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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

Weigh-In Photo Gallery: Maidana-Lopez, Angulo-Lara, Charlo-Hopkins

 Weigh In Photo Gallery: Maidana Lopez, Angulo Lara, Charlo HopkinsLadies and gentlemen…it’s Showtime!

The historic Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, CA was host to the anticipated Welterweight showdown between hard-punching Marcos Maidana and tough-as-nails Josesito Lopez this Saturday night 06/08/2013.

The Showtime Championship Boxing series is scheduled to deliver yet again another stacked fight card in the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Given their past fights and performances, the main event easily promises to deliver fireworks.

The co-main event fight between Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara is another matchup that generates intrigue. Can “El Perro” Angulo find a way to use his punching power, along with the new skills acquired with a new trainer, to stop the slick Erislandy Lara? Or…will Erislandy Lara just be too slick, too quick for Angulo and deliver a boxing clinic? Continue reading

Michael Zerafa Scrapes Past Rey Anton Olarte to Claim 2013 Bob Rose Cup

Undefeated light middleweight Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa (11-0, 5 KOs) suffered a major scare en route to defeating Rey Anton Olarte (17-23-8, 4 KOs) via unanimous decision last night to capture the 2013 Bob Rose Cup at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia.

In the biggest test of his career to date, Zerafa suffered a devastating knockdown in round three to Sydneysider Olarte, which had Zerafa on wobbly legs and lucky to survive the count. Olarte’s southpaw style and awkward angles caused great difficulty for Zerafa in the early rounds, but the knockdown seemed to spur him into action where he rebounded strongly across the middle rounds. Continue reading

Mikey Garcia / Juanma Lopez Conf Call Transcript

 Mikey Garcia / Juanma Lopez Conf Call TranscriptFRED STERNBURG: Welcome everyone. We have got two very hot fighters from a very hot division getting ready to take each other on in world championship fight on Saturday, June 15, at the American Airlines Center® in Dallas. It will be televised live on HBO® at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will open with a ten-round bout between Top-10 contenders Terence Crawford and Alejandro Sanabria Jr. for the vacant NABO lightweight title. If it is two things Mikey Garcia and Juanma Lopez know, it is how to win and how to win by knockout.

BOB ARUM: We are delighted to bring to Dallas a card as outstanding as this card. A great featherweight championship fight between two very popular fighters – the undefeated defending champion Mikey Garcia from Oxnard, California, and the “Pride of Puerto Rico” and former two-division world champion Juanma Lopez. Continue reading

ADAM LITTLE isn’t letting a niggling injury distract him

ADAM LITTLE isn’t letting a niggling injury distract him from his goal of winning his first professional title before the end of the year.

The Ricky Hatton-trained welterweight prospect was due to box in Blackpool this evening (June 7) but decided to pull out so that he can spent some more time getting his hand right after surgery. Continue reading

Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez: By any means necessary

 Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez: By any means necessaryFrom the opening bell in this highly anticipated matchup between Josesito Lopez and Marcos Maidana one thing will be clear, both fighters will dig deep for a victory and have a win by any means necessary attitude. In what is yet another main event being billed as a possible fight of the year for 2013, a boxing year that has exploded from March to May it’s hard not to assume that this fight will live up to the lofty expectations placed on it by hardcore fans. These fighters managed to pull off upsets versus Victor Oritz, making him quit without a 10 count. The winner puts himself in great position to land a title fight at welterweight. Style and the mentalities of these fighters should make for an instant classic, something the Home Depot Center (now named StubHub) has become accustom to in recent years.

Golden Boy has been burnt twice by these guys in their quest to turn a popular young prospect into a full fledge star. In case you haven’t been paying attention I will break it down iller, see Oscar De La Hoya was a businessman and “El Chino” was the killer(note: 50 cent song explains that sentence). Although most people were calling him Madonna leading up the fight, Maidana went down early and often but returned the favor shocking the pro Ortiz crowd that night in June 2009 at the Staples Center. Continue reading

Manuel Charr vs. Evgeny Orlov on June 15th in Germany

With the hand injury to former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye postponing their fight, #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) has decided to take a stay busy fight against 330 lb. Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov (13-1-1, 9 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout on June 15th this month at the Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany. Continue reading

De La Hoya doesn’t see Mayweather as having changed from 2007

 De La Hoya doesn’t see Mayweather as having changed from 2007Oscar De La Hoya thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the same fighter now that he was when they fought in 2007. De La Hoya believes Mayweather is still essentially as good as he was back then, but the difference now is he’s fighting who De La Hoya feels is a better fighter than himself in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th.

De La Hoya doesn’t know how Mayweather will deal with someone hitting him with six-punch combinations with the kind of power that Canelo throws his punches with.

De La Hoya said to RingTV “When I fought him in 2007, he might be the same Floyd. Fresh, better shape, young, strong, I don’t see any difference. I still see the same movement.” Continue reading

Golovkin vs. Macklin: How can Matthew win this?

Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) has done an admirable job in losses to Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez when he’s stepped it up a level but he’s failed to get the win. He fought both of them very tough but he came up short because he didn’t have quite enough talent to beat them. Continue reading

Hopkins/Murat Quotes and Photos

 Hopkins/Murat Quotes and PhotosBERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I just found out a month ago, the doctor will be here before the [fight week] press conference hopefully to explain this, but I must confess that I am not human. I am an alien. No, seriously. I realize that Pluto is no longer a planet now, so I’m from Mars. I’ve definitely retired the ‘Executioner.’ You will not hear me mention the Executioner.

“Now, I’m in this world but I’m not of this world. There is no aging process for me.

“The breaking news is that I am an alien.

“I reflect a little bit in my mind about not only defending my title, but also defending my historic career. Continue reading

Schaefer: Khan and Alexander on board for December 7th fight

 Schaefer: Khan and Alexander on board for December 7th fightGolden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is saying that he’s got an agreement from both Amir Khan and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander for a fight on December 7th in Dubai. Schaefer is still working out the details of the fight and he still needs to iron out the venue, but he’s got the hardest part out of the way in getting both guys to agree to the fight.

Schaefer’s grand plan is to have Khan fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year if he gets past Alexander. That’s a big if. Khan looks almost like he’s on his last legs in losing two out of his last four fights and barely beat Julio Diaz in his last fight.

That would have been three losses in Khan’s last four fights. I actually had Khan losing that fight but it shows you how vulnerable Khan is that he couldn’t even beat a fighter like Diaz without controversy. Continue reading