By Jim Dower: It’s hard to believe that Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) was once considered by many boxing fans to be the top fighter in all of the sport. That all seemed to change after his 10th round stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in December 2007. It seemed like a bad choice for Hatton to make by choosing to fight the bigger Mayweather, who fought a division above Hatton at welterweight and had a significant size advantage over him going into the bout. As most people suspected, the size disparity was too much for Hatton and he eventually lost after giving a good accounting of himself in the first six rounds of the bout.
Unfortunately, the American style of fighting, which sometimes doesn’t allow for as much infighting as in Europe, prevented Hatton from fighting in his usual style on the inside. It didn’t matter to the fans that Hatton was partially handicapped by not able to fight in close, he was considered the loser. But, along with the loss to Mayweather, Hatton also seemed to lose his status as one of the top pound for pound fighters in boxing. He was never considered to truly a top number #1 fighter, because that rested with Mayweather. However, now that Floyd is out of the sport, possibly for good, it leaves a hole for Hatton to move into the number #1 slot. For him to do that, though, he needs to fight at least three to four good fighters so that he can erase the perception of his earlier defeat to Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: Unbeaten lightweight contender Amir Khan (18-0, 14 KOs) will be facing yet another badly over-matched opponent on Saturday, this one undefeated Colombian Breidis Prescott (19-0, 17 KOs), whose record is badly over-inflated with wins over mainly lower quality fighters with losing records. However, he does still have the ‘o’ on his record, as well as a high percentage of knockouts, which is probably the only reason he was chosen to face Khan. However, Khan has already faced much better competition than this guy, notably Michael Gomez, Martin Kristjansen and Gairy St. Clair, so you can expect an early night for Khan with an easy knockout win.
Prescott, 25, is a threat to Khan, but only if he can catch him coming inside trying to throw body shots. Minus that, then this should be an easy fight because Prescott has very slow hand speed and he moves around the ring as if his feet were partially mired in mud. Even his power isn’t what it appears. Prescott punches hard, but is more of a clubbing-type puncher than a one-punch knockout artist. Indeed, if not for the mostly lower quality fighters on his record, I imagine that his knockout record would be much lower than it is. In fact, I consider Khan to be the harder puncher of the two by a slight margin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: Heavyweight Audley Harrison (22-3, 17 KOs) continues his comeback against last minute replacement Brazilian George Arias (41-10, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester, Lancashire. Harrison needs to not only defeat Arias, but also do it in an impressive manner to try and regain his appeal with the British boxing fans, many of whom have long ago grown tired of Harrison after watching him fight mainly third tier fighters at the start of his career, and then fail several times when he finally stepped it up against quality opposition.
With help from promoter Frank Warren, Harrison may be able to still resurrect his career and line up a future title shot if he can keep winning. That, however, is easier said than done for Harrison, who has been terribly inconsistent since 2005, winning three and losing three – not exactly the type of record that gives on hope that he’ll see much improvement in the future. Audley, though, says he is continuing to improve and learn lessons from his past mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: Previously unbeaten lightweights Juan Diaz (33-1, 17 KOs) and knockout artist Michael Katsidis (23-1, 20 KOs) meet up in a do or die bout this Saturday night at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas. The bout matches to vastly different fighters against one another, with Katsidis, 28, a slugger with tremendous power and a defense which is pretty much nonexistent, and Diaz, 24, a high volume puncher with average power that normally relies on his nonstop punching ability and superb stamina to win his fights.
Of the two, Katsidis is the less skilled fighter by far, and the most vulnerable, having been hurt badly in wars with Czar Amonsot and Graham Earl in 2007. In both fights, Katsidis was hurt and came close to losing both of them. His tremendous punching power, however, saved him on both occasions letting him stay in the fight against Amonsot despite receiving terrible cuts around both eyes and then bailing him out against Early by allowing him to stop him in the 5th round. Katsidis luck finally ran out in his last fight against Joel Casamayor, who stopped him in the 10th round in March. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: Contrary to reports about British heavyweight David Haye (21-0, 20 KOs) not having any fighters willing to fight him for his upcoming but on October 11th, former IBF/WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (45-6-2, 36 KOs) is reportedly very interested in fighting Haye, according to comments made by Rahman’s manager Steve Nelson to fightnews. Nelson recently fired back a rebuttal to Haye, who said that no one wants to fight him, remarking that Rahman does want to fight Haye, and that the two have been working on a deal for some months now, although no offers have been made by Haye’s people, according to the article by Bob Caico of fightnews.
