Monday, October 08, 2007
I have been keeping my eye on boxing around the world and I am really looking forward to the December 8 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton.
It is a very interesting match. I have double feelings on who will win. I can see how Mayweather can win and I can see how Hatton can win. The reason why is that I never felt that Ricky could beat me, but it happened. I remember a time when Roy Jones Jr. felt he was unbeatable, the same way I felt. But everyone can be beaten. This is life.
I can see Floyd losing his focus on boxing. Having appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ myself here in Australia, I know how much work is involved. It is a full time job to prepare properly. To get ready for a fight with Ricky Hatton and concentrate on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will be very hard. This is why I am saying Floyd is losing his focus. There is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a boxing freak, just as Roy Jones Jr. was a boxing freak. They are very special talents. But anyone can still lose. Maybe Floyd will not be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for that many weeks. I, like millions of others around the world, will be watching the outcome closely. It will be a great fight.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Be sure to check back later today for the debut of the KO Corner Divisional Rankings for the month of February…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will embark on an 11-city media tour to hype up their May 5th showdown which is expected to be the biggest fight in boxing history.
Feb 20 - New York City
Feb 21 - Philadelphia, Washington D.C.
Feb 22 - Chicago, Detroit
Feb 23 - Miami
Feb 26 - Houston, Dallas
Feb 27 - San Francisco, Las Vegas
Feb 28 - Los Angeles
- BBC Sport is reporting that Sugar Ray Leonard believes Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya can both beat Floyd Mayweather Jr…
“The Ricky Hatton that beat Kostya Tszyu in 2005 can beat Floyd Mayweather. He was so focused and in such good physical shape that he would have given anybody at that level a tough time,” Leonard said.
And in regards to De La Hoya…
“Originally, I thought, hands down, Floyd Mayweather would be victorious,” said Leonard. But I’ve changed my mind since then. I’ve been analytical, observed things from a fighter’s stand-point and I think Oscar de la Hoya’s stronger and he’s bigger.
“I don’t think he’s faster because, without question, Floyd Mayweather is super-fast. But I think Oscar de la Hoya has enough of the proper physical attributes to take Mayweather to the limit.”
Some Good Reads:
Boxing Scene: Floyd Mayweather Sr - Chits and Bits
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
It’s a beautiful day in the KO Corner neighborhood…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Lou DiBella announced yesterday that he reached a tenative agreement with Roy Jones Jr. to become his promoter along with Jones’ own promotional force, Square ring.
“Roy Jones Jr. is not only one of the legendary fighters of this generation, but one of the greatest boxers in the history of the game,” DiBella said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to promote him with Square Ring.”
- Apparently Kostya Tszyu didn’t unoffically retire after going back to school after all…
Tszyu has told the Australian Daily Telegraph that he would be interested in coming back to fight for a world title.
“A big name would be interesting,” Tszyu told Australia’s Daily Telegraph, “but I would need to see the offer first.” But, the former champion said, “It has to be a real offer. They know I’m available—that’s why I have not announced my retirement.
“I’m just waiting for an offer to come up and then I’ll consider it. How it will come, I don’t know. If I decide to do it, I can’t concentrate on my business.
- Teddy Atlas had some interesting comments for Sports Illustrated on the situation involving Vitali Klitschko, Oleg Maskaev, and Samuel Peter…
“It’s a disgrace,” says Atlas. “Every one of these organizations is corrupt. It’s a joke. Peter has been mandated the number one contender, twice in fact. Now all of a sudden, because of money, it’s OK for the mandated guy to be pushed aside and to give the fight to a guy who has been away for two years? These organizations have rules that say that at anytime they can forego all other rules and do whatever they want. There is actually a rule that says that. It’s nuts.”
- The IBF announced late last night that Ricky Hatton will be stripped of his title if he decides to go along with his scheduled bout against Jose Luis Castillo in June and ignore his mandatory title defense against the winner of Naoufel Ben Rabah and Lovemore Ndou this weekend.
Some Good Reads:
Thursday, September 14, 2006
The Moscow News is reporting that former junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu has enrolled at Ural State Technical University for this semester. Sergei Novakovsky, the school’s president has said that Tszyu will study marial arts during his time there.
Tszyu applied to the school in 1987 but was unable to be admitted because he failed the entry exam. This time around, Tszyu only had to show up for an interview in order to be admitted.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Former undisputed light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu is planning to start a boxing promotion that will help Russian boxers who are unable to get big-time contracts from American promoters.
“I believe the Soviet boxing school to be the strongest in the world,” said Tszyu. “All recent successes of the school representatives does not surprise me. Moreover, victories should have been achieved much earlier. The reason is this: We do not yet have a sound organization that would exclusively be occupied with and protect the rights of our Russian boxers.”
“They are unprotected; western promoters do to them as they please. I will establish such a union. I am sure the guys will join me. Consider, for example, Roman Karmazin; he is an excellent boxer, the current world champion. But he received next to nothing for his championship fight. Then he was toyed around by his promoter Don King, expecting to fight an opponent. I will not allow this kind of stuff happen.”