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title Felix Defeats Claudio

felix68346.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated lightweight prospect Orlando Felix (10-0, 3 KOs) defeated Carlos Claudio (8-3-1, 2 KOs) by an impressive six-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, in Toa Baja. The final judges’ scores were 59-55, 59-55 and 59-55, all for Felix. Felix, 22, showed incredible speed and power early on, firing off combinations at will and giving the smaller 20 year-old Claudio problems.

However, Felix seemed to fight much too conservatively for much of the fight, treating the light-hitting Claudio as if he were a knockout threat despite the clear indication that he was not anything of that sort. Much of the time, Felix fought very careful, throwing jabs and watching closely for return fire from Claudio. Yet when Felix would get hit with something, he would frequently forget his cautious game plan and attack hard with powerful combinations to the head and body of Claudio. It was during these brief exchanges that Felix showed that he may be something special in the future, for he looked very impressive when he was letting his hands go. Read the rest of this entry »

title Watson Easily Defeats Matthew Hatton

watson5768.jpgBy Chris Williams: Commonwealth (British Empire) welterweight champion Craig Watson (13-2, 4 KOs) had an easy time defeating challenger Matthew Hatton (33-4-1, 13 KOs) by a 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Manchester. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-112 and 118-111. The fight was even more lopsided than the scores suggest, as Watson, 25, controlled virtually every round of the fight, out-landing Hatton by a significant margin. Hatton, 27, the younger brother of former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, looked poor for the most part, too slow and for some reason unable to let his hands go with much regularity.

Perhaps the major reason for his inability to throw punches, I believe, is because Watson would tag him with combinations each time Hatton would attempt to land anything. That was made possible because of Hatton’s terrible hand speed, which seemed as if he had a great deal of dead fast twitch nerve tissue in his arms. Going into the bout, I thought Hatton might have a decent chance at winning the title given his impressive record of 33 wins. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lundy Defeats Almaraz

By William MacKay: In a particularly badly scored fight, undefeated light welterweight prospect Henry Lundy (11-0-1, 6 KOs) defeated Esteban Almaraz (7-1, 4 KOs) by a 4-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Twin River Even Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. It was especially hard for me to see Lundy, 24, winning considering that he’d been knocked down twice in the fight, first in round one and then another time in the 4th and deciding round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Estrada Stops Witherspoon

estrada57464.jpgBy William MacKay: In a stay busy fight, one-beaten heavyweight prospect Jason Estrada (13-1, 3 KOs) stopped an over-matched 6’6” Moultrie Witherspoon (14-2, 8 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled eight-round bout at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Friday night. Estrada, a former Gold medalist at the 2003 Pan-American Games, three-time U.S, amateur super heavyweight champion between 2001-2003, and U.S. super heavyweight representative at the 2004 Athens Olympics, battered around the 34 year-old Witherspoon for seven rounds. The fight was finally stopped in the 7th round after Estrada, normally a very weak puncher, landed a series of hard left and right hooks to the head of Witherspoon, prompting for referee Joey Lopino to step in and halt the fight at 1:38 of the 7th round.

Estrada, 27, was coming off an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over former heavyweight contender Lance Whitaker just a month ago in April, which probably accounts for his choice of Witherspoon, a fighter clearly not in the same class as him, as an opponent. Estrada controlled the first two rounds, using left hooks and uppercuts to the head of the much taller Witherspoon. Read the rest of this entry »

title Jimenez Stops Cardenas, Padilla and Hernandez Fight To a Draw

jimenez6654346.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Featherweight prospect Marcos Jimenez (13-1, 8 KOs) stopped Mexican fighter Baudel Cardenas (17-14-2, 6 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 8-round bout at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, in Toa Baja, on Saturday night. At the end of the 4th round, Jimenez, 24, landed a huge left hook to the midsection of Cardenas, dropping him to the canvas where he lay in agony for over a minute. Referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. immediately stopped the fight at 2:59 of the 4th round after seeing Cardenas’ stricken condition.

Jimenez, from the Dominican Republic, fought very conservatively in the first round, shooting jabs out repeatedly while trying to avoid Cardenas’ sloppy attacks. Cardenas, 27, was mostly ineffective with his shots as he tended to come in a little too wild and often came up hitting nothing with his big looping hooks.

