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title Schouten Defeats Bedo

schouten464.jpgBy Erik Schmight: Former Women’s IBF European Super Bantamweight champion Esther Schouten (19-4-1, 9 KOs) defeated Zsofia Bedo (0-3-1) by a six-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Schouten, who was coming off a year and a half layoff following an unsuccessful bid for the WBC featherweight title against Sharon Anyos, had an easy time against the inexperienced 22 year-old Bedo. Obviously, this was a step down in competition for Schouten, from the Netherlands, who appears to be in the rebuilding stage in her career after having experienced three losses out of her last four fights going into her bout with Bedo.

In the first round, Schouten had her way with Bedo, landing an assortment of jabs, right crosses an occasional shot to the midsection. I would have liked to have seen a few more combinations and punches to the midsection, though, because Schouten appeared to be mostly loading and landing one shot at a time. She looked good, using excellent form when throwing the punches, but she needed to add a couple of more to make her work more impressive. Bedo landed nothing in the round and only attempted a few punches. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ragosina Decisions Perozzi

ragosina5333.jpgBy Erik Schmight: Undefeated WIBF/WIBA/WBA/WBC Womans super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina (17-0, 11 KOs) defeated Teresa Perozzi (6-3-1) by a 10-round lopsided unanimous decision at the Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on Saturday night. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 99-90 and 99-91, for Ragosina. Originally from Russian and now living and fighting out of Germany, Ragosina, 31, towered over her 5’6″ opponent by 51/2 inches and used her height to easily pound out a one-sided decision. Though Perozzi, 34, gamely pressed the action for the entire bout, she simply wasn’t tall enough or highly skilled to compete with the 5’11 1/2 inch Ragosina, who stood tall all fight long, firing out mostly jabs at her shorter, rounder and slower opponent.

There was hardly any action in the first round whatsoever. In fact, there were only two punches that connected during the entire round, which has to be some kind of record. Ragosina mostly jabbed at the air with her left hand, not connecting, and not really trying to. I think she was mostly using her jab to ward off the short, squat Perozzi. Ragosina didn’t really have to do much, for Perozzi looked badly intimidated in the first round, as if she was afraid to get hit. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao Defeats Marquez On Questionable Decision

pacquiao4323353.jpgBy Manuel Perez: For the second time in four years, WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-4-1, 35 KOs) finds himself on the losing end of a dreadful decision, this time a 12-round split decision loss to Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (46-3-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 115-112 for Pacquiao, 112-115 for Marquez and 114-113 for Pacquiao.

I personally had Marquez winning 8 rounds to 4, but with the knockdown of Marquez in the 3rd round, it came out to 7-5. Many other sports writers at both ringside and on the internet are in agreement with me about the outcome being a horrible decision.

I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised, though, because Pacquiao is the bigger named fighter and it would have taken almost a miracle performance by Marquez to pull out a decision, even though he was the WBC super featherweight champion going into the bout and should have had that going for him. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough cache to get the win, but for most people that saw the fight, they know really won the fight, so I consider Marquez the people’s champion. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mares Destroys Gabi In 2nd Round TKO

mares4433.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated bantamweight contender Abner Mares (16-0, 10 KOs) destroyed an overmatched Diosdado Gabi (30-4-1, 21 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the WBO NABO bantamweight title on Saturday night at the
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mares, 22, knocked Gabi down twice in the second round, prompting for referee Jay Nady to stop the one-sided slaughter at 0:49 of the 2nd round moments after Gabi had been knocked down for the second time in the round.

The first round was reasonably close, as Gabi looked impressive throwing combinations to the head and body of Mares. However, near the end of the first round, Mares, ranked #3 in the WBO bantamweight division, staggered Gabi with a right hand. In fact, it was the first right that Mares had thrown in the fight, and Gabi seemed not to ready for it after Mares had started so slowly. Mares landed a brief flurry before the bell, but didn’t have enough time to attempt to finish him off. Read the rest of this entry »

title Diaz Defeats Montano By Majority Decision, Sets Up Bout With Pacquiao

diaz464335.jpgBy Eric Thomas: WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (34-1-1, 17 KOs) defeated Ramon Montano (15-5-2, 1 KOs) in a 12-round majority decision non-title bout on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 95-95, 99-91 and 97-93. I personally had Diaz winning every round of the fight and couldn’t see any rounds that were even slightly close. Montano, 25, only had one knockout on his record going into this fight, and it showed badly, for he didn’t have enough power on his punches to win any of the rounds, even the first and second, rounds in which he was matching Diaz punch for punch.

