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Saturday, July 18, 2009

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7/17/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Overall Summary: Lightweight Miguel Vazquez (25-3, 12 KO's) recovered from a 1st round knockdown to upset previously unbeaten Breisdis Prescott (21-1, 18 KO's) by a 10 round split decision. One judge scored the fight 97-92 in favor of Prescott, but it was hard to believe. Vazquez got better as the fight went into the later rounds and should have received a unanimous decision victory. Get your boxing equipment for less.

Prescott started throwing punches from a good range in the first round. He was able to drop Vazquez with a quick left jab to the head. In round 2, Vazquez landed a sneaky right hand that momentarily stunned Prescott. The fight changed after this occurred.

Breisdis Prescott pressed the action and still was in good range, but he was not using his jab enough. This enabled Vazquez to use his jab more to dictate the action. Vazquez was using feints, angles and subtle movements to keep Prescott off his game. Prescott was getting more frustrated as each round passed and was also getting tagged with many punches. Prescott looked too much for the knockout and could not land that one big punch.

In round 5, Vazquez continued to circle and throw his jab. Prescott was looking to hit Vazquez with a big punch, but Vazquez connected with an overhand right. In round 6, Prescott got tagged with a big left hook to the head. Again, Vazquez was in front of Prescott and then got out of range.

Vazquez connected with a clean right to Prescott's jaw and Prescott countered with a left hook to the head in round 7. Vazquez landed a solid left hook to the head in the 8th round and Prescott's left eye and cheek became very swollen.

In round 9, Prescott was throwing a barrage of punches, but they were not on target. In the 10th and final round, Prescott landed a right to the body, but Vazquez countered with a left hook to the head. Vazquez's jab continued to slow Prescott.

The Breidis Prescott that destroyed Amir Khan in one round, did not appear to be the same fighter tonight. It seemed that if Prescott used his jab more and did not get anxious, he possesed the physical attributes and skills to defeat Miguel Vazquez. However, Vazquez fought an intelligent fight. As the fight wore on, Prescott continued to give up his height and reach advantage out of frustration. As a result, Vazquez dictated the pace of the fight and ultimately won.

7/17/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Overall Summary: Making his 4th appearance on "Friday Night Fights", Erislandy Lara defeated the veteran Darnell Boone (16-12-2, 6 KO's) by a 6 round unanimous decision to improve his record to 7-0, 4 KO's. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi.

The southpaw Lara, came out blazing from the opening bell, firing straight lefts to Boone's head. In the 1st round, Boone landed a combination to Lara's body and head. Lara responded by quickly ripping shots at Boone. In the 2nd round, Lara hit Boone with straight lefts to his body. Then, Boone landed shots on the inside, but Lara responded again. Lara fired consecutive straight lefts to Boone's head, followed by a straight left to the body.

In the 3rd round, Lara continued to land hard, clean left hand shots. Lara would patiently wait until Boone fired his punches and then, he would retaliate with his own combinations.

By the 4th round, the edge in hand speed was apparent. Lara would throw his combinations so quickly, that Boone did not have time to counter. Again, Lara would land a left to the body. Every time Lara landed a clean punch, it would momentarily stun Boone.

It looked like Boone was landing more punches in round 5, but it was most likely due to Lara's punch out put dropping a bit.

In the 6th and final round, Lara staggered Boone with many punches. First, Lara landed a hard right hook to the head. Then, he landed a right hook - straight left combination to the head. Boone fell back into the ropes. Lara then landed a straight left to Boone's face and momentarily trapped him in the corner. Lara almost knocked him out, but Boone held on before the bell sounded to end the fight.

Erislandy Lara was born on April 11, 1983 in Cuba. Lara has won three consecutive national amateur championships at welterweight (2005-07), and was the world champion at welterweight in 2005. Lara, who was considered to be one of the favorites at welterweight for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, left the Cuban amateur boxing team on July 22, 2007 during the Pan-American games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lara left the team with Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz, and initially was reported to be turning professional with ARENA Box-Promotion and Ahmet Oener. However, Lara was subsequently arrested with Rigondeaux, and stated that he wanted to return to Cuba. Lara subsequently escaped from Cuba again via speedboat to Mexico. He has since signed with Arena Box-Promotion and turned professional in July 2008.

Friday, July 17, 2009

7/17/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Round 1: Johnson attacks with a series of straight lefts. He lands a left uppercut to Paulo's head and body. Paulo is getting hit with hard, accurate punches and appears stunned.

Round 2: Johnson is using his range more in this round. Johnson continues to land powerful lefts. Paulo lands a counter left hook to the head. Johnson swarms Paulo with punches as his back is against the ropes. Palo is getting nailed with lefts to the head and swelling starts to appear on his face.

Round 3: Johnson continues to beat Paulo to the punch. Johnson hits Paulo with a straight left to the body. Paulo is throwing his punches from too far away.

Round 4: Johnson throws his right jab more. Paulo's face and head are more swollen. A left uppercut - straight left combination lands for Johnson. Johnson is using more feints. Paulo charges forward and lands a short right cross before the bell sounds to end the round. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Overall Summary:
Junior middleweight prospect Yudel Johnson (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Justin Paulo (1-1, 0 KO's) by a 4 round unanimous decision. The Cuban southpaw, hammered Paulo with hard left hand shots all fight. This also was Justin Paulo's second professional fight, but he was vastly over matched by the former 2004 silver medalist in the Athens Olympic Games. Putting Paulo in with a fighter of Johnson's caliber so early on in his career, may have damaging effects. Although both fighters were entering their 2nd professional fights, Paulo does not possess the experience Johnson has acquired in the amateur ranks.

Johnson was also the featherweight gold medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games, as well as the Light Welterweight gold medalist at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games. Johnson was defeated by Carlos Banteaux in the finals of the Cuban national championships in the welterweight class, preventing Johnson from making a second appearance at the Olympic games. In the spring of 2009, Johnson defected to turn professional.

7/17/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights


Overall Summary
: Guillermo Rigondeaux improves his professional record to 2-0, 2 KO's by stopping Robert Guillen with a perfectly placed, counter left to the body in the 1st round. The Cuban southpaw, was very patient before letting his hands go and landed hard left uppercuts and straight lefts. Get cheap boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside. The 2000 and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist preferred to counter punch Guillen rather than initiating the action.

There is no professional boxing in Cuba. Rigondeaux fled for the United States to begin a professional career, leaving behind his wife and son."El Chacal" was not allowed to box anymore when it was rumored he defected after he failed to appear at the weigh-in for the July 2007 Pan-Am games. Rigondeaux returned to camp the next day and stated that he was at a bar all night, but was kicked off the national team.

Tonight, Rigondeaux was very impressive yet again on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". This focused and determined 122lb. fighter is on the fast track to world a title. Because of his stellar amateur background, Guillermo Rigondeaux can step up his level of competition sooner than most fighters could at this point in their career.

Mayweather - Marquez: Conference Call

Floyd Mayweather Jr.:

"The biggest fight in boxing is Mayweather vs. anyone. It doesn't matter who I fight."

