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title De La Hoya-Pacquiao Negotiations Off?

delahoya54546.jpgBy William Mackay: According to reports from fightnews, Manny Pacquiao has turned down an offer of a 70-30 split from Golden Boy Promotions for a potential December 6th fight with Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao wanted a 60-40 split, but De La Hoya’s Golden Boy management team where firm with the original 70-30 split. Instead of taking the offer, Pacquiao will either stay at lightweight or possibly move back down to the super featherweight division where there are opponents like Edwin Valero and Juan Manuel Marquez waiting for Pacquiao.

Both De La Hoy and Pacquiao had previously been stuck on the purse split issue and glove sizes (Pacquiao wanted the smaller 8-oz gloves while De La Hoya wanted the large 10-oz gloves. However, the purse split was the real issue, as Pacquiao, by far the better fighter at this stage in his boxing career, wanted a 60-40 split given his talent and his huge popularity among boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »

title Audley Harrison – Where did it all go wrong

harrison311.jpgBy Abbas Dadhiwala: When Audley Harrison won the Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he should have been a World Champion within 4 years, but that was not the case and what many believed the start a journey that would lead him to Unifying the Heavyweight Championship of the World just like Lennox Lewis never happened.

After the A-Force won the Gold Medal, he was awarded an MBE and had promoters from all over the World clamoring for his services, these included Don King, Bob Arum and Frank Warren, but Audley decided to go it alone and cut out the middle man. The BBC paid him a million dollars for his first 10 fights and this seemed to be the start of the downfall for Harrison. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Cotto Ever Be The Same Again?

cotto68479801.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: After taking a brutal beating at the hands of punching dynamo Antonio Margarito on July 26th, there are a great many questions from boxing fans about the future of former WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs), about whether he’ll ever recover from the savage beating he took from Margarito on that night. To be sure, it was the type of beating that often stays with a fighter for the rest of their days, haunting them both mentally and physically, lessening their ability to take punches without going down – or in the case of Cotto, dropping to a knee multiple times to signal surrender at the hands of his conqueror.

I think even under the best of circumstances in with Cotto being matched carefully for a year or two, he still might not be the same fighter that he was previously. He took too many head shots in the fight, and the damage may have been a little too much for him to shake off the effects in such a short period of time. The brain heals more slowly than any other organ, both physically and mentally, and it will be a major work for Cotto to recover from the type of fight that Margarito put him through. In the rumor mill, Cotto has come out saying that he’d be interested in a fight with Kermit Cintron, a fighter with even more power than Cotto or Margarito. Read the rest of this entry »

title Frank Warren – The best promoter in Britain

warren5367.jpgBy Abbas Dadhiwala: I think the notion that to succeed in boxing in this country you need to join Frank Warren may not be all correct but it would be a great help when you have the man inducted into boxing’s hall of fame by your side. If we take it back to before Frank was a boxing promoter he started the The National Boxing Council, allowing the toughest fighters in Britain to legally go head to head. You had fighters from London meeting Irish fighters for often bloody and explosive battles. He made his cousin Lenny Mclean a known figure, not just in Britain but throughout the world. Frank Warren has guided some of Britain’s best known boxers through their careers and landed them title shots these include Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn.

If you look at some of the other British promoters, you’ll notice that none of them will ever scale the heights Frank has, as most of their shows are put on in hotels or small arenas compared to Frank who has put boxing promotions at Millenium Stadium, MEN arena, O2 arena and many others. David Haye is a fine example as he had only fought in front of a small crown mainly at the York Hall until he fought Enzo Maccarinelli at the O2 arena. Read the rest of this entry »

title Bernard Hopkins – Does Anyone Even Listen To Him?

hopkins12367.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Usually what a fighter says is tuned out by boxing fans and the larger public the moment that they lose relevance, like for instance when they’re no longer successful in the ring. In the case of former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs), who has lost three out of his last five fights, we may be seeing a shining example of just that taking place. At 43, the old skills, speed and power are on the decline, and the energy and vitality that made Hopkins so good in the early of his boxing career now seem to be on the wane, gone perhaps forever.

When his mouth roars, it doesn’t hold the kind of power that it once did before he started losing with great regularity. Now, going into his fight against the young, 26 year-old, unbeaten, power-punching Kelly Pavlik, who has stopped 30 of his 34 opponents, it’s hard to keep from erupting in laughter to hear Hopkins still making bold statements. Read the rest of this entry »

title Berto vs. Forbes on September 27th

berto353553352.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: It’s funny how a fight with Oscar De La Hoya has a way of adding a big boost to the career’s of certain boxers. This was never more apparent than in the case of former super featherweight Steve Forbes (33-6, 9 KOs) who will be getting a shot against the WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (22-0, 19 KOs) on September 27th at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Forbes, 31, a fighter with almost zero power, has very little chance of pulling off an upset against the faster, and much more powerful Berto. In fact, it will probably be a minor miracle if Forbes is still around to here the final bell.

