Sunday, May 16, 2010
Khan, 23, controlled the pace the entire fight working behind a devastating and accurate left jab. Khan consistently got his punches off before Malignaggi, which kept the Brooklyn native off-balanced. After becoming exceedingly frustrated, Malignaggi, 29, tried to sit back and counter Khan, although he had a rough time because he lacked the power needed to hurt him.
“He’s on an upswing right now, but it’s about to end,” Roach told the media on the conference call prior to the bout. “We have an advantage in every aspect of the game – speed, power and boxing ability. Everything he does well, we do it better."
Freddie Roach's words could not have been anymore true on Saturday night. Khan was able to impose his will, and struck Malignaggi repeatedly with hard, flush shots. Occasionally, Malignaggi connected with his swift jab, but he was quickly countered with crisp left hooks and solid overhand rights from Khan. The slick boxer sustained a battered and bruised face, while Khan only suffered minor swelling above his right eye.
Khan also exhibited a great deal of patience, placing his shots with extreme precision. He never got careless when he unleashed his punches, even though Malignaggi did not hold the power to harm him. On the other hand, Malignaggi stood in front of Khan too long, which is not his forte. Malignaggi could have displayed more lateral movement. Instead, he chose to stand and fight. While Malignaggi absorbed a beating tonight, he showed a tremendous amount of heart and courage. All of Malignaggi's fans and the boxing public should be pleased with his effort. MMA Gear
"I'm 29, but I didn't feel old," said Malignaggi. "I had a great camp. Amir just came and fought a very good fight."
Malignaggi also feels Khan fights like he did when he was younger.
"He kept changing distance," added Malignaggi. "That was the plan for me, but Amir was quicker. When I turned pro, I had a similar style to Amir. As I got older, I hurt my hands. I started slowing down and picking my shots more. I ran into a clone of myself when I was younger. He was stronger, bigger and faster. I couldn't keep up with him; I couldn't get the distance right."
After the bout, Amir Khan told his future plans to HBO's Max Kellerman.
"We know I can beat Maidana; I know I can beat Maidana," declared Khan. "If he wants to fight me, tell him to get in the ring. I would love to fight him next.
"I am not going to leave 140 lbs. until I unify the title. Till I'm number one, I am not leaving the division."
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Katsidis, 29, applied heavy pressure from the opening bell, scoring with consecutive left hooks in round one. Still, Mitchell controlled the pace of the round, circling and unleashing a sharp left jab.
In round two, Mitchell, 25, struck Katsidis early with a left hook followed by consecutive right - left combinations. However, Katsidis closed the gap, landing a series of left hooks and overhand rights, as Mitchell's back was pressed against the ropes. Toward the end of the round, Mitchell caught Katsidis with a crisp, counter left hook to the head.
Katsidis hammered and dazed Mitchell with a powerful left hook to the head in round three. Then, Katsidis landed a barrage of punches, as Mitchell was on shaky legs. Next, Mitchell threw and landed a left uppercut - left hook combination. After that, Katsidis stunned Mitchell again, connecting with a massive left hook. Katsidis went on to throw multiple shots. As Mitchell momentarily turned away, Katsidis landed a crushing overhand right, which prompted referee Dave Parris to stop the bout.
"I feel I am the best I ever been," Katsidis declared. "I'm enjoying my time here. 20,000 people are screaming to support the sport I love, regardless of who they are cheering for."
Mitchell feels he will be able to overcome his first professional defeat.
"I made a mistake and I paid for it," stated Mitchell. "He landed a big shot, but I'll be back in the summer."
Thursday, May 13, 2010
By: Alexia Krause
Teens growing up in troubled neighborhoods often find themselves drawn into seedy situations against their will. Whether it is peer pressure, or a feeling of despair for the future, many of today's youth fall prey to the allures of gangs, violence, and drugs. One of the most effective ways to circumvent this calamity is by making sure these kids stay active in after-school programs.
One of the best activities for children and teens to participate in are the fitness programs held in their schools or local gyms. There are neighborhood fitness centers like these all across the nation. Their success stories never cease to inspire. Whether it is boxing, basketball, or badminton, studies have shown that after-school activities dramatically lower incidence rates of violence and crime amongst teens.
Programs like ones organized by Horace Bryant at the Fourth Street Youth Boxing Gym in Minnesota are perfect examples of the preventative power of these clubs. Bryant saw the trouble that teens in his neighborhood were getting in to, and wanted to make a difference. That's why he coordinated his youth outreach program with the owners of his local gym.
