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So Far: Biggest Fights of 2008′

Posted by beeshabo on January 29, 2008

February 9 – At Temecula, Calif. (HBO): Paul Williams vs. Carlos Quintana, 12 rounds, for Williams’ WBO welterweight title

February 16 – At Las Vegas (HBO PPV): Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor, rematch, 12 rounds, super middleweights


February 23 – At New York (HBO): Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov, 12 rounds, IBF/WBO heavyweight unification

March 1 – At Carson, Calif. (Showtime):
Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez, rubber match, 12 rounds, for Vazquez’s Ring/WBC junior featherweight title

March 8 – At Cancun, Mexico (HBO):
Oleg Maskaev vs. Samuel Peter, 12 rounds, for Maskaev’s WBC heavyweight title
Juan Diaz vs. Nate Campbell, 12 rounds, for Diaz’s IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight titles
John Ruiz vs. Jameel McCline, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo, 12 rounds, WBC junior welterweight eliminator

March 15
– At Las Vegas (HBO PPV): Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao, rematch, 12 rounds, vacant Ring magazine/Marquez’s WBC junior lightweight title


March 22 – At Cabazon, Calif. (HBO): Joel Casamayor vs. Michael Katsidis, 12 rounds, for Casamayor’s Ring magazine lightweight title


April 12 – At Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO): Miguel Cotto vs. Alfonso Gomez, 12 rounds, for Cotto’s WBA welterweight title

-Kermit Cintron vs. Antonio Margarito, rematch, 12 rounds, for Cintron’s IBF welterweight title

April 19 – At Las Vegas (HBO): Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Calzaghe, 12 rounds, for Hopkins’ Ring magazine light heavyweight title

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Vazguez vs Marquez III: The “Final Confrontation”

Posted by beeshabo on January 25, 2008

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Israel Vazguez and Rafael Marquez have given boxing fans two of greatest fights in 2007, maybe the best pair of fights since the Late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo swapped leather two times in 2005. Vazquez is one of the best 122lb fighters in the world today, and was challenged by a man moving up in weight named Rafael Marquez. When these two warriors met for the first time on March 3rd 2007, its was an all out sanctioned street fight, they went tit for tat and blow for blow, trading bombs on the inside and working hard from the outside.

In their first encounter, Rafael Marquez was giving Vazquez a boxing lessons for the first 2 rounds, circling, jabbing and landing hard right hands, he even broke Vazquez’s nose in the first stanza with a rock solid jab. The two continued to bomb away, Vazquez was getting the worst of it until he landed a short left hook on the inside that sent Marquez to the canvas, but Marquez was up in 3 seconds ready to got at it again, Vazquez came back strong for the remaining seconds of round 3, but didn’t land anything significant after the left hook that dropped Marquez.

After round 4, Vazguez seemed to be falling behind in the fight, and his fall was marked by the difficulty in breathing he had due to his obvious broken nose. Marquez continued to land at will, out-boxing Vazquez with left right combinations following a strong jab, it was obvious that Vazquez would need a strong rally to win, after round 6, I had it scored 5 rounds to 1 for Marquez. Between rounds 6 and 7, Vazquez urged his trainer Freddie Roach to stop the fight, he just couldn’t continue, Marquez was strong, and without being able to breathe, it would get even harder. So the fight was stopped before round 7 could even begin, and Rafael Marquez made a successful move up in weight to dethrone Vazquez in what was one of the best 122lb fights since Barrera/Morales I.

Within a few months after their epic first encounter, the second fight was made, and there was so much anticipation for it since their first fight was in a class of its own. Their second fight took place on August 4th 2007, the fight began right where they left off, trading hard shots, back and forth, never letting up, it was incredible. But this time around, it was noticeable that Vazquez was in much better health, he was giving better then he got, Marquez was fighting well, but spent a lot of time backing up and fighting off his back foot, thus giving away punching power. Vazquez was relentless, he constantly walked forward firing away, Marquez would indeed fight back (as he always does) but it didn’t seem to faze Vazquez who was on a mission to win. In round 3, Vazquez landed a hard left hook that wobbled the game Marquez, but even on shaky legs, Marquez didn’t back down, he was right their battling back, and at times landing significant punches to keep him in the fight, but Vazquez got the better of the two. The fight would continue in that brutal fashion, but it was round 6 that the fight would climax and ultimately end, Vazquez landed yet another devastating left hook to the jaw of Marquez that sent him sprawling to the canvas, but it didn’t keep him down, up he got at the count of 4, back into battle he went, but this time Vazquez finished strong landing a barrage of hard shots that left Marquez motionless against the ropes, and the fight was stopped. WOW!!! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing, and ironically the fight ended in the same round as the first, the stage was set for another great great trilogy.

Now, we’re on for the third and “Final Confrontation”……..Prediction coming soon!!

Here are some Press Quotes from the two champions. courtesy of EastSideBoxing.com

ISRAEL VAZQUEZ:

“If everyone thought the first two fights were amazing, they’re in for an unforgettable performance on March 1st. When Marquez and I get together, boxing magic happens.
“Marquez and I have proven that we’re warriors and we don’t back down or take a step back. We love to fight, we live to fight.

“Our styles are the main reason why these fights are so amazing and crowd-pleasing. That’s why they’re so exciting. You can expect the same on March 1st.

“I want everyone to know that I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I want everyone to come to the Home Depot Center to support us. It’s going to be an unforgettable fight, one for the ages.

