Sunday, November 19, 2006

Heavyweights in weekend action

By JE Grant

Saturday, 18 November

DÜSSELDORF, Germany – Ruslan Chagaev, 229, separated himself from the pack with a split 12-round decision nod over the former titlist John Ruiz. The win ostensibly gains him a mandatory chance at Nicolay Valuev. For Ruiz it may be the end of the road near the top. He has not won a bout since defeating Andrew Golota in November 2004. Chagaev improves to 22-0-1 (17 KOs) and at age 28 is practically a kid in the division.

On the same card, Alexander Dimitrenko, 249, fresh off an October one-round blowout of Gonzalo Omar Basile, quickly returned to action with a lop-sided 12-round over journeyman Billy Zumbrun. Now 24-0 (14 KOs), Dimitrenko’s power is something of a question mark given the club status of Zumbrun.

TROIS RIVIERES, Canada – David Cadieux, a 6’6”, 230-pound campaigner, won the Canadian heavyweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Patrice L’Heureux. Cadieux climbs to 14-1 (1 NC). The no-contest and one loss came in his first two bouts. He recently served as a sparring partner for title challenger Calvin Brock

Friday, 17 November

GOLD COAST, Australia – One time title challenger Kali Meehan, 231 ½, scored a three-round stoppage of Anton Nel, to score his third successive win since his knockout loss to Hasim Rahman in November 2006.

SAN JACINTO, Calif. – Fighting on the nationally televised ShoBox on Showtime, Travis Walker, 235, scored the biggest win of his career with an eight-round majority decision over former Olympian Jason Estrada in a bout of young unbeatens. Walker, now 22-0-1 (17 KOs), used a consistent attack against the mauling, holding tactics of the very hefty 257-pound Estrada.


Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Hey, why don't we match this Cadieux against our 'good buddy' Jean Francois Bergeron?

Crazy (Canadian) thought, I know...

* They are both about 6'6", but Bergeron a bit lighter in the pants.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

BTW - Even though it was a close fight...I was disappointed in Estrada in The Olympics, and disapointed with him the other night. (Can you say a lesser-skilled/advanced Tony Tubbs/Buster Mathis?) Does this mean Estrada is a bad human being? Certainly not. But damnit if I don't get a strong sense this guy has been an underacheiver in Boxing. With his lack of 'pop', I don't think the guy could ever be a (legit) world champ. But I do think he could be a legit top-contender if he would 'shape-up'.

9:21 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

If you can't hit with authority you must have some other quality -- such as extreme speed, great jab, etc... Estrada effectively nullifies his skills by being so heavy and immobile.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Spot-on J.E. Spot-on.

3:10 PM  
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