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title Valero Annihilates Zavaleta

Making his third defense of his World Boxing Association super featherweight title, Edwin Valero (23-0-0 23 KOs) brutally destroyed challenger Zaid Zavaleta in the 3rd round of a scheduled 12-round title bout tonight at the Plaza de Toros, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Valero knocked Zavaleta down late in the 1st round, and rocked him in the 3rd, leading to referee Luis Pabon stopping the fight at 1:18 of the 3rd round. Valero, 26, controlled the fight from the onset, attacking Zavaleta with blistering right-left combinations and overwhelming him with punches throughout. Read the rest of this entry »



title Lee Destroys Mckay

lee77333.jpgIrish middleweight prospect Andy Lee (14-0, 11 KOs) caused his opponent Jason McKay (18-2, 5 KOs) to quit after the sixth round tonight at the National Stadium, in Dublin, Ireland. Though the fight was considered to be the toughest bout of the 23 year-old Lee’s career, the fight in fact was one of Lee’s easiest, mostly because of his anger at McKay for some comments he had made about Lee during the pre-fight banter.

Instead of firing back with reciprocal backtalk, Lee let his fists do the talking for him, as he systematically destroyed his Irish opponent tonight. From the opening bell, it was apparent that McKay wasn’t in the same class as Lee, as he wasn’t fast enough or powerful enough to match Lee’s offensive arsenal. Lee unleashed several hard right hands in the 2nd round, one of which dropped McKay to the canvas, hurt. Read the rest of this entry »



title Who’s Next For Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?

Well, it appears that junior middleweight prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s bout with Contender star Alfonso Gomez is out the window, based on a report by Dan Rafael of ESPN, who said that Chavez’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has had second thoughts about Chavez facing Gomez, apparently after seeing that Chavez, the son of boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez, is a huge draw and has decided that he should fight on pay per view instead. Even though Chavez Jr. isn’t a champion in any of the major divisions, Arum figures that he can make a lot of money because of the fact that Chavez Jr’s recent bout with Ray Sanchez sold a high number of subscriptions with little in the way of advertising for the bout. Read the rest of this entry »



title Torres vs. Alvarado On February 16th

cotto_torres3535335.jpgWorld Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) will be defending his title on February 16th against unbeaten challenger Mike Alvarado (19-0, 13 KOs) at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevado. Torres, 27, recently was involved in a questionable 11th round TKO of challenger Kendall Holt on September 1st, a bout in which the referee Genero Rodriguez stopped the bout shortly after Holt was dropped to the canvas. However, Holt was still punching at the time and appeared to be okay.

Afterwards, Holt appealed the stoppage with the WBO, but the ruling failed to reverse the victory for Torres. Holt, naturally, asked for a rematch and it seemed like the logical thing to do for Torres would be to give him a rematch, so that he could wipe out any doubt in anyone’s mind about the stoppage. However, instead of deciding to fight Holt again, Torres has decided on Alvarado, apparently one of Top Rank’s young stars. Another young and rising star in the junior welterweight division, Victor Ortiz, was mentioned but Torres decided on the less dangerous Alvarado instead. Read the rest of this entry »



title “I Don’t Think he (Hatton) Should Fight Again” – Floyd Mayweather Jr.

According to a report from Dan Rafael of ESPN, undefeated World Boxing Council welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) recommends that Ricky Hatton not fight again, stating “I hope Ricky Hatton is able get to through this one. This is tough on him and his family. I know he’s been through a lot of wars. I don’t think he should fight again. A fight of this magnitude can really tear you down mentally and physically. The wars, like his fight with Kostya Tszyu and me, eventually catch up to you like they did with Fernando Vargas and Erik Morales.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Pavlik Eager To Face Taylor

pavlik54443445.jpgIn a recent press conference, WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik said that he’s looking forward to his rematch with former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in a PPV fight at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, on February 16th. Last time out, Pavlik destroyed Taylor, stopping him in the 7th round of their bout in September. This time, the fight will be held at 166 lbs, at Taylor’s request. The added weight likely won’t make much of a difference in the ultimately outcome as both fighters technically way the same weight while not in training, so it will pretty much a non factor. “You know what’s going to happen next fight.

