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title Diaz Stops Torres

diaz573333453.jpgBy Chet Mills: Former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz (35-4, 26 KOs) was far too much for his over-matched opponent David Torres (20-1, 13 KOs), taking him out in the 5th round of a badly one-sided fight that was scheduled for 10-rounds at the Playboy Mansion, in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday night. Diaz, 28, making his first appearance since losing his IBF lightweight title in a 9th round stoppage to Juan Diaz in October 2007, knocked Torres, 30, down two times in the fight, once in the third round (a technical knockdown) and another time in the 5th round.

Following the knockdown in the 5th, Torres, whose left side of his face was badly swollen with his left eye nearly swollen shut, was examined by the ringside doctor who advised for the referee to stop the fight. At 1;25, referee Tony Krebs stopped the fight giving Diaz the victory. Read the rest of this entry »



title Buchanan Stops Norman

norman463335.jpgBy Chet Mills: In a long overdue rematch, super middleweight Henry Buchanan (17-1, 12 KOs) once again stopped Brian Norman (16-8, 4 KOs), this time in the 9th round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Wednesday night at the Playboy Mansion, in Beverly Hills, California. After a fairly contest first three rounds of the fight, the 29 year-old Buchanan pulled away from Norman, dominating every round until the bitter end in the 9th round, when Buchanan tagged Norman with a big left hand to the body followed by a powerful right uppercut that sent Norman, 29, sprawling into the bottom ring ropes where he hung briefly until the referee Lou Moret moved in and halted the bout at 1:02 of the 9th round.

Both fighters showed good boxing ability for the most part, particularly Buchanan with his long jab and excellent combinations ,was a pleasure to watch. However, he tended to be on the lazy side for many of the rounds, choosing not to really work hard until the last 30 seconds of the round at which time he would unload with a dizzying flurry of shots and have Norman reeling. It’s unfortunate that Buchanan can’t seem to fight hard all the time because he might some day break the top 20 if he could fight in this manner. However, given his ripe age of 29, I tend to have my doubts about his future potential. Read the rest of this entry »



title What Does Pacquiao Prove By Beating Diaz?

pacquiao44455.jpgBy Nate Anderson: As this Saturday’s bout between Manny Pacquiao (46-3-2, 35 KOs) and David Diaz (34-1-1, 17 KOs) draws closer, I find myself wondering what’s the point in Pacquiao even wasting his time by moving up and fighting Diaz for his WBC lightweight title. There seems to be no logic to it, since Diaz is largely unknown to most boxing fans, only recently picking up some small notoriety with his narrow 12-round unanimous decision over a badly over-the-hill Erik Morales, who was fighting out of his weight class and had lost four out of his last five fights going into his bout with the bigger Diaz, in August 2007.

Even with those conditions seemingly in his favor, Diaz barely beat Morales. Pacquiao, for his part, had made easy work of Morales in the same time frame, stopping him not once but twice with relative ease. That alone seems to suggest that Diaz is in for big trouble against Pacquiao on Saturday night. Unlike Morales, Diaz has little boxing ability and tends to live solely by his ability to slug it out with his opponents on the inside. His hand speed is poor to say the least, his footwork slow, as if he’s fighting in a big pile of wet sand, and his defense is also quite poor. No matter what way you want to look at this fight, there are no assets that Diaz has with which to deal with Pacquiao’s greater speed, power, work rate, movement and overall boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Tua Next For Arreola?

arreola4424.jpgBy Manuel Perez: After watching #7th ranked WBC heavyweight champion Chris Arreola (24-0, 21 KOs) make easy work of unbeaten heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon, stopping him in the 3rd round after the referee disqualified him due to his corner help entering the ring while Witherspoon was being given the standing eight count after being knocked down, Arreola moves on towards a possible fight with former heavyweight title challenger for later on this year. Tua, 35, has a fight against a yet to be determined opponent on July 12th, but if he comes out the winner of that fight, which most fully expect him to, this will set up a huge potential fight between the up and coming Arreola and Tua.

