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23 NOVEMBER 2014

 


Calzaghe Ready To Retire Hopkins

Calzaghe Ready To Retire Hopkins

By Michael Norby: “Be like a duck,” British actor Michael Caine once advised. “Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” It seems that super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe lives by this motto. He’s a phenomenal fighter known for his work ethic in camp, his superb conditioning and his whirlwind punch output which has proved the beating of all forty three of his opponent’s over a fifteen year career as a professional fighter. Calzaghe Ready To Retire Hopkins
An Easter Fairy Tail

An Easter Fairy Tail

By Paul Upham: The telephone was slammed down hard in Don King’s Las Vegas home. It was Good Friday and the high-haired promoter was not a very happy individual. Andrew Golota, who King had given an opportunity from nowhere, despite intense criticism, to fight for the IBF title against Chris Byrd the following weekend in New York, had just pulled out injured. A new opponent needed to be found ASAP to ensure that the HBO Pay-Per-View card would still go ahead. An Easter Fairy Tail
Ricky Hatton: After the First Loss

Ricky Hatton: After the First Loss

By Matthew Blackwell: Virtually every champion tastes defeat at some stage of his career. Some lose on the way up, often in their first challenge for a major title. On occasion, a loss at this point in a fighter’s career improves his reputation; proving that he has heart, determination, and more skill than was originally thought. Such was the case when Paulie Malignaggi was defeated by Miguel Cotto in his first title challenge. Ricky Hatton: After the First Loss
Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas: Dreams vs. Reality

Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas: Dreams vs. Reality

By Thomas Hauser

“Every so often,” essayist Arthur Krystal writes, “two men arise with differently cast minds representing different constituencies, who capture the attention of people not normally disposed to view a fight. Perhaps each battler embodies the interested spectator’s own hopes of how the world works.” Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas: Dreams vs. Reality
Hatton To Fight On, But Who Will Be Next?

Hatton To Fight On, But Who Will Be Next?

By Clive Bernath: Ricky Hatton has announced that he will fight on rather than retire on a defeat following his 10th round stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas last weekend. Hatton To Fight On, But Who Will Be Next?
McCullough Not Convinced By Kiko Punch Power

McCullough Not Convinced By Kiko Punch Power

By Clive Bernath: Former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough is not convinced Spaniard Kiko Martinez is a big puncher-despite the 21 year-old having stopped 14 of his 17 opponents so far. McCullough Not Convinced By Kiko Punch Power
Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier

Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier

Comment By Paul Upham: Joe Calzaghe is now the undisputed super middleweight boxing champion of the world. Regardless of whether he ever tastes defeat as a professional boxer, it is the high point of his fourteen-year unbeaten career and an achievement that can never be taken away from him. Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier
Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

By Paul Upham: It’s not every day that you get to sit down for lunch with someone once regarded the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The way heavyweight boxing is going today with no one universally recognised champion, Lennox Lewis could be the last undisputed champion for a very long time. While he retired in February 2004, many fans still regard him as the real king of the heavyweight division. Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Joe Calzaghe's legacy and career defining fights

By Ant Evans: Somehow a wretched, useless and utterly misleading phrase has become common currently whenever there is a debate as to the relative 'greatness' of a modern fighter; it has had and continues to have a deplorable affect on the quality of debate amongst boxing fans, writers and historians.

The dread truism is this: "career defining fight". Joe Calzaghe's legacy and career defining fights

Moore vows to school Macklin

By Ant Evans: Thriller/chiller British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore is now kicking his training into high gear ahead of his mouth-watering defense against Matthew Macklin next month. After two postponements, what should be one of the best all British brawls of 2006 is due to take place at the Altrincham Leisure Centre on September 29 and, after initially not being keen on the fight, 'Mooresy' now cannot wait. Moore vows to school Macklin

Joe Calzaghe´s heir apparents

By Joe Queijo: Super-middleweight kingpin Joe Calzaghe may or may not be fighting on the 14 October. But it's very likely that the 34 year old injury prone Pride of Wales will not be around for too much longer. After nine years of Joe at the top of the 12stone (168lbs) division, who's going to take his place? Here we are going to look at five contenders who will could be figuring in big super-middleweight in the near future. Joe Calzaghe´s heir apparents

Williams preparing for Skelton in oxygen tent

By Ant Evans: After narrowly beating marauding Matt Skelton in a brutal and breathlessly exciting 12 rounder in February, Danny Williams has turned to the latest hi-tec sports science as he prepares for the eagerly awaited return bout, scheduled for the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on July 8. Williams preparing for Skelton in oxygen tent

