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Boxing News: Kostya Tszyu Meets The Press

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IBF junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu (31-1, 25 KOs, 1 ND) will defend his title against Ricky Hatton (38-0, 28 KOs) in the most hostile of environments – the challenger’s backyard – at MEN Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In anticipation of the fight, Kostya Tszyu spoke with the press.

Tszyu:  It is great to be here in England. As expected, it has been raining four or five times a day, but I feel so great because I have not competed in Europe for so many years. I am so excited to be here and cannot wait to step in the ring and show all my skills to the great fans in England.

Question:  What is your mindset as you prepare for a fight that starts at 2 AM in England?

Tszyu:  It does not matter what time it starts because if you are ready. If you are a professional, you have to be ready to fight any time and that is what I am doing. I am fighting at 2:00 in the morning in a different country in the backyard of Ricky Hatton and I am very confident of my ability to do the job.

Question:  Have you ever fought in anyone’s backyard or ever faced anything close to the kind of atmosphere you are going into?

Tszyu:  Julio Cesar Chavez in Arizona. You have to remember 15,000 Mexican fans were in the stadium and it was unbelievable.  I think I won lots of fans in that fight.  I even had to jump from the ring right after the victory and walk away because there were so many mad people there, but after some time, they did realize that I am the champion of the people and I want to look for Mexican fans there.  I am sure if I decide to go to Mexico, I will have a great welcome there.

Question:  Can you talk about what went into your decision making process of not only taking the fight with Hatton but agreeing to do so in England?

Tszyu:  First, he is the No. 1 contender for my IBF title.  Secondly, he is a great physical and mental challenge. Sooner or later, I would have to defend the title against him anyway and the circumstances came that I had to fight here in England.  Because I do love great challenges for myself all the time, I am excited to come here to England and show my skills to all the English and European people.  So I decided that this fight was good for me.

Question:  How much longer do you want to fight?  If you beat Ricky Hatton, what else is there for you to accomplish?

Tszyu:  I will just take fights one at a time.  I have been clinging to my title for the last five years.  I just cannot walk away from the ring because I still have something to prove to myself, something to do with me.  It is something that I love to do.

Question:  What could you possibly still have to prove to yourself?

Tszyu:  I do not know, honestly.  I always take it one fight at a time.  After this fight, we will see what the next challenge will be for me. 

Question:  How much did you have to adjust your schedule because of the 2 AM start?

Tszyu:  I decided to not adjust anything.  Right now, I am very comfortable for what I am doing and I have had lots of discussions with different advisers about it.  One bit of advice I have got is if I am 100 percent ready and prepare really hard and am in good condition, I do not need to change anything really because when it comes to the day of the fight, you are going to be ready.  If you train at 2:00 in the morning every single day, it is like a night shift, you are going to get tired eventually.

Question:  What is the latest time that you fought until now?

Tszyu:  I think it is around 12:00 and I did not have any problem.  Everyone, under special circumstances, can stay up overnight without any problems.  But if you do it over and over again, eventually you will start to get tired.  That is one of the reasons why I decided to not adjust my schedule.  I decided to live normally, train normally, be ready normally and when it is time, be ready only once.

Question:  Why do you remain so confident despite your age and inactivity in the last couple of years?

Tszyu:  I think it has played a good role for me, my inactivity.  I am 35 and I am fresh.  I am very confident because I am much better now at 35 than I was at 25.  I could destroy the 25-year-old Kostya Tszyu right now with the 35-year-old Kostya Tszyu.  That is how confident I am right now.

Question:  Ricky has been a sensation in England and he has got a swarming, very high volume punch style, but that is probably something that you like – guys who come to fight?

Tszyu:  Of course, I love it.  Every time somebody is throwing the punch, there is a good chance that they open up themselves.  I am an accurate boxer myself and I know that every time you try to punch in flurries, you have time to leave yourself open. For me, it is all about split seconds.  I do not make mistakes myself and when other people make mistakes, when they are throwing the punch, it is usually time to go. That is why I am happy with anyone coming to me.

Question:  In your last fight with Sharmba Mitchell, you basically came out and destroyed him.  Is that the same plan with Ricky Hatton?

