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title Did Hatton Blow His Chance At Fighting De La Hoya?

hatton4353522.jpgBy Jim Dower: In winning his fight on May 24th against the tough Mexican Juan Lazcano, former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) may have destroyed his shot at landing what would likely be a huge mega bout against Oscar De La Hoya in the future. Though Hatton, 29, did end up getting the win over Lazcano, it was a difficult bout for Ricky and one where he appeared to get help from the referee in the 10th round to avoid being knocked out by the Mexican fighter.

This obviously wasn’t missed by De La Hoya, who came out recently and said that he’s not interested in fighting Hatton, that their weight differences between them would be too much for the fight to be able to come off. De La Hoya said that he could probably make the 140 lb weight limit if he had to, but that he would prefer not to have do that. At the same time, De La Hoya had some advice for Hatton, telling him to not to move up to 147 – the welterweight division again – because the extra weight would make a big difference in his performance. Though De La Hoya was trying his hardest to be kind to Hatton, not to ruffle his feathers any, it still came across that Hatton was being rejected as an unsuitable opponent. De La Hoya was previously very interested in fighting Hatton before his recent fight with Lazcano. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pavlik-Lockett: Let This Be The Last Mismatch For Kelly

pavlik4644644.jpgBy Michael Liberman: If you’re like me, you’re hoping that this Saturday’s bout between WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) and Gary Lockett (30-1, 21 KOs) is the last of its kind for Pavlik, because this fight isn’t bringing any kind of suspense or drama to the expectations of most boxing fans. Pavlik 26, was looking previously at a good payday against a John Duddy, an unbeaten Irish middleweight who’s popular on the East coast, but that fight fell through when Duddy took a brutal pounding in a tune-up fight and received multiple cuts over both eyes.

Without much time to seek a popular alternative fighter, Pavlik was left facing the Lockett, a 31 year-old fighter from Wales, who has drifted through a 12-year professional boxing career without having faced one credible opponent until now. Lockett’s record, a fine 30-1, would have you believe that he’s one of the top middleweights in the sport, perhaps good enough to defeat Pavlik even. However, as the saying goes, “all that glitters isn’t gold,” and in Lockett’s case he’s more of a case of fool’s gold than the real genuine article. Read the rest of this entry »



title Klitschko-Peter: Can An Old Brittle Vitali Defeat Sam?

vitali575455.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Let me start of by saying, I’ve never been much of a fan of former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs). I love the sport of boxing, but I never cared for either of the Klitschko brothers, especially Vitali, who never really impressed me much with the ordinary boxing skills that he showed in the ring, not to mention his tendency to experience injuries almost at the drop of the hat. I do like to think of myself as being fair, and not blinded by my dislike of a fighter when judging whether or not they have a chance at winning a particular fight. With that said, I really don’t have much faith in Vitali being able to defeat Peter, 27, the new WBC heavyweight champion, in their upcoming bout in October. I have even less faith that Vitali will even make it into the fight with suffering some kind of injury or another, likely another injury to his back or his knee, both of them chronic problems for the soon to be 37 year-old Vitali.

I’m also somewhat sickened by the fact that Klitschko was given the status of emeritus, a token title given because of him having retired as champion in early 2005, which vaulted him over more deserving top contenders in the WBC. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hopkins vs. Trinidad or Jones?

hopkins5532.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: in the latest boxing news, former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs) is looking for one more big fight before, perhaps, getting out of boxing and wrapping up his excellent career. Richard Schaefer, an executive for Golden Boy Promotions, recently said that the ideal opponent for Hopkins, now 43, would be either Felix Trinidad or Roy Jones Jr., both of whom Hopkins has previously fought in the past. Of the two, Hopkins would no doubt be more interested in the 39 year-old Jones, who previously beat him by a narrow decision 15 years ago in May 1993.

Jones, though well beyond his best years in boxing, still retains much of his popularity with many fans, if not his once great ability. As for a fight with Trinidad, it’s a much less appealing option given the fact that he’s lost three out of his last five fights, and has been mostly inactive in the past six years. Additionally, Hopkins already stopped Trinidad in a 12th round TKO in September 2001, a fight that was never even remotely competitive. Other than a few die hard Trinidad fans, disparate perhaps to see him fight no matter what the circumstance, it would probably be a tough sell to get most of the public to buy into the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kimbo Slice: Should He Move To Boxing?

slice757444.jpgBy Aaron Klein: After watching former street fighter now Mixed Martial Arts star Kimbo Slice struggle to beat an average at best James Thompson last Saturday night in the EliteXC: Primetime Event in Newark, New Jersey, I can’t help but think that Slice is better off moving to boxing where he can utilize his extraordinary power in the heavyweight division. Slice, 34, original name Kevin Ferguson, is a relative newcomer to the sport of MMA after having made a name for himself with underground fights that have been shown widely on the Internet, making him a minor star.

