Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tyson Fury Beats Peret

Today up and coming undefeated 6'8" heavyweight Tyson Fury defeated Daniel "Shrek" Peret when the ref stopped the fight after the 2nd round because of a large cut over Peret's left eye.

Fury dominated the fight with his footwork, height, and jab in the 1st round, and by the 2nd had Peret hurt and caused a cut over his left eye. Despite protests from Peret, the ref stopped the fight and Fury remains undefeated 3 wins and 3 KO's.


Estrada Comments On Povetkin

The unbeaten 2004 Olympic gold medalist and IBF #1 contender Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) is making a unnecessary voluntary fight against Jason "Big Six" Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) on April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The fight is considered unnecessary for Povetkin because he already has a guaranteed shot at the title this fall. Because of this Estrada has said that Povetkin is taking him way too lighty.

“The fight’s on April 4 but Povetkin’s the April Fool. I really see this guy as just a big-name opponent. He has his gold medal but he’s been babied his entire career. They just put guys in front of him to fight. He’s making a big mistake taking this fight. I’m not dwelling on the past. The old stuff doesn’t matter to me; I’m focusing on the present. It doesn’t upset me that people are calling this a tune-up for him. If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn’t take him lightly, but they’re making a huge mistake if they’re taking me lightly. I think it will be easier fighting him today than in the amateurs because he had to box a little more back then. You don’t see him boxing now. He’s a sitting duck. This (pro boxing) is a whole different game, something I learned in my first fight and I’ve progressed from there. He’s got the same stuff. Our fight didn’t happen in the amateurs, so I’m focused on beating him as a pro. I can’t see how he took this fight. His people must be telling him I’m just fast, like (Eddie) Chambers or (Chris) Byrd, but I’m more aggressive and they weren’t. I’m not worried about going over there because, if I smash him and lose, everybody will see that. No way I’m going to lose; I’m either going to stop him, or I’ll deserve a win by decision. He can’t prepare for what I’m bringing.”

It's true that this fight is not going to be an easy win for Povetkin, but props to him for taking the fight even though he didn't have to in preparation for a much bigger challenge in Wladimir once he gets by Estrada.

Dimitrenko Interview recently gave a interview to up-and-coming #1 WBO ranked heavyweight Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko(29-0, 19 KOs). He talks about potential fights with Matt Skelton and Wladimir Klitschko in the future. Here's the interview:

Hello, Sascha. Glad to you see again. There’s been talk about a fight against Matt Skelton. You want this fight?

The fight is interesting to me. We have until March 19th to negotiate the details and if all ends well, I’ll get in the ring against him. He’s a difficult contender, the champion of Europe, and a challenger for the world title.

You had your last fight against Luan Krasniqi, which you easily won. Now Krasniqi wants a rematch. Will you agree to fight him again?

From the sports point of view, this fight is not so interesting to me because I already won deservedly and clearly. But this is boxing, here anything is possible. If my managers tell me that this fight is interesting and also financially favorable, I’m ready to fight him again. There are no problems.

WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in an interview with told us that in the future he’d be willing to fight you. How do you look at it?

I want this fight. I’ve always dreamt of becoming the world champion and I’m ready to fight the best boxers in the world. Wladimir Klitschko has proved that he is one of the best boxers in the world. But in the ring there aren’t robots, but people. It means that there are always opportunities. The main thing is to use them to your own advantage. If this fight takes place, I will try to the utmost to use them.

At one time, both of you were promoted by Universum Box Promotion. What can you tell about Wladimir Klitschko?

Yes, for a long time we worked in the same gym. I was always happy to talk to him and we worked together in training. I know him perfectly and he knows me. I think that a fight between us would be interesting to fans of boxing.

The Klitchko Brothers currently don’t have absolutely good relations with Universum Box-Promotion. Do you think that is a problem in making the fight?

I don’t think about that because I don’t wish to complicate the situation. I too have had some moments with Universum Box Promotion which didn’t suit me, but I won’t speak about what these problems are. We’ll see what happens. I am the #1 ranked heavyweight in the WBO and deserve the right to fight the champion. Wladimir knows it and understands it.

Do you think Wladimir Klitschko will beat David Haye?

Haye is not an easy contender, but I think Wlad will beat him.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Maskaev's Open Letter To Vitali Klitschko

Oleg Maskaev has recently gave an open letter to current WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko in regards to his complaint to the WBC for having to fight 2 mandatory fights in a row--- March 21st again Juan Carlos Gomez and within 90 days after that fight against Maskaev).

Here's what Oleg Maskaev had to say:

"Dear Vitali, Let’s stop the nonsense. When I fought you for the CSCA (Centrum Sports Club Army) Military Championship, I stopped you in the 1st round. You were badly hurt and your corner threw in the towel. Stop making excuses, stop lying and be a man and admit it. That was our 1st fight.

