Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

The International Boxing Hall of Fame: Not High on my Bucket List

The 28th annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, wrapped up Sunday, June 11. I can’t say that everyone had a grand time because I wasn’t there -- I’ve never been there – but I’ve yet to meet a boxing fan who went there and wasn’t k...

Ryan Burnett Wins the IBF 118-pound Title by a Unanimous/Split Decision

Ryan Burnett Wins the IBF 118-pound Title by a Unanimous/Split Decision

WEEKEND BOXING RECAPS -- Folks in Belfast went gaga over native son Carl Frampton who was 5-0 in world title fights before getting nudged off his perch by Leo Santa Cruz this past January. Now Frampton’s popularity has been diluted as sports fans in Northern Ireland’s largest city have a new her...

Avtandil Khurtsidze Busted for Racketeering; Bye Bye Khurtsidze vs. Saunders

Avtandil Khurtsidze Busted for Racketeering; Bye Bye Khurtsidze vs. Saunders

Avtandil Khurtsidze was arrested yesterday (June 7) in New York on charges of violating the federal RICO Act. Passed by Congress in 1970 as a tool for fighting organized crime, RICO is officially the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Khurtsidze was slated to fight WBO middleweig...

Rising Middleweight Contender Luis Arias Aims to Win Big on June 17th

Rising Middleweight Contender Luis Arias Aims to Win Big on June 17th

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev lock horns again on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. There are eight fights in all on the undercard, topped by a 12-round contest between undefeated super bantamweights Guillermo Rigondeaux and Moises Flores and a 10-round middleweight b...

Dr. Margaret Goodman and VADA: Devil or Angel in the PED Era?

Dr. Margaret Goodman and VADA: Devil or Angel in the PED Era?

There is a hole in this weekend’s schedule. Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo were scheduled to fight on Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, but the bout was called off when Briggs’ urine specimen showed an abnormally high level of testosterone. Briggs vs Oqu...

Frank Deford Didn’t Like Boxing, But He Wrote the Greatest Boxing Story

Frank Deford Didn’t Like Boxing, But He Wrote the Greatest Boxing Story

Frank Deford, America’s most celebrated sportswriter, died on Memorial Day, May 29, at age seventy-eight. Deford, whose best work was published by Sports Illustrated, had no peer within the sportswriting fraternity as a long-form storyteller. His profiles of sports personalities consumed thousands...

In an Under the Radar Fight, Orlando Salido Takes a Risky “Tune-Up”

In an Under the Radar Fight, Orlando Salido Takes a Risky “Tune-Up”

It’s a fight that’s gone almost completely under the radar in the English-speaking world, but Orlando Salido returns to the squared circle on Saturday, May 27, in the city of Obregon in Sonora, Mexico. A true warrior in the mold of such legendary hell-for-leather fighters as Stanley Ketchel, Roc...

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

A Grand Feast Awaits Fight Fans on the Third Saturday of May

SATURDAY'S FISTIC FEAST -- What a difference a year makes! In May of last year, boxing fans in North America were moaning over a sport that was mired in the doldrums. Today those fans are whistling a happy tune, gratified that the slack was short-lived. The last Saturday of April brought us a sci...

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

Briggs vs Oquendo and the Odious WBA “Regular” Heavyweight Title Belt

BRIGGS VS OQUENDO -- In 1989, at age 40, George Foreman appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The accompanying caption read “A Blast From The Past.” That would be an apt title for the forthcoming match between 45-year-old Shannon Briggs and 44-year-old Fres Oquendo as both men have seemin...

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

Razvan Cojanu Competes for a World Heavyweight Title on May 6. Say who?

PARKER vs. COJANU ON MAY 6 -- Razvan Cojanu, who challenges WBO world heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker on May 6, has 18 pro fights under his belt, the same number as Anthony Joshua. The comparison ends there. Parker’s promoter, Duco Events, was left scrambling when Hughie Fury backed o...