Sunday, June 28, 2009

Marcos Maidana defeats Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz’s left eye was nearly swollen shut, and his right eye was ringed by a deep cut. Bruises and abrasions covered much of the rest of his face. Argentina’s Marcos Maidana stopped Ortiz early in the sixth round of an action-packed fight Saturday night, leaving one of the sport’s top prospects pulverized and chastened.

The 140-pound bout featured five knockdowns and several wild momentum swings that both thrilled and stunned a Staples Center crowd of 8,600 expecting to witness another step in the evolution of the 22-year-old Ortiz, a charismatic slugger ticketed for stardom by promoter Oscar De La Hoya.

Maidana was knocked down three times in the opening two rounds, yet rallied with a devastating right hand that turned Ortiz’s face into a mess. After Ortiz stumbled to the canvas early in the sixth, the ringside doctor stopped the fight.

“I knew I was fighting against the local guy, and I had to knock him out,” said Maidana, whose only previous loss was a contentious split decision to Andreas Kotelnik earlier this year. “I went down, but I got up because I have a big heart. I saw that Victor felt my punches, and I said, ‘I know I can win this.”’

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Most important game in US soccer

In the wake of the United States men’s football team’s 2-0 victory over Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals on Wednesday, what passes for America’s soccer media had a fine debate over where the win ranked all time. They came in all over the map.

Make no mistake about this, though, if the U.S. can defeat Brazil on Sunday for the Confederations Cup title, it will be the most important moment for soccer in this country ever.

That may not mean the same as its most significant victory. Defeating Mexico in the World Cup en route to a quarterfinals appearance may have meant more in pure soccer terms.

Actually winning a real FIFA tournament, however, and defeating major world powers to do it would serve notice to Americans that America’s team is worth their attention.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mosley offers perfect fight script

Shane Mosley said he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao so whoever wins will get to face the winner of the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown which was recently postponed and tentatively rescheduled to September.

“Yeah, that is the perfect scenario. That’s the way it is supposed to happen in real boxing,” Mosley, the 38-year-old WBA welterweight champion from California, told as he continued to beg for a fight with Pacquiao.

Mosley has practically swallowed everything in seeking the fight with Pacquiao, announcing that he’s agreeable to a catchweight under 147 lb (the welterweight limit), put his belt on the line, and settle for 40 percent of the earnings.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Watch Victor Ortiz vs. Marcos Rene Maidana Live

Recent world title challenger Marcos ’El Chino’ Maidana and hot prospect VĂ­ctor Ortiz will meet on June 27 for the WBA interim super lightweight title on the undercard of the rematch between the WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Rocky Juarez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

VICTOTR ORIZ VS. MARCOS RENE MAIDANA will be seen on SATURDAY, JUNE 27 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, exclusively on HBO.

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Arthur Abraham vs. Mahir Oral LIVE

IBF middle weight title will be fought between Arthur Abraham and Mahir Oral. This will be a home court advantage for the German boxer, Arthur. Inspite of the advantage, pressure will also be felt because lots of fans will be dissapointed if the title will be snached from him in his own place.

This exciting match is scheduled on June 27, and hoping that I would be able to watch it live on cable tv or someone generous enough that will treat me an airfair going to Berlin.

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