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Pascal defeats Bute; Perez -Takam fight to a draw

Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) beat former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The final judges scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.

The fight was horrible to watch because Bute wouldn’t throw punches, and spent 3 minutes of every round just moving his head like a fighter who can no longer pull the trigger on his punches. Bute didn’t look like a physically shot fighter. He did throw some nice punches in the 12th round when he finally decided to start fighting. But Bute’s problem seemed to be more on the mental side. He looked like he was afraid to get countered by Pascal if he let his hands go, and he just wasn’t going to leave himself in a vulnerable position. Continue reading

ShoBox: Ivan Redkach Wins, Frank Galarza Steals Show

Promising, world-ranked southpaw Ivan Redkach (16-0, 13 KO’s), of Los Angeles, by way of Ukraine, passed the toughest challenge of his career, scoring one knockdown en route to a unanimous 10-round decision over Canada’s Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KO’s), but the night belonged to “The Brooklyn Rocky” Frank “Notorious” Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KO’s), of Brooklyn, N.Y., who registered an exciting second-round knockout over John “Apollo Kidd’’ Thompson (14-1, 5 KO’s), of Newark, N.J., Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® from Cook Convention Center.

In other ShoBox results on a four-fight card, Antoine Douglas (12-0, 7 KO’s), of Burke, Va., by way of Washington D.C., won a lopsided eight-round decision over Marquis Davis (8-1-2, 5 KO’s), of Tampa, Fla., in a matchup of unbeaten middleweights and undefeated junior welterweights Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (12-0-2, 9 KO’s), of Dallas, Texas, and Abel Ramos (8-0-1, 4 KO’s), of Casa Grande, Ariz., by way of Gettysburg, Pa., boxed to an eight-round draw in an exciting scrap that opened the telecast. Continue reading

“Indeed” Mike Reed Does it Again

By Justin Jones & Paul “Paparazzi” Jones, Photo © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones

Fort Washington, MD — Light Welterweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (7-0, 5 KOs) of Waldorf, M.D. stopped Jorge Marquez (4-2, 2 KOs) of Phoenix in the fifth round of their featured bout on Keystone Boxing’s “Friday Night Fights” card at Rosecroft Raceway. Reed, 21, a decorated amateur with a National Golden Gloves Championship to his credit, put all of his boxing skills on display against Marquez who, prior to this match-up, had never been stopped in his professional career.

Offensively, Reed had everything working for him, alternating between fast combinations to the head and body of Marquez and powerful digs to his opponent’s midsection that appeared to befuddle the challenger in the early going. Continue reading

Bute and Pascal battle it out tonight at Bell Centre in Montreal

There are a lot of questions that will be answered tonight in the Canadian battle between Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) and Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The first question is whether Bute will be able to stand up to Pascal’s power. He’s not a huge puncher, but he can definitely cause his opponents problems if they don’t have a strong chin.

Bute’s knockout loss to Carl Froch has to make you question whether he has the punch resistance needed to beat another quality fighter.

For most of his career, Bute has been able to get by largely on the match-making that’s been done for him. Bute never had to fight anyone really good until late in his career when he fought Froch. We found out in that fight that Bute’s chin isn’t good enough for him to beat an A level fighter. However, Bute’s offense is good that it might enable him to get past this test tonight, because for Pascal to get to Bute, he’s going to have to take some major risks. Pascal has a good chin, but it’s hard to say what’ll happen if he gets hit hard to the body by Bute. Continue reading

Mayweather And Marquez Are Both Scared Of Pacquiao?

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., an undefeated American boxer, who is considered by many as an all-time-great fighter in the world, has no intention to fight his top contender Manny Pacquiao.

When reporters asked Mayweather about a possible matchup against the Filipino superstar, he would suddenly avoid the topics. It seemed he did not want to meet Pacquiao in the ring, and he was sick hearing the name “Pacquiao, Pacquiao…”

Yes, it looked as though he was contented to handpick his opponents. He was satisfied to give lessons to the neophytes in boxing. He didn’t even care if people called him “Duck.” Duck means ducking Pacquiao. Continue reading

Mayweather says he’ll hang up the gloves next year

For fans of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) you had better soak in as many fights of the 36-year-old Mayweather Jr. while you still can because he’ll be ending his career next year in September, he says. Mayweather Jr. will finish out his contract with Showtime/CBS and then walk away from the sport a very, very rich man. As long as he doesn’t gamble his money away foolishly or lose it on bad business deals, Mayweather should be able to remain wealthy for the remainder of his life.

