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31
May
10

Carl Froch rules out fighting Arthur Abraham in Germany

Carl Froch
Froch’s defeat against Mikkel Kessler in April was the first of his career

 

Former world champion Carl Froch is refusing to travel to Germany for his next fight against Arthur Abraham.

The Nottingham fighter, 32, lost his WBC super-middleweight title on points to the Dane Mikkel Kessler in April.

But he fears fighting on Abraham’s home patch in Germany would not help him get a decision, admitting: “Anywhere east of Nottingham it’s not happening!

“There’s a decent amount offered to get me there. But I’m too cute for that,” he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

“That might sound ridiculous because, if they offer you an obscene amount of money, maybe I should just go out there.

“But there won’t be an obscene amount of money.”

Froch won his title against Jean Pascal in Nottingham in December 2008, before successful defences against Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell in the USA and his home city respectively.But he still feels hard done by, after losing to Kessler in Herning.

“After losing my belt to Kessler in Denmark in a fight I feel I won, and didn’t even come close to winning on the judges’ scorecards, there’s no way I’m going to put myself in that position again.

“My team and my promoter shouldn’t want to put me in that position either,” he added.

Froch needs to beat Abraham to progress to the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.

“In Denmark or Germany, or anywhere east of Nottingham, I’m not going to be in a position where I can win the fight on points.

“I put myself in that position once, and lost my world title. So the fight is in Nottingham or it’s on neutral territory – in America or maybe Canada.”

Froch is spending a lot of time at home in Nottingham at the moment, with girlfriend Rachael, awaiting the birth of their first son next month.

He is also recovering from the eye and ear injuries sustained in the build-up to the Kessler fight, but insists that they do not trouble him at the moment.

“I’m not going to be ready to box in August,” he added. “I’m not 100% sure I’m going to be ready to box on September 11, another date which has been pencilled in.

“Late September or early October would be an ideal date because that gives me my usual three months of training camp.

“We’re working hard to get the fight in Nottingham, and I’m confident that it can happen.”

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31
May
10

Odlanier Solis calls out Vitali Klitschko: “Stop wasting your time fighting bums – Come and fight me!“

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The WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Albert Sosnowski turned out exactly as all experts and fans had expected. The challenger from Poland didn’t stand a chance against the more powerful half of the dominating force in the heavyweight division. The older Klitschko brother once more wore down a helpless opponent with his unorthodox style and his powerful left hand using the right only to finish off his opponent in the tenth round.

Most of the 40,000 fans in the not sold-out football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, were not amused with Vitali’s slow and boring performance against another challenger who wasn’t worth his money. And even Klitschko’s strong German TV partner RTL cannot be happy with „only“ 7 Mio. viewers and the lowest rating since RTL teamed up with the Klitschko Management Group four years ago to exclusively present the fights of both Vitali and Wladimir.

„With fights like this the Klitschkos risk their legacy“, says ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner about the one-sided bout. „Even worse: They emphasize the weakness of the heavyweight division at the moment. Vitali shouldn’t have chosen a guy like Sosnowski in the first place. Of course, he was European champion but he had beaten nobody of notice to win that title.. He has no amateur merits and in 2008 he had lost to a journey man. This is not the kind of opposition we can expect for somebody like Vitali. He should finally take on the only man who has a chance of beating him: Odlanier Solis.“

Solis, 2004 Olympic gold medallist and multiple world amateur champion, is already the no. 1 contender in the WBC ratings. Negotiations regarding a final elimination bout against Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev are stuck at the moment due to Valuev’s exorbitant purse demands. For the same reason a fight between Vitali and Valuev had fallen through causing the Ukrainian champion to accept Sosnowski as challenger instead.

„I’m ready to go“, states Solis who lives and trains in Miami, Florida. „As most people in the USA I don’t follow Vitali’s fights but I heard that his performance this Saturday was a disgrace again. I don’t understand why somebody who claims to be the best boxer in the world picks lousy opposition like this Polish guy I have never heard of. This bullshit has to stop. Vitali, stop clowning around and fight me instead of those bums you’ve been in the ring with recently!“

