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title Taylor Angered By Lack Of Respect

taylor352424.jpgWBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) has been heated all week long leading up to Saturday’s fight with #1 challenger Kelly Pavlik by the many fans and sports writers that have brushed off his career and given him slim chance at winning. Most of the criticism has been centered around Taylor’s lackluster performances against Cory Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright and Kassim Ouma, who Taylor struggled against. Though Taylor defeated Spinks, Ouma and Hopkins, he looked almost uncoordinated as if he didn’t know how to box properly despite his quick reflexes.

Most of the fans and sports writers were expecting the 29-year old Taylor to continue to knockout his opponents like he did earlier in his career, before he became a champion. Unfortunately, since winning the title in 2005, Taylor has been on a dry spell in which he’s been forced to earn tough fought decisions or – even worse – being held to a draw, such as the case against Wright in June 2006. However, Taylor blames his poor performances on the styles of his opponents, most of which are defensive-minded fighters, the type that are difficult to land effectively against. Taylor says that he fights better against fighters like Pavlik, the type that come directly at him and try to take him out. Read the rest of this entry »

title Could Peter Go Another Twelve Rounds With Wladimir Klitschko?

wladimir33535.jpgBy Sasha “Kozlov” Baranov: With a little more than a week to go between World Boxing Council interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter’s (28-1, 22 KOs) bout with Jameel McCline, I thought it would be interesting to consider what Peter’s chances would be like in a rematch with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs). In that bout, fought on September 24, 2005, Peter knocked Wladimir down on three separate occasions and had him on the verge of being stopped in the bout. However, two of the knockdowns were the result of illegal rabbit punches to the back of Wladimir’s head, and thus should have been negated by referee Randy Neumann. Wladimir was guilty of his own issues as well by continuously clinching Peter whenever the Nigerian fighter got in close.

In fact, Wladimir initiated over 90 clinches in the 12-round bout, averaging over seven clinches per round. The tactic worked to perfection, for the most part, as Peter was unable to land effectively once he got within punching range. When Wladimir wasn’t clinching, though, he easily boxed circles around Peter, hitting him at will with jabs, straight right hands and left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »

title Halmich To Fight For The Final Time On November 30th

halmich353332.jpgFormer three division woman’s boxing champion Regina Halmich (53-1-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting for the last time on November 30th against Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer at the DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, in Germany. Halmich, the current WIBF woman’s flyweight champion, has been a major force in bringing woman’s boxing to the mainstream in recent years in Germany, while at the same time she’s taken advantage of her good looks to attack endorsements that have allowed her to step away from competition while still at the top of her game. Still only 30, Halmich has won IBF championships in the Jr. Flyweight, Flyweight and Featherweight. Apart from that, she’s defeated well known fighters such as Elena Reid, Maria Jesus Rosa and most recently, Wendy Rodriguez.

Halmich has never been one to shy away from publicity, having posted nude in the German Playboy magazine. Additionally, she has had two highly successful bouts with male against German TV host Stefan Raab, in which she defeated him twice, breaking his nose on the first occasion. Both bouts were a huge spectacle in Germany, helping her gain a large amount of publicity.

title Maskaev’s Manager Angered by WBC Decision

The manager of WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) is reportedly angry with the WBC for their vote by the council’s board of governors to appoint Samuel Peter as the interim heavyweight champion after Maskaev pulled out of their October 6h fight last week with a back and ankle injury. Maskaev’s manager, Fred Hesch, felt that Maskaev, 38, should have been allowed three months to recover from the herniated back injury, which is something that has been permitted with past heavyweight champions. Read the rest of this entry »

title Valuev-Bergeron: Nikolay Back in Action On Saturday

valuev46322_01.jpgFormer WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) makes his first appearance since losing his heavyweight title to Ruslan Chagaev on April 14th when he takes on undefeated Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-0, 19 KOs) at the EWE-Arena, in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Both fighters are 34, although Bergeron has faced exclusivly soft opposition in his native Canada. Valuev is in the rebuilding stage of his career after losing a controversial 12-round majority decision against Chagaev, a bout in which Valuev appeared to tire badly in the latter rounds of the fight.

Bergeron, ranked #13 in the WBA, has good sixe at 6’5″, though he is perhaps too slender, only weighing 216 lbs. This fact alone will likely be a substantial problem against the 320 lbs Valuev, who will have a 100 pound weight advantage going into the bout. This may not seem like a big deal, but for Bergeron to have to wrestle and trade shots with someone of that size all night long, it can add up to big problems. Read the rest of this entry »

title Peter To Face McCline?

valuev0420.jpgAccording to the latest boxing news, WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) has a new opponent for his October 6th title defense at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The newest possiblity is Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs), who is currently scheduled to fight DaVarryl Williamson on the undercard of the October 6th bout. Apparently, Showtime, the cable television company, aren’t enthralled with Peter’s other choice for an opponent, Andrew Golota, who they voted not to use his as an opponent for Peter, perhaps remembering the multiple times he frozen up when challenging for a title and lost badly.

