Archive for the ‘Boxing’ Category

PHOTOS OUT FROM HEAVYWEIGHT SNOOZEFEST

July 20, 2008

TONEY/RAHMAN: NOT EXACTLY A CLASSIC

The state of boxing’s heavyweight division, it can be argued, has never been lower. Photos are out from this week’s James Toney/Hasim Rahman debacle. The fight was one of the few broadcast on free television (FoxSports Net.)

That fight represents everything that’s wrong with the current state of boxing. Toney (a fighter nobody cares about anymore) picked up a controversial win when he accidentally headbutted Rahman and was awarded the decision.

The fact that a fight of such poor quality is probably the most high-profile match shown on free tv ANYWHERE is a joke. Things are so bad at the heavyweight division that walking tomato can Johnny Ruiz may actually soon receive a mandatory title shot.

 

A CUT OVER HASIM RAHMAN’S EYE STOPPED THE FIGHT AFTER THE 3RD ROUND

WASHED UP “WINNER” JAMES TONEY

PAVLIK MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT HOPKINS

July 18, 2008

KELLY PAVLIK

BERNARD HOPKINS

Boxer Kelly Pavlik is moving up a weight class in order to fight Bernard Hopkins. The lightweight bout would take place in Atlantic City in October.

The fight is a rare joint venture between Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya’s former promoter Bob Arum. It would be broadcast by HBO Pay Per View.

Pavlik is 34-0 (with 30 knockouts.) He would have to vacate his current title in order to fight Hopkins at 170 pounds. It also foregoes an immediate payday against Joe Calzaghe. However, it does set up an eventual fight against the undefeated Welsh boxer. Calzaghe is making his next appearance against Roy Jones Jr. at 168 pounds.

DEBACLE: VIDEO OF VAI SIKAHEMA KICKING JOSE CANSECO’S ASS IN CELEBRITY BOXING

July 18, 2008

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VLADIMIR KLITSCHKO WINS

July 12, 2008

VLADIMIR KLITSCKO

Ukranian boxer Vladimir Klitscko is now the dominant force in heavyweight boxing. Klitschko beat former sparring partner Tony Thompson over the weekend with an 11th round knockout. With the win Klitschko is now 51-3 (with 45 ko’s.)

With the victory, Klitschko is now the WBO and IBF champion.

 

 

CALZAGHE CHUCKS TITLE TO FIGHT ROY JONES JR.

July 4, 2008

JOE CALZAGHE

Boxer Joe Calzaghe has abandoned his WBC super middleweight title. Calzaghe hopes to set up a big payday with a fight against former champion Roy Jones Jr.

The 36-year-old Calzaghe is still the WBO and WBA super middleweight champion. He would have to move up to light heavyweight to fight Jones. Calzaghe fought as a light heavyweight earlier this year when he defeated Bernard Hopkins. The proposed fight with Roy Jones jr. would happen in September.

With the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, Calzaghe is one of the world’s top boxers. He has never lost a fight (45-0) in his 15 year professional career.

MANNY PACQUAIO WITH THE BOSTON CELTICS IN VEGAS

June 30, 2008

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PACQUIAO WINS TITLE AT FOURTH WEIGHT CLASS

June 29, 2008

MANNY PACQUIAO KNOCKS OUT DAVID DIAZ IN THE NINTH ROUND

Manny Pacquiao made a big statement Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao made his case to be recognized as the best boxer in the world with an impressive ninth round knockout of David Diaz. With the win Pacquiao claims the WBC lightweight title. It is Pacquiao’s fifth title in four weight classes.

Diaz, the losing fighter, was certainly impressed. After the fight Diaz said,

 

“Did anybody get the number off that truck?” and “His punches are just too fast.”

 

The only thing disappointing about Pacquiao’s performance was the size of the crowd. An announced crowd of 8,350 was at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. After the fight Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports says promoter Bob Arum blamed George Bush for the fight’s poor attendance. Arum railed against the “Bush economy.”

Naturally, Arum’s chief rival in life and boxing, Don King, is an ardent Bush supporter.

 

WHO’S THE NEW “POUND FOR POUND” CHAMPION OF BOXING?

June 27, 2008

MANNY PACQUIAO AND DAVID DIAZ FROM PRESS CONFERENCE AT MANDALAY BAY IN LAS VEGAS THIS WEEK

Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz fight for the WBC lightweight championship in Las Vegas this weekend. That fight will go a long way towards determining the new mythical “pound-for-pound” champion in boxing.

With the recent retirement of Floyd Mayweather, many boxing fans and experts are picking Pacquiao as the heir apparent to the title. Writer Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports recently received a ton of critical e-mail when he picked both Joe Calzaghe and Miguel Cotto ahead of Pacquiao on his best pound-for-pound list.

Pacquiao has not been as dominant in recent fights. He was mediocre in a split decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in March. Nonetheless, Pacquaio defended his WBC super featherweight title. And, if he defeats Diaz tomorrow, it will be his fifth title at five different weight classes.

Pacquaio is the more experienced fighter (46-3-2, with 25 KOs) and has fought the bigger name opponents. He has won nine fights in a row despite fighting hall-of-fame competition. Pacquiao has not lost a fight since March of 2005.

Surprisingly, at 29, Pacquaio is actually three years YOUNGER than Diaz, With Pacquaio though it’s not so much the age. It’s the mileage. He has fought a lot of rounds with a lot of great fighters.

MIGUEL COTTO AT A RECENT PREFIGHT WEIGH IN 

Meanwhile, with the retirement of Mayweather, Miguel Cotto looks to become the world’s top welterweight fighter. He takes on Antonio Margarito at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next month.

DE LA HOYA PICTURES WERE FAKE

June 11, 2008

FAKE !

Sorry. Turns out Oscar De La Hoya is not a cross-dressing freak.

 Those pictures of the famed boxer wearing fishnet stockings and other women’s undergarments that were all over the internet last year were “digitally altered.” They’re fake.

Milana Dravnel, the deranged stripper who originally came up with the photos and was suing De La Hoya, has recanted her testimony and dropped her lawsuit. Dravnel was suing De La Hoya for $100 million for defamation. Instead she’ll get nothing after experts determined the pictures were fake and Dravnel was lying.

De La Hoya and his lawyers had requested an arbitrator in the case. According to Judd Burstein (one of De La Hoya’s lawyers),

 

“She was facing very large damages and so she agreed to drop the case. The case would have been dismissed anyway.”

LYING STRIPPER MILANA DRAVNEL IN HER OWN FISHNETS

 

PAVLIK WINS EASILY

June 8, 2008

KELLY PAVLIK

Middleweight boxer Kelly Pavlik picked up an easy win Saturday night with a third round knockout of Gary Lockett.

With Floyd Mayweather announcing his retirement this week and Oscar De La Hoya scheduled to fight just two more times, Pavlik may be the top name in the middleweight division.