Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ivan Calderon Ready To Prove Age Is Just A Number

By Jake Donovan

The scouting report suggests that former two-division champion Ivan Calderon has a monumental task ahead of him this weekend.

The 37-year oid returns to his roots in hopes of reclaiming his old strawweight belt against current titlist Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7KO). The bout serves as the chief support for a pay-per-view show airing live from Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. faces Jonathan Oquendo in the evening's main event.

Calderon opted to return to the strawweight limit last year, shortly after suffering his second consecutive knockout loss to Giovani Segura at junior flyweight. A tuneup bout last October - a 10-round split decision over Felipe Rivas - marked his first fight without a title at stake in more than seven years.

The first loss to Segura - a 7th round knockout in Aug. '10 - ended a three-year stay as lineal junior flyweight king, which came on the heels of a four-year run as an unbeaten strawweight titlist. His past three fights have suggested that it's perhaps time to hang 'em up and hope than a call for Canastota and the Boxing Hall of Fame awaits in his future.

Calderon (35-2-1, 6KO) isn't quite ready to subscribe to that theory, nor has he chosen the easy route in hopes of re-entering the title fray. More than 10 years younger and a massive eight inches taller, Fuentes looks the part and is a considerble favorite to return home to Mexico with his alphabet title still in tow.

Of course, plenty of fighters in boxing history have avoided Father Time. Calderon turns to history rather than oddsmakers in preaching his belief of an upset in the making.

"Everybody talks about my age, but look at what (lineal middleweight champion Sergio) 'Maravilla' Martinez did to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr," Calderon cites as a recent example of experience over youth at the sport's top level. "I'm well-trained for this fight and ready to regain my old title."

Fuentes weighed 104.5 lb for the second defense of the title he won 14 months ago. The bout is his first outside of his native Mexico.

Calderon, who was slightly heavier at 104.8 lb - fights at home for the 22nd time in his career. He has won all but one, that being the first loss to Segura two years ago.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jupiter Maximus on 10-06-2012

[QUOTE=cuzzlo;12582753]Calderon v Malinaggi, battle of the powderpuff punchers .[/QUOTE] thing is Malinaggi would never quit!

Comment by rogdogx on 10-06-2012

[QUOTE=cuzzlo;12582753]Calderon v Malinaggi, battle of the powderpuff punchers .[/QUOTE] Malignaggi by savage KO!

Comment by -PBP- on 10-06-2012

Damn. Calderon still fighting?

Comment by cuzzlo on 10-06-2012

Calderon v Malinaggi, battle of the powderpuff punchers .

Comment by lopez36 on 10-06-2012

yeah but martinez isn't a quitter,he's been down and hurt before and kept going,this guy gets hurt and doesn't want to continue,that second fight he just quit,wasn't beat up or cut or down before it was called off,and it was…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Broner: Me and Terence Crawford Will Be a Future PPV Fight Anthony Joshua Vows To Stay Calm, Not Go Into Mike Tyson Mode Hearn: Quigg vs. Simion Winner Could Face Lee Selby Next David Benavidez Talks Golovkin Sparring, Medina, Yildirim, More Kevin Lerena To Face Maxim Maslov For IBO Title on August 12 Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me Bellew: Being Heavyweight Champion is a Realistic Possibility Now! Saunders on Khurtsidze: Puffed Up Danny DeVito Never Beats Me! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Who's Winning the Battle of the Preparation? Nacho Wants Chavez To Use Lara, Mayweather Tactics on Canelo Shakur Stevenson and The Making of The Next Black Superstar Vitali Klitschko Confident Wladimir Will Topple Joshua at Wembley Porter's Coach: 1000% We Can Beat Keith Thurman in Rematch! Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - CompuBox Punch Stats Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto - CompuBox Punch Stats Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary Pacquiao Aims To Make Statement, Prove He's Still in Top Form Breazeale Ready To Replace Fury - Fight Parker on Late Notice Broner: Somebody Tried to Kill Me, But It's OK; I’m Still Here Pacquiao: I Don't Know Much About Horn, Haven't Seen His Fights Murray on Gabe Rosado's Complaints: I Won The Fight, F*** Him! Team Parker: Hughie Fury Never Wanted To Come To New Zealand Klitschko: Joshua Wants To Be a Billionaire, Must KO Me as Promised Team Fury: Hughie Suffered Lower Back Injury, Not Medically Fit Amir Khan To Keith Thurman: Forget Porter, Fight Me! Kazuto Ioka Shines To Retain WBA Belt, Tapales Wins By TKO Billy Joe Saunders Not Impressed, Vows To Expose Khurtsidze Photos: Oscar Valdez Beats Miguel Marriaga in a Grueling War Photos: Jermell Charlo With BRUTAL Knockout of Charles Hatley Photos: Martin Murray, Gabe Rosado Nearly Brawl Over Scores Photos: Shawn Porter Drops, Mauls Andre Berto For TKO Win Photos: Avtandil Khurtsidze Crushes Tommy Langford in Five Photos: Arthur Abraham Defeats Krasniqi To Secure WBO Shot Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze on July 8, Copper Box Kevin Lerena vs. Sergio Ramirez at Emperors Palace Anthony Joshua Sees No Reason To Fight in U.S. To Raise Profile Gilberto Ramirez Ready For Golovkin Next: Just Send The Contract! Jermell Charlo: Jarrett Hurd Took My Brother's Title - We Can Unify Keith Thurman: Porter Fought His Way To Earning a Rematch Carlos Castro Stays Undefeated with Decision Over Palacios
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement