Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why Khan-Collazo Fight Benefits Both Fighters

When it comes to the Welterweight division there is little doubt that the two main marquee attractions are Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Both Mayweather and Pacquiao have been at the top of most pound for pound debates for several years, but more importantly when it comes to the Welterweight and even the Jr. Middleweight divisions both are the big money draws that all opponents vie for an opportunity to fight.

Former world champions Amir Khan and Luis Collazo are no exception. Khan the former unified world Jr. Welterweight champion, who reigned over the division for three years between 2009 and 2012 has become one of the sport’s rising stars. Khan however, has had to deal with adversity that some might argue has derailed his standing among the sport’s pound for pound debates.

Khan, despite suffering some setbacks has shown the ability to persevere. Some will remember Khan suffering a first round knockout loss at the hands of Breidis Prescott in September 2008 in fifty-four seconds. Under circumstances where most would be discouraged and some fighters have found it difficult to bounce back, Khan persevered going on to win the WBA world title in the Jr. Welterweight division by scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Andreas Kotelnik in 2009.

Khan went on to successfully defend and partially unify his title with the IBF Jr. Welterweight world title five times before having to deal with further adversity in back-to-back fights with Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. Khan would lose the IBF portion of his title to Peterson in December 2011 in what was a closely fought battle, but was reinstated as WBA champion after Peterson failed a post-fight drug test as he tested positive for a banned substance. Khan would then face undefeated WBC champion Danny Garcia in July 2012.

In that fight Khan suffered knockdowns in the third and fourth rounds before the fight was stopped in round four. After suffering two setbacks, Khan would again show the ability to bounce back returning to the ring later that year to stop Jr. Welterweight contender Carlos Molina in ten rounds.

In his last fight Khan survived being knocked down in the fourth round to win a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over former Lightweight world champion Julio Diaz. Although Khan’s rise up the sport’s mythical pound for pound ratings may have been derailed by suffering those setbacks, he is still a star of the sport and should be considered a threat to anyone in the Welterweight division.

As much as Khan’s ability to overcome adversity has become a key component throughout his career, the same holds true for former Welterweight world champion Luis Collazo. As this observer has said in the past Collazo might be more known as a fighter who has had decisions go against him in notable fights throughout his career, despite the fact that he is a former world champion.

Despite losing to Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto, and Shane Mosley on the marquee stage of the sport over the course of his career, Collazo has persevered. After suffering a loss to Freddy Hernandez in 2011, Collazo went on to win three straight fights leading up to his encounter with former Welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz in January of this year. Collazo brought the fight to a sudden and dramatic conclusion when a perfectly timed counter right hook dropped Ortiz late in the second round.

A sudden and perhaps unexpected knockout win that has reestablished Collazo in the Welterweight division. As I said in covering that fight in January if there was something to take away from that fight that may be inspiring is that perseverance can indeed pay off. Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo are examples of that.

In addition to being former world champions both Khan and Collazo share something else in common, the desire to not only reach the top of the mountain once again by becoming world champions, but also the desire in wanting a fight against Floyd Mayweather. For a time it appeared as though Khan would get the opportunity to face Mayweather so much so that he pulled out of a scheduled fight against former two-division world champion Devon Alexander.

The potential of a fight between Mayweather and Khan seemed to be somewhat enhanced by an online poll conducted by Mayweather that saw Khan receive more votes than the recently crowned WBA Welterweight world champion and former Khan opponent Marcos Maidana, who Mayweather eventually decided to fight on May 3rd in Las Vegas. Khan however, may have received the next best opportunity as it was announced earlier this week that he will face Collazo on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard.

Although some may feel that Amir Khan was pushed aside by Mayweather opting to face Maidana instead of him, in all truth and honesty Mayweather choosing to face Maidana was the most logical option for Mayweather at this stage of his career. Maidana after all did score a dominant victory over Adrien Broner, Mayweather’s friend who has been called Mayweather’s protege by some in December of last year to win the WBA title. It was only natural to assume after that fight last December that there would be significant demand for Mayweather to face Maidana with the intriguing storyline of whether Maidana could duplicate his performance by defeating Mayweather with the undefeated Mayweather looking to avenge his friend’s defeat.

