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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Karmazin KO's Miranda; ESPN's Friday Night Fights 1/8/09

Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KO's) scored a sensational 10th round knockout over Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18 KO's) to open the season on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". The victory was Karmazin's 4th in a row. With the win, the 37 year old should be able to acquire a big name opponent for his next bout.

The fight opened with a slow pace in rounds one and two, but the action heated up in round three when Miranda stunned Karmazin with an overhand right behind his jab. Miranda tried to finish him, although Karmazin showed great heart and made it out of the round. In round four, Miranda suffered a cut above his left eye resulting from an accidental clash of heads.

Beginning in the sixth round, Miranda was much more fluid with his punches as Karmazin was trying to time him and connect with one big shot. Toward the end of the round, Karmazin staggered Miranda after landing some hard rights.

In round seven, Miranda was working well behind his jab. As blood trickled down the left side of Miranda's cheek, Karmazin landed a stinging right-left hook combination to his head. In the eighth round, after Miranda missed with a right, Karmazin connected with a short, counter left hook. Then, Miranda hammered Karmazin in round nine with a flush right that sent the Russian into the ropes and down to the canvas. Yet, Karmazin was able to survive another round after getting nailed with a rock-solid punch.

Finally, with the cut still bleeding down Miranda's left cheek, Karmazin threw and landed a grazing left hook-right combination to the head flooring Miranda. Subsequently, Karmazin attacked Miranda with a flurry of punches, landing two clean powerful rights in succession that sent Miranda down again. Time of the stoppage was 2:34 of the tenth round.

After his impressive victory, will Roman Karmazin acquire a fight with Felix Sturm or Kelly Pavlik later in the year? Or maybe he can attain a fight with a rising middleweight contender such as Danny Jacobs or Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin? Previously, Karmazin had captured the IBF Junior Middleweight title from Kassim Ouma, but lost it in his first defense against Cory Spinks. Hopefully, Karmazin can get a significant fight and showcase his skills on HBO or Showtime in the near future.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fight Preview: "Sugar" Shane Mosley vs. Andre Berto

On Saturday January 30th, WBA Welterweight Champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO's) will face WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KO's) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be televised LIVE on HBO at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Aside from losing a close 12 round unanimous decision to Miguel Cotto in 2007, Shane Mosley has not lost a fight since 2004. On the other hand, Mosley's record in his last 10 bouts is (7-3, 4 KO's). Joe Walcott, Archie Moore, Bernard Hopkins and Lennox Lewis all had a great deal of success late in their careers. At 38 years old, can Mosley sustain his impact on the welterweight division? Or will he finally show his age against Berto?

Andre Berto may be undefeated, but he does not possess more ring experience than Shane Mosley. Mosley will be Berto's toughest test to date. Berto shows superior power, tremendous agility and is 12 years younger at age 26. Will Andre Berto be able to use these advantages to overcome his inexperience and pull off an upset?

Both, Mosley and Berto share two common opponents. Mosley defeated David Estrada by a 10 round unanimous decision and Luis Collazo by a 12 round unanimous decision. Berto defeated Estrada by TKO in 11 rounds, but also beat Luis Collazo by a 12 round unanimous decision. Although, many people felt the Berto-Collazo fight was a lot closer than one of the judge's scorecards of 116-111. The other two official scores were 114-113 twice. Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial ringside judge, had Collazo winning the fight 115-112.

Shane Mosley has never been hesitant to mix it up with any fighter. When he gets hit, he fires right back at his opponents. Mosley throws fast, blistering punches, but tends to stand in front of opponents too long. He favors the use of his jab, more as a range finder to set up power shots. Throughout his career, Mosley has been tremendously effective when he attacks his opponent's body. It is well known that he can take a solid punch from bigger guys and is capable of outfighting younger guys in close range. His most notable victories have come against Philip Holiday (UD 12), James Leija (TKO 9), Oscar De La Hoya (SD 12, UD 12), David Estrada (UD 10), Fernando Vargas (TKO 10, TKO 6), Luis Collazo (UD 12), Ricardo Mayorga (KO 12) and Antonio Margarito (TKO 9). His most notable losses have come against Vernon Forrest (UD 12 twice), Ronald "Winky" Wright (UD 12, MD 12) and Miguel Cotto (UD 12).

