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title Boxing News: Larry Holmes, Mack-Judah, Hatton-Lazcano

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Larry Holmes has dismissed the current crop of heavyweight boxers as nothing more than ‘big and strong guys who don’t know how to fight.’

Speaking to Setanta Sports News Holmes said:

“If you want to prove yourself as a champion, you have to fight everybody and anybody who comes up and gives you that challenge. You have to prove yourself worthy of being Heavyweight Champion of the World. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Pavlik-Lockett Undercard, Mijares-Munoz

When unbeaten super featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa (9-0-0, 8 kos) steps into the ring against Darling Jimenez (23-2-2, 14 kos) this Saturday (May 17th) in Primm, Nevada, it will not only be the HBO debut of the Cuban Olympic gold medallist, but also his chance to win the WBC international championship. The title had been laid down by none other than Phillipinian superstar Manny Pacquiao before “Pacman” stripped the world title from Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15th. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News: Solis-Botha, Aaron Williams, Khan-Gomez

Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis and former world heavyweight champion Francois Botha were meant to meet in the ring in December 2007 but the “White Buffalo” drew in his horns on very short notice. Now everything is set and the contracts are signed for the fight to take place on May 30th in Bilbao, Spain.. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kirkland vs. Albert: James Takes A Big Step Up

kirkland222242.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Undefeated light middleweight contender James Kirkland (21-0, 18 KOs) faces his toughest test to date this Saturday night against the hard-punching Nigerian fighter Eromosele Albert (21-1, 10 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBO NABO light middleweight title at the Buffalo Bills Hotel, in Primm, Nevada. Kirkland, 24, is coming off an exciting action packed bout with Allen Conyers in November 2007, a bout in which both fighters traded first round knockdowns before Kirkland’s superior power eventually took over and he was able to stop him later in the round with another knockdown. Since turning professional in 2001, it has been only in the past year that Kirkland has started to build a name for himself with victories over Billy Lyell, Ossie Duran, Mohammed Said and the aforementioned Conyers.

Most of the fights have been shown on ESPN, which has allowed a fairly substantial viewing public to see Kirkland fight. After watching his fight with Lyell, an 8th round TKO, l in February 2007, I can see why Kirkland has been getting so much television coverage. He goes right after his opponents from the opening bell in a style somewhat reminiscent of a Tough Man contest in which both fighters forgo any thoughts of defense while they try to take each other out as quickly as possible. In Kirkland’s case, he has a lot of skills and tremendous power to go with his high pressure style of fighting, which makes him much more appealing than the average fighters that are generally shown on cable. Read the rest of this entry »



title Gamboa vs. Jimenez This Saturday

gamboa3353.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated former 2004 Cuban amateur Gold Medalist super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (9-0, 8 KOs) takes a big leap up in competition this Saturday against Darling Jimenez (23-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout at the Buffalo Bills Hotel, in Primm, Nevada. Gamboa, 26 has quickly risen up the rankings in the super featherweight division since turning professional last year in April 2007, winning eight of his nine bouts by knockout. Though he’s only fought nine times, Gamboa is already ranked #5 in the WBC and #3 in the WBA, and is thought by many to be even better than the top super featherweights in the division, such as Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez and Edwin Valero.

It’s still too early to tell due to the mostly soft opposition that Gamboa has been placed in with but he looks so far to have the goods to be a future champion in a short while. What makes Gamboa so appealing as a fighter is that he fights like he has a train to catch, not wasting any time with the typical feeling out period that most boxers use in the opening moments of their fights. Read the rest of this entry »



title Could Hatton Beat Bradley?

hatton463446444.jpgBy Nate Anderson: With last Saturday’s impressive 12-round unanimous decision over former WBC light welterweight champion, unbeaten Timothy Bradley (22-0, 11 KOs) fights himself as the top guy in the junior welterweight division and the new star on the block. However, he’s still not quite the top guy in the division, for just below him at the next open slot in the WBC rankings is former champion Ricky Hatton, the fighter that many people feel is the best fighter in the division. However, Hatton, 29, appears to be mostly living on his past accolades in the division, for he hasn’t done much since defeating Juan Urango and Jose Luis Castillo last year.

Both were impressive fights, most fans would admit, but Hatton hasn’t continued to prove himself since that time. He took time off from the division to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December, which turned out to be a good move financially for Hatton but resulted in him being stopped in the 10th round. Hatton was simply too small for Mayweather, which he admitted later on. Since then, Hatton has decided to move back down to the light welterweight division where he previously held the IBF title. Before taking on the best in the division, Hatton has decided to take an easy tune-up fight against Juan Lazcano on May 24th. Read the rest of this entry »



title Tua To Fight Arreola-Witherspoon Winner

tua464.jpgBy Jim Dower: Former heavyweight contender David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) has recently snapped out of his lethargy with an agreement to fight the winner of the of the June 21st bout between young heavyweight contenders Chris Arreola and Chazz Witherspoon. The 35 year-old Tua perhaps has his eyes on a potential future title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, which would make sense of Tua’s decision to fight the Arreola-Witherspoon winner. Arreola is currently ranked at #7 in the WBC, so a win against him would give Tua a big shot in the rankings and at the same time would make him a desirable future opponent for Peter – or whoever ends up on top in the division after Peter’s October bout with Vitali Klitschko.

