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title Amir Khan Returns On December 6th – Latest Boxing News

khan42356.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: British lightweight Amir Khan (18-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring on December 6th against a still unnamed opponent. Khan, 21, is hoping to fight on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, ranked number #8 in the IBF, was brutally stopped in the 1st round by Breidis Prescott in September. Khan appeared to go into the fight thinking knockout, and went right after the Colombian knockout artist in the first round, rather than staying away from him on the outside.

While trying to land a left hook, Khan left himself open for one of Prescott’s big trademark left hooks, which caught Khan on the jaw, snapping his head back violently and staggering him badly. Prescott then went after him and dropped Khan with additional left hooks to the head. Khan somehow got up off the canvas but was immediately put back down again. The outcome of the fight wasn’t that big of a surprise, however, considering that Khan had been dropped twice before this against Willie Limond and Michael Gomez – two punchers with good but not great power. It seemed only obvious when watching those two fights, that Khan would eventually run into a punch that he couldn’t get up from. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Hopkins Overrated?

hopkins34434.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Since defeating Kelly Pavlik last week, the status of Bernard Hopkins has been elevated to almost epic proportions by many boxing writers and fans alike, but honestly, does he really deserve all that acclaim? After all, who did he beat? Pavlik, while a good fighter with a lot of power, is more of a straight ahead power puncher, who fights in a straight line and has zero lateral movement. Anyone with eyes could see that Pavlik had embarrassingly slow hand speed, poor defense and only his right hand and left jab to count on as his main weapons. Unlike the more accomplished boxers that Hopkins has faced in his career, like Roy Jones Jr. and Winky Wright, Pavlik didn’t have the arsenal nor the defense that those fighters had.

With only a right hand to worry about, it was little wonder that Hopkins would easily devise a plan to take that away from Pavlik and beat him. Even without a solid plan, Hopkins had the much better hand speed and size (he’s a natural light heavyweight) in comparison to the slow Pavlik. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Hopkins is a great fighter, perhaps one of the top 10 middleweights of all time, but in no way do I see him as good as people are making him out to be lately. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Pavlik Ever Be The Same Again?

pav45343.jpgBy Jim Dower: Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) Going into his fight with Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) was thought to be near invincible as a fighter, a middleweight good enough perhaps to rule the division for years to come. There was one problem, however. Pavlik hadn’t ever fought an opponent with the boxing ability of the 43 year-old Bernard Hopkins, who ended up giving Pavlik a thorough beating for 12 long rounds. The fight was so one-sided, that it probably should have been stopped as early as the 8th round when it was apparent that Pavlik was totally out of his league and had no chance in beating the wily Hopkins.

In keeping the fight going, Pavlik took an incredible amount of punishment, in particular in the way of head shots, and had his left eye badly cut and his nose bloodied. Hopefully, the beating won’t have long lasting effects To Pavlik’s boxing career, similar to the type that occurred to Jeff Lacy after his equally one-sided loss to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. With no title on the line, and little to gain other than a good three million dollar payday, Pavlik had no reason to stay in the fight as long as he did, particularly when it became apparent that he was getting a bad beating from Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roy Jones Jr. Not Interested In Bernard Hopkins Bout

jones423565.jpgBy William Mackay: In an article from Tim Smith from the NyDailynews, Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) stated that he’s not interested in a second fight with Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs), saying he won’t be fighting him, that he doesn’t care what people think. Apparently, Jones offered Hopkins a fight in 2001, just after Bernard had stopped Felix Trinidad in a 12th round KO, but Hopkins reportedly turned down an eight million dollar offer and instead looked elsewhere. According to Smith, Jones then gave up Hopkins, and told him that he wasn’t interested in fighting him.

Whether or not Jones is serious when he says that’s the real reason for him not wanting to face Hopkins now, some 15 years later, we’ll never know for sure. One thing we do know, though, is that Hopkins is still at the top of his game, and is still one of the premier fighters in the light heavyweight division, if not the best overall fighter at that weight class. Hopkins, 43, who recently trounced middleweight Kelly Pavlik in a 12-round unanimous decision victory last Saturday night, said that he’d like to fight either Joe Calzaghe or Jones, whoever emerges as the winner of their November 8th bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. From the looks of it, it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be Jones who will end up winning the fight, because Calzaghe has too much speed and a much higher work rate than Jones, even though their ages are only three years apart. Read the rest of this entry »

title Latest Boxing News: Duddy, Williams, Arreola, Walker, Phillips, Quillin, Wolok, O’Connor, More