Arreola, only 27, has quickly proven himself as one of the best up and coming heavyweights in American, and perhaps in the entire world. He’s got everything you would want from a fighter – good size at 6’4″ 240 lbs, enormous power and a non-stop punching style of fighting, which he uses to batter his opponents into submission. While he doesn’t have true one-punch power or anything resembling that, the fact that he hits hard and constant, evens things out and makes him just as dangerous a puncher than he would be if he did have enormous power. He’s like a big hammer in the ring, one that pounds away at his opponents over and over again without stop. Read the rest of this entry »



title Duddy vs. Howe: John Needs Badly To Impress

duddy5556.jpgBy Tony Krebs: Undefeated middleweight contender John Duddy (24-0, 17 KOs) will be hoping for a change of luck this Saturday night when he goes up against Charles Howe (17-4-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. Duddy, now 29, is coming off a poor performance against Walid Smichet in February, a bloody and grueling bout which Duddy won by a 10-round majority decision. In the process of winning, however, Duddy was hurt on several occasions in the first three rounds by Smichet, and cut badly over his left eye. The cut would later need 33 stitches to close the huge gaping wound.

Though Duddy, ranked #3 in the WBO and #5 in the WBA middleweight division, eventually got the decision, he paid a severe price by losing out on a big money fight with WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in June. The cut, combined with how badly Duddy looked, getting battered around the ring by the C-level Smichet in the early rounds of the fight, made Duddy a non-appealing opponent for Pavlik, who wanted to fight Duddy because of his brawling style, his unbeaten record, his Hollywood looks, and most importantly because of his huge appeal with boxing fans on the East coast. It seemed that Duddy was hell bent on trying to look good against Smichet, and forgetting all about defense altogether, Duddy went right after Smichet in the early rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Chagaev Injures Foot, Postpones Bout With Valuev

chagaev26575.jpgBy Jim Dower: For the third time since winning the WBA heavyweight title by controversial fashion with a 12-round split decision over Nikolay Valuev last April, undefeated heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (24-0, 17 KOs) has been forced to cancel one of his title defenses, this time to former champion Valuev (48-1, 24 KOs), who Chagaev had been scheduled to fight next month on July 5th. Earlier today, while conducting sparring in preparation for his bout in July, Chagaev tore his Achilles tendon in his left foot. The injury will require surgery for it to be healed, which will put Chagaev out of action for another extended amount of time, likely until the end of the year.

Valuev, the number # 1 challenger in the WBA, has no other choice but to wait for Chagaev’s injury to heal. This was the second time that Valuev has been forced to wait on Chagaev, who canceled an earlier title defense to Valuev set for May 31st due to a viral infection that Chagaev suffered. Last year, in October, Chagaev had been scheduled to fight a unification bout with then WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, but Chagaev had to back out due to another viral infection. One has to feel a little sorry for Valuev, 34, who lost his title to Chagaev last April despite out-landing him in the fight by a sizable margin. Since losing his title, he’s beaten two fighters, Jean Francois Bergeron and most recently former WBO heavyweight champion Serguei Lyakhovich in February. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Berto Good Enough To Beat The Top Welterweights?

berto45634464.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: In watching newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (22-0, 19 KOs) defeat Miguel Angel Rodriguez (29-3, 23 KOs) by a 7th round TKO last Saturday night, a fight in which Berto struggled at times, I couldn’t help but wonder how Berto, 24, would do against the other top welterweights in the division like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron, Paul Williams, Carlos Quintana and Shane Mosley. I think Berto showed some good skills late in the fight against Rodriguez, especially in terms of speed and boxing skills, but he also – like in many of his fights – seemed vulnerable to right hands, which he seemed to get hit with far too many of by the limited Rodriguez.