With no grappling or martial arts experience to speak of, the 6’2″ 240 lb Slice recently moved over to MMA, where he’s now had three fights over exclusively soft opposition. As one would expect, Slice has won all three matches, two of them quite easily with 1st round TKOs in which Slice took out both opponents with head shots while they were on their feet. Read the rest of this entry »



title Quintana vs. Williams: Will Paul Be Any Better?

williams4644481.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: It’s hard to believe that it’s only been four months since former WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (33-1, 24 KOs) was soundly beaten by challenger Carlos Quintana (25-1, 19 KOs) in a unanimous decision that was much more definitive than the final judges’ scores – 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113 – would have you believe. For those who may have forgotten, Quintana, 31, pulled off a shocking upset in February 2008, beating a fighter that many felt was the best welterweight in the division at the time. Williams had recently defeated Antonio Margarito, the WBO welterweight champion, arguably the toughest welterweight in the division bar none.

There was was only Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather who stood in Williams way before being crowned as the top fighter in the division. Certainly not Quintana, who had briefly had his 15 minutes of fame with a win over the young Colombian prospect Joel Julio in June 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lockett-Pavlik This Saturday

pavlik44333.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday Welsh fighter Gary Lockett (30-1, 21 KOs) will be in the toughest fight of his career when he goes up against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) in a title fight at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Nothing on Lockett’s career record would appear to suggest that he’ll do anything other than losing badly to the 26 year-old Pavlik, who is not only more powerful but has also faced the much stiffer competition. Lockett’s trainer Enzo Calzaghe would have you believe otherwise, saying repeatedly this week that Lockett will shock the world when he pulls and upset over Pavlik.

However, Enzo Calzaghe isn’t the one that has to go out and fight Pavlik, and no matter how many times he says that Lockett has the ability to win, there’s few people buying into his bold talk. Lockett, 31, has reportedly been sparring often with his stable mate Enzo Maccarinelli, a cruiserweight, in hopes that this will prepare Lockett for the big shots coming in at him from Pavlik this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »



title Duddy vs. Howe On June 28th

duddy457646444.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated middleweight contender John Duddy (24-0, 17 KOs) makes his return to the ring on June 28th against American Charles Howe (17-4-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. Duddy, 28, ranked #2 WBC and #WBO, is making his first appearance since his life and death battle against the hard-hitting journeyman fighter Walid Smichet in February.

In what was at first thought to be a fight that was supposed to have been an easy showcase fight for Duddy, one that would set him up for a big money title challenge against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on June 7th. However, the plans went awry when Duddy was rocked by Smichet on several occasions in the bout, and cut badly over both eyes. The cuts, both very deep and particularly the nasty variety, required that Duddy take off more time that he had planned on. The worst part of it, though, was the combination of his poor performance against Smichet and the deep cuts, made it necessary for Pavlik to seek out another opponent for his June 7th bout, in this case the unheralded Gary Lockett. Read the rest of this entry »



title Danny Williams vs. Konstantin Airich: Should There Be a Rematch?

williams4643242.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Let me start off by saying, last Friday night’s bout between Danny Williams (39-6, 31 KOs) and Konstantin Airich (9-1-1, 8 KOs) was a terrible fight in terms of the job done by the referee of the fight, who appeared to do everything wrong in the ring, ranging from calling multiple standing eight counts, to penalizing Williams needlessly over and over again with much of a reason. That said, the action in the fight was some of the most exciting that I’ve seen in quite some time, and whether want to accept this or not, this fight was arguably the best heavyweight fight of the year, perhaps even the best in two years or more.

We saw each fighter going down in the fight, in Airich’s case he saw the canvas close hand twice. So what if the 6th round was stopped a little earlier than expected, everything was made right in the 7th when Airich’s corner threw in the towel. However, I think this fight needs to be done over, next time of course with a different referee, and possibly a different country other than Spain. Germany would probably be the best location, because we’d be able to bring in a larger audience than any other location for the fight, since both Williams and Airich probably wouldn’t sell that well in other parts of the world such as America or England. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mundy Defeats Rivera

mundy443224.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Undefeated light middleweight prospect Latif Mundy (8-0, 3 KOs) defeated George Rivera (8-2, 3 KOs) when the fight was stopped at the end of the 4th round by the ringside doctor on Friday night at the Expo Mart, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Mundy, 25, one of the top prospects in the light middleweight division, dominated the fight against Rivera, 30, using a combination of power punching and lightning quick combinations to control the bout. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Rivera was cut on the left side of his face near his eye in the 3rd round. His face would redden and swell in the 4th round from Mundy’s blistering shots to the head. Mundy kept a steady jab going in the first round, using it to set up his fast combinations.

Rivera, after initially landing a couple of shots in the opening round, almost immediately backed once he got a taste of Mundy’s power. I couldn’t figure out whey Mundy doesn’t have more knockouts after watching the opening round because he hits incredibly hard, but after seeing that most of his fights have only been four rounders, I understood why. Read the rest of this entry »



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