Andre Berto took up boxing after his father, Dieuseul, brought him to the boxing gym at a very young age. For his training, Berto would run, and his father would drive a car behind him to make sure he would not slow down. Afterward, Andre was forced to do as many as 500 push ups. His regimented training started to show positive results. Berto won the 2001 National Golden Gloves in the Light Middleweight division. In 2003, he won the National Golden Gloves again, this time in the Welterweight division. After failing to qualify for the United States team, Berto went on to represent Haiti at the 2004 Olympics. However, Berto lost in the 1st round (36-34) to France's Xavier Noel in a close bout.

Berto is a powerful puncher and fights with a wide stance. Like Mosley, he stands in front of his opponents after delivering his punches. He likes to time his opponents, so he can hit them with his devastating right hand. At times, Berto can be a bit of a brawler and is not as technically sound as Mosley. He throws few combinations off his jab, but when he lands his punches, they are enormously effective. Also, Berto has proficient hand speed and is naturally bigger than Mosley, although he lacks the professional experience. Berto's most notable wins have come against Luis Collazo (UD 12) and most recently, Juan Urango (UD 12).

During heated exchanges, Berto has a tendency to release wide punches in close range. As a result, Luis Collazo was able to time and hit Berto repeatedly with short punches. Look for Mosley to attempt to do the same. However, Mosley may be making a huge mistake, if he thinks he can trade punch-for-punch with Berto. Berto is an outstanding puncher, and must connect with his punches in succession to be victorious over Mosley. In contrast, Mosley is a better defensive fighter than Berto and probably will employ many feints in this fight.

Berto needs to put his combinations together better than he has shown in his previous bouts. He must utilize his jab to control the pace of the fight. When in close quarters, Berto should keep his punches short and not square up. In the past, Berto has not changed from offense to defense well. Against Mosley, Berto should punch and move, so he will not be a stationary target. Alternatively, if Berto wants to get the best use of his edge in power, he ought to force Mosley to fight toe-to-toe.

For Mosley, he needs to land short shots in a nearby range. He will not have to worry about Berto's power, if he can land clean punches and move laterally around the ring. Every so often, Mosley may elect to trade with Berto. Mosley must find his range, so he will not be countered. This is where Mosley's ring experience can be a key factor.

Prediction: I'm picking Andre Berto to upset "Sugar" Shane Mosley. I usually select the more seasoned fighter, but in this case, Berto's 12 years age advantage will be the difference. Although, Mosley has defeated several younger fighters as he has grown older, he is now 38 years old, and has been inactive for one year after demolishing Antonio Margarito. Boxers cannot afford to suffer long layoffs to their careers, especially as they grow older. With long periods of inactivity, fighters lose timing, speed, agility, power and can witness an overall decrease in their skills. Mosley has not shown his age yet, but eventually all fighters do. A fighter can get old in one fight and I think this is Berto's time to shine. I am going with Berto to win a clear and decisive 12 round unanimous decision.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pavlik TKO's Espino, Retains WBC & WBO Middleweight Titles

Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KO's) returned to the ring and looked impressive, stopping Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KO's) at 1:44 of the 5th round in front of his hometown fans in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik had not fought since February 21st, after he suffered a staph infection on his left hand. Both fighters elected to battle toe-to-toe the entire fight without taking a backward step.

In the 1st round, Pavlik was landing a lot of rights and lefts to Espino's body. Pavlik was willing to stand and trade with Espino, but suffered swelling under his right eye. Espino was deducted a point from referee Steve Smoger for throwing a left hook at Pavlik after the bell had sounded.

In the 2nd round, both men continued to exchange blows in close quarters. Pavlik snapped Espino's head back with a rock-solid, right uppercut after he hit Espino with a right to the body. In round three, Pavlik was dishing out and landing some pretty hard punches. Espino was tough and kept the fight in close range. Pavlik did not mind fighting inside as he delivered some effective combinations.

