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Chris Arreola vs. Deontay Wilder in 2014? It Only Makes Sense

 Chris Arreola vs. Deontay Wilder in 2014? It Only Makes SenseChris Arreola (36-3-0) was meant to be a boxer. He is lacking nothing, but has had a somewhat rough spell.

After his loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2009, Arreola went on to secure a win against Brain Minto, and then once again suffer a loss against Tomasz Adamek in 2010. Since then, Arreola has won 8 and lost one fight. His last loss was to Bermane Stiverne, the man who is now trying to get a chance at beating Vitali Klitschko.

Arreola’s recent win was a one round annihilation of Seth Mitchell, leaving Arreola looking for his next big fight. Chris has been chasing another big title fight for all these years, but has somehow been unable to find one. Continue reading

Huck vs. Arslan II postponed – WBO Champion fractures left elbow!

 Huck vs. Arslan II postponed   WBO Champion fractures left elbow!(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) There will be no world championship boxing inside the ring this Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. With WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (26-2-1, 25 KOs) sidelined due to a hairline fracture in his left elbow and not able to compete in a rematch with Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs), the whole fight card is postponed to a later date.

“I am gutted to say the least,” said the 28-year-old titlist who suffered the injury in his final sparring session. “I was in such a good shape and ready to go. Now, my preparation was for nothing.” Huck, being the fighter he is, still tried to make the fight against Arslan happen. “After I went to the doctor on Friday, who said that I cannot compete on September 14, I wanted to get a second opinion. However, on Saturday evening another specialist told me that the damage to my elbow is serious and that I will be out for six to eight weeks.” Continue reading

Chisora wants Deontay Wilder and Tomasz Adamek

 Chisora wants Deontay Wilder and Tomasz Adamek British heavyweight star Dereck Chisora has slammed rival heavyweights Tomasz Adamek and Deontay Wilder and told them he’s coming for them next.

Chisora takes on German Edmund Gerber for the Vacant European Heavyweight title on Saturday 21st September at the Copper Box Arena with top contenders Adamek and Wilder also on his hit list as he marches towards a second world title shot.

Talks with Adamek’s promoter had been ongoing for Chisora to face the Polish hero, a former world champion at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight, later this year in London, but terms could not be agreed. Continue reading

The countdown to “The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo” continues on Fox Deportes

 The countdown to The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo continues on Fox DeportesLOS ANGELES, September 9 – It’s fight week for “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO” and FOX Deportes will continue its unprecedented run of pre-event coverage from Monday all the way up until the opening bell of the September 14 Pay-Per-View broadcast in Las Vegas.

Kicking off with episode two of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT, Monday, September 9′s coverage will continue with the 2011 bout between co-headliner Danny “Swift” Garcia and Nate Campbell at 2 p.m. ET/PT and a 4 p.m. ET/PT airing of the acclaimed documentary “Canelo Corazon de Campeon.” Continue reading

“Canelo/Mayweather Big Fight Preview Part II” edition of The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap

Last night on “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”, James and Joseph gave live listeners their thoughts on the big fight card slated to take place on September 14th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strength and weaknesses of both fighters were meticulously examined and final predictions were made concerning the most anticipated fight of 2013.

Although the young, hungry champion from Mexico is wise beyond his years, Alvarez has never faced an opponent with the speed, reflexes, and ring experience of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Likewise, the universally recognized pound for pound king has never faced an opponent with the kind of explosive power that Canelo seems to possess. Continue reading

“The One” and the political factors surrounding the showdown

 “The One” and the political factors surrounding the showdownBoxing is a sports-based show business and the sporting element very often gets sandbagged by mercurial agendas. Boxing like any other sport is an instrument of politics and as such it has its own internal politics as well. Those who know the ropes earn decently win or lose. Other very talented people who are stuck with the wrong management can waste their best years outside “the mix”.

This is not the case with Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez who have achieved iconic political status and have been spared from the adverse effects of stringent judging in some instances.

“The One” will probably be elected by the judges unless they score it as a draw in which case there will be “The Two” with an ensuing second fight. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Mayweather & Canelo’s Star Power, Pacquiao vs Canelo, & Arreola’s Future!

 Left Hook Lounge Mailbag: Mayweather & Canelos Star Power, Pacquiao vs Canelo, & Arreolas Future!Chauncey N. (Oakland Park, FL): The last couple weeks you’ve given your thoughts on “All Access” Mayweather vs Alvarez. Since you went light on the Social Media this week, I’d like to know what your thoughts were on this recent episode and what stood out to you most between the two camps?

Vivek (ESB): I think the first and second episodes were classic. From the music selection to the production angles, I thought they were both very solid pieces of work. While there were a few things that stood out to me in this recent episode, overall, to be quite frank, I could have done without it. I never really felt the fight needed much effort to sell, but suddenly, it’s being somewhat oversold. The Mayweather car collection was fab, the ladies were fly, and Canelo’s Big Bear mountain shots over sizzlin’ Churrassco steak after the wind sprints were cool; but we fell in love with these men after seeing them fight. Let’s just say that I’m ready to see them fight! Continue reading

Myths about Mayweather-Canelo

1. Floyd will KO Canelo. Did I miss something or did Money May suddenly become Mike Tyson? The idea is hinged upon Alvarez’ apparent lack of stamina and that Mayweather will pound out a late stoppage. Knockouts aren’t always the result of physical force but of intention to use that force.

