Friday, December 14, 2007
It’s a holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans. For five consecutive nights during the holidays, HBO Sports will replay five of the most memorable, most significant, most compelling bouts of 2007 that were broadcast on the HBO service.
The lineup includes:
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 p.m. - Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 p.m. - Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 p.m. - Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12 midnight - Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton
All times are ET/PT.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Floyd Mayweather Jr: 147 lbs
Ricky Hatton: 145 lbs
Screenshots taken from ESPN Motion.
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.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Oscar De La Hoya has stated that he plans on returning to the ring next May, at welterweight:
But De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs), who has won 10 world title belts in six divisions, has no immediate plans to stop fighting and is thinking about his ring return, targeted for May 3, 2008.
And when he does return, De La Hoya said that he will be back in the welterweight division he once dominated before moving up to junior middleweight and taking a two-fight stab at middleweight.
“Nothing is set in stone about who I’m going to fight,” De La Hoya told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “Right now, I’m plotting these fights [that Golden Boy is promoting], keeping myself busy and spending time with my family. I won’t decide who I am going to fight until I see how things unfold [in the fall], but I will be back at welterweight, that’s for sure.”
Oscar back at 147 lbs? Just imagine the possible matchups: Mayweather, Mosley, Hatton, Williams, Cintron and Margarito are all potential opponents at this point.
Friday, August 17, 2007
During a recent Q&A session with Yahoo! Sports fans, Floyd Mayweather Jr was asked who he thought would win November’s clash between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley:
Question: Keep doing what you’re doing PBF and keep it flamboyant and flashy. My question for you is, after your fight with Hatton, should you win, would you consider the winner of Mosley/Cotto as your next viable opponent?
I think whoever wins out of those two, if done in impressive fashion, would make a great superfight with you.
Mayweather: When I beat Hatton, I would consider fighting Mosley, along with a few other options to include Oscar De La Hoya. I think Mosley knocks Cotto out cold in a very exciting fight. Everyone knows that Shane has had a couple of opportunities already to fight me but chose not to. My fight with Hatton will be a very exciting fight for the fans.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- According to a recent interview with BBC Sport, Jermain Taylor has turned down promoter Frank Warren’s latest offer of $4 million in order to fight Joe Calzaghe in London later this summer.
Warren has apparently been trying extremely hard to land Taylor as Calzaghe’s 21st title defense in July. However Taylor is now saying that he wants more than double the amount in order to lace up the gloves with Calzaghe.
“If Joe and Frank want me that much, make me an offer for $10 million and I will show up and bring him a gift to his front door,” Taylor told BBC Sport.
Taylor will take on Cory Spinks first on May 19th. He also says that he has no problem at all traveling overseas to Calzaghe’s home turf to fight him…
“No atmosphere is intimidating because, once you start fighting, your focus is on the man in front of you,” Taylor added.
If Taylor and Warren are unable to come to terms on a deal than Calzaghe may have to settle for a mandatory title defense against Dennis Irkin.
- Joan Guzman has fired Don House as his head trainer and replaced him with Floyd Mayweather Sr…
- Lovemore Ndou is certain that he can “whip Ricky Hatton’s ass”...
“Why do you think he chose to hand over the title rather than let me fight him for it? He knows he would get his ass whipped, simple as that. Instead he chose to fight Castillo who, just like him, is on the slide, Ndou said. “Fatton’s people know that I’m capable of doing more damage to that beer-belly than Castillo would at this time of his career. And truth is, if the Castillo that fought Corrales shows up that night, he is capable of punching Fatton through the ropes.”
Some Good Reads:
Eastside Boxing: Rating The Heavyweights - After Saturday’s Shake-Up, Today’s Top-Ten
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, February 18, 2007
Blue-haired Paulie Malignaggi escaped New York City with a rather easy unanimous decision victory over Edner Cherry last night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark…
Malignaggi’s plan coming into the fight was to constantly use his jab to set up some more offense, a tactice that worked very well:
“That’s got to be the main weapon,” Malignaggi said. “I tried to keep him on the end of the stick, which is my comfort zone. Just had to keep jabbing.”
Proof that it worked? Malignaggi landed 103 of the 357 jabs he threw.
Malignaggi was happy with his performance and glad that he was able to come out with a win rather than another beating like received from Miguel Cotto last year.
“I wasn’t gun-shy tonight but I was consciously trying to box and not go toe-to-toe,” he said. “I wanted to not get into the kind of fight I did with Cotto because that is not my fight.”
“I came off a really physical fight and I wanted to make sure I could box like I always had,” Malignaggi said. “I didn’t want to stand in there and trade with him like I did with Cotto. I needed to let myself know I was back, so psychologically it was good for me. Maybe it made for a boring fight at times, but it was good for me. I could have looked a little more spectacular. I want to entertain. But I also don’t want to get in a stupid brawl when I don’t need to. That’s not my game.”
Cherry knew that Malignaggi was the better fighter last night…
“He fought a great fight,” Cherry said. “My plan was to match Paulie’s speed and cut off the ring, and stay busy, but I was unable to do so.
Malignaggi stated after the fight that he wants a title shot. He wants a title shot against the top dog in his division:
“I want to fight for a title,” Malignaggi said. “Eventually, I want to move on to [recognized division champion] Ricky Hatton. I think he will push me.”
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Ricky Hatton was forced to give up his IBF Junior Welterweight Title after deciding to go ahead and face Jose Luis Castillo on June 23rd rather than defending his belt against the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Lovemore N’dou.
The June 23rd date is not yet set in stone as June 2nd is the other possible date that HBO has available to televise the bout…
The decision was made once one of Hatton’s promoters announced that his client would be fighting Castillo this summer:
“We had an agreement in place to fight Castillo next on June 23 on HBO, and after the fight with Urango we announced that fight at the press conference,” said Artie Pelullo, Hatton’s American co-promoter.
The decision was officially announced to the IBF yesterday…
Said Dennis Hobson, Hatton’s British co-promoter: “We informed the IBF by letter Friday night that we are moving on to the super fight with Castillo in June without the IBF title. Ricky is very proud to be a two-time IBF champion, and, speaking as a promoter, the IBF have always been great to work with. This is a decision we’d have preferred not to have had to make, but, having thought long and hard about it, I believe this is the best way forward for Ricky.”
While it hasn’t been actually announced yet, various reports are coming out of Australia saying that N’dou will be given the belt and then be forced to fight mandatory challenger Demetrius Hopkins providing that Hopkins defeats Contender alumni Steve Forbes on March 17th.
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