Author Archives: Arne K. Lang

Ringside at Mandalay Bay: Danny Garcia Crumples Brandon Rios

Ringside at Mandalay Bay: Danny Garcia Crumples Brandon Rios

LAS VEGAS, NV – Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios brought his guns to Saturday's welterweight encounter with Danny Garcia at Mandalay Bay. Unfortunately for Rios, Garcia brought a bazooka. He put it to use in the ninth round, felling Rios like a rock with a crunching overhand right. Bam Bam beat the count, b...

Fast Results from Manchester: Groves UD 12 Eubank in a Donnybrook

Fast Results from Manchester: Groves UD 12 Eubank in a Donnybrook

In the most eagerly-anticipated fight in the U.K. thus far this year, George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr engaged in a robust fight before a capacity crowd at the Manchester Arena. Groves, the defending WBA 168-pound "super" champion successfully defended his title and advanced to the championship rou...

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

Fast Results from Reno: Ray Beltran Outpoints Paulus Moses

In the first world title fight in Reno in 12-plus years, veterans Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) and Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KOs) put on a good show in pursuit of the vacant WBO lightweight title. When the smoke cleared, fan favorite Beltran emerged with the belt, winning by scores of 117-111 twice and...

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

Saturday’s “Tripleheader” Lays Out Well for Serious Boxing Fans

There are three important boxing shows on Saturday, Feb. 17. The host cities are Manchester, England, El Paso, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The good news for serious boxing fans is that none of the main events overlap. The fight getting the most buzz is the Manchester fight between WBA 168-pound...

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

Joseph Parker and His Trainer Kevin Barry are Joined at the Hip

New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, the WBO world heavyweight champion, challenges WBA/IBF belts-holder Anthony Joshua on March 31 at 78,000-seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua’s most recent fight was staged here. His bout with late sub Carlos Takam was a sellout, setting a new world re...

Andrew Tabiti Isn’t Your Typical High Grade Cruiserweight

Andrew Tabiti Isn’t Your Typical High Grade Cruiserweight

These are exciting times for the cruiserweight division. The talent pool has never been deeper. From a global perspective, there has never been a cruiserweight fight as eagerly anticipated as the forthcoming match between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev. It is expected to transpire in May in Saudi ...

No Boxing at the 2020 Olympics?

No Boxing at the 2020 Olympics?

The sport of boxing is in jeopardy of being expelled from the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo. Yesterday (Feb. 3) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said this drastic action would be taken if AIBA, amateur boxing’s governing body, did not get its house in order. “The IOC reserves th...

Fast Results From Russia: Gassiev Stops Dorticos in 12

Fast Results From Russia: Gassiev Stops Dorticos in 12

The 12,000-seat Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, hosted the second semi-final match in the cruiserweight tournament of the World Boxing Super Series. Murat Gassiev and Yunier Dorticos, both undefeated, met with the IBF and WBA titles at stake. Pundits were expecting a short fight as Gassiev and...

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

Zab Judah Keeps on Fighting as he Eases into a New Career

Eighteen years have elapsed since Zab Judah won his first world title and he’s still slinging leather. Last Saturday, Jan. 27, Judah won a 10-round decision over Mexican journeyman Noel Mejia Rincon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Judah vs. Rincon was ballyhooed by a geographically challenged PR f...

Fast Results from Riga: Usyk Works Hard to Upend Spunky Briedis

Fast Results from Riga: Usyk Works Hard to Upend Spunky Briedis

Saturday’s match in Riga between undefeated cruiserweight titlists Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis was hyped as the biggest sporting event ever in Latvia, a country in the Baltic region inhabited by about 2 million souls. When the smoke cleared, Usyk prevailed by a majority decision, grabbing a ...