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title Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7 – Manny Doesn’t Look Good In Training

hatton35335By Manuel Perez: Freddie Roach made a huge mistake in letting the HBO film crew tape portions of Manny Pacquiao’s sparring in the Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7 special, because it gave me a good chance of seeing Pacquiao spar with a couple of his sparring partners and he didn’t look at all, believe me. I was hoping that Pacquiao’s trainer was teaching him things about how to properly fight, but I didn’t see anything new from Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya Retirement: Oscar Made The Most Of His Talent

dela567344453By Jim Slattengren: With Oscar De La Hoya’s retirement announcement yesterday in downtown Los Angeles, it’s a good time to pay tribute to a fighter from humble backgrounds that made the most of the talent he had. De La Hoya at one time held titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight divisions during his 17-year-career, and won an incredible 10 world titles in his career. Although De La Hoya continued to win titles as he moved up in weight as he aged, he was never really considered to be the best in any one division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Is Haye Ready to Take Over De La Hoya’s Place as the Special One?

haye5634669By Matt Stein: Boxing took a huge hit yesterday when Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) gave the crushing news that he will be retiring from the sport. However, now there’s a huge vacuum that needs be filled to take the place of the “Golden Boy.” Who better to take De La Hoya’s place then British heavyweight David Haye? Okay, so what if Haye isn’t American, doesn’t have an Olympic Gold Medal, and doesn’t have the same crossover appeal that De La Hoya possessed. At least Haye hasn’t been knocked out in the past year. Read the rest of this entry »

title Froch-Taylor: Does Carl Have The Talent to Beat Jermain?

froch5239By William Mackay: I’ve looked at this fight every which way and I can’t help but come to the conclusion that WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) is going to be beaten by his number #1 American challenger Jermain Taylor (28-2-1, 1) KOs) on April 25th at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Taylor, 30, has essentially everything going for him in this fight – experience, speed, power, youth, boxing ability and best of all, home field advantage. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya Retires: Hatton Can Kiss Goodbye Any Dreams of Fighting Oscar

hatton573577679By Chris Williams: All I can say is ‘you blew it, Hatton.’ With Oscar De La Hoya effectively calling it quits on his boxing career, any chances that Ricky Hatton had to fight him went straight out the window with Oscar’s retirement. What’s so funny and yet so sad at the same time is that Hatton had a chance to fight De La Hoya, but passed it up for the chance to fight Paulie Malignaggi of all people. Read the rest of this entry »

title Was Watson Given The Shaft In Loss To O’Donnell?

watson434By Sean McDaniel: Having seen the Commonwealth welterweight title match between former champion Craig Watson (13-3, 4 KOs) and challenger John O’Donnell (21-1, 9 KOs) several times now, I can’t help thinking that Watson, 26, was royally screwed over in losing the fight by a 12-round split decision to O’Donnell. I’m not sure what fight the judges were watching, but it couldn’t have been this one because I had Watson easily winning by an 8 rounds to 4 margin. Read the rest of this entry »

title Did De La Hoya Make a Mistake By Fighting Chavez?

dela53451By Dave Lahr: It seems as if Oscar De La Hoya will never be forgiven by some Mexican boxing fans after beating an old Julio Cesar Chavez twice earlier in Oscar’s career in 1996 and then again in 1998. In both fights, Chavez’s face was badly cut up, making it necessary for the bouts to be stopped. De La Hoya was only 23 when he first fought Chavez, and at the peak of his career. De La Hoya had captured the WBO and IBF lightweight titles a short period of time before the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roy Jones Jr. to Fight Lacy?

jones4448By Jason Kim: After watching former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy struggle to win a 10-round majority decision over Otis Griffin recently, I figured that Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) would have lost any interest that he ever had in fighting Lacy. However, according to an interview from Jones Jr. at Boxingtalk, Jones said “Jeff Lacy told me he wants to make this fight in Tampa and I think we’re going to make it happen.” Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya: Deserves Your Respect

dela4527By Matthew Thomas Potter: Oscar De La Hoya’s legacy is fundamentally about two things. Firstly it’s about sporting achievement and excellence. Ten world titles at six different weights and a resume that reads like a who’s who of the boxing A-list is an epic and unparalleled achievement in the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

title De La Hoya Retires – Don’t Expect the Retirement to Last Long

dela11223317By Sean McDaniel: Oscar De La Hoya finally pulled the trigger on his sinking career today by announcing his retirement in a press conference at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. De La Hoya had been kicking around the idea of retirement since being defeated by Manny Pacquiao in December when De La Hoya was stopped in the 8th. The loss seemed to really effect De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), sending him in isolation for a period of time after. Read the rest of this entry »

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