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title Latest Boxing News – Barrera Stops Ventura, Looks Slow and Unimpressive

By Jason Kim: Former WBC/WBO super bantamweight and IBF/WBC super featherweight champion, now fighting as a lightweight, Marco Antonio Barrera (64-6, 43 KOs) stopped journeyman Sammy Ventura (25-20, 20 KOs) in the 4th round on Friday night at the Sichuan Gymnasium, in Chengdu, China. Barrera, 34, dropped Ventura with a flurry of hard body shots in the 4th. Referee Kenny Bayless then stepped in and halted the bout at 1:01 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Austin Stops Golota, McCline Decisions Mollo

By Jason Kim: In a terribly boring fight, former three-time title challenger Jameel McCline (39-9-3, 23 KOs) defeated undersized Mike Mollo (19-3, 12 KOs) by a 12-round unanimous decision in the World Boxing Council (WBC) title eliminator on Friday night at the Sichuan Gymnasium, in Chengdu, China. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 116-111 and 114-113. McCline, now 38, has previously failed three times in title challenges against Wladimir Klitschko, Nikolay Valuev and Samuel Peter. However, with his win over Mollo, McCline is set for future title shot against Vitali Klitschko, if the Ukrainian survives his likely next fight against Juan Carlos Gomez.

McCline and Mollo did little actual fighting in the early going, choosing to wrestle and throw weak shots on the inside. McCline hardly threw any punches in rounds one through five. During the first two rounds, McCline and Mollo fought cautiously, posing a lot and appearing afraid to let their hands go. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Calzaghe’s Victory Over Jones Be An Empty One?

By Scott Gilfoid: Tonight, Joe Calzaghe makes what will likely be an empty gesture by in all probability defeating an age depleted Roy Jones Jr. at the Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. If there’s any good that can come out of this fight, and believe me, I can’t find much, it’s that Calzaghe will be retiring immediately after. At least then, we will be spared any further legacy building fights against faded fighters in or near their 40s like Jones presently is. At 36, Calzaghe has had enough of boxing, he says, and wants to get out of it with his looks intact.

The timing of the retirement comes at an odd time, just when he’s being pursued by a number of good fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler – both of whom he beat by close decisions – Chad Dawson and Kelly Pavlik. Calzaghe is choosing instead to wrap up his career against Jones rather than them, and because of that taking a lot of static from boxing experts. Having fought most of his career against less than impressive fighters, it has only been recently that Calzaghe has stepped up the level of his competition in squeaking out victories over Kessler and Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »

title Greene, Duddy, Molitor-Caballeros and Minto – Latest Boxing News

NEW YORK (November 7, 2008) – NABA light middleweight champion “Mean” Joe Greene has been added to the star-studded “The Grande Event” card, promoted by Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, November 21 at the famed Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. Read the rest of this entry »

title What Next For Roy Jones Jr?

By Dan Cimineradan: Ok, everyone has talked about Joe Calzaghe retiring after this fight, but possibly being coaxed into another, even his dad Enzo has hinted he might just mean a long holiday. But, what of Roy Jones? Let’s assume its Sunday morning and Calzaghe has beaten Jones on a point’s decision. Where does Jones go next?? does he retire? Or does he fight on?

Personally I feel retirement is the best option he could take. However, I do feel that if he chooses to fight on he will be motivated to win a decent percentage of however many more he takes mainly because he is a true fighter and even at this stage isn’t motivated by money alone as he surely has managed to amass some fortune during his highly decorated career. If he does decide to stick around, who would he fight? He has already point blank refused to fight Bernard Hopkins, indicating he is thinking of fighting again, just not with Hopkins. Who else could he fight? Well, as i said, we are assuming he’s lost the decision against Calzaghe here so he hasn’t been totally ruined especially as Joe would now be the highest profile unbeaten retired boxer since rocky Marciano. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hopkins Hoping For Rematches With Jones and Calzaghe

By Sean McDaniel: Light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins’ chances for a rematch between both Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzaghe seem remote at best at this point. Hopkins, 43, is counting on the winner of Saturday’s super bout between Jones and Calzaghe to give him a rematch. However, neither Jones nor Calzaghe, win or lose, appear to have any interest in giving Hopkins another shot at a fight. Jones defeated Hopkins by a close unanimous decision in May 1993 for the vacant IBF middleweight title, while Calzaghe defeated Hopkins by a 12-round split decision in April.