"I don't call out or chase opponents. Opponents have to chase me."

"It's like a t-bone steak. Basically I ate all the meat off the steak and then threw them the bone."

"I know in my heart that Marquez is going to be at his best. He always comes out and performs to the best of his ability."

"I feel that my family bond is stronger if we stick together and I feel we're weak if we spread out."

"I'm going down in history as one of the best, one of the best of all time, if not the best."

Speaking about Juan Manuel Marquez:

"I know in my heart that Marquez is going to be at his best. He always comes out and performs to the best of his ability. I'm back training and you're going to get one hell of a fight."

"Marquez is a Mexican warrior. He represents the Mexican community extremely well and the heritage extremely well. I know he's going to be at his best when he comes to face the best, so the only thing I've got to do is go out there and be me. Be sharp and be smart."

On retirement and getting back in the ring:

"I had my first fight in 1987 and I had never had a break, so I guess my body needed a break. You know, everybody needs a break, everybody needs a vacation. Boxing is still in me. I still miss the sport."

"I've been off almost two years now. So, when you've been off two years, you have a chance to relax and just grow as a human being mentally. Not physically, but mentally. Because I feel what makes you a man is taking care of your responsibilities."

"If my body's going to be taking any type of abuse, and my hands are going to be taking any type of abuse, I might as well do it and get under the lights, and do what I like to do - to perform for my fans. I can't wait to get out there on September 19."

"I'm the best at my job because I push myself to the limit at my job. I get to the boxing gym before everybody else. If I get there when everybody else is training, I train so long everybody leaves."

"I already know I'm not worried about the Pay-Per-View numbers. I already know we're going to do good numbers. That's not what I'm chasing. That's going to happen regardless. I want to go out there and perform well for all the fans."

"Hopefully I will be remembered in my own way, and hopefully that's in a good way. Like a lot people say Ali but I think Ali stood for one hell of a cause in his era. And, I take my hat off to all of the champions, but I just want to be known as just one great fighter. Just one great fighter that fought the best in his era."

Speaking about his injury:

"Well when it happened, I tried to work through it. I was fine for a while, but then it happened again and I was like, well you know what; I can't try to be a superhero or be Superman."

"It's best to take your time - take a little time off, let it heal and come back so when I do go out and perform I'll be able to perform to the best of my ability for my fans."

"I've been through a lot of physical mishaps before, but only the strong can survive. I'm one of the strong ones. So I just didn't want to go into this fight like I went into other fights in the past where I wasn't 100%."

"I've been training since last week. All I've been doing is running, basketball, or doing a lot of pull-ups and push-ups and dips. You know, getting myself back into shape. Today I'm going to the boxing gym and will probably start working on the floor."

About his

"My dad is coming around now. He is teaching his oldest grandson how to box. So that's a good thing. He's coming to the birthday parties of his granddaughters. He's spending more time with his grand kids, getting to know his grandkids, and that's the main thing that counts."

"You've got to realize, my kids are the future of the Mayweather family and of the Mayweather brand. I feel that we're stronger - I feel that my family bond is stronger if we stick together and I feel we're weak if we spread out."

"If you want to learn about the sport of boxing, all you have to do is hang around the Mayweather family. All Roger does is watch boxing all day and study boxing all day. Now me - all I do is sit in the movie theater in my house and eat junk food, like I'm doing right now."

On Manny Pacquiao:

"Everybody on this phone knows that Pacquiao's not going to get a 50/50 with Floyd Mayweather. Go back and look at the numbers he did with David Diaz. People seem to forget about certain things. If you go look at what Pacquiao's grossed in his last two fights, and you see what I've grossed in my last two fights, and you go from there. Its still is a business even though it's a sport."

"Marquez is a guy that really deserves a shot at me so he can make some good money. If Manny Pacquiao really wants to fight me, all he has to do is say it."

"As of right now, Pacquiao - if he's one of the top fighters in the sport - he's got to ask for the fight. I'm not trying to tear him out of the frame. It's not a bad thing with Pacquiao. He has a bad deal."

On being boxing's pound-for-pound champ:

"If pound-for-pound pays any extra money, then you know I'm proud to say, 'Oh, yeah, I'm pound-for-pound.' But if it doesn't pay extra money, I'm happy with who I am as a person and I'm happy with my team."

"So, when these guys are beating each other and the title is switching hands, it's no different from when people talk about Manny Pacquiao. And I'm not saying that he hasn't done his job, but he hasn't done anything that I haven't done. All he did was follow right behind me."

"I've beat everybody - it's like a steak. It's like a t-bone steak. Basically I ate all the meat off the steak and then threw them the bone."

Speaking about the tragic deaths of Arturo Gatti & Alexis Arguello:

"I just want to say, blessing to the Gatti family. Blessings to Artuo Gatti, because he was one hell of a warrior."

"I just try to keep my mind focused on the positive and hopefully raising my kids to be the best that they can be once they become young adults in this world. I try not to keep my mind focused on tragedies, but Alexis Arguello was probably one of the best junior lightweights to ever put on a pair of gloves."

"We know Gatti never turned away from any opponent - never turned his back on any opponent. He fought anybody that was put in front of him and was a beast. He's a guy that could get knocked down four or five times and come right back. I guess he had throwback fights - he'd get knocked down four or five times, he'd come back in one shot. I mean, it would be lights out for you."

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions:

"September 19 obviously is Mexican Independence Day weekend and it's the biggest weekend of the year, but its Floyd's night."

Juan Manuel Marquez:

"Obviously, I have a lot of heart. I'm Mexican. I like to get up there. I like to fight."

"Winning will be the gift of my life (Marquez celebrates his birthday August 23)."

About Floyd Mayweather:

"It's a very hard fight, but mentally I'm preparing myself to win and I feel I can beat Mayweather."

"Winning will be the gift of my life (Marquez celebrates his birthday August 23). The best gift of my life. I'm preparing myself and I'm putting all the ingredients together so I can beat Mayweather."

"I'm getting ready for the best Mayweather ever. I'm not thinking about his retirement. I'm getting ready for the best guy possible...the best fighter in the world."

On the rescheduling:

"I did get some rest. Nacho is a very experienced trainer. He's a very smart person and he knew that I shouldn't burn myself out. I took about a week to ten days off and I came back fresh, motivated and ready to go."

On his fights with Manny Pacquiao:

"I feel that I beat him both times. The first one was very close and I felt that I pulled it off. It was called a draw. And the second fight, I felt that I clearly beat him. I clearly beat him and I should have been on top on the points but for whatever reason, the judges - they saw a different fight that night."

On being the underdog:

"I think that life is full of surprises. This is what motivates me. This is what makes me train hard. When I wake up in the morning, it makes me want to train harder, run faster and longer."

"I'm going to be in better condition and I'm going to be focused 100%. These are the kind of fights that motivate me. I'm going to prove everybody wrong."

"Everything's going great. I have a great plan and I'm feeling a lot stronger already. I'm building up the right weight - not just to build up weight, but to build myself up and be very strong. I can feel the difference already."

