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Opponent no more – Maidana wows to make history

Photo by Paul Hernandes

Photo by Paul Hernandes

 

Hard punching brawler from Argentine, Marcos Maidana was brought to United States in 2009 to be an opponent for fast rising American star, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. El Chino was seconds away from becoming just that (an opponent) during his July 27th collision with Ortiz at the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles. Down once in the first and twice in the second stanza, hard as a cobble-stone Maidana kept getting up and fighting back and by the sixth round he made a lot of fans in United States when he forced Victor Ortiz to quit the contest.

Still, in spite of his ever growing popularity and all out aggressive, crowd pleasing style, Maidana had to play the role of an opponent on many occasions, such as his encounter with Amir Khan in 2010 or his welterweight debut against Devon Alexander in 2012. Maidana’s best performance as an opponent took place in December of last year in San Antonio Texas when he faced off with then considered by most Mayweather apparent, Adrien Broner. Heavy underdog, El Chino could care less about the odds. He stunned the boxing world by mopping the floor with young rising star, dropping him twice during the fight and registering the most impressive victory of his career up to date.

“I’m going to make history September 13th,” said Maidana (35-4,31KO’S) during recent international telephone conference. Still an opponent, Maidana is scheduled to face, for the second time this year, pound for pound best, Floyd “Money “Mayweather (46-0,26KO’S). Twelve rounds WBC welterweight championship contest will be televised live by Showtime PPV from the Mecca of Boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Maidana earned this gig by stunning the boxing world once again in May of this year when he gave Mayweather Jr. all he could handle in their first encounter. El Chino lost by split decision, but Floyd had to dig real deep and a self proclaimed the best ever knew he was in a fight of his life. Despite a great performance and a split decision in their first fight Maidana is still a heavy underdog in the upcoming rematch. Experts and odds makers alike simply do not believe that Maidana could do any better or that he could get a decision against Mayweather in Las Vegas. “I think I can win by decision or by knockout,” said Maidana who has proven experts wrong on more than one occasion:” We had a split decision and I feel I just have to make a few adjustments. My distance control wasn’t great. I smothered my punches. I’m not sure I ever really hurt him. This time I’ll keep my distance.”

Marcos Maidana had a lot of success especially early on their first bout by forcing Floyd Mayweather to stand and fight. Floyd said he did that to make fans happy. Some believe Mayweather’s 37 year old legs played a major part in that strategy.

 “Age has nothing to do with him standing and fighting with me in the first fight,” said Maidana:” I hope he does it again. I think I forced him to fight and that’s the reason he fought that way. I don’t think he did it for the fans. I hope Mayweather will fight like a man and stand in front of me again. He says he wants to please the fans, so we’ll see.”

 Just like most experts Maidana knows how hard it is to earn a decision against Mayweather in Las Vegas. He has to score a knock out to win. “It’s very difficult to knock out Floyd because he runs,” continued Maidana:”But I’ll do my best to make it happen. This fight, I’m not going to respect him. I’m going to go after him and make him fight. I’m going to keep pressuring him. When I did that in the last fight, I did very well. Come the 8th or 9th round, Mayweather is going to be so tired from punches; he won’t be able to defend anymore.”

 Another major reason for Maidana’s success in their first encounter was that he was able to make it a very physical and at times a very rough and borderline dirty affair for Mayweather.The Money man complained about it all the way to the bank and continued to complain throughout the press tour promoting their rematch. Floyd had a few choice words about El Chino’s dirty tactics, such as calling him a UFC fighter.

“There are things he does in there too. He should stop complaining, “replied Maidana, 31: “Stop crying like a little bitch and fight.” Let’s hope they will do just that on September 13th.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Professional Boxing

 

Photos from Pechanga by Ray Flores

Photo by Ray Flores

Photo by Ray Flores

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trout vs Dawson

trout vs Dawson

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Trout gets back in the wining column

 

Photo by Ray Flores

Photo by Ray Flores

 

Temecula- Former light middleweight champion Austin Trout (27-2,14KO’S) had to get off the floor twice to claim a unanimous decision victory over veteran from Australia Daniel Dawson (40-4-1,26KO’S). ESPN Friday Night Fights televised a ten round clash live from packed Pechanga Resort and Casino. All three judges scored the contest the same 97-90. It was a much needed victory, a first in last three outings for the former champion.” It was a good fight and I am happy to be in that good fight, “said Trout in a post fight interview:” Hopefully we can give fans more good fights.”

 

 

Austin Trout dominated the action from the onset moving effortlessly around the ring and unloading fluid combinations following a stiff jab from the southpaw stance. Trout was down in the second stanza, but referee Jack Reiss called a slip. It was not a slip in the third as accurately placed right cross by Daniel Dawson who could not miss with it, dropped Trout twice for a 10-7 round. “I was feeling too good,” admitted Trout after the fight:” He had to wake me up. I got woken up and the beast came out.”

