Boxing Continues to Suffer

After the excitement of the Carl Froch vs Lucien Bute bout, boxing suffered two devastating losses. Former two time-welterweight boxing champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams was seriously injured this past weekend in Marietta, Georgia after crashing his motorcycle in traffic. According to reports, Williams was speeding in traffic after  leaving his brother’s bachelor party at approximately 7am when the accident occurred. Paul “The Punisher Williams involved in nearly fatal crash He is expected to be paralyzed from the waist down after severing his spinal cord from the fall, bringing to an end a career that was on the rise. Williams was scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas.    …

Bute gets kicked in Nottingham

With the IBF Middleweight title on the line, this match-up had all the makings of something great. An undefeated Lucien Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s)  vs a resilient Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s). Two fighters nearly identical in height, weight, and reach. Coming into this fight, Bute was declared the odds on favorite with his most recent victory over Glen Johnson in Quebec in 2011. Carl Froch was regarded a favorite until he suffered a crushing defeat to Andre Ward in 2011 in Atlantic City. Action began with Froch throwing combos to start the round. No feeling out period necessary apparently. Bute manages to fend off the blows by tying him up and using speed…

TKO’s, KO’s & Mad Cornermen

Friday Night Fights on ESPN should have been called Friday Night Soap Operas. Fans were treated to a punch fest on the undercard and what looked more like an episode of Dance Moms than a professional fight on the main card. Main event action paired junior welterweights Karim Mayfield (15-0-1, 10 KO’s) and Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1, 8 KO’s). Serrano, with a clear height advantage, started off by landing strong right jabs while Mayfield settled into the round as a counterpuncher. Mayfield took Serrano out of his game plan early by lunging at him and attacking viciously with a strong right hand. As action, wore on, this bout began to look more like a MMA…

What’s in the water?

This week, another high profile boxer tested positive for a banned substance and boxing fans will forego another match they were waiting to see. Andre Berto tested positive for norandrosterone, a banned steroid substance. Ironically, Berto accused Ortiz in the past of using performance enhancing drugs and now he’s the one that comes up positive. Boxing gets one more black eye. This incident comes fresh off the heels of Lamont Peterson testing positive before his rematch with Amir Khan. Since steroid use is on the rise once again, I can’t help but to think of Floyd Mayweather and his conditions of fighting Manny Pacquiao. Drug testing. If there’s no issue, then there shouldn’t be any need…

Johnson v Nelson; Jack v Brand

Friday’s fight action, courtesy of Showtime, showcased the next generation of fighters looking to make it to the big time. Two bouts featuring up and coming fighters in the Super and Junior Middleweight class. On the undercard for 8 rounds, super middle weight competitors Badou Jack of Gambia (10-0, 8KO’s) and Alexander Brand of Columbia (17-0, 15KO’s). Jack came out of the gate first, testing the waters with a left jab while Brand threw combinations using the ugliest fighting style ever; a clumsy motion of pulling his arms back before throwing his punches forward like a slingshot. But still, he threw punches like a machine with new batteries. Rounds 2, 3, and 4 went on…

Khan V Peterson Nope

Waiting to see the former champion Khan and unified junior welterweight title holder Peterson get their dukes up again? It’s not happening. Sorry Las Vegas. A sample Peterson provided on March 19th during a routine drug test, tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Now the May 19th bout scheduled to take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is off. If you recall, Peterson defeated Khan, in a controversial split decision last December 10th before a packed crowd in Peterson’s hometown of Washington D.C. Boxing analysts and fans were surprised Khan accepted a fight in the hometown of the challenger to be called by a local referee. A local referee that made clearly biased calls that…

Abner Mares Stomps Eric Morel

Abner Mares keeps picking up steam with every fight. In fine fighting form, his latest victim, Eric Morel, was defeated so thoroughly, I’m certain this fight could have ended early. By doing so, Mares picks up the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title before a packed crowd at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas. With this victory, Mares positions himself to meet the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire or Japanese fighting legend Toshiaki Nishioka. Morel, 10 years senior, was outboxed in every way imaginable. Mares displayed superior skill in speed and power, throughout the night. The three judges overseeing the fight scored it 120-107 and 119-109 twice, all for Mares. When asked about his performance…

Garcia Survives Morales

HOUSTON, TEXAS – With a busted nose and swollen face, a tearful Danny Garcia achieved his first title win with a hard-fought decision over Erik Morales last night at the Reliant Arena. Morales succeeded in keeping the fight at his preferred measured pace in the first two rounds by countering Garcia with overhand rights. The young challenger stayed at mid-range hoping to catch Morales with his better hand speed rather than engaging on the inside. Garcia got into a rhythm in the third behind his jab and counter left hooks. Garcia also backed up El Terrible with several straight rights. Morales came back in the fourth with a hard 1-2 that stopped Garcia in his tracks. Garcia returned with a right…

Fight of the Year Contender: Salido v Lopez

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Orlando Salido utilized steady pressure and remarkable inside fighting to overcome a knockdown and score another emphatic TKO victory on the road against former titlist Juan Manuel Lopez. Lopez attempted to adjust tactics these fight by boxing off the backfoot. Taking advantage of Lopez’s inexperience with this style, Salido stayed on top of him with overhand rights and short left hooks inside. By the third round, Salido was completely dominating the inside exchanges with accurate power shots that continually forced Lopez to give ground. With Salido’s pressure building and the crowd murmuring concern for their countryman Lopez, the challenger responded with a much-needed knockdown in the fifth. Salido had been dominating the round and forcing Lopez backwards when he was caught…

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