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title Taylor: Was His Fight Strategy Wrong For Pavlik?

By Jim Carran: For the second time in the past five months, undefeated World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Council middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) has defeated Jermain Taylor (27-2-1, 17 KOs), this time by a unanimous 12-round decision at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night. Though the fight was ultimately scored closely, with Pavlik winning by the judges’ scores 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113, in reality it wasn’t a close fight in the least. Many of the rounds were close, but there was little doubt who was winning the rounds, as Pavlik 25, was the much busier fighter and the one that initiated almost every exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

title Alvarado Defeats Rodriguez

By Chris Thomas: In an uneven performance, undefeated light welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado (20-0, 13 KOs) defeated Jesus Rodriguez (17-3, 5 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Cicero Stadium, in Cicero, Illinois. Alvarado, 27, considered to be one of the better up and coming prospects in the light welterweight division, struggled early on against Rodriguez, but then took control of the fight in the fourth round to dominate the rest of the fight. Both fighters, however, appeared badly fatigued by the 6th round, causing the fans to boo almost continuously for the remaining four rounds. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 98-92 and 97-93, for Alvarado. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rodriguez Decisions Browning

By Manuel Perez: Making only his fourth fight in the past 10 years, former undefeated welterweight Troy Browning (20-1-1, 8 KOs) was no match for the young 27 year-old Delvin Rodriguez (22-2-1, 13 KOs), who easily beat him by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. It was a case of too much youth on the part of Rodriguez, for the 41 year-old Browning to deal with. Though he gave a good try, coming back in the later rounds to apply a lot of pressure and land effectively, but in the end Browning didn’t have the firepower with which to match the hard-hitting Rodriguez. The final judges scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. Read the rest of this entry »

title Frenkel Stops Williams

frenkal3333.jpgBy Chris Thomas: Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Alexander Frenkel (14-0, 10 KOs) stopped former Interntioanl Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Arthur “King” Williams (43-15-1, 30 KOs) tonight, stopping him in the 5th round of a scheduled eight-round bout at the Nuernberg Arena, in Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany. Fighting on the undercard of Nikolay Valuev vs. Sergei Lyakhovich WBA title eliminator, Frenkel, 22, had too much youth and power for the former champion Williams, 43, knocking him down twice in the bout, first in the second round and then another time in the 5th, causing referee Ernst Salzgeber to stop the fight at 2:02 of the 5th round.

In the 1st round, Frenkel came out looking really stiff, showing no head movement and standing perfectly straight up. However, he had nothing to worry about because Williams did little, aside from throwing an occasional pawing jab. I expected more from a former champion like Williams, but at 43 years-old, he appears to have very little left of his once impressive boxing skills. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ibragimov vs. Klitschko: Will A Win Over Sultan Bring Fame For Wladimir?

By Jim Dower: So far, IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) has failed to ignite the interest of the fans as a whole, many who see him as a fighter with a questionable chin, and a soft resume littered with mostly unknown fighters. That’s likely not to change come February 23rd, when Klitschko meets up with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-0-1, 17 KOs), who is a fighter mostly only known to boxing insiders. Through no fault of his own, Wladimir is fighting in a time that there are few appealing heavyweights with which for him to earn fame and carve out a name for himself. Read the rest of this entry »

title Valuev Dominates Lyakhovich

By David Lahr: Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs) had little problem beating former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Lyakhovich (23-3, 14 KOs) tonight, beating him by a remarkably easy 12-round unanimous decision at the Nuernberg Arena, in Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-107, giving Valuev, 34, another possible shot at Ruslan Chagaev, the WBA heavyweight champion, who defeated Valuev by a controversial majority decision in April 2007, to take his title away. Read the rest of this entry »

title John Duddy: Is He Ready To Step It Up?

By Jim Carran: After having fought mostly soft opposition in his first 23 fights, undefeated middleweight John Duddy (23-0, 17 KOs) appears to be one fight away from finally taking on a legitimate top level opponent when he likely will be facing WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in June 2008. Though nothing has been confirmed at this time, Duddy, 27, is the leading canditate for the shot at Pavlik’s belt. Before his likely bout with Pavlik, however, Duddy must first get by Walid Smichet (17-3-3, 13 KOs), whom he faces on February 23rd, on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov unification bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Read the rest of this entry »

title Paul Williams: Where Does He Go From Here?

williams464448.jpgBy Erik Smith: If you’re like most people, you’re wondering what’s former WBO welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (33-1, 24 KOs) going to do next. After many people in the boxing world had crowned Williams prematurely, suggesting that he was the top fighter in the division, he was quickly brought back down to earth last Saturday night when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to challenger Carlos Quintana. If the fight had been close, one could suggest that it was just a bad night for Williams. However, he was pretty much dominated throughout the fight, by a fighter that few people would consider as one of the top four in the welterweight division.

The loss is especially disappointing for Williams because it removes any possibility for future big money fights against opponents like Miguel Cotto and Kermit Cintron, both of whom Williams had been interested in fighting. As we see now, Williams would have likely have been beaten by either of those two fighters, because of his lack of power. Against Quintana, Williams was shown that he couldn’t punch with the same kind of power that Quintana could, and no matter how often Williams landed, it couldn’t equal out the type of shots that he was getting hit with. Read the rest of this entry »

title Abraham vs. Ayala On March 29th

By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated International Boxing Federation middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (25-0, 20 KOs) against challenger Elvin Ayala (18-2-1, 8 KOs) on March 29th at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, in Germany. In selecting Ayala, ranked #15th in the IBF, as his next opponent, it appears that Abraham is continuing with his tradition of fighting lesser quality opposition at the expense of more talented fighters. Incredibly, this will be the 27 year-old Abraham’s seventh title defense of his IBF title since winning it in December 2005 with a 5th round TKO of Kingsley Ikeke. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik vs. Trinidad On June 7th?

By Chris Thomas: According to ESPN writer Dan Rafael, undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs) could be facing former welterweight/junior welterweight champion Felix Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) on June 7th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Pavlik’s promoter, Bob Arum, would like for him to fight either Trinidad or John Duddy in Pavlik’s next bout, due to each of them being popular on the East coast. Though Pavlik still has to face Taylor first this Saturday, Pavlik will still be champion by virtue of this being a non-title bout. Read the rest of this entry »

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