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title Boxing News: Junior Witter, Marco Huck, Andriy Tsurkan

Junior Witter is looking forward to impressing a big TV audience in the next defence of his WBC light-welterweight title at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham on Saturday, 10th May. Witter (Bradford, England) is aiming to end the undefeated record of mandatory challenger Timothy Bradley (Palm Springs, USA) in the third defence of his prestigious world title on a Hennessy Sports in association with show that also features WBC Super Middleweight mandatory challenger Carl Froch.. Read the rest of this entry »

title Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Is He Getting Diminishing Returns?

mayweather-hatton4444.jpgBy Chet Mills: At one time in his career, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) took on the best in each division he competed in. As a super featherweight, he defeated champion Genaro Hernandez. As a lightweight he defeated Jose Luis Castillo twice, and as a welterweight he defeated Zab Judah. It’s only recently, with his fights with Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, that Mayweather has gone soft, taking on fighters that are not at the top of their class. In Hatton’s case, he was forced to fight out of his weight class – light welterweight – in order to fight Mayweather at welterweight.

As a result, Hatton looked like a Lilliputian next to Mayweather and lost badly in a 10th round TKO. As for De La Hoya, he’s been in a long career slide for the past five years prior to his fight with Mayweather in 2007, with De La Hoya winning two, losing two, with one of his wins by a dubious decision over Felix Sturm. No gave De La Hoya much of any chance at beating Mayweather, and he didn’t surprise anyone when he lost as expected he would. The fight was only as close as it was because Mayweather fought in strangely subdued manner, as if he was carrying De La Hoya in effort not to blow him out too easily. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roy Jones Jr. – Can He Beat Calzaghe?

jones46234646.jpgBy Eric Thomas: With hardly a week gone by since his controversial victory over Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night, undefeated Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs)has made statements that he has an interest in possibly fighting either Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) or middleweight Kelly Pavlik in his next and final bout of his career. Most of Calzaghe’s comments have been aimed at him fighting the 39 year-old Jones, so that is the direction – the weakest – that I expect Calzaghe to head in for his next and final bout of his career.

We have a pretty good idea of how Calzaghe will look against Jones based on how he performed against Hopkins last Saturday night, which wasn’t all that good to be honest with you. The quality, or lack thereof of Calzaghe’s performances, couldn’t have been missed by the quick eyes of Jones, who can spot a weakness in an instant in a fighter. In Calzaghe’s case, there were a plenty of them, starting with his inability to get his punches off against the bigger, more powerful Hopkins. Jones, 39, considered to be over-the-hill by many of the boxing world, still has roughly 80% of his original skills intact, which may be a considerable drop off for him, but it still leaves him with more than enough skills to beat 95% of the top light heavyweights in the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Erdei vs. Abron On Saturday Night

erdei44223.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (28-0, 17 KOs) makes his 10th defense of his title on Saturday night against American DeAndrey Abron (15-1, 10 KOs) at the Freiberger Arena, in Dresdan, Sachsen, Germany. Erdei, 33, originally from Budapest, Hungary, and now living and fighting out of Hamburg, Germany, has been nearly invincible since winning the WBO light heavyweight crown in January 2004 with a 12-round unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Gonzalez.

Since then, Erdei has mowed down his light heavyweight opposition, beating the likes of Hugo Hernan Garay, Paul Murdoch, Thomas Ulrich and Danny Santiago to name just a few. Most of Erdei’s opponents are hardly recognizable to most fans, which has kept him from making more of a name for himself than he should have considering the long period that he’s held the WBO title. Part of that has to be laid at the feet of Erdei himself, as he should have gone looking for more recognizable opponents during these years, someone like Glen Johnson, Chad Dawson, Roy Jones Jr. and Clinton Woods. Anyone of them would have gone a long way towards earning the 33 year-old Erdei more credibility on the world stage, and likely given him a chance at even bigger paydays than what he’s been getting while fighting in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

title Calzaghe: He [Hopkins] Should Get Over It”

hopkins43331.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Fresh off his impressive 12-round unanimous decision over Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night, undefeated super middleweight Joe Calzaghe had this to say to the BBC about Bernard Hopkins’ reluctance to acknowledge his defeat: “He should get over it. He should watch the tape and accept that he lost.” This was said in large part due to the fact that Hopkins, 43, has failed to accept the loss, saying that he was the one that should have been given the decision. In that, Hopkins is in the minority, because an overwhelming amount of fans and sports writers alike feel that it was Calzaghe who ultimately won the fight.

It was close, with Hopkins starting out looking exceptionally good in the first four rounds of the fight. It appeared that Hopkins, who knocked Calaghe down in the first round with a short right hand, won all of the first four rounds of the bout. After that, however, Calzaghe seemed to get more comfortable in the ring, figuring out what Hopkins was doing – punching and immediately grabbing a hold of Calzaghe – and compensating by hitting Hopkins with quick flurries before Hopkins could grab him and wrap him up in one of his many clinches in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Haye vs. Klitschko: A Possible Fight In 2009?

haye45446.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: According to Sky Sports, IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) is in talks with cruiserweight champion David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) for a fight that would likely take place later in the year. With a mandatory defense of his WBO title to take place in July against challenger Tony Thompson, Klitschko then has immediately defend his IBF heavyweight title against number one contender Alexander Povetkin – a fight which will likely take place in November or December of 2008. That leaves early 2009 as being the most likely opening for a fight between Klitschko and Haye. That is, unless Wladimir chooses to throw away his IBF belt, abandoning it for the immediate fight with Haye.

