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Rios: I’m going for the kill against Pacquiao

 Rios: I’m going for the kill against PacquiaoBrandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) is very happy that he was picked out by his promoter Bob Arum to fight Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Rios, 27, doesn’t plan on wasting his opportunity. He wants to knock Pacquiao out and get the praise that will come with a victory over the 34-year-old former 8-division world champion.

Rios said to esnewsreporting.com “I’m going to win this fight. I’m going to knock him out. [Juan Manuel] Marquez kicked his a**. I’m going for the kill.”

With Pacquiao having lost his last two fights, it’s hard to say who precisely will win this fight on November 23rd. If you were to throw Rios in the ring with Pacquiao in 2009, it would be like feeding Rios to a hungry Velociraptor, but a lot of things have changed since then. Continue reading

Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez this Saturday, June 15th in Dallas, Texas

 Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez this Saturday, June 15th in Dallas, TexasFormer two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KO’s) could be the sacrificial lamb for WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) to slaughter this Saturday, June 15th at the American Airlines Center, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Although anything is possible for this fight, it just looks like Juanma will be the lamb being brought into slaughter for the young, 25-year-old Mikey to tear apart to add a name to his resume. Lopez isn’t that much older than Mikey at 29, but he’s had a lot of hard fights and he’s lost two out of his last five fights. Continue reading

Schaefer wants Maidana to face Broner-Malignaggi winner

 Schaefer wants Maidana to face Broner Malignaggi winnerGolden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is going to be looking to match #2 WBC, Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) up against the winner of the June 22nd fight between WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) and Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Maidana defeated Josesito Lopez by a 6th round TKO last Saturday night in Carson, California, in a tough, tough for Maidana.

That was not an easy win despite the early stoppage. Maidana was hurt in the 4th round by some big body shots from Lopez, and the referee Lou Moret appeared to miss a knockdown of Maidana in that round. Continue reading

Let’s Look On The Bright Side… The Cold War Has Its Benefits

By now boxing fans know about the sport’s latest impediment- the war between Golden Boy (with USADA and Showtime apparently in the promotion’s corner) and Top Rank (with VADA and HBO apparently on board). As a result, many fights boxing fans want to see have not come to fruition.

However, let’s look at some matchups that have taken place as a result of “Boxing’s Cold War” and how they have benefitted fight fans. Then moving forward, let’s explore some possibilities of good matches taking place if the status quo remains intact. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Dawson, Lara, & Maidana vs Broner!!!

 Left Hook Lounge: Dawson, Lara, & Maidana vs Broner!!!Virgil B. (Liberty City, FL): Chad Dawson is a very good fighter, in terms of skills. But he has looked worse in the last few fights and I just don’t get it. Is his heart no longer in the sport? Is there outside distractions? What do you think the reason for this really is?

Vivek W. (ESB): I always like to look at things by measuring the total picture. There are times when it’s best to analyze certain elements exclusively; but when trying to determine probable cause for flaws, on a wide scale, I always like to look at the total picture. When I look at the evolution of Chad Dawson, particularly scanning over my catalog of notes over the years, two things in particular stand out. Back in 2008, I remember watching Dawson take on Glen Johnson. Decent performance, but it left me with a few questions. From that point through 2010, I remember criticizing him for taking part in what I termed the “Senior Tour”, facing aged veteran after aged veteran. Continue reading

Kotey Neequaye beats Sanchez to improve to 20-0

 Kotey Neequaye beats Sanchez to improve to 20 0Ghanaian world championship hopeful, Samuel Kotey Neequaye improved his burgeoning career record to 20 wins in as many fights and an impressive 15 knockouts to boot after adding Guillermo Sanchez to his list of conquests on Friday night.

In perhaps the toughest fight of his career thus far, 29 year old Neequaye edged the strong challenge of Sanchez in their Lightweight clash at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York via a unanimous points’ decision victory.

Refereed by Paul Brown, Judge Tom Schreck scored it 76-75, Don Trella also scored it 76-75 whilst judge number three, Don Ackerman had his scorecard 77-74, all in favour of the hard hitting Samuel Kotey Neequaye despite suffering a knockdown in the second round.

“He stepped on my feet because he is a southpaw and threw a straight right which I thought the ref will not count. But rather I took the count and it made me more aggressive when I woke up. You know it comes with the territory where the strong survives,” Neequaye explained to the Ghana based website www.sportsinghana.com from his US base. Continue reading

Ronnie Shields: “Erislandy Lara deserves to fight for the universally recognized Junior Middleweight Championship”

 Ronnie Shields: “Erislandy Lara deserves to fight for the universally recognized Junior Middleweight Championship” On Saturday, June 8th, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, top rated Junior Middleweight Erislandy Lara became the 154 pound interim WBA title holder when he retired the aggressive minded Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the tenth stanza of a scheduled twelve round contest.

After getting off of the canvas twice within the bout, the thirty year old southpaw displayed great physical and mental toughness by fighting through adversity and stopping his granite chinned opponent late in the fight.

The Cuban native’s world renowned trainer, Ronnie Shields, believes his fighter proved a great deal during his entertaining scrap against one of the hardest hitters in the talent enriched Light Middleweight division. Continue reading

Stevenson destroys Dawson in 1st round TKO: Gamboa and Lemieux victorious

 Stevenson destroys Dawson in 1st round TKO: Gamboa and Lemieux victoriousAdonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) snatched the title from WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) tonight by knocking him out in the 1st round with a vicious left hand to the head in the 1st round at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.

