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Sunday, October 11, 2009

10-10-09 Latin Fury 12 PPV Lopez vs. Mtagwa

Lopez Gets By Mtagwa, Wins 12 Round Majority Decision
To Retain His WBO Junior Featherweight Title

Round 1: Lopez is using the entire ring - Mtagwa is pressing forward. Lopez is using his edge in hand speed to land quick, clean punches. He is continually beating Mtagwa to the punch.

Round 2: Mtagwa is making Lopez fight more this round. Mtagwa is landing more punches, but taking some clean shots too. Mtagwa lands a left hook at the bell. Lopez is controlling the range, but Mtagwa is getting closer.

Round 3: Lopez lands some straight lefts and right hooks. Mtagwa keeps coming forward. Mtagwa hits Lopez with some overhand rights. Lopez starts to suffer swelling under his left eye.

Round 4: Toe-to-toe action, Lopez hits Mtagwa with clean shots. Lopez is really trying to stay at a distance. Mtagwa is still the aggressor and landed a hard overhand right.

Round 5: Lopez is landing straight lefts and right hooks. Lopez scores a knockdown on a bad call by referee Eddie Cotton. The right hook by Lopez went around the head of Mtagwa, but Mtagwa went down because he was off balanced.

Round 6: Mtagwa connects with a vicious right. Lopez hits Mtagwa with a solid straight left. Mtagwa gets nailed with a hard right hook from Lopez, but continues to press forward.

Round 7: Mtagwa throws wild shots, lands an overhand right. Mtagwa rocks Lopez with a solid overhand right. Lopez fires back, lands a counter right hook. Mtagwa lands another right.

Round 8: Lopez wobbles Mtagwa with a straight left. Mtagwa lands a straight right and Lopez counters with a straight left. As the bell rings, Mtagwa clocks Lopez with another overhand right.

Round 9: Mtagwa hurt Lopez with a hard right. Lopez countered with a straight left. Mtagwa gets tagged with a straight left. Lopez gets nailed again with an overhand right from Mtagwa at the bell.

Round 10: Lopez lands a big right hook. Mtagwa hits Lopez again with an overhand right.

Round 11: A left hook, right hand combination hurt Lopez. Mtagwa is coming on strong, but Lopez fights back. Lopez fires and lands a straight left. Mtagwa holds on after getting hit with a straight left - right hook combination. Mtagwa comes back with a left hook - right hand combination. Lopez is almost out on his feet, but survives the round.

Round 12: A series of right hands and left hooks stun Lopez. Lopez finishes the fight on his feet, but looked dazed throughout the entire round. Scores were 114-114, 114-113 & 115-111 in favor of Lopez.

Overall Summary: Fight of the Year candidate? Very likely.

Fight fans learned a lot about both Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KO's) and Juan Manuel Lopez (27-0, 24 KO's) on Saturday night. Although Mtagwa is not the hardest puncher Lopez has faced, he may have proved to be his toughest opponent. Lopez proved that he can take a solid punch. He also showed a tremendous amount of heart and toughness by finishing the fight on his feet when he looked completely out of it in the 12th round. Lopez won many of the early rounds, which helped him get the decision over Mtagwa.

Mtagwa is a much better fighter than his record indicates and has a very solid chin. He absorbed many clean punches from Lopez early in the fight. In the later rounds, Mtagwa walked through the clean punches Lopez was landing and found a home for his overhand right to connect repeatedly. Lopez tried to go back to using the ring to box Mtagwa, but Mtagwa kept the pressure on and never took a backward step. If Mtagwa had a better defense and didn't take so many punches from Lopez, he could have won on points. Perhaps, if Mtagwa had more power in his punches, he could have scored an upset knockout.

What we learned about Juan Manuel Lopez? Well, he can take a punch and survive when the going gets tough. Lopez found himself in the toughest fight of his professional career. He can use this experience to better himself in his next outing. He landed solid combinations, but looked hesitant to stand in the trenches and go punch for punch with Mtagwa. Lopez did not put on the performance fans are accustomed to seeing as a result of the pressure Mtagwa was applying.