Tszyu:  Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.  I am preparing myself for any tactic.  Whether it is going to be a brawl or it is going to be a tactical game, I am ready for anything.  I will not need to look for Ricky.  He will come on me and that is the great thing about this fight.

Question:  Do you feel that it could just turn into a war right when the bell sounds?

Tszyu:  We are not here to do the ballet.  Of course, there is going to be war.  That is what people want to see and that is what they are going to see.

Question:  How do you punch the way you punch; no one in the game punches like you?

Tszyu:  I will give my secrets when I retire.

Question:  How you are going to deal with Ricky just looking for that one shot, the right hand?

Tszyu:  Even right handers have got so many different angles. It can go from the top, in the middle, from the bottom or in between.  There are many different ways of throwing the right hand.  The beginning of the end of Sharmba Mitchell came from the left hand.  I am glad whenever people think I am a one-handed fighter because that is when they make mistakes.

Question:  Are you concerned with Hatton’s hand speed or are you concerned that he might be a little quick for you?

Tszyu:  Why should I put any doubt in Ricky’s mind that I am faster than him?  Let him think this way.  Just ask Sharmba Mitchell how slow I am.

Question:  You are fighting somebody who is at the top of his game.  Will you enjoy going over to England and beating Ricky Hatton in his back yard?

Tszyu:  That is why I am here.  That is why I am very confident in myself.  I never took any shortcuts in training and I never did any mistakes in the preparation.  That is the difference between me and any other fighter who has been in the game for a long time.

Question:  Do you prefer to fight a boxing technician like Sharmba Mitchell or a brawler like Ricky Hatton?  If you had to pick, which do you prefer?

Tszyu:  I think it is easier for me to fight the guys who are coming to me because I do not need to look for them.  It is not easy to fight fighters like Sharmba because you have to chase and chase them.  The guys who will come at you, throw the punches and, like I said, when they start throwing punches, they start making mistakes.

Question:  When did you get to England from Australia and when are you going on to night schedule before the fight?

Tszyu:  We came on Saturday.  Two weeks usually is my time to come into a different country.  I have done this many times and I think it has worked well.  As I already said, I will stay in normal routines through all my days here and not adjust to the night schedule.

Question:  How have you prepared for Ricky differently from your other fights?

Tszyu:  It is all about mental, I believe.  I prepare for Ricky Hatton the same way I prepare for any other fighter.  I visualize him when I am doing sparring, when I am doing shadow boxing, when I am working on the bags.  I do know exactly what Ricky is going to throw.  I know exactly how he is going to come to me.  He is going to come to me. I will not need to look for him.  He will come into the danger zone which is good for me.

Question:  What goes through your mind when you hear that Ricky Hatton is so focused and so up for this fight?

Tszyu:  He should be ready.  This is a chance for him to prove to himself that he is a genuine fighter.  He has lots of pressure on his young shoulders, something that he never had before. I have been in these circumstances a good 10 years.  It is not unusual for me.  He has to deal with lots of pressure, not just during training, but through the media.  That is why he is excited. 

Question:  Would you ever change your routine that drastically before a major fight?

Tszyu:  I always stay in my routine. Why should I change something that has worked well for me?  That is why I decided to stay in the same schedule as I usually do.  The only thing that I am changing in my training in preparation is I am adjusting my training technique for a particular fighter.  But other than that, everything is exactly the same.

Question:  In your training session, what did you do specifically to prepare yourself for Hatton’s body punches?

Tszyu:  I prepare my body punch just as well. I have great sparring partners who do a lot of body punches all the time. You can ask my sparring partners how they feel when I throw my punches.

Question:  Now that you are 35, do you find yourself training harder in your fights as opposed to when you were 25?

Tszyu:  I amaze myself all the time because every time I am doing training, I feel even better than when I was younger. 

Question:  Do you plan on moving up in weight or are you just going to stay at 140?

Tszyu:  I take it a fight at a time.  We will see after this fight what the next challenge can be and what excitement there can be for the next one and then we will talk.

Question:  What kind of feedback have you been getting from your wife and kids for you going to Ricky Hatton’s back yard and fighting him?

Tszyu:  Come back home soon.

Question:  So they are not with you on this fight?

Tszyu:  They are home.  It is a great thing for my wife to look after three kids.  That is not an easy job to do. As a father, I want to come home as quickly as possible and share my time with my kids.

