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title Rayco Saunders Decisions Tommy Karpency

By Jason Kim: Light heavyweight journeyman Rayco Saunders (16-10-2, 7 KOs) defeated 22- year-old prospect Tommy Karpency (11-1, 7 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Pullman Park, in Butler, Pennsylvania. The final judges’ scores were 76-75, 76-75 and 76-75. Read the rest of this entry »

title Tony Thompson vs. Wladimir Klitschko: Will Wladimir Be Too Afraid To Throw His Right?

wladimir4354.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Having seen many of Wladimir Klitschko’s (50-3, 44 KOs) early fights in Germany, I can’t say that I’ve been pleased with the changes that have occurred to his boxing style of fighting in recent years. More specifically, I’m referring to Wladimir’s recent reluctance to throw his right hand with any sense of regularity in his fights. I’m not sure what the cause for this growing fear is on Wladimir’s part, perhaps his knockout losses to Lamon Brewster and Corrie Sanders, but I do know that he’s going to have to overcome his dread to throw his right if he expects to defeat his number WBO #1 challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) in their fight on July 12th at the Color Line Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.

If Wladimir thinks for a second that he can fight the same way he did against Sultan Ibragimov, whom he beat by a listless 12-round unanimous decision on February 23rd, he has a other thing coming. That was some of the worse fighting I’d seen from a heavyweight champion in years, and I’d expected better from Wladimir, given how well he used to fight earlier in his career. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricardo Torres vs. Kendall Holt II on Saturday

torres335322.jpgBy Manuel Perez: WBO light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) will be facing Kendall Holt (23-2, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round rematch on Saturday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their previous fight, an 11th round TKO win for Torres, was marred due to controversy surrounding complaints made by Holt after the bout, saying that the fight was stopped far too early by referee Genaro Rodriguez, that Holt was canned in the head by a full can of beer in the 6th round immediately after he had knocked Torres down with a big left hand, the canvas was slippery with water in the 11th round making it hard for Holt to step around the ring, and that Holt was grabbed around the ankles will standing with his back to the ropes in the 11th round.

All of it seems, at least to me, a lot of excuses from a sour loser. Despite his assertions, I’ve never seen one instance of Holt being tagged in the head by a can of beer in the 6th round, and I’ve seen the fight many times. I agree with him that the canvas was wet in the 11th after fans threw both beer and water in the ring, but Torres had to navigate his way around the ring just as Holt did, and he didn’t have too hard of a time doing it. Read the rest of this entry »

title Kelly Pavlik vs. Paul Williams in September?

pavlik6724.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Promoter of Kelly Pavlik, Bob Arum, has reportedly been unable to make arrangements for a bout between WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora and WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, apparently because the offer made for Mora ($1.2 million) wasn’t enough for them. Mora needed a minimum of $1.5, for his own payment and to use as step aside money due to his already signed contract for a rematch with Vernon Forrest, whom he recently defeated by a 12-round unanimous decision last month. Arum, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, wouldn’t go above the $1.2 million, and pulled out of the negotiations.

With that deal off the table, Arum is looking at trying to line up a bout between newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams, a 6’1′ tall, slender, high volume puncher, with a physique not unlike that of Pavlik. Read the rest of this entry »

title Brian Minto Destroys John Poore

minto432.jpgBy Jason Kim: Undersized heavyweight Brian Minto (31-2, 20 KOs) made easy work of former Tough man competitor John Poole (20-3, 18 KOs) knocking him down three times and stopping him in the 1st round on Wednesday night at the Pullman Park, in Butler, Pennsylvania. For Minto, 33, it was high 4th consecutive 1st round knockout, albeit all against low C-class competition. Poore, 37, had good size at 6’3″, but little else going for him in terms of boxing skills. He never even attempted to use his size to try and establish his jab in the fight, allowing the short, stocky 5’11” Minto move in unmolested to the inside, and tag him with big uppercuts and hooks to the head.

Minto looked slow in the early going, slower than I had remembered him being in previous fights of his. However, Poore wasn’t in the position to take advantage of Minto’s lack of hand speed, for he had none of his own and didn’t appear to know how to pull the trigger with his own punches. Mostly, though, Poore just looked terrified, like he was over his head, he knew it, and didn’t know what to do other than stand there and take shots. Read the rest of this entry »

title Naoufel Ben Rabah Defeats Mounir Guebbas

rabah444.jpgBy Chris Williams: Wily light welterweight contender Naoufel Ben Rabah (26-3, 13 KOs) defeated the tough Mounir Guebbas (10-10-3) by a 6-round points decision on Tuesday night at the Nuovo Casinò, Campione d’Italia, in Lombardia, Italy. Rabah, 30, still trying to rebuild his once promising career after back to back defeats to Lovemore N’dou and Juan Urarango in 2006 and early 2007, had a relatively easy time with Guebbas, winning every round and scoring two standing eight counts in the 3rd round after tagging Guebbas with a flurry of shots. Using a lot of movement, punching from a vast number of angles, and wheeling around the ring whipping pot shots as he went, Rabah was in a whole different level and impossible for the slower Guebbas to catch up to much less land anything of note.