Espino had a tendency to lean too far forward when he was battling Pavlik in close range. Pavlik made him pay for it. In the 4th round, on a delayed reaction, Espino dropped to one knee after Pavlik hammered him with a right uppercut to the head. After absorbing two more right uppercuts from Pavlik, Espino went down again. Espino showed his durability once more when Pavlik connected with a right to the body-right uppercut combination. Espino made it out of round four, but would not get out of round five. Pavlik hit Espino in the body with a ferocious left hook. Then, Pavlik nailed Espino with a series of rights and left hooks. Finally, Pavlik put Espino down for a third time when he landed another right uppercut to the head. Espino rose to his feet, but referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout.

Paul Williams decided to face Sergio Martinez, as opposed to waiting for Pavlik's staph infection to properly heal and fighting him. Well, after winning a 12 round majority decision over Martinez, Williams has another chance to step in the ring with Pavlik, if he wants the fight. Pavlik vs. Williams could take place early in 2010.

Cermeno KO's Valdez In 11th

In a bantamweight showdown, Nehomar Cermeno (19-0, 11 KO's) remained undefeated after stopping a resilient Alejandro Valdez (22-4-2, 16 KO's) in the 11th round. A 30 year old Venezuelan, Cermeno was aggressive early, but ultimately used his boxing skills in the later rounds to come out victorious. Valdez fought hard, although he had difficulty landing combinations against Cermeno.

In the 1st round, Valdez suffered a cut above his right eye, resulting from an accidental clash of heads. However, Valdez fought assertively and landed some counter lefts. Yet, in the 2nd round, Valdez did not fare so well. Cermeno floored him with a counter left hook. Valdez got up and appeared to be dazed. Then, Cermeno landed a flush right. The second knockdown occurred when Cermeno landed another right hand.

Valdez showed heart and the ability to take a clean punch. In the 4th round, he hit Cermeno with some counter lefts. Valdez was still wide with his shots and did not land many in succession. A series of lefts stunned Cermeno in the 5th round and Cermeno seemed to be baffled by Valdez in the 6th round. Valdez got a surge of energy and started to attack more. Cermeno made the mistake of standing in front of Valdez too long.

In the 7th round, Cermeno went back to fighting on the outside, using his lateral movement to stay away from Valdez's attack. Valdez absorbed a solid overhand right from Cermeno, but kept coming forward. With Valdez still chasing in the 8th round, Cermeno connected with a left uppercut. Then, Valdez landed a straight left, but Cermeno countered with a left hook. Heading into the 9th round, it was evident that Valdez was going to have to put his punches together, if he was going to win this fight. Cermeno kept boxing in the 10th round, but Valdez hit him with a straight left - right hook combination. Cermeno was deducted one point by the referee for using his knee in the 11th round. Next, Cermeno buckled Valdez with a big right hand. Lastly, a right uppercut-overhand right combination knocked Valdez to the canvas. The referee stopped the action at 2:40 of round eleven when Valdez could not beat the ten count.

Soto Defeats Chavez By 10 Round Decision

Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KO's) won his sixth consecutive fight by outpointing a sturdy Jesus Chavez (44-7, 30 KO's). All three official  ringside judges scored the bout 100-87 for Soto. Yet, the fight appeared to be closer.

Soto floored Chavez with an overhand right in the 1st round. After the knockdown, Chavez tried to work his way inside using the jab. With his back against the ropes, Soto caught Chavez with a counter left uppercut. Chavez attempted to attack Soto's body. Soto was patient and when Chavez stopped throwing the jab, he would land right hands on his head. In the 2nd round, there was a clash of heads. Chavez seemed bothered by Soto's jab. Soto continued to hit him with right hands off his jab. Chavez was willing to take a punch to deliver one, but Soto would step back and land sharp left uppercuts that had a serious impact. Yet, Chavez kept pressing forward. Toward the end of the round, Chavez appeared to land a left hook to the body that dropped Soto. However, the referee was in a bad position and thought Soto had slipped. As Soto, went back to the corner, he appeared hurt.

