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title Little Interest In Jones-Trinidad Bout

trinidad543535757.jpgAccording to the latest reports, ticket sales for this Saturday’s bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs) have been less than impressive, to put it kindly. In fact, many of the most expensive seats at New York’s Madison Square Garden have been drastically reduced from $15,000 to a mere $5000. Part of the problem is caused by the New York Giant’s football team, which has a playoff game with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

I guess the fans aren’t particularly intrigued with the idea of dumping a bunch of cash on a fight that many of them consider little more than an old-timers bout between two former champions Trinidad, 35 and the 39 year-old Jones. At this point, we can only only that Madison Square Garden gets a big walk up crowd on the night of the fight. Aside from that, the PPV numbers might end up disappointing as well, for the cost of the fight – $49.95 – is what I consider an absurdly high amount for two non-champion, mostly part-time fighters. It wouldn’t be bad if Jones & Trinidad were still champions, but both of them are far beyond that at this stage in their careers with zero chances of ever winning another title. Read the rest of this entry »



title Muhammed Ali Turns 66 Today

Heayweight great Muhammed Ali (59-5, 37 KOs) turned 66 years-old today. Ali, who retired in 1981, following back to back loses to Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. A three-time world heavyweight champion and a former Olympic Gold medalist, Ali had signature wins over a tremendous amount of well-known heavyweights, such as Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson, Leon Spinks, Jimmy Ellis, Bob Foster, George Chuvalo, to name just a few. Read the rest of this entry »



title Corley vs. Alexander On Saturday

Former World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (31-7-1, 17 KOs) goes up against talented undefeated prospect Devon Alexander (13-0, 8 KOs) on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Corley, 33, is disparately in the need of a win, having lost his last three fights in a row. However, it remains unlikely that Corley will come out on top in this one, as he seems to be a disk served up for prospect Alexander, 20, to look good against. Read the rest of this entry »



title Evander Holyfield: Should He Retire?

holyfield4544333.jpgAfter watching 45 year-old Evander Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs) lose by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov last October 13th in Moscow, Russia, my thoughts were that Holyfield needs to retire from the ring as soon as possible. Unlike others, I hadn’t bout into Holyfield’s excuses about his shoulder problems – which required surgery – as being the reason he’d looked so bad between 2002 and 2004, a time in which Holyfield has lost three out of five fights. He looked old, and there could be no other reason for it than that.

Against Ibragimov this past October, Holyfield looked much the same – unable to pull the trigger, bad reflexes and poor punch out put. I felt that Holyfield had done nothing to deserve the shot at Ibragimov in the first place, considering that Holyfield had fought four journeyman after having come back from his two year layoff, and hadn’t fought one top 10 fighter to deserve the to fight a champion. Not surprisingly, Holyfield was out-gunned by Ibragimov, looking as if he didn’t belong in the same ring with him. It wasn’t even slightly close, as Ibragimov toyed with Holyfield, hitting him whenever he pleased, dancing away untouched on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »



title Witter vs. Hopkins On March 22nd

World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior Witter (36-1-2, 21 KOs), tired of calling out Ricky Hatton and subsequently being ignored for his efforts, had decided to bide his time and take on the undefeated Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) on March 22nd, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hopkins, 27, is a light-hitting inside fighter, whom has mostly fought lower echelon opposition up until now. His style it would seem clashes with that of Witter, a fast outside fighter with a style that seems like a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Roy Jones Jr. Of the junior welterweights, many people consider Witter, 33, to be far and away the best of the bunch with only Hatton coming remotely close to him in overall talent. Read the rest of this entry »



title Should Calzaghe Skip Hopkins And Fight Jones vs. Trinidad Winner?

calzaghe46442388.jpgAs super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) appears locked into a fight with former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, I can’t help think that the 35 year-old Calzaghe will be better off canceling the bout with Hopkins and instead focus on fighting the winner of this Saturday’s bout between Felix Trinidad vs. Roy Jones Jr. The reasons are simple: Both Trinidad and Jones were much more popular than Hopkins was during their prime, and even though they’re both well past that stage now, they still remain very popular with large fan bases behind both of them.

Even more important, is that after Saturday’s bout, if it turns out to be an interesting fight, the winner will be even more in the forefront of the media, and will be able to pick and choose their next opponent. In contrast, if Calzahge he faces the 43- year-old Hopkins, the fight will almost surely be a boring, grappling-type fight in which Hopkins grabs and wrestles Calzaghe constantly to prevent him from drilling him with his fast hands. It will be the type of fight where Calzaghe will lose popularity because he’ll look bad against Hopkins, who turn the fight into a long stalling pattern, and stink up the joint in the process. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mesi Looking For Tougher Opponents

Once promising heavyweight contender Joe Mesi (36-0, 29 KOs) is reportedly looking for his next opponent, supposedly against a tougher fighter than what he’s fought since coming back from his two-year medical suspension in 2006. Mesi, now 34, has been slow to step up his competition since making his comeback, fighting seven consecutive C-level fighters, and hoping that one of the champions might have an interest in fighting him. However, the main problem it seems is that the New York commission refuses to license him to fight, and without that, it effectively eliminates a lot of opponents for Mesi. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dimitrenko-Krasniqi Bout Canceled

In the latest boxing news, undefeated German-based heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (27-0, 17 KOs) has reportedly backed out of a previously scheduled bout with his fellow Universum promotions stablemate Luan Krasniqi (30-3-1, 14 KOs), which was to have taken place on March 8th in Germany. Dimitrenko, 25, ranked #2 in the World Boxing Organization, #5 in the WBC, #8 in the IBF and #10 in the WBA, is friends with Krasniqi, whom he regularly trains side by side with in the Universum gym. Read the rest of this entry »



title Karmazin vs. Bunema On Saturday

Former International Boxing Federation light middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (36-2. 23 KOs) will step back in the ring this Saturday on the undercard of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad bout, when he takes on Alex Bunema (28-5-2, 14 KOs) for the little known WBA Inter-Continental light middleweight title at New York’s Madison Square garden. That bout will give Karmazin, now 35, much needed visibility and hopefully will jump start his career which has stalled since losing his title to Cory Spinks in a very controversial majority decision on July 14, 2006. Karmazin, the champion, out punched and out landed Spinks over the entire course of the bout, yet he ended up losing on two of the three scorecards. Read the rest of this entry »



title How Long Will The Champions Avoid Paul Williams?

Since dethroning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Antonio Margarito last July, undefeated Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs) has been falling out the other welterweight champions – Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Kermit Cintron – and has thus far had no luck in getting any of them in the ring with him, even though he’s considered to be the best in the class by many fans of the sport. You’d think that of the three, Mayweather, the Pound-for-pound best fighter in boxing, would want to mix it up wkith Williams, but he never mentions his name in interviews. Read the rest of this entry »



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