Both fights were extremely close and left a bad taste of needed revenge in Hopkins’ mouth. However, in the case of Calzaghe, Hopkins has had no luck in getting him to show any interest in giving him a rematch. Calzaghe appears fed up with boxing, tired of fighting after a long 15 year professional career that has saw him hold onto his WBO super middleweight crown for 10 years without a defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

title Haye-Barrett, Calzaghe-Jones, Abraham-Marquez, Tecate – Latest Boxing News

David Haye’s next opponent Monte Barrett is backing Joe Calzaghe to triumph over Roy Jones Junior. The pair clash this Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Barrett tipped Calzaghe to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

title Could Calzaghe Have Beaten a Younger Jones ?

By Tim Williams: Whether Joe Calzaghe wins on Saturday night against Roy Jones Jr., it will not give a true indication of who the better fighter would have been if Joe hadn’t waited until Jones was far over the hill to decide to fight him. What it will prove is that Calzaghe, at 36, has more left in the tank than the 39 year-old Jones, who has been in a big career slide since 2003.

However, it would have been interesting to see how Calzaghe, no matter what stage of his career, had faired against Jones between 1993 and 2003. During that time, Jones was considered first the best middleweight and then the best light heavyweight in boxing. Along the way, he defeated Bernard Hopkins, Eric Lucas, Mike McCallum, Vinny Pazienza, Thomas Tate, James Toney, Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill, Lou Del Valle, Otis Grant, Richard Frazier, Reggie Johnson, Richard Hall, Eric Harding, Glen Kelly, Julio Cesar Gonzalez, Clinton Woods and John Ruiz. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kirkland vs. Vera on November 22nd – Latest Boxing News

By Jim Dower: Unbeaten knockout artist light middleweight James Kirkland (23-0, 20 KOs) will be taking on the sternest fight of his young seven-year boxing career when he goes up against former star from The Contender Brian Vera (16-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round bout on the Ricky Hatton-Paulie Malignaggi undercard on November 22nd at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kirkland, 24, a fighter with Mike Tyson-like power and aggression, has thus far stormed through the light middleweight division, taking out 20 of his 23 opponents, with 18 of the knockouts occurring in four rounds or less. His chin and defense, though, are less than impressive, making him vulnerable at times even against the marginal opposition that he has fought thus far in his career.

He was knocked down in the first round by Allen Conyers in November, 2007, and although he turned around and took Conyers out, there were several moments in which it looked as if he was going to be knocked out. Kirkland also struggled in defeating Ossie Duran in June 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

title Calzaghe-Jones Failing To Interest Fans

By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday’s mismatch between Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzaghe is failing to live up to expectations, as boxing fans tune out to a fight that most people give little chance for the aging 39 year-old Jones to win. From a boxing standpoint, the Jones-Calzaghe bout probably should have never been made in the first place. Sure, it would have been a great fight 10 years ago, when Jones was still fighting at his optimal best, but not now.

Most fans know that this is Calzaghe’s swan song, and that he’s looking for a big payday rather than a competitive fight, and are tuning out in droves for the bout. One look at the various boxing internet sites and it will tell you all you need to know about this fight. There’s hardly a peep about the fight from any fans, mainly because the fight is considered to be such a terrible mismatch.

It could be an interesting bout for Calzaghe fans, which will probably see a victory over Jones as warped evidence that Joe could beat him while in his prime, but seems highly unlikely to many of the boxing experts, who see Calzaghe as not nearly in the same class as a prime Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

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