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Hatton retires after loss to Senchenko

By Marcus Richardson: Sky Sports is reporting that Ricky Hatton has decided to end his boxing career and retire following his loss tonight to Vyacheslav Senchenko. Hatton was taken out with a left hand body shot in the 9th round tonight at the Manchester, England. It was Hatton’s first fight in over 3 1/2 years, and he fought fairly well for someone coming off of that kind of a layoff. After the fight Hatton said “I don’t want to make any hasty decisions.”

If Hatton keeps his word and actually retires then it’s a sad way to end his career because he didn’t go into this comeback fight the right way. There was no tune-up fight after a long layoff and he had taken off so much weight recently, and it’s hard to fathom a fighter losing 70 pounds and then expecting to do well. For a fighter that lost that kind of weight, Hatton did a good job. But obviously it was too much to ask for him to overcome all these obstacles and win the fight. Continue reading

Hatton hasn’t decided whether he’ll retire after stoppage loss to Senchenko

 Hatton hasnt decided whether hell retire after stoppage loss to SenchenkoBy Marcus Richardson: Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KO’s) gave it all he had tonight but it wasn’t good enough as he was stopped in the 9th round by former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, UK.

A tired looking Hatton was trying to press the action in the 9th when he was hit by a stabbing left to side by Senchenko. Hatton immediately went down with a look of terrible pain on his face. His loyal British boxing fans waited anxiously for him to get back to his feet, but Hatton couldn’t. He was in too much pain from the shot and was counted out by the referee.

After the fight Hatton said ” thought I was maybe four rounds up but there were clear signs of ring rust. I hurt him a few times, and I was winning. I don’t want to make any hasty decisions but I am really heartbroken, That’s not how my career should end with two straight losses.” Continue reading

Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale Continues To Shine!

Following an impressive professional debut, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (2-0-0, 2 KO’s) continued to shine as he stopped his opponent Mike Bissett (1-1-0, 1 KO) in the second round of an exciting bout on HBO World Championship Boxing. The super heavyweight Olympian prevailed in a slug fest that showed why he is on track to become America’s next heavyweight champion of the world.

Breazeale and Bissett traded leather in the first round, with Breazeale on the receiving end of a couple of good shots early in the round. A resilient Breazeale would return the favor landing a barrage of punches knocking down Bissett twice. His opponent would barely escape the first round and returned for the second. Continue reading

Senchenko stops Hatton; Quigg stops Munroe; Murray beats Navarro

 Senchenko stops Hatton; Quigg stops Munroe; Murray beats NavarroBy Michael Collins: Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO’s) ruined the comeback for Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KO’s) tonight in stopping him in the 9th round at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Senchenko sent a tired Hatton down in the 9th with a hard left hook to the midsection in the 9th. Hatton was too hurt to get back to his feet, and even if he had he would have been trouble. Hatton appeared to have a slight lead in the fight, but his face was badly swollen up around his right eye.

In hindsight, this wasn’t the smartest thing for Hatton to do by taking on someone as tough as Senchenko for his first fight back from a 3 1/2 year retirement.

Other boxing results on the card:

Sergey Rabchenko SD 12 Cedric Vitu
Martin Murray TKO 6 Jorge Navarro
Scott Quigg TKO 6 Rendall Munroe
Gary Buckland RTD 8 Stephen Foster

Robert Guerrero tops Andre Berto, wants Mayweather next

by Sofia Barraza: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) knocked down Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KO’s) twice en rout to winning a 12 round unanimous decision tonight in an HBO televised fight in Ontario, California. Many thought Berto was finished after the knockdowns but he kept on fighting from the ropes where he spent a majority of the 12 rounds. Berto was getting some solid shots in every now and then but Guerrero was clearly coming out on top. Guerrero won the fight on all three judges’ cards by the scores 116-110, 116-110 and 116-110. Continue reading

Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto: Gogue’s big fight preview

 Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto: Gogue’s big fight previewBy Joseph Herron – Photos by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions – Tonight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, four division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) will put his interim WBC Welterweight title on the line when he faces arguably his toughest test to date, former WBC 147 pound title holder Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs).

The highly anticipated match-up will air on HBO World Championship Boxing at 10PM EST/PST (delayed on the American west coast), after Golden Boy prospect Keith Thurman squares off against former 147 pound champion Carlos Quintana in the evening’s co-main event.

While the twelve round main event should answer many questions surrounding both competing fighters, expert trainer James Gogue believes that Guerrero and Berto respectively have a lot riding on this performance.