Los Angeles, CA (October 22, 2008) – Promoter Dan Goossen has been in a quandary for some time. Blessed with extremely talented boxers and whom many believe to be champions that will elevate the sport to much greater heights, WBO Welterweight Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and history-making heavyweight contender and WBC Continental Americas Champion Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola have their world-class challengers. At Last! Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik Was Sick With Bronchitis Before Hopkins Bout

pav3423345352.jpgBy Chris Williams: In the latest boxing news, formerly unbeaten Kelly Pavlik was reportedly sick with bronchitis just days before his bout with Bernard Hopkins last Saturday night according to the The Vindicator newspaper. In addition, Pavlik had suffered an injury to his elbow which. The bronchitis, however, may have played a factor in Pavlik’s loss to Hopkins, because the illness is known to sap the strength from people. Even when they feel okay, it’s not advised to do strenuous exercise, as it doesn’t allow for the sick individual to be at their best. This would help explain Pavlik’s listless performance against Hopkins, in which Kelly looked weak and lethargic, as if he had little strength in his normally powerful punches.

Kelly himself had this to say about his fight with Hopkins: “I just couldn’t get off. My arms felt like they were 100 pounds each.” This is a classic sign of a lingering illness judging from Pavlik’s comments, and in hindsight, he probably should have postponed the fight for a couple of months to get well and bring his lung capacity back to where it was at previously. Pavlik’s father said “We know now that if he’s not completely healthy, we shouldn’t go ahead with the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Calzaghe Afraid Of Hopkins?

cal5634565.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: With his loss on Saturday to Bernard Hopkins, Kelly Pavlik was effectively removed from future considerations for a potential bout with Joe Calzaghe. Not that Calzaghe would ever fight him anyway, mind you, because he’s said repeatedly in the past that he planned on retiring immediately following his November 8th bout against Roy Jones Jr., just as long as he performed well against him. Many boxing fans and writers, however, felt that with enough pushing, Calzaghe would eventually fight Pavlik. Now unfortunately that has been taken off the table with Pavlik’s one-sided loss to Hopkins.

After his win over Pavlik on Saturday, Hopkins stated that he’d like to fight the winner of Calzaghe vs. Jones. For his part, Calzaghe isn’t the slightest bit interested in facing Hopkins again, commenting to the BBC, “Screw Hopkins, I’m not fighting again for any amount of money, I’ve been doing this for too long.” Frankly, I’m not in the least bit surprised that Calzaghe isn’t interested in facing Hopkins, because their fight in April was incredibly close, looking to me – and to many other boxing experts – like Hopkins should have been the one awarded the ultimate decision and not Calzaghe. Read the rest of this entry »

title Shawn Estrada, Luis Ramos, Bute-Andrade – Latest Boxing News

Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will put his title on the line on Saturday night against the human punching machine Librado Andrade at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The fight in many ways mirrors Andrade’s losing effort against WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler in March 2007, a fight in which Andrade lost every round and was never in the fight. Bute, formerly from Romania, fights in a similar style as Kessler, moving well on the outside, retreating when attacked and very sound offensively. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik Needs To Rematch Hopkins

pav5631.jpgBy Chris Williams: Last Saturday night, Kelly Pavlik suffered a career debilitating 12-round decision loss to former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pavlik never stood a chance, as Hopkins used movement, speed, effective counter punching and good inside fighting to get Pavlik out of his game and make him look like a complete novice. Hopkins, 43, hurt Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) several times in the bout with big shots and had him in trouble in the 12th and final round after nailing him with a flurry of punches.

The beating, which is essentially what it came down to, left Pavlik a bloody mess, his nose and left eye bleeding and his face reddened from the punches he’d been forced to eat from Hopkins. Afterwards, Pavlik said “I didn’t feel like me tonight. I felt like a sub-novice.” He also mentioned that he’d be moving back down to the middleweight division to defend his WBC title, presumably against his number #1 challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, who also fought on the same card and looked very beatable and mediocre. However, rather than wasting time on fighting dull contenders with little talent, Pavlik needs to train hard and seek out Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) for a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rubio Defeats Ornelas

By Aaron Klein: Middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 37 KOs) hardly looked impressive on Saturday night, defeating Enrique Ornelas (28-5, 18 KOs) by a 12-round split decision in the WBC Middleweight Title Eliminator bout at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I had Ornelas, 28, winning the fight by seven rounds to five, out-punching Rubio in almost every round and landing by far the harder shots on the night. However, the final judges’ scores were 115-113, 113-115, and 116-112, giving Rubio the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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