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title Roy Jones Jr. – Should He Move Up To The Heavyweight Division?

With five-time world champion Roy Jones Jr’s bout with Felix Trinidad fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to consider whether Jones should move back up to the heavyweight division following his light heavyweight bout with Trinidad. Clearly, the 38 year-old – soon to be 39 – Jones isn’t what he once was and doesn’t have the blinding speed that he did 10 years ago, but he still seems more than fast enough to compete in the heavyweight division. Like a lot of fighters in the 40’s, 50s and 60s, Jones should move up in weight as he ages, a move which would enable him use his fast hands on the slow heavyweights in the division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wladimir Klitschko To Fight Sultan Ibragimov In February

According to the latest boxing news, International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 45 KOs) will be fighting WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov in February 2008 in a title unification match. Klitschko has been after the other heavyweight title holders for some time now, and only now has finally found one of them with the interesting in fighting him. In terms of fan interest in the bout, it still seems rather luke warm at this point, as not too many are particularly impressed with the 32 year-old Ibragimov, who remains a mostly unknown fighter to much of the American and Canadian public. Read the rest of this entry »

title Castillo Stops Casillas

Making his first appearance since being stopped in the fourth round by Ricky Hatton in June, former two-time lightweight champion José Luis Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs) stopped an over-matched Adan Casillas (22-6, 15 KOs) in the 6th round on Saturday night at the Palenque del FEX, Mexicali, in Baja California, Mexico. Castillo, 33, chopped down Casillas with body shots and hooks to the head in the 6th round. The referee Juan Jose Ramirez stopped the fight at 1:10 of the sixth round. Casillas never had a chance in the fight, as Castillo attacked him fiercely with a devastating body attack from the opening round. Casillas had little offensive skills to fire back with and was out-gunned at every turn.

title Is It Too Soon For Povetkin To Take On Wladimir Klitschko?

After watching last night’s IBF tournament eliminator bout between Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) and former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, I have to admit that I have my doubts about whether Povetkin is ready to fight International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 45 Kos). Of course, Povetkin still has to beat the winner of Eddie Chambers vs. Calvin Brock in order to get to a match with Wladimir, I’m pretty sure that Povetkin will beat either of those two fighters, perhaps quite easily. Wladimir, however, is another matter altogether for Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »

title Chris Byrd: “I’ve Yet To Be Beaten By An American Heavyweight”

Former two-time heavyweight champion Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd (40-4-1, 21 KOs) hinted strongly that he will continue boxing after last night’s 11th round TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs in Germany, saying “I’ve yet to be beaten by an American heavyweight.” In that respect, Byrd was telling the truth, as he has only lost to Eastern European fighters Wladimir Klitschko and Povetkin and Ike Ibeabutch from Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry »

title Molitor Decisions 3K Battery

IBF super-bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (25-0, 10 KOs) won an impressive unanimous decision over Fashun 3K Battery (58-9-1 35KO) tonight in Ontario. Molitor controlled the action, using both his superior size and power to win the exchanges against 3K Battery and winning by the judges’ scores 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. 3K Battery had his moments, however, stunning Molitor briefly in the 7th round after landing a tremendous right hand shot. However, Molitor quickly recovered his wits and resumed his assault on the over-matched 3K Battery, driving 1-2 combinations into his head and midsection and turning back the brief 3K Battery had in the round. From that point forward, Molitor turned up his offensive output to a higher gear, landing punishing shots and keeping 3K Battery to busy absorbing shots to even consider attacking back with any kind of aggression.

title Povetkin Stops Byrd in 11th Round TKO

povetkin464644.jpgHeavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) won a hard fought grueling battle tonight, stopping former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in the 11th round at the Messehalle, Erfurt, in Thüringen, Germany. Both fighter’s faces were badly swollen and cut from the many blows they landed on each other over the course of the bout. The fight was pretty even until the 11th round when Povetkin hurt Byrd with a hard combination. He followed it up with more shots on the inside, winging hooks and backing Byrd up. However, Byrd was fighting back effectively, landing sharp combinations on the inside when his father, Joe Byrd, suddenly threw in the towel after Byrd got backed into a corner.

It seemed like a foolish move, but I wasn’t really surprised because Byrd’s father had done a poor job, I think, in his corner, giving him bad advice and forgetting important things, like putting his mouthpiece in before sending him out to fight. Povetkin looked decent but not anywhere near the amount of hype that has been strewn about by many of his fans. He dished out a lot of punishment, but he’s not a really heavy puncher and had to rely on throwing lots of punches. He had major problems all fight long landing his short punches, as when he would come in side, Byrd would dodge his shots, and hit him with fast punches to the head. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wladimir Klitschko – Sultan Ibragimov: Is This Fight A Waste Of Time For Wladimir?

According to the latest boxing news, International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the process of working out a heavyweight unification bout with World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov for February 2008. Nothing has been ironed out at this point, but the talks are very serious. However, the bout would seem to have little interest for the average boxing fan, most of which have no idea who Ibragimov is other than s short Russian fighter with a double chin and a physique similar to an average couch potato. Wladimir, however, seems obsessed with the idea of a unification bout, perhaps fantasizing that it will bring him more respect from the fans and possibly more money in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

title Povetkin Byrd: Is This Fight A Mistake For Byrd?

Former two-time heavyweight champion (40-3-1, 21 KOs) Chris Byrd takes on Alexander Povetkin tomorrow night in Germany as part of the four-man elimination tournament for the rights to take on International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2008. However, why Byrd has opted to fight in the elimination tournament is a looming question, because he’s already been beaten twice by Wladimir Klitschko, both bouts being one-sided beat downs. Clearly, Byrd is bright enough to see that he would stand a much better chance, albeit with less financial reward, by facing one of the other three heavyweight champions – Sultan Ibragimov, Oleg Maskaev/Samuel Peter or Ruslan Chagaev – all of which are much easier opponents than Wladimir and Povetkin. Read the rest of this entry »

title Taylor To Exercise His Contractual Option For a Rematch With Pavlik

Former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs)m has decided to exercise his contractual option to fight an immediately rematch against now WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs), who brutally stopped him in the 7th round on September 29th, at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Though Taylor, 29, was able to drop Pavlik in the 2nd round, he was unable to finish him off due to Taylor punching himself out in the round. Pavlik rallied in the fight and was coming on at the time that he knocked Taylor out in the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »

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