Mayweather said to AP from South Africa “September 2015 will be my last.” Continue reading

Why Floyd should retire if he won’t fight Pacquiao this year

Some pundits still don’t get it. The fight is a big deal for the fans not just because it interests them but because the fans want truth and they are resolved to prevent “stars” and “bigwigs” from further tricking them and the sport. If you think otherwise, then yours is a hopeless case perhaps.

No person ever solves a problem by looking only at his own concern. Even a hermit in a secluded island can’t do that.

It’s not that the fans are dying to see the mega bout happen for their consumption and pleasure. They want to work out a solution to the controversies, silliness, rottenness and idiocy in the sport surrounding Mayweather and Pacquiao. And to determine who between the two rivals is the better boxer to end endless debates. Any justification to negate such logic boils down to jerk musing, if not blind fanaticism. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez Returns on March 8 To Face Countryman Alfredo Angulo at MGM Grand, Live on SHOWTIME PPV

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 17, 2014) – Former World Champion and Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday, March 8 to face the fierce and rugged Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the headline attraction of a stacked four-fight event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, presented live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the pay-per-view card offers matchups that promise to be exciting, all-action bouts. The most anticipated match of the night features Canelo, as he looks to reassert himself as the best young fighter of this era. Continue reading

Bute and Pascal on target at weigh-in

Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KO’s) and Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) both successfully weighed in on Friday for their clash tomorrow night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Bute, who is coming of lackluster 12 round decision win over Denis Grachev over a year ago, weighed in at 173.6 lbs. For his part, the 31-year-old Pascal weighed in right at the limit at 175 lbs.

This was a fight that was really looked forward to for many years in Canada, but due to Pascal’s loss to Bernard Hopkins, and Bute’s defeat at the hands of Carl Froch, a lot of the excitement that would have been there for this fight has been lost. The fight is basically 3 years too late. Pascal has become a part-time fighter who rarely fights nowadays, and he hasn’t taken on a good opponent in 3 years since his loss to Bernard Hopkins. Bute was kind of exposed in the Froch fight in terms of his chin. Continue reading

Eddie Chambers and the resurrection

Having been told a while ago that Eddie Chambers was thinking of joining Team Fury, I thought “Astute of him. Where has he been?”. Here was a Heavyweight fighter with a record of W36 L4 who had been beaten last year in his only fight of 2013, after a bad decision to move down to Cruiserweight. Were the gears grinding down on “Fast Eddie’s” career? At 31, and seemingly losing love for the sport, Eddie was squandering the talent he had been given.

I had had a conversation with Peter Fury a few months ago after Chambers had been part of the Fury training camp for the, ultimately, disastrous Haye debacle. He was very impressed with Eddie’s skills and attitude. But you don’t need Peter to tell you Eddie can box/fight/win. Even a layman can see that Eddie Chambers has been in with the very best the sport has had to offer over the past 6 years: Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Dimitrenko, Alexander Povetkin, Tomasz Adamek, Samuel Peter. Continue reading

Officials for Pascal vs Bute

The officials for Saturday Night’s main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal have been selected. Both of the fighters and all four officials hail from Quebec, Canada. According to boxrec.com, the third man in the ring will be Michael Griffin. Assigned judges are Pasquale Procopio, Claude Paquette, and Jack Woodburn.

According to the Pod Index — a U.S. statistics company focused on Boxing – the referee and all three arbiters are very familiar with these two former champions, having each officiated both fighters more than once. None of these judges were involved in any controversial decisions in last few years.

Below are each judge’s consistency statistics, broken out by the difficulty of judging. Matches that are most competitive are the most difficult to judge, while less competitive matches are generally easier to score. Continue reading

Pascal vs. Bute: A Canadian Super Fight

For many boxing fans stateside and abroad this Saturday’s HBO fight between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute will be just another fight that should produce some form of entertainment.

To the fans that put the North in North America this fight might as well be their version of Sugar Ray Leonard versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler or Oscar De La Hoya versus Floyd Mayweather.

This is not just a run of the mill crossroads type battle to the loyal Canadian boxing rube. For them it’s a legacy fight with winner going down in history as the best and most popular fighter of the last five or six years.

Obviously Adonis Stevenson, who has a solid fan base but his past keeps him from being beloved, surely will have something to say about legacy before it’s written in the Canadian history permanently. Continue reading