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Friday, May 28, 2010

Heyman Hopes for Rematch

After a split decision loss on May 7 to Mike Alderete, Max Heyman is hoping for a rematch.

Heyman told New Mexico Boxing, “I just want a rematch and think it will happen. I might not like the man, but Mike did come to fight. I appreciate that, and admire that. I take nothing away from him – he brought the fight to me and that’s awesome. Let’s do it again.”

There is still bad blood between Heyman and Alderete. Before the fight, they had thrown verbal jabs at each other and the talk hasn't stopped even though the match took place three weeks ago.

Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) broke his left hand in the fight. He knocked Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) down in the first round, but then suddenly became less aggressive and only took the decision on one judge's card.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Foreman's HBO Interview

Courtesy of HBO

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Steward's Concerned About Foreman

WBA light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) will face the toughest challenge of his career in two weeks. On June 5, 2010, he'll stand in the ring across Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs). In Cotto's corner will be legendary trainer, Emanuel Steward.

Steward, who originally agreed to consult Foreman before switching sides to train Cotto, sees it as a 50-50 fight. He told BoxingScene.com, "It's going to be a very tough fight. If I was making the decision, I would not have picked Foreman for his first fight back [since his brutal loss to Manny Pacquiao last November]."

The thought among many boxing writers is that Foreman is a slick boxer whose movement will give the power-punching Cotto headaches.

In an interview with East Side Boxing, Steward asserted, "The biggest problem in this fight for me is Yuri is such a good fighter himself. It’s not so much just what Miguel is doing, but Yuri Foreman is a very underappreciated fighter. I think his talent, his boxing skills, and his speed is totally unappreciated."

Cotto is clearly the more renowned fighter. Even before losing last November to Pacquiao- the pound-for-pound king- Cotto has faced a string of world class opponents over the past five years at junior welterweight and welterweight. This will be his first fight at 154 pounds. Foreman's biggest test to this point was against Daniel Santos last November for the title.

Steward continued, "I was talking with Sugar Ray Leonard. He said, ‘Steward, that’s one fighter that I would never have wanted to fight, even in prime.’ I said, ‘I know.’ Yuri Foreman’s going to be a very difficult fight for anyone.”

There is some question as to whether Cotto, 29, is still in his prime as he's participated in a number of violent contests. There is some concern that Cotto's skills have waned due to those bouts. He was beat into submission against Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito in 2008. He was cut against Joshua Clottey last summer and also took punishment against Shane Mosley and Zab Judah, both in 2007. Those three resulted in Cotto victories.

Foreman, 29, hasn't been in any wars. But some question as to whether he can test Cotto's chin. Foreman is not a knockout puncher. He's perceived to rely on his boxing skills, though he was able to knock Santos down twice in his last fight and was willing to trade with the tough Andrey Tsurkan in 2007.

Whether Steward's high compliments are genuine or a bit of gamesmanship, it is difficult to tell. But, in any event, this bout, which has been dubbed The Stadium Slugfest and will be televised on HBO, is extremely intriguing.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Shmuel Scheduled to Fight in June

Twenty three year old junior welterweight Elad Shmuel (21-2, 11 KOs) is scheduled to be back in action on Sunday June 13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Tel Aviv native has won his last four fights. This will be the third time he's fought this year. His last bout was a unanimous decision over journeyman Edward Anderson at welterweight early last month. This will be the eighth match of Shmuel's career in Philadelphia; the previous seven took place at the Blue Horizon. No opponent has yet been scheduled.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Heyman's Hand Broke

According to New Mexico Boxing, in his fight with Mike Alderete last Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Max Heyman broke his left hand. Heyman believes he broke it in the first round of the bout.

Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) knocked down Alderete in first round and then was outworked the rest of the way. Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) walked away with a split decision victory. The winner said he would grant Heyman a rematch, but only if it was held at 175 pounds. Last Friday's bout was at cruiserweight.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Yuri Foreman Piece on E:60

Courtesy of ESPN

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Salita Wants a Rematch

Hoping to avenge his only career loss, light welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita believes he's now ready to battle on the level of WBA champion Amir Khan. Boxing News 24 reports that Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) wants a rematch with Khan (22-1, 16 KOs).

It was last December that Salita got his first world title shot. The Brooklyn-based fighter traveled to Khan's hometown of Newcastle, England for what he hoped would be his coming-out party. Instead, it was an uncompetitive fight, over almost as quickly as it started. After three knockdowns in the first round, the bout was stopped and Salita's first opportunity was gone.

Since the fight, Salita has been blasted on the internet for his poor showing. But he has kept his sights high. A fight with Khan, who is scheduled to fight Paulie Malignaggi in a week, is likely not in the immediate future for Salita. In the meantime, this is a chance for him to work his way back up the rankings by challenging top contenders before his next title shot.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Heyman Loses Split Decision

Mad Max Heyman lost a split decision to Mad Mike Alderete last night at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Heyman slid to 23-11-4 with 13 KOs. Alderete jumps to 7-4-2 with 3 KOs.

Heyman knocked Alderete down in the first round. At that point, Alderete became more aggressive than Heyman, who was in only his second fight in the last three years. As a result, the scorecards read 77-74, 76-75, and 75-76 in favor of Alderete.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Weights for Albuquerque

Max Heyman weighed in at 192 3/4 pounds and Mike Alderete came in at 189 for their cruiserweight battle. The fight will take place tomorrow at Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The card will be televised on ESPN 2, but it is unlikely that this fight will be aired.

There has been bad blood between Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) and Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs) leading up to the fight. Alderete has accused Heyman of ducking him. Heyman questions Alderete's right to call him out as Alderete is not very accomplished. Both are from Albuquerque.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Yuri Foreman on Jimmy Kimmel Live

April 29, 2010

part 1

part 2

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mariano Plotinsky vs. Jürgen Brähmer

April 24, 2010
Hamburg, Germany
WBO light heavyweight championship

part 1

part 2

Plotinsky: black and red trunks
Brähmer: black, gold, and red trunks