Boxing Notebook: Still The Champ

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 12, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — Wladimir Klitschko dazzled more than 45,000 fans at Commerzbank Arena with another amazing ring entrance featuring heavily edited clips of himself and the legendary Muhammad Ali.

Klitschko (55-3,49 KOs), making the ninth defense of his world heavyweight championships, retained the unified IBF/WBO and unrecognized IBO titles with a punishing ten-round TKO victory against IBF No. 2-ranked contender, Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs).

The rematch of their September 2005 battle didn’t mimic their first bout. Klitschko didn’t look apprehensive in his attack, as he tasted the canvas three times. Instead, the champion was very aggressive in the rematch.

He quickly established the use of his left jab and he was more willing to launch his right hand as opposed to their first fight. The rematch was nothing but another dominant display of boxing skills and brute power by Klitschko.

Peter came out aggressive. He slipped punches underneath Klitschko’s left jabs and came across with a right hook that missed repeatedly.

Eventually, Peter stopped moving his head and would lunge straight-forward into Klitschko’s left jabs and straight-rights. Suddenly, Klitschko started catching Peter with hooks with either hand, along with the right uppercut – a punch Klitschko rarely uses.

Klitschko-Peter 2 did have its dry spots. Both fighters did spend a considerable amount of time in the clinch. Klitschko held a lot in the early rounds to prevent Peter from getting into a rhythm. Peter clinches a lot in the middle and later rounds as a sign of fatigue, frustration, and submission of sort.

Submission because, any heavyweight in the world that stands directly in front of Klitschko while absorbing jabs, hooks, and uppercuts wile missing with wild shots will be beaten to a pulp.

Ask Eddie Chambers, Ruslan Chagaev, Lamon Brewster, Ray Austin, Chris Byrd, Tony Thompson, and any other of Klitschko’s 49 career knockout victims.

The 10th round was the most dramatic of the fight. Usually, it is the finish, not the performance that is spells all of the drama in any of the Klitschko’s bouts. Wladimir simply opened up with his arsenal of power shots and suddenly Peter was flat on his back looking up at the star-studded lights of the arena.

In 2010, Klitschko has fought twice. Both against respective WBO and IBF mandatory challengers Chambers (KO 12) and now Peter, who was a replacement unbeaten Alexander Povetkin who forfeited his title shot after having had the No. 1-ranking for more than two years.

There are a few fights out there for Klitschko — fight with Tomasz Adamek or even an intriguing match former WBA titlist Nikolai Valuev, the 7-foot-3, 325-pound Russian giant. The fight everyone wants to see is a unification bout with current WBA champion David Haye, who fights 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in November.

Gamboa risks DQ in win, Peterson DQ’d in loss

Unbeaten 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) survived an eighth-round knockdown and risked disqualification in the final round of his unanimous decision victory against Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22KOs) to unify the WBA/IBF featherweight titles.

Gamboa-Salido was the featured main event of HBOs “Boxing After Dark” telecast from the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Gamboa, making the fourth defense of the WBA 126-pound title, suffered a knockdown in round eight off a Salido right hand to the chin.

Gamboa, who easily outclassed Salido in the earlier rounds, appeared cautious in the later rounds before scoring a knockdown in round twelve. While Salido had a knee on the canvas, Gamboa hit him in the back of his head.

Referee Joe Cortez, who disqualified Sakio Bika for hitting Jean Paul Mendy after he was on the canvas during the first round of their bout on July 31, in Las Vegas, could have automatically DQ’d Gamboa. Instead, Cortez docked the champion two points.

In the co-featured attraction: Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KOs), the highly touted prospect from Washington, D.C., was surprisingly disqualified in the seventh round for landing repeated low-blows during his WBC lightweight title-elimination bout with Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs).

The bout was fairly easy in the opening round for Peterson because he used his left jab to create distance and to set-up his combinations.

However, once Peterson abandoned his jab, Rios took over. Rios pressured Peterson into fighting a slugfest and it worked. Rioz dropped Peterson with a counter left hook in round five.

Suddenly, the fight deteriorated into a foulfest. After three warnings from the referee, Peterson twice dropped Rios with low-blow combinations. Peterson was docked two points in the sixth round.

The bout ended at the end of the seventh round when Peterson hit Rios with another low-blow

Ricky Hatton’s drug disgrace

Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton was once the most celebrated boxer coming out of England since Chris Eubank. Hatton’s straight-forward, aggressive, action-packed style made him an immense fight favorite throughout the world.

Hatton, once-known as “Ricky Fatton” because of his reputation for putting on excessive weight between fights, fell from grace this week when a video of his apparent liking for cocaine was released.

Hatton, the same fighter who on the night of June 4, 2005, wrestled the IBF junior welterweight championships from Kostya Tszyu in England, sniffed that cocaine as if his life depended on it. What a disgrace. What a shame.

Hatton unified the IBF/WBA 140-pound titles in 2005 after defeating Carlos Maussa before claiming the WBA welterweight title from Luis Collazo in May 2005.

Having posted wins over Juan Urango and Jose Luis Castillo in 2007, Hatton absorbed the first loss of his career when he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather, December 2007.

After celebrating a successful homecoming against Juan Lazcano at Manchester Stadium in England and besting Paulie Malignaggi in 2008, Hatton’s last fight was a brutal one-punch KO defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.

Judah vs. Matthysse at Prudential Center in November

Former undisputed world welterweight champion, Zab Judah was supposed to headline a fight card on October 2, at the Prudential Center. However, an injury sustained by Tomasz Adamek during his decision-win over Michael Grant last month opened up a reserved HBO date to fight on November 6.

Adamek is out and Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) steps in to face unbeaten junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs). The fight will be on HBO “Boxing After Dark” live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

In fairness to those that wanted to see Judah sooner on October 2, they can simply either exchange their tickets for the same seat on November 6th, or receive a full refund as soon as tickets for the November card go on sale.

“Matthysse is a good young fighter with good speed and power,” Judah said. “I look forward to making this an exciting fight for all my fans.

GOD SPEED Here we go…”

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing HBO to Prudential Center for the first time. When the opportunity arose, everyone involved worked very hard to reschedule Zab’s next appearance in Newark to Nov. 6th to coincide with HBO’s schedule. Judah-Matthysse will be a spectacular event, and as always, the Prudential Center fans will be treated to another great night of boxing.”

Capitale Punishment II returns to Capitale

Mark this Thursday evening on your boxing calendar as three local New York favorites are scheduled to appear on “Capitale Punishment II.”

Undefeated junior welterweight Chris Algieri (10-0, 5 KOs), lightweight Jorge Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs), and light-heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (2-0, 2 KOs) will appear on the show.