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By James Slater – Right now, there are at least a handful of young, unbeaten American heavyweights out there; fighters U.S fans are hoping will one day soon manage to bring at least a slice of the coveted title back home. Amazingly, America – the country that produced heavyweight legends like Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier and George Foreman – has not had a heavyweight titlist since Shannon Briggs, who held the WBO strap in 2006.
With the two Klitschko brothers currently destroying everything in their path, be it American or European opposition, the new crop of U.S heavies have a tough task ahead of them. Who can topple a Klitschko?
Wladimir Klitschko-Mariusz Wach Definitely On For Nov. 10th In Hamburg; Wladimir Tells Emanuel Steward It Will Be Tough Finding Sparring Partners
By James Slater: Yesterday, there was some concern over whether or not the Wladimir Klitschko-Mariusz Wach heavyweight title fight, reportedly set for Nov. 10th in Hamburg, Germany, would actually go ahead (see article below). Well, it has been confirmed today, by Fightnews.com and by Ringtv.com, that the Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO title clash will most certainly take place as planned. Continue reading →
by Bradley Pearson – With what most are referring to as the “Cold War” in modern day boxing, the ongoing dispute between Top Rank chief Bob Arum and Golden Boy Promotions duo Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, has seen countless failed contract negotiations & disputes- depriving loyal fans of dream fights that today remain simply just that; a dream. The introduction of a third heavyweight promotional presence within the sport could somewhat well revolutionise today’s fight game- perhaps bridging the gap between the two feuding companies.
Enter Floyd Mayweather. Arguably the most unlikely of all candidates, the eight time world champion and reigning pound-for-pound king of the sport rocked the boxing world earlier this month when teaming up with long term friend, rapper 50 Cent, in forming their very own promotional company; “The Money Team”. Despite Mayweather’s recent incarceration, the Grand Rapids native along with the world renown Hip-Hop star have wasted no time in signing a string of world class fighters, most notably former Olympic Gold medalist and undefeated Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s)- as well as top super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s).
Earlier this week it was revealed TMT will headline their very first event come November 17th, with Dirrell and Gamboa the co-main features in an eye catching double-header. Continue reading →
By BoxingBet.pl – According to Mariusz Kolodziej of Global Boxing Promotions, by no means certain that IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO) and undefeated Polish contender Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO) will clash this year. Both teams have not reached an agreement yet, because Wach’s team doesn’t want to accept some Klitschko’s terms. Continue reading →
Edison Miranda says He’ll KO Tony Bellew In 6th-Round, Then Wants To Return To U.K For Froch Or Cleverly
By James Slater – I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about the upcoming Tony Bellew-Edison Miranda light-heavyweight showdown set for London on September 8th (just one in a number of hot-looking match-ups set for next month – including amongst others, Dawson-Ward, Burns-Mitchell and Martinez-Chavez Jr.)
So it was with great interest that I read excellent web site BoxRec’s/f Ringnews24.com interview with “Pantera.”
Who Has The Best (If Any) Chance In His Upcoming Fight With A Klitschko – Manuel Charr Or Mariusz Wach?
by James Slater - The two reigning heavyweight kings the Klitschkos, Wladimir and Vitali, are so good and so all-conquering, it’s got to the point where both men are having to search incredibly hard for their next acceptable challenger.
In fact, if you ask some fans, some harsher critics, neither sibling has actually managed to find an acceptable challenger for his next outing. Wladimir, the Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO ruler will face unbeaten but largely untested Pole Mariusz Wach, while WBC king Vitali will face the even less tested but also unbeaten Manuel Charr of Beirut.
Let’s take a look and decide which of the two massive outsiders has the best shot, the best prayer, the best hope of being blessed with a miracle in the coming months.
27-year-old Charr, 21-0(11) gets his chance first, on September 8th in Moscow. Smaller than Vitali, possessing only a fraction of “Dr. Iron Fist’s” punching power and experience, Charr, known as “Diamond Boy,” looks to have only one chance in my opinion: that Vitali, all 41-years of him, either suddenly grows old in the ring or suffers an injury (okay, that’s two chances Charr has!) Continue reading →
By James Slater – Earlier this week, invaluable news outlet Fightnews.com reported on a story that says the WBA will soon bring in a new system of fight-scoring that the organisation hopes will cut short the seemingly growing number of controversially-scored bouts.
