Wednesday, October 04, 2006
You guys want your potential matchup gossip? You got it…
Contender 2 winner Grady Brewer is attempting to get into the ring on one of two occasions according to a show executive. The choices apparently are: a show in November or the undercard of the juniors - Roy Jones and Peter Manfredo in January.
Steve Forbes, the guy who came in second place on The Contender for those of that don’t watch the show, has signed with HBO and will fight Demetrius Hopkins on Boxing After Dark on November 25th.
If you didn’t watch the show, read this... (Such shameful plugging…)
By the way John, you gave away the fact that this fight was taking place in the last paragraph. Yes I know self, I’m such a bad blogger. :(
Don’t mind me, I’m in an odd mood…
Anyway, Roy Jones Jr. will take on Peter Manfredo Jr. on January 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles if everything goes right - The terms of the contract are still being discussed at this time.
Manfredo is currently scheduled to fight Joey Spina in November and I don’t think that he will get a shot at Roy unless he is victorious against Spina.
Just lay out your plans for the future, it’s apparently the new fad.
According to the UK Mirror, Hatton is attempting to take Mayweather’s title as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today…
“That’s my aim now, to climb the pound-for-pound ratings and be regarded as the No.1 in the world,” Hatton said. I’m disappointed I won’t fight again this year, but HBO has guaranteed me three fights in 2007.
“I’m going back down to 140 pounds and I don’t think anybody can live with me at that weight from a physical strength point of view. First up is Urango and my old IBF belt. That’s no foregone conclusion and he’s a southpaw, who’s like a mini-Mike Tyson. But I expect to win and should I win, then I’ll make my first defense against Castillo. He’s above me in the pound-for-pound ratings so that would boost me if I could beat him.
“Then the obvious step forward for me will be Mayweather, who is recognized as the best operator in the world pound for pound.” Although I accept that Mayweather is massively talented, he’s never been tested by someone like me,” he said to the Mirror. “If he’s going to beat me, he’s got to have some serious firepower to keep me off and I don’t think he could do that for all his talent. Mayweather wouldn’t like my body shots, no-one in the world does, and they are what I would have to bring into play.
“He’s got some great hand speed and some brilliant combinations, but I stand by my belief that if anyone can beat him, it’s me. He may be ranked by all the best judges as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, but when I beat him they will have to think again. Maybe it will be the Hitman at the top of the pile!’’
Hatton better hope that some of these fighters win their upcoming bouts so his plan can work. If Hatton is even able to get past Juan Urango, he has to pray that Luis Castillo beats Vivian Harris in January and that Mayweather can defeat Carlos Baldomir in November, let alone that Floyd will win another fight after that…
B-Hop is serious about this, yo…
In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Hopkins confirmed that he is still considering coming out of retirement and challenging WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev.
We already talked about all of this - I just wanted to share my favorite quote from that article:
“I’m going to come in like Apollo Creed, with red, white and blue trunks, red, white and blue shoes and a red, white and blue robe,” Hopkins said to Fernandez. “It’ll be just like ‘Rocky IV,’ with me beating a giant Russian.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Despite all of the rumors that Floyd Mayweather was going to take on lesser opponents such as Antonio Margarito and Cory Spinks, Pretty Boy decided to go along with probably the top contender to his throne in the welterweight division: Carlos Baldomir. With the fight a little less than two months away, the trash-talking has begun.
So what does Baldomir have to say about his opponent?
“My time has come and I have no fear of Mayweather, and as a matter of fact, I can’t wait to get my fists on him,” said Baldomir. “His pretty looks can’t help him when he steps in the ring and I will continue to show the world that my last fights weren’t the best I can be. I plan on being faster and throwing bigger bombs on every part of Mayweather’s body. I am very confident and he’ll see I’m the best welterweight in the world and I’m going to stay that way.”
ESPN Motion: Mayweather Ready to Fight Baldomir
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
SANTA FE, ARGENTINA — What do you do when you sign to fight in the biggest bout of your life, for the largest purse of your life and against the man widely regarded as the top boxer in the world?
If you’re Carlos Baldomir, you go fishing with a few friends near your hometown.
After defeating Zab Judah Jan. 7, 2006, with a 12-round decision to become the World Boxing Council and lineal welterweight champion and then defending successfully by a spectacular ninth-round stoppage of Arturo Gatti July 22, Baldomir, who’s promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, is set to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
But, before training camp began, Baldomir, an avid fisherman, visited the Parana River in Argentina, mere minutes from his home in Santa Fe. While fishing, the Argentine native reeled in the largest Bogas he has ever caught.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Enrique Ornelas easily defeated Raul Munoz on Friday night, garnering a TKO victory less than 3 minutes into the first round. Munoz was knocked down twice, prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight.
