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title Where Does Mayweather’s Retirement Leave De La Hoya & Hatton?

de-la-hoya33533.jpgBy Aaron Klein: For Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs), today’s sudden retirement announcement by Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t have come about at a worse time for him. De La Hoya, 35, had been a sheer three months away from his rematch with Mayweather in September, and it would have made a nice payday for the fading De La Hoya, who stated that he only wants to fight two more times. Light welterweight Ricky Hatton, 29, also had hoping to line up a rematch with Mayweather at some time in 2009, and had unfinished business with him due to Mayweather destroying in a 10th round blowout in December 2007.

Though Hatton has said that he was less concerned with money than getting revenge for the earlier defeat, the money that he would have likely made from a second bout with Mayweather had to be a substantial factor in his desire for a rematch. Now, however, both De La Hoya and Hatton find themselves out in the cold, without a big name fighter with the marquee value that Mayweather possess. That’s got to hurt, especially for De La Hoya, since he’s the one that had a fight set up for September. Read the rest of this entry »



title Floyd Mayweather Jr. Announces Retirement

mayweather55646834.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) has came out today and announced that he’s permanently retiring from boxing effective immediately. The 31 year-old Mayweather won’t be fighting one last fight against Oscar De La Hoya, which had been previously scheduled for September 20th, and one that was looked forward to by many fans of both fighters. It’s unclear whether or not Mayweather, a fighter that carries his emotions on his sleeves, intends on staying retired for long, however. Right now, Mayweather has made a huge bundle of money in his last two fights against De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, both of whom he defeated.

He also made another huge payday at the WrestleMania XXIX, which took place in March, 2008. With that kind of money, it’s not surprising that Mayweather wants to step away from the sport, especially now that he has a number of hard fights in the future staring down at him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Forrest-Mora: Look For Sergio To Pull Off An Upset

forrest2232442421.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: With one day remaining until fight time, WBC light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest (40-2, 29 KOs) doesn’t appear lacking in confidence in regards to his bout with former star from The Contender Sergio Mora (20-0-1, 5 KOs), both of whom meet in a 12-round title bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. 10 years in age separates the two fighters and a huge gulf in boxing experience as well. At 37, a time when most fighters are showing signs of slowing down, Forrest still appears to be at the top of his game looking and fighting years younger than his age.

For all his age, he’s been a little hard on his younger opponent, saying repeatedly in the past week that Mora has no chance at winning, that “there won’t be an upset on Saturday.” Unlike many of Forrest’s other bouts, he’s been unusually boisterous saying uncomplimentary things about the lack of power or Mora and his fighting style, which is more finesse oriented in comparison to Forrest’s. In a way, though, despite winning the war of words almost by default, Forrest has come across slightly like he’s afraid of Mora somehow. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wright Wants De La Hoya & Pavlik: Is He Dreaming?

wright646462.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: In perhaps a sign of wishful thinking on his part, former IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO light middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) mentioned on Wednesday night’s ESPN boxing telecast that he’s interested in fighting only big fights, and has both Oscar De La Hoya and WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. The main problem with Wright’s dream fights, however, is that at age 36, he isn’t a media draw like De La Hoya or Pavlik, and isn’t someone that they’d likely be interested in fighting at this point.

Wright hasn’t helped himself, for that matter, by staying away from boxing for the past year after his 12-round unanimous decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007. It was a close fight, but like many of Wright’s fights, it wasn’t particularly exciting to watch. Even before that, ignoring his win over a come backing Ike Quartey, Wright had fought to a 12-round draw with Jermain Taylor in June 2006. Many people felt that Wright was extremely fortunate to get a draw out of that fight, for he appeared to have lost by the fight by many accounts by at least a round or two. However, all of that could possibly be ignored by fighters like Pavlik and De La Hoya, if Wright had a history of being in exciting fights. Read the rest of this entry »



title Prada and Garcia Fight To a Draw

prada4646346.jpgBy Manuel Perez: undefeated light middleweight Carlos Garcia (2-0-1, 2 KOs) fought to an exciting four-round draw on Wednesday night at the Aviator Sports Arena, in Brooklyn, New York. Garcia, 19, was knocked down twice in the 1st round after walking into right hands thrown by Prada. In the 2nd round, Garcia returned the favor, knocking Prada down with a powerful right hand. In the 4th and final round, Garcia knocked Prada down for the 2nd time in the fight after nailing him with a big right.

However, given the fact that Garcia was knocked down twice in the 1st and appeared to lose the 3rd round, the fight was eventually ruled a draw. The final judges’ scores were 36-36, 36-36 and 37-35 for Garcia. I personally thought Garcia won the fight by a narrow margin based on his strong finish in the 4th round. However, I’m also comfortable with the fight being scored as a draw, because it was a very close fight and difficult to pick a winner between the two of them. Read the rest of this entry »



title Rosado Defeats Moore

rosado463535.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Previously undefeated light middleweight prospect James Moore (15-1, 10 KOs) was shockingly upset by little known Gabriel Rosado (10-2, 6 KOs) by an 8-round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Aviator Sports Arena, in Brooklyn, New York. After losing the first three rounds and appearing on his way to losing the fight, Rosado stunned Moore with a right hand at the end of the 4th round. In the 5th round, Moore walked into a big right hand from Rosado was sent to the canvas. For the next three rounds, Rosado pretty much controlled action with his right hand, although it was close due to Moore – the much better skilled fighter – pressing the action most of the time. The final judges’ scores were 77-74, 78-73 and 76-74.

