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By Bruce Dingo March 2nd, 2013 All Boxing Previews
One of Australia's top fighters is back in action tonight as IBF featherweight king Billy Dib meets the challenge posed by Evgeny Gradovich at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Dib, 35-1 (21), won the vacant IBF strap in 2011, outpointing Jorge Lacierva before going on to KO Alberto Servidei in one during a defense later that year. The 27 year old Sydney man retained his title twice more in 2012, stopping Eduardo Escobedo in six before posting a unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez.
Tonight's challenger Gradovich, 15-0 (8), continues the tradition of Dib facing rather obscure opponents since losing a WBO title clash to Steven Luevano in 2008, and it should be interesting to see, should Dib win this bout, just how long he can continue his reign without meeting world level opposition.
At any rate, Gradovich, born in Russia but having fought his entire career to date in America, has even a blander resume than Dib but that can be expected of a prospect just in his third year as a pro.
How Gradovich got the call to challenge for a world title probably has something to due with the IBF rankings, in which the 26 year old North Carolina resident is in the #11 slot.
Dib, a good boxer, should win this fight and with any luck at all, will be put in with recently deposed WBO king Orlando Salido, who occupies the #10 position in the IBF rankings. More...
By Bruce Dingo January 18th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
After the seemingly indestructible Manny Pacquiao was gunned down by long-time rival Juan Manuel Marquez this past December, Floyd Mayweather Jr is now alone atop the mythical pound-for-pound mountain, but is "Money May" headed for a similar fate?
For years, Mayweather and Pacquiao shared the spotlight on their multi-division parallel journey, picking spots and winning world titles in an unprecedented number of weight classes, seemingly bound to a collision course that was all but certain to come to fistic fruition.
But a multitude of issues always managed to get in the way of what could have been the most lucrative boxing match in history until, inevitably, two consecutive loss suffered by Pacquiao buried the whole idea of a mega-fight with Mayweather.
Whether or not Pacquiao was the victim of a bad scoring, a lucky punch or the effects of taking shots over 18 years and ten weight classes, his situation simply reinforces the fact that if a fighter stays around long enough, a fall from grace is a foregone conclusion.
Which brings us to Mayweather.
The Michigan native will celebrate his 36th birthday in just over a month, and, given his lack of activity over the past five years, could Mayweather's perfect record be nearing its expiration date? More...
By Bruce Dingo December 1st, 2011 All Boxing Results
Former two-weight world titlist Danny Green was thwarted in his attempt to capture the WBC cruiserweight title when reigning champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk mounted a late rally to halt Aussie legend at Challenge Stadium in Mt Claremount, Australia on Wednesday.
A career cruiserweight, Poland's Wlodarczyk came into the contest having made two defenses of the WBC crown and had not suffered defeat since an IBF title loss to Steve Cunningham in 2007.
38 year old Green, who turned pro as a super middleweight, came into the bout following the loss of his IBO cruiser crown against Antonio Tarver in July and was the definite underdog going in against the 30 year old Wlodarczyk.
In the early rounds, Green was the more active fighter, jabbing from a distance to the head and body and at times following up with right hands and left hooks while Wlodarczyk maintained a slight pressure, which forced Green to expend energy by being constantly on the move. More...
By Bruce Dingo November 20th, 2011 All Boxing Results
IBF feather titlist Billy Dib had a short night's work on Saturday at Homebush Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia, knocking out previously undefeated challenger Alberto Servidei.
Dib, 26 years of age, was making the first defense of the title he won in July by outpointing Mexican veteran Jorge Lacierva and from the first bell was in command against Servidei.
36 year old southpaw challenger, from Ravenna, Italy, started out by walking forward behind a high guard but initially did little but block the jabs of Dib.
Servidei scored with a few body shots, which only served to make Dib aggressive. As the local Sydney man began to pressure Servidei, the challenger was unable to land several big haymakers. More...
By Bruce Dingo August 31st, 2011 All Boxing Results
It was a night of boxing last evening as more that 5,000 fans packed Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart on the Australian Island of Tasmania as middleweight Daniel Geale successfully defended his IBF title against Ermosele Albert.
37 year old Miami, Florida based Nigerian Albert came into the bout as IBO Latino middleweight beltholder after failing to win a regional light middle strap on four occasions.