Photo by Ray Flores

Photo by Ray Flores

 

Trout righted the ship in the fourth and regained control of the fight in rounds five and six. Still a right hand was always open for the Australian fighter which added drama to the action “I had to stop being too anxious,” commented Trout:”I was trying to get after him too much and got caught on the way in.”

 

Former champion from New Mexico intensified his attack in the 7th. Daniel Dawson walked away from the action. It looked like his ankle was messed up but when ref asked him about it he elected to continue. Dawson who needed help walking away from the ring after the fight later said that he tore his calf. Trout dropped less mobile Dawson with a beautiful combination in the 8th and continued his double fisted assault in the ninth where referee Jack Reiss started thinking about stopping the fight. Still Dawson remained dangerous and landed a right hand that stopped Trout in his tracks for a second. Both fighters came out swinging in the tenth and final stanza which Trout won convincingly.

“You never know with boxing fans,” said Trout who is hoping to be able to avenge both of his professional losses to Alvarez and Lara:” One minute they love you, next minute they hate you.”Fans loved him on Friday night.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Professional Boxing

 

Are there doubts about Austin Trout?

Originally posted on Socalboxing's Blog:

courtesy Pechanga resort

Courtesy Pechanga Resort

Winning a vacant title in 2011 in Mexico against a Mexican fighter, Rigoberto Alvarez was a great experience, but besting Miguel Cotto in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden at the tail end of 2012 was simply an incredible feat for then WBA light middleweight champion, Austin “No Doubt” Trout. It placed a young boxer from Las Cruces, New Mexico very close to the top of boxing universe, only to drop him real hard the following year.

 Trout lost his WBA light middleweight crown in a unification bout with rising Mexican star, Canelo Alvarez in April of 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. It was a closely contested fight. Perhaps pro Canelo crowd or his popularity swayed the judge’s decision, or it could be a fact that Trout tasted the canvas in round seven. Whatever it was, it was recorded as a first loss of Austin Trout’s…

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Are there doubts about Austin Trout?

courtesy Pechanga resort

Courtesy Pechanga Resort

Winning a vacant title in 2011 in Mexico against a Mexican fighter, Rigoberto Alvarez was a great experience, but besting Miguel Cotto in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden at the tail end of 2012 was simply an incredible feat for then WBA light middleweight champion, Austin “No Doubt” Trout. It placed a young boxer from Las Cruces, New Mexico very close to the top of boxing universe, only to drop him real hard the following year.

 Trout lost his WBA light middleweight crown in a unification bout with rising Mexican star, Canelo Alvarez in April of 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. It was a closely contested fight. Perhaps pro Canelo crowd or his popularity swayed the judge’s decision, or it could be a fact that Trout tasted the canvas in round seven. Whatever it was, it was recorded as a first loss of Austin Trout’s professional career.

 But it was the second loss in a row to a Cuban technician, Erislandy Lara that took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in December of 2013 that did major damage to Austin’s popularity. He had no answers for Lara’s exquisite boxing and was dropped in the eleventh round for the second time in as many fights.

. Aside from being taught a boxing lesson Trout learned that it is not always possible to separate the work and going ons inside the ring with what is happening outside. A recent passing of a grandmother who was from Brooklyn proved to be a major distraction for Austin. He later admitted that he was not in the ring mentally when he faced Erislandy Lara.

 So we now know that former WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout is human who has feelings and emotions. Humans have doubts. With fans motto “What have you done for me lately?” Austin Trout finds himself at cross roads. Can he come back after two losses? Is he as good as we once thought he was?

 Walter Mosley  wrote:” If you’ve never been knocked down, then you’ve never been in a fight.” Real fighters and real champions do come back after two losses. Manny Pacquiao suffered two losses in a row, a controversial one to Tim Bradley and a devastating knock out at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. Fans called out for his retirement, but he came back strong; dominating Brandon Rios and avenging his loss to Tim Bradley. Brandon Rios just came back with a DQ win over Diego Chaves after two losses. Alfredo Angulo is planning a comeback as a middleweight.

 Can Austin Trout come back? We will find out this Friday. He is scheduled to face little known veteran from Australia, Daniel Dawson (40-3-1,26KO) at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Twelve round light middleweight contest will be televised live by ESPN’ Friday Night Fights. In the past 28 year old Trout (26-2,14KO’S) has always found a way to win. Can he get back to that mindset? “I think we will have a much better idea after Friday night,” said his promoter Dan Goosen.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Professional Boxing

 

Shafikov stops Nugaev

Shafikov vs Nugaev

Shafikov vs Nugaev

 

Santa Ynez – ESPN’S Friday Night Fights main event at Chumash Resort and Casino featured an IBF elimination bout between two rugged Russian lightweights Dennis Shafikov and Rustam Nugaev. Knowledgeable boxing fans packed cozy arena at a popular Southern California Resort and showed their appreciation by cheering as both combatants went toe to toe from the beginning to the very end of the fight which came at 1:16 of the ninth frame when referee Jack Reiss halted a contest preventing Rustam Nugaev (27-7-1,17KO’S) from taking any further punishment.