He’s a good fighter, but he’s hopelessly out of his league in the welterweight division and both too small and weak to compete against the big punchers in the division like Berto. Although he’s only an inch shorter than Berto at 5’7″, he doesn’t have the immense power to make up for his lack of size against the bigger welterweights. It’s a wonder that he even got the fight with Berto, considering that Forbes lost almost every round of his fight with De La Hoya, losing by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to the Golden Boy. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Calzaghe be Branded A Coward If He Retires Without Facing Pavlik?

calzaghe335333.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Undefeated super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) has made it no secret that he’d like to retire with his undefeated record intact, and with his boxing legacy unblemished with any ugly defeats that would mar his record. In the past several months, however, he’s been pursued steadily by unbeaten WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs), who has gone to great lengths in order to try and land a fight with him. Even though Pavlik is the smaller fighter, he’s willing to take the risky bout because he knows that he’ll ultimately earn more respect from the boxing public, and be rewarded by receiving even bigger paydays should he come out on the winning end of such a fight.

Calzaghe, though, has opted to take the safe route, taking a nice comfortable bout against the totally shot Roy Jones Jr. on November 8th, at the Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. It’ll give Calzaghe, who wants to get as much money he can before retiring from boxing, a nice payday at a minimum of risk. The drawback to that, however, is that it’s not a fight that the boxing public, in large part, want to see, with most of them preferring the try and shut the trap of Pavlik by any means necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto-Margarito: Trinidad Would Have Never Taken a Knee

cotto5645764.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Felix Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) has always been one of my favorite fighters, a warrior that never gave an inch, even in losses to Winky Wright, Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins. After seeing Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) twice take a knee against Antonio Margarito in their recent fight on July 26th, I could only imagine would Trinidad must have been thinking when he saw it. Believe me, Trinidad would have never taken a knee. He might have lost to a fighter as fierce and determined as Margarito, although I’m not so certain that would happen, but I can’t see him ever taking a knee once, let alone twice like Cotto did.

Trinidad in his prime would have rather gone down swinging rather than to yield the white flag of surrender and submit by taking a knee. I know of course that people will say that Cotto didn’t actually quit, that his trainer waived towel signaling for the fight to be stopped, but taking a knee two times is as close as you can get to surrendering in battle. Trinidad fought his heart out in every fight, winning some and losing some, but with him you always felt that he would go down swinging and that he wouldn’t just give up when things got rough in the ring. If it had been Trinidad in the ring with Margarito, he would have fought until the very last ounce of his energy was gone, and made Margarito take him out the old fashion way – with his fists. Perhaps this is the new generation of boxers or something, because I don’t understand it myself. Read the rest of this entry »

title Getting Rid Of Graham Won’t Solve Hatton’s Problems

hatton4623351.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: With the recent news of Ricky Hatton and his long-time Billy Graham going there separate ways, I don’t think for a second that this is going to fix Hatton’s many problems in his boxing career. For me, it seems like a cry for help, a desperate move on Hatton’s part to try and regain what is probably lost forever. Changing trainers at this point, something I wouldn’t recommend him doing, isn’t going to solve Hatton’s problems and start making him good again like he was earlier in his career. Let’s face it – what made Hatton good in the beginning was his high energy way of fighting, which was fueled in part by his youth.

Once his youth and stamina was compromised by age and a fast pace lifestyle, then we saw the best part of Hatton taken away. What was left was his bad flaws, such as his tendency to come lunching in with his typical charging attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lopez Stops Andrade; De Jesus TKOs Navarrete

andrade643454.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Using a body attack which unfortunately consisted of a high number of punches that strayed below the belt, super flyweight Jose Lopez (37-7-2, 31 KOs) stopped Oscar Andrade (36-34-2, 18 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled 10-round bout at Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Lopez, 36, put Andrade down three times, once in the 6th and twice in the 7th, seemingly all with low blows. The referee, perhaps, was shielded from all of the blows, for he seemed to miss each one, and counted them as knockdowns.

Lopez also dropped Andrade, 33, with a nice low blow in the 5th round, although this time the referee got it right and scored it as a low blow. Lopez had been working the midsection of Andrade for most of the fight, but it wasn’t until the 5th round when he suddenly began straying low with great regularity and force. The second low blow in the 6th, from a big left hook, did a lot of damage to Andrade, who stayed down for a considerable amount of time trying to recover from the shot. In the 7th round, Lopez wasted no time and landed another combination both of which landed low, sending Andrade down again. At this point a point was deducted from Lopez. Read the rest of this entry »

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