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title Zbik Defeats Carvalho

zbik54463.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated middleweight contender Sebastian Zbik (24-0, 9 KOs) won an easy 12-round unanimous decision over Brazilian John Anderson Carvalho (18-3-1, 11 KOs) to successfully defend his little-known WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on Saturday night at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109. Zbik, ranked #1 in the World Boxing Organization, #3 in the WBA and #7 in the WBC middleweight rankings, had little problem from the slower, weaker shots from Carvalho and gave his a methodical beating. Zbik looked impressive, looking like a better offensive version of WBA middleweight champion Felix Stum, except without the defensive ability that Sturm possesses.

Zbik controlled the action in the opening round, using a powerful jab, combinations and a crisp right hand to keep Carvalho on the outside. Trained by Fritz Sdunek, the former trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, Zbik showed some of the same tendencies, good and bad, his fighting style. Read the rest of this entry »



title Godfrey Stops Nwodo, Remillard Destroys Gonzalez

godfrey452356.jpgBy Manuel Perez: After two back to back disappointing performances, World Boxing Council number #5 ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (17-1, 10 KOs) defeated WBA #9th ranked Emmanuel Nwodo (22-5, 18 KOs) by a 4th round stoppage to win the NABF cruiserweight title on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. The fight, however, wasn’t without drama, for Godfrey was knocked down in the third round and should have been knocked down in the 1st, but the referee missed the call.

Up until the stoppage in the 4th, Godfrey had lost every round and looked worried and more than a little over-matched by the bigger, more powerful 6’3″ Nigerian Nwodo. However, the bout changed course suddenly in the 4th when Godfrey hurt Nwodo with a sneaky right hand. He then pummeled Nwodo around the ring, bloodying his nose and almost causing him to go down. Finally, referee Danny Schiavone stepped in and halted the bout at 1:57 of the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bautista Destroys Marquez; Nietes Stops Castro

bautista2244242.jpgBy Francisco Chantengo: Making his third appearance since being destroyed by Mexican Daniel Ponce de Leon in a 1st round blowout last year in August, number #2 ranked World Boxing Organization super bantamweight challenger Rey Bautista (26-1, 19 KOs) stopped Mexican Eden Marquez (16-4-3, 12 KOs) at 1:08 of the 2nd round of a scheduled 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Lahug, in Cebu City, Philippines.

After getting off to a slow start in the 1st round and giving up the round due to inactivity, Bautista, 22, came out on fire in the 2nd round, and knocked Marquez down with a left hook. Marquez would make it up before the count of ten, but shortly after that he was put down for good with a powerful right hand from Bautista that sent Marquez down flat on his back on the canvas. The fight was then stopped immediately at 1:08 of the 2nd round with Marquez still on his back and badly hurt. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will David Haye Still Be Fighting A Top Heavyweight For His Next Bout?

haye5333541.jpgBy David Lahr: With heavyweight David Haye’s recent boost to the number #3 spot in the World Boxing Organization and # 5 in the World Boxing Council rankings, is he still going to as he says fight a top heavyweight in his next fight? Something tells me that’s not in the cards anymore, because why should he? He’s already ranked high and doesn’t need to take a risky battle against one of the top heavyweights and thus ruin a potential big money bout against either IBF/WBO heavyweight champion or the winner of the WBC heavyweight contest between current champion Samuel Peter and champion emeritus Vitali Klitschko.

Indeed, Haye is in the perfect position where he can fight just about anyone and still end up facing one of the two most popular heavyweights in the division. That’s not to say that it will be personally good for him to fight a low quality fighter, since he won’t get much from fighting a scrub and will be that much over his head when he has to step in the ring with someone as big and powerful as one of the Klitschko brothers or Peter. Haye’s chin is known for being someone brittle, which puts him in kind of a predicament. If he goes ahead with his promise of fighting a top 10 heavyweight, there’s a good chance he might end up losing unless he chooses very carefully. Read the rest of this entry »



title Baldomir Wants Bout Against Margarito, Cotto or Clottey — Boxing News

baldomir555.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (44-11-6, 13 KOs) reportedly wants a fight with top fighters Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey or Miguel Cotto according to Sycuan Ringside Promotions. The 37 year-old Baldomir hasn’t seen action since his 10-round majority decision win over light middleweight Luciano Perez in November 2007. Though Baldomir states that he’s interested in fighting one of the top welterweights in the division, it’s very questionable whether he can make the 147 pound weight limit at this stage in his career.

