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"Hopkins gives us this feel good story of how he's going to walk away from the boxing game, riding out on his throne The only problem is they picked the wrong guy. I'm the legend killer."
- Antonio Tarver
About his upcoming fight with Bernard Hopkins
THE NEW ‘SULTAN OF SWAT’ READIES FOR ‘THE
QUIETMAN’ : IBRAGIMOV-RUIZ PURSE BID TO BE HELD ON
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 26 – Like the immortal Babe Ruth knocked home run after home run out of the park, the new “Sultan of Swat”, Sultan Ibragimov, is knocking out opponent after opponent in his quest for the Heavyweight Championship.
But finally, the unbeaten native of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia will get his chance to move closer to that dream as it was announced that a purse bid will take place on June 3rd, 2006 at noon during the IBF convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This bid will determine the day and site for the IBF elimination bout between Ibragimov (19-0, 16 KOs) and former World Champion John ‘The Quietman’ Ruiz. The winner will get a shot at newly crowned IBF Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko
“I would like to thank the IBF for this opportunity to fight for the number one contender’s position, and I would also like to thank my team of Warriors Boxing, Boris Grinberg, and Sampson Lewkowicz for their tireless efforts to put me in this position,” said Ibragimov. “Now it’s time for me to make the most of this opportunity, and I will succeed by knocking out John Ruiz and then Wladimir Klitschko to win the World Title.”
For more information on Warrior’s Boxing, please visit our website at www.warriorsboxing.com.
Froch vs. Magee:
Maloney Returns Fire
I'm glad that British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch has finally resurfaced and woken up to the fact that he is defending his titles this Friday against Brian Magee. Reading the latest press release from the Froch camp, it seems very clear that the words attributed to Carl are more like those his promoter's press officer rather than those of the fighter.
Even though it is never to late for press, it does show the inexperience of Carl's promoter Hennessy Sports; putting out their release at a time when the media was heavily focused on Amir Khan and WBO Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison's well documented personal problems.
I was quite amazed to see that their press release contained the comment, supposedly from Carl, that I have spoken a lot of rubbish about this fight between Froch and Magee. Please, could Mr. Froch quote me on what I've said that he considers "rubbish"? I'd love to hear it because what I have done is to try and sell a double title fight without the help of the champion. It makes me wonder if his silence was intentional in order to sabotage the promotion?
I can certainly let Carl know, because of all the press releases that my office has put out for this show, that he will be boxing in front of a nearly full house at York Hall, unlike the nearly empty venue he defended his Commonwealth title in for his last fight.
Just for the record, I actually have no agreement with Brian Magee. What I do have is a promise to Brian that if he is successful in winning this fight, Maloney Promotions and Team Magee will form a partnership and go forward from there. If Carl Froch, who is the favorite in this contest, retains his titles, then all I will have done is to have put on a very good show for the British boxing public and paid Carl his biggest purse to date. But there is no need for Carl thank me for that.
I would like to thank Team Magee, especially Brian's manager Pat Magee, who has worked very hard helping me promote this show, even though they had to give up home advantage in Belfast.
To quote their press release, Carl, or his mouthpiece, said of me that perhaps I am just about to realize that my knowledge of boxing is about to be exposed. A curious thing to say considering that my knowledge of boxing is well documented and doesn't need exposing.
I will say directly to Carl that everyone knows you are the favorite to retain the titles. It doesn't take a genius to work that one out or that all the pressure is on you, champ. Brian Magee isn't expected to win but boxing turns up some unexpected results.
Both of these fighters know the reality of losing this fight. That's what makes it interesting and what has helped me sell it, other than the press releases from Team Magee.
There is no concern about Team Magee "bottling it", to quote the Froch press release once again. I just wonder if the champion would have been so silent if his own promoter, Hennessy Sports, was promoting the fight.
Don't worry Carl, Pat Magee has done a great job selling you to the British public.
I will say to both the boxers and the public, let battle commence and may the best man win on May 26.
Thanks Carl for helping to sell this fight; you are a true professional.
