Author Archives: Matt McGrain

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...

Heavyweights Collide in Manchester: Breaking Down the Parker-Fury Fight

Heavyweights Collide in Manchester: Breaking Down the Parker-Fury Fight

This weekend in the UK’s Manchester Arena, beltholder Joseph Parker (23-0) and rookie Hughie Fury (20-0) are set to squabble over a bauble sanctioned by a rankings organization that sees Christian Hammer as the world’s number two heavyweight contender. As a heavyweight championship match it i...

Usyk-Huck Redux: The Ukrainian Has It All

Usyk-Huck Redux: The Ukrainian Has It All

It is fitting that the Cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series tournament opened with a brutal and impressive Oleksandr Usyk victory because barring injury it will also end with one. The Ukrainian, full of the swagger and poise that was missing from his points victory over Mike Hunter five months...

Tommy West-Tommy Ryan III: The Most Vicious Bout in Boxing History

Tommy West-Tommy Ryan III: The Most Vicious Bout in Boxing History

It was reported in the early days of 1905 that former welterweight and middleweight contender Tommy West was shot five times by a man named Paul Mullan in a dispute about boxing no less. He survived and lived for another quarter of a century. Undoubtedly former welterweight and middleweight champ...

Undefeated Prospects Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies Clash in Scotland

Undefeated Prospects Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies Clash in Scotland

 American readers are likely mouthing the words “who?” upon seeing the names of light-welterweights Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies in the headline for this article, and I have some sympathy; but this clash of British prospects which will be played out in the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland this...

Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

Inoue Treads Water, Yaegashi Betrayed by Old Legs in Japan

Another big weekend of boxing has passed in Japan but it seems the boxing juggernaut that is The Land of the Rising Sun is losing steam. Pound-for-pounder and super-flyweight number one Naoya Inoue fought the main event in the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday night but his opponent reeked of al...

James Toney, Heavyweight Champion of the World

James Toney, Heavyweight Champion of the World

You wake into a world this Sunday the fourteenth of May, 2017, which James Toney rules as heavyweight champion of the world. Toney picked up the vacant World Boxing Foundation strap, the worthlessness of which is underlined by the heavyweights to have held it. Audley Harrison is probably the most...

The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

The Wladimir-Joshua Showdown: Sizing Up The Referee and Judges

“The referee,” George Foreman once observed, “is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight – besides the fighters.” And, for all that this is one of those Georgeisms that has drawn mockery, you know exactly what he means. The referee is crucial, especially as regards ...