Articles of 2008

TSS Prospect Watch: Malik Scott

TSS Prospect Watch: Malik Scott

By: Bernard Fernandez Dec 15 2008

Whoever first said “the best offense is a good defense” must not have been a fan of heavyweight boxing. It’s OK to be a cutie-pie like Willie Pep or Pernell Whitaker if you’re a little guy, but for large men it’s always better to succeed with a high terror quotient and a wide mean streak than with flawless technique. From John L. Sullivan to Jack Johnson to Jack Dempsey to Joe Louis to R...

Holt Gets Nod Over Sub Hopkins In AC

Holt Gets Nod Over Sub Hopkins In AC

By: Michael Woods Dec 14 2008

His manager was pinched on a coke bust and his opponent dropped out a week before his scrap. You must give Kendall Holt points for going with the flow, and staying focused in his bout with Demetrius Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in New Jersey on Saturday night. Hopkins too must get props for stepping in on short notice, and cutting down from welter to junior welterweight. But that asi...

James Toney Edges Oquendo For IBA Title

James Toney Edges Oquendo For IBA Title

By: David A. Avila Dec 14 2008

MORONGO CASINO, CA.-An illegal punch behind the head proved to be the difference in James “Lights Out” Toney taking a split-decision over Fres Oquendo and winning the IBA heavyweight title on Saturday. Toney won the early rounds and Oquendo took the latter rounds but the rabbit punch by the Puerto Rican heavyweight led to a point deduction in a close fight. More than 2,000 at Morongo Casino...

Could Haye Be The Man To Spark The Division?

Could Haye Be The Man To Spark The Division?

By: Phil Woolever Dec 14 2008

MANNHEIM UNDER A FULL XMAS MOON – It’s another almost perfectly choreographed fight night for K2 Promotions as consensus top heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko thumped Hasim Rahman for a seventh round TKO. Rahman arrived in this cold German winter wonderland looking jet lagged and sleepy but determined to make the most of his late replacement opportunity. Klitschko didn't make his trip any ...

Wladimir Handles Rahman With Ease

Wladimir Handles Rahman With Ease

By: Michael Woods Dec 13 2008

It is the least interesting weight division in boxing, the heavyweight class. And a most uninteresting title fight took place in Germany on Saturday, which pitted IBF/WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko against beyond-faded Hasim Rahman. Wlad dominated every second of every round, until the ref had seen enough, and he stepped in and halted the bout early in the seventh. The best that can be said for t...

Toney Gets SD Win Over Oquendo

Toney Gets SD Win Over Oquendo

By: Michael Woods Dec 13 2008

It appeared that Fres Oquendo did enough, more than enough, to defeat James Toney at Morongo Casino in Cabaza, CA. on Saturday evening. But this is boxing, where the unexpected is to be expected, and Oquendo has been around long enough to know this. That’s why he didn’t completely lose his stuff when Toney was given the split decision after 12 rounds of decent action. Tony Crebs was an Oque...

Urbano Antillon & Brian Viloria Score KOs

Urbano Antillon & Brian Viloria Score KOs

By: David A. Avila Dec 13 2008

VERNON, CA.-Urbano Antillon moved another step toward a world title fight with a convincing knockout win over Puerto Rico’s Juan Ramon Cruz in a lightweight fight on Friday. A crowd of more than 2,000 appeared at the Alameda Swap Meet to see local favorite Antillon prove once again that he’s ready for a world title opportunity in dispatching the rugged Cruz (15-6-1, 11 KOs).“That guy was ...

James Toney Vs. Fres Oquendo For Title

James Toney Vs. Fres Oquendo For Title

By: David A. Avila Dec 12 2008

Two heavyweight world title fights are taking place: one in Europe and the other in the good old U.S. of A. You can imagine where James “Lights Out” Toney’s fight is taking place. Because the European heavyweights holding the various titles won’t fight Toney, he’s taking on Fres Oquendo for the vacant IBA heavyweight world title on Saturday Dec. 13, at the Morongo Casino. The fight ca...

Merry Christmas, Wlad: Time To Unwrap Rock

Merry Christmas, Wlad: Time To Unwrap Rock

By: Ron Borges Dec 12 2008

Hasim Rahman is the perfect opponent for heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. He looks more fearsome than he is. Two weeks before Christmas, the unified IBF and WBO champion will get his first present of the holiday season at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany when he gets into the ring with a 36-year-old, jet lagged Rahman, who is the polar opposite of the injured original opponent he is repl...

Ramos Wins In California Scrap

Ramos Wins In California Scrap

By: Ralph Gonzalez Dec 12 2008

Luis Ramos out of Santa Ana, California defeated the very tough Justo Vallecillo by unanimous decision at Roy Englebrecht’s “Battle in The Ballroom” in front of a sold out audience at the Irvine Marriott on Thursday night. Ramos (9-0, 5 KOs) and Vallecillo (5-8, 2 KOs) fought a back and forth battle but Ramos was able to edge out every round as he used his speed and accurate punching to c...