In the 3rd round, Soto connected with a piercing left uppercut as Chavez charged forward recklessly. Chavez got Soto on the ropes and landed a solid right to the body in round four. Then, Soto landed another left uppercut and followed it with a double left hook to the body that slowed Chavez's attack. Chavez continued to take a punch to deliver his own. In round five, both fighters exchanged blows in the middle of the ring. Soto hit Chavez with a hard body shot. Next, he started to catch Chavez with right hand leads. Chavez was deducted a point for throwing Soto through the ropes. When the action continued, Chavez tagged Soto with a left hook to the head.

In round six, Chavez hit Soto with a left hook that was below the belt line. Soto was down for a about a minute. Subsequently, when Soto got back up, he exchanged bombs with Chavez. Soto nailed Chavez with a flush right uppercut and followed it with an overhand right. Chavez backed Soto up in the 7th round when he connected with a right - left hook combination. As Soto moved back, he unleashed a sharp right that hit Chavez.

The 8th round had continuous action. First, Chavez struck Soto with a left hook to the body. Soto countered with a right to the head. Next, Soto landed a left uppercut-overhand right combination. Then, Soto nailed Chavez with punishing right hands. Chavez attempted to work the body, but Soto stepped back and landed an uppercut. Soto nailed Chavez with a another right just before the end of the round. In round nine, Chavez was still coming at Soto strong, but Soto continued to land left uppercuts and right hands. Soto boxed more in the tenth round and used his jab, while moving laterally around the ring. Both fighters connected with right hand leads. With 30 seconds to go in the bout, Soto made an effort to knock Chavez out by throwing a series of right hands, but he was unsuccessful. Chavez weathered the storm, although he lost the decision.

Garcia Stopped Herrera

In a featherweight bout, 22 year old Miguel Angel Garcia remained unbeaten (18-0, 15 KO's) after stopping Yogli Herrera (22-11, 15 KO's) in the 3rd round. Garcia connected with a clean left hook early in a slow paced first round. Garcia was the aggressor and was seeking to land combinations. In round two, Herrera was moving a lot and connected with a left hook. Garcia was jabbing, but not hitting Herrera with much after it. When Herrera backed into the ropes, Garcia landed a left hook - right hand combination.

Garcia nailed Herrera with a solid left hook to the body in the 3rd round. Then, Garcia threw and landed another left hook that floored Herrera. After Herrera got to his feet, he was standing in the corner. Garcia moved in and hit Herrera with a left hook to the body and followed it with an overhand right to the head. A left jab-right hand combination sent Herrera down again. The referee stopped the bout.

Martirosyan TKO's Lee

In a junior middleweight clash, Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (26-0, 17 KO's) remained undefeated with a 3rd round TKO victory over William Lee (17-6, 11 KO's). Martirosyan connected with left hooks and a right uppercut early in the 1st round. Martirosyan was very selective with his punch output. A southpaw, Lee was stunned by a big right hand. Lee absorbed some serious rights and left hooks, but still pressed forward on wobbly legs. As the round came to a close, Lee caught Martirosyan with a straight left. In the 2nd round, Martirosyan continued to hit Lee with effective right hands. Lee jabbed and tried to force Martirosyan back. Next, Martirosyan was successful when he landed a series of rights to the body. Then, Martirosyan floored Lee with a solid right to the head after he previously knocked Lee's mouthpiece out with a right hand. When Lee got up, Martirosyan blistered him with a series of rights and left hooks. After that, Martirosyan sent Lee down again when he landed a hard right hand to Lee's head. Time of the stoppage was 2:13 of round three.

Martirosyan has been boxing since he was 12 years old. As an amateur, he represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics as a welterweight, but lost to Cuba's Lorenzo Aragon Armenteros. He is trained by Freddie Roach and is moving up the junior middleweight ranks quickly.