Despite putting his all into the effort, Albert simply could not get to grips with the shorter, much faster and skilled Tasmania born Geale, 30, of Mt. Annan, New South Wales.
For 12 rounds, Geale, who defeated Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF title this past May, practiced a stick and move strategy, frustrating Albert by refusing to stand and trade punches but there were plenty of brief exchanges with both men finding the target.
But despite admitting afterward fighting with an injured right hand, Geale was the busier, more accurate boxer, switching stances and giving angles to prevent Albert from putting together a cohesive offense.
After the 12 rounds were over, Geale swept the scorecards 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112. More...
By Bruce Dingo July 29th, 2011 All Boxing Results
Earlier tonight in front of a fiercely partisan crowd, Sydney's Billy Dib swept the cards against veteran Jorge Lacierva to capture the vacant IBF featherweight title at Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, Australia.
Building upon the momentum of 11 appearances without a loss following a failed bid to lift the WBO crown in 2008, Dib was buoyed by a supportive hometown audience for his clash with 33 year old American based Mexican Lacierva.
Lacierva sought to leverage the experience gained over two previous world title bouts against his 25 year old foe, but the visitor was unable to exert the kind of pressure he tried to bring to bear upon Dib.
Dib was far quicker of foot and hand, rarely allowing Lacierva to land a punch of significance during the seasoned Atlanta man's many haymaker attempts.
The slick Aussie stylist hung back during the bout's first half, content to counter effectively and tie up Lacierva whenever his rival managed to close distance, although Lacierva was the busier man during many of the rounds. More...
By Bruce Dingo July 20th, 2011 All Boxing Results
Antonio Tarver turned back the clock to deliver a vintage performance today at Sydney, Australia's Entertainment Centre, ripping the IBO cruiserweight title away from Down Under boxing hero Danny Green.
In front of thousands of Green's hardcore fans, 42 year old southpaw Tarver tamed "The Green Machine" with a methodical, patient strategy that slowly but surely broke down the champion.
Absent was the grinding pressure that Green normally applies to opponents, as the 38 year old was unable to find a way past the long, right jab of the visitor.
Things began to go awry for Green from the start as the gritty Perth resident was shaken in the first round by Tarver's powerful left hand, which also floored the IBO king in the second.
Green looked for ways to get to Tarver over the next few rounds but could not find the combination to unlock the former light heavyweight champion's quicker defensive and countering abilities. More...
By Bruce Dingo April 13th, 2011 All Boxing Results
Just like their first bout in December, it was an ugly affair from start to finish but this time Anthony Mundine defeated arch-rival Grant Wood on points after ten rounds in front of 3,000 spectators last night at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
Mundine had been expected to avoid partaking in Wood's strategy of brawling as "The Man" had been knocked out in the fifth round of their first bout after doing just that.
The early rounds saw Mundine's far greater skills controlling the contest but Wood managed to put the former world champion on the ropes where he could dig in short shots amid the constant wrestling.
Mundine handled the pressure better than in the first bout but Wood swept the middle rounds behind an aggressive come forward approach. More...
By Bruce Dingo April 12th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
There's a huge rematch talking place this Wednesday at Brisbane's Entertainment Centre as two time former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine will look to show that his shock defeat to Grant Wood last December was simply a fluke.
Prior to his amazing upset of Mundine, Wood, 10-1-1 (6), had never faced anything close to the level of competition involved in taking on "The Man", but got the chance due to the publicity received from winning the Aussie version of "The Contender".
In their first bout, Wood initially had difficulty with the quicker, far more experienced Mundine as long as there was distance between the two but the bigger, stronger prospect began to rush inside and was able to land awkward, yet hard right hands.
By the third frame, the bout began to get rough with Mundine holding in clinches and Wood responding with rabbit punching as the two also began to argue after a clash of heads resulted in Wood becoming cut.
The fourth saw Mundine's greater abilities still controlling the action but Wood was managing to turn the bout more and more into a brawl, where he could bully the former world champ on the inside. More...
By Bruce Dingo December 10th, 2010 All Boxing Results
In one of the biggest upsets in Aussie boxing history, light middleweight world title contender Anthony Mundine was knocked out in five rounds by the far less experienced Garth Wood in a bout held at middleweight on Wednesday at Acer Arena in Homebush, Australia.
Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Mundine, 35, had campaigned at middleweight in 2009 and at light middle this year, winning six consecutive bouts in that time period and was angling for a title opportunity in 2011 at light middle.
By contrast, Wood, 32, has only been a professional fighter since 2007 and bounced back from an early KO loss later that year to win the Australian version of "The Contender" at super middleweight in January of this year, posting narrow wins over Victor Oganov and Kariz Kariuki.
Since then, Wood had racked up two victories against lesser competition and was considered to be a very big underdog in taking on the 43 bout veteran Mundine. More...
By Bruce Dingo September 17th, 2010 All Boxing Results
Anthony Mundine was back in action on Wednesday, stopping domestic rival Ryan Waters in the tenth round at the Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales.
Mundine made his second appearance as a light middleweight, two years from from his second reign as WBA super middleweight champion and his edge in experience over Waters was evident from the first bell.
32 year old Waters had gone 19 bouts without a loss and previously held a gaggle of regional belts over the course of his six year career but was stepping up to world level for the first time.
Waters went right after Mundine from the first bell, hoping to tire the 35 year old but the taller, longer armed "Choc" simply maintained distance and picked off Waters on the way in with crisp counters.
By the middle rounds Mundine focused on the body of his adversary and was cut by a clash of heads, with Waters losing a point in the seventh for the same. More...
By Bruce Dingo August 13th, 2010 All Boxing Results
Red hot heavyweight Alex Leapai scored a bull's eye in the biggest bout of his career to date, stopping American veteran Owen Beck last night at the RSL Club in Southport, Queensland.
Leapai was on his heels in the early going as former world title challenger Beck took the initiative but the Tennessee man could not hold the advantage in this engagement, scheduled for ten frames.
Round by round the Logan City resident chipped away at Beck's advantage, getting ever closer where Leapai could leverage his strength and youth advantages.
By the fifth, Leapai was drilling the tourist with both hands but Beck drew on his long experience to survive the heavy weather without capsizing. More...
By Bruce Dingo July 4th, 2010 All Boxing Results
Two good fight cards took place in Oz earlier this week with some big names on the domestic scene in action along with a former world champion.
Ex-two time WBA super middle kingpin Anthony Mundine made it down to light middle this past Wednesday, headlining a show at Brisbane's Entertainment Centre against experienced Argentine campaigner Carlos Adan Jerez.
Mundine had no problems against the steel-chinned South American, who despite being in way over his head class-wise found a way to survive the much bigger Aussie's barrages.
The 35 year old Mundine was keeping busy and testing himself at the weight, where he could possibly challenge newly minted WBA titlist Miguel Cotto in the near future. More...
By Bruce Dingo May 22nd, 2010 All Boxing Results
The Leagues Club in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta hosted one of Australia's greatest talents on Thursday night as Vic Darchinyan added yet another title belt to his already bursting trophy cabinet.
The 34 year old southpaw took home world honors for the first time as a bantamweight, outpointing Filipino visitor Eric Barcelona over 12 very one-sided rounds.
Darchinyan battered his fellow lefty opponent from pillar to post, canvassing Barcelona twice in the fifth and once more in the 11th but could not finish off the iron-chinned Valencia City veteran.
Barcelona gamely managed to finish the fight on his feet but two point deductions didn't help matters as he lost a unanimous decision by margins of 120-103, 118-105 and 116-107.
"Raging Bull" Darchinyan captures the vacant IBO bantamweight title and improves to 35-2-1 (27). Barcelona goes to 51-18-4 (19), losing his second straight contest.
By Bruce Dingo April 30th, 2010 All Boxing Results
One of Australia's top super middles was back in action on Thursday as Les Sherrington won the biggest fight of his eight year pro career.
27 year old local man Sherrington was all business against America's Rubin Williams, mounting a surging attack from the first bell that put the visitor on the defensive.
Williams could have been biding his time, waiting for Sherrington to run down but that moment never came as a bad cut suffered by the Michigan native forced a halt to the proceedings at 2:57 of the fourth frame.
Sherring was ahead on all three scorecards by a margin of 30-27 and successfully defended his PABA and WBF crowns, raising his record to 26-5 (17).
Williams, who came into the contest overweight and therefore unable to capture the belts had he won the bout, loses for the seventh straight time, falling to 29-9-1 (16). More...
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