"Obviously, I have a lot of heart. I'm Mexican. I like to get up there. I like to fight."

Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions:

"Marquez wants to challenge the best and that's why we're here - because he's challenging the best in Mayweather. We all know that Mayweather's the best fighter on the planet and therefore Marquez wanted to fight the best."

"The winner of this fight should be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. We can make a strong argument for that."

"People are going to watch to see Mayweather lose in September because Marquez is that good."

"I felt more skill coming out of Mayweather than I did with Pacquiao. That's the reason why we named the fight Numero Uno/Number One - because they are fighting to see who the number one fighter is on the planet."

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

"To the millions of fight fans who were so greatly waiting for his return - Floyd Mayweather is feeling better, everything is going well, he is back in training and he has shown a recommitment to the sport of boxing."

"Contrary to some reports, which probably originated from some promoters and people who are not involved with the fight, this fight is doing extremely well. It's shaping up to become one of the biggest non-heavyweight gates in Las Vegas history. Several of the price categories are sold out already."

"It will be the most covered weigh-in ever because everybody wants to know what the weight is. So make sure you don't miss it."

Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One/Numero Uno,"
is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Marquez Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, Quaker State, Dewalt Tools, Affliction Clothing and Southwest Airlines. The 12-round bout will take place Saturday, September 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

HBO's Emmy®-Award-winning all-access reality series "24/7" returns to HBO® with an all new edition as "Mayweather/Marquez 24/7" premieres Saturday, August 29 at 10:15 pm ET/PT. The four-episode series will chronicle the preparations and back stories of both fighters as they train for their September 19 pay-per-view showdown.

Tickets priced at $1,000, $750, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, $600 and $300 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or Tickets previously purchased for the July 18 date will be honored. Get cheap boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Speaks With ESPN's Brian Kenny Again

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2 Rematches Have Been Signed

On September 19th, Chris John will defend his WBA Featherweight title against Rocky Juarez in a rematch on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez HBO PPV undercard. John vs. Juarez II was originally scheduled for June 27th, but John pulled out because he was ill.

On November 28th, Lucian Bute will face Librado Andrade in a rematch for Bute's IBF super middleweight title on HBO's "Boxing After Dark". The fight will take place in Montreal or Quebec City.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hasegawa Wins Again, Stops Rocha In 1st Round

From the Associated Press:

KOBE, Japan -- WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan kept his title by stopping Nestor Rocha of the United States in the first round.

Hasegawa sent Rocha to the canvas twice Tuesday before the referee stopped the bout after 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

This was Hasegawa's ninth title defense. He improved to 27-2, 11 by knockout. Rocha was bidding for his first world title and dropped to 21-2 with seven KOs.

In an earlier bout, Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua retained his WBA minimumweight crown with a unanimous decision over Katsunari Takayama of Japan.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

SHOWTIME 7/11/09

Pictured: (Top - Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko, Bottom - Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan) - Bantamweights

Round 1: Darchinyan presses forward firing his signature straight left. Agbeko lands a right followed by a left hook to the head. Darchinyan hits Agbeko with a left hand. Agbeko counters with a right. Darchinyan appears to be slightly stunned. Darchinyan lands another straight left.

Round 2: Good exchanges. Agbeko lands some rights and Darchinyan lands his straight left. Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a left hook. Darchinyan is aggressively throwing his left. Agbeko nails Darchinyan with a right hand lead. Darchinyan lands a straight left to Agbeko's body.

Round 3: Agbeko nails Darchinyan again with a straight right followed by a left hook. Darchinyan charges Agbeko. Agbeko steps back and fires his shots. Darchinyan lands a straight left. Agbeko lands a straight right. Darchinyan started to have swelling under his left eye. Both fighters are throwing bombs. Agbeko tags Darchinyan with a left hook.

Round 4: Both fighters jab. Darchinyan fires a straight left. Agbeko lands a left hook. Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a right hand lead. Darchinyan lands consecutive straight lefts.

Round 5: Agbeko is busier and lands a left hook. Another right hand lead lands for Agbeko. Darchinyan is throwing one punch at a time and can't stop that right hand lead. Darchinyan needs to put his punches together. Agbeko is continually beating Darchinyan to the punch.

Round 6: Darchinyan's face is swollen. Agbeko is landing more straight rights. Darchinyan is showing signs of slowing down.

Round 7: Agbeko has more energy. Darchinyan is one-dimensional and is having trouble landing a clean shot. Agbeko is starting to dominate and take control of this fight. Darchinyan throws a straight left and scores a knockdown, but after seeing the replay, Agbeko clearly slipped. Darchinyan is being kept off-balanced because of Agbeko's right hand lead. The time keeper made a mistake and this round lasted 4 minutes.

Round 8: Darchinyan lands an overhand left. Agbeko counters with a right. A right hand lead wobbles Darchinyan. Agbeko presses forward, throwing his right. Darchinyan throws his left and hits Agbeko low. Darchinyan lands a straight left: toe-to-toe action

Round 9: Darchinyan lands a straight left, but Agbeko is moving his shoulders well. Darchinyan is still being kept off-balanced by Agbeko's output of punches. Agbeko lands a right and Darchinyan lands a left. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Round 10: Darchinyan fires and lands a right hook. Agbeko starts throwing hooks. Darchinyan is bleeding above his right eye from an accidental clash of heads. Darchinyan hits Agbeko with a straight left, but takes a straight right from Agbeko. Agbeko is keeping his chin tucked in and is staying low.

Round 11:
Agbeko hits Darchinyan with a straight right followed by a left hook. Darchinyan pushes Agbeko to the canvas. Darchinyan is looking to land a straight left, but he struggles as Agbeko gets his punches off first. Agbeko continues to beat Darchinyan to the punch.

Round 12: Agbeko lands another straight right. Darchinyan counters with a left. Agbeko continues to land his shots. A battered and bloody Darchinyan, cannot do much damage with his one-dimensional attack.

Overall Summary: Well fight fans, no controversy from the judges on this bout. Joseph Agbeko clearly won this fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. Vic Darchinyan had absolutely no answer for Agbeko's right hand lead. Agbeko did most of the damage to Darchinyan in this fight with that punch. Darchinyan was not able to overwhelm a bigger opponent with his one-dimensional attack of firing a powerful straight left hand. Agbeko beat Darchinyan to the punch all night long and possessed the superior hand speed. Darchinyan could not alter his style. He was lunging in and telegraphing his punches. Agbeko knew what was coming, adjusted and used his range to fire accurate right hands before Darchinyan could get his punches to the target.

It's not a mystery how Vic Darchinyan fights. His style was effective in the past because his damaging punching power hurt fighters that were his size or smaller. He cannot dominate a bigger man the same way. This is his second professional defeat against a bigger opponent; the other coming at the hands of the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire. Darchinyan aggressively comes forward and tries to overwhelm his opponents with his powerful left hand. This style is not effective against an opponent like Agbeko, who is taller, faster, slips punches efficiently and is naturally the bigger man.