- Frank Maloney
Great Floyd Patterson
By Jim Amato
Poor Floyd Patterson. Everyone loved him but not everyone respected him as a fighter or champion. You rarely heard his name tossed about when the topic of all time great heavyweights is brought up.
Who is to blame for this heartbreaking oversight, people tend to forget that Patterson thrashed Archie Moore much more impressively then Rocky Marciano did the night he became the youngest man ever to win the heavyweight crown . Still when a " Dream Match " between Marciano and Patterson is talked about, Floyd is quickly dismissed... Simply put, Rocky had the PUNCH and Floyd did not have the whiskers.
After the Moore victory, Floyd would make " safe " defenses against guys like Pete Rademacher, and Tommy " Hurricane " Jackson. Floyd then had his chin exposed by Ingemar Johansson. To Floyd's credit he became the first heavyweight champion to regain the title by halting Ingo not once but twice. Finally Floyd fell to the ham like fists of Charles " Sonny " Liston in one round. Sonny repeated the one round trick in their return match.
I feel that the losses to Liston helped to make Floyd a better overall fighter. The " New " Patterson took on ALL comers. Fighters that he had " avoided ", were met and beaten. The new Patterson was raising some eyebrows. Although Floyd fought and lost to a prime time Muhammad Ali in 1965, he had earned that right to another title shot by defeating Eddie Machen and George Chuvalo. Floyd would come right back after his loss to Ali and destroy the respected Henry Cooper of England. he later fought a draw with an up and coming Jerry Quarry.
When Ali was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted into the Army, the W.B.A. set up an eight man elimination tourney to determine a new champion. Floyd was among one of the eight selected. Floyd drew Jerry Quarry as his first tourney opponent. This time Jerry won a hotly disputed decision. Quarry went on to upset Thad Spencer and then lose to Jimmy Ellis in the " championship " bout.
Floyd had been so impessive against Quarry that he was matched with Ellis for Jimmy's W.B.A. title.On a cool night in Sweeden almost everyone thought that Floyd had done enough to win the verdict and regain the crown. Poor Floyd... The referee and sole voter gave it to Ellis.
Floyd would come back to win nine in a row including a points call over the rugged Oscar Bonavena. This led to another match with the now titleless Muhammad Ali. Floyd fought his heart out but could not overcome the bigger, stronger and faster Ali.
Patterson never fought again.
Danny Green Relishes Grudge
Match With Anthony Mundine
Australia's ferocious super middleweight Danny Green won't have to wait long to get bitter rival Anthony Mundine in the ring as the two clash on Wednesday, May 17 at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney. At stake is the #1 position in the WBA ratings but for Green, it's not just business, it's personal. "In November of 2001, Mundine was interviewed on National TV and he called me a bum, basically disrespecting me," recalled Green. "He continued to say that, so enough was enough and I fired back saying, 'well mate if that's how you feel then let's do it, let's get it on'. And he avoided it for a long, long time. But now money talks so he figures the time is right."
Apparently the Australian public agrees as the long building animosity between Green and Mundine has pushed this greatly anticipated pairing to live up to the pre-fight publicity. "This fight has been brewing for five years," declared Green's manager Justin Manolikos. "It's shaping up to be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. We estimate a crowd of over 40,000 people and a viewing audience of one to one and a half million."
Former IBF Interim Champion Green, 21-2 (19), brings tremendous punching power to the table and can't wait to visit his destructive abilities upon ex-WBA Champion Mundine. "I'm very, very pumped; it's a massive occasion," said the Perth native. "It's a big fight but I have fought on bigger occasions. This fight isn't for the world title, it's just a stepping stone, an eliminator for the WBA world title, but it's a massive fight in Australia. I'm going to test Mundine's spirit, test his heart and I think that the man who wants to win more on the night is going to be the victor. That's how I feel and I'm very confident of being the man on the night."
The Danny Green - Anthony Mundine Official WBA Super Middleweight Title Eliminator takes place at Aussie Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, May 17. Tickets are priced from $95 to $1,000 and can be purchased online at http://premier.ticketek.com.au/ Main Event Pay-Per-View, Fox Sports Pub & Club and Austar will televise the historic fightcard starting at 5PM.
