Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

U.K. Notebook: Josh Taylor UD 12 in Glasgow; Martin Murray UD 12 in London

Local fan favorite Josh Taylor, who had never previously gone beyond eight rounds, took a big jump up in class on Saturday and passed the test with flying colors, turning away scrappy Viktor Postol in a good-action fight that had more drama than one could have gleaned from the scorecards. Taylor cem...

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

Fast Results From Detroit: Shields Upends Spunky Gabriels

You have to give Claressa Shields credit. When the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning 168-pound champion decided to pursue a pair of alphabet straps in the middleweight division, she chose the more daunting of the two options, choosing Hanna Gabriels over the less formidable Christina Hamme...

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

Don Elbaum in Wyoming

The next chapter in Wyoming’s experiment with bare-knuckle boxing unfolds tomorrow, June 23, in Gillette (pop. 32,000). Eight bouts are scheduled in the central pavilion of a complex whose chief annual event is a high school rodeo competition. The fights will be livestreamed on the FITE TV app. Th...

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

Requiem for a Heavyweight: The ‘Fighting Bob’ Martin Story

In Rod Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” a washed-up boxer is told that he must quit the sport immediately as he risks going blind, or worse, if he has one more hard fight. The boxer -- once a promising prospect -- is petrified as the world of the prize ring is the only world that he has ...

Fast Results from Frisco, Texas: Spence Demolishes Ocampo

Fast Results from Frisco, Texas: Spence Demolishes Ocampo

It didn’t take long for Errol Spence Jr. to expose Carlos Ocampo as an unworthy title challenger. In a ring pitched in the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys, not quite 40 miles from Spence’s current home in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) successfully defended his...

News Flash! Canelo-GGG II Finally a Done Deal

News Flash! Canelo-GGG II Finally a Done Deal

Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, recently gave those involved in the management of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, an ultimatum: Agree to our terms by noon PT Wednesday, June 13, or the fight is dead. Noon came and went and the fight was dead, or so it seemed, but hold the...

Joshua vs. Wilder is on the Cusp of Being Finalized, or Maybe Not

Joshua vs. Wilder is on the Cusp of Being Finalized, or Maybe Not

The boxing world was all astir on Monday with the news that Deontay Wilder had accepted the terms set forth by Matchroom Sport honcho Eddie Hearn for a match between him and Anthony Joshua. “The ball is now in their court,” wrote Wilder on social media. Shelly Finkel, who is Wilder’s co-pro...

Fast Results from Manchester: Fury Breezes; Hooker Upsets Flanagan

Fast Results from Manchester: Fury Breezes; Hooker Upsets Flanagan

The match between local fan favorite Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker with the WBO 140-pound belt at stake was ostensibly the main event, but the main selling point of tonight’s show at the Manchester Arena was the freak fight between Manchester-born Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi. At the pre-fight ...

Muhammad Ali Was Exonerated, but Trump Wants to Pardon Him Anyway

Muhammad Ali Was Exonerated, but Trump Wants to Pardon Him Anyway

Sixteen days after granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson and not quite 48 hours after commuting the sentence of a 63-year-old great grandmother who was imprisoned for selling drugs, President Donald Trump told a group of reporters that he was considering a bunch of other pardons, specifically...

Could Deontay Wilder Be Successful as Cruiserweight?

Could Deontay Wilder Be Successful as Cruiserweight?

In a recent Instagram post, WBC heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder said his long-range plan is to win a title in a second weight class, namely cruiserweight. “I’ve been thinking about, once I unify the heavyweight division, moving down to cruiserweight and taking over that division,” he w...