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title Oakey Defeats Haymer

oakey44.jpgBy Chris Thomas: British light heavyweight champion Tony Oakey (25-2-1, 7 KOs) successfully defend his BBBofC British light heavyweight title on Friday night, stopping an old nemesis Peter Haymer (17-5-1, 5 KOs) in the 9th round of a scheduled 12-round championship bout at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, in London. Oakey, making his second defense of his light heavyweight title, which just happens to have been held by Haymer himself two year years ago, stunned him with a big right hand in the 9th round and then put him away with a left hook. Referee Mickey Vann stopped the bout at 2:10 of the 9th round.

Haymer, 6’1″, used his height reach advantage to landed effectively over the shorter, rounder 5’8″ champion Oakey in the first round. Haymer landed a number of excellent uppercuts and jabs in the round, effectively out-working Oakey, and beating him to the punch. This was the second time the two had fought, as Haymer had previously beaten Oakey by a 10-round unanimous decision in June 2005. Read the rest of this entry »



title Matthews Destroys Berkatsashvili

matthews3553.jpgBy Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten featherweight contender Derry Matthews (20-0, 11 KOs) made easy work of his opponent Nikoloz Berkatsashvili (14-3, 5 KOs), stopping him in the 1st round of a scheduled eight-round bout on Saturday night at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, England. Matthews, 24, dropped Berkatsashvili twice in the first round with left hooks to the midsection. After the second knockdown, the referee counted Berkatsashvili because he was in too much pain and counted make to his feet in time. For Matthews, who’s ranked #4 in the World Boxing Organization and #10 in the International Boxing Federation featherweight divisions, he was simply far too good for the limited Berkatsashvili to handle.

In the opening moments of the 1st round, Matthews immediately pounced on Berkatsashvili, 22, hitting him with wide hooks with both hands, and flailing on him without much return coming back. Read the rest of this entry »



title Meza Clay KOs Aiken

meza-clay2.jpgBy John Dower: Featherweight contender Monty Meza Clay (27-1, 18 KOs) stopped former International Boxing Federation feather weight champion Eric Aiken (16-7-1, 12 KOs) in the 7th round on Friday night at the Expo Mart, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Clay, 26, looking a lot like former great Aaron Pryor, used a non-stop punching attack to methodically break down the former champion Aiken, ultimately stopping him in the 7th round as Aiken was taking tremendous punishment on the ropes. The referee Ernie Sharif stopped the bout at 0:39 of the 7th round. At the time of the stoppage, Aiken had been hit with over 20 consecutive head shots while trapped on the ropes without throwing anything back in return.

Clay, who at 5’1″, was giving up seven inches in height to the 5’8″ Aiken, but it mattered little, for Aiken failed to use his height to his advantage in any of the rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Barrett KOs Reed

Showing that he still has a little left in his career, two-time title challenger Monte Barrett (33-6, 19 KOs) easily stopped an over-matched Damon Reed (43-13, 30 knockouts) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10-round bout last night at the 944 Super Village at Stetson Canal, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barrett, 36, knocked Reed down in the 1st round, and then another time in the 2nd, leading to the referee stopping the bout at 2:47 of the 2nd round. Barrett, who is no longer ranked in the top 15 having lost three out of his last five bouts, landed effectively with his right hand in the first round, snapping Reed’s head and driving him back. Read the rest of this entry »



title Acosta Stops Vasquez In 1st round KO!

By Dan Ambrose: former two-time World Boxing Association light middleweight champion Julio Cesar Vasquez (68-12, 43 KOs) was stopped in the 1st round last night by Ruben Eduardo Acosta (18-3-5, 5 KOs) in an unsuccessful attempt at capturing the South American super middleweight title at the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vasquez, now 41, was dropped late in the 1st round by a left hook to the midsection. Vasquez rolled around on the canvas in obvious pain, unable to get up. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mabuza Too Much For Sonsona

By Chris Thomas: Hard-hitting International Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Silence Mabuza (21-2, 17 KOs) turned back young 19 year-old challenger Eden Sonsona (14-3, 3 KOs), stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night to successfully defend his title at the Emperors Palace Casino, in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Mabuza, 30, had problems with the speedy Sonsona’s fast shots in the early going, finding it hard to match him punch for punch. However, as the rounds progressed, Mabuza found it easier to land how power shots more often. In the 5th round, Mabuza dropped Sonsona with a big right hand to the body. Read the rest of this entry »



title Bruseles Obliterates Frankel

By Chris Thomas: In an especially impressive performance, light welterweight Henry Bruseles (21-3-1, 15 KOs) stopped Robert Frankel in the 4th round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Coliseo Rafael G Amalbert, in Juncos, Puerto Rico, on Friday night. Brusele, dominated throughout, and eventually cut Frankel over both his left eye (from a headbutt) and then finally his right eye, leading to the referee Roberto Ramirez stopping the bout at 2:28 of the 4th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Asikainen Stops Campas

campas464.jpgBy Eric Schmidt: Former International Boxing Federation light middleweight champion Luis Ramon Campas (91-11, 73 KOs) was stopped in the 7th round on Friday night against Amin Asikainen (24-1, 16 KOs) at the Toolo Sports Hall, in Helsinki, Finland. Campas, 36, who normally fights at light middleweight, looked much smaller against middleweight Asikainen, 32, who happens to be the best boxer in Finland.

Campas had problems with Asikainen’s superior reach and size for most of the fight, as he was unable to get within punching distance without having to eat several shots while on the way in. Once in close, Asikainen would often tie him up to prevent him from punching. A minute into the 7th round, Asikainen tagged Campas with a big right hand while he was trying to come inside, hurting him badly and causing him to back up. Asikainen followed after him, and hit him with repeated right hands, driving Campas to the ropes, where Asikainen finished him off with three more fight hands before the referee Erkki Merone could call a halt to the bout at 0:56 of the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Darchinyan-Gorres Ruled A Draw

In another disappointing career set back, former International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (29-1-1, 23 KOs) fought to a 12-round split draw decision tonight against Z Gorres (27-2-2, 15 KOs) in an IBF super flyweight eliminator bout at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, in Cebu, Philippines. 113-112 (for Gorres), 114-112 for (Darchinyan) and 113-113. Darchinyan knocked Gorres, 25, down in the 1st round and 9th rounds, while Gorres knocked Darchinyan down in the 2nd round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lee Destroys Falliga

lee46456565.jpgUndefeated middleweight prospect Andy Lee (15-0, 12 KOs) destroyed his tough opponent Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (14-4-2, 4 KOs) in a 5th round TKO tonight at the University Sports Arena in Lee’s native Limerick, Ireland. Lee, 23, dropped Falliga four times in the fight, with three of them coming in the fifth round, which prompted for the referee to move in and halt the one-sided slaughter. Before the bout, it was thought that Failliga, 25, would give Lee a tough time, and perhaps test him a little.

However, it was immediately clear from the first round that Falliga was badly over his head in class, and didn’t have either the speed or power to contend with the blazing shots from Lee. In the first round, the southpaw Lee came out standing straight up, shooting his right jab out repeatedly, and occasionally turning it over into a powerful right hook to tag Falliga with it. In a lot of ways, Lee looked like a slender version of IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, whom he regularly spars with before his fights. Read the rest of this entry »



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