I became Heavyweight Champion in August ‘06 and made my 1st defense in December ’06 in Moscow before a sellout crowd in the 1st Heavyweight Championship bout in the history of Moscow. Your people contacted my promoter, Dennis Rappaport, and said that the WBC had designated you Champion Emeritus; and as such you had the right to immediately face me for the Heavyweight Championship. I agreed to fight you despite the fact that you were inactive for about 4 years and that you cancelled your last 4 fights due to injury.. After months of negotiations surrounding the controversy as to who had the 1st right to fight for the Championship, Samuel Peter or you, I stood firm and supported your position. In return for my loyalty, you and your people started double-talking and procrastinating. On or about April ’07 HBO became disgusted and gave us a deadline for the contract to be signed. I signed the contract and was told that my promoter would receive your executed contract the next day. Vitali, your contract never was signed and you gave some ridiculous excuse that you wouldn’t have enough time to train. What were you doing for 4 months, getting a suntan and not training? I had very serious surgery for my elbow, due to injuries I suffered in my fight Dec. ’06. I went for rehabilitation after the surgery and was still ready to fight.

You claim that you shouldn’t have to fight 2 successive mandatories, but that’s exactly what the WBC had ordered me to do. You never complained or suggested that it was unfair or the WBC didn’t have the right. Of course not! It benefited you Vitali. Life is a two way street, there aren’t 2 sets of rules, one for you and one for everyone else.

You say you want to fight Arreola, Haye, or Dimentrinko, I don’t blame you….none of them have ever beaten a top ten contender.

Remember the words of Joe Louis, ‘you can run but you can’t hide’. For whatever the reason you have done everything humanly possible to avoid fighting me. I don’t know if it is psychological or what. Sometimes a fighter has another fighter’s number…like Mosely had DeLaHoya’s and Forrest had Mosely’s. These fighters won in the amateurs and also scored and won big upsets in the pros. Vitali, I know how to beat you. I stopped you in the amateurs and I’ll stop you whenever you have the courage to face me in the ring.

Prior to my fighting Peter I suffered a devastating back injury, the 1st in my professional career, I knew that if I had to postpone the Peter fight again, my title would have been stripped from me. There were strange and bizarre circumstances, surrounding the Peter fight, perhaps even bordering on the criminal. The truth of which will eventually come out. Suffice it to say that the real Oleg Maskaev was not in the ring that night. Today I am 100% healthy….and a 100% healthy Oleg Maskaev is a dangerous man. I respect you as a sportsman, so do whatever you choose; go to mediation, go to court, say your prayers, but remember if you defeat Gomez, you can’t fight anyone before you fight me. Vitali, stop the whining and let’s start fighting. I’ll fight you in Russia, in the U.S., or even in your own backyard. Let’s get it on. "


You can read my previous post, but this is not the same situation as Vitali Klitschko prior to Maskaev losing his title. Maskaev is at the end of his game and is clearly trying to get 1 final payday. With this talk and the WBC ruling, I think it will most likely happen. Good luck to Maskaev. Permanent brain damage and the finer things in life are in his future.

Team Maskaev Responds To Klitschko

Recently, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko said he was going to file a complaint in regards to having to fight 2 mandatory fights in a row as ordered by the WBC (March 21st vs. Juan Carlos Gomez and then within 90 days after that fight against Oleg Maskaev). Team Maskaev has given a response to Vitali's criticism on the order to fight Maskaev right after the Gomez fights. This is what Maskaev's promoter Dennis Rappaport had to say:

“Klitschko is fighting about the very same thing he received. What does this guy have a double standard? One for the rest of the world and one for the Klitschko’s?

He’s in the mirror position of Maskaev. Why didn’t he cry when it benefited him? It’s really like a joke. Now he wants to attack the very same thing he benefited from!”

Ok sorry, but this is not the same situation. When Vitali lost his belt it was because he retired do to injury not because someone TKO'd him in the ring. Maskaev lost via TKO to Peter whom Vitali soundly defeated just this past December 2008.

So in one instance you have a dominant champion(ok he didn't have a lot of title defenses but the fights he fought he he won easily against recognizable names and he gave Lennox Lewis all he could handle. So clearly anyone would say he was the man to beat. Not the case with Maskaev) who the WBC gave a special circumstance to if he should ever return, and then in Maskaev's situation you got a guy who fought 1 title defense in Moscow against a no name and lost on his next outing to Sam Peter.

If nothing else it's ridiculous to consider it the same situation because of the marketability of the fight. Everyone loves the idea of a popular more recognized champion coming back and fighting, but not everyone likes the idea of a former champion who wasn't dominant getting another title shot after losing 2 fights ago to the same guy Vitali Klitschko destroyed in his last fight.

The only thing that's similar is the WBC making rules, and that's what anyone would expect a governing body such as the WBC to do.

Ustinov Beats Pedyura

The 6'7" 300 plus pound rising heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus defeated the unbeaten Ukrainian heavyweight Maksym Pedyura (11-1, 10 KOs) via 5th round TKO at the Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine yesterday. With this win Ustinov now has the EBA heavyweight title. Keep an eye on this guy. He's very quick for a man his size and he could be moving up the ranks pretty fast after this fight.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Klitschko Files WBC Complaint

Current WBC heavyweight boxing champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko has recently filed a complaint to the WBC against having to face 2 mandatory challengers in a row (Gomez and then Maskaev within 120 days after the March 21st showdown with Gomez). Vitali Klitschko has said, "The fight with Maskaev won’t be interesting for me or the spectators.” Vitali would much rather have a more lucrative voluntary defense after his match with Gomez, which he expects to win.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Peter vs. Chambers March 27th

On March 27th, former WBC heavyweight champion and #5 World-ranked Sam "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) and up-and-coming #3 World-ranked contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers (33-1, 18 KO's) will square off to see who gets higher up in the heavyweight picture.

