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title Kendall Holt Stops Ricardo Torres in 1st round KO!

holt46333.jpgBy Stuart Leland: In an exciting fight, which saw two knockdowns in the opening minute of action, Kendal Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) got off the canvas twice to stop WBO light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-2, 28 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round title bout at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the opening bell, Torres, 28, rushed across the ring and tagged Holt with a couple of big shots. Just as Holt was beginning to pull away, however, he was nailed by a big right hand from Torres, sending him to the canvas.

Holt immediately got up, and looked to have started fighting a little too quickly, because he was hit twice more by Torres, and then knocked down a second time in the round by another big right hand from Torres. After receiving a standing eight count from referee Jay Nady, Holt was allowed to continue. Despite the two knockdowns, he looked to perfectly fine, as if he’d never been knocked down at all. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricky Hatton: Why Only Two More Fights?

hatton44342.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton claimed yesterday that he plans on fighting only twice more, against IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, and then against either Manny Pacquiao or Oscar De La Hoya, then he plans on getting out of boxing and retiring immediately after those two fights. According to the BBC, the 29 year-old Hatton feels that it’s time to get out of the sport, that he doesn’t want to “go on forever.” He hasn’t said whom he prefers to fight, Pacquiao or De La Hoya, but if one were to guess, it would probably be the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, arguably more popular than Pacquiao in the U.S. and in Europe.

However, with so many big fights out there for Hatton, it seems curious that he would choose this time to get out of boxing, just when there are so many options available to him. In a way, it reminds me of Joe Calzaghe and Floyd Mayweather Jr., both of whom hit it big in boxing, making a ton of cash, and then while still at the peak of their game, they both decide to fold up the tent and get out. Read the rest of this entry »

title Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Matt Vanda: Does Julio Deserve To Be Ranked In The Top 10?

chavez4433.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Undefeated light middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (36-0-1, 29 KOs) faces his toughest test to date when he goes up against Matt Vanda (38-6, 21 KOs) in scheduled 12-round bout on July 12th, at the Palenque De La Expo, Hermosillo, in Sonora, Mexico. Chavez Jr., 22, the son of former boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez, is hoping to look good against Vanda in order to keep moving up against better opponents and eventually into a title shot in the not too distant future.

Ranked an incredible #5 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) despite not having faced any real tough opposition, Chavez Jr. so far appears not even close to being ready to face tougher opponents, much less a champion. Even now, with one of the weakest champions – Sergio Mora – to hold the WBC belt in some time, Chavez Jr. would likely be in way over his head in a match of this kind, and would very likely find himself bovinely moving around the ring, catching punches from the slick Mora, who would probably make easy work of the young Chavez Jr. At 36-0, Julio has built up a record that looks impressive at first glance, fooling those who are too lazy or incurious enough to dig down deep and find that there’s no there there. Read the rest of this entry »

title Does Paulie Malignaggi Stand a Chance Against Ricky Hatton?

malignaggie4447.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In a recent interview with Setanta Sports, International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) came out and said that he won’t be stepping aside to let his next opponent Ricky Hatton take on Manny Pacquiao, a much more important fight and one that most boxing fans would prefer to see than seeing a potential mismatch between the stronger Hatton and the light-hitting Malignaggi. The Hatton vs. Malignaggi has stinker written all over it, with most boxing fans seeing Malignaggi jabbing and running all night trying to avoid Hatton’s rough attacks.

It is rather telling, however, that Malignaggi is refusing to take step aside money from Hatton, which if you read into it, it seems as if Malignaggi is worried that Hatton is shot, and might end up losing to Pacquiao which would essentially take a lot of the air out of a potential Hatton-Malignaggi fight. After all, who would want to see Hatton against anyone if he ends up getting destroyed by the smaller Pacquiao. On the flip side, it seems all the more important that Hatton give Malignaggi step aside money, for if he loses to him, a fighter not held in high esteem by many boxing fans, Hatton’s reputation would be greatly diminished in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

title Felix Sturm vs. Randy Griffin II on Saturday

sturm5623.jpgBy Chet Mills: I recently watched the first fight on YouTube between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (29-2-1, 13 KOs) and American Randy Griffin (24-1-3, 12 KOs), and it looked like a great fight. If the second fight is anything like the first bout, then the boxing fans are in store for an excellent fight. Griffin, 32, is a good fighter, who likes to throw lots of punches every round. He doesn’t have much power to speak of but he keeps his opponents busy on defense having to try and fend off his constant shots. In their previous fight, which turned out to be a 12-round draw, Griffin made Sturm mighty uncomfortable with his constant shots, not allowing Sturm to rest for an instant.