Visit www.dannygreen.com.au to learn more about Danny "The Green Machine" Green.
Return of Daniel “The Haitian
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) – Professional boxing will return to Daytona Beach for the first time in more than a decade as the Daytona Cubs, in conjunction with the Manolo Corporation, have officially announced “Fight Night at the Jack.” The event is set for Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 7:00 P.M. at Jackie Robinson Ballpark..
The boxing card will feature the return of Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard, former USBA and current Fedecentro Middleweight Champion in a potential slugfest against Venezuelan heavy hitter Elio Ortiz. Edouard (16-1-2) has his only professional loss in his last fight versus current undisputed Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor on February 19, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He has not fought since. Ortiz, who bolsters 21 knock outs in his 27 victories, has faced the likes of Ricardo Mayorga, Sharmbra Mitchell, Kermit Cintron and Teddy Reid.
“I’m very excited to get back in the ring. I felt like I needed some time off from boxing to get my mind clear and free and to focus on the next stage of my career; and now I am both physically and mentally ready,” said Eduoard, who currently resides in West Palm Beach. “I’m looking forward to making my return in Daytona Beach at this historical venue.”
Edouard is simultaneously debuting at junior middleweight (154 lbs) which he believes to be closer to his true boxing weight than the middleweight class from previously in his career. “Boxers typically cut weight. If they walk around at 180 or 185 pounds, then they box at 160. I walk around at 170 pounds so my true boxing weight is closer to 154, or maybe even 147.” Edouard said. “I believe that competing at my true boxing weight will make him me an even bigger force and offer fans very exciting fights.”
The fight card will also mark the return of light heavyweight Derrick Harman (24-6), who once took Roy Jones, Jr., 11 rounds in Tampa’s Ice Palace on February 24, 2001. Other fighters on the card include undefeated Mexican lightweight Abisal Santizo (6-0), American featherweight Terry “The Palm Beach Punisher” Lantz and light welterweight Jose Angel Roman of Puerto Rico.
Ticket prices for “Fight Night at the Jack” are set at $15 for General Admission, $25 for Reserved, $35 for V.I.P. Box, $50 for Ringside Seats and up to $100 for VIP Table seating. There is a $10 ticket available to those with a Student ID as well as a $5 discount for all other tickets purchased in advance of May 19. The entire fight card will be announced soon and should feature as many as seven bouts.
For information please contact the Daytona Cubs at (386) 257-3172
Ricky Hatton's Calm
Before The Storm
The fight that Ricky Hatton has been training his entire career for is just one day away and "The Hitman" couldn't be more serene. "I'm really enjoying myself in Boston, it's a great fight town," he said between sessions with the enthusiastic American media, in town to cover Hatton's clash with WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo, presented by Fight Academy and Banner Promotions at the TD Banknorth Garden this Saturday and televised live by in the US by HBO and in the UK on Sky Box Office.
Normally a light welter, Hatton looked rock-solid wearing the extra seven pounds of the welterweight class at the press conference yesterday and was in a jovial mood after receiving a gift from his Brooklyn based opponent. "Collazo gave me a six pack of Guinness as a present," quipped Hatton, "which will take me all of five minutes to drink after the fight!"
Hatton, 40-0 (30), is no stranger to the spotlight, having become accustomed to his role as one of Britain's most popular sportsmen. His relaxation at this crucial juncture is simply the calm before the storm, which he's determined to visit upon Luis Collazo, 26-1 (12). "I plan on showing the American audience what I've been delivering in Britain for 40 fights," he said. "I believe that I'm the most exciting fighter in boxing and that I've always given good value for money. I'm the same old Ricky Hatton and don't plan on being anything less tomorrow night."
Fight Academy and Banner Promotions present the Ricky Hatton - Luis Collazo WBA Welterweight title clash held on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA, televised live by in the US by HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45PM ET/6:45PM PT and live in the UK by Sky Box Office starting at 9PM BST. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com
Oscar Stops Mayorga
By Michael Amakor - May 7,2006
Boxing fans were treated to another brilliant performance at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 6th, as Oscar De La Hoya, popularly known as the golden boy, despite a twenty month joy filled absence away from the ring needed only six rounds to decapitate the hydra headed trash talking Ricardo Mayorga, and seize his WBC Light Middleweight belt to add to his sizeable collection of trophies.
