Haye To Klitschko: “Don’t Run From Me”

The majority of boxing fans are excited about David Haye making the move to the heavyweight division. Is he good enough to hang with the big boys? Well, we’ll see about that.

However, one thing’s for certain, the man is doing a great job of selling himself as well as a potential showdown against Wladimir Klitschko.

Case in point: The following video of Haye confronting Wladi. The former cruiserweight champ has yet to fight in the heavyweight ranks but he is already my favorite big man out there. Screw building him, give us Haye vs. Klitschko now!

Pollock’s POV: September Can’t Come Soon Enough

To the surprise of no one (including his family), Steve Forbes did not throw a wrench into the plans of Oscar De La Hoya for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year as he lost to the Golden Boy Saturday night via unanimous decision.

With “2 pounds” out of the way, De La Hoya now sets his sights on the “147 pound” WBC Welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for a September rematch.

One year ago today, the two were responsible for generating the biggest business in the history of boxing on Pay-Per-View with 2.4 million buys as well as the largest gate in the history of Nevada.

Can these two repeat the kind business that HBO is hoping for in 2008? And, while we’re at it, do people even want to see a rematch?

John Pollock says yes they can and yes they do!

Pollock’s POV: September Can’t Come Soon Enough

You can hear much more from John Pollock weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on Fight Network Radio on Sirius channel 186 or via Hardcoresportsradio.com not to mention every Sunday evening at 11 p.m. ET on Live Audio Wrestling.

So Many Choices…

by Matthew Blankenship, JarryPark.com Contributor

This weekend has left a lot of fight fans with a real tough decision: double welterweight title clashes on HBO or double light heavyweight title clashes on Showtime? Well, let’s see what each card has to offer and then make an educated decision.

The HBO event features, without a doubt, two highly contested fights in one of boxing’s best weight classes. In the main event, Puerto Rico’s WBA Champion, Miguel Cotto (31-0), faces “The Contender” alumnus, Alfonso Gomez (18-3-2), in a scheduled 12-round affair. The undefeated champion is returning after a great battle with “Sugar” Shane Mosley where he showed that beyond his bullish strength, he can also box better than most people give him credit. His opponent, Gomez, looks to continue his journey to the title since leaving “The Contender” reality show (he defeated Arturo Gatti in the seventh round last July as well as Ben Tackie this past October). Both fighters are brimming with confidence as they continue their rise to the top of the 147 lbs division.

The opening bout of the televised card features Kermit Cintron (29-1, 52 KO) looking to avenge his only loss to Antonio Margarito (35-5) in a title fight scheduled for 12 rounds. After losing to Margarito via knockout in an April 2005 showdown, Cintron came back stronger than ever en route to capturing a title. Margarito, on the other hand, is looking to add another title to his resume. All signs point to the winner of this point facing Miguel Cotto assuming he defeats Gomez (and most would assume so).

Over on Showtime, a light heavyweight doubleheader will look to thrill and captivate with a main event featuring IBF light heavyweight champion, Clinton Woods, against IBO light heavyweight champion, Antonio Tarver. This fights marks UK’s Clinton Woods second foray into the United States and he’ll hope to have a better showing this time around as his first fight on this side of the pound was a TKO loss to Roy Jones Jr. in 2002. It’s safe to say that Tarver is facing his first credible opponent since his loss to Bernard Hopkins and will look to prove that he still has what it takes to be a champion. Basically, both fighters have a lot to prove tomorrow: Woods that he belongs at the top and Tarver that he STILL belongs.

In the co-main event fight, undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion, Chad Dawson, will defend against journeyman Glen Johnson. Dawson is a slick young fighter looking to continue his path to becoming Undisputed champion. Dawson has all the tools to make this a lopsided affair. Meanwhile, Johnson has good enough power and will look to put Dawson on his back but don’t hold your breathe on that one. All four fighters have a chance to shine tonight with the winners likely facing each other in a unification bout this coming Fall.

So, which show should you watch? The HBO card has two highly contested bouts featuring fighters in the prime of their respective careers. Meanwhile, the Showtime card has two bouts showcasing a couple of fighters in the twilight of their career. I’d go with the HBO card live and Showtime on Tivo. Overall, Cintron-Margarito is the must-watch fight of the night as it will surely be full of fireworks. Here’s hoping Cotto calls out Floyd Mayweather Jr. too.

Cotto def. Gomez via TKO in Rd 9
Cintron def. Margarito via TKO in Rd 10
Woods def. Tarver via UD
Dawson def. Johnson via UD

David “The HayeMMAker” Haye?

by Matthew Blankenship, JarryPark.com contributor

Current WBA, WBC, and WBO World Cruiserweight title holder, David “Hayemaker” Haye, recently told the Southwark News (UK) that he wants to try his hand at mixed martial arts after the age of 30. The 27-year-old Haye, who recently beat Enzo Maccarinelli in a title unification bout at the O2 Arena in London, England, has already stated his intention to move up to boxing’s heavyweight ranks to “clean up that disgraceful division.”

Furthermore, he also said that he would like to retire from boxing at the age of 31. That’s when he would like to make the move to MMA.

If Haye stays true to his word (and we all know how that goes) this could be huge for MMA and, more specifically, the UFC.

Sure, it’s a few years away but it’s certainly a step in the right direction in the ongoing MMA vs. boxing argument. Haye is a promoter’s dream: A savvy trash talker, a KO artist, and a fighter who possesses a marketable look. No one David Haye’s caliber in the boxing world has every entertained the thought of competing in MMA.

