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Is All Fair in Boxing and Policies? Andre Ward Stripped of WBC Title

 Is All Fair in Boxing and Policies? Andre Ward Stripped of WBC Title The WBA Super middleweight Champion Andre Ward has been stripped of his WBC title due to inactivity. Ward’s last fight was September 8th 2012 against Chad Dawson. On January 4th of this year he underwent surgery to a tear on his right shoulder and begun his rehabilitation process. The WBC has since named him ‘champion emeritus’ meaning that he can fight for the WBC belt when he returns.

The #2 pound-for-pound champ seems to be in good spirits about the stripped title tweeting, “Thankful for every belt that I’ve won in my career and I desire to win more, but the belts don’t make the fighter, the fighter makes the belts.” Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Rigondeaux, Donaire, Garcia, & Roach!

 Left Hook Lounge: Rigondeaux, Donaire, Garcia, & Roach!Christopher N. (Atlanta, GA): How would you rate Donaire’s performance? And would you entertain the thought of placing Rigondeaux on the P4P list?

Vivek W. I think the best way to address your questions is to point to something I said a long time ago and have maintained ever since. The way I see the whole P4P topic is totally abstract from what the rest of the sport feels. I once touted Donaire’s talent as much as anyone else, but when the topic shifted to such accolades as “Fighter of the Year” and “P4P” worthy, I openly stated that I would take no part in such dialogue. The kid is better than average. His heart is bigger than average. He’s a good lookin’ kid, and a very likable guy outside the ring. All that being said, for those who understand the greatness behind pure fundamental skills, there’s no hesitance to address the fact that he simply isn’t on that level. Continue reading

Will Tyson Fury Become The Next Heavyweight Champion?

 Will Tyson Fury Become The Next Heavyweight Champion? Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko have dominated the heavyweight division for the last several years and since this time there has been no viable contender that has been able to dethrone them. Samuel Peter, David Haye, Odlanier Solis, Thomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, among others, tried, however, they were all unsuccessful in their attempts to become a new world champion. The trash talking, extremely confident, undefeated Irish Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Heavyweight Title Holder, Tyson Fury (20-0, 14KOs) believes he`ll be the pugilist to end the Klitschko`s reign in the heavyweight division.

“The heavyweight division, especially the Klitschko brothers are no good. They are all bums. All pins, should would have beens and I`ll knockout all of them and clean up this division once and for all,” said the 6’9” 250 pound, Fury. “We need a change in the heavyweight division and I`m going to bring that change soon.” Continue reading

Rigo the Great!!

 Rigo the Great!!Not actually…Guillermo Rigodeaux 2-time Olympic gold medalist and now unified WBA/WBO Super Bantamweight champion has a lot more fish to fry to be considered great in the professional ranks. Having out-skilled and outclassed P4P fighter Nonito Donaire is just the beginning.

Prior to this fight Rigondeaux was considered by many just another decorated Cuban amateur fighter. Hosting an 11-0, 8-KO record, Rigondeaux had done nothing significant that would indicate he was any threat to the #3 or #4 P4P rated Donaire whose scalps on his boxing resume included names like Montiel, Arce and Darchinyan. Continue reading

Donaire Relinquishes Lofty Status to Rigondeaux

 Donaire Relinquishes Lofty Status to RigondeauxNonito “The Filipinio Flash” Donaire had it all. He was riding high, a fan favorite, a top P4P fighter, 2012 fighter of the year and someone who seemed to have no weaknesses. His speed, power and ring savvy had been too much for anybody he faced. A few bruises here and there, an occasional hand injury to remind him of his dominant performances and a pocket full of dough to dull the pain. His face was becoming more and more recognizable to celebrity seekers.

