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title Kirilov Defeats Navarro

kiriliv33535353.jpgSuper flyweight Dimitri Kirilov (29-3, 9 KOs) defeated Jose Navarro (26-3, 12 KOs) on Satrurday night at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia, to win the vacant International Boxing Federation super flyweight title. Kirilov, 28, eeked out a close unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 114-113 and 114-113. In the early going, Kirilov had trouble trying to solve Navarro’s southpaw style, which included a lot of lead lefts and a high volume workrate. Aside from a flash knockdown of Navarro in the 3rd round when Kirilov caught him with a right hand as he was attempting a punch, Navarro won rounds 1-2, 4-5. The bout changed directions starting in the fifth round after a hard headbutt by Kirilov opened up a cut under Navarro’s right eye.

The cut had an effect on Navarro, making him a little less active and allowing Kirilov to get into the fight. From that point on, both fighters traded rounds with excellent toe to toe action until the 11th round. With the fight on the line, Kirilov rallied to win the last two rounds of the fight behind his powerful right hand. Navarro, though, made it very close and landed the more numerous shots, but none of them were thrown with the power of Kirilov’s right hand. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ibragimov Defeats Holyfield: Should Evander Retire?

holyfield464444.jpgThe outcome was never in doubt on Saturday night, as the 32-year old World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion literally boxed circles around the 44-year old challenger Evander Holyfield in the process of winning by an easy 12-round unanimous decision at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia. The final judges’ scores – 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 – gave no indication about how truly one-sided the bout was for Ibragimov, as Holyfield did virtually nothing all bout long except for follow him around and take shots to the head and midsection. In truth, Holyfield looked basically the same fighter he was in losing efforts to Chris Byrd, James Toney and Larry Donald in 2003 and 2004, only then Holyfield blamed the losses because of a shoulder a problem.

This time, there were no such excuses to fall back on because he was badly outclassed every minute of the fight. After a cautious first two round, I assumed that Holyfield would come out blazing in the third like he had against the four mediocre opponents he’d beaten during his boxing comeback. However, when Holyfield continued to throw next to nothing in the 3rd and fourth rounds, I began to understand that he just couldn’t, that he was simply too old to pull the trigger. By the 8th round, it had become embarrassing, as Ibragimov was hitting Holyfield at will and making him look like an old man, despite his still relatively youthful appearance. Read the rest of this entry »

title Tokarev Stops Hayes

tokarev64456444.jpgCruiserweight challenger Vadim Tokarev (24-1-1, 17 KOs) stopped former middleweight Marlon Hayes (23-10, 11 KOs) in the 3rd round tonight at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia. Tokarev, 35, hurt Hayes with a right hand in the third round, staggering him and then landed a series of crushing blows that prompted the referee to move in and put a stop to the bout. This was the first bout for Tokarev since losing a controversial majority decision to German-based Marco Huck in May 2007. Tokarev was in fine form tonight, showing no ill effects of the bad decision that went against him in his last fight, as he punished Hayes badly in rounds two and three.

In the first round, Hayes, 36, showed an effective jab and good movement that kept Tokarev on the outside, unable to draw a bead on the elusive Hayes. Mixing in powerful body shots, Hayes was able to easily win the round over the slower Tokarev, who seemed somewhat confused. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mesi Stops Miller

Heavyweight Joe Mesi (36-0, 29 KOs) make short work of another C-level opponent tonight, stopping Shannon Miller (15-4, 9 KOs) in the 1st round at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. As often the case, Mesi, 33, looked superb offensively, opening up with huge salvos in the opening seconds of the bout, hurting Miller almost immediately. With little being thrown back at him, Mesi quickly dropped Miller with a scorching right hand that had him badly hurt as he slid to the canvas. The referee Joey Lopino moved in and called a stop to the bout at 2:51 of the round. For Mesi, it was his seventh consecutive win since making his return to boxing in 2006 following a two-year suspension by the Nevada boxing officials after he was diagnosed with a brain bleed.

