In a less than impressive performance Brian Viloria (20-2, 12 KOs), now competing as a super flyweight, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Garcia Bernal (27-11-1, 18 KOs) last night at the Alameda Swap Meet, in Los Angeles, California. The final judges’ scores were 78-72, 78-72 and 78-72. The scores, however, don’t indicate how close the fight was, as I hard Bernal winning the fight four rounds to three going into the final round. In the 8th round, Viloria knocked Bernal down with a running right hand to the midsection. Previous to that, Bernal had lost a point after being penalized for losing his mouthpiece. Read the rest of this entry »
#4th ranked International Boxing Federation lightweight contender (29-2, 17 KOs) came out on fire tonight, blasting out would-be prospect Ricardo Dominguez (23-3-2, 15 KOs) in the 1st round with a powerful left hook to the head at the Million Dollar Elm Casino, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Raheem, 31, came out looking determined at the start of the fight, hitting Dominguez with right hands and left hooks the head, while at the same time remaining elusive as always and making him miss repeatedly. Raheem quickly landed a big right hand, and then finished him off with a perfect left to the head. Referee Steve Smoger moved in and halted the slaughter at 1:18 of the first round. For Raheem, it was an important bout, as he’s faded from the top after being on the receiving end of two horrible decisions to Acelino Freitas and Rocky Juarez in 2004 and 2006.
According to Boxingtalk website, light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins is saying that he thinks that Joe Calzaghe and him should have a contract signed by sometime next week for a bout likely to occur between April 11th-12th, to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Apparently, Calzaghe and Hopkins have an oral agreement to the fight, Hopkins told boxintalk. Of course, that means little, as you well know, as Hopkins, who has been pursued continuously by Calzaghe, 35, for the past two months, could change his mind if the money isn’t right when it comes to signing the contract for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s boxing news around the horn, WBC/WBA cruiserweight champ David Haye (20-1, 19KOs) hopes to be able to repeat former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis’ knockout performance against over-matched Michael Grant in 2000, in which Lewis scored a sweet 2nd round KO. Haye, 27, hopes that he can stop Maccarinelli in similar fashion, quickly taking him out with big right hands. Apparently, Haye feels that Maccarinelli isn’t a legitimate fighter, but rather one that has been out together by his promoter. Read the rest of this entry »
Former middleweight/light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins reportedly stopped by the undefeated World Boxing Organization Sultan Ibragimov’s (22-0, 17 KOs) training camp to give him some helpful tips on how to beat Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs), the International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion, whom Ibragimov will be fighting in a unification bout on February 23, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Ibragimov, 32, is a heavy underdog going into his bout with Wladimir, and needs any kind of advice he can get at this point.
It’s unclear what advice it was that Hopkins gave Ibragimov, but if it’s anything like Hopkins’ own fighting style, it involves staying mostly on the outside, and then coming in every once and while with quick flurries followed by a clinch. Hopkins should have saved his breath, as that’s the way Ibragimov fights all the time. It’s not pleasing to watch, to say the least, but it’s been effective against the mostly limited opposition that Ibragimov has fought thus far in his career. It remains to be seen how Ibragimov will defeat Klitschko’s hard jab and his left hook-right hand combination. Read the rest of this entry »
According to eastsideboxing.com, Per Ake Persson reports that undefeated heavyweight challenger Alexander Dimitrenko (27-0, 17 KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on fellow Universum fighter Luan Krasniqi (30-3-1, 14 KOs) in a bout likely to take place in Germany. Dimitrenko, 27, 2nd in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), 8th in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and 10th in the World Boxing Association (WBA), and is considered by many to be one of the top heavyweight challengers in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
As the January 19th fight between former WBA/WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs) and former IBF welterweight and IBF/WBA light middleweight champion Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) creeps closer, I’m beginning to suspect that this fight is going to be a blowout win for the soon to be 39 year-old Jones. Trinidad, 35, though he’s been training for months, he still looks nothing like he did in his prime, as he appears to be somewhat fleshy around the checks and chin, and looks to be still sporting a generous gut to go along with it.
Besides that, he looks old, much older than a person should normally look at the age of 35. Of course, Trinidad could very well prove me wrong by fighting well, like many fighters do when they’re slightly overweight, but judging how he fought last time out – a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Winky Wright in May 2005 – I have a hard time thinking that he’s going to come out on top over Jones. Recently, there’s been boxing news about Trinidad getting pointers on how to beat Jones from Glen Johnson, who viciously stopped Jones in the 9th round in September 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
Normally I would frame the question the other way around, asking whether the super lightweight Ricky Hatton, the naturally bigger fighter, could beat Manny Pacquiao, a super featherweight, but in watching how poorly Hatton did against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their December 8th bout, I have my doubts about how well Hatton would do against a fighter as fast as Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
Super middleweight Allan Green (25-1, 18 KOs) hopes to continue with resurrecting his once promising career when he takes on the tough Ruben Williams (29-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Green, 28, was being groomed as a future middleweight champion when he ran into Edison Miranda, who knocked him down twice, defeating him by 10-round unanimous decision in March 2007. However, unknown to most people, Green wasn’t well at the time of the bout, and required extensive surgery afterwards to remove much of his colon. Read the rest of this entry »
In the latest boxing news, World Boxing Association/World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion David Haye (20-1, 19 KOs) came out firing again in an interview with South London Press, saying about World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (28-1, 21 KOs) “I can’t see it going past four or five rounds. The only way it will is if he gets a chin transplant from Marvin Hagler – and I don’t think he’s got time to do that in the next couple of months. There’s no way I can see him getting past the early rounds.”
Haye, 27, who won the WBA & WBC cruiserweight titles in an impressive 7th round TKO of champion Jean-Marc Mormeck on November 2007, is making no secret that he plans on going right at Maccarinelli in the opening rounds to try and immediately take him out. Haye’s strategy comes to no surprise to anyone, since Haye fights that way every time, putting everything he’s got into a quick knockout within the first couple of rounds. It’s been an effective style so far in Haye’s career, but it doesn’t always work, like in his fight with former British great Carl Thompson, who calmly took every thing that Haye could dish out in the first four rounds, and then stopped him in the fifth round when he had exhausted himself from having expended too much energy. Read the rest of this entry »