Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

The Last Man to Defeat Floyd Mayweather Weighs in on Shakur Stevenson

OLYMPIC BOXERS TURNING PRO -- Five members of the U.S. men’s boxing squad that competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics have turned pro. Flyweight Antonio Vargas turned pro on Feb. 24. Light flyweight Nico Hernandez made his pro debut on March 25. Lightweight Carlos Balderas had his first pro fight on Ap...

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

Late Bloomer Avtandil Khurtsidze Barrels into Leicester

KHURTSIDZE vs LANGFORD -- Avtandil Khurtsidze, a 36-year-old middleweight from the Republic of Georgia, had a coming out party in March of last year. It was supposed to be the other way around. Khurtsidze was the opponent in a match designed as a showcase for his opponent, undefeated Antoine Douglas...

Christina Newland’s “50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time”: A Provocative List

Christina Newland’s “50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time”: A Provocative List

BEST BOXING MOVIES -- On March 30, the online magazine Paste published Christina Newland’s “The 50 Best Boxing Movies of All Time.” Paste, which has been around in one form or another since 2002, is a lifestyle publication with a fetish for lists, e.g. the 42 best Bob Dylan songs, the 50 best ...

The Richie Sandoval Story: Hard Times and High Times for a Knight of the Prize Ring

The Richie Sandoval Story: Hard Times and High Times for a Knight of the Prize Ring

To say that former world bantamweight champion Richie Sandoval had a boxing career marked by highs and lows would be a great understatement.  Sandoval was on cloud nine after earning a berth on the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Then President Jimmy Carter demobilized Richie and all of his teammate...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Upsets and Near-Upsets Hither and Yon

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Upsets and Near-Upsets Hither and Yon

The foremost attraction on the third weekend of March was housed at New York’s fabled Madison Square Garden where 19,939 turned out for a 7-bout card topped by two world title fights featuring two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. An upset in the co-feature was the capstone to a we...

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

RODRIGO VALDEZ DEAD AT AGE 70 -- Former world middleweight champion Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdez died today (March 15) at his home in Cartagena, Columbia. His death was attributed to a heart condition complicated by diabetes. He was 70 years old. Born Rodrigo Valdes on Dec. 22, 1946, Valdez was two...

Meet Alex Saucedo, the Second Banana on Bob Arum’s St. Patrick’s Day Show

Meet Alex Saucedo, the Second Banana on Bob Arum’s St. Patrick’s Day Show

TOP RANK AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN -- On Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, Bob Arum’s Top Rank organization showcases two-time Olympian Michael Conlan in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It’s the pro debut for the 25-year-old Conlan, a junior featherweight who Arum hopes will someday become as bi...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

The second weekend of March was chock full of good boxing matches. As usual, Mexicans were well represented among the winners and losers. On Friday, big wins were scored by a Japanese Mexican and by a Mexican from Northern Ireland. In Tokyo, former WBO world bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mex...

A Conversation with International Boxing Federation President Daryl Peoples

A Conversation with International Boxing Federation President Daryl Peoples

A LOOK INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION -- In 1995, six years after earning a degree in political science from New Jersey’s Upsala College, Daryl Peoples joined the International Boxing Federation in the role of an administrative assistant. He stayed the course through turbulent times, a...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: From Temecula to Szczecin and Points In-between

Weekend Boxing Recaps: From Temecula to Szczecin and Points In-between

On the boxing front, the month of February came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. The capstone to the final weekend played out at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL, where Deontay Washington (38-0, 37 KOs) defended his home turf and his WBC world heavyweight title with a fifth round stoppage of G...