What’s the chance of having an immaculate record of 30 wins and zero losses holding a WBO belt with only five feet in height and at age 33? I guess it’s like one out of a million. But where lucky to still witness one of the greatest tactician the boxing world has made. Ivan “the Iron boy” Calderon, was born in Guaynabo Puerto Rico with a troubled childhood Ivan develop the sense of urgency and made him a better person as he juggled life with patience and determination.
His not a KO artist which speaks most of his record with only 6 knockouts including an 8th round victory against Noel Tuñacao but he hits you with volumes of punches.
A famed amateur boxer who once lost to Brian Villoria but became a crowd drawer because of his size and speed made a name for himself as an undercard for the Delahoya- Campas fight featured in ESPN’s fight night show where in he won the WBO straw weight title via a nine round technical decision against Eduardo Marquez.
A defensive dynamo where last 2007 won a split decision against a strong and talented boxer In Hugo Cazares the size was evident as Ivan Calderon look like a child trying to snatch a cookie jar.
There are good oppositions Ivan could fight this year like Edgar Sosa and Ulises Solis or he could fight a lesser known but credible opponents like Rodel Mayol or Bert Batawang for that matter.
The smaller weights right now has grown to be the main attraction because of exciting match ups and good talented fighters thanks mainly to Manny Pacquiao, Eric Morales, Barrera and of course Ivan “the iron boy” Calderon.
I wonder how he could manage to be in a defensive mode when he faces Ulises Solis power punches… well hopefully we could see that fight this year…another wish list for me..
2008 will be a great year in sports as we approach the Olympics in Beijing China, the re birth of boxing and a tons of exciting things that will happen this year.
We all have our 2008 Wish list and I’ve created a wish list for this year as we approach the year of the earth Rat.
10.) A championship ring for Kevin Garnet and the re-birth of the Boston Celtics dynasty.
09.) Stability for Lakers offense in a consistent Basis… I always dream of a Boston and Lakers intense rivalry to emerge but so far Lakers are blown out by the Celtics in all there season games…I think will have to wait for a new Showtime Lakers team to surface.
08.) Healthy Grant Hill… he deserves all the praises after he fought all the adversities and played hard to be always on top of the game.
07.) A belt for Z Gorres… After he will stop the cocky Darchinyan a face off with Kirilov is possible late this year.
06.) More fights this year for Gerry Peñalosa… a scheduled fight with Ponce De leon is already penciled out by GBP this February. After that fight I would love to see Gerry fight again. It’s really nice to see a tactician at work.
05.) A unified belt for boxing… Let’s face it the Alphabet belts for boxing makes people confused. We only need one champion so one champion needs only one belt…need I say more??
04.) Team USA’s basketball supremacy… It’s time to take the Olympics in a different level… USA has to win the gold in memory of the great Dream team one who traumatized each opponent as it cruises its way to victory. Execution will be the key to win that coveted gold medal not raw talent… hope they’ve learned that lesson.
03.) Mayweather’s Defeat… I’m not sure who will be the great boxer to win against “Money” Mayweather but surely that would be a good boxing match to see.
02.) A dream Match up for Nonito Donaire and Cristian Mijares… Both are sleek boxers and both are good champions… After Mijares emerge victorious against Jose Navarro this February a showdown with the Filipino Flash would be a great match up with the winner solidifying its ground in the light weight division.
01.) A good year for Manny…. This March 15 would be his rematch against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez. The fight would be a grudge match that should have happened years ago. Manny wanted to fight 3 times this year… I would love to see him fight Marquez, then Diaz (It maybe David or Juan) and a showdown with Ricky Hatton.
So there you go folks… my 2008 wishlist…
Edwin Valero is calling all the 130lb champions to a unification fight with special mention to Manny Pacquiao.
The Venezuelan native packs a whooping record of 23-0 with 23 by way of knockout and is now a known commodity among die hard boxing fans. After his easy win against unheralded Mexican Zulueta in Cancun Mexico he shouted Pacquiao’s name wanting to land a mega fight with Manny.
Although his bouts were with questionable fighters with the exception of Mosqueda were he was knock down and got up and went for the kill. Valero still has a lot of things to prove and with his license still in limbo he has to continue to make good and respectable fights outside US.
A fight with Joan Guzman would solidify his claim of greatness but from what ive heard Valero is avoiding Guzman. Guzman could really spell trouble to Valero as he is as slick as a cat and could very well handle the pressure against a slugger like Valero. With speed and technical skills Guzman could upset the record of knockouts Valero produced.
If a Valero-Guzman fight would be feasible this could be an eliminator bout against the winner for the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch.
2008 would be a good year for all boxing fans. A Guzman-Pacquiao fight would be a tactical matchup and a 50-50 chance of whos who will win. And as for Valero a matchup with Pacquiao could never be made not unless he fights an unparalleled fighter in the name of Guzman. Pacquiao could likely move up to the 135lb division and could be an acid test for Pacquiao if he could dominate this division with a fight against the 135lb ruler Juan Diaz. If Guzman moves up in weight then this would be his downfall since he is not the same power puncher while he was still in the 122lb division. All his fights in the 130 lb went to the distance so it’s unlikely to tell if he could sustain his power in the much higher and heavier division.
