By Jim Dower: 43-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (37-7, 28 KO’s) made a successful comeback tonight in stopping 36-year-old journeyman Owen Beck (29-12, 20 KO’s) in the 3rd round at the Sports Palace Quant, Troitsk, Moscow, Orosz Köztársaság, Russia.
Maskaev, fighting for the first time since being stopped in the first round in December 2009 by Nagy Aguilera, knocked Beck down three times en route to stopping him in the 3rd. Maskaev put Beck down once in the 1st and two more times in the 3rd before the fight was halted by referee Viktor Panin at 2:59 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jake Denney: I would like to start this article that up until his fight with Wladimir Klitchsko, I was a David Haye fan. He unified the cruiserweight division and stepped up too heavyweight in search of a world title. At that time the heavyweight division was in need of freshening up. In Haye it had a character, yes he was arrogant and outspoken but he was a true athlete with outstanding skills. Fast hands and fast feet and he packed significant power in his punches. There was always a question mark over his chin however.
Haye would finally get his chance at a world heavyweight title when he signed to fight WBO, IBO and IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko in June 2009. Haye pulled out of the fight claiming a back injury, an injury that the Kitschko camp claimed they never saw medical documentation for. Haye then turned his attention too WBA champion Nikolay Valuev and on 7th November 2009, Haye defeated the giant Valuev in Nuremberg Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez might not mean anything if Pacquiao can bounce back from that defeat and continue winning like he had been from 2005 to 2011. Things didn’t go well for him in 2012 with him losing both of his fights and getting knocked out by Marquez.
However, if Pacquiao isn’t able to bounce back from this loss and if he continues to get knocked out by his opposition then we may be seeing him following in the same path as boxing great Roy Jones Jr., who has been stopped twice in his last five fights. Overall, Jones has suffered four bad knockouts in the last 8 years and he seems like he’s been on a steep decline since his 2nd round knockout loss to Antonio Tarver in May 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sean McDaniel: #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (22-1, 12 KO’s) got his first taste of the big time in fighting WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last September in Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately for Charr, he was stopped in four rounds. However, he wants to get back in the ring with Vitali before the big 6’7” Ukrainian retires and he figures the quickest way to get there is to face former WBA World heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) in 2013.
Charr figures that the two of them can fight with the winner getting a title shot against Vitali. Haye already badly wants a fight with Vitali, but he’s been ignored despite his constant calling him out in the media. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (15-0, 10 KO’s) will be taking a big step up in class on February 9th against EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (27-3, 19 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For the 25-year-old Frampton this presents a really stiff challenge for him because he’s been matched against less than spectacular opposition since he turned pro in 2009.
Earlier this year, Frampton struggled to beat Raul Hirales by a 12 round unanimous decision in May. Frampton briefly attempted to slug it out with the hard hitting Hirales, but as soon as he found out that he was in with a harder hitter, Frampton played it safe and fought in a dull defensive manner for the remainder of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KO’s) is facing a fairly tough test in his first defense of his title on February 9th against Fernando Guerrero (5-1, 19 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Guerrero, 26, presents a tough fight for the 29-year-old Quillin because Guerrero can really punch and he’s a dangerous fighter if you don’t have good defensive skills, and that just happens to be one of Quillin’s major flaws in his game.
Quillin won the World Boxing Organization title in his last fight against former champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam last October, Quillin had N’Dam down six times in the fight, but he took a lot of shots in the process of winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) sees himself winning one of the world titles and then bringing the strap back to England in the near future.
Fury said on his twitter “I’m taking the crown bringing it back to England to defend it. The 1st since Lenox Lewis.”
The first since Lennox Lewis? Ah, what about David Haye winning the WBA heavyweight strap. Wasn’t be British and didn’t he bring the World Boxing Association strap back to England after he won a controversial 12 round majority decision over then champion Nikolay Valuev. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KO’s) will be looking to avenge the only loss on his resume by facing #7 IBF Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KO’s) next month on January 30th at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. Geale, 31, was beaten by Mundine by a controversial 12 round split decision in May of 2009 in a fight that many boxing fans felt should have gone the other way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: One question on the minds of a number of boxing fans is whether the 32-year-old Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) will be able to make it out of 2013 still in the sport. Cotto has lost his last two fights, and Golden Boy Promotions wants to line him up with one of their young star fighters WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 4th.
In other words, Cotto is being seen as an opponent for Alvarez to add a name to his resume. A prime Cotto would have been a problem for Alvarez, but even then I’m not so certain Cotto would win because he’s really just a pumped up light welterweight that has eaten his way to 154. He’s not big for the weight class and he’d likely be way out of his element against a fighter like Alvarez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Josh Garcia: I think you are not giving the casual, nor hardcore fan enough credit here. WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout fought Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York, on Showtime, a major network. If the fight didn’t receive much publicity, the fact that Trout walked into the Lions den and puled out the victory, in convincing fashion did.
Trout called out WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, not only in English, but in broken Spanish at the end of the fight. I just think Canelo fans and boxing insiders are afraid to push Trout in as the main contender against Canelo because it would be the first time in his career that he would face a legitimate Junior Middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »