By Scott Gilfoid: After a fine early career with wins over a faded Vince Phillips and Kostya Tszyu, as well as many other moderately good fighters, maybe Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has proven all that he needs to prove and should consider retiring from boxing.
Like Joe Calzaghe, he can rightly claim that he has no other real challenges in the sport and that he would be wasting his time by facing fine junior welterweights like Timothy Bradley, Junior Witter, Andreas Kotelnik or Joan Guzman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: Undefeated heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) stopped Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs) in the 3rd round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental heavyweight title at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
After doing fairly well in rounds one and two, the end came suddenly for the 37 year-old Krasniqi in the third round when Dimitrenko landed a right to the head and a powerful left hook to the midsection of Krasniqi, sending him to the canvas in pain. Read the rest of this entry »
By James Hughe: After defeating Roy Jones Jr., Joe Calzaghe is now 46-0, but some people will still question how much he has achieved. He’s achieved a lot as it happens, and he’s now just 3 short of Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 and 4 short of the half century, which would be the record outright. Having only fought twice a year for the past 4-5 years, JC probably has enough left in the tank to still make it to either 49-0 or the big five-O. But how? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Having been a big fan of David Haye for a number of years, it disappoints me to see him going a little unhinged recently with his desire to fight not only Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBO heavyweight champion, but also his brother Vitali. It seems as if Haye’s ambition is way above his current skill set and physical limitations.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind seeing him fight the Klitschko brothers if I actually thought he could beat either of them, but at this present time, I don’t give him much of a chance of beating either. I think he has a puncher’s chance against Wladimir, but only if he can land a lucky punch in the first round or two. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Both Jermain Taylor (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and Jeff Lacy (24-1, 17 KOs) are in roughly the same boat, each of them around thirty years-old, and both coming off of a string of unimpressive performances dating back two years or more.
In Taylor’s case, it’s been three and a half years since he’s looked truly good, at which time he stopped Daniel Edouard in the 3rd round in February 2005. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With David Haye’s heavyweight battle with Monte Barrett (34-6, 20 KOs) only a short period of time away, one has to wonder whether or not Haye fully understands how desperate the 37 year-old Barrett is in wanting to win this fight.
According to Barrett, “This is my last hoorah. I’m desperate and desperate people do desperate things.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: Lightweight prospect George Watson (5-1-1) fought to a four-round draw with Jon Baguley (8-11-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Kelvin Hall, in Glasgow, Scotland. Referee Paul Graham scored the fight 38-38.
However, I had Watson easily winning the fight three rounds to one based on his more effective punching and harder body shots. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: Making his first defense of his Commonwealth (British Empire) super featherweight title, champion Ricky Burns (25-2, 6 KOs) took out challenger Yakubu Amidu (16-2-1, 16 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled 12-round bout on Friday night at the Kelvin Hall, in Glasgow, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: In a battle of unbeaten super flyweight contenders, Raul Martinez (24-0, 14 KOs) stopped Victor Proa (26-1-2, 19 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round bout at the New Alhambra, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Martinez, 26, caught Proa on the ropes early on and unloaded a blinding flurry of shots, hurting him badly twice and causing him to sag in between the ropes, helpless. The fight was then stopped by the referee at 1:08 of the first round with Proa standing but very hurt. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: undefeated super middleweight Kenny Anderson (9-0, 7 KOs) stopped journeyman Hastings Rasani (20-38-2, 16 KOs) in the 3rd round of a scheduled six-round bout tonight at Kelvin Hall, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Anderson, 25 from Scotland, struggled in the first two rounds, taking heavy shots in order to get his much lighter punches in on Rasani. Read the rest of this entry »