McCline, however, has equal baggage of failure, having lost three times previously – Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd and Nikolay Valuev – when challenging for a heavyweight title. McCline never quit, though; He just wasn’t good enough to overcome his limited talent, which makes him the perfect opponent for the 27-year old Peter, who isn’t exactly loaded with talent himself. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hide Destroys Telecan

hide44443.jpgFormer two-time WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide (40-4, 39 KOs) destroyed an unwilling Romanian Mircea Telecan (5-17-2, 3 KOs) in the 1st round on Friday night at the Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Hide, 36, now fighting as a cruiserweight, dropped Telecan twice in the first round before the referee Arno Pokrandt stopped the horrible mismatch at 1:16 of the first round. The odd thing was, Telecan fell down twice in the first minute of the fight without ever really being hit. On the first occasion, As Hide threw a punch that missed by a mile, Telecan backed up and fell down as if he was hit.

After getting up, Hide came forward and missed a wild left hook, and then landed a right to the lower back of Telecan as he was already falling to the canvas. It looked painfully obvious that Telecan wasn’t particularly interested in fighting, as he looked terribly frightened and seemed to want to get out of the fight as soon as possible. Again, after getting up the fight was continued on for a few more seconds as Hide moved forward in attack mode. Read the rest of this entry »

title Solis Stops McGee

solis22221.jpgHeavyweight prospect Odlanier Solis (4-0, 3 KOs) TKO’d the old trial horse journeyman Marcus McGee (19-14, 9 KOs) in the 2nd round on Friday night at the Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Solis, the 2004 Olympic heavyweight Gold medallist from Cuba, knocked McGee down with a combination followed by a short chopping right to the head in the 2nd round. McGee was able to make it to his feet but was badly hurt, causing the referee Arno Pokrandt to halt the fight at 2:14 of the 2nd round.

Solis, 27, showed excellent speed in the first round of the fight as he attacked McGee with blistering fast left hooks to the head and midsection. Solis fought mostly in short, explosive bursts in which he would suddenly spring a fast attack of two-three punches. McGee, 36, was content mostly to jab and slowly move around the ring. Towards the end of the round, Solis began opening up with powerful rights that had McGee backing up. Read the rest of this entry »

title Gamboa Destroys Paniagua

gamboa2344224.jpgFormer 2004 Cuban Olympic featherweight Gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa (5-0, 4 KOs) flattened Argentinian Nestor Hugo Paniagua (17-4-1, 14 KOs) in little over one minute of the 1st round on Friday night in Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Gamboa, 25, knocked Paniagua with a left-right combination seconds into the fight. After getting up, Gamboa was immediately on him pounding him with combinations and driving him across the ring.

After reaching the ropes, Paniagua attempted helplessly to cover up, but it was no good, as Gamboa unloaded on him with a barrage of punches that knocked Paniagua down to the bottom rope where he hung there as Gamboa dished out another four shots at the helpless and hurt Paniagua.

By the time the referee Heinrich Muehmert moved in to stop the fight, Paniagua was badly hurt from Gamboa’s final shots. The bout was officially stopped at 1:05 of the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Harrison Injured in Automobile Accident, Fight Postponed

harrison31.jpg35-year old Audley Harrison (21-3, 16 KOs) was injured in an automobile crash while coming out of a training camp in Vero beach, making it necessarily for him to cancel his bout with Paul King (5-18-1, 1 KOs), which had been previously scheduled for September 29th. Harrison, the former 2000 Olympic Gold medallist in the Super heavyweight class, was driving his vehicle onto U.S. Highway 1, when another vehicle failed to give him access onto the highway, resulting in a crash between the two vehicles. Harrison sustained serious injuries to his wrist, hand, shoulder, chest and head. He reportedly had an MRI done on his most serious injury, to his shoulder. At this time, Harrison stated that he’ll need a minimum of six weeks to rehabilitate his injuries enough so that he can continue training and move forward towards his comeback bout. It’s unknown whether that will still involve the journeyman King.

Harrison had recently been stopped in the 3rd round by Michael Sprott on February 17, 2007, wiping out a brief two-fight comeback in which Harrison had won two fights in a row following successive losses to Danny Williams and Dominic Guinn in 2005 and 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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