„La Sombra“ had been one of the candidates to challenge Vitali before the Klitschko management signed the deal with Sosnowski. „The most probably chose Sosnowski because he was the safer option“, say Öner. „I bet he was cheaper as well but we surely weren’t asking for a lot of money. We believe that Solis will beat Vitali so he won’t go into a fight just for a decent pay-day. He wants to become the first ever Cuban heavyweight champion of the world. Vitali looked old and slow against Sosnowski. His team keeps on saying that he is only getting better and stronger but that’s hard to tell when he’s fighting tomato cans. Solis is definitely faster, stronger and technically better than Vitali. But Vitali is smart. He knows all that and therefore avoids fighting Solis.“

Experts critisize that Solis’ perfect record of 16 wins in 16 fights is lacking big names to qualify him for a title shot. „But that’s no tour fault“, is Öner’s response. „We had already signed a deal with Kevin Johnson when Vitali chose him for a voluntary defense. We also wanted to fight Arreola but HBO asked us not to because they wanted to protect their fighter. Now we would love to get our hands on Valuev but he seems to be ducking the fight as well. All elite fighters know that they would lose to Solis. That’s why everybody’s avoiding him – including the Klitschko bros.”

Solis is directly calling out the WBC champion: „Vitali, stop thinking about Valuev or Haye. Valuev has lost to Haye and Chagaev and should have lost to Holyfield as well. He is not in your league. In addition to that he stands behind me in the ratings and doesn’t want to fight me. There’s no point in you fighting him. Regarding Haye, he had his chance to get his hands on you and your brothers and he pulled out. Also I already knocked him out as an amateur. I am the only opponent left. And I promise you that after our fight you can concentrate on your career in politics. I will take your belt and retire you, my friend. If you don’t believe me – come and prove me wrong!“

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31
May
10

What Next For Vitali Klitschko?

boxingJames Slater in Germany – WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko won comfortably against a very game Albert Sosnowski last night at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany – finally halting the Pole at 2 mins and 40 secs of the 10th round. However, it is likely a number of fans will not have been overly impressed at the 38-year-old’s performance. A typical safety-first display by the elder of the two Klitschkos, Vitali won with something to spare; but could he have got the job done a lot sooner than he did had he really tried to do so? Certainly, that’s how it looked to me from my seat at ringside.

Still, what is important is the fact that “Dr. iron Fist” won and retained his belt in the process – thus keeping alive the possibility of a big fight with WBA champ David Haye. And this is the fight we all want to see, and what seemingly everyone is talking about. Indeed, last night while at the magnificent arena the fight took place at, local fans everywhere had Haye’s name on their lips..

“When will Haye accept the fight?” German fan after German fight fan asked me, simply because I am English. And, the sad part is, I couldn’t answer them! “Your man is scared and he knows he has no chance with Vitali or Wladimir,” the younger fans told me. Perhaps they were expecting me to disagree strongly with them, but I actually found myself in agreement with them. Is Haye reluctant to get it on with either “Doctor?” (scared is too strong a word). I am starting to feel this is the case; more so than ever before.

But would the Vitali we saw last night have the beating of the fast, young and big-hitting Brit? Is Vitali, as dominant as he was against “The Dragon,” starting to show signs of age? And with his low-held hands, would Klitschko be in trouble against “The Hayemaker?”

Logically, and in an ideal world, Haye would step up and fight a Klitschko next. Both brothers are calling out the man who spent all of last year calling them out, yet so far they have had no response. Will this now change, or will Haye fight someone like Audley Harrison next instead? And if the WBC ruler cannot get the fight he says he will win inside four-rounds, who will he actually face next?

The Klitschkos and Haye aside, the weight class is pretty thin, and no obvious match-up jumps out other than the one we all want to see. Vitali seemingly has approx one or two fights left in him. It really will be a crying shame if one of them is not against Mr. Haye!

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31
May
10

Vitali Klitschko stops Sosnowski in 10th round!

vitali klitschkoPhoto credit: Pavel Terekhov – By Harold Kupelle: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) scored yet another knockout win, stopping the #11 ranked WBC contender Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) in the 10th round on Saturday night at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko, 38, looked his age for most of the fight, throwing slow shots and having to rely mostly on his jab to control the younger 31-year-old Sosnowski. However, that’s pretty much all it took to dominate the shorter 6’2″ Sosnowski and it looked like Vitali was content to jab and slap his way to a 12 round decision. However, in the 9th round, Vitali finally opened up his offense with some powerful right hands that rocked Sosnowski. In the 10th round, Klitschko dropped Sosnowski with a right to the head. The fight was stopped at that point. It looked like premature stopped, because Sosnowski seemed like he wasn’t that badly hurt. But he was probably going to get drilled away had the fight been allowed to continue. In the end, Sosnowski was just too small to do much against the 6’7″ Vitali. Sosnowski needed more height, more reach and a lot more speed and power to compete against Vitali. I could see Sosnowski doing well against WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and/or heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. He’d be problems for both.