He did and said all the right things. He pushed for VADA type testing for everyone. He often expressed a willingness to fight anyone, including Abner Mares; although, he did express a reluctance to fight Rigondeaux, but not because he feared him. No, it was for more of a practical reason. He didn’t think Guillermo Rigondeaux deserved the shot. Donaire felt Rigondeaux needed to beat a big name first. Continue reading

Guillermo Rigondeaux outclassed Nonito Donaire with nearly flawless execution

 Guillermo Rigondeaux outclassed Nonito Donaire with nearly flawless executionBy the mid rounds of the super bantamweight unification showdown between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire, it became abundantly clear that the Cuban fighter was in command of the action. Rigondeaux was successfully controlling the range, and not just through use of his feet. He also mixed in a varied assortment of head, shoulder, and upper body movement, all of which acted to befuddle and neutralize the uncharacteristically gun-shy Donaire. It was vintage Rigondeaux. He was slipping and sliding, moving and grooving, ducking and dodging, mesmerizing with a hypnotic pawing jab, maneuvering his foe into unfavorable positions, and when opportunity permitted, zapping the Filipino boxer with stinging sharp flush lefts. This dazzling display of finesse and skills left Donaire extremely reluctant to engage, and whenever he did let his hands go Rigondeaux was usually making him miss, sometimes wildly. Guillermo thoroughly succeeded in making an explosive specimen like Nonito look ordinary. Continue reading

Rigondeaux Defeats Donaire: How Does This Shake Up The P-4-P Rankings?

 Rigondeaux Defeats Donaire: How Does This Shake Up The P 4 P Rankings?Cuban talent Guillermo Rigondeaux upset and out-pointed Filipino sensation Nonito Donaire last night in New York (an upset? well, many good judges picked “The Filipino Flash” to get the victory), and the 12-0 master feels he is deserving of a lofty position in the new mythical pound-for-pound ratings as a result.

In fact, “El Chacal,” who is more style than sizzle  – with some fans feeling Rigondeaux is somewhat boring to watch; hence last night’s smattering of boos -  feels he should be ranked at p-4-p number-one! That’s not likely to happen, but where does the newly unified WBA/WBO 122-pound ruler deserve to be placed?

Here’s my new list: Continue reading

Juan Diaz Triumphant in Comeback

 Juan Diaz Triumphant in ComebackBy Marc Livitz at ringside in Corpus Christi, Texas, photo gallery by Adrian Hernandez – Juan Diaz scored a sixth round TKO victory over Hernando “Pipino” Cuevas, Jr. tonight at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Diaz (36(18)-4) had taken a respite of sorts from the ring. The Houston, TX boxer last fought in July of 2010 in a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez. He lost a sound unanimous decision and the result was a far cry from his initial meeting with Marquez in February of 2009.

Although Diaz was knocked out in the ninth round, their battle in front of Diaz’s home crowd in Houston garnered “Fight of the Year” Honors. In between his two meetings with “Dinamita” Marquez, “Baby Bull” Diaz went one up and one down with Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, who many felt was robbed of a victory in their first meeting in Houston. Tonight, Diaz faced off with the son of former WBA welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas, Sr. Continue reading

Rigondeaux dominates Donaire

 Rigondeaux dominates DonaireWBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) proved to be too fast, too skilled and too talented for WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) tonight in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Radio City Music Hall, in New York, New York, USA.

The judges scored the fight 114-113, 115-112, 116-111. The fight wasn’t nearly as close as the two judges that nearly had Donaire winning. Those scores were pretty sad and scary because you have to wonder what fight where those judges watching. I only had Donaire winning 10th round and that was because he nailed Rigondeaux with a left hand when the two were in close in a clinch.

Donaire wrestled out of it and hit Rigondeaux when he wasn’t expecting a shot while he was standing straight up. Let’s be honest: that was the way Donaire could knock Rigondeaux down because he was too slow and missing all night long with his shots. Rigondeaux got up from the knockdown and immediately resumed schooling Donaire and making him look really, really bad. Continue reading

Cecilia Braekhus defeats St. John

 Cecilia Braekhus defeats St. JohnPhoto: Wende — 45-year-old Mia St John (47-13-2, 18 KO’s) looked like a spectator from the crowd that had mistakenly walked into the ring tonight against WBA/WBO/WBC female welterweight Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KO’s) at the Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark. Braekhus nailed St. John at will in every until the fight was halted in the 3rd after St. John was staggered by the ropes from a storm of heavy shots from Braekhus.

