Sunday, February 11, 2007
Shane Mosley’s return to the welterweight division was a good one as he dominated Luis Collazo and went on to win an unanimous decision victory on Saturday night.
Collazo was never able to get the upper hand at any point during the fight. Mosley sent him to the canvas in the 11th round with a short right. Collazo complained that his feet were tangled within Mosley’s and he tripped to the ground but the referee thought otherwise.
The fight started out pretty slow with both fighters wanting to just feel each other out before committing to anything just yet. It seemed that Collazo would be able to take the lead in points in the second round when his southpaw style seemed to unsettle Mosley but Sugar Shane quickly rebounded in the next few rounds and started to pull away.
Collazo started to rally back in the sixth but it was in the eighth round where Mosley cemented the win with a countless number of combinations to Collazo’s body and head.
The remainder of the fight consisted of Mosley throwing unanswered combinations at will and Collazo showing that he was very tired in the final stretch of the bout.
After the taste of victory at welterweight, it seems that Mosley is content to stay in this division for at least the near future…
“It feels good to be a welterweight again,” Mosley said. “I felt light on my feet. I want to keep myself in shape and maybe fight again in June. I am going to keep myself in shape and tuned up.”
Mosley also admitted that despite how the fight went, Collazo definitely gave Shane some trouble at times:
“Collazo was slick and he takes a pretty good punch. He fought a good fight, and I know he’ll be back,” Mosley said. “The southpaw style affected me a little, but I knew what to do. I knew I was faster than him and I could hit him with my quick jabs.”
After the fight Collazo pointed out the fact that he hurt his left hand and it certainly hindered his performance:
“I hurt my left hand in the third round, and I wasn’t able to fight the way I wanted to,” said Collazo, a Puerto Rico native living in New York. “I hurt it in training camp. I wish I could have been more effective. That was the best I could do. Shane came to fight. He did his job tonight.”
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Another birthday wish goes to Ali. There won’t be any recap news or anything like that in this edition, I think we covered everything in our giant post yesterday…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Want to see Mayweather-De La Hoya on May 5th? I’m not kidding, there are still tickets left, about 4,000, well that’s all that’s left after every sponsor, celebrity, fighter, politician, promoter, employee, and official related to the fight took what they needed. (They needed 12,832 tickets by the way…)
The tickets go on sale January 27th at 10 AM. The prices? Tickets are priced at $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350 and $150 and the tickets that are priced from $350 down are limited to only two per person. Everything else can be purchased to a maximum of six tix per human being.
- How about an update on this drama involving Floyd Mayweather Sr. and whether or not he is going to train De La Hoya for his fight against Mayweather Jr. No deal has been made between the two sides yet but there is an interesting twist that has been revealed.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Jack and Shane Mosley would be interested in helping De La Hoya train for the bout:
Jack Mosley stated. “I’ve got the plan to do the job. I can tell him what he needs to do. I can show him. If I can’t show him, then Shane can definitely show him. He’ll have two people who can advise him.”
- Anyone need a car? Frank Bruno is selling his...
For the price of $42,318, you can be the lucky owner, assuming we don’t beat you to the punch, of former heavyweight champion of world Frank Bruno’s BMW X5. The 2002 model SUV is powered by a 4.4-litre V8, producing 320bhp and 324 lb/ft of pulling power. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds, useful if one is being chased by rapid fans or belligerent creditors, and has a top speed of 137 mph for quick getaways.
The set of wheels is fully-loaded with sat-nav, front and rear TV screens, DVD player, a PlayStation, you name it. Other features include full leather interior, climate and cruise control and huge 22-inch AC Schnitzer alloy wheels.
- WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated earlier today that Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao will most likely fight after everything in court is settled after the summer…
- Undefeated WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev is determined to break Rocky Marciano’s ancient record of 49 straight wins. He gave his thoughts when asked about the possibility of going after the record at a news conference today promoting his fight with Jameel McCline this weekend…
“I definitely want to break his record,” the undefeated WBA champion vowed at today´s press conference in Basle. “If there´s the chance to get your name in the history books with such a great record, it is of course my aim to accomplish it. But that does not mean I will fight weak opponents.”