That would perhaps be the smartest option for Klitschko, because he stands to gain little by having to defend both titles repeatedly against dull fighters that the public has little interest in seeing Klitschko fight. It’s doubtful that Klitschko will give up the IBF belt, as he’s made it known that he wants to attempt to unify the titles in the near future. It seems like a near hopeless venture, for the WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is likely to never fight Klitschko, and as for the WBC heavyweight title, it’s held by Samuel Peter, who has a potential future match against Wladimir’s older brother Vitali. If by chance Vitali should win, that would remove the possibility of a title unification bout between Peter and Wladimir. Read the rest of this entry »

title John Duddy: A Future Champion or Merely Hype?

duddy574343.jpgBy Robert Cavender: Going into his last fight with the tough Walid Smichet on February 23rd, undefeated Irish middleweight John Duddy (24-0, 17 KOs) had been on the cusp of a superstardom, on the verge of fighting middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik for a June 7th bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately for Duddy, he seemed to be looking for ahead of his opponent, appearing to be thinking of his fight with Pavlik, which would be earning Duddy a huge payday, instead of the fighter in front of him. As it happened, Duddy took a tremendous about of punishment from Smichet in the first five rounds of the fight, getting cut in a couple of places on his face which required extensive amounts of stitches to repair.

With the amount of cuts Duddy received, it forced him out of circulation for three months while the cuts have slowly healed. Worse than that, however, is how bad Duddy looked against Smichet. It had been predicted that Duddy would have an easy time beating Smichet, who was pretty much tailor made for Duddy’s style of fighting – or so people though. Instead of using his excellent boxing skills, Duddy opted to get into the trenches with the powerful but limited Smichet, abandoning any thoughts of defense of finesse in hopes of impressing the large New York crowd with a big knockout win. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wright Wants De La Hoya

wright646461.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: In the latest boxing news, former light middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) is reportedly highly interested in a bout with Oscar De La Hoya, whom he feels has been avoiding him for some time. This comes to no surprise to me that De La Hoya, or any other top fighter for that matter, would choose to avoid Wright, because he’s hard to beat even under the best circumstances. Since losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in controversial fashion last July, Wright has been unable to find a top opponent that would be interested in taking him on, likely given his still largely intact boxing skills.

Wright, now 36, is interested mainly in several fighters, ranging from Floyd Mayweather Jr., Kelly Pavlik to De La Hoya. Unfortunately for Wright, each one of them have fights booked up for the remainder of 2008, and in De La Hoya’s case, he may be going after bigger fish, such as Miguel Cotto, after De La Hoya gets through with his next two fights against Steve Forbes and Mayweather. One can’t blame Wright for wanting a bout with anyone of them, especially De La Hoya, because the bout would mean a tremendous payday for Wright, likely well into the millions. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto vs. De La Hoya: Coming Soon?

cotto685757.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In a recent conference call interview, Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) didn’t rule out a fight with undefeated WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs). This would, of course, be taking place after De La Hoya’s fights with Steve Forbes, scheduled for May 3rd, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 20th in Las Vegas. De La Hoya, now 35, would be looking for a bout with Cotto likely to take place in December. However, for such a fight to take place, a lot of things would have to come in line before it could happen.

For instance, Cotto is facing Antonio Margarito on July 26th at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and that’s a fight that Cotto will have a hard time winning given Margarito’s size, experience and punch output advantage over the smaller Cotto. As such, there’s a good chance that Cotto may end up losing to Margarito, which would wipe out De La Hoya’s plans, if he is at all serious, about wanting a fight with Cotto. Likewise, De La Hoya, an aging fight that is no longer nearly as dominating as he once was earlier in his career, has bouts against Forbes and Mayweather to deal with. First things first, Forbes, a smaller light welterweight for most of his career, still has a lot of skills, enough possibly to beat De La Hoya. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Calzaghe Overrated?

calzaghe463.jpgBy Chris Stein: After watching undefeated Joe Calzaghe struggle for 12 dull rounds against a 43 year-old Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, I couldn’t help but feel slightly unimpressed with what I was seeing. I’d only seen a couple of glimpses of him fight previous to this on youtube, and frankly I wasn’t enthralled with who Calzaghe was fighting in the video. In most cases, Calzaghe was going up against fairly average super middleweight fodder and it came to no surprise to me that he was ultimately successful in winning the fights.

However, against the old ring veteran Bernard Hopkins, who Calzaghe should have been able to easily defeat, if he really is as good as many people say he is. Calzaghe looked nothing like a champion in the ring. In fact, Hopkins looked much like the better fighter, both in power and ring skills. When Calzaghe would attempt to trade with Hopkins, all he could offer up were harmless slaps which did nothing against the tough-chinned Hopkins. Mostly, though, Calzaghe’s punches were blocked by Hopkins, who would fire back with powerful right hands of his own. Read the rest of this entry »

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