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title Hopkins vs. Pavlik: Will Kelly Win By Disqualification?

hopkins4264.jpgBy Jim Dower: If there was ever a fight that will likely end with a disqualification, it’s the upcoming non-title fight between unbeaten Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) and 44 year-old Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs) on October 18th, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In his prime, Hopkins, a champion whole held the middleweight title for 10 years, was nearly unbeatable against the mostly limited opposition he faced during that time. That, however, is over with, and he’s been on the serious decline in the past three years, losing three out of his last five fights during that stretch of time.

You could easily make the argument that Hopkins should really have four losses out of his last five fights, because many boxing fans feel that he actually lost to Winky Wright, whom he beat by a 12-round unanimous decision in June 2007. I, too, felt that Wright did enough to get the win based on his better punching in the bout. Whatever Hopkins once was as a fighter, he’s not nearly as good as he used to be, especially with his offensive capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lee Stops Gibbs, Fails To Impress

lee56865.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Making his first appearance after a crushing defeat to Brian Vera four months earlier, middleweight Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) took out Willie Gibbs (20-4, 16 KOs) in the 10th round at the University Arena, in Limerick, Ireland. Lee looked a lot improved since his last fight, keeping both his hands up most of the time to protect his chin, moving more often and mixing it up much less often than in his last fight with Vera. In the 10th round, with Gibbs attacking him fiercely and landing big right hands, Lee suddenly dropped Gibbs with a right-left combination to the head.

Gibbs got up, staggering visibly, and attempted to fight on. Almost immediately, Gibbs retreated along the ropes, or rather he slid along the ropes as if they were greased with oil. In reality, his legs were completely gone and he could barely stand up. Lee calmly went after him and drilled him with four consecutive straight left hands to the head, further staggering Gibbs, and causing his corner to throw in the towel, which landed around Gibbs’ head, obscuring his vision briefly while being attacked by Lee. Read the rest of this entry »

title Symonds Stops Spitko In 3rd round TKO

spitko46354.jpgBy Chris Williams: Welterweight Chas Symonds (14-1, 5 KOs) defeated Alexandrs Spitko (4-6, 3 KOs) in a quick controversial stopped in the 3rd round on Friday night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, in Essex. Both fighters were trading shots in the 3rd round, when Symonds landed several big shots that caused Spitko to back up to the ropes temporarily where he then clubbed him with a left hook that pushed him off balance against the ropes. At this point, the referee Jeff Hinds moved in and halted the fight at 2:16 of the round. However, Spitko, 22, looked fine and ready to continuing fight.

Neither fighter focused much on defense or the use of a jab in the fight, as they threw bombs at each from the very first round. Symonds, 26, appeared to get the better of the action in the first round, land some big hooks to the head and body. However, Spitko continued pressing the fight to Symonds and hitting him with big shots repeatedly. At first, it seemed as if Symonds would be too much for Spitko, because he was hitting him with some really big right hands in the 1st half of the round. However, Spitko returned fire in the second part of the round, and hit Symonds with some tremendous shots to the head. Symonds, a good fighter, didn’t focus much on his defense during any part of the round, which made it easy for Spitko to land his shots. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing: Cotto vs. Margarito

cotto457346.jpgBy Aaron Klein: In easily the biggest, toughest fight of his short boxing career WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) will be putting both his unbeaten record and title on the line against the punching machine Mexican Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs) this Saturday night in a 12-round bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto, 27, a former light welterweight, is going up against one of the biggest welterweights he’s faced since moving up to the division in December 2006. Up to this point, Cotto has faced mostly smaller, less offensively skillful welterweights than Margarito, ones that he could either out-slug or out-out-punch on the inside.

However, he may need to find a new way to win if he plans on being successful against Margarito, who appears to be a level or two above the competition that Cotto has faced thus far since moving up to the welterweight division. That’s not a knock on fighters like Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Oktay Urkal, Carlos Quintana or Alfonso Gomez, because each of them are good fighters, but as far as being in the same class as Margarito, they’re clearly not. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao in December?

delahoya4574634.jpgBy Manuel Perez: For most people, the thought of Manny Pacquiao, currently the WBC lightweight champion, every fighting a fighter as big as welterweight Oscar De La Hoya, seemed laughable due to the huge size differences between the two fighters. Indeed, most boxing fans that dared mention such a match up in boxing forums on the internet were quickly ridiculed and laughed off the board.

However, things may have changed with De La Hoya, 35, planning on fighting for the final time in his career in December, and with Pacquiao’s recent move up in weight to defeat WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in a 9th round TKO in June. Now, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly in meetings with Golden Boy Chief executive officer Richard Schaefer about a December 6th bout between Pacquiao and De La Hoya. For Pacquiao, 29, this fight would work out perfectly, because he’s got an open date around that time with no scheduled opponents. He had been hoping to fight Ricky Hatton at that time, but Hatton isn’t interested instead in fighting IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi in November. Read the rest of this entry »

title Andy Lee Stops Willie Gibbs

lee574547.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: Middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) looked impressive on Saturday night in the process of stopping American Willie Gibbs (20-4, 16 KOs) in the 10th round at the University Arena, in Limerick, Ireland. Lee, 24, fought much more cautiously than he had in his past fights, that is, until the 10th round, when he found himself under a heavy attack by Gibbs, who was disparately behind in the fight and trying to score a knockout.