Lopez is a very good up and coming fighter, but is not as great yet as people say. For Mtagwa, as previously stated above, showed to be a much better fighter than his record indicates. He would be a handful for many fighters out there, who would be willing to challenge him. Mtagwa is originally from Tanzania, but trains and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He fought like a true Philly fighter against Lopez. It would be great to see a rematch, but do not expect it to happen. Mtagwa showed too much that Lopez's people probably would not give him another opportunity. Look for Lopez to move on to fight bigger names. Hopefully, a fight with Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa can be made in the near future. Get your MMA protective equipment for less.

In heavyweight action, Odlanier Solis stopped Monte Barrett in 2 rounds. Barrett (34-8, 20 KO's), who took the fight on 4 days notice, was dropped with a hard, counter left hook in the 2nd round. Barrett rose to his feet, but was swarmed with punches from Solis. Solis floored Barrett again with an overhand right that landed behind the ear prompting the referee to stop the bout. Solis improved his professional record to (15-0, 11 KO's).

Solis does not appear quite ready to challenge either of the Klitschko brothers. He weighed a very heavy 271 pounds for this bout. Get a heavy bag by Ringside or Everlast.

However, Solis possesses a tremendous amateur background. He has fought 231 amateur fights. His resume includes:

  • 1998 Gold medalist at the Junior World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • 1999 Pan American Games Champion
  • 2001 Gold medalist at heavyweight at the World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • 2003 Gold medalist at heavyweight at the World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • 2003 Pan American Games Champion
  • 2004 Gold medalist at heavyweight at the Olympics in Athens.
  • 2005 Gold medalist at Super heavyweight at the World Amateur Boxing Championships
  • Six time Cuban National Champion (1999-2004)
  • Won 2 of 3 fights against the legendary Felix Savon
In a junior middleweight bout, Pawel Wolak applied relentless pressure to force Carlos Nascimento to quit on his stool after five completed rounds. Wolak pressed the action from the opening bell and landed hard shots to Nascimento's body and head. Nascimento was trying to fight Wolak off, but Wolak's effective aggression wore him out quickly. Nascimento just could not stand there and exchange punch for punch with Wolak. Pawel Wolak's record improves to (25-1, 17 KO's) while Carlos Nascimento drops to (24-2, 20 KO's). Wolak's lone defeat came against Ishe Smith in 2008 by a 10 round unanimous decision.

Also, Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KO's) defeated Whyber Garcia (22-7, 15 KO's) by a 4th round TKO to remain undefeated and retain his WBA featherweight title. Garcia could not get his punches off quick enough to be competitive with the former Cuban amateur star. Gamboa's hand speed was too overwhelming for Garcia to overcome. In the 1st round, Gamboa landed a quick right that sent Garcia stumbling back. Then, Gamboa swarmed Garcia with blistering punches. Later in the 4th round, Gamboa caught Garcia with a counter right that dropped him. Garcia got back up, but was met with a barrage of punches and had no defense for Gamboa hitting him. The referee quickly stopped the bout.

Expect some more fights for Yuriorkis Gamboa before he faces a big name opponent. Hopefully, a bout in the short term future could be made with Puerto Rican Junior Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez.

Gamboa's resume includes 250 amateur bouts, a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics as a flyweight and a Bronze Medal at the 2005 World Championships as a featherweight.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

10-10-09 LATIN FURY 12 PPV


Juan Manuel Lopez Wins 12 Round Majority Decision Over Rogers Mtagwa
Yuriorkis Gamboa TKO's Whyber Garcia In 4 Rounds
Odlanier Solis TKO's Monte Barrett In 2 Rounds
Pawel Wolak Scores A TKO After 5 Completed Rounds Against Carlos Nasciemento

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

10-2-09 SHOBOX Green Outpoints Simms

Allan Green Defeats Tarvis Simms By 10 Round Unanimous Decision (168 LBS.)

Allan Green (29-1, 20 KO's) looked sharp in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Tarvis Simms (25-1-1, 11 KO's). Scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Green didn't dominate Simms, but won convincingly and made a case for himself that he should have been in Showtime's "Super Six" Super Middleweight Tournament.