Valero is calling Manny and Guzman is calling Valero. Guzman could land a pretty good deal with Manny and for Valero unless he can have his license back he would still be an itch on Manny’s back but could very well died down as the hype and anticipation went in no mans land.
Floyd “Pretty Boy” change to “Money” Mayweather solidifies his ranking on top of Manny Pacquiao as the pound for pound king as he demolishes journey man Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.
It was televised for 200 countries all over the world… a match were boxing fans are obliged to watch as both fighters were undefeated and with both fighting for bragging rights and respect.
Floyd has earned the respect of the media and boxing fans as he showcase his hand speed, slick defense and precision jabs against the pressure puncher in Hatton. Fans are watching the fight for two reasons… the one is that they want to see how Mayweather deals with a legitimate pound 4 pound fighter and the other is they want the cocky Mayweather get knock out.
The fight was a see saw battle in the first two rounds which I scored Hatton winning in both rounds. Hatton was engaging Mayweather into a brawl like what Dela Hoya did in their match only to loose steam in the later rounds. But Floyd uses his defense and God given ability to be wildered the brit champion after round 2. Hatton could make some problems to the slicky Mayweather if he continues to go inside and get busy… but he just couldn’t catch up with Floyd’s precision punching. The best round was in round 8 where he almost decked Hatton nudging his head and almost fell to the canvass. From that point on it was all Mayweather show as he knocked out Hatton on the 10th round with Joe Cortez stopping the fight and Hatton falls to the canvass for the second time.
Floyd Mayweather has a built in ability compared to Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Tiger woods his just too fast and too athletic and could carve his way to the hall of fame in boxing. He maybe the no.1 pound for pound fighter but he still has a lot of things to be done in order to be at par with Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Leonard.
He has still a lot of oppositions to clean up if he wants to be on top with the likes of Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams and Sugar Shane Mosley. Ali made his way on top by challenging the best fighter in his division and that should be Floyd’s mentality now. He could be the best pound 4 pound fighter in this generation but his legacy is short lived. In order to be the best you have to fight the best… Floyd can be no.1 but for how long?? So bring it on with Miguel Cotto “Money” Mayweather…
We all witness the three fights last Sunday (Manila time) which featured Boom boom Bautista, AJ Banal and Nonito Donaire. These fights are considered the measuring stick for the three Pinoy fighters.
First stop Nonito Donaire. After a timed left hook knock out punch against the cocky Darchinyan everybody was saying he is a one punch wonder. But last Sunday he proved to everyone that he is no fluke and made a legitimate claim to greatness as he challenge all the belt holders in his division with a dream to become the first Filipino to unify the alphabet belts. He was just a step ahead against Maldonado. Frustrating the robust Mexican in every way and considered to be one of the best tacticians in boxing today. I could see Nonito and reigning WBO champion Fernando Montiel square off late March next year and that would be such a great fight. Nonito not only validate his win against Darchinyan he also made a legitimate scare to all belt holders as well.
Boom Boom had to face his pay back time the hard way after losing in his last outing against Daniel Ponce Deleon. Although he rightfully won the fight but I think he still needs a vast improvement in his defense. He wasn’t using his jab and even tried to slug it out with Bario Meza which reminisce to the same old Boom boom we saw last world cup. His chin is not that suspect anymore as he proved he can take a punch against Meza but he was impatient at times and went to a brawl. His head movement is making some improvement but I think he still has a lot of work to be done in order to become a champion. And unless he learns to be patient he would never be a title holder in that perspective.
Contrary to Boom boom’s being impatient, AJ Banal was exactly the opposite showing lots of maturity way beyond his age. As he wait until the 9th round with a perfectly timed right hook that send Bambito Soto in the canvass. His defense is superb and has power in both hands… I think AJ is overly ripe and is for me the next big thing in boxing. I would love AJ to be the main event on his next fight and but in spite of his maturity he still needs 2 or 3 fights before challenging for a title.
Although three fights came with one result which is the “W” they are contrasting results but nonetheless a win is a win and will take it from there.
After some indications that Manny will fight David Diaz in the 135lb territory I was quite dreary about that situation… hardcore boxing fans like me wanted Pacquiao to settle the unfinished business he started against sturdy Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
Manny in his article in philboxing.com had some feelers that he wanted to face Marquez as a champion. So in that case all roads point to the WBC lightweight champ David Diaz and then a showdown with Marquez in July.
Marquez agreed to lower down his purse and even agreed in fighting a catch weight at 135lbs. since Manny in his last fight had a hard time making the 130lb weight limit.
Marquez is desperate to have a mega money fight with Pacquiao as he is turning 34 years old this January and with his fellow Mexican legends retiring (Morales and Barrera) this would be a one last hoorah for Marquez. And what better way to end a career with a bang and fat money on the pocket.
David Diaz is the supposed top contender since he is also promoted by Top rank… with lesser purse and lesser complications he is destined to fight Manny.
But with Lady Luck smiling on us, Golden boy offered a purse which made Manny and Bob Arum hard to resist. With about 99 percent sure this March 15 it would be Pacquiao-Marquez 2. This will surely spice up the internet wars and rivalry between the Filipino and Mexicans… but the sure winner would be us… the diehards boxing fanatico…