Floyd is a master technician and that fighting mindset doesn’t allow him to take unnecessary chances, especially at a higher weight where there has yet to be evidence that he is capable of stopping a bigger man. Mayweather can certainly punch; he would have never achieved such heights is he couldn’t. But don’t expect him to suddenly pull power out of his bag of tricks because that’s one element of his game that has rarely been considered special.

2. Canelo needs to pressure Floyd to win. For a long time I wondered what could be the benefits of the Mayweather style of mitt work: that rhythmic slapping that looks pretty but wouldn’t appear to be of much use in a real fight. It wasn’t until I saw Andre Berto and David Haye working the mitts that I figured it out. Continue reading

The Nightmare Arreola Takes Shape – 38-year-old Rafael Marquez can’t do it anymore

The evidence was clearly visible. Former champion and future hall of famer Rafael Marquez exhibited telltale behavior long before he was put down in the ninth round. Prior to the TKO stoppage, Rafael wandered off to the wrong corner at the end of at least two rounds! He tried to make it look like he did so intentionally. But, as we later found out, his brain wasn’t functioning properly.

Up until that point the fight still appeared close. One judge and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood had the fight a draw. After the stoppage, doctors didn’t like what they were seeing. As a result, they had a stabilizing collar placed around Rafael’s neck, placed him on a gurney and rushed him to the hospital.

The punch that caused Rafael’s problems was a straight right from Efrain Esquivias. It wasn’t a particularly hard punch, but it was timed right and was accurate. Continue reading

Patrick Nielsen dominates Majewski, P4P#1 Cecilia Braekhus stops Castillo

 Patrick Nielsen dominates Majewski, P4P#1 Cecilia Braekhus stops Castillo Photos: Wende – Patrick Nielsen (20-0, 9 KOs) defended his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title and added the WBO Intercontinental belt to his collection by defeating Patrick Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs) in Frederikshavn, Denmark on Saturday night. The 22-year-old knocked down the “Machine” in the fifth with a left to the chin. The judges scored the fight 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109. “This was the best performance of Patrick´s young career,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He dominated Majewski and showed his superior boxing skills. The future certainly is bright for Patrick.”

Said Nielsen: “I am very happy with my performance. Majewski was a tough opponent, but my coach Joey Gamache had prepared a very good plan. I am very happy about the result.” Continue reading

Arreola Destroys A Game Mitchell – Wilder Or Stiverne II Next?

 Arreola Destroys A Game Mitchell   Wilder Or Stiverne II Next?(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Chris Arreola came into last night’s fight with Seth Mitchell wearing a robe that had written on it “you don’t play boxing.” A clear dig at Mitchell’s attempts to transfer his physical skills from the football pitch to the boxing ring, Arreola’s statement was borne out – in quite devastating style.

Looking as focused as can be, Arreola wasted no time testing Mitchell’s chin and pretty soon the writing was on the wall. Mitchell ate plenty of leather in a short period of time and he was all over the place, hurt bad and clumsily trying to hold on. Arreola, though, would not be denied. Continue reading

Can Chris Arreola Do the Same Thing to Deontay Wilder?

 Can Chris Arreola Do the Same Thing to Deontay Wilder?Chris Arreola just did what most of us expected. He stopped Seth Mitchell in 1 easy round. It was over so fast that it proves absolutely nothing. No real surprise here. Mitchell simply isn’t that durable and it showed again. While the victory probably doesn’t prove much in the grand scheme of things, Arreola just gained some momentum. This is especially true if you consider how poorly he fared in his previous fight against Stiverne. The celebratory pushups by Arreola were probably a bit much, but this was Chris’s biggest win in a long time, or at least his flashiest and most explosive win under a televised spotlight. He had reason to be happy. He actually even appeared trimmer and thinner than he has in years. Dare I say he almost looked like a fit professional prizefighter. Arreola finally seems to be picking up the pieces and putting them back together, something he promised to do after losing to Vitali but never did. Continue reading

Chris Arreola retires Seth Mitchell in One of a doomed showdown

 Chris Arreola retires Seth Mitchell in One of a doomed showdown(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) The fight ended quickly and so did heavyweight Seth Mitchell’s career as a prospect. 31 year old prospects with KO defeats on their record are not a bizarre concept nowadays. Chris Arreola deserves his encouragement for winning and if this was an eliminator of sorts, the right man advanced to the next level. I am not sure this was a boxing match though and I’ll give my grounds for doubting the obvious.

The fight started with Arreola looking to land his heavy hands on what turned out to be a stiff defenseless strongman (boxer) and Chris did so without losing his cool. The new svelte version of Chris not only tidied up his vocabulary but he cleaned up his act as well. Seth Mitchell was frozen and his upper body rigid as if he was expecting a rendezvous with the freight train. He was prepared to use his superior core strength against Arreola’s right hand. Continue reading

Chris Arreola stuns Seth Mitchell with first round knockout and Esquivias stops Marquez in nine

 Chris Arreola stuns Seth Mitchell with first round knockout and Esquivias stops Marquez in nineINDIO, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2013) – Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola made short work of Seth Mitchell, dispatching the younger fighter in just 2-minutes 26-seconds of round one in the main event of Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In the co-feature, Efrain Esquivias stopped Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in the ninth round of their 10-round junior featherweight bout.

Arreola of nearby Riverside, Calif., came into the fight feeling that Mitchell was out of his league. And he proved it.

A well-conditioned and poised Arreola landed a clubbing right hand in one of the first exchanges of the bout. Mitchell was stunned and already on wobbly legs. Following a push down, and moments later a clean knockdown, veteran referee Jack Reiss halted the action late in the round as Mitchell was unable to defend himself against the power punches of “The Nightmare”. Continue reading