Take a look at the case of a young man named Chris Watson. Chris was involved in trouble with the law ever since he was 14 years old. He had been arrested multiple times, dropped out of school in 2007, and was even charged with a felony. Watson stated that he would have likely continued down the bleak path he was on if it weren't for his local boxing program.
"I just had nothing to do back in the day; I wasn't working," Watson said. "I had so many friends I didn't know what to do with and they were always doing something illegal or something fun. Ever since I met Horace, going to the gym is what I look forward to everyday. I can't wait to get off work and go boxing." Bryant not only helped Watson with his training, but also helped him get a job. Chris is now studying to complete his GED, and hopes to someday inspire kids the way that Bryant inspired him and saved him from the streets.
Gyms and stories like this exist all over the nation. It is incredibly important to support programs like these. These organizations improve the lives of the children enrolled in it, while at the same time decreasing rates of crime and violence in their surrounding neighborhoods. Unfortunately, due to the recent recession, much of the funding to these programs via state and federal grants has been slashed. Often times these gyms depend on donations to purchase MMA Training Equipment to help them prepare for matches. That is why it is so vital to recognize how crucial these programs are to our communities around the nation, and the world.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
In a bizarre ending to a bout that was heating up, Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO's) was awarded a four-round, technical decision over Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KO's). Cintron, 30, got tangled up with Williams, 28, in round four, and both men tumbled. However, Cintron fell through the ropes onto the ringside table. Then, Cintron rolled to the floor of the Home Depot Center, where he lay motionless for several minutes until paramedics stabilized him on a stretcher. Apparently, he injured his back and/or neck. According to referee Dr. Lou Moret, Cintron wanted to continue, but the California ringside doctor stopped the fight. The official scores read 40-36 and 39-37 for Williams, while Cintron received a 40-36 tally.
In round one, Cintron looked to land his right as Williams tried to score with his straight left. Cintron caught Williams with some short left hooks. Toward the end of the round, Williams connected with a sharp right uppercut.
Cintron controlled range and the pace in round two, landing counter rights when Williams charged forward. Clearly, Williams needed to step up his level of aggression.
In round three, both men jabbed, however, there was little exchanging. Williams was much more active this round, stepping up his punch output and landing a straight left in the final seconds.
Williams stunned Cintron after landing three straight lefts in succession. Yet, Cintron countered quickly, staggering Williams with a thunderous right to the head and following up with a left hook. Subsequently, both fighters twisted when Williams tried to clinch and the disastrous incident occurred.
Under California rules, a fight can go to the scorecards after an accidental foul takes place, if three rounds have been completed.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
On Saturday May 15, WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (22-1, 16 KO’s) defends his title against Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KO’s) at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. The bout will be shown LIVE on HBO’s Boxing After Dark at 9:45pm eastern standard time.
Khan, 23, has won four in a row after being knocked out in the first round by Breidis Prescott in 2008. Since his loss to Prescott, Khan obtained victories over Oisin Fagan (TKO 2), Marco Antonio Barrera (TD 5), Andriy Kotelnik (UD 12) and Dmitriy Salita (KO 1). Khan also had a stellar amateur career, winning a Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Nevertheless, Malignaggi’s career is blossoming now too. At 29-years-old, Malignaggi acquired new life with outstanding back-to-back performances against Juan Diaz. Although the judges scored the bout in favor of Diaz in the first fight, Malignaggi put on an exceptional boxing exhibition. Now, Malignaggi looks to become a two-time world champion. Previously, Malignaggi captured the IBF junior welterweight title when he conquered Lovemore N’Dou (W12) in 2007. However, it is not the chance at winning Khan’s WBA title that motivates the Brooklyn native right now.
“I’ve been a world champion,” Malignaggi explained on today’s conference call. “It’s just a matter of getting redemption, because everyone thought I was finished as a fighter. I have a tremendous desire to put a beating on Amir Khan. He talks a lot and is really getting ahead of himself.”
Malignaggi also feels his abilities are being underrated by Khan and his team.
Malignaggi declared, “I’m excited about next Saturday. I had a really good camp. You hear Amir Khan this and Amir Khan that; He has a lot to prove. Amir Khan is going to be back in England sooner than you think.
“I’m probably the most known of the junior welterweights. You don’t come to the United States and get on HBO without facing somebody that puts you at risk.”
Malignaggi’s promoter, Lou Dibella, is in agreement with his fighter.
“He’s got a lot of talent, but the red carpet that’s been put out for him, and the pot of gold he’s getting based upon potential has a lot of other fighters motivated,” Dibella added. “Right now, he has his hands full if he’s looking past a guy that’s one of the most skilled boxers in the world. Maybe, Amir Khan feels good because he doesn’t think Paulie Malignaggi can knock him out? I think that if you get hit enough times or just right when you don’t have much of a chin, it’s not a forgone conclusion that Amir can’t be hurt himself.”
On the other hand, Khan’s trainer, Freddie Roach, expressed great confidence about his fighter.
“He’s on an upswing right now, but it’s about to end,” Roach claimed when asked about Malignaggi’s standing. “We have an advantage in every aspect of the game – speed, power and boxing ability. Everything he does well, we do it better.
“Our goal is to unify the titles. That’s why we are here in America. We are going to make a statement with Paulie, Devon Alexander and right down the list to Timothy Bradley. It’s the best division in the world & we want to conquer that.”
Khan concurs with his trainer.
“Training camp is going really well,” stated Khan. “I am happy with the way things are going. Last time I fought was in December, so I had a great rest. This is a fight I always wanted. Paulie Malignaggi is a funny character. I don’t think he’s ever faced anyone as quick or strong as me.”
This fight will mark Amir Khan’s professional debut in the United States. Like “Prince” Naseem Hamed, who fought Kevin Kelly in 1997 at Madison Square Garden, Khan is hoping to make a similar statement in his arrival.
“A lot of fighters leave the U.K. to fight fighters in the U.S. later in their careers,” said Khan. “Golden Boy Promotions made me hungrier to fight over here. I think Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of boxing. There have been huge fights there; Ali fought over there, Tyson and big, big names. Hopefully, you could put my name down there.
“I am fighting a guy who is really experienced and well-known in New York, and fighting him in his own backyard. Hopefully, I will be the guy to beat him there as well.”
Before Khan can fight in the United States, however, he needs to obtain a work visa. Khan originally opened camp at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California. Currently, Khan is training in Vancouver, Canada. David Itskowitch, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Boy Promotions, addressed the issue this afternoon.
“The visa status that he came on is the Visa Waiver Program, which is something that is available to citizens in about 30 countries, mostly European countries,” clarified Itskowitch. “It allows someone that is on a plane to fill out a form and hand it in when they get to immigration. From there, they’re given a tourist visa that is good for x amount of days.
“His status in this country was as a tourist. In order to change your status from that status to someone who can work, you have to leave the country, get a visa and come back in. Vancouver is the closest consulate where an appointment to do this could be gotten.
"We expected he’d be there for a day. We’re confident this is going to get done. I want him to be in New York on Monday.”
Lou Dibella believes the issue will be resolved.
“If that happened right now, there would be major problems,” said Dibella referring to a possible cancellation of the fight. “I have a good relationship working with Golden Boy. I’ve been led to believe everything will be fine here. I’m trusting he will be in New York on Monday, and we will have a fight Saturday night.”
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
ALL PHOTOS BY TEDDY BLACKBURN/DBE
“You’re going to see more improvements on May 15. [Head trainer] Sherif Younan and I have a lot of creativity in the gym. Every fight since I’ve started training with Sherif, I’ve been getting better and better.
“I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself. I am a perfectionist when it comes to boxing. Come fight night, everything will fall into place like the pieces of a puzzle.
“I believe I’m the faster fighter. If I get hit on chin, I’m not going to wobble. If Amir Khan starts wobbling, I hope they have a pillow for him in the corner, because he’s going to sleep.
“I’m going to enjoy sinking my punches into Khan. Some fights are just business, but not this one. I’m going to enjoy every punch I land.”
Malignaggi’s Trainer, Sherif Younan:
“Since day one, Paulie and I just clicked. We understand each other’s styles. My work revolves around speed, and Paulie is all about speed, so it goes hand-in-hand.
“Everything in camp has been wonderful. We’ve actually enjoyed this training camp a lot. As Paulie and I spend more and more time together, we learn more and we are able to employ more tactics. We can’t wait to get into the ring on May 15.”
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains undefeated, winning by wide scores of 118-110 and 119-109 twice against "Sugar" Shane Mosley in their epic welterweight showdown.
Mayweather opened the fight as the aggressor, walking toward Mosley and daring him to throw punches. Then, Mosley responded by connecting with a few solid left jabs that penetrated through Mayweather's guard in round one.
