Author Archives: Matt McGrain

Usyk vs. Gassiev: A Strong Fight of the Year Candidate; Do Not Miss It

Usyk vs. Gassiev: A Strong Fight of the Year Candidate; Do Not Miss It

Not since 1986 and the legendary war between a young Evander Holyfield and the iron man Dwight Muhammad Qawi has a cruiserweight contest so stirred the imagination of the hardcore boxing fan. When Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (14-0 with 11 knockouts) and Russian Murat Gassiev (26-0 with 19 knockouts)...

Top Flyweights Clash in Ukraine: Dalakian Slaughters Thaiyen

Top Flyweights Clash in Ukraine: Dalakian Slaughters Thaiyen

You know there’s money involved when the promoters have flown Michael Buffer in, but in fairness Artem Dalakian, born in Azerbaijan and now fighting out of Ukraine, 16-0 with eleven knockouts going in, is a flyweight deserving of some pomp and ceremony. His opponent tonight was the Thai Sirichai T...

Ten Intriguing Heavyweight Prospects

Ten Intriguing Heavyweight Prospects

Is there anything in boxing more exciting than the next Mike Tyson? Right now, the United Kingdom’s heavyweight division is alive with exciting possibilities, but the following list is not a British list. Heavyweight is where the blurring of the lines laid down by nationalism become the most un...

Jerwin Ancajas Dominates All-Filipino Contest In California

Jerwin Ancajas Dominates All-Filipino Contest In California

Filipino Jerwin Ancajas continued an unbeaten streak that stretches back to 2012 tonight with victory over countryman Jonas Sultan in Fresno, California. The world’s #3 super-flyweight according to the TBRB moved to 30-1-1 while Sultan, ranked #8 going in, dropped to 14-4. Sultan justifiably sp...

In a Shocker, Naoya Inoue Shatters Jamie McDonnell In One

In a Shocker, Naoya Inoue Shatters Jamie McDonnell In One

Japan’s Naoya Inoue today sent shockwaves throughout the bantamweight division and the wider boxing world with a first round knockout of the highly ranked Jamie McDonnell, out of England. It was the first outing at 118lbs for the Japanese who looked very much home at his new poundage which has bro...

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

A Monster Awaits Colossal Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell in Japan

This Friday night in Ota, Japan, “The Monster” Naoya Inoue will attempt to bag a strap at a third weight in adding Jamie McDonnell’s WBA trinket to the titles he has picked up at light-flyweight and super-flyweight. It will be just his sixteenth professional contest. McDonnell, out of Yorkshi...

Wanheng Menayothin Equals Mayweather’s 50-0: A Hollow “Achievement”

Wanheng Menayothin Equals Mayweather’s 50-0: A Hollow “Achievement”

On May 2, in Rachasima, Thailand, Wanheng Menayothin, also known as Chayaphon Moonsri, equalled Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 by dispatching Panamanian Leroy Estrada in five rounds. A youthful and spritely southpaw, Estrada had talked a good fight in the days preceding this contest and probably he de...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Five, 10-1

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Five, 10-1

Organizing the top three at lightweight was as difficult a task as I have undertaken in finalizing a divisional top ten. There was really no right answer. Each man had a strong case. It was only in putting each of them through the wringer that I came out with an answer that satisfied me. That is, I ...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part 4, 20-11

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part 4, 20-11

I need to talk to you about George Dixon. I placed him at number four on my featherweight list. He made double-figures for title defenses at this poundage and he conquered many excellent featherweights in what was a stacked era. The weight limit is a confusing issue around this time as the feathe...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Three, 30-21

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Three, 30-21

From the dusty streets of Algeria to old school British cobbles, to the heartland of the American dream and back again, Part 3 of the Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of all time continues the international flavor of this list, but always, always, we return to those familiar back allies in Mexico. If...