By Jordan Taylor: As with most of the UK’s population, back in December 2007, we were rooting for Ricky Hatton to beat the great Floyd Matweather. Hatton up until that fight had had a fine run in the ring, taking his tally to 44 fights without loss, beating the likes of Juan Urango, Luis Collazo, Jose Luis Castillo and the great Kosta Tszyu on the way. He was a P4P fighter, and was named The Ring magazines fighter of the year back in 2005. Now it seems Ricky Hatton is associated with phrases like ‘past it, ‘over the hill’ or ‘over rated’. I personally find it quite irritating, and totally unjust.
Hatton now find himself at a pivotal point in his career. If (I am pretty confident he will) he beats Malignaggi, there are some monster fights waiting. Oscar De la Hoya looks pretty certain at Wembley stadium in front of 100, 000 fans, as does the fight with the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao at the same venue. These two fights alone would generate so much interest, appealing to both Purists and the mainstream media. The later in particular, as the two fighters have such large fan-bases, and I believe will showcase a supreme meeting of 2 fighters. The magnitude of thee events can only be good for boxing, and money wise for all parties wise, you are looking at hundreds of millions in revenue. Read the rest of this entry »
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – 29th October 2008. It was announced today by Optimum Sports Agency that Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion will make his ring return November 26th in Panama. The bout will be promoted by Rogelio Espino of Promociones y Eventos Del Istmo and it will take place at the Centro de Convenciones Atlapa, Panama City, Panama. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: Nearly two weeks ago, Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs), who was then undefeated and considered by many to be one of the top fighters in all of boxing, was trounced by Bernard Hopkins in one of the most one-sided fights between top fighters in some time. The outcome stripped away the aura of invincibility from Pavlik while at the same time appearing to strip away many of his legions of fans in the process. Without a place to turn their attention, many of Pavlik’s fans – judging from the ring talk on internet boxing forums – have turned their attention to Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs), the WBA super middleweight champion who comes from Denmark.
Although Kessler isn’t undefeated like say Joe Calzaghe, he has only one loss, a unanimous decision defeat to Calzaghe in 2007, but in Kessler’s case, he fought well in losing, and made it gave Calzaghe perhaps his toughest fight of his career. The same can’t be said for Pavlik, who looked badly outclassed by the 43 year-old Hopkins in a way that suggest that Pavlik would never be good enough to defeat a fighter like him no matter how much work he put into it. Seeing Pavlik humbled in such a way, has had to have been a crushing blow to many of his boxing fans who identified with him and his blue collar worth ethic. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: On November 8th, Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) will likely be stepping into the ring for the final time in his 15-year boxing career for a bout against Roy Jones Jr., a fighter that many people consider to be faded and washed up long ago. Calzaghe, 36, has taken heat for having fought almost the entirety of his long career in Europe against mainly European fighters, and only recently has he ventured into the U.S to fight the 43 year-old Hopkins, and now the 39 year-old Jones.
Quite obviously, when taken in as a whole with the lack of what people consider to be quality opponents in Calzaghe’s career, the fight with Jones would seem to be the fitting end to Calzaghe’s career. Instead of facing other more fitting opponents like Chad Dawson, Jermain Taylor, or Carl Froch, we will be seeing Calzaghe face another older fighter as he bows out of the game for good. It’s so sad. Calzaghe’s record looks good on paper, yet when you take a look at it under a microscope, it just doesn’t stand up in comparisons to other fighters like Jones and Hopkins, both of which fought superb opponents during their career. As you’re no doubt aware, Hopkins and Jones are considered all time greats of the sport, and that’s mainly because of the top quality fighters that they’ve proven their worth against throughout their career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) has had an amazing career, staying undefeated throughout his long 15 year career and holding his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title for an incredible 10 long years without one opponent even coming close to beating him. Almost all of his bouts have taken place in Wales, having only recently come over to the U.S for his hard fought 12-round split decision victory over Bernard Hopkins.