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Ndyambo Wins Thriller, WBF Intercontinental Title

Nomadhitini Ndyambo improved her record to 4-1 with a grueling victory over tough as teak Kholoso Ndabayani over ten harrowing rounds on Sunday, November 25, at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre in East London South Africa, and won the World Boxing Federation Women’s Intercontinental Light Welterweight title. Referee Siya Vabaza had a good night, but missed a certain knockdown scored by Ndabayani which would have made a close fight that much closer. Ndyambo boxed brilliantly uses a sharp left jab to good effect, while the smaller Ndabayani remained dangerous with right hooks throughout the fight. Continue reading

If Hatton loses to Senchenko tonight you have to look at his weight loss as a huge factor

 If Hatton loses to Senchenko tonight you have to look at his weight loss as a huge factorBy Michael Collins: Ricky Hatton is staging his comeback tonight against Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester, England, and Hatton has set it up to where he might be vulnerable to getting knocked out cold once again due to a variety of factors. The first thing that Hatton has going for him in this fight is that he’s coming off of a 3 1/2 year retirement without a tune-up.

Senchenko is definitely a world class fighter despite being manhandled by the light hitting Paulie Malignaggi in his last fight. Senchenko is at least fringe level world class, and that’s more than good enough to beat a short, rusty fighter like Hatton, whose best weight at 140, not 147.

Hatton didn’t want to bother with taking a tune-up fight and is jumping straight into the fire so to speak with the Senchenko bout. That’s obviously not the smartest thing that a person can do. I know Hatton likes to do things his own way, but this is one thing that you don’t want to mess around with. Another problem that Hatton has for this fight is all the weight that he had to take off just to make 147. Continue reading

Froch hoping nothing bad happens to Hatton tonight

 Froch hoping nothing bad happens to Hatton tonightBy Michael Collins: Ricky Hatton is taking a considerable risk in making a comeback tonight against Vyacheslav Senchenko after a long period of time out of the ring. IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch is just hoping that Hatton can come out of this fight in one piece and doesn’t get hurt like he was in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2009.

Speaking to the standard.co.uk, Froch said “If Ricky wants to come back that’s his decision. Good luck to him. But let’s just hope he is in as good shape as he looks and that he doesn’t get hurt.”

Hatton does look to be in outstanding condition judging by how good he looked during Friday’s weigh-in. However, there’s a big difference from being in good shape and being in fighting shape. Hatton looks like he’s taken off a lot of weight, but we don’t know how he’ll react when he starts taking head shots and how he’ll look once the fight goes past the 3rd round.

When you’ve got an older fighter that is making a comeback after years out of the ring like Hatton, they tend to look decent for about three rounds. Continue reading

Hector “Macho” Camacho dies

By Rob Smith: Former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho died earlier this morning at 1:40 a.m after being taken off of life support in Puerto Rico. Camacho, 50, had been declared brain dead following a shooting that happened last Tuesday in Puerto Rico. Camacho was hit in the face during the shooting and he clung to life in a deep coma until being taken off life support this morning. Continue reading

Kwahu Tyson beats Okai to win Ghana Light Heavyweight title

 Kwahu Tyson beats Okai to win Ghana Light Heavyweight title By Prince Dornu-Leiku – Emmanuel Omari Danso, the Ghana-based boxer known by the nickname Kwahu Tyson has realized the first of many ambitions after claiming the vacant Ghana Light Heavyweight championship with victory over David Okai.

Unbeaten Kwahu Tyson (16-0, 16 KOs) has vowed to live by his American namesake, Iron Mike Tyson and destroy opponents on his way to achieving the much craved dream of becoming boxing world champion.

Boasting a 100% knockout record from the 16 fights of his career thus far, Danso was at his destructive best even as Okai took him the furthest in his career before eventually succumbing in the penultimate round. Danso claimed the national Light Heavyweight belt via the 11th round technical knockout win against Okai at the Will Power Boxing Complex in Accra.

It also improved perfect record holder, Omari Danso to a number 2 in the African Light Heavyweight rankings but his team are patient to let him develop before thinking of taking on the best in the world.
“Locally there is no opponent again for him because he has beaten them all so maybe we shall look for opponents around the neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Benin, then go for the Africa title next year Continue reading

Weigh-in: Berto vs. Guerrero, Thurman vs. Quintana

By Bill Phanco: Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) and WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) came in under the welterweight 147 lb limit today during their weigh-in.

