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title David Haye To Take On Oleg Maskaev? Haye Still Wants Fight With Wladimir Klitschko

haye4643455651.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, former cruiserweight champion David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) is rumored to be fighting former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KOs) on October 18th at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, in London. If this turns out to be true, it would be a tremendously bold move by Haye, considering that Maskaev, 39, a powerful puncher, is still quite good despite his advanced age and only recently did he lose his WBC heavyweight title in a 6th round stoppage to Nigerian Samuel Peter in March. Haye, 27, had been previously saying that he wanted to get a big-named opponent for his first bout as a heavyweight, and that he wasn’t going to mess around and fight one of the “fat slobs” in the division. As always, if this news turns out to be true, Haye would be doing exactly as he’s done in the past, making bold statements, then backing it up by going out and doing precisely what he said he was going to do.

In choosing Maskaev, Haye would be looking at a fighter with a tremendous amount of experience, fighting (and sometimes losing) a large amount of popular fighters like Oliver McCall, Hasim Rahman, David Tua, Peter, Sinan Samil Sam, Kirk Johnson, Lance Whitaker and Corey Sanders. He’s beaten most of them, and lost in spectacular fashion to some, like Johnson, Tua, Sanders, and McCall. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricky Hatton Won’t Be Quitting After All

hatton4644542.jpgBy Nate Anderson: According to Setanta Sports, Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has come out saying that he won’t be hanging up his gloves just yet, although he is on the downward stretch of his career. Previous to this announcement, Hatton, 29, had been quoted as saying that he would only be fighting twice more – against Paulie Malignaggi and Manny Pacquiao – and then retiring from boxing altogether.

This announcement, naturally, was met with a lot of confusion and anger from the boxing fans, who felt that Hatton was selling himself short by getting out of the sport at such an early date in his career considering that he’s still fighting quite well, and has many other options available to him than just the Pacquiao and Malignaggi. Indeed, in the case of the Malignaggi bout, Hatton would be doing him a great disservice if this was one of his last two fights, because he could do much better than this. Read the rest of this entry »

title Tony Thompson – Wladimir Klitschko: Can Wladimir Silence His Critics?

wladimir24224242424.jpgBy Aaron Klein: It took only one fight, a dull, uninspiring 12-round unanimous decision over Sultan Ibragimov, which appeared to erase three good years of performances in a single night for IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs). This Saturday night, Wladimir hopes to quiet his critics with an impressive win over challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) at the Color Line Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.

Throughout his career, perhaps starting with his loss to Ross Puritty in 1998, Wladimir has taken a heap of abuse from boxing fans, which enjoy pointing out his problems with taking on fighters with big power, and his often safety-first style of fighting. It seems that the fans aren’t really happy unless Wladimir is slugging it out, letting his hands go non-stop like in his rough and tumble fights with Lamon Brewster in 2004 and his war with Samuel Peter in 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

title Antonio Margarito vs. Miguel Cotto: Can Miguel Stand Up To Antonio’s High Volume Offense?

margarito453455756.jpgBy Manuel Perez: In a recent interview, Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs) made the outlandish prediction that he’d “knock Cotto out in 4,” which if you were to believe Margarito’s boast, it would seem to indicate that he plans on rolling over Cotto in a quick fashion. Knowing Margarito, he probably believes in just what he says, because he often makes predictions of this kind, telling the interviewer exactly what he’s going to do in a fight. He then goes out and does just what he said he was going to do.

I guess there’s no real mystery about what Margarito plans on doing in his July 26th title at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Margarito will do what he always does, namely to go directly after Cotto and try to bury him with punches, and take him out as fast as he can. If this were another fighter, someone like Paul Williams, for example, I’d doubt that Margarito could carry it off. However, in this case, I think he actually has the ammunition to make it happen. Cotto hasn’t ever fought a fighter with the same offensive capabilities as Margarito in terms of, size, power, chin and punch volume. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Ricky Hatton a Quitter?

hatton4643677.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Former welterweight/light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has said he’ll be only fighting two more times, against Paulie Malignaggi in November, and then against probably Manny Pacquiao after that, and then get out of boxing for good. What kind of message is that for the younger generation? I don’t about you, but that reminds of somewhat of the mentality of a quitter if you ask me. It’s the timing of Hatton’s announcement that gets me, since he’s now finding himself having to struggle for the first time in his boxing career because he’s no longer being spoon fed one easy opponent after another in Manchester, and, of course, he’s going to have some problems against better fighters.

As far as I can tell, Hatton seems to be running from the better fighters that he would now, whether he beats Malignaggi or not in November, be expected to face. In a way, I suppose this is Hatton’s way of getting out of boxing before he gets planted over and over against the top of the light welterweight, fighters like Timothy Bradley, Junior Witter, Lamont Peterson, Kendall Holt, Devon Alexander and even Gavin Rees. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lucian Bute vs. Librado Andrade on October 24th

bute55.jpgBy Sean McDaniel: Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (22-0, 18 KOs) will be facing his toughest battle to date when he defends his IBF title against his number #1 challenger once-beaten Librado Andrade (27-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout at the Bell Centre, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. Bute, 28, a former amateur star from Romania now living and fighting out of Canada, is making his 2nd defense of his IBF super middleweight title which he won in a 11th round TKO of Colombian knockout artist Alejandro Berrio in October 2007.

Since then, Bute has defended the title once, beating a badly shot 37 year-old William Joppy in a 10th round TKO in February, a fight which created a stir in the boxing community because many felts felt that Bute should have been looking towards fighting a more worthy opponent than Joppy, who had done little in recent years to deserve a title shot. However, Bute appeared to want an easy fight over a big-named opponent, even if it meant fighting a fighter that was well past his prime. In facing Andrade, 29, Bute is going from one extreme to the other, facing perhaps the best non-champion in the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Jamie Moore Wants Bout With John Duddy

moore464644.jpgBy Nate Anderson: British light middleweight Jamie Moore (30-3, 21 KOs) wants a shot at Irish middleweight star John Duddy, and is hoping that the two of them can meet up later on this year. Moore, 29, stopped Ireland’s Ciaran Healy in the 3rd round this past Saturday night in Dublin. However, there are a lot of things that have to happen for this fight to occur, starting with Moore being able to beat undefeated Russian Zaurbek Baysangurov (18-0, 13 KOs), whom he fights for his EBU (European) light middleweight title coming up.

Frankly, I have serious doubts that Moore, as good as he is, can beat a fighter as skilled and as hard-hitting as the 23 year-old Baysangurov, who has a excellent chin, good power, and even better stamina, not breaking a sweat no matter how late in the fight it is. Baysangurov is simply too young and powerful for Moore, and will likely beat him up and stop him in short order. Read the rest of this entry »

title Karoly Balzsay Stops Jose Alberto Clavero

balzay43546.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Undefeated super middleweight contender Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) stopped Jose Alberto Clavero (28-7-1, 14 KOs) in the 5th round of a scheduled 12-round title belt for the WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Balzsay, 28, originally from Hungary and now fighting for Universum in Germany, took Clavero out with a short left-right combination in the 5th round.

The knockdown was somewhat odd in that after Clavero was hit with the two quick shots, he went ahead and threw a right hand of his own, then circled around and got in fighting position, as if he were getting ready to continue fighting. It was then that he fell to the one knee, partially holding himself up with one arm, trying to clear his head. It must have been at least two or more seconds that elapsed after Balzsay had landed his hard combination to the head, making it seem strange the way he suddenly dropped after such a lengthy period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wladimir Klitschko – Tony Thompson: Tony Has More Than Just a Jab

thompson424364.jpgBy William MacKay: If IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) is expecting his challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) to sit back and fight him in a jab contest I think he’s sadly mistaken, and in for a much tougher fight than he expected. Thompson, 6’5″ 246 lbs with an 81″ reach, is an excellent puncher, especially at close range where he can use his hooks and uppercuts, and pound his opponents into submission. He may use his jab on the outside, but he often uses it more seldom than you’d think he would, focusing more on getting in close proximity to his opponents and beating them around the head and midsection with constant hooks and uppercuts.

At close range, Wladimir is no match for Thompson, neither able to compete with him in the sheer volume of punches he’s going to be throwing or able to fight nearly as well as him at close range. Klitschko doesn’t have an uppercut in his arsenal, although he’s experimented with one off an one over the years since taking on trainer Emanuel Steward. Read the rest of this entry »

title Sinan Samil Sam and Paolo Vidoz Fight To a Draw

sam534.jpgBy Chet Mills: heavyweights Sinan Samil Sam (30-4-1, 16 KOs) and Paolo Vidoz (25-4-1, 14 KOs) fought to a controversial 12-round draw on Friday night at the Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, in Ankara, Turkey. However, it looked to me as if Vidoz, 37, easily won the fight by 11 rounds to 1 of Sam. I could only give Sam the first round, in which he landed a lot of power shots and gave Vidoz some brief problems. After that round, however, Vidoz used an excellent jab, and movement, circling constantly to Sam’s right, the keep the power-punching Sam from landing any of his big shots.

Vidoz kept a constant jab in the face of Sam, hitting him over and over with it and only getting hit a handful of times each round. Vidoz’ jab is quite good, much better than I remembered it being. He gave Sam a steady diet of his jab, and by the 9th round, both of Sam’s eyes were swollen up from the constant punches he was forced to eat as he would plod forward.

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