Archive for December, 2011

06
Dec
11

Wladimir Klitschko suffers kidney colic: Jean-Marc Mormeck bout postponed till March

The scheduled fight for Saturday, December 10, at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine world heavyweight championship incumbent Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck (35-4-0, 22ko), of France, had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko).

 

Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.

Prof. Dr. Peter Albers – head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf – said: “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship.

“After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”

The plans for rescheduling the fight involve March 3 as the possible date: “Purchased tickets retain their validity,” said Bernd Boente, the managing director for K2.

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04
Dec
11

Cotto vs. Margarito 2 Predictions and preview for rematch on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Antonio Margarito of Mexico gestures as he takes the scale for his bout with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Nick Laham – Getty Images

about 21 hours  ago: NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 02:  Antonio Margarito of Mexico gestures as he takes the scale for his bout with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Three years, six pounds, some major controversy, and two hellacious beatdowns by an angry Filipino wrecking ball later, it’s time for the rematch.

WBA Super Light Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto and former WBO, IBF, and WBA Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito will step into the ring TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 3, 2011) in Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., to put the controversy of their first bout behind them and prove once and for all who the superior fighter is.

MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of the pay-per-view (PPV) event later this evening, which also features lightweight firebrands Brandon Rios and John Murray in addition to a rematch of one of 2011’s finest fights between Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez.

Join us after the jump for a preview of the main event of the rematch between Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito, which is certain to be heated back-and-forth barnburner.

In we go:

 

Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO)

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto was positively on fire when he stepped into the ring in Nov. 2008 to defend his WBA title against Margarito. Unbeaten, Cotto’s record included impressive beatdowns of former champions Randall Bailey, Zab Judah and Carlos Quintana. So dominant was he, in fact, that only two of his previous 12 opponents had made it the distance against him.

Everything started going wrong sometime in the seventh round of that fight.

After taking a beating in the early going, the Mexican bruiser roared back, relentlessly battering and pressuring Cotto in the late rounds until the unbeaten champion fell to his knees and the bout was waved off.

While Cotto managed to pick up the WBO welterweight title with wins over Michael Jennings and Ghana’s Joshua Clottey, he never got a chance to regain momentum, as the tornado of violence known as Manny Pacquiao beat him down over the course of 12 rounds, securing a stoppage victory a minute into the final round.

Following this defeat, Cotto moved up to welterweight, scoring less-than-stellar wins over a badly injured Yuri Foreman and a long-since-shot Ricardo Mayorga. He will need a dominant performance if he wants to prove that the overpowering monster who ruled the welterweights didn’t die that November night at the MGM Grand Garden.

Antonio Margarito (38-7-0, 1 NC)

Things were going pretty darn well for Antonio Margarito after stopping Cotto. Not only was he the WBA champ, but he was only once-beaten at 147 in the previous 12 years. Kermit Cintrón had twice found himself unable to resist the overwhelming force of Margarito, and Argentina’s Sergio Martinez’s sole black mark on his record was courtesy of the hard-hitting Mexican.

As falls go, however, Margarito’s may be up there with the most spectacular.

Just before his fight with Shane Mosley, who was thought to be long past his contender days, Mosley’s trainer noticed an odd substance on Margarito’s handwraps, which were later determined to be akin to plaster of Paris. After being forced to actually fight fair, Margarito was annihilated in nine rounds, suffering the first stoppage loss of his career.

Things only got worse from there.

Margarito was suspended from boxing for a year, and after defeating professional nobody Roberto Garcia, was paired up with Manny Pacquiao. Despite possessing an incredible 17-pound advantage on fight night, not to mention a ridiculous height and reach advantage, Margarito endured one of the most savagely one-sided beatings in recent memory, with Pacquiao badly damaging both his eyes and even laying off the gas in the end out of mercy.

The resultant injuries, particularly the battered right eye, kept Margarito out of the game for another year and nearly for good. He has a lot of questions to answer Saturday night.

Prediction: Antonio Margarito is done. There is no other word for it.

The hallmark of a pressure fighter is the ability to induce despair in an opponent. Not only must he hurt the opponent, but he must force him to think, “I can’t stop this.” A proper pressure fighter must be able to maintain a high punch output throughout the entire fight and shrug off all incoming damage, essentially becoming a perpetual pain machine until the opponent wilts.

Margarito can no longer accomplish this. The man is incredibly slow, and prone to getting hit with every single punch in a flurry. With his eye damaged and likely fragile, I have serious doubts as to whether he can exhibit the resilience needed to induce proper despair in Cotto.

That’s not to say Cotto doesn’t have questions of his own — Mayorga was an opponent he should have disposed of with little difficulty, and Yuri Foreman lasted longer than a one-legged fighter should have against someone with the Puerto Rican’s speed and power. Not only that, but Cotto is fighting heavy … his best weight was 147

That said, even though both fighters are nowhere near the beasts they were when they first met, Margarito has degraded further, and the controversy surrounding the Mosley fight raises questions about the legitimacy of his first victory. He hasn’t fought in a year, hasn’t beaten a credible opponent since Cotto, and is almost certainly damaged goods.

