HATTON VS MALIGNAGGI STILL A SELLABLE FIGHT

Even though Ricky Hatton lost Saturday night to Senchenko via a surprising body shot KO,he still can fight on if he chooses to change his mind.

 It would be one thing if Hatton was blown out of the water from the opening bell and was KO’D after losing much of the fight.But the fact that Hatton looked good the first five rounds against a very good welterweight former champ in Senchenko shows that he really is not done.Hatton never was known for a good defense so the fact that he was getting hit did not surprise anyone.Hatton was landed good shots on Senchenko as well and considering Senchenko has been active,had a reach and height advantage,that was impressive.The fight was getting closer as Senchenko  started landing more and Hatton began running out of gas around the sixth round.This was to be expected but the thing that was most unexpected was that Hatton went down and didn’t get up after a Senchenko body shot.Senchenko isn’t the hardest puncher but Hatton was so winded by being out of the ring so long ,a shot to the liver was something he couldn’t bounce back from.A shame because Hatton would have just held on to get a points win most likely.It was only one round away.

 The most disappointing part of the night was that we were one round away from Paulie Malignaggi defending his WBA title in Brooklyn against Hatton probably around April.Hatton says he would have retired even had he won but I don’t believe that for a second.He would have said he will be better next time and took the Malignaggi fight.He worked to hard to just be his hardest critic and retire after a win against a former champ in Senchenko.

 Hatton vs Malignaggi can still happen if Hatton wants it I believe.Hatton did not look bad,he just was stopped on a single shot and was not ready for this type of competition.He should have taken the Katsidis fight instead.Regardless,Hatton vs Malignaggi would still sell and be a fight the boxing world would tune into.It would truely be Hatton’s last stand in the ring.And Malignaggi would most likely take it still because he has been dying to avenge that loss to Hatton in ’08.I won’t be surprised to see Ricky change his mind and give it one more shot but he better change it fast because Golden Boy is probably already making up the new list of possible opponents for The Magic Man.

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WHY DO FANS THINK TROUT WOULD BEAT CANELO?COTTO GETS CANELO NEXT..NO DOUBT

 More and more articles are being written about how Canelo should fight Austin Trout.And how Trout would expose Canelo just like he did to Cotto.I don’t understand how you can compare a 21 year old stronger,prime and motivated Canelo to an aging,past his prime and torn between fighting on and retiring Cotto.

 There’s no doubt that Trout is an excellent fighter who is undefeated and I have no doubt he would give Canelo all kinds of problems.But to say he would school Canelo is crazy.Just because Cotto gased out and was outboxed by Trout doesn’t mean Canelo wouldn’t wear Trout down with his heavy body shots like he does every opponent.It would be nice to see Canelo in there with someone his size but I still think Canelo is a heavy favorite if he ever fights Trout.Trout is not fast enough to elude Canelo’s attack especially to the body and the jab that kept Cotto off Trout would likely get walked through by Canelo.I see Canelo getting either a late stoppage on Trout or a close decision.Take nothing away from Trout.He would be Canelo’s toughest opponent but there’s nothing in his arsenol that convinces me he beats Canelo.

 What we likely will get instead of Trout vs Canelo is Cotto vs Canelo on the Mayweather vs Guerrero undercard.Like it or not Cotto has alot more name recognition and is one of the top PPV sellers along with Pacquiao and Mayweather.Putting Mayweather,Canelo and Cotto on the same card May 4 will be too tempting not to do for Golden Boy so i expect that doubleheader and huge PPV numbers.Cotto will lose to Canelo but it will set up Mayweather vs Canelo for September which will be another huge PPV buy rate for Golden Boy.Top Rank has only a Marquez vs Pacquiao 5 fight in their future because Pacman has lost all his lure after losing to Bradley and Marquez(twice in my opinion if you count their 2011 fight).

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INTERVIEW WITH ASYLUM FIGHT LEAGUE OWNER CARL MASCARENHAS

1 .For those that haven’t heard of The Asylum Fight League yet,give us a run down of who you guys are.

An amateur fight league created by Fighters, for Fighters. A competitive atmosphere designed to develop individuals that want to enter into the arena of MMA competition. To provide the vehicle for those fighters who want to test their skills against the best regional fighters in their weight class and show the results of all the hours of training, that no one else see’s. We will provide the chance for fighters who want to develop their amateur record with aspirations of going professional. We will attract the leaders in the industry to evaluate talent that may have a chance of going to the next level. But most importantly we will respect and support the struggle that amateur fighters experience in trying to train full time and pursue a dream, while holding down a job, taking care of their families, or going to school. We know that struggle because we’ve been there!!! We’re not just businessmen, we’re ex-fighters, running a business for a new breed of fighters.