As is typical after most feuds after a fight, the beaten Mayorga apologized to a gracious Oscar De la Hoya for all the horrible invectives he heaped on him to draw him out of his skin for this fight. This knew found respect is always preceded after receiving a sound beating, he has now tasted first hand, the destructive power of Oscar punches that have garnered him so many accolades over the years.I believe Mayorga is now convinced that Oscar is the real deal for him to apologize so soon after the fight, the ignomy of this defeat and the pain in his body must have convinced him not show up for post fight press conference afterwards.
This fight exemplifies the superiority of pure skill over sheer will, and this will no doubt be one of the most notable victories in Oscar's career which will be elevated to a higher plateau if he follows through with speculations of fighting Mayweather Jr or the winner of the Winky Wright vs Jermaine Taylor showdown. If he wins any of those fights he will become more than the living legend that he already is.
On my part, I have no doubt that he will give a good account of himself against any of them if these fights ever happen, but I would advise him to regain his rhythm against another B class opponent before stepping up to the A game of the winner of the Winky Wright vs. Jermain Taylor showdown, or Floyd Mayweather for that matter. Both of these guys are capable of giving him a boxing clinic if he rides up against them too soon and ill prepared as Felix Trinidad found out to his chagrin.
Nevertheless, this is Oscar's ninth title seizure in six weight divisions, his record has now improved to a solid 38 wins, 4 losses including stopping 34 top flight foes inside the distance. Simply Amazing.
Rivera Dominates Garcia
By Michael Amakor - May 7, 2006
In another great fight in the Light Middleweight division(154lbs), former Welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera dropped defending champion Alejandro Garcia five times to seize his WBA Light Middleweight belt in front of his home town fans at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. The judges awarded the victory to Rivera by unanimous decision scoring the bout 116-106 twice and 114-117 against Garcia.
Rivera was not out of the fight despite the knockdowns and rose up from each occasion to fire off some telling right hands that wobbled Rivera in some cases, but he was unable to capitalize on his seemingly adjudged greater power and did not see or could not prevent Rivera right hooks and crosses that landed flush, catching him in all cases, off balance sending him down and up from without his wits or senses about him long enough to change his fight plan to counter Rivera constant pressure and ring generalship..
Rivera holds down a regular job in the court system in Massachusetts and had to take time off to prepare for this fight, and it showed because he was quite sure of himself during the pre-fight interview. He also claims that he was too dehydrated in the welterweight division and had decided to move up in weight, he still made some headlines in that division and had just lost his WBA Welterweight strap in his last fight against Luis Collozo in April of 05.
He now claims to feel stronger in the Light Middleweight Division and he fought a smart tactical fight against Garcia, he better head back to the gym and get ready to be called back to duty, if Oscar De la Hoya decides to begin a new mission of unifying the division.
I have no doubt that the battle tested Rivera will hold his own after examining his record which now stands at 38 victories, 4 defeats and draw which includes stopping 24 foes inside the distance. All hail the new champ.
Confirming his ranking as one of the best fighters in boxing today according to FightKings.Com, NBC reality TV series "The Contender" champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora brutalized a game but outgunned Archak TerMeliksetian forcing the referee to halt the bout at the 2.44 minute mark of the seventh round, at the Aladdin Resort, in Las Vegas on May 4th, 2006
This fight started at a furious pace with both guys landing vicious body shots, and Mora had to regroup after suffering a flash knockdown in the first round. He thereafter proceeded to launch a blistering attack that began to slowly break down Archak. By round six it was clear that it was a matter of time before Mora would land a combination to finish Archak off. That moment came in the seventh round after he had staggered Archak snapping his head back leaving him almost defenseless against the ropes. Mora then launched an assault that battered Archak against the ropes as he moved into position to land the killer head shot. But in the same controversial manner that the Corrales versus Castillo fight got stopped, referee Robert Byrd had seen enough and jumped in to stop the fight, driving Archak's wild with furious indignation, albeit, after the punches were not landing. A review of the clip shows that this may have been a premature stoppage, but it is my opinion that he would have been stopped later on down the fight because he was absorbing to many head shots, better to take a loss now than to become brain damaged after the fight.