This fight resembled someone getting attacked by a swarm of angry bees because St. John was just covering up and cowering for much of the fight. When she did throw punches back, she was pushing her shots and looking both weak and slow. I’d seen her fight years ago when she was younger and a little faster, but tonight the 45-year-old St. John looked and fought her age.

The difference in talent between the two was startling. St. John was no match from the start and I was surprised she made it out of the 1st round because she was getting hit cleanly with nonstop punches, especially near the end of the round when Braekhus trapped her against the ropes and unloaded on her. Continue reading

Donaire vs Rigondeaux: Keys to Victory, Four to Explore, & Official Prediction!!

 Donaire vs Rigondeaux: Keys to Victory, Four to Explore, & Official Prediction!!(Tune in to “Left-Hook Lounge Radio” today at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific for a breakdown of the fight)

NONITO DONAIRE: KEYS TO VICTORY

For Donaire, the key to victory is one-dimensional with no need to analyze the obvious. Most will initially attempt to look at this matchup and single out his height and reach advantage. Reality tells us that being the bigger man in this showdown won’t mean much, as Donaire has never been a fighter to lean on an opponent or use his weight to wear them down. The physical battle will be meaningless. Instead giving way to the mental angle, which will ultimately be the deciding factor. Donaire has all the tools he needs to win and enough ring intelligence to dispatch them. The operative question at hand is how will he handle what could be the deepest adversity he’s ever seen…..mentally? Continue reading

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev on June 22nd in Moscow, Russia

 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Rakhim Chakhkiev on June 22nd in Moscow, RussiaWBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33 KO’s) will be defending his title for the fifth against former 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist from Russia Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KO’s) on June 22nd in Moscow, Russia. This is going to be a tough fight for the 31-year-old Wlodarczyk because the 30-year-old Chakhkiev is a tough inside fighter with excellent power. He’s a much different type of fighter than the guys that Wlodarczyk has been fighting recently.

Chakhkiev, #2 WBC,#5 IBF, #9 WBA, #WBO, is taking a step up in class with this fight. Up until now, Chakhkiev’s best opponents have been Zack Page, Alexander Kotlobay, Michael Simms, Epifanio Mendoza and Andres Taylor. None of them have been even remotely competitive with Chakhkiev. He was too powerful and skilled for those guys and the fights pretty much turned out to be all mismatches.

Wlodarczyk’s best wins have come against Danny Green, Francisco Palacios, Giacobbe Fragomeni and Steven Cunningham. Wlodarczyk’s wins over Palacios have been controversial with a lot of boxing fans feeling that Polacios should have won both of them. Both of the fights have taken place in Wlodarczyk’s home country of Poland, and he’s pretty hard to beat when he’s fighting at home. Continue reading

Charr working hard to get Haye fight; tweets gory photo of him

 Charr working hard to get Haye fight; tweets gory photo of him#8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) might be little more than just a fringe contender in the division, but he is quite good at pushing for fights against top fighters. Charr campaigned for a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last year and got it despite never having faced any real quality opposition.

The outcome was predictable with Vitali easily stopping the over-matched Charr in four rounds and leaving him a bloody mess. Now, Charr is looking to get a fight with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s), and he recently tweeted a photo of himself holding up the severed head of Haye in a move to make fun of Haye having previously created a head of him holding the severed heads of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

This was the same scenario with Haye talking himself into a fight with Wladimir but without the experience at the heavyweight level necessary for him to be successful.

The scary thing is Charr is considered to be the leading candidate for Haye’s June 29th fight in Manchester, which is slightly disappointing given that Haye’s manager/trainer Adam Booth had been talking big about how Haye’s next opponent would be a top 10 unbeaten contender. The last time I checked, Charr has been beaten by Vitali. Continue reading

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