Friday, February 15, 2008

Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor Saturday Feb. 16th

Kelly Pavlik faces Jermain Taylor in a Non-Title Bout in Las Vegas Saturday February 16th on Pay Per View in a rematch of their 2007 fight in which Pavlik won Taylor's Middleweight Title. The two fighters weighed in Friday at 164, 4 pounds over the Middleweight limit, a stipulation the two fighters agreed upon. This fight should be as exciting as their previous bout and could be a classic. It's unfortunate that Pavlik's belt won't be on the line. Just as these 2 fighters are getting ready to square off, their is already talk of a Pavlik vs. Felix Trinidad fight on June 7th in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This date is significant because it comes the day before the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC on June 8th. That could be the fight of the year if Promoters Don King and Bob Arum can pull it off.

Look back here for a full report on Saturday's fight.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Quintana Beats Williams, Wins WBO Title!

Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana won the WBO Welterweight title by unanimous decision over Defending Champion Paul Williams in Temecula, California, and broadcast on HBO Saturday Night. Quintana won 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 on the judges score cards. The judges score cards were even after 8 rounds with Quintana winning the first 4 rounds and Williams winning 5th-8th. Quintana was able to open up cuts over Williams' eyes in the eighth and ninth rounds. Quintana was able to use that to his advantage by hitting Williams with his left hand. Williams mounted a comeback in the 12th, but was too little too late for the champion. Quintana improved to 25-1 with 19 knockouts. Williams, from Aiken, S.C., dropped to 33-1 with 24 KOs.