Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shane Mosley Wins WBA Welterweight Title Defeating Antonio Margarito

Shane Mosley created an upset as he won the WBA welterweight title defeating Antonio Margarito emphatically. Mosley knocked out his Mexican opponent in the ninth round of the fight. In fact, it was the first ever knock out victory for the California based boxer Shane Mosley who now has won three world titles in three different weight divisions. Margarito went into the fight on the back of an excellent victory against Miguel Cotto who was unbeaten before the fight held six months back. Following that victory, people started consider Margarito as one of the best pound for pound boxers in world boxing.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton: A Super-Fight on May 2, 2009?

The boxing world is expecting a possible super-fight between British boxer Ricky Hatton and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at 140 pounds. However, the proposed fight is not yet confirmed as Pacquiao has not confirmed the deal yet. Hatton is ready to sign the deal, but Pacquiao is yet to confirm it. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the fight and the two parties have also agreed on a 50/50 split of the total money. Golden Boy Promotions even also ensured that it would provide Pacquiao a percentage of the promotional profits. Still, Manny Pacquiao has not sent a signed contract to his promoter Bob Arum.

So, Ricky Hatton, his father come manager, Ray Hatton, and Ricky’s attorney have already asked Golden Boy Promotions to look for new opponents, if Pacquiao does not ensure the fight by Wednesday midnight. Bob Arum, the promoter of Manny Pacquiao, sounded helpless in this regard as he said that he had tried his best to make the fight so far, but still, it was not confirmed.

Both the boxers are very popular in boxing world and boxing fans are eagerly waiting to see an encounter between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Miguel Cotto vs Michael Jennings: WBO Welterweight Championship Fight

Miguel Cotto is going to face Michael Jennings in a WBO Welterweight Championship bout on 21 February 2009. Cotto, the former WBO light welterweight and former WBA welterweight champion, has already set his sight on the vacant WBO welterweight title. The fight will be organized at the Madison Square Garden, USA. Puerto Rican boxer Cotto has lost only once in his 33-match career, and out of his 32 wins, he knocked out his opponents on 26 occasions.

British boxer Michael Jennings has not won as many titles as Cotto has, but the 33-year-old Briton also holds an impressive career record with 34 wins, 16 knock outs and 1 defeat. Jennings won the WBU welterweight title in 2007 defeating Mehrdud Takaloo in a unanimous decision. WBU welterweight title is not regarded as a major title in boxing world, and thus, the fight against Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO welterweight title seems to be his first shot to a highly rated boxing title. Michael Jennings is currently the no. 3 ranked boxer in the WBO welterweight ranking.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

ESPN Deportes Launching Boxing Analysis Show Golpe a Golpe

ESPN Deportes is going to launch a weekly analysis show on Boxing for the boxing fans in USA. As part of its plan to promote boxing, ESPN Deportes, is going to arrange this program. This boxing television show named Golpe a Golpe will be co-hosted by Jorge Eduardo Sánchezand, the host of ESPN SportsCenter, and former boxing champion Marco Antonio Barrera who had three championship titles in three different weight classes.

Golpe a Golpe is going to start from this January 23, 2009 on ESPN Deportes. This weekly boxing analysis show will be shown live at 6:30 p.m. (ET) every Friday.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Boxing Looking for Future Stars in 2009

The year 2008 saw the fall of a number of great boxers like Roy Jones and Oscar De La who are currently believed to be very close to their illustrious careers, even though they are yet to call it a day officially. Jones was easily defeated by Joe Calzaghe in a one-sided affair, while Oscar De La Hoya suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in an eight-round bout. Now, the question is who are going to fill up the void of these great players. Pacquiao and Hatton have already shown their talent and skill, while there are some others like Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, Chad Dawson, Andre Berto who might flourish their potential in the years to come.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Former Boxing Champion Paul Nave Planning to Come Back in Boxing after 10 Years

Boxing world saw Evander Holyfield fighting for his fifth world title against Nikolai Valuev last December. Now, another former boxing champion, Paul Nave, is planning for a brief return to boxing ring at the age of 48. The boxer has already acquired a license of State Athletic Commission and now can make his come back after 10 years of his retirement from boxing.

Marinij reported:

Pending final approval on a promoter, Nave tentatively has scheduled a press conference sometime next week in San Rafael at the Embassy Suites, the same place the Marin native held a press junket on Feb. 10, 1998 to promote his World Boxing Federation welterweight championship bout against Greg Haugen, who last year was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. That fight was the first world title bout in Marin and it was televised on ESPN2.

Nave, a San Rafael High graduate who works as a self-employed businessman, has not boxed professionally since Dec. 17, 1999 when he fought Haugen for the third and final time for the WBF welterweight title. It was scored a draw following a controversial split-decision loss to Haugen in November of 1998.

There are many who are doubtful about the success of former boxing champion Paul Nave at the age of 48. However, he thinks that age will not be a problem for him. He also indicated the fact that he was winning bouts against top-flight fighters even when he retired at the age of 38. So, Nave is pretty much determined about his success. Well, Nave can get inspiration from Evander Holyfield who performed very well against reigning champion Nikolai Valuev in December, even though lost the bout in a split decision.