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title Look For Margarito To Send Mosley Into Retirement

margo535733By Manuel Perez: I’m not sure what Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) was thinking when he decided on fighting WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) on January 24th, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Of all the potential opponents that Mosley could have chosen for a well-paying bout, he decided to take on arguably the most dangerous welterweight in the division in the 30-year-old Margarito. At 37, Mosley’s timing for the bout couldn’t be worse even if he tried, because this isn’t the type of an opponent a fighter of that age should be fighting. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hatton To Retire in 2009 If He Beats Mayweather & Pacquiao?

hat5744545By Jim Dower: In an interview on Sky Sports, Hatton hinted at retirement in 2009, saying that if he can beat both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2009, that he’d have to review his options and make a decision about his future direction. Unfortunately, the chances of Hatton beating both Pacquiao and Mayweather are probably about as good as you are me hitting the lottery and striking it rich. Hatton is still leaning in the direction of facing Pacquiao next, though Mayweather remains an option if things don’t work out with Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye vs. Vitali – A Fight Guaranteed To Disappoint

vitali8834By Sean McDaniel: Though the fight between former cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) is months away, if not more, a lot of interest is already generating about his upcoming June 2009 bout with Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) which will likely take place in a football stadium in London. However, as much as this fight might be interesting on the service level, I see it pretty much as likely route with Vitali taking it on himself to end matters quick against the 28-year-old Haye. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pavlik vs. Rubio on February 21st

pav43446By Dave Lahr: WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) will be defending his titles on February 21st against Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 37 KOs), his number #1 ranked WBC challenger, in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik, 26, will be making his first appearance since being defeated by 43-year-old Bernard Hopkins in a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision loss in October in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pavlik, who made the mistake of meeting Hopkins at a 170 pound catch weight, was completely outclassed by Hopkins, who used both his power and movement to make Pavlik look bad and beat him to the punch. Read the rest of this entry »



title Arreola vs. Peter?

arreola45234535By Eric Thomas: In a potentially intriguing bout between two sluggers in the heavyweight division, the rumor is that there is a possibility of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) taking on top contender Chris Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) in the near future. Although it’s still speculation at this point, this is a fight that would easily be one of the biggest fights of 2009 and possibly a ending up as one of the best bouts of the year. Arreola and Peter are two fighters of the same mold, both heavy, slightly paunchy (okay, in Arreola’s case, maybe a lot paunchy nowadays), hard punching and accustomed to scoring early knockouts. Read the rest of this entry »



title Baldomir Loses To Bonsu On Questionble Decision

baldomir4532443By Chris Williams: A fight that has caused little commotion, though it should, is the WBC title eliminator bout between Jackson Osei (30-2, 23 KOs) and former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir (44-12-6, 13 KOs), which saw Bonsu winning the fight by a 12-round majority decision on Saturday, December 20th at Lotto Arena, Antwerpen, in Antwerpen, Belgium. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 114-112 and 113-113. However, I had Bonsu, the hometown fighter, winning only three of the rounds and losing the remainder. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Jeff Lacy a Shot Fighter?

lacy4523434By Dan Ambrose: After recently suffering his second one-sided loss in the past two years, there are whispering in the boxing community that super middleweight contender Jeff Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) is a shot fighter, that he doesn’t have it anymore due to his vicious beat down at the hands of Joe Calzaghe two years ago. That may or may not be true, but what is true is that Lacy doesn’t seem to be the same fighter that went 21-0 with 17 knockouts at the time that he met up with Calzaghe in March 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Chagaev vs. Drumond on February 7th

chagaev42335By Jim Dower: Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBA champion in recess, will make a rare defense of his title on February 7th against number #9th ranked Carl Davis Drumond, 33, at Stadthalle, Rostock, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Chagaev, 30, has experienced both illness and injury in the past year, initially keeping him from fighting a unification bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov on October 13th, and then injuring his Achilles tendon while training for a title defense against former champion Nikolay Valuev on July 5th. Read the rest of this entry »



title My Choice For Fighter Of The Year – Joe Calzaghe

calzaghe6734755By Michael Lieberman: For his two victories over the prehistoric fighters Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., I have to give Joe Calzaghe my vote for the number #1 fighter of the year. There were a couple of others that came close, but Calzaghe took the cake with his wins over the two 40ish fighters, showing that he has enough ability to beat two of the best fighters of the 90s, even though both are clearly on the downside of their careers. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Khan’s Poor Chin Limit His Success In 2009?

khan434343By Matt Stein: With his total destruction by Breidis Prescott in September, lightweight Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KOs) appears to have his work cut out for him if he wants to someday win a major title in the lightweight division. His loss to Prescott, a 1st round TKO, dropped Khan from the top rungs of the division to the bottom, where he now is trying to rebuild his shattered career. Read the rest of this entry »



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