In other action on Top Rank's card: Samuel Peter (TKO 4) over Gabe Brown, Omar Henry (TKO 1) over Jessie Davis and Matt Korobov (TKO 3) over Ken Dunham.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Guerrero, Porter & Lane Win By Knockout

In a welterweight showdown, Philadelphia's Lanard Lane remained undefeated (10-0, 7 KO's) after scoring a blazing 2nd round TKO over Said El Harrak (8-1, 3 KO's). Lane came out explosive in the 1st round and was relentless, throwing and landing right hand leads. El Harrak was looking to land his right, but never hit Lane flush. Lane connected with a series of rights and left hooks to the head. Then, Lane floored El Harrak with a hard overhand right. El Harrak was dazed, but continued to fight. El Harrak took another clean right from Lane. After that, Lane scored another knockdown when he connected again with his overhand right. Somehow, El Harrak managed to hold on and make it into round two. However, Lane would end it quickly. Early in the 2nd round, Lane utilized his jab. He continued to hit El Harrak with left hooks to the head and rights to the body. Next, Lane jabbed to the body and swifty fired another right to Harrak's head. As he lunged forward with a right and missed with a left hook, the referee stopped the fight at 1:38.

Showtime's Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver felt that the referee had stopped the bout too soon. I disagree with them because Lane was repeatedly hitting El Harrak with very clean, accurate punches. Sometimes, a fighter can show great heart and a strong chin, but is still taking damaging shots. El Harrak was just getting hit too often and it was only a matter of time before Lane would be victorious.

Porter TKO's Patterson in 4th round

In a junior middleweight bout, Shawn Porter stopped Jamar Patterson in the 4th round. Heading into the fight, Shawn Porter had an edge in amateur experience with 276 fights to Patterson's 50. Porter also had a superior edge in hand speed, which combined with his aggression, was just too much for Patterson to overcome.

Porter attacked Patterson furiously from the opening bell. Toward the end of the 1st round, Porter landed an overhand right and consecutive left hooks. However, Patterson showed he could take a rock-solid punch. In the 2nd round, Porter jabbed and was more fluid with his combination punching. The combinations overwhelmed Patterson, but he fought courageously. In round three, Patterson suffered a cut above his right eye, as Porter continued to beat him to the punch. Porter was hitting Patterson with left uppercuts, jabs and overhand rights in round four. Porter feinted and connected with a hard, lunging left hook that dropped Patterson flat on his back. Patterson got up, but Porter continued his assault. Porter nailed him with consecutive left hooks to the head and the referee stopped the bout.

Porter, a 22 year old Ohio native, lived up to his nickname "Showtime" by winning impressively. He remains unbeaten at (12-0, 10 KO's) and is scheduled to face Damian Frias in Cleveland, Ohio on February 19, 2010. Jamar Patterson falls to (8-1, 4 KO's). Polo Double Black By Ralph Lauren For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 4.2 oz

 Guerrero Stops Nicklow

23 year old Fernando Guerrero (17-0, 14 KO's) remained undefeated, stopping the brave and bold Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (19-2-2, 7 KO's) in the 4th round in ShoBox's main event. A southpaw, Guerrero used his edge in hand speed to batter Nicklow with sharp, accurate punches. Nicklow attempted to work the body, but he had a rough time because Guerrero could counter him so instantly. Nicklow was stunned by a big right hook from Guerrero in the 2nd round. Also, in the 2nd round, Guerrero was walking Nicklow down with his high volume of punches. However, Nicklow was daring and tried to time Guerrero right after he unleashed his punches. Nevertheless, Guerrero kept coming at Nicklow, landing a series of rights and lefts to the body and connecting with a vicious left uppercut. Then, Guerrero trapped Nicklow in the corner and tagged him with brutal right hooks and straight lefts to the head. Nicklow had a durable chin, but it was getting tested often.

In the 4th round, Nicklow was about to throw a punch and slightly dropped his left hand. Guerrero timed Nicklow perfectly with a monstrous right hook that sent him down and into the ropes. Nicklow got up, but just kept absorbing punishing right hooks and straight lefts. After peppering Nicklow with a ton of clean shots, Guerrero appeared to momentarily punch himself out. Yet, Guerrero continued to pound Nicklow with right hooks and straight lefts that prompted the referee to stop the fight at 2:09 of the 4th round.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hasegawa Scores 5th Straight Knockout

Hozumi Hasegawa scored an impressive 4th round TKO over Alvaro Perez in Japan. It was Hasegawa's 5th consecutive knockout victory in 4 rounds or less. Hasegawa has dominated the bantamweight division and may be looking to move up to 122 lbs. or 126 lbs. for his next bout. If he does so, Hasegawa would vacate his WBC title that he has successfully defended ten times.