In Peter's last 2 fights, he won the WBC heavyweight championship from Oleg Maskaev via TKO, but lost his WBC belt via 9th round in his following bout to "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko. He ended up quitting on his stool, so this fight is going to be very important to try to win impressively to get some kind of credibility back.

As far as Chambers, he lost a decision to IBF #1 mandatory Alexander Povetkin in a IBF elimination tournament final, but since has won 2 fights in a row to the likes Ross Purrity and Derric Rossy.

This should be an interesting style match up against a slick fast boxer in Chambers and a more raw puncher in Peter. The bout will be shown ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT at the new world-class 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

Doug Loughrey Quotes

*ESPN's Director of Programming Acquisitions

“It has been a great pleasure working with Dan (Goossen) and Dino (Duva) and their respective fight teams to bring this exciting and meaningful bout to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. We are equally excited by the opportunity to produce and televise this inaugural boxing telecast from AEG”s state of the art Nokia Theatre”

Dan Goossen Quotes

*Boxing promoter

“This is undoubtedly the biggest and most anticipated heavyweight fight that does not have a world title attached to it, but the winner of this bout will once again be earning their right to fight for the prestigious World Heavyweight Championship.”

“Matching two of the world’s top heavyweights is only part of the story on March 27. The opportunity to bring this event to the amazing state-of-the-art Nokia Theatre is the other star. I believe an expanded and younger fan base will be attracted to this event and it will be the place to be that night, in part because of the extraordinary L.A. LIVE, and bringing the first ever boxing event to Nokia Theatre. The fans will definitely be treated to a World-class event at a World-class entertainment center.”

Eddie Chambers Quotes

“I can’t wait for the big night."

“Pro basketball, football and baseball all on ESPN, and now Fast Eddie. I’m in great company. I will beat Sam Peter, and do it convincingly, to get in position for my well-deserved World title shot. Peter is a big man, and a powerful puncher with both hands, and I give him his respect. But come March 27, he’ll find out about my power and speed. This is a big fight for me and I promise an exciting fight for the fans. It’s major heavyweight boxing.”

Sam Peter Quotes

“I’m coming home to LA. I love the city of Angels. Eddie, you better be ready for the Nigerian Nightmare.”

Duva Quotes

*Peter's trainer

“Goossen has two fighters we want back-to-back, Chambers and (Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola. First, Sam will knock Chambers out cold, and then the World Title or we may comeback to Los Angeles and do the same thing to Arreola.”

Lee Zeidman Quotes

*General manager of L.A. Live, where the bout will be held as well, as the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre.

“Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and everyone at AEG are incredibly thrilled to host our first ever-boxing match on March 27th. The theatre was designed to host a variety of events and now we can add World Championship boxing to that list, and are looking forward to a history making night.”

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Klitschko Haye Negotiations Stopped!

It appears that the negotiations for a potential heavyweight clash on June 20th between current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko and former cruiserweight champion turned heavyweight contender David "Hayemaker" Haye has become suspended. Apparently there are disagreements over the UK television rights, venue, and Klitschko's team has accused Haye and his manager Adam Booth of being greedy.

Wladimir Klitschko Quotes

"The main problem is the lack of professionalism on the part of David Haye and his representatives. Haye can't figure out what he wants. Two weeks ago, negotiations were coming along. But, at this time they have been suspended. If Haye plans to continue [to negotiate] in the same way - it will be two more years before he gets his chance to reach a title fight - if he doesn't lose. In the event that a fight with the Brit will fall apart, we will fight Chris Arreola or find someone else. This will be determined later"

So it appears if this doesn't get settled quickly, the most likely next opponent for Wladimr will be Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola. Check back for more current information on this development...

Povetkin To Face Estrada

It's been reported officially that the 29 year old Alexander "The White Lion" Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) will face Jason "Big Six" Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) on April 4th of this year in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

This is going to be another stay busy fight for the #1 IBF mandatory challenger as he prepares to face Wladimir "Steelhamer" Klitschko later this year. Klitschko has before September 16th, as stated by the IBF, to face Povetkin.

Alex was supposed to face Wladimir this past December, after winning a 4 person IBF elimination tournament by beating Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers, but an ankle injury during training caused Povetkin to postpone that fight. Wladimir instead faced former 2 time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman in a bout with he won by 7th round TKO.

Chris Meyer Quotes

Chris Meyer is the general manager of Sauerland Event

“This time frame allows us to give Alexander a tough fight so that he can keep his rhythm. By picking Jason Estrada we have chosen a strong opponent. But that is exactly what Alexander had asked us to do because easy fights do not help him at all.”

Povetkin Quotes

“I am very happy that I have recovered from my injury. I look forward to returning to the ring in April. I take the fight against Jason Estrada very seriously because there is a lot at stake. But I will win this fight and I will show that I am ready for Klitschko. I will be in top shape on April 4."


