A Robbery In Texas

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 24, 2009

Former IBF/WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (Left) lands a left hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over former IBF jujnior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (Right) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Former IBF/WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz (Left) lands a left hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over former IBF jujnior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (Right) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

NEW YORK (BASN) — Paulie Malignaggi (26-2 5 KOs) the loud and outspoken junior welterweight from Brooklyn was robbed of a 12-round victory against former IBF/WBA and WBO lightweight.

It was a tough fight for both men but, Malignaggi boxed very well. The former IBF Jr. welterweight titlist boxed a very intelligent fight behind a flashy left jab-straight right combination.

Paulie could have thrown his right hand more which would have opened the two cuts above Diaz’ left eye, but Malignaggi did a good job of frustrating Diaz. Every time Diaz came straight forward Malignaggi’s jab was there in his face.

“Boxing has no [expletive] integrity, man. It’s been happening for years,” Malignaggi said. “That’s why this sport has no popularity left. Nobody watches this shit because every year, it’s decisions like this, and probably even worse than this … where people get [expletive] constantly.”

The judges scored the bout 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. What a gift nod for the hometown kid. There was no way Malignaggi lost eight or nine of the overall twelve rounds. Malignaggi should have been ahead seven rounds to five.

Credit to Diaz for cutting the ring off and applying pressure. Diaz’s aggression, however, played in Malignaggi’s game plan. Diaz’s aggression gave Paulie the opportunities he needed to use his speed to dodge and counter punches effectively.

Malignaggi looked better against Diaz than he did when he fought Ricky Hatton. Against Hatton, he was engaged in a dogged clinch-fest in which he couldn’t use his speed and movement. Malignaggi was barely into the fight as his ex-trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel in the eleventh round.

To the victor go the spoils as Diaz, fighting in his native Houston, as the main attraction of a Golden Boy Promotions fight card, will undoubtedly inch closer toward a big money fight.

Despite the questionable decision Diaz, who spent nearly three years as lightweight champion, still has something left. Diaz was winning an exciting slugfest with Juan Manuel Marquez before the Mexican legend stopped him in the ninth round in February.

Last September, Diaz won a 12-round split decision against former WBO champion Michael Katsidis.

Diaz fought for the third consecutive time at the Toyota Center (2-1).

Robert Guerrero wins IBF 130-pound belt

Middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (Left) throws a left hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over veteran middleweight Ishe Smith (Right) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (Left) throws a left hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over veteran middleweight Ishe Smith (Right) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“The Ghost” Robert Guerrero became a two-division champ on the televised portion of the Diaz vs. Malignaggi undercard. Guerrero (25-1 17 KOs) outpointed defending champion Malcolm Klassen (24-5-2 15 KOs). The scores were: 117-111, 116-112, and 116-113.

Guerrero, who hasn’t looked impressive since moving up to 130 pounds after having vacating his IBF featherweight title last year, proved that once he does his homework and takes his opponents seriously he is one of the better fighters out there.

Klassen entered the contest having had a reputation for being a good textbook fighter with a high punch rate. But it was Guerrero who proved that he was the better fighter. Although the left side of his face was swollen, Guerrero landed the more convincing punches and was able to withstand a lot of Klassen’s pressure.

That was huge contrast from the time Guerrero fought Daud Yordan to a no-contest in March. Guerrero was engaged in clinchfest prompting a nasty clash of heads that left Guerrero a bloody mess.

Danny Jacobs steps up, decisions Ishe Smith

Newly crowned IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Guerrero (Right) throws a right hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over to former IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen (Left) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Newly crowned IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Guerrero (Right) throws a right hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over to former IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen (Left) on August 22, 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Undefeated middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (18-0, 15 KOs) won a 10-round decision against Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs). The fight was a workman like effort from Jacobs who appeared to be satisfied going 10 rounds. The judges scores: 100-89 96-93 (twice).

Smith was docked one point for hitting after the bell in round nine.

Jacobs didn’t look like a fighter that had recorded 9 first-round knockouts. Instead Jacobs appeared satisfied to go 10 rounds with a fighter that has a sparring partners mentality.