Mayweather’s choice however, by choosing to fight Maidana now opens the door for another intriguing storyline as both Khan and Collazo have vocally expressed their desire to face him. The fact that now Khan and Collazo will face each other as the co-main event on the Mayweather-Maidana card presents a perfect opportunity for both fighters to make their case to face the winner of that fight. This would seem logical seeing as Collazo is currently ranked third in the world in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) rankings and Khan being ranked number two by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

When you also take into the equation that the three fighters who are currently ranked ahead of Khan and Collazo, Paul Malignaggi and Keith Thurman in the WBA rankings and Luis Carlos Abregu in the WBC rankings all have scheduled fights in the next month. What this amounts to in the often political and often confusing landscape of the sport and it’s rankings is an elimination bout between Khan and Collazo to see who will be in line to face the Mayweather-Maidana winner.

Although I am very much looking forward to providing further analysis about this fight as May 3rd draws closer, an argument should be made that no matter who should emerge victorious between Khan and Collazo, both are likely to be in good position for potential big money fights in the Welterweight division in the long-term picture. A testament for two fighters who have made careers out of their ability to overcome adversity and persevere.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Touted Fighter Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova Upset In Bid For World Title Fight

Press Release: March 22, 2014 By Martin Hines and Sundown Entertainment- COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Maria Suarez wanted to give her soon-to-be 16-year old son a wonderful birthday present. On Friday night at the Pueblo Convention Center, she did just that. Suarez (8-0) remained undefeated by hanging tough through six rounds against the home-town favorite, Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova (12-5-1). Suarez, who supervises her California hometown’s Head Start early education program, impressed the partisan crowd with her aggressive style.

“I got into fighting about seven years ago,” said Suarez. “My son is going to be sixteen tomorrow and I used to take him to the gym when he was eight years old. He fought amateur for awhile, but I’m the one that stuck around and took on this profession. This isn’t even my full-time job. I have a master’s degree, so this is a hobby of mine—this is my passion—I love it!”    

Cordova enjoyed early success as an amateur—winning two national championships and three Golden Gloves titles—but her three-fight win streak came to an end and temporarily set back ambitions for a title fight.

“It does [set me back] a little bit, but you got to move forward and get another win,” said a Cordova, who was surrounded by family and friends. “You just need to get another opportunity. This last one was a setback, but the phone is always ringing. Hopefully, we get back on that trail and get that other “W” and it will lead to a title shot.”

The first bout of the night featured recent local hero, Ronnie Reams, who made quick work of the challenger Kevin Benson (1-3) in a first-round technical knockout (1:56). Days earlier, Reams (4-3) came to the aid of a female victim from further harm, as the kidnapping suspect chased her into the boxing gym where Reams and other boxers were training.

“With this fight, it’s just getting me back into the game, so I wasn’t worried about the fight at all,” said Reams, who avoided injury prior to the fight after the altercation with the kidnapping suspect. “When that event happened, I didn’t know all that was happening to the lady who was kidnapped, but at the same time the guy who was doing it, I tried not to hurt him.”

The next bout did not last much longer as, Izaak Cardona, landed a fierce combination against Robert Brewington, who was making his professional debut. Brewington (0-1) was outmatched by Cardona (6-0) after a round-one technical knockout.

Cardona enjoyed a large following for his first “Friday Night Fights” bout, “My family and friends love to come out and support me, and that gives me a little extra boost in the ring when you hear the roaring of the crowd in there.” In 2011 Cardona barely missed the Olympic Trials by one point at the USA Boxing National Championships. 

Other than the main event, one of the most entertaining bouts of the night featured Marcus Dawkins (4-1) against Javier Rodriguez (1-2). Dawkins wore down his opponent over four rounds (1:51), but Rodriguez succumbed after Dawkins landed a straight left hand after an up-jab. “Based on the way I fight, I knew that it was going to at least last a few rounds,” said Dawkins. “I start slow, but once I get going, I’m pretty good.”