Question:  You have been boxing for 27 years and you are probably one of the most consistent fighters ever.  How can you stay so consistent for so many years?

Tszyu:  I honestly do not know.  I believe my family.  I try to be a good example for my kids and how can I explain to them if I am not going to be a good example for them?  I have to be consistent with anything I do in life to show them as a personal example.

Question:  Are you still going to continue training right after this fight?

Tszyu:  I believe so.  It is a good thing that I have great kids.  Both of my kids are playing soccer right now and I have to be in shape to show them that they cannot beat me. 

Question:  Going into Ricky’s back yard, do you feel you need a knockout to win or are you confident enough in your boxing that you feel you can win a decision in his hometown?

Tszyu:  I believe so.  I never go into a fight to try to knock anyone out.  I come into the fight to show my skills. I have fought in different territory all the time.  I do not have any problem with this because I know that everybody will appreciate the skills I have and I know what I am capable of doing.

Question:  Do you think that going for the knockout would be playing right into Hatton’s hands?

Tszyu:  When you go for a knockout, you can make mistakes.  I do not like to make mistakes myself.  If you always consciously want to knock somebody out, you can knock yourself out and that is why when the punches come, they come.  It does not matter.

Question:  With all the big-name fights that could be made at 140, do you think you will finish your career at 140 pounds or do you feel a move up to 147 would be inevitable?

Tszyu:  I think it is up to you guys to decide what you want me to do.  I am a people’s champion and what the people want me to do, I will do it.  We are prizefighters and we have to entertain the people and enjoy ourselves as well at the same time.

Question:  Could you take a second and look back on all the big wins you have had and tell us what you think was the most satisfying victory so far in your career?

Tszyu:  I can describe a few of them.  Of course, the last one against Sharmba Mitchell was pretty important and an enjoyable win. Zab Judah was an important win and I think the fight against (Miguel Angel) Gonzales was a very sensational win for me.  There are so many good fighters, I cannot pick just one.

Question:  Is this fight going the distance?

Tszyu:  I do not care.  If it is going to be the distance, it will be the distance.  I am ready for 12 rounds.  I have trained like a maniac and usually my training regime goes for more than three hours all the time anyway.  If somebody thinks I am not able to do 12 rounds at the age of 35, I think they are mistaken.

Question:  Do you think it is harder to fight or to beat an undefeated fighter as opposed to someone that has lost one or more times?

Tszyu:  I think it is most enjoyable and satisfying when you are fighting against an undefeated fighter and making the first loss.

Tszyu:  I want to thank everyone here in England who are coming to the fight.  There are 22,000 tickets that have been sold and it has sold out in record time.  What this showed to me is that I, as a person, have a great interest here in Europe and England and I am sure that everyone who is going to come to the fight is going to enjoy themselves.  May the best man win.

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In Boxing News: Floyd Mayweather An All-Time Great, Valuev & More

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A Shot of Boxing on the Last Day of the Year

The Guardian reports that talks have already taken place between Nicolay Valuev‘s co-promoters – Don King and Wilfried Sauerland – and Danny Williams‘ promoter Frank Warren for Nicolay Valuev to face Danny Williams. I’d suggest Danny Williams needs to worry about Matt Skelton (who Williams is reportedly scheduled to fight in February) before he entertains notions of facing the Beast From The East.

The Mirror in the UK looks forward to a big year in boxing for 2006. The Mirror considers what the future might bring for Joe Calzaghe, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton, among others.

The Parksville Qualicum News has an interesting column on the travails of former Canadian Super Middleweight title holder Mark Woolnough. Woolnough’s career turned controversial – as widely reported in the Canadian press – at the beginning of this year when Woolnough and four other men were charged with manslaughter and assault after a fight outside a Parksville nightclub. The case returns to court next month. It’s an interesting read, as Woolnough is still looking to the future with hope.

Our own Marc Lichtenfeld provides plenty of food for thought with his Top Ten Wish List for boxing in the New Year. There’s plenty of good stuff here, but what really jumped out for me is Lichtenfeld’s opinion that a win over Zab Judah could have Floyd Mayweather knocking on the door of all-time great status. Seems to me this might be jumping the gun a little. Or is Marc right? Will it soon be time to call Floyd Mayweather Jr. an all-time great?

