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title Ivan Calderon vs. Hugo Fidel Cazares This Saturday

calderon3535353.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated World Boxing Organization light flyweight Ivan Calderon (31-0, 6 KOs) fights a rematch with former WBO light flyweight champion Hugo Fidel Cazares (26-4-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two have unfinished business after the 33 year-old Calderon won a controversial 12-round split decision over Cazares last August in Puerto Rico, despite Cazares knocking Calderon down in the 8th round and appearing to win the last six rounds of the fight. The final judges’ scores were a mixed bunch, with one judge ruling it a 116-111 victory for Cazares and the other two giving Calderon the nod by the scores of 115-112 and 115-112, each.

I personally had Cazares, 30 winning by a narrow margin over Calderon. I thought Calderon did a good job in the first six rounds, moving around the ring like a Gazelle, stopping occasionally to land a quick counter-punch, and then continuing with his constant movement. He looked good in those rounds, and made the bigger Cazares miss often with his big shots. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya Looking Towards Paul Williams As Final Opponent — Boxing News

de-la-hoya44454.jpgBy Eric Thomas: With the talks with Manny Pacquiao still going nowhere and stuck in a standoff, Oscar De La Hoya is reportedly looking at taking on WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) for De La Hoya’s final fight of his career on December 6th. However, it’s hard to take this boxing news serious because Williams, 27, is probably the best welterweight in the division, and who already holds a win over Antonio Margarito, the fighter that De La Hoya has shown no interest at all in fighting and who many boxing fans feel that De La Hoya is afraid of.

Williams, a tall, 6’2″ fighter with an high work rate, would be a very dangerous opponent for a fighter as old and as inactive as De La Hoya has been in the past five years. Frankly, I can’t see this fight turning out any different for De La Hoya than a fight with Margarito would, because De La Hoya won’t be able to match-up with the huge size of Williams, and he surely won’t be able to hold him off with his jabs and left hook. Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P3

cammarelle1.jpgMIDDLEWEIGHT – James DeGale vs. Emilio Correa-Bayeaux

British middleweight James DeGale built up an early 6-1 lead in the first round over his Cuban opponent Emilio Correa-Bayeaux and then held onto the lead to eventually win 15-12. However, DeGale got sloppy-looking by the end of the 2nd round, and tried to run out the clock in both the third and fourth rounds, making the fight dull to watch. His skills were far from impressive, as he looked badly fatigued and sloppy, ready for the taking by his Cuban opponent. Of all the Olympic fighters, DeGale probably looked by far the worst of the lot, and nothing like a potential professional champion. He got caught on the ropes over and over again in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and took a lot of punishment. The running, however, in the 3rd and 4th rounds by DeGale made him look really bad and it wasn’t an Olympic style performance by far.

Results: DeGale wins by 15-12.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – Kenny Egan vs. Xiaoping Zhang Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P2

sarsekbayev32.jpgFEATHERWEIGHT Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Khedafi Djelkhir

In perhaps the most impressive performance of all in the gold medal tournament, Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko overwhelmed his French opponent Khedafi Djelkhir with power shots, hurting him often and causing three standing eight counts in the 1st round. After the third standing eight count, the fight was stopped giving Lomachenko the gold medal.

Results: Lomachenko wins by 1st round stoppage

LIGHTWEIGHT Alexey Tishchenko vs. Daouda Sow

Alexey Tishchenko, the former 2004 Olympic Gold medal winner as a featherweight, came back four years older at 24, but still fighting at the top of his game. He build up an early lead on Daouda Sow from France, winning the 1st round by a 3-2 score. In the second, Tishchenko build on the lead hitting Sow with left hands to end the round ahead by a 7-4 score. Read the rest of this entry »



title Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Results – P1

lomachenko42.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: For the first time in ages, this year’s Olympics failed to unveil a large amount of potential future professional champions. In fact, it seems that in some of the cases due to crazy hand-held electronic scoring devices of the judges, the top fighter didn’t always make it into the finals of the Olympic tourney.

There were, however, a few fighters from Ukraine and Russia that really impressed, such as two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Russian lightweight Alexey Tishchenko, Ukrainian featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko and Russian heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev. Lomachenko appeared to be easily the best fighter in the entire Olympics, as he breezed through his competition with ease and scored a 1st round stoppage in his gold medal match against Khedafi Djelkhir. Italian super heavyweight Roberto Cammarelle also looked good, scoring a 4th round stoppage over Zhilei Zhang from China, although Cammarelle, 28, probably doesn’t have the size or the age to make it as a professional. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kickett Defeats Rodriguez, Looks Unimpressive

kickett4251.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Undefeated Australian super featherweight prospect William Kickett (12-0, 5 KOs) defeated Argentinean Vicente Martin Rodriguez (21-2, 10 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Leagues Club, Wyong, in New South Wales, Australia. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. However, the lopsided scores were slightly off as Rodriguez appeared to win at least four of the rounds. For Kickett, 21, a highly hyped Australian fighter and perhaps the best prospect in all of Australia, this fight was more of a setback than any kind of real victory for him.

