Author Archives: Matt McGrain

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...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Two, 40-31

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part Two, 40-31

Most fascinating to me about Part Two is the rude intrusion of no fewer than four great flyweights into the bantamweight mix. At first, I was surprised, and even a little alarmed by this, as though their grouping was part of some unconscious bias either for or against them, but in fact their bunc...

Joshua-Wilder: The Fight that Everyone Wants to See That May Not Happen

Joshua-Wilder: The Fight that Everyone Wants to See That May Not Happen

Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder is the fight that everyone wants to see, a fight that both boxers are calling for, a fight that according to Joshua’s promoter and Wilder’s manager will be easy to make if the other side wants to do it. And yet it really might not happen. Here we take a look a...

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

The Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of All Time: Part One, 50-41

Research for the Fifty Greatest Bantamweights of all time was more time consuming and expensive than even the Fifty Greatest Featherweights of all time. Expensive because online resources don’t stock footage of the greatest fighters to have mixed it at 118lbs in the same way they do the other d...

David Price: One Punch from the Big Time

David Price: One Punch from the Big Time

Only at heavyweight is the impossible dream of eternal sporting resurrection possible. They threw money at the corpse of Mike Tyson until he publicly declaimed his lost love for the sport live on television in order that he might be released; his nemesis Evander Holyfield boxed a career that survive...

In Britain, Joshua vs. Parker is More Than Just a Unification Fight

In Britain, Joshua vs. Parker is More Than Just a Unification Fight

It is rare, even unheard of, for the vision of the boxing world to be filled so completely by Great Britain. The second visit of Muhammad Ali to these shores, it is true, drew the sport’s eye to the country that gave the world the Marquis of Queensbury rules, but after Brian London capitulated ...

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...