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title Ruslan Chagaev Given Until June 2009 to Defend WBA title, Against Ruiz vs. Valuev winner

chagaev55643.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: The WBA has come out today with announcement giving their undefeated heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) until June 26th 2009 to heal from his injuries and make a title defense against his number #1 challenger Nikolay Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs). Last month, Chagaev, 29, suffered a tear in his left Achilles tendon, making it necessary for him to cancel his bout with Valuev. This was the second cancellation with Valuev, and the third overall for Chagaev since winning the WBA heavyweight title in April of 2007 with a 12-round majority decision victory over Valuev.

In the meantime, Valuev and John Ruiz, the #2 rated challenger in the WBA, are free to meet for the regular WBA heavyweight title, with the winner of that fight to meet Chagaev, considered to be the “champion in recess” for the title no later than June 26th 2009. Clearly, this is a move that will please all, for there were many people who felt that Chagaev should have been stripped of his title long ago for his two previous cancellations, and with the latest one last month, it was like throwing fuel on the fire. However, Chagaev’s recent injury had nothing to do with the two prior cancellations, so it made sense for the WBA to let him continue to hold onto the title until he heeled from the injury, letting him then take on the winner of the regular title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Felix Sturm vs. Randy Griffin: Can Randy Win a Decision in Germany?

sturm35535.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Randy Griffin (24-1-3, 12 KOs), the #1 challenger for the WBA middleweight title, has been forced to wait nine months since fighting to a controversial draw with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (29-2-1, 13 KOs), but on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Griffin will finally get his chance to correct the wrongs from last time out. The problem for Griffin, however, is that he’ll be once again forced to fight in Germany, in front of a hostile crowd and with circumstances that will likely be slanted once again in Sturm’s favor.

In their previous fight last year in October, it seemed abundantly clear who the winner was in the fight, as Griffin, 32, appeared to easily win the fight by a substantial margin. I, along with other writers from boxingnews24.com, saw Griffin winning by an eight rounds to four margin, and even with that scoring, we’d given Sturm an extra two rounds knowing that the judges would be likely giving him any close rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Sebastian Zbik vs. Jamel Bahki On Saturday

zbik533.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated middleweight contender Sebastian Zbik (22-0, 8 KOs) will be facing Jamel Bahki (17-2-2, 5 KOs) in a 12-round title bout on Saturday night with Sebastin’s WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on the line at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Zbik is currently ranked #1 in the WBO, #5 in the WBA and #8 in the WBC middleweight rankings and almost certainly going to be getting a title shot against WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in early 2009. Zbik, 28, lives and fights out of Germany, and has fought most of his fights there against relatively obscure competition, almost all of which are European. However, he’s remained unbeaten and looked especially good, showing good boxing skills, if not formidable power.

It’s still hard to tell how good he is considering his low level competition he’s faced in his career, but he looks to have quite extraordinary skills in comparison to most of the other middleweights in the division, so I wouldn’t put him in the class of a hyped fighter. Read the rest of this entry »



title Tony Dodson Defeats Mounir Sahli

dodson4552.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Light heavyweight Tony Dodson (23-4-1, 12 KOs) defeated Mounir Sahli (8-12, 5 KOs) by a 6-round decision last night at the Nuovo Casinò, Campione d’Italia, in Lombardia, Italy. Dodson won every round of the fight, but looked far from impressive, walking into a lot of right hands from the defensive expert Sahli. Dodson, 28, looked far removed from his championship form of 2003, a time when he briefly held the BBBofC British super middleweight title. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t hold the title for long (all of one fight), as he was badly injured in a car accident and was out of boxing for two years recovering from his injuries.

Dodson looked stiff and uncomfortable in the 1st round against Sahli, following him around and looking to land some big right hands. Some of them landed, but more than a few missed their mark badly. Sahli, somewhat of a defensive wizard despite his poor record, expertly countered Dodson when he’d come trying to tag him with a big shot. Dodson did some good work with his jab, tripling it up at times and setting up his right hand quite well. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tony Thompson: Has Wladimir Finaly Met His Match?

wladimir57224.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Since winning the IBF heavyweight title two years ago in April 2006 with a 7th round stoppage of Chris Byrd, Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) has been a huge disappointment to many boxing fans, who had hoped that Wladimir would take on the best in the division and cement himself in the minds of people as the number #1 heavyweight in the division. Instead, however, Klitschko has meandered along, fighting Calvin Brock, Ray Austin, Lamon Brewster and most recently Sultan Ibragimov, few of which the fans wanted to see him fight. Perhaps more disappointedly, Klitschko, other than his fight with Austin whom he blew out in the 2nd round with a flurry of multiple left hooks, has looked average to poor in his other fights against very beatable fighters.