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vitali Klitschko Will Use Byrd and Thompson For Sparring

In order to prepare for his heavyweight championship fight this March 21st against WBC #1 mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez, WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko has brought in former 2 time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd and former title challenger Tony "The Tiger" Thompson.

Byrd is a slick southpaw who should allow Vitali to work on an opponent who has some speed. It should also be noted that Vitali suffered 1 of his only 2 losses to Chris Byrd during their championship fight back in 2000, but the loss was due to being unable to continue in the 9th round due to a shoulder injury. Vitali was ahead on all scorecards.

Tony Thompson is a rugged fighter who went 11 rounds before being stopped with Vitali's brother Wladimir last year in July for the WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight championship. This should allow him to work with a experienced fighter who can take a punch.

The combination of Byrd and Thompson should make for great training and preparation for Vitali for his fight in March.

It's also been reported that Vitali's opponent Gomez has brought in Vladimir Virchis as his training partner. Virchis is the man Gomez beat to get his mandatory status with the WBC.

Stay tuned here for more up-to-date info on the Klitschko/Gomez fight.

Haye Willing To Face Wladimir In Germany?

According to Haye's team, David "Hayemaker" Haye is now willing to face current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko in Germany as opposed to a proposed venue in the U.K. Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth had the following to say:

“I want to make this absolutely clear, because unfortunately the KMG manager, Bernd Bonte, seems to be taking things too personally and trying to confuse the issue. The one-sided interview he did with biased keyboard warrior Dan Rafael ( – a man who has shown a longstanding dislike for David Haye - has distorted some of the facts.

“David will fight Wladimir anywhere they choose, and give them the two rematch options they have requested.

“In regards to the rematches clause, I am baffled as to why Bonte seems to have forgotten our last conversation about this. We said they could have the two rematches they wanted, which effectively means David’s next three fights could be in Germany against either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko.

“What they’re also demanding is that if David were to win against Wladimir and then have a mandatory challenger obligation (non-Klitschko) he would have to immediately vacate the title he won from Wladimir. This would mean David could win three fights against the Klitschko brothers and still not be in a position to officially call himself heavyweight champion of the world at the end of it.”

“They (the Klitschko brothers) would make exactly the same money in Germany as they would in England because we have dropped our figure to go to Germany. If they take a proposed fight with Chris Arreola, they will make substantially less. So people can now work this out for themselves.

“The original deal to co-promote the event would never work because of unacceptable terms. However, we’re willing to sacrifice a little on our side just to get this fight made.

“David doesn’t want to dodge Wladimir and just pick and choose his way through boring, fringe contenders. He wants to fight the best and restore some excitement to the heavyweight division. We only hope Wladimir feels the same way.”


Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Klitschko Brothers Highlight Video

This is a new 2009 video showcasing the heavyweight boxers, brothers, and champion Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko's highlights throughout their respective professional boxing careers. Enjoy the knockouts!

Ray Austin Defeats Long

On his comeback trail since losing easily to current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko, Ray “The Rainman” Austin (27-4-4, 17 KOs) squeaked out a 8 round decision over the 7 foot Julius Long (15-11, 13 KOs).

The most notable moment of the fight was in the 8th round when Austin dropped Long, but Ray was unable to capitalize, and was even deducted 2 points for hitting Long while he was on the ground.

This makes the 3rd fight (Domonic Jenkins, Andrew Golota, and now Long) in a row that he's won since losing to Wladimir, and since he was ranked highly before, don't be surprised to see him high in the rankings soon if he continues to win.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sultan Ibragimov Retires

Sultan Ibragimov has decided to call it quits. He will be remembered for his silver Olympic medal at the 2000 Olympics along with a win over Shannon Briggs to claim the WBO title, a win over for heavyweight champion and great Evander Holyfield, and a 12 round unanimous loss decision to Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko back in February of last year

The news of his retirement is according to Samson Lewkowicz of Warriors Boxing who said, "“He retired. He doesn’t want to go back and sweat in the gym. He got married, he’s very happy, he lives in Russia. He’s a millionaire, he doesn’t need to fight any more.”

He ends his heavyweight boxing career with a record of 22-1-1 with 17 KO’s. Good luck to Sultan on all his future endeavors.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steward Talks About Final Details Of Klitschko Haye

It looks like the final details of the heavyweight title fight between current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko and former cruiserweight champion turned heavyweight contender David "Hayemaker" Haye are being worked out. Wladimir Klitschko's trainer Emanuel Steward had a few short words discussing some of the final touches...

Steward On Ring Size

"Wladimir called me last night to ask what size ring we wanted to be put in the contract. I told him and he said that was all he needed to know because the deal was being finished. So based on that, it must be in its finalised stage and it must be on."

Steward On Fight Location

"It will probably be at the O2, and I'm quite sure it will be a big sell-out. That's where it needs to be. It's a high interest fight because of Haye. He's a colourful guy and an exciting fighter. He's going to make Wladimir fight and I like that. I think we're in for a very exciting fight."

Steward also thinks likes the idea of the fight between Wladimir and Haye because he thinks that Haye's style will force Wladimir to fight.