For Tua’s sake, he better hope that Arreola emerges at the winner against Witherspoon, because if it’s Chazz that comes out on top, that’s not a fight that favors Tua’s style of fighting. Chazz would likely be able to use his long reach to jab into submission. Arreola, however, is a more of a crude slugger, who would come right at Tua, trying to take his head off with every punch. Despite his large 6’4” frame, Arreola tends to stand directly in front of them, often very close, which would allow for a shorter-armed puncher like Tua to land his bombs with great frequency. Arreola’s defense is also pretty average and that’s not a good thing against a fighter that punches as hard as Tua. Read the rest of this entry »



title Byrd vs. George: Is Chris Doomed For Failure?

byrd4644641.jpgBy Jason Kim: In a move almost destined for failure, former IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (40-4-1, 21 KOs) will be making his first appearance as a light heavyweight this Friday night when he fights the tough Shaun George (16-2, 7 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be shown live on ESPN2, so it’s not like the 37 year-old Byrd will be able to hide a poor performance from the general public in his initial effort in the division. Byrd, who was stopped in the 11th round by Alexander Povetkin in his last bout fought on October 27, 2007, will be coming into Friday’s bout a full 50 lbs lighter than he did in his fight with Povetkin.

Byrd, a natural light heavyweight, has been forced to keep his weight well above that while campaigning as a heavyweight for almost his entire 15-year professional boxing career. Never a particularly big heavyweight, usually weighing in between 200 to 215 lbs, Byrd will be coming in a lot less than that against George on Friday. According to Byrd, he feel faster and stronger at this weight than he did as a heavyweight, which isn’t hard to believe because he wasn’t exactly muscular-looking in appearance as a heavyweight. Until late in his career, when he suddenly began focusing on building muscle and shedding fat, Byrd was always somewhat fat looking. The strange thing about it, though, is that when Byrd took off all the fat, he seemed to be a much less effective fighter than he was earlier in his career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye Gives Up WBC Cruiserweight Belt

haye5743331.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) has reportedly givin up his WBC cruiserweight championship belt, and asking the WBC to rate him in the WBC heavyweight division. However, he still has yet to give up his other two cruiserweight belts, the WBA and WBO. One can imagine that Haye, 27 will shortly be giving up those belts as well as he moves forward with his hopes of winning a heavyweight title in the near future. As for Haye’s WBC cruiserweight title, it will be fought over by Rudolf Kraj and Giacobbe Fragomeni. The latter fighter is no stranger to Haye, having fought a life and death battle with him in November 2006, in which Haye, who was bloodied and hit often, eventually prevailed with a 9th round stoppage.

Since letting his plans known that he wants to move up to cruiserweight, Haye has not been shy about wanting to take on the best in the division. Unlike most fighters, Haye has no interest in taking things slow and moving up in small increments the way that it’s normally done in the boxing world. Almost immediately, Haye called out IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko , asking him to fight him. After getting not getting a positive response from Klitschko, Haye recently confronted him at a charity press conference in April, getting face to face with Klitschko and calling him out. Klitschko looked both startled and afraid, as if he wasn’t sure if Haye was going to reach out and clock him with one of his big trademark right hands. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Witter Washed Up?

witter463232.jpgBy Eric Thomas: While watching former WBA super welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-2, 21 KOs) struggle in this past Saturday’s bout with Timothy Bradley, I got a general sense that Witter, 34, is past his prime and should really strongly consider ending his career. He looked well past it and his advanced age seems really has nothing to do with my thoughts on this. Many fighters still can fight effectively well past 34, Lennox Lewis, a prime example of that. But, in Witter’s case, he looked old and slow from the very get go, struggling with both his timing and his speed against the younger, stronger Bradley.

I’ve seen many of Witter’s fights and have been a big fan of his for many years, and for that reason I kept out hope for him that he would somehow eventually start fighting like his old self and take over the fight. The problem was, this isn’t the same fighter that I’ve come to know in the past. Witter’s speed was largely gone and his defense, once impregnable and nearly flawless, was wide open for pretty much anything that Bradley chose to throw his way. When Witter was dropped in the 6th round by a badly telegraphed right hand from Bradley, that pretty much clued me in that Witter just doesn’t have it anymore. Read the rest of this entry »



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