This is interesting boxing news, because it seems to contradict the complaints made by Haye. If this turns out to be true, it would seem rather peculiar for Haye to say that there is no one willing to fight him, making one wonder why he would utter something like this unless he had an ulterior motive. Rahman, now 35, probably isn’t nearly the same fighter he was years ago when he shocked then heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis by knocking him out in the 4th in November 2001 to win the heavyweight titles, but Rahman still can punch with just about as much power as he did then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: After seeing clips of today’s press conference with former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) and current WBC champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs), it appears that Vitali was won the war of nerves having already psyched the Nigerian champion out. The two fighters will be fighting on October 11th at the O2 World arena in Berlin, Germany. Klitschko, 37, the champion emeritus, has been out of the ring four years after retiring due to a compilation of injuries that occurred while training for a bout with Hasim Rahman in 2004.
Though four years is a long time for most fighters that have been away from the ring, Vitali looks virtually the same aside from a few sprinkles of gray hair here and there. He also hasn’t lost his confidence, which was on full display on Thursday when he told the timid-looking Peter, who wore sunglasses inside the conference hall, “You look a bit nervous because you go to press conference with big body guards…Don’t worry, we will not fight before the fight. I won’t attack you.” Not much for words, Peter had no comeback, and merely sat in his chair looking both nervous and embarrassed. However, Peter is usually uncomfortable at press conferences, no matter whom he’s fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
British boxing sensation David Haye believes heavyweight boxers refuse to fight him because “they know it’s going to be their last fight.” He has yet to find an opponent for his debut fight at the O2 Arena in London on November 15th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: For most people who witnessed former World Boxing Association welterweight champion Miguel Cotto’s (32-1, 26 KOs) 11th round stoppage defeat to Antonio Margarito on July 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada, they saw Cotto take a terrible beating ending with him twice taking a knee in the 11th round in order to prevent himself from being beaten even worse than he was. Though some boxing fans seem to suggest that it wasn’t that bad of a beating, that Cotto was just bathed in blood from two cuts around his eyes including a bloody nose, but I beg to differ; Cotto was broken by Margarito mentally as well as physically, the type of way that tends to stick with a fighter for the remainder of his days.
Many a fighter has never been the same after taking a savage beating like the one that Cotto took. But, then again, there are fighters that rebound quickly after a fight like this, showing almost no affects from the fight. One would hope that Cotto is of the latter type, because if he still is feeling the effects of his fight with Margarito, then it will be quickly brought to forefront as soon as he takes on another live body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) will take on IBF light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs) on October 11th, at the Palms Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tarver, now 39, is coming off an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over Clinton Woods in April to win the title. However, this will be the biggest test for Tarver since facing Bernard Hopkins in June 2006.
Tarver was soundly beaten by Hopkins, losing by a one-sided 12-round decision. Tarver, though, remains upbeat and confident about his chances against Dawson, saying “As soon as I land a punch, it is going to be over.” By listening to Tarver, it seems as if he’s thinking in terms of his shocking one-punch 2nd round knockout of Roy Jones Jr. in May 2004. In the case of Dawson, 26, also a southpaw, Tarver will be facing not only a younger fighter, but also one that is faster and punches from the same side as him. If Tarver hopes to win the fight, he’s going to have to do it in the later rounds, because Dawson often is at his best for the first six to eight rounds of his fight, and is almost unbeatable during that time frame. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: In a move that I think is utter waste of time, Ricky Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) has taken on Floyd Mayweather Sr. as his new trainer, this after parting ways with his long-time trainer, Billy Graham shortly after Hatton’s rough time against Juan Lazcano in May. Mayweather Sr., the father of Floyd Mayweather Jr. who badly schooled Hatton last December before stopping him in the 10th round, is a trainer known for teaching defensive boxing skills to fighters. In some cases, like Oscar De La Hoya, the teachings don’t always appear to take, since he looks for the most part the same fighter he’s always looked before taking on Mayweather Sr.
Perhaps Mayweather Sr’s best pupil is Joan Guzman, a number #1 rated lightweight in the World Boxing Organization, and who looked like a Mayweather Jr. clone with his excellent boxing skills, especially in terms of his outstanding defensive. The fact that Hatton has decided to take on Mayweather Sr. at this late stage in the 29 year-old Hatton’s career seems to strike one as a move made out of desperation rather than just a basic need. Read the rest of this entry »