“Our rivalry is great and one-of-a-kind. Outside of the ring, we’re friends, but this is a sport, this is my life. Once the opening bell rings, our friendship is set aside for the moment because we both want to win.

“My trainer, Rudy Perez, is the missing piece for me. I never thought to change trainers before, but now I know why I did it. Rudy has been great.

“I think I’ve been fighting much better than I’ve ever had. I feel like I’m 20-years-old again.

“Marquez may change his style for this fight because I know he is a smart boxer. He will be as prepared as I am.

“Both fights were different. I’m stilling learning from both. You’ll see my best on March 1st.”

RAFAEL MARQUEZ:

“I’m going to give the fans what they want to see. I’m sure Vazquez is bringing his best and so will I. This is a fight that everyone will remember for many years.

“Vazquez is a strong puncher. He knows how to set up his power punches. We’re going to work on some things that will limit his ability to throw heavy punches.

“I think I miscalculated Vazquez’s style in the second fight. There were some mistakes that got me in trouble. I’ll make the proper adjustments in the third fight.

“We’re not going to overhaul my style, we’re just going to tweak it a little bit. Remember, I won the first fight so I know how to beat Vazquez.

“Vazquez hits extremely hard. It’s tough to gauge his power from round-to-round because he never seems to get tired which allows him to throw heavy punches whenever he wants.

“I think the second fight was stopped too early. I’ve said this from the beginning. We were both exchanging heavy punches. We were both taking a lot of punishment. I was surprised when the ref stopped it.

“The first two fights were instant classics and I’m sure the third one will receive the same respect.”

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Hopkins vs Calzaghe Official for April 19: Lets Size Them Up

Posted by beeshabo on January 23, 2008

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This fight has been in the wind for a few months now, with boxing fans around the world anticipating the day when these two boxing legends go head to head. Well the time has arrived folks, the fight has been made, and it will take place on April 19th 2008 at the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas. This fight has all the potential to be great, we have the ageless rugged Bernard Hopkins, a skilled crafty veteran who has Executed plenty of worthy opposition, and on the other side of the table we have the undefeated Joe Calzaghe, the pride of Whales, a record breaking boxing machine with a relentless style.

We have the setting for a classic boxing match that can turn into an epic battle of skill and will, Hopkins is the most skill-full opponent that Calzaghe has ever faced, and yet Hopkins has never tested his skills against a man of Calzaghe’s Class. Both men bring a whole lot to the table, both are record breaking boxers with great resumes, Hopkins is of course the better known because of Calzaghe’s limited exposure to the American Public, Having never fought on American soil.

I’m not going to give me prediction, as I find it much too early to do so, we have a little under three months to go until the first bell rings, plenty of time for build up, drama, suspense and anticipation. The boxing world awaits the clash of the American Legend and European Icon.

Prediction will come soon………

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Trinidad vs Jones: Prediction

Posted by beeshabo on January 17, 2008

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This will be a fairly easy fight to call, although Tito Trinidad is one of my favorite fighters of all time, he’s a bit in over his head when he steps in the ring to face old yet still quick Roy Jones Jr. Felix Trinidad is coming off of a long lay off (a little over two years), and prior to his lay off, he was completely out-boxed by the slick Winky Wright in 12 one sided rounds. Immediately after the bout, Felix Trinidad announced his retirement, many thought that this was the end of his excellent career. But now he’s back, and taking a tough challenge in Jones, these two warriors have just enough wear and tear in their bodies that this fight can still be intriguing and crowd pleasing. One must remember that this fight will take place at a catch weight of 170lbs, and Tito has never fought above 160lbs, and looked horrible in his last outing.
Jones is a fighter who in his prime, was considered Superman, he had great ability to hit and not be hit (Boxing’s sweet science), he made it look easy and scored nearly all his fights via Knockout. In this fight, there will be no difference, Speed kills, and altough Jones is not what he used to be (as far as speed and reflexes), he still posses enough talent to disrupt Tito’s offense. Throughout his career, Tito has possessed tremendous punching power, in every one of his fights (below 160lbs), the thought was, if he can land clean, he can knock you out. The thing that made Trinidad really exciting to watch was his weakness, he would often be dropped by lesser opponents, yet always got up to win in brilliant fashion. All that went down the hill when Tito met his match on September 15th 2001, when he took on Bernard Hopkins in a middleweight unification bout. That night, Trinidad was the lesser fighter, Hopkins fought smart, he used his veteran skills to out box Tito and eventually knocked him in (in the 12th round).
Here is how I see the fight playing out:
Jones is obviously the quicker, he distances himself from his opponents perfectly to set up his power shots, he’s not a super power puncher, but with the speed and accuracy on his punches, any punch can do the job. In this bout it will be no different, his speed and reflexes will be too much for Tito to handle. Jones is very smart to keep his back off of the ropes, because that will only enable Tito to gain confidence, Tito must jab with Jones, although Jones’ jab will get there faster, an established Tito jab will offset a razor sharp offense from Jones, giving Tito a better chance to land an effective punch. I believe there will be a KO in this bout, I don’t see it going the distance, with Jones’ speed, power (he’s also the bigger man) and accuracy, a KO for him is not far fetch. Tito has only the punchers chance, he proved that he can be outboxed by a bigger stronger fighter, but he’s also proved that his power has been his godsend, so its not a secret that Tito can PUNCH, and he’s not wild on his attacks, he’s very sharp and sneaky with them. But I think that the faster stronger fighter in Jones will win this bout.
Jones via TKO in round 11

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