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title World Boxing Foundation President Interview

Interview with Billy Reese (WBF USA Continental Coordinator) and Mick Croucher (WBF President)

BR: Mick good to see the World boxing Foundation sanctioning bouts in the US; tell us about your role in the WBF and how it came about?

MC: Billy the WBF was founded in Bristol Tennessee in the eighties by the late livewire businessman Larry Carrier who later passed the business to his buddy Ron Scalf. The World Boxing Federation as it was known then was run for a few years by Ron sanctioning bouts all over the world and at one stage was one of the world’s biggest. In the late nineties I became involved with my former boxing trainer Jack Rennie to look after the South East Asia region. Read the rest of this entry »



title Chris Byrd Looking To Restart His Career As A Cruiserweight

byrd798464.jpgIn a recent interview, two-time former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (40-4-1, 21 KOs) stated that he has had had last fight as a heavyweight – his 11th round TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin on October 27, 2008 – and will not campaign as a cruiserweight for the remainder of his career. The 37 year-old Byrd hopes to make his first fight as a cruiserweight in March against an still un-named opponent, and following that he hope to challenge for one of the cruiserweight titles later in the year. How realistic is that, remains to be seen.

I personally think that Byrd should have moved down to cruiserweight two years ago, shortly after losing his International Boxing Federation heavyweight title to Wladimir Klitschko on April 22nd, 2006. Instead, however, Byrd sad idle for a year, not fighting at all, and wasted time that he could have used working his way up the cruiserweight latter. At this stage in his career, I now think it’s a mistake for him to move down to cruiserweight, because Byrd seems to have slowed down in the ring, and I think it would show against the younger, faster cruiserweights. Read the rest of this entry »



title Malignaggi: The Perfect Opponent For De La Hoya

malignaggi4647.jpgBy John Dower: With so many fighters to choose from for his May 3rd tune-up bout, Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 Kos) must feel like he’s in a giant candy store, especially when the opponent is very likely going to be one that he can literally beat the stuffing out of and look good in the process. However, in selecting the opponent, De La Hoya, 35, has to make sure that he doesn’t make the mistake up drifting too far down in the chain for quality opposition, for both the boxing public and general fans will let him know about with complaints.

So far, we’ve heard names like Steve Forbes and Paulie Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs) mentioned as potential opponents. The second name, however, Malignaggi, is the one that De La Hoya needs to be focusing on, mostly because of Malignaggi’s already huge popularity, but also because of the fact that he is so beatable. Let’s be clear here, Malignaggi, 27, would seem to be the ideal opponent because of his lack of punch. He only as a pitiful five knockouts on his record, and isn’t likely going to be able to hurt De La Hoya with any of his fast jabs or light punches. Read the rest of this entry »



title Woods vs. Tarver on April 12th

International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (41-3-1, 24 KOs) will be dfending his title against two-time light heavyweight champion, and occasional actor, Antonio Tarver (26-4, 19 KOs) on April 12th, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. For the most part, it will be a battle of aging light heavyweights, as the combined age of the two fighters comes out to 74. However, both fighters still appear to be fighting remarkably well and seem to have a lot left despite their advanced age. Tarver, 39, hasn’t done much in the boxing rang since losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in June 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Winky Wright – Is Inactivity Hurting Wright’s Career?

wright3535353.jpgBy Chris Thomas: So far, it’s been six months since former light middleweight & middleweight champion Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) last fought, losing a disappointing 12-round unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, instead of accepting the defeat and moving on, Wright, now 36, has become almost frozen in place, seemingly waiting for another huge mega-fight (you know, the type where each of the fighters are showered with millions of dollars) to come his way. Unfortunately for Wright, it isn’t happening and he seem none to pleased about it. Rather than starting over, perhaps taking a lesser fighter, Wright still waits for the one big fight to come knocking. As of now, he has no fights planned, and has already wasted six months of his career waiting. In an interview with ESPN’s writer Eric Raskin, Wright had this to say about taking on lesser quality fighters:

“Why should I go fight these lesser guys when I know I’m above them?…They want me to fight Kessler. Why do I need to fight these dudes? I’m at the top. Arthur Abraham and people like that, I have no interest in them. For what?” Read the rest of this entry »



title Alexander Dimitrenko: Is He The Best Of The Heavyweight Contenders?