If all goes according to plan the fight will take place June 20th, 2009, and most likely at the O2 Arena.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Ring Heavyweight Ratings January 2009

Current Heavyweight Champions

IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBA : Nicolai Valuev Russia ***
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

Ring Magazine CHAMPION: No Champion


**updated monthly
***Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess

IBF Heavyweight Ratings January 2009

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions

IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBA : Nicolai Valuev Russia **
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

IBF CHAMPION Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine

1 Alexander Povetkin Russian Federation
3 Alexander Dimitrenko Ukraine
4 Chris Arreola United States
5 Hasim Rahman United States
6 Eddie Chambers United States
7 Oleg Maskaev Kazakhstan
8 Sultan Ibragimov United States
9 Andrew Golota United States
10 James Toney United States
11 Kali Meehan Australia
12 Sinan Samil Sam Turkey
13 Travis Walker United States
14 Cedric Boswell United States
15 Shane Cameron New Zealand

*Will be updated monthly
**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess

IBF Heavyweight Ratings December 2008

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions

IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBA : Nicolai Valuev Russia **
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

IBF CHAMPION Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine

1 Alexander Povetkin Russian Federation
2 Chris Arreola United States
3 Alexander Dimitrenko Ukraine
4 Hasim Rahman United States
5 Eddie Chambers United States
6 Samuel Peter United States
7 Oleg Maskaev Kazakhstan
8 James Toney United States
9 Sultan Ibragimov United States
10 Kali Meehan Australia
11 Sinan Samil Sam Turkey
12 Ray Austin United States
13 Cedric Boswell United States
14 Kevin Johnson United States
15 Shane Cameron New Zealand

*Will be updated monthly
**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess

IBF Heavyweight Ratings November 2008

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions

IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBA : Nicolai Valuev Russia **
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

IBF CHAMPION Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine

1 Alexander Povetkin Russian Federation
3 Alexander Dimitrenko Ukraine
4 Chris Arreola United States
5 Hasim Rahman United States
6 Eddie Chambers United States
7 Oleg Maskaev Kazakhstan
8 Sultan Ibragimov United States
9 Andrew Golota United States
10 James Toney United States
11 Kali Meehan Australia
12 Sinan Samil Sam Turkey
13 Travis Walker United States
14 Cedric Boswell United States
15 Shane Cameron New Zealand

*Will be updated monthly
**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess

WBO Heavyweight Ratings January 2009

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions

WBA : Nicolay Valuev Russia **
IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

Interim :
1 Alexander Dimitrenko (Int-Cont) UKR
2 David Haye GB
3 Chris Arreola USA
4 Alexander Povetkin RUS
5 Samuel Peter NIG
6 James Toney (NABO) USA
7 Shane Cameron (Asia-Pacific) (Oriental) NZ
8 Denis Boytsov RUS
9 Juan Carlos Gomez USA
10 Brian Minto USA
11 Kali Meehan AUST
12 Vladir Virchis UKR
13 Alex Mazikin (Asia-Pacific Int.) UKR
14 Matt Skelton GB
15 Gonzalo Omar Basile (Latino) ARG

**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess
***Will be updated monthly

WBC Heavyweight Ratings January 2009


Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions*

WBA : Nicolay Valuev Russia **
IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

WON TITLE: October 11, 2008
LAST COMPULSORY: October 11, 2008
WBA CHAMPION: Nicolay Valuev (Russia)
IBF CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBO CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBC INT. CHAMPION: Odlanier Solis (Cuba)

1 .- Juan Carlos Gomez (Cuba)
2 .- Chris Arreola (US) AMERICA/NABF
3 .- Alexander Dimitrenko (Ukraine)
4 .- David Haye (GB)
5 Samuel Peter (Nigeria)
6 .- Oleg Maskaev (Kazakhstan)
7 .- Ray Austin (US) USNBC
8 .- James Toney (US)
9 .- Kali Meehan (New Zealand)
10 .- Kevin Johnson (US)
11 .- Vladimir Virchis (Ukraine)
12 .- Odlanier Solis (Cuba) INTL
13 .- Jameel McCline (US)
14 .- Sinan Samil Sam (Turkey) MEDITERRANEAN
15 .- Donnell Holmes (US)

16 .- Matt Skelton (GB) EBU
17 .- Francesco Pianeta (Italy)
18 .- Denis Boytsov (Russia)
19 .- Lamon Brewster (US)
20 .- Travis Walker (US)
21 .- Eddie Chambers (US)
22 .- Fres Oquendo (US)
23 .- Dennis Bakhtov (Russia) ABCO
24 .- Albert Sosnowski (Poland)
25 .- Manuel Quezada (US) CABOFE
26 .- Malik Scott (US)
27 .- Paolo Vidoz (Italy)
28 .- Brian Minto (US)
29 .- David Rodriguez (US) FECARBOX
30 .- Manuel Pucheta (Argentina) LATINO
31 .- Bermane Stiverne (Canada)
32 .- Andrew Wawrzyk (Poland) YOUTH
33 .- Joseph Chingangu (Zambia) ABU
34 .- Gonzalo Omar Basile (Argentina) LATINO interim
35 .- Jason Estrada (US)
36 .- Taras Bidenko (Ukraine)
37 .- Dominick Guinn (US)
38 .- Alexey Soloviev (Russia) CISBB
39 .- Steffen Kretschmann (Germany)
40 .- Timor Ibragimov (Uzbekistan)

