By Kevin Chittenden: Tony Thompson had a feeling that David Price and his management were underestimating his power going into their fight last Saturday night in Liverpool, England. Thompson felt that Price and his team saw him as an old man, and were thinking of just using him to look good in front of Price’s fans.
Thompson realized he had a good opportunity to pull a surprise on the 6’8” Price, and that’s exactly what he did by clipping him with a hard shot in the 2nd round that effectively stopped Price by knocking him down. Price got up but the fight was stopped without the action resuming. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is thinking of matching IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) against WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) on May 18th in Washington, DC, according to RingTV.
It would be an all Golden Boy match-up, and an easy fight to make because of that. Peterson, 29, recently signed with Golden Boy in hopes of getting the opportunity to face their top light welterweights Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Matthysse.
Garcia and Khan are obviously high on Peterson’s list due to their popularity, but a fight against Matthysse is still a very good one for Peterson. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Former 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison (31-6, 22 KO’s) found the fountain of youth tonight in winning the heavyweight Prizefighter tournament by stopping American Derric Rossy (27-6, 14 KO’s) in the 2nd round at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, in London, United Kingdom.
Harrison stopped Rossy in the 2nd round after drilling him with a left hand that put him down in a delayed reaction. Rossy was also dropped in the 1st round by a left hand from Harrison. Before making it to the finals, Rossy had beaten Ian Lewison and Travis Walker by close three round decisions by landing shots and then smothering them so that they couldn’t get their own shots off. But against Harrison, Rossy was out of his element due to Harrison’s accurate left hand punching.
He wasn’t bothered by Rossy’s head movement, crouching style or his attempts to come forward to clinch and throw punches. Harrison was able to catch Rossy over and over again with lefts when he would try to initiate.
In Harrison’s other two fights in the tourney, he stopped Claus Bertino in the 1st with a hard left hand, and he beat Martin Rogan by a lopsided three round decision. Continue reading
By James Slater – Tonight in his native Liverpool, hugely hyped heavyweight sensation David Price had his dreams shattered by a big Tony Thompson right hand. “The Tiger,” thought to be past his best at age 41, lost the opening round but blasted 29-year-old Price with a sharp right hand that landed to the neck in the second session.
Price, later admitting he never saw the punch coming from the American southpaw, did his best to get up and he beat the count but was in no shape to continue as he did so. On rubbery legs, the 2008 Olympian showed heart in scraping his huge frame from the floor, but the referee, Steve Gray had no choice but to stop the fight.
The official time was 2-17 of the 2nd. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: We may have seen the end of Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota’s career tonight with him losing Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7. 22 KO’s) by a 6th round knockout in a battle of rusty, aging Polish heavyweights at the Ergo Arena, Plac Dwóch Miast 1, 80-344 Gdańsk, Gdansk, Poland.
The 44-year-old Saleta, fighting for the first time since 2006, unloaded with a storm of shots in the 6th round that ended with the 44-year-old Golota hitting the canvas. The fight was then stopped by referee Leszek Jankowiak.
At this point it’s unknown if Golota will retire, but it’s difficult to imagine what he can hope to accomplish. If he can’t beat a fighter coming off of a seven-year layoff like Saleta then what are his chances against a younger more relevant heavyweight? Continue reading
By Kevin Chittenden: British heavyweight David Price’s once promising career is in tatters tonight after he was stopped in the 2nd round by 41-year-old Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) in Liverpool, England.
This was a fight that the 6’8” Price was supposed to win with ease, but instead he ended up getting clipped by a right hand by Thompson and put down on the canvas in the 2nd round. Price got up but his legs failed him as he walked around on Bambi legs while the referee checked him over.
The referee stopped the fight without letting Price get a chance to see if he could survive the round. While some boxing fans might feel that Price deserved a chance, the truth it he wouldn’t have lasted more long with Thompson teeing off on him. Continue reading
The British Lionhearts remain on course for a place in the last-eight of the World Series of Boxing despite losing its final away fixture of the season 5-0 to the German Eagles at the Kuppelsaal Congress Centre in Hannover tonight.
The defeat leaves the Lionhearts in third place of group B with 15 points from nine fixtures and means the team is guaranteed a position in the playoff phase of the competition. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: If Bob Arum of Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao want a huge money mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take place in 2014 then Pacquiao is going to have to avenge his defeats to Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley, Mayweather says. He says Pacquiao has unfinished business with those two fighters before he’ll even consider a bout against him.
Speaking with ESPN, Mayweather said “First Manny Pacquiao has to get past Marquez, a fighter I beat with ease. I mean, that was one of my easiest fights. Manny Pacquiao still has Tim Bradley problems, he still has Marquez problems. First Manny Pacquiao has to get those guys, then he can step inside the lion’s den with Floyd Mayweather.” Continue reading
by James Slater — How much does manager Tom Tsatas believe in his fighter, veteran heavyweight Fres Oquendo? Enough to go on video record and call out the Klitschko brothers, that’s how much!
The video attached to this article has already been seen by approx 12,000 fans, and Tsatas – the owner of the legendary 5th Street Gym in Miami – hopes to keep the pressure on and secure a shot for “Fast Fres.”
Who will Wladimir face next? The word (according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael) is “Dr. Steel Hammer” will likely fight either Francesco Pianeta or Bryant Jennings next, possibly in May.
Tstas, however, truly believes his fighter is both more deserving and more credible. Will Klitschko bite and accept the challenge?
Time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy the video that has attracted so much attention!
By Michael Collins: American heavyweight Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) ended the David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) hype machine by taking him out in a 2nd round TKO on Saturday night at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The win for Thompson affirmed in the minds of some fans that the 29-year-old Price simply doesn’t have the chin to succeed at the highest levels in the pro game.
Up until this fight, Price had been carefully matched by his promoter Frank Maloney against weak opposition without a punch. Even Thompson isn’t what you would call a puncher, but he definitely was a step up from the guys that Price had been fighting, and Price failed the test miserably. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is planning on getting IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) back in the ring on May 18th to face WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) on the undercard of the fight between IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander and Kell Brook on Showtime, according to Dan Rafael.
Schaefer wants the Peterson-Matthysse fight to take place in Peterson’s home city of Washington, DC.
Peterson stopped Kendall Holt in the 8th round last night in Washington, DC. After the fight, Peterson said he’s interested in facing Matthysse, Amir Khan or Danny Garcia next. Golden Boy likely won’t let Peterson face Khan next because they want to keep Khan winning long enough to put him in with Danny Garcia for a rematch. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t see a mega fight between him and Manny Pacquiao as being worth it now after Pacquiao’s recent losses to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. Those losses have taken a lot of the air out of a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight according to Mayweather.
He’s not ruling out a fight with the Filipino fighter, but he says for that to happen Pacquiao is going to have to get back in the ring with Marquez and Bradley and beat them to avenge his defeats.
Mayweather told ESPN: “I don’t think the fight holds very much weight anymore. At one possible time, I wanted the fight to happen. I wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao…I don’t know if it will ever happen, but if my legacy was defined off of one fight, then I feel I didn’t have to fight 43 fights. If that’s the case, I could have came into the sport of boxing, fought one fight and gone down as the best fighter that ever lived.” Continue reading
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