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Chilling Knockout: David Lemieux KO 1 Alvaro Gaona

Canadian middleweight prospect David Lemieux had lost a lot of his shine coming off losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and former 154-lb. titlist Joachim Alcine, but he still has nitroglycerine in both hands, as demonstrated by his chilling knockout last night of a hapless Alvaro Gaona. Check out the straight right that plants Gaona on his posterior near the end of the first round, and then the vicious left hook that puts Gaona to sleep shortly thereafter.

On the Radar: Canadian Welterweight Antonin Decarie

Canadian welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie opened a lot of eyes last night with his dominant TKO victory over Alex Perez in what was supposed to be a showcase fight for Perez. Perez had the height and reach advantage, but it soon became apparent that he was nowhere near the skill level of Decarie, who showed surprising power for someone with only 7 KOs in 26 wins coming into the fight. There's no question about his power and accuracy now after his brutal finish of Perez. Check out round 6 in the fight below:

Referee Expelled from the London Olympics

An Olympic boxing referee from Turkmenistan was sent packing Thursday after failing to stop a men's bantamweight bout, despite fighter Magomed Abdulhamidov being knocked down six times by Japan's Satoshi Shimizu. This comes in a week that also saw eight badminton players expelled for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport". (They threw a match to get a more favorable draw later.)

At least boxing isn't the only sport in London currently being marred by unethical behaviors.

Khan vs. Garcia: Garcia's Dad Needs to STFU Part 2

Danny Garcia's dad/trainer, Angel Garcia, is proving to be fearless in espousing the most reprehensible opinions regarding Pakistanis and Muslims prior to his son's fight against Amir Khan on July 14 (HBO). Check out this "interview"/rant below, and keep in mind that if other people are around, you'd better keep the volume low:

Louis C.K. Talks Boxing with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons

A few friends have asked me what I think about the Pacquiao vs Bradley decision. I evaded the question. My true answer—that I've avoided sharing up until now—is that part of me has been enjoying the excitement. Check out this interview, it sounds like comedian Louis C.K. has a similar opinion. I never knew he was such a huge boxing fan:

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8099523

Seattle Hometown Hero Headed to Olympics After All

At the U.S. Olympic Boxing team trials in February Queen Underwood of Seattle lost by a one-point decision. Her future changed dramatically on Monday when the AIBA, the international governing body of amateur boxing, opened up a spot for her on the U.S. team.

Women's Boxing is a first-time event in London. The United States, Russia, and Britian have fighters competing in all three weight classes this summer.

Horrible News: Paul Williams "Likely Paralyzed" After Motorcycle Accident

Channel 12 (WRDW Augusta) is reporting that Paul Williams has suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident, and will be "likely paralyzed."

Read the article here.

Obviously, if this report is accurate, the Sept. 15 PPV featuring Paul vs. Canelo in the main event is off.

Two Massive KOs Over the Weekend

I've been a bit down about all the recent cancellations (Rios-Gamboa, Peterson-Khan 2, Ortiz-Berto 2 -- the last 2 due to positive PED tests), but these two massive knockouts over the weekend deserve recognition:

Mikkel Kessler TKO 4 Allan Green - Instant wave-off

Karim Mayfield TKO 5 Raymond Serrano - The fight-ending blow occurs at the end of the fourth round, at the 2:49 mark in the video

Zab Is Back! (Yet Again)

For those who missed Zab's win over Vernon Paris on Saturday (which ran concurrently with HBO's Morales-Garcia fight), here's the footage of the 9th round TKO:

Zab looked great ruining Paris's 26-0 record coming into the fight. Afterwards, Zab said he would consider fighting Lamont Peterson, Amir Khan again, or Danny Garcia. He also mentioned he had a friendly bet with Kendall Holt over who would defeat their most recent opponent quicker -- Kendall won with his 2nd round TKO over Tim Coleman a couple weeks ago.

Could You Fight in a Skirt?

Men have been boxing in Olympic Games since as early as 688 BC according to Wikipedia. Centuries later—this summer—women's boxing will appear for the first time as an Olympic event in London.

The International Boxing Association has announced that the uniform will potentially be, wait for it, skirts. The AIBA says: "...skirts help differentiate" the women from the men. Fans can't tell the difference? The long hair and sports bras up top aren't enough?

Before deciding it's all too silly to pay attention to, take a moment and imagine fighters urged to wear something that marked them by race instead.

Weekend Roundup: A Frightening KO and A Disgraceful Post-Fight Press Conference Brawl

In case you missed it, here are two must-see videos from this past weekend in the boxing world, both in and out of the ring.

First, here is Adonis Stevenson stiffening Jesus Gonzales in what is sure to be on the shortlist for KO of the Year. The vicious left lands at the 1:24 mark in the video:

Second, there's the disgraceful brawl that occurred during the post-fight press conference for Klitschko-Chisora. David Haye, who was there to try and bait Vitali into a fight, ended up drawing Chisora off the podium at which point things went completely and utterly out of control:

Some have suggested this was a publicity stunt that got out of hand, although the altercation strikes me as being deadly serious. The call for Haye versus Chisora just got a lot stronger.

Del Boy Clowns Vitali at Weigh-In

At today's weigh-in for tomorrow's heavyweight clash between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora, "Del Boy" surprised everyone by slapping his opponent square in the cheek with an open right palm during the staredown after the weigh in. For what it's worth, we suspect that with his slap, Chisora may have put himself in an even greater world of hurt tomorrow night in Germany.


See the fan cards: Vitali Klitschko vs Dereck Chisora

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