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title Kessler vs. Haussler On Saturday

kessler455623.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (40-1, 30 KOs) will be making his first title defense of his World Boxing Association title on Saturday night against German Danilo Haussler (29-3-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout at the Weser-Ems-Halle, in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Kessler, 29, would have preferred not to have had to face Haussler, 33, his mandatory challenger at all, as the fight has failed to interest most boxing fan other than mostly die hard Kessler fans. Kessler would have liked to have fought someone like Carl Froch, or even Kelly Pavlik, before he was recently defeated by Bernard Hopkins, rather than the very beatable Haussler.

For a number #1 mandatory challenger, Haussler’s credentials leave more than a little to be desired. He’s lost three out of his last eleven fights, with one of them being a draw, two by split decision and one by majority decision. That’ not exactly the type of resume that most mandatory challengers’ possess, and it’s doubtful that Haussler will be able last more than a handful of rounds before being knocked out by Kessler. In fairness to Haussler, he’s been beaten by mostly good super middleweights like Mads Larsen, Rudy Markussen, and Mohammad Said. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins: “Joe [Calzaghe] Knows In His Heart That The Judges Beat Bernard Hopkins”

hop52357564.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: in an interview on Steve Bunces’ Boxing Hour today, Bernard Hopkins appeared to be still more than a little bitter about his 12-round split decision loss to Joe Calzaghe in April, and not about to own up to the fact that he was beaten by him. Sounding genuinely angry about the loss, Hopkins said “Joe [Calzaghe] Knows In His Heart That The Judges Beat Bernard Hopkins, and he has to live with that fact for the rest of his life. Yeah, a win is a win, is a win, but at the end of the day, if that is all Joe Calzaghe has to show that he is worth…I wouldn’t worry about a decision this time. He’ll get knocked out. Whether it’s in Wales, or London or whether it’s in the U.S.”

At this point, it’s still uncertain that Calzaghe will give Hopkins a rematch or not. Calzaghe has an important bout with Roy Jones Jr. on November 8th, and needs to win that fight in order to move forward for any additional fights. However, Calzaghe is set for money, and doesn’t need to fight anymore after having made a bundle in his last three fights. Also, he plans on retiring immediately following the Jones fight, and it seems doubtful that Hopkins, a fighter that Calzaghe has already beaten fairly decisively, would be enough for him to want to stick around for a little while longer. For what it’s worth, Hopkins didn’t help his cause given the way he acted before and after the fight last time out against Calzaghe. Hopkins was aggressive and antagonistic towards Calzaghe much of the time, even at one point saying “I’d never let a white boy beat me.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins: “Calzaghe Will Change His Mind,” Bika-Manfredo, Haussler-Kessler – Latest Boxing News

calzaghe4526734.jpgBernard Hopkins told Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour that he will not consider Chad Dawson as an opponent and believes the winner out of Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr will change their mind about not fighting him.

The Executioner produced the performance of his career last Saturday in Atlantic City to convincingly outpoint current middleweight king Kelly Pavlik.

Both Calzaghe and Jones, though paying respect to Hopkins’ performance, insist they have no interest in having second fights against the Philadelphia fighter.

Hopkins believes the media frenzy surrounding the aftermath of their fight, when he will be in attendance, will persuade the fighters that they have to take him on. Read the rest of this entry »



title Why Is Joe Calzaghe Underrated?

cal5647654.jpgBy Jonny Rashman Joe Calzaghe is a world class fighter, is unbeaten and one of the longest reigning world champions in the history of boxing, yet still boxing experts won’t give him the credit he deserves. It is only recently that Calzaghe is being treated like a superstar, even though he is 45 and 0, with 32 knockouts. While good fighters like Kelly Pavlik are talked about more highly than Calzaghe, why is that? Before Calzaghe destroyed Jeff Lacey, none of the world class fighters wanted to fight Calzaghe because there was not enough money involved to take the risk to fight Calzaghe, considering that there was a good chance they would get beat. All of a sudden these top class fighters are coming to the end of their careers and have been beaten in recent years, so they need Calzaghe now.

Going back six years ago, it was Calzaghe who needed them to prove how world class he is. How things have changed. It’s like anything in life, why would you give someone a chance who wouldn’t give you a chance? In the case of Calzaghe, he has to give these people a chance to fight him because at the end of the day he wants to fight the best fighters to prove to the rest of the world how good he is. Read the rest of this entry »



title Why Pavlik Will Be a Bigger Star Than Hopkins

pav452762.jpgBy Chris Williams: On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins may have proven himself to be the better fighter than Kelly Pavlik with his 12-round decision victory over him, but in the end, it will be Pavlik who will probably end up the much bigger star, make much more money and be long remembered by boxing fans. With Pavlik’s slugging style of fighting, notable for mutual knockdowns for him and his opponents, he’ll obviously never hold onto his title 10 years like Hopkins. However, Pavlik’s fights will be much more appealing to the average fan due to his brawling style of fighting, his tendency to take a lot of punishment and his sense of vulnerability.

His fights are much more action-packed then Hopkins’ bouts, which often are mind-numbing boring, filled with clinches, a lot of movement on the outside and dull inside work. Hopkins didn’t get popular until well into his career, around the time that he defeated Felix Trinidad in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »



title Did Pavlik’s Loss Let Calzaghe Off The Hook?

cal5453531.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Joe Calzaghe must be feeling a huge sense of relief right about now after middleweight knockout artist Kelly Pavlik was defeated by Bernard Hopkins on Saturday. There’s no getting around it, the loss was a huge defeat for Pavlik, and one that wiped out a lot of opportunities for him, one of which may or may not have been a fight with Calzaghe. Before the fight, Pavlik had been pushing hard for a fight with Calzaghe, but with little luck. Instead of wanting to face Pavlik, a fighter with an unbeaten record and an enormous amount of knockout victories, Calzaghe decided on Roy Jones Jr., a fighter that is perceived by many boxing experts to be the lesser threat than Pavlik.

Instead of Calzaghe facing Pavlik, the forty-three year-old Bernard Hopkins manned up and took the fight, and ended up giving Pavlik a terrible thrashing in the process. It’s unfortunate that Calzaghe chose to fight Jones rather than Pavlik, because who knows? Maybe it would be Calzaghe who would be getting all the praise right now for having beaten Pavlik instead of Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Haye – Can Monte Barrett Break Haye’s Glass Jaw?

haye3445517.jpgBy Dan Ambrose: Heavyweight David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) is on an express trip heading for a fight with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in early 2009. Before doing so, Haye is going to cut his teeth on journeyman Monte Barrett, a fighter that Haye is hoping he can beat easily and impressive enough to give him a shot in the arm with boxing fans, to try and give him some much-needed credibility to his heavyweight career. Haye, already a former WBA, WBC and WBO cruiserweight champion, is trying to duplicate those efforts in the heavyweight division.

However, in this case, Haye isn’t looking to work his way up slowly to build to that level, and is thinking that he can skip all that and move straight to the top with only a minor fight against Barrett before that. It’s perhaps not the smartest thing that Haye could be doing, because he could end up looking stupid, especially if Barrett ends up taking him out in the early rounds of the fight. Haye had previously bragged long hard, saying that he would be facing a top heavyweight with a big name. As far as a top heavyweight goes, Barrett, ranked # 6th in the WBO, partially fits the bill. However, he’s much less the fighter than I originally expected from Haye when he initially started making pronouncements about wanting to fight a top heavyweight in the division, someone that he could get a lot of attention from the fans for fighting. Read the rest of this entry »



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 »



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