Tyson Fury Wins Wide Decision Over Kevin Johnson In Dull Encounter

Tyson Fury Wins Wide Decision Over Kevin Johnson In Dull EncounterBy James Slater: A penny for the thoughts of David Price!

Tonight in Belfast, Tyson Fury retained his unbeaten record in winning a wide yet dull points win over a safety-minded Kevin Johnson. Winning by scores of 119-110, 119-108, 119-108, 24-year-old Fury advanced to 20-0(14) and also moved a step closer to a shot at the WBC heavyweight crown currently held by Vitali Klitschko.

33-year-old Johnson, who promised so much beforehand but failed miserably in the delivery department, is now 28-3-1(13).

There was little action to speak of and tonight’s fight had no standout round. Fury boxed well at times, remaining focused and refusing to go wild at any point. Occasionally switching to southpaw, Fury jabbed well when he used his best weapon. Johnson, appearing to have no real ambition other than to hear the final bell, did get home with the odd jab of his own, as well as the even less frequent right hand.

Soon growing tired of the lack of action (and to be fair, Fury has never been in a stinker before tonight, and the lack of action has to be put firmly on Johnson’s wide shoulders), the crowd began booing in the middle rounds and by the 8th the boos were deafening.

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Joan Guzman: Fractured in his right hand and left knee

Joan Guzman lost yesterday on November 30th at The BB&T Center his unconquered record against the Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev and fall defeated in the judge’s cards by Technical Decision after 8 rounds. At the moment of the detention of the fight for injuries of the Dominican, the judges had his cards in this way; Michael Pernick 75-76: Nelson Vázquez 76-75: Mark Streisand 75-76.

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Austin “No Doubt” Trout fights with Faith, Hope, and Love in his corner

Austin “No Doubt” Trout fights with Faith, Hope, and Love in his cornerBy Joseph Herron, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime – Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love; But the greatest of these is Love” (New American Standard Bible, 1995)

In the hard sport of boxing, less than one percent of the entire populous of prizefighters are ever given an opportunity to compete for the brass ring on its biggest stage. Love of the fight game is crucial, but passion alone simply isn’t enough to reach the sport’s highest pinnacle. Countless hours of dedication to the craft, driven by a resolute belief in oneself has proven to be a time tested recipe for success in the squared circle.

On Saturday, December 1st, a 27 year old fighter from Las Cruces, New Mexico will receive his time to shine at the “Mecca of Boxing”, New York City’s world renowned Madison Square Garden, when he faces his greatest challenge to date.

WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout will defend his title against ring veteran and three division world champion Miguel Angel Cotto this weekend in the main event of a Showtime televised fight card.

While most casual fight fans and mainstream sports enthusiasts will view the slick southpaw as a relative unknown going into the highly anticipated contest, the El Paso, Texas born boxer is anything but an overnight success story. The dream of eventual super stardom began to gestate within the unheralded fighter at an early age.

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Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout: Gogue’s big fight preview

Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout: Gogue’s big fight previewBy Joseph Herron, photo: Tom Casino / Showtime: Tonight from Madison Square Garden in New York City, three division world champion Miguel Angel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) will challenge undefeated Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) for his WBA Junior Middleweight Championship.

While the big event is nothing new to a proven fight veteran like the Puerto Rican favorite, the highly anticipated match-up will be Trout’s first trip to the big dance.

Expert trainer James Gogue, of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”, analyzes this terrific pairing, which is slated to air on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9PM EST/PST.

“First of all, every time Miguel Cotto fights at the Garden it always turns into a huge event,” states the 29 year veteran fight trainer. “Cotto is a legitimate star in boxing and his bouts aren’t just fights to his fans…they’re big time events.”

“I had the privilege of featuring one of my fighters on the undercard of the Cotto/Clottey bout in 2009, and over 22 thousand screaming Puerto Rican fans showed up to support their favorite fighter. It was a very festive atmosphere, but it can create a lot of problems for any young fighter if they’re not fully prepared to handle the pressures of performing on that level.”

Although it’s easy to notice the disparity in big fight experience between tonight’s competing fighters, the talented fight trainer does recognize the fight attributes of the current WBA Junior Middleweight Champ.

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Freddie Flintoff Wins – Where Does He Go Next?

Freddie Flintoff Wins - Where Does He Go Next?by Phil Marshall: No doubt where Flintoff the cricketer would be – in the pub for some time. But exactly what he does next will tell us a lot. If it’s the pub he’s in trouble with his boxing. He’s no Ricky Hatton who in his prime could handle binge drinking and boxing.

If instead this is a new Freddie with a different mindset, and everything about his training says it is, let’s just go with him for the ride.