Most of Montano’s shots were picked off by the gloves of Diaz, although in fairness to the judge that scored it 95-95, he may have not had his eyes focused on what was happening with Montano’s punches once they came near Diaz. Oveall, Diaz was much too powerful and big for Montano, and looked to be at least one weight class larger than him. After the first several rounds of the fight, Diaz’s size and strength really begin to be problem for Montano, as the fight turned into a grueling inside fight where Diaz was able to land his short, powerful punches without Montano being able to keep up with him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Luevano Defeats Jandaeng

luevano4432.jpgIn a one-sided fight, WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (35-1, 15 KOs) defeated former kick boxer from Thailand Terdsak Jandaeng (29-3, 19 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was very little suspense in the fight other than in the fourth round when Luevano, 27, got careless was was knocked down by a short left hand from Jandaeng.

However, Luevano got up and survived the round, and continued his complete mastery of Jandaeng for the remaining eight rounds of the fight. The final judges’ scores were 118-109, 119-109 and 119-109, all for Luevano. Jandaeng’s face was badly swollen up around both eyes and his the right side of his eye was cut from the many jabs he absorbed from Luevano during the bout.

Luevano controlled the first two rounds, using his jab and movement to keep the harder punching – but limited – Dandaeng from connecting with his own harder, but slower shots. In the 2nd round, Jandaeng was cut on the corner of his right eye, and his face had already began to swell. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya’s Golden Goodbye Card

by Nick Kelly: It was entitled ‘Unfinished Business’ but even after Michael Buffer announced the split decision scorecards we were no nearer to knowing who is the superior of Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Ever since the synonymous draw between the two in 2004, arguments have raged that either fighter could and should have been the victor. Read the rest of this entry »

title Results from New York: A Fistful of Shamrocks

Unbeaten junior middleweight James Moore, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens, New York, took a big step forward by winning a hard fought unanimous decision over veteran J.C. Candelo of Colombia at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater.

The two-way action by both fighters brought the pro-Moore crowd to its feet on many occasions. Moore, now 15-0 (10 KOS), was hurt by a right uppercut in the third round. Both fighters landed thunderous punches during many spirited exchanges and received a standing ovation at the end. Read the rest of this entry »

title Samil Sam Crushes Draskovic

sam4643.jpgComing in at a career high of a plump 257 lbs, heavyweight contender Sinan Samil Sam (30-4, 16 KOs) destroyed 42 year-old Ratko Draskovic (28-7-2, 16 KOs) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the WBC Mediterranean heavyweight title last night at the Zenith – Die Kulturhalle, in Munich, Bayern, Germany. After a rather uneventful first round, Draskovic was knocked down three times by Sam, 33, in the second round before referee Daniel Van de Wiele moved in and halted the one-sided slaughter. At the same time that the referee was stopping the bout, Draskovic’s corner was throwing in the towel in an effort to spare their fighter any more punishment from Sam.

Sam, who lost to Oliver McCall by decision last year in a WBC eliminator bout, looked to be in terrible shape last night, sporting a a huge pendulous belly, and looking as if he had trained little for the bout. As it turns out, Sam wouldn’t need much training to beat the 42 year-old Draskovic, who was out of he element against the power-punching Sam. Draskovic looked good in the opening moments of the first round as he used his jab to fend off Sam’s bull-like attacks. However, Sam soon began walking through Draskovic’s jabs and nailing him with uppercuts and chopping right hands to the head. Read the rest of this entry »

title Beyer Defeats Mahmudov – Is Roy Jones Jr. Next?

beyer46343.jpgThree time WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer (35-3-1, 13 KOs) defeated Russian middleweight Murat Mahmudov (16-4, 8 KOs) by a 8-round unanimous decision last night at the Zenith – Die Kulturhalle, in Munich, Bayern, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 80-72, for Beyer. The bout was never remotely close and wasn’t supposed to be, for Beyer, 36, was making his first appearance in over a year since being destroyed in three rounds by Mikkel Kessler in October 2006.

Mostly, however, the southpaw Beyer was intent on avoiding getting upset by his slow, overmatched opponent because Beyer doesn’t want to mess up a potential bout with Roy Jones Jr., who was sitting at ringside to observe Beyer’s bout. Jones, 39, wants to fight Beyer next, a bout which will take place in Germany, where the fans wouldn’t seem to mind that Jones is well past his prime. Perhaps to them, it doesn’t matter, because Beyer is past his prime as well and isn’t considered championship material any longer at this late stage in his career. Jones, who earlier in his career was reluctant to come to Germany to fight German star light heavyweight Darius Michalzewski, he has now changed his tune now that he’s in the twilight of his once great career. Read the rest of this entry »

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