Saturday, June 7, 2008

June's Red Hot Results

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Williams Gains Revenge

Last night, Paul "The Punisher" Wiliams did what many thought he would have done the first time around: He annihilated a fighter whose sole loss was to the ever-charging Cotto.

Williams, whose sole loss came at the hands of Carlos Quintana, made good use of his Plastic-Man type reach and hurt Quintana with the very first straight left he landed. Once he landed his punch,the fight was already over even if it was not immediately evident.

Quintana showed great heart to get up but Williams would not be denied. He followed up the first knockdown by maintaining his focus and hunting down his former conqueror with jabs and straight rights. He walked down his wounded prey until landing yet another straight left that had Quintana falling shoulder first. The referee mercifully stopped Quintana from even thinking about absorbing more punishment.

Mora Conquers Forrest

In a fairly evenly matched fight against two tall and lean straight shooters, former Contender champion Sergio Mora slightly edges former world champion, Vernon Forrest last night for the WBC jr. middleweight strap.

It was a close affair all night as Forrest got off to a good start though Mora continually applied pressure and never got the worse of the exchanges. This victory was huge for Mora who came into the fight with a limited resume and leaves with a big name on his ledger as well as an undefeated record.

Alves Stops Hughes

A pitbull is an aggressive breed of canine that seems desgined for punishment, giving it that is. For Thiago Alves, he is starting to live up to his nickname with every passing fight. And it's two fights in a row now where his knee kicks have proven as potent as any weapon an MMA fighter can bring. Matt Hughes, who is still a threat to any fighter, looked to have this fight as a welcome back of sorts. back to title contention and elite status among his peers. But wither Father Time, or all those wars in the cage have finally caught up to him as he has now suffered his second straight stoppage defeat.

A fighter like Hughes deserves another chance, if he truly wants it. Another ko loss may put Hughes in the same category as Baroni.

Werdum Finds Out the Truth

For Brandon Vera, this was a fairly even matched opponent for him to display his once promising skills. Fabricio Werdum, whp is a dangerous fighter in the sense that he looks like an average fighter with modest striking skills and an unimposing physical presence, all the recipes of an MMA spoiler.

Vera, trying to rebound from a lopsided loss to Tim Sylvia, faced Fabricio Werdum, a fighter who was last seen stopping former victim and UFC upstart Gabriel Gonzaga. Vera got off to a good start using his leg kicks but was taken to the ground by the grappling expert Werdum. Werdum began landing punches on Vera, though none of themlooked devastatingly hard. The referee stopped the fight, somewhat prematurely, cascading a throng oof boos from the crowd and an immediate rebuttal from Vera. Now everyone that loves combat sports knows that safety is number one. But these are fighters that ave accepted the risks and the small financial rewards. Give them a chance because a loss in combat sports is not a loss like in team sports.

Pavlik Eyes Calzaghe

Undisputed middleweight and staunch Democrat, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, made the 2nd succesful defense of his middleweight title by starching overmatched Gary Lockett in three rounds. From the opening round, Pavlik showed his dominance by controlling the pace and the distance of the fight. In round two, Pavlik's stright rights had Lockett rethinking his future and taking a knee. After a another right hand sent Lockett down in the third, Enzo Calzaghe, showed heart and saved Lockett from having to display his any further.

Pavlik is now eyeing Joe Calzaghe, the light heavyweight champion, for a date in the fall. Now this should be an interesting fight. Another American vs Another British fighter. I wonder what the marketing will be for that.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kelly Looking to Rocket Past the Middle

If ghosts are supposed to be able to go under the radar, then Gary Lockett may best be suited for the moniker the undisputed middleweight champion holds. Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, the tall, pale, and hard-hitting undefeated fighter from the rough, blue-collar Youngstown town of economically strained Ohio is clearly the middleweight everyone wants to see.

This Saturday night, little known and unseen Lockett will look to upset Pavlik, the heavy betting favorite in Atlantic City. While "The Rocket Man" has a very good record of 31-1 21 KO's, the names on his resume are dubious at best. The fighter from Wales is trained by Joe Calzaghe's father/trainer, Enzo Calzaghe. But as we all saw what happened when the elder Calzaghe worked the corner of Enzo Maccarinelli against David Haye, you can train a lot of things but you can't train a chin. Maybe Pavlik will be the first to test Lockett's. Or maybe Locket will make the Ghost disappear.

Williams Looks to Avenge Loss

This year was supposed to be the breakout year for the new millennium Tommy Hearns, Paul "The Punisher" Williams. We assumed he would dispatch of Carlos Quintana as easily as Pavlik should do this weekend. But instead, as is only with the contact sports, Williams is already in a comeback of sorts when he looks to reverse the decision this time around. Regardless of the outcome, it would be nice to see Williams move up a weight or two.

UFC 85: Matt Hughes Returns Against Surging Fighter

In almost a filler of sorts in an action-packed weekend until the Jackson-Griffin fight, future UFC Hall of Fame Fighter and former welterweight champion Matt Hughes will look to get back on the winning track against surging ko fighter Thiago Alves this Saturday at 3 PM. Alves who stopped the never before ko'd Karo Parysian and the hard to stop Chris Lytle, will have his golden opportunity against a man only Georges St. Pierre, current welterweight champion, seems to have winning formula against.

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