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title Gomez vs. Tackie

gomez_alfonzo2422.jpgWelterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (17-3-2, 8 KO’s) will be fighting journeyman Ben Tackie (29-7-1, 17 KOs) on October 16, 2007, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Gomez, 26, a one-time star on “The Contender” reality television series on NBC aired in the United States. In his most recent bout on July 14th, Gomez stopped Arturo Gatti in the 7th round, causing him to retire afterwards due to the one-sided nature of the fight. Following the fight, there were numerous rumors involving Gomez potentially fighting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, the fight never materialized. Good thing for Chavez, though, because Gomez figured to be a little bit more than he could deal with at this early stage pf his career, something that was echoed in many of the internet boxing forums that the rumor was kicked around in.

Tackie, 34, is on the downward slide of his career, having lost five of his last eleven bouts, including one draw. At one time in his career, in the early 2000s, he was considered one of the hottest prospects in the lightweight division with wins over Freddie Pendelton, Ray Oliveira, Golden Johnson and Roberto Garcia. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ponce De Leon vs. Lopez

deleon_ponce44.jpgWBO Super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (32-1, 29 KOs has recently signed to defend his World Boxing Organization title against Reynaldo Lopez (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in September 28th, 2007, in Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, iCabazon, California. De Leon, 27, recently flattened challenger Rey Bautista in the 1st round in August 2007, at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. De Leon, a fighter noted for devastating power and tendency to stop his opponents quickly, immediately rushed across the ring and blasted Bautista at will, at first knocking them to the canvas, and then coming back and finishing him off for good.

Due to the fact that Bautista never landed as much as a blow, De Leon decided to get back in the ring as soon as possible to prevent ring rust from setting in. Read the rest of this entry »

title Valuev vs. Bergeron

valuev46332226.jpgFormer WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) is set for his comeback fight against unbeaten Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron (27-0, 19 KOs) on September 29th at the EWE-Arena, in Oldenburg, Germany. Valuev, 34, lost his WBA heavyweight title against challenger Ruslan Chagaev by majority decision in April 2007, a fight in which many people felt that Valuev had done more than enough to get the victory.

In fact, it was one of the worse decisions I’d witnessed in recent memory, particulary in point of fact that the most of the smaller six-foot Chagaev’s punches landed either on Valuev’s gloves or hit him in the chest, missing his head by as much as a foot due to Chagaev’s limited reach. In training for his fight with Bergeron, Valuev has decided to cast his long time coach Manuel Gabrielian overboard for new coach Alexander Zimin. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cintron vs. Clottey?

cintron22245234.jpgAccording to the latest boxing news, IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs) will defend his title against challenger Joshua Clottey (28-2, 19 KOs) in December 1, 2007, to take place possibly in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Clottey, 30, ranked # 8 in the IBF, is coming off an easy 10-round unanimous decision over Felix Flores in August 2007.

Clottey previously lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Antonio Margarito in December 2006, a bout in which Clottey easily led in the early rounds before suffering injuries to bout hands, allowing Margarito to take over the fight and pull away to decision. However, Cintron, for his part, was totally blown out by Margarito, who annihilated him in a 5th round KO in April 2005. Based on the head to head matchups, Clottey figures to be a very tough bout for Cintron, who is considered one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Witter vs. Harris

witter353353.JPGWBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter (35-1, 20 KOs) defends his title on Saturday, September 7th, against challenger Vivian Harris (28-2-1, 18 KOs) at the Doncaster Dome, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. Witter, 33, looks to be in for a real dog fight, considering the mostly soft opposition that he has fought this far in his 10-year career, consisting mostly of European fighters not in the class of Harris, 29. One of the few good opponents that Witter faces in his career, Zab Judah, knocked him out in the 12th round in June 2000, after building a commanding lead up to that point in the fight.

Following that loss, Witter fought exclusively European opponents for the next six years of his career until defeating American DeMarcus Corley last year, in September 2006, by 12-round decision. The win, however, was tarnished somewhat by the fact that Corley had been beaten three out of his last six fights leading up to his fight with Witter, and was thought by many to be over-the-hill. Whatever the case, Witter defeated him to win the vacant WBC light welterweight championship at the age of 32. How, however, Witter finds himself matched against his best opponent since his one-sided beating at the hands of Zab Judah six years ago in having to face the tough Harris. Read the rest of this entry »

title Peter vs. Maskaev

peter35353232.jpgWBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) will be making his 2nd title defense on October 6th when he meets up with Nigerian knockout slugger Samuel Peter at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Maskaev, 38, is on a 12 consecutive win streak, dating back to February 2003. Previous to that, Maskaev had been plagued by chin problems, causing him to lose a string of vicious knockout losses to hard-punching – and severely limited – Kirk Johnson, Lance Whitaker and Corey Sanders between 2000-2001.