Paul Williams dropped former two-time Welterweight Champion Shamba Mitchell four times in four rounds Saturday night, forcing the referee to stop the bout in the middle of the fourth round on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. After the fight, the undefeated Williams challenged the three big welterweight champions: Floyd Mayweather, Carlos Baldomir, and Antonio Margarito.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Apparently Mayweather-Spinks fell apart completely…
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will challenge Carlos Baldomir for the WBC, IBO, and IBA Welterweight titles on November 4th in Las Vegas. The fight will be shown on HBO PPV. Mayweather has relinquished his IBF belt in order to face Baldomir.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (left) celebrates his ninth-round TKO over Arturo Gatti Saturday in Atlantic City. One of three world champions promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Baldomir, who beat Zab Judah to take the WBC crown in January, continued to stake his claim for “Fighter of the Year” in 2006. Photo courtesy of Marty Rosengarten - Sycuan Ringside Promotions.
Video from ESPN 360: Arturo Gatti’s Gotta Go: Baldomir wins by KO
2 swift knockdowns end the fight in the 9th
USA Today: Baldomir KOs Gatti to retain WBC welterweight belt (AP article), Gatti may call it a career after loss
Fox Sports: Baldomir solidifies his welterweight position
ESPN: Baldomir dominates Gatti by 9th-round TKO
BBC: Baldomir overpowers brave Gatti, Gatti defeat is a blow to Hatton
Friday, July 21, 2006
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Sycuan Ringside Promotions has expressed disappointment and concern that the New Jersey Athletic Control Board (NJACB) has selected an inexperienced referee to work the Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight championship bout Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
The NJACB has announced that Wayne Hedgepeth, who has worked only two 12- and four 10-round fights during the past eight-plus years, will be the referee.
“I can’t fathom why a referee with limited experience has been selected to work a fight the magnitude of Baldomir-Gatti, a grueling bout featuring two demanding styles,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which is Baldomir’s promoter. “There is no question that we at Sycuan Ringside Promotions object to the selection of Hedgepeth at this time.
“What is a question, though, is why Gatti’s promoters are not concerned about this inexperienced referee.”
A sell-out crowd has been announced for the 12-round bout that will be televised on HBO at 10 ET/7 PT.
Unbeaten in his past 20 fights, Baldomir (42-9-6, 12 KOs) of Santa Fe, Argentina, won the WBC welterweight title with a 12-round decision over Zab Judah Jan. 7, 2006, in New York. Gatti (40-7, 31 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., has fought his past seven fights in Atlantic City and 21 in all.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Carlos Baldomir is known for fighting in the hometowns of his opponents, a somewhat unorthodox approach towards his fights. So far, he has been pretty successful at doing it, winning the majority of his fights. However his fight against Arturo Gatti on Saturday night is going to test his approach like never before. Gatti has already ensured an exciting victory in front of his local fans in Atlantic City.
ESPN: Resilient Baldomir ready to take on Gatti
New York Daily News: Gatti’s hook reels in Tuna
Ringside Report: A Career Defining Fight for Boxing’s Most Popular Brawler
The Sweet Science: Gatti ’s Bang-Up Rep In New York
North Jersey Herald: Longtime manager always in Gatti’s corner Baldomir used to fighting on ‘road’
Eastside Boxing: Baldomir and Gatti ready for War
Seconds Out: Gatti knows he’s in for a battle
Friday, April 28, 2006
JE Grant of BoxingScene.com by way of Fox Sports has written an interesting piece that brings to light some of the IBF’s recent rulings and how they are bad for boxing. He also states ways that all boxing organziations can improve upon themselves by rewriting their rulebooks.
Several months back, readers will vividly remember, a welterweight champion named Zab Judah was soundly defeated in 12 rounds by a journeyman fighter Carlos Baldomir.
Baldomir, apparently unwilling to pay a gusher of money for the honor of being called “champion” by an organization that has run up a string of bizarre decisions in its relatively short history, was not awarded a belt by the organization.
That night, for the first time in boxing history, a champion was defeated in the ring, yet left as champion. Because Baldomir failed to pay the IBF’s fee, Judah was allowed to keep his belt and his title.