Lee, however, seemed pleased to finally lift the restraints on his own offense and went after Gibbs with some big shots, dropping him with a perfect right hand to the head. Badly hurt, Gibbs dragged himself off the canvas and attempted to fight on. Lee, however, smelling blood now, teed-off on a shaken Gibbs with a flurry of shots, which led to Gibbs’ corner to throw in the towel to signal surrender. The fight was officially stopped by referee Emile Tiedt at 2:46 of the 10th round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Povetkin Stops Sykes, Is Klitschko Next?

povetkin4524573.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Looking as if he wanted to be anywhere rather than the boxing ring, journeyman Taurus Sykes (25-5-1, 7 KOs) was stopped in the 4th round of a scheduled 10-round bout tonight by IBF number #1 ranked contender Alexander Povetkin 16-0, 12 KOs) at the Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, in Chekhov, Russia. Sykes, 33, whose body language seemed to indicate that he wasn’t interested in fighting, was eventually taken out by Povetkin in the 4th after the Russian landed two consecutive right hooks, neither of which landed flush, but none the less sent Sykes down. He stayed down for the count, only attempting to get up after the referee had counted him out at 0:48 of the 4th round. The win sets up Povetkin, the IBF mandatory challenger, for bout with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko likely later on this year.

Povetkin, 28, a former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist for Russia, whose biggest problem in the fight was catching up to the constantly running and clinching Sykes, who made it tough for Povetkin in the first three rounds to land his powerful punches. However, Povetkin adapted well to Sykes’ defensive posture by charging at him frequently and landing two to three shots before being clinched by Sykes. Read the rest of this entry »

title Vitali Klitschko Turns 37 Today- Can He Stay Injury Free For Long?

vitali463531.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) turned 37 today. At an age where most fighters are in retirement, Vitali is making a comeback on October 11th against WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter. It’s been nearly four years since Vitali last entered a boxing ring in a professional fight, and with that vast amount of time that has gone by, there are big questions whether Vitali can even make it into the ring, let alone beat a fighter as good as Peter.

There’s a lot riding on Vitali being able to avoid getting hurt again, for if he does this it may signal the end of his plans on getting a title shot without having to work his way back to the top by fighting a number of fights. That obviously will probably never happen if Vitali is injured before he steps foot in the ring with Peter in October, as I see him quickly retiring rather than trying to push himself through training, praying that his brittle body doesn’t let him down one more time like it has in the past on numerous occasions. If his body can hold together for one fight, he may very well end up winning the heavyweight title from Peter, because even with the vast amount of time away from fighting, Vitali has much more boxing skills than Peter has at this point. Read the rest of this entry »

title Williams Defeats McDermott By Majority Decision

williams574668.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Despite being penalized on three separate occasions in the final two rounds, British heavyweight Danny Williams (40-6, 31 KOs) was able to defeat John McDermott (25-4, 16 KOs) by a 12-round majority decision to win the BBBofC British heavyweight title last night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, in Essex. The final judges’ scores were 114-111, 114-113 and 113-113. I personally had Williams winning by 114-111, even with the three penalizations, which I felt was way out of line for the minor things that Williams was doing in the fight.

The timing of the fouls that were called – two in the 11th and one in the 12th – seemed somewhat strange, as it seemed to coincide with McDermott being hopelessly behind in the right. Without the points taken away from Williams, this was a pretty much one-sided fight with the pudgy-looking McDermott only appearing to win the 5th round. After the 5th, McDermott was exhausted, having blown his load and unable to muster anything other than feeble jabs for the rest of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Gamboa Stops Seeger In 1st Round TKO!

gamboa46336.jpgBy Jason Kim: Unbeaten Cuban featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (11-0, 9 KOs) stopped Al Seeger (27-4, 21 KOs) in a sensational 1st round TKO last night at the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena, in Primm, Nevada. After eating a lot of jabs for most of the round against the taller Seeger, Gamboa finally unloaded on him with a four-punching combination, first hurting him with a left to the midsection and then finishing him off with a right to the head which dropped Seeger, 28, to the canvas on his back. Referee Robert Byrd immediately stopped the fight at 2:30 of the 1st round with Seeger still flat on his back on the canvas.

If there were any doubts how well Gamboa would perform after his last disappointing performance in his last fight, they were soon erased as Gamboa hurt at the two minute mark with a powerful three-punch combination to the head. Previous to that, Seeger had been using his height and reach to keep the shorter Gamboa on the outside, using a stiff jab to pound away at him. Read the rest of this entry »

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