In other action on the card:

Johnathon Banks D 12 Jason Gavern
Nenad Borovcanin UD 6 Raymond Ochieng

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29
May
10

Cotto-Steward-Arum Interview Transcript

WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto poses during the weigh-in for his bout against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand on November 14.  Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds and Cotto weighed in at 145 pounds.

BOB ARUM: It is unquestionable that Miguel Cotto is the most popular fighter in New York. He has demonstrated that year after year with tremendous crowds at Madison Square Garden and now he has the honor and privilege of fighting at the Home of Champions. Everybody in New York is talking about his fight with Yuri Foreman. The publicity, in the newspapers and the full-page article in The Wall Street Journal, has been enormous. Miguel’s opponent Yuri Foreman is the first Israeli champion. People all over New York are talking, who don’t normally talk about boxing, are talking about this fight. This is a tribute to Miguel Cotto and all he has put into boxing and how he has endeared himself to his fans in the city of New York..

EMMANUEL STEWARD: Everything has gone way, way better than I have ever expected. It is a phenomenal experience for me at this stage of my life to be working with a great fighter like Miguel. What he had done in the junior welterweight division, he fought everyone and did the same in the welterweight division. After working with him I was very surprised at the talent that he has. One thing Bruce Trampler told me was that Miguel is his favorite fighter because he never complained about any opponent and fought all of them. He gives the best to the fans, which is why he is one of the most popular fighters in boxing. This fight between Miguel and Yuri represents two of the largest ethnic groups in New York. I have been all over the world for big fights but nothing like this. He is like my Tommy Hearns type of a fighter, which means he is not fighting for his own personal victory but he carries the weight of a whole country. Not only the Puerto Rico fans in New York but for Puerto Ricans everywhere. It is a fight we are putting a lot of effort into and there is a lot on the line and his training has been phenomenal – over 100 rounds of boxing with very sharp and fast young fighters. I am very happy with his conditioning.

No one has sold more tickets in the last 10 years than Miguel Cotto. What is it like coming back to New York the week before the Puerto Rican Day Parade?

MIGUEL COTTO: First of all I would like to thank all of the Puerto Rican fans that have come to the arenas over the past years to watch my fights. I am very excited about fighting in Yankee Stadium and all of the fans that will go to the Bronx to watch.

You’ve been in a lot of wars. What would you say to us how you are the same boxer you were a couple of years ago?

MIGUEL COTTO: I wouldn’t be in this position right now, going to Yankee Stadium without that and fighting against a world champion Yuri Foreman. It is amazing for me and I am always training to be at the same level. I agree with Emanuel, we are working very hard in training camp, more than we expected. We are waiting for the night of the fight to show and prove to everybody what we have done in the gym and the fans are going to love it.

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Your last fight was very tough against Pacquiao. How much did that fight take out of you?

MIGUEL COTTO: Like I said, we trained pretty good for this fight. We came in with no mind except for this fight and to come in against Yuri and I am more than 100% sure we are going to be the new WBA champion this time.

How will it be for you to put on the extra weight?

MIGUEL COTTO: It is the same when I jumped from 140 to 147 and now to 154. We worked pretty good with the strength and I feel more than good. There are no worries.

Emanuel, can you address that?

EMMANUEL STEWARD: I have never trained Miguel before but all I can go by are the comments from the people in the gym since we are training in the exact same gym where he trained for the Pacquiao fight. The people that are watching say he looks totally different from what they have seen before. His balance and movements and combinations are better so I can’t say too far beyond that. After watching so many of his rough fights, back to Margarito and even the fight with Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley were all totally hard fights…and Manny Pacquiao. Sometimes you are going to cross a person that has changes. When I worked with Evander Holyfield after his first fight with Riddick Bowe and his other fights, I was told he was too slow and too old but he turned out to be a different individual, not only to retain the title but also to have some great fights after that for his fights with Mike Tyson. I feel very good about it. I’m always going to be honest with you guys because I am part of the media. Miguel’s boxing and energy level have been fantastic. His weight is a normal weight. He is finishing up his boxing, after 10 or 12 rounds, having never been exhausted in a very hot gym and his weight has been staying around 159. That means without any extra effort he could fight at 154 or 147. He looks wonderful. You could see that Juan Manuel Marquez, who was training for Floyd Mayweather, you could the weight was very squeezed into a small frame. Miguel doesn’t look that way. He looks very normal. In fact, I think ’54 would be even better than 147. His best weight is 150 or 151 so he could fight in either weight division. He looks very comfortable and very natural and hasn’t done anything to try to keep the weight up or weight down and he’ll come in at 154. You have to remember 147 or 154 it’s only seven pounds, which wouldn’t make that much difference. He told me he was 160 pounds when he was 10 years old.

