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title Pavlik Beats Taylor, Calzaghe Congratulates

Many thought that all Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs), had was a ghost of a chance when he entered the ring at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, packed with over 10,000 fans, last night to challenge defending middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs), in a fight that was broadcast live on HBO. Apparently that’s all Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik needed as he came back from the brink of defeat after suffering a second-round knockdown to knockout Taylor in the seventh round of their battle of undefeated gladiators..


Already the early favorite for “Fight of the Year,” Pavlik staked his claim as “Fighter of the Year” as the boxing spotlight shone bright on his hometown of Youngstown, OH for the first time since Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’s heyday as WBA lightweight champion during the early ’80s. Mancini was at ringside rooting on his heir apparent. Read the rest of this entry »

title Bergeron Wants Rematch With Valuev

Previously unbeaten Canadian heavyweight Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-1, 19 KOs) is crowing for a rematch with former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) after losing a 12-round unanimous decision to him on Saturday night at the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, in Niedersachsen, Germany. The scores, however, were lopsided with Valuev winning by 118-111, 118-111, 117-111. Despite this, Bergeron feels wronged, suggesting that he was given a bad decision by the judges. What encourages him even more, though, is the polite applause he received from the German crowd, who appeared to be clapping mostly because they thought he had performed well against Valuev. However, Bergeron didn’t actually look that good in the bout, certainly not good enough to win by the bout by any stretch of the imagination. Read the rest of this entry »

title Valuev Defeats Bergeron

valuev35333.jpgFormer World Boxing Association champion Nikolay Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) won a much harder than expected uanimous decision over previously undefeated Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-1, 19 KOs) tonight at the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, in Niedersachsen, Germany. Valuev, 34, struggled often in the early rounds, as the 6″5′ southpaw Bergeron landed powerful left hands that rocked Valuev on a couple of occasions.

However, Bergeron appeared to fade badly in the latter part of the fight, in which Valuev took charge and was able to land his big right hand repeatedly to win the championship rounds. The final judges’ scores were 118-111, 117-111, 118-111, awarding the decision to Valuev. The win enable Valuev to keep moving forward towards another possible title shot in the future against Ruslan Chagaev, who Valuev lost a controversial split decision to in April 2007.

In the first half of the fight, Bergeron did well to keep the fight in the middle of the ring, keeping the bigger Valuev from forcing him to the ropes where he often mauls his smaller opponents. Bergeron used his faster hands to land excellent combinations to the head of Valuev as he came forward on the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

title De Leon KOs Lopez

deleon333222.jpgWBO super bantamweight Daniel Ponce De Leon (33-1, 30 KOs) destroyed a weaker Reynaldo Lopez (28-5-2, 19 KOs), stopping him in the 5th round on Friday night, at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. De Leon pounded away at the thirty-three year old Lopez for five rounds until knocking him out with two consecutive left hands in the fifth, which sent Lopez to the canvas. He gamely attempted to rise but was only able to lift his head up off the canvas, because his body wouldn’t respond. Up until then, Lopez was seldom able to mount much of an offense of his own, mostly because he was so preoccupied with dealing with the incoming fire from the hard-punching De Leon, who rarely left off the gas pedal for more than a few moments of each round.

In rounds one though three, De Leon landed well with his hooks and straight left hand, which he threw constantly at the wilting Lopez. Even when he wasn’t landing cleanly, the punches had the effect of knocking Lopez backwards and keeping him from setting up his own attacks. Lopez was able to land an occasional hard shot of his own, however, due to De Leon being more focused on his own attack, forgetting all about worrying about any semblance of defense. Read the rest of this entry »

title Berto vs. Estrada

berto35355335.jpgWelterweight prospect Andre Berto (19-0, 16 KOs) will meet up with experienced fighter David Estrada (21-3, 12 KOs) for the NABF welterweight title on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Considered one of the top prospects in the welterweight division, Berto has breezed through his first 19 fights in an effortless fashion. showing brilliant handspeed and extraordinary power as he’s knocked out sixteen of his foes during that time.

