News May 2008

Mundine defeats Soliman again.... whoopee

Soliman vs Mundine 3

Anthony Mundine (32-3, 23 KO) beat Sam Soliman (35-11, 13 KO) over twelve round in a unanimous decision on Wednesday night against at Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Official Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 117-112.

In a fight nobody really cared for, nor proved anything to anyone, 'The Man' outboxed Soliman for a third time.

In their first encounter, in 2001 for the 'Pan Pacific' IBF title they fought to a split decision in Mundine's favour.

Then in 2007 they fought again and this time the much improved Mundine beat the smaller Soliman by KO (3 knockdown rule in round 9).

So this third encounter really had no basis for taking place at all.

Mundine also ruffled feathers with uncalled for religious remarks where he stated "I'm a muslim and there is no way i can allow a Christian to beat me" which was both unsportsmanlike and typical of 'The Man' as he likes to be called lately.

Many boxing fans are also less than impressed in the fact that Mundine is choosing to duck Mikkel Kessler and vacate his WBA title in the process, to 'chase big fights at middleweight' and that Mikkel 'Needed some wins before challenging me'.

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Oscar and Mayweather to have Catchweight bout

Despite them both being WBC poster-boys, news reaches us that no title will be on the line in their proposed rematch 'pencilled in' for September 21st later this year.

The bout is rumoured to be set for a catchweight of 150 lb.

Oscar de la Hoya has already campaigned earlier this year at that weight in a unanimous decision over Contender star Steve '2 pound' Forbes at the Home Depot Centre, California.

Meanwhile Floyd Mayweather has been busy living up to his new 'Money Mayweather' moniker by earning several million for his appearance on the WWE Wrestling PPV against Big Show.

Floyd's present WBC title at Welterweight may also be vacated soon due to Floyd not facing a ranked mandatory. Andre Berto is possibly being lined up against a fellow WBC ranked opponent to contest the vacant title.

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The cream of British Boxing cheer on Ricky Hatton


By Livefight

Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton (44-1, 31ko's) last night closed the show at his Homecoming in front of over 55,000 fans who packed into the City of Manchester Stadium last night to cheer on their hero.

I spoke to Ricky in the changing rooms and we discussed the nerves surrounding his return to the ring.

"Yeah, it's always gonna be a bit nerve racking, coming back from a knockout defeat" he smilingly told us, whilst shadow boxing to the sounds of the Stone Rose's 'Mersey Paradise' in the background.

"How's our Mathew doing?" he asked "I get nerves for him too... as long as he's giving as good as he gets i'll be happy"

Ricky Hatton and Carl Froch at Lazcano fight

Several of the cream of British boxing were also present, with Carl Froch (pictured) and David Haye amongst the friends and family mingling around.

The Hitman made his hilarious entrance to the remixed 'High Ho Silver Lining' whilst wearing a sumo-sized sky blue 'Fat Suit' to the raucous laughter of the tens of thousands of fans, before stripping down and entering the ring to the now infamous version of 'Blue Moon' by Supra.

Hatton began fiercely, attacking and tracking the Mexican born, Californian resident.

Feinting and countering, with left hooks to the body and right hands to the head, it was one way traffic for short spells.

At one point in the first round Ricky wobbled Lazcano and seemingly got a smell of blood. This triggered the offensive mode and he seemingly started looking for the KO and put his foot on the gas.

But time and time again, when the referee was peering in as if to stop the action in Hatton's favour, the tough Lazcano came back strong, winging in shots of his own - and many of them shook Hatton in the later spells.

In the final interval before the 12th, Billy Graham made quite clear that Ricky was not to take any gambles and that the fight was won. However the Hitman still pressed the action and the two fighters exchanged to the final bell (and even slightly past it) before embracing and smiling at each other.

120-110, 118-110, and 120-108 were the final scorecards for the fight between Hatton and Juan Lazcano or the 'Hispanic causin' Panic' as he prefers to be known.

Panic, was hardly what Lazcano brought to the table, but the judge's scores do not credit the Mexican's bravery and toughness and last night's fight shown why he'd gone the distance in both a Lightweight and Light-Welterweight title fights with Jose Luis Castillo and Vivian Harris respectively in the last few years.

Next up for Ricky? well it would seem a match-up with Paulie Malignaggi is in the bag already.

The only question remains is, whether or not the fight will be made at Madison Square Garden... or will Vegas make the promoter's an offer they simply cannot refuse.

Our crystal ball tells us it might be .. LAS VEGAS again.