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where Things Stand In The Heavyweight Division So Far In 2014

The Heavyweight division appeared to be approaching what could be considered a new era at the end of 2013. Vitali Klitschko, the three-time World Heavyweight champion who’s third reign as champion as holder of the World Boxing Council (WBC) crown had ended after five years at the helm with the forty-two year old choosing to relinquish his title to focus on running for the presidency of Ukraine.

The move by Klitschko broke the domination of what this observer has called “The Two-Headed Heavyweight Championship Monster” known as the Klitschko brothers that has ruled atop the division of much of the last decade.  With Vitali out of active competition, the sole Klitschko remaining at the top of the division is the Unified IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO champion and younger brother of Vitali, Wladimir Klitschko. 

Some readers may remember the column I wrote toward the end of last year shortly after Vitali Klitschko relinquished the WBC championship.  Although the upcoming rematch between top Heavyweight contenders Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola, which is scheduled to take place on May 10th will fill the vacancy of the WBC championship in the division, I brought up the question of what may happen in the long-term future of the division.

Even though it is logical to assume that whomever should emerge out of the Stiverne-Arreola rematch would be on a collision course with Wladimir Klitschko to determine a full undisputed champion as I said last December there have been some interesting things that have happened since the beginning of 2014 and some upcoming encounters, which may take some of the attention away from the assumption that a unification between the Stiverne-Arreola winner and Wladimir Klitschko is inevitable. In regard to Wladimir Klitschko, he will defend his unified world championship against WBO number one contender Alex Leapai on April 26th in Germany.

The winner of that fight theoretically will then be slated to face IBF number one contender Kubrat Pulev. One could assume that a fight between the Klitschko-Leapai winner and Pulev would take place sometime later this year.  This would likely put a potential unification with the WBC champion on the back burner at least in terms of the immediate future.  The question therefore should be what about the rest of the division?

In the last month there have been four fights in the division that were attention grabbing and may in part give an indication as to what might occupy the rest of the division for the remainder of the year.  In February top contenders and former opponents Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora co-headlined a card in London, England.

On that evening last month both Chisora and Fury were dominant. Fury scoring a fourth round stoppage of Joey Abell and Chisora scoring a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson.  In the days following that card, I commented that even though both Fury and Chisora discussed other potential opposition following their bouts that a rematch between the two made the most sense in my opinion.  

It was announced earlier this week that Fury and Chisora will square off for a second time on July 26th in Manchester, England.  The fight will be an elimination bout as recognized by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to determine the next mandatory challenger in the governing body’s Heavyweight ratings following Alex Leapai’s upcoming challenge of Wladimir Klitshcko.  

The winner of the Fury-Chisora rematch would seem to be the third fighter in line to face Klitschko should he be successful against both Leapai and Pulev.  Although most would consider Klitschko a clear favorite in those bouts, it is important to remember that anything is possible and anything can happen inside the Boxing ring. It is certainly not out of the realm of possibility that if Klitschko were to lose against either Leapai or Pulev that there would be a rematch clause entitling Klitschko to an immediate rematch. This would seemingly prevent the winner of the Fury-Chisora rematch from getting their mandated title shot for a period of time if an opportunity to face whomever the WBC champion were not available to that winner. In regard to the WBC championship an elimination bout took place on March 15th in Bayamon, Puerto Rico between undefeated Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder and top contender Malik Scott.

Wilder, who has been on a tear through the Heavyweight division came into the fight having scored thirty knockouts in as many fights. When a fighter begins their career on a knockout streak as Wilder has, questions will be asked with each fight about the fighter’s stamina and the caliber of opposition the fighter has faced.

