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title Jennings Injures Ankle, Will Still Fight Cotto

jennings222By Eric Thomas: In an article in the Lancashire Telegraph, welterweight Michael Jennings (34-1, 16 KOs) discusses how he injured his ankle while training for his February 21st bout with Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) for the vacant WBO welterweight title, saying that he couldn’t run or skip and that he was in pain. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hatton vs. Pacquiao in Las Vegas On May 2nd

hatton46354By Chris Williams: Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) will be reportedly fighting Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2nd, according to the latest news. The choice of Las Vegas seems rather strange, given the fact that neither Hatton nor Pacquiao are from the U.S. Though a fight in the Philippines would seem out of the question due to the logistic nightmare it would create for the media, but a fight in Wembley Stadium would have seemed like a reasonable alternative. Read the rest of this entry »



title News: Kaovichit Stops Sakata, Wins WBA Flyweight Title

kaovichit1By Jason Kim: WBA flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs) was stopped in the 2nd round on Wednesday night by challenger Denkaosan Kaovichit (46-1-1, 20 KOs) at the Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima, in Hiroshima, Japan. Kaovichit, 32, from Thailand, landed a huge right hand to the head of Sakata near the end of the 2nd round, causing Sakata to stagger backwards and fall to the canvas. It took Sakata several moments to get up off his back, finally making it to his feet at the count of eight, but totally unsteady on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya – Don’t Expect The PPV King To Retire

dela564343435By Matt Stein: Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) would probably be the first to admit that he got destroyed in his last fight, an 8th round stoppage loss to Pound-for-pound boxing star Manny Pacquiao on December 6th, but that probably won’t have any bearing on whether Oscar, 35, will consider retirement. In fact, retirement probably isn’t even something that De La Hoya is considering. After all, his fight with Pacquiao generated 1.25 million buys, making $70 million. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kirkland – The Future Is Looking Good For James In 2009

kirkland564By Jim Dower: Unbeaten light middleweight contender James Kirkland (24-0, 21 KOs) is poised for a title challenge at some point in 2009, and an excellent bet at picking up one of the belts. Currently ranked #2 in the WBA, #3 in the IBF, #4 in the WBO, and #8 in the WBC, Kirkland has a number of chances to challenge against different title holders in the new year. Kirkland, 24, trained by former female boxing champion Ann Wolfe, has speed and power reminiscent of Mike Tyson, only in a smaller package. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Wladimir Klitschko Ever Be a Popular Heavyweight?

wladimir553By William Mackay: Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) sits a top of the heavyweight division, currently holding both the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles and with a reputation until recently as being the top heavyweight in all of boxing. Yet there’s one problem. Very few fans really care about him enough to want to watch him fight or even discuss him. It seems the problem for that rests with Wladimir, who when he turned professional in 1996 after having won a Gold medal in the 96 Olympics in the Super Heavyweight class, had almost unlimited potential to not only win heavyweight titles but also to build a huge fan base to go along with them. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pavlik Can’t Continue To Take Beatings

pav424522By Dave Lahr: Having been a big fan of middleweight Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) for a couple of years, it’s caused me great concern to see him taking ever increasing beatings in many of his fights since 2005, each appearing to get worse as he increases his level of competition. Now some people would say that it’s worked for Pavlik thus far, that he’s only been beaten once in his career and is the current WBC/WBO middleweight champion of the World. Read the rest of this entry »



title Miranda Gets KO Of Year; Banks vs. Maccarinelli – News

macc45345465Cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli (29-2, 22 KOs) will be facing number #1 ranked World Boxing Organization cruiserweight contender Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) in February for the vacant WBO title. Banks, 26, severely sprained his ankle while training for his previously scheduled bout with Maccarinelli in December. The injury prevented Banks from taking the bout, making it necessary for Maccarinelli to find a replacement opponent. Maccarinelli then moved up to heavyweight and took out British journeyman Mathew Ellis, stopping him in the 2nd round on December 6th in London. Read the rest of this entry »



title Cotto-Jennings: Another Loss For Miguel?

cotto45232By Matt Stein: Seeking the path of least resistance, former World Boxing Association welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) will be facing Michael Jennings (34-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBO welterweight title on February 21st at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For Cotto, 28, who was stopped in the 11th round in his last fight in July against Antonio Margarito, it looks as if he’s jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire with his choice of the 31-year-old Jennings as his next opponent. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pavlik Eyeing Williams-Wright Winner

pav452763By Eric Thomas: According to an interview on Boxing talk, Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) is interested in fighting the winner of the Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) vs. Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) bout which is for the interim WBO light middleweight title on March 14th. However, Pavlik, 26, remains focused on defending his WBC/WBO middleweight titles on February 21st against his number WBC #1 middleweight challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 37 KOs) in Youngstown, Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »



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