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title Amir Khan vs. Rees In June?

khan353353.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In the latest boxing news, former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (27-1, 13 KOs) is reportedly high on the list for future opponents for the undefeated Amir Khan’s (17-0, 13 KOs) next bout on June 21st. Previous to Rees recent 12th round TKO title loss to Andreas Kotelnik on March 22nd, there had been talk of a potential bout between Khan and Rees, but it had come to nothing, with Rees opting for a bout with the Ukrainian Kotelnik. Whatever the case, if Khan decides upon Rees as his next opponent, he’ll be taking tremendous leap up in competition for Rees is light years better than the easy C-level fodder that Khan has fought up to this point his career.

Rees, 27, is like a carbon copy replicate of Ricky Hatton, only without all the hype that Hatton has behind him. It would be a very tough matchup for Khan, who has shown to be a little chinny since turning professional in 2005. This would be a stern test for Khan’s tender chin and one guaranteed to see him take a lot of big shots from Rees. Read the rest of this entry »

title Hopkins Still Unhappy With Judging In Loss To Calzaghe

hopkins46343.jpgBy Eric Thomas: Light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KOs) is still understandably not happy with the outcome of his 12-round split decision loss to Joe Calzaghe on April 19th at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specifically, Hopkins, 43, is unhappy with the scoring from judge Chuck Giampa, who happened to score the fight 116-111 for Calzaghe. That score, more than either of the two, seemed way off base considering the closeness of the fight. Hopkins is naturally upset about that score, for if Giampa had scored the fight in Hopkins’ favor, he would have won the fight.

Hopkins has reportedly suggested that the judges have occasional evaluations, to judge their competence to score the fight accurately. What Hopkins says seems to make a lot of sense, for when a person ages, their eyesight is often the first thing to go. In a sport that involves fast punches and furious action, much of it coming with a blur, it takes especially keen eyesight in order to capture all the punches being exchanges between two fighters. Read the rest of this entry »

title Oscar De La Hoya: Is He Destroying His Legacy?

de-la-hoya5534733.jpgBy Manuel Perez: With his prime well behind him in the rear view mirror, Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) continues on with his once excellent career when he fights Steve Forbes (33-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night. One wonders why after making tens of millions of dollars over his career, involving De La Hoya winning a number of championships, he would want to continue fighting when he’s lost three out of his last five bouts and looked bad in a fourth bout which he should have lost as well. I suppose the reasons are simple: Yet even more money, especially in his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, which is more money than he can quickly make in his promoting business.

Aside from that, I can’t see any real reason to stick around, considering that he’s now losing virtually all his fights against top opponents. It’s like having an old race car with a shot engine and then continuously putting into a race against new cars, and coming in last each time out. Or, like an old race horse that can no longer get around the track and is beaten badly every time out. Read the rest of this entry »

title Manfredo Jr. vs. Lopez On Saturday

manfredo223353535.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Super middleweight contender Peter Manfredo Jr. (29-5, 14 KOs) goes up against Luis Lopez (14-12-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coeur d’Alene Casino, in Worley, Idaho. Manfredo Jr., 27, a former star from The Contender reality television series, has taken his limited talent far beyond what more talented fighters have achieved in the super middleweight division in recent years.

Despite his seemingly club fighter style of fighting, Manfredo has beaten excellent fighters like Scott Pemberton, David Banks, Joe Spina, Miguel Angel Espino, Frankie Randall, among many others. Manfredo has been good at beating the B-class fighters that he’s been put in with, but when facing A-class fighters, like Joe Calzaghe, Jeff Lacy and Sergio Mora, Manfredo has shown his limitations, coming out on the losing end each time. He never got a chance to prove what he could do against Calzaghe, because the referee made a quick stoppage of the fight after a brief flurry from Calzaghe in the 3rd round. It was a disappointing stoppage, because Manfredo had looked good in the first couple of rounds and was just beginning to warm up in the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Dirrell-Hanshaw Tonight

hanshaw353535351.jpgBy Chet Mills: Still smarting from his close loss to the great Roy Jones Jr. in July 2007, super middleweight Anthony Hanshaw (21-1, 14 KOs) tests his skills against another tough opponent, this one the unbeaten Andre Dirrell (14-0, 9 KOs) tonight at the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California. Hanshaw, 30, the 1998 National Golden Gloves welterweight champion and the 2000 United States Amateur light middleweight champion, has shown exceptional ability in his short career, beating tough super middleweights like Lafarrell Bunting and Esteban Camou.