In the first round, Hasegawa connected with two solid lefts to Perez's body. Perez landed a clean right hook to the head, but Hasegawa took the punch well. Perez fired and landed a straight left over the right jab of Hasegawa. Then, Hasegawa came forward aggressively, unleashing straight lefts off his right jab.

In round two, both fighters started fast and were firing quick jabs. Hasegawa landed a hard left to the body. Perez countered with a right hook-straight left combination. Next, Perez landed a flush left hand. Hasegawa retaliated with a furious attack. He landed vicious lefts to the body and head of Perez with a minute to go in the round. Hasegawa momentarily stunned Perez with a sharp left to the head. As the round was about to end, Perez landed an overhand left. After that, Perez threw a right hook and Hasegawa fell down, but the referee ruled it a slip.

In the third round, Perez connected with a right hook and charged forward, but Hasegawa nailed him with a straight left. Hasegawa hit Perez with another left off his right jab that pushed him back. Perez got close again, but Hasegawa hit him with a fast left uppercut. Toward the end of the round, Perez missed with a right hook and Hasegawa made him pay for it by landing a big overhand left.

Finally, in the fourth round, Hasegawa closed the show. A minute into the round, Hasegawa struck Perez with a right hook to the head. Then, Perez fired a left to the body. Hasegawa countered with his own left to the body. With 30 seconds to go in the round, Hasegawa landed three punishing lefts in succession that left Perez face down on the canvas.

Hasegawa improves his record to 28-2, 12 KO's. Hasegawa just turned 29 years old. In 2005, he won the WBC Bantamweight title from Veeraphol Sahaprom with a 12 round unanimous decision. Alvaro Perez falls to 18-2-1, 12 KO's.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Malignaggi Outclasses Diaz In Rematch

Paulie Malignaggi stayed true to his word. He said he had a "magic trick" in store for Juan Diaz. It seemed that the game plan was to provide Diaz with a target he thought he could hit. Then, hit Diaz with the jab, keep him turning and do not fight as much in close quarters like the first encounter. Paulie executed the strategy perfectly. He successfully utilized his boxing skills more this time around and the judges scored the fight fairly. All three official ringside judges scored the bout 116-111 for Malignaggi. I had it scored slightly better for Malignaggi at 117-110.

From the 1st round, Malignaggi's hand and foot speed bothered Diaz. Malignaggi used his superior boxing skills and jabbed Diaz repeatedly. Then, Malignaggi connected with a clean overhand right. Diaz landed a left hook to the head in the 2nd round, but Malignaggi was doing an excellent job of controlling distance. His feints got Diaz off his game, and he connected again with a clean right. Malignaggi was boxing beautifully, but Diaz hurt himself by not throwing the jab enough to work his way into close range. However, Diaz did a better job during the exchanges in the 3rd round, connecting with left hooks and an overhand right. Yet, Malignaggi was getting his punches off first. Diaz did not move his head well and Malignaggi continued to strike him with his quick, accurate jab.

In the 5th round, Diaz did manage to get close and land some body shots. Diaz hit Malignaggi with an overhand right and left hook. At this point, it was Diaz's best round. Diaz started to work his jab in the 6th round. He was able to nail Malignaggi with a left hook to the body and follow it with a right to the head. Malignaggi fired back. He hit Diaz with a right uppercut in close quarters and followed it with a left hook. Subsequently, Diaz was stunned when Malignaggi unleashed another right uppercut. Malignaggi went back to boxing more in the 7th round, while Diaz's punch output dropped. Diaz appeared to suffer a cut above his left eye in the 8th round. Malignaggi was unrelenting and connected with right uppercuts and overhand rights.

In the 9th round, Malignaggi really worked his jab efficiently. Diaz could not get his punches off. Malignaggi kept snapping the jab and in the 10th round, landed an overhand right that knocked Diaz off balance. Apparently, Diaz's glove touched the canvas and the referee ruled it a knockdown. In the 11th round, Malignaggi was still effectively using the jab to control range, but Diaz started to land his jab and some left hooks.