By Eric Schmidt: In making a survey of the top heavyweight challengers in boxing, one name seems to stand out above all of them, the undefeated Alexander Dimtrenko (27-0, 17 KOs), ranked # 2 in the World Boxing Organization. At 25, Dimitrenko appears on the brink of finally challenging for the WBO heavyweight title perhaps as early as late 2008 or perhaps 09. It seems as if it’s about time for the 6’7″ Ukrainian, who has had an easy time sailing threw his over-matched opposition thus far in his still early career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Should Klitschko Face Peter-Maskaev Winner Rather Than Povetkin?

wladimir33322.jpgBy John Dower: After watching the new International Boxing Federation mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs) struggle against American Eddie Chambers (30-1, 16 KOs) last Saturday night in Berlin, Germany, I’m starting to re-think the wisdom of IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) of facing Povetkin when/if Wladimir defeats WBO heavyweight title holder Sultan Ibragimov next month on February 23rd. I’ve come to the conclusion that Povekin, 28, would be a mistake for Wladimir to fight, since Povetkin is clearly not ready for him, showing mostly average skills in struggling to beat Chambers, but worst of all, the fight will do nothing to enhance Klitschko’s reputation.

I see this fight going much like Wladimir’s 3rd round TKO destruction of an over-matched Ray Austin in March 2007. In fact, I think Austin might have the skills and size to beat Povetkin if they were to ever meet. A far better opponent than Povetkin, I think, would be for Klitschko to face the winner of WBC heavyweight champions Oleg Maskaev vs. Samuel Peter, a fight which takes place on March 8th. Most people safely assume that the winner of that bout with be Nigerian knockout artist Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs), who Klitschko already defeated by an exciting 12-round unanimous decision in September 2005. Read the rest of this entry »



title Holt vs. Tackie On February 7th

holt33222.jpgIn his first bout since losing a controversial 11th round TKO to World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) last September 1st, title contender Kendall Holt (22-2, 12 KOs) is going to try to remove some of the disappointment from that loss by taking on veteran Ben Tackie (29-8-1, 17 KOs) on February 7th, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holt, 26, one of the fastest and highly skilled fighters in the junior welterweight division, is coming off a bitter defeat to WBO champion Ricardo Torres, a fight which took place in front of Torres’ home crowd at the Salon Jumbo del Country Club, in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The fight was stopped what seem to be prematurely in the 11th round shortly after Torres had dropped Holt with a big left hand. However, at the time of the stoppage, Holt was still fighting back and seemed to be in no danger of getting hurt by Torres. The referee at the time, Genaro Rodriguez, thought differently, and stopped the fight and gave Torres the victory, even though Holt was ahead on two of the three scorecards. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto-Gomez: Is Alfonso The Best Option For Miguel?

By Chris Thomas: With this recent news story of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (31-0, 25 KOs) opting to defend his title against Alfonso Gomez (18-3-2, 8 KOs), a fighter from the television series “The Contender,” on April 12th at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, I wonder if Cotto pursued every avenue to find a better opponent than Gomez? For a fighter as good and as popular as Cotto, you would think that he’d want to take on a quality opponent, at least someone ranked in the top 15, if not the top 5. Read the rest of this entry »



title Michalczewski To Take On Ottke In May?

michalzewski12323.jpgBy Eric Schmidt: Two of the greatest fighters in German boxing history, Sven Ottke (34-0, 6 KOs) and Dariusz Michalczewski (48-2, 38 KOs) are rumored to be possibly fighting on May 24th, according to boxing news from Germany. Ottke, now 40, retired as an undefeated WBA/IBF super middleweight champion in March 2004, after having held his title for an incredible six years, during which time he defeated challengers such as Charles Brewer, Robin Reid, Glen Johnson, Thomas Tate, Mads Larsen and Anthony Mundine. In his prime, Ottke was almost un-hittable, as he had silky smooth boxing moves, which skillfully enabled him to beat cruder fighters blessed with more power.

In his day, he’d have been a formidable opponent for Joe Calzaghe, had they met. However, the two were never able to line up a fight, and it’s too bad, for I would have liked to have seen Calzaghe try to land against the defensive wizard Ottke. It would have been tough. As good as he was, Ottke was intensely disliked by some people, who were angered because of the fact that he fought most of his fights in his native Germany. However, that’s generally the case for a fighter, isn’t it? Most fighters typically fight the vast majority of their bouts in front of home audiences of their country, mainly because that’s where their known, and, of course, where the money is. Read the rest of this entry »



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