The last time he fought at 147 was two years ago against Floyd Mayweather in November 2006, a bout in which Baldomir was soundly defeated and lost his WBC welterweight title to Mayweather. Shortly after that, Baldomir moved up in weight to 154 lbs, the light middleweight division, where he was against defeated in a one-sided fight, a 12-round unanimous decision, to Vernon Forrest for the vacant WBC light middleweight title in July 2007. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya to Fight on after Pacquiao: Could Hatton, Chavez Jr, or Mayweather be next?

de-la-hoya5534733.jpgBy Aaron Klein: I don’t begrudge a guy for wanting to make some money, but come on, there’s a point where one can only stomach so much before they lose interest completely in the sport. For me, I think I’ve reach that point with the latest boxing news that Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) has decided on fighting Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs) on December 6th. It’s not as bad as it once was, however, because De La Hoya is now hinting that he’ll continue fighting beyond this fight, presumably against other smaller fighters like Ricky Hatton, a rematch with Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr., or possibly against the inexperienced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Each fight would most likely generate huge money similar to the payday that De La Hoya will get for his bout with Pacquiao in December.

However, other than a rematch with Mayweather, it hardly seems appealing to see Oscar fight the much smaller Hatton? I doubt that De La Hoya will consider a bout with Chavez Jr. given the difficulties that he’s had recently in dealing with C-class opponents like Matt Vanda and Ray Sanchez, but it’s always a possibility. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Calzaghe A Cherry Picker?

cal362.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Let me start off by saying that I’ve always been a huge fan of Joe Calzaghe. Indeed, up until his fight with Bernard Hopkins last April, I thought Calzaghe was one of the finest boxers of all time. However, my thoughts have changed since the Hopkins bout, and now that Calzaghe had decided to fight a badly faded Roy Jones Jr., I’ve lost whatever respect I had for him as a fighter. The fight with Hopkins, who was forty-three at the time of the bout, was wrong and something I consider ill-advised for Calzaghe to take. Sure, I can understand him needing the money, because who doesn’t?

But it wasn’t as if there weren’t other fighters out there for him, such as Kelly Pavlik, Jermain Taylor, Lucian Bute or a rematch with Mikkel Kessler. By choosing fighters in their 40s, or late 30s, makes Calzaghe look as if he’s desperate for money. Read the rest of this entry »



title Valuev 317.7, Ruiz 238.9 – Boxing Weigh-In From Germany

valuevruizpc2.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: With both fighters professing to have made great changes to their style of fighting, both weighed in on Friday for their bout for the vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, in Berlin, Germany. The second foot Valuev weighed in at 317.7, while the shorter 6’2″ Ruiz weighed 238.9, 78 pounds lighter than the Russian giant. However, in their first fight in December 2005, Valuev outweighed Ruiz by 87 lbs, so this is hardly a new experience for Ruiz.

As for what Valuev’s secret plan for defeating Ruiz, expect Valuev to put more pressure on him, hoping to where the shorter fighter out with shots. In the last fight, Ruiz was allowed to dictate the distance of the fight, in which he constantly moved in and out of range, hitting Valuev when he pleased. Valuev did well under the circumstances, and was able to nail Ruiz often both coming and going, as well as at a distance. However, Ruiz proved effective at coming in quickly for furious exchanges with the much slower Valuev, hitting him cleanly quite often. It’s unclear what could have changed since then for Valuev, because he’s now three years older and probably even slower than he was back then. Read the rest of this entry »



title Forrest vs. Mora: Why Vernon Will Lose

forres64333.jpgBy Jim Dower: Having seen the first between these two fighters, I can’t go along with the logic that former World Boxing Council light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest )40-3, 29 KOs) was just having an off night when he lost a 12-round majority decision to then challenger undefeated Sergio Mora (21-0-1, 5 KOs) in June. It appeared to me that the 37 year-old Forrest just got old overnight and met up with someone with a crafty style, better work rate and the ability to move around the ring to force Forrest to use his old legs.

I’ve heard numerous excuses as to why Forrest lost the fight, from he was over-trained to he was under-trained for the bout. However, I can’t see how the outcome will be any different no matter how hard Forrest trains for the fight. Mora is simply too fast, too active and is an excellent inside fighter, which is where he was able to score often against Forrest and win rounds. I frankly don’t even see this as an age issue, for I think Mora would have beaten Forrest no matter how old he was at the time. Mora’s style of fighting – constant movement, using a lot of fakes, jabbing constantly, and throwing short double and triple hooks on the inside – is a nightmarish style for Forrest, one that I don’t see him solving ever. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News: De La Hoya May Not Be Retiring After All

delahoya446453446.jpgBy Eric Thomas: According to AP, Oscar De La Hoya may not be retiring after his December 6th fight with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. Apparently, because of De La Hoya’s inability to land a big mega fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired recently, it may be a factor in keeping De La Hoya fighting on past the Pacquiao bout. Obviously, De La Hoya’s decision hinges on him being successful against the 130 pound Pacquiao and beating him in an impressive fashion. It’s unlikely that he would want to continue – or that boxing fans, for that matter – if he were to be defeated by Pacquiao.

Apart from that, De La Hoya will likely received a huge payday in his fight with Pacquiao, perhaps as much as $30 million dollars for the fight. Other than De La Hoya holding out for the slim chance that Mayweather may want to make a comeback in 2009, there’s few other opponents for De La Hoya to fight, aside from Ricky Hatton or a rematch with Pacquiao, if the fight turns out to be close or exciting enough to call for a rematch. Read the rest of this entry »



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