(More Boxing News Links at TheSweetScience.com)

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ShoBox Friday Night Fights

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Hot bantamweight prospect Raul “The Cobra” Martinez heads back to Chicago next Friday night as he is featured in the co-main event of SHOBOX “THE NEW GENERATION,” an action packed evening of professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions,’ HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, Kathy Duva’s Main Events Inc., along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank.

The two-time national amateur champion sporting a perfect 12-0 record with 9 knockouts, six of which have come in the first round,  will take on Colombian Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma, 13-1 (8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout.

Speaking after a training session at his home gym in Georgetown, Texas, Martinez said, “I’m truly looking forward to returning to Chicago. The fans were terrific in September, they were very supportive from the start of the fight,” an internationally televised first round knockout of Miguel Martinez on September 16th at the Aragon Ballroom.

Regarding his upcoming fight with Ledesma, “The Cobra” said, “I haven’t seen him fight, although I understand he’s fought at higher weights and will be naturally bigger than me. I’ve had great training for this fight and feel very confident. I really haven’t left the gym in months, just taking off Sunday’s and even then I get my running in. My thinking is that fights are won in the gym and complete preparation is the key.”

When asked about his being mentioned by Dan Rafael, ESPN’s boxing writer as one of the top prospect’s in the boxing world the 23-year-old San Antonio native said, ‘It’s a great compliment, but I still have much work to do. I want to be a champion for Main Events like Fernando Vargas and Arturo Gatti. But like Fernando said while he was in town, ‘be patient, work hard and your time will come.’”

Finishing the conversation, Martinez said, “I’m looking forward to starting out this year with a bang. I might have a couple less fights than the seven I had in 2005, but I’m looking to stepping up the competition, move up to ten-rounders and climb in the rankings.”

Headlining the evening is a ten-round welterweight showdown between boxing’s hottest prospect, unbeaten Joel Julio of Monteria, Columbia, and Ugandan native Roberto “The Doctor” Kamya. Julio, turning 21 years old the day before the fight, is 25-0 with 22 knockouts, twelve of which have come in the first two rounds. Kamya, now fighting out of West Palm Beach, Florida is 15-5 with four knockouts.

Tickets, starting at $30, are on sale in advance by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, at the corner of 19th and Laramie, just ten minutes south of the Eisenhower Expressway and ten minutes north of the Stevenson Expressway. Doors for this evening will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm.

The full bout lineup for the evening is:

Joel Julio vs. Roberto Kamya, ten rounds, welterweights

Raul Martinez vs. Andres Ledesma, eight rounds, bantamweights

Miguel Hernandez vs. Butch Hajicek, eight rounds, middleweights

David Pareja vs. Derek Andrews, eight rounds, light heavyweights

Mike Gonzales vs. Tony Kinney, four rounds, lightweights

Omar Reyes vs. Luis Navarro, five rounds, featherweights

Reynaldo Reyes vs. Ricardo Swift, four rounds, middleweights

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Pick ‘Em: Plenty of Big Upcoming Fights in ’06

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Here’s the early call on many top matches scheduled for the first half of 2006: Happy New Year!

As the new calendar dawns, there are already a considerable amount of premium bouts on the horizon. Things don’t look to be bogged down by undetermined championships next year. In many cases the scheduled face-offs involve the best fighters in the division, or at least close enough for general bragging rights. If anybody else with proper qualifications signs up to force the issue, all the better.

It can be argued that some pairings could have taken place within a more optimal timeframe, or that some headliners carry distracting baggage, but there are certainly enough heavy hitters on deck. That nobody can deny.

It doesn’t matter whether one considers the proverbial glass half empty or half full; there’s still the same amount of juice in the vessel. It’s nice to know that even with a high number of cancellations, there will still be plenty of important contenders on tap.

With elite fighters in weight divisions from top to bottom on the agenda, it’s an equivalent to what fans in more mainstream sports expect in a consistent championship format.

Baseball fans can almost always count on a World Series. Some hoops fanatics say too much attention to playoffs distracts unmotivated NBA teams during their regular season. In college, they project Sweet Sixteens. Football fans know there’s always a Super Bowl ahead to raise advertising dollars and test the USA’s halftime morals.

