The world of boxing is changing as European boxers are becoming stars in the United States. Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe are taking over and showcasing their dominance over their divisions.
The crowd response to Hatton was something special. Sure, it may have been orchestrated by Brits, but the Americans understand the toughness of The Hitman. Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi came in with few giving him a chance and he took a beating for a good half hour before his corner threw in the towel. The fight exceeded hype in my opinion although I am sure many will write it off. Elsewhere on the card James Kirkland clobbered away at Brian Vera of The Contender fame. The announcers ripped on Vera for his "toughman" fighting style but there is nothing wrong with that if it is effective, as seen in his victory over Andy Lee. But tonight Kirkland was on his game and walked away with the W. All in all a very solid episode of HBO Boxing. With MMA on the rise it is good to see that not only can the sweet science be entertaining but that there are legitimate stars still involved.moreless
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