2.What are your short term and long term plans for the league.

As a company we are looking to get the Amateur fighters to the next level. There are other Am events but what sets us apart from them we run a Professional event with a Professional look from Music to Lights and venue. We want our fighters to be acclimated to the big show so they are ready to fight their fight not be star shocked from the intensity of being the Super athlete that they are. Asylum will be expanding to other parts of the country this year starting with Maine and Miami then branching to other parts of the country. Our Pro section of the Company will be hosting a Tournament in the Caribbean where we will be offering a $100,000 prize to the winner of the event.

4.What are you weight divisions and do you have champions

We are sactiones by NJSACB rules and regulations, we have champions in each one of the weights allowed by State Reg.

5.What are your goals every time you put on a show?

Our Goals for each show is to provide the best experience for each one of the fighters. From The Weight-ins to the the event . We want each of the fans to feel as if they are in there in a “Cheers” type of atmosphere “Where everyone knows your name” while having the most non-stop action packed night of their lives. Each one of the fans are part of the Asylum Family and thats what we want them to feel each time they attend our event.

6.The Asylum Fight League is an MMA amateur league ,how can fighters who want to try out contact you?

They can fill out an application on our website www.asylumfightleague.com or email me directly at aflfighter@yahoo.com

7.How many shows a year do you put on?

We have done as many as 18 in a year now that we are the top MMA event in the Tri-state area we do 4 shows one each quarter.

8. When is your next show?

We put in dates to the state and waiting approvals. Possible Feb 2013

9.What are your thoughts on the current state of MMA,UFC,STRIKEFORCE and the major organizations?

MMA is hot and growing , there is plenty of room for Asylum to gain a bigger part of the Market and grow as a company.

10.What message would you like to get out to the fans of The Asylum Fight League and most important
the new ones who are just finding out about you now?

As I said before “I have a dream” I want to grow Asylum to its fullest potential and reward all that have made it such. We are looking to provide a memorable evening for each one of the fans while giving the Fighters the biggest MMA experience of their lives . I don’t like NO. 2 and looking forward to the excitement of growth.

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Interesting night of boxing on HBO and Showtime

Here are some thoughts on both cards shown on HBO and Showtime.Some interesting fights including a disappointing main event.

1.Alfredo Angulo defeats Raul Casarez by 1st round KO-There wasn’t much too to come away with in this bout.It was Angulo’s first fight in 11 months and it was a mismatch that ended in Angulo knocking out Casarez in the first round.A good comeback win for Angulo though.

2.Mikey Garcia defeats Jonathon Barros by TKO 8.-The usual impressive Mikey Garcia fight.He doesn’t dazzle you the first few rounds.Very workmanlike in his approach as he wore down Barros with the jab and the next thing you know Barros is hitting the deck.Result is another Garcia win and hopefully he gets the Salido fight he wants so bad next.

3.Leo Santa Cruz defeats Victor Saleta via KO 9-Santa Criz was impressive as he won every round against Saleta on his way to a 9th round TKO.He dropped Saleta 3 times in a very impressive win for Santa Cruz who looks better every fight.

4.Vanes Martirosyan vs Erislandy Lara ends in a draw.Overall this fight was a decent fight although it didn’t have the fireworks i thought it might have.It was fairly even with each fighter having his moments.I had Lara winning because he was a little more busy but it was very close.The fight ended in a draw when an accidental headbutt cut Vanes over his eye that was dripping blood badly.The result is a draw,a probable rematch and Canelo not having to fight Lara anytime soon if ever now.

5.Abner Mares defeats Chemito Moreno by decision-In the most anticipated fight of the fight it did not disappoint.Overall it was a dirty fight by Mares as he kept coming head first at Moreno.I like Mares and his work rate but he does get away with alot of headbutts and low blows.Mares outworked Moreno and pressured him all night as Moreno had to keep running as Mares stalked him all night.Moreno never got on track as Mares kept bull rushing him all night which led to Moreno going down in the 5th round for the first time in his career and his first loss in 10 years.Mares won wide decisions including the usual ridiculous scorecard of 120-106 .Seems we get a stupid judge at every fight now.After the fight Mares called out Nonito Donaire.Dont get excited about that fight boxing fans.Bob Arum won’t make it just to be spiteful!!

