Bad luck plagued lightweight contender Zahir Raheem (28-2, 16 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday night against Ricardo Dominquez (23-2-2, 15 KOs) at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa. Raheem, 31, the beneficiary of two of the worst decision losses in boxing history in defeats to Acelino Freitas and Rocky Juarez, climbs back into the ring against the marginal prospect Dominquez, 22, a fighter that has fought exclusively C-level opposition with decent but not great results. Read the rest of this entry »
Now that a little time has gone by since Lennox Lewis (41-2-1, 32 KOs) has been out of boxing, I thought it would be an interesting idea to speculate how “The Lion” would have done against today’s top heavyweight champions – Wladimir Klitschko, Sultan Ibragimov, Ruslan Chagaev and Samuel Peter. Lewis was perhaps in his prime in 1997, around the time that he destroyed Andrew Golota in one vicious round at the Caesars Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At that time in his career, the 6″5″ 250 lb Lewis was almost indestructible, with impressive wins over Ray Mercer, Oliver McCall and Tommy Morrison already on his resume.
Although he would later lose by 5th round KO to Hasim Rahman in 2001, that was more of a blip on his career radar screen. in 1997, however, Lewis had next to no competition to speak of, as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield appeared to want none of him, and rightly so, they would have most likely been easily defeated by this giant of a boxing legend. So, how would today’s top heavyweights do against this version of Lewis? I’ve purposely left out World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev because I don’t see him beating Samuel Peter in their scheduled March 8th bout, hence he doesn’t apply to this list. Here below I’ll discuss my thoughts on a hypothetical match up: Read the rest of this entry »
Fringe heavyweight Brian Minto (29-2, 18 KOs) had little trouble in stopping opponent Byron Polley (27-8-1, 10 KOs) in the 1st round last night at the Mountaineer Race Track, in Chester, West Virginia. Minto, 32, not currently ranked in the top 10 in the heavyweight division, quickly used his powerful right hand to drop Polley moments into the fight. Upon getting up, Polley was knocked down once again by Minto, who timed him perfectly with a 1-2 combination, sending Polley down for the final count. Referee Tim Wheeler then moved in and halted the bout at 1:52 of the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »
Heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs) hopes to keep alive in the heavyweight division when he takes on hard-punching Mike Molla (19-1, 12 KOs) on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Both fighters will be getting a tremendous amount of visibility, since the fight will be on the undercard of the older timers bout between Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad, which will likely stink up the joint in comparison to the fireworks that will likely happen between Molla and Golota. That’s not to say that either Golota or Molla are top heavyweights, because neither of them are, although Molla is technically a prospect to some.
This is pretty much a toss up bout, as Golota, who will be 40 years-old on January 5th, has lost much of his handspeed in recent years and looks like only a shell of his former self. He still has power, true, but his speed is going to be big problem for him against a young fighter like the 27 year-old Molla. Perhaps more of a problem for Golota, however, is his problems with big punchers, as he’s been stopped during his career by the few big punchers – Lennox Lewis, Lamon Brewster, and Mike Tyson – that he’s faced. Although in fairness to Golota, he actually quit against Tyson, but if the fight had gone on a little longer, he probably would have been legitimately stopped by Tyson due to the injury to Golota’s cheekbone. In facing Molla, Golota will be dealing with another fighter about the same size as Tyson, around 6-feet tall, and with excellent power, which some say is comparable to Tyson. Read the rest of this entry »
World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev finally makes his initial title defense when he takes on 40 year-old British challenger Matt Skelton (21-1, 18 KOs) on January 19th at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Chagaev, 29, has been away from the ring for nine months, having battled both injuries and illness which have kept him away from action for the longest spell of his career. Chagaev, a fighter with good power and excellent counter-punching ability, figures to be hugely favored in the bout with Skelton. Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest boxing news, the trainer for Super featherweight Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs), Freddie Roach recently said to boxingtalk website “If we win that fight against Diaz, we want Ricky Hatton. Ricky had a great performance against Mayweather. There are certain guys at 140 lb that I will let Manny fight, and Ricky Hatton is one of them.” Perhaps Pacquiao and Roach noticed how limited Hatton looked against Mayweather, and figured that if Floyd could make Hatton look so marginal, than a fighter as lightning fast and as powerful as Pacquiao could box circles around the slow-footed Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
International Boxing Federation # 1 ranked challenger Marco Huck (19-1, 14 KOs) has stated that he will “train even harder than before” and “I was too tense” in response to his 12th round TKO loss to International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham on Saturday night in Germany. It would seem that Huck, 23, has a lot of work ahead of him in trying to restart his career. Most specifically, he needs to start with trying to fight better fighters, as up until he took on Cunningham, Huck had only faced one good cruiserweight in his entire career – 35 year-old Vadim Tokarev – and even then, Huck appeared to loss the fight.
I personally rate 14 cruiserweights better than Tokarev, which tells you how far Huck has to go to make it to the top of the division. The main problem is that Huck had an inflated record to begin with, having fought exclusively soft European competition during his entire career, which is typical of fighters based in Germany. So when Huck finally had to face a good cruiserweight in Cunningham, he wasn’t prepared for him physically or mentally. The sad part of it all, unfortunately, is that Cunningham isn’t a top five fighter either, despite being a champion. Read the rest of this entry »
International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (21-1, 11 KOs) turned back German-based challenger Marco Huck (19-1, 14 KOs), stopping him in the 12th round on Saturday night at the Seidensticker Halle, in Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. After a strong first two rounds in which Huck, a power puncher, landed a number of hard shots to effectively win both rounds, he faded badly and was ultimately stopped by the 31 year-old Cunningham. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Cuban amateur boxing star, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-0, 8 KOs) flattened Algerian Mohamed Azzaoui (22-2-2, 8 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to win the World Boxing Association Fedelatin and World Boxing Council Latino cruiserweight title at the Seidensticker Halle, in Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The fight had started out slowly, with both boxers caustiously jabbing at each other, when Hernandez suddenly landed a monstrous left hook that connected to the jaw of the 32 year-old Azzaoui, sending him to the canvas badly hurt.
By the time he could make it to his feet, the referee Massimo Barrovecchio had counted him out. The fight was officially stopped at 2:08 of the first round. Hernandez, only 23, a former 2005 Cuban National champion at light heavyweight, who also participated in the 2004 Olympic games, started slowly in the bout, focusing on landing his jab and right hook combination and keeping Azzaoui guessing as to what punch would come next. Read the rest of this entry »
In a battle of journeyman super middleweight fighters, Louis Sargeant (9-11, 5 KOs) stopped 40 year-old Darrell Woods (26-12, 18 KOs) in the fourth round on Friday night at the River Rock Casino, in Richmond, British Columbia. Woods, who previously was stopped in the 1st round by super middleweight contender Allan Green in July, took tremendous punishment from Sargeant all fight long, enough so that the referee Robert Howard had decided he’d seen enough and halted the fight following the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »