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title Pacquaio Interested In Hatton Bout

pacquiao544.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: In the ultimate in overreach on his part, WBC super featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao (46-3-2, 35 KOs) is reportedly interested in a bout with light welterweight former champion Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs) in the near future. First, however, Pacquiao has to deal with WBC lightweight champion David Diaz, with whom Pacquiao is scheduled to fight later this month on June 28th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. That in itself will be a rather difficult task for the 29 year-old Pacquiao in that he’s moving up five pounds in weight to fight Diaz at the 135 pound lightweight class.

If, however, Pacquiao can get by Diaz, then there’s a chance for to arrange a fight with Hatton, if he’s interested. According to reports, Ricky’s father has said that they’re interested in the idea, though a lot of this also hinges on whether Ricky is successful in his upcoming bout with IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi later on this year. Pacquiao is said to be willing to fight wherever Hatton wants, even if it means having to travel all the way to England and fight in front of Hatton’s often loud Manchester crowd. Pacquiao, it seems, is willing to take the risk in order to get the biggest payday of his career by far. Read the rest of this entry »

title Haye Looking To Fight Klitschko After Two More Fights

haye5555.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Cruiserweight champion David Haye (21-0, 20 KOs) stated recently that he plans on fighting two top ranked fighters at heavyweight, and after destroying them, he’ll be ready to challenge IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) for his world titles. Klitschko has said that he wouldn’t fight Haye, 27, unless he was “ranked high enough” for it to possible, meaning probably that Klitschko won’t fight Haye unless he absolutely has to by him being his mandatory challenger. This is exactly what Haye is looking to do by beating a couple of top fighters in the heavyweight division, moving up to the top and forcing Wladimir to fight him whether he wants to or not.

Other than that, Klitschko will likely never fight Haye unless it’s actually forced upon him with the threat of him being stripped of his heavyweight titles. That’s the trap for Wladimir. Unlike other champions, he’s not going to vacate his titles in order to sidestep around an opponent, because of his dream – hopeless as it may seem – to unify all of the heavyweight titles. Obviously, Wladimir would prefer it to be easy and quick, him beating his next challenger for his WBO heavyweight title Tony Thompson, whom he fights on July 12th, then Sultan Ibragimov, his long awaited #1 IBF contender to his title, and then hopefully arrange bouts against the winner of Ruslan Chagaev and Nikolay Valuev. Then, if Wladimir is still a champion by that time, he could possibly fight Samuel Peter, the WBC heavyweight champion, in the final missing piece of his title unification dream. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lopez vs. Ponce de Leon: There Needs To Be a Rematch

deleon4642.jpgBy Manuel Perez: If you’re like most people who saw last Saturday’s bout between Juan Manuel Lopez (22-0, 20 KOs) and WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (34-2, 30 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, you want to see an immediate rematch. The fight, which had thought to have been a competitive one going in, turned out to be a quick 1st round blow out when the 24 year-old Lopez landed a sneaky left-right combination that Ponce de Leon never saw coming, knocking him flat.

Though Ponce de Leon made it up before the count of 10, he was in really bad shape and barely able to stand much less fight. As you would guess, Lopez jumped all over Ponce de Leon as soon as the fight resumed and blasted him around the ring with a blizzard of punches, ending when he caught him with another right hook to the head which dropped the game Ponce de Leon to the canvas. He tried his best to get up from the knockdown, but only succeeded in stumbling backwards and falling into the ropes. The thing of it was, the fight was over way too quickly for my sake and neither fighter were able to effectively prove who the better one is between them. I’m sorry, but I don’t consider Lopez as the better fighter just because he was able to score a quick knockout. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik-Calzaghe: Is The Timing Wrong For This Bout?

pavlik62453.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: As much as boxing fans may want to see a potential bout between the undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) and equally undefeated super middleweight/light heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs), it may not come about judging from the recent comments of the 36 year-old Calzaghe’s promoter Frank Warren. So far, he’s held off making a commitment for Calzaghe to take on Pavlik for a bout that would mean a huge payday for bout, likely eclipsing anything that either fighter has done previously by far. There was talk of Pavlik wanting to get back into the ring as early as October for a bout with Calzaghe, or possibly Jones. Apparently, Calzaghe’s camp isn’t interested in that date, and prefers Nov 15th.

Besides dates that still need to be worked over, there’s also a question whether Calzaghe would rather prefer to fight Roy Jones Jr. instead. Calzaghe’s own views have seemed to have been lost in all of the hoopla with the recent talks of Pavlik’s promoter Bob Arum meeting with Frank Warren, the promoter of Calzaghe. In the past, Calzaghe has made it clear that he prefers to fight Roy Jones Jr., a fighter obviously on the downside of his career at age 39. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hatton Not Interested in De La Hoya Bout In September

hatton45456434.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) is reportedly not interested in a bout with 6-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) in September, so says Hatton’s father, Ray, according to the BBC. Apparently, Hatton feels that the bout is too soon after Ricky Hatton’s recent defeat of Juan Lazcano, a fight that took place two weeks ago and turned out to be a much tougher fight than Hatton has probably expected it would be.

