Author Archives: Diego Morilla

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

Ringside Report: WBC #1 Heiland Dismantles Veron in a Corker

QUILMES, BUENOS AIRES, ARG. -- It is difficult to expect something new when two fighters have faced each other in five previous opportunities, but that's exactly what Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Mateo Damian Veron gave us on Friday, April 21st in the town of Quilmes, in a back-and-forth, intense bou...

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

Omar Narvaez’s Financial Woes Attributed to Shady Business Practices

CAN OMAR NARVAEZ AFFORD TO KEEP FIGHTING? -- On a long-enough timeline, every former fighter sees his finances fall into disarray – just like any of us. But very few successful, long-time champions end their careers with barely enough money to make it through their training camp for their last bou...

The 2016 Boxing Year in Review: A Latino Perspective

The 2016 Boxing Year in Review: A Latino Perspective

2016 Boxing Year in Review -- With mega stars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally out of the big picture as the main attractions in all of boxing, Latino boxing was poised to jump back into the spotlight with guys like Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez as the flag bearers of the sport. And t...

The Rise and Fall of the People’s Republic of Al Haymon

The Rise and Fall of the People’s Republic of Al Haymon

The year of 2016 was a rocky one for Al Haymon and his PBC outfit. And 2017 appears to hold a lot of gray clouds in the horizon, according to the latest forecasts. Reports abound about the depletion of his war chest, the growing complaints by formerly pampered and overpaid fighters who feel aband...

Argentina’s Best Prospect Brian Castaño is Ready to Make His Mark

Argentina’s Best Prospect Brian Castaño is Ready to Make His Mark

ARGENTINA'S TOP PROSPECT. Argentine boxing has suffered a long slump since the retirement of Marcos Maidana, the semi-reclusion of Lucas Matthysse and a few other setbacks and delays in the careers of a few notorious names. But all that could change this Saturday night, Nov. 26, when unbeaten young ...

The IBHOF class of 2017: A list of Shoo-ins, Contenders and Also-rans

The IBHOF class of 2017: A list of Shoo-ins, Contenders and Also-rans

  By Diego Morilla October 31st was the last day for boxing scribes, observers and historians worldwide to cast their ballots to choose the 2017 inductees of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. As usual, some of them are no-brainers and a few others are no-hopers...

After Beating Robert Guerrero, David Peralta Finally Goes Pro

After Beating Robert Guerrero, David Peralta Finally Goes Pro

After Beating Robert Guerrero, David Peralta Finally Goes Pro - The classic story of the underdog dreaming about making it big while working odd jobs and living in a crime-ridden neighborhood has already been scripted, filmed and praised as a classic. But even the wildly fictional Rocky Balboa had t...

Luis Carlos Abrego brutally KOed in Argentina…and then things got feisty

Luis Carlos Abrego brutally KOed in Argentina…and then things got feisty

  By Diego Morilla. Returning to the ring after an absence of more than 22 months, former welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregú endured a disastrous, career-ending loss in front of his local crowd in Salta, Argentina this past Saturday, Sept. 24. In a shocker, Abregu was dropped  three ...

War in the Night Sky: Firpo vs. Dempsey and the Dawn of Boxing in Argentina

War in the Night Sky: Firpo vs. Dempsey and the Dawn of Boxing in Argentina

“O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?” Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy They came from every corner of the sprawling, growing metropolis. Thousands of men in black suits and hats, populating the sidewalks and then the streets and then the lawns ...

Billion Dollar Daddy

Billion Dollar Daddy

Billion Dollar  Daddy  - At the long-awaited first official press conference to announce one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history, a dark figure emerges from the back of the stage to photobomb the customary final group picture of the main protagonists. He sneaks into the frame almost u...