Saturday, October 25, 2008

After Joe Calzagh, Roy Jones Jr. Wants to Fight with Bernard Hopkins

Following Joe Calzagh’s split-decision victory over Bernard Hopkins few months back, Roy Jones Jr. became interested to fight against Joe Calzagh. Later on, the two influential boxers of this time came to an agreement to fight for the Ring Magazine Light-Heavyweight championship title which is currently held by Joe Calzagh. The match was supposed to be held on 20 September 2008, but was postponed for few moths following Joe Calzagh’s injury to his right hand. The match has been rescheduled to November 8 2008 and will take place at the Madison Square Garden, New York.

Roy Jones Jr. has recently said he is confident to beat Joe Calzagh and after that he is interested to a rematch with Bernard Hopkins whom Jones Jr. defeated 15 years ago. Former Ring Magazine pound for pound champion, Roy Jones Jr., thinks that Hopkins deserves a rematch.

Doghouseboxing reported:

On the subject of fighting Hopkins, Jones Jr writes in his column: "People want to see me and Bernard do it again after I beat Joe. I beat Bernard 15 years ago and I will do it again if we fight. I'd like that fight and if it makes sense and we come up with a good deal, for sure I will do it. People want to see if Bernard can get revenge."
Jones Jr. remains cautious and isn't looking past Calzaghe, stating: "But first I need to take of Joe, which I will do."

The November 8 bout between American boxer Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzagh from Welsh seems to be one of the big fight of this year with two champion fighters taking on each other. The match will be covered by HBO PPV television channel. I think, Roy Jones Jr. should focus on the upcoming bout with Joe Calzagh first, before looking to any other fight.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kelly Pavlik to Move Back Down to Middleweight Division Following Defeat to Bernard Hopkins

After the heavy defeat to Bernard Hopkins recently, Kelly Pavlik has decided to keep fighting down to middleweight division where he is now the undisputed champion with The Ring, WBC and WBO middleweight championship titles. The Ohio-based boxer was the intention to move to the upper division, but the defeat to Bernard Hopkins has put an end to his hope to move up in weight division. In fact, the defeat to Bernard Hopkins has been Pavlik’s first in career. He has recently admitted that he will continue defending his middleweight titles which he has already done twice.

Kelly Pavlik is known as a powerful boxer with full of power in both of his hands. However, the 26-year-old failed to show his attacking prowess against Bernard Hopkins in their recent bout. A victory against Hopkins might have lured Joe Calzaghe for a fight against Pavlik and boxing fans could have experienced another high-profile boxing bout.

However, Kelly Pavlik is still the leader in middleweight division and has already defended his titles with success. Pavlik might have to face promising German boxer Arthur Abraham in another title defense if Abraham can defeat Raul Marquez next month. Otherwise, Pavlik will remain as the undisputed champion of middleweight division until another middleweight boxer comes to challenge him. So, Kelly Pavlik can be relaxed now for a while.

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