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INTERVIEW WITH PETER SFERRAZZA 11-15-12

ONE OF THE MOST INSIGHTFUL CORNERMEN IN THE FIGHT GAME,TEAM MALIGNAGGI’S OWN PETER SFERRAZZA BREAKS DOWN SOME OF THE BIGGEST FIGHTS IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.GET PETER’S TAKE ON BROOK/ALEXANDER,GUERRERO/BERTO,KHAN/MOLINA,MARQUEZ/PACMAN AND MUCH MORE.THE “ONE IN A MILLION SICILLION” ALSO GIVES HIS TAKE ON RICKY HATTON VS SENCHENKO WHICH MANY WILL BE WATCHING ANTICIPATING MALIGNAGGI/HATTON 2!

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ADRIEN BRONER WILL WIN EASILY TONIGHT

 

There is no doubt that Antonio Demarco will be Adrien Broner’s toughest opponent.But don’t think that tonight will be the night “the problem” get’s solved.

 While it will be interesting to see Broner defend against a skilled southpaw like Demarco.I fully expect Broner’s slickness and defense to make him an extremely hard target to hit which will frustfrate Demarco.In turn,I can see Broner landing more at will each round as Demarco takes more chances knowing he’s losing the fight.Hopefully I’m wrong and we have a good fight but I don’t see it.Every fight we see Broner he’s getting better and better.I know his opponents have been subpar to say the least but he is a young guy climbing the ladder.I’m impressed by his skills and even though he is a little too heavy on the Floyd antics,he still is the most promising young boxer today in my eyes.

PREDICTION:BRONER BY UD

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Hopefully Kell Brook knocks Devon Alexander out!!

On January 19 Devon Alexander will defend his IBF world title against the U.K’s Kell Brook.Brook who is undefeated and finally gets his chance at a world title,but will the venue have more to do with the outcome than the fight itself?

 Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has offered Devon Alexander a few offers over 1 million dollars to travel to the U.K. to fight Brook but Alexander is not going for it.Are we even a little surprised there?If it was up to Alexander he would never step foot out of St.Louis.Last month when he came to Brooklyn to fight Randall Bailey he was booed after winning the title due to the fight’s boredom and lack of excitement.Beating an old and much slower fighter like Bailey was not all that impressive in my eyes.All Alexander did was out work him and play it safe all night while Bailey hardly fought back as Alexander landed a few shots and mostly hit gloves all night.Either way Bailey didn’t show up so anything Alexander did would win the fight as long as he didn’t get KO’d.When he fights Kell Brook he is in for a much harder night.Kell Brook is just as fast as Alexander and is skilled.He is undefeated for a reason and while Alexander is by far going to be his best opponent,I think he can beat him.

 Brook might have to knock Alexander out to get the win if it’s in the U.S.We are not sure how Brook will be received as he has not been seen in the U.S. except for an undercard fight in Atlantic City some time ago.Alexander,who has been given a few gift wins in his hometown of St.Louis does not want to travel to the U.K. and get a taste of his own medicine if its a close fight.So most likely the fight will be in the United States,possibly Las Vegas or NY.Wherever the fight is I can see it being sort of like the Timothy Bradley fight where Alexander gets battered around by someone as fast as him and you never know what happens next with Alexander.He might quit again!I will be rooting for Kell Brook no matter where it takes place.

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HATTON-SENCHENKO BREAKDOWN BY EDWARD REVOLVER

By Edward Revolver

Well, to start with, for me Hatton – Senchenko is kinda 50/50 fight. For me it’s kinda hard to pick a winner here.
Of course the 1st question which comes to mind (and the most serious question about this fight) – how will Hatton look like after 3.5 years layoff? We can only guess. We’ve seen those photos of Hatton during his layoff. He looked nasty, to say the least. He gained a lot of weight and etc. Far from healthy lifestyle, huh? According to him he had a lot of mental problems during layoff… Well, you know the whole story. And when on Sept.14 this year, Ricky announced that he resumes his boxing career, that he’s willing to step into the ring again, the first thing I thought was – not a good idea, Ricky. I really thought that there is no sense for Hatton to make this comeback. I had no optimism at all. But when I saw how he quickly he got himself in shape (if I’m right, he started training since spring or summer this year), how he dropped his weight… I mean, hat off to this man. And, for sure, hat off to him for taking Vyacheslav Senchenko as his 1st opponent in a comeback fight. Senchenko is a former WBA welterweight champ, tall, long-armed fighter. He is more or less skilled. Not a bad fighter at all. But as his career showed – he’s not a bad fighter till he faces the 1st really meaningful, skilled, major fighter. I mean he grabbed the championship belt in a fight against an average fighter like Nuzhnenko, then he made a couple of title defences against guys nobody heard off. Against the guy like Charlie Jose Navarro (who put a brave effort against Senhenko) Senchenko barely escaped with a close decision, having a lot of trouble during the fight and all in all he looked sluggish back then. Then he faced the 1st REAL test in his career in Paulie Malignaggi. Amd as I mentioned, Senchenko is good till he faces the 1st meaningful opponent. That’s what happened. Senchenko was completely outclassed by Malignaggi, in every which way.

