By Jim Dower: Coming off of a long layoff of over a year and a half former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO’s) defeated 35-year-old Aleksy Kuziemski (23-5, 7 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
The final judges scores were 100-88, 98-90 and 98-90. What made this especially impressive for Pascal was that he fought with only his right hand from the midpoint of the 4th round for the remainder of the fight after getting his left arm caught on the ring support strap while attempting to throw a left hook in that round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo: Wende) By Jim Dower: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KO’s) made weight on Friday for his fight on Saturday night against challenger Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KO’s) at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany. Abraham, 32, weighed right on the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. His opponent Bouadla, 30, weighed in at 164.7 lbs.
It’s hard to understand why Abraham chose to fight #14 WBO Bouadla, because there are arguably a lot better fighters in the division that Abraham could have fought for a lot more money than what he’ll get for this bout. It just looks like Abraham wanted to take a safe, easy fight for his first defense rather than take any kind of risk. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (28-2, 27 KO’s) continued with his successful comeback tonight with an impressive 2nd round knockout of an over-matched 31-year-old Albert Ayrapetyan (20-4, 9 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Lemieux, 23, knocked Ayrapetyan down three times in the fight, and ended it with a big right hand that dropped Ayrapetyan as he foolishly was attempting to fight off the ropes.
Lemieux knocked Ayrapetyan down twice in the 1st round and Ayrapetyan barely escaped the round. Lemieux scored the first knockdown on a hard left hook to the head. Ayrapetyan seemed to be doing okay after the knockdown until Lemieux flurried on him when Ayrapetyan once again backed up to the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (15-0, 12 KO’s) made weight today for his fight on Saturday night against the much more experienced Glen Johnson (51-17-2, 35 KO’s) at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, United Kingdom. Groves, 24, weighed in at 166.9 pounds. Johnson, 43, weighed 167.5 lbs and looked in sensational shape. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: I think it would be a good idea for Manny Pacquiao to start with a clean slate for his next fight by starting over with an entire new training team to get him ready for his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, if Pacquiao insists on taking that fight.
I believe the smartest thing for Pacquiao to do right now would be to take a decisive move and clear out his entire team, including trainer Freddie Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. Pacquiao needs a whole new team if he’s going to come back from the knockout he suffered from Marquez last Saturday night, and that means heads have to role. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal(27-2, 16 KO’s) bravely fought the last 8 rounds of his fight tonight against Aleksy Kuziemski (23-5, 7 KO’s) using only one arm after Pascal separated his left shoulder in the 4th round when he got his arm caught on the ring ropes while throwing a punch at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The injury didn’t really matter, because Pascal was able to beat the light hitting 35-year-old Kuziemski using just his right arm alone. The scoring of the fight was way off, however, because they had Pascal winning by the lopsided scores of 100-88, 98-90, 98-90. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (25-0, 25 KO’s) weighed in today for his fight on Saturday night against Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KO’s) at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The 6’7” Wilder weighed a light 223 pounds for the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.
The fight is scheduled for only 10 rounds, but Wilder likely won’t need half of those rounds to get the 6’7” Price out of there. The weird thing about this fight is that both Wilder and Price look in incredible shape with nothing but pure muscle.
I’m not used to seeing two in shape heavyweights because much of the time heavyweights look so badly out of shape or just have weird looking physiques. These two fighters actually look like athletes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time in a year a half when he takes on Aleksy Kuziemski (23-4, 7 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout tonight at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal has been out of action with injuries since losing his World Boxing Council 175 pound title to 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins last year in May.
Also on the card will be middleweight David Lemieux (27-2, 26 KO’s) in a slight step up in competition against Albert Ayrapetyan (20-3, 9 KO’s). Lemieux has been trying to turn his career around after suffering losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine last year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Buboy Fernandez, the assistant coach for Manny Pacquiao, has come out with an apology to Getty photographer Art Bello, who Buboy allegedly assaulted after Pacquiao was knocked out last Saturday night by Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Buboy was seen in photos kicking – or attempting to kick – Bello while the photographer stood outside of the ring ropes moments after Pacquiao been knocked out.
Buboy said to philboxing.com “I just want to reach out to the guy and say I am truly sorry but I do not know how to reach him. It finally dawned to me that you can help me by putting up an article stating that I wanted to apologize. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: One big advantage that Juan Manuel Marquez had over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night that enabled him to KO him in the 6th round was that Marquez doesn’t have nearly as full of a plate as Pacquiao does right now in his life. Marquez’s whole life if pretty much devoted to boxing, aside from his family life.
Marquez doesn’t have the multiple distractions that Pacquiao has with his political career, bible studies and being a huge hero at home in the Philippines. Marquez’s whole thing is to train, focus on boxing, and study his opponents. He’s not studying not tied down with bible study, meeting with politicians, playing basketball, or talking tons of people on a daily basis the way that Pacquiao is in the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »