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By Ricky Jones March 5th, 2014 All Boxing Results
After having close calls in his previous two defenses, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns came up empty handed against challenger Terence Crawford on Saturday in front of a packed house at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition Centre.
The title reign of Burns had been living on borrowed time since getting schooled first by Jose Gonzalez and then Raymundo Beltran in 2013 but the third fight against a fighter from the other side of the Atlantic in less than a year proved to be fatal.
Crawford was just too fast, too precise and just too smooth for Burns, despite the Scotsman having corrected some of the flaws evident against Gonzalez and Beltran.
Burns was much more patient against Crawford, with a couple of exceptions no longer reaching for opportunities that were too far away but this also meant that the champion didn't throw enough punches.
One of the reasons for Burns' reluctance was Crawford's countering skills, which played a large part in shutting the local man down.
Burns did open up at times later in the contest and some of those shots found Crawford but the American never seemed bothered and would immediately retaliate, nullifying any momentum gained.
Crawford's ability to fight southpaw at a high level, which he did for much of the bout, and his superior footwork caused Burns problems as the Coatbridge man was never able to get his offense in gear. More...
By Ricky Jones March 1st, 2014 All Boxing Previews
After two very difficult and controversial title defenses, Ricky Burns puts his WBO lightweight belt on the line for a fourth time as he meets heavily-hyped American contender Terence Crawford tonight at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow.
Crawford comes into his first world title opportunity on the strength of a 2013 campaign that saw him defeat Breidis Prescott, Alejandro Sanabria and Andrey Klimov. In doing so, the native of Omaha, Nebraska displayed the kind of sharp skills that have convinced many that he will end the WBO reign of Scotland's Burns.
After an initial defense over domestic rival Kevin Mitchell in 2012, Ricky Burns had two troubled outings in 2013, first getting handily outboxed by Puerto Rico's Jose Gonzalez for seven rounds before the challenger suddenly retired at the end of the ninth and then getting beaten up by Mexico's Raymundo Beltran in August.
In both those contests, Burns was made to pay for his penchant of winging big punches from an upright position. Gonzalez kept Burns at a distance and punished the WBO champ with right hand counters while pressure artist Beltran, who broke Burns' jaw in the second round, used a left hook on the inside with devastating results, flooring Burns in the eighth, but had to settle for a dubious draw.
Terence Crawford has an approach closer to that of Gonzalez; preferring to fight from the outside, often switching to a southpaw stance but the American has a tighter, more composed style.
Burns' experiences with Gonzalez and Beltran suggest that he will have big problems with the abilities of Crawford, who shouldn't have a problem hitting the target.
Burns does have one massive edge however, that of experience and more importantly, experience in very difficult circumstances. More...
By Ricky Jones February 15th, 2014 All Boxing Previews
A big event on the British heavyweight scene takes place this evening at London's Copper Box Arena as both Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury lace up the gloves.
But, not against each other, but rather a pair of Americans.
Which could be a good thing as Fury had zero problems when he did fight Chisora a couple of years back, although "that" Chisora is said to be the "old" Dereck, which has supposedly been replaced with the "new" Dereck.
Regardless of which Chisora, 19-4 (13), shows up tonight in London, he'll unlikely have problems with opponent Kevin Johnson, 29-4-1 (14).
Johnson has lost to Vitali Klitschko in a 2009 WBC title bout, Fury in a 2012 WBC title eliminator, Tor Hammer in a 2012 Prizefighter final and Christian Hammer this past December.
The best thing that can be said of Johnson is that he has a solid chin, but then again, he may not as his style of boxing involves staying far away from opponents with little engagement. More...
By Ricky Jones January 10th, 2014 All Boxing Articles
March 1 will be the most important day in the career of two-weight world champion Ricky Burns as the Scot meets the challenge of America's Terence Crawford at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition Centre in defense of the WBO lightweight title.
Burns, 36-2-1 (11), did a genuine tightrope act in 2013, when the level of competition he faced went up a notch in the form of Jose Gonzalez and Raymundo Beltran.
Gonzalez came into his challenge to Burns last May as an 22-0 undefeated fighter and spent the first seven rounds taking "The Rickster" to school. Burns could do absolutely nothing with the Puerto Rican puncher and was badly hurt on several occasions.
But Burns did bite down hard and was miraculously saved when Gonzalez injured a wrist and promptly fell apart, retiring after the eighth round, otherwise it's very unlikely the Coatsbridge man would still be wearing the WBO crown.
In August, Burns had another difficult defense, this time against Mexico's Beltran, one of Manny Pacquiao's chief sparring partners.
Trouble came to the champ early as he suffered a broken jaw in just the second round. Amazingly, Burns made it through the remainder of the fight with the horrible injury, showing incredible toughness.
The bout was a action-filled contest that saw Burns hitting the canvas in the eighth and he appeared to lose the fight in the eyes of many observers but kept the title on a split draw after 12 rounds. More...
By Ricky Jones December 29th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
The middleweight division could be the best weight class in the sport today, featuring a talented cast of characters from nearly every continent on the globe but will the titles ever be unified?
Just who is top man at 160 pounds? That's impossible to determine until the major players face each other, as the super middleweights did in the "Super Six" tourney of 2009-2011 that proved Andre Ward to be the king at 168.
If a similar scenario were to occur at middleweight, which six fighters would make the grade for a tournament?
The first two entrants are easy - Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin; after that, it gets hard to fill the remaining four slots as the competition is fierce.
After some deliberation, Peter Quillin, Dmitry Pirog and Felix Sturm gain spots three, four and five and that leaves the hardest decision of all, number six.
Martin Murray, Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale, Marco Antonio Rubio, Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin all deserve consideration but given his strong performances against Martinez and Sturm, Murray gets the nod.
Soliman, Geale and Rubio are on the stand-by list
If we go with the hypothetical pairings Martinez vs. Sturm, Golovkin vs. Murray, Quillin vs. Pirog, the first round of the tournament should be interesting. More...
By Ricky Jones December 21st, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Big time boxing makes a rare appearance in Leeds tonight as Darlington hero Stuart Hall gets a surprise IBF title shot against experienced South African campaigner Vusi Malinga at the First Direct Arena.
Hall, 15-2-1 (7), is getting this opportunity on the strength of his recent win against America's Sergio Perales in Doncaster this past May, in which he won the vacant IBF Intercontinental strap.
Southpaw Malinga, 21-4-1 (12), a former WBC International and South African bantam champ, has two world title shots to his credit, a one round loss to Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC belt in 2009 and a comprehensive 12 round points loss against IBF champ Leo Santa Cruz last year.
Malinga is obviously the more experienced man as Hall, a former British and Commonwealth king who also contended for the European title, has never traded at world level.
Nonetheless, this should be a good competitive scrap as both men are compact punchers who don't waste much energy and get right down to it, each having been twelve rounds several times recently.
Expect a close quarters bout in which the fighters stand shoulder to shoulder and look to wear down the opponent through accumulated punishment.
Hall is the more committed body puncher while Malinga is the busier fighter, but the real key to this bout is whether or not the Englishman can deal with the southpaw stance of the visitor. More...
By Ricky Jones November 25th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In a Fight of the Year brawl, super middleweights George Groves and Carl Froch tangled spectacularly for the latter's IBF and WBA super titles last night at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena.
The media build up to the bout had been long and full of bad blood with Groves incensing Froch by not paying the champion what Froch felt was proper respect and also by claiming he would take the fight straight at Froch.
Groves surprisingly delivered on his promise, rejecting his usual cagey boxer approach for that of a slugger and by the end of the first round, Froch had been dropped hard with a short right hand counter.
It was a stunning occurence, no one had expected the far less experienced Groves to be stalking Froch, a renowned world champion, who was very wobbly following the knockdown before being saved by the bell.
Groves belted Froch around with right hands for the next three rounds, taking an increasing amount of resistance from Froch in each frame, and while the challenger shook Froch a few tomes, he couldn't repeat his first round clattering.
Froch mounted a comeback in the fifth, regaining his confidence and pushing Groves back with a two-handed attack but the challenger was still faster than Froch and was punching back well.
Perhaps Groves was taking a bit of a rest in the fifth as he came roaring back in the sixth, hammering his rival with a raft of rights and while Froch was shaken, he kept coming forward and got his punches in as well. More...
By Ricky Jones October 20th, 2013 All Boxing Results
Belfast's burgeoning boxing hero Carl Frampton lit up that city's Odyssey Arena last night by wiping out visiting Frenchman Jeremy Parodi in front of almost 9,000 adoring fans.
At stake were Frampton's European and IBF Intercontinental super bantam belts, but the real prize for the winner is a shot at the IBF title next year, currently held by former Frampton victim Kiko Martinez, who faces challenger Jeffrey Mathebula in December.
Parodi brought seven straight victories to the table and had previously won both the French and IBF International crowns. The Toulon based stylist was expected to give Frampton difficulty using movement and an effective jab.
The visitor kept distance from the Ulsterman in the early rounds but seemed genuinely affected by his first appearance outside of France and was unable to prevent Frampton from landing meaty left hooks. More...
By Ricky Jones October 7th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
To a percentage of average people on the street, the sport of Professional Boxing is nothing more than the barbaric spectacle of two near brainless brutes taking turns knocking the stuffing out of each other in front of a bloodthirsty crowd.
In reality, Boxing is a far different endeavor.
Boxing is actually the most demanding sport, both physically and mentally, that an athlete can participate in. It requires tremendous amounts of disciple, endurance, strength and concentration.
The mere act of holding up one's hands, encased in heavy, padded boxing gloves, and continuously moving for several rounds, even if no punches are thrown, makes for a physically and mentally exhausting exercise. More...
By Ricky Jones September 23rd, 2013 All Boxing Results
Just a year ago today London based heavyweight Dereck Chisora had lost four of his previous five bouts, including three straight, the last of which was a shattering knockout at the hands of ex-WBA champion David Haye.