In the 2nd round, Cardenas came out much faster, throwing a lot of wide shots mostly to the head. Like in the previous round, Cardenas missed many of his punches. He looked really bad, missing almost half of his attempts at landing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hatton No Longer An Elite Fighter

hatton3432r.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: It was sad to see former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) struggle last night to defeat a non-top ranked opponent Juan Lazcano (37-5-1, 27 KOs), whom he defeated by 12-round unanimous decision at the Manchester Stadium, in front of 50,000 screaming Hatton fans. The scores, 120-110, 118-110 and 120-108, were slightly misleading because Lazcano did well in stretches of the fight, hurting Hatton in the 8th and 10th rounds of the bout with excellent left hands.

Hatton looked good at times, especially when he wasn’t getting any punches thrown back at him. When he was able to just throw punches, Hatton looked about the same as old, but he looked far less impressive when Lazcano would fire back at him with big shots. In the case of Hatton, he got caught twice with left hooks and was badly shaken in the 8th & 10th, and in the case of the 10th round, it appeared that he was saved from a knockout by the hometown referee. The referee stepped in while Hatton was taking a ferocious beating in the 10th, and stopped the fight to issue first a warning and then later giving Hatton yet even more time by allowing him to have his shoe tied. Read the rest of this entry »

title Did The Referee Save Hatton From A Knockout In The 10th?

hatton333.jpgBy Eric Thomas: No matter how many times that I watch Ricky Hatton’s fight with Juan Lazcano, I can’t help thinking that Hatton was saved by referee Howard John Foster in the 10th round after Hatton was nailed with another check-hook by Juan Lazcano, catching Hatton as he was jumping in with a leaping left hook, hurting him and causing him to stagger slightly. Immediately after the punch landed, Hatton staggered, then began grabbing a hold of Lazcano disparately. Lazcano tagged Hatton with another big left hook, which Hatton took flush in the face. For the next 20 seconds, Hatton clinched continuously, while Lazcano pumped in short combinations to the head of Hatton.

After landing a couple of shots to Hatton’s back, which was caused because Hatton was draped all over Lazcano, the fight was temporarily stopped by the referee as he gave Lazcano a warning for pushing Hatton’s head down. Read the rest of this entry »

title Herrera Stops Williams

By William MacKay: Previously unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (17-1-1, 12 KOs) was stopped in the 5th round by Colombian knockout artist Jose Luis Herrera (16-4, 16 KOs) of a scheduled 10-round at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Wednesday night. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hatton Defeats Lazcano

hatton45463757.jpgBy Jason Kim: Making his first appearance since his 10th round drubbing at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. last December, light welterweight Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) had an easy time defeating his handpicked opponent Juan Lazcano (37-5-1, 27 KOs), defeating him by an utterly one-sided 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Manchester Stadium, in England. So once sided was it, that the fight probably should have been stopped as early as the 7th round, when it was clear that Lazcano had no chance in the fight and was merely taking punishment.

Indeed, only rarely did Lazcano throw any punches, although when he did, he found it surprisingly easy to hit Hatton. The final judges’ scores were 120-110, 118-110 and 120-108, all for Hatton. Lazcano, 33, has seen his best days long ago, perhaps as long as five years or more, wasn’t in the same class as Hatton at this late stage of his career, and it showed early on as he wasn’t able to compete with him. The only round Lazcano came close to winning, I believe, is the 3rd round, and that’s only because Hatton kept walking into shots. Read the rest of this entry »

title Malignaggi Defeats N’dou By Split Decision

malignaggi3232.jpgBy Chris Williams: For the second consecutive fight, IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) won by a controversial decision, in this case a 12-round split decision victory over Lovemore N’dou (46-10-1, 31 KOs) tonight at the Manchester Stadium, in England. The final judges’ scores were 114-115, for Ndou, and 116-113 & 116-113. I personally had N’dou winning 115-114, though I gave Malignaggi credit for a couple of close rounds that I normally wouldn’t have otherwise, but figured that the judges would give him the nod in these rounds due to upcoming showdown between him and Ricky Hatton.

However, Malignaggi didn’t come close to winning the fight, as far as I’m concerned and appeared to receive another gift decision. All in all, he fought poorly for most of the fight, battling problems with his long hair, which was in his eyes constantly during the first half of the fight, and clinching often in the second half of the bout.. The clinching, quite excessive and extremely annoying, seemed to take away from the fight, as it kept N’dou from getting his punches off. It wasn’t as if Malignaggi was landing anything himself, other than an occasional jab, yet he continued to clinch over and over again for the final six rounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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