Green started to get into a rhythm quickly in the first round. He started to push Simms back with the jab. Green showed the superior edge in hand speed and worked his punches off the jab effectively. Simms fought a smart a fight. He used a lot feints and did not stand directly in front of Green. In the third round, Green started to land more combinations while Simms landed some left hooks to the head. In the fourth round, Green started to land a volume of punches to the head and body of Simms. Green hit Simms with sharp, accurate punches, but Simms closed the round by landing two big left hooks. Green was countering Simms quickly in the fifth and landed a strong overhand right. Protect yourself with sparring equipment.

Simms decided to switch to a southpaw stance in round six. That decision slowed the pace from Green. Green was forced to think more before letting his hands go. The different look enabled Simms to land some straight lefts. Green started to close the gap in the seventh round and landed a straight right off his jab. Both fighters attacked the body when they were in close range.

In the eighth round, Green stunned Simms with a right and then landed a flurry to the body and head. Simms caught Green with a right jab, straight left and right hook combination that backed him into the ropes. Then, Green landed a sharp right uppercut that backed up Simms.

One of Green's best rounds may have been the ninth. Green pressed forward at a furious pace and landed a crisp right and followed it with a combination. A left to the body momentarily stunned Simms. Simms switching back to a conventional stance proved not to be a smart thing as Green started teeing off with punches. Simms switched back to a southpaw stance in the tenth and landed a straight left, but Green had already did enough and held on to take the decision.

In welterweight action, Antwone Smith (17-1-1, 9 KO's) won by a TKO when Henry Crawford (22-1-1, 9 KO's) could not answer the bell for round ten. Crawford started the fight strong using his jab and edge in hand speed to beat Smith to the punch. In round two, Crawford landed some blistering combinations, but Smith caught Crawford with a flush left hook. From that point, Smith took control of the fight. Smith landed a solid left hook in the third round. Crawford lowered his hands and Smith went on to hammer him with hard punches.

The fourth round contained solid toe-to-toe action with Smith getting the better of the exchanges. Smith landed a sharp right uppercut and followed up with a left hook to the head and body of Crawford. Then, Smith landed an overhand right. In the fifth round, Smith was showing good stamina and Crawford appeared fatigued.

In the sixth round, Smith was working the body and then landed a hard left hook to the head that dazed Crawford. An overhand right from Smith forced Crawford to bend down, touching the canvas with both gloves resulting in a knock down. From there, Smith jumped on him, landing left hooks to the head as Crawford continued to drop his hands. An overhand right-left hook combination rocked Crawford. The referee had grounds to stop the fight, but he let the action continue. Somehow, Crawford finished the round. Crawford got hammered with an overhand right in round seven, but stayed on his feet. However, Smith would finish Crawford with an overhand right that sent him into the ropes and almost through them in the ninth round. After the round, Crawford could barely lift his head in the corner and his team stopped the bout.

Also, in a super middleweight bout, Marcus Johnson improved his record to (18-0, 14 KO's) with an 8th round unanimous decision victory over Victor Villereal (8-4-2, 4 KO's). All three judges scored the fight 80-71. Train full speed with a body protector for boxing or MMA.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HBO 9-26-09 Klitschko vs. Arreola

A Real "Nightmare" For Arreola As Klitschko Retains His WBC Title

Round 1: Arreola presses the action and tries to get inside Klitschko's reach. Klitschko lands effective punches off his left jab.

Round 2: Klitschko controlled his range well. Arreola tries to attack the body. Klitschko hits Arreola with a left hook off the jab. Klitschko effectively fires and lands a straight right to Arreola's head. Klitschko starts nailing Arreola with rights to the body.

Round 3: Klitschko mixes up his punches after utilizing his long, accurate jab. Both fighters exchange hard rights to the head. Klitschko lands a right to Arreola's body.

Round 4: Arreola starts to close the distance as he lands more punches this round. Klitschko is being forced to exert more energy, while unleashing many punches. Arreola is making Klitschko fight his hardest, so far in the bout.

Round 5: Klitschko nails Arreola with a solid right off the jab. Klitschko is getting his punches off first. Arreola hits Klitschko with a right to the body, while they are in a clinch.