But this past Saturday night saw the 29 year old "Del Boy", 18-4 (12), claim his third consecutive victory, all by stoppage, when he halted 25 year old German Edmund Gerber, 23-2 (14), at London's Copper Box Arena.
In the process, Chisora picked up the vacant European title, adding the illustrious belt to a trophy cabinet that already contains the British, Commonwealth and WBO International baubles.
Gerber never stood much of a chance once the bell rang, as the Englishman put his rival on the defensive with pressure, raising his efforts in the second with a committed body assault. More...
By Ricky Jones September 14th, 2013 All Boxing Predictions
We scoured the globe for current and former Team Saddos writers who were interested in contributing to our staff Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez prediction piece, so with no further introductions, we hope you enjoy the results, presented in alphabetical order!
Bruce Dingo: Australia
All the during the build-up to this one, I've been thinking that Alvarez would be seriously weakened by having to make 152 pounds, which obviously is why Team Mayweather set up the restriction, and yesterday's weigh-in only confirmed my viewpoint.
Alvarez looked drawn; maybe at 23 years of age, he'll be able to reconstitute by tonight's fight but, the kid from Guadalajara gave away any youthful stamina advantage he may have had in the later rounds the second he agreed to fight at two pounds below the light middle limit. More...
By Ricky Jones August 18th, 2013 All Boxing Results
There was insurrection in the air tonight at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales as three reigning champions were toppled in shocking fashion.
The biggest coup saw fearsome Russian slugger Sergey Kovalev, 22-0-1 (20), of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida progressively shred the resistance of WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, 26-1 (12), of Cefn Fforrest, over four rounds, halting the Welshman in dominant fashion.
Commonwealth light heavyweight titlist Ovill McKenzie, 21-12 (10), was picked off his perch in a rematch with Swansea's Enzo Maccarinelli, 37-6 (29), who turned the tables on the Derby man, halting McKenzie in the 11th frame.
Cardiff hardman Gary Buckland, 27-3 (9), was spectacularly iced in the fifth round by Stephen Smith, 17-1 (10), losing the British super feather crown when he was on the cusp of winning the Lonsdale belt outright had he won. More...
By Ricky Jones August 16th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
WBO light heavyweight boss Nathan Cleverly has been calling for tougher title defenses, and he could indeed have just that this Saturday night as the Welshman gets the home town advantage against big-punching challenger Sergey Kovalev at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
One can't blame Cleverly for wanting to face a higher level of opposition. Absent on his resume are big names in the division such as Tarvoris Cloud, Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Adonis Stevenson, Jean Pascal...etc.
Instead, to date Cleverly, 26-0 (12), faced Tony Bellew, Tommy Karpency, Shawn Hawk and Robin Krasniqi since acquiring the WBO strap in 2011, with only Bellew's name standing out as potentially world class.
Now, the lanky 26 year old from Cefn Fforest looks to be possibly heading in the right direction with the fight against Kovalev, 21-0-1 (19), an American based Russian with a fearsome heavy-handed reputation.
The 30 year old Ft. Lauderdale resident has finished off 19 of his 22 opponents since turning pro in 2009, although the vast majority of his conquests are obscure fighters, leading to the idea that Kovalev was getting fed a diet of stiffs.
That changed in January of this year when "The Crusher" walked through ex-WBA champion Gabriel Campillo, who was coming off a split decision loss to IBF titlist Tarvoris Cloud in a bout that many felt Campillo had won.
Kovalev displayed superb form along the way to knocking down Campillo three times to produce a third round stoppage, firing off crisp combinations that featured a destructive mix of body and head shots. More...
By Ricky Jones July 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Results
Dereck Chisora continued his comeback with a bang at London's Wembley Arena on Saturday, taking away the perfect record of America's Malik Scott.
The Finchley man also took a step toward another world title shot by adding the WBO International strap to his trophy cabinet with the sixth round stoppage of Scott.
As expected, the much smoother boxing visitor was able to avoid most of the incoming from the always forward marching Chisora during the early frames, relying on the jab and body shots to keep the local man at bay.
The persistence of Chisora paid off in the sixth when one of his chopping right hands suddenly found the mark, clipping Scott on the top of the head. The disorientated American fell to the canvas and then beat the count but was unable to convince referee Phil Edwards and the contest was ended.
"Del Boy" moves to 17-4 (11) with the win while Scott gets a loss to fall to 35-1-1 (12). More...
By Ricky Jones July 19th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Whenever Dereck Chisora fights, one thing is certain: things might get weird.
The 29 year old Londoner is back in action on Saturday when he meets American visitor Malik Scott in a heavyweight contest that has the vacant WBO International strap on offer.
Chisora is seeking to right the ship that began to list after Tyson Fury took away the British and Commonwealth titles of "Del Boy" in 2011. Later that year, Dereck Chisora outworked and bullied heavily hyped prospect Robert Helenius, only to be denied the decision in Helenius' home ground of Finland.
Uundeterred, the Finchley man got back on the horse and managed the career high point of giving WBC champion Vitali Klitschko his most difficult bout in a decade, losing a close points verdict in Germany last year. More...
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