What concerns you about Yuri’s style of moving?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Everyone is focused on what Miguel has left and his style. Regardless of what preparation you have, Yuri is a very talented and underappreciated fighter who has an extremely difficult style for anyone and recently when I was in Vegas for the Mayweather-Mosley fight and I was speaking to Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns and they said I got my hands full. As good as Miguel will look it will always be a tough fight because of his style. We are more concerned about the opponent so he needs to be in great condition and Miguel looks excellent. The opponent is very difficult, but in the past, Miguel has had great success with speed opponents by cutting down the guys, whether it was Zab Judah or Paulie Malignaggi. All of those guys he had great success against by cutting off the ring. Miguel told me, “Mr. Steward, don’t worry, I will be able to cut off the ring and pressure. I am not going to worry.” So I am not worried but I have a lot of respect for the opponent. I think Yuri is a very talented fighter and on this night he is going to be so wired up with the Jewish fans and he is looking at his chance to become a big star with the New York crowd and the boxing world so I feel he is going to fight the best fight of his life. Right now, the way Miguel has been looking, it is going to be very hard for Yuri to stay away from Miguel for 12 rounds because Miguel is looking very fast with his feet right now and his combinations are wicked and his punching is awesome so I think it’s going to be a great fight, maybe in the mode of a Dempsey and Tunney situation. I think Miguel is a lot faster than a lot of people will expect from this fight. We know that Yuri is fast but Miguel is going to surprise a lot of people wit his speed.

Do you feel because Yuri only has 8 knockouts, that you have more power than him?

EMANUEL STEWARD: I don’t feel that he has great punching power but it is much better than people give him credit for. I was at a lot of his fights…the fighters he didn’t knock out were the fighters no one was knocking out. I think he is a much better puncher than people give him credit for. Any time a fighter has fast hands and can close his hands a little bit, it creates power. Paulie Malignaggi is the guy I was thinking about. Paulie has fast hands but he doesn’t have his hands closed so it is a little different. Yuri closes his hands and punches very fast to be dangerous. You can make a mistake coming in and get hit with a clean shot with one you don’t see. He punches much better than his record indicates.

EMANUEL STEWARD: Any time you are coming in with a fighter that has some very rough fights, you are concerned with the physical damage as well as mental damage. Some guys their coordination and reflexes are totally shot from the combination of the tough fights and emotions. But I did not see that from Miguel. I was very surprised in the first two days because his balance was so bad and his feet were spread so far apart and his head was down and he wasn’t throwing combinations, just one punch at a time. I made his just drop his hands and dance back and forth with his weight evenly balanced and he caught onto it and from that point on he went to a whole other level. His boxing has been superb and all of us have been very impressed. I didn’t make any major changes, just subtle changes. He had to be doing something right to be where he is so I didn’t try to make him be a whole new fighter. Just improve on a few areas, mainly the balance and the speed and maintain balance while he is punching in combinations.

MIGUEL COTTO: We are going to try and bring balance. My balance was awful before this camp and now it is much better than we expected. We have trained very hard with the balance and now we can throw punches and maintain the balance. That is one of the things we have worked very hard on in this camp.

Miguel Cotto

EMANUEL STEWARD: I feel the same way. We cannot expect to come into this fight and win by being on our toes and winning a boxing match with a guy that has the boxing skills of a Yuri Foreman. Don’t misunderstand that we are going to come in on our toes like Muhammad Ali and win a boxing match. Miguel is going to have to come in and apply good pressure while boxing. He will come in and throw seven and eight punch combinations and maintain balance while doing it. We are not going to be dancing all night. We are going to do what we have to do to break down Yuri but not get out of position.

Does he feel he needs to knock him out or can he win a decision?