Round 6: Klitschko is conditioned well and is not slowing down. His movement is frustrating Arreola. Klitschko lands a hard right to the body and then hits Arreola with a left hook off the jab. Arreola grazed Klitschko with an overhand right. Klitschko counters with an overhand right and follows it with a right to the body. Klitschko is not landing as many body shots compared to head shots, but he is landing a high percentage of the body shots he is throwing.

Round 7: Klitschko hits Arreola again with a solid right to the body. The pressure from Arreola is slowing down.

Round 8: Arreola attacks Klitschko's body with a series of rights. Arreola closes the gap again, but not for long. Arreola is showing an enormous amount of toughness, but is taking many clean shots.

Round 9: Klitschko lands a straight right followed by a left hook. Klitschko fires and lands a short, right uppercut inside.

Round 10: Klitschko hits Arreola in the body with a hard right. Klitschko is starting to easily tee off on Arreola's head with right hand punches. At the conclusion of the round, Arreola's corner stops the fight.

Overall Summary: Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KO's) reigns supreme again. This time he dominated previously unbeaten Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KO's) before a crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Klitschko effectively utilized his long left jab and let the majority of his punches come off of it. He caught Arreola with straight rights to the body and head, while occasionally landing some solid left hooks. Klitschko used the jab so efficiently that Arreola rarely closed the distance or landed consecutive punches.

Arreola never established a high work rate of volume punches. He also needed to jab more to stop Klitschko from landing so many accurate punches. Klitschko may have or have not tired out if Arreola would have let his hands go more. It would have enabled Arreola to close the gap easier to land his punches. However, Klitschko's jab had a lot to do with Arreola's ineffectiveness to get close and land clean, hard shots. Get your MMA protective equipment for less.

During the 2nd round, HBO commentator Jim Lampley describe Vitali Klitschko's style as "it ain't pretty, just effective." I would like to add to that comment....."really effective." Klitschko's sufficient boxing skills along with his size (6' 7 1/2" with an 80" reach) seems insurmountable. Both he and his younger brother Wladimir are controlling the heavyweight division. They are not just beating opponents, but dominating them. After a 4 year layoff due to various injuries, Vitali Klitschko has won 3 bouts in a row, but has won 6 bouts in a row since losing to Lennox Lewis in 2003. Vitali is 11-2 in his last 13 fights since 2000. His only other loss came against Chris Byrd when he could not continue after suffering an injury to his shoulder. Vitali's fight with Lewis was stopped when he suffered a severe cut over his left eye, resulting from a Lewis punch. Vitali's brother Wladimir has won 11 in a row since 2004. Is there any heavyweight out there who can dethrone Vitali or his younger brother Wladimir?

Chris Arreola showed a tremendous amount of heart, courage and toughness, while suffering his first professional defeat. Arreola showed the ability to take a solid punch and applied relentless pressure. Perhaps, if he was more fluid with his punches to coincide with his aggressive pressure, the outcome may have been different. Arreola will be back, but do not expect a rematch with Vitali Klitschko anytime soon.


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

HE'S BACK............HBO PPV 9-19-09

Mayweather Reclaims Pound For Pound Crown

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KO's) returned to the ring after a 21 month layoff and thoroughly dominated Juan Manuel Marquez to earn a one-sided, 12 round unanimous decision victory. The fight was never close. Mayweather possessed the superior edge in hand speed, which everyone figured to be the case. However, many people may not have figured how sharp Mayweather would look after being away from the ring. This was indeed one of Mayweather's most impressive performances of his career. Mayweather never showed signs of ring rust as he landed pinpoint, accurate punches and hardly got hit by Marquez. Marquez simply could not hit the extremely elusive Mayweather. HBO's punch stats indicated that Marquez only landed an average of six punches a round.

The time away from the ring showed to definitely help Floyd stay fresh and brought to mind another dominate athlete, who walked away from a sport only to eventually return and dominate the competition again. His name was Michael Jordan. Could Floyd eventually add to his legacy as Jordan did? If Saturday night was an any indication, he already started. Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO's) tried very hard in this bout. Floyd was simply just too quick for Marquez to land his combinations. Marquez never got close to him long enough to do damage. The few times Marquez did get close to land an effective shot, Mayweather took it well and did not stand there to be hit again. Floyd is a defensive master. He used his patented shoulder roll to block Marquez's shots repeatedly and made him miss often.

