Boxing: dan goossen

Tony Thompson to fight Wlad by July 15

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
11:32
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How much, or should I say, how little, do I care about the heavyweight division?

Less than I ever have.

The Klitschko brothers' stranglehold on the division has left me cold to the class. Opponents are announced to fight the boys, and I have to force myself to follow along. Why? Because I have serious doubts that anyone currently practicing the craft can take down a Klitschko. Brit Dereck Chisora (15-2), it was announced yesterday, gets a crack at big bro Vitali Feb. 18 in Munich. Before I wrote that last sentence, I had to check Boxrec and double check which brother was fighting Chisora. They are both so far and away from the rest of the field, that I lump them together, and have difficulty differentiating them. WBC champ Vitali is the 40-2 one, the 40 year-old one, the one who is slightly less risk averse and who'd probably prevail if the brothers clashed. WBA-WBO-IBF champ Wladimir is the 56-3 one, the 35-year-old one, the one who especially infuriates me because he waits until his foe is half-dead, as Freddie Roach puts it, before he risks opening up, to try and take him out. He was supposed to beat up another no hoper, Jean-Marc Mormeck, last Saturday, but pulled out because of a kidney stone. Wlad-Mormeck will unfold instead on Feb. 3. After that, I was told yesterday by promoter Dan Goossen, who is overseeing the Super Six finale in AC Saturday, Wlad will fight Tony Thompson. Thompson, ranked No. 2 by the IBF, is a Goossen fighter who already had a crack at Wlad, back in 2008. He got stopped in round 11. Now, he's 40, and it's hard for me to see how he'll do any better. Goossen looks on the bright side. He told me that Thompson recognizes this is his last shot at a crown, and the DC fighter will be more ready mentally this time around. Goossen said he'd like to bring that fight to the DC area, where Thompson lives, if possible. The IBF asked Wlad to fight Thompson by no later than July 15.

Hey, one of these days, one of the these blind squirrels is going to find a nut, right? RIGHT??

Promoter Goossen says Paul Williams isn't done

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
1:09
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Dan Goossen is in New York today, talking up the Saturday Super Six finale in AC, which pits his guy Andre Ward against Brit Carl Froch. He touched on a few other subjects, including his middleweight, Paul Williams, who many pundits are speculating is at the end of the line.

Williams last fought in July, and was given a gift decision against Cuban Erislandy Lara, in the minds of many who were present in AC. Goossen told NYFightBlog that anyone presuming the 30-year-old Williams is done is wrong. He said that many assumed Juan Manuel Marquez was done, and look how he looked against Manny Pacquiao. "Paul is not washed up," the promoter said. He said Williams threw a lot against Lara but simply didn't adjust to Lara's right-hand bombs. Boxrec has Williams fighting Nobuhiro Ishida on Jan. 21, but Goossen said the foe isn't cemented. Readers, do you think Long Tall Paul has peaked? Can he be a force again, or has he exceeded his mileage limit?

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