Enzo's boys set to shine in Cardiff

By Clive Bernath: WBO/IBF champion Joe Calzaghe may not be headlining the biggest fight night in Welsh boxing history at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on July 8 but his father and trainer Enzo will still be kept busy on the night taking care of his talented stable of established boxers and upcoming prospects. Enzo's boys set to shine in Cardiff

Corrales v Castillo III: the championship of each other

Interview by Ant Evans: Whatever happens in the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Saturday night Diego Corrales has already done more than enough in his 40-3 (33KOs) career be remembered for being in great fights. But the 28-year-old lightweight needs to defeat arch nemesis Jose Luis Castillo in their rubber match in order to ensure he is remembered as a 'great fighter'. Corrales v Castillo III: the championship of each other

Nelson back in training for return

By Clive Bernath: A little more than 10 weeks ago it looked as though WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson may never box again after snapping his Patella ligament during a sparring session with heavyweight Mark Krence. Nelson back in training for return

On reflection Kelly still looked a clear winner

By Clive Bernath: Three days after watching the Damaen Kelly vs Simone Maludrottu European bantamweight title fight I still cannot quite believe the Italian retained his title by virtue of a unanimous 12 round decision in Belfast on April 22. On reflection Kelly still looked a clear winner

Hatton: "I told Floyd Mayweather to F*** off!"

By Ant Evans: Fans exiting the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 12, 2005, following Jermain Taylor's second points over Bernard Hopkins were unaware that they'd nearly witnessed an even bigger fight. Just minutes before Hopkins made his ring walk, a pair of pound-for-pound talents very nearly 'got into it' at ringside. Hatton: "I told Floyd Mayweather to F*** off!"

Mayweather: "I'm expecting Judah to fight desperate"

By Ant Evans: Even though one of the participants is coming off a humbling defeat in January, and the fact that the bout is still going ahead as a 'world title' match is an embarrassment to boxing, the needle between Floyd Mayweather Junior and IBF welterweight strap-carrier Zab Judah is such that the April 8 Las Vegas clash is still going to be treated like 'an event'. Mayweather: "I'm expecting Judah to fight desperate"

Mayweather: "There's nothing for me at 140lbs"

By Ant Evans: Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior has relinquished the WBC junior welterweight championship he brutally mugged from Arturo Gatti last summer, in anticipation of winning the IBF welterweight belt from Zab Judah on April 8.

Mayweather told SecondsOut: "The only fight down there at 140lbs for me is Ricky Hatton, and he's even coming up to 147lbs (to face WBA title-holder Luis Collazo in May)." Mayweather: "There's nothing for me at 140lbs"

Toney was 'close but too many cigars'

By Ant Evans: Irrespective that most ringsiders believed defending champion Hasim Rahman had done enough to retain his WBC heavyweight title before the final round, the fact is that had challenger James Toney won the 12th he would have won the Atlantic City showdown and would have been crowned heavyweight champion last Saturday. Toney was 'close but too many cigars'

Woods and Hobson the perfect partnership

By Clive Bernath: When Clinton Woods impressively banged out favoured American Rico Hoye to claim the vacant IBF light-heavyweight crown little over a year ago it was not only the culmination of tremendously hard work by Woods over 11 tough years as a professional but it also cemented the special relationship between arguably the most successful partnership in British boxing at this present time. Woods and Hobson the perfect partnership

Skelton calls for Williams rematch

By Clive Bernath: Matt Skelton, a split decision loser to Danny Williams for the Commonwealth heavyweight title in London last weekend, has appealed to the Londoner for a rematch. Skelton calls for Williams rematch

"Judah loss doesn't affect us" - Hatton

By Ant Evans: World Welterweight Champion Zab Judah's shock loss to Carlos Baldomir in New York on Saturday and the resulting cancellation of Judah's April super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior will not affect Ricky Hatton's plans for a 2006 American invasion. "Judah loss doesn't affect us" - Hatton

Do we expect too much from our young prospects too soon?

By Clive Bernath: Immediately After watching 23 year-old prospect Roman Greenberg soundly out-point decent American import Kendrick Releford over 10 rounds last weekend there seemed to be mixed views regarding the young heavyweight contender's performance, which led me to thinking, do we sometimes expect far too much of our young prospects too soon? Do we expect too much from our young prospects too soon?

Harrison vows to march on but does anyone really care?