Darchinyan's right jab was missing tonight too. He did not use it enough and as a result, got hit more coming forward. At times, the 33 year old Darchinyan will use his jab to find range, but does not throw his punches off of it or set up combinations. Boxing's old cliche continues to be true: "A good big man beats a good small man." Tonight, Joseph Agbeko showed the world that he is a complete fighter.

Joseph Agbeko's record now stands 27-1, 22 KO's at while Vic Darchinyan falls to 32-2-1, 26 KO's.

SHOWTIME 7/11/09

Demarco KO'S Adjaho in 9 Rounds - Lightweights

Round 1: Adjaho is cautious; not throwing too many punches. Demarco is feeling Adjaho out; lands a straight left. Demarco stuns Adjaho with a straight left. Demarco is pressing the action as the bell rings.

Round 2: Action picks up. Adjaho throws a straight right. Demarco is waiting too long to fire his punches. Adjaho is the busier fighter. Demarco is not using his edge in punching power.

Round 3: Adjaho comes forward and lands a right. Demarco counters by firing a straight left. Demarco appears hesitant to take the initative. Adjaho lands a solid right as Demarco was about to fire a straight left. Adjaho hits Demarco with consecutive rights to the body.

Round 4: Demarco fires a double right jab followed by a straight left. Demarco hesistant to let his hands go. Adjaho throws his jab. Demarco starts to increase his punch output. Demarco lands a combination with Adjaho against the ropes. A straight left by Demarco pushes Adjaho back into the ropes.

Round 5: Demarco presses forward and lands his shots. Adjaho lands some straight rights. Demarco becomes the aggressor. Demarco has an advantage when applying pressure because Adjaho does not fight well moving backwards.

Round 6: Adjaho lands a straight right to the head. Adjaho rolls with the punches well. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi Demarco lands a straight left. A hard straight left - right hook combination rocks Adjaho. Demarco pressures and Adjaho ties up.

Round 7: Adjaho lands an overhand right. Demarco takes the punch well. Demarco pressures, but Adjaho ties up. Adjaho jabs as Demarco applies more pressure. Adjaho lands a left hook. Demarco fires a straight left.

Round 8: Adjaho lands a straight right. A left hook stuns Demarco. Demarco comes back strong. Demarco lands a straight left followed by a right hook.

Round 9: Demarco presses forward. Adjaho uses a shoulder roll to avoid Demarco's shots. Demarco lands a straight left. Adjaho jabs and throws a straight right. A right uppercut lands for Demarco. Demarco nails Adjaho with a hard, straight left. Adjaho moves away as if he does not want to engage anymore. As Adjaho goes to take a knee, Demarco fires and lands an overhand left. Adjaho stays motionless on his chest as the referee counts to 10, and signals the fight is over!

Overall Summary: Antonio Demarco improves his record to 22-1-1, 16 KO's. In the beginning of the fight, Demarco was hesistant to use his edge in hand speed to fire and land the hard shots fans are used to seeing. Anges Adjaho was doing well and was not giving Demarco a stationary target, but he did not fight well when Demarco stepped up the pressure. Demarco was patient with his output of punches. As the fight moved into the later rounds, Demarco was finding a home for his straight left.

Adjaho was a tough challenge, but the punches he landed did not have a lasting effect on Demarco. Demarco clearly landed the harder shots in the bout. Adjaho's awkward movements and feints made it difficult for Demarco to place his punches accurately, but when Demarco landed, he made his punches count.

Anges Adjaho's professional record falls to 25-2, 14 KO's.

R.I.P. ARTURO GATTI 4/15/72 - 7/11/09

Rest In Peace Arturo Gatti
4/15/72 - 7/11/09

From the Associated Press Wire

The wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti was detained as a suspect by Brazilian authorities Sunday following his death at a posh seaside resort.

Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation. Gatti's body was found early Saturday in a hotel room at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil.

The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told The Associated Press that the Canadian also had a head injury.

The investigation was not complete, but Saraiva said authorities were preparing to present a formal accusation against Rodrigues, who denied being involved in her husband's death.

Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours in the room without noticing that Gatti was already dead.

Police were investigating witness reports that the couple fought and Gatti was drunk when he returned to his room Friday night, Saraiva said, adding that police were told the pair were extremely jealous of each other and that he constantly complained of her clothing when she traveled to Brazil.

Acelino "Popo" Freitas, a four-time world champion Brazilian boxer, told Globo TV's Web site on Saturday that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife and that he "knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate."

The couple's 1-year-old son, who was unhurt, was with Rodrigues' sister, Saraiva said.

The 37-year-old Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward branded him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.

Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the junior welterweight title in 1995, when he defeated Tracy Harris Patterson in Atlantic City.

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Jesse Brinkley Wins 8 in a Row, outpoints Mike Paschall

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7/10/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights

Matt Godfrey Wins 10 Round Unanimous Decision
Over Shawn Hawk
- Cruiserweights

Matt Godfrey used his slick boxing skills to outpoint a previously unbeaten Shawn Hawk (18-1-1, 16 KO's) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed "Too Smooth", Godfrey (19-1, 10 KO's) was exactly that as Hawk never got close enough to do any damage in this fight. New boots for your fast feet. Boxing shoes on sale. Godfrey controlled the distance and landed most of his punches off his right jab. Hawk tried to pressure, but Godfrey had the edge in hand speed and landed many straight lefts and right hooks to Hawk's head. At times, Godfrey would tee off with combinations and Hawk was not quick enough or in the range to counter back.

Matt Godfrey showed good movement and possesses fast hands, but Shawn Hawk did not challenge Godfrey's skills the way higher ranked cruiserweights can. Godfrey was composed all fight, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts if someone can rattle him. He will surely be tested against an opponent that can apply a lot of pressure, while landing a volume of punches. A possible future opponent that could better test his skill level is BJ Flores (23-0-1, 14 KO's).

7/10/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights

Derek Ennis Wins 6 Round Unanimous Decision
Over John Mackey - Junior Middleweights

Round 1: Ennis landed more punches in combination than Mackey. Mackey landed a strong counter right hook to the head.

Round 2: Ennis floors Mackey with a hard right hand. Mackey comes back and lands a combination with Ennis on the ropes. Ennis is showing move movement and is looking to counter Mackey.

Round 3: Mackey lands a straight left-right hook combination. Mackey is stalking; Ennis is looking to land a straight counter right. Ennis lands a straight right. Mackey lands a straight left.

Round 4: Ennis is landing more combinations. Mackey lands some punches with Ennis against the ropes. Mackey lands some straight lefts, but Ennis rolls with the punches. Roll? Save money on your next judo gi. Ennis flurries.

Round 5: Ennis lands a counter right. Ennis is not using his jab. Ennis is looking to counter Mackey coming inside.

Round 6: Mackey lands a left uppercut to the body. Ennis lands a right. Mackey is throwing combinations. Ennis knocks Mackey down with a straight right. Mackey gets rocked again, but fights back. Ennis lands a left hook as Mackey falls into the ropes.

