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Finally had a chance to check out Luis "King Kong" Ortiz' knockout over Monte Barrett which took place this past Thursday. Barrett, at 42 years old, was never in the fight. His motor skills looked shaky as he lunged awkwardly to land some body shots on the Cuban ex-pat. It was clear that this fight would only be a matter of time...and how much time it took was strictly dependent on how good Luis Ortiz was.

Still hard to get a read on this guy. He has a sharp and accurate left cross...uses his legs surprisingly well at his size but again...evading the blows of a washed up 40-something isn't something to get excited about. At 35 years old, time is of the essence but certainly not of the same urgency as it would have been in boxing's landscape a generation or two ago.

The fight ended in the fourth with Barrett rubbing his nose after absorbing a solid left cross in the kisser. Referee Raul Caiz didn't bother to count as he saw Barrett in pain and the obvious fruitlessness in allowing the bout to continue.

Ortiz goes to 21-0 with 18 knockouts. He clearly needs more competitive foes to get the fans buzzing. Barrett drops to 35-11-2 (20 kos).

 

South African world champion Simphiwe Vetyeka’s promoter Andile Sidinile has struck a deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions that will see his charge facing off with Nonito Donaire on May 10 in Macau.

Donaire is promoted by Top Rank as among the Philippines’ best exports and one of the best fighters in the world.

But Vetyeka’s camp is confident the East London boxer will emerge victorious come fight night.

“We are ready for Nonito Donaire and as Team Vetyeka, we are under no illusion that this is going to be a very difficult fight. But we believe that to be the best you have to beat the best,” said Sidinile.

This will be the highest profile fight yet for Vetyeka who holds the WBA featherweight and the more spurious IBO belt.  He is fresh off an upset win over longtime title holder Chris John. The 33-year-old combatant will be guided by a formidable training camp comprising of former world champion Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu and  Lennox Mpulampula.

Donaire told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Vetyeka “is a really good fighter. I think he’s the toughest of all the guys in that division. He’s slick he’s got power, pretty good.”

Vetyeka was expected to defend against John in a rematch but the Indonesian elected to retire, paving the way for a bigger fight against Donaire.

Ruslan Provovnikov has weighed in on the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch. Provodikov was mentioned as a possible opponent for Pacquiao despite sharing the same trainer in Freddie Roach. Provodnikov was quoted in allboxing.ru website saying

"I think that if Pacquiao will not be aggressive, then we will see the same exact thing that we saw in their first fight. That being said, Pacquiao has a slight advantage to win. On the other hand, if the fight remains close then Bradley has a good chance to win.

Sing when you're winning: Roy Jones Jnr celebrates victory over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf
Roy Jones Jr outpointed Algerian Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in Russia in his first bout in 18 months.
"I want to be ready for Anderson Silva in case he beats Weidman," said Jones before the match with Benmakhlouf. "Silva has made it clear that if he wins, he wants me next. I'm here for him."

Silva will try to regain his UFC middleweight belt next weekend against in a rematch with Chris Weidman next Saturday.

"If it wasn't for Anderson Silva calling me out, I wouldn't be fighting this fight."

Jones, at 44 years old, looked in great physical shape. But obviously he has slowed with age. His sizzling left hooks to the head and body, the primary weapon of choice in his prime, no longer have the same snap or speed. But he didn't have to be his old self against the 36 year old Algerian. Benmakhlouf, limited in both experience and athletic ability, had only one option; advance behind a high guard and hope for one of his feeble swipes to connect on the taunting Jones.

The most eventful round was the third. Jones wobbled Benmakhlouf with a left hook. Benmakhlouf had a delayed reaction to the blow and took a knee to prevent further damage. Jones didn't press the issue in a follow up attack, however.

The future Hall of Famer seemed to lose interest by the late rounds and the decision was never in doubt. The scores were 120-108, 120-107, and 118-111.

Floyd Mayweather says a highly anticipated fight with Manny Pacquiao will "never happen".

A much talked about mega-fight between both fighters has aggravated boxing fans for about four years.

But the unbeaten Mayweather contends that Pacquiao’s affiliation with promoter Bob Arum is the main reason the fight will never take place.

"We all know the Pacquiao fight, at this particular time, will never happen, and the reason why the fight won't happen is because I will never do business with Bob Arum again in life, and Pacquiao is Bob Arum's fighter," Mayweather told FightHype.com.

"Bob Arum gives Pacquiao a date, whereas Floyd Mayweather gives Floyd Mayweather his own date. I will be fighting again in May and I will be fighting again in September."

Mayweather and Arum have not gotten along since "Money" dumped his former promoter and started his own company.

Mayweather continued: "I'm gonna give you two reasons the Pacquiao fight is not going to happen. Like I said before, I will never do business with Bob Arum in life, but I don't wish him nothing bad.

"And I want to see Manny Pacquiao's real pay-per-view numbers. Get his pay-per-view numbers from his last fight and compare them to my pay-per-view numbers with Canelo Alvarez. Did he do 1.2 million homes? Has he done 1 million homes?"

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