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title De La Hoya Pulling For Hatton

de-la-hoya1222.jpgGolden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya mentioned at the recent London press conference with Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather Jr, that “That will be a real advantage for Ricky, he’ll have no respect for Mayweather’s punches. I’m crossing my fingers that Ricky wins, a fight between us would be a great possibility for Wembley next year.” Clearly, Oscar realizes the huge money potential a bout between him and Hatton would bring, especially if somehow Hatton is able to come out victorious over Maweather in their Dec 8th bout. However, it’s unclear whether De la Hoya would still have interest in fighting Hatton should he lose to Mayweather, especially if he loses badly and is embarrassed in the process.

De La Hoya, 34, was lost a split decision to Mayweather in May 2007, a bout that was exciting during the earlier going when Oscar pressed the action. However, De La Hoya faded – as usual – in the second half of the fight and lost the crucial rounds which he badly needed. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hanshaw-Johnson

hanshaw35353535.jpgAccording to the latest boxing news, light heavyweight Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will taking on Glen Johnson (46-11-2, 32 KOs) on November 3, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Both fighters have had the distinction of having previously faced Roy Jones Jr. Hanshaw, 29, fought Jones on July 14, 2007, and lost a unanimous decision. However, the bout was very close and could easily have been scored a draw or in Hanshaw’s favor, as he appeared to outwork Jones throughout the fight. Jones, however, landed enough pot shots to impress the judges, in a a typical Jones-type fight.

Despite having only been beaten once, Hanshaw isn’t ranked highly in any of the alphabet rating agencies. Johnson, 38, ranked #1 in the IBF, previously stopped Roy Jones Jr, in the 9th round, knocking him out with a single punch in September 2004. Johnson has been busy trying to line up another title shot against IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods, who Johnson has faced three times, winning one, losing one and fighting to a draw. Read the rest of this entry »

title Arreola KOs Hayes

arreola35333.jpgFuture heavyweight star Chris Arreola (22-0, 20 KOs) KO’d an over-matched Thomas Hayes (26-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night, blasting him to the canvas in the 3rd round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Doubletree Hotel, in Ontario, California. The victory, the 22nd in a row, gives the 26-year old Arreola the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title and continues his forward progress towards a future heavyweight title shot. Arreola, ranked #12 in the WBC, flattened Hayes with a left uppercut-right cross combination in the 3rd round. The referee immediately stepped in and halted the bout as Hayes was unable to continue fighting.

Arreola was very impressive in the first round, landing powerful right hands to the head, backing him up to the ropes where Arreola unloaded with numerous combinations. Hayes bravely fought back and was able to land a significant amount of return shots. However, Arreola’s power and size was simply too much for Hayes, as he was taking a horrendous beating during the first two rounds of the fight. In the 2nd, Hayes landed some good shots at the beginning of the round, pounding Arreola downstairs and trying to take the air out of him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather-Hatton: Is Floyd Afraid Of Ricky?

mayweather3533333.JPGWhile watching the recent press conferences with Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton, I’ve noticed that Mayweather has been incredibly aggressive in his trashing talking towards Hatton, seemingly going out of his way to devalue all of Hatton’s previous accomplishments, his fighting style and his physical shape. However, in doing so, Mayweather has seemed almost desperate in his efforts to get the crowds to side with his own belief system as he tries to weaken and diminish Hatton as a human being.

It has gone far beyond normal boxing trash talk, to a more personal level as Mayweather not only seems to be trying to hurt Hatton, he seems to be trying to destroy him in an effort for Mayweather to get sense of control. From a psychological stand point, Mayweather appears to be trying to prevent from feeling vulnerable – something he no doubt must be feeling based on his extreme aggression towards Hatton – and by criticizing him more and more, Mayweather appears to be trying to accomplish a feeling of grandiosity and invulnerability, even at the expense of true reality.

title Maskaev Injures Back, Peter Fight Postponed

WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev reportedly injured both his back and his ankle yesterday, making it necessary to postpone his fight with #1 challenger Samuel Peter for 2-4 months. Apparently, a disc slipped out of place in Maskaev’s back while he was training on Thursday for his October 6th bout which was to have taken place in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Peter, however, was understandably upset by the news, having already waited for a year to fight to fight Maskaev. As of now, Peter and his manager, Ivalo Gotzev, are requesting that an interim bout take place on October 6th, probably against #2 ranked challenger Vladimir Virchis.

title Oleg Maskaev vs Samuel Peter

peter4354535333.jpgDino Duva, president of Duva Boxing, the promoter of WBC no. 1 contender Samuel Peter, was very emotional about the fact that the sacred Madison Square Garden boxing ring has been retired before Peter’s October 6 World Heavyweight Title fight against Oleg Maskaev, and not after the fight. “Yesterday, I had chills the entire time during the MSG ring retirement ceremony,” said Duva.