Overall Summary: This was a good competitive fight. John Mackey pressed the action, but also was looking to counter punch Derek Ennis. Ennis possessed slick movement, threw faster combinations and landed the harder shots. At times, Ennis was also looking to land counter punches. However, Ennis did not use his jab much and that could have made this victory come easier for him. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Derek Ennis improves his record to 18-2-1, 12 KO's while John Mackey falls to 11-4-2, 5 KO's.

Friday, July 10, 2009

7/10/09 ESPN'S Friday Night Fights

Chris Henry TKO'S Shaun George In 6 Rounds - Light Heavyweight Bout

Round 1: Both fighters slug it out. George tags Henry with consecutive right hands and lands a left hook to the head. George lands a right uppercut. George lands another flush right to the head followed by a right to the body. Henry has no answer for George's right hand shots.

Round 2: Henry presses forward, lands a left hook. George lands a straight right to the head. Henry gets nailed by another hard right hand. Henry lands some body shots with George on the ropes.

Round 3: Henry presses the action. Henry lands a right to the body and roughs up George on the inside. Henry appears more determined than George. George gets stunned by an overhand right.

Round 4: Henry continues to press the action. Henry hits George with a right to the body. George lands a left hook-right combination to Henry's head. George lands a lunging right hand.

Round 5: Henry hits George with an overhand right. Henry throws and lands some body shots. Henry lands consecutive right hand shots with George on the ropes. George is not throwing punches back. Henry lands a right to the body and head.

Round 6: Henry lands a flush right. Henry drops George with a vicious right to the head. Henry fires a right to the body and lands another right to the head. George is floored again by a hard right. Referee Steve Smoger stops the bout.

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Overall Summary: Although Chris Henry got tagged with hard right hands in the beginning of the fight, he showed great poise to attain a victory over Shaun George. Throughout this bout, Henry pressed the action and landed many clean, right hand shots. George never had an answer for Henry's pressure and aggressiveness.

George's work rate declined with each passing round. He started the fight strong by landing clean right hand shots to Henry's head. Henry weathered the storm and kept pressing forward. George's legs began to look weak and he was not throwing many punches after getting hit. Mentally, George looked befuddled. Henry found a home for his accurate and hard right hand. After the early rounds, the fight turned drastically in Henry's favor. Toward the end of the 3rd round, Henry hit George with a solid right that stunned him. From that point on, George looked as if he was going through the motions to just finish the fight on his feet. Henry continued to hurt him with several, vicious rights to the head until referee Steve Smoger halted the action in the 6th round.

Chris Henry improves his record to 24-2, 19 KO's while Shaun George drops to 18-3-2, 9 KO's.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Future Middleweight Champion of the World?

"Champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. They have no use for helicopters!"
- Judi Adler

His name is Peter Quillin. Among hardcore boxing fans and people in the New York City area he is known as "Kid Chocolate". His close friends call him "Petey". At 20-0, 15 KO's, he is one of boxing's fastest rising middleweight contenders and perhaps the future middleweight champion of the world. If you have not heard of him, you will soon!

Peter Quillin was born in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and now resides in the hotbed of great past and present boxing talent Brooklyn, New York. Born on June 22, 1983, this Cuban-American is acquiring an extremely large following especially in the New York City area. He signed with Cedric Kushner Promotions in 2006. Eighteen of his twenty fights have taken place in New York. Peter has knocked out 11 of his first 12 opponents in 2 rounds or less.

Peter acquired the nickname "Kid Chocolate" from someone in the boxing gym that said he resembled the Cuban native Eligio Sardinias-Montalbo. Sardinias-Montalbo was first given that nickname and inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. However, Eligio Sardinias-Montalbo fought most of his career at Featherweight. Eligio was the Junior Lightweight champ from 1931-1933 and the New York World Featherweight champ from 1932-1934. He was one of the most popular fighters in New York in the late 1920's through the 1930's. Like Quillin, Sardinias-Montalbo possessed exceptional speed and power in both hands. His notable fights were against Jackie "Kid" Berg (twice - L10 1930, L15 1932), Benny Bass (TKO 7 1931), Tony Canzoneri (twice - L15 1931, KO'D 2 1933), Lew Feldman (TKO 12 1932) and Johnny Farr (4 times - 3 Times W10 in 1932, W10 1933).
I have had the privilege to witness over half of Peter's fights live. He looks more mature each time he steps foot into the ring. Peter appears patient and composed when on the offensive and calm on defense. He does not panic when under attack. That comes from believing in himself through his corner men, quality training and acquired ring experience. He also possesses devastating punching power with either hand. Peter has tremendous hand speed, agility, and athletic ability. Peter hits harder, or just as hard as any middleweight out there.

At Peter's 2nd professional fight, I was approached by someone and asked, "What do I think of him?" I replied, "He has the potential to be a champion someday, as long as he stays on the right path and continues to train hard. He has the tools, but looks a little raw." My observation told me that he did not have many amateur fights. Peter had only 15 amateur fights and it shows just how far he has come in a short period of time.

A few of his notable wins have come against Dionisio Miranda (W10) and Antwun Echols (W10). Antwun Echols battled the living legend Bernard Hopkins twice. Bernard Hopkins once said that no one hit him harder than Antwun Echols. His last fight was against veteran Sam Hill. Quillin defeated Sam Hill by TKO 10 in Manchester, New Hampshire on 9/17/08.

Some potential fan-favorite match ups in the near future could be against James McGirt Jr., Joe Greene, Ronald Hearns, Daniel Jacobs, Giovanni Lorenzo and Andy Lee.

One of his trademarks that makes him popular to fight fans, besides throwing sharp left hooks and hard right hands, is his post-fight treats. Quillin carries chocolate candy with him to the ring and showers the crowd with it after the conclusion of his fights.

Peter Quillin trains at the Trinity Boxing Club in Lower Manhattan. On Saturday June 27th, I had the opportunity to speak with him during a break from his rigorous training.

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Question: What was it like growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan?

Answer: "I fought in the streets all the time. Something had to change, so I moved to New York."

Question: How did that whole process happen?

Answer: "My manager John Seip said to come to New York City. Then, I met Colin Morgan at the Crunch Gym in 2004. We clicked and he became my trainer. I'm going in the direction I'm going because of him. I was supposed to work with some people who work with Floyd Mayweather Jr. out in Las Vegas, but decided to make New York City my new home. I went to the Trinity Boxing Club. Martin Snow, who is owner of the gym thought that I would be good at training people. While training in the gym, I teach people here how to box."

Question: How valuable was the experience you took away after fighting Antwun Echols?

Answer: "I learned as much in that fight as my previous 17 combined."

Question: How has your sparring helped you to get where you have gotten so far?

Answer: "I've sparred with Guillermo Jones, Sechew Powell, Travis Simms, Curtis Stevens and Danny Jacobs. Most of my sparring took place in Brooklyn. Each sparring partner brings something different to the table."

Question: What did you think of Danny Jacobs' win last night?

