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Dusty Harrison scores first-round TKO over Darrell Jones

Here is the recap from Saturday’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:

DC welterweight Dusty Harrison scored a first-round TKO over Darrell “Prince” Jones of Jacksonville, FL. Harrison knocked Jones down twice before the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the round. Harrison is now 11-0, seven KO’s while Jones is 3-10-1, one KO. Continue reading

Zolani Marali Gets Revenge, Wins WBF World Title

 Zolani Marali Gets Revenge, Wins WBF World TitleIn a rematch the 2011 WBF Fight Of The Year, Zolani Marali got his revenge when he dethroned fellow countryman Ali Funeka to win the World Boxing Federation World Light Welterweight title on Saturday, December 8, at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa.

Funeka had won a controversial split decision over Marali in November 2011, and both had wowed to set the record straight in the long-awaited second go-around. It didn’t turn out to be quite as pulsating as the first encounter, but the two warriors did, again, bring the best out of each other, and gave the enthusiastic crowd another good fight.

But this time there was no controversy, as Marali was the best man on the night and put on a magnificent performance to win a unanimous decision. Marali looked sharp and determined from the start, and boxed well from his southpaw stance, but the defending champion also had his moments and was not giving up his title without a fight.

In the end, judges Siphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika, all from South Africa, scored the contest 116-113, 116-113 and 116-114 in favor of new champion Marali, who surely must have found great satisfaction in evening the score with Funeka after more than a year of waiting for the opportunity. Continue reading

Marquez destroys Pacquiao; Vazquez beats Gesta; Gamboa defeats Farenas

MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada

Juan Manuel Marquez KO 6 Manny Pacquiao
Yuriorkis Gamboa UD 12 Michael Farenas
Miguel Vazquez UD 12 Mercito Gesta
Javier Fortuna UD 12 Patrick Hyland
Dodie Boy Penalosa TKO 2 Jesus Lule Raya
Ernie Sanchez UD 8 Coy Evans
Jose Ramirez TKO 1 Corey Siegwarth

Rafael and Malignaggi pick Marquez to beat Pacquiao tonight

By Steve Mabbott: Dan Rafael of ESPN and WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi see Juan Manuel Marquez beating Manny Pacquiao tonight in their fourth fight together. Rafael sees it as a law of averages type of thing, whereas Malignaggi believes that Marquez will win a fight decision. Continue reading

Marquez: I can’t wait to get Pacquiao in the ring to beat him again

 Marquez: I can’t wait to get Pacquiao in the ring to beat him againBy Bill Phanco: Juan Manuel Marquez is really looking forward to getting Manny Pacquiao back in the ring tonight to beat him for a fourth time, although technically this will be Marquez’s first real win over the Filipino star. Marquez feels he won all three previous fights with Manny and tonight will be just the icing on the cake with him finally getting acknowledged as the winner by the judges.

Marquez said “I can’t wait to get Pacquiao in the ring so I can beat him again.”

Pacquiao doesn’t like the fact that Marquez feels he won those previous fights and he wants to prove to him that he deserved lose them. The only way that Pacquiao can prove that is by upping his game another level because what he’s done in the past has been inadequate. Marquez has always been quick to adjust to whatever Pacquiao does inside the ring.

Tonight will be a tremendous opportunity for Pacquiao to prove that he always the better fighter than Marquez, because if he can win tonight in a decisive manner boxing fans will conclude that Pacquiao was always the better fighter. Continue reading

Mayweather Sr. not interested in Pacquiao-Marquez 4 bout

By Bill Phanco: Floyd Mayweather Sr. doesn’t have a whole lot of interest in tonight’s clash between Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s), because he says he’s seen too many fights between them in the past where the wrong fighter got his hand raised after the fight. Continue reading

Boxing Losers v. Winners

 Boxing Losers v. WinnersBy “Old Yank” Schneider

Sentimentalism Defined:

The bloom is off the rose. We all saw it coming with Freddie Roach “wishing” his way to win after win with Amir Kahn. But one more win was not in the cards. Roach fighters would continue to lose. Senshenko…Chavez, Jr….Pacquaio. Wilting in boxing is uglier than it is in any other sport because of the utter sense of downer that follows. There are no other team members to pick you up. When the wilting begins only the solo bloom is there, losing its petals, in what seems a one-act play following an often brilliant career; the soliloquy spoken to an audience that has painfully, quietly and sadly if not pitifully already left the theater. Losing it at the end of a career in boxing is the ultimate solo performance — this rose by any other name does not smell sweet.

The fans are already leaving. We know it to be true. It is the legacy of the old ushering in the new — especially so when all the others have gone — evidenced by them playing their hedging comments out in the blogosphere before the bout has even begun. Continue reading

Holly Holm Wins Second WBF World Title

Pound-For-Pound number-one female boxer Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm captured her second World Boxing Federation World championship on Friday night, December 7, in Albuquerque, New Mexico when she won a unanimous decision over game Australian Diana Prazak at the Route 66 Casino Hotel to lift the vacant World Light Welterweight title.