Alexander Povetkin (Russia) * NA - IBF
Tony Thompson (US)
John Ruiz (P. Rico) * NA - WBA
Evander Holyfield (US)
Sergey Lyakhovich (Belarussia)
Sultan Ibragimov (Russia)
Andrew Golota (Poland) * NA - Medical
Hasim Rahman (US)
Carl Davis Drummond (Costa Rica) *NA - WBA

**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess
***Will be updated monthly--

WBC Heavyweight Ratings November 2008

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions*

WBA : Nicolay Valuev Russia **
IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

WON TITLE: October 11, 2008
LAST COMPULSORY: October 11, 2008
WBA CHAMPION: Nicolay Valuev (Russia) **
IBF CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBO CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)
WBC INT. CHAMPION: Odlanier Solis (Cuba)

1 .- Juan Carlos Gomez (Cuba)
2 .- Chris Arreola (US) AMERICA
3 .- Alexander Dimitrenko (Ukraine)
4 Samuel Peter (Nigeria)
5 .- David Haye (GB)
6 .- Oleg Maskaev (Kazakhstan)
7 .- Andrew Golota (Poland)
8 .- James Toney (US)
9 .- Kali Meehan (New Zealand)
10 .- Vladimir Virchis (Ukraine)
11 Travis Walker (US) NABF
12 .- Ray Austin (US)
13 .- Kevin Johnson (US)
14 .- Odlanier Solis (Cuba) Latino /INTL
15 .- Sinan Samil Sam (Turkey) MEDITERRANEAN

16 .- Donnell Holmes (US)
17 .- Francesco Pianeta (Italy) EBU
18 .- Carl Davis Drummond (Costa Rica)
19 .- Lamon Brewster (US)
20 .- Eddie Chambers (US)
21 .- Denis Boytsov (Russia)
22 .- Paolo Vidoz (Italy)
23 .- Jameel McCline (US)
24 .- Fres Oquendo (US)
25 .- David Rodriguez (US) FECARBOX
26 .- Monte Barrett (US)
27 .- Danny Williams (GB)
28 .- Dennis Bakhtov (Russia) ABCO
29 .- Malik Scott (US)
30 .- Joseph Chingangu (Zambia) ABU
31 .- Brian Minto (US)
32 .- Friday Ahunanya (Nigeria)
33 .- Bermane Stiverne (Canada)
34 .- Manuel Quezada (US) CABOFE
35 .- Taras Bidenko (Ukraine)
36 .- Jason Estrada (US)
37 .- Mike Mollo (US)
38 .- Andrew Wawryzk (Youth)
39 .- Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
40 .- Gonzalo Omar Basile (Argentina) LATINO interim

Alexander Povetkin (Russia) * NA - IBF
Tony Thompson (US)
John Ruiz (P. Rico) * NA - WBA
Evander Holyfield (US) *NA - WBO
Sergey Lyakhovich (Belarussia)
Matt Skelton (GB)
Sultan Ibragimov (Russia)
Hasim Rahman (US) *NA - IBF/WBO

**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess
***Will be updated monthly-- o

History Of WBC World Heavyweight Champions

I thought this was interesting enough to share. This is a list of all the WBC heavyweight boxing champions throughout history. Only 27 total champions, and Vitali Klitschko is on there twice. Not bad. As long as Vitali stays active, it will remain 27.


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WBA Heavyweight Rankings November 2008

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions*

WBA : Nicolay Valuev Russia **
IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

WBA Rankings

CHAMPION : Nicolay Valuev Russia **

1 Kali Meehan AUS
2 Taras Bidenko UKR
3 John Ruiz USA
4 Alexander Dimentrenko UKR
5 Kevin Johnson USA
6 David Haye UK
7 Ray Austin USA
8 Davaryll Williamson USA
9 Chris Arreola USA
10 Carl Davis Drumond C.R.
11 Dennis Bakhtov RUS
12 Lamon Brewster US (NABA)
13 Evander Holyfield USA
14 Dennis Bakhtov RUS
15 Brian Minto USA

*This is the WBA's latest update!
**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess

WBA Heavyweight Rankings October 2008

Current Heavyweight Boxing Champions*

WBA : Nicolay Valuev Russia **
IBF : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBO : Wladimir Klitschko Ukraine
WBC : Vitali Klitschko Ukraine

WBA Rankings

CHAMPION : Nicolay Valuev Russia **

1Kali Meehan AUS
2 Taras Bidenko UKR
3 John Ruiz USA
4 Alexander Dimentrenko UKR
5 Kevin Johnson USA
6 Ray Austin USA
7 Davaryll Williamson USA
8 Chris Arreola USA
9 Carl Davis Drumond C.R.
10 Dennis Bakhtov RUS
11 Lamon Brewster US (NABA)
12 Evander Holyfield USA
13 Sinan Samil Sam TUR
14 Dennis Bakhtov RUS
15 Brian Minto USA

*Late update
**Ruslan Chagaev is also champion in recess and has a mandatory next year

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Botha Defeats Guerrero

Last Friday, February 6th, 2009, Francois Botha scored a unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Ron Guerrero to claimi the vacant and lightly regarded WBF heavyweight championship. The fight happened at the Tlokwe Hall in Potchefstroom, and the scores read 118-114, 117-111 and 117-110 all for Botha.