Some Good Reads:
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
On the heels of Tommy Morrison testing negative, we have Mayweather and Hopkins speaking up, George Foreman traveling, the return of a former heavyweight champion, the pro boxing debut of a former UFC heavyweight champ, a major fight announcement and much more…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- What is it about English fighters that people find so intriguing? I mean really, if you followed this site over the summer, you would see how much media coverage both Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe got. They were always calling out the big names, always changing their minds about who they wanted to fight.
These days it’s the exact opposite with the elite American fighters wanting a piece of them.
Bernard Hopkins has shown interest in Calzaghe, hoping that he will move up a weight-class and fight him later this year:
“After Jones I hope he’ll come up to light-heavyweight to challenge me.” said Hopkins.
Calzaghe also met with Sylvester Stallone this past weekend at a boxing gala event as Stallone was making a trip over to the UK and Calzaghe was one of the people he wanted to meet the most.
Calzaghe said of the meeting with the famed Movie star:,“Sly was great. He’s just a normal guy. He turned up for the dinner by himself. There was no entourage. He said he wanted to meet me after seeing my recent win against Jeff Lacy. He said he was a fan of mine and had seen me fight many times but I told him I had seen him fight a lot more in the movies.”
Calzaghe added: “I value Sly’s opinion. He’s in great nick for a man of 60. He has the body of a 30-year-old. It was great to hear him tell us about Hollywood.”
Apparently calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. 1000 times is going to pay off for Hatton as Pretty Boy Floyd will be ringside for his fight this weekend against Juan Urango. Even better, he’s going there because of him…
“I’m looking forward to getting an up close and personal look at Hatton so that I can make my mind up on whether I might want to fight him.” explained Mayweather.
- Former heavyweight champion Lou Savarese will continue his comeback this Thursday when he takes on MMA veteran Travis Fulton in an event promoted by himself and his business partner Cameron Park.
- On the same card as Savarese and Fulton, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez will be makig his pro boxing debut.
- DRL Promotions has announced that WBC Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor will defend his title in a rematch against Acelino Freitas. Freitas won the first fight between the two in 2002 by a close split decision in a fight that Casamayor would have won if he didn’t have two points deducted during the fight for illegal blows.
There is no date set for the fight as of yet but it is expected to be televised on HBO…
- George Foreman is reportedly traveling to the Middle East to promote his famous George Foreman Grill machines. He will be visiting the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai to do an expo on his product.
Some Good Reads:
The Sweet Science: Looking Forward To More In The New Year: Part II; Brooklyn southpaw Luis Collazo is ready for Pomona’s Sugar Shane
Eastside Boxing: Big Name Heavyweights James Toney Could Still Defeat
Friday, January 12, 2007
In an interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Zab Judah announced that he will make his return to the ring on April 27th at the DeSoto Civic Center in Memphis. An opponent has not yet been named.
Judah also announced that he is no longer affilated with Don King.
As always, Judah was very vocal about the Mayweather brawl and also said that he wanted to fight him again some time in the near future:
“I really want Mayweather,” Judah said. I know I got a raw deal. The whole Mayweather camp, they were back eligible to do what they got to do already, and we’re still suffering for something we didn’t start?
I think we definitely got a raw deal. Me and my Dad (are) still suffering, you know what I’m saying? But we still got a little upliftment, knowing that April’s right around the block and we’ll be right back at it.”
Is upliftment even a word?
Anyway, Judah also said that he would be interested in fighting Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto as well.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I like Sugar Shane Mosley. He has been good for boxing. He was a fine lightweight champion who jumped right to welterweight and defeated the “Golden Boy”, Oscar De La Hoya. He has had his ups and downs since. The two losses to Vernon Forrest at 147 and two more Winky Wright at 154. In beween those losses he beat Oscar again at 154. He returned to form recently at junior middlewight by twice halting Fernando Vegas. Now Shane going back to welterweight and he will be meeting once beaten Kermit Cintron for the IBF version of the title on February 10th in Las Vegas. Is Cintron the best welterweight in the world? No…He was destroyed in five rounds by WBO titleholder Antonio Margarito in 2005.
Shane will be returning to 147 pounds where he feels he is at his best. He has announced that he is ready for the elite welterweights be it Cintron, Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.