Diaz got much closer in the 12th round and landed an overhand right. Diaz was aggressive and outworked Malignaggi in the last round. Diaz got the better of the exchanges when Malignaggi chose to battle more. However, Malignaggi did enough to win the fight.

When Malignaggi boxed on the outside, Diaz could not touch him. With little head movement and a lack of an operative jab, Diaz was thoroughly outclassed. At times, Diaz was successful in close range when Malignaggi selected to stand and trade with him. Still, Malignaggi fought well in close quarters.

After the fight, Malignaggi called out Juan Manuel Marquez and stated that the winner could fight Ricky Hatton. Malignaggi also said that he is willing to travel to England for a rematch with Hatton. Malignaggi is a very slick boxer, who would be a favorite against Marquez should the fight take place. Marquez has shown problems when he's faced boxers in the past, most notably against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his previous fight. Freddie Norwood and Chris John were also able to outbox Marquez easily. Malignaggi could be victorious in a rematch with Hatton, if he executes his fight strategy the way he did against Diaz. Diaz left the ring and did not conduct an interview with HBO's Max Kellerman.

Bradley Impressively Outpoints Peterson; Darchinyan KO's Rojas

In what may have been his best performance as a professional fighter, Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley (25-0, 11 KO's) fought a sensational fight and took a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Lamont Peterson (27-1, 13 KO's). With the victory, Bradley retained his WBO Junior Welterweight title. The official judges scored the bout 118-110, 119-108 and 120-107. I had the fight scored 119-108 for Bradley as well.

In the 1st round, Peterson displayed a strong body attack and backed Bradley up with an effective jab. Bradley got better as the round went on, and connected with a hard left hook to the body. Then, Bradley landed a solid right on Peterson's chin. Bradley timed the punch perfectly because he threw it right over Peterson's jab as he was bringing his left hand back.

In round two, Bradley started where he left off in the first round. He was timing Peterson and connected with a big right hand. Then, Bradley scored with a hard left hook to the body and landed a vicious left uppercut. Bradley was throwing and landing his combinations beautifully. All of the punches that hit Peterson were coming off his jab. When he finished throwing a combination, Bradley fired the jab again to make sure Peterson was not in range to hit him.

Peterson was not moving well laterally in the 3rd round and Bradley made him pay. He hit Peterson with a volume of rights and lefts to the body. After that, Bradley dropped Peterson with a solid overhand right that landed above Peterson's left ear. However, Peterson would come back strong. As they were exchanging a series of blows, Peterson started to hurt Bradley with his body punches. Bradley was momentarily stunned by a left hook to the body. In a very competitive 4th round, both fighters continued to attack the body furiously. Bradley backed up Peterson when he landed a sharp, right uppercut. As the bell sounded to end round four, Bradley connected with a left hook.

Bradley is a very durable junior welterweight, and showed it when he absorbed a flush right hand from Peterson in the 5th round. However, Bradley landed more meaningful punches and was able to place his shots more efficiently than Peterson. In round six, Peterson continued to fight bravely, but Bradley was hitting him with some real crisp combinations.

Bradley proved that he was the more technically sound fighter as he continued to beat Peterson to the punch in the 7th and 8th rounds. Bradley repeatedly utilized a well-timed jab and skillfully moved around the ring. He continued to finish his combinations with jabs or hooks. When Peterson was in close range, Bradley would catch him with overhand rights. Bradley kept Peterson turning, and rarely stayed in his range to be countered. Peterson wanted to turn the fight into a brawl, but Bradley was smart. He just kept boxing Peterson, and would not let him get set to land meaningful punches.

As the fight moved into the 10th round, Bradley had the higher and more thriving work rate. When Peterson's punch output dropped, it enabled Bradley to connect with a vicious left hook. Bradley did a nice job of mixing up his combinations to the body, and then attacking Peterson's head. Bradley preferred to box, but when he was hit, he aggressively fought back. Showing no fear when exchanging blows, Bradley just kept punching and slowed Peterson with body shots.