Haye believes that he would only need a year of solid MMA training before he has ready to fight on the big stage. And you know what? I believe him. Here’s why:


Pollock’s POV: Dissecting Tragedies In And Out Of The Ring

Fight Network Radio and Live Audio Wrestling producer, John Pollock, tackles a couple of heavy duty topics this week.

First off, he weighs in on another “is pro wrestling responsible for this death” story. The incident in question is the death of a two-year-old boy in East St. Louis, IL. It appears as though the boy’s brother was responsible for the killing after strangling his brother with a part of their curtain. Their mother claims that her son learned this maneuver while watching World Wrestling Entertainment programming.

Next, Pollock looks at the Luis Resto- Billy Collings tragedy. Twenty-five years later this story continues to get uglier and remains a highly-debatable topic.

Pollock’s POV: Dissecting Tragedies In And Out Of The Ring

You can hear much more from John Pollock weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on Fight Network Radio on Sirius channel 186 or via Hardcoresportsradio.com not to mention every Sunday evening at 11 p.m. ET on Live Audio Wrestling.

New York Times Features Yuri Foreman

03boxing_650.jpgJarry Park resident, boxer Yuri Foreman, is the subject of a pretty interesting article in today’s edition of the New York Times. Here’s a snippet of what life is like as a practicing Jew and boxer:

“Foreman attempts to restrict his fights to weekdays.

If a bout lands on a Saturday, as was the case in June, he observes the Sabbath by remaining within walking distance of the arena. Wilson, his manager, said the sun had yet to set when HBO officials called for Foreman to make his way to the ring. He refused to do so.

“He pulled me into the corner,” Wilson recalled, “and said, ‘Please, let’s pray for five minutes.’ ”

I understand that some people might not care about this sort of thing but it’s a subject that is near and dear to my heart and I think that regardless of your faith it’s a pretty fascinating read.

The Tale of the Tape and the Talmud (NYTimes.com)

thanks to reader Easy Dee Weazy for the tip

Around The World Of Boxing With Large

A look back at an exciting few weeks in boxing

Been out of the boxing loop lately? Don’t fear because Large and I seemingly covered it all this week.

First, we talked a little Mayweather-WWE. Large watched this week’s episode of RAW so I was curious as to what he thought about the product considering this was the first time he watched wrestling in something like ten years.

We then transitioned into Pacquiao-Marquez II and whether they should fight for a third time. Large brought up some minor controversy brewing following the affair as well.

Later, we spoke about David Haye’s entrance into the Heavyweight division, Andy Lee on Friday Night Fights, Ricky Hatton’s future, Casamayor-Katsidis, Cotto-Gomez and, finally, a little Hopkins-Calzaghe.

Consider this the cliff notes version of the last few weeks in boxing.

Large – 03/21/08

Meet Your Next Flyweight Champion

Below is a clip of a 6-year-old model named Pretty Boy Bam Bam training to become a boxer. There are so many things wrong with that sentence.

Some interesting facts on PBBB:

* He was born on 09/11/01

* He has been boxing since he was two-years-old

* He is the subject of a documentary being produced by Wright Tyme Multi Media

It’s all pretty mesmerizing but I think his left jab is a little weak.

Memories From The Park: When The Pacman Attacked Early And Often

In case you haven’t been paying attention, this weekend will mark the fifth-straight Saturday in which a highly-anticipated boxing match(es) will be contested. First came, Pavlik-Taylor II on 2/16, then Klitschko-Ibragimov on 2/23, followed by Marquez-Vazquez III on 3/1 and, finally, Haye-Maccarinelli/Maskaev-Peter on 3/8. We can also throw in Carlos Quintana’s shocking victory over Paul Williams on 2/9 which would then make this Saturday’s Manny Pacquaio vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight the sixth entry in a most memorable 42 day span.

Nowadays, it isn’t common to see two fighters have a rematch several years after meeting for the first time but that will be the scenario when these two Super Featherweights clash four years after their infamous draw.

Today’s Memory takes us back to May 8, 2004 and, more specifically, the first round of Pacquaio-Marquez I. Watching this frenetic round, it’s a wonder how this even ended up a draw but you know how that goes.

Somewhere Chris Eubank And Nigel Benn Are Getting Warmed Up

If you’re a wrestling fan you know all about the term “cruiserweight.” It’s basically a glorified jobber (aka loser for the non-wrestling folks out there). Coincidentally enough, it kind of has the same connotation in boxing.

Basically, Cruiserweights have always been known as plumpy Light Heavyweights or tiny Heavyweights. You know, guys who just don’t belong in one particular weight class. But all that is beginning to change and a good example of this cruiser-revolution comes in the form of Saturday night’s David Haye-Enzo Maccarinelli tilt from the O2 Arena in jolly ol’ London, England.

Forget the fact that the WBA, WBO and WBC Cruiserweight titles are on the line. Forget that both men have only lost once in 20+ fights and are not big fans of going the distance. No, the real reason to watch this tilt is that it’s the most important boxing match in Britain history’s since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank fought to a draw in their famous 1993 rematch on the hollowed grounds of Old Trafford in Manchester.

It’s hard to say whether this battle of Britain will come close to generating the kind of interest Benn-Eubank II did because, after all, 18 million people watched it in Britain alone. However, something tells me that, given their history, Haye and Maccarinelli will put on a great show come Saturday night. Considering the lackluster state of the Heavyweight division (and, yes, I am aware Peter and Maskaev will also be fighting on Saturday – more on them later) who says this can’t be the Cruiserweights time to shine? At least for the time being of course – Haye does plan on moving up to Heavyweight in the near future.

Anyhow, to get you pumped up for Saturday’s fight, have a look at this tremendous video previewing Benn-Eubank I. I love hearing people trash-talk in British accents especially when they break out lines from Shakespeare.