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Results from the Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT:

Kevin Johnson UD8 Robert Hawkins
Scores 79-73, 80-72 (twice)

Kevin Johnson primarily used his jab to dominate a listless and overweight Robert Hawkins over the course of eight rounds. Johnson has a nice stiff jab, as well as a confident demeanor and sufficient physical appearance. Unfortunately, he carries his guard way to low and is limited to a jab. Johnson also appears to lack real heavyweight punching power. He needs to expand his arsenal, get a little more aggressive, and develop as a professional. He's still young. Plenty of room for improvement.


The Weekend Weigh-In!


Weights from the Activities Center, Maywood, Calif:
Anthony Thompson 157 vs Darnell Boone 157
Victor Ortiz 137.5 vs Freddy Barrera 138.5

Weights from the Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT:
Montell Griffin 175 vs Norman Jones 174
Robert Hawkins 260.25 vs Kevin Johnson 237.5
Matt Remilard 127.5 vs Edward Valdez 128
Wesley Hobbs 151.75 vs Ron Lewis 152.25*
William Gill 176.25 vs Elvin Ayala 168.75

*Gill will have to lose weight.


Weights from Wolstein Center, Cleveland, OH
Lamon Brewster 232 vs Sergei Liakhovich 238.5
WBO heavyweight championship
Ray Austin 255 vs Jeremy Bates (Weighs in Friday)
Kevin Mcbride 286 vs Byron Polley 244Larry Donald 245.5 vs Stacy Frazier 261.5

Brewster, Lyakhovich to collide in Cleveland tomorrow night!


Tomorrow night, in Cleveland, OH, WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster (33-2, 29 KOs) will defend his title against Sergei Lyakovich (22-1, 14 KOs). Brewster won the title on April 10, 2004 with a stunning upset KO win of Wladimir Klitschko. Since then, he has made three title defenses against the likes of Kali Meehan, Andrew Golota, and Luan Krasniqi.

Brewster, the dark horse of the champions and title contenders, will try solidify his claim as the top dog at heavyweight tomorrow night against Lyakovich. After Hasim Rahman and James Toney fought to a disputed draw two weeks ago, there appears to be more questions than answers as to the state of boxing's biggest weight class.

Unification must take place in order to have legitimate clarification as to who the real heavyweight champion is in boxing. In order for Brewster to maintain his race for heavyweight supremacy amongst the rest of his fellow titleholders, he must focus carefully on the task at hand tomorro night.

This spectator has not seen much of Lyakovich, outside of his unanimous decision win over Friday Ahunanya, on the undercard of Rahman/Lewis II, in November 2001. He went on to lose via 9th round KO at the hands of the Maurice Harris in a non televised bout in June of 2002 on the undercard of Holyfield/Rahman in Atlantic City. Lyakovich also fought to a draw with fringe heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn.

Brewster possesses better than average handspeed, as well as volatile punching power, for a heavyweight boxer. He annihilated Andrew Golota in less than a round in May of last year in Chicago, something only Lennox Lewis was previously able to accomplish. IBF Champion Chris Byrd struggled to a controversial draw with Golota in April of 2004 and then-WBA Champion John Ruiz squeaked out a narrow and unconvincing unanimous decision over Golota in November of 2004.

My prediction: Brewster via mid to late round KO.

The bout, promoted by Don King Productions will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, April 1. The telecast will begin at 11pm ET. This is a free preview weekend for SHOWTIME, so the telecast is available to all viewers.

Cotto/Malignaggi set for June 10!

Boxing's two Magic Men fighting in separate fights, as well as on separate PPVs, on the same evening!

On the same evening that Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio "The Magic Man" Tarver and Bernard Hopkins are squaring off in Atlantic City, WBO Jr Welterweight Titlest Miguel Cotto and boxing's other "Magic Man" Paul Malignaggi will also face each other at Madison Square Garden in NY. Most fans and media question the reasoning behind two pay per view cards in one night.

While the Tarver vs Hopkins fight clearly features two of the better known, yet veteran fighters in the sport, the other bout between two youthful and undefeated jr welterweights, a Puerto Rico superstar and an Italian American rising star from Bensonhurst Brooklyn, could provide fireworks for fight fans, as well as some clarity to a division that is losing top fighters and champions.

Ricky Hatton, the current world champion at 140lbs, is moving seven pounds North to face WBA Welterweight titlest Luis Collazo later this spring. Furthermore, fighters such as pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, Sharmba Mitchell, and Arturo Gatti have also vacated the premises and made their jumps to the welterweight division. Therefore, the Jr Welterweight division appears to be wide open at this time.

On June 10, you can view Cotto vs Maglignaggi live on Pay Per View for a suggested retail price of $39.95. Which of these two young contenders will rise to the top of their division. Tune in and find out for yourself!