EMANUEL STEWARD: I believe we don’t need to let Yuri get out in front. Yuri is a fast guy that will get out in front and his style of fighting – there could be a lot of butting involved. The way he moves, even though he is 5’11’ even though he moves around good but when he punches he bends his head when he runs in to punch. He throws a punch then he clinches. We don’t want to get behind on points figuring we can wear him down then have a cut or injury then have to stop and go to a scorecard. So we are going to have to be prepared to win every round from the first round on.

Do you feel you can win a decision?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Yes

MIGUEL COTTO: We trained hard to put on a good show on June 5th. I don’t know what is going to happen on that night, but I’m pretty sure, no matter what way, when it is over, I’m going to be the winner of the fight.

Miguel, what does it meant to you to fight in Yankee Stadium?

MIGUEL COTTO: It means a lot to fight in the legendary Yankee Stadium. I go to that place every year and I am very proud of the fans. I am going to feel like a Yankee on this night. I am going to feel like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

BOB ARUM: You are absolutely right. In March when we did the fight in Cowboys Stadium with their tremendous electronics, with that big screen, everybody wrote up that boxing was coming to Cowboys Stadium. Of course, Cowboys Stadium did not have that history connected with boxing that this fabulous Yankee Stadium does. The greatest fights in history became great events in history. The Louis-Schmeling fight is a major, major event in the history of the world and that took place in Yankee Stadium. Anyone writing about the Second World War and the events leading up to the Second World War always mention the symbolic nature of the Louis-Schmeling fight. Now something new starts in this fabulous new Yankee Stadium with Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman. Anybody who has any kind of appreciation for history and tradition is taken in by the fact that this event is happening in Yankee Stadium.

Why do you think Cotto and Foreman were good choices for this first fight back at Yankee Stadium?

BOB ARUM: Miguel Cotto, over the last ten years, has sold more boxing tickets than any other pugilist in New York. He is the New York attraction. He proves it year after year. Yuri Foreman, his whole history, he has lived in Brooklyn for a long while and is part of the very large Jewish ethnic population in the city, he is an observant religious Jew who is going to become a rabbi – he fits in New York City better than he fits in Tel Aviv.

How does a boxer lose his balance?

MIGUEL COTTO: When you talk about balance, it is the way you throw punches and stay right on your feet. That is the balance we are talking about. Sometimes you can throw more than two punches and stay there. And stay there after the punches.

Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico looks on before taking on Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I never really had a problem to reach 147 pounds. Boxing is a business. If we have a better opponent at a lower weight, we can always go back to 147 without a lot of trouble. To fight in Yankee Stadium? There is a lot of pleasure for me to fight there. Like I said, a lot of good things happened over the years for the Yankees there. To be the first fight in this new place is more than an honor.

EMANUEL STEWARD: We have a lot of respect for Yuri Foreman. I always speak very honest and Yuri Foreman is a very difficult opponent and just last week we went to Yankee Stadium and it was very emotional and Miguel went to a whole different level. I feel that Miguel has the edge going into the fight. A few weeks ago I thought it was a 50/50 fight but this last week Miguel has been sensational in his boxing. Starting last Thursday and Friday his workouts have been so that he would be extremely competitive with any welterweight or super welterweight in history and done extremely well.

MIGUEL COTTO: When you talk about devastating knockouts, you talk about the guy never getting up. That’s a devastating knockout. I always do the most I can in my fight. I am really motivated because that’s the way I work. That’s what my family expects from me. They expect a lot from me and I get paid to do my work.

What has your father meant?

MIGUEL COTTO: He is with me. He is not here physically. On January 3rd, the day my father died, he is still by my side and he is going to be with me the night of the fight.

Emanuel, did it take much persuading to get you to take on this job?