In round two, Mosley seriously hurt Mayweather when he connected with a rock-solid overhand right. However, Mayweather weathered the storm and landed a left hook to Mosley's body followed by an overhand right late in the round.
"Only the strong survive," Mayweather stated as soon as the bout ended. "You must suck it up hard and keep fighting like a warrior."
From that point, Mayweather took full control of the bout in round three, landing left hooks and lead right hands in succession.
In round four, Mayweather struck Mosley with a sharp, counter left hook. After that, Mayweather damaged Mosley frequently with lead right hands.
Mayweather constantly got his punches off before Mosley, which enabled him to dictate the pace of the fight. As he started to find his rhythm, Mayweather put his punches together and in round five, he stunned Mosley with numerous left jabs, lead rights and left hook - right hand combinations.
Mayweather whacked Mosley with a flush right in round six. Next, Mayweather missed a left hook, but tagged Mosley again with a right hand to the head. Then, Mosley struck Mayweather with a right to the body, although Mayweather responded quickly, connecting with a right to Mosley's head. Mayweather was too comfortable, and Mosley could not disrupt his level of relaxation.
When they were in close range, Mayweather missed with a left hook, but hurt Mosley when he landed a right uppercut in round seven. Mayweather's punches continued to find the target precisely, as Mosley showed no answer for Mayweather's lead right hands.
In round nine, Mosley neglected to move after delivering an overhand right and Mayweather made him pay, landing a punishing right that momentarily snapped Mosley's head back.
After absorbing a right hand by Mosley, Mayweather quickly countered with consecutive right hands in round ten. Later, Mayweather battered Mosley with a right to the body followed by a straight right - left hook combination to Mosley's head.
Mayweather's lead right hands were breaking Mosley down. In the eleventh round, Mosley got into close quarters with Mayweather, who was forced to fight him off using a swift jab. Then, Mosley hit Mayweather in the body with a left hook. Mayweather answered yet again, connecting with lead rights and left hooks. Next, Mayweather dazed Mosley with a clean left jab.
Mayweather jabbed and kept beating Mosley to the punch in round twelve. First, Mosley hit Mayweather with shots to the body. Then, Mayweather fired and landed an overhand right. Finally, Mayweather stayed strong in the pocket and used lateral movement to close the show.
"I couldn't adjust," Mosley explained to HBO's Larry Merchant after the fight. "He adjusted and that's why he won the fight."
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to go an entire season without losing a game. Former running back Mercury Morris, who played for the Dolphins from 1969 – 1975, claimed, “it’s not the amount of games you win, it’s the amount of games you don’t lose….it’s about the ‘0’.”
In Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s case, it’s not about the amount of times he wins anymore; it’s all about the ‘0’ in his loss column. The ‘0’ on Mayweather’s record is sacred to him. He takes tremendous pride in being undefeated, as he boasts on a regular basis that he is the best ever, saying he is even better than “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
Before his magnificent victory over Mosley, Mayweather’s critics asserted he has not fought the best fighters out there, and questioned whether he truly wants to square-off against whirlwind puncher, Manny Pacquiao. Like Pacquiao, Mayweather has indeed fought the best of his era, and has notable victories against Genaro Hernandez (RTD 8), Angel Manfredy (TKO 2), Diego Corrales (TKO 10), Jose Luis Castillo (W 12 twice), Arturo Gatti (RTD 6), Zab Judah (W 12), Oscar De La Hoya (SD 12), Ricky Hatton (TKO 10) and Juan Manuel Marquez (W 12)
"If Manny Pacquiao takes the blood and urine test, we'll have a fight," Mayweather declared. "If he doesn't, we don't have a fight."
For boxing to resonate among all sports fans, Mayweather and Pacquiao must battle each other. After Mayweather’s brilliant performance tonight, maybe the question now should be – Does Manny Pacquiao actually desire a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
OUALI TKO'S SALDIVIA
In a welterweight bout, Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KO's) scored a 1st round technical knockout against Hector Saldivia (33-2, 26 KO's). The official time of stoppage was 1:47.
Ouali, 30, got hurt by a hard, straight right from Saldivia, 26, and fell to the canvas. Next, Saldivia hammered Ouali in the corner with a series of right hands. Then, Ouali, a southpaw, floored Saldivia with a sharp counter left. Saldivia was surprised, and Ouali hit him again with a right hook - straight left combination. Finally, a crisp right hook from Ouali put Saldivia down a second time and referee Russell Mora stopped the bout.
