiev, as used a concentrated body attack to pile on the points.
In the 3rd and 4th rounds, however, Escalera’s size advantage begin to weigh in his favor, allowing him to land at a distance against the much shorter Alakhverdiev. Still, however, Escalera looked far from polished, missing many of his punches and still getting tagged a lot by the Russian. Both fighters went at it in the fourth and final round, making the fight appear more like a tough man contest than a professional boxing match. In the end, Alakhverdiev got the edge on the judges’ scorecards, winning 39-37, 38-39 and 39-37.
Former IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (18-1-1, 14 KOs) came back from an early first round scare, in which he was stunned by several punches thrown by Kenyan fighter Nasser Athumani (20-5-1, 16 KOs), to stop him eventually in the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round bout at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was supposed to be an easy one for the former champion Urango, who was coming back from a recent disappointing 12-round title loss to Ricky Hatton, but Athumani came within an eyelash of stopping Urango in the first after connecting with several right hand shots that badly hurt Urango. Before being hurt by Athumani, Urango looked supremely confident as he at first stalked Athuman, and then knocked him down with a beautiful combination.
It didn’t seem as if Athumani would make it up, and even if he did, it looked as if he was going to be blown out of the ring by Urango. However, once he got to his feet, Athumani looked fighting mad as he immediately unleashed a wicked left hand followed by a straight right which crashed into Urango’s head as he was coming forward, thinking knockout thoughts of his own, perhaps, and immediatlely stopped him in his tracks, hurting him badly. Athumani followed up with an assortment of choice looking right hands and left hooks, seemingly unable to miss any punches on the slow moving Urango, who probably has never considered the defensive side of boxing a particularly interesting topic. Read the rest of this entry »
Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campus (90-10, 72 KOs) dug deep to pull out an exciting 10-round decision over Norberto Bravo (24-14-3, 13 KOs) to win the IBA Continental light middleweight title on Friday night, at the Casino Del Sol, in Tuscon, Arizona. Campas, 36, won most of the early rounds but badly faded in the 2nd half of the fight and was forced to fight hard in the final round to get the decision. Campas, the former IBF light middleweight champion, lost a point for low blow in the 6th round, this after receiving repeated warnings in round four for two additional low blows. In the 8th round, Bravo staggered Campas with a series of right hands. The final judges’ scores were 95-94, 95-94 and 95-94, giving Campas his 90th win of his career. Thew bout also marked the occasion of Campas’ 100th fight.
For his part, Bravo did very little to impress me other than coming forward and taking a lot of shots from Campas. He showed little power, and was mostly limited to ineffectual jabs up until the 8th round when he hurt a tired Campas with a couple of right hands. At that point, Campas looked ready to go if someone had blew some hot air on him, yet Bravo was unable to follow up with anything for the rest of the round. In fact, Campas out-landed Bravo during the round and had him against the ropes as the round ended, all the while staggering from shots thrown by Bravo.
In a recent interview by Ryan Hockensmith of ESPN magazine, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (27-6, 13 KOs), the current UFC light heavyweight champion, expressed an interest in fighting IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) in a boxing match if Quinton would receive a payment of between $10-20 million for the fight. The fight would be most appealing to many in the sports world, mainly because Jackson, 29, has quickly proven to have arguably the best boxing skills in the light heavyweight division in the UFC. Most recently, Jackson dropped Chuck Liddell, widely considered to have boxing superb boxing skills – good enough to be a boxer, perhaps – in the 1st round with a huge left hook, and then quickly pounded him out with a series of thundering blows to the head.
Could Jackson do the same against Wladimir Klitschko? The fight is intriguing, I must say, given the way Jackson has dominated his opponents in the UFC with his hands. However, Jackson’s height 6’1″ and weight – 205 lbs – would be a decided disadvantage against the tall, 6’7″ 244 lb, Klitschko, who would dwarf him in proportions and have tremendous reach advantage. However, Jackson is a outstanding athlete, and has shown the ability to quickly adapt to any situation while fighting in the MMA, which gives him good chance of making a potential fight with Klitschko very interesting while it lasts.
Welterweight Victor Ortiz (19-1-1, 14 KOs) came on late in the 10th round to knockout veteran Emmanuel Clottey (24-8, 14 KOs), the older brother of Joshua Clottey, on Thursday night at the Grand Plaza, in Houston, Texas. Clottey, 33, was knocked down twice in the tenth, before the referee Ronnie Halston swiftly moved in to put a stop to the bout at 2:59, with just a second to go in the tenth round. Up until then, Clottey had did little to distinguish himself in the fight, often throwing only a handful of punches each round while attempting to mostly avoid getting hit. He never seemed to get untracked during the fight, and only showed brief hints of the kind of talent that his younger brother, Joshua, posses.
Clottey was hurt several times in the fight, the sixth, seventh and ninth rounds, by left hands from Ortiz. It’s surprising he wasn’t hurt more, given the lack of any real retaliation punches thrown by Clottey all fight long. On the rare occasions Clottey did decide to punch, Ortiz didn’t appear to like it much and gave him a lot of respect, perhaps too much in the end because the fight could have ended earlier if Ortiz had pushed himself. Read the rest of this entry »
WBA woman’s flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (17-0, 13) will defend her title against Shawnee Martin (8-4, 4 KOs) on September 7th, in a 10-round bout in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kentikian, only 19, is making her third world title boxing defense since capturing the crown in February 2007, in a win over Carolina Alvarez. In her 2nd title defense, Kentikian destroyed Maria Jose Nunez Anchorena in three brutal rounds, a bout in which Kentikian controlled the action from start to finish.
However, in Kentikian’s most recent bout, a 10-round split decision victory over Nadia Hockmi in May 2007, she was pushed to the very edge of her endurance and had to struggle hard to pull out the win in the last two rounds of the fight. Kentitkian, originally from Armenia and now living in Hamburg, Germany, stands only 5’0″ and often is at a considerable disadvantage against her taller opponents. However, she more than makes up for it in aggressiveness by attacking her opponents fiercely and keeping the fight on the inside where she uses her fast hands to pile up points.