EMANUEL STEWARD: No, I have always been a big fan of Miguel’s. I had agreed to work with Yuri Foreman but not in a great capacity – head trainer or anything of that nature. I was in Austria training with Wladimir Klitschko and I saw on the internet that I would be working with him for maybe a couple of weeks, but clearly not as the head trainer, which was something I never expected anyway. I said to Murray evidently there must be some hostility and I said I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. They have done a great job getting Yuri Foreman to where he is and I was going to show him some moves that would help him with his punching power. I told him if we can’t work comfortable, I will just work with Miguel because I have always been such a big fan of his. I don’t like working with a boxer that I don’t have a strong feeling for and that’s why, like with Klitschko and Lennox, after meeting his people and we were all very comfortable. I haven’t made any drastic changes taking over his training camp; I work within his system he was working with. I just changed some of his sparring partners that had speed and balance. He has a great conditioning program. I work with him and I talk with him and I added experience to the camp. Joe Santiago has been working very well with me and we discuss strategy before the workouts. I am still a great friend of Murray Wilson and some of the comments he made hurt me so much and I told him you let certain guys say things and then call me up asking for a response to send traffic to their web site. He’ll have a great night of boxing then go back to his restaurant. I have been in camps where there is backstabbing and this is the camp where I am happy. It is a major challenge to me at this stage of my career, being a hired gun like I did back in the 90’s with Holyfield and Oliver McCall and Oscar De La Hoya, so this is a big challenge for me. I know that Yuri Foreman is going to be very wired up for this fight, as well as Miguel.

EMANUEL STEWARD: When I was leaving the arena in Atlantic City after the Pavlik-Martinez fight, I was bombarded by so many Puerto Rican fans, many of whom hadn’t even come to the fight, but they were waiting for me and I never had any idea that this man was so popular with the Puerto Rican fans, even though I had known of his record crowds at The Garden. I had to tell Larry Merchant and Jim Lampley to go ahead and I had to walk on the boardwalk, in the rain and by the time I got the hotel, which is normally ten minutes away, and it took over an hour to get there. They were telling me that Miguel was all that they have and it really has put a burden on me. So I have put my heart and soul into this training camp, not just to win the fight – there is a lot on the line in this fight for Miguel Cotto. It is a very emotional fight in a lot of ways for our camp.

What did you do to help Miguel regain his balance?

EMANUEL STEWARD: Any fighter you see of mine is going to have good balance and distribution of weight. What I did with Miguel, make him drop his hands ad move to the left and the right, is what I have done with all of my fighters. When I did it with Klitschko he started to laugh because that’s what he did when he was 14. That’s why they are dominating fighters because they teach balance in the European countries. Eventually Miguel got to the point where he was throwing seven or eight punches and his feet were working at the same time and his weight was evenly balanced. I always operate behind the jab and good timing, regardless of the height. I was even surprised that Miguel’s coordination was better than Chavez and some of the other fighters I worked with. I feel very good about the fight as it is getting close and we are very excited to get to New York and I think it is going to be a very dramatic fight because a lot of emotions are going to be brought into the ring that night and the fans are going to get their money’s worth.

Closing Comments…

BOB ARUM: It should be a great fight on Saturday, June 5 and certainly a wonderful night for boxing and don’t overlook the semi-final, two undefeated junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan faces Joe Greene which should be a terrific fight – one of them is going to lose his 0, and it should be a great night of boxing.

EMANUEL STEWARD: I am excited about myself being in Yankee Stadium and a big crowd makes a good fight a great fight. The fighters will feed off the energy of a big crowd.

MIGUEL COTTO: I am very excited abut this fight on June 5 and this is our last week or training and I can’t wait to go to Yankee Stadium to put on a good show for all the fans and go back to Puerto Rico as champion with another belt.

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Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Yankee Stadium, remaining tickets to Cotto vs. Foreman, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $75 and $50, can be purchased at the Yankee Stadium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, 800-982-2787. For more information on Cotto vs. Foreman, go to www.TopRank.com.

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May
10

Photos: Vitali Klitschko 247 lbs/ 112.0 kg vs Albert Sosnowski 224 lbs / 101.8 kg

 Klitschko vs SosnowskiWBC World Heavyweight Champion and his opponent Albert Sosnowski stepped on the scales at Karstadt sports in Essen, Germany, today. Here are the weighs:

Vitali Klitschko 247 lbs/ 112.0 kilograms – Albert Sosnowski 224 lbs / 101.8 kilograms

The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tickets, starting at € 20, can be purchased online at http://www.eventim.de or by phone 01149-1805-57 00 70.

The fight card presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group can be seen live on PPV television in North America. In the UK, you can order the fight here. The show is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95..

Klitschko vs Sosnowski



Klitschko-Sosnowski: Klitschko Huge Favorite Ahead Of Saturday Showdown

This Saturday night, European heavyweight champion, Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27KO) will be looking to become the first ever Polish Heavyweight Champion, when he takes on WBC heavyweight king, Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37KO) at Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The 31-year-old Polish native Sosnowski is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing (USA), Keyspan Media (Poland) and Matchroom Sport (UK).

