Holyfield Loses Bid for Fifth World Title
behemoth Nikolai Valuev earned a controversial, unpopular majority
decision against a game Evander Holyfield this past Saturday to retain
his WBA title.
listless fight saw Holyfield take command in the early rounds by the
use of his overhand left. Valuev remained tentative, simply throwing
feeler jabs that mostly failed to connect. Because of his immense size,
Valuev kept himself firmly planted in ring center in hopes of goading
Holyfield to come straight at him. The wily veteran didnt oblige and
constantly gave his slower foe angles to prevent a clean counterattack.
the middle rounds Valuev still was not landing more than 3-5 punches
per round. Meanwhile, the 46 year old Holyfield keep up steady movement
to keep his larger foe off-balance. Although the action was sparse,
Holyfields sheer activity of roughly 15-20 punches per round appeared
to give him a clear advantage going into round 7.
the fight reached the later rounds, Holyfields legs began to catch up
to the aged warrior. Now forced to fight, Holyfield now began to get
tagged with slow but thudding overhand shots from the champion. The
Real Deal was not seriously hurt, but Valuevs clean punches were
enough for him to definitively carry rounds 7 and 8.
the championship rounds, Valuevs cutman urged the champion to go for
the knockout or risk losing his title. Valuev responded by attempting
to stalk Holyfield, but this unfamiliar role and the champs slowness
prevented him from landing any significant punches. Holyfield was not
much better, still showing signs of fatigue and looking content to run
out the clock due to his apparent lead.
At the bell, the crowd booed Valuev heavily as the Russian raised his hands in celebration.
the scorecards for the bout read 114-114, 116-112, and 115-114 to give
Valuev the victory. In the pos-fight interview, Holyfield was convinced
he had won the fight.
dont think anything was lacking. I hit him more times than he hit me,
Holyfield stated. I moved a lot and made him miss punches. And I
fought the fight that I felt was good for me to win.
because the fight was controversial and possibly a robbery, expect
Evander Holyfield continue with his delusional goal of once again being
the heavyweight champion. Lets at least be happy it wasnt a Klitschko
in there this past weekend.
And more words from the man himself.
goal is to be the heavyweight champion of the world, Holyfield added
after the fight. I am not interested in fighting for the sake of
fighting, I want to be a champion again and that hasnt changed.
Per Holyfields trainer Thomas Brooks, the Real Deals camp is already seeking a rematch for early next year.
Pacquiao-Hatton Targeted for May 2009
Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer revealed late last week that Manny
Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton are very close to finalizing terms for a 140
pound title fight in on May 2, 2009.
As of now, both sides are negotiating the potential fight to take place in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao is coming off his most high-profile win to date, an easy 8th
round stoppage over superstar Oscar De La Hoya on December 6. Hatton is
coming off a similar one-sided stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi on
According to Schaefer, the fight offers another blockbuster between two of boxings premier lighter weight stars.
encouraged by the way its going, and Im talking to the Hattons again.
You really have two of the most popular fighters of their generation
fighting each other, and thats the kind of fight we want to make.
Floyd Mayweather was spoken of as a potential opponent, Hattons
current promotional deal with Golden Boy made the British brawler a
more appealing option to Top Rank and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum. In
addition, Arum and Mayweather still have simmering animosity from their
very public 2006 split.
many will be disappointed in Mayweather not getting the call, this
promises to be another exciting fight for Pacquiao and a true test of
his abilities with the elite fighters above lightweight. De La Hoya was
a weight-drained shell on December 6 and in Hatton Pacquiao will face a
physically strong, roughhouse fighter. And Hatton is there to be hit.
This one is not to be missed. Early prediction is Manny Pacquiao by late stoppage.
Vitali Klitschko Signs On to Defend WBC Title Against David Haye
Newly crowned WBC champ Vitali Klitschko has agreed to defend his title in June against cruiserweight champ David Haye.
deal was finalized not long after younger brother Wladimir Klitschko
easily knocked out Hasim Rahman on December 13. Haye, in his usual
colorful manner, addressed that fight and his promise to become
heavyweight champion of the world.
was in Germany to watch Wladimir Klitschko bore everybody to sleep with
his jab, Haye quipped to the BBC. Its all done and dusted [the contract]; just need to dot the Is and cross the ts. We sat down and
talked numbers and that made sense for both sides and its done. There
is no boxing politics involved. Plain and simple, this is how boxing
has promised to punish Haye in the ring for what he feels was the
immense disrespect Haye showed at a recent press conference. Haye
displayed a Reservoir Dogs styled picture that featured him holding the
decapitated head of Wladimir Klitschko. Vitali became so enraged that
both men had to be separated.
Klitschko returned after a four year layoff in October to stop Sam
Peter in 9 rounds to win the WBC belt. In June, with Vitali at
ringside, David Haye knocked down Monte Barrett five times in route to
a 5th round TKO.
Wladimir Works Over Rahman
Perennial contender had no answer for the younger Klitschkos ramrod jab. Check out the highlights.
Adamek-Cunningham Fight of the Year?
IBF cruiserweight title match featured wild back and forth action. In
the end, Tomasz Adamek picked up the win by virtue of securing 3
knockdowns over a determined Steve Cunningham. Both men hurt each other
numerous times throughout the 12 round slugfest. A rematch is
definitely in order.
Throwback Fighter of the Week: Ken Norton
Chiseled contender Ken Norton was one of a handful of fighters the produced the revered 70s golden age of heavyweight boxing.
sparring partner to Joe Frazier, Norton was a virtual unknown until he
got the call to face Muhammad Ali in 1973. Ali did not train well, and
Norton shocked the boxing world by scoring the upset and breaking Alis
jaw in the process. In the rematch six months later, an in shape Ali
carried the early and mid rounds through sharp counters and fluid
movement. However, Norton took over by round 7 and looked to be on
track to once again defeat The Greatest. It was only a late rally in
the deciding 12th round that earned Ali the split decision in a fight some feel Norton won.
The next year Norton challenged George Foreman for the heavyweight title, but was blitzed in two rounds.
He went undefeated for the next two years, winning all his fights by KO including a brutal beating of the tough Jerry Quarry.
earned Ken another shot at the title in 1976, this time in a
rubbermatch with rival Muhammad Ali. The bout featured many close and
difficult rounds to score although Norton had an early lead. Ali
chipped away and the barely scrapped by with a controversial unanimous
decision of 8-7 in rounds on all scorecards. To this day many feel
Norton was robbed of the title.
posted wins against Jimmy Young and Duane Bobick before facing a young
Larry Holmes in 1978. In what is considered one of the greatest bouts
in heavyweight history, Norton lost a razor-thin split decision.
the beginning on 1979, Norton was beginning to slip from the wear and
tear of boxing. He was KOd in one round by Earnie Shavers in 1979, and
drew with the ordinary Scott LeDoux that same year. After a dismal
split decision win against Tex Cobb in 1980, Norton retired in 1981
after suffering a scary KO in one round to Gerry Cooney.
Norton was inducted into the Boxing International Hall of Fame in 1992
and received Fighter of the Year Honors in 1977. The RING Magazine
ranks him #22 on their list of the 50 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time.
is well known for his crab defense, where he would have his elbows
out to his sides and one hand above the other to pick off shots. This
style proved difficult for Ali, who struggled to land clean punches,
especially his famed jab, on Norton.
Ken Nortons final record stands at 42-7-1, 33 KOs.
Norton vs. Bobick
Norton vs. Quarry