Sunday, September 30, 2007
Nikolai Valuev completed a successful return to the ring on Saturday night when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Jean-Francois Bergeron.
In his first fight since losing the WBA belt to Ruslan Chagaev, the Russian Giant cruised to an uncontested 118-111, 117-111, 118-111 verdict against the previously unbeaten Canadian.
Valuev strongly went for the kill in the last two rounds but Bergeron proved his heart and refused to give in.
“I am pleased with my performance tonight,” Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) said. “I would have loved to win by knock-out but it wasn´t possible. It doesn´t matter, though. Going twelve rounds against a southpaw was a good test. This was a new start for me.”
Monday, September 17, 2007
Vitali Tsypko is convinced he will defeat David Gogiya on September 29 when the two super-middleweights clash in Oldenburg on the Valuev card. The Ukrainian southpaw (20-2, 11 KOs), who lost a controversial majority decision to Jeff Lacy back in December 2006, has set the bar high. “I want to become world champion,” the former European titlist said. “I´ve started my preparation six weeks ago in my home Dniepropetrowsk and then continued on Crimea. Since September 16 I am doing the fine-tuning in training camp in Kiev.”
Tsypko won his last fight in Moscow where he defeated Maxim Goloviznin. Only a win against Gogiya will put him in the frame for a world title fight. “I know it won´t be easy to beat him,” said Tsypko. “He is very strong and has defeated good fighters such as Jackson Chanet and Mger Mkrtchian.”
Gogiya (18-2, 4 KOs) lost his European super-middleweight title to Cristian Sanavia earlier this year. “It will be a tough test for me,” added Tsypko. In the main fight, former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev will make his highly-anticipated return after suffering the first loss of his career against Ruslan Chagaev. Unbeaten Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron will try to spoil the Russian Giant´s comeback.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Jeff Lacy’s career isn’t looking so bright these days, even after winning his fight against Vitali Tsypko this past weekend…
Lacy suffered a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder during the second round of the bout and the injury will require surgery, meaning Lacy will be out of action for at least one year.
“It’s a bad injury,” Jim Wilkes, Lacy’s adviser, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “It could be career threatening, but we certainly hope it isn’t. No one can believe Jeff was even able to finish the fight. It’s amazing that he did.”
Many boxing experts questioned if Lacy would ever return to the form he once had because of his dismal performance against Tsypko whom many felt actually won the fight despite the judges’ decision. It’s now obvious that Lacy was unable to use his left shoulder during the fight.
Lacy will most likely have the surgery at some point this week:
“They want to schedule it as quickly as possible while it is still a fresh tear,” Wilkes said. “They think it’s a full thickness tear of the tendon and they also think part of the muscle is torn, which makes it an even worse injury. They’ll look to do the arthroscopic surgery, but they’ll probably have to open the shoulder up in full. The doctor said he doesn’t know how he fought with such a bad injury.”
Monday, November 06, 2006
Jeff Lacy will make his return to the ring against Vitali Tsypko on December 2nd.
The fight will be part of the Winky Wright-Ike Quartey undercard as we previously reported...
This will actually be the second time that these two have fought. They fought before in June of 2004 in a bout that was to decide the number one contender to the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title.
The fight was stopped in the second round due to a severe cut that Tsypko received courtesy of an accidental headbutt from Lacy. The bout was ruled a no contest…