Author Archives: Matt McGrain

Gassiev-Dorticos Promises More Cruiserweight Fireworks

Gassiev-Dorticos Promises More Cruiserweight Fireworks

Having delivered upon its initial promise with the war between Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis last weekend in Latvia, the cruiserweight division promises more fireworks with the second semi-final in the World Boxing Super Series which sees Russian Murat Gassiev paired with Cuban exile Yunier Dort...

Formidable Heavyweight Prospect Filip Hrgovic Butchers Tom Little in Riga

Formidable Heavyweight Prospect Filip Hrgovic Butchers Tom Little in Riga

Filip Hrgovic took a step up in competition last night against Englishman Tom Little in Riga on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Mairis Briedis combat. “One step more than my last opponent” is how Hrgovic put it and this is accurate as it saw the Croatian move from guaranteed quick knockou...

Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Mairis Briedis in Riga Thriller

Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Mairis Briedis in Riga Thriller

The ringside hostilities were not perhaps as expected tonight in the Riga Arena, Latvia, as Oleksandr Usyk met Mairis Briedis in a high quality clash which comprised the first semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series. Usyk had plenty of support, and they were vocal as the two men met ring center....

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

10 Count For Legendary Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

Legendary flyweight Chartchai Chionoi, “Little Marciano,” passed away this week after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His wife of forty-five years, Sirintorn, was in attendance.  He was seventy-five years old. Chionoi  turned professional in the late 1950s, the beginning of a career which...

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

Usyk-Briedis Promises a High Quality Clash in Riga This Weekend

Pardon me for saying so, but somebody’s “O” has got to go. Oleksandr Usyk, out of Kiev, Ukraine, and Mairis Briedis, out of Riga, Latvia, meet this  Saturday night in the Riga Arena and, barring the unlikeliest of results, someone will leave the squared circle with that first “L” marri...

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

Naoya Inoue Crushes Yoann Boyeaux and Bids Farewell to 115lbs

Yesterday in Yokohama, Japan, Naoya Inoue crushed the Frenchman Yoann Boyeaux in three short rounds having announced pre-fight that this would be his last contest at 115lbs. His final opponent at the super-flyweight limit was not a pleasing one. Boyeaux is not among the best ten fighters in his d...

Ali Akhmedov Leads the Charge Into 2018

Ali Akhmedov Leads the Charge Into 2018

Firuza Sharipova and Djemilla Gontaruk meet this weekend in Almaty, Kazakhstan for a vacant strap at the women’s super-featherweight limit; on the undercard, a return which is currently of small note but may matter more by the end of next year: Ali Akhmedov is going home. He has already fought ...

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

Arslanbek Makhmudov, a Big Man with a Big Upside, Turned Pro Last Weekend

Arslanbek Makhmudov is a giant of a heavyweight. Listed anywhere between 6’5 and 6’6 and scaling over 260lbs, this Russian national out of Alania has made hardly a ripple in turning professional this weekend in Toronto, Canada, but it may not be too long before this giant of a man is turning ...

Filip Hrgovic: Will He Be Croatia’s First World Heavyweight Champion?

Filip Hrgovic: Will He Be Croatia’s First World Heavyweight Champion?

At just 2-0, it may be that Filip Hrgović is a little too green for a detailed look, but all the other numbers are right. Twenty-five years of age and listed at 6’6”, Hrgović has tipped the scales at 223 and 224lbs respectively in his two professional outings to date and although shorn of f...

Deontay Wilder’s Hall of Shame

Deontay Wilder’s Hall of Shame

Deontay Wilder’s Hall of Shame This is a look at the title opposition of one Deontay Wilder, America’s great heavyweight hope and currently ranked number two in that flagship division. What it is not is a critique of the WBC’s rankings policy.  It could easily be interpreted as such; we...