By Clive Bernath: Following Audley Harrison's embarrassingly dismal display in losing a split 12 round decision to Danny Williams on Saturday night, the 34 year-old former Olympic champion has vowed to carry on and fulfil his ambition of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. Harrison vows to march on but does anyone really care?

Barrera tells Naz: "One loss is no big deal"

Marco Antonio Barrera enthusiastically endorses Naseem Hamed's plans to return to action, telling SecondsOut:

"He was very exciting when he was around. He has only one defeat - that's no big deal. One defeat doesn't change the fact he's a great fighter. Naz has a lot more to give to boxing and I hope he does return in 2006. I would love to fight him again (after he re-establishes himself). He is still young and can get himself in shape easily." Barrera tells Naz: "One loss is no big deal"

"Tyson and Holyfield can be part of tournament" - King

Interview by Ant Evans: When a forlorn Vitali Klitschko, his giant body under siege by injuries for nearly a year now, retired on Wednesday promoter Don King was able to finally cry 'checkmate' in one of the longest games of political chess in his Hall of Fame career.

Now King plans to invite former champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield into his mooted tornament to crown a undisputed champion. "Tyson and Holyfield can be part of tournament" - King

Klitschko retires from boxing!

By Ant Evans: Vitali Klitschko has shockingly announced his retirement from boxing and has thus abdicated his WBC heavyweight championship to 'interim' champion Hasim Rahman.

The 34-year-old is probably at the peak of his powers but he has endured a horrendous year with a series of serious injuries and, apparently, has had enough. Klitschko retires from boxing!

Klitschko: silently seething at Rahman

By Anthony Evans: "Right now I can smile because I am healthy, I am ready to fight Rahman," Klitschko said as I quoted some of the more savage lines from various newspapers and websites. "Sometimes the press is not so objective. But I am not angry; people who are objective know these things are not true. I am not a
coward, I am a fighter." Klitschko: silently seething at Rahman

'Improved' Hatton two weeks ahead of schedule

Ant Evans visits Hatton's gym: If WBA junior welterweight champion Carlos Maussa and his handlers are hopeful that Ricky Hatton's promotional entanglements will distract him from the business of unifying the WBA and IBF championships on November 26, they better pin those hopes on something else before they are violently disabused of such wishful thoughts. 'Improved' Hatton two weeks ahead of schedule

Brewster overcomes whole of Germany and targets single Ukraine

Interview by Ant Evans: There are currently four heavyweight title-holders, but only two of them are capable of scoring knockouts and entertaining the fans.

WBO champion Lamon Brewster is one of them. Brewster overcomes whole of Germany and targets single Ukraine

Audley targets Vidoz showdown

By Clive Bernath: Not surprisingly undefeated 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Audley Harrison has targeted European titleholder Paolo Vidoz in his latest quest to climb the heavyweight ladder and an eventual world title shot. Audley targets Vidoz showdown

Hatton plans junior welter Grand Slam

Exclusive interview by Ant Evans: Trying not to let threats of legal action distract him too much, IBF junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is planning to sweep up all the major titles at 10stone (140lbs).

"I actually wanted Vivian Harris, who Maussa beat, next," Hatton told SecondsOut. "Vivian Harris had a big mouth and looked very silly getting beat by Massua. I don't want to look silly so I'll be preparing for this fight just as hard as I did against Tszyu." Hatton plans junior welter Grand Slam

Hatton to take on Mausa on November 26

By Clive Bernath:
IBF light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton will meet WBA titleholder Carlos Maussa from Colombia in a unification match at the Hallem FM Arena in Sheffield on November 26. Hatton to take on Mausa on November 26

Hatton to make announcement on future

By Clive Bernath: IBF light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton will hold a press conference at 11am tomorrow (Sept 12) morning in the Commonwealth Suite at his beloved Manchester City football ground. Hatton to make announcement on future

Groenwald: 'Its my destiny to become world champion'

By Clive Bernath: Never underestimate the power of the worldwide web. No sooner had our Australian Contributing Editor Paul Upham posted his article informing of the withdrawal of Danny Green from his October 23 clash with fellow contender and WBC No.1 Scott Pemberton last weekend, than London based super-middleweight Ruben Groenwald emailed SecondsOut offering to face Pemberton instead. Groenwald: 'Its my destiny to become world champion'

Ultra-confident Lacy promises Calzaghe KO

Interview by Ant Evans: Jeff Lacy proved his potential in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he proved that he was an exciting fan favourite while serving a 16 fight professional apprenticeship and proved that he was good enough to win an alphabet 'world' title or two by beating Syd Vanderpool for the IBF belt last October. But it was only two weeks ago (August 6) when 'Left Hook' blasted the teak tough former WBC champ Robin Reid to pieces that he became a star. Ultra-confident Lacy promises Calzaghe KO

Robin Reid: fuelled by emotion

By Ant Evans: Former WBC super-middleweight champion Robin Reid is about as emotional a fighter as I've come across since I began covering boxing professionally eight years ago. Whereas a large percentage of fighters switch off their everyday emotions when training camp begins, Reid's thoughts and feelings germinate away inside him like bacillus. Robin Reid: fuelled by emotion

Who is Britain's best heavyweight?