The fight was pretty slow, with the referee having to break up the fighters continuously throughout the bout for holding. The biggest moment of the fight happened in round 11 when Botha landed an overhand right that had Guerroro in trouble, but Botha was unable to follow up to finish.

With this fight Botha, now 40, improves his record to 47-4-2, with 28 ko's, while the 34 year old Guerror has his record from to 20-16-3 with 14 KO's.

I honestly don't see Botha going much further than this level of competition at this stage of his career. It would be a good note for Botha to go out on, because although the WBF belt isn't from a major organization, he could at least say he came back after a long break and won a heavyweight championship and get out on top. That would be a pretty good story to tell anyone. Good luck to Botha on what he decides to do next.

Chagaev vs Drumond Video

Here's the full fight video for the WBA championship fight between Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and WBA #10 ranked Carl Davis Drumond (26-1, 20 KOs). Chagaev ended up winning a close technical decision after the fight was stopped due to 2 gashes over Chagaev's left eye caused by a headbutt earlier in the bout.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 1

This part has pre-fight material.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 2

More pre-fight material plus walk-ins and national anthems.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 3

National anthems, introductions, and rounds 1 and 2.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 4

Rounds 3, 4, and part of 5.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 5

Rounds 5, and 6, and end of fight.

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 6

Decision, post fight, and Chagaev interview

Chagaev vs. Drumond Part 7

Chagaev and Drumond Interview and post fight

O.k. after seeing this fight, I think Chagaev looked really sluggish. I think Povetkin, Chambers, Haye, Barrett, and alot of fighters could have beaten him on this night. If he fights like this I think Valuev will squeak out a decision win come June. So if all goes well, Valuev will beat Chagaev, and Vitali will face Valuev to win the final belt for the Klitschko family all by the end of the year 2009!

Chagaev Needed 12 Stitches After Drumond Fight

It's been reported that the headbutt by Carl Davis Drumond that caused a 2 cuts over the left eye of WBA champion "in recess" Ruslan Chagaev required 12 stitches. Chagaev won a 6 round decision over Drumond when the bout went to the score cards because of the cut.

Chagaev's Cut vs. Drumond Video

Check out the video showing some footage of the Chagaev's cut here.

Wladimir Klitschko Interview On Status Of Haye Fight

Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs), the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion, was recently interviewed by regarding his status on fighting David "Hayemaker" Haye (22-1, 21 KOs).

Hello, Wladimir! I’m glad to you see again. How do you feel?

Hello, Alex. I feel good, thanks. Fightnews – the best regards.

Tell about your fight against David Haye on June 20th in London at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in Chelsea. Have you accepted that date?

Yes. It’s completely arranged.

Is the contract for the fight signed?

No. But I think it will soon be signed. informed readers that you were considering fighting Chris Arreola on May 16th in Los Angeles. Is that accurate?

Yes, my team carried on negotiations for this fight. I’ll even tell you a little more. If the fight with Haye doesn’t take place, I will fight Chris Arreola on May 16th in Los Angeles.

As we all know, in a doctored photo David Haye held your torn off head, which as published in Men’s Health Magazine. Will this affect you during the fight?

No, I’ll be cool. Haye will be held responsible for this image, I promise you!

Where will be your preparation be for the fight?

If fight is with Haye, at my camp in the Austrian Alps.

It is known that the fight will take place in London at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in Chelsea. Why there? Usually challenger boxes in the territory of the champion.

For me it’s not a problem. I don’t feel deprived. It’s good if fight takes place at the stadium where the fight can be seen by 100,000 people. It is unbelievable! My brother and I have had good experiences when fighting in England.

Is David Haye a strong contender?

At having a big mouth. In the ring I’ll teach him good behavior! He won’t last for twelve rounds in the ring.

You have another fight with IBF official challenger Alexander Povetkin. Are you ready for that?

Now there can’t even be conversations about Povetkin. He could have fought me on December 13th but was injured. Now I’ll choose other contenders who are interesting to me. Povetkin is not included in this number.

How about WBO #1 rated Alexander Dimitrenko?

I’m ready to fight with Alexander Dimitrenko. And for me it’s not important that he too is Ukrainian. For me, the nationality and color of the skin is not important. I’m ready to fight with anyone they select to challenge for my title.

This should make a good fight. I think this would make a better choice than Wladimir facing Arreola at the very least, but Dimitrenko would also make a good opponent or a fight with Povetkin. Besides Haye who else do you think would make a good fight right now?


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chagaev Beats Drumond By Technical Decision

WBA heavyweight champion ‘in recess’ Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (27-0-1, 20 KOs) defeated undefeated WBA #10 ranked Carl Davis Drumond (26-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany by technical decision. There was a cut caused by an unintentional headbutt in round 3 over his left eye. The ref Gustavo Padilla let the fight go on but after 6 rounds they stopped the bout due to the cut and it went to the scorecards which read: 60-54, 58-56, 58-56 for Ruslan.