I”m going to be in there throwing a lot of punches and trying to make Jermain fight,” Pavlik said. Making it no secret, just like last time, Pavlik is promising to come directly at Taylor and force him to exchange punches with him. It’s a strategy that served Pavlik well, as his handspeed and boxing ability aren’t on par with Tayor, and if he were to stay on the outside, Taylor would likely out-box him and earn a 12-round decision. Taylor made it easy for Pavlik last time out because he didn’t even try to box him, as if he were attempting to beat Pavlik at his own game. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, as it turned out. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hatton Wants Rematch With Mayweather

Perhaps still smarting from his 10th round TKO to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton recently expressed interest in fighting a rematch with Mayweather, or possibly fighting Oscar De La Hoya. Both fights would seem remote at this point given the way Hatton performed against Mayweather. Who knows? Maybe Mayweather would be interested in facing Hatton again, especially if it means another huge payday for him, but the public would obviously need more convincing, likely seeing the fight at another blow out for Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »



title Peter vs. Maskaev On February 2nd

peter353533.jpgIn the boxing news, both World Boxing Council interim champion Samuel Peter and World Boxing Council champion Oleg Maskaev sent in their medical exams to the WBC in preparation for their February 2nd title match at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Vitali Klitschko, the WBC emeritus , also sent in his medical exams to the WBC, letting them know that he’s fit to compete against the winner of Maskaev-Peter. Both Klitschko and Maskaev are coming off of bank surgeries for herniated discs, which caused cancellations for each of them.

In Maskaev’s case, it bought him a little time from having to face the brawling 27 year-old Peter, who many figured to beat the aging 37 year-old Maskaev. The postponement, however, only prolonged the inevitable, though, as Maskaev still faces the tough obstacle of trying to defeat Peter, whom hasn’t lost since 2005 when he lost a narrow decision to Wladimir Klitschko. However, Peter isn’t without his faults, as was shown clearly in his last fight with journeyman Jameel McCline, a fighter who knocked Peter down three times early on and came close to beating him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Floyd Mayweather Jr: Who Should He Fight Next?

Moments after Floyd Mayweather’s 10-round destruction of Ricky Hatton last Saturday night, Mayweather commented that he wouldn’t allow boxing to retire him, that he would retire from boxing. However, knowing that Mayweather is often making threats of retiring from boxing but never actually carrying them out, I thought it would be interesting to discuss who Mayweather will likely be facing in the near future. Though, quite frankly, he’s not in need of money after having made $50 million in 2007 alone with his huge mega fights victories over Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya. Read the rest of this entry »



title Should Hatton Retire?

hatton4642278.jpgNormally I wouldn’t advise a fighter as great as Ricky Hatton to retire this early on in his career, considering he’s only 29 years-old and would appear to have a lot of mileage left ahead of him, but in his case, I think it’s best that he hang up his gloves and call it a day. He’s clearly not the same fighter he was and doesn’t really need any more money at this stage of his career, having just earned a $7.2 million dollar payday for his 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the most part, Hatton appears to have all his faculties as he can carry on a decent conversation without the usual slurring of words that come from brawlers such as Hatton.

He’s done more than a fighter like him should have accomplished in his career, beating skilled fighters like Kostya Tszyu, albeit at the end of his career, and Jose Luis Castillo. All the great things that Hatton has accomplished are things that he can be proud of as he looks back at his once great boxing career, but if he decides to continue on with boxing, I don’t see a lot of positive things happening for him from this point on. Of course, Hatton could prolong his career the way many European fighters do by mostly fighting easy fights against mainly European fighters, but somehow, I don’t see Hatton following this course. He’s the type that will want to take on the best fighters, no matter what country they come from. Read the rest of this entry »



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