So too, there is method in boxing’s current madness.

The midnight crystal ball hasn’t even been unveiled in Times Square and there are already a number of potential thrillers scheduled. Most feature contrasting personalities that almost guarantee going along for the ride will be worthwhile. Any subsequent drops will probably be cheered.

Don King jumps right out of the auld lang gate with a January 7th Showtime card featuring Zab Judah against Carlos Baldomir and Jean-Marc Mormeck in a cruiserweight unification against O’Neil Bell.

It will be the upset of the year, bar none, if Baldomir can tip the applecart before Judah gets to his scheduled super-showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Meanwhile, Mormeck is emerging and should keep on rolling against Bell, who can expose him if he’s not for real.

The proverbial Big Bang starts with a January 21st rematch of one of the finest fights of ‘05, when Erik Morales goes against Manny Pacquaio for the second time on HBO pay per view. The fact that Morales was upset by Zahir Raheem after beating Pacquaio was no real loss in box-office luster. Artful Raheem will get a spot on the undercard and hope his patience is rewarded.

Everyone figures Morales and Pacquaio will pick up where they left off. Like the first time, the rematch is a pick’em contest. Management distractions and glove restrictions cited as Pacquaio’s previous problems won’t matter this time. The two are very evenly matched and their styles will make for another whapathon. It could come down to corners, where Freddie Roach gets the edge since Morales will have a new trainer for the first time since replacing his father after the Raheem lesson.

February features four of the game’s most enduring attractions, in a pair of crucial matchups.

First up, Showtime presents the Jose Luis Castillo – Diego Corrales tiebreaker from El Paso on Feb 4th. This is another pick ‘em pair, barring any sideshow. In boxing that disclaimer may be a stretch, since the sideshow is part of the act and the charm.

As far as action inside the strands goes, every round these guys have fought has been great. There’s no reason to think that pattern won’t continue. Regarding the result, Castillo keeps the pressure on as he did in the second fight, but he’ll walk into trouble from a more reserved Corrales. We still don’t know which coin to flip.

February also holds a better late than never affair between two perennial favorites as Shane Mosley collides with Fernando Vargas on the 25th.  This fight could lead to a winning ticket in the Golden Boy sweepstakes for a fall bonanza against Oscar De La Hoya.

Vargas has been in tougher recently, based on comparable strength of opposition stats, but he’s seen little action. What weight they enter the ring at may have a lot to do with the result. If Vargas has to struggle at the scale, Mosley might have the battle in the bag after round nine.

It’s hard to imagine Mosley getting stopped early, but Vargas doesn’t have to hurt him, he just has to knock him down three times. With natural size, he may be able to do just that, but Mosley would have to box uncharacteristically flat.

Unless Mosley decides to heed the crowd, the most likely scenario is that Shane plays it safe, picks a few shots, and stays away enough to capture a comfortable, dull decision. An unbowed Vargas maintains his fan base but not his bettors.

March both comes in and goes out as a lion.

On March 4th Joe Calzaghe welcomes Jeff Lacy to Manchester UK for what may be the biggest blowout of the headlining bunch. Calzaghe gets the chance to prove his considerable home-based reputation once and for all, but if Lacy creams him as we expect, that glossy record will be severely tarnished.

All Calzaghe has to do is make a respectable stand, but that’s no small task against the rising Lacy. A motivated Calzaghe, songs of England ringing in his ears, could pull a big surprise if he can exploit Lacy’s relatively limited technical development, but that’s a longshot indeed.

It looks like Lacy can get by on power alone. He could soon emerge as a pound-for-pound leader. Old Joe’s hometown advantage will last about two left hooks.

March 11th has the Ides of history to beware for at least one old lion, with farewell (we’ll see) fireworks featuring Roy Jones Jr. against Bernard Hopkins. Less than two years ago they were considered untouchable all time greats. Now between them they’ve lost five in a row.

This goodbye fight is contracted at light heavyweight, for what seems like an oldies night. Hopkins is the senior at age 41 to Jones’s 37, but Roy seems more the grandpa figure, last seen hanging on against Antonio Tarver. Youth, as it were here, will prevail.

