Posts Tagged ‘Boxing’

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.

 

 

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.

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.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER RETIRES

June 6, 2008

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

Saying he no longer has the passion to fight, boxer Floyd Mayweather announced his retirement today.

Mayweather is walking away from AT LEAST $20 million by retiring. His next fight was scheduled to be a rematch against Oscar De La Hoya in September. The last Mayweather/De La Hoya match was the richest fight in boxing history.

If he stays retired (the 31-year-old has un-retired before) Mayweather would be one of the few boxers in history to retire undefeated. Mayweather is 39-0 for his career with 25 KO’s. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano was the last major fighter to finish his career undefeated. He retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record.

ROCKY MARCIANO

MIKE TYSON PREDICTS HIS OWN MURDER

June 5, 2008

FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMP TURNED JUST PLAIN HEAVYWEIGHT MIKE TYSON

In an inteview with the New York Post boxer Mike Tyson says he fully expects to be murdered some day. Tyson claims he is still so hated he fears for his life,

 

“I’ve been in prison. In and out of court. Convicted of rape. I already expect the worst to happen. I expect people to treat me bad. I expect one day somebody will blow my brains out over some BS (bulls#*t). No one gives a s#*t about Mike Tyson.”

Meanwhile Tyson might be a pathetic loser but it turns out he may actually have more money left than his former heavyweight opponent Evander Holyfield. According to an AP story out today Holyfield appears to be broke. His $10 million estate in suburban Atlanta is being foreclosed on and Holyfield has also missed several child support payments.

I’ve always said that boxing is such a joke and that these guys are so broke there will eventually be a third Tyson/Holyfield fight. Don’t laugh. The winner can take on Kimbo Slice.

NOTED DEADBEAT DAD, ADULTERER AND ILLEGAL STEROID USER EVANDER HOLYFIELD ONCE TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS ON “FAMILY VALUES”

IS TYE FIELDS READY FOR THE BIGTIME ?

May 30, 2008

TYE FIELDS: GREAT WHITE HYPE ?

For whatever reason, boxer Tye Fields has never captured the imagination of the American public. Despite being 40-1 in his professional boxing career, Fields has never sniffed a title shot.

Critics have ravaged the former Division 1 college basketball player who hooped at Oral Roberts, San Diego State and with the minor league Des Moines Dragons. At 6 foot 8 and 275 pounds, Fields is one of the biggest fighters in boxing history. Fields never fought as an amateur. He went straight from basketball to boxing and didn’t make his professional debut until he was 24.

In his first 14 professional heavyweight fights, Fields was 14-0 with 14 FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUTS. That record is unparalleled in boxing history. I don’t care how bad the quality of the opponents was. I’ve seen Fields fight several times in Las Vegas (always at small venues like the Friday Night Fights at The Orleans) and he is always a crowd favorite.

In recent years Fields has defeated several quality fighters-Saul Montana, Ed Mahone, Maurice Harris and former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon. He has also been trained by respected fight men like Emmanuel Stewart and Jesse Reid. But regardless of these impressive accomplishments, there have always been whispers about Fields and his abilities. Critics continually said he had no stamina. Fields responded by training for and running a marathon.

After winning his last fight in December with a first round knockout of Chris Koval (at The Hard Rock in 43 seconds), Fields still isn’t getting a title shot but at least he’s in the building during one.

Fields will fight veteran Monte Barrett on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao/David Diaz fight in June at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It is Fields’ first appearance on a major card.

RICKY HATTON POST FIGHT BEER

May 26, 2008

BOXER RICKY HATTON ENJOYS A BREW FOLLOWING HIS LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT VICTORY OVER JUAN LAZCANO THIS WEEKEND

 

ENTIRE ALI/LISTON FIGHT WHICH TOOK PLACE ON THIS DATE IN 1965

May 25, 2008

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Watch for the “phantom punch” in the first round.

RICKY HATTON WINS FIGHT

May 25, 2008

RICKY HATTON

Boxer Ricky Hatton retained his IBO light welterweight belt with a 12 round unanimous decision over Juan Lazcano Saturday night in England. Hatton won the fight easily. The judges had it 120-108, 118-110, and 120-108.  Although he dominated the fight, Hatton did not get the knockout before 55,000 screaming fans in Manchester, England.