Klitschko and Sosnowski both weighed in today with Sosnowski tipping the scales at a ripped and ready 224.4 lbs, while Vitali weighed in at 247 lbs.

“Albert is in absolutely phenomenal shape, so you know that he has trained extremely hard for this fight and is ready to go Saturday night,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, who is with Albert in Germany. “They are anticipating upwards of 40,000 Polish fans coming to show their support for Albert tomorrow night, so although Albert isn’t fighting in his own backyard, his strong contigent of fans will certainly try to make him feel like it. Albert is confident in his game plan and I am excited and looking forward to what I believe is going to be a every entertaining and exciting fight.”

KLITSCHKO HUGE FAVOURITE AHEAD OF SATURDAY SHOWDOWN

HEAVYWEIGHT champion Vitali Klitschko is just 1-25 on Betfair to successfully defend his WBC title when he squares up to Albert Sosnowski on Saturday night in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The hard-hitting Ukrainian is 2-13 to knock-out his opponent and 11-1 to do so inside the first round.

Entering the ring with odds of 18-1, Sosnowski is not expected to pose much of a threat. The unfancied Pole is a 129-1 long-shot to score a KO in the first three minutes.

Betfair spokesperson Alex Bake said: “Since he returned to the ring in 2008 Vitali Klitschko has a perfect record, which many Betfair punters are backing to remain intact tonight.”

To win the bout Betfair bet: 1-25 Vitali Klitschko, 22-1 Albert Sosnowski, 79-1 draw.

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May
10

UFC President Dana White Admits James Toney Has “A Puncher’s Chance” In His Fight With Randy Couture, But He Still Picks His Guy To Win

by James Slater – Fight fans will get to see another interesting “Boxing Vs. UFC” confrontation this coming August, when former multi-weight boxing champ James “Lights Out” Toney will make his MMA debut against Randy “The Natural” Couture at UFC 118, in Boston on Aug. 28th.

Now, I have to admit to knowing next to nothing about UFC, but I have a good friend – who, along with being a knowledgeable fan of what goes on inside The Octagon, has also dabbled with MMA himself – and he tells me Toney is in for a bad, possibly embarrassing, beating in late summer.. Although I will certainly root for Toney (being a big fan of his for a number of years), I have to say, I don’t like his chances of winning when basing them on what my friend thinks will happen.

Still, I wanted to get more opinions on the upcoming match that some fans have already labelled a “freak show of a fight.” Looking the fight up on Google, I found an interview article with UFC president Dana White; the man who agreed to let “Lights Out” into his sport in the first place. And the interview, which appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday of this week, proved very interesting indeed.

Though White – who some say has had second thoughts about having agreed to involve Toney in the sport he presides over – says he feels 47-year-old Couture should win, he also acknowledges how there is a very real possibility Toney will catch Couture on the chin and KO him.

“To be honest, who knows if he’s [Toney] going to lose?” White said this week. “I say it all the time about all different kinds of fights. You never know until they fight. He [Toney] has a puncher’s chance of course. Can he clip Couture and knock him out? Of course he could, but all signs point to Randy Couture should win the fight.”

White went on to explain how Couture is a natural wrestler, and that the older man will naturally try to make it a wrestling match in August.

“Why would I put him [Toney] in with a wrestler? Why not,” White continued. “Why would I put Randy Couture in with a boxer? This isn’t boxing, it’s mixed martial arts. Couture’s a wrestler, he’s going to try to implement his game. Toney’s going try to implement his, and we’ll see who wins.”

From reading the interview exerts with White, it sounds to me as though he, like many other people, is not so sure about what will happen when the two warriors from different backgrounds collide in Boston. And for those boxing fans who say Toney is over the hill and hasn’t KO’d or stopped anyone in a long time (2003, Evander Holyfield, for the record), it must be pointed out that against Couture, who is even older than Toney, the 41-year-old boxing great will be wearing four-ounce gloves. Is Couture capable of taking a flush blow from a Toney wearing such small mitts?

Having said that, I would in no way put money on a Toney win. The window of opportunity inside which Toney will be able to land a KO blow will be small, for as soon as Couture takes him to the ground, “Lights Out” will almost certainly be in trouble. Bottom line: I don’t have a damn clue who will win in August. But I sure will be tuning in to find out! So will my buddy, who is flat-out certain Couture will prevail.

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