To his credit, Mesi has shown great improvement since his first two bouts after his suspension, in which he looked pudgy, slow and poor defensively. However, Mesi has looked sharp in his last three bouts, and would seem to be ready for a better class of opposition than the likes of Miller. Read the rest of this entry »

title Peter Klitschko: Samuel Interested in Fighting Wladimir Next

wladimir-peter453452.jpgAccording to the latest boxing news, World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs) has stated in an interview that he’s interested in fighting either Oleg Maskaev or Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs), and is hoping that he can get back in the ring within two months. From the looks of it, I’d say offhand that Peter is probably angry at himself for getting knocked down three times by the relative light-hitting Jameel McCline in their bout last weekend, a fight that Peter was on the verge of losing in the 3rd round.

Peter looked nothing short of horrible, like an unschooled amateur fighter going up against a seasoned professional. It doesn’t help his case any the fact that he threw a large number of fouls in the bout, enough for him to be disqualified if the referee had been interested in conducting his job in a proper manner. If it hadn’t been for the case of McCline tiring out – as usual – after the first three rounds, Peter would have likely been stopped early on. While Peter eventually was able to eek out the decision with a late surge, the damage to his reputation has been done already. Hence, Peter’s desire to take on Wladimir Klitschko, a fighter who already defeated Peter two years ago by a 12-round decision. Read the rest of this entry »

title Juan Diaz vs Julio Diaz

HBO’s late-night boxing series heats up with a spectacular matchup of two lightweight titleholders when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JUAN DIAZ VS. JULIO DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, OCT. 13 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., just outside Chicago, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.. Read the rest of this entry »

title Holyfield vs Ibragimov In Moscow

A few days ago Sultan visited Red Square wearing a USA track suit. Moments after entering he was confronted by Kremlin workers lugging bags of Russian clothing gear who insisted that he change into their nation’s colors . . . I guess none of them noticed the ticket checker at the Kremlin entrance who was wearing a New England Patriots baseball cap . . ..

Moscow traffic makes the LA Freeway at rush hour look like the Indy 500. There are between 10-12 million Muscovites-and 4 million cars. Drivers park everywhere and anywhere, including on the sidewalk. One individual parked in the right lane of a three-lane highway. . . . Amazingly enough horn blowing is rarely heard . . . Read the rest of this entry »

title Kessler v Calzaghe

While boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion JOE CALZAGHE was feted today marking 10 years of superstardom and 20 consecutive successful title defenses, his opponent MIKKEL KESSLER tried to rain on Joe’s parade and issued a few choice word to The Sun’s Gavin Glicksman.

“Joe is a great champion but I’m going to beat him,” said Kessler. “I’m going to be 200 per cent better than my last fight and he’s going to get a big surprise. I’ve seen some of his fights and he’s never fought a guy like me before, that’s why he’s going to be in trouble. I hit straight, I hit hard, I hit directly. I’m going to show everyone I’m a bigger champion than he is.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Mosley vs Cotto Update

World welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, looking fit and trim, came in at 157 pounds today in San Juan for his 30-day pre-fight weigh-in. Cotto was far under the limit for this date and said he is anxious to take on Sugar Shane Mosley at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 10. “I am very satisfied with all of my training and work we have done so far,” Cotto said. “There is no doubt I will be in my best-ever condition on November 10..” Read the rest of this entry »

title Holyfield-Ibragimov: Does Evander Have Any Magic Left?

holyfield33545.jpgAs four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 KOs) approaches this Saturday’s heavyweight championship bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov 21-0, 17 KOs) at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia, a big questions looms about how much Holyfield has left in the tank after twenty three years as a professional boxer. Holyfield, 44, though he’s not fought as many bouts as many younger fighters, such as Wladimir Klitschko, his bouts have been much tougher, the type in which he’s stood in front of his opponents and traded shots for round after round. Along with his many wars, you have to factor in his advanced age which makes him one of the oldest heavyweights to challenge for a title since George Foreman accomplished the feat in the 90s.

While much has been made about Holyfield’s recent success over journeyman fighters Jeremy Bates, Fres Oquendo, Vinny Maddalone, and Lou Savarese, the fact remains that these fighters are hardly world class, and certainly not the type of competition to get a good gauge about how much Holyfield has left in the tank. Read the rest of this entry »

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