Rodriguez, a decent fighter at best, hung tough with Kickett for most of the fight, and seemed to take the fight to him in the middle rounds as Kickett looked slightly timid, spending the majority of the time running from his weak-punching opponent. Not much of a puncher himself, Kickett was forced to move and box in order to keep the aggressive Rodriguez from out-slugging him at close quarters. In the end, it paid off for Kickett, but it was hardly the kind of performance you would expect from a fighter as hyped as him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Has Pavlik Earned The Right to Demand a Bout Against Calzaghe?

pav57273.jpgBy Jonathan Watkins: To become a renowned champion, you must fight your way to the top and then maintain the skills and consistency to stay there. Once accomplished you then have the luxury of sitting at the top of your division and being sought after by up and coming boxers. These fighters, aspiring to become better than the best fighter, have something to prove, unlike the title-holder who has already proven his worth.

A current champion who has come under scrutiny about his choice in fights is one Joseph Calzaghe, the Welshman who boasts a record of 45-0-0. Along with this impressive record, he has held the WBO Super-middleweight title for an astonishing ten years. On the way to earning these credentials he has beaten such fighters as Chris Eubank, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, and Bernard Hopkins. Joe Calzaghe’s record speaks for itself. Read the rest of this entry »



title Boxing News: Beltran Jr. Defeats Ndlovu; Yorgey Decisions LeHoullier

beltran63575.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Featherweight Fernando Beltran Jr. (31-3-1, 18 KOs) defeated Takalani Ndlovu (28-5, 18 KOs) by a 12-round split decision on Friday night to win the vacant IBO featherweight title at the Sommet Center, in Nashville, Tennessee. The final judges’ scores were 115-112, 115-112 and 113-114. Beltran, who was coming off a 12-round lopsided decision loss to Steve Molitor in April, fought much better against the South African Ndlovu.

Other than a rough patch in rounds six through eight, Beltran Jr. dominated the fight against the less active Ndlovu, taking the fight to him and out-working him for the most part. Both fighters share the distinction of having been recently defeated by IBF super bantamweight champion Molitor, but in Ndlovu’s case, he was stopped in the 9th round of a one-sided fight versus Beltran Jr’s 12-round shellacking. Read the rest of this entry »



title Garcia-Munoz Fight To Technical Draw; Jimenez Defeats Reyes — Boxing News

garcia4563426735.jpgBy Manuel Perez: The fight between welterweight Irving Garcia (16-3-3, 8 KOs) and Hector Munoz (18-1-1, 11 KOs) was stopped in the 2nd round after Munoz sustained a nasty cut over his left eye, which appeared to come from a right uppercut from Garcia. The fight was stopped at 1:40 of the 2nd round by Roberto Ramirez, who ruled that the cut came from a clash of heads. Garcia controlled the 1st round of the bout, landing some good left hands.

However, at the start of the 2nd round, the two fighters came in close, with Garcia’s back to the ropes, when suddenly Garcia landed a big right uppercut to the left eye of Munoz, causing him to back up and start holding the eye. The referee appeared to be shielded from the action and didn’t see that the cut was caused by a punch and assumed that it was caused by a clash of heads. After the cut was looked at, it was determined that it was too deep for the fight to be continued. Read the rest of this entry »



title Samuel Peter vs. Vitali Klitschko: Youth vs. Old Age

peter575357243.jpgBy David Lahr: You got to hand it to Vitali Klitschko, he has a lot of courage to make a boxing comeback after four years out of the ring, especially in choosing perhaps the best fighter in the heavyweight division in WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) on October 11th in Berlin. But, of course, the greatest challenge of all will be for Vitali to get to the bout in one piece without falling apart from one injury or another before then. It’s been four years since Vitali last fight, at which time he defeated British heavyweight Danny Williams by an 8th round TKO in December 2004.

Though it was only four years ago, that’s practically a lifetime for a sport like boxing, which is a young man’s sport and it has a way of exposing older fighters like Vitali as old men in an instant. Whatever Klitschko may have been in the past, it’s highly unlikely that he will be even close to the same level he was four years ago when he last held the WBC heavyweight title. At that time, he may have been the best heavyweight in boxing, but that’s probably not the case any longer. There’s little doubt that Vitali has the boxing skills, size and power to defeat the Nigerian Peter, but the problem is that Vitali has often had trouble in the later rounds of his fight, and one could expect that he probably hasn’t improved in that area with the significant time that he’s been away from boxing. Read the rest of this entry »



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