Going into the bout, Moore, 30, a former 2001 amateur World Champion for Ireland and a veteran of over 314 amateur fights, was thought to walk right though the 22 year-old Rosado, who had a decent right hand but little else in the way of boxing skills or ability. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mack Decisions Judah

mack46442.jpgBy William MacKay: The hard-punching light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (25-2-2, 15 KOs) defeated Daniel Judah (22-3-3, 10 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Aviator Sports Arena, in Brooklyn, New York. The final judges’ scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 97-92, all for Mack. Judah, 30, the brother of former welterweight champion Zab Judah, was knocked down once in the 2nd round, and out-slugged and out-boxed for most of the remainder of the 10-round bout. Mack, 28, looked especially good in the early rounds, in which he was able to use his power shots to control the fight and punish the much weaker-punching Judah.

In the later rounds, however, Mach faded somewhat, fighting with his mouth wide open and taking an occasional left hand from Judah. Luckily for Mack, Judah had little in the way of offensive tools and barely pressed Mack in the latter half of the fight. Going into the bout, both fighters were badly flawed, with Mack having lost two out of his last four fights both by knockouts. His loss to Alejandro Berrio, a 6th round TKO in May 2006, was especially embarrassing because Berrio kissed him on the forehead moments before knocking him out. In Judah’s case, he also entered the bout having lost two out of his last four fights, and had been brutally stopped by Darnell Wilson in the 4th round in September 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Could Pavlik Have Found Any Worse Opponent Than Lockett?

pavlik5437.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: As this Saturday’s bout between WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) and his badly out-matched challenger Gary Lockett (30-1, 21 KOs), few fans are seeing this fight as being a competitive one. Indeed, Pavlik is currently a 10-1 favorite over the once-beaten Lockett and it’s getting hard for people to see this fight as being anything then what it is – a horrible mismatch of the grandest proportions.

It’s disappointing that of all the potential opponents that Pavlik could have chosen in the WBC & WBO, he selected from the bottom of the division, taking a fighter completely unproven against any top level opposition. It would seem that Pavlik, if he wanted an easy fight, he could have at least taken a fighter from the top 10 rather than a bottom feeder like Lockett. In the past few weeks, I’ve watched a number of Lockett’s fights, specifically bouts against Yuri Tsarenko, Lee Blundell and Kai Kauramaki. In each case, however, Lockett has proven to be unable to block a straight right hand thrown at him. For that matter, he’s not particularly good at blocking lefts or anything thrown his way, they all seem to get through his guard. Read the rest of this entry »



title Abraham Stops Macovei

abraham465577.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated light middleweight prospect Alexander Abraham (21-0-1, 15 KOs) stopped a badly over-matched Mihai Macovei (6-3, 4 KOs) in the 5th round of a scheduled 8-round bout on Tuesday night at the Salle la Soucoupe, Saint-Nazaire, in Loire-Atlantique, France. Abraham, 26, the younger brother of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, dropped Macovei twice in the 5th round, the second time a result of a huge left to the midsection which Macovei was unable to get up. The fight was immediately stopped when it was apparent that Macovei, 32, wasn’t going to be able to make it from the knockdown.

As in many of his other fights, Abraham looked rather pedestrian, fighting slowly without much interest and fouling often with rabbit punches and forearms to the head. His opponent, Macovei had only two years of professional boxing experience under his belt, and only eight fights. It astonishing that Abraham, a fighter with 22 fights under his belt and five years of professional boxing experience, would be matched against such a poor opponent. But, it was also very telling as Abraham has few of the skills of his older brother, and looks almost crude in comparison. The speed, combinations, power and ring intelligence are all missing from the younger Abraham, and it’s unlikely that at this stage of his career that he’ll ever attain them. Read the rest of this entry »



title Did Hatton Blow His Chance At Fighting De La Hoya?

hatton4353522.jpgBy Jim Dower: In winning his fight on May 24th against the tough Mexican Juan Lazcano, former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) may have destroyed his shot at landing what would likely be a huge mega bout against Oscar De La Hoya in the future. Though Hatton, 29, did end up getting the win over Lazcano, it was a difficult bout for Ricky and one where he appeared to get help from the referee in the 10th round to avoid being knocked out by the Mexican fighter.

This obviously wasn’t missed by De La Hoya, who came out recently and said that he’s not interested in fighting Hatton, that their weight differences between them would be too much for the fight to be able to come off. De La Hoya said that he could probably make the 140 lb weight limit if he had to, but that he would prefer not to have do that. At the same time, De La Hoya had some advice for Hatton, telling him to not to move up to 147 – the welterweight division again – because the extra weight would make a big difference in his performance. Though De La Hoya was trying his hardest to be kind to Hatton, not to ruffle his feathers any, it still came across that Hatton was being rejected as an unsuitable opponent. De La Hoya was previously very interested in fighting Hatton before his recent fight with Lazcano. Read the rest of this entry »



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