Is he really ready? Has he done enough to deserve a title shot?
Friday, October 27, 2006
Kermit Cintron has been in ths position before - on the verge of claiming championship gold for the first time. Cintron took on WBO Welterweight title holder Antonio Margarito in April of last year. It was a fight that was expected to be an all-out war and it was supposed to be a real chance for a Cintron victory.
Instead Cintron was knocked down four times in the first five rounds and the fight was stopped in order to save Cintron from any further damage.
More than a year has now passed - Cintron has won two fights in a row and is in position to claim gold once again when he takes on Mark Suarez for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship this Saturday night.
Cintron can still recall the brutal loss to Margarito last April:
“It wasn’t a good time for me to fight. I should have not taken the fight. But my old management team was pushing it, and it just wasn’t my night.”
“Physically I was there, mentally I wasn’t,” Cintron said. “It was one of those days when I was just not in the fight. I forgot that I was in a world title fight. So my trainer just decided to stop the fight, because he knew I wasn’t going to win and he didn’t want me to get hurt.”
Cintron was coming off major hand surgery and personal problems going into the fight with Margarito. Many say that he should have had a fight before a title shot in order to try out his newly repaired right hand - unfortunately they were right.
His management team’s bad decision cost them their jobs and Cintron hired the legendary Emanuel Steward to be by his side…
“Manny and I clicked from Day One,” he said. “Basically, working with him, he’s changed some stuff about me. Before, I would just go in there and bang. He’s got me boxing more, he’s worked on my footwork, my balance, he’s worked on my combinations, when to throw, when not to throw. It’s been good. I needed a trainer like Emanuel Steward to get to the next level, and now I have the opportunity to take that step.”
With his confidence back and the past behind him, Cintron is ready and determined to make this title shot worth while this time around. What is probably considered the lowest point in his young career has now become a source of motivation:
“I can say that I will never take a big fight—especially after hand surgery and a nine-month layoff—on four months’ training. [But] I know now how it feels, being in a world title fight.”
“My mind is on this fight like it’s a rematch of the Margarito fight,” Cintron said. “It’s like he’s giving me a second chance, and I’m going to take it.”
Interesting things of note: Shane Mosley and Calvin Brock were actually on the undercard of the Cintron-Margarito title fight last spring - That’s one hell of a card in my opinion…
Also for those who trying to find out how to order the PPV and are having trouble - It will be broadcast on Maxboxing.com. Click this link to order...
Monday, October 23, 2006
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has also been one to speak freely about whatever is on his mind. This time around, his thoughts about possible future opponents are no different…
Recently interviewed by British newspaper The Sunday Times, Mayweather had a message for three fighters who are looking to face him in the near future:
“It doesn’t matter if you’re Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton or Sugar Shane Mosley. If you want to be the best, you must pass me. All roads in boxing lead to Floyd Mayweather.”
Mayweather was especially talkative about Ricky Hatton, whom Mayweather attempted to fight earlier this year - Talks broke down and Floyd ended up signing to fight Carlos Baldomir instead; Hatton will fight Juan Urango in January.
So how exactly did those talks break down? Floyd knows…
“Listen, I’m not even thinking of Ricky Hatton right now. We tried to get Hatton before we put together this fight with Baldomir, but he asked for $13 million. He asked for Floyd Mayweather-type numbers, which is impossible for him to get.
Fighters like Hatton don’t compare. I’m one of the best fighters ever to put on a pair of gloves. You see fighters come in, hit the pads, hit the bags, jump rope and go home. Well, that’s not me. I want a physical body in the ring so we can bang, head-to-head, to prepare me. Blood, sweat and tears, this is the business I’m in. I don’t look in boxing books, so I don’t know who is the pound-for-pound number two, but I know there ain’t no fighter in the world does his business like me.”
Thursday, July 20, 2006
As of right now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. still doesn’t have an opponent for his scheduled November 4th fight date. Will he by this weekend? It’s possible, but his opponent might make him look like a complete fraud.
Floyd was gracious enough to lay out his plans for us…
“Shane don’t understand, but he’s just the bait,” Mayweather said. “First, I’ll beat Shane and then I’ll beat his boss. Oscar is not going to retire. How are you going to retire when you haven’t fought the best? I am the face of boxing and without me it’s a dud.”
