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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 »

title Demers Defeats Hill

By Sean McDaniel: Once-beaten middleweight contender Sebastien Demers (25-1, 9 KOs) easily defeated a badly over-matched Sam Hill (17-8-1, 10 KOs) in an 8-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. Demers, ranked #5 in the WBO and #12 in the IBF, totally dominated the 37 year-old Hill, who was coming into the fight after having been out of boxing for the past year and half. Indeed, the fight was a terrible mismatch going into the bout as Hill had never fought anyone near the class of Demers. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rubio Stops Cuevas, Is Pavlik Next?

rubio462533.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Hard-hitting middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (42-4-1, 37 KOs) stopped 38 year-old Alfredo Cuevas (26-10-1, 17 KOs) in the 5th round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday night at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Rubio, ranked #3 in the WBC middleweight division and a potential opponent for WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s next bout, dispatch Cuevas when his corner stopped the bout at the end of the 5th round. Despite Rubio’s high ranking and high percentage of knockouts on his record, he was far from impressive and looked little better than the 38 year-old Cuevas. Rubio’s high punch output was the telling factor in the fight, especially when he suddenly turned up the volume in the 5th round and landed a lot of hard combinations to the head of Cuevas in the round. It came to no surprise to me that the fight was stopped in the corner after the round.

Rubio, however, showed to have little defense for the right hand of Cuevas, who found it relatively easy to nail Rubio with punches anytime he felt like, which as it turns out, was quite often. Heck, Cuevas couldn’t miss Rubio even if he tried because he never seemed to be able to block anything thrown his way. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mora Upsets Forrest

forres653353.jpgBy Jim Dower: Sometimes a fighter can grow old overnight. That was never more apparent in Saturday night’s bout between WBC light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest (40-3, 29 KOs) and former star from The Contender reality television boxing show Sergio Mora (21-0-1, 5 KOs), who pulled off an amazing upset of the 37 year-old Forrest beating him by a 12-round unanimous decision at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Forrest looked every bit of his ancient 37 years, as he quickly tired out after the third round and was easily beaten by the youthful, more active Mora. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114. I saw the fight being closer to 116-114, if not a little more than that in Mora’s favor. Forrest looked essentially like garbage, the worst I’d seen him fight since his dual losses to Ricardo Mayorga in 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

title Lopez Stops De Leon

deleon4635.jpgBy Manuel Perez: In somewhat of a surprising upset, undefeated Puerto Rican super bantamweight challenger Juan Manuel Lopez (22-0, 20 KOs) stopped WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (34-2, 30 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to take his title away from him at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. De Leon, 27, was knocked down twice in the round and received a cut above his left eye. Lopez, 24, dropped de Leon with a left-right combination on the seat of his Leon, badly hurt, attempted to get up and fell down on his first try.

When he did finally get to his feet, he was staggering badly as the referee checked him over. Seconds later after eating a flurry of shots from Lopez, De Leon went down again from another right hand. He struggled to his feet, but this time the referee Mike Ortega halted the fight at 2:25 of the 1st round. It’s hard to tell whether Lopez was this good or whether it was just a case of him catching de Leon with a big shot. I think more of the latter, because de Leon was dominating the round up until the 1:30 mark, at which time Lopez landed a long left hand and immediately came behind it with a short right hook that de Leon neither never saw nor ever expected. The combination momentarily did nothing to De Leon other than snap his head back, but then after a second he dropped to the canvas in a delayed reaction. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pavlik Destroys Lockett

pavlik5653.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: Just as I expected, undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs) wiped the deck with his Welsh challenger Gary Lockett (30-2, 21 KOs) dropping him three times and knocking him out in the 3rd round of their scheduled 12-round bout tonight at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Going into the fight, next to nobody gave Lockett much of any chance at pulling off the upset. As it turned out, most people were right as completely obliterated his over-matched opponent.

After a fairly close first round, Pavlik got serious in the 2nd round, serving Lockett up with a number of hard right hands to the head and body. One particular hard right hand to the midsection of Lockett caused him to take a step back, at which point Pavlik landed a finishing right hand that dropped Lockett to one knee. Read the rest of this entry »

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