There is something about the way Mora rips his punches with reckless abandon that tells you he will become a champion one day, he has hands of stones and reminds me of a younger Oscar De La Hoya. If you had watched the contender series you will know he is real deal especially after the way he dismantled and battered the powerful Najai Turpin, the experienced Ishe Smith, the crafty Jesse Brinkley and former WBO NABO Light Middleweight champion Peter Manfredo. Jr, twice, and now this victory on ESPN.
I also discovered that he had lost a spot to the 2000 Olympics to no other person but the indomitable Jermain Taylor, after engaging a lion like that, Mora can definitely handle any fighter in his weight class.
He remains undefeated and his record now stands at a solid 18 wins. All hail the Latin Snake
Hatton Lands In Boston
After Devastating Final
Ricky Hatton has officially begun his one man invasion of America after touching down
at Logan Airport this morning on a flight from Manchester, England. The occasion marks the final countdown to Hatton's hotly anticipated US debut taking place next Saturday at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston where he'll meet WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo on a joint Banner/Fight Academy promotion televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Just one day ago Hatton astonished onlookers by hammering trainer Billy Graham, wearing the notorious "body belt", for 15 unrelenting rounds in the sweltering Manchester gym, Phoenix Camp, that Hatton calls home. Despite being the larger man by several weight divisions, ex-fighter Graham was hard pressed to keep upright during the withering assault unleashed a clearly motivated Hatton.
With thousands of Brits due to flood Boston this weekend to see their massive UK idol in action, reigning WBA Champion Luis Collazo may find himself fighting essentially in front of the same hostile crowd that has unnerved many a previous Hatton opponent before the first bell has even rung.
Fight Academy and Banner Promotions present the Ricky Hatton - Luis Collazo WBA Welterweight title clash held on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA, televised live by HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45PM ET/6:45PM PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com
Hatton's Trainer Billy Graham Predicts KO Victory
Ricky Hatton's trainer Billy Graham heads to America fully confident of victory going into The Hitman's WBA Welterweight title challenge of Champion Luis Collazo on a joint Fight Academy/Banner Promotions venture at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday, May 13. Having previously trained World, European, Commonwealth and British Champions, Graham has turned his keen eye on Hatton's opponent. "Collazo is a good fighter but I have no doubts that Ricky will beat him," remarked the Manchester legend. "I think it will be very lively at first, while Ricky adapts to the southpaw thing, but I see Ricky as starting to break him up after a few rounds before stopping him."
The occasion marks Hatton's first foray into the welterweight division, what Graham says is a business decision rather than a necessity born of physical limitations. "I don't want anyone to forget that Ricky is the light welterweight champion of the world and this is the fight that the TV companies have picked," said the trainer. "The only reason we'll be fighting at welterweight is that the big money fights are there with Mayweather, Gatti and Judah all having moved up and I think Cotto is going to have to move up too. If it were my choice, I'd rather drag all of those fighter back down to light welter to fight Ricky, cause he makes 140 with no problems at all."
Before Hatton and his trainer can even dream of turning their attention on anyone else, they'll have to successfully overcome a heavier, taller southpaw who is not without good experience of his own. "Collazo has very fast hands but he won't be the stronger guy," declared Graham. "He's fast, he's shifty and he looks good but I don't think that he's got the same substance as Ricky. If Collazo gets on his feet and starts movin', it just gives him enough rope to hang himself. Nobody can hold Ricky out for long and Collazo is going to have to start getting involved. If he spends a few rounds using his legs, then he'll just be more worn out when he does start getting involved with Ricky."
Graham's sole concern heading into Hatton's HBO debut and first major US appearance is the Englishman's only proven weakness. "Ricky always gets cut early on so there's more chance of that happening with a southpaw, especially a southpaw as quick and as good as Collazo," he said. But Ricky's used to dealing with it and has a great cutsman in Mick Williamson; we're prepared if it happens. I definitely think the American crowd and the viewers at home will enjoy this fight as I see it as being very quick and lively early on but the most likely outcome is that Collazo's going to get smart, get on the jab and start moving. Collazo likes to stand in close sometimes like Winky Wright, cover up and that, but obviously, he ain't Winky Wright and I see Ricky stopping him as the kid begins to fall apart."