Although Scott had shown the ability to be competitive against fighters like Dereck Chisora and Vyacheslav Glazkov in his career, Wilder would put an end to the fight quickly. A left hand to the temple followed by a glancing right hand put Scott down for the count at 1:36 of the first round. Even though there were some who booed at the conclusion of this fight citing the glancing right hand that did not land on Scott as he was going down, the left hand that landed just prior to that punch being thrown is what did the damage. As has been the case throughout his career, Wilder showed devastating and sudden power. The type of power that turns heads and generates interest. With the win Wilder now moves himself into position to challenge the winner of the Stiverne-Arreola rematch.

Although there are questions that remain for Deontay Wilder, with each successive knockout he continues to impress. The fact of the matter is that Wilder is knocking out whomever is put in front of him. Even though there are some who might criticize his handlers for the level of opposition, you cannot dispute the power that he has shown nor is it necessarily fair to discredit the level of opposition simply because he has knocked out everyone he has faced.  Just how good Deontay Wilder truly is will be determined as he continues to face the top level of the Heavyweight division.

Another fight that took place in the division on March 15th involved former two-division world champion  Tomasz Adamek and undefeated contender Vyacheslav Glazkov in a fight to determine the number two ranking in the IBF’s Heavyweight ratings. Glazkov fought a near-perfect fight consistently beating Adamek to the punch in a fight that was one-sided that he dominated throughout earning a twelve round unanimous decision.

This fight as much as any was a perfect example of how a fight can be dominated with the use of a consistent jab to set up offense. In this fight Glazkov worked beautifully behind his jab to set up combinations and was brilliant through the first nine rounds of the fight. It seemed as though Glazkov had an answer for anything Adamek threw. The effects of the punishment dished out by Glazkov took an effect on Adamek as the right side of his face gradually swelled including his eye. The always “Game” Adamek never stopped trying to turn the fight in his favor and was able to make a rally in the last three rounds, but it wouldn’t be enough on this night as Glazkov would go on to a convincing decision win.

Glazkov, who came into the fight unbeaten in seventeen fights with a draw against Malik Scott, was considered by some to be an underdog against the vastly more experienced Adamek. The win for Glazkov now puts him into position to face the winner of the fight between the winner of the Klitschko-Leapai fight or Kubrat Pulev. It is also worth noting as of this writing that there remains no mandatory challenger in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Heavyweight ratings. It is logical to assume that while Klitschko fulfills his obligations to the IBF and WBO, that the WBA will hold an elimination bout to determine a new mandatory challenger.

It is however, debatable as to when a fight between presumably Klitschko and the WBA top contender would take place. Many will remember that top contender Alexander Povetkin held mandatory status in the WBA ratings for more than two years before he got his opportunity to challenge Klitschko. Unfortunately when there is a unified world champion in the sport where obligations of various governing bodies have to be met by the champion, contenders can sometimes be forced to play the waiting game.

Although the number one ranking in the WBA ratings is currently vacant in the Heavyweight division, number two rated contender Luis Ortiz is remaining active and is scheduled to face longtime contender and former world title challenger Monte Barrett on April 3rd in Indio, California. Depending on the results of that fight it is logical to assume that the victor would be placed in an elimination fight to determine a mandatory status for a title shot down the line.

Along with fighters such as Mike Perez and Bryant Jennings other fighters also remain very much in the mix. Undefeated contender Amir Mansour will defend his United States Boxing Association (USBA) title against former Cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham on April 4th. A similarity between Deontay Wilder and Amir Mansour is both have high knockout percentages. Unlike Wilder however, Mansour has gone the distance thus far in his career, most notably against veteran contender Maurice Harris in August of last year.

Mansour is currently rated number thirteen in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and would appear to be on the verge of facing someone in the top ten. Mansour however, will face a difficult task when he faces the former world champion in Cunningham who is a highly skilled boxer and who is the only fighter to knock Tyson Fury down thus far in his career. As with the case of the other upcoming fights, the winner of this fight could be in position to challenge either Klitschko or the WBC champion at some point.

Although many will assume that all these scenarios and upcoming fights are a formality to an eventual unification clash for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World, nothing is a sure thing in the sport of Boxing. The one thing that is clear however, is that the remainder of 2014 and into 2015 should be an interesting and perhaps exciting time for the Heavyweight division.

