Thursday, October 11, 2007
This has to be the coolest thing ever.
Everyone knows about ESPN’s new video clips. Just about everything is available these days. However instead of seeing certain segments of The Contender, you can now watch an entire fight.
Here’s Sakio Bika vs Donnie McCrary from last week.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Joe Calzaghe - You are killing me.
Even better, earlier today I said that you were afraid to come to America…
Why won’t Calzaghe leave Europe, or even England for that matter? Ricky Hatton finally made the jump so why can’t he? It just seems that he challenges every name in the book but when it comes down to it, he prevents bigger matchups from taking place because he won’t go to a different site for the fight.
Now, you actually want to?
“I want to go to America because all the greats have gone over there. People say I am too much of a homeboy but I have shrugged my chains off and I am ready to explore. Hopkins is a true champion. He is talking about coming back to fight heavyweights but that is rubbish,” insists Calzaghe. “He would love to step up to the challenge to fight me.”
I’m going to be honest Joe, I don’t think Hopkins will want to fight you, just ask Oleg Maskaev...
Then again it’s possible - Maskaev will have to defend the title against the winner of James Toney-Samuel Peter II aka the mandatory challenger to his belt. He could lose that and then all chances of Hopkins taking him on are done with. Maybe Calzaghe will luck out…
Personally, I think that Calzaghe should take Kessler’s offer and go with him for his next fight. Coming to America might not be a bad idea, especially if he wants to get out of the shadow that hovers over him because he hasn’t left England yet.
Bernard Hopkins all of people though? I know that Calzaghe probably wants to test himself but I don’t think B-Hop is the best debut opponent for him to face in the US, especially with his hands being like they are…
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Both Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler remained undefeated on Saturday night - Calzaghe defended his WBO and IBF titles (his WBO belt for the 19th time) and defeated Sakio Bika by unanimous decision; Kessler added WBC Super Middleweight belt to his resume, stopping Markus Beyer in the third round with a left-right combination.
Calzaghe struggled in this fight compared to his destruction of Lacy. He received a nasty cut over his eye in the fourth round and had to fight through the blood for the remainder of the fight.
Bika used dirty tactics throughout the fight - He had a point deducted for a headbutt and was warned by the referee several times for different violations.
“I’m disappointed with the performance,” said the champion, who hoped to put on a show for a U.S. audience watching on HBO. “I wanted to put on a spectacle, but he was a dirty fighter and I got caught a lot with the head. I wasn’t 100 percent tonight, and it showed.”
Kessler dominated Beyer during the course of the fight, ultimately winning as he dropped Beyer with a combination and Beyer decided to let the referee count him out while he sat dazed on the canvas.
Now both fighters are looking to set up a unification bout with each other in the near future…
“I’ll be ready for you, Calzaghe,” Kessler said, pointing into a TV camera.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
HBO will televise IBF Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe’s next title defense against Sakio Bika on October 14th. The bout will on ‘Boxing After Dark’ on tape delay as the bout is taking place over in England.
Monday, August 21, 2006
With his left hand now fully healed, IBF Super-Middleweight title holder Joe Calzaghe will take on Sakio Bika on October 14th in Manchester, England.