PONCE DE LEON DECISIONS LOCK
Daniel Ponce De Leon (39-2, 32 KO's) won a ten round unanimous decision over Cornelius Lock (19-5-1, 12 KO's) in a featherweight bout. The judges' official scores were 97-93 and 96-94 twice.
De Leon, 29, assaulted Lock's body repeatedly with vicious left hand shots throughout the fight. In the 1st round, De Leon used a stiff right jab to back Lock up and landed clean straight lefts. Then, De Leon wobbled Lock, 31, in the 2nd round when he connected with a counter right hook. Lock circled and snapped his right jab, but De Leon continually got his punches off first.
Lock connected with counter right hooks in the 3rd round, although De Leon was extremely accurate with his blows. In the 4th round, De Leon continued to press the action. Later, Lock landed a sweeping right hook that landed on De Leon's head. During the round, De Leon suffered a minor cut above his left eye, which resulted from a punch.
Lock wobbled Ponce De Leon in the fifth round with a counter right hook. As a result, De Leon sustained some swelling under his left eye. In round six, De Leon frequently hammered Lock with brutal lefts to the body and head.
Lock successfully scored with a counter right hook in round nine, but had little steam on his punch. Consequently, De Leon moved aggressively toward Lock and scored with the harder, flush shots.
Lock nailed De Leon with consecutive straight lefts late in round ten. However, De Leon landed the cleaner, more damaging blows the entire fight and dictated the pace.
ALVAREZ TKO'S COTTO IN 9TH
After suffering a scare in round one, 19-year-old welterweight prospect Saul Alvarez (32-0-1, 24 KO's) soundly defeated Jose Miguel Cotto (31-2-1, 23 KO's), stopping him in the ninth round.
Cotto staggered Alvarez in the first round, sending the young Mexican fighter into the ropes after connecting with a massive left hook. Then, Cotto landed a series of rights and lefts. However, Alvarez pulled it together and hit Cotto with a vicious right uppercut in round two, forcing Cotto's glove to touch the canvas, which resulted in a knockdown being scored.
From there, the fight was very competitive. As Cotto moved forward with his head down, Alvarez landed a stinging right uppercut to Cotto's chin in round three. Later, Cotto and Alvarez exchanged hard left hooks and sharp right hands.
In round four, Alvarez again connected with a short uppercut and landed right hands in succession. Cotto was aggressive in rounds five and six, but Alvarez showed a great deal of patience and displayed competent instincts, placing his punches with remarkable success.
In round seven, both men fought fiercely in close range. However, Alvarez got the best of Cotto in round nine, landing powerful right hands over and over again. Cotto slipped some shots, but Alvarez kept firing. Then, Cotto unleashed a left hook with little behind it. Lastly, Cotto stopped throwing and Alvarez continued smashing him with right hands, which prompted referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout at 2:51.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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 ten 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 Mayweather?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is undefeated, and regarded by some as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Mayweather’s pound-for-pound status can be heavily debated, however, he is without question one of the most naturally gifted fighters the sport has ever seen. While Mosley could be Mayweather's toughest test to date, Mayweather is definitely Mosley’s greatest challenge.
At 33 years old, Mayweather’s dedication to training supersedes every fighter in boxing. He has never taken an opponent lightly in his entire career. Mayweather is a defensive specialist, who stands right in front of opponents and makes them miss with their shots. Then, Mayweather counters with swift, accurate punches and rarely takes any blows in return. Will Mayweather, a defensive genius, use the same strategies of the past to triumph over Mosley? Or can Mosley force Mayweather out of his comfort zone by pressuring him to trade in heated exchanges?
Mosley possesses sound power and remarkable hand speed, but neither asset will be a factor if he cannot hit Mayweather. Boxing is not about power, hand speed or defense; Boxing is about landing precise punches and finding one’s range, so one will not be countered. Thus far, Mayweather has demonstrated the utmost understanding of the sweet science, using more cerebral expertise and proficiency than any fighter nowadays.
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 high-speed, blistering punches, but tends to stand in front of his foes too long. He favors the use of his jab as a range finder to set up power shots. Throughout his professional career, Mosley has been tremendously effective when he attacks his challenger's body. It is well-known that Mosley can take powerful punches from larger boxers, in addition to outfighting younger pugilists in close range.
Many boxing fans and media believe Mosley will be the fastest opponent Mayweather has ever faced in the professional ranks. Does anyone remember Zab Judah, who is younger than Mosley and throws better combinations? Also, Judah’s lightning quick punches came from a southpaw stance, which is more difficult for conventional fighters to defend. On that night, Mayweather made adjustments against Judah and broke him down in the later rounds.
