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Hide Defeats Siproshvili

By Jim Slattengren: Still fighting against mostly soft competition, former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Herbie Hide(47-4, 42 KOs) defeated Georgian Sandro Siproshvili (15-5-1, 5 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision tonight at the Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany. The final judges' scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73, all for the 37-year-old Hide.

Hide looked far from impressive in the fight, missing often with badly telegraphed right hands. His hand speed, once very fast, looked remarkably slow compared to his 90s form. It didn't matter though, because his opponent Siproshvili, 26, was hardly in the position most of the time to throw anything back.

It wasn't that Siproshvili couldn't, but rather the looked terrified and didn't want to commit to a punch. For Hide, this is his 12th consecutive win over mostly C-level fodder since making his comeback in 2006. Incredibly, he's ranked number #2 in the WBC and #3 in the WBO cruiserweight division despite having faced terribly poor opposition.

I suppose he'll eventually get his title shot given all his wins over poor opponents, but I don't like his chances once that time comes. Next up for Hide, a May 15th match against Matt Godfrey in the WBC cruiserweight title eliminator. I don't like Hide's chances against Godfrey at all. However, the fight is in Germany, so who knows? Maybe Hide will get one of those hometown decisions that Germany’s famous for.

Article posted on 07.03.2009



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