For many Americans, they were less than impressed with Calzaghe, in particular his slapping punches which looked pale in comparison to the hard, clean-landing shots from Hopkins. In the end, Calzaghe squeaked by with a narrow split decision due to Hopkins tiring out in the second half of the bout, and resorting to clinching and other such delaying tactics. Nevertheless, the slapping and lack of clean landing shots from Calzaghe made his U.S. debut more than a little disappointing, because fighters over here are usually expected to land harder punches in order to win. While Calzaghe was able to get the nod over Hopkins last time out, I have grave doubts that he will get a second win if he fights in a similar manner on November 8th against Roy Jones Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cinquez: “Bad” Chad Dawson, the current IBO and IBF light-heavyweight champion, is arguably one of the most exciting fighters in any division at the moment. His dismantling of former champion Antonio Tarver was as compelling as it was a significant step in the development of a man who, at just 26, has many years left in boxing. Yet all the big names are reluctant to fight him. Jones Jr., Calzaghe, Hopkins, Kessler and Pavlik have all either been silent on the issue are said outright they have no desire to fight him.
With 27 victories and no defeats, this man lays claim to two of the most distinguished belts in boxing, at a time when there are still great fighters available to fight. Hopkins, Calzaghe and Jones Jr. only appear interested in fighting each other, and perhaps there is a significant reason as to why. Read the rest of this entry »
Raul Marquez: “I’m going to shock the boxing world,” Arreola, Harris, Narvaez, Wright, Abraham, More – Latest Boxing News
HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 27, 2008) – International Boxing Federation top contender and mandatory challenger, former U.S. Olympian and IBF light middleweight title-holder Raul “El Diamente” Marquez, says he will shock the boxing world November 8 when he fights unbeaten IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham at Jako Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: I think we saw the fighter that can ultimately put Bernard Hopkins out of his misery last Saturday night when super middleweight Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) destroyed Danilo Haussler in a 3rd round TKO in Oldenburg, Germany. This wouldn’t a case of Hopkins picking on a middleweight fighter like Kelly Pavlik, who at the end of the day, was just too small for the light heavyweight Hopkins. Kessler has the size at 168, the boxing skills, the movement and the speed to easily handle Hopkins and retire him from the sport.
As good as Kessler looked, I doubt that Hopkins will want to take the hook and seek out a fight with him. Hopkins wants a fight with Joe Calzaghe or Roy Jones Jr., either of which would bring in much more money without all the risk that Kessler would bring to the table. I realize that Kessler has been beaten by Calzaghe, but the fight was very close and in a rematch, I’m fairly certain he would beat him. That’s why Calzaghe probably doesn’t want to face him again. As far as Kessler-Hopkins, I don’t see any reason why this fight can’t place. Read the rest of this entry »
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (23-0, 18 KOs) got his win over Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) all right, but in the manner he gained it, I’m afraid to say that only his most diehard supporters are see it as an actual victory rather than what it appeared to be – a 12th round TKO loss. For those who may not have seen the fight and are not clear on what this is all about, let me enlighten you on the details of the bout. Bute, 28, was making his 2nd defense of his IBF title, fighting in front of his home audience in Montreal, Canada, and making a huge step up from the mostly soft opposition he had fought in his career.
He looked good early on, but began tiring by the 8th due to all of the running he was doing in the fight. He clinched often in every round, receiving no warnings from the referee. Nor Bute receive warnings for twice grabbing Andrade’s leg while he was attacking him and picking it up off the ground in a kind of wrestling move. I’ve personally never seen a fighter do that before to try and stop an attack, but it certainly should have led to a warning to Bute by the referee. It didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Laiolo: Passing of the baton, old guard replaced by new they said. Youth vs. Experience and the hope of a nation dreaming of seeing a new hero crowned. Kelly Pavlik, current middleweight champion, against Bernard Hopkins, former undisputed middleweight champion for ten years and future hall of famer. The favor was for a Pavlik whitewash, with the hype around him blinding people to one thing – he was fighting Bernard Hopkins. I mean Bernard thrives in these circumstances. What happened next was not in the script. From the first bell, Hopkins sliding around the ring getting a feel for Pavlik, hitting with flush shots and making him miss, counter-punching Pavlik with overhand rights and left hooks.
Pavlik had nothing, no answer and when Bernard busted Pavlik’s nose early on, I knew this fight was over. The later rounds was thought to be a factor with Hopkins being 17 years his senior and I was waiting for something from Pavlik to show he actually could hurt Hopkins, but nothing. Constantly plodding forward, not even landing a scrape on Hopkins, yet getting constantly caught flush only frustrated him more, forcing him into making mistakes. I don’t remember, even after re-watching the fight, a meaningful spell of dominance, not for ten seconds. Read the rest of this entry »