“Anyone whose life has been boxing had to feel that way. I was always told that the plan was to retire the ring AFTER the October 6 event, meaning Samuel would be able to be the last fighter to win a world championship in this sacred ring. “It was a bush league, disrespectful manuever by Dennis Rappaport, to insist on that clause changing the size of the ring without my knowledge or approval,” added Duva. “And this was all over a one and a half foot total difference in ring size!

“Not that one and a half feet, or even ten feet, would make a difference in the outcome,” wrapped up Duva. “There will be a major victory for Samuel, but it would have been wonderful for Sam to be the last Champion in history to walk out of that ring.” Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao vs Barrera

Boasting a combined record of 154 victories – 80 by knockout — against just 12 losses and a winning percentage exceeding 92%, the three-bout pay-per-view undercard for “Will to Win” promises to be 100% action! Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, “Will to Win” will be headlined by the 12-round super featherweight rumble between three-division world champions and arch rivals Manny Pacquiao, from The Philippines, and Mexico’s Marco Antonio Barrera. “Will to Win” takes place Saturday, October 6, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.. Read the rest of this entry »

title Trinidad-Jones: Does Felix Have Enough Left To Beat Roy?

trinidad772726.jpgThree-time division winner Felix Trinidad (42-2, 35 knockouts) will be coming out of his 2nd retirement on January 19, 2008, when he takes on four-time division winner light heavyweight Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This is kind of a desperation fight for both of them. Neither of them are considered top fighters at this advanced stage of their career, with Trinidad turning 35 and Jones 39-years old by the time the fight takes place in January. Trinidad, in particular, has struggled, losing a 12th round TKO to Bernard Hopkins in 2001, followed shortly thereafter by a two year retirement. After resuming his career in 2004 with a sensational 8th round TKO of Ricardo Mayorga, Trinidad turned around and lost a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to Winky Wright in May 2005. This, too, was followed by another two year retirement.

Now, suddenly Trinidad has a itch to return to the boxing ring, but this time it’s going to be against Jones, who is on the downward slope of a once great career. A major problem for Trinidad, however, is that the weight it going to be fought at a 170 lb “catch weight,” a figure that both fighters agreed upon. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik-Taylor: A Middleweight Showdown

pavlik32335333.jpg With only two weeks to go before the showdown between unbeaten WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0, 17 KOs) and his challenger Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs), many of the fight predictions on various websites have been pointing the direction of the 25-year old Pavlik winning the fight against Taylor, mostly because of Pavlik’s high percentage of knockout wins. In his thirty-one bouts thus far, Pavlik has annihilated almost all of his opponents, even the good ones – Fulgencio Zuniga, Bronko McKart, Jose Luis Zertuche and Edison Miranda – have been easily dispatched almost as quick as the lesser opponents.

Indeed, of the four quality opponents (the rest, unfortunately, have been low B-level fighters) that Pavlik has faced in his career, none of made it beyond the 9th round. In contrast, the 29-year old Taylor often struggled against his top five opponents – William Joppy, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright, Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks – winning four of them and fighting to a draw against Wright. Read the rest of this entry »

title Peter-Maskaev Undercard: Williamson vs McCline

When boxing promoter Don King could not come to acceptable terms to deliver the services of his heavyweight contender DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson to fight unretiring WBC “champion emeritus” Vitali Klitschko, he unknowingly set in motion the circumstances for another fight.

Klitschko later announced he was going to face Jameel McCline on Sept. 22 in Munich, Germany, but cancelled the match due to an apparent back surgery on Sept. 9, just five days before McCline was scheduled to leave for Germany, marking the fifth consecutive match in a row where Klitschko has been unable to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

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