Review: 7th August 2004, Acelino “Popo” Freitas defended his WBO lightweight title (won against Artur Grigorian a few months earlier) versus Diego “Chico” Corrales. Freitas was undefeated in 35 fights and was a very dangerous boxer for his speed, but Corrales was not an easy opponent, since he had suffered just two defeats against boxers like Floyd Mayweather Jr and Joel Casamayor (then Corrales won the rematch with Casamayor). For Corrales was his first world fight in the lightweight division but his pressing and heavy punches were impressive… Watch the video!
Review: Miguel Angel Cotto vs Kelson Pinto was a battle between undefeated since both boxers had a perfect record: 20-0-0 for Cotto, 21-0-0 for Pinto. Miguel Cotto was the favorite, since he had already won against strong opponents, but Pinto was a tough and not easy boxer for his height (9 cm more than Cotto) and his heavy punches (19 Ko on 21 wins!). Cotto vs Pinto was valid for the vacant WBO light welterweight title. Watch the video!
Review: Felix Trinidad vs Ricardo Mayorga has been one of the most spectacular fights of 2004. Trinidad was not fighting for over two years and in 2001 suffered its first defeat against Bernard Hopkins, while Mayorga, in 2004, had already fought once defeating the modest Eric Mitchell (first fight of Mayorga in the middleweight division). It is interesting to see the fight between Trinidad and Mayorga also because they have a completely different style of fighting, but in this case the technique will win. Watch the video!
Review: Carlos Molina was able to stop, with a draw, the winning streak of Erislandy Lara, who until now had always won. But the fight Molina vs Lara has not been very spectacular. Watch the video!
Review: boring fight between Dmitry Pirog and Javier Francisco Maciel, fight valid for the WBO middleweight title. Pirog wins by unanimous decision versus the Argentinian Maciel. Watch the video:
Review: the fight between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jorge Solis has not been a real battle, but the Cuban boxer is always nice to see. Gamboa proved too powerful and too fast for Solis and easily wins at the fourth round. Watch the video:
Review: the final of the Prizefighter Tournament (super-middleweight division) lasted less than we expected, since Rocky Fielding knockouts Tobias Webb at the first round. In reality Fielding, that same night, knocked out also the other two opponents, Joe Ainscough and Patrick J Maxwell, but curiously he had never won by Ko before the Prizefighter; from what we saw, and being very young (23 years old), we will hear of Rocky Fielding! Watch the video!
The most interesting boxing’s event of the week it focuses on the fight between Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Jorge Solis, valid for the WBA and IBF featherweight titles. The ranking of the featherweight division is dominated by Juan Manuel Lopez, but if Gamboa wants to fight against “Juanma”, is forced to win versus the experienced and solid boxer Jorge “Coloradito” Solis, who has only two defeats (one with Manny Pacquiao). On the same evening (broadcasted by Hbo), there will be two more fighting of particular interest among four undefeated boxers: Jorge Diaz vs Teon Kennedy (valid for the USBA super bantamweight title) and Miguel Angel Garcia vs Matt Remillard (valid for Read more
Saturday, March 26, in South Africa there will be the rematch between Steve Molitor and Takalani Ndlovu, fight valid for the IBF super bantamweight title. The two boxers, both among the top 10 in their division, had already faced exactly one year earlier, in Canada, homecountry of Molitor, who had won by unanimous decision. On the same evening there will be another good fight for a world title (IBF flyweight), which will be between the South African Moruti Mthalane (26-2-0) versus the Philippine Johnriel Casimero (14-1-0). Read more
The most interesting boxing event in Europe of this week is the fight between Alexander Dimitrenko and Albert Sosnowski, valid for EBU (European) heavyweight title. Dimitrenko has lost only one fight in his career (against Eddie Chambers by majority decision) and he hopes to win against the Polish Sosnowski to return to have a chance for a world title. On the same evening will fight the undefeated Susi Kentikian that will defend his three world titles (WIBF, WBA, WBO female flyweight) against Read more