What seemed to worry, besides Berto’s limited reach and height, was how average he looked against Rodriguez. This was a fighter that someone like Cotto, Margarito or Williams would have taken to school, beating him like a child all around the ring, never giving him a chance to get into the fight and very likely stopping him within a few brutally one-sided rounds. However, in Berto’s case, he was forced to fight hard against Rodriguez, and absorbed more than a few big right hands and left hooks from him. More importantly, Berto had big problems with Rodriguez’s bigger reach advantage which enabled him to land effectively from the outside. Read the rest of this entry »



title Fenech Decisions Nelson

fenech43322.jpgBy Chris Williams: If you can’t beat someone during your youth, bring them back in their old age and make it happen. This indeed is what a middle aged 44 year-old featherweight/super featherweight champion Jeff Fenech (29-3-1, 21 KOs) did with former WBC super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson (39-6-2, 28 KOs) on Tuesday night, beating him by a controversial 10-round majority decision. Forget for a second about Nelson’s age, 49 years-old, Fenech at least accomplished what he couldn’t do in his prime, even if it meant pulling Nelson out of his 10 year retirement, put him in front of a hostile Australian audience, and then rough him up by pushing him against the ropes for the entire fight, to make it happen. The final judges’ scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95.

Even with all that going for Fenech, he still didn’t appear to win the fight, even though he got what appeared to be a home town decision. The two fighters had fought previously, with the first bout being a 12-round draw in 1991 and the second fight seeing Nelson stop Fenech in the 8th round a year later in 1992. I saw both fights, and there was no way the first fight was a draw, as Nelson appeared to win that fight by a comfortable margin of at least two to three rounds. I’m not precisely sure why Fenech suddenly decided after 16 years to try and avenge his one defeat to Nelson. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kickett Defeats St. Clair

kickett4464.jpgBy Chris Williams: In a battle of age vs. youth, up and coming undefeated Australian lightweight prospect William Kickett (11-0, 5 KOs) defeated former IBF super featherweight champion Gairy St. Clair (40-7-2, 17 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision at the Vodafone Arena, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Tuesday night. Kickett, only 21, was making a huge step up in class, going from C level fighters to a good B class fighter in facing the 33 year-old former champion St. Clair. After a rough start in which St. Clair appeared to cause Kickett a lot of problems, winning two of the first three rounds, Kickett took over the fight in the 4th and controlled the bout the rest of the way with a combination of movement, a good jab and big power. The final judges’ scores were 97-93, 98-92 and 98-92, all for Kickett.

Kickett, who slightly resembles fellow Australian Anthony Mundine in looks and a little in fighting style, was moved up in a big way in having to face St. Clair on Tuesday night. Perhaps Kickett’s Management felt that due to the fact that St. Clair had lost three out of his last five fights, including a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Amir Khan in February, it meant that he was soft enough for Kickett to beat him. If that was their thinking, then yes, St. Clair wasn’t in the same class as Kickett, for after the 3rd round, the fight belonged totally to Kickett. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Pavlik Too Big of a Threat for Calzaghe?

calzaghe452424.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In yesterday’s boxing news about super middleweight/light heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe’s (45-0, 32 KOs) ending his relationship with his famous promoter Frank Warren, we see that Calzaghe is also not interested in fighting Kelly Pavlik at all, ever. Instead, Calzaghe, 36, said that he plans on moving forward and will be his own boxing promoter and will be likely fighting Roy Jones Jr. in the coming months, a fight which would be Calzaghe’s final bout of his career. The news about Pavlik, however, is like a dagger to the heart of most boxing fans because many of them much rather wanted to see this fight than the likely dull fight against the faded 39 year-old Jones, who is well past it at this point in his diminishing career.

Calzaghe, for whatever reason, appears to want no part of Pavlik, and seems to want things to be much easier by facing the much less powerful Jones. Who can blame Calzaghe, though, since Pavlik with his huge power would be a very tough fight for Calzaghe to win and might very well beat him. Read the rest of this entry »



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