Still only 24, and ranked # 5 in the WBC welterweight listings, Berto is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision effort against Cosme Rivera in July 2007, a bout in which Berto was knocked down in the 6th round of the fight. It appeared, however, that Berto had been off balance when hit by Rivera, but it was enough to cause doubt in Berto’s abilities by many in the boxing community, who feel that his chin and defense may have potential problems. Read the rest of this entry »

title Woods vs. Gonzalez

IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (40-3-1, 24 KOs) makes his ring return tomorrow night against Julio Gonzalez at the Hallam FM Arena, in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Woods, 35, hasn’t see action in a year since winning a split decision over challenger Glen Johnson in September 2006. The England born Woods has had an operation to repair an injury to his left arm, which he now claims is as good as new, enabling him to punch without pain and allowing him to punch with authority like in his early years. Read the rest of this entry »

title Thompson Stops Couser

Heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) destroyed journeyman fighter Cliff Courser (26-13-2, 14 KOs) in the 2nd round last night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, in Lemoore, California. Thompson, 35, softened up Couser with jabs and hooks in the first round of the fight. In the 2nd round, Thompson began unloading with his powerful straight left hand, and soon after flattened him with a clean left hand to the head. The referee moved in and halted the bout at 1:49 of the second round. With this win, Thompson stays on course to meet the winner of the Evander Holyfield vs. Sultan Ibragimov bout October 13th in Moscow.

title Taylor Angered By Lack Of Respect

taylor352424.jpgWBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) has been heated all week long leading up to Saturday’s fight with #1 challenger Kelly Pavlik by the many fans and sports writers that have brushed off his career and given him slim chance at winning. Most of the criticism has been centered around Taylor’s lackluster performances against Cory Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright and Kassim Ouma, who Taylor struggled against. Though Taylor defeated Spinks, Ouma and Hopkins, he looked almost uncoordinated as if he didn’t know how to box properly despite his quick reflexes.

Most of the fans and sports writers were expecting the 29-year old Taylor to continue to knockout his opponents like he did earlier in his career, before he became a champion. Unfortunately, since winning the title in 2005, Taylor has been on a dry spell in which he’s been forced to earn tough fought decisions or – even worse – being held to a draw, such as the case against Wright in June 2006. However, Taylor blames his poor performances on the styles of his opponents, most of which are defensive-minded fighters, the type that are difficult to land effectively against. Taylor says that he fights better against fighters like Pavlik, the type that come directly at him and try to take him out. Read the rest of this entry »

title Could Peter Go Another Twelve Rounds With Wladimir Klitschko?

wladimir33535.jpgBy Sasha “Kozlov” Baranov: With a little more than a week to go between World Boxing Council interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter’s (28-1, 22 KOs) bout with Jameel McCline, I thought it would be interesting to consider what Peter’s chances would be like in a rematch with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs). In that bout, fought on September 24, 2005, Peter knocked Wladimir down on three separate occasions and had him on the verge of being stopped in the bout. However, two of the knockdowns were the result of illegal rabbit punches to the back of Wladimir’s head, and thus should have been negated by referee Randy Neumann. Wladimir was guilty of his own issues as well by continuously clinching Peter whenever the Nigerian fighter got in close.

In fact, Wladimir initiated over 90 clinches in the 12-round bout, averaging over seven clinches per round. The tactic worked to perfection, for the most part, as Peter was unable to land effectively once he got within punching range. When Wladimir wasn’t clinching, though, he easily boxed circles around Peter, hitting him at will with jabs, straight right hands and left hooks. Read the rest of this entry »

title Halmich To Fight For The Final Time On November 30th

halmich353332.jpgFormer three division woman’s boxing champion Regina Halmich (53-1-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting for the last time on November 30th against Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer at the DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, in Germany. Halmich, the current WIBF woman’s flyweight champion, has been a major force in bringing woman’s boxing to the mainstream in recent years in Germany, while at the same time she’s taken advantage of her good looks to attack endorsements that have allowed her to step away from competition while still at the top of her game. Still only 30, Halmich has won IBF championships in the Jr. Flyweight, Flyweight and Featherweight. Apart from that, she’s defeated well known fighters such as Elena Reid, Maria Jesus Rosa and most recently, Wendy Rodriguez.

Halmich has never been one to shy away from publicity, having posted nude in the German Playboy magazine. Additionally, she has had two highly successful bouts with male against German TV host Stefan Raab, in which she defeated him twice, breaking his nose on the first occasion. Both bouts were a huge spectacle in Germany, helping her gain a large amount of publicity.

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