By Axel Bowen-Dale: I find it extremely hard to respect Wladimir Klitschko, and I know I’m not the only one. There is no questioning his ability as a boxer, the man is a brilliant fighter. But how many punchbags does this guy have to knockout before people realize this guy is getting payed millions to barely break a sweat. The guys he’s fighting are nothing more than overweight punchbags. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brock Kaiser: In what little we saw of the pre-fight ceremonies, we learned that Klitschko was in a serious mood and came ready to fight as evident by both his expression and the fact that he played very little to the crowd. (Also something his detractors would suggest often carried over with him into the ring.) We also learned that although Germans can fill a stadium (the sellout crowd was the biggest boxing audience in the country since Max Schmeling fought Adolf Heuserin in 1939) they apparently have trouble with amplification as parts of Klitschko’s national anthem cut out during its playing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sam Gregory: According to the WBA, (World Boxing Association), the WBA title was not at stake tonight when IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev, the WBA “Champion in recess” fought in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for the heavyweight championship. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sam Gregory – Tonight there were four belts on the line as Wladimir Klitschko (52-3 with 46 KO’s) fought undefeated Ruslan Chagaev (25-0-1 with 17 KO’s) for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
Commentators said the 60,000 seat soccer area was sold out for this fight.
Going into this fight I expected Klitschko to be his usual paw and hold style of fighting but tonight I have to say Klitschko did give a better performance than I expected. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Making his first fight at light heavyweight, Jean Pascal (23-1, 15 KO’s) dominated World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (26-1, 15 KO’s) on Friday night, handing Diaconu his first loss of his career at the bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. Pascal, 26, knocked Diaconu down with a huge left hook in the 5th round. Later in the same round, Pascal was stunned by a big looping right hand from Diaconu that had Pascal holding on for the remainder of the round. Both fighters traded big shots for most of the fight as they traded rounds fairly regularly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Cruiserweight contender Troy Ross (22-1, 15 KO’s) easily defeated journeyman Michael Simms (20-11-1, 13 KO’s) by a 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. Ross, 33, a former winner of ‘The Contender’ season four championships, used his superior inside fighting skills to defeat Simms by the scores of 99-91, 99-90 and 99-90. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jason Kim: In a rather dull fight filled with constant clinching by the champion, super featherweight Commonwealth title holder Ricky Burns (27-2, 7 KO’s) defeated challenger Kevin O’Hara (16-5, 5 KO’s) by a 12-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bellahouston Sports Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland. The final judges’ scores were 117-110, 115-113 and 116-111. Read the rest of this entry »
By Liam Santiago: Undefeated British boxing star, Carl Froch (25-0, 20ko’s), is arguably Britain’s biggest and best hope in boxing today. Having recently knocked-out Jermain Taylor (28-2-1) in the 12th round Froch now has many options for his next fight including Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins, Lucian Bute and Kelly Pavlik. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dave Lahr: With the IBF/WBO title match just hours away between champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Ruslan Chagaev, I think this is as good a time any to chime in with my pre-fight prediction on tonight’s bout at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Now, I really like the technical boxing skills and the size advantage that the big 6’6” Klitschko possesses in this fight, but I foresee an upset in this fight with Chagaev, 30, scoring a knockout. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Kitschko (37-2, 36 KO’s) won his arbitration case with the WBC yesterday, meaning that Vitali can now fight pretty much whoever he wants next. Instead of fighting WBC mandatory challenger Oleg Maskaev, which is what the WBC wanted Klitschko to fight next, he can now select a more lucrative bout against someone like David Haye or Chris Arreola next. Read the rest of this entry »