Author Archives: Frank Lotierzo

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

Look For Spence to ‘Do a Crawford’ on Ocampo, Only Sooner

WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford looked All World last week in stopping former title holder Jeff Horn. This Saturday, it’s Errol Spence’s turn. The presumed Sonny Liston of the division, Spence 23-0 (20) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight title. His opponent is third r...

Maybe Horn Shouldn’t Have Said That Crawford Hadn’t Been Tested

Maybe Horn Shouldn’t Have Said That Crawford Hadn’t Been Tested

It's an old cliché, but in this past weekend's WBO welterweight title bout both champion Jeff Horn 18-1-1 (12) and challenger Terence Crawford 33-0 (24) were exactly who we thought they were prior to them touching gloves: Horn, a tough and gritty mauler who upset a legend in his next-to-last bout a...

Forty Years after Beating Norton, Holmes Gets His Respect

Forty Years after Beating Norton, Holmes Gets His Respect

The narrative at the time was that he couldn't punch, had skinny legs, lacked heart and was too consumed with being a Muhammad Ali clone. That was the prevailing thought regarding Larry Holmes prior to his first title bout against WBC champ Ken Norton on June 9th, 1978. What a difference 40 years...

Oscar DLH Says Canelo-GGG II is a No-Go and That’s Fine With Me

Oscar DLH Says Canelo-GGG II is a No-Go and That’s Fine With Me

According to Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, negotiations for the rematch between Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have collapsed and he is now targeting Daniel Jacobs for Canelo’s next fight. And that’s fine with me. I hope we never see a Canelo-Golovkin remat...

Crawford Will Beat Horn but May Be Tested More Than Most Think

Crawford Will Beat Horn but May Be Tested More Than Most Think

“He’s a throwback to Sugar Ray Leonard, that’s the fighter I compare him with,” said Bob Arum. “Is he better than what Leonard was? That’s hard to say, but certainly he’s on that level. He’s just absolutely been spectacular.” That certainly grabbed the attention of many boxing f...

What Fighting Sefer Seferi Suggests About Tyson Fury’s Mindset

What Fighting Sefer Seferi Suggests About Tyson Fury’s Mindset

With former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury 25-0 (18) returning to the ring this weekend after not fighting since November 2015, much has been written and mostly negative regarding his opponent Sefer Seferi 23-1 (21). And that's mostly because Seferi has fought mainly as a cruiserweight and he's not a ...

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

Part of Hagler’s Great Legacy Is Remaining at 160

Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champ from 1980 to 1987. It's hard to fathom he just turned 64 (May 23rd), but from what I've seen he still looks great. And like most all-time greats, the further away we get from his prime the more dominant he looks in hindsight. Hagler also has a huge...

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

Why I Was Slow to Join the Chorus Trumpeting Lomachenko’s Greatness

Yes, I certainly grasped how uniquely gifted Vasyl Lomachenko was while watching him in his pro debut versus Jose Ramirez. And in a close but losing effort to Orlando Salido in his next bout, I saw him become an experienced pro during the last four rounds after Salido used every old school and borde...

A Paean to Sugar Ray Leonard: One of The Greatest Living P4P Boxers

A Paean to Sugar Ray Leonard: One of The Greatest Living P4P Boxers

Sugar Ray Leonard turns 62 on Thursday, May 17th. Beginning in 2007, when Floyd Mayweather emerged as an A-lister, Leonard’s name was often in the news. That’s because he was the man that Mayweather was most often measured against historically. An Olympic gold medalist and five division titli...

Lomachenko’s Speed and Unconventional Style Will Overwhelm Linares

Lomachenko’s Speed and Unconventional Style Will Overwhelm Linares

It may be hard for the casual fan or boxing writer to understand, but professional fighters would rather be knocked out than embarrassed. Getting KO'd is a byproduct of boxing at the highest level and there are only a handful of all-time greats who were never stopped. However, being embarrassed and ...