31-year-old Southpaw Holm, already the reigning WBF World Champion at Welterweight, improved her outstanding professional record to 32-2-3 (9), while Los Angeles-based Prazak lost for the first time since her debut in March 2010 and falls to 11-2 (7). Continue reading

Marquez wants to KO Pacquiao to remove the judges from the equation

 Marquez wants to KO Pacquiao to remove the judges from the equationBy Bill Phanco: Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) will be looking to knock Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) clean out on Saturday in their fourth fight between them. Marquez, 39, wants to take the judges completely out of their position of being able to sit as the decider in this fight by knocking Pacquiao and making sure that he won’t be on the receiving end of another controversial decision like in the past three fights.

Speaking with the BBC Sport, Marquez said “I am looking for the knockout. I have trained really hard, and I feel ready. I am looking for the knockout because the judge gave another [bad decision in last Pacquiao fight].”
Marquez has got the body and the strength now to accomplish his goal. He looks even more muscular than in his last fight against Pacquiao, and in that fight Marquez looked powerful.

If Marquez’s extra muscles equate to more power than Pacquiao could be in for a brutal beating tomorrow night because he and his trainer Freddie Roach have already said that they’re going to take the fight to Marquez to try and overwhelm him with punches. Roach seems to believe that the answer to beating guys like Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is to try and overwhelm their defenses. Continue reading

Kessler vs. Magee tomorrow night for WBA 168 lb title

 Kessler vs. Magee tomorrow night for WBA 168 lb title(Photo credit: Sauerland Events) By Michael Collins: Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) and Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KO’s) weighed in earlier today for their fight on Saturday with Kessler coming in at 167.8 pounds and Magee at 168 for their bout at the BOXEN, Herning, Denmark. Kessler, 33, is a huge favorite in this fight, as he has the bigger power, better hand speed, bigger size and the much bigger talent than Magee. Kessler also four years younger than the 37-year-old Magee, and that’s something that will help as well.

Magee has been fighting well lately and has won his last two fights, but he’s traditionally crumbled when stepping it up against quality opposition in losses to Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Robin Reid and Vitaliy Tsypko. He’s got good power but not the kind of power that will get him past Kessler unless Kessler has really gone downhill since his last fight.

Kessler was knocked down in the 1st round in his last fight by Allan Green last May. Kessler came back to stop Green in the 4th round with a tremendous left hook, but it does cause you to wonder what would have happened to Kessler had he fought someone that was throwing a lot of punches at him. Green only threw a few punches in the entire fight, and yet he had Kessler hurt and on the deck. If Magee can land a decent amount of shots on Kessler’s chin we could see an upset tomorrow night. Continue reading

Pacquiao expecting Marquez to be a stationary

 Pacquiao expecting Marquez to be a stationary By Rob Smith: Manny Pacquiao has a perfect explanation for why he’s not looked good since his win over Miguel Cotto in 2009. He says it’s because all of his opponents have been literally running from him in the ring instead of standing stationary and slugging it out in an old fashioned style of fighting that Pacquiao favors.

Pacquiao thinks that his opponent for Saturday night Juan Manuel Marquez will look to slug it out the entire time so that they can giving boxing fans a show that will please them, and at the same time finally prove who the better fighter is between them.

Pacquiao said to Sky Sports News “It just happens that in the last three fights I’ve fought people who run around, who won’t fight me toe-to-toe. I expect more action…I’m expecting him [Marquez] to try to prove something and fight toe-to-toe with me.” Continue reading

Bouadla – Abraham: “I will push him from start to finish!”; Barthelemy vs. Usmanee

Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) will be travelling to Nuremberg, Germany next week with a lot of self-confidence. The man from France will take on WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27KOs) on December 15. And the 30-year-old is prepared to cause a big upset in his first world title bout. Although his training schedule keeps him very busy, he managed to take out some time for a quick interview.
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Pacquiao with four pound weight advantage over Marquez

 Pacquiao with four pound weight advantage over MarquezBy Steve Mabbott: Juan Manuel Marquez had looked huge during his training video on the HBO Pacquiao-Marquez 24/7 episodes, but during today’s weigh-in for Saturday’s Las Vegas based fight, Marquez weighed in at only 143 lbs, a whole four pounds lighter than the 147 pound Manny Pacquiao.

This is interesting because unless Marquez rehydrates to a much higher weight, we’re likely to see Pacquiao as the bigger guy tomorrow night. It sort of makes a lot of sense because Marquez walks around at 145 lbs in between fights, and he has to eat like crazy just to stay up in weight. He’s a light welterweight, and Pacquiao is now a natural welterweight.

The last time Pacquiao fought Marquez in November of last year, Pacquiao had a one pound advantage in weight at 143 to 142 for Marquez. In their 2008 fight, Marquez had a one pound weight advantage at 130 to 129 for Pacquiao. And in their first fight in 2004, both fighters came in at 125 lbs. Continue reading

Mayweather to fight twice in 2013; Robert Guerrero a possibility for first fight

By Bill Phanco: Leonard Ellerbe, one of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s advisers, has reported that Mayweather will be fighting on May 4th [Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo] and September 14th in 2013. Mayweather has two dates but no opponents to fill those dates. The chances of a Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight for the first date on May 4th isn’t going to happen. Continue reading