News September 2007

Hatton vs De La Hoya ?

Ricky Hatton will come back home to fight Oscar De la Hoya if he beats Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas and becomes boxing's undisputed No 1 on Dec 8.

De la Hoya is promoting the multi-million dollar Mayweather-Hatton clash for the World Boxing Council welterweight title and admits he wants the Mancunian to prevail. That would pave the way for De la Hoya, beaten by Mayweather in his last contest, to take on the new "pound for pound best in the world" and realise his dream of putting on the ultimate spectacle in this country.

De la Hoya is exploring the possibility of staging the fight at Wembley early next summer. Hatton's trainer, Billy Graham, said: "I'm sure that if Ricky beats Mayweather, the fight with De la Hoya will happen. That's what Oscar is looking for and he's already told us he wants to fight in England.

"A fight at Wembley would be the perfect way for Ricky to say farewell to his British fans and a fairytale end to his career. He would have nothing left to prove after that."

Hatton has been confident of winning the battle of the undefeated champions since the date was fixed. He clearly won the psychological war on the promotional tour and is working off the usual excess weight to get down to 147lbs.

"Mayweather can't get to me outside the ring and I won't let him get to me in the ring," Hatton said. "He talks a lot but says nothing."

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Pavlik stops Taylor !

Kelly Pavlik produced an astonishing turnaround to dethrone world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in Atlantic City on Saturday.

The man from Youngstown, Ohio was on the brink of an embarrassing early defeat in round two.

But he roared back to stop the champion in round seven after finally blasting his way into the fight.

Big-punching Pavlik came into the ring with a 31-0 record and a lofty reputation as one of the sport's next big things.

But despite having the backing of a raucous crowd inside the Boardwalk, he was in trouble early.

Taylor (now 27-1-1) started impressively, dominating the early going with a stiff left jab and classy combinations.

And this eagerly-awaited showdown appeared set for an early finish when the man from Arkansas wobbled Pavlik with right midway through round two.

A stumbling Pavlik took a barrage of punches and went down for a mandatory eight count.

Another big Taylor right then sent Pavlik careering across the ring, but somehow he managed to make it to the end of the round.

The next four rounds provided more success for Taylor, but despite not having the variety to really trouble the champ Pavlik was gradually regaining his composure.

And everything changed in a big way early in an astonishing seventh round.

Pavlik turned the tide by crashing home a cracking straight right hand that had Taylor in big trouble.

And then he followed up with a barrage of thunderous punches, highlighted by left and right uppercuts.

Taylor went down and with Pavlik in total control referee Steve Smoger called a halt.

Afterwards Pavlik said: "He caught me with a good one in the second, he took the legs from me. I was still a little shaky. He hit me with a lot of punches, but I got through it. You know what I really thought: 'Sh**, this is going to be a long night.'

"The more the fight went, the better I felt. Jab for jab I felt I was there with him.

"I just think in the end it was an accumulation of punches. He took a lot of good shots and I think it caught up in the seventh round.

"I hit him with a straight right hand and I followed it up. One thing I do have is the finishing touch."

In the main support, Andre Berto came through a thrilling battle with David Estrada to win their WBC and IBF welterweight title eliminator with an 11th-round TKO.

Estrada was stopped one minute 17 seconds into the 11th, seconds after taking an eight count from referee David Fields, having been floored by a thundering straight right from Berto

Berto, a 2004 US Olympian, stretched his unbeaten record to 20-0 while Estrada slipped to 21-4 .

Floyd on 'dancing with the stars'

Well folks, here is the pound for pound #1 dancing & smiling his head off!

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Joe Calzaghe keeps it simple

By David Anderson 26/09/2007

Joe Calzaghe has dismissed Mikkel Kessler's decision to set up a training camp in Monte Carlo, claiming: "My simple ways are best."

Unbeaten Dane Kessler, who holds the world WBC and WBA titles, is doing most of his training for their super-middleweight showdown in Cardiff on November 3 in the exclusive millionaires' playground.

Calzaghe, the WBO champion, is not impressed and says he is sticking with his simple wooden gym near his home in Newbridge, where he trains twice a day under the watchful eye of his dad and trainer, Enzo.

"I'm not bothered about what Kessler does. My preparations will be the same - at home. It's simple and it works for me," said the Welshman.

"At 35, I'm reaching the end of my career, so it's a bit late to be doing things different.

"I'm a dad and I can see my kids while I train. My life can continue as normal. I've got everything I need at home."

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Oscars back Barrera to win


Oscar De La Hoya believes Marco Antonio Barrera is ready for another crack at Manny Pacquiao as the pair prepare for their super featherweight clash on October 6.

Barrera is gunning for revenge for an 11th round stoppage defeat against his opponent back in 2003 and De La Hoya is confident his fighter is ready for the rematch despite losing his WBC world title to Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight back in March.

The promoter points to his boxer's ability to rise to the occasion as being a key factor.

"Barrera is in tremendous shape. He has prepared for this fight the same way he did for Naseem Hamed and Erik Morales," De La Hoya said.

"In both of those fights he went in as underdog and came out the winner.

"There is no other fighter our there who get up for big fights quite like Marco Antonio Barrera. The question is can he turn the clock back again?"

De La Hoya also feels Pacquiao may not have had the ideal preparation for this bout.

"Has Manny been distracted just like Barrera was the the first time around?" he asked.

"He is running for congress in the Philipines, and getting his own TV show is also a potential distraction. Can Manny handle that? These are some of the questions he is going to have to answer on October 6."

