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Friday, July 15, 2016

Milch to Fight this Month

Junior Middleweight Tony Milch is scheduled to fight at York Hall in London, England on July 30. Milch has fought at York Hall twice before, including his last fight last month.

The undefeated Brit has faced only one opponent with a winning record. He has won two six round affairs. His next fight is scheduled for a career high eight rounds.

Milch is 10-0 with one KO. The 35 year old doesn't have an announced opponent as of yet.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chilemba Takes Kovalev the Distance

Light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba dropped a unanimous decision to Sergey Kovalev tonight in the latter's hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kovalev, who the Transnational Boxing Rankings rate as the number 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, holds three world championship straps. He is the number one contender for the linear light heavyweight championship.

Chilemba proved to be a tough opponent for Kovalev. He used constant movement to avoid Kovalev's vicious right hand. Kovalev said after the fight, "Target moves every time. His style is very uncomfortable for me." Chilemba jabbed effective and landed the right to the body without receiving a counter on numerous occasions.

Kovalev controlled center ring, and though he was outboxed for the majority of each round, a few powerful shots erased all of Chilemba's work nearly every time. Kovalev's power was the difference.

The Russian star possesses a thunderous jab and a scary right hand. Chilemba tip toed on a tightrope for the first six rounds until he fell in the seventh. Kovalev finally caught up with the crafty defensive fighter and landed a hellacious combination. A right punctuated the punishment. Chilemba fought with all of his heart to stay upright, but he stumbled backward and fell to the canvas.

Isaac rose, but his legs weren't sturdy. It seemed that, for the first time in his career, Isaac could be stopped. But he managed through and refused to run in the eighth. He landed a left hook and jabbed to win the first two minutes and 30 seconds of the eighth, but Kovalev won the round with another frightening combination. Somehow, Chilemba managed to remain on his feat.

Isaac fought well the rest of the way, but the outcome was no longer in doubt. Chilemba's jab and defense were world class. The man from Malawi can sometimes rely too much on those attributes, but he utilized the right to the body and left hooks to the head against Kovalev. Kovalev was simply too powerful and too aggressive. When the two traded, Kovalev's advantage in power was evident.

Roy Jones Jr. said of Isaac, "Chilemba is a puzzle you have to figure out. You might beat him, but you'll have to work for it." Kovalev won with scores of 118-109, 117-110, 116-111, but he had to work for it. The Jewish Boxing Blog scored the fight 117-110 for Chilemba.

Kovalev improves to 30-0-1 with 26 KOs. He faces Andre Ward in November in what is considered to be a superfight.

Chilemba became only the second fighter to go the full 12 rounds against Kovalev. Bernard Hopkins is the only other boxer to take Kovalev even past eight rounds, Isaac's record is now 24-4-2 with 10 KOs

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Introducing Pavlo Ishchenko

Pavlo Ishchenko was a decorated amateur before turning professional last fall. Ishchenko fought in the 2012 Olympics on the famed Ukrainian team led by Vasyl Lomachenko. He lost to American rising star Joseph Diaz Jr. in the first round. In 2013, he won gold at the European championships.

Ishchenko was born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the southeastern part of Russia. He attended school in Kherson, Ukraine, a city near disputed Crimea. There Pavel attended the local Chabad. Lou DiBella Entertainment's profile claims he has a Jewish parent.

Ishchenko has since moved to Brooklyn to pursue his professional boxing career. On September 18, 2015, Ishchenko made his pro debut in New Jersey. The super featherweight stopped Nicholas Rodriguez in the second round. One month later, he KOed 13-fight veteran Dzmitri Agafonau, who sports a winning record.

Nicknamed "Wild Man," Pavlo won a six-round unanimous decision over Rafael Vazquez in New York last February. Ishchenko is only 24 years old and at 5'7" is a good height for his weight class. With 294 wins in a 317-fight amateur career, Ishchenko is a prospect to watch.