Guerrero weighed 146.4 lbs and Berto came in at 146.8. The card also has highly hyped unbeaten junior middleweight Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KO’s) fighting WBO NABO light middleweight champion Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO’s) for his strap. Thurman weighed in at 151.25 lbs, and Quintana at 152.

The official weighs for the HBO televised card:

Robert Guerrero 146.4 vs. Andre Berto 146.8
Keith Thurman 151.25 vs. Carlos Quintana 152
Randy Caballero 119.2 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 118.8

Guerrero can become a star with a win over Berto in this fight. He could pick up a big money fight and then get the backing of the considerable Mexican population in the U.S. It would make for an interesting fight if Guerrero could get past Berto and then get Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao in the ring somehow. The pay per view numbers would likely be very good. For that to happen Guerrero is going to have to find a way to get past Berto. Continue reading

Malignaggi turns 32 today; anxious to see if Hatton beats Senchenko

By Jeff Sorby: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) turns 32-years-old today, and he’s really interested to see what the outcome will be for this Saturday’s fight between Ricky Hatton and Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester, England.

Malignaggi has already given Hatton the green lightweight for a world title shot provided that Hatton beats Senchenko and the World Boxing Association responds by giving Hatton a top 15 ranking. That pretty much goes without saying because Senchenko already has a very generous #7 ranking by the WBA, and they’ll no doubt push Hatton up to somewhere in the top 15 if he beats Senchenko tomorrow night.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hatton get a top 10 ranking by the WBA if he wins tomorrow night. The sanctioning fees would be good with Hatton as the WBA champion if he were interested in holding onto the strap if he gets past Malignaggi.

Just to show you how eager Malignaggi is to get the Hatton fight, he’s already in England right now and attended the Hatton-Senchenko final press conference this week when Senchenko failed to show up. Malignaggi will obviously be at the fight, and likely hoping Hatton looks sensational in winning. Malignaggi has no interest in fighting Senchenko again, because he already gave him a bad thrashing last April in stopping him in the 9th round in Ukraine. Continue reading

A win for Guerrero over Berto makes him an appealing option for Mayweather or Pacquiao

By Steve Mabbotts: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) has been talking for a long time about wanting to fight the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Now all Guerrero has to do to make himself an appealing option for those fighters is to beat Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) tomorrow night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, USA.

That’s easier said than done, because Berto is a 2-1 favorite to win this fight, and Guerrero didn’t show the kind of power or speed in his last fight against Selcuk Aydin that would enable him to beat Berto.

Berto is beatable, and saw how he’s vulnerable against an opponent that puts a lot of pressure on him and throws a ton punches in Berto’s loss to Victor Ortiz last year. However, Guerrero will have to stand directly in front of Berto to accomplish that task he’s going to have to take a lot of hard shots in the process. Ortiz was able to get his way because he had power and speed pretty equal to Berto’s.

Guerrero doesn’t have that kind of speed and power going for him. Guerrero is more like a pumped up lightweight that left his power hind him at 135. Even at that weight, Guerrero wasn’t a big puncher, and he mainly got his victories by throwing a lot of shots. He’s going to have to do that with Berto on Saturday, and hope that the judges are more impressed with his higher punch volume compared to the harder, faster and more flashier shots that Berto is answering him back with. Continue reading

Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4: Will the crowd turn against Manny if he gets another controversial win?

 Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4: Will the crowd turn against Manny if he gets another controversial win?By Rob Smith: If remember watching the last fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez last year in November at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, you’ll note that the Vegas crowd, which had been heavily in Pacquiao’s favorite all fight long, suddenly turned against him when the judges’ results were announced after the fight giving him the ring.

The crowd was unhappy with the decision and felt that Marquez should have won. There was a lot of booing, and it made it hard to hear Pacquiao speak when he was being interviewed after the fight. The question is will the crowd erupt into even louder booing if Pacquiao wins another controversial decision when he meets up with Marquez on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas?

Pacquiao has had incredible luck to be able to go though the three fights with Marquez without a loss because many boxing fans believe that Pacquiao deserved to win none of the fight, including the first one. While there is considerable controversy where there isn’t controversy is in looking at who won the majority of the rounds in their three fights. In watching all three fights back to back it’s irrefutable that Marquez won the vast majority of the rounds, or at least he should have. He controlled the action, landed the cleaner shots, and had the superior ring generalship. But still Pacquiao was given two wins and a draw in those three fights. Continue reading

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