Another interesting storyline to keep in mind as all these scenarios and fights take place is whether Wladimir Klitschko will be able to put himself in an elite group as he comes ever closer to the all-time record for successful title defenses by any world champion in the sport, which was set by Joe Louis who successfully defended the Heavyweight championship an incredible twenty-five times between 1937-1949. Only two fighters Larry Holmes who held the Heavyweight championship from 1978-1985 and Bernard Hopkins who held the Middleweight championship from 1994-2005 have come close to matching that record, each successfully defending their titles twenty times in their respective reigns.

Klitschko currently has fifteen successful defenses in his current reign as champion. A new era may indeed be approaching for the Heavyweight division, but for the Klitschko who remains atop the division, should he come close or even surpass Louis’ record it will be the icing on the cake in what has been a Hall of Fame career. Wladimir along with his brother Vitali are already future Hall of Famer’s, but if Wladimir was to put his name in that elite group along with Louis, Holmes, and Hopkins those who have not given credit nor appreciation for the brothers’ dominance of the Heavyweight division should give both brothers the credit they have rightfully earned as the best fighters of their era in the division.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Chantel Cordova To Headline Action Packed Boxing Card

Chantel Cordova Photo Credit: Sundown Entertainment

Press Release: March 17, 2014 By Sundown Entertainment- Friday March 21, Chantel Cordova (12-4-1) will attempt to take the next step in her aspirations to get back to a world title fight when she faces California’s undefeated Maria Suarez (7-0). The main

event matches two top twenty World ranked flyweights. As an amateur, Cordova had a storied career capturing two national championships, three golden glove titles, and was a member of the USA national boxing team. As a professional, Cordova fell short in her only world championship fight vs. Arely Mucino in 2011. Currently, Cordova is on a three fight winning streak including a win over former world champion Hollie Dunaway last November.

Marcus Dawkins Photo Credit: Sundown Entertainment

The undercard bouts are packed with Colorado Springs area boxers, including Marcus Dawkins who is fighting on his second straight Sundown Entertainment card. In November, Dawkins dominated Angel Smith Torres winning every round then capping the fight off with an electric knockdown.

Chris Galvadon (2-0) had a stellar 88-16 amateur record and has started his professional career unbeaten. However, he will have to put his undefeated record on the line vs. fellow undefeated boxer David Escamilla (3-0) of Denver.

Issac Cardona (5-0) came one point away from qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Since turning professional, Cardona has been perfect in every way possible by defeated all five of his opponents by knockout. He hopes to continue his knockout streak vs. Wisconsin’s Robert Brewington (debut). 

Ronnie Reams (3-3) was a superstar athlete in high school, earning All-State honors in football, basketball, and track. Reams made his professional boxing debut in 2012. Since nearly upsetting Manuel Perez (20-10-1), Reams has been one of the most avoided fighters in Colorado. His opponent, Kevin Benson (1-2), is a true throwback boxer who is willing to fight anyone. Already, Benson has faced two highly touted boxers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Pueblo Convention Center box office, online at, or by calling 866.722.8844.

Bout Schedule

Chantel Cordova (Pueblo, Colo.) vs. Maria Suarez (Santa Maria, Calif.)

Marcus Dawkins (Colo. Springs, Colo.) vs. Javier Rodriguez (Grand Island, Neb.)

Chris Galvadon (Colo. Springs, Colo.) vs. David Escamilla (Denver, Colo.)

Issac Cardona (Colo. Springs, Colo.) vs. Robert Brewington (Appleton, Wis.)

Ronnie Reams (Colo. Springs, Colo.) vs. Kevin Benson (Omaha, Neb.)

Professional Boxing: Friday Night Fights is promoted by Cordova Productions and Sundown Entertainment. Sponsors for this event include Corona, Clarion Inn, Tigre FM 104.9, Quality Inn & Suites, Ultimate Performance, and UCCS Radio.

Sundown Entertainment is a limited liability company which was started in 2013. The company’s headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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