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Jamie Moore to fight mexican Esau Herrera at Homecoming

29 year old Jamie Moore (28-3, 19ko's) is set to face 23 year old Mexican Esau Herrera (14-3, 6ko's) in this Saturday's 'Homecoming event' at the City of Manchester Stadium.

The fight will be the first outing for the Salford native in 2008, following his victory over Andrew Facey in October last year and since his successful shoulder operation a few months ago.

Jamie is a massive Manchester United fan and his comeback appearance at the home of arch rivals City has already caused some banter with his good friend and Sky Blue fanatic Ricky Hatton.

“I text Ricky and told him that I’ll be wearing my United shorts for the fight and he text back ‘You better make sure you knock him out quick because you lot get no points at our ground.’” (Laughs)

On a more serious note, he added: “It’s fantastic exposure for me and hopefully I can get a good performance out because they will be some important people there from America, you know, people from Goldenboy. If I impress it might be sooner rather than later when I get a shot.”

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Lazcano's Trainer - We have come to win !!

May 20, 2008

The position of a trainer in the sport of boxing is perhaps the most crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to putting together a successful fighter. The best trainers command a great deal of respect for their unique abilities to raise the performance levels of their boxers and as a result, are in high demand the world over.

Ronnie Shields, a former two-time world light welterweight title challenger himself, is one of these rare birds, training or having trained such current or recent champions as Juan Diaz, Vernon Forrest, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Kassim Ouma, Jesse James Leija and Jesus Chavez among others.

This week, the Houston, Texas native is in Manchester, England, bringing junior-welterweight contender Juan Lazcano, 37-4-1 (27), in tow for a challenge against IBO/Ring Champion Ricky Hatton, 43-1 (31), in front of 55,000 fans at City of Manchester Stadium this Saturday.

"I’m here in England to train Juan Lazcano for his fight with Ricky Hatton and make no mistake, we have come here to win," said Shields flatly.

Hatton is returning to fight in the UK for the first time since 2005 after a four bout American tour came to a close when "The Hitman" was levelled by pound for pound king of the sport, Floyd Mayweather, last December.

While Mayweather mastered the defensive approach to dealing with Hatton’s attacking style, Shields doesn’t envision his fighter trying to take a page from the same playbook.

"Juan is a completely different fighter than Floyd Mayweather, so we can’t really follow Mayweather’s fight plan against Ricky," said Shields. "But Juan is a top class fighter, one of the best junior welters in the world and we’re going to surprise Ricky Hatton and beat him."

Hatton is as well known for his gruelling regimen while preparing for fights as he is for his lack of that discipline between contests and Lazcano’s trainer thinks that the toll of such will be Hatton’s downfall.

"He lives a very bad lifestyle for a fighter," said Shields. "Anyone who goes out and drinks the way he does, it has to take an effect. Personally, I think it started taking an effect in the Floyd Mayweather fight. Floyd Mayweather isn’t a big puncher, yet Floyd knocked Ricky out. As could be seen, round and round after round, Hatton got more and more tired and that’s for the simple reason that his lifestyle is starting to take an effect on him.

"Just watching the fight, I could see this happening round after round, and after about the sixth round, I thought that Floyd had the chance to knock Ricky out because Floyd hurt him with a couple of those check hooks. Gaining all that weight, losing all that weight and then gaining it all back again, that takes a hell of a toll on your body, I don’t care who you are."

Despite the long odds his fighter must overcome to defeat Hatton in front of a British record-breaking amount of highly partisan hometown fans, Ronnie Shields remains unshaken in his Saturday night prediction.

"Juan Lazcano is going to push Ricky all the way through those twelve rounds," he said. "We’re going to make him fight for 12 rounds, so there’s no excuses, no nothing; I’ve been hearing something about how he’s been sick, but if you’re sick, don’t get in the ring because then you’ve got an excuse. But if you do jump in that ring, then you have no excuses.

"When Juan beats Ricky, we don’t want to hear anything except for his team to say that Juan Lazcano was the best fighter that night."

Saturday, May 24, 2008 will feature the biggest selling fight in the history of British boxing, IBO/Ring light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Lazcano, in front of 55,000 fans at City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England on a shared production between Frank Maloney Promotions, Punch Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

Chief support features IBF light welter champion Paulie Malignaggi, 24-1 (5), vs. former titleholder Lovemore N’dou, 46-9-1 (31), and Commonwealth welterweight champion Craig Watson, 12-2 (4), defending against Matthew Hatton, 33-3-1 (13).

Two other championship fights will be featured with English junior middleweight title bout between the champion Andrew Facey, 19-5-1 (6), going against Manchester’s Thomas McDonagh, 31-1-2 (6), and Liverpool’s Mark Moran, 9-0-1 (2), squaring off with Danny Wallace, 12-4-1 (6), for the vacant English super bantamweight title.