Although Dawson got back to his feet after the knockdown, there was no way he was going to be able to survive the round. The referee stopped the fight after noticing that Dawson wasn’t all there.

It was a miracle that Dawson got up from the knockdown because he was really tagged by that shot. He was trying to land a punch of his own and he leaned into a big left hand from Stevenson. Continue reading

DeGale defeats Bozic; Eubank Jr., Galahad and Fury win

WBC Silver super middleweight champion James DeGale (16-1, 11 KO’s) bludgeoned challenger Stjepan Bozic (26-7, 17 KO’s) to a four round stoppage tonight at the Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, United Kingdom. DeGale was hitting Bozic nearly at will with shots in the 4th round.

Bozic wisely chose not come out for the 5th. I think he could have continued on for another three or four rounds until DeGale stopped him outright, but he was just taking shots and he wasn’t being competitive. He did the smart thing by choosing not to continue after the 4th.

DeGale landed some nice uppercuts and was throwing shots from every angle from the 1st round. Bozic showed a lot of heart in taking the punches and throwing some nice shots back. DeGale was hit a lot in the fight despite winning so easily. It just looked like he was more focused on putting on an entertaining fight rather than thinking about defense. Continue reading

Maidana stops Lopez; Lara defeats Angulo

Welterweight Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) was simply too strong for Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) tonight in stopping him in the 6th round in a back and forth fight at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. Maidana unloaded on a hurt Lopez in the 6th with a blizzard of punches until referee Lou Moret called a halt to the fight at 1:18 of the round.

Maidana was hurt in the 4th round, but came back to knock Lopez down in the 6th round with a scorching right hand to the head. Lopez climbed off the canvas and continued to fight, but he was way too hurt to fend off Maidana’s powerful shots being thrown with both hands. Lopez backed up to the ropes and took some really mean looking shots. At that point the referee stopped the fight because Lopez wasn’t throwing anything back at Maidana. Continue reading

DeGale Stays on Course; Galahad Impresses

 DeGale Stays on Course; Galahad ImpressesJames DeGale made a successful first defence of his WBC Silver super middleweight title in Kent tonight against Stjepan Bozic. The English super middleweight improves to 16-1.

‘Chunky’ was entering the ring for the third time in only 6 months. The 2008 Olympic Gold medallist claimed the vacant title via a unaminous 12 round decision against the tough Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga back in December.

DeGale was guilty of losing focus that night, allowing his veteran opponent enjoy periods of success as the Englishman loitered unnecessarily on the ropes.

In his most recent outing the London native travelled to Canada where he comprehensively demolished Sebastien Demers in 2 aggressive rounds. Continue reading

Huck decisions Afolabi; Woge, Gutknecht, Zeuge Win

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) held onto his WBO title tonight with a 12 round majority decision win over Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KO’s) at the Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. If you’ve never seen Huck fight before you might have been alarmed at the rabbit punches and low blows that he threw – and got away with – in this fight, but it was actually a pretty tame performance from him in terms of his fouling.

Huck probably should have lost at least one or two points for the fouling. I saw way too many rabbit punches and low blows from Huck and it was surprising the referee failed to do anything about it.

The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111.

Afolabi had Huck hurt in the 10th round from some big, big shots. Huck returned the favor in the 12th after blasting Afolabi with a big right hand. Continue reading

Huck battles Afolabi tonight at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany

 Huck battles Afolabi tonight at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, GermanyWBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) will be facing Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KO’s) tonight at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. This will be third and possibly the final time these two fighters go at unless Afolabi can pull off an upset. He was beaten by Huck in 2009 in losing a 12 round unanimous decision.

In their second fight in 2012, the two fought to a 12 round draw. Afolabi did enough to deserve the decision in the minds of many boxing fans, but he didn’t fight well down the home stretch and that ended up keeping him from getting the victory. Afolabi has been inactive since that fight.

Huck has fought once since then, beating Firat Arslan by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision. Huck didn’t look as strong in that fight as he did against Afolabi and it makes you wonder whether Afolabi took something out of Huck because he wasn’t as strong or as confiderent. Continue reading

Adonis Stevenson: Dawson will go into a panic once I tag him

 Adonis Stevenson: Dawson will go into a panic once I tag himAdonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) may be moving up a class tonight in taking on WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) in a crucial fight in his career, but he’s not worried at all about being out of his league in this fight.

The 35-year-old Stevenson expects to be able to knock the 6’1” Dawson out just like he’s been doing with his opponents from the super middleweight. Stevenson doesn’t see any difference. He believes he’ll hurt Dawson just like hurt guys from the 168 lb. division. Continue reading

Maidana-Lopez & Angulo-Lara tonight on Showtime

 Maidana Lopez & Angulo Lara tonight on ShowtimeWelterweight Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KO’s) will be giving away nearly three inches in height tonight against 5’9 ½” Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) in their scheduled 12 round fight televised by Showtime at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Maidana, who turns 30 next month, will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title.

Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KO’s) will be facing Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KO’s) in the co-feature in their fight for the interim WBA World light middleweight title. The winner of that fight will be in the position to fight for the full title against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Lara was beaten by Paul Williams by a controversial 12 round decision two years ago in a fight that few boxing fans thought Lara should have won. Lara’s two draws with Vanes Martirosyan and Carlos Molina where fights that fans thought Lara should have won as well. Continue reading

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