Sure, he’s won them all, but he’s turned into a tentative, safety-first type fighter, looking almost terrified of throwing his right hand. At this point, he seems almost pathological on his part, some kind of problem which affects him internally, preventing him from throwing his right hands. Read the rest of this entry »



title Manny Pacquiao vs. Edwin Valero = Another Massacre

pacquiao4652335.jpgBy William MacKay: Newly crowned World Boxing Council lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 36 KOs) is looking to fight the undefeated super featherweight Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) on November 8th, either in Las Vegas or Texas, with the WBC lightweight title being on the line. Other than his record, however, Valero, 26, looks little better than David Diaz, who Pacquiao easily dispatched in seven one-sided rounds last Saturday night in Las Vegas. Though this is a fight that would look good to many boxing fans considering that Valero, with his huge glossy record filled with nothing but knockouts, currently holds the WBA super featherweight title.

However, Valero appears to be a product of hype as he’s fought largely no one of any real note, mainly fighting C fighters with a couple of B class fighters mixed in for good measure. He certainly hasn’t been tested at this point in his boxing career, and in his one fight against a good fighter (Vicente Mosquera) Valero was dropped in the 3rd round and had to struggle for the rest of the way, taking a lot of big shots, before pulling it out with a TKO in the 10th round in August 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title John Duddy To Move Down To Light Middleweight For Bout Against Verno Phillips?

duddy575555.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, undefeated top middleweight contender John Duddy (25-0, 17 KOs) is reportedly considering a move down to the light middleweight division to challenge International Boxing Federation champion Verno Phillips. If it seems rather odd and out of place for a fighter like Duddy whose currently ranked #2 in both the WBC & WBO middleweight division to suddenly make a move down to the junior middleweight division, you’ve got a good point. However, Duddy’s trainer apparently feels that Duddy would be better off at the lower light middleweight division, where he would be able to match up better with the smaller fighters compared to the middleweights.

To be sure, as a middleweight, Duddy is considered to be of average size, not nearly as big as some of the larger middleweights like Kelly Pavlik. More importantly, perhaps, is Duddy’s tendency to cut up in fights, which is likely to be an even bigger problem in the middleweight division where the punchers have more power and weight behind their punches than in the junior middleweight division. However, if Duddy does make this move, he could be losing out on a huge payday against middleweight champion Pavlik, who has been considering a bout with Duddy for the past year or so. That would be a fight that Duddy wouldn’t likely be able to find in the junior middleweight division, which is lacking in big stars at this moment other than Oscar De La Hoya and the aging Ricardo Mayorga. Read the rest of this entry »



title Floyd Mayweather: Could Losing “Money” Be Good For Boxing?

By Michael John Tracy: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (39-0-0, 25KOs) is without a doubt the most skilled and gifted practitioner of pugilism to enter the ring in years. With his recent, but possibly less then permanent retirement, boxing loyalists are left pondering, the boxing “economy” without “Money”. How will the loss of the Pound-4-Pound preeminent talent affect the sport? Many, boxing authorities view Mayweather’s premature departure as yet another concussive blow in the beating boxing has endured of late. The departure of any boxer in his prime, displaying complete genius in the comprehension of the “Science”, as Mayweather has, is unfortunate. However, Floyd’s departure from boxing may not break the bank, but rather serve to enhance the competition of an open market. Read the rest of this entry »



title HBO Boxing: Manny Pacquaio – David Diaz Replay

It’s a special edition of HBO’s WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of DAVID DIAZ VS. MANNY PACQUIAO, twice in prime time on THURSDAY, JULY 3 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) and SATURDAY, JULY 5 (10:00 P.M. ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV.

Carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View, the June 28 lightweight title fight showcased one of boxing’s brightest stars with international appeal and a rising titleholder from Chicago. The replay will be presented twice next week in prime time, enabling boxing fans to see it before and after the July 4th holiday.



title John Duddy Decisions Charles Howe

By Sean Mcdaniel: In somewhat of a comeback fight, undefeated middleweight contender John Duddy (25-0, 17 KOs) defeated Charles Howe (17-5-2, 9 KOs) by a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90. However, despite winning the fight by lopsided scores, the 29 year-old Duddy showed little in the way of improvement over his previous form in his last fight, a 10-round majority decision over Walid Smichet in February. Read the rest of this entry »



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