Fight Academy and Banner Promotions present the Ricky Hatton - Luis Collazo WBA Welterweight title clash held on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA, televised on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45PM ET/6:45PM PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com
WINKY PROMOTIONS TEAMS UP WITH PETER KAHN
ENTERTAINMENT AND DRL PROMOTIONS TO MAKE
PROMOTIONAL DEBUT IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Miami, FL – (May 2, 2006) – Winky Promotions, Peter Kahn Entertainment and DRL Promotions are proud to announce a night of professional boxing with an exciting lineup of bouts.
The card, to be televised by ESPN 2 will be held at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida on Friday, May 19. The card will consist of seven bouts featuring Alejandro Berrio taking on Yusef Mack for the International Boxing Federation No. 2 spot in a 12 round elimination bout in the super middleweight division.
Berrio (24-4, 23KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia is 5-1 in his previous six bouts. In his most recent bout, Berrio defeated Eusebio Chiquillo on March 3 by way of a four round knockout in Colombia. The hard hitting Berrio viciously KO’d Syd Vanderpool in April, 2005 in Hollywood, Florida. Eight months later, Berrio was defeated by way of a disputed eleventh round technical knockout at the hands of Robert Stieglitz in Germany in an IBF elimination bout for the No. 1 and mandatory position in the super middleweight division.
Mack (22-0-2, 14KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, undefeated in 24 bouts, is coming off KO victories in his previous two bouts. Mack, the reigning United States Boxing Association champion won the USBA title in 2004 by defeating Shannon Miller via an eight round TKO in Las Vegas. Mack has successfully defended the USBA title three times in the past two years. The Philadelphia standout is making his first attempt in an IBF elimination bout.
The co-feature consists of undefeated welterweight Richard Gutierrez from Colombia. Gutierrez (18-0, 11KOs) is coming off a hard fought ten round victory over Hicklet Lau on April 22 in Florida. The exciting welterweight prospect will be making his television debut on ESPN.
The undercard to be
Oscar vs. Mayorga Pre-Fight Analysis
On Saturday May 6, 2006, there will be an explosion of gagantum proportions as battle tested veteran Oscar De la Hoya tries to seize the WBC Light Middleweight Title from Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga in a fight labeled Danger Zone at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in one of the most exciting match-ups in recent memory.
Oscar de la Hoya first made a fan of me with his brutal bone crunching 4th round stoppage of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, later on, I was awestruck by how his two fisted combinations bloodied up Chavez in the rematch forcing him not to come out for the ninth round on September 18, 1998. Also who can ever forget his explosive power punching war of attrition with Ike Quartey who he knocked down in the final minutes of the fight, or his crisp well timed left hook that sent Fernando Vargas crashing down to the canvas, or his fast and furious first fight against Shane Mosley. No doubt, he is the stuff of legend most deserving of immediate enshrinement into the hall of fame especially when you remember that he has won titles in five weight classes, However despite all those victories, his new quest against Mayorga has me feeling apprehensive for his safety.
To me, there is a touch of arrogance in Oscar De la Hoya challenging Mayorga for his title, especially, as he has not fought since September 2004 after being stopped by Bernard Hopkins. He is also disregarding an unwritten rule of boxing that you come back into the game by tuning up against mid level competition before taking on the lions of the division. Oscar’s supreme confidence in his abilities and the gleam in his eyes for Mayorga’s belt has made him overlook this cautionary rule. He might find out he is taking on too much, as Mayorga is no joke in addition to his famous loud mouthed trash talking that Oscar has discovered as a rude shock. Oscar should reckon with the fact that Mayorga, a chain smoking brawler , is from the poor streets of Managua, and a two time champion, who first exploded into boxing center stage by destroying Vernon Forest in two brutal rounds. Prior to that explosion he twice crushed feisty WBA champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis in successive fights, his championship reign ended at the hands of Cory Spinks who out-boxed him in a stinker that prevented Mayorga from landing one of his trademark bombs.