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Miranda v Porras

HOLLYWOOD, FL – One of boxing’s most exciting young warriors, Edison Miranda has captured the hearts of the fight world since his United States debut in 2005. Now, on Tuesday, October 30th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, ‘Pantera’ begins his long-awaited assault on the super middleweight division when he takes on Henry Porras.

“I’m rested, ready, and I can’t wait to get back into the ring on October 30th,” said Miranda, who will be in action for the first time since a hard-fought May defeat to Kelly Pavlik in his final bout at 160 pounds. “I promise the fans that I will be better than ever when I fight Porras, and I will win by knockout.”

Miranda-Porras, a 10 round super middleweight bout, headlines a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainiment, in association with Arena Box Promotions and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Tickets, priced at $152, $102, $52, and $27, go on sale today, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office and all TicketMaster Outlets.

A hellacious puncher with both hands who knows only one direction – forward – Edison Miranda (28-2, 24 KOs) established himself as a fighter to watch almost immediately upon his arrival in the United States from Colombia in 2005 with wins over Howard Eastman, Willie Gibbs, and Allan Green. And though he suffered a disappointing loss to Pavlik and an outright robbery against Arthur Abraham at 160, now at 168 pounds he is stronger and better than ever and ready to assault the elite in the super middleweight division.

Costa Rica’s Henry Porras (33-6-1, 25 KOs) has been a perennial contender at super middleweight since 2001. In that time, he has been in with the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Danilo Haussler, Juergen Braehmer, and Carl Froch. Winner of three in a row, all by knockout, Porras plans on spoiling Miranda’s comeback.

In the eight round co-feature, super middleweight prospect and Vero Beach native James ‘Buddy’ McGirt Jr. (16-0, 9 KOs) will return to fight in Florida for the first time in two years as he looks to improve on his stellar unbeaten record against an opponent to be determined.

Florida’s Cuban community is also encouraged to turn out to support two of their own, as former Olympic Gold medalists Yan Barthelmy (2-0) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (4-0, 3 KOs) make their US professional debuts on October 30th, with featherweight Barthelmy taking on Alejandro Moreno (23-23-3, 10 KOs) in a six rounder, and junior lightweight Gamboa squaring off against an opponent to be announced.

Additional bouts on the October 30th undercard will feature a star-studded lineup of rising stars and established contenders.

All bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bout is at 7:30pm.

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Hatton V De La Hoya

BBC Sport

Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya plans to put his retirement on ice and set up a showdown with Ricky Hatton next year.

The 34-year-old American has mapped out a three-fight plan before quitting boxing for good and it could end with him facing Briton Hatton next autumn.

De la Hoya's plan needs Hatton to beat Floyd Mayweather in their upcoming clash on 8 December in Las Vegas.

"Let's put it this way, I'm crossing my fingers for Hatton," De la Hoya told BBC1's Inside Sport.

"I believe that Ricky Hatton has a wonderful shot."

De la Hoya's Golden Boy company is promoting the sell-out clash between Mayweather and Hatton at the MGM Grand Arena.

But he still has plans to continue his career inside the ring.

It isn't out of the question that I'll meet Ricky Hatton next year

"I'm not retired and I believe that my body can still handle the big fights," he said.

"I want to fight three times next year, with two big fights in May and September. It isn't out of the question that I'll meet Ricky Hatton next year.

"I'm used to fighting once a year. I'm at the tail-end of my career but I feel that if I can have one tune-up fight first, get the ring-rust out of me, get into the rhythm of things, then I can have two other big fights in May and September.

"Then I think we'll be good for hanging up those gloves and calling it a career."

Mexican-American hero De la Hoya has won 10 world titles in six divisions across 43 fights and suffered just five defeats in his illustrious career, all of them to genuine top-grade campaigners in their respective weight divisions.

His last win came against Ricardo Mayorga for the WBC light middleweight title in May 2006, but he subsequently lost the belt in the richest fight of all time to Mayweather, almost a year to the day.

Audley Harrison cancels after car crash

Harrison cancels bout after crash

Audley Harrison's ring comeback has been postponed after the former Olympic champion was involved in a serious car crash in Florida.

The 35-year-old was due to appear on the undercard of Clinton Woods' IBF light-heavyweight defence against Julio Gonzalez in Sheffield on Saturday.

But after sustaining wrist and shoulder injuries plus a head trauma he has withdrawn from the fight.

Harrison said: "Thank God everyone involved in the crash survived."

The Sydney 2000 super heavyweight gold medallist had just finished training at Buddy McGirt's gymnasium in Vero Beach and was driving with trainer Kelvyn Travis when a car pulled out in front of him.

Both Harrison and the driver of the other car were taken by ambulance to the Indian River Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries but were later released.

Travis also received cuts and bruises in the incident but did not require hospital treatment.

Harrison added: "I'm waiting for the results of the MRI Scan to see if I've ruptured my pectoral muscle in my chest which is currently in a sling, but hope to be back in action once I'm given the all clear to resume training.

"I was feeling buoyant about getting in the ring next week but my hand is so swollen I've been told by the doctor I'm out for four to six weeks."

Harrison has not fought since a spectacular knock-out by fellow Briton Michael Sprott in February when he vowed to fight on as questions arose about his future in the sport.

Harrison's defeat to Sprott was the third of his professional career :-

He was due to face domestic journeyman Paul King in his comeback fight in Sheffield.

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