Next for Chagaev will be a bout with current WBA champion Nicolai Valuev on June 26th, 2009.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko Set To Be Finalized

This is a new video courtesy of Setanta Sports, which has a interview with David "Hayemaker" Haye talking about the potential fight with current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko being almost finalized. If the fight goes through, it will be set for June 20th, 2009 at the Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, in London, United Kingdom.

Here is what Klitschko's (K2) manager Tom Loeffler said recently via e-mail about the terms of the contract:

“I can’t really share the terms, but what I can tell you is that we feel that the terms offered are very reasonable and Haye is getting an opportunity to fight for the Heavyweight Championship after only one fight as a heavyweight. Haye does bring UK TV money, and therefore we feel like we have offered better terms than any other boxer would receive for a voluntary defense for Wladimir. The only other alternative for Haye to fight for a title is against Valuev or Chagaev, they are both not as marketable as either Klitschko, and both Universum and Sauerland Event would require very substantial option terms.”


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Minto Wants Arreola To Prove Himself

#10 WB0 ranked Brian "The Beast" Minto(32-2, 21 KOs) wants # 3 WBO ranked Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola(26-0, 23 KOs) to face him April the 11th, 2009 and HBO televised. He thinks he is a better candidate than Arreola to face current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko, and goes on to say if he and Arreola do fight he would expect a match between the winner and current #1 WBO ranked Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0).

Minto Quotes

“In my opinion, Arreola has not earned a title shot. He has neither fought a former champion nor even a title challenger. I have fought several. Chris has won on HBO, but I have won on HBO PPV. A fight between two top ten heavies would help clarify the status of the heavyweight division. In addition, I believe that the winner of a fight between Arreola and myself should fight WBO #1 challenger Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0) in a final WBO heavyweight eliminator to determine who gets a shot at Wlad. I’m willing to earn my shot. Is Arreola willing to earn his?”

I believe this would make a great matchup, but realistically if Arreola has a sure shot at the title with big money involved there would be no reason for him to take a step back and face a lower ranked opponent. But, if Arreola does not get a shot with Wladimir, this would be a great opportunity for both of them I believe. I also think they should stick with the plan for the winner to face Dimitrenko,

Toney Wants To Fight Hopkins?

Yes it's true. James "Lights Out" Toney not only wants to face Bernard Hopkins but promises that he will move down to 185 and knock him out!

Toney Quote

“I know that my promoter (Dan Goossen) is seeking the best fights for me in the heavyweight division. However, I am willing to drop down to 185 pounds and fight Bernard Hopkins. They say that he is a legend. I will prove that I am the living legend. He is a good fighter, but I will knock him out.”

O.k. I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but this is borderline delusional. The guy has a hard time getting in shape for the heavyweight division with unlimited weight limit, yet at this stage of his career he's going to come down and fight a very capable Hopkins at his weight class and knock him out? Yeah right. If he does try this and does make weight he will be so weak from trying to make weight that he will be feather fisted and Hopkins at worst will run circles around him, but most likely would knockout Toney very easily. This is a fight that nobody wants to see. I hope.

Botha vs Guerrero

Tomorrow night (February 6th, 2009) former heavyweight champion Francois Botha(now 40 years old with a record of 46-4-2; 28) will take on US journeyman heavyweight Ron Guerrero(34 years old with a record of 20-15-3;14) for the vacant WBF heavyweight championship at the Tlokwe Banquet Hall in Potchefstroom.

Botha fought for the 1st time in 5 years when he took on Bob Mirovic of Australia for the WBF interim heavyweight belt.

At his age and inactivity of 5 years, i don't see him going much further in the heavyweight division after this fight. What do you think?

Klitschko Gomez Press Conference

On Tuesday February 2nd, 2009, current WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko and WBC #1 mandatory “Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez had their 1st official press conference at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgar, Germany.

2 hours earlier they met at the Hamburg airport and Vitali Klitschko said, “Juan, my friend, I am sorry that I have to beat you up!” , and Gomez replied,“I’m so fast, you won’t even hit me - I will beat you up!”

At the official press conference Vitali mentioned the personal relationship between Gomez, his trainer Fritz Sdunek, promoter Ahmet Öner (who is married to Sdunek’s daughter Kati), and how he doesn't like fighting friends.

Hearing this Gomez replied, “Who are you - Dr. Ironfist or Dr. Psychologist? We’re here to fight and not to talk about family and friendship. And how dare you calling me a friend? Just because we used to train in the same gym I am not your friend, Vitali. We haven’t talked in eight years.”

Vitali replied with, “Family is family, business is business and boxing is boxing.” , while Gomez added,“Many people didn’t believe in me and didn’t think that I could come back to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. I thank my promoter Ahmet Öner who brought me here and made this happen. Now I am ready to show everybody that the “Black Panther” is back! I’m ready to go! It’s showtime!”

Here are some quick clips of Tuesday's press conference courtesy of Setanta Sports...

Klitschko Gomez Press Conference Video


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