Mosley must put combinations together better than he has shown in his previous bouts. He must utilize his jab to control the pace of the fight. Then, after releasing his punches, Mosley needs to place himself at angles where Floyd cannot answer. Mosley should keep his punches short and not square up. In the past, Mosley has not changed from offense to defense well, which is something that Mayweather is exceptional at doing.
Against Mosley, Mayweather should stick and move, so he will not be a stationary target. Alternatively, if Mosley wants to get the best use of his slight edge in power, he ought to force Mayweather to fight toe-to-toe. Mayweather’s power is vastly underrated because he primarily is a defensive fighter. Still, Mayweather is outstanding at landing his punches with pinpoint precision.
Mosley needs to connect with short shots in a nearby range. He will not have to worry about Mayweather’s perfect placement of punches, if he lands clean shots and moves laterally around the ring. Every so often, Mosley may elect to trade with Mayweather. Mosley must find his range, so he will not be countered.
Prediction: Although Mosley has defeated several younger fighters as he has grown older, he is now 38, and will have been idle for 15 months when he steps into the ring against Mayweather on Saturday night. Boxers cannot afford to suffer long layoffs to their careers, especially older ones. With long periods of inactivity, fighters lose timing, speed, agility, power and can witness an overall decrease in skills. Mosley has not shown his age yet, but eventually all fighters do. A fighter can get old in one fight, and I think Mayweather will shine again. Mosley has never been knocked out, but Mayweather has the offensive arsenal to accomplish the task. Conversely, everyone knows Mayweather is a defensive first fighter, while Mosley owns a durable chin. However, I am going to defy logic and pick Floyd Mayweather Jr. to win via technical knockout in round eleven.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (41-1, 27 KO's) defeated Chris "The "Nightmare" Arreola (28-2, 25 KO's) by a 12 round majority decision at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The official scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 117-111. The victory marked Adamek's 10th consecutive win.
Adamek, 33, opened the fight using superior lateral movement and scored with rights to Arreola's body. Then, both men exchanged a pair of left hooks. Adamek did a superb job of countering a very aggressive Arreola, who persistently attempted to impose his will on him.
In round two, Arreola connected with a solid left hook after Adamek landed a quality right to the body. Later in the round, Arreola landed another hard left hook and followed it with an overhand right. Again, Adamek caught him with a counter left hook and moved out of Arreola's range quickly.
Clearly, Arreola was the heavier puncher, although Adamek was landing the cleaner and more damaging blows. Toward the end of the third round, Arreola and Adamek traded rights and lefts to the body.
As Arreola continued to press the action in round four, Adamek was scoring with flush left hooks to Arreola's head. After connecting with two vicious rights, Adamek landed a left uppercut - left hook combination. Then, he struck Arreola with a right - left combination.
Adamek hit Arreola with a crisp left hook and powerful right early in round five. Then, Adamek used his jab and moved swiftly around the ring. Arreola momentarily staggered Adamek with a grazing right cross to the head. However, Adamek answered immediately with a right - left combination.
Arreola came on strong toward the end of round six, connecting with a strong right as Adamek lay on the ropes. Then, Arreola snapped Adamek's head back with a stinging left uppercut.
Arreola steadily pressured Adamek in the seventh round, but his face became extremely swollen. In the beginning of the round, Adamek landed a short left hook. Then, Adamek whacked Arreola with an overhand right as Arreola charged him. Again, Adamek fired and landed a right to Arreola's body. Arreola countered by connecting with a left hook to Adamek's head.
Adamek started to sustain some swelling above his right eye in the eighth round. Yet, Arreola's punch output dropped, which enabled Adamek to use more lateral movement without worrying as much about absorbing punishing blows. Evidently, Arreola was slowed by the potent body punches Adamek landed early in round eight.
Arreola had a great deal of trouble landing his punches in round nine, as Adamek recovered his rhythm. At this point, Arreola exhibited tremendous frustration. Later, Adamek battered him with a series of left hooks, right hands and brutal body shots.
Adamek appeared to find his range in the tenth round, and possessed a sufficient amount of energy to finish the bout soundly. Arreola, however, gained momentum after landing an overhand right and left uppercut. Adamek hurriedly fired a left hook - straight right combination. Next, Adamek connected with a straight right - left hook combination. After that, Arreola rushed Adamek and threw wild right hands. Adamek swiftly countered with a overhand right followed by a left hook.