Answer: "He looked good."

Question: What was your sparring session with Danny Jacobs like?

Answer: "People think there are winners in sparring. I sparred with him before his pro debut about a 1 year ago. We both held our own."

Question: How do you feel about how your career has gone thus far?

Answer: "I'm just building my career one brick at a time. It won't be a house until I am a world champion."

Question: What is your biggest asset, either offensively or defensively?

Answer: "My brute power."

Question: What's your favorite place to fight?

Answer: "Madison Square Garden."

Question: Who is the best fighter out there?

Answer: "Arthur Abraham."

Question: Really? What about Kelly Pavlik?

Answer: "I hope I have the opportunity to fight both of them someday."

Question: What do you think of the middleweights out there?

Answer: "They are all going to have to fight me eventually."

Question: Are other fighters avoiding you now?

Answer: "Maybe, I don't know."

Question: Who would you like to fight right now?

Answer: "Paul Williams - I envision I can take him with no problem. It would be a great fight for him once he knows who I am."

Question: When is your next fight?

Answer: "It's scheduled for August 19th in New York."

Question: What's your approach to training?

Answer: "If you do something go all out. I'm in the gym all the time....staying ready."

Question: What are you weighing now?

Answer: "I'm walking around at my fight weight." (Peter than showed me a picture taking last Saturday.) He looked in phenomenal shape and has extremely ripped abs.

Question: What are your hobbies?

Answer: "I enjoy playing video games and I have exotic pets."

Question: What type of exotic pets?

Answer: "I have 4 snakes, 1 cat, a tarantula, 2 scorpions that have 11-12 babies each, a pacman frog, and a parrot named Frankie Quillin.

Question: Why did you name him Frankie?

Answer: "It's my good friend Christian's middle name."

Question: Lastly, where did you get the idea to throw chocolate candy into the audience after your fights?

Answer: "A friend that was at Trinity told me as a joke to do it."

I would like to thank Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin for taking the time to do this interview along with the Trinity Boxing Club located in Lower Manhattan.

Sources: (The Boxing Register - International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book 4th Edition Roberts, James B. and Skutt, Alexander G.
pp 154-155)

6/27/09 HBO


Marcos Rene Maidana showed tremendous heart, courage and a will to win on Saturday night stopping Victor Ortiz in 6 rounds. This junior welterweight from Argentina got up from knockdowns in the 1st round and twice in the 2nd round to emerge victorious in front of the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He dropped Ortiz once in the 1st round and again in round 6. Maidana showed great bravery trading shots with Ortiz every round. The ringside doctor called for the fight to be stopped after observing Ortiz during round 6 after Maidana knocked him down.

Round 1: Maidana attacks Ortiz. He is pressing forward and landed a left hook to Ortiz's head.
Ortiz tries to get inside, but Maidana lands another left hook to the head. Maidana lands an overhand right. Ortiz lands a hard counter right hook that drops Maidana near the ropes. Maidana gets up and floors Ortiz with a straight right to the head. Maidana jumps on an unsteady Ortiz. Ortiz lands a short left uppercut and right hook to Maidana's head. Ortiz lands a flurry and Maidana counters with a right.

Round 2: Maidana lands an overhand right. Maidana coming forward and Ortiz is trying to counter him. An overhand right followed by a left hook to the body lands for Maidana. Ortiz fires back. Ortiz lands a right uppercut-right hook combination. Maidana is making Ortiz fight at a furious pace. Ortiz drops Maidana with a hard right hook to the head. Ortiz jumps on him again landing a right uppercut. A straight left sends Maidana into the ropes. Another right hook to the head floors Maidana.

Round 3: Both fighters jab to the body. Maidana lands an overhand right. Ortiz responds with a volume of punches. Maidana stuns Ortiz with a right to the head. Maidana attacks, but backs off when Ortiz lands a right hook. Ortiz hits Maidana with a straight left.

Round 4: Maidana hits Ortiz with a right. Ortiz nails Maidana with a straight left. Maidana is throwing wild punches. Ortiz hits Maidana with a right hook to the head.

Round 5: Ortiz lands a short right uppercut and then swarms Maidana with a volume of punches. He hits Maidana with a right uppercut. Maidana lands a solid right to Ortiz's head. Ortiz lands an overhand left. Chasing Ortiz, Maidana lands a short left uppercut. Ortiz lands a right hook to the body, but Maidana counters with a sharp left hook that cuts Ortiz above his right eye. Ortiz fights back and Maidana lands a right. Both fighters are throwing knockout like punches. Maidana lands consecutive hard right hands to Ortiz's head. The last one caused huge swelling under Ortiz's left eye.

Round 6: Maidana attacks and lands an overhand right. Maidana drops Ortiz with a series of rights. The ringside doctor looks at Ortiz and stops the fight.

Ortiz was battling hard, but when he got in trouble, he faded under pressure. Ortiz looked as if he did not want to fight entering the 6th round. After the fight, he told HBO's analyst Max Kellerman that he rather lose like this than on his back because he wants to speak well when he's older. Ortiz also said that he has a lot of thinking to do because he should not be taking a beating like this.

Are you kidding me? Well, welcome to boxing Victor! Victor Ortiz is a disgrace and here is why. There are fighters out there, who are waiting for an opportunity that may never come, to fight on a major network such as HBO. Fighters are training right now in gyms, hoping that one day they can fight on television. Ortiz is an embarrassment to HBO, Golden Boy Promotions and himself. He does not have the true character that "real" fighters have deep down when the going gets tough. Especially in these economic times, there are many guys out there that could really use the opportunity to showcase their skills on HBO, Showtime, ESPN2, Versus.....that would NEVER quit.

With all this being said, full credit goes out to Marcos Rene Maidana in his first fight in the United States. Hopefully, HBO will be showing Maidana again. Maidana is a guy that leaves it all out there knowing his opportunity may never come again. Maybe Golden Boy Promotions has been promoting the wrong guy? It is upsetting that some fighters are being promoted in this day and age like they are hall of famers way before they have proved anything. Hopefully, Ortiz will not be receiving air time from the networks again. That opportunity needs to be truly earned and awarded to someone like Marcos Rene Maidana. For fighters that show the effort and guts like Maidana, why does it take so long for a network to give them an opportunity?

Marcos Rene Maidana improves his record to 26-1, 25 KO's. His lone defeat was a razor thin 12 round split decision loss to Andriy Kotelnik in Germany. Victor Ortiz's record drops to 24-2-1, 19 KO's.

6/27/09 TOP RANK PPV

Lopez Forces Lontchi To Quit On Stool After 9 Rounds

Round 1: Lopez pushes Lontchi back with a combination. Lontchi circles as Lopez presses forward throwing a right jab and right hook. Lontchi lands a left hook to the body. Lopez fires a straight left followed by a right hook to Lontchi's head. Lontchi walked into a right hook. Lopez placed a good right hook to the body.

Round 2: Lopez is aggressively coming forward landing straight lefts and right hooks. A straight left - right hook combo drops Lontchi in the corner. Lopez lands a counter right hook to the head.