Marquez appeared to have a look of great frustration, especially after Floyd dropped him with quick left hook in round two. At times, Floyd mocked Marquez by smiling at him when Marquez could not land the punches he was throwing. Marquez fought valiantly and did everything he could, but there was no question that Mayweather was the elite fighter and may be the best fighter in the sport today.

After the bout, when Mayweather was being interviewed by HBO's Max Kellerman, Shane Mosley entered the ring to challenge Floyd. Floyd felt it was rude that Shane was interrupting his interview. At the post fight press conference, Mosley showed up again. After the performance Mayweather put on last night, Mosley may want to be careful what he wishes for because he just may get it. Floyd made a remark to Shane that he should be in training camp right now (instead of being on top of him after his victory). Whether people like or dislike Floyd or want to admit it or not, it has become apparent when discussing Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley or anyone else who fights between 140 - 147 pounds, that all roads lead to a fight with Mayweather.

By Andreas Hale and David Hudson at ringside

Coming back from a 21-month layoff, multi-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bigger, quicker Mayweather dropped Marquez in round two with a left hook and pretty much had his way the entire twelve rounds. Scores were 118-109, 120-107, 119-108.
WBA featherweight champion Chris John (43-0-1, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-5-1, 20 KOs). John outworked Juarez over the first eleven rounds, but was rocked by Juarez in the twelfth. Scores were 114-113, 119-109, 117-111. John and Juarez previously battled to a draw in February.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight title, Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) pressured Vicente Escobedo (21-2, 13 KOs) for twelve rounds to claim 115-113, 118-110 win on two cards. Escobedo was ahead 116-112 on the third card.
Featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 12 KOs) impressively kayoed previously unbeaten Orlando Cruz (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in round five. Lock dropped Cruz in round one and finished him at 2:08 of the fifth with a right uppercut. With the win, Lock claimed the vacant NABO belt.
Welterweight Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KOs) demolished Francisco Rios (17-11, 12 KOs) via TKO at 1:27 in the second. Ouali dropped Rios twice in the first and twice in the second before Jay Nady waved the fight off.
Unbeaten middleweight Erislandy Lara (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over veteran Jose Varela (23-6, 16 KOs). Time was 2:12. Lara is a highly regarded former amateur star from Cuba.
Junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (6-0, 2 KOs) defeated Raul Tovar (6-2, 2 KOs) via six round unanimous decision (60-52 twice and 59-53).
Lightweight Mike Perez (5-0-1, 2 KOs) defeated Richard Ellis (4-3, 2 KOs) via unanimous decision (38-36, 39-35 and 40-34).
Middleweight Dion Savage (6-0, 4 KOs) TKO’d Loren Myers (7-7, 2 KOs) at :22 in the fourth round.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

9-18-09 ESPN's "Friday Night Fights"

Rigondeaux Wins Again

Guillermo Rigondeaux (3-0, 3 KO's) stopped Giovanni Andrade (60-12, 49 KO's) in the 3rd round to maintain his undefeated professional record. In the third round, Rigondeaux fired and landed a sharp, straight left to Andrade's body. Andrade could not continue. Rigondeaux also dropped Andrade in the second round. Protect yourself with sparring equipment.

There are many questions that linger about Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux has a stellar amateur background with a record of 243-4, but has yet to be tested as a professional. How will Rigondeaux respond when he's not dictating the pace of a fight? Right now, he is able to take his time and land his punches at will. Sometimes, Rigondeaux waits to engage and looks to counter punch opponents too much. He has the ability to take a huge step up in class against future opponents because of his ring experience as an amateur. The last time Rigondeaux suffered a defeat in the ring was in 2003. Perhaps the greatest amateur bantamweight of all time, Rigondeaux is now trained professionally by Freddie Roach. Roach trains many fighters, but is most known for his work with Manny Pacquiao.

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. As a result, Rigondeaux never had a chance to try and capture a third Gold medal after winning one in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games.

