Undefeated middleweight prospect Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs) quickly took out his opponent Darryl Salmon (15-2, 4 KOs) in the 1st round on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Greene, 21, despite being knocked down once in the opening minute of the bout, rebounded well, connecting with a pulverizing left hand shortly after to plant Salmon on the canvas where he was then quickly counted out by the referee.
Greene, a natural southpaw, blessed with extraordinary power, came out with mean intentions at the opening bell, as he was putting everything he had into every punch, causing him to be off balance after throwing them. It was during one of these occasions that Salmon connected with a hard left hand that sent Greene to the canvas. He immediately got up, however, and looked more embarrassed than actually hurt. All the same, it wasn’t the last time that Salmon connected cleanly with a left hand, showing that Greene had a got a lot of work to do on his defense side of his fight game. Though he quickly moved in and stopped Salmon a minute late, it could be a potential problem for Greene down the road when he takes on harder punching middleweights, such as Kelly Pavlik. Read the rest of this entry »
By Larry Bass: Cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (12-0, 6 KOs) won a stunning sixth round TKO over Louis Azille (19-4-2, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Palacios, 30, was trailing the fight entering the sixth round, when he suddenly surprised Azille with a perfectly thrown right uppercut, and then a right hand, which badly hurt Azille and sent him down. After making it up, Palacios followed with a flurry of punches, punctuated by two hard right hands that staggered Azille, causing the referee to intervene and call a halt to the bout in the sixth.
Before the knockdown, however, Palacios looked nothing like an eventual winner, as he mostly ran around the ring wearing his Hector Camacho imitation shorts, and throwing weak shots while trying his best to avoid getting hit by Azille. It didn’t look good, and made for bad boxing entertainment, causing many of the ringside fans to boo loudly by the fourth round. During these rounds, Palacios, whose goal is to one day become the cruiserweight champion of the world, gave few indications that he’ll eventually win a title. Even with the knockout, Palacios looked very mediocre, and was lucky to be in the ring with the 36-year old Azille, who was only making his second fight in the past three years.
Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey (32-2, 19 KOs) defeated two-time title challenger Felix Flores (22-6, 16 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clottey, 30, using mostly quick combinations, was simply too much for the slower, plodding Flores to contend with. However, made it interesting in the first half of the fight, often forcing Clottey to the ropes where Flores would then unleash hard body shots.
Clottey, never one to a good scrape, went a long with Flores’ game plan, trying to beat him at his own game. However, it was clearly not working, so following the sixth round in which Clottey received a tongue lashing in between rounds by his trainer, Clottey came out in the seventh round and focused entirely on boxing. It worked, as he easily won the remaining four rounds without any trouble. The final judges’ score were 97-93, 99-91, and 100-90. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dave Lahr: Heavyweight challenger Tye Fields (39-1, 35 KOs) completely dominated an intimidated looking Domonic Jenkins (12-7-1, 6 KOs), stopping him in 7th round after Jenkins failed to come out for the 8th round on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jenkins, 34, looked like he didn’t want to be there from the opening bell, as he rarely threw punches, and instead mostly stood in front of Fields and absorbed continuous punishment for seven rounds. The fight perhaps should have been stopped as early as the fourth round when it became apparent that Jenkins was not interested in exchanging punches with the 6’9″ Fields. Although it’s hard to understand why not, since Fields didn’t present any semblance of defensive ability all fight long, with his main focus being his offensive output.
Fields, 32, threw a lot of punches during the fight, averaging an incredible 94 per round. However, it was slightly less than his usual enormous punch volume, perhaps in part because Jenkins was doing so little against him, that there was no real need to throw as many punches. Fields mixed in quite a few jabs during the bout, something unheard of for him, as he mostly throws wide hooks with both hands. The jabs, however, were thrown incredibly slow, as was Field’s other punches. It didn’t matter, though, because with the sheer volume of punches that Field’s was throwing and landing, he was punishing Jenkins badly. Read the rest of this entry »
Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) bout appears to be almost complete for November 10, 2007. Both sides have agreed to terms and all that’s needed is the final signings which should be taking place shortly. The bout will likely be for Cotto’s WBA welterweight (147 lb) title. Mosley, 35, has won five consecutive bots since losing back to back fights to Winky Wright in March and November 2004. Along the way, Mosley, formerly widely considered to be the # 1 pound-for-pound fighter in all boxing, twice beat the great Fernando Vargas, and recently soundly beat defensive artist Luis Collazo by unanimous 12-round decision in February 2007.