Oscar De la Hoya’s trade mark thousand watt smile, clean looks, evident wealth, a Latin Grammy award, and clean background is a misnomer to the sport of boxing which is considered a gutter sport in some circles. His success can drive a fighter like Mayorga who has nothing to fall back on like Oscar, insane with bitterness wondering how the gods of boxing could doubly reward such a straight arrowhead, while real deal boxers like him have to toil away in the fields for paydays. When I follow that line of thinking, his rage and expressed hate for Oscar may be understandable, and designed to draw Oscar out of his dignified shell, we have seen this kind of animosity between Morales and Barrera who share similarities with these pending combatants, but after the fight they will hug nevertheless, that’s what makes boxing great.
SULTAN IBRAGIMOV CALLS OUT SAMUEL PETER
“I WILL KNOCK HIM OUT,” SAYS UNBEATEN HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER
Next on the IBF’s list will be number six contender and former World Champion John Ruiz, who has until Wednesday to decide whether he will face the heat of Ibragimov. Sultan’s cousin Timor already scheduled to fight number three contender Calvin Brock in June, Ibragimov wants the leading available contender, number four ranked Samuel Peter.
“I will knock out Samuel Peter and then the whole world will know what I already know,” said Ibragimov, 19-0, 16 KOs. “That I am the future Heavyweight Champion and the best in the division. If Ray Austin won’t fight me, I want the next in line – that’s Samuel Peter.”
Ibragimov’s manager, Boris Grinberg, agrees. “It is time to show that Sultan Ibragimov is the best Heavyweight in the world, and we’re ready for anyone in the division right now.”
The pride of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, Ibragimov is fresh off the most impressive win of his young career as he stopped Lance Whitaker in the seventh round on December 15th. It was such an emphatic victory that other Heavyweights are understandably hesitant about facing him.
“I cannot blame fighters like Ray Austin for wanting to take the easier road,” said Ibragimov’s co promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. “Sultan is a machine in the ring who can’t be stopped, and that’s an intimidating prospect for any fighter to face.”
But despite Austin’s refusal to fight, Warriors Boxing Promotions’ Leon Margules is confident that his fighter will eventually find someone willing to step up to the plate and face Ibragimov. Hopefully, that someone will be Samuel Peter.
“Warriors is very excited about promoting the next great Heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov,” said Margules, “and a fight between him and Sam Peter would be one of the best Heavyweight fights you will ever see. Both guys can bang, both come to fight, and the winner will undoubtedly be the true number one Heavyweight contender. It’s a fight boxing needs.”
Freitas Becomes Champ Again
Brazilian superstar Acelino "Popo" Freitas regained the WBO Lightweight Title in a lackluster victory over Zahir Raheem at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut on April 29th 2006,
In this fight Popo tried but was unable to completely assert his will over the game Raheem which resulted in an unappealing, wrestling type affair with both guys swinging for the fences and rushing each other, the momentum of their offensive flurries were ill timed resulting in misses, clinches and rough house tactics that saw both fighters down to the canvas several times making the fight very difficult to score in my opinion.
The judges did not share my qualms and awarded a split decision victory to Popo by scores of 116-112 and 115 -113 twice, with this victory Freitas has now became a four time world champion having captured the WBA and WBO in the Super Featherweight and Lightweight divisions. Now with a record of 38 wins including 32 knockouts there appears to be no stopping him, until you remember that his only loss was too wild and crazy slugger Diego Corrales in a fight were he was forced to quit after looking into the abyss after absorbing Diego's punches that sent him to the canvas three times. By all first hand accounts that loss has been a bitter pill to live down and he may yet decide to avenge that disaster in time.
For the seemingly more technically sound formerNABA Featherweight Champion Zahir Raheem, this loss will slow down the momentum of recognition he gained from his victory over the always dangerous and respected former champion Erik Morales, but his performance was worthy and lasted for twelve rounds and the scoring could have gone either way, so he will be back in contention very shortly.