First off, Mosley has already said that he will not fight Mayweather until at least 2007. This does absolutely nothing to solve the problem of Floyd not having an opponent for November. Also, will De La Hoya wait that long to fight Mayweather if he even accepts?
Secondly, when did Mayweather become this brash? It makes all of the reporters who threw praise at him earlier this year for staying in his corner during the Judah incident look like they didn’t even know who they were talking about. It’s surprising to see Mayweather speak those kind of words.
So why did I say Mayweather is going to look like a fraud?
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported today that officials from both the Spinks and Mayweather camps are in heavy talks about setting up a possible fight between the two later this year. Why in the world would you fight Cory Spinks next? How is that going to raise your stock? Millions of questions come to mind that one could currently ask Floyd Mayweather.
FYI: Mayweather had a $8 Million offer to fight Antonio Margarito on the table. Noticed I put the word had in italics. Why do you ask?
Winky Wright put out a challenge to Antonio Margarito late last week about setting up a possible super-fight. When discussing Margarito, all things go through Bob Arum who told Winky’s camp that he was busy at the moment and to call back later on. Arum originally made a $4 million offer that was turned down by Winky. Now Winky is offering $1.5 Million. Confused? Chris Lighty explains:
“I tried calling him (Arum) yesterday with the offer and he said he was busy and for me to call him back tomorrow. We have been trying to reach him all day to put this (fight) together,” Lighty said. “From what I hear Margarito has one more fight with Arum, so I know he wants to put him in the ring with a big opponent. I don’t know what’s going through his head. I think maybe there are just looking at what options are out there for Margarito.
Originally we wanted more money, but we wanted to see what was going to happen with Jermain Taylor,” Lighty said. “Now that Taylor is taking another fight, we want to take another fight and then meet Taylor. Margarito would be happy to fight Winky Wright for $1.5 million. He would be happy to fight him for $1 million.”
Jermain Taylor!? Ah, this must mean that his possible bout with Sergio Mora is a go.
All things aside, it’s going to be a pretty interesting next few weeks as to what fighters end up fighting whom and so forth. Mayweather still has the option of either Spinks, Margarito, and even Wright who also stated he was interested. Hopefully Floyd ends up picking one of the latter two, for his sake.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Chuck Johnson of USA Today is reporting Cory Spinks could be next, or even Mayweather Jr.
Mosley, 34, is a business partner in Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Among his options is a possible title fight against Cory Spinks, who recently captured the IBF junior middleweight crown from Roman Karmazin.
“As soon as the fight was over, Don King (Spinks’ promoter) called me on the phone,” De La Hoya said. “Shane obviously is going to take some time off and see what he wants to do.”
Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., considered the sport’s top pound-for-pound champion, said he’d welcome a fight with Mosley at 147 or 154.
“He earned the right to fight me by getting a spectacular knockout,” Mayweather said. “But he’s just one of many names on the table.”
Who you won’t see Mosley fight: De La Hoya, even though a rematch would draw a ton of eyes and be a huge payday since they’d be promoting themselves. Besides being business partners and friendly, De La Hoya wouldn’t want to risk adding a third loss to Mosley on his card, one of the few things that might actually affect his legacy.
A Mosley-Spinks fight might lead to a lot of power punches, be more open than a bout against the technical Mayweather. While Mayweather Jr. might be the pound-for-pound man right now, Spinks might make for the more entertaining fight.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
The titles of all the articles give you all you need to know about the second fight between the two.
ESPN: Mosley gives Vargas the left hook ... and lights out
ESPN: Mosley-Vargas II: Round-by-Round
Fox Sports: Mosley stops Vargas in sixth round (AP story)
Fox Sports: Mosley never challenged by Vargas in rematch
15Rounds.com: Mosley Stops Vargas!
MaxBoxing: Mosley Stops Sluggish Vargas in Six
BBC: Mosley makes quick work of Vargas
USA Today: Mosley stops Vargas in sixth round of rematch
ESPN Motion newsclip: Mosley Dominates Vargas, Lands Sixth Round TKO