The WBA is planning to bring in a system whereby if a round of a fight is close, the winner, instead of receiving a 10-9 tally, will only receive a score of 10-9.5. If, however, fighter A wins the round big (but doesn’t score a knockdown) he will win by the old way of 10-9. Naturally, if either fighter does score a knockdown, he will win the round 10-8.
This idea, in my opinion, makes sense – at least on paper. Continue reading →
By Michael Collins: IBO/IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s) defends his titles on November 10th against the biggest opponent of his career in 6’7 1/2″ Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s) of Poland at the O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir, 36, is simply running out of suitable heavyweights for him to fight, hence the choice of the unproven 32-year-old Wach for his next opponent instead of someone with at least a tiny bit of experience at the world level. Continue reading →
By James Slater: Due to his “personal affairs,” superstar boxer and active congressman Manny Pacquiao will not now fight on November 10th as originally planned. According to Pac-Man advisor Michael Koncz, who spoke with The Manila Standard, Pacquiao will now fight on December 1st – against an opponent to be named (the shortlist remains the same: Tim Bradley, Miguel Cotto or a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez), at a venue to be named. Continue reading →
Ricky Hatton’s Comeback Official! “Hitman” To Announce Two-Fight Deal; First Fight Likely For November – Malignaggi II
By James Slater: For weeks now we’ve heard the rumours: Ricky Hatton is set to make an unlikely ring return. Well, now it’s official. U.K tabloid The Daily Star released the exclusive, and a number of publications and web sites have carried the story since it broke this morning. Continue reading →
By Prince Dornu-Leiku – US based Emmanuel Addotei Addo nicknamed Money Mosquito is looking to announce himself to the boxing world when he leads a 4-man Ghanaian invasion of Mexico come September 24 at the Hotel Executivo, Culiacan.
Addo, 11-1, 9 KOs, faces former IBO world champion Fernando ‘Wary’ Beltran (36-8-1, 20 KOs) over ten rounds in an IBO Intercontinental Featherweight contest the Ghanaian hopes will propel him to greater glory.
By James Slater – His promoter, Ahmet Oner insists he is the most talented heavyweight out there today, as well as being the biggest threat to the Klitschkos (Vitali especially) and a number of fans agree that an in-shape Odlanier Solis would give any fighter a hard time. The well documented problem, however, is getting Cuba’s Solis in shape!
An exceptional amateur, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Solis has had a tough time getting below the 250-pound mark ever since his defection from his homeland. “La Sombra” did get down to 246 for his disastrous WBC title challenge of Vitali Klitschko, but a knee injury felled him in a massively disappointing 2 minutes and 59-seconds. David Haye, for one critic, put the knee injury down to the excess weight Solis’ joints had been forced to carry.
Since the humiliating loss (and the surgery and subsequent recuperation that came after), Solis has kept a low profile; leaving Oner to do the tough talking. Winning just one fight since the March 2011 loss to “Dr. Iron Fist” (a workman-like 12-round UD victory over Konstantin Airich this past May), the 32-year-old gets back in the ring in September, on the Tomasz Adamek-Travis Walker card in Newark, New Jersey. Continue reading →
By James Slater – As those fans who were lucky enough to have seen him fight live, in the flesh (really lucky!) or from their armchair (must-see T.V!), Great Britain’s great middleweight/super-middleweight Nigel Benn rarely if ever disappointed in the action stakes.
Today, long after “The Dark Destroyer’s” final fight (a disappointing corner retirement loss to a Steve Collins who twice caught up with Benn at a time when he was way past his best) fans on both sides of The Atlantic remain interested in the whole Benn mystique. Far more than just a slugger (although Benn’s power was legendary), Nigel had heart, guts, skill and a far better chin than it was once thought (“this man ain’t chinny!” insisted former arch-rival Chris Eubank after the first of their two epic encounters had just come to it’s violent conclusion.)
There really was plenty to enjoy when Benn was in action:
Who can forget his amazing Oct. 1988 battle with Jamaican-born Anthony Logan? Defending his Commonwealth middleweight title for the first time, Benn almost came a cropper. Continue reading →
ATLANTIC CITY (August 21, 2012)—This past Saturday night rising prospect Joel Diaz scored an impressive stoppage after round two over Guillermo Sanchez in a scheduled round Super Featherweight bout that highlighted a action packed nine bout card at Ballys.
By James Slater: Unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight king Tim Bradley, still waiting on signing for a follow up fight to his life changing, controversial win over superstar Manny Pacquiao, might now be more interested in taking a bout with Floyd Mayweather Junior compared to a return with Pac-Man. Continue reading →
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