Two-time British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore, 28-3 (19), also sees action on the card, facing Esau Herrera,14-3-1 (6), of Mexico City in an eight rounder.

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Gamboa - New trainer & Jiminez highlight video

“Rising Star” Yuriorkis Gamboa was shining bright when he beat Darling Jimenez from New York this Saturday in Primm, Nevada by unanimous decision after a ten-round-war. Though criticized for keeping his hands down giving Jimenez the chance to drop the Cuban in the fourth most spectators were pleased by Gamboa’s exceptional speed, great ring movement and absolute dominance over a very experienced opponent.

“Whoever criticizes Gamboa now should not forget that it was only his 10th pro-fight”, states promoter Ahmet Öner, “And Jimenez is a very tough, experienced and dangerous contender. Of course, Gamboa still got a lot to learn. But everyone who saw how he demolished Jimenez’ face will have to agree that after all he remains an exceptional talent and lots of fun to watch.”

Still at Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark show from Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resort the promoter saw some things he didn’t like. And he responded to this by dismissing Gamboa’s trainer Osmiri Fernandez right after the fight in the dressing room.

“I felt this was necessary”, explains Öner, “mainly because Gamboa didn’t seem to respect Fernandez. He was more like a ‘buddy type’. In addition to that Fernandez was an amateur coach who came from Cuba to work with Gamboa with barely any pro experience.”

In Orlando Cuellar, Öner already found a new trainer who seems to better fit his needs as he worked successfully with former world champion Glengoffe Johnson amongst others.

“Cuellar has proved already that he can make champions”, says Öner. “I believe he’s the right man to take Gamboa all the way to the top. Gamboa doesn’t need to learn anything about boxing. He just needs to adjust his game a little and I think Cuellar will help him doing so.”

The 2004 Olympic gold medallist will be back in action on June 27th when he is meant to fight Jose “Cheo” Rojas. By beating WBA #2 ranked Rojas “El Ciclon de Guantanmo” (currently ranked on #3) could get very close to become world champion in only his second year as a professional.

Gamboa vs Jiminez VIDEO

Chris Byrd demolished by George in the 9th (video)


Chris Byrd's Light Heavyweight ambitions were left in tatters last night after the worse possible debut against an opponent regarded as a 'light puncher' in Shaun George.

George who had a record of 17-2 (8ko's) was a former Cruiserweight himself and recently lost a 12 round decision to Haye victim and former EBU champion, Alexander Gurov in February 2007.

Byrd who is a former Super Heavyweight champion, who won the WBO title after Vitali Klitchko retired with a torn shoulder which was later diagnosed as a rotator cuff injury in 2000.

Other Chris Byrd victories included a 12 round points decision over Evander Holyfield in 2002 and the huge punching David Tua in 2001. So the KO loss to George suprised the boxing world last night.

Byrd was dropped by Shaun George in round one and later in the fight George hammered Byrd with his right hand at will all night, until finally flooring Byrd twice in the ninth round, prompting the referee Jay Nady to stop the fight.


Audley or Skelton to fight Sam Peter for WBC title July


Sam Peter

Frank Warren has revealed that he has secured a deal to bring Don King's fighter, Samuel Peter over to the O2 arena this July.

In a voluntary defence, the opponent is yet to be decided but it is between Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.

Audley (22-3, 17ko), who fought and beat Sam in the amateur game, is tipped the favourite to be chosen.

Matt Skelton (21-2, 18ko) has already had one failed attempt at the crown this year against Ruslan Chagaev. In a wide points loss in Germany, brave Matt was simply not good enough to rip away the WBA version of the title from the Uzbekistan native.

He was due to fight Sinan Samil Sam, but that bout is rumoured to be postponed at present which means that Skelton would be in shape to fight, should Harrison decide against the opportunity.

Meanwhile unbeaten Chagev (24-0, 17ko) is due to rematch the giant 7ft tall Nikolay Valuev, the man he beat to claim the title, on the 5th July.

Frank Warren, writing in his Sun column said the fight would take place on July 12 at the O2 Arena.

"I've agreed terms with Don King for WBC heavyweight champ Sam Peter to fight at London's O2 Arena on July 12," wrote Frank Warren.

"In the opposite corner will be either Matt Skelton or Audley Harrison.

"I'm holding talks with all parties over the weekend and will make an announcement on Monday.

"Ironically, Harrison beat Peter in the amateurs and was considered the better talent when they went pro. Watch this space."

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