In the first two rounds, Rabah sent a blueprint of how the fight would be conducted, as he flailed away with punches throwing them sometimes from the hip, like in the old style of Sugar Ray Robinson, and other times from over the top. Indeed, Rabah seemed to be a blend of many styles of fighting, never seeming to stay in one style for any length of time for a matter of seconds. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ruslan Chagaev Given Until June 2009 to Defend WBA title, Against Ruiz vs. Valuev winner

chagaev55643.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: The WBA has come out today with announcement giving their undefeated heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) until June 26th 2009 to heal from his injuries and make a title defense against his number #1 challenger Nikolay Valuev (48-1, 34 KOs). Last month, Chagaev, 29, suffered a tear in his left Achilles tendon, making it necessary for him to cancel his bout with Valuev. This was the second cancellation with Valuev, and the third overall for Chagaev since winning the WBA heavyweight title in April of 2007 with a 12-round majority decision victory over Valuev.

In the meantime, Valuev and John Ruiz, the #2 rated challenger in the WBA, are free to meet for the regular WBA heavyweight title, with the winner of that fight to meet Chagaev, considered to be the “champion in recess” for the title no later than June 26th 2009. Clearly, this is a move that will please all, for there were many people who felt that Chagaev should have been stripped of his title long ago for his two previous cancellations, and with the latest one last month, it was like throwing fuel on the fire. However, Chagaev’s recent injury had nothing to do with the two prior cancellations, so it made sense for the WBA to let him continue to hold onto the title until he heeled from the injury, letting him then take on the winner of the regular title. Read the rest of this entry »

title Felix Sturm vs. Randy Griffin: Can Randy Win a Decision in Germany?

sturm35535.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Randy Griffin (24-1-3, 12 KOs), the #1 challenger for the WBA middleweight title, has been forced to wait nine months since fighting to a controversial draw with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (29-2-1, 13 KOs), but on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Griffin will finally get his chance to correct the wrongs from last time out. The problem for Griffin, however, is that he’ll be once again forced to fight in Germany, in front of a hostile crowd and with circumstances that will likely be slanted once again in Sturm’s favor.

In their previous fight last year in October, it seemed abundantly clear who the winner was in the fight, as Griffin, 32, appeared to easily win the fight by a substantial margin. I, along with other writers from, saw Griffin winning by an eight rounds to four margin, and even with that scoring, we’d given Sturm an extra two rounds knowing that the judges would be likely giving him any close rounds. Read the rest of this entry »

title Sebastian Zbik vs. Jamel Bahki On Saturday

zbik533.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated middleweight contender Sebastian Zbik (22-0, 8 KOs) will be facing Jamel Bahki (17-2-2, 5 KOs) in a 12-round title bout on Saturday night with Sebastin’s WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on the line at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Zbik is currently ranked #1 in the WBO, #5 in the WBA and #8 in the WBC middleweight rankings and almost certainly going to be getting a title shot against WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in early 2009. Zbik, 28, lives and fights out of Germany, and has fought most of his fights there against relatively obscure competition, almost all of which are European. However, he’s remained unbeaten and looked especially good, showing good boxing skills, if not formidable power.

It’s still hard to tell how good he is considering his low level competition he’s faced in his career, but he looks to have quite extraordinary skills in comparison to most of the other middleweights in the division, so I wouldn’t put him in the class of a hyped fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

title Tony Dodson Defeats Mounir Sahli

dodson4552.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Light heavyweight Tony Dodson (23-4-1, 12 KOs) defeated Mounir Sahli (8-12, 5 KOs) by a 6-round decision last night at the Nuovo Casinò, Campione d’Italia, in Lombardia, Italy. Dodson won every round of the fight, but looked far from impressive, walking into a lot of right hands from the defensive expert Sahli. Dodson, 28, looked far removed from his championship form of 2003, a time when he briefly held the BBBofC British super middleweight title. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t hold the title for long (all of one fight), as he was badly injured in a car accident and was out of boxing for two years recovering from his injuries.

Dodson looked stiff and uncomfortable in the 1st round against Sahli, following him around and looking to land some big right hands. Some of them landed, but more than a few missed their mark badly. Sahli, somewhat of a defensive wizard despite his poor record, expertly countered Dodson when he’d come trying to tag him with a big shot. Dodson did some good work with his jab, tripling it up at times and setting up his right hand quite well. Read the rest of this entry »

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