Though Griffin is ranked as the #1 challenger in the WBA, I’d place him around #14 or 15 overall in the middleweight division. There are just way better fighters than him in the division. He’s lucky right now, because he’s gotten his chance at fighting for the title before the other better middleweights, like Joe Green, John Duddy, Sebastian Sylvester, Sebastian Zbik, Anthony Mundine and Cory Spinks move in for the kill. I guess you could call it his 15 minutes of fame, although for him, it’s lasted a little longer than that due to his previous 12-round draw with Sturm late last year. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Manny Pacquiao Being Protected From Nate Campbell?

pac573246.jpgBy Manuel Perez: When Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 36 KOs) was in the process of beating David Diaz last Saturday night to win his WBC lightweight title, a question that was somehow overlooked by the boxing world was why was Pacquiao fighting Diaz, considered to be the weakest of the lightweight champions, rather than Nate Campbell, the fighter considered to be the best by far in the division. The word circulating around the boxing community is that Campbell was considered too dangerous for Pacquiao, and that he would have beaten him.

Having seen Campbell fight on many occasions, I’d have to agree with that opinion. Campbell would be simply too strong for Pacquiao, and could counter him and break him down in the fight, much like Erik Morales did in his first fight with Pacquiao in March 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

title The WBA Will Keep Danilo Haussler as Mandatory For Mikkel Kessler

kessler356464.jpgBy William MacKay: WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (40-1, 30 KOs) got a bit of bad news yesterday, when the WBA denied his team’s protest to withdraw Danilo Haussler (29-3-1, 7 KOs) as his mandatory challenger because it would be a gross mismatch. Granted, it was a long shot, at best, for Kessler’s team to win such an appeal for this was an usual appeal to be sure, and if it had been granted, one could imagine more of these types of appeals occurring in the future, used by fighters trying to get of facing either a very dangerous or, in the case of Haussler, a fighter with few boxing skills and not well known to most fans.

Kessler had an offer made to him earlier in the year to face the dangerous but flawed Edison Miranda, but turned it down, instead wanting more to fight for the WBA super middleweight belt. At the time, the belt was held by Anthony Mundine, a fighter that Kessler had previously beaten in a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision in June 2005. A fight against Mundine would have been perfect for Kessler, who would have received a good payday while beating Mundine, a popular fighter. However, Mundine backed out, giving up the WBA title to get a better payday against Sam Soliman. Read the rest of this entry »

title Joe Calzaghe Gives Up WBC Title For Bout With Roy Jones Jr.

cal57454.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: In a move to avoid having to face his dangerous mandatory Carl Froch, undefeated super middleweight Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) earlier today gave up his WBC super middleweight title, thus putting him in the position to take on Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) for later on this year. In the meantime, Froch will be going ahead and possibly taking on Jermain Taylor for Calzaghe’s vacated WBC super middleweight title. The move by Calzaghe, 36, is especially disappointing one for many of his boxing fans, who had hoped that he would take on a better opponent than Jones, preferably the unbeaten knockout artist Kelly Pavlik, who has been especially keen on fighting Calzaghe.

However, Calzaghe had stated publicly that he’s not interested in fighting Palik, saying that he’s not in the same class as Calzaghe and would only end up losing. Read the rest of this entry »

title Denis Boytsov vs. Fernely Feliz on Saturday

By Erik Schmidt: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Denis Boytsov (21-0, 18 KOs) will be facing Fernely Feliz (23-8, 16 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Boytsov, 22, is a former Russian standout with over 100 amateur wins, including a victory at the 2004 Junior World championships. Read the rest of this entry »

title Nikolai Valuev vs John Ruiz II

Nikolai Valuev will fight John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight title before August 31. After Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of his mandatory defence against the Russian Giant for the second time in a row, the WBA decided in Buenos Aires on Thursday that the two ex-champions will face each other. “We wanted Nikolai Valuev to fight for the title as soon as possible,” Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. “We consider the WBA`s decision a big success.”

The representatives of both fighters will have until July 15 to find a solution as to who will stage the fight. Should they fail to reach an agreement, a purse bid will be called. “Of course it is our goal to stage this attractive fight in Germany,” Meyer stated. Read the rest of this entry »

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