First, let’s get the negatives out of the way. He was like a booth fighter at the fair many years ago. Except he was the punter up from the audience who fancied his chance. Swinging away while the pro let him have a go. The right hand that first impressed McGuigan needs work. Then more work, Roundhouse, sloppy, nowhere near dangerous enough. But he got in a couple of left jabs that raised hopes especially when he followed up with the right.

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Tyson Fury faces Kevin Johnson tonight; wants one of the Klitschkos next

Tyson Fury faces Kevin Johnson tonight; wants one of the Klitschkos next

By Michael Collins: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) has already counted tonight’s fight against American Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO’s) as a victory in the win column and he’s looking past Johnson towards a much wanted fight against either Vitali Klitschko or his brother Wladimir Klitschko. It remains to be seen whether Fury can get past Johnson, but if he does he’ll likely get one of the Klitschkos in the ring because they’re interested in fighting him.

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Price destroys 45-year-old Skelton in 2nd round TKO

Price destroys 45-year-old Skelton in 2nd round TKOBy Michael Collins: David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) successfully defended his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles tonight with a nice 2nd round TKO victory over Mat Skelton (28-7, 23 KO’s) at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom. Price took his time with the 45-year-old Skelton, but then turned up the heat on the aging fighter in 2nd round after hitting him with a nice body shot that sent Skelton retreating to the ropes.

Price then unleashed an 8-punch flurry that ended with two solid lefts to the body that put Skelton down on his hands and knees on the canvas. Skelton’s corner threw in the towel before the knockdown but the referee failed to see it.

Skelton landed several decent right hands in the opening round after rushing Price in the opening seconds of the round. However, Skelton didn’t have the power or the handspeed to worry the 6’8″ Price, and by the end of the round Skelton was already starting to look tired.

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Flintoff defeats Dawson, fails to impress

Flintoff defeats Dawson, fails to impressBy Michael Collins: Making his debut tonight was 6’4″ heavyweight prospect Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff (1-0) who defeated American Richard Dawson (2-1, 1 KO’s) by a sloppy 4 round points decision on Friday night at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Referee Richard James Davies scored the fight 39-38 for Flintoff in a close fight. Flintoff, a former English cricketer, didn’t show much in the way of power and he looked awful for the most part. I’m being kind. He looked worse than awful. Flintoff’s form looked wild amateurish to say the least. He also looked a little flabby despite being tall and slender.

In the 2nd round, Flintoff overextended himself after missing a shot and was knocked to the canvas by a straight left hand from Dawson. Instead of looking to finish off Flintoff after he got back to his feet, Dawson failed to throw any punches for the remainder of the round. It was very strange because all Dawson had to do was hit Flintoff one or two more times and he would have been down in out, but he did zero.

In round three and four, a tired Flintoff continued to rush Dawson while throwing wild punches in every direction seemingly without any sense. Many of the shots missed by a mile and Dawson just looked he wanted to survive. He probably could have knocked Flintoff out with one punch if he had the wherewithal to let his hands go, but he mostly just keep stepping back looking to avoid Flintoff’s wild shots.

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“Old” and New Pacquiao: The Big “If” in Quadrilogy

"Old" and New Pacquiao: The Big "If" in QuadrilogyBy Reni M. Valenzuela – Boxing longs for the “old” Pacman. But is there a basis to the longing?

What is especially good about the “old” Pacman that was missed in his recent fights and which causes the fans to yearn and buzz over deflated balloons when Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez is an old rival who “whipped” the career of an iconic boxer in the span of eight years, far less than what he did to the subconscious make-up of the same boxer known as Manny Pacquiao?

Will the longing be gratified? Or, better yet ask: Will the new Pacman fight the right fight with the right mindset next week, much differently from the ways of the “old” strayed one? Will the focused Pacman today allow the streams to go free-flowing for him with electric force abiding naturally in its course to electrocute doubters and put a closure to the controversial, long-running and “stiff” rivalry he has with Dinamita?

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Freddie Flintoff: Pro Debut Tonight

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Phil Marshall: At around 10pm UK time tonight a former professional cricketer, Freddie Flintoff, will make his debut as a professional heavyweight boxer on BoxNation. He was a world class cricketer who played a major part in England’s historic test series win in 2005 against big rivals Australia. Now he aims to take his fast reflexes, courage and power into the ring.

In his younger days Freddie was known to his team mates as the Fat Slogger. He was overweight and didn’t really care. Neither did his team managers because Freddie could hit a ball like no other player. Spectators cheered when he walked out to bat. They knew the ball would be visiting all parts of the ground – and the stands – very soon.

But Freddie had to retire in his early thirties with knee and ankle problems. He was left hunting for a fresh physical and mental challenge.

Always a big boxing fan, he was chatting one day to former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan. Mostly out of curiosity, he asked if he could have a session on the pads with McGuigan, just to see what it felt like.

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