Round 3: Lopez continues to press forward landing a series of straight lefts and right hooks.

Round 4: Lopez gets Lontchi in the corner and bangs away with a right hook to the body. Lontchi fires a straight right to Lopez's head. With Lopez attacking, Lontchi lands a counter left hook to the body while against the ropes. Lopez continues to fire and land his punches in volume; just landed a right jab - straight left.

Round 5: Lopez hits Lontchi with a right hook to the body. Lontchi lands a good straight right to Lopez's head. Lontchi nails Lopez with a straight right again to the head. Lopez hits Lontchi in the head with his right jab.

Round 6: Lopez presses forward throwing combinations off his right jab. He landed some solid right hooks to Lontchi's body toward the end of the round.

Round 7: Lopez is firing a series of left uppercuts. Lontchi is trying to fight Lopez off with his back against the ropes. Lopez is ripping hard shots to Lontchi's body with his right hook and throwing straight lefts.

Round 8: Lopez has really worn down Lontchi with his assault. Lopez is trying to stop him.

Round 9: Lopez lands a right hook to Lontchi's head. Lopez swarms Lontchi with punches. Lontchi fires a straight right to Lopez's body. Lopez knocks Lontchi down with a straight left to the head. Lontchi gets tagged with a right hook. Lopez is trying to finish him; lands a right hook to the body. Lontchi quits on stool!

Overall Summary: Juan Manuel Lopez is the complete fighter at 122 lbs. After the fight, he said he may have just one more fight at 122 lbs. before moving up to take on tougher opponents. Tonight, he systematically broke down a previously undefeated Olivier Lontchi with effective aggressiveness and landing a large volume of punches.

The 25 year old southpaw from Puerto Rico took the fight to Lontchi from the opening bell and forced him to quit on his stool after round 9. Lontchi never got into any kind of groove and was constantly being chased around the ring by Lopez. Lopez threw his combinations off his stiff right jab. As the fight got into the later rounds, the body punching of Lopez had a huge effect on Lontchi's performance. Lopez found openings and placed his punches well especially with Lontchi on the ropes. Lontchi's best round came in the 5th when he landed a few good straight rights to Lopez's head, but Lopez took the shots well and continued to be the aggressor. Lopez has very good balance and threw better combinations as the fight went into the later rounds.

Juan Manuel Lopez improves his record to 26-0, 24 KO's. His last 14 wins have come by knockout. Olivier Lontchi's record drops to 18-1-2, 8 KO's.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

6/27/09 TOP RANK PPV

Jorge Arce KO's Fernando Lumacad in 3 Rounds

Rounds 1 - 2: Arce presses forward throwing right hands and left hooks to the body. Arce pressured Lumacad relentlessly showing no respect for his skills.

Round 3: Arce lands a big overhand right that floors Lumacad. Lumacad can't beat the ten count.

Overall Summary: Jorge Arce bounced back with a strong victory after doctors stopped his last fight against Vic Darchinyan due to cuts on both his eyes. Lumacad could not handle Arce's pressure. He also could not match Arce's intensity and will to win. Everytime Arce landed a punch, it appeared to be very clean.

Arce has only lost 2 fights since 1999. His record now stands at 52-5-1, 40 KO's. Fernando Lumacad's record falls to 19-2-2 , 7 KO's.

6/27/09 TOP RANK PPV

Yuri Foreman - Cornelius Bundrage Fight Declared A No Decision

Round 1: Both fighters feel each other out and throw the jab.

Round 2: Lots of holding going on. Both fighters trying to land one punch at a time.

Round 3: Foreman lands an overhand right that stuns Bundrage.

(Photos: Bundrage - Top, Foreman - Bottom)

Overall Summary: This bout was declared a No-Decision due to an accidental clash of heads that left a cut above the right eye of Yuri Foreman. There was a lot of holding going on and not much action before the clash of heads occurred.

6/27/09 TOP RANK PPV

Vanes Martirosyan Makes Andrey Tsurkan Quit After 6 Rounds

Round 1: Tsurkan having trouble catching Martirosyan. Martirosyan uses his jab. Martirosyan lands a right uppercut-straight right combination. Toward the end of the round, Martirosyan hits Tsurkan with a counter left hook.

Round 2: Martirosyan nails Tsurkan with a left uppercut to the head followed by an overhand right. Tsurkan hit Martirosyan with an overhand right. Martirosyan circles firing the jab. Huge difference in each fighter's hand speed.

Round 3: Martirosyan circles and throws his jab. Martirosyan stuns Tsurkan with a left hook to the head. Martirosyan lands a right uppercut to the head followed by an overhand right. As each round goes on, Martirosyan is landing more punches. Tsurkan gets tagged by a left uppercut - right hand combination from Martirosyan.

Round 4: Tsurkan hits Martirosyan with a left hook to the head. Martirosyan counters with a right uppercut. A right hand from Martirosyan buckles Tsurkan. Martirosyan makes Tsurkan stumble again after landing a right hand shot. Martirosyan lands a left hook to the body and followed it up with an overhand right.

Round 5: Martirosyan stuns Tsurkan with a right hand shot and then pushes Tsurkan back. Martirosyan is throwing combinations off his jab.

Round 6: Martirosyan found his range very well in this fight. Martirosyan lands a right uppercut. Tsurkan jabs and continues to press forward. Tsurkan can't seem to hit Martirosyan with a clean shot.

Overall Summary: Vanes Martirosyan landed the cleaner and more effective punches throughout this fight. He continually beat Andrey Tsurkan to the punch. Tsurkan did not possess the hand speed to counter Martirosyan. Tsurkan tried very hard, but just could not deal with Martirosyan's combinations or ring generalship. Martirosyan boxed extremely well and was never in range to be hit. Tsurkan was simply too slow to catch this Armenian born light-middleweight.

Vanes Martirosyan represented the U.S.A. at the 2004 Olympic games as a welterweight. Martirosyan remains undefeated with a record of 25-0, 16 KO's. Andrey Tsurkan's record falls to 26-5, 17 KO's.

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Danny Jacobs stopped George Walton in 8 rounds on Friday night displaying pinpoint accuracy with his punches and showing the looks of a very polished professional fighter. It is not a surprise that he looked so composed in the ring with Walton. The Brooklyn, New York native has a stellar amateur record of 137 wins and 7 losses. Jacobs' professional record now stands at 17-0, 15 KO's and is steadily improving on his way to a world title shot.

Round 1: Walton was using a lot of head movement and swarming in with punches. Jacobs was very composed and feeling Walton out. Jacobs started using his jab and landed more punches as the round went on.

Round 2: Jacobs dropped Walton with a stinging left hook to the head. Jacobs started landing hard, crisp punches to Walton's head and body. Jacobs was boxing well and looking for openings to place his punches. With Walton's back on the ropes, Jacobs was just measuring him with right hands. Jacobs threw a left uppercut - right hand combination that almost floored Walton.