The fight should mirror the first early on, with Cotto landing solid flurries, only this time Margarito won’t survive long enough to mount a comeback and won’t have building material in his glove. Look for Steve Smoger to stop this one in the third or fourth after Margarito finds himself unable to avoid or withstand his opponent’s savage combos.

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03
Dec
11

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali ‘taken to hospital after falling unconscious at home’

69-year-old has suffered from Parkinson’s for 27 years

  • Incident happened five days after Joe Frazier funeral
  • 911 call from his estate in Paradise Valley, Arizona
  • 69-year-old has suffered from Parkinson’s for 27 years
Muhammad Ali was reportedly taken to hospital after falling unconscious at home just days after his frail appearance at a funeral for Joe Frazier.
Ali was last seen in public at a Philadelphia service for his fellow boxing legend on November 14, but a woman called 911 for him five days later.
The call came from the 6,000 sq ft estate he shares with wife Yolanda in  Paradise Valley, Arizona, reported Star magazine and RadarOnline.
Boxing great: Muhammad Ali was last seen in public at a Philadelphia service for Joe Frazier on November 14, but a woman called 911 for him five days later

Boxing great: Muhammad Ali was last seen in public at a Philadelphia service for Joe Frazier on  November 14, but a woman called 911 for him five days later
The 69-year-old has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 27 years and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.
‘The victim started to pass out in the car and when they got him into the  house he fell unconscious,’ a Paradise Valley Police spokesman told  Star.
‘The 911 tape was filled with details of prescriptions and medical details about the victim who was suffering from an on-going medical condition.’
It has not been revealed what Ali was treated for or how long he spent at the hospital – but he has now recovered.
Future worries: Fears were raised about his health after he appeared very frail at a two-hour service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last month

Future worries: Fears were raised about his  health after he appeared very frail at a two-hour service in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last month
Ali spent the Thanksgiving weekend across the other side of the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his family, reported Star.
‘The victim started to pass out in the car and when they got him into the house he fell unconscious’
Police spokesman
A source close to Ali told Star he has had various medical specialists in Phoenix so the family must have ‘really been scared’ to have called 911.
Fears were raised about his health after he appeared very frail at a two-hour service at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, last month.
Reverend Jesse Jackson asked mourners to rise and clap for the former  heavyweight champion Frazier, who handed Ali his first loss in 1971.
Competition: Muhammad Ali hits Ron Lyle, left, with a hard right to the chin during the title bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1975. Lyle died last Saturday

Competition: Muhammad Ali hits Ron Lyle, left, with a hard right to the chin during the title bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1975. Lyle died last Saturday
A weak and trembling Ali, wearing a  dark suit and sunglasses, rose from his seat at the service and  energetically applauded his rival ‘Smokin’ Joe’.
‘The 911 tape was filled with details of prescriptions and medical details about the victim who was suffering from an on-going medical condition
Police spokesman
Ali’s relatives and friends have told  Star he may only have months left to live, but still enjoys spending  time with his grandchildren.
Widely-seen as the best sportsman of all time, Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr in Louisville, Kentucky, and won an Olympic gold in 1960.
Ali married his fourth wife and childhood friend Yolanda in 1986 and they  have had one son, Asaad. In total Ali has seven daughters and two sons.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069117/Boxing-legend-Muhammad-Ali-taken-hospital-falling-unconscious-home.html#ixzz1fOwh04Vv

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02
Dec
11

Pacquiao Negotiations for Mayweather fight Done

abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 11/30/2011 6:33 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 7:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed only a few details need to be ironed out regarding his possible mega-fight against American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao recently confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with Mayweather’s team. Mayweather also called on Pacquiao to sign a contract for a May 5 fight date.

“Ready na tayo. Kung natuloy ‘yan, ‘pag pumirma na s’ya sa kontrate, pirma na rin tayo,” Pacquiao said. (We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I’ll sign the contract.)

Pacquiao said there are only a few details left to be tackled in the negotiations.

“Maliit na bagay na pinag-uusapan, malapit ng matapos ang negotiation,” he said. (Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done.)

He said he has no issue with the May 5 fight date, saying it is a good month for the fight.

Pacquiao also laughed off Mayweather’s recent comments about him, wherein the American boxer said Pacquiao actually has 6 losses on his record instead of 3.

Mayweather said Pacquiao lost to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez three times, bringing his total number of losses to six.

“Kung ganyan ang paniniwala n’ya, eh di respetuhin natin,” Pacquiao said. (If that’s what he thinks, we have to respect it).

The fighting congressman from Sarangani is planning to watch the friendly match between the Philippine Azkals and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium along with his wife and kids.

“Magchi-cheer ako sa Azkals,” Pacquiao said. — From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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