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title Will Hatton’s Career Survive A Beating From Pacquiao?

hatton573577677By Scott Gilfoid: With two wins over less than impressive opponents in his last two fights, Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) will once again step into the fire, this time against Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) on May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hatton, 30, is taking a huge risk in fighting Pacquiao, who looked unbeatable recently in dismantling Oscar De La Hoya earlier in the month. The fight, which many felt would be a competitive one, saw De La Hoya take a terrible beating, bad enough so that Oscar had to quit on his stool after the 8th round. Read the rest of this entry »



title Gomez Reluctant To Step Aside For Haye-Vitali Bout

gomez3135By Matt Stein: It seems as if World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) is going to either have to fight Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs), his number #1 mandatory challenger, or vacate the title in order to fight David Haye. Gomez, 35, is determined to fight Vitali next, based on news reports around the boxing world. Gomez, apparently, isn’t interested in stepping aside, and waiting for Haye to face Vitali first, and wants his bout to be next. Gomez had this to say to Haye pertaining to Vitali: “David, I got one advice for you – Keep your hands off Vitali. He’s mine.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Who’s Next For De La Hoya?

dela454545By Chris Williams: Just because he got the living daylights whooped out of him doesn’t mean that Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) needs to retire from boxing. Heck, De La Hoya’s probably been shot for at six years, yet he’s continued to fight and get wins over a number of small-time fighters and the public hasn’t minded. From what I can see, there’s a lot of good fighters that he can still fight, and more than enough boxing fans still interested in seeing him fight just as long as he has an even small chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Mosley Deluded About His Chances Against Margarito?

margo5685By William Mackay: Having a lot of confidence is a good thing, although income cases it can go a little overboard when a fighter deceives himself about his faded ability. That is never more the case in three-division champion Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs), who will be seeking yet another title on January 24th against Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Holyfield Still Want to Fight Valuev If Nikolay Loses His Title?

holyfield321By Jim Dower: I have grave doubts about Evander Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs) ever getting a chance at a rematch with World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs). As of now, Valuev has to face Ruslan Chagaev, the WBA champion in recess, in his next fight, but according to Valuev’s managing director at Saurland Event, Chris Meyer, “The close result makes a rematch a possibility.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Diaz vs. Marquez on February 28th

diaz453By Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, Juan Manuel Marquez (49-4-1, 36 KOs) will take on former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion (34-1, 17 KOs) on February 28th at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. There will be no title at stake, other than Marquez’s lightly regarded IBO title. However, the fight, one of the better ones in ages, will match two of the best lightweights in the division in Marquez and Diaz. Read the rest of this entry »



title Flores Wants Adamek or Braithwaite; Johnson Has Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa, It’s that time of year again, when I know you’re getting tons and tons of letters from people around the world asking for gifts this Holiday season. I’ve got to be honest with you though; with the exception of a horrible injustice done to me in Florida on April 12th, I’ve had a great year. I knocked out Hugo Pineda and Aaron Norwood, was crowned people’s champion again after the robbery against Chad Dawson, and I’ve got good friends and a great team around me. Read the rest of this entry »



title Di Rocco Defeats Petrovics; Paris Stops Smetanca

de-michael1By Erik Schmidt: In a battle of former Olympians, Italian welterweight prospect Michele Di Rocco (21-1-1, 9 KOs) defeated Janos Petrovics (14-21, 7 KOs) by an six-round decision on Friday night at the Palasport di Via Austria, Grosseto, in Toscana, Italy. Di Rocco, 26, nicknamed “The King,” fought for Italy as a Light Welterweight at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, dominated the 37 year-old Petrovics, a 1992 Olympian for the Hungary team. The fight was for the most part one-sided, as Di Rocco used a high volume offense, which included a lot of short flurries, to defeat Petrovic over the six rounds. Read the rest of this entry »



title Branco Stops Tolppola

branco45233By Erik Schmidt: Making his first defense of his EBU (European) light welterweight title, Italian Gianluca Branco (42-2-1, 22 KOs) defeated challenger Juho Tolppola (21-5-1, 9 KOs) in a 9th round TKO after the fight was stopped due to swelling on the fight side of Tolppola’s head on Friday night at the PalaLido, in Milan, Lombardia, Italy. Branco, 38, struggled throughout the fight against Tolppola, from Finland, having problems dealing with his combinations. Read the rest of this entry »



title Larsen Too Much For Cocco

larsen346By Erik Schmidt: Super middleweight contender Mads Larsen (51-2, 38 KOs) stopped a badly over-matched Roberto Cocco (9-3, 5 KOs) in the 7th round of a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday night on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight title match between Evander Holyfield vs. Nikolay Valuev at the Hallenstadion, in Zurich, Switzerland. Larsen, 35, ended the hopelessly one-sided mismatch with a big left uppercut that stunned Cocco in the 7th, snapping his head back. Read the rest of this entry »



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