Jhonson Defeats Santos

Middleweight Yudel Jhonson (3-0, 1 KO) won an 8 round unanimous decision over Frankie Santos (17-8-4, 8 KO's). Jhonson was a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the Light Welterweight (139 lbs.) division at the 2004 Athens Olympic games. A southpaw, Jhonson beat Santos to the punch throughout the fight. Santos was tough, but got hit with a lot of clean punches because Jhonson was landing his counter punches effectively. Santos tried diligently to get inside and land body punches. Jhonson kept Santos at a distance and from being set to punch by giving him a lot of different angles. Santos had a lot of trouble getting his punches off. In the third round, Jhonson connected with a solid right hook and followed it with a series of straight lefts that backed Santos up. In the fourth round, Santos got hit by a right to the body from Jhonson. Jhonson then nailed Santos with a straight left to the head.

Jhonson fought at a slow, comfortable pace. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when he is tested by an opponent that puts on a lot of pressure and makes him fight at a faster pace.

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In welterweight action, Felix Diaz (2-0, 2 KO's) stopped Omar Brown (1-3, 0 KO's) in the 1st round. The 25 year old southpaw stunned Brown with a straight left. Another straight left dropped Brown in the corner against the ropes. Brown got up and tried to hold on, but Diaz swarmed him with punches. Brown went down again. Diaz connected with a right hook - left uppercut combination to drop Brown for a third and final time forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Diaz won the Olympic gold medal in the Light Welterweight division at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. In 2003, Diaz also won the Bronze medal at the Pan American Games in the Lightweight division.

In a light heavyweight bout, Yordanis Despaigne (3-0, 2 KO's) TKO'd Mickey Scarborough (4-1, 4 KO's) in the 1st round. Despaigne landed a stinging right hand and Scarborough covered up in the corner. Despaigne unloaded a barrage of punches prompting the referee to stop the fight.

Yordanis Despaigne defected from Cuba in the spring of 2009, along with fellow Cubans Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yudel Johnson, to turn professional.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Andre Dirrell vs. Carl Froch

Carl Froch

Andre Dirrell

Keys to the fight: (Dirrell) Dirrell needs to show a lot of movement. Froch will pressure him, but Dirrell has fast hands. He needs to stick and move. Dirrell should also use the jab and not stand in front of Froch too long.

Keys to the fight: (Froch) Pressure him. Dirrell has hand speed, but Froch needs to work his way inside and fire his powerful right hand. Dirrell's chin is untested. Froch can take a good punch and has fought better fighters up to this point. Froch should attack Dirrell's body to slow down his movement.

Andre Dirrell is a better boxer than Carl Froch, but is he a better fighter? Dirrell shows very good movement and could easily out box the slower Froch, right? Dirrell even switches from a conventional to a southpaw stance effectively during fights. At first glance, it appears Dirrell's hand and foot speed should define the outcome of this fight. Perhaps, an easy victory for Dirrell? After all, Froch is slower and has an awkward style. Not so fast. Remember Froch knocking out Jermain Taylor? Taylor has fought better fighters than Dirrell. Taylor possessed a solid jab, showed good movement and had definitive power in his right hand. Well, Froch eventually wore him down with relentless pressure. He landed the harder and cleaner punches in the later rounds and showed a stronger will to win than Taylor. Get boxing gloves by Everlast and Ringside.

Can Carl Froch defeat the untested, but talented Andre Dirrell? Carl Froch is an experienced veteran and has fought very solid opposition in three of his last four fights. He defeated Robin Reid, an undefeated Jean Pascal and Jermain Taylor. Who has Dirrell fought? Dirrell's most notable victories have come against Mike Paschall and Anthony Hanshaw. These were good fighters that Dirrell defeated, but they do not possess the quality of the opponents Froch has faced. Dirrell's chin has surly not yet been tested, but the young fighter does show much promise. Right now, I have to select Carl Froch to win by a knockout in the 10th round in a fight that will get closer as the bout moves into the later rounds.

Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward

Mikkel Kessler

Andre Ward

Keys to the fight: (Kessler) Kessler needs to put enormous pressure and establish his left jab to keep Ward from dictating the pace of this fight with his skillful boxing ability. Ward has faster hands, but Kessler's hand speed is vastly underrated. Kessler has the edge in power and if he can impose his will successfully on Ward, he can defeat him. Kessler also has the edge in experience because he has fought better opposition such as Anthony Mundine, Eric Lucas, Markus Beyer, Librado Andrade and perhaps the best super middleweight of all time, Joe Calzaghe.

