Sunday, January 06, 2008
Malignaggi (right) takes a shot at Ngoudjo en route to a 12-round unanimous decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Brooklyn’s own charismatic and flashy world champion Paulie Malignaggi won a closely fought junior welterweight bout over Cameroon’s Herman Ngoudjo at Bally’s Atlantic City by unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-113 and 115-113.
Saturday’s world title fight was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michele and aired live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Ngoudjo, a 6-1 underdog coming in, proved to be much more than a foil for Malignaggi, the young champion making his first title defense.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round world title fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will take place at Bally’s Main Ballroom at Atlantic City, N.J.
NEW YORK – Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round bout will take place one night after the Showtime boxing 2008 season officially begins with a ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader (11 p.m. ET/PT) featuring the undefeated Peterson brothers, Anthony (25-0, 18 KOs) and Lamont (23-0, 11 KOs).
With just two losses between them, the boxer versus puncher matchup between Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs) and Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) figures to be an exciting and competitive opener to the 2008 season.
Friday, December 28, 2007
NEW YORK – It was a warm, clear, summer morning in Sydney, Australia, and Herman Ngoudjo was heading to the airport to return to his native Cameroon.
Ngoudjo (En-Goo-Jo) had desires of bringing home a medal from the 2000 Olympic Games. But without world-class training, the muscular boxer was eliminated early and would go home empty-handed.
“I was absolutely thrilled to compete in the Sydney Olympics,” said Ngoudjo (16-1, nine KOs), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 junior welterweight contender who challenges IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi (23-1, five KOs) Saturday, Jan. 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Monday, February 19, 2007
It was officially announced earlier today at a press conference in London that Ricky Hatton will defend his WBO Junior Welterweight belt against Jose Luis Castillo at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on June 23.
Both fighters are coming off of lackluster performances in which they both fought on the same card against Juan Urango and Herman Ngoudjo respectively.
Hatton made it known that he was very much looking forward to this bout:
“A lot has been said about our last performances but when you are involved in so many big fights you raise your game for a challenge—and this is a challenge to say the least,” Hatton said Monday. “When I beat Kostya Tszyu I beat one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and Jose undoubtedly falls into that category as well,” Hatton said. “You become a great fighter by fighting great fighters and Jose is one of them.”
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Both Ricky Hatton and Jose Luis Castillo were victorious on Saturday night but they both backed into their wins, showing rust and a lack of drive on their way towards victory. Despite their sub-par performances, the two will most likely meet each other in a June showdown.
Hatton was easily on all three scorecards to win back the belt he vacated last year when he decided to move up to welterweight for a fight against Luis Collazo. He won in a controversial decision in that fight and wasn’t impressive in this bout. Are people now going to be calling Hatton a fluke?
Hatton did say his performance was his own fault…
“The first six rounds felt too comfortable, maybe I took my foot off the gas,” Hatton said.
How about a little ESPN blow-by-blow action?
Hatton won the fight with one punch, a lead right hand he landed all night. Hatton often followed that by going into a clinch with Urango, then repeating the same scenario when the two were separated.
While Hatton failed most of the time to back up the lead right with any combinations, Urango did even less himself.
There were no knockdowns and neither fighter was in any trouble, but the rounds had such a sameness to them that there was little singing among the normally boisterous British contingent who followed Hatton here for the fight.
Urango apparently thought he was doing better than the judges did, raising his arms in triumph at the end of each round as he went back to his corner. But the rounds went to Hatton, mostly because he was quicker getting off.
Ringside punch stats showed Hatton landing 258 of 755 punches to 153 of 570 for Urango.
Castillo didn’t win his fight as handily, barely escaping with a close split decision over Herman Ngoudjo.
The crowd was obviously for Ngoudjo who booed for almost five minutes straight after the decision was announced. Despite losing, Ngoudjo raised his arms in victory as the bout was obviously at least a moral victory for himself.
“I thought I outworked him on the outside and I roughed him up on the inside,” Ngoudjo said. “I thought I won this fight by four rounds.”
It was obvious that Castilloo hadn’t fought in a while - the ring rust was at an all-time high.
“I did the best I could,” Castillo (55-7-1) said. “I’ve been away from the ring for a long time. It wasn’t one of my greatest performances.”
Monday, January 15, 2007
It’s the million dollar question - Will Jose Luis Castillo make weight for his upcoming fight this weekend?
We all recall this past June when Castillo weighed in four pounds over the 135 lb weight limit for his title bout against Diego Corrales, the second time in as many attempts to face Corrales. (They did fight last October but the two sides agreed to fight despite the difference in weight - Corrales’ camp decided against it in June.)
Castillo was subsequently fined, suspended, and pretty much on the bad side of everyone who followed boxing around the world.
He is trying to shake that image when he takes on Herman Ngoudjo this Saturday in Las Vegas on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s titel bout against Juan Urango. It will be Castillo’s first bout since moving up to junior welterweight, but even with moving up a weight class, Castillo still faces questions concerning whether or not he is going to make the weight…
“I feel less pressure to make the weight. There’s been a lot of pressure the last couple of fights to make 135, Castillo said. I think making 140 should be a lot easier and I feel very comfortable that I can make it.”
Castillo was subject to a mandatory weight-in last week because his fight against Ngoudjo is a title eliminator - Castillo weight in at 146 lbs which is within the required range. With only six and a half pounds to lose by Friday, is he going to be able to do it?
I guess we will find out shortly…