Peterson came out ferociously in the 12th round, but Bradley remained poised and a step ahead of him. As he did for most of the fight, Bradley unleashed his punches when he was at a safe distance from Peterson. However, knowing it was his last opportunity to pull out a win, Peterson applied enormous pressure, which resulted in both men slugging it out until the bell rang to end the fight.

After his dominating performance, Bradley has some options at 140 lbs. Bradley could face Amir Khan, who just kayoed Dmitriy Salita in the 1st round. Another opponent could be Paulie Malignaggi, since he outpointed Juan Diaz over 12 rounds convincingly in their rematch. Juan Urango, Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana and even Ricky Hatton present more possibilities. Timothy Bradley has clearly improved with each fight and would be a handful for any future challenger.

Also, on the undercard, 33 year old Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KO's) scored a devastating 2nd round knockout over Tomas Rojas (32-12-1, 22 KO's). With the victory, Darchinyan retained his WBA & WBC super flyweight titles.

Again, Darchinyan appeared to have some trouble with a tall, rangy fighter. In the 1st round, Darchinyan started a bit slow. Rojas connected with a solid overhand left that surprised Darchinyan. Rojas, a southpaw as well, was trying to control range with his right jab. Darchinyan answered with a lunging right hook to Rojas' head. Darchinyan also hit Rojas with a left uppercut and followed it with a strong left to the body. Then, in the 2nd round, Darchinyan missed a left uppercut, but landed a clean overhand left to Rojas' face. Next, Rojas made a gesture with his gloves, signaling Darchinyan to keep bringing it. Well, with the very next punch, Darchinyan delivered the knockout blow. Rojas got nailed with a crushing left that snapped his head back and dropped him to the canvas. The time of the knockout was 2:54.

After the fight, Darchinyan noted that he would like to avenge his only professional losses to Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko. First, he would like a bout with Donaire, but Donaire needs to win his upcoming bout in February against Gerson Guerrero. If Donaire is successful, expect a possible match up in the middle-end of 2010.

Klitschko Continues Dominance

Vitali Klitschko has emerged victorious again, as he took a one-sided, 12 round unanimous decision victory over Kevin Johnson. The official judges scored the bout 120-108 twice and 119-109. With the win, Klitschko improved to 39-2, 37 KO's. Since 2000, Klitschko has won 12 of 13 bouts, with the only loss coming against Lennox Lewis (TKO 6), when he suffered a severe cut above his left eye and the bout was stopped. Kevin Johnson falls to (22-1-1, 9 KO's).

In the 1st round, Klitschko pressed forward and threw a blinding left jab. For the duration of the fight, Johnson was hesistant to let his hands go. Johnson is known to be a defensive fighter, but Klitschko still imposed his will on him. Klitschko connected with a right hand lead as Johnson was leaning back against the ropes. In the 2nd round, Johnson caught Klitschko with a right, but Klitschko continued to pop his jab. Then, Klitschko landed a right hand and followed it with left hook leads. He also hit Johnson with right hands behind the jab.

Moving ahead to the 6th round, Klitschko landed a hard right to the body and continued to get his punches off first. Johnson was trying to dodge many of Klitschko's punches, and could not land many of his own. In the 9th round, Klitschko caught Johnson again with the overhand right. Heading into the 11th round, Klitschko was in total control of the fight. He was dominating Johnson with the jab and firing rights. Klitschko's height and reach advantage was too much for Johnson to overcome. Johnson lacked a solid offensive output, which led Klitschko to dominate the fight.

Who will challenge Vitali next? Will he ever be defeated again? Is there anyone out there, who poses a dangerous risk to him? Fans and sports betting entities alike are dying to find out. Odlanier Solis could be Vitali Klitschko's next opponent. Solis is 15-0, 11 KO's and has 231 amateur fights to his credit. Solis is a six-time Cuban National Champion (1999-2004). In 2004, Solis won Olympic gold in the heavyweight division in Athens, Greece. Solis is listed at 6' 1" inches tall with a 73" inch reach. However, Klitschko is 6' 7 1/2" inches tall with an 80" inch reach advantage. How would Solis plan to battle Klitschko?

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