Cotto, 26, has been nothing short of spectacular since moving up to the welterweight division in December 2006, stopping Carlos Quintana (5th round December 2006), Oktay Urkal (11th round TKO in March 2007) and Zab Judah (11th round TKO in June 2007). Before that, Cotto has been fighting at light welterweight but was forced to move up because he could no longer comfortably make the weight limit without drastic dieting.
Undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs), will be meeting up with middleweight knockout artist Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs) in September 29, 2007, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pavlik, 25, is ranked # 1 in both the WBO and WBC, which made it almost impossible for Taylor, who at first wasn’t excited at the prospect of the fight, not to fight Pavlik. To get to this position, Pavlik destroyed Edison Miranda, perhaps the hardest puncher in the middleweight division, in the 7th round in May 2007. The destruction was so complete that it left no question that Pavllik was the top dog in the division, aside from champion Taylor. Read the rest of this entry »
Former two-time heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe (42-1, 33 KOs) will continue his stalled boxing comeback bid when he takes on journeyman fighter Paul ‘Rocky’ Phillips on August 19th, 2007, in Covinton, Kentucky. Bowe, now 40-years-old, and slightly paunchy, hasn’t fought in two years since last winning a split decision over Billy Zumbrun in April 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
Light heayweight Bernard Hopkins (48-4, 32 KOs) is seemingly sitting on top of the world right now of his recent 12-round unanimous decision victory over Ronald “Winky” Wright on July 21st at the Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win was nothing short of spectacular, not the least of which because of his advanced age (42-years old), and with the added fact that he hadn’t fought in over a year. Read the rest of this entry »
The Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) has reported that he wants to fight twice in 2008, “In May and December,” although not saying whom he will be fight against. However, based on boxing reports, he’d like to fight the winner of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton fight, which takes place in December 2007. If he’d have a choice in the matter – which he obviously does – De La Hoya would probably prefer to fight Hatton, rather than go over old ground and fight Mayweather once again.
De La Hoya, 34, lost a split decision to Mayweather in May 2007, a bout that many people thought should have been ruled a draw, and one that De La Hoya felt that he had done enough to get the boxing decision. Reportedly, De La Hoya didn’t enjoy Mayweather’s style of fighting, which consisted of a lot of running, with an occasional put-shot by Mayweather in between. De La Hoya added that he would be fighting at welterweight rather than 154, saying that he feels faster and stronger at that weight than at light middleweight, a weight that he’s won four and lost two.
British lightweight star Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) is reportedly in 7th heaven after the recent signing of a contractor to face boxing pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs) in Las Vegas on December 8, 2007. “I am fighting the best fighter in the world; It doesn’t get bigger than this,” Hatton said. Based on reports, Hatton is set to make in the neighborhood of $10 million on the fight with Mayweather, which far and away tops his career winnings in one single night. However, the monstrous payday will come at a cost for Hatton, as he will have to move up in weight to the welterweight division, a move that is likely to place Hatton – a natural lightweight – at a significant disadvantage going into the fight.
Even still, I suppose it may not even matter much in the long run, as with that kind of payday, Hatton, perhaps, may not mind taking a single nights beating. Indeed, for that kind of money, it would have normally taken Hatton 4-5 fights to make an equivalent. Then again, if Hatton had agreed to take on Oscar De La Hoya, who had made mention of wanting to fight Hatton, then he’d have made much more than that. Only, that wasn’t guaranteed like the fight with Mayweather is, so I can hardly blame Hatton for taking the sure thing.