Keys to the fight: (Ward) Look for Ward to use angles and a lot of movement against Kessler. If Ward can use his boxing ability to keep Kessler turning and not set to punch, it will enable him to land accurate combinations. Kessler does not fight well backing up and will be the aggressor. If Ward can execute a game plan of sticking and moving, he will take Kessler's strength away from him because Kessler will not be able to land his power shots. Ward's most notable opponents have been Jerson Ravelo and Edison Miranda. Ward doesn't possess the professional experience of Kessler, but is a very intelligent fighter, who has been getting better with each bout.

Prediction: I'm picking Andre Ward by a very close 12 round unanimous decision. Going into this bout, some say Kessler is the man to beat in the tournament. However, Kessler has trouble with fighters that give different angles and show good movement. For example, Kessler had trouble landing his power punches against Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe boxed beautifully against Kessler and kept him from being set to punch. Although Calzaghe is a southpaw, Andre Ward shows similar boxing ability and movement. Ward is a smart fighter that is starting to peak now. If Joe Calzaghe can out box Kessler with his great movement, I say the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist can too! Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor

Arthur Abraham

Jermain Taylor

Keys to the fight: (Abraham) - Apply pressure. Abraham can take a solid punch and has a better chin than Taylor. If the fight gets into the later rounds, the advantage goes to Abraham because Taylor has shown in the past that he wears down in the championship rounds. Abraham doesn't throw a lot of punches, but makes the ones he throws count. Abraham has good power, but this will be his first fight at super middleweight since early in his professional career. Taylor fought his entire career at middleweight before moving up to 168 lbs. three bouts ago.

Keys to the fight: (Taylor) Utilize the jab. Jermain Taylor has a very effective left jab and should use it in this bout to stop Abraham from applying pressure. However, Taylor tends to bring his jab back low and this has led to him getting hit with right hands his entire career. Taylor is the better boxer and possesses the skills to out box Abraham for 12 rounds. The question is - will he? Taylor has faded late in his past fights, most notably when he was stopped by Carl Froch in the 12th round of his last bout. Some observers had Taylor winning on the scorecards heading into the last round. Can Taylor come back after suffering a dramatic loss to Froch and win his very next fight against an opponent the caliber of Arthur Abraham? Taylor's career is essentially on the line in this fight. Assuming Taylor loses, he could potentially drop out of the top ten depending on the outcome. A decision loss may keep him ranked as a contender, but suffering another knock out defeat may result in Taylor retiring. Get yourself a new punching bag and save with $2.95 shipping.

Prediction: I am picking Jermain Taylor to win via 12 round unanimous decision. Some people may call this prediction an upset. There is more on the line for Taylor if he were to lose than Abraham. A loss for Taylor could signal the end of a career. I believe Taylor can use his boxing ability to weather the storm of Abraham's pressure because Abraham does not let his hands go enough. Taylor will get hit, but he knows what happened in the past. He knows what he has to do in the later rounds to not allow that to happen again. I think facing this adversity will make Taylor come out victorious.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Who Will Win SHOWTIME'S Super Middleweight (168 LBS.) Tournament?

25-0, 20 KO's

18-0, 13 KO's

28-3-1, 17 KO's

30-0, 24 KO's

20-0, 13 KO's

42-1, 32 KO's

October 17
At Berlin, Germany (Showtime): Arthur Abraham vs. Jermain Taylor, 12 rounds
At Nottingham, England (Showtime):
Carl Froch vs. Andre Dirrell, 12 rounds,
for Froch's WBC super middleweight title

November 21
At Oakland, Calif. (Showtime): Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward, 12 rounds,
for Kessler's WBA super middleweight title

Tournament Rules

Each fighter will have the opportunity to compete against one another in a series of scheduled twelve round bouts during the first three “Group Stages” of the tournament. There is also a point system in place:

A win is 2 points (with a 1-point bonus for a KO/TKO).

A draw is 1 point for each fighter. A loss equals 0 points.

The four highest point scorers will move on to the semifinal rounds, while the two fighters with the least point totals will be eliminated. The winners of the semifinal bouts will meet in the final round of the championship series in early 2011.

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