Smith would throw punches and appear to give a solid effort in the early rounds but as the fight continues Smith’s desire to impose his will falters. Similar to the time when Smith fought Joel Julio, Smith began strong but faded fast toward losing a decision.

Jacobs was able to pick his shots and didn’t have to step on the gas much. Smith closed the bout strong by going after Jacobs in the last round but it was too late.

Karloy Balsay loses WBO 168-pound title

When SHOWTIME searched for six of the best fighters to compete in their first-ever “Super Six Boxing Classic” there was a reason why two of he super middleweight champions did not include Karloy Balzsay.

There had to have been a reason why Balzsay was overlooked and surpassed by SHOWTIME executives. Of course Balzsay hasn’t fought on U.S. soil and has never appeared on U.S. TV. Aside from that there was another reason and I think that explanation was displayed to the boxing community on Saturday.

Perhaps Balzsay isn’t as good as advertized.

Fighting in front of a hometown audience in Hungary, Balzsay (21-1 15 KOs), a former Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, making the second defense of his WBO super middleweight championship, was knocked out in ten rounds by Robert Stieglitz (36-2 22 KOs) in a stunning upset.

Stieglitz pummeled Balzsay in rounds nine and ten before the champion’s corner did not allow him to continue taking punishment. The bout was called off about 10 seconds into the eleventh round.

Lamon Brewster returns

Former WBO heavyweight champion and Wladimir Klitschko conqueror Lamon Brewster resumes his comeback on Saturday in Germany. With hopes of winning another world title Brewster seeks his third consecutive bout since losing to Klitschko in July 2007 rematch. Brewster looks to improve to 3-0 when he meets Gbenga Olokun (16-1, 10 KOs). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

In April 2004 Brewster shocked the world when he wrestled the WBO heavyweight crown in impressive fashion from Klitschko. Brewster absorbed a salaciously-abusive beating from the 6-foot-7, 240-pound powerhouse.

Brewster at 6-feet-2 and 230 pounds was in tremendous physical conditioning to be able to absorb and dish out punishment.

Brewster stunned Klitschko with a barrage of punches and stopped him in round five. Afterwards Brewster defended the WBO title four times (2004-06) – including a 50-second first-round knockout of Andrew Golota.

Brewster lost his title on points to Sergui Lyakhovich (L 12) in 2006 and quit on his stool against Klitschko (TKO by 7) in an IBF heavyweight title bout.

Marco Huck eyes cruiserweight title

Former cruiserweight title challenger, Marco Huck the 24 year-old Yugoslavian standout, eyes his first world title. (Huck 25-1, 20 KOs) will be granted a second opportunity to accomplish such feat when he challenges WBO 200-pound champion, Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina. The event will occur at Gerry Weber Stadium in Germany.

Huck is young and exciting. His bouts are action-packed because Huck is always looking to dominate. Huck is on a roll, as he has stopped his last six opponents after he himself was stopped in the eleventh round in a bid to win the IBF cruiserweight title from Steve Cunningham over 1 ½ years ago.

Huck should beat Ramirez a very strong cruiserweight. Ramirez has a punchers chance at best. Huck has fought the better opposition and is the better fighter overall.

A tribute to “Thunder” Arturo Gatti announced

***Main Events Monitor, the longtime boxing promotional company of Arturo Gatti, along with Pat Lynch Boxing, Gatti’s former management company, will present a “Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti.”

Arturo Gatti’s manager, Pat Lynch, said, “So many of the people who came to Gatti’s nine straight sellouts in AC, including fights 2 and 3 of the legendary Gatti-Ward series, want to get together one more time and toast his memory,” Lynch said in a statement.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva added: “Our matchmaker Russell Peltz is putting together a card that will live up to the Gatti tradition. There are many local fighters known for their exciting performances. The fighters who were chosen have quite a legacy to live up to.”

The event will also showcase some of boxing’s upcoming talent on Saturday, September 19 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The main event will feature 2004 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion and two-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves titlist, Teon Kennedy (13-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA against Lante Addy (6-4 4 KOs) of Ghana.