Round 3: Jacobs nailed Walton with an overhand right and right uppercut. Jacobs stood in front of Walton and was getting the better of the exchanges. Jacobs landed some good body shots and Walton landed an overhand right. Jacobs countered with a left hook to Walton's body.

Round 4: Walton's best round was the beginning of the 4th when he landed a good left uppercut to Jacobs' head. Then, Walton landed a solid left hook with Jacobs on the ropes. Jacobs countered back with a hard right and ripped an uppercut followed by left hooks and rights to Walton's head.

Rounds 5-7: Jacobs was really starting to break down Walton in the 5th round. Jacobs was using the jab and was firing body shots and landing sharp right hands. From here, Jacobs was really landing clean shots. Walton could not hit Jacobs with clean punches and Jacobs was landing combinations that hurt Walton. A left hook - right combination stunned Walton in round 6.

Round 8: Jacobs landed a huge right that hurt Walton. With Walton against the ropes, Jacobs hit him with a left hook-right-left uppercut combination that prompted referee Bobby Ferrara to stop the bout.

Danny Jacobs is extremely mature for a 22 year old middleweight contender. He has all the tools to make a potential champion in the near future. Jacobs is poised and looked comfortable as he dictated the pace in this fight. One can observe that Jacobs possesses a deep self confidence that whatever he does during a fight will work against whoever he faces.

Jacobs is averaging approximately one fight a month. At this rate, Jacobs is helping his growth as a fighter tremendously. His skills are staying very sharp and his amateur experience definitely helps him with being composed in the ring. Even though Jacobs has kayoed 15 of 17 opponents, he is not a one-punch knockout artist. Jacobs possesses great hand speed and places his punches very well. He can land quick, accurate shots and break an opponent down as each round passes.

The future is very bright for this young middleweight nicknamed "The Golden Child".

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Friday, June 26, 2009



Deontay Wilder improves to 6-0, 6 KO's with a 1st round knockout against Kelsey Arnold in Tucson, Arizona. All of Deontay's victories have come in 2 rounds or less. Wilder floored Arnold with a hard right hand and Arnold could not beat the count of ten. "The Bronze Bomber" possesses a good jab and powerful right hand as he demonstrated tonight. Deontay received his nickname after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. He is trained by the great Mark Breland and looks like he will develop into a very good fighter. This 6'7" 24 year old has good balance, agility and hand speed. Once Deontay acquires more ring experience and puts all of his skills together, he will be a force to reckon with in the heavyweight division.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

6/20/09 ESPN Classic LIVE Fight


Wladimir Klitschko continues his dominance in the heavyweight division by forcing Ruslan Chagaev to quit on his stool before the bell to start round 10. Klitschko used his long jab and followed it up with hard, accurate right hands to Chagaev's head the entire fight. Throughout the bout, Chagaev was not able to get inside to land body shots and was circling in the wrong direction. Instead of circling to the right to move away from Klitschko's right hand, Chagaev was circling to the left in the direction Klitschko was unleashing his powerful straight right. This proved costly for the southpaw challenger.

What was Chagaev's cornermen telling him to do? If you are a southpaw fighting Klitschko (left handed stance - right hand front, left hand back), you need to keep your lead foot (right foot) outside of Klitschko's left foot (his lead foot) to land an accurate straight left. Chagaev never got into position to land his straight left. As a result, Chagaev was dropped in the 2nd round with a hard right from Klitschko. However, Chagaev can take a good punch and was able to continue.

At times, Chagaev looked as if he was trying to back Klitschko up, but Klitschko's left jab-right combination was deadly accurate tonight. Chagaev fought hard, but just the wrong type of fight. Chagaev should have jabbed more using a lot of head movement to work his way inside and land body shots. It is not an easy task to accomplish because Chagaev had a significant disadvantage with his reach. Klitschko found his range and was never in any real danger of losing this fight.

Klitschko boxed very well tonight. Who is out there that can possibly beat him? At the moment, there does not appear to be any heavyweight challenger out there that can deal with Klitschko's jab. His left jab is such a heavy punch that it just freezes his opponents in their tracks and then enables Klitschko to nail his opponents with the straight right.

Klitschko is much improved since his last defeat and looks very comfortable each time he steps into the ring. Klitschko has won his last 11 fights. Until someone is able to rattle him during his fights, expect this dominance to continue. Wladimir Klitschko improves his record to 53-3, 47 KO's, while handing Chagaev his first professional defeat. Ruslan Chagaev's record now stands at 25-1-1, 17 KO's.

The crowd that gathered to watch this fight in Germany was the largest since Max Schmeling knocked out Adolf Heuser in the 1st round July 2, 1939.

6/19/09 Friday Night Fights

Fernando Beltran Jr. Wins 12 Round Unanimous Decision Over Monty Meza-Clay

Round 1: Good action to start the round. Meza-Clay pressed forward without taking a backward step. The southpaw Beltran circled to his right throwing his jab and putting combinations together.

Round 2: Beltran tries to keep Meza-Clay off him. Beltran is having trouble finding his range because Meza-Clay keeps shortening the distance by throwing wild punches and getting inside. Both fighters exchange and land many punches at a fast pace.

Round 3: Meza-Clay continues to make Beltran fight at a high pace. Meza-Clay is throwing wide punches and Beltran is trying to time him coming inside. Another close round, but Beltran is landing some clean shots.

Round 4: Beltran trying to place his punches more carefully than Meza-Clay. Toe-to-toe action with Meza-Clay trying to impose his will. Both fighters landed good punches; Meza-Clay landed some hard ones.

Round 5: Meza-Clay continued pressing forward, but at a slower pace. He tried to box a little. Beltran landed the cleaner and more effective shots this round and his jab was bothering Meza-Clay.

Round 6: Meza-Clay landed many punches in the first minute. Beltran tried to keep him off with the jab. Beltran controls the 2nd half of the round. Beltran slowed him down by landing multiple shots.

Round 7: Beltran is utilizing his jab more and it is enabling him to land more punches than Meza-Clay. Meza-Clay is throwing his punches wide and out of range.

Round 8: Meza-Clay continues to walk in throwing his shots. Beltran keeps boxing and tries to land his combinations when Meza-Clay is in range.

Rounds 9-12: Beltran's punches are wearing down Meza-Clay. Beltran is landing clean shots and Meza-Clay looks sluggish. The 12th round displayed fast paced action as the early rounds did. Beltran weathered the storm of Meza-Clay's finale of shots. Meza-Clay was trying real hard, but Beltran possessed more energy in these later rounds and finished strong.

Overall Summary: The work rate of Fernando Beltran Jr. proved to be too much for Monty Meza-Clay in this featherweight fight. Beltran threw more than 100 punches per round en route to his 12 round unanimous decision victory. Beltran scored with mostly his right jab and straight lefts. Meza-Clay landed some good shots in the fight, but never seriously hurt Beltran.

Fernando Beltran Jr. improves his record to 33-3-1, 18 KO's. He has won 6 of his last 7 fights. Monty Meza-Clay's record falls to 28-3, 19 KO's. He has lost his last 2 fights after winning 8 straight.

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