This bout was signed quickly as each principal, usually sticklers for favorable contract clauses, agreed to parity in a demonstration of businessman first and fighter second. They may both expect easy marks. How much the boys have left by the time they get down to business remains to be seen. The history books will show this as a climactic career bout between Hall of Famers.

At 175 pounds, Hopkins may be in for rude awakening. Jones may have been more thoroughly outfought recently, but he was rumbling with bigger, tougher men than Jermain Taylor or Howard Eastman. Respectable as he is, Taylor still falls short of the level of Tarver, at least for now. The difference is still fifteen pounds less pop.

It will be quite a feat if Hopkins can stay in the fight, even at Jones’s advanced age. Our stars point to Jones winning in overwhelming fashion.

On March 18th, James Toney meets Hasim Rahman in another pairing of seasoned war-horses.

Toney and Rahman already had their introductions, when they brawled in Mexico during a WBC gathering to bestow Rahman’s new belt. Between formalities, Toney got married, which could bring up the old questions about carnal training.

Let’s hope when they meet in the ring, they restore some of the fire missing from the heavyweights in ‘05.  Toney might have an edge in recent form, but Rahman shows fine tuning he previously lacked. The winner might get newly “crowned’ Nicolai Valuev, an easy payday outside Germany.

Rahman could be the heavyweight that finally makes Toney look like a blown up middleweight. But anything less than a top effort will probably lead to embarrassing night for the Rock and give Toney solid claim to being the true heavyweight champ.

This might not be the most artful fight of the new season, but it could well be the most grueling, and the closest. He who’s faced the better big boys gets the nod. Advantage Rahman.

March 25 features Marco Antonio Barrera, probably the strongest overall claimant to 130 pound honors. The likely opponent is said to be always tough Jesus Chavez.

Chavez seemed rejuvenated when he met Leavander Johnson, but Johnson’s tragic death may have taken some of the steam out of thoughtful Chavez, said to have received Johnson’s family blessing to continue in Leavander’s name. That could mean a lot of inspiration. Either way, if he does meet Chavez, who hung tough with one arm against Erik Morales, Barrera won’t get any slack. The Fates say Chavez, whose wife recently served in Iraq, is a live, live underdog.

Another clash to be King of the Hill finds Floyd Mayweather Jr, arguably the game’s finest practitioner, bumping heads with Zab Judah, one of very few boxers who rivals Mayweather in speed, skills, and brashness.

Their hoedown, scheduled for April 8th, is one of the top pound-for-pound pairings in recent years. Judah will need a career best performance to have a chance of victory. That’s not to say he can’t pull it off, but currently Mayweather is in a different galaxy in terms of punching power. Slow-motion replays may be the only way to follow the flying fists once these two whirlwinds unload.

Mayweather should be around a 4-1 favorite. Judah is good enough to make taking the odds an attractive proposition, since that’s probably as good of odds as one is likely to see on Floyd for a while. Mayweather will stop Judah in his tracks.

The first half of next year is set to conclude with the star power of Oscar De La Hoya, probably against noteworthy foil Ricardo Mayorga on May 6. There could be some snags before a contract is finalized, but if it comes off count on Mayorga for promotional sound bite nastiness. One of the questions is whether or not he’ll be able to get under Oscar’s skin, and it might actually be entertaining to see the classy, model perfect De La Hoya show he’s human and freak out against the Nicaraguan maniac.

Mayorga may have burnt his best bridges already. De La Hoya has not only the boxing skill to negate Mayorga’s offense, but enough power to end it early. If Mayorga rushes in and causes a cut, De La Hoya might get ruffled enough to duck into defense and Mayorga could get a decision that goes to the cards after six rounds or so. It will be wild for as long as it lasts.

Pro boxing, like many sports, had its share of problems during 2005, but there were also many positives. Most notably, as usual, was superior and inspiring action inside the strands. Unless there’s a mass freeze-up at the top, early 2006 figures to see decisive interaction among many well-known fighters.

If even fifty per cent of the aforementioned pairings come to fruition, it’s a strong likelihood the upcoming year has at least one very positive half. Arturo Gatti, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Brian Viloria, and Shannon Briggs, to name a few, are also on deck. No matter how you chose to look at or measure mass qualities, there’s still just as much good to be seen.

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