So the thing is that – on one side, Hatton deserves respect for taking a good, young fighter, former champ for his 1st comeback fight. Senchenko is, no question, far from a bum.On the other hand, Hatton made an interesting step – he took a skilled fighter, but at the same time he made his choise in favour of a limited, rather vulnerable fighter. A fighter, who is beatable and who was outclassed in his last fight. So, looks like Ricky made a smart move. But how smart? We’ll see on fight night

As for my final prediction: of course, if this fight would’ve happened, say, 4 years ago (before Ricky’s retirement) it would’ve been a mismatch. cause Hatton would wipe Senchenko out and would not have any problem with ukrainian. But right now, as I mentioned, we simply have no idea about how Hatton will look like on fight night. Even though he looks in shape and he looked pretty fast, fresh, showed a good footwork during those public workouts, we gotta understand, that public workout is one thing, and the real fight – completely another thing. As for Senchenko, he looks in shape as well, looks like he’s rather calm and relaxed (based on his pre-fight interviews). But we’ll see how confident is he on Nov.24. I give him a solid chance in this fight. He has some not bad skills, not bad handspeed, he has some experience, has a punch. And from what I saw he has a heart. If he’ll have a heart tomorrow, if he’ll not lose his confidence, fighting for only a 3rd time outside his native Ukraine, if the atmosphere on fight night (I mean those crazy british fans, who will tremendously support Hatton, cheering for him) will not confuse him – he can do it. It he’ll not slug with Hatton, if he’ll be moving around a lot, using his footwork, and if he’ll be able to keep Hatton at distance with his good long left jab and his straight right, if he’ll be able to keep himself off the ropes – he can do it. I’m not sure about how good Hatton’s stamina will be tomorrow. He was known for having tremendous stamina years ago. But how good his stamina is now? That’s the question. This fight is scheduled for 10 rounds. You can make a case that 10 round distance was created by show organizers especially for Hatton. 10 round distance may be comfortable for fighter who’s coming off a layoff. So, it means Senchenko should start fast. No slow start, especially in Britain, where local judges may favour (and most likely WILL favour) their guy.
And I think that the fight will go the distance. Anyway, Hatton’s layoff and his questionable shape is a HUGE chance for Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Now, I have mentioned what Senchenko, in my opinion, should do to get a win. As for Hatton – depends on which kind of Hatton will show up. If he’ll be successfull in getting inside without getting hit on the way in (so, if he’ll have good and effective head and body movement), if his stamina will be OK and if his trademark workrate is still there (which is very questionable after being off the ring for a long time, lol) – then he’ll be able to win a competetive fight with a hard-fought 10 round decision.

So, as for my verdict – it’s 50/50. Just like I said at the very beginning. 50/50. Even. We have an intriguing fight tomorrow. And let’s enjoy it.

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50 Cent can not win a war with Mayweather

 The heated words between Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent continued on twitter with 50 saying he cant hang with Floyd anymore because he is running from Pacquiao.Mayweather shot back saying 50 was just there as a boxing groupie to hold his belts.

 I hate to break it to fans of 50 Cent but if they think his promotional group will ever amount to anything they are mistaken.He knows nothing about promoting boxing.Just because he hung around Mayweather a few years doesn’t mean he knows boxing.He’s just a fan with money enough to lure a few mid level boxers to his group.And guys like Andre Dirrell and Billy Dib signed on thinking Mayweather would be involved.I bet they are pissed he’s out of the picture.

 Floyd Mayweather is smart for not joining 50 on this venture.Floyd realized that he would not have the power to make fights and organize them that Golden Boy Promotions has.Why leave them to take on all that work when it might not even work out.Does anyone believe we will be seeing SMS Promotions running a big show on HBO anytime soon? I doubt it and I think SMS will fade away just like 50 and Floyd’s friendship did

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