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Chisora vs. Williams Cancelled; Cintron-Angulo, Berto-Urango on May 30th

By Jim Dower: The bout between British heavyweights Danny Williams (41-7, 31 KOs) and Derek Chisora (9-0, 5 KOs) that was previously slated for June 27th at the O2 Arena dropped off today after the 35-year-old Williams reportedly wanted twice as much money as he originally agreed upon according to Frankwarren.tv.


The promoter Warren wasn’t interested in giving in to Williams’ demands, pointing out that Williams’ last fight with heavyweight John McDermott, a 12-round split decision victory for Williams, was a “snoozathons.”

Indeed, the Williams-McDermott bout failed to live up to the excitement of their first fight a year ago in July 2008 where Williams defeated McDermott by a 12 round majority decision in an action packed bout that saw both fighters see sawing back and forth trading big blows.

This time, Williams and McDermott looked badly fatigued by the 5th round and the fight degraded into a bout marred with constant holding and little real action. Williams appeared to get the better of the action largely due to his jab, but it was still much less than what boxing fans were looking forward to when the bout was arranged.

In the meantime, Paul Butlin (12-8, 3 KOs) will step in and face Chisora this Friday night in an 8-round bout at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London . Chisora’s stock has recently gone up after Sam Sexton defeated Irish heavyweight Martin Rogan last Friday night in an 8th round stoppage.

Sexton fought remarkably well until getting hurt in the 8th round and was tottering on the brink of being knocked out for much of the round until referee Dave Parris saved him by stopping the action and having the ringside doctor examine Rogan’s swollen left eye. The doctor ended up stopping the bout resulting in Sexton getting the win. As it turns out, Chisora has a 6th round stoppage victory over Sexton in June 2008.

Berto vs. Urango, Cintron vs. Angulo on May 30th

Fresh off his life and death battle with Luis Collazo on January 17th, World Boxing Council welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) takes on the smaller two-time IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs) on May 30th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida.

Berto, 25, instead of giving Collazo a much needed rematch has opted to take on Urango, 28, ranked number #7 in the WBC. Berto struggled with Collazo, getting hit often and out-worked on the inside through much of the fight.

However, Berto rallied in the later rounds as he was able to get some distance to throw his fast shots to get the 12 round decision over Collazo. Many people felt that Collazo had done enough to get the win, but short of that it probably should have been scored a draw, because Berto was being dominated for long stretches by Collazo.

Berto is in one of the weakest sections of the Welterweight division, as there’s few quality fighters ranked in the top 15 in the WBC at this time. Urango, a southpaw from Colombia, has slowly been making progress with his career after suffering a lopsided 12 round decision loss to Ricky Hatton in January 2007.

Urango captured the IBF light welterweight title for the second time in his career with a 12-round unanimous decision over Herman Ngoudjo in January. This is a fight that Berto figures to win with his much better hand speed. Urango is powerful, but not much of a boxer. Berto should be able to easily outwork him unless Berto gets tagged by one of Urango’s big shots.

In the other big fight on the card, former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) will be taking on a really risky in fighting unbeaten Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) in a 12 round bout. Cintron, 29, whose career has taken a hit with a 6th round stoppage loss to Antonio Margarito in April 2008, equally struggled in his last fight, a 12 round gift draw with Spaniard Sergio Martinez in a fight for the interim WBC light middleweight title in February 2009.

Cintron appeared to be knocked out in the 7th round by Martinez, but the referee allowed Cintron to continue fighting after Cintron argued that he had been knocked down from a head butt rather than a punch. Replays showed that Cintron was dropped from a punch and not a head butt.

Angulo, 26, has knocked out his last 11 opponents dating back to 2006. Angulo’s power and style of fighting is very similar to Margarito. That’s not good news for Cintron, who was defeated twice by Margarito.


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