In the eleventh round, Arreola buckled Adamek with a right and staggered him another time with a huge left hook. Subsequently, Adamek displayed a ton of heart and great resilience, nailing Arreola flush with a barrage of rights and lefts. Surprisingly, Adamek peppered Arreola with ferocious head shots in the last thirty seconds.
Arreola, 29, shouted obscenities at Adamek in the twelfth round, confirming his irritation of being unable to hurt and outsmart the durable warrior from Poland. Adamek did a magnificent job of sticking and moving in the final minutes, landing a series of left hooks before Arreola could get his punches off.
What's next for Tomasz Adamek? Will he battle David Haye? Or one of the Klitschko brothers? Maybe, Adamek will square off with Bernard Hopkins, who wants to face a heavyweight? It remains to be seen who his next opponent will be, although it has become quite clear that Tomasz Adamek has established himself as a major player in the heavyweight division.
ANGULO TKO'S JULIO
In a junior middleweight clash, Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KO's) stopped Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KO's) at 1:39 of the eleventh round.
Angulo, 27, hurt Julio with an overhand right in the early moments of the first round, which seemed to set the tone for the rest of the fight. After that, Julio, 25, was stunned by a right - left hook combination and started to move at a rapid pace around the ring.
In the second round, Angulo attacked Julio fiercely, landing a right - left hook combination. Then, Julio caught Angulo with a sharp counter left hook. Yet, Julio had a great deal of difficulty changing from offense to defense, and exerted an awful lot of energy using lateral movement.
Julio, however, settled down in round three, scoring with an overhand right behind his jab. Angulo pressed forward and successfully landed a right to the body, although Julio consistently tagged Angulo with flush left hooks to the head.
Angulo landed the cleaner shots in round four, but suffered massive swelling under his right eye in round five from the left hooks Julio was repeatedly landing.
In round six, Julio continued to land counter left hooks, while slipping Angulo's punches.
By the seventh round, Angulo started to suffer swelling under his left cheek, but managed to connect with a sweeping left hook as he closed the distance. As a result, Julio retreated using swift lateral movement.
After applying a tremendous amount of pressure in the eighth round, Angulo landed multiple right hands in succession. Julio was momentarily dazed and suffered a cut over his right eye.
In round nine, Julio landed double left hooks, but Angulo quickly unleashed lefts and rights toward Julio's head.
Julio still expended a lot of energy using lateral movement, however, he carefully and effectively placed his punches. Nevertheless, Angulo employed heavy pressure in the final moments of round ten.
Angulo started the eleventh round by firing and landing consecutive right hand shots. Then, Julio threw a left jab, but Angulo launched a crushing, well-timed right hand that floored Julio instantly. Julio got up, but referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight.
With the victory over Julio, Angulo may face the winner of Paul Williams versus Kermit Cintron, which takes place May 8th. Previously, Cintron handed Angulo his only professional loss, which was a twelve round unanimous decision.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Kessler, 31, and Froch, 32, battled fiercely the entire bout. In the opening round, Kessler pressed the action and scored with a right to the body. Kessler utilized his left jab, while using various angles when charging Froch. In contrast, Froch consistently fired his left jab to keep Kessler from pressuring him.
In round two, Kessler backed Froch into the corner, but Froch jabbed his way out. Then, Kessler connected with a left hook to the body. Few punches landed cleanly in the round, although the majority of them came from Kessler.
In the beginning of the third round, Froch stood his ground and jabbed effectively, but Kessler was very active, throwing and landing hard rights to the body. Later in the round, Froch connected with an overhand right to Kessler's head.
Both fighters increased their punch output in the fourth round. Froch hammered Kessler with a clean overhand right. After that, Froch successfully struck him with a lunging right uppercut.
Froch backed Kessler into the corner when he connected with a solid left hook in round five. Yet, Kessler kept charging forward, but he abandoned his use of angles. As a result, Froch rocked Kessler with powerful overhand right. Kessler answered moments later by connecting with his right hand, however, Froch landed the most effective punches in the round.
Kessler continued attacking in round six, scoring with rights and left hooks. It was a close, competitive round as both men went toe-to-toe. Again, Froch scored with overhand rights to Kessler's head.
Toward the end of round seven, Kessler landed a couple stinging left hooks followed by an overhand right to Froch's head.
Froch repeatedly used his left jab in the eighth round, but Kessler was busier and landed a damaging right hand blow to Froch's nose, which momentarily buckled the WBC champion. From there, Kessler threw a barrage of punches as he trapped Froch in the corner.
In the ninth round, Kessler maintained a steady body assault, connecting again with a right to the body. Froch's punches were a bit wild and seemed to have lost some steam, while Kessler increased his pace.
Kessler sustained an enormous cut above his left eye in the tenth round, which bled rapidly. Froch settled down and exchanged with Kessler at a furious pace. Next, Froch landed a massive left hook to Kessler's head. Still, Kessler came on strong in the final seconds, landing a potent straight right.
In the eleventh round, Froch hurt Kessler with a counter right. Soon after, Kessler stunned Froch with an overhand right.
Both Kessler and Froch showcased their entire offensive skill set in the twelfth and final round. Neither man could have fought with greater intensity, as a bloodied Kessler dazed Froch with huge left hooks. Then, Froch bewildered Kessler with a series of straight rights and left hooks that landed precisely on Kessler's chin. Nevertheless, Kessler displayed much more energy than Froch in the final minute, and unleashed a torrent of punches while Froch lay on the ropes.
In Group Stage 3, Mikkel Kessler will square off against Allan Green, who replaced Jermain Taylor, while Carl Froch will battle Arthur Abraham. Also, Andre Ward takes on Andre Dirrell.
Currently, the "Super Six" standings are as follows:
Arthur Abraham - 3 points (1-1, 1 KO)
Carl Froch - 2 points (1-1)
Andre Ward - 2 points (1-0)
Jermain Taylor - 0 points (0-1) *Replaced by Allan Green, who will face Andre Ward to conclude
Group Stage 2*
Andre Dirrell - 2 points (1-1)
Mikkel Kessler - 2 points (1-1)
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.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Before Mikkel Kessler battles Carl Froch in the 2nd round of Showtime’s “Super Six” Tournament, some important questions must be taken into consideration. Can Kessler recover psychologically following the beating he absorbed from Andre Ward in his last bout? Mikkel Kessler is a first-rate fighter, but after suffering losses to Joe Calzaghe and Andre Ward, we now know Kessler has plenty of trouble with boxers. However, there is good news for Kessler. Carl Froch does not possess the footwork of Calzaghe, Ward or even Kessler himself. Froch presents a different type of challenge; He’s undefeated, confident and mentally tough. Overcoming a close defeat is no easy task for a fighter. It is even a more daunting mission to rise above a one-sided beating or knockout loss. How much does Kessler have left?
Kessler will be able to showcase his boxing ability more against Froch than he displayed against Ward and Calzaghe. In both of his defeats, Kessler was the aggressor. Ward possessed too much overall speed for him. Against Calzaghe, he had to deal with the slickness and feints of a great southpaw. Styles make fights. The match-up against Froch may best suit Kessler’s style to surmount his recent shortcomings.
Kessler must establish his jab early in the fight. Froch is slower than him, and Kessler could dictate the pace of the bout by using his edge in hand speed by firing combinations off the jab. At times, Froch can be flat footed. If Kessler is moving around the ring, Froch will have an extremely difficult time landing successfully. In his last bout, Froch had an abundance of trouble getting his punches off because of Andre Dirrell’s adept hand speed and proficient movement. Kessler does not have the hand speed of Dirrell, but his hand speed is vastly underrated. Kessler’s hand speed was not a factor in his fights with Ward or Calzaghe, because they never let him get set to punch. Froch will not use the ring to his advantage like Ward or Calzaghe.
Froch owns a concrete right hand and can take a pretty solid punch. Since Kessler lost badly to Ward, Froch may want to attack him swiftly at the very beginning of the fight. Then, Froch might gain a competitive edge if Kessler starts to doubt his overall abilities. Froch owns a decent left jab and might use it to set up his body attack. Against Dirrell, Froch got beat to the punch repeatedly, and may have gotten hit even more had Dirrell taken more of an initiative. Unlike Dirrell, Kessler will stand in front of Froch at certain moments in the fight, which could give Froch a significant advantage. Froch does not unleash lots of punches, but he does land a high percentage of his punch output.
Prediction: If Kessler is emotionally recharged after suffering the devastating loss to Ward, I believe Kessler can win a convincing 12 round unanimous decision. I think Kessler occupies and exhibits the superior overall skills, however, I expect Froch to land some crisp and powerful punches in the fight. On the other hand, Kessler should be able to effectively control the pace with an accurate left jab, superior hand speed and quick lateral movement. I do not think it will turn into a slugfest because I see Kessler fighting an intelligent fight.