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title Arreola vs. Peter?

arreola45234535By Eric Thomas: In a potentially intriguing bout between two sluggers in the heavyweight division, the rumor is that there is a possibility of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) taking on top contender Chris Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) in the near future. Although it’s still speculation at this point, this is a fight that would easily be one of the biggest fights of 2009 and possibly a ending up as one of the best bouts of the year. Arreola and Peter are two fighters of the same mold, both heavy, slightly paunchy (okay, in Arreola’s case, maybe a lot paunchy nowadays), hard punching and accustomed to scoring early knockouts. Read the rest of this entry »



title Baldomir Loses To Bonsu On Questionble Decision

baldomir4532443By Chris Williams: A fight that has caused little commotion, though it should, is the WBC title eliminator bout between Jackson Osei (30-2, 23 KOs) and former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir (44-12-6, 13 KOs), which saw Bonsu winning the fight by a 12-round majority decision on Saturday, December 20th at Lotto Arena, Antwerpen, in Antwerpen, Belgium. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 114-112 and 113-113. However, I had Bonsu, the hometown fighter, winning only three of the rounds and losing the remainder. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Jeff Lacy a Shot Fighter?

lacy4523434By Dan Ambrose: After recently suffering his second one-sided loss in the past two years, there are whispering in the boxing community that super middleweight contender Jeff Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) is a shot fighter, that he doesn’t have it anymore due to his vicious beat down at the hands of Joe Calzaghe two years ago. That may or may not be true, but what is true is that Lacy doesn’t seem to be the same fighter that went 21-0 with 17 knockouts at the time that he met up with Calzaghe in March 2006. Read the rest of this entry »



title Chagaev vs. Drumond on February 7th

chagaev42335By Jim Dower: Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBA champion in recess, will make a rare defense of his title on February 7th against number #9th ranked Carl Davis Drumond, 33, at Stadthalle, Rostock, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Chagaev, 30, has experienced both illness and injury in the past year, initially keeping him from fighting a unification bout with WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov on October 13th, and then injuring his Achilles tendon while training for a title defense against former champion Nikolay Valuev on July 5th. Read the rest of this entry »



title My Choice For Fighter Of The Year – Joe Calzaghe

calzaghe6734755By Michael Lieberman: For his two victories over the prehistoric fighters Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., I have to give Joe Calzaghe my vote for the number #1 fighter of the year. There were a couple of others that came close, but Calzaghe took the cake with his wins over the two 40ish fighters, showing that he has enough ability to beat two of the best fighters of the 90s, even though both are clearly on the downside of their careers. Read the rest of this entry »



title Will Khan’s Poor Chin Limit His Success In 2009?

khan434343By Matt Stein: With his total destruction by Breidis Prescott in September, lightweight Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KOs) appears to have his work cut out for him if he wants to someday win a major title in the lightweight division. His loss to Prescott, a 1st round TKO, dropped Khan from the top rungs of the division to the bottom, where he now is trying to rebuild his shattered career. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hatton-Pacquiao: Ricky Needs a Good Backup Plan To Be Successful

hat453434By Chris Williams: Light welterweight Ricky Hatton will be in for the fight of his life on May 2nd as he tries to defeat what many in the boxing world consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport in taking on Manny Pacquiao. Neither fighter is unblemished, having lost previously in the past to good fighters. However, at least in the case of Pacquiao, he’s vastly improved since being defeated by Erik Morales three years ago in 2005 and fights nothing like the limited manner that he fought back then. Read the rest of this entry »



title Is Haye Ready For The Klitschko Brothers?

haye5634665By Jim Dower: Far and away one of my most favorite fighters in boxing, heavyweight David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) is about to step it up against the better class in the heavyweight division in 2009, and we’ll finally find out if he has the tools to succeed in the division. Having jumped ahead of many other more deserving fighters that have scraped and fought their way to the top of the heavyweight division, Haye is going to be given a shot against Vitali Klitschko or possibly Vitali’s brother Wladimir, if somehow the WBC prevents Vitali from sidestepping around his number #1 mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. Read the rest of this entry »



title Team Sauerland To Reconsider Its Plan to Offer Holyfield a Rematch

Team Sauerland will reconsider its plan to offer Evander Holyfield a rematch against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev following Tommy Brooks´ outrageous remarks in the press. The coach of the 46-year-old boxing legend, who lost a close majority decision by the scores of 116-112, 115-114 and 114-114, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I think it was just some home cooking for a promoter’s fighter. I think somebody was just greasing somebody’s palms.” Read the rest of this entry »



title Why Samuel Peter Will Be Champion Again

peter3425By Dave Lahr: Ever since his 9th round stoppage loss to Vitali Klitschko on October 11th, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) has been written off by the boxing community, a lot of whom are saying that he’s finished as a fighter, that he’ll never be a champion again and that he was exposed by Vitali. It seems as if a lot of people are writing him off way too soon, being hasty in their estimation of his future potential. Read the rest of this entry »



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