Hatton has a scheduled bout with IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi in November, and that’s the fight that Hatton has his mind on. At the same time, Hatton’s father is holding out hope that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may come out of retirement, which is the fight that Ricky really wants bad because of his prior 10-round TKO loss to Mayweather in December 2007. Hatton badly wants to avenge the defeat, according to sources, because he felt that he didn’t fight at his optimal level in that bout. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Paul Williams Now The Top Welterweight In The World?

williams-quintana46.jpgBy Nate Anderson: With last Saturday’s one round destruction of WBO welterweight champion Carlos Quintana, once beaten Paul Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) may have once again cemented himself in as the top welterweight in all of boxing, bar none. Forget all about WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, because he has his hands full with former WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, whom he fights on July 26th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Williams, 26, has already done the business of beating Margarito, having done that that by a 12-round unanimous decision on July 14th, 2007.

Once Cotto can do the same, or do it in even more impressive fashion, boxing fans can pretty much stay quiet about Cotto. Williams, though, he’s showed his worth as a champion by not only beating Margarito, but now having beaten a second welterweight champion in Quintana. Many fans and ring experts alike were giving Williams little chance at winning against Quintana, saying that the Puerto Rican fighter “had his number,” that there was “no way” that Williams could fix the problems in his game in only four months. Yet, that’s exactly what he did, not only fixing the problems but making himself almost invincible in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik-Calzaghe: Bet On Joe Choosing Roy Jones Jr.

pavlik44242.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Now that WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) has dispatched with the ugly business of his easy title defense over Gary Lockett last Saturday night, we can now move onto the business of selecting Pavlik’s next opponent. As of now, Pavlik, including much of the world, prefers that super middleweight Joe Calzaghe be he his next opponent. The reason is simple: Calzaghe is one of the most popular boxers in the world, having stayed unbeaten during his entire career and holding onto a piece of the super middleweight title for over 10 years without so much as getting a scratch.

Granted, most of those title defenses have come against less than stellar opposition in comparison to the high quality fighters that exist in the super middleweight division today, but so what? Calzaghe did what he had to do, even if it was against softer opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

title Delli Defeats Cintron

By Scott Gilfoid: Light welterweight Gustavo Delli (1-2) defeated Harold Cintron (0-1) by a four-round majority decision on Friday night at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Cintron, 31, the older brother of former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, was making his first professional fight and believe me, it showed. He looked terrible for the most part, throwing wild shots with little form and looking more like an amateur than a true professional. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mitchell Stops Estrada

mitchell352422.jpgBy Aaron Klein: In a night of poor performances by British fighters, undefeated top ranked super featherweight contender Kevin Mitchell (27-0, 20 KOs) had a tough time in getting by the Colombian journeyman Walter Estrada (34-6, 23 KOs), taking a lot of punishment from him before dispatching him in the 5th round with a right to the body on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mitchell, 23, ranked #3 WBO, #4 in the IBF super featherweight division, was thought to have been able to get by a grizzled old veteran like Estrada with relative ease.

That wasn’t the case, however, as Estrada, 33, took the fight to Mitchell in the opening rounds hurting him with tremendous left hands. Estrada, a featherweight, showed that he was the much harder puncher of the two during the early action and had little trouble landing his straight left through the wide open guard of Mitchell. After the second round, in which Estrada stunned Mitchell on a number of occasions with straight left hands, Mitchell came on in the following rounds and took control of the fight with his hard shots to the body and much better work rate. Read the rest of this entry »

title Antillon Stops Cruz

antillon44646.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Top lightweight contender undefeated Urbano Antillon (23-0, 16 KOs) had a much tougher time than expected in defeating Colombian Jose Leonardo Cruz (12-3-2, 8 KOs) by a 6th round stoppage of scheduled 8-round bout on Friday night at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, in Reading, Pennsylvania. After losing a couple of the early rounds of the fight, Antillon came on to take the fight to the inexperienced Cruz keeping him under constant pressure and landing hard shots for most of the rounds. The fight was stopped after the 6th round due to Cruz’s left eye which had swollen almost completely shut giving him only a small crack to see out of.

Though Cruz, 32, was only two inches taller than Antillon at 5’9″, he looked much bigger than him, almost like a giant in comparison. Cruz’s size advantage, as well as his much longer arms, served him well in the first three rounds at which time he was able to land frequently with long jabs and hard hooks to the head of the smaller Antillon. Though Antillon, 25, a former 2000 National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion, had the much better form, and equally hard shots, his punches had no effect on Cruz whatsoever. Read the rest of this entry »

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