After the loss to Sanders, who incidentally Maskaev was dominating at the time of his stoppage loss in the 8thy round in March 2002, he as considered damaged goods by many boxing experts, that he could no longer take a hard punch. However, instead of giving up, Maskaev took a year off from boxing and let his head recover from the knockouts, something perhaps he should have done after the first of the knockout losses to Kirk Johnson, a fight that Maskaev suffered a brutal 4th round knockout loss. Read the rest of this entry »

title Holt-Torres: The Final Word

holt-torres23222.jpgIn the past few days, I’ve read countless reports from posters in various boxing site forums about the outcome of the WBO light welterweight championship bout between title holder Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) and #1 challenger Kendal Holt (22-2, 12 KOs), most of which is centered on the fact that the figh was stopped too soon in the 11th round, suggesting that Holt should have been permitted to continue fighting longer by referee Genero Rodriguez.

However, having seen the entire fight – and not just clips – I’m fully convinced that the referee did the right thing by stopping the fight the fight in the 11h round. If anything, I think he should have stopped the fight earlier, after Holt got up after having been knocked down by a howitzer of a left hook by Torres at 0:58 of the 11th round. At that time, after Holt got to his feet, he was staggering and unable to stand straight without listing from side to side. To make things worse, as the referee was asking him if he was okay, Holt staggered bag, leaning against the ropes for support. Read the rest of this entry »

title Does Holyfield Deserve Title Shot Against Ibragimov?

holyfield1122334455.jpg Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 KOs) is poised to win his fifth heavyweight title next month when he travels to Moscow, Russia to take on undefeated WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (21-0, 17 KOs) on October 13th. Never mind that Holyfield, 44, has done little to deserve a shot at the title since making his comeback to boxing following a two-year suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission due to “diminishing skills” following three consecutive losses to Chris Byrd, James Toney and Larry Donald.

Since making his comeback, Holyfield, ranked # 13 in the WBO, has faced in the following order: Jeremy Bates, Fres Oquendo, Vinny Maddalone and Lou Savarese. None of them, however, are ranked in the top 10, a fact which makes his shot at a title rather unfair given the fact that he’s essentially leapfrogged over 12 other fighters that are ranked ahead of him in the WBO. In the old days, a fighter had to earn his way to title contention by fighting and beating the best fighters, slowly working his way to the # 1 spot. However, in Holyfield’s case, all of that has seemed to have been thrown on the window to allow Holyfield yet another shot at a title. Read the rest of this entry »

title Duddy To Return To Ring In October

duddy773322.jpgUndefeated middleweight John Duddy (21-0, 16 KOs) will return to the boxing ring on October 20th when he fights in Dublin, Ireland against an un-named opponent. Duddy, 28, was born in the UK, but has Irish ancestry, has fought most of his career in the United States, where he resides in New York City. Earlier this year, Duddy decided on traveling to Ireland, where he has hopes on winning a European title, and hopefully along the way built up a large fan base in his native country. In his first bout in Ireland, Duddy struggled badly in the process of stopping Italian Alessio Furlan (19-8-5, 8 KOs) in the 10th round on July 14, 2007. It was a harsh greeting for Duddy, who had hoped to have an easy time beating the unheralded Furlan.

Duddy’s fights have been frequently been showcased on ESPN in the United States, where he has built up a following of loyal fans, despite the fact that he’s so far faced mostly limited opposition during his short career. Perhaps his toughest opponent to date, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas, fought Duddy to the brink of defeat on September 29, 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

title Holt Files Protest Over Loss to Torres

holt463_01.jpgFollowing his heartbreaking 11th round TKO loss to WBO welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (32-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Salon Jumbo del Country Club, Barranquilla, Atlantico, in Colombia, WBO # 1 challenger Kendal Holt is filing a protest to the WBO. Based on reports from ringside, Holt was apparently pelted with a can of unopened beer tagging Holt in the head shortly after knocking Torres down in the sixth round of their bout on Saturday night. Also, there were reports that Holt had been grabbed on the ankle by a fan that had reached through the ring ropes during the fight. During the 11th round, the canvas was littered with debris, making it difficult for the fighters to fight without tripping over the items, reports state.

Holt, 26, was leading on two of the three ringside judge’s scorecards at the time of the knockout in the 11th round. In the round, Torres, 27, from Colombia, caught Holt with a devastating one-two combination that badly hurt him and sent him to the canvas. Read the rest of this entry »

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