“I am very happy with my performance,” said knock out winner from Chelyabinsk, Russia Denis Shafikov (34-1-1,19KO’S):” Once again I have a chance to fight for a world title.” It was the most competitive one sided fight I have seen in a while. Shafikov’s subtle movement and ability to fire accurate counter combinations proved to be the big difference in the fight. Despite being out boxed and outfought Nugaev never stopped marching forward and throwing punches. Still, Rustam was taking too much punishment. Referee Jack Reiss came to his corner after round seven to express concern about that. Nugaev’s corner man, Rudy Hernandez asked his fighter for a reason to continue after 8th, but the brave warrior asked for one more round.

“He is a good fighter and he never stopped trying till the end, “said Shafikov about his opponent:” After the fight I went to his dressing room and saw his face. If I am not mistaken he had a broken jaw. I think it was a good stoppage.” But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the winner and a mandatory for the shot at the IBF lightweight championship. Enjoying five inch height advantage Rustam Nugaev came out early throwing punches like a machine creating some very exciting back and forth action. He threw his best punch of the night in the sixth drawing blood on his opponent’s right eye.” He caught me with a left uppercut,” confirmed Shafikov:” Not a head butt. I felt blood right away. First it was hard to see, but they took care of (Freddie Roach was a cut man) it between rounds and I was ok to continue.” Unfortunately for Nugaev it was a case of too little too late.

Denis Shafikov took control of the fight in the 3rd frame moving and landing crisp, hard counters over and over.  He drew first blood on the bridge of his opponent’s nose in the third and then it got worse for Nugaev. Dennis told his corner after the fifth round that Rustam wasn’t breathing right.

 “I don’t remember which round, 5th or 6th,” said Shafikov when I interviewed him after the fight:”But when I hit him I felt that he was done.” Nugaev’s face was proof; it was a bloody mess at the end of fifth and by the sixth his jaw was swollen and left eye was near shut. Shafikov administered a brutal beating on his tough as nails adversary in the sixth frame. Nugaev was in trouble several times, but Denis couldn’t quite finish the job at that time.

“You can’t put everything in every shot,” commented Shafikov:” But I saw all his blows coming with force. I decided to wait for him to gas out.” The end came in the 9th. Great fight for the fans! Great victory for Denis Shafikov! He will make a worthy title challenger for his next fight.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Professional Boxing

 

Two Russians, Shafikov and Nugaev collide in Southern California

Shafikov attacks Vasquez

Shafikov attacks Vasquez

 

A meaningful fight is set to take place this Friday, August 15th at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Two ultra aggressive Russian lightweights, Denis Shafikov (33-1-1,18KO’S) and Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1,17KO’S) are scheduled to face off in the ring for twelve rounds or less contest. ESPN Friday Night Fights will televise live.

“This is an elimination fight,” said Denis Shafikov when I interviewed him on Tuesday at Nat’s Thai Restaurant, next door to Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood:” If I win I will get another chance to fight for IBF title.” Twenty nine years old Shafikov had his first shot at a title earlier this year, February, 22nd, 2014 to be exact. Defending IBF lightweight champion, Miguel Vasquez outpointed Shafikov over twelve rounds in Macau, China. “The biggest lesson is that I have to use the jab to get inside,” reflected Shafikov about his first professional loss:” We were correcting a lot of mistakes from that fight, but this time my opponent is different, not like Vasquez. It will be more comfortable for me.”

His opponent, 31 years old Nugaev from Perm, Russia has ended his last five fights early and promises to take out Shafikov on Friday night.” You can say anything you want,” said Shafikov when he heard about Nugaev’s promise:” But you have to back it up in the ring. I don’t think it will be so easy for him.”

Actually these two are no strangers. They know each other quite well.” First time I came to United States was in 2006,” said Shafikov who fights out of southpaw stance:”We lived in the same room together for two months. I don’t have anything negative to say about him. He is a good boxer and a good person. But this is boxing and there are no friends in the ring.”

How important is this fight? “I’ve been here two and a half months,” said Shafikov who has been working at Wildcard Boxing Club with Freddie Roach’s assistant Ernie Zavala:” My training camp was excellent.” Denis acknowledged the benefits of moving his training camp from cold Chelyabinsk, Russia to warm Hollywood, California and in particular to  a world famous Wildcard Boxing Club.

“Of course it is better to train here,” said Shafikov whose boxing moniker is Djingis Khan (after brutal Mongolian warrior):” New guys come in for sparring every day. So we have a variety of sparring partners we can use.” Aside from daily work outs in the boxing gym, Denis runs early in the mornings, several times a week approximately 8 kilometers or 5 miles at a time and does weight training.

Denis Shafikov started boxing at the age of thirteen. After a brief 5 year amateur career he decided to turn pro.” My style is better suited for professional,” conceded Shafikov, an aggressive come forward banger who is much more comfortable inside the ring than he is giving an interview or predicting the outcome of the fight.” This is boxing,” he said:” I can’t make a prediction, but I will give it a hundred percent. I think everyone is going to love this fight. It will be great for fans.” Don’t miss this one.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Professional Boxing

 
 
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