Sunday, July 01, 2007
Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield won an unanimous decision over former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese on Saturday night:
Evander Holyfield outworked and outclassed Lou Savarese on Saturday night, winning a 10-round unanimous decision to remain undefeated in his latest comeback.
Holyfield, the 44-year-old former heavyweight champion, started and ended the fight with a hard left to the head of the 41-year-old Savarese. In between, Holyfield was in control.
The judges scored it 98-90, 99-87 and 96-91.
Savarese, a former title contender himself, held his own for the first eight rounds before being knocked off his feet with a hard left to the chin.
Holyfield (42-8-2) knocked Savarese (46-7) to the mat again in the 10th, with Savarese looking as though he was hoping to just stay upright.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Antonio Tarver lands a punch on Elvir Muriqi. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
HARTFORD, Conn. – The brightest young star and one of the most accomplished veterans of the light heavyweight division won exciting contests Saturday on Showtime at the Connecticut Convention Center. Former two-time world champion Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver did enough to get past determined Elvir Muriqi to win a controversial close majority decision and the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 175-pound title. And undefeated 24-year old “Bad” Chad Dawson registered a sixth-round TKO over Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz in the first defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) title.
It took about four rounds for the magic to return for Tarver but when it did he seemingly took control of the bout. Muriqi of Bronx, NY, won more than a few of the early rounds, and a lot of fans with a valiant and exciting effort.
Fighting from the inside, Muriqi seemed to surprise Tarver with some big shots and hard work to the body. But by the sixth, Tarver began landing crisp, punishing combinations in flurries to clearly outscore his opponent.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. – Two of boxing’s most talented prospects, James Kirkland and Timothy Bradley, kept their undefeated records in tact and took the next step toward word title shots with impressive victories Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
Kirkland (19-0, 16 KOs), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 13 junior middleweight contender, scored an early knockdown en route to a 10-round unanimous decision over Ossie Duran (23-6-1, nine KOs). In the co-feature from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 5 contender Timothy Bradley (20-0, 11 KOs) recorded a dominating 10-round unanimous nod over Donald Camarena (18-4, nine KOs). Showtime televised the Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, doubleheader at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Friday, May 25, 2007
James Toney won a split decision over Danny Batchelder last night in a very lackluster performance for Toney.
The crowd of only 4,269 was probably an omen that the main event wasn’t going to be very exciting. Batchelder took the fight on only three weeks notice and I’m sure that didn’t help things either. Basically Toney looked old last night, so old that his poor performances against Samuel Peter actually looked decent. The fight was said to be extremely boring and those that didn’t leave early rained down boos throughout the fight.
Toney came into the fight out of shape once again, not a surprise to those that have been following him for the last couple of years. Reports said that Toney weighed in at 229 lbs, an improvement from his 257 lb effort before the first Peter fight but still above his supposed “target weight” of 217 lbs that he claimed he was going to get to last month.
The judges’ scorecards read 98-92 and 97-93 for Toney and 96-94 for Batchelder…
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Results just in, scoring looks like this:
115-113 De La Hoya
More to come…
AP: Good fight gives boxing a big boost
AP: Rematch could be big deal for Mayweather
BoxingScene.com: Mayweather’s accuracy, speed prove too much
ESPN: Mayweather: ‘I am the best fighter of this era’
USA Today: Mayweather beats De La Hoya by split decision
BBC: De la Hoya-Mayweather as it happened
BBC: Mayweather v De la Hoya photos
Update May 8 1245am: Adding a few more links:
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Unbeaten heavyweight Eddie Chambers lands a left hand en route to registering a unanimous 10-round decision over Dominick Guinn. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LAS VEGAS – Two of boxing’s most promising young heavyweights, “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Cristibol “The Nightmare” Arreola, kept their unblemished records in tact in the co-featured bouts Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) registered a unanimous 10-round decision over Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (28-5-1, 19 KOs) while Arreola (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eighth-round TKO over Malcolm “The Show Stopper” Tann (23-3, 12 KOs).
Sunday, April 29, 2007
MASHANTUCKET, Conn.—World Boxing Association lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz added the World Boxing Organization championship to his list of accomplishments tonight after Acelino “Popo” Freitas’s trainer Oscar Suarez threw in the towel during the one-minute break between the eighth and ninth rounds at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Jason Litzau returned to his winning ways with an unanimous decision victory over Aldo Valtierra on last night’s ESPN Wednesday Night Fights…
After suffering a crushing knockout loss to Jose Hernandez in his last outing, Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (21-1, 18 KO’s) made his return to the ring and won a ten-round unanimous decision over Mexican veteran Aldo Valtierra (24-8, 13 KO’s) at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minnesota. The fight was televised in the main event spot on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights.
Litzau did not switch up his game, he came out with the same aggressive style that made him a fan favorite to watch. There was no shortage of action as both men exchanged power punches often. Litzau was cut in the fourth round on his right cheek, but continued to come forward with punches.
The younger Litzau began to take over in the late rounds, scoring a knockdown near the end of the ninth. The scores were 98-92, 99-90 and 99-90.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Kendall Holt (left) lands a left hand en route to winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Mike Arnaoutis. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime.
ATLANTIC CITY – Showtime’s popular fistic series “ShoBox: The New Generation” delivers boxing, pure and simple. Friday, in the “ShoBox” main event on Showtime, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No-1 ranked junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt out boxed WBO No. 2 Mike Arnaoutis, pure and simple—at Bally’s Atlantic City. Holt won a unanimous 12-round decision. Two judges scored the WBO title elimination bout 118-109. The other had it 117-110.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Mike Marrone registered a majority eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Malachy Farrell. Marrone won by the scores of 78 -74-twice and 78-78.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
WBC International Super Featherweight Champion Manny Pacquiao stopped Jorge Solis with a right cross in the 8th round of their bout last night.
Pacquiao struggled during the first five rounds of the fight and his bad luck continued in the 6th round when he was cut by a head butt.
“He decided to move his head [in this fight],” Pacquiao said. “Every time he danced, he moved his head.
“When I got the cut, I decided to pressure him and make it a [slug] fest.”
From that moment forward it was Pacquiao who would control the remainder of the bout, driving Solis into the corner with multiple flurries. Pacquiao then knocked Solis down in the opening seconds of the 8th round. The next knockdown would be the final one as Pacquiao landed a hard right cross that put Solis down for good.
Despite being knocked out, Solis was content on bashing his opponent’s punching power after the fight:
“With respect to Manny Pacquiao, my wife hits harder,” Solis said. “He’s very fast, very quick, and I didn’t see those punches.”