Your Saturday Boxing Fix…


  • Unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev makes his first title defense against Owen Beck tonight in Hanover, Germany.

    Valuev, whose manager should totally be Harvey Whippleman or Bobby “the brain” Heenan, is ten inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than Beck, who has lost two of his last three fights.

    I’m guessing Valuev wins.

  • It’s sad to say but I’m not going to remember Roy Jones Jr. for being the best pound for pound boxer in the world at one time. I’ll remember him as the Brett Favre of boxing.

    Jones says he’ll finally give up fighting if he loses to Prince Badi Ajamu next month in Boise, Id. A loss would be his fourth consecutive, and would put the seal on a downswing comparable to Mike Tyson, with less trouble outside of the ring.

    For Jones’ sake, a loss might be the best thing. It would be an embarrassment for him to go after Antonio Tarver again.

  • New Haven’s Chad Dawson remained unbeaten last night, capturing the North American Boxing Federation 175 pound title from Eric Harding in a 12 round unanimous decision. Dawson was knocked down in the first round but was in control the rest of the time.

    Said SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood: “Dawson was just too fast, too eager and too poised for Harding. The light heavyweight division is conquerable. I would not hesitant to put him in with one of the world champions.”


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