By Clive Bernath: With the domestic boxing scene all but pretty much shut down for the next month or so now seems a good time to take a look at the British heavyweight scene and to analyze the potential and abilities of the top men in the glamour division. Who is Britain's best heavyweight?

Roman ready to be let loose and conquer heavyweight hopes

By Clive Bernath: Whilst premier boxing broadcaster HBO have closely monitored the progress of undefeated heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg over the last 18 months, the young 23 year-old Russian born boxer has pretty much slipped through the net unnoticed amongst your average boxing fan in the US. But that could all be about to change as the 20-0-(14), London based talent has targeted the top contenders on his crusade towards the heavyweight championship of the world. Roman ready to be let loose and conquer heavyweight hopes

Tarver back in fall, maybe against B-Hop or Roy

Interview by Ant Evans: Cocky, charismatic and once again facile princeps at light-heavyweight after settling the score with Glen Johnson a month ago, Antonio Tarver is looking for a big dance partner for his September/October return. And, tantalizingly, the reigning IBO and consensus 175lbs champion's name has been linked in a super-fight showdown with former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins for October 1. Tarver back in fall, maybe against B-Hop or Roy

Klitschko v Williamson II takes place in New Jersey court

By Ant Evans: After hours of settlement talks failed last Thursday, New Jersey District Court Judge Williams Martini will now decide whether DaVarryl Williamson or Wladimir Klitschko gets to challenge Chris Byrd for the International Boxing Federation world heavyweight title this summer. Klitschko v Williamson II takes place in New Jersey court

Samuel Peter: heavyweight saviour select

Interview by Ant Evans: He's young, he's powerful, he's heavy handed and plenty of people are hoping against hope that he's the future of the heavyweight division. He's Samuel Peter, the aggressive, unbeaten 'Nigerian Nightmare' who will be showcased once again this Saturday night when he clashes with once-defeated Taurus Sykes at the Events Center in Reno, Nevada (Showtime televise 9pm ET/PT). Samuel Peter: heavyweight saviour select

Mike Tyson: celebrity slaughterer back on TV

By Ant Evans: Over one and a half decades removed from his brutal exposure at the fists of Buster Douglas, nine years without a world title, three years on from receiving a virtual autopsy in Memphis courtesy Lennox Lewis and 12 months on from his four round meltdown v Danny Williams, the public fascination with Mike Tyson continues unabated. Mike Tyson: celebrity slaughterer back on TV

Tszyu is the Consummate Professional

By Clive Bernath: Much has been made of the fact that many experts believe undisputed world light-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu could be past his sell by date at 35 years of age when he defends IBF crown against a 26 year-old primed Ricky Hatton at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday night. Tszyu is the Consummate Professional

Roy Jones, HBO, look to England

By Ant Evans:
Roy Jones Junior's comeback continues to creep towards becoming a reality with the news HBO has sealed their consent on the former P4P king travelling to England to take on old opponent Clinton Woods. Roy Jones, HBO, look to England

Audley finally set to get serious

By Clive Bernath: After 17 fights and four years as a professional former Olympic super-heavyweight champion Audley Harrison is finally prepared to get serious about his career. Audley finally set to get serious

Brock: "I'll be world heavyweight champ by Christmas"

Interview by Ant Evans: After beating Jameel McCline, unbeaten young heavyweight wants Calvin Brock wants a world title fight. Brock: "I'll be world heavyweight champ by Christmas"

Roach: "Pacquiao will beat Morales in rematch"

By Ant Evans: "I think we can fight a much better fight in the rematch and I think the rematch is something than can happen next," Roach said. Roach: "Pacquiao will beat Morales in rematch"

Overachiever Calvin Brock emerging from the shadows

By Ant Evans: Cal Brock moved into contender-ville with KO of Black Rhino but how far can he go? Overachiever Calvin Brock emerging from the shadows
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