Following that, he fought John Paul Mendy to a draw in one of the most exciting fights in 2007. However, his best performance was against Roy Jones Jr., who he fought tooth and nail in their July 2007 bout. Hanshaw looked good in the fight, outworking Jones, then 38, the entire fight and keeping him pinned to the ropes during most of the bout. However, Hanshaw made the mistake of letting his defense lapse for a second and was staggered and then dropped by Jones after he was bumped by him in the 11th round. Despite the knockdown, Hanshaw appeared to win most of the other rounds of the fight, by virtue of keeping Jones trapped on the ropes, absorbing huge punishment from Hanshaw. Read the rest of this entry »

title Dimitrenko vs. Rossy, Arslan vs. Wilson This Saturday

dimitrenko434333.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko continues with his move towards a future title shot this Saturday night, fighting Derric Rossy (18-1, 10 KOs) at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany for Dimitrenko’s WBO Inter-continental title . For Dimitrenko, 25, this is a step backwards by fighting Rossy, who doesn’t come close to matching up with the 6’7” Dimitrenko in category going into this fight on Saturday. Dimitrenko had looked good in most of his bouts until, that is, his last fight with Timo Hoffmann, who knocked Dimitrenko to the canvas once in the fight and landed a lot of heavy shots during the fight.

I suppose you could excuse Dimitrenko’s off performance, given the huge 6’6” 260 lb size of Hoffmann. This wasn’t a bout in which Dimitrenko could simply use his height and reach to dominate Hoffmann, and was forced to utilize his super boxing skills to eventually overwhelm him in the 12th round, stopping him by TKO. As always, Dimitrenko showed extraordinary skills for a large heavyweight, showing an incredible array of punches and movement from a fighter his size. He looked like a larger, more athletic version of Wladimir Klitschko, only without his power. Read the rest of this entry »

title Forbes-De La Hoya: Look For Controversial Ending

de-la-hoya3535597.jpgBy Chris Stein: Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) hopes to get by his tune-up opponent former IBF super featherweight champion Steve Forbes (33-5, 9 KOs) this Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. De La Hoya, 36, hasn’t seen action in a year, since losing a 12-round split decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2007. Rather than take a risky tune-up against a junior middleweight or a top 10 welterweight, De La Hoya has opted to dip down into the junior welterweight division to fight the diminutive Forbes, 31, a move perhaps to ensure that the badly fading De La Hoya somehow comes out on top.

However, even with a three inch height advantage and a five in reach advantage over Forbes, I still expect De La Hoya to lose the fight, although he’ll still get the decision in the end regardless of how bad he’s beaten. Just like in his battle with Felix Sturm in June 2004, in which De La Hoya was handed a 12-round unanimous decision, in spite of the fact that he appeared to lose the fight handily, by at least six rounds on many of the ringside observers. In short, Sturm would have likely needed a knockout to get the victory over De La Hoya that night, for there was a lot riding on the outcome – an upcoming mega fight with Bernard Hopkins. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya v Forbes Undercard, Golden Boy Promotions, Witter-Bradley

Boxing’s hottest junior welterweight prospect, 21-year old ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz, has been added as the featured attraction on the undercard of Oscar de la Hoya’s “Homecoming” bout against Steve Forbes this Saturday night at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Oxnard, California’s Ortiz (20-1-1, 15 KOs), coming off of a devastating first round knockout win over former world champion Carlos Maussa last November, will face seasoned veteran Dairo Esalas (31-12, 25 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Read the rest of this entry »

title Wladimir Klitschko Looking Scared Of Haye

wladimir57247.jpgBy Nate Anderson: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) recently came in contact with David Haye last weekend in London for the “Fight for Peace” press conference, which led to Haye calling out a somewhat startled looking Wladimir Klitschko, who looked like he wanted to shrink away and disappear into the woodwork rather than tackle the confrontational Haye. During the conversation, Haye, 27, called out Klitschko repeatedly, saying “Don’t run…. Don’t hide, come and fight. Don’t run. There’s no need to hide behind these bums.” Instead of firing back and accepting Haye’s challenge, a frightened looking Wladimir said “Talk is cheap. You have to deliver in the ring. Get in the ring and do your job. Now in the heavyweight division you’re no one…behave yourself.”

However, beyond Wladimir’s words, he looked intimidated by Haye, and nothing like the way a champion should look like, especially a heavyweight that most people consider being the best in the sport at this time. Haye, absolutely the best cruiserweight fighter in boxing, has never been reluctant to fight any of the top cruiserweights in the division, previously beating Jean-Marc Mormeck, Alexander Gurov and most recently Enzo Maccarinelli with relative ease. Read the rest of this entry »

title Julio Decisions Smith

julio5643.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In a close fight, Colombian light middleweight contender Joel Julio (33-1, 30 KOs) pounded out a close 10-round unanimous decision over star from The Contender reality television series Ishe Smith (19-3, 9 KOs) on Wednesday night at the River Rock Casino, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Julio, 23, was coming off of five consecutive wins after experiencing a shocking 12-round unanimous decision to Carlos Quintana in June 2006, started off strong against Smith, but then seemed to fade in the last five rounds of the fight as the defensive wizard Smith began bringing the fight to Julio.

Though the judges scored it 96-94, 97-93 and 96-93 all for Julio, the fight looked much closer to a draw then having an outright winner between the two. Indeed, Smith, 29, appeared to be the better overall fighter, as he applied a lot of pressure against Julio in the second half of the fight, while making him miss many of his own shots. In Julio’s case, he looked uncomfortable with all the pressure that Smith was putting on him, and seemed to be out of his realm having someone back him up for a change. Read the rest of this entry »

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